My First Before/After Pics of 2015

Lots of good news this morning for me.  For one, my legs are not sore today like I thought they would be yesterday, and for two, I weighed myself at 149.7 this morning!  I’m feeling pretty good today.  I figured it would be a good day to take some before/after photos since it’s been a little over a week since I took my new “Before” photo on Jan 1.  Here’s what I got so far.

1-9-15 front

So on 1/1/15, I started out at 153.3 lbs.  Today, I’m at 149.7… Down 3.6 lbs so far in 8 days!  The front view I didn’t really see much difference in, which was a little disappointing, but since I saw results on the scale and in how my clothes fit, I didn’t let that get me too down.

1-9-15 sideThe side view, on the other hand, I can definitely tell some progress was made in the tummy area.  Hallelujah!!

I figure between my healthier eating for the past week, the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge, and the Blogilates and gym workouts, it’s apparent that it’s all doing some good.  🙂

orange chicken stir frySpeaking of healthier eating, I had a really good dinner tonight.   It was an orange chicken stir-fry with lots of fresh veggies: broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and onion, with some raw jalapenos, cilantro, and green onions garnishing the top.  The side was jasmine rice.  It was one of those salty-sweet mixtures of flavor that was just heavenly!

I didn’t do much of a workout today, since it was rest day, but I did do my day 9 of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge… 35 reps of all 5 moves.  I try to do them all in different orders every day, so that I’m not only doing more reps every day but I’m still changing it up as much as possible to get the most effectiveness out of it.  Obviously, it’s doing something right!  🙂  No running or cardio today… but I hope to get a good run in tomorrow before I leave for Fort Worth for my nephew to visit family.

I Think I Killed My Legs Today

30 Day Ab Challenge day 8Day 8 of #30DayFlatAbs Challenge completed today.  I did 34 reps each of all 5 moves today, along with a bunch of other abs workout at the gym.  I pretty much beasted it at the gym today, and now the back of my calf muscles are KILLING me!!  I’m really not sure why, to be honest, because it’s not like I haven’t ran in a while.  I’ve been running nearly every day for a couple of weeks.  And it’s also not like I ran any further than normal either.  I did one mile straight at 5 mph, and then another half a mile doing intervals at 6 mph on the fast and 3mph on the slow.  I did some different variations of squats, lunges, and push-ups, and a whole bunch of ab work.  I also did a bunch of stretching, especially on my calves since they were already starting to feel tight and sore.  Needless to say, I think I’ll probably skip today’s Blogilates Toned Tummy Thursday workout.

Oh yeah, and then I went to see a movie.  Just an FYI… Into the Woods is a musical.  A very long musical.  I have no idea what I was expecting, but not a musical.

So yesterday I was checking Amazon to find some stuff for a gift card I received for Christmas.  I found a few things that I’m looking forward to coming in.  Then, I went over to Etsy to see if I could find some workout tanks with inspirational quotes on them and found some really cute ones at decent prices, so I ordered a couple of them.

train insane tank train like a beast tank

 

How are your workouts going so far this week?  Tomorrow is a rest/recovery day, so I’m looking forward to that.  I think it’s a great time for a rest since I have a feeling my legs are going to be so sore, it’s going to hurt to walk tomorrow.  Tomorrow is also yolo meal day, so I’m thinking about what my yolo meal will be.  Hmmm…

New Year’s Resolutions and Day 7 #JanYOUary #30DayFlatAbs

We’re already a week into 2015, and I have finally decided on my New Year’s Resolutions for this year.  As I had mentioned previously, I don’t want to use my fitness goals as New Year’s Resolutions because these are commitments I’ve made to myself, New Year or no New Year.  So I thought a lot about what I wanted my resolutions to be for this year, something to better myself in some way.  Here’s what I decided on:

