Friday, July 23, 2010

Quotes to Inspire

I LOVE Quotes.  I'm surrounded by them.  They are on my computer at work, my fridge at home, even my bathroom mirror.  Quotes {for me} are reminders of what I want out of life, how I want my attitude to be, and that no matter how bad a day might could always be worse!  I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.  And, if you have a quote {or 2} that inspire you please share with me!  Maybe I'll add it to my list of favorites:)
  • Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. –Unknown
  • We acquire the strength we have overcome- RWE
  • You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Do or do not. There is no try. -Yoda
  • One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better. -Col. Harland Sanders
  • Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying “I will try again tomorrow”. -Mary Anne Radmacher
  • Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays. -RWE
  • First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. -Epictetus
  • There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. -BLC Member
  • Look at the opportunity, not the limitation.
  • The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you. – Unknown
  • I run because it's so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought. –Arthur Blank
  • A goal without a plan is just a wish. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. – John Bingham
  • Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. – Lance Armstrong
  • There is no better feeling in the world than to take your mind and body to a place you thought it couldn’t go; a place you thought it didn’t belong. You should all try it sometime. – Shauna Reid
  • Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up. – Dean Karnazes
  • We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. ~Gloria Gaither
  • You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face. -Gatorade ad
  • Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ~ Philippians 4:6, NLT
  • Set your goals high because what a person accomplishes is in proportion to what they attempt. -Mitchell Naufell
  • Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight. -Lance Armstrong
  • To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality. -Anita Roddick
  • Stand up and finish what you started. -Bob Harper
  • If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run. -John Bingham
  • Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent. -Joan Benoit Samuelson
  • I don't believe in restricting calories, I believe in burning them. -Chanamalla Samagond
  • I race in order to dig deep within myself and see what I'm really made of.  -Maggie, Runner from Idaho

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Meal Planning

Tonight my husband and I decided that we have a problem.  We have both admitted that we contribute to this problem, and really feel pretty clueless as to where to start to fix it.  Our problem is meal planning.  We have no idea how to get started or make it easier.  I am notorious for coming home, not knowing what to eat, and so we each make our own dinner.  We both want to cook more so we can enjoy our dinners together and try new things.  He claims that if he were to make me dinner I wouldn't eat it (and honestly, he's right because most everything he makes has either noodles or hamburger in it & that gets old real fast for me).  I don't have a lot of experience cooking or trying new recipes so it's unchartered territory for me which makes me not want to do it after a long day of work and then an evening at the gym.  I WANT to be a good cook, I WANT to try new things... but wanting to and actually doing it are two different things!
So, I'm in need of your advice!  I'm looking for healthy meal ideas that are quick and easy.  What do you make for dinner?  What does a typical day of eating look like for you? What's your "go to" meal that you make in a hurry and it's healthy and tastes good? 
Do you meal plan?  If so, how?  What are your best tips for meal planning?  Do you do it daily, weekly or monthly?
I can't wait to hear your advice!  I'd also LOVE for you to share some of your favorite recipes with me!  Thanks for helping me out {Kev appreciates it too!}

