Hello April – Log Blog

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As I have posted already, April has been a trying month for me. A really trying month, but for every rain cloud there is a silver lining, right? That lining was how many miles I actually get to tell you about.

I am going to log this one kind of the same way I did the last one. There aren’t any treadmill or bike miles, and I never stopped to count the difference in my stair climbing, so they are all “Life” miles.

Here goes:

Sat 4/1 – 3.49 TOTAL: 3.49

4/2 1.78, 4/3 2.01, 4/4 2.13, 4/5 3.12, 4/6 1.92 4/7 2.77 Sat 4/8 1.38 TOTAL 15.11

4/9 1.93, 4/10 2.34, 4/11 2.27, 4/12 2.53, 4/13 1.49, 4/14 2.78, Sat 4/15 1.09 TOTAL 14.43

4/16 1.63, 4/17 3.03, 4/18 3.17, 4/19 3.14, 4/20 3.29, 4/21 3.68, Sat 4/22 2.71 TOTAL 20.66

4/23 .95, 4/24 3.82, 4/25 3.84, 4/26 3.07, 4/27 3.41, 4/28 3.17, Sat 4/29 2.19 TOTAL 20.45

4/30 2.34 TOTAL 2.34

And the drum roll please ….  *insert drum roll sound* … a grand total of 76.48 miles for the month of April!! HOLY COW!!!! I knew I had put in the steps and saw the numbers getting bigger, but it was not until I really started doing the math that I started to become more wide eyed about it!

Thinking that once I get this schedule figured out, and am working in Indy again, that I should up my planned miles from 50 to like 65! Even if I don’t, I will still be able to say that I have walked over 500 miles in 2017… I got this!

Hello March – Making the Miles Count

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Had a conversation with a friend today (you know who you are… and thank you for the kick in the butt) and I was reminded that my HELLO MARCH was a little behind. Even if I hadn’t had a chance to type it all out, I did keep track of my miles! I will be posted a vacation post, but let me say, that out of my 50 miles, 26 of those were from being on the cruise ship. YES! I said on a cruise I racked up over half of my miles… I wont go into detail as I will be doing another blog, but as for March – here goes!

3/1 1.34,  3/2 2.17,  3/3 2.23,  3/4 1.78,  3/5 2.13,  3/6 2.34,  3/7 1.06,  3/8 1.62,  3/9 1.79,  3/10 1.88,  3/11 2.14,  3/12  1.11, 3/13 1.43,  3/14  2.24,  3/15 1.67,  3/16 2.03,  3/17 2.37,  3/18 1.42,  3/19 2.35,  3/19 2.35,  3/20 2.79,  3/21 1.84,  3/22 1.84,  3/23 1.31,  3/24 1.43,  3/25 1.92,

3/26 3.07, 3/27 4.09, 3/28 4.63, 3/29 3.87, 3/30 5.17, 3/31 5.81

Monthly Total of: 73.03

Holy cow!! For all the hours that I am putting in at the office and the few I am getting into the gym, this has been a huge month for me!

Things are all kinds of crazy right now, but I am still planning to get my way back!

Fingers crossed for me, all!!

Happy Blogiversary

I started this blog one year ago today and I am so proud of myself and what I have accomplished!

Although 2016 was not completely as I had hoped, I have been putting in some thought as to what I wanted to get out of 2017 and I have a list.

First:  I decided I that I am going to do the 50 miles a month challenge. That is 600 miles in a year! With that, I can say “I will walk 500 miles…” Hehe, sorry, I love that song.  Anyway, to do this, it will require me to log my daily steps/miles – which I plan to do in a Log Blog  – stay tuned!

Second: I will sign up and do some random 5ks with my teammates and of course my bestie – Angel again. 2016 had me doing a few virtual runs, but I really need to be out there with the group making this happen. Accountability and all of that.

Third: September is the Nashville Spartan Sprint, and I going to make this happen! Angel, Chris, and Tim are with me… and I hope to meet a few out of town Spartans as well! (Joe, Scott, Ashley – if you are reading this, I am so stoked! Hanging with you guys will make being a Spartan even more real!)

