Weight Loss Saga {Aug 1}

Let’s begin —

I’m recommitting to this whole weight loss/exercise thing for the month of Aug. I started the 3-Day Refresh and, well, I failed miserably. I made it through one day of the shakes before I ended up with a massive headache, no motivation, and the overwhelming urge to vomit every time I even thought about Shakeology. No bueno. I’m determined to finish them though, I paid for the system and I need to see it through but we’re about to get creative. Stay Tuned for these recipes…

However, all that aside:

Week 1: -2.7lbs

Yep. I’m actually down a little over two and a half lbs this week! I’ve been loosely following the 21-Day Fix approved foods list and watching my caloric intake on MFP. I haven’t, however, gotten any time to exercise, which needs to be incorporated. That is definitely becoming a priority in this next week.

The Hubs got me a FitBit Flex for my (extremely early) birthday gift and I like it a lot. I had a FitBit Zip for a short period of time but I found myself getting way too wrapped  up in it and not moving for the right reasons. This is a little more mindless which is really helping. That and I find myself taking random trips around work, just to get some steps in.

So for now –

Monthly Goals:

* Drop 8 lbs (4%)

* Work Out 5 Days a week

* Meet or exceed 10,000 steps per day, weekends included.  

8 Days until the Charles St 12 (Half PR: 2:59:17) [I know I can’t count my Half PR against the 12 Miler but I’d like to complete this in 2:45 or less. I know that seems extreme but I’m hoping I can pull it off.]

44 Days until the 9/11 Run To Remember (PR: 32:59)

86 Days until the MCM10K (PR: 1:12)

100 Days until the 10K Across The Bay (PR: 1:12)

Back to the Grind

It’s been a month since we moved and while we aren’t settled in yet, E has a job that he really seems to enjoy (save the 98* heat every day), Beanie is loving her school and she simply amazes me with what she comes home and tells us she learned that day, and me — well, I’m employed. I’m not going to lie, I don’t love it. This a factory job and it doesn’t satisfy my craving to please people. I’m sucking it up though and moving forward.

It seems like everyone I know is jumping on on bandwagon of fitness and I’m all “HA! I’ve been on the wagon”, but I haven’t. Weight has snuck up and it’s being a menance to get off so I made the decision to recommit myself to getting this weight {back} off and keeping it off.

Ran another 6 miles this past Saturday, I was surprised at how easy it was coming back to me. I picked a route that would mimic the hills on the Charles St 12 course. Hopefully I can manage that one without dying. It’s coming up in 2 weeks and I’m horrificly under trained. My M.O….

I also committed to try the 3-Day Refresh  and the 21-Day Fix, both by Beach Body, which is where my Body Pump came from. I adore Body Pump. I actually feel like I’m doing something with this work out, not just a “blah blah blah” jumping around. I wish I could have two TVs in one room so I can play Pump on one screen and 30-Day Shred on the other. (i’m sure some Beach Body coach is cringing that I put Jillian Michaels in the same sentence but hey, the woman is a psychotic bitch but she can work out!). So I started Day 1 of the 3-Day Refresh.

I can’t choke the shit down! The chocolate Shakeology is like drinking dark chocolate syrup. I mixed it with almond milk (had to go dairy free) and I’m not sure if I didn’t use enough to what but wow. I got to the fiber drink and nope. Finished half before I gagged and had to stop. I think I could have chugged this except I didn’t mix it well enough. No one wants to chew their drinks. The Vanilla shake for lunch — I chugged that shit. I’m talking, I’ve taken shots of fireball slower than I chugged this drink. I’m going to try blending this with strawberries and a banana tomorrow and seeing if that can’t help any. I’m sticking with it because I paid A LOT for it I’m committed to trying this program and looking to see what results I can get.

Don’t worry, I’m not becoming a coach. I don’t have enough time in the day to remember where I put my child, let alone sell stuff. But I have an awesome coach, should any of my readers want to look deeper into any products 🙂

June in Review

We made it! We are moved and settled in (just in time to potentially move again in Sept, but this time to a place closer to our work places. We’re done moving from state to state).

14 Hours, 8 States, 8 Potty Breaks (ZERO Accidents from the Small Human!) and we’re finally moved back to MD.

I had signed up for the Baltimore Women’s Classic which was June 22. I hadn’t really trained for it but I was hoping for the best since it was *only* a 5K. Word of advice: Don’t ever say *only* a anything. A race is a race is a race and should be respected as one.

4,000 women running through the streets of Baltimore. I’m sure it was a sight to behold.

Nailed It!

Nailed It!

