One Lovely Blog Award

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Lori was so sweet to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award!  It was a surprise to me and made me smile.  You should check out her blog at http://lorischulz.wordpress.com/.  She has a variety of nice topics to read about.

In accepting this award, there are a few rules to follow:

Rules (One Lovely Blog Award):

1.  Thank the person who has nominated you.  Provide a link to his/her blog.

2.  List the rules and display the award image.

3.  Include 7 facts about yourself.

4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated.  This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.

5.  Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Things About Me

1.  I generally try not to reveal too much personal information on my blog, because I am a little paranoid about personal information on the internet.

2.  I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and pray that people stop turning away from Him.

3.  I am a stay at home mom who homeschools and wouldn’t trade it!

4.  I enjoy baking and decorating or creating interesting desserts!

5.  I also enjoy photography, especially taking pictures of scenery and my kids.  Sometimes I wish I could be a baker and photographer.  😉

6.  I am blessed to have an amazing family…immediate and extended!

7.  I am constantly researching new fitness trends and diets…trying to get certified as a personal trainer as well.

Here are my 15 nominations:

1.  http://mykidspaleolunchbox.wordpress.com/

2.  http://www.happybeinghealthy.com/

3.  http://shehopes.blogspot.com/

4.  http://happypalacehobbyfarm.wordpress.com/

5. http://transatlanticromantic.com/

6.  http://inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com/page/2/

7.  http://yvonnejwilson.wordpress.com/category/homeschool/

8.  http://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/

9.  http://homeschoolcrafts.wordpress.com/

10.  http://hisladiesinwaiting.wordpress.com/

11.  http://sweetlittlethang.wordpress.com/

12.  http://5kidswdisabilities.com/

13.  http://daybydayfaith.wordpress.com/

14.  http://sweetsimplestuff.com/

15.  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

Thanks again Lori!  I would nominate you, too, but wasn’t sure if that was against the rules…haha!

Sculpted Arms and Healthy Cereal

I am always looking for new workouts, healthy eating tips and things of the like.  I also know my body pretty well, so know my trouble areas (even if others try to make me feel good but saying there are none).  😉

My thighs and my triceps are my toughest areas to tone.  There are different times when they are more in shape than others, but I have a hard time getting that “cut” look if you will.  I finally found a pretty easy arm workout that may actually work.  I am beginning to see small signs that it may actually give me the look I want.  Sooo…I thought I would share.  Enjoy!

http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2008/11/sculpt-a-list-arms-fast#slide=1

I am also very interested in eating healthy, but often cave to the sugar monster.  Sadly once I cave it is difficult to recover.  Sugar is addictive to me…seriously.  blah!  I am a huge fan of cereal, though, but it needs to be treated as a dessert in my opinion.  There is a ton of sugar packed in those boxes.  I am also skeptical of protein cereals, because even those that claim to have a high protein content seem to have double the carbs.  I used to shy away from Kashi thinking it was just the new fad brand, but I am a new fan of their 7 Whole Grains Puffed Rice Cereal…low cal, no sugar, no flour.  Add a banana and some 30 calorie almond milk and you have a filling meal  that is pretty healthy.  🙂  And the 30 calorie almond milk is a winner to me…add cinnamon or vanilla and you have your own non-additive, non-sugar, tasty cereal maker.  I am also a fan of Special K Protein, because while the carbs are still higher than the grams of protein, they are the lowest that I have found.

That’s all for my random Thursday health and workout update.

🙂

weekly update (late) and stuff

I feel slightly guilty or vain ( not sure of the wording) dedicating so much thought to the weekly updates.  Please know I KNOW there are far more important things in the world…pretty much anything.  BUT…being healthy is a good thing and so I will continue to post the updates.

I am still avoiding the scale because my clothes are still tight.  blah!

