Day 2: Finding that Inner Motivation & Avoiding Peanutbutter

So, day two on my quest to compete in a bikini competition and live a healthier, cleaner life is down. It wasn’t a perfect day, but I did some important reflection on motivation. What is it that makes me work hard at one thing and want to give up on another? I really had that I-don’t-feel-like-working-out attitude today, but I managed to push through it. Probably because I was thinking about how I ate the crust off of my son’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich today (plus another half of a sandwich because it was delicious). I also had another handful of dark chocolate. Peanutbutter=Kryptonite and dark chocolate=happiness.  *Sigh*  So I was majorly down on myself about my choices, and I could feel myself just leaning on giving up because it is hard.

Then, I tried to think about why I automatically wanted to throw in the towel in this situation. I don’t do it when work stresses me out or when I had to take Stat III as part of my research cognate  I just soldier on through. So why just pick up my baggage and keep walking in those situations and want to mail it in with working out/eating right as soon as I hit a hiccup?  I realized that anyone who is fitter than me is just trying harder. They’ve been trying harder for longer than two days. Sure, some people have naturally faster metabolisms or better natural mechanics, but there’s a lot to say for being consistent with exercise that pushes me past my comfort zone and making good decisions about what I eat.

I think it all settles on I’m willing to push harder for things that I’m naturally good at.  I’m an English and reading teacher. I have a Ph.D. in English Education, and I have a passion for teaching. I believe effective communication skills and a command of language will open doors for people. But at the same time, the English language is so easy for me. Things just make sense. I enjoy writing and reading, and thinking about how what goes on inside my mind can help kids who may struggle. Then, I thought about my intensive readers. I’m asking them to push through something that they may not like and that might not be easy for them. It’s not fair for me to push them to do something hard when I’m not willing to push through something hard for myself.

When I think about the people I see on Facebook in the living-high-school-yearbook-that-is-now-the-Internet, I can get the gist of what they are passionate about and what they are good at. It’s easy to feel a twinge of jealousy over someone else’s achievements. But, I can’t be jealous of them ever. Not because I know that people only post their highs online, but because I know that that particular person tried harder at whatever it was, and that more often than not, they were able to push so hard because we have a tendency to excel at the things that come a little easier to us. So, now I’m pushing myself to try a little harder at something that is not so easy for me. Being fit is not supposed to be easy. I’m going to keep moving forward.

Today’s Workouts

Ran 1.5 miles in about 16 minutes pushing the little man in the stroller

Did Day 2 of the BodyRock HiitMax Real Time Challenge–seriously check out the link on my Post from yesterday


Today’s Food

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 egg white scrambled with a little piece of cheddar cheese  + 1 1/2 piece of bacon (the hubby stayed home and wanted breakfast)

Snack 1: Carrots w/Hummus

Lunch: I totally didn’t eat the salad AGAIN…I’m thinking I need to pre-make these

Snack 2: Chocolate Protein Shake

Dinner: Rosemary pork chops, a few roasted red potatoes, brussel sprouts…will post recipes later…these are great!!



Day 1: I’m A Cheater, But I’m Sorry–Get BUSY!!!

Okay, so this is definitely still a struggle for me. I outlined what I ate today as well as what I did. So there was a little bit of cheating, and I know I’m going to have to cut that out! No changes need to be made over night, but if I want to enter a  bikini competition, I’m going to have to wean these things out of my system. So rather than complain, I made a  better plan. I took a pic of it, but will write it out for everyone too. If there’s anyone else out there with ideas to stay on track, I’d be happy to hear what works for you!!!

I created an eating plan that is not all the way finished because I go shopping again on Wednesdays, so Thursday-Saturday are not completely planned out. See below for what I’m doing and where I’m going for my fitness. After that, I posted my attempt at clean eating. We don’t really work off recipes in my house, so I did the best to write down what my husband and I cook.

Today’s Workouts

I thought about not going, but I pulled it out and remembered to move forward. There’s a lot to say about an object in motion staying in motion. If I get this stuff rolling (literally and figuratively) I know there is no stopping me. I pushed the stroller with my son in it for 3 miles. It took me about 34 minutes, and I averaged about 11 1/2 minute miles. I did this early this morning before work. I am lucky enough to work from home, but I need to get this done and out of the way before the babysitter gets here. It won’t happen if I get going on work.

So, it’s 9:00 PM, and I’m about to do the workout located below. My husband is enjoying a Coors Light and watching Monday night football, but I wasn’t spot on with the diet today, so I need to knock this out. I’ll let you know how I feel tomorrow 🙂

I absolutely LOVE the Bodyrock/DailyHiit website. The workout I’m doing is located here:

Totally check out that page if you never have! It’s absolutely so free and motivational. I know that if I stick to it, I’ll see some progress. It’s in real-time, and the chick is fierce!!!! I hope to end up that ripped in a few months time…who’s comin’ with me?!!

Today’s Food

  • I had a cup of coffee with a little whole milk and sugar 😦  My 18 month old drinks whole milk–I’ll evaluate in a week whether or not I can keep this little treat
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup of oatmeal (not instant) with a tablespoon of flax-seed and 1/2 a banana in it
  • Snack #1: Kale, strawberry, and vanilla protein shake
    • 4 medium strawberries
    • 1 scoop vanilla protein
    • filled the rest of the blender with raw kale
    • added in about 300 ml of water
    • blended on high
  • Lunch: I had plans to eat a salad with chicken in it, but that just didn’t happen 😦  3:30 rolled around and I was like OMG!!  I had a busy work day.
  • Snack #2: 1 T of hummus and baby carrots
  • Dinner: 6 oz Italian salmon, 1/2 cup brown rice, sauteed spinach w/garlic
    • salt and pepper salmon and grill on medium 6 minutes each side (I use a fish basket to prevent sticking)
    • Italian topping (put less than a tablespoon on your fish after it’s cooked before plating):
      • saute onions until soft and garlic until aromatic (about 2 minutes on onion and about 30 seconds on garlic afterward)
      • add in some sundried tomatoes (I squeezed off the excess oil from the jar before I added them for about another 30 seconds)
      • Mix the onion/garlic/tomato mix into about 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese (again we used whole milk–will evaluate again after a week or so)
  • Unfortunate cheats—I had the crusts off of my son’s PB & J at lunch 😦  Then, I had a few Cheerios and about 1/4 cup of dark chocolate morsels