3.30.2014

Weekly Fitness Report March 25th

What on earth!!!! I start tracking my meals and workout plan and my schedule goes crazy. If there was ever a case study to watch as I learn how to make things work for someone trying to get back on a schedule to train for a half marathon and clean up my eating plan I would be that person.

As I started this challenge and plan to go back to training for half marathons I promised to keep it "real" as they say and tell you the truth. It helps to see how a working mom, wife, friend, faith filled person can make it work and I plan to get back to the place where I did make it WORK!

This is what a FAILED week looks like. I will be honest with one point, I do think when you start a plan to get yourself back on track your mind and body finds a way to rebel a little and I think these past four days was part of that. That's when you just tell yourself that today is a new day and start fresh or this is a new week and find a way not to repeat your mistakes.

My work schedule has picked up where I am working until late in the evening and attending a different function several days a week. What goes with functions but ........no other than food.

Tuesday, March 25
Lunch- Chic fil a sandwich (had lunch with Trey at school)
Dinner- Mexican night out. I did good with a soft taco but over board with chips and salsa!
Workout- weights for arms chest back

Wednesday, March 26
Lunch- foo chicken meal snack. (Had a working lunch and it was brought in)
Dinner -Godfathers pizza ( due to being at the office until 8:00)
Morning workout- weights for legs and cardio with elliptical on fat burn.

Thursday, March 27
Lunch- sub sandwich due to work event
Dinner- chicken strips (had to grab dinner to being at the office until 8:00pm)
Workout- elliptical fat burn and weights for arms and back

Friday, March 28
Lunch- had a lunch class meeting at a restaurant. Crab soup and a crab cake.
Dinner- church fish fry event
Workout- no workout due to day starting at 6:00am and ending at 7:00pm

Ok, this has to be a record for eating out the most times in a 4 day period. Lets just say I failed this week. My workouts were 3 out of 4 which was great but my meal plan was out the window. If I had one extra second it was spent at the gym and I never found the time to grocery shop or make pre made meals.


So this week my goal is to have all meals planned and purchased. My husband is more than happy to cook when I cant so we put a schedule in place to help with. If I must eat at a function I will eat as light as possible and follow it at home with a salad.

The lesson learned these past four days is ....plan plan plan!!!

I would really like to know the answer, how often do you find yourself eating fast food during the week because of your schedule?




3.29.2014

A Look at My Work Out Today


As I have mentioned I am back in the gym. I am working hard to have the perfect arms and back with summer right around the corner. Here is a look into some of the ways I worked out today. Of course I use several other machines and weights but this is just a few.
STRAIGHT ARM PULLDOWNS
   A lot of back exercises also work your biceps and this is one of them.
8 reps with 4 sets
Weight -



 SEATED CABLE ROW
This is a great exercise too- watch your posture during the exercise. You can quickly find yourself bent over pulling in the wrong way.

8 reps and 4 Sets




HYPER EXTENSIONS These are great for your lower back.  You can do this exercise without any weight, just your body bending down and coming back up.  I hold a weighted pound plate at my chest.
Four sets of 8 reps.


source


T-BAR ROW
I love this machine when I have the opportunity to go with Eddie to his gym. I can only use the bar without adding weight and still get a powerful workout.   I hope to reach the point I can add additional weight to the bar.
8 reps with 4 sets


I also spend my 30-45 minutes working other machines that can work my back, chest, and arms. I try to work this muscle group 2 times a week.

3.27.2014

Red Beans and Rice Easy Recipe


I never thought there would be a day I would make a Red Beans and Rice dish with canned beans but this is so good and very easy. It takes no time at all to make and its one my family loves!


The secret is Creole Cream Style Red Beans and you will need four 16 oz cans. Its also very important that you remember to purchase the red beans seasoning mix and not the full kit packet. I do add a little extra water to mine because I like a soup style red beans then a thicker style. Then you will follow the canned beans direction on the side of the box. Its really that easy! You can make it thick with using the amount of water called for or as much water as you want to thin it out.

3.26.2014

Protein Power Muffins Recipe


A local personal trainer told me about these muffins and I wanted to give them a try. I enjoyed them and having them pre-made was easy for an on the go breakfast or a mid day snack. My only suggestion is that you spray your pan like never before because there is no butter or oils to help with sticking. I really mean spray your pan good!




Ingredients
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder 
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions
I mash the banana and then combine it with the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then the dry ingredients are placed in a separate bowl. After making sure both are mixed well in the separate bowls I combine the two. I then use a large  scoop and place the mix into the muffin pan.  Spray your muffin pan with cooking spray first really good.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.  I eat these in the morning for breakfast or as a snack during the day. You can heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds to get that warm muffin like its fresh out of the oven.


As you move toward a more healthy lifestyle these are a step in the right direction.


