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Hello May

IMG_4501Happy May Day peeps, and welcome to my birthday month. ūüėÄ

There are a lot of birthdays in my family this month, including my own (on the 30th) so May has always been a little extra special. The nice weather also helps.

In any case, summer is right around the corner so lots of pool (and maybe beach) time is coming near and I can’t wait to get into my bathing suits. Here are some other events I’m looking forward to this month…

May the fun begin:

5demayoCinco de Mayo¬†is an important date in my household but not because of Mexico’s¬†Batalla de Puebla but because it’s my mom’s birthday. We don’t really do big celebrations but this year I am planning to learn to make Drunken Noodles, her latest favorite dish.

15GITPGet in the Pink!¬†I’ll be earning my fifth race bib of the year on Saturday May 9th. Although I am not looking forward to the early start, I am happy to participate in a local event that also supports a local charity that raises money and resources to assist and support breast cancer patients from diagnosis to remission.

safe_imageI am not doing too well on my current Dietbet and therefore I have given few updates but I have a plan for this month so rain or shine I’ll be posting an honest update on May 21 or 22. I don’t know where I am going to be. I hope it’s a better place than where I am now but we’ll have to put in the work and then see. Wish me luck!

And then there’s¬†May 30th… my birthday ūüėÄ

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Sunday Summary: Taking a step back

Hello peeps! I’m starting this weekly post the way I usually end¬†it: with my weekly words of wisdom. I’m starting there because these words best explain what happened to me this week and explain why I’m taking a step back and what that means.

OK… here we go
Weekly Words of Wisdom

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Last week I was elated with newness… I was looking forward to my experiences with online dating, using my new fitbit, diversifying my exercise routine, and just getting out there and trying new things.

On Tuesday as I was coming back from the gym, a 20-year-old kid ran a red light and totaled my car.

Yeah… that happened.

Thankfully, the airbags kept me safe but pretty much everything else fell through the cracks of the crash. My dates had to be cancelled, my exercise routine stalled, meetings had to be rescheduled, others missed… and now I have a check with which I really can’t buy the same car I once had (which I loved) and a big question on what I should do next.

OK… some context… my job can be done from anywhere and I have been where I am because it was comfortable but now with no car, the money from said car has opened a possibility to relocate to a place where I don’t really need one. Should I go? Should I stay?¬†Well, that is the question.¬†

A question for which I do not have an answer…

… yet.

Anywho, on better news I did manage to use the fitbit. I have not used the food tracking system yet but I am planning to start tomorrow. Hopefully it sticks. It is not something I like to do. I did keep it on while I slept a couple of times this week and it says that my sleep efficiency is at 94% which I believe is good. What I have really enjoyed it how it keeps track of my exercise.

Check this out! Here’s a summary of this week’s exercise plan. Friday and Sunday were rest days. I did not wear the fitbit all day every day.

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I know that these numbers may not be super accurate but they do help me see the difference in burn among instructors. So I’m going to be favoring some instructors based on the results I see.

So far, I am loving my new toy. I can’t wait to get the Fitbit Aria (thank you VISA).

Fellow Fitbit Users, FRIEND ME.

On not so great news, today marked the end of Round #2 on Dietbet. I am so off it is not even funny. I went up 3 pounds this month which puts me back in the 170s. This is getting very very old! I now have 30 days to drop 18.7 pounds (my best month ever has been 9 pounds). I am not feeling confident but I want to give it my all. I am adding running/walking to my morning routine and I hope that food tracking keeps me more honest and less likely to cheat. Here’s hoping for the best.

As always thank you for your support!

PS. I am trying not to plan too far ahead and just let life be for a while.
PPS. Fellow bloggers, don’t forget April’s¬†A to Z challenge.

Sunday Summary: Not the Best Start

Hello peeps! So Round #1 on Dietbet ended today… and normally I would write a “Dietbet Update” post but this was so bad that it doesn’t deserve it. I was supposed to lose five pounds this month and instead I gained six. I GAINED SIX POUNDS! I want to be mad at myself but I can’t because I did this to myself. And I know better.

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So I am back to the drawing board. Thankfully, there’s always Monday to give you a chance to start fresh and on track. Thanks to MobileFit, I am starting a 1500 low-cholesterol meal plan tomorrow. Looking at the suggested menu and comparing it to my food journal, I can clearly see that I have been undereating and over-snacking. I have not been eating enough for breakfast and I’ve been doing dinner wrong. I may be eating too much fruit and too few vegetables. Story of my life.