  1. Blog most days of every week.  I have to admit, this does sort of tie into my fitness goals, but only in a secondary kind of way.  Blogging is one thing that keeps me motivated.  The more I work out, the more I blog.  The more I blog, the more I work out, because what am I going to keep writing about if I’m not pushing myself and doing things to reach my goals?
  2. Wash my face before I go to bed every night.  This is something that I used to do every day when I was younger, but for the past few… years (bad, I know)… since I started wearing Bare Minerals make-up that doesn’t break my face out when I do sleep in it, I’ve started just waiting until I wake up and shower in the morning to wash my face.  The trouble is, I think this might be one of the reasons I have these wrinkles under my eyes that I feel are really noticeable and I don’t like it!!  So, wash face, apply eye wrinkle cream, every night.
  3. Travel to a place I’ve never been before.  I have a few ideas of places I’d like to go, for example New Orleans or Seattle, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be some place terribly far away or expensive.  You know, I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, and I’ve never been to Austin – our state capitol?  Well, there was one time my flight from San Antonio to Dallas was re-routed to Austin because of bad weather, but I never even got off the plane, so that doesn’t really count.  I love to travel, so this is something I’d like to do more of this year if I’m able to.

So there you have it.  What New Year’s Resolutions have you guys made for this year?  I’d love to hear about them.  🙂

Anyway, yesterday was pretty crazy.  I wasn’t able to get my workout in until right before I went to bed last night, since we had company and I had to eat dinner before they all got there.  I didn’t have a whole lot of time and I was pretty tired, so instead of doing the full Blogilates workout, I did 32 reps of each of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge moves and ran 2 miles with Nike Plus app.  I was able to get my 10,000 steps in for the day as well.

nike 1-6-15  fitbit 1-6-15

 

dinner 1-6-15Dinner was really good, by the way.  Steamed chicken seasoned with lemon pepper and garlic salt, cooked in one of those Ziploc steamer bags.  Roasted red potatoes were seasoned with cayenne pepper and brown sugar, and a little bit of Ranch dressing on my spinach and cherry tomato salad.  It was very flavorful, and I’ve really been enjoying eating these healthier meals for dinner this week.

I’m not sure what all I have planned for the day, but I do hope to get to the gym, probably early in the day.  I normally go to the gym after I get off work and make dinner each week day, only because that’s the only time I really can go since I don’t have the motivation to wake up extra early just to go work out.  And also because it’s not like I can just leave my 3 year old nephew here by himself at 5:00 a.m. while I go work out in the morning.  If I didn’t have to work every day, I’d definitely go earlier in the day when I have more energy.  They say the best time of day to work out is the time of day you function the best, and for me, that is in the morning.  I’m much more of a morning person than a night person.  Once it starts getting dark outside, my body starts telling me it’s time to go to bed.

It’s leg day today, and that Hips Butt N Thighs workout is insane!  Definitely challenging… but keep up the hard work, and keep challenging yourself every single day.  You’ll start seeing the changes you want to see before you know it!  I’m already seeing positive changes in the mirror, not to mention on the scale this week, and I haven’t even taken a progress pic yet!

#JanYOUary and #30DayFlatAbs Day 6

Hey guys, it’s been a somewhat busy day today.  I haven’t been to the gym or done my workout yet, so I’m about to get to it right after I’m done posting this since I have company coming over in about an hour (less than that when I’ll finish this, of course!).  I felt a lot better today when I woke up and weighed myself at 151.2 (down from yesterday’s 152.0).  Yes, I’m one of those cooky people who weighs myself every day.  Some people say not to do that, but oh well.

kung pao stir frySo yesterday I promised to show a picture of my stir-fry dinner I had last night.  It was so tasty with all the fresh vegetables, and the roasted peanuts added to it really gave it the extra yum factor.

This morning I didn’t do so great, stopping at a Mexican food restaurant for a late breakfast (about 11:00 a.m.) after a doctor’s appointment for my nephew and eating some eggs, refried beans, fried potatoes, and carne guisada.  The good news is, I did not eat too much of it and had a lot of food left on my plate when I was done.  Portion control!  I guess you could say that was my lunch, and I didn’t have a chance to eat breakfast this morning with the appointment.  Oops.

