December 5, 2016

Getting Fit with the 21 Day Fix

The 21 Day Fix set was purchased back in August. I gave it a go, but only lasted 4 days.  At the time I was still traveling a lot for work and it was just me doing the Fix. I was also not in a good state of mind, emotionally, with my own food issues to really be able to set myself up for success.

A girlfriend of mine from college is a Beachbody coach now.  She had seen some of my posts and knew that I had the Shakeology, but wondered if I did the DVD workouts and used the containers.  I told her I did and then she asked if I'd be interested in joining her challenge Ending the Year Healthy & Happy on Facebook.  I thought, why not?!  This time around I would have a coach that I have a personal relationship with. I also have a friend (K) that's local - actually lives in my apartment complex - that was interested in doing it too.  I felt like with a better support system (meaning other people doing it) that I would have better success this time.

On Saturday morning I weighed and then K came over and we took our before measurements and before pictures. These are good to help notice your progress at the end. Then we feasted on pancakes.  What? It's our 'last day' of food freedom! Haha!  I went grocery shopping and did some food prep on Saturday - cooked a few chicken breasts.

I officially started the 21 Day Fix on Sunday (12/4/16).  I started the morning off with my Total Body Cardio DVD work out and had a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and a banana.  I had my chocolate shake as a morning snack. Lunch was a yummy salad and dinner was a wonderful meal of tilapia, quinoa with sauteed red/green pepper and onions.  This week will be mostly the same when it comes to meals. My workouts Monday-Friday this week will be late night after rehearsal.

Something that is super helpful to me this time around is the 21 Day Fix app for my phone. It helps you keep track of all of the containers, your water intake, and your workouts. I'm loving the app! I'm also keeping track of what I'm eating. That way I know if something isn't enough or if I'm eating too much of something. You can also input your measurements and it does all the calculations for you!

Even though I'm only on day 2, I feel really good about this. Some people think I'm crazy for doing this time of year with the holidays and all the yummy treats that pop up everywhere.  I just have to stay motivated and honest with myself.

Have you done the 21 Day Fix? What did you think?

November 28, 2016

Today's Gift: Apologies

Sometimes, we act in a manner with which we are less than comfortable. That's human. That's why we have the words: "I'm sorry." They heal and bridge the gap. But we don't have to say, "I'm sorry" if we didn't do anything wrong. A sense of shame can keep us apologizing for everything we do, every word we say, for being alive and being who we are.

We don't have to apologize for taking care of ourselves, dealing with feelings, seeking boundaries, having fun, or getting healthy.

We never have to change our course, if it is in our best interest, but sometimes a general apology acknowledges other feelings and can be useful when the issues of a circumstance or relationship are not clear. We might say, "I'm sorry for the fuss we had. I'm sorry if what I needed to do to take care of myself hurt you; it was not intended that way."

Once we make an apology, we don't have to keep repeating it. If someone wants to keep on extricating an apology from us for the same incident, that is the person's issue, and we don't have to get hooked.

We can learn to take our apologies seriously and not hand them out when they're not valid. When we feel good about ourselves, we know when it's time to say we're sorry and when it's not.

Today, I will try to be clear and healthy in my apologies, taking responsibility for my actions and nobody else's. God, help me figure out what I need to apologize for and what is not my responsibility.

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November 25, 2016

Happy Friday!

Two happy days in a row! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Friday! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was fabulous and that you are still full. Did you eat some good food?  I hope you had a wonderful week. Here are some great highlights from my week.

I went this week to get it touched up a bit. I've been wanting the word 'faith' tattooed for a little while now and at the beginning of October I finally bit the bullet and got it done. I absolutely love it!

A really long holiday weekend
I took Wednesday off to clean and decorate my apartment. I ended up cleaning on Saturday and then decorating on Tuesday night while I watched Dancing with the Stars Finale. I used Wednesday to have some 'Erica' time. I slept in, went to the gym with a girlfriend, got my hair done...and took 2 naps! It was a wonderful day.

On Thanksgiving morning my parents and I participated in the annual Drumstick Dash 5K (move your feet so others can eat). All proceeds benefit the Rescue Mission here in our home town. This was the first year I registered as a runner. My parents walked and I walk/jogged. I probably did about 50/50 and finished in 44 minutes. That's pretty good for me! After the race we went to Starbucks and got our hot beverages and a paper to check out all the ads for Black Friday.

FOOD!...I mean, Family Time!
This year I cooked! I made cornish hens, roasted carrots, and crescent rolls. Mom and dad brought balsamic roasted sweet potatoes and brussell sprouts and a salad. I also made oven-friend apple pies. Everything was so delicious! I had to put the kitties on the porch so that I could set the table. You can see little Cosima in the door window.  Helena kept trying to get on the table. Dad was so tuckered out that he took a little cat nap before we went to the movie.

After dinner we went to see the newest movie in the Harry Potter franchise. It was AMAZING!!!! I can't wait for the rest of the 'series' to come out. I'm not going to say anything about the movie in fear of spoilers, but IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!
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I hope you all had a wonderful week. I have some Gilmore Girls to watch today, so I'll leave with that.

Have a great weekend!!!

I'm linking up with Bright on a Budget, Della Devoted, and Cup of Tea for High Five For Friday.


November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you have happy Thanksgiving with family,
friends, fun and fantastic food!

gobble gobble,

November 23, 2016

7 Day Work Out Plan

If you've liked my new Facebook page, Being FitTastic, then you've already seen the 7 Day Work Out Plan that I put together.  I have stated before that I am not a nutritionist, dietitian or fitness instructor. I am by no means a pro! I've had private training sessions with trainers at gyms I've belonged too. I read tons of magazines and blogs. I just happen to know what works for me. Over the years I have learned what I can manage as well.

The 7 Day Work Out Plan that I put together I have tried and I really like it. It's a simple work out, but it's great! I definitely work up a sweat. You can absolutely modify it to work for you. I personally like the treadmill for walking/jogging, but I know some people (my mom) love the bike. Sometimes I mix up the cardio machines for my 30 minutes of cardio. When it comes to the Leg and Arm exercises make sure to do what works best for you. Maybe 20 reps is too much to start off with. I like to break them down in sets and will likely do 2 sets of 10. For the '20 Cross Punch with Weights' I need to start off with 3lb weights and build up. You might be able to start with heavier weights.

It's all about YOU and where you feel comfortable. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Have a happy work out!