Friday, December 30, 2011

Cyber Shout Out

I started this humble blog two days ago and I already have almost 300 views! Thank you to everyone who has taken time to read this and offer support. I really will not be able to do this without you. I have so many ideas about what I want to include in my journey, so I hope you'll stick with me 'till the end. Or, the beginning as I would like to look at it.
I saw a quote on pinterest the other day that said "you can either wake up sore tomorrow or you can wake up sorry." This is so true. How many times have you procrastinated exercising until the next day and then never do it the next day? Which turns into the next day, then the next, etc... I personally love waking up sore. This shows me that my workouts are working and I feel proud.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and hearing your comments and suggestions!

The before the before

I thought I would share... here's me as a college cheerleader for the UAB Blazers!

And me now...

Biking after Plyocide... Ouch!

Today was a "rest" day, so I biked 3.5 miles. I biked the Cumberland River Greenway, which is usually a level easy/medium in difficulty for me. Thanks to P90x2 and my aching, painful, confused muscles it was pretty difficult. My quads were screaming! That trail usually only takes me about 20 minutes and today it took me 28! It felt really good though.

I love living downtown!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hypnotize Yourself into a Healthier You

If you could hypnotize yourself into thinking that you disliked all the bad shit you crave, what would you choose? And what would you replace it with?

For me, it's: pizza, chocolate covered pretzels, chicken fingers, fries, beer (all kinds), gummy bears, ice cream/fro yo, diet soda (all kinds), crab rangoons, chinese food of any kind really, hamburgers I really could go on and on about all the crap that I love to eat.

Replacements(I am open to suggestions!):
Pizza: low carb egg pizza
Chocolate Covered Pretzels: hmmm...low sodium pretzels with natural peanut butter?
Chicken Fingers: fake baked chicken fingers (I will post a recipe soon)
Fries: baked sweet potato fries
Beer: red wine?
Gummy Bears: grapes
Ice Cream/Fro Yo: frozen fruit bars
Diet Soda: fresh juice/flavored water
Crab rangoons: Bueller? Bueller?
Chinese Food: Stir-Fried veggies with light, low-sodium soy sauce


Day two workout: Plyocide.

Again, some of the exercises I could not do and I had to modify them.

When I was done, I had to go outside and walk around with my hands above my head to keep from throwing up. No more coffee in the morning before the workout! I felt so nauseous because it was such a hard workout; I did not feel normal for about 30 minutes. The feeling was very similar to how I felt back in high school during sports conditioning. Every inch of body was beet red and I was drenched in sweat, but it felt great!!

I have eaten too much today, but as the Flylady says... babysteps!!! It is so much easier for me to dive into a workout program than it is for me to dive into a nutritional plan. Tomorrow will be better. Much better!

Plyocide wasn't quite as challenging as X2 core was because there wasn't as much floor work. Floor work is my nemesis.

Leftover Christmas Ham Salad

Yum-my! I mixed leftover ham, wasabi horseradish, tad bit of mayo for the ham salad.

I got some suuuuuper crunchy romaine lettuce from Harris Teeter and broke it up and used the lettuce like they were crackers. So good!


Grapes are my fruit of choice. I can't get enough!

I pre bag them so they'll be an easy grab for a healthy snack.

Breakfast! Granola, Greek yogurt, dried cranberries

Uber tart, you might want to add a smidgen of extract or honey

My "home gym"

Stability ball, Wii Fit, resistance bands, weights, pushup thingys, yoga mat and foam roller.

I actually took the door off my bathroom to put the pull up bar up! I cannot do a pull up right now, but everytime I walk by it I try one! Eventually...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Things I will not be able to accomplish my goals without:

•Frozen veggies. I love frozen veggies. There are countless dishes to make and you don't have to worry about an expiration date!
•Good old fashioned chicken breasts. No meat is more versatile in the kitchen.
•Plain Greek yogurt (are you seeing a trend here? olive oil, Greek yogurt? ;)I won't even go into all the different recipes you can get out of one tub!
•Plain, unsalted, natural whole almonds. I get hungry so often that I have to have something substantial to snack on. I always have almonds on me to shut my stomach growling up.
•Water (duh).
•Coffee. I know I'm not supposed to have it, but I love coffee and it is one thing I refuse to sacrifice. I will, however, make a deal with you, Tony Horton: I will only have two cups a day and I will give up the creamer. Trust me this is huge for me. I work from 1:30-10:30 five days a week but still wake up around 7/8am so java helps keep me alert!
•My bike. I have a beach cruiser with no gears, so I get a killer workout.
•Eggs. Again: versatility.
•The love and support from YOU!

Low carb egg pizza. Mix egg, shredded cheese and cream cheese. Pour thin layer onto cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Pile on choice ingredients and bake for another 20. Don't forget to spray the pan with olive oil first! :)

Sometimes, nothing is better than just of bunch of veggies thrown in a pot with olive oil and seasoning. Portion it and have a healthy and delicous side all week!

Leftover Christmas ham, squash and green onion. Cooked with...(drumroll) you guessed it! Olive Oil!

The Beginning

So, the journey begins! Within one hour of the first p90x2 workout, soreness was setting in. I physically could not do a lot of the exercises. Even the modifications were hard. I sure was wishing I had carpet because there are so many floor exercises! I have not done well with the nutrition, but hey, its day one! It will come. I went to the grocery store and bought a lot of veggies and lean meats. I'm excited about using the crockpot I got for Christmas :) I posted several "before" pictures.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lucky No. 28

For a very long time now I have felt like 28 will be my best year yet. I turn 28 in January and already I feel as if this is going to be true! I refuse to be this weight at 30. So here's to 28! I've got a new job I love and I'm in a new city I'm obsessed with. 2012, I'm going to own you!