Saturday, January 31, 2015

Got My Ish Together!!!

Wow I can honestly say that this week has been a really good week.

I joined in on an accountability, Get Your 'Ish Together Facebook group with Nanci and Caitlyn and it was the best group I have ever been apart of. We had challenges, such as water intake, which was hard but fun all at the same time. Each day, Monday-Friday we had ounces were were to drink, one of which was drink your weight. The water intake part for me was very eye opening. I thought for sure, I drank a lot of water, but I really didn't. While I wont be drinking my weight in water every day, I am really shoot for that 100-120 ounces of water a day.

I felt great. We also took part in receiving points for a prize at the end. Our points were given from posting a video, updating throughout the day, food pics and selfies. It was so great to interact with other ladies throughout the day, see what everyone was eating, etc. Sounds like my Instagram feed, but this was just such more personal. We weren't eating carrots and lettuce every day but real food and we vented about our day, or troubles we encounter. I, seriously wish the group could go on forever. I set a small goal for the week to get my water intake in, which I did and work out either in the gym or running 3-4 days of the challenge.

I actually ran 3 days this week. 3 days!!! I know small potatoes from what I had done before, but it has been a really long time since I have gotten some runs in fully in a week. I ran Monday 3 miles, Wednesday 4, and yesterday, before work, hello BIG WIN, 1.56 miles. Not much for the week, but what a difference it made for me!!

I really have been struggling since the marathon to get my groove back per say. Not just running, but in eating and life in general. It has been such an adjustment to go from being so involved in something for 6 months, I am fully dedicated and devoted to no longer having anything. I don't have any big races or anything going on this year. I have some half's I want to do and I want to run a sub 5k, but no forth set goals, except 1000 miles in 2015. So my motivation and drive and routine has been off.

I love structure and with training for something for 6 months non stop and then beginning running the last 3 years and training for all kinds of things, to not, it is a huge for me. So I have realized though, through this week, is that I may not be training for a race or anything, BUT I am training to be better, faster, stronger ME.

I am training to be a Bad-Ass!! So while yes, I don't have any big goal for the time being, doesn't mean I just cant get out there, fall in love with just the run again and make a routine and just have fun with because the beauty of the training for me, the finish line is never there, I can always push it a little further.

And besides my water intake this week and running, my food has been really great too. The Facebook group really helped a lot and got me right back on track. Except for last night, I did have a little cheat meal with some chips with Chipotle and Brookside Chocolate Covered Clusters ( I knew I shouldn't have bought them). But hey, I owned up too and today I got right back to it and it was just that, a cheat meal and not a cheat week, day, etc.

I am so pleasantly surprised this week and it has light the fire I needed!!

Hope everyone had a great one too!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked Chicken Parm and Zoodles

I really need to go grocery shopping, but I am truly trying to use everything in our fridge and freezer before I have to go on Sunday. And I am trying to only have us eat out once this weekend, which might be either Friday or Saturday. And I am really trying to do some more cooking like I used too. Being at the WW meeting yesterday, really put a fire under me.

But the cooking fueled on Monday. We had some thin sliced, boneless chicken breasts. Usually I just bake them or put them in a skillet. I had one packet left of Shake and Bake original coating also. So I came up with making a baked chicken parm.




I took the chicken and coated with the shake and bake. Baked it as directed. Then just before taking it out, used 1 tablespoon of light Ragu Pasta Sauce and then topped with 1 tablespoon of mozzerella cheese and baked it until bubbly and melted.

Then came my "pasta"!! I used my favorite Veggetti







And there was my pasta side.

This was one of the easiest meals I have ever made and I am so proud of how creative it was. The zoodles were great, I even used it for left overs and used yellow squash and still came out great. The chicken was juicy and tender and so much better and lower in calories than regular chicken parm.

Cooking lighter is easy, just get a little creative and you can create all your old favorites again!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My 4 Year Lifestyle Change Anniversary...

Okay so if you haven't downloaded the app, TimeHop, do yourself a favor and download it. If you are a social media Queen, self proclaimed I may add, like me, then it really is quite amazing. Every day it sends notifications of posts, pictures, tweets, Instagrams I have done of the years, I mean sometimes it goes back to 6 or 7 years ago. I tell ya, Technology.

The best part was the one I got today...


This gave me chills...because to this day, I remember that meeting, that first weigh in, the feelings, the emotions, what I ate and how I felt afterwords. I remember, I didn't even tell James until after I weighed in and joined. He smiled and said okay. I remember getting on that scale and seeing that number of 234 and not realizing how I let it all kind of get out of control. Now I was not an excessive eater, I didn't hide food, I wasn't ashamed of food or fear it, I was just lost in it.

