Eat the pizza!!

PizzaSo…this weekend didn’t go so well for me and Keto. Specifically Sunday. For the past few weeks my husband and I haven’t really had the chance to really spend much time together. Sundays are normally our day to hang out together whether it be date night or just chilling in bed together all day. Well since we haven’t had a Sunday together in about 4 weeks and we’ve both been spending a lot of time away from home we decided that it would be a lazy Sunday where we didn’t leave bed. A day of nothing is exactly what I needed…..except for I had to prepare all of our meals with nothing in the house. We normally do our grocery shopping on Sunday’s. So I had a VERY tough decision….do I go to the store or do I just hang with my husband all day? It didn’t take me very long to make the decision to stay at home with hubby. Luckily I’m doing the intermittent fasting thing so my first meal wasn’t until 12pm anyway and hubby likes to sleep in until about 11 or 11:30 on the days he doesn’t work. When lunch time rolled around I went in search of something that I could make that was Keto friendly. Luckily I still had a dozen of eggs and some bacon. So for lunch we had scrambled eggs with coconut oil, salt and pepper and bacon.

We were both satisfied for a few hours and then the munchies started to take over. I settled for some almonds and a sugar free jello cup….but an hour later I was hungry again. I had nothing to make for dinner because everything was frozen. Hubby suggested pizza….so I said lets order from Domino’s because they have salads….then we started to order and one thing lead to another.  Hubby ordered a Philly cheese steak pizza and the brownie cookie for dessert. I ordered a salad and some wings….completely forgetting that their wings are breaded. Strike 1 for Jen! When the food arrived, the smell of melted cheese, green bell peppers and steak filled the entire room as if it was a sinking ship filling with water. I fought my urge to have a slice and settled for my salad and my wings (which I was already beating myself up over).

Hubby and I decided to watch Son-In-Law with Pauly shore and about 30 minutes in Hubby starts snoring…..the devil on my shoulder seemed to be getting louder and louder. “One piece wont kill you” it kept saying over and over again until I finally caved…….I didn’t eat one but two slices of pizza and then I couldn’t stop. I had two pieces of the brownie cookie too!! I felt so defeated and wanted to sit there and feel terrible about myself but something told me to reach out to a friend who is also doing the Keto diet. She has been my rock through this whole thing and has kept me sane. I told her all about my “cheat day” and what she said to me has given me a whole new outlook on my “accidents”. She said to me: “Its life….get back on track tomorrow. It can’t be all consuming, life has to happen and that includes pizza.” The more and more I thought about it….shes totally right! Being so strict on myself and not enjoying life was just setting me up to fail. I need to enjoy my life and if I want a slice of pizza I should have it because everything is “OK” in moderation. Moral of this story is….DO not beat yourself up for having a slice of pizza, a slice of cake or a scoop of ice cream. We are all human, we are going to make mistakes…..what we do to recover from them is what really counts. Until next time!

xoxo,

Jen

At Home Work Outs

So….yet again life got in the way of my blogging! The holidays are always such a busy time for me both in my personal life as it is in my work life. I have done my best to keep eating clean and working out as much as I could but lets face it….its the holidays! The time to be with family and eat amazing food prepared by your loved ones….if you are going to indulge the holidays is the perfect time to do it. Needless to say I only gained 3 lbs over the holidays and for me that is a win!!! From the last time we talked I had lost 17 lbs…..and since then I have lost 10 more. I am now 20 lbs away from my goal! I need to lose these last 10 lbs to start the next step in my fertility journey. With that being said, I was looking to mix up my workout routine a bit because the workouts I have been doing were getting old and I needed to step it up a bit. So on the hunt I went for something new.

If you have been following my blog, you know that I enjoy watching UFC and I happened to find the at home UFC Full-Body Intensity Training dvd set. I’m going to be honest…when I first started this program I was having second thoughts. The workouts were very tough for me and some of the moves weren’t that easy for me so I ended up modifying some of the moves to accommodate my physical level. The important thing is…..I KEPT GOING! The program has gotten easier for me to do and I’m having a blast! If you are looking for a new workout program and enjoy kick boxing or martial arts, I highly recommend this program!

