Two Months of Progress (Nov 13′- Jan 14′)

Happy Sunday and February 2nd!

Can you believe it’s already February? Me neither! I come to you to show you some progress, February goals and share with you some more body building things. And stay tuned for what I ate Wednesday where I will actually show you a whole day of food versus just showing you random eats throughout the week.

Some goals that I have in mind for February?

  • Do yoga at least 2x’s a week.
  • Sauna at least 2x’s a week or one hour total.
  • Increase my cardio sessions by 5 minutes.
  • Get under 155lbs.
  • Reduce my sugar intake and have any form of chocolate “goodies” only 2′s per week.

In mid-November I began to get more serious about training; seeing a personal trainer and gaining my own knowledge for my coaching plan.I have lost several inches around my waist, not to mention a little ab flattening action. My legs and arms are leaning out and my *ehem* chest has gone down. It’s only been two months and I am quite proud even though it’s only been about a 6.2lb loss. Hey I’ll take it, but I got to make sure to work on this back of mine. Here is a day 11 shot of back and legs (I started bodybuilding on January 22). I am proud however of my legs; look at those quads growing!My brother is even joining in on some body building workouts. I am seriously proud of him and he’s even been eating healthier. It’s all about progress not perfection and everything in moderation.I still have my Green Mountain coffee; usually consists of stevia/ raw sugar, cocoa powder and skim or soy milk. Sometimes I will even mix in a tablespoon or two or protein powder if I drink it post workout. So good!Live, laugh and lift <3

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Showing [DAMY] Love

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about DAMY Health, but did you know that it’s what helped me seriously begin to tone up and lose those last few pounds? I was my healthiest post Bikini Body. I’m sure you are wondering… what happened then?

I went through a lot of personal things; like everyone does at some points. I was taking medication for anxiety and I was diagnosed with depression. Not to mention my relationship was failing, school was suffering and my job was wearing me out.

It was hard to get back from that, but I managed. DAMY Health is still number one that helps to maintain my weight. Right now I am trying out LiveFit, because I love trying new things. It’s like anything; for example my favorite Greek yogurt is Chobani, but I’ll try other brands.

But I still love Chobani and it’s number one for me. At the end of the day, the healthy principles I follow are DAMY related. Amy is amazing, inspiring and if you don’t have her on Facebook, click here! Speaking of Greek yogurt, I did try a new one this past week with 22g of protein.
544372_628843093795921_1289511774_nNancy’s Greek probiotic yogurt was pretty yummy! I mixed in some maple syrup, vanilla extract, maple almond butter and pumpkin seeds into it… oh so, super delicious. I like that the container is re “close-able”  I can buy a big tub of yogurt and just use this as the container.

Talk about a one pictured post. Hey, it happens. Sometimes I’ve even had no pictures in a post. Today was about rambling. Oh but I did want to say thank you to those who commented on my “Taking a Step Back” post. It means a lot that I have many awesome supporters.

Kudos to you all :)

DAMY Health 20% OFF Special Promo!

The holidays are coming up and you know what that means? Time for a lifestyle change, of course! As a DAMY Health ambassador, you know I am all about a healthy lifestyle and enjoying all things in moderation. And guess what that means for you?

DAMY Health is giving Nutritiously Sweet’s Members 20% OFF their amazing  All-Natural Online Weight Loss/Body Transformation Programs. This special is valid for 1 week only! Now is the time to get fit and healthy for the Holiday Season. You can redeem your 20% OFF by simply entering the coupon code “DAMYLOVE” when you sign up here (must click link and enter code to receive promo*)

If you want more information on the DAMY Health programs, check out the DAMY Health page. While everyone is going mad through the holidays, stress eating and just simply tossing healthy out the window, you will be on your way to a happy, healthier and better you.

I love to whip out the Fat Blaster or Holiday Slim Down program and make sure that I don’t go of plan. Life is all about balance and with DAMY Health, you will succeed.

DAMY Nation!

