Aug 30, 2013

September: #GYSTS and a detox


I mentioned it earlier that September is going to be a month of challenges for me, that I decided to shake things up and make something happen! Or die trying :)

Luckily I won’t be alone, a whole group of us jumping in together online and through  Instagram because so many of us are struggling with plateaus or boredom in our fitness routines or food choices or whatnot. 

I’m probably taking on too much, but my intentions for September call be called a variety of things:

“September Shock” – My coffee detox month

“September Shred” – 30day SHRED is happening.

 both of those are part of my quest for September, which is to...

“Get Your $hit Together September” – #GYSTS

Now all of this means that I won’t have time to keep up with the C25K plan.  I’m not quitting it, more like deferring it physically until my head catches up.  I’m stuck at Week4Day2 but am struggling with heat and just a focus to do it at 4:30am.  So September is going to be a high cardio intense month with SHRED for my 4:30am timeslot and then my set rotation of P90X/Brazillian Buttlift/Jillian/Insanity at my 12pm timeslot.

The shock component of my September is my insane thought that this is the same month that I’m going to go without coffee. Kill me now.  But I’m shaking things up right? And that is the point to it all.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a caffeine detox, because I will be having hot tea in the mornings  or lemon water or something to perk me up. The coffee is because I’m wasting 80-100calories a day on creamer and about 8g of carbs. When you are lowcarb and your daily total of carbs is less than 30 but a third of them are in your coffee, it isn’t exactly a “well-balanced” food plan.

Measurements are pictures are happening tonight for my challenge, and I’ll be stocking up on tea options.

Anyone else jumping into the #GYSTS plan??
 Visit Amber @ Crafty Healthy Mommy for more information and friends!

Aug 28, 2013

Weigh In Wednesday

Weigh In Wedneday
I am going to do a few confessions before my, they aren't excuses or justifications.
ok, well maybe, but it helps me feel better about that number, so let me have this moment, k?

  • I felt like crud yesterday, unusual to the point that I almost called the doctor. But I didn't, because I'm almost as bad as a guy in that I don't go easily.  I got through the day and decided to take a morning off from my treadmill.
  • Because of said crud, Hubs was in charge of dinner....which obviously meant pizza.  This is a special treat for more than one reason. First, I didn't have to cook, but second is that LittleOne and I both aren't supposed to eat cheese or wheat. And LittleOne? She loves pizza! She ate two full size pieces of thin crust. We argued over a third slice, when I ultimately won with the promise of a soyfree cookie.
  • And now I feel guilty not only because I ate two thin crust pieces of pizza (which showed a lot of restraint!!) but I also skipped my morning treadmill time due to the crud.  I will be getting back on track today with my Insanity video at lunch, and I'll try to get to my arm routine this evening to make up for my last 24hours.

With all that, this morning's scale wasn't happy (cheese and wheat remember??): 154.2

To redeem myself though, I did a quick arm measurement and I am down .25 inches in my biceps!! But that's another post.

A fall off the wagon of like 28hours, is that a bad thing?

Aug 27, 2013

On The Table: Spicy Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey Filling
From Kalyn's Kitchen...but this is my tweaked version:

1 T peanut oil or vegetable oil (or slightly more, depending on the pan you have)
1/4 cup minced onions
2 T minced garlic
2 Tbsp ginger root
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (93% lean) or turkey
4 T soy sauce
1 T Chile powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp fish sauce (probably optional, although I like fish sauce!)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped peanuts
1 large head or 2 small heads Boston Lettuce or butter lettuce, or substitute 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • Chop onion and set aside. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add onion and saute about 2 minutes, then add garlic and ginger root and saute about one minute more.
  • Combine: soy sauce, red pepper flakes, chili powder and fish sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add ground turkey/beef to pan (with a bit more oil if needed) and break apart and spread out with spatula/spoon, then add soy mixture.
  • Cook until the meat is brown and crumbling apart, and the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  • While meat cooks, wash and coursely chop fresh cilantro.
  • Remove the core end from lettuce, separate leaves, and wash in salad spinner and spin dry (or wash under running water and dry with paper towels.)
  • Chop peanuts and put in small bowl to serve at the table.
  • When meat is done, add chopped cilantro and cook 1-2 minutes more.
  • Serve filling and lettuce leaves in separate bowls, with chopped peanuts in another small bowl.

Optional Notes:
I made white rice for filler for the boys to go inside their wraps.
I also served corn, both of which can be added to the mixture at cooking or at serving to make it heartier for the starch/carb lovers.


