Posts tagged ‘weights’

July 14, 2011

Breakfast lover

After yesterday’s indulgent afternoon, I needed a GOOD sweat. I headed to a gym with Adam around here because they offered us a free pass. When we got there a bootcamp class had just started so I headed in while Adam went to do his meathead stuff πŸ˜‰

I walk in and the instructor tells me to grab some weights. I grab 7 pounders (I’ll admit I have weak arms) and she glares at me and says in her russian accent “what you gonna do with those” and attempts to hand me 15 pounders. I politely declined and she continued to glare me down. I kept thinking to myself that i should probably make a run for it because the instructor clearly already had it in for me.

When it was time to run in the resistance bands guess who wanted to be my partner?? The instructor.

(p.s. that’s not us)

Let’s just end this horrific story by telling you that I felt like I was going to vomit when I left. I also was forced to run a mile home in the pouring rain after being tortured at boot camp class. Lovely.

I needed a wholesome feel good dinner so I made something simple.

Grilled lemon pepper chicken on a bed of sautΓ©ed spinach with garlic chips, whole wheat couscous and roasted zucchini.

Today I’m sore from my class in hell at the gym and might just walk/bike ride around town.

Every meal so far today has been breakfast-y.

Breakfast: 3 cereal combo – Kashi Honey Sunshine – Fiber One 80 calories – Kashi Heart to Heart

w/ strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon and chia seeds in almond milk

Snack: Yogurt with blueberries

Lunch: Rice cakes w/ almond butter, sugar-free strawberry jelly, banana slices, chia seeds and the rest of the banana w/ almond butter

Afternoon snack will probably consist of some cottage cheese w/ pumpkin seeds

and then I might go all out and make some pancakes or a breakfast sandwich for dinner. What do you think?

QUESTIONS: If you could eat one type of meal all day what would it be (breakfast, lunch or dinner)? Should I make pancakes or a breakfast sandwich for dinner?

April 27, 2011

Motivated

Helllllo world πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

BrittFitΒ 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.Β 

So now that I’m back on track I’m ready to show you some healthy recipes πŸ™‚

1.) Protein Pancake

2.) Orange flavored Cranberry & Feta Chicken Burgers

Both are so easy and quick that we should rename me Rachel Ray!

Protein Pancake

Ingredients

  • 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
Directions
  • 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

Ingredients

  • 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
Directions
  • 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
Bleh – hate to look at raw meat but wanted to show you them being cooked.

Serve warm on a whole wheat bun with lettuce

The girls asked me if I would make these EVERY day… That can be arranged πŸ™‚

Here’s to making it another healthy day! Happy Wednesday everyone.

QUESTIONS: What new healthy recipes should I make this week? Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner options needed πŸ™‚