2 October Challenges, family visits + I can’t stop eating M&Ms

Couple things to talk about today…the most interesting might be that I physically cannot stop eating M&Ms.  Like seriously impossible.  My mom gave me a bag of the minis which she said we were suppose to save and give out as Halloween Candy (um, have you met me and my sweet tooth) and I wasn’t going to open them I swear, but I got snacky on the car ride home from Olympia and well, pretty much I’ve done nothing but dive into the bags ever since.

And while eating all that candy wasn’t good I’d like to think of it as my last hoorah before October challenge number one starts tomorrow.  Challenge one = no sugar.  One of the pilates teachers and the Zumba teacher at the gym are giving up sugar and I’m joining in.  They’re following this 21 day detox plan which includes both sugar and alcohol and I’m sure a couple other things that you can find in the guide.  I haven’t gotten the guide and I don’t know how closely I’ll follow the alcohol plan because cutting out sugar is enough.  And we’re not talking natural sugar, we’re talking sweets – candy, cookies, M&Ms’ etc.  Last weekend I told my grandma I was going to give up candy starting last Monday and I did good until the weekend when I blew it on some delicious banana, oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies that Chris’ grandma made me so hopefully a new month will give me that push to really make it happen.  Let me know if you want to join me, I could definitely use the support.

October challenge number two is a fun little contest I found here. It’s called the Rocktober challenge and basically every day there’s a fitness/healthy challenge that you need to do and take a picture of and then tweet it to @MichelleLMyers.  Tomorrow is “athletic shoes.”  Easy.  I looked at the rest of the month and they’re pretty fun – wall sit, favorite nut butter, fitness quote that inspires you…Oh and best part, you are entered to win prizes if you complete the whole month.

And now, the actual reason I started this post, the recap of my weekend.  We went up to Seattle to watch my Washington State Cougars take on the Oregon Ducks.  I knew it was going to be a blow-out so I didn’t have very high expectations but surprisingly the Cougs held their own for the first half before stinking it up big time in the second.

And because we like to pack in as many things and people as possible, we hung out with Chris’ grandma and cousin on Saturday where beyond just feeding us delicious cookies made a tasty lunch of grilled turkey, grain salad, fresh from the garden tomatoes and avocados.

We also hung out with my dad, step-mom and sister.

And on the way home this afternoon we stopped in Olympia and had lunch with my mom, brother and grandma at Red Robin (and it was delicious – the whiskey river BBQ chicken wrap with honey mustard for the fries in one of my most favorite meals).

And now that I’ve written a novel it’s time to go.  Revenge is on!

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A diet bet, a thank you, a summer run & a needle in my knee

Wow, I feel like I have a lot to talk about right now.  First of all, thank you to all of you who said such kind and encouraging words after my post about my weight loss goals.  It’s really comforting to know that there are other people out there like me who are dealing with those stubborn summer creeper pounds haha.  And a lot of you also mentioned wanting to shed some pounds along with me so I think I’ve figured out a way.  Not sure if you’ve ever heard of Diet Bet?  I actually just saw it on someone’s Twitter today and headed over to check it out.

So basically if you want in, you sign up using this link and you’ll enter into my “bet” which is that I/we can lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks.  It’s $10 to sign up and at the end of 4 weeks whoever meets the goal splits the money. This is a link to the FAQs and this is a link to the rules of the game (which I love because it clearly calls out that doing anything unhealthy like not eating or purging is not allowed).  I’m staring the bet on August 1st (you take pics of yourself on scales and send them in for verification) so you have a couple of days to think about it.  I’d love more people to join in – I mean, we all want to lose weight anyway right?  So why not earn some money out of the deal :) And PS I was not paid or sponsored in any way to write this.  All me here :)

