I went to the doctor’s today. I have an infection in my chest and I’m on some antibiotics. She told me that trying to continue to work out through my cold and not listening to my body was most likely the reason my cold grew into an infection. I took off of work today and didn’t work out. I am still sticking with my healthy eating although I didn’t eat as many calories as normal. I am hoping to feel better for the weekend. I signed up for a 5k in Austin with Tiffany Vance (another terrific Slim Down Showdown contestant). I have a 15 mile bike ride Sunday morning and am planning the walk/run on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Phil Hardberger Park. I hope to see you all there!
So 18 yrs. with this company and this is the first time I was ever a volunteer for anything. This company I have to tell you sends volunteers out for almost every occasion and function around the city. I know some time ago I participated in our adopt-a-family. That was also an overall great feeling but it wasn’t like the Alamo Run Fest. This event was so much fun. We had some amazing groups come together for this event and that was key. I honestly was in there not knowing what to expect. But everything leading up to it, you had this sense that you were just hoping you don’t mess up!!!! I was nervous but couldn’t show it. I had friends and family there so I had to go through everything like I have been there before. Every individual there was part of the team and everyone involved played vital roles. This sounds like so much and so big and maybe it really didn’t take that much, but overall it went very impressively well. I don’t know what bad was like because at all times, we were in complete control. So if there was a bad, we definitely didn’t feel it. We all were met with all kinds of positive feedback. Everyone left this event feeling very accomplished with the job we all had. So when all was said and done, we packed up all our gear and was getting ready to drop off back to our H-E-B trailer. There is when the whole day just became a unique and satisfying feeling. It’s just a volunteer event right?? Well, yes it was but being that it is my first time, it was totally special!! Our SDSD pal Clayton M. informed me of all the feedback that he had received revolving around our little ole Water Station #7. I never ever realized the overall great feeling of just volunteering your time to something and getting the appreciation from just donating three hours of your time!! It was an amazing group if individuals to be around and to work alongside with!! Now I’m not saying for everyone to go out and volunteer your time to something, but all I am saying is you’ll never know what you will feel like after being a part of something as small as this but still walk away having a very positive vibe while walking away!! I really am looking forward to doing it again sometime.
There are several people who would be sad to know I have a new best friend….its squats.
My personal trainer had me do 100 or more every time we meet. I LOVE to hate them. I’m in a constant state of soreness but it hurts so good! I never thought I’d say that, but it’s true. I love how I’ve been feeling lately and while I know it’s not all thanks to hundreds of squats, they definitely play a huge role. I’ve refused to get on a scale for the last 2 weeks, but I can almost guarantee that any loss been in my hips and thighs, which is so exciting!!
I can’t wait for my next session of countless squats! As always thank you all for the love support! It mean the world to me!
So I have been sick for the better part of this week. Though I’ve still been able to get out and get in a good workout!
A good 1.5 mile run on the elliptical and 2.5 on the treadmill sure broke a sweat!
Although I’ve been dragging… and it’s very hard to push yourself to keep going.
Though, I’ve started to notice that I’m the type of individual that likes to have support from a distance. DONT’T GET ME WRONG! I love everything positive that’s come my way. I’m just that individual that prefers to not be distracted when I work out. I like to be focused on the task at hand and maximize my workout.
I guess it is time to shake things up, change up my workout routine to maximize my time more wisely and do my cardio with more intensity. I am trying to work up to two hours on the treadmill and the elliptical. So far I’m only able to get about 85-90 mins. My eating has suffered the last couple of days due to bug going around but I think I’m back on track now. I know things are coming to the end and I’m a better person for it.
Richard “Jasin” Arrington
Buenos Dias all! Hope everyone has had a great week and is ready for the weekend and SPRING BREAK 2014 BABY!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOO! PARTY TIME! Well not really but it does help to think that I am 21 again… Any who…. I would like to take a few minutes writing about the change and influencing others.
The change being the willingness and desire to make a change in your lifestyle and you can hope to influence other people. It took a lot of thought and time to decide if I was going to make this change and I was nervous to do so but now, half way through this competition I know for sure it was the best decision of my life. Not only for me but my family and friends.
Influencing others….. I would have never thought that a day would come that I would be discussing nutrition and exercise and people would be listening. Hearing fellow H-E-B partners, family members, friends and customers at my H-E-B making a change in their life to be healthy and get exercise in. I am very humbled when I hear people say that I have motivated them to be better and change. It’s truly inspiring and it helps me stay motivated as well.
Thanks everyone. Have a great weekend.
Go Spurs Go!!
