Sick…boo!

I’m getting over a small cough and sore throat. The past couple days was fairly rough. I’m feeling much better today, yay! So, week 1 of the Fit Girl’s Guide 28 Day Jumpstart…I thought it was great! Andrew and I loved the breakfast, lunches and dinners.

The breakfast was Overnight Oats all week. I just love being able to prep my breakfast in the evening and have it be grab and go in the morning. The lunch this week was a rice/bean/veggie bowl with chicken. I thought it was awesome! We prepped 3 or 4 at a time and then could have them all week. I just heated mine up in the microwave and added some spinach and sriracha. I’m fine having the same thing every day for lunch for the week however Andrew needs some more variety. That’s something we’ll need to adjust after the 28 days.

Dinner during the week was two options: sweet potato-based tacos and pita pizzas. We loved these dinners! They are super easy to do a lot of the prep beforehand so you’re not doing too much in the evening. I don’t like taking an hour in the evening to do dinner prep and then another 30 minutes to cook it. I really love being able to do all of the prep beforehand, likely on Sunday, and cutting down on the time it takes to make dinner during the week.

Overall, the first week went really well. The meals were great and both Andrew and I lost some weight! WHEE!

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Week 1 Breakfasts

With the Fit Girl’s Guide, the breakfasts for week 1 are overnight fridge oats. I used to make something like this when I lived in Maryland. What’s super great about this is that you can prep 3 days of breakfasts in one evening. It’s a grab and go breakfast, which is my favorite!

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Getting some Overnight Oats ready for Andrew and me

If you’re looking to try overnight oats, here’s a great starting place: Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Happy Thursday!

The Danger Zone

The past few months I’ve been running hot and cold with my healthy living journey. When something external happens that stresses me out, it is the first thing to go. Even though I know it shouldn’t be! So, after a few weeks of whining and being super lazy, I’m back at it. Today I made a to do list with meal planning and working out at the top.  Today I worked out for the first time in a while. I’m back at the beginning of Couch 2 5K. I’ve never been a runner and for the most part I really hate it. However, it’s different cardio from spinning and I have an app on my phone that has all the intervals. I don’t have to think all that much to do it, which is always something I want from going to the gym. As an added bonus, running doesn’t require any extra equipment, even though I go to the gym and run on the treadmill. I also made some notes for what I want to eat this week. There’s some mozzarella in the fridge that needs to be used up, so that’s a recurring theme for my meals.

I’ve worked out and I’ve meal planned (roughly), but what I really want to write about is the Danger Zone. The Danger Zone is days 4-14 of getting back into the swing of things when I really need to stay on top of my work outs and my eating. It really stems from patience and motivation. More specifically, my lack of it! After eating healthily and working for a few days (even just one), I want to be able to see a real difference. You know, a 10-pound difference. I’m just so impatient! I constantly forget that my body needs 1-2 weeks to actually process the good things I’ve done for it. I want the results now!  It makes it extremely hard for me to not give up after a few days citing “no results.” After about two weeks, I can see the results or at least feel them, so I’ve left the Danger Zone.

To try to combat my lack of patience and to try to increase my motivation during the Danger Zone, I think I’m going to create a vision board. Way back when I lived in Colorado, I had a nifty one that I liked. Since then I’ve been collecting pictures that I like, meaning to put them together. I’ve also gotten out a pair of my jeans that I want to fit into again. I’m going to hang them in the bedroom so I see them in the morning.

Any other tips for surviving the Danger Zone?

I <3 Gyros

Friday night Ashley came over for dinner and we had a nice time making gyros with lamb. They came out super delicious. I’m telling you, you can’t go wrong with the gyro recipe from Eat This Not That Supermarket Survival Guide. We also putzed around on our laptops and overall had a nice low key evening. Bonus: I have leftover lamb for more gyros!

Later that night I was waffling over whether to go to a spin class or step class Saturday morning. I knew I wanted to do a strength workout, but I wasn’t sure what kind of cardio I wanted with it. I decided not to set my alarm and see when I woke up. I would figure out cardio later. At 8 am on Saturday, this little bundle of joy woke me up.

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“I am not nearly as cute when I’m waking my human up really early”

Both classes started at 9, so I could have made either of them, but I was really slow getting going in the morning. I decided I would do either elliptical or the treadmill at the gym for cardio (I debated running outside, but decided against it). This may not seem like a big decision to some people, but for me this is pretty huge. I don’t like running. I don’t like running outside. I don’t like running inside. I don’t like simulated running that’s better for your joints.

Even so, I did a warm up on the elliptical and I voluntarily did 15 minutes of running/walking on the treadmill. I’m fairly impressed with myself. I’m very excited that I’ve been being active so that I can say “I want to run on the treadmill today” and then go do it. A few months ago, I definitely would have laughed at you if you told me to do that.

