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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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!).

Fun Workout & Excited for Tuesday…!!

13 Jan

For the record …

… since I haven’t updated in a few days, I DID go to Spinning Class on Thursday!

Had a Good Workout Today!

Played racquetball with my Dad and we made a new pal at the same time!

About 20 minutes into playing a game with just my Dad and myself, we noticed a guy sitting outside the room in full racquetball gear, (goggles and all)! After about 10 minutes of us noticing he was still there, we thought maybe he was confused about his reserved time for the room, so we asked him if he knew we had the room for another half hour. He mumbled that he hadn’t reserved the room and suggested that he’d like to play with us.

So, we let him join in and played cutthroat style. Our new pal was really funny and it made for an interesting workout!!

Crazy how much quicker cardio workouts go when you’re having fun!

Excited For Tuesday!

This Tuesday I’ll be trying out my first Trampoline Fitness Class with a friend! I am super excited about it. I found the event on Meetup, so I’m not sure if it’s a regular thing or one-time. Either way, the thought of my workout involving over-sized trampolines sounds pretty awesome!

Summary for Today

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Don’t forget to check out my Workout Cal!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Greek Yogurt

3 Dec

Tried Something New For Breakfast!

I had a small cup of Vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt, but didn’t have any of my usual yogurt toppings (e.g., blackberries, strawberries, peaches). So, I decided to bust out one of my faves, PB2, and try something new!

Banana with PB&J Yogurt:

  • 6 – 8oz.  Vanilla Greek Yogurt (I used 6oz. Chobani)
  • 2 TB   PB2, powdered peanut butter
  • 1 TB   Organic Strawberry Jam
  • Dash  Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Banana, small

Mix vanilla greek yogurt, PB2, and jam together. In separate bowl chop the banana. Pour yogurt mixture over chopped banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if you chose, for an extra kick. Cinnamon has so many great benefits, so I try to add a little to my food when possible!

Some other fun variations if you have these things available: (1) add chopped nuts for crunchy texture and extra protein (2) add strawberries, blackberries or raspberries in place of the jam (3) add honey or agave if this isn’t quite sweet enough for you!

Nutritional Information: Calories: 250, Carbs: 41g, Fat: 2g, Protein: 22g

Nutritional Information: Calories: 250, Carbs: 41g, Fat: 2g, Protein: 22g

Had a good workout today as well: 50 minutes of Spinning plus some strength training: biceps, triceps, chest, shoulders.

Check out my workout calendar!

Lost 4 LBS, Gained a Yonana

30 Nov

Two exciting things today…

  1. My First Weigh-in!
  2. My Yonanas came in the mail!

Weigh-in:

I didn’t eat super great today, I had some fries and ranch dressing at Lunch, and while I did stay in my calorie range, I was pretty low on protein. No workout today. On the plus side, I had my first weigh-in and I lost 4 pounds! My goal was to lose 6, but I’m cutting myself a little slack since last week was Thanksgiving and that threw me for a loop, eating-wise, for a few days. All-in-all, happy with 4 pounds because it’s still a step in the right direction (and I usually GAIN a few pounds after Thanksgiving!).

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in other news…

My Yonanas Came In The Mail!

Yonanas

It came with a recipe book and I’ve seen some other super easy and tasty-looking ones online also!I’ll definitely do a review this weekend once I try it out. After reading some reviews and watching some online videos I’m expecting it to be easy to put together, use, and clean. I’ve also made banana ice-cream recipes like Peanut Butter Nanner Ice-Cream before and I’m hoping it comes out as more of an ice-cream-like texture and not just frozen blended bananas. We’ll see!

Check out my workout Calendar!

Well, I Meant To Workout, But…

20 Nov

Today started with the best intentions of working out…

BUT, despite my good intentions I wound up running around like a mad-woman today –> Class, Veterinarian Office, Grocery Shopping,  Cooking, Cleaning, Taking a two-hour online ‘pre-course‘ so I can enroll in an online class next semester, then ate some dinner, and started preparing for this math placement test I have to take tomorrow.

My advisor instructed me to take this test instead of waiting for my transfer credit to come in so that I can schedule a physics class. She assured me, “it’s just basic stuff, you’ve had algebra and calculus in your past transcript, you’ll be fine!”. Once I got home and started looking over the sample questions I realized how much I’ve forgotten since grade level math! Polynomials, radicals, multiplying exponents, improper fractions, … WHAT?? I’m convinced now that I was, in fact, smarter as a fifth grader … sad realization…

Anyway! While I did not go to the gym today, I did a good job of staying in my calorie range!

Breakfast: PB Bagel and Apple

Lunch: Marinated Baked Tofu, Breaded Okra, Peas

Dinner: Mexican (Beans on Corn Tortillas with Cilantro, Romaine, Salsa, and Avocado)

Here’s my food breakdown for today (below)

Check out my calendar to see how I’ve been doing for this week!

Thanks for checking in guys! Have a great day!

Casey