I didn't eat food to fulfill my emotions. Okay, maybe that was a lie. Growing up, food was everywhere and never healthy. My mom would buy we anything and everything I wanted at the grocery store, if I wanted the most sugar infused cereal, I would get it, the juice, candy, etc. My dad and grandparents did the same thing. Just to make me happy. And I loved them for that, but I never realized how it was damaging me and maybe they didn't either. Making some happy and love, truly blinds you. So growing up, I guess you can say I associated food with happiness, joy and I guess getting what I wanted.

That phased out and then portion control came in. I don't think I had an off switch, when it came to certain foods. Now I can say no at meals, or drinks, BUT snacks, yeah...that was my weakness. I could eat a whole bag of chips and salsa and not feel a bit sorry. I loved anything and everything sweet and salty. Portions were not a discussion and I never even knew what a serving size was on foods. You know those frozen meals you can make it skillet, they serve almost 4 people, I could do the whole bag.

But I wasn't sad, or depressed or angry. I was just lost. I was lost in sea of food, bad choices and portion control. I would try you know by ordering the Whole Wheat Pretzel...with the cheese dip. Or the Fast food...with the Diet Coke. Or the cookies, lots of them...with the Fat Free Milk. I would justify one with the other. Not seeing what was cleary wrong. I would order the salad...the one drenched in dressing, croutons, etc..BUT I had lettuce and tomato with it. I would order the Turkey burger....with cheese and a mound of fries.

I was lost....

Then I just had enough. I noticed, I just wasn't feeling like me, even though I didn't know what "me" felt like. I needed to find a way to find who I was, who I was meant to be. Like I posted, I loved everything, but I needed to LOVE ME! So I joined WW and it has been a crazy 4 years.

4 years I have been committed and dedicated and driven to change my life for the better, find myself and not be lost anymore. 4 years is a long time and I have never given up, some people don't stay with the same job or the same person for that long of a time...

I am not going to post a picture of my before and after because honestly I have showed so many of those over these years and I have a ways to go, so it is always evolving. But in these 4 years, I can honestly say, I found me.

I found out, I really do like veggies and not just veggies dripped in ranch or blue cheese, I love all kinds of veggies actually now and fruit. I love it fresh and cut up. I love to measure it out with hummus and other low calorie dips. I love Powdered Peanut Butter. I love water. Yup, that's a big one for me. I love chicken and pork and lean meat, turkey meat, and fish. Another big one, I eat fish now.

I love to cook and find better options. I enjoy food now even more then before because I understand it fuels me and makes me better, not just happy, but it adds to my life. I take my coffee with splenda and skim milk, it doesn't have a pool of sugar on the bottom anymore. I never go and get a pretzel and cheese dip, yeah not for me. I eat things like Kale, and Quiona and make Protein Shakes and LOVE IT.

I respect food now and I make good choices when I go out to dinner. I get dressing on the side and dip it with my fork. I get water at every meal. I look for the best, and healthiest  item and I ask nicely to the waiter or waitress to modify for me. I look at serving sizes and measure my food and sometimes drinks out to get it right. Yes, I measure my wine, at times :0)

I have changed my taste buds and am willing to try new things. But here is the thing too...

I have mistakes and I get the chocolate cake, or the pizza, or the chips and salsa. I treat myself and reward myself, BUT I DON'T DO IT ALL THE TIME.

I allow myself to let go, once and awhile, I have fun and I enjoy, but I know the second I do, the next meal or day, I am right back to where I was. I crave the apples, and tuna (without mayo, that was a big one) and the salad, etc. I want it in my body because now those foods, make me feel good.

I don't beat myself up or feel guilty. Sure, times I feel regret for that pizza, like this weekend, but I know I wont turn back. I don't want to be like that again. See, I didn't say that girl, I have always been the same girl, just enhanced a bit more, I don't want those choices, I don't want to feel the way I did. I love waking up and feeling better, looking in the mirror and seeing changes, changes that the scale cant give me.

In 4 years, I have taken up running, I think you heard I ran a marathon, you know 26.2 miles!! Hahaha..well I would NEVER have thought to do that before. Now 13 miles seems like a walk in the park. I don't think 20 ever will haha. But now it is part of my vocabulary. Coming home from work, I can't wait to get my running shoes, feel the pavement, have the release. Before I couldn't wait to have a snack and take a nap.