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Some of my other workout programs that I have gotten and loved are the 21 Day Fix Program, Zumba and Tae Bo with Billy Banks. I will touch base with you guys next week with some of my go to lunch recipes!  Until then….drink your water, have faith in yourself and keep moving!

XOXO,

Jen

Polar vs. FitBit

polarWho doesn’t love a good fitness gadget! I’ve owned my Polar Ft7 for a while now and I fell in love the moment I first used it. I am a very competitive person by nature so I was in constant competition with myself. Watching my calories burnt increase was the best feeling in the world. It really helped me push myself harder every time I strapped it on but it really left me wanting more. I only put it on when I worked out and it didn’t count my steps and I really had to track my progress manually. The heart rate monitor strap was a little uncomfortable as well. Don’t get me wrong….I still think the Polar fitness trackers are an amazing product and work really well but there had to be a better option that fit my every day needs.

Recently my company started a FitBit challenge on September 1st. Each participant was supplied with the FitBit zip which we all received in August so I got to use it for a little before the challenge started. All the ladies in my office are participating so I have the best support group anyone could have. After using the FtiBit Zip I was instantly hooked so I decided to splurge and get the FitBit Blaze watch. BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! The FitBit app is multifunctional and really helps me track everything in my daily life from my water intake to my sleep patterns and it even monitors my heart rate like my Polar does.

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Working in an office I knew my activity level was pretty sedentary but I never fully understood how sedentary I really was until I got the FitBit Watching my co-workers hit 4,000 to 6,000 steps before lunch and I was at 1,000…..I knew I had to step up my game (pun intended). I work in a mall that is just shy of 2 miles long if you walk an entire loop. I have the best work place for those trying to get some major steps in…..so why wasn’t I taking advantage of it? I set a schedule for myself because lets face it…working in an office its hard to walk away from your office if you don’t have it on your calendar! So I walk at least 3 times a day….once in the morning, once after lunch and once right before I leave for the day. So for all my non-fitbit users out there your daily goal is 10,000 steps which approximately 5 miles and if I walk my mall 3 times a day like I have scheduled I hit that 10k mark every single time. Now you may ask….should I really be walking 10,000 steps every day? Here is the link to the FitBit Blog that explains why you should:

Should You Really Take 10,000 Steps a Day?

Another great function of the FitBit app are the challenges you can do with your friends. All the ladies of my office love doing the Work Week Hustle. Like myself, my coworkers are also competitive so it’s a constant battle in my office to beat each other….who doesn’t love to have bragging rights in the office! The first two challenges I came in dead last because I underestimated the ladies I work with…so here I am pushing myself even harder to keep up with these amazing ladies. We just ended this weeks challenge and I finished 2nd with a total of 59,351 steps for the week! Whoop Whoop! I can’t wait for next week!

So if you are on the fence about purchasing the FitBit…..do it! It has changed my life and really pushed me to keep moving throughout the day. So much so that I have lost 17 pound in the last 2 months! Yes…..17 pounds!!!!!! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Jen

 

What’s your favorite in home workout equipment?

InMotion Compact EllipticalSo I know its been a while but like I always say…life just gets in the way! So….recently I have been exploring other pieces of workout equipment that is suitable for the home that doesn’t take up much space. Of course weeks of research went into looking for that perfect piece of equipment that was both compact, easy to put together and didn’t cost me a small fortune. I came across one of those pesky ads in my Facebook feed for a compact elliptical made by InMotion. My first thought was….how can an elliptical be compact? Then I clicked on it and watched the video and instantly I HAD TO HAVE ONE!! Now for those of you who don’t know me….I’m cheap! I refuse to pay full price if I don’t have to and that is how Amazon and eBay have become my best friends. I do feel kind of bad for the delivery drivers who delivery my packages every other day! Any who….I found the same item on Amazon and it was the same price as their website but I did find the older model for under $100! SCORE! The only major difference was the new version had resistance bands attached for an upper body workout which I figured…I could use some weights or my own resistance band. Now like most wives (insert laughter here) I discussed it with hubby before I made the purchase. My birthday was just a few days away…Happy Birthday to me!

