Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Motivational Monday - August 25, 2013

Another Facebook inspirational find.

I know it is late on Monday, and may already be Tuesday for some, but the inspirational sentiment is good even as a Thoughtful Tuesday.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Road Trip Entertainment

Road Trip day one has come to an end.  We are at our designated pit stop in North Caroline, which is about 1/2 way between South Florida and NYC.

Personally I love road trips, I always have.  Long drives can be trying on your body, and even boring at time on long stretches of highway, but I have always found something so peaceful about them.
Entertainment during long drives is very important; and hubby and I sometimes define “entertainment” differently.  While we enjoy a lot of the same music, if you took one look at our personal iPods, you would quickly see that our overall musical interest vary greatly.  Not to mention, that I can easily be entertained while driving with a good audio-book.

For this reason, and for the sake of the driver’s sanity, we set a driving rule that whoever is driving controls the radio.  A rule easily enjoyed by both of us thanks to satellite radio.  How is it that we (I), ever did a long drive without satellite radio; no more static as you drive out of a station’s broadcast area, and with all the station choices available, you are sure to find something to please everyone; you can even listen to audio books.  In my opinion, being able to control what we listened to while I was driving, kept me more alert.

This trip was so much fun because we listened to such a wide variety of music from every decade that we have lived in, even some that we didn't. We flipped between the channels that cover everything from the 40’s through today’s hits.  We sang along and danced in our seats; we even listened to a baseball game (Yankees, hubby was driving).  It made for a great way to pass the time.

I don’t mean for this post to be an advertisement or a PSA for satellite radio, but if you've never tested it out, I suggest you check it out when you get a chance ~ it’s worth it.

And now I leave you with this “summary” of our day 1:

So while the “Devil Went Down to Georgia”, we decided to just drive through it, when we started our “Vacation”, since I wasn't about to be “Losing My Religion”.  We weren't “California Dreaming”, because there “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” that can keep us from “The One That I Love” in New York. I may just wear a “Raspberry Beret” when I get there to see “What’s Going On”.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Road Trip!!!

Well the day has finally arrived, our road trip begins today!!!  Hubby, myself , and of course the pups are heading to NYC to visit with family.

Sadly Cat (yes, our cat's name is Cat) will have to stay behind, but he'll be in good hands.

As for the trip, I'm especially excited because none of our NY family and friends have seen us (in person) since we started our journey to health.  I'm looking forward to "show off" our progress, as we have both lost 40 lbs. each since we started.

Another thing I am excited for is being successful at keeping to our healthy eating while traveling.  Usually a road trip would mean lots of junk food, stopping in at "greasy spoons", or as hubby puts it "maintaining a "trucker's" diet". While planning for this trip, we had to take into consideration how we would plan for our healthy eating.  So the cooler is packed with fresh fruit salad, apple slices, lots of water, and, while I know it's not the healthiest, lean cold cuts for making our own sandwiches.

I've even planned ahead for maintaining my fitness routine.  I will be getting my Crossfit WOD in before we head out, so Friday is covered. I also checked ahead to ensure that the hotel we stay at on our trip has an adequate gym.  I packed my resistance bands so that I can do some stretches at rest stops, and I will be making sure to get some cardio and body weight exercises in while in NY.
I initially saw this as a test of my will power and my "real" willingness to exercise, but I have grown to love my workouts so much that I really don't think it will be difficult.  I will have to be creative with my time, but I know it's not impossible.  I'll keep you posted.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Motivational Monday - August 12, 2013

Saw this on Facebook and knew it would make a perfect Motivational Monday.

You have the power to change yourself, you just have to decide to, and know that it is possible in faith.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

NSV - I went shopping in my closet!!!

Sometimes in our journey we need to take time to celebrate the progress that we have made that cannot be seen on the scale.

My hubby and I are getting ready for a road trip to New York City.  We are both excited because its been a while since we went to NYC together, AND extra excited because our NY family and friends haven't seen us since we started our weight loss journey.

In preparation for our trip we were planning to go shopping for new clothes ~ yes SMALLER clothes.  We are both very happy with our progress and smaller clothes are a definite reward.  Before setting out on our shopping excursion, I remembered that I had filled an old suit case with some of my old "skinny" clothes and put away as I gained weight and grew out of them, in hopes that one day I would fit into them again.

I had hubby bring the suitcase down from the closet and proceeded to see what was in there that I may fit into.  I was more than pleased to find enough things that fit that I could use on our trip.  But an even happier finding was that some of the clothes didn't fit ~ they were too big.

It was a definite reminder to me that results from healthy living are not always seen in the number on the scale.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Had to share!!! Inspirational 74 Year Old Female Body Builder!

What an inspiration!

Jesus looked at them and said,  “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fitness Friday!

Another week is coming to an end!

I can't decide if this week seemed to go by quickly or if it dragged; it seemed to do a little of both.  Nonetheless, I hope you all stuck to your fitness goals and are ready for the weekend ahead.

This is how I'm starting my Fitness Friday:

4 sets each at 100% Effort
20 second Prowler Push (140/90)
rest 3 minutes between efforts
+ (rest as needed)
4 sets each at 100%
20 sec Airdyne 100%
rest 3 minutes
+ (rest as needed)
4 sets each at 100%
Burpees AFAP x 5
rest 3 minutes
Looks like it's going to be a tough one!

