{2016} 7/366

WOD(s): Body Beast Build Chest & Tris
Food: I made two good choices at Panera for lunch with a friend, and one bad one–I got the big chocolate chip cookie. I let Madi have some of it, but hardly enough to count. Just gotta behave the rest of the night…
Thoughts: Just like earlier this week, I was tired and didn’t feel like working out. So I didn’t put it off for too long, because I knew if I did that, then I wouldn’t get off my ass later to do it. Plus, Nick usually works out in the evening after Madi goes to bed (around 7p), but I never know when exactly. Well, usually, he puts it off too long and doesn’t end up doing it at all, if we’re being completely honest. Regardless, I’ve got it done. I really should get back into the first-thing-in-the-morning routine. It only got disrupted when Madi kept waking up every night so I was tired in the morning and wanted to catch up on the sleep I’d missed.


{2016} 6/366

WOD(s): Nothing 🙂 Today was my rest day, according to the Body Beast schedule. So I didn’t do anything.
Food: I ate more than I should’ve, but nothing very bad. Same stuff as the last few days, I just shouldn’t have eaten as much since I didn’t work out. Oh well…
Thoughts: I didn’t feel bad at all about taking my rest day truly as a rest day. Truth be told, I was quite busy most of the day. If I had needed to workout, I could’ve managed. But since I didn’t need to, I didn’t bother trying to squeeze anything in. And I don’t feel bad about that at all. Rest days are there for a reason!

what kind of lifestyle do i lead??

on a day I subbed at school, I got SOOO many more steps than I normally get at home

on a day I subbed at school, I got SOOO many more steps than I normally get at home

Many people nowadays use pedometers to track how many steps they take each day. My new little gadget comes with a step tracker, so I have been able to see lately just how many steps I do take on average. Since I’ve been at home with Madi, I assumed I’m being pretty sedentary, considering she’s not mobile yet. And, according to my pedometer, I’ve been taking about 4500 steps a day around the house, on average. That really doesn’t seem like a lot, so I decided to look on the world wide web and see if there was any information about how many steps you need to be considered sedentary, lightly active, very active, etc.

So here’s what I found out. (Most sources were pretty similar.) These step counts don’t consider any workout–they’re literally how many steps you just happen to take, not try to take.

  • < 5000 steps — sedentary
  • 5000-7499 steps — lightly active
  • 7500-9999 steps — active
  • 10,000+ steps — very active

So I’ve assumed correctly that, on any given day, I’m considered sedentary. Lots of people have goals of hitting 10,000 steps with their FitBits (and other pedometers, though I think those are the most popular right now). Well, I’m going to set my goal for 5,000 steps a day, at least. I feel like just doing chores around the house that I should be able to get that many steps. And once Madi becomes mobile, especially crawling and walking, that goal might go up a little 🙂 Happy walking!!

So Nick has been working really late the past few weeks. Last week, I made a point to pack him his lunch and dinner the night before so that he had no excuses to eat anything else (aka go grab some Taco Bell). Well, in the week I packed him homemade meals, NICK LOST 4.5 POUNDS!! I think I’m almost as proud of this as if I’d lost the weight myself 😀


I'm really glad Nick bought these workout programs. I gave him a lot of shit about spending so much, especially when he stopped using them. But they're great and at least I get some use out of them 🙂

monthly wrap-up {13.5}


Recipes Tried


In addition to this, I began eating salads–or at least trying salads. I also tried some vegetarian burgers & chicken patties. I discovered the awesomeness of steamed veggies, like broccoli, peas, & carrots.


Exercising & Health


I tried vegetarianism and veganism for a short while. All in all, there were three weeks when I didn’t have meat. I didn’t find it that hard, but it was not all that pleasurable. I find that I would rather eat veggies with meat than just veggies. So for the last week of May, I started eating the minimum recommended servings of the food groups according to the USDA–2-3 dairy, 2-4 fruit, 3-5 veggies, 6-12 oz grain, 45-80g protein.

Where exercise is concerned, I pretty much didn’t run at all in May 😕 I think I went 3-4 times–that was probably due to my iffy knee. But I did run a 5K for a local nonprofit organization that a good friend of mine helped set up. But I have been doing p90x for a few weeks. I’m just starting the 3rd week of the program, though I only do it every other day. But I have seen some results, strength-wise. I don’t think you’d really see it to just look at me.




  • 2013 Beginning Weight: 144.5
  • May Beginning Weight: 132.5
  • May Ending Weight: 127.5
  • # of Days I Worked Out: 2
  • # of Days I Was Under Calorie Goal: 31 (2 of which was after my exercise)


my time without pop

Last summer, I gave up pop. Since my decision was so close to the middle of the year, July began my time without it. It was pretty easy to give up, which really surprised me. Pop was a daily thing for me before I gave it up. It wasn’t for the caffeine, but for the sugar. I replaced it here and there with some Crystal Light, until I realized that drinks shouldn’t come from powder–can’t be too healthy. Even now, I do have a juicebox a day with lunch. But that’s really the only calories I drink a day. Despite my milk on my morning cereal.

Anyways, I did the math about a month ago. Then I forgot to make a post for it. Based on the pop I gave up–which was roughly a can a day, except with fast food, when it’d be a 32-oz, once a week–I have decreased my intake of sugar by 34 pounds from July 2012-February2013. Yeah, by cutting out pop, I’ve consumed SEVEN 5-lb bags of sugar (34 pounds total) less than when I drank pop regularly.

sugar from pop july 2012 to 2-24-13