I’ve moved

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

i’ve moved locations…. www.nono2yoyo.com please

update your info!! ūüôā see ya there!!

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m pregnant!! …..ok Just kidding. But I am moving!¬† Not cities or houses or jobs,
but blog locations!  You can now find me at 

New site: http://www.nono2yoyo.com
Feed: http://www.nono2yoyo.com/?feed=rss2

It’s still the same blog but in a new location and with a new look! I will be posting all of my new posts on that site,¬†so make sure to¬†update all your¬†feeds, links, blogs etc¬†to the new site address so you can come and visit me there! I just finished the transfer this morning and am still working on a few things so bare with me. I’m excited that I have my own site…i’ve never had one before. yay!

Also…

If you have ever thought about self hosting but aren’t quite sure how to make the switch, check out this amazing blog that I came across the other day. Its called Health Blog Helper. If you are new to the health/food/fitness blogging world like me there are so many things that exist that I’m not even aware of, and at¬†times its pretty overwhelming. Health Blog Helper¬†has been a life saver! Matt, the host has¬†been so awesome to¬†answer every single question i’ve had about moving my blog and figuring out how things work.¬†I’m no stranger to technology but there is a lot to¬†know and learn¬†and without the help of him and his blog I would not even know where to start!
Thanks Matt!

I’m still experimenting with the new layout and look check it out and let me know what you think!

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Diet Coke and Poop

September 25, 2009 4 comments

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Diet Coke and Poop.  Do they have anything in common??

Sorry to say the¬†“P” word…but it’s what this post is all about. Before I get started I have a short disclaimer: I realize that the amount of diet coke¬†I’m about to tell you about is an awful, crazy, disgusting, absurd, ridiculous, crazy, stupid amount. Just for the record, I know.

I thought it was important to throw that out there before I tell you just how much I was drinking.

I have always had a hard time with my digestion…mostly the part where the food exits your body. I just¬†couldn’t go. It was pretty normal for me to go just once a week.¬† It’s been that way since I can remember. (i’ve also drank diet coke since i can remember). I’d tried everything over the counter or prescription. I’ve eaten unheard of amounts my fiber, and enough berries that should make you sick. I’d upped my wanter in take… but still….nothing, nothing , and nothing.¬†¬†

After complaining about my problem one day and going through list after list of all the things i’d tried with little to no results, my hubby suggested that I stop drinking diet soda.¬† He suggested that I just give it a try to see if it made a difference.¬† His theory was that the diet coke was going in my body and mixing with my food and turning into a hard tar that would stick to the inside of my stomach and take weeks to come out.¬† He’s told me to do this a million times before but I never listened.¬† Since I had already been making a bunch of healthy changes (many of which he suggested)and seeing such great results, I thought it would be stupid to not try this one!

So..I decided I wouldn’t drink any diet coke for two weeks and see what happened.¬†

Before I tell you how it all worked out, let me share with just you how much diet coke I WAS drinking on a daily, weekly and bi-weekly basis.

Here was a typical day:
9am: 12oz diet coke
12pm: 12oz diet coke after lunch
2pm: 120z diet coke
4:30pm: 120z diet coke when I got home
7:00pm: 120z diet coke with dinner

I did not always have the last two sodas, but I at least ALWAYS had three a day. I think its safe to say that I was drinking about four 120z cans of diet soda a day.  The weekends had to be much more than that.  Probably 7-9 120z cans a day. (when we go out to eat I can easily drink 3 or 4 diet cokes).

So lets do the math there…..

