Monday, September 9, 2019

90 Day Challenge - Week 1 Recap

I made it through Week #1! Wahoo. Let me tell you, this was way more difficult than I anticipated. Even slight lifestyle changes are hard y'all. But I did the best that I could, and realize coming out of the week that there are definitely some big improvements I can make for next week. This post is entirely too long... I need to figure out a better way to keep track on a weekly basis. I suppose you don't need ALL this information each week... Let me know in the comments what you think!?

I realized I never posted my starting #s and also realized that I completely forgot to do my starting photos on Monday! Whoops. So I did them today.

So, now that you can see what the progress was... Let's recap the week, shall we: 

Day 1- Monday 9/2 

It's Labor Day! But I still managed to get started. We didn't do much so I was able to stay on track and get my timing of meals sorted out, along with getting some things made. 

Overall, I had a good day. Here is a pic of my Food Log including the things I ate, and in terms of my macros, I had an okay day. 

I am still having a little trouble fitting it all together, despite tracking macros for months now.* It's actually pretty annoying. I was over on fat, way under on my carbs, and at my absolute minimum acceptable fiber number. I shoot for 35g/day but won't eat less than 25g if I can help it. It isn't digested by your body, so it fills you up and then kind of disappears. It also negates carbs. Fiber FTW. Remind me to do a post on the benefits of fiber. I think it's very underrated and very helpful in the grand scheme of weightloss life. 

One yummy meal we're eating this week is my White Bean Chicken Chili, that is legit. 

I had a ton of random green peppers laying around so threw them all in- I doubled up on onions because it was pretty much double the peppers too. Served it with non fat plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream and used a TON of cilantro. I also am not sure why the recipe calls for 1 cup of broth... I typically use 1 carton which is 4 cups. This time I used twice that and I used vegetable stock because I love it in my heart. It was too much for a chili, but I haaaate when you run out of liquid. 

I ended Monday feeling pretty bloated... which was either because I ate way too much of the chili orrrrrr because I drank a sh*t ton of water and liquid in general. 104oz water, a 12oz seltzer and a cup of green tea with matcha, since I have given up coffee for this challenge. I was tired, but that goes without saying, I have a 2 year old. Need to figure out how to differentiate "mama tired" from "challenge tired" .. or something. 

Day 2- Tuesday 9/3

6am wakeup call... turned off. Yep, missed my cardio workout yet again. That being said, I did have one of my Metabolic routines scheduled which was killer. Like I thought I might die. And when you feel like you might die when you're alone in your basement, that's kind of a freak-a-deaky feeling, but at least you know you're self motivated. 

I'm working on increasing the intensity of my workouts anyway, because I'm concerned with the number of calories I'm burning when I lift (hence why I'm adding cardio in... or should be... ugh.)  but this workout racked me up a total of 262 calories, which is actually pretty high for me. If I had moved faster through it, I could probably have gotten close to 300 but I'm always a little slow the first pass through my monthly workout plan. Note to self for next Tuesday. 

Because I went to bed early on Monday night in anticipation of getting up to workout, I think I maybe slept too much? I got 10 hours I think, so maybe that is too much for my body. Time will tell. 

I'm pretty much eating the same stuff all this week, but it's all yummy so I'm all in. Here is my Food Log including the things I ate on Tuesday.

Macro-wise, I didn't have much better of a day on Tuesday. Still way low on carbs/fiber. Under on protein vs. over, and I was over on my fat again. I always eat healthy fats, at least, but it might be a trend I need to do something about. 

I did however have a cute little breakfast with my daughter when I broke my fast at 10:30am. She had already eaten once, but I made her the same plate as mama had, and we dug in. Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, and toast with a side of berries. Obviously they were prepared slightly differently, she got cheese and white bread toasted with cream cheese {something her father has started her on that I don't fully understand} and I had a little nutritional yeast on my eggs along with chia seeds and hemp hearts, and EBTB avocado Ezekial bread toast. Click here for my homemade EBTB seasoning! Love that I'm reincarnating a bunch of old blog posts! 

