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I’m still alive

I’M BACK!  I think this has been the longest span between posts!  My life was in a slight upheaval with being in charge of the elementary school play.  Elementary is what you’d think it should be, but this was like mini-broadway!!  I had a fantastic time doing it and I feel it was a great success especially when my 6th grader told me he had the best time and loved it so much!!!!  That right there is why I did the whole thing!  I’d love to post a million pictures but I don’t know if parents would like me sharing their kids cute faces all over the internet, so here are a couple!  Me and my kids and two of my besties that helped me so much with the play!

photo 1 photo 2We’ve been working on this for the past 10 weeks, but we really started in December with auditions.  It was similar to a marathon, but much harder (: and I don’t feel like I’m in the best shape of my life either.  The last two weeks I didn’t even have a desire to exercise and I was eating WAY out of whack.  SO……here is my healthy rant for the day!!!  I’m happy to say that my desire to exercise is back 110% and my eating goals are back on after a short break.  I wrote down a few things I’m going to stick to for….GOOD (:

To get back on track I’m doing a 4 day fast.  I’ve done this silly thing before.

Day 1: Water only

Day 2: Water and energy drink only

Day 3: Day 1,2, and 5 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables

Day 4: Day 1, 2, 3, and 24 g protein

I like feeling back in control of my eating and the few pounds I lose aren’t bad either.  After that I’m going to eat healthy minus grains for the rest of the month.  I have a week long trip that I’m determined to stay strict on.  I’ll give myself a 24 hour window to eat whatever I want (:  It’ll probably be on the last day of my trip.

I have a week of workouts to share too!!  I’ve had this on my computer for weeks and finally I’m going to give it a try!!

0001XmI mentioned in my last post about the best day to weigh yourself.  Well, it’s Wednesday.  So, that will be my weigh in day now (:  All of a sudden I have too many things to do.  I’ll be back sooner than later…I promise!!  Make it a great day!!  Work Hard Always!!!  Oh!!  I haven’t taken many pictures over the last few weeks, but here are me and my ski buddies.  I forgot my helmet this day!  I wish I still had 2 weeks left of good skiing, but I’m afraid 70 degree days don’t do much for the quality of snow!

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Healthy food staples for losing weight and feeling great!

I’ve been trying extra hard to eat healthy this week and I love it!  I told myself no grains and no eating past 8:00 p.m.  I’m on day 5 and I haven’t messed up once!  It’s the fuel for my fire.  Fire being exercise!  I said in the last post I worked out for at least an hour and 1/2 each day, but TWO days this week I only exercised ONE HOUR!  That’s funny when I have to do less exercise for it to be an accomplishment for me.  I know it’s easy to get out of balance and exercise can be an addiction just like anything else.  CONTROL MYSELF (: is my mantra!  I’m extra hyper active when I have more on my plate.  The school play is my #1 moving force right now.  Always always doing something for that.  Luckily, I’ve LOVED putting it together.  The kids make it all worth it!

O.K.  Since I’ve been eating so wonderfully this week, I thought I’d talk about my dietary staples that I have almost daily!  Here is what I can’t live without, food wise:

SPINACH, PROTEIN POWDER, FRUIT (BANANAS, APPLES, ORANGES, BERRIES, PEARS), EGGS, VEGETABLES (BROCCOLI, CELERY, PEPPERS, MUSHROOMS, GREEN ONIONS, CARROTS, CUCUMBERS), PROTEIN BARS, MEAT (CRAB SALAD, TUNA, TURKEY, CHICKEN), SALAD, LOTS O’ WATER, MUSCLE MILK, and NUTS.  I also have sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, and soup when I get bored with the above combinations.  I’m not much of a dairy fan, but I’ll eat a little bit of cheese and a yogurt now and again!!  

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I usually work out in the morning with a few evening classes if I can swing it.  Last night, BOTH my cute daughters came to HIGH FITNESS!!  I loved it.  They were so cute and very red faced afterwards!

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The gym has been so crazy busy with the new year that I’ve been going to a few boot camp classes.  My cute instructor friend snapped this picture of me during her class last week.  LOVE WEIGHTS!!

