Annie Gets Fit

inside is healthy. outside is about to be.

An awesome iPhone app!!

So one of the most encouraging things of my week was the discovery of the iPhone app Lose It!

Here is the link directly to iTunes so you can read all about it.

With this app, I can:

  • set weight loss goals for each week
  • set an overall weight loss goal
  • track my caloric intake [BIG deal for me! Tracking is hard!]
  • track my exercise
  • set up reminders to track
  • email progress reports to yourself [or your trainer] every day!

Almost every food you can think of, including stuff from the grocery stores (brand names) and restaurants foods are listed in the app. So it’s easy to search and find what you ate. I’ve had to go online a few times to research the calories in something, but once you add it to your foods, it is always available to choose from.

And according to Lose It!, if I stay on track, I could be at my goal weight by October 9, 2010. That seems so encouraging [and sorta crazy] to think that if I just keep tracking and working out, I could lose 70 lbs in 8 months.

The other amazing thing is that it is on my iPhone, so it’s easily accessible. That’s a big deal to me- I want these things to fit in my life, so I can add them to my daily regime. So far, the Lose It! app has been easy to learn, easy to use, and really encouraging! I recommend trying it out for anyone trying to lose a little weight.

So it’s fair to say that I *may* have a bit of a crush. On Lose It!. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Any other healthy living apps out there that I should be using? Tell me bout it!

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Hey Nashville! Remember that THIS SATURDAY (Feb. 26th) we will all be at Nashville Athletic Club from 11a-1p for the Zumbathon raising money for Haiti. Please come join us! Make sure you introduce yourself- I’d love to meet you!! Just excuse my sweaty-self. ๐Ÿ™‚

(Also, you can let us know on Facebook if you are coming! The more the merrier!)

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February 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Annie’s Bean Salsa Medley

Here’s the recipe for the bean salsa in the video.

We didn’t really measure anything, and like mentioned in the video, you can use whatever veggies you’d like.

3 beans and 2 Annies? What more could you ask for? ๐Ÿ™‚

Annie’s Bean Salsa Medley

Ingredients:

  • 1 can on black beans, drained
  • 1 can of pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup of green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • the juice of one lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Just mix everything together. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t like the ratios, add more veggies or add more vinegar. You are free to be creative on this one!

The longer it sits together in the fridge, the better it tastes. But like, don’t leave it for a month. One week, tops. But it won’t last that long- you’ll eat it up!

Eat it on crackers or just plain or even as a salsa over grilled chicken.

[Thanks to my friend Annie for her recipe (and her friendship).]

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

An iceberg. And I don’t mean the lettuce.

Though SHEESH if there is one thing I have eaten my fair share of it. is. lettuce.

I am, slowly but surely, becoming a rabbit. ๐Ÿ™‚

This has been an okay week for me. I have worked out a lot- really pushing my body to do the things it does not like. I even put on twitter today : “My body wants to take a nap and be lazy. But my heart and mind know it’s time to go to the gym. Heart and mind win… for today. ๐Ÿ™‚” And that is truly how I’m feeling.

My heart and mind are so motivated. My body is fighting me at every step.

Sunday at church our pastor talked about an iceberg, and how we like to deal with the part of the iceberg that we can see. Sometimes we do that, forgetting that there is a lot more iceberg below the surface.

[Of course, not me. I deal with everything and have no issues…… hey, why are you laughing?]

For these last few weeks, I have worked really hard to deal with the visible iceberg of this weight loss challenge- eating right, adding more and more exercise to my life, etc.

But at some point, if you shine enough light on that ice, it melts. But the deeper parts still remain. Andย today, I had to get into some of that deeper stuff. And y’all. It isn’t so pretty or fun. It’s actually really hard- maybe harder than exercising. Dealing with the stuff that the food has always covered up is somewhat exhausting.

But I’m doing it. Cause when May rolls around, I’m gonna be a different girl.

On a positive note, someone asked me today what was the biggest change I could feel so far. I think they wanted to hear that my pants are too big [sorta] or I can run a mile in 2 minutes [yeah right] or something like that. But the truth of the matter is that MY MIND has gone through the most change.

In a good way.

I actually can’t quit. I’m an habitual quitter and thanks to the Subway Get Fit Challenge, I. Can’t. Quit. I want to. But then I don’t.

And when I think, “I can’t lift this weight one more time!” – I actually make myself lift the weight one more time. And when I think, “I’m just going to eat whatever I want!”- I’m reminded of you, my friend on the other side of the screen who is looking to see if this is actually going to work, and I actually make the healthy choice.

I have a new mind. A healthy mind. A mind that is choosing what is good for me, not necessarily just listening to my body scream for ice cream and couch time.

Here’s to tomorrow.

Annieโ€™s Area of Improvement:

Snacking has gone AWESOME! I love all the comments people left last week. Thanks for your help!!

