Week 2, Day 1 & Some Eats

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope it’s been super relaxing for everyone.

I woke up this morning starving, as per usual. I swear I have the appetite of a sumo wrestler… It can’t be normal. I am obviously still waiting rather impatiently for my protein powder so this morning was another Berry Oatmeal/Bran with 4 egg whites and salsa. You guys must be like “how on earth do you eat that everyday?!” Well I have two answers, it’s delicious and I often don’t mind eating the same thing over and over again if it’s good. I tend not to ever get sick of food. Unless we are talking about back in high school when all my Mom made was baked chicken flavored with absolutely nothing with a side of white rice and frozen peas. Yeah… Gross. I couldn’t eat chicken for like 3 years after that. It almost made me go vegetarian and we all know how much meat I tend to eat. It was really that horrific.

After breakfast I went to the gym and completed the Pull Workout that I have been doing recently. I am thinking about upping the intensity and doing it twice a week now instead of just once. I think my muscles can handle it. So I will probably do it again later on in the week. I’m really loving this program that I created. It’s been challenging, but also super awesome. I think I can feel myself getting stronger as dorky and weird as that sounds. I have noticed a big difference over the past couple of weeks after following it. I have deemed it a success on my part haha. I also completed week 2, day 1 of my Couch to 5k app! This time it was a 5 minute warm up then 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 90 seconds running, 2 minutes walking repeated until you hit the 25 minute marker. Then there was the basic 5 minute cool down. I ran at a 6.5 mph pace, while walking, warming up, and cooling down at a 3.7 mph pace. Overall, I covered 2.3 miles. It felt awesome! I was sweating like a pig though… No surprise there since I have the tendency to sweat like a man. 😉 Super attractive, no? I am planning on doing a vlog sometime this week to talk about my workout routines and training plan in greater depth so be prepared to see my awkward awesome self on camera!

If only I looked this good after "earning my shower..." Sweaty mess people!

I am thinking about doing more vlogs for this channel to spruce things up a bit, since I am sure you all get tired of reading my long, rambling posts on occasion.

After the gym I chugged a scoop of Caramel Toffee Fudge whey protein with water and a couple of handfuls of blueberries and went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for this week. My roommate and I are heading to Pennsylvania at the end of this week so I didn’t end up needing that much. But I am really excited to try some of the new Tone It Up recipes that were released with the last update. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Once I was done grocery shopping I came home to make a quick and healthy taco salad. I cooked the ground turkey with some garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, ground mustard, and Worcestershire sauce and put it on top of baby spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, salsa, and a little reduced fat cheese. 🙂 It was delicious! However, I was still hungry about an hour later and pounded a huge bowl of Uncle Sam Cereal, Chocolate O’s, and some almond coconut milk. Hungry hippo over here today!

I’m having the last of my leftovers for dinner tonight since I need to finish this paper. Sorry nothing fancy has come from this week food wise, I have been super busy trying to cram a lot of things in for school so I have time to travel on the weekends. I am heading to Martha’s Vineyard in two weeks to get another job and have a seafood feast! I am so stoked I can’t even tell you!!!

And with that I am signing off for the night since I still have 5 pages left of this torturous 20 page term paper on ketamine. Seriously, how much can you say about one drug. I feel like I am being incredibly repetitive. Who wants to be a neuroscience major after reading my blog? Anyone? No takers… I don’t blame you.

 

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Triceps Overload

Happy Saturday, everyone! This is one of my favorite days of the week. Next to football Sundays of course. But alas, it is not football season unfortunately. I am currently watching the Bruins game so I apologize in advance if this post seems erratic in any way. The refs might as well have their helmets on backwards, they are calling the most ridiculous penalties right now.

I started off my morning with one of my favorite meals. I am still waiting for my protein powder to come in so this morning I started off with Mixed Berry Oatmeal. 1/4 cup oat bran and rolled oats cooked with 1.25 cups of water till the liquid is absorbed. Added 2 tbsp of wheat germ, 1 tbsp of ground flax seeds, blueberries, and sliced strawberries. On top I added some chia seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut. On the side I had the usual suspect of 4 egg whites and salsa.

After breakfast I went to the gym to focus on a problem area of mine, triceps. I know there is no such thing as spot training, but I would like to tighten up that muscle as much as I can while I work on burning the fat over it. 🙂 I also did 20 minutes on the elliptical incorporating 5 minutes of HIIT at the end for a little cross training action during this running plan.

Triceps Obliteration

Overhead Triceps Press 3×15
Close Grip Bench Press 3×20
Skullcrushers 3×15
Bent Over Triceps Kickbacks 3×15
Triceps Cable Rope Pulldown 3×15
Triceps Cable Rope Overhead 3×12

Since I am still missing my protein powder I made a smoothie today that was epic even without it. I used plain Oikos Greek yogurt to get in that protein, a cup of almond milk, some frozen strawberries and raspberries (organic unsweetened), and a frozen banana. It was sooooo creamy and delicious. I am rockin’ these smoothies lately.