Tonight we’re having steamed chicken, seasoned roasted red potatoes, and spinach salad.  I’m surprisingly not all that hungry, though, so I probably won’t eat too much of that either.  I have been drinking a lot of water for the past several days, though!  That’s definitely a plus.

veggie trayThen tonight we’re having my boyfriend’s family over to have our Christmas gift exchange since one of his uncles has been out of town and just got back yesterday.  For that, we’re doing a veggie tray as finger food.  That’s way better than the normal party snacks like chips and dip that we would have done in the past.  Every choice matters!

me 1-6-14Ok, so for now, I better get off here and get a short workout done.  I’ve already got my workout clothes on, just gotta get the yoga mat out and get to it!  Don’t forget Day 6 of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge!!  So until next time!

 

Thank You Letter to #Blogilates

gym frozenDear Cassey Ho,

I would like to take this opportunity to relay my gratitude.  If it weren’t for you, I would not have the core strength I have today.  This core strength, which enables me to balance like a beast, prevented me from busting my ass trying to trek across a giant, slippery, frozen driveway of ice in front of my gym today.  For this, I thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Nicky Locker

 

fitbit 1-5-15Ahh yes, good times today at the gym.  I took this week off for “staycation” and I’m already making the most of it.  It’s only 2:55 p.m. and I’ve already nearly hit my 10,000 steps on my fitbit for today.  My booty is definitely sore from yesterday’s Bombshell Booty Workout, so I must have done something right on that one.  I thought my legs were going to die before that workout was done.

Today at the gym, I ran the better part of 2 miles with a little bit of walking here and there.  I did the walking, partly because I like to incorporate some interval training (hiit) into my running as often as I have time to.  It was also partly because I started to try that treadmill workout I posted about a couple days ago, the one that’s supposed to burn 100 calories in 10 minutes.  But then I discovered that running 1 mile burns 100 calories in 12 minutes (5 mph) on 0% incline, and running at a 7 for a whole minute after running at a 6 for 3 whole minutes was not happening… much less at a 2% incline.  I couldn’t breathe!  I nearly had to break out my inhaler.  Hey, it was a good idea, and I gave it a good shot.  That’s all we can ever really do, right?

stuffed bell pepperI’ve been doing really good on my food this week.  Last night I made stuffed bell peppers with lean ground turkey, rice, and a packet of Ranch dressing mix, with some zucchini and yellow squash sauteed lightly in a bit of extra virgin olive oil with Mrs. Dash seasoning and a side of spinach salad.  It turned out really well, if I do say so myself.  I only ate one half of my pepper, thought.  It was pretty filling!

Tonight on the menu is some Asian stir fry with a side of brown rice.  I’m sure I’ll have a picture to post tomorrow.  🙂

Total Body Torture Monday

Tonight I’ll be doing this workout.  When I stepped on the scale today, I was a little bit disappointed that I weighed 152.0 lb when yesterday I was at 151.8… but my boyfriend reminded me that I am probably putting on some muscle with all these workouts I’ve been doing.  Not that I wasn’t working out before all along, but for the past several days, I have really been giving it my all, with the fervor I had when I first started Blogilates.  So, for now, instead of letting myself feel disappointed about the number on the scale, I’m going to wait until I see my progress picture at the end of this week and compare it to the photo I took on January 1st.  That will be the real test.  Plus, I feel really good.  🙂

Keep up the good work, guys!  Find what motivates you and use the heck out of it.

New Active-Wear Haul and Bombshell Booty

New Active Wear Haul

I must really be on a health kick at the moment.  The sun finally came out yesterday and melted the ice off the roads, and I got to get out of the house (finally!).  So what did I do?  Went and bought a bunch of new workout clothes!  I only hit up 2 places, TJ Maxx and Old Navy, but I found some super cute stuff on sale, and a lot of stuff in my favorite colors (neon yellow/black/grey) that I just couldn’t pass up.  I pretty much have a new workout wardrobe, complete with a new matching cinch bag to carry my necessities to the gym…

new workout clothes haul 3new workout clothes haul 1new workout clothes haul 2

I did my workout last night in the outfit I’m wearing in this first picture below.  I have to say that it’s nice that the masses Resolve every New Year to lose weight, because there were some serious sales going on for active wear yesterday.  I walked into TJ Maxx and they had this huge area right in the front set up with racks and racks of nothing but workout clothes.  They even had a display with yoga mats, little dumbells, weight gloves, and other stuff.  Old Navy also had all their active wear on sale, which is one reason I ended up getting a ton of it.  The other reason was because it’s been the only place – online or locally – that I’ve been able to find any workout clothes in that neon yellow color that I’m in love with right now that didn’t cost a ridiculous amount (ahem, Nike…).

