Making Progress

It’s now been a month into my journey of trying to become a better version of me.  I decided to do things a little differently from last year as to try not to set myself up for failure.

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I don’t deprive myself.  I eat and snack but make sure to count my calories.  My FitBit app has a counter on it, that even comes with a food scanner, which makes it very easy to keep track throughout the day.  I also don’t feel guilty enjoying the occasional glass of wine or my new-found cocktail made of cranberry juice and Malibu rum with a squeeze of lime.  I allow myself one day a week to indulge and not count calories.

I started out slow with my exercise regimen. It’s still very much winter here so I have been having to get my walking/jogging in via the dreadful treadmill.  I started out with 20 minutes and now after only a month am up to over an hour.  And I have also started to incorporate weights into my routine as well.

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This is the treadmill workout I try to follow most days

I don’t obsess about weight loss.  I weigh myself once a week and have lost 6 pounds this month.  The key thing people need to remember when working out is that you are gaining muscle which weighs more than fat.  Therefore, you will lose inches before losing weight.  I can tell, without measuring, by the way my clothes fit much better.

I am trying out an assortment of essential oils.  I must say that I intend to eventually invest in a diffuser for every room in the house.  So far I am up to 3 and have found a sleep and depression blend that I use often.  The sleep blend I use at night in my diffuser which sits next to my bed, and the depression blend I rub into the bottoms of my feet.  I’ve also discovered bath bombs which used with my Epsom salt manage to relax me at night and helps with any soreness I have succumbed to throughout the day.

I still have bad days.  I’m not going to lie, there are still some days I struggle with not wanting to do much of anything but binge watch television and throw my FitBit at the wall.  But I keep it as a reminder of when I’m doing great as well as not so great.  Plus I love joining challenges with my friends as I can be very competitive which is great at keeping me on track to making progress.  Below are my stats for the last four weeks starting from the end of the month.  Each week I try to do better than the previous week.  As you can see weeks 2 and 3 I failed at that, but like I said…I still have bad days and it’s ok.

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I feel that as long as I am doing something that makes me feel better than that to me…is making progress.

If you have a FitBit and would like to join any of my challenges you can find me via email on the app (tristasim@yahoo.com).

Chow For Now,

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Workout Wednesdays ~ March 23, 2016

It’s been awhile since I have posted about my health and fitness workout progress.  Not to worry…I haven’t given up on it…just been quite busy piling more and more stuff onto my plate, no pun intended,  and haven’t had a lot of time to write my weekly progress reports.

I am officially down 27 pounds since weighing myself Jan 1, 2016.  And lately I have been asked by a few people what I did to shed it.

First off, I didn’t drink or eat any junk food for an entire month…well 28 days but whose counting close enough.  I really think that this jump started my weight loss and tricked my body.  Just beware that if you are a frequent drinker, then suddenly stop completely, and you are female, it can throw off your cycle.  I am quite certain that’s what has happened to me.

I do a lot of cardio.  As you know I have fallen in love with Zumba.  But I also walk my neighborhood of hills when it’s nice outside, and when it’s not…and there is no Zumba…I resort to the frightful horrifying grievous dreadful treadmill.  Luckily I have learned to tread and blog without falling off (multi-tasking talent I tell ya)  which makes the time go by much faster.

I have also been taking GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Energy And Metabolism.  It’s a 30 day supply separated into one day packets of pills. GNC Women's Ultra Mega Energy Metabolism Pack It doesn’t make me nauseous or jittery and gives me great energy.  And whether or not it’t helping shed the weight, I don’t know, but I have been losing consistently, every week since I started it about a month ago.  The cheapest place I have found to purchase a 30 day supply is Amazon.

I usually take the one day supply about 1 hour before I am about to workout.  And on days that I forget to take it…I can tell.

I also do some weight lifting and weight machines with my cardio.  Usually in the mornings 3 times a week, as it’s always good to let your muscles rest.  In my 40’s my body is really good at letting me know when it has had enough needs rest.  I find a lot of workout routines on Pinterest…if you would like to check out some of the workouts I have found, just check out my workouts board.  I have been trying to add to it frequently.  And when I can’t get to the gym…YouTube is my best friend.  You can find any and all types of workouts there.  I usually like doing my ab workouts at home as I don’t like laying on the gym floor and the mats they provide look like they go way back and would probably be part of a science experiment.

