Friday, October 24, 2014

Fit Friday!

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The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 1 pound

To Go: 49 to go
Total Lost: 6 pounds

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest / Walk all over Detroit :)
Monday - T25 Beta Rip't Circuit
Tuesday - T25 Beta Dynamic Core
Wednesday - T25 Beta Speed 2.0
Thursday - T25 Beta Dynamic Core
Friday  - T25 Beta Upper Focus
Saturday - T25 Beta Speed 2.0

Week 4 complete. I took a picture the day I started Beta / my new lifestyle and another picture October 15th to document my first month. I don't think I'm ready to share these pictures here yet, but WOW. I was pretty surprised at how big of a difference I saw!

Eats this week:



Sunday - Breakfast was coffee and a Trader Joe's Spinach and Broccoli Quiche. I am serious about my quiche and this is one of the best out there, especially for a frozen meal. As hard as I try I cannot replicate the deliciousness of this quiche. Lunch was Little Cesar's pizza. I had a slice of pepperoni and a slice of pretzel pizza. YUM. Oh, and a glass of red wine.



Dinner was the best tofu pad thai. Seriously, anytime we are near my parents we have to get this. So good! I had a cup and a half with a cup of sugar snap peas and a glass of white.



Monday - Breakfast was 3/4 cup Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds with Unsweetened Almond Milk and a hard boiled egg. 



Lunch was the same sandwich from last week - TJ ciabatta bread with smoked turkey, spinach and TJ Cucumber Dill Dip and two clementines. YUM. I'm seriously obsessed with this sandwich. Snack was almonds and an apple. Dinner was leftover tofu pad thai.



Tuesday - Breakfast was a TJ Lemon Poppyseed Muffin with Greek Yogurt and a hard boiled egg. 



Lunch was the same sandwich from yesterday with 2 clementines and half a Green Monster Mocha Smoothie. I finally found the perfectly balanced lunch that kept me full until around 4:00. I had an apple and almonds for snack. 



Dinner was a Naked Burrito from Qdoba. We didn't get our Qdoba fix last week so I had a major craving for it. There is a special going on where you get extras (guac, fajita veggies, queso, etc) at no extra charge so I took advantage and got the gauc and veggies. Wow. It really made my meal! I didn't realize what I was missing. So good.



Wednesday - So instead of my usual egg in a cup with a Mocha Green Smoothie I decided to put my egg in a mug concoction on a TJ ciabatta roll. GENIUS. It was such a treat and so filling. Best decision! Lunch was another sandwich with 2 clementines and half a Green Monster Mocha Smoothie. 



I had an apple and TJ Sour Cream and Onion Puffs for snack.The TJ Puffs are so good and you get 2.5 cups for 140 calories. Yes please!



Dinner was slow cooker curry chicken on brown rice.There really is no better feeling than coming home to dinner ready and the house smelling delicious. 


Thursday - Breakfast was Honey Bunches of Oats with almond milk and since I was still hungry about 1.5 hours later I also ate half a TJ Lemon Poppyseed muffin. 



Lunch was leftover slow cooker curry chicken with brown rice. I swear this meals tastes better the next day. I heart leftovers! 



Snack was an apple and TJ's Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt with almonds. I missed this snack! Such an oldie but a goodie.



A new habit I got into was sipping hot water with lemon before bed. I like it even better than tea right now. It really hits the spot. I like to think it aids in digestion but I really have no idea. 



Dinner was a Greek Chicken Salad that G and I shared. Yum! It hit the spot.



Friday - Breakfast was two hard boiled eggs and half of a berry green smoothie. Lunch will be more slow cooker chicken curry leftovers. My snack will probably be an apple and almonds again. I have no idea what dinner will be tonight because we're going to my boss' house for a team dinner. I'm sure it will be delicious and a good time!

How are you all doing?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a good one. Friday night I went to a girls night with fun friends. We ate good food. Drank wine. Laughed a lot. It was the perfect end to the week. Saturday I slept in until ten which is so unlike me. I cleaned the house, did laundry, cooked and then enjoyed a lazy afternoon catching up on shows and starting a new book.


