Most of January was a wash in the exercise department. My clean eating was so so as well. The first week of January I did the meal plan from the “Reset” phase of the P.I.N.K. Method. Lots of raw veggies and absolutely no processed garbage. I felt amazing! And then I got a nasty cold that left me down and out for the next two weeks. I can’t imagine how long it would have lasted had I not been eating so clean!
You don’t do any type of exercising while on the reset phase. I honestly don’t think you would have the energy to do much cardio or strength training. It’s more about prepping your body. My work-outs didn’t start until the third week of January. I went for a short 1 mile run on the treadmill at the gym. I was seriously worried that I wouldn’t be able to run that length but it actually felt great. I started at 5 mph and ended at 5.5 mph. I probably could have pushed it and ran a bit longer but like I said I was freaking out. I finished the run with 20 minutes of incline interval walking.
I started the P.I.N.K. Method work-outs and they are HARD! Hurt so good though. I also did one of the Brazilian Butt Lift dvds with my sister. It was the cardio dance one and it was so much FUN! I did another treadmill run for 1.5 miles. It was a lot harder this time. I almost bailed on the run and then at the last minute I went but I was seriously dragging. I’m happy and kind of shocked that I made it through! The last few days of the month have been a wash for work-outs and healthy eating.
We had Matt’s family over for his Mother’s Birthday. We made lots of delicious things and I haven’t stopped indulging since. I had to throw the rest of it out this morning when my willpower was stronger than it has been all week.
So January was just ok health wise. I’m going to try planning my work-outs ahead of time for February. I’m hopeful that I’ll get more in this way.
I intend to do a full January re-cap of my progress on my resolutions soon so check back to see how I’m doing!
Oh man getting out of bed today was rough! I seriously underestimated the P.I.N.K. Method work-outs. They are no joke. I like feeling sore the day after a good work-out though. I did my second work-out in Phase 1 today and it went better than yesterday. I really liked the ab routine. Lots of fun and different moves!
This picture does not capture how sweaty and shaky I was after I was done. I think it does convey that I’m really looking forward to my chocolate peanut butter smoothie. Mmmmm! Thinking of that smoothie is what pushed me through my work-out. Whatever gets you through right?
So I’ve been dedicating a few hours a week to clean up and organize a very specific area in my house that desperately needs some attention. My last project was my jewelry and it’s still looking great. It’s a lot easier to get dressed now. It has a boutique feel now that makes it really fun to finish getting ready. This time around I worked on our kitchen cabinets and it morphed into our counter space too. I was on a roll.
So our kitchen is awful. The only thing going for it is that it has a lot storage space. Everything else is horrendous! Since I can’t re-do the kitchen I’ll have to make the best of what we’ve got. An organized kitchen is a huge improvement. This is the mess that I have created. Yes, I fully admit to creating this disaster. This is the counter top on the right side of our sink. There’s 3 upper cabinets and 3 lower cabinets. They hold all of our teas and coffee, baking supplies, canned goods, nut butters, pasta and other grains, sauces and everything in between. This counter top holds the appliances that we don’t use that often and spatulas and a really old knife set. It usually also houses the recyclables that haven’t made it to the bins.
These are the upper the cabinets and yes I was in constant fear of something falling on my head whenever I opened them.
Here’s what the lower cabinets looked like. Yup, just as frightening. I took everything out and grouped liked items together so it would be easier to organize everything when I put it all back. I decided to put all the appliances on the bottom shelf of the lower cabinets to gain more work space and de-clutter the counter tops.
I put an old shelf in the back of lower cabinet so I could fit more in there and also be able to see what was in the way back. I put our most used grains in their own jars and labeled them. I also put the cooking directions on there for a quick reference.
I cannot believe how much tea and coffee we have in this house. There are only two of us living here and we are apparently fully caffeinated!
I bagged up the ones that we’ve had for a while and I didn’t think that we would ever drink. Some how I managed to fit them all in there. The baking supplies made it onto the middle shelf and the snack foods are on the way top.
The other side now holds our protein powders, nut butters and raw nuts on the bottom shelf. More baking supplies are in the middle shelf. The really bad stuff is all the way up on the top where I need a step latter to get to it. No lie!
I didn’t take any pictures of my counter top switch because my camera battery died. I basically moved everything from the left to the right and vice versa. Now the spatulas and knives are near the stove and microwave. The Keurig and k-cups are closer to the fridge. It was a little confusing the first morning that we had to make coffee and everything was switched around but I am so glad that I took the time to do this.
I want to make this even more organized and get some boxes to group like items together and make the shelves look neater but that’s for another day.