Aug 26, 2013

Weekend Shenanigans

Sami's Shenanigans
Its Monday!! We survived the weekend! The last weekend of summer for the Kiddo, and my last weekend before returning to meticulously scheduled and organized mom. The family has been warned.

Jumping in to linkup with Sami at Sami's Shenanigans and all the girls who share their weekends with the blogworld.

1. Saturdays starting off with homemade pigs-in-blankets for breakfast? Yes, its a winning start to the weekend.  Having Kiddo help roll them, eh...not pretty, and took twice as long...but its a good thing.

2. Sadly realized that my house is small enough to vacuum the entire house while two kids are zombified in front of Netflix for a 22minute episode of something? 22minutes. Damn, I'm either super fast, have a crappy vacuum, or a small the obvious choice is the small house. (its on the market remember?)

3. School starting back meant 'back to school' shopping, but not the routine clothes and supplies shopping, but more like the back to school LUNCH shopping.  Stocking up on food choices for Kiddo's lunches, is a dangerous thing. Not just for me having those snacky things, but the biggest kid in the house can literally wipe out an entire shelf of snacks in one day.


4. I really need to stock up on tea if I'm going to do a No-Coffee September.  I may have teared up writing that out...No-Coffee? What am I thinking?

5. One week in from chopping off my hair and regret has still not set in.  That's a win!

No off for another cup of coffee (while I can.)

Aug 24, 2013

My story....all 60lbs of it.

I am sitting here on a Saturday night with Dr Who on Netflix and three cookbooks, Pinterest and now blogger open. I'm a hard core party girl, huh?

The shortest recap possible of the last six years:
July 2004 - first pregnancy that included preeclampsia and hypertension, emergency csection ultimately took six months of my life to recover from. I had a severe wound infection and a now diagnosed healing condition. Which brought me to February 2005 as the first opportunity to do anything about my weight.  I had always been a heavier girl, but the pregnancy and issues left me at 28yrs old and maintaining a weight at 192lbs.

August 2005 - I secretly joined Weight Watchers behind my husbands back. Thanks to my mom who would pick up Kiddo while I "worked late."
Between August and February 2006 I lost a whopping 16lbs. Oh yeah, bust out the party decorations and congrats posters! Sigh. So I stopped paying my $9 a week and I took a break.
I went on my way and tried to eat reasonable with what I did learn but not really.

But then something clicked. I call it my "lightbulb moment." There was just one day where I said it and believed that I needed to do something.
So October 2006 is what I consider my start, my true 178.
In the next nine months I followed WW strictly and simply walked on the treadmill eventually worked my way up to a jog, while I lost 60lbs and got down to a sickly 132 (from my 192 high.)

I maintained and continued to jog and exercise....a healthier weight between 140 and 145 until I was in a car accident January 2009. Almost two full years of being at my best and loving it. Six months of physical therapy that included a broken tailbone does not make a happy walker or runner!
But despite not working out I maintained at 150.

2010 and 2011 brought another physically demanding pregnancy. No hypertension or dire emergencies but SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction ) that was worsened due to my tailbone. Healing complications yet again but I was ecstatic at 30days post partum to be back down to 158 naturally.

Through nursing and walking at work I managed to stay in the 150s. But for 2012 even while nursing I started doing p90x three times a week and I had to go gluten free or low carb in respect for my daughter. I got down to 145 and was feeling amazing. But more medical issues for me and I snuck back into 150s.

So for all of 2013 I have struggled with a goal simply five to seven pounds just out of reach. I know I can do it, I've done it before!? So why am I now up to running 12-15miles a week AND pushing through 45minute classes five days a week, but cannot lose any weight? Why is the scale today now showing even a higher number?

I'm conflicted about it, and wonder if my stomach will handle the adjustment...but I think I need to go back to basics of WW because my food is the only other thing that is not at 100% like my activity?

I am going through this change on My Fitness Pal if anyone wants to join in.

Aug 22, 2013

On the Table: "Winner Chicken Dinner"

I started this post yesterday before cooking and tasting, and then forgot to post it...oops.

So instead, I updated it with a post-dinner review!!

The flavors and the picture shown on the Martha Stewart site jumped out at me as all our favorites:
cilantro, chickpeas, AND cherry tomatoes?

Who needs meat? (other than the carnivores I call Hubs and LittleOne)

I altered the original of course, my notes are in red.

