Sore from exercise, and VACAY exercise plans!

What’s better than feeling fit?  Honestly, I can’t think of any better long lasting feeling than how good it feels to feel fit!!!

Almost daily this week, I have been taking 3 mile noon walks with my neighbor!  One day this week I got on my Schwinn Airdyne bike, and rode for 20 minutes (arms and legs on alert).  Then, one early morning, I ended up taking my lil gal for a walk/run for a total of 3 miles.  We have also been walking to my mom’s house in the evenings (she happened to move into a spot just 1 mile from us), which makes a nice 2 mile round-trip of stroller pushing, and such.

As we depart for the beach tomorrow – I really want to get in a great workout either first thing in the morning, or right before shower time at night – each day.  I’m super psyched to get back into daily running, and just make fitness a part of my daily life, on the daily, erryday.  Even though there are a million excuses I could come up with each day on why I can’t get some workout time in – I really need to nix them asap, and just get my business handled.  My daughter does not mind being in the stroller, so if she needs to come along for the run, I need to suck it up and push her cute little bun wearing head along.  I also need to take advantage of my recently early wake up times.  I have been getting up early, which means, it’s an opportunity for fitness, first thing in the AM.  And this is my most favorite time (ever) to work out.

Other than that, I plan on drinking lots of water, eating lots of salads, making lean protein and meats and seafood – and staying honest with the Whole30 diet and lifestyle.  I want to continue to feel good each and every day of VACAY, and come back feeling even better than I left!  Is that even possible? Cheers to success!

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Strong Relationships = Stop Spending

We have a few friends/family that are currently going through separations or divorces.  It’s always sad to see people break up, and move on.  And in every single instance (from what we can see) poor money decisions have always been a factor.  This is not to say there weren’t other problems, or lack of other problems, but the money factor is always clear as day in the couple’s troubles and issues.

Keeping a relationship going, strong, happy and successful is no easy feat.  I have very little experience in this (as I’ve only been married once, and married for just 5 years), but the fact that every couple we know (at least 5+ serious relationships since we’ve been together) has broken up, and every single one, has dealt with one or both people in the relationship abusing money.  One or both either overspend it, don’t respect it, don’t know where it goes, and both people or one are completely oblivious to their poor money behaviors.  The hard earned money does not stay home.  It goes out the door faster than it came in.

My husband and I are very busy right now.  Probably too busy, but this is life.  We are raising three children.  We are managing three properties.  We are working full time.  We are truly doing it all, and trying our best along our way.  We would love to slow down, have more downtime, have more our own time, but the kids are little at this point, and we are building our empire of real estate and investing, and thus – it’s a busy time in our lives.  Yet, what keeps our marriage strong, happy, and full of love, is the fact that money stressors don’t enter it.  We are both low spenders, rarely spend money on ourselves, and instead put 100% of money earned into our necessary bills or our saving & investment accounts.  My husband doesn’t have to wonder if I spent the day at the mall by spending our paychecks, and I don’t have to wonder if he’s spending our cash on whatever hobbies he may have. It doesn’t happen.  We are, thankfully, on the same page with our spending, with our needs, with our desires to keep our family strong, and stronger, with wise money decisions.

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We are still young (I’m 33, and my husband is 37), and we still have a lot of learning, growing, and life to experience.  It’s not all perfect, nor will all days flow like honey going forward.  But the fact that we don’t argue over money, the fact that surprise bills don’t arrive, the fact that cash does not disappear, the fact that frivolously and unnecessary things aren’t purchased daily and at random, all make each day better, make our future brighter, and our life today – good.

If I had to give just one advice to all new couples, new relationships – and hey – even old couples, it would be to STOP SPENDING.  Stop the outflow, stop the leaks, stop buying, stop purchasing, stop needing it all, stop it immediate. It’s the number one reason why lack of happiness will hit you and your partner quickly and harder than any other issue. It’s not fun to not have enough, it’s not fun to have credit card debt, it’s not fun to have to NEED money, when you don’t have it.  If you want the best possible relationship, build a strong solid financial foundation.  This will be the best guarantee for the relationship you want, in both good times, and hard times.

