Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 12

So far so good, folks! 12 Days and no mess-ups yet! Of course, this is usually about the time I start to fall apart, but I can only hope for the best!

If you would have told me that I could survive 6 straight days of working out, I'd have laughed in your face! But here I am...I'm doing it! I feel stronger. I feel tighter. I feel like I can finally suck my gut in again :)

I can tell that the food is going to get very old, very fast with this program. It is all about lots and lots of protein. Being a vegetarian AND a less-than-stellar cook, I'm limited to say the least. Protein powder has become my best friend and I have put it into things that even surprise me! Tofu and eggs are my other weapons of choice and well, that is about it! If you have any new fun ways to use make these, let me know because I'm already getting bored!

Although, I have found a new love...THESE!

So Yummy!

I kept seeing them around the blogosphere, but had never tried one. I'm usually a Balance Bar, Clif Bar type of girl. Lo and behold, they were on sale at Whole Foods and I decided to give them a whirl. Hello, yumminess! I've only tried the Cashew Cookie flavor so far, but also bought the Cherry Pie & Coconut Cream Pie. They will have to be a free day treat because I can totally see me getting carried away if I make them a regular daily habit!

Finally, it's time for another challenge over at the Sisterhood! It's a Shrink-A-Versary! Since I'm already well on my way, why not join on up?!

Well, I think it's time to settle in for a good scary movie and try not to fall asleep before it's over. Have a great night, folks!

Monday, October 26, 2009

BFL - Week 2

Apparently, I like readying blogs a whole lot more than I like writing them! Sorry 'bout that!

Week 1 of the Body for Life Challenge went perfect! There was no cheating, even while attending a party with lots of yummies and spending an evening out. I had to plan ahead a lot and make sure I brought whatever I needed to get me through. The key to getting my workouts in is to do them on my lunch. That means no having to wake up early...I hate mornings!...and no having to worry about fighting with yourself after work when you feel too tired. I can't believe that I never did this before! And the best part is that the gym at the office is really small and if you go during peak times you would never be able to have access to the equipment you need, when you need it, but when I go around 10:30am it is completely empty except for maybe one other person. Perfection!

The scale said I've only dropped a pound for the week, but with Aunt Flo arriving yesterday, I'd say that is great! Plus, I know this is a process that my body is still adjusting to. Can't wait to see how things look after 2 weeks...but let me not get ahead of myself here! This is not easy and it takes a lot of effort. I will keep focused on each day. One day at a time, folks!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Body for Life Challenge

Well, thanks to this lady, I've decided to embark on the Body for Life Challenge! Oh yes, I'm probably crazy :)

For the past two weeks, I've been totally on track without even the urge to cheat. And that is mainly the reason I think I'm ready. BFL is a 12 week butt kickin'! It's about major weight lifting (which I love, love, LOVE) and short, but intense cardio (which I can't stand!). You balance six small meals with protein and healthy, unprocessed carbs. I'm going to have to work at this part since I'm a vegetarian. Creativity with getting that much protein into my diet is going to be a must!!

Today's meal plan:

Meal 1 - Shredded mini wheats w/ soy milk
Meal 2 - Oatmeal w/ 1/2 scoop protein powder & cinnamon
Meal 3 - pasta w/ veggies and baked tofu
Meal 4 - Myoplex Lite shake
Meal 5 - Apple w/ Peanut butter
Meal 6 - Egg Beaters scramble with sauteed veggies & 5 dark chocolate covered almonds :)

The workout? Well, this plan requires 6 days of working out, 3 weights, 3 cardio. On the off day, you get to eat whatever you want AND be lazy! How great it that?? I currently have a yoga class on what is supposed to be my "off" day, but I figure that is a good way to get all relaxed and stretched out after a hard week of work outs!

Today's workout is Upper Body:

Chest - Dumbell Bench Press & Dumbell Flyes
Shoulders - Dumbell Press & Front Raises
Back - Lat Pulldowns & Dumbell Rows
Triceps - Seated Press & Kickbacks
Biceps - Concentration Curls & Hammer Curls

Sounds like a good time, right?? I'll let you know how it goes!