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Saturday, January 30, 2010

It really does exists!

I've read about it.
I've dreamed about it.
I've heard about it happening to other people.
But I've never experienced it... until today!

I'm living proof that craving healthy foods DOES exists!

Today I went shopping with Anthony - didn't buy a single thing except a dog toy for Poki! - and we took longer than expected. I didn't bring any snacks to hold me over and kill my stomach pangs so by the time lunch rolled around I was starving and ready to eat anything. We were walking around the mall deciding what to eat when we thought about our favorite dim sum place. Sounded good to me even though it's so off-diet right now, but stupid decisions happen when you're starving right?

Anyway, we make it to the dim sum restaurant and I'm so excited to chow down on some greasy fried Chinese dumplings... I order my favorite thing ever: fried seaweed seafood wrap! Take the first bite and I'm hugely disappointing. I ask Anthony if it taste different to him but he says no.

Oh well, plenty more fried goodness to go!

I order my next favorite which is a crispy fried turnip cake with bits of meat and green onions fried right into the cake. Same disappointment! I figure maybe the oil the restaurant is using might be a little old. So I order something not fried but that doesn't make a difference... SAME DISAPPOINTMENT!

What's going on?

I decide to stop ordering already (the disappointment isn't worth the calorie intake) but I can't leave without ordering my favorite favorite favorite item... a steamed sweet cream egg bun. I take the first bite and just hand over the rest to Anthony... just didn't taste as good as I remembered it. So later today I was thinking about what happened at lunch and I came to the conclusion that my body just craves a different kind of food now: healthy food!

I left the Chinese restaurant literally feeling greasy and totally unsatisfied not because of the guilt of eating bad food, but because it's just something I didn't want. Sure I wanted it an hour earlier, but after having it, it really made me feel more hungry than before. Is that weird?

Weird or not, it's a change I'll take!

I just finished eating a spinach salad with boiled egg, chicken breast, cucumbers, carrots and bell peppers and couldn't be happier! I'll definitely take this change!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Daily eats: Day 1, 2, and 3

Sorry I didn't post this yesterday, but here's the plan of my eats for the next several days:

Day 1/17
Breakfast: Shakeology, flaxseeds, 1/2 c strawberries, 1/2 c oj, 2c spinach
Snack 1: 1/4 c chocolate ice cream (I know, I know)
Lunch: 1 c rice, 3.5 oz chicken breast, 1/4 roast potato
Snack 2: 1/2 red velvet cupcake (I know, I know again)
Dinner: 6 oz baked halibut, 2 c asparagus
Snack 3: 1 c caffeine-free herbal tea

Day 2/17
Breakfast: 1 scoop protein, 1/2 banana, chia seeds, 2 c spinach
Snack 1: 4 oz lean roast beef, 1 oz Swiss cheese
Lunch: 1 c romaine, 1/2 c spinach, 4 oz tuna, 1 c broccoli, 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
Snack 2: 20 raw almonds
Dinner: 4.5 oz chicken breast, 2 c asparagus

Day 3/17
Breakfast: 1 egg, 3 egg whites, 1 c spinach, 1/2 c mushrooms, 1 oz feta cheese
Snack 1: 1 scoop protein
Lunch: 1c spinch, 1/4 cucumber, 1/2 c bell pepper, 1/2 carrot, 5 oz. shrimp, 1 tbs balsamic
Snack 2: 20 raw almonds
Dinner: 5 oz. sirloin steak, 2 c bok choy

'M' is for Miso

... as in miso soup (as a main dish)! Please be warned that ingredients for my miso soup is eye-balled so nothing is really measured. I'll try to be as accurate as possible.

  • 2 eggs
  • half a head of Chinese cabbage, roughly chopped
  • one bunch mustard cabbage, roughly chopped
  • one bunch bok choy, roughly chopped
  • one block firm tofu, cubed
  • 16 oz block of kamaboko (fish cake)
  • one package hon-dashi soup stock
  • 0.25 cup miso paste or to taste
1.) Dilute miso paste in warm water and pour into a large pot of boiling water (about 6 cups water). Add hon-dashi and stir until dissolved.

2.) Roughly chop all leafy veggies and add to pot.

