Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Breakfast- scrambled one egg with three egg whites, protein shake with scoop of protein powder, frozen banana, and skim milk.... still was not enough to eat.. I was still hungry.. so I added about 2 oz. of turkey
Lunch- Popeyes- chicken wrap with rice, and then a side order of dirty rice.. and a Dr. Pepper
Dinner- mozarella cheese stick, crackers
Not alot of calories, but definitely not very nuitritious. But all of it hit the spot as far as I am concerned.
Okay, tomorrow is another busy day for me. Getting ready for my dh's 60th birthday. OMG.... that is just sounding too wierd. To think I am married to a 60 year old!!! Hey kids... you'll be there quicker than you think. He is still handsome though. I will post photos later.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Breakfast- 3/4 c granola and decaf coffee
Snack- 2 T peanuts
Lunch- grilled chicken and broccoli (leftovers from Sunday)
Dinner- 3/4 c leftover chicken enchiladas, mixed green salad, 5 oz. grilled sirloin
Snack- 1/2 c granola, 1 c skim milk
I am still drinking on the milk. I was starving when I got home. When I was about to leave work, my co-worker noticed that my tire was low. After she left, and I got outside, the boss and another co-worker and I all agreed.. my tire was low. We used the air pump, and put some air in it. I called my "tire man" and they told me to come on even though it was closing time. I am so thankful that they got to my tire. I had a nail in it, and they had it taken care of quickly. It is great to live in a small (30,000) town. I got home around 6:00, and ds was cooking the steaks. So tomorrow is plyometrics. Good night!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Breakfast- one whole egg and 2 eggs whites cooked like a fried egg in Pam- I couldn't help it, I just had to have a change.
Snack- really it was right after breakfast... about a half of cup of dry granola
Lunch- I was not prepared... I had no food with me and was in town longer than I planned- Taco Casa- bean tostado- tortilla, beans, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.
Snack- got home at 4:00 and had about an ounce of grilled chicken
Dinner- Chicken enchiladas- about a cupful.. chicken, cr of chick soup, corn tortillas, cheese and a bean tostado (only about 2 T) and fat free refried beans, romaine lettuce, mozarella cheese -1 T, homemade salsa.
Snack- about 6 mini rice cakes and 1 1/2 c of skim milk
So Coach Jen... what do you think? Too many carbs? Not enough calories? More protein? The weight is bouncing around the same as it has been since June. I have lost 6 lbs, I gain, I lose, I gain, I lose... the most has been 7 lb. So, you really think no carbs will do it. But hey... no Dr. Pepper for me yesterday or today.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
So today after church, going to Sam's, preparing and eating lunch, cleaning up the kitchen, and relaxing for a bit.. I decided to do my workout. It was almost 4:30, and I had to be ready to be at church at 6:00. Actually I could have done it earlier, but I kept putting it off. And why do I do that? I always seem to dread exercise BEFORE I do it. And I think the reason why is because it takes so much time. I know that it is going to be an hour. So anyway, I jumped in there and got started. I really kept up great. The only thing I did not do is during a couple of the breaks when he is doing the jumping rope, jumping jacks, and X-jumps, I fast forward and get right back to the punching and kicking. And the horse stance with the punches is really not a problem for me. Is my core in good shape, or is that easy for everyone? Anyway.. it was a good workout because I definitely got my heart rate up. I was sweating and my face was red. I have to say... Kenpo is my favorite workout. When I finished I rushed in the bathroom and wiped my face, brushed my teeth, changed my clothes, and jumped in the car and was on my way. I don't even know what the workout is for tomorrow. But I do plan to get up early and get my workout done. If tomorrow is supposed to be a rest day, then I will skip it because I had one yesterday. And here is how I did with my eating today:
Breakfast- I could not sleep last night so I was up until 3:00 a.m. and did not get up until right before church started. So I had coffee and a protein bar.
