Nikki-this weeks mini goals

My mini goals for this week:

1) 5 work outs. 3 weight training days 2 cardio days. On weight training days I am upping my cardio to 45 minutes and on cardio days 75 minutes.

2) keep track of my food in myfitnesspal. I did well last week until the weekend this past week so this week is more to stay on track on the weekend.

3) 3 minutes plank (normal and both sides) everyday

I did 75minutes of cardio this morning so I’m off to a good start.

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Nikki-Mini goals week 1

I’m back from feeling sickly, but still a bit stressed with all the stuff I have coming up this next month.  My basketball coaching gig starts today after the shift I picked up at my relief job.  Plus i really need to get over to our second property to do some work.  We are so close to finishing the renos, but Ryan and I don’t have a full day where either of us can go and work at it.  We’ll both be popping in for a few hours daily this week and slowly working away at it.  Cross your fingers for me (us) that we can finish by Sunday!

Even though I’m going to be busy as a bee I need to set some weekly goals to work on that will help me reach my final goals which are supposed to be done in like 16 or maybe it’s 17 weeks now… I’ll have to double check.  I know I can fit in even an hour work out at least 4 days this week.  If I put it in a blog I’m more likely to stick to doing what I said.

So for this week there are my mini goals.

1. Track all food on MFP and complete my entries-I never finish my entries after lunch

2. Do 20 pushups before bed (a day) home or work

3. fit in 4 work outs- Monday night (might have to be at 10pm), Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning.  I’m not counting the snowboarding I’m doing with work as a workout, it’s just extra, same with Ball Hockey.

4. My MFP pal (that I have been doing the weekly challenges with) and I have come up with this weeks goal of fitting more fruit and veggies into our daily meals  so my goal is fitting in at least 8 servings a day.

Also weighed in: 151 lbs

so that is -1  lb

I kind of think that when I start weight training 2-3x a week my weight goes up almost immediately.   Of course because muscle weighs more than fat, but it’s just odd how every time I start lifting weights consistently my weight increases and then because I haven’t done weights in like 2 weeks my weight has dropped a bit.

 

Nikki-not much to report

It’s been a struggle this week to get to the gym.  We (Ryan, his mom, step-dad and I) decided we needed to attempt to flip our other property this past weekend, so friday-Tuesday we spent our days working out butts off.  We did all the fun demo stuff on friday and the rest of those days has been the tedious pulling, nails/staples out of walls and floors, taking all the fixtures off the walls, washing walls, replacing some floor, priming and painting, dry walling the list goes on.  So I’ve been burning calories working my undercarriage off daily but I feel blah.  I need some cardio, I need to get out for a for a run.

I had a weekly challenge with my myfitnesspal friend, I was to do 30 push ups a day for 7 days.  I missed one day because my right shoulder (the one I’ve dislocated) was feeling very weird and sore so I finished 180 push ups last week.  This week our challenge is sit ups/crunches/abs whatever you want to call it.  I picked 60 a day for 7 days, but today at the gym I wiped out 300, go abs! Next week is squats, I just need to figure out a number to do, either for the week or daily… any suggestions?

I was going to keep track of all the push ups I do during m workouts but they really add up, so I”m going to have to actually plan out my workouts so I know how many I do or write it down right after doing them… so we’ll see how that comes along. 

I did fit in 2 says of weight training last week, so that’s within my goals still! and I used the pull up machine and did 30 pull-ups each time.  I think at the end of November I will lower the weight and start lifting more of my own.

This week, I only just got to the gym this morning (thursday) and will get in one more weight training session before the end of the week.  But it’s been one of those weeks where I’m a bottomless pit and craving sweets, trying to stay strong but it’s hard!  sorry it’s a bit of a lame post, hopefully next week will be better!

Nikki-Every 2 weeks

Last week was great.  I ate well, wasn’t craving sweets or random snacks.  Just stuck to my set meals and had a healthy snack on the way home from the gym, like a pear or a tiny bran muffin.   I did 3 days of weight training last week and let me tell you I’m sore.  I also played Just Dance- 3 & 4 and had to laugh at myself when my arms were so sore I could hardly raise them above my head for some of the dance moves.