3.) Add cubed tofu to pot and bring soup back to a boil.

4.) Once soup is boiling, lower heat and slowly pour in whisked eggs while stirring the pot. This creates strands of cooked egg (think egg drop soup style).

5.) Enjoy with some rice at the bottom of the bowl.

I have grown up eating miso soup so I LOVE it! You can substitute almost any veggie that you want in this recipe, but the ones I used are 'traditional' in my family. I usually use fresh cubed daikon also but forgot about it when I was making it this time!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesdays: 136.0

Last Wed. weight: 136.6
Today's weight: 136.0

Lost: -0.6

TOTAL Lost: -40.4

Is it okay to celebrate the -40 lbs. milestone again?

Anyway, speaking of Vegas...

Thank you for all your comments on yesterdays post. I appreciate all the advice and will take them to heart. I forgot to mention that I'm spending a day at Red Rock Canyon, hopefully getting in some hikes, but I'm for sure gonna be doing this:

But on a much lesser, faker, safer scale:

Oh yes, have my appointment set and will be sure to come back home with tons of pictures. Because I'm gonna do this, my PT sessions have been focusing on my lats and back muscles... nothing overly extensive as far as the workout goes, but doing lots of pull-ups, lat pull-downs, and dumbbell rows so I won't be too sore from climbing.

On another note still related to Vegas, I have this really cute dress I bought and I WANT TO WEAR IT, DAMN IT!! Although it fits and everything zippers up, it doesn't fit real comfortable... not too much breathing room. So welcome to crunch time! I have exactly 17 days from today to get into the best shape possible and I'm gonna do it! Anyone who cares to join me can go right ahead.

Eating will be stellar, but on the lower calorie, less carb side. I'll be following a fat-burner eating plan from one of the Beachbody programs, Power 90. Although it's a 6-day food plan, I'm gonna alter it a little by bringing up the calories so I can make it last 17 days. My workouts are going to be mostly cardio based and much less intense (think brisk walks, hiking, hill climbs, etc.) because of the lower calorie intake. Later today I'll post the details of my eats for the next couple of days.

Wish me luck!

Here are my goals for January:
  • Workout 6 days/week for a total of 27 days out of the 31 days
  • Burn an average of 300 calories per workout = 8100 calories MADE IT!
  • Workout for an average of 60 minutes = 1620 minutes MADE IT!
1/01: 463 cals, 96 min brisk walk
1/02: 400 cals, 103 min hike

1/03: 403 cals, 75 min JM dvd + elliptical
1/04: OFF
1/05: 457 cals, 102 min PT session + treadmill run
1/06: 423 cals, 78 min treadmill run + elliptical + basketball
1/07: 298 cals, 66 min walk
1/08: 293 cals, 90 min P90X Chst/Shldr/Tris + elliptical
1/09: 833 cals, 210 min hike + walk

1/10: 259 cals, 72 min full-body weight session
1/11: OFF
1/12: 367 cals, 90 min PT session + treadmill run
1/13: 307 cals, 75 min treadmill hill workout
1/14: 260 cals, 72 min P90X Shoulders and Arms + ab work
1/15: 294 cals, 65 min elliptical HIIT
1/16: 588 cals, 150 min hike + treadmill run

1/17: 286 cals, 62 min walk
1/18: 1011 cals, 252 min hike + walk
1/19: 202 cals, 60 min PT session
1/20: OFF
1/21: OFF
1/22: 241 cals, 85 min P90X Shoulders and Arms + ARX
1/23: 1138 cals, 255 min hike + walk

1/24: 289 cals, 75 min walk
1/25: 311 cals, 75 min walk
1/26: 341 cals, 90 min PT session + treadmill run

TOTAL: 9464 cals, 2298 mins

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Viva Las Vegas!

OMG! I can't believe I've had a Vegas trip planned for months now and not ONCE have I mentioned it here! With that being said...

I'm going to Vegas in a couple of weeks!

I'm so psyched about it!

This is gonna be my first big trip away from home-cooked meals since I started my journey and I've been stressing BIG time over the potential weight-gaining food choices I'll have to make in Vegas. Over the weekend I must have looked up two dozen restaurants on the Strip, checked out their menus, and planned our days/activities around which restaurants offered the 'healthiest' choices.