Wow, have you seen all the awesome recipes Amy has created at DAMY Health? Raw cinnamon buns? Note to self: Get a GIANT jar of cashew butter.In other DAMY news, I am now on week two of restarting my Bikini Body challenge for Hot for Halloween. I feel amazing. The Bikini Body program to me is the best because it just makes you feel good and look good.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is, is it hard to follow? A lot of people get worried about diet restrictions or having to work out too much.

But honestly when it comes to the food aspect, there is so much variety! You can never get bored because Amy gives you a huge list of foods and all you have to do is mix and match to your liking. If you want to see some sample menus, click here!

For the workouts? It is a set plan, but if you do need modifications, (as did I due to my knees and hips being weaker) just ask Amy! She is your coach 24/7 and use that to your advantage. She is more then happy to give you a modification or alternative moves to do for anything you may not be able to do.

Sick during Bikini Body? Just repeat the week! Don’t give up because you had to miss a few days from being sick. Get back on the Bikini Body wagon and repeat and continue working toward success.

So what are you waiting for? Check out DAMY now!

Restarting The Journey: Part Two

Alrighties, where did I leave off from Saturday? Ahh yes, workouts and food. For starters, I am going to be doing the Bikini Body workouts with some modifications. I’ll probably do about 2/3rds of the program with 5lb weights. I know that may sound crazy but my shoulder is extremely fragile at this point.

Plus, the doctor (before even looking at the MRI) recommended two months of physical therapy. At PT, I’d only be using 2-3lb weights to strengthen my shoulder muscles. I’m not trying to break myself here. I am simply trying to tone up again and build up my shoulder strength.

I will avoid any overhead moves (presses,  pull downs, etc.) and replace them by either doing the move of the floor or finding an alternative move. Push-ups (on knee or wall) are actually good for my shoulder, so I may sub some of that in. I’m also going to include yoga on one of the interval days, just to keep everything nice and stretched.Food? Well, I have been doing a pretty good job of sticking to non-processed foods (except for my recent affair with froyo and I don’t even know what’s in it). I’ll be having the basics; oats, coconut/ soy milk, fruits and veggies, brown rice wraps/ pasta, black beans, chicken, ground turkey, eggs, nuts and nut butters and of course the occasional dark chocolate.

I’ll try to post some daily eats so you can get a better sense of what I am eating. Or you can always check out the healthy tidbits section and see sample DAMY Health menus.

Oh and if you missed the giveaway, please check it out here! You have until Tuesday night and winners will be announced on this week’s What I Ate Wednesday post. Ta-ta!

 

 

 

Restarting the Journey

Okay, it’s time to get a bit real. The past few weeks haven’t been all happy go lucky. I’m not sure what was going on but there were many things that happened. For starters, after my clean eating week where I reached 140lbs, I gained back 2 pounds as expected but then started going down like crazy. I even hit the 130′s!

To make it weirder was I was eating about 300-400 more calories than normal. Weirder? I was doing no activity except for the occasional yoga for 30 minutes. My shoulder pain was too severe to do any weight lifting. I am not sure what was going on, so I went to the doctor’s last week to get a blood test.

I don’t have any results yet but for the past two weeks I have been eating about 2,000 calories (from my normal 1600-1700) and trying to put on some weight, the healthy way. More nut butters, oils, nuts, whole eggs… that sort of stuff. It has been working and I am up to 144lbs. I no longer see my ribs like crazy and I must say, it was starting to freak me out.

But after not doing any weight lifting for almost a month, I am a bit soft. So what’s a girl to do? Redo DAMY’s Bikini Body, the workout portion mainly. The only think I will change from the nutrition (which I advise you not too) is, I am going to do carbs at dinner on the days I work later.

I have dinner at around 5:00pm and my work doesn’t end til 8:00pm. I am still very active after dinner, so I do need that extra energy. This is three times a week, so the remaining four I will stick to the plan for dinner.

I need to get back to a workout routine and Bikini Body always helps me get back on the saddle. Plus I need to build up my muscle again. A month of no weights, is starting to show in my arms and thighs.

This fits perfect because I am being summoned to do Hot for Halloween again on YouTube. I miss my YouTubers (not that I don’t love all of you guys!) and can’t wait to get back on the video wagon.

