Haven’t posted in Forever

Okay, so no excuses really other than frustrated about exercise and diet not working to push me over the mountainous plateau.  BUT!  Listen up people.  I finally did it.  This is what I changed so if you want to give it a try, please feel free.  It worked for me so maybe it will for you as well.

I started counting macros instead of calories.  This is really easy to do in MyFitnessPal so I just deleted the micros that MFP listed and kept/focused on the macros — carbs, fats, proteins.  My breakdown was 100, 140, 50.  I tried not to eat much sugar but, hey, a girl is gonna want to eat a treat now and then so I didn’t beat myself up if I popped a few Dove chocolates or had a bowl of ice cream.  I just didn’t make those treats a normal part of my everyday nutrition.

I noticed a change in 2 weeks so I am finally down another 5 lbs.

I did have to let my trainer go because I just couldn’t afford it and life was taking control.  There were other things that I wanted to do with that extra cash so I’m saving for a nice vacation to someplace fun and interesting.  I’m not sure how I am doing on body fat/lean mass ratio so will check on that next month once I get my ass in gear and start going to back to the gym at least 4 days a week.  Oh!  Also, this is huge for me (maybe not for you).  I started running and I am absolutely terrible at it — probably the slowest runner ever but I am keeping at it.  I have noticed improvement but it has taken a very long time to notice.  Cardio is just not my thing but this is a way for me to challenge myself and I love a good challenge so I’m going to continue as long as I don’t start to feel too many aches and pains.

Today I am going to sport a very interesting pair of leggins at the gym.  They are black and white Nike brand and kinda psychadelic.  I’m not a skinny minnie but I think these look pretty good considering I would never have worn them last year.  Plus, today is leg day so what better way to rock a cool pair of leggins after your legs are screaming from pushing weights and doing squats and lunges.  Can’t wait!

If any of you have facebook, go ahead and like Obarmuscle.  Not only is he good looking but he knows his nutrition and gives some great advice.  I owe the macro count to him.  Shout out to Obar!


Checking in

Weight is 147 today.  This is so frustrating to me!  I have worked hard exercising and been careful about eating healthy options but still I am stuck here.  Anyway, let me just move on from there.

So today was lower body workout day.  I am already feeling it too so tomorrow should be fun getting up stairs, sitting, and peeing.  Here’s the workout:

10 minute warmup on treadmill

dumb bell squats (3 x 10)

dumb bell back lunges (3×10)

abductor machine (3×10)

single leg deadlift with dumb bell (3 x 10)

donkey kick machine (3×10)

goblet squats (3×10)

single let step-ups with dumb bell (3×10)

plank (30 seconds on/30 seconds off)

Russian twists w/6 lb ball) (12×3)

I was supposed to do lateral steps with a band but I could do no more. 

After all this, I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill.

I also cooked a few new dishes today but since it’s late, no pics.  Maybe will post pics tomorrow evening after work.  I cooked a Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup.  It smells so good I cannot wait for lunch tomorrow.  I also prepared a quinoa dish with cranberries, green onions, sunflower seeds, shredded carrots, and a few other ingredients.  It looks tasty too. 

Even though the scale isn’t moving, I can definitely tell a big difference in my body.  The bloating is disappearing and things are looking tighter. Hopefully soon, I will break this plateau.  I’m not really sure what number I am looking for on the scale.  Maybe I shouldn’t be concerned with a number at all.  I would prefer to lose body fat over a number of pounds in body weight.  I certainly feel in better shape than I was a year ago so I am headed in the right direction.  🙂

Snow tomorrow!!!!!

The weatherman says we are expecting a snow storm tomorrow so what would normally be my rest day from the gym, turned out to be my upper body day.  Here’s what I did:

5 minute warm up on treadmill

modified pushups (15 reps/3 sets)

chest press (15 reps/3 sets – 15 lbs)

seated lat raises with dumb bells (15 reps/3 sets – 5 lbs)

pec deck machine/reverse flys (15 reps/3 sets – 30 lbs for first 2; then 20 lbs for last set)

octane machine (5 minutes); dips on bench (15 reps); tricep kick backs (15 – 8 lbs); alternating front delt raises (15 reps – 8 lbs) {repeat the whole sequence 3 times)

I hope the snow misses us but it isn’t supposed to start until 7am so I will already be up and getting ready for work.  I feel good that I got my workout in today just in case I can’t get to the gym tomorrow.  Go me!

Also, tomorrow is the start of our pedometer challenge at work so I need to get in at least 5 miles a day.  Snow and no work would not be good considering I would have to make up those miles on another day.  Hoping for NO SNOW!

Wonderful Workout, How I Love Thee

I had a great workout today.  I thought the trainer would put me through circuits but she forgot about it so we did lots of different squats.  I still have tightness in my right hip so I think the squats helped that a bit.  After an hour of squats, deadlifts, stability exercises, and abs, I did majority walking at a fast pace with a few spurts of running for a little over 30 minutes.  It was much needed.  So for those of you with tightness in the hips who are having problems doing squats, I found a remedy that worked for me.  I put a 5 lb plate under the heel of each foot (you can go smaller but you need to be able to put your weight on it without the weight coming out from under your heel).  Part of my problem is the tight hip and the other part is being confident enough that I will not fall on my ass.  I know they say ass to grass but the idea is to not lose your footing.  Anyway, this worked for me so I was able to get lower without losing balance.