Today I also ran some errands (I had some items to return at Nordstrom and Gap) and unpacked some boxes. I finished unpacking three boxes and I’m already starting on my second box of things to give away. Woo hoo! Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get through some more boxes and do some furniture re-arranging. 🙂

3/7: Food Recap

Lately, I feel like I need to get back to the basics of weight loss: eating right and working out. I’ve decided to go back to seriously tracking my food. My new trainer asked me if I track my food and I said sort of. She then asked me if there was something I remember doing that was really successful for me. For me, that’s tracking my food. It reminds me to not eat an entire bags of Cheetos which is good. Yesterday I downloaded MyFitnessPal on my phone and I love it! On the website, you can pull a daily report of what you’ve eaten. I can copy and paste it and TA DA, ready to blog! I’m not sure if the calories burned are accurate, but that’s ok. I’m working out which is what counts. Putting in food is really easy on the Windows Phone app. I actually prefer it to the website. I’ve been looking for a good way to track on my phone and I think I found it! Now I just need a dailymile Windows Phone app. I just got my OAuth problem fixed for Buffer, so maybe dailymile is next! I’ll be geeking out this weekend, what will you be doing?

FOODS Calories
Breakfast
Danon – Oikos Greek Organic Yogurt – Vanilla – Fat Free, 150 g 120
Kellogg’s – Special K Vanilla Almond Cereal (Net Carbs), 3/4 cup 110
Lunch
Caveman Cookie – Alpine, 1 cookies 75
Fresh Express – * Lettuce – 5 Mix (Green, Red, Butter, Romaine, Radiccho), 85 g 15
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing – Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons 192
Banquet – Original Brown ‘n Serve Fully Cooked Sausage Patties, 2 patties 150
Bob – Bibimbob, 0.3 bowl 176
Dinner
Safeway Signature Cafe – Stompin’ Steakhouse Chili With Beans, 1 cup 240
Fresh Express – Baby Spinach Raw, 32.5 g 10
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing – Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil, 1 tablespoons 96
Snacks
Lucerne – Light String Cheese, 1 stick 50
Generic – Banana, 1 Banana 118g 106
TOTAL: 1,340
EXERCISES Calories Minutes
Cardiovascular
Spinning® 574 49
TOTALS: 574 49

3/1: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • Special K Protein Meal Bar, strawberry

Lunch

  • Salsa-marinated chicken breast
  • Peppers & onions
  • Special K cereal bar, vanilla crisp

Dinner

  • Panera You Pick Two: broccoli cheddar soup & spinach power salad
  • Yogurtland frozen yogurt: chocolate cake batter, cinnamon graham cracker (total 8 Oz.)

Snacks

  • 1/2 maple doughnut
  • 1/2 chocolate cake doughnut
  • 2 turtles

My snacking is obviously a little out of control. I don’t know if you’re getting tired of hearing, “I’m going to plan! For reals this time!”, but I’m getting tired of saying it too. Yesterday I wrote down a list of things that I want for snacks and I can take that list to the grocery store to start with. From there, hopefully Andrew and I will get some planning time in this weekend.

We’re going to the Emerald City Comicon, so that will take up the bulk of our weekend. We’ve also made the big decision that we want a dog. Well, it wasn’t that big. Both of us love dogs and we’ve been wanting to get one for a long time, but with our travel schedules and that small detail that we didn’t live together, it couldn’t happen. Now that we live together and I travel less and work from home, we have a much better environment for a pet. Tomorrow we’re going to go to a meet and greet with one of the dogs we’re interested in. In the afternoon we’re going to stop by an adoption event as well. I can’t wait to have an adorable puppy running around and being cute (and hopefully not peeing everywhere, lol)! Andrew feels the same and we’re so excited!!!!

Today I did a spin class at noon. I really liked this spin class; I’m planning on putting it in as a standing appointment in my calendar and scheduling around it. The instructor was motivating but not in a crazy, are-you-effing-kidding-me-I-can’t-go-any-faster kind of way. The most exciting part is that she sets her workouts to music! Huge win! FINALLY! I’m so glad there is at least one spin instructor at Pro Club who understands the positive effects music can have on a workout. It turns out she also does personal training, so I’m hoping to set up a session with her next week. Whee!

2/28: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • Leftover Cheetos :\
  • Orange juice

Lunch

  • Salsa chicken over peppers & onions

Dinner

  • Korean restaurant, Stone
  • Vegetable tempura
  • Chicken Bi-bim-bob
  • Wine

Snacks

  • Doughnuts that Andrew brought home from a local bakery. *rolls eyes* Stop bringing home delicious things!

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Andrew and I went to see Amaluna tonight. It’s the new Cirque du Soleil touring show. The acts were amazing, but I didn’t read about it beforehand so I felt the story was very shakily put together. Apparently it’s based on The Tempest. Once I heard that, it all made sense.

