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I love Productive Saturdays!!

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

 

 

 

 

 

LiveFit Update & Vegan Cheese Cookbook

14 Feb

LiveFit Update – Day 8!

Still sticking with the Jamie Eason’s 12-Week LiveFit program. So far so good. One thing I’ve noticed is how much better of a workout I’m getting by doing 4 days of muscle groups broken up, as opposed to separate sessions of full-body strength training! Before, when strength training, I  just wanted to get it out of the way. I’d find a few moves that could incorporate a couple muscle groups at a time, do a few sets, be done with it, and on to cardio. Now that I’m focusing on two muscle groups a day and working them out until fatigue I can already tell how much it’s improving my strength!

Yesterday was Day 8 – Tricep and Chest – I was still a little sore in my chest from LAST WEEK’s workout! Crazy! I did get through most of the workout but had to skip the last set of chest fly and last exercise, Tricep kickbacks because my form was so bad at that point from my arms being tired.

Vegan Cheese Cookbook

I bought the book, The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook for my hubby as a surprise Valentine’s Day gift.

We don’t normally exchange V-Day presents, but I saw this and thought he’d really like it. Before he turned Vegan about 2 months ago, his number #1 love of his life was …. CHEESE!!!!!!!! This kid had cheese in the morning with his eggs, cheese at lunch with his Chipotle, cheese at Dinner on his pizza, then a little cheese in between by sticking his hands in the bag of shredded cheese and shoveling piles in his mouth. So, when I say he loved cheese, it is NO JOKE!

This book has tons of recipes that use variations of different things (ie., tofu, cashews, almonds, nutritional yeast, etc., or combination of ingredients) to make a “cheesy” taste in various popular dishes. Perfect for an ex-cheese lover!

Uncheese Cookbook

Uncheese Contents

These are a few we want to try first!

Cheese Spread / Dip

crock cheese

Faux Feta Cheese

feta uncheese

I’m hoping they turn out well! Anyone tried anything from this book before they’d recommend? I read the online reviews and people seemed to like the ones I posted above, plus the “Nacho Cheese”. I’m excited to try it out!

WoW You Guys . . .

9 Feb

Wow …. it has been almost a week since I blogged last!

School is really picking up and between the group projects, homework, me attempting to understand Physics, quizzes, tests, and papers I have definitely been busy AND slacking on this blogging stuff!

However, I did want to make sure to write really quickly today because I did DAY ONE of my Jamie Eason’s 12-week LiveFit plan! I got a big slap-in-the-face of reality when attempting to do the tricep exercises. I really have almost NO arm strength, it’s pretty pathetic.

Day One – Chest & Triceps

The plan in Phase 1 (week 1 – week 4) is to lift 65% of your max and do 3 sets of 12 reps of each exercise. Each total workout, like the one from today, does roughly three exercises per muscle group. So, today was 3 chest targeting exercises plus 3 tricep targeting exercises. I got through almost everything, but it was ROUGH (couldn’t get all the way to 12 reps on the pushups and dips).

I did an hour of Zumba afterwards as well.

Between the strength training and Zumba, my back, shoulders, tri’s and chest are SHOT! I am so sore today, but hopefully that just means I worked hard!

I’m going to eventually think of a better way to keep track of this stuff so I can visually chart and see my progress, but just for yesterday I kept everything in notepad on my iPhone:

10 lbs. on dumbbell chest exercises: chest fly and bench press

10 lbs. on dumbbell chest exercises: chest fly and bench press

Off to the Gym to work on DAY 2 – Biceps & Back (awwwwlawdy, this is gonna hurt!).

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

New Year, New Start!

1 Jan

It’s been about 28 days since my last post and since then, well, the Holidays happened…

An additional 4 lbs later, I’m exactly back to where I started on Day One <womp, womp>…. But hey, new year, new start, right?!

Health-wise, I have a few new challenges and changes that should help with the weight loss in the coming months. One of those being organizing my basement and turning it into a little makeshift home gym. This past week on Holiday break I’ve been cleaning and organizing my entire house and the basement is last on the list, (but most exciting part). Stay tuned, pics to come! 

Secondly, starting next month, I’ll begin Jamie Eason’s 12 week strength training plan with two friends! I’m excited about this as I’ve never really had a set training schedule for weights other than when I worked out with a personal trainer a few years back (something I definitely can’t afford right now!). Her plan is FREE, all laid out in an easy-to-follow format, made by someone who looks amazingly healthy, and she has countless ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics of regular people on her Facebook page that have gone through the program with great results!

Jamie Eason Live Fit