Feeling Good and Favorite Workouts

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Yesterday evening it was raining pretty heavily here in Lubbock, Texas.  So after I made dinner and got my nephew to bed, I rolled out my yoga mat, opened YouTube from my Xbox, and did the Blogilates daily workout.  I just felt really good with the back door open listening to the rain on the back porch pavement, and doing the stretches and the workouts.  I wish every day could feel that good!

I always love that Ultimate Hot Body Workout, it is one of my very favorites!  And there’s also something kind of relaxing about that Standing Pilates workout we had yesterday, especially with that elephant walk.  But I really really love the new “Abs in a Flash” 3 minute workout that was the new workout video we got for this week!  I’d say that might be one of my new favorites.  I like how it moves from one ab exercise straight into the next.  And it’s only 3 minutes so it makes me want to push myself because I’m like, it’s not that much longer!  I can do this!

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My Next Ten Beats to Run To

A while back, I posted a list of my Top 10 Songs to Run To.  Well, it’s been a while now, and I’ve come up with a few more songs to add to this list.  So I thought I’d make a new post with my running playlist.  These are in no particular order, and you’ll probably notice the type of beat I like to run to with these additions.  I hope you enjoy!

To start it off, here is my full Spotify Running Playlist.  I update it fairly often with new songs.

1. X Ambassadors – Jungle

2. Tinie Tempah – Trampoline

3. DJ Fresh/Diplo/Dominique Young Unique – Earthquake

4. Jay Z/Kanye West – Who Gon Stop Me

5. Yo Gotti/TI – King Sh*t

6. Ludacris – How Low

7. T. Pain/Joey Galaxy – Booty Wurk

8. DEV/The Cataracs – Bass Down Low

9. Enur/Natasja – Calabria

10. Shaggy – Boombastic

I’m Still Here

I know, I know.  I’ve been pretty quiet these past couple weeks.  But I’m still here and still working hard every day!  This week I’m back down to 146 lb, which is only 6 lb away from my initial goal weight!!  This morning when I put on my dress pants for work, my new(ish) size 8 pants that I just had to go buy a couple months ago because my size 10s were too big for me, are now feeling loose, too. 

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Needless to say, I’ve been working my butt off.  I went to the gym last night to run and do my Pilates workout.  I’ve been keeping up with my healthy eating choices.  And last night I even started some meal prepping so that everything would be ready for me to just put on to cook tonight when I get home from work.  Thank goodness I had some leftover stir fry in the fridge last night, because I did not feel like cooking anything at all yesterday evening when I first got home from work.  Luckily after I got home from the gym, I had a lot more energy and motivation.

Last Day of #JanYOUary with Before/After Pics

It’s a beautiful, rainy morning here in Lubbock, Texas, today.  I should be grabbing my running shoes and my road companion to go out for a jog in it!  The only problem with that is, my running companion gets ear infections when he gets water in his ears.  😦

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Jan 30, 2015

I went to the gym last night after my boyfriend brought me home some pad Thai for dinner… mmm, a big yummy bowl of carbs!  The thought was nice, but I don’t think he gets my goal and how I’m getting there.  So, like the polite Southern girl that I am, I ate enough of that pad Thai to get by with, and hauled my butt-in-progress to the gym!

And at the gym, I worked my butt off!  I ran 2 miles straight (5mph) on the treadmill to start with.  Then I went over to do some squats and lunges with a weight ball (the ones with handles on the side) with a few other Pilates type leg exercises.  It turned into a 2nd leg day, basically, which is good since the leg muscles are the biggest muscles in your body and burn the most calories, right?  I also did a bunch of abs, mostly lower abs.  I worked the heck out of my abs!!

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Aside from the pad Thai for dinner, I did fairly good yesterday on food, too.  I had this Western style omelet for breakfast, with a side of fruit instead of hash browns.  I didn’t end up eating the whole wheat toast.  Or the weird blueberry cream stuff that came on top of my fruit. I drank coffee with no-calorie sweetener and some cream.

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For lunch I made a quick run to Subway and got a flat bread sandwich, and didn’t eat the baked Lays potato chips that came with it.  Still drinking lots of water!

Today… is the last day of the #JanYOUary workout calendar and yesterday was the last of #30DayFlatAbs.  That means we’ll be getting a brand new calendar, #FABruary, sometime today!  We are also getting a new 30 day calendar to tone up the booty – the #30DayButtLift Challenge!  Oh my gosh, I’m so excited about this!

So today is the last Fat Burn Focus workout.  Cardio, cardio, cardio.  I usually just do my own cardio instead of the cardio videos, so I’ll probably do the same and head to the gym again today.

Before and After

before-after 1-31-15So here’s my next Before/After for this year!  It looks like #JanYOUary and #30DayFlatAbs was overall a pretty good success for me!  (Just ignore the fact that I just got out of bed and haven’t showered yet today.  I know, I look a little rough!)

before-after 1-31-15 sideI can see a lot of difference in my stomach, which is my biggest area in need of progress.

The scale?  Well, I actually gained weight since my last Before/After photo on 1/9/15, but my body fat percentage has gone down, and obviously you can see some toning up going on.  The scale is not always the best indicator of progress!!!

