2013 Goals & Accountability

I know this is about a month late, but when I make a goal, I need to come up with a game plan. Sometimes it takes me awhile to figure out exactly what I need to do in order to make my goals happen.

So what are my goals? I didn’t really post them on here, because I don’t think of them as resolutions, but just goals, I have long-term and short-term. Long-term, I would like to lose 50 pounds and maintain that weight loss. Short-term, I would like to lose 15 pounds by Memorial Day, I feel like that is a realistic goal, maybe I am wrong, time will tell.

I would also like to cut 20 minutes off my PR time, I honestly think that these two items really tie into each other. The more I run and workout the better it will be for my weightless. The more weight I lose, the less weight I have to run with, which really takes a load off of me.

So how am I going to do this? With no gym, I really have to motivate myself and make my home gym work. I will be honest, some days I have an extremely hard time with motivation. If B was up all night/sleeping in our bed, then I do not feel well rested and not motivated to just pop out of bed to go run or work out. That is a mental hurdle I really need to get over.

I have a few plans in place, I am now in a routine with my trainer. I am very lucky to have a trainer that is willing to come to my house and train me & entertain my toddler if he is awake. We have worked together, on and off, since 2007. He helped me lose 30 pounds and keep it off, and now I am working on the last 50. I can see & feel a difference in my muscles from when I started many years ago. I have a good amount of workout equipment in my house that I have slowly bought. A few more weights & kettlebells and I will have a sweet home gym. I also run 3-4x a week. 2 short runs, 1 long run and 1 tempo run. I am training for that half PR so I need to put in the miles.

The second piece is Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, I did the first round (this is now the 4th) and I loved it, especially post-baby. It kept me accountable and gave me a plan to follow, it also helped me get back into the swing of things. After the moving and holiday stress, I needed something to keep me accountable for the days I wasn’t with my trainer. One of the parts I love about Tina’s program is it just isn’t about working out, she has us set two goals every week. I rotate my goals, because there are things that I constantly need to address, at least the past 3 weeks. The ones that I am really focusing on are; trying to drink 100 oz of water a day, the second is to track my calories. After having B, when I was trying to lose the baby weight, I was using Lose It to track my calories and I found it extremely helpful, just like workout gear, everyone has a preference for a calorie counter, Lose It is mine. If I was a working gal, I probably wouldn’t feel as if this was an absolute necessity, but since I stay home it is way easier to bored eat, it is easy to swipe a piece of B’s unfinished snack. I need to hold my self accountable for every bite that goes in my mouth.

The Third Piece is working with Amanda on my nutrition. While I eat under or at my calorie intake designated to me, and I feel like I eat healthy foods, sometimes it is nice to have a second set of eyes, especially certified eyes. We are meeting soon to go over all the information, and I am looking forward to this.

This plan has me accountable to multiple people, I feel like I do my best when I can let multiple people down, because frankly, that would be embarrassing. How do you hold yourself accountable?

What’s a post without my biggest inspiration to lose weight and be healthy & fit?

Fitness Friday: What I’ve learned from Best Body Bootcamp

I am sad to say the end of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp is upon us.

I learned a ton about myself.

1. I can do these exercises. I was worried that the plan she had written for us would be too hard for me. While some exercises were extremely difficult, I was able to complete them, in the correct form. My trainer has also noticed how much my strength has improved, especially my core strength.

2. I do better when I have a plan written out for me. Not that I can’t or won’t do the work on my own, but having different sets written out for me keeps the strength training fresh and interesting.

3. I need to set goals for myself that are outside physical fitness. Part of Tina’s program was having 2 goals a week.

Mine fluctuated between a few. Being in bed by 11 pm, No desserts, Drinking 100+ oz of water a day, Getting ready for the day immediately after working out and observing orthodox lent.

Drinking 100+ oz of water, getting ready for the day immediately after working out were ones that were a little easier, I just needed to remind myself to do them and not sit around during nap time. Orthodox lent I only did for one week, and it wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated.

The two hardest goals were getting to bed by 11. 99% of the time I did, but I still wasn’t able to fall asleep. Sweets are my kryptonite, especially dark chocolate. I have tried to only have one square a day.

4. I can do anything I put my mind to.

5. I am stronger than I think.

6. Those someday goals, will become next year goals.

Fitness Friday: Cravings and Dedication

Whew. This week has been a doozy.

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I am loving my new workout plan, but I am sore. I am not going to lie. I love it.

My two goals for this week, other than following my calorie guideline and working out, were: being in bed by 11 and not eating dessert. I completely succeeded in one, and mostly succeeded in the other.

Getting up at 6 am has really motivated me to be in bed by 11 pm and I have succeeded every night. Some nights I still went to bed too late, but for the majority of the time, if I get in to bed early then I go to bed early.

