Plank Challenge

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Halloween is here and my cravings of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are higher than normal!  Luckily, tomorrow is a new month and I plan on beginning the 30 Day Plank Challenge.

Planks are a great exercise to strenthen my core and in-turn help me run better.  In other words, get rid of my belly fat.

It’s time to step away from the Reese’s and start strong tomorrow….who’s with me?!

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Sandy: A Look Back in Pictures

I thought I would share my view of Sandy in the days before and after in pictures:

The day before the storm I took my Grandmother for our last meal at the fancy local Perkins.  Little did I know we should have eaten enough for a week.

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When I got home I started some home prep of the essentials:  candles, Kindle, iPad and the wine opener.  Who knew none of this would matter or work through 14 days of no power.

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Then I took a ride through Spring Lake and Belmar to check out the waves and high tide 24 hours before the storm.  It was nothing I had seen before.  The ocean at the Belmar Inlet was creeping up on the bridge.

It also didn’t hurt that the local bakery had everything 50% off!

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In the next 24 hours I have never been so frightened of a natural disaster in my life.  The winds were unbelievable.  We were sitting in the kitchen with a window behind me.  I was so scared that I ran into the family room with smaller windows.  It sounded like trees were falling around us.  I downloaded a police scanner to listen:

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Covers of the Asbury Park Press (now that I think about it.  How did they go to press without power?!)

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And then pics started coming out online. The street lined with trees and what looks like a river was my old street:  5th Avenue in Belmar.

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We had no food, no power, no heat but we were lucky enough to have a roof over our heads unlike many other people in our area.  We took a road trip to West Chester, PA to stay with family for a warm shower and hot meals.

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My stepdad was able to purchase a generator at Home Depot in PA which powered a few lights, a space heater and a radio.  On Friday night we listened to a telethon on the radio to raise money for those in need as we drank wine and played LCR.

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I’m very lucky compared to many others who are still without their homes.

Dating Anonymous

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Hi.  I’m Liz. I’m 34 and have never been in a serious relationship. 

Sounds like my introduction to an AA meeting, right?  Unfortunately the above statement is true and I call it my own Dating Anonymous.

I have dated a few men but never had the urge to “settle down” and get married until recently because let’s face it, my eggs are near death at this point.  Back in July I really started the great search via online dating.  I had gone on some dates with the very quiet guy, the shut up you’re saying too much guy, and I thought you were the one but you turned out to be a dud guy.

I honestly have no idea what I’m doing!

Luckily, I came across this article today (http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jennie-garth-on-dating-after-peter-facinelli-divorce-its-a-weird-type-of-torture-20132110) that reminded me that I’m not the only one who is having a hard time dating.  It is definitely a learn as you go type of deal!  For example, don’t give out the URL to your blog because then you can’t really say what you want without hurting someone’s feelings,  don’t jump to conclusions on a first date thinking you’ll marry this guy and definitely don’t read into everything.

As you’re dating make sure to stop the smell the roses!

Dating can be a real wake up call.  You realize things you may not like about yourself and a lot of things you don’t like in others.  Be sure to enjoy yourself without wanting to know what’s next like me because I over analyze.  These moments are learning experience and you discover what you like and don’t like in a partner.  And then one beautiful sunny day Prince Charming will sweep you off your feet and you’ll live happily ever after.  Right?  Right!?

Some day….but until then, it’s important to continue your own life.  Don’t get down on yourself and start eating Ben and Jerry’s (ok, I’m guilty of both).  Continue to better yourself so that when Mr. Right comes along you are ready to share all the awesomeness that is YOU!

Obesity: A Vicious Cycle

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Today I came across this article (http://shine.yahoo.com/at-home/live-off-dollar-store-week-50-budget-184100222.html) teaching us how to stretch the dollar when it comes to food.   Yes, going to the grocery store is expensive and looking for sales and using coupons is a great idea.  But, did you notice that the menu in the article is all boxed or canned items?  Not one of these items is natural or chemical free.

The FLOTUS is an advocate for exercise and healthy eating.  She goes around promoting to “Let’s Move” (http://www.letsmove.gov/) and she  grows (probably a landscaper) a sweet little garden on The White House grounds.  But what do people in the real world do to eat healthy in a sh*tty economy?

