It’s week three into the challenge for me!
And I have a bodshot comparison for you guys. I won’t show anymore until the challenge is done, meaning around the last week of December for me. But first how about some breakfast? I changed up my usual protein pancake and added flax seeds instead of the chia or hemp. #FuelYourBody#Bodshot time; week three versus week one!I am so happy at how flat my tummy is getting. If you notice, I do have a pocket of extra skin above my belly button. It’s just something that isn’t going to go away and I am 100% okay with it. As long as I am healthy, feeling good and fit, that is all that matters. #GymLifeHere is a little sample of one of my workout days. Lately I also have been doing more yoga; at least three times a week, one being a hot power #yoga sesh. I am going to be changing it up this week but this was one of my lower body and abs sessions. I started out with a good weight I could handle, then went to a weight I could barely do reps, then dropped it to a super low weight. It’s pyramid/ drop set training. #NoPainNoGainIf you want to know more about that please let me know because it will be in the coaching plan for next year! And oh, don’t forget to enter the #giveaway; last day is tomorrow! If you want additional entries, follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook and let me know in a comment below (and if you already do, post it below too!). You can do this whenever and doesn’t apply to the entry deadline. If you haven’t “officially” entered, you must do so by posting a comment to this post by clicking here!
And one lucky person from the Bronx (#NYC area) will win a free week pass to Excel Yoga (so if you are in one of those areas, comment below! You have til the 24th and I will pick the winner!)
Question: How was everyone’s weekend? Can you believe it’s almost the middle of December already? #TimeFlies
Okay, so I wasn’t clear about the giveaway prizes! But here they are in plain English for you to read. And if you haven’t entered, there still is a chance! You can (to make life easier) leave a comment to this post (or the original) saying how you plan to stay healthy.
When I do my last “update” for the giveaway/ challenge, you just have to do another comment there stating how you did on managing your goal or what you could have done better. Two comments total; easy enough?
Giveaway includes (Over $80.00 worth!):
- A copy of my “Keeping Healthy” Handy Lifestyle E-Book Plan
- Body Toning Wrap from ItWorks (1)
- Sample of Greens from ItWorks in Berry (2)
- ItWorks Dark Chocolate Raspberry Energy Bar (1)
- Health Warrior’s Chia Bar in Acai Berry (1)
- Softlips Pure Organic in Pomegranate (1)
- Mini Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bar (1)
- Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter (1)
- Nature’s Path Hemp Instant Oats Packet (1)
- Hemp Hearts Packet (1)
- Lake Champlain Dark Chocolate Squares
- Assortment of tea packets (just cause I am addicted, #sorryi’mnotsorry)
So we have two “health,” five “berry” cool, two chocolate-, two peanut-y butter-y and two hemp-y things (plus teas!) to giveaway. I tried to make it fun! Everyone has until THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH, to enter the giveaway.
That’s still a bit over three weeks to stay on track or get yourself back on the health wagon to set the tone for the New Year! Thanks to Kendal for giving some of her ItWorks products for y’all to try!
This week went by pretty fast, I must say. It seems like between work, school and more work, life is just keeping me busy. I am not complaining at all but I am noticing some changes in my daily life. It’s about that time I talk to you about them;1. I wake up later: There are days that I work overnight and I sleep right after, waking up at one or two in the afternoon. It feels odd but I know my body needs the rest and I am not one of those people who is a “loser” for sleeping til noon. #Ihaveissuesasyoucantell.
2. I don’t think about, take pictures or talk much about food: I realized I haven’t been posting much about food on the blog or Instagram; more about nature and my life. Don’t get me wrong, I still love food, but I feel that for the first time since 2009 (when I started YouTube) it isn’t “consuming” my life, I feel. It’s a totally new feeling and I am just enjoying eating a more whole foods based “diet” and living life.
3. From sweet to savory: I find myself not craving sweets so much anymore. I am going more for savory or “neutral” things plain nuts and nut butters. It’s different to not crave a protein pancake with maple when I awake, but rather one with a little bit of Earth Balance, seeds and nuts. Don’t get me wrong, I still like my occasional truffles.4. I have more
guy friends: I find myself having gym dates with buddies of mine and I must say I am loving every minute. Surrounding myself with people who take their health seriously and enjoy life. Not to mention bringing me some goodies at 2:00am at work. XO!
Life just seems to be coming together slowly, but then falling apart all at once. For now, I am enjoying life one day at a time, just taking a simple approach; with food, exercise, school, work and family/ friends. Life isn’t about perfection, it’s all about progress.Question: How was your weekend? I know I always come back to this, but for you 20-something year olds out there (or soon to be) how do you feel about your life? Is it a never ending roller coaster like mine or are you slowly (but surely) getting it together?!
Happy WIAW my friends!
Today is a special one because I have actually cooked a few meals this week. I know what a shocker. I don’t know, things are looking brighter and that makes me really happy. Really happy Sabrina loves to cook. Oh and if you are new to the What I Ate Wednesday party, please head on over to Peas and Crayons for the all the delicious details.My favorite breakfast have been the granola muffins. Sometimes in the morning, if I
feel very lazy don’t want to whip out my silicone cupcake liners, I just make it in bowl form instead. Still very delicious.
Snacks have pretty much remained the same; just been munching on lots of grapes and almonds. But I have added pistachios and cashews to the mix too. One of my favorite lunches this week was grilled pepper chicken with baby kale mixed with sunflower and flax seeds with a drizzle of olive oil.I even topped the chicken once with a warm piece of white cheddar laughing cow. It was seriously heaven. Oh so this week I ended up having chicken (obviously) a few times. Just had a craving.I had Starbucks a couple times this week too. Mmmm, soy lattes! Another favorite lunch I have been having is an egg white omelette with chia seeds, olive oil drizzle, broccoli, herbs, nut-thins, almonds and a laughing cow wedge. Seriously simple, quick and delicious when I am hungry and want something fast!
My favorite dinner this week was a brown and wild rice pilaf mixed with quinoa and hemps seeds plus grilled chicken and baby kale. I must say baby kale is really yummy; way better then regular. It’s just too bitter for my taste buds to handle.And I also made my own decaf cinnamon-maple lattes. Perfect way to end the evening.Question: What are some of your favorite eats this week? Are you a Starbucks person? I use to like Dunkin Donuts but now I am addicted to Starbucks coffee! Especially their blonde roast, mmmm.
Wow, I have finally updated with you on this!
I am quite behind on some of them but I will give myself some “lee-way.” and allow myself 5 things that I don’t have to do before I am 25, but I have to do it at some point while I am 25. Sounds good to me!
Go to my SIXTH Broadway play (forgot I saw more!).
See a comedy show with friends.
- Visit Boston and eat all day.
- Attend the personal training certification and pass!
Visit a Vineyard and find a wine I like.
Kiss a random stranger (and other crazy things, shh!)
- Take my parents out to dinner and thank them for all they’ve done for me.
Take a trip somewhere, anywhere, ALONE.
- Finish reading at least FIVE books, not school related.
- Go hiking.
- Sign up for a 5k.
- Take my dad to a baseball gone, not in NEW YORK.
Get a pair of sexy heels or dress
- Buy a good pair of jeans.
Treat myself to a nice hotel.
Start my coaching program.
Complete a full week being solely vegan <–changed to Paleo.
Have “x” amount of money in the bank.
Get rid of half my wardrobe and donate it.
Write a letter to my 40 year old self and open it then (love this idea)
- Learn how to let go and go with the flow.
Be fearless, and get over my anxiety.
- Give new things a chance.