Snack- well, it was after 12:00, but we were at Sam's.. had some samples including a 4 oz container of yogurt
Lunch- grilled chicken, mock mash potatoes (cauliflower), was too full to eat steamed broccoli
Snack- lots of pistachios
After workout- my version of recovery drink with frozen banana and skim milk
Dinner- 1/2 c granola dry... and a 1 1/2 c of skim milk that I drank. For some reason I like it better this way.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
But back to my day. I got the bedding unloaded and had to do some shopping... getting ready to celebrate dh's 60th birthday. Whoa... that is sounding so old. But if you look back through my blog of the photos of him, you will also see that he does not look 60. It is a great thing not to get gray hair. His mother was the same way. She was over 90,and she still had brown in her hair. Okay, side-tracked again.... I got home and got on the computer and did 3 hours of continuing education so I can get my license renewed. I still have 3 hours to go... actually, I may have more because every three years I have to do a jurisprudence in addition to the 12 hours I need annually. And I also need to get busy to have my CPR renewed. Well, after getting those CEU's, I put on grungy clothes and shoes and began working in the yard. I pulled weeds out of another flowerbed as well as around the sidewalk and the patio. Then I went out to this pile in our yard that previously had been a burning pile. Well, we have not burned in quite sometime. DH takes the trash to his work. I got a shovel, an axe, and a rake. I had to bust the ground up with the axe, rake up the old soil with weeds and old ashes, and shoveled it all into a wheel barrel. I made two heavy loads. I was sweating and grunting and getting hot. But the work felt good. I looked at my arms and I think I could tell that my arms looked more toned. I felt good with this workout. Not tired like I would have been. I think this P90X is working. My eating is still not what it should be. But I am still not eating fastfood, fried food, cookies, cakes, or ice cream or anthing like that. The worst I do is the Dr. Pepper and wine. And tonight, I did have one beer. It just seems like nothing will quench your thirst like a beer poured into a frozen mug. Well, I don't know what time I will get my workout in tomorrow, but I sure hope to do it. HOWEVER.... I still have more yardwork to do!!!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Okay... so about my eating yesterday... I just need to cut those carbs out altogether... but here is what I had:
Breakfast- egg whites scrambled with bell pepper, onions and mozarella cheese
Lunch- Ate at Cotton Patch with my youngest son and mother- meatloaf, corn casserole, and yes.... a piece of bread - yes, I can count that was 2 carbs.
Snack- I only ate half of my meatloaf and corn casserole, so I ate the other half around 3:30
Dinner- Venison taco meat, green salad, squash cooked with Rotel tomatoes and a little cheddar cheese.
Snack- Granola mix from Sams, and fruity yogurt- another carb and too much sugar in the yogurt
So it is like always, I do pretty good with my exercise, but I definitely need to be more disciplined with the diet. I will keep trying. Okay, I am going to write about today in another post.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Breakfast- Protein shake- protein powder, skim milk, and banana
A 2 oz piece of chicken on a 1/3 sub bread bun
Snack- 2 T of peanuts
Lunch- Mixed vegetables (carrots, cauliflour, broccoli) and wild rice
A gluten-free Cliff Protein bar
Dinner- Ate with my unome friends- WW taco soup, green salad with FF catlina dressing, 2 T guacamole, 6 chips, taquito, 1 T cheese, 2 oz FF angel food cake with strawberries and FF cool whip; diet green tea
Snack- 25 Cocoa almonds with 1 c skim milk
Hmmm....now that I am reading this it does not sound so bad.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Okay today's workout went pretty well. I would increase the weight on a few exercises, and then have to decrease on some. The only exercise I truly sucked at was those side triceps raises. I just kinda bent my legs up and leaned down on my triceps and maybe moved a few inches. And then when it came to doing it the second time, I skipped it. It was the last exercise, I did poorly on it feeling that I was not accomplishing much, and I was running out of time. I would say my eating was fair. Here is the way it looked:
Breakfast-(7:00) egg whites scrambled with fresh spinach
Snack-(8:00) Protein drink (water not milk) right when I got to work... just needed an extra boost
Snack- (11:30)- 1/2 banana
Lunch-(1:00)- Cafe Del Rio- beef chalupa with lots of lettuce, small amount cheese, hot sauce... oh and chips and hot sauce.... not so good
Snack- (3:30)- other 1/2 of banana
Dinner- (6:00)- Wild rice, chicken from crockpot, small corn on the cob, and mixed vegetables
Snack-( 8:00)- Cocoa covered almonds... just kinda needed a dessert
I am still having too many carbs probably. I am only supposed to be having one serving a day. I had the chips at lunch, and the rice and corn at dinner. I would say I had at least 3 servings.. at least!!! and I should have only had one. So, my weight loss is probably not going to happen if I don't change this. I guess I just love having the carbs... makes me feel better. So tomorrow...hmmmm.... haven't decided what DVD I will do... I just know I gotta bring it!!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Can you say... relax... just chilling by the pool reading a book.
Okay... as you can see... no title called Day ?- P90X. That's right, I not only took 2 days rest, but it turned into 3 days rest. And right now it is almost midnight, and I cannot sleep. My friends and I had a great time. We crammed in lots of things in the time we had together. We got to the Woodlands about 7:30 Thursday night and got checked in. We went on down to Market Street and ate at a Baja Cafe. I decided to get out of the box and try some foods that I don't find the sound of to be apetizing. Fish tacos? I don't know... that has just never sounded good to me. Well, I did not have the fish taco because it was fried, so I opted for the shrimp taco. I had some chips with salsa and the boiled shrimp in a flour tortilla. Oh... and I also had a chicken tamale.. tasted great, but not exactly P90X approved. We ventured down Market Street and mainly just window shopped.
