Weekly Updates: 07/21/14 – 08/03/14

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In case you missed it, I posted my Zooma Cape Cod training plan last week. I start today, fingers crossed it already happened.

07/21 – 07/27

I was away during the weekends that bordered this week so I had to get all my classes in during the week. I ended up going to Pure Barre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I was going to go on Friday morning but I had to fast for blood work (ten tubes, yuck) so I decided it’d be best if I took a rest day. It was definitely a wise decision since I was wiped after that blood work.

Pure Barre

07/28 – 08/03

I made it to Pure Barre on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I enjoy taking advantage of visits from my mother-in-law and mom so that I can take later morning classes. I also love when we are home for the weekends so that I can take a barre class with Jane. As of August 1, (Friday) I had taken 55 classes. My next goal is 100 classes!

Food

I hate going away because then I don’t have time to prep, but because of all the help we had this week I was able to prep a ton and eat really well. This weekend we were home so I was able to do the same. I am still seeing a nutritionist so that helps with keeping me accountable too. Although the stress has been high lately, I’ve been really trying to keep the stress eating reeled in.

How was your week in workouts? Are you training for something or have any big goals?

Weekly Updates: 06/02/14 – 07/06/14

Yikes, it’s been awhile huh? I feel like a broken record, but summer is just so crazy busy! We haven’t had a free weekend since Memorial Day, and really only had a few free since Easter. Blogging just falls to back burner sometimes. I am starting training for Zooma soon,so I will be posting these more frequently as I incorporate runs back into my weekly workouts. FYI if you are interested in Zooma they are almost sold out, use code CCAMB9 to get 10% off your entry!

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06/02 – 06/08

Monday – Buti Xpress at Studio Poise, Buti is what I would describe as “sexy yoga”. It is yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics all in one class. I was definitely apprehensive, but I am really glad I did. It pushed me way out of my comfort zone…in a good way.

Tuesday – Poise Xpress at Studio Poise. I love Emily’s class and was happy to see progress since the last time I took this class.

Friday – Pound at Studio Poise, another favorite at SP and another great class taught by Emily. We had some new routines, which is also fun, and really brings out how uncoordinated I am, haha.

Sunday – My first DanceFIT class in Natick, I loved it so much I bought a Groupon! I loved the class, the studio, and Gina {owner and instructor} was awesome! If you are in the area make sure you check it out!

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06/09 – 06/15 & 06/10 -06/22

We started potty training B the first week, and I decided that it would be easier if I could be home when he woke up so that we could get our bathroom routine down. We took lots of walks at home and I did some videos when I could squeeze them in.

06/23 – 06/29

Wednesday and Thursday I went to Pure Barre, and was super glad to be back in the swing of things, but damn I was sore.

06/30 – 06/06

Tuesday and Wednesday were Pure Barre days, then we headed to CT for Independence Day festivities, and I spent a lot of time chasing B around and swimming. I purchased a deal for unlimited July & August classes at Pure Barre, so I will be alternating that with running and training!

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FOOD:

I had another appointment with my nutritionist. I am keeping all the same goals as last time, but I am adding two, the first is to make sure I am eating enough protein at every meal, we’ve discussed numbers, but what works for me  might not work for you, so I will keep those numbers between us. The second goal is to work out 4 times a week, it is going to be a bit of a challenge just because of all the events, travel, and hosting we will be doing, but I will work it out!

What is your summer workout plan?

Current Nutrition Plan & Lose It

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Disclaimer: The views I express are mine alone, based on what works for me, and should not be taken as medical advice. Always talk to your doctor or a trained professional before starting a new diet or fitness plan. 

As I mentioned in my last updates post, I was going to address some of the changes I have made to get back on track.

I finally met with a nutritionist last week. I worked with Amanda last year, and I had a lot of success and did really well over the summer, and basically until the miscarriage. After the miscarriage I tumbled into a very dark place, and basically gained all that weight I worked so hard to lose. I am not working with Amanda, not because she isn’t great, she is, but because I need to make a financially smart decision, and ultimately I found someone who takes my insurance. I know that I have the tools to be smart about my nutrition, but in order to get back on track I need some accountability in order to make sure I stay on track.

