Category Archives: Fitness

Aw, You Shouldn’t Have!

The past couple of days have been kind of rough for me (hence my lack of posting), so I was so pleased to log onto WordPress today and see that Tomarto Soup had nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award!

Nominated by Tomarto Soup

This is my first award, so I’m very excited.  I would really like to thank Tomarto Soup for nominating me.  It’s nice to know that the things I post on here are actually read (and enjoyed!) by someone.

That said, apparently it is required to share a few little facts about myself, so here goes.

Reveal seven unknown facts about yourself

  1. My middle name is Kathleen.  I was named after my great-grandma who has since passed away, and my parents were debating between her first name, Ruth, or middle name, Kathleen.  I thank my lucky stars every day that they chose the latter.
  2. I am obsessed with HGTV (although I’m sure some of you have figured this out by now).  I will drop everything to watch House Hunters, Property Brothers, or Love It or List It.  It’s kind of sad, actually.
  3. I have clubbed thumbs (also known as toe thumbs), which are the same kind of thumbs that Megan Fox has.  Yes, they look weird, but I can still do the same things as anyone with normal thumbs.  Although texting sometimes gets difficult.
  4. I tore my ACL and broke my hand from playing rugby in high school.
  5. I am 5’8 (1.72 m) and my boyfriend is 5’10.  This has become somewhat of a problem since summer began, because I can’t wear wedges without him feeling emasculated.  This is also a problem because I am a shopping addict, and can’t help but buy new wedges every chance I get.
  6. I have my ears and my belly button pierced.  It literally took years to convince my mom about the navel piercing, only to have her tell me how cute it looked after I finally did it.
  7. I taught myself how to knit, and I’m hoping to teach myself how to sew and crochet by the end of the summer.

I am also supposed to nominate seven other blogs for this award.  So, in no particular order…

  1. George. Jessie. Love.  I am in love with this woman’s story.  Her blog details her daughter’s transition from male to female at the young age of ten years old.  It is truly inspiring and intriguing to read about this firsthand experience with a transgendered child, and I wish her all the best.
  2. weekendknitterblog  It’s no secret that I love everything knitting, so when I saw this blog on Freshly Pressed, I was ecstatic.  I’m nowhere near as creative as she is, but her blog always gives me ideas and definitely makes me want to start spinning my own wool!
  3. Self Professed Product Obsessed In addition to knitting, I love makeup.  Therefore, I love this blog.  Malia is always giving reviews and posting her thoughts about different hair, face, nail, you-name-it products.  She has become my go-to blog for everything beauty related.
  4. Jody Blonde  Caution: this girl is funny!  I am always laughing when I read her blog and I love how down-to-earth she seems.  She writes about anything and everything, and I always look forward to her blog posts.
  5. Blogging Runner  I am always so impressed with this girl’s motivation.  Once known as The Weight Run Down, Blogging Runner is always listing her accomplishments regarding working out, eating, and overall obstacles she encounters in her daily life.  Since the beginning of her blogging journey, she has lost a lot of weight, and reading her blog always makes me feel like if she can do it, I can do it too.
  6. kaftan to bikini This girl is always posting inspirational quotes and pictures to aid her on her weight loss journey.  What she might not know, though, is that those quotes are helping people like me too.  I think it’s super important to have access to these little bits of motivation, especially when you’re not feeling all that great about working out or eating healthy.  Her blog is really great for people who need that little extra pick-me-up to get moving.
  7. Hummusbird  I love this blog.  Brigette is always posting such pretty things, whether it be pictures she took while walking around town or crafty, neat ideas to spice up a room.  This is the ultimate inspiration blog, in my opinion, and I always love everything she posts.

Once again, I really appreciate this nomination and I am so glad to be able to share these other blogs that I love with you guys!

Hope you’re all having a great Memorial Day!

Holly, not Hollie

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Day 2 of P90X: P is for Plyometrics

P is also for pathetic, which is the best way to describe my boyfriend and I today during out exercises.

Let me put it this way: we didn’t even make it through the whole workout.

