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Back to The Good Ole So-And-So Factory

I owe a post on my travels last week, to Florida for a conference. For now, here are my stats:

Spinning 57 min – 548 cal
Abs Challenge 20 min – 104 cal
Treadmill 33 min – 348 cal
Total 1 hr 50 min – 1,000
Couldn’t have done that better if I tried, well actually I did try there. First getting up at 5:00 (5:20), then getting a bike that worked, pushing through the abs and finally running those intervals on the treadmill. I’m exhausted and
I haven’t even gone to work yet!

Happy, Monday!!!

Compared To Me There Are No Bigger Excuses

Spinning 58 min – 550 cal
Elliptical 30 min – 298 cal
Stair master 16 min – 177 cal
Total 1 hr 44 min – 1,024 cal

The thought just came to me, while I was distracting myself on the stair master. I have to stop myself from talking myself out of making it to the gym. At least I used to. Now those thoughts don’t stand a chance. It’s not just don’t go. It’s giving validity to every circumstance that can be used as a reason why eating right or exercising can’t happen. I mean it would have, but _____ happened.

Fill it in how you like. There are constants in our lives. Our morals, our faith, our conviction toward anything that, for us, will never falter. Exercising and being fit is something that should be constant in everyone’s lives. All the excuses I could machinate add up to me being the excuse. Each of them, in and of themselves are nothing. They are a change in schedule. Not a cancellation of our lives.

Yep. 15 minutes on the stair master and that’s what runs through my head for about 2 minutes. Good distraction.

Outlets on the Walls, Filling in the Chips and I Challenge Thee to a Duel

First thing is first.

Outlets on the walls – my last post dealt with the strawberry banana bread, which was very tasty. I used to be a sous chef and have a love of cooking. The hard part is having the results sitting in my kitchen. I have no will power and will eat anything bad, if it is around. Well, that bread turned out a little high in the WW points to keep in the house. I brought it in to work and put it on the IT bench. By noon, most of it was gone.

People said they liked it, which was cool. It’s fun to get to make something new and yummy, but not have to worry about the aftermath of not eating it. I work in an IT group. They will eat anything!

So on with filling in the chips – I get Groupons for myself, so that I can have rewards as I lose weight. Losing 124 lbs is a huge goal, and just working toward that would be way too overwhelming. Weight Watcher’s community is so supportive in this respect. Many advocate mini-goals and mini-rewards. Focus on 5 or 10 lbs. Commit to getting x oz of water in, every day for a week or a month. Challenge yourself to x min of activity every week, every day, etc.

I was looking through my Groupons last week, and noticed that I had a manicure one. Since my nails were green from St. Patty’s day, and starting to chip, I figured it would be a good opportunity to get them done. Made an appointment for Monday (yesterday). This is not the normal type of nail place I frequent. I go to places that have names like “Star Nails” or “Nail Pro”. They are in every plaza in big areas, and it’s about $15 for a french manicure. This place had a groupon for $25 for a manicure. That is the Groupon price! They offered me wine, and were totally nice. When I was done, the nail tech said “your nails are wet, but you can leave.” I could kick myself for not saying something. My nails ended up all messed up by the time I got home.

 Called them and the only appt I could get to get them fixed this week, was tonight. Well, when I went tonight, the (new) nail tech mentioned that she had gelish on her nails. For those not familiar, gelish nail polish does not crack or chip. It stays perfect for about 2 weeks, which is way better than nail polish, no matter how well it is put on. It cost an extra $15, but it was worth it!

So I got that done, packed my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, and made dinner. Yummy horseradish salmon with french cut green beans. My Tuesday ritual, having salmon and veggies, while I watch Biggest Loser.

I have been very anxious this week, because I have a lot going on.  I don’t want to get overwhelmed, run out of energy, not get everything done.  Now that I have gotten done everything up to this point, a lot of that anxiety has subsided.  I feel happy and confident that everything will get done.

So onto the challenge.

 One of the great parts of the Weight Watcher’s community (and there are many), is the challenges. Anyone can create a challenge. I created one to not use your snooze button. It has a long time range, as I set it up as an experiment. Not a short term challenge, but building a habit. Right now I am not fairing so well, but every day I don’t use snooze is one more. The hope is to build this habit, so it happens more often over time, til I am not using the snooze more than I am. At least that is the hope!

The challenge I want to discuss is the new one I created. It is an Ultimate Abs Challenge.

135 participants already!!! That is so cool!

I actually found it on another blogspot blog. The post is here, if you want to check it out: 2012…My last fat year!!: The 300 Challenge [Ab & Core Workout] There are 11 exercises and they are insane!! The challenge is to do 25 of each every day for a month. Because I am so not there, and neither are a lot of people in the WW community, I customized the challenge a bit.