Sunday was the Detroit Marathon and my mom was running in it. It was a perfect day for it. A bit cool in the morning (27 degrees, brr!) but by 9:00 a.m. it was in the 50s and the sun was shining.


It was so neat seeing so many people out running... on a freeway. So cool. I love cheering strangers on. It is so much fun!


I was with my brother Eric, G and my dad. I like to give myself credit for getting them to start cheering people on. I was the only one cheering the first half hour or so. I'm sure that got annoying so I had to make them join in.


This isn't a great picture, but my mom is running towards us. We cheered super loud for her. It was so funny because my dad was trying to take a picture of her and she was trying to take a picture of us. Ha! It is becoming quite the family tradition to do marathons. G did the Chicago Marathon in 2012. Eric did the Detroit Marathon in 2013. And my mom did the half this year. So proud of my family!!


After seeing my mom at the 8 mile mark we had some time to kill before heading to the 12 mile marker to cheer them on again. We walked over to Hart Plaza and walked along the boardwalk.


Oh, hey Canada!


I didn't even mean to be artistic, but this picture came out really cool. Love Detroit!


Not to get all ranty, but I hate how Detroit has such a bad rap. It really is such an awesome city. So eclectic. So Pretty. Good food. Good people. I digress, back to the marathon!


My mom and Elaine after the race! They did awesome! I was so proud. My mom ran for World Vision and raised money for the organization and now 27 people will have clean water for life. How amazing is that?! #Prouddaughter. 


It was a fun day in the city! I'm glad we got to support my mom and hang out with family. And we just could not have asked for better weather. It was rainy and freezing the day before so we really lucked out!


After the race we went back to my parents house to celebrate. We ate pizza (LOVE the Little Cesar's Pretzel Pizza!!) and hung out.


Jess and Ella met us back at the house so it was fun to get some sweet time in with them. We grabbed our favorite thai food and got home around 3:00. I'm telling ya, cheering is exhausting because I came home and crashed for about 2.5 hours. 


I woke up around 5:30 and ate Tofu Pad Thai with G. We watched a bit of Dexter and then I read. I'm reading The Hypnostist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty because I was obsessed with her other two books and this one does NOT disappoint.

It was a pretty great weekend! The perfect balance of productive, relaxing and fun. But the thing about weekends is they just go too fast!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fit Friday!

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The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: .4 pound

To Go: 50 to go
Total Lost: 5 pounds

Sure it's a little discouraging. But I promised myself I would be happy as long as the scale just kept going down. I ate out a lot this week. I'm lifting weights now. I need to start taking measurements because I know I must be losing inches.I know I'm still doing good. I just need to keep on doing what I'm doing.

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - T25 Beta Core Cardio
Tuesday - T25 Beta Upper Focus
Wednesday - T25 Beta Speed 2.0
Thursday - T25 Beta Rip't Circuit
Friday  - T25 Beta Speed 2.0
Saturday - T25 Beta Dynamic Core

Can you believe I'm more than half way down with Beta?! I sure can't. I am finishing up week 3 with 2 weeks to go! I'm wondering if I should do Alpha again afterwards. I think I might miss lifting so maybe I'll switch back and forth. Speed 2.0 is slowly becoming my new fave. We switch up the moves so much that the time just flies by.

Eats this week:



Sunday - Breakfast was two eggs in a cup with a Laughing Cow Cheese Light Swiss. Lunch AND dinner was tacos with lean ground beef, fat free sour cream and spinach. OMG. So good! 



Monday - Breakfast was eggs with LC Light Swiss and spinach with a Mocha Green Monster Smoothie. Lunch was an apple, edamame and Progresso Vegetable Soup. Snack was almonds and tea. 



Dinner was Italian Chicken in the crock pot with a side of mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas. Amazing!



Tuesday -  Breakfast was eggs with LC Light Swiss and spinach with a Mocha Green Monster Smoothie. Lunch was tofu pad thai with girlfriends. Snack was an apple and Biggby Cinnamon Honey Latte. I think I got a touch of food poisoning from the pad thai so I didn't have much of a dinner. I had a few sugar snap peas and some hummus with pita chips. It literally killed me to throw away my pad thai



Wednesday -  I still wasn't 100%, but I was feeling a lot better! Breakfast was two eggs with LC Light Swiss and spinach and the other half of my Biggby Cinnamon Honey Latte.  Lunch was Progresso Vegetable Soup and sugar snap peas. Snack was almonds and an apple. 



