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Week 3 – Whole30

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This past week was tough! My hardest week thus far and I’ll try to explain why, or at least what I’ve learned.

-  Hot Pumpkin tea is where it’s at!

- My body now recognizes processed food and instantly wants to reject them. I’ll spear you the details, it’s TMI. You are welcome.

- But with that said, I still made less than favorable choices all week. We ate out, I made pasta, and I enjoyed a pumpkin cookie once or twice.

- I’ve noticed a change in my sleep patterns too. I don’t know if it’s directly correlated to the food, or a combination of food choices and stress.

- A lot of personal things happened this week and through them I learned something about myself and my relationship with food.

- When I am stressed or am having negative feelings (sad, mad, anxious, etc.) I either want to pig out on junk food or eat nothing at all. Luckily, I have no junk food in the house anymore. I would have to go out of my way to obtain some, and by that time it isn’t worth it anymore.

- I’ve also noticed that I am not actually hungry in most of these instances where I want to binge on junk. Simply grabbing a bottle of water curbs the issue.


- Something I need help with: changing up breakfast in the morning. Especially when I have to run out the door in a hurry it’s hard for me to get creative.

- My focus for Week 4 has to be on Food. That’s what this is all about, after all. Good, whole, clean FOOD.

- I’ve already decided that I will do the Whole30 again. I need it. My body needs it.

Weigh in results:

Monday, October 1st: 220.2
Monday, October 8th: 216.4
Monday, October 15th: 215.0
Monday, October 22nd: 214.9

You can see my tough week reflected in the weight loss. Headstrong onto Week 4…

Fall Goals

“When we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right.” – Walt Disney

Sometimes, when at work, I have the most brilliant ideas and thoughts. I often surprise myself. As my the big race  looms closer I have given a lot of thought to my goals/resolutions/priorities and projects.

For me, resolutions (goals for the entire year) are often made to be  too lofty and I lose focus on them because I have a whole year to complete it. It’s one of those things that I always think I have enough time to complete or get to, but in reality I always put it off because there will always be more time.

In the past I have also done monthly goals to go along side the resolutions, to simultaneously help one another get accomplished. Somehow or another one month always proves to be just a tad to short.

Clearly, I struggle with getting my personal goals accomplished sometimes but I really like making them and pushing myself.

Early this summer I secretly made a little “Summer Goal List” which included: unplug, save money, take vitamins regularly, and eat more yogurt.

Over the summer I went from rarely eating yogurt to eating it 2-3 times per week. I take a multi vitamin and Biotin daily. I spent a lot of time off of the twitters, Facebook, and other inter-webs. I didn’t save a whole lot of money, but I did manage to pay off some very important bills and that’s always a win!

Wouldn’t you know that a more manageable list, with a time frame that wasn’t long enough for me to forget about or so short that I felt rushed, worked like a charm! “Seasonal” goals are just right!! For me.

For most Labor Day is the end of summer. Sadly, that is not the case in Florida but I am already in the Fall/Autumn like spirit so I have prepared my Fall Goals!

  1. Maintain an A average in math. – It’s hard, friends! This might be the hardest one!
  2. Workout 5 days a week leading up to Race Day!
  3. Add a glucosamine supplement to my daily vitamins. – Hoping this will help with some foot pains.
  4. More water and more fresh foods.
  5. No Starbucks drink larger than Grande. – I love fall & holiday drinks at Starbucks and can easily drink Venti’s. Downsizing a few ounces is a huge step.

Now that I’ve got my Fall Goals in place I need a cold front to get rid the heat and humidity and few colorful leaves to start gracing my front yard!

The Inaugural Tower of Terror 10 Miler

For years Disney ran the Tower of Terror 13k, but 2009 was the last year for that race. This year they brought it back as a 10 miler. I was giddy with excitement from the moment we registered.

Picking up where I left off…

We loaded our bus and quickly my nerves took over. I wanted my mommy.

Once we arrive to the parking lot of Hollywood Studios, which doubled as the waiting/starting area, my nerves settled down again. It was a huge dance party with 10,500 of my closest Run Disney friends. We even did the Carlton – Fresh Prince, anyone?

It was a warm 84 degrees at 10:30pm and humidity was close to 100%. I was a hot sweaty mess just waiting in our corral. Soon it was go time. The music was pumping, the MC’s were fun and encouraging, and the fireworks flared to signal the start of each corral. It was a magical send off.

We headed towards the highway and I was feeling really good. The first mile was a breeze, but the climb to the highway was a tricky one – going up an on ramp, on an incline. This didn’t make my ankle feel to good, but we pushed on.

