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.

🙂

day 27

AM workout: weights…back, biceps, triceps

Food/calories: day 2 of limited sugar, calories near 1800

Water: water intake has been great with the elimination of diet drinks

PM workout: Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs

It is amazing how quickly a body can change.  I have always had a 6 pack, well for as long as I remember thinking about it, of course aside from being pregnant, and not necessarily rock hard, but there.  Anyway, enough of the run on sentence.  Many times I have to work really hard to see my six pack…sucking in just so.  But after just 1 day of limited sugar it is far more noticeable.  I love that it is coming out of hiding.  I truly truly truly know that it really matters little if I have a six pack or not.  I truly truly truly know my inner being is more important.  But it is kind of fun to see it come out of hiding.  😉

Oh I also was unable to eat my salsa yesterday because there is sugar in it…really?  ugh!  My homemade salsa does not, so I may have to make some more soon.  And…because I want to be less and less dependent on sugar, I am going to avoid buying dark chocolate at the grocery store next time…way too tempting.  The little sugar in the cottage cheese and greek yogurt is more than enough.

day 25

I know many people that would have started a weight loss plan 25 days ago would have reached their goal.  A year ago I would have too.  But I am not just working on losing weight, I am working on a healthier way of eating.  I am finally to the point where more days than not are fairly healthy.  I still slip up more than I like, but I am getting there.  Plus even though my weight hasn’t changed, my body has…I am more toned and have a better body fat percentage.  So…not all a loss.  🙂

I did not do the leg workout yesterday so I did it today along with a shoulder weight lifting routine and plan on doing Jillian thighs later on this evening.

I am on target for being around 1700 calories today and my water intake is good.

🙂

day 17, 18, 19

Tuesday was not a great day in terms of food…I ate a lot!  (grimace).  I did an ab routine and a shoulder lifting workout, which were good, but not surely not enough to equal out my feasting.  I was quite active in my daily life, so hopefully that helped a bit.  Water was also not good.

Wednesday was better with the food, but still not ideal.  My healthy mindset slipped a bit, but is back today.  Again I was busy all day, so hopefully that helped.  I also did much better with water and exercise.  My am workout was 4+ miles on the elliptical.  My pm workout was P90X shoulders and P90X ab ripper.

Today…water intake is good so far.  Calories are good so far.  I am on track for 1200 calories.  A significant decrease is much needed and still healthy!  My am workout was a lifting routine for the back.  This evening I will either do elliptical or Jillian thighs or another high interval leg workout…it is a leg day.  🙂   I am posting now to help me keep this day healthy.  Will only post again on today if I don’t keep hold of these goals.

Be back tomorrow!  🙂

Day 9

Calories today ended up close to 2000.  P90X claims I should be able to lose weight and consume 1900, but I am not sure about that.

AM Workout was a leg workout that included, but wasn’t limited to, lateral step ups, lunges, extensions, dead lifts, squats, etc.

I am done eating for the day but am about to embark on P90X yoga as well as the Linda crossfit with light weights.  I assure you both will be done before sleepy time comes.

Be back tomorrow.

Day 2

So far so good…

This morning I began with a leg routine including hack squats, pop squats, dead lifts and lunges…no crazy weights used though.  On hand for tonight…I am going to attempt to do the Linda Crossfit routine (with lighter weights) and if I have energy left I have a Tough Mudder circuit with cardio, weights and other random activities.  I know I can get through some of both the Linda and the Tough Mudder circuit…hopefully I can get through most, or all, of both.

In terms of food…

I have one more meal to eat for the day and am contemplating some egg whites with a bit of cheese and maybe even a banana.  The rest of the day has been filled with lots of water, lots of fruit (I know some don’t recommend fruit when losing weight, but I “need” it), some green veggies, eggs, and a protein shake.  My total calories is just at 1500…maybe even a few under.  🙂

Not weighing myself for awhile…BUT I will say that a year ago if I was at this weight I would have been a lot more bummed out than I am now, so I am mentally making some progress too.  🙂

Will report in tomorrow.  🙂

UPDATE:

* Completed the Linda Crossfit…I surely did not have heavy enough weights, when I add weight I am not sure if I will be able to complete it as easily.

* Did half of the Tough Mudder workout.  It is 50 minutes, I did 25.  I am off to bed now though.

* I did eat bread with margarine (gasp)…I know it is bad…so my calories are closer to 1800 now.

* I did drink even more water…bringing me up to around 60 ounces for the day.