Epic Fail

Alright, it’s official. I suck at this blogging thing and REALLY suck at this healthy lifestyle thing. I’ve fallen back again….waaaay back. I want this so bad yet I ALWAYS self destruct. As soon as I have a bad day I turn right to the food. I will say, in my defense, there have been a lot of bad days lately. So…a run down of my life for the last 6 months:

  • Boyfriend left
  • Finally found a rental…2 hours north of where I lived and away from everybody I know
  • Second job ended
  • In December boyfriend and I decide to try to work it out, but at a distance
  • Nothing changes….I end it (last week)
  • Ex decides he wants custody of my son
  • He loses, but there’s a ridiculous visitation schedule I have to abide by now (he lives a few states away and is known for not showing up when we’re supposed to meet or forgetting him at daycare)
  • My parents sell their house and buy one in Arizona (we live in NH), which leaves me pretty much all alone in New England
  • My daughter hates living here and her school, because it’s too easy

Alright, that’s enough bitching. I’ve been stressed, lonely, and snowed in. And you know what makes it worse? I know that despite all of it there is NO excuse for allowing myself to be a fat ass. So, here I am once again. Third time’s the charm? Maybe? I hope….

We’re going to start with baby steps.

I’ve posted before about how important water is in A Sea of Coffee. Knowing this I still don’t remember the last time I had an actual drink of water. So I went out and bought a package of Poland Spring sports bottles. Did you know I should be drinking 5 and 1/3 of these per day? I know I’m dehydrated. My body has been hurting, I’m always thirsty, my skin is dry and breaking out (I’m in my 30’s damn it I shouldn’t break out), and my brain is just a fog. So I’ve decided I’m going to spend the next 3 days focusing on drinking enough water before jumping into a diet regimen. I’m not going to change too much on how I eat because I want to see the actual results of just the water being added.

Once these three days are up I’ll be going hard with a 7 day cleanse diet before hitting the 21 Day Fix again. I love the 21 Day Fix and it really helped last time. I think I need a 7 day cleanse in the beginning just to give me a bit of a boost.

Need to know how much water you should drink? Take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2. Now turn those lbs to oz. That is how many ounces you should be drinking.

Bottoms up!

 

Broccoli and Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Who else LOVES pizza? Let me tell you, my kids and I could eat pizza every day. Does anybody else love cold pizza for breakfast the next morning? It’s like I’m a college kid still! I can only think of one single issue with pizza….you know, it doesn’t go well with the word DIET. Alas, there is hope!

We made some flatbread pizzas for dinner tonight and my kids absolutely loved them! If you’re a parent you know how hard it can be to make everybody happy at meal time. You also know how difficult it is to continuously make multiple meals. I think that’s part of my reason for failing previously on diets. So, these pizzas are heaven sent. They’re kid approved and 21 Day Fix compatible!

My kids wanted the stereotypical cheese and pepperoni, while I opted for chicken and broccoli to keep it on the healthier side. Get a load of this recipe:

Chicken and Broccoli Flatbread Pizza (3 Servings)

Container Count

  • 1/2 Vegetable
  • 1 Protein
  • 1 Carb
  • 1 Fat/Cheese
  • 1 tsp

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup Cooked or Fresh BroccoliIngredients
  • 2 1/4 Cups Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 6 Mini Whole Wheat Flatbreads
  • 1 Cup Pizza Blend Cheese
  • 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Clove Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 6 TBS Pizza Sauce
  • Cooking Spray (Coconut Oil/EVOO)

Instructions

  • Let’s start by making the crust a bit crunchy. While Gathering your ingredients preheat your oven to 350F.
  • In a small bowl combine the EVOO, Crushed Garlic, and Italian Seasoning. Mix well.
  • Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • Spread the six mini flatbreads out onto the sheet pan. Bake for 2 Minutes.Flatbread
  • Take the flatbreads out of the oven and brush with the EVOO mixture.Brush with EVOO Mix
  • Bake for another 2-3 minutes, until the bread starts to brown slightly.
  • Top each bread with 1 TBS of Pizza Sauce, 1/6 cup of Cheese, 1/4 cup Broccoli, 1/4 cup Cooked Chicken (and taste test)

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  • Return to oven for another 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

As you can see my kids made pepperoni. We did use turkey pepperoni so it’s a bit more healthy. This recipe can be changed to suit your tastes or mood. Replace the vegetables and protein with whatever you choose.  These were delicious and filling. I cooked an extra 1/2 cup of broccoli and a cup of baby carrots to add some of my veggies for the day. I couldn’t even finish. As you can see my kids got cucumbers and carrots on the side. I’m slowly trying to convert them 🙂Pepperoni PizzaFinished

 

 

Moving my Fat Butt….

I haven’t weighed myself in several days now. I decided to stop obsessing and stepping on the scale once or twice a day. I have given up and will now only pull that cursed hung of plastic out from under the closet once per week. I’m concerned about tomorrow. I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight. I don’t feel any different. My clothes fit the same. I’m eating fairly healthy.

So what should be the next change? Exercise seems to be one piece that I’m missing. Contrary to what you may believe I use to love to exercise. I went to the gym at least once a day, many times up to three times a day. I was obsessive with it. It seems to be how I’m made up. I’m actually a member of a gym, but I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve been there. Honestly, I find the gym boring. I use to go with friends, but I have nobody locally any more. I’d much rather be outside. So, I decided to start walking more. I think it’s a good gateway back into the world of working out.

I dragged my daughter out for a hike on Monday. I’m not positive how long we went, but using google eIMG_1084arth it looks to be about 3 miles. We live on 16 acres with state forests behind us. We started out down through our property to the snowmobile trail that runs perpendicular to us, and made our first stop the cow field. Unfortunately the cows were just too far away to get some good photographs of them, of course I didn’t think to bring my telephoto lens.

