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Health & Fitness Update!

by agirlandhermutt on August 12, 2015

Hello there! It has been a few minutes since we did a Health & Fitness Update so I figured today was a great time to talk about what I’ve been doing (or not doing!), what my plan is going forward and how I want to get there.


Where am I now?

About the same as I was a few months ago. My weight has hovered around the same area for the past few weeks. It is a few pounds over my wedding/pre-surgery date. BUT! My body has totally reshaped itself. Everything just feels out of place. My arms aren’t as toned as they once were and my butt seems to be not paying attention to the whole “stay smaller” directions I gave it.

I wish I could say that I have NO IDEA how this is happening, but that would just be lying to me and to you. I have the exact idea why this is.

Ice cream and beer. And not working out as much.

There ya go.

I do go to the gym fairly frequently but not nearly as much as I was prior to my illness in February. I’m six months post op and can hardly blame recovery for my slowness on some days. But some days I am just TIRED.

I’ve really been enjoying the summer and traveling and just having a good time. Unfortunately, that anything goes is what got me to my starting weight.

Untitled Heh. How funny is that before photo?! I have a fun squishy face. I remember see it and thinking I looked pretty good. It is amazing what tricks your eyes can play on you!Uh, no thank you.


My plan going forward?

To actually follow a plan. I’ve been doing Weight Watchers kind of half assed. Some weeks I’m really on my game and others, not so much. That isn’t the way the plan works. WW works if I do the work. I like to do a lower carb version of the plan and not put such an emphasis on “free” foods. That is where I get into trouble. Eating two bananas a day is not going to kill me. But eating two bananas on top of other “free” or “0 point” foods along with all the foods that actually have a points value will. Those free foods are great for adding a little umph to a meal, but I have to use them sparingly. I don’t mean vegetables. I mean the fact that you can have some cool whip for 0 points. Great. But what if you dip your spoon into the cool whip on 3 different occasions? Tracked one at a time they always come as 0 points, but tracked as one bite and now you have a 2 point food.

That is just an example. I’m not pigging out on cool whip. We don’t even have cool whip in the house. But you should get the idea of what I mean.

Then there is my workout life. This is a tricky one. On one hand I have to really be careful of my knee. I’m having surgery on it in September. I was scheduled for February but getting sick threw that schedule out the window. I’m nervous, but excited all at the same time. I’m ready to get this done and then get back down to business.

However, that surgery isn’t until the end of September. That is more than a month from now! So I just want to keep it consistent. I am into a mix of classes and body part specific weight training days. I’d like to get in a few spinning and yoga classes before my surgery too.

Honestly, I’ve never really tracked my activity points in WW. I totally should. Is aiming for 5 points a day too much? Too little? I know I have some WW experts in my reading group. School me on how that works! My meeting group is mostly walkers and don’t really do the whole intense exercise thing.

I also have some long term fitness goals to help keep me motivated. I’ll talk about those more in the future. 🙂


How am I going to get there?

So basically, I just want to KISS. You know…Keep it simple stupid. Drink my water. Eat my vegetables. Keep my grains and dairy to a minimum (I bloat like whoa). Track those free foods. Easy peasy, right? Sure. 😉

Ideally, my fitness schedule would look a little like this…

Monday- Spinning
Tuesday- Kettlebell Class (Fully Body)
Wednesday- Zumba or Pure Barre
Thursday- Rest
Friday- Zumba or Spinning
Saturday- Total Body Melt (Fully Body)
Sunday- Arms

It is probably a little heavy on the cardio, but it is all fun things that I will really miss doing after my surgery for a bit so I’m just going to enjoy them for now.

I’m also going to keep on tracking. I’m a big tracker. Both electronically and on paper. I know some people have serious issues with tracking and daily weighing, but I’m not one of those. I love having the historical info to look back on when I hit a plateau or just to even see how far I’ve come.

I’ve mentioned my love of planners (blog post about my Erin Condren and sticker love coming soon!) so I’ve been trying to use a planner to keep track of my workouts.

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I think that covers it for an update! Not really anything new, but more to let you know I’m here. I’m working. I’m trying. I’ll get there. 🙂

See ya soon!