For lunch, I had to usual salad beast with turkey. I would post my dinner for later, but it’s just leftovers from yesterday. Nothing exciting this weekend. I am trying to figure out how to start this term paper, but unfortunately my procrastination is getting the best of me. How am I supposed to concentrate when there happens to be a game on tv? Let alone, a playoff game. 😉 Yes, I am a tomboy… Yes, I know it’s not normal for a girl to like sports as much as I do haha.

I’m not sure why all my pictures are so dark! I apologize, it was actually really sunny and nice out today. I really need to invest in that camera. 😉 How did you all like my guest post? She’s awesome right?

Guest Post: OCD Obsessive CrossFit Disorder

Hey everyone! I have a special post for you all today. I have been talking a lot about doing CrossFit soon, we are starting at the beginning of June when we move to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. But I figured if anyone was curious about what it was I would ask the one person I know who is obsessed with it. Laura from Fit-Campus and I are part of the Tone It Up community I always talk about on here. She loves this sport. This girl seriously can’t get enough and her and I are a lot a like. I figured if she loved it as much as she does I knew it was something I had to get into. So without further ado, I give you Laura. My favorite CrossFitter, blogger, and motivator. 🙂

OCD: Obsessive CrossFit Disorder

My life is fitness. It always has been. I was a figure skater for over 10 years, played soccer, softball, and even have my black belt in Thai Kickboxing. When I went to university, I kept up with my love of sweating by going to the gym almost everyday, and taking our on campus fitness center’s aerobics classes. After almost four years of this, I was beginning to fall into a rut. If you ask my family or friends, they will quickly tell you how I get bored of the same routine pretty easily. I needed something new…badly…and fast. That is when I discovered CrossFit: The sport of fitness.

CrossFit, simply put, is a strength and conditioning program.  You will run, row, do pullups, pushups, squats, lunges, jump rope, and also perform some Olympic style weightlifting like power cleans and squat snatches. You join a CrossFit Box like you would a normal gym, but you will soon discover you joined a community (or cult if you will) rather than just a place to workout. If you don’t know much about CrossFit and ask around, you will probably get very mixed reviews. This is how I see it: those who know about it but have never done it, probably have something negative to say. Those who do it will probably never look back (myself included). So, why do I love it so much?

The Community: Like I briefly state above, when you join a CrossFit box, you join a community. One could easily argue that your local gym is a community too, but trust me, it’s not the same. There are no mirrors, no fancy machines, no treadmills. Basically, there are no reasons to ignore the people around you and focus only on yourself. When I arrived at CrossFit Nittany for my first ever workout, everyone in the class automatically saw a new face and introduced themselves. The nerves I originally had quickly disappeared. I couldn’t believe how nice everyone was! Endorphins make you happy, right? Even after a few classes I started developing friendships with people. I look forward to going during the week, not just to get an insane workout, but to see my friends. I can tell you right now…after 3 ½ years of the same aerobics classes on campus, I never made one friend.

My Box, CrossFit Nittany ❤

The Workout: It probably seems a bit obvious, but of course the workout is one of the reasons why I love CrossFit. I’ve never felt stronger in my life. After getting tested in September and then April (3 months after joining CrossFit) at the fitness center on campus, I’ve learned my VO2 max has improved by 7%. VO2 max is the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. Before CrossFit I was a runner. Who knew 5 min WODs would improve my fitness level better than an hour-long endurance run?

Now, both personal trainers my mom has had at the gym don’t like CrossFit for one reason: the volume. If you have weight trained at the gym before, you are probably used to doing only 3 sets, 10-12 reps. Then you go to a CrossFit box, and you do 3 rounds for time of 30 wall balls and 30 low hang squat snatches. You might be thinking ‘Hold up…90 wall balls? 180 total squats!?’. Yeah, it seems a little crazy, but the thing to remember is you’re only competing against yourself for time. You can take breaks and break up the wall balls or squat snatches however you like, such as 3 sets of 10 for one round, etc. And if it’s too much, scale the weight down. While CrossFit sometimes involved high volume of workouts, if you’re smart about it, you’ll be fine. Trust me, there is no greater satisfaction than finishing a WOD where you thought you were going to die after the first round. Not to mention anyone that finishes before you will be cheering you on until you finish. If that’s not motivation, then I don’t know what is.

CrossFit Nittany, PR Challenge- Cheering on the boys doing 1 min of burpees!

I know everyone’s opinion and experience with a certain sports differs greatly, but I wanted to share mine with the sport of CrossFit because I love it that much. Of course the monthly fee can be a bit pricey, but I will never regret spending my money on something I love.