Finally: To continue to be work through my hashtag … I want to be a better me, all of the way around. Lots of things changed over the last year and I know it has tested my patience and even my strength, but I got this… moving forward I will continue #becomingabetterme13173596_10208974174892185_3840443906967224278_o

 

 

 

Fell of the Wagon…

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When I decided today (the Monday after Thanksgiving) that I would be “getting back on the wagon” I laughed at myself because I really didn’t know the meaning or origin of the phrase… so in the tradition of #becomingabetterme, I looked it up…

“The ‘wagon’ in this American expression refers to the water wagons used to sprinkle water on the streets to keep the dust down. During the times of Prohibition in the 19th century, men often climbed onto these wagons and took an oath they would give up alcohol and drink only water. This gave rise to the expression ‘to be on the water cart/wagon’; it was later shortened to ‘on the wagon’.

When these individuals broke their pledge and started hitting the bottle again, they were said to have ‘fallen off the wagon’. ”   (yes, I googled it, and yes that is a direct quote from an article called “Know Your English”)img_1909

Anywho, the point is, I let things get in the way of my biggest need – the exercise. I am sure that some people roll their eyes at that statement, but the truth is, I do need it. My mother once told me that when you work out regularly, your body comes to REQUIRE the exercise. Of course at the time I thought she was crazy, but it turns out she was correct – who woulda thunk??? A Mom… correct??? Wow… Earth shattering!

So here is it, my declaration… I am back on the wagon and back to my goal of #becomingabetterme.  Tonight I sweat, tonight I ate well, and tomorrow I will be sore. But I will be happy, and ready to do it again!

Summer of Fun

 

As I was looking at Facebook and going through some of my pictures I couldn’t help but smile. As a mother of active teenagers and then the wife of a game designer I am always busy. Running here… taking kids there… then adding in the normal stuff that every household has to deal with: groceries, dinner, cleaning, WORKING… but this summer, this summer was a little different. I took time to do things for me, and let me tell you, I loved it. Not only did I love it, but truly, I needed it.

When I started the journey of #becomingabetterme, I had to start out by figuring who and what I wanted to be. Sure, I wanted to weigh less, I wanted to be healthier, I wanted to be nicer, but honestly, I wanted to be happier.

That was where I had a problem. I have never really been in a place that allowed me enough time to stop and figure out what is that made me happy. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom and a wife makes me happy, but I needed to know what made HEATHER happy. What HEATHER wanted out of life. This summer has given me a glimpse of all of that.

This summer started off with my Journey concert at the track. Then Def Leppard/REO Speedwagon/Tesla at Klipsch. Then two concerts in one weekend Chris Young/Brad Paisley followed the next night by Gwen Stefani. Then last concert of my summer was Rob Thomas/Counting Crows all at Klipsch as well. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but music is a big part of my life and to get to see some of my faves belt out their songs live, well, that is epitome of happy in my book.

Let us not forget my birthday extravaganza… I realize my birthday was a singular day, but as a lover of my special day, I tend to drag it out for at least the month.

Now only was the summer music packed but (as always) we added Gen Con to the mix. (Did I mention I am a huge nerd?) Four days of nothing but gaming… the “four best day of gaming” to be exact. Never a dull moment there. Not only did I spend a lot of brain power winning over half of the games I played, but I got to enjoy the cosplayers in their personalized versions of pop culture, comic, or game character costumes.

To round out the summer, there was a Housing Conference in Detroit I got the privilege of attending. For those who do not know, my job is all rules and regulations and compliance and structure… and I love it. My part of the conference was learning more rules and how to figure  cash flow and net operating income (blah blah blah, right… wrong. I LOVE IT!). Yes, it was mind melting, but I love learning how to do my job better.

Needless to say, in a matter of three short months I squeezed in a lot of play time. Which by extension was time practicing being a better me.

Before I sat down to write this, when I was looking at my pictures I started to get a little down on myself. I ran no real races (yes I have done a couple of virtual 5ks, but no real ones), I haven’t been with Mr T (my trainer) since the beginning of May, and there really hasn’t been a week where I have gone to the gym more than two times, where I was going three to four times each week… but then I looked at what I had done.

I spent time with friends, I walked miles upon miles without flinching, I made my brain stronger, and even taught the noob gamers a thing or two ; ) I enjoyed myself and still did what I needed to do to figure out that I am more than a mom or a wife… I am a person and the happier I am, the more productive I can be!

Once I got past all of that, I also realized that I did put in some serious gym time, and even managed to keep my weight right where I left off in May!

I can honestly say, with the kids back in school and the summer winding down I am looking forward to seeing what comes next!

 

 

 

Eat Me – Take 2

12710947_10208177086005461_8833534627132459613_oAs I have been talking about this “diet” on Facebook and Instagram lately, I was told that I should change the way I discussed it, so that is what I am going to do.

