Making Time and Small Steps-Come to Jesus Friday

In this Vlog I discuss how I made time for workouts and the small steps I took during my 212lb weight loss journey.

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Raising a Vegetarian?

My oldest daughter Haley just turned 9. She announced to her daddy and I last night that she was no longer going to eat meat, she was becoming a vegetarian. James sat down with her and they throughly discussed what it means to be a vegetarian and WHY she wanted to become one. Her answer was quite simple: "I don't like the taste of meat. Or chicken. Or fish. I only eat it because you work so hard to make it, and I know that salmon is so good for me."

Okay. She's old enough to make these decisions. We'll support her.

Tonight for dinner I made a grilled chicken strawberry salad. I put it in front of each of the kids and Haley just looks at me "mama, I'm a vegetarian now." Oh shit, right I forgot! My bad!! I had already planned to make a big batch of my famous Black Bean soup, so I just started it a little bit early, and that's what she had and she gobbled it right down. I don't eat mammals and haven't for years. James rarely does, in fact I can't remember the last time he did. But we do eat a lot of fish. And we eat a lot of beans. I think Haley is going to be just fine with her decision to become a vegetarian.

As a family we also made the decision to go gluten free. We've been gluten free since Saturday (well, they have....I had beer at the Best Damn Race) and honestly it hasn't been difficult at all. We didn't eat that much before we made the switch, just snacky type of foods (GOLDFISH!! PRETZELS!!) that we're better off without. For lunch the kids have been taking rice cakes with almond butter and sliced apples on top, oat granola bars, Pirate Booty, Orange slices, and Clif Bar Fruit Ropes. Why did we decide to go gluten free? Ronin, James and Haley all have issues that can be explained by a gluten sensitivity and Ella and I are tagging along for the ride to support them. There are a TON of great alternatives available.

So, I'm reading labels like crazy for our family. No HFCS, no MSG, no wheat, no barley, no rye, no natural flavors (that likely means that there is gluten in the product) no this, no that, and I'm also reading labels for Matthew. No crappy food for him either.

That's what has been happening over here. Are you a vegetarian? Pescatarian? Carnivore? Omnivore? Gluten free? Any other dietary restrictions? Any recipes to share with me?? I'll share a little eye candy with you.

Fifty Shades of Yellow

The walls in this room should be painted red. The red room of pain. At least that's what I envisioned when i stepped foot in to my first Pilates Reformer class.  I stood over this machine, biting my lower lip, twirling my hair , wondering what the hell I had just signed up for.

I've been doing mat Pilates twice per week for over a month, and my instructor (who I love, her name is Jennifer, highly recommend!) was offering a 30 minute "intro to Reformer" class immediately following our normal Pilates class. I signed up weeks ago and she only takes 3 students at a time. I am still learning all the names, positions, etc., so basically I'll just post pics and try to describe what we did!

In this exercise she had us lay on our back, shoulders NOT pressed up in to the pads, feet touching at the heels, and then we pressed up, moving our entire body up, squeezing our inner thighs and butt. It was awesome. And hard.

Same movement, just changed foot position. Worked different muscles. Awesome.

And again, changing up the feet changed up the muscles.

 

These springs are what is giving the user all the resistance. Red is the most difficult, then blue, then yellow.

She had us remove all the springs EXCEPT the two red ones on either end, and then place our feet in the stirrups.

With our feet in the stirrups we slid our body up and down only using our feet. Another amazing feeling as different muscles were being asked to work!

 

I loved working on the Reformer machine. And would sign up for the class in a heartbeat. But it's expensive! For a 6 week class, 3X per week, it's $489. And that's in addition to my monthly gym membership. For now, I'll have to be satisfied with Mat Pilates and hope that I can win some sort of Wellness Center contest to get myself in the Reformer class.

Pilates has done amazing things for my body in a relatively short period of time. My inner thighs are gaining massive amounts of strength. My hip flexors are loosening up which is enabling me to be a faster runner and cyclist. Pilates has also done wonders on my core. My obliques are becoming "somewhat" chiseled and I'm able to do more difficult core work for longer periods of time. I am still having some issues with the tightness of my hamstrings, but I can tell that Pilates will help me to work through that, and it gives me a goal to work towards! Double win!

Have you taken a Pilates Reformer class? Does your gym charge extra for it??