Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
2. It’s a holiday weekend. Can we say woo to the hoo? It’s supposed to be beautiful out. We’re planning to work around the house and enjoy the time off.
3. I got a boo boo in softball last night. I made a stop on a hard hit grounder in the outfield but unfortunately I decided to use my knee instead of my glove. I’ve been hobbling around and last night was pretty rough. It feels like someone took a sledgehammer to it. I realize this isn’t really a high five point, but a point nonetheless.
David subbed and got to wear my Mom’s itty bitty shirt since she was out sick. Ha!
4. I love birthday treats! However I’m glad it’s over and I’ve just about used up all my free email promotions because I need to get back on track with my food. If you don’t already sign up for free birthday loot, what are you waiting for? I didn’t even use most of them but I got free coupons from Moes, Firehouse, Baskin Robbins, Starbucks and Genghis Grill that I can think of off the top of my head.
5. I’ve recently started eating canned tuna. Random much? I always thought I didn’t like it but I finally bought some and tried it and I love it! I can’t get enough. I mix it with lime juice, hot sauce and mustard. A very weird combo I know but I like it and I’m basically adding lots of flavor and minimal calories. I recently tried adding avocado. I dig in with saltines. Yum!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Remember that one time when I said we wanted to get a camper? Well, we got a camper alright…
Technically, this one is our second. But who’s gonna argue with Camping World?
Meet the new family member on wheels! She’s a Keystone Outback Terrain.
I wanted a nice quaint new or used manageable camper. David wanted a Mac Daddy. Guess you can see who won that battle. But hey, I’m not complaining. It’ll be nice and roomy that’s for sure!
Now let’s just hope it fits in the campsite we already have booked…
We drove to Bartow, FL to buy the camper. David worked his
cheap man magic and got us a great deal! I often take for granted how nice it is to have a husband who handles (and is great at) all that financial “stuff”. I pay the bills and pick out the fun stuff, but he does the dirty work. The wheeling and dealing. And for that, I’m very thankful!
I’d get ripped off a lot if I made deals by myself.
So anywho, we traveled to Bartow (about four hours South) to pick up the camper but had to be there very early in the morning so we left the night before. We stayed at the Howard Johnson in Lakeland, FL because it was cheap and it was the scariest night EVER. Y’all, don’t ever stay at the HoJo in Lakeland if you value your life. Any normal person would have left but we slept in our clothes, called our parents to let them know our whereabouts in case anything happened, and we forced ourselves to sleep
with one eye open. It was SKETCHY.
Smell ya later HoJo.
The next morning after we thanked the Lord for letting us live, we got in the truck (which wasn’t on blocks – whew) and made our way to Camping World.
They were ready for us!
That outdoor kitchen sold us on this model. Amazeballs.
We got to see the camper for the first time in real life and excitedly got our “new camper orientation” done while getting shown the ropes.
Some paper signing and permagrins later, we were on our way!
It was a long boring (slow) ride home. But hey, good hair day so I couldn’t complain.
Let’s see, getting home was mostly uneventful. One time the door swung wide open on the camper at a red light. And another time this car honked at us and pointed to the coach (term I learned at camping world which refers to the camper. Sounds fancy, yes?) but didn’t indicate what was wrong. We pulled off onto a small road and saw nothing amiss. Nothing at all. Then came the fun part, making the three point turn with a truck and a 35’ camper on the back to get on the main road again. We may or may not have had to apologize to each other after that ordeal was over.
Me: “Babe, I said make it go THAT WAY!!”
David: “I can’t SEE YOU to make it go THAT WAY!!” “Get where I can see you!!”
Me: “Right! Left! Right! Lefffftt!! Stop!”
David: “I can’t hear you!!”
Blah blah blah!
We plan to use walkie talkies next time for a more peaceful experience. And darn those people for making us think the bumper was falling off.
We made it the rest of the way home thankfully in one piece.
And then it took up the driveway. And stayed like that for a week.
But now she’s snuggled in the backyard where she belongs. Much better.
Side note: When we built our house my Dad suggested putting in a camper plug. Best idea ever! Now we just plug the 30 Amp right into the side of the house. It’s a 50 amp but we just used a converter. So convenient. However we now need a longer cord!
Dads are full of useful information. Thanks Pops!
One of the biggest reasons for getting a roomy camper was so that the dogs can join us now and still have room for guests and kids. You know, the ones we don’t have yet. I gave the dogs the grand tour and Remi immediately found his spot.
