Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Just another manic Monday...

It's 5:45 am and my alarm is going off, time to get up and start the work week. 
Hit snooze twice then finally force myself into a semi-cold shower and get myself ready to take on the day. For the first time in awhile I have time to blow dry my hair and make it halfway decent for work.(usually it's curly from washing it the night before after my workout) 
Next step is to make breakfast while simultaneously packing lunch, multi-tasking at it's best.
Here was yesterday's breakfast && new favorite:

2 tbsp peanut butter of your choice, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp honey && flat out wrap, super  yummy!

Grab keys, brush teeth and head out the door...
LIRR is suspended in both directions due to leaves on the rails from Hurricane Irene.

I should have been overjoyed at a day off from work, but I had so much to do and the LIRR has interfered with my work days too often in the past year that I have worked in the city that I have just gotten to a point beyond frustration.

Send work emails, try and do work from home from 7:30-10. This proves to be unsuccessful and I give up.

10:30 Walk all 4 dogs with Mom & Sister. Remember our pets need to sweat too!
Here are a few pics of the boys::

The weather was beautiful. 
Crisp & cool, I was thrilled.

I spent the afternoon with my fiance running errands, which we love to do together. 
I  treated myself to 2 new & much needed pairs of workout pants (Modell's is having INSANE sales!!!) an armband and workout headphones for my 5k training.

5pm Mom & I hit the track for our first day of Couch to 5k.
She started on week 2 day 1 and I started on Week 5 day 1. 
My training went as follows::
Run 5 minutes, walk 2 minutes and repeat for 25 minutes. 
Despite the overcrowded conditions we both felt great about our workout.

After our run we hit the gym for elevated training. 
60 minutes of hand weights and body bars on steps.

All in all it was a great, unexpected day off.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene VS the East Coast

   Hurricane Irene has come and gone, I am one of the fortunate ones that my only "damage" was a few branches in the yard. Our town was under mandatory evacuation because we are so close to the water but we decided to bunker down and stay put. Around 11 am this morning when the worst of the storm had passed, my mother, sister and I ventured out to assess the damage in town.

Most of the village is under water, without power and according to LIPA will be that way for at least 6 days. Long Island as a whole has over 470,000 people without electric at this time and the numbers are expected to rise. The next few days will be full damage assessments and clean up in most places, thankfully the weather is supposed to be sunny and warm.

Friday, August 26, 2011

FIT Friday!

    In case you live under a rock, or don't own a TV...the entire East Coast is under a hurricane watch, just in time to ruin all of your weekend plans! Woo hoo....NOT.  However all this staying inside talk got me thinking about the gym being closed, which got me thinking about my workout I can do at home, which got me thinking about blogging and now here I am! Hopefully "Irene" won't be as disastrous as the weathermen/woman are saying but if she is and the gym isn't available these girls are a great alternative.

 I first discovered ToneItUp a few months ago on YouTube when I was looking for at home workouts the days I didn't take classes at my local gym. I came across these two women and became instantly hooked on their videos. Karena & Katrina are best friends, trainers and fitness inspirations to us all. They've created an empire via YouTube videos, their online community www.toneitup.com  and they also have a DVD line(Jane Fonda's Workout: Sculpt + Tone with Katrina and Karena), which I cannot wait to get my hands on!
 Karena and Katrina also make videos about healthy recipes/food shopping tips and create workout calendars(free) which I have printed out and followed the past two months.

On their website you can purchase their diet plan ::something I am personally saving up for:: workout clothes, and a bunch of other great things. I really cannot say enough good things about these two women, I just love them and everything they do!

Here are a few of their videos so you can see what I mean (don't forget to subscribe to them!!

So what are you waiting for? 
Tone it up && Just Keep Sweating!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My quest for runner's legs....