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Hungry on Skinny

When I see a picture of a Plus Size model I think to myself "Seriously, you call THAT plus size?!"  Hollywood has a totally different image of Plus Size than the average American woman I think.  If a size 10 is considered PLUS, then I'd be damn proud!  I am encouraged though when I see a more average woman in ads, TV shows, commercials, magazines, etc.  I'll never relate to a woman who is 5'11" and weighs 120... my measurements are quite different so I'll never look the same in clothes that they do!
So when I saw the interview with Crystal Renn on ABC News & she captivated me with her story.  I have struggled with my weight since elementary school.  I've finally {not until my late 20's} accepted the fact that I will never be "thin" according to America's standards.  These hips aren't going anywhere so I may as well embrace them!  I had Binge Eating Disorder and still have to keep myself "in check" so I won't re-visit those unhealthy behaviors {which is something I will fight everyday forever}.  It's a daily process, and hearing Crystal's story is inspiring to me to remain on the healthy track and not let myself get wrapped up in the opinions of everyone else and their idea of what I should look like.  "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" right?
Crystal Renn started as an average American High School girl who wanted to be a model.  A modeling scout saw her, told her she could be a model...she just had to lose 70 lbs and 9" off her hips.  She worked hard to achieve this by anorexia and exercise bulimia.  She was 5'9" and weighed 95 lbs. and was told she wasn't thin enough. 
Left: Crystal today- healthy & happy
 Right: Unhealthy & unhappy in the midst of an eating disorder
You can read an interview that Crystal did telling more about her story here.  I am so glad she has shared her experience with the public, it's important to hear that people DO overcome eating disorders and unhealthy habits.
I think it is so sad that our society wants to portray that skin and bones is the perfect idea of "health".  No people, that is not healthy.  Now, if that is how your body type is then there is nothing you can do to change that & that's not what I'm referring to.  Some people were blessed with a high metabolism, and they are skinny no matter what they eat or how much exercise they do {ever seen my husband?  We are total opposite!}. 
What my point is is that we all shouldn't be striving to see BONES.  I'll admit, I'm a sucker for collarbones, when I see that mine are showing it gets me all giddy...but for real, I'll still have a booty to prove that there ain't no bones about me:)  And you know what?!  I've become pretty proud of what my body can DO, instead of what my body LOOKS like.  Even when I was 50lbs thinner than I am today I couldn't run a 5k or do some of the intense workouts I do now.  Now, I didn't try to run a 5k back then...and I'm sure I could of if I would have trained, but fitness and health isn't reserved only for the people who weigh in their ideal body weight range.  It is for everyone- no matter shape, size, height, age, genetics, race, etc. 
Crystal Renn wrote a book about her experience in the fashion industry and on how she decided after getting down to a tiny 95 lbs and still called too fat, she changed her mind, changed her life and is now one of the most famous plus size models we see today.  It sounds like Crystal went through some pretty rough times and I am so happy to know that she overcame those struggles and is confident in the beautiful woman she is today.  I plan to read her book Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.  I can't wait to learn more about her story and share it with you.
It's up to US to get the word out that you don't have to be a size 2 to be beautiful.  And if you are a size 2 then embrace that too, we were all made differently and it's time we all accept the beautiful person we are!
We need to quit trying to achieve something that society finds beautiful and look in the mirror instead and make peace with the unique person God created.  Beauty is not only skin deep, it is everything about you inside and out. 
If you are having a "down day" thinking about your weight or size of your clothes I challenge you to lift someone else up.  Tell someone how pretty they look, you like their outfit, makeup, etc.  Encourage someone you know who is working hard towards losing weight, training for a race, etc.  When you lift up others around you you will feel so much better about yourself.  If we all spent a little more time looking at the good in someone we just might be able to turn off the "Negative Nancy" channel in our lives and prosper in all of the goodness we have to celebrate!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

California Love

My hubby and I are going to California soon... I can hardly wait!  We've had a pretty stressful summer so far.  God has put some bumps in the road that we've had to work through and we've been forced to lean on each other, face adversity, and communicate alot!  It has made our relationship & our faith stronger, so there is a reason we've gone through it!  Because of this we are both really looking forward to getting out of town and enjoying each others company in sunny California!  We are spending time in San Diego and then driving up the coast to LA.  I have had so many people tell me how beautiful this drive is, so I'm looking forward to it.  And, I'll have my camera in tow for lots of pictures of course:)
My question is this... what do we HAVE to do {or see} while in California?  I know we plan to go to the Farmers Market in LA, our hotel is in the area and I'm anxious to see it.  But, what else?  I've thought about hiking but have no idea where... uh, I live in KS so there really isn't anywhere to "hike" here so that's all new to me!
We are looking for a relaxing trip to enjoy each other and time away from stress, work, schedules, etc.  I don't want a packed schedule so when we get home we feel we need a "vacation after our vacation" but I don't know when we'll go back so I don't want to just camp out at the beach all day either!
{Note: I want to spend some time at the beach... just not days}. 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tanning... this COULD happen to you

