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In Sorrento, Italy on our honeymoon.
I really need to start making the scale go down and not up. This photo is a bit of a wakeup call (I'm the tall one on the right). I look pudgy and droopy. Time to track food for real and naybe buy a better bra!
Nothing like a great pair of new shoes for instant motivation!
Apparently 2 someones think I'm gorgeous. I'll take it!
At my daughter's 2nd birthday party, May 2016
Just finished my workout. Felt great!
Yesterday - so close to 10k!
Practicing single legged squats while waiting for my allergy shot. #multitasking #getthoserepsin
3 day streak of meeting my 10k steps. Let's try for 4!
Cleared by the physical therapist to try running again! First time in at least 6 months, probably longer. Tiring but felt good!
So ... I am 40 cals over my goal for today. But I had the following successes:
- exercised for 66 minutes, including my first jog in over 6 months
- reached 10k steps for the 4th day in a row
- forewent chocolate cupcakes for dessert on favor of tea and fruit
- AND lost 1.4 lbs since Monday.
I'd call that a successful day!
A good day for stepping!
Standing desk today in an effort to get to my 10k step goal. It doesn't add much, but every little bit counts. #getupstandup
Way too tempted to eat the peep off one of these cupcakes in the breakroom. Send encouragement. #staystrong #justsayno
Victory yesterday! I love when it flashes green to show I reached my goal!
Walked, didn't drive, to the farmers' market. You find beautiful things when you walk!
Thanks to the spring 5% weight loss challenge and especially my Fitbit workweek hustle challenge for inspiring me.
Look who I saw on today's walk around the office complex! #everylittlebitcounts
Delicious healthy lunch: romaine salad with broccoli and radish sprouts and blue cheese, topped with salmon. Oil and vinegar dressing. Fruit for dessert. All produce from farmer's market. Yum!
Vacation in Puerto Vallarta
That moment when you're over your calories for the day, and then you realize you forgot to track a 45 minute walk ... And you're within calories again!
Another 1.1 lbs down. Slow and steady reaches the goal!
Present from my husband! 😍
Question: here is my weight tracker from the app. How do I get everything before April 1 to disappear? I'm doing well since I've recommitted but would like to make the old weight gain stop showing up (on my body, too, but for now just asking about the graph). TIA!
Well, didn't win my workweek hustle challenge, but I'm on the podium!
Survived a trip to McDonald's and still on track!
Beautiful hike with the family enjoying the last of California's super bloom and ocean views!
Ready for a beach bike ride and lunch with an ocean view!
Healthy, protein-pqcked lunch of poke, seaweed salad, and brown rice at the halfway point of my beach bike ride! 🚴🚴🚴
Refreshing grapefruit mint water with ingredients from my garden.
Hey, look! I didn't want the rest of my cereal so I didn't finish it! That's huge for me!
In other news, cold cereal isn't a very good breakfast for me. I need to be better about preparing breakfast the night before: baked oatmeal, chia pudding, or something else that fits my breakfast criteria of slightly sweet, cereal-y, but also protein packed.
Summer is coming!!! (But I didn't buy any peaches today - they'll be far more delicious next week.)
Somehow convinced that I look chubbier around the midsection today than yesterday. Couldn't have happened, right?
Healthy and fresh lunch in the spring sunshine!
Searing grouper for dinner. We usually have salmon - hope this is yummy!
Mid-walk treat from my favorite coffee shop. Cold-brewed coffee with about 1 oz of half and half = 39 calories of delicious refreshment.
Phew! Swimming is one of the best (and most exhausting) full body workouts I can think of!
My hard work has been paying off this month! Down 4.5 lbs.
Seasonal fruit bowl on the counter!
Such a beautiful day for a walk! Here is one house we saw on our way. Gorgeous roses, perfect weather!
These shorts were too tight to wear comfortably a month ago; now they fit great! #NSV Next step, tighter abs too!
Today was a great day for stepping!
Remains of a delicious brunch eaten al fresco: breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, laughing cow cheese, and Trader Joe's turkey bacon on a whole wheat English muffin. Grapefruit half for "dessert". So satisfying!
My daughter was painting with Grandma over the weekend. What a fun fridge we have today!
