Saturday, January 29, 2011

Triathlon Challenge!

I did a bit of blog hopping today and came across Adventures as a Small Town Mom. I was in search of other mom bloggers that are training or have done triathlons, due to the fact that I am now training for The Dam Tri on June 26th! Anyway over at Adventures as a Small Town Mom she is doing a Triathlon Challenge! I was so excited to find another mama doing a tri for the first time!!

I have a pool lined up where I can practice! I am currently running on my moms treadmill, due to all of this wonderful snow that keeps piling up. As for my bike....well that one is up in the air at the moment(almost literally). My old mountain bike is up in the attic at my parents house and I have no clue if it is safe to ride at the moment. So my goal for this week is to beg my dad to get it down and see how it looks....

I am going to follow the 10 Week Sprint Distance Training Plan for Beginners as soon as I can get my bike. Until then I will continue running 3 times a week and next week I will begin swimming!! Can't wait!!

I Won an Award?!?!

Thanks to Lauren over at Dude, I Think We Might Be Fat...


With this award comes some responsibilities, and here they are:
  1. Post and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.  
  3. Pass the award on to 15 recently discovered great bloggers (or as many as you can).
  4. Contact these bloggers and tell them they've won!
  
Seven Things About Me
  1. I am very quiet, until you get to really know me. 
  2. I hate spiders.
  3. I don't have a favorite color.
  4. I can be very creative when I want to be.
  5. I LOVE Cheesecake.
  6. I love helping others.
  7. I have a weird heart shaped tattoo that I gave myself as a teenager and want to get it covered up badly!

I'd like to pass this award on to a few of my favorite new blogs (or new to me blogs)

  1. Roo at Color Me Crazy
  2. Monnie at Diary Of A Dieting Diva
  3. HuffandBuff
  4. Lorrie at 150 BY 40
  5. Tawna at Tawna's thoughts, plans, and journeys.
  6. Emily at Fat Girl to Thin
  7. Rachel at Running Rachel
  8. Christie O. at Average Moms Wear Capes
  9. Katie at Katie Thinks
  10. Momma oz at Slightly Off Kilter
  11. Kimberly at Christ-Like Mommy
  12. Greta at Middle Aged Jock
  13. Pamela at A Renaissance Woman
  14. Adventures as a Small Town Mom
  15. Jen at Triathlete Within

 Thanks again Lauren!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mamavation Monday 1/24

Last week went fairly well. I did over indulge a few times, but it was better than the week before, so I think that is progress. I have also been tracking my calories and have been doing good with it. I still need to work on getting that into routine though.

Workouts went great last week. I started running again! I haven't ran since November. I think I may have pushed myself a bit to far with it because I started getting shin splints. :( This week I am not going to push myself as much. The reason I started running is because my friend and I committed to running a 5k this summer! You can read my Am I Crazy, Insane, Nuts? post to find out more!

Weight: 150
That's a loss of 1.4 pounds!

Here is my Turbo Fire Schedule for the week: 4

Monday-
Fire 45
Stretch 10

Tuesday-
HIIT 20
Stretch 10
Run

Wednesday-
Fire 45
Stretch 10
Run
Thursday-
HIIT 20
Sculpt 30

Friday-
Fire 55 EZ
Stretch 10
Run

Saturday-
Rest

Sunday-
Core 20
Stretch 40




My goals for this week:
  • Get at least 64 oz of water in a day
  • Eat 5 times a day
  • Track my calories

I hope everyone has a great week!!

I also want to Congratulate all the new Mamavation Moms!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Am I Crazy, Insane, Nuts?

Ok, so am I flippin crazy?

Monday I decided that I wanted to run a 5k this summer with a friend to help keep me accountable. I decided to look online to see if there were any in my area. I didn't find but two so far this year. One that is on Memorial Day, which is ok, but it's pretty soon and I haven't ran since November. The other one is in June, so I am committing to that one. We are going to do the Couch to 5k Program starting January 31.

Also in my travels I came across The Dam Tri! Now this one really got my feet quivering! Doing a triathlon would be so totally awesome! I only worried that maybe I wasn't ready for it this year... So I tweeted out to the world if anyone had done a tri? I got some great responses and well, I AM GOING TO DO A TRIATHLON! Thanks @christieo, @barif0815, @imadramamama, @girlsworld!  Now I am going to do the Sprinter, so I won't totally kill myself.

Here is what the Sprint looks like:
  • 1/4 mile Swim
  • 11.3 miles Bike
  • 5k run (3.1 miles) Run
Here is the Olympic:
  •  1.5 k swim (.93 mile)
  • 40k bike (24.8 miles)
  • 10k run (6.2 miles)

I think maybe next year for the Olympic!
I haven't swam in a few years, but I used to do really well when I was on the swim team as a kid. It might take awhile to get my speed back up, but I know I can do this! I do have to admit I have been secretly eyeing the Spartan Race! I would really love to do that, but I really think that one can wait until next year!  
My main goal for both of these races is to finish! I don't care if I finish last, just as long as I finish!

So, yep I am putting a lot on my plate, but it seems like the more I have going on, the more things I get done! And getting things done feels so good!!

So what do you think?

Am I:

A. Crazy
B. Insane
C. Nuts
D. All of the above

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mamavation Monday 1/17

Life has been different lately. I am trying to get myself into some kind of a schedule with working, working out, house stuff, and other things. I have also been trying to quit smoking! I am down to about 2 a day!! I have also given up coffee (or should I say I have only had it twice in two weeks).

I had a OB appointment last week and I talked to her about my hypothyroidism. I just still don't feel right. I am still so tired and could sleep almost all day and still feel tired. I told her that I don't think I am on a high enough dosage. She told me that she wanted to check my levels and then if they still seem ok, then she is referring me to a specialist! I have also been doing some research on what I should and shouldn't eat. Here are the things that I need to avoid Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, peanuts, pears, pine nuts, soybeans, kale, mustard, peaches and turnips. I should also add that I am going dairy free as much as possible. I knew a few months ago after I did an experiment: I did not eat dairy products for one week, after that week I slowly introduced it back and got some extreme bloating. As a child I was allergic to dairy, but thought I out grew it, guess not. The last few weeks I have been eating dairy and have felt like crap. So, one of my goals is to not eat dairy.
Week 3 of Turbo Fire and I am so in love with it! My favorite so far is all the HIITs. That is High Intensity Interval Training, you go as hard as you can form anywhere between 30-60 seconds and then you recover for the same amount of time, then do another HIIT! It's so much fun. 

For the last 2 months my weight has just stayed in the 149-152 range and I am so ready to just throw these pounds! Alot had to do with the holidays and not eating as well as I know I should be.

Here is my Turbo Fire Schedule for the week:
3


Monday-
Fire 45 EZ
Stretch 10

Tuesday-
HIIT 25
Stretch 10

Wednesday-

Rest

Thursday-

HIIT 15
Tone 30

Friday-

Fire 45 EZ
Stretch 10

Saturday-

Core 20
Stretch 40

Sunday-

Fire 55 EZ
Weight: 151.4


These are my before pics for Turbo Fire.



Goals:
  • Don't eat dairy
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water
  • Loose 1 pound
  • Eat 5-6 meals a day

Have a great week everyone! Can't wait to party Mamavation style tonight and find out who the new Mamavation Mommas are gonna be!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tropic Plunder: 6 More Super-Healthy Exotic Fruits- Part 2

By Denis Faye
Just when you thought it was safe to sit back, peel a banana, and put the whole exotic fruit rigmarole behind you, we're back with a new list of six more little bundles of sweet, exotic fruity goodness. Maybe you've heard of them, maybe you haven't. Either way, they're delicious and nutritious, and your friends will think you're, like, totally fancy if you bust them out at your next shindig.

1.Pomegranates. Although the name is Latin for "seeded apple," pomegranates have about as much in common with apples as they do with liverwurst—except maybe that they both grow on trees and they're both fruit.

Pomegranates have a hard, inedible red and yellow skin. Inside, you'll find clusters of seeds protected by sweet, pulpy little deep-red pouches called arils. (Does this sound anything like an apple to you? I have no idea what the Romans were thinking.)

Arils are the part you eat, seed and all. Despite their alien appearance, the chance that they'll sprout in your stomach and take over your consciousness is slim.

Half an average-sized pomegranate (about 4 inches in diameter) has 117 calories, 1-1/2 grams of fat, 2-1/2 grams of protein, 26 grams of carbs, and a respectable 5 grams of fiber. It has 24 percent of the recommended daily value (RDA)* for vitamin C and 13 percent of the RDA for folate. You'll also find vitamin E, K, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. For minerals, you get 9 percent of the RDA for potassium and 11 percent of the RDA for copper, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and selenium.

There are a host of studies showing that pomegranate consumption can potentially help with everything from heart disease to dental plaque to cancer to the common cold. I'd take these studies with a grain of salt, but at the same time, there sure are a lot of them, and until someone figures out their accuracy, it's not going to hurt you to eat pomegranates.

2.Kumquats. Despite the questionable name, kumquats are fun for the whole family. These citrus fruits come from south Asia and resemble tiny oranges. Unlike other citrus, you eat them skin and all.

If you choose to eat a kumquat, prepare yourself for an experience. The outer skin is tasteless, but once you bite into it, the bitter juice explodes in your mouth and your face distorts into a pucker the likes of which no lemon could ever match. At this point, if you spit it out, you'll have that taste in your mouth for a while, so commit to your kumquat. After a couple of seconds, the pulp gives way to the taste of the sweet pulp and skin and you're fine.

Ready for another?

Most people settle for getting their kumquats in the form of jams and jellies, but in my opinion, that's the gutless option. Real men and women eat their kumquats whole.

Surviving an eight-kumquat odyssey will earn you 104 calories, 1 gram of fat, 2 grams of protein, 24 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of fiber. You'll get 112 percent of the RDA for vitamin C, as well as a little riboflavin, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.

3.Asian pears. You may know this fruit by many other names, including sand pear, nashi pear, or—if you're feeling all scientific—pyrus pyrifolia. They come from (obviously) Asia, and they basically look like big, firm apples with pear-like skin. Their flesh is crispy, grainy, and juicy. They're pear-like in taste, but not texture. They're very nonconfrontational, a great new fruit to introduce to fussy eaters.

One medium-sized fruit (about 2-1/2 inches in diameter) has 51 calories, 1 gram of protein, 13 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of fiber. Asian pears aren't exactly micronutrient powerhouses, but they're better than a stick in the eye. That one piece of fruit contains 8 percent of the RDA for vitamin C and 7 percent of vitamin K. You also get some vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid. For minerals, there's 4 percent of the RDA for potassium and manganese, as well as some magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.

4.Kiwifruit. Kiwifruit only became kiwifruit in 1962. Before that, these brown, fuzzy little fruits went by a variety of monikers, two of my favorites being the Chinese gooseberry and the hairy bush fruit. (I have no further comment on those names.)

A ripe kiwi will be firm with just the slightest give. While the skin doesn't seem all that welcoming, it's actually completely edible and loaded with fiber. That said, it's hairy and chewy, and it's understandable if you decide to skip it. Just cut your fruit across its equator and spoon out the yummy green flesh within, seeds and all.

One medium skinless kiwifruit (about 76 grams in weight) has 46 calories, 1 gram of protein, 11 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of fiber. It packs a real vitamin C wallop, with 117 percent of the RDA. It also has 38 percent of the RDA for vitamin K, as well as lesser amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, and pantothenic acid. For minerals, you'll get 7 percent of the RDA for potassium, and lesser amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese.

I don't have the nutrition facts for a kiwifruit consumed with the skin on, but suffice it to say you'll get everything listed above plus a bunch more fiber.

5.Figs. While just about everyone has had Fig Newtons® at some point in their life, few people have tried the fresh version of the fruit they come from. Surprising, considering that every year, more than a million tons of this fruit are produced internationally. While dried figs (and Fig Newtons) are available year-round, fresh figs are in season in summer, sometimes into autumn. There are more than 150 varieties of these weird, dangly-looking things, and they're highly perishable, so eat them within a day or two of buying them. Keep them refrigerated. A good fig is plump with a little give, but not mushy. If they smell sweet, that's also a good indication that they're ready to eat.

One large raw fig has 47 calories,12 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of fiber. You'll also get small amounts of pretty much every vitamin and mineral around, except vitamins E and B12, selenium, and sodium.

Figs also have a laxative effect, so if you decide they're the fruit for you and you go on a little binge, try to do so close to a restroom.

6.Persimmons. Another colorful contribution to the fruit rainbow from Asia, persimmons are commercially available in two varieties. The most readily available is the hachiya, which is shaped a little like an acorn. You need to wait until they're super-ripe and soft before they become edible.

Conversely, fuyu persimmons resemble tomatoes in shape and are slightly orange in color. They're edible (and delicious, I might add) while still firm.

