Still At it

For those of you who may be wondering.  Yep, I'm still juicing.  I'm still making green (and not so green) smoothies, as well.  This is a pic of juice I made this morning.   It consisted of one apple, two carrots, and a beet.  Healthy stuff.

Oh, and my super affordable Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor is STILL getting the job done very well.  It's even cheaper now than when I bought it a year ago.  Can't beat that!

My Workout Philosophy

I get a lot of questions about my workout regimen (and diet, but that will be another post).  Really, my workout routine is not very intricate at all.  I am a simple girl...and that translates to pretty much everything going on in my world.

One thing I have learned overtime is that no matter how intricate your workouts, no matter what type of workouts you're doing--if you're not CONSISTENT, it simply is not going to work.  In my experience, the only thing that helps me to stay consistent, is to keep my workouts as "enjoyable" as possible.  For someone that may mean jumping on a treadmill and powerwalking while watching one of their favorite television shows, or taking a bike ride in their favorite area.  For me, I love being outside--so I run or walk outside at my favorite parks or through my neighborhood.  Now the intensity of my workouts change all the time.  Remember, I said keep it enjoyable.  If in your head working out only means running 3 miles, well, on the day that you want or think you should workout and you're dreading that run or don't feel up to it--you're probably simply going to just forgo it all together.  Trust me, I'm a runner and I KNOW that your heart has to be in it or you're not going to do it.  Well, if you instead just think "workout" and not a particular type of workout--and just do something that can be somewhat enjoyable, then do that.  You gotta realize, a person who gets out and powerwalks to their favorite music 4 times a week, is probably going to see more results than the person who gets out there and runs, but can only find the motivation to do it once or twice a week.  Consistency is the key! So, I usually get outside with the mindset that I'm going to powerwalk, and during that time when I'm feeling motivated to kick it up a notch (and you will have those moments the more you do it) I break out into a jog.  And I jog for as long as it's enjoyable (which could mean I'm feeling proud of myself), and the minute it starts to physically or mentally become a chore, I switch back to a walk.  The point is, I got out there...I maybe even pushed myself a bit, but I didn't put such a high expectation on myself that if I fell short, I felt discouraged, because THAT is what makes a person not stick to it.

So my current regimen at the moment:

During the spring/summer, you will probably never find me in anyone's gym.  I love warm weather.  I love being outside.  I love wheeling my spawn around in the double-jog stroller outside.  A lot of times, I like to kill two birds with one stone.  My walk/jog around the park, ends with us stopping at the playground for some playtime fun for the kids.  So I was a good mommy, AND good to my body.  Plus, I have this theory that just being in the sun burns calories--but don't quote me on that. haha Oh, and I do this aoubt 3-4 times a week.

Anyway, at this point in time, I've kicked it up a notch to jogging/running straight with no walking for 20 minutes.  I say "kicked it up" because during the winter--I don't really run, and if I do it's a run/walk (alternating between the two) and here's why...  In the winter, I'm forced to workout in the gym because of the weather.  So for cardio, I may get on the elliptical, or the stationary bike, or even the treadmill.  Have I ever mentioned, I HATE THE TREADMILL.  Running for me requires a certain mental focus that I can't really get to on the treadmill.  It's so redundant and BORING.  But powerwalking on the treadmill is okay and can even be somewhat enjoyable when listening to my favorite tunes.  So in the winter while using the treadmill, I usually will only powerwalk.  To increase the workout intensity, though, I always put the treadmill on an incline.  That's my way of making up for not jogging.  Also, because I'm in the gym, I will also weight train a bit using various machines.  I may do arms one day, back and chest another, and legs on another day.  So during the winter is really the only time that I lift weights.  During the spring/summer after my runs or walks, I may hit the ground and do a few push-ups to make myself feel better. Depending on what park I'm at here in Atlanta, I also run stairs--which is killer!  I think it's fun, though, and it's an EXCELLENT workout for your legs and bootay. ;)

So that's it.  I think the reason that I stay the size that I'm at and the reason that I don't have work that hard to maintain it is because I'm consistent.  No matter how it may change as far as what I do--I STILL workout regularly all year around and this has gone on for YEARS.  Your body is like a machine--consistency in how you workout and eat keeps your body (i.e. metabolism)  running at a certain level.  Your body fights to maintain that.  So if you hardly ever workout (or eat fairly healthy) where ever your body is at from that--your body will fight to maintain that...the weight and the fat.  That's why in the beginning of starting a workout or diet regimen, it doesn't seem to work for a while--but in my opinion, that's because your body is fighting it in the beginning, but it's consistency that eventually wins and gets your body to modify itself.  So my body is running at a certain level, a pretty efficient level I'm proud to say. :)  And that is why I can eat pretty much anything I want or fall off on my workout for a week or two and see no changes, because my body is working at maintaining where it's been, and as long as I get back on it in a reasonable time--it won't stop working at that level.

