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What a pleasant surprise I received when I walked out my door this morning! Cool weather. Sixty-two degree weather. Goosebumps on your arms and legs weather. I walked, ran, AND rode my bike this morning. Happiness!

Good News: lost another pound. I’m now 141 pounds. Last week was a little more challenging because I worked as a substitute all week. I subbed for a 3rd grade class on Tuesday and for the librarian Wednesday through Friday. I had to make sure I worked out, showered, dressed, ate breakfast, packed lunch/snacks, and took care of pets before walking out the door at 7AM. To stick to my exercise plan for the week, I got up each morning at 4AM. It is not easy, especially after having my routine disrupted by Mother Nature the week before. Thankfully, I do not have to get up so early on the weekends; however, I still try to get on the road by 6AM.

I’ll follow my same routine as last week for strength training. The only thing I may change is biking on a couple of the days that I do not run/walk. I’ve also decided to repeat my run/walk schedule from last week. Walk 10 minutes, run 7 minutes. Walk 3 minutes, run 7 minutes (repeat twice). I felt a little soreness in the inner part of my shins this morning. I’m trying extremely hard not to get injured.  

This morning I made chocolate chip pancakes. I used Bisquick Heart Smart Pancake and Baking Mix. I sprinkled in 1 tsp of Nestle semi-sweet mini chocolate morsels for every three pancakes. After cooking, I spread a minimal amount of yogurt margarine on the pancakes and topped them with 1 tbsp of pancake syrup. YUM! This was definitely a treat meal, but with less fat and calories.

I also discovered Whole Wheat tortillas at the grocery store. I’m using two brands: Mission 100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas (medium size) – (1 tortilla contains 3g fat; 130 calories; 2g sugar) and LaTortilla Factory Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas (large size) – ( 1 tortilla contains 3g fat; 80 calories; 1g sugar). I will use both, but I prefer the Mission brand. 

I will be substituting for the librarian again this week. It is the annual Book Fair at the school. For an entire week the school gym is transformed into a mini bookstore. Andrew and I are looking forward to attending Family Night tomorrow evening. Lots of excitement! Besides being in charge of the library, I get to teach an advanced English class to eight 8th graders. We are working on writing a resume this week, as well as discussing the novel Nothing But the Truth by Avi. Good stuff!

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” ~ Plato

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The day is absolutely gorgeous. The sun is shining brightly. There is a slight breeze. Hummingbirds are right outside my window, darting here and there, chasing each other away from the hummingbird feeder. Grocery shopping, a trip to the bookstore, and laundry are some of the things on today’s agenda. For my household, we are getting back to normal.

I woke up early to go for a run/walk. Afterwards, I stretched my lower body and did a 15-minute upper arm power circuit. Then stretched my upper body. I love starting my day off with a workout. My schedule for this week is to run/walk on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (bonus day). Walk 10 minutes, run 7 minutes. Walk 3 minutes, run 7 minutes (repeat twice). I’ll walk and strength train on the other days.

I’m trying something new this week with the power circuits/strength training. I’m trying to find the right balance for me, as well as trying to get my exercise in before work. I find it difficult to workout twice in one day, and this is without me working a job outside my home. Too many things come up in the afternoons. Also, if it rains in the morning on one of the days I run/walk, I’ll need to rely on the afternoon/evening to get my workout completed for the day. Therefore, I’m thinking about splitting up the power circuits to maximize my time. This is what my week would look like:

  • Monday:   Run/Walk. 15-minute Upper Body Power Circuit
  • Tuesday:   Walk (about 20 minutes). 15-minute Lower Body Power Circuit & 15-minute Ab Power Circuit
  • Wednesday:   Run/Walk. 15-minute Upper Body Power Circuit    
  • Thursday:   Walk (about 20 minutes). 15-minute Lower Body Power Circuit & 15-minute Ab Power Circuit 
  • Friday:   Run/Walk.
  • Saturday:   Total Body Power Circuit (or another Jackie Warner DVD)
  • Sunday:   Run/Walk. 15-minute Ab Power Circuit.

