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Super Bowl Fun and Chili Cook Off

I ate really bad yesterday. Like really bad. Probably not the smartest idea since the DietBet ends this week. But I can’t undo what’s already done, so I am trying not to dwell on it.

I ate to the point of being overfull, and I hate feeling like that and how disappointed I am in myself, but as long as I can get back on track and remember how I felt for possible future overeating than I should be okay.

The DietBet ends in three days on Wednesday, but I have up to 48 hours after that to weigh-in. So, technically I have 5 days until I have to submit my final weight. Keep your fingers crossed for me because I am a little worried. But whether I win or loss, I am happy that I lost a few pounds and finally dropped below the weight that I couldn’t drop below for over 4 months.

Moving on…

Yesterday, we went to my grandparent’s house for the Super Bowl and to spend time with family.

My brother is moving around a little bit better these days…

Of course, there was tons of food.

My stepmom made these meatball bites – they are meatballs and cheese wrapped in a biscuit with marinara sauce to dip them in. Isn’t that such a great idea?

My cousin made stuffed mushrooms.

Me and McCutie FootBall:

We also had our chili cook-off. There was 8 different chilis and 13 people tasting them all. Since, I don’t eat chili, it was my job to give each chili crock pot a number and put all the chili into the cups with the corresponding number. That way no one would know whose was whose chili.

And guess who won?? I did!!!!!!!!

I think my dad was a bit peeved that the non-meater eater of the family came in first place when he has been making chili for years. Sorry dad, that’s the way the cornbread crumbles.

There was a tie for third place, and my dad’s mild chili came in second place. He made two chilis – one spicy and one mild. He only made the mild one for my stepmom to eat, and he was surprised when his mild chili came in second place beating out his spicy chili. I wasn’t.

I honestly don’t think the majority of people like food that are so spicy that you can’t even take a second bite because your mouth still hurts from the first bite. But my dad really likes spicy foods, and I don’t he quite understands that most people prefer food they can taste because their taste buds haven’t been burned off.

I was very happy that my chili came in first place, and honestly I was quite shocked, but I’m glad that people enjoyed it. Everyone did such a wonderful job making their chili, and I hear that they all tasted good, each one being very unique.

I also want to say that I am very proud of Danny for only having one alcoholic drink yesterday. I thought he’d have more. Maybe he’s waiting until after the Diet Bet is over :)

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

Well, Danny and I had 43 workouts last week for the Fantasy Fitness Challenge. It was a hard week. Danny can only workout in the fitness center, so he can go once in the morning and once in the evening and that’s really it. So, the rest of the workouts fall on my shoulders which is hard.

The team we were up against last week had 65 workouts. In one week. I thought Danny and I did awesome with 43 workouts, and I worked my butt off to get the gym every free second I had. But I cannot compete with 65 workouts.

It’s not worth being injured or spending every free second I have in the gym. Danny and I currently in 4th place, and there is no way that we can come first at this point, so I plan just to go back to my normal morning workouts. We gave it our best shot. I’m not giving up, and will continue to workout, but I can’t keep up with that many workouts a week.

My Plan

With a only a few more days until the final weigh-in, I plan to be as healthy a I can be this week. I plan on eating tons of fruits and veggies, fish, Greek yogurt, eggs, and whole grains. I am going to try to stay away from processed food, avoid sugar, drink tons of water, and limit my peanut butter intake.

Peanut butter is one of those foods that I love but have a hard time limiting. I usually measure out one tablespoon, but that tablespoon turns into a heaping tablespoon or a few extra swipes of peanut butter right into my mouth. And peanut butter calories add up fast which is why I am really going to try to limit my peanut butter intake this week.

Hopefully, I’ll be down my 4% by Friday, but if not, no big deal. I am happy with where I am, and I have lost 32 pounds since April 2012, and I am proud of that!

Starting off my good week of eating was a smoothie and some blueberries for lunch!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you prefer spicy or mild foods?
  • What was your favorite Super Bowl snack? Commercial?
  • What are you proud of?

