Health And Fitness Update ~ March 21, 2017

Well I am almost 2 months into my “get healthy” plan and I am discovering so many things.  Like for instance, to chuck the fucking scale in the trash stay off the scale. scales humor weight loss I am not kidding ladies…the scale is truly our demon and we don’t realize how much our bodies fluctuate throughout the month between hormones, stress, and all those other shitty things that come along with being a woman.  So I have decided that I am officially staying off the scale for the entire month of April.

Currently I am doing something called carb cycling.  But I changed it up a bit from what I learned about it on the internet.  It goes in stages of 3 workout days and then a day of rest with some activity (mine’s usually house cleaning).

The first day is your hardest workout day.  This is also the day that you consume the most carbs.   I am really wanting to work my upper body and mid-section so on my first day of the cycle I do my back, chest, shoulders, arms, abs, and 20-30 minutes of cardio.  I also start off with 200 grams of carbs on this day in which the majority are consumed around my workout.

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The second day is butt and leg day.  Now I hate doing leg exercises and tons of squats but I am determined that since I have seen actual results of someone who has the same crack in their back, aka booty, that I do, transform into an actual butt, then I shall not skip butt and leg day.  On this day I take the carbs from the first day and cut them by a third.  Again consuming the majority of them around my workout.  Again I also do 20-30 minutes of cardio following my workout.

The third day is high intensity full body workout doing cardio using low weights with fast reps.  And on this day I only eat a third of the carbs I started with the first day.

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On the fourth day is rest day.  And let me tell you, if you don’t hurt from head to toe on this day then you aren’t working out hard enough.  I also try to stick to no carbs on this day or if I do have some it’s usually first thing in the morning.  And the best thing about rest day is you should feel a burst of energy.  Now, resting doesn’t mean lay around and do absolutely nothing.  You still should be active.  This is the day I usually try to catch up on housework, maybe walk to the park with the kids (that is if the weather is nice), eventually there will be some yard work and gardening thrown in there.  But nothing high intensity.

Then repeat the cycle.  I am going to do 4 cycles and of course will share my results with you when I am done.  Also keep in mind that you can play around with your carb intake.   If you are doing 200 grams on the first day but are feeling really sluggish and sleepy the rest of the day, after your workout, then you may want to consume more carbs or consume less around the workout and save some for later in the day.

If you are getting really tired and sluggish during the middle of your workout then this probably means you didn’t get enough carbs to keep you going throughout your workout.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  Everyone’s body is different.

I try to do an ab workout everyday…even on my rest days because it is my least favorite area after having 3 kids.  I was lucky enough to never get a stretch mark but I am determined to not have to go under the knife or get lypo just to obtain the midsection I want.  If you want a great ab workout, click the video below.  The first time I tried this workout I couldn’t cough or laugh for two days.

And I didn’t do it at the gym…I used my bed post.

I finally broke down and bought a vegetable spiraler.  The first thing I used with it were a green and yellow zucchini squash.  I spiraled one of each and then lightly sautéed the spirals in some olive oil, freshly chopped garlic, and seasonings (I was lucky and found a bunch of organic seasonings on sale and bought a bunch).   I also made a little pesto to go with it using basil, spinach, lemon, pine nuts, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

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I think next time I will probably just try the zucchini noodles sautéed by themselves as my side dish of veggies.  I love pesto but until it starts growing in my garden I won’t be making it because  I don’t like spending the 3 or 4 dollars that they want to charge for a very small amount at the grocery store.  Basil grows like a weed, literally, and in the summer months I always have fresh basil.

My other favorite recipe was some sautéed shrimp lettuce wraps.  Just sauté some uncooked shrimp in a little olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, a little chopped cilantro, and some garlic salt and then place in a romaine lettuce leaf.  Sprinkle with some more cilantro, chopped avocado, and some thinly sliced jalapeños and enjoy!