Before today, I hadn’t the slightest idea what plyometrics was.  Apparently it involves a lot of jumping, squatting, and sweating, at least in my case.  Not necessarily something that’s good for someone with a bad knee, but it turns out that my knee was the least of my problems.  My quads and hamstrings started seizing up halfway through the workout, so I had to stop.  Now, it’s all I can do to get out of bed without groaning in pain.

I thought yesterday’s arms and chest workout was bad, but that was nothing compared to today.

Tony Horton, you will be the death of me.

Tomorrow is shoulders and arms.  Sounds like more pull ups and pushups like yesterday.  Oh joy. Wish me luck.

Holly, not Hollie

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Day One of P90X

There is only one way to describe the first day of P90X: a struggle.  It hurts to even lift my arms to the laptop to type this post, so I can only imagine how I’ll feel come the morning.  My boyfriend and I did the 60 minute chest and arms workout, and collapsed on the floor full of relief when it was over, only to realize that the DVD kept going and we still had 15 minutes of the Ab Ripper to do.  We made it through about eight minutes then called it quits.

As painful as the workouts were, I’m still excited to be doing this program.  Normally after a workout I’m ready to commit myself to a life on the couch eating potato chips by the bag, but not today.  My motivation is high, and it helps that I wrote down all my  measurements and weighed myself beforehand.  Seeing those numbers everyday will help keep me motivated to eat right, work through the program, and hopefully lead a healthier lifestyle from here on out.

Now, I have to finish my 12 page paper and I have a date with my hot tub later.  Hope you all had a great Sunday!

Holly, not Hollie

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Six Things I Love Sunday: May 6

Hello all!  Today is going to be a busy posting day for me.  I posted earlier this morning about receiving P90X, and I’ve decided that every day I will post about my progress with the program.  And of course, I can’t forget about Six Things Sunday!  So here we go.

 

1. Pinterest

Why? At first I was a little slow on the uptake with this site, but I’ve come to love it.  For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard on which you pin photos of anything you want.  You can organize the pins in folders too, so you can easily access exactly which pin you want.  Unlike a lot of people I follow on Pinterest, I actually use the pins that I post.  It’s a great place to find new recipes, gets some crafting inspiration, or even learn new workouts, among a multitude of other things.  I suggest you check it out, and while you’re at it, go ahead and follow me. 🙂

2. Wedges

Why? When it comes to heels, these are my shoe of choice.  I am not a girl that can wear sky high stilettos without breaking an ankle or two, so wedges are my go-to option if I want to add some height.  Plus, nothing says summer like a cute pair of wedges.  I’m sorry, but when I’m walking around Summerfest later this year, the last thing I want is to trip and spill my $6 Miller Lite everywhere while getting my stiletto stuck in some random crack in the ground.  Wedges will ensure that this will not happen.

 3. Jeopardy!

What a guy.

Why? I have been watching this show for years.  And when I say years, I mean a decade.  I remember spending weekends at my dad’s house when I was younger, and on Friday nights we would always watch Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune back to back because he didn’t have cable.  This early exposure turned me into a Jeopardy! fiend.  I watch the show almost every single day, and I can’t get enough of Alex Trebek’s dry wit.  My ultimate goal in life is to be on this show, but I’d be lucky if I could even beat a monkey.  Oh well.  A girl can dream, right?

4. Nook Color by Barnes and Noble

 

Why? I used to be an avid reader.  When I was younger, I would plow through books like my life depended on it.  Even in school, while the teacher was talking, I would be reading textbooks and taking notes ahead of time just because I enjoyed doing it (nerd status, right?).  Surprisingly, this love for note-taking has stuck with me as I’ve gotten older, but for awhile, I completely stopped reading for pleasure.  After I started college, I was so overwhelmed with my course load that the last thing I wanted to do was pick up a book and read it for fun.  Then, I got my Nook for Christmas, and I haven’t put it down.  Since December, I have read 21 books, which is more than I had read in the last four years combined.  I know that a lot of people hate tablets because you don’t get the actual feel of holding a book, turning its pages, etc.  I had these same worries too.  But once you get past the electronic-ness of the Nook, it’s so much better than lugging a book around with you.  I can access thousands of books with a simple touch.  I get magazine subscriptions, many of which have a free monthly trial.  Plus, I’ve found free knitting patterns on my Nook, which is great for when I need a simple project to work on and don’t feel like buying a book of patterns.  Okay, I’m rambling now.  Long story short, I love my Nook, and you should definitely check it out.

5. Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner

Why? I received this in my BzzAgent campaign box a couple weeks ago, but Friday was the first time I got around to using it.  I went through a pretty intense eyeliner phase in my teens, and I now cringe realizing how much a raccoon and I had in common.  The past few years, I’ve opted for a more natural look, which requires me shunning eyeliner altogether.  Until Friday.  My friend and I went out to the bars, so I thought I’d give this eyeliner a try.  Not only did it make my eyes pop, but it comes with a smudger, providing me with a perfect smoky eye.  I had never been able to get the smoky eye down before, but the smudger really made all the difference.  The eyeliner comes in four different colors, and it’s only $7.49 on Neutrogena’s website.

6. That Moment When You Finish a Really Long Paper

Precisely.

Why? I don’t think this even needs an explanation.  I have a 12 page paper due tonight about social media.  Haven’t even started.  Wish me luck!

Holly, not Hollie

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Tomorrow is the Day!

This morning I was super excited to walk downstairs and find this waiting for me.

I was actually pretty surprised to see that it had come so quickly, especially because fedex.com was telling me not to expect it until Wednesday.  Thankfully, it came today, so I can get my week started off right tomorrow by enduring my very first P90X session.

As you can see, the box came with waaay more stuff than I thought it would.  I assumed it would just be the DVDs, but it came with nutrition and fitness guides, a quick start guide, and a calendar to track your progress.  I’m definitely going to be using the nutrition guide and calendar, because I want to do this right.  Too often have I started and stopped a diet just because I have one off day and everything goes to hell after that.  Not this time.  Not only do I want to do well with this program, but I need to do well.  I paid $140 bucks for this thing, and I’m sure as hell not going to let that go to waste.

That brings me to another point.  You would think that since I paid enough money to have bought about four pairs of jeans at American Eagle, they would include absolutely everything I need to succeed with this program.  But no.  Apparently to do some of the workouts, I have to go out and buy a pull up bar and resistance bands.  Okay, I realize that buying these things probably doesn’t cost much, but I’m a poor college student!  That $140 bucks could have fed me for three weeks!  I paid $140 bucks expecting that it would include everything I needed, and to find out that after dropping that much cash they expect you to buy more, it kind of pisses me off.  Am I alone in this?  Or is it common knowledge that they don’t send you everything and I just missed the memo?

Alright, that was my rant for the day.  I really am excited to start the program tomorrow.  I’m just hoping that half of the workouts don’t require this extra exercise equipment, because my bank account can’t handle any more abuse for awhile.

Holly, not Hollie

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Jumping on the P90X Bandwagon

Yesterday, I finally decided to do something with my exercise-life.  I’ve been consistently walking mine and my neighbor’s dogs for the past few days, and when I came home last night, I said to my boyfriend, “Let’s order P90X.”

For those of you who don’t know what P90X is, it’s a workout program through which you follow along on DVDs.  The program is ninety days long, hence, P90X.  Supposedly, you’re supposed to get ripped as f**k.  I’ve had a few friends who have tried it, and although they didn’t finish the whole ninety days, I could definitely tell that they had lost weight and it was working for them.

The reason I’m posting about this is because I’m curious if any of you guys have tried it, specifically, females.  My friends that have used it are all males, so I don’t really have a female opinion to go with.  I suppose I should have asked this before I paid the $140 to get it, but I’ve been known for being a bit impulsive.  Thankfully, I didn’t regret the purchase when I woke up this morning, which is more than I can say for a lot of other things I buy.

So, once again. What are your thoughts on P90X?  Have you tried it? Tell me!

Holly, not Hollie

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Unmotivated Girl Problems

Every single day I go through the same exact thought process.

Going to bed, 1 am: Tomorrow, I’m going to go work out.  I’m going to eat healthy and go to the gym and feel better about myself.