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Crunchmaster Snacks…and a Giveaway!

Good morning and Happy Monday!

Last week, I mentioned eating a package of Crunchmaster Crackers that my gym had out for members. Well, the people at Crunchmaster were nice enough to send me a few of their delicious crackers to try.

About Crunchmaster products:

It’s not so much what’s inside our crackers as what’s not inside. At Crunchmaster, we believe in keeping our products down-to-earth and easy to understand. We don’t put in any artificial flavors, preservatives or other icky stuff.

Our products are only made with simple ingredients like pure, California grown rice, sesame, quinoa, amaranth and flax seeds.

All their products are also gluten-free.

I tried the sea salt crackers at my gym, and I loved them. As soon as I got the crackers, I had to try out the white cheddar flavor, and they were just as good as the sea salt flavor.

I ate some white cheddar crackers with hummus and veggies as a snack.

Even though the cinnamon and sugar grammy crisps are geared towards kids, they were the ones that I was most looking forward to trying (it must be my sweet tooth!)

They were the perfect blend of crunchiness and sweetness. The kids loved them too!

They also liked the cheesy crisps which have only 120 calories for 60 crackers! A great snack for kids and adults.

The best part….

Crunchmaster’s is going to send one lucky reader a six-pack sampler of their crackers!

TO ENTER:

  • Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite crunchy snack is!

Additional Entries (Optional):

Please leave a separate comment for each entry! Good luck!

The giveaway will run until Wednesday, February 6th at 11pm CST.

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Happy New Year 2013

Happy 2013!!

Doesn’t that sound so weird to say?! 2013. When I was young, thinking about being an adult and the year 2013 was something that seemed so foreign and far away. Now here I am – 30 years old in the year 2013, married with two kids. Life really seems to speed up when you’re an adult. The years really seem like they’re flying by, as I get older and my kids grow up. That’s why I think it’s important to take time to appreciate the small things and try to live positively.

I hope that you all had a great and safe New Year’s Eve. I’ll recap our New Year’s Eve either later today or tomorrow. Today, I wanted to share some of the things that Danny and I plan on doing in 2013 to be healthier and more active.

1. We’ve decided to join a weight loss challenge through Sarah Fit’s Diet Bet. Sarah Fit is a YouTube fitness guru and blogger. She is hosting a weight loss challenge through the DietBet website. The concept is pretty easy: you pay $30 a person to join. Then, you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. (You photograph yourself on the scale with a special “word of the day” so DietBet know you’re being honest). After the 4 weeks is over, everyone who lost 4% of their body weight splits the pot. So, if you lose your 4%, you’re guaranteed to win back your $30, plus more if other people didn’t reach their goal.

I have done Sarah’s Diet Bet in the past, and I really liked it. Paying money really helps me work hard so that I don’t lose that money. I also like the challenge aspect of it. I feel like I can push myself harder in challenge than I can when I’m just doing it myself. Last time, I paid $25, lost exactly 4% of my body weight, and won $40!

The best part is that anyone can sign up! Danny and I both plan on signing up, and the challenge starts January 10th and ends February 6th. If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, I would recommend joining. Come do it with us!

2. I am going to be trying out the Body Media Fit device. I was lucky enough to win this device via FunkyMonkey Snacks on Twitter.

From the BodyMedia website:

BodyMedia FIT Armbands automatically track the calories burned during your daily activities.  The armband works as a fitness monitor to measure the intensity of your workouts and also monitors the quality of your sleep, an important factor in weight loss. The information tracked can easily be managed with BodyMedia’s online Activity Manager. Just add in the easy-to-use food log and you have the right information to improve your weight loss.

So, basically it tracks your steps taken, calories burned, and sleep. You can input your food so that you can make sure you’re burning more calories then you consume in order to lose weight. I have never used a device like this before, so I am excited to try it out…as long as it’s not too complicated :)

3. I plan on using my Garmin 10 to help improve my running. You can set it to help you run at a certain pace, and it alerts you if you’re going too fast or too slow. In 2013, I would like to run my fastest 5k and 10k. I’ve only run one 10k in 2011, and I would like to beat that time.

