Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Workout Wednesday: Fixing My Nutrition

I've been lifting like a mad woman, 4 days per week, using Les Mills Pump over the last 4 weeks. I love it and how strong I feel! My legs and arms are really getting nicely toned. Unfortunately, my middle fluffy section isn't following suit. I decided to look at my nutrition again. I haven't been drinking my calories, eating a ton of crap or sugary stuff yet I seem to struggle with this roll of jelly around the middle. Nut my food prep has been lax. I haven't been as prepared the last two weeks as I have been in the past. and I've started really tracking my calorie intake using MyFitnesPal and recalculated my macros on iifym. It's definitely time to rein it in again.

Sidebar: This is where I kind of struggle with this whole being fit process. Losing weight isn't a priority so much. It's more of a redistribution of weight. The number on the scale is ok. It's a happy place. I know there's muscle there. I don't want to lose that. I don't want to lose my curves. The fact that I can keep curves and still look athletic and strong is something I've been genetically blessed with. I've been through the whole no eating, and eating-purging thing and these hips are here to stay. The concern lies with being truly healthy. Plus there's that thing in the back of my head that is constantly saying I've done it before and I can do it again- only this time keep it that way.

I've really struggled with food, specifically not eating enough. My days are so busy most days I don't even have time to take a lunch. I inhale some food during CNN Student News and our Daily Events time. Sometimes it's Shakeology at 10 and celery with hummus or peanut butter at 1. An apple or an orange somewhere in between. I know this isn't good. I know I need to eat more. The crazy thing is I thought I was making up for this at night when I make supper, but I'm not! I'm consistently 300 or more calories away from my target. Isn't that crazy?! I love to eat but I'm not eating enough at the right times or in the right combinations. What's up with that!

21 Day Fix Extreme just came out this month and I'm thinking it's just what I need to get back on track with my food. I'm good at planning. Food prep is my thing, despite sucking at it lately. My workouts are on point, or they were last week, but I'm not beating myself up about that. 21 Day Fix may be just what I need to make sure I'm getting the right nutrients at the right intervals throughout the day. Taking the guesswork out of that part of my life is a welcome thought, especially with all of the chaos for the next month. Colored containers for each serving of each nutrient are a part of the program. The food guide has everything you need to train for a bikini competition or just lose that last 10 pounds. That and have you seen any of the workouts? The Dirty 30? Um, sure! This chic is tough! 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seeing Red

The last week and a half have been tumultuous, to say the least. New moon, full moon, weather changes, snow then warm then snow again, gloomy grey days with no sun. And a to do list a mile long. All just excuses used in attempt to explain poor behavior, not excluding my own. I'd like to say it's just the kids but it's so much more than immaturity and adolescent hormones coupled with barometric pressure. Communication is lacking in several circles. I pride myself on being a strong communicator. In the last week the communication of those around me has broken down. Each of the situations would easily have been solved by communicating with one another. Seems simple doesn't it? As much as my Type A personality wants to get everyone in a room and hash things out, I'm not sure that's going to work this time. How does one approach hurt feelings delicately without upsetting everyone more than when they began?

Last week made me angry. Just to clarify, I don't do angry. Rarely do I get upset enough to carry on, let alone act like a raging lunatic. Saturday I was ready to burst. Friends had been wronged on our watch. I only worked one day and chaos ensued in my absence, despite well laid plans and discussions about what needed to be completed. Kids made poor choices affecting the wellbeing of my child. Adults acted like children. People lied. Elected officials have threatened to remove another elected official and have lied about the intent. Others encouraged people to lie. I will not stand for adults encouraging anyone to lie, especially when it's to children. What example does that set for them? How can I, as an educator, mentor, coach, and human, encourage another to lie to a child about anything? Does integrity mean nothing anymore? Talk about furious!

I don't do angry. Have I mentioned that? I am  not accustomed to the feelings anger brings.The rage surging through my veins as it did this past weekend was a foreign feeling. No one dared ask me a question. The obscenities flowed like lava out of my mouth at the drop of a hat, also not a typical trait. I worked out. Hard. Heavy. Sweating profusely. No holding back. Still angry. I looked up scripture. The surging pulse of the venom still pounding in my temples. The fire burning in my brain.