     For as long as I can remember I have always loathed running. I was the kid who would be out sick the day we needed to run the mile and if I had to go to school I would hide under the bleachers. It just was not my idea of a good time. I have always been envious of "runners legs." Who wouldn't be? They are lean, toned and strong, and  it seems like no matter how many squats/lunges I do(and I do A LOT) my legs will never look the way I want. I can vividly remember one day in 9th grade gym class when I wore shorts because it was warm out and all the boys started calling me Thunder Thighs. Nice right? That name has haunted my brain ever since that day, every time I wear a dress or skirt I think " Are my thighs covered enough?"

   I mentioned last week that I was able to run a mile without stopping in 11 minutes which is a HUGE accomplishment for me, so I did what every normal human being would do and registered for my first 5k! If I can run 1 mile, why can't I run 3? With that said  I will be running the  Halloween Seatuck Owl Prowl 5k on October 30,2011.
Finally I'll have a reason to use my Couch to 5k app that I downloaded on my phone over a year ago! 

  What is Couch to 5k? It is a 9 week program that was designed to take people from "couch potato to runners" and will have you running a 5k(3.2 miles) in a little over 2 months. PERFECT for me Since my 5k is exactly 68 days away!

 How does it work? Couch to 5k has you alternate between jogging and walking intervals, and gradually becomes more challenging in order to build endurance. Each session is 30 minutes long, with a 5 minute warm up and cool down.

   The app I purchased is $2.99 and works on my iPhone, iPod AND iPad. So wherever I am running (which I assume will be the treadmill most of the time) I will have access to it. There is a female, male OR no voice prompts that will tell you when to run and when to walk. It also allows music integration so you can have your favorite running tunes play while you train  and with built in music controls you don't have to fiddle with your phone/ipod while running!
Worried about the music affecting the prompts? Fear not, They thought of everything when creating this app. The voice prompts interject during your song to to tell you when to run and when to walk, then crank the tunes right back up for you.

Have a Nike +? You can pair it  with the app to track your distance and then post directly to Facebook!

Oh technology how I love thee.

I've taken a few photos to show you what the app will look like on weeks 1,3,6 and 9.

                                                     ( I think I will be starting on this week)

Don't have an iPhone/iPad? No problem! Here---->Couch to 5k you can print out the program--FREE!

   **If you're already a runner and are looking to increase your distance they also offer Couch to 10k and 25k. With all of that said I have left you no excuses not to try :)

The countdown starts now! 68 days left...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hi! Remember me?!

So I haven't posted in a few days and for that I apologize. I am currently sitting on the LIRR exhausted and a little sad that vacation is over and it is time to get back to reality. Thankfully the week went really slow, I actually feel like I've been off for a month or something. Power X is over, Jump an Drill is over, I am currently dealing with a back/hip injury (i think)and I found out yesterday my favorite teacher will be out of the next two weeks. Pretty depressing huh? So the plan is after tonight to take a few days off from working out and if the pain progresses I will have to have it looked at... I'm sure it's nothing serious as I am still a functioning human being but it's uncomfortable and I don't want to further my injury by ignoring it. I'm going to use the next 2-3 weeks to try different classes at the gym, run, lift and maybe even a workout DVD or two.

In the fall/winter I want to do blog reviews on fitness DVDs, I think they are a great alternative for those who don't have a membership to a gym or don't "have time" to workout.. What do you guys think? Also I will be posting more recipes yay!

So that is my quick little update and I hope you all are having a great day ;)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday-Warning there's a lot of self-love ahead

    For the first time in almost 4 years I have an entire week of from work with nothing planned or scheduled. It is the best feeling and I am taking full advantage of it. Monday morning bright and early was my yearly physical ( which I've already blogged about so I won't go through all of the details again here) and I left feeling so proud of how much I have grown and changed. At my last physical in January 2010 I was in a very dark place full of negativity, self-loathing and anxiety. I was not willing to accept how heavy I had become and how depressed I really was. Fast forward to August 2011 where my own doctor didn't even recognize me when he came into the room. He complimented me on all the weight I've lost and said how proud he was of me. Let me tell you that is an incredible feeling, and I let myself cherish that feeling for the rest of the day.