Wow…..almost a whole week and no blog! BAD, BAD and BAD. I’ve been so tired lately it’s ridiculous! I thought when this challenge started I’d have so much energy from working out and eating better y nada (translation – and nothing)! I was getting a bit bummed BUT turns out I am very anemic and must take iron pills. Doc says that should fix me right up. Thank goodness! I swear, it’s been one roadblock after another with this challenge. Must be the Big Man’s idea of life’s lessons! However, I’m proud to announce that I AM NOT GIVING UP! That old Rachel, with the quitter attitude, is long gone – only the new, CONFIDENT Rachel exists and I’m ready to KICK SOME BUTT!! Eating is MUCH improved and I find the days of temptation and wanting to eat anything I can get my hands on fading away and now a very distant memory. The biggest lesson I’ve learned thus far is that, I CAN eat WHATEVER I want, IF I want. The choice is mine and mine alone. BUT the most important part of that lesson is that IF I choose to have a taste of something that is not “healthy”, I am now able to STOP at just a taste! I DON’T have to eat the entire thing, there will be more another day AND NOW, a taste is really ALL I need to be satisfied of a craving. It’s amazing to me how my mindset has transformed. What’s even MORE amazing is how simple it seems to have been. I know just a few sentences above I talked about roadblocks BUT that’s all they were. I’ve learned from them and moved on. You know, eventually TXDOT WILL finish all the highway construction it has going on in this great state……well, same idea here. My mind was able to get through the roadblock and the road is now a smoother ride! With the support of my amazing husband and wonderful family and friends, I’ve overcome all the negative thoughts that in the past would have torn me apart and the only thing I can attribute that to is that THIS time, my journey is an open book. I’m NOT doing it alone, as in the past and for that I will forever be grateful to H-E-B, the Health and Wellness Department and all the wonderful people involved with the Slim Down Showdown!
So…..my word of advice for the night. IF there is a goal you want to meet, a bad habit you want to kick, or a new healthy lifestyle you want to start – make those who know and care about you aware of it! Let the WORLD know. You will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of support will have! You are NOT alone. We all have struggles in life, having a posse behind us make it less of a struggle & more of an amazing, unforgettable journey!!
Thank you for stopping by. GN & God Bless.
Oh…wait before I go……starting weight 254, todays weight 222!!!! Starting size 20, today size 16 are feeling LOOSE!!!!!!! =D
It’s funny how time takes a toll on a body. Over the years I went from an athlete, to a wanna-be-a-player-but-I-can-only-coach, to a coach, to an umpire, then to an umpire who would not go behind the plate because I couldn’t bend over or squat. This spring, I will be able to be behind the plate because I am considerably lighter and more agile. I can bend and squat the length of a game now. That’s how I know I have made an improvement to my lifestyle! I really enjoy being around the game of softball and am lucky to have this opportunity to stay active and involved. Coaches, board members and parents and players could not believe I have lost so much weight. That was so flattering! I know I still have a long way to go, but I am well on my way now. Look out Showdown…here I come!
Happy Friday, y’all!
I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s Friday. I’m ready to get some R & R in this weekend. I do plan on working out some, maybe go for a run (yes, that’s right, I’m going to run). We are about 5 weeks away from the finale and I feel like it’s within reach! Time has gone by quickly, and these last 5 weeks will go by even quicker!
If you are interested in going to the finale, please let me know! I need some Team Jada peeps there! If you are in Bryan/College Station, I know 3 hours can be a bit of a drive, but you will be so glad you went. The finale is a huge production, plus its Fiesta weekend in San Antonio! There’s lots of fun to be had, so don’t miss out!
I’ve got a delicious, low carb recipe that is a favorite in our house. Its lots of protein & good fat, so I recommend pairing it with lots of veggies.
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon seasoning for Tacos
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Beat or whisk the cream cheese and eggs until smooth. Add the seasoning; mix well. Stir in the cheese; mix well. Grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish; spread the cheese mixture evenly over the bottom. Bake at 350º, 35 minutes or until browned, but not too dark. Let stand 5-10 minutes before adding the topping.
-1 pound ground beef
-1 tablespoon taco seasoning (or make your own-comino, chili powder, garlic, little salt)
-8 1/2 ounce jar enchilada sauce (be sure it does not have flour added, or a bunch of other processed ingredients.
-4 ounce can chopped green chiles (I omitted these since my kids eat this dish, but you can keep them in or take them out, it’s great either way)
-8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Brown the hamburger; drain fat. Stir in the seasoning, enchilada sauce and chiles. Spread over the crust. Top with the cheese. Bake another 20 minutes or so until hot and bubbly. Serve with the toppings of your choice (add additional carbs).
Makes 8 servings
Can be frozen
- Shredded lettuce
- Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
- Ripe olives
- Pickled jalapeno slices
Please don’t forget to comment & share! As always, thanks to those that do! It’s greatly appreciated and I will never forget those of you that helped me be successful in this challenge!
Going through this program has been eye opening for me. I have developed new outlets for my boredom, any depression I may fall into, all my stress, and even an outlet for when I want to celebrate. Healthy outlets like working out, eating great etc… But my eyes have also been open to the outlets I used to have. When I was bored I snacked constantly. When I was depressed sweets and cooking excessively made me feel great…and since I cooked it I couldn’t let all that food go to waste so I ate it. A good night for me involved sitting on the couch and watching a good movie and while there is nothing wrong with that when its paired with sugary drinks and buttery popcorn that’s a lot of calories being stored. If I could just turn back the clock…if only I knew what I know now…things would be different. I can’t change the past but I know I can affect my future. Once you find out what your outlets are you can fix your problem. We were told when you eat think about how you feel are you sad, happy, maybe bored? Keep track. If you find you eat more when your depressed the next time you’re feeling this way you can be prepared to handle it a different way. Emotional eating is something we all do the good thing is it can be controlled.