Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years! Sorry I have been MIA lately but things here have just seemed chaotic and cluttered. I don’t know about you guys but I can’t concentrate on anything else in my life if my house is a disaster and I feel like I’m being pulled in every which direction. So as soon as the New Year was over I was like that’s it, “I’m tired of feeling stressed and overwhelmed about this house and my life, I’m ready to get organized and start living a healthy lifestyle again.” So I’ve spent the last 2 weeks de cluttering and making multiple trips to the Goodwill to donate things, Dollar Tree for some organizational bins, and then Ikea for a brand new makeup/work desk area, and also a new hall closet organizational setup. I can’t wait for you guys to see the finished product, for those of you that don’t know I live in a 900sq ft condo with my husband and 2 children so any new toy or even just mail on the table makes the house just seem so cluttered and messy. I’m trying very hard to last in this house another “2 years” while we save for a down payment on a house but it’s getting very difficult, so any little thing my husband can do to make my life easier and flow smoother he’s on it! Haha! Alrighty so now before I get off topic any more my main New Years resolution which I’m sure was 75% of the human populations was to get back into a healthy lifestyle. If you had read my previous post then you recall I got pregnant back in September so with a combination of pregnancy (I’m nauseous so I’m going to eat carbs 24/7, to the miscarriage (now I’m depressed so I’m just going to eat chocolate and ice cream all day), to the holidays are now here so I’m going to enjoy myself, I have put on a very unwanted 12 lbs. There is a severe muffin top going on over here in these jeans and I’m ready for it to be gone! Not to mention I was still having severe headaches which I associated to hormonal imbalance, stress, and very poor nutrition so with all that combined I was ready to make a change. No more why me? My life sucks right now! No more lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself, I was ready to make a change and I knew exactly what needed to be done, so here it goes!!
We went camping out at the desert for New Years weekend so I told myself starting Monday January 5th you are going all in…and I have!! OMG I seriously can’t even put into words how good I feel physically. My headaches are completely gone and I just feel so much more energy in just 10 days of my new healthy habits. I don’t find myself moping around the house or feeling sluggish, I have a new found energy boost and it feels great. I honestly forgot how good I feel when I eat clean and workout 5-6 days a week. Why did I ever stop? Why did I let myself get lazy? I don’t understand why as humans we get into this funk of eating non processed foods for every meal and laying on the couch all day watching TV, it’s seriously like a drug that just makes us feel worse so since we feel so tired or like crap we continue to be immobile eating whatever food is within reach and it’s just a vicious cycle that is so hard to break and repeats itself!
So I started back on the 21 day fix, I’ve done about 3 rounds of this program, and I knew it could give me the results I wanted and the motivation to get back on track. Every time I do this program I lose anywhere from 5-10lbs, seeing those numbers on the scale move the way I want just encourages me even more to keep going and then helps me incorporate new workouts into my routine. In a way you could say it becomes an addiction, it’s really hard to get started but once you get going it’s harder to stop. If you don’t know anything about the 21 day fix it’s a super simple workout program designed by Beachbody and features my girl crush Autumn Calabrese. If you don’t know who Autumn is seriously go google her right now she’s hot and has such a nice body. Total inspiration right there!! In the 21 day fix…
There’s no counting carbs, calories, or carbs
You get portion control containers that take the guesswork outta eating
You receive a booklet that gives you a simplified nutrition plan that caters to even picky people like me (I’m not much of a veggie eater at all)
And best of all the workouts are only 25-30 minutes long (perfect for us mommy’s who don’t have a ton of time before the kiddos wake up or before there done entertaining themselves)
Most important though I don’t have to go to a gym, I can work out in the comfort of my own home, no makeup, hair thrown in a ponytail (weave looking all crazy, lets get real here I have extensions), no bra (I’m in my pajamas people come on now), and in 30 minutes I’m done and in the shower getting ready for my day, I’ve never left the house, and I’m getting the body I deserve!
So that takes care of my workouts so now it’s on to nutrition! In case you don’t know, being fit is 80% nutrition, 10% exercise, and 10% genetics. So you can go to the gym all you want, but if your eating processed food for every meal your not gonna see a change at all, no matter how long you run on that treadmill it’s just not going to happen! So if you are going to find every excuse in the book to not workout then at least try and have a clean eating lifestyle. And with that being said I will share with you what a typical two days of eating looks like for me so you can see that “No I’m not on diet” and “Yes I probably eat more then you do”! Mind you I eat every 2-3 hours, I never let myself go more then 3 hours with out eating!