   Tuesday was my scheduled rest day but since I am off from work I wanted to take advantage of that time. I spent most of my morning puttering around the house, basically finding every excuse not to lace up my sneakers and hop onto the treadmill. By 1:30 I had run out of reasons so I got dressed, put on MTV hits and started running at 5.5. I ran  a mile in 11 minutes, a personal best, and it felt great. I can't believe I had spent 5 hours trying to talk myself out of a quick, easy 11 minute run. There are 24 hours in a day, there is NO reason you cannot take 20 minutes out of your day to do something healthy for yourself. TWENTY MINUTES. That's all I am asking!!

 That brings me to today. I had kickboxing this morning and Power X tonight. 2 amazing workouts and 1207 calories burned.Here is something I never thought I would say, I had fun  during class tonight. My body was pushed to the limit, as usual, but I was able to keep my HR at a manageable level for the first time. I finished every :45 second interval and jogged to and from every station. I am still on a high of how great I felt through the entire class. The workout was just as hard but my body and I were finally on the same page, working together instead of working against each other.

     Ahh I love myself this week. I feel great. I am seeing small changes and overall I am just in a very positive place mentally. All of my hard work is coming together and I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings.

This is me before Power X last week, I meant to take an after shot but was so exhausted I forgot.



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Snack Attack!

   There were two things I loved most about preschool: Nap time & Snack time. Unfortunately I can't have nap time at work (but do make up for it on the weekends) so I have to make the most of my snacks. On a typical work day I have breakfast around 730 am, snack #1 around 10-10:30, lunch 12:30-1, snack #2 3-3:30, if I have a gym class I know I need extra energy for I will have a protein bar on the train around 5:30 and dinner during the week isn't until 8 pm. I have been researching ways to re-vamp my snacking, (see my post about 90 calorie edamame packs) and thought I would share a few yummy options with you!

Hummus & Veggies or Pita Chips
  I am a huge fan of Sabra's garlic hummus and it pairs perfectly with baby carrots or celery and if you're craving some crunchy carbs Stacy's Pita Chips, Simply Naked, 1.5-Ounce Bag (Pack of 24) are the perfect match! You can also make your own pita chips which is one of my favorite things to do, stay tuned for a recipe ;)

 Apple with peanut butter
  Protein and fruit all in one, this one definitely brings me back to my school day snacks...ya know before everyone had a peanut allergy?

 Vitalicious Deep Chocolate Vita Tops , 2-Ounce Units (Pack of 24)
  These were first introduced to me through Hungry Girl cookbooks(which I will be blogging about very soon!) They are 100 calorie muffin tops that come in a variety of flavors such as: chocolate, corn, pumpkin, and apple crumb. Personally I like to have the chocolate ones as dessert either by itself or with a little bit of peanut butter warmed up in the microwave...oh so heavenly and NONE of the guilt!

 Who doesn't enjoy the smell of freshly popped popcorn? I hope Yankee Candle comes out with that scent sometime soon because I would love to have my entire house smell of yummy popcorn all the time. The taste of freshly popped popcorn is even better than the smell and there are so many options when it comes to flavors, calories and brands. Personally I enjoy Jolly Time and 3 cups only costs me 100 calories. Filling and delicious, you cannot go wrong with these little kernels of love.

Frozen Grapes

  Instead of reaching for the ice cream try this little frozen snack. Full of flavor and fruity goodness!!

 Cottage cheese and Cantaloupe

   This is a perfect summer snack. I like the fiber one low fat cottage cheese, one 1/2 cup serving is 80 calories and meets almost all of your daily fiber needs. I either put the cottage cheese in half of a cantaloupe OR add the melon into the cottage cheese. If cantaloupe isn't in season or you prefer other options you could add almonds,pineapple or simply enjoy it plain.

