Monday, November 3, 2014

Goodbye, October - Hello, November

It's that time! 
Time to look back at see how the 'plan' for October went!

October went well! The plan didn't always go as plan - life happened - but it got me moving! It made me conscious of my activity level. 

My Accomplishments:
  • I am down 6.8 pounds since the 1st of October.
  • I worked out a minimum of 3x a week. 
  • I met my step goal 18 out of the 24 days. 
  • I walked a total of 267,601 steps!
  • I bought new jeans - a size smaller!
  • I ate clean the majority of the days. 
I'm proud of myself. October to December are usually a time when the scale goes the opposite way. I'm glad I have a plan that will get me to the other end better than when I started.

Blue = REST, Pink = Cardio, Purple = Strength

I have my plan ready to go for November!
My goal is to stay on track and eat clean until Thanksgiving (23 days). I will enjoy my holiday and then will get back on track ASAP! I am the worst at dropping the ball after 1 bad day, and I'm determined not to do that! I would be thrilled if I could drop another 7 pounds this month. 

What is your plan to get moving?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Did I hear the lunch bell?

Lunch seems like the trickiest meal of the day for me.
My breakfast stays pretty much the same and I plan out dinner, but what about that other meal? Lunch!
I decided to document some of the clean lunches I have recently packed for my husband. These would be great for anyone! After all, aren't husbands just big kids? 
1. Leftover whole wheat pizza, organic cheese stick, fruit salad (grapes & apple bits), and a handful of peanuts.
2. Ham and cheddar on mini pita pocket with spinach, air popped popcorn, 2 mandarin oranges.
3. Turkey and cheese on whole wheat bread, Babybel cheese, fruit salad (grapes & sliced mango), and some almonds.  
4. Homemade pizza lunchable! Mini whole wheat pita pocket from Trader Joe's, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, and pineapple chunks.

5. Organic peanut butter and jelly (Just Fruit kind) on whole wheat bread, organic cheese stick, apple slices, almonds and dried cranberries.

6. Applegate Naturals ham slices, cheddar cheese slices, slice pineapple, homemade trail mix (walnuts, pecans, dried cranberries), and carrots and hummus for a snack later on.
 7. Leftover tacos! Beef (with homemade seasoning), black beans, refried pinto beans, shredded cheddar, and hard corn tortilla from Trader Joe's.
What do you have for lunch?

Friday, October 24, 2014

10/24 Foodie friday

Breakfast: 1/2 cup rolled oats with 1 tbsp. honey, some cinnamon, and a splash of milk. I also have coffee with a little Natural Bliss creamer.
Lunch: I got original and switched breakfast for lunch. 3 eggs, 1 cup of strawberries, 1/2 cup of grapes, a few macadamia nuts.
Snack: I grabbed a cheese stick on the way out the door to the gym.
Dinner: Hobo Bags! YUM! Recipe coming... Beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions with a sprinkle of shredded cheese and organic ketchup.
What did you eat today?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's for dinner?

Here's what I have planned for the week! (Sorry - I have not been very good about posting my menus.)
I am trying some new things this week! My friend told me about hobo dinners - YUM!
Check out the recipes:
Quinoa Chicken Parmesan - this definitely required more time than I usually can stand devoting to dinner, but I made enough to eat on for several days and I was on fall break. I served it with tortellini and broccoli. I made my own sauce and shredded cheese from a block.
Pork Tenderloin - I am just baking a tenderloin with some seasoning on it. We'll have a veggie or two as our side.  
Hobo Dinner - my friend Ronna was telling me about these. It sounds SO easy - add your meat and veggies in an aluminum foil pack and bake in the oven. It's like individual pot roasts. I'll definitely let you know how these turn out!
Grilled Cheese & Soup - I have found some great organic soups at Trader Joe's & even Kroger. I can pronounce all ingredients! Whole wheat bread & organic cheese - a delicious fall dinner.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ultimate Fit Workout

I did NOT want to go today. I almost talked myself out of it, too.
"I could just walk the dogs."
"I could just get on the treadmill for a bit."
"Maybe I could just do a video."
In the end, I made myself go - and I was glad I did. I always hate it, but I feel accomplished afterwards.
Today we did an EMOM workout - every minute on the minute. So you do the set of 3 exercises in 1 minute - whatever time you have leftover is rest. Then you start again at the top of the next minute. After 5 rounds (minutes), we got 30 seconds rest and then moved on to the next set of exercises.
I love workouts that you can take and repeat at home. The only equipment we had today was a kettlebell and set of dumbells. You can also alter any of the exercise sets.
What did you do to get moving today? 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foodie Friday

Breakfast - 3 scrambled eggs, 1 cup of strawberries, 2 kiwi, and a few macadamia nuts. My breakfast is pretty much the same every day. I also have coffee with a little Natural Bliss coffee creamer.

Lunch - I enjoyed a turkey pita! I put some Applegate Naturals turkey and cheddar cheese in a mini whole-wheat pita pocket and heated it a little in the microwave until the cheese melted. YUM!

Snack - I made my Peanut Butter Apple Dip. 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tsp honey, cinnamon, and a few dark chocolate chunks. I ate it with a Gala apple.

Dinner - Grilled chicken breast, broccoli mountain, and Great Northern White beans. 
What did you eat today?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ultimate Fit Workout

I went back to Ultimate Fit today for the first time in a LONG time. It felt good! I was nervous starting back because I wasn't sure how I'd do - especially since some of the people that go are truly 'ultimately fit.' 

It felt great! this is an easy one you could do at home. You just need 2 dumbbells - I used 8 lbs today. I probably could have done 10. 

Not sure how to do the exercises? Take a look:
dumbbell thruster
dumbbell swings
dumbbell snatches

Our warm up:
20 seconds - lumping jacks
20 seconds - mountain climbers
20 seconds - squats
20 seconds - hand release push-ups
Repeat 3x
5 burpees

Cool down:
Ab work on an exercise ball

What are you doing to get active today?