I mean, I still do now, but after a good work out or run!

While I won't be with Weight Watchers forever, I will carry what I have learned with them for the rest of my life. I will constantly remember how it changed my life and opened the doors for me. Yes, I did this all my own and I did it all for me, just like with running, but the guidance and support came from all of them. I am not sure what I want to do next, but I know I am never going back. My life is healthy, I am happy and I will continue to grow and loose the weight. I am determined and driven and seeing how far I have come in 4 years, I know I will get to my ultimate goal!! I was a girl who wore a size 22-6, close to 70 pounds lost remains off of me in 4 years, I fall back down and get back up, I stand tall, I run and I am stronger and better than ever before.

My life has completely changed in 4 years. I didn't know what to expect or how it was all going to play out. I never thought I would have a blog or meet the people I know. I never thought I would inspire others to do the same. I never thought I would love to be active and healthy. I never knew who I truly was. Underneath it all, here I was waiting....

I am no longer lost...But found.


Frosty Vox Box Review from Influenster




















I received the Frosty Vox Box for free through Influenster to taste products and give feedback.

When I received the Frosty Vox Box, I was extremely excited to try all the awesome goodies. The Eco Style hair brush, Rimmel Eye remover and Scandalous eye liner, No7 hair serum, Celestial Tea, McCormick Thyme seasoning and Fruit Vines.

Probably my favorite item out of the whole box was the Fruit Vines, they are delicious. Once I saw them in the box, I knew I was in trouble. The tea was my second favorite because I love the candy cane flavor and this was received right around the holidays, perfect!!

The EcoTools Style brush was new too me and I have short and curly hair and was so impressed. When styling my hair straight, it left it silky and no frizzy, which living in Florida is a plus. The No7 hair serum, I was not impressed with mainly because it is not something I use often on my hair.

The Rimmel products were nice, the scandalous eye liner was a dark black and I could make my eyes, casual or smoky, BUT the make up remover, while it was gentle, it did not take off my make up on my eyes at all. It always left the eye liner, especially the Scandalous one.

The Thyme is a staple in my household cupboard from now on. So easy to use to just add a bit more flavor to meat, chicken or veggies.

Overall, this was really fun box. Tons of different products and a little bit of everything. It helped great through the stresses of the holidays. You can try these products for yourself, I have pinned them to my Pinterest account here

Monday, January 26, 2015

I am NOT 21 Anymore...



Happy Monday!!! And I am off and running to a great start this Monday. But man oh man did I have a rough day yesterday. I was excited that it was Monday, so I could start fresh and new.

I'll back it up a bit...

Saturday night James and I both got out at a decent time from work and decided to do something fun for the night. We both were going to be off on Sunday, so it would be perfect to go and just unwind and chill out and let loose a bit. We ended up going bowling, which was such an awesome date night.

We had a freaking blast!!!







I made a comeback!!



Hoping for a strike....



And got it!!!



We BOTH did back to back!!



And I kicked his butt again..


It was all because of the pink ball!!



Even though he lost, I'm gonna keep him..

After a fun 4 rounds of bowling, James's friend Rich came and met up with us. We were enjoying pitchers of beer and the Miller Lite was tasting like heaven to me. I don't know if it was the atmosphere or really the beer, but it was going down like water and tasted great. We were hungry and didn't order dinner, so we got food, which was surprisly good. I got a grilled chicken sandwich and James got tenders and fries. I munched a couple ;0)

Once we were a bit tired out from bowling, we figured the night was young and went downtown with his friend. Well, this little lady, rarely goes out or stays up pretty late, but we were having a great time and truly did not want the night to end. We ended up at a couple of bars downtown, more beer and then the boys introduced some shots. See shots always seem like a great time at the time, but ugghhh.



Before leaving and heading home and got pizza at probably one of the greatest pizza places in St. Pete, Fortunatos. OMG such good pizza and even though being drunk, yes, I can say I was drunk, anything really taste good, but the pizza was on point. Now, remember too, I do not eat or drink like this ever, so my body was in for a shock.

And boy did I get it..

Yesterday, I woke up with first the biggest headache of my life. I mean literally I felt like some cut my head right open and then well you can guess it...
Everything I ate and drank, well came right back to haunt me..
NUMEROUS TIMES!!

It was horrible and I felt horrible, looked horrible, just HORRIBLE.

Thankfully, I was off and James took care of me all day. He never gets sick from drinking, damn him. I went pretty hard on Saturday  night and shocked the hell out of my system and this seriously is a ONE time of year event. I never get crazy, or drink or eat like that in one night and this is why...
I am not 21 anymore lol.

