MIMM #7: Love Your Body

Y’all know that I have a passion for body building. But ever since my back injury from May, then surgery in July, I just haven’t been able to get back into it full force. Sure I enjoy lifting, but marvelous is doing it on my own terms. I’ve been focused on “goal setting” for my body ever since I started my weight loss journey in 2009, that I haven’t just spent time enjoying the body I created. I’m sure there are some of you out there that can relate?What I mean is simply just being at maintenance and enjoying life as it comes. Last week I upped my macros to maintenance and granted it hasn’t been easy to get that many carbs in (240g).

Some days I hit it, some days I hit better with protein.

But I am trying to change my relationship with food and trying to enjoy it. I’m not saying I’m going on full binges, but if I want some Van’s gluten-free pancakes or ice cream, I’ll indulge. And it’s not that I didn’t before, I just tried to fit everything in my “day-calories-macros-healthyness-weightloss-lifestyle.

Marvelous is using a bit of IIFYM, which has eased my mind from just eating chicken breasts and egg whites, though I do enjoy both!Instead of crazy meal prepping, I get to spend time doing other things I love like yoga, blogging or playing with the bunny. Don’t get me wrong, I like me some meal prepping, but it’s not something that I want on my mind 24/7 because I, personally can start thinking that way. It’s all about balance and finding what works for YOU. Just remember to love yourself [and your body] because if you don’t, then who else will?Have a great Monday and enjoy the rest of the week. As always, thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous In My Monday :) Question: How do you find balance in your life?

Les Mis on Broadway

A much needed “vacation” was in order for the manfriend and I. As I mentioned to you before, Les Misérables on Broadway was on his bucket list and I knew I wanted to do that for him for Christmas. We both have had rough weeks since Thanksgiving and the show couldn’t have come at a better time to enjoy the city.And for me to feel like a tourist in my own ‘hood.’It was nice to spend some time again with the family again. I even brought my mom some protein truffles to sell.The peppermint ones are a BIG hit at her work. Thanks mom! Oh and be sure to purchase your own for the holidays by clicking here!).

The manfriend was so kind yesterday and picked me up some goodies; Dark chocolate and sea salt caramel Ghirardelli chocolate and Van’s whole grain organic blueberry waffles. #Noms.I enjoy random goodies like this banana nut RawFusion protein powder sample I got from Northshore Nutrition Corner. This protein is raw, vegan, organic, GMO-free and plant-based is quite tasty.You can’t even tell it’s made of pea, rice and artichoke protien. It’s easy on the stomach and full of nutrients. A new staple in my [smoothie] diet for sure.I am excited for a full day off tomorrow where I can just veg and catch up on things. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Question: Do you have a favorite raw, vegan or plant-based protein powder [or food]? I also like Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend, so good.

MIMM#6: Bunny & Big Apple Love

It’s Monday and that means there is a new week ahead.

Granted my weekends aren’t really weekends as I usually work. Marvelous is the fact that today is technically Friday for me.

Patrick and I will be going to the Big Apple to watch Les Mis on Broadway. It has been on his bucket list and I knew it was what I wanted to get him. I got them for only $40.00 each but very in advanced (two months). They can get over $200.00 PER ticket, crazy right? Little bunny is going to have to hang with my little brother for a couple of days.Hopefully they get along, but how can you not love this face?She’s just adorable.Marvelous is this new coffee mug I bought myself. My former favorite (below) broke and I’ve been searching for a new one. I found the new one at Big Lots for only $4.00. Happy early Christmas to me!Speaking of early gifts, marvelous is early Starbucks from your man. He knows me so well, totally a keeper. It even says NYC! Finally, Yoga Sakti. I took a yoga class there this past weekend. I’ve just been a little overwhelmed with not feeling “well” that I needed to just relax. It was only an hour class but it was just marvelously enough.

Question: How was your weekend? Have you ever seen a show on Broadway or any play for that matter?Thanks Kate for hosting Marvelous in My Monday!

Lower Body & Abs Tabata Workout!

It’s that time again; the weekend is here.

This week has been a crazy one. I taught a cardio circuit, two spin classes, four Tabata and a stretch/abs class. Each portion is only a half hour or it may be an hour total with the classes back to back.

Not to mention a shoe malfunction during spin class and let’s just say I hurt my shin pretty badly. I did do a fun lower body/ abs focused Tabata workout that I will be sharing. For this workout, you are going to need a set of light to medium dumbbells. I say stick to the lighter side because we are doing high reps in Tabata.

