Needing a Challenge

I woke up this morning…..famished!  I seriously could have eaten breakfast at 5am.  I had my coffee and that held me over for a few hours.

First, around 7am, I ate an orange along with my L-Carnitine/Raspberry Ketones.

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Then it looked like I was way ahead of schedule and would be able to make it to the gym super early. So at about 7:30 I ate a small breakfast of 1/2 a bagel thin with 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1/2 a banana and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

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I gave it about an hour to digest as I felt my motivation and energy level waning…..I went to bed way late last night because I was up reading Catching Fire.  I know better than this. All I wanted to do was go back to bed and or eat something else.  I was soooo hungry!  I decided I would have something else to eat and give it another hour before I dragged my lazy bum to the gym.

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8:30 – Dannon Traditional Greek yogurt in strawberry, 14 almonds, 1/4 cup Cinnamon Honey Bunches of Oats and 2 tbsp. homemade granola.  Finally….not hungry anymore.

After about an hour I finally made it to the gym.

Workout

Most of the time after two days of rest, it’s easy for me to go to workout.  I am ready for it.   I start to feel gross and lazy after two days.  But there are sometimes when it’s not easy at all.  If I didn’t know better, it would be the beginning of falling off the Healthy Living Wagon.  Something came to me this morning as I was begrudgingly putting on my running shoes.

“Amanda, not working out is not an option for you.”

I don’t know where it came from, maybe it was divine, but it was one of those moments that just really lit the fire under me.  It’s really not an option for me.  I have to workout.  I have to workout for my mental health, for my physical health, for my kids, for my husband, for me.  I do LOVE working out, but I know that it would be so easy for me to just stop.  It’s not an option.  I can’t go back to living the way I was living over two years ago.

When I got there and got started I had a great workout.  Not surprisingly.  Isn’t that how it always happens?  As I was yet again running on the treadmill, I realized that I am getting very bored with my workouts lately.  Even though they have been really great, I don’t look forward to my gym workouts the way I used to. What I really wanted to do this morning was Bob’s workout because it has been such a challenge, or just SOMETHING new.  I even thought about taking Aidan to the park and doing something fun there.  But, part of working out for me is to be able to give myself a mental break & give my Mommy Brain a break.  A break from constant questions, constant re-directing, constant noise.  I started thinking I need a change and new challenge.  So I am going to step out of my comfort zone and start taking advantage of all the group exercise classes at my gym. Something that is funny to me is that I have a slight disdain for the group classes. When there are too many going on at once, I can not find a parking spot and sometimes we have to wait for a spot in the KidZone.  Well, if you can’t beat them, join them!   I have really been wanting to try a Spin Class.  They come out of that class drenched in sweat.  When Luke is out of school I am going to start going back to Bodypump.  I had to stop going because the classes are at 5 and 6 pm.  Which for me is too late.  I may get brave and try the Bootcamp.  I don't know smile  All I know is I have to do something to avoid complete burnout.

I felt pretty good after my workout but like I had completely phoned it in because I was bored.  I ran for the entire 30 min again, and then did two sets of my usual shoulder workout and 2 sets of 15 bicep curls, both with 8lb weights. Then I did 20 full push-ups.  I skipped all the other stuff I usually do because, you guessed it….bored.

My three breakfasts this morning did a great job of holding me over until almost 3pm!  I finally got hungry again and had an apple, & two pieces of the protein bread I made yesterday.

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Don’t you know peanut butter tastes better straight out of the jar?

I’m not sure what’s for dinner.  I think Morningstar Corndogs and Annie’s Mac-N-Cheese for Aidan.  Luke had a party after school complete with pizza and cookies, so fruit for him Winking smile

It was another bowl of roasted veggies & 1 cup of Archer Farms Coconut Cashew Basmati rice for me.

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I need to find some more “New Recipes” for this week.  Hopefully I can actually find some instead of looking for hours only to have found nothing and be starving for cake!

Are you in a workout rut/weight loss rut too?  This may help.

Motivation Rut Busters – Fitness Magazine.