4. Food journaling. I have been majorly slacking with my food journal since the holidays. I plan on tracking everything I eat again. Tracking my food and calories is 100% what helped me lose 30 pounds. I got this super cute notebook from Marlene that I plan on using as my food journal.

Danny is trying to lose a little bit of weight, and while I told him that he doesn’t have to keep a food journal, it helps a lot to see how much your actually eating. Even keeping a food journal for a week or two can be helpful.

5. Eating healthier. I have been slacking on healthy eating these past few weeks. Now that the holidays are over I feel like I can get back on track with making healthy choices with treats in moderation. I am going to try to stay away from processed foods, and eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, etc.

We stopped at Whole Foods to pick up a few things.

I do most of my grocery shopping at the regular grocery store, but there are a few things that I like from Whole Foods – the meat and fish, the produce, and the green tea drinks. I bought salmon from the fish department, grilled salmon from the prepared foods to put on salads, teriyaki chicken and chicken lunch meat for Danny, and some pineapple and salad.

6. Fantasy Fitness League – Danny and I are signed up for the newest fitness challenge at our gym, and we are going to have some competition!

I am really looking forward to the this challenge, and it will motivate Danny to get to the gym on a regular basis. I know it’s hard for him since he works full-time and has to deal with me and the kids :) I give a ton of credit to people who have jobs, a family, and workout out on a regular basis. It’s tough.

So, that’s the plan for 2013! I am looking forward to a great year!

What did you do yesterday? Any goals for 2013?

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The Skinny Rules

Good morning!

I woke up early today and was at the gym by 7am because Danny is taking my brother to the back doctor this morning, so I had to be home by about 8am.

Today’s Workout

  • Elliptical – 30 minutes
  • Treadmill – 20 minutes 1.56 miles, walked and jogged

After the gym, I came home and made breakfast. I had a bagel thin with two egg whites and an ultra thin slice of cheese. I had a clementine on the side.

I am going to try really hard to get back to eating better today.

Speaking of healthy eating, I just finished The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper.

The book really wasn’t too long because half of the book is recipes. I think it had some good points and advice, but it’s pretty much all common sense. Drink more water, don’t drink soda. Cut out sugar, white flour, and potatoes, eat lots of fruits and veggies. Don’t eat food that is processed, eat a protein with every meal. Eat lots of fish, some chicken, and a little red meat.

Here are Bob’s 20 “Skinny Rules”:

  1. Drink a large glass of water before every meal.
  2. Don’t drink your calories.
  3. Eat protein at every meal – or stay hungry and grouchy.
  4. Slash your intake of refined flours and grains.
  5. Eat 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day.
  6. Eat apples and berries every single day.
  7. No carbs after lunch.
  8. Learn to read food labels so you know what you’re eating.
  9. Stop guessing about portion size and get it right.
  10. No more added sweeteners, including artificial ones.
  11. Get rid of those white potatoes.
  12. Make one day a week meatless.
  13. Get rid of fast foods and fried foods.
  14. Eat a real breakfast.
  15. Make your own food and eat at least 10 meals a week at home.
  16. Banish high-salt foods
  17. Eat your vegetables.
  18. Go to bed hungry.
  19. Sleep right.
  20. Plan one splurge meal a week.

I do think that this book is good if you are new to trying to lose weight. It gives good advice about weight loss without any crazy fad diets.

I truly believe that weight loss and being healthy is 90% what you eat. Yes, exercise keeps you healthy and burns calories, but if you’re eating like crap, it’s not going to matter. You need to learn to properly fuel your body. And I will be the first to admit, that I don’t always eat healthy – I have a giant sweet tooth, but I try to find a healthy balance between eating healthy with treats in moderation.