Mile two came and went. Mile three I started to slow down. By mile 4 I was starting to doubt everything. I was in a lot of pain. My side/stomach was cramping and my hand was swelling. I had never had my hand swell before, but it was happening to a lot of other racers too. Paramedics on bicycles were giving people tips and tricks to keep the swelling down.

At this point I was struggling to keep a 15 minute pace and was feeling so defeated. We were at the half way point, I could see the signs for mile 5, but I wanted to give up. Alex wouldn’t let me. He talked me through every step, every mile, and up every bridge.

We cried, laughed, and encouraged other that were struggling – there were a lot who were struggling. The heat and humidity were so bad that people were throwing up on the side of the road. Thankfully, Alex and I were not effected like that but it was heartbreaking to see happen to other racers.

I never felt so many emotions in one time span. Nervous, excited, happy, sad, scared, and disappointed. It was a rush! Honestly, despite my struggles to this point the miles seemed to pass rather quickly.

My one fear all along was getting swept. When I decided to give up I forgot to think how upset I would be if I didn’t finish. More so, I didn’t think how disappointed Alex would be. When that realization set in I was a bucket of tears again and it was time to kick it in to gear.

Mile 6 was off-road and down a gravel path which proved a little tricky to navigate in the night. Mentally I was preparing myself for what was about to happen. The RunDisney volunteers were cheering and officials were reminding everyone how far behind the pace we all were.

Mile 7 was as far as we went. A bunch of us joked that we would link arms and keep on going, but race officials made note of our numbers and told us we needed to board the bus. We all fell so far behind pace that they could not let us go any further. I buried my face in Alex’s chest and cried out all the feelings I had been feeling throughout the night. I was devastated that I didn’t finish, and I was crushed that I let Alex down.

Countless people had been pulled off the course before us, but the 40 or so of us that boarded the bus at mile 7 were the last to get pulled off.

It was an emotional ride back to Hollywood Studios and I wasn’t ready to face my failures. The official on board was perky and sweet – I wanted to punch her in the face! Not joking.

We were informed that because we made it to mile 7, Disney’s “Magic Mile” for this race, we would all receive the race medal.

I got off the bus, took my medal from the volunteer that greeted us, and made my was through the finishers tent. I didn’t even want to put on the medal, or take the official pictures (not to mention the picture line was crazy long!).

Alex tried to reassure me that we had done the best we could and I should be proud for taking the risk. I was in tears again, and they were not the happy tears shed by many of the other runners.

We found Alex’s parents and they comforted me while sympathizing at the same time. They were proud of our efforts and accomplishments.

It was well after midnight, we were tired and starving. Bacon cheeseburgers and a beer were all I could focus on. Once we settled down and my stomach was content I was able to see the bright side of things and reflect on lessons learned.

It was a long, emotional night. Looking back I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I wouldn’t have done with anyone else by my side. Alex was a blessing because I know I wasn’t strong enough to make it that far without him.

We posted pictures of us with our medals on Facebook and sent them to family, just commenting on the fact that we got our medals – we got what we came for. It’s still hard for me to swallow that we didn’t cross the finish line.

Posts still to come:
- Lessons, Emotions, and What’s Next
- Dear Alex
- Week 1 of Whole30 / October Unprocessed

Hot Dogs and Scones {Recipe}

Two things that don’t generally go together, but on this particular day, they did!

Last Friday (1/18) Alex and I met his cousin at our favorite hot dog shop in Downtown Melbourne, Fl. Mustard’s Last Stand! It’s a delicious little place for the hot dog fan in everyone!

mustardThe first picture on the left is by their drive through. It’s quite extensive!

With so many options all three of us were able to order something to satisfy our unique cravings.

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What we ordered, from top left to bottom right:

– Cattle Dog: hot dog (turkey dog in my case) topped with grilled onions, BBQ sauce, bacon, and cheddar.
– The Cowboy: hot dog and bacon, wrapped in a tortilla, deep-fried, then topped with chili and cheddar.
– Potato chips: sliced and fried for every order!
– Pesto Dog: hot dog topped with pesto, tomato, Parmesan, and Swiss.
– Potato Pancakes: cut and fired for every order. Served with Applesauce and sour cream.

DELICIOUS!

We absolutely love going to Mustard’s. Sitting outside on their patio and people watching is a favorite hobby!

Now, for more deliciousness.