4 /12oz X  4 days a week= 16
7/ 12oz  X 3 days a week= 21
Weekly Total: 37 Minimum
Bi-Weekly Total: 74
Monthly: 148

74 diet cokes in two weeks minimum. 148 per month. WHAT!!! That’s¬†twelve twelve packs in a month, thats almost $50 a month on freaking diet coke.¬†AHHH!!¬† I had never added it up before.¬† I actually didn’t even add it up until I was done with the two week experiment. I went from drinking 74 diet cokes in two weeks to none.¬†I couldn’t believe the number I was drinking when I added it up. My jaw dropped.¬†

So….what was the result you ask?¬† POOP!¬† ūüôā ha ha Sorry to say so but its true! After about day four without the soda I was able to go to the bathroom and not just once, but regularly.¬† NO JOKE. I couldn’t believe it…actually I could believe it, but I was kinda surprised it worked.¬† Score: Dave 1 Natalie 0.¬† More like Dave 1 million Nat 0.¬† He always knows whats best! Why did I just now start listening?

Since then I have¬†totally limited the amount of diet coke I drink. I now maybe drink 2 or 3 in a week, which I feel great about.¬† The thing is, I love diet coke. It is a treat to me.¬† So to limit it completely is not something I feel like I must do.¬†Once and a while is A OKAY by me.¬† I feel so much better now that I know I am not poising my body.¬† I never realized how much damage it was doing to my insides, and to be honest I didn’t really care.¬† Example: The other morning when we were getting on the plane to come back to Utah I saw a guy drinking a Diet Pepsi and I about gagged. (It was¬†¬†4:30am).¬† As horrible as it was that he was putting that into his body, I hate to admit¬†I used to do the exact same thing. It¬†wasn’t rare for me to drive to work early a.m. drinking a diet coke. If you looked next to my¬†night stand what would you see?….diet coke.¬†Hello!! I thought nothing of it.¬† Now I cringe when I see people¬†“abusing”¬†their bodies the way I¬†used to.¬†It’s not until I started caring about my body from the inside out that I started to care what I put inside of it!¬†

Since I have stopped drinking diet coke like a crazy person, the outcome has been wonderful! My digestive problems have all but gone away and I feel great. I drink SO much more water and I believe it’s also helped me not crave sweets as much.

So to answer my question from the beginning of this post….Yes Diet Coke and Poop have quite a bit in common.

QA:
Are you or were you addicted to something unhealthy?

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Day 2 Crossfit

September 24, 2009 12 comments

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Missed Day 1 Crossfit?

WEEEEEEEEW eee! Even more sore today than I was yesterday. I kinda like it though is that wierd?¬†Yesterdays workout was harder than the day before. I’m feeling sore all over today, not sure why because we didn’t do a full body workout.¬†

I was kinda having a blah day yesterday. I was SUPER tired, and had a head ache for most of the day.¬† When I got home I was not in the mood to go work out but I knew i’d feel better after.¬† Sure enough after the workout I felt awesome.¬† Sure I was sopping wet and my muscles began to tighten, but I felt awesome!¬† Here is what we did…

800M run (.50 miles)
Nat: Avrg speed 6.2 Dave Avg Speed: 6.9
25 KTE (Knees touch elbows)
15 Box jumps

Repeat 4 times!

Wow. This was not easy.¬† The runs weren’t too bad the first time through but after the second and third we were both fighting for air.¬† The KTE’s were killer.¬† It takes every muscle in your body to pull your knees up to touch your elbows, and when your done doing that, jumping up and down onto the box tops it all off!

We were sweating like crazy. We didn’t finish with abs because the KTE’s were enough for us.¬† We stretched and talked about the workout and let our heart rates recover a bit before heading home.

When we got in the car these were dave exact words..”I really like these workouts, they aren’t too long and are super intense. I want to die while i’m doing it but I feel awesome after.”

I’m so glad he likes it…because I love it. And I love doing it together.¬† When I was with my trainer I wasn’t able to slack or take too much time to rest, and it feels the same with Dave. I want to keep up with him and finish in good time so I know i’m pushing myself harder than I would if I was on my own and I really like that!