I loved the idea of this one, its actually perfect for freezer prep.  I threw everything into a bowl to mix as instructed and placed into a freezer gallon bag because our meal planning days got skewed and I couldn't use it fresh, so I stuck the pre-mixed and marinading chicken into the freezer for an extra day. It can't hurt to let these awesome flavors marry even longer, right?


  • 1/3 cup olive oil   <--- 1/4cup 
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons paprika: smoked, spicy, or a blend of the two
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 tablespoons salt <--- 1tbsp
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 whole chicken, about 3 pounds, cut into 10 pieces   <--- 2.5lbs of boneless skinless thighs
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans or white beans, drained   <--- 1 can
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes   <--- 1 pint


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Step 2

    Mix the marinade: olive oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, red pepper, cilantro (or parsley), salt, and pepper in a bowl. Using zip-top bags or a large container suitable for marinating, combine marinade, chicken, beans, and tomatoes, ensuring that everything, especially the chicken, is evenly coated with the marinade. Let marinate a few hours, all day, or overnight.
  3. Step 3

    When ready to cook, dump contents into large roasting pan. Roast 20-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and browned, and tomatoes have burst and caramelized.


    I would definitely make this again, but without the chicken! Ha! The sauce was amazing and the kitchen smelled heavenly, so much so that when I set up the plates, both Hubs and Kiddo started right in before I could take a picture.  I used thighs to prevent it from becoming too dry, and they were cooked perfectly....but both Kiddo and I were too full from chomping and trying to steal the chickpeas and tomatoes to really put a dent in the chicken.

    Recipe as cooked: 3 out of 5 stars.
    Recipe for the chicken-free version: 5 stars.

    Yes, that good.

Aug 21, 2013

Weigh In Wednesday #2

Weigh In Wedneday
Wow, I didn't realize that I forgot to blog anything on Monday. I really am trying to incorporate it into my day just as much as my workouts.
Last week was my first official weigh-in with the linkup, (which is awesome many new blogs were found!) and I felt confident last week, even through Saturday. But what is it about weekends? I've read it on several other blogs, the weekends are just complete sabotage for most of us?  I know for me its my family time and I pretend I can be 'normal' and eat and snack with the rest of the family.  The harsh reality is that I'm fighting genetics here whereas my kids and spouse have the complete opposite genetic makeup (for that I am very grateful for my kids!) so its hard to be the lone 'conscientious' person.
This weekend was no exception, in fact it was worse than most when Hubs went evil again and made his sweet flatbread.  We had it in lieu of dinner on Saturday and then had it for breakfast Sunday morning.  All the while LittleOne had been fighting a cold or something, that turned feverish come Monday morning.  Hubs took Monday and I took Tuesday getting her back to daycare status.
Needless to say, the scale is never happy with me after a day of mom duty, trapped in the house with a pantry of snacks and no motivation to drink water.
It is bloat and I know it.
I am toying with the idea of tracking again, maybe a challenge at MFP again for the month of September? 
Any other takers want to join me in a Back-on-track "tracking" challenge on MFP?

Aug 16, 2013

Fit Friday Recap

I've admitted twice now that I'm just getting back into the game/journey/quest/whatever we want to call this phase of life I'm in.  With that, here's the run down of my week fitness wise:

Monday - sleep, try not to faint at work (anemia issues)
Tuesday - sleep in, Jillian Michaels video 
Wednesday - 4:30am treadmill time 3miles + Insanity 
Thursday - 4:30am treadmill time 2.8miles + Mini Zumba + Arms
Friday - 4:30am treadmill time 2.5miles + Cardio BootCamp

So my total mileage is bunk of less than 10miles for the week. Granted it was only three days, right?  I didn't jump right back into the C25K program this week since I was out for a while and honestly, that first day back on Wednesday? SORE!! My quads were freakishly sore, it surprised me how sore I was. Its not like I didn't workout at all, I was still doing my mid-day classes until last Thursday. I just hadn't run or jogged for the 14days, not laid down and vegged. Crazy sore.  But I pushed through the soreness yesterday and feel great today, so maybe it was just shock reaction. ha!

Next week I'm hoping to resume my C25K with Week3.  So far so good with Hubs tolerating the uber-early alarm that allows me do my treadmill time.  I swear, just these three days back and I'm feeling insanely better and in a better more tolerant mood.

Rather nervous about this weekend's plans....only two things are on the agenda though.