A good healthy snack!

3.25.2014

March 21-24 Weekly Report


Every morning is the same for me so I am not going to note it everyday unless something is different. I have a greek yogurt and a piece of fruit. Honestly most of the times I am in such a rush I am lucky to get that. I am still working on a way to put better protein in my breakfast meal. The ideal solution would be oatmeal with protein powder but I don't love oatmeal. I am working on it though.

My mid day 10:00 snack is apple with some type of protein. My protein is usually about 4 oz of meat or chicken.

My 3:00 snack is the same which is either a muscle milk drink or a homemade smoothie with protein powder.

I will be sure to log lunch and dinner since that will be different each day along with my workout.


Friday, March 21
Ran 2 miles
Lunch- grilled chicken with sweet potato
Dinner- grilled fish with grilled shrimp and potatoes

Saturday, March 22
Off day
Lunch- Healthy version of chicken egg rolls. (I ate these to help finish them off so I would not waste as we start fresh)
Snack- I was throwing items out to start fresh and I ate 1/4 cup of Girl Scout Mint Ice Cream. NO EXCUSE for that bad choice.)
Dinner- I did what we all fall into. I already ate the ice cream excuse and I haven't had a chance to run to the grocery store so why not grab something fast! See I was honest and this day is done as bad as it was with my meal plan!

Sunday, March 23
15 minutes on fat burn cycle of elliptical.
Weights for legs
(That was it for my workout today because as I am finding my way and getting back on track I did not eat a big enough lunch to push me through a workout so I was pretty light headed.)
Breakfast- Weight Watchers Ricotta Pancakes Recipe here
Lunch- Steak soft taco because we were in a rush to get to track practice after church. I was proud that I went light but I should have eaten at least two.
Dinner- Green beans, BBQ Grilled Pork Chops, roasted sweet potato bites
snack- 60 calorie pudding and 10 mini pretzels with peanut butter 150 calories. This was at two different times of the day. I am also working on that in between snacking!



Monday, March 24
Breakfast- Weight Watchers Ricotta Pancakes. Recipe here
Lunch- grilled chicken stuffed pita with an apple
Dinner- grilled chicken, sweet potato bites
No work because the day was so busy. When I look back I still should have found something to do at home. Kettle bell, fitness dvd, treadmill, Pilates machine, weights, walk the neighborhood, there is plenty of things I could have picked for a 30 minute workout! No star points for today!



This is going to be a fun adventure getting myself back on track!

3.23.2014

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting


I am in full training mode and this is not something that is part of my everyday diet but with Easter right around the corner I had to share it. It is so yummy and worth a special treat when you have been really really good!

With Easter right around the corner I wanted to share a recent recipe I made. I baked a fresh batch of sugar cookies and I put together a homemade cream cheese frosting. Its just as easy to make this as it is to open a can of frosting. Its a quick and easy cream cheese frosting recipe! This recipe is delicious for all types of cupcakes and a favorite on chocolate cake, carrot cake and more!

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz of Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 2 - 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1 With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
2 Add the vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness and thickness. When adding the powdered sugar turn mixer to low to keep the sugar from making a mess.
3 Once cookies are cool spread over and enjoy!

3.22.2014

Operation Get Fit


 I have started my personal mission of Operation Get Fit. I signed up for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon which is November 8-9th. I am so excited to get healthy!

I'm not sure if I just burned myself out as a new runnier but in 2012 I ran 3 half marathons, six 5k races, trained all year, and 1 relay team marathon run. By the start of 2013 I didn't even want to think about running and then slowly started to stop working out all together. I can remember the excuses I came up with to stop running like the fact I put on a few pounds and said I wasn't going to run any more races until the weight comes off....WHAT?

During that period I lost almost 40 pounds and was very pleased with the results. Now that I have had a good year off from everything I want to get back to a healthy workout schedule and take a few of those pounds back off. I of course will not be sharing my current weight but I do want to share a number I am working to take off..............we are going with 20 pounds.

Each week I plan to bring my blog to what I started it for which was my running and weight loss journey. I will share the journey of reaching this weight loss on training but also throwing in a few fun items. I am a girly girl after all and love all things fashion, makeup, and a good sale!


This picture was taken this week  but my goal is to get back to my running weight and then maintain it. I call it my running weight because it reminds me you must be moving in some way to keep weight off along with a good diet.


Currently today here I am and I am on the "track" to going back to my goal weight below.


This was for the 2012 New Orleans Rock N Roll Half Marathon.


This journey as you will see with my weekly reporting will be a good eating plan along with a great mixture of exercise. My diet will be boring because I find it best for Eddie and I to stick with the basic items like fish, chicken, pork tenderloin, and steak. We will load up on vegetables at dinner with items like sweet potatoes and baked potatoes at lunch.