Just a quick recap of last week: Hurricane Isaac threw a monkey wrench in my week, as well as everybody else who happened to be in its path. However, I did NOT use it as an excuse to eat poorly. I ate clean all week. My hubby, Andrew, and I did venture out to a Mexican restaurant for lunch on Saturday. Yesterday, I wanted dessert. I was dreaming about Baked Apple Dumplin’ from Cracker Barrel. Luckily, the ice cream truck passed through our neighborhood, and I indulged my taste buds with a Big Dipper instead. Baked Apple Dumplin’ will have to wait for another time.  

I did get to run/walk on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday of last week. Of course, I took a rest day on Wednesday when we were being pounded by Isaac. I walked on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. I did NO power circuit workouts OR strength training all week. Honestly, my body thanked me because I needed the break. My weight is still 142 pounds. This means I didn’t lose/gain any weight this week.

I have to keep reminding myself that getting fit is a process or journey. Each person has to find what works best for him/her to get fit and healthy. My goal or destination is really to live a healthy lifestyle. The journey to get to that destination is exercising and eating clean. Losing weight, looking great, feeling energized, and gaining more self-confidence is definitely a plus. However, being PRESENT and enjoying the journey is what is important. Enjoy the ride! 

“That’s why it is important to enjoy the journey not just the destination. In this world, we will never arrive at a place where everything is perfect and we have no more challenges. As admirable as setting goals and reaching them may be, you can’t get so focused on accomplishing your goals that you make the mistake of not enjoying where you are right now.” ~ Joel Osteen 

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I have completed six weeks of eating clean and exercising on a regular basis, and I’m loving the results. I lost 4 pounds this week bringing me to a total of 11 pounds lost since making this lifestyle change. My jeans are no longer choking me at the waist. I can wear shirts I put in the back of my closet because they are no longer too tight. I am starting to see definition in my body. And, I feel better not just physically, but also mentally. I no longer feel sluggish or worn out. I have more energy, which makes me happy.

Even though Jackie Warner recommends doing her power circuits three days a week, I am dropping down to two days a week. Power circuits combine cardio and strength training. I’m increasing the number of minutes I’m running, and I don’t want to injure myself. So, I’m listening to my body. I will replace one power circuit day with regular strength training. This will also allow me to take off more days in between the power circuits for recovery.   

My plan for this week is to run/walk on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and possibly Sunday (bonus day). Last week I ran ALL four days. Woo-Hoo! This week may be a bit more challenging since a hurricane is coming our way. I’ll just have to adjust my schedule. I’ll be happy as long as I can complete three run/walk workouts. My run/walk workout this week: Walk 10 minutes, run 6 minutes. Walk 4 minutes, run 6 minutes (repeat twice). You may notice, I’ve upped walking at the beginning to 10 minutes. Since my running is increasing, I need to warm up my legs longer. It makes a big difference for me. I don’t feel so stiff when I start running.

Nutritionally, I must confess this week I started adding 1 tsp of light brown sugar to my oatmeal. This sets me back an additional 15 calories, which is not very much. There is no fat and 4g of sugar. I  had no negative effects from adding this to my breakfast. I also ate plain greek yogurt twice this week. Yuck! I just cannot get use to the taste. So, one day I added honey, and another day I added light brown sugar with walnuts and apple. It definitely made the greek yogurt more palatable; however, I have to figure out another alternative, or I’m nixing the plain greek yogurt from my diet. Believe it or not, plain greek yogurt contains 9g of sugar for a 1 cup serving. I can tolerate eating fresh fruit with a 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt. The solution may be to eat a 1/2 cup instead of a full cup. Perhaps, I could  incorporate oats or whey protein powder. Something to think about.

This weight loss journey is definitely a work in progress. I enjoy getting up early to run/walk, experimenting with strength training workouts, as well as discovering healthy foods and trying out new recipes. While at times, this journey can be challenging and a little frustrating to stay the course, it also can be energizing and very satisfying. 