With desserts, I always crave something sweet at the end of the night, a piece of chocolate or two. I eat it even if I am not hungry and I have the calories to burn. I clearly won’t give up sweets forever, but I really wanted to evaluate why I was eating the sweets. For the most part, I am watching tv and not doing anything else. I need to multi-task. I think I need to keep myself in check with that. Where I failed was at a lunch with my mom at Friendly’s. How can you go there and not get ice cream? I really wanted the ice cream, I also had an incredibly hard workout from my trainer plus a run in the morning. So I busted out my calorie counting app, Lose It, and looked up the calories for a small soft serve vanilla – 90 calories. The sundae I would normally get, 1000+ calories. I got the vanilla and was completely satisfied.

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I have finished week one of Tina’s bootcamp and Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution, let me tell you both these women are monsters, in the best way possible. I am continuously pushing myself to do workout moves that I didn’t think I could do. Or I hold my planks for longer than possible. It’s the little things. Every day I get a little bit stronger and feel that much better about myself.

I am so glad I am doing both these programs, I really think it will help me turn this workout into a habit and help me shed the baby weight by June!

All photos via pinterest

Day 1 and a new recipe.

Today I started the Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution program and the Tina’s best body bootcamp. Prior to motherhood, I almost always would get my workouts in in the early morning hours. I hated the after work crowds and I was always so tired by the time I got out of work and school that I rarely made it in to the gym at night unless I had a trainer appointment.

Ever since B’s arrival, I have struggled with getting in my morning workout. At first it was because I was up at all hours of the night with feedings, rocking, diaper changes. Than it was me going to bed way to late, and getting up when B did.

I decided in order to make this fitness routine I needed to start getting up before B and I need to make going to bed before midnight a priority.

This morning I got up right at 6 am, Sunday night I had set up my weights and bosu in the living room I had also laid out my workout clothes so that all I needed to do was put on my clothes and walk to the living room.

I started with Tina’s workout, which included some legs, arms and core work. Then B woke up, we did our daily morning routine, and when he went down for his morning nap, I did a 20 minute interval of walking/running on the treadmill and Jillian Michael’s phase one workout. By the end I was soaked with sweat and my whole body was shaking. It was a great workout.

As part of Tina’s bootcamp I also have come up with 2 goals for the week. The first is to get to bed before 11, as I said before this is something I really struggle with. The second goal is no desserts unless it’s a special occasion, birthday, holiday, shower, wedding, etc… I have a serious sweet tooth after dinner and if I have the calories than I will eat a piece of chocolate or a snack. I want to make sure these desserts are things I want, not just because I have the calories. I am bring to find new snacks to add to my rotation, I don’t really like yogurt, and have added apples as my after dinner treat. What are your favorite healthy treats?

This week I also have whipped up a new recipe. I didn’t bust out of the creative box with this one, but it was comforting and warm, especially since we had a random cold sweep the past few days.

I made pulled chicken ziti bake.

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The first day I took a package of chicken breasts and put them in the crock pot frozen with 8 oz of low fat chicken stock and 1 cup of water. I put the crock pot on high and let it cook for about 8 hours. I drained the chicken and i was able to pull it. I threw it in the fridge. The next day I cooked whole wheat ziti al dente. In my casserole dish I put a third of a jar of sauce on the bottom, followed by a layer of cheese, then I mixed the pasta and chicken, I poured the rest of the sauce and the cheese on top of the pasta and chicken.

I put the dish in the oven for 30 minutes at 350. It makes 8 servings and is 438 calories per serving. Next time I would add some broccoli and make my own sauce, but it was really good.

Fitness Friday: Intro

I have really being making an effort lately to make time for my fitness.

I have been doing my research and have been adding a lot to my repertoire. I already use the treadmill 3 times a week and I try to meet with my trainer once a week schedules permitting. That’s been it, I am going to try and do double sessions if time permits and be better about working out on the weekdays.

In order to do this I have done two things. The first is order Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution. I first heard about it from a dear friend of mine who ordered it and has already been rocking it. My mom and I decided to both do it. So I will be doing those workouts in the morning before B and Nick get up.

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You get 15 DVD’s (3 Cardio and 12 Phase), a resistance cable, fat burning meal plan, 7 day kickstart metabolism plan, a journal, fitness guide and online access for 30 days.

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You need to buy weights. I plan on getting 10 and 15 pounds, thats what I fluctuate with at the gym so I think that will work. I also have more resistance bands at home, if I think I need to increase that. I already write all my food down so I won’t be using the journal.

I plan on starting this program Monday morning. It is a 90 day program and their are plenty of daily blogs out there, my friends included, if you want to see a blog specifically for that email me and I can give you recommendations. I will only be updating on my weekly update page.

The second is joining Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. I love a challenge, and I love that this isn’t a challenge of who is the strongest, but who has improved their lifestyle in the most positive way. There is still time to join if you want to be a part of this competition.

I will be sharing my runs, races and pieces of my trainer workouts. I will also be keeping my monthly progress updates.

I am really excited to increasing my fitness game! Hopefully come wedding season I will be one smoking mama :)!