The Journey In Between: Day #15

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On August 15th, I “restarted” my health journey. And guess what? Today is day 15! Kinda cool right? *Excusesmynerdness*

Where are we at now? Leg progress is on point!

One of the key things I was trying to focus on was building my quads. I have pretty good shoulders and abs, well that area is always a work in progress.But my lower body and back have been my main focus this year and I am happy that surgery didn’t take away too much of my progress. I am back to pre-surgery weight and body. Now it’s a matter of building again. I started a little bit of my body building program this week but I didn’t spin twice this week like I wanted to (only did one session).Picked up some of protein staples for my meals. I also eat/ have ground turkey, protein powder, brown rice, quinoa, oats, peanut butter chia seeds, and veggies just to name a few extras not shown. Lots o’ snacks too. And when I can splurge? Quest bars.Breakfasts are usually a protein bar and berries or oats. Depending on my workout for that day, I will eat more carbs if it’s back or leg day.

For other days I stick to mostly protein sources for breakfast. I find that this works for me on my more intense strength training workout days (which just happen to be back and legs) I make sure to eat extra fuel. If I know I am going to attend a spin session later, I will have a nice bowl of oats for breakfast and maybe some extra brown rice with my lunch.

Lunches and dinners pretty much consist of a protein and veggie, sometimes good carb sometimes none (again, depending on my training day). I am feeling good and learning to take every training day one at a time. If my body isn’t up for it, I won’t train.

I use to think it was the end of the world if I didn’t workout but I learned that in order to be healthy for what life throws at you, you must be able take care of yourself first. Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Labor Day weekend. Any plans? I’ll be hanging out in Rockport tomorrow with the manfriend!

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Life In Pictures #1: Coffee Much?

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Happy Friday y’all!

Or in my case, it’s my Saturday. All my days tend to get mixed together. Any who, hope everyone is doing well. Today we will be doing a blog link up with Lina via Fit, Fed and Happy.

What is “Life in Pictures?”

Well you take random photos throughout the week, put as little text in the post as possible and make your own guesses as to what happened that week. Sometimes I have pictures left over or just don’t know what to say for them. It’s a win, win I think. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do!August 25th, 10:00am: Last outfit in the NYC.12:30pm: Last view of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.August 26th, 5:00am: First day at a new job.August 27th, 1:00pm: Workout done; alittle legs, bi’s and tri’s!4:00pm: Alittle protein snackage.August 28th, 9:00pm: New Target coffee find. Pumpkin spice anyone? 11:45pm: Overnight workflow + more coffee.August 29th: 6:30am: Breakfast or dinner post overnight?11:30am: Brunch with the broski.6:00pm: Time for errands!

And that’s a wrap! Hope everyone enjoyed my random pictures from this week. Don’t forget to check out Linda’s linkup!

I hope everyone has an awesome labor day weekend :)

#TravelingGnome: Part III

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I must admit; I love to travel.

Whether it’s one hour or six hours away. I love it all. My brother and I went to New Hampshire Saturday night to pick up the manfriend to go to New York. I had an Uno’s coupon and had the herb rubbed chicken with broccoli and roasted veggies. Also lots of coffee in hand.  Sunday we relaxed in the a.m, had breakfast then my brother, dad and the manfriend went to a Yankee game courtesy of his sister.Pretty nice view.It was a great time with him and the men of the family.The next day we engaged in some “catch and release fishing.”  We went to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx…And enjoyed a lovely afternoon.A trip is never complete without some froyo!I had a wonderful time in New York with the manfriend and the family.

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Later this week I will post a day of eats for you to see what I am currently eating to fit my macrosGet ready for the third update in my “Journey in Between” series. 

Also if you haven’t, check out my YouTube vlog of randomness, a healthy “margherita pizza,” post–surgery stuff and the cycling certification!

I hope everyone is having a great week :)

Journey In Between: Day Nine

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I know I am updating on such random days but in case you missed day three; check it out here!

