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24 Feb

LiveFit Day 17 & 18

First thing this morning, I went to Zumba class with my mom! I stayed at the gym after class and finished Day 17 and Day 18 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program.

day 17 18

I don’t stick 100% with Jamie’s program. I follow the schedule exact, but sometimes for the sake of getting out of the gym quicker or if someones using a machine I need, I’ll just switch up the exercises a bit, while still working the muscle group she suggests. Today I combined Day 17 & 18 so I could stay on track to start Week 4 of Phase 1 on Monday. I haven’t weighed myself for about three weeks now and I can definitely see a difference in my body, especially my upper body, but I’m not sure I’ve lost any weight. Guess we’ll see on March 4th when I weigh-in!

Food!

I had a productive day in the kitchen today! I made a few things that’ll last me at least a few days, or even through the week. I hard-boiled some eggs to snack on the whites between meals and also I eat them in the mornings alongside my smoothies.

I baked/roasted sweet potato with cinnamon and sugar on top! Yum!

sweet potato

I made some homemade salsa (Tomato, Red Onion, Cilantro, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Lime Juice, Onion salt) that turned out DEE-lish!

salsa

 

I also made this recipe (below) for the second time because I can’t get enough of this Mushroom Soup! It turned out great the first time, and even better this second time now that I added some spinach and tweaked the texture slightly!

 

Vegan Spinach Mushroom Soup

Here’s the recipe, with my changes/comments in red:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced (I use 1lb mushrooms)
  • 1/2 small onion, diced (I use 1/2 c. pre-chopped frozen onions)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp vegan margarine (Earth Balance)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup vegan non-dairy sour cream substitute (Tofutti brand)
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ~2c. of chopped, fresh Spinach
  • 1/8c. dried Thyme

mushroom ingredients

Preparation:

In a large soup or stock pot, sautee the mushrooms, onion and garlic in vegan margarine and for 5 minutes, until onions are soft.
Reduce heat to medium low and add the vegetable broth. Cover and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes.
mushroom saute
I prefer smaller chunks of mushroom vs. the whole pieces as the recipe suggests. It makes the texture a lot thicker and covers up the “soy” taste of the vegan sour cream and soy milk a bit better. So, after the mushrooms and onions have simmered for 30 minutes, I scooped out the chunks of mushroom and ran it through my food processor
blended mushrooms

Once blended, add the flour, non-dairy sour cream and soy milk; then stir.

Allow mixture to simmer another 15 minutes, or until soup has thickened. Add in the chopped spinach and stir.

Season generously with salt and pepper before serving (I ended up using roughly 1/8 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp of salt).

Final mushroom soup

 

 

 

 

 

GymPact & DIY Workout Armband for CellPhone

2 Feb

GymPact, New Feature!

I signed up for the phone app, GymPact, a few weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar, check it out, it’s a really neat tool that helps keep you motivated to workout!

My pact is that I must get to the gym at least 3x/week or else I pay $5.00 to GymPact for each gym session I miss. Since getting the app three weeks ago, I’ve made my pact and then some – Until this week . . . I got pretty sick, so I skipped working out Monday through Wednesday.

Once Thursday evening came around, I started feeling better and realized I still needed to get in my three workouts before the week was over! It was so late that I didn’t feel like going to the gym, so I thought I’d try GymPact’s new workout-at-home feature.

This new feature uses the accelerometer in your phone to track movement. As long as you move around for at least 30 minutes your workout counts toward your pact for the week.

Now, I just needed to strap on my phone, and get moving! Only problem was, I had no armband to keep my phone on me while I worked out . . .

DIY Armband for Cell Phone

I ended up searching online and found a REALLY easy solution. So easy that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself!

DIY Armband Out Of an Old Sock!

I watched this video and got started!

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

Step 1: Get A Sock & Pair Of Scissors

Sock must be big enough to fit around your upper arm

I used an old soccer sock.

Sock must be big enough to fit on your arm

Step 2: Cut Sock Above the “foot” Part

Cut Sock

Full Sock minus “foot” Sock = Tube Sock!

Tube Sock

Step 4: Pull Tube Sock Up Your Arm and Fold Cell Phone Inside!

Sock Arm Band

The arm band worked really well! My phone stayed in place the entire time while I jumped rope, did lunges, some sit-ups and a few other miscellaneous things to keep myself moving around!

