Friday, September 30, 2011

A little late... Thought for Friday?

So I suck and had no time at all to blog yesterday, which means you get a thought for Friday instead of Thursday. In class, we talked about stress management which lead into living a healthy and fulfilled life. My biggest takeaway from class was that you cannot rely on destiny to shape your future, instead you have to create your future. This circles back to health and fitness because so many people think they are just destined to be fat, oftentimes because their parents are. Personally I think that is simply an excuse, and if you flip the script it is certainly not true. Just because my Mom is thin doesn't mean if I ate cupcakes and doughnuts everyday I would stay thin, and the same goes for those that come from overweight parents. Yes, if it is in your genetics you are probably going to have to work a little more diligently, but that does not make it impossible, and it does not make you destined to fail. Anyhoo, speaking of stress I cannot even put into words how excited I am that this week is almost over! Jeez. One of the things that put a kink in my schedule was an employee dinner I had to attend last night. It was actually at a really nice venue- if you ever make it to Scottsdale, Arizona (Well, I guess Paradise Valley if you want to get technical) you should definitely visit the Sanctuary Resort. It has a great restaurant and ballroom area with an awesome view, and I've never stayed there before but I would assume the rooms are really nice too.
I was faced with the dreaded pre-selected menu... blah.
So, I chose the chicken and peeled off the skin and just ate the inside. I also just had a little bit of the broccolini because I could tell right away, they didn't hold back on that yuzu butter! Whatever the heck that is... 
Not the best photo, but I had to be sneaky... I didn't want people wondering why the heck I was taking pictures of my food. I was not in the mood for explaining.... Oh and in case you're wondering, yes, I did pass on dessert- although it was tempting :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A little flustered

Don't you hate when you think there is a perfectly normal week ahead and in fact in turns into being a hectic, busy week? Well I do! Since this week decided it would use up the little amount of free time I have, I had to do a whole lot of cooking last night. B wasn't home for dinner tonight, and I won't be home for dinner the next two nights, so I figured our best bet was to get everything cooked and portioned out, that way we can grab and go over the next few days as needed. So, I spent a solid 2 hours in the kitchen last night with a good portion dedicated to cleanup (lame).  I made balsamic mustard chicken with asparagus and cinnamon protein yams (yams not pictured), Moroccan Chicken, brown rice, turkey muffins, and a dozen and a half hard boiled eggs (not pictured either). Our fridge is stuffed and we are out of Tupperware, but our tummies (and muscles) will be happy :) I also found out that I will be traveling for work next week, from Monday-Thursday. Being the super-ultra-mega planner that I am, this immediately sent me in to a panic. I have since calmed down but the anxiety over the trip is building more and more every day. I really like things planned out as much as possible, and when something major like a business trip messes things up it annoys me... but, thus is life I suppose. So, I need advice from those of you that travel for work. I'm guessing I'm going to have to check my bag if I plan on bringing protein powder and food with me on the trip.. yes? no? I'm not sure. I'm thinking I'll make protein bars to take with me, and pack things like almonds, oatmeal etc. By the way I was in charge of booking our rooms so we are staying in hotels with full kitchens. {Huge Smiley Face} Even though I'll have a fridge, stove, and microwave I'm still annoyed at the fact that I will be in sessions from 8am-6pm everyday... so I'm guessing I'll be doing a lot of shakes next week. Workouts shouldn't be an issue because there is also a fitness facility at the hotel. Anyway I would appreciate any tips/tricks/advice for travelling!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Wrap up

Monday is here again, and this Monday marks 6 weeks into Jamie Easons LiveFit trainer which means we are halfway done! I'm so glad I decided to do this, I'm loving how challenging the workouts are and that they are changing every 2 weeks. One of my favorite exercises was incorporated into leg day #2 over the weekend, and I was so excited because it seems like forever since I've done them! Deadlifts, yay! If you're anything like me, before I got serious about the gym I had no idea what a deadlift was, let alone how to do one- so I recommend going on bodybuilding.com and checking out their videos on proper form. These can be tricky and a little dangerous if you don't know what you're doing... but they're very effective and it's definitely worth trying them out.