1. An open house for a couple hours tomorrow. Not too nervous about that, I honestly don't think anything will come of it, just the cleaning up tonight and tomorrow for it.

2. and more important is my hair appointment.  I am finally chopping off my hair, I've avoided it long enough and tried to learn to love the long locks, but I haven't figured out how to make it smooth down and look nice anymore.  I have to wear it in a bun to workout because the pony tail was still too long.  So today will be fun checking out pictures for ideas!

(and yes, I know this post is completely useless without pictures....I will try for a before/after picture, but I know I'm awful about false promises.)  No matter what I do, it basically ends up like this anyway:
Not a bad thing, but no matter what, ends up just uneven straightish-wavy hair.

Aug 14, 2013

Weigh In Wednesday - A first

Weigh In Wedneday
In light of the last two week's detour in this journey, I figured it would be a joke to link up with my normal Workout Wed group via SkinnyMeg, right?  What kind of bragging/posting would it be if I was just chiming in with:

Monday - nada...just try not to faint at work.
Tuesday - continue sleeping in instead of getting up for the treadmill, lie about it to friends, and then just do your workout video over your lunch break.

So I'll take a bold move today instead.
I weighed in.

This isn't bold as in "wow, omg you have never done that before April!" kinda bold....but more about the slippery slope that it becomes.  I do think I have issues with the scale, I have a love-hate relationship with it but can't break up with it for long spurts of time.  I don't trust myself to be alone.

But recently I felt different. Because of my 4:30am alarm and a disgruntled hubs, I had started sleeping in the guest room on my workout eves. It helped both of us sleep better and I was able to get up and moving without any guilt. It was a win-win for both of us. The only loser in the mix was my faithful scale. If you think of our separate beds as a divorce, hubs got the scale in the split! what?? I had a better relationship with that scale than he ever did, I should have gotten it. I have faithfully for over three years (minus pregnancy) stepped on it at least twice a day everyday. EVERY SINGLE DAY. Here I was in the guest room and unable to weigh in. For seven weeks...I did not weigh in except for once on the weekends.

This was huge.

Why? Because despite not having that control and info in my head of a number, I was truly feeling comfortable in my skin and how my clothes were feeling and how toned this muscle looked or whatnot.  I was feeling GOOD about my body showing my improvements instead of the scale.

I decided to jump on this morning for two reasons.
  1. I could  and....
  2. I started a new medication and weight fluctuations are part of the side effects in both directions.  Obviously I'm more worried about weight gain, but loss of appetite is also possible.

Here I am today, August 14th at 37yrs old now weighing in at 152.8.

Still maintaining a 50lb loss after a severe car accident, and pregnancy with complicated now at 37yrs old instead of 29 when I started this journey. thought you'd get a picture, didn't ya? hehe....maybe another time.

Aug 13, 2013

Tuesday Truth: August 13

Alrighty, its Tuesday and it is confessional time.

(Anyone remember the old Real World or original reality tv shows where they would go into private rooms for their ‘confessionals?’ They don’t call it that anymore, do they?)

I got a smack of reality or failure last night when I got an email notification.  It read in bold letters
‘its been 14days since your last workout’

That isn’t true and you (my phone) are evil for trying to imply that.  The truth is, that yes, it has been 14 days since I last woke up at 4:30am for my treadmill time. I confess that...but that isn't my only workout and you (phone) know that.

But I have worked out…..well, at least until last Wednesday.  Wednesday I awoke with serious pain in my neck or shoulder.  It reminded me of my dislocated shoulder from four years ago.  I’m not a pillpopper by any means, avoid it typically, but here I am in my self-imposed confessional admitting to needing some serious pain meds.  Bust out the stash of hydrocodone and/or muscle relaxers, anything to help.
The intensity was bad enough for me not to feel comfortable driving with the kidlets in the car, that kind of bad.

But that was through Sunday, which of course brought out another monthly ailment to push me back to running for the bottle of painkillers (Aleve people, that’s as hard core as I get for this!)

So that evil email that yelled at me and guilted me about ‘not working’ for 14 days was a half-eviltruth.  Yes, I admit to not waking up at 4:30 due to frantically getting the house set up for being on the market and then an injury.  But that truth is false within the next 18hours because the alarm is going and I’m back to feeling human again.

And Jillian just worked my bootay less than an hour ago as well.

So take that, you mean email you.

(And I will gladly and smugly update my dailymile widget at 5:30am when I have to be off the treadmill.)
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