Pushing All my Buttons (mamavation Monday)

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I’m a procrastinator.

There, I said it out loud.

I won’t try and fix a problem (with myself…my kids get IMMEDIATE attention) until it’s a pretty big deal.

And my weight has been a pretty big deal for long enough. I went through the Mamavation campaign, and then my life kinda fell apart at the seams (and everywhere in between) so it was easy to let the exercise routine and everything else fall by the wayside.

(I wish my Gruve still worked….that was a handy tool :( If BodyBugg wants to give me a bugg, I wouldn’t say no….and would probably wear it EVERYWHERE.)

So now is the time.

Procrastination is over and done with and I’m sick of being this size.

I’m also harder on myself than I am on anyone else. If I fail, I’m super disappointed. If I succeed, I wonder if I could have succeeded even MORE if I tried harder.

So I need to try. More. Right now.

Week 2 of roller derby boot camp was yesterday too. And I was hell-bent and determined not to make a total ass of myself out there on the rink.

So I worked this week. I went hiking and I ran around with the kids and I bartered someone for a weighted hula hoop that’s supposed to help with strengthening my core.

And I did it. I made it through another booty camp without stopping. I didn’t sit down (well, I did twice, to have some water) and I fell a half dozen times, but I know how to fall. So I didn’t hurt myself.

And the only thing that was sore this morning was my lower back, which just means I need to work my core more this week.

GUESS WHAT? I lost 1.6 pounds this week! I can’t wait to see what happens when I adjust my diet too :)

Hope you all have a GREAT week, and work just a little bit harder for yourself this week :)

Stay tuned for a fun giveaway and a review or two, and maybe a post :D

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That’s more like it.

So with all of the drama happening behind the scenes here at Bruises in the Frosting, things are rather exciting.

It takes so much more time to do anything because we overanalyze everything and I’m not sleeping well because my brain never really shuts off.

But last week, we went in the pool a lot. And we played a lot. And I got up off the couch and moved a lot.

And it shows. Not only am I down 2.8 pounds, but I also now fit in a pair of size 16 jeans! Jeans I wore prepregnancy! And! I can breathe in them!

So all in all, a good week. I’m going to keep on fighting the good fight, hanging out lots with the kiddos and hopefully this week I can stick with the GruntStyle Challenge…..

20110801-012155.jpgAs for the Mamavation question of the week:

 

What are the next big goals you want to tackle?

 

I want to run my 5k. I also want to get through the dang 2 week GruntStyle challenge that I keep starting and can never finish…..

This week starts anew. And I’m ready to kill it. :)

 

This post is sponsored by Flatout Bread and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No good, very bad week.

This week sucked. Not going to lie.

Despite having all of you tweet me or text me or call me to encourage me to get up off the couch and drink more water, it got away from me.

And before I realized it, it’s Sunday and I’m weighing in and seeing I gained. Three freaking pounds.

My luck has run out, as far as weight loss goes. I can’t shimmy along and not put any work in and expect results.

So I’m picking myself up, dusting myself off and starting all over again. I’m cleaning all the junk out of or cabinets. I’m getting everyone in my house to quit smoking. I’m banning soda altogether because it’s just too easy when some people in my house are drinking a liter a day. (not me)

And I’m moving my butt. The couch is not my friend.

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Steady now….

It’s been one of those weeks. The one where everything starts going so fast and it’s all we can do to keep up with the pace….

I wanted to post a loss this week. But I didn’t work for it. I haven’t worked out, therefore I don’t get to see results.

Yes, I’ve been holding steady….but I’m lucky. I can’t reach my goals sitting around on my butt and wishing and hoping and thinking and praying. It doesn’t work that way.

So this next week, if y’all could help me out and give me a little push when you see me….ask me how much water I’ve had. Ask me how I moved today.

I can do it with a little help from my friends :)

No loss this week…but no gain either!

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Blogging Carnival Question!

 

What has been your favorite Grunt Style workout? 

