1 Month Down, 2 To Go!

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So as of yesterday, I am 4 weeks into my goal and two months away from summer.

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Enter the Bikini Series! The Bikini Series is an annual challenge put on by the ladies who run Tone It Up.  It is being promoted for you to have the chance to get into the best shape of your life. HA! I am already ahead of the curve as I started my challenge 4 weeks ago. This seems like a great motivating tool and I am sure I can benefit from tips and tricks, new recipes, workouts, and encouragement from others to keep going. Click here to see what I am talking about!

A quick recap of what’s going on in my three P’s (personal, physical, professional) since the last post:

Personal –

I am looking for a place of worship that’s non-judgmental and non-denominational. I put in my GPS, searched for it on Google map, and even mapquested (is mapquested even a word?) and I coming up empty. No worries I will find one. I have faith. I have all of the faiths.

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Physical –

Duh! You know this one. Here is another tidbit – I am in my third week on Insanity. YAY! And I am getting that itch to run a half or a full marathon. I think there is still time to sign up for the Goofy Challenge 2015 – 39.3 miles in one weekend.  I have done it in the past and would like to beat my previous record.  No matter what I am definitely signing up for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend 2015.  Registration opens in July and I am ready!

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Professional –

Great things are happening at The Naked Bar! My little soap company is strongly and steadily on its way to becoming a Fortune 500 company. I will have more details on this very, very soon! In the meantime click here to read our blog but definitely click here to order our wonderful natural, handmade, paraben-free, sulfate-free, chemical-free bath and body products. You will love it! Was that a shameless plug? YEAH!

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Eucalyptus Mint Salt Bar – made with sea salt, coconut oil, Shea & cocoa butters, and coconut milk. You know you want it!

That’s all for know! I feel great and I am getting there.

Leaning Out

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3 weeks into my health challenge and I am feeling great! I have been run/walking 6 miles 3-4 times a week. Last week I recently started the Insanity program again. Again? Yes, again! I have done Insanity in the past and did not complete it the first time. I was only 8 workouts away from finishing it. The reason I stopped was because I was cheating myself into believing I can do Insanity and eat whatever I want. Although I did not gain weight, I maintained and this was not my goal when I did Insanity the first time around. My goal was to lean out, build more muscle tone, and be fitter.  This time around I am incorporating better eating habits and making the time and commitment to focus on what I want the outcome of my challenge to be.  There are a couple of things I am following to help me out. This advice was given to me by a great friend who happens to be a fitness fanatic, a yoga enthusiast, an avid runner, and an OB/GYN.

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  1. Finish my last meal by 7:30 p.m. (or 2-3 hours before going to sleep). If hungry, drink unsweetened hot green tea (great for the antioxidants) or water.
  2. Go at least 12 hours from your last meal to your first meal in the morning even if exercising.
  3. Limit my carb intake to low glycemic carbs (sweet potatoes) and eat those right after cardio (your body burns fuel for the first two hours) or early in the day.
  4. Replace one meal (breakfast or lunch) with a protein shake. She recommends Dymatize Elite – Chocolate mint  and mix it with almond milk.  (I am not fan of protein shakes and I hate chocolate mint but I will be purchasing it this week (a different flavor)  and give you my opinion)
  5. Dinner should consist ONLY of protein and veggies. No carbs, especially starch. She advised me to take in zero carbs after 4 p.m.
  6. Do weekly weight-bearing activity. The Nike app is great for this!
  7. Hydrate to flush your fat loss and support your metabolism.

Yoga. Ugh, I am almost there. I just need to take the first step or in this case the first stretch. I have tried yoga in the past but have never given it a full effort. I read the benefits of what it does and this is why it intrigues me to give it a full-on chance but I find yoga to be more exhausting than running. Holding a position for so many seconds is not for the faint of heart. If anyone tells you yoga is easy there is 99% chance they are not doing it right.

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Gym (YMCA). Have not visited this fairy tale place that automatically withdraws my money on the 15th of every month. They have kept up their promise in debiting my account so I should keep my promise to make it worth their while.

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Remember I not a physician so consult yours before you begin any physical challenges.

If you are taking a health challenge to better yourself, I hope this helps. They say fitness consists of 80% diet, 10% exercise, and 10% genetics. I have one of out the three but I am getting there.

P.S. Are you a fan of protein bars? I am not but I have finally found a company that makes great protein bars. Naturally 4 You Protein Bars and Spreads are THE BEST!!!!! Check out their Facebook page here to see all the great stuff they provide with no preservatives or artificial flavorings! I DIE every time I have one.