Today’s weight: 151.4 lbs

Body Fat Percentage: 32.5 %

Just Run With It

Run TimeHey guys!  I just got home from a nice run around my neighborhood.  The weather has been amazing the past few days this week, so I’ve been taking advantage of it and getting out for some sunshine while jogging the dogs.

How has the week been going so far?  It’s already half way over.  This week, it’s still been busy as usual.  I got in some gym time on Monday evening.  I had already done my running at home with Rogue, so I did a little bit of time on the elliptical machine that day instead of the treadmill like usual.  It felt like a pretty good workout, actually… that is, until I lowered the incline all the way down to a 1 and completely broke the machine.  I’m not even kidding.  The tracks went completely crazy with some plastic piece in the middle going kind of sideways, and that was the end of that.  Laugh out loud!  Then I headed over to get in my Pilates and lifted some weights for a great arm workout on Monday.  My arms are still a bit sore!

Yesterday, the only workout I got was running with Rogue around the neighborhood again, since I had to supervise another Skype visit with my nephew and his mother.  It was a great run, though.

But today, it’s Lean Legs day and I’ll be working on these videos as soon as I put my nephew to bed for the night.

The last thing I want to say for today is… how are not all Greek Yogurts created equally?  When I shop at my regular grocery store close to my house, I always get the Greek Gods brand of Greek yogurt.  It’s so good, tasty, and creamy.  Well, this morning, I stopped at a different store close to where I work so that I could get some fruit to re-stock my fruit bowl at work, and I meandered over to the dairy department to grab a Greek yogurt for breakfast, since I’d forgotten to bring one from home today.  Well, this store didn’t have Greek Gods brand.  So, I looked around and found Chobani had a vanilla flavored Greek yogurt.  Bingo!  Right?

Wrong.

Chobani yogurt did not taste nearly as good as Greek Gods.  I couldn’t eat it.  I ended up throwing it away after about 3 or 4 bites.  Then my boss, after hearing me complain about how terrible the Chobani yogurt was, went down to the break room and got his Noosa Greek yogurt he had placed in the refrigerator earlier this week, and he had me try that one.  Even though it was a fruit flavor, raspberry (I am not a big fan of fruit-flavored yogurt), it was still pretty good.  I’d eat it again, and I’d definitely eat that one over Chobani for sure!!

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Greek Gods Greek Yogurt – very good! My favorite.

Chobani Yogurt

Chobani Greek Yogurt – not good at all 😦

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Noosa Greek Yogurt – pretty good

 

Breaking the Silence

I feel like I’ve been ignoring my blog this week unintentionally.  Why do I feel so busy lately?  I really feel like I probably have too much on my plate right now between work, my nephew, helping out with an exchange student agency for 2 high school exchange students they have in my area, making an effort to cook healthy meals at home every day, and of course working out.  I was on call Wednesday night, so that made it impossible to really do anything that day.  Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week I’m obligated to have my nephew Skype with his mother who decided to move out of the state, so that takes up time I’d normally dedicate to going to the gym.

But I have been keeping up with my meals and workouts this week, despite my radio silence.  Yesterday I ran 2 miles on my treadmill at home between making/eating dinner and monitoring the Skype visit.

imageI had a pretty good week this week as far as meals go. Yesterday was really cold and it snowed all day long so I stayed in my office for lunch and ate some of my leftover stir fry from the night before, and for dinner I made grilled pork chops.  I’ve been snacking at work from my little fruit bowl, which really helps out in the mid morning and mid afternoon between meals.  Much better than anything I’d find in the break room vending machine!

Tonight I really hope to have a chance to go to the gym.  It’ll be the first time since Sunday when I attended that yoga class!  That’s just too long.  😦  I feel like I just get such a better workout at the gym than I do at home.  Maybe I just work a lot harder at the gym.

Oh yeah, and one more thing.  This is my 100th Post on this blog!!  Surely that’s a reason for celebration?

Treadmill, Yoga Class, and Turkey Stir Fry

I just got home from the gym today.  My oh my, how my shins are aching today.  I did some interval training on the treadmill before I did an hour yoga class.  It’s been a really long time since I’ve done yoga.  I was surprised at myself with how much I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting to.  It was just too slow paced for me… relaxing, yes, but I felt like I could have gotten a lot more done in that hour.  I still plan to do today’s Blogilates Bombshell Booty workout after I put my nephew to bed around 8:00 p.m.  I always look forward to booty day.  🙂

food log 1-18-15This morning I had my cream of wheat for breakfast with a glass of milk.  It’s so easy to make, and it’s a good hot breakfast that keeps me full for a while.  Plus, my nephew loves the stuff!

For lunch we went to On the Border where I ate the lunch portion of grilled-chicken fajitas with black beans (instead of refried).  They were delicious!

Tonight we made a sort of stir-fry with ground turkey browned with minced garlic and diced yellow onion, and then added a scrambled egg, fresh broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, black beans, and garnished with some fresh avocado and cilantro.  It was amazing!  It had sort of a Mexican food flavor, or “Tex-Mex” as we call it down here in Texas.  🙂  Sprinkle a little juice of a lime wedge, and voila!

