Friday, February 8, 2013

Health & Fitness Friday: Finding TIme & My Dream Swimsuit

Oh. My. Gosh. We had 12 PEOPLE LINK UP LAST WEEK for

That is just awesome. Seriously made my week having so many people join in on the fun!! Thanks to everyone who took the time to link-up, share their stories, recipes, tips and tricks. It is so great having so many motivational posts to read each week to keep me on track :-)

So let's get to this week, shall we? How about we start with FITNESS as usual.

I don't know if it was the start of the DietBet that kicked me into gear this week, trying on my old swimsuit for the first time this year or seeing this super hot picture of Jen Aniston on Pinterest...

makes me want to workout

But something sparked in me. I suddenly found that motivation that I have been looking for since January 1st. I made time to workout this week and for the first time in a didn't feel like a chore! I actually wanted to workout {especially because it earned me dessert or a glass of wine each night}. I've also been contemplating buying this year's swimsuit. I read in one of my fitness magazines that you should buy your dream swimsuit in January and try it on every week to keep you motivated till summer. Not a bad idea. So I went in search of my dream swimsuit and found this one by Calvin Klein.

It's classic. Grown-up. And perfect for a mom chasing kids around a beach. I won't have any of my lady bits falling out anywhere and yet it will still look classy and stylish (as apposed to the frumpy  tankini I was rocking last year...which I'm pretty sure was maternity).

I figure if I buy this bad boy, I will NOT want to tuck it away in a drawer come summertime. I will want to wear it and feel good about myself in it. BUT...I will also have to buy myself some self-tanner because hot damn...I am white as a ghost right now {see pic below}.

So here are my workouts for the week:

SATURDAY: Sick with a tummy bug. No Bueno.
SUNDAY: Super Bowl...the only lifting I did was nachos to my face.
TUESDAY: Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 with my workout partners

WEDNESDAY: Kara Goucher's Pro Running Stretches on Nike Training Club App
THURSDAY: TIU Girls "Love your Booty" and "Love your Arms" routines AND 2 miles of sprint intervals.

FRIDAY: Today I am going for a nice easy jog. Outside/ doesn't matter. I just want a nice easy jog to listen to music.

Now...let's talk about HEALTH!

After the Super Bowl...I felt like a fatty fatty 2x4. I ate REALLY bad so Monday was all about detox for me. This was our menu:

MONDAY: Stuffed Green Pepper Soup {my new favorite}
WEDNESDAY: Leftovers
THURSDAY: Rotisserie Chicken with Veggies
FRIDAY: Dinner out with friends!
SATURDAY: Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls (to use up the rest of the Rotisserie chicken)
SUNDAY: Pizza day!

I am SO HAPPY to report that Eric and I ordered out a total of TWO TIMES in the month of January. You guys...that is a huge record for us. We got to a point where we were ordering out 1-2 times a week so this is a VERY big step for us in the healthiER eating department. Meal planning has been KEY this month and so has my crockpot. I haven't done the math, but I know we've saved a ton of money too.

And because we did so well eating at home this week AND watching my portions...I am already down a pound for my DietBet!! Only 4 more to go!! was everyone else's week? Where did you find your motivation?


  1. 1. I love that picture of Jennifer Aniston. She has a rockin bod. 2. That swimsuit is super cute! 3. Stay warm with all that snow! Thanks for hosting the link up again!

  2. Great job!
    Love the swimsuit!

  3. Way to go Jen! That swimsuit is so cute! I'm trying to decide what direction to go this year. I just dont feel comfortable in 2 pieces anymore. You are killing it with your home cooked meals. Thankfully we cut out eating out a long time ago.

  4. I can not remember the last time I had a semi-tan:( Love your cute workout partners!

  5. Great job! That swimsuit is cute! You're not the only one thinking about the beach, I have been browsing swimsuits all week!

  6. Great job! Sounds like we had a very similar week. I hate getting sick, but I think it was a good lesson in not overindulging in both food and exercise. Have a great jog!!

  7. Just found your blog from Kelly's Korner - I'm your newest follower. I'm linking up - I have a "best shape by 30" goal I have set see my blog for details. So far it's not going so well since I have a bit of an injury but I love to find others that are fitness minded.

  8. You are awesome! I've eaten out, oh, 4 times this week! It's been a week that hasn't included the best food choices (like the Mexican food I downed at lunch) and not as many workouts as usual. I'm hitting up the gym tomorrow and working on my menu plan for next week! Thank you for the encouragement / motivation!

  9. Love your swimsuit idea. If only we got weather here in Ireland for days at the beach where i didn't need to wear a sweater. About the Dr. Oz juice thing on my blog, I hate grapefruit juice too and to be honest it doesn't taste much better with the other stuff in it but I do feel SOOO much better after I eat when I drank it. Thanks for hosting the link-up and for stopping by my blog.

  10. LOVE this link-up! Clearly I'm behind on blogging ha. I can't wait to try some of those recipes you speak of...they sound delish!

    Happy weekend friend :)