Beer and Pizza and Water and Workouts

Well, I’ve been up to my ears in bread and cheese this weekend! I made bagels and pizza yesterday.  The bagels I talked about in an earlier post, but I’ve been perfecting the recipe. Less garlic this time! I have a standard pizza I’ve been making for years, but i nabbed a King Arthur pizza box in an after Christmas sale and I tried that. Wow! Their dough is fantastic! I also added some pizza dough flavoring, which is basically a little extra cheesy and garlicky  powder right in the dough. Yum. I ate way more than I should have, but it was wroth it! So needless to say, I’ve been struggling a little with putting the fork down. Next week will be a better week.

I have been good about the water thing though! i drank at least two full bottles a day every day last week. And I get in a lot of extra steps with all those extra trips to the bathroom, so bonus there. This morning I completed day 11 of the 15 day workout challenge. If you haven’t tried out Grokker yet, now is a good time, it’s free! One of the instructors is doing a 7 day HIIT challenge. Al the videos are about 20 minutes long and each one has been challenging so far. This series was perfect timing of the January challenge. On the linked page, do the videos in reverse, beginning with HIIT Arms.

How is your challenge coming along? If you fell off already, just get right back on!

Tomorrow my editor-in-chief/head food taster is getting a haircut. I’ll post before and after pictures.

Happy New Year! And January Challenges

Happy new year!

I hope 2015 finds everyone happy and healthy, and ready to put down the fork! As much as I love to eat, I think I’m ready to return to normal food consumption levels. I did a small trial run earlier this week to see how it was, and all in all, it wasn’t so bad. Monday is when the fun really starts.

January is alway the month of resolutions, including the famous, I’m going to lose weight. I hate that resolution because it’s too open ended and it doesn’t focus on your overall health, but if that’s your resolution, the breadandcheez team is here to encourage you and provide you reviews for the best DVDs for your time and money.

So whether you’re on a weight loss journey, are just looking to improve your overall health, or maybe you just need to recover from the holidays, I issue a few January challenges.

Like the December challenge, I’m going to to do 15 days of 15 extra minutes of workout time. I hope you’ll join me. If you’re just starting back into the workout scene after a break, just aim for 15 minutes–we all start somewhere. I already started the 15 day challenge at the end of December, but maybe I’ll do a few extra days in January to make up for some of these dozens of cookies. In 2015 I’m going to focus on strength training more, so I’m incorporating more strength training into my extra 15 minutes.

The second challenge is something I really need to work on. Drinking more water! I drink a ton of liquids, but I still feel dehydrated all the time (could have something to do with the alcohol in many of those liquids). So for the entire month of January, I’m going to fill the water bottle that sits all lonely and neglected on my desk twice a day and be sure to drink it all. Ideally, this will be little sips over the day, and not two giant chug sessions, but I’ll see what i can accomplish.

Let me know your resolutions, 2015 fitness goals, and your progress not the challenges.

Happy New Year from the breadandcheez team. The editor-in-chief seems a little reluctant to have her photo taken. Must have been the excitement of Ryan Seacrest and the ball drop.  (yeah the glass says 2007, sue me)