 

I have to say my favorite @gruntstyle workout is the Puke Me Please! It’s actually the only one I’ve done so far….I need to work a little harder this week on getting into the two week challenge!

 

This post is sponsored by Grunt Style and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Grunt Style.

 

 

 

 

 

Not such a big loss….

It’s been a weird week. Summer is in full swing and we are trying to keep up with the onslaught of playdates and events and local stuff going on.

Sometimes it’s hard to squeeze in good exercise and nutrition when things are coming at you rapid-fire like balls in a batting cage….but with our CSA running full swing for the summer, we at least are getting our veggies!!

There was a TINY loss this week after a pretty big gain last week, but a loss nonetheless. 0.8 pound loss!

Hope you are all having a great week!

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CSA love

So we have been picking up our CSA box at the Bellingham Farmers Market for two weeks now, and the novelty just doesn’t wear off.

This week is still looking a little on the green side, but I’m totally geeked about doing something with all of this green.

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Mamavation Monday: Post-Apocalyptic Workouts

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So as I hinted to in my last post, I had a pretty big week. I had a giant explosion of “OMG” and have been dealing with the resulting fallout.

And often in times like these, people (like the “Old Me”) seek comfort in food.

New Me has a different approach. All veggies.

I ate a lot of veggies this week. And I put a lot of stuff in jars. I’ve discovered that if I am feeling bad, I don’t necessarily want to EAT food, I apparently want to CREATE it.

So I made yogurt. And cheese. And bread. And Rhubarb BBQ Sauce. And more jam.

And all of that movement through the kitchen (even though I didn’t work out a stitch) and cleaning the house and moving furniture and generally not doing a lot of sitting down….I maintained this week.

No loss, no gain.

Usually when I hit a point of stress (and this is the most stress I’ve been under since I worked at The Evil Empire), I expect to gain at LEAST 10-15 pounds. If not more.

So maintaining is a good start.

And now I’ll work on getting workouts in to my schedule. And making sure I continue to do good things for my body.

Because my body is NOT A TRASH CAN. I need to stop putting garbage in it.

Hope you all are having a fabulous week!

Side note: whomever created glittery bathtub “crayons” should come over to my house, look at my sparkly bathtub, my glittery Twilight vampire baby and the side of my face (which seems to have broken out in a glittery rash) and tell me that glitter belongs in the hands of toddlers.

That is all.

Sometimes.

Sometimes it sucks.

Sometimes you don’t want to get up out of bed and it seems like all of the people you encounter are cranky at you. It looks like your entire Facebook news feed and your Twitter stream and your email are full of people hating on something.

Sometimes it sucks to be you.

These are the days that you might have to try a little harder, jump a little higher, and drag your butt up off of that couch when really that spot you spent the last 2 years wearing down for yourself is so very tempting.

Sometimes you have shit that comes up and makes you just not feel like eating healthy.

Sometimes your friends keep inviting you out for ice cream, which makes you want to punch them in the jejunum, but you don’t because they are your friends and they’ll probably frown on that sort of thing.

Sometimes all you want is a Triscuit.

Sometimes you really just feel like lying in bed all day and making someone else deal with your to-do list. Sometimes your kids are screaming so loud and trying to change the channel while you do your workout DVD and you stand there while the lady on the TV jumps around and you wonder if this is all worth it.

The more you tell yourself that you’d rather be fat, the more you’ll sink back into it.

The more you say “Eh, it’s ok if I skip one day”, the more likely it is you’ll skip far more than one.

You want to be a better person. Be it for you, for your kids, for your dog, for your invisible friend. You want a better you.

And I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if my ass is gonna get smaller without some effort.

As a wise man once said:

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having,

except as a result of hard work.

Last night was my last night as a Mamavation mom. (You can check out my “finale” post here) Now comes my struggle with doing this on my own, without having to check in with anyone and without having the support of the whole Mamavation crew behind me.