Thank you so much Laura for the awesome post! I hope you all go check out her blog and enjoyed it post as much as I did. 🙂

Bikini Series!

Gooooood evening! I am using this time of procrastination to show you some daily eats and tell you about something super exciting! First the food!

Breakfast

Like I said in my last post I had some oatmeal and eggs! 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup oat bran cooked with 1.25 cups of water until the liquid was absorbed. I then added wheat germ and ground flax. Topped with homemade honey cinnamon peanut butter, sliced banana, and chia seeds. Then I had 4 egg whites and salsa on the side. Delicious way to start off almost every morning. Still waiting on my protein powder clearly. 😉

Lunch

I was really lazy today, as per usual… So I made a turkey sandwich with low sodium deli turkey, 2 slices of low carb whole wheat fresh bread from When Pigs Fly, dijon mustard, spinach, and a slice of Sargento Natural Cheese Blends in cheddar and mozarella. On the side I had some delicious grape tomatoes. I eat tomatoes like they are going out of style. Seriously.

Dinner

I had the same thing as last night because I didn’t have a lot of money to spend at the grocery store this week. Sorry for all the boring foods, I have some fun stuff planned for next week! But I had steamed broccoli, chicken breast, tomato sauce, and nutritional yeast with a side of healthy garlic bread. I made that with another slice of bread, some smart balance, garlic powder, and garlic gold. Yummmmyyyy.

I should probably continue to read these articles for the term paper I need to write this weekend. I know what you all are thinking… Didn’t she say she was starting that earlier? Uhhh… I started about 30 minutes ago. I know, I’m awful at this whole time management procrastination thing. I think maybe one day I will get better… But that’s just silly wishful thinking.

Now here’s the title of my post. Tone It Up, the nutrition plan I bought a while back and follow loosely, is releasing their Second Annual Bikini Series Challenge. Last year’s was awesome, even though I wasn’t a part of it. I have done all the workouts and they are awesome. They do great giveaways to keep you motivated, daily challenges, tons of new workout videos, and lot’s of fun other posts. If you want to sign up here is the link! I promise you, it’s 8 weeks of motivation and fun.

Week 1, Day 3 & Quick and Dirty Shoulders

Happy FRIDAY! Ahh, I love Fridays. Other than the fact that I normally procrastinate on Thursday, so I end up having to do some work on Friday. Oh well… I am a creature of habit. 😉

This morning I started off my day bright and early so I could hit the gym early. I was going to eat a pumpkin powercake… Trying a new recipe this time since my roommate and I bombed the last one. Um… It still stunk. I threw it away, which is a complete waste of a cup of egg whites. Alas, I move on. So instead, I had my usual 1/4 cup rolled oats with 1/4 cup oat bran. And combined it with homemade honey cinnamon peanut butter, sliced banana, chia seeds, wheat germ, and ground flax. On the side the usual 4 egg whites and salsa. 🙂 I can’t get enough of oatmeal and eggs while my protein is still en route to my apartment. I need a protein pancake in my life soon! I’m sure you all would like another visual as well haha.

So after brekkie, I got changed real quick and ran out the door to get to the gym before it gets busy around lunch time. Seriously, there is something weird about Friday where it starts getting super busy earlier in the day and I wonder why most people aren’t working. Maybe they are squeezing it in on their lunch break so they can go out and have fun later? That’s a great idea in my book. 😉 My workout consisted of a quick and dirty shoulder workout and week 1 day 3 of my Couch to 5k app! I covered 2.25 miles in 30 minutes. I know that it’s not fast, but we all know my aversion to running. So pushing myself outside of my comfort zone is me taking baby steps so I don’t go back to hating running haha. I really enjoyed my run today though! Alternating again at 3.7 mph and 6.5 mph on the walking and running intervals.

Quick and Dirty Shoulders

Arnold Should Press 3×15
Lateral Raises into Front Raises 3×12
Upright Rows 3×12
Mac Raises 3×12
Ryan’s Awesome Shoulder Move 3×12

That’s all I did at the gym! Later on today I am doing the Itty Bitty Bikini workout I posted and Beach Bum!

You know I have your back in convenient workouts! 😉 Catch up with you guys in a little bit to show you some of my daily eats. Nothing exciting happening this weekend other than me locking myself in my apartment by myself until I finish this term paper on Ketamine. Sounds like a blast right?

