That Was No Joke

Today is the start of Phase 2 of the Metabolic Aftershock program I’ve been doing. Well let me tell you I was in for a surprise. I previewed the 3 workouts that I will be doing over the next 3 weeks this weekend and was like oh okay this seems way easier than Phase 1. Hahahaha I’m an idiot. I should of known better. It may look easy but it was anything but. 

This Phase of the program has you doing tension chains. Yeah, I thought oh batmans, squats, crunches, and front raises no big deal. It wouldn’t be except for that hold for 1 second, now 2, now 3, and now 4, okay start back over at 1. I was suckin wind before round 2 even started. And, let’s not even mention the fact that every round ended with 45 seconds of push-ups. Are you kidding me!? 

Okay shoulders, chest, and back you paid the price today. And, I will never think that a workout looks easy. Holy Canoli!

I made it through and can contemplate my fate for Wednesday for the next 48 hours or so. I thought it would be easy but I know that it will not be. 

My goals for the past week were somewhat accomplished but somewhat forgotten as well. It was kind of a hectic week and add in really rainy weather and my motivation went right out the window. I did do all of my MA workouts even got some Cize workouts in but the treadmill yeah that went out the window. 

As for eating well it was probably more of a 70-30 week instead of a 85-15 week which is where I’d like to be. 

But, I know that there are going to be times when things aren’t going to go exactly according to plan or how I’d like them to be so I have to accept it and move on. So here’s looking to a better week. I have another crazy busy week and lots to do and of course the weather continues to be crap so my motivation is in the toilet. 

Seriously, Mother Nature I’d appreciate it if you’d get over this depressed nonsense you have going on and bring nicer, drier weather. 

So goals for this week are:

  • Do all Metabolic Aftershock workouts 
  • Do 2 days of Cize
  • Eat clean/healthy 85-15
  • Drink 80 oz of water a day
  • Be happy with the slow progress that is being made -progress is progress no matter how little. 

Exercise Schedule:

Monday Wednesday Friday – Coordinating Metabolic Aftershock workout

Tuesday Thursday – Cize

Saturday Sunday – Have fun

What are your goals for the week? Did you achieve what you set out to do last week?

Got To Get Back On Track

Missed yesterday’s post as I had a late start to the day, work, errands, and life occurred. 

I couldn’t fall asleep Monday night which meant when the alarm went off at 6:30 I was not having it. Not a morning person added in with less than 5 hours of quality sleep makes getting up that early not going to happen. 

So, with the repeated hitting of the snooze button yesterday morning I did not do any work outs as it was get up and roll into the office. However, the extra 90 minutes of sleep was something I needed. I have to be careful and make sure I get sleep or it’ll come back to haunt me. As in I will be so tired and worn down I can’t function and will also end up getting sick. So, as much as I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not working out I know that getting a few extra minutes of shut eye will be better for me in the long run. 

I had a great evening last night as friends invited the husband and I over for dinner. My friend from Junior League, boyfriend is a food reviewer and a big foodie. He decided to make Pho from scratch so they invited some friends over. I have never had Pho, so I was in for something new. 

They were great also to make sure that there was no gluten in the food that was made. 

Let me tell you it was AHHHHHH-MAZING!!!!

For his first time making it and from scratch at that he did a great job. 

So, whoooo to new foods. 

Today, I did my Metabolic Aftershock workout. However, I bailed on the treadmill as I was exhausted, sore, and hungry. I pushed through the aftershock workout and got myself ready for work. 

I went to the new Fresh Market that recently opened up next to my office and found some new gluten free goodies. I used to love Cheez-Its well okay I still love them I just can’t eat them since they are full of gluten. So needless to say I miss them but it’s a good thing I can’t have them because I’d eat a whole box if I had them in front of me. Today I found some cheddar crackers that are gluten free and decided to give them a whirl as I’ve been on the hunt for a substitute for my beloved Cheez-Its. I think I may have come close with Milton’s Cheddar Crackers. They are pretty tasty no weird aftertaste, however I feel they are more of a Cheese Nip taste as opposed to Cheez-It but for a little snacky treat every once in a while they will work. Plus they have a ton of other flavors that I will have to try out. 

Tomorrow is another day and I plan on hitting my workouts hard. And, I really need the rain to stop. Mother Nature gave us a 2 day break with great sunny warm weather and now we are back to nonstop rain. Ughhhhhh!!! That seriously isn’t helping my motivation. 

Happy Hump Day

OMGoodness!!!

First I need to tell you about my dinner last night. It was AHHHHHHMAZING!!!! Yeah it was that good. 


So, all of my dinner was wonderful, but the shrimp I’m loving it and thinking about making it again this week. It’s Paleo coconut shrimp and let me tell you it was simply amazing. 

Things I like about this recipe 

  • Easy to make
  • Fast
  • And oh yeah tastes AWESOME

If you want to give the recipe a try click right here.  Seriously, click the link, you won’t be sorry. 

Along with the shrimp I had fresh green beans and a nice salad. It was a delicious dinner and there are leftovers. Can you guess what I’m having for lunch today. 

And, well dinner was followed up with this 

It is delicious although I’m wondering about the size of this thing. I mean it is HUGE I’m wondering if it’s radioactive or something I mean how else does one grow a strawberry that big. 

Okay, so now let’s talk about my goals for this week. 

