Grateful for Family and Friends

Turns out registering your car, getting a new license and getting results from an MRI are all emotional things. I needed a personal day yesterday, so I took a step back from my blog. I’m happy to report I felt better this morning when I woke up; well mentally happy.

I didn’t expect registering my car to get me all teary-eyed by it did. It was the final piece of the puzzle to this whole move. When I got my new plates I was half excited and half sad. I’m still SO glad I made the decision to move to Texas, but I was said not to be close to family and friends on the East Coast.

Between getting my car registered and getting my license I got my MRI results. The bad news is I have to go to physical therapy due to two herniated discs, but the good news is I’m fixable 🙂

As if the day wasn’t already hard enough when I went to get my license the man wouldn’t let me keep my MD license. He insisted that he had to collect it. I think he was lying, but I wasn’t in the mood to argue. I’m very sad not to have a MD license anymore, but even more sad I didn’t get to keep it for memories. MEAN MAN AT THE DMV! 😛

As tough as yesterday was I am extremely grateful for my family and the women in my challenge group. My family was there to lift me up and assure me that everything was going to be fine. My mom has had herniated discs before and she assures me that with a little PT I will be ok. My uncle also called and provided dozens of laughs. He too has had herniated discs and he told me that 1) I should learn to walk on all fours and 2) CA is a great place for PT (it’s where he and my aunt live).

On top of having a great family, I have a group of incredible women in my life. These women are there to encourage me to stay fit and eat healthy. They are my healthy lifestyle support team. Yesterday when I shared the news they provided me amazing advice, love, prayer and support. I’m so grateful for these women each and every day.

Enough of the sad stuff. I am happy to report that I finished Asylum 1 on Wednesday, and did the fit test yesterday. I know it will sound funny, but my back feels better when I’m moving or standing. A few moves I have had to adjust, but I still get a great workout. I felt great after my last day of Asylum 1, speed and agility.

Last Day of Insanity

Nothing like a great sweat! Here are my results from the fit test

Fit Test Day 30

I’m happy to see my improvement over the last 30-days. I’m not making excuses, but doing in and out progressive abs was painful on my back. I look forward to doing this workout again, along with Asylum 2 when I am better!

While I won’t be able to do any major cardio for a little I plan on doing some upper body workouts. Perfect excuse to tone my arms 🙂

I’m off to finish some work before enjoying a wonderful weekend with friends to celebrate one of their weddings.

Question: Have you every hurt your back before? If so, what did you do?

Quick Facts Wednesday

All day yesterday I thought it was Monday. Every time I reminded myself it was Tuesday, I got excited! I love four day work weeks, especially when one of those days is a work from home day. Yesterday was a typical day of playing catch up after a holiday weekend. We have so much going on that it’s important to constantly make sure all your ducks are in a row.

Here are some quick facts for you this Wednesday morning:

  • I had an MRI yesterday. Never had one before, and I can’t say it was totally awful. I think I was less worried/nervous because the two people running the machine were so nice. One of them explain everything to me, and assured me it was going to be painless. I was so relaxed that I think I even fell asleep at one point.
  • I also had a massage yesterday; first time in a really long time. I was hoping that it would help with my back, and for the 60 minutes I was there it did. Sadly, it didn’t last.
  • Today is my last day of Insanity Asylum; I can’t believe it’s been 30 days. Looking forward to the workout, but even more excited for the fit test tomorrow to see how much I improved.
  • One of my best friends from high school is getting married this weekend. I’m excited to celebrate with him, his soon-to-be wife and their families.
  • Growing up my family had cats, but I always wanted a dog. The cats stayed outdoors except for the winter when they lived in the basement. My parents wanted cats so they could chase away the rabbits.
  • Yesterday I ordered my dress for my sister’s wedding. Can’t wait to wear it; it’s gorgeous.
  • In less than 6.5 months I will be 30. I’m excited. Bring on the dirty 30 🙂

Question: When’s the last time you had a massage?

Memorial Day Weekend

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! I’m grateful to those who have served, are serving and will serve. I’m also grateful to the families who also make sacrifices every day so their loved ones can protect our freedoms. Special shout out to a friend who is currently deployed! Hoping for your safe return Robert!

Memorial Day

I had such a good weekend with new friends and new adventures in Austin. Friday night I went to Top Golf, which just opened a couple weeks ago. This place is SO cool! I’ve only golfed once in my life, and have never been to a driving range. A few of us decided to try golfing. Each ball has a chip in it and when you hit one of the targets you get points designated to that slot. I didn’t do well, but I didn’t do terrible either. Definitely a place I’d go to again!