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Last Date Day

Aidan’s last day of school was yesterday and it was our last “Date Day”.  The boys will be going to spend a week with Mimi and Papa over the summer so we WILL get to have another date or two over the summer, but besides that…this was it until Aidan starts K in the fall.  Then we will have tons of them!  It’s so crazy to me that we are finally moving into the next phase of our lives.  I was changing out some of the pictures in our frames last night and found one of Luke at age 5.  Then I put Aidan’s 5 year picture next to it and thought….Wow, where has the time gone?  Cliché, I know, but it’s the truth.  Seems like yesterday……It’s so bitter sweet.  I am happy, relieved, hopeful, excited about the future.  Being able to finally do some of the things I have only dreamt about being able to do over the past 10 years, having sense of freedom.  But at the same time, I am sad that my baby boys are growing up so fast.  It makes me want to savor every moment and sad that life is so busy and hectic that I can’t.  I just pray I am not missing valuable opportunities to teach them, love them and nurture them.  I pray that I am not making mistakes I will regret later.  I pray that they will grow up knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that I love them more than anything and that our house and our family is their sanctuary in this messed up world.

Ready for our date!

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Breakfast

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Orange and not pictured, a bowl of oatmeal.

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp. Ideal Brown Sugar Blend

Outfit

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I tried on about 27 things before settling on this….I don’t know why I even bother with more than a t-shirt and jeans….it’s what I always end up wearing anyway.

  • Shirt: American Eagle
  • Jeans: New York & Company
  • Sandals: Target
  • Watch: Fossil
  • Bracelets: Charming Charlie

Our first stop was to Sephora.  I finally picked a new fragrance after trying the ones in the Sephora Fragrance Sampler that Jeremy got for me a few weeks ago.

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 Michael Kors Gold

“This fragrance brings together iconic yet complementary scents to create the perfect accessory. Exquisitely alluring notes of magnolia and freesia blend with delicate violet flowers to cast a brilliant sparkle that commands attention. The headiness of tuberose and the peppery hint within peony meld together for a sensational presence at the fragrance’s heart. The finishing glow of ambergris drapes you in a sexy aura of gorgeous, glimmering gold.” – description of the scent on Sephora.

Who writes these?  I love it!

Then it was time for our movie.

The Avengers

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I wish I was like everyone else and could say this movie was the best movie ever made, but for me it was not.  Let me just say first that I really like super hero movies.  I love the witty humor. I love the heroism. And of course there is usually a love story.  My favorite super hero is Iron Man.  Robert Downy Jr. is just adorable.  I loved the first part of this movie, but by hour 2, I was bored.  All I could think about was how much longer would this be going on and what I wanted to eat for lunch.  It was so freaking loud and the violence was just way over the top for me.  I was getting a headache.  I know….what did I expect?  I just have a short attention span and anything longer than two hours is just too much.  Over all it was a good movie, just (IMO) did not live up to the hype.  Definitely a guy movie.  My favorite part was when Hulk smashed Loki like a rag doll.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  There have been a few people I wish I could have done that to.  Smile  KIDDING!!! not really.

So all I could think about during the last part of the movie was this salad. Actually, not this salad but THIS salad.  The Chick-Fil-A in our mall didn’t have it so I settled on the regular one.  I should have ordered a fruit cup and put it on top.  Definitely next time!

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Chick Fil A Chargrilled Chicken Salad

I added the sunflower seed and crouton packets and used fat-free honey mustard.

and then this happened…..

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Small Snickers Blast from Sonic

I am not sure what got into me.  I don’t think I have had something like this in….well, ever.  I think I was wanting a Blizzard from Dairy Queen but we don’t have one around here.  I had been craving one since Sunday and suggested….(during the movie) we take Aidan to get a milkshake to celebrate his last day of school.  What was up with that too?  I never “celebrate” with food.  At least I try not to SAY we are, even if we are.  Sadly, this wasn’t even that great, but you better believe I ate all of it and had a stomachache afterwards.  At least I got THAT out of my system!

I spent the remainder of the day chillin out on the couch or just putzin around the house.  Jeremy and I stayed up too late and since I was still full (and nauseous) from the Sonic treat, I had skipped dinner.  Of course by 10pm I was starving.  First I had an apple.  That just made me hungrier.  Then I had an Annie’s PB&J granola bar & finally had a bowl of cereal.  Not exactly the best things to be eating right before bed but it’s whatever.