My favorite thing about the Cirque show is that it featured all kinds of women. These are women who are obviously in great shape; the things they do require high amounts of strength and concentration. Looking at the different performers, there were different body shapes. I really loved that. If you look at tumblr, you start to think that all women who are in shape have crazy amazing abs or a thigh gap. Some of these women did have those things, but a lot of them didn’t have super well-defined muscles (when not flexing) or a thigh gap. It was so nice to see real women doing amazing things. After seeing Amaluna, Andrew and I both felt like we needed to hit the gym 24/7, haha!

2/27: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • Special K Protein Meal Bar: Chocolate Caramel

Lunch

  • Indian lunch buffet with Andrew: naan, veggie samosa, paneer, rice, veggie korma, lamb & basil meatballs, chicken vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, kheer.

Dinner

  • Zeeks Pizza, Cherry Bomb & Thai One On
  • Cheetos
  • Salt & Vinegar chips
  • Root beer with rum 🙂

Snacks

  • Late night: orange juice

Lunch was super delicious today. Did I eat too much? Yes. Did I come home and lay on the couch so the carb coma could take over for 10 minutes? Yes. Was it super-duper yummy? Most definitely. While I probably ate too much for lunch and I could have done with less carbs, I love Indian. I’m ok with indulging in an Indian lunch buffet every now and then. As long as it stays a treat and indulgence, I think it’s fine.

Now that I’ve said “every once in awhile,” today wasn’t planned very well. Tonight was a gaming night at our place. Andrew had some guys over to play Halo 4 and they brought snacks. While I loved having people over, in the future, if we know we’re going to be splurging for dinner, lunch shouldn’t be a splurge as well. Sigh. Lessons learned.

I went to spin class tonight as well. Except I showed up 30 minutes late! I got in a 30 minute work out. At Pro Club, the Monday/Wednesday spin class is at 6 and the Tuesday/Thursday spin class is at 6:30. I got my days mixed up. I really enjoyed the 30 minute spin I did get to do. I’ll definitely be trying this class again. The instructor did the ride which was good. I really like her drills. Each drill was repeated a few times which I liked. Apparently she also repeated the set of drills. I think that’s really cool. Then you already have some idea of what’s coming up.

2/26: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • Banana
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Sausage (2)

Lunch

  • Hearty tomato basil soup
    tomato soup

Dinner (@Caffe Rococo)

  • Salami & roast beef panini (eaten open face)
  • Side salad: Spinach, pecans, dried cranberries, balsamic vinaigrette

Snacks

  • Hot chocolate
  • Chai w/coconut syrup at Caffe Rococo
  • Late night: pancakes

This morning I woke up early, like super early, and I went to a spin class. I’m trying to go to a bunch of spin classes to find a few that I really like. the instructor for this class wasn’t as talkative at Janelle who did the class last night. However, Janie did ride the workout with us. I really like it when the instructor does the ride too. Otherwise, I find myself thinking “Sprint? Bitch, please. You’re just sitting on the bike!” Even if the instructor has taught 4 other classes that day. One thing I have noticed about the instructors so far is that they don’t utilize music to establish pace. For me, this is a huge missed opportunity. Music can help you exercise harder and more effectively. Using the beat of a song as a base pace is something that come naturally. I’ll still be looking for my favorite spin classes at Pro Club that have all the great features of the spin classes I miss from Bethesda.

This evening was my weekly hang out/dinner date with Ashley and tonight we decided to go to downtown Kirkland. It is adorable! We went to a coffee shop that wasn’t so crowded that we felt guilty for taking up a table for a few hours. Downtown Kirkland is very walkable with lots of shops, restaurants, cafes, bakeries and galleries. I’m really excited to go back and continue exploring. Andrew really enjoys downtown Kirkland as well, so it’ll be a very easy case for me to make on a weekend.

Downtown Kirkland cares about pedestrian safety! Each side of the crosswalk has flags to carry with you to make you more visible.

Downtown Kirkland cares about pedestrian safety! Each side of the crosswalk has flags to carry with you to make you more visible.

2/25: Food Recap

Breakfast

  • nothing 😦

Lunch

  • Lamb stew
  • Pearl onions (omg delicious!)
  • Sauteed peppers

Dinner

  • Butter chicken with veggies (we got some Butter Chicken sauce at World Market this weekend. I’ll definitely be getting it again; it was scrupmtious!)
  • Dark chocolate with strawberries & sea salt

Snacks

  • Skittles
  • Oreos

Today I also went to my first spin class in awhile. It felt really good. I feel like the workout was a good one and I pushed myself pretty hard. I’m so excited to continue working out this week! I still need to find time to merge my eating plans together and go grocery shopping for them.