Less Talk, More Action Weekly Weigh-In #2

How did this week go? I’ll be honest, it wasn’t as great as last week, but it was still good. It started off a little rough with Valentine’s Day being Saturday. Mr. B and I went out for lunch at a local pizza place and then enjoyed some frozen yogurt along the river where we got engaged. We then met up with friends that evening at Radicle Effect where one of my favorite beers (Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee) was on tap. I went in with the intention of having no beer, but fell down as soon as I saw that. It was delicious and worth it. :)

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That was my “worst” day and the rest of the week was pretty decent. I really wasn’t feeling the workouts I typically do, so my MAXTrainer M5 got a lot of attention this week. I am so glad that we have one of these! It is perfect for those days where I don’t feel like popping in another DVD and what I really want to do is sit on my butt watching knitting podcasts. Instead of sitting on my butt to watch, I pull them up on the IPad and watch them while moving! The two podcasts that got me through a couple of my workout were Brownie Knits & Stitch Addiction. There was also a day of taking laps around the house for an hour to work on hitting 10,000 steps. I am SO ready for it to be warmer to walk outside!

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Speaking of knitting, I just put in an order over on Knit Picks (yay for my Christmas gift card!) after MUCH contemplation over what to knit and what colors certain projects would look great in. I decided that I really wanted to do the Color Affection by Veera Välimäki , but didn’t know what colors. Then just this week Knit Picks released some super bright fun fingering weight yarn. As soon as I saw some of the colorways, I KNEW I had my perfect combo for the shawl. I ended up with a purple and green in the Stroll Brights and paired them with a sparkly gray. Ahh! I cannot wait to see how it all comes together! :)

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Sorry for the random knitting tangent. I’m just so excited.

Okay, back to my week!

My eating was decent and I tracked all the things with the exception of Saturday. I’m seriously obsessed with making oatmeal pancakes using the Blueberry Vanilla Oatmeal from Weight Watchers. It is a packet of oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 3 egg whites (1/3 cup). I’ve been throwing in blueberries in mine and topping it with a banana and some cool whip. It is like dessert for breakfast and super filling! Yummmm. PS: you can do this with all instant oatmeal packets.

Mr. B and I also did a fun thing with our waffle maker this week too. We made up a small batch of mashed potatoes and then put them in the waffle maker. It made them crispy on the outside with the fluffy mashed potato goodness on the inside. Another yummm.

As for the goals I set for the week, they were okay. I did workout 4 days this week, I may do something later today in between work calls. We did try a new recipe, which was pretty much just random things thrown into a crock pot. 10,000 steps happened once and Simply Filling sort of happened 3 days this week, I did pay too much attention to making it exclusively SF, I just made sure I was eating more power foods than not.

So, what did this do to this week’s weigh-in?

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Down 2.4 pounds! Woohoo! MUCH better than the slight gain from last week.

I think the fact that I did more cardio based exercise played a part in this week’s loss. But who knows, bodies sometimes have a mind of their own and do what they want. Amirite?

I’m going to keep trucking along and doing what I’m doing, because it is working and makes me feel good!

This week’s goals:

- Hit my 7,000 step goal 4 times this week
- Do Jillian’s One Week Shred Cardio portion 2 times this week
- Set up some goals and rewards like my girl, Kelly over at NTTC did

Onward to a new week!

How was your week?

What are some of your favorite rewards? (I need some idea!)

How to Fall Asleep Faster (no medication required!)

I wish that I could be one of those people who falls asleep instantly. Mr. B is one of those and it amazes me. Like, how can he just shut off his brain, close his eyes, and be off in dream land before I even finish checking ALL the social media one last time?

Me, I take for-ev-er to fall asleep.

My brain doesn’t shut up about what I need to do the next day, what happened days/years ago, and is constantly coming up with great ideas. Combine that with going through bouts of being freezing cold to overheated, dreamland is a far off destination.

Until very recently anyways….

How to: Fall Asleep Faster (No medication required) from Brooke: Not On a Diet

A fellow FitBlogger was talking about how she was having issues falling asleep when someone mentioned the 4-7-8 Technique. Intrigued I did some reading and thought it sounded simple enough to give it a try.

Here is a very basic look at how it works:

- Inhale through your nose to the count of 4
- Hold your breath to the count of 7
- Exhale through your mouth to the count of 8

Dr. Weil goes into much more detail here on his site. There’s even a video to watch how it is done!

See, super simple. I did it and the results were pretty awesome. I have fallen asleep just a quickly as Mr. B now and my brain is much more quiet. I focus on my breath and before I know it, I’m waking up to Mr. B hitting the snooze for the third time in a row. ;)

The 4-7-8 breathing technique is a great one to do even if you aren’t wanting to fall asleep. It can help when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. When we feel those things, we tend to shorten our breath and our bodies react in not the best of ways. By slowing down your breathing and focusing on the 4-7-8 technique you can help relieve your stress.

Again…all by breathing. Hopefully you are doing that already. (If not, hello ghost readers!) ;) This technique is just a more structured way to breathe than what we normally do without thinking.

Now, if doing this type of breathing seems like it is too much for you, just give it a try for a night or two. I did the whole 4-7-8 count for about a week and now I have shortened it. I’m still doing focused breathing, just not as focused. Usually I breathe in, hold it for a few seconds, and breathe out. I also do it all through my nose, breathing through my mouth doesn’t feel natural to me.

It really does work for me and hope that if you’re having issues with sleep, that it will work for you too!

Give it a shot, what do you have to lose….sleep? ;)

Do you have any tricks to help you fall asleep?
Have you tried 4-7-8 breathing before?

Less Talk, More Action Weekly Weigh-In #1

I am one week into my Less Talk, More Action plan and I must say, it went pretty great! Having you guys being so supportive and willing to give me a shout out via social media helped. Thank you guys for that! :)

My workouts were great and I stuck to my plan except for Thursday. I wasn’t feeling it at all and had a bunch of running around to do, so a formal workout didn’t happen. I may actually initiate that as a rest day because that is my day off and I tend to complete all the errands that day. We’ll see.

Other than that, I got my sweat on! I totally forgot how amazing a good ol’ sweaty cardio session feels. Especially Jillian’s One Week Shred Cardio! Talk about a great cardio workout!

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Eating was on point as well. I tracked all the things, did a couple of Simply Filling days, and even when we lost power on Monday night I made smart choices at Chipotle.

I’m really proud of what I did this week and feel good physically.

I headed to my Weight Watchers meeting this morning and stepped on the scale.

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Uh what…I gained weight?

I had a good week and was expecting some what of a loss, but wasn’t granted that. Talk about frustrating!

Now I could handle this two ways….I could let that number decide how I feel about myself or I could not.

I’ve been doing this for a while now and know a thing or two about the scale. The most major thing I’ve learned though is that the number on the scale is JUST a number. Sure, I like it when it goes down, don’t we all?

That number doesn’t equate to how I feel about this past week. It doesn’t equate to the fact that I got super sweaty, fueled my body, and all around felt like a badass on a mission.

So, what am I going to do about it? I’m going to move on, come up with another plan for the week, continue to feel like a badass, and see what next Friday brings.

Goals for the week:
- 3 days of Simply Filling
- 10,000 steps twice this week
- Try a new recipe
- Formal workout 5 days this week

How was your week?