The appointment went really well. We talked about my background and we set a few small goals for myself. Two dealing with food, and the third with sleep.

Goal #1 – Log food for two weeks & email it to my nutritionist

I have been using Lose It for a really long time, for me it has been easier to use than any of the other food logs.

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This is under the goals tab, you can set what your personal goal is. I have blurred out my information, because it is personal to me and can trigger others. Once you fill out your information, it will tell you roughly how long it will take you to lose the amount of weight you want. It will take a long time, this isn’t something that happens over night, just be aware of that.

Goal #2 – Eat fruit or veggies with every meal

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This is a snap shot of one day. Breakfast I had Oats, with Almond Butter and Watermelon on the side. Oats are pretty constant, I’ve gotten rid of my beloved peanut butter. I actually only buy the one serving packets to avoid any over serving, but I usually have silvered almonds and a banana.

I usually have a morning snack because B goes down for his nap around 1ish, which means I don’t eat lunch until after that. Snacks are usually fruit or Fage 2% Greek yogurt with local honey. Lunch usually consists of broccoli, sweet potatoes, although lately it has been yellow yams, and grilled leftovers from the night before. Some days I will have an egg or an Engine 2 burger (my favorites are the black bean poblano and thai basil edamame).

Dinner is always a huge salad topped with grilled chicken, chicken sausage, turkey burger, salmon, etc… you get the idea. Some days I include roasted veggies on the side.

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At the end of the day your log can look this:

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I am trying to keep my carbs, protein and fat are a certain percentage every day, and this is another tool that helps keep me on track.

One of my favorite parts is the recipe builder

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I cook a lot, so I add my personal recipes to my account so it makes it easier for me to log my food daily. I also have a timer set to go off at 9 pm in case I forget to log my food.

Lose It also a premium membership, that I don’t currently have, where you can meal plan, connect your Jawbone or FitBit, an exercise log, and more in-depth nutrient counts. It costs $39.99 a year, I guess I should probably get that, huh?

Logging food doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for me. It worked for me in the past and I know it can work now. I try to keep my 20% for the many special occasions I have coming up, like birthdays, weddings, etc.. So I tend to eat pretty clean Monday –  Friday and have one splurge on Saturday and Sunday.

Goal #3 – Get more real sleep

This one will be a struggle for me, just because of the sheer fact that B does not always sleep through the night. Nick and I switch off nights, so I can hopefully get some solid sleep on my off nights, but sometimes I still wake up.

She also gave me a list of sleep techniques to use to get better sleep. I use a Jawbone Up that was gifted to me, mostly to track my sleep. It has an alarm that goes off 40 minutes before my bed time, at this point I turn off my computer, phone, tv, etc… and start getting ready for bed. I get things ready for the next day and then I read for about 20 minutes, using a paper book or my kindle that isn’t backlit. My goal is to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep a night. I’m not always succesful, but it is a work in progress.

Back on the Wagon

I made no secret that I was letting many things slip after the miscarriage. For the first week or so I wasn’t working out I was obviously very depressed and I definitely turned to the comfort of sleep and eating. Not exactly the healthiest ways to deal with things, but it is what I did. The holidays came quickly after that, followed by a nasty bout of the flu, and here we are today.

I learned a lot about nutrition and how to eat well for my body when I met with Amanda, and I know I need to get back on the eating right plan.

I have a few tools that I plan on utilizing.

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I love the Lose It! app, it helps Nick and I take accountability for the food we eat and for portion size. I love that it has both a web and app for you to use. I like that it keeps things real, losing weight is not something that happens overnight, you input your weight, goal weight, and can choose between 1/2 lb and 2 lb loss per week. It can be a bit daunting to see you won’t get to your goal weight for 6-8 months, but it is the healthiest way to get there.

Turkish Get Up - Proud Moment Photo!

