Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I had my one month assessment by the trainer last night. The results shouldn't have upset me as much as they did, but I am my own worst critic. To be honest, I spent 2 out of the 4 weeks doing nothing but eating, drinking and being merry (the direct result of being on vacation). Sure, I could have done more. Sure, I should expect more of myself. But there's definitely a lot that I can take from this one month check-up and then move forward. Always move forward and look back only when I need a reminder of where it was I came from.

So here it is. After one month, I managed to gain 3 lbs. and gained 1/2 an inch everywhere but my waist (where I managed to lose 1/2 an inch). My strength has improved. My cardio level is the same. And now... I quit f'ing around and get this done already.

The truth is that I lost 122 lbs by eating less. Period. I ate less calories. They weren't always the healthiest calories, but they were less and my body didn't really want to stay that big. Now that I am smaller and my goals are much bigger, I have to focus on nutrition. Period. The quality and quantity of food I partake in from here on out is of utmost importance. If I ever want to be an ironman, this is what will help get me there. Well, that and upping my cardio. It's time to start the daily doubles again. It's time to push myself. It's time to kick it up a notch. No holding back.

Talk is cheap. It's time to be like Nike and just freaking do it already.

Monday, September 20, 2010

This weekend I used one of the gift certificates I won. My sister and I went here:


it was amazing. Sure, the wait for a table was 2 hours but they let us leave and come back so it worked out. We walked down to another restaurant (whose name escapes me at the moment) and sat at the bar for a cocktail and charcuterie plate. (I am still not used to remembering to take pictures of things for this blog, but I will try to get better about it.) Here's one of the only pictures I took of the evening, and really... it's the only one that turned out.

After spending a ridiculous amount of money on 2 drinks and an appetizer, we hit up a local hipster bar for a cheaper drink. We were definitely out of our element, but got some really good laughs, so that's all that matters. Finally we walked up to the restaurant and had one of the best meals I have ever had. We started with steak tartar. OMG.

I know what you are thinking... but seriously, it was so good that I am trying to figure out a way to convince my husband that he needs to take me there again. Then we had fried green tomatoes.

Shared a salad of melon and basque peppers. My sister had Mac and Cheese with Tim's chip crust (ewww. I cannot stand mac and cheese, so she got this all to her self) and I had ratatouille. My sister did not like it at all, but I thought it was delish!! Then we decided to cap the night off with a trip to Voodoo Donut. I got the Bacon Maple Bar.

It was ok. Seriously. I am really not sure what all the hype about the voodoo is, cause it was a donut. Maybe that's because donuts and sweet things aren't really my thing. Put some nachos and beer in front of me and it's a whole different ball game.

Saturday morning I taught aqua-aerobics and then played soccer. I scored one of the most fancy looking goals of my life! Haha. It was seriously pure luck, but I'm still excited about scoring. Then I spent the entire afternoon doing a couple projects around the house. Sunday I had personal training and spent 30 minutes doing core exercises. My abs will most likely hurt for days. Then I played 2 soccer games and spent the afternoon taking my grandma (the one that just had surgery on her foot) to dinner and to the store. It was good to get her out of the house and she seemed to really perk up after we got out! All in all, I'd say it was a good weekend.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged. So much has gone on in the last couple weeks that I don't even know where to begin so I apologize if this seems like just rambling.

After my sister and I returned from the gorge all hell broke loose. Our dad was in a motorcycle accident and ended up needing surgery on my birthday. This meant that our parents would not be coming to the gorge to see Dave Matthews and they would not be going on their 25th wedding anniversary cruise to Alaska the following weekend. So sad. My sister and I drove all over creation to get to the gorge to see Dave. He made it worth our while though. One of the best concerts ever on Saturday and then he opened Sundays show with my absolute favorite song of his. I lost my voice in the first 2 minutes on Sunday! Haha. While we were gone we learned that our grandma had a little mishap and broke her foot. She had surgery as well. Seriously, the universe is all sorts of chaos!! What else??? Oh yeah, I bought a raffle ticket from a Team in Training friend for $20. I WON!!! The prize was for 20 - $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. I still can't even believe it. For people who don't know, I am a total foodie at heart. I love perfectly executed plates. I love fresh produce. I am in awe of chef's who create flavor combinations that I wouldn't have ever dreamed of. Perfect prize for this girl!! Last night I had the opportunity to eat at one of the restaurants and let me tell you... it was absolutely amazing. Bacon, corn, leek and thyme pizzetta? Get outta here. Roasted beet salad with fresh greens, yogurt and toasted chickpeas. Dear god. Sooo good. Tonight I am treating my sister to one of my gift certificates. She has been busy all week taking care of grandma's every need that it's time someone take care of her.

Now I need to be honest. I had a really hard time getting back on track after vacation. Essentially two weeks of no working out really did me in. I made poor food choices. I got lazy. Then like a miracle, I refound my mojo. I started working out like a crazy person again. I even started a new eating plan. It's really about eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours. It's a very strange thing to me. I am so the girl who would starve herself all day just to eat a big dinner. Terrible, terrible habit. So, now I break it. I've been really inspired by all of these fancy gift cards to create delish food for each meal. Even my snacks at work are getting comments about how good they look. Like this yogurt, strawberry, plum and crushed trail mix thing I whipped together this morning.

I'm going to try and start posting pictures of food I prepare. Like this portabello veggie burger, hummus, red pepper, spinach wrap.

I hope that maybe I'll post something that will inspire someone else to create. It doesn't always have to be a chore. I have my first weigh-in and measurements early next week, so we will see how far I've come.