Friday, May 20, 2016

Talking Tank Tops!

I wanted to pop in and say I'm still here!!  Everything is still a work in progress but I am trucking along.  I feel like making better choices is started to come naturally now.  A few "Yay Me" moments from the past week:

We had a potluck at work for Hospital week.  I made my favorite side dish....Cauliflower Mash.  It was loved by some and not so loved by others.  I used to hate cauliflower so I get it!

My hubby finished our little garage corner gym area.  So really this is a "Yay Hubby"  moment but I've taken advantage of it several times!  The equipment folds up completely flat so I can use the mat to do my workout videos on.  I've used the bench to do some arm workouts but haven't used the workout bar.  That sucker is heavy!  I wasn't quite sure about the mirror but I actually love it.  It's both motivating and satisfying.  I get to see my muscles starting to make their appearance and I also get to see areas I need to work on more.  The punching bag ... I've kicked at it a few times but I'm not really sure what to do.  I need to find a video online. 

Also, for hospital week, our cafeteria provided hamburgers.  I threw the bun away and wrapped it in a lettuce leaf.  It was actually really good!  I do this at Chick-Fil-A too.  We usually try to go there once a week and let the girls play on the playground - they love it.  I'll get some sort of sandwich but have them wrap it in lettuce instead of a bun.  I think it's called "protein style" - the cashier usually looks at me funny and has to ask the manager how to ring it up.  But it's always "their pleasure" to do so.  See what I did there?
I've been trying out several workouts with my Beachbody OnDemand membership.  Some that I've tried are PiYo, Cize, Tony Horton's 10-Minute Trainer, Brazil Butt Lift, and a few others.  I loved the 10-Minute Trainer - definitely a hard workout but fast!  I've noticed I keep going back to my favorite...TurboJam.  I love love kickboxing and I just love Chalene Johnson!  She's so motivating and I love the music in these workouts. 
I finally tried out our FREE gym at work.  It was actually really nice....I was the only one in there so bonus!  I did one of my runs with the app Get Running.  I went to take a picture when I was done on the treadmill, but my phone went dead.  Today is my day to do another run but I'm really feeling like I want to do a TurboJam workout and maybe a 10-Minute workout.  Maybe I'll run in the morning with the girls if the weather is nice. the tank top talk.  My arms have always been a problem area.  I say always because I've always felt self-conscious about them.  But, looking back to when I was young...I'd love to have those arms again!  I want so bad to feel comfortable wearing a sleeveless shirt again!  I've been adding in extra arm workouts here and there.  Not only are my arms blah, they are weak!  Weak I tell you!  You would think toting around two toddlers, they'd be stronger.  I can't even do 10 "real" pushups.  I've started doing 5 not-on-the-knees pushups every night.  And by this, I mean I started last night.  But, hey at least I started!  While I know I won't be completely toned by summer, I at least want to be somewhat confident to wear tanks this summer.  It's HOT in Oklahoma in the summer and t-shirts don't always cut it!
Tomorrow is weigh-in day and measurements day!  I won't lie, I'm a little nervous.  I haven't been drinking my water like I should and I can definitely tell in the mid-section.  BUT, I will keep pushing on no matter what the scale or the measuring tape say.
Happy Friday!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Meal Planning Sunday

I was busy today!  Our Mother's Day plans changed because of the weather so I meal prepped while the girls were napping.  I have to say I have never "bulk cooked" (is that a term?) veggies before and turned out pretty much amazing!  I've been guilty on more than one occasion of buying fresh veggies and letting them go bad.  So today, I just went ahead and cooked them all up.  I will ALWAYS do this from now on.  I just reused the baking sheets with the different veggies so they only had to be washed when I was done.  Now I don't have to worry about using them again for the rest of the week!  This also goes for the cutting board, knives, bowls, etc - see I told you - amazing!  I made enough for the entire week - lunch and dinner - so all I'll need to do is add a meat and done!
Cauliflower Rice, Roasted BBQ Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Roasted Carrots, Asparagus, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
All of this took about 2 hours - perfect for the girls' nap!  My house smelled so good while everything was cooking.  If I had more space in the oven and bigger baking pans, I would've made more.  I think these will be my go-to veggies every week since I sort of have a system down.
I also prepped all my breakfasts and lunches for the week.  And since the veggies are done for dinner, this week's food should be easy peasy!!
Happy Mother's Day!!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Getting Back on Track

Just popping on real quick to say I'm still here!  I've been dealing with the stomach flu - yuck!  So I've been living off of grilled cheese sandwiches, crackers, and 7up.  I didn't even do my measurements last weekend because frankly I didn't care about anything else but getting better.  I did weigh on Monday and lost 4 pounds!  The only silver lining to the flu - even though it all comes right back on! 
But, now I'm so much better and ready to get back at it!  I'm going to the grocery store tonight to load up on healthy goods and will meal prep tomorrow.  I can't wait to start working out again - I definitely miss it. 
Happy Friday! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cauliflower Fried Rice

I have been eating cauliflower mashed "potatoes" for awhile now and I've even got my family on board.  I think it's time now to venture out and try something else with cauliflower.  Two things I want to try are cauliflower fried "rice" and cauliflower pizza crust.  Tonight, I'll be making the rice version (I'm kinda off on my night menu).  I'm going to make that with lean beef steak and broccoli. My healthy version of beef and broccoli I guess.
Here's the rice recipe I'll be using for my fried rice:
1 medium-sized head of cauliflower
Coconut Oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 an onion - chopped
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (use tamari for GF)
 1. Shred cauliflower with a grater or food processor until it resembles grains of rice.
 2. Heat coconut oil in large skillet over medium low heat.  Add garlic and fry until fragrant. 
 3. Add cauliflower and stir fry until cauliflower is a "fried rice" texture.
 4. Stir in soy sauce.
You can also add eggs to this but I'm going to leave those out tonight.
I'll update tomorrow with how it turns out and I'll add a pic here on this post!
I went on my second run yesterday and this time I was with my husband and my daughters.  It was nice but I think I'm more of an "alone" runner.  Let's be honest, I hate running.  More like running hates me.  I get side stitches and my breathing sounds horrible so I really like to do that in my own privacy.  I can't remember how many times I told my husband (who runs) not to make fun of me!!  He assured me he wasn't but I know deep down he was probably thinking that my run is equivalent to his fast walk. 
For my workout today, I really want to try out this new 22 Minute Hard Corps on my Beachbody OnDemand.  I haven't paid for the program so I'll just use the preview workout.  I'll be honest - I'm scared.  It looks pretty intense.  Oh!  I did try out the CIZE workout on Tuesday and I enjoyed it.  It was fun but I have to say I like Hip Hop Abs better.  Maybe because I already know all the moves on that one and I felt so uncoordinated while doing CIZE?  Either way, I'll give it another shot soon. 
Happy Friday Eve!
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