Getting Back Into It

I’ve been crazy busy and massively slacking in the blogging. But, I’ve decided that it’s something I need to make time for since I really enjoy it. 

I’ve been super diligent about tracking my food using MyFitnessPal, if you use it feel free to add me ARosa1980. I love having friends for encouragement and accountability. 

I’ve tracked everything I’ve eaten for 2 weeks now and have lost 7 pounds. Okay, I really haven’t lost 7 pounds because I’m not looking to find them ever again so let’s say I’ve destroyed 7 pounds over the last 2 weeks. I haven’t added any exercise into the mix this has just been through watching what I eat and recording what I’m eating. I’ve even had a couple of days where I ate more than I should have and not made the best choices. However, over 2 weeks I’ve made for the most part healthy food choices and it’s shown. 

I really wanted to get back into the tracking and clean healthy eating before I added an exercise regimen in. One thing at a time. Well tomorrow I’m starting to add the exercise back in. I’m doing a 9 week program that is based on my metabolism. It’s only 15 minutes a day 3 times a week. There are no designated rest periods as the way it works is to push yourself as hard as you can until you can’t go anymore than rest until you can go. I’m going to give it a whirl. I mean I can find 15 minutes in my day to do a little physical activity. So, I’m going to give it a whirl and see how it goes. 

Along with tracking all my food with MyFitnessPal I’ve been going to town again on YouFood. It’s kind of like Instagram but for food. It works great for the times when I can’t immediately log my food as I’ve got a picture of what I’ve eaten. Plus, I get to see all sorts of deliciousness that other people are eating and pick up some new recipes. If you’re on YouFood or join follow me at AbbyR. I’d love to see what you are eating and cooking. You also can post your exercise which is always fun to see what others are doing and perhaps learn about a new workout/exercise. 

So yeah, 2 weeks of tracking and sticking with it and I’ve had results on the scale. I just need to remember that even if I don’t always see results on the scale it doesn’t mean results aren’t happening. Unfortunately, I too often forget that and get discouraged. There is more to being healthy than the number on the scale. 

Sorry I’ve been MIA but I’m back!!!!

May, is starting a new outlook on things. 

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Tracking

I started tracking my food intake again this week. Which, I know is the best way for me to eat healthy and stay on track. 

I think it’s the whole I wrote it down and others on My Fitness Pal can see exactly what I’ve eaten. So I guess it’s a little bit of guilt and definitely a whole lot of accountability. 

Now, I just need to stick with this tracking. I must stay accountable. 

So far so good 2 days and keeping track of all I eat. I definitely know that by tracking I’m doing a whole lot less snacking. Which may be in part to me being lazy and not wanting to log food so I just don’t eat it. Which, is a good thing since 9 times out of 10 I don’t need the snack anyway.

Keep on tracking.  

Epic Bars

I have been using TwoGrand for a little while now and absolutely love it. It’s basically Instagram for your food with a weight loss twist. Check out the app if you haven’t it’s been amazing for me. First, in seeing what others are eating, getting new recipe ideas, staying motivated, and learning about new products.
Epic Bars, is one of those new products I learned about through TwoGrand. I won’t eat them, well maybe one day I’ll try the turkey one, but I thought they’d be perfect for my husband. They are gluten free paleo and grass fed. They come in 4 flavors Bison, Beef, Lamb, and Turkey. I bought the 4-pack sampler off Amazon for the husband to try out. I figured if he liked them they were another alternative to beef jerky and also a good post-workout snack for him if he couldn’t make a protein shake. Since he’s getting ready to head back overseas we are starting to get all of his supplies together again. Anyway, the bars are a bit expensive but of course the more you buy the cheaper they become. But, before I bought a case I wanted to make sure they were something he’d eat. He gave them his seal of approval.
Well, thanks to TwoGrand today and somebody’s post I was able to get them from Amazon for $.24 a piece. Yeah they are usually about $2.50 a piece. I was like what!!!!! The price was only on one flavor of the bars but that’s okay we’ll buy the cases of that flavor for that price. I quickly ordered 6 cases and am now waiting for the delivery of the Epic Bars which will be here sometime next week. They were not Prime eligible but who cares for that price. Now, I’m still questioning if I’m actually getting cases or just an individual bar, but the description clearly states case. We shall see when they arrive. Either way the husband will have a few more Epic Bars.