I can not handle those drinks and shots and food. Back when I was 21 I could and felt okay and I had no problem the next morning and I would probably make even more bad choices, but yesterday, ughhh. I couldn't even keep down water at one point.

I spent the day, completely and without a doubt hungover. BUT you know what, I had an amazing time out with James and his friend. We really had so much fun, it was really nice to just let loose, not care about anything and go a little crazy, but mainly together.

BUT next time, yeah I am sticking to what I know.

The funny thing is how much you realize you have changed. I mean I used to eat and drink and all of that up until 4 years ago. And I had no problem with it. The next day, I would be hurting a bit, but I would just lay around, probably order some burger and fries to soak it all back up and party hard again. Yesterday, first I was like the walking dead, and I was mad that I felt so bad and couldn't run, or the idea of eating fruit or veggies, made me gag. I was upset that I wasted the whole day away, when actually it was so nice to do nothing, despite the feeling of hell.

I am glad I am on the path I am on. BUT I am also glad that I can reflect back on how far I have come and EVEN more glad, that I can have nights like this and bounce back the following, following day and be right where I was, with lots of water and healthy living.


And I am glad he is along for the ride.

So today, I started back with my breakfast and lunch...



AND



Even though my stomach was feeling a bit wacky!!

So lesson learned, I am NOT 21 anymore, I am glad I am not, BUT respect and happy, I can still have a good time like no other, just no more praying to the porcelain God lol


Friday, January 23, 2015

Cheese-Filled Mini Meatloves By Hungry Girl

Okay, so I couldn't wait to post this recipe about the meat loves I made for dinner tonight. They smell and look so good and I have about 15 minutes before I have to get ready for work, so here ya go!

I got this recipe from Hungry Girl off the Weight Watchers website. I searched mini meat loaves and this one was the best one. Each one comes to 3pp each. I am having two for 7pp. Instead of the of the chopped onion and mushrooms, like it is called for, I used mixed veggies because it is what I had in our freezer..

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
1 1/2 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef ( 4% far or less )
3/4 cup fat free liquid egg substitute
3/4 cup of quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup of ketchup
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 sticks light string cheese, cut into 4 pieces

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with non stick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion and mushrooms until softened, 5-7 minutes. I used mixed veggies and just cooked them in the microwave to get them soft.
Transfer veggies into a large bowl, and bolt away excess moisture. Add all remaining ingredients except string cheese. Mix thoroughly with your hands.
Evenly distribute meat mixture among the muffin cups. Press a piece of string cheese into the center of each cup, and enclose it within the meat mixture. Bake until firm with lightly browned edges, 20-25 minutes.



I will drizzle with some ketchup because that's how I eat my meat loaf.



I paired it with a simple macaroni and cheese mixed with light butter and fat free milk. The beauty of this recipe is you can use turkey meat, veggies, how ever you want and they make plenty of leftovers!!

Dig in and enjoy!

Celebrating Small Victories

Happy Friday!!!!

While I have to work this weekend, I do have Sunday off, I am totally okay with it, after the awesome days off I just had. Plus, I have a lot planned for my day off on Sunday, such as housework, running, reading and laundry and I am so okay with that because I truly have had a great couple of days.

Today, was a rest day for me, one because I am sore from my awesome work out yesterday and my skin is still on fire from the sun burn. But I am not just laying around, I have our dinner tonight already done. See, James and I both close tonight, so we don't get home from work until 930. I know, crazy to eat that late at night, but it's what we have to do and our bodies are both used to it.

Now, normally we would order Chipotle or something else, quick and easy. Chipotle isn't bad at all, especially how I order mine, but buying food can add up and considering we had two dates in a row, we need to scale back a bit.

Now, here is where my good friend Nanci, posted the other day about celebrating small victories and I was inspired. I think celebrating the small stuff, adds up to the big stuff and me prepping dinner for tonight is small BUT it is big for us, especially on a weekend.

I decided to make our dinner now before I have to go to work, so all we have to do is make our salad and eat up our dinner.

I made mini meat loves, with macaroni and cheese and a steamed veggie. We will pair it with a salad, we can throw together last minute. The meat loves are in muffin cups and it took less than 15 minutes to put together. I will post the recipe tomorrow, I promise. And well the macaroni and cheese is from the box, but hey moderation AND I measured out my serving size.