I have an idea as to which are going to get the “lee-way.” I’m still four books behind, so I think that may be one. I’ll try to read the 5 before summer is over at least. I still have some problems going with the flow, so I will definitely still be working on that. But I am learning.I went to grab some groceries yesterday with my mom. I also got organic turkey burgers, but stuck it in the freezer before I snapped said photo. Fruit, nuts, granola, milk, cheese, agave, some broccoli and a couple of Odwalla bars for myself. Can’t forget some coffee either.This one isn’t so bad, but I need to get my hands on Green Mountain Coffee. It’s expensive in New York. Maybe it’s time for another road trip? Oh and this has been my favorite snack.I just took 1 Tbsp of Almond Butter, 1/2 Tbsp of Vanilla Protein Powder and added milk til it got to a “dip” consistency. Sliced up a pear, oh my!
On that note, I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Don’t forget to check out the little giveaway and my Online Coaching tab!
Warning: I’m going to ramble here!
(Wait for tomorrow… there will be EXCITEMENT)
That’s what Sundays are for. This week was quite a week. Some awesome recipes and yummy foods. Like free cheese. Who doesn’t like free cheese?And with this yummy cheese, I decided to make an egg white scramble on some Ener-G toast with some spinach on the bottom. I like to eat “savory” breakfasts as lunch. Rarely ever as a breakfast.I don’t know why, but it’s a a quick simple post workout lunch. I had a good leg and ab session that day. I am feeling all sorts of good. A post in incomplete without a mirror shot!I’ve been cleaning up my eats and it feels great. I’m limiting my dairy intake (uh because of bloating and “stuff”) but I had my last Greek yogurt one day with hemp hearts and pepitas. Love me them hemp hearts. Perfect way to get my omega-3′s ’cause fish makes me cringe. As you can see, I’m going back to my “vegetarian roots.” Like I said, just doing what works for yours truly. I made some “mac n’ cheese” with none other then spinach on the bottom. Surprise, surprise.Oh, I also got a couple of new goodies. I wanted a bar to stash in my bag for emergencies and I found the chocolate chip cherry torte from Larabar. I despise Larabars except for the coconut cream pie and chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe this one won’t be so bad?And for when I am on the go, some organic instant oatmeal packets. You know I got maple. I’m a maple addict if you couldn’t already tell. Speaking of on the go (don’t ask me why I just said that) I have a little “nutty and healthy” giveaway coming for you within the next week. Just gathering the last few touches, so stay tuned.
Question: Are you a Larabar fan?
Like I said, I only like two flavors, but I barely tried many except for cashew cookie, blueberry muffin, apple pie and chocolat. Any suggestions?
Happy Monday ya’ll! How was your weekend? Mines was pretty awesome for the most part filled with goodies (and a not so good evening). I went out to dinner with my friend to The Franklin. It was such a nice day Sunday and I just wanted to head to Gloucester. You know how much I love to drive...Remember when I went for my 24th birthday? I did eat the same thing, meaning I ate the burger. I know this year is all about doing vegetarian but you know what? I’m doing me and I have no guilt. I enjoyed my iron boost for the meal and now it’s back on the veg wagon.We also had some dessert from Whole Foods. My life is never complete without dessert. I had a triple chocolate mousse cake (minus the cake part). So good!But this week starting today, I am declaring it a two week tune up week! What does that exactly mean? Well, definitely I need to clean up my diet a bit better and really focus on the low acid/ low fat (aka little to no chocolate) diet. I also slacked last week with the yoga. Partly that was because I was sick, but I am going to step it up and focus.So what are the goals for the next two weeks?
- Do yoga at least three times a week for 30 minutes
- Wake up before 8:00am (goal is to wake up before 7:30am!)
- Limit my chocolate to two times per week.
- Keep up with my gym routine (I’ll be changing it starting next week though).
- Watch my fat intake (keep it to less then 55 grams).
Hey it’s perfect timing because once the two week tune up ends, it will be Valentine’s Day and no matter what happens, I am going to look good. For who? Myself of course
Question: How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? For the most part I am doing pretty well. If you want to join me on this two week tune up, please comment below with what you want to focus on.