String Cheese/Laughing Cow Wedges

    This one is a lunchbox throw back as well. Just the other day I was food shopping when I saw they had options such as jalepeno and smoked cheddar. I like to stick to the plain old mozzarella but it's always nice to change it up. Laughing Cow wedges have become a staple in my "diet" I use them in recipes (again thank you Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories) or enjoy them by themselves. One wedge is only 35 calories and comes in so many flavors!

    What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Let's Get Physical

   Today was mine and Eddie's yearly physical.  For the first time in my life I was excited to get onto the doctor's scale, even though I weigh myself on ours a few times a week I wanted to go "on record" in their office as having lost weight rather than my usual gain. To be honest I wasn't sure what the numbers would be because for the past 3 years I have told them not to show or tell me the number on the scale and I would close my eyes, I had been in total denial of my constant weight gain and convinced myself  that if I didn't see it it wasn't actually real. Since January 2010 I have lost 26 lbs on their scale, which is great but I wasn't overly ecstatic because I feel I should have lost a lot more than that, I work so hard at watching what I eat (85% of the time, we all have our moments remember?) and cardio has become my best friend. Some people can loose 100 pounds in 8 months, why can't I be one of them?

      After the scale we walked to the exam room for my BP, EKG and blood work. My BP was 110/72 which has gone down from 120/80, not much but the nurse said she was happy that it has come down. My EKG looked good and blood work is never fun. I discussed some of my concerns with my doctor like having trouble loosing weight because I haven't lost any in a few months and I've found that I have been struggling with fatigue more frequently than usual. I have to wait on my blood results to know exactly what is going on but he noticed my thyroid is enlarged and that due to family history I may be pre-diabetic. Not really music to anyone's ears, but it could always be worse.

  I also asked my doctor what my maximum heart rate should be when doing high cardio. My HR monitor recomends 127-168 MAX but there has been times depending on the class/workout I am doing that it has reached as high at 190 (Power x) which had me concerned. Dr. C hasn't been asked this in a long time and wasn't sure how to properly calculate this so he did what every other technology savvy person would do and downloaded an app on his iPhone. I couldn't help but laugh that my doctor in the middle of my physical was using his phone to assist him, and he even said " what did we do before the app store? I'd have to go back to those things...what are they called? Oh books!"  Apparently for my age 195 would have my HR at 100% and it should not and cannot go higher than that, 168 would be 85% which is the equivilant to a stress test. As long as your heart doesn't stay at that high rate that is a good sign, for example mine can get up to 190 but comes right back down to 175 after a few seconds of lower impact cardio. Recovery time is just as important as monitoring your heart rate as they go hand in hand.
Towards the end of my physical we were discussing everything he was going to look over in my blood work and said " I didn't even recognize you when you walked in, you've lost so much weight. You look great!" As much as I enjoy compliments his just meant THAT much more since he is my doctor. I left there feeling great, and look forward to being even better for next years physical.

Yay for being healthy!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Power X Week 3

This past week may have been my favorite Power X class to date. Each week I walk in with more determination and focus than the week before, ready to take on whatever challenge is thrown my way. Like last week I started on the battling ropes as they are the hardest part of the class, and just when I thought I was conquering them our trainers changed our comfort level yet again. This week we had to do our usual four moves both standing and our knees, without stopping the rope movement...Now that's strength training.

On the ViPR we worked in pairs for one of the intervals and my partner was none other than Erik Chopin, winner of the Biggest Loser season 3. Erik and another Biggest Loser contestant(not sure of her name) have been going to Fitness Incentive for a long time but I've never worked out with any of them so having Erik as a partner was a little overwhelming at first. In pairs we had to take a heavier ViPR( I believe we used 15/18 lbs.) and pass it back and forth to each other while doing squats. Our next 2 intervals we had to toss the ViPR as far as possible down the football field and run to it, which was actually one of my favorite exercises of the entire class. I was pleasantly surprised at how far I could toss something that weighed 12 lbs and I had the stamina to keep running up and down the field, something I would not have been able to do a few months ago.