We don’t have any plans today besides going to the gym this morning.  I do need to catch up on some housework and about billion other things.  Hopefully I will be able to get all those things done for my sanity!

I stumbled upon this article yesterday while I was in my sugar coma on the couch from the Sonic Blast

Best Health and Fitness Apps – Greatist

I downloaded Stress Check, Epicurious, ShopWell and Fooducate.  Then I scanned almost all of my food items obsessively.  Thankfully they all came up with good scores!

I hope everyone has a BEAUTIFUL Friday!!!

Finally, a simple day…

Wow, it has been a long day!  I woke up bright and early at 5am thinking of 20 different reasons I should go back to bed.  But, I just put one foot in front of the other and went to get my coffee.

coffeevia

Right?

Breakfast

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Orange and my usual smoothie.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop EAS Lean 15 protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed.

I got some frozen peaches today at the grocery store soooooo, hopefully a new smoothie concoction will arise!

Workout

I was still incredibly sore from my workout on Monday. I am not sure why. Maybe because I took 3 days off from working out, maybe because I pushed myself a little harder because it was easier this time around. I don’t know, but….it still hurts to sit, stand & walk….I knew a few things this morning.  1- the last thing I wanted to do was workout.  2- I knew working out today was not a choice because I am most likely only going to be able to get 3 workouts in this week, and today was one of them. 3- the best cure for sore muscles is to do the same workout you did that made you walk like Frankenstein in the first place.  4- I knew that if I went to the gym, I would definitely be phoning it in on the elliptical at a level 8 for the entire 30-45 min.  I needed someone to kick my tail.  Jeremy mentioned he wanted to try Bob’s workout so I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do.   I have to admit, I was concerned about Jeremy’s well-being during this workout.  He can curl 55lb dumbbells and bench press 225….but the man can’t spend 10 min in the treadmill without looking like he is about to die.  I told him over and over…..please don’t over do it….set your weights down during the jump squats…..take a breather if you need to.  Well, I was very proud of him for getting through the entire workout AND doing pretty much all of it.  I can’t say the same for myself the first time I did it.  As for me, today was the first day I didn’t immediately regret the decision and feel like I was going to die half way through.  I even did the very last jump squats, something I have never been able to do before.  I am SO glad I did this workout again today.  When I started, I didn’t want to workout, I felt sluggish, sleepy, sore and a was having a little bit of exercise guilt for not wanting to workout.  Afterwards I felt revitalized, refreshed and tired but full of energy!  Plus I had worked some of the soreness out.  I am still sore but not as bad.  I am sure I will be sore again in the morning….I am not kidding you, it is no joke!

Snack

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I started out with just one teaspoon of peanut butter which turned into 3 teaspoons….and then had a Gala apple.

Lunch

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Baked Sweet Potato with Best Life Buttery Spray, 1 tsp. Ideal Brown Sugar Blend, Van De Camps Parchment Bake Garlic Butter Tilapia, Annie’s PB&J granola bar

Afternoon Snack

I am not sure what possessed me to throw this together, but it was REALLY delicious.

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1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 cup watermelon, 2 tbsp. reduced-fat feta cheese.

a few hours later…..another PB&J granola bar

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Turkey and reduced-fat Swiss cheese with light Miracle Whip and Dijon mustard on a Thomas’ whole wheat bagel thin.

I didn’t get home from the grocery store until about 6:30 and arrived way too hungry.  It took me a while to settle on what I REALLY wanted….but this was perfect.  Can’t go wrong with a plain Jane sandwich! After dinner I had 1 cup of Honey Bunches of Oats dry.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow.  It’s Aidan’s last day of school.  They are having a picnic & Jeremy and I are having our last date for a while.  We are going to see The Avengers and I am not sure what else.  But that’s one of the things I love most about our dates, we can go anywhere.  Browse Barnes & Noble, have coffee or lunch and solve the world’s problems, have an entire conversation, reconnecting after the long week.  It’s the simple things I love the most.

Dr. Oz experiment update!

Guess what I got yesterday?

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It’s the raspberry ketones I talked about last week.

