Workout Wednesdays ~ March 23, 2016

It’s been awhile since I have posted about my health and fitness workout progress.  Not to worry…I haven’t given up on it…just been quite busy piling more and more stuff onto my plate, no pun intended,  and haven’t had a lot of time to write my weekly progress reports.

I am officially down 27 pounds since weighing myself Jan 1, 2016.  And lately I have been asked by a few people what I did to shed it.

First off, I didn’t drink or eat any junk food for an entire month…well 28 days but whose counting close enough.  I really think that this jump started my weight loss and tricked my body.  Just beware that if you are a frequent drinker, then suddenly stop completely, and you are female, it can throw off your cycle.  I am quite certain that’s what has happened to me.

I do a lot of cardio.  As you know I have fallen in love with Zumba.  But I also walk my neighborhood of hills when it’s nice outside, and when it’s not…and there is no Zumba…I resort to the frightful horrifying grievous dreadful treadmill.  Luckily I have learned to tread and blog without falling off (multi-tasking talent I tell ya)  which makes the time go by much faster.

I have also been taking GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Energy And Metabolism.  It’s a 30 day supply separated into one day packets of pills. GNC Women's Ultra Mega Energy Metabolism Pack It doesn’t make me nauseous or jittery and gives me great energy.  And whether or not it’t helping shed the weight, I don’t know, but I have been losing consistently, every week since I started it about a month ago.  The cheapest place I have found to purchase a 30 day supply is Amazon.

I usually take the one day supply about 1 hour before I am about to workout.  And on days that I forget to take it…I can tell.

I also do some weight lifting and weight machines with my cardio.  Usually in the mornings 3 times a week, as it’s always good to let your muscles rest.  In my 40’s my body is really good at letting me know when it has had enough needs rest.  I find a lot of workout routines on Pinterest…if you would like to check out some of the workouts I have found, just check out my workouts board.  I have been trying to add to it frequently.  And when I can’t get to the gym…YouTube is my best friend.  You can find any and all types of workouts there.  I usually like doing my ab workouts at home as I don’t like laying on the gym floor and the mats they provide look like they go way back and would probably be part of a science experiment.

As for what I eat.  My biggest thing is that I try to burn more calories then I consume.  I drink a lot of smoothies which usually consist of a banana, spinach, kale, cucumber, a small amount of frozen fruit variety, and either plain or coconut water.  I also like to throw in some chia and flax seed as it seems to make me feel fuller longer.  Below is one of my favorite meals.  Seared piece of tuna (found in the frozen section at Wal-Mart), and lightly sautéed kale and spinach mix.  Literally takes 5 minutes to make.  The seasoning I use is McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.  I use it to season pretty much every type of meat eaten in my house.

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I drink A LOT of water!  And I like putting lemon in my water.  And when I am craving some carbonation…I have Perrier water on hand.  I also like to brew green tea and flavor it with just a small amount of light Agave syrup or my local honey.  Consuming your local honey can also help you fight the allergy season of pollens in your local environment.

And even though the Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine meals are not that good for you, I still keep a section of my freezer full of them so that when I am in a hurry (which normally means resorting to fast food), I have them on hand.  Much healthier than fast food.

I have also recently discovered that coconut oil is high in cholesterol.  Therefore if your cholesterol is high…it is better to use light virgin olive oil or canola oil.  I actually found a mixture of both at the grocery store.  I know there has been a hype about coconut oil being the new super oil to go to but not if you are trying to keep your cholesterol under control.

I have started allowing myself cheat days about every 7-10 days.  I consume some yummy, usually full of carbs  food and cocktails and it doesn’t kill me.  I actually think it helps me stay on track as I am not depriving myself of some of the goodies and setting myself up for failure.  I did however for the first 28 days have absolutely no goodies of any kind.

I have been having a lot of fun with my FitBit challenges with friends.  I must say that the fab lady of Bumbi’s Mom has joined my #activitytrackerchallenge

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My best day of steps to date.  My goal is 20,000 in a day and 100,000 in a week.
and I am loving her competitive side and the fact that she now chooses walking over golf carting at work!  You go girl!  Having a little competition amongst friends is a great way to stay motivated.

