Helllllo world :) Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my pictures from Easter weekend and all of your motivation tips!
I think all of the positive vibes you guys sent me really got me going yesterday morning. I woke up at 6 – went for a quick 3.5 mile run, did an arm & a buns workout and ate healthy all day.. I also had another quick workout before dinner that included 15 minutes on the elliptical and a legs and abs circuit. I already feel SO much better. Isn’t it crazy how getting off track can make you feel so blah? I’m thankful for all of you to keep me in check :)
BrittFit left a comment that hit home with me because I used to say this to myself ALL the time. “I’ve never regretted a workout”. It’s so true… The hardest part is getting to the gym – Once you are there its easy breezy. Well, kind of! I was thinking of things I usually do to motivate myself to get back in the gym/eating healthy routine and here is what I came up with.
1.) Make a new playlist on my ipod — Music determines how hard I work out… If I have a good playlist I will run and run and RUN.
2.) Break up your workouts — If 60 minutes of cardio is intimidating do 30 minutes when you wake up and 30 minutes after work. Chances are you will push yourself a lot harder in those 30 minutes than you would in the 60.
3.) Create a plan — Plan your meals, plan your workouts and plan your grocery list. A plan always helps you stay on track!
4.) Take a new class — Sometimes doing the same thing over and over will drive you crazy. Sign up for a yoga, pilates, bootcamp or a spin class. I guarantee it will push you to get back into your routine.
5.) Change your scenery — If you spent all winter in the gym, head outside for a run, find a trail to hike, bike your neighborhood or Rollerblade around a park.
So now that I’m back on track I’m ready to show you some healthy recipes :)
1.) Protein Pancake
2.) Orange flavored Cranberry & Feta Chicken Burgers
Both are so easy and quick that we should rename me Rachel Ray!
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 2 tbs vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs flaxseed
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 2 frozen strawberries, defrosted
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl
- Heat a skillet on medium high and spray with olive oil cooking spray
- Pour batter into skillet as one big pancake
- Cook for 3 minutes on each side (or until browned)
- Eat up!
- Add some agave if necessary but this pancake is pretty sweet without it :)
You could certainly use fresh strawberries but I think the defrosted frozen strawberries really give it that sweet flavor where syrup is unnecessary. This might be my new favorite breakfast! If I workout in the morning I would probably add a scoop of vanilla protein powder :)
One of the perks of working as a nanny is that I have full use of a kitchen ALL day. So for lunch I made these chicken burgers for the girls and I… They were delicious!
Orange Flavored Cranberry & Feta Chicken Burgers
- 1/2 lb ground chicken breast
- 1/4 cup orange flavored dried cranberries
- 1/6 cup feta cheese
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Combine ground chicken breast, cranberries, cheese and egg white in bowl.
- Shape into 3 patties
- Heat 1 tbsp of Olive Oil in skillet
- Add patties and brown on each side for 5-6 minutes or until fully cooked
Here’s to making it another healthy day! Happy Wednesday everyone.