Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baby got (less) back

Going, going, *almost* gone. Here's some healthy holiday motivation. My December photo update.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Unexpected Motivation

I just had THE most amazing dinner out i have had in a long time. It has been a long day, so on the way back from picking up the munchkins from Grandma's house, we decided to stop for dinner. After long consideration, we finally decided on Ruby Tuesday because neither of us had eaten there in a long time. I was AMAZED when i opened up the menu to find calorie counts right there in front of me, and even more amazed to see just how many healthy options they offered. I'm used to having maybe four things to choose from off of the entire menu if i want to stay healthy but almost half of their menu was healthy, and the offered a ton of side options, not just the usual "fries, rice, mashed potato" items. I chose trout, with grilled zucchini, and a plain baked potato (i ate half), my whole meal clocked in at under 550 calories. That is pretty unheard of for a dinner out, i've had salads that had more calories that that, AND to top it off, the food was really good!

This in itself would have made for a great dinner but to top it off, one of the servers totally made my day. The server at the table behind ours was sharing his story with that table about his weight loss. He had gone from 195lbs up to over 300lbs and then got inspired by a Biggest Loser/Bob Harper ad on the back of a special k box, and has since lost all his weight. Not only that, he was telling the table that he just just completely his first triathalon. I was so inspired and excited for him that i wanted to get up from the table and give him a high five! Unfortunately i was holding a baby and had a 2 year old wrapped around me at the moment so that wasn't really possible but i walked away from dinner with new found motivation. It's amazing how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely places.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Just Dance 3

Let me just start by saying that i have some pretty awesome friends. One of my best friends got me a copy of Just Dance 3 for an early Christmas gift so i have been trying it out. I haven't had a ton of time to do it lately due to teething babies and just generally being very busy but i have been giving it my all this week and it's a really really good workout! Games totally aren't just for sitting on the couch and being lazy any more.

Now i will admit, i feel like an idiot when i do it. I promptly banished my own husband from the room when i was playing it tonight (although i'm pretty sure he was sitting right around the corner laughing at me), and i carefully positioned myself so i couldn't watch myself jump around like a fool. After about 15 minutes of it i was out of breath, sweating like crazy, and really enjoying myself! LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem is one of my favorites, it's very high energy, lots of jumping around and solid arm movements, and i had a blast doing Anja - Dance All Nite, definitely a girls song, pretty sexy and fun, lots of hip moving action on this one. A friend and i agreed to do half an hour of the game and report to each other through text message, half an hour passed and we were still going and not wanting to stop. A couple of "just one more song" texts later and we finally decided to give it up for the night to move on to our brutal ab workout thanks to Bob Harper: Yoga for the warrior. All in all it was a good workout day. Almost 2 solid hours, and looking forward to doing it again tomorrow.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Working out is my addiction...My kids just don't understand

So i know quite a few of my readers are moms. I often get asked how i find time to do everything with my kids and find the time to workout too. Answer: It's the hardest thing i have ever done.

I'm currently sitting at my desk, trying to get up the energy and motivation to workout, and feeling guilty because i haven't today. I usually only talk about my weight loss on here, but the real story is, i have three kids. 2 of which are teething infants that refuse to sleep through the night, or even anywhere remotely near it. Being a mom is hard. Losing weight is hard. The two of them together? It seems impossible...but it CAN happen if you don't give up.

The number one thing to remember is that we all have bad days. We all have kids that have bad weeks, don't sleep, get sick, have appointments, and sometimes we just slip, or don't have time, or just feel run down. Don't let that stop you, don't sabotage yourself, don't say "i'll do it tomorrow". Do it now, get back on the wagon today. If you can't workout on a particular day, eat even better than you normally do, make a plan, get a good nights sleep so you can give it your all in the morning. Wake up and put those sneakers on first thing, and kick butt the rest of the day. That's tomorrows plan for me.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weigh In - December 1, 2011

What a week! Strict eating, lot's of exercising, and all around healthier choices. I survived the week after Thanksgiving and it feels GOOD! I also survived the whole month of November pretty well, but i'm going to make December even better!

At my weigh in today i am officially down 5lbs from November 1st. I won't lie, i was hoping for a better number, but mother nature decided to deal me some fabulous cards this week, that along with the fact that i have been doing some major strength training this week, i'm super happy with the 5lbs. I am 7lbs above pre-pregnancy weight and 8lbs from my Christmas goal.

The most exciting part of my weigh in was my measurements. The #1 rule of weight loss should be to always, ALWAYS take your measurements. I *only* lost 5lbs in a month, and that would depress most people. However, i lost 11.75 inches over my body this month. That is HUGE! See what some dedication and healthy choices can do???

I will be doing strength training for the next three days, then cardio the rest of the week until my next weigh in. Send me some workout requests!