Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
There are a lot of sources of inspiration in my life when it comes to getting in shape.
One of the biggest would be my family, whether it be my mother who has come so far in her journey to be healthier (and is looking amazing!), or my Aunt who I’ve mentioned before and who has given me an example of what can happen if I don’t take care of myself, or Brandon’s mom who has been dealt quite the hand in life and still has managed to lose 80+lbs and keep it off for at least 8 years now.
Reading blogs is also incredibly inspiring. I have found so many great recipes and workouts, and I love reading about everyone’s journeys. It helps to know that so many others have been where I am now. I really do want to make the most of this community as I can. I know I am slower to really pick up on this than others but I am trying.
Another great source is Pinterest. I have found so many great tips, workouts, and just inspirational pictures/sayings that my “board” is getting larger and larger by the day.
Some of my favorites:
The last two are my favourites.
But, even after all of the great sources of motivation available to me, want to know what really motivated me today?
Taking before photos.
I felt like I was baring my soul. I’m not brave enough to share them with you now, or maybe ever. Not even with Brandon. For now they are just for me. It hurt so much taking those photo’s I immediately did a TurboFire workout (HIIT 15), which I suck at FYI. I am so uncoordinated. But I felt better afterwards, and that’s the main thing.
So tell me,
What motivates you?
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Today has been the laziest day I have had in weeks, and it was just what I needed. I have been so busy lately that I have had barely anytime to breathe let alone relax. (Working two jobs is tiresome! I can not wait until two turns into one full time. Fingers crossed it will happen soon.)
So today, I wasn’t feeling the greatest and decided to call in sick to job #2 – formerly job #1 but since I started at my newest job it has been demoted to #2 – and it was the best decision I’ve made all week. I literally did nothing. I pinned on pinterest, tracked Irene to see if we would be hit, napped, and just lazed around.
Now I am refreshed and renewed for a great week ahead!
Which is going to include getting my butt back in gear for training for my first 5k. I have accepted that I might be running out of time to really train properly for it, and that I might have to have a few walking breaks but I am determined to do it.
I don’t know if I can call myself a runner yet, but I will soon. I want to be, and isn’t that half the battle?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This is going to be such a random post, but I’ve been all over the place lately so I thought I would share some of my new found loves of the past week or so!
First up – Food!
I am *obsessed* with baked oatmeal, it seems to be the only way I make it lately. I based my recipe off of one I found on The Edible Perspective, except I made a few modifications:
- 1/3c rolled oats
- 1/2 banana
- 1 egg*
- 1/4t baking powder
- 3T milk (I used 1%)*
- 1/2T vanilla extract
- 1t cinnamon
- 1/4t ginger
- pinch of nutmeg/cloves
- 1 packet of stevia (I only have little packets like for coffee)*
Basically I just mix it all together, put it in a greased oven safe dish and bake for about 30-35 minutes! **And then of course add a gob of peanut butter on top Oh and the “ * ” are the changes I made. For the original recipe (with other ideas too - click here!)
Steaz Peach Iced Tea – SO good! I’m addicted, I can’t go to Superstore now without picking one up. I wish I could find them by the case though, it gets expensive buying them one at a time. Even a little 4 pack would be better.
Joe Fresh “Khaki” nail polish. I was pining over Essie Sew Psyched, but when I was looking for it at Superstore, I noticed this one on display. It’s the exact same shade but was $6.00 cheaper – yes please! It isn’t as good quality as Essie but I like to change up my nail polish pretty frequently so that’s ok.
GNC wellBeing Vitamins in beBEAUTIFUL. To be honest I have only taken these for a few days now but I have high hopes for them. All of the reviews I can find on them are great so I’m very optimistic they will work! They are supposed to strengthen your hair and nails (and supposedly help your skin too but I got them for the nails and hair benefits). I have super fine hair that breaks easy due to many years of highlights and coloring so I’m hoping these will help from the inside out! Also, my nails have been super “peel-y” and breaking way too easily lately as well.
I have been playing this song on repeat for the past few days. I love love love it!
