Butternut Squash Smoothie, Weight Loss & A Giveaway Winner

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Happy Daylight-Saving-Time!  Happy One-Week-Until-My-Birthday!  Happy It’s-Practically-Spring! Happy Pi Day! Happy Day! Did I miss anything?

Odd's Cafe, West Asheville, NC

Did you have a good weekend? Drink lots of coffee? Eat lots of good food?  Do lots of yoga? I did.

But before we get to that, let me announce the WINNER of my Odd’s Cafe Gift Card Giveaway!

Odd's Cafe Giveaway- www.roseyrebecca.com

Thanks to all that entered and I wish all of you could win! Loved reading about your favorite coffee shop drinks, so many I need to try!  Also thanks to those of you who followed Odd’s and Rosey Rebecca on social media.  I know Odd’s would agree that we both really appreciate the support!

Enough talk: The winner of the Odd’s Cafe Gift Card Giveaway is:

CHRISTINA who said: Hmmm. I guess the most interesting drink to me will always be a Cafe ‘Ole at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. I love returning to that town and settling down for a warm glass of chicory coffee infused with warm milk. I guess I’m old school. Lol

Congratulations, Christina! Please send an email to rebecca@roseyrebecca.com by midnight tomorrow (March 15) to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you, I will choose a new winner on Wednesday, March 16.  Note: I used the Random Integer Generator to select the winner.

Even if you didn’t win, you should still go to Odd’s and drink all the lattes and eat all the vegetarian strata!

Vegetarian Chorizo Strata from Odd's Cafe, West Asheville, NC

I’m actually sitting in Odd’s drinking a blackberry iced tea as I type this post.  I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I lived in coffee shops all weekend.  Jeff had events to attend both Saturday and Sunday so I was on my own all weekend.  Basically the past couple days have looked like this:

Sleep. Coffee.  Eat.  Exercise. Coffee.  Eat.  Blog.  Coffee.  Eat.  Sleep.

Oh, and drink smoothies.

Smoothie

I think I threw my whole kitchen into the blender. In the mix:

  • Frozen Butternut Squash
  • Frozen Berries
  • Banana
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Whole Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • Flax Seed Meal
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Spinach
  • Oats

A few of you have asked about the addition of butternut squash to my smoothies, so here’s the deal: you can barely taste it but it makes the texture SO creamy. Plus it’s frozen so it’s a great veggie alternative to ice. Super healthy and super sneaky. Do it! I promise you’ll love it.

I gulped that down Friday afternoon after I busted out Level One of Jillian’s 30-Day-Shred. In case you missed it, I’m adding Jillian’s DVD to my workout routine because I’ve packed on a few extra pounds and I’ve done it before and know that it works!  Instead of doing 30 days in a row, I’m doing it three times a week and mixing in spinning and yoga classes.  Friday was probably my ninth time doing it (I’ve been bad about keeping track) so I plan to move on to Level Two next week (there are three levels- the idea is to do each level for 10 days before progressing to the next one)

A few weeks ago, I sent out this tweet:

Well, guess what?  My first time doing it again was REALLY hard!  Let me just warn you, whether it’s your first time doing it or you’re just getting back into it, Jillian does not kid around. I mean, the first strength move is push-ups, which I hate just a little bit less than burpees. BUT while I was doing it on Friday I noticed that it didn’t seem as hard anymore. Don’t get me wrong- it’s still a killer workout, but I wasn’t completely dying during it and I didn’t have to take any breaks.  I felt stronger. I know this is an older workout DVD but I definitely recommend it because it works!  I took pictures before starting this workout routine a few weeks ago and we’ll see if I’m brave enough to share them in a month or two.

Have Patience With All Things, But, First of All, With Yourself.

I’m constantly reminding myself to be patient with weight loss, which is hard for me because I’m not a very patient person.  It’s especially frustrating for me because I lost 30 pounds when I started this blog in 2009 and I guess I forgot how hard it is, both physically and mentally.  I want to be honest you: I’m back to the weight I was before I started this blog.  I also want to admit I think I was a little too skinny when I lost weight the first time around. This time, while I’m definitely aiming to get back to a healthy weight, my main goal is to feel strong and fit.

