Humor, Instant Pot, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Scales And The Lies They Tell

While I do not want my lifestyle change to be about the numbers on a scale, I feel it is important to check in on my progress from time to time. Since my aging scale has beenscale-403585_1280 struggling to turn on, I decided that it was time to replace it.  When I got on the new scale, it weighed me in at 3 lbs heavier than my old scale. What kind of sorcery is this?! I was ready to hurl it out the window take it back to the store and get a refund. Instead, I will suck it up and accept that my dearly departed, old scale was lying to me.

Today was day 9 at the gym and as I started up the treadmill, I realized that I am still sore from my time on the elliptical yesterday.  I pushed through 30 minutes on the treadmill and then made my way to the Total Body Enhancement machine.  If you haven’t been following along, this is a machine uses red light therapy to promote weight loss and tones your body by vibrating it ….imagine a jack hammer, now imagine you are standing on the jack hammer, I am certain that would be a close comparison. Strangely enough, this machine energizes me and improves my mood, probably because it shakes the hell right out of you!

Word of the Day:  Hip Flexor – this is an upper thigh/hip muscle that may hurt if you have sat on your behind too many years and then suddenly try to get fit.

 

 

Humor, Instant Pot, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Out Of My Comfort Zone

After going to bed late last night, I set my alarm at 5:00 am to check on my Instant Pot Yogurt. I am not certain what rock I have been living under but prior to purchasing my IP, I had no idea that making yogurt at home was actually a thing.  Apparently there are a couple different ways to do this and I chose the Cold Start Method at Friedalovesbread.com, although, I did not add any sweetened condensed milk.  Instead, I will add a little vanilla and toss in some berries to sweeten it up.

It just occurred to me…who in their right mind gets up at 5:00 am on a Sunday to look at yogurt?  I better make certain I am taking in enough calories for healthy brain function.

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I had every intention of sitting on my behind today and doing absolutely nothing, however, by late afternoon I started feeling pangs of guilt for not going to the gym; I got dressed and headed out the door.  Once I checked in I started to walk toward my comfort zone, the treadmill.  I stopped, turned around and headed toward my nemesis, the elliptical. I was still sore from leg day but I was determined to push through on this thing.  Last time I spend a whopping 12 minutes before my legs were jelly.  Well, I don’t mean to brag but I upped my game by an entire minute. That’s right, 13 whole minutes.  Next I will be catching flies with chopsticks.

 

Humor, Instant Pot, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Late Evening Short Post

Today completes a full week since I have been working out and I can honestly say that there is already a remarkable difference in my energy level.  Even though I was wondering if I should plan out my funeral after yesterday’s “leg day”, it really wasn’t all that difficult for me to wrangle up the energy to head back to the gym today for another workout.

fullsizeoutput_208dThis evening I broke out the Instant Pot and whipped up Spicy Pineapple Pork from nomnompaleo.com.  This was fantastic! This was full of flavor with just enough heat and spices to kick it up a notch. I didn’t stop there. When the Spicy Pineapple Pork was done, I washed down the Instant Pot and threw in the ingredients to make yogurt, I will know tomorrow whether or not it all worked out.

Working out daily. Making homemade yogurt. Who is this madwoman?!

Humor, Instant Pot, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Playlists and IP Cooking

Today at Planet Fitness, I decided to do something a little different while on the treadmill, I decided to listen to music instead of reading. I jumped on the treadmill, turned on my playlist and started my workout. My playlist began with Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling which is a high energy, feel good song. I was pumped and walking on that thing like I was being featured in one of his music videos. Moments later my music choices went quite a bit darker and there I am on the treadmill, after several tracks of Kelly Clarkson, angry AF over I don’t even know what but I am pretty certain it had something to do with every man who had wronged me in my life.  After Maroon 5’s Cold, I was beginning to recognize there was a pattern to my music. By the time I finished my workout I felt like I needed to lay on a therapist’s couch or at the very least the hydrotherapy lounge chair – I chose the lounge chair, much cheaper than therapy.

*Note to self:  Create an actual workout playlist.

After trolling the internet to gather a few healthy Instant Pot recipes for my weight loss journey, fullsizeoutput_207blast night I cooked up a recipe that I had found on skinnytaste.com, Braised Cubed Steak. It was budget friendly, simple and had good flavor. Tonight I threw pork chops and rice into my Instant Pot, HOWEVER, I only ate about a 1/2 cup of rice.  I recently purchased cauliflower as a substitute for rice, I just have to look up some ways to dress it up and give it shot. On a side note, tonight I turned down a glass of wine. It really is all about balance, I ate the rice, I passed on the wine. Next time I could be passed out on wine eating rice.

Baby steps.