The at-home GymPact feature worked great as well! I’ll do a follow-up blog with a little more detail and how to make sure you get credit for your full 30 minutes of working out, but for now I’ll just say –> I definitely recommend it if you need a little “push” of motivation to workout at home or get to the gym!

Workout Cal

Are you Living Healthy? (Survey!)

24 Jan

Totally stealing this post idea from KRISTY’S HEALTH REVOLUTION since I don’t have too many exciting things to talk about today.
I realize these survey posts are way more fun for me to fill out than for you to read, so I’ll keep them short to minimize your torture.

 

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Starbucks Soy Latte and a pathetic little clementine.

I need to get up earlier and pack on school days! Starving until lunch is not fun.
Pathetic Clementine

2. How much water do you drink each day?

8 glasses?

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Spinning AND my newest discovery Trampoline Workouts!

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

I usually come up around 1300-1600 a day and that seems to work well for me. I can stick between that range and never feel hungry or deprived and still get in plenty of good carbs, proteins, and fats. I keep track of my weekly calorie average on my Google Workout Calendar.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Avocados, Baby Carrots & Hummus, Apple & Peanut Butter, Handful of Pistachios, Clementines

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

I feel more satisfied throughout the day when lunch is my biggest meal. So, I usually go for leftovers from dinner the night before, or anything that gives me lots of protein to stay full for a bit. Today, I had a big Seitan Veggie Stir Fry (seitan, carrots, peas, corn, broccoli, brown rice, Stir Fry Sauce. YUM!).

450 calories, 5g fat, 58 carbohydrate, 39g protein

450 calories, 5g fat, 58 carbohydrate, 39g protein

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

Abs! I immediately feel thinner and “tighter” around my mid-section right after an ab workout, love that feeling!

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

LEGS! The worst! I want to avoid it at all costs!

This guy knows what I mean . . .

Every Day is Upper Body

and … just to show I’m not alone, here a few good leg day memes for your enjoyment…

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9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Hi, My name is Casey and I’m addicted to sugar and white bread! Period.

10. Do you take vitamins/supplements?

B-12 sublingual, Vit-D pill, Biotin pill occasionally and Omega-3 occasionally + Plant-based protein powder

11. How often do you eat out?

Not much anymore! I’ve cut out about 95% of my dairy consumption since the hubby turned 100% vegan last month. On the positive side, I’ve been making WAY more food from scratch since eating less dairy.

12. Do you eat fast food?

To add to the previous question –> there aren’t too many vegan-friendly fast food options. While I don’t call myself a “vegan” because I do have dairy here and there, I do steer clear of it when I can because I noticed I feel better when eating this way! As far as “fast food”, maybe the occasional run to Chipotle or Noodles ‘n Company. It’s so expensive though! So, I usually talk myself out of it and eat at home 🙂

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

Biggest one is my amazing husband, Matt! He’s been so supportive about me going back to school and on my weight loss journey!

Matt & Casey
One of my other big supporters is my mom – she always has great advice and is a great healthy role model for me

(and she supports and reads my blog. HI MOM!).

Mom

14. Do you have a gym membership?

yerp.

15. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

Plenty!

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

No cheat days really. I’m at the point where I’m trying to make the best choices I can every single day, and if I have a “slip up” moment, then I just enjoy whatever unhealthy thing I ate and get right back to it the next meal with something good for me!

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Wine …

18. Do you have a workout buddy.

Yes, my sister-in-law! We hit the gym together so we can girl chat while we’re doing torturous things like the Stair Stepper and Arc Trainer.

My other work out buds are my sister and my Dad! We play racquetball together when our schedules work out.

And last but not least, my workout buddy and friend, Sara, who I met while volunteering as a coach for the Girls On The Run program. She is the one that braved the enormous trampolines with me!

19. What is the best thing about your life that has changed since you began a healthy lifestyle?

More energy! No groggy, mid-day tiredness!

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Went to a 50 minute Spinning class tonight!

 

How about you? …. Want to share your cravings? Healthy Snacks? Have a great workout buddy or prefer to workout alone? Have you done something healthy today that put you one step closer to your weight loss goal? Comment, I’d love to hear! Or copy & paste the questions for your own blog and link to me so I can check them out!