Thursday, February 23, 2012

Days 314 - 335 aka Who Am I?

I am so happy to be just about done with my 30 day Paleo challenge.  Not that I plan to have an all out carb buffet on March 2 but I will be enjoying some hummus and maybe even a splash of sour cream on my taco salad once in awhile...

I have made a decision that is going to change my day to day actions pretty drastically.  I have an addiction that I need to cure....the scale.  For the last 314 days, there have been very few days that have gone by where I didn't weigh myself at least once (often 2 or 3 times) and I need to stop.  I am aggravated because my weight loss has somewhat stalled and I really don't think it is healthy for me to be reminded of that everyday.  I catch myself getting upset and wanting to say f*ck it and eat some chocolate.  and french fries. and ice cream.......My focus is being the healthiest version of myself as possible both mentally and physically.  I cannot put myself through it anymore.  So, I will try really, really hard to not weigh myself again for 30 days - until I reach my one year milestone.

Besides trying to overcome my abuse of the scale, I have recently become a different person in another way.  I cannot believe I am even saying (or writing) this out loud...I have....have....joined....a....second...gym!!  Holy crap!!  Two gyms?  I never thought I would stick with one gym for a year..... Now, I love Geaux Crossfit and still plan to keep going every M-W-F but I have been thinking about stepping up my cardio for awhile.  I have been running outside a couple times a week but I know that, as it gets warmer, I am no longer going to be able to convince myself to get out of bed while everyone else in my family is asleep in the air conditioned house.  Sooo...I have been thinking about all this and couldn't figure out what to do...until a Planet Fitness opened up less than a mile from my house!  It's only $10 a month and open 24 hours a day!  So my friend Kelly P. and I will be going on my Geaux Crossfit off days!  Planet Fitness is a beautiful facility and everything but there are some weird things that I am having a hard time keeping quiet about. when you walk in, there are big bowls of tootsie rolls at the front desk!  AND there are signs up all over that say "as a thank you to our member the first Monday of the month is pizza night and the second Tuesday of the month is bagel morning!"  Seriously???  So basically, they are promoting people to come in, burn some calories and then put them back on again?  On the Planet Fitness website, I found this quote:

"That's more than 1.4 million slices of pizza a year. • We hand out more than a million Tootsie Rolls every month"

And that is something to be proud of?  I am really and truly flabbergasted.  Why don't they offer free nutrition seminars once a month or some sort of Biggest Loser challenge or something...anything...other than free pizza, bagels and candy???

So I guess the moral of my story is that Planet Fitness is a GREAT deal...the machines are awesome...the hours are perfect..etc... but it is only good IF you have some will power.  Luckily, for me, I don't really like tootsie rolls.  Now if the bowls were full of peanut butter cups then I would be totally screwed.  I go in the mornings so I don't have to worry about pizza.  Bagels will be my only temptation.  We will see how it goes on Tuesday!  I hope they are tucked away in some corner and not out in the open for me to see while I am struggling through 30 minutes on the elliptical.  Thank God my Geaux Crossfit family will be waiting for me on Wednesday morning to ask if I gave in to temptation...that will make it easier to say no.

Filming with Rick Portier of WAFB!!
I have to thank Rick Portier at WAFB for taking the time to do a story on my weight loss journey.  There is no better inspiration for sticking to it (especially at restaurants... then knowing that someone might be have seen me on t.v and be watching to see what I am eating...haha..  It was
such a fun and awesome experience!!!  <3

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Days 307 - 313 aka PALEO CHALLENGE!!!

 Today is the first day of Geaux Crossfit's 30 day paleo challenge and I am feeling pumped.  These challenges always seem to come just in time...before I fall way off the eating healthy bandwagon.

Is this how cavemen cleaned
their hard boiled eggs??

Of course, Day 1 began with a breakfast meeting at Starbucks.  Between going to Geaux Crossfit in the morning and dropping off Abby at school, I knew I would show up for the meeting starving...which would either cause me to eat something non-paleo or make me very, very grumpy.  So I did what anyone would do..peeled an egg while driving and washed it off in the rain while I was at a red did the trick!  I managed to get through the meeting only consuming a hot, unsweetened tea.  Coffee is going to be the hardest thing for me during these 30 days.  I try and try but just cannot choke it down without some half and half and maybe a bit of's only Day 1 and I am already missing my morning coffee...

Back at Geaux Crossfit! 

This is week 2 of being back to Geaux Crossfit after almost a month off and I am loving's been rough (as in my body kinda feels like I got hit by a car) but I look forward to it so very much...even though some of the WODS are making me feel very aggravated.

 Seriously, it has been almost a year and I still cannot do a squat without looking like an idiot??? It makes me want to scream!! I am just not strong enough to do one without leaning forward....I wish I had counted from day 1 how many squats I've done.  The number would be really high...but not one of them is the correct form...AHHH!!! 

And to make it even more annoying, I just watched the Biggest Loser and Bob had his team to "Fran" which is the same exact WOD I did today...they just started and most of them already have better form then me...damn thrusters!!

I have decided to add planks to my workout regime - I am hoping this will help me strengthen my core so I can actually do a squat. I HATE them!!  HATE THEM!!!

fruit garnish for dinner??
Last week I attended the SMartie (social media) awards.  My blog had multiple nominations and I am very thankful!  The food at the event, though, was sooo bad - macaroni and cheese, jambalaya, fried boudin balls, meat pies, spinach artichoke dip, etc....other than some fruit and veggie garnish there was not much I could eat....seriously, I was nominated for an award because of my blog about my weight struggles and the reward for this nomination was a table full of delicious unhealthy food!!  My fellow Geaux Crossfitter Melody was right when she suggested that anyone with a weight problem stay away from can be tough! (check out Melody's blog about fitness/her weight loss story here).

Sooo..Day 1 is almost done!!  Can't wait to see wait Day 2 will bring!!!