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Noodle Legs

Hey there! Did you have a great weekend? Mine was busy, but good!

Saturday, I went down to Branson for an oil change and shopping adventure.  I had a 20% off coupon for Maurice’s, plus two full $10 off punch cards! I got two pair of work pants that fit perfectly, two work shirts, a necklace, a bling ring, and a cute dress to wear out for Chris’s birthday! Smile  All for $80 less than it should have!

Sunday was my normal grocery/laundry day, and I also got in a quick 20 minute workout on the treadmill. (For some great motivational tips to get yourself running, check out this post by Tina.)

Today after work, I had planned to run, but I got to talking to my momma on the phone and lost track of time. At 10 ‘til 6, I got off the phone and thought to myself that I didn’t have time to run and shower, but I could get in a strength/toning workout real quick and not have to shower since I wouldn’t get sweaty and gross… That’s what I thought.

I pulled some moves from this workout from fitnessmagazine.com, and now my legs feel like noodles! I only did one set of each because of time. I did the Fly Away (10 reps), In-and-Out Lunge (10 reps), Ski Boot Sit (10 reps), Duck Squat (10 reps), Side Shaper (1 rep), Crunch and Lift (20 reps), and Upside-Down Crunch (5 reps).

If you’re looking for a good leg/butt workout, try this out! It also has abs moves thrown in as an added bonus.

It’s bedtime over here, but let me know if you try out this workout!

 

Also, Cassie at Back to Her Roots is celebrating her 1 year blog birthday and is having some awesome contests to celebrate. Go check her out!

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

I’m happy to report that I was slightly more active this week! I’m making an effort to do something every day, but not getting too bummed out if I miss a day.

Here’s what happened this week:

  • Sunday 7/24: 20 minutes on treadmill (steady state) plus weights:
    • Single Arm Dumbell Extensions- 10 at 5lbs, 7 at 10 lbs, 3 at 5lbs
    • Dumbell Curls- 2 sets of 10 at 10lbs
    • Tricep Kickbacks- 10 at 10 lbs
    • Hammer Curls- 5 at 10 lbs
    • Upright Rows- 10 at 10 lbs
    • Single-Arm Dumbell Rows- 10 at 10 lbs
    • Bent Over Rows- 10 at 10 lbs
  • Monday 7/25: 15 minutes on treadmill (hard and fast, I didn’t have much time)
  • Tuesday 7/26: none
  • Wednesday 7/27: none
  • Thursday 7/28: none
  • Friday 7/29: I put on my workout clothes, but never made it to the treadmill.
  • Saturday 7/30: 20 minute run/walk on the treadmill

What did you do this week?

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

This is a recap of what I did this week to get up and get moving! Sadly, since this week was quite busy, I only worked out on the weekend.  I did pump some iron this weekend though!

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  • Sunday 7/17: 20 minutes on the treadmill
  • Monday 7/18: None.
  • Tuesday 7/19: None.
  • Wednesday 7/20: None.
  • Thursday 7/21: None.
  • Friday 7/22: None.
  • Saturday 7/23: Hills on the treadmill—I pushed a button on our treadmill and let it tell me what to do. It kicked my booty!! I also strength trained with the following:
    • Stability Ball Dumbell Press- 2 sets of 10 at 10lbs each
    • Single Leg Calf Raises- 2 sets of 10 each leg; one set no weight, second set 10lbs strapped around each ankle
    • Donkey Kicks- 2 sets of 10 each leg at 10 lbs each
    • Ab Burnout: Alternating V-Ups (10 each side), Knee Tucks (20), Side Bends (10 each side), Ball Crunches (20)

What did you do this week to be active?

 

Amber

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Not Your Typical Tacos

Howdy! How was your Monday? Mine was pretty good, I feel like I’m actually learning stuff that will help me do MY job at work! Smile 

Dinner last night was something that we have at least once per week around here… Tacos!

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First look, and you probably think, those aren’t tacos! Where’s your shell? These tacos are not your normal tacos. The first time Chris told me he was making tacos, and what he was using to make them, I thought they sounded weird and not very good… Please do not let the no shell, no salsa, no sour cream thing scare you away from trying these!

No, they aren’t anything like typical tacos, but they are super simple and delicious—which is why we eat them every week! We’ve even started playing around with the meat, and they are delicious made with diced chicken, ground turkey breast, and the classic beef. Try these for yourself, and let me know what you think!

What You Need:

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef or turkey, or boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 14oz can tomato sauce
  • garlic salt
  • romaine lettuce—be lazy and use the bagged pre-cut stuff!
  • 1 large tomato or 2 Romas
  • white onion, diced—about 2 T, depends how much you like raw onion
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded colby-jack cheese

What To Do:

Brown your meat of choice, seasoned with salt and pepper. If using turkey, add a little garlic salt.

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In a separate sauce pan, heat the tomato sauce seasoned with 1-2 T garlic salt (to taste).

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Chop your tomatoes and onion.