Friday morning we had breakfast in the room- I had peanut butter with banana, some grapes and fresh pineapple, and decaf coffee. No muffin or scone for me. Too many fruits according to P90X, but too bad. We made it shopping to Steinmart, Sam Moon, and Charmin' Charlies. And I purchased a pair of denum capris that were ....ta da.... a size smaller. Now they weren't loose, but nevertheless, I could get them zipped and they did not look bad, and they are going to be my "incentive" clothes. Yes, I will keep these as the pants that I soon hope to be baggy. But it will not happen if I eat like I did at lunch on Friday. We went to Bucco de Peppos and we had chicken fettucine, lasagne, and salad. No bread for me. And I might add that we shared these so there was not alot of food. However, there was fettucine left over to take back to the room. That evening I had my first taste of sushi. I had told my unome friends when we were in Midland that I had no desire to eat this, but I thought that I needed to venture out of my comfort zone. Not bad, but certainly not something I loved. That evening we did make it to the pool and watched the outdoor movie. When we got back we had spa night. Facials, massage chair, foot bath.
Saturday morning was a 1.25 hour kayak adventure. We worked our way down the Woodlands Waterway to the Lake Woodlands where we saw the million dollar homes. It was a gorgeous breezy day. I have a kayak, but most of my friends experienced kayaking for the first time. They had all canoed before, but not kayaked. We got back to the room and then made it back out to the pool. There were two big tube slides. Of course we all had to do this, some more than once. I just enjoyed sitting in the shade and reading and relaxing. We snacked for lunch that day so we went out for dinner. We went to Landry's Seafood. We decided to share. We had two apetizers- crab and spinach fondue, and shrimp and crab fondue, a great salad with honey mustard vinegarette, and then a grilled/broiled seafood platter with shrimp and fish. It was not quite enough for me so I did eat some of the bread. I knew they all wanted cheesecake, and I did not want the temptation so while we walked around before dessert, I had the smoothie. They all had the cheesecake which looked delicious.
Sunday morning three of us hit the trail and walked for a little over an hour. We all splurged and went to the dining room for the breakfast buffet. I had an egg-white omelet, some bacon, sausage, turkey sausage, and some small ricotta-filled crepe (forgot what it is called) with strawberry sauce. No bread,muffin, waffle, or French toast for me. But... I have failed to mention that over the weekend I did have wine, and I did have some Dr. Pepper. I can't say that I went totally crazy with my eating, but I also can't say I did good. I will just say that in all my food intake, and the fact that I was on vacation, I was moderate.
If you get the chance to go to the Woodlands Resort, it is really geared to families. They had an internet room, ping pong (which I played and won... I have not played in probably 20 years), and shuffle board. The grounds are beautiful. Just a beautiful place. One of my friends that I was with has a son who works for the Woodlands Resort, so we got our room at a very, very low fare.
I have had quite a busy summer. I need to post the photos from Sam Rayburn Park, Brenham, Midland, and Galveston. I hope to do that soon. My summer is coming to a close, and my time will be spent on getting my mother moved to the independent senior living facility. I hope that I can go to bed in the morning because tomorrow is Day 8 of P90X.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Okay, back to my workout. Today is supposed to be my rest/stretch day. Well, since I will be out of town, I do not know how I will be feeling or if I will have time, or I can hook up my DVD player... well you know... all those "ifs". So... I figured... go ahead and skip your rest day. You will have Friday and Saturday to either do a rest day and a workout or two rest days. I don't want to get too anal with this, but after all it is a 90 day workout. Today was probably the first day that I truly enjoyed the workout. One reason was I was able to perform so much better. I did the pushups from the feet 8 times, and then dropped to the knees for 7. That is except for the decline pushups. I tried it the first round and did about 3. So the second round I did regular pushups (8/7). I increased the weight when using dumbbells to 10 lbs instead of 8. I think I could have gone to 12 or 15, but I am being careful. I had no problem at all with the bands. I was not exhausted when I finished my workout. After finishing which was about 15 minutes ago, I had protein powder with milk in the blender (no fruit and no ice). I drank it fast. I thought I would take my DVD player and also the plyometrics DVD since all I have to have is a mat which I won't take. I am not promising anything.. I may do it, and I may not. I still need to do the Ab ripper X, but my groin is still sore from the stretching.
So my food intake today has been small, but I have had lots of water.