Top Secret Raspberry Ketones

I have taken two so far.  One last night and one this morning.  My plan is to take two a day for 30 days.  I took my measurements last night and I’ll take them again in 30 days.  I haven’t felt any weird side effects so that was win #1 since I am super sensitive to things.

Breakfast

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Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed

Workout

I was feeling super energized this morning, unlike yesterday, and couldn’t wait to get started.  The gym was PACKED and I literally drove around for 5 min waiting for a spot to open up.  I guess the parking lot situation was because there were at least 3 group classes going on.  The cardio equipment was open & I got my favorite treadmill!!!  I planned on doing 30 min on the treadmill then some upper body strength but by the time I finished the treadmill work there were about 4 people in the spot I like like to use.  So I decided I would go home and do Jillian’s 30 Day Shred.

By the time I got home I was famished. So before I started Jillian’s workout I had a little snack.

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Fuji apple, 1 piece cinnamon protein bread

Lunch

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1/2 large baked sweet potato with spray butter and Ideal Brown Sugar Blend

I didn’t have time to eat the other half.  Thumbs down

Snack

Before I left to pick up Aidan I knew I would need something else to tie me over until I could get back home.

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Annie’s PB & J granola bar, Vitamin Water

Bank trip

Aidan had saved up a bunch of coins and wanted a new toy.  We went to the bank to exchange them after school today!  $9.06.  Then we went to Target for a new toy!

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Snack

By the time we made it home it was 3:15 and clearly I had not eaten enough earlier in the day.  This is just one of the things I ate this afternoon!  I.WAS.RAVENOUS.

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Dannon Greek non-fat yogurt in Strawberry, protein bread

You can add to this: peanuts, another few pieces of bread, a granola bar.  I am planning on eating the other half of that potato for dinner tonight so I will have at least 1 serving of veggies today.   Note to self: eat better tomorrow…ok?

Of Interest?

Cinnamon:Superfood

My favorite kind of day

I was up at my usual time this morning thanks to a fantastic nights sleep.  By 7am I had had my quiet time and coffee and was ready to start the day.  The rest of the house was still fast asleep so I decided I would eat a banana and go for a 5 mile run.

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My run felt incredible!  It was gorgeous this morning.  I tried my best to take it all in because I know my days of running in the morning are numbered.  By 8 am I was a sweaty stinky mess. I could have gone for an additional 2 miles but I knew I still needed to eat breakfast and get ready for our outing later.

Breakfast

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Chobani 2% Greek Yogurt in Passion Fruit, 1 Orowheat Sandwich Thin, 1 tbsp. JIF Natural Peanut Butter, sprinkle of cinnamon and chia.

Snack

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Annie’s PB&J Granola Bar

I think these may be new favorite.

We took Aidan to a bounce house place.

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He was in heaven and we were thankful to have a place that wasn’t 150 degrees where he could burn off his abundant energy.

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We ran a few errands before coming home and then I got started in the kitchen.

But first a snack

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and my usual pick-me-up.

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Spark

This is such a life saver at 3pm when you have been up since 5am, bedtime is another 6 hours away and your children’s energy levels do not match yours!

I made the best batch of Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread I have ever made.

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Dinner

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Weight Watchers Chicken with Fresh Tomato Sauce, 1/2 cup Brown Rice, & 4 oz. Moscato

This was SOOO yummy!  I wasn’t crazy about the chicken as usual, but the rest of it was so wonderful.  I gave Jeremy half of my chicken and ate all the rest.

Then I had two pieces of Jamie’s bread….this batch will not last long! Winking smile

I had such a wonderful day today.  Full of my favorite things.  A really good and long quiet prayer time, coffee was superb, an exceptional run, fun with little A, baking, cooking a healthy meal for my guys, and I will end it with some reading….as long as I can keep my eyes open! We have a long day planned for tomorrow so I better try to get in bed ASAP!

What I am loving right now.

Jeremy loves 80’s music.  I can’t blame him, it was some good stuff!  He showed this to me a couple of days ago and I have been listening to it pretty much constantly ever since!

Pandora’s 80’s Love Songs Radio

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You can’t argue that this isn’t quality music.

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RIP Whitney Sad smile

Me:  Man, they just don’t make love songs like they used to.

Jeremy: They don’t MAKE love songs anymore.

Truth.