GWC Day 50 – Confessions + Recipe

Ok guys. Confession time: I skipped my Day 12 and Day 15 workouts to let my ankle have some rest from jumping and high knees…horrible, I know!

So this morning I vowed that I would get myself all caught up (with today being Day 16) and just go for a morning walk.

That didn’t happen….

Instead I beasted out 2.5 miles at a 9:50 pace run (!!!!!!!!!!!) and then my ankle forced me to walk the rest. Side note: isn’t it so frustrating when you’re about to hit a goal, and a slight injury is stopping you?! I could’ve had my under-30-minute 5K today, but nooooooo……stupid ankle. Who needs you anyways?!

Then during the baby’s nap, I completed Day 12 and Day 15’s workout, swapping the ankle-hurting cardio parts for box squats and resistance obliques. Boy was I sweating by the end of that!

Then, on top of all of that, I took the pups on a 3.3 mile walk at a local shaded park since it was 90 degrees outside when I got home from work!

Go, me, Go!

I also watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead again last night (it’s one of my fave food documentaries!) and it inspired me to break out my juicer. This morning, after drinking 20 oz of water, I had a glass of apple, carrot, orange juice, but the real winner – and included recipe – is my new favorite juice. Try it ASAP!!

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Lisa’s Aloha Punch

Ingredients

6 small Gala apples
1/4 fresh pineapple
2 small/medium carrots or 1 large carrot

Directions
1. Juice together all ingredients with carrots being the first item to be put into the juicer.
2. Strain juice to remove any excess pulp
3. Pour over ice and serve in a wine glass if you’re feeling fancy like me 😉

This recipe makes about 3 cups of juice. Share it with family or hoard it all to yourself….not that I did that or anything….

ENJOY!

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GWC DAY 47/48/49 – injuries suck

Hey all! Sorry I’ve been absent the past couple days! I’ve been nursing a hurt left ankle…

On Friday, I went out for a run with the baby I watch and after about 2.5 miles, my left ankle started to ache to the point that I felt as if I could not run without hurting myself. I also postponed my Day 12 BodyRock workout since Saturday and Sunday were labelled as “active rest days” on my schedule. The way I saw it, resting my ankle for a day should’ve been enough to get it back to where I could run.

(Cue ironic laughter here…) I should’ve known better.

When I got up on Saturday, my ankle was still achy enough that it made going up and down steps uncomfortable. I decided that I would go for a nice, slow walk to get in my miles. No excuses for missing miles!!! When I got to my usual running start point, I decided that I would at least attempt running to see how I felt. Needless to say, I felt little pain so I ran the whole 3.1 miles that I had scheduled. I felt fine and was proud of myself for pushing myself to run in the end.

That is, until I stopped to go inside. I don’t think it has ever taken me so long to climb 12 stairs…I was hurting. I iced my foot/ankle with a bag of frozen edamame (yum!) but vowed to get an ankle brace for it Sunday.

So today I grabbed a firm (walking) and medium support (running) ankle brace. I’ve been pretty sore all day, but still the pups on our 3 mile walk. I’m going to be completing the Day 12 workout just replacing the jumping/cardio sections with weight training to give my ankle a low-impact workout.

Phew! That’s a lot of storytelling! Anywho, morale of the story: injuries suck, especially when you were just getting into a niche of comfortable/enjoyable running! This week I will be running as much as I can and hiiting my workouts hard and have a clean dinner planned for each night! Wish me luck for a quick recovery!

GWC Day 43 – Last Day of March + Recipe

Can you believe that tomorrow is April 1st?!

Where did the first quarter of 2014 go?!

Anywho. Today I knocked out a 3 mile walk because I felt as if my hip flexors were tight and I didn’t want to take the chance of pulling them and taking myself out of training for the week. My walks lately have felt sooooo good after my runs, though, because everything stretches and I can really feel the impact that all my training has been having.

This weekend I told Jeff, “You know what makes me the most motivated to keep going? The fact that my legs don’t jiggle so much when I walk anymore…. Is that bad? Hahahahaha”

Yes. I laughed. Mainly because who gets excited for something like that? ME! Anybody else feel motivated when you see small changes in the amount that your body wiggles and jiggles? Is that super vain of me?

Anywho. After my walk, I knocked out Day 8 of my BodyRock Challenge and pushed myself to do lunge jumps for the cardio intervals and holy leg burn!. Today was supposed to be all about abs and arms, but I’d be lying if I said that my legs weren’t feeling it too when I finished!