The biggest difference I have noticed since starting my journey is the fact that I have more energy and when I don’t work out for a couple days I get really grouchy.  I realize that I have to rest sometimes but it’s become a physical and mental challenge for me now.

Below is a current picture that I took about a week ago in a public bathroom.  Don’t ask me why I decided to take a selfie at that particular moment but I did.  And it’s not the best pic since I am wearing a sweatshirt but I can tell the difference from pics of the past.

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Vacation is fast approaching and I am hoping to shed at least 10 more pounds before we go.  It may be a little unrealistic but I am going to try my best.  That way I have some leeway while on our trip.

Happy Hump Day,

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5 More Herbs And Their Benefits

5 Herbs And Their BenefitsWelcome to the third installment of herbs and the benefits of using them.  If you missed the other two posts you can read them here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Lemon Balm ~ Grows as a bushy perennial with long stems, leaves, and flowers.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits  It gives off a very strong lemon scent which I myself love the smell of lemons.  Lemon balm is a great antioxidant and helps aid in digestion by stimulating bile flow.  It’s also used to help with stress and anxiety especially in an essential oil form.  For juicing you can use the entire sprig fed through the juicer or you can dry the sprigs and then crush them to put in blended smoothies.

Nutmeg ~ Usually found in an already crushed form, most use it for flavoring in cooking.  Nutmeg is also good for colic, muscle tension and diarrhea.  5 More Herbs And Their BenefitsHaving problems sleeping?  Sprinkle some in some chamomile tea at night,  spray lavender on the sheets and see what happens.

Oats ~ Who doesn’t love oats?  These days so many recipes are using oats as a healthy alternative grain and that’s because the list of healing properties include improving stamina…even that of libido and nourishing of brain nerves.  Have a hangover?  Eat a bowl of oatmeal.  Having brain zaps from trying to get off anti-depressant drugs? 5 More Herbs And Their Benefits Have a fruit smoothie with a cup of oats included.  Oats also help lower cholesterol when consumed daily.  For 10 more reasons why oats are great just click here.

Parsley ~ Yes that stuff that is used to decorate the side of your plate comes with some health benefits.  Not only is it one of the richest food sources for vitamin C but it also helps the body rid of water retention  and flushes the kidneys out.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits  When juicing, use the sprig in its entirety or for smoothies use a couple of dry teaspoons full.  A flavanol found in parsley has been shown to have chemopreventive effects on certain types of skin cancer.  The folic acid in parsley helps with blood flow and is good for your heart.

Peppermint ~ This hardy and invasive perennial is very fragrant and produces bright green leaves with small pink, white, and purple flowers.  It is very popular in its ability to squash the common ailment of stomach nausea.  Peppermint also helps with motion sickness, fevers, and even Crohn’s disease.5 More Herbs And Their Benefits

Peppermint oil is also becoming widely used.  It’s used to scent various soaps and cosmetics and also as a flavoring in many beverages.  For me the scent of peppermint always reminds me of this time of year and the Christmas holiday.  I especially love “Peppermint Mocha Creamer” in my coffee!

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.

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What is your favorite herb to use in juicing or smoothies?  I would love to hear!

Happy&Healthy,

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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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*GINGER*

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.

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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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5 Uses For Various Herbs ~ Part 1

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Uses For Herbs

Starting Monday I am going to get out my juicer, scrub dust it off, and get back into the habit of getting on track again.  It’s been a hot and busy summer and that’s about the only excuse I have as to why I have sat on my lazy ass not been staying on track.

In the weeks to come for #foodpornthursdays I am going to be sharing uses for various herbs in juicing, in alphabetical order,  and their health benefits.  I will also be testing them out in various juices and smoothies.  So please make sure to check back each week for an herbal update…

*Alfalfa ~ Can be planted as a perennial and easily grows in most parts of North America.  Can also be found as sprouted seeds in most supermarkets.

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Alfalfa can be used as a great resource of nutrition and helps promote strong teeth, bones, and connective tissue.  It also contains large amounts of chlorophyll which can heal wounds and even generate new skin growth. It can be used whole or dried in juicing and smoothies.  And as we all know, it tastes fabulous on sandwiches!