She liked almost everything, but didn't really eat the bacon. Probably because it's turkey bacon. I feel you, girl. {note: even when buying turkey bacon, I still purchase nitrate free etc etc.  I believe the one I got this time is Oscar Mayer, but it might be Nature's Promise. I looked at both and decided specifically on one that was higher in protein and lower in fat than the other. Sorry, I can't remember which. 

Tuesday had lots of liquid too, rounding out at 104oz water again, 2 seltzers, and tea. 

Day 3- Wednesday 9/4

Ooh did I wake up C-R-A-V-I-N-G something sweet at 6:30am with that alarm clock ringing. I had to ignore it, and got up to do my workout. Now people. My kid normally sleeps until 8/8:30am every morning. But wouldn't you know, 7:15 hits and I hear her on the monitor. So that first of two got cut very short, and I knew I'd have to double up later in the day. 

Either way, the craving for something sweet did not go away. No, it did not. Lord Baby Jesus, all I wanted in my life was to eat the pancake smothered in butter and maple syrup that my daughter was scarfing down. Can't even lie. So, instead of that, and instead of my usual savory breakfast, I decided to go with a power house sweet breakfast. 

I have these Kodiak Power Waffles in the freezer that are higher in protein, so started with that. Topped with some almond butter, vanilla Oikos protein greek yogurt, chia seeds and hemp hearts, and berries. A little higher carb-wise than I usually would have for breakfast, but holy-not-guacamole was it yummy. 

I also did better yesterday with my equation. Actually my higher carb breakfast helped. I was still under, but not nearly as much. And I almost hit fiber. Fat was still over, daggonnit.

I know my breakfasts tend to be higher in fat. I only have 1/4 avocado because of this, when in actuality I really want the entire dang thing. But adding in the turkey bacon also doesn't help any. Also a factor is the tuna salad I made this week. 

This Mediterranean spin on tuna is soooo good, but the olives add fat, and the lemon dressing you toss it with, while not mayo, still adds fat because there's EVOO in there. You guys, it's seriously delicious. I threw in kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, red onion, and tossed with the vinaigrette. 

I also chopped up cucumbers and tomatoes on the side, but felt like they might make everything too soggy to add in the larger portion of it. I didn't have capers {what?! IRL I always have capers in my fridge} but next time would add those too. I ate it up one day in lettuce wraps, and the rest of the days I've had it in my mini bell peppers. All the YES!

So back to this workout situation. When Peachy finally went down for her nap, I set to work and had to double up. I'm doing a BOD program for my cardio, which this was day 1 of. 20 minutes of death and it was only the first workout, so I can only imagine what I am in for. Then it was back/glutes which was another amazing routine. Definitely felt great doing it but know that it's going to cause some serious burn. 

Still was craving sweetness, so I tried this seltzer. Not a fan. I also got a few other flavors, so will try those next. Weird, they only make certain flavors in bottles?? Because that didn't cut it, it was time to bust open my new tea. 

Open the little packet where the teabag sits, and the smell is simply divine. Everything you want in a pumpkin spice beverage. That being said, when I steeped it, I wasn't as impressed. I drank it with a stevia and a splash of almond milk. It still tasted good, but was more of a chai spice to me than real pumpkin. I need to get a little more creative with how I make it. Maybe double brew and then when I have some extra macros make it with coconut milk or something. Or get soy milk since I always love a good soy chai from 'Bucks. I don't know, I'm getting away from myself. I was a little behind on my water, but the seltzer and two teas helped with my liquid intake. 

Day 4- Thursday 9/5

I woke up so sore on Thursday, having actually completed both my workouts on Wednesday. I ended up not working out at all this day, which is terrible but true.

I did create this Protein Chia Seed Pudding. I need to tweak the recipe a bit before sharing, but I ate it swirled with some vanilla greek yogurt and it was pretty tasty.

I started to get a little off track on Thursday, didn't have nearly the amount of food I should have, and I think it started me off course a little. Didn't help me have the energy to work out either. This is why hitting macros is so important!

