First Progress Report

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Today is Sunday, April 30, 2017 and I’ve lost four pounds in the past two weeks. Typically, I’ve been told, that losing 1 pound a week is a healthy number but I’ll take two. In the past this has been fairly typical for me when getting started on losing weight. These past two weeks I’ve stopped going out to lunch with co-workers and have quit eating sugar. I also started working out again but didn’t get far due to bronchitis. I’m hoping to keep the momentum and lose another pound by next Sunday. I feel good about this.

If I keep up with what I’m doing it will be achievable!

This is Why You’re Fat

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While walking through the virtual aisles of the Amazon bookstore I found this title, This is Why You’re Fat (And how to get thin forever) by Jackie Warner. The title got my attention because… well… honestly it’s quite rude, but also speaks of tough sugarless love. I pulled it off the shelf and scrolled through the sample pages and decided to buy the book. Why not? I think I need some tough love.

I’ve read a lot of fitness and weight loss books, worked with a trainer and a nutritionist before, and as I read through some of the book it all rang true. She adds the science behind why you should or should not eat certain foods, and she has you follow a plan that has you eating more food that you can eat. After I went through the plan for two weeks I was eating healthy and had actually quit sugar! That’s huge for me because that’s one of my vices.

Each day you have to eat all of these healthy foods like veggies, protein, fruit, grains etc. She says you can eat all the bad food you normally eat but you have to add all of these foods as well. That’s a lot of food. For me I wanted to achieve the goal and found that it was hard to eat all of my bad food AND what she wanted me to eat. By the end of the second week I wasn’t craving sugar and actually wanted to eat the healthy stuff.

It’s been a while since I’ve read it and plan to go back and read it again soon. With any plan, it doesn’t work unless you actually do it. Reading, being told by others (trainers, nutritionists, healthy friends) doesn’t do a bit of good unless you DO it. That’s one of my problems. I’m armed with the knowledge but I have to CHOOSE to do it. So I choose YES!

Check the book out. It’s very worth it.

Yummy Snack Tray

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Starbucks protein trays look so pretty, and are delicious, but they are a bit pricey and have more calories than what I can have, so I decided to try to make one of my own. This tray, after plugging everything into the myfitnesspal app, comes out to 300 calories.  Score! It was so yummy that I made another one the next day!

Ingredients:

1/8 cup raw unsalted almonds, 1 ounce colby cheese, two strawberries cut in half, 9 grapes, and one boiled egg.

Spinning Love

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People who love spinning are insane. I remember thinking that, watching from the safety of my elliptical, as my fellow gym members walked into the spinning room dry, and came out drenched, like they had gone to a swimming class instead. What was even stranger was they always had smiles on their faces. After taking a beating like that? What gives?

Of course I had to solve the mystery so I tried it out and fell into spinning love. I was training for the MS150 at the time and figured the extra training would help, and it really did. The trainer was so upbeat, had us cheering, laughing and sweating rivers. When it was over I felt like I had really accomplished something, and after a few classes, I was stronger. My butt wasn’t happy with me though. It’s true the seats are butt killers, but with some padded cycling shorts, some time out of the saddle during class, and experience it’s not so bad.

Recently I’ve decided to give home workouts a try. I haven’t been going to the gym, and it’s largely due to lack of time, but if I’m being honest with myself I just don’t like the atmosphere of public gyms. If I’m there with a trainer or a gym buddy it’s a little bit better, but I’m just not being consistent so I’m giving this a try.

With that little bee buried in my bonnet I decided to get myself an affordable spinning bike for home and follow some online classes. Years ago I had purchased one from amazon but it came with a warped flywheel. It came with a one year warranty so I called the support number and they said we could ship the bike back and get a replacement. Sounded nice at first, but when I realized I had to pay for shipping, and that price was almost as much as the bike cost me, I decided to stash it away in the house. I tried to use it, and you still can it’s just very loud and feels wobbly as you ride it, but it’s not going to work if I’m serious about this.

After some searching I found the Bladez Fitness Stratum GS II from Sears. After taxes it came out to a little bit over $300. It was important for me to get it locally so if it breaks I don’t have to ship it back. I wish I could give it a review but it’s still in the box. It arrived at my local sears and I picked it up, but then got really sick and have been sick with bronchitis for two weeks. I’m starting to feel a bit better so I hope to assemble it this weekend and give it a brief little spin. Once I do, I’ll be back with a review. I’m super excited about trying this baby out!

