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.

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Random Health Stuff

I have another favorite inner thigh exercise:

http://tribesports.com/challenges/inner-thigh-advanced-20-each-side-for-2-weeks

“hurts so good”

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I also have another favorite low calorie drink:

Special K Protein Water mix…only 30 calories per packet and is protein and yummy.  🙂

 

And my 6 year old still has her baby belly a little bit, but since we have been eating less processed foods…it is starting to go away.  I am not at all at all at all interested in how much she ways, she is a kid, but it was just an interesting note to our healthier eating.

 

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 6

Am workout = thighs, glutes with bands

Meals included…(yes again a few graham crackers…ugh!), egg whites, protein shake, berries

Water intake: 30 ounces so far

Caloric intake: AND THEN I BLEW IT!  Again.  I am beginning to feel like I am 1 step forward 2 steps back.  erg!  Sorely in need of an accountability partner or a personal trainer.  😉  Or maybe I just need to stop baking for other people and sampling too much…hmmm…

PM workout = P90X cardio (to try to make up for a horrible evening of gorging)

****Still a possibility of trying out a thigh/buns workout from good old Jillian tonight before sleep…feeling that guilty about the food.

Day 4

So I screwed up today.  I feel great…because I had some awesome treats.  But, I feel horrible…because I blew it.  I went the WHOLE DAY eating so well!  I was hungry and beat my hunger all day.  I was doing so well that I was on target for staying below 1500 calories.  And…all I wanted was to end the day with a bowl of cereal.  Of course we don’t have any cereal in the house (because I would eat it…duh).  So I found some graham crackers and the next hour went down hill…big time…fast!  erg!

To top it off, despite my intentions, I did weigh myself today.  There was hardly any progress in weight.  😦   However, I also determined my bmi and my body fat percentage.  Even though I won’t admit my weight yet, I will give my BMI to be 20.5 and my body fat percentage is all in athletic categories…so that is good.

Saturday is my real weigh day, so hopefully I can do better than I have been and make some real progress.  I know not much between now and Saturday but hopefully I can make some long term gains.

Today is also my light day for working out…Wednesdays are light and Sundays are off completely.  I did the lightweight Linda Crossfit this morning.  I really like that…but really need to add some weight.  I may do some booty and thigh exercises this evening, because that is my trouble area.  Yesterday, I saw some pictures of me…from the past…when I weighed 20 pounds lighter and also current pictures.  I will admit that I didn’t look good when I was 20 pounds lighter.  But I will also admit that no matter how you look 20 pounds lighter…gaining 20 pounds is hard.  And seeing myself now with meat on my bones will take some getting used to.  My body is different now…I have more muscle, which is good, but it is not all muscle and it is not the skinny, fragile, feminine look.

Bit I digress…even with the extra weight being hard to get used to, and even with the knowing that I need to lose some, I have to say I like having a little bit of muscle.   As long as my hubby is ok with me and I start going in the right direction all will be well.

 

I will be back for a normal food and exercise report tomorrow.

Here we go…

Alright readers…here we go.  I have mentioned more than once on my war between eating and being healthy.  I am not overweight, but have some areas that need attention.  Over the last year I have started being healthy and fallen off the wagon a myriad of times.  It could happen again, but I am hoping with posting my progress on here that it will keep me a bit more accountable.  No matter what my weight or size I need to be HEALTHY.

Sooooo…at the moment I am at the highest weight I have been (other than when I was pregnant)…nope, not saying what it is.  😉  I know some is muscle, but not as much as I would like.  I will say that my goal weight is 115.  This is huge for me as my goal weight once was 105 pounds and it was achieved, but not healthy.  115 would be both healthy and not crazy.

I am going to lose it slowly…trying to form good habits along the way…I once had them and lost them.  😦  I am determined to get them back.  Plus I know that with my lifting regimen, it will be slow losing weight as I build muscle which weighs more than fat anyway.

My plan is add yet another category to the sidebar and post my progress, struggles, exercise routines, etc.  If you want to join me in this quest, welcome!

I cannot believe I am doing this for anyone to see, but, if it helps keep me accountable, it is worth it.

So…today was my first day to try to be healthy.  I ate about 1500 calories.  I really should be under that for my size and weight, but it is much better than the amount I have been intaking.  After training, my body is having a hard time decreasing the caloric intake.  I have not yet done my workout for the day, but am about to do a weight program, some thigh work with a band and a bit of cardio after that.

In the future I will hopefully post after working out and so can give a more detailed synopsis of the day.

Food today included a protein shake, a lot of fruit, veggies, scallops, almond butter, a slice of cheese and egg whites.

Will be back tomorrow…hopefully tomorrow will be successful, as well.