 You can find the entire leg day workout on bodybuilding.com. It was a killer and just about every muscle on my lower body is sore... or at least if feels that way! After the gym I got to go to my younger sisters soccer game. They are too stinkin cute, and they won!


I know I have to keep my carb intake up after a heavy leg day, so I ate pumpkin protein bars as I watched :) I also went to a surprise birthday party at my parents house on Saturday night and passed up my all time favorite food ever, my mom's bean dip. I don't think you understand how much I love this stuff, and typically would have cheated and ate a little, but I chose not to because with this I know I would have gone crazy. (Plus there is cheese in it which would have made my tummy very, very angry) Anyway, will power is a crazy thing and when you use it, it really does make you feel pretty awesome. I spent the rest of my weekend doing some stuff for work, studying, and also working on a couple health/fitness related projects that I hope to be able to share with everyone very soon!

A little question: What's your number one favorite exercise to do at the gym? I would love to know!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Little tips: Staying healthy in college

My younger sister asked me the other day how I got my hair to grow so quickly. {I told her it was a mix between high protein consumption and the fish oil supplements I take daily.} Her question got me thinking about college (since she is a college freshman) and how horribly I treated my body! Junk food, alcohol, no exercise, up to all hours of the night, alcohol, no sleep. You get the picture. I do think if I would have had the knowledge I have now, I would have changed things a little. Here are a few things I think can help in the I'mnotgoingtotakecareofmyself years of college.
    
    The inspiration for this post, my sister :)
    
  1. Eat within one hour of waking. This one is easy. One thing I didn't know anything about in college was metabolism and how big of a role it plays. It is SO important that you give your body the fuel it needs first thing in the morning to get your metabolism jump started. The longer you wait the longer your body is eating away at your muscle, which is turn is going to slow down the metabolism. Eating first thing in the morning will also give you a huge energy boost. It's true what they say (still not quite sure who "they" are exactly... experts I suppose) Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  2. Try to eat every 3 hours. Back to the metabolism again, if you want to keep yours fired up, you need to keep feeding your body throughout the day. When your body knows it's going to be fed, it is much less likely to hold on to fat. You don't need to eat 5 course meals every 3 hours, but at least have a piece of fruit, some carrot sticks, a protein bar, protein shake etc. You will thank me later.
  3. Drink. Water that is. You should have a water bottle on you at all times. Cut out as many sodas as possible and stick with water or low sugar teas. Water is SO much more important than you think. Drink up!
  4. This one is probably a little harder, but try to choose healthier places to eat. Choose Paradise Bakery over Taco Bell, or Chipotle over McDonalds.
  5. Exercise. The least you can do is walk or bike to class. What's better? Hit up the free gym that is likely on your campus! Find some group classes that interest you or grab your textbook and jump on the elliptical.
  6. Find a buddy. It will help tons with number 5 above. If you can get your roommate or a friend to commit to working out with you, it is much more likely you will hold each other accountable and actually go. Well, most of the time anyway.
  7. Lastly, don't drink alcohol. Hahaha. Okay just kidding about that one, but you can make better choices. Try to stay away from mixed drinks that have tons of sugar like margaritas. Instead do a vodka soda water, or at least choose a diet soda. If you can handle it (probably  not...wimps) vodka water with lemon a pretty safe bet. If you're drinking beer try to go with lights or ultras. Michelob Ultra is my favorite, but a good old Bud Light will work too. Also when drinking, try to drink water too- it will save you, I promise!
  8. HAVE FUN. Most importantly enjoy college. It's awesome.
Are these pieces of advise I would follow now? No, but I think they can save a lot of people from that dreaded Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior 15!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thought for Thursday

