3 rounds for time (9:58)
20 box jumps
15 Russian Kettlebells
10 air squats
5 plank ball push
1 scaled rope climb
Run club (2 mile walk/run, about 25 minutes)
Run club (2 mile walk/run)
Filthy Fifty (35 min.)
Spinning (60 min.)
Run club (2.75 run, about 30 min.)
The workouts have been good this week but my eating? Not so much.
I set the fire alarm off in our hotel on Monday while boiling water and sautéing veggies for lunch so I’ve kind of given up on cooking for the most part.
After run club on Wednesday I did the Filthy Fifty forgetting that the last time I did it was scaled down to 25.
It hurts to brush my hair.
I haven’t been able to lift anything since Thursday.
Boo DOMS. The pain means everything is working though, right?
Yesterday we went to the farmers market and signed up for our first CSA. I’m excited for five months of fresh fruits and veggies.
I’m even more excited that we finally move in to our house on Wednesday.
Then on Thursday we finally get our household goods so I can take an Epsom salt bath and wear different clothes. It’s going to be a good week Now I’m just hoping everything shows up in one piece.
First, let me preface this by once again letting you all know that I’m not an expert by any means and have no official training.
If you’re OK with that, read on.
I’ve heard from a couple of different people that no matter how much they exercise and how little they eat they’re still not losing weight.
Story of my life.
I figured I’d share what’s worked for me in the past because I’ve been in that situation plenty of times. Here’s what works for me now.
And surprise, it’s not cupcakes.
Eat real food.
I try and stick to eating paleo (everything a caveman would eat) about 80 percent of the time. I feel better when I limit pasta bread and other starches and eat an abundance of leafy greens, fruits and veggies. You can eat a lot of food and still lose or maintain your weight if you just stop putting crap in your body on a daily basis. I’ve switched cow’s milk for almond milk with the exception of my skinny vanilla lattes at Starbucks. I try and seek out new veggie sides on the regular and I sub squash or zucchini for pasta in some of my favorite dishes. I still eat yogurt and small amounts of cheese but it’s a lot easier than I would have ever imagined to stick to meat, veg and fruit.
And more or maybe less of it.
You may need to reevaluate your caloric intake after working toward your ideal weight for awhile. The 200 pound body you may have started with needed more calories than the 180 or 160 pound body you’re working with now. I like this calculator on Calorie Count.
If decreasing your caloric intake still doesn’t work after a week or two you may need to increase it. I meet a lot of people who subsist on nothing but coffee until dinner. I don’t know how they do it because I’d be ready to punch someone in the face but you may not be eating enough calories. Can’t win, right? Try increasing your calorie target by 200 to 300 calories for a few days and see what happens.
Change it up. So you’ve been hitting the elliptical like a beast and nothing is happening. Add some strength training. Lifting the same weights three times a week and progress has stopped? Lift heavier and/or add some cardio. I can attest to the fact that just cardio or endurance training will get you nowhere. While training for my first half marathon I thought the weight would just fall off because of all the miles I was logging weekly but I actually gained weight! What, gives right? Well, all that training makes a girl hungry. I ate because I was hungry and even while burning a shiz ton of calories I stayed the SAME. EXACT. WEIGHT. I could seriously run half marathons and not lose a single pound. It wasn’t until I added strength training that I broke the plateau. You can do it. Don’t get discouraged. It takes time.
Write it down.
Speaking of eating a shiz ton of calories, it’s still possible to overeat even when you’re eating clean. I’ve found logging every single bite (green veggies are free) that goes into my mouth the easiest way to maintain or lose. You can use websites like SparkPeople or Calorie Count, both of which have apps on Android (not sure about the iPhone). Good old pencil and paper works as well. A bite of cheese here, some grapes there, tasting the paleo marinara sauce at dinner. It adds up so write it down, peeps.
So you may have noticed that three of these four tips have to do with what you put in your mouth. There’s the old saying, “Abs are made in the gym but revealed in the kitchen.” True story bro. You can workout all you want but if you keep eating garbage you’re going to look and feel like garbage. No excuses. Cut it out and see how quickly your body will thank you for fueling it better.
Disclaimer: This is what’s worked for me personally and all of these steps may not work for you. For more guidance and advice consult your doctor or a certified fitness professional.
I’ve passed this place a few times since we moved and just had to stop in on the way to lunch on Friday.Worth every cent.
These weren’t quite as good as my beloved Sweet! but they’re a close second. The chocolate chocolate chip was to die for and the strawberries and cream tasted like strawberry ice cream. SO good.
