Nikki-I want to be more helpful

I’ve had a hard time blogging as of lately.  Some days I feel as though I have endless accomplishments to speak about, other days I feel like I’m complaining  about all the struggles and then there  are the days it’s just the same old I worked on my goals blah blah blah… I appreciate everyone who reads my posts regardless of what I talk about but I wonder if I could be of more help to others by posting more links of recipes, workouts and general nutritional facts I’ve used to get me where I am.  So I’ve decided I’m going to start sharing where I find some of these exercises.   I haven’t been as diligent as I was before we moved, but working out while watching TV is one the biggest factors to my weight loss success.  This quick arm exercise is one of the things I do in front of the TV.   

A few quick arm exercises or ab work even just during commercials has really helped.  I have found that if I get up during a commercial, I tend to just stay up and work out throughout the show.  How hard is it really to do some wall sits, squats, push ups, crunches or jumping jacks in your own living room?  Those are all easy, FREE activities that you don’t even need weights to do! 

 I am dying to set up the treadmill (although I am still worried it won’t work, please cross your fingers for me) I miss running outside, and although there have been many nice days so far this winter to run outside I’ve been a chicken, only going once! I do run when I go to the gym but some snowy/cold/windy days you don’t want to leave your house! Plus there are days where things just get to hectic so it’s just easier to do an at home work out.   I love the amount I sweat when I run.  If exercise and I don’t sweat like I do when I run, I don’t feel like I’ve  good workout.  Does anyone else feel like that about any type of activity?

I want to talk about some of what I’ve been eating…  I have come up with my own take on a Cobb Salad, which is shown on the left.  Not much for presentation, I’m not the chef of the family my brother is.  But Damn do I LOVE this salad.  I seriously eat it at least 3 times a week because it’s so quick, easy, yummy and low in calories! here’s what’s in it:

2 cups romaine lettuce, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1/2 cup red pepper, 1/2 cup of cucumber, 1/2 cup tomato, 1/2 an avocado, 2.5 oz of chicken breast, and 2 tbsp of low-fat italian dressing.  I grated 2 baby carrots on top of this salad.  On myfitnesspal account it tracked this salad at about 320 calories.  I am filled for the afternoon when I eat this.

 Hopefully that is some helpful information for some of you!