Monday, December 26, 2011

Another week gone by...

Last week I did not exercise the amount I should have. I had PT two nights - Tuesday & Thursday, and I was outside Thursday and Friday which equates to a lot of walking. My goal this week is my one night of PT (Wednesday), and knock out 8 miles on the treadmill. I also want to do two days of cardio with my TurboFire. So the schedule:
M - Run (that'd be like, now.)
T - Turbo Fire
W - Run & PT
T - Walk
F - Turbo Fire
Sat - Run.
Between the Runs and the Walk, I need to knock out 2 miles each. It's not hard, just need to get my butt downstairs to do it!

Christmas was wonderful! I got a lot of great workout gear including a Bosu Ball. I've already got it blown up and in the workout area. I also got some Punch Mitts so I can break out the boxing gloves and Jason can help me with my cardio.

I got a new crockpot. Much larger then my old one, with a timer. Very excellent gift from my FMIL. I'd been drooling over it at Sam's Club for a while, so I'm really glad it's in my possession now! I need to find additional vegetarian slow cooker recipes. The tortilla soup was AMAZING and I can't wait to make it again. Of course, I'm still eating it, one week later. It does last awhile! 

I need to put some thought into meal planning. The Holiday throws me off. We have leftovers for tonight, and we'll probably have a veggie lasagna tomorrow. After that the week is a blur. I have leftovers and a freezer full of food to work with.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Meal Planning

Only 7 days until Christmas!!

Today my plan is to make more cookie dough. I've only baked a few dozens cookies and haven't prepared any cookies for friends or family. Some cookies will probably get baked after Christmas - especially the ones that get mailed.

I also need to clean up the guest bedroom. Between the HUMONGOUS stack of Christmas Presents, wedding things, and my summer clothes, it needs some major work if it's going to be usable in a few weeks for a visit from Aimee.

I also need to get in 30+ minutes of Cardio.

This week's meal plan includes.
Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Beef Wellington (for Jason) and Stuffed Sole (for Meghan) with Twice-Baked Potatoes
Tuesday - Crock Pot Tortilla Soup
Wednesday - Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops, Stove Stop Stuffing, Salad
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - something from the freezer -- like a Lasagna

Exercise this week -
M-W-F = Running
T & R is PT with Dave.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

200 Days!

Today is 200 days until the wedding. And this post is total filler.

Less than two weeks until Christmas!

I had a great workout on Monday. I know it was fucking amazing because Tuesday I couldn't walk. I think it was the mountain climbers. And squats. And more planks.

So I didn't workout Tuesday. And Wednesday I managed to run a mile (I still hurt a little) and had another round of PT. A little lighter.

Next week I have PT on Tuesday and Thursday. And then it's Christmas! Where has this year gone? How fast will next year fly by? And what should my resolutions be?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A vegatarian who eats meat

So I'm vegetarian. I stopped eating meat in order to tackle my cholesterol issue. Becoming Vegan is the best way to tackle it. But um. I love cheese. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Cheese. So Vegan is not an option, but giving up meat, cutting back on cheese & dairy are feasible options to tackle a health issue. I could be SOL and wind up on cholesterol medication anyway. Both my parents have high cholesterol and are on medication, so the odds are stacked against me.

Aside from wanting to avoid being on medication, you are discouraged from becoming pregnant while on the medication. AND, once on the medication, it's hard to stop the medication to work on becoming pregnant. So since I do want to bear children someday (after the wedding of course), I want to avoid  becoming the medication.

So in summary, I'm a vegetarian. And about twice a month I eat meat. Usually it's something that's super bad for you - like Wendy's Spicy Chicken, a Big Mac... um.. yea, those are my biggest splurges with Weight Watcher Points and my Meat Craves. However, I have a lot of meat in my freezer, including things I put together long before I went veggie.

One of those was this dish. It wasn't a 30-minute meal, but back when I made it I made 18 of them at once so I could freeze some, give some away, and have future meals. This was the last 3 in the freezer and I cooked them up tonight. My only additional to Rachel Ray's dish is to add a little chicken broth in the pan to keep the chicken moist.

Florentine Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Recipe

Depending on the ingredients used, it's 7 WW points. It's a decent meal, very filling, and if you are trying to entertain company, it's a loving dish that looks like it took all day to put together!

I was discussing meal plans with Jason, and decided that I'm going to make a list of meals that I can make and keep that as a reminder of what to pick and choose from for meal planning. I'll probably post a list here at some point, with links to all the recipes. Mostly for me, a little for ya'll.

For 25 Days of Fitness -- It's day 11. I've done something every day except 2 (the 8th and 9th). While I don't think I can exercises 14 straight days (OMG! TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!), I know I will try and it'll get me in the habit of exercising everyday.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Week & Crab Quiche

So after these past couple of days and yesterday's awful depressing post, it's time for change!

Today is a new day. I've made some general changes. I've changed my weigh-in day to Saturday. I did this because lately I've been weighing-in on Fridays, and then eat crap on Friday and Saturday. A weigh-in on Saturday will mean I have to give attention to what I eat on Fridays.

