Random Update

Hello gals and guys, how are you this fine Monday? I’m doing pretty good, well as well as one who’s gotten barely any sleep in 4 days can be. Two out of my four boys haven’t been feeling too well, 1 being the baby. So needless to say sleep has been lacking. However what hasn’t been lacking is my gym time. At first I felt bad heading to the gym for a hour and a half while the boys were sick, but then my family told me I deserve a break. So I took my break and got my gym time in.

First I wanna talk about some progress I made in the jogging (I don’t consider what I do running) department.

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This may be slow and not much to some people but to me this is so much progress. A month ago when I began my journey back into jogging I could barely do a quarter mile. Now here I am a month later and this is what I’m doing, 2 1/2 miles in 35 minutes. It hasn’t been easy but man does it feel good to see the improvement.

My second update is that I’m down 2.2lbs from last week. Also I took my measurements and I’m down 1/2 inch to an inch in all areas. After the breakdown I had in the doctor’s office I needed this. I was thinking of keeping track of my weight and measurements here but don’t know if I want to keep it on my About Me page, do a weekly quick post about it, or a little if both. Any suggestions are welcome.

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The Mr went to the Warhouse for a fitness camp and bought me back some awesome Flag Nor Fail swag. So happy with my gifts and can’t wait to buy more.

Well I have to get going. I just wanted to wish you all a fantastic week. I’ll be posting a new recipe later this week, and a little review on Guardians of the Galaxy, so check back for that.

As always remember to try your best, at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

Desiree

Just Keep Swimming… Er Lifting

This past week has been a bit eh for me. I fell for one of my biggest don’ts. I let the pesky number on a scale ruin my mood and put me in a funk. I know, I know that number means nothing and for the most part I don’t let it get to me. However last week for whatever reason it just threw me off my game.

I have made improvements with my self imagine and I thought I was over those days where a silly number could bring me to tears. And while last week was an upset that number means nothing, I know that. I knew it last week too, but I couldn’t help how I felt. I’ve come to terms with it and am trying not to beat myself up for letting the scale get to me like that. I now know that no matter how much I’ve improved there will be times I doubt myself. There will be obstacles still and pesky numbers that will be unsettling for me. For the most part I’ll face them head on and not let it get to me, but if they get to me I can’t dwell in it. I need to just move on and keep chipping away.

Negative thoughts happen, we’re human and some of us have dealt with so much negative body image that it lingers. What we can’t let happen is that we stay stuck in the negativity. That number is just that, a number. It doesn’t define you or make you less of a person.

You define yourself, and you are a fantastic human being.

Desiree

Running, what’s that?

So years ago when I was younger and in shape I use to run and loved it. Over the years with the weight gain and problems with my knee I have not been able to run much. However when I began this weight loss journey I decided I wanted to also get back into running. Let me jus say it hasn’t been easy.

I began about 2 1/2 weeks ago. At first I began using the Couch to 5K application. Now I like this app. I think it for it’s intended purpose but I felt like I wasn’t really challenging myself. So I stopped and decided I would just jog on the treadmill as fast as I can for as long as I can. I prefer doing this. I’m not putting down the 5K application, I just don’t think it was for me. I may however use it the days I can’t push myself.

An application i am using while just running is the Zombies Run!! one. I downloaded this application when it first came out and forgot about it since I wasn’t doing much running. Now that I’m back at it it’s my go to. I love it. It keeps things interesting. For any of you that aren’t familiar with it let me just give you a quick run down. It’s sorta like a RPG game. It take place in a zombie infested time and you find yourself at a base with survivors. Everyone has to pull their weight and earn their keep at this compound and the way you earn your spot is by being a runner. You’re basically sent out on missions and supply runs. Now I know what you’re thinking it must get boring right? Nope, see the missions are different and there’s a storyline. The other thing I like about this app is that I can play my music, and whenever there’s communication coming from the base, you pick up supplies, or the storyline is unfolding the music lowers so you can hear what’s going on. Oh and lets not forget the zombies. Throughout your runs you may encounter zombies. You’ll know you’re close to a horde because you hear them, and the closer they are the louder they get. You’re also alerted as to how many meters away from you they are. No need to worry you can get away by picking up the pace a bit. I will continue using this application because it’s fun and well I’m a zombie fanatic. They’re constantly adding more content, which you have to buy after the first season but it’s worth it.

