I Dare You

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So it’s only afternoon here but how many people are already thinking about what they should be making for dinner? Ok now how many of you just decided on fast food, a box meal, or a frozen dinner or pizza? Why not, those are all convenient, some of them are pretty good, and let’s be honest our kids are not gonna whine over them, right? So again I say “Why not?” 

Why not, all those things seem like quick satisfying choices but what’s the truth behind those prepackaged meals or that fast food? ……… they are all hiding something, whether it be hidden sugars or extra sodium, Trans fats or any of the jargon they are all containing some really unhealthy things.

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One of my families favorite boxed meals was Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff, we all loved it and I threw some hot sauce on it cause I thought it added some great flavor but when I started looking at what was in my food I was quite surprised, One serving of Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff has 320 calories and a serving is cup, but also in that cup is 860mg of sodium. Ok let’s be honest you never have JUST ONE serving and you certainly don’t measure out a cup, so being honest lets double that sodium number now you are at 1720mg of sodium, the normal daily intake of sodium for the average person (If such thing exists) is so you have now just consumed over half of your daily sodium YIKES

The more you look into your packaged foods the more you find they have hidden a lot of stuff in there that is not so great for your health, So this is where we get to the “I Dare You” bit, I challenge all of you to make ONE homemade meal that DOES NOT come from a box or processed foods, make your meal with better ingredients! I will also help you with this challenge I will give you a couple homemade recipes that most families eat, like mac n cheese! If you really get into this challenge take a picture of your lovely homemade meal and I will make sure to put it and the recipe you used (If you don’t mind sharing) up for everyone to see! 

Alright everyone GOOD LUCK:D

Stove top mac and cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 Small head of broccoli
  • 5oz cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 (16oz) package whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 ½ cups nonfat milk
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons light cream cheese

 

Directions

  1. Rinse and chop broccoli
  2. Grate cheese
  3. In a microwave bowl add broccoli and just enough water to cover half way. Heat in microwave until bright green and tender, about 6-8minutes
  4. Cook pasta following package direction, drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking make cheese sauce
  5. In a small pot over medium heat, heat milk. When hot remove from heat cover to keep warm.
  6. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour. Whisk with a fork, stirring constantly.
  7. Slowly add warm milk. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula, until sauce thickens. Sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  8. Stir in salt and black pepper. Add cream cheese, grated cheese, and broccoli. Stir until grated cheese is melted remove from heat.
  9. Add macaroni to cheese sauce. Stir to coat                                 

Beef Stroganof

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 lbs lean tri-tip sirlion steak, trimmed of all fat, cut in thin 1/4″ x 2″ strips
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 10 oz of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can of Campbell’s tomato soup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 small fresh bay leaf
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup of light sour cream

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, heat pan over high heat. When pan is hot, spray with oil and add steak. Brown meat until cooked. Remove meat from pan.
  2. Lower heatmelt butter, then add onions.
  3.  Cook about 2-3 minutes until translucent, add garlic and mushrooms and sauté about 2-3 more minutes until cooked.
  4.  Add a can of tomato soup, steak, water, bay leaf, and worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on low about 40 minutes.
  5.  Remove bay leaf and mix in sour cream. 
  6. Serve over noodles or rice.

Lets Begin Again

Sooo we are gonna try this blog thing again but I think we are gonna widen our spectrum, It is not gonna be just about working out but instead about changing my life and making a healthier and happier life style choices  for myself and my family. 

Here are some of the things I plan to discuss:

Making small healthy changes that will have a big impact, because changing everything at once never works and you get so overwhelmed , and eventually all the small changes will add up to big ones:D

Working out, things I like and hate, work outs you can fit into a busy life, and reviews on workout videos and programs

Nutrition, seriously I hate diet and I hate the idea of people starving themselves but this is also the key to weight loss, so I plan on getting real facts about nutrition and showing healthy ways to lose weight without starving or doing some crazy fad diet, it will connect with the small changes that have big impacts

KIDS-, finding things to with your kids that are fun but are also getting them active, healthy meals and snacks that almost every kid will love, discussing how to address common parenting situations that arise in every child’s life (My big one right now is starting potty training) 

Relationships, healthy and unhealthy parts of them, maybe how to deal with some of those problems but I am in no way a consular or a doctor, and I definitely still have a lot of things to conquer with my husband but I want to show how are relationships also affect our health.

Being a coach, I have recently become a beach body coach and I am trying to get the awesome savings that come with it, but I am also trying to make money doing it also and helping people start their own backstrokes in life and get to the body they have always wanted and deserve.