I stopped creating weekly menus. I used to spend Friday evening planning my menus and grocery list. This tool is the best way to stay on track. Since I'm able to eat lunch at home every day, I also plan that out. Though usually it's zero-pt veggie soup and/or a salad. My splurge with my soup is bread.

Today I made a Crab Quiche. I had to grate the Swiss Cheese (Thanks Ninja!), and it turned out well. The only downside, point wise, is the crust. The recipe is different from my normal go-to Broccoli Mushroom Quiche recipe, and most Crab Quiche Recipes I looked at used half-and-half or evaporated milk instead of regular milk. Since the crust is such a waste of calories/points, I found this Crab Quiche recipe I will try next time. (Note, the crust less recipe is 4PP for 6 servings, the crust one is 9PP for 6 servings or 7PP for 8 servings.) However, I do not have a Quiche Pan. So I added it to my Registry and will hopefully get it soon.

So this week's exercise schedule.
Saturday - Knocked out a run.
Sunday - Video (30 Day Shred or Turbo Fire) & Walk on Treadmill
Monday - Run & PT
Tuesday - Yoga/Stretch/Rest
Wed - Run & PT
Thursday - DVD
Friday - Run

Tentative Menu Plan -
Saturday - Possible dinner out
Sunday - Salad, Quiche
Monday - Dinner: Soup
Tuesday - Dinner: Beef Wellington (For Jason), Stuffed Fish (for Meghan), Potato's
Wednesday - Leftovers? Kinda at a loss. I'm usually not that hungry after working out. I might just have a Protein Shake
Thursday - Pork Chops (for Jason), Stove Top Stuffing
Friday - Leftovers/Soup.

I just realized I need to plan even better. Grrr...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Crash and Eat. And Eat some more.

This week I crashed. Not only did I fall off the WeightWatchers Wagon, but it kinda hit a bump, threw me off, and ran over me. Twice.

I know what happened - I stopped tracking. Then I stopped measuring. Then I stopped trying. I do this about every 10-11 weeks. This won't be my first post on this subject. I'd say every 2 months I hit a wall, lose a week, and have to practically start over. I don't know why I can't just Lose One Day. Maybe that's a myth?

Work was really hard. Especially Thursday and Friday. Not hard as in difficult work to handle, but hard as in Hard to Swallow. I messed up on a project. The budget of the project. I had to write off $4,700. It slowly accumulated over the past 12 months, and about half of it in November. The upper management (another office, not my Boss) was ZERO help. He blew it off, blew me off, kinda blamed me for not asking for a Change Order from the client right away. This client is difficult and time consuming to begin with. Back in November I had to drop everything I was doing to respond to this client's demands. It cost me 12 hours of time -- that I just wrote off. The project was probably doomed anyway. And my Boss is ok with what happened, he understands part of the write-off was not my fault. I had to fill out a form, hang my head in shame, and do the hokey pokey, and while I would like to say I have picked my head back up, I haven't. I'm still embarrassed on this erroneous error I should have caught in July. It was poor project management on my part.

In other work related news, my yearly write-up (as in, how much money my projects have profited), is $30,000. With the above write-down, and the last billing cycle, I should have about $32,000 write-ups for the year. For my job, and the 10-12 projects I manage, $32k is awesome. The other E-team members are not doing that well. Some have write-downs, some have write-ups. I lead the pack though.

Goal for the week:
Keep the run on. I had some great runs this week. I really worked hard to hit 25 Days of Fitness and took yesterday was my first rest day in 8 days.
TRACK TRACK TRACK. Starting with tomorrow. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

25 Days of Fitness

The new trend this year (for adults) is a 25 Days of Fitness. You can download your own Advent Calendar here and post it on your fridge to remind you to do some sort of exercise each day until Christmas. We're only a couple days into December, but it's worth catching up and doing. And remember that some form of movement is better then no movement. You can knock out 20 Situps, Pushups, a plank or two, and repeat that during each commercial break of your favorite TV show.

Personally, it's hard to work out everyday. Mostly, I don't wanna do it. And I know my body can't. Or well, my body cannot run everyday, and I like to forget that frequently, like this past weekend. I got in a great run Friday. I followed the running program I previously listed and knocked out all 6 Repeats. I felt amazing. If I wasn't in a time crunch, I would have knocked out a couple more intervals. Saturday, I tried to repeat this amazing feeling and progress. Not so much. I crapped out after 16-minutes. I walked until 20 and then did a 10-minute stretch from my TurboFire DVDs.

So today, my plan is to knock out some push-ups and sit-ups and planks because I need to rest from running. I am not a Daily Runner yet. I need to remind myself sometime that one good run doesn't mean I can run that well less then 24 hours later. I need to vary my workouts.

Weight update - 206.5. I need a scale that does better than 0.5 increments. I have this one on my Amazon Wish list. I research everything, even scales. :)