And since we’re talking diets, I want to let you know that I have gone 3 days without alcohol, chips or sweets.  In fact, I’d say I’ve had some pretty solid days of eating – no mindless snacks, no extra portions etc.  No weight loss but I feel pretty good.  I also went for my 1st lunchtime summer run.  As you all know my knees suck and I probably shouldn’t be running on them but it was so NICE out as I was walking to the gym, it was like the pavement was just calling out to me.  So I ran.  For 4.11 miles and while my knees weren’t awesome, they weren’t crazy painful either so I’d say it was an overall success.  And my pace was under 9 minutes (1 second under to be exact) which is great.  We’re heading to Sun River tomorrow and I’m really hoping I can get a couple runs in.  Please keep it together knees :)

To help prep my knees for Sun River I took a trip after work to see one of my favorite ladies…my acupuncturist! I hadn’t been to see her in a while and it was so nice to get back.  She worked on my two problem areas, my left hip socket area (on the back side – basically my left glute) and under my right knee cap.  It was amazing, in fact, it felt so good I totally fell asleep for a couple of minutes. I swear I could have laid there for hours with needles all over the place.  If you have a chronic injury (or any injury) I would recommend acupuncture.  For a long time it freaked me out but it doesn’t hurt.  More like some pressure on the spot where they’re poking the needle in and then this kind of release.  You can read a little bit more here (this is where I go). And it doesn’t even leave marks.  This is my knee directly post session – betcha can’t find where the needles went in.

When I got home Chris whipped up some ground turkey which he made into a burrito while I added mine to some spinach and ate it bowl-style, adding in refried beans, corn, cheese and sour cream (in real life it did not seem like this much sour cream but pictures don’t lie).  Yum.

And there you go.  That’s what I have for you all. Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and an awesome weekend!

Who’s joining my Diet Bet?
Who’s tried acupuncture?
Who went running today?

7 pounds

I have a confession.  I have gained 7 pounds since January.

And for a while I tried to brush it off as water weight, too much salt, that time of the month…but it’s time to face the music.  These 7 pounds are not going away on their own.  I’m chalking it up largely to Journey’s where in January I joined the mug club.  Coincidence?  I think not.  In hindsight, joining a club where I regularly get 20oz drinks was probably not the healthiest choice to make.  I don’t even drink 20oz coffees hahah.  Beyond Journey’s I’d say I’ve been enjoying a few more desserts than necessary – I mean, 1 cookie is ok but 5?  Or how about the night I ate a pint of Ben & Jerry’s?  Yes, you read that right, a PINT!

And normally this time of the year I’d be like Chris, training for Hood to Coast, and would be running my butt off so the extra calories wouldn’t be that much of an issue.  But I’m not training for HTC and my cardio has been nowhere near as intense as it normally is this time of the year.  So you add it all up and 7 pounds doesn’t no seem like a shocker.  Actually I kind of feel lucky it’s only that much.

So what am I going to do about it?  Lose it.  That’s what.  By cutting out cookies/brownies/cake/ice cream and any other sort of dessert.  I’m also giving up chips and crackers.  Those are my downfall.  I can polish off a bag of chips like you wouldn’t believe.  And alcohol.  No more ciders.  Period.  And as of August 1st no more beer (I’m going to Sun River next week and will be going to some of the best breweries around, I’m being realistic).  I’m still on the fence about wine.  I don’t love it like I love beer and cider so it’s not as much as a trigger point for me.  For now I’m just going to say I’ll cut back.  I’ll reevaluate in a few weeks and see where I’m at.

My 2 year anniversary is September 11th and I had big plans to weigh the same then as I did on my wedding date but at this point, that doesn’t seem super realistic but we’ll see.  It’s always good to have a goal.

So what did I do today towards that goal?  I ran a super-slow 4.5 miles and did not eat the chips in the cupboard after I got home from work when I really wanted them.  And I had this delicious dinner.

Anyone else want to join me in my renewed focus on food?  I’m always up for buddies to help keep my accountable :) 

 

 

Hot Dog

Someone is hot.

And he’s kind of been driving my crazy since we got home.  It was about 90 F so it was too hot to walk him after work which made him extra wild (this dog knows when it’s time for his walk and for food) and he ended up running around through the house/deck…panting around.  He just finally settled down.  I mean, who can blame him?  I certainly wouldn’t want to be wearing a fur coat in weather like this.

