September 27, 2011

Infographic Guide To Tracking Your Health & Fitness Online

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December 1, 2011

Winter Shape Up Challenge

While browsing tumblr I came across this fitness challenge By Nutritionista and liked its structure. It’s relaxed enough that I don’t feel like I have to completely change my way of living (and thus give up on the challenge four weeks in), but it does give me some accountability that I can stick with.

The program is a 10 week challenge.  During these 10 weeks I will make weekly fitness, nutrition and weight loss goals. I will check in once a week to review my progress. The challenge starts today, December 1, and will end on February 9, 2012. This may be what I need to make the changes in my health and fitness that will (hopefully) change my body inside and out. 


1- To be a vision of toned perfection (especially in the tummy area). If I can cut down on the jiggliness of my stomach I’ll be happy.  It doesn’t even have to be completely flat.  A toned, round booty wouldn’t hurt either.

2- Pick up regular exercising habits that I can stick with once the challenge is over. It’s hard to admit, but I am getting older. Starting to exercise and take care of my body now rather than later is the smart thing to do.

3- Continue to improve my eating habits and be more aware of the things I’m putting in my body. Since graduating from college I’ve become much better at eating healthy. I’ve upped my water intake, stopped drink sodas and juice almost completely and cook most of my meals.  However, I still have a horrible love affair with butter, salt and sweets that I need to break.

I don’t have a weight loss goal in mind (I actually like my weight). However I am grossly out of shape (you don’t need to be fat to be out of shape!) and would like to fix it.

Week One Goals:

Fitness: Strength training 3 days (these first 2 weeks I’ll be doing TrainerPack Boot Camp Workout), cardio 2 days

As a reference for myself I’m going to break down my workout plans for the week:

Thursday, 12/1 - Flexibility, strength 

Friday, 12/2 - Cardio, abs

Saturday, 12/3 - Flexibility, strength

Sunday, 12/4 - Rest (yoga optional)

Monday, 12/5 - Cardio, abs

Tuesday, 12/6 - Flexibility, strength

Wednesday, 12/7 - Rest (yoga optional)

Nutrition: Eat 2 pieces of fruit each day, Eat 1c. of vegetables with lunch & dinner. 

Weight Loss: No eating after 8 p.m. 

Other rules for the week- No more than 1 tbs of butter and 2 shakes of salt with any meal, one drink minimum when out.

I’m always excited about starting a exercise program. Hopefully this time around, I’ll stick to it. Wish me luck!

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December 5, 2011

My favorite so far this week.  Here’s the recipe for Cream of Zucchini Soup from

My favorite so far this week.  Here’s the recipe for Cream of Zucchini Soup from

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December 8, 2011

Checking in: Week 1

I’m not going to lie… I’m off to a slow start. December is the busiest time for me at work, so between that and my monthly “lady problem” I have been feeling exhausted! It wasn’t horrible, but definitely could have been better.

On another note, I found out I gained 5 pounds between the beginning of November and now.  I’m hoping that it’s water weight from my monthly “lady problem” and will weigh myself again before I leave for my trip home. Now, to review my weekly goals…

Fitness: Strength training 3 days (these first 2 weeks I’ll be doing TrainerPack Boot Camp Workout), cardio 2 days -  Got it done… well, kinda. I did cardio 2 days this week (Friday and Monday). The Book Camp workout was too much for me (I forget I’m a weakling), so instead I decided to do 6 different strength exercises that worked on upper and lower body (3x15 reps of each exercise I chose, usually using an eight to ten pound weight).  I slacked on those towards the end of the week, but did good on abs.  I will admit that I have been sore, so I must have done something right!

Nutrition: Eat 2 pieces of fruit each day, Eat 1c. of vegetables with lunch & dinner.  - I do this anyway so it wasn’t a problem.  I’m not big on counting calories, but if I have in fact gained 5 pounds I’m going to have to be stricter with my diet.

Weight Loss: No eating after 8 p.m. - With the exception of one day where I worked late, this was no problem.

Overall I think I’m off to a decent start. My monthly “lady problem” muddles my ability to judge how my body responded to things. Well see how things go this week …

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Week 2 Goals

The whole month of December is going to be difficult for me.  I already see myself extending this challenge by at least 2 weeks (while I might exercise, I KNOW I’m not going to eat well when I make my trip back home). This week is going to be extremely busy for me at work (lots of OT and late nights). Not only that, but lots of fattening foods will be around.

It will take a lot of discipline and time management, but I think I can make it through! I plan on prepping or cooking enough food that’ll last me though the week this weekend. I’ve already decided no pigging out on holiday food until I go home.


Fitness: Cardio (5 days), Strength (3 days). My recent weight gain scared me a bit, so I’m going to do way more cardio for now (still hoping that its bloating).  My original focus was on toning, but there’s a certain weight range that I’d prefer to stay in. 

Nutrition: Fish, fish, and more fish! No meats this week.

I’m going to be burnt out this week! Not looking forward to it, but I’m a trooper so I know I can handle it.

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