Monday, November 23, 2009

4 Pounds Down!!

Well i am down 4 lbs!!! Doesn't sound like a lot when its written on here but i know its a good start. Who ever would have thought this journey would be soooo hard. Seems like i have ups and downs every day. With life being busy, its sooo easy to get off track. A normal monday: up at 7 kids up eating breakfast, getting kearstin ready for school, first kid shows up 730. kearstin off to school at 8, depending on the day i have anywhere from 4 to 7 kids that i watch. so between kids, laundry, lunch, cleaning, and anything else in my house that needs to get done that often doesn't, kids start going home at 4 and kearstin is off the bus at 4 too. she sits and does homework and i struggle to help her. (so much has changed with the new math ciriculum its crazy) make supper, all kids gone by 5, eat supper, get kids cleaned up, dishes and kitchen tidy, kearstin ready for tkd, leave for tkd at 630 home 830, kids washed, pjs ready for bed, 9 is gym time home between 1030 and 11. then i shower and go to bed. somewhere in that time i have to eat and count calories its tough. altho when my husband is home i definetly have help which is great but sometimes i feel i just have a third kid. Not all the days of the week are that busy tho. Im not totally crazy. just mondays and wednesdays.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ugh Day 4

Man i would have thought that by now my muscles would be not as sore, clearly that is not so. I have been changing up my workout every day. Sometimes treadmill and elliptical, sometimes bike and treadmill. Also im becoming a lot more comfortable with all the other equipment in the gym. Instead of being scared of it, its actually a lot of fun. But my legs, arms and abs soooooo do not agree, i just got back an hour ago and my arms and legs are still like jello. I only do three days a week weight training, so they get a break in between. I also have noticed that my stamina for cardio is improving. It takes longer for my muscles to start to burn, so im going to start adding more incline and resistance. I want my body to be challenged, my workouts shouldn't be easy. Its funny, i was scared shitless to start at the gym, and now im realizing that my only fear was trying. Now that im going i love it. I hated that i gained back some weight when i wasn't working out. Its really scary how fast it goes back on when you dont take care of yourself. My weight starting out again was 210 and already in 4 days i have lost 2 lbs. Im really happy about it. A set back just makes you realize how hard i have to work and how easy it will be for me to fall off. Im not a quitter, and im not going to quit this.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 2 Back To The Gym

Hey All!
Dont think that i have forgotten about what i started. Everything got side tracked for awhile. Starting again was the hardest thing. It was always "ok back to work tomorrow" and tomorrow came and went. So Friday i went to snap fitness, and signed up. I didn't want the commitment of a year long membership so i was happy to hear that at snap you can sign up on a monthly term. So Dwayne and i now have a joint membership and its really affordable. Working out at home was definetly more convenient but my treadmill decided to die this summer. Not to mention i just dont have room for it. Saturday was the first day, and it was really fun. It was nice not to be limited to just running on the treadmill. I also found that the elliptical was so much easier on my knee and got my heart rate up faster. 45 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the spin bike left my legs feeling like jello. Altho i really missed how i felt after working out. I had forgotten how good your body feels when you make it move. I have also forgotten how much it hurts the next morning. My legs, abs, arms and sides were ACHING the next morning. But as i got moving around and had a shower they started to feel better. Last night at the gym i did my 1 hr on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the elliptical. Today im still sore but no where near as sore as yesterday. Another nice thing about going to the gym instead of working out at home is I CAN LEAVE MY HOUSE!! Dont get me wrong i love staying home with my kids. But when i leave to go to the gym i get to forget about the kids for 2 hours. Forget about cleaning, and cooking and all the other household worries and just be alone. Funny when your younger you never want to be alone and when your older you just wish you had 5 more minutes alone.

Eating has been going alright the whole time, altho the snacking needs work. I made a really great chopped steak with a really great sauce last night for supper. My husband and kids ate it all up and i dont even think that they realized it was good for them lol. So i thought i would share the tasty recipe with you guys.

In a large bowl, mix 1 pound of lean ground beef, 5 tablespoons of parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until well combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and form into 1' thick oval patties. Season evenly with pepper, pressing it into the patties on all sides.
Place a large nonstick skillet over high heat. When hot, lightly mist with olive oil spray. Add the patties and cook for 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until the outside is brown and the insides are very slightly less done than desired. Transfer the steaks to a platter and cover to keep warm.
Respray the pan off the heat, then place over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the 1 1/3 cups of grape juice and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and return heat to high. Boil for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Place the steaks on each of 4 serving plates and top with onions and sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and serve!
Per Serving: 271 calories, 24g protein, 32g carbohydrates, 5g fat (2g saturated), 60mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 372mg sodium