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New Stuff Thank You Amazon Prime

Just got my 3 new cookbooks I ordered and they came a day early. Kind of excited about that.
I’ve already quickly looked through them and used my post-it flags on several recipes that looked interesting. Of course I will go through them more thoroughly when I have more time and I’m sure find several more recipes to try out.

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But, these are the 3 newest cookbooks to be added to my collection.
It was like Christmas at my house today, because as well as my cookbooks coming my Rx Bars came. I ordered these bars as they are Paleo and Whole 30 approved and I will definitely be doing another Whole 30 come March 1st. See already have my March challenge picked out, just got to pick out February’s. Need to get on that ASAP as there are only a few days left. Anyway, I haven’t tried one of the bars yet but I purchased the Coconut Cacao ones. We shall see. If I like them I’ll be ordering another flavor to try out. And, I didn’t even forget about the husband, I ordered him the mix pack of Epic Bars. I won’t eat them but I thought it’d be something good for him to try and if he likes them then we will definitely be getting him more.
I’m loving this new healthy, clean eating way of living and have been discovering so many cool new things. And a lot of that has to do with Pinterest, which is where tonight’s dinner comes from. I made zucchini lasagna which I’ve done in the past but kind of winged my own recipe, where as I decided to follow this one today, you can check it out here.
I’ve written down the instructions for the husband on how to cook it as he will be home before me tonight.
And, let me tell you TwoGrand has been an amazing app, it’s basically Instagram for your food. But, people are posting such awesome food. And, you can ask them for the recipes and they share. I’ve seen a couple of things that I’ve saved to my favorites so that I can try them out. And, also you learn about new things. Namely Epic Bars that I just bought for the husband, and Calm the Anti-Stress Drink, it’s a magnesium supplement. Which is funny because I asked about this product and a day or 2 later in the news was a big article about how most people don’t get enough magnesium. I just purchased some and tried it for the first time last night. I’ll give it a few days and let you know what I think of it, so be sure to check back in for that review.
Anyway I’m off to yoga and then some belly dancing. See you all tomorrow.

I’m Loving These Apps

In the last week I’ve discovered some new fitness apps. Okay, a couple of apps I’ve had for a while but have just started really using.
First is TwoGrand, which I did write about last week when I started using it. It’s pretty awesome. You take pictures of everything you eat, and well I can tell you I’m making better food choices with the knowledge that tons of people are seeing what’s on my plate. You can follow people on the app, it’s basically Instagram for your food. You can comment, like, post links on the photos. It’s great. You can also post pictures of your workouts and progress that you are making along your journey. I really like this app as I’ve already gotten some new recipes, new ideas for food, and learned about vitamins and supplements. It’s a lot of fun. If you’re on TwoGrand feel free to add me AbbyR.
MyFitnessPal is another app that I was dabbling with for a while. I’d use it then stop. I’ve been using it every day since December 1, 2014. I find that tracking my food leads to better choices and less overeating. I have also made it more fun by actually using the app as it was meant to be used by adding friends. Up until last week to had no friends on MFP, but let me tell you since adding friends I’ve been loving it. The encouragement and comments I have been getting are really encouraging me to keep going with my choices and staying on the path to a healthier, fitter me. Feel free to add me there if you’re using MFP ARosa1980.
And, the last app I’m going to talk today about is Fotocracy. This is another app that I’ve had for a little while but haven’t been using up to its full potential until now. It’s an app where you record your workouts and accumulate points which allow you to level up, but really mean nothing but hey it’s still fun to get points and move up in levels. However, the real point of the app is the groups and training. They have all sorts of different training programs that you can pick from, that do cost money, and I haven’t tried any of them yet but I’m thinking about joining one in a month or two. I’m deciding on what type of training I want to start with. The other part of the app I love is the groups. There are groups for all sorts of topics. Eating healthy, lifting, weight loss, and a ton of other topics. It’s in these groups you can communicate with the rest of the community getting information, asking questions, posting achievements, setbacks, sharing recipes, workouts, or whatever it may be that you want to let others know. I love seeing what others are doing as it encourages me to keep moving on and also I love the feedback I get from others on items I post. It’s a great positive community and gives an extra level of encouragement and well who can’t use that. You can find me on Fitocracy Abby80.
Lastly, I’m going to talk about a website. It’s called Leap4Life. You link your fitness tracker to the website, and join events and challenges. By joining these events and challenges you earn status points and/or fitwell points. I’m not really what the status points do for you, other than to say I have this many status points Whooo!!! However, the fitwell points are what you want. These points you keep banking and then can cash them in for gift cards. What!!! Free gift cards for doing what I’m already doing SCORE!!! The challenges are based on your ability and fitness zone. So if you’re just starting out your requirement will be lower than that of a seasoned veteran so it’s attainable for everyone. Check it out might as well get some free money for something you are already doing.

