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It hasn’t been that long….but, it feels like it!!

This has been a crazy weekend, starting with our winter trip to the zoo. Before you have me committed, let me explain!!! There was a really nice giraffe lady that told us to come in the winter because many of the animals are more active and vocal during the cold months. So…we decided to brave the cold….and it was WORTH it!! Not only did we learn that our (<–yes we’ve staked claim) giraffe has finally become pregnant, but holy crap the animals were relishing the cold weather. The lions were playing…and growling like crazy, the elusive red panda was playing in the snow, oh and we learned the zoo has a Starbucks. It was fantastic! Not to mention…no one goes to the zoo when it’s cold so we practically had the place to ourselves. 🙂 We learned the birds created this beautiful 200lb nest in the atrium, which we’ll be posting pictures of, and when the cold became too much there were plenty of indoor exhibits to warm up in. 🙂 By far, it was one of my favorite trips to the zoo.

Aside from that, we also had my sister’s birthday and birthday party. Talk about chaos….*groan*. Currently, we are working on science fair projects…right before bed time. -.-

I failed slacked on my eating and workout plan. BUT!!! Tomorrow is a new day and we’ll be right on track again. Early morning run down will go as follows: 5am alarm, 15-20 min of yoga, 1mile run, 1st day of Insanity, then of course…..breakfast!!!! Oh..did I forget to mention my brother put Insanity on my phone so we could transfer it to the computer…? I will start it tomorrow, and I’m taking weekly photos that I may or may not post on here. Eff it….we’ve all been there right? By this time next year…the goal is to be the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life! Fit and strong…not skinny fat, not underweight, not starving.

I make it a point to let you know when I screw up as well as when I’m doing well, so that you know you’re not alone. The key idea is to stay positive and never give up. So you ate that extra slice of pizza….evaluate, learn, and keep going!

Hopefully everyone is having a great weekend!!!

–T

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My Little Demons :D

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We are missing one child in this shoot, because…..she’s grounded for life. She was doing large amounts of missed homework during this time. But, D takes amazing photos and I had to share some of the babies with you!!

 

–T

Falling off the Bandwagon???

Well, get back on that proverbial bandwagon….don’t just lay there in the dust!! Don’t beat yourself up either, it’s ok to slip up. Your training yourself to become healthier and it doesn’t happen over night. Just take a deep breath and grab some water….start again. I would say start over, but that sounds so dooming and technically you are not starting over! You’re still going. 😀

Let me share yesterday’s experience with you….

Once upon a time….wait…wrong kind of story. My bad.

I woke up ohhhh, about an hour late!! Rushed to grab a quick breakfast, throw on clothes, and run into the out the door. I made it to school ten minutes late, realizing I forgot a lunch and snacks. *doh* Since I’m in school from 7 am to 3 pm, this was my biggest mistake of the day! By the time I finally got home my tummy hated me….I ate candy, cookies, an apple and two helpings of dinner. Feeling guilty and bloated, I didn’t even work out. -.-

Buuuut, today is a new day and I had the breakfast of champions!!! My water is ready….and as soon as the kids hop on the bus, p90x yoga will be kicking my ass. I’ll do an extra session of working out this evening and call it a day. My rest day for the week turned into yesterday so I’ll be working straight through the weekend. Improvising is my best friend.

Next time you feel like you’ve slipped, don’t let it be permanent!!! Drink lots of water to flush out your system, and make better choices from then on. Never give up. 🙂

Until next time

–T

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Of course there’s tons more!! I just didn’t have time to nit pick through them all 🙂

–T

Progress already!?!?!

Obviously, when you start working out, after a few sessions YOU can notice progress. Like, when you can wake up in the morning with out exhaustion, or it’s a little easier each time to do those lunges, OR you just feel a million times better all around. Being my third week of training myself…I never thought other people would start noticing differences! D says to me the other day…..your sides are way smaller…..me: REALLY! 😀 Thanks babe…….D: And your stomach….Me: 😀 <–super cheesy grin, no words needed. So I am doing something right after all! Oddly enough, because she seen those small results, it makes me want to push harder! If within three weeks she can really see differences…imagine what I would’ve had if I had done that extra something. 😛 I should’ve taken before and after photos….:( But, I suck. Sorry.