3 DAYS LATER…..

My package arrived!!! I couldn’t wait and made hubby put it together which was SUPER simple…..I could have done it! After the 15 minutes it took for him to put it together I was ready to use my compact elliptical. Since the machine is compact the stride is much smaller than your average elliptical but for me and my short legs its perfect! After 15 minutes I started to feel my legs BURNING!!!! It did however take about 30 minutes before I actually started to break a sweat but 2 miles later I was sweating and my legs started to feel like stretched out rubber bands. Now not only can you use this piece of equipment by standing on it like a normal elliptical but you can also use it like a bike while sitting at your desk! What is better than sitting there pedaling your heart out while finishing those spreadsheets or power point?

I would recommend this to anyone who has bad knees and wants to get a little cardio in because it is versatile and you can use it standing or sitting. Is it the best cardio workout…..probably not but it will get your blood pumping and will add some variety to your everyday exercise routine. I love mine because I can use it and watch TV with hubby without him complaining that I’m hogging the TV with my workout DVD’s again. So whats your favorite piece of home workout equipment?

XoXo,

Jen

Where have I been?

Ugh….so here we are months have gone by and I haven’t posted an update. Well life has gotten in the way yet again…what’s new. In my last post the doctor had finally released me to workout again from where I sprained my back….well two weeks into getting back into my routine I had a pretty nasty fall down an entire flight of stairs. Not only was my pride broken but so was my tailbone and several nasty bruises. Yep…..I broke my ass…..literally! So I had to face 8 weeks of sitting on donuts and popping pain killers to help me get thru the day. It just hasn’t been the greatest few months for me physically. To top it off at the beginning of the year my husband was facing the possibility of being without a job because not only was his company selling his division but the building he worked in was also selling the building and their business. Luckily the company who purchased the business and building kept his contract intact. That ordeal took about 4 months to workout….so making a baby was put on hold until we knew exactly what was going on. 

So now that hubby has a job and I’m finally feeling great…..it’s time to jump in with both feet and hit the ground running superhero style. I’m sorry it took me so long to catch everyone up and I promise to get better at this stuff.

Xoxo,

Jen

New Beginnings…

Happy-New-Year-Greetings-Best2015 has come and gone and my 2015 resolutions were far from being met. Every year we all say “New Year…..New me” but half of us really follow through. Well I have finally come to terms with the fact that if I really want to shop in those cute clothing stores that all my friends shop in and finally be able to get pregnant….I HAVE TO DO MORE! Don’t get me wrong….losing 35 lbs this past year was amazing but I had fallen off the wagon more than what I probably should have. The holidays were not so good me this year either…we all know that I have a passion for baking and well…..a passion for eating. Over indulging comes with the territory during the holidays but my self-control flew right out the window. So when I say….NEW YEAR NEW ME….I truely mean it this time. I vow to lose 50 lbs by July and learn basic spanish! So who’s with me?? Bring it on 2016! Happy New Year everyone!

xoxo,

Jen

Detox Tea..good or bad?

I’m seeing celebrity advertisements all over the place for different detox teas….so what’s all the hype about? Obviously it intrigued me enough to do some research and I found that Detox herbal teas have been in use for centuries…..and here I thought it was the “new thing to try”. During my research, I read that when you are undergoing a detoxification program, your body is ridding itself of the built up toxins we’ve accumulated through diet or your environment (perfect after indulging in that yummy Thanksgiving dinner). These toxins are most commonly found in the liver and kidneys and after just passing my very first kidney stone (p.s. if child-birth is anything like that pain, I will most definitely be getting an epidural!), I thought to myself, GET THOSE TOXINS OUT!!! I never want to experience that pain ever again!  After doing a quick Amazon search on detox teas, I was definitely overwhelmed by all the options. I spent about 3 days going back and forth reading all of the reviews on each tea before I finally decided on Triple Leaf’s Detox Tea.

