Weigh~In Wednesday {March}

I have great news!  Today I weighed in at 157 pounds!!!!

I am down from my last ‘posted’ weigh-in by ten pounds… of course… I last posted my weight in January, LOL!

Only 17 pounds to go to reach my goal of 140, and then 5 more after that to reach my high school/early twenties weight of 135 pounds.

The work out schedule doesn’t look good for the last couple weeks.  The family has been having the crud going around.  Between allergies, not feeling well, that time of the month, etc. I have left my work outs slip really bad.  But when looking at the 10 pound weight loss it shows that I have been better about my eating habits.  And that has been almost as much of a struggle with the two kiddos as getting my work outs in.

Weigh-In Wednesday

Goals for coming month {will post next update early April}:

Get back on track with 4 to 6 workouts a week.

Continue the good eating habits.

Fit in some 3+ mile runs in there somewhere.

Keep losing weight!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 

Wednesday Weigh~In {11/9/2011}

Weigh-In Wednesday

Down a pound!!!!

Last Week: 169 lbs

This Week: 168 lbs

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Quick Weigh~In Wed Post {11/2/2011}

Weigh-In Wednesday

Last weigh-in: 170 lbs

Today’s weigh-in: 169 lbs

Weight to loss to goal of 140 lbs: 29 lbs

Why is it so hard to get work-outs in with life going on?

I am doing so good in the eating department, but the cardio is non-existent.  If I got in three or four cardio work-outs in a week… I am sure I would see those pounds start dropping away.

What are you struggling with this week?  Dropping weight, finishing a project, fitting time in to read a book?

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Weigh~In Update {Oct. 26th}

Weigh-In Wednesday

Another week of good eating choices.  No Route 44s from Sonic.  Eating oatmeal for breakfast most mornings, and doing a fantastic job with my water intake. 

The water intake pat-on-the-back doesn’t really count since drinking water has always been a strong point of mine, LOL!

 

I got in all my ‘strenght’ work-outs for last week.  It is amazing how unfit I am.  I think I have mentioned that before, but man…..  Here is what I am doing as my toning/strength workout if I don’t do Jillian’s Shred with Weights video.

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15 second plank x 3

15 leg lifts x 3 {inner and outer}

15 arm circles x 3 {forward and backwards}

30 second ‘bridge’ x 3

10 squats x 3

10-15 second Supermans x3

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I try to get as far as possible through this list, but Ms. V normally starts crying about still being ‘trapped’ in her crib when she knows I am awake.  So how far I get depends.  Sometimes my bridges and supermans have an extra 20 pounds of baby added to them, LOL! 

I am doing the toning routine every other day.  Right now I am feeling more muscle fatigue than change.  However, I am endeavoring to preserver.  Found these quotes on Pinterest to help with motivation:

Sweat is Fat crying.

and

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.

I don’t have my totals for this week, I drank my breakfast coffee before I thought about the scale.  Oops.

Thanks for reading about my journey.  If you have any helpful tips or exercise ideas involving toddlers I would love hear them!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Weigh~In Wed {10/19/2011}

 

Weigh-In Wednesday

This was a week of gigantic leaps… I would say for mankind, but most of mankind knows about everything I started doing this week, LOL!

Step 1} Start eating real oatmeal for breakfast. 

I learned that quick oats are ‘stripped’ of some of their nutritional value.  So you loose a lot of the benefits of eating oats for breakfast.  Instant oatmeal packets have sugar added making them even less of a healthy choice.  Who ‘da thunk that?!?

To keep the mornings fast I fixed up a week’s worth of oatmeal baggies; 1/2 cup of oats with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Just cook in microwave with 1 cup of water for four minutes.  Then add fruit and a swig of milk, and your breakfast is ready.

Technically, you don’t need the milk, but I found that the oatmeal was a sticky mess and that adding a small swig of milk cut the stickiness a lot.

Another side note ~ Regular oats only take a couple of minutes in the microwave.  Quick Oats take just 30 seconds less!  This according to the packages {I have both ‘kinds’ of oats in my pantry right now}.  Now I wonder who came up with ‘Quick Oats’.   Those are a definite marketing success.

According to an article in Oxygen fitness magazine, eating oats is supposed to help with losing the belly fat.  Definitely my trouble spot currently.  So oats are my new best friend.  I even got a healthier bread that has whole oats as the first ingredient.  An important step in my weight loss journey to get completed.

Step 2} Drink some nasty ‘healthy’ drink.

I opted for Jillian Michaels detox mix:

60 ounces water

1 tablespoon sugar-free, non-concentrate Cranberry Juice

1 dandelion root tea bag

2 tablespoons lemon

Dandelion Root is supposed to help your liver, fresh lemon juice is supposed to be really helpful with everything/anything, and the cranberry is good for your urinary parts.  Drink this mix for 7 days and lose up to 5 pounds.