As for me and running, it’s coming along. I’m making progress and remember why I loved it so much. I do have to get outdoors more because running on a treadmill is way easier than outdoors. i was reminded of that last night. I couldn’t hold a steady pace and my knee began to hurt. I also think i need to buy better sneakers and plan on doing so soon. Otherwise I look forward to my love affair with the pavement again.

Do you run, why or why not? Any tips, comment or email me with them.

Remember to pace yourself, do what you can, but most importantly have fun. Once we begin enjoying our workouts it won’t seem like a task.

 

Desiree

Getting Into the Swing of Things

So as I talked about before I am back at work and it’s been taking awhile to adjust. Well here we are week 3 and I’m still finding myself not being able to juggle everything I would like. Therefore I’ve been unable to post here even though I have been working out and trying out recipes. However this week seems to be going better and it’s just a matter of tweeking my schedule a bit to make time to blog.

With that being said I’m just going to throw a few time saving tips out there. I’m sure some of you may have heard of some of these, but I’ll put them up cause sometimes we forget.

Prepackage Your Meat
Whenever I go grocery shopping once I get home I open up any meat products I have bought, season it and divide up in ziplock bags in appropriate portions. That way I can just grab a bag in the morning and set out to thaw. It’s quick, easy and I always have the right amount of meat needed.

Frozen/Packaged Vegetables
While I prefer my vegetables to be fresh I do pick up pre-packaged or frozen vegetables also. Many times I’ve been running late from work or forgot to prep lunch and a bag of veggies has come in handy. Just toss them in the microwave for a few minutes and that’s that. I also love the sweet potatoes that in plastic wrap, again a few minutes in the microwave and you have a yummy addition to your meal.

Prep Your Smoothies
I have a smoothie for breakfast most mornings. I have begun prepping for my smoothies too. I grab my ingredients for my smoothies, strawberries, bananas, kale, spinach, et cetera and ziplock bags. I then divide into bags the combinations of fruits and vegetables I want to use in my shakes each day. Then during the morning I toss my ice, almond milk, protein, and anything else I want along with the contents from a bag. It saves me the time of going through my fridge, pulling out my ingredients, washing them and cutting them up. Believe every minute counts in the morning.

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I hope these tips can help you like they help me. Most of us are busy and on the run. It can be chaotic at times, so why not do little things that can help make things run smooth.

What are some of your time saving tips? I would love to hear them. Comment or send me an email with them.

Desiree

PS: Since this is Geeky Glam Fit I will be posting non health/fitness related topics in the future. Stay tune for game/movie reviews, a look into some of my obsessions, and my trip to New York Comic Com in the fall.

Motivation… What’s that??

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Motivation, it can be a fickle thing. Sometimes we wake up and are ready to conquer the world. Sometimes we need some fuel to get us going. It may fizzle out halfway through or be enough to push you to the end. Whatever the case may be we’ve all come across at time (or 2, or 50), when we just don’t have it in us. I’ve been feeling like this since Thursday.

Last week was my first week back to work after being off for 4 months on maternity leave. I started the week off with a bang. I was ready to go and had all these plans to work, come home, tend to the kids, and workout everyday. Boy was I wrong. I completely disregarded the fact that while I wasn’t sleeping in and slacking off during my leave, it wasn’t the same as working and doing all my regular tasks. Midway through the week I felt just like Homer, “Can’t someone else do it??” I pushed through and worked out at home, something light but at least it was something. By the time Friday rolled around I was completely drained. I came home and passed out. I woke up hours later upset that the Mr. let me sleep. I felt disappointed in myself for not sticking to my “plan” of being this kick ass beast and demolishing my workouts.

