Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gearing up for 2011

    So I fell off the wagon in 2010, in more ways than one--both with upkeep of the blog and upkeep of the bod.  I'm giving myself 53 more hours of slack, but as soon as that ball drops bringing in the new year, it's on like Donkey Kong!

    After nearly three months off from bootcamp, I'll be heading back Monday.  I've also come to find a new love in bikram yoga and can say I almost enjoy running!  Hopefully, I'll get my fair share of both when I'm not pumping iron and crying like a baby in the gym.

    Aside from exercise, there's the food to think about.  It will be a real struggle to break away from my Italian wine-pasta-bread lifestyle.  Come Saturday I'll become the Farmers Market's biggest fan.  All fruits, veggies, and whatever meat I can find will be coming from local growers.  No doubt, this will lead to some interesting culinary experiences and hopefully a better body from the inside out! 

     I'll be posting updates semi-weekly along the way.  If you're with me, lace up your sneaks, don your favorite unitard and matching sweatband, and turn up the Olivia Newton John.  It's time to get physical, fit, and fancy!

In the meantime, here are some links for some New Year Get-Fit Ideas:
Whole Living Action Plan
SELF Magazine's Jump Start Diet

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Change...Could do Me Good

I've spent way too much time away from my fancy blog and it's definitely time to pick it back up again. A change may be in order. My thoughts have been all over the place lately and I'm hoping it will all level out soon and just leave me in one place--less spastic. I do miss writing.

In the near future: cooking, working out, enjoying summer, and just living life. Hopefully documenting all the great (and sometimes not so great) moments that go along with it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Oh the Weather Outside

Is delightful! OK, so it's a bit overcast and a little on the cool side but if it makes it possible for me to use windows instead of AC and cut my electricity bill IN HALF then I LOVE IT! Weather, stay this way!

With good weather comes the urge for me to start that mini-gardening project I envisioned when I moved to my humble abode. Without a yard, I need to restrict everything to pots and the like. I've been craving a window box herb garden. Recently, I found this picture on the Facebook profile of Green Lotus Organics, a local business which makes organic soaps.

I have the perfect place for such an herb garden contraption right outside my kitchen door. I'm also considering investing in a Topsy Turvy or two for things like tomatoes and zucchini. The back steps will allow for a pot on each step for things like spinach, garlic, peppers, and onions.

The real question is: can I keep up with it? I have a short attention span when it comes to projects. Though, this one could end up saving me lots of money and helping me eat healthier so...fingers crossed I get started on it soon!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shin Splints

...are a motherhumper. According to http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/, I have done absolutely everything to cause them. First it was the worn out shoes (until this week, the last time I bought sneakers was 2005), then it was the jump start into a hardcore fitness program, then it was increasing my running by more than 10% per week (try 60%), and now it's lack of rest.


I wish I was a kid again and sports injury was practically impossible for me. I definitely miss the days of not knowing what a sore muscle felt like!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

8 Slices of Pizza and 3 Breadsticks Equals...

Some hardcore motivation to absolutely kill it during morning bootcamp and in the afternoon push myself to, for my first time ever, run 3 miles over two bridges plus a few streets in between without stopping. My shins hurt like hell but my confidence couldn't feel better!

I'm tempted to ride my bicycle to bootcamp tomorrow AM. It's only a few miles and it won't be too hot outside yet. I guess it all depends on whether or not I feel like sleeping in. It'll definitely be a bit easier on the shins and maybe that's a break I need--I've been rough on them since I started working out. If I'm going to do anything, I better get to sleep!

Hooray for getting kickin' motivation! Not that I tend to make a habit out of consuming an entire pie over the span of 24 hours ever again.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Food!

Easter weekend food is so yummy! Of course, due to the fact that it was kind of everywhere, I don't think I could remember everything I ate to write it down and tally it up if my life depended on it. Today was definitely the cheat day.

Had a good revelation with the boyfriend last night while trying to figure out what to do for dinner. He ran a 5K and the reward at the finish line was pizza and beer. I know, I don't get it either! Anyhoo, after one (small) slice and a Miller 64 beer, I was craving more pizza. We almost went that route until I realized "I think if I go and eat a big piece of pizza, I'm just going to regret it later". The sentiment shocked us both and I wound up opting for a power lite bean burrito from Tijuana Flats instead. It may not have been the best choice, but it definitely left me feeling better about the fact that I'm becoming much more aware about what I'm doing and actually TAKING IT SERIOUSLY.