AND, I had another small victory. Last night at Happy Hour, I ordered only 2 drinks and just munched on 3 pieces of the little pizza we got, it was a true mini size. I didn't order anything else and even though we were eating early, usually I would get home and eat something later on. BUT I kept myself busy, I drank my water, didn't have anything else and had a small bowl of strawberries for dessert!!!

Two small victories back to back. Celebrate those little moments, those little changes and take pride in it. YOU DESERVE TO CELEBRATE THOSE LITTLE MOMENTS!!

And make sure to take a look at Nanci's post on celebrating small victories. She had some really great ones, that I will be using too for the upcoming week!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Day Off That Awakens The Soul

Okay so this post has really nothing to do with running, a little chewing, and a whole lot of sparkle though. Yesterday was one of my best days off in a long time. My best friend from back home, LeaAnn and her boyfriend came to Florida for the week. They flew into Fort Myers, which is about 2.5 hours from me and since I was working the beginning of the week, we met up half way, which was in Sarasota at Siesta Key Beach.

I have been wanting to go to that beach so bad for some time, it was voted the best beach in the USA and it really was. It was gorgeous and we could not have had a better day. We spent almost 5 hours on the beach, just laughing, walking up and down it, grabbed a bite to eat with a quick drink and got tons of sun. I mean a lot of sun. I got super burnt. I did not use the right sunscreen, like I should have, but the fun we had was worth the burn.

Breakfast on the go, Vitamuffin and a Protein Shake and an apple. Also I had a sinus headache again, so sinus medicine was much needed.



I felt really good in my swimsuit too. Despite the gain the day before, I know I am headed in a really good direction.

We had such a fun day. They were loving the warm weather, since it was below 30's in PA where they live.

And the aftermath of the sun.. hahaha.


Feeling so great from such a great day off, that James decided to take use out to dinner for a mid week Date Night. Our goal this year is to get  back to us and having a nice random night off during the week will get us there.


We went to Romano's Macaroni Grill for dinner, we had pretty great gift card too. We split an app and I got a sangria. Sadly it was not that great, I have had way better. I got their Carmela's Chicken dish which was with pasta. It was basically like Chicken Marsala with pasta. Fun fact, I used to hate chicken marsala but it was my dad's favorite dish of all time. He would order it everywhere we went. I used to never get it because of the mushrooms, but last night it seriously was calling to me. 


And it was AMAZING!!!!!!! So delicious. I limited myself and even put some in a to go box, so I wouldn't eat the whole thing. I got a small dessert, just because. Moderation is key.

Wine was good and we were happy...


He is too much!

I don't spend days off like this often. Usually, I am running, reading, blogging, grocery shopping, cleaning and doing laundry. It was so nice to put it aside and just enjoy a day off because.

Today, was the same day. I got up, had a great sit down breakfast...


Catch up on my DVR, I got a run in, a work out in the gym, which left my dripping in sweat, then I went to lunch with my good friend Melissa, which is soooo nice to catch up with her. Then I came home, took a nice nap, then James and I went to BJ's brewhouse for some happy hour. I, of course went to Target, which is next door, but those finds will be for tomorrow's post.

My advice is enjoy your days off once in awhile. Put everything else aside and focus on you.










Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Date Night, Blah Days, Weigh In News and Putting Myself Out There

Oh its been a few days since I have updated or put a post up. Life has gotten in the way yet again, nothing too crazy, just work with our inventory and then doing another store in our areas also. When last left I was switching up my routine in the work out area and I have to say it has been so good. I had my two rest days on the Thursday and Friday. Friday was a little extra because I just feeling so blah and out of it. I am not sure if I am coming down with a cold or something but even yesterday and today, my body has felt just blah.

Saturday, after work, I immediately put on my running shoes and hit the pavement and then went to the gym and did a strength and a cardio work out to even out the day I missed. I felt really good, I was sweating and shaking and super good.

Saturday night James and I had a date night and we went to Applebee's for dinner and I ordered one of their new Cedar Grilled Chicken...


Took from the website..

It comes with granny smith apple relish and paired with cranberries, peacans and quiona. It was really delicious and I gobbled that right up. I calculated the points and it came to 15pp, which is high, but that was for the whole meal, so I was satisfied with that. Plus it was part of their 2 for 20, so we got boneless wings to share and I had 4 of the wings, for roughly 8 points. For a night out, I was very happy with those points and that is what weeklies are for. We didn't even order drinks or dessert, we saved room for popcorn at the movie.