It seems to me that obesity (and other life threatening diseases) is an endless cycle created by big corporations that produce processed foods at a cheap price.  If we don’t have the funds to eat healthy we are forced to buy unhealthy food.  If we continue to consume unhealthy food we are more likely to develop a myriad of life threatening diseases and the insurance companies get richer.

I am not one to discuss government but I find this very sick and twisted.  What are your thoughts?

The Biggest Loser

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Tonight the 15th season of The Biggest Loser premiered and I was very excited to watch for motivation, tips and to see what workouts they do.  If you are ready to make a change in your life for your health I strongly urge you to watch.

These severely overweight and unhappy people have all kinds of stories to tell like a husband who watched his wife take her last breath after suffering from brain cancer.  He now is the mother and father to their two teenage daughters.  And, a woman who was a nationally recognized swimmer who gained weight.   She is so embarrassed by her body that she doesn’t want to see her family in fear of being looked down on.

I was one of these people.  For years I was unhappy with myself.  I had gotten to a point that I wouldn’t go out with my friends because of how I looked and how terrible I felt about myself.  I couldn’t stop the noise in my head about how I shouldn’t have eaten this or I should go to the gym, but maybe tomorrow.

It’s a vicious cycle that never changed until I decided to make the change.

I know these people are working out SEVERAL hours a day under the constant care of personal trainers which is completely unrealistic unless you’re Gwyneth Paltrow and don’t work a 9 to 5 job.  The biggest challenge for these contestants is going back into the real world.  For example, being invited to happy hour after work.  How can anyone resist beer and wings??  How can anyone resist being social?

So, how does the average person like you and I make these changes to our lives?

Find a workout that works for you!  

I was lucky enough to join the Ultimate Fit Zone family back in March.  I worked my ass off to the point of almost vomiting but I never felt better (similar workouts seen on The Biggest Loser).

Everything you put in your mouth affects your health!  

Fitness is 20% and diet is 80% of your weight loss.  Eat loads of protein and veggies.  Eat some healthy carbs and fruits.  Drink water.  That’s it.

By following this not only was I doing something good for my health, I also gained an incredible amount of confidence.  I learned how much I can physically and mentally accomplish.   I have carried this with me ever day.

One big thing I learned is when you reach that point when you think you cannot go on, push yourself harder.  Your body can do way more than you think.

The biggest gift you can give yourself is dedication to your health.  There is not one day that has been easy for me but it has been way worth the struggle.  What’s stopping you from making that positive change to your life?

 

 

 

A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

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The first step in making a change doing it.  This is half the battle because without starting you aren’t going to get anywhere.

Setting a goal for yourself is extremely important.  By setting a goal you are more likely to achieve the goal by making a plan and sticking to it.  Here are some examples:

  • I want to get fit
  • I want to lose xx pounds
  • I want to feel good about myself
  • I want to get married in 2014
  • I want a new job in 2014

These goals are pretty random but you get the idea.  Create goals for yourself that YOU can control and make happen otherwise it’s unattainable.  Once you decide on that attainable goal, make a plan.  I will eat 1,500 calories a day, reduce my simple carbohydrate intake and workout for 60 minutes 4 days a week.  This is a goal and a plan YOU can control.

Committment is probably the most difficult part.  It’s so easy to say I want to lose weight or I want to get a six-pack.  There were many times that I needed to re-commit myself in order to get where I wanted to go.  It’s equivalent to working on a marriage.

Just because you didn’t lose 30 pounds in 3 months doesn’t mean that you should give up.  Figure out what worked for you and what didn’t, forgive yourself and move on.  Keep going to hit your goal.

My goal is to lose another 25 pounds by January 13, my 35th birthday.  That’s roughly 3 months from now which makes it realistic even with some awesome holiday food days.

This is on my fridge as my friendly reminder….

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Unmotivated

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I know I write about how great runs are and the tools for motivation but I’m honestly feeling unmotivated lately.

I keep the above pic at my desk at work and look at it everyday.  It’s not working.  I think I’ve come up with every excuse to not workout:

I don’t want to sweat and get my hair dirty because that means I’ll have to do it again.

I’m too tired. 

It’s getting dark out early.

It’s dark out before work.

I feel guilty leaving my dog again after a full day at work.

The “noise” is back!  Grrrr