I love Oatmeal

Fancy title, huh? Super creative, I know. You must all love how often you see oatmeal on this blog. I swear to you I could eat it three times a day with every meal and never get sick of it. How’s that for fulfilling the healthy blogger stereotype? πŸ˜‰ Between my oatmeal and eggs in the morning plus my mid-morning green monster I have been in heaven lately. A healthy, wonderful, full of energy heaven. My tummy and body have been thanking me as well. I recommend everyone try all of it! Haha.

Breakfast

Best oatmeal ever this morning people! I combined 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup oat bran, 2 1/4 cups water on the stove and cooked until the liquid was absorbed. Then I stirred in 2 tbsp of wheat germ, 1 tbsp ground flax seed, 1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened), sliced strawberries, and some shredded unsweetened coconut. Soooo flippin’ good! It tasted like a chocolate covered strawberry… only better because it was oatmeal and I got to eat for breakfast. Not that I wouldn’t eat chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast because I believe that food has no time boundaries associated with it haha. I had this amazing oatmeal goodness with a side of 4 egg whites and a big ole scoop of fresh salsa. Such an epic breakfast. Yes, I eat that much food. πŸ™‚

Dinner

I would show you lunch, but it was the same thing I ate yesterday and I forgot to take a picture of it since I was eating in class. I am such an awesome student, I know. But dinner was especially yummy! I had some bison, 1/2 sweet potato broiled for 15 minutes with cinnamon and brown sugar, and roasted cauliflower and broccoli with Clean Marinara from Tosca Reno’s cookbook. It was sooo yummy, I died a little. If you haven’t tried bison I highly recommend it. It’s super low in sodium and fat and has 37 g of protein for one steak. Sorry, you just can’t beat that nutritional powerhouse of a slab of meat… That is unless you are a vegetarian or vegan. Then I am sorry you hate the food I eat so much! If you have any tricks on how I can eat less meat, please share. I am always open to try some new things. πŸ™‚

That radioactive stuff on top of my veggies is nutritional yeast haha. It always makes my food look so appetizing. Bet you want to come over for dinner now, huh? πŸ˜‰ But seriously, if you like meat and the taste of steak, but want something healthier for you try bison. It’s so good for you! Just don’t buy any funky bison that’s been like herded and fed weird things. That’s bad for you and the environment.

Also, if you remember the mid-afternoon snack I posted earlier today in my WIAW post then you should know I tried it differently today and it may have been better than yesterday. Actually, it definitely was. I spread half the waffle with peanut butter, the other half with dark chocolate peanut butter then added the peanut butter chips and it was so peanut buttery I died a little of happiness. So you should all try that too. I am very pushy today apparently.

OMG I ALMOST FORGOT MY NEWS! Clean Eating Magazine saw my review of their magazine from last month and asked if they could use my blog post on their website! I was so honored I almost cried… Cause yes, I am that emotional and love blogging that much. If this were a job I would have applied like yesterday and I procrastinate on everything. πŸ™‚ Keep an eye out for that if you ever go over to their website and let me know if you see it before me!

Have a good night everyone, I am finally headed to bed since I have to leave bright and early in the morning for PA. πŸ™‚

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Push Workout and Legs Burning

Hey everyone! Sorry this post is so late! I get so distracted and for some reason I thought I already posted this… I clearly didn’t haha. But I have two awesome new workouts for you today!

First up to bat is the push workout. A push workout includes all of the muscles your body uses to push things with. So that includes: Triceps, Chest, and Shoulders. My pull workout is coming soon I promise! I just have to do it first haha. I normally workout antagonizing muscle groups together (ie. biceps and triceps, chest and back) but I decided I had hit a plateau and really wanted to shock my muscles. Well… It worked haha. I am sore still, two days later! Same with my legs. They are killing me today, but we will get to that later on. I am obsessed with being soreish because it makes me feel like I really did something a made an impact on my body. However, I am not kidding when I tell you this workout takes over an hour not including the cardio we did and it’s a little intense. Take some of the exercises out if you try this and think it is too much. As always, I am not a personal trainer yet this is just what works for me so listen to your doctors and your body!

