Ok, lets be real.

We’ve pretty much abandoned this blog. But I haven’t forgotten about you! It’s just life catching up with us. 

But just because we aren’t blogging doesn’t mean we aren’t working! I haven’t been on much of a diet (unless you count the “Poor College Student Diet”), but I have made an effort to eat reasonably well. Get more veggies in and not eat so much junk. I don’t even buy that much junk food so I can’t even be tempted to stuff my face. But let’s be real, I gotta have a few munchies in the house for my sanity.  

The good news, and the reason I got on here is to tell you about my workouts! I absolutely hate hate hate cardio, but I actually get a lot of satisfaction lifting weights with all the meatheads (but I don’t grunt like they do). I get free access to my school gym which is just fabulous and has a lovely weight room - if anyone has ever referred to a weight room as “lovely.” I’ve been going about every other day or at least three times a week. I was out a little for the summer for travels and at the times the gym was closed for summer, but I kept it up as much as possible in the summer - and that was significant.

I started lifting just after spring break and, with the exception of my bit of time off in the summer, have stayed consistent and true to my workout schedule. I lift every muscle region (but I skip my calves because those are naturally crazy I don’t know why) and am seeing RESULTS! I actually have a visible bicep now, my legs have toned up a bit (but those are my toughest region) and I feel stronger! The best part is my abs. They’re looking the best they’ve ever looked in my life. I am getting some lines and toning, but no six pack :].

I’m so incredibly proud and the results are now what motivate me. I am no longer motivated by what could be, but what IS, and it feels great! So I’m going to keep at it because it is no longer a duty - it is a lifestyle. 

If anybody still reads this and would like a detailed description of my weight lifting process, just let me know! 

Just did 20 push ups like it was nobody’s business.

That’s weird.

(Kind of a big deal if you’re me, usually I can’t get past about 4)

Oh yeah…

I’m also helping my friends with this epic garden of their. It’s a terraced quarter acre that they’re using to grow ALL of their veggies. Onions … lettuce … peppers … etc. They’ll have a surplus (only 5 of them living there - more like 5.5) and are sharing with anyone who is willing to help, ie., ME! As soon as I got back from my ASB trip (mulching, planting, manual labor of many sorts), I was helping them pull roots and clear the plots. It’ll be so rewarding. I live in an apartment so I kind of live vicariously through their place and this garden to-be. So pumped. 

Anyway, my point is that I’ll get free local veggies for a given amount of time (I guess until me friends there all move out whenever that may be) and get to eat well! :]

I’ll post pictures sometime. 

-Ali

Hey, stranger.

Those were my thoughts when I WENT TO THE GYM LAST WEEK!

And I’ve been going every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday ever since!

But…
I couldn’t go this past Sunday. I spontaneously got invited to a brunch and drank a lot of sangria and OJ/champagne. Also ate some mad waffles and frittata. Then laid in bed the rest of the afternoon, went to a meeting at 6, and next thing ya know, my day’s pretty much over.  

BUT WAIT!
I actually MADE IT UP!
I went Monday instead. Usually, I’d just forget about it. I went Monday and worked my lower body (lifting), and got back on schedule by working my upper body today (Tuesday).

Moral of the story.
Just because I had this long dry-spell (talking about working out - get’yr mind outta the gutter!) doesn’t mean I’m done working out. It’s never too late to go back. Also, I finally get free gym access as an ASU student.

Fortunately, I haven’t gained any weight this entire year at App State. INCREDIBLE - especially since I haven’t been a very healthy eater at all. I wasn’t particularly bad - I didn’t eat fast food and ramen noodles 24/7; I wasn’t eating like a rabbit, either. Anyway, I’ve made some efforts to eat better, such as buying better, more trustworthy meat (not exactly a fitness thing, but still important) and living a better lifestyle. Doesn’t mean I shun delicious Cookout cajun fries and milkshakes on occasion.  If I’m going to change my LIFESTYLE and make this more than just a diet, then I have to be more lenient and realistic. 

I recently went on this trip for ASU’s Alternative Spring Break program where I worked on a farm that produced almost all of their own food. I ate like a health GOD and did a lot of manual labor. I also got to teach English to refugees from Burma. :] Anyway, the point is that I felt amazing by the end of the week. So healthy. Although eating like that is expensive (local food aint cheap and neither is Earth Fare), it’s still motivating!

—Ali 

Cobwebs

Welp, hello. It’s been awhile. Erin here. My life has taken a turn for the hectic, just when I thought life might slow down for a minute. 