Day 2 was great.¬† We are taking a rest day today and again on Sunday.¬† When we start back up on Monday I think we will take rest days on Fridays and Sundays. Dave’s muscles are really sore and¬†since he is usually in such great shape working out every day he isnt used to feeling sore. Me on the other hand, it seems like every time I met with my trainer I was in for some pain the next day.¬† I have so many muscles that aren’t developed that its easier for me to get sore than him, but since he hadn’t worked out in over a month, he is feeling it big time! I’m feeling it too, but I’m kinda used to it. ūüôā¬†¬†¬†

We took our measurements yesterday. After we were finished dave looked at the numbers and said…”hey our measurements are about the same”…..some of yours are bigger.¬† I immediately looked at him and said…”uh why would you want to point that out……” he looked at me with a worried look on his face and said…”i dont know”. ha ha ha¬†it was funny. I laughed and told him I was kidding! I didn’t care.¬†Hello I am 5’5 and he is 6’4. Yes some of our measurements were similar, but¬†i’m not going to even entertain the¬†thought¬†of letting that bother me. It doesn’t make sense. (plus he is lean and has¬†long lean¬†legs¬†so it’s not like¬†it’s a bad thing).

The truth is though, in the past that might have made me feel bad and feel self concise or insecure. I might have gotten a little bugged at him for pointing that out.¬† I used to be so touchy and worried about anything he or anyone else would say about me and my body. I would ask him a question and if i didn’t get what I thought was the right response I automatically made myself feel bad.¬†I constantly thought he thought things about me that I now know are not true.¬† The truth is….. He thinks I’m beautiful.He thinks I skinny He loves me the way I am.¬† And he’s¬†thought it all along. I just never believed it until now.¬† Want to know why? Because I didn’t think¬†it about¬†myself.¬† Until I started to focus on¬†positive good uplifting thoughts and work on giving myself complements, I couldn’t believe that he or anyone else may actually be telling the truth.¬†

Unfortunately as women I think we all do this to a certain extent!¬†We are WAY to critical of ourself.¬† Our poor husbands or BF’s end up having to walk around on egg shells because¬†they are worried that they might not say the right thing.¬† Can they read our minds…NO! So why should we expect them to? Next time your husband boyfriend or whoever gives you a compliment or tells you something positive about yourself, instead or asking them if they mean¬†it or analyzing how they said¬†it to¬†try and¬†figure out what they really meant….just¬†BELIEVE it. You are beautiful, and you deserve to believe it!

QA:
 Do you have a hard time believing compliments about yourself?

  

 

Weekend Update…a little late

September 24, 2009 4 comments

 

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Finally an update from our weekend in Illinois.¬† I can’t upload pictures at work and we have been super busy afterwards so it took until last night to get these babys uploaded.¬†

Weekend Recap:

We had a great weekend!¬† The travel was a bit rough however. We didn’t get to bed the first night until nearly 3:00am and on the morning we left to come home we had to be up at 2:30am.¬† By the time we made it home yesterday we were pooped!

The weekend was filled with family, fun, relaxing, baby holding, food¬†and lots of talking.¬† I got up first thing Friday morning and went on a run. It was so beautiful. Since I hadn’t had a chance to exercise in two days I was more than excited to get some good sweating¬†in.¬† The entire run was absolutely beautiful!¬† The air was¬†cool and there was a slight breeze…it was perfect.¬† I was so excited to explore. I have never been to Illinois when it wasn’t cold, so I have not had the chance to do any on foot exploration.

I didn’t take the camera along on my run the first day, but the next morning Dave accompanied me on a LONG walk and we got some great pictures!

Before we started just off to the side of my brother in-laws drive way we ran in to this little guy

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I have never seen a turtle that was not in a cage…isn’t he cute?¬† He just sat there and let me take his picture. I’m not sure where he was going…but from the way things looked it was going to take him a while to get there.

