Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Re-capping my Monday. Shame, shame on me for not checking in. Coming back from the Cape on Mondays is crazy. Packing up and unpacking wears me out BUT - I still managed to have a fantastic exercise and nutrition day. I started my day with a 45 minute super, sweating SPIN workout - while Isabella napped. At 4pm I did 30 minutes of Combat kickboxing and it felt great. I thought my 5pm class and took my 6pm class. I don't know how I did all this, I'm so tired today. I think I was really wired because after all that, I barely slept last night, YIKES.

Today, TUESDAY - working on only a few hours of sleep, I have already managed a 60 minutes weight training workout and I've had a great fiber filled shake with the following ingredients: 1/2c. fiber one cereal, 2 c. baby organic spinach, 1 scoop About Time chocolate protein powder, 8 strawberries and 1 tbsp. of peanut butter. YUM YUM! Hopefully I will feel full for awhile - I feel a loss coming on soon. Isabella should be going down for her nap soon, so I have to be ready for my SPIN....stay tuned!

Isabella took a 90 minute nap, which was perfect for my 45 minute SPIN session and more time for me to fix lunch: baked tilapia with diced tomatoes and asparagus. I feel good. Now, the bulk of my exercise is done. I plan to do a little ZUMBA before I teach tonight.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Month in Review! 

I'm down the cape for the weekend, but I wanted to update you on my first month of dieting and exercising daily. I lost a total of 14 pounds. Yeeha! Good, but not great. I know I could of done better and I will. I'm really motivated to top that 14 pounds this month. It's not going to be easy but - a few tweaks to my nutrition and a little movement and I know I can do it. I plan to add an 1/2 hour to an hour of walking with Isabella. (last month I just did workouts and my husband did all the walking). Also I plan to add some new recipes from Maria Menounos's book and I'm going to start drinking water with lemons. I've also downloaded Yogi Cameron's latest book (The One Plan) on my kindle. Needless to say, I will be going for the gusto! Goal - 15 pounds lost. Stay tuned, daily blogging begins tomorrow.....

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Hump Day! I'm happy to announce that I am totally in the fat-buring zone. I've lost a pound everyday, for the past five days. Before that, I was at a virtual stand still - despite my multiple workouts per day and healthy nutrition. I can't explain it - but hard work is definitely starting to pay off. I must admit, I haven't been perfect - but I've only NOT worked out once this month. That's progress for sure. My goal is to continuously improve my daily nutrition and fitness behaviors. Right now I'm reading Maria Menounos's last book, which so far has a lot of practical and easy steps to take towards weight-loss. I just finished Al Roker's book, which was also very informative, especially if you are interested in doing a cleanse or working with some of the people and techniques he used. I only read when I ride the spin bike or walk the stairclimber - so it's hard for me to take notes. I should. By the way, at the beginning of the month I read Jennifer Hudson's book. Besides beefing up my iPod with motivating tunes - reading fitness or weight-loss related books keeps me focused on my own goals. Plus, I don't know everything - so sometimes I'll find out a new trick that I can use or share with others.

9:30AM - 1/2c. lowfat cottage cheese and 1/2 ruby red grapefruit.

10:00AM - 45 minute SPIN workout. I went for the gusto, feeling leaner and a bit fitter. :)

1:15PM - grilled chicken breast w/ diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, hot salsa. Garden salad with
balsamic and 6 brussel sprouts. YUM!

4:00PM - 30 minute COMBAT workout. (kickboxing by Beachbody)

6:00PM - 60 minute Weight Training workout.

7:30PM - Grilled chicken salad - balsamic dressing. (Andrea's)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Shame, Shame, so sorry that I have been away from my computer. Mondays are a little crazy for me and it completely slipped my mind. I was at the cape this weekend and despite my less than flawless nutrition - I worked out on the stairclimber everyday and managed to lose 3 pounds - making my total 12. Since I started on July 7th, I will report my first month stats on Thursday August 7th. This was my breakfast this morning, simple, hot and yummy! I'm hoping to get in 3 workouts today, but it will depend on Isabella's napping time?
Stay tuned....

8:30AM - 3/4c. All whites scrambled with spinach, mushrooms, hot salsa and jalapeños.

12:30PM - 45 minute SPIN workout! Feeling good!

1:30PM - chocolate protein shake w/ strawberries/banana and 1tbsp. peanut butter. YUM!

4:00PM - 30 minute COMBAT workout. (kickboxing)

5:00PM - 60 minute Weight Training Workout.

6:30 PM - Grilled chicken w/ diced tomatoes/onions and seasoning. Garden salad and 5 brussel sprouts. Balsamic dressing.

* The scale was down another pound today. Needless to say, I was motivated - BUT I definitely was feeling fatigued.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Over the hump, now how will this week end? I'm feeling pretty fatigued today BUT, I still think I have a little left in the tank. What I don't want to do is make excuses for why I can't get an afternoon session in. I have to take advantage of the opportunities I have to be child free. I've already had two workouts and I was up at 5:25 this morning - BUT, I'm going to push myself. I don't workout as much on the weekend, so I have to put a little extra in during the week. I'm trying to convince myself as I type. I'm 8 minutes away from going back to my studio.....stay tuned.

