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Week 6 - I am Moving Along

OK, so I took yesterday off.  I really needed a rest day and I didn't cook anything aside from my breakfast and then ended the day watching the grammy's.  How did you enjoy the show?  I really enjoyed it!

Now on to my fitness update!
Finished the week strong!! I kind of injured myself on Thursday, my lower back started hurting after my workout but that didn't stop me from pushing play on Friday & Saturday!  I did have to take more breaks than usual and try to stretch but I did it!  That is the best part, I didn't let myself give up!

So now I have graduated from Chapter 2, the Climb phase, and ready to take on Chapter 3, the Conquer phase!  2 more weeks and I'll be finished with Transform 20.  I haven't decided yet if I'll be doing a 2nd round of Transform 20 or go back to Liift 4 - we'll see how I feel at the end of the program.

Time to see the progress:

Measurements from 1/27:                                                   Measurements from 2/9:

Week 5 ~ Halfway Through

This past week was tough.  I think the toughest week so far but I'm very happy to say that I didn't skip a day!  I pushed through and finished the week.  I even beat some of my previous week's transformers.  Its amazing how many calories I burn in only 20 minutes, and how I great I feel afterward.

This week I'm starting on Tuesday instead of Monday.....still recovering from Super Bowl Sunday.

I didn't retake my measurements this week, but will do next week. Current week: 192 lbs

Ready for this week and looking forward to graduating to the Conquer chapter!!
How are you keeping up with your fitness goals?

Cookbook Challenge ~ Super Bowl Sunday

Wow - where did January go?  As usual, time is moving too fast for me, but I guess its good in a way.  Today is my typical Sunday dinner and cookbook challenge day, but it also happens to be Super Bowl Sunday!  I love this day but not because of football, I honestly don't fully understand the game even though I do enjoy watching it.  I also love the commercials.....but the food is the best.  Its my excuse to just get snack foods and beer.

This year I was able to use one of the recipes from my cookbook challenge.  I love spinach & cheese dip, and the cookbook I'm currently testing out had a recipe for it so I couldn't pass it up.

I did have to go out and buy a new crock-pot for this recipe because mine is too big.  I ran out to Walmart and bought this small 2-quart slow cooker.  You can get your own here.

As usual with these slow cooker recipes, just throw everything in, turn on and let it do its thing.

2 hours later, we had a delicious dip.  I really liked this recipe,…

Self Care Goals

It's almost the end of the week and its time I got serious about self-care.

This was on my goals list for 2019, and I think its something I really need to focus on.  I'll be honest, I've been feeling a bit burned out.  2018 was rough, both at work and at home.  I was giving so much of myself at work that by the time I got home, there was nothing left.  All I'd want to do is change into PJ's and do nothing!  I neglected to pay bills, which caused problems and neglected several other personal things.  My home life was suffering and then things began to get out of control at work.
I started feeling picked on, everything I did or didn't do was being scrutinized so as you can imagine, this started affecting me, my mood and mind.
I wish I can say things improved, but I think they've gotten worse, at work that is.  That I cannot control.  I cannot control what my boss thinks of me.  I work, work & work and do the best I can only to continue to be scrutinized …

Week 4 - Fitness update!

Hi all!! I'm starting week 3 today of Transform 20 and I'm so excited! 
This program is broken up into chapters, 2 weeks to each chapter and I graduated to chapter 2 this past Saturday.  I felt so accomplished when I finished on Saturday.  There were so many days this past week where I wanted to just stay in bed, skip a day but I made myself get up and pressed play!
On Sundays, I run since its a rest day from Transform 20.  Hubby joins me for this every Sunday.

Now the week begins....

Every morning this week I have felt so bloated - not sure what is going on or where I'm messing up with my nutrition.

20 minutes, but you really get a great workout!

Guys, this makes me soooooo happy!! This little sticker means I won in the battle against my own mind. 2 weeks, 6 days each week done!

I started with major struggles.  I couldn't do 1 pushup or tricep dip but I finished with doing around 4-6  or each!  I still struggle!  I can't do all of the moves, and its hard to keep …

Cookbook Challenge~Cabbage Soup with Rice & Dill

Happy Sunday!!  How was everyone's weekend?  I'm getting ready for a new week, what about you?

Today I have a new recipe that I was a bit scared to try.  I'm not a fan of cabbage, I had half a head left from last week's recipe and I didn't want it to go to waste.  So I searched my little cookbook for something with cabbage, and voila!  I found one!

 I had almost all of the ingredients, which was another plus!  I only had to purchase the cans of tomato sauce & diced tomatoes.

Next was to prep everything...chop, chop, chop

I did improvise for some things - used baby carrots instead of full chopped carrots Then threw everything in the pot

Set it on low for 7 hours and on with my day :)

After 7 hours it was ready!

Just stir & serve!

It was ok - not great, not something I will crave ever again. Nobody else wanted to try it.
So this is getting marked as OK - never making again! LOL!
What do you think?   Does this look good to you?