Over the weekend as I was at the gym doing some reps I was looking in the mirror and thought to myself don’t beat yourself up, you tried, you stayed as close to your plan as possible, and hey at least you did something. I was motivated to an extent, but my body just wasn’t. It wasn’t prepare for all the plans I had for it.

Here it is Monday, week two and I’ve revamped the game plan. I’ve set some realistic expectations and am aware of what my body is capable of and the adjustment period it’s going to need. I won’t lie as I sit here typing this I’m tired and ready to call it a night, but I knew if I put off this post I wouldn’t have the same words for it tomorrow. I have a funny feeling I may wake up tomorrow with a little less motivation than I had this morning, but I know I’ll get a second wind and push through.

Here’s to staying motivated and getting through our day/night/workout. It’s not easy to keep going at times, but you’ll feel so much better if you do.

Desiree

 

Mini Turkey Muffins

It’s Sunday which means one thing, well besides tomorrow being Monday and it’s back to work for many of us. Sunday means meal prep time. Today I’ll share with you one of my go to recipes. It’s yummy and yields enough portions for a few days. However I can’t take all the credit, I’ve actually modified it from Jamie Eason’s version which can be found on the Body Building site. Feel free to follow whichever you prefer, or just add/take away what you like.

Ingredients

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2 lbs ground turkey or chicken
3 egg whites
1 cup quick cook oats
Minced garlic
Salt and pepper
About 1 teaspoon Chia Seeds (optional)
Muffin/Cupcake pan

In a bowl mix all the ingredients. While mixing put oven to 375 degrees F.

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Then shape mixture into balls and place in pan. I can get about 12 depending on how big I make them.

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Place pan in oven for 40 minutes. Take out and let cool. Eat or store for future meals. I usually have two with some veggies in the morning or afternoon.

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I like making these because they’re delicious, a good source of protein, and I can keep cooking/prepping other food while they cook. Give them a try and let me know what you think. If you make any modifications I would love to hear them.

Enjoy your Sunday and let’s get ready to conquer the week.

Desiree

PS: I’m on Instagram now, feel free to give me a follow: GeekyGlamFit

Be Prepared

No this isn’t a boy scouts post, but I’m going to borrow their motto. One thing I have learned when it comes to losing weight, gaining muscle, or just trying to change your eating habits is that prepping ahead of time makes a huge difference. I don’t know how many times I made up my mind that I would make better food choices only to fail and end up buying something that 1. I didn’t really want to eat, and 2. was junk. Now I am aware that when buying lunch you don’t have to opt for fast food, you can find “healthier” choices but a lot of times those choices are readily available, and eventually you end up spending so much extra money. Time and time again I failed when my lunch break rolled around.

Then one weekend after reading about and seeing posts/videos about food prepping I decided I was going to give it a go. I spent the weekend researching recipes and techniques. I then armed myself with my grocery list and picked up my ingredients. The first time I decided to prep it was a bit overwhelming. I was cooking large portions of foods, and dividing it into plastic containers for the week. Since I was eating about every 3 hours that meant that if I ate breakfast at home I would need another 3-4 meals to bring to work. I say 3-4 depending on how long my work day was. Also for the most part I was preparing my dinner too. Yes I know this sounds like a lot of food to cook and containers to carry but it’s worth it.

The first week I bought my food in I knew this was the way to go. It was convenient and I didn’t give in to buying junk food. Whenever I was hungry I just grabbed one of my containers or prepackaged snacks and chowed down. It was easy sticking to my meal plan when everything was already portioned out and ready to go. And you know what else, since I was staying on track and constantly feeding myself all the good stuff I bought my cravings for sweets and junk food wasn’t as strong. I won’t lie I carved a big ole greasy burger or chocolate here and there but not like I use to.

The other thing about prepping is it gets easier. You get faster at making your go to foods and it becomes like second nature. Now if you go and make the same exact foods week in and week out you will become bored with your food and possible sick of it. The trick is to be able to mix up your menu but still keep it convenient for yourself. But don’t worry about that I’ll be making posts about some of my quick go to foods, new recipes I’m trying, and food prepping in general. So if you have any questions, recipes you wanna share with me or that you would like me to cook send me an email and I’ll be happy to do what I can.

Remember, as cliche as this is going to sound, “When you fail to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.”

XOXO,

Desiree

 

Welcome

Why am I blogging?

Well there are many reasons but the main one is I want to share with you my story and part of my life. So let’s get into the real details of why.

Like many people I have struggled with my weight and self-esteem for years. Growing up I was a very petite (5’1), and barely weighed 110 lbs at the most. After having my first son I gained weight, however I was comfortable with the gain. Over the next few years between 2 more pregnancies, bad reactions to certain medications, and depression I really packed on the pounds. That’s when the cycle began, one I’m sure many of you may be familiar with to a certain extent. I would get motivated and begin dieting, working out, but failing miserably. I would get discouraged when the weight wouldn’t come off fast enough, or I was in a bad mood because I felt hungry from dieting, and I would give up. That then lead to being depressed, And then I would start all over again a few months later. I did this for years, my highest weight reached 190 lbs.

In the summer of 2013 I decided enough was enough. I began to do some research and realizing that I was going about it completely wrong. Instead of “dieting” I needed to change my lifestyle and make it a permanent change. And so I began. However not long after I was pleasantly surprised with the news that I was pregnant with my 4th son. So while I stayed fairly active and continued to stick to a somewhat healthy eating routine, I didn’t workout the way I would’ve liked to. I then ended up having gestational diabetes which made my pregnancy high risk. On March 23 2014  I went in to the hospital to be induced, at which point I had several complications, but thankfully I was blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy in the end.

Now because of the gestational diabetes, and family history I was told I was at risk to have Type 2 diabetes. I decided then I would really get to work to lose all the extra weight, which on the day of my delivery I weighed 193 lbs. I wish I could say it was smooth sailing from there out. Nope, of course not. A few weeks later I started experiencing horrible chest pains. They would come out of no where, and would make me horribly sick. I would sweat, feel nauseous, and eventually vomit. After a few episodes I ended up in the ER on my birthday, womp womp. I was then told I would need my gallbladder removed. So a month after having my baby on April 25th I had gallbladder surgery. I wish I could say that was the end of my health complications.

When I went in for my follow-up I was told my cholesterol was high, my triglycerides were high, I needed to continuing monitoring my blood sugar randomly because of the risk of diabetes, and I needed to lose weight of course. I remember going home feeling like complete poo. Here I was just turned 33 and failing to pieces. Just when I thought I was in the clear, nope more was going on. I was down and upset for the next few days.

Then after a few days I decided that I wasn’t going to give up. That while I’ve been facing health complication after complication I could still fix it. I was still young and knew I could turn things around. I refused to continue to let it escalate and be put on all types of medications. Enough is enough!! It was then and there when I decided I would work towards becoming the best version of me possible.

So here I am on my journey to becoming a better me. Now don’t get me wrong I’m pretty awesome already, but I want to be able to do and enjoy certain things the way I use to. I want to set goals and achieve them. I want to be able to play with my sons and keep up with them. But above all I just want to be healthy and enjoy life.

This is my journey, I’m sharing it with you in hopes that it may inspire some of you to start your own journeys. Let’s share our ups and downs, inspire each other, and support one and other while we work towards our goals. It’s never too late, and in the end you’ll be happy you started.

 

Let’s conquer these obstacles placed before us and be the fabulous, fit people we can be.

Desiree