Another amazing day of eating Whole30!

Breakfast:
warm water w/slice of lemon *I cut up a lemon or two, and put in the freezer, each morning I make warm water, and add a slice of frozen lemon, then squeeze it out for the juice.*
coffee, black
tuna fish w/ hot sauce

Lunch:
banana x 2
3 hard boiled eggs w/hot sauce
1 big spoon of organic peanut butter (just nuts & salt)
tea

Dinner:
apple
grapes
glass of white wine w/ice

Last night for din din, I made the kids grilled cheese potato buns (in a waffle maker) which come out so lovely & delicious, and then meatballs in organic marinara (from Aldi).  They ate it up.  I also started de-thawing shrimp (which I was making for myself), but then we ended up taking a walk to visit my mom.  When we got to her place, she had so many grapes out, and cheese, and crackers and salami.  The kids and I had so many lovely, delicious, hard and juicy grapes and we loved them all.  I also had a small glass of white wine in lots of ice, to celebrate her new home (which is walking distance of our home, yay!)

The actual miles walked was about 2, and I pushed the stroller half the time.  It was awesome exercise and a great way to end a summer day.  The weather is absolute perfection lately!  By the time we got home, it was too late to eat shrimp, so I was happy and satisfied with just a glass of cold seltzer water, and the previous grapes and apple I had.

I started off the day yesterday with my 10 minute bike ride on my stationary bike, and ended it with a 2 mile walk.  Fitting in this exercise while being a busy working mama & wife is no easy FEAT, but I’m going to look for more and more opportunities to fit in exercise anywhere and anytime I see it.  When we look for opportunities to work out – we will find them.  When we look for excuses to NOT work out – we will find them.  It’s not going to be perfection each and every day, but I sense more positive days, then negative ahead.

I slept amazingly well, again!

Cheers to staying UBER motivated in all of our health & fitness goals.  1 day at a time.

 

100% Whole30 Compliant! Down to 159lbs (again)!

Yesterday’s Grub:

breakfast:
warm water w/lemon slice
coffee, black
tuna fish w/hot sauce
cherry tomatoes

lunch:
tuna fish w/hot sauce
3 hard boiled eggs w/hot sauce

dinner & snacks:
peach x 2
banana x 2
apple
watermelon

I also drank a lot of tea, and a lot of water.  I’m certainly staying hydrated.  It’s so easy to forget to stay hydrated, because when we get thirsty we feel we are hungry, when in fact, we are many times just dehydrated.  When we’re full of water/tea, and still hunger, then it’s the best time to eat.  I have to remember this each & every day.

I slept sooo well again!  (Mostly because my daughter slept from 8pm-7am), but still, so well!  I can’t help but feel absolutely grateful to be back and 100% compliant with the Whole30 meal plan.  It’s easy to VEER off, but it’s more important to stay on track.  When I’m compliant, I’m 100% ready to rock and roll, and the cravings DISAPPEAR!!!

This morning I woke up and I got on my Schwinn Airdyne bike for a 10 minute ride.  I then baked chicken for my husband and kids.  I baked the chicken in BBQ sauce, and instead of having some, I will pass.  I know this BBQ sauce is made with a bit of sugar, and therefore will give me cravings.  I’ll stick to hard boiled eggs with hot sauce and cherry tomatoes for lunch instead.

The scale this morning was back down to 159, and this was also after my workout, and after I drank my morning water w/lemon!  Maybe tomorrow we’ll see 158lbs!!!  I’m psyched and determined to get to 139lbs, one pound at a time.  I’m also pretty excited to prioritize exercise, or actually take opportunities that I find for free time, and use them for exercise.  This morning is a perfect example of this.  We woke up at 515am, and instead of just hanging, I jumped right on the bike!  Boom boom.  Get it, when the getting is hot.