Amped Up

Hey everyone! Happy thirsty Thursday! Remember to hydrate all day. 🙂 It’s the weekend for me. I spent all last night looking motivation videos on YouTube for the upcoming motivation Monday post I am working on. I was so amped at midnight I wanted to get to the gym right then and there even though it was my rest day… And it was midnight haha. Seriously, watching some of the crazy speeches from movies or from real life is just insane. They can really get you wanting to move. 🙂

So this morning my roommate and I woke up a little early so we could do a big workout. Hers was a double workout since she missed Monday, mine was just the Pull Workout from last week. We were there for about two hours, but it was a blast. Before the gym we had the same breakfast as yesterday, mixed berry oatmeal and 4 egg whites and salsa to fuel what was promising to be a challenging workout. It worked! We were, however, ravenous after the gym and in some serious need of protein.

So after the gym I had a big ole bowl of plain Oikos Greek yogurt topped with some Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola and sliced strawberries. Mine was epic as usual. She combined a scoop of Caramel Toffee Fudge whey protein with plain Oikos Greek yogurt and some Superfood Cacao Crunch granola. She told me hers was pretty good. 🙂

I then had a hankering for some peanut butter granola and decided to make my own. Instead of using legit peanut butter, I used PB2 with a little honey, cinnamon, and maple extract and baked for 15 minutes. It came out delicious! I can’t keep my hands off of it… So idk if I am even going to eat lunch at this point since I am so full from all the oats I have had today haha.

I’m heading back to the gym in a little bit to do some cardio. If I get really bored I might do a Nike Training Club app. I told you, I am amped up today.

Food for thought: “When you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” So go get some today! 🙂

WIAW #6, Week 1 Day 2

Happy Wednesday!

First I thought I would update you on my workout yesterday then get into the food. 🙂 These are always my favorite posts to write because I think they hold me accountable. However, yesterday was my cheat day haha. So you get to see a deliciously unhealthy meal for dinner and dessert. 😉

Yesterday I completed Week 1, Day 2 of the Couch to 5k program I am using. I have to admit, I love this program. It’s really nice and simple. Tells you when to run or walk so I can zone out. But what I love the most is that it eases you into running. I have yet to feel overwhelmed or anything. I am actually starting to enjoy running, which is something I never thought I would say. My roommate and I are already thinking about running some races this summer. Just 5k’s for fun. It’s good to experience what a race really feels like, I think. For weights yesterday, since we did a two a day, I completed the Legs workout from this day. My legs were on fire! I loved it.

Shall we move on to the food? 😉

Breakfast

I started off my day with a protein pancake since I had to sit in class for almost two hours at 8 am. It is never my fine moment in the morning during that class haha. So I made a peanut butter protein pancake, topped it with the leftover honey cinnamon peanut butter, the rest of the sliced banana plus another banana, and some chia seeds. It was delicious. Plus, it filled me up until my amazing morning snack!

Mid Morning Munch

I haven’t had granola in far too long, so I introduced that back into my day with a small yogurt bowl. 🙂 I combined some plain Oikos Greek yogurt with sliced strawberries and Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola. Heaven! I love that granola so much. 🙂 I am going to attempt to make homemade chocolate granola soon, since I miss that granola that they sent me. If I can’t recreate it then I am just going to buy more haha.

Lunch

My roommate finally came back in time for lunch so we made two big salad beasts topped with chicken. Underneath the chicken was spinach, edamame, red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers. We topped our salads with balsamic vinegar, evoo, and some minced garlic. I also added some garlic gold to mine for a little extra garlicky crunch.

Mid Afternoon Snack

Before the gym we had a bowl of Cascadian Farms Chocolate O’s combined with Uncle Sam’s original with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It was delicious. Then we shared a Peanut Butter Pretzel Luna Bar before we hit the weight room. Overall, not such a balanced meal haha. It kind of looks like we were carb loading for no reason whatsoever.

Dinner

Welcome to where my cheat meal begins and ends! My roommate and I shared a small buffalo chicken calzone from the amazing pizza place down the street from our apartment. Seriously, those calzones are so good and we figured we needed to have one more before I graduate and we move to Massachusetts.

Before Dinner Dessert

Yes, this is out of order haha. But this is probably the order we should have eaten them in, but I am a believer in never denying yourself what you truly want first. So we had Shain’s of Maine Cookie Dough Ice Cream. This ice cream is literally the best ice cream I have ever had in my entire life. Plus, I think you can only find it in New Hampshire and Maine. She’s never had it so I told her it was an absolute must with the warm weather around the corner. This ice cream is basically a combo of the best cookie dough you have ever had with a side of the best vanilla ice cream you have ever had. I was building it up from the start, but trust me it’s the kind of thing that will never disappoint. She loved it! I recommend if you ever find  yourself in this area you get the Cookie Dough or the Mint Oreo. Two of the best ice cream flavors on the planet from this company.

So that’s my WIAW cheat day! Not a lot of greens, but my salad beast made up for it, right? 😉 I hope everyone has a good Wednesday! Workout post still to come! I am pretending to be my roommates personal trainer today since she missed Monday’s Push Workout and today is my rest day. 🙂