Archive | November, 2012

Christmas Resolutions

29 Nov

Sorry (again) for the lack of posting! We don’t have internet set up in our house yet so, I’m currently at Starbucks and thought I’d post something quick. 🙂

December is just around the corner and I have lots of goals for the month. I want to share my big ones so you all can hold me accountable…

1. Get back to a 5 day a week workout routine

2. Get my house put together

3. Start making my own protein bars/clean snacks again

I’m a big believer in taking it one day at a time to reach the bigger goals but there you have it, my Christmas resolutions… because why wait another month?

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Struggles with motivation

26 Nov

It has been way harder than I thought it was going to be to get back into a routine! There’s always something to do… moving more things to the house, groceries, getting the right paperwork, job searching, cooking for Thanksgiving… lots and LOTS of excuses. To be fair, hubby and I are really active people. We’ve been taking the dogs on 20 minute walks at least twice a day so, that plus cleaning and moving etc. has def. kept me active but it’s just not the same. We move into the new house this week (like, tomorrow night I think) so that should help a lot once we’re settled and not living out of suit cases.

We have been cooking and eating pretty well… minus the left over pumpkin pie.Yesterday hubby had the idea to make “chips” with left over yams (well we thought they were sweet potatoes but, still good) so he just put a bit of olive oil in a skillet, sliced the yams really thin and cooked them with some pepper and garlic. It was really tasty and very quick! We had a lot of left over veggies from Thanksgiving so the theme for the week has been seasoning chicken or pork to go with said veggies… it worked really well. I am a little nervous about the new house because it has a Japanese oven which can fit about 2 fish or 2 chicken breasts. We are shipping over a George Foreman and we can use the skillet but it’ll be an adjustment for baking or roasting anything…

 

Today I did get a good leg workout in:

5 min warm-up

20 sumo squats with weight

20 squats

15 split lunges/leg

20 weighted crunches

20 reverse crunches

*3 sets

20 hip bridges

20 hip extensions

20 fire hydrants

*2 sets

Whole thing took about 35/40 min 🙂

Today’s Monday here; we’ve finished the pie, I have some emails from photographers out here, and I’m tired of skipping workouts so it’s absolutely past time to really get back at it.

Thanksgiving Recipes

20 Nov

I have now braved the commissary all by myself! This might not sound like a big deal, but between the driving on the other side of the road and having to find the commissary… well it’s the little things in life 😉 I bought the last minute things we had forgotten and got all set for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

I haven’t completely decided what I’m doing with the turkey but wanted to share a couple side dishes I’ve found in case you’re still working on your menu…

Spiced Carrots:

Fitness Magazine

Sweet Potatoes:

I couldn’t find one recipe I really liked so I’m combining some (therefore I make no promises as to if this is any good). I’m also going to make a Cinnamon butter to serve on the side. The recipe is mainly from this Women’s Health Recipe.

Sweet Potatoes (I’m serving 4 people so, adjust amounts as needed if you try it)

  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Cinnamon and All Spice to taste

*the main variations I saw were Maple Syrup instead of brown sugar, adding in cream, or using an almond liqueur (which we did bring back from our honeymoon so… who knows, maybe I’ll deviate from the plan). I never knew there were so many ways to make sweet potatoes!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you all have a great day with friends and family.

Settling In

19 Nov

I finally found the gym yesterday! We’re house sitting for friends who live on one of the bases so, it was the gym here. No frills but everything you need and then some for a workout. And my arms and shoulders are feeling it today!

I did a pyramid set for the first exercises and then back to just 3 sets of 12 for the second superset…

(Pyramid)

8 lateral shoulder raises

8 front shoulder raises

8 bicep curls

15 tricep dips

20 squats (no weight… the “legs” changed every set because I was working in my physical therapy exercises)

20 leg raises on a “Roman Chair Machine”

12 lateral shoulder raises

12 front

12 bicep

15 tricep dips

20 lunges/leg

20 leg raises

Finally, 20 of all of the above. As you increase reps, decrease the weight so you are doing your max weight for each number of reps.
12 Front Flys

12 Chest Press

12 Tricep pull-downs

20 calf-raises

*3 sets

Then I finished with alternating 20 weighted crunches (arms straight toward the ceiling) and 15 skull crushers for 3 sets.

Also, the hubby and I have been good about keeping healthy food in the house and making dinner fresh every night. Last night I went to check out one of the cheerleading teams on the island so he made a chicken with sauteed onions and brown rice. The night before I made apple spiced pork. To be fair, we have had a lot of baked goods in the house that people have sent and my self-control has been lacking with those since I’m home most days (so it’s a good thing I found that gym 😉 ).
And, just as a life in general update, we found somewhere to settle for the next few months until we know where we’re going next. We get the keys Saturday 🙂 I’m still trying to find a job/get a foot in the door at the hospital out here but so far, we’re making steady progress. I can’t complain about all the beaches though… it’s nice seeing the ocean every day.

 

First Kettlebell Attempt

15 Nov

I got a really good workout in right before leaving the states, but the past few days my exercise has basically been taking the dogs on walks. So today, even though I didn’t find the gym, I took advantage of the Kettlebells in the house and looked up exercises (I had never used Kettlebells before). Here’s what I came up with…
20 min walk with the dogs

15 Around the Worlds each direction

15 Figure Eights each direction

20 Squat Swings

3 sets (I got the exercises from: Women’s Health )

30 Crunches with Kettlebell

12 curls (I just used 2 of the same weight Kettlebells)

20 side lunges

20 calf raises

3 sets

2 min rotating planks
Nothing too hard but felt it a bit in my shoulders (probably from the lack of workouts the past month) so… I’ll consider it a win for now. Also made a gluten-free Chicken Risotto for lunch today. Just trying to get back on track!

Hello Again!

13 Nov

Oh man… what a month! The wedding was everything I could have asked for, the honeymoon was even better, and now I have moved to Japan! I have no car, we don’t really have a house yet, and… well, a lot of other unknowns but we’re here and I am trying to start a routine of some kind until we get more settled in.

We went to France for the honeymoon, it was wonderful! Ate lots of fondue (an easy gluten free option), had great (and some not so great) wine, and just toured around. Stayed active so I didn’t feel too bad about the food (and it was all SO fresh!) but I was ready to get back into a better diet by the time we got home.

We went up into the Alps (Chamonix, Mont Blanc) for a couple days and I have to say, I went on the hardest hike I think I’ve ever done. It was also the highest hike I’ve done to date (2317 meters at the top, lots of switchbacks)… and so worth it. The view from the top was awesome and I had a huge sense of accomplishment. Maybe misplaced, I’m sure people who hike all the time would laugh at it but hey, I was proud of myself. Here’s the view from the top… we had not been prepared for the snow so we ended up taking a tram back down.

Oh, and here’s me… running to the top because I was cold and really wanted hot chocolate:

 

Anyway, I got up with hubby this morning (his first day back at work) and made eggs and turkey bacon; I guess so far so good on the eating healthy out here? 😉 We’re house sitting for a friend so today I’m planning on taking their two dogs out, they both pull a lot so we’ll see how long the walk actually lasts, and then trying to find the gym on the base. I also plan on cooking a lot until I get settled in with a job here so hopefully that means new recipes for you guys too.