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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

One year of hard work

So I missed posting on my 1 year anniversary of my fitness journey :)

June 15, 2012, is when I decided that I had enough of being lazy and unhappy. I found Bodyrock and the community of their app. I'm so happy I continued and didn't lose track or motivation. I used to start and then stop when it got too hard to fit into my life. Now it is a priority and is a HUGE part of my life as you can tell with this blog and facebook page. I'm so passionate about being healthy now. I used to make fun of people that ate salads haha. What a change!

From June 15, 2012, to June 15, 2013, I worked out 230 days. So crazy to think about considering I used to be a couch potato =)

I've been doing ZWOWs regularly and doing them in order. I'm on #54 already and close the end of the free ones at #71. I haven't decided if I'm going to pay for her ZGYM but I'll let you know how it is if I do :)

I'm currently working on creating a "build-a-workout" system. I'm going to use popsicle sticks or poker chips (or something) and I'm going to write out workout moves (eg. burpees, touch downs, etc.) and create my daily workout from those. I'm really excited since I've gone through my book of workouts and used the moves from previous workouts.

I'll post a picture once I get it finished!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Too many rest days

Happy Friday!!!

I have a busy weekend ahead of me: football game tonight and then my friend's stagette party tomorrow night. Last weekend I took rest days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday due to camping. I didn't workout on Wednesday because I was helping my parents move, and I'm having to take another rest day today to make it to the football game in time. It's funny because it's driving me CRAZY that I'm having to take so many. I've been seeing awesome results with adding more veggies to my diet and the ZWOWs just add to the great feeling I'm getting lately. I also noticed when doing my workout last night that I've already lost some strength when doing burpees =(

I'm going to go hard on Saturday and Sunday to make up for lost time =) I'm going to try to be good this weekend alcohol-wise (also because I can't afford it, HA!).

I think next week I'm going to do a daily food diary with pictures on my Facebook page. I was going to try doing it this week but I've been so busy and just foggy brained, didn't think to take pictures.

I hope you all have a terrific weekend!!! What are your plans?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pesto chicken


 I forgot to take a picture of the finished product haha. Sorry! It was delicious though =)

All you need are chicken breasts and pesto. Pesto is fairly easy to make yourself - I recommend trying it =) I went with a store bought version though. It's basically pine nuts, basil, olive oil, and seasoning.

Use thawed chicken. If I forget to take them out in the morning I put them in cold water while I'm having my after workout shower. They're usually pretty thawed by then - it's amazing!

Preheat oven to 350F and use a spoon or brush to coat the chicken with pesto. Bake for 15 minutes and flip. Depending on your stove it can take between 10-15 minutes for the other side. Again, I love my meat thermometer because I'm so paranoid about meat. I bake my chicken to 170F-175F, even though it's safe at 165F. I enjoyed my chicken with edamame and 1/3c whole wheat penne noodles.

Grocery shopping :)


I went shopping last week and haven't had time to post! I remembered to take a picture though. (I'll admit I put everything away and decided to take a picture haha).

I bought a couple new things. I've decided I do not like eggplant. I've tried it a few times and it's just not my thing.

  • cremini mushrooms
  • ground turkey
  • natural peanut butter
  • pecan halves
  • eggplant
  • avocados
  • zucchini
  • asparagus
  • celery
  • quinoa
  • pesto
  • almond milk
I've switched back to unsweetened almond milk. Just to give it a try again. I bought a box of tetra paks so it'll last me a while. I bought the ground turkey to make Jamie Eason's turkey muffins and they turned out great! I'll warn you that mine were pretty peppery so next time I think I'll cut back on that a bit. Of course Dexter is inspecting my groceries for me :)




Cucumber, celery, and tomato salad

The other day on Facebook I saw a post about this salad. I'd be putting the link but I can't find the damn post now even though I thought I shared it on my page =/

I was super excited when I realized I had everything in my fridge tonight! The original recipe calls for feta but I don't have that so I used my skim milk mozzarella cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mini cucumber
  • 1 large stalk of celery
  • half a tomato
  • chopped onion
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
I cut the cucumber in half lengthwise first then chopped into small pieces. If you want smaller pieces then cut half in half lengthwise a second time. Cut the celery down the middle lengthwise and chop as well. I already had my onion chopped in my fridge so I used about 3 tablespoons. Add more or less depending on your preference. Top with your dressing and mix up. I also added some Clubhouse Greek seasoning on top because I love that stuff with cucumbers and onions.

Bon apetit!




Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New snack ideas

I've decided I need to change my afternoon snack of cottage cheese and an apple. I managed to switch my morning snack to a delicious shake so I'm determined to do this change too lol. I seriously eat basically the exact same thing every day, except I swap out a few things here and there. If you follow me on Myfitnesspal you'll have noticed this too haha.

So I just went through my Health and Self magazines, and Zuzka's website to get some new ideas. I HATE lists of ingredients. I like to keep things simple and really stick to under 5 ingredients - if that. My morning shake is: half a banana, 2-3 ice cubes, 1/2 frozen fruit, 1/3 cup non fat Greek yogurt, a handful of spinach, and 1/2 cup cold water.

So some of the things I'm looking forward to trying are:

- apple with Greek yogurt and nuts (pecans, walnuts, etc.)
- spinach and avocado wrap
- apple, raisins, and almond butter on a lettuce wrap
- Greek yogurt with berries and nuts
- apple, 1/2 orange, 2 T Greek yogurt, and 1T of nut butter on a lettuce wrap
- whole wheat tortilla, sliced apple, 1T of nut butter, sprinkled with cinnamon

Some meal ideas:
- scrambled eggs with mushroom, peas, and lettuce
- 1/2 chicken, 1/2 c brown rice, 1/2 greens salad or veggies
- spinach tortilla wrap, scrambled eggs, avocado, spinach, lettuce, tomato, chicken breast (eat half at a time)

I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow and I'm determined to switch it up FINALLY! I've said this a few times but I'm usually too lazy to try to think of new things to take to work :) I CAN do this!

What are some of your favorite snack or meals?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

I realized today that I only posted once in June!

I've been neglecting my blog for a bit but I do post frequently on my Facebook page. I had an awesome long weekend (Canada day long weekend for you non-Canadian folk :) )

I went camping with my family and aside from copious amounts of beer and some dessert I ate pretty good. Its funny because my appetite tends to be under better control when I'm away. I eat more when I'm sitting at my desk or at home and it's safe to say that it's caused by boredom. I'm trying very hard to keep my cravings under control while at work and eating bigger meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I got a great workout in while I was away too and took a rest day Saturday and Monday. Going to do a cardio workout tonight so I can do a strength workout tomorrow morning. I'm on late shift this week so I really enjoy working out in the morning so I have the rest of the evening to have fun :)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend - even if it wasn't a long weekend!

-- Kelsey