Today started out like any other day. The kids and I were all ready to get in the car, when I figured out that it was locked and my phone and keys were in it. I quickly had 2 screaming kids that were sad that we couldn’t go to the play room (aka Kid Kare at the JCC). Long story short, I thought hubby had locked the car (with my keys and phone inside) before he left for work. After I got a hold of him through a colleague at work, I figured out the driver’s door was actually unlocked. We rushed off to the J and still made it in time for class. It’s a good thing that we had 20 min of slack time built in today.

We had our Biggest Loser weigh in today. I maintained.

Spin class with Beth was awesome as usual. Shayna returned after her debut last Monday. I’m glad she likes the class. She’s been kicking butt on the stair machine and has invited me to join her. It’s on my list, but might need to get moved up the ladder of priorities. It’s nice to get to know other people at the JCC and pushing each other is healthy.

In addition to spin class, I did 3 sets of abs (20 reps at 85, 15 reps at 90, 20 reps at 75), 10 medicine ball squats w/10 pound ball.

Activity points earned: 14 spin class

 Posted by at 9:49 PM
 

Well, today I had a planned dinner out with a good friend who I haven’t seen in a long time. We went to Abuelos, I ate exactly what I wanted. The points reflect that. It wouldn’t be so bad except that Saturday bombed. Two not so great days in one week doesn’t make for a good loss. But, life is about living and special occasions will happen. :-)

Breakfast
Stove Top Oats-
1/2c oats, 1c milk, 1c blueberries, cinnamon, 1pk Equal|6
Morning Snack
1 pouch tuna w/1pk fat free mayo, 1T relish|3
Lunch
Bread/cheese at Miles Market|3
Left over Hoggy's (mac & cheese, beans, 1/2 corn bread)|8
Afternoon Snack
Clif Z Bar|4
Dinner
Abuelo's points are my best guess:
queso, con carne, chips|20
beans|5
papas|5
3 enchiladas|24
sour cream|6
*no dessert :-)
Total
84
 Posted by at 9:40 PM
 

Today was a good food day – nice recovery from yesterday. :-)

Breakfast
Stove Top Whipped Oats-
1/2c oatmeal, 1c milk, 1c applesauce, 1t chia seeds|6
Morning Snack
1 pouch tuna w/1pk fat free mayo, 1T relish|3
Lunch
pork|4
mashed potatoes|4
broccoli
roll|3
1c milk w/caramel syrup|3
Afternoon Snack
Clif Z Bar|4
2 Laughing cow wedges|2
Dinner
bison burger|4
Arnold thin|3
cheese|2
ketchup|1
mushrooms
corn|3
Late Snack
egg on English muffin w/Laughing cow wedge|6
Total
48
 Posted by at 10:19 PM
 

Well, I was excited to go to the BL workout today. Last week’s BOSU workout was great and the same trainers were in charge today.
Andy and Terrance changed things up a bit and did a circuit/boot camp type of workout. We did some laps and then broke into 3 groups. Each group did a series of 1 min exercises and then we switched to the next station. We had a BOSU station, resistance band station and a misc. station. After rotating through, we finished with abs and stretching. It was a good workout, but I liked last week’s workout better. The workout lasted about 45 minutes and I warmed up on the elliptical for 15 min first.

Thanks go out to Barb, Barbara and Terri. All three of them complimented my weight loss today. Every once in a while you reach a point where everyone notices all at once. Today was that day for me. It felt awesome. I’m mostly in the groove and feeling great. I try to focus on that (and not how much more I need to lose to be healthy).

Activity points earned: 2 elliptical, 4 BL work out=6 total

 Posted by at 9:43 PM
 

Today bombed.  I didn’t feel well and ate terribly.  Tomorrow is a new day.

I know that too many carbs make me feel like crap, but I still can’t always resist.

Breakfast
New:stove top whipped oatmeal
1/2c oatmeal, 1/2c water, 1/2c milk, 1 banana, 1t chia seeds, 1t vanilla, 2t brown sugar|6
Morning Snack
potato chips|8
Twix bar|7
Pretzel M&Ms|6
(arrived at the drug store(s) hungry and ate impulsively)
Lunch
pasta, sausage, sauce|10
Afternoon Snack
trail mix|8
Dinner
Hoggy's (one of our favorite restaurants; points approximated)
pulled pork w/sauce|8
baked beans=5|
mac&cheese|6
sweet potato casserole|6
corn bread|6
Late Snack
1c applesauce w/@ 2T quick oats and 1/2T brown sugar|1
Total
72
 Posted by at 10:31 PM
 

Today was a planned day of rest.  As you recall, I did a long workout on my normal day off Thursday.  I needed a break today and my body agreed.  I spent most of the morning at the Dr office and three pharmacies.  I’ve had a cough for over a week and it was impacting my ability to get a good nights rest.  So, now I have some expensive and hopefully good drugs, so I can breathe without coughing.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about getting to the gym.  I generally make it to the gym 5-6 days a week.  I work out at the JCC (Mandel Jewish Community Center).  Sometimes, we just call it the “J”.  The JCC has been going under lots of renovations for a couple of years now.  Recently, they opened the new fitness center, but we’ve also seen new locker rooms, renovated group exercise rooms, etc.  It is already nice and will be even nicer when all of the construction is complete.  I’ve been a member for just over three years.  I joined when I was pregnant with my son.

The JCC has a Kid Kare program where for an extra fee, I can drop my kids off for up to 2 hours a day.  It’s worth every penny to get a good workout (and shower) each day that we go.  The kids love the staff at Kid Kare and I love that they make it so easy to work out.