The hours are a little inconvenient (Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 to 6) but it’s worth the stop. They offer a military discount and on Fridays they sell packs of minis so you can sample a few flavors instead of indulging in just one ginormous cupcake.
I brought the leftovers home for J and then took another one for the team.J polished off the rest.
The Sweetest Batch Cupcakery is located at 2237 Lowes Drive, Clarksville, TN 37040.
Spin class (60 min.) Tuesday
Elliptical (35 min.)
Arms and Abs circuit (bent over row, tricep extensions, alt. bicep curls, Russian twists) Wednesday
Turbokick (60 min.) Thursday
Elliptical (35 min.)
3 mile run (About to head out)
I’m trying so hard not to go a week between posts but it’s been so busy.
With J around again I haven’t had as much motivation to sit on my computer/phone/iPad as I did while he was away at basic. It’s even worse that I have so many platforms now to blog from and still don’t want to sit and do it! Going out and meeting new people has been so much more fun. I promise I’ll try harder. Forgive me. Pretty please?
I did try harder with the workouts this week and even managed to maintain my weight with another cupcake run (when in Rome…or something like that, right?).
I couldn’t resist passing up a new (to me) cupcake shop on the way to lunch at Panera the other day (review to come soon).
I’ve spent the week with a wonderful group of women gyming it up and socializing at Military Spouse Appreciation Week events. J and I also got some more errands done (TriCare, vet registration, switching primary bank accounts, trip to the commissary) and I FINALLY GOT THE BEETLE OF MY DREAMS!It’s been such a good week.
We even found a good local restaurant for dinner tonight. I got the most amazing butternut squash ravioli at The Looking Glass. I feel like I’m running out of adjectives but they were for real delicious.
When we pulled into Clarksville on the interstate I was honestly kind of down about our move. Living five minutes from every store imaginable in Orlando is very different from living five minutes from all the pawn shops, liquor stores and booby bars imaginable. I miss The Waterford Lakes Town Center, people watching with mimosas at brunch in Downtown Winter Park and even touristy Citywalk.
I miss landscaping and manicured medians on city streets and hidden power lines.
The Looking Glass reminded me of restaurants in Gainesville which was nice. There were regulars, the place was quirky and the menu was local and fresh. We finished right at closing and even talked to the chef for a little bit. It’s a place we’ll be going back to for sure.
The restaurant gave me hope that there are other hidden gems in town to discover. I hear the farmers market starts next weekend downtown and I plan to go and check out the local eats. Any suggestions from the locals?
So we didn’t get into Atlanta early enough this past week to make it to the Atlanta Cupcake Factory in VaHi. Sadness.
J was craving one of their chili chocolate cupcakes something fierce and well, I just really wanted a cupcake, so we stopped at Gigi’s in Buckhead on the way out of town.It was probably one of the better decisions of our trip. I got an Oreo cupcake because they didn’t have red velvet and it was freaking delicious. J got a mini cherry cheesecake because they didn’t have anything that compared to what he was craving. He said it was good but no chili chocolate from Atlanta Cupcake Factory.
Guess that just means we have another trip to Atlanta in our future and I’m not one to argue with that logic.
Zumba Instructor Training (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
1 mile treadmill run (10:13)
Elliptical (10 min.) Wednesday
5.2 mile run around post (60 min., 11:32 pace) Thursday
Zumba (40 min.)
I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been so busy with the move but I’m back!
J and I are settled into our hotel while we wait for on post housing. Tomorrow we pick Rico up from the airport in Nashville and our family will be complete again, although slightly inconvenienced.
We were given two choices for housing on post based on J’s rank.
The Hammond Heights Multiplexes are in a great location across from the PX and a Starbucks but it has butt ass ugly linoleum flooring throughout the entire unit, including the bedrooms. It’s available sooner than our second offer (May 23) but dear God, THIS:Source
And why anyone would put linoleum in a bedroom I’m not 100 percent sure.
The leasing agent also offered us Werner Park which is in a nice, quiet residential area with a larger backyard, a garage and generally nicer everything but it’s farther from everything and not available until June 8.
I ran to both on Wednesday and took pictures for J. We thought about it for a day and decided on Hammond Heights because of the location and the wait list.
Living in a hotel is getting pricey even with the 10 days of paid lodging the Army provides. And, well, there’s a Starbucks so that was a huge selling point for me. There isn’t much in the way of fine dining here. Fancy coffee might be as close as I’ll get.
