Vitatop

Goal Update

Good morning! I am still catching up on getting back into the swing of things after this business trip like woah. I did unpack and go grocery shopping, but I have been soooo exhausted that today I just turned my alarm off and went back to sleep. I never do that! Snooze, yes, but off? No. So I think I need to go to bed extra early tonight so I can get an extra hour of sleep and hopefully wake up easier tomorrow.

Even though I’m not doing that great with my goals (largely from traveling to OKC for 6 days/5 nights), I wanted to do a check in now we are over a week into June. Here is a list of the goals and my progress on each of them.

1.) Drink more water. Half Check. I was drinking a lot of water during the first few days of June and into my trip, but then during the weekend my water consumption was slacking. I started back up again yesterday and have been getting in my 8+ glasses a day yesterday and today, and plan to stick with it.

2.) Be consistent with exercise. Half Check. I worked out twice during my trip, and then went back to Bikram yesterday. My goal is to get in 5 days of exercise a week if possible, but last week I got in only 2-3 because of traveling. I plan to make up for that starting this week and going forward.

3.) Get back to strength training. Check. I did free weights while in OKC for the first time in a while. My goal is strength training once a week, and I plan to do some more tonight since it’s rainy outside and not ideal for a run/bike ride outdoors.

4.) Go back to Weight Watchers Meetings. I’m giving myself until the end of June to get back to meetings so I still have more time on this one.

5.) Limit alcohol consumptionFail. I drank too much during my trip to OKC and have a reception and bachelorette coming up this week. To make up on this goal, my plan is to not drink any alcohol after Saturday night (the bachelorette) until July 4th/my birthday weekend. This should be totally doable. 🙂

6.) Count WW Points. Half Check. I was counting points before I left for OKC but not during my trip. I’m back to counting today, even though it’s my least favorite thing to do.

Did you set June goals? How are you doing on them so far? It’s not too late!

Breakfast today was nothing exciting but it was delicious.

Vegan Overnight Oats that had:

  • 1/3 cup oats (1.5 pts)
  • 1/2 cup light soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (1 pt)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1 Raisin Bran Vitatop (1 pt)

I also had an asian pear on the side.

I haven’t had one of these in forever so I was excited when I spotted them at the grocery store yesterday. They are soo good and 0 points! They are kind of a cross between an apple and a pear – sweet but crunchy. I love them!

Have you had any foods lately that you’d forgotten about/haven’t had in a long time?

June Goals

Wow. How is it already June 1? I can barely believe its 2010, much less halfway into it! Time fliiiies.

So I got my bridesmaid dress for the August wedding I am in yesterday and it doesn’t fit. I still have over 2 months so I know it will be fine, but I think I have been a little too lax with my diet and exercise lately, and have been slipping into maintenance mode even though I need to still be in lose mode. I mentioned this last night, but today is a new month, and the start to a new regime. I am really going to refocus and do my best to get to my goal weight by the August 7th wedding so that I can look and feel my best that day (not to mention stop paying $40 a month!).

In order to be at my goal weight, I need to lose around 10 pounds, 12 based on what the scale said this morning. I’m pretty sure thats partly from just being bloated from eating too much this weekend and not working out, so I’ll check again tomorrow morning and I’m sure it’ll be less. That said, I’ll probably need to lose about 10 more pounds, which I think is totally do-able if I just make a few changes. I want to keep eating a lot of whole foods and the same types of things I was eating before, I just want to eat a little less, and have lighter toppings on oatmeal/yogurt/salads.

I’ve decided that I am going to set some goals for the month of June to help me achieve my broader goal of getting to goal weight. I’m putting them out there so I will stick with them and plan to do a mid-month and end of month check in, and then set new goals for the month of July. Here goes:

1.) Drink more water. I have been majorly slipping in this department and water is so good for me, not to mention sometimes you can think you’re hungry when you’re really just thirsty. 8+ cups a day.

2.) Be consistent with exercise. Goal of working out 5x per week, which includes running at least once a week. Even on rest days, I want to do a little bit of activity like push ups and sit ups in the morning or bed.