And because it was this hot out you would think I would have been extra good about staying hydrated?  Um no.  I did good and drank 32 oz of water first thing when I woke up but that was it.  No more water until around 2 which is not normal for me.  I always drink another big jar before I work out but work was so crazy this morning that it didn’t happen.  And I paid for it.  I was so thirsty when I got done with cardio that I wanted to drink the water in my shower.  Gross.  Not my finest moment.  But in case you were wondering, I made up for it and so far I’ve had at least 150 oz today!

Remember, it’s not too late to join the #hydrateinjuly challenge.  Read about it here.

For dinner, we had one of my favorite summer dishes – Strawberry salad with Cajun chicken with lettuce from our yard.  So good!

Oh and jumping back to my workout…I’m already sore.  Not sure if it’s because it was my 1st time in a gym since last Tuesday or it pilates was just extra hard… After an hour on the reformer I decided to get a little sweaty and did 25 minutes on the elliptical, primarily at resistance level 10.  The I jumped onto the treadmill and walked for 20 minutes.  4.0 speed and starting at incline 5, increased the incline by 1 until I got to incline 15 and then gradually dropped back down.

Tomorrow is going to be a bike in the morning kind of day and leftover-from-4th-of-July burgers kind of night.  I think we’re going to hit up a movie after that to beat the heat.  I believe we’ll be seeing Ted.  Has anyone else seen it?

Oh and a couple of Monday tidbits to pass along…

  • Head over to Healthy Living Blogs and read their Monday announcements.  Lots of good challenges & contests going on.
  • There’s an article on bodybuilding.com about 15 incredible bodies you must see.  I went to college with #15. Go Rachel! Talk about some motivation to get your booty to the gym :)
  • And last but not least, scientists have created a healthy pizza that you could eat 3 times a day.  Um, sign me up.

Hope you all had a great start to your week.  Anyone taking their workouts outside?

 

 

 

Biking while reading

This is what happens when you read too long in the sun on your iphone/ipad.  See, I’d planned to spend my day off reading in the sun which meant I needed to have an actual book not my ipad.  But going to the book store seemed like so much work especially when the next installment of Christian Grey Fifty Shades was available at the click of a button.

I was not the biggest fan of the 1st book and had no plans to keep reading.  The submissive woman thing totally bugged me to the point where I was kind of disgusted by the whole thing.  I do not think that it’s ok to let men dominate you.  Ug and the whole rules/contract/you can’t look me in the eyes thing, bleh.  But I was talking to my friend and she told me to keep reading, that the dom/sub thing gets slightly less intense and you get to learn a little more about Christian Grey’s background and why he is the way he is.  Since I was curious to know his back-story I bought book 2.  So far, things are better in this book.  We get a little more vanilla and less crazy times plus you learn more about his childhood and there’s even a little mystery woman thrown in.  I was so hooked that I read for 40 min on the spin bike.  Sure, not the most intense workout but it was a little cardio/active rest which my body appreciated.  I’m actually about to hop back on the bike and read some more.  I’ll probably only read for 30 min and then pick up the pace for the last 30.

Question for you…have you read all the 50 Shades books?  Thoughts? If you have, who do you think should play Christian in a movie?  I’m going with this guy.  

And because Christian Grey is a fictional character in a book and my husband is so much better, I ditched the ipad for the night and we headed downtown to enjoy the 1st real night of summer in PDX.  We met up with some friends at Mellow Mushroom for some pizza and then headed across the street to Rouge.

I love Portland in the summer :)  It’s crazy that I still have a whole weekend left to enjoy the sunshine.  How nice would it be to only work 2 days a week all the time?  Once Chris gets home today we’ll be doing some sweaty (back and arm toning) labor and moving some river rock from the top of our driveway to the backyard.  He moved half the pile yesterday but there’s still a lot more to go.  He has done an amazing job with the backyard.  I can’t wait to share pics.  Not sure of our plans after that.  Tomorrow we’re celebrating a friend’s 30th bday and taking a brew tour by bike.  Not sure how good all the beer calories will be for me but at least we have to ride a bike around to get them right?  That counts as cardio.