I can't wait for the day when it's just second nature and I no longer have to actually think about it. Until now though, I'm pretty proud of the progress I'm making to get to that point.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Progress

This past Thursday marked my 1 month completion of boot camp, also known as Measurement Day! Sadly, it went exactly how I thought it would. Absolutely no changes in the shape of my body and only a pound (less) of a difference. Granted, I'm not especially trying to lose weight, but I had hoped for a more sculpted look by now. My trainer was equally disappointed and will be measuring my Body Mass Index tomorrow and go by that instead, due to my current leanness.

Of course, I know quite well that the lack of change is due to the lack of change of diet until this week. I'm fairly proud of myself, I must say! I cooked from scratch a few nights and the times I went out to eat, I decided to go the vegetarian route just to be on the safe side. Needless to say, there's been a LOT of fruit and veggies and much less meat than I'm used to. But I feel pretty good! I don't plan to go vegetarian--I actually had a deliciously cooked tilapia tonight, courtesy of my boyfriend. I think being more aware of where my food comes from and what it is that I'm eating is going to make a huge difference.

So long as I got a cute hiney by swimsuit season, it's all good!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Chowin' Down

My main goal this week: tackle my warped sense of healthy eating! After a mini-trek to Atlanta this weekend and eating that which I shall list below (and I'm INCREDIBLY embarrassed about), I've decided it's time to be much more conscious of what it is that I'm putting into my body. It's nice to think that I'm doing alright with what I'm eating but it will do me no good if it's all make believe! After one month of hardcore ass-kicking workouts and hardly any change in the way I look (with the exception of that baby bicep), it's obvious that I'm a cheater.

This past weekend I ate:
Chik-Fil-A breakfast chicken sandwich, tots, and coke
Zaxby's chicken fingers (can't believe they call it chicken), fries, slaw, texas toast, unsweet tea
Veggie Slice of Pizza
2 Strongbow pints
3 PBRs
Salt & Vinegar potato chips
....and that was all on Friday.
Breakfast burrito with eggs, salsa verde, potatoes, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and soysage (yes, soysage)
Hardee's mini-thickburger, fries, and peach tea
Dynamite sushi roll
....not AS terrible as the day before, but still--yikes.
Pancakes with syrup
Doritos Chili Nacho Chips & Root beer
Chicken & yellow rice with vegetables
Ice cream cake
....Still not the best way to round out the weekend.

I knew that Friday was quite possibly one of my worst days for eating in quite some time, but I feel like putting the whole weekend in writing and in front of my face is the only way for me to see the light.

So, this week, I've shopped for food which I shall cook myself. No more alcohol Sunday through Thursday. And until this is all a habit, I'm writing every little stupid thing down.

Bootcamp was cancelled this morning but it does resume tomorrow and I know that I will pay.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Workin' It

At the onset of March (now, almost the onset of April), I realized that bikini season was right around the corner. Not only have I got a few ripples to smooth out in the thigh region, I've also got a few mental ripples in need of smoothing out. The gym I sometimes went to for so many years is now sadly, out of my way which did not make things any easier when I decided I wanted to make a few changes.

I searched my new neighborhood and found an excellent gym in my area offering a monthly boot camp program. The sessions are four (sometimes 5) mornings a week consisting of work-outs no longer than 45 minutes at a time. I definitely get an ass-kicking, but not so much that I can't function at work the rest of the day. Perhaps it was having to drop some dollars (previously, I paid nothing to work out), or perhaps it was the feel-good endorphins that got pumped through my brain and the sense of accomplishment I got after each workout. But I know I'll be going back next month to do it all over again. I am seeing myself do things I had practically given up on--running a mile, seeing my biceps, push-ups (NOT the girl kind). It's a pretty good feeling.

Exercising has also gotten me thinking a little differently about my diet as well. Growing up in a southern Italian family, it was all fried chicken, pizza, pasta, and a variety of smothered dishes. While I know I can't give up completely some of these that seem like home to me, I know I can change up a lot of what I take in to make things better inside and out. I somehow scored a free subscription to SELF magazine and steal my boss' left-over issues of body + soul, and Natural Health which all have fun work-outs and recipes. I've also scored a copy of Skinny Bitch for my pre-bedtime reading. I don't know that I'll be able to go vegan or even straight vegetarian any time soon, but it definitely puts into perspective everything that I've been putting into my body all these years and gets me thinking about changes I'd like to make.