There was a difference in the official time clock and my Nike +, probably because my GPS wasn’t digging the scenery but overall, I still PR’ed. Official time was 32:51:10 with a chip time of 10:36/per mile. This was my fastest 5K ever

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The course was absolutely gorgeous, which surprised me. Of course it had a damn U-Turn in it. All of the streets in Baltimore and you have to put a U-Turn into every single race?! Try again. But Charm City Run headed this race up and I have to say, they did a great job. The atomsphere was fantastic.

Race Completed

Race Completed

E’s bithday just passed and that gave us some time off (we’ve both been incredibly busy with work and school (me), and the Small Human). I think I blocked out forgotten how Mayland really was. The traffic, the people, the over-crowdedness of it all — but I definitely forgot the scenery after a horrendous downpour until MIL and I walked out of the craft store and saw this:

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And of course, the 4th of July:

'MURICA

‘MURICA

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

@ the Fireworks

@ the Fireworks

When I was leaving Maine, a friend of mine told me about these things called “Virtual Runs”. I had zero idea what they were so I looked them up. I found out, you get medals for doing these, plus the money goes to charity. DOUBLE BONUS! I found one that has a medal that is so dang cute, I had to sign up.

Who wouldn't want this?!

Who wouldn’t want this?!

The proceeds go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. A lot of folks (those runners who would rather use their mortgage payment to pay a race entry fee rather than their mortage BAER) don’t see these as “real races” because they aren’t sanctioned, you don’t run for time, etc. Well poop on them. I don’t mind it and I find that I push myself to better my time. I signed up for the 10K (which, really, the only difference is my bib says 10K on it, whereas others says 5K or Half Marathon) and I ran it this past Saturday AM.

Peace and Love 10K

Peace and Love 10K

Let me tell you about running MD for a minute. If the cars don’t kill you during the run, the humidity will continue to try. It was ridiculously hot and sweaty but I bested my previous 10K time by almost 5 mins. (Previous time 1:19:22) (NOTE: the HRM time was after a cool down, the actual time is what Nike is statin in the upper left hand block)

Next up – The Charles St 12 Miler which, you guessed it, we run 12 miles down Charles St. This should make the patrons of Baltimore City non too happy. (What else is news).

And another new revelation:

This is happening...

This is happening…

Not only am I really hoping I don’t die but I’m really REALLY hoping I don’t die in front of a bunch of Marines. Now I need to find an extremely obnoxious CG shirt to wear for this race 😛

Mother’s Day 5K

Last mother’s day I ran my very first 5K. It was the Mariner’s Mother’s Day 5K that benefitted the local high school’s booster club. I started the Couch to 5K journey in Feb of 2013 and I decided the Mother’s Day 5K would be my goal.

Mother's Day 5K 2013

Mother’s Day 5K 2013

I ran my ass off. I made it halfway before having to walk up this massive hill, which was discouraging but I made it. I finished in under 40 mins which was my goal but it was one of those “if I can’t do it in under 40 mins, maybe I shouldn’t be doing it at all” which are a little more discouraging but I finished. From here, the running bug had bit me.

This past Mother’s Day, I made it a point to run again because it marked a year since starting my running journey. this year when a lot better than last year 🙂

Mother's Day 5K 2014

Mother’s Day 5K 2014

Mother's Day 5K_2

The organizers rerouted the course to avoid the massive hill from last year, except they had the walkers start ahead of the runners. Now, I’m not positive why this happened but it didn’t work out fantastically because the runners caught up with the walkers and, in addition to being corraled through  a muddy alley way behind the school, we were dodging and weaving.

I was able to run a good distance but I’ve been battling this knee/back/butt muscle issue that causes my leg to throb. That slowed me down a bit and I actually had to walk for a 1/10th of a mile. I still managed to PR though, which made me insanely excited. Official records had me as 34:04. I’ll take it!

This year, I was lucky enough to run with some awesome ladies.

Me and C Mother's Day 5K <– C has been motivating me to get my rear end moving and to continue running.

There were also some ladies from my station, as well as the wife of one of the guys that decided to run   –>

 

 

 

And of course, it wouldn’t be me without something happening to make me laugh:

Go Figure!

Go Figure!

I knew I tanned easily but this was literally 30 mins in the sun and now I have a reminder of my knee brace. Fantastc.

Next up — the big move to Maryland and the Baltimore Women’s Classic

I used to have a blog

So I used to have a blog. I used to post. I used to be all into this online journal bit.

Yea…. about that….

I think I was supposed to blog once a day in Feb, that clearly didn’t happen. I was also supposed to be losing weight. That hasn’t happened either. I’ve had a lot going on.

My willpower is shot to shit. Seriously, I need a swift kick in the ass. I’ve been able to run outside which is a plus (since, you know, we live in the tundra and it’s muddy and icy all the freaking time!)

Pretty much

Pretty much

 

I survived though.