So for all of you, I say find something that you find somewhat enjoyable and STICK TO IT.  Make it as much a part of your life, brushing your teeth.  And stop expecting to see some extreme change because you only stuck to it for only 3 months.  It may take longer than that for your body to start operating at a more efficient level.  Just stick to it and do it for the joy of knowing that you're taking care of your body!!

Feel free to ask me anymore workout related questions!

Getting Juicey...

So I told you guys that I'd bought a juicer because I wanted to include juicing in my journey of eating healthier.  So it's been a few weeks (months?) now and all I can say, is that I'm glad I jumped on this bandwagon.  The juicer I bought was the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor. It cost me about 60 bucks on Amazon, but I've heard you can find them slightly cheaper in Walmart or Target stores on a good day.  There are many, many juicers to choose from in all kinds of crazy price ranges.  I chose this one because it was 800 watts (which seems to be the ideal wattage), it got good reviews overall on Amazon, and at 60 bucks--if it becomes another kitchen apparatus that ends up in a cupboard, I won't feel all that bad.  I have to co-sign on the good reviews that I think this is a sufficient juicer for the price.  The pulp doesn't feel too "wet" (a sign that you juicer is not extracting as much juice as possible), but I will see an occasional chunk of fruit/veggie that somehow made it through without being pulverized.  But hey, I by no means am expecting perfection.  Overall, I have to say that it is a good juicer.

Now, I haven't gone crazy creative with the different kinds of juices to make.  I bought the book Complete Book of Juicing: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality. This book has a gazillion of recipes and it gives you the nutritional benefits of every fruit and vegetable known to man.  An excerpt from the book on why juicing is beneficial:


You may ask, "Why juice?  Aren't we suppose to eat whole fruits and vegetables to get the fiber?"  The answer:  Of course you are, but you should juice too.  Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables does provide some fiber, particularly the soluble fiber.  And it is the soluble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.  Think about it--fiber refers to indigestible material found in plants.  While this is very important for proper bowel function, it is the juice that nourishes us.  Our body actually converts the food we eat into juice so that it can be absorbed.  Juicing helps the body's digestive process and allows for quick absorption of high-quality nutrition.  The result is increased energy levels.  Juicing quickly provides the most easily digestible and concentrated nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables.

I've tried a few different juices, carrot-apple-ginger being my favorite.  I also tend to use carrot-apple as a base to throw in some other veggies that are full of nutrients like spinach, kale, beets, wheat grass, etc.  I've even made my own "V-8".  And I have to admit, I feel like I have lots more energy since incorporating fresh juice into my diet.



Verdict:  Get to Juicin'!

Bottoms up!

Yea, so I l know I told you guys that I would do a "resolutions" post, but unfortunately I waited too long to draft said post and.....I really just don't feel like it anymore. will more than likely just see my resolutions mentioned in future posts. 'kay?  

Anyway, I just got a new juicer in the mail and I am stoked.  One of my resolutions is to have a healthier diet, and I specifically wanted to incorporate juicing into it.  This year, I'm on a quest not to just LOOK better (does that quest ever end?), but to FEEL better as well.  As you know, I've already jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon and juicing will be the perfect little sidekick to that.  I ordered my nice AFFORDABLE juicer (with good reviews) from Amazon.  Affordable meaning less than 100 bucks. I decided to throw in a book on the subject as well.  I will do a review on the juicer and book, as well as my favorite concoctions, in the near future after I've had a chance to take both for a spin.  Stay tuned!

Keep It Tight Update

5 months post preg / 133 lbs. / 5'9

I am the mother of 2 kiddos.  I workout about 3 times a week.  I don't do anything insane.  I eat what I want in moderation, but try to eat healthy.  I like my wine & spirits and I eat dessert once or twice a week.  I attribute some of this to genes--but I'm a firm believer in no matter if you've had children or can "get back" with a little determination!

Have a great weekend lovies.

Flashback Friday Anyone?

Since we happened to be on the subject of fitness and health in my last post, I thought I'd share with you all this picture one of my friends posted on Facebook of me when I was in my 8th month of pregnancy.  I ADORE this picture because I think it epitomizes the tone of both of my pregnancies.  I still always had lots of fun, and I was always very much active.  I get a lot of props from people I know because of my "snap back" ability after having my kids.  Most don't realize that I was very much in shape prior to getting pregnant, which makes it A LOT easier to get back down to where one would like to be, and also, I continued to workout and remain active for as long as I could through each pregnancy.  It really is no magic secret to it!  Anyway, hope you all have a slammin' weekend!