Most importantly I want to write about what you want to read about, if you like some of these ideas and want more posts on them let me know, if you don’t like them and want me to go into a different direction let me know about that too I really want to do this right and really help people or maybe just entertain them:D

Computer Fail

Well I have been out of commission for a while now and I promise it is not because I quit. I have had a very big computer fail, so much so the computer has to be sent into the factor to be fixed which is why I haven’t been posting( right now I am posting from our old computer which could crash at any second).

So to update you, I have been working out and doing pretty good I am actually completeing videos but I also did take some time off because of a family vaction which was a week but other then that I have been doing pretty good

Today I did two work outs, High and Tight and Tummy Tuck. High and Tight I have done before but I apparently never finished, and today I did I sucked it up through the whole thing which was hard but way worth it, Talk about feeling the burn:) Tummy Tuck was kind of a different story. Tummy Tuck is only 20min long so I was pretty sure I could do it with Loralye being up and around, well I was wrong. I was trying to do all these god awful crunches and here she sits at the piano going freaking bonkers, I try to ignore her but everytime I go to do another crunch she starts banging away at the piano again and I just cant help it I laugh. Laughing seems harmless right? Wrong. It hurts and made those damn crunches freaking IMPOSSIBLE I made it through about half the video before I just ended it and put in the movie she wanted to watch.

Now that your caught up I would like to run an idea past all of you, I would like to do some actual research and get facts and helpful information on working out and eating right, maybe links to other blogs and videos, things like that but I kinda  need a starting point, so if you have any ideas where to start looking please let me know, leave a comment or something:)

Praise Fatties!

So let me begin by warning you only a small part of this will be about the actual work out the other half is going to be giving a short rant about exercise videos. Now that you have been warned please either continue reading or excuse yourself-Management:)

Sunday: Yesterday I left you with hopes that I would complete at least something more for that week because I felt I had failed so horribly, well good news… I did “Some” please bring your attention to the emphasis on “Some” I decided to take another tango with “Bum Bum” let me tell you it still kicks my ass….SEVERLY.

Monday: More good news, I did all the work out that I was supposed to! YAY me, now I should also mention that it was only one video but the video was 50 minutes long but also it was called sculpt………………… Gave you a short pause so your body could stop screaming from the thought, or maybe it was just mine either way pause was required. Sculpt is slightly a faster paced muscle building work out, and by faster I mean they just find quicker versions of exercises that make you want to scream just as much. Today’s workout was done with a partner, not really a willing partner but one all the same, my roommates son was to his infortune, around when I decided to do the work out and with some slight coaxing (also known as bodily harm threats) he too completed the workout, now I should also mention he is a high school boy who plays sports, well to my satisfaction he had a hard time to, and that brings me to my rant and title “Praise Fatty’s”

Now my title is not a pointed statement, it is there due to today’s work out where I not only was calling myself one, my partner was too and he is NOT. This video is difficult no matter what size or shape you are which should be expected of a video, but what made me angry was the part where they only show you “Perfect Women” with “Perfect Form” there is no in between or starter only these god awful beautiful people. Before I go on I will also say I do understand why having “good looking” people and people who have good form is part of the video, you want encouragement to what you “Could” look like and you also want to see how to do it correctly so you can get the best work out, with that being said does EVER SINGLE PERSON need to be perfect! Can’t there be just one or two who are just starting out and this isn’t just for me to feel better but also so that you can see what common beginner mistakes are and so you would have SOMETHING to base you progress off of! Seriously always looking at the same people who always look perfect is on discouraging and too makes you almost embarrassed or mocked, like the people in the TV are watching and judging, unless you are a few fries short you know they aren’t but that doesn’t change the feeling that you aren’t accomplishing your goals. Now after saying all this I have just a few questions.

  1. Am I seriously the only who feels this way? (I am seriously thinking of busting out some Richard Simmons)  
  2.       ImageWhat are the problems you have with workout videos? (When they tell you the person who is working out on a lower level, you never get a full screen shot of them again)
  3. What are the things you do when you hit bumps in your workouts?

So on that note I will say goodnight, but if you have any answers to those questions I would really love to read some of them:)

 

Not so begging, Begging.

So like I said in my new post this page at my stuff which makes me angry, but is not the point of this blog, so we shall begin again.