Raw Food Challenge: Week 1 Recap

by agirlandhermutt on December 8, 2014

I’m writing this while my chia seeds and steel cut oats soak in almond milk. Seriously. I’ve become that girl. Both of these items are near the bottom of my “Things I Love” list. I don’t dislike either one of them, but they were never my go-to items for breakfast. I prefer items like eggs. And bacon. 😉

BUT! I’ve committed to a 21 Day Raw Challenge. I know, I know. I do challenges of some sorts all of the time. I like some guidance in what I am doing and I also really love the community that comes with a challenge. So sue me.


Lets chat about this challenge because I think there is probably some confusion and honestly, some serious eye rolling happening when the words “raw food” are thrown around.

A few weeks ago a Facebook friend of mine was posting about some results she had from a raw food challenge that she and her husband were participating in. He had some health issues and needed to make some big changes so they did. In a big way!

Secretly, I’m obsessed with the raw food YouTube community. I love watching videos from Easy To Be Raw, FullyRaw Kristina and High Carb Hannah and on occasion, Freelee the Banana Girl. My fascination is in some way out of interest in eating raw, but also because I think all of these folks have a touch of the crazy. But who doesn’t, right?! They are all really entertaining.

So when my friend mentioned this challenge I decided to take a look at the Sneak Peek guide that she posted. The biggest thing that stood out to me was what the Motiv8 America Raw Food Challenge was about and more intrestingly, NOT about:

This challenge is designed to help you:
• Develop healthier eating habits
• Reset your system
• Become more conscious and mindful about what you eat
• Help you kick the diet mentality
• Change the way you think about food.
• Teach you how to create your own weekly meal plan
• Set you up for Success!

This challenge is NOT designed to:
• Try to turn you into a Raw Vegan or Vegetarian
• Give you strict food guidelines to abide by
• Make you feel deprived or hungry

As I read more, I realized that this was an introduction into the raw food lifestyle that I was looking for. Some of the meals are what they call “50/50” meals that include cooked quinoa and cooked veggies. Perfect!

I’m not interested in eating 100% raw. I’m not interested in becoming a vegan full-time. BUT! I am interested in learning how my body reacts to no dairy, higher carbs, more veggies than normal and how to make raw meals. Will they taste good? What will my grocery bill look like? Will all that fiber make me bloat up like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float (spoiler alert: Yes, the answer is yes.)

If you remember, I had a vegetarian diet for MANY years. Probably a little over 10 years? If I had to give myself a label it would have been better to call me a “Carbatarian”. I ate pasta. And potatoes. I thought I didn’t know how to eat healthy, but a more accurate description would be to say that I was too lazy to eat healthy. The result? I gained a crap ton of weight. Obviously, I don’t want to go back down that road.


This challenge gives an outline of what to eat for the first 2 weeks and then a guide on how to make your own plan for the last week. Again, Perfect! I had no intentions on eating a bunch of oranges and bananas and calling it a day. I need guidance!

At the end of November I signed up and the challenge started on Monday, December 1st.

Monday- Great!
Tuesday- Great! Then I went out with my friends and had wine and food. But! I stuck to vegan and gluten free items. I consider it a win!
Wednesday- Sunday- Great!

I managed to stay vegan and gluten free for an entire week. I AM SHOCKED! I have had on my list of things To Do in life “Go Vegan for a Week” for YEARS. I always assumed it would be nearly impossible for me to give up dairy (specifically cheese!). But I was totally wrong! Maybe it was a bit easier because The Husband wasn’t around, but in general, I didn’t feel too tempted. Well, except for the wine. 😉


But how do I feel? I’m definitely feeling lighter. I lost about 4lbs over the week. I know at least 3 lbs was water weight though. I feel fuller and satisfied throughout the day. I don’t find myself craving something specific come 3p like I normally would. I don’t have any more energy than I normally do. Actually I felt a bit more tired. Honestly, I’m not sure if that is because of the food OR that I’m feeling a little lonely at home? I I haven’t had some of the regular stomach issues that I do normally. I have an iffy digestive system. So far, so good on that front! However, I have felt bloated on several of the days right before bed. Oh, and my grocery bill was ridiculous. I have a ton of leftovers for week2! Right now I’m about 50/50 on both positive and less than positive results.


