Aug 4, 2015

That "girl"

Girl to janitor in hallway outside of bathroom where I'm changing clothes:
Girl:  "oh are you waiting to clean the room? I can check on it for you."
Janitor friend "that's okay, I know it's just's that workout girl?"
Girl "oh, must be April."

Say what??
Building of nearly 300 staff.
about 120 on this floor of the building alone.
how in the friggin world did they assume it was me?

No really.   I've been called a lot of names over the years, but that 'workout' girl is a new one!  Lately I have been self-conscious about my walking and how others may see me...are they thinking April is 
  • the 'girl who is up walking to the restroom every 8.3seconds?'
  • or 'girl with OCD and walks in circles' *not true, I do figure-eights not circles around the building for steps.
  • or 'girl who does her makeup in the bathroom everyday' *true, not denying that one

This counts as a NSV, right?  I mean, that isn't a bad image to have, right?
"That Workout Girl: April"
*still best chick flick movie EVER made.

Aug 3, 2015

This week: Aug 3- Aug 9

Last week I shared what was on schedule for my workouts, and figured this might help with my accountability, so here goes:
  • Monday: (am) 30min - Lifting-shoulders and tris + (noon) Insanity Max: Cardio Month 2
  • Tuesday: (am) 3.5mile run + (noon) Jillian Michael's Killer Buns and Thighs
  • Wednesday: (am) 30min - Lifting +(noon) Jillian Michaels 6Wk Six-Pack *
  • Thursday: (am) 3mile run 
  • Friday: (am) 30min - Lifting + (noon) T25: Speed 2.0 
My rest day will either be Wednesday or Thursday, that Buns and Thighs always always, without a doubt will make me walk funny for three days.  We did it last Tuesday as well, and I felt it until Friday.
my quads? Yes ma'am they are scared!

Last Friday I shared my curveball of a day, but I tried my best to stay on target with good choices but also doing the 'good mamma' thing as well!  I went hard three days, seriously hard....but I had hoped to have four solid hard days, one moderate and two rest days.
I can't complain, honestly I'm damn impressed with my Tuesday which was double-cardio with the morning run plus Jillians Buns and Thighs. Woah.

Today is the first Monday of a new month!! 
Anyone set new goals or a mission statement for the month of August?  
Give me some ideas! I'm always up for a goal (or competition)

Jul 31, 2015

Fitness Friday: The "Return"

Technically yesterday was my 'Friday' since I'm surprising LittleOne by playing 'hooky' with her today.  I may regret this plan because she will likely expect this to be a new normal.   Daycare gave us short notice on 'professional training' day, so they are closing early today and instead of being a meany and making her go for the first half of the day, I took the whole day off.

Since I'm not in the office today, my original plans for my noon cardio got nixed.  But I reviewed my week and felt solid in having met my goals thus far.  My new adventure into IIFYM and measuring out everything has quite the learning curve, I think I'll be chalking these first weeks up to see if on the weekly average how far off my macros were.

So in honor of Fitness Friday Recaps, let me tally up how my week has been:
  • Monday - (5am) 30minutes lifting routine + Noon: Insanity Cardio = 216%
  • Tuesday - (5am) 3mile running + Noon: Jillian Michaels Buns and Thighs = 292%
  • Wednesday - (5am) 30minutes lifting routine + Noon: basic walking goals, no hard cardio = 101%
  • Thursday -(5am) 3.5-4.0miles running + Noon: Rockin Body Dance Party = 261%
  • Friday - (5am) 30minutes lifting routine + Noon: T25 Total Body Circuit = TBD
The percentages are that of daily goal from my PolarLoop.  Notice Tuesday? I was quite cranky waking up Wednesday and finding that number, had I known?  You bet my sore arss that I would have pushed myself to hit 300%.

My biggest win this week wasn't just the stats, but the fact that I was up at the gym by 5am every weekday. FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS.  And I didn't die. Win Win.

Five days (okay five and a half days) equals your 80% if you not working on perfection but rather progress with a 80/20 outlook.  This way for me, weekends are free for my family.
Anyone else get their FIVE days in yet? 

Jul 28, 2015

Day by Day...

This is me: being smarter this week than last, hopefully to prevent any migraine triggers or patterns.

On tap this week (and so far!):
  • Monday - (5am) 30minutes lifting routine + Noon: Insanity Cardio
  • Tuesday - (5am) 3mile running + Noon: Jillian Michaels Buns and Thighs
  • Wednesday - (5am) 30minutes lifting routine + Noon: basic walking goals, no hard cardio
  • Thursday -(5am) 3.5-4.0miles running + Noon: Rockin Body Dance Party
  • Friday - (5am) 30minutes lifting routine + Noon: T25 Total Body Circuit

Monday goals: 100% met
Tuesday - so far is 50%

Sounds lofty to any new readers, but this is what the old April was doing regularly. That is the pre-move last year and pre-migraines April that was keeping up with the doubles all five days a week.  I'm not running every-single-day this time around and I do think this will help with 'balancing' it all out and staying healthy and fueling myself better.  This time instead of sleeping in, I've adding the weights and yes it is making the difference in the important places (and its not on the scale...hmm)

So far so good!  Another day added to the 'win' column. 

