Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

Got to do better

I need to add one more thing to my “resolutions” list of things to do better. For the past 5-6+ weeks, I have been having trouble getting to work on time. So far, no one has said anything and I do stay later to make up the time. But I’d like to get it under control before someone says anything to me. Also the earlier I get to work (read on time), then the earlier I can go to the gym and take my sweaty self home.

I have one more boot camp class tomorrow and then it is over!! I feel a little bad, as we require 4 people to have another session and 3 out of the 4 of us are not interested in signing up right away. My coworker who wants to go again is disappointed that no one else wants to continue. 2 of us are over it and the other is away for most of next month so it makes no sense for her to sign up right now.

My coworker is trying to get me to commit to starting in back up in March but I just can’t. I don’t enjoy the trainer that much and I have been able to convince myself to get into the habit of going to the gym every day by myself. Not sure what I will want to do in 6 weeks, but right now it’s a no for me.

Now I just need to make some food as I ran out and ended up buying lunch on Friday. 😦

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Resolutions …

It was not my intention to make any resolutions this year, as I figured I would only fall off the wagon and it would be demeaning and uninspiring.

Case in point, I am trying to get my late night eating under control and set an alarm on my phone to go off at 7:45 pm to remind me to stop eating. Well … last Tuesday I was sitting down to dinner at 9 pm. 😦 In fact every day so far this year, I did not hit 8 pm at all. Rather than beat myself up over this “failure”, I have chosen to instead focus my attention on the 4 days I made it to the gym after work; including one day when I left my desk at 6:40 pm. Since I usually spend about an hour at the gym, I didn’t get home until after 8.

I am not removing my reminder, just adjusting my expectations. If I am having supper after 8, I will try to make better choices; lean protein and veggies for the win.

On the food front, I am aiming to bring my lunch to work every day. This is going well. Cooking on Sunday is working for me. Having said that I did not cook today, so we shall see what effect, if any, this has on my lunches this week. I  have leftovers for tomorrow and meat marinating so I should be able to stay on point.

The other change to my life that I am implementing is working out every day after work. This I am nailing by the way!! 🙂 As long as I bring my gym clothes to work I have no excuse not to workout. The gym is in the building. I don’t even have to go outside.

My cousin bought some body weight workout program over the holidays and has been graciously sharing the pages with me. They have tided me over while our boot camp was on holiday hiatus. We have 3 classes left and once this session is over, I don’t think I will be signing up again any time soon. I am getting in the habit of getting myself to the gym, so I don’t need the outside help right now.

OK, time to take myself to bed, as tomorrow’s workout is going to be tough.

Happy New Year

Fiery 2018 New Year date with sparkling trails

Hope this year brings you good health, wealth and happiness.

Black Friday purchases

Before too much time passes, we need to acknowledge my Black Friday purchases.

Princess sent me a text on the day before Black Friday to let me know that the Gap was having a 50% off sale. Not a place I usually in, but I was on a mission to find new sports bras, so I thought why not.

I picked up 2 bras, a pair of workout capris and a dress. When I was shopping they only had these 2 available in my size, so I figured why not. Worst case scenario, I would just return them, no harm, no foul.

Gap Bra (Source)Gap Mesh Bra (Source)

Well I tried these babies on and jumped around and I swore the angels sang. There was no movement. The FIRST time EVER!! I am impressed. I can heard my BFF saying you get what you pay for. The capris were also a keeper.

The dress did not garner the same reaction. Princess liked it. Diva told me to return it at once.

Gap dress (Source)

I like that is has pockets. 🙂

I also bought an Instant Pot, but that is a post for another day.

All in all, I am very happy with my purchases.

On a Roll

Last week we did not do our regularly scheduled workouts. Monday, the trainer was stuck in traffic. So my coworker and I did our own workout. I was out of the office on Wednesday and one of the other ladies was also not available, so that class also needed to be rescheduled. The new lady was not available for the rest of the week due to family commitments. My regular boot camper was disappointed to miss the whole week as she was only available for a half class on Thursday, so I suggested Friday.

