Getting prepared for 2014

Just wanted to give a little update as to what I am doing so far to prepare for 2014. I am hosting a biggest loser competition at work. I also joined an accountability group on facebook with some of my friends. I even joined a couple of challenge groups on myfitnesspal!

My mom helped me out and took some before pictures, front, side and back views. I took them in some shorts that are too small in the hopes that I can continue to have my picture taken in those shorts to show my progress until they truly fit.

Going grocery shopping after payday to get some fresh fruits and veggies and whole foods again. And, there will be a purging of all the crap foods that tempt me to much…hubby..if you’re reading this..hide your candy and treats from me! Lol.

Hope everyone had a happy new year’s! Let’s make 2014 our year! ~Charity :)

Almost a new year y’all!

Hey everyone! So, it’s almost the end of 2013. This year has been a lull year…nothing to great about it..nothing too bad about it either for me. I had some low points in my journey for better health and I’ve had some high moments.

I’m now down 20lbs and exercising regularly. I have splurged a lil on the holidays and will splurge a little tomorrow night, but I have not let that start some out of control spiral eating of unhealthy foods. I’m going to enjoy new year’s with family, good food, and fun. I’m making taco soup, stuffed jalapeno poppers, and sopapilla cheesecake for dessert! Yum! See below for the recipes!

I’m also starting to get serious about my training for my 5k in February that I signed up for. I intend to run at least half of it. I’m starting a biggest loser competition at work that I’m excited about. So far I have 10 other ladies doing it with me. And one of my closer work friends is going to be my accountability buddy! We’re going to have weekly health and fitness challenges that will hopefully keep folks going. I’m really looking forward to it!

For Christmas my awesome hubby got me the scale I wanted that can read body fat %, bone and muscle mass along with weight. It’s pretty neat. While the numbers aren’t where I want them..I know I’m getting the tools to keep track and stay on the right path to a healthier me! He also got me some new workout dvds that I’m looking forward to starting to! For those of you wondering what they are…I really enjoy the Hip Hop Abs workouts, so hubby got me level two and the cardio/ab max workouts! That’s 5 new routines to learn.

I also have insanity to try when I feel I’m ready to move up to it. I still haven’t been able to complete a “real” push up yet…so when I can accomplish that goal, I’ll move on to Insanity!!!

Well, I’m staying positive and really looking forward to improving myself in 2014! Happy New Year’s Y’all!

Recipes

Taco Soup:
1lb cooked ground beef or shredded chicken
1 can pinto beans
2 cans black beans
1 can corn (drained)
1 can diced tomato (Hunt’s with onion is my favorite)
1 can rotel
1 packet ranch seasoning
1 packet taco bell taco seasoning

Mix all ingredients in a pot and heat to medium then reduce and simmer for 20-30 minutes

Jalapeno poppers:
20-25 jalapeno (seeded and sliced in half lengthwise)
1 package 8oz cream cheese
1/2 package of parmesan cheese
1 package of mild sausage

Cook and drain sausage. On low to medium heat add cream cheese and parmesan to cooked sausage. Mix until cheese is melted.
Spoon sausage mixture into jalapeno halves
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until sausage is browned on top

Sopapilla Cheesecake:
2 packages crescent rolls
2 packages cream cheese
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon

In a 13×9 greased pan roll out one package of crescent rolls
Mix cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar
Spread mixture over crescent rolls
Unroll other can of crescent rolls and spread over the top of mixture
Pour melted butter over the top and sprinkle with about 1/2 cup of cinnamon/sugar mixture
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

~Charity :)

Starting to get it now..checking in =)

So, it’s already been almost a year. That’s crazy to believe. I kept piddle farting around (my southern girl phrase of the day) about a healthier lifestyle and starting to exercise. Well, I just want to check in and say that I’m so happy to report that when I came back and looked at my goals, I was able to scratch off a few. I’ve lost 16lbs so far. I’ve really started to make permanent changes. Exercise is not a choice any more but just a part of my every day. I have been successfully going to the gym after work and the miracle that I know I’m committed to this now is that I’ve been getting up and exercising in the morning as well before work.

I purchased my new “toy”, the fitbit Force. Y’all, I love this thing! Its a bracelet that has a clock, counts my steps, miles, calories burned, flights of stairs, tracks my sleep and has a vibrating alarm. It has a screen so I can check it often to see where I’m at. I’ve set my goal for 10,000 steps a day, and so far I’ve only missed one day of that goal.

Even though I haven’t lost as much “weight” as I had hoped since making these changes, I have dropped a pants size. It was so nice to be able to go “shopping” in my closet and actually fit in a couple pairs I pulled down.

I just want to share that it has finally clicked that I’m not going to see any results and nothing’s going to change unless I actually put the work into it.

So, in signing off for now…I’m going to go take a walk and enjoy another beautiful day! :)

Have a great day everyone and make healthy choices! ~Charity

Even worse off than I thought!

It was a sad, sad night in the Moore house last night. My husband who is a sergeant with the Army National Guard helped me do a physical assessment for an upcoming challenge for the month of February. I was to see how many sit-ups and push-ups I could complete…Hah! I was not able to do one..yet! So, the hubs then showed me some other exercises modified to do to build up to being able to do a full push-up and sit-up. I learned how to do butterfly kicks, the rocky crunch, girly push-up and plank. He also had to work extensively with me on my arm form while attempting push-ups because of my weird double jointed elbows that don’t want to bend right. I can’t for whatever reason get my elbows to bend back properly. So, I am practicing turning my hands in and pushing with my elbows out. I know it was probably a disappointment to my husband how pitiful I probably looked as I couldn’t even bring my self up for a full sit up. But, I vow to not give up and work on other exercises that will help with my range of motion.

