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New Year’s Eve 2012

Good morning and Happy New Year’s Eve!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.39 miles treadmill

I started my morning out at the gym. My gym didn’t have any fitness classes today, so I just ran on the treadmill.

I alternated between walking for one minute at 4.0 mph and running at 7.1 mph for one minute. I know the 7.1 is weird, but the .1 makes me feel faster :)

I can’t believe that it’s the end of 2012 already! I thought I would highlight some of my favorite times.

Some of my favorite things from 2012:

  • Danny and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary.
  • I ran the Dash and Dine 5k with my family. I ran 3.1 miles and then ate the grossest bread pudding as fast as I could. (April 21)
  • I joined a Spring weight loss challenge and came in first place! I lost 22 pounds and 12.8% of my body weight. (June 8th)

  • I went on to join The Biggest Loser at my gym and lost another 11 pounds. (I lost 30 pounds total because I gained a few pounds back after the spring weight loss challenge). At the conclusion on the Biggest Loser, I ran my fastest 5k.

  • We had a random pirate night, an Amazing Race game, and an awesome Halloween party.

  • I received my first 5k medal, and was very excited!

  • I won fitness bingo and won a free three-month gym membership.

2012 was a really great year, and I hope to make 2013 even better!

We usually do the same thing every New Year’s Eve – go out to dinner with my family and then go to my dad’s house to ring in the new year. Last year, we dressed fancy and went to Olive Garden. This year we’re going to a nearby Mexican restaurant. I am very excited because I love Mexican food.

We’re also having a New Year’s hat contest at my dad and stepmom’s house this year. Every year, my dad buys us all New Years hats, but this year we’re having a contest to see who can come up with the best hat! Top secret until tonight!

We also started a time capsule a few years back. Tonight, we’ll open it, look at the stuff we’ve put in the past few years, and then add new stuff.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!

Questions of the day:

  • What were your best moments of 2012?
  • Any plans for tonight?
  • Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions?

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Grilled Veggie Wraps and Weight Loss Progress

Yesterday’s Dinner

Last night for dinner, I made grilled veggie wraps.

Using a grill pan on the stove, I grilled red and green peppers, red onions, carrots, and zucchini with a little bit of olive oil.

I used a multigrain tortilla spread with a bit of garlic hummus. I added my veggies on top and rolled it up. It ended up being too many veggies for one tortilla, so I used another one. Each tortilla is only 60 calories, so it didn’t really break the calorie bank.

Delicious! Next time, I think I’ll add a bit of feta cheese.

After dinner, we decided to hit up Yogli Mogli for some frozen yogurt.

I am back on track with healthy eating, so I made sure that fro-yo fit into my daily calorie count. I don’t think it’s “bad” to have a treat everyday, I just make sure that I’m not going over my calories by having a treat.

I usually estimate the calories in my fro-yo because I’m still not sure how to figure out the calorie count of the toppings – ummm…a spoonful of chocolate chips, a dash of graham cracker crumbs, strawberry slices, boba balls, three cheesecake bites, and a squirt of chocolate sauce. (my fro-yo toppings are all over the place).

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump
  • 1.25 miles walk outside with the kids (aka – a slow walk)

I didn’t go to BodyPump on Monday, so it was nice to get back to it today. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Danny was soooo sore from going to BodyPump on Friday. He could hardly walk all weekend. It was slightly humorous to watch him so up the stairs. But I feel his pain, so I only laughed in my head.

Today’s Breakfast

Weight Loss

I thought that I would share a before and after pic of my weight loss so far.

Not the best pictures, but you get the idea.

I will take my next picture at the final weigh-in of the Biggest Loser in September.

Questions of the day:

  • What’s your favorite way to eat veggies?
  • Do you like hummus?
  • Any big plans for the day?

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What’s Next

We got a new cat. I named her McKitty.

Just kidding. That’s just my niece. But isn’t she adorable? I forgot how hard it is having a baby around. She likes to be sneaky and get into everything. She likes rearranging Jaden’s Skylander collection the best.

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A few people have asked me about what I plan to do next after losing 22 pounds. I still have about 10-12 pounds that I would like to lose to be at a weight where I feel comfortable. It’s a weight that I have been before, so I know that I’m not striving for a weight that isn’t ideal for my body. I plan to stick to writing down what I eat and counting calories.

I am debating joining the Biggest Loser contest at my gym. I really like the contest because you meet three times a week to workout with an optional 5k training workout. There are also nutrition seminars and monthly weigh-ins. I’m a little bit nervous about reverting back to old eating habits, and I feel like this contest would help me feel like I was on the right track.