Annieโ€™s Big Problem of the Week:

I’m headed to see my family for a couple of days out of town [yay!], so I worry that I’m going to wreck this little exercise habit I’ve started [yikes!]. Your thoughts and prayers over the next week, as I try to visit my people AND remain disciplined, are GREATLY appreciated.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Get This. Get Fit.

This is gonna be short, but I just want to say:

That I actually enjoyed exercising today. I was just on the treadmill, no biggie.

But it wasn’t miserable. It was fun. And I can’t believe I’m even saying that.

So.

No promises that I’m going to keep loving exercise, but I did today. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Newsflash: This isn’t always fun.

I don’t wanna be a Debbie Downer.

[I can’t. I’m an Annie. But Downer is close to Downs, so maybe I have a chance….]

But I think this outlet, this blog, this challenge, is a chance to be honest and I want to be honest.

My body doesn’t like playing by the rules. I’ve made a lifestyle of letting my body be lazy and survive off of less healthy choices. And for the last 29ish years, my body has enjoyed being low on exercise and high on cookies.

And ice cream. And cheese.

[The list could continue, but I want to have some smidgen of pride left when this is done.]

And in the last 3 weeks, my body has not taken too kindly to this new way of living.ย I think it’s a battle. Probably for many of us. A battle between what our insides want and need and what our outside is willing to do.

I’m a wimp. It’s just true. And every day of the last 3 weeks hasn’t necessarily been fun.

Because wimps like me just want to do whatever is easiest. I have been known to say something like this:

“Give me ease or give me death.”

[Are you impressed yet? I hope so. ๐Ÿ™‚]

BUT. BUT. BUT.

It. Is. Worth. It.

It’s about time that my body learned that it is not the boss. Being lazy isn’t the way I want to live. I want my heart, my mind, my insides to make the rules. Because that’s the healthiest part of me. So it should be in charge.

It’s a mental game that I am going to win. I won yesterday. I won today. I will win tomorrow.

So just as you guys suggested last week in the comments, I have been getting up early in the mornings to work out. My eyes don’t want to open. My feet don’t want to step on the cold floor.

But my heart? It wants to get up.

More than I want my life to be easy, I want my life to be long.

More than I want to sleep late, I want to sleep well.

More than I want dessert, I want to be healthy.

More than I want to appear perfect [trust me I want to], I want to be real.

That’s what this whole thing is about, right?ย I know lots of you are on this road with the ten of us. So at every turn, I’m going to be honest because I want you to feel encouraged. It’s okay if you mess up. It’s okay if you are sad or mad or frustrated. Cause I have been too.

But there are also great days, my clothes are fitting better, and while it isn’t always fun, it is going to be worth it. I promise.

Here’s to tomorrow.

Annieโ€™s Area of Improvement:

I’m definitely improving my exercise routine thanks to a zillion different classes on my OnDemand TV. Love it! I’m shooting to work out 5 days next week.

Annieโ€™s Big Problem of the Week:

Recipes! Help me out, people. I’d love some new snacks. I’m looking for low-carb, high-protein, healthy snacks. No cheese [whah], easy to transport, and more than just almonds. Something really good, y’all.

So let me hear from you- with questions, suggestions, recipes, whatevs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bring it.

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 22 Comments

LA tried. But it failed.

First of all, thank you all for your sweet comments on this blog so far. Wow- you have no clue how much your support means to me.

So for those of you who don’t know, I’ve just returned from six wonderful days in Los Angeles.

Needless to say, I was BEYOND STRESSED about what it would do to my healthier living choices. I mean, sure, LA is natural and fruity and vegetable-y, but it was also “vacation.”

Which is often interchangeable in my mind with the words “COMPLETE LOSS OF DIETARY CONTROL.”

I decided that I would do my darnedest to live the same in LA as I live in Nashville. Don’t go into vacation mode. Just eat right, no desserts, little to no alcohol, low carb, and lots of exercise.

Overall, I’m gonna give myself a solid B. I worked out twice while out there, and I ate very close to good. ๐Ÿ™‚

But seriously. When the menu offers me a $20 plate of veggie risotto, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT A GIRL TO DO?!?

Oh pasta and cheese, you are killin’ me. [Or costing me the victory. Whatevs.]

I will say… I had a cupcake as well. [What is this? Confessions of a Cheater? Sheesh.] But people. It was red velvet. And Lady Antebellum won a Grammy. If ever an appropriate time for a red velvet cupcake, that was the time.

It was a wonderful couple of days [you can read more over at my blog today about the trip] and I can honestly say that I have returned more motivated, more excited, and not feeling like I’ve dug myself into too deep of a hole.

Here’s to tomorrow.

Annie’s Area of Improvement:

I haven’t been journaling my food intake. But I’m starting today. So ask me about it next week.

Annie’s Big Problem of the Week:

I am having the hardest time fitting exercise into my daily life. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that it just doesn’t fit easily. I’m able to find about 2-3 days a week, but I’d like to move up to 5-6.

I’m wondering- how do YOU fit exercise into your life? Help a sister out–> leave a comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 25 Comments