Day 5- Friday 9/6

Friday was a normal day, nothing out of the ordinary. Slept a solid 8 hours, woke up feeling great! Because I had my pudding a little later on yesterday, I stretched out my meals and didn't break my fast until 11:15am (I couldn't wait a second longer!)

Has anyone tried these think Thin Protein bars?? They're actually so delicious! I bought them for in a pinch (and because we're going on vacation again next week so I wanted to see if they were any good). 20g of protein each! So far, I've tried the lemon and chunky peanut butter. Both are good, I think I like the lemon better.

For my workout today, I did my second Metabolic set and then tried to run on the treadmill afterwards. That was not a smart idea, I definitely need to separate the two workouts, or maybe do cardio first? I only made it like 7 minutes. Sigh.

Day 6- Saturday 9/7

I got up and did my Legs/Core workout, but *AGAIN* really should have done my extra cardio. I need to be better about this, this was part of my commitments coming into this challenge. Especially because this was our Anniversary Dinner night, which was a "preplanned cheat" on my calendar.

I honestly did try to choose make good choices, but it's really hard at a restaurant like this when you just want to try the chef's creations! They've already changed over the menu so I can't even pull up everything that I had. But, thankfully I texted my sister the details:

It was a three course meal, so I ordered Monkfish to start, which was in a coconut sauce with cauliflower. They actually brought out their Octopus dish, in a lime cream sauce with cauliflower and I ate half of it before they came by to tell me it was the wrong dish. Second course I had the  Scallops, which were in a Vietnamese style beurre blanc with a roasted corn crumble that was out of this world (and I don't even like corn). Third course, I had the Lamb that was wrapped in pesto, and served over celery root puree and charred bok choy. We shared the crispy Brussels Sprouts. And for dessert, I chose a brownie with salted peanut crumbs and raspberry sorbet.

I had three glasses of red wine, and then we went for an after dinner drink and I had a vodka cocktail which was not part of my plan. It was soo tasty though, the cucumber smash!

Day 7- Sunday 9/8

The last day of the week! as you can see, I was not feeling it.

Do you ever have one of those days where you just throw sh*t on a plate and hope for the best? That is 100% how my M2 was yesterday. It ended up being pretty good, though. Fried eggs over cauliflower rice and spinach. Seasoned with a little season salt. Top with kalamata olives and chopped cherry tomatoes, and cilantro. Hey, it worked.

Sunday was a little strange of a day, because I ended up waking up with pink eye in both of my eyes. I have never had it before, which is so weird, but it is pure and utter torture. I don't know how kids survive it. So that did not help my desire to cook or do much of anything, and I ended way under on most of my macros (except fat, duh, but I didn't eat enough meals to be as over as I was since I apparently decided it was a good idea to just eat kielbasa for a meal). Sigh. And I didn't work out, but I did perform my stretching routine with the foam roller, which felt sooo good.

SO there you have it. My entire week in one post. I promise I won't do this again, it's painful to even write, I can't imagine how hard it is to read. And clearly I started slowing down with my photo taking as the week went on also and got less fancy with it. What can I say.

Please check out the * all the way at the bottom for my macros by day if you are at all interested. xoxo

*Here are all my macros for the week. As you can see, there is definitely a trend here.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

90 Day Challenge - Part B

Okay, so I promised I would be back with more than just a brief outline. I want to be completely transparent with whoever wants to follow along, so I am including all of my plans, rules, etc. here. 