My challenge for the month of February is to do sit-ups, push-ups, and squats every day except for Sunday and build up from 10 to 100 on the sit-ups and squats and from 3 to 35 on push-ups. Whooosh! I have a huge challenge ahead of me, but I accept it fully!

I am so grateful though for my husband’s help. And, I don’t want to disappoint him, so even this morning before work I got up and worked on doing some butterfly kicks, wall push-ups, and some crunches. I know I have a long road ahead of me but I feel like I’m finally on the right path. I do want to be healthier. I do want to get my confidence in myself back again.

So here’s my summary of yesterday:

January 30, 2013 Summary

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes every day for 90 days straight: Done-Walked on my lunch break for about 20 minutes. Worked with my husband in the evening on doing push-ups, sit-ups, butterfly kicks, rocky crunches, regular crunches, and wall push-ups.
  • Get up and exercise in the morning every day for 30 days straight: Did not do-slept in again…
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water a day: Done-Drank 9 cups of water=72 oz.
  • Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day for 90 days straight:Done-Lunch had 7 servings of vegetables (cucumber, carrots, spinach, broccoli, yellow bellpepper, green leaf lettuce, and avocado); Dinner had 2-3 servings of vegetables (avocado, cucumber, and lettuce). Total=9 servings for the day! :)
  • Take the stairs every day at work for a month: Done! Took the stairs 2 times yesterday inside the building.

So, on to today and making healthy choices for today! I hope everyone has a great day! ~Charity :)

And…here we go: Day 1

January 29, 2013 Summary:

Weight: 278 :(

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes every day for 90 days straight: Done-Completed the video “Total Body Burn” for 41 minutes of aerobics.
  • Get up and exercise in the morning every day for 30 days straight: Did not do-slept in :(
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water a day: Done-Drank 10 cups of water=80 oz.
  • Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day for 90 days straight:Done-Lunch had 8 servings of vegetables (cucumber, carrots, spinach, broccoli, yellow bellpepper, green leaf lettuce, and avocado); Dinner had 5 servings of vegetables (squash-2 servings, asparagus-2 servings, and cauliflower). Total=13 servings for the day! :)
  • Take the stairs every day at work for a month: Done! Took the stairs 3 times yesterday inside the building. I have a plan for this…when I need to use the restroom from drinking so much water, I take the stairs up a floor and use the restroom on the floor above. :)

Hopefully today will have just as healthy of choices if not better. I hope you all have a great day! ~Charity

Something’s not working…Let’s re-evaluate

Hello all! It’s been a little while since I’ve been on here. I am happy to say I have been loyally logging all my calories and food each day using the MyFitnessPal app. If you have a smart phone and want to join me, my user name is tyedyechick0930 on there.  I have logged everyday for 31 days…now ask me how much weight I have lost in 31 days???? One pound is the answer I’m looking for folks! One stinking pound! And it’s one pound away from my first goal! My first goal on that tab is to weigh 275, which would be 10 lbs down from my starting weight. I’ve lost 9lbs total since starting to eat healthier and paying attention to what I’m putting in my body. I weighed in at 276 Monday morning. I would really like to be able to scratch off that first goal by next Monday!

So after looking at my goals tab, I’m going to post the ones that have to be counted for 30-90 days:

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes every day for 90 days straight
  • Get up and exercise in the morning every day for 30 days straight
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water a day
  • Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day for 90 days straight
  • Take the stairs every day at work for a month

These are my measurable goals that I will be keeping track of for the next 90 days, I will be including these goals and how I am doing with each new post.

I bought a journal and thought maybe I’d get back in to journaling at the first of the year, but since I type way faster than I write, blogging now seems more convenient than journaling. Plus, by blogging, I’m sharing it with everyone to see, which is another way to keep me accountable.

Well, I’m also looking for other weight-loss blogs or health and fitness blogs. So, if you know of any or if you have one, please let me know so I can add you! :)

I hope everyone has a great day and makes healthy choices! ~Charity

 

One Step at a Time…

bridge

Isn’t it beautiful? This is what is known in Little Rock as the Big Dam Bridge. :) And, yes I like to emphasize the Big Damn Bridge…

This bridge connects North Little Rock to Little Rock. It is approximately 1 mile each way if you walk down to the sidewalk. This has become one of my favorite places. I love to come here and walk. Which is unusual for me since I have a fear of bridges and heights, but I guess it’s so beautiful, I leave my fears behind. Either that or maybe by coming here so much, I’ve lost my fears all together. Either way, this has been the best place for me to get some daily exercise time in.

I started only going halfway and then back. Driving here on my lunch and walking for 30 minutes and then going back to the office. Now I’ve been able to get to one side and back. The picture from above was a walking trip with my mom. I’ve gotten her to start exercising with me and helping me stay accountable. We were out running errands on Saturday and I suggested while we were out in Little Rock, maybe we could get a walk in at the bridge. It was beautiful weather and we got there right at the sunset.

I’m having to take fitness kinda slow, one step at a time, but I’m doing it. I’ve stayed committed all this last week and will plan on sticking with it this week to.

I had my weekly weigh in this morning and I am -1.6 pounds! Woohoo! So, I will keep on walking, putting one foot in front of the other and I will get to my goal, one step at a time. :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!  ~Charity