We went and saw the Wedding Ringer and it was hysterical!!! I mean we laughed from start to finish. It was a great movie for a date night and we shared some popcorn. All in all it was a perfect night.

Sunday, I didn't run or work out and the same for the past two days. I don't know, its not that my motivation isn't there, because believe me it is there, but getting up in the morning or coming home from work, I have just wanted to be comfy. That's when I know something is up with me because even if the slightest idea of getting sweaty, turned me right off. So I let my body and mind relax. I even came home from work today and took a little bit of a nap.

I think because I have been working and no days off in over a week, kind of did me in a bit and switching up a routine has definitely  helped. Also I have cut a lot of my carb intake back, you know I cant eat like I am running a marathon if I am not running a marathon, so the energy from those carbs, I think have been leaving my body.

Which brings me to my weigh in this week. I went tonight because I had to work this morning. I seriously thought I had a great week. We had a date night, I had one other night we ordered out and the rest I made dinners, made lunch, breakfast, drank all my water, snacked very lightly, ate veggies and fruit, switched things up. And I gained 2.6. I just doesn't seem to make sense to me. I am wondering if it has something to do with my thyroid. I mean I can make excuses and that all day long, but this weigh in slapped me in the face, something was off.

So I am giving Weight Watchers at least one more week, then it is full on switching it up, this plateau and up and down is driving this gal a little bonkers. But we will see. I have some fun activities this week too. My BFF Lea, from back home is down here and tomorrow we are meeting up for the whole day. So a day of fun with her!! I am sure I will indulge in one or two drinks the next two days because of my day off. But I will continue my eating right, making really good choices and drinking water like no tomorrow.

I also decided to kind of take some weekly pictures. I am a very visual person, so I like to see how my body is changing even if that damn scale is not. So I had James take a picture of me on the 11th and then yesterday...

I am not expecting to see results in a week to week at a time, but I like that I can show some sort of progress then. Pictures speak a lot, plus this is a comfort zone for me, putting these pictures out there. The lighting is horrible, one I am tan and the next white lol...they will get better over time.




I am going to try to do the same picture and view each week. I know i m not in the same clothes or stance, but it was a spur of the moment idea. BUT I am very glad I am putting it out there. I mean this is my journey, the good, the bad and the ugly and the constantly evolving.





Thursday, January 15, 2015

Switching Up My Routine

First off I have to say that I have been really proud of myself this week. It has taken me awhile to say that because of the chaos that revolves around my life at times, but this week I am have been really sticking with a plan.

My work outs have been really good. Simple, small BUT oh my god very effective. I don't know how many calories I am burning or anything like that, but I am sweating and sore. Which I take that as a win and success above all.

On Sunday, like I mentioned I got a great 5 mile run in, which was my cardio for the day. Since Monday I have been doing some other cardio and strength training I got from an article in FitnessRx magazine...



Which by the way is a great magazine!! A little bit different and out of my comfort zone, my magazines are normally Runner's World, Women's Running, Self and WW. So I picked this up because I love the cover model Jamie Eason. She is a genius with awesome cooking segments and all around pretty fantastic fitness model. In the magazine she has a 14 day Jump Start workout and diet plan.

I have been following most of the diet plan, not everything to a "T" but have taken tons of pointers and I have been following the workout plan.

It is broken up into Strength 1, Cardio and Strength 2, each is a circuit of about 5 workouts, 8 reps each, 3 rounds. Each day you do a different circuit.

So for instance this week was
Monday- Strength Circuit 1
Tuesday-Cardio Circuit
Wednesday- S2 Circuit
Thursday-Cardio
Friday-S.C.1
Saturday- Cardio
Sunday- Off

So since I did my Cardio this past Sunday with the 5 mile run, I am using today as the off day. Mainly because I woke up sore, a little bit sleepy, way to cozy in bed and I have inventory at my job all day long. So I switched it up a bit. But this workout this week has been such a challenge and reward for me. This is totally out of my comfort zone.

I am using the stability ball, dumbbell presses, free weights, doing burpees, jump lunges, V-ups and crunches. Which by the way, my core NEEDS WORK. Holy hell!! I was almost in tears because I couldn't do a crunch!

Let's be honest here...I can run, we know that BUT everything else, I have no clue. I only know running. So this free weights and all other stuff is so new to me. And half the time, I have no clue what I am doing. I am trying to match the pictures and do my best. BUT I AM DOING IT!

I am feeling the results too because my Abs, core, whole area, has been on fire. I mean it hurts to turn over sometimes. I also have to remember when I first started running, I didn't like it. I felt stupid, I walked a bunch, I was so self conscience of how I looked, but I kept up with it because I loved the results and it sort of changed my life.