We all know that that DIET is one of the worst four letter words out there. Most of us even cringe at the thought of it, even have horrible war stories about fad diets that we have tried. This is not one of those. Not by a long shot! I have had more energy through the day, sleeping better, and have even lost 5.5lbs since I started. Seriously 5.5 lbs in 9 days. I  know that sounds a little alarming, especially for someone who has taken over a year to lose 28 lbs up to the start of this, but honestly, I think it has to do with the lack of grains and dairy sitting heavily in my guts! Other than that, I have not had those horrible diet hungers that you get when you are on a fad diet and you get a shake at 8:30 in the morning, and at 8:45 you are STARVING! Yeah, none of that! It has been great!

Even Hammy has said that this diet has surpassed his expectations. It was no secret that he was not gung-ho about the idea of that stinkin’ four letter word hindering his enjoyment of meal time, but even he is singing the praises! Before this, if we had spaghetti for dinner he would have to stay up until 2am just to avoid having stomach acids eating a hole in his lungs in the middle of the night, but not at all has he had a hint of heartburn! He also made mention of not having the “diet hungers”! Throwing a few cashews back has been perfectly fine for him. If there was one thing that has driven me nuts (haha, so did not mean to throw in a pun like that!) about this, is that he is down 15lbs… how do guys do that???!!! I mean, they say diet and and the lbs just fall off. Women have to bust our butts to make it happen… but I digress.

Anyway, we are nine in and our meals have been like king feasts!

I have been the salad queen, as in I feel like that is what I have been doing the most of… have I even mentioned how cathartic chopping vegetables can be? So, lettuce, baby spinach, peppers (of every color), cucumbers, onions, and grape tomatoes with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I also add avocados to mine, but the rest of the family turn their noses at them. Needless to say, the salads, although sides to the main dish, still important and delish.

Hammy on the other hand has been amazing. We have had lamb chops, shrimp, ribeye steaks, beef roast, grilled chicken, paleo chili, meatloaf and for extras we have had papaya, strawberries, squash, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, plantains, and cabbage. For snacks we have had larabars, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or almonds.

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Since I am a good girl and don’t like four letter words, I will just say that this has been a great step in my plan of #becomingabetterme … as I don’t want to sounds overly optimistic, as it is only nine days in, but if we keep eating this good, I am might stop calling this a diet and refer to it as a “change in my diet”, because its all about perspective, right?

Eat Me…

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I was planning on waiting until further in the month, but since I am sharing the good, the bad and the ugly of this weightloss – #becomingabetterme – journey, I figured today was as good a day as any. February is diet month.

A coworker of mine talked about the Whole 30 diet several months ago and I became interested. She and I had an extensive conversation about the core of the diet, and that is what caught my attention. The Whole 30 focuses on getting back to the basics. Getting the processed crap out and putting back in only the nutrients your body requires, not the junk food that your body has come to crave.

Eating healthy has always been on the radar, but always seemed impossible with the schedules that we keep and the fact that I have the pickiest family in the history of picky families.

Anyway, I brought this whole idea up to my husband and was met with aggravation and grumbling. To be honest, he said that I could do whatever kind of diet I wanted (which I appreciated), but he didn’t feel it was something he wanted or needed to do. I am a stubborn woman so I did not give up there. I said things, dropped hints, suggested, even semi-demanded that neither of us are exactly young anymore and we could stand to be better.

It was then that he agreed.

As the holidays and done and we are past swim season, we decided that there was no better time than now to do the diet. February One, was the beginning.

We talked about the ins and outs and ups and downs that would be this month and decided that the keys for us would be just fresher foods, NO sugars, no processed carbs… in a nut shell we have mixed the Whole 30 and the Paleo diet.

Part of the reason I wanted to do this was because before I started working out I was basically a full time couch potato, which left my metabolism as DOA… I have come to terms with the fact that I am not going to be one of those people who can lose weight on exercise alone, so kicking it gear is going to have to be up to the meats and veggies that I will be eating.

I have been keeping records of my diet dairy on My Fitness Pal, and I even weighted in on the first so I know what happens over the course of the next 26 remaining days of the month.

The kitchen will be our hang out for the weekend as we will doing something that we have only heard of others doing… MEAL PREP!

Recipes, ideas, and yummy Whole 30 compliant snack ideas would be greatly appreciated, so please feel free leave comments for me and anyone else who would be reading!