It's funny, the first recipe I tried when I started eating clean was a protein pancake, and I have yet to find one that is perfect. I've searched and searched and bookmarked my little heart out, and still nothing. There are tons of blogs that claim to have the "perfect" protein pancake but nothing has quite hit it home for me, yet. The recipes are all typically pretty similar, and I've tried making it up on my own a few times but they never really have that true pancake texture. I tried a recipe yesterday morning and although it wasn't bad, it still wasn't perfect.
The ingredients were 1.5 scoops protein powder, 3 tbsp oat flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, cinnamon, 1 egg white and 1/4 cup almond milk. I added in some blueberries too.
I'm not sure what it was that gave it a funny after taste, maybe the baking powder? Anyway, not a huge fan but not a huge fail either. Do you have the perfect protein pancake recipe? If so, you better share with me!! :) After an unusually painful long day of work, I headed to class. I haven't quite figured out if I like rushing home after work to change and eat then hurry to class, or if I would rather take my time and go straight to class after work. The one downfall with the latter- dinner in the car. Yep, I ate my M5 in the parking lot at campus because, well, nothing is going to stop me from eating every 3 hours!
I even captured the moment to share with you :) Cottage cheese with cinnamon, 4 hard boiled egg whites, and lots of veggies were eaten in the good ol' BMW. Hey, it gets the job done! After eating I headed in to class to fill my brain up a little more- And thus we have the thought for Thursday. We (mostly people with desk jobs) spend SO much time in the "sitting" position.

Let's think about it: You wake up in the morning, and sit like Jay Leno above at the breakfast table. Then you sit in your car and drive to work. Then you sit at work for at least 8 hours. Then you get back in your car and sit while you drive home. Then, you go out to dinner and sit at the table. Then you come home and sit on the couch to watch Grey's Anatomy (which by the way premiers tonight... YESSS) Then believe it or not, most people sleep in a similar position. Then you get up and do it all again. Holy cow. So much sitting. This is doing two things to our bodies, first it's making our spine/posture look like this chick:

and it's also really tightening up our hamstrings, since our legs are bent so often. Your hamstrings are literally getting used to not being stretched or used very often so they tighten up and get shorter. So, try really hard to keep your shoulders back when you are at your desk, and also make sure you are stretching after your workouts. I need to take my own advice here because I never stretch... sounds like a perfect goal to write in the good old planner. Hope everyone is enjoying their Thursday!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Clean Eating Football Menu

So, I don't know about you guys, but I am a huge football fan. I was a cheerleader when I was younger, and football is just something that I can remember always loving. Football season usually means lots of Sunday get- togethers where there is the potential for some really un-clean (I think I just made that word up) food, so to help with this I came up with a few things that are great to bring to parties and everyone will love them. There are 6 items on the clean eating football menu, and I came up with 4 of them just for this purpose. I'll post later this week on the new items and include a few more pictures and more detailed directions/explanations, and make sure they are included in the Favorite Recipes link as well. I hope you try them out, and if you do, let me know how it goes :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Little b's wish list, and new clean recipes!

So, I've decided I'm in desperate need of a Kitchen Aid mixer, among many other things of course. I bake at least twice a week if not more, and the whole whisk and mixing bowl thing just isn't cutting it for me anymore. Therefore, this guy is going to be on the top of my birthday and/or Christmas list! Along with that, I really need:
So, if anyone has an extra $500 or so sitting around, you know what to buy  me :) Anyway, I think I got on this topic because I wanted to share a new recipe I made last night- Jamie Easons Pumpkin Protein Bars. Really good, and as usual I switched up the recipe just a little. Here's what I did:
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites
  • 15oz raw pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk




Directions:
1. Combine wet ingredients in one bowl, and dry in another.
2. Whisk wet ingredients into dry.
3. Place batter in a prepared 8x8 Pyrex dish
4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes








They came out really good, and as you may have noticed I didn't use any sweetener at all. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup Xylitol brown sugar so if you like your protein bars sweet, you can add that in too. These are going to be perfect around the holidays to bring as desserts to family gatherings! I may play around with the recipe a little bit to see if I can make it more of a pie-like texture and maybe come up with a clean pumpkin pie! We shall see. Last night, I also made a new fish recipe inspired by another one of my favorites, Vanessa Tib.

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • Pepper
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos 
Pour this all into a gallon sized Ziploc with the Salmon and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour. I then baked it at 350 for 20 minutes, and it came out great. We haven't had salmon in a while so it was a really nice change!