For tomorrow, I am going to go into the workout and food plan. Hope you don’t mind the lack of photos, but sometimes a blogger has to get real.

And hey! Did you miss the breakfast foods/snacks giveaway? It ends Sunday (but since I’ve been a bit crazy and non-existing, I might extend it a day or two). Good night!

“A Day In The Life Of” A Sample DAMY Health Menu: Part Two

Can you believe that summer is like four months away? Bikini season is coming soon, what’s a girl to do? Start living happy, healthy and Nutritiously Sweet, of course! Here is part two of a sample DAMY Health menu for a day, since many of you check out the DAMY Health page. If you missed my first sample menu, click here!

As you all know may or may not know, I am on maintainance. This means since I am not trying to loss weight, I can afford to do things a little differently here and there, which I go into more detail in the first sample menu. However, when you are on a specific program, you must follow the meal plan that is given to you.

DAMY Health is truly an amazing program. I have tried all the programs so if you do have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email at NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com. If you haven’t already check out more info about DAMY Health and its’ programs by clicking here. Or for more information on my DAMY Health experience, click here!

This sample menu is again going to be as if I was doing the “Slim Down for the Holidays” Program that I did a couple of years ago. There are so many yummy foods you can put together to make a delicious and filling meal! Many of these same principles apply to the other programs as well. By the way, pictures can be deceiving, because trust me these meals were pretty huge in comparison to what they look. Enjoy!

Breakfast

DAMY’s Protein Pancake

  • Topped with cinnamon and 1/2 of a banana, sliced
  • Drizzled with a little pure maple syrup (or agave, if you’d like)

Snack

Almonds w/ A Small Handful of Cranberries

Lunch

Spinach Chickpea Turkey Burger

Snack

Tangerine (Any Piece of Fruit)

Dinner

Chicken “Spring Mix” Salad

  • Chicken marinated in olive oil, thyme, parsley, pepper, onion and garlic
  • Or choose whatever spices you like!
  • Choose your greens drizzled with some olive oil and topped with sliced almonds
  • Or top with some avocado, goat cheese, or another healthy fat!

Snack (If Still Hungry)

*see any DAMY Health plan for details!

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“A Day In The Life Of” A Sample DAMY Health Menu

I thought I’d take the opportunity, since many of you check out the DAMY Health page, to give you a sample DAMY Health menu for a day. Since I am on maintainance, I do things differently here and there but when you are on the program, you must follow the meal plan that is given to you.

For example, you may notice that breakfast is a bit larger than what I currently would have. That’s because for lunch I prefer a bigger meal, so whatever carbs, proteins, etc. I don’t use at breakfast, I use it at lunch or as a snack later.

DAMY Health is an amazing program. I have tried all the programs so if you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment. If you haven’t already check out more info about DAMY Health and its’ programs by clicking here!

This sample menu is going to be as if I was doing the “Slim Down for the Holidays” Program that I did a couple of years ago. There are so many delicious foods you can put together to make a yummy and filling meal! Many of these same principles apply to the other programs as well. Enjoy!

Breakfast

Coconut-Cranberry “Muffin Top

  • Eat both servings or making a giant one!
  • Use a drizzle of honey instead of adding it into the “muffin top mixture”
  • Hold the almonds! (Healthy fats, reserved for later in the day)

Snack

Yogurt with 1/2 Cup of Grapes

Lunch

My Beef and Black Bean Stew

  • With small side of brown rice and sugar snap peas
  • You may also have a side salad with “free foods”* drizzled with some olive oil

Snack

Apple w/ a Small Handful of Almonds

Dinner

Sautéed Broccoli and Chicken

  • Marinated in olive oil, basil, onion, garlic and parsley
  • Or choose whatever spices you like!
  • You may also have side salad with “free foods”* drizzled with some olive oil

Snack (If Still Hungry)

  • Small handful of nuts or sometimes I have yogurt
  • Planned treat*

*see any DAMY Health plan for details!