Wake up, 10 am: Ugh, I’m tired.  I’ll just read some blogs on WordPress, check my Facebook, then go get some breakfast.

11 am: I’m really full.  Maybe I should do some homework while I wait for my stomach to settle.

3 pm: Boyfriend will be home from school soon. Maybe I can convince him to take the dog for a walk with me.

4 pm: Boyfriend won’t go. What a surprise.  I need to start making dinner soon.

7 pm: I’m full.  Maybe I should do some knitting.

1 am: Why didn’t I work out today? Tomorrow I’m going to go to the gym.

Repeat cycle.

I lack motivation.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  When it comes to getting homework done or meeting a deadline, I’m on that shit like white on rice.  But when it comes to self-discipline or perseverance, I tend to let things slide.  A lot.

I’ve tried motivational quotes, eating plans, guilting myself into working out by reading other people’s weight-loss experiences.  Nothing sticks.  I go a week or two really motivated and excited about what I’m doing, then I miss one day and everything goes downhill.  I’m sure a lot of people have this problem, but when all I see is successful people, it makes it that much more difficult.

Whenever I get on one of my healthy kicks, my boyfriend is always really motivating and helpful.  However, he has the exact opposite problem that I do.  He can’t put on weight to save his life, whereas I eat a piece of bread and I can see the outlines of the crust in my belly two hours later.  He won’t work out with me, or try to eat healthy with me either.  It kind of makes sense, since he needs to eat like four pizzas a day to maintain his current body weight of 125 lbs, but things would be so much easier if I had someone who was trying to get healthy with me.

Or maybe I’m just making excuses.  Maybe things wouldn’t be any easier if my boyfriend, or anyone for that matter, was on board.  Maybe I just need to woman-up and deal with weight loss the same way I deal with homework and deadlines: with a no-nonsense attitude.  Maybe I just need to reread this post everyday to remind me of my feelings towards getting healthy and hope that it does the trick.  Or maybe I’m just destined to become a four hundred pound old woman with thirty-seven cats.  But I seriously hope not, because I hate cats.

What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?

Holly, not Hollie

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Six Pack Abs, Here I Come!

Today was a pretty good day for me, exercise- and eating-wise.  I made a ham and spinach omelet for a late breakfast (the first omelet I’ve ever not ruined, might I add), then some chicken pasta for dinner.  I know a lot of people shun pasta when their on a diet, but I just can’t give up my carbs.  Plus, I figure pasta once a week isn’t too bad, right?

Then, feeling extra motivated, I actually took my dog on a run.  Normally at the gym, I just ride the elliptical for about thirty minutes or so, but today it was absolutely beautiful outside (63 degrees in Wisconsin in March…how could I not take advantage of that?!).  I’m not going to lie, the run was more like half run, half walk, since my body just isn’t quite ready to go sprinting up the hills yet.

After my walk/run, apparently I just hadn’t had enough, because I decided to do these ab workouts.  I did all ten, and oh my God was I dead afterward.  I literally laid on the ground for a full ten minutes afterward because it hurt to even sit up.  I’m not sure that I would recommend doing all of them in one sitting, because I know I sure as hell won’t be doing that again.

Also, I’m in the process of starting up some knitting again.  I’ve been neglecting it because of my extreme school workload (see last post for details), and I think it’s time I start again.  I feel kind of guilty calling this a “crafting” blog without having any “crafting” to show for it.  Anyway, I got this free pattern for knit slippers on my Nook last night, so I’m hoping I can have them finished (and started) in the next day or two.

So cute! Can’t wait.

Holly, not Hollie

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Who Knew Oatmeal Could Taste So Good?