Speaking of surviving —

Race The Runways 2014

Race The Runways 2014

M, J, and I ran the Race The Runways 2014 at Brunswick Air Field. It wasn’t terrible. Well, it wasn’t awful considering I had virtually no training. I managed to eek out a PR by a minute LOL my original Half time was 3:00:24. Race The Runways, I came in at 2:59:17. That’s a huge deal f0r me.

Next up — the Mariner Mother’s Day 5K through town and after that, the Baltimore Women’s Classic.

While we’re talking about Baltimore, I got orders! We’re heading back to Baltimore for 4 yrs. Early transfer out of this joint. Not by choice but I can’t complain because with this transfer comes the news that I’m making E6. 9 years in the making and I cannot wait! I’m not overly excited about going back to Baltimore because E and I wanted to travel some more but the money will make up for the lack of movement.

Going back to Baltimore also brings the opportunity for more races. Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K, the Charles Street 12 Miler, the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon, and the inaugural running of the Across The Bay 10K. Out of 20,000 runners, I was lucky enough to be quick enough to register because it sold out. Of those 6.2 miles, 4.35 miles of them will be across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, 181 feet in the air. I’m so excited!!

I’m going to attempt to keep up with this a little more, now that we’re moving but I can’t make any promises…

Marinated Baked Pork Chops

I’m a sucker for teriyaki type stuff so when I saw soy sauce, brown sugar, and worcestershire sauce, I thought this was a shoe it for love from the Coastie House.

Marinated Baked Pork Chops

I followed this recipe to a T, minus using 6 pork chops. I only had 4.

1T Soy Sauce

2T Veggie Oil

1T Worcestershire sauce

1t lemon juice

2T brown sugar

2T ketchup

4 Pork Chops (I use boneless, center cut. Usually on the thicker side)

Pre-Baking

Pre-Baking

The recipe called to bake it for 30 mins, flip, baste, and bake for 30 mins. That would turn these into hockey pucks so I baked for 25 mins total and dumped all the sauce over it.

Overall family opinion: they were better the second day. For some reason, the ketchup was very prominent in this recipe. It was BBQ-y enough for me and I liked it but I really tasted the ketchup, which I didn’t love. We had two chops the next day and they were definitely better. We may have this again but we’ll need to tweak the receipe some.

pork chop2The upside to this recipe is that it’s packed with protein, which is a plus considering how much time E and I spend in the gym. On to the next recipe, I suppose

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

I’m having an inappropriate love affair with my crock pot as of late. It’s so convenient and with school, Beanie, E, and work, it’s nice to come home and have a chunk of dinner taken care of.

Yesterday was one of those days. Time management was my failure and thank goodness I had something else preparing my meal otherwise I’m pretty positive my family would have starved. I went to the gym with C for her first outing, post baby, and we got a 3.11 mile training run in. While we were doing that, my crock pot boyfriend was home, ensuring my meal was cooking.

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken was the meal of choice. This is the first recipe I’ve used from Just a Pinch that I’ve used but it definitely seemed simple enough.

balsamic chicken1

Not shown: 2 lb of boneless, skinless breasts

2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 C of balsamic vinegar

2T minced onion

1T garlic powder

1T Italian seasoning

1/2T salt

1/2T black pepper

2T Extra Olive Oil

2T minced garlic

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Put the oil and garlic in the bottom of the crock pot and then layer the chicken on top of it. Put the dry seasonings onto the chicken and then dump the balsamic vinegar on top of that.

The cooking time was weird for me. I don’t like dry meat (who does, right?) so when I read “3 hours”, I thought “no way in hell am I cooking this mess for 3 hours”. I stopped it at a little over 2 and sure enough, the chicken was a little dry for me.

balsamic chicken3

Overall Family Opinion: “this is really good!”. I served it with egg noodles. The sauce didn’t thicken the way I thoought it might so it wasn’t so much a sauce as it was juice but it still had really great flavor.

Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs

We have a regular rotation of dinners and it seems to get a touch boring after a while. I’m always on the look out for new recipes that sound great and aren’t too terribly labor intensive to make.

I decided, for Feb, I wanted to do a various of “Julie & Julia”. Please don’t think I have any grand ideas of getting out Julia Childs’ cookbook and making Beef Wellington on a school night. But I would like to challenge myself to make 28 different dinners, not only to give my family some change, but also to enhance some cooking skills.

Allrecipes.com is one of my favorite go-to’s but I also see how people “share” a million and one recipes all over the facebook. You know the “share this on your wall so you can refer back!” posts. Yea. My mother is guilty of those but I can’t lie, I’ve tried a couple that she has posted.

Last night was Betty Crocker’s Cheese Stuffed Meatballs.

Now, I attempt to tweak recipes whenever I can to lessen the calories and make it a touch healthier. MFP has this recipe labeled as 850 cals per serving. I don’t know about you but that’s a LOT for one dinner so I needed to figre this out.