New Recipes & A New App

In the last 2 days I’ve tried 3 new recipes. Thank you Pinterest. All of the recipes are super easy to make and super tasty.
The first one I’ll just describe for you since it is that easy to make. You need a package of kielbasa, a green pepper, a red or yellow pepper, or another green pepper it really doesn’t matter, an onion, and 2 large potatoes. I used sweet potatoes to keep it Paleo but you can use regular potatoes of you so choose. You cut everything up into chunks and throw it in a heavy skillet with a little olive oil. Cook away. I will say that I cooked the potatoes a bit by themselves before adding everything else since they take more time than the other ingredients. It was what we had for dinner last night. There was plenty of leftovers, which I will be sticking in the freezer for a later date.
Here’s what it looked like:

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The next recipe is amazing. Even being Paleo I can still have Belgian waffles. I made a pumpkin spice Paleo waffle. These are so good. I am actually going to make up a double batch of the batter again tomorrow and freeze them. So another quick breakfast option for when I’m pressed for time.
I mean check this out doesn’t it look just really tasty. I even had some turkey bacon with it.

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If you want to try them, just click right here.
The last recipe is a Paleo clone of Starbucks pumpkin spice scones. I just made these today. Actually I just pulled them out of the oven. I made mine more into cookies since I was to lazy to shape them into scone like shapes. The recipe calls for a glaze, actually 2 glazes a vanilla glaze and than topped with a pumpkin glaze. I opted not to do the glazes but, they are still delicious. I haven’t had a pumpkin scone from Starbucks in years, because of that whole gluten thing, but I can tell you that these are great. I made 2 dozen of them so you guessed it some of them are going in the freezer. And, here you go peeps click right here and get yourself the recipe. Give them a try they are super tasty.
Okay, now in the title I told you about a new app. I just discovered TwoGrand. Have you heard of this app? It’s an app where you take a photo of what you’re eating. It’s uploaded and then everyone can see what you’re eating. I don’t know about you but if everyone in the webisphere, is that a word if not it is now, is going to see what I’m eating I’ll be making better choices. You do a whole profile about your food choices and how you associate with food and they recommend people to follow and of course you can follow whoever you want as well. So, if you’re on TwoGrand my username is AbbyR add me I need some friends on the app since I just started it this morning.
So there you have some recipes and an app.

Moov Boxing Day 2

Holy Crow! That’s all I have to say. I did more of the Moov boxing today and I can honestly say it exhausted me and the sweat was pouring off of me no joke.
I thought about taking a picture to share with you guys, but it was just gross and I didn’t really have the energy. When I say I was beat I mean it.
I will tell you this though I’ve been having a ton of fun doing it. So bring on some more is what I have to say.
And, seriously check Moov out if you haven’t already.

Got To Get Yourself These Things

A while back there was a kickstarted type campaign for these fitness gadgets. I watched the video, read some early reviews about them, and jumped on the chance to own them. I was able to get 2 for what the price of 1 is eventually going to be. Of course I had to wait several months for them to come as they were being refined, fine tuned, and built. Let me tell you it was completely worth the wait.
These little devices aren’t worn all day like a Fitbit or jawbone up, or any other fitness tracker. These devices are worn while working out for a specific thing. It’s linked to your phone via an app. Right now the apps, more on the plural of app in a bit, are only available on the iPhone but by December they are supposed to be available on Android.