Turkish Get Up – Proud Moment Photo!

I write out my workouts, and I plan on blogging about them here, just for accountability’s sake. This week my plan is: Tuesday – Kettlebell class at Achieve, Wednesday – at home workout, Thursday – MetCon at Achieve, Pound Workout at Studio Poise, Saturday – Zumba and Poise Xpress at Studio Poise. I am hoping to throw in a yoga class at some point this week, because honestly, it has been doing wonders for my mind and stress.

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I also need to meal plan. This is something that I really struggle with. I like to see what the sales are, but I also prefer to shop on Monday or Tuesday’s because it is less crowded and there is usually a shipment in the morning. This makes things a bit hectic since I don’t have X amount of hours to meal prep sans kiddo. I do my best but it can big a struggle.

The last thing I need to do is keep up on my water intake. I used to be so so good at getting 90-100 oz of water in a day, but for some reason I haven’t been great about it lately. I know that I can do it, I just need to get better about it.

So that is my plan, what do you do stay on track or get back on the wagon?

Nutrition: What’s Different

Disclaimer: The views I express are mine alone, based on what works for me, and should not be taken as medical advice. Always talk to your doctor or a trained professional before starting a new diet or fitness plan.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I met with Amanda for two months to revamp my nutrition. I also ended up revamping fitness as well (I promise, more on that soon).

I have been meaning to meet with a Nutritionist for a long time, I don’t eat that unhealthy, but I knew there were areas that I could clean up. Due to my medical past I have a very slow metabolism, and I needed to know how to work with that.

Amanda was wonderful to work with, she totally gets where I am coming from, as a mom, as someone who has the desire to “figure it out”. figure out what works for me body, and as someone who understands that while eating healthy makes me feel great, sometimes I like to indulge (that’s you, mr. year of baking)

We met in person for the start, Amanda took my weight and measurements, we discussed my long-term goals and thoughts and Amanda went over the program and the first section of the Precision Nutrition manual (Amanda is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Expert) this is what would be guiding my 8-week journey. Each section lasted two weeks and each section had goals for me to reach for.

Amanda and I met halfway through the program and at the end. She was available for email support, thankfully! I am one of those people who shoots off an email, forgets something, sends another one, and remembers something else, you see where I am going with this… Luckily, Amanda didn’t mind and was always very responsive to my emails.

Here’s the thing, I like healthy food. I love fruits and veggies, I eat food that is good for you all the time, but with certain weight loss and PR goals, I knew that I needed to make sure the fuel I was putting in my body was the right type.

At the end of the program, aka now, this is where I’m at. I journal my food, but not for a certain calorie count, I journal my workouts, for me it’s a Type A thing, and also to make sure I am getting the right percentages of protein, fat, and carbs, not as a focus on the actual calories. I work out HARD five days a week. I usually have one active rest day and one complete rest day.

Salad, Veggies, Turkey and Avocado

Salad, Veggies, Turkey and Avocado

I am eating veggies with every meal, I’ve broadened the snacking department, I am eating carbs just post-workout, I’ve cut out beans, dairy, and carbs (except the post-workout ones), I drink 100 oz of water daily.

90% of the time.

I know if I say no more carbs, no more dessert, no more beers then I will fail. This means I really have to figure out what I want my indulgences to be. If I want cheesecake tomorrow night when we go out to dinner then I won’t mindlessly snack on a piece of chocolate bunny tonight. Sometimes I have carbs when I haven’t just worked out. This is what works for me! Tracking also helps me stay true to this.

My favorite post-workout carb!

My favorite post-workout carb!

Prior to this program, I said I hate 80% clean, but it probably wasn’t accurate, and for my aggressive goals I needed to be eating 90% clean. This equates to 2-3 meals a week that aren’t clean (depending on how many you eat daily), some weeks I found myself having a tiny chocolate every day because I had the calories in my day, but that was more sugar than I needed. I don’t miss those chocolates either.

