I am Celebrating Making No Progress

Why am I celebrating the fact that I have made no progress?

Of the last 14 days I spent 7 of them on vacation. A vacation where I refused to cook for myself. I spent a ton of time laying on the beach doing nothing but reading. I didn't write down what I ate or keep track of my water.

So what did I do? I did work out 5 of those 7 days using BeachBody's On Demand Streaming feature.

I did gain 5 pounds. 5 pounds. Proof that I indulged in pizza, ice cream, and chips.

That small gain is also proof that I ate the pre-cooked oatmeal that I packed and maintained self control, kept my indulgences to a minimum, chose salad over another option more than once and opted for cocktails without sugary bases.

I am celebrating because on that vacation, I wore a bikini on the beach for the first time in my life.

I am celebrating because the moment I got back home, I prepped my meals for the following week instead of extending my food vacation another 10 days. I woke up this morning and got right back into my fitness routine.

I live in reality land. I knew before the vacation that I would want to indulge in ice cream, rich foods, and alcoholic beverages. If I had set the goal of losing weight while on vacation, I would fail and feel miserable. I had to set a realistic goal that would not take me too far off track, but would also leave room for success.

Being on the 21 Day Fix does not mean a straight path with no turn outs or road blocks. It means understanding your long term goal and charting a path that will take you there.Progress is not always celebrated in inches or weight loss.

Sometimes it is measured in setting realistic goals, accepting small weight gains,and then getting right back on track.

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Rules That Keep Me Honest

You would think that being able to sleep in as long as I want is a good thing. Nope. Summer means a huge schedule shift. I do not have the pressure of homeschooling and working. I can sleep in. That means that by the time I get up, my accountability partner has already worked out, showered, and is off to his own job.

Major problem for me. I like to get up, have one or two or three cups of coffee, watch some tv, relax. Then the kid wakes up. We cuddle. Then I am "out of the mood". and I don't want to work out. I promise myself I can do it "Later". Of course that is not as laughable as when I promise myself, "Tomorrow I WILL DO TWO workouts!". hahahaha.

This summer I had to create rules for myself.

1. No showering and dressing until I have worked out. I don't want to sit at home all day in my workout clothes, so this at least ensures that I workout at some point.

2. Two cups of coffee max. This limits the time I spend sitting, relaxing. I can always relax after my workout.

3. Hold myself accountable by tattling on myself. (I know how 1st grade!) I tell someone if I haven't worked out. Either the husband or my  mom and they harass me.

4. Engage with my fitness challenge group each day: How does it help to help others? Because I feel like a complete idiot if I hold my group members accountable if all I have done is sit around all day!

Hope this helps! Think about the "rules" you can create for yourself to overcome getting in your own way!

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A Vacation in Santa Cruz:Vacation Through Food

After P90X and Max 30
I like to eat. I like to eat new food. I also like to drink....a lot. But I have made a lot of progress this year on my nutrition and fitness goals and did not want them to go down the drain when we went to Santa Cruz this weekend. It was a trip without the kiddo, which usually means mimosas, breweries, and cocktail hours along with yummy food. I mean, hey if we can go to a place that does not have a kids menu, I want to do it.

The first thing I did was commit to eating my standard oatmeal breakfast and keep up with my 30 minute workouts. I chose new workouts from Beachbody on Demand that did not require any equipment. Max 30 did the trick. James was in the next room doing P90X3 workouts. Different rooms, different workouts, but we both got what we needed.

Lulu's Hot Chocolate for James
Then, I ate my oatmeal with apples and coconut oil. It was already cooked and packed from my prep work on Sunday. It kept me from putting crap inside by body first thing and I felt good about myself. It was a boost of self confidence that helped to propel me to make good choices later in the day. 

I refused to give up on my "vacation coffee" with real cream and sugar, but demanded it be the best. One of my general rules in life is NOT to eat at a national chain if a local place is available. Each morning I searched out a new, local coffee spot with something for James to eat. There, I would sip my decadent vacation coffee, beg "Just one bite!" from James, and think about our intentions for the day. I was never disappointed with the coffee I found. Chill Out Cafe and Lulus, provided decadent breakfast for James and yummy coffee for me.

Most of our mornings and mid mornings were spent doing one of three things. Walking in and out of random stores, bicycling around, or laying on the beach with a book. Not terribly active, I know. I am not the "Lets go run the Boston Marathon for fun on vacation" kind of girl. Nope I want a good book, warm sand, and no time restrictions.

We packed our own beach snacks. I packed fruit, baked chicken from home, and carrots to dip in hummus. James had some cheese, jalapeno salami, and crackers. The food kept us from becoming starving while down at the water and kept me tied over until our late lunch. It also kept me from over eating at a restaraunt. I didn't bring the whole package of crackers or cheese. Instead, we brought just enough for one serving.

Our "New" to us tandem. Bought on our way out of town!
Later in the afternoon, we invariably found ourselves riding our tandem
down to bars and restaurants looking for something to drink and eat. This was tricky for me because I like to drink (did I already say that?). Drinking usually means something sweet and full of calories. Plus, I know how toxic booze is. Our bodies try to get rid of it before anything else, So any food you eat while drinking does not get dealt with until all of the booze is gone. Usually, this means that the calories from food turns into extra weight by the end of your vacation.

Cocktail hours proved to be my biggest challenge. What I ended up doing was ordering a lot of ceviche, which I love, and trying new things that included fresh vegetable ingredients or lean protein. I forgot anything fried, covered in butter, and bread. At one place, we ordered the ceviche and spicy edamame. I had to ignore the salt content and accept that some water weight would come on. I chose infused vodka martinis or mixed drinks with fresh fruit squeezed in over sugar laden mixes. I had to accept in those moments that I would gain weight. The alcohol calories did nothing for me in terms of my long term goals, I was making a choice.
infused vodka

I did indulge in another favorite, ice cream. I am a sucker for a super creamy, gourmet scoop. This means that (much to James' disappointment) I do not indulge in chain ice cream like Baskin Robbins or Cold Stone. If I am going to do it, it has to be creamy, fresh, and unique.

We tried Mission Hill Creamery and were not disappointed. The ice cream was delicious and worth every calorie and bite.They have small 2 oz scoops.You know how the first few bites are always the best? The first few bites is all you get with a 2 oz scoop! Plus it came with a yummy waffle cone slide on top. So I could forgot the additional calories of a full on waffle cone.

  The biggest surprise of the vacation came one day at Pizza My Heart. I leaned over to look at the salads and saw a Caprese salad with the cutest, yummiest looking tomatoes, oil and vinegar, and Pesto. James ordered a slice of  meat pizza.The salad was refreshing and the tiny container of pesto had that bit of olive oil fattiness that made me swoon. Before long, I realized I had had only one bite of James' pizza and was too focused on my caprese to bother begging for more. I didn't miss the pizza.

The biggest thing I did differently to ensure not gaining a ton of weight or bringing vacation habits back with me, was to immediately start prepping for my week when we returned. Before walking in the door, I threw the first load in the washer.

Then, I hit the kitchen. I prepped my breakfasts for the week and started to thaw chicken while James ran to the grocery store. We ate turkey burgers for lunch and I had a chicken salad for dinner.

Vacation is not technically over, but why do more damage? All I wanted to do was sit down, drink some water, and watch tv. Tomorrow I will be glad I didn't.

Strategies for No Mess Lunch and Dinner

Cooking from scratch instead of grabbing a frozen weight watchers meal or bowl of cereal meant a lot more dishes, cooking, time, and thinking ahead. My working, homeschooling, fitness mom life does not leave a lot of room for cleaning.

I learned to plan and prep.

Planning Tips: 
  • Plan meals that use similiar ingredients so that you can prep them all at once. 
  • Look for meals at the beginning of the week that you can double and use the leftovers for lunch the rest of the week.
  • Search for recipes that can be cooked in the crockpot for busy days. 
  • Keep it simple
  • Eat the same meals 
Yes, it sounds repetitive. I know.  I used to look at food as an activity. It was a bright spot, something to break the boredom of the day or relieve the stress of the day.

 My goal now when I eat is to think about what will fuel my body to build muscle. 

You have to be willing to do what it takes to get where you want to be. That may mean some "boring meals" if you don't want to invent and cook new meals eveyr day of the week.

Remember that the goal of eating is to satisfy your hunger NOT make you want more.

Prepping Tip:
Choose one early morning or afternoon to do your prep work and cooking. Why? It eliminates a lot of work during the week. I find that I can prep and cook for 3-4 days at a time. It also means that your refrigerator will be full of tupperware. So before going grocery shopping, clean out your refrigerator.

Bake or BBQ Chicken: The goal is to create a container full of healthy protein that you can scoop out at lunch or dinner.
  • Defrost bonless, skinless chicken breasts.By soaking them in warm water, until defrosted, it helps to create a juicy product.
  • Dry completely and sprinkle with different seasonings. I make a plain batch, one with Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime Chicken (or salsa!) and one with a No Salt All Purpose Seasoning
  • Heat over to 350 or prep grill.
  • Cook until slightly underdone. (If eating immediately, cook all the way. Undercooking meats may put you at risk for Salmonella poisoning. Makes sure to copmletely cook food before consuming)
  • Cut into cubes and store in different containers
Clean,Chop, Pre Cook "Fixn's" Cut and prep these so that they are ready to go when you need them.
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Pinto beans (overnight these in the crockpot!)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers and onions on the BBQ! These add a lot of flavor to meals
  • Lettuce and salad veges
Pre Made Chicken Meal Ideas: These may all be prepackaged and reheated at work or at dinner time.

Balsamic Chicken and Sweet Potatos: Scoop out chicken seasoned with all purpose seasoning and Precooked Sweet Potatoes. Then, sprinkle with Balsamic Vingegar. You can add pre cooked vegetables. Sub brown rice or quinoa if you do not like sweet potatoes. Adding Italian parsley will brighten it up and add flavor.
Taco Boats Place a scoop of Pinto Beans and chicken on top of Ortega Taco boats. Add lettuce, and toppngs. Eliminate the boats if you are low on yellows and have a Taco Salad instead! Add cilantro at the end to make it fresh.
Fajita Salad: Chicken, grilled peppers/onions on a bed of lettuce with vege fixings.
Stir Fry: Chicken with low sodium soy sauce, rice or quinoa, and broccoli (or your favorite veg!) Mix in an egg if you need the extra protein. Add chopped peanuts at the end for some crunch or pineapple for sweetness.

Poultry Break! Too much poultry? Break it up with lean ground beef:
Mini Meatloafs or Burgers: Mix ground beef with onions, bell pepper, and egg whites. Put into cupcake pan and cook at 350 or form into patties for burgers. You can chop and mix ahead of time and freeze the burger patties. I will smother these in leftover onions and peppers for added flavors. Add all the vegetables fixings you want.

I serve all of them with a salad or vegetables. If I have no more yellows left, I up the veges and remove the rice or sweet potato.

It doesn't have ot be messy or hard. Prep and Plan!

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I Totally Ignored My Kid Today (and I don't feel guilty)

During the school year I get up and work out at 4:30 with my husband. LOOONG before my son gets up for the day. It is absolutely necessary that I work out before he gets up. I must work out, shower, get ready for work, and get ready to homeschool all before his sleepy eyes open.

During the summer, there is a little bit of a slower pace, but still have to get my work out in, answer work emails, work with my challenge group and get my first meal in before getting him up and ready for camp.

This morning, I didn't roll out of bed until closer to 6:00 and brewed a cup of coffee. I was confident that he would wake up at his normal 7:15, leaving me plenty of time for me to workout before he came downstairs.

Ten minutes in, I heard his feet hit the floor and the toiler roar. "Maybe he will go back to sleep" I hoped as I refocused. No such luck. Pretty soon he was having a one sided argument with the dog about how much space she was taking on the couch.

Normally, I would get his day going by helping him make breakfast, snuggling for a few minutes on the couch, and having some more chit chat while we watched cartoons. Then, get him going on him summer homework.
The view from my workout

This morning, I ignored the "good mom" angel that was on one shoulder and gave into the selfish mom on the other that said, "Ignore him...keep going...it's only 20 more minutes".

"MOM. MOM. cuddles" he stated. I ignored his request, "Dude, if you are hungry you know how to start your breakfast..." I called out as I started the next set.

No movement on the couch.

At the end of the work out, I turned off my phone and sat down next to him.

"You are sweaty and you stink."

"That means I did it right" I replied as I stuffed his face into my armpit. He immediatley jumped up and went into the kitchen.

We were 30 minutes late to camp. The kid didn't care and no one else seemed to either.

 The devil won and so did I.

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