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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Breast

Hello everyone! I haven't uploaded anything in a while because I didn't have much to say =/ I've been fairly busy and haven't done anything exciting. Tonight (which is now the other night since I keep procrastinating finishing this post) I made a really yummy dinner and it hit the spot. I thawed out some chicken breasts last night and threw them in a container and poured some Kraft Red Pepper dressing on them and let them marinate over night. I cooked them at 400F for 25+ minutes and served them with some baby spinach and Kraft Asian Sesame dressing and sweet pickled beets. I was going to have some of my PC frozen yogurt but I've had so much sugar already today that I decided against it. Some evil person at work brought in a tin of Quality Street chocolates and I haven't been able to control myself. Other than that my diet has been really good lately.


I used to eat 5-6 small meals a day around 300 calories each but when I was in Jamaica we were eating only 3 meals a day and I felt like I maintained myself really well considering I wasn't working out. So since I got home I am back to 3 larger meals a day and keeping my snack to around 200 calories between. I've also been trying to use Myfitnesspal again but it's kind of annoying having to find everything since I use so many things in one meal (usually).

I haven't been posting about food lately either because I'm a creature of habit and routine and I basically eat the same thing every day but modify a couple ingredients to 'switch it up'.

I'm going to end this post since my brain seems to be all over the place but I hope you enjoy the chicken as much as I did :)

Cheers!

~ Kelsey

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Grocery Shopping!!


Holy! My fridge was empty today. I did some grocery shopping a few days before I left and a lot of it went bad. I wasn't really thinking of how few days I was going to be leaving in when I went previously.

I still can't get over how much more expensive it is to shop in the winter but luckily I'm able to afford this lifestyle. I prefer eating healthy because it makes me feel great and doesn't hurt my stomach. So here is the list of food I bought today. Most of it will last the week and some for a bit longer. Don't mind the mess on top of and under the table. I haven't had time to clean since I got home from Jamaica, lol.

From left to right:
2 dozen eggs $1.99 ea - they were on sale for $1.99 each and I love eggs. They're my go-to when I need food NOW and they're great to throw in salads.
5 large bananas $1.70 - I use half for my oatmeal in the morning and the rest for either a snack at night or with cereal. I buy the large ones so I can use half and there still be a good amount.
French vanilla low fat coffee creamer $4.98
Green grapes $4.02 - my favorite morning snack at work.
Spartan apples $4.88 - I've tried a few types of apples and these are by far my favorite. They're super crunchy and sweet.
Broccoli florets $2.50 - I tried bringing these along with my baby carrots to work, but eating them raw really hurts my stomach. So now I steam them to eat with my meals.
Baby carrots $1.98 - these are usually on sale for $0.99 but I don't have a car to go back whenever I like.
Fresh Atlantic salmon fillets $5.23 - I cut it in half and had one half for dinner tonight and the rest will be for lunch. (will go into detail of how I prepared the salmon further down)
Lean steak chunks $7.10 - I'm going to throw these into my slow cooker tomorrow morning before I leave for work with my veggies. This will be my dinner tomorrow night and lunch for the next day. If there is enough I'll probably take the rest for lunch the day after that.
President's Choice Blue Menu Finesse yogurt cups $6.49 - I love these yogurts. They're low in sugar but aren't bitter like Greek yogurt. I'm sure they aren't the best out there but they work for me. These are also usually on sale for $2.00-$3.00 cheaper.
1% Cottage cheese $4.89- I actually prefer the lower fat content. The 2% tastes yucky to me. I eat this for my afternoon break at work and sometimes after my workout if I know I need to shower first and what not before being able to make a good meal. Protein!!
Fresh cremini mushrooms $0.92 - I like using these in salads and for my eggs.
Kraft Zesty Italian dressing $2.99 - it was on sale and it is low in calories. I plan on using it for salad and for seasoning my chicken breasts.
Baby spinach $3.48
Spring mix salad $2.48
Onion soup mix $0.98 ea - I bought this for my stew or to keep in my cupboard if ever needed.
Mandarin oranges $5.48
Whole wheat English muffins $2.57 - these are sometimes on sale for $1.00, but not today :(
Multi Grain Cheerios $4.78 (not in picture)

My total bill was $73.90. In the summer though, it's usually around $40.00-$50.00 a week, depending on what I need to stock up on that lasts a while. I shop at Superstore so I don't check prices. I've tried Safeway and Sobey's but my bill always ends up being $30.00+ more than when I shop at Superstore. They also watch competitor's flyers and they match their prices without advertising it.