So in the last 2 weeks I made the decision to try and lose 80lbs. While talking with some friends and building a support team I decided it was time to take back ahold of my life I am about 220lbs which is the heaviest I have been in my life and I accumulated these 80lbs in the last 2 years. Now in that time I have had a child, but in all actuality I didn’t start to gain weight so rapidly and so hard to lose until after I had her and I got on my birth control. Now in the past I was always a fit person, by that I mean I was always active, I played sports and loved exercising but I was never really “Skinny” per say just healthy I was about 145. Well finally this summer I got sick of just expanding and wanted to start shrinking, I want to feel like my old self, healthy and happy with whom I was, and I honestly just do not feel that anymore. So with a good long discussion and the building of a support team and a plan I started this Journey. Here is a short version of the plan.

Dead Line: February 16th, 2013 80lbs lighterJ

Plan: Work out 5 days a week for an hour a day using the “Brazil Butt Lift” work out plan called “Slim and Lift”, eat on a regular basis while trying to make healthy choices.

Tracking: Send pictures to my support team before and after workouts keep a journal/ blog about how I feel I am personally doing and to get out the things that I am having trouble with, have a rewards system based off points.

                *Note: this plan is to grow and expand as I progress through the year and workouts will change constantly and so will amount and how, when, and what I eat will change too.

 

Now this plan actually began this Monday. Now normally or in the past I have made it through the first week and then hit these things I call BUMPS which are excuses I believe are valid enough to quit. Well this first week has not gone anywhere near as hoped, here’s how it went.

Monday: I got up super early excited to start the day and this new plan, had a cup of coffee waited an hour they started my first work out from the work out plan Brazil Butt Lift. “Basic is what it is called and when I think basic, I think begging or simple or bare necessities, this was none of the above. This was barely a 20 minute workout where you went through individual moves that you would see throughout the rest of the tapes, well these moves were FAR from basic and by the end of 20 minutes I was so covered in sweat my roommate asked if I had taken a shower! GROSS! Well that was only the first work the second one was “BUM” I figured since I was already warmed up this should be a breeze, and let me tell you I was wrong! The only thing I remember from that work out is feeling like I had someone stabbing me with a bunch of knives EVERYWHERE, to conclude that day just was not pleasant. 

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Tuesday: Ok so I made it past the first challenge which was begging, so it only gets better from there right? Wrong. It gets worst. My two work outs for the day were “Cardio Axe” and “High and Tight”. Cardio Axe was 30 minute a cardio workout based on dance moves, I had danced when I was younger so this should not be as bad as Monday was, and well again I was wrong. You had to learn combos then put the combos together, there were four altogether and the only one I seemed to do right was the combo that involved leaning forward and back like I was praying to some higher power (which at that point I was)  and it looked like I was thrash dancing  I swear! Well that being only 30 of my 60 minutes of hell I then began High and Tight. Yes I did just say High and Tight, and yes it is just as horrible as it sounds. This work out was a series of slow controlled movements all surrounding trouble spots of your legs saddle bags and inner thighs and perky  butt, the only thing I distinctly remember is my BUTT CRAMPS! I kid you not BUTT CRAMPS; I was pretty sure at one point I was going to be permently stuck in the position. I barely survived day two, but it was at least over.

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Wednesday: Ran into my first “Bump”. I helped my mom take the dog to the vet which for some reason took ALL DAY, then I had class and then I had my nephew coming over for the night and next day so I decided I was  “too busy” to work out, lame right?

Thursday: Bump two. My nephew stayed most of the day, I had a night class and then went to his game, when I got home I all of a sudden didn’t feel so hot, I had a runny nose and a sore throat blamed it on allergy’s and found it was another excuse not to work out.

Friday: I for the first time in MONTHS got my period! Due to my birth control I rarely if ever get them but apparently this was the week to start again with absolutely EVERYTHING and also it was because of karma I laughed at someone who got there’s and got a good ole slap in the face by the karma brawd.

Saturday: Period. Enough said.

Sunday:  Well that is today, and honestly I have now written a blog twice been interrupted by my bouncing baby girl a million times which is expected and I have a headache, yea I know a bunch of BS excuses, but I also have reasons to want to work out that I am holding onto tightly, One being when I work out it is the only time I have to myself where I am not disturbed, where no needs anything or wants anything (prolly cause I smell like sweat but who cares lol), Two I don’t want to fall back into the same cycle, I want to finally be able to feel good about myself again and be the confident person I know I have down in me ( or as my family would say my “Attitude”) and show my daughter that giving up is not an option ( yes, I know she is only 18 months but you got to start sometime, right?). These reasons to keep going I hope are enough.

Baby eating cake, seems like a good way to end:)Image