March to Fitness Day 12: Fresh

Organic Pineapple. Golden deliciousness!


March to Fitness Day 11: Beast

My container cupboard is a real monster. It's a constant battle trying to keep it tidy.  I have a big mix of Tupperware, Gladware, and Dollar Tree containers and I really do use everything since I prep my meals each Sunday night. Eventually I'd like to eliminate plastic, but that probably won't happen anytime soon.

I tackled a good chunk of my to-do list this weekend. I have to keep fighting the urge to do some deep spring cleaning, I just don't have the time. Next week is my Spring Break for school though, so I'll have a week that I can commit to larger projects around the house....like hanging family pictures that have been printed and framed for two years.

I'm an extremely skilled procrastinator.

In other news, I'm loving this extra daylight and warmer temperatures because it gets me itching to do some dumpster diving soon. DST = Dumpster Scavenging Time!


March to Fitness Days 7,8,9,10

I seriously don't know what I would do without the weekends. They are completely necessary so I can catch up with my whirlwind life. I always have a huge list of things I want to accomplish on weekends, and with some luck I'll tackle half my list.

Day 7: Green

This was taken before ballet class on Wednesday, which was an active recovery day for me. Rockin the legwarmers and cutoff sweatshirt. I love when I have class on recovery days, it's so great for keeping my body loose. 

Day 8: Music

HTC Incredible 2, Yurbuds armband, Skullcandy earbuds. I almost always listen to Slacker radio, either the    Trance/Progressive station for cardio or the Dubstep/Breaks/DnB station when I'm lifting. I like Slacker much better than Pandora, I'll get only one commercial an hour.

Day 9: Sweats

Relaxing on Friday night with my Sweetpea. Snacking on Honey Butter Popcorn, which is a healthier alternative to caramel corn. 

Day 10: Post Workout Meal

This is what I pack on days that I have class. My protein is usually hard boiled eggs (had issues peeling that morning) or some rotisserie chicken. I'll pack a veggie like carrots or broccoli for slow carbs and Medjool dates for fast-ish carbs if I'm lifting that day. If you've never had a Medjool date you are totally missing out.

Now off to tackle some more of my list. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



March to Fitness Day 6: 7PM

Studying and having a snack.

Got a great workout in today, killed my arms and got a good swim in. While I was weight lifting a couple came into the free weights area. The man was obviously trying to introduce his wife/girlfriend to the joys of lifting, but she wasn't a willing participant. He was going through basic moves with her, but she kept giving up after a few reps. She was giving off a strong "I don't see the point of all this" and/or "I am better than this" vibe, but I easily saw through the facade. I knew she was feeling extremely intimidated by the iron garden

You don't see many women hanging around the free weights section of the gym. Most ladies stick to the cardio machines. It can be really scary and even slightly embarrassing to workout alongside guys who are bench pressing more than you weigh. I say use that energy, whether it be intimidation, fear, embarrassment, or (most likely) all of the above. Take it and use it to fuel yourself to break your own barriers. Show all those tough guys that hey, you can lift heavy things too! Heavy, of course, is a relative term ;)

Sure, the guy next to me may be curling 50s, but I'll step right up with my 15s and show him, and most importantly myself, what I'm made of.

Going back to the couple, there was more than one occasion when I wanted to say something to the woman. Just a "Hey don't sweat it, you'll get the hang of it!", or a more honest "Don't let all these big guys intimidate you". I never did, I didn't want to embarrass her more than she already was, and it was really none of my business (although she was pretty loud and animated with her protests, so I'm sure I wasn't the only spectator). I just kept to my reps, and tried to radiate as much strength and confidence as possible, hoping that some might rub off on her. Do you think I should have given a pep talk? Perhaps if I see her again...


March to Fitness Day 5: Protein

I love my Anthro bowls, they make all food prettier haha

I am trying my best to eat a really clean, whole foods diet. The closer to nature your food is the less chance it has of getting processed by man. Because of this, I don't use protein shakes. They are all fine and well, and I've used them in the past, I just choose not to at this time. I still need protein for recovery though, so I often pack a couple hard boiled eggs with me to eat after workouts at school since I have a little commute home. I'll also pack chicken sometimes, but eggs are just a wonderful little package. I hard boil a bunch on Sunday, so I can just grab and go during the week. 

The best way to hard boil an egg:
 Put your eggs in a pot and cover with cold water.
Heat on high until water comes to a rolling boil.
Immediately remove from heat and cover the pot with a tight fitting lid.
Let sit for 15 minutes (give or take a couple minutes depending on size of eggs)
After time is up immediately pour out hot water and refill with ice water to cool.

The timing is important to avoid that green ring around the yolk. 

The best way to peel is to start at the large end. 
I saw this video the other week, but haven't been able to pull it off once! I'm gonna keep trying though because it's a pretty neat trick...


March to Fitness Day 4: Biceps & Banana Ice Cream

I'm kneeling down for Sweetpea to take the pic, in you were questioning my height. Not sure why I looked pissed.
Like most people, I have some muscular imbalances; my right is much stronger than my left. I do mostly dumb bell curls to try and get things evened out, and once my left is up to par with the right I'll start doing more barbell and cable curls. No tickets to the gun show....yet.

One ingredient: Frozen bananas.

Seriously! You just slice up the ripe banana(s), pop them in the freezer, and then put the frozen slices in the food processor. It takes some patience and a lot of scraping down the sides, but eventually it turns into creamy soft serve!

Sweetpea wanted things a little sweeter (imagine that) so I added a touch of vanilla and honey to hers. Topped it all off with some chocolate chips, and she was a happy girl. It was delicious either way, and much healthier than regular ice cream. New fave in our house!

Let me know if you give it a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.



March to Fitness Day 3: Breakfast

Water, Mini Quiches, Toasted Paleo Bread with butter, and oranges slices
My breakfasts always include eggs. I never used to regularly eat them, but I've become a huge fan. I will hard boil a bunch on Sundays for a quick breakfast during the week or packed as my recovery protein after lifting. I also like them scrambled with some spinach, or as these Mini Quiches. I made a batch last Sunday and have been eating them all week, delish! I also always eat a citrus fruit at breakfast, the vitamin C aids with iron absorption. I love grapefruit, but a friend recently visited family in Florida and brought back oranges to share from her backyard. They are so sweet and juicy, makes me jealous of Floridians, and not just for the great weather. Bummed that I only have one left :(

Mini Quiches
Recipe by Angela from The Gym Cellar

8 oz cream cheese (I used neufchatel)
8 eggs
Chopped meat if you desire (I used organic sausage, pre-cooked)
Veggies of your choice (I used red pepper, onion)
Garlic, pepper, salt

Whip. Pour into greased pie pan or divide in cupcake pan. Bake at 325 degrees
until center is slightly wiggly. Pull out of oven and let sit. The eggs will continue
to cook once out of the oven. If you cook until it is solid it will be dry and rubbery.

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