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Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas pudge - new 30 Day challenge



I hope you all had a great Christmas and if you don't celebrate I hope you still had a great time with family and friends.

I've been very indulgent this week and I don't regret a thing although I do feel kinda 'bleh' and squishy. Today is a new day and I haven't worked out since Sunday so I'm starting a new 30 day challenge from Melissa Bender. Here is the link to her blog page that has the links for each day. I'm abandoning (yet another program) the newest Bodyrock challenge because I honestly don't have time to fit in an hour every day during the week and I was getting just as good of a workout doing the 12 minute HIITs with a Beachbody video.

So my goal is to do at least the video for the day from Melissa's page and time permitting I'm going to add in a Turbo Fire/Jam or Focus T25, or evening maybe running or biking if I'm feeling ambitious.

I did grab some leftovers last night and I plan on eating them tonight but my other food choices for today are clean otherwise: oatmeal with banana for breakfast, Greek yogurt and granola for snack, and salad with tilapia fillet for lunch.


I will be posting the daily links on my Facebook page if you are interested as well!! Let's do this!!!

-- Kelsey


Friday, December 13, 2013

Two rice chicken noodle soup


Today I made some chicken noodle soup. My fridge is pretty bare but I had the essentials. I didn't have any chicken thawed so this doesn't have any meat in it.

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 c. chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 carrot
  • chicken stock/bouillon
  • 3/4 c. cooked or partially cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 c. brown rice
  • noodles
  • sage, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, bay leaf

Chop the veggies. I chopped them fairly small so they would take less time to cook.


On medium heat put some oil in the pot and throw in the onions. Give them a few minutes before adding the carrots and garlic. I had put the brown rice in a mug with some water in the microwave for a few minutes to give it a jump start on cooking. I drained it and added into the pot to brown it a bit. I can't remember where I saw this but it was a great idea. Add the celery in along with the rice and let them soften for a few minutes.


Add 6 cups of water or chicken stock; I used my bouillon paste so I added 6 cups of water and 5 teaspoons of the bouillon. Turn the heat up and put the lid on the pot to bring it to a boil. Once boiling you can turn the heat down to keep it simmering. When the rice and veggies were almost done I threw in yolkess noodles that I had broken up because they are pretty long for soup and always slide off your spoon! Cook as directed on the noodle package - these ones needed 6 minutes. I realized I had some frozen peas and carrots in my freezer so I added a couple handfuls at the end. Enjoy!



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Progress!

Alright, I've been all over the place this last month with workouts. Which is good I guess because then my body doesn't used to the workouts I'm doing. I was still following T25 in Beta phase and then I started the Bodyrock 30 day challenge from May of 2012 with my fitness group and so far I'm loving the results.

I've been doing the 12-16 minute HIIT along with a Turbo Fire or T25 video making the total workout about 40 minutes along with the 10 minute stretch video from Turbo Fire. I've also changed my eating habits the last 2 weeks. I used to take a lunch and two snacks to work and would end up eating every 2 hours - which is more than necessary since I have an office job. I'm not burning calories sitting on my ass.

So now I take a small snack: cottage cheese, apple, Greek yogurt with granola, etc. and I have that on my morning break which is usually 3 hours after I have breakfast and then I eat my lunch at least 2 hours after my break. My schedule sucks because I have to adhere to whatever has been scheduled for me which can vary from an hour and 15 minutes between breaks to 3 hours between. I've been doing really good with not eating after dinner too so the combination of these things has helped me :)

I took measurements about a month ago so here are the results:
            Nov 4 - Dec 8
Chest - 32 3/4" - 33" = gained 1/4"
Waist - 30" - 28 1/2" = lost 1 1/2"
Belly - 33 1/2" - 33" = lost 1/2"
Hips - 37 1/4" - 36 3/4" = lost 1/2"
Thigh - 22 1/2" - 21 5/8" = lost about 3/4"

I'm going to measure again tomorrow morning and evening to see how much of a difference the time of day makes. I really haven't eaten much today so I don't know how true the number is for my waist and belly but the others I'm pretty happy with :) I bought jeans yesterday and I was able to buy a size 6. In the summer I bought a pair of size 8's. I can't wait to see how far I can go with this regime.

I hope everyone had a great weekend :)

-- Kelsey In Motion

Monday, December 2, 2013

Reset week


Alright, I've been so bad the last few days. Delicious but terrible food and cake so I need a clean eating cleanse this week.
So for my lunches I decided on chicken breast,  sweet potato, and steamed broccoli.
I baked the potatoes at 450F for 45 mins,  flip halfway through. If they're smaller they will need less time.


My boyfriend prepared the chicken for me. We went for Chinese tonight so he stole the peppers and onions from one of the dishes and placed the chicken on top. Seasoned them with olive oil, garlic, and some spices. Drizzle with some balsamic and he poured some of the beer we were sharing into the bottom as well. Bake at 350F for 30+ mins. I used my meat thermometer so I don't pay too much attention to time.