Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

My. legs. are. so. sore. Holy  moly. I tried my best to do some stair sprints at the gym this morning but I only got through 5 because my legs were on fire. So, I'll have to get in some steady state cardio with the pups later on today which I'm totally fine with. I did end up eating more than usual yesterday because I am still eating in a surplus on legs days, but the rest of the week I'll scale back on portions just a bit. 

Meal 1- Spinach protein shake 
PWO- 2 Vans waffles with banana and syrup and a protein shake
Snack- 1 rice cake on the way to work 
Lunch- Leftover ChopShop Co. Turkey sandwich and sweet potato hash with kale (really want to try to make this at home!) 
Snack- Quest bar (not pictured) 
Dinner #1- chicken and rice 
Dinner #2- Salmon, rice, and green beans 

Although I'm not counting calories/macros every day I did spot check yesterday and this ended up at around 1800 calories... I'll plug my foods in again today and will be shooting for around 1500. 

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dizzy Leg Day

Sometimes I need to take my own advice, and this morning was one of those times. I was a little pressed for time before my workout so I decided to just do a protein shake and 1/2 a banana before heading out. I also decided I was going to absolutely kill myself during my leg workout and let's just say things got interesting. About halfway through my workout it was time for walking lunges and someone was using the 40lb barbell, so instead of waiting around or dropping weight I grabbed the 50 and was on my way. Well, about halfway through my second set I got super dizzy and literally thought my legs were going to buckle underneath me. Eek! 

After giving myself a good 5 minutes to recover and catch my breath I was able to finish my workout just fine and made sure to come home and have a nice big post workout meal. It was definitely a great reminder of how important pre workout nutrition is-- I personally perform best (especially on leg day) with about 40g of carbs and 25g of protein beforehand. Remember, carbs are your bodies energy source so never skimp, especially before a heavy or hard workout. 

I'll get my cardio in this afternoon between clients and I'll make sure to set my alarm just a little earlier so I don't run in to the same problem tomorrow! 

I also wanted to share one of the Fit by Feb workouts (above) with you so that those that didn't purchase the December workouts can have an idea of what they look like since a new round will be available at the end of next week. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a What I Ate Wednesday post! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cardio is my Nemesis

Hooray for Friday! Today is actually a rest day for me, but yesterday I had a great workout minus the fact that I skipped cardio. Eek. I have only done cardio twice this week and my goal is four, so needless to say I know what I'll be doing this weekend. I'm trying really hard to stick to my Fit by Feb plan and things are going well in the lifting and nutrition department, so I don't want to let cardio keep me from my goals... even though it's the devil. 

This really just goes to show we all have our weaknesses and sometimes you just have to push through even when you don't really enjoy it. This is even more important this time of year since we all have tons of parties and get togethers, if you let your workouts or nutrition start to slip and then add in the extra Christmas goodies, you're looking for trouble. So, I'm doing my best to cook mostly at home so I can keep my nutrition on point-- above I had a scramble and toast for breakfast and a protein shake and some french toast post workout. 

It feels great having my energy back and the Fit by Feb workouts are definitely kicking my butt. If you didn't have a chance to grab those workouts I am taking on 2 more clients this month for my 12 week program and I'm always offering meal plans if anyone needs a little extra push or motivation! Shoot me an email at and we will get you started! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cardio is Back

Wow 2pm came really quick today! Now that I'm feeling healthy again we are back to our typical schedule and gym routine. I've been getting up a little earlier so that I can join B and the gym in the morning, and lately I haven't been feeling eggs first thing in the morning. So this morning I opted for a green protein shake (protein powder, almond milk, banana, oats, pumpkin, spinach) before our back and cardio day. 

It was enough to get me through my workout but didn't weigh me down, so it was a great alternative to the usual. Both B and I had a ton of energy this morning so we really went hard, included active rests in our lifting session and actually (finally) did some cardio. It wasn't much, but after not doing it for so long I didn't want to over do it. I'll probably get another 20 minutes or so of walking in between clients tonight, so that on top of my 10 sprints this morning is fine with me. 

I also prepped a couple meals today which collectively took about 20 minutes of my time-- I'm all about quick and efficient lately. 

The top photo is just kind of a hodgepodge of stuff that I threw together. I browned some chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic, then added diced tomatoes, black beans and corn as well as some random spices and a couple handfuls of spinach. I'll eat this over brown rice and should last us at least a few days. Then I also made the pulled beef for tacos-- I was in a hurry this morning so this time all I did was cut the piece of flank steak into thirds so that when its shredded the pieces are shorter, and then dumped a can of diced green chills and a packet of taco seasoning on top. I just got home and shredded it and I think I like it this time even more than last. 

Hope everyone doing the Fit by Feb workouts is doing great, week 2 should be pretty challenging! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Back to Normal

Let me just start by saying being sick is literally the worst. Since Sunday night I've been fighting a stupid virus (which of course you can't take anything for) that kept spiking my temperature and making me feel like poop. But last night I finally got a good nights sleep and and today I'm fever free, phew! After not being in the gym for the last 5 days you can probably imagine how crazy I was going soooo I got in a very slow paced shoulder workout today... but not before a great breakfast of course.

Today I did a egg/egg white scramble with green onion, jalepeno, turkey bacon, chicken sausage and topped it off with tomato. YUM! As far as my workout I didn't quite follow exactly as written in my Fit By Feb workouts because I thought that would be too intense for me after just being sick, but I do plan to pick up on those once I feel 100% again. B did do the leg workout though and said it was really really tough, so good luck!! :) 

I also wanted to share how the flank steak tacos turned out 

So so good! I topped them with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and lime juice. These will definitely be a staple around here because B absolutely loved them. 

Don't forget if you haven't purchased this months workouts yet they will be available til Friday! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fit by Feb Day 1-- Not as Planned!

I'm sitting here on the couch where I've been sitting since I got out of bed and I can't make myself get up! The sinus cold that I had a couple weeks ago has come back with a vengeance and I just can't find the energy to get to the gym. I've literally tried like 5 times now and just can't imaging picking up anything heavy right now, what a bummer. Looks like I'll be heading in to work this afternoon and just taking it easy after that so that hopefully I can feel better and not worse tomorrow. I'm pretty bummed because I was looking forward to getting started with my Fit by Feb group, but I guess there's always tomorrow. By the way, it's not too late to get the workouts sent over to you, so if you'd like 4 weeks of workouts for just $25, send the funds to along with your email address and you'll be all set! 

Like I said, I had every intention of starting out the Fit by Feb challenge with a bang, so I started my morning with egg whites +1 whole egg, toast and a chicken sausage link. After I ate the sinus pressure really started kicking in and I realized the gym just wasn't in the cards today. 

So instead, I did a little cooking so that we have meals ready for the next few days. First I made chili that's currently slow cooking on the stove. I just added all the items above to some browned turkey, 1/2 cup water and chili seasoning-- this will cook for a few hours on simmer. In my crockpot I have a flank steak with bell pepper, onions, jalapeno, and taco seasoning. This is cooking on low for 4-4 1/2 hours and then I'll shred it and it will be ready for tacos or even a burrito bowl or taco salad. 

For everyone that started the workouts, how did day 1 go? 

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