Fitting in fitness

As any new mom can relate, finding time to fit in fitness can be a real struggle. We all have different situations, but we all have struggles when it comes to putting ourselves first.

The first step I took was getting a treadmill. Running is 100 times easier now that we have a treadmill in our condo. I can run while B is napping, but I can also run while B is playing with his toys or in his jumperoo.

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On non-running days, I usually do my workouts while B is napping. Somedays I use a video and it’s my personal preference to not have him watch TV, and he will stare if it is on.

Nick is also great about giving me time on the weekends. I try to get my long run in on the weekends as well as meet with my trainer if possible.

While most days I get out of bed sore and not really wanting to work out, I know I will regret it if I don’t. That being said I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day, because tomorrow is always a new start.

How do you fit in fitness?

Ideal Superbowl Menu

We don’t have too many friends that live close to us that are interested in sports, so in the past Nick and I would go to a bar with our small group of sports friends, but now with a six month old we have to change that.

I would love to host a big get together with lots of yummy homemade food and desserts. What will probably end up happening is a few small homemade snacks and takeout.

If I had my way this is what I would serve.

Appetizers:
-Guacamole
-Salsa
-Chips
-Pigs in a blanket
-Spanakopita
-Tyropita
-Homemade potato skins
-Homemade Crudite
-Cheese & Cracker plate
-my favorite, homemade seven layer dip

Entrees:
-Homemade pulled pork with toasted slider buns and extra BBQ sauce on the side.
I recently learned how to make pulled pork at home, and it is phenomenal.

-Homemade Turkey and 3 bean chili
This can be used as a meal or a dip. You could even make with just beans if you have a lot of non-meat eaters

Sides:
-Coleslaw
-Potato Salad
-Tossed Salad

Desserts:
-homemade cupcakes of some kind
-homemade no bake cookies
-homemade bar, probably 7 layer bar, to go with the 7 layer dip

Obviously there would be beer and wine and mixed drinks.

What would be one thing that you have to have on your Superbowl food list?

Motivation

I have a lot of motivation when it comes to losing weight. Feeling fit and being healthy for my family is number one. Vanity obviously plays a small role. But the other part, one that I don’t tell many people, in fact I haven’t really told anyone. Is that I want to be a runner. I want to be great at this.

I know being great doesn’t mean being the best and I never except to be the best, but I want to be better than I am right now.

Right now it’s about getting on the treadmill and just running, as a side note I think I am one of the very few people who really don’t mind treadmill running. THere are days when I just am tired, the baby was up every hour and during nap time, the last thing I want to do is run, but I do it. Beacause if I don’t I will regret doing nothing.

Some of the motivation for getting on the treadmill.

Another big motivation tool is prizes. Toni of Running, Loving, Living is hosting a virtual 3.5 mile run for her birthday and blog anniversary and there are prizes to be run. This contest ends on Friday, so get out there or on your treadmill and get your 3.5 miles done.

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Are you a treadmill runner or do you hate it?

Wordless Wednesday: WIAW

As most of my wordless wednesday posts, this one will have minimal words. I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday. I am a creature of habit and my meals, except for dinner, are almost always the same.

Breakfast – Oatmeal & Peanut Butter

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Coffee, always iced

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Lunch – raw veggies with turkey

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and always lots and lots of water

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Do you always eat the same things, or do you get bored with your food?

Insecurities

Some days I sit back and think, how did I get here? To this weight, to this unhappiness with my body. It took a long time, but it goes back farther than I wish it would.

Let me state that this isn’t a poor me post, it’s a how did we get here post, so that I never let this happen again.

I was pretty feisty as a kid. I was extremely short, I ended up taking growth hormone for 8 years since I had none of my own. Because of my height I was picked on a lot, and instead of leaving it to teachers, I fought back. And since kids are just mean, a lot of them would call me fat.

Age 7 or 8:
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Ignore the bad hair and bathing suit.

Then as I got older, and finally started to grow, I thought I would get thinner, you know because I was actually getting taller, yet kids were still mean. The older I got the worse the comments got. It started also coming from friends and family members.

People may remember events differently to feel better about themselves, but very close friends and family members would comment all the time about how fat I was and how I would never get a boyfriend because of my weight.

In high school I finally hit my peak height, I started running and playing soccer to stay fit, but to most of my friends and family I was still the fat friend. I let these words rule my thoughts. I let boys that seemed interested in me walk all over me because I thought no one would ever love me because of my weight.

This is what I looked like in high school:

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I’m on the left:

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Also ignore the bad hair and outfits.

Looking back, I was not fat, by any means. I realize now that these people felt bad about themselves and took it out on me. But it took me a long time to realize that.

I endured a lot of verbal and emotional abuse. I let people take advantage of me because I thought it was the only way people would like me.

It wasn’t until I met some girls, 2 in particular, in my sorority that I realized I was enough for someone, and I gave too much to these crappy friends & family back home. But it was college, and I gave into the partying and hanging out with friends and ordering pizza at 1 am. While I don’t regret it, I wish I had thrown in some exercise.

Then I met a boy, who would become my husband, he made me feel like more than enough. I was beautiful and he saw through all my crap and still loved me.

I had already gained weight because of the party lifestyle and the added stress of losing a best friend led me to eating my feelings during my final year in college.