I didn’t lose any weight drinking this, but it did help motivate me to not make those bad eating choices.  I mean… who wants to drink something that tastes like a healthy drink, and then undue everything it is supposed to be helping your body with by eating junk? 

Not me.

So… for the past week my eating habits have been pretty darn stellar.  I did, however, drink the cranberry juice separate from the detox tea.  Cranberry is as bitter as I had heard it was, but after the first couple days I didn’t really notice it.  Kinda like using Listerine mouth wash.  That first time will send you over the moon, but it gets better after that.  I also drank half a cup of the cranberry juice instead of only a tablespoon.  And by drink I mean that I slammed that 1/2 cup down like it was a shot and I wanted to win the drinking contest.  Yuck.

Step 3} Learn what plyometrics are.

Check out this video by Jamie Eason if you have never heard of this form of torture.  I kinda wish I was still in the dark on this one.  My thigh muscles still haven’t forgiven me for unearthing this ‘new’ take on excercise. 

I did two circuits on Saturday morning while watching Fresh Beat Band.  Both kiddos ‘helped’, and now my thighs aren’t very interested in speaking with me, LOL!  Monday, I ran through the Jillian Michael’s workout, Shred-it with Kettlebells.  I used a water bottle and definitely still felt the burn.  Ouch.  When did I get so unfit?  Then this morning, Wednesday, I did some more plyometrics.  Didn’t get very far, but I gave it a go. 

My goal for this next week is to get that outdoor cardio in, and to continue making good eating choices.

Totals for this week are:

Started 170 lbs ~ Ended 170 lbs

Three workouts completed

I am feeling very energized about the steps I took this week, and I am looking forward to seeing what progress I make over the coming week.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday Weigh~In: Check In {10/12/2011}

 Weigh-In Wednesday

I am feeling positively green about my lack of weight loss.  I had all these excuses {don’t we all?}.  And now I am heavier than just after having Ms. V and Ms. E. 

Yuck.  I just feel gross.  Especially when I see those that started their weight loss journey at the same time {mid~January} showing off their gorgeous new bods.  Double yuck.

One of my downfalls in eating healthy/better is ‘Happy Hour’ at Sonic Drive-In when drinks are 50%.  Literally there is a Sonic under five minutes from me, and when 2:00 p.m. rolls around… it is soooooooooooo easy to hope into the car to grab an afternoon slush.  Last Thursday I decided to get a regular size rather than my normal Route 44 size.  I spent less than a dollar on this drink, and as I was drinking my refreshing Watermelon Sprite Slush I started wondering… How many calories did I save myself by ordering the regular/large size rather than that ginormous Route 44 size?

Answer:

Both sizes have way more calories than I EVER imagined!!!!

Regular/Large has 460 calories!

Route 44 has 630 calories!

Talk about feeling gross about my ‘diet’ choices.  This is definitely a moment where I can hear Dr. Oz say that neither choice is a good one.  Guess that means I need to stop attending ‘Happy Hour’ no matter how easy it seems to be. 

I feel like those on Biggest Loser; Was it worth eating that?

I truly don’t feel like it was now.

I am going to use this feeling as my motivation to get serious.  Setting a unrealistic goal that I can’t possibly achieve, losing the rest of my weight by New Years; 25 pounds. 

170 lbs – 25 lbs = 145 lbs

Fitting in cardio is the hardest for me to do.  My goal for this week is to work on toning exercises while being a toddler toy, and focusing on what I am putting in my mouth. 

I am looking for a jogging stroller to make adding in the cardio easier on the family schedule.  I hate putting others out, especially hubby after he has worked a hard day.  By adding a way to take along one of the kiddos with me, it will make it ‘easier’ for me to get the cardio in.

 Currently as of this morning I am 168.5 lbs after really watching what I have been eating since the beginning of this week.  Sunday’s weigh-in was 171 lbs.

Do you have a goal you want to reach by the end of 2011?

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Meals To Go {Tuesday Tip}

What is the hardest part of eating right?

Making the right decision on the go.  To help me get out the door in the morning with a healthy lunch this is what I do.

First I buy the precooked, pre seasoned chicken breasts available at HEB {TX Grocery Chain}.  The cost is under $1.50, and the are 120 {or} calories.  Plus they taste great!  Better than the chicken breasts that I purchased raw and cooked.  At the same time I buy a gigantic bag of frozen peas.

When I get home… I split up the chicken breasts and place them in sandwich size zip-lock bags.  I have been using regular storage bags for this, not freezer bags.  Since there are only 6-7 chicken breasts per bag I figure the danger of freeze bite isn’t worth the extra cost of the freezer bags.  Next, I divide up the peas by placing one cup in a zip-lock bag {also sandwich size}.  All of these bags go in the freezer.

When I am rushing out the door in the morning, all I have to do is grab one of each, and I have a balanced, portion controlled lunch.  Normally I grab a yogurt for my morning snack as well.

Hope this helps you see how easy ‘pre-planning’ your lunches can be!  Pre-planning is definitely not just for the kiddos’ lunches anymore.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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