I don’t thinking winning the contest would be in the cards because I don’t feel like I have enough weight to lose; I would just participate to help keep myself accountable. On the other hand, it would cost me $225. I don’t know if it’s worth $225 to lose 10 pounds that I could probably lose on my own. I think I am going to take this next week and half to see how I do, and if I’m having a hard time, then I’ll join.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

The new BodyPump releases is hard. There are so many push-ups that my arms feel like jelly by the time we’re done. Danny has next week off, and I’m going to see if I can get him to go with me on Monday to BodyPump.

My weight-loss teacher gave me a bracelet for winning the contest last night. I think it was a great gift because I plan on wearing it to remind of how hard I worked to lose weight and how I want to keep it off. So, if I’m reaching for a fourth cookie, I’ll see the bracelet and think, hmmm do I really need this cookie? Probably not. I should maybe say that after the first or second cookie actually.

We have some fun plans next week – we’re going to take the kids to Wisconsin Dells for a few days. Which means that I have to do something that I hate – buy a bathing suit. I don’t care if I’m 22 pounds less, I hate bathing suits no matter what. I bought a tankini last year when we went on vacation to Florida, and for some reason the top is missing. I have the bottoms, but the top is just gone. I looked everywhere for it, and trust me, I looked good because I don’t want go bathing suit shopping again. But now I have to. Sigh.

Questions of the day:

  • Would you try to lose the last 10 pounds yourself or join the contest?
  • Do you like shopping for bathing suits?
  • Any vacations planned for this summer?

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Spring Weight Loss Challenge Review

I did it! I came in first place in my Spring Weight Loss Challenge. In ten weeks, I lost 22 pounds, 14 inches, and 12.8% of my body weight. It was super hard work, but I feel really good. I lost 5 pounds this week alone. I was so excited that I lost 22 pounds that I didn’t even think about the prize money. Danny asked me how much it would be, and I told him that I totally forgot about it! (They will mail a check to me in the next few weeks).

Before and After (week 1 and week 10):

The reason I did this challenge was to lose the weight, not for the money. The money was a nice perk but it wasn’t my motivation. My clothes didn’t fit, I couldn’t run as good anymore, and I just wasn’t comfortable in my body. That was my motivation – to feel and look better.

After the class, the teacher actually approached me about getting a job as a weight loss coach because she thought that I did so good on the program. However, after a little research, I don’t think it’s exactly along the lines of what I want to do simply because I would be employed by Herbalife (see more below) and that would mean selling products and there would possibly be a start-up fee.

My Spring Weight Loss Challenge Review

Pros:

  • Weekly weigh-ins in front of another person helped me feel accountable.
  • Group support – the other women in class and coaches were very nice and a fun group.
  • Weekly meeting with information such as why exercise is important, how much protein you should eat, how to prevent heart disease, the benefits of fiber, etc.

Cons:

  • This weight loss challenge is sponsored by Herbalife, not the park district as advertised
  • Every class contained an Herbalife “commercial” as to why we should buy Herbalife products
  • Besides being given a daily calorie count, there wasn’t much guidance on how to actually lose the weight besides sticking to your calorie count.
  • I felt my daily calorie count was too low (1136 calories daily) and I adjusted mine to what I thought worked better for me (between 1200 and 1400).
  • Not enough focus on exercise. We discussed it, but didn’t actually do it.

I have mixed feelings about this weight loss challenge. Obviously, this challenge worked for me because I lost 22 pounds and came in first place, but I don’t exactly think that it was a very good challenge.

First, this challenge is listed in the park district brochure only as “Spring Weight Loss Challenge”. What they don’t tell you is that this challenge isn’t sponsored by the park district, and the exact same challenge is listed in many, many other town’s park district’s brochures. The weight-loss challenge is sponsored by the company Herbalife, which you aren’t told going into the challenge.

Your teacher for the weight loss class is a “wellness coach”, not a nutritionist, registered dietician, or a personal trainer. She is a Herbalife employee.

I googled more about this challenge, and found reviews by tons of people who were upset by the fact they weren’t told that this was sponsored by Herbalife before signing up for the challenge. Also, that their teacher constantly pushed the Herbalife products on them to buy.

In my experience, the teacher did not once make us feel like we had to buy Herbalife products, but they were mentioned in very single class, and every class had some kind of Herbalife product for us to try – soy nuts, tea, protein bars, even lotion. At the first class, we were given an Herbalife catalog and were told how important their protein drinks were. But the teacher never really pushed us to buy them; it was more like a giant Herbalife commercial.