I just had to share my joy!!! 🙂 Now it’s time for my 30 minute interval run….ai-ai-aiyyy.

–T
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Date Day!

One of the most important things in a relationship is dating! Life can get so busy to the point where romance is neglegted. Trust me I know!! D and I have four kids, she works full time, I go to school full time on top of looking for a job, and I’m working out every single day. (uh…except rest days of course :D) Add in taking care of the house, cooking, and homwork….it’s like the day flies by in an instant. We’ve started having date days as a way to stay connected to eachother and give us a break from life! Oh, you may have noticed I said date “days” instead of date “nights”. Well, that’s because we use a whole free day to spend with eachother!! Yesterday we woke up and got ready to head out….without a real plan. HAHA! We ended up stopping at a couple of stores and shopping for the house. I know you “guys” probably wouldn’t find this entertaining, but we had a blast!! I did cheat a bit and had a skinny vanilla latte……..soooooo delish…….but, we wanted to have a free fun day. D found herself a new pair of work shoes that are to die for. Her other ones had holes straight through the soles! Lol. The best part of the whole day is we finally found a new dishware set that we both completely love. It’s just clear glass, no patterns or anything, and it was on sale. JACKPOT!!! The original plan was to head to dinner….but D cooked for me instead, which turned out way better than any resturaunt. She grilled filet mignon, roasted redskin potatos, and steamed some green beans. She was so cute all day, it was good to laugh with her and just hang out without the concerns of day to day life. Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was on to something BIG! 🙂 It was absolutely my favorite day of the year. We even continues through the night by snugging up to a movie….she’s my favorite person in the whole world. 🙂

I strongly suggest setting date DAYS to stay connected with your significant other. It doesn’t have to be a huge deal, but make it something fun and light.

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Look at that nummy-ness!!! I had more green beans….but I ate them before I remembered to take a picture!

 

What are you doing to keep your realationships strong???

–T.

Sign me up!!!

Somewhere on the web is an actual recipe from The Biggest Loser. But, I changed mine just a tad. (Biggest Loser Recipe–>>http://www.biggest-loser-recipes.com/chicken-cordon-bleu.html)

All you need is:

As many boneless skinless chicken breasts as you want 🙂

Your favorite healthy seasonings (I love pepper and garlic with onion herbs)

Low-fat (or fresh) Mozzarella slices (or chunks) ,<–Swiss is actually the “correct” cheese…My family doesn’t care for it so I use mozzarella

Low sodium Canadian bacon

Directions:

Make sure all the fat is trimmed off the chicken and butterfly each breast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqjfQP3Mp2k)

Season to taste and grill (I left mine a little juicy so it didn’t dry out in the oven)

Put one slice of ham, and 1/2 slice of mozzarella on one side of each breast and fold

Once they’re all cooked and prepped with cheese and ham, cover pan with tin foil and pop it in the oven at 350 deg for 10-15 minutes. (depending on your oven)

I think this would go really well with a baked sweet potato and steamed asparagus! They’re so tasty and even better the next day according to the wife. 😉

Again, I don’t know calories….I really don’t count my own calories, I just make a conscious effort to eat healthy and listen to my body. 🙂 If I count calories…I become the Hitler of calorie intake. (we know how that would end, EEK!)

What are you guys trying??

-T

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Step Off that Scale!!!

For those of you who are trying to lose weight, do you catch yourself running to the  scale often?

…….STOP!!! The cardinal rule is to only weigh in once a week to track progress. When you are working out and building muscle….sometimes those numbers don’t drop like they’re expected too. Do NOT get discouraged…you are gaining muscle weight while you work out. On top of noting your start weight, you should be measuring key areas of your body, along with body fat percentage. With body fat…unless you have a scale that tells you all the fancy stuff, you would need calipers. Or go to a gym and have them do it for you. 😀 If those numbers aren’t changing then…you need to rethink your workouts and eating plan. But, if they are changing and the scale’s not….you’re doing fine!!!