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

I used:

4 Sticks of Polly-O Mozzerella String Cheese (freeze for about an hour before using), cut into enough chunks for the number of meatballs you have

1 lb 80/20 ground beef (I find the less fat, the drier the meat and I don’t enjoy dried out ground beef)

1/2 C Parmesan Bread Crumbs

1T Minced Onion (I prefer the taste of the dried minced onion when I don’t have a fresh onion in the house)

2t Garlic Powder

1 whole egg

I mixed all ingredients together in  a bowl and made sure to distribute the dry ingredients.

meatballs 2

Out of the pound of meat, I was able to get 11 meatballs, each weighing 1.6 oz.

meatballs 3Take the cheese and stuff it into the meatball. You might need to cut more off the chunk to make it fit properly

meatballs 4Seal the meatballs around the cheese, as best you can. This definitely kicked my ass.

meatballs 5Bake at 350* for 10 mins and check them. I checked them at 10 mins and they needed a littler longer, in my opinion. I learned the hard way — next time I will be baking these on a rack with a drip pan underneath. I also learned that I need to work on sealing my balls (pause for *snickers*) because the cheese was oozing out.

meatballs 6

Case in point — oozy cheese.

Overall Family Opinion: “they’re good”. I agree with E, they were a little bland so I definitely need to beef up the seasonings within the actual meatball. I also think sealing them better and then putting the balls into the sauce would be helpful too. This will be put into the rotation and eaten again. It definitely didn’t take forever to make so it’s convenient for a weeknight meal.

The {weight} saga 2014 – Jan

Jan Recap:
Miles ran: 46.74 mi
Weight lost: 0 (UGH!)

I found out I had pneumonia in the first week of January and that took me out of the running scene. I knew I wanted to start training for the Half Marathon and needed to do it soon but the doc said “No. Absolutely no running”. After a week on prednisone, he gave me the go ahead to run but I had to keep my heart rate under 150. Have you ever had to pay that much attention to your HRM while running?

It’s pretty freakin hard. (that’s what she said). But surprisingly, some of my best runs, calorie burning wise, was during those runs.  I’ve since been cleared, after two doses of prednisone. The Black Lung is gone, thank goodness. The shoulder pain remains but I’m trying to take it easy.

I’ve decided Feb is going to be a “No Eating Out” Challenge month for the Coastie house. I want to challenge myself to make 28 different dinners. Sort of a “Julie & Julia” thing except not as in depth.

Weigh ins, for work, are coming up quickly. I’m determined to make weight via the scale. I only have 6 lbs to go but these 6 lbs are kicking my ass. It doesn’t help that I’ve been in true fat girl mode recently and have been needing to eat all of the food. I need to kick this habit, ASAP.

I ran my 6m long run today and shocked myself to PR my 10K time! I was pretty stoked. I’m hoping to be able to shave a few solid minutes off my Lobster Fest time. Fortunately I have until Aug  to work on that 😉

Wake Up

I’m not a late sleeper, by any means. I get excited if I get to sleep in and, by “sleep in”, I mean past 6am on any day. Even growing up, I was always the first one up. Then came Basic Training and we sure as hell didn’t sleep there. No big deal.

Except.

Beanie has decided she doesnlt care to sleep in anymore. And by “sleep in”, I mean past 5am. Her wake ups keep getting earlier and earlier. Last Wednesday morning, as I am peacefully sleeping in my nice, comfy, king size bed, I heard thumping and foot steps pounding through my house.  All I kept thinking is “please be  a dream, please be a dream” and then I hear “HI CAN-DIN!” Well hell. Now she’s awake, I’m awake, and the dog is awake.  So I scoop her up and put her between E and I and try to whisper to her to go back to sleep.

Except this child only has two decibels. Loud and Even Freaking Louder.

Me: beanie, you gotta whisper, mmmkay? Daddy’s sleeping.

Beanie: SHHHHH! DADDY’S SLEEPING!!!

Well no. Not anymore. Every occupant of the graveyard 2 miles down the road know you’re awake.

Saturday Morning. Let me set the scene:

tantrum*Someone* woke up at 0430 and *someone* insists that they weren’t tired. Yet, *someone* was singing me the song of their people. This was in response to me telling her “please continue telling me how you aren’t tired and you don’t need a nap”. Thank god I got released and was able to have a coffee date.

tantrum2tantrum3Oh dear Beanie.

Let me sing you the song of *MY* people. It’s called a nap. It’s also called “Mama wins”. She managed to nap like this for 2 hours while I was at my coffee date.

I think the only thing that saves my sanity is that I know she won’t be 2 eventually. Assuming she survives until Sept 😀

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