Ow.

Ow. Ow. Ow.  I think typing even hurts at this point.  I had the world’s hardest workout this morning, and learned a few life lessons in the process:
Life Lesson #168: Eating oatmeal the night before a morning workout is a BAD idea, unless you like being jet-propelled.
Life Lesson #169:  Never, EVER piss-off your Trainer.  You may not live to see tomorrow, or you may not want to.
Life Lesson #170:  Not eating anything before a workout will leaving you wanting to die after a workout, no matter how mad your trainer is.

Word got out that the other trainer’s work-outs were harder than our trainer’s.  Our trainer didn’t like that.  That complaint is no longer true.
This was the first time ever I came close to throwing-up after a workout, but that also may be because of Lesson #170.
All of this pain, instances of my life passing before my eyes, and sweat at least is paying off.  Yes, I dropped a stinking POUND the first week, but I dropped 7 lbs. this past week.  I’ll take it.
And after this morning’s workout, I think I  also sweat off any calories I ever DREAMT of consuming.  Yikes. 
I’m off to recover.  I have an hour and a half tomorrow in the gym.  Pray for me.

In personal news, I had a glorious “girls weekend” this past weekend.  We didn’t DO a whole lot, but with both of us being mom’s, we didn’t really need to.  Relaxing was vacation.  I also got to see an old friend from High School which was great.  All in all, I would love to do it again soon. 🙂
Otherwise besides this physical torture I’m paying people to put me through, there’s not much news here.  I’ll take it.

WHAT?!?!?!

I’m coming off a day of disappointment.  Even after spend 5 hours in the gym the first week and dramatically changing our diet to lean proteins, super-foods, whole grains, watching sodium levels, cutting sugar, etc.   I lost a pound.  A *&$(!ing  pound!!!!!!!!
I know it’s in the right direction and I know the weight needs to come off slowly, but I sit here still feeling defeated.  I’m disappointed in myself somehow–even though I  intellectually know there probably nothing else I could do.    All I can do is pick up, pack for tomorrow morning, hit Boot-camp at 6:00a.m. and pray for better next week. 

In other news, like the rest of the Nation, I got to witness history today, even though President Obama’s Inaugural Speech had over-tones of “Tickle-Me Elmo” thanks to kidlet.  It was special all the same, and I am very hopeful for the next 4 years.  It’s about time! 
 
I hope my next post is more hopeful.  I’ll keep you updated.

Flat-Out Pizza

Well, it’s been quite a day.  Up at 5:00 a.m.  Boot-camp at 6:00 a.m. Work at 8:00 a.m.  2nd Workout 6:15 p.m. 
Back in the Gym 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.  And I’m paying people to do this to me?  Yeah, sounds about right…..
Anyway, I promised people that I would post our Pizza Recipe that we had the other night.  Here goes:

Exquisite Pizza Sauce

1 (6 oz.) Can Tomato Paste
6 fluid oz warm water
3 Tbl Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 Tbl Honey
3/4 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
1/4 tsp Dried Basil
1/4 tsp Dried Marjoram
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/8 tsp Dried Red Pepper Flakes
Salt to Taste

In small bowl, combine ingredients and mix together, breaking any clumps of cheese.  Sauce should sit for 30 mins to blend flavors before use.

Flat-Out Pizzas:

1 Italian Herb Flatout Wrap
1/3 Cup Sauce

Heat Oven to 350 Degrees.  Lay Flatout Wrap on Cookie Sheet and Bake 7 mins.   Take out of oven and prepare pizza as desired.  Place back into oven and Bake Pizza for 15 Mins.

We made the pizzas as specified and added Goat Cheese and Mushrooms.  They were so great AND healthy!

MUFFINS!

Just thought I would include a recipe I discovered with this whole lifestyle change: We really like them!

Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Oat Bran
1/4 Cup Quick Oats
1/4 Cup Wheat Germ
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 Banana, mashed
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 Egg
1 Tbl Veg Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix together, place batter in muffin tins and bake @ 350 degrees for 18 mins.

**Additions/Subsitutions I Made:
I used ALL Whole Wheat Flour
I added 1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseed
I added 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
I used 1% Milk instead of Buttermilk
and I left out the Walnuts

Give them a try! Let me know what you think!