The goal this week to have more 'wins' than 'losses'. 

Jul 27, 2015

Last week

Last time I shared my weekly recap, I felt good! Even though it wasn't perfect, I knew I was making progress and had the right attitude.

This past week, while I was kicking butt and too busy to blog? Yeah, I was rocking and rolling my ar$$ to a smaller number! I was flying high on exercise endorphins....until:
Can you see it?  Friday?
It threw my whole mojo off, first waking up to a sick kiddo who couldn't go to daycare, and then a day of feeling 'off.'  Waking up and immediately taking three advil should have been my warning but I forget.  It wasn't until 1pm after making lunches for the kidlets, that I realized how bad I was feeling and had to resort to television for them and a bed for me along with me reaching for migraine emergency meds. I needed that 'mommy-migraine-reboot.'

Saturday was better and then Sunday I forgot to put my tracker on until almost noon, so I'm confident it would have been 100% if I wore it a full day.

But this week? Oh it is ON.
Now that Hubs is back in town, I get to revisit my gym schedule with weights in the mornings!! So excited that this morning I got there before they opened at 5am and had bonus time to run through the weights with three sets instead of two and then I've convinced myself to always, every time I'm there, always get on the abductor/inductor machines for at least two sets each.  Somethings gotta give on these saddlebags.

You know which one I'm talking about....
Just eye contact!

 How was your weekend?  
And did you start your Monday off right?  
(we all know it helps to start strong on Monday!)

Jul 21, 2015

On the Table: Chicken Paprikash-ish (Whole30 style)

My version of the Whole30 resulted in a few hodgepodge type of meals, super easy but new combinations that I hadn't thought of before.  That and I had to incorporate newer vegetables to shake up the situation to avoid the "broccoli again??" whine from the family.  Cue the brussel sprouts!

Seems my son takes after my side of the family!  My dad was the only one who would eat them growing up and now I've taken a liking to them, and now my son.  He happens to be my fellow lefty in the house so I think it fits with the mom and son bond we have going on.  He's one lucky kid. ha.

One of our routine chicken meals was a standard "Chicken Paprikash"....don't worry, there isn't any brussel sprouts in this one! This dish is typically served over egg noodles or rice (I've even seen people do the smashed potatoes or mashed potatoes) but I thought to tweak it up for Whole30 and we've now had it three times, so I think its received a blessing.

Chicken Paprikash Whole30(ish)
1 lb chicken breast or tenders cut to inch size or bite size pieces
1 medium onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
3-4 cloves garlic minced
14oz can of garbanzo (chickpea) beans drained and rinsed
3 tbsp flour (I used oat, but any kind will work)
1.5 tbsp spanish paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1.5 cups of chicken broth
*olive oil for searing meat

  1. Chop onion, peppers, garlic and set aside in bowl.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the spices and flour of choice.
  3. In small batches, coat the chicken pieces in the spice mixture.  I typically do it all at once in a baggie and toss it around.
  4. In a deep skillet warm the oil to brown the edges of your chicken.  I typically only half-cook the chicken at most to ensure it doesn't dry out.  Remove the chicken pieces and set aside.
  5. Add the bowl of onion,peppers,garlic into the skillet, allow to cook and gather the spices from the pan.  Cook to al-dente, not quite soft.
  6. Add the chicken broth/stock/bouillon and bring to a boil.
  7. Return chicken to pan and cover to simmer for approximately 15minutes.  If using rice, this is when I would start it and both should be complete in 30 additional minutes of simmering both.

Whole30ish steps instead of rice:
  1. Stir occasionally while simmering to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  2. After 15minutes, add in the garbanzo beans.  
  3. Cook until the sauce is similar to beef stew consistency.

I accidentally left this too soupy the first time and served it atop of roasted cauliflower and it was amazing. Made me totally consider the cauliflower rice idea (but I don't have time for all that quite yet.)

The second time I was more patient and it was eaten by itself with a green salad as part of dinner.

Jul 17, 2015

Fitness Friday: Fives

Its Friday people, you know what that means?
wait, no what?

I don't know what that means, but for me it means Day5.
Five of Five:
  • Five alarms at 4:42am
  • Five protein filled breakfasts
  • Five lunchtime walks or workouts
  • Five prepped lunches 
  • Five gallons (plus) of water
  • Five days of fruit fruit and fruit
  • Five servings of watermelon daily
You know what else?
  • Five different people asked me if I've lost weight.

I needed to hear those remarks.
I needed the slap of truth to ignore that scale and keep doing this thing, 
because it feels good and maybe, just maybe....
I may start to look good? hahaha.

Have a great weekend everyone!!
Anyone aiming for 5/5?  

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