Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Merona argyle cardi - Target
Sleeveless Tuxedo shirt - NY & Co (after Christmas sale)
Black skirt - target
Black patterned hosiery
Issac Mizrahi heels - Target
Pearl necklace - gifted
So by the time most of you read this it will be NYE. What are you plans and what are you wearing? Dressing up or down? Will and I will be with V and the crew (about 19 in all) for a sushi dinner and drinks. I've decided to not buy a new dress and will shop in my own closet. One of my new headbands might be making it's debut tonight.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year's Eve!
So this is probably my weak spot right now. I was doing so well with my planned meals and then BAM! Holidays... The food sure was great. Problem is that it's still with me. So here's the plan. I will keep a food journal and my target calorie count for the day is 1550 calories. My target calories to burn are 2300. This should help me lose aprox 1.5lbs a week. Like I said, slow and steady! As I get more accustom to planning my meals and eating better, I'll fine tune my calories and meal plans. As of right now here is the breakdown for my 6 small meals a day...
The meals are: breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner, late snack
Within these meals, I'd like to have:
42g total fat
300 mg cholesterol
20g sat fat
Like I said, this will be very challenging for me, but every time, I happen to fall off the wagon, I just get right back on. I highly encourage you to keep a food journal. You really learn a lot about your food habits. Remeber to stay honest with yourself. If you cheat the journal, you only hurt yourself. No one sees the journal, but you. There are a few good sites online that can help guide you and offer free food journals.
Oh and http://www.hungrygirl.com/ has fab recipes. Check them out.
Here was today's workout:
20 minute walk (to and from work) - 329 calories burned
10 minute walk around the office building - 119 calories burned
30 minute resistance training - 208 calories burned
7 minutes of jump rope - 83 calories burned
Here's to happy workouts and healthy eating in the new year!
So today is the day where I commit myself to 5 cardio days. There will be days where I have a strength/cardio day. Those are days when cardio get cuts to 30 minutes, but I make sure to incorporate my 2 mini workouts in my workday. So here is my basic schedule starting this week...
Monday - 30 minutes strength, 30 minutes cardio
Tuesday - 50-60 minutes cardio
Wednesday - 30 minutes strength, 30 minutes cardio
Thursday - 50-60 minutes cardio
Friday - rest day
Saturday - 30 minutes strength, 30 minutes cardio
Sunday - rest day
I have mentioned interval running before. I'm not exactly an outdoorsy kind of girl so I prefer to workout inside a controlled environment with a/c. So that leave me to machines and classes for the most part. If I'm on the machine, whether it's the treadmill, elliptical, or the stationary bikes, I always do my cardio in intervals. It breaks up the the 30 minutes or hour and time flies by much faster when you are getting through a bunch of mini goals. Here is an example of how I do interval running on the treadmill. This example also works on the elliptical or stationary bikes. Play with the settings and challenge yourself. Surge on the bike for 30 seconds, then back down the speed for 30 seconds. I love the hill or alpine settings. When I get to the top of the hill, I push myself, but stay at a good pace that I can retain throughout my hill climb. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
As far as classes go, my personal favs are:
Spinning/ cycle class - I imagine that the sweat that pours out of me is fat melting off me. If you have never done this before, please commit to at least 4 classes before giving up. Sometimes it take our rears a while to get used to the bike seat. I promise though, you will feel tired, good and accomplished by the end of class.
Kickboxing - Had a tough day? Kick some butt in the class. It's a little fast paced, but just do your best and you'll get the hang of it. Remember that everyone was a beginner at one point.
Water aerobics - This is not an old lady class. It really is challenging, but easier on the joints. It;s great if you get in a rut and what do do something different.
So here's my calorie breakdown today. Now I know I said that I would be doing strength and cardio, but I had to reschedule my strength session to tomorrow so it was a full out cardio day for me. Melissa and I hit the treadmills and did interval running.
So here is my real honesty in my day. This is what my Bodybugg shows me. You can see when I put my Bodybugg on and rushed out the door to work. You can see when I went to and from lunch. You can see my 10 minute walk around my office building (100 calories burned), and you can see when I hit the treadmill for 50 minutes (560 calories burned). My highest burn was 12 calories a minute. It was when I was running for 30 seconds on and off.
So how would your day look on a graph??? Doesn't it look like I slept though work? Again, I need to remind myself to move around more. Every movement is a calorie burned and I need all the movement I can get :-)
Stay tuned for Day 6.