Some of the rules I really stick by are drinking water. Water keeps your hydrated and flushes toxins out of your body, and sometimes people mistake hunger for thirst. Eating protein at every meal. Protein helps you feel fuller longer and helps rebuild muscles after a workout. Not eating carbs after lunchtime. When I lost weight, it was because I cut out carbs after about 3 pm. I don’t agree with a low-carb diet, your body needs carbs, but if you limit them at night, you will lose a lot more weight. Eat a lean protein and a veggie for dinner. Easy, low in carbs, and still tasty.

In the new year, Danny and I have plans to eat healthier and lose weight. I only want to lose the pounds that I have gained lately (just a few) and focus on eating healthier again. Danny would like to learn how to eat healthy. He’s one of those people who can pretty much eat anything and not gain weight. But lately, his metabolism is catching up with him, and it doesn’t help that he sits behind a desk 8 hours a day.

So, I have a few things that we plan on doing in the new year that I’ll share later.

Back to The Skinny Rules book…Bob recommends that men eat 1500 calories a day and women eat 1200 calories a day because they have a harder time losing weight than men. I like to stick to about 1500 calories a day because I work out for an hour+ a day.

One thing I noticed in the book is that Bob mentions that any sweetener is pretty much a no-no. He says to cut out artificial sweeteners including Splenda, Equal, and stevia. Not to eat any high fructose corn syrup, and if honey, agave, or any sweetener appears in the first five ingredients on a food label, you should avoid it. Yet, a bunch of recipes at the end of the book include agave as an ingredient. So, I was a little confused by that.

Bottom line, if you want to eat healthy and lose weight, eat real food, not junk. Drink water, not soda. And eat normal portion sizes.

Questions of the day:

  • Have you read The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper?
  • How do you eat healthy?
  • What’s your biggest indulgence?
  • Any workout today?

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Weight Loss Wednesday

Since finishing The Biggest Loser challenge at my gym, I’ve lost two pounds…then I gained them back…then I lost them again…then they found they’re way back again. Basically, I have been losing and re-gaining the same two pounds, which I think is normal as people weights tend to fluctuate. But, I am still a few pounds away from my goal weight, so I would like to lose those last few pounds.

Lately, I have been noticing that I have been slipping into my old eating habits – eating too much sugar, overeating, etc. I try to stay at 1500 calories a day. On the weekends, I don’t even bother counting calories, and I know this is part of the problem. I tend to eat whatever I want on the weekends, not just one splurge meal, but a whole splurge weekend.

And lately, I have been deciding that the weekends start on Friday, so I have been eating a lot of Fridays too. Then, when Monday comes around, I am too scared to weigh myself, so I put it off and put it off. This is how I ended up gaining 30 pounds in the first place, and I refuse to go back there.

So…I’ve come up with a plan. I’m going to try it out and see how it works. Sometimes, when I come up with these “plans” I have a hard time sticking to them, but I think this one will work.

First, I cleaned out an old coffee creamer bottle to use a jar. Whenever I workout, I will put $1 into the bottle. Whenever I stick to my daily calories, I will put a $1 into the jar.

Whenever, I eat “bad”, I will put $5 into…

…Danny’s bottle.

Here’s the reasoning that I came up with – by working out and eating right, I am putting money into my bottle to save for something like new clothes or shoes, etc. When I eat bad, if I put the money in my bottle, I am essentially getting it back, so there’s really no motivation not to eat bad.

But, if I give that $5 to Danny, then I know that money is long gone and won’t be going towards my new Victoria’s Secret sweatpants. And $5 is a lot of money – that’s a week’s worth of McDonald’s coffee!

I still do plan on having either one weekend day or weekend meal to enjoy myself. For example, we’re going out to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday this weekend, I would like to order a meal and have dessert without any pressure. But that doesn’t mean I can eat unhealthy all day Saturday…and Sunday.

So, that’s the plan I have come up with, and we’ll see how it works.

On the positive side, something I’m really good at is drinking water. I drink water all day long and bring my water tumbler with me everywhere!