The weekend forecast for my area is looking good, even if a bit hot, so it might just be a good weekend for outside activities.  Hope the forecast for your area is the same (maybe not as hot).  Enjoy!!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Good Night's Sleep is Important to Weight Loss and Fitness

This week's Weight Watchers Weekly (a booklet that members attending meeting receive) introduces us to "The Sleep-Weight Loss Connection" as this months "routine" to work on. This is something that I have tried working on several times in my journey. I know how important it is to get a good night's sleep for weight loss and fitness, but knowing it has not been enough to practice it. I have always been somewhat of a night owl (not in a "party animal" kind of way), my body just seems to function better late in the day; and I have NEVER been a morning person. I work, so I have to try to be a morning person. I even try to get to the gym at least a few days a week in the morning, but a good night's sleep still seems to elude me.

The featured article (sorry, it's not online, otherwise I would link it; I'm willing to scan and share if you send me an e-mail) offers 6 simple ways to get more sleep; and I offer my $0.02/insight:
  1. Schedule your bed time - suggests setting an alarm for 30 minutes before its time for bed. I've never tried this, may have to see if this works
  2. Turn your bedroom into a sleep haven - "It should be cool, quiet, dark and comfortable...” suggests removing television, computer, etc. from bedroom. Remove the TV, sacrilege! While, in theory, this makes total sense to me, it would be hard to put into practice, especially when you share your bedroom with your spouse.
  3. Plan your menu – again, menu planning has been a struggle for me, but I am getting better. The article suggests snacking should stop 2-3 hours before bedtime; I like to have a lite snack with tea at bedtime, guess I shouldn’t
  4. Get some exercise during the day – “Regular activity can lead to sound sleep at night.” So this is one I have been doing regularly.
  5. Nix daytime naps – makes total sense, one I definitely try to do; but there are days that I am way too tired, and I do nap ~ hmmm, could be the problem
  6. Relax – suggests soaking bath, reading, or listening to music; sounds like music to my ears
Other suggestions made in the weekly were:
  • No caffeine in the afternoon – definitely, I’ve learned the hard way, no more 3pm coffee for me.
  • Eye masks, earplugs and whit-noise machines – with the exception of the white-noise machine, I already do this; an eye mask and ear plug have been a great help.
So I guess I still have some things to work on in the sleep department. One thing that I find does help is my nightly tea, I drink Celestial Season’s Sleepytime, but any non-caffeinated, relaxing tea would also work.
There was not a link to the weekly, but I did find a great WW article: Sleep and its Role in Weight Management, which does address the importance of sleep and its correlation to weight loss.
I hope this information is helpful to some of you.  Wishing you all a good sleep!!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

TAK anyone?

Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining Danielle of Creation Fitness for her daily TAK - TODAY'S ASS KICKIN'.  I have been following Danielle and her TAKers for over a year now, but had never gotten a chance to join them in person for a workout.  I had a great time visiting and working out with her and Shaun.
Danielle's weightloss and fitness journey is inspiring; I know it inspired me. Its been just over two years since she started and her transformation is incredible.  She shares that "Getting fit is simple in theory. Eat right. Exercise. Every day. That's it." She has built Creation Fitness out of a heartfelt desire to share what she has learned in her journey. Her website has great tools to help anyone get started and she shares her daily workouts on her Facebook page and on her TAK app.  Most of the workouts can be scaled to do without equipment, or with minimal equipment; and she has links to video demonstrations of all of the exercises.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Hebrews 12:11-12

The workout we did yesterday was challenging, starting from the warm up (WU) 100 BURPEES; you are reading correctly ~ 100 Burpees.  And I guess TAK was just what I needed, last night I had one of the best nights sleep I've had in a while.

This was TAK 8-5-13

Danielle regularly films her workouts so that they can review them for proper form. She makes them fun by putting them to music and uploads them to her YouTube channel.  Here's yesterday's.

I hope that this is not the first and last time I join them, but rather the first of many.  I had a great time and look forward to doing it again.  Thanks again ladies!!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Motivational Monday - August 5, 2013

Preparing for the week ahead

Weekends go by so quickly, before you know it you're preparing for the new week ahead.

In this journey to health and fitness that I have been on Sundays should be the day I prepare my meals for the week ahead. This is something I have only done in theory for the most part, and in practice just a few times.  I have tried many times to set a meal plan in place, but with my husband and I on opposite work schedules, and it just being the two of us, most weeks we just "wing it"; this often results in a struggle to make sure we make healthy choices.  It is definitely easier to eat healthy during the work week when you plan ahead, there are just too many tempting unhealthy options to choose from when you are not prepared.

So tonight I feel accomplished, I prepared most of our meals and snacks for the week ahead!  Choices will be much easier this week, making keeping on track much easier.  I'll still have meals to prepare later on during the week, but the bulk of my prepping is done.

I even tried a Pintrest find that I was looking forward to "Overnight Oatmeal"; I'll let you know how they turn out.

Being on Weight Watchers we (hubby and I) are not limited to what we can/can't have, it is all about learning to make healthier choices and portion control, so our meals may look different from others, but so far it is what has worked for us.  Below are just a few of our meals for this week; there are plenty of places, apps, etc. where you can get great ideas and recipes for weekly meal plans, or you can just plan your own based on what your like to have.  Just remember to keep portions in control; that's one of the biggest lessons I've learned ~ portions count.

Pork chops, sweet potatoes,
and green beans
Chicken with mushrooms, and
cauliflower mash
Mixed greens salad

Being prepared means Monday doesn't look so scary this week!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Pink at Heart now has a Facebook page

I finally linked the blog to a Facebook page.  Hope you will all stop in and "Like" the page

Pink at Heart Blog

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fitness Friday!

I've seen "Follow Friday", "Facebook Friday", and a few others, but today I saw this on "The Sox Box" and it is my favorite so far.

Lets all get motivated and make it Fitness Friday!

It's the weekend, enjoy it, keep it healthy!

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