Keep It Tight: A Little Motivation

So my youngest has finally reached the 3 month old mark, which means he is now old enough to stay in the Kids Zone at the YMCA.  This is a big deal, because I can actually get back to a real workout routine that includes weightlifting/strength training/yoga/pilates.  Up until now, I've been doing mostly cardio (walking or running outside with the jog stroller), but I kind of gotten burned out on that--not to mention, it's becoming too chilly outside for my taste.  I've still hit the gym on the weekends at times when hubs is home, but that would be only once, maybe twice, a week. Anyway, to celebrate being able to get back to a REAL schedule (for me that is 3-4 times a week--no weekends), here are a few motivational photos:

Lets Move!!!


Making Progress...

Over the past couple of weeks, my sister seems to be the only person who has been able to get me to hit the streets it seems.  She came by to see the kiddos and then we decided to go to Rosa Mexicana to have drinks and made-to-order-right-at-your-table guacamole (my fave).  It's happening a bit slower this second time, but I'm making progress in getting back to my pre-preg weight.  I'm not really sure how many pounds I've lost, as I don't have a scale at home--but I use my clothes as a guide.  I still have a few (or more) pounds to go is what my favorite pair of jeans are telling me. haha  I'm quite pleased, though.

Almost 6 weeks post-preg (and yes, I love this baby blue leopard tank--you've seen it before)

Started off with 'ritas and ended with sangria!

My lovable sis, of course!


Operation: Get my body back - 4 wks post-preg

So it has been 4 weeks after I've had my son.  I gained a total of about 35 lbs with this pregnancy and am down 25 lbs.  There hasn't been much I've been doing exercise-wise except for walking, as I'm not suppose to start any "real" exercise until after my 6 week postpartum check-up.  So after allowing myself about 2 weeks of recovery, what I've been doing these past  weeks is walking for about 30 minutes about 4 times a week.  I haven't really changed much as far as diet--but I am being just a bit more conscious.  I'm getting back to eating more fish and seafood, which was restricted somewhat because of pregnancy, and have lessened the amount of sugary juices and drinks that I craved (and drank) through my whole pregnancy.  I'm also about to jump on the "green smoothie" bandwagon and will start incorporating those into my diet, as well.  Just recently, I stumbled upon a blog post talking about the benefits of taking 2-3 tablespoons of organic ACV daily, and how it helps prevent all kinds of ailments, gives energy, helps with digestion and also encourages weightloss.  I haven't made it to Whole Foods yet, but will add this to my regimen as well.  So without further ado, here are my 4 week pics.  (please, pardon the crappy pics--I sold my "good" camera in preparation for an upgrade)

As you can see, I still have a bit of a gut, and yes, that damned dark line (also known as the "linea negra") is still there.  With my last pregnancy, it took a full YEAR for it to fade completely and I'm expecting no difference this time around.  I can get in most of my pre-preg clothes, but it's not comfortable and I feel like a stuffed sausage, so I've been kickin' it in my leggings and loose tops still.

After my 6 week check-up, I'll be able to hit the gym again and start some light weight lifting which works WONDERS.  I'm also planning to give Bikram (hot) yoga a try--thanks to Groupon. Stay tuned for my next update in a couple of weeks!  I plan to go into more detail regarding my workout regimen once I'm back into full workout mode again. :)


Operation: Keep It Tight

"Operation:  Keep it Tight" is a cute lil' moniker I've given to my workout regimen.  I'm very much into "keeping it tight".  It's great for health and just makes me feel good, not to mention what it does for my appearance. *smile* For those who'd like to know, I workout about 3-4 times a week.  Nothing special, nothing spectacular--just a good clean workout for about 30-45 minutes.  I tend to jump on the treadmill at the YMCA or go run outside for about 25-30 minutes.  I don't always run that full amount, I sometimes powerwalk some of that.  I do try to make sure at least 15 minutes of that time was actual jogging.  Next, if I'm at the Y, I do a little weight training......

I tend to focus more on my arms (biceps, triceps), shoulders, back, and abs.  I don't do much weight training on my legs because I feel like they get a good enough workout from running/walking, and also from the fact that I usually end my workout with 7-10 minutes on the StairMaster machine.
StairMaster SM916 StepMill

That contraption above is KILLER!  It's great for the legs and also works those gluteous maximus muscles, i.e. whips that butt into shape.  Like I'd mentioned earlier, I only use it for 7-10 minutes at a pretty brisk speed.

Also, for the moms out there who might be reading this, a lot of the time when I'm running/outside my little one is with me in his jog stroller.  Now, I know the "Cadillac" of jog strollers is the B.O.B. brand, but if you want a really nice affordable brand of jog stroller--I personally own a Schwinn (they also make the InStep brand).  The one pictured below is exactly like my Schwinn (except mine is blue).  This particular model they only make under the InStep brand as of now.

So there you have it.  My very simple workout regimen.  I'm on a mission to stay in shape.  Operation: Keep it Tight is in full effect.  Ten-four, over and out.  :)