Hunting for Health

Discovering how to improve my health day by day and hoping people can learn from my experiences

Improvement Needed March 14, 2010

So this week has been a big fail on the 40 day move every day challenge, but that just means a big marginal improvement this week, right?!  I have done No More Trouble Zones twice (including today),  I did Zumba Monday and Tuesday, and I can not remember doing any other exercise this week 😦  I think I am also going to go for a little jog soon because it is just too pretty not to!

I did order the Meltdown Yoga by my fav Jillian Michales, the Shiva Rea Creative Core Abs, and Zumba Advanced DVDs.  They came in Friday and I need to try them, so they will def keep me busy and motivated this week!  I am also going to try some workouts from New Rules of Lifting for Women.  I am actually really excited about it because even before losing weight,   I would strength train and loved it!  I just did not really know what I was doing, so it did not produce results.  Well, actually I am also hypothyroid and I was not on thyroid meds at that time, so any attempt at weight loss and getting fit would not work until I was treated with hormones but that is a topic for another post. 

I also think I am going to Austin at the end of the week, which should be so much fun!  I went to school at UT and my old roommate still lives there, so we are going to have some girl time.  I think we are actually also even going to try to fit in some of my fav workout classes that I used to take in college.  I had a favorite kickboxing instructor that has never been replaced since moving back to Dallas.  All of the classes I have tried here just do not compare!  He was just so upbeat and fun but hard at the same time!  There is also a Pilates class that I loved that I will def have to revisit as well.  We are also planning on doing some classic Austin things like going on Town Lake and wandering around South Congress looking at all the cool jewelry/ vintage stores.  Should be a nice trip with hopefully beautiful weather!

So, I have also been doing a meditation CD that has really put me in a positive mindset and helps me sleep really well.  Don’t judge, but its the Dan Marino Think and Lose CD.  It just makes me feel more at peace with my body as well.  I think there really is something to having the right frame of mind to lose weight.  Have any of you all read the IntenSati book?  Same concept of positive thinking to lose weight.  I bought the book after seeing it on the Today Show, but I have not really done anymore than skim a few pages.  What do you think, is some of losing weight in your mind?

Ok, well I am kind of all over the place today.  I think it’s from my allergies since I was outside all day for the St. Patty’s Day Parade and block party downtown.  It was fun, but lots of pollen in the air does not do my body good.  I did take all of my allergy meds in the morning and popped nettles throughout the day, so it could be worse if I had not done so.

Happy Sunday!

xoxo Erin

 

COSTCO and Chocolate February 28, 2010

So we finally went to Costco to buy the usual, broccoli, Pellegrino, spinach, some kind of protein for dinner tonight and stirfries throughout the week, and Larabars.  I forgot how crazy it gets on Saturday, but there were ohh so many samples to keep me distracted from the crowd 🙂  I was also thinking about buying another Jillian Michaels DVD because I love her No More Trouble Zones workout, but there were none to be found, sadly. 

I also went to the Pilates of death class today, formally known as Pilates core fusion.  I have a love/hate relationship with this class because it is hard and I am always in pain and barely make it through the whole hour.  I had not been for two weeks, so it really kicked my booty!  I was talking to the instructor for tips to get stronger before her next class since my missing it for two weeks really made me weaker, and she said come more often!  haha I really like her and will make sure to go to her Tuesday and Saturday class this week!

Yesterday I made Averie’s (of Love Veggies and Yoga) Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate and loved it!  I changed her recipe just a little:

1 T Coconut oil (melted with the Agave)

1 T Agave Nectar (Instead of her 1.5T)

1/2 t vanilla extract

2 T Cocoa powder

I added in a drop of mint extract with one batch and it was good as well! Peanut butter would also be good in this recipe.

Tonight we are grilling pork tenderloin for dinner.  I did a marinade of miso dressing with Sriracha, should be good!  We are also broiling some brussle sprouts with some cayenne, onion powder, salt and pepper and making a spinach salad with miso dressing and some mushrooms.  We will see how everything turns out!

Have a great Saturday night!

xoxo Erin