Alex and I found ourselves in a baking mood after our hot dog outing and Cinnamon Scones seemed to fit the bill. Now, I’ll be honest with you guys.  Recipes and pictures are not the first thing that comes to mind when I am in the kitchen. Unfortunately, that means I only have one lousy picture to share with you of the end result. Don’t let the picture deceive your taste buds! I’ll get better at this, I promise!

Cinnamon Pecan Scones

Serves 12
Calories per scone: 290

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped, chilled
1 extra large egg beaten
1/2 heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven for 425 and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, and the 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Slice the stick of butter into more manageable slices. Then, using your fingers break it apart into small chunks and mix into the flour mixture.

In a small bowl combine the eggs and cream, then add to the flour mixture. Mix everything until just blended together. Sometimes it’s easier to used your fingers.

Place the dough on a lightly floured board and knead for 1 minute. Roll dough into a rectangle that is approximately 8×12 inches.

Brush the dough with the melted butter, be sure to get all the edges too.

Combine and mix all the ingredients for the filling then spread evenly across the dough. Next, you will roll the dough up, jelly roll style. Roll one 12 inch side onto itself so you are left with a roll about 12 inches long. Pinch the seam and corners to make sure they are well sealed.

Cut into 12 one-inch thick slices and place on baking sheet. They don’t need to be in any perfect shape, they still taste good.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until scones are turning golden brown.

ENJOY! They are extra delicious when fresh out of the oven and topped with a little whipped cream.

Slow and Steady

It’s Monday! I swear time is flying by!

Yesterday Alex and I hit the gym for workout number two of the new year. I did cardio and weights, he just did weights.

I want to be able to work up a good sweat all while easing my way back into running jogging. So I hit the treadmill for 35 minutes of cardio and came up with a nice balance of slow and steady. My heart rate was up, I was sweating, and the calories were burning. Best of all, it was another pain free workout! :: thumbs up! ::

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It is likely that I will stick to this routine for a few days until it becomes comfortable, then I will change it up. The last thing I want to do is have another set back or flare up.

 

Once I was done with cardio I hit the weight machines for an arm workout. Man, I hate arm workouts!

 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Monday. I am working until 1 pm then I will be in countdown mode until the kickoff of the BCS National Championship game. I will be the crazy girl who is decked out from head to toe, yelling and screaming, just hoping my Seminoles bring home the victory!

 

GO NOLES! >>–;;–>>

 

 

Weekly Recap: Week 1

Every Sunday morning (hopefully) I will be posting a recap of the previous week (Sunday – Saturday). It will consist of all workouts from the previous week and my weigh in from that morning.

Week one with all the glory of newness and possibility. I spent most of the week getting my head right, cleaning out the pantry, and focusing on a cleaner diet of less sugar and carbs. After my initial weigh in of the year, and the reality of my “before” pictures, I am really pleased with my loss and efforts this week. Beyond week one, I really want this time to be a New Beginning.

Weigh in:

Today –  220.0
Previous (1/1) –  222.0
Difference since 1/1/2014 –  -2 pounds

Workouts:

I only did two, but it’s two more than I had been doing previously.

12/29 – 1 mile walk.

12/30 – none

12/31 – none

1/1 – none

1/2 – none

1/3 – Rejoined the gym and completed a workout. 42 minutes on the treadmill with varying intervals and inclines. Along with a cool down and stretching. I burned 459 calories.

1/4 – none.

I think focusing on cleaner eating, and limiting the mindless snacking really helped with me this week. Re-learning good habits is going to be tough. Onward to week two!

A Happy Seminole

I may have yelled so much that my voice is scratchy.

I may have had a minor heart attack for all the drama.

I may have cried enough that my make up ran.

But this morning I am a very happy Florida State Seminole.

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The quality of pictures taken with a cell phone of a TV screen. High tech, I know. ;)

Along with all the other Seminole fans, I am going to ride our Unconquered high and celebrate a championship.

We can now get back to talking about the weather. Regularly scheduled blogging will resume after I burn off some energy at the gym later today.

Friday Five #1 {Random Thoughts}

Happy Friday! Thank goodness! For a holiday week I sure am exhausted and ready for the weekend to be here. I need to go into work Monday morning for a few hours otherwise I have a four-day weekend starting at noon today!  ::cue happy songs::

For your reason enjoyment, here are five totally random things.

1 – After a little more than a year since our last membership, Alex and I are rejoining the gym today.  Who can beat $1 down and $10 a month? Not me! Thank you, Planet Fitness!