Next was TRX. By time I get to TRX I am already tired and like the battling ropes it requires a lot of physical exertion as well as focus, two things that are not my strong suit. This week we focused a lot on our triceps, something I have been trying to work on both in and outside of the gym ( I hate my "windex" arms, you know that skin that just swings back and forth--so unattractive). The tricep extension was tiring but not as tiring as the jump knee lunges we had to do.
Tricep Extension

ViPR Throw

I had a hard time finding videos of the moves because it's now Sunday and I forget some of the actual names (#blogfail) and normally by the time I leave the class I am so wiped out I can't remember my own name. This Wednesday is the last Power X class which I couldn't be more disappointed about, BUT I was told they're going to have fall classes so fingers crossed I can take it. In three short weeks I have seen a change in my strength, endurance and figure. I can honestly say I have pushed myself to the limit and I cannot wait to see what the final week will bring

Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What I'm loving Wednesday!

Everyone who knows me knows my obsession with Starbucks. I love everything about them from their coffee to the free music downloads. I have been drinking my grande coffee with sugar free caramel and 1/2&1/2 3x a week for close to two years, however my feelings have since changed since discovering my new drink.Thanks to YouTuber Nikki Phillippi I have started drinking this::

"iced venti green tea with a splash of passion, unsweetened" (try saying that three times fast) It has zero calories and the taste is 100% delicious. I have just as much energy from drinking green tea as I would from a venti coffee which is also important since I rely on caffeine to get me through the day.

You can also purchase the tea they use at Starbucks, or through Amazon by clicking these links Tazo China Green Tips Green Tea,   20-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)Tazo Passion Herbal Infusion Tea, Caffeine Free, 20-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6).The Tazo brand provides a huge variety of teas if green/passion doesn't suit you or if you like to change things up from time to time like I do.

Also I am obsessed with my reusable venti cup from Starbucks(in the picture above) I have them put my drink in it every morning(saves me ten cents AND it's good for the environment!) and then I find myself refilling it with water four or five times a day. Something about using a straw makes me want to drink more water at a faster pace. Anyone else?

So a huge thank you to Nikki for introducing me to this new obsession and you should all check her out if you're ever over in YouTube land :)

What are you loving this week?

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Life in the fast lane

Weekdays are crazy,jam-packed and tiring for all of us. I work in NYC and commute over an hour to work daily which deducts 3 hours out of my day that I could be doing more productive things. I try to make the most of my train time but there really is only so much one can do.

A big part of my morning is the stress of what am I going to eat for breakfast and pack in my lunchbox. You'd think I would have a more sufficient plan by now to avoid the rushing around like a chicken with it's head cut off, but I think a part of me enjoys getting stressed out. Breakfast has always been my least favorite meal, the choices are just so boring and healthy options are even worse. There are frozen options like smart ones or Jimmy d-light sandwiches, but don't let their low calories fool you, they are full of sodium and preservatives. I am working on a few make-ahead recipes to grab and go in the mornings when I don't have time or I am tired of my current favorite, protein shakes/smoothies.

A few weeks ago my friend J introduced me to a peanut butter whey protein shake that the gym makes and I fell head over heels in love. Peanut butter is one of my favorite things in the entire world!! It is a great source of protein but huge on calories so I try to stick to the serving size or less. I started playing around with some ingredients I had at home to recreate my own version of their shake.

This is what I use:

2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
8 oz vanilla almond milk, I prefer the sweetened kind but if you want even less calories you can use unsweetened which is 40 calories a serving VS 90
1 cup of ice

Purée and enjoy! It's smooth and delicious and only 350 calories. Some mornings I add half of a banana which brings it to a healthy 400 calories and I promise it holds you for hours! I don't even think about lunch until after noon when I have this shake.

This morning I decided to switch it up a little bit and instead of peanut butter I used a cup of blueberries and half of a banana.

