Jan 28, 2015

W.I.W. April v2.1.8

Weigh In Wednesday

I feel like I've just dropped the ball on this linkup.  It is a hard balance of weighing in for accountability but not getting obsessive about it.  I purposely don't keep my scale out in open site because I'm the girl who will weigh herself every time she enters that room.  So it is in hiding until Wednesday mornings.

This Wednesday morning's number is yucky, I don't like it. 
I won't make excuses...it is just a sucktastic week.
And I've eaten like no tomorrow for the last two days.
I'm struggling with waking up in the mornings.  The normal April is the annoying chick who gets up at 4am without struggle, gets in workout clothes and am fully awake when she hits the treadmill in th garage by 4:20am.  But this week? Nope. That 4:07am alarm has been going off, I say 'screw it' and roll over waiting for the 2nd round of the alarm...and the third.  I am waking up at 5:30am and struggling to wake up in a decent mood.  I skipped out Monday and Tuesday, so last night I went to bed at 9pm! That is unheard of for me.  I still struggled this morning.
I don't like this and I'm praying to avoid turning it into a bad habit.

I happen to be off today for some appointments with Kiddo, so I got on the treadmill at 7am instead and forced 4miles.  And I loved it.  I loved the during and of course the after!  But getting my arss on the treadmill to start has become harder and harder this week.  I told myself to give it a week (new migraine med) like the doctor warned me...but geesh!?

Weighing In
Height: 5'6"
SW: 164.6
Last Week: 163.0 (1/14)
This week:164.0
Change:+1.0 (gain)

This chick promised herself to hit 6.2miles (10k) this weekend.

Jan 26, 2015

Old lady Instagram creepin'

If you haven’t noticed the pattern yet, you should. I didn’t post on Friday because of that mommy job that interferes and messes with my routine.  LittleOne was sick again and not able to go to daycare, so I was her jungle gym on Friday instead of the planned lunch date with ShaunT.  I won’t complain because I did make up for it.

Friday night I hit the treadmill for a 4mile run. 38:39 
Sunday was spent hanging out at my second home, the fun one with grandparents (aka..the one I don’t have to clean!)  The negative of that house?  Is the candy container that is always stocked with peanut M&Ms. April, in an emotional or hormonally weakened state around chocolate of any sort is not a good thing.

So it called for another treadmill run. 3.1miles at 29:47.

I do have to backup and share an awkward realization from dinner last night.  Not my food choices, because that was actually on point, but more about Instagram creepin’ meets real life, and the reality of age.  I don’t know the algorithm or settings for Instagram and how it recommends things or people to you in the popular feed but somehow I had found a fledgling bodybuilder dude.  I immediately knew of the area he lived and worked around just based on his references online and such but didn’t think much of it.  I mean I live and work in Austin now, but grew up and did high school in San Antonio but honestly only run into people I know about once a year in either city. They are both pretty large cities.

Enter dinner last night with my parents and kidlets. And then after a quick walk by of a person in a particular restaurant, I realize ‘gee, that guy looks familiar, like a guy who rarely wears a shirt type…’ Enter the Instagram feed and realize that yes (with 95% certainty) that this person who is fully clothed in front of me is also a competitor person I’ve oogled witnessed for the last couple months while prepping and showing off the 'gainz' you read about.

And then I'm a dork with a goofy grin that I just spotted a random IG person in real life.
But then the sad realization that it is downright inappropriate when the person in real life…
is barely of legal age (19)
And then the uber sad realization that makes it even harder
I’m old enough to be his mother.

How was ya'lls weekend??

eta: I am relieved it wasn't truly Norman because I would have gone all teenager fangirling on him.

Jan 21, 2015

W.I.W. April v2.1.7

Weigh In Wednesday
Somehow I find it hard to believe that it is Wednesday again.

Really? I feel like I just did this whole 'facing of the scale' thing like just yesterday!?

I'm going to admit, yeah, there wasn't a weigh-in this morning.  And I did do the scale thing yesterday, but at the doctor's office.

We all know what that means.
Not really because I'm smarter than that. I can't let some random new scale set me off like it used to.  That number is not valid for my day-to-day mood.
  • I have never met that scale before, it doesn't know me.
  • It was on the second floor and duh, gravity!?
  • I think Austin city is probably higher elevation than where I am at, so yeah.
  • Not at all comparable to my nekkid post-pee early morning numbers.
What I am going to report on some validation or overly stoking my ego comments from my new doctor:

  • "I have to take you off of ABC medication, you are too healthy for that."
  • "You have awesome stats for your BP and heartrate, I don't see that too often with moms your age" (sure that could have been a possible dig at my age, but I'm putting in in the compliment category while I can)
  • I laughed and responded to comment #2 with 'oh you should have met me 7 years  ago at 200lbs, I'm still working on the last 20lbs again'
  • "Oh really? I didn't see notes of a procedure of lap band? How'd you do it?"
  • "Just a treadmill and WeightWatchers" (not a plug, just a fact)
  • "Awesome! But I am going to say 'NO' to your 20lb goal. I say 5-10lbs at most, by medical standards you are in a great place. "

  • No worries I don't trust myself to not weigh-in and report in, but yesterday's conversation was a great reminder of the goals and end results not be solely a number on a scale, no matter if the scale is at home or at the doctor's office.

    Its a good day, ain't it?

    Jan 20, 2015

    2015.2 Friday Fitness (oops..late!)

    I seem to be scrambling with my blog posts lately, my consistency is off when it comes to the level or amount of rambling.

    What consistency isn't off is that with my working out (minus one horrid day)! I'm still trying my best when my body isn't trying to yell or nag at me to take a break I mean.

