Monday, February 25, 2013

Motivation Monday- The Tools

After a WONDERFUL and much needed trip to Las Vegas I am back and ready to get back on track. Although I have been slacking off for two weeks now (I'm so ashamed), I have not gained any weight so I am very grateful for that. Plus, I went over a month without eating out which gave me a great sense of accomplishment.

One thing that has helped is having tools that allow me to make changes and stick to them. This is about changing my lifestyle not just dieting and losing a few pounds. I've already talked about my trusty notebook and how it keeps me in line when it comes to eating. Here are a few other things that help or I am hoping will be beneficial:

1. RunKeeper app- I am the type of person that has to know how far I've gone and how far I have to go. Although running outside make me feel accomplished, I don't like not knowing how far I have to go to reach my goals. My friend introduced me to this app and I can't wait to use it. You can find friends and keep each other motivated!

2. Fridge full of the RIGHT foods- As I have said before, I lost almost thirty pounds just by changing the way I eat. I feel that is the reason why even when I stop working out, I don't gain the weight back. Things like spinach, bananas, peppers, strawberries, and other veggies and fruits have been life changing.

3. Setting goals- Nothing feels as great as reaching a goal. Even when the goal is small (such as run twenty seconds longer), it makes me feel accomplished. The thirty pounds were a combination of "just two more pounds" and "get to this weight in a month." Every time I reached one, I felt like stopping was a silly idea and kept eating my salad and avoiding the pizza.

4. The Husband- I am lucky enough to have a husband that tells me I am beautiful and sexy every day. There are days when I don't want to hear it but he will get in my face and tell me. However, he understand that how I see myself is very important and has been so supportive. Not once did he complain when our fridge went from boxes of takeout to veggies and fruits.

My goal for this week is to sign up for my free fitness evaluation at the gym. I don't know why but it terrifies me. I have never been able to do a sit up. I get positioned for one then roll over like a rollie pollie. Hopefully, I will suck it up and next Monday I can talk about the evaluation.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I found this recipe in a fitness magazine (I don't remember which one) and it is amazing. Simple, delicious, and perfect after a grueling workout. The cinnamon is my extra ingredient.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
8-10 ounces skim milk
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (I like Jif)
1 banana
4-6 ice cubes (depending on how thick you like it)
A dash of cinnamon

1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Ta-da! One step! You can't beat that.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Motivation Monday- Jock Jams

Nothing motivates me more than the right song. In any situation, the right song can help me push through and it is no different with working out. I would be lost without my iPod at the gym. If I'm running outside or hiking I don't need it but it is definitely a must have in the gym.

The two songs I have been listening to the most while working out (and I'm a little ashamed to admit it) are One Thing and What Makes You Beautiful, both by One Direction. I don't know what it is, they just make me want to get up and dance so listening to them on the treadmill is the perfect energizer. Plus, it takes me back to a time when 'N Sync and BSB ruled the world (and I was lot thinner!).

Image from Google images
Here are some of the other songs that make me work a little harder on the treadmill:

-Hello by Dragonette
-Lose Yourself by Eminem
-Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
-You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
-Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
-Second Best by Homegrown 

What songs make you work a little harder?


P.S. It has officially been ONE MONTH of no eating out! Not to toot my own horn but I am pretty damn proud. It has not been easy but a little extra work on my part has made it possible. Planning meals  at the beginning of the week has made all the difference.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fashion Friday- Floral and Black

I bought this shirt at Target and I am pretty much obsessed with it. When I originally saw it, I wasn't really sure I liked but once I put it on I fell in love. It is so comfortable and I love the fit. Plus, the bright flowers give me hope that this crazy cold weather will start saying it's good-byes.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Corn Dog Muffins

I have been a blogging slacker. Fashion Friday was a no-go when my day involved me running through the grocery store parking lot in high heeled boots, pushing a cart, and dropping grapefruit as I ran (don't ask!). Although I met my goal of going to the gym last week, this week I have been a big slacker and the thought blogging about motivation made me feel like a fraud.

I did however, make something new for the Super Bowl, hence this post. They were super easy and really appealed to the child within The Husband. The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman because she is amazing and makes me want to live on a ranch.

Corn Dog Muffins
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 whole egg
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 whole hot dogs

1. Combine cornmeal, salt, and flour in mixing bowl. In separate bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, and egg.

2. Add baking powder and baking soda to wet ingredients then stir into dry ingredients.

3. Add 1/4 cup melted shortening, slightly cooled , stirring constantly.

4. Grease muffin tins and fill them a little more than half full.

5. Cut hot dogs into pieces, about one inch, and place in center of each muffin.

6. Bake about 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with ketchup and mustard.