Enjoy! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chocolate Protein Bars With a Little Twist

Ohh my. Monday comes too fast every time. Especially when Monday involves including cardio back in your life. We started Phase 2 of Jamie's trainer today which meant 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio- I'm typically not the biggest fan, but it actually wasn't too bad. Keeping your heart rate around 70% doesn't require too much, so it was like a nice 30 minute jog. I'm actually glad we got some cardio in today since we had a semi-cheat meal last night. (I know, you can't cardio-off cheat meals). B took me out for sushi at one of our favorite places that has an awesome Sunday night happy hour. I got yellow tail sashimi, YUM, and a yellow tail roll with jalapeno.-My favorite. I also had one of B's J-Pop rolls... not sure what is in it, but it's really good, so I probably want to keep it that way :)
Yellowtail Sashimi... YUMM!
My pile of white rice that I picked off my roll... I'm silly, I know :)
Speaking of white rice, does anywhere know of any places that will serve sushi with brown rice? I know Whole Foods does it, but that's the only place I've seen. It may actually be a bad idea to find a restaurant that serves brown rice sushi, because I'm pretty sure I would eat there everyday! After dinner, I made Jamie Easons Chocolate Protein bars, but I did them a little differently, and they came out so much different than the original recipe. They have fudge-like consistency to them, so they're super moist, and I also added a cinnamon protein glaze to the top. They honestly don't taste like you are eating anything clean or healthy whatsoever... so in other words, they were a hit with B! Here's the recipe I used:


If you try them, let me know what you think ;)
 Ingredients:
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup Stevia, 1/4 cup Xylitol
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 4 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp non fat Greek yogurt
Glaze:
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp Xylitol
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • water
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix dry ingredients separately from wet, then whisk together.
  3. Place in a prepared 8x8 Pyrex dish and cook for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. To make the glaze: mix dry ingredients together and add water slowly until you reach desired consistency. Pour over protein bars right when you take them out of the oven, then wait until they are cool before cutting. (The glaze will still be sticky, but not runny)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Productive Saturday

I love the weekend because it gives me time to do all the stuff I never have time for during the week. B had to do some work this morning, so I was on my own for our weekly Saturday chores. (Grocery shopping and bringing in groceries in 90-something degree weather by yourself- not fun.) I was up early, ate my chocolate oats, and I was off to the gym for shoulder/abs day. Only one day left of phase 1, then workouts get more intense and we add in cardio. So excited! After the gym I went grocery shopping, did laundry, changed the sheets on our bed {hate doing this especially by myself} and cleaned the whole house! Phew!! Being productive makes me SO happy :) In case you're wondering, here is what my fridge looks like after it's stocked. It may just be me, but when I'm at the grocer store, I feel like people look in our cart and think, "Wow, they look pretty young to be feeding a family of 6." Ha. Nope, just us. What can I say, we eat 42 meals each- per week, that's a lot of food!
Now that I'm done with everything I'm super hungry and can't decide between a tuna wrap or last night's leftovers.... By the way, I made chicken tacos last night and it was the easiest quickest meal ever. Perfect for Friday night when you don't really feel like cooking anything after a long week.Just cut your chicken into chunks and cook with your favorite spicy spices. I do cayenne, pepper, chili powder, and about 1 tbsp of taco seasoning. Put the chicken in a food for life corn tortilla with lettuce, tomato, black beans, and Greek yogurt and voila! Taco heaven.


Hope everyone has a great weekend, and
Go Cardinals! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thought for Thursday

It's funny how when you are young and in school you can't wait until it's over with, but being back in school (just one class, but still) now, makes things so different. As I was sitting in class last night I realized how interested I was in every single word the professor was saying, and it actually made me mad to look over at the girl texting and the guy behind her that didn't even have out a pen! Needless to say, I'm so happy with my decision to take this class, and  I think I'm really going to get a lot out of it. I want to start a "Thoughts for Thursday" post every week so I can share a little piece of what I learned in class with everyone. Something that really stuck with me after yesterday's class was that cholesterol in food doesn't really raise your cholesterol levels. I have read time and time again that you should not eat egg yolks, or limit them because of how much cholesterol is in the egg. Well come to find out, it is actually saturated fat that raises your cholesterol far more than cholesterol itself does. Not saying I'm going to start throwing back more egg yolks now, but it's good to know they really aren't the culprit behind high cholesterol.