However, I have gone to 1 dr, gotten my first round of bloodwork underway and have appts for the next dr and bloodwork lined up, so hopefully answers will come soon.  I also know for 100% certainty some food which cause me to swell up, have allergic reactions or both.

Now that those things are under way a bit, the testing and feeling sick stage is over, though I am heavier, I have a better plan.  And part of that plan is to get back on track with normal and healthy eating, consistent eating, consistent workouts.

As of tomorrow I am putting myself on Cassey Ho’s 90 day meal plan.  I will only stay on it as long as I need to get to my goal.  I am also going to do 3 of her mini workouts a day along with elliptical and weight training.  This is not as time consuming as one may think.  Just requires early rising.  Most importantly I am making my goal of devotion/Bible/quiet time to happen before I exercise…start the day right.

I have made a couple modifications to her meals to avoid foods I know I react to.  I will be staying in the 1200-1300 calorie range.  I will be eating primarily veggies and protein with some fruits mixed in.  One day a week I will allow myself a cheat item (not an entire meal).  I really want to get my body back AND get my healthy eating habits back.

Otherwise things here are going well.  We had a few years of people around us falling apart and the past few weeks we have gotten some great news and prayer answers!  🙂

We are beginning to read the Narnia Chronicles to our kids…a little every night starting with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, of course.  We are all enjoying it.

No complaints, but summer is soon, so gotta get in shape!  🙂

Weekly Update

No big news to report with my weight again…

I remain at a BMI of 20.5-20.8 pending on the scale.

However, in terms of body fat, I made more improvements than I expected.  I really did not think my body fat changed this week, but it does make sense…there were no big sugar binges and  I added weight to my routine.

My body fat is now between 14% and 23%, which puts me in the athlete category for all the calculators except for Durnin Womersley (this is my 23%)…which puts me in the fitness category.

Be back next week!

 

Decisions

So there are some decisions on my horizon…minor ones.  Lifestyle decisions, not life or death decisions.

I looked in the mirror today and was not pleased…I weighed myself today and was even more greatly displeased!  I have been playing around with the Primal/Paleo way of eating for awhile now.  Every time I start, I miss my sugars too much and then I fail…badly.  I am a fan of carbs…fruits, potatoes, breads, DESSERTS.  It is tough for me to cut them out all together…or even a little bit.  But sugar is pretty much the one thing all the “experts” can agree on as being horrible for you.  You can find studies for or against red meat, for or against whole grains, for or against salt, even for or against fruit…but sugar never passes the test.  Why does it have to taste so good?

Being realistic I know that I cannot go cold turkey in cutting out sugars completely.  I am thinking of trying to do so 6 days a week to start.  I am hoping to get my family on board as well, because it is hard to have the stuff you can’t eat in the house.  My husband wants to be healthy, too, we just both realize it is a BIG change.  It will be difficult for the kids, but how great to teach them to be healthy while they are young so they don’t have to struggle with breaking bad habits when they are older!  The Primal/Paleo lifestyle also incorporates fitness and that will give us some nice family time…make it fun and keep moving being the key…not timing or forcing or treating them like army recruits.

I want to be careful not to make fitness and health more important than our time in prayer and Bible study.  Being healthy is important…yes!  Being spiritually healthy and doing our best to follow Jesus is most important!

Another decision I will have to make is how important running is to me.  In training I have found that my body was not built for running.  My knee issues are manageable…the arthritis and the runner’s knee are common and only pose a problem with a flare up.  The foot is another story.  It continues to swell every time I run.  The tendonitis will go away, but never completely, becasue the bone issue is a contributor to the tendonitis and the plantar fascia.  I hope I spelled that right.  😉  There is another half in October that I would like to run…training would start in July…I have a bit of time to make the decision.  I wouldn’t mind replacing running with some other activity like judo or spinning or even boxing…all those sound high energy and lots of fun!

So these are the silly and small decisions that I will be making soon…they are surely better to debate than the serious decisions that I won’t be blogging about. ..at least not yet.

🙂