What is put a wing on it for the win?

Okay, okay. Maybe we didn’t win trivia last night, but we had an awesome time! The trivia questions were more up our ally. Granted we still didn’t know all of them, but they were more along the lines of what we were thinking the first trivia night was going to be like a few weeks ago. (Side note: “Put A Wing On It” was our team name)

I even indulged in some wings. They were good, not the best, and they ended up upsetting my stomach. I don’t think it was the actual wings themselves, or potential gluten contamination, I think my body isn’t used to this kind of food. I haven’t deprived myself from eating things like wings, it’s just been so long that my body wasn’t sure how to handle it. Would I eat them again, sure! Everything in moderation.

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Here’s what I ate yesterday:

Yummy eats

  • Breakfast: gluten free toast, turkey bacon, 1 egg and 1 egg white.
  • Morning snack: Shakeology
  • Lunch: Spring rolls with shrimp, spaghetti squash, cucumber, carrots, peppers and edamame
  • Afternoon snack: celery with almond butter and raisins
  • Dinner: Wings

I managed to stay within my calories for the day, and am only sorry about the wings because it hurt my stomach. Otherwise, I’d eat them again!

It’s been so great meeting new people and developing relationships. I like that I have regular plans it makes me feel like I’m settling in, and that’s a really great feeling. Last night I learned from one of the girls that there are Moonlight Towers in Austin. Apparently, several decades ago these were brought to Austin to help illuminate the streets. Austin is the only city that still has these towers. Maybe one day I’ll go around Austin looking for them.

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Another reason why I didn’t feel too bad for indulging in the wings was because yesterdays workout was Speed and Agility. I’m really getting the workout. I’m starting to get my groove with the different footwork. I can also feel myself getting faster. I’m able to get through the different segments without having to stop… best feeling! Consistency is key. Being consistent with the workout, consistent with fueling my body, consistent with taking care of my body all make it possible to get stronger, faster and better. I’m so happy with my current progress and I’m only half way through the program. I can only imagine where I’ll be in two weeks.

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I laughed when I walked into the gym yesterday because I saw the Derm infomercial. As I was changing the channel I then came across the Hip Hop Abs infomercial.

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Y’all Beachbody wants to tend the trend of obesity. They are the real deal; their programs are the real deal. The don’t just talk about their workouts, they talk about creating a healthy lifestyle. It’s a process and results don’t just happen over night. It’s not just about your workouts, but also what you’re eating. Half the battle is getting started. Are you finding it hard to get started? I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I’ll share tomorrow!

Question: What are the best wings you’ve ever had?

Lesson’s Learned Monday

Overall my Monday was boring. I had good intentions to go to a MeetUp event, but was too tired. I couldn’t even pry myself out of bed yesterday morning, so I had to get my workout in after work. Lessons learned: 1) there are too many people in the apartment gym after work/before dinner to do that again! In other words, workout in the morning. 2) I had too many sets of eyes staring at me and very little space. (You don’t need much in general, but when using a jump rope it’s nice to have a little more.) 3) I definitely prefer being there at 5:15/5:30 a.m. when fewer or no people are there.

Because I was so tired on Sunday, I waited to go to the grocery store yesterday. Lesson learned: shopping and prepping on Sunday is way better than on Monday night. I usually leave myself a couple hours for prep work on Sunday so that I’m not up late during the week making meals. Last night, Monday, I didn’t go to bed until 11 p.m. (I still got up at 5 a.m. today and worked out).

Yesterday was Insanity Asylum 1 – Speed and Agility. If you remember last week when I did it I was angry and frustrated by the end of the workout. I’m happy to report this week was better. I still have a few moves where the footwork still needs work, but all-in-all I felt much better when I completed the workout this week than I did last week. Lesson learned: don’t give up! Things will get easier the more you try. Be patient.

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My final lesson learned for Monday: time management. It’s a skill that not everyone has, but everyone NEEDS to learn!

 

I like to move it, move it!

Heeellllllllooo Thursday!

Yesterday was a solid day. A bunch of little projects that I have been working are now completed, and I got in a good workout.

I recently received a housewarming present from two friends and on Tuesday night I used put that present to good use to cut this avocado. The whole time I was worried I was going to cut myself on the sharp knife, but thankfully did not. I only needed a third of the avocado, but wasn’t sure that I could cut it, without cutting it in half. Turns out all you need is a good knife! Also, I love mincing garlic. I can normally mince it really fine, and with this new knife I did it in half the time. Thanks friends for the sharp gift 😉

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For lunch I enjoyed Shaun T’s favorite chicken salad (romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado and asparagus with a honey mustard dressing. I’m not a honey mustard kind of gal, but this salad was pretty tasty, and super filling. For dinner I had some chicken, spaghetti squash and roasted veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and butternut squash). I honestly could have done without the chicken. I was really craving the veggies. Might switch out my dinner tonight for roasted veggies and spaghetti squash. Seriously, can’t get enough! I don’t think I could be a vegetarian, but I really do enjoy a plate full of well seasoned, well roasted veggies. Try it…. I dare you!

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Yesterday was Day 1 of Insanity Asylum 1 – Speed & Agility. I didn’t realize how big the gym in my building actually is. I remember seeing it when I was looking at the apartment, but for some reason I thought it was smaller. I guess I didn’t go inside to really get a good look. Turns out not only is it bigger, but there is a great spot for me to do my workout without getting people’s way. This was my set up & a picture of the gym

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There were a lot of new moves in this workout that I don’t think I was completely prepared for. I probably should have watched the video to know better what I was getting into. The footwork is a bit tricky and might take some time to get used to. A few action shots from my workout:

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Towards the end of the workout I was getting frustrated because the footwork was getting more difficult. Thankfully at this point I was the only one left in the gym, so I could yell at Shaun T. (aka, the computer). I mad because I didn’t feel like I got such a great workout in, but I definitely burned some serious calories so I must have been doing something.

Angry + stinky workout = not a happy camper

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I know things will get better, in fact my workout this morning was awesome! To prepare for the next time I do speed and agility I’ll watch the video and try some of the moves in slow motion. Hopefully the second time around goes better.

Question: Have you ever been frustrated/mad during or after a workout? If so, what were you doing?