Here's what my food is looking like for today...
  • Cottage cheese with PP and blueberries
  • Protein bar
  • Grilled chicken
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Carrots, Zucchini, and edamame with a teeny bit of hummus.
Hope everyone's having a great Thursday, it's almost the weekend! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A little busy

I am glad to report, I'm happy and full of energy today. YAY!! Started the morning off with my new oatmeal concoction... I like to call it Chocolate Oats. Very creative, I know. :)

Ingredients:
- 1/3 C oats
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 egg white (The pasteurized ones out of the container)
- cinnamon
- Almond milk (amount depends on what consistency you like your oatmeal)
- Handful blueberries
- Stevia if you are a sweet person

Directions:
1. Combine everything except protein powder in bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
2. Add protein powder.
3. That's it!!
After breakfast we hit the gym up for an awesome leg day and threw in a little abs at the end too. I'm excited to get in to Phase 2 of the trainer with cardio and cutting grains from a couple meals, I think everyone will really start to see changes. Today is my long day of work and school ( 9 hours at work and 3 at school), so I packed a whole bunch of food! I'll be eating meals 2,3,4, and 5 away from home today so I did a bit of cooking last night... In just 30 minutes I made: hard boiled eggs, sweet potato chips, baked 2 chicken breasts, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti squash, and green beans. Since we went to Bryan's mom's house for dinner last night, we didn't have too much for lunch today, and since I won't be home to cook tonight I knew I needed to do some serious cooking last night. I pre-planned everything so it was super quick and easy! So, here is what my food looks like for today...

Meal 2- Cottage cheese with Protein Powder and a little oats
Meal 3- Chicken, green beans, sweet potato chips
Meal 4- Turkey Muffin with lettuce, cucumber, and tomato
Meal 5- Spaghetti Squash (I added spinach and mushrooms to the sauce)
I also have a big glass of green tea, almonds to snack on while in my 3 hour class, and an Amino Energy packet to sip on during class too. (BTW if you order from bodybuilding.com make sure you search for free samples before you check out. There are usually quite a few to choose from and you can get up to 2 per order. I always get these Amino Energy packets because they are great to grab and go!) Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Just one of those days.

Do you ever have those days where you wish you could go back to sleep, and re-wake up and just start over? Well, today was that day for me. I woke up tired and with no energy and I completely blame this on staying up past 2am on Saturday night. (Yes, you read that correctly, I'm still all out of whack from 3 days ago!) Since yesterday was an off day, and because I want to stay on the same workout schedule as B, I forced myself through the chest/tri's workout in week 4 of Jamie Easons trainer. I hated every minute of it, and what made me more mad was that I was hating every minute of it! I LOVE the gym- the smell, the people, the way it makes you feel.... nope not this morning. Hated it.
Can't figure out which one best resembled me this morning
 Then, something almost went really, really wrong at work-- too much to get in to-- due to someone not being able to follow simple instructions. (annoying) THEN, I forgot to take my Apple Cider Vinegar before I ate lunch and my stomach currently resembles that of a woman who is roughly 5-6 months pregnant. Not even kidding!

Fortunately, I am now heading to B's moms house for a family dinner where I get to hang out with this little man.
Cutest little nugget ever. Bound to put a smile on my face :)
I'm so glad these days are few and far between, because this day is almost over and hopefully that puts me on track for all good days for at least the next 6 months. (Fingers crossed) I was hoping to get a new recipe posted today, but I'm going to be honest and say that probably isn't going to happen. Hopefully I will get it up in the next couple of days (chocolate protein muffins) and hopefully I have some fun stuff to share after class tomorrow night! Oh, and for those of you who didn't see my question on facebook today-- I have to give a presentation on anything health, fitness, exercise etc. related and I'm having a tough time narrowing down what I want to talk about, so if you have any ideas I would love to hear them!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Quick little tip!

