Archive | November, 2014

Progress

24 Nov

It has been a long time since I posted any progress pictures so I figured today was as good as any. If for nothing else than to prove I have still been doing some workouts. Not where I want to be but I figure this is the best way to stay accountable 🙂

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Clean Chicken Salad

23 Nov

This weekend hubby and I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for an awesome couple stationed here with us. I love hosting parties but I always struggle over the menu… I want to make sure it’s food everyone will enjoy but I refuse to give up all of my healthy alternatives. So, of course, we had a baby cake and some desserts but I also made the mini quiche (which were a huge hit) and a healthy fall chicken salad.

Glimpse of the invitations

A Glimpse of the invitations

I’m kicking myself because I took barely any pictures but here’s the recipe…

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 C dried cherries
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts
  • 1 pear (diced)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 lb shredded chicken (if you buy canned to save time, make sure it’s in water)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and enjoy! Serve on it’s own or with whole grain crackers

Do you have a healthy go-to dish for when you entertain? What are some of your favorite party recipes?

November progress

12 Nov

I have not been in a gym in… let’s just say awhile. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out. I have been doing T25 workouts and Yoga Meltdown and just trying to be active every day. It has taken some time but I’m learning that finding new workouts doesn’t mean I’ve “quit”. I’m just finding options that work better for where my life is right now. I can’t spend an hour and half in the gym 3-4 days a week and maintain my other priorities. I CAN however do 30-45 minute workouts 5 days a week and free up the other hour. I know this is something I’ve written about before but, it’s one of those things I have to keep reminding myself of. Changing your workouts to fit your lifestyle is not a failure, in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s finding a way around your obstacles.

Hopefully, really really hopefully, at some point this winter I won’t have to be going to physical therapy once a week which will free up a lot of my schedule and I’ll be able to get back into strength training. My long term goal is to strength train twice a week and stick with my 30 minute workouts the other 3 days. Don’t get me wrong, these workouts do a lot of body weight training which is great… it’s just not quite the same for us gym rats.

What changes have you had to make to maintain a healthy lifestyle with changing life priorities?

Scott Traczyk  Photography

Scott Traczyk Photography

First World Problems

4 Nov

Hello world! It has been forever since my last post! Here’s why… my old laptop had a sudden death. Hubby and I finally put in the time and research and bought a new one this past weekend but, it’s been rough. I didn’t realize how much I used my computer until I didn’t have it. Luckily we have a tablet so  getting real life things taken care of wasn’t too awful but, its crazy how dependent on the internet we are now! After lots of research and discussion, hubby went to make the big purchase while I was at work, we ended up with the Lenovo Ultrabook Yoga 2. Today’s my first day using it and it’s very different than my last laptop but so far I think I like it.

Since my last post hubby’s parents came out to DC, I’ve been working a crazy schedule in order to take as little time off as possible and still accomplish everything outside of work, and to be honest my workouts have taken the hit for it. My diet hasn’t been perfect but it hasn’t been awful, just really need to get back to those 5 workouts/week. Last night I had a little victory when I got home from work. My back was killing me and hubby convinced me to at least do some of my physical therapy exercises, which definitely helped, and this morning I didn’t even set an alarm to try and recover a little bit. I firmly believe sleep is an important part of overall health and fitness that seems to get overlooked in our hectic schedules.

We didn’t stick with the T25 program very well so I’m going to try re-starting that today but I think, because it is so high impact, I’m going to go into this round with my own plan of combining their workouts with some lower impact ones so I don’t make my injury worse and so I don’t get frustrated when I don’t stick exactly to their schedule.

All this brings me to my November goals…

1. Take some time for myself (I’m getting better about this but still feel guilty when I do)

2. Workout at least 30 minutes, 5 times a week

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