If you’re not joining me in this BodyRock challenge yet, get on it! it’s never too late to start as all of the workouts are on Lisa’s BodyRock YouTube Channel!

After all my working out, I realized I hadn’t eaten since 10 a.m. when I scarfed down my lunch like a hungry hungry hippo….so I decided instead of making my post-workout protein shake, I’d make a protein packed dinner instead. Preface that with the fact that I haven’t gone grocery shopping in awhile and what do you get?

Protein Pancakes with Fresh Strawberry Sauce>

Ingredients
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon sugar (or honey)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

For the strawberry sauce:
5 large strawberries
1-2 Tablespoons water
<1 Tablespoon honey (if strawberries are sour like mine were….)

Directions
1. In a mixing bowl, combine yogurt, egg, and vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon
3. Pour dry ingredients into wet and mix until just combined. Add a touch of milk if you like your pancakes thinner.
4. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the batter onto a hot pan and flip when bubbly.

5. Heat strawberries and water together in the microwave until warm and soft. Blend until smooth with a blender/food processor or mash with a fork for a chunkier sauce. Strain if need be (I did…I hate strawberry seeds in my sauce!) and add honey if necessary.

I ate mine with a few strips of bacon….and convinced myself it was ok because bacon is protein, right?! I will never give up bacon….ever. gotta love breakfast for dinner!!

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Try it out and let me know what you think!

GWC Day 42 – Projects

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today was a rest day for BodyRocking, but I did take my babies on our normal 3 mile walk in the morning.

Other than that, it was a pretty uneventful day, filled with starting our renovation of our on-suite garage laundry room! Pictures will come soon! Here’s a few “before” shots for now and a completed “after” set of photos will be coming your way this weekend!

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Enjoy your week!

GWC Day 40 – Sick Pup

Happy Friday guys! Have you been getting your workouts in this week? Sticking to your goals?

Today I had full intentions of knocking out my Day 5 BodyRock workout, but I came home to a sick Atlas, so we went on a 4 mile walk until he was able to get all his yuckies out of his system.

Then, Jeff came home before dinner time, so I was going to take advantage of that and do my workout, but Atlas continued to have an upset tummy almost all evening….so it didn’t get done…

Tomorrow morning as soon as I get up, it’s ON!

Have a great weekend guys! Tomorrow I’ll be bringing you a new healthy recipe so be on the lookout!

GWC Day 38 – Goal Modification

Hellllooooooooo there! It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means!

Day 3 of the 21 Day Challenge!

Today was short and sweet, but sweaty as ever. I can totally see/feel some minor results coming from my duel training sessions, but my scale isn’t budging.

I mean….I totally didn’t weigh myself today….

But anyways, I am starting to see a bit of definition in my arms again. Baby biceps, if you will…

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Don’t mind the pup napping in the background….we had just gotten in from a 5.22 mile power walk with his sister through the park! 1 hour and 15 mins with an average pace of 14:27 and a 647 calorie burn? I’ll take it! Let’s just say leg day killed me yesterday and I decided to “take it easy” today…HA!

Now here’s what I’m really excited about: I can officially do some “toe push-ups” instead of having to do all knee-push-ups like I used to! Now, mind you, I can totally beast mode my knee push-ups, but for more of a challenge, I do the traditional ones as much as I can.

So with the addition of BodyRock to my daily training, I decided to modify one of my goals (#4) since I saw myself getting off track from my previous goals for this month.

New Goal (#4) for Month 2 of the GWC

Eat mostly produce/lean protein based meals with treats that can only include a “split-indulgence”

What’s a split indulgence, you ask? It’s a treat that also has big health benefits; i.e. My PB Cup Brownies or Banana dipped in 2 oz. Dark Chocolate, etc.

This way, I will still feel like I’m indulging, but know that I’m not totally falling off the wagon like I did on Sunday when Jeff bought us each a Cadbury Egg….whoops!

What is your favorite split indulgence?? Please Share them in the Comment Section!!

P.S. I totally made an amazing leftover remake meal yesterday. I took 3 leftover grilled boneless, skinless chicken thighs and 1 cup of grilled potato cubes and pulsed them in my food processor with one egg. Then I formed small patties of the mix and lightly sautéed them in a small amount of canola oil until they were crisp on the outside and warmed through. I ate it with some homemade BBQ sauce and they were delish! Try it!

GWC Day 29 – What the What?!?!