3.) Get back to strength training. I need to strength train at least once a week because I’ve basically stopped doing it all together. Strength training is so important to building lean muscle mass so that you burn more calories at rest.

4.) Go back to Weight Watchers Meetings – I’m still paying for it, but haven’t been since April or May… I don’t even know the last time I went to weigh in. I need to just face the official scale and go so that I can get myself back on track (and get the benefits I’m paying for!)

5.) Limit alcohol consumption – I’ve been drinking a lot more than usual lately, which is a lot of empty calories, plus I make such bad decisions when drinking (hello 3am unblogged pizza on Friday night). I have the Bachelorette Party coming up June 12th in Atlantic City, but other than that, I don’t want to do any crazy drinking during the month of June. A drink here or there is fine, but no more getting tipsy frequently/overdoing it.

6.) Count WW Points. Ugh. This is my least favorite one, but it’s what I really need to do. I can’t promise I’ll be religious about it, but I do plan to try to estimate meals and cut back on unnecessary add-ins for meals that make them too pointy. I think it’s good to come back to points when I go into weight-loss mode, but I am happy to know that I can still maintain my weight (as I have since January) without counting points.

OK so now that I put those out there I am feeling better. I CAN do this. I know it.

Breakfast today started off on the right foot with a bowl of cold oats.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup oats (2 pts)
  • 2/3 cup skim milk (1 pt)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (1 pt)
  • Raisin Bran Vitatop (1pt)

This bowl was really satisfying for just 5 points. I think the chia seeds really do make a big difference in fullness, but I didn’t use the protein powder so we’ll see how it holds me over. I have a lot of stuff to do to get ready for my business trip today – so I’ll be back after lunch!

Do you set monthly goals for yourself? What are your goals for June? If you don’t set monthly goals, is there a reason? I don’t normally set monthly goals and partly its because I feel like I already do a lot for my health and fitness, so to set goals on top of what I already do can feel like a little much. that said, when I don’t set goals I find that I can go a bit off track, as has been the case lately. We’ll see how June goes but I’m feeling good about it, and feeling like these goals are going to help me keep my eyes on the prize!

Fittest City

Good morning and happy hump day! I had the worst time falling asleep last night. We were out and about until around 10:30 and then had to make a few trips up from the car so didn’t really settle down until almost 11:30. I always need some time to decompress, so by the time I got in bed it was 12:30 or so and I don’t think I fell asleep until 1! The past few days I’ve woken up before my alarm, but today my alarm brought me out of such a deep place in my sleep. For a second my eyes opened and I had no idea what was going on, and then I realized it was time to get up. Sad story.

Putting my lunch together today was really strange. Usually I have an idea of what I feel like and go with it, but today I couldn’t figure out what I wanted for breakfast OR for lunch, probably just because I was sleepy/cranky. A coffee is in order for sure! The biggest redeeming quality about today is that its supposed to get close to 90Âș and sunny and clear alll day. 90 is a little hot for my taste but I’ll take sunny over the rainy and chilly its been since the weekend any day.

Another thing that perked me up was reading Shape magazine on the metro into work. It had an article about the top 10 fittest cities in the US, and guess which was number one!?

  1. Washington, DC (YAY!!!)
  2. Boston
  3. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  4. Seattle
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Denver
  7. Sacramento, California
  8. San Fransisco
  9. Hartford, Connecticut
  10. Austin, Texas

GO DC!! Woohoo. 🙂 This list was put together by Shape magazine in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine. They looked at the 50 largest cities in the country and assessed them in 30 areas, including personal health indicators (such as how often residents exercise, smoke, and eat their fruits & veggies) and the rates of chronic health issues. It also looked at community/environmental factors like the number of parks, trails, farmer’s markets, pools, rec centers, etc. You can check out the whole listing at americanfitnessindex.org if you don’t see your city on there.

Now, onto breakfast! I always see on Kath’s blog how she puts muffins on top of oatmeal and it always looks so good, but I never really have muffins laying around. Today though, as I was browsing around my kitchen trying to figure out what to make, I saw that I have some Vitatops left in my freezer – perfect compromise!