As for pictures of the inside, I forgot to actually take some when we had her hooked up! Since she’s not plugged in right now I can’t turn on lights and put the slides out without moving the thing back to the driveway, so instead I pulled all of the pictures from the Keystone website. They’re much prettier than any I’d take and ours is identical so feast your eyes and hold onto your panties because it’s a beaut Clark!
The coolest room in the place!
All interior photos and floorplan via Keystone RV.
Pretty freaking sweet huh? We could definitely live in it if needed. Which we’ll be doing at my parents’ house during Christmas time!!
Yes, yes it is Eddie. Life is good.
And with that, we are Happy Campers!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
It’s never too late to start a New Year’s Resolution, right? Or maybe I’m just really ahead, and I am getting an early start on next year’s resolutions.
This post may be a little all over the place. I just kind of want to put everything down so I can remember my “get healthy” journey. Where I’ve been, and where I hope to go.
First of all, I am not healthy. Yet.
Let’s rewind to the Tamara talking to herself 4.5 months ago.
The charts say I’m overweight…I have intermittent spells of high cholesterol at 26 years old…my loose pants from last year no longer button…I’m embarrassed to wear sleeveless shirts…I’m embarrassed to undress in front of my husband…I’m lazy…I’m tired…I weigh 171 lbs (what?!)…I’m spending too much money on fast food…I want ice cream…I really don’t want to wear a bathing suit to this pool party…I’M JUST NOT HAPPY.
Then I gave myself a pep talk.
Why are you complaining, you are fully capable of doing something! Only you can change you. And you have to want it. No one can want it for you.
So, want it I did. Want it I do.
June 11, 2013 I joined a gym. It’s close to my work, and it’s very affordable. $10 a month? Yes please.
I started going. Sporadically at first. Here and there when I felt like getting up in the morning. Very early might I add. What? I was going to the gym. So what if it was only once a week. And okay maybe I was really intimidated and slacked off. Treadmill here, a few machines there. My biggest fear of working out was not knowing what to do. So I skirted around doing what I thought might help. I wasn’t sore the next day, and I struggled to get into a routine. I was embarrassed to stand around looking for something to do or try a machine I didn’t know how to work. Because people might think I’m hogging something they could be using the right way. I am doing this without a trainer, because it’s just not feasible for me to pay $90 a month for one (at least for the ones at my gym).
Then, my friend Renee told me about this great app, Jefit. We both joined separate gyms (unknowingly) within a week of each other and had been sharing gym woes. When I complained to her that I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing, she shared the app. I’m forever grateful!
It has changed my entire outlook. I finally had a plan. I was able to select a women's three day a week program from one of their pre-existing routines, and I LOVE IT. I am so sore after a workout and the following day it’s even hard to squat to sit on the toilet. Which means, it’s working. I follow a ton of fitness folks on Instagram who have Before & After success stories. So many of them harp on the importance of weight lifting to build lean muscle and burn fat. And I have jumped on board. I try to do some form of cardio (like a walk in the neighborhood) on rest days but to be honest, I don’t do much cardio at all. The app is beyond helpful, has everything there for me, and lets me tweak it however I want by selecting new or deleting exercises. The thing I love most about it is that it has a little moving picture of how to actually do each exercise. Hallelujah. Oh, and it’s FREE. Thank you people of Jefit! Thanks to a friend, I finally learned that it’s pronounced JEFF-IT. For the love of all that is holy I couldn’t figure out the correct pronunciation. And now I feel stupid it was that easy.
A part of my Friday routine. Except I do 3 sets of 12 reps typically.
When I started this journey my sister in law Kim called me with a proposition. But first let me share a success story in itself. I’ve known Kim since 2002, when I started dating her brother. She was a cheerleader in high school and never had weight issues (at least that’s how it appeared to me, an outsider). Then, she started to put on weight and in early 2012 she’d had enough. She started running, like a lot. And eating healthy. And she lost 30 lbs!
L: At our wedding in September 2009 R: Panama City Beach, Summer 2012
She is my fitness confidant, my motivator and truly an inspiration!
Well, a few months ago she started slipping into some over eating habits and had started to gain a little bit of weight back, which made her sad. After all she’s come so far!
So, she called me with an idea that would help us both. She used to always keep a food diary every day of any particle of food that went in her mouth. She suggested that every day we keep track of everything we eat. Cheating on food was okay (although that does derail us from our goal), but cheating and not telling the other we ate it, was not. I can’t say how much this has helped me in the beginning. Not only could she help me figure out what to eat, but I knew I had to report to her at the end of the day. She wasn’t hard on me even if I’ve had a bad day, but just knowing I’d have to share with her what I ate, made me think
three times twice before I take a trip down to the vending machine at 2:00 for a Snickers.
