Humor, Instant Pot, Planet Fitness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Alive and Cooking

The last few days have been quite busy and although I failed to get any writing in, life just sometimes happens, I did manage to slip in a few workouts. Since I began strength training, I am learning to live with waking up feeling like I have been hit by a truck full of cement going at top speed.  Some days I find myself waking energized and refreshed, other days I wake up wondering if I should be cast into a zombie role on the Walking Dead. I think I need to increase my water intake, work out a little earlier or layout in the beach somewhere in the Caribbean for a month or five. Since the latter is probably not a realistic option at this moment, I will start with increasing my water.

As far a nutrition goes, I am always looking for creative ways to cook chicken in my Instant Pot.  I tend to reach for chicken as my “go to” meat and after a while I find that I am eating the same things over and over. The other night, while stalking my spice cupboard for something different, I noticed a few packets of Lipton Onion Soup mix. Hmmm…I opened up a packet, dumped it on a plate, and rolled boneless chicken thighs in dry the soup mix. I added a cup of water to my IP, put the chicken thighs on the trivet, and then set the time for 13 minutes.  After my IP finished its natural release, I opened up the lid to find absolutely perfect boneless thighs. Fabulous!

Time to hit the gym!

 

 

Humor, Instant Pot, Planet Fitness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Squash The Guilt

Since I have cut carbs I am always looking for healthy options so I don’t get stuck in a rut of eating the same things over and over.  Last night I cut a spaghetti squash in half (not lengthwise), cleaned out the seeds, put the two halves in my 6 quart Instant Pot and moved them around a few different ways until they fit, added a cup of water to my pot and set it on manual for 7 minutes. Once the timer went off, I finished up with a quick release.  This was a cooked spaghetti squash  game changer, the squash nearly pealed itself.  I shredded some left over chicken that I had from the day before and topped it off with healthy spaghetti sauce. Spaghetti squash makes for a fantastic substitute for spaghetti noodles.

Yesterday I was consuming low carb noodles.  Today I found myself in a movie theater watching Black Panther and eating buttered popcorn like there was no tomorrow.  It was absolutely fantastic, so was the movie!  When I came home, I felt a little pang of guilt and so I decided to look up the carbs and fat content in a bucket of Regal buttered popcorn. Depending on which site you go to, this information varies and ranges from you made a big mistake to oh my gosh you are going to die.  I ate well over a half of a bucket of buttered popcorn which has so much fat that it is likely my arteries are hardening like rigor mortis as I type.

After performing a Picard facepalm I decided to focus on the positive changes that I have made like….spaghetti squash noodles.

Time to hit the gym!

Humor, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

“Stupid Is What Stupid Does”

Since I started working out 12 days ago, I have only missed 1 day at Planet Fitness and I intentionally skipped that day to give my right hip flexor a break. Apparently it doesn’t like the elliptical either. I have watched others hop on this machine and stay on it like they are running cross-country with Forrest Gump. I get on the elliptical and more closely resemble a banana slug that is pretty much starting to dry up from the heat while halfway across the road.  So, no, I am not killing any records but I am at least putting in 30 minutes a day and also using the Total Body Workout at the gym.

That brings me to this….

So, for 12 days I have changed my lifestyle. I had actually started earlier in the year but I started keeping an accurate accounting of it 12 days ago. This morning I climbed on the scale eagerly looking for results and once again I was ready to throw that damn thing return the scale to the store due to inaccuracy; I was only down 2 ounces.  Insert adult language that you wouldn’t use around your mother right here _____________.  It was then that I had to put it all in perspective. I am down 6 lbs since I began 12 days ago which averages out to 1/2 lb per day.  And, I have noticed a change in how my clothes fit, so this was a reminder not to get hung up on the numbers and keep it about a healthy lifestyle.

My son called me early this afternoon sounding like he had landed a part in the Walking Dead, he left work early with the flu.  At my house flu means homemade chicken noodle soup, however, I didn’t want the carbs so I ate mine without the noodles. And no, I didn’t do this in my Instant Pot, this is a soup I love to cook on the stove.

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Tomorrow I may just have to try out that elliptical again cause “Stupid is what stupid does.” ~Mrs. Gump

 

 

 

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.