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Working Off Cupcakes

Happy Hump Day!  Yesterday, I spent most of the day running around to doctors appointments.  I need to fill out some paperwork for school and it is crazy all the stuff they need.  For example, they now require Chicken Pox immunization.  How crazy is that?!  Now, I had it when I was little so you’d think I’d be free and clear?  No, I had to get a blood test to prove it.  Hopefully I have the antibodies or I have to get the shots.  Ugh!

So that was pretty much my day yesterday.  I hardly got work done because by the time I was done running around, Rob was home.  I planned on working out while he was at rugby practice but my sister called and was on her way over with a half dozen cupcakes from a local place, Simply Sweet Cupcakes, that won Cupcake Wars this year.  How can I say no??

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We split them with my parents so we all had about 1.5 cupcakes – much better than just eating them all ourselves!  The vanilla was pretty… vanilla.  LoL.  It wasn’t anything special (unlike the AMAZING vanilla cupcake from Sprinkles in Georgetown).  My favorites this time were the Lemon Raspberry and the Carrot Cake.  Though the Butter Pecan was pretty darn good too! 


Health & Fitness

ScaleOMGSo why not let you know, right after talking about all the cupcakes I ate, that I weighed in at 170lbs the other day.  I also took my body fat and according to my scale, it is 42% (lower body) and 34.6% from my handheld (upper body).  Those numbers are bad.  Like really bad.  I can’t keep watching these numbers go up.

So… I’m back to tracking my food…

Yes, I keep going back and forth on this and had planned a nice, relaxed month for July but after seeing that 170 (up from 166 last month, and up from 160 since May), I had to be honest with myself and tracked a few days – It was not pretty.  I just have to accept that tracking is a must right now, no matter how much I dislike doing it.

IMG_20130623_115639Otherwise, I’m still trying to stick to the same rules.  Exercise every other day at least.  Eat healthy foods.  Move during the day. 

I’ve also been doing much better with hydration since I bought some flavored sparkling water.  I also add fresh mint from the garden and a lemon slice if I please.  Who knew that making it taste like something would make me drink more??  My latest obsession is the black cherry flavored one.  The kind I bought (by Schweppes) is just carbonated water and flavoring so no artificial sweetener or calories. 

Finally, I ran again today!  All.By.Myself.  I woke up cranky and determined not to go.  Then I convinced myself to just put on my running gear so if I wanted to go later, I was already ready.  By the time I was dressed, I was just like “oh just go now and get it over with” and off I went!  It took me almost the same exact amount of time today (difference of 3 seconds) as it did Monday (same route though my watch gave me an extra 0.04 miles – I zigzagged differently?).  My first run segment though was 7 minutes!  Woah!  But then the rest slowly got shorter.  LoL, I think the heat was finally setting in.

Now, I’m just resisting the urge to run every day.  I should do my circuits in between but I just love this morning run thing!  Oh, speaking of which, I never posted my latest strength workout here.  It is a little intense and made me sore for days but I know my body will adapt if I start to do it regularly.  It is total body too so if you plan on doing it multiple times per week, go easy on the weight.  Click on the photo to go to my Pinterest Pin of it!  I should have named it “Angela’s Crazy Eights” or something fun but I was too tired to do think that day.

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Ok, enough babbling today.  I just had a lot to talk about I guess?  Even though I didn’t think I did?  No major plans for today.  I have to work through some difficult mathematics if my cats decide to leave me alone long enough to get it done.  Maybe today is a good day to head to the bookstore for such work!  I hope you are all having a great week!

Do you have trouble varying your workouts when you find one you love?

9 comments to Working Off Cupcakes

  • Renita

    Angela, I just read the Paleo Coach and even if you don’t follow a Paleo lifestyle, I think it’s a great book to read. It’s taught me about eating cleaner (and things I like!) and gives a lot of motivation. I know your schedule is packed but I strongly recommend it if you have time! 🙂

    • Thanks for the book recommendation!! I’m always looking for new stuff to read. I’ve read a ton of Paleo books and its definitely helped me a lot. Figured out I had a lot of intolerances to things and when I say “eat healthy”, I basically mean “eat mostly Paleo”. I think I just need to plan my meals out better and stick to the plan! The last few days were just crazy.
      ~Ang

  • TiffyDawn

    ooh! I might have to check out that book! I’ve been thinking of the Paleo for Athletes one since I’ve been doing more ST lately…I think that I need to adjust my food/fuel since after a few days I feel like toast! The guys at the gym are great nutritionist, they just don’t get paleo (they like NON fat yogurt and WHOLE grains!)
    Glad that the exercise is back! Sounds like a great workout – I might have to use it when I head to the Poconos and start to get gym withdrawal!

    • I felt like Paleo for Athletes was very heavily based on endurance training but is basically good for anyone who works out a lot.

      And I agree on the usual nutriton thing. I scanned some stuff from magazines yesterday and thought maybe I would just follow one of the plans but all the snacks have yogurt or cheese and all the meals have oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, etc. I thought it would be easy to just work around those things but not if its in every meal!! Maybe I should try following Practical Paleo?
      ~Ang

      • TiffyDawn

        I do like Practical Paleo..it’s simple and with the many 30 day menus, it can be a no-brainer. I need to start taking time to find some new recipes, the kids are getting tired of the “standards” and will say “I’m not eating that ” even before it hits the table! Maybe next week I’ll hang out in the book store and peruse the books and see what I find.

  • Lily

    I never have a hard time drinking water but it’s *ours* and not ‘city water,’ which tastes like crap with all those chemicals in it. I’ve tried the filters (at friends’ houses) and it still tastes funny. It’s nice you’re finding something you like! I just swig water and don’t think about it. I probably don’t take a drink of water without actually drinking a full pint.

    • We have well water and it doesn’t taste bad at all (we use a Brita to filter it to make it even better) but I don’t know, I just want something different occasionally!
      ~Ang

      • Lily

        That’s non-judgmental. I quaff water without thinking but I drink anything I want, including vodka. It’s just I couldn’t care less about water. I go, ‘time to drink’ and chug. Done. You probably aren’t drinking a bunch of caffeine like I do!

  • kristen

    I am definitely going to print off that workout! I love those! Each post, I feel like I wished we lived closer so we could workout/motivate eachother. Maybe andrew and I can move to the east coast……

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