Sure these seem like simple exercises to a lot of people, but to me they are big deals. Just like 3 miles seemed like forever, but then I made it to a marathon.

I am really proud of myself this week for getting on my strength and cardio circuits. I am going to keep doing these circuits for a full month, they after the month I will target some key areas, branch out and try something new. My body needs this shock for sure, it is not used to it at all, which is nice and hopeful get me over this plateu.

My running will be 2-3 days a week. With each week a longish run of more than 5 miles and then in between just some fun mileage. I am really happy with this change and maybe it could be the endorphins pumping through me :0)

Oh and I have been awesome with my points lately, staying between 26-29, woot woot!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Finds From My Phone

Happy Tuesday!!! It has been quite a successful day off for me over here. I got up early, didn't complain or hit the snooze, got my work out in and then my conference call for work. Then I went to WW for my weigh in and was down 1.6. Which was what I gained last week, so nice to see it came right off. Then I have spent the day doing laundry, napping and reading. Perfect day off!! Dinner is in the crockpot and waiting for the boy to get home later. 

I was looking through my phone and realized I had some pictures of items I never have shared on here...


If you have a WW meeting by you and got to them, pick these up! They are both really yummy!!


I love coffee BUT I can not drink it black. So I have been using these sugar free syrups with my fat free half and half. It has taken my coffee game to a whole new level! And what's nice is I got them at TJMaxx which made them super cheap.


I'm a huge fan of fiber one! And these are delicious! Each only 2pp. My friend Melissa picked them up for me. I love chocolate and peppermint, each very similar in taste but the mint fudge tastes like a thin mint.


The other morning, I was running a bit late for work, so I got some from Starbucks. I tried their blueberry oatmeal. It comes with brown sugar, agave and dried fruit toppings. I used half of each packet and it was delicious! I mean really, really good!! I will get it again!


My favorite thing in life is soup and a salad or soup and sandwich. Seriously my favorite and Panera is always a good choice for me. Met James there the other day and I got the pick 2 of the chicken noodle ( my fav) and the BBQ chicken salad. That's a first try for me and I really loved it!! 


I found these at TJMaxx also. The whole package was 9.99 and it comes with 8 individual packets of nuts. Roughly 150 calories per serving. The servings are hard to judge because I thought they were one serving each, turns out to be two. But I love the quick and proportion for me.


And my favorite new find. Yoplait whips!! They are amazing. Light and airy! This one is my favorite and then they have a vanilla cupcake! Which is also amazing!! You will not be disappointed!! 







Monday, January 12, 2015

SweatPink #NoExcuses Mad Lip

Happy Monday!!!

Well this Monday, I am and was feeling all kinds of motivated and great. Work was productive and for a Monday that is awesome!! Then after work I came home and started a new work out routine that I will be doing in the gym with weights and cardio. I will dive into that a little bit tomorrow and then I got my grocery shopping done and even tackled the mound of laundry I have all over my apartment. Crossing things off of the to-do list! My favorite thing.

So now I have a fun post. I have joined in on the Sweat Pink, No Excuses Challenge. Here is a little back history to what the challenge is...

"Each Sunday we’ll send you an email with weekly prompts (workouts, healthy snack ideas and more). We ask that you share your answer or interpretation of those prompts daily via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, your blog, etc using #NoExcuses #SweatPink for a chance to win fun weekly prizes from brands like Augusta Active, ShowerPill, Beaming with Health….etc etc…
Each day, we’ll all share what we’re doing and how we’re doing it on our social channels and help each other stay accountable, motivated and on top of our goals.  Every Friday, we’ll send around an email with winners, prizes and our favorite Tweets, IG posts and blog posts from the week (hello, link love and social sharing!)" 


Now you can join in on this fun too here!!!

Here was the first challenge, which I find to be so creative and fun...





You can create your own MadLip, just simply copy the madlip at FitApproach.com and just fill in the blanks! Post and share and win. Super fun..okay here is mine!