A friend of mine forwarded me this video the other day about a girl in KS who has skin cancer, because of tanning. I saw that she only sent it to me and one other person so I knew it was "intended" for me to see because she knows I like to have a tan. Well, once I opened the video my heart about stopped. I know the girl in this video. She dated {and is now married} someone I knew in college and I sat there watching this in utter disbelief that this was happening to their family. They are SO young, she is only 31. She is a Mommy of two & she has Melanoma.
I have not been able to get Heather's story out of my head since I saw it this week. I haven't been tanning in a tanning bed the last few years but I did this year for my sisters wedding{I'm totally hating myself for it now}. When I did start tanning right away I saw changes in my skin, bumps that started to appear and I felt my skin had the life sucked out of it. I couldn't wait for her wedding to be over so I could quit tanning...I wish I would have seen this video sooner and it would have brought me back into reality that tan skin does NOT equal beautiful. I have always been a tanner... I am more confident when I am tan, as are most girls. But, after hearing her story I'm NEVER going to step foot in another tanning salon...ever. Arbonne sells a great self tanner that I started using instead and it has an SPF 15 so I'm protecting my skin while wearing it anyways which is better than what I was doing (SPF 15 is NOT enough by itself though). I also have a friend who owns a mobile spray tan business (Visit TANgibility Mobile here) that I plan to use more often for events such as weddings, pictures, vacations, etc. I will prove to myself that I don't have to go to a tanning bed to get the glow I love from sunkissed skin. I can get it in a much safer way.
The second this video ended I also called my dermatologist and have an appointment in August. There are a few spots on my body I would feel better knowing they are "nothing" or can be removed. When was the last time you saw a dermatologist? Or have you ever? Make that appointment, learn from Heather's story and let her story be the "reason" for action. After reading her blog it's evident that IF she could go back she wouldn't have spent so much time tanning & therefore wouldn't be going through all of this... so I'm allowing her story to touch my heart and change my actions.
You can view the video here Beauty came at high price for Derby woman
Heather also has a blog She shares her story and there is also a link to help her family pay for medical expenses. I'm sure that the treatments are so expensive and that they'd appreciate any amount you'd be willing to give.

**Please share this with someone you think might need to see it. Someone shared it with me and it made a huge impact on me.**

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sweaty Bands Giveaway!!!

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sweaty Bands!!!  In May I did a post on sweaty bands and how much I love them!  They are literally the best invention... ever.  Ok, so I may be a little dramatic but I really do love wearing the bands when I exercise and for the first time {ever} I don't worry about my hair being in my face while I'm working out, it's so awesome!  I even wore it while boating and my bangs were out of my face and I could actually enjoy the ride without worrying about my hair flying everywhere.
I know a lot of you purchased your own sweaty band after reading my post & many of you have shared how much you love yours...well, guess what?!  I found a giveaway for Sweaty Bands today!  Just visit the awesome blog Endurance isn't Only Physical to enter the giveaway!  Good luck to you all...and to me!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I got an award!

I was so thrilled to see that Tina from The Year of Me sent me The Versatile Blogger Award!!! 
Thanks for following my blog Tina & giving me my very first award!
The rules for this award are as follows:

1.Thank the person who gave you the award.

2. Share seven things about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs.

4. Let your nominees know about the award.
7 Things About Myself...

  1. I LOVE working out, I don't just do it to be healthy... I actually enjoy it!

  2. I've been trying to stop drinking Diet Coke for years

  3. My husband and I had a whirlwind romance- we dated for 7 months when we got engaged and were married 5 months later.  On our wedding day we'd only been together 13 months total.  It truly was love at first sight and STILL is almost 5 years later:)

  4. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & would love to get back in my field! {hint: if anyone knows of any opportunties please share!}

  5. I'm a singer- I sing at my church in our worship band and family/friends weddings.  Nothing is better than a great song that I can sing at the top of my lungs to get me through a tough day.

  6. For the very first time in my life I have developed a passion and love for Christ that I've never known before, it's changed my life & my marriage...for the better! 

