Category Archives: Fitness
My kiddies were home from school today. Snow day! It’s a little odd because there was indeed not a drop of snow on the ground this morning, although there’s come cover that accumulated later in the day.
Since the kiddos were home they had to do the: go in the other room and not kill each other for awhile while momma work outs. My hammy’s were screaming today still despite yesterday being my rest day, so I opted for a short cardio with a 20 minute Turbo Jam workout and P90X chest, shoulders, and tris.
If I haven’t mentioned on the blog lately, I have Raynaud’s in my hands, as well as carpal tunnel. The colder months really take a toll on me – especially in my workouts, and my work (on the computer). My husband picked these up for me and I’m hoping they made relieve some pressure off sensitive spots on my hands when doing push ups. I think they may have been somewhat helpful in today’s workout. I think I’ll need to use them a few more times before I make the final verdict though.
Now I don’t need snow as an excuse to enjoy some good coffee – but I have been enjoying my own version of a tasty peppermint mocha at home. No big deal to me, like I’ve said before, not a Starbucks fan here. So here’s the nutrition stats for a 12oz Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. 42g of sugar?! No thanks.
Some days I get a little cray and put some whip on mine – but most of the time I forego it because I don’t feel like I need it. But it’s a nice little treat every now and again.
- Brew yourself a strong cup of coffee. I use a Keruig and use a smaller cup size brew than I would normally choose.
- Mix 1-2 teaspoons (to taste) of unsweetened cocoa powder into about 4 oz of unsweetened almond milk. My current favorite cocoa is Hershey’s Special Dark. Heat this in the microwave for about a minute to warm the milk.
- Add sweetener of choice to your coffee – my favorite is NuNaturals drops and a tiny amount of peppermint extract. This stuff is very strong. A few drops is more than enough.
- Combine your coffee and milk. Boom.
Add some whip if you want. You could also make it a little richer by using some milk that has some fat content. Sometimes I use coconut milk. This is so not original. It’s not rocket science. But you know what? It sure is good. I possibly needed more than one to get through this snow day. And perhaps maybe even one of these:
These are good! Way more minty than a york peppermint patty. The filling seems a little thicker too, and I like the candy cane bits on the top. I thought they might even be a little strong on the mint for my kids, but they thought they were tasty as well.
How’s the weather where you are? Wintery at all yet? Are you a peppermint fan?
I’ve been complaining a lot lately about not being able to find jeans that fit me correctly. It’s actually something that I’ve moaned about before. Really it’s quite ridiculous. There are jeans that I can’t get past my calves. There are jeans I’ve had to get my husband to help pry off said calves. There are jeans that fit my legs but then sag in the waist. What do I have to say about all of this?
My damn big girl legs. I hate them.
I’ve been throwing a sorta pity party for myself on days when I feel like I’m going to be walking around in yoga pants and or leggings for the rest of my days. I’ve worked so hard on my fitness, and here I am not being able to find a damn pair of pants.
These stupid big girl legs.
My husband will tell me, “You don’t have big girl legs“. I brush him off and tell him, thanks for trying to appease me, but I know the truth. I’m stuck with these things.
Then suddenly while I was stretching after a workout the other day I came to a realization.
I’m a hypocrite.
I’ll explain a little. Meet my “mini me” for those who haven’t met her yet.
I’ve said over and over my fitness and journey to health was never one about vanity. It was most importantly about being a role model to my family. Especially important to me in this equation is my mini me - because well, as women, we all know what kind of pressure we feel from media, men, and hell even other women to look and act a certain way.
If you know me at all personally, you’d know that I don’t do norms. I don’t care to fall into what people expect. I never have. Even growing up I never felt pressure to be a certain size, or act a certain way. I was just ultimately me. Maybe why this is why I can confidentially say that my journey was never vanity driven. Sure before my journey I could crack the occasional “big girl” joke on myself, but I never took them to heart. I never dreamed of being a certain size.
One thing I’ve always wanted to make sure I instill in my daughter is that she knows she is perfect the way she is. To not let anyone ever let her think otherwise. To grow up knowing that she deserves the utmost respect from others, and to respect herself.
– insert that hyporcrite part here —
Here’s where I realized the other day that I was doing nothing other than bashing myself. How can I teach my daughter to love herself completely when I’m bashing myself? Mind you, I have never referenced being “fat” or my “big girl legs” around her – but I’m still saying it to myself. And I’m a hypocrite for it.