“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.”       ~Albert Einstein

    

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Pepperoni Pizza was my favorite food until yesterday. Buttery crust, tangy sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and spicy pepperoni all make for a yummy treat. However, the consequences later on are not quite so yummy. We had a family birthday party for Andrew on Saturday, and decided pizza would be on the menu. Of course, we also had chips and dips, cake and ice cream, and a light Caesar Salad. This weekend was my first experience eating pizza since I started eating clean. I ate in moderation and enjoyed it all. Unfortunately, pepperoni pizza has lots of sodium (didn’t notice prior to eating clean). I was sooooooo thirsty the rest of the day AND night. I kept drinking water hoping it would quench my thirst, but to no avail. Instead, I felt bloated from drinking so much water. After my parents left, I decided to go for a forty minute walk just to feel a little better. Walking helped immensely. However, I was still thirsty and ended up with a dull headache.

The next morning, I went for my run/walk (switched to Sunday due to rain Saturday morning). I felt much better and not as thirsty. I weighed in at 145 pounds (lost another 1.5 pounds). Well, I would love to tell you I did not eat any of the leftover pizza, but it would be a lie. Yes, I ate two pieces along with another slice of cake, Cheetos (can you even imagine this), and pretzel/chocolate treats. And, to top it off…I drank Coke with my dinner. Gasp! I know… it seems horrifying, and I’m a little embarrassed. Well, not really. I AM allowed to have treat meals on the weekend. I did pay the price in the end. I was extremely thirsty AGAIN and drank tons of water AGAIN. I did not like the feeling at all. Lesson learned. 

Running/Walking Schedule

Since school started, I have been getting up super early to get my workouts in before bringing Andrew to school. It is really dark at 5AM in the morning. Thank goodness for street lights. I admit I was a little freaked out the first early morning I walked (consequence of being a horror fanatic). I do have to bring a small flashlight with me on the days I run/walk because I cannot see my watch to time my run segments. I also carry pepper spray for any unwanted scary people or animals that may cross my path.

I LOVE getting my workout completed in the morning. It makes a big difference in my day. I’m more productive, and I don’t have to worry about something unexpected coming up in the afternoon to interfere with me exercising. I would love to continue walking on the days I do strength training (power circuits); however, this can only be accomplished if I split my workouts into two sessions on those days. For example, tomorrow I can walk in the morning and strength train in the afternoon or vice versa. If my schedule for the day would not allow me to be able to do both strength training and walking, I would just do the strength training. I have to incorporate the strength training throughout the week to avoid running injuries.

This week I plan to run/walk on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and possibly Sunday. If my legs do not have enough recovery time between Sunday and Monday, I’ll go back to alternating days. My run/walk workout this week: Walk 6 minutes, run 4 minutes. Repeat three times

Food Find

I discovered Amy’s Organic Soup. There are a few varieties at Wal-Mart. I tried Amy’s Lentil Veggie, which is light in sodium (1 cup contains 4g fat; 160 calories; 5g sugar). I think it’s tasty and has a lot of flavor. I ate the whole can, which is 2 cups. Of course, I didn’t have anything else with it. Next time, I may pair one cup of the soup with a side salad and a couple of whole wheat crackers. Or, pair the one cup of soup with half of a turkey sandwich. Oh, the possibilities.

“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.” ~ Hayley Williams

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Reluctantly, I got up this morning. Yes, you heard me correctly… reluctantly. Before getting out of bed, I was having a chat inside my head about pushing off my morning walk until this afternoon. Blah, blah, blah! I know better than anyone in my household that an afternoon walk would not happen. However, after the second time hitting the snooze button and getting snuggly back under the covers, my little guy walks into my bedroom totally dressed for our morning walk and stands at the edge of the bed. He asks me ever so sweetly, “Mom, aren’t you going to get up, so we can go walk?” Thank goodness for my little guy. Andrew is my hero today for making me keep my word. It’s all about accountability. I need to not only do what I say I’m going to do, but I also need to be held accountable.

So, I groggily got up, dressed, and the two of us along with Comet went for our walk. What a wonderful way to start the day! I feel so much better. Now, I have to do another task I told myself I would do…finish clearing school stuff out of my scrapbook room, so I can actually work on my scrapbooks.

“A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.”  ~ Joseph Fort Newton

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