As for what I eat.  My biggest thing is that I try to burn more calories then I consume.  I drink a lot of smoothies which usually consist of a banana, spinach, kale, cucumber, a small amount of frozen fruit variety, and either plain or coconut water.  I also like to throw in some chia and flax seed as it seems to make me feel fuller longer.  Below is one of my favorite meals.  Seared piece of tuna (found in the frozen section at Wal-Mart), and lightly sautéed kale and spinach mix.  Literally takes 5 minutes to make.  The seasoning I use is McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.  I use it to season pretty much every type of meat eaten in my house.

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I drink A LOT of water!  And I like putting lemon in my water.  And when I am craving some carbonation…I have Perrier water on hand.  I also like to brew green tea and flavor it with just a small amount of light Agave syrup or my local honey.  Consuming your local honey can also help you fight the allergy season of pollens in your local environment.

And even though the Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine meals are not that good for you, I still keep a section of my freezer full of them so that when I am in a hurry (which normally means resorting to fast food), I have them on hand.  Much healthier than fast food.

I have also recently discovered that coconut oil is high in cholesterol.  Therefore if your cholesterol is high…it is better to use light virgin olive oil or canola oil.  I actually found a mixture of both at the grocery store.  I know there has been a hype about coconut oil being the new super oil to go to but not if you are trying to keep your cholesterol under control.

I have started allowing myself cheat days about every 7-10 days.  I consume some yummy, usually full of carbs  food and cocktails and it doesn’t kill me.  I actually think it helps me stay on track as I am not depriving myself of some of the goodies and setting myself up for failure.  I did however for the first 28 days have absolutely no goodies of any kind.

I have been having a lot of fun with my FitBit challenges with friends.  I must say that the fab lady of Bumbi’s Mom has joined my #activitytrackerchallenge

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My best day of steps to date.  My goal is 20,000 in a day and 100,000 in a week.
and I am loving her competitive side and the fact that she now chooses walking over golf carting at work!  You go girl!  Having a little competition amongst friends is a great way to stay motivated.

The biggest difference I have noticed since starting my journey is the fact that I have more energy and when I don’t work out for a couple days I get really grouchy.  I realize that I have to rest sometimes but it’s become a physical and mental challenge for me now.

Below is a current picture that I took about a week ago in a public bathroom.  Don’t ask me why I decided to take a selfie at that particular moment but I did.  And it’s not the best pic since I am wearing a sweatshirt but I can tell the difference from pics of the past.

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Vacation is fast approaching and I am hoping to shed at least 10 more pounds before we go.  It may be a little unrealistic but I am going to try my best.  That way I have some leeway while on our trip.

Happy Hump Day,

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Feb 10, 2016

To say I celebrated to the fullest  extent for Super Bowl would probably be an understatement.

Hubby and I made a trip to the store for some goodies … This being lots of junk food, beer, wine, and some moonshine soaked cherries.

 

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Now if you’ve never indulged in these puppies, well may I highly recommend that you need not consume more than 10 or you will be passed out on the bathroom floor during the half time show of the Super Bowl which was ok because apparently I didn’t miss much.  I have never been a huge fan of Beyoncé anyway.

How Coldplay got mixed in there I don’t know.

The rest of the container of said cherries sits in the refrigerator and I had to move them behind a bunch of various other items so as not to see them upon opening the fridge.  They shall probably stay there until summertime ….4th of July perhaps.

Anywho…needless to say I celebrated before, during, and after the fabulous event, and after having a short nap on my bathroom floor I was good to go until 2am.

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And now let’s bring on Monday…I didn’t move much.  Netflix nanny (Bumbis Mom term that I must steal) was in charge.  There was no working out except lifting the remote and the large cup of water next to my bed.