Anywho… I’ll be posting regularly this week to share meals, recipes, and exercise routines… and to keep myself on check. Cheer me on on Twitter and Instagram. Your support makes a huge difference and I always appreciate it.

Overall, this week I exercised pretty well but I was not on my A game. I can kick it up a notch. And so I will. I ate a lot out which did not help. HOWEVER… and this is a big however, I know I have gained muscle too. My arms are looking great and my lunges and squats look better every week. NON SCALE VICTORY FOR THE WIN!

Weekly Words of Wisdom

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As always… thanks for stopping by. ūüėÄ

Sunday Summary: Hello February

IMG_3673Hello peeps! Can you believe it’s already February? Last year, February was a freaky month, weather-wise, I hope this year remains cool and collected… I hope.

So, here in the US it was Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t understand football so I didn’t watch it. GASP! I know, so unamerican ūüėÜ However, I am a markerter by trade so I am looking forward to checking out all the ads; and see how well (or not) companies spent $4.5 million for 30 seconds of air time. Anywho, I’m betting Doritos did pretty well. Mmmmmm Doritos.

So… no Super Bowl for me. How was my Sunday? Pretty standard. After not eating too great all week I started the day with an apple, carrot, orange, and blueberry juice. Lunch was fish, mushrooms, plantain, and cabbage and carrot salad with a glass of cold green tea with lemon. I went to the gym, which was as expected pretty empty, and did an hour of zumba. My snack was some dark chocolate and almonds. Dinner was a slice of oatmeal banana bread and hot green tea.

FYI- February is Black History Month. I don’t want to get political but, one month, really? And the shortest one? really? Anyhow, it’s a good excuse to learn some US History or simply appreciate the work of an African American writer, painter, musician, historian, soldier, activist, poet… take your pick. I’ll be reading¬†I know why the caged bird sings¬†by Maya Angelou, and go from there.

On that note, my 2015 reading challenge is finally picking up speed. This week I finished¬†1Q84, and read Heft, and The DUFF¬†(the book is better than the movie). According to Goodreads I am still one book behind schedule but it should not be too hard to catch up. I am on a mission. I am currently just about half-way through¬†The Husband’s Secret¬†by Liane Moriarty. So far, so very good.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY?

spartan30_pushup_calendar_psI am doing #spartan30 the pushup challenge and will attempt to do 30 pushups every day. I started today and the first 20 were OK but the last 10 were rough. Of course, I am doing the modified version (knees down) so I hope that by the end I can do at least 1/3 on my toes. That’s the goal anyway. Care to join? Click on the image and drop and give me 30!

cupids-chase-5k-37I will be earning my second running bib on Valentine’s Day at Cupid’s Chase 5K. This fun and quasi-romantic race takes place in several cities across the country and they are running a BOGO 1/2 off right now. Click here for the whole scoop. Next week I’ll be running 1 mile on Monday, 1.5 on Tuesday, 2 on Wednesday, 2.5 on Thursday, and 5K on Friday. If that goes well, I’ll repeat the following week in preparation for this run.

safe_imageFebruary 21st will be the end of Round #1 on Dietbet. Oh! The nerves! I have to admit that I have not been doing as well as I would like. I hope that this coming week is better. I’ll be increasing my workout time and making some changes to my meal plan. Hopefully that does the trick. Also, I am getting started with MobileFIT. I’ve never been really good at tracking things online (I’m more old school) but I am open to new things so here we go.

Weekly Words of Wisdom
(becuase Valentine’s Day)

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and don’t foret to¬†wear red¬†on Friday.

A New Dietbet: Because everything that goes up…

… must come down. HOLY COW peeps! I went up four pounds since my last weigh-in. Boys and girls, this is what happens when you EAT ALL THE FOOD and then some. So… new game plan. Well, really more like back to the game plan with slight modifications.

This morning I got up and faced the scale, took my “before” pictures, and submitted my official weigh-in to start a new Dietbet.

Screen shot 2015-01-21 at 3.52.31 PMThis will be my third Dietbet… third time’s the charm, right? I did my first Dietbet Transformer (that’s a 6-month game)¬†from Jan-July 2014 and lost 12.4 lbs falling 6 lbs short of my goal.¬†My second Transformer ran from July ’14-Jan ’15 and I lost 14.8 lbs falling 2.8 lbs short. With this Dietbet I hope to finally make it to goal but more importantly make it out of “obese.”

