Thursday, September 29, 2011

Power X Week 3 Round 2

Power X last night was THE MOST brutal class to date. My heart rate was up before we even started from watching our coaches demonstrate the moves.

 I cannot properly recall the names of everything we did because I was that drained when it was all over, but I can say there was a lot of yelling, a lot of crawling and a lot of sweat. We did spiderman moves with the ViPR, and I decided the heaviest one was the way to go last night...I regret that decision today. We did the Battling Ropes from a sitting position which is by far the hardest way to move those damn ropes. And TRX was just disturbing in any way possible.

  All in all it was an intense and grueling 30 minutes, oh and did I mention it was raining and dark? 

     After it was all over I signed up for Saturday morning Power X. So Jump & Drill from 8-9 and Power X from 10-10:30. Crazy? No. Motivated? Yes.


I think by round 3 I will surprise not only myself but everyone around me, I am done playing games with this class.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2 meals, 1 pot

   Another day, another recipe. This one I discovered through FoodGawker which I have blogged about in the past. I find myself searching their site when I am riding the train or having my morning coffee.It is the perfect combination of new and interesting recipes from some of the best food bloggers around, if you haven't checked it out I suggest you do!

     In our house we like to do "Crockpot Monday's," since they are normally the craziest day of everyone's week it is easiest to prep the meal Sunday night and turn it on Monday morning. For the first "CP Monday" of the 2011 season I made "White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale." from the blog My Kitchen Addiction. I made a few alterations to the original but in the end it was healthy, hearty and delicious.



My version of this yummy meal:

White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale
(Serves 6-8)
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 pound dry northern white beans
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 6 large cloves of  garlic, sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 large bunch kale, thick stems removed and chopped
  • Parmigino-reggiano cheese

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the sausage, breaking it up with a spatula as it browns.  Once the sausage is cooked through, add the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.  Transfer the meat and drippings to your slow cooker.
Add the beans, onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to the meat in the slow cooker, and stir to combine.  Then add the chicken broth. 

If you are prepping this Sunday night, place the crockpot in the fridge until you are ready to cook, if you are an eager beaver and prepare this the morning of, turn your crockpot on and cook for 6 hours on low.

After five hours of cooking, add the kale. This will allow it to tenderize and pick up all of the flavor.






This picture does not do it the justice it deserves because my iPhone was just not cooperating with me. I will be making this again and will post a much better picture I PROMISE!
 


I am having this for lunch today, and I am literally staring at the clock counting down until noon....1 hour and 9 minutes to go!



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Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday routines and Pumpkin protein muffins

Sunday is by far my favorite day of the week.
I feel like I can get so many thing accomplished in one day and still have time for relaxtion.
A typical Sunday for me goes like this:
8 am Uppercut (30 minute weight class)
830-930 Kickboxing
11 am food shopping
1 lunch
3 Nap
430/5 Cocktail Hour and prep dinner
530 Start cooking Sunday dinner


In between all of that I am tackling endless amount of laundry, bathing the puppies, running various errands, watching football/food channel etc.
It is my feel good day!


Today I woke up and did my 2 gym classes then went straight to Starbucks where I discovered a new LOVE.
Grande Pike coffee with Pumpkin Spice syrup, I add a little 1/2&1/2, half an equal then some cinnamon and nutmeg.
Let me tell you it is D-LISH.

I paired it with the perfect post workout/breakfast fuel 
Damy Health's Pumpkin Protein Muffins.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Muffins

(made in muffin tins)
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Oat Flour *see notes below
  • 2 Scoops Natural Protein Powder (plain whey works great)
  • 1 Cup Plain Pureed Pumpkin
  • 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ Cup Baking Stevia or 6 Packets Stevia
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ Tsp Sea Salt
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
Oat Flour Directions - To make oat flour simply take dry oatmeal and blend it until it is flour consistency.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together. Then mix in all wet ingredients. Stir until smooth and blended.
  3. Lightly spray muffin tin with oil (extra virgin olive oil).
  4. Place batter evenly in muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes (check them at the 20 minute mark and keep an eye on them for the last 10 minutes).
  6. Remove from the oven, gently remove them from the tin and place on a cooling rack. These are very moist and fragile until they cool.
  7. Once they cool they are firm and yummy! Place in a sealed container.
Notes:
*Makes 12 protein bars/muffins.
**Serving size for women is 2 (4 for men).
***DAMY Members can have 2 for meal 2 or 4.






You can also check the recipe out on her site here



My entire family loves them and I cannot wait to make even more of Amy's delicious recipes!




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Saturday, September 24, 2011

What a difference a workout makes...

