One of the items on my list? Exercise 5 times a week, no excuses. And I am sooooo good at coming up with excuses. Really they aren't excuses. they're real stuff.......see if you can relate.
1) My hair is a mess and I'll have to shower and fix it before I can go. Then I'll have to take TWO showers today! I'll go this afternoon......or tomorrow.
2) My favorite workout pants are dirty......from last week.....and I look really fat in this other pair. I'll do laundry, then go........probably tomorrow.
3) My friends just called and want to have lunch. I need to jump in the shower. I'll go to the gym AFTER lunch.....or tonight after dinner (I have NEVER gone after dinner) or probably tomorrow.
4) I slept later than I had planned, darn't, now I don't have time to go to the gym.......I will get up REALLY early tomorrow!
5) I hate to leave the dogs alone for so long (one in a kennel), especially since I will be gone all afternoon......I'll take them for a walk instead of going to the gym......maybe.
You get the idea?
Here's my solution.
I actually have quite a bit of equipment at home. Don't we all? I have never actually hung my laundry on it or anything, but I have gone longer than I'd like to admit without using any of it! Well, I spent a full morning getting it all set up in the spare room and I utilized it ALL week long.
I can't use any of those excuses with my gym at home. I might create some new ones though.
The weight bench, which can also be used for crunches and triceps dips!
I have had the green step for a long time, but it has been hidden under the bed for a REALLY long time. I got it back out, looked up some exercises and had a great cardio leg workout a couple of different times this week! And the BALL? Also awesome workouts for your legs, abs, back and arms!
And of course....I have my TV. It's huge, isn't it? OH MY GOSH! See the three little tables in this picture? One on each side of the TV and the other Zebra striped one in the corner? I bought those for $9 ($3 each) at a Flea Market and painted the zebra stripes on the one. Isn't it cute? Now I need to pick a pattern for the other two! Wow, totally got off track there......
Then I also have become in complete love with.......my IPad.
This is me running into the bathroom to take a picture of it! Behind that Ipad, I have really bad bed head, thank goodness I have my home gym!
One of my new favorite IPad apps is Pandora! My IPod died some time ago, and I haven't replaced it. I think I'm cheap. The "IPad" was a gift, and I am certain I am not worthy. Well, until I realized how much I love it! With the Pandora app, I just type in Black Eyed Peas or Lady Gaga and I can workout FOREVER! Ok, not REALLY forever, but while I am going at it, the music really helps me get my heart rate up!
I track my WW points on my IPad using WW etools. I can save recipes to my notepad. This comes in handy since I use the notepad for my grocery shopping list, and it's so compact, I just take my Ipad to the store! I use the calendar on it for everything! I am loving the camera, if you couldn't tell. I have FaceTime! I didn't have a clue what that was until I got the IPad, but FaceTime allows me to talk to my daughter, who is away at college, via video! I love it! AND I BLOG! :)
I also love the Internet access. I have become a big fan of Pinterest! Lots of yummy recipes to try! I have tried a few I MUST share!
This is a yummy chicken crock pot recipe. I totally forgot to take pictures as I went, but it's pretty simple.
4 chicken breast
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 cans 98% fat free cream of chicken soup
1 pkg of Good Seasons Italian Dressing
Put it all in the crockpot for 4 hours on low. Serve over rice or pasta. We had brown rice! I loved this! As a side I roasted some Brussels sprouts.
Now for dessert! I love a cake or a brownie or a donut! Problem is, it is super hard for me to,stop at one! Well, here is my dream come true!
1 points plus cake....
On Pinterst, this is called the 3-2-1 Cake.
1 box of Angel food cake mix
1 box of any other cake mix, I used Devil's food
Yip. That's it! Open each box and pour into a large Tupperware type bowl. Mix well. Now put 3 T of dry mix into a coffee mug. Then add 2 T of water to the mix and stir until completely mixed. then put in microwave for 1 minute. Like magic, you have a great warm individual cake! For one point! Top with fresh strawberries, cool whip, or look at this! I topped mine with a little Better N Peanut Butter! Yes, I added a point. Curled up on the TV with my cake and a cup of coffee! Guilt free!
Here is another simple dinner I made this week. I LOVE pizza. I buy the whole wheat crust a lot, and I always bake them right on the rack for a crispy crust!
This is peanut sauce, canned chicken, green onion, carrots and mozzarella cheese!
This one is traditional pizza sauce, bell peppers and onions, turkey pepperoni and mozzarella cheese!
I love them both!
Well, that about gives you all the details and highlights of my week!
Here is my Sunday morning breakfast! It's an easy favorite!
1/2 smashed banana
1 pkg oatmeal
2 egg whites
Cook for about 3 minutes on medium low heat.
Cut into four pieces for easier flipping!
Top it with whatever you like! I like the remainder of my banana sliced on top with 1 T of Better N Peanut Butter!
Make it a great week!
"Love the life you live, live the life you love"