Top Golf

After Top Golf, I went out to a couple bars downtown. My favorite bar of the night was the one that had skeeball. My friend and I played well over 10 games and I won every single time. 🙂 (Side note: I also played skeeball on Sunday and did NOT do as well. Haha)

Skee ball

Saturday brought more rain, which Austin is in a drought so we need the rain. However, I was hoping for some sunshine so I could sit by the pool. Since it was raining my friend and I decided to go to the Capitol instead of a hike. It’s a pretty cool place, and would make for some great pictures. I took this one of the dome that is 280+ feet from the floor; the star measures 8 feet from point to point. How crazy is that?!

Capital

Sunday since the sun decided to come out I went for a hike with another friend, and then went out to a few bars with a different friend. It had been a long day since I randomly woke up at 6:15 a.m. No reason either! Who does that when they can sleep in? Haha.

Monday brought some spring cleaning, organizing (although my closet could use some love), and an afternoon by the pool. All-in-all I would said I had a solid 3-day weekend. I even got some great workouts in:

Monday workout Workout 1 Workout 2

Tomorrow is my last day of Insanity Asylum 1. Looking forward to taking the fit test on Thursday to see how much I’ve improved (here’s hoping my back cooperates!).

Question: How was your memorial day weekend?

Fantastic Friday!!!

I could barely peel myself out of bed this morning, and it took everything in me to make it through my workout. It’s been a very long week and I’m exhausted. However, In the last 2 hours I have received VERY exciting news from a friend and good things are happening at work, so I’m WIRED (maybe the Starbucks guy gave me regular espresso instead of decaf). It’s a GREAT day!!!

Thursday was a good day. Had a great workout, yummy eats, and a nice evening of meeting other Texas Young Professionals (TYP). This was my second event with TYP and I find it really interesting. Some people go around socializing and networking, while others stick together in their little group and look at you funny when you approach. In these situations I feel super uncomfortable. My feeling is if you are there you should be open to talking to people. If you don’t want to new people then please go somewhere else. Just my two cents.

Speed & Agility got the best of me yesterday. It’s a tough workout, and even harder when you’re slightly limited for some of the moves. By the end of the workout I wasn’t able to jump because of the pain going down my leg. I pushed as much as I could within my limits. I’m not trying to cause more damage.

Speed and agility workout

Lately my favorite workout shirts are those that I get from 46NYC. They are a for-profit company that raises awareness about different issues, and when you buy a t-shirt part of the money goes to a specific cause. This year they are doing a new t-shirt a month. Last month was Autism, this month is Help-Portrait. Definitely check them out http://46nyc.com and check out this months organizing http://help-portrait.com

46NYC Shirts

I’ll be honest, this week I was going to start a new meal schedule and things got so crazy that I have been winging it all week. Yesterday I enjoyed egg whites with spinach, turkey bacon and gluten free toast for breakfast; shakeology for a morning snack; a salad with a gluten free southwest veggie burger for lunch; a larabar (key lime pie = AMAZINGGGGG) and a skinny latte for an afternoon snack; and dinner was greek yogurt with peaches, almonds and maple syrup. Next week I’ll be starting a new routine with more protein in hopes of getting toned and showing more definition. I’ll keep you posting on how it goes.

 

What I ate Thursday

Finally, I hope y’all are having a fabulous Friday! It’s a three day weekend and I hope you soak every minute of it up.

Question: What are your plans for this three day weekend?

Thursday = random facts

Typically Wednesday is my random facts day, but this week it is Thursday. I have one very good reasons: Wednesday wasn’t eventful. Haha! I did go to trivia again, which was of course so much fun! Such a great group of people. I ate the same things as Tuesday; just easier since things have been a little crazy.

Wednesday was supposed to be my rest day, but I decided to lift and stretch. I didn’t get up and workout, and quite honestly my day felt off until I did finally workout last night. Last night I went with ChaLEAN Extreme Push Circuit 2. Chalene stress the importance of challenge yourself, lifting heavy, and “failing” by the last rep. I couldn’t agree more. Muscle burns fat, and women won’t get bulky like men. So, lift heavy. Don’t be scared! You continue to burn calories after your workout when you lift, so lift!

I was sweating after this workout and my monthly wall and v sit challenge. I’m so glad I got a workout in; I think I slept better last night because of it.

CLX Push Circuit 2 Workout

Here are some random fact for you this Thursday:

  • I played field hockey for seven years growing up.
  • My biggest food weaknesses are dark chocolate, peanut butter (or almond butter) and fro-yo.
  • I don’t like when someone cracks their knuckles; it creeps me out.
  • I like fresh tuna, but not tuna in a can.
  • I haven’t had fro-yo in 11 days.
  • One of my favorite movies is “The Sound of Music.” I remembering watching it with my grandpa when I was a kid.
  • Whey protein will not make you gain weight; I thought it did.

