Insanity Day 8

Woke up today as Mrs. Snuffleupagus!  Full on cold…but only in my head, so I dared to workout and actually succeeded!

I did the ‘Cardio Power & Resistance’ workout again and had that weird ending that I did after my first full workout where I just cried uncontrollably during the last minute of the cool down.  I don’t know what is causing me to cry – whether it’s out of pure exhaustion or pure happiness  – either way, the bottom line is I got to cross another workout as COMPLETED!  Hell yeah!  😉

 

 

 

Fooling Foods

from sparkpeople.com

1) Vitamin-Enriched Water

Vitamin-enriched waters put two good things together to make healthiest drink ever, right? Sounds good in theory, but vitamin waters contain far more than their name implies. Yes, they can give you your daily dose of nutrients, just like a multivitamin, but it comes with a side of sugar and calories you may not have known you ordered. A single bottle of vitamin-enriched water usually contains 2.5 servings or more when you read the nutrition label. That means you’re consuming more than twice the calories and sugar listed on the label when you drink the whole thing. Water it down: Water should be your drink of choice. If you don’t like the flavor of plain water, spruce it up without calories by adding lime, lemon or orange wedges to your glass. Save the vitamin and electrolyte-enhanced waters for long, intense workouts that last 90 minutes or more.

2) Granola

Granola can be deceiving. It appears to be filled with the whole-grain goodness of oats. What’s so bad about that? It’s what you don’t see: all the added fat and sugar that turned those healthful oats into granola. This applies to granola bars, too. They may have a reputation as the optimal snack for healthy eaters, but many are made with added chocolate, sugars, and “chicory root extract,” which is mostly insulin, a sugar made from plants that is also a source of soluble fiber. Insulin, which is largely indigestible, adds both sugar and supplemental fiber to make granola look healthier than it is. Get a grip on granola: Not all granola deserve a bad rap. Read those labels (sugars should not be in the first two ingredients) or make your own so you know what you’re eating.

3) Spinach Wraps & Pasta

Spinach wraps and pastas definitely add a decorative flair to your meal, but that’s about it. The actual amount of spinach in these green tortillas and noodles is trivial compared with what you would get if you added your own spinach leaves to your wrap or pasta dish. This super green is added more for color than for nutrition, and most often, the flour used to make the pasta or wrap isn’t whole grain, either. Spruce up your spinach: Add fresh spinach leaves to your pasta dish or wrap if you want to benefit from the B vitamins, fiber, iron and calcium found in spinach. Choose whole-grain (not spinach) pastas and wraps for your meals instead.

4) Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

It may boast the super food “broccoli” in its name, but this creamy concoction is usually less than soup-er for you. Besides a load of full-fat cheddar cheese, what you won’t see is all the melted butter and cream this soup contains. All three of these ingredients are high in unhealthy saturated fats. And just because broccoli is in the name doesn’t mean you’re getting a serving of vegetables when you slurp down this soup. Slim down your soup: Order a cup instead of a bowl, or make it at home using healthier substitutions like evaporated skim milk and less cheese. Don’t forget to add a real serving or two of vegetables to your meal; this soup alone won’t help you meet your daily quota.

5) Veggie Chips

Veggie chips seem like they would be a much smarter choice than regular potato chips, but it turns out most brands are about equal in calories, fat and nutrients to regular old chips. Consumer Reports states that the main ingredient for almost all veggie chips are potatoes, merely supplemented with vegetable powder or puree. Veggie chips only contain about 10 fewer calories per serving than your average potato chips. Chuck the chips: Snack on fresh, crunchy veggies for fewer calories and more nutrients than veggie chips.

6) Muffins

Muffins may look like the perfect breakfast or snack, but in most cases, they’re little more than a small cake (i.e. dessert). Not only do they resemble small planets in size, but they are also loaded with calories, unhealthy fats, refined flour and added sugars. Bran muffins can trick you into thinking they are healthful because the word “bran” is in the name, but these monsters can contain 500 calories or more and very little else in the way of nutrition! Blueberry muffins (or other fruity varieties) contain a fraction of a serving of real fruit. Muzzle the muffin top: Share these goodies with a friend and watch your portion sizes. If fruit is what you want, avoid it when it comes in muffin form. You can also make muffins at home and use healthier ingredients to make them more nutritious.

7) Pretzels

Pretzels, although a better choice than greasy potato chips, provide little more than calories. Yes, you can buy them fat-free, but they’re also free of any significant amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber or protein. Even pretzels labeled “honey wheat” struggle to pack 1 gram of fiber into 8 twists. If you’re crunching on salted pretzels, you could be adding an extra 815 mg of sodium to your diet with each serving. Power up your pretzels: Choose whole-wheat pretzels for more fiber and filling power or pair your twists with some healthy protein (like cheese or peanut butter) to avoid spikes in blood sugar that could leave you feeling hungry and lethargic.

8) Yogurt-Covered Raisins

Wholesome yogurt + fruity raisins = yogurt-covered raisins. These must be healthy, right? Wrong. While both raisins and yogurt are nutritious foods, this packaged snack is anything but. The “yogurt” on the outside is far from the yogurt you know from the dairy aisle. Mostly sugar, oil and some dry milk and yogurt powder, that “yogurt” coating is often a source of hydrogenated oil (trans fats), which you’d never find in real yogurt. A single serving (1/4 cup) also contains about 130 calories. Skirt this yogurt: Get more nutrition for your calories by choosing real yogurt, with or without added fruit. You’ll save fat and calories and avoid the sugar rush of this snack.

