Monday, October 15, 2018

We Spent the Daylight Trying to Make Things Right Between Us

Let's start with this:
Yes, my friends, that is a 3.2 pound loss this week! I stepped on the scale expecting...I don't know, not that, that's for sure. Not only is it three pounds lost, but it also pushes me over the ten pounds down mark.

The big difference for this week was tracking. I was loosely keeping track of what I ate when I started this, but not actually logging anything. Last week I gave it a whirl and look where we are. I'll keep up the tracking this week and see how things go.

I always get a little nervous when I track. My brain tends to go to that "WE'RE ON A DIET WE NEED TO EAT ALL THE THINGS" place as soon as I put any sort of restriction on what I can and cannot eat. But, I didn't feel that way last week. I ate, I tracked, I lost weight. Whew.

I also had my first outdoor run in ages on Saturday. Night time runs have been creeping me out lately, so I've been at the gym. But, it was crisp and lovely on Saturday so instead of going to the gym, I went outside.
I didn't have my Garmin or any way to officially track the run. That's what happens when you decide to go for a run on a whim. So, I set the stopwatch on my phone and did my three mile route. The joys of running in the same neighborhood for years.

We had plenty of family time this weekend, too, which was wonderful. And I saw A Star is Born on Sunday with my sister. I have never seen any of the others so I don't know the story, but it was a good film and BEAUTIFULLY shot. Good for Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Hope you had a great weekend. Let's crush this week!

Oh, and for friends with fall races on their schedules (I'm looking at you, Free Press Marathon runners) good luck with your taper!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Then Get Back to Business

I got a bonus day off yesterday. Stayed home with a sick kiddo. He's still sick today, but my husband wasn't working so he stayed home with him. Whew. Some day I am going to take a "sick" day on a day when I know the kids are in school.

Last week's weigh in:
Slow and steady. So slow. So steady. I have to take a moment after each weigh in and remind myself that this is going to take time. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

My workout's have been the same. I switch between the elliptical and the treadmill. I do my weights three times a week.

Changing things up this week. Last Thursday I started logging my food. I also have really been focusing on not eating later at night. It's helped keep the snacking at bay. After I workout, I've had some chocolate milk and a string cheese to keep up the proteins and carbs. That's about all my stomach can handle. It takes a while for me to get hungry after a good sweat session.

Speaking of eating, it's Pumpkin Spice Season! I love pumpkin pie. It's been one of my favorites since I was little. All the pumpkin stuff looks so yummy, but is mostly just sugar and empty calories. I did get Pumpkin Spice Joe Joe's which are a delicious treat. They are also gone because my husband ALSO thinks they're a delicious treat. HA!

Inspired by Anna's husband, I made my own pumpkin oatmeal. I split a can of pumpkin puree between three jars of oats. Added a little almond milk to get the oats soaking (they're old fashioned oats), a couple of sliced almonds for crunch, then some pumpkin pie spice, and some Truvia. I keep the jars in the fridge, then just grab one for work. Today was my first time actually eating it. I added too much water--now I know for next time--but it's really good and tastes like pumpkin pie YUM!
It looks gross. I'm sorry.
The idea behind the pumpkin, from what I can remember from Anna telling me, is it's full of fiber so it fills you up and sticks with you even longer than regular oatmeal. I'll let you know.

AND, my husband made white chicken chili for dinner Sunday night. Which for some reason I keep calling Green Chicken Chili when I talk about it. I think it's the green chiles. It was sooo good. My husband loved it and so did I. I'll have that for lunches this week, though not as many as I would have liked. Not that many leftovers since someone really did eat A LOT of it. He's lucky I love him.

Tonight my sister and I have a Costco date. I'm so excited! I've never been so any healthy recommendations? Other than Costco cake? Seriously, I could eat a whole one myself!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Welcome Aboard the Struggle Bus

It has been a struggle to get my butt to the gym. It has been a struggle to eat the healthy lunches I packed instead of driving to McDonald's and hoovering Big Macs (and I don't even like meat!!!). It has just been a struggle this week.

But, as much as I have struggled, I still managed to get to the gym every day. I managed to not eat my feelings. I managed.

