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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!

BBQ Seitan – Racquetball – Food Journal

17 Jan

Quick update for today!

Light breakfast: Apple + PB2 & cocoa powder

Lunch: Veg’n Chicken with couscous and peas (+ vegan cookie)

Post-Workout: Whey Protein Shake w/cocoa and vanilla bean extract

Dinner: I tried a BBQ Seitan Recipe I found online that was pretty simple. Equal parts Balsamic, Soy Sauce, and BBQ + water. I skipped the water, and added more BBQ sauce because I didn’t like the strong vinegar taste. I also mixed all sauces together before putting it over the seitan vs. adding one by one as the recipe has.

I have leftovers for tomorrow and will definitely make this again! It was very filling.

I’m really starting to love cooking with seitan! I didn’t realize how close in taste and texture it was to meat until I made this Vegan Beef Stroganoff recipe last week (I followed the recipe exact, and it turned out great! Even my picky husband and non-veg’n sister enjoyed it!) Also, it’s very high in protein and can easily be bought pre-made in Whole Foods or the Natural Foods Section at the grocery.

As a veg’n it’s not hard to get enough protein, but it is something I have to be aware of, at least right now when I’m cutting calories for weight loss. So, this is something that really ups my protein intake while staying low in calories.

Roasted "teeny tiny potatoes", Steamed Broccoli, BBQ Seitan

Roasted “teeny tiny potatoes”, Steamed Broccoli, BBQ Seitan

Food & Workout Summary

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Don’t forget to check out my Workout Cal!