  7. I'm going to be an Aunt {x2} this winter!  My sister-in-law is due November 23rd & my little sister is due December 15th!  My friend Erin is due November 27th also- which means that 3 out of my 4 bridesmaids are due within 3 weeks of each other!
15 Blogs I Love!
  1. Julie @ Booking Mama {New book review every day!}
  2. Demesha @ Potter's Clay {We got to meet in person last weekend! She's lost 130+ lbs.!}
  3. Shandal @ My Life in 3D {Fitness lover like me}
  4. Amber @ Silver Lining {Faith inspired}
  5. Brittany @ :Deliciously Healthy {Just found this blog, love it to pieces!}
  6. Lauren @ Life with a Lab {She loves her lab as much as I do}
  7. Amanda @ Run to the Finish {I don't go a single day without reading her blog}
  8. Tricia @ Endurance isn't Only Physical {INSPIRATION- you'll know what I mean when you visit her blog}
  9. Sharri @ Going to a Place I've Never Been {we've known each other since grade school and she's new to the blog world!  So proud of you!}
  10. Lindsay @ Healthy Stride {LOVE her blog, and she's such an inspiration}
  11. Cindy @ Skip to My Lou {She's so creative, her husband is my co-worker too}
  12. Jenn @Watch my Butt Shrink {great blog w/ some humor too}
  13. Meg @ Sunshine & Cool Breezes {I love her 30 B4 30 List idea}
  14. Bobbi @ NherShoes {one of my faves}
  15. Julie @ Julie's Journey {Honest, true, real journey of weight loss}

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Almond Crusted Chicken from Jillian Michaels Cookbook!

Last night I made an awesome recipe from Jillian Michaels The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook!
I am not someone who cooks very often, it's actually pretty rare.  I usually make the same things, or we do quick meals like sandwiches, etc.  I want to become more of a cook so before my bible study last night I decided to surprise my hubby with dinner when he got home from work.  He was pretty shocked and told me he "really liked it"...hmmm, maybe he could make me a stay at home wife & then I'd promise to have dinner on the table every night when he got home:) 
Here's the recipe & nutrition facts...I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

Almond Crusted Chicken Breasts
{Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism Cookbook}
Preheat oven to 425.
Toast 1/2 cup of almonds.
Place all ingredients in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
 The mixture will be a thick paste
Arrange chicken breasts in baking dish & top with almond paste.  Roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
Your masterpiece is complete...and delicious!

I added a delicious spinach & strawberry salad with our chicken. 
The dressing is StoneWall Kitchen Strawberry Balsamic Dressing & is YUMMY!

The Recipe
(Serves 4)

1/2 cup unsalted almonds, toasted
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp grated lemon zest
1 T. fresh lemon juice
3/4 dried rosemary*
1 garlic clove
1/4 tsp salt
4 (4-5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

*Note: I did not use the rosemary because I don't like it and it was great without it so if you don't like it just leave it out!
  • Preheat the oven to 425.
  • In the work bowl of a food processor, place the almonds, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, garlic, and salt.  Process until coarsely chopped; the mixture will be a thick paste.
  • Arrange the chicken breast halves in a baking dish.  Divide the almond paste and spread on the breasts; pat down to cover each breast completely.
  • Roast in the oven until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer reads 165-170 degrees, about 10 minutes.  Loosely tent with foil and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 293.3 kcal
Fat 17.4 g
Protein 30 g
Carbs 4.3 g
Sodium 194.2 mg

This recipe is from Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism Cookbook

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July Mass Street Mile Race

I spent July 4th morning at the Mass Street Mile Race in Lawrence.  I had a great time with my husband and friend Bre who both ran in the race also!  It was their first road race so I was excited to have some company!

They had the race broken up into different heats so Kevin ran first with the men.

He's the happiest runner I've ever seen...

Kev finished in 7:24... and he hasn't even been running!  Wish it was that easy for me!

The women's group went next...

Go Bre Go!!  She finished in 9:05... You ROCK!!
Gotta beat that girl!!!

Almost done!  Finished in 11:10... which is my PB for a mile!  My goal was to run it in 12:00 so I was SO happy to see my time at the finish line!!

I got to meet my "blog friend" Demesha after the race!  I follow her blog Potter's Clay & it is so inspiring (she's a Follower here as well)!  She has lost over 130 pounds already and just became one of Kansas City Fitness Magazine's Weight Loss Contestants!  You can follow her journey with the KC Weight Loss Challenge here.  I am so proud of her and it's awesome to watch her success with the KC Weight Loss Challenge!!!  Keep up the hard work Demesha!!