This is just the beginning for me. I’m starting MMA boot camp 2x a week this week (yay for 5am!) and the Couch to 5k program so I can run a WHOLE 5k (instead of walk and run) with my BFF at the end of summer.

I’m going to be skating more, if I can ever get the Overlord to watch the baby.

I’m not stopping here. Oh no.

Rooty Tooty, Fresh and Tofutti!

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I don’t eat a lot of red meat, so tofu usually fills in that void in my diet.

Recently, Richard from Tofu Xpress sent me one of their sweet little devices to try out. I was a little skeptical about the benefits of squeezing all of the liquid out of tofu….isn’t the point of tofu to be a meat replacement? And don’t you kind of WANT your “meat” to be moist?

So I did some research. Read a bunch of tofu recipes (normally I hand Chef the tofu and say “abracadabra!” or something equally odd and he makes it into food for me). Figured out that YES you DO want to squeeze the water out of tofu.

photo from TofuXpress.com

This makes room for the marinade to soak into the tofu, since tofu itself doesn’t really have a taste, per se. When you press the water out of the tofu, it also changes the texture of it, making it easier to grill or bake.

Enter the Tofu Xpress.

I checked out a couple of homemade ways that you could squeeze all of the water out of the tofu….but since you kinda need to refrigerate the whole shebang while pressing, they weren’t really convenient. Or a good use of your kitchen items, as shown to the left there….

So here’s how you work the TofuXpress:

  1. Take your tofu.
  2. Put it into the bottom half of the TofuXpress.
  3. Press the top half on and rotate until locked.
  4. Put in the refrigerator.
  5. Done.
No need to build a tower of bowls, no tofu water all over your counters, done.
Just pour out the water and that’s it. Simple, right?
You can also use it to squeeze your frozen chopped spinach, chopped onions, sliced eggplant…you can use it to make vegan cheese too (make sure you use the optional Light Tension Spring to do that last one)! We used it to squeeze the water and gunk out of a can of black beans a few days ago.
So if you eat tofu, I’d totally recommend looking in to getting one. It’s a pretty handy gadget to have.

I received a Tofu Xpress from TofuXpress.com to review for my blog. No other compensation was provided for this review.

Liar Liar

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The post I wrote for Mamavation Monday a few weeks ago….was really hard for me to publish.

It’s one thing to write in my own little journal about being fat and how it feels living in sweatshirts and yoga pants and hiding behind other people in photos, and how painful it is for me to realize that nobody did this to this body but ME….but it’s another to take photos of my pale self and post them on the internet for everyone to see and comment on.

Like my high school friends. And people who knew me back in the day when I weighed 115 pounds.

But you know what?

It’s ok. It’s part of my healing process, and the more people I know have seen me at my worst (in shiny booty shorts and a sports bra, apparently), the more I’m compelled NOT to eat all day long, and not to bag off on a workout. And to stick with my diet and even tell you that I have only lost a pound in the past few weeks.

Taking my scale picture to send to Leah was really hard for me. I was disappointed in myself, I was horrified I was letting people down…I just wanted to eat something and make it all go away.

But I didn’t.

I worked out a lot…but I also snacked a lot. And I made some pretty crappy food choices. And I could have pushed myself more.

But I didn’t.

And if I told you I ate all of that crap in my daily food journals on Bookieboo and I faked losing weight this week, it would do me no good. And as a Mamavation Mom, it would do you no good.

Reminds me of an episode of House where a lady who’s a weight loss guru and pushed NOT having the stomach surgeries….turns out she had her stomach stapled or something.

She was putting on a mask, pretending to be someone she’s not.

And that’s part of my weight loss journey is not lying. Not pretending that I’m trying really hard when I’m not. Admitting that I fall down sometimes and that I’m not perfect.

But the biggest part that I have to hang on to is that I am no one else but me. This Mamavation Mom journey is mine, and nobody else’s. I cannot compare myself to other people, or I will lose every time.

And I’m in it to win it.

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