My dinner tonight: half of my salmon fillet. I put a bit of unsalted butter on top of them, lemon juice, pepper, and Montreal steak spice. I bake it at 375F for about 20 minutes. They probably could have been taken out earlier but I hopped in the shower while it was cooking. My salad was about 1.5 c. of the spring salad mix with a tablespoon of Kraft roasted red pepper dressing, a cremini mushroom, and a bit of President's Choice  Blue Menu mozzarella cheese, shredded. For dessert, I had one of my mandarin oranges :)


I certainly miss the buffets at the resort because there were so many options and I didn't have to do any work! The shopping, the cooking, the cleaning. It was sooooo nice. Can I go back? :(

I did a Turbo Fire 30 minute workout today as well so I think I'm going to have some of my PC frozen yogurt :)

Good night! I have so much tv I have to catch up on on my PVR so off I go!

-- Kelsey


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jamaica!!

Hello everyone!

What a great trip. It was so much fun to see all my family and celebrate such a beautiful event. I'm so happy I was invited and was able to make it.

I did bring my workout gear and interval timer with the intention of working out every day but we had visiting to do! I did manage to create a Bodyrock workout to do in my hotel room: pushups, ab tuck, tricep dips, 2 jacks & 2 switch lunges. I did this on Sunday because we got there late on  Saturday night. I also got in a Turbo Fire HIIT 15 minute workout that I managed to find on youtube (most of the video) on Monday after the ceremony and before the dinner. I also danced the whole friggin' night on Monday, haha. I drank more than my fair share of calories that night though and ended up losing my phone and camera (along with the 300+ pictures I had already taken).

We also went on a catamaran excursion on Wednesday that took us snorkeling and to Dunn's river falls. The hike up the falls was an hour but it definitely didn't feel like it. It also felt great knowing that I was able to do it so easily because of my exercise regime.

Also, it was actually really easy to eat healthy there. The buffets were awesome! Endless salads and veggies and sooooo many options. I did do a few cheats but hey, I was on vacation! I think I actually lost a bit of jiggle on my stomach while on vacay.

I have no where to compare this place to but honestly, it was amazing. The staff and the entire experience was just awesome. If you're going to Jamaica, go to the Riu in Ocho Rios.

Here are some pictures that I took on my mom's camera. Luckily I told her to bring her's just in case. I'm also a bit disappointed that I didn't get to my goal for a defined tummy in time lol. There were some people on the beach though that were wearing bikinis that definitely shouldn't have been. Enjoy! And yes, it was as awesome as it looks :D












Thursday, November 8, 2012

Educate yourself!!! Eat properly!

Someone on the Bodyrock app posted this link yesterday. I found it really cool and it is important for a lot of people to read. A lot of people seem to think you need to starve yourself and workout hours a day. Read Staci's story, it is incredible:

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/07/21/meet-staci-your-new-powerlifting-super-hero/

Cheers for now!!

-- Kelsey

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Balsamic Chicken Breast


The past few nights I have been eating supper very late - like after 9:00PM. Now I know it's probably not good to eat so close to bed time, but I have to eat something right?!

So last night I had thawed some chicken breast and I didn't feel like making a stir fry. I took a look in my cupboard and I saw the balsamic vinegar I got from my dad that I hadn't really used yet. I put about 1-2 tablespoons in a small bowl and mixed it up with an equal amount of olive oil. I put the 3 chicken breasts in a small casserole dish and seasoned them with salt and pepper, garlic powder, and my Oh So Onion seasoning. I then poured the oil and vinegar over them and moved the chicken around to get the oil underneath them so they didn't stick. I remembered I had minced garlic in the fridge so I sprinkled a little bit on top of each one. I also sprinkled rosemary on top too. Preheat your oven to 350F and cover the dish with aluminum foil. I cooked them for 20 minutes and checked on them, then I let them cook for about 5 minutes longer and turned off the oven but left them in there while my potatoes and broccoli were still cooking. (Ovens vary so make sure you check that they're cooked completely!)