Happy workouts everyone!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tomorrow I will continue with my 12 Days of Fitness. Even though I have been enjoying the holidays, I have been trying to keep up with my mini-workouts, vitamins, and such. I'll be back to full swing on Monday with my calories burned...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Please excuse the way I look. I had just showered from the gym and didn't have time to fix my hair and makeup before rushing to class. My hair was in a clip so it dried a little crazy.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Chocolate Banana Fried Wontons (Shoot me an e-mail if you want the recipe)
Today I am incorporating 2 mini workouts to my day. Mini workouts are aprox 7-15 minutes and easy to throw in anytime throughout your day. Here are 2 of my favorites. The first is the jump rope. It's inexpensive (I got this rope for about $3 at Target) and very effective in getting that heart rate up. I will be jumping for about 30-45 seconds, resting, then resuming till my 7-8 minutes are up. My ideal times for doing this are in the morning right after I wake up, right after work, or during commercials while watching TV.
Next are my cute walking shoes. Since I live fairly close to work we will be walking a few times a week (weather permitting). I bought these stylish walking shoes to get me to work on those days. They are so much cuter with my dresses and skirts. I'll throw my heels in my bag and switch out the shoes when I get to work. If we drive or take the scooter to work, I'll walk the ramps of the parking garage during my "smoke break". Otherwise Will and I will have a little quality time and walk around the block after dinner.
Stay tuned for the 3rd Day of Fitness...
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Ok not my favorite outfit, but I wanted to wear color and it was also 76 degrees today. Here are the details of my colorful outfit... Merona purple top - Target ~ 2 tone A-line skirt - H&M ~ Purple peep toe - Target ~ 3 strand necklace - gifted by KT
The 12 Days Of Fitness...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thank you for all the well wishes. I feel much better despite a nagging cough. I went to work with a drug store in my purse...tissue, meds, cough drops, and anti-bacterial gel. With all that in hand, I was good to go and happy to be back at work.
Monday, December 15, 2008
First up is my "snow" pic. In my last post I mentioned we got a little snow in Houston last week. It started out really light with just a few little flurries falling from the sky, but by nightfall, we had a ton of little flurries. I only caught the beginning of the snow on camera. The little white flakes you see on me isn't dandruff. It's the small bit of snow we got. I know for those in the cold states might be laughing, but here in Houston, it's such a treat to see. I think I sat outside the balcony for 15 minutes just enjoying the view from the sky. This is probably also why I'm sick...
The last couple of pics are of presents. Leslie at Cute & The Cheap did a post of gift wrapping. I am so particular with how I wrap my gifts. I love solids, stripes, and geometric patterns. I love using real ribbon, double stick tape and beautifully written name tags. I know that the gift wrapping get torn and thrown away, but like Will says " That gift has 10% extra love then your average gift"
And speaking of gifts... My sweetie gave me an early Christmas present last night. I got a Pinnacle HD Pro Stick! This nifty little gadget allows me to use my laptop as a TV and DVR device. The best part is that once you buy the gadget, the service is free. My new laptop came with Windows Vista and it works with my Windows Media Program. I should explain that Will and I cut a few luxuries like cable and DVR when we got married. Of course I got lucky when our condo came with free cable, but going cold turkey without my DVR was a little tough. This is a fabulous economical alternative! I can record shows/movies, watch them at my leisure, and take them on the road with me. Thank you baby for such an awesome gift!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Last night Will and I went to a screening of Slumdog Millionaire. This is an incredible film and I highly recommend seeing it. It just received 4 Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Love the music too. I'll be downloading the soundtrack from iTunes very soon.
Sorry, I've been slacking on my daily outfit post. I was feeling a little under the weather and even though I went to work everyday, my outfits were lacking, so I thought I'd spare you. This week has also been insane. Since my last post, I...
- did almost all of my Christmas shopping in one night
- wrapped all of the gifts the same night
- went to a free screening of Slumdog Millionaire
- enjoyed the slight snow we had in Houston (last time it snowed here was Dec 24 2004)
- had Michelle and JC over for hot chocolate and fresh whipped cream
- have dinner with my mother-in-law
- finish my Christmas shopping
- hit the farmer's market
- snuggle with Will and watch movies
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Here are my details..