“Bests” of 2011

Here is my list for “Bests” of 2011. The list consists of recipes, blogs, workouts, weight loss programs, food finds and fitness! I have so many of everything that I love, but I feel these are the ones that stick out first in my mind when I think of each category. I hope you enjoy this post and if you have any questions on anything, please feel free to post a comment or email me at Sabrinacl88@gmail.com. Enjoy!

“Best” in Blogs:

Best Overall Blog: Carrots N Cake

Best Gluten-Free Recipe Blog: Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

Best Healthy Living Blog: Sarahfit

 

“Best” in Recipes:

Best Protein Breakfast: Protein Pancakes by TrulyJess

Best Gluten-Free Breakfast: Grain-Free Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Best Oatmeal Breakfast Square: Cranberry Almond*

Best Homemade Granola: Honey Nut Granola*

Best Pizza: Spinach Basil Pesto Pizza*

Best “Healthy” Dessert: Chocolate Protein Dessert Cake*

Best “Better For You” Dessert: Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

 

“Best” in Food Finds:

Best Gluten-Free Cereals: Barbara’s Bakery

Best Gluten-Free Frozen Breakfasts: Van’s Natural Foods

Best Yogurt: Stonyfield

Best Overall Brand: Kashi

Best Granola Bar: Clif and Clif Kid’s

Best Gluten-Free Brand: Bob’s Red Mill

Best High-Fiber Food Find: Barley

Best Dark Chocolate: Ghirardelli Twilight Delight


“Best” in Weight Loss and Fitness:

Best Weight Loss YouTuber: TrulyJess

Best Weight Loss Program: Bikini Body (DAMY Health)

Best Total Body Workouts on YouTube: Tone It Up

Best Yoga Workouts on YouTube: Yoga Today

Best Yoga YouTuber: Tara Stiles

 

I hope you enjoyed this list! Like I said, there are plenty of things I love but these are the ones that stand out the most to me!

What are your “bests” of 2011 for each category?

Berry Good Day

Ahh Monday, the start of another week. November is going by pretty fast but it needs to slow down only because I have a test next week. For breakfast this morning I had Van’s gluten and wheat free waffles in buckwheat with berries topped with my blueberry maple syrup sauce. I also threw in some thawed frozen blueberries too. Berry delicious.

This week also means I have two weeks left to DAMY’s Bikini Body! It’s insane and it feels like only yesterday I started. I did one of my workouts but then quickly noticed that it was almost time to head out for work. I didn’t have much time to prepare any food, so I did my easiest grab and go meal. I had a chopped up string cheese, Nut-Thins, a Cliff Bar in chocolate almond fudge and a McIntosh apple.

The chocolate almond fudge Cliff bar was not all that great. I’ll just stick to the white chocolate macadamia and black cherry almond. For dinner, I had made some “flatbread” wraps the night before, which consisted of basil, mozzarella cheese and chopped spinach. The wraps where first brushed with some butter and olive oil before putting the ingredients inside. Not the best of inventions but it was quite interesting.

When I came home last night from work, I noticed that I only had a few breakfasts left. I bought this Oat Revolution cinnamon roll instant oatmeal the other day just because it sounded so decadent! I’m not a fan of these just because there is a lot of sugar and sodium to them.

But I figured I’d give it a try and make oatmeal breakfast squares from them. I was craving them and I just had to have it for dessert. Let me tell you they were so delicious that I swear it tasted like a cinnamon bun cookie!

From my coconut almond oatmeal breakfast square recipe I followed the same steps except just used the oats, milk, egg, coconut and almonds. Not adding of the sugar, vanilla, honey or maple since it already has sweetness to it

I will definitely by this again but not for a while and just as a treat. They have other flavors too which I will probably check out. I usually see them only sale for $1.00 and I was able to make 8 square out of it. Not a bad deal, right? Any who, this is me right now:

 It’s pretty nice outside, so I decided to attempt to find my school’s gym. I know, it took me long enough but I have been in the mood to use the treadmill and jog. I know I can do it outside but because of my hip and knee past surgeries, it’s more impact on my legs to go on the concrete for some reason versus the rubber lining on the treadmill. Wish me luck!