Both varieties are typically autumn fruit.

And here's a little fun fact for you: Persimmons, like tomatoes, are technically considered berries. Who knew? They also contain small amounts of lycopene, an essential phytochemical thought to decrease the risk of cancer.

One hachiya persimmon has about 118 calories, 1 gram of protein, 31 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of fiber. It'll give you a hearty 55 percent of the RDA for vitamin A and 21 percent of the RDA for vitamin C. There's also 8 percent of the RDA for vitamin B6, 6 percent for vitamin E, and smaller amounts of vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. On the mineral front, there's 30 percent of the RDA for manganese, 9 percent for copper, 8 percent for potassium, and lesser amounts of everything else but sodium.

It may take a little searching, but most of these six exotic fruits are available at your local grocery store. If you're lucky, you might even find a few of them at your local farmers' market. So put down that apple, get your exotic on, and enjoy!



Friday, January 14, 2011

Tropic Plunder: 6 Super-Healthy Exotic Fruits- Part 1

By Denis Faye

Ah, the islands. Their mere mention floods the mind with happy thoughts of sun-drenched beaches, dancing to reggae late into the night, and eating healthy, exotic fruits.

Well, OK, so maybe that last fruit thing doesn't spring immediately to mind, but it should. For most, tropical fruits only come into play after they're run through a blender and doused in rum, but the truth is these colorful balls of island goodness are delicious without adding alcohol. What's more, they can actually be good for you.

I know, I know. When you're kickin' it barefoot on the white sand a couple of latitudes south of where you are now, proper nutrition just doesn't seem all that important. But, hey, if you can eat healthy and delish at the same time, why not go for it, mon?

1.Mangos. Mangos are the national fruit of India, but you'll now find them growing just about anywhere tropical. Various varieties come into season anywhere between January and September. Ripe mangos are usually yellow and red, but the best way to tell if a mango is ready to eat is to give it a light squeeze and a good snort. If the flesh gives a little and the stem smells sweet, it's probably ready to go.

One cup of mango is 107 calories, mostly carbs, with 3 grams of prebiotic fiber. Mangos are loaded with phytochemicals, as well as all kinds of micronutrients. That aforementioned cup contains 76 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)* for vitamin C, and 25 percent of the RDA for vitamin A. You also get some vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. Plus, you'll find 9 percent of the RDA for copper and 7 percent for potassium, as well as some magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and manganese.

Mangos also contain lycopene—an essential phytochemical that most people get through tomatoes, which is believed to ward off cancer.

There are muchos ways to prepare mangos, but the easiest—and most fun—is to slice it lengthwise as close to the large, flat pit as you can, separate both halves from the pit and each other, cross-hatch the juicy flesh with a knife, and push up on the inedible outer skin from underneath so the cubes you've made fan out for easy pickin'.

2.Passion Fruit. These tangy little South American fruits come in both purple and yellow. They're similar to the pomegranate in that you simply cut them open and eat the insides, seeds and all.

A University of Florida study showed that the phytochemicals in passion fruit juice, specifically carotenoids and polyphenols, proved beneficial in fighting cancer.

Because you eat the seeds, downing a passion fruit offers a nice hunk o' fiber, yet hardly any calories. One fruit, which is approximately 18 grams, contains 17 calories and 2 grams of fiber. To give you a little perspective on that, half a cup of passion fruit is about 115 calories and earns you 13 grams of fiber. But the 17 tiny calories from a single fruit will also earn you a nice little hit of vitamins C, A, and B6, as well as niacin, riboflavin, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.

3.Pineapples. Admittedly, the "exotic" factor drops a little with pineapple, but they are tropical, and honestly, when was the last time you bought a whole pineapple and not just the lame canned rings?

One cup o' fresh pineapple chunks is 84 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and—get this—131 percent of the RDA for vitamin C and 76 percent of the RDA for manganese. You'll also get some vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and copper for your efforts.

When shopping for a good pineapple, look for one that's mostly brown and yellow. Green means it's not ripe. If you smell the bottom of the fruit and the odor makes you want to sing The PiƱa Colada Song by Rupert Holmes, it's probably a winner.