yellow pleated topblue yellow topyellow tank frontyellow tank back

Bombshell Booty

Speaking of last night’s workout… I finished day 3 of #30DayFlatAbs, and by day 3, I mean 25 reps of all 5 moves.  And then I ran 2 miles with my Nike+ app.  I felt pretty good.  Today’s workout is Bombshell Booty, which I have to admit I’m pretty excited about.

That 3rd video, Beach Ready Butt Workout is killer.  I can always tell I need to pay more attention to this area when I do that particular video, because it burns like no other.  I always have to stop for breaks in that one, no matter how much I try to push myself to keep trying.  Maybe that should be one of my new workout goals.

I still haven’t made any actual “Resolutions” for this year yet.  I want them to be really good and important, and I can’t fairly use my workout goals as resolutions because I already resolved those to myself, New Year or no New Year.  I think maybe today I’ll really take the time to think about what I want my resolutions to be.  That can be my “2015 Bucket List.”

Running For My Life

Today I have running on my mind.

I live in Lubbock, Texas, and if you’ve ever lived in Texas, you come to understand how true this is… texas weather 1

 

It snows so rarely here that the city is just not prepared for road conditions, and everyone driving has to maneuver through the ice.  We had over 100 car accidents in Lubbock on Dec 30 because of icy roads.  Needless to say, after driving around with a bunch of people who drive like crap on a good day, you learn it’s best to just stay home when the roads do get bad because until it warms up and melts off, there’s just no guarantee for your safety.  If you do have to get out, you drive really really slowly and hope everyone else does, too.

zachs club fbSo I have one serious case of cabin fever right now!  I was considering braving the streets to go to the gym this morning, but then I saw this on facebook… no child care today.  Well, fooey.

Well, that’s ok.  I have a treadmill here at home, and of course my Blogilates workouts can be done at home.  That doesn’t solve my cabin fever, but at least there’s something to do.  🙂

So back to running.  Running has become my favorite cardio exercise.  Which would dismay probably anyone who knew me as a kid or even up until just a few years ago.  This used to be me…

dont run funny

I’ll probably never be one of those people who runs marathons or even runs like 10 miles a day.  No, I don’t even like running outside.  But I do love running on the treadmill, which I know is totally opposite of what most “real” runners would say.  And I’m ok with that…  I don’t work out for anyone but myself.

I found this treadmill workout today that I want to try.  Each set is said to burn about 100 calories for the average 150 lb female, give or take depending on your weight.  A full set is 10 minutes, so repeat it as many times as needed to burn the calories you want to burn.  It says to repeat 4 more times for a 500 calorie workout, but I don’t spend 50 minutes on the treadmill that often, so maybe 2-3 times for me will do.

graphic_treadmillworkout

Click for the Spark People article.

 

 

It’s funny… in the past you’d only catch me running to save my life.  Now, I still run for my life… just in a different way.  🙂

Speaking of cardio, today is Fat Burn Focus on the Blogilates workout calendar.  🙂  Not to mention Day 3 of the #30DayFlatAbs Challenge.  Is anyone else keeping up with that?  What do you think about it so far?  I’ve been doing more reps than required because I’m so used to doing the moves that 5 or 6 reps isn’t challenging for me… and I’ve learned by now…

challenge change 2

#JanYOUary and #30DayFlatAbs Day 2

January 2.  I did pretty good yesterday on the food and working out.  I did go a little crazy and eat some cookies yesterday after I ate lunch, but all in all it was a good day.  I finished yesterday’s complete workout and Day 1 of the 30 Day Flat Abs Challenge, and this morning I woke up a half pound lighter than yesterday.  I’d say that’s a small win right there.