The anger is still sitting below the surface despite having addressed issues. It's not as palpable, just strong enough to let me know it's there. It feels ugly. It feels unnatural. It's exhausting but I can't seem to put it to rest; unresolved and festering beneath the surface until it bursts. I don't like this feeling. I'm not dealing with it very well at the moment and I don't like that either. I don't like feeling out of control of my own emotions. All of these situations have been outside of my control. None of them happened while I was there. Nor do all of them involve me directly.  I have chosen to insert myself, or more accurately, my emotions into the situations. Right or wrong, that's what has occurred. A few of the situations require my attention but certainly not all of them. Problem solved? Not completely. The anger will subside. Eventually.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Buffalo Cauliflower

Cruciferous Vegetables. I really love some of them, like Brussels Sprouts, bok choy, and kale. Yum! And then there are the ones we love to hate; broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower. Hate may be too strong a word. I don't dislike them, but they most definitely aren't my favorite veggies. Sure they're great with dip and smothered in cheese but that defeats the purpose of eating them. I've been looking for ways to jazz them up so we all eat them. My boys don't care for the same ones I like but will eat cauliflower and broccoli. They love hot wings. While looking for Super Bowl snacks, I came across a Buffalo Cauliflower recipe. Great in theory, however, not so great to eat. The recipe coated the cauliflower in a flour and water batter, then baked at 450 for 15 minutes or so. Then toss in wing sauce and butter mixture and bake until crisp, another 7-10 minutes. 

So I get it. The author was trying to create a fried cauliflower-like dish. It just didn't work.The breading was mushy, there wasn't enough sauce, and it just wasn't that crisp. Or good. It just wasn't good. I think it would be fine without the breading. Next time this is how I will try making this. 

Clean cauliflower, cutting florets into similar sized pieces for uniform roasting. 
Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Spread on a cookie sheet lined with foil. 
Bake in 450F oven for 10 minutes. Turn florets over and roast another 10 minutes. 
While baking, mix 3 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil with 1/2 cup Frank's Hot Sauce. 
Toss roasted cauliflower in sauce mixture. 
Sprinkle with salt. 
Enjoy with ranch or blue cheese. 

Does anyone have a good way to eat roasted cauliflower? How about broccoli? I haven't tried that yet. I'm not sure about that one either. Let me hear your ideas. 

Ta-ta for now. Happy day :)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog's Day and A Snow Day Challenge

What is it about winter that makes us a little nutty? Groundhog's day is a rather silly celebration when you think about it. It's six more weeks of winter regardless of whether or not the rodent sees his shadow. Several friends have birthday's today. One friend has mentioned the ridiculous comments from others requesting weather predictions. Just plain nutty.

Today is particularly cold with 13 inches of snow atop all of the surfaces. Despite my general dislike of winter, cold and snow, I'm thankful for the occasional day off. January gets the best of us around here, all of the running around with games, meetings and such. Snow days are a mandatory day off. A day to get caught up on things we've been putting off doing. Things will get cleaned, homework will be completed, food will be prepared, lesson plans shored up. It's a mandatory day to be stress free, or at least a little less stressed. 

I like to write. I've mentioned before the therapeutic release writing provides. Turns out there's scientific evidence to support this notion. The New York Times featured an article on their blog that suggests proof of improved happiness through writing. Be still my heart! I have personally always linked writing to many of my more successful ventures, be it studying for a test by writing and rewriting information as if imprinting it into my brain, expressing feelings through written word rather than spoken, or written goals and steps of a plan, breaking down each element into approachable steps for a struggling student. The written word may be one of the most powerful tools of success we possess.

Think about this for a second. Why wouldn't we write down our goals and aspirations? People tend to believe what they read. Celebrity gossip magazines in the grocery store check out lane; internet articles about the newest, latest and greatest whatchamacallit promising fantastic results. Statistics are in written form, often with pictures and graphs. Words and pictures are dynamite together! It makes sense to write down affirmations to help us feel better. Do you write down things that make you happy? The Thankfulness Journal has been a big idea in the last several years. Do you write down the things that you're thankful for? What an amazing transformation this can do for one's attitude! What a great way to monitor progress on a goal. Writing is a great way to be held accountable with yourself. It's scary to see those ideas in black and white. There's something intimidating and awesome about writing things down.

For me the blog serves several purposes. I don't blog for followers or notoriety. I don't do this to get paid or be famous. This blog serves as a way to document my life, a sort of living biography, if you will. It documents the crazy projects I come up with, the hectic chaos of my life with my boys, and keeping my passions alive. Writing things here and sharing with you helps me stay accountable with my goals. My successes. My struggles. My failures. But here's the funny thing- when I look back at things I thought were failures at the time, I realize they weren't failures. Those things were stumbling blocks to refocus my attention. Just because I didn't get to that thing I wrote on my list doesn't mean it's the end of that goal. Out comes the pen and paper, or more likely, the EverNote App. (Never heard of it? It's like a digital notebook that syncs between your devices. I have it on my iPad, iPhones and computer.)  I start writing, or when I'm on a run I voice note into the app, things that I believe are in my way and strategies to improve. Writing is helping me progress toward the goal. This progression is part of the adventure. No dwelling on the negative. What did I learn from this? How can I make it work to keep making progress toward my goal?

Writing means thinking. Thinking means movement toward progress. Progress means happy.
Writing = Happy

Your challenge: write down one thing that you want to improve this month. Come back to it each week and reflect on that goal.  How does that goal make you feel when you read it? How's it going?  What were hurdles? What went really well?  Ready? Go!