Layer it up in a big bowl—that’s it! Really!!

If you’re Boyfriend, you start with a good base of slightly crushed tortilla chips, then lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, onion, and sauce.

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If you’re Girlfriend, you start with a good base of lettuce, then meat, sauce, tomatoes, 2 crumbled Melba toast, and a small pinch of onions.

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Either way, you’re going to scarf it up and continually say how good it is—and you may catch your boyfriend licking the bowl Winking smile

 

Are there any dinners you eat at least once per week?

 

Amber

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Scale Minus 10

Hey, hey!

I am absolutely thrilled to report that I have officially lost 10 whole pounds!! That’s right, 10!!

You might think 10lbs isn’t really all that much (I know I did before I actually did it), but it took some seriously hard work and motivation, and the changes in my body with just 10lbs are amazing! I’ve lost 2 inches off each my waist and hips, and anywhere from 1/2″ to 1″ everywhere else… Do you know how much different my tummy looks with 2 inches and 10 pounds gone?! Its flatter, it looks less bloated/poochy, it no longer holds my pants in place–that’s right, just 10 pounds and my pants are all too big!

What about emotional/mental changes, you ask? Well I feel a lot more confident in myself! I don’t worry about having a spare tire or muffin top showing through my shirts since my pants aren’t snug and my tops fit better. I’m not embarrassed to wear shorts around the house in front of Boyfriend anymore (still holding on going out in public in shorts!)–matter of fact, I’m not embarrassed to let him see my in my undies either, haha.

Speaking of Boyfriend, he has been incredibly supportive of my weight loss efforts! He doesn’t suggest a restaurant or even dinner at home unless its something Amber Diet friendly or can be modified, he encourages me to get my booty on the treadmill (in the nicest way possible), and tells me everyday that he can tell I’ve lost weight–either in my tummy, my face, the way my clothes fit–and how good I look, and to keep it up. Chris: thank you for being so awesome, I love you!!

I know this post doesn’t include a single food pic, is entirely self-centered, and has about five too many exclamation points, but I’m so excited, I just had to share!  

 Hope you’ve all had a great weekend, enjoy your Sunday, and keep cool!

 

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

Hey there! Another week down, another weekly workout wrapup for you!

This week wasn’t the best as far as real workouts are concerned, but I did do a lot of physical activity at work—a vast improvement over the amount I was getting at desk jobs!

  • Sunday 7/3: 20 minutes on treadmill (alternated walking/jogging)
  • Monday 7/4: Unloaded and sorted pallets at work for about 6 hours—I’ll count that as cardio and a total body strength workout!
  • Tuesday 7/5: None.
  • Wednesday 7/6: None.
  • Thursday 7/7: None.
  • Friday 7/8: walked for about 6 hours combined at work, plus 20 minutes on treadmill (alternated walking/jogging)
  • Saturday 7/9: Errands and laundry—my legs were sore from Friday.

What did you do this week to move and be active? Any workout victories out there?

 

Amber

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Random Foodage

Hi there!  Sorry I’ve been mostly MIA this week. My lame excuse is that I started working full time  this week and I’m trying to adjust to my new life schedule. I’ve also felt completely drained the last two days, but today I’m feeling normal again so here I am 🙂

 I know I told you there would be recipes and how-tos, and there still will be… Promise!  In the mean time, I thought I’d show you a few of the things I’ve munched on lately.

This was lunch Saturday... And Sunday

Two egg whites plus one whole egg, on toasted whole grain with mustard (Sunday there was no bread involved)

Spinach with THE dressing
 
 
Also consumed this week were homemade crab cakes for dinner Monday (picture capture: failure), grilled Ribeyes ala Chris Tuesday (picture capture: failure) and tonight we went to Ruby Tuesday for an impromptu date night (again, picture capture: failure).
 
At Ruby Tuesday’s I had Seafood New Orleans, minus the sauce which means I had Cajun seasoned tilapia and shrimps, with grilled zucchini and grilled green beans. Boyfriend had 1/2 rack of ribs with crispy shrimps, fries, and grilled zucchini. He said it was up there in the top three things he’s ever eaten at a restaurant!!  I was thoroughly impressed with Ruby Tuesday’s revamped, totally-overflowing-with-healthy-options menu! Check out these sides options: grilled zucchini, grilled green beans, mashed cauliflower, spaghetti squash, grilled asparagus, steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas, and sliced tomatoes–and the always amazing salad bar 🙂 Definitely a go-to place for anyone who wants to eat healthy or is on a restricted diet without feeling like the only thing they can eat on the menu is a salad.
 

Time to set up the coffee pot so it’s brewed and piping hot for me when I get up in the morning, then bed time (yes, I’m an old lady).

 BTW: Cassie at Back To Her Roots is giving away a free t-shirt that I entered to win–I’d say go enter for your chance, but I want the tee so if you don’t enter, my chances are better! haha, You should still go check out her blog, she’s a pretty cool gal!

Amber

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