It been a little while

So if you are still following me you will notice I have changed the look of my blog some. I wanted to make it more free flowing and easier on the eyes. I really love the new look and my new “me” character. She’s pretty cute!

So its been over a week since I posted last. I just never got enough time to sit down and put a lot of thought behind my post. But I need to at least make a little time for a quick update. So today instead I will do a big update on how everything is going…

So for the off week it was a pretty craptastic week in the health department. There was NO meal planning what so ever and I was so mad at myself for not doing so because I ate horribly and gained 3lbs back. BOOO! I was very ashamed and even did a little cry to my husband because I felt like a failure. It just really goes to show you show much of a lifestyle change being healthy is.

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So after a horrible week I decided to buy myself the Polar Watch for losing 15lbs (despite my 3lb gain). I use it right with my fitbit. For those that don’t know what a Polar Watch is its a Watch with a heart rate strap that you wear and it counts your calories and heart rate during each work out. Its the best investment so far I’ve bought through this journey. I love my fitbit and wear it daily but with field hockey I’m not getting the accuracy I want. With the polar watch it takes MY heart rate and uses it to calculate calories burned. I got the FT4 which on Amazon goes for $64.99-$70.00 depending on the color. I got pink only because it was the cheaper one out of all the colors lol. Not the biggest pink fan but hey it was cheaper so worth it right?! I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who does a lot of working out. Its nice to know your heart rate and calories burned.
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So I am going on week 6 of the c25k program! Can I just say holy crap! I didn’t think I would make it this far but now it seems as though I’m starting to like running again. I’m still sucking wind don’t get me wrong but I’m doing it! And running for longer periods of time. For this fat chick thats a huge feat (not to be confused with feast lol). I have my first 5k at the end of the month for the Color Me Rad run! So excited for it too! I’ve already got my saying on my shirt planned out thanks to a friend of mine! He suggest I put on it… DO NOT PASS…Soul sucking Ginger (back) and then I thought on the front I will put You were warned I now have your soul and added another freckle. Total genius I tell ya!
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So I started back into Insanity again after taking a month or so off! So glad I did because I missed it completely!! I started my morning off with POP Pilates for Beginners as a new morning routine. Cassey over at Blogilates ¬†has an amazing beginning workout. I have been wanting to do her workouts since shes keeps it fun and supportive. Try her out check out her videos she really is a lot of fun and there is something for everyone on her site! Figured I would try it every morning as low intensity workout and then finish off with Insanity’s high intensity workout.

My insanity fit test numbers:

Swift Kicks: 45
Power Jacks: 40
Power Knees: 60
Power Jumps: 36
Globe Jumps: 8
Suicide Jumps: 8
Push Up Jacks: 6 (struggled to do these with my bad hand couldn’t put a lot of pressure on it)
Low Plank Obliques: 26

Not bad numbers compared to my very first time which you can see my numbers here

 

RECIPES

So I came across some awesome recipes and even thought of one myself with a little help! Very excited that I’m become more of a cook then I ever was. My family always gives me crap that I never cook but when your parents make amazing dinners why the heck would I cook lol. Well now its my turn and the fam approves

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0 Point Soup (yes you read that right!)

8 cups FAT FREE LOW SODIUM chicken broth
1 cup peeled and diced carrots
1/2 head of cabbage diced
1/2 package of frozen green beans
1 medium onion diced
1 large zucchini peeled and diced (you can keep the skin on if you like)1 cup baby spinach chopped
1/2 cup kale chopped
1 cup mushrooms chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
5 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregeno
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
Pinch of Red Pepper flakes for some spice

Spray a pot with cooking spray and heat on MEDIUM HIGH. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to MEDIUM and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the beans are tender. Add the zucchini and cook until the zucchini are tender. Done! Easy Peasy

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Skinny Tastes Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup (with some changes sorry Gina!) 4PP for 1.5 cups
changes to my dish are in bold
Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled & chopped (2 carrots)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (4 cloves LOVE garlic)
  • 8 cups fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 oz shitaki mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small Parmigiano Reggiano rind (optional)
  • 9 oz three cheese tortellini (Buitoni)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 oregano
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 ginger
  • Parmigiano Reggiano, grated (optional for topping)

Directions:

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the celery, onion, carrot and garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

Add the chicken broth, water, mushrooms, rind and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. When broth boils, add salt (to taste) and black pepper; stir to combine. Reduce heat to low, simmer until mushrooms are soft, about 20 minutes. Add tortellini and cook according to package directions for al dente.

Once cooked, remove the rind, stir to combine and garnish with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano if desired.

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Spicy Shrimp and Shirataki Noodles (4PP)

Shirataki Noodles are Asian Noodles that you can find in grocery stores with the salads fixings. They are 0 PP per serving! How awesome right. Now make sure your rinse these well otherwise they don’t taste right. They really don’t have much of a taste so having spices helps ūüôā

Spice Mix
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

Two 8-ounce packages House Foods Tofu or Yam Shirataki spaghetti or angel hair noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil (I just used cooking spray)
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
2 green onions (white and light green portions), trimmed and diced
1  pound large cooked  shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients of the spice mix, set aside.

Open the noodle packages and place in a strainer to drain, rinse, then use your hands to separate the noodles as you rinse them a second time. Drain again and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, sauté the peppers, green onion, shrimp, and garlic. Once shrimp starts to brown add the noodles and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove and toss in cherry tomatoes

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the blog being back up and the new look! Let me know what you think!!! ‚̧

Rest Day never felt so good

Hello Tuesday we meet again. We meet again with my body feeling like its a 90 year old woman when I try and get up and down off the couch. Feels like a 100 year old woman when I’m gimping around trying to chase the dog or the kids. Its only on Tuesdays that I feel this way. Its my one day of relaxing and its the one day my body says to me….
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Every part of my body hurts from the weeks prior workouts especially the lovely 240 minutes of field hockey last night ha. I love the sport and love playing but sometimes I forget I’m not in my early 20’s and in my “prime” haha. Monday I surpassed all of my previous Fitbit stats! WOOHOO! Again my numbers are off on it because of the soft surface of the turf but even with them being off these numbers are pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
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On Sunday I ran Week 3 Day 3 of the C25K program and I totally rocked it finally! So for Week 3 Day 3 it was run 1.5 minutes walk 1.5 minutes run 3 minutes walk 3 minutes in that order. It then calculates from the GPS your average speed and pace. It estimated I could run a 9 minute mile. That’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself! This program is Active.com C25K. This is by far the best App for c25k that I have used and I’ve used about 5 of them to find a good one. I did have to pay for it but it is totally worth every penny. You can also find 5k events through the app closest to you and sign up for them through the app.
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Weighed myself today and I have officially fallen under the 220 mark!!! 219.8 to be exact and I can’t even tell you how exciting this is. When I entered this into my Fitbit app on my phone I had forgotten it had updated itself up to myfitnesspal which in turn updated to my FB page. I signed up for myfitnesspal last summer and entered in my weight official starting weight. Since then I have officially lost 25.2 lbs since last summer. I couldn’t believe I had lost that much weight that’s an entire toddler! I wish I had taken pictures from last summer to see the difference between then and now but I wasn’t thinking about it lol. Every milestone is one step closer to my final milestone. I WILL get there!

 

So I have found myself falling in love with Luna Bars made just for women. They have become my new addiction for a quick snack or a quick meal. I’ve been trying to find a good snack bar that isn’t high in points but also filling. I’ve done Cliff Bars which are amazing but each one is 7 points and that can be really high especially for a snack. The Luna Bars I’ve found range from 3-5 PP and don’t go above 5. Every single on of these I’ve tried I have NOT been disappointed in. I even liked one with peanut butter and I don’t like peanut butter very much ūüôā

I HIGHLY recommend them for anyone looking for some great flavors for snack bars and for filling ones. I can’t even explain to you how amazing these are. #lunabar is amazing!