9:00AM - 60 minute weight training workout.

10:00AM - 30 minute Combat workout. (kickboxing)

11:00AM - my famous protein shake.

1:00PM - baked chicken breast w/ diced tomatoes, 1/2c. brown rice, 1c. mixed veggies.

4:00PM - 45 minute ZUMBA class w/ one of my clients. Wow! I was soaked.

7:00PM - Grilled chicken w/ garden salad and balsamic dressing.

* my joints are hurting (knees, ankles, hips) Tomorrow I will have to do some non-impact cardio.
(spin & stairclimber) I don't want to wreck myself....

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hump-Day! Perfect day to kick your fitness into high gear! I'm looking forward to great workouts and clean eating today. Now that my computer is fully loaded, I will be blogging throughout the day, everyday. Mid-week is a great time to evaluate how your week is going. Have my workouts been intense? Do I need to do more cardio? How many weight training sessions have I done or did I exercise at all? How about my menu? Have I been eating a clean diet this week? Now is a good time to change the path for the rest of your week. FINISH STRONG! 

9:00AM - About Time protein (1 scoop), 6 strawberries, 1/2 banana and 2 tsp. PB2. (powdered PB)

12:00PM - Grilled chicken breast w/ jalapeños and hot salsa, 1/2c. sweet potato cubed and garden salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

1:15PM - 50 minute SPIN workout! (sweat like a freak)

4:00PM - 4 slices of turkey breast, 1 slice of cheese.

4:15PM - 30 minute Combat (kickboxing) workout.

6:00PM - 60 minute strength training workout.

7:00PM - Grilled tilapia, steamed broccoli and 1/2 c. brown rice.

* Very sore from yesterday's workouts - but I pushed through.....

New week, New goals...
Thanks to my sister in law and one of my clients, I was able to get to the market twice this weekend. Although my menu will probably be boring and similar to last week, I'm happy I have what I need to be successful. It's pretty humid so sweating is going to be wild for sure. I've gotten one workout in so far today. I'm reading Al Rokers book while I spin - he had a lot of help with his weight-loss and fitness goals. I'm hoping to steal a few tricks. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting back to work tonight. When I don't lift weights I feel like a bum. :)

9:00AM - protein shake: one scoop of protein (About Time/GNC), 6 frozen strawberries, 1 banana and 1 tbsp. peanut butter.

12:00PM - 60 minute spin bike workout!

2:00PM - baked tilapia w/ garden salad and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

5:00PM - 60 minute weight training workout.

7:00PM - Grilled chicken breast and a garden salad w/ light italian dressing.

* Sorry for not posting this on Monday. I just noticed it as a draft.

I'm Back! This is actually yesterday's post. I was busy re-building my computer files/photos/spreadsheets etc. - which didn't leave much time for blogging. I did however, have a fabulous day of exercise and nutrition. I should be completely back on track today. I'm so happy to have my Macbook back. Sorry Dell, working with the windows and your mouse system was horrible. Now I can see why my husband didn't want to use it. I love my Mac! By the way, I spent a lot of time looking up motivational fitness says for this blog and my client correspondence. Starting over has it's benefits - hoping to bring some fresh motivation for YOU!

8:00AM - 1/2 banana

9:00AM - 60 minute weight training class with my peeps!

10:00AM - 33 minute Combat (kickboxing) cardio class.

10:30AM - protein shake w/ 6 strawberries, 1/2 banana, 2 tsp. PB2, - so good!

2:00PM - Grilled chicken breast and a wonderful garden salad w/ light ranch dressing. (Boathouse)

5:00PM - 60 minute weight training class. (I was feeling it - full of energy)

7:00PM - Grilled chicken breast, 1/2c. cubed sweet potato and 1c. green beans.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wow, I found this in my random online photos pile. Now this is the me I miss. I remember thinking how strong and confident being fit feels. I still have this outfit in my closet. I can't wait to put it on again. In the meantime, I'm focused on today. Okay, okay. The shit has hit the fan and I freaked out. The seat to my spin bike has fallen back. I tried to fix it myself and I was completely unsuccessful. I even attempted to stack books under the seat. Damn. Jim would of fixed it in a second. Unfortunately he is away until tomorrow. I worked up quite the sweat trying to fix it. I did squats for 5 minutes straight and then threw in the towel. I don't feel comfortable being all the way in the basement (in our home gym), when Bug is sleeping. My living room set up is ideal. Oh well, this will be my only day of rest this month. In the meantime, I'm going to plan a crazy week of fitness.
8:00AM - protein shake with 6 strawberries, 1 banana, 1 tsp. flaxseed oil, 1 tbsp. peanut butter powder. Yum!!
12:00PM - chicken parm breast baked w/ garden salad, balsamic dressing. 5 hot peppers.
5:00PM - baked tilapia, green beans and 1/2c. sweet potato cubed.
7:00PM - 1/2 grapefruit and 9 almonds.
* Can't wait to sweat like crazy tomorrow.
Oops! Sorry, I was away from the computer yesterday. Good news! My husband came home and I was able to get an hour long Cybex workout in. I burned 1123 calories in one hour - I know I can do better because I had to stop a bunch of times. Last week I burned 1041 doing the same thing - so progress is good!