So here are my challenge rules –

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The exercises came from here:
Click Here For Ab Core Challenge Examples!!

There are 11 Ab exercises, and the goal is to do 25 reps each.  The site link above has great pictures and tutorials, but I will list them here. 

  1. In N Outs
  2. Bicycles
  3. Reverse Bicycles
  4. Crunchy Frog
  5. Cross Leg/Wide Leg Sit-Ups
  6. Scissors
  7. Hip Butt Ups
  8. Heels to the Heavens
  9. Roll-up /V- Ups
  10. Leg Climbers
  11. Kayakers

For each exercise, do as many reps as you can.  For each rep, you get 1 point.  The max is 25 points per exercise, per day.  So if you do 5 reps, of each exercise, in a day, then you have earned 55 points for your team.  Keep track of them on your own.

At the end of each week, you must report your totals into a google docs spreadsheet.  The Spreadsheet will be posted once registration has closed on March 31st.

Bonus:  If you finish at least 1 rep of each of the 11 exercises in one day AND you do the two stretching exercises, you earn 2 points for each stretching.

  1. Cobra Stretch
  2. Child’s Pose

If you do all 11 exercises and both stretching, you have earned the max of 279 points for the day.  If you get this perfect score, then you earn a bonus 121 points for you team – a total 400 points! 

Every Sunday, results need to be posted to the google doc.  Because we have enough to keep track of, I will likely not post any mini-challenges.  You are welcome to post your stats on the walls and discussions, but they will not be added to the doc for you.


Each person is responsible for keeping track of their numbers and posting weekly totals on 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, and 4/28.  I will total and determine winners after the 28th postings. 

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Remember, this starts on 4/1/12!!
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So that is it. Its is a 30 day challenge, to absault our abs! Yeah, I went there. Since so many people tell me that I inspire them and motivate them, I thought I would post this challenge as a public blog post. Feel free to take part in this challenge. Anyone not on weight watchers (and participating in my challenge) call yourself the blue team, and post your results in the comments here. My mom asked me what the winning team wins.  If you have to ask that, do the challenge and find out for yourself.

 I challenge you!

Tuesday Stats – So Much To Do So Little Time

Total body 59 min – 345 cal
Precor 30 min – 262 cal
Step master 20 min – 190 cal
Total 1 hr 49 min – 797 cal

I wanted to get a blog written last night, but alas I had to get a mani. Had a groupon. Great place, and all went well until we finished and I was told “your nails are still wet, but you can leave now.”

So now my nails are all messed up and I have to go back to get them fixed. Who tells someone with wet nails to leave? They even tried to put my coat on me. So weird! Well I hope I can get them fixed. It was a reward groupon!!

Funday Monday – Stats

Spinning 55 min – 504 cal
Treadmill 33 min – 362 cal
Total 1 hr 28 min – 866 cal

Got to bed at midnight, and I am wondering how I will get more sleep any other night this week. So much to do!

I could have totally done the stepper for 15 min, to get 1,000 calories but my leg muscles are already really sore. I think it’s from the kettle bell workout. Weird! I didn’t think it was that hard. Tomorrow is also total body, so strength training is right around the corner.

Hope everyone has a Funday Monday!

Happy Woman Baking

Watching Mad Men, and for the fun of it, I am happy, not mad. I have a surplus of bananas and strawberries.  I have never had old bananas and just decided to make bread.  So today, I thought I would.  I looked on WW site, but didn’t find one that was the point range I wanted.  Turns out, there’s a reason.  I didn’t know this until I finished, but it was a good learning experience in cooking.

Found 2 recipes on pinterest:
This one –

And this one –


My final recipe is gone. Once I ended my membership with Weight Watchers, it seems they deleted the link to the recipe I made on their site.

This is how I start – take out all ingredients and line them up – helps me to make sure I have everything!  As I add each ingredient, I put them away.  That way, when I’m done, I don’t have much of any clean up except bowls and measuring/mixing tools.
Strawberries.  If I worked with cutting up strawberries more often, I might just want a huller.  It’s kind of pain to cut out the stems.
This is how I diced up the strawberries.  Just wanted to give a picture.  I didn’t leave them big at all.  I also didn’t want them pureed with the banana, yogurt mixture.
 Dry mix.  Pretty dry.  Pretty straight forward.
 Batter all together and ready to bake!
 