Today is a stretch/recovery day on the workout calendar, plus Day 2 of #30DayFlatAbs.  After doing Extreme Abs 2, the few reps we’re doing this early in the challenge seem like a piece of cake for me so far!

Also, writing everything down in the Fit Journal has been pretty motivating.  It’s funny how you feel some sort of obligation to eat something healthy when you know you’re going to have to write it down on a piece of paper later.  Oh yeah, and I think I drank about 80 oz of water yesterday, maybe even more!  So why are my lips still dry and chapped today??

Food Journal Printout

Free Printout – Food Journal

So for anyone who needs it, here’s a printout to keep track of your daily health and fitness goals.  You can also find some really pretty or colorful ones on Pinterest.  It really does help to write it down sometimes.  I use apps on my phone like My Fitness Pal but there is just something extra about writing it down on a piece of paper.  It really does help.

 

4 Good Luck Foods and Flat Abs for New Years

It’s the last day of 2014.  I can’t even believe it.  I’m home from work today because of some winter weather here in Lubbock, Texas, so I plan to make the most of it!  What movies should I watch??  Hmmm…

Today I wanted to post about the foods I like to eat for “good luck” on New Year’s.  These are traditions I’ve picked up through the years in one way or another.

4 Good Luck Foods for New Years

Black eyed peas with curried potatoes, carrots, and peas

Black eyed peas with curried potatoes, carrots, and peas

The first is Black Eyed Peas.  These are said to bring Good Luck for the new year.  This was the one tradition my family had growing up, so this is an old tradition for me.  Some traditions say you should eat one black eyed pea for each day of the year.  I don’t ever go that far, but I always make sure to eat these for New Years!

Cabbage Coleslaw

Cabbage Coleslaw

The next is Cabbage.  Some even say greens in general, such as Kale, spinach, or other leafy greens, as this is supposed to bring you Prosperity for the new year, and the green color is said to symbolize money.  This is a not quite as old of a tradition for me that started when I went away to college after high school.  I lived with my aunt and uncle who introduced me to this New Year’s traditional food… although their idea of cabbage was not exactly my idea of how to eat it!  Now, I don’t have any delusions of expecting to get rich on my social worker salary, but I do like to keep my bills paid and food in my tummy :).  What do you like to add in your coleslaw?  I like to add some dried cranberries to mine, along with the carrots.

Baked Pork Ribs (boneless)

Baked Pork Ribs (boneless)

Next on the New Year’s menu is pork.  Pork is a pretty new tradition for me that I was introduced to only a few years ago by some friends.  Eating pork is said to bring you Progress, as pork comes from the meat of pigs who only move in one direction – Forward!  This is to signify moving forward and not looking back this coming year… like Cassey says in the 2015 Fit Planner!

“Don’t look back.  You’re not going that way.”

Grapes

Grapes

And finally, the last item on my list of good luck charms for the New Year: Grapes!  Eating grapes right before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve is said to bring you Good Luck, and some traditions say to eat one grape for each month of the year.  Some even believe that for each grape you eat, you can tell which months of the year will not be quite so lucky if a grape isn’t as sweet, for example, if the 7th grape is a little sour then July will be less lucky than other months.  I just started this tradition a couple of years ago as well when I started celebrating New Year’s Even with my boyfriend and his family.

Flat Abs for New Years

Blogilates 30 Day Flat Abs Challenge

Blogilates 30 Day Flat Abs Challenge

I’m pretty excited about the Blogilates 30 Day Flat Abs Challenge we’ll be starting tomorrow.  We’ll be doing this in addition to the #JanYOUary workout calendar… more on that tomorrow!  😉  Anyway, I’ve got my sheet printed off and ready to check some boxes, I’ve got my Blogilates 2015 Fit Planner ready to go, and I’m about to start working on my menu for the next couple of weeks to kick off the New Year with some steam. Other than that, I’ve got today’s workout, the last Blogilates workout of the year, and a Netflix playlist to keep me occupied for the rest of today, and tonight we’ve got some CELEBRATING to do!

Happy New Year!

2014 in review

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