Hey 2015, it’s me, Angie with Run.Chew.Sparkle (nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name)
This year I would like to do more strength training_run a Sub 30 min 5k, and lose 15 pounds.
It would also be super duper awesome if I also did __read more books and less T.V.  this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because reading is great way to escape from the every day.
The thing I am looking forward to most this year is getting stronger, personally, emotionally, mentally, physcially and spirtually.
I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is_Coffee!!!to help me get up, get dressed, (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is "I am Too Busy" and I have used it to get out of doing running  and working out  on more than Million and One (number) occasions.I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to  go to sleep in my work out clothes.
Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still get up, I will use my BF's phone.
I will stop blaming the BF [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the dark chocolate almonds when everyone knows it was really me.
My job [job, hair, car, husband, kids] are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my job (even though I am the boss) [same as before] who’s boss this year and get my strength training/running [type of sweaty activity] on
I know that running [type of workout] is better than sitting on my butt watching my DVR. [noun]
I will reward myself by a big glass of wine
#NoExcuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a Zeal Hoodie (article of clothing) from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and sparkley (adj) I am between workouts with help fromShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking side crow [yoga pose / workout move] in newRock the Course Leggings [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my core [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next  5k [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.
Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my hoodie [article of clothing] will smell in my / during my race [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!
Tag, Tweet, shout-out, call, text, fax or email 3 friends to take this survey and share how they will have a #NoExcuses 2015. Remind your friends to simply fill in the underlined parts! 

Have fun and share!!!!











Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Sunday Well Spent...



I believe 120% to this saying!! I love it and it is so true. I have been really believing and living to this each week also.

My Sunday's used to be up at 4:00 am and then running lots and lots of miles. Coming home, hungry, tired and sore. I would spend the rest of my day, laying around, napping and eating. Maybe some errands run here and there, laundry, but really nothing else too exciting. I did throw a baseball game in there or a function of some sort, but really, it revolved mainly around running and how I was feeling after.

I take my days off from work, quite serious. I like to get things done and enjoy them as much as possible, but I also like to relax and be lazy. It is weird for me because sometimes on my days off, they seem like much more of another work day. This year and going forward, I am really trying to find a balance with it all. I have seen numerous of my friends and bloggers using this as their word for 2015 and I really love it. I mean seriously think about it, how nice would it be just to BALANCE it all through the year.

Sit back and think about all you do and want to do and then think how hard it truly it is and trying to find the time and balance to do it all. While we are only 11 days into the new year, I am working pretty hard at that. I guess where I am going with this is, is on Sunday's, well Sunday's I am using to just do whatever and not take my days off as another day to get stuff done, but a day to enjoy it all.

I am a planner. I love plans. I love writing lists. I write lists at work, for bills, for blog posts, for practically anything. I have about 3 planners, one for personal, which I use to write my to-do's and bills to pay, 1 more work for traveling purposes, stores to see, things to get done and then my 3rd, I am working on that one. I want to use it has a planner for work outs and running, I am just not sure the path of it yet. I also have a finanical planner I bought last year, never used it, I am going to bust that one out this year.

So my Sunday, I write all the things I have to do for the week. Things I would like to do and food and such to get. Now some things I do every week, so it is the same, but I get joy and accomplishment when I write it down and then cross it off. I know sounds a bit crazy, but I love it!!!

My Sunday mornings are a bit different now. I like sleeping in a bit, I like waking up to a cup of coffee and sit down breakfast. I like coming to my computer and getting some blogging and other things out of the way and I like planning my day and week.

Then, I give myself a little bit and then go for a run around the neighborhood with my headphones and thoughts. While I love my early morning Sunday Long runs and I will get them in for sure, at least once a month, right now I am enjoying just the no pressure of it all.



 Then I kind of do whatever. Like today, I went to Sports Authority and signed up for The Gasparilla Distance Classic 8k...



I am excited about running this one because I love the vibe, the atmosphere, the route, the excitement and the EXPO of these races. The EXPO is seriously the best. I am usually off the day of it and go down early to get all the goodies! This year I am just running the 8k because I am ready to have just run with races and doing the Challenge puts on a lot of pressure and seriously after the marathon and marathon training and training for the 3 race challenge last year, it put a lot of pressure on me and I want just FUN! And a lot of people I know are running this one also this year, which makes it even better!

After registering, I called James to see if he had a break coming soon and he did, so I treated him to Panera! We don't get to have lunch together often, or really at all, so it was nice we were able to do so together. We are really making some changes with each other and so far it has been going quite well. Tonight we are going to their Holiday Party also. Should be fun and they have a make your own margarita section. I ran those 5 miles just for that!!

I also went to CVS to stock up on some essentials and that has been my Sunday.

I could have done some meal prep, I could baked my protein bars I wanted, laundry, etc, but my day off was exactly how I wanted it to be. I will make those items this week anyway,  but I started this week off quite nicely if I do say so!!

Hope yours was just as great!!!