So along with being painfully impatient, I’m trying to keep off the scale and focus more on how I feel and how my clothes fit.  I was frustrated a few days ago because, after working out consistently for the past several weeks, the scale told me my weight hadn’t budged a  bit.  At the same time, however, my clothes fit better and I feel more  fit. I notice more definition in my muscles and feel stronger in general.

I’m trying to not get discouraged when I don’t see results right away. I’ve done 16 bicycle crunches. Where is my six-pack?  I’m trying to focus more on celebrating my gains, like the fact that I can do push-ups now without my arms feeling like they’re going to break off and that I can complete a spin class without feeling like I’m never going to be able to breathe again.  I’m also trying not to be too hard on myself. I mean, I did  undergo hip surgery not too long ago and working out just isn’t what it used to be.

I also know that a big part of losing weight is diet and I’ve been focusing on that too, although it might not seem like it with all the french fry sandwiches and humongous veggie burgers I’ve been posting lately.  I truly believe in the 80/20 rule for healthy eating.  In fact, I feel like my diet is more 90/10.  I eat a super healthy diet 90 percent of the time and splurge 10 percent of the time.  I’ve been watching my portion sizes and incorporating more fruits and veggies into my daily meals (Hello Butternut Squash Smoothie!). I’ve also been cooking a lot more at home.  When I first started this blog, I posted three times a day and documented everything I ate. I can’t even imagine doing that now. So what you see on my blog and Instagram are snippets, not the full story.

I don’t know why I feel compelled to explain my diet, but I do.  I feared when writing this post that people would think, well of course she’s not losing weight, look at what she eats.  As I’m typing this out now though I know that’s completely ridiculous. My diet is so much healthier than it’s ever been and I’m not ashamed of it.  The thing I love most about blogging and the blogging community is that I truly feel like I can open up when I write here.   It also keeps me accountable and inspires me, which is why I started blogging in the first place.

So, all that said, I know I’m getting somewhere; it’s just going to take a bit more time.  I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again.

never give up on a dream

This post went completely off topic from what I was going to talk about today.  Sometimes that just happens when I start writing and I’m ok with that.

But because I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I ate good food this weekend, I’ll leave you with a picture of the veggie BLT I had at City Bakery on Saturday.

Veggie BLT with Avocado- City Bakery, Asheville

You’re welcome.

Are you a patient person?

How do you deal with having to wait to accomplish your goals?

Favorite smoothie ingredient?

Best thing you ate this weekend?

Let’s chat!

Have a great Monday <3

(I’m linking up with Marvelous MondayMeatless Monday, and Sunday Fitness & Food)

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The Three Ways Hip Surgery Has Changed My Approach To Fitness

The other day I decided since it’s March and March is technically spring that it can’t be cold anymore.  So I packed away all of my winter clothes just to make it really official.  Unfortunately the weather didn’t get the memo and last night, as it snowed, I found myself buried under two blankets, wearing knee-high socks, and surrounded by a pillow fort that I built, because I’m five.   I was also pretty much dressed like this:

Rosey Rebecca snow

Except imagine me with short hair and inside on the couch surrounded by a pillow fort.  I would have taken a  picture but I was too cold. So instead you get this glorious picture of me from six years ago. You’re welcome.

This is the exact opposite of how I felt Thursday morning at spin class, where I was dripping in sweat, with my hair tied back with a headband because I forgot a hair tie (don’t do that).  If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen this tweet:

Luckily I was in the back row and no one had to see my butt.

Speaking of spinning, I promised a post about my workouts lately and how they differ now that I’ve had hip surgery.  So enough talking about how I mooned everyone in spin class and let’s get to it, shall we?  (But first, if you haven’t seen this Flash Mob Spin Class Wedding Proposal, you need to get on that ASAP)

The Chocolate Moose, Greenville, SC

I’ve learned a lot about my body since it first started acting up in March  2014.  Up until then, I’d had my fair share of sports injuries but nothing compared to what I went through with my hip. I’ve been pretty active since I started my blog in 2009 and I’ve tried a lot of workouts: spinning, body pump, yoga, pilates, road biking, running, crossfit.  So I was beside myself when the right side of my body just stopped working all of the sudden.  What made it worse was that the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me for so long.  Working out is my outlet, my stress relief.  I’ve always struggled with anxiety and not being able to work out and not knowing how to fix it was really hard on me.