Eat clean, healthy meals, and make the best food choices I can. 

Hit the treadmill 5 days this week and increase my speed by a tenth of a mile every day. 

Complete week 2 of Phase 1 of Metabolic Aftershock

Accept that there will be difficult times, but not let them define me. 

Monday: Workout 1 MA & 10 minutes on treadmill with increase speed & Kickball✔️

Tuesday: 20 minute bike ride or Wave & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed✔️

Wednesday: Workout 2 MA & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed✔️

Thursday: 20 minute bike or Pound workout & 10 minute treadmill with increased speed

Friday: Workout 3 of MA & 10 minute treadmill with increase speed ✔️

Saturday & Sunday: Have fun. ✔️

So here it is folks my goals and accountability for the week. It’s writer down and out here for the world to see so now I’ve got to do it. Thank you for taking part in this journey with me and for keeping me accountable. 

Setting Goals & Accountability

Today, I’m holding myself accountable and I’m doing that by posting here what my goals are for this week. 

  1. Eat clean & healthy foods – making the best food choices I can, putting the proper food in my body to help fuel my body to be the best it can be. ✔️
  2. Complete Week 1 of Phase 1 of Net
  3. Metabolic Endurance✔️
  4. Walk 5 days and add a minute to my walk time every day✔️
  5. Won’t be discouraged if the number on the scale doesn’t change – as long as I eat properly and exercise changes are happening even if I don’t see them right away. ✔️

So these are the goals for the week and with this I’m also going to list what I’m doing each day.

Monday

  • Day 1 of Metabolic Endurance✔️
  • Do 5 minute cool down on treadmill✔️
  • Kickball✔️

Tuesday

  • 6 minutes on the treadmill✔️
  • Bike ride 30 minutes

Wednesday

  • Day 2 of Metabolic Endurance ✔️
  • 7 minute cool down on treadmill ✔️

Thursday

  • 8 minutes on the treadmill✔️
  • Bike ride 30 minutes

Friday

  • Day 3 of Metabolic Endurance ✔️
  • 9 minute cool down on treadmill ✔️

Saturday

  • 10 minutes on treadmill ✔️

Sunday

  • Have fun

And, I’m happy to report that I’ve already checked off 2 of the items under Monday. I’ll have to wait till tonight to check off that last item on the list, but I will. I’ll keep updating the list throughout the week, and I want to have the entire list with ✔️ after each item. 

So there you have it friends my goals for the week and my accountability list. Here’s hoping someone will check in with me and make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. 

A friend posted this today and I thought it was perfect. I won’t ever be the best at running or working out, but today I’m already better than I was yesterday. The only person you are truly competing with is yourself. Be better today than you were yesterday. 

Happy Monday!!!

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. 

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.  

Massage

My one leg has been swelled up quite a bit for a while. So today was a day to work on that. 

I had a massage and hot stone massage done on my lower legs. And, well can we just say AHHHHHHHHH. 

It was great. They started with a massage working out all of the kinks so to speak. And, let’s just say it hurt so good. I could tell the complete difference in my legs between the swollen and not swollen one. When working on my good leg there was very few trigger points. On the leg with swelling oh my!!! I was definitely flinching and biting my knuckle a few times. 

This was followed up by hot stone massage and it was wonderful. I am hoping the massage will help get things moving and the swelling will go down. We shall see if this will help any. Doesn’t hurt to try. 

And, hey if it doesn’t help with the swelling it felt amazing and was very relaxing. So it was completely worth it. 

I’m thinking I need a back massage or maybe even a full body massage next. Hmmmm how to convince the husband of that. 

Plan Ahead

  Here it is my meal plan for the month. Each number goes with a meal idea. Not strict as this is what I’m eating but this is the plan and allows me to go out with friends and still stick to the plan. 

I’m ready. I’ve got my omelette all planned out for tomorrow morning’s breakfast, along with my sandwich, and burger for dinner. 

I have a plan now let’s hope I can stick with it. 

Getting Ready

Today I sat down and wrote up a meal plan for the next 30 days.

Basically it’s type of categories and scheduled for days throughout the month. So I don’t have an exact set of meals as this is what I’m eating today. It’s more today I’ll have Italian, so maybe it’ll be zoodles with sauce and meatballs, or eggplant lasagna, or whatever floats my fancy in that genre of food. 

My categories are burgers because that’s an endless list of possibilities, Mexican, Italian, Soup, Comfort Food, chicken, and fish, for dinner. Lunch is sandwiches, salads, and leftovers. And, breakfast is made up of omelettes, eggs, pancakes, cereal, veggies and sausage, and chia pudding. So lots of things to choose form and a plan but not super strict. 

Each genera of food has a number and each day I’ve picked a number from breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that I know which days will be what types of food. So planned but not overly planned. It can be adjusted a bit of need be and also based on what is available at the farmers market and grocery store. 

Now I just need to make one for exercise. 

Now it’s time to watch the Oscars. 

Oh So Many Truths

   
   
I of course find all of these humorous and unfortunately so true for me. And, well I need to get out of this type of mindset. 

I did pick up this little magnetic calendar which I will be filling out this week.  

 I think scheduling everything both exercise and meal plans will get me back on track since I’ve been off track for so long. 

I’ll be posting a follow up picture with my plan for the next 30 days and hopefully that will help keep me accountable as well. 

Happy Friday all!!!