why can’t i make decisions?!

hello all!

so quickie post cause i have like 5 minutes before i have to finish up at work!!!

soooo…dinner from last night was super yummy!

what was in it? 1 chicken/apple sausage link, 4 mini bell peppers,1/2 c. shredded brussel sprouts (from trader joes), 6 mini zucchinis chopped into pieces….sauté everything in 1 tbsp. coconut oil and top with cheese! I used Brie and it was to die for….

tuesday dinner

I will post lunch from today tomorrow haha

And I seriously can’t make up my mind about spin or running today?! Why is this so tough??? I think I may flip a coin…seriously though. I am officially a weirdo!

Peace out everyone..talk to you all tomorrow!!

how i eat (primarily) unprocessed foods!

Hey everyone! Before I get into the meat of this post, let me tell you a bit about my evening yesterday and then my workout and breakfast today!

So, last night my family and I went to a HOCKEY GAME! Seriously, if you have never been to a hockey game, you need to go!!! They are so lively and action packed..never a dull moment! I tend to get bored when watching football and baseball, but with hockey the action literally never stops!!!

Anways, here is a pic of my sister and I making “duck faces”, while en route to the ducks game!

hockey game pic

The game was awesome, Anaheim Ducks played the Dallas Stars and our ducks won 5-2!

Anyways, dinner was not the healthiest because it was game food haha but it sure was delicious! I had a hotdog w/ relish, mustard, and onions. Also, had a handful of peanuts, lots & lots of delicious popcorn (think movie theater style), a few Sour Patch Kids, and some hot chocolate…this is kind of ironic considering today I want to talk about how I cut out most unprocessed foods from my diet, but hey every once in a while you gotta give in and indulge a little 😉

Anyways, I was exhausted by the time we got home last night and fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow!! I thought about snoozing my alarm when it went off at 4:45 this morning, but decided to bite the bullet and get up for my morning workout! I didn’t know how in the mood I would be to run, but I decided to give it a go and actually had tons of energy! The run went by quickly and though when i post my workout it is going to look a tad confusing, in reality it is basically 5 min. incline walk followed by 10 minutes of 1 min. jog/1 min. sprint switch offs (repeat that 2x), then 5 min. recovery walk, 14 min. of increasing incline jogging, and 1 min. cool down..easy peasy!

SPRINTS N HILLS TRADMILL WORKOUT

thursday workout

So, ya like I said it looks confusing when written out, but it was an awesome workout and let me get in a lot of mileage in not too long of time!

I am trying to up my mileage in hopes of doing a 10K at some point this summer, so I think I am going to try an outdoor run by the ocean this weekend and hopefully get in over 5 miles!

Ok, next on the list is breakfast today..started with a banana and 1/2 a granola bar when I got home from the gym…then once at work I had…oats in a jar!!

thursday breakfast 1

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thursday breakfast 2

Don’t you love how I captured my meal at different stages of being eaten! haha Anyways,  I did like 1/4 cup rolled oats, dash of vanilla coconut milk, 2 scoops plain greek yogurt, 1 spoonful cocoa, and then topped it this morning with more coconut milk, strawberries/blackberries/blueberries, & a scoop more peanut butter..yum!

Ok…now on to my topic of getting rid of processed foods in your diet. I actually happened to end up doing this by mistake and mainly just by keeping my diet made up mostly of fruits & veggies. Most of my meals center around some concoction of fruits or vegetables and then in the morning I add yogurt/oatmeal/whole grain toast/or nut butter to round out the meal.

Lunch and dinner tend to be more veggie based and usually are a salad or sauteed veggies topped with some type of protein. For lunch I like to add various mixtures of nuts/dried fruit/fresh fruit/chopped veggies/chicken/turkey/tuna/salmon/& a vinegar or oil based dressing.