Back To Work

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Today I was able to get back to work after being home so many days being sick. Getting up was actually easy. The steroids they are giving me makes my heart race so I’m fully of energy. So much so that it’s hard to sleep. Feels like I’m on speed. But as the day has gone on I’m worn out already, chest hurts and I’m starting to lose my voice. I’m a little frustrated with it and really want to get busy with my workouts again but can’t.

Positives are, I did bring my lunch and snacks today in my groovy lunch kit, and lunch was leftovers from my chicken quinoa bowl and I’m pleasantly surprised that it keeps well overnight. I’m hoping we can put my new spinning bike together tonight, and tomorrow morning I’m making a variation of one of the Damn Delicious trays for breakfast.

Perhaps I’m an optimist. Even though something goes wrong I try to pick out some positives from it. Oddly enough I’ve found this frustrates people around me. Not sure why, but I still do it. You never know. Your positivity might make someone’s day.

I’m happy that I’ve eaten healthy all day, haven’t eaten any sweets (another blog post lol) and even though I can’t work out, I’m on track.

Hope your day was excellent. Thank you for checking in.

My Mango Dream

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Kayaking is so much fun. It’s hard work and a great full body workout. Don’t think that the only thing that’s going to hurt the next day are your arms. You use every muscle in your body to stay afloat and glide across the water. But where does a person who is over weight find a kayak that they can fit into that won’t flip you over the minute you adjust your seating because its making your thighs uncomfortable? I wondered the same thing until I found the twelve foot Malibu Stealth fishing Kayak. We primarily go lake kayaking and want to go fishing as well.

The people we bought it from were great at showing us the models and explaining all the features. This kayak is a sit-on-top kayak meaning you don’t have to put your legs into it which is great. It gives a larger person more room for their thighs and butt like mine and these babies are made so stable that you can stand on top of them to fish. Uh I don’t see myself standing on mine anytime soon, or ever, but the fact that you CAN means its hard to flip them. We bought two of the same model, mine being a mango color and his being red. They are 60 pounds each and twelve feet long so they aren’t easy to lift, but the two of us manage to get them up on the roof rack of my car. You can see in the picture below that its crazy, and wonder, is the car carrying the kayak or the other way around?

Some people joke and call them barges, but I don’t have trouble getting it going, and once you do, its like gliding. The ride is smooth, the deck feels roomy even for me, and I feel confident in the stability. I’ve rocked it from side to side, rode in heavy waves and never felt afraid. I would recommend getting a trailer or a bed extender. Even though you can get them on a roof rack its better not to. It’s a work out getting them up there and we get tired before we even get to the water. Then you have to take them down and get them to the water, paddle around and then guess what? You gotta put them back up and then back down. Whew! Makes me tired writing it. We plan on getting a trailer once we agree upon what kind to get. But that’s another story.

Lion’s Bike for Sight

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Cycling is one of my favorite things to do. I even rode in the BP MS 150 Bicycle ride from Houston to Austin with my husband once. You really learn something about yourself doing something like that. Sadly I haven’t ridden in a couple of years and hope to get back to do it.

I’ve found that if I focus on a goal that requires me to work out and eat healthy I have good success at achieving it. One of my favorite rides is the Lion’s Bike for Sight. It usually occurs in September or October, so I have time to get ready for it. There are different distances you can take. We’ve done both the 40 mile and 22 mile. If you are getting ready for the MS 150 then the 40 mile and there’s one longer than that, are the ones to consider, but if you want a nice, challenging ride through the back roads then the 22 mile ride is the best choice. There’s even an exotic animal farm on the way.

We’ve ridden it a few times and have seen the animals a couple of times but what I’m reminded of most when I see the sign for the farm, whether they are out that day or not, is that beyond the farm there’s a long winding hill that leads to a hill that is so vertical that you would think its a cliff. So this will be goal number one for 2017 towards a healthier life. I haven’t been able to find the actual date but once I do I will post more.

Here is a picture of my road bike that carried me over the wild mini mountains of the Texas hill country and will continue on in 2017. She’s a 2001 Bianchi with Veloce Campagnolo components and Speedplay clip-in pedals.