You Can’t Get Rid of Me That Easily…

 

Hello friends… We meet again. I bet you might have wondered what happened to me and if I gave up on my goal. The good news for me is that I didn’t give up… while I might be hanging my head and embarrassed that I fell off the wagon for awhile, I’m jumping back on. Unfortunately over the last few weeks I just got a little overwhelmed by life and this adventure got put on the back burner. But I decided it’s time to get off my butt and get going again. Like I’ve said before, you can always find a great excuse not to exercise or eat healthy… but I don’t want to make those excuses. I want to feel better. So that gave me room for only one choice, and my choice is to quit whining and complaining and start working hard again. As always, I appreciate any and all encouragement and support. The sun is shining and it’s another glorious morning from the Lord… and I’m going to spend time with my beautiful children before I go to the gym. Have a wonderful and productive week. xo 

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Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups

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I found these on Pinterest (suprise!) and made these yesterday for brunch. They were so easy & turned out great! However, I did NOT use as many hash browns as they suggest because otherwise the muffin tins would’ve overflowed. Also it probably would’ve made about 24 bird’s nests and I didn’t want to be eating left-overs for that long. These come out so well & would be perfect for re-heating for another day’s breakfast and they are pretty healthy for you too. Enjoy! : )

Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups
1 24 oz. bag of shredded hash browns
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbs oil (I use olive oil)
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
Bacon bits or 8=10 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
Eggs
Extra shredded cheddar
Muffin tin

  1. Take your bag of hash browns and mix in the salt, pepper, oil and 1/3 cup shredded cheese.
  2. Divide amongst the cups in your muffin tin, making sure to grease tin beforehand.
  3. Bake hash browns at 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until toasty.
  4. Once they’re finished, take them out and lower the temp of the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Crack an egg into each of the cups
  6. Top with bacon and a sprinkle of extra cheese
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes (or until the eggs are as firm as you like them).
  8. Slide a knife along the edges to remove from pan when cooled.

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The End of Week 4.

It’s seems weird to think about, but as yesterday ended I finished week 4 of this journey. It has been going by so quickly and it hasn’t found me with as much weight loss as I hoped, but I still feel accomplished. I’ve managed to be down in weight each week, with yesterday ending at 201.9 pounds. So even though it’s NOT as much as I hoped, I’m still really happy that those 6.2 pounds are G-O-N-E! Because some of those pounds haven’t been so easy to lose and sometimes it seems like they really want to stick around. But alas, they went on their merry way with a little perseverance and hard work. I am also extremely proud of how well I’ve stuck to going to the gym or working out over the last 4 weeks. I’ve even been able to increase my weights and it feels GOOD. It really can be hard between school, three kids, and the millions of other things we have to do to find time to get out and go to the gym… but I’ve found that you can always make an excuse not to do something no matter how little you have going on. So, I’ve just made myself go and get on with it. I was really excited this week that I got to the gym SIX days in a row! I was planning on going yesterday too but it just ended up being one of those days and I decided to take a break. I knew that I would be able to go today, so I figured that not going for one day this week wouldn’t be the end of the world. My family needed me at home more than I needed to be at the gym.

I’ve also found over the last 4 weeks that I’ve gotten excited about going to the gym and easily much more conscientious about my portion sizes and what I’m eating. It’s a really good feeling to be excited about working out and it makes me feel like I’m really succeeding at this, even if the numbers aren’t where I wish they were. I’ve also started to understand that even though this may be a slower process, it’s really going to be worth it. I’d rather have it take a little longer and stick with me than have it be over really quickly and forget about it in a month or two. Regardless of speed, I’m proud of myself and and happy to say that I am generally just feeling BETTER. I feel happier, less like a big blob, and I can actually tell that my body is changing around. What an awesome feeling is that?

So once again, I want to say thank you to everyone who has offered me a word of encouragement over the last few weeks. You probably have no idea how wonderful and motivating that is for me. Like I mentioned in an older post… the simplest of words can make such a big difference in someone’s day and you may never actually realize it. So THANK YOU! I hope that MAYBE some day, my blog and my posts may have an impact and help even just one other person who is looking to become healthier themselves. Have a blessed week everyone and remember… HARD WORK PAYS OFF! : )

Workout #16

Today I wanted to work all of my muscle groups without staying in the gym forever, so I came up with this:

15 Minute Cardio (Elliptical)
15 Minute Cardio (Bike)

25 x 3 Adductor Machine
25 x 3 Abductor Machine
25 x 3 Glutes Machine (each side)
25 x 3 Back Extension Machine
25 x 3 Bicep Curls Machine
25 x 3 Arm Extension Machine
25 x 3 Lat Pulldown Machine
25 x 3 Chest Press Machine
25 x 3 Leg Press Machine
25 x 3 Calf Raise Machine
80 Russian Twists (w/medicine ball)
50 Front Crunches
50 Right Side Crunches
50 Left Side Crunches
50 Front Crunches

Workout #15

15 Minute Cardio (Bike)

(( For the weights part of my workout I picked groups of 2 or 3 machines, alternating between them until I finished 3 sets of 25 reps on all machines: ))

Torso Rotation
Back Extension

Lateral Raise
Chest Press

Leg Press
Calf Raise

Bicep Curl
Arm Extension
Lat Pulldown

Glutes
Adduction
Abduction

Torso Rotation
Back Extension

10 Minute Cardio (Bike)

Workout #14

This was a workout that I did the other day when I was in a time crunch and only had 45 minutes. Regardless, it still did its job! : )

15 Minute Cardio (Bike)

(( The following exercises I did 3 sets of 20 reps each: ))

Adductor Machine
Abductor Machine
Glute Machine (each side)
Chest Press Machine
Lat Pulldown Machine
Leg Press Machine
Calf Raise Machine
Back Extension Machine

Workout #13

Yesterday I went out for appetizers with a couple of my friends so I wanted to get in a quick workout (with mostly cardio). I only had about an hour so I spent most of it doing cardio. However, I felt great afterwards and I think that any little bit helps. I’m also proud because I’ve been to the gym everyday this week so far! Anyways, here’s what I did:

45 Minutes Cardio (Bike- increasing resistance level throughout time)

50 Abdominal Rotation Machine
50 Front Crunches
50 Right Side Crunches
50 Left Side Crunches
50 Front Crunches
50 Leg Raises
50 Flutter Kicks
50 Bicyclers
50 Weighted Side Bends (Each Side)