Monday starts Week 2 of the challenge. All the shopping lists and meals are spelled out really well. I’ve already learned a few things in week 1 that I will be taking with me into the new week.

-Peanut butter has no place in my home. I just can’t control myself. I don’t even really like peanut butter that much! But for some reason, I can’t keep my spoon out of the jar.

-I still prefer a less sweet breakfast. I’ve actually started to enjoy the whole soaked oats breakfast and have been subbing that out for the more fruit dominated smoothies.

-I miss chicken sausage and shrimp.

-Frozen strawberries in a smoothie are not my friend. They taste bitter and fizzy to me.

-Avocado is just as great as I thought it was before this challenge.

-A crap ton of veggies can make you really gassy. Truth.

-It is totally possible to eat out as a vegan without having to go to the weird vegetarian restaurant in town. I mean I knew this, but I appreciate that I proved it to myself.

-My knowledge about food was a little more extensive than I thought. I was surprised to find that I already ate/hand on hand many of the items that were listed in the shopping list for week 1.

-I don’t like carrots. I don’t like them cooked (shudder) and I don’t like them raw. Parents! Take note…don’t read this and then try to prove that I do like them by cooking those weird honey glazed carrots. Not cool. I’m onto you!

-I still don’t approve of fruit with savory foods. Apples in a salad? Nope. I tried it and I still don’t like it. Don’t even think about sticking mandarin slices on my salad. Get of here with that mess!

-I’m really glad that I live in an area where fresh produce and other “health food” items are readily available. Many of the folks in the Facebook challenge group had to order things like chia seeds and hemp seeds off of Amazon. I bought mine at the regular ol’ grocery store.

-My love for candy is intense. Sigh.


You can follow along with some of my meals over on Instagram. Check out one of my fave meals, Raw Chipotle-like dinner!

Parsnips, nuts & seeds, and guac!

See ya soon!


Weekly Weigh-In: Getting Back To It

by agirlandhermutt on January 20, 2014

Gooood Monday! This whole 3-day weekend totally works for me. I’m sitting on my couch watching DVRed episodes of The People’s Court and loving it. By 2p I had worked out, grocery shopped and cleaned up my house. Holy heck where did that energy come from?!

I was supposed to check in on Friday with my first official weigh-in and well…it just didn’t happen. Oops! I’m still figuring out this whole schedule, but I will get there.

So let’s get to it!

First, lets talk about where I was starting. My last weigh-in on the blog was all the way back in 11/26. I think you can see where I am going with this. I’ve been weighing in each week, but its been up and down. And then Christmas came. So did plenty of delicious frozen drinks, mashed potatoes, bread and every carby that I love so much.

My 56.6 weight loss crept up to be only a 49.4  It was actually a higher that that at first, but I realized that quite a bit of it was water weight and I just peed that off. Sigh…that is a gain of 7.2 lbs since Thanksgiving!

That was not ok. Slightly embarrassing too!

So on January 6th I weighed in and got back to work. It kind of felt like I was back at square one. But then it dawned on me. No I wasn’t. I never stopped working out! I was able to get through my spinning class without dying. I was lifting like never before. I just had to get back on my plan and eat right. I did just that! And then some.

The result?

I weighed in on Friday with a 3.6 weight loss!

I’m back to 52 lbs down…again!

You know, I declared my phrase of the year to be Consistent & Persistent. Boy, that is certainly going to need to be the case.

This girl ain’t no dummy. I know I will hit walls . I have to baby my knee sometimes. I will come up on obstacles. You know things like booze and cheese.  I will fall. BUT! I have to get back up. I have to keep pushing forward. I have to stay the course. I MUST BE CONSISTENT & PERSISTENT.

My goal isn’t to just lose weight. It is to be healthy! I want to wear anything and everything I love. I want to be athletic. But most of all, I just want to be the best version of myself.

I welcome any and all challenges coming my way.

Oh, and just because I know we all enjoy a nice comparison shot. Here is the BF and I at his holiday party exactly 1 year apart. I was about 18 days into my weight loss adventure in 2012 and then 1 year and 18 days into it!

Yep, I can do this. Absolutely. Who is with me?!