Detox Tea (1)

This tea is a cleansing and revitalizing tea made with potent Chinese purification herbs but the best thing it’s Caffeine-Free. When I got the box from Amazon, I read the following message on the top of the box:

“For thousands of years, the Chinese have been using herbs to clear away toxins. Today, we are exposed to increasing levels of harmful environmental pollutants and toxins in smoke, air, water and food. many synergistic and potent Chinese purification herbs have been used to create our Detox Tea. Traditionally, these herbs were used to support the healthy function of the liver, kidneys, lungs and blood, and to cleanse the body of toxins. They were considered to help promote clear, healthy skin, increase the flow of energy (chi) to the body and mind, and promote calmer, more positive and peaceful emotions.”

At first I was very skeptical….how could a tea do all of that? I will admit it took me a few days to build up enough courage to even try it but I am so glad that I did! I was feeling really tired all of the time even though I was getting between 6 and 8 hours of sleep each night. I drank this tea every morning for about a week and I can honestly say that I felt rejuvenated and well rested. I had more energy, I was more focused at work and overall I felt good.  Now was it really the tea or was this just a placebo effect? So I did my very own experiment and stopped drinking the tea for a few weeks and I could tell around day 6 the sluggish feeling and lack of motivation was back.  So back to the tea I went!

I’m going to be brutally honest with you, the taste is very weird at first and very earthy. Knowing that adding sugar to a detox tea would pretty much defeat the purpose, I added a slice of lemon. Bingo!!! This tea with a slice of lemon is what I prefer to drink in the morning rather than my normal cup of coffee with cream and sugar. Even though its caffeine free, I still get this burst of energy when I drink it. If you haven’t stepped out of your comfort zone and tried something new lately, I would recommend this tea.

Bottoms up!!

XoXo,

Jen

I’ve been MIA for too long!

MIA

So I want to apologize for being MIA for the past few weeks…..well months really. I have been super busy and I am not sure where to begin.

The first week of May the hubby and I had our first vacation away in about 6 years. We went on an 8 day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Pride out of Baltimore. Let me just tell you it was so relaxing and way over due. We met some amazing people on board and really allowed ourselves to let go and let’s be honest….when you are on board a ship that has endless amounts options for food….you really let go and we all know that when you are on vacation, diets do not exist!! I of course let my self indulge a little too much and ended up gaining about 5 lbs. I felt very defeated….I knew I was going to gain weight but I didn’t know it would be a whole 5 lbs. That started it all….a few weeks went by and I realized that I was back to eating the same way I use too. Lots of sugar, fat and the “convenient” processed foods. I knew I had to get back on track but I totally lacked the motivation to “reignite” that torch. Before I knew it June was here! My best friend in the entire world was getting married on June 13th so I knew I had to get back on track before the wedding…I didn’t want to feel miserable in my bridesmaid dress. I immediately cleaned out my refrigerator and cabinets of the temptations that lurked in every corner and refilled it with healthier options. I was determined to put the past in the past and move forward. I took my measurements and my before pictures because I would rather tracking my inches lost and how my clothes are fitting than the stupid scale. So I hit the workouts hard for the two weeks prior to the wedding and I felt pretty pleased with myself. When I had my bridesmaid dress altered in April it was fitting a bit snug and when I put it on before the rehearsal, it  fit a lot better and I could breathe easy. That was the confidence boost I needed!

So the moral of the store is if you get knocked down…..you just have to get right back up, dust yourself off and start fresh. Everyone has their bad days and your are absolutely allowed to have them…espically during a vacation! Keep pushing everyone……if I can do this then so can you!

You can do it