But I worked out hard last week and stuck to my guns and the hard work paid off because I not only lost 2 more pounds but I reached my 90,000 steps, in one week, goal!  I even passed it by 6,000 steps!  So now my next goal is to accomplish 100,000 in a week.  

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I am back on track and made it to the gym twice yesterday.  My #activitytrackerchallenge is well on its way and there’s some great healthy competition going on.  Can’t wait to see who the winner will be!

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 27, 2016

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One month in and 18 pounds lighter and I am finally starting to see some real results.  Biggest being my energy level and the fact that I find it hard to sit still much these days.

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I haven’t been able to get to the gym as much as I wanted this past week due to kiddos being sick and a couple other things throwing off my schedule but I just made sure not to consume as many calories as I do when I am working out harder.

And it’s been 27 days and still going strong without any alcohol. **hopes no one drops by and notices the kids duct taped to the wall**   I have found that even passing the wine section in the grocery store isn’t phasing me anymore…haha yeah right!  Did you actually take me seriously there?  Pffft.  You’re silly.wine grocery store

So I have a little idea in mind that I would like to run across anyone who is currently using a fitness tracker.  I am a competitive person and do weekly challenges with a few friends who have FitBits.  But I thought hey, why not do a little competition between some of my readers or fellow bloggers who have fitness trackers, doesn’t have to be a FitBit, can be any kind of fitness tracker.  Here’s my idea….

It will start on Monday, Feb 8. (That will be the day after Super Bowl when I will be in a self induced food and alcohol coma so you will already have a head start on me)  That gives you a week and a half to decide.  Most fitness trackers have an app or they send you updates with your progress.  Below is an example of what my weekly progress report looks like, that the app sends me via my email, but you can also take a daily screenshot of your results.

FitBit tracker app goals fitness health steps milesI would like to challenge anyone who is interested to do an entire week (feb 8-Feb 14) and see who of us has the most steps or miles at the end of the week.  Each day snap your progress and send it to me either via Twitter(@DomesticMomster) or Facebook so I can keep track of who is winning and post everyone’s progress.  On Monday, Feb 15 send me your final results and I will tally up to see who won.  If you are up for the challenge please leave your twitter handle in the comments, message me on Facebook, or even email me at domesticatedmomster@gmail.com.  Because a little healthy competition never hurt anyone.  You would be surprised at how motivating competing can be.  Are you in?

Last week my friend and I went to our normally scheduled Zumba class and at the end they threw us off by adding chairs to the routine.  It’s called Zumba Sentao.  Next I am just waiting for them to incorporate stripper poles into the program.  I can assure you that no one in my class looked like the girl in the following video.

First of all I could not see anyone wearing high heeled boots in my class.  Especially not me.  I have a hard enough time standing up being coordinated with tennis shoes on.

The following is more the style of what went on in our class…only my instructor, Nora, has about 300 times more energy than this guy.  It is my aspiration to be like Nora…someday.

If any of you have ever thought about trying Zumba I encourage you to check it out on YouTube.  There are so many choices of free ones on there and I am telling you that it is a great cardio workout. Zumba calories fat endurance muscles fitness I get close to 6,000 steps on my fitness tracker in a one hour class.  And when I can’t fit the time into going to the class then I just find one on YouTube to follow. I even had my little monsters doing it with me.

Still not convinced?  Well let me assure you that I used to think I had quite the moves back in the day when I would go dancing at the clubs.  I caught myself in the mirror at Zumba the other day and realized it was the booze I was consuming on those nights that made me think I could dance.  But I still love Zumba.  And I am finding that the more I do it, the more I am getting the moves down.

Today I am going to check out a new class called Cardio Camp.  I have no clue as to what it is but it has the word cardio in it…so I am there!

I am still shooting for my 90,000 steps in one week goal!  I don’t care how long it takes me but I will get it one of these weeks!

Hope to see some of you for the challenge!

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 20, 2016

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We are past the middle of January and I am still in the fitness game!  Can I get a woo hoo! **woo hoo**

Let me just start by saying that I have been feeling so much better lately that it’s almost like I am on some kind of a healthy high.  Or maybe that is what it is.  Fitness euphoria.

