Elena's Quest

Balancing family, fitness, faith, career and fun!

Weigh in and first day January 9, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elena @ 6:49 am

Well Saturday was the orientation at Farrell’s!  We got weighed, measured and did some baseline testing.  I weighed in at 143.  Although I am smart enough to know that scale weight isn’t everything I know that I feel best around 130-132.  The baseline sit  up and push up tests were not too bad but my arms  were definitely a little lot fatigued  after a minute of pushups!  And don’t even get me started on the run……I mean I am kind of a runner and the mile was HARD (she actually said it is a little over a mile).  Not sure what the deal was but we will see at then end of 10 weeks if my time improved (hopefully).  Starting stats:

Weight – 143

Body Fat – 25.2 (EEK!!!!)

Sit ups – 17

Push ups – 27

Sit and Reach – 22 1/2

Mile(ish) run – 9:43

I think at week 5 there is a mini evaluation and the final is week 10 which will coincide EXACTLY with us leaving for Texas to see Tony’s sisters and our nieces, etc.  Good goal 🙂

Anyhow, today was the first REAL day and I LOVED it!  It was kickboxing and I’ve always enjoyed that.  The 4:45 alarm was a little bit of a rude awakening but once I was there it was fine.  I am so looking forward to the journey!

I prepped my food for today yesterday so should be spot on today.  Also picked up some groceries from Costco to help get me through the week healthfully.  Prep is at least 1/2 the battle when it comes to eating healthy I think.  I’ll post my food for the day later!

Anyhow, off to get ready for work.  Last week was relatively successful so I have two new employees starting this week and 2 more next week -just have to keep the momentum up!  Happy Monday!


First day of 2012! January 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elena @ 8:56 pm

Happy New Year!  I REALLY can’t believe it’s 2012.  This year will be 20 years that Tony and I have been together – wow!  That makes me feel OLD but also very HAPPY.  I am so pleased when I look around at the family we have created and the life we have built.  Many days I still don’t feel “grown up” though.  It’s weird but I have heard similar things from my friends too so I know I’m not alone!

Anyhow, we had a fantastic NYE!  Both of the daughters had plans with their friends and did sleep overs.  Tony, my BFF and I hung out at home, ate, drank and watched “Bad Teacher” then played some poker (very badly).  The meal consisted of filet mignon, crab legs, salad, potatoes and apple tartlets for dessert.  YUM!  Tony was our mixologist and poured some verrrrry yummy martinis and we finished with champagne at midnight.

I did get outside for a run yesterday morning.  This is the first outdoor run since the triathlon back in June and it felt GREAT!  I did my 3+  mile route and took two walk breaks.  Even with those I managed a 5.7 pace – nothing record breaking but not bad for just getting back in to it.  I used the GPS application on my iPhone which is amazing and comes in handy when I have not charged my Garmin.

After the run I had just enough time to shower and get ready before BFF got here.  She also brought her two dogs with her.  It was so cute to watch all 4 dogs run around chasing each other and playing!  We all went to the barn (hubby, kiddos and BFF) to show off our new horse, Trader, and then out for a light lunch as we knew we wanted to have room for our fantastic dinner!  After that we went home, got the girls all dropped off at their locations and then settled in to cook.  Also watched Bad Teacher which was so raunchy and inappropriate yet hilarious at the same time!  We know how to rock out NYE here in Iowa 🙂

Me and BFF

Me and Trader (excuse the evil camera phone horse eyes)

Once my friend left my kids and I went to the barn and took Trader some home made horse treats we had cooked up.  I think he was very appreciative!

Exercise today consisted of 40 minutes on the spin bike.  I am excited that I am establishing some consistency around activity and am so ready to get started with Farrells!  In addition, I am really working toward making better food choices.  While I know the Farrells eating plan will be pretty regimented I am trying to get on track with more whole food and portion control now, even before the program starts.  I will be posting my starting stats and pictures and at this point am guessing I’d like to lose somewhere between 10-15 pounds over the course of the 10 week program. Mostly, I have certain things that need to fit again so will use those as a measure of progress.

Dinner was homemade butternut squash soup and homemade french bread – yum!  I know the bread will have to go soon – at least during the “losing” phase but it was fantastic today – straight from the oven at dinner time!

Of course since it is New Years day I have been thinking about goals.  I will post more about this tomorrow as I am pondering other changes or desires for 2012 outside of fitness.  This blog is all about trying to balance everything and of course fitness / healthy eating is just PART of that.  I really need to nail down my goals around family time, career and faith.  Luckily I have tomorrow off work and nothing on the agenda so I should be able to devote some time and brain power to that!

How about you – what are your non-fitness goals for 2012?  How about the fitness ones?