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This is what the device looks like. It’s called Moov. I choose to get one in each color when I ordered.
The way they work is you wear them on your wrist, ankle, and with later apps they may be used elsewhere.
When my Moovs arrived the only available app was for running. Great, the Moov tracks your movement and gives you realtime feedback about your form as well as keeping you on pace. I really haven’t used the run app much lately as my Moovs arrived right before moving and now that I am here I’ve been attending a lot of fitness classes and not really doing a lot of run training. Which, I need to get back into. Anyway, I tried it out and liked the feedback I was given and the overall user friendly nature of the app. I found wearing the Moov around my ankle, which is where you wear it for running was comfortable, which at first I wasn’t so sure of.
The Moov comes with both a ankle bracelet and a wrist bracelet. Along with this you get a charging cable and the little dock thing to charge the device on. Really simple to use and set up, when first starting the app it walks you through the setup which I think it took me all of 10 seconds to setup.
Just a few days ago The people at Moov released their newest app. The boxing app. They recommend using 2 Moovs for this exercise so that they can get a better idea of both arms working. I tried it out today, and ended up doing 10 rounds on the light level. As in, I’m not a boxer and let me get used to this. Let me tell you Holy Moly I was sweating up a storm by the time I was done. Also, let me tell you I had a ton of fun doing it. I wasn’t even aware of the fact that I just boxed for 20 minutes. After completing your workout they give you a whole breakdown of your results.

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These are my results from today’s boxing adventure. As I do the workout more and more the hope is to see improvement. Let’s just say today I was breaking a serious sweat and doing some huffing and puffing. So, I’m excited to try it again and see how long it takes me to improve.
Sometime this month the people at Moov will be releasing their third app which is the swimming app. I probably won’t use that one as I don’t swim in a pool very often, and I’m not sure how it works being that you won’t have your phone in the water with you. So, in not sure how the feedback portion would work, you’d have to get it after your workout instead of while doing it as is the case with the other apps. November is the release of cycling, which again is probably not one I’ll use. And, December will bring Body Weight, which I’m excited about. I’ll definitely be using that one.
I can’t wait to see what else is going to come. During their first preorder push they were also showing things with golf and yoga. Well, all I can say is I hope that the yoga one really does happen, being that I’m becoming a true lover of yoga.
So, seriously check these guys out they are amazing and I love them. I like to get to see what I’m doing and the feedback is great. With each round of the boxing I did I was definitely listening to and making adjustments from the feedback given.
If you want to learn more about Moov check them out here
Thanks Moov, I think I’ll be adding boxing to my workout regimen.

Gamma Cycle Week 1 DONE

Today was the completion of Week 1 of the Gamma Cycle. And, I’m not going to say it was easy by any means, but I’m also proud to say I completed it. It was definitely some of the hardest 25 minutes of working out I’ve done, but I was able to do it, and even nailed some of it.
If you’re wondering if the program works well I can tell you this 11 weeks ago I would of never come close to making it through the first 5 minutes of any of these work outs. And, well I not only made it trough them but I was doing it and keeping up with them. So yes the program works. I’m getting stronger and fitter every day. I even did some of the real moves instead of the modified versions. That’s something I never thought I’d be able to say that. Thanks Shaun T and Focus T25!

This App Is Rockin’

A few weeks ago I had ran across an article listing some pretty cool and fun fitness apps. There were tons ranging from meditation, to friendly competitions, to pretend expeditions, and music apps to help you along with your fitness goals.

I picked through the list of apps and tried a few out, some I’ve yet to get to, but I will. Today, I decided I’d try out the FitRadio app. ┬áLet me tell you, it’s ROCKIN’ hence the title of today’s blog. The app has all different genres of music to choose from so you’ll be able to find something you love. Along with this is each playlist that is created is set to a specific beats per minute count. You can also pick playlist based on the type of workout you want to complete.

I turned on FitRadio and danced my way to 10,000 steps in just a little over a half hour. What! Yeah I was shaken’ what my Mamma gave me. I had a lot of fun, worked up a sweat and got a ton of steps in.

If you’re looking for some music to get your booty moving and to set a good pace check this app out. It’s available for the iPhone I’m not sure about Android, but give it a look. There is a free version and a premium version, I am sticking to the free version I can handle a few advertisements as opposed to $2.99 a month or $24.99 for the year. Cell service here is spotty at best so I need to be where I have wifi to use the app effectively so it’s not worth the premium rate right now. Once I move back to civilization I may reconsider.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think of the app if you choose to check it out or already use it.