Just a little update on me: I’m currently 127 lb. Yes, two more then my last weigh in but with my current schedule, it is too be expected.

I currently work 3 jobs. Yup, three glorious jobs. One I love, two not so much. But to eat and live, I must work, right?

I forgot how hard it was to balance eating right and working late. Ugh. That’s been my demon as of late. 

I’ve been packing lunches and dinners to eat on my breaks at work, but I only have fifteen minutes so I literally inhale my food and that never fills me up. It’s getting better though. I’ve been packing a yogurt or some little snacky snack to munch on as we close up shop at my one job. 

As for working out…yeah it’s basically impossible to fit around 3 jobs. The one good thing I can say though, is that I miss it. A lot. And I’m really proud of it. My body misses it and my endorphins miss it too. So that means, I like working out (TRIUMPH)

On another note, I’m in a wedding in September and I have some new goals that I want to reach to fit into my bridesmaid dress just a little bit nicer.

Time to get back to work, so I’ll make that another post! 

-Erin 

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Really good ideas here.

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Emerging…

Sorry for my absence! It’s the holidays! Or at least it was. Anyway…

I’m sick of being so sedentary. I have this sudden urge lately to just get up and use the muscles God gave me. However that may be - going to the gym, hiking, yoga, swimming, skiing, sex… I just need to move. I have holiday cookies and endless Carburitos and Med Deli gyro platters weighing me down. I just feel … meh. I also made a vow to not touch fast food. I had been grazing a lot back at work (Taco Bell) before the holidays, and now that I’ve had a few weeks to get out of the habit, I’m going to stay off it. Ew. 

I think I’m done using My Fitness Pal. It was helpful at the beginning of this whole journey. It put things into perspective and showed me what I was putting into my body and how it all adds up. Now I feel like it’s not doing much more for me - it just gets old after awhile. I’m not saying it’s bad or doesn’t work, it certainly does, but I don’t plan on being on it my entire life. So I’m going to drop the crutch, and just learn to make good choices on my own now. Maybe that means I won’t be eating less than 1200 calories EVERY day, but now I’ll be choosing foods based on their nutritional value and not a number. I don’t want to be counting for the rest of my life. Maybe I’ll go back on it here and there just to keep myself in check, but for the most part I think I’m retiring from MFP.

I know I haven’t been very active in my diet and blogging this past semester. I haven’t been eating very well, either. I’ll be honest about it. I think I needed to get all the “I can eat and do whatever the hell I want I’m living on my own in college finally hell yeahhhh” feeling out of my system. I just want to be nutritionally responsible again like I was last year.  I kind of miss it. I forgot about how shitty you feel from eating too much shitty food. 

The bright side of this semester of unhealthy eating. I didn’t actually gain weight. The downside, I can tell I’ve lost muscle mass and gained fat. :/

Call it a diet renaissance, I suppose.

Any words of wisdom from you guys? 

-Ali 

Best Protein Bars for Weight Loss (via @WomensHealthMag) 
Uhmm..is it just me or do all of these looking absolutely DELICIOUS?! They are definitely going on my shopping list for the next grocery trip! Yummy!
The picture is a click thru to the article so make sure to click and check it out!
-Erin

Best Protein Bars for Weight Loss (via @WomensHealthMag) 

Uhmm..is it just me or do all of these looking absolutely DELICIOUS?! They are definitely going on my shopping list for the next grocery trip! Yummy!

The picture is a click thru to the article so make sure to click and check it out!

-Erin

Best. Thing. Ever. 
A Mocha Lite from Starbucks. 130 calories in GRANDE! A GRANDE!
I know it’s not just about calories but, I love my mochas every now and again and its good to know that I have a better option out there. 
Of course, no whip and nonfat milk are crucial parts of this delectable low calorie treat. But hey, when its evil, calorie-overloading sister of drink, the normal Mocha Frap tallies in at 400 calores, I can do without the whipped cream.
Starbucks, thank you. Thank you for thinking about the chocolate, coffee lovin’, health conscious.
-Erin 

Best. Thing. Ever.

A Mocha Lite from Starbucks. 130 calories in GRANDE! A GRANDE!

I know it’s not just about calories but, I love my mochas every now and again and its good to know that I have a better option out there. 

Of course, no whip and nonfat milk are crucial parts of this delectable low calorie treat. But hey, when its evil, calorie-overloading sister of drink, the normal Mocha Frap tallies in at 400 calores, I can do without the whipped cream.

Starbucks, thank you. Thank you for thinking about the chocolate, coffee lovin’, health conscious.

-Erin