Middle of the Month Update

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How’s my challenge going? IT IS GOING! Somewhere. I think.

Seriously, I have been doing well on it! I slipped on Monday by having a piece of meatloaf but other than that I have been committed to my no-meat stance for 90 days (that piece of meatloaf just added another day to the challenge). I have been running although no yoga yet. I have been working out consistently although not at the Y. But I am getting there. I am scheduled to take a spin class with my friend tonight. Scheduled being the operative word.

The point of my challenge is and always has been for me to take a better initiative towards my health. I don’t need to lose weight and I am not aiming for that. I am trying to tone up and lean out because I want to be strong with a bit more muscle definition.

Just wanted to take some time to give an update to all three of my followers. I know you have missed me. Work has taken a bulk of my time (click here), family has taken another chunk, and Bravo reality shows have taken a slice (don’t judge me)!

Anyhoo, I am getting there!!

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Day 7

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It has been a week and I am keeping my end of the bargain (although I am the only one who is in on this deal) of this 90 day challenge!

A review of the first week:

Meat – didn’t eat it.

Exercise – I did it!

Yoga – zip

YMCA – zip

Overall grade – C+/B-

This week I am focusing on taking 2 spin classes at the Y and I even roped a friend to join me.  Tomorrow I scheduled myself to do yoga at 9:30 a.m. Last, I planned out my meals for the week so I am one step ahead of the game.

I wanted to tell you I am doing a smoothie challenge for the month of April. Check it out here. I’ll let you know what I think at the end of the week.

Also, this morning I ran 2 miles at 10:15 a mile. Go ME!! I am getting there.

Have a great day!!

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Nominated And It Feels So Good!

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(when reading the title of this post please sing it to the tune of Reunited by Peaches & Herb)

 

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YAY!! I was just nominated for a Liebster Award by the lovely Jen from The Haute Mommy Handbook! I love, love, love, love, love her blog! It is informative, interesting, quick, and trendsetting. Check her out!!

The Liebster Award recognizes bloggers who have less than 500 followers (hell – I have less than 100; maybe less than 50 but definitely more than 28).

Here are the questions Jen posted for me to answer:

1.If you could go back to any age for a week, which would it be and why?

I would go back to 21. Old enough to have responsibilities and young enough to have someone else take care of them for me.

2. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done with your friends?

On the advice of counsel, I respectfully invoke my right to remain silent and will decline any questions surrounding the circumstances of the craziest thing I’ve ever done with my friends.

3. What was the last movie you watched?

Frozen

4. What is the most interesting food you’ve ever eaten?

Interesting as in good – I can’t remember. Interesting as in bad – the fruit sushi I had last week that tasted like complete ____  (you can fill in the blank; any synonym for $hit will do).

5. Do you prefer autumn or summer?

Autumn

6. What song is currently stuck in your head?

Happy by Pharell and Let It Go on the Frozen soundtrack. I don’t know if I should be happy to let it go or let it go and be happy.

7. What do you do after a stressful day?

On the advice of counsel, I respectfully invoke my right to remain silent and will decline any questions surrounding the circumstances of what I do after a stressful day.

Here are my nominees:

P.S KeePSeeking

Skin – Eczema 

(the blogs I follow seem to have over 500 followers – good for them!)

Should you choose to accept this award:

Thank the blogger that nominated you
Answer the questions you were given
Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 500 followers
Tag your nominees and post on their blog

Here are my questions:

1.  What was your favorite television show when you were a kid?

2. The song you associate with your high school years.

3. What would you be doing instead of your current career/job?

4. Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

Congratulations to the nominees! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

National Walking Day

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Today is National Walking Day and my butt walked 5 miles!

I had a great, healthy eating day. Yeah, I had pizza; so what? It was vegetarian.

Day 2 of the challenge and I’m rocking!

(inner voice): Calm down chick. It’s only day 2.

(outer voice): Shut the phuck up!

Day 1 and not an April’s Fool

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YAY!!! I rocked it! I totally kicked ass (even though it was my own) on the first day of my challenge. I ran 3 miles at 11 minutes a mile. This is great because I usually run a 10-minute mile (on a good day, 9:50 a mile; on a great day – which means I am probably, totally drugged up, 9:30 a mile). I know that for me the hardest step and day of any challenge is starting. If I could just start I know I can get into a rhythm. All I need is to take that first step which means putting on my workout clothes, getting out of my house, stepping into the gym, finding the path to run, and then doing putting one foot in front of the other and going for it. That is a long ass first step. That first step is more like five steps – no wonder it takes me forever to start; by the time I start I am on step 6. I am exhausted.

I am getting there!

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