Wednesday, December 1, 2010

So we meet again...

Soooo, I haven't posted in this blog for a long time. Haha oops. I ran the marathon in may and then kinda just forgot about this blog due to wedding planning, etc. But I promise you, I HAVE been working out... just not posting about it. But I think I'd like to start again. It's a way of holding myself accountable. If you need a refresher of who I am and what this blog is all about... go here to my first post. :)

Since I last officially wrote... I've done a lot! Let's see...
~I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon
~I got MARRIED!
~I went on an amazing honeymoon
~I am no longer a vegetarian
~I moved out of the city and into a house in the suburbs

Those are the biggies. As I just mentioned, I am no longer a vegetarian. I was a vegetarian for 2 years from September 2008 to August 2010. I really enjoyed it and amazingly didn't really miss meat at all. However, I realized that there are healthy options with meat and sometimes it's a lot easier. So on our honeymoon in August, I started slowly eating meat again. I still do not eat red meat, and have no desire to. It's not good or good for you. I mainly stick to lean chicken and turkey. And I don't even eat it that much. Most of my days are still spent eating vegetarian. I do not cook meat. I am still not there yet... So we mainly eat vegetarian at home, unless my husband Brett wants meat and then he has to cook it. Haha And I occasionally have a turkey sandwich for lunch. And I am still counting calories. It truly works for me, maybe not for others, but for me it really does.

As for exercise, my workouts have been fairly consistent, considering all the crazy hecticness (definitely not a word) that we've been going through, like getting married, moving, traveling, etc. I have tried my best to stick to my workout routine through all the craziness, as much as possible. Some weeks I'd get 4 or 5 workouts in, other weeks I was lucky to have time for 1. But I'm happy to report that I'm finally getting back into a really consistent workout schedule and I love it!

Lately, I've been challenging myself to really count calories for every single food from the day.
I count calories on http://caloriecount.about.com/. It takes a lot of time and effort, but to complete a day and then be able to read my analysis and "grade" for the day is really rewarding to me. And it shows me what I am doing right and what I'm doing wrong. It's really easy for me to count all my calories until I go home from work, and then sometimes at home, I'm not so strict. But I've been challenging myself lately to BE strict and record every single thing I put in my mouth and so far this week I HAVE!

Today is Wednesday and so far this week has been GREAT in the areas of workouts & eating well!

Monday
Workout - Running outside: 3 miles
I cannot explain to you how difficult it is to run in my new neighborhood. 3 miles was not hard AT ALL in my old neighborhood of flat streets. Our new house is completely surrounded by really really steep hills. Running up and down them for even just 3 miles is really hard work. So I've been sticking to 3 mile runs because with all the hills, it's giving me just as good of a workout as running more miles on flat streets. Plus, it gets dark SO early now... so by the time I get home from work, I only have about a half hour outside before it's pretty much pitch black outside = not safe. And our neighborhood has no street lights... weird!

Diet: A-
I ate really well on Monday and I recorded every single food. We just had turkey sandwiches and veggie soup for dinner. Nice and light, considering all the food we consumed this past holiday weekend consisting of TWO Thanksgiving dinners... haha. Pretty proud of my A- grade for the day!

Tuesday
Workout - Firm Total Body Time Crunch with weights
I don't care what anyone says... I LOVE my Firm videos. They are the sole workout I did in 2008 when I lost 20 pounds. They are fun and they are effective! I changed it up a bit yesterday. As I did the video, I turned it's volume down and put on a Rhianna Pandora station, and it was so FUN! Those songs really got me moving, even though I was still following along with the video. It's important to change things up every once in a while, so you don't get bored.

Diet: B+
Yesterday was another great day of eating well. I made mexican tortilla and black bean pie for dinner. I showed self-control and limited myself to only 2 pieces, compared to how much I'm sure I could have eaten. Haha. I also did not snack after work or after dinner, which is major! B+ is still great in my book!

So here we are at Wednesday. So far, I've been eating great. Coffee & cereal for breakfast. And I just finished lunch, which consisted of a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, strawberry non-fat yogurt, and a tasty apple. After work, I plan on doing a Firm video, since the weather is not looking so great outside for a run. I can't wait to blast my Rhianna Pandora station again while working out! I am so weird!

Ok, I think that's enough of an update for one post.

Adios! Till next time! :)