9) Diet Soda

Calorie-free isn’t synonymous with healthy. When you'[re downing more than the recommended max of 16 oz of pop per day, you may be doing harm to your body and hurting your healthy lifestyle goals. The carbonated beverage could be displacing much-needed water, which is necessary for hydration, and calcium-rich milk, which provides essential vitamins and minerals. Some sodas could even put you at risk for bone loss. Some research shows that phosphoric acid, found in dark colas, may leach calcium from your bones, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Ditch the diet: Choose more water, tea and reduced-fat milk, aiming for 64 oz of fluid per day.

Insanity Day 6 & 7

Another workout done (Day 7 is for ‘rest’)!  What’s better than that, you ask?  That I completed week ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even though there are 8 weeks left to go (48 days of workouts with a total of 58 more workouts), it feels REALLY good to have one week under my belt.  I am still struggling through all the workouts, as I would think most newbies would be, but I’m completing them with everything I have and that is all I can do.

Looking forward to seeing if I can walk and move easily tomorrow.  (Well maybe not easily, but easier than in the past).  If I’m not as stiff as I have been, I’d say I might be getting a little better at this crazy workout thing.  😉  I’ll keep you updated!

This is so not fair :(

All my friends from past and present are seeing me in the new eDiets commercial, except for me!  Ugh…so frustrating!!!

This is what I’ve learned so far…I may be wearing a kick-ass blue dress, but definitely have 2 shots in a bikini!  Yay!  I can’t believe I made it to the small screen in a bikini…that in itself is such an accomplishment for me.  Just wish I could see it for myself!!!

I’ve looked all over the internet and can’t seem to find it, so I guess they really are just playing it in “select” markets.  So far it’s somewhere in Virginia, Cummings, GA, and Tallahassee, FL.

So I kindly ask of you, dear friends and followers, if any of you should happen to catch it on your DVR or see it online…please, please, please send me a copy!  I worked so hard to get where I am now and really want to see the results from any other place than my bathroom mirror.   I’ve even lost 10 more pounds since the commercial!  I’m sure that my Insanity workout will most likely put some of those pounds back on, but at least they’ll be nice lean & tone pounds.  (Those are the best kind) 😉

Thanks and if I happen to find it first, I’ll definitely post it so y’all can see too! 🙂

xo

 

Insanity Day 5

To quote Shaun T, “This Shit is Bananas!” 

OH….. MY….. GOD!  Pure Cardio was pure hell.

Every other workout so far in the insanity series has been 3 minutes at high intensity with a 30 second break, continuous for about 30 minutes (and a 5 minute warmup/cool down).  But not Pure Cardio.  No…that would be too easy.  Pure Cardio is nothing but cardio for THIRTY EIGHT MINUTES (give or take 5 minutes for a slight warmup/cool down), with NO breaks!  I hated this workout, but the best part was seeing all the people behind Shaun T. curl up in child’s pose or laid out like a pancake on the floor.  Even Shaun T., himself, couldn’t keep up.  He asked himself, out loud,  why he did this to himself…and he said, “Because I like to look good”…lol.  At least he’s honest!

So, I made it through, barely, and then took my victory marker and crossed today’s hellacious workout off the calendar.   Success…another workout down!

So, as I drank my protein shake, holding up the wall and patting myself on the back, I glanced over the rest of the schedule and saw Pure Cardio AGAIN in only THREE more workouts and then AGAIN WITH an additional DVD called Cardio Abs FOUR days later!  OMG!  It’s only just begun.

OK, breathe…wooo-saaaah.  One day at a time, right?!

…I think I need a drink!  😉

The #1 Reason You Aren’t Losing WeightHealth

The #1 Reason You Aren’t Losing Weight | Yahoo! Health.

I found this article today on Yahoo! Health – pretty cool!

I got home soooo late from work since I had to cover for an employee that called out and just got home after my 1.5 hr drive home and quick dash into Publix.  So, Insanity is off the table tonight, but it’s back on tomorrow.  I get off at 3:30pm and should be ready to go by 5pm – finishing just in time to pick up my little one!

‘Pure Cardio’ here I come!

Insanity Day 4

Today’s workout was Cardio Recovery.  Just the name alone sounds like a refreshing break.  This DVD really focuses on stretching your hamstrings, quads, core, and hip flexors while working on your balance.  While it sounds easy enough, it felt great up until the last 8 minutes or so.  In the end, my stretching turned out to be muscles quivering because they were so weak they couldn’t hold the position anymore.  Shaun T. does say that form is the most important factor…so I took a break, re-grouped, corrected my form and held on for as long as humanly possibly. By the time my muscles couldn’t go anymore…we were done! 🙂

It really is a great DVD…I wish it was set up to use after every intense workout because I can already feel the difference 2 hours later.  But alas, I will have to look forward to it only once/week.

Next workout = Pure Cardio (so happy tomorrow is Easter Sunday, so I can at least have another day to recuperate)!

Til next time…

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