CRAZY RIGHT?! How did I let it get this far? The worse part: I didn't even realize I was planned my vacation around food until today. I was talking to a co-worker about my trip and I was going on and on about everything. I must have been talking for a good 5 minutes straight when my coworker looked at me kinda blankly and asked, "Are you only gonna eat food up there?" That's when I realized FOOD was running my Vegas agenda. How sad is that? I realize it's smart to have a plan of attack for vacations and special occasions but to plan an entire trip based on food choices?!?!

That's when I sat back and thought about everything. I threw out my entire agenda and started over with the things I actually wanna do on this trip - no food influences included!

When I took the time to stop thinking about food, it was much easier to relax. I realized this is life and I won't always have the opportunity to plan every single meal so I need to learn to make smart choices and strengthen my skills in willpower. My plan of attack to stay on track in Vegas:
  • find the closest gym
  • don't forget that all the walking around counts as physical activity
  • bring my resistance bands to get in a hotel-room workout
  • bring protein powder/Shakeology
  • bring simple snacks to keep me full all day
  • eat on my regular 6-meals a day schedule
  • avoid all buffets except for one night... Rio World Buffet!
  • no to the free drinks :(
  • never finish everything on my plate - even leaving a bite or two behind will help
  • choose only one: appetizer, dessert or drink
  • document everything I eat - in pictures or in words - to keep me accountable
Any more tips from you guys?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Motivational Mondays: Toilet paper roll

I get quite a few emails from people who are on the same journey as I am... getting healthy and losing the weight. A lot of these emails ask how I keep going even when I hit bumps in the road that normally make people wanna quit. For example plateaus, loss of energy/motivation, or just being consistent with eating right and exercise.

But the bump in the road I wanna talk about:

"I lost 10 lbs. (or 15 or 20 lbs!) but I look exactly the same!"

First... B.R.E.A.T.H.E!

This is actually something really common among the weight-loss community and sorry to say, but the bigger you start off on this journey, the harder it is to see the changes at first. So think of yourself as a roll of toilet paper (or paper towel if you don't wanna think TP). The first several layers of TP pretty much go down the toilet without making a real difference in what the original roll looks like, right? Same with our bodies. But as you start to use more and more TP - a.k.a lose more and more fat - the changes start to make a BIG difference until you get to the last several layers left on the role. In fact that last 15 - 20 layers on the roll make more of a difference than any other 15 - 20 layers before. Again, same with our bodies.

As you get closer and closer to goal weight, the current 5 lbs. lost can look totally different on your body than the first 20 lbs. you lost! LITERALLY:

My point is... Keep At It!

Weight-loss shouldn't be about just wanting to look better, it should be about getting healthy and fit, so even if you can't see a physical difference in your appearance, eating right and exercising will improving your body from the inside out.

So get moving people!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

CLX/P90X Hybrid and stats

Wow where did the time go...

Time for a CLX/P90X Hybrid update (although I'm thinking of changing the name to just P90X because I haven't touched a CLX workout in almost a month!).

First, my super-late-30-day stat update! I can't believe I took all my measurements back on the 11th but totally forgot to post them here. Be warned, the weight is up, the inches are up and down, but I've increased in the right areas as far as strength:

(click to enlarge)

Day 35
Gorgeous hike + treadmill hill run

Day 36
brisk walk

Day 37
4+ hour hike

Day 38
Full body weight-training PT session

Day 39

Day 40
OFF - again!

Day 41
P90X Shoulders and Arms + ARX

Day 42
4+ hour hike + brisk walk

Friday, January 22, 2010

'L' is for Lentils and Leeks

... as in warm lentil leek soup!

  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 big leeks (white and light green parts only), cut into 1/2 inch half-moons
  • 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard or kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils, dry
  • 1 tbs. fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • Feta cheese (optional, but OH SO GOOD!)

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot set over medium heat. Add leeks and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Add tomatoes and cook another 5 minutes or until tomatoes break apart.

3. Add six cups of water and bring to a boil. Stir in sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, lentils, thyme, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Lower heat, cover pot and let simmer about 20 - 30 minutes, or until sweet potato and lentils cooked through.