Each class, we went over a worksheet that we were emailed prior to the class. The topics included: fiber, heart disease, portion control, exercise, sugar, etc. All worksheets were directly from Herbalife or from a website like Sparkpeople.com. The teacher basically read from the worksheet during class and sometimes there was a little quiz.

Here’s why I did so good – everything on those worksheets I knew prior to doing this weight loss challenge. I know what to eat before and after I workout, I know how big portions are, I know that having muscle burns calories faster, I know how many calories that I should eat a day, I know the importance of fiber, etc. My problem was that I chose to ignore all that, and just eat what I wanted to.

But once I was being held accountable for my weight each week, I ate healthy and exercised, and that’s how I lost the weight. Simply, you need to burn off more calories that you take in. Since, I knew how to lose weight prior to the class, I believe that why’s I was successful. What also worked for me was writing down everything that I ate and tracking the calories. I didn’t always do this on the weekends, and I still struggle with my weekend eating.

I would not recommend this weight loss challenge to people who are new to weight loss or have a lot of weight to lose. As I mentioned before, the teacher is an Herbalife Wellness Coach, not a nutritionist or personal trainer. I don’t feel like much guidance was given in this class. (At the same time, I also didn’t reach out for guidance. I could have, but felt I didn’t need it). After the first class, we were emailed our daily calorie counts, and then we went over worksheets each week. That’s it. If I’m learning that sugar is bad in week 8 then how would that help me lose weight when I’m already 8 weeks into the program?

Also, I kind of freaked out after the first class when I was told that my daily calorie count should be 1136 calories a day. I workout 5-6 days a week for 1-2 hours, there’s no way that 1136 calories was going to cut it for me. Instead, I emailed the wonderful Allie of The Picky Eating RD, and she helped me figure out a more reasonable calorie count.

All that being said, I did lose weight on this program, I just think you have to know what to do going into it. And the people I meet were very nice and supportive of each other.

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How Bad Do You Want It?

Well, I gained one pound at my weigh-in last night. Sigh.

I wasn’t as upset as I thought I’d be though. I mean, I wasn’t happy, of course, but I’ve been losing weight for eight straight weeks, so one bad week isn’t going to break me.

I also figure that’s it’s my own fault. I know that I ate a lot over Memorial Day weekend – s’mores, cookies, spice drops, a drink or two. I had hoped to make up for it during the week, but I think the key is that I also have to eat healthy during the weekend too.

The weight-loss teacher said something yesterday that made me think. She said, “how bad do you want it?” And I started to think how bad did I want it? How bad do I want to lose weight and be healthy? Do I really want to eat that s’more when I don’t even really like marshmallows in the first place? Do I really need that second or third cookie? The answer is no. No, I don’t.

I’m not saying that I should deprive myself of treats because I know that always ends bad. But what I am saying is that I should save those calories for a treat that I really and truly enjoy, like a Dove chocolate or a donut.

I always thought that it wasn’t fair that I couldn’t eat whatever I wanted. It’s my life, I want to eat four chocolate chip cookies or a pint of ice cream. But I’ve come to realize that I really can’t eat what ever I feel like and still expect to lose weight and be healthy. I mean, I love to eat healthy, but I also have a terrible sweet tooth. So, it comes down to how bad do I want it. That’s why I made a promise to myself that I am going to eat healthy this weekend. Sure, I might have a treat or two, but I am still going to keep it in my daily calorie range and make it something that I really enjoy.

Geesh, all that because I gained one stupid pound. Moving on….

Breakfast

For breakfast today, I made two Van’s Power Grains waffles. I planned on topping them with syrup, but when I went to grab the syrup, it wasn’t there. Someone ate all the syrup. Darn. I was unsure what to do because my waffles were already cooking. I was actually baffled for a minute. So, I decided to top them with peanut butter and blueberries. Then I remembered that I ate all the blueberries yesterday. Who knew breakfast would be such a production?! Finally, I just put peanut butter in between the waffles and ate my wafflewich. Problem solved.

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump

Today’s BodyPump instructor is different from Wednesday’s, so we didn’t do the new BodyPump release. We ended up doing an old one which I liked. Before I went to BodyPump, I made sure to foam roll the heck out of my calf.

It’s still sore, but not as sore as it was yesterday. And yes, I realize that I have very large calves. You don’t have to tell me, I see them everyday.

