New Year’s Health & Fitness Resolutions – Check In!

I posted yesterday on my other blog, Style Oyster, about where I am so far with my New Year’s resolutions. I posted my health and fitness resolutions here earlier this month, so I thought I’d do the same with those. Please don’t judge because I have a feeling I’m not doing so well…but if this is how I can hold myself accountable, so be it. 
To refresh, here’s the resolutions:
  1. Well, I think it’s safe to say I haven’t completely accomplished this, but I am definitely down 3-4 lbs from when I first posted these, so progress IS being made, people! Woot!
  2. I am not doing so well with this. I did forgo the January half marathon due to falling so behind late December with my surgery and all. I am still trying to work out a good schedule to get all of my runs in, so I can be ready for March. I really want to do this!
  3. I have been doing well with this!
  4. I’m kind of halfway on this one…was doing well…this week, not so well…but I plan on getting back on track with a menu plan, stat!
  5. I’ve been doing pretty well with this one.
  6. I haven’t started yet, but I do have my Groupon for some barre classes and will start next week.
  7. Yeah, need to work on this.
  8. Have not done this.
  9. Would like to do this, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t.
  10. Didn’t do this once this month. I blame the cold, don’t you? {Though it did hit about 80 degrees one week this month, so I really have no excuse.}
  11. This is still the plan – ongoing goal.
  12. Gotta start this.
  13. Need to implement this in our daily routine.
  14. I haven’t done it 5x a week, but a lot more than I was…and working on it.

So did you have some health and fitness resolutions this year? How are you doing?

New Year’s {Health & Fitness} Resolutions

Yesterday I talked about what it takes to make a good, solid New Year’s resolution/goal. Hopefully you’ve had some time now to think about your resolutions for this year and have created a good plan for sticking to them. Here are my health and fitness resolutions for the New Year. {You can see my other New Year’s resolutions here.}
Best of luck to you in obtaining your health and fitness goals this year! I hope you’ll continue to read along and share the triumphs and challenges in fitness with me. Happy New Year!

Taking It Up A Notch

For some reason, I am unlike the norm and actually like to work my ass off throughout the fall and winter season. Don’t get me wrong, I of course like to keep in shape for bikini season, but I feel like workout-wise, I am much better about it during the colder months. Must be due to the fact we don’t actually do a lot during this time of year in terms of traveling and social things so I don’t have a lot standing in my way? We have holiday parties and such, but really nothing too hectic.

I am training for my half marathon coming up in January, so that is definitely one way I’m kicking my own ass this winter. But I’ve decided I also want to take on Insanity again.

There are a few reasons why.

1. The obvious – to have a hot body. Yeah.

2. Anytime I’ve been doing Insanity, my running has benefited. I can run further, faster…it definitely increases my endurance.

3. Completing a 60-day round of it is on my Thirty Before 30 bucket list and as of today, I’ve got 5 months to go. Subtract 60 days from that and I really have to start within the next 3 months. I figure now is as good a time as any. {You will also see I then have completing a round of Insanity: The Asylum on that bucket list, which is a 30-day program, so really I have within the next 2 months to get going…so again, starting sooner than later is best!}

Have you ever taken on the Insanity challenge? You can purchase it here if you are interested in trying it. If you already have the workout, I encourage you to do it with me! I am starting today.

Here is the schedule if you need it:

And for the sake of it…here’s what I’ll call my “before” pictures {ever-wonderful and overexposing they are – but it’s necessary for motivation and progress tracking}:

Forgive my hair, I had just run. And here are my stats for right now – will take measurements later this week:

Height: 5’8″
Weight: 135 lbs

Wish me luck!

Meal Planning and Prep

The busy life of a mom, much less a working mom, can easily get in the way of clean eating efforts. Today, we are often on the go from here to there, from sun up to sun down. It’s nearly impossible to stay on track with your nutrition without proper planning ahead of time.

My best, cleanest eating weeks are those where I set aside a little time after the boys have gone to bed, usually on a Sunday evening before the work week begins, to prep and package my food to be easily thrown in my lunch bag every day of the week. You will also find, you might save a lot of money this way, as you hopefully will spend a lot less on meals out.

Here’s a peek of how I do it:

This week, my plan was to have a leafy spinach salad with cucumbers and grape tomatoes for lunch each day. {Some may prefer more variety, but I absolutely love this salad, so I have no issue eating it every day.}

I often make the salad in a very large Tupperware container I own:

And I spoon some into a smaller Tupperware dish to take with my in my lunch bag the next day.

I then make sure to have a small dish with my current favorite salad dressing in it. This is Newman’s Own Lite Sesame Ginger…it is sooooooo good…and only 15 calories per serving. I make sure to take just a serving’s worth.

Additionally, I like to have some good protein to go with, so I hard-boil some eggs to get me through the week {and a few extra for Tanner’s lunches}.

As far as snack foods to get me through my long work days, I pack things such as string cheese, raw almonds, carrots, apples, grapes…just anything that is naturally low-cal and nutritious.

As soon as I’m done with prep, I pop a day’s worth of snack and lunch into this super-cute lunch bag I found at Marshall’s for $9.99:

Isn’t it cute? I just love it. And it’s the perfect size, like a purse. I plan on getting it monogrammed eventually. So everything goes in here when I’m done, and into the fridge. The next morning before work, I take it out, pop a freezer-pak in it and go.

As far as breakfast, I usually carve out a few extra minutes in the morning to scramble up some egg whites, top them with avocado and drizzle with hot sauce {to get that metabolism going!} If I don’t have time for that, I make a whey protein smoothie…I’ll have my personal recipe for you here on the blog soon.

How do you plan for a healthy week?

Just Grin & Barre It…

I am in love with barre class.

You may have heard of this fitness method – places such as the Bar Method and Physique 57 have really helped bring it to the mainstream in the world of health and fitness. It’s claim to fame is that the exercises help you achieve dancer-esque body status – you know, long, lean and tone muscles.

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I danced for so many years and I’d love to look a lot more like a dancer again. These classes are training muscles I haven’t utilized in years. It is definitely challenging – but what is challenging is what transforms you.

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Be warned – this is not like the dance classes you may remember taking as a little girl {though I remember those being quite strenuous as well, especially during competition season}. These classes use balls, bands, weights and likely some muscles you didn’t even know existed.



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I always look forward to my next class.

See you at the barre.