I had added some water to the dish so the chicken would be moist, so I drained a bit of that out when I checked on them after the 20 minutes. Here's the final result:















I made enough for 2 dinners and my lunch. Or I'll probably end up taking the last one for lunch tomorrow.

They turned out pretty good considering I just added random stuff, haha! I hope you enjoy them and let me know how they turned out if you do make them :)

(Only 3 more sleeps until Jamaica!!!!)

I still haven't figured out how I'm going to do my Turbo Fire while I'm there =/ I know there is a gym there but I really REALLY like Turbo Fire. It's so much more fun than running. Hmm... I'll figure something out >:)

Cheers!!~

-- Kelsey



Today's workout:
http://www.bodyrock.tv/2012/11/01/burn-it-off-lean-it-out/
I modified it to 12 rounds of 10s rest/ 30s work to be an 8 minute workout

1. Sit Ups Elbows To Knees - 9, 9

2. Half Burpee 1 Push Up - 3.5, 5

3. Squat and Press (SB) - 13, 15

4. Knee “Lift” Up Abs - 9, 10

5. Curl and Press using (3lb dumb bells) - 11, 11

6. Tricep Dips (EQ) - 10, 11

&

Turbo Fire HIIT 15 minutes

28 minutes = approx. 383 calories burned! Boom Baby!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

4 more sleeps!

Hello everyone!

Only 4 more sleeps until I can plant my butt on the beach with my toes in the sand and a beer in my hand. (I really didn't mean for that to rhyme lol).

I'm going to have this song on repeat on my iPod =D:

I have been very good with my diet and I only had 2 goodies yesterday: one Bounty coconut chocolate bar piece and 1/4 cup of my President's Choice caramel pecan crunch frozen yogurt <-- this is as awesome as it sounds.

Here is my food journal from yesterday:


















I log my pre workout snack with my afternoon snack, even though they are usually 2-3 hours apart. Last night I didn't end up eating dinner until 9:30 because I went grocery shopping with my mom and fit in a 15 minute HIIT workout from Turbo Fire. I wasn't going to do one because it was so late but I figured I could manage a 15 minute workout. 15 minutes is better than nothing :)

Tonight my mama wants to do a workout together and then it's off to get my second Twinrix shot. Hopefully I don't get the reaction I got last week haha. That was definitely not a good feeling.

If any one has any tips for travel I'm more than interested. I've never been on a plane before and anything would be much appreciated :)

Cheers ~~

-- Kelsey

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Food Journal - back on track

Good morning everyone! I just realized how much I love the clocks going back. I got a good amount of sleep, slept in, and it's still early!! =D I have time for so many activites! (Step Brothers reference lol)

I started using MyFitnessPal again because I feel like I was losing track of what I was eating and that I was getting careless. I started again on Friday so here is my food journal from Friday, Nov 2.



(Yes, that is a McDonald's McBistro sandwich on there. I went shopping with my mom and we were famished. I voted for Subway but she is a member of Curves and the swiss mushroom sandwich is on their list of 'allowed' foods for eating out. I did ask for no sauce but they basically threw the ingredients into a box. I had to assemble my sandwich myself. Even the meat was folded in half. I was very disappointed. My mom's was perfect though :/)

I remembered one of the reasons I stopped using it is because it made me feel guilty for going over my caloric intake for the day, but I feel like 1200 isn't enough for me - even when I haven't done a workout that day. So I'll still use it to keep track but I'm not too concerned about staying at 1200.

If you're not getting the results that you feel you should be getting, try eating more (healthy) calories to make sure you're fueling your body as needed. If you're always tired, you're probably not eating enough to fuel your body for the things you're putting it through.

I think this app is a great tool to stay on track for both food and water. It has a counter at the bottom of the page for you to log your water as well. I don't get paid from these people, I just like their app. I'm sure there are other ones to choose from as well but I can use this one on my computer, iPod, and Blackberry, so it is what works for me :)

Sundays are usually my rest days but I think I'm going to exercise today and rest tomorrow. I did Turbo Fire HIIT 20 minute workout yesterday, and it was awesome. I caught myself with a huge smile after one of the last bursts. It made me think of all the people on the Bodyrock app when they ask what everyone's motivation is.