If I can make this a habit, which I'd ultimately like to do, I'll consider updating regularly on my progress. We shall see!

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Glorious Monday

After watching Zombieland over the weekend and learning that the #1 Rule to survival should zombies ever attack was good cardio, I attempted to run around the block. I made it almost to the halfway point. Believe it or not, this is progress. Sadly, this is not good enough and should zombies ever show up, I'll be one of the first to go. More attempts to come soon. For now, I'm trying to catch cold and running with lungs full of phlegm was never a strong suit of mine...OK, running with good clean lungs has also never been a strong suit of mine. Thus, I'm thinking the rest of the day should be devoted to relaxation.

I've got my cup of spiced chai tea. I've got chicken n' dumplins thawing on the stove (gotta love Nana's leftovers). The latest issue of Natural Health magazine by my side, and should I get bored, Stephen King's It is my backup. I may plan for a bike ride later this evening since the weather is finally getting near decent for Florida winter.

But for now, I shall lounge on my chaise and choose between reading and the many daytime TV marathons (Supernatural? Law & Order?) while indulging in comfort food. I love love LOVE these rare days!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Everything Will Fall Right Into Place

So I'm 90% settled. Can I just say I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE having my own space? I feel like a kid on Christmas when it comes down to it, but man I love it! Prior to last weekend, I'd spent the last 5 years of my life confined to two rooms (one of which I rarely entered). My bedroom was my dining room, living room, study, and place to relax. Having a separate room for these activities now is so exciting to me!

Life in general has just become so much more amazing over the past two months. I landed what appears to be my dream job with the most amazing organization. My levels of anxiety have become nearly non-existent. I'm setting goals to better myself physically and mentally (www.wholeliving.com/action-plan). I just seem to be viewing life in a completely different (and amazingly positive) sort of way.

I hope I can enjoy this natural high for a long time to come.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Nitty Gritty

That's what I'm down to and I just don't feel like doing any more! Last night, I thought it was a better idea to go to bed early and wake up early to finish packing the last of it. Upon hearing the alarm this morning (which I'd PURPOSELY placed across the room so I'd have to get out of bed to turn it off), I realized how wrong I was.

I really cannot wait to be into my new place this weekend but MAN this reminds me that I absolutely despise moving. I realize now why in the past, I just threw everything into bags and went. While that makes the UNpacking part absolutely suck, my current organized process of packing is really getting on my nerves. Can't my stuff just magically pack, transport, and unpack it self? That'd be great.

Oh well, by Sunday, I'll be 90% unpacked and comfortable (the other 10% will come when the last of my furniture arrives by the 11th). I refuse to drag this out any longer than that! It's time to call my new place home!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oy!

Does anyone want to pack for me? I can't seem to stay focused. It's funny, at work all I think about is the things I need to pack when I get home and I absolutely cannot concentrate on the task at hand. As soon as I clock out for the day and head home to get everything done I've obsesssed about ALL DAY, I can't remember anything that I wanted to do. I swear, at 2PM I had a plan for how I was going to get all of this done quickly! At 7:00 PM, I'm trying to find anything else to do while praying that the boxes magically fill themselves.

Yikes!

This is my last week before being fully moved in to my new place. You would think it'd be easy since I'm ordering all new furniture so I only have to move small stuff, but I swear it's more difficult!

Ok, back to it. Here I go!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

On the Move

I suppose it's been awhile! I've got to get back in the habit of this thing.

In the news:
Today I signed the lease for my first apartment. I'm going to be a big girl! It was a bit nerve wrecking thanks to some hardcore competition, but I won the landlord over with my sweet awesomeness. I've spent the evening searching for furniture online and I just can't make a decision! I'm going to need some help. I can start moving in tomorrow if I want. Really, I need to find things for people to sit on though. Currently, I've only got my bed and an old chair. Thus, moving might be a bit of a slower process.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I'm super proud of myself!! This past year has been a very interesting one for me when it comes to personal growth and learning who I want to be "when I grow up". Things are really starting to come together quite nicely and I hope I can keep riding this high forever.