Dinner was super fun! We took some friends to Trader Joe's. They have never been before and they loved it! We all spent lots of money on yummy food and then loaded it into coolers and headed to Bahama Breeze. After 9:00 they have half off appetizers so I got these pork street tacos and they were amazing!!! And only $4!



Happy hour also included $4 martinis so I got this coconut pineapple martini and it was so yummy. It was such a fun night!
 

Thursday - Breakfast was eggs with LC Light Swiss and spinach with a Mocha Green Monster Smoothie. It's my jam right now! 




Lunch was a good one. I had 2 clementines and sugar snap peas with the best sandwich ever. I had TJ ciabatta bread with spinach and oven roasted turkey with cucumber dill dip. OMG. Best thing ever. Snack was an apple and almonds. Dinner was another fun one! We had plans to double date with our friend and his new gf. We sure did pick a perfect week for our oven to die! (Oh yeah, did I mention our oven died Tuesday? Good times!) I could get used to eating out every night, let the good times roll!



We went to my favorite place, Stillwater. G and I shared the combo so we shared some bread and salad and he got the ribs and I got the steak tips with a few fries. Holy yummy!!! It was delicious. The food was great, the company was great. Great night!



Friday - Breakfast was a nonfat cinnamon dolche cappuccino and a TJ Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin. A very sweet breakfast, but I liked it. My coffee maker isn't working so I've been buying coffee. G better fix it before I spend all the money on coffee, ha! Lunch is the same as yesterday: 2 clementines and sugar snap peas with the best sandwich ever. I'm going to a girl's wine night with friends from work so dinner will be wine and appetizers. My favorite!

So that's my week. It was a fun one. Eating out with friends. A yummy crock pot meal. A spinach and LC Swiss Cheese Quiche before the oven died. Coffee maker now not working and I'm slowing becoming a Starbucks/Biggby junkie. Week 3 of Beta complete.

I feel like I was pretty consistent this week though. I never ate to the point of feeling stuffed. I only ate what tasted good and stopped when it didn't. I do think I need to reign in the wine consumption and sugary coffee drink consumption to see a bigger loss next week.  How are you all doing? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Random Musings

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I saw the above quote on Pinterest and it really annoyed me. I don't agree with it. I love my life. I love my job. My husband. My pup. My house. My town. My state. My family. My friends. I adore my life and I wouldn't trade it for anyone else's. BUT. I still love a good vacation. I have lived in the same state my entire life so maybe that is why I love to travel? I love to explore a new town. Try new restaurants. Experience new things. See a large body of water. Experience God's beautiful creation. See how other people live. I feel free and relaxed. There aren't any pressures to do chores and it's an escape from my usual routine. It refreshes me. I look forward to vacations. I love spontaneous weekend getaways. And I don't think anything is wrong with that. I don't think that means I don't love the life I have. It just means I want to experience new things. Okay, thanks for listening. It feels good to have that off my chest. Do you agree? Disagree?

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Speaking of vacation... G and I are thinking about going to Chicago in November. It would be fun to see my brother, stay in a pretty hotel and see the sights. It's also tempting to stay home and paint the kitchen or stay in of our usual favorite places. Decisions! I need your help! If we decide to head to Chicago, where should we eat? What should we do? Where should we stay? Thanks!!!!

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Drinking tea out of my new mug that I made is my happy. Also? I put a little sign on my desk that says "Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle' and that makes me ridiculously happy too. It's the little things in life.

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We saw another double rainbow this week. Crazy! I go my whole life never seeing one and then I see two in two weeks time. 

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I don't know what it is about putting dinner in the crock pot before work, but it makes me feel like I'm winning at life!