Morning Weight: 146.8 (Whaaaaaa??? How?!?!)
Pounds to Goal: 21.8

Workout: 3.23 mile interval run with the baby

Ok so I’m trying to keep up my positivity here, one day before my first month of this challenge is up, but today was difficult…

First, I’ve got crazy shin splints going on. Yea, I could probably use new shoes. Yea,I probably need to work on my running form, but COME ON SHINS! Cut me some slack here, body! All I want to do is run and not be in pain! I’ve got a 5K coming up in a week and I can’t have anything slowing my turtle-pace down!

Then this morning, I hop on the scale all excited because I’ve been pushing myself and was feeling really good about it, just to see that I GAINED a pound and a half! And (TMI) I even went to the bathroom before I weighed myself! I’m praying that when I get on the scale tomorrow it will read 144.8 or lower…

But after all of this I’m doing my best to keep my head up. I’m also working on not making any excuses and admitting my faults. No one else is tacking the pounds on my frame; it’s all of my decisions that are causing them. I need to change my eating and knowing that my goals for the next 30 days of my challenge focus on food, I’m hoping that the weight loss will start showing it’s pretty face so I don’t feel so discouraged about putting in so much work and not yielding much of a result.

And before you all go “it doesn’t happen overnight,” I’m aware, but am I really asking too much to see 2.2 pounds come off in a whole month? Be honest, am I overreacting and need to calm down?! Because if I am, I need a big, hard reality check 😉

What do you do when you get in a slump?

GWC Day 28 – Walk to Lunch

Morning Weight: 145.3 (Gah! Why are you not budging scale?! Ive been busting my rear!)

Pounds to Goal: 20.3

Workout: 5 mile walk to/from lunch…kind of counterproductive but oh well…we split lunch if that helps.

I am a big fan of Sundays that are full of being productive as well as having some relaxation time. Today we completed our taxes, painted and finished our master bedroom walls, went for our 5 mile walk to lunch, “house hunted” (i.e. went into 3 open houses just for funsies), and sat on the balcony with Strawberry-Pineapple infused water and enjoyed the beautifully warm weather.

Some days I just feel overwhelmingly blessed. Life is good 🙂

GWC Day 27 – Holy Buttkicker!

Morning Weight: 145.3

Pounds to Goal: 20.3

Workout: 3 mile interval run with added lunges, butt kickers, crunches, and pushups at rest points

Who is your workout buddy? Everyone should have one! Jeff went out with me for “my miles”  yesterday and not only did he push me hard with a great interval run, but he also added in some body weight strength exercises at the end of each rest point too! By the end, I was sweating but smiling…not a usual feat for me!

It’s becoming so motivating that, although my numbers on the scale aren’t moving so much, my body is definitely showing me the results. Besides the fact that my body (to me at least) is looking a small bit more toned, my body is allowing me to run further with less strain. I am definitely getting excited for this 5K on the 28th!!

 

GWC Day 25 – Goal Setting for next month

Morning Weight: ummm…about that…I forgot. Whoopsie!

Workout: 3 mile walk to the park with the baby and dog
Also, bought a resistance band so I can start some toning before bed when the pups are asleep for the night.

Ok, so here’s the deal. I have 5 days left of my first month of my Goal Weight Challenge. I need to weight in at 144.8 to make my goal of 2.2 pounds per month. Just to give you a breakdown, here are my goal weights for each month.
March 18 – 144.8
April 18 – 142.6
May 18 – 140.4
June 18 – 138.2
July 18 – 136.0
August 18 – 133.8
September 18 – 131.6
October 18 – 129.4
November 18 – 127.2
December 18 – 125!!!!!!!!!

Since it’s getting close to the end of my first 30 days, I’ve been thinking about my next months goals. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. Keep up with the 3+ mile daily walk/runs
2. Complete at least one 5K race (already signed up for one on March 28!!! Eeeeeekkkk!)
3. Complete a strength circuit at least four times per week include 3 set of ab, arm, and leg workouts.
4. Focus on eating a produce and lean protein-based diet for two meals each day. I’m trying to take baby steps for the first couple months so I don’t get overwhelmed, discouraged and quit. Example: real fruit smoothie for breakfast, grilled chicken breast and veggies for lunch, and then smart snacks and a dinner of my choice.
5. Take some progress pictures and measurements to share with you all!

Phew! I hope I can stick to these!

Any and all encouragement and advice is welcome! I’ll be doing all of this while working full time, taking care of the house while Jeff is busy with his ship, and trying to establish my blog as a second income….wish me luck!