Pilates, Run, Eat, Rest, Repeat

We made it to another weekend.  It’s Saturday, and what a busy week it seems like it’s been!  I have a long weekend this weekend with our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, which works out well, because today I’ve been going non-stop so far.  I’ve just now had a chance to sit down, relax, and type up a post for the day.  I might need another day this weekend just to rest and relax!

1-16-15 nike-fitbitSo, as promised, I did get a bit of a workout in yesterday since I already used up my rest day earlier this week.  I did a 2 mile run yesterday evening after I got home from work and ate my dinner.  It felt pretty good.  I also nearly got my 10,000 steps in on my fitbit yesterday, with a total of 44 very active minutes.  All in all, it was a good day, and really this has been a pretty good week.

1-16-15 food logYesterday was a good day as far as meals go, too.  Every Friday, everyone who works in my unit meets for breakfast.  We call it “team-building.”  We met at a place here in Lubbock called Market Street, where you can get just about anything you want for breakfast.  It’s a grocery store with a really nice deli/hot food bar, a bakery, a coffee shop, an Italian kitchen… you can even get fresh hand-made sushi there, and hand-tossed salads made right in front of you with almost any salad ingredient you can think of (more on this later).  Normally, I’d get something like a breakfast burrito with fried potatoes, breakfast sausage, sauteed bell peppers, and cheese, or a breakfast plate with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, and bacon.  But not this time!  Nope, I made my healthy choice and went with a cup of steel cut oatmeal with a little bit of brown sugar and some pecans, along with a banana on the side.

I ended up working through lunch yesterday with something I really had to get done before the day was over, so I had to get some type of fast-food I could get quickly and bring back to the office.  I opted for a Subway 6 inch Italian BMT on flat-bread with some Baked Lay’s potato chips.  And of course, dinner was another super-yummy delicious stir-fry.  I could eat stir-fry every single day, I swear.  It’s so good.  I eat one at least twice a week!!

1-17-15 food logTonight, I’m not entirely sure what I’ll have for dinner, because I’m going to a dinner party at some friends’ house.  They’ve all been on health-food kicks lately, too, so normally I wouldn’t be too worried about it, but the wife is pregnant right now, so it could go either way!!  We shall see.  For breakfast today I made a bowl of cream-of-wheat, and for lunch I got a Texas Toss Salad from Market Street before doing my grocery shopping.  Best salad ever!  It’s got grilled chicken, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, black beans, avocado, and some tortilla chip strips.  Amazing!

I’ll probably be going to the gym here in about an hour or so to get a good workout in for the day.  Today is Fat-Burn Focus on the Blogilates workout calendar, so I’ll probably skip those workout videos today and just push myself with some treadmill cardio, and of course get in my #30DayFlatAbs Challenge.  I’m up to 42 reps of each of the 5 moves now.  It’s getting intense!

Keep Moving Forward

Yesterday wasn’t too bad, considering I didn’t get to do any workout.  Quite a long day yesterday.  After I got home from work and picking up my nephew from daycare, we had our foster home case manager come by for a visit at 6 p.m.  Then I had to take my nephew to an after-hours clinic for another ear infection… second one in less than a month.  By the time we finished and stopped at the pharmacy to get the prescription filled, it was past his bedtime and I was exhausted. 

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Here’s a collage of what I ate yesterday.  This morning I ended up eating a breakfast burrito that my boyfriend had stopped to get for me.  He got me one yesterday, too, that I didn’t eat but instead put in the refrigerator and told him I’d save for Friday, so I figured if I didn’t eat this one it might be rude.  I brought my lunch to work again today, and tonight I should be good to go to hit the gym again, which I’m really looking forward to!  I love my gym.  I need to get their schedule of group fitness classes.  They have a free Barre class that I’ve really been wanting to try.

I think I’ll probably use yesterday as my rest day and get the workout I missed on Friday this week instead.  Gotta work hard if I wanna see results!

Checking In With #JanYOUary and #30DayFlatAbs Day 13

Hey guys!  An other great day today. I got to spend a little bit of time at the gym this evening, which felt really good.  I’m becoming more and more amazed at how much I can do.  I’m up to 39 reps on all 5 moves on the Blogilates #30dayflatabs challenge.  Today at the gym I only ran 1 mile and then walked the last 3 minutes to total 15 minutes on the treadmill before I made my way over to work the heck out of my abs and my arms today. 

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I think I did pretty good on my meals today, too.  I had a Greek yogurt for breakfast, granola bar for snack, turkey sandwich on whole wheat 45 calorie bread with veggie chips and a half bowl of soup for lunch, a spoonful of peanut butter for snack, and finally steamed chicken, roasted red potatoes, and spinach salad for dinner.  It was all so tasty. 

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Yesterday wasn’t too bad, either.  I had Greek yogurt for breakfast, a sandwich and some leftover taco soup for lunch, and the most delicious stir-fry in the world for dinner.  Yesterday I had to go visit some people after work and I didn’t get home until pretty late, so the only workout I got in yesterday was the 30 Day Flat Abs challenge with 38 reps of each move. 

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