That’s it for now! I’ll be back later this week with a more fitness related post.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I sure know how to pick a week to come back. I’ve been quite the busy, busy bee this week, and it’s only Wednesday!
For starters, I am working 50.5 hours this week. Yepp, you read that right, 50.5. Why am I working so much? Because…drum roll please…
I got a new job!
Since I was offered the position after my schedule for my other job had been posted, I had to do some shuffling around with my schedule and this was the best I could do. I am going to stay at my old job for a while, but after this week it won’t be nearly as crazy because I can schedule it in advance around my new positions hours.
Want to know the best part about my new job?!?! It is in my chosen field! Yes, that’s right. I have finally found an Accounting position. I have found my “big girl job”!!! And I couldn’t be happier.
Now I have to really start meal planning and cooking meals ahead of time (probably on Sundays), as well as really making sure to schedule my workouts for the week. Even if it’s just a quick workout dvd when I get home, it’s better than nothing! I am going to try to get at least 3-4 workouts in a week.
Right now though, I’m exhausted so I am going to keep this post short. I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on with me and that I haven’t forgotten about this!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Listening: Honey Bee - Blake Shelton
Drinking: Sugar-Free Red Bull
Feeling: Sleepy and a little crabby, but it’s getting better!
Wondering: What I should wear on Monday.
Thinking: Trying to decide which TurboFire workout I want to do this evening, or if I should just go for a walk/jog outside since it’s finally nice out again.
Loving: This picture
Not Loving: The fact that I am completely broke and Sephora just opened yesterday at the mall. Bah Humbug :(
Needing: Highlight and a trim - desperately. It’s been ages since my last appointment. Ooh, and new work clothes.
Also on my mind: I hope this day goes by fast.. working on the weekends is never fun.
Friday, August 12, 2011
I’ve shaken those awful “Mean Red’s” and now everything is back to a very happy shade of pink
I suppose I should give an explanation for my random disappearance though, I at least owe you that!
In a nut shell: I felt like everything that could go wrong was going wrong. I was getting exceptionally discouraged with the job hunt, was stressed and tired from work, was ashamed of falling off the healthy wagon yet again, and had a slight health scare.
My usual reaction when life starts throwing what feels like a million curve balls my way is to want to curl up in a ball and wish it all away. I couldn’t actually do that, but I “went into hiding” by taking a slight hiatus from blogging. That, a little vacay with Brandon and the in-laws, a couple of doctors appointments and some much needed relaxation/family time did the trick! I’m feeling great and have some good news to share soon!
I’m absolutely exhausted tonight though, so I’m going to leave it at this. If anyone still reads this, expect regular posts again! I’ve got lots to fill you in about!
Friday, July 22, 2011
I’ve decided to take a break… I will be back in a couple weeks but right now my hearts not in blogging. I’m going through some stuff right now, and just can’t find anything to blog about without being whiny or complaining or just depressing.
What I’ve got is a serious case of the Mean Reds.
If you’ve ever seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s you will get what I mean, if not here’s a clip for you:
Part of my solution to get rid of the Mean Red’s? Watch this and many other movies like it – they always make me feel better.
Oh, and some quality time with Brandon too
For now, I guess I will “see” you later! (I will still be reading all of your blogs though for sure!)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sorry I have been a little MIA for the past few days. I have a good explanation though!
Wednesday night/Thursday morning, this little one decided to make an appearance:
Introducing my newest niece Julianne!
So for the past few days I have been no where near my computer. It’s been sleep, work, and going over to help my sister out. She also just moved on Friday (when she planned the move she thought she would have had the baby a little while before but of course she was overdue) so she needed help taking care of her girls and unpacking.
I’ve gotta say, it was so hard leaving them at the end of the day. I lived with my sister when she had my first niece Vanessa so I was spoiled with being able to see her so much! Luckily my sister is only a short drive away (but a long annoying bus ride!) so as soon as I can get a car I can visit a whole lot more.
I’ll be back later with a normal post!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
How’s your day going so far?