Question: Who else is ready for the three-day weekend?

My New Couch

Tuesday was so crazy that time flew by. I didn’t realize I had missed lunch time until my stomach start making noises around 1:30 p.m., which also happened to be the same time the delivery people arrived at my apartment. They were supposed to call before they were coming, but instead they called when they got to my apartment. Good thing I live close to work. I was so excited, I couldn’t get home fast enough. LOOK!

My new couch

Because I was so caught off guard I didn’t end up sitting on my couch until after I got home from work. Don’t worry, it’s awesome! YAY! Now I just need a chair, a coffee table, and a t.v. stand.

I think all my energy from the day came from my workout. I’m officially 21 days into Insanity Asylum 1 (75% complete) and I feel amazing. Tuesday’s workout was “back to core”. Something I have learned over the last several months is to engage your core. I know it sounds simple, but when you really try to do it, it’s not the same. Try it!

Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3

No matter how may times I do the last move in the last photo above, I still start shaking around the minute and thirty second mark (you go for a total of three minutes). It’s a good shake and I know I’m getting stronger and stronger.

Another highlight of the day was my yummy meals. I had Shakeology for breakfast, Greek yogurt with blueberries for a snack, a nice salad for lunch, Rice cakes with peanut butter and banana, and yummy shrimp tacos for dinner (these were amazing!).

What I ate Tuesday

Make these yummy gluten free tacos tonight:

Ingredients
¼ cup squash
¼ cup zucchini
¼ cup sweet potato
¼ cup black beans
3 oz. shrimp (about 8)
¼ cup lite coconut milk
2 gluten free corn tortillas

Directions

Cut yellow squash, zucchini and sweet potatoes into cubes. Put them into a small pan on medium heat. Let them cook for about 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes. Then, add coconut milk and let simmer for about 5 minutes on low-medium heat. Add black beans and let cook for 2 minutes.

Take tortillas, wrap a damp paper towel around them and heat for about 20 seconds. Remove tortillas and added ingredients from pan. Serve and enjoy!

Hope y’all had a wonderful Tuesday!

Question: Did you make tacos for taco Tuesday?

Makes me wanna jump, jump

Yesterday was one of those days where I needed an extra day to rest. My plan to relax all weekend didn’t exactly happen. However, it was a good weekend so I can’t really complain.

As tired as I was, I got up and worked out (Insanity Asylum 1 – Plyo). I definitely don’t regret it because it made my day that much better. However, I couldn’t move for the rest of the day (and I don’t mean in a good workout kind of way).

I’ve been having back problems since the end of February. I took two weeks off at one point to try and recover, and eased back into my workouts. Unfortunately, it didn’t help. Last Friday I gave in and went and saw a doctor. She gave me something to take for 6-days, and told me if that doesn’t help I need to get an MRI. UGH! I’m not a go to the doctor, take medicine kind of person unless I REALLY have to. Well, I guess I’m at my breaking point because I can’t not workout so I need to figure out this whole back thing.

My day just doesn’t feel right if I don’t get some type of workout in; even if that workout is stretching. So, over the last couple months I have been modifying certain moves (squats, twists, etc.) and being extra careful. My back feels good 90-95% of my workout, which is great. The times I feel the most pain is when I go to stand up after sitting, getting up in the morning (I literally rolled out of bed today), and when I sit. If this was just a pulled muscle wouldn’t it be better by now? I want it to only be a pulled muscle and for it to go away; it’s cramping my style 🙂

Anyways, yesterday’s workout was great. I wore my sparkle to help me get through my workout.

Workout Done

Plyometrics is jump training, whether it straight up in the air or you’re going side to side. It’s not an easy workout, but it’s not a bad workout either. I was super excited when I saw this shot yesterday; look how high I jumped!

Makes you wanna jump jump

Nothing like challenging yourself at 5 a.m. to jump over a 4-5 ft. ladder…

Workout 1

This purple band is NOT friendly, but it’s great for the legs. 🙂

Workout 2

I like to call these star jumps. They’re kind of fun.

Workout 3

The only picture I took yesterday of what I ate was breakfast – blueberry protein pancakes! Good post workout meal.

Blueberry pancakes

I also enjoyed Shakeology for a morning snack, a salad for lunch, veggies with hummus for an afternoon snack and Verts (a local Austin-based chain) veggies bowl for dinner. All in all it was a great Monday! I’m ready for the rest of the week!

Question: How was your Monday?