Here is the plan I intend to follow for the next 90 days: 
  • Goals: 
    • To lose 15-20 pounds of body fat. 
    • To increase strength and mobility, muscle definition. 
    • To improve overall health and well being. 
  • Diet: I will practice Intermittent Fasting and am taking a Paleo-ish approach to my diet, as this has worked the best for me overall in the past. I will still be tracking macros so that I can report back to my trainer that I'm eating enough and not starving myself, and I want to make sure I am balancing everything out in my diet also. 
    • For IF: eating my last meal at 6:30/7:00p - Breaking my fast at around 10:00a 
    • Diet will includes no gluten with the exception of sprouted Ezekial bread
    • Limited dairy {cottage cheese, greek yogurt for protein sources}, some cheese in moderation
    • I will likely lower my carb intake a little, and focus also on increasing fiber intake 
    • Replace coffee with green tea
    • Avoid processed food, avoid "diet/low fat" items, avoid sugar/artificial sweeteners
    • Limit alcohol only to pre-planned cheat meals and it will be red wine only, no more than 3 glasses
    • Pre-plan cheat meals, add in +1 cardio per cheat meal {I can't stress enough that I am going into this with literally a calendar printed out and writing in the days that I have things I can't avoid or know that I will want to indulge. I don't want to feel trapped in this challenge, so will allow for these days, such as our anniversary dinner and Thanksgiving. I will work HARD to still make as good of food choices as possible} 

  • Water intake: 75 oz daily at a minimum.
  • Exercise commitment: 
    • Strength: 6x/week 
    • Cardio: 4x/week 
    • Commit to +1 cardio per pre-planned cheat meal 

  • Tracking: 
    • I will track my food, workouts and overall feelings daily. I will keep a food log. I am undecided if I will blog daily or weekly. 
    • I will monitor my weight, BF% and BMI weekly, and do measurements and progress photos every 30 days. 
  • Changes/commitments that I need to make to be successful in achieving my goals (daily/weekly):
    • I sleep, a lot- so I want to focus on 8 hours a night, or at least figuring out what my body NEEDS. Because right now, if you ask her, she'll say like 10. 
    • I need to wake up early to work out in the AM if I am going to be working out twice a day. With this, I want to wake up and start journaling again, stretch out, and set my intention for the day before I do my morning workout. 
    • I will fill up three water bottles each night. I have two 32oz Nalgene water bottles, and another ~20oz bottle. This will help me to track my water intake for the day, as I will need to finish all three before the day is over! 
    • I want to come up with some new recipe content! I haven't blogged in about three years or so, and used to love it so much. Coming up with new recipes to share was something that made me so happy. I am hoping through this journey I can break out some of the old ones, and create some new things in the kitchen also! {I'm also working on my photography, which is a story for another day since I have approximately zero food photos because they were always terrible!}
  • Rewards: I decided against rewarding myself as this can get out of control very quickly. I will come up with something when the challenge is over to reward myself for sticking to it!
  • Other: Make time for other things- blogging about things other than just this! Working on a few ventures I have going on in the background. While this challenge will be adding additional workout commitments to my plate, I am hoping it also adds energy to accomplish more than just my health and fitness goals! 

So there you have it. I have a few days left to iron out a few other details, but this is it. This is what I am going to do, and I am so excited to see where the next 90 days takes me. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

90 Day Challenge - Part A

Have you ever felt so compelled and inspired by someone's journey that you can't stop thinking about how you can follow in their footsteps? I feel that way often. I follow quite a few influencers, and every time they are doing something I am always thinking to myself "that could be me." -- and this is so all encompassing. I feel this way when someone posts about health, wellness or fitness, blowing diet culture out of the water and just eating clean, all the pretty fashion and lifestyle bloggers' photos of their 'Gram worthy shots {even the ones they say are real, still half of them are staged, this I know don't worry}, or even all of the online products they are selling. I can't say I haven't thought about selling *any.and.all.of.them* -- because that could totally be me! 

All joking aside, there is one person in particular that I have taken an interest in following. She is also a big time CEO and I just adore her personality, drive, and passion: Cassey Ho of Blogilates. She recently posted that she is challenging herself to a 90 day journey, publicly, which is so huge. Read her first post here, but ultimately she decided that finding herself at the heaviest she has ever been, she is taking back her life. 

In reading her first blog post, that she posted after Day 1/90, I truly felt so inspired. Someone who literally does fitness for her living fell off track because LIFE got in the way. Like, wow. These people really are human. And that gives me so much hope for the rest of us. Well, at least for me. 