Ugh.  I have been seriously lacking on the whole crafty portion of this blog.  I’m a full-time student and school and homework have been really overwhelming lately, making it next to impossible to craft or knit anything.  To be honest, it’s a miracle I even have time to make this post, but I figure I might as well reward myself somehow. 🙂

Anyway, with all the chaos surrounding my academic life lately, I’ve been trying really hard to stay motivated in eating well and working out.  I just got back from a little cardio session at the gym, so I’m proud of that.  I can’t help but wonder how parents with full-time jobs still find the time to work out.  I always see men and women at the gym who are hauling their kids in behind them, looking so exhausted.  My gym offers a daycare service so parents can drop their kids off while they work out.  But at 7 pm, the last thing I’d want to do is pick up my kids from daycare after a long day’s work, then go workout for an hour.  So, my hat is off to all those mothers and fathers who still find the time to stay fit.

Okay, let me rewind to this morning.  After a weekend of vegging out with friends and family, I was determined to start off the week right with something healthy for breakfast.  So, I made this delicious oatmeal with blueberries, only realizing after I was halfway done that it serves 4, and I was only feeding myself.  Whoops.

Don’t get excited; I didn’t take this picture.  Credit for the photo and recipe goes to the weight watcher’s cookbook that has now become my shrine.

Rich and Creamy Oatmeal with Blueberries and Walnuts
Serves 4
284 Calories per Serving (1 cup)

3 cups of water
2 cups quick-cooking (not instant) oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 1/2 cups thawed frozen fat-free whipped topping
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

  1. Combine the water, oats, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the milk.  Fold in the whipped topping and blueberries, sprinkle with the walnuts.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

I never used to be a huge oatmeal person, but with the winter months and how cold it’s been in Wisconsin lately, it’s slowly becoming one of my favorite breakfasts.  Also, although the directions call for about five minutes of stirring, mine only took about two or three to thicken considerably.  It’s quick, easy, and quite filling.

Hope you all enjoy!

Holly, not Hollie

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A New Twist on Friday Fish Fry

Hello all!  Today I come to you with a nice little twist to the traditional Friday night Fish Fry.  Not only is it certainly healthier than your typical Wisconsin deep-fried fish, but it will also give you a new perspective on fish altogether (at least, it did for me!)

So here’s the final product: Ham-Wrapped, Spinach-Stuffed Flounder.

Okay, so I need to apologize for my lack of picture-taking skills.  My brother takes the most beautiful photographs, and most of my house is decorated with his work.  My mother is crafty and creative with home decor, and even my dad has been known to be useful with a paintbrush and canvas.  Somehow, with all this artistic talent surrounding me, I failed to pick up on any of it, which clearly shows when I try to capture my dinner on camera.  Once again, my apologies that you eyes are probably now bleeding.

Anyways, my photographs aren’t the point of this post.  The point is, contrary to what you’re probably thinking, this was one of the best meals I’ve ever made.  If you like fish, you will love this.

Ham-Wrapped, Spinach-Stuffed Flounder

(As you can probably tell, I used asparagus as a stuffer instead of spinach.  My mom ended up eating all the spinach yesterday without realizing that I would need it for dinner tonight.  The asparagus was actually really good with the fish, but I’ll give you the recipe with the spinach and you can substitute it for, really, whatever vegetable you like.)

Number of Servings: 4
156 calories

4 (1/4 lb) flounder fillets
1 cup baby spinach
4 extra-lean slices of baked ham
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp butter
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp dry vermouth (or reduced-sodium chicken broth)
1/4 tsp pepper
Chopped, fresh parsley

  1. Rinse the spinach.  Lay out the fillets and sprinkle with pepper.  Add equal amounts of spinach on top of each fillet.  Roll up the fillets, spinach inside, and wrap one piece of ham around each fillet.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat.  Add fillets, turning occasionally until the flounder is opaque and ham is slightly browned, about 8 minutes.  Put fillets on serving plates, sprinkle with parsley, and keep warm.
  3. Add vermouth and lemon juice to skillet.  Stir for about 30 seconds, then drizzle mixture on top of fillets.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge, and enjoy!

It’s actually more simple than it might sound.  For me, the hardest part was turning the fillets (as you can probably tell from my picture, since they didn’t want to stay in one piece).

In addition to the fish, I made a some cucumber-and-lemon water to sip while we ate.  Clearly I’m not counting down the days until summer or anything.

I promise, I’ll work on my photography skills for next time.

Holly, not Hollie

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