    I'm upset in that its not as much as I had hoped for nor a stellar week.  Tuesday I started feeling 'off' and had a sinus headache or I thought it was.  Wednesday I awoke and immediately knew it was going to be a rough day.
    By 2pm I was done.
    I had to admit defeat and actually use the word.  
    'Migraine'  Sigh. 

    By 2pm and admission of what it was, I actually had already made an appointment with my new primary doctor.  Anyone who knows me would be shocked at me voluntarily calling and setting that up.
    Monday  - am - 2.5mile jog - not a run.
    Tuesday - noon - Jillian Buns and Thighs - 40min
    Wednesday - *the horrid migraine day*
    Thursday - noon - Country Line Dancing Cardio *snort...really need to post about this one!*
    Friday - noon - T25 Speed 2.0

    ETA: Welp, looks like I never got this up last week! So instead I'll recap it with the bonus from Friday.

    Above it read that I had a Friday mid-day class of T25, but yeah that didn't happen. Instead I ended up running two kiddos to the doctor. Fun days of mommy duty got in the way. But I was determined not to lose anymore time last week and found myself on Friday night doing the hamster wheel thing on the treadmill and pounded out another 5miler.  I did a half mile cooldown (which is at 5mph) so a total of 5.5miles.

    Despite doing the mom thing today with two sick kidlets again and working from home, I forced myself up and got 3miles done before the lazy sick day begins!

    Jan 14, 2015

    W.I.W April v2.1.6

    Weigh In Wednesday

    I don't have much time today as work (the real one) keeps getting in the way!
     But I wanted to at least stay true to my mission and weigh-in
    (even with lackluster results)

    Weighing In
    Height: 5'6"
    SW: 164.6
    Last Week: 163.6 (1/7)
    This week:163.0
    Total Loss: 1.6

     I suppose the slower the better, but geesh.

    Still plugging along.  I will recap my week's activity on Friday.

    Jan 13, 2015

    On The Table:Custard-like Fruit Dip

    This past Friday we held a baby sprinkle for a new coworker....and as always I have to be the odd one in the group and try to bring something homemade.
    I feel like the odd one only because everyone else buys their dish/food but they all come to expect me to bring the 'homemade' good stuff.

    Honestly? I do it mostly so I can guarantee at least one semi-healthy choice and one that I can be guaranteed of its ingredients.  We have several new staff who also have some food sensitivities, so they look forward to my contributions as well.

    This 'sprinkle brunch' was at 9:30am and is predominantly a breakfast.  Instead of the business practice of donuts or bagels, this is Texas and we do breakfast tacos.  We are already one step ahead with that choice in that we will have eggs and protein choices rather than just the carb-heaven of bagels and such.

    To counter the taco choices (which we are blessed to get corn options for us GF type folks) I had to come up with something for the breakfast timeslot, but healthy. 
    Enter Pinterest and google.

     One of the recipe pages with great examples of healthy and delicious recipes was found at ALOHA.  With ALOHA's mission to inspire health and happiness, I want to contribute an idea for their dishes for 'sharing' or what we call, a potluck dish!

    Breakfast brunch type thing?
    Baked good easy for potluck or 'sharing'?

    I decided to revisit an oldie by goodie I hadn't made in quite some time, my Zucchini-Banana-Oatmeal muffins. I won't repeat that recipe, because its all there in its old font and no picture post ready for your scrutiny (yes I will update eventually.) But in addition to the muffins, I figured we needed some fruit to round out our brunch.

    I shouldn't even share it because it is too simple to call it a 'recipe!'

    Custard-like Fruit Dip

    4oz small container of whipping cream
    12oz yogurt (I used a fat free vanilla)
    1 small package of pudding mix (I used vanilla)
    • Whip cream to a cool whip consistency with soft peaks
    • Place yogurt into a large bowl for mixing, pour in half of the whipped cream and fold in to incorporate
    • Before completely mixed in, sprinkle 1/3-1/2 of the dry pudding mix into the bowl
    • Mix completely to ensure the dry mix gets thoroughly mixed in.
    • Test the mixture if still runny, add in more of the whipped cream (the more whipping cream, the lighter the custard texture)
    • Once mixed completely, cover with a tight lid or cover with saran wrap to prevent a crust from forming. Fridgerate overnight or at least two hours to allow the dip to set up.
    I made a fruit tray with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and my kids have taught me that marshmallows are always fun to add into fruit! ha! Enjoy!

    I have to admit I added too much of the pudding powder into mine and it truly st up like a custard and made the dip very thick.  

    Hubs in his envious metabolism immediately thought of using the dip as his custard for napoleons.  I mean, how much harm can a little puff pastry thrown into the mix of my healthy fruit and dip cause? Ha! His coworkers are more hearty, so maybe next time we will do it his way!  
    Not exactly clean due to the powder, but it is super simple to make and impress friends and family (or new coworkers!) 

    What would you bring to 'share' at the table?

    Jan 12, 2015

    Remember when? (GIVEAWAY!)

    We had a sparkly tank that traveled from boob to boob?
    I mean coast to coast!

    Remember when some of your favorite bloggers (still don't know how I lucked out with all these awesome ladies!) all shared what motivated them and kept them moving in this journey? This lifestyle of continuously striving for improvement in more than ways reflected on a scale?

    I shared my 'clicking' moment in my Tank post (here) and what prompted my journey, but what keeps me going to this day, even six years later.

    Oh yeah, the tank looks slightly different now.  Seems everyone left some motivation on it.
    This tank is now available to one lucky winner!  My prior post highlights all the different bloggers that you will recognize including Brandi aka Mama Laughlin, Val from FabChickGetsFit and Candra of course, one of our hosts!

    Just enter the rafflecopter below to win this tank with motivation literally oozing from it!

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    And a special thanks to Candra and Tia for letting me join in such an awesome and meaningful project!
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