Mine was pretty standard, I worked 11-7 so it kind of ate up most of my day. I can not WAIT until I have a job with normal hours. I keep putting out resumes but so far no luck. I really thought I would have found something by now, but I think I was being a little too optimistic. I’m not giving up though, or letting it get to me. I just have to keep trying and I know eventually I will find something. My new personal deadline/goal date is by the end of August. I feel like that’s a good mix of optimism/realism!
Until then, I just need to keep working on my interview preparation. Like thinking of good answers for questions like this:
Now for what I ate today!
Breakfast: Slice of w.w toast with basil, little bit of old cheddar and an egg on top
Snack: Quaker Fibre and Omega-3 Blueberry, Almond and Vanilla granola bar.
Lunch: Salad and a diet Dr. Pepper (I was craving it soooo badly, I tried to ignore it but my water just wasn’t cutting it)
The salad had: baby spinach, red peppers, cucumber, mushrooms and chickpeas with a homemade dijon vinaigrette that I found a recipe for on YumSugar.
The vinaigrette recipe is:
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
The recipe suggests adding parmesan cheese too which I think I might try next time. I really loved this vinaigrette and think it is easily going to become a regular one for me! So easy to make and so good!
Snack: Bowl of frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and a couple of strawberries)
Supper: Two pieces of w.w. toast with peanut butter. My stomach was feeling super off and that was the only thing it would tolerate. Just thinking about anything else made me feel even more queasy.
Snack: A small bowl of popcorn!
Now it’s time for bed!
Monday, July 11, 2011
If you’ve been reading along, you might be wondering why I gave up on my original 5K training plan and started from scratch with the Couch to 5K program last week.
The short answer is: I really hated it.
I know, that seems harsh. But I really tried to give it a shot (twice!) but I just couldn’t get into it. The main two reasons were that it started out too much too soon (ummm I’m a brand spankin’ new runner who sucks at it. Sure lets just start running for 5 minutes when you have never ran before!) and it was in miles. Being in miles wasn’t that big of a deal, nothing Google maps/converter couldn’t fix for me, but it was a headache trying to make sure I figured it all out before I went to the gym. If I forgot to work it out before I left I was kind of screwed once I got there.
Basically, it was frustrating and a hassle.
Couch to 5K however is MUCH better. It’s time based (so it doesn’t matter if it is km’s or miles), easy peasy to remember, and it ease you in a little slower than the other plan.
I am in week 2 and so far I am loving it! Just enough of a challenge
I have been obsessed with iced coffee lately. Seriously, McDonalds has me hooked with their “only a dollar, alllll summer” iced coffees. And yes, I sing that whenever I ask Brandon to get me one I finally started making them at home, but realized I really don’t have many containers that I can keep
my coffee in in the fridge. So I got creative and decided to use an old tupperware container. Hey , it works!
After my coffee, it was time to get ready to meet my momma for our lunch date! It was my day off, and since she gets an hour and half for lunch we decided to go for a little picnic lunch and do some window shopping downtown.
It was crazy hot and windy so I decided it would probably be best to braid my bangs back. I am slowly getting better at it! Thank goodness, because my bangs are at that awful awkward length and combined with the heat = a not so cute Meaghan.
Even though I brought my camera, the only picture I managed to take was of the park I was at while waiting for the bus to go home!
After our visit, I went home for a lazy afternoon – I caught up on Big Brother (even though I am ADDICTED to spoilers so I knew what was going to happen anyway) and just relaxed. \
I was in a bit of a funk all afternoon, so after supper I decided to walk to the library and pick up my copy of The Happiness Project.
After being on the waitlist for almost 3 months it was finally my turn to read the book. I guess that’s the “cost” of waiting to read it for free instead of buying it. Oh well, I’m just happy I can finally read it. I have heard such good things about it!
Now I am just waiting for The Bachelorette to come on, and for Brandon to come home from work.
Hope you all had a great Monday!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Working the night shift this week has been awful for trying to stay on schedule for blogging! As soon as I get in the door all I want to do is crash, and that includes tonight. Hopefully tonight is my last night shift for a while!