To cut up a pineapple, twist off the leafy top and chop off the top and bottom of the fruit. Place the fruit on its now-flat bottom so it's stable and carefully cut off the outer skin in long, vertical strips. When that's done, quarter the pineapple lengthwise down the core, then slice out the core from all four quarters. The core makes for tough, chewy eating, so discard it unless you're going to use it in a smoothie—which is an excellent idea; the core of the fruit also contains a substance called bromelain that studies suggest has anti-inflammatory properties.

4.Guavas. No wonder Hawaiian people surf so well. They're fueled by these delicious little superfruits! The more than one hundred varieties of guava come in all sorts of colors, from yellow to orange to red, but the most common one, the apple guava, has a green outer skin that tends toward yellow when ripe, with a pink-to-white center.

You can eat a ripe guava whole—except the stem. Chowing down on all those seeds and that skin makes every fruit a fiber party. One tiny fruit—just 37 calories—contains 3 grams of fiber. Eat three guavas, about the calories you'd get from one apple, and you're talking 9 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and a measly 24 grams of carbs.

One little guava will also earn you 209 percent of the RDA for vitamin C. Move over, oranges, there's a new ascorbic acid source in town. You'll also get some vitamin A, vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.

5.Coconuts. Rarely do the words "tropical fruit" and "controversial" come to mind at the same time, unless you're talking about coconuts. There are two edible parts to this fruit (which isn't actually a nut, but rather a drupe, in the same family as the apricot and mango). You have the water and the meat. There's no contesting the health benefits of the water. The meat, which is mostly saturated fat, is another matter.

First, the water—the wet stuff in the middle when you break it open. One cup has 46 calories, mostly carbohydrates, and while it contains some vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, and vitamin B6, the real magic of coconut water is the magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, calcium, manganese, and iron. All these electrolytes make coconut water an ideal sports drink. To compare, one medium-sized banana has 422 milligrams of potassium. Your cup o' coconut water has 600 milligrams at half the calories—and no annoying peel to slip on afterwards.

The meat is another story. One cup of shredded coconut—about one-fifth of one fruit—is 283 calories, 216 of which are saturated fat. There's a fairly heated debate going on in the nutrition community right now about saturated fats that's far too complex to address in this article, but if you've done your homework and decided sat fat is where it's at, this is a pretty good way to get it. Your fatty cup o' nut meat also contains 7 grams of fiber and all the aforementioned vitamins and minerals.

Cracking a coconut is probably the most labor-intensive and satisfyingly destructive time you'll ever have opening a fruit. As long as nuance doesn't matter to you, the best way is to get a hammer and a nail. Drive the nail through each of the three little black indentations at the top of the coconut. Turn it over and drain the water into a cup. When that's done, wrap it in a towel and give it a few good whacks with the hammer. Peel the meat out of the fractured bits of shell.

An alternate way of opening a coconut is to let someone else do it for you. You'll find the water and the meat at many healthy food stores, as well as upscale markets like Whole Foods Market®. There are several brands of coconut water available in handy little tetra packs—but frankly, you'd probably intimidate the crud out of the other team next time you played basketball if you busted out a coconut, hammer, and nail at halftime.

6.Papayas. People often confuse papayas with pawpaws but, frankly, they aren't that different. Papayas are smaller with orange flesh. Pawpaws are larger with yellow flesh. You prepare them the same way and they're nutritionally similar, so if you can't get one, buy the other.

One of the unique draws of this fruit is its digestive properties. It contains the protein-digesting enzymes papain and chymopapain, which can also help with inflammation. Papayas, like mangos, also contain lycopene.

A medium-sized papaya is about 119 calories, mostly carbs, with 5 grams of fiber. It's another vitamin C tour de force, with 313 percent of the RDA. It also contains vitamins A and E, as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. It's yet another great source of electrolytes, with calcium, iron, magnesium, lots of potassium, and selenium.

The easiest way to serve a papaya is like a melon. Pick one with red-orange skin that has a little give when you squeeze it lightly. Slice it open, scoop out the seeds, and you're good to go. If you want to get fancy and impress the in-laws, a squeeze of lime really brings out the flavor.

You see? Getting tropical—and healthy—is easy. So instead of trying to capture the spirit of the islands by roasting a pig on your front lawn, pop down to your local grocer and see what exotic delectables await. Just make sure you leave your grass skirt at home.



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Recipe: Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip

This is a fun treat for kids and adults alike. You can also substitute other favorite fruits (especially seasonal ones) for the ones featured here.