We started off on this road..isn’t it cute? Gravel road, big trees, corn field in the distance….it was beautiful
country road

When¬†we made it to the end of the road we were¬†right in front of this beautiful corn field. I’ve never seen a corn field up close before….it was really pretty
corn stalk

Dave husked the corn to reveal the YELLOWEST corn i’d ever seen
yellow corn

He showed me something he used to do when he was younger (pop the hardened corn off the cob by twisting the cob back and forth)…it was really hard to do for my little fingers, but he popped away, it was cool to watch
cobbing the corn

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After messing around with the corn we continued on our walk…only to be interrupted by¬†A willy worm (I think). It was so cute. It is a fuzzy catapiller. He was cruising really fast across the road. (We ran into about 20 of these along the way) I¬†couln’t believe how fast they were! I’d never seen one before so I was fascinated.
willy worm

There were so many new things that¬†I had never seen before that It made it hard to keep a steady pace the entire time, and since I run much slower than dave, he lagged behind while I ran here and there to keep my heart rate up. (Isn’t the scenery amazing?!)

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yummy smell tree

big tree

We ended up at Rend Lake. Dave used to come here on his bike and four-wheeler as a kid.

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He hadn’t ever gone on foot to this spot¬†and didn’t realize how long it would take to get there and back.¬† We were gone over 2 hours.

On the way back we saw this….ha ha a beetle pushing a piece of poop four times its size, he was cooking it!…its was really funny
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We made it back an hour and a half later than planned, but it was really fun!¬† We had a hoarse fly chase us, saw endless¬†feilds of soy beans, huge worm webs and many other bugs that I’d never seen.¬† The walk ended with a huge finale.¬† The most disgusting, huge, unbelievable spider I have ever and will ever see.¬† This picture is disturbing.¬† The butt on this thing is the size of a LARGE grape. Or the tip of¬†your thumb.¬† Its legs were thick and so long….the picture does not do it justice

Spider
I was creeped out the rest of the trip. I checked the sheets every night and dreamt of spiders when I closed my eyes.  I had constant goosebumps and was flat out disgusted!

Ok enough about that stupid spider. The rest of the weekend was really nice.¬† We took a nice drive to a near by city to¬†eat¬†¬†lunch with Dave’s parents

drive
Check out these beautiful tree’s in front of the house

trees nat
On Saturday after noon we had a bbq with the family and enjoyed the beautiful weather

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And spent hours doing this (dave’s first nephew on his side baby joel)

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We did a lot¬†of this too…(relaxing)

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¬†Sorry for the picture over load, I had a lot of fun taking pictures, there were so many new things for me to discover!¬†All in all we had¬†great weekend! It was wonderful to see family, so fun to meet our newest nephew! It was also really fun getting out and exploring. The exercise we did flew by because we were having so much fun and seeing new things!¬† What a great way to work off those extra calories that we always seem to eat on vacation.¬† Dave and I always have good intentions of eating healthy and not over doing it when we¬†go on vacation, but¬†it always seems that we end up eating way too much. Being out of your normal routine, eating food your not used to eating, indulging in desert every night….it can really add up!!¬† Thank goodness for Crossfit! ūüôā

Question:
Do you get off track with your eating  when you are on vacation?
Do you exercise on vacation?

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Counting Calories

September 23, 2009 15 comments

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I have always counted calories. I can tell you how many calories are in any food you can think of (as long as i’ve heard of it).¬† I’ve memorized the serving and portion sizes on every food label and am well aware of the calories in hundreds of dishes at hundreds of restaurants. I am familiar with every¬†calorie counting site that’s out there and have compared food¬†between all the sites.¬†I never intended to memorize how many calories were in everything, but after obsessing over it for so long, it¬†just¬†happened. I became my own calorie directory.

Anytime I ate anything I¬†would either write down exactly what I had eaten portion size and all or I’d¬†leave a running total in my head, which would eventually get written down, I have notebook after note book tracking my daily intake. It wasn’t odd to find sticky notes around the house with random¬†numbers that would eventually be added into the daily total.¬† Every bite, every sip, every crunch…I counted.¬† Oh the insanity. Oh the burden. Oh the responsiblity.¬† It¬†was a chore. I’ve counted calories for so long that I don’t know how to not count them.