You perform as many reps as you can of the exercise for 20 seconds, the rest for 10; repeat for 8 rounds for a total of FOUR minutes.

There will be TWO exercises per set, so be sure to alternate. Once you are done with a set, then you can rest for one minute and repeat the following sets.

For example, set one you would do weighted squats for 20 seconds, then rest for 10. Then do jump squats for 20 seconds, rest for 10.

Repeat back to the weight squats and continue for 8 rounds total! We have 5 sets and it should take about 25 minutes.

Ready? And go!

5 Sets: 20 Seconds On, 10 Seconds Off for 8 Rounds!

Set 1 (alternate between exercises)

  • Weighted Squats
  • Jump Squats

Sets 2

  • Squat Hold
  • Jumping Jacks

Set 3

  • Alternating Lunges
  • Straight Leg Deadlift

Set 4 

  • Push-Ups
  • Plank Hold

Set 5

  • Abdominal Crunches
  • Bicycle Crunches

Good luck and be sure to warm up and cool down!

Question: What kind of workouts do you like to do? Yoga, spin, Tabata, kickboxing, weight lifting or a little bit of everything?

Tuesday Thoughts

It’s Tuesday and I have some thoughts.

And a cute puppy face to share.I had a great Thanksgiving with my family this past week and I enjoyed being disconnected from social media.

Maybe it’s just me but as I get older and begin to really focus on my future goals, I find that I let social media go more often. And that’s okay!I am finding that some of the extra time I spent on blogging, I spend with family. Check out my mom in tripod pose!I used to feel guilty about not posting but I know that when I’m back, most of y’all will still be reading. Riley and I thank you for it!I also got a new bunny and she is super adorable. Originally my friend thought it was a boy, so I had named “her” Hercules. When I found out it was a girl, I just left it as is. Sometimes I’ll call her Herculette for kicks.No post is complete without some of my protein goodies. I made some brownie protein donuts for my mom. I made sure to make extra because I’d new I’d want too.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your week is full of health and positive thoughts!

WIAW #116: All About That Protein!

I’m all about that protein…I ordered some Protizyme packets on Ebay and got a sweet deal on 15 packets. I got a few extra for free along with preworkouts.  It’s been a while since I made a protein cake. Boy was it delicious! I wanted to change it up from the other protein that I’ve been using. But I have to say, Muscletech’s is the way to go for me.I also tried the Quest protein chips. I have the say, the taste was good but the texture was just odd, it tasted like eating paper. Hopefully they can come up with a better texture. I also found this new bar by MET-Rx Prime. It has a “Quest bar” like taste and stats. It’s gluten-free, has 20g protein and 12g fiber. At Wal-Mart they were only $1.98, much cheaper than Quest.They also had a chocolate brownie one. I may have to try that one soon. I’ve also been back into smoothies since I got a blender again. Oh and for something not protein related, I tried these Van’s waffles with the manfriend. They were delicious and he approved. Win, win when he likes stuff I like and we can both enjoy it. Oh, and we can’t forget the java!Thank’s Jenn for hosting this food party. Head on over to Peas and Crayons for more details! I hope to get back into more WIAW posts, since I’ve been trying a lot of different products lately.

Hope y’all have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday (if you celebrate)!

Muscle & Coffee Talk

Let’s talk coffee.If you’re wondering what to get me for Christmas, New England Coffee is the way to go. Especially this flavor or even some gingerbread.

I also accept anything in Starbucks form.Oh and don’t forget Quest bars! These are my current favorites.I’ve been using Six Star Pro Nutrition whey protein lately and I am in love with the results. I am very picky with my proteins and found that this one is really good, for me anyways.

I use about 2 scoops a day either in my oatmeal or for making a “protein pudding.” Just use 1 scoop of protein mixed with some water, place in fridge for 15mins and eat!It’s under $20 at Wal-Mart and I’ve also been using it for protein truffles and they have been quite delicious.

Note that I do make them vegan and dairy free too!I am lactose intolerant, in case y’all didn’t know but this protein doesn’t bother my stomach and all. I am noticing a good amount of “gains” using it.
Working on that muscle seperation while focusing on quads, bi’s back and shoulder boulders.And remembering to enjoy all things in moderation.It’s another busy week for yours truly between work and truffles. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about y’all.

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Have a great week everyone!