Wow, I am exhausted tonight!! I started the day bright and early at 5:30 with an hour of incline walking on the treadmill. Then after breakfast I wanted to get outside with M and we did a leisurely walk of 50 minutes. I’m having family over tomorrow so I emptied the kitchen and entryway and cleaned the floor, which seemed to take forever. I also did my first day of Boot Camp today! It was HARD. I am so out of shape I guess.
After we warmed up we did a circuit for I don’t know, maybe 25 minutes? of tire flips and jumps, rocking planks, and lunges with a twist holding a medicine ball – I used a 6 pound for most of the time and then 4 pounds on the last set. Oh my hell, that kicked my ass! I have never done those tire flips before. I was dripping and having a hard time breathing. Then we moved to do core work with the TRX. I seriously need a lot of work on my core. I couldn’t hold most of the planks for very long and I felt a lot of pressure in my back because I wasn’t holding my glutes tight enough. I think I will be attempting a lot more of that kind of stuff at home.
I can’t remember what the trainer said we were doing on Wednesday but I am ready to be whooped again I am super glad to be doing it with my good friend too Misery loves company.
After all the activity today my Fitbit has me at 24,000+ steps!! That is a record for me
Now time for bed!
Posted by Lauren on June 17, 2013
I thought I’d share what I’m planning for this week’s workouts. I have been slacking on exercise for the past few months and I really want to get back to doing it regularly. Here’s what is going on this week:
- Monday – Boot camp starts today!! I am going to go for a walk this morning and then boot camp is this afternoon. I was planning on doing weights also, but I think I’ll wait and see how boot camp goes.
- Tuesday – Run 3 miles
- Wednesday – Boot camp and possibly weights
- Thursday – Run 3 miles and boot camp
- Friday – Weights, depending on boot camp the day before, and walking
- Saturday – rest
- Sunday – Run 3-4 miles
I am going to try to get at least 10,000 steps every day on my Fitbit. We’ll see what I end up with and then make a goal for a little bit more next week.
Posted by Lauren on June 17, 2013
Okay, so I totally slacked for 12 weeks on this. I guess I lost interest, and I stopped itemizing our food purchases. But I want to get back to it!! I tried to figure out how much we had been spending, but I also just lumped household and food groceries together so I couldn’t do it exactly. I added up what we had been spending in total and just decreased the numbers by 15%, a really arbitrary number I have no way of knowing what we spent on either, but I know that is wasn’t all spent on food. So here’s what I came up with.
Week 13 – $188.59
Weeks 14-17 – $140.25 per week
Weeks 18- 21 – $127.50 per week
Weeks 22 – 24 – $90.28 per week
So as I said, this isn’t even at all accurate but it IS my best guess at what we spent on food groceries. We were eating out a lot too, which isn’t good, but if we hadn’t been we probably would have been spending a bit more.
My goal is to get back to spending under $125 per month. I think we can do it!! And I’m really going to try to stick with the weekly postings, even if it is only for my amusement and benefit I’ve started itemizing again and separating food and household groceries so I’m all set!
Posted by Lauren on June 16, 2013
I have decided that right now I need help to get in shape and start moving back towards a happy, healthy me! I have three things that I think will be the ticket.
- I signed up for Boot Camp with a friend! We will be going 3 times a week for 7 weeks in the evenings to hopefully get our asses handed to us
- I am going to join in a Fitbit challenge via Cheeseslave. Should be a good motivator!
- I just registered for The Other Half Marathon again! I think a race schedule has always been a big helper to keep me motivated and moving towards fitness.
With all of these combined I should have plenty to keep me going and to look forward to, and will hopefully be in a better place all around by the time I do the race
Posted by Lauren on June 13, 2013
Posted by Lauren on June 2, 2013
It’s been a couple of months since I posted. What have I been doing? Well I took quite a few steps back and gained back 10 of the pounds I had lost from my juice fast. It was mostly from too much beer. I’m back on the wagon and trying to get it back off, trying not to beat myself up for it. It happens! My goal is to just not let it keep happening. Someday I’ll be at a good weight for me and I’ll quit the yo-yo cycle, but I guess I’m just not there yet. Oh well.
We’ve been camping, movie watching, having fun with friends, and hanging in there until school is out for the summer (next Tuesday!!). I have actually been knitting a bit lately too! I have things to show you that have been long since finished. As soon as the rain stops I’ll snap some pics and share
For now I’ll share a song that I recently discovered and think is quite cool. It’s Nightlight by Little Dragon. Enjoy!
Posted by Lauren on May 28, 2013
This has been an interesting week. I think my body was telling me that I was ready to just be eating regularly again. Could this be just an excuse to go off my plan? Maybe. But I really felt like it was time to get off of the strict regimen and I want to be true to myself, so I let go of all of the rules. I also quit calorie counting because I started to feel the anxiety of oh, I can’t eat this because I don’t have enough room left. I hate that, and it will only lead to binge type behavior for me. So done with that, for now. I’ve just been eating what I feel like, which has still been real whole food, made by me. I had oatmeal, which was delicious I had beans too, which weren’t as glorious as I had them made up to be in my head?! Anyway, it has been really nice to just eat. The last couple of days I have been overdoing it though. I’m having a hard time turning the want to eat off. It’s probably partly due to that lovely time of the month, and due to the strict way I was eating. I’m not totally off the rails, still eating big salads and lots of veggies for dinner. I am still having a hard time being able to eat very much without feeling really stuffed. I do want to get back to running a lot more, so I am kind of making myself eat more even if I’m not hungry. I’m not sure that is a good thing, we’ll see. Anyway! No stellar results this week. I’m hoping that next week will be better. I’m still at the lowest I’ve been in years, and down .2 from 2 weeks ago.