This bowl of Vegan Overnight Oats had:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana nut vitatop
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Soooo good. I microwaved the vitatop which dried it out a little bit, so next time I would toast it and be more patient while it got warm. 🙂 It was still delicious though and made a great, new-to-me topping for the oats.

Question: What’s your favorite oatmeal and/or yogurt topping?

Have an awesome day!!

Snacky and The Shred

I’ve kind of been looking forward to putting up a new post tonight since I put up the last one so that my gross chaffing marks aren’t at the top of the page anymore… 😉 Today has seriously flown by, kind of like the weekend. I was definitely in a snacky mood today (again) and gave in (again). But you’re supposed to listen to your body, right!?

Afternoon snacks after lunch:

Triple Chocolate Chunk Vitatop (toasted) and a sliced up Gala Apple. My favorite flavor of the vitatops but I like Fujis better than Galas. It was still good though!

I got home and made some popcorn before heading to Whole Foods. Lately, I’ve been doing a few tablespoons of popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and microwaving it and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the pre-bagged stuff! I love making the popcorn straight from the kernels because you can measure it out and top it however you like. Plus, there’s no extra chemicals in there since you know exactly what you’re putting on it!

I used a little olive oil and some black pepper on this. yum. I use the regular setting on the microwave for popcorn and it works fine but sometimes I have to add an extra 30 seconds on to the time. It’s also way cheaper to do popcorn this way.. the entire bag of kernels (which has 40 servings!) was only $1.37!

Whole Foods was really good, too. I hadn’t been there in a looong time, and I just love their produce and their fish section (and pretty much everything else).  I got some leeks, oranges, blackberries, sweet potatoes, bananas, and baby spinach from the produce section, mussels from the fish section, and then Light Silk Soy Milk, Oikos nonfat greek yogurt (big container and the mini ones that have just 70 calories each!), and a bottle of Verdejo. I’m sure I’m missing something but those were the highlights.

I had wanted to get a workout in but time was slipping away, so I decided to do Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. If you haven’t tried this workout, you must. They are quick 20 minute workouts but they are HARD. There are three levels that supposedly get progressively harder, but I think they’re all pretty hard but different. I was surprised when I tried Level 2 and thought it was easier than Level 1! I like doing them for a quick quick-your-butt workout when you don’t have much time, but you’re supposed to do it every day for 30 days and you should get drastic results if you go by the books. I’ve never done that before, nor do I plan to, but I like to throw these in to mix up my work out routine. I hadn’t done it in a LONG time, and it felt really good (and just as hard as I remember!)

I found this recipe for Carrot Sesame Salad a few weeks ago that I’ve been wanting to try and I finally got it together tonight to try it. I took 4 large carrots and used a veggie peeler to peel them, and then ribboned them with the peeler. It was kind of hard to get the hang of, but once I figured it out it was smooth sailing. I modified the recipe slightly, and used 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp sesame oil (the recipe calls for 2 tbsp), 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp each white and black sesame seeds (the recipe calls for all white, but I wanted to add a little more color).

I thought it turned out really good! There was a LOT of dressing for the amount of carrots, and I used more carrots than the recipe called for, so next time I’d either half the dressing recipe, or double the carrots. Not for the nutritional value (the dressing was light, especially after I cut down the oil), but because there was literally dressing pooled at the bottom of the bowl. The flavor was really good though, and I never thought to ribbon carrots before and use them for a salad so was excited to try something new!

I had about 1/3 of the carrot salad (1 1/3 large carrots worth) and then the leftover Moo Shi Vegetable from last night.

There was only one pancake left, so I just used that and then ate the rest with a fork. See how there’s sauce spreading out from under the Moo Shi thats out of the pancake? It was SO saucy. That was after I heated it up and poured (what I thought was) all the extra liquid out of the bowl. Really good flavor but too much sauce… a trend tonight I guess!

I’m gonna go relax and watch Nurse Jackie in a little while! I am loving this season so far (though its only been one episode before tonight!) Do any of you guys watch it? What do you think?

Be back tomorrow!