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10 more sleeps!

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Holy cow! Only 10 more sleeps until I leave for Jamaica. Time just flew by. I finally got a workout done last night since the last time I worked out was Saturday. These hives are just driving me crazy and I just wish I knew what was causing them :( Here some pictures and these are only 4 of them - they've been popping up all over, mostly on my arms and hands lately but they started with a few on my right ankle and calf.




It felt so great to workout last night! I did the FU Fat Ass workout from Bodyrock.tv - one of my faves from them but I switched the frog jumps for switch kicks (from Dripping with Sweat) and I did Turbo Fire 30 minute workout. I also went to the doc last night to get one of my Twinrix shots for my trip and a tetanus shot, and almost fainted lol. I've never had a reaction like that before. I got very light headed and hot/sweaty.
We're having a food day here at work today and I had a bit of all the goodies. I've been eating really good lately (aside fr…

19 weeks of working out!

I realized today that I usually take progress pictures in the middle of the month and somehow it's the end of October?!?!?! How did this happen? Time just seems to fly by.

So I took my progress pictures before my workout today and I realized as I was putting them together that I took them in the mirror today when I turned the camera towards myself in the previous ones. I am far too lazy to re-do them today, so perhaps tomorrow haha.

Click here to see my updated progress pictures. I removed some of the in between ones because they were becoming quite wide on the screen. I want to add them back in further down the page but my browsers (yes, plural) aren't showing the pictures in the editor which are making me quite angry.

I have a quiche in the oven and I may post pictures but I haven't decided how "clean" it is lol. It has butter, milk, and Bisquick but I added quite a few veggies.

I also once again find myself doing nothing on a night where almost every one else …

Dining out, be smart

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Good morning!

Yesterday I went shopping with my mummy for her birthday so it was an 'active' rest day if you count power walking through the mall for 4 hours as active haha.

I bought some cute stuff but I'm realizing I don't want to buy jeans since I could be losing another size soon. I bought a medium swim suit bottom in the boy shorts style, and they're actually loose at the bottom of my cheeks. I guess I should start trying stuff on since I have no idea where I am on the size charts now.

As much as I enjoyed shopping (for once), I want to write about the decisions I made last night while eating at a restaurant.

I really wanted my favorite dish - fettucini alfredo, but I pushed my will power and said, "NO!" Instead I ordered the cobb salad (at Montana's) and got the cheese on the side and ordered balsamic dressing on the side instead of the ranch dressing it states on the menu. It was amazing! (I should have taken a picture before I started mixing i…

A new challenge

Good evening! Phew! What a day. Vacuumed and mopped, emptied the dishwasher, loaded it up again, washed all other dishes, changed my guinea pig's cage, cleaned litter box, took out recycling and all garbage, and did my workout! I should sleep good tonight, but I'm not hopeful since I rarely have a good sleep. (I've actually started taking my iron pills again because my doc kind of scolded me again.)

Today I made baked apples with minimal butter and sugar, but with rolled oats and raisins :) They were pretty awesome. I was being self critical today and I'm still really not happy with my tummy. I feel like I eat pretty clean and I don't understand why I can't lose more of the fat layer on top of my abs. When ever I think this, I hear my cousin's voice saying, "You need to eat more vegetables!" Like I said in my previous post, I have cut back on sugar instead of just cutting myself off so a challenge that I think I can handle is I'm going to eat …

My welcome back workout =D

Hello!! Today my hives seem to be under control and aren't bothering me as much. I'm very excited to do my workout right away.

I wanted a good arm workout to do with my Turbo Fire so I watched the new Bodyrock videos and I liked different moves from each video so I chose some of them and made my own workout.

Push up & ski abs 7, 5, 5
2 hops on left leg, 2 hops on right leg, 4 scissor jacks (jump rope) 11, 12, 13
2 ab tucks, L&R oblique lift, V abs (EQ) 4, 3, 4
squat & press, clean & press (sandbag) 8, 7, 8

and I'm going to do my Turbo Fire 30 minute class. If I feel I can handle it, I'm going to also do the Turbo HIIT 15 minute class because it looks super fun.

I did Turbo Fire HIIT 20 minute class. IT. WAS. AWESOME. Chalene Johnson is a friggin' genious. Her workouts are so fun, have great music, and make you want to move and work as hard as you can. I also like how Turbo Fire has a 10 minute and a 40 minute stretch class - great for people like me …

Another rest day

Siiiiiiiiggggggghhhhh.... I'm taking another rest day. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body when it's telling you it's had enough and needs a break.

These skin irritations are making me an unpleasant person - they're the kind of burning pain that just make you want to make angry sounds. I finally went to the doctor and got 2 different kinds of cream but obviously they aren't going to work in one day. Depending how these things feel tomorrow I may just take the one extra day.

I'm going to smash out the first two new workouts though on Saturday for sure. I need a good butt kicking after all this rest. I am still sticking to a clean diet though and I actually feel like I've lost some fat on my tummy which is *awesome* because that's where I want to see the most burn.

Do you take a rest day when you need it? Or do you push through and do a lighter workout?


Take care,

-- Kelsey

(October 19, 2012: I'd like every one to know that it is possible t…

Hives... =(

I'm missing another workout tonight. I'm not very happy about this but I think my body needs rest. I missed Monday's workout to spend time with a friend and her daughter who I haven't seen in a few months. Last week I started breaking out in hives. At first I thought they were spider bites or some other bite, but they look more like hives. They're sporadic on my body (legs, ankles, 1 on my lower back, 1 on my neck, 1 on my face, two on each arm) and are almost perfectly circular with a little water blister in the middle.

I've been using hydrocortisone cream for the past week and taking allergy pills but they don't seem to help with the itch =( They're driving me crazy!!!

This morning I woke up and the one on my inner bicep is huge! It's probably 2 inches in diameter. Hopefully I can get in to see my doctor tomorrow because I don't know how much more of the itch I can take.

Please do a work out for me and cross your fingers that this clears up so…

3 weeks - no sugar challenge!?!

I am going to Jamaica on November 10 and it really just hit me how close it is! (*squeal*) I've never been any where before, never mind somewhere hot. The furthest south I've been is Grand Forks, ND, haha.

I started working out June just to be healthier and because I really wasn't happy with the shape I was in. I was "skinny fat". It bothered me (and still does) when people would ask, "Why do you workout? You're so skinny." Why can't people who don't exercise regularly understand that just because you're not obese, doesn't mean that you shouldn't take care of yourself? Or just accept that even though I'm smaller than you,  I'm not happy with where I am. It's not like I was doing anything wrong or unhealthy - I was exercising and eating lots of healthy yummy food.

Any ways, I started working out just because I wanted to feel better about myself and stop my weight gain before it was out of control. Then I realized I sta…

It's a Soupy kind of day =)

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Chicken Noodle Soup

It's that time of year again where a hot bowl of chili or soup is such a comforting thing. Today I was craving a hearty soup. I don't really care about meat in my soup so I just used bouillon.

I had some celery that I had cut up a few months ago when I couldn't use all the celery I had in my fridge; so I chopped the stalks up and threw them in the freezer for a day like today.

Ingredients:

1/3 c. chopped celery1/3 c. chopped up baby carrots1/3 c. chopped onionsmall russet potato3 tsp Better than bouillon - chicken flavor (from Costco)1/4 c. Uncle Ben's brown rice1/4 c. Yolkess egg noodles (broken in half because they're fairly big)herbs & spices:

rosemarybasiloreganoparsleysmall bay leaf(I threw in a few others but I forget, sorry!!)In a small pot I had on low-medium heat, I put some extra virgin olive oil and added the chopped onion. I seasoned with salt and pepper. After a few minutes I added the chopped celery and carrots. I added all my her…

I fit my pants!!

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Happy Saturday everyone!

I usually save my cleaning for the weekend so I was tidying up before I do my workout and I found a pair of jeans I haven't been able to fit into since the day I bought them! They are the same size as the other pair I bought at the same time, but for whatever reason these were a smaller fit. I couldn't get them passed my thighs. They are still a bit tight but I can fit into them! They are a size 5. Yay!!

I love seeing the results and knowing that I'm making my body healthier is a good feeling too. There are so many health problems that can be solved by eating clean and exercise. Even if you're not working out to be toned, you should at least exercise to treat your body the way it should be and take care of yourself. You only live once: do it right so you can live your life to the fullest potential and be the best you possible.



How far have you come? What changes have you made or are you making to better yourself? Please share!
-- Kelsey

My typical daily food plan

Okay, so here is what I typically eat in a day. It's definitely NOT the cleanest but it is better than what I was previously eating. This is what is helping me tone up but I'm not seeing the results I want yet so I have to cut out some more fruits, dairy, and breads/cereals. I usually eat a lot of the same things because it's easy to go grocery shopping and easy to prepare stuff. Once I get sick of these I will come up with other things to mix in my daily menu =)


Breakfast (before I leave for work)
1/3 (dry) quick oats
3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
half a banana sliced on top (I keep the other half for my cereal at night)

I mix it with the following (not all at once lol):
raisinsunsweetened coconutfrozen blueberries and/or frozen raspberries/strawberrieswalnutshoney or maple syrup (sometimes I don't even add either of these in)1/4 of an apple chopped into small pieces cinnamoncocoa powderso many options!!!
Snack
PC Blue Menu finesse yogurt cup
1 c. of grapes (green and r…

Thanksgiving

Hello!
Well, it's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I can NOT wait for all the yummy food. Of course I can't wait to see my family too, they're pretty cool :)
I keep track of my workouts on Google calendar and I realized that most of September I only worked out 4 days a week. I feel a bit disappointed in myself because I did so good in July with working out 5 days a week.
I have to start working out in the morning because life just is just too busy after work, and that is when I prefer to workout. I have worked out 2 or 3 times before work recently and I really didn't enjoy it. I am definitely NOT a morning person, but I also didn't like being pressed for time. I like being able to warm up and cool down as needed. Also, the sweat just doesn't seem to stop!! I have a shower and I'm still sweating. I work a late shift this week though so I'm going to (try to) use the extra hour and a half to do my workout before I leave.
I hope everyone has a great …

Progress update

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After my workout today, I felt really strong and really good. I decided to take some back pictures to see if it looked different. I don't think I actually have any back pictures from before but I felt pretty good about this one :)

I added 5 pounds to my sandbag a month ago, so I'm up to 20lbs now. And I started being able to do real pushups a few weeks ago.
I didn't do a fit test today but I did a workout I haven't done in two months. Here are the results!
Powerful RTS Bodyrock video:


Here's a picture of my back muscles!!! So exciting what your body is capable of when you push yourself :)


 Check out my food page for a new meal idea for veggies!!

Thanks for reading :)

-- Kelsey