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

Wine and Pizza – No Regrets

Yesterday I went on an IP cooking rampage.  I got up in the morning and made pork chops for daily lunches and then I went on to make my first pot roast along with carrots, onions, parsnips and potatoes.  The roast recipe called for cooking the roast for 45 minutes, and then allowing it to naturally pressure release.  Once that process is finished you can toss in your veggies.  Well, I had cut up quite a bit of vegetables and I was determined to stick all of them in the pot.  I closed the lid and reset the IP to cook an additional 9 minutes. I waited for what seemed like eternity for the IP to come to pressure again and it was taking longer than I could ever imagine was acceptable.  I decided to do a quick release so I could get into the pot and perhaps empty it out a bit; I was certain I ruined dinner.  When I opened the pot everything was cooked to perfection!  I don’t even know or understand how that happened.  I will just go with it and assume that there was some sort of miracle that took place inside my Instant Pot.

I did not go to the gym today, however, I used hand weights at home and hoped for the best.  This evening I watched Wedding Crashers, I drank wine, and ate thin crust pizza in celebration of some excellent news that I received this afternoon; hopefully I can share this next week.  I do not live my life with regrets.  This weekend I will work a little harder and eat much better but no apologies for partaking in wine and food in celebration.  Back on track tomorrow.

Have a wonderful evening!

Humor, Planet Fitness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Earbuds and Unwritten Rules

Today my urBeats 3 earbuds arrived and I couldn’t have been more excited, perhaps because they didn’t cost anything. Every time I charged a certain amount on my Visa, the credit card company sent me a $25.00 Apple gift card. So yeah, I had been collecting a few of these.  The earbuds that came with my iPhone do not sit very well in my ears and I find that part of my workout routine has become adjusting my earbuds every 3 minutes.  Once my new earbuds arrived, I headed to the gym to try them out.  The sound quality was absolutely amazing and I felt as though Adam Levine and Maroon 5 were giving me my own private concert.  Unfortunately, the rubber buds that were on them when they arrived where apparently too big for my mouse ears and were falling out while I was working out. The good news is that they come with various sizes of earbuds so I can customize them to fit my little ears. Perfect!

While at the gym today, I was on the treadmill engrossed in my music when I noticed someone hop on the treadmill next to me.  Normally I wouldn’t have thought much about that, since Planet Fitness is a “judgement free zone”, however, there are two rows of treadmills and out of the like 40 treadmills, I would say that 32-33 were available.  Am I the only one who follows an unwritten rule where you choose the piece of equipment that is the furthest away from everybody else, and only when all other spaces are taken do you ever jump on a treadmill directly next to somebody; kind of like how men look straight ahead while standing at a group of urinals, there is an unwritten rule that you never look at the person next to you. Or so I have heard…


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, Planet Fitness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Bras and Betrayal – a workout story

In the 16 days since I started back at Planet Fitness, I have only missed 2 days.  Yesterday was one of them. I am realizing that it is important for me to give my body a day of rest after breaking down tissue. What is equally as important is wearing the right workout clothes.  A valuable lesson was learned today…

After working on strength training, I hopped on a treadmill to get in my cardio workout. Shortly after starting I noticed a sharp pain underneath my breast.  I tried the ol’ discreet wiggle adjustment hoping that perhaps things just got twisted up while using the strength training equipment, that seemed to do the trick for the remainder of my workout.  As I got into my car and started to drive home, the uncomfortable, stabbing pain returned with a vengeance.  I was trying to manuever my vehicle through traffic and trying to prevent my possible death by undergarment at the same time. Anyone that owns a underwire bra, knows and understands betrayal. One moment you are happy and comfortable and the next you find yourself doing Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and other dance moves to avoid piercing your flesh. When that metal wire snaps in half, it feels at though you have been taken hostage at knife point.  With that being said, for your own safety, and perhaps the safety of others, I recommend wearing a sports bra to the gym or wherever you are working out.

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