Push Workout

Smith Machine Bench Press 3×10-15
Incline Chest Flyes 3×10-15
Cable Crossovers 3×10-15
Modified Smith Machine Pushups 3×12-15
Seated Dumbbell Press 4×10-18
Lateral Raises into Front Raises 4×15-18
Dumbbell Upright Row 4×10-12
Reverse and Forward Hammer Strength Shoulder Press 4 supersets 12-15
Skullcrushers 3×15-18
Triceps Dumbbell Overheads 3×15-18
Triceps Rope Pulldowns 3×12-18
Triceps Bench Dip 3×12

We did this push workout with a HIIT after and it kicked my arse! Seriously, I was like dead. I obviously needed fuel. So I proceeded to go home and stuff egg whites and salsa into my face like the champ that I am. πŸ˜‰

For legs yesterday we did the following workout. But earlier on in the day we did 30 minutes of HIIT with 5 minute warmup and cooldown and alternating 5 minutes 10 sec sprint/10 sec rest walking repeat one more time. It was awesome and I was so glad we got it done earlier in the day since I knew we would have no motivation and we would be sore after this workout. I really challenged us this time with heavier weight and new exercises to shock out bums. πŸ˜‰

Leg Workout

Smith Machine Lunges 4×10-12, finish with 5 partials
Smith Machine Squats 4×12-15
Deadlifts 4×12-15
Butt Blaster Machine 4×10-12 each leg
Abductors 4×15-18
Leg Extensions 4×8-10
Leg Press superset Calf Raises 4×10-12
Step Ups 3×12 each leg

Let me tell you something, so far these new workouts are killing me… In the best way possible. Doing things a little differently and changing up what muscle groups are being worked together is shocking my muscles into working harder and really digging into my workouts more. I am loving it so far. Let me know if you try any of these! πŸ™‚

 

WIAW #4

Hey everyone! Sorry I wasn’t able to post yesterday, I had a crazy busy day between working out and trying to finish this heinous paper I had due for one of my neuroscience classes. But I did manage to photograph almost my entire day of food. πŸ™‚ Here’s my WIAW post, sorry there wasn’t one last week. Spring Break kind of kept me busy. πŸ˜‰

Breakfast

This was kind of a weird breakfast. We were supposed to have a pumpkin powercake. Unfortunately, the recipe didn’t turn out at all, which left us with a hodge podge breakfast and it wasn’t very filling at all. I’m not sure what happened to it. We followed the recipe to a T. But I guess that’s just how it works sometimes haha. So instead I started snacking on granola… Which is so awesome in the morning while you’re waiting for other food to cook. That meant I had to reduce the portion size of my oatmeal, which made me hungry like an hour later haha. And I had two separate bowls of 2 egg whites plus salsa while we were still waiting for this stupid powercake haha. I told you, it was a mess and left me hungry and ravenous the rest of the day… As usual. =P

Mid-Morning Snack

This is my new favorite thing that I have added to my daily eats. A green monster. Remember a while back when I was complaining how horrible the first one was and how I needed to find a better recipe. Well friends, I found the most epic recipe ever for you on Oh She Glows. I love Angela’s blog anyways, but this recipe is an awesome way to get you to enjoy your veggies more than you already should. πŸ˜‰ I already eat grotesque amounts of vegetables, but I love the energy you get from green monsters. Here’s Angela’s recipe. We added wheat grass to ours and used Sun Warrior Vanilla. It was amazing. I’m actually having another one today. πŸ™‚

*You can totally see my roommate drinking hers in the back. She loved it too!

Lunch

This is the most epic salad beast I have ever eaten. I think breakfast kind of messed me up for the day since my portions were out of control. This salad could have fed two people easily haha. Unfortunately, it only fed me and left me super full but still craving everything all day long. Low sodium deli turkey, red bell peppers, cucumber, grape tomatoes, spinach, and swiss chard were in the mix. For the dressing I used 1/2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some balsamic vinegar, and minced garlic. It was delicious… Just way too much!

Mid-Afternoon Snack

Omg… This was epic. I had a toasted 7 grain Kashi waffle with Maranatha Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter… WITH PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS. Omg it was so good. Yes, it was my mini cheat for the week. I lost about 6 pounds on the stripped plan, most of it probably being water weight, but I was craving something chocolately like no one’s business. This was the best thing ever and kept me from going to the store to buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough. πŸ˜‰

Dinner

For dinner my roommate and I roasted up some cauliflower and broccoli with a little garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. It was delicious with chicken and homemade clean marinara sauce from Tosca Reno’s cookbook. I dumped like a pound of nutritional yeast on it haha. As you can see from the theme of the day, my portion size was out of control. I am much better today don’t you worry. My breakfast today was so much better and I will share that amazing recipe with you all later. πŸ™‚

Before Bed Treat

I blended up half a frozen banana and added some peanut butter chips to it along with quite a few too many handfuls of Love Grown Granola. Clearly my hunger was off the charts yesterday.