While it was baking, I used the timer to see if I could get the rest of my stuff done.  Cleaned up the dishes.  I programmed the coffee for 5:00 am, and made my peanut butter dip for the rest of my strawberries.  Here is how easy that is:
 
 Above are the ingredients.  Plain chobani yogurt, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, and 2 tbsp of confectioner sugar.  This time I also added 1 tsp of cinnamon.
 Doesn’t that look yummy?  No?  Well, we gotta mix it! 😀
 Makes 3 servings.  Package up some strawberries, and you will be excited for your afternoon snack!  2 PP on WW.
 I also packed my breakfast, which I have after the gym at work.  I know, it’s just cereal, but on WW I find that we often get ideas for a way to change up our meals, by what others post.  This is 1 serving (3/4 cup) of Fiber One Honey Squares (2 PP), 1 serving Special K Fruit and Yogurt (3 PP), with 1 cup of skim milk (2 PP).  Totals 7 PP on WW.
 For lunch, I packed a salad.  It is a little pointy, but lots of veggies!  5 PP for the chicken.  I package it separately, so I can microwave it and put it on the salad, hot.  The salad has olives (1PP), 1/8 cup feta (1PP), and 3 tbsp Wegman’s Light Peppercorn Ranch dressing (3PP).  Total of 10 PP.
Ok, folded the laundry and got this blog done.  Here is the final product of the strawberry banana bread.  Very tasty, but turned out at 11 servings, 5 PP each.  A little high for me, as a snack.  Going to bring it in to IT tomorrow.  Those guys will eat it up.
Hoping to get another blog up soon on the abs challenge I started in the Weight Watchers community.  Should be fun!!!

Full Cup A Brewin’

[Spoiler alert warning –  this post contains a spoiler for the movie Crazy Stupid Love]

Stats for today are definitely low: Jillian Micheal’s Shred It Kettle bell workout.  29 min – 215 cal.

It’s a great workout, but I slept in, so I don’t have time to go for a run or to do some yard work.  It was a new thing to try, which was good.

My mom is in for the weekend, so that we can celebrate our birthdays together.  Her’s is on 3/21 and mine is on 4/4.  Exactly 2 weeks apart.  When I was growing up, we always went to the Ichiban Japanese Steak House, in Syracuse, NY for every persons’ birthday.  That would be my mom, dad, brother and myself.  It was a tradition.  After my parents divorced, my mom and I kept up our tradition.  Since our birthdays are so close, we go in the weekend in between.

After I finished college, we started meeting at Turning Stone.  We would get a free room, play bingo, play some slots, and go to Syracuse for Ichiban. Their salad dressing is so yummy!

Last year, I took her to Vegas, for her 65th.  Not exactly Ichiban, but we had a good time. I took her to a Japanese steak house, at MGM.  It ended up to be really foo-foo but the sushi appetizer was great.  We also saw Whoopi Goldberg, which was bucket list worthy.

This year, we met at Turning Stone.  Alas, we did not come back with gobs of money, but we had a good time.  In way of WW notes, they have a fantastic greek salad in their food court.  I added grilled chicken. Said “Woah!” to the lady about to put a cup of feta on the salad (not kidding), and told her to use less.  Got the dressing on the side.

While playing slots I stuck to diet soda and decaf coffee.  Totally could have chosen water a bit more!  Went to their diner in the morning and got an egg white omelet, no butter on the grill, packed with veggies, turkey and some swiss.  Didn’t finish it.  I love not finishing food.

Came back to Rochester and ordered takeout from Sinbad’s for dinner.  Awesome Mediterranean in the area, and probably one of my favorite cuisines.  We watched Crazy Stupid Love.  My mom said she thought it was deeper than she had expected it to be from the previews.  I enjoyed the twist that Hannah was his daughter.  I hated Ryan Gosling’s accent.  It wasn’t consistent and it wasn’t necessary.  I would have liked more development of Juliane Moore’s character.  I also thought that the antics of their son were a bit far fetched.  No way a kid goes up in front of classmates and parents, and says to his babysitter, sorry you walked in on me yanking it.  I mean, come on.  I know people want to think their families are that interesting and colorful, but let’s not encourage stupidity.  Even if it is in the title.

So today we are going to hit the public market.  Rochester has an awesome one.  Tonight we are going with friends to Magnolia’s, which is another fantastic place to eat in Rochester.  They have incredible paninis, wraps, and a to die for tomato artichoke soup.  Oh I will be getting it!

Then we are going to the Geva theater to see Angels in America.  I saw the mini series on HBO and it was incredible.  About a month ago, I was in a Starbucks, getting my lean protein post-workout skinny latte reward.  I looked over at the bulletin board and saw a poster for the show.  In about 2 seconds I was sending a pic to my friend, telling her “I know what I want to do for my birthday!”

In other news, my mom got me a heating pad, the dvd of the Help and of All That Jazz.  So cool! (and warm as the heating pad goes lol)  I got her a $50 gift card to the Michael Spa Salon in her home town.  She was excited, because she can use it for a deep tissue massage.

Well, that’s all for now! I gotta go make the coffee and breakfast for mom and me.  My cup runneth over.