I just walked in from Jump & Drill. Still sweaty and definitely a little smelly (TMI?) but I had to let you all know how great it feels. I was feeling pretty down about my lack of motivation this week to workout and eat correctly, but I woke up at 6:45 am had my oatmeal and was in the gym by 7:30.

 Jump & Drill was great today, we learned a few new moves and I am finally getting better at push-ups. I still have a long way to go before I can do 100 perfect push-ups but I am happy with a handful for now!

This may not be the prettiest picture of me, but it is shows that I kicked my own butt. I sweat the week of crap out of my body and made me want to do even better next week.



Today we are having a family day out east, we are going to the LiV tasting room and a few wineries. The we're off to see Eddie's boss' band tonight. It should be a great time, and I will take a lot of pictures to share with all of you.

What are your plans this weekend?
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Cookies, Ice cream and Lack of work-outs...

It has been one rough week.
It shows in my eating,
and lack of workouts

Work has been draining every day, and I haven't had the energy to go running or take a class my heart wasn't in to by time I came home.
I know that by doing this I am only hurting myself but sometimes you just need to take a break. 

Sometimes you need to come home take a steaming hot shower and wash the day off of you, then put on your sweats, light a yummy candle and watch all of your favorite shows.
My eating during the day is healthy. then I come home and crave sweets. 
I've had some pretzel m&ms, oreo's, handfuls of popcorn and 3 spoonfuls of Ben & Jerry's Red Velvet Cake ice cream. All in all I lost control.


The only physically active thing I've done this week was Power X on Wednesday. Even that workout I wasn't at my full potential due to pure mental exhaustion.
I am looking forward to today being the end of a hell week at work.

I can't wait to sweat bullets in Jump & Drill tomorrow morning, and then FINALLY complete Week 6 Day 3 of C5K.

I need to remind myself that no matter how crazy other things in life may get,

Just Keep Sweating.
It will always make me feel better.



I will be posting a new recipe this weekend for Pumpkin Protein Muffins, stay tuned :)


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I am tired

I found this blog I posted on another website over a year ago and I decided I needed to share this with all of you today::


I am tired....

Friday, August 20, 2010

I am tired of being the fattest person in the class
I am tired of not feeling good enough when I am putting my all in at the gym
I am tired of struggling to keep up in workout classes
I am tired of hiding in the back of the room
I am tired of hating how I look in the mirror
I am tired of being unhappy
I am tired of being concerned with what other people see when they look at me
I am tired of not being my own friend
I am tired of thinking I will never be as hot as I want too
I am tired of worrying that everything I eat is going to make me gain more weight


I AM TIRED!

...I am going to do my best to stop focusing on all of the negative in my life and use this to push forward. Yes I am the fat girl in the back of the room struggling to keep up in kickboxing and cardio classes but at least I am in the classes!
...I need to tell myself that its only my second week back at the gym, that stamina & weight loss takes time. I didn't gain all this weight in 2 weeks and I won't loose it 2 weeks.
... I need to remind myself I am beautiful and worth it, that I will not give up on myself no matter how frustrating this journey may be.
...I will to tell myself that I have wonderful people in my life both on and off the internet that are going to support me in the good times and bad.

And most importantly I need to remind myself that::

I CAN DO THIS! emoticon

...I am not tired anymore.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

I love fall
I love the crisp weather
I love the warm clothes
I love the food
I love football
I love fall

Did you enjoy my little Ode To Fall?
I hope so!





Anyway I haven't shared nearly as many recipes as I have wanted to on here.
Bad girl! Bad girl!
So I thought I would share one of my all time favorite soup recipes, that I just so happen to be having for dinner tonight.







(borrowed this picture, I can't seem to find mine!!)
Chicken Tortilla Soup
(This is my version of the recipe I found on www.allrecipes.com)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth, sodium free
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • crushed tortilla chips
  • sliced avocado
  • shredded low fat cheddar cheese


           Directions
  1. In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft. Stir in chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in corn,beans, cilantro, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips, avocado slices, cheese, and chopped green onion. 


Makes 8 servings.

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 181.9
  Total Fat 4.8 g
      Saturated Fat 1.5 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
      Trans Fat 0.0 g
  Cholesterol 30.1 mg
  Sodium 656.6 mg
  Potassium 284.5 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 19.7 g
      Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
      Sugars 3.6 g
  Protein 15.6 g

  Vitamin A 6.7 %
  Vitamin B-12 2.1 %
  Vitamin B-6 12.5 %
  Vitamin C 8.9 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.8 %
  Calcium 7.6 %
  Copper 5.2 %
  Folate 12.9 %
  Iron 9.1 %
  Magnesium 7.5 %
  Manganese 11.1 %
  Niacin 16.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     6.3 %
  Phosphorus     10.7 %
  Riboflavin 6.0 %
  Selenium 11.2 %
  Thiamin 5.4 %
  Zinc 7.0 %








 You can modify this any way you like, and if you do please let me know what you added/removed from your version so I can try it!