Stay Uber Motivated, in all you do and all you want.

 

2 Mile Run @ Gym!

Just got back from the GYM, where I ran for the first 10 minutes, walked 1, ran 1, & so on, for a total of 20 minutes & 2 miles.

I’m super psyched to get back to the gym.  My husband goes at lunch every day, and he walked into my office at 12:07pm, and said:  You ready?  And I had no choice but to head out!  I packed my bag before leaving for work, and had everything I needed to get this workout completed.

We got to the gym, I changed quickly into a pair of yoga pants and a running top, and hopped on the treadmill.  Then after my workout, I got back into the locker room, found my shampoo & conditioner and towel, and took a quick shower.  I forgot my brush so I just pulled my hair back into a ponytail, and ended up getting dressed, and finishing up!  There was no one int he locker room, which is nice, privacy is always nice!

It feels so good to feel fit, and I feel exercise is such a life motivator, and a life boost for each and every day.  Plus, I really need to remember that daily exercise is so good for the body, mind, heart and most importantly our health.  It’s easy to say we’re busy, and we don’t have time, and we don’t want to – and all of that is true too – but we have to fit it in.  I wish the gym was a TAD bit closer to my office (like walking distance would be nice) but I can’t be picky at this point, and I have to make it work.

I would like to run daily, every single day, for at least 20 minutes.  It’s an amount of time that is not too long, and not too short.  At 20 minutes, I could run quick and get 2.5 miles in – eventually.  And I could always run longer, if needed/wanted.  Ideally, as I mentioned before, I would like to run each and every day, do some type of YOGA, and then also some weight training.  If I stay focused on these three goals, I’ll incorporate them in my daily life more and more consistently.

I would also like to eventually do some regular racing.  I’m not interested in doing another triathlon, but a 10K or a 5 miler here and there would be nice.  At this point, I’m not fit enough to sign up with ease, but that’s the goal:  to be able to run one anytime I want to.  My kids are growing up and getting older, and I know they will be active fit children.  Nothing would make me happier than to race with my babies!! There are so many awesome local races – and why not make racing a family event?  What better way to connect with the community, and to stay fit & focused on health?

 

Back to 100% Clean Eating

Back to clean, 100%.

I am a rule stretcher.  Not exactly a rule breaker, but a rule stretcher.

And I love Whole30, but I also love regular salad dressing, and peanuts, and feta cheese and other non-Whole30 compliant grub.  And you know where that landed me?   In the vicious cycle of cravings, and binge eating, and back on track, and cravings and binge eating, and ice-cream and back on track, and the endless roller coaster that too many of us are too familiar with.  And well, it’s time to get back on track, 100% compliant with Whole30, as per their rules.

Yesterday, since it was August 1st, I figured it was the PERFECT day to get back into the hustle.  It sucks starting back up over and over again in healthy & clean eating, but I do refuse to QUIT.  I’m always going to keep trying and trying and starting over again, if I have to!  I’m never giving up my quest for great health, and the best life possible.

Yesterday:
black coffee, no creamer
chicken (off a rotisserie chicken), with hot sauce
romaine, cashew, carrot, sesame seed, chicken breast – salad
/w hot sauce (threw the dressing that came w/ the salad away)
edemame
tea x 2, and lots of water

Because it was Day 1, I was not hungry.  Instead, I was PSYCHED to have had such a healthy & clean day of eating.  We walked to the park with the kids after work, and I ran two laps around the whole play area.  I certainly need to move my body more, and fitting in exercise at the same time/same place is just not possible each day.  But what is possible, is getting moving when the opportunity presents itself!  So here we go!

I slept so well (and so did my lil gal, which helps!), and it was awesome to not wake up, not even once during the night.  The scale is back down to 160lbs, and I’m psyched to go after my goal of 139lbs.

If the mind can believe it, the body can achieve it.