I designated Jaden as my photographer, and he had a great time taking self-pics. I wonder where he gets that from?

After the gym, I stopped by the grocery store to get some lettuce. While we were there, I found this Kashi oatmeal.

I decided to pick it up to try because I haven’t had hot oatmeal in a long time. I made it for lunch and topped it with some sliced strawberries. (I like to do things like the picture on the box. It makes me feel fancy.)

It was good, but it wasn’t great. What kind of threw me off was that it had sesame seeds in it which made the oatmeal crunchy. I don’t really enjoy crunchy oatmeal. It reminds me of the time I ate crunchy yogurt.

Tonight, we have plans to go to Whole Foods to pick up a few groceries with the gift card that I won a while back. Have a great Friday night!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you foam roll?
  • Cold or hot oatmeal?
  • What would you buy at Whole Foods?
  • Any plans this weekend?

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Yoga Socks, Calf Pain, and Scale

Yesterday’s Dinner

Last night, I had salmon belle mar for dinner. I first discovered this salmon at Target months ago, but haven’t bought it in a long time. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it is. Sometimes I get sick of fish pretty easily, but I could eat this salmon belle mar every night. It’s basically salmon stuffed with crab meat, and it’s so delicious.

After dinner, I headed to the gym to go to yoga. Danny got me yoga socks for Mother’s Day, and yesterday was my first time wearing them. Let me tell you, I was kind of creeped out by these socks at first because they’re toe socks. Who likes things between their toes?! Not me. But honestly, after a few minutes of wearing them, I didn’t even feel them in between my toes. They help with slipping during yoga, and after last night’s class, I have decided that I like them.

I know that I am very stylish. Toes socks and flip-flops are all the rage, right?! Also, I just realized that I just said that I hate things between my toes, yet I wear flip-flops. Makes perfect sense.

After yoga, I used the massage stick on my calf because it’s still sore from Tuesday’s Butts and Guts class.

Today

I woke up today, and my butt and calf were still so sore, like painful sore. Walking sucks. I think maybe I pulled a muscle in my calf because usually when my calves hurt after running, both of them are sore and tight. But this time only my right calf hurts, and I can feel it deep in the muscle.

Workout

  • Stationary bike – 40 minutes, 9 miles
  • 10 minutes stretching

My original plans were to run today, but there was no way that was happening, so I decided to go for an easy ride on the stationary bike. The bike is the only thing that doesn’t bother my calves, so I figured that it was safe. I completed a little over 9 miles in 40 minutes, then I made sure to stretch really good for about 10 minutes.

Breakfast

My breakfast was super boring this morning. I had egg whites, cottage cheese, and cherries.

This afternoon I went to pick up my niece and I saw that my sister-in-law baked cookies in their new oven last night. I ate one and made sure to steal a bag to take home. Thanks, Crystal. I’m sure Danny thanks you too.

And once again, it’s Thursday, which means I have to weigh in tonight. My scale at home has not budged an ounce all week, so I’m hoping that I at least stayed the same weight. I feel like I say the exact same thing every week. You must want to punch me.

I need to either need to get a new scale or start eating better.. so I decided to get a new scale. Seriously though, my scale at home is really old and it usually weighs me about 2-3 pounds more than the scale at my weight loss class. So, after I picked up my niece, we went to Target to check out the scales.

I love putting fun headbands and sunglasses on my niece because she’s so cute. After the dress-up fun, I finally made it to the scales.

 

I decided to go with The Biggest Loser scale. It seemed fitting. And I think this is the same scale that we use at my weight loss class.

Tonight will be my second to last weigh-in. Next week is the final class and weigh-in. I am a little nervous about my eating habits once this class is over. I didn’t realize how being weighed every week held me so accountable. I want to continue to eat good and lose those last few pounds. I plan on joining the Biggest Loser contest at my gym just to help me lose those last stubborn pounds and tone up, but that doesn’t start until the end of June.

Questions of the day:

  • Do you ever do yoga? Thoughts on yoga socks?
  • What do you do to treat an exercise injury? Ice? Heat? Rest? Advil?
  • How do you motivate yourself to eat healthy?

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Motivation

I lost 2 pounds at my weigh-in last night. Trust me, I am as shocked as you are. That’s a total of 18.4 pounds so far, with only two weeks left to go!

Last night in class, we talked about exercise and actually walked one mile with the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I used to do her DVDs all the time after Jaden was born because they were easy, and I could do them at home.