I will be enjoying a bowl of this tonight while watching the Glee season premiere...what are your favorite things about fall??


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Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Friday!!!

This week F-L-E-W by! I cannot even believe there is only 1 hour standing between me and an awesome weekend packed with working out and fiance fun! Here is a re-cap of this weeks workouts and life bites::


Tuesday was session 1 of Power X round 2. This time around we're doing our workouts on the tennis courts instead of the grassy football field, and let me tell you it makes all the difference. There were a few new people so we did a lot of repeat moves from the last session, but it was good for us who are "seasoned vets" because we were able to see where we grew and what areas need improvement. Personally for me I have come a long way on the battling ropes, they were still really challenging but :30 seconds didn't seem like eternity. The ViPR moves involved a lot of lunging/squating, but I decided to push myself and use the 6lb instead of the 4lb I used last session. However my trainer said that it was too light for me so I will be moving up another ViPR level next week. YIPEE! TRX was where I felt most improved. It was like something in me clicked and I was comfortable doing the moves. This week we focused on back, legs and triceps. My muscles haven't been this sore in a long time, I am thoroughly enjoying this feeling and it's three days later!

Wednesday was C5K week 6 day 2. This run was the hardest one yet. My legs were so sore from Tuesday's workout that I felt as if I was jogging with weights tied to my legs, which by the way, is an awful feeling. The workout was 10 minute jog, 3 minute walk, 10 minute jog. Regardless of how I felt before and during my run, I felt great after...I pushed through all the BS and JUST KEPT SWEATING! I made the silly mistake of looking at Week 6 day 3's workout which is 5 minute warm up and then jog for 25 minutes straight. 

Not looking forward to that at all.
So I looked ahead to what is in store for Week 7

Warmup
Jog for 28 minutes, all three days.

Looks like this is it kids, I am in it for the long haul. No more fun runs, the rest of the program is 5k runs three times a week until the Seatuck Run on October 30.
I have my reservations about me being ready, but once I start running I don't let myself stop. I push myself to my limits and it makes me stronger.
I tell the voices in my head to stop telling me I can't when my heart tells me I can.
 
My sneakers love the feeling of the pavement, my lungs love the fresh air and I love beats pumping through my ears into my veins.

 I can do this.
I will do this.

Thursday was Kickboxing. Yay Kickboxing! I look forward to Thursday every single week because I know I will be getting the best workout with all of my favorite people. My gym girls have become such a source of motivation for me. If there are days one of us doesn't feel like working we can count on each other to push us and in the end we're always glad we did it. In my opinion there is no better feeling than knowing you just did an intense workout.


That brings me to today, Friday. My rest day, and boy is it needed. I am exhausted from a long week of commuting,working and working out. So I have plans to have a sushi dinner with my fiance and enjoy a relaxing night at home on the couch.

Plans for the weekend?


Saturday:: JUMP & DRILL!!!!! I am so excited it is starting again. I have missed it these past few weeks and am ready to work on improving my push-ups. After jump and drill is interval training, which is a mix of Cardio and Weight training.
Saturday afternoon is Oktoberfest at our favorite local bar and Saturday night Eddie is djing at the Black Lantern Lounge.

Sunday:: KICKBOXING! Then our annual Fall Fair in town followed by an afternoon of Football, LETS GO JETS! and lots of cooking.



All in all I am looking forward to this weekend and am proud of all I have accomplished workout-wise this week. 
What are your weekend plans?


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Don't feel like working out today???













If these words and pictures don't make you want to go out and do something physically active I suggest leaving this blog right now. I am sitting here in my little cube at work itching for my Power X workout tonight.  
Will it be challenging? 
HELL YEA.  

That is what I am looking forward to the most
I can't wait to have a heart pounding, sweat pouring and exhausting workout.
Will I be sore tomorrow?  
HELL YEA.
  That is the best feeling in the entire world.
It means you pushed yourself to your limits.


YOU ARE STRONGER TODAY THAN YOU WERE YESTERDAY.



JUST KEEP SWEATING
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Motivation Monday, Workouts for the week, Last weeks run!

Remember that 20 minute run I was worried about?

Yea, I kicked it's ass.


For the first time in our 4 year relationship my fiance and I worked out together.
Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, right?