My commitment to working out starts with signing up for Kid Kare.  Besides, paying each month, we also need to sign up a week or more in advance.  Everyone (including my kids) know that we go S, M, T, W, F each week.  Getting to the J in time for a trainer appointment or a certain class is always a challenge.  I think we are finally starting to get the hang of it.

My preparations start the night before.  I pack my gym bag.  Most of my items are left in the bag from day to day, so I just need to pack clothes, a towel and check shoes.  I take sneakers for most workouts and cycle shoes w/cleats for spin class.  I use a triathlon bag that I received for Christmas a few years back.  It works great.  Here is a photo.  I use the “helmet” area for shower shoes, the bottom pouch for workout shoes, the side pockets for my i pod, snack, strength training sheets, pass, etc.  I put the rest of my gear in the main compartment.

Next, I pack for the kids.  I have a basket that acts as my staging area.  To the basket, I add a water bottle for me (two if it is a spin day), a snack cup for each kid, a cooler bag (for bottles the next morning), a small diaper changing bag, a bag with a change of clothes for each kid, slippers for wearing after the boots come off, a water bottle for my son, mittens for each of us and my purse.

Lastly, I try to lay out clothes for each of us the night before and make sure there are bottles of milk in the fridge.

In the morning, we have just a few things left before we can leave for the “play room”.  We get breakfast, get dressed, and add bottles and ice packs to the cooler bag.  I also pack my tuna fish snack and add it to the cooler.  Once we are ready to leave, we visit the bathroom and change the little one’s diaper before finding coats and heading to the car.  Sometimes we get extra help getting out the door from hubby, other days we are on our own.

Once we get to the JCC, we park far away.  We like to have space on both sides of the car to allow for getting kids outs, setting up the stroller for the little one, etc.  The walk is good for everyone and it’s a bit safer than parking around lots of cars.  My almost three year old loves scanning our card upon entry and always wants to run to the play room.  I’m pretty sure that means he likes it.  :-)  He’s also been enjoying the construction… cranes, painters, open entrances, closed entrances, etc.  It’s been a different J everyday!

It’s certainly a process, but our health is worth every minute.  I enjoy going and taking the kids.  I also enjoy going to the gym on Saturdays solo whenever I get the chance.  :-)

 Posted by at 9:01 PM
 

Lots of veggies today  :-)

Breakfast
Clif Z Bar|4
(Thursday late night while waiting for hubby to get home from the airport - but it was after midnight)
1/2c oatmeal made w/1c milk, 1c blueberries, cinnamon, 1pk Equal|6
Morning Snack
1 pouch tuna fish w/1pk fat free mayo, 1T relish|3
Lunch
pasta w/sausage, turkey pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, olives, cheese, sauce|14
Afternoon Snack
Clif Z Bar|4
Dinner
mini meatloaf|3
ketchup|1
sweet potatoes w/cinnamon, sugar|5
broccoli
1/2 banana w/home made cashew butter|2
Late Snack
Cinnamon raisin english muffin w/1 laughing cow wedge|5
Total
47
 Posted by at 10:15 PM
 

After staying up way too late last night, I was exhausted for today’s workout.  I gathered up some energy and still had a great workout.  I warmed up on the elliptical for 13 minutes.  Then, I spent about 45 min with Emily.  Usually, she has a client right after me, but today there was a cancellation.

We tried out a few new things today.  We did a high row and a shoulder series with weights.  We also did a triceps exercise with a barbell.   This was mixed in with some standards (leg press, abs machine).

I asked about the ab solo machine since it showed up on a suggested workout this week.  Emily showed me how to get set up on it and demonstrated the 2 ways to do it.   You can see what it looks like here.  It really tough, but I’m sure I can work up to a reasonable amount of time/reps.

Activity points earned: 2 elliptical, 3 trainer work out=5 total

 Posted by at 8:51 PM
 

I usually take Thursday off from exercise.  Since hubby has been out of town this week, I decided a babysitter would be a good idea for this afternoon.  I took the opportunity for a long workout at the JCC.  I was able to get there early enough for a solid 30 min on the elliptical.  Then, I took the 4:30pm BOSU Sculpt class.  Kim teaches this class.  She is the person in charge of all of the group fitness classes.  I think there are over 60 classes in any given week.  In addition to organizing the staff, rooms, etc., she also teaches a few of them.  I haven’t taken any of her classes lately due to my personal scheduling, and I was excited to see her on today’s schedule.  I really like her style.  She’s fun and she’s knowledgeable.  The BOSU Sculpt class encompassed upper, lower and core strengthening along with balance and flexibility.  She also included a few minutes of cardio.  I was happy with my ability to do about 90% of the exercises.  The ones that were too tough, I was able to modify to my level.  If you aren’t familiar with a BOSU, you can check it out here.

Activity points earned: 7 Elliptical, 7 BOSU sculpt class=14 total

 Posted by at 9:02 PM
 
Breakfast
1/2c oatmeal made w/1c milk, 1 pear, cinnamon, 1pk Equal|6
Morning Snack
1c milk w/caramel syrup|3
Lunch
English muffin w/Camembert cheese and egg|8
Afternoon Snack
Clif Z Bar|4
Laughing cow wedge|1
English muffin w/peanut butter|8
(Post workout)
Dinner
pasta w/turkey pepperoni, cheese, shrooms, peppers, sauce|9
Late Snack
4 life savers|2
Sobe Water|4
banana w/peanut butter, caramel|5
Total
50
 Posted by at 8:49 PM