We also went around the room and talked about what kind of workouts we do and how many days a week we work out. One woman was completely honest, and said that she doesn’t ever workout, and doesn’t have any plans to start, and simply has no desire at all to exercise.

That really made me think for a minute. I couldn’t even imagine not working out. It’s such a big part of my daily life and makes me feel good. I might not always enjoy it as I’m doing it, but afterwards I feel so much better and accomplished. I understand that many people don’t like to exercise or have injuries, but even 20 minutes a day is better than nothing. And there are so many different ways to exercise, you just have to find one that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re not going to continue it.

I workout:

We also got a handout that discussed ways to motivate yourself to exercise. Some of the reasons on the list included:

  • Remind yourself of your weight loss goals
  • Think of a future event (wedding, vacation, etc.)
  • Consider how much more energy you’ll have
  • Imagine how relaxed you’ll feel after a workout
  • Promise yourself a reward for completing your workout
  • Think of all the diseases and illnesses that working out can help you prevent

Personally, I think that working out is a great stress reliever. It’s the only “alone” time that I have to myself all day, and sometimes it’s the only interaction I have with other adults for days (besides Danny!). Is it funny that I talked about alone time and time with other adults in the same sentence? I love the dynamics of the group exercises classes. Even though I’m working out with other people, I still get time by myself (aka – time without the kids).

Besides being a great stress reliever, I also workout for the health benefits and the weight loss. I think diet is extremely important in weight-loss but the exercise helps get you there. I want to be a healthier person. I want to live a long life and keep up with my kids.

What motivates you to workout?

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Yesterday’s Dinner

I was super hungry when I got home from my weight-loss class, as usual, and Danny was nice enough to make a Kashi roasted veggie pizza for me while I was gone.

This pizza was so good! I ate too much of it before putting the leftovers away. The downside to this pizza is that I am the only one in my house that will eat it, but it’s a full-size pizza. I wish they had a single serving sized pizza.

Today

For breakfast this  morning, I had a Van’s English muffin with eggs whites, cheese, and spinach. I don’t usually add spinach, but it’s good way to get some extra veggies in. I am surprised how much I have been loving these English muffins. Usually, I am more of a bagel thin girl, but these muffins are so doughy and delicious.

Do you have a three-day weekend with Memorial Day coming up? We have lots of stuff planned for this weekend. Including:

  • picking up race packets today
  • 5k Saturday morning
  • Jacob’s computer class
  • Family cookout
  • Bike shopping
  • A possible trip to the splash park

Busy, busy, busy

Questions of the day:

  • Why did you start exercising?
  • What motivates you to workout?
  • Do you have a three-day weekend? What are you plans?

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

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Jaden’s Graduation

My baby graduated from preschool last night!

I don’t know who was more excited, him or me.

He was also very happy with the Mio that I bought him. He also got a Toys R Us gift card, but he was more excited about the Mio.

Next school year, I will have a kindergartener and a middle schooler!? Where does the time go? They grow up so fast. And geesh, that means I’m getting old.

Before Jaden’s graduation, I went to my weight loss challenge class to weigh-in. I lost exactly one pound. Not wonderful, but at least I lost weight. This week is going to be very hard because it’s my birthday weekend, and when there’s a birthday, there’s food and cake.

My total weight loss is 16.4 pounds. I have three more weigh-ins to go before the class is over.

Don’t tell anyone, but I ate a Lindt truffle as soon as I got in the car from weighing in. And I wonder why I’m not losing more weight.

I also had a thinkThin bar. I was so hungry because I haven’t eaten all afternoon.

And after Jaden’s graduation, I had lots of cookies. They just all looked so yummy, and I was so hungry. But I had a salad when we got home, so that’s good, right? Hopefully today I’ll be able to get back on track. Thursday are hard because I don’t want to eat before weighing in, but then I’m so hungry when I get home.

I’m off to BodyPump this morning. Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

Questions of the day:

  • Any graduations coming up for you?
  • Any plans for this weekend?

 

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Fun News Friday

Fun News #1

I lost 2.8 pounds at my weigh-in last night! I was very surprised I lost that much. Happy, but surprised. That’s a total of 15.4 pounds so far.

Fun News #2

The Spring Weight Loss Challenge is halfway over. There’s five weeks left. I am in first place with a total of a little over 7% total body weight lost! Yay! I am actually pretty proud of myself. Sometimes, I slip up in my diet, but I never give up. The woman in second place has lost a little over 4% total body weight.

Fun News #3

In the weight loss class yesterday, we played a game where you had to answer questions about food and diet. Every time you answered correctly first, you got a point. At the end of the game, whoever had the most points won. I won. Yay again! I even got a prize.

