Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rolling Along...

Hey!  How's it going out there?  Another week has come and gone.  I swear time is moving super fast.  I blink and Saturday is here again.  This week went well.  I don't know if I've mentioned this earlier, but I decided to give up diet carbonated drinks.  I feel I need to focus on getting more water in me so I decided to remove diet pop and replace it with water.  I've been doing this for over two weeks now, and I thought it would be really hard, but it wasn't.  I wondered if my body would go through some weird adjustment phase, but I was fine, and I feel fine now.  I still crave them from time to time, but it isn't bad. 
YUM YUM! Just as good as a real burger.
I'm also dabbling a bit in vegetarianism.  I haven't made any decisions yet.  If anything, I will incorporate more veggie items and less meat. I've never been a big steak or chicken person.  I do enjoy eating ground beef and turkey.  I sampled the Vegetarian Black Bean burger at Max and Erma's last weekend, and it was SO DELICIOUS!  It truly rivals a regular cheeseburger, and that's saying a lot since I adore them.  Cheeseburgers are my fav!  The burger has guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and a nice green salad.  Very healthy and very delicious.  That was my very first veggie burger I ever ate.  I was so impressed that I contacted one of my very good friends, who happens to be Vegetarian, and I asked for some veggie alternatives.

I went shopping and picked up Boca Spicy Chick'n Patties and Morningstar Veggie Black Bean Patties based on her recommendations.  The Boca patties where a huge hit with my entire family.  They want to try the black bean burgers next week so we'll definitely be adding some guacamole and pico to the menu.  If you haven't added avocados to your diet, I highly recommend it.  It's one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat, and it tastes fantastic. 
 
So, as you can see by my moodie, I feel like I'm hitting the nail right on the head lately. I was very leery when deciding to use this moodie for the week because you never know when Murphy (or his law) will pop up and push me back a bit.  But, I went ahead with it because it's truly how I feel.  I'm still making great progress.  I'm seeing amazing changes in my body, and my endurance continues to increase.  I really feel that the kettle bell class I'm taking on Wednesday is making an ENORMOUS impact.  Each week we move faster and learn more skills.  Eventually, our instruction will just shout of moves, and we will do them without a demonstration.

I also discovered that the Metabolic Conditioning class (also led by my kettle bell instructor) is Cross Fit inspired. I can't believe I'm even attempting some of the circuits she has for us.  I can't believe I can do these moves.  This past week's circuit was 25 squats with a 12 lb medicine ball.  As you come out of the squat, you toss the ball in the air, catch it, and go back into the squat.  After squats, 25 burpees, which are the bane of my existence.  I can barely do 5 in a row.  After burpees, 25 push ups.  OUCH!  We have to complete as many circuits as we can in 20 minutes.  I got through 2.  I love it.  I hate it. I feel exhilarated when I'm finished because I've accomplished something that I thought I could never do.  I never thought I could work out with that much intensity.  Now I can see how Cross Fit can be addicting.  It's a very quick workout with amazing results.  I may Crawl on the way out the studio room, but I will do it with a smile on my face.  Until next week folks...