My Favorite Morning Pick-me-up

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I love to start my day with a Starbucks Venti Iced Green Tea, no syrup, one Splenda. Oh so delicious! And green tea is a great fat burner. I’m pairing it with perfect oatmeal & 1/2 pack each of the nuts & dried fruit with a little splash of fat free milk & a dash of stevia. I love that Starbucks has a selection of healthier items on their menu.

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October Goals

I can’t believe it’s already October. Where has 2009 gone? This month will be a challenge since it’s Halloween time again. I always start eating the treats weeks before Halloween. This year my plan is to buy the candy a day or two before so I can’t just sit and eat all that sugar.

 I am a candy corn addict!  I usually buy four or five bags before Halloween which I quickly polish off with the help of my hubby and two kids. I’m doing my best to resist that urge this year. We have already eaten one bag. If I don’t buy it, then I won’t eat it!

Up until now, I have really only had one goal: lose weight! I thought this month I would give myself some smaller goals so that I can look back and feel like I’ve accomplished something. The lack of weight loss for two months has been really difficult for me to deal with and it’s been hard for me to go forward. Frankly, it sucks.

In the spirit of keeping my chin up, my October intentions are:

  1. Lose five pounds.
  2. Work out with trainer 3 days per week.
  3. Continue with Run/Walk program. By the end of the month, I will have completed week 7 and be able to run 20 min./walk 1 min./run 5 min.
  4. Complete the Pumpkin Pacer 5k.
  5. Eat between 1200-1400 calories per day.
  6. Allow myself one treat per week.
  7. Walk 2-3 miles on the “off” days of the Run/Walk Program.
  8. Lose 2 inches in the waist.
  9. Have fun!

Good luck to everyone this month!

Happy Wednesday!

My trainer is back from the land of sick. I had a great training session. Today was chest and shoulder day with a few bicep/tricep moves thrown in. I did 2 sets of 12 pull-ups and one set of 10 pull-ups! I can’t believe I did that. I did them literally until failure but I sure felt great after that. I also did three sets of 15 hanging knee ups. It just felt really great to be working out.

Despite the costco dog yesterday, I managed to keep my calories at 1450. That’s not too bad. I’ve been super hungry today, probably from my run/walk workout yesterday. I was so hungry after my workout today!

I’m hoping to get in a 2 mile walk this evening. I have to take my daughter to cheer practice tonight so we won’t be home until close to 8 p.m. By then I am always so tired that it’s particularly difficult to motivate myself to do more than sit on the couch. Maybe by posting it here I will feel more accountable. 🙂

More About Me

Laura asked some really great questions in the comments on my last post so I thought I’d answer them here. 

1)  How many times a week do you work out (run, etc.) and for how long?

I strength train with a trainer 3 days a week for 45-60 min. We do a few cardio intervals as well. I was training 5 days a week with 2 days of HIT training but my schedule changed so now it’s just the 3 days of strength training. To replace the HIT training, I have started a run/walk program recently where I run/walk 3 times a week for 30-60 min. My ultimate goal is to be able to run 30-60 min. I’m definitely improving.  On the days I don’t run/walk I walk for at least 30 min. (Usually about 2 miles). I exercise every day at least once.

2) What kind of diet are you eating? Are pretty mindful of what you are eating? No hidden calories (even from yourself)?

 I am a fairly clean eater. My trainer wants me to eat only oatmeal, protein shakes, chicken breast, fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables. Unfortunately, that’s too darn boring for me! I need more variety in my life. Not to mention, I love fruit.

My favorite breakfast is Kashi Go Lean Crunch with 1% or nonfat milk. Some days I eat oatmeal with a scoop of whey powder or an egg white omelet with veggies. For lunch I have salad (with no dressing), chicken or fish. For my carbs I eat brown rice (1/2 cup) or a whole grain pita, wrap  or piece of bread. I don’t eat white bread at all any more. (I guess I did have a Parker House roll earlier this month :)) I probably don’t eat enough fruit and veggies every day but I am working on that.

Now, I am not saying that I am perfect, by any means. I had a hamburger a few weeks ago. And I am embarrassed to admit that I had a Costco dog today. I know, I know… horrible! I was starving and made the mistake of going there hungry.

I love tall, nonfat mochas, no whip. I have one nearly every day. That’s next on my list of habits to kick. They have 180 calories, 32 g. carbs, 2 g. fat and 11 g. protein. The sugar in it is the killer. I hate drinking my calories! I drink lots of water every day (more than 64 ounces per day).

I do write down everything I eat in my food log. On average I eat 1400-1600 calories per day.

Thanks again for the support and the great questions!

Happy Saturday!

The weather today has been absolutely beautiful. I can hardly believe it’s fall. We are having temps about 20 degrees above normal. It was so perfect, the hubs and I went for a 2 mile walk this morning. My legs are pretty sore from running yesterday so I needed the stretch of a walk. It felt great to be outside exercising. The weather will turn chilly soon and I won’t go outside to exercise. I am a total wimp about being cold.

Lately, I have been so frustrated about my weight or rather my lack of weight loss. Up until the beginning of this month, I was strength training 45- 60 min. 3 days a week and interval training 45-60 min. 2 days a week with my personal trainer. I had to stop the interval training when school started due to the volunteering I do at my daughter’s school. I’ve replaced that with cardio at least 3 days a week but am aiming t0 do more.

I eat between 1200-1600 calories a day. I’ve cut out fast foods, with the exception of a hamburger every month or two when I get a craving. A girl’s gotta have a burger now and then! 🙂 My protein comes from chicken breast, I’ve limited the number of nonfat, no whip, tall mochas. I rarely eat processed foods or sugary sweets. No more refined carbs for me. I ate pasta on my birthday as a special treat and was able to eat only 5 or 6 bites. Anyway, you get the idea. I’ve made huge changes to my diet and haven’t seen much change.

There have been so many days I have wanted to give up completely. One of those days was the day I ate a hamburger for lunch. I’ve lost my motivation to get up early to exercise. I’ve been doing my cardio in the evenings, if I can fit it in with my busy schedule. I’ve been struggling to keep my motivation. I’m battling negative self talk.

But I have refused to quit. I am stronger. I can see muscle definition that I’ve never had before. And I love it! I have more energy and endurance. All of that keeps me going. So, I take one day at a time and try to remember the benefits from my new healthier lifestyle. Tomorrow is a new day!

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~Henry Ford

Success!

I did it! I completed the run/walk… 3.2 miles in 38:39! Yippy! I felt great for completing it! That run is the third run for week 2 in the Prevention Magazine Turn Your Walk into a Run Program. Sunday I plan to start week three which is Run 5 minutes/walk 3 minutes six times. I’ve mapped my run for 4.5 miles. I’m hoping to improve my pace a little but frankly, at this point, if I can finish then I’ll be a happy camper!

My trainer called to tell me that she can’t make it to the gym today for my training because she’s sick. Bummer. So instead of heading to the gym by myself, I’m going to do a bike ride in my neighborhood. If it’s too hot, then plan B is to ride my stationary bike. Today was leg day so if I do some intervals I should be able to get a decent leg workout.

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Look at that delicious plate! Lunch was a wrap with chicken, spinach, avocado, and salsa. Yummy! I’ve been totally craving vegetables the past few days. I baked an acorn squash last night with a little brown sugar for dinner. Loved it!

I’m looking for great salad recipes so if you have any, please post them in the comments. Thanks for sharing with me.