I hope everyone enjoyed this WIAW post, keep an eye out for a couple more posts today about some new workouts and what I actually ate today haha.

Day 6 Stripped

I hope everyone had an awesome day! Mine was kind of boring with the whole paper writing thing and was quite exhausting after having not enough sleep and busting out that workout. It kicked my arse. I am pooped! Thank goodness we had made dinner before we went and only had to prep a snack after haha.

Breakfast

I really didn’t enjoy this breakfast, shocking haha. It was a 1/4 cup of quinoa that I made at 3 am this morning and put in the refrigerator since I didn’t want it to be hot when I put almond milk and raspberries on it this morning. It had no flavor and was the weirdest texture combination ever. But it filled me up nonetheless. πŸ˜‰ Hey, I promised I would be honest with this plan, right?

Lunch

Today was just leftovers from last night on the plan. So I enjoyed them. I inhaled the kale again… But that’s no surprise there since they were amazingly delicious. It was better the night before,Β  but I can’t complain about leftovers since they are so flippin’ easy!

Dinner

So we ran out of spinach and tomatoes, which were called for tonight along with baked tilapia. Yes super thrilling meal, I know haha. So we had to run to the store to grab some more because we already don’t eat enough spinach in this apartment. πŸ˜‰ I flavored the fish with some Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy, which is easily becoming my favorite sodium free way to season meat on this plan. It doesn’t have that big of a kick, but it does have enough to give you that flavor your taste buds are clearly missing!

So I was going to post this last night, but decided to wait until today so I could explain something. We have decided to stop following the plan exactly as written and instead just follow the rules. The reason being, we spent $300 in groceries last week, which is absurd. And secondly, because we can’t afford next week nor do we like more than half the meals planned. So instead of eating food we can’t afford and dislike we are adapting. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to share today with you all later. I had the best green monster ever! I want another one. I used my finger to lick the glass clean. Haha, also I have another workout for you today!

Full Body Circuit

Happy Sunday everyone! I have been lazy all weekend and I haven’t managed to get any of the homework I wanted to get done, well done. Haha, anyways I did make a very productive plan of going to Pennsylvania again next weekend. Ya know, failing out of school to have fun on the weekends is totally normal, right? Jk, I’m not going to fail out… I hope! πŸ˜‰

Anyways, I have some exciting news. I posted that Clean Eating Magazine review and was contacted by the magazine actually asking if they could use my blog and pictures on their website. I’m not sure when it will be up, but I was super excited about that! It’s amazing what social networking can get you, right?

So today is Day 6 of the Stripped plan and I was going to start the LiveFit trainer Phase 2, but then I decided I didn’t like any of the moves and I thought the workouts just seemed really scattered with how my gym is actually set up so I made my own plan once again. Only this time we are sticking to this one. It’s very different from what we have normally done and I think it’s actually quite a fun switch. You always want to keep your body guessing when it comes to working out so that it doesn’t plateau and you build and burn more. πŸ™‚

So I planned a full body circuit for Sunday plus 45 minutes of hill interval training. I know this seems like a lot, so if you want to try this plan out you can most definitely cut out exercises. We are just crazy and like to spend a lot of time at the gym and really feel dead when we come out. This is probably why most workouts seem too short and easy for me lately and all the experimenting I have done has amounted to nothing. The good news is we never feel overtrained, but it’s probably because our bodies are used to being beaten down haha. So if you try it, alter it to suit your needs. However, the circuit is actually really nice and is good for any level of fitness. I made it slightly challenging, but not too bad since our workouts during the week are kind of brutal.

Full Body Circuit (Do the entire thing through once then rest 1-2 minutes and repeat 1-2 more times!) All 15 reps, except indicated otherwise!

Burpees (10)
Side Bridge with Leg Lift (each side)
Booty Lifter
Side Slimmer
Seesaw Sculptor
Mountain Climbers (20)
Pick Me Up Press
Transformers
Mermaids
Kick Its
Super Planks
Deadlifts into Rows
Waistline V Twists

Then when we were done the circuit we did the Itty Bitty Bikini workout I shared with you in an older post. πŸ™‚ Then the cardio comes in haha. Most of these moves are from the Self Drop 10 Challenge and can be found at that link if you don’t know what they are, which I am sure you probably don’t since they named them for the plan haha. For the ones that are not part of it, I will post them right now!