And I’m out.  Gotta go ride the bike and read about Mr. Grey.  But before I do, just want to check in with you on the #hydrateinJuly challenge.  I drank all 120 oz yesterday including 16 oz when I woke up.  I felt great but I did have to go to the bathroom like every 5 minutes.  Hopefully once my body gets used to the water that won’t happen as much.  I have also found it super helpful to drink out of a straw.  For my last 32 oz I stood in the kitchen and sucked the whole thing down in about a minute.  That might be my new strategy.

How is everyone else doing with the challenge?  Any tips to share?

Hydrate in July

So I think we have a little challenge on our hands.  After hearing from some of you, it sounds like we could all use a little help making sure we drink enough water (and those of you who are already rockstars can support everyone else).  Not only does drinking water help you to maintain your weight (helping you to stay fuller longer) but right now most of the country is experiencing a crazy heat wave and drinking water is just a smart thing to do, especially before and after a workout.  So even though Portland is just coming out of the 2nd rainiest June of all time and we certainly are not experiencing excessive amounts of heat (um, I’ll be happy if it’s 70F tomorrow)  I’ll join in as well.

Here’s the challenge:  Drink at least 120 oz of water a day (I told you this is a challenge), including 1 large glass (16 oz) right when you wake up.  For those of you who stick with it for the entire month, I’ll give come up with some sort of prize.  Probably involving water.  Good thing I have about a month to come up with something :)

To be in the challenge is easy.  Leave a comment below and tell me you’re in and then check in with me throughout the month.  By the time July 31st rolls around I must have seen some photographic evidence.   Show me all the ways you’re drinking your water – in jars, bottles…with lemons, with limes…Follow me on Twitter or Instagram (whitlikesfit in both places) and share your pics with me using the hashtag #hydrateinjuly.  You can also email me your pic or like my facebook page and post pics there.

And because today is the first day of the challenge, here’s how I’m kicking it off…sparkling with lemons.  Delish.

And now that we’ve got that out-of-the-way, lets talk about workouts.  I have a feeling I’m going to be super sore tomorrow.  I kicked things off with an easy 20 minutes on the bike and then went through this crazy circuit.  I really wanted to focus my chest but in the process a couple other body parts got worked out.

I did that 3 times through with light weights (5-10 lbs) and high reps (15-20) and then an easy cool down on the gazelle/glider machine for 20 minutes.

After work we ran some errands for a project Chris has going on and later we both ended up in the backyard.  I got a little sidetracked with some of my “chores” and ended up picking flowers for a festive 4th of July bouquet.

It got late and we decided to just pick-up dinner from Laughing Planet.  We rarely eat out on the weekdays but LP is one of the few places we will go.  Everything is organic, locally sourced and delicious.  I had the Bubba burrito (chicken, beans, rice, cheese, corn, sour cream) in a bowl.  So good.

And now that I’ve written a novel, I’m out.  We’re hosting a BBQ tomorrow so I need to be up bright and early to get things ready.  Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!  Hopefully you can squeeze a workout in before festivities begin.  I’m going to try and run.  We’ll see if it happens.  Oh and try not and eat too many s’mores :)

Who’s joining the #hydrateinjuly challenge?

Pizza, Cider + a water challenge?

Last night I ate pizza.  And not like a normal human being 2 slices of pizza…we’re talking 5 slices and ranch on the side for dipping.  Sheesh.  I am out of control hahah.  But the pizza was so good!  We brought some Papa Murphy’s over to our friends’ (who are about to have a baby) house and they grilled it on the BBQ.  I have never had my papa smurfs this way and it was amazing!  The crust was so good!  I just couldn’t stop.  Chris and I both got in the car after and agreed that each of us ate more than we should so at least we were honest about things right?