I am going to keep tonight’s post light on words, with a couple pictures of the highlights of the last few days. I’m too tired to put much more effort in that that
My eats have been pretty good overall the past few days, but I had little to no will power when it came to sweets this week (damn hormones!). I tried to keep them in moderation as much as I could and I’m not beating myself up too much about my indulgences because I know I did really well with everything else. I even finished my first week of Couch to 5K. (Which reminds me, my explanation of why I switched is coming tomorrow)
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Dontcha just love free things? Especially when you win them?
The other day on Facebook I noticed my local mall had a contest on to promote the new stores opening up this summer. Normally I ignore these but I decided to give it a shot. They had three t-shirts in a picture and you had to tag yourself in the one you thought was from one of the new stores. Apparently I was one of the people who picked the right one and my name was entered in a draw and I won! I thought it was for the t-shirt itself but it turns out it was for a mall gift card for the price of the t-shirt . Which I suppose makes sense, it’s a lot easier than having one of every size ready since they wouldn’t know what size I am.
I decided to look around the mall to see if I could find any good deals, and wow there were tons!
Who knew the end of the season was July ?
I finally settled on these shorts from Aeropostale - on sale for only $12 (regularly $39.95)! Normally I avoid this store as it’s not my usual ‘style’ plus I find the sizes make me feel giant (definitely geared for younger shoppers) but they had some great sales and I really needed new shorts so I figured I’d give it a shot.
I kind of maybe want to cut out the tag with the size on it. Even though I know their clothes run super small, it still sucks having to buy a size much larger than I am used to. Colleen from The Lunchbox Diaries did a great post on buying what fits, not what size you wish you were/want to be. I made sure to remember that while in the fitting room today.
Daily eats (No pictures unfortunately) but here’s what I had:
Breakfast – two pieces of French toast (whole wheat toast, 1.5 eggs – well I used two but there was still a fair amount of egg left in the dish afterwards so that’s what I’m guessing I used) and I tried to go easy on the syrup. Not the healthiest I know but I had a crazy craving for it.
Lunch – California Roll made with brown rice and a Nature Valley granola bar
Snack – A pita with peanut butter and jelly all wrapped up
Supper – A piece of salmon with a cup of frozen veggies (broccoli, carrots and cauliflower) + a peach.
Not bad overall. We are running low on groceries so I’m trying to get creative with what we have left.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sorry I was MIA all weekend. My dad was in town and stayed with us on Friday and Saturday night so I spent most of my weekend unplugged making the most of our time together.
I probably won’t get out to see him again until this time next year!
Well, that’s if you don’t count Skype
Also, I didn’t formally keep a food log. Breakfast was healthy everyday, but the rest of it....well... I can basically sum it up with the following pictures:
“Those who like it, like it a lot”
I had this incredible burger from Jack Astor’s Saturday for lunch with some sweet potato fries. I just looked up the stat’s on this burger. Ignorance was bliss my friends... I definitely won’t be ordering this again. It’s delicious, but not worth almost my total daily calorie allowance! *I’m not technically counting calories but I am trying to be conscious of them!
Today I tried to clean up my act a bit – after a weekend like that my body is craving healthy food!
I had my new favourite breakfast – Peanut butter toast with fruit and cinnamon on top. Today’s fruit was a peach:
I had a late breakfast, so after the gym (where I started my first day of Couch to 5K – explanation to come later, but long story short I really hated the last program I tried) I grabbed a snack size Brazilian Thunder smoothie from Booster Juice and a S’mores Luna Bar as my post workout fuel/late lunch:
I forgot to take pictures of my supper I packed for work but it was pretty basic – w.w pasta with marinara sauce and broccoli and cauliflower. I also had a Nature Valley Granola bar and another peach.
Overall, not a bad day! Working weird shifts, like 3-11, can really throw off my day if I don’t plan it right. I need to make sure to pack enough food if I go out before work and restructure my day if I slept in late. I can’t wait until I have a normal job with normal hours! It’ll be so much easier to plan my days! I am sick of shift work!
Do you work random hours/shift work? If so how do you plan out your day if your breaks and meal times don’t always match up?
How was your holiday weekend?