I eventually took matters into my own hands, I got a trainer, I joined a gym and I started eating healthy.

I rebounded from an emotional problem and started liking the way I looked. I know I can rebound from how I am feeling now, because I have friends who support me, a family that supports me, and a family to be healthy for.

To me becoming fit isn’t just about being skinny. It’s about having a better life, it’s about being happy with who you are as a person. I want to lose weight and become more fit, but I love who I am on the inside. I’ve learned to let the “bad apples” out of my life and to let the good ones in, and to only listen to them.

Part of the reason I wrote this is because I see all these moms losing all their baby weight in a matter of weeks. That just isn’t me, but this is a reminder that I can get there, and that I am more than just a number on a scale.

Chicken Noodle Soup

I am always looking for new recipes to make for dinner, I have a tendency to recycle through the same recipes over and over again. However my child doesn’t like to sleep at all during the day, so making something that takes a lot of time isn’t really something I can do at this point. Luckily, it is winter and perfect crockpot cooking weather.

I found a few different recipes for crockpot chicken noodle soup. I mostly used the weight watchers recipe, with modifications, because I didn’t feel like buying spices we never use and vegetables we never eat.

I first cut up 2 cups of carrots, celery and onion.
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I put those in the crockpot then I added my spices on top of that.

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2 Tablespoons of fresh dill
2 teaspoons of parsley
1 teaspoon of basil
2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 bay leaf

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I then placed 6 chicken breasts on top, it’s what I had in the freezer, there are recipes for larger pieces of chicken.

I also used 2 cups of chicken broth and 6 cups of water.

I let this cook on high for 5 hours. I usually use the low setting but I didn’t have 10 hours to cook today.

After 5 hours I took out the chicken and added a bag of whole wheat pasta. While that cooked I shredded the chicken, I placed it back in the crockpot and let the soup cook for 30 more minutes.

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What I would change in the future is more veggies and less pasta. After one day the pasta ended up soaking up all the liquid and it became more like a chicken noodle casserole. Which tasted delicious but not what I wanted. I also found that I had less veggies than I wanted. I would add more of all the veggies I had used and incorporate others, I think peas would be a great addition. My last change would be to stack veggies then chicken, then veggies, then the spices and liquid. A ton of the veggies were in the last bowls and not dispersed very well.

This meal lasted Nick & I about 4 days, we usually had 2 cups, each serving of 1 1/2 cups is only 186 calories.

What is your favorite winter meal? What is your favorite crockpot meal

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I went to my in-laws the weekend before Christmas because my husband had an obligation. My sister-in-law came over one of the nights and we had a baking party. We made a couple things, but the one I want to highlight today was pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

I still had cans of pure pumpkin from Thanksgiving because we didn’t use all of ours for Thanksgiving. I followed a recipe I found on pinterest.

This is the recipe.

We followed it to a T. The cookies did come out very muffin like.

They didn’t even make it a week, they were gone a few days before Christmas. If you make any cookie, make this one, it is phenomenal.

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What’s the best dessert you’ve eaten lately?

Lifestyle Change, Week 1.

As I posted my goal here, I thought it would be good to do updates with my fitness and what I am eating to keep myself accountable, but also to share with those who are on a weight loss journey as well. Exchanging ideas about food and fitness.

I plan on sharing my numbers as well, but in terms of body measurements, I don’t think a weekly share is worthwhile. I will be sharing those numbers monthly, and my weight weekly.

This week in terms of food, I had to change my diet a little bit in order to keep within my 1400 calories.

I usually have oatmeal made with milk for breakfast, I usually add 1 serving of natural peanut butter or granola. Somedays I use both. A few hours later I will have a snack, usually a banana or hard-boiled egg. For lunch I have either soup or a raw veggie salad (tomato, cucumber, green pepper and carrots) with 3 oz of no salt turkey and italian dressing. For dinner it varies, I like to keep things light, even if there is meat.

In terms of fitness, Monday I did a 30 minute Bosu workout.

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Tuesday, my lungs were still feeling a bit sickly, so I went to the mall to spend some gift cards. I ended up walking around with B for 3 hours. He was spent.

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Wednesday I took a rest day, I woke up still feeling like crap so I wanted to give myself one more day of rest.

Thursday I ran on the treadmill, 3.02 km. I felt winded but I think a good portion of that was because I was pretty sick for almost 2 weeks.

Friday I ran again on the treadmill, 3.10 km.

Saturday, I ran for 20 min then I met with my trainer where I did an hour of strength training and core work. I really wanted to burn a lot of calories today since it was date night, and I wanted to have some wiggle room in terms of my options for dinner.

Sunday I took my 2nd rest day of the week.

I am down 3 pounds in one week. I am pretty happy with my results, especially since I know I can step it up in the workout department. I took it easy on myself because I was still getting over this lingering cold and I didn’t want to push myself into a place where I would end up hurting myself.

I am coming for you this week.

What are your go to workouts when you are sick?

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 30

I have seen this song challenge on many other blogs or facebook and twitter. The idea is to share a tiny bit of yourself by choosing a song.

The thirtieth day is your favorite song from this time last year.

I think this song affected me so much because I was pregnant, and still does because as a parent you want to always protect your children.

Rascal Flatts – I won’t let go