Button up collared shirt w. ruffle sleeve - Gap / Mossimo sweater vest - Target / Pink and black skirt - Anthropologie /Merona patterned knee highs - Target /Issac Mizrahi heels - Target / Long beaded necklace - gifted
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tonight I have a few craft projects I plan to work on....my stocking, more coupon organizers, and some holiday cards for the troops. I'm also in the mood to do some holiday baking. Well, it's a lot for tonight so I better get moving.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
H&M bow-tie sweater ~ Anthropologie skirt ~ Dollhouse peep-toes ~ wedding ring
Now I usually crop myself so you don't get a whole lot of background, but today I thought I'd give you a little tour of this particular corner of my living room. So if you just follow me, we'll start our tour on the left side of the picture.
On the left is an old theater chair I found at an antique store. Sorry it got kingd of cut off in the pic. It's made of wood and you'd be surprised how comfortable it is. The seat also flips up and has a nifty rack wear men could slide their hats on and store them.
Of course you already know about me lovely free tree. Notice how there are no gifts under there yet? Kimberly at Fab Finds Under $50 puts me to shame with all her gifts overflowing her Christmas tree skirt ;-)
The clock on top is one I've had for years. Found at Ikea and bought because it reminded me of classic school clocks. Now I will say that it wasn't really my choice to put the clock there, but Will really wanted it there and sometimes, you just have to let him contribute to the decoration.
Behind me is the fireplace. In case you are wondering why I would put the tree right in front of the fireplace... well there aren't many choices and we will never use the fireplace anyways. It's never cold enough here to use it. Now I do plan to hang the Xmas stockings up on the mantle, but I haven't bought stocking holders yet. Will wanted his by the tree so he just laid under the tree for now. I made Will's stocking for him last year. I'm now working on mine so it'll match his.
On the mantle are numerous pics of family and friends. The one right behind me is an engagement photo of Will and me. My dear friend, Karen took our engagement pics.
Below the mantle are 1950's drive-in movie speakers. I cut a good deal on them at an antique store. They still work too. Of course you won't be getting any kind of surround sound, but it's fun to have.
Basically, my style is is contemporary meets retro. I love the 1950's nostalgia, but mixed with sleek and cool contemporary furnishings.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little tour. Thank you for visiting my little corner of the world!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
"The way a person parts [his or her] hair is related to many subconscious associations when assessed by others. Each hair part type initiates cycles of behavior toward, and response from, the individual. Over time, these cycles affect personality development." Basically, left parters are left brainers...logical, aggressive, and vocal. Right parters are right brainers...artsy, musical, listeners, and more sensitive. Pres. Jimmy Carter was advised to change his part while campaigning for presidency because people thought he was too soft. Hillary Clinton parts on the left. Martha Stewert parts hers on the right. Even in the movies... Clark Kent parts his hair on the right, while Superman parts his on the left...
Monday, December 1, 2008
We decorated our tree! It's fabulous and economical...
6 ft pre-lit tree- gifted by my uncle and aunt
decorations - on loan from Melissa
tree skirt - on loan from Melissa
We didn't have a tree and the prices of real trees are insane. Will and I decided to go the practical route this year. My uncle and aunt were buying a new tree so they gave us their old one. And since Melissa had a few color schemes of decorations, she was kind enough to let me and Will borrow some. Our free tree is so pretty!
Dinner with the family... Okay I realize I wore this purple top a week before, but it was clean by the time I wore it again :-) We had some of Will's family over for dinner and to my surprise, all of the ladies were wearing purple tops and jeans. Great minds think alike!
A couple of weeks ago Kimberly had a blog about a coupon holder she made. I checked out hers and Nikki's instructions and made one for someone who just started using coupons and was trying to organize them. It turned out so cute that I am making one for myself and for V.
Oh and I did get a new laptop. After a lot of thought, I decided that the prices of the laptops weren't worth camping out for. So in the late afternoon of Black Friday, I went to Office Depot to look for the computer I had been eyeing. The manager told me they were sold out, but that the sale was till Saturday and they were expecting a delivery truck that morning. So after my workout on Saturday, I ran over there and they had just gotten them in. I got the Black Friday price without losing any sleep. Yay! Thanks to those who gave me lots of good advice. I promise to put some of those tips to use in the future.
Now that the Thanksgiving Holiday is over, it's back to work. I'll be posting my daily outfit later tonight. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (or weekend if you're out of the US).