Can't ask for more than that, can we?

I am lucky because I have a supportive spouse who cooks for us. Instead of eating carbs for dinner all week (what's wrong with just eating pasta everyday?!?!), he made minestrone from the cookbook Run Fast Eat Slow. He made unstuffed peppers with brown rice. He cooked. I am thankful for that man, let me tell you.

It's Friday, though! We made it! Anything planned this weekend? I'm going to enjoy the fall weather and hanging out with my boys. Sounds like a pretty awesome weekend to me!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Out With the Old, In With the New

Happy October, y'all!

Michigan decided to celebrate the fall season by bringing on the rain. Fun!

I ended September like this:
Down almost seven pounds. I'll take it! Do I want it to come off faster? Yes. Do I want to adjust my diet that much to make it come off faster? Nope. It's all about sustainability.

I am LOVING my gym time. Which is good, since the Y is not cheap. I don't mind it. The only other gym by me is an LA Fitness and they are way too fancy and snotty for me. I'll stick with my YMCA.

I finished off the month with an hour on the elliptical and then my weight workout. This is what I do:
I'm sure there are fancy apps to track weights on machines at the gym, but just making notes on my phone works for me. I have to include notes for the leg extension because I never remember what settings I need it at and then I spend two minutes messing around with it before I can work out. Who has time for that nonsense?

Now on to October. I'm running a 5K on Thanksgiving but that's weeks from now. Thinking about running a Halloween themed race at the end of the month. Maybe the boys and I can run it together. Other than that, I'll stick to my gym routine.

Anyone have any good soup recipes? I love soup and could eat it every day!

Happy October!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Upside Down, Boy You Turn Me Inside Out

There's one week left in September. I would ask, "where has the time gone?" but I shoved a bunch of stuff into September so I feel like it's been a month.

Let's start with the basics, shall we?
In the grand scheme of things, I wish this was going faster. I get it, slow and steady wins the race. But, I wouldn't mind a nice couple of pounds loss one of these weeks.
I made it to the gym six out of seven days this week. Friday, we went to our local high school football game with the boys and by the time we got back it was too late for me to go. I marched in place and watched Food Network instead.

The other days looked a lot like this:
Treadmill

Elliptical

Treadmill

Elliptical

Elliptical

Weights
My favorite thing to do is to watch a movie that I only let myself watch when I'm working out. Last week, it was Justice League, The Mummy, and Ocean's 8. I have not finished The Mummy -- the new one with Tom Cruise -- and I don't know if I will, but the other two were good. I love Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

It's finally cooling down here, which you know what that means...SOUP WEATHER! I joke because for me, it's always soup weather. But, my husband now thinks it is, too. I made homemade Zuppa Toscana yesterday using this recipe. I subbed in turkey sausage for the pork sausage. Everything else I did the same. I tossed it all in my slow cooker and then got on with my day. I think I put the kale in for too long because it ended up a little mushy, but other than that, it was delicious!

The boys were gone yesterday so I went to the gym, then, while the soup cooked, I spent the day cleaning the house. I was reminded of my upper body workout when I started scrubbing my bathtub. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

All in all a great weekend and another pound down. I got this!

How was your weekend?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Out on the Streets, That's Where We'll Meet

It's the end of summer which means summer running gear goes on sale. Yay! Since I work out in a gym most days--

Hold on, let me digress for a minute. I just read an article about a woman who got stabbed while out on her run. The man who killed her had no motive. He didn't know her. It was completely random. The one thing that struck me was a quote from the police officer, 'He said the area where the incident took place is a “very safe neighborhood.”'.

A very safe neighborhood.

I can't even wrap my brain around it. The only thing I can tell you is, I, too, live in a very safe neighborhood. And this is why I've come to the point where I almost exclusively run at the gym. I just don't feel safe running at night anymore.

--Which gets me back to this now sort of shallow post. Since I am working out almost every day, I realized I need more gym clothes. I just got two pairs of capris and a short sleeved tech shirt to add to my growing collection.

Hopefully you enjoy your weekend. Hug your loved ones just a little bit tighter.