Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weeks 18 & 19 for Jessica

On Monday of Week 18, I did Ripped in 30, Level 1.

On Monday of Week 18, I did the 30 Day Shred, Level 1.

And that's it! the first week, it was because I got caught up in writing. This last week, it was because 5 of the 6 of us got sick (including me).

So, you know, back to the drawing board!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Okay, so I tried doubling my workout time this week (from 20 min-40ish) and it has done the trick in helping me feel myself again.   It's been awhile since I've felt so good!  However, it has been a very tiring week with all the extra exercise and I am going have to re-format my days off next week because 5 days in a row of 40 min exercise was way too much.    I just couldn't do it today despite my best intentions!!!

mon--4 miles
tues--4 miles
wed--2 miles, 20 minutes pilates
thurs--4 miles
fri-1 mile speed run.  8 min 10 seconds.  my record pre-preg was 7 min 30 seconds.

Emily's week 7

Saturday - nothing
Sunday - nothing
Monday - nothing
Tuesday - nothing
Wednesday - nothing
Thursday - No OM dvd (15 minutes)
Friday - dance party with the boys (10 minutes), yoga at my own pace (20 minutes)

It has been a nutty week. Hopefully I'll get back on track now.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

snacks and water tip

I cannot help with recipes as I refuse to bake unless it involves lots of fat and butter.  (:

However, my quick go-to snack is a rice cake with peanut butter and honey on top.  Simple, easy and quick.  I also like to snack on pickles and beef jerky.  Ok.  I guess I realize now this isn't helpful because none of these are really satisfying for a sweet tooth.

One GREAT tip, though, I got from my midwife: when you drink your water, squeeze a slice of lemon into it and add a little honey and a pinch of salt.  It makes the water more tasty and instead of the water working to flush out the nutrients in your body, your body absorbs the nutrients in the water!!!!

My biggest tip is the more water you drink the less stuff you crave.  I really mean it.  Every time I have a craving, I first drink at least two glasses of water and I usually find that the craving has diminished.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Last week

Just body shaping on T/Th once again for me. I had planned on adding a Saturday morning class to the routine, but Little Ted developed a fever on Friday morning and is still battling it. His illness is going to affect this week's workout as well - no class for me tomorrow so my hubby and I can take him to the dentist and *hopefully* get to the bottom of this not-so-pleasant infection.

Thanks for the great recipes. I have been in a baking mood lately, and these are much healthier options than the chocolate croissants I made over the weekend. Will report back once I try them out - after our A/C is fixed. It went out the same day Little Ted's fever started. *Sigh* When it rains, it pours!

Bran Muffins

I posted this recipe on my own blog, but thought you all might like it too:

I literally eat these with milk or coffee/milk everyday. They are high fiber and low in calories and contain only fruit and honey to sweeten them. Enjoy!

Oh, and last week I walked and did Bob's pure strength workout again (1/2 one day and 1/2 the next). I still feel it today and have to break up the strength training with the walks. It is perfect for someone like me who has hip troubles, but is otherwise in good shape. Often after a workout with Jillian, the jumping and cardio segments would set off my bursitis.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Emily's week 6

Saturday - No OM yoga dvd (15 minutes)
Sunday - nothing
Monday - No OM yoga dvd (30 minutes)
Tuesday - nothing
Wednesday - No OM yoga dvd (15 minutes)
Thursday - nothing - dang it, I totally had time and actually FORGOT!
Friday - more dental work :(

My right wrist and shoulder are acting up again. This appears to be my permanent nemesis, and may necessitate a visit to a physical therapist.

Because of the wrist and shoulder, I'm mostly doing core and lower body yoga with the No OM dvd. My favorite is the lower body workout, although I find that I wish she would do the same flow of movements in twice as much time. While I get the reason for the 15 minute segments (heck, that's what attracted me in the first place!) I feel rushed through the poses. Maybe I'll work on memorizing the flow, and then aim to complete it in 30 minutes instead of 15? Something to think about.

week recap

Wow.  This week was exciting.  The mini-pill caused me to have migraine aura and I learned that migraine aura symptoms are very similar to stroke symptoms and that is why you are supposed to rush to the doctor if you have those symptoms while on the pill.


But, needless to say, I have stopped taking the pill and am now back to square one with figuring out how to self-regulate my hormones.  The next attempt, which is probably the most effective, is to step up my cardio to 40-45 minutes a day.  I have been aiming primarily for just 20-30 these days.  I've been doing that W/Th/F and feeling great.

Mon-2.5 miles
Wed,Thurs, Fri--4 miles

Monday, October 17, 2011

Granola bar recipe

I posted this as a comment to Yolanda, but thought others might miss it in the comments. For anyone who'd like to try them, here is the granola bar "cookie" recipe:

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup WW pastry flour
1/4 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
1/3 cup honey
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
approx. 1 cup add ins (I use about 1 T. chia seeds, maybe 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, and fill the rest of the cup with well chopped walnuts.)

Preheat the oven to 350 deg. Line a 9x13 pan with foil or parchment paper and coat with a little oil. Combine the dry ingredients, then combine the wet ingredients separately (I usually just use my 2 cup glass measuring cup) Pour the wet into the dry and stir until well blended. Press evenly into a pan - I find a piece of parchment paper makes this a lot easier!