After attempting to convince them to come closer by mooing, whistling, calling, tapping the gate, etc we finally gave up and made our way to a pond that is situated right in the middle of the state forest. I mean, no trail actually goes to this pond. Well, maybe on the other side of the pond, but not from where we are. It’s a peaceful place. In the early spring there were a few pairs of herons nesting in the trees. There are at least 4 beaver dams spotted through the area, and you can see stumps of trees where they had taken trees. There was one very large tree with scrape marks from their teeth that I think they had underestimated. They hardly made a dent in it.

Today I took Halo on a quick walk during a break at work. We just went down our dirt driveway, turned right onto our road, took another right onto a little cul-de-sac, and then came back. It was interesting to me that although I was hot and sweaty during our hike I wasn’t really sore at all. Today my joints felt like they were going to die doing this 3/4 of a mile walk. My right side from the waist down was stiff and had shooting pain. Does anybody actually stretch before walking? Maybe I should start. I’m wondering if the surface has something to do with it. I was on a natural surface almost the whole time on Monday, yet this was a sand driveway and the street where I was sore. I’ll be heading out in the woods shortly again for a small little hike around the property and to let our dogs run. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a difference.

I added a couple of mobile apps to my phone for walking. I’m not sure how much I like them yet, because I’ve only used them once. I really like the concept of one of them. This app is called WoofTrax. Being an animal lover I was drawn to thithumbnail_Screenshot_20160824-151228s right away. Once you download the app you can create a profile for each of your dogs and choose a shelter or rescue. Every time you take your dog for a walk you choose the dog you’re walking and carry your phone along. Every time you walk your dog they donate to your rescue of choice. You’re walking anyway, might as well help animals in need while doing it!

The second app that I downloaded is MapMyWalk. This app seems like it’s going to be great. I tried it out for the first time today on the short walk I took Halo on earlier. I like that it saves your previous walks so you can see how you’ve improved, or can choose a same walk based on time/distance. You can also see routes that others took in your area. I was surprised to see routes from at least 4 different people just off of my street alone. You can also set goals, follow training plans, and choose how you completed your route (bike, jog, run, walking dog, etc). You can add friends for support as well. I’d love for all of you who download the MapMyWalk app to find me and add me as a friend. You can find me by searching for my email address, pittylova@hotmail.com.

You can download both apps at the Google Play Store, or at the iTunes Store for iPhone. They are both my favorite kind of apps, FREE!

Do you find that you’re body reacts differently from exercising on different surfaces? Do you have any mobile app suggestions that can help with exercise or weight loss?

A Sea of Coffee

I have an obsession.  A high caloric obsession.  To hell with Dunkin Donuts and their yummy French Vanilla iced coffees.  Why is it that my one weakness shall stare me in the face at every red light? Taunt me from every corner I drive passed?  Sure…people tell me to get it with skim milk and some sugar…but it just doesn’t taste quite the same.  Although I was extremely tempted and nearly frothing at the mouth I am happy to say I avoided the temptation…although tomorrow I can’t promise anything!

Every time I drive by I have to take a chug of water to remind myself that water is all. Water shall cleanse my body of the impurities. Water shall push this fat out of my system. If only that’s all we had to do, huh? Actually, if you’re well hydrated water won’t really help too much with your weight loss efforts. However, chances are that you are dehydrated at some level. Most of us don’t drink enough water in a world of coffee.

How does water help? From what I’ve been told and read water is involved in every one of your body’s functions, including your metabolism. You know, that thing that we complain is too slow and that’s why we have an extra tire or two around the waist? According to doctors (and other people who study this sort of thing) even being 1% dehydrated can negatively impact your metabolism. That’s like….a quarter of a cup of water. I don’t know, I’m just guessing. It’s not much though!

So, what else can we do with this magical clear fluid? Drink a full glass before a meal to feel more full. That makes sense. A study was actually done showing that people who did this ate an average of 75 calories less during that meal. Alright, 75 calories doesn’t seem like much, but think how many it is if you did this at 3 meals a day. That’s 225 calories a day less, plus you’re making sure you take in more water for the day helping to keep you hydrated. If you did this every single day for a year that would be 82,125 calories. OK, maybe the calorie number doesn’t mean that much to you. Think of it like this….3500 calories is equivalent to one pound of body weight. That means by drinking 1 glass of water before 3 meals a day could possibly help you lose 23 pounds in a year. Sounds like an easy way to shed a little bit of weight!

Alright, so I bet you’re preparing to drink your eight 8oz glasses of water today? Wait just a second. Did you know that recommendation is outdated? Maybe that’s what you need, but probably not. New information is out about how much water you need, and it’s not a one size fits all number. The actual requirement depends on a few factors. Where you live, your activity level, and your weight (I feel like this has to do with almost everything in my life) determine how much you have to drink to stay hydrated. If you’re in a warmer climate or are exercising you need more than somebody that isn’t sweating and is sitting around on their computer writing a blog. You should be drinking a half an ounce to 1 ounce for every pound you way. If you’re laying around on a couch in Alaska you’ll need closer to 1/2 an ounce per body weight, if you’re framing houses in New Mexico you’ll need closer to an ounce per body weight. 20160817_084128(1)

So now that I know that I have to drink 120 ounces of water each day minimum I feel the urge to pee. Speaking of which, did you know a sign that you’re well hydrated is clear or very light yellow, odorless urine? Check out the bowl.

New goals for today. Drink a glass of water before every meal. And make sure I drink 120 ounces of water minimum. I just measured my glass. It’s a 16oz glass, but I actually get about 14oz in it when I fill it for a drink. So that means I need 8 and a half of these bad boys. Can I do it? We shall see!