For some reason it had a much thicker consistency than the pb version so I needed to add a cup of water. The blueberry vanilla shake is 320 calories and delicious, not to mention it has a gorgeous color

My phone didn't do the color much justice but you get the point :) no matter how much or how little time you have in the morning healthy breakfasts are important. This whole shake only took 4 minutes to make start to finish!

Oh and I love being able to blog right from my iPhone, it makes commuting enjoyable and rambling on & on even easier!

Have a great day everyone!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

It's 5 o'clock somewhere...

Sundays are my favorite day of the week. It's my day to workout, do all of our laundry, food shop and make family dinner. Every week we have a big dinner with family and friends, which always starts at 4 pm with cocktails and munchies. There is really no better way to end a weekend/kick-start another long work week.

     Skinnygirl Margarita is the perfect summer cocktail and I can't even tell you how many bottles I have had since they first came out (it's a little embarassing) and even though it is delicious on it's own, I had an idea that I couldn't wait to try and more importantly share with all of you.

Skinny Pamaritas

 (almost time for more Pama!)

3 oz. Skinny Girl Margartia
1 1/2 oz Pama Liqueur

Pour over crushed ice & enjoy!

Two ingredients=One delicious 185 calorie cocktail

                                               (sorry for the pathetic picture I was eager to drink it!)

 **I can't wait to get my hands on Skinny Girl Sangria next, I haven't found it anywhere on Long Island so if you see it let me know please!

Please don't drink and drive :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Do the thing you think you cannot do....

   Power X-Week 2. 

   I went into week 2 feeling much calmer and more excited to see what our new challenges would be. The TRX & ViPR moves change every week in order to work different muscle groups and keep us guessing on what's next. Battling Ropes aka Death Ropes will always be the same 4 moves, which is totally fine with me because they're hard enough.
     My biggest challenge this week was on the TRX we had to do atomic pushups, tick tock with pike,lat pull and lat extension. The push-ups and pike were the hardest parts for me, due to lack of upper arm strength and a weak core I just couldn't do it. I tend to get so wrapped up in thoughts of "I can't do this," that it holds me back, I give up too quickly. Hopefully the TRX and I will become better friends and in time I will say " atomic push-up? LET'S DO THIS!" ::wishful thinking:: Here's some videos to better explain what we were doing

TRX Atomic Push Up
(clearly she has done this before)

 TRX Pike ( we had to tick tock side to side then pike)

 (we also did not do upward dog, but this chick is good!)

ViPR was my favorite again, probably because it's the easiest of the three, haha. I don't remember the actual names for all of the moves we did so bear with me as I try to describe them for you. First move we had to squat and move laterally, then we did lunges with a twist 2x and ended with a squat throw. The most challenging of the three moves was the first for me because you had to be quick and nimble, two things I am not with a 12lb weight.  I couldn't find an exact video clip of this move but picture us moving side to side instead of forward:

Picture this with the ViPR
(some videos are so hard to find!

Battling ropes were the same as last week...Jumping Jacks, the wave,battling rope slam and side to side. I was able to last longer than last week with every move which was awesome, however the intervals on every station were increased to :45 seconds so I still needed to take mini breaks. :45 may not sound like a long time but when you're working to your full athletic or lack of athlet potential it seems like eternity.

    The weather this week made the class even more fun because it was raining, we were all covered in grass,mud and goose poop(not so great) so it made it seem even more like a real bootcamp. All in all I left class feeling much better about myself, I know what I need to work on and look forward to next week. I even had to energy to jog a lap around the track after, woohoo! I also found out there will be another session of Power X starting for fall, you bet your bottoms I am signing up!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

There will always be excuses....

We all have days where we don't feel like going to the gym or eating right,we're only human. But excuses are for wimps and being lazy is for losers...

With that said think of these things the next time you plan on skipping a workout or driving through taco bell for a cheesy gordita crunch:

No matter what
Just Keep Sweating

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What I'm loving Wednesday!