I know there are many people that aren't vegetable freaks like I am ( B being one of them) but I really think that you can like veggies, you  just have to find the right way to cook them! Typically, I just steam or sautee, or sometimes wrap them in foil with some olive oil and toss them on the grill. Michelle LeSuerer posted a great idea a couple weeks ago, so I thought I would give it a try. Instead of steaming or sauteing, try tossing your favorites (I tried asparagus and cauliflower) in a little bit of olive oil and your favorite spices ( I did pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder) then just put them on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes on 350.
Although I love almost all veggies, cauliflower has never been a favorite of mine- but I absolutely love the way it tastes when I cook it this way! If you're looking to change things up, you should definitely give roasting a try.
We are starting week 4 of Jamie's 12 week trainer tomorrow (I can't believe how fast time is going... that's how you know you're OLD!) since we decided to take today as a rest day. I broke one of my own rules this weekend and stayed up late on Saturday night, so now my sleep schedule is all off. Boo! I hate when that happens. Anyway, hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and is having a great Monday! :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Finally Friday :)

Is it just me, or did this not seem like a short week at all? Nonetheless, it's finally Friday and I'm SO happy about it. I just have to share this beautiful picture of the sunrise I snapped as I was walking into the gym this morning.
I love when I take a minute to appreciate the little things... it doesn't happen often enough.
I have never really been a coffee drinker, not that I don't like it but it tends to give me a stomach ache. Anyway, B loves coffee and I told him earlier this week he should try it with protein powder and almond milk, so he did... it's great! I think he made it every day this week and I may or may not have snuck in a few cups myself :)
I definitely recommend you give it a try, especially because I know there are a ton of people that are addicted and trying to stop using sugar and creamers in their coffee.      { Both are so, so bad for you!!} I also read somewhere (I think I read too much because I can never remember where I see what) that you can bring your own scoop of protein to Starbucks and they will blend it in your drink. Pretty cool! For dinner tonight, I tried Jamie Easons chicken marinade that she suggested last week and it will definitely be a regular around here. It's just balsamic dressing (make sure you look for low sugar, low fat, and give the ingredients list a once over) and Dijon mustard-- I did 1/2 bottle of the dressing and probably 5-6 tbsp of the mustard and just threw it all in a gallon sized ziplock for 24 hrs. I had B throw it on the grill today and then tossed in on some romaine lettuce with tomato and balsamic/ACV as dressing. Pretty tasty!
I tried a couple new recipes for my clean eating football menu that I'm putting together and they both turned out great (phew!) so hopefully I will have something done soon! Speaking of football, I'm going to spend the rest of my Friday night watching the ASU vs. Mizzou game. Go Sun Devils!! 
PS- My hamstrings are still not very happy with me... I hope I'm recovered by Sunday, because it's leg day again!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A little sore: Jamie Eason LiveFit week 3

We started week three on Sunday with the chest/tri's workout which I loved and definitely felt it afterwords... yesterday was leg day and HOLY! What a workout! I went to the gym at 6am and by 6pm I could already feel my butt and hamstrings getting sore. I loaded up on Glutamine before bed, but I am still very sore today and it will likely get worse tomorrow, but I'm not complaining I love the feeling of being sore! Here is the workout- even if you are not following the LiveFit program I recommend you give it a try!

It doesn't look too bad, but it's tough!
I also started my Healthful Living class last night at a nearby community college. It was really just an overview of what is to come, but I'm super excited about some of the topics that were mentioned and guest speakers he has scheduled to come in. I can't wait to share what I learn! After my very long day, I came home to a surprise from B :)
Flowers for no reason, he's a keeper! :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A little venting...

So, you won't find workout tips or receipes in this blog post. WARNING: I'm about to vent.


 I just have to get somthing off my chest that has been bothering me a lot lately.... This was all spurred last week by someone asking me, "Are you still on that diet?" My response: "Are you still eating bacon cheeseburgers and drinking coke, because it looks like it." Okay, so that wasn't really my response, but it was the first thought that passed through my head!

I know that I can't change the worlds perception of the word diet, but I just wish people would understand. I'm not on a freaking diet! This is me. This is how I eat now. I like to make all my own food, food that grows out of the ground, and on trees, and that comes from animals. (That last part doesn't sound too appealing, but I don't know how else to say it... I eat meat!) Gone are the days of eating crap that is filled with chemicals and made in factories then placed into bags. I don't eat cookies and candy and cake. I don't want my food saturated in butter, oil, and salt.Why? Because it isn't healthy and it makes me feel like poop! Being healthy, lean, and having muscles makes me happy. Living the life I do has made me feel better than ever.