Enjoying some relaxation in the front seat while someone small and cute snoozes in the back :)
Getting ready for the week: zucchini and tomatoes for roasting, sweet potato soup in process, and onions and peppers sauteing in the back for thick and hearty black bean soup.
Healthy snack under 200 Cal, full of protein and some fat: 2% Fage Greek yogurt with strawberries and cinnamon. 🍓🍓🍓
I have been doing Coach Nicole's 12-minute Pilates abs for two days now in order to get rid of some of this bulge. Very sore abs! Let's see if I also get visible results.
Canned salmon salad for lunch, eaten with celery instead of a fork. Watermelon for dessert. Lots of protein and healthy fats!
Summer fruit is here!!!
Back to jogging again! (Ok, intervals.) Over 1 mile, and over my 10,000 steps for the day. Nice and sweaty. #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
Pilates abs - day 3!
Today's try at a healthy protein m–filled lunch: spinach salad topped with leftover salmon and sprouts, cup of hearty black bean soup with labneh, tangerine.
Using my daughter's dance studio time to do my physical therapy leg exercises. Stronger every day!
My colorful lunch! #tastetherainbow
Didn't want to go to the gym but did anyway. 10k steps, 1.5 mi. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
Mushroom soup simmering, and black bean chilaquiles ready to go into the oven. #cincodemayo
Empty gym here today on Cinco de Mayo. But I showed up! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
So close to winning this challenge! Do I have 4000 more steps in me before 10pm?
My old scale (left) stopped taring. Hello shiny new petite friend!
Well ... I really wanted to win my work week hustle challenge, but the other ladies were stepping and I just couldn't pull past them. But I beat my personal best! #smallvictories
Yummy treat! Steak salad :)
Things I didn't eat today:
- birthday cake
- tortillas and rice from fish tacos
- CUPCAKES! (In a cupcake chandelier too!)
Workout done, 10k steps reached.
6 min elliptical warm-up
25 min leg exercises and other strength training
23 min jogging intervals + cool down
I got a trophy yesterday! Thanks Jerri and other fellow scarlet dragons!
Lunch: poke, Brussels sprouts salad with dates, broccoli salad with ricotta salata. Yum!
First outdoor run with couch to 5K app. Run periods were shorter than I have been doing on the treadmill,so I ran into the walk intervals a little bit. If I keep with this program, I'll be doing an all running 5K (or at least 30 minutes straight) in 8 weeks! 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️
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I always feel a bit lost when my Fitbit is charging. Hope I don't forget it today - I'm in two different challenges!
My family eats cereal for breakfast, but it's not a good breakfast for me: too many carbs, two little protein, and too easy to overindulge. Today: baked oatmeal! Packed with Greek yogurt, eggs, and protein powder, as well as healthy carbs and fiber from oats and coconut, plus chia seeds and flaxseed meal, it's a great, filling breakfast that keeps me going until lunch.
Afternoon treat for only eating 2 bites of the kids' Nutella crepe.
Because of spark and my Fitbit challenges, I forced the kids to walk (not drive) to and from the farmers' market. Healthy and fun for everyone! And I am almost at 10k steps!
No run today, but 7 miles on stationary bike. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
Couch to 5k day 2. Harder than last time!
Look what I found at the supermarket today! Cherries are here!
Not sure what this flashy green screen means on my Fitbit app, but I know that I like it!
Lunch prepped for tomorrow's long day at work: big salad with salmon, cherries, assorted veggies, fruit, cheese, and yogurt. Yum!
I bonked on my evening walk - ran out of blood sugar (I guess I didn't have enough dinner!), but I did get an award!
And, now I'm within my calories!
Workout time truncated due to preschool mother's day festivities. But they were super cute! Now for an extra fast workout.
Fastest run pace 5.5! I prefer to run outside, but there's something to be said for the consistency of the treadmill. #running
I'm officially down to 180.5, which is below my official pre-pregnancy weight. Down a total of 6.5 lbs. Still have more weight to lose, but can't blame on the kids!
This is the first time in over a decade that I have really felt I can make a difference in my weight. What an amazing feeling!
I'm currently leading in my workweek hustle Fitbit challenge. (Enjoying it while it lasts!) #fitbit #10ksteps
I won one!