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So G and I got this Chrome Cast for our TV and it is LIFE CHANGING. We can watch YouTube, Amazon Prime, church online, and Netflix from our phones ON THE TV. Technology is crazy! So we've been watching Dexter with our free month of Netflix to try it out. I don't love the second season as much as the first. Dexter is my favorite character and it stresses me out that they are investigating his work. It's taking a bit longer to get through, but still love it and all the complexity and surprises. G had football games to watch this weekend so I read a book and got hooked on Bones. Since I finished CSI: Miami I needed another crime show. I like that each episode is wrapped up in a pretty little bow.

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It's been kinda rainy here, but warm. I'll take it. It's a nice break from jacket and glove weather while walking Manny last week. I hope winter never comes.

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I used to not be a big fan of Biggby until I tried their Honey Cinnamon Latte. I'm such a fan now and a bit obsessed! It is really good, I highly recommend. I met up with some sweet friends for lunch yesterday and there was a Biggby next door so we had to stop! It's funny because there are now about five us in the office addicted to this drink. Thank goodness for BOGO coupons!

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Give me your randoms!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fit Friday!

The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 1.8 pound

To Go: 50.4 to go
Total Lost: 4.6 pounds


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Lets celebrate one month of being back on track and sticking to it. No binges. No deprivation. No starvation. It's just been about working out everyday, moderation, lots of fruits and veggies, and truly savoring food like a fine wine. I've been consistently losing each week, woohoo! This quote above just clicked for me. I don't want to struggle with weight my entire life. I just need to keep on keeping on. Keep being consistent even if I mess up and even if it feels like I have forever to go. I will get there. Slow and steady wins the race, right?!  

Crazily enough, I'm actually starting to just enjoy the journey. Instead of wanting so badly to get to the other side (i.e. my goal weight) I'm actually savoring this time. Enjoying it even. Enjoying the food I'm eating. Enjoying the workouts. Enjoying the weigh ins and seeing the number drop each week. Enjoying seeing my jeans fit better. 

My workouts this week:

Sunday - Rest
Monday - T25 Beta Dynamic Core
Tuesday - T25 Beta Core Cardio
Wednesday - T25 Beta Rip't Circuit
Thursday - T25 Beta Upper Focus
Friday  - T25 Beta Speed 2.0
Saturday - T25 Beta Rip't Circuit

Eats this week:



Sunday - Breakfast was two eggs in a cup with spinach and 1/4 cup feta. Lunch with the family was chicken chili, salad, and a cornbread muffin. Dinner was green beans and leftover mac and cheese I made Saturday.



Monday - Breakfast was a Mocha Green Monster Smoothie and an apple mid morning. Lunch was leftover chicken chili and carrots. My afternoon snack was a Fiber One Protein Coconut Almond and it was really good and filling. Dinner was a slice of pizza and green beans.



Tuesday - Breakfast was a Lean Cuisine Egg White Veggie Sandwich with half of a Pomegranate Blueberry Powerhouse Smoothie. Lunch was an Amy's Burrito and green beans. Snack was an apple and half of a Biggby Cinnamon Honey Latte. Dinner was leftover pizza and Brussels Sprouts. 



Wednesday - Breakfast was a Lean Cuisine Egg White Veggie Sandwich with the other half of my Biggby Cinnamon Honey Latte. Lunch was another Amy's burrito with zucchini this time. Snack was an apple and almonds. Dinner was a Qdoba Naked Burrito.



Thursday - Breakfast was a Lean Cuisine Egg White Veggie Sandwich and a Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal. I'm trying to eat more for breakfast and I notice it really does help me eat less the rest of the day. I usually space out my  breakfast though and eat the LC Sandwich after my Beta workout and enjoy the oatmeal a couple hours later at work. It works for me. Lunch was Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and Unsweetened Almond Milk with a few almonds. Snack was green beans. Dinner was crock pot Italian chicken with mashed potatoes and edamame.



Friday - Breakfast was a Lean Cuisine Egg White Veggie Sandwich and a Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal. I forgot how much I love oatmeal. YUM. Lunch will be Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and Unsweetened Almond Milk with a few almonds. I can be so boring sometimes. I like what I like and I just stick with it! I will probably have almonds and an apple again for an afternoon snack and I think tonight might be Mexican. I'm on a Mexican kick this week.

How are you all doing?
Anyone else loving oatmeal right now? Or celebrating a month of being back on track?