I think the thing that annoys me the most is I have never ever tried to push my beliefs/thoughts/way of life on anyone else, yet so many people feel the need to question me, and push the "normal". (What is normal anyway?) I don't get it. I don't have to eat like you, and you don't have to eat like me. Sure, you'll likely be sick in a hosptial bed when we are both 65 while I'm out running a marathon but, I digress.

So, just to be clear: The definition of diet is: food and drink regularly provided or consumed. (Merriam-Webster dictionary) Therefore, everyone has a diet they follow, mine just happens to be healthier than most.

Bottom line? I am happy. I love going to the gym. I love eating 6 times a day and planning out to a T everything I'm eating. Call me crazy! I don't really care. But please, people just get over it. I have found something I'm passionate about, and am lucky to have someone that supports me.  I still have fun and indulge when the time is right, but I'm not 21 anymore and drinking all day and all night, and binge eating every weekend isn't the least bit appealing.

[I do have to give a huge thank you to my family who has never once questioned clean eating, in fact I've received nothing but support... thanks guys :) ]

I hate being negative (and I promise not to do this too often) but I really needed to get these thoughts off my chest.

PHEW! I honestly do feel a lot better... now, where's my protein!? :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor day weekend!

I'm currently sitting on my couch, where I have spent most of my Labor day (other than the gym and a couple errands) and I could not be happier about it :) I am constantly running around during the week, spend lots of hours at work, so a day like today every once in a while is much needed. I've also been hanging out with this little girl all weekend while her dad is out of town.
Daisy :) 

B and I did have a great long weekend, and spent a day at the Montelucia resort with friends. I drank my favorite citrus Kombucha and brought some blueberry protein bars with me, it was perfect! ( B was a big fat cheater and ate machaca nachos... the lame part is, if I would have eaten them they would have gone straight to my belly, but him? No consequence! Not fair!)
The beautiful Montelucia Resort

Me and my best friend Jess :)
I also had some awesome workouts this weekend, and I'm loving Jamie's plan so far. Just started week 3 today, and my body is pretty much sore all over! I added in one extra ab exercise yesterday to the shoulders/ab day, and my abs are SO sore, I love it! We wrapped up our weekend with a nice little BBQ dinner, I had chicken and B had steak, with broccoli and yam chips (BTW I think I am officially addicted to these, they are so amazing.)
I'm trying a couple new things this week that will hopefully go on my Football menu, so fingers crossed everything works out!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Spaghetti squash primavera with little meatballs

I absolutely love reading other clean eating blogs and one of my favorites is Clean Eating Chelsea. She is a vegetarian clean eater, so I had to make a small modification to include my protein, but this came out really good, and is great if you have a big family (or want leftovers) because it's easy to make in big portions.

Ingredients:
Meatballs:
- 99/1 extra lean ground turkey
- 1/2 onion chopped finely
- 3 egg whites
- 3/4 c oat flour
- Spices of your choice- I used oregano, basil, pepper, and garlic powder

Spaghetti Squash Primavera:
- Spaghetti squash (I used 2 in this recipe)
- Veggies of choice- I used zucchini, tomato, asparagus, spinach, bell pepper, and carrots
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp hummus, garlic flavor
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- pepper to taste

Directions:
1. I started by cooking my spaghetti squash-- I poke holes then microwave for 7 minutes, flip them over then 7 more minutes or until the outside starts to become soft. Cut in half length wise and scrape out the insides with a fork. ( take out the goopy seedy part first)
2. Combine all ingredients for meatballs in a large mixing bowl and roll into small balls. Place on prepared baking pan and cook at 400 for 20 minutes.

3. Place all veggies in large pan with olive oil and sautee about 10 minutes or until veggies are at desired texture. Combine everything in large bowl and add in spices, hummus, and nutritional yeast. Toss everything together well, and serve!
If you've never heard of nutritional yeast (like me) you can find it at health food stores. I found mine in the bulk aisle, but I know that Braggs makes it as well. It adds a slight cheesy flavor, and is filled with B vitamins!


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