I am excited to share this with you and get ready to take part in half marathons again! This time I am going out there to enjoy it.

 So starting off today here is the 00 start line and lets watch together as each week I place a weight loss number in its place and work towards my goal! Also my Disney Half Marathon is in November.

3.20.2014

Sausage Egg Breakast Casserole Recipe




This is a dish I have been making for my family for years and wanted to share with each of you. Its so easy and my son comes running for 2nd and 3rds which always makes a mom feel great!


 Items you will need are Creasant rolls, Sausage, and eggs. Most of these items you have on hand everyday. Use a 9 x 13 pan which you will spray with pam.


Spead your dough in the pan to make one flat piece.


Brown your sausage and drain. Than place on top of dough.


Crack 6 eggs into a bowl and mix with a fork. Then pour the eggs over the sausage.


Top with cheese and bake for about 25-20 minutes on 350.
Hope you enjoy this dish!

3.12.2014

Its the Small Things That Make You Smile


Let me start by saying I have been doing a great job getting back to my running, eating right, and working out. I will share more about that soon but today I had to share my new purchase that put a big smile on my face.

I am sure you have seen from a previous post that we are doing some upgrades and updates in our home. A few weeks ago I posted that we put in new hardwood floors in our foyer and dining room. See our floors below.

I still have not decided if I will be placing an area rug down because right now I just love the wood floors.

My new update was our dishwasher which we replaced it with a new stainless steel one. Here is a look at the before. It was a white 1998 original to our home. Really time for a new update! I will make a side note that it really hung in there for us and lived a very good life.


Here is a look at the new dishwasher! I am so excited, its as if I have a new diamond ring!


I was so excited about finding anything that needed to be washed. The stainless steel just looks amazing along with all of the other appliances. The only item left is my stove which is one I am so excited about. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I have it in place by Easter!!!  

This model is a Whirlpool and the plumber that installed it shared with us what a great model it is. It has a built in sensor to save on water and know what size your load is. Its a very quiet model. There are more and more features that just make it awesome.


It is ready for lots of baking so I need to get busy searching Pinterest for new recipes! After the stove the next update will be granite counter tops with a stone back splash. I love when we make these changes it turns the house into our home!

One happy household!

3.05.2014

No Bake Energy Bites


Ok, I am doing everything possible to eat right and train for my next half marathon. Its a must that I keep something to snack on at all times and having that little something just to take the edge off. These are perfect for just that!


They are so easy to make and very yummy! Here is what you need.


1 Cup of dry oatmeal
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c flaxseed
1/3 c honey
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Let chill in refrigerator for about 1 hour then roll into small bite size bites. Store in container for freshness. These are very good!


Yummy and healthy. 

3.03.2014

Weekend Visit for Sorority Parents Day


We had a fun weekend because we had the chance to visit Dallas for sorority Parents Day at college. During the event they had a "make your own ice cream bar" which is always a fun idea.


The girls have been hard at work this year. I am so glad that Dallas has had the opportunity to take part in all of the activities. They really are such a hard working group of girls.

Eddie, Trey, and I were very excited to see Dallas.


Selfie time!


My sweet angels!


Here is the best story of the day. There was a raffle and when the three of us walked by to see all the prizes there was a scarf I really wanted. Trey told me he was going to win it for me and guess what.....he did! When they called out his name and he walked up to pick it up all the college girls said, "Ohhhhhhhhh so sweet." He was so excited he won it for me!


Then we had lunch before heading back. Mexican is always a winner.


I love anytime they leave markers on the table to draw. It reminds me of the teenage years! We only have a week left and we get to have Dallas home for Spring Break. We are looking forward to lots of movie nights and a fun time.

3.02.2014

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe


I made my traditional Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe for Christmas and it was a hit. With Easter right around the corner I think this will be on the menu again for lunch. This is one recipe you will want to keep and have on your menu for your next event. I usually only make this for holidays so everyone can look forward to it and it stays a special dish.



Items needed:

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
Topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes, until hot and browned.
    Serves 6 to 8.

    3.01.2014

    Tarnished Silver and How to Make it Look New


    I love displaying my favorite jewelry pieces on top of my bathroom counter top so I can see a few key pieces each morning. I recently purchased a very pretty silver tray with my monogram in the inside from Pottery Barn. It very quickly tarnished and the only problem is, my silver polishing cloths were not doing anything for it at all. Since we are stuck inside for a couple of days with the snow in our city which is something we have never experienced I decided to try out a little Pinterest trick, and WOW  it works!.




    So here is what you need to do --
    Boil water in a pot, add in one tablespoon of baking soda and a square of tin foil, and drop in the pieces that you would like to remove the tarnish from.



    Within seconds it was clean and looked brand new!





    Perfect way to bring silver back, have you tried this before?

     


     
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