Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happy Springtime! :)

Happy Springtime! Has everyone filed their individual/business income taxes?!? Started spring cleaning? Started planning summer vacations? Getting excited that winter is finally over? (although, it was quite chilly today in Dallas - my car temperature registered at around 54-61 degrees while hubby and I were running errands). I made a point today to set aside some time to write a blog amidst tax season. I just finished working another 7 days, totaling 70hrs, but SO miss writing about exercise, nutrition and fitness in general. Plus the emails/texts I've received from family and friends requesting another blog! Aww, I feel special you guys/gals want to hear what I have to say lol :) - thank you for your support! ...
Well, my schedule is quite busy as you all know. My alarm is set at 6:00am every weekday and my day ends usually around 1 or 2am. I start my day off with making hubby's lunch for the day (usually two grilled chicken sandwiches made with low-fat swiss or pepperjack cheese, 4oz grilled chicken breasts lightly marinated in paprika and garlic salt and grilled by hubby on our grill, lettuce on bollilo bread). I pack him his steamed brocolli and half a steamed sweet potato, banana and orange. I do put his occassional treats of a rice krispie treat, small goldfish in tupperware or a bite-size candy for his hardwork at the gym. While that is getting put together, I am making Alexander's breakfast which usually consist of 1 scrambled egg mixed w/ vitamin D milk and cut up fruit of the day! Mama's breakfast is always last (Moms you know we come last and take care of others first, right?!?) which consists of my 3 egg whites and 1/2 cup of boiled oatmeal (I mix in with 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed, 1 tbsp bee pollen, 1 tbsp wheat germ, ground cinnamon and 2 sliced strawberries - yummy!).
After breakfasts are ready and lunches made, I usually hear my two boys getting ready and Alexander comes out running to Mama and gives me my sloppy morning kiss! My favorite! While he is eating, I get his bag and Mama's gym bag ready, and Daddy usually comes out and we sit for a few minutes to chat and hang before we start off our days. Despite the lack of sleep lately, I treasure my mornings w/ my two boys. A very special time.
I detailed out my morning routine because some of you have asked how I still find time to do what I do. I just simply make time and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel with my current schedule. I enjoy cooking clean meals and being around the people I love, even though groggy eyed :-/ at times. Also, to give you a sample of my diet which I know I have promised to blog about soon.
You may notice one of my best friends (and clean eating sister) Emily in the picture above. This blog is partly dedicated to her. I have known Emily now for about 4-5 years. She is my cousin Bryan's girlfriend and is currently studying to be a teacher at TCU. Emily and I have had our challenges with weight, but have always remained supportive of each other. She started following my routine of exercise and eating clean a few months ago (i.e. Tosca Reno books and Oxygen magazines); and the numerous people I've taken time to detail out how I do it, Emily and my other best friend, Deepa have managed to really stick to it. It is hard in the beginning definitely, but as Deepa and Emily have seen/experienced, it pays off! ...
To date, Emily and I both have lost a total of 75lbs combined and still counting. She too has a hectic schedule with school, work and Bryan! :) - but we both know that is no excuse to not take care of our bodies first. She is venturing out this week and will be starting bootcamp tomorrow! I am so proud of her accomplishments thus far, and I know she will reach her goal of 125-130. We also plan to run our first 5k marathon this summer together too!! ... Go Emily! And finally an update on my journey .... As of 3/26/11, I currently weigh at 124.7. Last month, my personal trainer measured my body fat, which I was a bit nervous about. I started out at 37.7% in June of 2010 and was at 24.4% end of February! We will be measuring again in May 2011 and my goal is to be around 16 to 17% body fat by then. I have tried to hold off on shopping because I am still losing, however, I found myself needing the basics: v-necks, shorts and jeans. Dallas weather (except today) has started to get warmer and so I bought a couple of shorts to last me until I reach my goal of 115 and size 2 jeans at Express! Yes, size 2! - I couldn't believe it myself. I ended up purchasing some white jeans too (pic above) which I have never worn in my life. I feel amazing and again despite my 70hr work weeks, I love the energy that comes with exercise and clean eating! I have also recently started running and have reached 6 miles in 1 hour (all you runners out there, is this okay? :). I figured maybe running a marathon can be next on the good ol' bucket list? ;) .... I am trying to get my Daddio here to join me! Am so proud of my parents too for exercising and starting to eat clean. Mom works out at 24hr Fitness in Mesquite and does zumba, bodypump and kickboxing! Proud of you Mom <3 and Daddio has a membership at the city community center and I make sure he is running and eating well. Lolo and Lola have to be around long for their Alexander :) ...
I hope everyone is enjoying spring and has started/continued moving and try the Eat-Clean lifestyle. I started back in June 2010 and I tell you there is no magic "pill." It's all about exercise and what you put in your body that will yield results. Emily and I lost our 75lbs this way, the natural way. And you can too! Any questions, just let me know. I love hearing from you :) ...
Many, many thanks again to all who have supported me in my journey - just to name a few: Emily, Deepa, Daddio, Mom, Jason, Neil, Michele, Ariel, Julie, Jackie, Missy, Stefanie, Tracy and many others! ....
Have a great week and happy training! .... :o)
April

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