At first I had to make myself exercise, just to get into a routine. Now, I WANT to exercise. It makes me feel so good during and immediately after. I am always smiling during my workout, even if I'm in pain from my shoulder or I'm itchy from these damn bites/hives. Work through it because you'll feel great after, even if you couldn't give it your 100%. How many times have you said, "Gosh I feel awful, I shouldn't have done that workout."? Probably never. How many times have you said, "Wow I feel great! I'm so glad I did that workout!" Probably after every workout you do. 

It takes some time but once you commit to this lifestyle, but after a while it isn't hard to just do it. I keep track of my exercise in my Gmail calendar so I have a visual of my week and month. I take rest days when needed, even if it means I won't get my minimum of 4 days a week. Last week I only had 3 workout days and I actually still saw good results. You just have to maintain your healthy eating when you're doing rest days. It's all about moderation. You can see how I keep track by viewing my journal here.

I am still getting these bites but I am certain it is from dust mites. I had an allergy test done when I was in elementary school and dust mites and tree pollen were positive on there. I got these last year in June/July but they went away after 2 weeks. This is going on 4 weeks already and they're way worse than before. I did a MAJOR vacuum sweep yesterday though and got about 10 new bites after so that's why I'm sure it is the dust mites causing this. I got quite a workout from removing all the small things from my bedroom, and moving all the furniture around so I could vacuum underneath it. I also did this for the living room - moved the couches and heavy coffee table. I was quite warmed up by the time I got to Turbo Fire lol. Here's what I look like all chewed up after cleaning, and my workout & shower. I have 4 on my face too :(



I don't have any new bites today yet, so maybe I've shown those dust mites not to mess around. Fingers crossed!!

Have a great day every one! What workout are you going to do today? Also, check out my cousin's blog. She's a vegetarian and her posts look delicious: http://bunnyhuggermunchies.wordpress.com/
Cheers~

-- Kelsey

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Work out with my Mama

Hello!

Last night was so fun. I had asked my mom if she could drive me to the store to put money on my laundry card (I have no car for now because mine got written off in July) and she was going to drop me off and be on her way but she had some time to kill and was hungry so I told her I had some chicken breast thawed out to make a stir fry but I wanted to do my workout first.

She came in with the intention of making the stir fry while I worked out because she has been feeling fatigued since she also got her needles for travel, but she had 4!!! I don't know how she did it lol. She ended up doing Turbo Fire HIIT 25 minutes with me and it was so fun. I thought I liked working out by myself but it is rather fun with a workout buddy.

It's funny too because I have limited space but we work so well together we knew how to coordinate when we were supposed to turn. We'll have to do this more often :)

We then made the stir fry together, well, she started the chicken while went for a quick shower. It was really good:

3 small chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
minced garlic and onion
3 cups Normandy style frozen veggies from Costco
2 cups fresh bean sprouts

I seasoned with soy sauce, Better than Bouillon chicken flavor, and original flavor Mrs. Dash.

I also got some tips from someone I work with about these hives, she says she gets the same kind of thing. She suggest I wash my bedding in hot water, with no detergent to avoid more irritation. I did the hot water but I still used detergent because I like the smell lol. She also suggested I take as cool a shower as I can handle because the heat makes it worse. I also went out and bought the Life brand version of Aerius, which my co-worker said is the best one that works for her. I certainly feel way less itchy today but I don't have any new ones. Which is great! But it would be nice to pin point what helped.Either way I'm grateful :)

Cheers~~

-- Kelsey


FU Fat Ass workout

September 11
Oct 30
I'm happy with the results because I beat some of my previous reps but I was really sore and didn't push as hard as I could have.

Workout Breakdown:

1) Push-Ups (knees) 11 (toes) 8
2) Tuck Abs 11 11
3) Squat & Press 13 14
4) Clean & Press 7 8

5) Bicycle Abs 12 12
6) Jumps Lunges 28 32
7) Bicep Curls 17 12
8) V Abs Left 10 12
9) V Abs Right 10 12
10) Tricep Dips 9 11
11) Mountain Climbers 47 54
12) Burpees with Push-up 4 4
13) Squat & Press 16 13
14) Over Head Abs 6 5
15) Jump Lunges (frog jumps) 6 30
16) Switch Kicks 10 8