Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Today's the first day of the rest of your life..

OK, really, that is a song by Rascal Flatts, but it popped into my head as soon as I got home today. Why you might ask? Well, I keep talking about going to the gym, and right now that is not in the budget for Penguin and me. So,my sister J had given me Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred around the time of my wedding and I promise, no I pinkie swore that I would do this tape. Well, I am sorry to say that I didn't. I had every excuse under the sun, and man, to me they were all good ones. The only one that made the most sense was that I didn't have the right sports bra. Well, J fixed that too. see, she told me about this sports bra company that makes bras for well endowed women. I even got a bra in my favorite color PINK. Anyway, I think I used the sports bra like for a week and then put it away. Out of sight out of mind. Well, last night at work it occurred to me that I don't need a stinking gym to get in shape. I can start with the Jillian video and then see where I feel I need to go next. So, that I what I just got finished doing. I did the level one video and it KICKED MY ARSE FROM HERE TO NEXT WEEK!! No seriously, I am sore in places I didn't know existed. And even better, in exactly a month is Christmas, so if I can do this 20 minute exercise every day for 30 days, maybe I will notice a change in myself by Christmas. I am the hardest critic I have. Even though everyone said I looked beautiful on my wedding day, all I see are the flaws and the what ifs. But, I also know that it is possible for me to get back to that day, and maybe better. See, right now I come home and go right to bed. I don't sleep well, I don't eat correctly, heck, even other body systems were wacky. About a month ago I started taking vitamins and I have started to sleep better. I really think I was lacking vital nutrients just because of my sleep schedule. So I figure maybe if I start exercising I will feel the need to sleep. Penguin starts school in Jan, so he won't be able to still be sleeping when I get home from work. In a way that is a good thing because then nothing will stand between me and working out. I just have to remind myself that it is only 20 minutes a day...what is 20 minutes if it means I feel just a little bit better about myself.
I also started looking up smoothie recipes. If you have any good ones, send them my way. I never eat 3 meals a day, so I know I am not getting enough fruits and vegetables in my diet. Add on the fact that Penguin doesn't eat fruit and only certain vegetables you see where my dilemma is. Anyway, I found this awesome recipe and I am dying to try it. See, I am lactose intolerant, so I only do dairy in small amounts. This recipe calls for Almond Breeze, which sounds amazing and I think would be an awesome change from milk. Anyway, today, before my work out I made a smoothie, and I surprised even myself. Here is my smoothie recipe, which I think I am going to try to make again before I go to work. Again, any recipes send them my way!

Mixed Berry Smoothie
1 cup Lactaid (we have non-fat, although I am sure milk will work as well)
1 cup fresh blue berries
1 cup of frozen mixed berries (some concoction my mom gave us)
6 oz of Yo plait yogurt ( mine was peach)
Put it in a blender and puree. If you don't use frozen fruit you may have to add ice.
It was yummo..although I think the mixed berries had raspberries in it because I kept picking out seeds.


rockle said...

here's one, from WIC of all places (it was in one of our pamphlets):

½ medium banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup unsweetened frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries)
½ cup low-fat (1%) milk or soft tofu
½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate

Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover tightly. Blend until smooth. If mixure is too thick, add ½ cup cold water and blend again. Pour into 2 glasses and serve.


also i'm sure you know this but just a banana, strawberry yogurt, and some milk is delicious. pretty much any yogurt-fruit-milk combo would work, i think -- like pineapple and coconut yogurt. (vanilla yogurt is good for everything.) maybe you can add some carnation instant breakfast for a little something-something (they make a sugar free version, i think).

burger-burger said...

ha! i'm on day six. just started again myself.and it's just as easy to cut up some fresh fruit and take it in a baggie ;-) smoothies are yummy, though!

burger-burger said...

so how is shred going?

Shelze said...

Shred is not really going :( Long story, living in a one bedroom apartment with a house guest for a week, I would have felt bad if I woke her. Going to start again tomorrow. So, I won't be in shape before Christmas, but I will be on my way, right?

Kristin said...

I've still yet to complete 30 days in a row and my body's managed to change despite my slacking off sometimes. Ah ha

Shelze said...

Kristin thanks for the kind words. I am starting over my 30 days today when I get home from work. Hopefully, I will get in at least 5 in a row before I have to worry about missing a day