as you know 4 weeks ago I had surgery to remove a bones spur on top of my foot, it had been agitating me for 4 years. Well we are 4 weeks in and I haven’t not made it back to the gym as my foot keeps swelling. As you can see in the picture, that was Friday (sorry for the terrible pedicure, but Ihaven’t been able to go). I am trying to elevate as much as I can, but I have work that has to be done and with a store opening soon, this is really putting a damper on things.
I am really starting to enjoy this blogging thing. Cause I can write when something annoys me without getting a bunch angry people at me.
So rest Day… I do Active Recovery, where you are going for a walk, cause you cant take it any longer sitting at home, or a hike or do some other activity. Yesterday was technically a rest day for me, but I went to the Renaissance Fair and walked 4.4miles thru out the day. I am feeling it a bit.
You can also rest when you are really sore. I had to do that a couple of weeks ago, I woke up and was so sore I could barely walk, that is when my body told me, You need to stop for today.
Also drink lots of water, it will help flush the Toxins that were released during your workout. Also don’t forget to stretch and foam roll during your Rest day. It will help the recovery process.
Now comes my other rant… I saw someone post on Instagram their Food Prep picture and the caption was EAT FOR FUEL, NOT FOR FLAVOR.
This struck a cord with me. I wanna eat flavorful meals. I don’t wanna eat bland food everyday. I see those meal preps and I think to myself, how BORING… How can you the exact same food every single day for a week? Well I can’t cause I would not be staying on meal plan.
Healthy food and foods that are good for you do not have to be Boring or Bland. All the recipes I post for dinner don’t take more time then 30-45 minutes. Cause I wanna eat with my family and spend time with them after. I don’t wanna spend hours in the kitchen. So No you can eat healthy foods and they can be flavorful.
I eat about 1700 Calories a day. I love Pampered Chef’s Southwest Seasoning, I used it in my omelet in the morning, a half a teaspoon has 15mg of sodium. And that is all I put on my omelet, I use salt very sparingly. In my homemade Salad Dressing I use Pampered Chef’s Herb de Provence which has 0 sodium but tons’ of flavors.
Be adventurous, try new seasonings, I love dill on my salmon. I put mustard and paprika on my Pork Chops and Chicken, these are all things you can do to make your meals full of flavor.
As a Teenager I did not know how to cook or had any inkling of learning to cook and now I love it, heck I make up my own recipes. So the one thing I can tell you. Don’t be afraid to try a recipe and cook something.
Go and have fun in the Kitchen… it’s an Adventure.
So I noticed before that some of the really buff guys give me these looks like “WTF are you doing at the gym?” I know the difference, cause I actually have talked to some of the “buff” guy and they are really nice and think it’s great that I am back in the gym and lift and am not normally intimidated by them.
But some guys you know, cause I smile at everybody at the gym, even if I am pouring sweat, I have a smile, cause you know what? I makes me feel good and the person I smile at as well. But then there are these guys that don’t smile back. They just give you that look. And I’ve gotten those looks even when I was a Trainer.
So this is a letter for the guy today that could not wait for me to be done with my Deadlifts…
Dear Buff Guy,
first off, I have been watching you the past couple of weeks, you and your girlfriend feeling entitled to just make yourself at home at the gym. You drop you bags whereever, using ab machines to keep you bag off the floor. Ever considered that other members might use those machines?
Also yeah I used the bar today to do my circuit and yes, it was only loaded with 20lb. (total of 65lb.) but that doesn’t give you the right to huff and puff next to me, cause your girlfriend can’t workout next to you. I may not look as buff and skinny as her, but you know what? I work just as hard and maybe even a little harder. I would love to see the two of you doing 15 Deadlifts, then 20 reverse lunges and 20 alternating Kettlebellswings. And do 4 sets of them. So yeah I am not going to rush thru my workout because you feel the need to give me nasty looks. Cause you know why? I am paying my membership dues just the same as you do. And thanks to the gym and coming 5 days a week for the past 2.5 months I am down 22lb.
So maybe be a bit more considerate, to members like me, cause I got a pretty thick skin, but other members might not and instead of scoffing at them give them a smile of encouragement. Cause it’s mostly likely that they will quit the gym because of people like you.
Wow, what a start into the new year.
I am proud to say that since November 1st I am down 20lb. I managed to loose weight over the toughest part of the year. But with planning it all paid off and I am more determined than ever to keep going.
I also am toying with the idea of becoming NASM certified again as I do miss being a Trainer. I loved being a personal Trainer and helping others to achieve their goals. But first I must loose a little bit more weight and I would like to learn more from my Trainer Gabriel at Holy Fit in Austin.
He is amazing and I love his support and how he is always there for me. I do online training with him. I think he has spidey senses, cause he always knows when I need a pick me up message.
At the beginning of the year people always make resolutions, I am a bit weary about them since I never seem to be able to actually do them, so I made a list of things I would like to accomplish this year.
- Spend more time with my kids and husband
- Loose 80 more lb and fit into my size 10 clothes again
- Run and finish the Texas Ren Fair Mud Run
- I signed up for this, now I just need to train on climbing, running and crawling
- Save enough money to go to the Supernatural Convention in Vancouver in August
It’s day 3 of my Journey that seems to be ongoing forever now. But here I am. I woke up this morning with legs so sore, I could barely walk. I even took a hot bath last night and that apparently didn’t help much. But I digress.
So here I was day 3, hurting. In the past I would make it to day 3 and then stop working out, cause I was to sore, and I made excuses, that I would go back the next day and then just never did.
Well NOT TODAY, I went to the gym and I workout. I even got on the Elliptical for my warm up and Lo and behold I didn’t die. Actually my legs felt better after I got off it. I did most of the workout my trainer gave me, but this time I was proud to actually almost do all the exercises. I didn’t feel like a failure, cause I looked on the bright side. I beat DAY 3. I went to the gym and worked out instead of sitting at home.
Then I got home and made a delicious protein smoothie. I am going gluten and Dairy free. There will be challenges. I bought the recommended Protein powder, but it came in Vanilla instead of Chocolate. I will remedy that later today. The vanilla was good and I will post the recipe today.
The best part of my workout was, when on the elliptical, I actually was lipsynching to the Supernatural Parody of “Shake it off” and I had a blast doing it. Music is so important for me to workout, it sets my Rhythm.
I am ok with this….