Yesterday I had my cycling certification. Before hitting the road, breakfast consisted of half of a banana nut muffin Quest bar, chia seeds, blueberries, egg whites and nut butter.This cycling conference was through AAAI/ISMA (& IFTA) with Greg Sims. It was a blast learning from a pro about proper technique, form and efficiency. During lunch, I had some Blink energy water for a boost.And by the end of it all? I passed my practical and exam and you are looking at a certified cycling instructor!How are we doing for day nine? This morning I didn’t feel to great since I had to push myself at the conference. I made sure to not overexert myself, but this was the first time I “took it up a notch” since July 17th.

Food wise, I am at the highest end of the macros that I set. Hopefully, I can bring it down to the lower end. I also got a new position and I am excited to finally be working again. I haven’t really worked since July 19th (only one day last week).

This week I will be starting my new work schedule. Big things are happening and I couldn’t be happier! It’s time to clean up this apartment and get ready to head to New York for a Yankee game with the family.

Have a great weekend everyone!

This Week In Adventures

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I haven’t posted a throwback Thursday in a while. Even though post surgery I gained almost 10lbs I look back at these old photos and realize how far I have come in the past 8years (currently 163lbs). I was almost at my heaviest weight (240lbs) in this picture (220lbs). I have to remind myself that a healthy lifestyle is just that; a lifestyle.

It’s a journey that is never ending and there are going to be ups and downs. As long as you use those downs for fuel to keep your head up, that’s all that matters.

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The guy is something special. The manfriend and I went to Boston to just hang around town. No agenda, just relaxation.Boston is such a beautiful town.My brother also took me to lunch at PF Chang’s this week.Plenty of Starbucks was also involved.Tomorrow is the AAAI/ISMA cycling conference!

I am super exited to be with my AAAI/ISMA family for another weekend of fitnes and fun. My brother, the manfriend and I are also off to New York again this Sunday for a Yankee game. Can’t wait to spend time with the family again and the puppy!

Have a great weekend everyone!

WIAW #107: ILoVermont!

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It’s no secret that I LOVE Vermont.

The last time I went to visit the Green Mountain state was in April for my mom’s birthday. This time around, I went with the manfriend to celebrate our one month!You may think that’s a bit crazy. But truth be told, we’ve been really good friends for over a year and met at our former job. Just wasn’t the right time and now everything is just as perfect as it can be and I am happy. For this WIAW, I am going to show you some of our eats from our trip and beyond, enjoy!wiawphotobuttonBefore I get into the eats, I have to share with you the beautiful herbs and tomatoes that the manfriend’s dad gathered from their garden.

Yes, I met the parents and I was nervous. It was the first time I really had met any manfriend’s parents, formally. But he said they loved me, so I think I am in the clear, phew!Back to the goods; I started out my morning with some Green Mountain coffee, obviously.Some sliced up frozen strawberries with organic peanut butter mixed with a bit of vanilla Myofusion for breakfast.Now most of y’all know I’m a snacker; I packed some goodies for our trip. A few thinkThin and Quest bars, trail mix, fruit, Greek yogurt, pretzels and of course some H2-OH!Our first adventure when we got to Burlington was American Flatbread. We had a cheese and herb, buffalo chicken and Vermont maple sausage flatbread. This is my absolute favorite restaurant ever!After dinner, we took a stroll along Lake Champlain.After the lake, we went to bed we were exhausted from a long trip. We woke up the next day to a delicious brunch at Henry’s diner.Also stopped at the Apple Mountain store on Church Street for some local trinkets.Visited the alma matar, University of Vermont.Our last stop? A bit of dessert iced wine from Shelburne Vineyard.Although Burlington was amazing, it’s nice to just sit back and relax at home. Only three more days til the AAAI/ISMA conference! 

The Journey In Between: Day Three

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You’ve heard me countless times say that I am restarting my journey; from moving, injuries and more recent, surgery. Life just happens.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated when you have so much going on, whether it’s by choice or beyond your control. It is important to remember that life is a journey. Just because you set a goal doesn’t mean when you reach that goal, it’s the end.

Life is a process and there will always be ups and downs. You won’t always be progressing. Sometimes you may be at a stand still or maybe even go backwards. It’s easier said then done but you should remember to never give up and keep moving forward!