I can’t say I will ever entirely get past the negative self talk, but I will make a damn hard effort to kick it in the rear as I start to feel those negative self image remarks creeping up in the back of my head. So today I choose to celebrate these legs.
After all, these legs aren’t the legs they used to be. They’re a different kind of “
big girl legs”. These legs are strong. They have muscle.
These legs are capable of things they never were. These damn legs kick ass. Literally, I do lots of kicking in my workouts. These legs are just proof that I am a better version of my previous self. Screw you jeans. You suck. It’s not me, it’s you. Too bad you don’t fit these legs. I’ll move on and just find a better pair that can contain the awesomeness that resides in these legs.
Are you guilty of negative self talk? What are you too hard on yourself about? What body part can you choose to celebrate instead of bash?
Last month I was honored to be featured as October’s #FitStory. FitStories is an evolution of FitBlog (if you were at all familiar with that). FitStories give the chance for bloggers to share their health and FitStories with other bloggers – or just people working on their own FitStory.
My FitStory is one of over 130+ pounds lost, and a whole new life gained.
My story begins with my own personal “ah-ha” moment. This moment came after I realized I was the pot calling kettle black so to speak. My husband is a Type 2 Diabetic; and after his long list of medications didn’t seem to be helping his diabetes any longer, his doctor began talking to him about the possibility of weight-loss surgery.
I wasn’t for it. In my heart it didn’t seem like the solution. The solution seemed a little simpler to me. He needed to change his habits to become healthier. I felt like if he wasn’t ready to work and establish permanent change, then the problem would still persist.
That’s when I realized I was at the heaviest I had been in my entire life. I had probably packed on something close to 100 pounds over the course of 10 years. Ya know, three kids, life, and eating poorly will do that to you. I was tired all the time, was having problems with my foot, and suddenly felt like a terrible role model for the people that mattered most to me: my family.
That was it for me. Transformation begins with the decision to make a change. I had decided. It was time, and I knew I was in it for the long haul. For my health and for my family, I embarked on what became my journey. I adopted the attitude and personal mantra of “Today I will do what I can.” This applied to exercise, eating healthy, and slowly changing my bad habits.
In a little over two years, I had shed a whole person basically. But other than weight loss,I’ve gained health, strength, and most importantly, the ability to be a role model to my children.
MORE ABOUT AMANDA
Location: Louisville, KY
Occupation: Web + Graphic Designer
What is your current healthy living motto? “Today I will do what I can.”
The point in life life I realized I was unhealthy/overweight and needed to make a positive change was … After my husband’s doctor began pressuring him into exploring the option of weight-loss surgery. I personally disagreed with it, but I realized I couldn’t say anything much more positive about my own health.
My weight-loss story began where … most people began: the dreadmill – dun dun dunnnn! That first “on purpose workout,” as I call it, almost killed me, but it was my start.
The biggest obstacle I had to face and overcome during my journey was … time management. I’m a work-at-home mom with 3 kids, so time management was always my biggest challenge. Workouts couldn’t always happen when I wanted them to. But by dedicating myself, I was able to accomplish my transformation without ever joining a gym. All my workouts to this day continue to be done from home!
Fortunately for me, I’ve never been much of a quitter – and I’m glad to say that this portion of my nature didn’t fall short when I took on the task of changing my health and fitness. That being said, at the beginning of my journey I knew it was just that, a journey, and that it would take time. Keeping in mind that overnight changes were not going to happen always kept me from becoming discouraged with my progress.
The exercise I most enjoy: I really love high-energy things that have roots in kickboxing like Turbo (Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam, Les Mills Combat, etc). I also adore lifting weights, it makes me feel so empowered!
Social media keeps me motivated to stay active and healthy by… how positively people responded to my story. I didn’t share my journey from the start. As I began to share bits of my story, more and more people responded positively to it. The positive response and kind words began to make me realize that someone out there may gain something by the sharing of my own journey.
Advice I’d offer someone struggling with weight-loss, self-confidence or unhealthy eating is… It’s all about your habits. What do you want to change? With that in mind, establish what habits you currently have that are interfering with this goal. Replace your old habits with new ones. Habits don’t change overnight; be persistent and the small things that may seem meaningless at the time add up. Most importantly, don’t give up or underestimate what you’re capable of!
My healthy living style in 5 words: Moderation, dedication and smarter choices.
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Again, it was a honor to asked to be featured. I still can’t believe people want to hear this gal blather about her journey!
What would your healthy living lifestyle 5 words be?