There are currently over 350 players and the pot is over $45000. Every month each player bets $25, half goes to the monthly pot and half to the final pot. Every month all the winners split the pot evenly but we don’t get paid until the end of the game.¬†Here’s what I have to do to win:

IMG_3593Dietbet encourages a slow-and-steady approach breaking up the goal into 6 rounds. In order to avoid dangerous dieting, each player must have lost at least 6% of their initial weight to qualify for the final round. Here’s my break-up:

INITIAL WEIGHT: 166.8 LBS.
FINAL WEIGHT TO WIN: 150.1 LBS.

‚Äď Round #1 (02/21) 3% = 161.8 lbs.
‚Äď Round #2 (03/21) 6% cumulative = 156.8 lbs.
‚Äď Round #3 (04/21) 8% cumulative¬†= 153.5 lbs.
‚Äď Round #4 (05/21) 9% cumulative¬†= 151.8 lbs.
‚Äď Round #5 (06/21) 10% cumulative¬†= 150.1 lbs.
‚Äď Round #6 (07/21) 10% maintain¬†= 150.1 lbs.

There is still time to sign-up and play if you’re interested. I‚Äôll be posting every month on my progress.

What will I do differently?¬†As I have mentioned before¬†I have spotted a few things I need to work on and others I believe I can tweak to improve my results. Here’s the plan so far:

1. Start with a strong breakfast. My breakfast is usually very light so I am going to start with something more nutritious. Like this.
2. Increase running. I have been really neglecting my runs even though I can definitely see more progress on my weight loss when I run. For starters, I plan to run at least 2 miles twice a week.
3. Lower my carbs. I wouldn’t say that my diet is very carb heavy but I want to¬†lower it a bit more and see what happens.

That’s about it for now. We’ll see how it goes.

 
PS. The OUTFIELD notecard in my pictures was my secret word provided by Dietbet to submit along with my weigh-in pictures. These are the ones I submitted this morning (without the measurements, of course).

 

Sunday Summary: I don’t need wheat to bake

Hello peeps!

I just registered for a new Dietbet¬†which will run from January 21st to July 20th. I also have been eating ALL THE FOOD… and skipping breakfast. I’ve been really bad. To top it off, aunt Flo decided to pay me a visit so I am also in all kinds of moods (and as you can read, without shame).

On better news I clocked 8 1/2 hours of exercise this¬†week including a 2-mile run, had two fabulous friend dates, one with an old classmate I hadn’t seen in a while and one with a group of new friends, and I found a fantastic¬†banana bread recipe that I have now modified and made it even healthier. I may never use whole wheat flour… ever… again.

My Healthy Berry Banana Bread:

Preheat oven at 325 F and prepare baking pan with cooking oil spray (I used an 8×4)

1. Mix all dry ingredients: 1 1/4 cup of oatmeal flour (I just put oats in a grinder) + 2 tbs. baking powder.
2. Mash one large banana –¬†better if it is very ripe.
3. Mix all wet ingredients: 1 egg + 1 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp vanilla extract + 1/4 cup almond milk.
4. Mix banana and wet ingredients well
5. Mix everything with a spatula and then add a handfull of raspsberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
6. Pour into baking pan and cover with nuts (I used walnuts).

Bake for 35 min.or until toothpick comes out clean. Let sit for 10 min before serving.

As you can imagine it is not a very sweet bread but it is super healthy and great for breakfast. The lesson I learned is that you can make a perfectly moist and yummy banana bread with no wheat… for the win!

Weekly Words of Wisdom

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get out there and try something new
and as always, thanks for stopping by ūüėÄ

Dietbet Update: The End…

… or a new beginning?

No surprise here. I did not win ūüė• but I will not be deterred. Yesterday I submitted my final weigh-in and I am happy to report a zero net gain/loss from last month. Upon reviewing the last six months I can clearly see that I need to work on my diet. That’s where I am losing this battle.

I don’t eat poorly but there is sure room for improvement. For starters I need to power up my breakfast which I sometimes skip (big no no) or just get by with very little. And I need to work on lowering my daily carb intake. This is really hard for me but it’s time to take it up a notch so it must be done.

Here’s the final report card from Dietbet:

84percentgoalI lost nearly 15 lbs. these last 6 months which I am very happy about.

I¬†will start a new Transformer (that’s a 6-month Dietbet game) on January 21st. Between now and then I’ll be planning a new approach.

In other news, today I got my first bulubox and I can’t wait to try all the goodies. If you’d like to give it a try click here and use promocode¬†FANTASTIC¬†to get your second box free.

Here’s the most recent #beforeandnow¬†picture:

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Thank you for your support ūüėÄ