   I may be 25 years old but I still carry a lunchbox. Yup I said it a lunchbox. It's not the super cool hard plastic kind with the Care Bears on it or anything but mine gets the job done. A co-worker of mine suggested the use of a lunchbox when I started my weight loss journey so I could bring all of my healthy lunches/snacks with me-score and it saves tons of money--double score.

Every morning before my train I pack my lunch. Mostly consisting of a salad or sandwich and snacks like yogurts/fruits/veggies&hummus and of course 100 cal packs. In my opinion THESE ARE THE BOMB DIGGITY for weight loss, and I think that anyone who disagrees should leave this blog right now and never come back!!! (Just Kidding i love you) Maybe I am crazy but I hate thinking... I hate thinking about portions, calories,carbs,sugars,etc even more.
It's almost like a second job...okay now I am being dramatic, but you get the point.

So I discovered these little gems at my local Stop&Shop this past weekend and got so excited for a new lunchbox find::

I LOVE LOVE LOVE EDAMAME it's like my favorite nom nom nom. It's what I look forward to ordering when we go out for sushi. This 90 calorie snack also has 8g protein so it's perfect for your 3pm crash with a nice cup of green tea. AND I DON'T HAVE TO THINK!

What kind of healthy snacks do you like to eat?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Black Bean Corn Salad

This recipe is one of my favorites to bring to a BBQ as a side dish or have a bigger portion as a meal.


    1 can, 14 ounces, black beans, rinsed and drained 2 cups frozen corn kernels 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 lime, juiced Salt and pepper 4 tbsp Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette (the kind I used was 5 calories a serving)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place cherry tomatoes on a cooking sheet with olive oil S&P

Cook the cherry tomatoes for 20 min

Drain and rinse black beans

Combine all ingredients and let the flavors come together for 15 minutes.


Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 196.1
  • Total Fat: 1.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 110.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 41.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.2 g
  • Protein: 9.3 g

I fought the food and the food won...

Yesterday was an awful food day for me. I mean the worst I have had in a long long time. I felt guilty all day about having TWO cupcakes ( I am sharing this because I need to be held accountable for my actions) My co-worker/friend Callista makes the most amazing brownie s'more cupcakes, like better than Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker combined. My chocolate craving won the battle and I overindulged.

 I justified my actions by repeatedly telling myself "tonight is one of my longer workouts, I'll burn the extra cals off. I don't do this all the time, it's okay. I ate them early which is the best time to eat the bad foods." Talk about excuses!!

Then as I was getting ready to head out of work, gym bag in hand I got the bad news.

                                        The trains were suspended.

I wasn't going to make my class, I wasn't going home until who knows when. They closed Penn Station and I was stuck with hundreds of others.

So what did I do?

Found the nearest bar and drank 2 bud lights. By myself. Then I met up with my cousin who works a few blocks away and was also stranded and we went to Stout(another bar). There I had another beer and we ordered food....

                                    Wings and spinach & artichoke dip.

 Which was totally justified because we were stuck in NYC and everyone knows there are no healthy eateries in the city. DUH! 

Fast forward 4 hours and 3 trains later...we ended up in Long Beach and while waiting for a ride we discovered Tutti Fruiti--the most heavenly frozen yogurt bar on Long Island if I do say so myself. I treated myself to the smallest size they offered but at that point I was so over my caloric limit for the day it didn't even matter. So I had 2 flavors and 2 toppings::one consisted of cheesecake bites.

I am sure most of you are reading this and saying, "isn't this blog about a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy?" And the answer is Yes but the truth is shit happens and I am sharing it with you so you don't feel bad the next time you have a day or a few days like this.

   So this morning the trains were STILL not running on my line (of course) so what did I do? Woke up and got my booty in the gym. Cranked out a good 1.5 hr workout and I will be going back tonight for round 2.Every now and then there will be bad days, it's how you make up for them that matters. I am pretty embarassed with myself BUT I am not pretending it didn't happen and I am making today 200% better for it.