Over the past 10 months I¬† have¬†tried to stop counting calories and measure or count every single thing I put in my mouth and I have¬†gotten so much better. But still almost everyday I¬†end up¬†calculating¬†calories. Sometimes its at the end of the day or sometimes its in the middle.¬†I’ll leave a running total in my head or jot it on a piece of paper…its not that I’m trying to stay below a certain number of calories¬†like I¬†have done in the past. I think it has something to do with me worrying¬†I might be eating too much or even too little, or maybe I just don’t remember how to eat without counting.

I’m not quite sure how to kick this habit, and I’d love any ideas, suggestions, or personal triumphs.¬† I try to eat when my body is hungry and choose foods that are healthy and nutritious, but I’ve still not been able to let go of the counting completely.¬† It is no longer an obsession but a small reminder or my past and something i’d like to eliminate completely.¬† I know that many of you have been in similar situations and have found success, or maybe you have¬†never even counted calories and are “normal” eater…either way I’d love some suggestions and a helping hand.

Here are a few questions:

Do you count calories?
(if yes, is it an obsession or is it helpful and positive)
 (if no, have you ever in the past and was it a positive experience )

If you don’t count calories how do you keep track of what you eaten on a daily basis?

Have you or are you currently losing weight without counting calories?

What do you think about calorie counting?

Day 1 Crossfit

September 23, 2009 3 comments

My muscles are sore!¬† Yesterdays work out was awesome! It was surprisingly short,¬†but KICKED OUR BUTTS. Dave has not worked out for over a month and the workout nearly killed him, poor guy. His lungs were burning!¬† Mine were too, but since¬†I have been working out consistently it wasn’t as brutal for me.¬†He did finish a lot quicker than me and was¬†lifting a lot more weights, but I think his gap in exercise contributed to his lungs¬†being on fire.

Here’s what we did: I listed the weight we used for each exercise to the side. Mine is the first dave’s is the second.

15 Dead Lifts      (45lbs/115lbs)
15 Wall balls      (14lbs/20lbs)
15 Burpees   (body weight)
15 Dips         (I used the assited pull up dip machine and added 12lbs on for support)

Repeated 3 times. The goal is to rest as little as possible between sets.

Sounds like it would be a piece of cake right?¬† Wrong.¬† Alone any of these exercises would be pretty easy, but when you put them all together with little to no rest after each set, it is¬† REDICULOUSLY hard.¬† It took a good 5-10 minutes to bring my heart rate down enough to add on some sit ups at the end, and by the time we walked out to the car, both of our thighs were already sore! Ha….too funny! The workout only latest about 20 minutes so it was really short but super intense. Todays workout will last a bit longer and looks really hard..i’m excited!¬†

It doesn’t look like anyone is interested in joining us on our 30 day Crossfit challenge, but thats ok…if you don’t want to do it, you can still read about what we are doing here.

I don’t know what it is about a butt kicking workout but it makes me feel like a million dollars. I feel so strong and proud.¬† I feel like I can accomplish anything. I love how working out gives me a positive attitute¬†and the confidence to¬†achive big things.

Before I started my change to a¬† “healthy lifestyle” I truly thought exercise was just a stepping stone that helped me lose¬†weight, period dot.¬†I never thought it was more than that. I never imagined i’d be someone who worked out¬†on a daily basis and NEVER though i’d¬†ever¬†love it.¬†Now¬†I can’t imagine not doing it. Happy day. ūüôā

We came home after the work out and had a yummy dinner.¬† Whole wheat angel hair pasta with Morning Star Grillers Crumbels and yummy spaghetti sauce.¬† After dinner I had a sweet tooth like normal and I wasn’t sure what to eat. I usually go for some peanut butter or rice pudding, but since were not eating sugar I opted for some fresh peaches. Even though I love fruit, it was not what I was craving. But what do you know….they were delish.¬†I was just as satisfied with a bowl of peaches as I would have been with something full of sugar.
Fancy that. ūüôā

I meant to upload some pictures last night from our trip to Illinois so I could give an update from the weekend, but I forgot. I’ll try and get to it tonight.

Have a wonderful day!

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