This time last year I was just becoming a runner and working on my stamina. I had a goal in mind. I wanted to run a 5K. To most people that’s not really a big deal. But to this former couch surfer it might as well have been a marathon. Me and running have never been friends and I was more than ok with that. What gave me this crazy desire to start now? I really have no idea. I guess I just wanted to prove to myself that I couldn’t do it. I really thought that I would try and just NOT be able to do it. But I was wrong. I am not a fast runner and I definitely cannot do long distant runs but I am a runner. My short legs can run. I even ran a 5k on a cold and rainy morning and I was so proud of myself.
This year hasn’t started quite as fit as I had anticipated. My running has been left by the wayside and I haven’t done a real work-out since the middle of December. I really want 2012 to be my healthiest year to date. I am turning 30 and want to have a better body than I did in my 20s. You would think that would be more than enough motivation to get my act together. I started the first week of 2012 doing the reset diet phase of the P.I.N.K. Method and felt really good while I was doing it. You don’t exercise while doing the reset. Then I got a really bad cold that made working-out impossible. This past week-end I finally felt good enough to head to the gym. I was so pumped to have energy and time to work-out. I didn’t want to over do anything and I was a little scared of not being able to breathe properly or of getting into a coughing fit while I was running. All day at work I kept telling myself, “Mandi, all you have to do is run one mile. Just ONE mile. You can do that.” And I did just that. I was so pumped!
Today I did the first work-out of Phase 1 of the P.I.N.K. Method. I was expecting the same old beginner’s work-out and was thinking that it would be a breeze. Well I was dead wrong. After I was done I could barely make it up my stairs. I am seriously impressed and a bit frightened to do the next work-out tomorrow!
Off to relax a bit and then get some shut-eye.
How are you doing with your resolutions? Any speed bumps for you or are you focused and accomplishing your goals?
If so, what are your secrets to staying motivated?
Today is my third day on the P.I.N.K. Method reset phase. I started out with my breakfast smoothie.
The first day on the program was pretty easy. Mostly because I was at work and only had the food I brought with me to eat. I did get a major headache when I got home though. The second day was kinda tough. I got a bit discouraged when I weighed myself and the scale showed that I was up 2 lbs. Yeah, pretty frustrating. By the end of that night I was almost ready to call it quits, but I didn’t. When I woke-up today I was AWAKE. Like really awake. I definitely sleep like the dead when I’m eating super healthy. I was so well rested that I sorted, folded and put away all my clothes and made my bed before I even made it downstairs.
Punky is always ready to play fetch with her squeaker. I’m not the most athletic and given the choice, Punk will choose Matt over me every time to play squeaker with. Even if I’m the one playing with her, if Matt is anywhere near by, she’ll catch the squeaker and bring it to him. I guess I can’t blame her. When I play with her it usually ends up like this.
She totally looks like she’s thinking, “Seriously Mom?!” Yeah she wouldn’t even attempt to fish it out. Diva.
Speaking of Divas, look at that attitude. She’s completely taken over my spot on the couch. You know that I didn’t move her either. She’s completely in charge.
Since I had all of this energy from sleeping so well and it was my day off I decided to get started on one of my resolutions. Get organized! My dresser, specifically the top, has been a disaster since probably forever. I’m horrible with putting things where they belong. So this is the mess I have created. Impressive, I know.
Yup that’s my mess. I have a lot of jewelry. And apparently I have a lot of focus because it took me about 2 hours to straighten this mess out.
It went from this.
Look! There’s a window behind my dresser! I’m already reaping the benefits of my labor.
I found this un-opened bottle of my favorite perfume hiding behind all the clutter. Score! I have a lot of necklaces and the majority of the clean-up was untangling them from each other. I grabbed an old tray that works color and style-wise in the room to lay them on. Fingers crossed that it keeps them tangle free for a while.
I had seen this great idea on Pinterest for displaying your bracelets. You simply put them on a glass soda bottle. I think the picture I pinned was an old coke bottle but Matt and I had these cool, green glass ginger ale bottles that we had saved from a lunch at the top of Mt. Greylock. Yeah we save our trash sometimes, hehe.
I even matched all my earrings and hung the ones I tend to wear the most on my DIYed earring holder. The rest are in a gold paper mached box. The loners were either filed or sent into the beading tackle box.
Even though this is just a small area of the bedroom, it makes the room seem bigger and brighter somehow just by being clean and organized. I’m going to try to tackle small areas in different rooms in the house instead of trying to organize an entire room in one day. I never have enough time and loose my mojo and it never gets finished that way. Fingers crossed that this method works and I can stick with it. For now I’m just happy to see all my accessories!
Have you tackled anything on your New Year’s Resolutions list yet? Do you have tangled necklaces and lone earrings?