*Basil ~ Grows with large green leaves and sometimes topped with a stalk shape of flowers, which all can be used.  It helps in soothing digestion and stimulates the adrenal gland.  You can get it in fresh or dried form. I planted some in the early summer and it has absolutely taken over half of one of my garden boxes. I put it in just about everything these days. Can be used in it’s entire form for juicing, smoothies and even cooking.

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*Catnip ~ also known as the cat’s meow marijuana weed pot favorite comes with upright branched stems of leaves and white flowers in a tube-like shape.

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It can be used to lower fevers and is often taken before bedtime to aid with sleep.  Therefore I wouldn’t use it in a morning juice when looking for energy.  Catnip can also be used for diarrhea, upset stomach, and even colic.  It can be grown but usually it’s found in dried form in health stores.

Catnip can be used in the form of a tea to help with ailments such as menstrual cramps, indigestion, nervous conditions, hives, and even the common cold.

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*Cinnamon ~ Most commonly known to be sprinkled on top of our lattes from the local coffee shop, cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a laurel-like tree.  It can be found in stick or powdered form in most supermarkets.  It has been known to aid in digestion and irritable bowel syndrome.  Also can help relieve upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.  Recent studies have shown it to aid in the help of lowering cholesterol and even blood sugar.

Cumin Herb Juicing
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*Cumin ~ An inflorescence of small pink or white flowers, with prickly oval seeds, which also derives from the parsley family.  It is most commonly used in Spanish, Mexican, and Indian cuisine and the aroma is very distinctive. Cumin helps aid with digestion, an antispasmodic and has even been known to increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers.  It can also be used in a glass of water to gargle with if you have laryngitis.  It comes either in a seed or powdered form in most grocery stores.

Please note:  I am not an herb specialist, physician, 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.

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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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A couple days ago my workout partner and I attempted a new torture device exercise machineUnknown

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.

~A Relationship With Food~

Relationship to food…

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Who in their right mind doesn’t have a love for food?  Yes I realize that those who struggle with eating disorders may have a different view about food but thankfully I have never had any type of eating disorder.  I do however have a long list of other disorders.  But let’s stick to the subject at hand here shall we?

I love everything about food…except having to shop for it as I have written before.

I watch endless amounts of cooking shows to help improve my culinary skills.  I even save some of them to my DVR to have reference to when needed.  I have so many recipes pinned on my Pinterest that every time I try to look one up I spend more time scrolling to locate it then I actually do preparing it.

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If I am hungry then I also get super cranky and become a crazed lunatic angry human in 2.5 seconds if food does not quickly come in contact with my mouth.  I am talking PMS related cranky with a side of psychotic behavior….more then my usual psychotic conduct.  And if we go to a restaurant and there is too much of a wait I will insist that we get back in the car and drive to another location…which yes I realize is a catch 22 because sometimes it can take longer deciding where else we want to go and then traveling to said destination instead of just waiting at the first preference.

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My favorite food to inhale indulge, until I have to unbutton my pants, is Sushi.  Here in Nevada we are a bit spoiled because most sushi places in the city are “all you can eat”.   And I consume well over my “all you can shove in your mouth eat” price.  Even talking about it right now my mouth is literally watering.  **wipes drool off the keyboard**  My Little B Man loves it too.  I ate sushi during my entire pregnancy…yes I know they say you aren’t suppose to but what do you think the Japanese do?  Stop eating sushi while pregnant?  Heck no and look how smart they are.  Little B Man is well above his age spectrum as well and literally will take a raw piece of salmon and shove it in his mouth just like his mama.  I really don’t know if his being smart, and me eating sushi while pregnant, has any relation but I was simply stating he came out fine.

Now as for the loving food but not wanting to be fat is simple.  It has nothing to do with looks but more with health.  I have a long line of “weight related” illnesses in my gene pool and well I really don’t want to be another statistic.  This is the main reason I have recently decided to make a change and start exercising.  I really don’t eat much bad food.  (wine doesn’t count) But I am falling short on being more active.  This doesn’t mean that I constantly deprive myself from “goodies”  but I believe everything should be within moderation….again wine doesn’t count.

For The Love Of Food,

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