Last week – 136
This week 135.2
Lost .8 pounds
I was up last week from 135.4 the week before, so I’m happy to be back down. Maybe next week I’ll break past 135! Actually I’ve been under that most of the week, just happened to bounce back up for my weigh-in, of course
Posted by Lauren on March 27, 2013
We did slightly better this week, still over budget ($125) by $25.20. I definitely tried to shop less, only hitting the stores 3 times this week apparently! Not bad. It’s weird because I feel like I have been using tons of produce every day – huge salads and 4-5 cups of veggies for dinner just for me! – but we have still had plenty of food in the fridge. That is my sign that I have a problem Anyway, here’s what we bought this week:
- Asparagus $2.49
- Avocados $4.49
- Bananas $3.48
- Bell Pepper $1.40
- Baby Bok Choy $1.99
- Broccoli $1.59
- Carrots $5.49
- Cauliflower $1.81
- Celery $2.50
- Chard $1.99
- Fennel $1.99
- Ginger $.78
- Green onions $.99
- Kale $2.29
- Kiwi $.93
- Lemons $1.00
- Lettuce $2.03
- Mangoes $2.38 – sadly these were rotten
- Portabellos $2.99
- Onions $2.70
- Mixed greens $1.99
- Spinach $3.99
- Strawberries $4.99
- Sweet potatoes $2.12
- Yams $4.36
- Zucchini $2.49
- Applegate sliced turkey $4.99
- Cashews $14.99
- Coconut milk $1.99
- Organic ketchup $1.99
- Mini peppers $3.49
- Quinoa pasta $3.49
- Ponzu $2.49
- Prunes $1.72
- Rice paper $2.29
- Salt $1.49
- Bay leaves $1.98
- Frozen blueberries $11.49
- Chicken and lime burgers $3.49
- Frozen green beans $1.99
- Whole wheat Pita bread $1.69
- Lara bars $5.00
- Pomegranate molasses $3.99
- Orange blossom honey $13.99
- Date cookies $4.99
Looking at that, it seems like we got quite a bit of food! I’ve been spending a little more time at Trader Joe’s, trying to figure out what are the good deals and what aren’t really. I really like that there are smaller packages of things that only I like, so I can get them and not worry about wastage or trying to force them on M & K I should do a post about things I love at Trader Joe’s. Some things are great value-wise, and others not so much. If I were eating whatever I wanted right now, I would probably avoid TJ’s since I would be buying way too much stuff!
Still lots of room for improvement here so I am really going to make an effort this week to finally get under $125 this week. When I look at our spending for this month overall though, we are doing really good. We have been buying less random stuff, and most of what we have spent has been on groceries, which is a good place to invest IMO
Posted by Lauren on March 24, 2013
Things have been really weird this week. I’ve added back in daily salads with half an avocado and some olive oil, plus I have been roasting and sauteeing veggies for dinner. I sauteed some kale on Sunday and added soy sauce – must have added too much because my weight shot up for a few days! It came down a little today and I am almost back to where I was last week.
Last week – 135.4
This week – 136
Gained .6 pounds
I am fully prepared to see the scale go kind of crazy the rest of this month. Starting back in on the exercise and weights is likely to throw me out of whack So I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and see where I am at the end of the month. I’ve been counting calories for the last 11 days and pretty much staying right around 1700 daily, I’ve been getting around a 500 calorie deficit every day from what I think will be my maintenance number at my goal weight. Who knows if this will work but I’m going to try and stick with it and see what happens. Anyway, I hope next week will put me under 135. Maybe?!
Posted by Lauren on March 20, 2013
Well, we didn’t do great this week either, but at least we spent less than last week! Budget is $125, we spent $195.90, so we went over by $70.90. Hopefully the coming week will be even lower.
Here’s what we bought:
- Asparagus $2.49
- Avocado $5.67
- Bananas $6.67
- Bell peppers $6.49
- Broccoli $.53
- Brussels sprouts $3.79
- Cabbage $.32
- Cantaloupe $2.47
- Carrots $5.49
- Celery $1.42
- Chard $3.98
- Southern blend greens $2.29
- Cucumber $1.53
- Dates $8.49
- Grapefruit $1.52
- Habaneros $1.12
- Kale $4.58
- Lemons $1.50
- Lettuce $3.29
- Mini peppers $3.99
- Mushrooms $2.99
- Onions $3.69
- Lemon plum $1.17
- Snap peas $5.99
- Spinach $11.97
- Yams $4.05
- Raw milk cheese $2.69
- Frozen cod $15.59
- Almonds $12.79
- Cashews $6.99
- Dried cranberries $1.99
- Mints $6.99 (not really food :lol)
- Raising $8.89
- Rice milk $13.79
- Tea $4.99
- Frozen berries $11.89
- Frozen veggie burgers $5.88
- Crackers $1.99
At least most of it was spent on produce?! I will be juicing a lot less this week so that should cut our costs down by a lot. I will try to pay more attention to the sales flyers too, and hit the co-op at least one day this week.
Posted by Lauren on March 17, 2013