Who wants to do some Pilates?!

Needless to say, I came home in a pretty good mood yesterday. Even though I’m pretty sure the other ladies were shooting daggers out of their eyes at me.

Fun News #4

I’ve been meaning to share this news for a while, but I forgot.

I am officially certified to teach group exercise! I knew that I wanted to do something fitness related, and it turned out that my park district was holding a group exercise instructor certification workshop, so I jumped at the chance.

I ordered the study materials about a month in advance (I’ve studied the NASM textbook before, so I was familiar with a lot of the stuff), then I attended an 8 hour workshop at the end of March, and took the certification test. After the test was over, I was so nervous. I kept second guessing myself, and was worried that I didn’t do very well. A week later, I got the results and passed with flying colors!

I don’t plan on teaching classes right away. But my gym is opening up a brand new huge gym next year, and the lady that is in charge of hiring new fitness instructors was actually in the workshop with me, so she said to talk to her about getting a job when the new center opens.

I am also not ready to teach classes right away. Luckily, when you start teaching, you get to shadow seasoned instructors for a while until you get the hang of it. I’m glad that I got the certification and got my foot in the door!

Do you have any fun news to share?

 

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What About Lunch?

Last Night’s Workout

  • Beginner Step Class – 20 minutes
  • Regular Step Class – 60 minutes

Last night, I went to the beginner step class. Afterwards, I decided to stay for the big girl step class. I pushed my step up all the way to the front on the room so I could watch the instructor’s feet. It helps me pick up a move by watching her feet.

I actually did better in the class than I thought I would. I did misstep a few times, but I thought I did pretty good for someone who usually trips over her own feet. I didn’t stay for yoga last night. I was too tired and hungry.

When I got home, I made a big salad consisting of everything in the fridge I could find to throw on it. My salad included romaine lettuce, red and green pepper, red onion, carrots, cashews, and Honeycrisp apples. I topped the whole salad with Annie’s lite poppy-seed dressing.

Then Danny and I spent the rest of the night watching the season finale of CSI. Some popcorn might have found its way into my mouth too.

Insurgent

I finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth the other day. It picks up right where Divergent left off. I personally thought this book was just okay. I liked Divergent much better. Divergent seemed to have more of a plot, whereas Insurgent was just a lot of running around and shooting. The story didn’t really start to pick up until the end. Although I didn’t love the plot, I did think the story had some twists which made it interesting. I did love the ending of this book, which has sucked me in to now have to read the final book.

If you’ve read Insurgent, let me know what you thought of it!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.25 miles treadmill (3:2 run/walk ratio)

I went to the gym this morning for a quick treadmill workout. The Mother’s Day 5k is on Sunday, and I plan on walk/running it. I haven’t been able to run for long distances without my feet and heel killing me, so I plan on taking the race slow. That’s just how it goes.

Fortunately, my calves have been feeling fine. At least something is getting better. I think they heard the word surgery and decided to shape up. That’s right, calves, you better listen to me.

After my sweaty run, the kids and I ran a few errands. I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some more Honeycrisp apples. These are the best apples I’ve ever had. There is no apple that compares to a Honeycrisp.

Lunch

Yeah, lunch didn’t really happen today. I know what your thinking. Oh mm gee, Heather must be sick if she didn’t eat lunch. There’s no skipping meals in her world. And actually I am feeling a little bit sick, like maybe I’m getting a cold.

Actually, I blame my dad. Danny went to his house on Tuesday to watch the Bulls game. My dad got sick on Wednesday, which means Danny was exposed to his germs on Tuesday. Danny, who never gets sick ever must have passed along the germs to me. And I get sick at the drop of a hat. So thanks, Dad, for getting me sick. And if you didn’t get me sick, then I apologize. Oh, and I’m not crazy, if that’s what you all are thinking. My mom had me tested. <— Just kidding. A little Big Bang Theory humor.

I did cut up some veggies for a salad.

I just never actually made the salad. I guess maybe I’ll make it in a bit.

I have my weigh-in tonight. Thursday always seem to come too fast. I hoping for at least one pound weight loss. I ate really crappy over the weekend, but I’ve done good all week so far.

Questions of the day:

  • Do you ever skip meals? What’s your favorite meal? I love breakfast food, but dinner is my favorite meal. That makes breakfast for dinner perfect.
  • What’s the last book that you read? Was it Fifty Shades of Grey?
  • What’s your favorite tv show?

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