Lemon Lust Bar = Part of my 10%. NO REGRETS

Lemon Lust Bar = Part of my 10%. NO REGRETS

So where am I at now?

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photos courtesy of Amanda

Down 4.6 lbs when the last picture was taken, and I am down 6.4 total. I didn’t think I had that much of a difference, but you can really tell in these photos. I wish I was wearing the same outfit, but oh well.

I feel great, I have more energy than before, and I am working out harder. I honestly believe that this coupled with the new fitness program is exactly what I needed to reach my goals. I know that if I keep this up, I will reach my goals, and probably have even better results than I expected originally.

Amanda has been a huge support system for me and I am forever grateful. If you are in doubts about whether or not your current nutrition system is working for you or you know you need something to change, contact Amanda, she even has a program that can be done completely online.

How I’ve upped my game

As I mentioned before, I worked with Amanda for 2 months (more detailed post to come) on my nutrition

For this weeks WIAW, I thought I would share with you a little bit of what I have been eating.

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I work out in the morning, so I try to get my post-workout carbs from Oatmeal. I mix it with almond milk, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder, and 1 spoonful of peanut butter & co (my favorite flavors are smooth, bee’s knees, and might maple)

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My snacks are either Amanda’s protein muffin (with a scoop of pb) or a smoothie. This smoothie is 1 frozen banana, a handful of frozen peach slices, a handful of frozen mango chunks, 1 scoop of Aria protein powder and a handful of spinach.

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Lots of salads. I ALWAYS have a salad with dinner, for dressing just balsamic vinegar and oil (straight from Greece holla). Usually leafy greens, tomatoes, green peppers, and cucumber, if I leftover roasted veggies I will throw that on top.

For some reason I have zero pictures of my lunches, really I think it is because once B goes down for a nap it’s a mad dash to the kitchen to get lunch made so that I can eat and get whatever chores I need to get done before he wakes up.

My lunch is usually an omelet with 1 egg, 2 egg whites, spinach, roasted turkey and 1/2 slice of cheddar (except on wednesdays and fridays for Orthodox Lent). I top it with two tablespoons of peach mango salsa and 1/2 an avocado. Yum!

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B enjoying yesterdays smoothie. He had frozen banana, raspberries, whole milk, and a handful of frozen mango. I made to much so some of it went down the drain, unfortunately.

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My smoothie yesterday, not the prettiest, I will admit, but one of the best I have made thus far. Literally tasted like pb&j. It had frozen banana, frozen raspberries, 1 scoop Aria protein powder, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, a handful of spinach, and almond milk. It is amazing that I have never put peanut butter in a smoothie before, but this was the perfect post-workout treat. (I worked out twice that day ha)

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Last nights dinner. Chicken sausage with sautéed spinach, roasted peppers and asparagus, and avocado.

Our dinners consist of salad, protein (salmon, chicken sausage, shredded chicken, hamburgers, etc…) and roasted veggies. My favorite veggies are brussels, yum!

What are your go-to clean eats?

Check out more meals at Jenn’s link up for WIAW!


I posted the last Cadbury Creme Cupcake recipe yesterday as well!

New Blog & Goal Checking

First things first:

A big thanks go out tos Nick and his business partner Will. They helped me with a fairly difficult migration from Squarespace to self-hosted WordPress that involved all the behind the scenes stuff (export/import, hosting, DNS changes, WordPress install and configuration) as well as a totally new site design and custom header. If you are looking for some help with your own blog or any sort of design work, website, or mobile app, check them out.

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Just hanging out with my TRX

So like I told you in my goals post, I am all about accountability and changing my lifestyle, not dieting.

I have met with Amanda, and so far it is going really well. I am working on changing my diet (as in eating) because I am getting sick of the same things, which means I am venturing into the world of getting new ideas.

So tell me your favorite protein muffins and protein shakes!

I am also working with this great new site called Fitness Glo, which is online video classes. So far it has been awesome, and I will have a full review when I have tried more classes, but the stretching alone, those classes I definitely needed.

How are you keeping up with your goals so far?

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?