On top of that, the weight that I had worked so hard to lose when I started this blog in 2009 had crept back on and I felt like I couldn’t control it at all.  By the time my doctor realized I needed hip surgery it had been seven months and I could barely walk, let alone work out.  I was really mad at my body. I felt betrayed by it  and as though I was being punished.  I thought it was unfair that I was stuck in my predicament despite the fact that I tried to do all the right things to take care of my body. Even though these weren’t rational thoughts, it’s how I felt and I couldn’t control it.

Physical therapy after surgery was very humbling.  Three times a week for three months I learned how to use my lower body again. I felt my hip get stronger with every session. I felt almost back to normal.  I celebrated tiny accomplishments like I’d completed a marathon.  Fitness goals for me then were SO different from what they were before I injured my hip.  All I wanted was to feel normal again, like my body wasn’t working against me.   So a year out from surgery, the way I think about workouts is very different.  My main goals now are to lose the weight again, but also to prevent hurting my hip again (and other injuries) and to feel strong enough to do normal, everyday things, like bending down to pick up a box or walking for even half a mile.

There are three very important ways in which I work toward these goals and I want to share them with you because I feel like they’re helpful even if you haven’t had hip surgery.

The Three Ways Hip Surgery Has Changed My Approach To Fitness- roseyrebecca.com

I LISTEN TO MY BODY AND UNDERSTAND ITS LIMITS

If I didn’t understand this before, I definitely do now.  My body is much more sensitive post-surgery; It speaks to me and lets me know when I’m pushing too hard or if its had enough. I struggled a lot with this before I hurt my hip.  Part of this is accepting that there are some things my body just isn’t ready for or straight up can’t do anymore.  For example, my hip completely rebelled last month when I was doing BodyPump a few times a week, so I stopped going.  As much as I love BodyPump, my body just isn’t there yet. I’ve also accepted that there are some yoga poses my hip just doesn’t like anymore. Spinning is OK for me because I can control the resistance on the bike and take breaks when I need them.  Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred is OK some days and not others.  My hip LIVES for rest days. and, as a whole, my body ALWAYS feels better when I listen to it.  Listening to my body has made not care as much about what other people are doing in the gym. I know what is working for my  body and that’s all that matters.

I ASK FOR HELP WHEN I NEED IT

Part of the reason I love group fitness classes so much is that most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing.  I absolutely adore my yoga and spin instructors at Gold’s Gym. They all know about my hip surgery (my spin instructor has even had both of her hips replaced) and they are so open to helping me find modifications and making sure I am doing things correctly. As I said above, a key part of healing for me is knowing when to stop if something doesn’t feel right and all of my instructors are so in tune to this. It really makes me feel supported and like I’m taking extra care of my body.  Just the other day I mentioned to my yoga instructor that my hip had been acting up during one of the poses. She not only took the time after class to show me modifications but also referred me to a physical therapist  that specializes in therapeutic yoga. Now I have an appointment with her and one more person on my team to support me. You will never regret reaching out and asking for a support system when you’re having a tough time with something- this goes for anything in life- not just fitness.

I AM MORE PATIENT AND GRATEFUL FOR WHAT MY BODY DOES FOR ME

This might be the biggest part of how my approach to fitness has changed since hip surgery. I am not a patient person and I get discouraged pretty easily, especially when it comes to fitness gains.  I am very much an all or nothing type of person. But when trying to snap back from such a huge setback, I’ve learned that time and patience is the only thing that will really help me heal. It took me THREE months post surgery to be able to walk a mile without pain. Instead of getting frustrated I focused on being thankful that my body was working with me, not against me. I am grateful for each day I wake up and my hip doesn’t hurt, that I can hike a mile or more, that I can take a spinning class with no pain.  It’s really true that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone and for me, it took a major injury and surgery to appreciate my body. I’m not mad at it anymore for breaking. If anything, I am so grateful for the lessons its taught me throughout this whole process.  As I mentioned above, I celebrate tiny victories. Three squats is better than no squats and I know with time and patience my body will reward me with strength and perseverance.

Robert Frost Quote

So there you have it. The three ways my approach to fitness has changed since hip surgery. I think that what I’ve talked about can apply to anyone in any fitness situation. Of course I am not a doctor or a personal trainer. This post is about my experience and what has worked for me. I sincerely hope that is has helped or inspired you in some way.

Your Turn: What fitness mantras do you like to follow? Do you listen to your body? How has your approach to fitness changed over the years?

Have a great weekend! <3

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