Our plans are to get some clickable flooring from IKEA the next time we’re in driving distance (their shipping is crazy!) for the bedroom and an area rug for the living room. I also want to paint before our household goods are delivered and replace the outlet covers and cabinet hardware. Small changes. Call me a princess, but I can’t live with all of that ugly.
Living off post was an option until we drove through the area and decided there were a little too many trailers, pawn shops and titty bars for our liking.
We were also offered LaPointe and another neighborhood I can’t remember the name of but they were both apartment style. I’m so excited to have a yard for Rico! Can’t wait!
Time for bed so w can head out early to pick up our fur baby. Good night!
Any first timer PCS tips you can give a newbie milspouse?
The move to our FDS has started. Somehow we need to get all of this into our car for the two day drive to Fort Campbell. Haven’t started that just yet. Right now the movers are finishing up packing everything in boxes and will soon start loading the truck. Then I guess we’re sleeping on the floor for the night and we’ll be off tomorrow.
I’m excited for the move, more so now that the stress of scheduling movers is gone.
The hardest part of this move so far has been not knowing when, who or how our stuff was going to be picked up.
It’s kind of crazy how disorganized it’s been. From not being able to receive hard copy orders because J would “get them when he got them” to not knowing if someone would be picking up our things or we’d be moving them ourselves, I’m definitely ready for it to be over.
On to the road trip next.
After graduation last Friday, we said our goodbyes to my family and J and I headed up to Atlanta for the weekend with his parents. We had a quick dinner at The Real Chow Baby in Midtown after checking in to the Doubletree near Emory. Then it was bedtime because the next morning we were heading to the Georgia Aquarium. I love it there. The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest and it’s got really impressive tanks and all kinds of neat things to look at. We first went into a room that you go through on a moving walkway under a tunnel of fish. This big one was having a staring contest.The aquarium also has a football field sized tank made by Home Depot. One of the rooms has a full wall of fish. They keep it dark and it looks awesome. Whale sharks and manta rays swim right by.I love the penguins. They’re my favorite. Instead of boring you to death with words though, here are some more pictures. We did World of Coke next. These next few pictures make it look like I went on vacation by myself but I promise J was with me. Someone had to hold the camera, right?
I got to hold an Olympic torch which is pretty freaking cool. It’s much heavier than it looks. At least they only have to run a mile.
For our final day in Atlanta we did the CNN tour and ate lunch at Rosebud in VaHi before taking separate flights home. We took a Southwest.com booked AirTran flight home and it was eh. We didn’t pay for bags (awesome) and got to take the military lane through security (double awesome) but AirTran isn’t my favorite airline.
I did get to see my second husband in the gift shop though so I guess that made it OK.
My husband. JK.
This was the one “touristy” thing I’ve yet to do and it was different. From a journo perspective it’s interesting to see the behind the scenes of broadcast, although I still don’t consider what the anchors are doing to be ”real” news. Local TV news and man on the street interviews? Yes. Teleprompters feeding stories reported by other people. Not so much.We’ll be back in Atlanta on Sunday to drive through on our way to Fort Campbell. I’ve got my eyes on a cupcake from The Atlanta Cupcake Factory. They were closed when we tried to go on Monday.
(Planned for later today)
3 rounds for time
30 box jumps
It will be nice to get back to the box. I’m going to stop in and pay the $10 drop-in rate since my membership has expired and I only have a few days left until we move.
I’m looking forward to feeling the burn tomorrow but let’s get back to graduation!We started off with the band. Graduation started at 9 but we got there at 7:30, 30 minutes before they let us into the bleachers to find seats. We ended up right in the middle but almost at the top. No big deal. I actually preferred the view.
There was a 60 percent chance of rain in the morning so there was some confusion the night before as to whether or not the soldiers needed to wear ACUs or dress uniforms. I got a call around 10 asking me to bring them by but to our surprise (and pleasure) the rain held up just until we were done taking pictures.The soldiers entered through a mock battlefield. There was colored smoke. I’m not sure what that was about but it looked pretty cool.They explained what all of the job descriptions and weapons. Apparently all the graduates thought this part was super lame but it was my favorite.A Company (right) and D Company (left) graduated together.
About an hour later, after some inspirational speeches, moments of silence and recognizing the veterans in the audience we got to take our soldier home.We went to the transportation office to try and set up our move (they’re coming tomorrow eek!) and then went back to the National Infantry Museum. It was really nice inside so I recommend it but I was too hungry to be all that interested. We had lunch at 2:30 at the Fife & Drum Restaurant and Bar inside the museum. OK and convenient. Nothing to write home about.
I’m so happy to be home but just a little stressed about the move.
Up next: our weekend in Atlanta.