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Chow for now,

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Health And Fitness Update ~ March 10, 2017

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!

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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…

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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…

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Until Next Time,

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Some Facts About Dandelion Greens

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I had such great feedback from listing the dandelion greens in my last herb post that I decided to do a little more facts about them and a great juice/smoothie recipe using them.

Did you know that 2 cups(110g) of dandelion greens contain the following nutrients:

  • 435 mg of potassium
  • 3.4 mg iron
  • 11150 IU vitamin A
  • .25 mg riboflavin
  • .25 mg of vitamin B6
  • .90 mg of vitamin K
  • 200 mg of calcium
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 3 grams of protein
  • 84 mg of sodium
  • 38.5 mg of vitamin C
  • 3.75 mg of vitamin E

That is a whole lot of nutrients from something that grows in the lawn and is considered a weed!  They are known to have purifying effects on the blood and liver.  Just make sure if you are picking them from the wild that they are free of any pesticides or animal feces.  They are also very bitter so juice them with other tastier greens such as spinach or kale.  Below I have listed a recipe.

  • 2 cups dandelion greens
  • 3-4 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Add first two of the ingredients to the blender and blend on high until smooth and very tiny particles remain while adding the coconut water as need to blend it really well.  Then add the fruit and almond butter last and blend until your desired texture.  The dates help disguise the bitterness of the dandelion.  This is a great blend of healthy fats and purification for your liver.  Therefore after a night of too many cocktails…pop this in the blender for breakfast and reap the rewards!

Cheers To Good Health,

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~5 More Herbs And Their Uses~

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Dandelion Leaf ~ I have used this for juicing many times but make sure to only use a small amount for it has a very bitter taste.  It aids in liver diseases such as hepatitis and jaundice.  It helps promote kidney health as well.  It is easily found in most supermarkets in the produce section.

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Echinacea ~ This herb is great for boosting your immune system and I usually buy it in a tea bag form at the grocery store.  I have also used it in capsule form when I start to feel my throat getting scratchy.  If grown in a garden, as a perennial, you may use all the parts of the plant for juicing.  Echinacea helps aid with respiratory and urinary infections.  It’s usually found in dry form in some alternative health food stores.

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Garlic ~ Not only for keeping vampires at bay this herb is also used to aid in the inhibition of cancer cells forming.  Garlic also helps reduce (LDL) cholesterol and can even keep the common cold at bay.  I use it in just about everything I cook and if you throw several cloves of it along with some basil, olive oil, and a little fresh juice of a lemon it makes a great pesto.

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*GARLIC*

It is very easily found in grocery stores and if using it for juicing just throw a clove or two in the juicer as a great antioxidant which helps strengthen the immune system and can aid in the prevention of heart disease.

Ginger ~ I will never forget the first time I tried a bite of fresh ginger…I thought someone had just sprayed a can of Pledge dusting spray in my mouth.  They usually serve it in raw form when eating at a sushi restaurant.  Now, I love the taste of it.  Guess you could say it was an acquired taste.  It’s used in a root form and aids with headaches, upset stomach(especially morning sickness).  It helps the digestive system by increasing the absorption of several nutrients.

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In juicing just peel the outer layer off (unless using organic then feel free to use the peel as well) then chop a couple tiny pieces and throw in the juicer.  If wanting to help with upset stomach grate a good amount into a small pot of water and boil.  Then strain and sip like tea.

Lavender ~ A great herb for juicing in which all parts of the plant can be used.  Lavender is used in many teas as a relaxant but can also help with stress, insomnia, and in some cases even depression.

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It helps with relaxation and in the form of an essential oil, you can put a couple drops on your child’s pillow case to help them with a peaceful sleep.  It is found in most alternative health food stores in dried form.  Can also be grown in a garden from June through the fall depending on temperature of your climate.  It also makes a beautiful coverage for landscaping.