So decided to test out Kale Chips. I love Kale but I’ve never had chips before. So I tried out this recipe and I do like them. I will continue to find different ways of doing them so I can change it up. Look how beautiful these Kale Chips look! Thanks to Carmel over at Our Fifth House for the awesome recipe.
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INGREDIENTS: 
Kale ¬†– washed, dried and broken by hand into chip-like pieces (don’t break them up too small)
Half of a Lemon
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Tsp Paprika
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
Salt
Pepper
DIRECTIONS: 
Preheat the oven to 350. ¬†Line a baking sheet with foil. ¬†Once the kale is washed, dried and broken up lay your pieces on your baking sheet. ¬†Don’t over crowd. ¬†Squeeze the lemon over the sheet. ¬†Lightly drizzle the olive oil over top. ¬†Shake paprika and garlic powder over the top and toss a little to make sure all the pieces are coated. ¬†Then salt and pepper, and pop them in the oven.
Bake for 10- 15 minutes  Рand enjoy!

Why should I change me?

I’ve never been that “skinny” girl in life. I’ve always been a “bigger” girl and I use that term loosely because I wasn’t what you would call overweight but instead I was muscle and a lot of it in areas. I had meat on my bones along with a bigger chest, big thighs and a bubble butt. Those come from 20 years of playing sports mostly ice hockey growing up. Its what made me a dominant force out on the ice was the power and strength in my legs. Now I’m 29 with 3 kids and I weigh more than I have ever weighed before. It started when I had kids but I can’t blame them completely for how my body turned out (I will continue to remind them these lovely stretch marks are from them lol) but the rest was me. I was the one being lazy, I was the one eating the unhealthy foods because it was easy and I was the one who was making excuses. I decided it was time for a change when my oldest said to me while getting dressed….”mommy why does your body look like that its sagging everywhere, I hope mine NEVER looks like that.” Nothing like a 4 year old putting thing into perspective for me. She doesn’t really understand and I hope for her down the road she never has to understand what its like to be unhealthy. After that day I told my husband I need to do whatever it takes to fix this. I need to be healthy for my kids, my family and for most of all for ME!

So for me to start being healthy and getting to be the better me my first and foremost step was ACCOUNTABILITY. I needed to make myself accountable for my actions. Needed to stop blaming others for what I was doing to my own body and realizing that I should have control of it.
Second step for me was finding the resources that would help me meet the small goals to then reach my ultimate goal in the end. First one was getting myself the Fitbit flex, I’ve been saving up my precious money for a long time to get me one of these puppies and now that I have it I LOVE it! It tracks my steps, calories burned, and even tracks my sleep patterns (which shows I really don’t sleep very well, thanks kids and puppy lol). My next purchase was that of my new life style eating change. And I can thank weight watchers for helping me with that. I can eat good meals even ones I was already eating and know how many points each item is. Its like calorie tracking but for me slightly easier. I’ve been on WW for a little under a month and I LOVE it! If you have are up in the air check out their WW Simple Start. After I had all of this it was now finding a workout that I would love. I’m not a huge gym fan since I don’t like going with all the other people around. I will still go a couple of times a week but I needed something I could do at home in the comfort of my own house where I could look like an idiot and the only ones laughing were my kids and the dog. I really wanted to do one of Shaun T’s videos but they were so expensive for me to try without knowing if I would like it or not. So my friend let me borrow her Insanity DVDs and I fell in love! So awesome and I’m only of day 4! But I can already feel muscles I forgot I had.
Step 3: Actually doing the work and keeping myself motivated and dedicated. The biggest reason for me to start a blog and a Facebook page was to keep myself motivated and to keep myself accountable. Hoping that maybe I could help inspire others to do what I am doing.

Everyone morning now I make myself and the kids breakfast. No more cereal for me I need to make a real breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day and sets your day in motion. I enjoy my morning coffee with it, catch up on my daily favorite blog readings and then head to Pinterest to check out my favorite motivational quotes. Without fail this is my morning whether the kids are in school or at home. I have to make sure to start my day off right.

SO I will end my post with some of my favorite quotes! Do you have any favorite motivational quotes you would like to share?