Thursday, January 21, 2016

Friday Fitness

I have created a workout printable. As I posted on Monday, I am getting tired of not finding what I need when it comes to workouts. 
Well, I found that I really do enjoy Jillian Michaels but some of her workouts are only in the 20 minute range and I need a little more than that.

So I sat down with the already created workout list and used it to build off of. 
Now I said I made a printable and I just have to say that I had the hardest time with this. I tried the embeding trick to have it as a link but after a few hours, I couldn't get it to work.

Instead I made one on hoping to share that one and wouldn't you know it, the links don't work. I just can't seem to get this whole printable thing to work.

If you can print off PDF here is the other version of my Workout Printable. I know that not everyone can load PDF's so that's why I tried to embed it. I guess it is something I need to continue to work at.
All the videos can be found on YouTube so if you wanted to look up one you could just type it in off the picture. What a hassle though. 
I will hopefully get better at this.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and enjoy your weekend. #Optoutside if you can! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reading the Wonderful world of Harry Potter!

Harry Potter!

I just wanted to share my progress in my goal to read the wonderful Harry Potter 7 book series.
 I started at the first of the year, thinking that it would take me a while to accomplish this goal.
I am currently finishing up with book (year) 3. I have to order 4 and 5 so that might be what slows me down.
I would recommend this for anyone of any age.
My daughter read these as a child and I watched a few of the movies with her, but didn't think that the books would be for me. I was wrong. If you read this series as an adult you have such a different view as if you were a child or teen.
As an adult your heart really goes out to young Harry Potter, who loses his parents and has to live with family that doesn't want him.

Book (year) 1

Sorcerers Stone

This is where we begin our journey with Harry. He finds out that he is a wizard and is invited to attend the wonderful wizard school Hogwarts. His Aunt and Uncle are dead set against letting him go, but in the end have no choice.
He makes some friends and learns a little bit about his parents. 

Book (year) 2

Chamber of Secrets

This book has the appearance of a little creature called Dobby. Reminds me of Gollum on Lord of the Rings. He comes with a warning to Harry, do not go to school or bad things will happen. Harry of course wasn't about to stay locked up at the Dursleys, so off he went; via a flying car. 
He learns some more about his parents. His friendships are getting stronger and his enemies keep trying to take his life. He battles Lord Voltemort and wins, once again.
Now having seen the movie, it made it more interesting to read because I could see all their faces while reading.

I was terribly upset when the news broke about Alan Rickman's death. Severus Snape is such a good character is this series. You want to hate him because he is mean but there is so much more to him and you end up loving him. Such a wonderfully talented actor gone to soon.

Book (year) 3

Prisoner of Azkaban

Again Harry has to spend the summer with the Dursleys.
There is yet another Teacher for the Dark Arts and there is a prisoner on the loose. Azkaban is where they lock up the bad guys, wizard and witches who do horrible things. People think Sirius Black is out to get Harry but all is not as it seems. He will yet again find out more about his parents. He wins the Quidditch cup for his house. 

I can't wait to get book 4 and move on. I haven't seen this movie so I'm not quite sure what happens. I highly recommend if you are looking for a book series to get into, read Harry Potter. You are sure to find a character that calls to you. I personally love me some Hagrid, he is an animal lover.


Book (year) 4

The Goblet of Fire

This book was an emotional rollercoaster. It this book we have a Triwizard Tournament so it brings wizards from all over to Hogwarts. You will see Ron get jealous of Hermionie hanging with another guy, Harry is pulled into the tournament even though he didn't enter himself and Voldemort will make a re-appearance. As Hermionie says "things are going to change now" This one that the movie doesn't do it justice, especially the ending. 

They just announce that the play A Cursed Child is being made a book and will be released this summer. The buzz around it is good and bringing Harry Potter back to our lives.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Why do I have to adult today?

Here comes another Monday and after a weekend of over indulging you get up and think "I really don't want to do this" & "Why do I have to be an adult today?" 

Well you don't have to if you don't want to reach any of your goals. If you want to have a hectic week trying to play catch up because you weren't  prepared.

Maybe you need to have your motivational quote ready to repeat in your head.
Mine for the week is 

I was very discouraged on Sunday. I got on the scale and did my measurements. I had been feeling thinner and hadn't checked in with those for a month.

Only down 2 lbs and 1 inch. I was ready to cry, how can that be!! I had been getting my butt up every day and working out, getting my steps in and keeping my carbs under 20g a day.

Well, I only let it bother me for a little bit and then realized that if I felt better and thinner than I shouldn't care what a scale says! That should really be our goal, to FEEL better. 


Monday- Cheeseburger casserole
(loose ground hamburger w/cheese, pickles, sugar-free ketchup,mustard)
Tuesday- Pulled Pork w/asparagus
Wednesday- Chicken salad
Thursday- Breakfast casserole
Friday- Fathead Pizza
(this will be my first attempt at this, here is the link if you would like to try it)

I am trying to extend my fasting. I am only going to eat between 11 am- 4pm.
I had been doing 9am-6pm but I am feeling less hungry and more full with my meals so it's time to change it up. If you are curious about Intermediate fasting here is a link to an article that I found informative.


I am so tired of searching for a new workout so I am going to go back to following Jillian Michaels 30 day shred schedule that I found on Pinterest in December. One less thing I need to stress about. 
I will continue to be on the look out for a routine I like better.

I worked really hard to get my steps in last week on my Fitbit because I was in a challenge with others. I had read somewhere that cardio shouldn't be a priority if you were trying to build muscle.
I don't think that I can give up on my cardio. I need to get my endurance up. May will be here soon and the last thing I want to do is have to turn around on the trail. I was going to add on my backpack with some of my walks this week and ease into that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and let that continue through out the week!