Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I've signed on for the ultimate challenge. Jason and I are going to do Insanity. Jason owns P90X2 but it wasn't something I wanted to do. I own TurboFire but haven't managed to finish it. So we're going with the shorter, just as hard, 60-day workout. It should be delivered this weekend and we'll start Monday. The 60-days will take us until January 5th (that's my birthday!)

The most important part of the workout is the diet. So after the next 2 days (in Springfield) and weekend (at the Lake), it's back to clean eating and protein shakes. Thanksgiving is my cheat day. And one dinner of sushi, I have a groupon.

I found a great new blog. She's a BeachBody coach and in the middle of LesMills Pump. Which when I finish Insanity will be a birthday present. It's just as costly as 10 personal training sessions from my gym, and it's a 3-month program you do 3 days a week, which means I could then incorporate TurboFire or other cardio in the other days.  But that's over 2 months away. I don't want to get ahead of myself.

This guy also compares all the BeachBody workouts and gives some extra advice on purchasing and level of fitness required. He's got some good things to say.

Ok.. I have to finish packing and chugging water. 2 workouts in a row have left me aching. I need to stretch and get to bed. Early up to get to Springfield.

(Note - TurboFire has a lot of jumping and it was hard on my knees at the time, over a year ago.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Failure and ReStarts

Sometimes I feel like a failure. I don't know if it's being a girl or being a girl in a man's world or being an engineer, or because I am dumb. Somehow I survived Rolla. Like just barely. And I failed at my first job (since I lost it..) so wow. Not looking good. And this last job? While I was my boss' right hand woman, he still said some things that put a lot of doubt in my mind as I left. And it's hard to shake.

I haven't had a great October. So much change, a lot of doubt. I am very happy that it's almost over. It has been quite a year too. I'm excited that most of it is over. November is going to be great!

I've already made changes to my diet and fitness this week. Back on track! I'm also tracking my calories burned with my body bugg. It turns out I am a very lazy bum. Even more so since I work at home now. I barely break 2,000 calories and 3,000 steps. Yesterday, with a 45 minute workout, I still only burned 2,200 calories during the day with 4,900 steps. (2,400 steps during my workout.) Luckily because of the stomach bug I had yesterday, I probably only consumed 1,000 calories. I didn't track dinner and need to do that now -- ok, 1,154 calories. Not really how I want to lose weight though.

There are a lot of apps for smart phones and weight and food tracking. The one I like the most is Spark's. They have a LOT of variety of food in there. I downloaded a new one yesterday called "Noom" that is just awful. The worst part about is the food... they don't have any choices. I like the other features of the app, the reminder to log your food, the mini articles they make you read. But I feel the most important part of weight loss is food tracking. And if you can't track the actual calories of the apple juice you drank or soup you had, it's not going to help you in the long run.

I keep saying that I'm going to get back on the Jay Robb diet. It's a clean diet that has no processed anything. Pretty much you eliminate all bad carbs and processed food from your diet. It's tough, but it works. It includes eliminating caffeine. Which is hard, but once you eliminate the bad crap you eat, you actually don't need the power of caffeine to stay awake. But the bad crap taste so good.

I found that I ate more healthy when I purchased the food co-op bulk fruits and veggies, so I'm going to make sure I'm back on track with those bi-weekly purchases. I did delay a few weeks during travel, but no excuses now.

I'm going to try and up my PT sessions with Dave to 3 times a week. I went last night, and am going tonight. Back-to-back sessions might help me the most too. I'll be in charge of my own exercise these next few days.  I need to break out the DVDs and hop on the treadmill! What do I have to lose? Just weight. =)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Last week and all this week I am Springfield for the new job. I've been eating my way through the Panera menu. I've been doing some working out. 

The 20-Minute Hotel Room Workout takes me about 35 minutes. I'm sorry dude, but a "warm-up" of 25 jumping jacks, 15 body weight squats, 10 push ups, 10 lunges (each leg), 10 hip raises, and 25 jumping jacks IS a workout. But ok, I'll keep going after that. 

I am excited to get back to my new home office and get back to cooking and a lot more exercise. I plan to sign up for some classes and whip up some amazing recipes. 

Recipes I've dug up
Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana
25-Minute Chicken Stroganoff 
Perfect Pizza Crust (for making homemade pizzas!!)
Mini Apple Pie

I'm also looking forward to being home. Currently I have like a gaggle (Volleyball Team) of teenagers in the room next door and parents who don't care that it's 9:00pm and have no consideration for the business traveler who might want to actually have a relaxing night and get some sleep. A hotel should consider room placement when they mix a Volleyball Team with Business. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Some nights, I wish that this all would end

About a month ago an old friend called me and suggested I put in my resume for a job opening with Environmental Works, Inc. They were looking for a new employee to handle their St. Louis projects. It was a whirlwind romance and I after submitting my resume on September 4th, I had a phone interview, person-person interview, and a verbal offer on Friday September 21. With my official offer in hand near the end of day Monday September 24, I put in my resignation on Tuesday September 25. My last day was October 5th.

I've spent a few weeks working on this post. Kept retyping it, making it clear, concise, and not bash anyone.

And once again.. I deleted a whole paragraph.... I wish it would stop. The drama needs to stop.

I started my new job today. It's already amazing. I'm excited to work here. But still scared shitless because change is "bad" and this change is soooo different. I left a great job, a solid job, to do something different and work for someone I don't know. I think the problem is that I have so many emotions I'm still dealing with and didn't have any down time to move on.

So I'm in Springfield for two weeks. My hotel is right next to a Panera. Total win! I'll be here a couple weeks going through orientation and learning my projects. It means I'm eating out a lot, not cooking, and not coming up with new recipes. But when I return home, more great cooking and pictures and recipes.

I do have one pictures & recipe to post - Chicken Sante Fe & Rice Bowl. Very yummy and easy to make in the crock pot (with the rice on the stove in 5-minutes.)