We shared our food diaries for a month or so until that trickled out but by then we were landing on our feet. She’s so supportive of me! I love her to pieces. She’s now kicked her first half marathon’s butt and is signed up for a full marathon at the beginning of 2014! She rocks!
The other app I’ve sworn by through this whole process is the MyFitnessPal program. Another freebie that has made my life much easier. It’s a calorie counting app. I log all of my foods into it either by serving size, barcode scanning, or whatnot. I give myself 1200 calories a day and then of course whatever calories I burn while working out, I get to eat that amount too. I track my exercise through the app by searching for the exercise I did and inputting the time spent and calories burned. The app allows me to track and record my weight as well. And I can follow friends on there too so that’s always nice to know I’m not doing it alone!
I use a calorie counting watch/heart rate monitor by Polar. It’s pretty awesome. The only thing I don’t like is it’s not a GPS/Distance tracker. Just calories + heart rate tracker. I got it from a local place but they sell them online and at sports stores. It’s the Polar FT7.
I’m making such better food choices now too. I don’t see myself ever being an extreme “healthy” eater, but I know what’s involved in making healthier choices and lifestyle changes. I’m finally realizing too that I actually want to make good choices.
Between a combination of the gym and my food diary sharing, I feel like I’m on track to a better me. I’m changing, inside as well as on the outside. And I wanted to share. And write it all down so if I start to slack, I’ll read what four-months-ago-Tamara was feeling. And how I don’t want to be her anymore.
I wake up Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:25 AM. I’m at the gym by 6:00 and then it’s on. I love being in the weight room too! I finally grew some balls and got over my fear of being the girl in the “men” area. Psh, I have every right to be there as they do. I’ve even caught myself noting that I lift more than some of them. Score!
Here’s some ramblings of what my eating habits are…remember, I try to stay within my calorie allowance! But it’s not the end of the world if I don’t…just do better the next day!
I typically eat a turkey sandwich for lunch which consists of whole grain bread + publix turkey (one serving) + mustard. It’s all about serving sizes people! Get a food scale, and use it. Then I’ll have crackers or chips (again, 1 serving) and usually a pickle. 0-5 calories and I love them! I drink lots of water. I don’t deprive myself. If I want cookies, I eat cookies. But I’ll eat one serving. I used to sit down and eat 6 or 7 of them if I had a cookie craving. Now I eat the serving size.
For dinners I don’t do anything special. I don’t like to cook. And we don’t do a lot of planned meals. So I just find whatever. Turkey wrap with shredded cheese and plain greek yogurt (use as a sour cream substitute) + hot sauce is my jam. I snack on grits a lot. Again, with hot sauce (0 cals!). I’m addicted to Starbucks frappucinos so I started getting the Café Vanilla Frappucino LIGHT and it’s changed my world. It’s not nearly as good as the regular, but it’s still pretty darn good and nearly half the calories of the regular. A grande light is only 180 calories! For breakfast I mostly eat a plain greek yogurt + strawberry Mio + plain Special K (all mixed together).
If I’ve got a sweet tooth, I’ve been making this cookie dough greek yogurt recipe I found on Pinterest.
I use Truvia for sweetner.
I know the calories I’m eating aren’t the best, but they’re better than what I used to eat. And right now I am taking it one step at a time and focusing on calories, and eating as many healthy ones as I can. Eventually we’ll see if I can focus on cutting back on sugars and sodium!
Now for several before/progress and along the way pictures! I’m officially down 20.8 lbs as of today! That’s over 4.5 months. June 11, 2013 to October 31, 2013. I don’t love the before pictures but I’m proud of how far I’ve come! Nothing motivates you like seeing progress. I still hope to lose another 10-15 and then tone up tight!
I bought this one pair of Nike Pro shorts to be my progress shorts. The beginning picture (well, the after too) isn’t so cute but I hope to look smokin’ in them eventually!
SW (starting weight): 171.2 // CW (current weight): 150.4 //GW (goal weight): 135-140
I’m flexing my legs in this last one because I’m proud of my growing quads!
Love seeing my hammies grow too.
I’m moving up and onward. And stronger and leaner. And healthier!
Wish me luck.
I haven’t been compensated in any way by Jefit, I just wanted to share an app that has helped me so much!
If I’m doing something that you see will be detrimental to my goal, please share! Like I said, I’m training myself here and I really have no clue.