I’m keeping track of just the number of push ups and pull ups I’m doing because I’m hoping to see an increase in the number of push ups and decrease in the weight on the assisted pull ups as time goes on.

Here’s not my entire work outs, just the bits I want to keep track of.

Assisted Pull Ups(100lbs) Push Ups Cardio
Sun Hockey
Mon Rest day
Tues 30 45 30 Treadmill
Wed 45 66 30 Treadmill
Thurs Rest day
Fri 45 65 30 Treadmill
Sat 60 just dance

This week, starting this morning, a myfitnesspal friend and I are holding each other accountable to do a set number of push ups a day.   We are to message each other after we finish and message if we haven’t heard anything from the other.  For this weeks push up challenge my MFP friend is doing 60 push ups total for the week I’m aiming for 210, or 30 a day. So this morning I did 20 modified push ups and 10 normal/real/regular whatever you want to call them push ups.  I love using MFP the online support is amazing, everyone is very encouraging and supportive which is helpful on those days that I’m struggling and need an extra encouraging word.  Next week we’ll have a new mini challenge.  Any ideas for what other challenges we could do?

It’s funny how Jill mentioned in her last post, that for us ladies a “real push up” consists of our boobs touching the ground.  I have just never thought this was fair, as I’ve had some very chesty friends over the years and they don’t have to go very far to touch the ground.

last thing, I think for posting progress updates I am going to aim for every 2 weeks.  I know I posted my starting weight on October 24th, which means I’m just shy of 2 weeks but I’ll just go with today because Mondays seem easier to remember than Wednesday.

Current weight: 150 lbs

so I’m -2 lbs from my first weigh in, which is extremely motivating for me to keep doing what I’m doing!

Jill- Push ups are easier than finding the time to do them!

I wrote that doing 20 push ups in a row would be the hardest part of my goals this time around.

The bad news…

I guess I would like to correct that. Finding time to work toward and complete my goals will be the hardest part of this journey. Actually doing push-ups is the only part I have stuck to so far. So I have to re-evaluate and set out an actual timeline to make sure I am setting realistic goals.

The good news…

I have realized that I am not that far away from doing 20 push-ups as I thought! I can easily do 20 modified push-ups in a row and last night I went on to do 6 regular push-ups as well! I spoke with a fitness instructor at the YMCA who is also the queen of push-ups. I asked her what I can do to get into good enough shape to do a lot of push-ups. She said, “Jill, if you want to do push ups, you have to do push ups.” Damn….I thought I could lift a few weights and then miraculously I would be able to do push ups! Guess I’ll just have to keep doing the G forsaken things till I’m good at them. She also said, “Once your Tatas touch the floor you are ready to do regular push ups.” Well since losing weight the Tatas are further from the floor so this might take awhile!

After all practice makes perfect right?

We will see.

Also, last night I made the most amazing Zuchinni pancakes. Here is the recipe…if you prefer less fat content and less calories you can always choose to bake these in the oven instead.

Zucchini Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 Zucchinis Grated
  • 1.5 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour (add more if necessary)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 5 Stems of Green Onions
  • Black Pepper, Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup of water

**I added one jalapeno pepper- minced…because I like it spicy!

Grate & Mix the above and fry in olive oil.

 I paired them with a chickpea masala ragout (I just made that name up) and it was deliscious.

This is how it looks in my tupperware container as I almost always eat last night’s supper for lunch at work. Wish I had of taken a photo last night when the presentation was much better. But you get the idea.

The Chickpea Masala Ragout is made with:

1 can of chick peas

a cup of chopped peppers

green onions

thinly sliced yellow onion

masala curry powder

1.5 cup of pasta sauce

2 cloves of garlic – minced

black pepper to taste

dried basil

*I put all veggies in a frying pan then added chickpeas and curry, then added the pasta sauce. Once everything is warm it is ready. I like my veggies crisp so I didn’t cook them for long. This time around I used already minced garlic so I didn’t need to use extra oil to cook the veggies as the garlic already has a little bit in it.

Enjoy!!!