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  • Here I go…

    As I have progressed through my 8 week workout plan the soreness and stiffness has started to become more like aches and pains. I stretch before and after each workout. However, for the past few days I have also needed to ice my knees multiple times a day and cover my legs and feet in tiger balm, which is like icy hot or ben-gay. On Friday, one of my co-workers stopped in the middle if our telecom with US Government to ask what the smell was in our conference room. It was me! I smell like a nursing home! I guess stinkiness is the price I have to pay in order to become a healthier me.

    I was so proud to have reached my workout milestone yesterday but unfortunately for me the rest of the day was spent in discomfort. I was barely able to go up and down steps without wincing from the pain. Last night I fell asleep with an ice pack strapped to my knee. I woke up still very sore which I took as my body’s way of telling me i needed to slow down before I do some serious damage.

    Last Christmas, I suffered a small cartilage tear in my right knee and I don’t want to risk an injury that could end up sidelining me from working out for a substantial amount of time. I also don’t want to stop working out because I feel I am making great progress and don’t want to lose momentum. So I wanted to think of a way to keep to my plan and take it a little easier to help out my knee.

    If you have been following my blog then you know I gave myself 16 weeks to complete the 8 week workout plan. I knew that 8 weeks was unrealistic given the fact that I am fat and out of shape. So far I have completed the first two weeks but I fear if I push through the next week I will seriously hurt myself. So starting Tuesday, I am going to restart the program. I think the easier workouts will help provide some relief while still getting the activity level I need. I hope that in two weeks I will be stronger and healthier and ready to progress to the next level.

    I don’t look at this as a sign of weakness or failure but rather as a sign of progress and growth- I am making a smart decision that will help my body recover while still maintaining a healthy diet and a fitness routine. I hope you view this decision the same way and continue to support me on my journey. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon and I am in it til the end!

    Thanks for reading!

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  • Growing Fond of My New Cookware

    my-cookingFor me cooking used to be a chore that had to be done, so I didn’t really care about the quality of the cookware that I was using. I would just buy the next cheapest available when something needed replacing. But recently I moved house and for some reason my mum decide that needed some new good quality cookware if I was going to have a brand new house. And she really knows her stuff so much so that she knows all of the best cookware reviews and what is considered a must have. But I guess she tried to get something I might like and would give me the ability to “grow” in the kitchen.

    So she didn’t even get me a whole set of one brand, she got me one of everything so I could choose what I liked best. What are mums for right? So not that I would ever appear to be ungrateful, but now I’m stuck with aluminum, stainless steel, 2 types of iron clad, non stick and stone. Had I thought just a year ago I would somehow in my own way buy cookware, I wouldn’t have even believed myself. So over the last few months I’ve had to cook a lot more, but because I’m a lazy cook I really like just doing the 1 pot meals.

    So now after trying out all of my new cookware I have decided that my top 2 picks are the simple non stick and the luxurious stone. They are both great for a quick whip it up quickly style dish, but the stone is brilliant for the hearty slower cooked items. Now I just have to wait for my other less favourite pots and pans to wear out so I can get more of just one type and eventually have a cookware set that I am proud of.

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  • You are what you eat…

    I believe that 100%. I love marshmallows, I snack on them more often than I would like to admit, and my body is starting to resemble one. As part of my plan to become a better me I have also changed up my diet. In case you were wondering, this is what I have been eating lately.

    Prior to Paul leaving for air assault school in the beginning of February we were trying to follow Mark Bittman’s food rules which basically means a vegan diet during the day with little or no meat in dinners. However, once Paul left I fell off the wagon and pretty much ate crap for the first two weeks he was gone. After reaching the point where I felt so disgusted from ingesting so much crap I decided I needed to start eating better again. Since Paul was still away at training I had the freedom to really cook/eat whatever I wanted but I didn’t really have the time or energy.

    While grocery shopping, I found slim-fast on sale and grabbed some thinking it would be a great way to supplement two of my meals while Paul was gone. Now he is back and I am still drinking the shakes because it fits into my routine really well. Although that means no more daily home cooked meals for Paul, it means more time for me to go to the gym and do other things to help me. Some times we all have to make sacrifices. Sorry Paul.


    The great thing about the slim fast is it really helps me to limit how much crap I put into my body. I only have one meal where I can eat so I try to make it something either really healthy or really tasty. During the week I replace breakfast and dinner with shakes and eat lunch. On the weekends it depends on my plans. For example, last weekend M and I went to the boardwalk for lunch on Saturday so I had a shake for breakfast and dinner. However, today I am making Paul a home cooked meal (veggie curry) so I am going to have a shake for breakfast and lunch.

    I also try to make sure my snacks (3) are healthy. I eat two bananas a day, usually one before and one after my workouts, and then also have some carrots and celery, too. This doesn’t mean that I will deprive myself of snacking on some popcorn or cupcakes every now and then but it isn’t a daily thing, and when I indulge I do it in moderation. That’s a new practice for me, moderation, so it’s been hard but I am adjusting.

    I also drink insane amounts of water. My day is pretty much spent drinking water and walking to and from the bathroom. Dehydration is not an issue with me. If anything, I fear I may OD on water, or drown.

    My lunches during the week are easy. I will eat an Amy’s frozen entrée, which is normally vegetarian or vegan depending on the meal, and an orange. I also bring with me a bag of carrots and celery and I eat half with lunch and then snack on the other half towards the end of the work day. Previously I was trying to limit how much processed foods I was eating but this combo of the shakes and frozen meals is super easy, which really helps me to stick to it. Plus, in the world of frozen foods, Amy’s is really the best you can eat. I also pre-chop all my veggies once or twice a week which makes getting my lunch together very easy.

    I have found this diet to be very easy to follow. I still get to have great food every day; I just limit it to one meal. I don’t ever feel like I am depriving myself of anything which is great since my typical reaction to dieting is feeling like I am starving and then gorge on tons of junk food. The shakes are really great to drink and I have one with a piece of fruit before my workout to give me the calories I need for fuel.

    Just like my workout routine, my diet will probably change over time. My only hope is that when I do move on to something new I take with me what I have learned so far, moderation and smart food choices.

    Paul busted out the peanut butter for our post-workout snack time last night. I think I am in love- with bananas and peanut butter. Yummmm!!!