Hey!!!! Its so beautiful outside and I am just eating some lunch, and I want to get out there!! Before I do, i guess I'll update you all on my life :)
I had a deliciously nutritious packed salad! Loads of veggies, 1/2 C chickpeas and a combo of 3 oz lean steak and chicken breast. Cold water too!
After I digested it was gym time! I had a killer back and bicep workout. All of the workouts (most of them) are supersets, which I love. It cuts down gym time and keeps me constantly moving. I am so happy to get weight training back in my routine!! More on that later...
When I came home, I had recieved some AMAZING samples! Todd and Alicia Midgett who work a whole lot with the Beach Body company were so kind enough to send me some samples of Shakology.
I mixed 1 packet with ice and water and blended it for about 1 minute (the more, the frothier!)
Verdict? Well, this tasted like a chocolate milk shake to say the least! It was delicious, thick and frothy! It also wasn't heavy tasting like some other protein mixes I have had before. It has a balanced amount of protein, carbs and calories which is perfect for post workout. For me, this would not be enough of a meal, but maybe throw in a scoop of PB, cup of skim milk and some fruit and it would be a bit more of a substantial snack. For me, this was perfect post workout!!!
I threw together a small baby spinach salad with sprouts, 1/4 avocado and 1/4 C chickpeas for dinner
4 oz lean ground turkey and 1 small squash & zucchini with some salsa! I roasted the veggies with some Mrs Dash
With some lemon water! Perfect.
This morning, It was steady state cardio day. I walked uphill on the treadmill, which is an aweosme workout by the way! It is MUCH harder that running, in my opinion! I really feel it in my glutes. I had the usual oats and eggwhites with coffee for breakfast! Later, I did my leg workout, which was awesome as well. Lunges, squats, bosu squats, Dead lifts etc. It was great and heart pounding!
Mid morning meal 2 was 1/2 C chickpeas and 4 oz lean turkey
Juicy peach as well!
Lunch was a veggie packed salad. I got these persian cucumbers from Costco and they are SO delicious!! They taste so sweet, like candy. I topped the salad with grilled chicken and some avocado slices
I topped the rest of the 1/4 avocado on a slice of ezekial bread with salsa
I love veggies
Inside the mind of OneFitFoodie: So far on my new fitness journey (which has really been about 5 days) I already started realizing something about food and working out. On the food front, I really have come to appreciate WHOLE foods, meaning eating 100% unprocessed foods. I love the way it makes me feel and more over, my cravings for other things are non exsistant. Its as if my body is responding in such a way that its thankful that I don't load it with processed stuff anymore. The low carb wraps, the Better n' peanut butter etc, things that were a usual part of my diet, are no longer present (for the near future) and I love it. I also have been seeing food as more a way to fuel me for my workouts and body, not as 'treats' Before, I used to LOVE food, I mean really love food, I have been known to over eat a little bit as if I would never see it again. But the fact is is that food will always be there. My mentality on this concept has shifted, and now I know that food will ALWAYS BE THERE. there is no need to overeat in one sitting, knowing well that I can go back for more in an hour or so if I chose
Why am I telling you all this? Well, for one, its my blog, so I can write what I want (haha) secondly, on this new 'diet' (which is hardly a diet because its really just eating clean, but eating plenty!) I am eating 6 small meals. I mean 6 meals that are pretty well balanced with carbs, protein and healthy fats. Before, I would have 3 square meals and snacks in between that were a bit less in calories than my 3 square meals. I have noticed that my blood sugar levels are SO much more stable and I am litearlly never hungry. The trick is not waiting until my body is hungry, I eat every 2-3 hours and its satisfied! Okay, thats all I wanted to vent about how happy I am on this clean eating kick.
On the fitness front, I have found my love again for strength training. Confessions time: For the past 5 months or so I have been a slave to workout DVD's. I have gotten into such a routine of popping in a DVD, doing the (mostly cardio based) workout and done! I have forgetten my love for strength training! I had also noticed my body was becoming 'softer' meaning I was losing the hard earned muscle I had worked so hard to get in my past. I am a personal trainer and when people would ask me my "speciality" I would always say "strength training-boot camp style, heart rate stays up. Muscle burns fat" Yet, I was not practicing what I preach by doing these cardio DVD for a straight 5 months! (By the way, I do love them and they are a great supplement to any strength training workout!!)
When I decided to go with Cathy Savage Fitness, I was researching exercises/program beforehand, and I literally found myself forgetting exercises, program splits, common terminology. For me, these are things I should know like the back of my hand because it is part of my job. If not for my own good, then for my clients. I was so torn up inside that I took so much time away from strength training, not only from myself, but from my mind, and it really bummed me out because I know the importance of it to keep the joints/ligaments strong by incorporating strength training into your daily routine. I had just avoided it for so long that it became habit to NOT bother doing it.
Let me say, these past few days (or week) since incorporating weight training into my routine and really working my as* off in the gym, pushing for those last 3 reps and feeling that 'pump' I have missed it so much and promise to never take that much time off again. It really is strength training that shapes your body. Sure, cardio is great for the heart and also gives you that 'high' (which is why I love it) but if you want to change your body, you MUST weight training at least 2 days a week. Do it, people. You won't regret it! Check out some great weight training workouts on my workout page!
- Do you plan your meals that you eat throughout the day, or just eat what you crave? I have to plan because I take my meals to work, so I pack food and eat that! If I am home cooking, then i try to listen to what my body wants, all keeping in mind staying clean and healthy!
- What is your favorite thing to go shopping for...food, clothes, bags, shoes? For me its athletic stuff like workouts clothes, shoes etc!
- Favorite smoothie combo? I love chocolate and frozen cherries!
Awesome new workout song!