He was always an athlete, and spent most of his life playing baseball until he had to have surgery. However, he has taken the past 4 years off from a fitness routine and is just easing back into it now. I figured running with him would be no problem because 1. I'm slow and 2. he's out of shape.

Or so I thought. He spent the run at least a half block in front of me.
It reminded me of the summer of 2007, where I spent the better part of 2 months chasing him around, trying to get him to fall for me.

No, I'm not pathetic, I just know what I want and don't give up until I get it.
(In all aspects of life.)



Anyways, I was able to keep my pace and jog the 20 minutes straight without getting tired or out of breath, which for me was more important than beating Eddie. 
It was great to have him with me, pushing me every step of the way and to have someone to talk to as we cooled down. It was a mini milestone for me to complete the workout and having him there made it that much better.So if you're reading this, thank you. :)

Today we're running together again and I will be doing Week 6 Day 1 of C5K:
Warm up 2:00
Run 5:00
Walk 3:00
Run 8:00
Walk 3:00
Run 5:00

I think C5K is trying to push me to pick up my running pace by not saying the word "jog." So that will be the focus for today, running faster for shorter amount of time to increase my stamina even further.
So far I am really enjoying this program as is my mom.
She completed Week 5 Day 1 yesterday and felt great about it! I am so proud of her she has been more diligent and motivated to run in addition to our regular gym schedule than I have been. 
Way to go Mom! 



This week Power X starts again AND Jump & Drill.
I am feeling that nervous feeling I had before my first Power X class all over again, we've had a few weeks off and I think it will show tomorrow night.
For me at least.


Jump and Drill I'm not as nervous for because I know what to expect.
100 pushups
10 minutes of jumping rope broken down into 2 minute intervals
Kick Drills
Punching Drills(my personal favorite)

I have been taking J&D for almost a year and it has become my favorite workout.


Here is this weeks workout schedule:

Monday-C5K Week 6 Day 1 
Tuesday-Power X
Wednesday-C5K Week 6 Day 2
Thursday-Kickboxing 
Friday-rest
Saturday-Jump & Drill and Interval Training/C5K Week 6 Day 3
Sunday- Uppercut(weight training) and Kickboxing

Happy Motivation Monday!



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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Holding myself accountable...

The title says it all.


I did not go running last night as I said I would. 

 
I haven't worked out since Sunday.

I am holding myself accountable.
I have no excuse.


Even though I came up with a bunch.

The truth is I looked at Week 5 Day 3 of Couch to 5k and it scared me.
5 minute warmup
20 minute jog.


I have never run more than 11 minutes without stopping.
If I cannot complete this what does that make me look like?

To me it means failure.

STOP!
 

I would fail if I didn't try.
If I can't complete the workout I will work at it until I can.
I won't know how long I can run, until I try. 



 



55 Days until the SeaTuck Owl 5k
I will be running tonight.
NO EXCUSES.



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WILW-Yogurt!

Yogurt is something I eat every single day.
Whether it's for breakfast,snack or dessert.
I love yogurt.

As I've said before I get bored very easily, whether it is with my hair, nailpolish or food, I need to change it up every so often before I do something drastic.

However with yogurt there are so many flavors I never get bored!


My favorite yogurt-y breakfast is the Greek Yogurt Honey Parfait.
OMG it is so delicious!

(borrowed from Starbucks website)

Here is the nutritional breakdown for this little gem:
 
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (172 g)
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 110

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber <1g 4%
Sugars 32g
Protein 8g
I eat this as a meal so 300 calories is perfect, with a grande coffee with sugar free caramel of course :)


My current favorite for my yogurt snack is Yoplait thick & creamy 100 calorie options 
You know the commercials where the woman is on the phone saying all the weight she's lost by having boston cream pie and strawberry shortcake?
These are the yogurts she's eating.




100 calories AND they taste just like the real thing! I am a huge fan of the Blueberry Pie and Cinnamon Bun(which is what I have with me today)


YUM!



Last but certainly not least is frozen yogurt which I am beyond obsessed with currently.
A new place has opened up down the block from us called "Yo Luv It," and they're right I DO.
They have 4 flavors: Dark Chocolate, Strawberry,Italian Cheesecake and Vanilla.

I've tried every flavor but Vanilla, and everytime I go I make sure I have cheesecake && brownie bites as my toppings. They may not be the healthiest option but to be honest with you all
I DON'T CARE.

For 100 calories a serving I can have a tablespoon of each topping and not feel the least bit guilty.

Here is a picture from Monday nights trip:



Simply amazing. If you are in Suffolk, Long Island I highly suggest visiting this place asap






Happy Hump Day!
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