Burpees

Side Bridge with Leg Lifts

Mountain Climbers

Deadlifts into Rows

V Twists

I hope those pictures and that link help you guys out! Let me know if you try this! As always, check with a physician before starting a new exercise routine and don’t do it if it hurts. I am also not a personal trainer yet, this is just what I do and what works for me. πŸ™‚

Keep an eye out later for my food log from today’s day on the plan! Have a good Sunday everyone! And if you are enjoying pancakes, have one for me. πŸ™‚ That includes french toast as well haha.

Day 5 of Stripped

Hey everyone!

I am writing this post for a second time since I think my computer is on the verge of crashing or breaking or something since it is running horribly. But I am hoping to get this out before it dies again haha.

This is an update on my plan! I didn’t do any workouts today since I went to work and then got super lazy and filled my head with excuses until I got home and collapsed on my bed, which I have only left to pee and make dinner. Not in the order. πŸ˜‰ But I did do the Self Magazine Drop 10 Challenge Toning Moves today. I don’t consider it a workout since it took less than 10 minutes. It was challenging, but you only have to do it once so I don’t think it really did anything. I am starting Phase 2 of the LiveFit trainer tomorrow when my roommate gets home so I will have more exciting workout news tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Breakfast

For breakfast this morning I drank liquid acid. Just kidding… kind of. I thought it was awful, my roommate apparently thought it was just interesting. However, she left out the lemon juice, which I think made a huge difference because I am dramatic and took an hour to drink it. It consisted of 2 plums, lemon juice, oats, unsweetened almond milk, ice, water, and vanilla Sun Warrior. Blech! It was gross. I had to keep chewing it too. I do not like chewing my smoothies. I am big texture person so this smoothie was a big fail! Haha.

Lunch

Lunch was boring. You must love this post haha. I promise dinner is worth it. PLUS I GET ALMOND BUTTER WITH A BANANA LATER! Sorry… I’m excited and I am going to eat it whether I am hungry or not because I NEED ALMOND BUTTER IN MY LIFE RIGHT THE HECK NOW! Haha, anyways continuing on it was a salad… with chicken… tomato… and lemon juice… Yes, it tasted like nothing thanks for asking. However, I am noticing a difference in my body and the way I feel so I am putting up with this plan for the 28 days because anyone can do anything for a month. I will just whine a bit the entire way. πŸ˜›

Oh wait there were steamed green beans too apparently… I must have forgotten since they added nothing to the mix haha.

Dinner

YES! The best part of this post… Except for the banana and almond butter because I like the simple things in life. Give me nut butter and I will sit in the corner quietly and behave while downing it. πŸ™‚ Anyways, back to the salmon. Why yes, I had salmon with SALT and pepper. We never get salt except like once a day this was that time. It was topped with a pineapple orange chutney from the book with a side of brown rice and another recipe from the book for sassy southern greens. Basically I took a bunch of kale and sauteed it in garlic olive oil and red crushed pepper. It was a delicious dinner actually and filled me right up. Even though I still want that banana… And I will have that banana people!

It was seriously good! I downed the kale in like under ten seconds. It was really hard to wait for everything to be ready to take a picture without eating it all. I put my needs on hold just for you guys to be able to feast your eyes on awesomeness.

Now if you’ll excuse me I can hear my peanut butter calling my name in the kitchen. I must listen and go have a stuff your face session date. πŸ˜‰

Hot Hot Hot!

You would think the title of this post would have something to do with the insanely beautiful weather most of us have been experiencing. While I am obsessed with the weather, the title is reserved solely for my dinner. This dinner was amazingly delicious and filling, but set my mouth on fiyaaahhhhh! I hope people get that that’s a funny way to say fire. I am often bad at making things looks the way they are supposed to sound. Anyways, tangent. This was a hearty chili, which is an odd thing to have in this weather since it had me sweating and my nose running. I am so attractive, I know. Who wants to date me?! No takers? It’s okay, I understand. πŸ˜‰

So for Day 4’s dinner Tosca Reno’s “Lots o’Peppers Seafood Chili” was on the menu and it was so flippin’ good. It has shrimp, cod, black beans, lots of green and red bell peppers, and spices up the wazoo and some other fun things. For all of you who have mouths of steel and can handle the heat, I highly recommend it! I trucked through though, so you should all be proud. I’m sure I looked like a gem at the end of it. πŸ˜‰

Looks good right? I know soups and chili never look that photogenic, but this one actually didn’t come out that bad!

I forgot to mention earlier that today’s workout consisted of 1 hour of cardio with hill and sprint intervals. Not together… That would have killed me. But I separated them! I covered about 4.5 miles and it was awesome. πŸ™‚ Just a quick update!