Even though July 4th was a rainy one we still had a great day at the race and at Breana's party last night!  What a difference a year can make!  Last year I was embarrassed to leave the house because of how much weight I'd gained.  It was great to be able to enjoy my friends this year and my thinner self!  If you would have told me last 4th of July that I'd be running in a race this year I would have laughed!
Hope you all had a safe, healthy & happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Monthly Weigh In

Yesterday I had my monthly appointment with Dr. Weeks.  I knew that the scale wasn't moving much so I wasn't totally shocked to see that I'd only lost 0.6 for the entire month.  Hmph.  Not saying I'm too happy about it, but I had prepared myself I guess.
I've been on this journey for 10 months now... I was bound to have a plateau and it's pretty clear to me that that's what's going on now.  The last 3 months have looked like this...
April- 204.7
May- 203.5
June- 200.8
July- 200.2
Ok, seriously?!?  Can I NOT get out of the 200lb Club?  I AM thankful that the scale is going down, I would just like it to move a little faster is all!  I decided to really think about why my weight loss has seemed slower and what I can do to improve it.  Here is where I need some work.
  1. Water- I am not a thirsty person, and even when I am thirsty I don't reach for something to drink.  I'm the idiot who will be totally parched sitting at my desk with a full bottle of water, but won't drink it.  It makes no sense, and I have no idea why I have such a problem getting in my water!  I drink water much more at night at home, or right after I workout but I know I need to increase the intake and my weight loss will benefit.
  2. Boot Camp is kicking my a%#!!!  I started the amazing Booty Busting Boot Camp the first week of June and it is the best workout I've ever done.  BUT, I've let sore muscles and being tired get in the way of working out other days of the week.  I can be sore from BC for several days (like the kind of sore that it hurts before I even get out of bed in the morning!)  so it's really hard to convince myself to go for a run when I can barely walk!  Last week I decided to push through the soreness and get more cardio in.  What I found is it helped me get through being sore much faster, and I noticed the same benefit this in July I have to keep running along w/ BC.
  3. Journaling- I took a little "break" the first few weeks of June, but I really am much more aware of what I'm eating when I log my food.  I use My Fitness Pal to track my food & exercise.  I love it because I have an iPhone app as well so it really makes it impossible to NOT track... except when I'm too damn lazy to log it.  In July I'm getting back to basics and journaling is #1 on the list!
  4. The Scale - I can get a little obsessive over the scale which is why yesterday I declared my Independence from the Scale!  I want to focus on healthy habits and exercising instead of the number on the scale.  Because that's not what this is all about.  I'm choosing this lifestyle to be healthier, feel better, fit into my clothes again, have more confidence, yada, yada, yada...  Too often I get so wrapped up in the number staring up at me to realize how far I've come on this journey!  There is a lot I have to be proud of, and I can't let a stupid # ruin that.  So, I'm not weighing until my next appointment which is August could be a long month:)
My total weight loss is 54.5 lbs. in 10 months.  That's an average of approx. 5.5 lbs per month, I've lost 21.4% body fat & lowered my BMI from 44 to 34.6.  I'm celebrating the BIG picture of success and letting go of a 0.6 loss for the month.  And you bet your bottom dollar I'm getting out of the 200 lb. Club on August 6th:)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Independence from the Scale...

In spirit of Independence Day I've made a decision... in July I'm declaring my Independence from the scale.  Yep, I'm putting the scale away for the entire month of July.  Do you know how hard this is going to be for me?!  Like, super hard!  I haven't been losing as much as I'd like to be, the scale is slowly trickling down {yes, I'm glad it's going down instead of up} so I've decided to dedicate July to getting back to basics-  Eating right, more exercise, going to sleep on time, lowering my stress (you get the point)... all because I FEEL better when I do.  Of course when my diet, exercise, lifestyle, etc. are all in alignment then the scale usually makes me happy, but that's not what I want to focus on this month.  I'm going to make my husband hide it from me actually {he's gonna love that} so I won't even be tempted to sneak a peek.
I've been on this weight loss journey for 10 months now and I know I've gotten more relaxed about drinking my water, journaling, fruits & veggies, etc.  It's time for me to re-focus and get that scale soaring down again!!  I haven't stopped by any means the last few months I've just been a bit more distracted is all.  I'm not beating myself up, or giving up... I'm just choosing to make different choices from here on.  There is no point in getting mad at yourself for the past, because it's the PAST... you can't change it so you may as well accept it and move forward and learn from it!
Do you weigh everyday?  Why or why not?  How hard would it be for you to hide your scale for a month?  Anyone want to join me and declare YOUR Independence from the scale?
Any tips you have I'd love to hear!