Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
To start my day I had Shakeology. This is usually what I have every day for breakfast. Occasionally I will have oatmeal, but most days it is Shakeology! If you aren't familiar with Shakeology, check it out here.
Lunch was beans n rice. I love having beans and rice. I know that I am getting my protein in and I use a brown rice and quinoa combo that is really tasty! I added red pepper, onion, Wholly Foods guacamole, Vegannaise, cilantro, salsa and mango! I did have a few blue corn tortilla chips on the side. I think I forgot those in the photo!
My afternoon snack was a corn muffin (from Alicia Silverston's Kind Diet cookbook - love it!) with some almond butter and polaner seedless blackberry jelly and a hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was made with almond milk and it was sooo tasty! I added a small spoonful of coconut creme to the top! So good!
Dinner was a stir fry salad. I just took whatever veggies I had in the fridge and stir-fried them in a little coconut oil. Served over spinach greens with a drizzle of "cheez" sauce. I made the cheez sauce from Ani Phyo's cookbook, Raw Food Kitchen and mixed it with a little water and nutritional yeast. I also added in a few raw sunflower seeds.
Nuttzo nut butter is sooo GOOD! It is a combo of valencia peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews, flax seeds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds. No added sugar and 50% of your omega 3's that you need daily! All organic and kosher. Another thing I love about Nuttzo is that they support ProjectLeftBehind.org 1% of the sales goes to Project Left Behind. If you are lucky enough to live in CA, you can find Nuttzo in many stores, if you are like me then you can order online!
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It was a great day of good food and no guilt! Do you feel guilty if you have a not-so good eating day?
Thursday, January 28, 2010
popchips! recently sent me a cool box of snacking heaven! The family was all here for dinner and of course, they had to try them. I opened the plain ones and they were good. My father-in-law loved them and kept eating and eating them. The kids couldn't wait to try some of the flavors. Sour Cream and onion and Cheddar were opened right away. They are a hit!
Last night Brian and Jason came over to work out, since I am resting my back ( It is better by the way), I decided to eat a bag of chips while they worked out ( I KNOW!). They both loved the Salt and Black Pepper pop chips! Of course, they had to try them also.
I have Salt and Vinegar and BBQ left to try. I'm hoping that the BBQ will take me back to my old school days.
popchips! are not fried or baked.
from popchips! website:
The Magic of Popping
Popping is a way of making our all-natural chips. We start with wholesome potatoes, add a little heat and pressure, along with a little snack magic. And pop! It's a chip.
Nothing fake or phony.
Our all-natural pledge: no fake colors, no fake flavors, no preservatives, no fluorescent orange fingertips, and no wiping your greasy chip hand on your jeans. No, really. We only use ingredients you can feel good about eating. And we leave out the bad stuff, like hydrogenated oils and msg, that give snacking a bad name. Because popchips™ brand chips have no preservatives, make sure to get a good chip clip after opening the bag to keep our popped chips fresh. Or better yet, just eat them all at once.
Find a retailer near you. If you can't find them, order online or print out the ask for some flyer to take to your favorite store.
We, the snackers of the world, raising our right hands out of the chip bag, do solemnly swear to engage in more recreational eating; to throw more popcorn in the air to catch in our mouths; to double-dip into the onion dip as necessary; and to spoil our dinners on a regular basis.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
She decided that it was probably my psoas muscle. I had to do some deep breathing as she tried to get the muscle to relax. She went in through my belly and I had to move my leg around and then the pain came. I broke out in a cold sweat, thought I might throw up all the while continuing to breathe deeply in and out in a steady beat. She finally got it to release and things settled down. I got off the massage table and I was able to stand up straight again. She told me it would be sore for a while ( she wasn't joking here people) and that I should lay off the workouts for a few days. I also can't sit for long periods and need to lay flat or be upright.
On to a better topic. Last night I was on facebook ( I might be a little addicted to facebook btw.) and someone mentioned how cool the moon looked. Well, I couldn't ignore that so I went out to check it out. I tried to take a photo, but it didn't turn out so I will have to use one from the farmers almanac site. This is what it looked like:
It is called a lunar halo. It was really cool and I hadn't ever seen one. I checked it out online and it said that folklore says that it is an indicator of a storm to come. We are supposed to get all kinds of ice and snow on Thursday. It also said that the number of stars in the halo is how many days until the storm. There was one star inside the halo. I called my mom so she could see it and told her to be sure to tell the nephews to go out as well.
Have you ever seen the moon like this?
Monday, January 25, 2010
Today's recipe is Potato Leek Soup. It's been unusally warm here, but we are going to get cold weather this week again with the possibility of snow or freezing rain. Nothing warms me up better than a great bowl of soup!
Leeks give lots of iron-rich mineral nourishment while the garlic and onions add immune-boosting heart healthy benefits. This recipe is from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick Goudreau. It is one of my favorite cookbooks. I have so many cookbooks, it's crazy, but I use them all the time. I really enjoy cooking! It's a little crowded and messy, but that's kinda how I roll!
Here's this week's Fit Club Featured Recipe:
Potato Leek Soup - The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick Goudreau
1 Tbsp nondairy, nonhydrogenated butter (Earth Balance) olive oil or water for sauteing.
4 leeks, white and light green parts, washed and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
5 large-size yellow potatoes (such as Yukon Gold), pleeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
7 cups vegetable stock (store bought or homemade)
2 tbsp minced fresh tarragon,plus extra for garnish (optional)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Heat nondairy butter ina large-size soup pot over med heat. Add leeks and onion, and saute for 5-7 mins, stirring often, until onion begins to turn translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 min longer.
Add potatoes, vegetable stock (or water with bouillion cubes) and tarragon. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 mins or until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork
Remove soup from heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup in the pot or ladle soup into a blender or food processor, adding one cup at a time. Pour soup into a large bowl or ceramic soup container and continue until you have blended all of the soup.
Transfer blended soup back to original pot and warm over low heat until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, with fresh tarragon sprinkeled on top if desired.
To leave the soup chunky, only puree half. For an easier time, roast onions and leeks before adding them to the soup.
Serves 8: Per serving: 250 calories, 5 g fat, 8 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber, 2 mg cholesterol, 1437 mg sodium
Paired with a side salad and a nice crusty bread, this is a perfect meal! Hope you enjoy it!
This week's workout is Chalean Extreme! I love this one. It is perfect for gaining muscle! Muscle burns fat!!!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Mendy was kind enough to invite me over to her house for dinner on Wed night. Her family is just adorable and we had a lot of laughs as usual! Susan and Robin joined us and it was a mini-girl/family night!
I just got finished making cookies (not so healthy ones too) and portabello chili for our feast. Everyone will bring something, games will be played and fun and laughs will be had!
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz. portabella mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 (35 oz) can of tomatoes undrained and coarsely chopped
1 (15 oz) can of kidney beans, drained in a large saucepan
Heat oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
Add mushrooms and cook until soft.
Add the cumin, chili powder, tomatoes, beans and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour. Serve immediately.
This is just one of the many wonderful recipes you can get over at marilu.com. You should definitely check out the website if you are looking for a great place to hang out and learn how to be healthy and meet some of the most amazing people!
Marilu's book Total Health Makeover is what got me started on my health journey. I can never thank her enough!! Since then, I have read all of her books and own every single one. I refer to them often! Check them out at your local library or you can purchase them on amazon.com. Total Health Makeover, Healthy Life Kitchen, Healthy Kids, 30 Day Total Health Makeover, Party Hearty and Wear Your Life Well.
Is there someone that has impacted your life? Tell me about it! I'd love to hear your story
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I recently had Jessica over at This, That and Your Blog re-design my twitter page. I think it turned out so cute! My little fit girl is there and of course, my favorite orange and blue background.
Jessica is a most patient person!!! She has helped me with my blog design, my business cards and now my twitter page. She just takes my ideas and makes them come to life! I LOVE that!
So, please stop by and check out my new twitter page and also show Jessica some love as well! If you are looking to have some work done, please be sure and check her out. She does an amazing job and is so affordable!
Thanks Jessica for being so sweet and patient with me :)
What is one of your best "tweets"? Be sure to share in the comments. We can vote on our favorite!
Mine would have to be:
motivational: I want to be a force of positive change in people's lives.....
workout related: If U wnt 2 achieve the best workouts, hit the gym in the morning. yr metabolism slows during zzz, so morning exercise gives it a jump-start!
funny: so it turns out I'm not very funny..... LOL!
After all that, if you still want to follow me on twitter, click here!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We celebrated last night with a build your own pizza party with the whole family and the required chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and cherry pie filling on top and then a wii tourney! We had a lot of fun, Chase opened his gifts and of course we all got to play with Madelyn!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
So today's post will be brief and about Beachbody! I have had so much fun being a Beachbody coach! I love my job! I love helping people figure out what workout they will like and actually do.
We are going to watch Beachbody Solutions, sample Shakeology and the P90X bars. We are also going to do a workout. Get out of those seats people, this is an interactive party.....
I'll be sure to take some photos, we are going to have a GREAT time!
Did you know that Pink is doing P90X? She has been in several interviews lately talking about her workout routine. Women's Health Jan/Feb 2010 issue on page 42:
You've been touring for more than a year now. How do you stay fit on the road?
Ever hear of (the workout videos) P90X? my brother and his wife are both in the Air Force, they do marathons and triathlons. I went to visit and (she was doing P90x). I couldn't keep up with her and she'd just had her first baby four weeks before. I was like, This is bulls***! I will perfect this thing! So, usually, I wake up and do an hour of cardio, then an hour of P90X or yoga, then a half-hour of warm-up (during show rehearsal). I do that six days a week.
Isn't that crazy? 2 1/2 hours of working out every day. It is paying off, she is in amazing shape!
I'm leaving you all today with a Beachbody video. If you see something you'd like, you can order at http://www.missourifitclub.com/ or email me and I'll help you figure out how to get started on your health journey!
Friday, January 15, 2010
I recently received a vegan protein powder by Sun Warrior. I've been using it and have to say that I really like it! I have used it along with my Shakeology to get some extra protein. I have been doing the PCRM's 21 day vegan kickstart and want to make sure that I am getting all the protein my body needs and Sun Warrior is helping! I also made protein ice cream and have to say it was pretty good. I made it for myself on Jake's birthday so I didn't feel left out when I didn't eat any cake!! I got the recipe from Peas and Thank You. Be sure to check out her website, she has a LOT of good recipes!
Sun Warrior describes their protein as:
The ultimate anti-aging protein designed for athletes, body builders, and health enthusiasts. Ideal for those who want to lose fat, build muscle mass and be extremely healthy and fit.
If you are looking for a great protein powder that is plant based, you have to try this one! It so much better for your body than whey protein powders.
This super shake requires no blender and is for people "On the Go" looking for a quick meal replacement (shaker jar required):
1 to 2 scoops of Sun Warrior Protein (any flavor)
1 tbsp Sun Warrior Activated Barley
Healthy fats: Your choice of 1 tbsp of Flax oil, Hemp oil, or Coconut oil
8 to 12 oz water & ice (shake well)
This smoothie will deliver a great source of protein and a slow burning carbohydrate that will keep you satisfied and energetic for hours.
Protein Ice Cream (from Peas and Thank You)
•1 scoop vanilla protein powder
•1/4 c. silken tofu
•1 c. frozen strawberries
•1/4 t. guar gum
•1/4 c. almond milk
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
My best advice is to just do it! It takes 21 days to create a new habit. That is just 3 weeks. If you work out for 5-6 days every week for 3 weeks, you will have created a new habit that will be easier to stick with.
Get a workout buddy! It's more fun to workout with someone else. You will stick with it if someone else is counting on you. If you don't have anyone that will work out with you. Sign up for a free account at www.missourifitclub.com and I'll send out invites and we can work out together in the virtual gym. Even though we aren't in person working out, if you set a time and know that you have someone meeting you online, you are more apt to stick with it! If you sign up and want to work out with me, let me know so I can send you the invite. I work out in the mornings and again at 5:30 PM CT.
If you are trying to lose weight, then post a photo of yourself when you were thinner on your fridge. If you are looking at it daily, you will be more inclined to get those workouts in and not eat what you shouldn't.
Also, remember how you feel when you workout and eat right. You know that you are going to feel better, look better and even sleep better.
Keep a journal and a to-do list. You have to schedule your workouts just like you would any other appointment. Put it in your phone, set a reminder and get it done. Lay out your workout clothes and shoes so that you see them first thing when you get up in the morning. I do recommend that you workout first thing. This way you won't have something come up that will be an excuse not to workout. AND, let's face it. It's way to easy to find something else to do. Get it done first thing. You will have more energy throughout the day!
So in 3 weeks you can have a new healthy habit and be on your way to your fitness goals! I love having workout buddies, so get in touch with me and let's workout together in the virtual gym! You will have a chance to win up to $1000 or other cool prizes ( ipods, cameras and camcorders!) That is motivation in and of itself.
If you have any other questions, please post them here or email me directly - email@example.com!
I hope that my internet is back up today. They've been working on it all day. :) Keep your fingers crossed!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
In the meantime, don't forget to eat clean and push play. Do a fun exercise today. Put some music on and dance around the house. Do some cardio house cleaning ( set the timer for 30 mins and get as much done as possible) or just play with your kids or spouse. This is a great way to get a little extra movement in.
Have a great day and I hope to be back soon!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
These products can be used on yoga mats, gym equipment, whatever you want to use them on!
to enter the contest:
1) Head over to Stirlen's website and check out all their great products and come back and post what product you would like to try.
2) Become a follower of my blog (just say if you already follow)
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4) Tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway ( leave me a link)
That is it! Get entered today :) Drawing will be on January 14, 2010 by random.org. You can leave one comment for all 4 entries, just make sure that you mention all that you have done!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I chose the solid colors, but the stripes look so fun!
ToeSox can be thrown in the washer in cold water, be sure to turn them inside out to protect the gripping dots! Best to hang dry. If you order a pair, be sure to check out the sizing chart and order accordingly. Don't order up a size, you want the sox to fit like a glove and perform properly.
Brian got me the Trudie Styler Warrior Yoga for Christmas and I tried it yesterday with the ToeSox! I liked it, it wasn't as "sweaty" as I would've liked, but I think it will find its way into my yoga routine. I still like my Tony Horton's One on One Fountain of Youth Yoga best! I used to do Bikram Yoga and I LOVED it! Talk about sweaty yoga, but then the instructor left town and no more classes. Bummer!
Do you like to do yoga? Do you prefer classes to vidoes? What is your fave yoga?