That being said, let’s check out what I am going to be doing for the next month to restart on my fitness goals. Friday the 15th was the first time I really had a good workout in almost a month. Before surgery, the last time I hit it hard at the gym was July 17th. Crazy to know I didn’t workout for almost a month. I do have restrictions; I can’t do activities such as TRX, Vinyasa Yoga or Insanity like workouts.

I also can’t perform exercises such as  deadlifts, back extensions, deep squats or any core workouts until the end of August. My main focus for the next few week will be back, bi’s and tri’s while working a little shoulders, chest and lower body.

I have my AAAI/ISMA cycling conference in less then a week, so I will be training for that. To keep myself accountable, I am going to be posting my workouts each week and discuss my nutrition, which will change every week or two. I will be playing around with my macros but for this week, they are the following:

  • Calories: 1750-1900
  • Carbs: 180g (190g max)
  • Protein: 130g
  • Fat: 60g (70g max)

I don’t like to focus too much on calories but usually that’s my range, depending on my workouts and day. Post surgery, I gain about 10lbs and right now I lost a solid 6lbs. I am currently around 163lbs and want to get back to my happy zone of 156-158lbs. I know it may sound like an odd range but ever since I started my weight loss journey back in 2008 and have fluctuated here and there, I know that this range is my best and feel my strongest.

When I am strength training and keeping up with my fitness routine, I start getting leaner and look like I’m 135-140lbs. Most people see me and wouldn’t think I was almost 160lbs, which is why at a certain point, it’s not so much about the number on the scale. Right now I only have about 3lbs to get back to pre-surgery weight.

Workouts This Week (August 17th-24th):

  • Sunday: Active Rest Day!
  • Monday: Rest Day
  • Tuesday: Chest & Tri’s + Spin (45mins)
  • Wednesday: Legs + Spin (45mins)
  • Thursday: Back & Bi’s + Cardio (30mins)
  • Friday: AAAI/ISMA Cycling Conference
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: Total Body Workout (30mins)

My exercises this week are going to include at least two spin sessions and three strength training sessions. I am planning to take 2-3 rest days a week since my body is still healing, I don’t want to overwork myself. Active rest days just include 2+ hours of walking. And that’s it! That’s the plan to get back on the fitness wagon.

I am definitely feeling good, but I don’t want to push myself because I know its a sign that my body is healing. I don’t want to have to end up hurting myself and needing more recovery time. It’s time to get ready for my Vermont trip with the manfriend. Be sure to check out this week’s WIAW for some Vermont eats.

Happy Sunday!

#OnAQuest

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I’m #onaquest.To enjoy the simple things in life.Whether it be a little peach picking at Brooksby Farm…Or just enjoying my surroundings.Maybe getting back to the swing of things at the gym?Or maybe it’s just finding that perfect balance in life?We are almost FOUR weeks post surgery in a few days. Times flies doesn’t it? I have been getting back into being more active with some light-moderate cardio a bit of weight lifting (10-12lb dumbbells max).  It’s going to take some time til I can use those 25lbs again for my chest presses. But if I was there once, I can do it again. Love the process!

Remember that life’s a journey; so stay positive and keep on a Quest!

New York City Tour

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This past weekend I went back home to New York. My mom wanted to make sure I was resting and had I stayed in MA, I would have been trying to fix everything post surgery. Mother knows best… 

I enjoyed another few days with the family and delicious burgers from my dad!We also headed to the casino with the manfriend.The manfriend came up Sunday afternoon to take me back to Massachusetts.We enjoyed an afternoon in the city at the American Museum of Natural History.Isn’t he the sweetest?My dad also took us both to visit Yankee Stadium to redeem a ticket voucher and have brunch together. I am back here in New England and resting up til I take over a couple of overnight shifts at my old job again. Good thing about it is I don’t have too much to do for the overnight shifts so I can take it easy.

Happy hump day!

 

And The Winner Is?

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Today I am back in the NY.

I still need a little more time to recover. But let’s get to the giveaway winner shall we? And the winner is… Mermont84! Between the blog, YouTube and IG, number YOU are the winner.

Please e-mail me your address at NutritiouslySweet@Gmail.com so I can send your goodies!

Have a good weekend everyone!

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