I’m preparing a few foods tonight:  quinoa salad with carrots, cranberries, green onions, and a few other ingredients.  Rosemary roasted chicken breasts, and roasted butternut squash.  Yesterday, I cooked the pork loin in the oven and put the Tastefully Simple Pomegranite Chipotle Glaze on top.  I tried a little this morning and thought it needed a little something extra so I stopped at the grocery and picked up freshly made green salsa (tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, onion) to go on top and a dollop of full fat sour cream.  This is really good!  Of course, I have all my salad fixins because I can only go a day or so without my big salad.  I don’t typically buy lower fat foods.  Our bodies do need fat and buying low fat usually means there are added sugars and other ingredients that I would like to avoid.  The manufacturers add in those other yummies to make them more palatable since you are not getting the fat.  Anyway, don’t get the low fat.


Saturday Finally!!!!

O.M.G.  What a crappy week.  I went to the gym only once.  I was completely exhausted due to work so when I went home, all I wanted to do was go to sleep.  Being stressed all day really does a number on me.  And I know I did not post any good food pictures but really the only thing new that I prepared with all those veggies was a cucumber salad.  It was okay and I probably will not make it again.  I like cucumbers better by themselves or just in a regular salad mixture.

Last weekend I purchased Jaybird wireless earbuds so I could listen to music while working out at the gym without getting tangled up.  These earbuds suck!  They were $189 and they SUCK!  Today they are going back to the store and I don’t want to hear shit about them not being returnable because they are used.  They must be made for people with very large ear holes because they will not stay in even with the smallest plugs in the box.  My ears are of a normal size.  Maybe I will try the Beats brand but I was kinda looking for something that wouldn’t mess up my do. 

NOW, the good news is that I lost lbs this week.  I did eat a few more carbs than usual so maybe I need more carbs to burn during the day.  Drumroll puleeze….147.5!  🙂  AND, I also got a fun new hairdo last night complete with a new color.  It is not exactly what I asked the stylist for but I like it anyway.  I asked for red and selected the swatch that I wanted.  Nothing like a fire engine but more red than what I got.  The color that I got is a darker red and there’s still a blond highlight or two in the front.  I didn’t want the blond highlights either but I think it works.  Honestly, I think the stylist was a little scared of making such a drastic change.  Next time, we will do a little more red. 

I went to the gym today and did my workout.  They have a new machine that I tried out.  So 10 minutes on that machine (Octane sideways machine), next some weights (only a few lower body weighted exercises since tomorrow is lower body day), and then 10 minutes of regular Octane.  I wanted to try running but there were great runners on the treadmills today so I didn’t run.  I like my space and find it hard to run next to someone.  Maybe when/if I ever improve at running.

So tomorrow is food prep day.  I have a pork roast that I may cook tonight and I also have some butternut squash.  A lot of butternut squash.  A couple chicken breasts and a salmon filet, spinach and some kale. Oh, and I have some pretty colorful peppers.  Can’t wait! 

Weekly Weight Check In

Today is my REAL check in since I was over-tasked yesterday with work, pets, gym, and much needed sleep.  Drum roll please \ / \ / \ / 149.5 because I weighed myself without the heavy socks that I had on Saturday when I had my gym weigh in at 150.8 (a little over 1 lb).  I wanted to go to the gym this evening too but giving it one more day since I have had a scratchy throat and sinus congestion for a few days.  I will spend my Friday evening doing cardio.  OHHHH!  My trainer gave me a drill to go through plus I can still do some things on my own if I wish which I will.  I know Saturday we are doing lower body so no lower tomorrow – just cardio, abs, upper body.  I think my biceps are getting smaller.  Maybe my imagination but I am keeping a watchful eye on them.  It took me almost a year to get rid of the flabby underarm and back fat.  The least that could happen is for my biceps to remain a nice Goldilocks size (not too big, not too little, but juuussstttt righhhttt).

I ordered a few slow cooker and veggie cookbooks as well so I’m going to be trying a new recipe or two for next week.  I will try to post pics on Sunday as I did before.  I am proud of me!  I haven’t had any sugar in 2 days not counting the Zinga chocolate coconut protein bar.  Now this bar only had 10 grams of protein which I suppose is okay for a bar but nothing to boast about.  I washed it down with DaVinci chocolate whey protein shake made with water.  That topped my breakfast off today at a whopping 31 grams of protein.  That’s what I’m talking about!

Wednesday Check In (but not really)

I know I am supposed to check in on Wednesdays but I go to the gym on Wednesdays after work so I don’t have much time.  A better check in would be Thursdays so that’s what I’m doing.  Also, I’m thinking of some good mind games to play while I am getting fit.  I thought about 10 bracelets on one arm and move them over to the other arm one at a time until I lose 10 lbs.  I may be wearing noisy bracelets for a while though so it may get on my nerves.  Someone mentioned a similar method by using 2 jars and marbles.  Maybe I will try that.  Okay, so more tomorrow.  I’m tired and turning in.  I really would like CANDYYYYYYYY but I am taking my ass to bed.