And as we were just about home we got a call from a friend who was at Journey’s and asked us to meet him for a drink and obviously we can never say no to that place so of course we stopped by.  I was doing good too, just sipping on some water but the apricot cider just looked so good and eventually I ordered a mug.  But there is a silver lining to this story because I didn’t actually drink all 20 oz.  I left a little in my glass so I probably drank closer to 16.  Baby steps right?

Speaking of water, I have been trying to be better about drinking it.  Every day, my goal is to drink at least 4 giant 32 oz mason jars of water.  I get about 3 in at work and then between pre and post work, I get the last one. I also get a lot of comments about moonshine since I carry my jar with me all day long.  I mean, because of course I want to drink bootlegged liquor at 10am with my co-workers, right?

Since I am so dependent on my jar to measure my water intake you can imagine my horror when I got to work yesterday and realized I forgot my jar!  Serious panic spread through my body…how was I going to drink my water?  Did I have any spare cups at my desk?  Would I have to buy a bottle and refill it all day long (and poison myself with BPA)?  But luckily, I found this guy.  Who knows how long it had been in my drawer or where the lid was but at least it was a BPA free drinking device.  Totally drove me nuts all day since it was only 24 oz which meant one extra trip to the break-room for a fill-up but luckily I survived.

And because we’re talking water today, did you know one of Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules is to drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up?  I have heard the whole, “drink water before a meal” rule to help fill you up but 1st thing in the morning was new to me.   I’ve been trying it and it’s hard!  Drinking water before I eat breakfast is just not natural for me.  Not quite sure why, but I struggle!  I’ve been bringing a jar into the bathroom to drink while I’m getting ready and that seems to have helped…blow dry my hair for a bit, take a sip, put on makeup, take a sip…hazardous and probably a little un-hygienic but it gets the job done.

I’ve also been experimenting with adding fruit and veggies to my water like cucumber:

And watermelon:

And that has really helped.  I’ve also tried lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.  I think the concept of some sort of food with my water makes it go down easier?

What about you guys?  Do you have water “goals” for the day?  Do you add things to your water?  Do you want me join me in a water drinking challenge?  Maybe go the whole rest of July waking up and drinking a glass of water 1st thing in the morning?  I know Bob would sure be proud of us :)

Do not try this at home

This morning I woke up and wanted protein pancakes which I’ve made many, many times.  Except I make them with cottage cheese and we don’t have any cottage cheese.  So I proceeded to make up a random recipe.  Um yeah, don’t try these.  Unless you like a weird, mushy-filled, good-smelling pancake.

Don’t try at home protein pancakes:
Makes 4-5

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 cup oats
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour (pretty sure this is the culprit for the grossness.  Every time I use coconut flour whatever I’m making is not good.  You think I would learn my lesson by now right?)
  • 2 tablespoons water

But they just smelled so good so I ate them anyway with peanut butter (courtesy of my foodie penpal),  and honey. Side note – Right now Luke Bryan is on TV singing “Drunk on you” and one of the lines is about a drip of honey.

PS if you want good protein pancake recipes, I’d head over to Peanut Butter Fingers and check out Julie’s recipes.  They look amazing.

I completed my breakfast with a mug of coffee + almond milk and a blueberry smoothie sans protein powder.  I feel good that I no longer have any fake food in there but I’ll warn you that these take some getting use to.  Little sour since it’s non-fat, plain greek yogurt.  I put some honey and cinnamon in there this morning and it was much better than earlier versions.

Blueberry Smoothie:
Makes 2 16 oz glasses

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups spinach (today was a mix of spinach and kale)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup organic non-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups non-fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • dash of cinnamon

As it’s currently 10:40 I need to start pulling myself together.  I’m thinking a 3.5 mile run (although my knee is feeling a little iffy) or 45 min on the spin bike.  We have a wedding to go to at 2:30 so I don’t have a whole lot of time to be lazy today.

Last night we grabbed drinks (I only had 1 glass of wine – go me) with some friends who are in town for the wedding from the Netherlands.  It was great to catch up with them and I’m excited we get to spend more time with them tonight.

