Day 16


I am typing over a baby in my lap, and it is tricky business. In fact, along the lines of honestly, I have no idea how I am doing any of this, but it just keeps on going. Ahem, ok, so TODAY was pretty good overall. Here is what I ate:


Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, whipped butter, 1 cup coffee w 1% milk. Ok, so steel cut oats are NOT the same as oatmeal. They are just as healthy, but not nearly as easy OR as tasty. It took me forever to cook this and then I accidentally made way too much. And then I didn’t like how they tasted that much. I ate 1 serving and put it away. And then…


Lunch: Steel Cut Oats AGAIN! I made so much I felt guilty throwing it out. So I ate one more serving and then tossed the rest. If nothing else, it was filling! It was a worthy experiment, but I’m sticking with oatmeal from now on.


Snack: red seedless grapes


Dinner: whole wheat ziti with tomato, basil, mozzarella in olive oil, mesclun salad with tomato and oil & vinegar dressing, 1 piece chicken with lemon sauce and 1 serving butternut squash.


All in all, not the most well rounded day. It could’ve been worse. The steel oats experiment is now in the past. If I ever make that stuff again, I will definitely make sure to not make so damn much!




This is the same as 2 days ago.


Used the thigh chisel video as my warm up: https://vimeo.com/37502944


1-Stationary Lunges:  (or split squats- same thing)- go down into the lunge, do a bicep curl, complete the lunge 8lbs 10x- last time hold down 10 seconds.


2-Walk down and up stairs holding the 8lb weights (17 steps- I counted today)


3-Stationary Lunges: left leg forward


4-Walk down /up stairs holding the 8lb weights


5- Squat with Overhead Press 8lbs 20x


Repeat 1-5


6-On back on the ground, with legs in table top- Chest Flies- 8lbs 5x  (I made this MUCH easier today because my chest muscles were still sore from 2 days ago. Other than that, this is the same workout)


7-Knee Push Ups 10x


Repeat 6-7


8-Upright Row 8lbs 15x


9-Overhead Press 8lbs 15x


10-Lateral Arm Raises- alternate arms 8lbs 15x each arm


11- One arm Tricep Extension 8lbs 20x right then left


Repeat 8-11


12- Forearm Plank 20 seconds


13-Double Crunch 30x


Repeat 12-13




Also, I want to give myself credit for taking the baby and the dog for walks up the mega hill on my road. It’s so steep I have to slalem the stroller on the way down.  I try to do this walk everyday and I always feel every muscle in my legs working and my heart rate goes up. Then add the stroller with the baby in it. Then add the 50 pound dog who makes me drag her up the hill. It makes for a pretty good cardio burst and leg workout.


What I have going for me in general: Just want to do an overview today. In general I can give myself credit for staying away from sweets and processed foods (yes, the carrot cake and cannoli count, but it’s obvious that it was a rare occurrence and that’s what matters. I don’t go out seeking these things). I rarely eat bread and when I do I limit it to 2 slices per day. I eat at least 1 serving of protein every day and I usually get more than 5 servings of veggies (though not today), and I don’t snack on bags of processed crap like chips.


What I could work on in general: I could work on getting a more balanced diet. I have my supplement as insurance, but would be better to try to get more vits and nutrients from my food. Not falling into the ‘obligation’ trap or the “well it was here so I ate it” trap.


And that’s a wrap for today!


Your Fitness Coach,

Miranda Zukowski





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