Aside from the fact that it was the end of a long week, it ended up being a hard workout. It seemed that the trainer was trying to get both workouts into the hour. Then instead of going home to relax, I decided to knock out a “quick” trip to Costco. Hoping for less foot traffic as everyone else should be tired too.

At Costco, I bought some meat. I am not supposed to be buying meat as my freezers are still not empty, but I am not cooking and needed inspiration. A huge pork loin and 6 pounds of ground beef made it into my cart, along with lots of vegetables. We will not mention the two shirts and track pants that also came home with me.

Yesterday, I met up with my Dad for brunch and then ran a few errands, voted in the local bi-election and of course visited the library.

Today I dealt with the pork. I cut it into three pieces. One of those pieces I cut into chops. The chops and one of the pieces went into the freezer and the other chunk was seasoned for dinner tonight. The ground beef was divided into one pound packages and all but one went into the freezer.

Back in early October, my gym buddy’s child was having a fund-raiser that offered autumn vegetables instead of the usual magazine or chocolates. I am now in possession of lots of potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions.

I roasted some of the potatoes and sweet potatoes to go with the pork. Might as well make good use of the oven while it is on. I fried up a pound of the ground beef with some carrots and made the sauce using this recipe. It’s my favourite go-to stir fry sauce as I always have these ingredients in my kitchen. Rice was made to go with the beef.

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I should not need to purchase lunch this week.

A Small Win – Ribs Edition

I have been on the hunt for a good rib recipe and method of cooking the ribs.

Back in 2000 I went to spend some time with my Aunt in Arizona. While there she made these delicious ribs and I brought home a copy of the recipe. I wish I could tell you what recipe book it came out of but that memory is long gone.

The sauce for the recipe is very simple. BBQ sauce, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, onion powder and a bit of water. The ribs were baked on high without sauce for 20 minutes, then coated in sauce and baked at 350 for an hour.

In the past this produced ribs we were all happy with, but within the past 5(?) years this method has been less than desired. The ribs turned out tough. I am not a fan. My kids were even less. So they would leave them for me to eat … or the ribs would end up in the garbage. 😦

I heard cooking them in the slow cooker would yield tender fall off the bone ribs. So I put my ribs in the slow cooker with some BBQ sauce and hoped for the best. It was not a favourite.

On to the next method.

My Step-Mom boils her ribs before putting them on the BBQ. While I don’t have a BBQ I still tried this method but baking them in the oven after. I liked this way. I was the only one.

We had some success with this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. I loved it, but Diva wasn’t feeling the seasoning and I wanted something simpler.

Recently I stumbled across this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Cook in the slow cooker without sauce. I decided to broil them in the oven with sauce after to caramelize the sauce. To increase the chance of success, I used the BBQ sauce recipe from the ribs we used to like. AND I had Diva bake them. I find that involving Diva makes her feel like she “cooked” and therefore the food must be good. 😉

I made the ribs on Tuesday; they were gone by Thursday night! A success in my book.

 

On to the next task

So I think I am getting the fitness part of my life under control. I now need to focus some attention on my eating. Everyone tells me that weight loss is 80% what you eat. And while I am not eating “bad” food per say, I am eating a lot more than I probably need to.

To combat this I will get back to taking my lunch to work. By the time I eat, I am usually rather hungry and want ALL the food. The café at work provides lots of healthy options, which is what I stick to. But I tend to get a lot.

My meal planning has been slacking lately. It doesn’t help that my girls don’t tend to eat at home much anymore. Or when they are hungry they are more likely to order pizza than eat out of the fridge. I think if I cook, they will eat. So on the menu this week is pasta and meatballs and BBQ ribs, not diet friendly but family favourites. Also a modified tomato and cucumber salad. If all works well these should keep us fed for the majority of the week.

I still have to put some thought and energy into making smoothies. I know once I get the hang of it, I’ll be making them all the time. It is just to get started. If I was more on the ball, smoothies would definitely fix my what to have for breakfast questions every morning. If you have any good combinations, I’d love to hear about them.