Fitness Foreseen for 2013!

Knowing what worked before and reapplying it to life

Back to a routine with a pinterest idea! January 15, 2013

I made it to the gym three times last week and ended up doing 15 mins of pilates twice. I felt pretty good and a bit sore over the weekend – but I was excited! I like to have some type of protein immediately after working out; I’ve found that I feel better and toning is quicker. I experimented about 2 years ago. I did one month and drank a protein shake after each workout, I lost a total of 6 inches (waist, bust, hips and thigh) in a month. The next month I ate the same exact things and did the same exercise routine and lost 3 1/2 inches.

This time around I was thinking of a way to get my protein shakes in right after the gym – then it hit me! I was watching a friend of mine fix her baby’s bottle with a formula dispener. Well, I could use it for my protein powder!

I add a scoop of my favorite protein powder! I love this one – it doesn’t clump, have a funny after taste and is plain delicious!!!

Each compartment is a serving – so there’s enough for mulitple days. I actually have two of these. One has three compartments and the other one has four. So all I do is fill them up every 7-10 days and I’m ready to go!

Each morning I fill up my blender bottle – the best thing ever made – with milk. I place it in my smallest cooler with a freezer pack and then it’s still very cold when I leave the gym. I mix it right up as soon as I get in my car and I can enjoy it on my car ride home 🙂

It’s good to be back into a routine and coming up with ideas to stick to the routine. I can’t wait for Wednesday when I weigh and measure in!!!

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Movement is movement – no matter what January 12, 2013

Ever since elementary school, I’ve heard “some movement is better than nothing”. I don’t think I really believed it until this week. When I started my weight loss journey, I went to the gym and pushed myself until I was sweaty and could feel “the burn”. And I judged my workouts by how I felt at the end of them. Maybe that’s right, maybe that’s wrong – I’m not a certified trainer or anything – but I do know my body. I saw results and was happy with them.

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When I had my car accident, my doctors restricted my workouts because of my injury. Then four months later I go to physical therapy and I began to regain my strength. Then I would go back to the gym and TRY to push myself like I did before – well after 2 workouts like that and calling in to work because I couldn’t move at all – lesson learned. My body was the same. Discouragement set in and so I decided to take up jogging again. I would jog at lunch as an escape from the office and felt pretty good until we had 100+ degree days. So I went about 4 months without going to the gym, without talking walks (even a slow walk) – I did everything but any type of fitness.

This week I started back to the gym – and yes, I made it 3 days this week. I’ve came up with a plan to push myself but not to the point where I can’t move. This week, I walked a total of 4.56 on the treadmill and did a total of 60 mins on the machines. I’m doing the same machines they used during my physical therapy sessions 🙂 figured I know how to adjust the weight to help strengthen my body. The first day I was tired, but pushed thru it. I could feel a “burn” it wasn’t the same type as 2 years ago, but one day I’ll be back to that. And am I sore – yes…but I’m still able to function with normal life.

I want to be smarter about working out. If I know how far I can push my body each time, then I’m gaining strength. And then that means, the next time I can push further! I’m now learning what my gym teacher, college biology professor, and former weight watcher leader would say – if I had kept some movement in my routine – even if it was just walking – I could have rocked the elliptical rather than being winded after the first few minutes. But my goal is by the beginning of February to last 15 mins on the elliptical. That may not sound like nothing to some people, but for me, it’s a reachable goal in the time.

I’m serious about keep movement in my life, to the point I have 60 mins blocked on my calendar for at least 3 days a week to do a workout. Also, I found on pinterest an idea to have a workout reward jar! You put a dollar in each day you workout – set a date of when you’re spending that money. For me, I’m going to spend it when I head to the beach the beginning of September!

What are some ways you stay motivated to workout and to keep moving – whether it’s walking, biking, skating, etc???

 

Somethings you don’t realize you miss… December 28, 2012

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So for the past two days, I’ve been monitoring what I’ve been eating – the calories, fat, carbs, fiber and protein – and there’s one word to describe how I felt about the totals for day — EEEKKK!!!

Previously, I would eat at least 40 grams of fiber of day – and no it doesn’t affect me like it does other people. And I noticed I could barely get 20 grams. So then I realized what I was missing in my food journal – FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!!! Yes, I would have an apple a day, but that’s about it. The rest would be cooked and before I always made sure to have at least 4 raw/fresh fruits and/or vegetables a table. So while running errands yesterday, I stopped by the store and picked up some grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and apples. 

For my morning snack as I type out this blog, I’m snacking on some grape tomatoes. Even though they are not in season, they taste absolutely delicious! Some people say “you don’t realize what you’re missing until you don’t have it”…well, I didn’t really miss them until after I started snacking on them today. Does that make sense?

Actually, now that my taste buds have been awaken for the fresh foods, I’m craving all the things I used to eat – celery, carrots, bell peppers, kiwi, apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes! So I’m getting ready to revise my grocery list for this week and plug in some fresh produce!

Now I’m going to search pinterest for different combination/recipes that include fresh produce – so for any of you who may read this, do you have any favorite combination or recipes that include fresh produce? One of my favorite is fruit salsa!!! And one thing I’ve always tired to master while cooking but couldn’t – when stir-frying vegetables how do you keep them crisp without them turning into mush?

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