For skewers:

8 large strawberries, rinsed, stems removed, and cut in half

16 1-1/2" chunks fresh pineapple (or 16 chunks canned pineapple packed in juice, drained)

16 blackberries

1 tangerine or Clementine, peeled and cut into 8 segments

8 6-inch wooden skewers

For dip:

1 cup strawberries, rinsed, stems removed

1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt

1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. honey

To prepare the dip, puree strawberries in a blender or food processor. Add yogurt, vanilla, and honey and blend briefly, just until mixed. To prepare the skewers, alternately thread two strawberry halves, two pineapple chunks, two blackberries, and one tangerine segment on each skewer. (Note: If you're making this dish with or for children, you might consider removing their fruit from their skewers before serving.) Makes 4 servings (2 skewers and 1-1/2 Tbsp. dip each).

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories     Protein     Fiber         Carbs      Fat Total        Saturated Fat

71             1 gram      2 grams     18 grams    <1 gram       <1 gram


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*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Turbo Fire- Day 4

So far I am in day 4 of Turbo Fire and I am totally loving it!! It's so fun and up beat, with really great music that you just want to get down and jam too! Chalene is so awesome, she really keeps you going.

My favorite so far is the HIIT 15 Class! For about 30 seconds you go as hard as you can with jumps and all sorts of crazy moves that gets your heart rate up in a hurry! The good part is that once those 30 seconds are up, you get another 30 seconds to catch your breath and let me tell ya you will need it!

The only problem that I have had so far is my feet! my shoes are killing me! I have New Balance runners and they are great for just about everything, except for Turbo Fire. What kind of shoes do you wear for your workouts?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Coaching Fees Waived!

Hey guess what!!! BeachBody is still waiving the sign up fees to become a Coach, until January 7th!!

TOP 5 REASONS TO DO THE FREE COACH SIGN UP


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THE TIME IS NOW!!!

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Beachbody Coach

Monday 1/3

All I can say is it's been a Monday after a vacation. I swear I tossed and turned all night long! For what reason, I have no clue! I have been sleeping wonderful for a long time, but for some reason I just could not last night. Anyway, December is gone and I don't wish to even think about it. I am just moving forward and looking up!

 
If you are not on some sort of a schedule get on one!! I think that is the whole reason for why my December was not a very good month at all. I have officially started Turbo Fire today and I am feeling so much better already! I also did some yoga last night as well and that was just amazing! I love yoga! I am going to go back to scheduling my workouts and I have my Turbo Fire workout schedule posted on the wall to really hold me accountable. I think I am also going to be throwing in some more strength training in there as well and definitely yoga a few times a week(even if it is only 20 minutes I need this!).

 
I started doing a Shakeology Cleanse yesterday. I think I am only going to do it for 2 days though and not the 3, because I don't think I will be getting enough into my body in order to sustain myself with working out. I was originally going to start with it Saturday, but when we went to pick up the girls at the in laws, we were invited to stay for dinner. I didn't want to be rude or anything so I let that slide and started on Sunday instead. My starting weight was 151.8 and today's weight was 150.4! So that is a loss of 1.4 pounds in one day!! That is so awesome!!

 
This is what I ate yesterday:

 
Breakfast- Shakeology
A cup of Green Tea
Snack- Apple
A cup of Green Tea
Lunch- Shakeology
Snack- Shakeology
Dinner- Salad with salmon and light dressing(I was actually supposed to use a lean white meat, but forgot the white part)

 
And today will be the same, but I will use a white meat this time! One thing that I do have to say about doing this cleanse, is that I have had the control to do this. I don't know where it came from, but this feeling that I am in control with what goes into my body is amazing! Last month I totally lost control and it is such a wonderful feeling to have it back! Can't wait for some real healthy food though!

 
Here is my Schedule for this week:

 
Monday- Fire 30, Stretch 10
Tuesday- HIIT 15, Stretch 10

Wednesday- Rest day
Thursday- Fire 30, Stretch 10
Friday- Fire 30, Stretch 10
Saturday- Fire 30, Stretch 10
Sunday- Core 20, Stretch 40

Here are some of my goals for this week:

  • Eat healthy foods, 5-6 times a day!
  • Drink loads of water!
 This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by @GameStop. Game Stop is also the star of this week’s twitter party on 5 January. The details of the the carnival prize will be posted soon.


PS- If you have thought about becoming a BeachBody Coach now is the time! The start up fees have been waived until January 7th!!