Goofy curly hair after an evening jog! I got to go while my husband and relatives cleaned up from mother's day dinner. Aww. Couch to 5k day 3.
The benefit of hosting mother's day dinner is leftovers for lunch the next day!
- salmon topped with pesto and pistachios
- beet salad with parsley and feta
- roasted asparagus
- fruit salad
I also made walnut raisin bread, but there were no leftovers of the loaf! (And strawberry pie, but didn't bring that to work 😋
Happy belated mother's day, everyone!
Excited and inspired to see a runner shaped like me on an ad for Women's Running magazine. Maybe I can be a real runner after all!
Low on time and couldn't make it to the gym, but I fit in Coach Nicole's 12-minute Pilates abs and 9-minute arms and shoulders workouts. I definitely feel the burn!
Chicken prepped and ready to stick in the oven before this afternoon's workout. Healthy dinner for the week: ✅
Crêpe at the farmers market: lunch of champions!
View from my treadmill today. C25k day 4. Fastest run pace 5.6 mph. Made me perversely proud to see I was faster (when running) than the people on either side of me. #running
Lunch was yummy - a Mexican-style salad with carne asada, brown rice, beans, a little cheese, and lots of salsa. But I'm full, so instead of finishing it, I'm going to save the rest for later. #smallvictories
Was at work from 8am-8pm but still managed to get 10k steps and stay within calories! #winning #smallvictories
My royal walking partner for this morning's trip to the library and grocery store.
So, I bought a bra online. Now it's a little weird that every time I look at Spark on my computer (even at work), I get images of bras. Um ...
Healthy treat for lunch: spicy poke!
Beautiful run today - my first on the strand since my surgery. (It's concrete - hard on knees.) feels great so far. Can't believe I get to exercise in such a gorgeous place! This is why I want to run!
Happy birthday to my daughter! I may be on a mission to eat healthier, but I can still make a beautiful cupcake for my daughter's birthday. (I'll sample it but will try hard not to finish mine.)
Had one bite of cupcake (plus the tastes of whipped cream I snitched while frosting). Now here's my delicious dessert.
Today's healthy goals:
- eat within my calories, preferably at the low end of the range
- get 10k steps to win my five (!!!) Fitbit Goal Day challenges
- wear lots of sunscreen and don't get burned at the beach! ⛱⛱😎😎☀️☀️🌊🌊
Treats for everyone! (Mine is the coffee :)
note - my kids don't have treats all that often, but I really do believe that in order to form a healthy relationship with food, they should eat 80-90% healthy (which we do at home) and then truly enjoy the treats they get, with no guilt.
I feel a bit self conscious about wearing this form fitting dress, but it's a hit day, and gosh darn it, I'm going to do it anyway! In any case, it's the jewelry that really makes the outfit :)
Had one bite of the buttercream frosting (my kryptonite), and said no to the rest! Hadn't planned to have any, but that's how it goes ...
Healthy lunch: chicken apple sausage with a big green salad and cut up veggies. Tastes great after saying no to bagels, cake with frosting, and mimosas at a birthday party. My husband's suggested caption: this is what I'm reduced to eating!
Today's run was on the greenbelt (wood chip trail). Hot weekend, but not too hot to run at 5pm. C25k week 2 day 3. 🏃🏃🏃 #sweatyselfie
Extremely unfocused and unproductive morning. Hoping a chance of scenery and some caffeine will help.
Couch to 5k week 2 day 3 repeat. Phew! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfie
Look who decided to join me for morning toothbrushing and squats! #morningmultitasking
Summer berries are here!
Another Tuesday, another family walk to and from the farmer's market. 🚶🚶🍓🍑🍏🍎🐟🍿☕️🍒🥒🥕🥑🥚🍊🍋 #healthymom
I was a rockstar today!
Snakes prepped for the workday.
Alternative use of the flip belt: it holds my keys when I run, and also holds ice on my injured knee while driving.
OK, I love hot dogs as much as the next person, but this is NOT a balanced meal. Where are the freggies?
Happy anniversary to my main squeeze! 8 years of marriage today - here's to many many more healthy years to come. ❤