2 scrambled eggs
1/2 English muffin with 1 tbsp peanut butter
(My favorite recipe is)
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology powder
Couple ice cubes
Then I blend it in a blender until it has a milkshake consistency
1 can of Tuna mixed with 1/2 avocado
10 baby carrots
Apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter
8oz Steak grilled
Grilled veggies (5 brussel sprouts or 10 spears of asparagus)
½ cup quinoa or brown rice
1 English muffin
2 scrambled eggs
1 slice cheese
4 pieces of turkey bacon
(If I feel like having a Jamba Juice I make Strawberry Shakeology)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1 scoop strawberry Shakeology
Blend in blender until desired consistency
Turkey Sandwich (2 slices wheat bread, 4 slices turkey meat, lettuce, ½ medium tomato)
1 mozzarella cheese stick
Vanilla Greek Yogurt with cut up strawberries and blueberries
Chicken Burrito Bowl (it’s a healthy version of the one from Chipotle)
6oz of shredded chicken (I get a container of shredded chicken from deli section at Albertsons)
2 cups shredded lettuce
¼ red onion diced (optional)
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can kidney beans (drained)
½ cup steamed brown rice
¼ cup shredded nonfat mozzarella cheese
½ cup salsa
½ avocado (optional, I make mine into guacamole)
Heat chicken, microwave the black beans for 2 minutes.In a large bowl combine chicken, black
beans, brown rice, lettuce, onion, bell pepper, avocado. Mix. Place in serving bowl & garnish
with cheese& salsa.
For those of you curious about Shakeology! Let me just tell you it’s AMAZEBALLS!! I love it, especially after my workouts, I feel like it reenergizes me and gives me the protein I need to help build up my muscles. It’s also full of vitamins, nutrients, and probiotics so I don’t need to take a multivitamin. Huge plus for me and others if you are forgetful when it comes to vitamin taking! I was also taking it when I was pregnant, so don’t feel that just because your pregnant you can’t have it, the only thing you need to do is add an extra Iron and Folic Acid supplement. There’s no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives only exotic superfoods so it’s totally healthy and goes great with my clean eating lifestyle! If you have more questions you can always check out the site Shakeology
If your like me then I’m sure your constantly trying to find new recipes and things to cook for your family. I get a lot of my ideas from
Pinterest (I like being able to save the pic on my phone and then that way I don’t have a bunch of paper lying around)
You can get all 3 of these magazines in a bundle for only $12/year through EatingWell
Planning You absolutely need to plan out your meals, if you don’t then your just going to reach for the 1st thing you see when your hungry and chances are it’s not going to be “healthy” or what you should be eating. “If you fail to PLAN then PLAN to fail”! Some things that help in planning are…
Print out a weekly meal planner! You can go to pinterest and just type in “weekly meal plan” and tons of different ones will pop up that you can download for free. Make sure to print multiple copies. Also you can go to etsy.com and buy a personalized one, they have tons of choices to choose from. Of if your crafty and good on the computer which I definitely am not then you can just make your own custom one
Meal Prep and Plan! Pick a day where you are going to sit down and figure out your meals for the next 5 days (breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner). I know this seems really time consuming but it’ll save you time in the long run so your not running to the store multiple times during the week or struggling to figure out what to eat after work, because when your tired and it’s been a long day of work that’s when your going to find yourself driving through the fast food lane and you don’t want to do that! Plus once you start doing this for awhile, you start acquiring a list of healthy recipes that work for your family so it becomes easier when you can just pull recipes from previous weeks menus. On Sundays I choose to sit down and glance at my calendar. If I know I’m working two nights in a row then that day I’ll pick a crockpot recipe or if we have plans around dinner time I’ll be sure to pick a meal that’s super easy and simple to make. If you think about it this is also getting your life organized somewhat too! Double win!
Grocery shopping! Try and stick to local farmers markets, Sprouts, or even Trader Joes. These types of stores 1) are cheaper in price especially in produce and 2) Don’t sell food with a ton of preservatives and additives. We want to stay away from the processed food market, we want food items that are in their original state or at least as close to them as possible.
Alrighty everyone so now you know what I have been up to in my fitness journey and you can help keep me accountable when I feel like falling off the wagon. Because trust me it happens to me too, I’m not perfect I love me a good pizza and ice cream just like everybody else too! But I really want this healthy lifestyle to take over the majority of my life so I can be healthy and fit living a long life and grow old with my husband and children. I hope you’ll share this journey with me. Just yesterday I enrolled in a Nutrition and Sports Nutrition class, I can’t wait to learn a ton of new information that I will be able to share with you guys. If you have any advice for me, inspirational websites, recipe blogs, anything that could be of use to my fitness journey please don’t hesitate to share. I love learning and getting any helpful tips that can help me in this at times difficult process. If you have any questions at all or would like me to blog about something else please don’t hesitate to ask! Hope you all have a wonderful week!