Breakfast- Banana and real peanut butter
Snack- protein scoop with milk
Lunch- I plan to have a mixed green salad with deli turkey
Snack- probably a protein bar
Dinner- I am not sure if we are eating when we get there or if I am to eat before leaving at 5:00. But either way it will be lean meat, vegetables and maybe a carb.
Everyone keep leaving me comments. I am not having trouble getting in there to do my workout like I thought I might have. And seeing that I am becoming stronger and able to do this easier is such an acomplishment. I recommend if you are not doing anything, do something.... walk, ride a bike, swim, use some bands or light weights, do some squats and lunges, yoga or pilates. You will never be any better than you are today if you don't make some changes. Just start small and work your way up to doing more. That is what I have been doing for 6 years. It is not too late. You are not behind. Only compare yourself to yourself... see how good you can be!!!!!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Breakfast- immediately after my workout, I drank a shake with vanilla protein powder, milk, and strawberries. Decaf coffee
Snack- Protein bar and I have to admit... a Dr. Pepper (I know..I know.. I know, but it was the first one in about a week.)
Lunch- Ate lunch at Cotton Patch with friends and had chopped steak with mushrooms, (raked off the gravy), mixed vegetables, and green beans and water with lemon to drink
Snack- Stranded at my mother's house- had a fiber one bar
Dinner- Venison sausage sauteed with onions, celery, and cabbage. It was mainly cabbage and sausage. It might not sound good, but it was delicious. Also had some pinto beans that I had added some rotel tomatoes to. And for my dessert.....some pistachios-about 1/2 cup and 4 oz peach yogurt
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Breakfast-5 egg whites with asparagus and about one ounce of venison sausage
Lunch- 1/2 c pinto beans with WW cheese and green onions
Snack- pistachios ( a bunch); a banana; about an ounce of smoked turkey
Dinner- 1 cup of pinto beans with about 6 saltine crackers
Snack- 4 ou. of Activia
I am wondering if I am tired because of not getting enough carbohydrates. I don't know if I can go a month with having so few. I can tell you another thing. I have slight soreness in my arms and legs, but where I am really sore is my hip joints. I think it is from that yoga. When I was working legs today I could feel that soreness. I really am enjoying the workouts although they are very hard. I just wish that my energy was not all drained for the rest of the day. I don't know... this does not seem right. I am about to get ready for bed.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I just finished reading the book "90 Minutes in Heaven". I was not crazy about how the book was written because sometimes it seemed quite redundant. However, there was lots that I took from this book. It is about a man, Don Piper, who had a terrible car crash and was pronounced dead. However, 90 minutes later he had a pulse. He tells of going to Heaven during this time. Not only does he tell about his experience during those 90 minutes, but he relates all he went through to in his recovery. I found the book very inspirational on how we should live our lives. It is very fast reading... check it out.
Breakfast- 1/2 hoagie roll with deli turkey meat with dijon mustard
Yes, this is my carb for the day.
Lunch- grilled chicken with asparagus and edamame with a small amount of LF Ranch dressing. I was out of lettuce. I plan to get that today at Sam's.
Okay, I was supposed to weigh in today. I think I gained because of eating all those pistachios and they are so high in sodium. But I am still going to keep doing the best I can. I hope this soon becomes a habit with me.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Breakfast- 5 egg whites with 5 olives and green onions scrambled
3/4 c 2% milk with 5 strawberries
Snack- protein bar
Lunch- Green salad (romaine lettuce from Sam's) with green onion, small amt cheddar cheese(maybe a T), and 1/2 c taco meat ( venison), LF ranch dressing mixed with picante sauce (hereafter to be called LF southwest dressing)
Dinner- 2 corn tortillas, 3 oz grilled chicken, 1 T cheddar cheese, 4 asparagus spears (fresh and steamed), cranberry juice (from concentrate with stevia)
Snack- dh made a smoothie from strawberries, milk, blueberries, banana, and ice. I have not had mine yet.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Here is what I had to eat today:
Breakfast- at the breakfast buffet at the condo
about 3/4 cup of scrambled eggs
2 sausage patties
1/2 c milk
1/2 c granola
Snack- my own concoction of mixed nuts- about 1/4 c
pstachios, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and craisins
lunch- 2 left over stuffed shrimp
Dinner at 3-
green salad with grilled chicken
Snack- pstachios- a whole bunch
I had a vanilla diet coke from Sonic when I left Galveston, I drank water when I got home and I made my own version of cranberry juice- filtered water with cranberry concentrate and stevia.
So I won't say I did good, but I won't say I did bad. Tomorrow I will do Day 3. I am thinking that I may have to retitle my workout to P120X because I don't know that I will be doing it 6 days a week. I will keep plugging away.