And before that we had dinner:

Strawberry salad

And chicken penne pasta (minus kale)

Yesterday’s workout was a good one – a pilates reformer class plus 15 min on the elliptical (alternating between leaves 7 and 10) and 15 min on the treadmill at an 8:30 pace…so a little over 1.5 miles.  I’m going to try and get back into more of a 3 day a week pilates routine.  I’d been pretty consistent before my physical therapist told me to quit and in the time I took off I definitely noticed a change in my body.  Pilates really helps to keep my muscles long and lean and since I wasn’t doing that, instead doing more weights, I felt like I was getting a little too bulky.  Especially my arms.  So for the next couple weeks I’m going to try a pure pilates reformer/cardio mix and see what happens.  I’ll keep you posted.

Wow, I feel like I’ve written a novel and I still have one more thing to get though.  I wanted to let you know about this challenge that Powercakes is doing.  For the month of June, she’s challenging you to focus on clean eating, with a new meal/food to try each day.  Yesterday was “eat a rainbow” which actually was harder than I thought.  Today is to eat something red so I’m thinking yogurt and berries will be in my future later.  Let me know if you guys are up for trying it.  I’ll post what I eat on here for ideas but I think it’s a pretty cool concept.

Eat a rainbow

And I’m out. Finally.  Hope you all have good weekends.

 

200 push-ups

I did 200 push-ups this morning (not gonna lie, half of those were on my knees). I didn’t realize it until I was in the shower and counted up my reps. Someone is going to be sore tomorrow. Here’s how it happened:

50 jumping jacks
50 “jump ropes” (without a rope)
20 squats
20 push-ups
20 sec front plank
20 sec side plank (each side)

And I did that 10 times through. I am crazy. By round 7 I was going to quit. My knees were killing me. It was totally miserable. But I pushed though it and finished. And currently I can’t raise my arms.

Then I had this for breakfast (I love peanut butter) plus coffee. And now we’re off to taste some wine. Hope everyone is having a great Saturday.

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I have jello legs

My inner thighs are killing me.  Is that even appropriate to say out loud?  I mean like I’m hobbling down the hall.  Awkward.

Why you ask?

Well, on Monday I went to a pilates reformer class and only one other person showed up so it was basically like having a private lesson.  We flew through things and ended with side splits.  Here’s an example if you’re not familiar.  We did the 1st series you see but not the saw.  We also did a series where you “pick the flowers” meaning you bend down and circle your arms around as you come back up.  Followed by “skaters” and some plie squats…all of these still on the reformer.  If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, let me know.  I have a friend who knows way more about pilates than me and would be a great person to guest post on here.  Mandee…hint hint :)

I was a little sore when I woke up on Tuesday but it was so beautiful out (in the 80’s) that I decided to give it a shot and run anyway and somehow I managed to go 3.6 miles at an 8:30 pace!  I never run that fast, I’m always closer to 9’s.  I seriously couldn’t believe it especially because I felt like I was dragging during my run.  I don’t know if it was the heat or sore legs from pilates but I’m convinced that anyone driving by me must have gotten a good laugh.  It could not have been pretty.  In fact, I’m sure I looked like the bottom girl.

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And because I apparently like torture I decided to do a quick weight circuit after I finished my run.

Leg press: 90 lbs.  3 sets of 12
3 sets of this:

3 sets of this on a weight bench

  • 25 V-ins
  • 50 roman twists
  • 20 step-ups each leg

Followed by some solid foam rolling.

No joke, when I got into the locker room to shower my legs were so shaky I could barely walk.  They’ll get like that during a workout but usually by the time I’ve stretched and cooled down they’ve stopped.  I’ll admit though, that I loved it.  I love the feeling of pushing my body hard and really working up a sweat.  By the way, my entire workout (run + weights) yesterday took me just under 60 minutes.  I dare you to try and beat it :)

Question for you – what’s your favorite legs workout?  The one you can always count on to make your legs shake like jello?