Please note: I am not an herb specialist, physician, witch doctor, or nutritionist. This is information I gathered to share with you, and anything you ingest can have possible side effects or a personal reaction to it.

Happy Juicing,

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Green Juicing ~ Week 1

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For this segment of my juicing extravaganza I thought I would share with you the making of green juice.  If you don’t have a juicer I highly recommend that you get one.  I have a Breville Fountain Juicer and it works fabulously.  It is sold on Amazon for $80.  It is my first juicer and I have had it for a few years now but granted it has been in the cabinet for quite some time and wasn’t in use.  I have no idea why I ever stopped juicing.  It truly gives me more energy then coffee.

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For this particular round of juice I used:

  • 1/2 of an english cucumber
  • 2 cups of Organic Kale
  • 2 cups of Organic Spinach
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (cause it was about to go bad and I hate wasting food)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (from my garden)
  • 2 small ripe tomatoes (from my garden)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 green apple (gives it a little sweetness)

You feed the entire vegetable or fruit into the juicer.  Yes the core of the apple and all!

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Now I will assure you that the taste is not one that is acquired by everyone.  My husband has tried it a few times and just can’t seem to bring himself to drink it.  I like mine over ice.  A straw always helps in the aid of getting it down as well.  I actually like the taste so no straw needed here…just ice.

I pass the pulp through the juicer two more times and actually end up getting a lot more juice.

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There is tons of fiber in the pulp that is left over after juicing.  I usually throw it in with some eggs and scramble them, then add a few slices of avacado on top and even the mini-monsters eat it up!  You can also throw it in a batch of muffins or sweet breads, if you make them. I have also made some dinner style pancakes using the pulp.  Just blend it into the final stage of mixing.  I like mine best with eggs.  Probably because I am not much of a baker.

You can also use it for compost in your garden or if you have chickens….THEY LOVE IT!

Enjoy!

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Staying On Track: 2 Months Now

I can’t say it has been a solid two months of getting in shape but I am however being consistent.  I am finally noticing a change in my fleshy anatomy body and my poundage weight is down by 12 numbers on the scale.  And regardless if I have a few days of “unhealthy” eating it stays steadily at that weight.  My next goal will be another 10 pounds and to have it regulated at that weight as well.  I do this so that the chances of gaining the weight back are less likely to sneak up on me.

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I will be the first to admit that I loathe going to the gym.  Especially if it’s at 4:30 in the morning.  My body just does not know how to operate in that kind of manner anytime before noon.  I will take a 5 hour energy, get to the gym at 4:45, and when I get  back home sometimes go right back to sleep.  No joke.  Other days I am up, showered, and waiting for the kids to wake up.  Thankfully those early morning gym times aren’t everyday.

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It’s working great don’t you agree?  Oh whoops that’s not me.  Anyway that’s what the machine kind of looks like and let me tell you every muscle from my neck to my ass hurts.  I was a walking conglomeration of Salonpas last night even after a hot epsom salt bath and a gallon jug bottle of wine.  And today isn’t any different only I no longer smell like medicinal mint and I am out of wine…again.

Getting On Track Again

Getting On Track Again.

It’s been one month that I have been on the healthy track again.  And I feel fantastic!  Not much has changed with my body yet but my mind and attitude have changed drastically.  It really is true that exercise and eating right ((we won’t talk about the several pieces of pizza I had the last few days)) truly is the key to feeling better.

Lastnight I took a walk around the neighborhood…something I had done at the beginning of the “getting on track” process and I could do it with much more ease.  I had more energy even though it was 5:30 in the evening.  Oh in case I forgot to mention…my neighborhood is full of hills…very big hills that are equivalent to putting the treadmill on a 10 incline.  It’s a workout.  But afterwards I just felt great!  For those of you starting out on the healthy track or you started a new year’s resolution but then it faded…it’s never too late to start again!  Grab a friend, your husband, hell…even grab a kid or two if you have to and get moving!