So while I am not at my heaviest,* it is pushing me feel compelled to do my own 90 day challenge. There is never a "good time" to start, and especially as we are getting into the Fall, the days are getting shorter, the temperatures will begin to drop, and the holidays are quickly approaching it is increasingly harder to focus on eating well and exercise... but I am drawing a line and just jumping over it with both feet forward.

I will get through this coming long weekend {we are leaving tomorrow for a quick weekend trip}, then I want to make sure I have a game plan. I want something that is achievable but also going to put me out of my comfort zone. I want to make sure I am creating accountability for myself. I want to have a meal plan set up for myself. I want to make some rules. I want to set goals. All in all, I really want this to be real and and to help me feel super accomplished when I am done.

So far, here is what I have come up with. It's not much.. I definitely need to do some soul searching and planning, but I want to get it out there ASAP so that I can't back out.

Here is my timeline:
September 2 (start)
October 1 (Day 30)
October 31 (Day 60)
November 30 (Day 90)

Here are the numbers I will track:

Here is the very brief outline of my Rules:
  1. Goals: to reduce overall inches and weight. To increase strength and mobility, muscle definition. To improve overall health and well being. 
  2. Diet: TBD
  3. Water intake: 75 oz daily
  4. Exercise commitment: TBD {number of workouts per week, length of time, time of day}
  5. Tracking: I will track my food, workouts and overall feelings daily. I will monitor my weight and BF% weekly, and do my measurements every 30 days. I will post progress photos every 30 days. 
  6. Daily changes/commitments that I need to make to be successful in achieving my goals: TBD
  7. Rewards: TBD
  8. Other: TBD

Tools I'm currently using to track:
Cassey wrote about this in her initial blog post, and I love it. I think it's very important to note the things you will use to help make you successful and to monitor your results. 
  • Watch: Garmin vivoactive3 Music to track workouts, heartrate, calorie burn etc. 
  • MyFitnessPal Premium to track food {links to Garmin, links to my personal trainer's training app}
  • Fitindex smart scale and app to track weight, body comp measurements including BF% and BMI 
  • If I add any tools to my arsenal as I am planning my 90 days, I will add them to my follow up Part B post. 

So, there we have it. I want to say TYSM to Cassey for being so open, honest, and HUMAN about her journey. It can't be easy living in the public's eye, and I know she has gotten a lot of backlash for being so public with this challenge. For what it's worth, I think it's an amazing thing she is doing. I hope it inspires more individuals than just myself, because we need a little more of this in our lives. So anyway, thanks Cassey. I hope you don't mind that I'm total fan-girl copying you right now :) 

*I have actually hit the lowest scale weight that I have seen as an adult. I'm teetering within 2 lbs of it, though, and realize that I am starting to feel lax and don't want to take my foot off the pedal. I feel like this is the exact time I need something like this! 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Hello - Ciao - Hiya - Hi.

After a {not-so} brief hiatus, I am back and ready for action. As always, there have been many a thing going on in my life.

Y'all, I haven't given you a new recipe in like three years. And haven't really talked to you at all in that amount of time. I just went back and read some of my posts and realized also that every time I announce my return, I disappear just as quickly. Every time I announce my return, I also announce that I have started some new {health/fitness/something} and I will tell you that behind the scenes, that disappears just as quickly also. How big of a bummer is that!?

Now that I'm home full time with our daughter, I want to try to make this into something when I have the time to. So I want to be better for you. I want to give you content that you want. Do you like the recipes? do you want more lifestyle things? Tell me! Tell me! Tell me! Comment here - comment on the 'gram (@skinnyinstilettos) - email me.

I know a little bit about a lot of things, so I want this to be a space that provides knowledge. And tips/tricks. And where we can share for a love all of my favorite F words: food, family, fitness, fashion, and fun! And I want anyone who is out there reading to actually enjoy it. Selfishly, if I am investing time in it, I want it to be for a reason - for YOU!

In the meantime, I'll get back to cranking out some recipes. Making things my own. And trying to remember to take pictures along the way ;)

And don't forget to check out my recipe of the day: