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"THERE ARE ONLY TWO DAYS IN THE YEAR THAT NOTHING CAN BE DONE. ONE IS CALLED YESTERDAY AND THE OTHER IS CALLED TOMORROW, SO TODAY IS THE RIGHT DAY TO LOVE, BELIEVE, DO, AND MOSTLY LIVE." -- Dalai Lama

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

10 more sleeps!

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 from my few sweets throughout the day) and have been having great results considering I haven't been working out as much. I pigged out on the yummy stuff so I'll be good for dinner :)

Today I'm going to do just a Turbo Fire because I got my shots last night, one in each arm, and they're pretty tender today so no strength training for me :(

P.s. If anyone has a suggestion as to what the eff is is causing these hives/rash/bites, please let me know because nothing seems to be helping.

~Cheers

-- Kelsey

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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 is out partying, dressed up in their costumes. I thought I had rid these hives but I got some new ones today and they're awful. Enough of my complaining though because obviously they aren't listening to me and it isn't helping!

What are you doing tonight?

-- Kelsey

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dining out, be smart

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 it because they had arranged everything in wedges)


It came with iceberg lettuce (too bad it doesn't come with something more nutritional), turkey breast, bacon, green onions, hard boiled eggs, and mushrooms. I could have done without the bacon but I wanted to make sure I got enough calories for the day since I hadn't eaten anything substantial since the morning. I would rather be over my calories for the day than under, making sure I'm giving my body what it needs.

I have come a LONG way when it comes to dining at restaurants, however, I did order the mile high mud pie but shared it with the table of 10.

How do you do when you dine out?

-- Kelsey

Sunday, October 21, 2012

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 more veggies. I use reusable containers for my lunches and for the last 2 weeks I've been using the 3 cup one and fill it with baby carrots, celery, and sugar snap peas. So my goal is I'm going to eat at LEAST one of those a day, on top of the veggies I eat with my lunch and dinner. My (smart and beautiful) cousin also suggested swapping out one of my fruits throughout the day for a veggie and I have been doing this for the past week. I've also started drinking hot water with a lemon wedge again. It's really relaxing after work and my workout.

Today I did Turbo Fire HIIT 30 minute class. Again it was a fantastic workout. Tomorrow will probably end up being a rest day because I have the day off to spend with my mummy for her birthday :) Hopefully going to go shopping for some stuff for Jamaica in 3 weeks (eeeeek!!!) since I don't have any sandals suitable for long periods of standing/walking.

I have to be good tomorrow because I had quite a treat meal before going to the Rain concert (Beatles tribute band: they're awesome!). We stopped at an Irish pub downtown and I had the chicken strips and chips. I had burned quite a few calories in yesterday's workout so I allowed myself the treat :)

Promise to self: I WILL EAT MORE VEGGIES THIS WEEK!

What is a goal that you want to challenge yourself to reach? Or what goals have you already accomplished?


-- Kelsey

Saturday, October 20, 2012

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 that "forget" to stretch after a workout. I did the Bodyrock mash up first, then added 10 V pushups for a shoulder workout, and then I did the Turbo Fire videos.

In 51 minutes I burned approx 600 calories. WOO!

Hurray for fitness!


-- Kelsey

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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 to take rest days and still see progress. I have continued to eat clean (with a few cheats of course) and Monday I was 136 lbs and yesterday and this morning I weighed 129 lbs. Just because you can't workout doesn't mean your diet has to be crap too!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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 soon.

Cheers ~

-- Kelsey

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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 started at the perfect time so I could wear a bikini on my trip without being self conscious. So here I am, having lost a few inches over all. I lost 5 pounds but I weighed myself this morning and I'm back up to 136. I feel like I have gotten the daily food part down but it's the damn sugar!!

I crave sugar so bad. Any sugar: chocolate, candy, cakes, cookies, marshmallows, etc. It really is getting ridiculous. So, with 3 weeks before my vacay, I am challenging myself to no sweets. I'll see how I feel on Sunday (which I will dub as my treat day) and if I can make it another week, I will test my will power even further.

Are you on for a no sugar challenge? This means no unnatural sugar. I will still use, but limit, the honey or maple syrup in my oatmeal. I will still eat my no sugar added yogurt. How far can you go?

-- Kelsey

Sunday, October 14, 2012

It's a Soupy kind of day =)


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 celery
  • 1/3 c. chopped up baby carrots
  • 1/3 c. chopped onion
  • small russet potato
  • 3 tsp Better than bouillon - chicken flavor (from Costco)
  • 1/4 c. Uncle Ben's brown rice
  • 1/4 c. Yolkess egg noodles (broken in half because they're fairly big)
herbs & spices:

  • rosemary
  • basil
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • small 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 herbs and spices a few minutes before I added my water to let the oils start to get released. I also added the bouillon before adding the water to let it get melted (it's like a paste in a jar). I added water to a few inches from the top of my small pot, I didn't really measure anything for this, again I'm sorry.

After adding the water, I chopped up a small russet potato into small cubes and added them to the pot. I turned the heat to medium-high to let it get a start on boiling. After about 5 minutes I added in the brown rice. 10 minutes later I added the noodles because they cook really fast. I tested the veggies and the noodles with a fork to make sure they were close to tender. I then added some frozen peas and let it continue to simmer on low heat. Make sure you keep tasting your soup through out to make sure you have it just right :) I also skimmed the herbs out with a small fine strainer because I looked at a recipe after and saw they didn't add any spices. The taste isn't over powering but it's nice :)

You can obviously added any kind of meat and use any soup base/stock you want but I prefer this jarred stuff because it lasts long in my fridge whereas I always ended up throwing away half a carton of stock.




Enjoy! =)

If you make this please share how yours turned out and if you did anything different.

Bon appetite!

-- Kelsey

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I fit my pants!!

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

Friday, October 12, 2012

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):
  • raisins
  • unsweetened coconut
  • frozen blueberries and/or frozen raspberries/strawberries
  • walnuts
  • honey or maple syrup (sometimes I don't even add either of these in)
  • 1/4 of an apple chopped into small pieces
  • cinnamon
  • cocoa powder
  • so many options!!!

Snack
PC Blue Menu finesse yogurt cup
1 c. of grapes (green and red mixed)
a few Snack Factory thin pretzels and/or Pop chips


Lunch
some form of protein:

  • salmon/fish fillet
  • can of flavored tuna
  • chicken breast
  • hard boiled eggs
with veggies of some sort:
  • frozen veggies from Costco
  • if I use chicken breast for stir fry I use the stir fry frozen veggies from Costco
  • spinach salad: I either use the flavored tuna as the dressing or I use dressing if I'm eating it with hard boiled eggs
and an apple or some sort of fruit

Snack
1% cottage cheese
baby carrots
celery sticks
the rest of my thin pretzels/pop chips


Dinner
pretty much the same thing I have for lunch but in a different form than what I had for lunch
(lots of veggies!!!)


Snack
a bowl of cereal with the other half of my banana from the morning with unsweetened almond milk
(I like Multi Grain Cheerios, shredded wheat softened with boiling water, Rice Crispies. **Be careful of sodium in cereals: Some even have more salt than a small bag of chips**)



My cousin just finished university where she was took nutrition and she told me I need to eat more veggies. I'm having a really hard time with this =( I loooooove my fruit but the sugar is probably what is preventing me from seeing better results. I have 4 weeks until I'm in Jamaica and I want to be rocking my bikini! Let's see what I can do in these 4 weeks.

I definitely do cheat... like all the time. Chocolate is my weakness, but any sugar in general is. I love cakes, candies, chocolate, cookies, etc. So even though I eat  my healthy stuff listed here, there are usually a few things that slip in during the day. This is yet another thing that I have to work on. My will power is definitely lacking for this but I'm trying to work on it and maybe I'll start by limiting it to one 'treat' a day. Baby steps!

Have a good weekend!! What workout(s) are you doing this weekend?

-- Kelsey



Sunday, October 7, 2012

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 Thanksgiving weekend and let yourself indulge in the homemade meals. REMEMBER: it's all about moderation. Have the good food, but take a little bit of each. Allow yourself dessert, but only a wee bit so you don't regret it later. I know I'll be stuffing my face with no regrets :D

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

-- Kelsey

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Progress update

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