When I started off at the beginning of the year I weighed myself on Jan 1. And no, I don’t feel like sharing that number with anyone…not even my husband.  Yep that’s right…my husband doesn’t even know my weight.  It’s between me and my scale and the scale isn’t talking.

I actually hate scales, and don’t believe that they should have ever even been invented for the simple fact they can be deceiving and upsetting.  First rule to remember about a scale when working out is that you are gaining muscle and muscle weighs more than fat.  This is why it’s better to measure certain parts of your body with a measuring tape.  I could take a dose of my own advice.

After a week of faithfully going to the gym and eating what I felt like was rabbit food and not having a single drop of alcohol, I then returned to my scale only for it to tell me that I hadn’t lost a single pound.  A SINGLE F*CKING POUND!

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For me this was almost discouraging enough that I was about to say forget this…throw in the towel…and just eat and drink what I wanted and exercise when I felt like it.  But something in me decided that quitting wasn’t an option.

So I upped my game a bit.  Started taking my working out a little more serious and cutting out any kind of sugar or junk food.  And believe me…when my son’s birthday party came and went and I didn’t give in to a single slice of pizza or even the smallest piece of cake, I gave myself a huge pat on the back and went on about drinking my spinach and cucumber smoothie.

This past Sunday when my Denver Broncos decided to wait until the last 5 minutes of the game to pull their shit together and I wanted an ice cold beer to calm my nerves …I refrained and drank sparkling water with lime and hit the gym instead.

I decided it was time for the scale and I to have another round at it.  So onto it I went yesterday morning and I am ecstatic, blissful, delighted and even rapturous  to say that I am down 15 pounds! 15 POUNDS!  That’s a 10 and 5 pound bag of potatoes!  Gone.

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It was like my mind just needed to tell my body… “Hey body! Wake up!  We are trying to get rid of some weight here!”

It was a huge motivational movement to say the least.  And makes me want to up my game even more.  So this week I added 5 more pounds to my weight lifting and have been monitoring my calorie intake very closely.  We shall see what’s in store for my next interlude with the scale.

My stats below aren’t as good as mine from last week but I think that’s because I spent most of last Tuesday sitting in a vehicle on a 6 hour round trip to buy lottery tickets.  Kills the “moving around”.  I want to try and push myself to 90,000 steps for this week!  And if I succeed what should I reward myself with?

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Here are a couple of my rewards that are coming up

20 pounds lost = New workout clothes.  The stuff I work out in now, dates back to about the time my Mini Monster B was born…over 6 years ago.  Let’s just say it’s very airy with all the holes in some of my sweat pants.

Feb 7, 2016 ~ Super Bowl Sunday = I will eat and drink what I want for the entire day!  I won’t count a single calorie nor will I be remotely sober.  And I am sure the next day I will complain about how shitty I feel.  This is of course unless my Broncos win the Super Bowl…then regardless of what kind of food and booze hangover I am recovering from…I will be on an ultimate “That’s my f*cking team” high!

3 months of working out = New FitBit.  My FitBit now is the flex and as much as I have enjoyed it…I really want one that keeps track of my heart rate and I just have to glance at it to see my stats rather than opening up the app.

Until next week,

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 13, 2016

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I have made it to another Wednesday and sticking to my goal of getting skinnier healthier in 2016.  This last week I have started trying to get to Zumba twice a day/2 to 3 times a week now.  The energy in the class is just so eminent and although I have lost some of that fabulous rhythm I had when I was 20 something…I still have such a good time.

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I am also doing a bit of weight lifting.  The best thing about weight lifting is that even when you’re through your body is still burning calories trying to soothe those worked muscles.

As far as what I am eating these days, I am trying to stick to low carb.  I can’t function without any carbs.  I get way too tired and weak so I do try to eat healthy carbs.  I find that when I am in a hurry and need a quick meal, the Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones meals work best for me.  I know they are not that good for you as they are full of sodium but it’s still better than grabbing a cheeseburger when I am on the go.  But if I had my choice, I would eat fish and greens every night for dinner.  Problem is I have a family to feed and they would get bored if I kept feeding them the same thing every night.  So there are a lot of times I find myself making two different meals.