FullSizeRenderAlrighty, I’m glad I have a weekend to look forward to!  Skiing, friends, and a birthday dinner with my SIS!!!  Keep working hard and NEVER EVER give up!  Enjoy the journey! I’m looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow until…6:10 a.m. (:

 

 

 

Italy, Bliss, and Top 5 weight loss tips

The Ponte Vecchio at sunset taken from Michelangelo Park in Florence

Have you ever been so excited and anxious about something that you almost didn’t want it to come because you knew it would be over soon?  I hope that’s not a pessimistic view.  I feel this way about vacations.  Sometimes when I’m reading a good book too.  I almost don’t want to finish it because it will be over.  In thinking about our trip to Europe I want to soak in every minute and everything around me.  I love to learn about and explore new places.  I will keep a VERY detailed journal of every place we go and what we do, so as not to FORGET!!  This picture of Florence Italy is one of the places we’re going.  Breathtaking.  I’ve always wanted to go to Italy!!

Next on my list is BLISS!!!  Yesterday I took my kids to LAGOON!!  Yes, it is an amusement park.

My sister and I were talking about our memories of Lagoon.  We went at least once every summer.  It was fun to remember the many times we ran around the park, going from ride to ride.  We watched the shows, rode the paddle boats, ran through the fun house over and over, walked around pioneer village, and ate “juice bars” from Pace’s Dairy Ann.  We had the best childhood!

Last night, when the lights were on, the familiar busy sounds and smells brought me back to my youth.  I watched my 11 year old daughter and her cousin excitedly talking about their favorite rides, dancing and doing cartwheels down the sidewalks, and screaming on the rides, “This is the best day of my life!”  I love that joyous, youthful, and innocent bliss of CHILDHOOD!  I’m glad she is happy and I hope as she grows up she will remember how to play and surround herself with other people that make her happy.  Lagoon, a priceless memory.

Last but not least, is my HEALTH SIDE of this post!  For some reason I like the number 5 and the number 20!  So, today I’ll talk about my 5 number one weight loss tips I’ve learned in my HUGE long life (:

  1. Eat Breakfast….AND make sure it’s QUALITY breakfast.  Cut out the sugar.  Donuts, bagels, and sugar cereal are not breakfast.  Ideas are scrambled eggs.  My favorite is one egg and 2 egg whites on Ezekial bread (It’s in the freezer section on the healthy nut isle).  I like strawberries, blueberries, melon, or a banana.  Protein shakes with spinich is another excellent option.
  2. Eat every 3 hours.  This one is SO IMPORTANT!!!!!  How do you feel if you barely eat breakfast and then skip lunch?  Right around 3 0’clock you get sleepy and need energy.  You’re so starving you want to eat everything in site.  I have this problem on Sundays!  If you eat every 3 hours your blood sugar will stay stable and you won’t feel that urge for instant sugar.  Your food choices will be smarter and you’ll eat less.
  3. Drink a TON of water!!!!!  How do you expect your body to flush out all the crap?  CUT out the soda pop as well, DIET and REGULAR!!  It is so bad for you.  If you get sick of water, buy the little Crystal light packets and add them to a bottle of water.  Add ice too, it tastes better.  Drink water before every meal.  It fills you up and makes you eat less.
  4. Cut out PROCESSED FOODS and REFINED FLOURS AND SUGARS!!!  If everyone did this, there would be NO weight problem in America.  When I came home from Spain one of the first things I noticed at the airport was how BIG everyone was!!  In Spain, they have bread with every meal.  They cook with oils and eat lots of different kinds of meats.  The fruit and vegetable section of the grocery stores were HUGE.  They prepared every meal and rarely ate out.  Remember that!!
  5. SLEEP.  If you don’t get enough sleep, you get run down, you get sick, and you don’t care what you eat.  Cravings for high sugar foods come to the brain because they make you feel good!!  Get your sleep!!  That’s a hard one for me, but if I’m tired in the day I will take a POWER nap.  I close my eyes for 15-20 minutes and doze!  It’s the best!!

I have MANY other weight loss tips.  These are just a few!!  I am an observer of persons.  When it comes to health and fitness, I ask questions of other healthy people.  It’s weird, but MANY people I ask don’t really give me details and they’re vague about their answers.  It’s like they don’t want to give their secrets away (:  I want to be the OPPOSITE!!  I’ll tell EVERYONE what I do.  I don’t have any fancy credentials to wave around, but 38 years into my life, I feel HEALTHY and STRONG.  I’ve found a way that works for me and keeps me FIT!!!

THIS MAKES ME LAUGH (Pardon the language)