I have decided that not only do I want to share my progress with all of those who wish to read about it but I would also like to share with you recipes that I like, exercises that I am doing, and just anything else that comes to mind that I think might help others.
My newest found addiction was stumbled upon while doing my morning cardio on the treadmill. I had decided that I wanted to find a knowledgable person who could give me some tips on achieving the goals that I wish to achieve. And where else to find such a person but the glorious land of YouTube. I found a girl by the name of Jen Heward and I absolutely am intrigued by everything she has to say. Below is the first video I watched and I was instantly hooked.
The thing I like about Jen (besides her goofiness) is the fact that she gears towards women and how OUR bodies work. She also has the same troublesome areas of the body that I do which helps in getting to my goals.
She’s also a great motivator. If there is a morning…like today for instance…that I just want to sit in my chair, binge watch TV, binge eat, and have nothing to do with exercise, I just pull up one of her videos and am instantly motivated. Even if it’s just a short workout, it’s still doing something.
If you would like to check out her website which has some awesome recipes and supplements just click here. I recently purchased the BCAA powder in pink lemonade flavor. It shipped to me in 2 days (even though it said 5-7) and I tried it out today and loved it! Not only does it taste great but it gives you energy without the jitters and helps with muscle healing during and after weight training.
I have been trying to keep to a clean eating lifestyle. It’s going to take some time and serious commitment, especially on days like yesterday when I had to take 3 kids to dentist appointments at the same time, we were there for nearly 3 hours, and by the time I got home they weren’t willing to wait for me to make dinner. So to avoid them gnawing my arm off, I ordered pizza. And of course I had to have a piece of said pizza. And then I decided that since I was already falling off the wagon I mind as well just get off the whole damn wagon completely and indulge myself into a glass, or two, or entire bottle of wine.
And so I did.
My favorite clean eating recipe of the week was my salmon, asparagus, and mushrooms all done in one pan.
Heat the oven to 425*F
Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray
Trim the bottoms of the asparagus
Cut the mushrooms (I used baby portabellas) into quarters
Make sure your salmon is thawed. The best salmon to use for clean eating is wild caught. They sell it in the frozen section at War-Mart.
In a good-sized bowl mix together about a cup of olive oil, fresh finely chopped garlic, juice of one lemon, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (optional) **likes her food a little spicey like her
sex everyday life.
Mix ingredients well with a whisk
Place the vegetables in the bowl until well coated then arrange them onto the foiled pan making sure you have some liquid left for the salmon (which is set aside for now). I also thought to myself if I had time and would have thought about it, I would have marinaded everything in the mixture before hand but I will have to do that next time.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
Pop the vegetables in the oven for about 10 minutes
Take the pan out and place the salmon on the pan. Drizzle the rest of the mixture over the fish and veggies and feel free to season the salmon as you wish. (I use McCormick’s Steak Seasoning for EVERYTHING…I even sprinkled some on the veggies) Pop the pan back into the oven for about another 5 to 10 minutes depending on how you like your salmon cooked and then plate and enjoy!
The best things I learned this week are that I should do my weight training before my cardio and that I don’t have to spend hours a day doing cardio. I also learned that women shouldn’t be afraid to lift heavy. You will not bulk up like a man unless you take steroids. In that case you may end up looking like this…
When I look at that picture I see a man with a blonde wig but who am I to judge what someone wants to look like. I just want to tone the flabby parts, not turn into the Incredible Hulk.
I also bought some weights and a yoga mat (I’m tired of getting up from the rug in my bedroom to find myself covered in dog hair) from the store this week. I like to try out some of Jen Heward’s workouts at home before making a fool of myself at the gym. Let’s face it, no matter how good I think I am doing something right there are times I know I must look like this…
Until Next Time,