So, once again, the Count and I have embarked on a life-changing exercise and diet routine that we are hoping is going to change our lives. We did P90X six years ago and were in the best shape of our lives, but over the last six years things have fluctuated so much (I’ve had a freakin’ baby for crying out loud!) and our health and bodies are in no way where we want them to be. Other things have had priority and unfortunately our health has been placed on the back burner for far too long.
I would say, as I know I’ve said it here before, that I am not a vain person and overall I do not complain about the way I look. I don’t hyper focus on my weight or beat myself up for being overweight. I think I’ve always just realized that there are always many more important things to focus my energies on. The Count, on the other hand is extremely hard on himself. Self-esteem and body issues have always been something that he has struggled with. However, when you suffer from depression, it’s a little hard to focus your energies on them and often times, eating what makes you feel good takes priority.
We have been talking for far too long about finally doing something about our health and reeling everything in. Neither one of us is extremely out of control as far as our actual weight numbers, but our health is indeed suffering. He has serious heart and thyroid issues and any extra weight does not help. I have PCOS which contributes to elevated blood sugar and cholesterol as well as many chronic musculoskeletal issues with my back, feet, arthritis, and migraines.
With it being a new year and the Count having several (!) pharmacy school interviews coming up, we decided to start Power 90, another Beachbody workout video system, but one right below P90X because we are in no way, shape, or form, able to attempt P90X right now as we did six years ago! We started on Sunday, so last night was our 5th night. We have not taken our “before” pics or done our measurements yet, but are hoping to do so tonight. I hope to periodically keep this blog updated with our progress. It’s fun to look back on our old P90X progress pics and updates, so I hope this will do the same for us.
I wrote this back on January 8th and forgot to post it! More updates coming soon!
I should have done this a long time ago. I received these Nestle® Toll House® Delightfulls™ back in November as part of a BzzAgent® campaign. Unfortunately, they melted in the mail because I live in Arizona. So, I stuck them in the freezer and sort of forgot about them.
Lucky for me because as has become a small tradition when I have the day off with Finn, we bake! Cookies, cupcakes, cakes, rice krispy treats, pretty much whatever we have on hand. Today I was hoping to make some post-Valentine’s chocolate chip cookies (we were going to dye them pink) but as I start looking for cookie ingredients, I find that we have no butter or margarine. Womp womp. However, lo and behold, I find a bag of Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix and that frozen block of peanut butter chocolate chips. And the wheels start turning and I came up with these peanut butter – peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
So, I got to chopping that chocolate bar up into small pieces and then added it to my peanut butter cookie dough… plopped some pretty large heaps of dough onto a pan and called it done. So good. That chocolate made all the difference for that pre-mixed cookie dough. Finn got to help every step (except cracking the egg which of course I ended up dropping anyways… should’ve had him do it!) and he loved it. And I love this little tradition of ours.
After we made cookies, I thought this was a good time to prep all of our healthy meals for the week that the Count and I had planned. It took about 5 hours, but I made a ton of meals and I’m so excited to have healthy, fresh meals everyday to grab instead of resorting to fast food during my lunch. Now I’m researching how to prep oatmeal ahead of time, because yes, even a few minutes in the morning to prepare oatmeal is too long for me. I’ll let you know how that goes!
Here’s what I did. I cooked white rice (we were out of brown) and quinoa along with roasting broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and asparagus. I also used a can of corn and a can of black beans. Then I cooked 6 chicken breasts. 3 were done teriyaki style and the other 3 were a spicy honey style. I chopped everything up and put it in bowls and then just started putting little tupperware meals together with whatever struck my fancy. The black beans and corn I mixed in with my quinoa. I’m so proud of myself! Next up, we’re going to get gym memberships this week. :)