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

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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.

fitbit-blaze

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

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

The Results are in…

Yesterday No Longer MattersWell if you read my “About Me” page you know that I set a personal weight loss goal of 30 lbs. by my 30th birthday. Well after all the celebrating I did last week, I fell just short of my goal. Those pesky last 5 lbs just didn’t want to come off! I’m not going to sugar coat it….I got pissed at myself. I kept thinking….why did I HAVE to eat that slice of cake? Why did it take me so long to get back on track? After feeling sorry for myself for about a day or two it suddenly hit me….why am I doing this to myself? I came this far and that is something to be excited about. I looked in the mirror and I don’t see a huge change physcially….but I am my own worst critic. When taking my measurements I noticed that for some odd reason I’m losing most of the weight in other places other than my mid-section. I went down a whole cup size in my bra!!! Hubby was not thrilled about that when I told him….he had that “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU” look come across his face. That is a little frustrating but….its more motivation to push myself to the next level.

I will admit losing this much weight is much harder than I anticipated….I knew it was going to be a lot of work physically but trying to make sure I am fueling my body with the best foods has proven to be a challenge for me and my schedule. Life has definitely been getting in the way lately and I keep falling off the wagon. With a schedule as fully packed as mine it’s so easy to get into the mindset of just getting something quick. It’s the convenience of just running in somewhere and being able to feed me and hubby quick. Getting back on track has definitely been my weakest point. I have started and stopped the 21 Day Fix 4 times now and each time I get more and moe determined to do it then….BOOM….another life event that has resulted in me indulging more than I should. Since I was little, my family has celebrated good and bad things with food….your celebrating your anniversary? LETS EAT!! It’s your birthday? LETS EAT!! It’s summer! LETS EAT!! You lost your job? LETS EAT!! I guess that’s how I grew into the emotional eater I am today. Everyday is a struggle but the battle is what makes you stronger. I am stronger than I was 6 months ago when I decided to start this journey. Could I have done better in the last few months and hit my goal? Sure but I will not dwell on the could have’s…but I will celebrate how far I have come and focus on where I’m going from here. Yesterday is in the past …tomorrow is my focus!

xoxo,

Jen

P.S. Just an update on my infertility journey. Blood work came back great (other than being Vitamin D deficient….I NEED MORE SUN!!) and I have official started Metformin as of last week. So far so good with it. I need to schedule what they call a “no-menses” or a no menstrual cycle work up with Shady Grove and then schedule an appointment with my primary care for a chicken pox vaccine since apparently I’m not immune (UGH…more needles). Anyways…..wish us luck on the next steps to starting our family!

I’m Worth It

Workouts and music just seem to go hand in hand right? There are all types of music that I like to work out to and typically I pick them based on my mood or how hard I really want to work out.  I recently came across the new Fifth Harmony song called “I’m worth it” (yes I love Fifth Harmony…so don’t judge). The song really made me push myself harder and motivated me so much that I lost 4 pounds this week!! That was the biggest confidence booster…..I looked in the mirror and said to myself I am worth it and so is every other person on this planet. Check out the video and add it to your workout playlist!

 

Office Workouts – NO EXCUSES!

Office WorkoutsLike I said in my previous post, I have been super busy the last few weeks. Time was probably my number one excuse not to work out in the past. When you work in an office like I do, you’re sitting at a computer for the majority of the day. Recent studies have shown that desk-bound workers who spend long periods of time sitting down are more likely to die of heart problems, even if they exercise regularly. I found that to be very disturbing and I just knew I had to do something. I make it a priority to get up from my desk every hour or so. This was a challenge for me at first but then it hit me….I work in a LARGE shopping mall that is approximately 2 miles around. If I have the time I will make one complete lap around the mall but if I don’t have the time there are 10 exercises that I will do to get a small workout in.

 

  1. Take the stairs whenever possible. I try to take the stairs at least once a day.
  2. If your waiting on documents to print…..do some squats or calf raises!
  3. Leg Raises can be done under your desk! Alternate legs or do both at the same time….just make sure you are keeping your tummy tight!
  4. Wall Leans! Lean against the wall supporting your body with your forearms only. Then lean into the wall until the upper arm almost touches it and push back keeping your tummy tight and your back straight!
  5. Should shrugs! Do them while you are on that conference call or waiting for that meeting!
  6. Desk Chair swivel! Sit in your swivel chair with your feet hovering over the floor. Using your index finger and your thumb only grab your desk. Use your core to swivel your chair from side to side.
  7. Take really deep breaths and tighten your abs bringing them in towards your spine as you exhale. Stay squeezed for 5 to 10 seconds.
  8. Get up and do a wall sit!!
  9. Lunges
  10. Arm Circles and pulses

I do about 15 reps of these on my busy days when I know I don’t have alot of time to devote to a good workout. I don’t give myself any excuses not to get in a workout even if it’s just 15 mintues….I get up and move! Here are a few more office fitness tips you can follow as well:

Office Place Fitness Tips

 Happy workout everyone!