Bake 25 to 30 minutes - it is done when it is starting to turn golden. It usually takes 25 min in my oven. Let cool completely then turn out onto a cutting board. Cut into bars or squares and store in an airtight container.

Last week's workouts

Su - nothing
M - nothing
T - body shaping
W - nothing
Th - body shaping
F - nothing
Sa - nothing

I thinking I've been in this aerobics class long enough that my body has gotten used to the exercise. I don't feel wiped out at the end of the class and can keep up with the exercises better now.

Goals for next week: add a day of working out (I need more movement to get the weight loss going again)
Find more healthy snacks (Halloween candy & cookies aren't helping me with my goals - any suggestions for healthy replacements?)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

kelly recap

sun-3 miles. 20 minutes pilates
mon-2 miles, 20 min pilates
tues-2 miles, 25 min pilates
wed-4 miles
thurs-2 miles
fri-2 miles

Friday, October 14, 2011

Emily, week 5

Saturday - nothing
Sunday - nothing
Monday - No OM yoga dvd (30 minutes)
Tuesday - nothing
Wednesday - nothing
Thursday - No OM yoga dvd (15 minutes)
Friday - nothing

I'm not thrilled with the way this week went. We had car repairs to deal with (boy, do those ever mess up the daily plans!) and I've also been feeling really sick for the past 10 days or so. Nothing new; the familiar fatigue and headaches have just gotten a lot worse. As of Thursday I'm following my doctor's suggestion to remove gluten from my diet. She says that if I do that for 30 days, it should become very obvious if that is the problem or not. I can't decide if I hope it IS the problem (at least then I'd know what is wrong) or if it ISN'T (at least then I wouldn't have to completely change the way I eat).

I hope you don't mind if I include a little nutrition in my posts, since this is kind of all part of getting healthy for me right now. And honestly, I'm very discouraged and could use some prayer and accountability for both exercise AND nutrition right about now.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Week 17 for Jessica

Sunday: nothing

Monday: 30 Day Shred, Level 3

Tuesday: 30 Day Shred, Level 2

. . . . aaaaaaand then, nothing, not for the rest of the week. I'm sorry, it was over 100 degrees, and that's just not RIGHT in October. I made a conscious decision to wait for cooler weather. So, an unproductive week, work-out-wise, but not a bad one health-wise.


Sunday, October 9, 2011


I missed out on exercise two weeks ago :( because Little Ted was having some serious sleep issues. He's now happily settled in a toddler bed, and I was back in the gym last week as a result. Definitely was more sore after Tuesday's class due to one week break. Thursday's body shaping class was taught by the fitness director at my gym. Let me tell you, this woman is hardcore, but I was able to keep up for the most part and worked off Tuesday's soreness.

For this week, I plan on adding a day in the gym - I've plateaued on the weight loss front and need to push myself more physically to see results again.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Week 16 for Jessica

Sunday: walking around the Huntington (not a lot - just a bit of wandering)

Monday: Ripped in 30, Level 4 (easier than Level 3 - what is it with Jillian's videos saving the hardest workout for the middle?)

Tuesday: nothing

Wednesday: Ripped in 30, Level 1

Thursday: nothing

Friday: Ripped in 30, Level 2

Saturday: Ripped in 30, Level 3

A good week!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Emily's week 4

Saturday - vinyasa yoga class (75 minutes)
Sunday - restorative yoga class (90 minutes)
Monday - Yoga Prayer dvd (20 minutes)
Tuesday - nothing
Wednesday - nothing
Thursday - Yoga Prayer dvd (15 minutes)
Friday -nothing

I really wanted to get a little more exercise in today, but started my period and that was the end of that idea. I haven't been eating properly lately, which is stupid, because when I don't I have miserable periods. :( Still my goal was 4-5 days a week and I've met it, so I'm happy. :) I'll take the weekend off and probably be back at it on Monday.

Kelly Week 12

Sun-4 mile hill run.  My favorite route and I did it!  Of course, I had to stop a few times to catch my breath and drink some water but I ran the whole thing!
Tues-2 mile and 20 minute pilates
Wed-2 mile
Thurs-2 mile
Fri-2 mile

For whatever reason, I seem incapable of doing Pilates consistently.  I think it is because it is hard to exercise for me first thing in the morning (I've been running at 7 a.m. on the weekdays) and between that and the chaos of getting the kids ready for school as soon as I return, I've lost my mojo before I have a chance to do Pilates.  I'll keep trying.

In other news, I learned at the doctors that I only have 4.5 lbs to lose!  I suspected that much, but it is nice to have a number sometimes (I don't own a scale).  This is definitely a record as it took me 3 years to lose my baby weight from Edmund!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Week 1

Saturday - 2 mile walk
Sunday - 2 mile walk
Monday - 2 mile walk
Tuesday - 2 mile walk
Wednesday - 20 minutes bike, Bob's "Pure Burn, Super Strength" 20 minute beginner workout
Thursday - 2 mile walk, Bob's "Pure Burn, Super Strength" harder workout (only 30 minutes)
Friday - 2 mile walk
Saturday- sick, but still walked outside out of necessity (3 year olds do not understand when mommy is sick. Energy still must be burned or Luke will drive me insane!)

Emily's week 3

Saturday - nothing
Sunday - nothing
Monday - nothing
Tuesday - No OM yoga dvd
Wednesday - No OM yoga dvd
Thursday - nothing
Friday - 75 minute vinyasa yoga class