Annie Gets Fit

inside is healthy. outside is about to be.

A bit of a break.

Literally.

I broke a bone in my foot.

Actually, I broke off a piece of the bone on the top of my foot.

Five weeks ago.

Oops.

The doctor, needless to say, was not happy that I waited to long. And that I’ve been working out. The whole time.

Double oops.

Luckily, the piece of bone I broke off is kinda small, so he gave me some directions on how to protect it for the next few weeks before we follow-up again.

So this week, I’ll be focusing on the bike and water aerobics and things that don’t make me hop on my right foot.

Hope you got to see the segment on More at Midday– our weigh in! I’m excited that I’ve lost 10 pounds and hoping that by mid-May I’ll have lost a good bit more. Whoo hoo!

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

A busy busy week.

It’s just true.

My life is too busy.

I try to cram too many people and too many things into too small of a space of time.

My life is a metaphorical clown car.

So to add daily exercise has caused the wheels to fall off and the doors to bust at the hinges.

I struggle.

I struggle with balancing loving people and taking care of myself.

I don’t know who wins.

I get frustrated if I set aside time to exercise and then it gets replaced by something seemingly more important.

I love my friends. I love my social life. I really REALLY do.

And therein lies the problem.

So I’m working on balance. On taking time for me. On using my time at the gym to meet up with friends so that it doesn’t feel wasted. On understanding where my health falls in the list of important ways to spend my time.

Also.

I am in love with Fiber One muffins. [That has nothing to do with anything, but it is still true.]

Y’all have a great week.

March 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Amber’s Granola

Hi friends!

Here is the recipe for the awesome granola in the videos.

[Be careful- though this stuff is good for you, because of all the nuts it is kinda high in fat. Good fats, sure. But just don’t eat it for every meal every day. Okay? Okay.]

Amber’s Granola

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 cups of assorted nuts [dealer’s choice- walnuts, pecans, peanuts, whatevs]
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4 oz. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. [You could also add dried fruit if you like. I do.]

Melt the fake butter and honey together. Once melted, add the vanilla and take off the heat.

Pour over the dry ingredients and stir.

Spread onto a lipped baking pan and bake in the oven for 17 minutes at 350 degrees.

Stir at 10 minutes.

Stir at 15 minutes.

Then watch closely! When the granola reaches a sweet little brown shade, pull it out.

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And y’all, this stuff is GOOD. I’ve eaten with yogurt a few mornings this weekend and I have been THRILLED with it.

Thanks again to my sweet friend Amber- here’s the link to her blog. Go send her some love.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Gym vs. Church : The Priority Battle

Sunday brought me a new challenge.

It was a full day. I had an early morning coffee date, church, writing work to complete, tutoring, a dinner, a birthday party, and an early Monday morning. I wanted to fit exercise in- and of all the things I could replace, church was the only one.

And I couldn’t believe it was even crossing my mind.

An internal battle started.

Church is great. It’s the one time I week that I worship with my friends, I am disconnected from all forms of communication except communication with God, and it is the most healthy part of my heart’s week.

On the other hand.

Exercise is really growing on me. I actually enjoy having it as part of my normal day. My body is responding well to it and my heart it too.

So on Sunday morning, it was hard. And I was surprised. A month ago, there wouldn’t have been a competition. [Sheesh- exercise was not even on my radar.] And now, I’m considering skipping church to go to the gym?

It took me 20+ minutes to decide. Do I go to church or is my exercise time more important? Could I go on a walk and listen to a sermon? [Because if don’t have to choose, that makes me happy. I’m a wimp. Sue me.]

I decided to go to church. My body is important to me. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to remind myself that God is first. Not Annie.

I trust God. I trust that time on Sunday is better spent focusing on Him and not on me.

It’s. Not. Always. About. Me.

That’s hard to learn [for me at least]. And hard to grasp, especially when I’m in a weight loss competition on TV that focuses on ME.

Though exercise is important, I was grateful for the chance to remind myself Who I live for.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,

and all these things will be given to you as well.

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Annie’s Area of Improvement:

I have finally found my groove.

Yes. It took me five weeks. I get that. And yes. I may be behind my competitors, but I’m finally in the race.

I think the key change that happened for me was looking at this whole thing DAY TO DAY. Instead of trying to fit exercise in five days out of the week, I have to fit exercise in TODAY. And I have my calories for TODAY. It has helped a lot. Like whoa.

Annie’s Big Problem of the Week:

As excited as I am to have found my groove, I’m nervous that I’m going to lose it. I don’t want this to be a phase. I want this to be my life.

So. Calm my fears, people. Tell me how you keep it up. Now that I’ve got a healthy eating vibe going on and exercise is pretty much in my everyday, how I maintain it??

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments