Stick with it!

9 Mar

I have vowed several times to kick start my, “whittle for the wedding” plan, but have fallen of the ban wagon every time.

My current program seems to be the most successful! I don’t feel deprived or overwhelmed.  I am excited to follow the plan, and that is probably one of the most important factors to sticking with something.

Source

Here is the plan:

Every Sunday I map out what I plan to eat, and workouts for each day. Having a set plan helps me stick with it and I know what to expect. It’s all in the mental preparation! Visualize the goal, visualize the goal!

I have learned that in order to change my body it’s about 70% what I eat, 20% what I do, and about 10% genetics. Knowing this, I have focused more on what I put into my mouth. I have always eaten relatively healthy (no fried food or meat), but now I focus on eating 5-6 small meals a day, and getting a wide variety of foods in my diet. Ideally at each meal, trying to get 40% carbs 40% protein, and 20% healthy fats.

Daily eats example:

Breakfast ½ cup oats in water or almond milk, ½ scoop protein powder, ½ mashed banana, cinnamon

Snake: apple

Lunch: Salad with nutritional yeast, almonds, olives, lemon juice

Snack: protein shake or yogurt or fruit

Dinner: Pita pizza or stir-fry or veggie burgers

Snack: frozen fruit with cottage cheese, cinnamon

I don’t seem to get hungry  eating 5-6 small meals a day and I’ve heard eating like this lowers belly fat! ( Score!)

For my workouts, I am doing 3 days of cardio, 3 days of weight training, 1 active rest day

My cardio days consist of a warm up, 10-20 min of HIIT and a cool down

My weight training days change with every work out. Doing the same thing over and over will not get you results! Incorporating new moves at different speeds and intensities will really get your muscles confused and working.

So far so good with this new plan!

Today is a cardio day! Here is what I did:

Time                Level

0-3                    4

3-5                    5

5-7                    7

7-7:30                9

7:00-10               6

10-12                 5

12-14                7

14-15:30            9

15:30-18            6

18-20                5

20-22                7

22-23:30            9

23:30-26            6

26-30                4

(from the Fitnessista)

20 min easy walk on the treadmill, incline 3%

Stretch

~Nicole

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Is it summer yet?

8 Mar

I know, it’s not even spring yet, but I am sooooo ready for summer. Maybe it’s the slight increase in temperature. Maybe it’s the green grass that is finally showing threw the melting snow. Maybe it’s the fact that my wedding is getting closer and closer, or maybe its all the bathing suites a bought yesterday, but I want summer now!

I have never bought bathing suites at Target before, but one of my friends told me they have really cute ones this year and at great prices. She was sooo on right! I filled a shopping cart with suites to try on, they were all so adorable. (It was like going to the pest store and having to pick out your favorite puppy, they are all perfect!)

What I love about the Target bathing suites, is that each piece is sold separately.  Genius! I don’t know how many times I have tried on a bathing suite set only to have the  bottoms fit and the top didn’t, or vice versa. At only 14.99 each piece (no I don’t work for them), I bought six! How could I resist! I literally danced to the cash register with proof that the bright days of summer are right around the corner!

Here’s what I bought:

 

Hurry up summer!

I miss you,

~Nicole

Back at it

7 Mar

Hello Bloggie!

I’m back at it again!! I really want to be consistent with the bloggie and am really, really going to try this time!

So what has happened since my last post. Hummm, lets see… oh yeah I’M GETTING MARRIED!

In four months, June 23 to be exact, I will be a married woman!

Yup, the P-O double (his new blog nick name, you like)  🙂 and I got engaged over the summer and I have been thinking about/planning/obsessing over the upcoming day ever since.

I have been reading a lot of blogs lately and have learned a tone of stuff. From Meals & Moves, I learned about the Body for Life program, from the Fitnessista I discovered Bodyrock.tv and from Bodybuilding.com I have found some great workout/ nutrition tips.

The Fitnessita has a great ’09 summer shape up plan that I have been following for 2 weeks. Now that I have looked into Body for life, and Bodybuilding.com, I am going to use all three of these resources and created a personalized workout plan.

What works for me is mapping workouts on a weekly basis.

Hope this works! I’ll be back with more health logs and wedding info!

~Nicole

Pizza Night!

30 May

Yesterday was a beautiful day. P-O double and I went for a nice long 7 mile run, the longest I have done in a while. My boyfriend has become quite the runner in the past several month. We use to go for runs and I would be moving along with ease, while he was huffing and puffing, cursing at me because he would be ready to finish and I would say “want to go a little further”. Recently he has grown to really enjoy running. On Monday he said to me, “I wonder if I could do 9 miles?” I said, “who are you and where is my boyfriend?” When it comes to running, he has used it as a form of exercise, but when he told me he wanted to run 9 miles, I knew that he had grown to love it, and even maybe, have a passion for it. On Monday he completed his 9 mile run and was surprised that he could do it. He was proud of himself and so was I.

I have to step up my game to keep up with him. Maybe a half marathon is in our future!

Later that day, we took Neo for a quick walk to get some fresh air. For some reason we were both craving pizza. (Pat always craves pizza, but for me it’s a rare occasion)

Since I have been trying to eat vegan, I wanted to get a pizza without cheese. I was nervous because I didn’t want the pizza people to think I was a weirdo, but it was my lucky day. We decided to order from Pearl Street Station, the pizzas are not typical greasy pizza parlour pizza, they are fresh and taste home-made. We pulled the menu up on- line, and to my surprise at the top it said, “Please specify no cheese orders”. Yeahh!!! So they have had no cheese pizzas orders before! I’m not going to be the first weirdo!

I ordered a small Garden Delight Pizza, and boy was it delightful. It was loaded with olives, mushrooms, red pepper, onions and basil. I did not miss the cheese at all! Soooo good!. I ‘ wait for leftovers! ( I had 3 slices!!!!)

Veggie of the Week: BEET

29 May

What the heck do I do with this? The only time I have ever heard of someone eating beets is from a Nickelodeon cartoon I watched when I was younger called Doug where the main character, Doug, loved beets, and a band named after them.  Now I have a beet (the vegetable, not a band) in my kitchen and don’t have the slightest clue what to do with it. Do I add it raw to a salad, do I roast it, do I steam it, or do I bake it in a pie? It looks lie a big purple onion, but I have no idea what it taste like or what its texture is like.

I am open to suggestions on the best use for this mystery vegetable. Help!

Yucca Fries

27 May

So it only took me about a week to finally use the Yucca. Let me explain, the past few days have been ridiculously hot! We are on the 3rd floor of a 3 family house aka we live in the attic! Our thermostat goes to 90 degrees; it was hotter than that. That’s all I know. I lugged an old school AC up the 3 floors hoping for some relief, but it only cooled our bedroom to about 80F. Well, that better than 90+ right? So basically, my dinners have consisted of smoothies and ice water the past few days.

But tonight, the Veggie of the week was cooked: Yucca, Yucca fries!

I paired the fries with Chips, Kale chips. (Sounds like it’s a wicked “bad-for-you” dinner, but the fries are yucca and the chips are Kale!)

The Kale was fab as usual. The Yucca was surprising. When I was cutting it up, it seemed a little milky. I couldn’t picture how it could turn into fries. The final product was actually pretty good. They tasted like a mix between tortilla chips and french fries (I know! Weird combo, but that’s really what they taste like)

Overall, they are good, a little bland, but nothing a little more salt and oil can’t fix. My only complaint is there is kind of a strange after taste. Not bad, just different. It taste like it smells.

I will def try these again, and trick Pat into thinking they are home made french fries;)

Here’s how I made them:

I set the oven at 400, peeled and cut the yucca into fries, sprayed a pan, placed the yucca on the pan, sprayed again with olive oil spray, and sprinkled with salt.

I cooked them for about 20 minutes, flipped, then another 10-15 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

 

Vegetable of the week….or is it a Fruit?

20 May

I had mentioned before that each week I am trying to buy a fruit or vegetable that I have never had before. I just started doing this and am finding a lot of great recipes!

This week’s veggie:

Yucca, although, I’m not sure if it is a fruit or vegetable. It seems to be comparable to a yam or potato, so vegetable?. I have to do some research to find the best way to use it.

Any ideas?