2 – I am rereading It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. If you haven’t heard of the Whole30 or read this book I highly recommend it.

3 – I feel like I have more goals to add to the ones I already made. Not big goals. No, these are much smaller goals. Kind of like daily reminders. Right now it is a short list of two or three. If the list gets longer than that, then I might post it here in the coming days.

4 – I used to get my nails done, with acrylic, every 10-14 days, but I haven’t had my nails done like that many years. I am not very skilled at painting my own nails, but I love having the option to change the color whenever a mood strikes. My collection of nail polish has grown to a vast array of colors, none of which are pink.

5 – Over the summer I took a new position at work and since then I have turned into an old lady, or maybe just a grown up. I have to be at work between 6am and 7:30am depending on what’s going on that day. This means I am in bed by 10pm, if not earlier, every night. I went from a regular night owl to an early bird and I have yet to catch the worm!

Hope you have a great Friday, friends! And tell me something RANDOM!

Small Goals in Action and 8 Minute Arms

A few things happened today that relate to yesterday’s post and small goals.

First, I was preparing my usual breakfast of cereal with skim milk. I flipped the box to check the nutritional label. I said I needed to cut back on sugar and perhaps my Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a good place to start. 10 grams of sugar before my day even gets started! Yikes! A new breakfast plan will surface soon.

That got me thinking about how much added sugar I consume every day. Not good, Sabrina, not good. While I know I can’t eliminate sugar, I should be more conscious of what I am putting in my body. It will be a process, for sure.

Later, I was sitting inside enjoying my day off when the skies turned dark and the rain began to fall with a vengeance. At this point I had my heart set on a nap, but my mind was telling me otherwise. I took to the internet and began creating a few circuit workouts that would be easy to do at home with just a set of hand weights.

Circuit workouts are fairly easy to create as long as you have a basic knowledge of a few exercises and the area (or areas) you want to focus on. With my limited knowledge I got busy trying to create a simple arm workout. Besides my stomach and the state of roundness that it is currently in, I mostly dislike my arms. They’ve always been a weakness and never really had much definition. I’d like to change that.

This workout was a great base for me to start with. It took less than 10 minutes to complete and the 3 pound hand weights I already had created a perfect challenge.

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An hour later and I can feel a slight tingle in my muscles. That’s a good thing, right? I’ll probably move up to 5 pound weights in the next week or so.

I took some measurements today. It’s been a while since I’ve taken any measurements, other than weight, and I’d really like to see my progress from now until vacation on October 18th.

I make small goals every week with the thought that I can do anything for a week. This week, tonight even, I’ll action a plan to be successful in my goals from here on out.

Where Did My Sweet Tooth Go?

Let me be real honest here. I’ve had a sweet tooth for as long as I can remember. There’s no dessert I don’t like as long as the main ingredient is sugar.

In fact, I often give Alex looks of disbelief when he says that something was TOO sweet. Really, how could something be too sweet? It just isn’t possible. Or is it?

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Like most days we had a few errands to run yesterday. Shortly after leaving the house I declared that I wanted a cupcake. Before heading home we stopped at a small local shop to pick up a few to share.

After dinner I picked out the cupcake I would enjoy as dessert. It didn’t take long, but a few bites in I put down my fork in disbelief. The cupcake was too sweet! TOO SWEET! My taste buds must be playing tricks on me.

I threw the cupcake into the trash but it was never that far from my mind. A few times throughout the night I thought about going back and picking out a different cupcake to eat, but something always stopped me. This got me thinking.

Other than a small Pumpkin milkshake a few nights ago, I really haven’t indulged in dessert.
There has been a container of pumpkin ice cream in my freezer for two weeks now. It is still UNOPENED! Ice cream used to be a nightly treat for me, but I couldn’t tell you when that changed.  To be honest, I don’t have the slightest desire to open that container of pumpkin ice cream. (or any ice cream)

A single bite from a chocolate bar, a few M&M’s, and less sugar in my daily coffee are the new norm for me. I am realizing that even my grocery shopping habits have changed. No more chocolate milk or sugar filled cereals. I often skip the treats all together. Applesauce is now the “no sugar added” variety. I am sure there are many more examples if I wanted to keep going.

Good golly! Where did my sweet tooth go? I don’t know when it started or what caused the change but it happened, and my sweet tooth is virtually non-existent. It happened so seamlessly that I never even noticed until today.

Life just kept going even as my sweet tooth was diminishing. Right now I am still processing these realizations. I want to be sad, but I suppose it’s a good thing. I never needed all that sugar anyways.