I fill it up when I get to the gym, when I leave the gym, and at home all day long. I probably do drink a lot more in the morning and it tapers off during the day, but I definitely get my water consumption in during the day.

Speaking of healthy eating, I did something totally counter productive - I bought candy cane Oreos at Target.

The candy cane Oreos are so hard to find! You can find the Oreos with the red creme anywhere, but the actual candy cane ones are a bit harder to find, so when I spotted them at Target, I had to buy them. I really only want one or two anyway because while I’m not a huge Oreo fan, I do like the candy cane ones.

One cookie has 70 calories, which is a lot for one little Oreo, but I usually save enough calories at the end of the day for a small treat after dinner.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.12 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 10.75 miles

Questions of the day?

  • What is something that you struggle with? What is something that you’re good at? It could be anything – working out, eating healthy, knitting, surfing…
  • How do you motivate yourself?
  • Have you ever had a candy cane Oreo? Favorite cookie?

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You Pick It Giveaway!

Do you want to know something funny? Jaden wears his helmet just to play outside.

He’s not riding his bike or his skateboard. He’s just playing outside with the neighborhood kids. And he wears his helmet.

It reminds me of when I read Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs, and he wore a helmet walking around the city in an attempt to be as safe as he possibly could.

But for whatever reason, as soon as he goes outside, Jaden puts on his helmet. Maybe he plans to ride his bike at some point and doesn’t want to come back in for his helmet? I don’t know, but I think it’s funny. At least his head is protected.

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • LAST Biggest Loser Workout – 1 hr 45 min

Last night we walked the trail that we will be running for Saturday’s 5k, and we stopped every so often to use resistance tubes and do cardio exercises. Then we ran a mile and compared it to our mile time from the first day of the 5k prep.

Unfortunately, my shoulder is in some serious pain, and as soon as I took one step to run, I got a terrible shooting pain in my shoulder. I couldn’t run. At all. Instead I walked half a mile with a couple of the other ladies who are walking the 5k.

In fact, I couldn’t do half of the exercises that we did last night, and I am feeling very discouraged. This is the worst time to get an injury because I wanted to do really good at the 5k. When I had detached rib cartilage (it’s as painful as it sounds) my doctor told me to use the heating pad first thing in the morning and to ice the injury during the day.

So, I iced my shoulder yesterday, and this morning I used the heating pad and plan to ice it during the day. I also have been taking ibuprofen.

We did end the night with a super fun game! The instructor brought out balloons and told us to tie them to our ankles. As soon as she said this, I knew what we were doing – real life Mario Kart!


I made sure to make my enthusiasm known, although some people had no idea what I was talking about and thought I was crazy. There’s a game in Mario Kart where balloons surround the vehicle and you have to drive around trying to pop your opponents balloons.

(Source)

Well, that’s what we did last night – we all ran around the parking lot with balloons tied to our ankles trying to pop each others. I didn’t last very long and my balloon was popped in the beginning of the game, but I had so much fun!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.1 miles treadmill – 50 minutes
  • 15 minutes stretching

I walked slowly on the treadmill this morning keeping my pace between 3.0 and 4.0 mph. I made sure to strecth really good afterwards.

Look what I saw at the grocery store today- Honeycrisp apples! Only the best apples ever. (Expensive, but totally worth it). Fall has officially arrived!

In other exciting news, I won thePlate Awards 2012 for Healthy Eating Champ of the Year! You can check it out here! And you can check out this article, if you want.

Thank you so much to all of you who voted for me! I really couldn’t have done it without you guys, and I appreciate it so much!

I wanted to show my appreciation by having my own giveaway. I’ve decided that I will pick one winner and give them their choice of a $10 gift card to Whole Foods, Starbucks, or Target (and maybe a couple other surprises!)

Once again, thank you so much! You guys are awesome!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment letting me know which gift card you would like to win: Whole Foods, Starbucks, or Target.

Giveaway will run though Monday night, and I will announce the winner on Tuesday morning. Don’t forget to check back to see if you’ve won!

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