Dinner tend to be a ton of veggies sauteed in coconut oil and then topped with cheese/& or meat..when i am eating rice or pasta I usually try to get a whole grain version (think whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and not too much sauce & salt added on top.

For me, once I started stalking up on fruits and veggies my meals came to center on those items and I stopped needing crackers/chips/croutons/lots of dressing/frozen meals/etc.

I also stick to plain greek yogurt/organic milk/rolled oats (not instant) and most of my breakfast options are pretty basic and fresh.

Once I started making my meals with less processed foods I found that my cravings for coffee and soda also decreased as well!

My diet now feels more rounded out and I am happy to say that the things I do eat fill me up and keep me focused/energized/& strong!

Of course like I said earlier I do indulge every once in a while in snack type foods, but even then I have found that the less I have them the better they taste when I do have them here and there!

Hopefully this helps with anyone trying to get more healthy meals in and let me know if you have any questions!

 

What type of unprocessed meals are your favorite?

Any type of fish with a nice roasted or sautéed veggie side!

Any snack foods that you could NEVER give up, despite how crappy them may be for you!?

Peanut M&Ms, Cheese-Its, & Microwave Popcorn are my guilty pleasures fo’ sho!

listening to your body when working out…

breakfast week 2 thursday

Heyyyy urybody…so before I get to this wonderful breakfast I would like to start today’s post with a little discussion of overworking yourself at the gym…the inspiration coming from my time at the gym last night and this morning!

So last night I didn’t end up getting to the gym until like 5:40, which is late for me because I tend to normally get there around 5:25ish. Anyways, I was short on time and also had to leave by 6:30 because I was meeting friends at 7:30 and had to shower and pack my meals for today in that 1 hour time period! Anyways, after creating my workout yesterday afternoon I quickly realized I was going to have to switch things up and so I decided to shorten my run and save arms for this morning. Good thing I made this plan because let me tell you my legs were a burnin’ during my run!! Like seriously I don’t know if I am still sore from when I injured my leg back in November or if maybe my inclines have gotten the best of me, but the weird thing is I could probably run more but  my legs started to feel like they were going to fall off after about 25 minutes last night! Anyways, I ended up doing 43 min. of my treadmill workout and then I completed my ab sesh and was on my way by about 6:40! Not too shabby!

However, I would like to write a little about overworking yourself because I feel like it is fairly common to get in a habit of working out a certain amount of time or days or do the same routine and get stuck within certain boundaries. Sometimes I go to the gym with a plan and my body tells me that I will not be completing that plan! Sure it is one thing to push yourself and to try and gradually increase your weights or intervals or speed, but sometimes you also have to realize that going hard isn’t everything!

Some weeks are going to be busier than others and your body will most definitely react to your workouts in varying ways depending on how stressed you are/how much sleep you’ve gotten/what foods you have been eating/if you’re on your period…etc. so make sure to ease up if that’s what it is telling you! I know that sometimes an extra rest day one week can make me accomplish so much  more the following week because my body simply needed a chance to recover! Try to listen to these cues and make sure to realize that one day off or one day of a different routine could most definitely be a good thing 🙂

Anyways, on to breakfast for today which was….

breakfast week 2 thursday close up

1 6 oz. container Pineapple Greek Yogurt

1/3 c. rolled oats

2 spoonfuls chia seeds

dash of vanilla almond milk

sprinkle of coconut (yes I know dash and sprinkle aren’t acurate modes of measurement, but I just kind of put in an amount I thought was right and have no idea exactly how much it was..so ya’ll will just have to make do with my super vague measurements haha)

morning I topped oats with 1/2 banana, 3 strawberries, and a splash more almond milk..yummy!!! made me feel like it was already summer time..plus the weather has been so nice here in so cal that between this breakfast and the warm sun rays i feel like i am on a tropical vacation!

My workout this morning also looked something like this:

 

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Plus the arm section of my workout from yesterday! Felt good to mix things up and work on machines that I hadn’t done recently 🙂