In other news I’m trying to figure out why my GOLDfish is turning Black. Thank God for Google……

Coming Out of the Closet

Well, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to come out.   Okay, before you have a coronary, not in THAT way.  Let me explain:
I got into a weight loss program at our local YMCA, and I’ve been hesitant to admit it or talk about it, because it’s the one area in my life I’m embarrassed about.  –Me?  Embarrassed?..Yeah, I know.  Hard to picture. 
I’ve decided to “come out” because I am who I am, flaws and all.  That, and MAYBE this can help someone else.  (Hopefully.)
Also, with my following description of everything, I may add commentary that sounds like complaining.  This is partly true, but also with my sense of humor I need to put things in a light where I can laugh at them so it’s easier to deal with them.  It’s the way I roll.  Please feel free to laugh with me; that’s what it’s intended for. 🙂

So, this means the following schedule which started this past week and will continue for the next 11 weeks:
Monday: 6:00a.m.-7:00a.m. Boot-camp / Work / Nutrition Class 6:45p.m.-7:45p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00a.m.-9:00a.m. Workout with my Trainer and small group
Wednesday: 6:00a.m.-7:00a.m. Boot-camp
Thursday: 8:30-10:00a.m. workout on my own
Friday: Work

With this new schedule (also referred to as physical torture with my sense of humor) includes a menu change.  A HUGE menu change.  We have gone from Pizza, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Fast Food, Burgers, Fried Food to the following:
Protein Bars, Vitamin Water, Bulgur Wheat, Quinoa, Spinach, Balsamic Vinegar, Fresh Veggies, Ground Flaxseed, Chicken Breast, Turkey Breast, Fish, 100 Calorie Packs, Fruit, Ezekiel Bread, Real Oatmeal.

Lessons Learned this week:
I have muscles hurt that I didn’t even know I had.
Protein Bars are now something I look forward to.
Food Cravings are EVIL!
What’s more Evil?– Prime Time Food Advertisements as I restlessly sit with my Diet Hot Cocoa.  It’s like Food Porn!!!!
Diet Hot Cocoa should have NEVER been created for how bad it tastes and I have no idea how the people that make it sleep at night!
100 Calorie Packs make me feel like I am cheating, and Yes, I’m only having 1 pack per time…not 1 box.
I’m disappointed that there’s not more screaming from my trainer.  I wonder what went wrong in my childhood.  LOL
Vitamin Water + Coffee = Peeing A LOT
Goat Cheese is Good
Hot Green Tea tastes BAD

At least this hasn’t been ALL in vain.  I have noticed changes in my body shape and I’m down 3 lbs, which isn’t bad for the 1st week.  I hope it continues!
Anyway, that’s all I got right now.  I’ll keep you updated!

A Good Dose of Life

It’s been an interesting week.  My best friend from college came and stayed with us for the week because of a family situation she’s going through.  This past week has taught me a lot:
It has taught me that sometimes the most effective way you can be a best friend, is by just being there.   That one should always lead by example.  That everyone has something to bring to your life. 
And sometimes other relationships in your life are nothing like you thought they were.   Sometimes you thought they were more important than the other person, and the deflating moment is when u feel replaced–even worse?–when you’re replaced quickly.  It’s hard on the ego, but nothing that’s not a lesson within itself.   That’s the neat thing about life: in every bad situation there’s a lesson and a tool within that to make you better.
I’m well on my way to making myself better!  Still unsure if I want to go into details, but the next 12 weeks will bring incredible changes–a glimpse of who I really am/the old me, the confidence in myself to never make the same mistakes again with myself or others, and I’m bringing back the girl that can take over the world: so you better watch out!
The past week held lessons learned.   This week starts changes made!

Hi, 2009! Good to See You!

Happy New Year!  We had a GREAT New Year’s Eve.  For the first time in a few years, we traveled back to my hometown and got together with friends.  I discovered that Butterscotch Schnapps are rather tasty, and that Pictionary takes a REALLY long time when everyone is drunk, but makes for great pictures.
It was so nice to see our friends that are so easy to pick right up where we left off with.  There’s so much comfort in that and it really got me thinking about perhaps moving back when Hubby “retires” from this job.  Thinking is about as far as it’s gotten as it will most likely be years before he’s done here, but it’s nice to know that’s an option all the same.
Today I’m filled with Hope for the first time in a long time.  I REALLY feel 2009 is going to be a great year.   I’ve set goals on my to-do list, and I know every day is an opportunity for new stories, new people all to enter my life.  Who wouldn’t be happy with that? 
Anyway, along with visiting friends over-night comes not sleeping well, so it’s to bed early for me tonight.  Welcome 2009!