5. ENJOY with a sprinkle of feta and a little more cayenne on top!

At first I didn't like this soup... a little too sweet for me. But once I added more black pepper, salt, red chili flakes and cayenne pepper I totally loved this soup! Despite not having any meat in the dish, this is a very hearty and filling soup because of all the fibery (is that a word?) veggies. The original recipe called for Parmesan cheese but since I didn't have any I substituted feta and it was delish!!

Things I'd do the next time:
  • add a can of whole kernel corn
  • use only one sweet potato and one regular potato
  • more swiss chard
  • add a cup or two of chicken broth in place of one or two cups of water
  • add barley
  • more lentils
  • cook it with a mild, white fish

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Blog Awards!

I know you've seen them floating around blogland but I gotta say... it makes me feel so good to get one! To realize that my 'lil ole blog helps others is AMAZING to me and that's what pushes me to go the extra step in my fitness journey!

My friend Kyle, over at Getting Better and Better, recently gave me an award:

As with all awards, there are rules to accepting them. To accept the "Happy 101 award", I need to 1.) acknowledge the person who gave it to me - Kyle, 2.) list ten items that make me happy, and 3.) award it to ten other bloggers.

So keeping with my fitness-journey blog, I'll be listing the ten weight-loss/fitness items that make me happy.

10 Happy Items
(in no particular order)
  1. Anthony - My supporter through all of this!
  2. Poki - My walking buddy that never lets me forget to get outside
  3. My Bodybugg - Keeps me VERY accountable
  4. Powerblocks - Gotta love how heavy I can lift and how little space they take up
  5. Hawaii's weather - Keeps me outside hiking all year round
  6. My personal trainer - Pushes me harder than I can push myself.
  7. Oxygen magazine - So much motivation, exercise routines, and eats
  8. workout dvd's - No time for gym? No problem! This is where it all started.
  9. eggs - I L.O.V.E eggs... scrambled, poached, boiled, any way!
  10. other bloggers - Seriously... you guys make me realize this journey is a struggle for everyone, not just myself. The support, inspiration, and motivation I've received from other bloggers is amazing and I know I couldn't find anything like it any where else.

10 Happy Bloggers
(in no particular order)
**This is among MANY that I like... it's just hard to pick only ten**
  1. *Bitch Cakes*
  2. Annalisa: Diary of a Yo-yo Dieter
  3. Coach Your Mind
  4. I Commit 2 be Fit
  5. Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit
  6. Keeping the Pounds OFF!
  7. Prior Fat Girl
  8. Project Exercise
  9. Secrets... to losing... 100 lbs.
  10. Tony the Anti-Jared

Kyle also gave me the 'Getting Better and Better' Award for giving him a "tip top tip" about kale chips. Let me know when you make them, Kyle!

'K' is for Kale

... as in kale chips!

  • a big bunch of kale, torn into hand-size pieces
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper to taste
1.) Preheat over to 375 degrees. Lay kale on cookie sheet and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2.) Bake kale for 15 minutes and flip. Spray other side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for another 15 minutes, keeping a close eye for singed leaf edges.

3.) Cool off and ENJOY!!

Actually really good! A huge bag of kale cost $3 at the local farmers' market so I pick one up whenever we go because we love it so much. Just another way to get in veggies right? I bet a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese over the kale before baking will be even better!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesdays: 136.6

Last Wed. weight: 137.2
Today's weight: 136.6
Lost: -0.6

TOTAL Lost: -39.8

Another solid loss from eating right and exercising. Who would have thought, huh?!

I just don't understand why I can't be consistent like this all the time when I KNOW it works. It's so simple but so hard to do!

Here are my goals for January:
  • Workout 6 days/week for a total of 27 days out of the 31 days
  • Burn an average of 300 calories per workout = 8100 calories
  • Workout for an average of 60 minutes = 1620 minutes MADE IT!
1/01: 463 cals, 96 min brisk walk
1/02: 400 cals, 103 min hike

1/03: 403 cals, 75 min JM dvd + elliptical
1/04: OFF
1/05: 457 cals, 102 min PT session + treadmill run
1/06: 423 cals, 78 min treadmill run + elliptical + basketball
1/07: 298 cals, 66 min walk
1/08: 293 cals, 90 min P90X Chst/Shldr/Tris + elliptical
1/09: 833 cals, 210 min hike + walk

1/10: 259 cals, 72 min full-body weight session
1/11: OFF
1/12: 367 cals, 90 min PT session + treadmill run
1/13: 307 cals, 75 min treadmill hill workout
1/14: 260 cals, 72 min P90X Shoulders and Arms + ab work
1/15: 294 cals, 65 min elliptical HIIT
1/16: 588 cals, 150 min hike + treadmill run

1/17: 286 cals, 62 min walk
1/18: 1011 cals, 252 min hike + walk
1/19: 202 cals, 60 min PT session

TOTAL: 7144 cals, 1718 mins

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recovering from the l-o-n-g weekend!

Were you lucky like me and had a three-day weekend? If you did, then I know you're not recovered yet because I'm NOT! And since I'm not recovered and ready for the week, this post will be in pictures.


Hit up a hike early in the morning.

I'm sorry did I say hike? I meant stair-master from HELL!

Bough me some new workout clothes all for under $50!

And no! Pink, blue or gray are not my favorite colors!
I just bought what was on sale.

Hit up ANOTHER hike!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Motivational Mondays: Push harder

"The harder you push that body, the faster it'll change."
Jillian Michaels

Saturday, January 16, 2010

CLX/P90X Hybrid: Day 29-34

Day 29
Full-body weight training workout at the gym

Day 30

Day 31
Plyo/strength PT session + treadmill run

Day 32
Treadmill hill workout

Day 33
P90X Shoulders and Arms + ab work on stability ball

Day 34
Elliptical HIIT

Friday, January 15, 2010

'J' is for Jalapeno

... as in jalapeno tomato chicken!

***Sorry no step-by-step pictures for this one. I had Anthony cook this when I wasn't home and I forgot to have him photo the process for the blog.***

  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 lg. garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 whole med. sized chicken breasts, skinned and halved
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1 14oz. can whole tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. minced shallots
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1.) Set pan over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, garlic, cayenne pepper and jalapeno and when pan is hot, add oil.

2.) Salt and pepper the chicken. Add lemon mixture to pan and immediately place chicken breast in pan as well. Cook until each side is brown, about 4 minutes each side.

3.) Remove undercooked chicken from pan and set aside. Pour red wine vinegar into pan and loosen drippings. Add tomatoes and tomato paste and stir.

4.) Bring to a boil and add chicken back to pan. Turn hit down to a simmer, cover pan, and let the chicken cook until well done, about 15 - 20 minutes. ENJOY!

Ahh... this was so-so. I got this recipe from some site on-line (can't remember... I just googled 'jalepeno and chicken' and this is what came up). Anyway it would have been better with more veggies - think mushrooms and onions - and taco seasoning! I liked the kick of spiciness the jalapeno and cayenne added but it could have been better with a little bit more. Anthony wants to try it again this weekend so hopefully we will.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A day in the life of TASG

Recently I've gotten a few emails and comments about what my day looks like as a far as eating and exercising. Although I do post my daily calories here, it's nice to be a little more detailed so here's my eats and exercise for a typical day:

6:30 - wake up + drink 8 oz. of water

7:30 - 1/2c steel cut oats, 1 tbs. peanut butter, 1 scoop protein powder + 8oz. water

8:00 - 10 oz. water

9:30 - 10 oz. water

10:30 - 1/2c cottage cheese, apple, 10 raw almonds

12:00 - 10 oz. water

1:30 - 3oz tuna, 2 whole wheat bread, 3 romaine leaves, tangerine, string cheese + 8 oz. water

3:30 - 10 oz. water

6:00 - 3 oz. london broil, 1/2c whole wheat pasta, 1c homemade marinara sauce, 1c broccoli

8:00 - GYM TIME! + 20 oz. water

9:30 - 1/2c ice cream

11:30 - 1 scoop casein protein + 10 oz. water

Exciting wasn't that?!

I've got the secret to weight-loss!

And it has nothing to do with popping pills or eating cabbage or drinking lemon and cayenne pepper. And it's not about doing MORE exercise or cutting MORE calories. Yes, exercise and a reduced-calorie diet will help but you wanna know what the real secret is...


consistency - marked by harmony, regularity, or steady continuity; free from variation or contradiction
I absolutely love the "free from contradiction" part... so poetic! But seriously, being consistent in a healthy lifestyle will be the number one key to losing the weight and ultimately keeping the weight off.

And think big picture... being consistent with broad topics like exercise and eating right is enough, but of course you could break it down and focus on individual aspects of each area: consistently increasing your weight-load, consistently increasing your mile time, consistently getting enough fruits/veggies a day, etc. But if you're only consistent with making sure you get in workouts and eat right, it'll get the job done too (of course in the end, you will need to tweak these smaller aspects to get better and better results).

For example, take a look at me. I change up my goals/exercise/eating routine almost weekly because that's what works for me. I actually had someone use the word "scatter-brained" when describing my weight-loss journey because if it's not my shift from gym workouts to at home workouts, it's a change in eating 3 meals one day and then changing it to 6 meals the next.

But you know what... I DON'T CARE! Changing things monthly... weekly... daily... even hourly... keeps me consistent and that is the key. Being "scatter-brained" leads me to getting my workouts done 6x/week. It gets me to keep my calories in check. It gets me to keep going strong even after a year of this life-style change. Just being extra consistent in the last three weeks has put me down almost 4 pounds - that usually takes me two months to do!

So if you're like me and have a desire to change things up CONSTANTLY don't sweat it! As long as you find the things that will keep you consistent, this journey now becomes a matter of when, not if.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesdays: 137.2

Last Wed. weight: 138.6
Today's weight: 137.2
Lost: -1.4

TOTAL Lost: -39.2

A week of eating right and following through with exercise has paid off! If you look at my previous weigh-ins for the last several months, you'll notice that it's hard for me to even lose half a pound in a week so dropping 1.4 lbs. is GOOD!

Recently I've been reading A LOT of blogs where the authors' explain their reasoning for having too much of a calorie deficit, or eating too little/much food, or not getting in more exercise. Hell, I made an entire lengthy post justifying myself to a very rude email!

And I'm not saying that's good or bad. My point is each of us are on our own journeys to better health... no two people will ever do the same thing and get the same results. So do what works for you and as long as you're healthy about it, you don't need to justify yourself.

This isn't a bash on anyone, it's just a reminder to keep doing what we're all doing... no matter what others think or say.


Here are my goals for January:
  • Workout 6 days/week for a total of 27 days out of the 31 days
  • Burn an average of 300 calories per workout = 8100 calories
  • Workout for an average of 60 minutes a day = 1620 minutes
1/01: 463 cals, 96 min brisk walk
1/02: 400 cals, 103 min hike

1/03: 403 cals, 75 min JM dvd + elliptical
1/04: OFF
1/05: 457 cals, 102 min PT session + treadmill run
1/06: 423 cals, 78 min treadmill run + elliptical + basketball
1/07: 298 cals, 66 min walk
1/08: 293 cals, 90 min P90X Chst/Shldr/Tris + elliptical
1/09: 833 cals, 210 min hike + walk

1/10: 259 cals, 72 min full-body weight session
1/11: OFF
1/12: 367 cals, 90 min PT session + treadmill run

TOTAL: 4196 cals, 982 mins

Monday, January 11, 2010

How was your weekend?!

So sad Monday's here... but I had a fabulous weekend!

Didn't do anything super exciting but just being back on track with food and exercise has made a huge difference in my mood! Ever notice if that happens to you too?

Friday I had the best workout ever!

Saturday Anthony, Poki and I went hiking!

A little bit muddy at the start of the trail.

Watch out for broken trees!

We made it to the top and check out the view!

Sunday was another fabulous full-body weight lifting workout at the gym. I was scheduled to do P90X Back and Biceps at home but since I last lifted on Friday, I thought "why not" and worked all those muscles again. My biceps and shoulders are shredded right now and I love it!!!
It burns so GGGOOOOOODDDD!!!!

And while at the gym I got reacquainted with a former love! I hope to see more of them real soon!