(Here’s an explanation on how to measure your body with a tape measure.)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/267099-how-to-measure-body-parts/

The only reason I bring this up today is because I caught myself hopping on the scale every morning. (Old habits die-hard) As my brain started doing that thing it does….you know over working, thinking too much, becoming paranoid…..I had to reality check myself! I’m not even trying to lose weight! Goals are different for me these days….muscle, strength, flexibility, stamina, health…..not skinny, size zero, sickly, and bony. So trust me when I tell you, I know how easy it can be to slip from reality. You just have to remind yourself of what you’re doing this for!!! Stay positive, write down your goals, and every once in a while reality check yourself! Find someone who will motivate and push you in the right direction.

Things to remember: 1lb of fat takes up more space than 1lb of muscle, but 1lb of muscle weighs more than 1lb of fat.

I believe in you, and so should you 🙂

–T

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*Disclaimer*

I don’t know if that’s the right title for this, but I felt like I should share a little bit of my history with you. Reading my blog, I probably sound like some tree hugging, yoga loving, nutritional nut job….well I am. HAH! But, it hasn’t always been the case. It took a long time for me to get to the emotional place I am at now, and I had a lot of help along the way. My wife was my number one fan and contributor to getting me on a healthy track. She saved me in so many ways, I’m not sure she even realizes it. I’ll try to put this all in a nutshell so you don’t have a 3 page load of nonsense.

In high school/middle school years, I struggled with my body image.( You know those awkward teenage years where things aren’t really growing in to each other, and other things are….well just plain awkward.) Living in a home that placed high value on size “skinny”, I started skipping a few meals here and there. We all know where that leads. Having kids only worsened my self-esteem. I HATED my body and I didn’t have the courage, willpower, drive, or whatever word you want to use, to do something about it.

In 2007, I joined the military. You want to talk about working on fitness….holy cow!!! Oh, and they make you eat in training. Slowly I was feeling better about myself, but not nearly where I should’ve been. (Looking back at pictures, I go holy hell look at that booottyyy!!) Once I got to the part where I could workout and eat whenever I wanted….I stopped…doing both for the most part. I kept running for a while, but it does no good when you’re suffering nutritionally.

Then I met my beautiful, loving, crazy wife. She made me happy….I still struggled with my image and eating, though. By the end of the first year she started realizing I was only eating with her. (oops) I had gotten down to 115-118lbs at 5’3″, with absolutely no muscle strength. I was “skinny fat”. Actually, I looked pretty disgusting. Let me tell you how bad I felt all the time too!!! I was tired, grouchy, lethargic, bored, moody, depressed….I had a hard time focusing at work and balancing my family life. D was a persistent woman though, she was always encouraging me and telling me I was beautiful. We had so many talks about self-esteem, food, and the list goes on. I cannot tell you at what point I decided to believe her, but I did and ohhh boy did I start eating.

I still wasn’t eating healthy, I was just eating….whatever I wanted….everything I wanted!! Because I knew no matter what D would always be there, and I started believing that the only opinion that truly mattered was my own. Both of those things are so very true….but, I started putting on weight…like the bad kind. I got up to almost 140lb, which is by no means heavy or fat! But, when you’re not working out or eating the right kind of foods, the weight is just pure fat. I started to get that feeling again….panic….clothes weren’t fitting, I jiggled, I didn’t have much more energy than before…..then I told myself to shut up. Remember those two things I realized? Yeah, they still applied!!! So I decided to work on my eating habits and my fitness habits….and here we are today. I’m 134.4lbs (give or take), some of my jiggle is more of a bounce now hahaha, and I feel great!!! Every day I get stronger and stronger…..I’m rarely tired or lethargic…..I no longer try to be “skinny” (or twiggy, whatever you wanna call it)….I try to be fit, strong, healthy, a good mama, and a good wife. My family keeps me going, and I should keep going for them! Besides….what would they do with out me ;).

Every person has their own struggles, so don’t get discouraged!!! The only person who can make positive changes in your life is YOU, and you have to want it for the right reasons. 🙂

 

Until next time

-T

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A little Inspiration

It’s a school day so here’s a quick post for you. 😉

Stay motivated!!!

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