And for those of you wondering….it is day 13 and still NO ALCOHOL!  **applauds herself** I did however start buying the lime infused Perrier water.  They come in little 8 ounce cans and it seems to do the trick when a craving comes on for some carbonation.  I also put fresh lemons in the cups of water that I drink throughout the day.  Plain water gets very boring after awhile.

My husband and I went to our local watering hole last weekend.  The place where they serve all the good beers in frosty mugs from the tap.  The place that we have NEVER been to without ordering a beer.  And we ordered ice teas with our meal.  Even the waitress who knows us looked a little shocked when neither of us ordered our usual frosty mug of hefeweizen.  **wipes drool**

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My husband commented on the fact that I used both little cup containers of dressing on my salad.  The dressing came on the side and of course he only used one.  I just looked at him…with the look and informed him that I had given up alcohol and all junk food, therefore I was putting dressing on my salad.  Only I believe there were a few cuss words thrown in there as well.

Let’s face it…my usual for that place was a cheeseburger, fries with lots of ranch or even worse…onion rings, and 2-3 large frosty mugs of beer.  And on most occasions I got a dinner salad smothered in ranch to begin with.  So yeah…I wasn’t concerned with the amount of dressing I was using.  I didn’t even finish the salad.

I also refrained from eating the scrumptious looking pizza at my son’s birthday party nor did I have a single piece of cake.  Sweets have never been much of a problem for me but man do I love pizza!

But don’t worry…I will be rewarding myself for all this hard work on Super Bowl Sunday!  That’s Feb 7…24 more days…but who’s counting right?  🙋🏻

All in all the last two weeks haven’t been that hard.  Couple of temptations but I got through them and gave myself a good pat on the back.

Below is a sum of my FitBit stats for the week…

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I encourage all of you to get up and move this week….even if it’s a 20 minute walk or park in the last space at the grocery store.  Just get your bodies moving!

Cheerio!

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Getting On Track Again

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After taking a few months off from getting fit I finally have decided it’s time to get back on the healthy track.  For the past couple years I have lost and gained weight but I could not get lower then a particular weight.  Therefore I would get discouraged and just give up because let’s face it, that’s just easier in my chaotic life.  Well I am happy to say that I got on the scale the other day and I am finally under that weight.  Nothing like a little weight loss incentive to get me in “the mood”….for the gym….geesh…where are your minds?

For Christmas my husband (per my request) bought me a Fitbit.  At first it was just a gadget that I wore on my wrist to remind me how lazy and unfit I was becoming.  Then, with the help of my bestie, I discovered there were challenges that you could set up to have contests with friends and family who also have the device.  Nothing like a little competition for me to convince myself that I need to get up and get moving…especially when my own mother has taken the leader spot for several weeks now! (I swear she must have that damn thing attached to a fan blade)  Of course there are some days that I think I am motivated and getting my steps in only to check my device and find that it has been on sleep mode.  It’s about equivalent to getting on the scale after eating rabbit food for a week only to realize you haven’t lost a single pound.

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Luckily for me my husband wants to get on board the healthy track as well which makes it much easier for me to be motivated.  Granted we have been here before and then gotten sidetracked but at least we have never completely given up.  He of course wants to get some workout equipment for the house but I sincerely believe there is a reason why the internet is flooded with people trying to sell their workout merchandise, that they just had to have, because in time it became just like the rest of the furniture.

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I really don’t like exercise while I am in the middle of doing it.  Let’s face it, sweating and panting is not sexy unless you are in the horizontal position…and no I am not referring to planks or push ups.  Not to mention I always feel like the “underdog” at the gym.  Like somehow everyone else knows how to work out so much better then I do.  But at the same time, I like being in a gym environment and around other people with motivation to get healthy.  So for now I will set tiny goals for myself to try and stay on the fit track.  And regardless of how comfy my sweats and yoga pants are I will remind myself that they are just as comfy to get up and get moving in.

0c1a39074e47fa9dfa34ee519c042212    to be continued…..

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