Where does the time go?

Balloons we sent to Sami

Balloons we sent to Sami.

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of when my sister left this world and went to heaven to watch over our family. I can not believe it’s been 10 years. Grief is a mysterious thing you go through when you lose someone. The things your mind decides to remember and forget I will never understand. We decided in her memory to go through old photo albums and just try and remember her the way we knew her. I can’t believe how much my childhood I’ve blocked out. It seems that I only can remember the days leading up to her death and everything after. Looking at the pictures of us playing as little kids, holding hands, hugging and even some sneaking shots my mom took of me cheering her on while she was swimming or playing softball made my heart heavy with both happy and sad thoughts. The happiness came from knowing from being able to see how close we were and how much fun we had as little girls, but the sadness came from realizing that I don’t remember a lot of those times and only have pictures to know that they happened. I wish my memory served me better and I didn’t have the view of losing her so fresh in my mind. I want the memories of our childhood together to burn through the memories of my final days with her. Sami was such a wonderful, caring, perfect little sister and looking at those pictures yesterday reminded me how much I cared about her and how I would have done anything for her. A sister bond is unlike anything else. I sure do miss her and wonder what she would like if she was here today, but I take comfort in knowing that she has helped shape the person I am today and that I get to have a beautiful sweet guardian angel watching over me everyday.

A little update with other things going on. I just started Week 3 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Program and I’m feeling really good. The workouts are tougher this week and I’m excited for the challenge. I realized this morning that I need to challenge myself a little more with adding more weight and not being able to get through all my reps. I’m going to try that tomorrow and see if I notice a difference. I’m nervous this week has 2 days of legs and both are pretty intense leg days. I’m hoping to do add in a couple runs this week, but we’ll see how my legs are holding up.

Eating Clean has been going pretty well, definitely harder on the weekends and I find myself being a little more relaxed on the weekends. It’s all about finding the healthy balance. The weekend went by too fast and I have a feeling this week is going to go by pretty fast as well.

Happy Monday! I hope you guys are able to find your motivation to get back in the gym and continue to eat clean and train mean!

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Happy Friday!

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Well this week is officially over. My first week of being dedicated to waking up at 5am, eating paleo, and doing the LiveFit program. I was very successful and feeling really good about getting my fitness and clean eating back on track. When I start my day with a great work-out it just starts the day off right to eating clean and staying healthy. I lifted a total of 5 days this week, 4 days of the LiveFit program and 1 day with my trainer. I only ran a total of 3 miles as this week I’m still adjusting to the schedule and the soreness of lifting so many days.

Here’s a recap of what each day looked like:

Monday: Chest, Triceps, Abs
Tuesday: Back, Biceps, Legs, 3 mile run
Wednesday: Power Circuit with my trainer – Chest, Back, Shoulders, Legs, Abs
Thursday: Legs, Abs
Friday: Shoulders, Abs

My chest was really sore after Monday which affected my Wednesday workout a little and surprisingly my hamstrings were really sore after my Wednesday workout and are still causing discomfort and funny walking.

I plan on resting or doing a little ‘active recovery’ this weekend so I can be refreshed and ready for another week of work-outs. It looks like next week, will be pretty similar if not identical to this week. Which I like so I can see if I’m recovering better by the end of next week.

Overall, I’ve eating paleo/clean all week long without out any slip-ups and feel really good. My digestive systems is starting to get back on track and I’m noticing that besides being exhausted from waking up early and hard work-outs, I generally have a lot of energy throughout the day without any crashes. I remember when I did the whole30 diet in September, the first week I had a hard time sleeping and had a lot of crazy intense dreams. I’m not sure what causes that, but it’s been happening again this week, so I’m hoping next week my sleep will be more restful. My cravings haven’t been as bad this time either, I crave sugar occasionally, but nothing I can’t solve with a couple dates or an apple. I’m also noticing that I’m staying full in between meals and not needing a lot of snacks. I think the added protein powder is aiding in this as well as my recovery.

This weekend is going to be a little hard to stay paleo as I have a little ones birthday to attend and a Chef’s auction dinner to go to. I’m going to stay mindful to what I’m putting in my body and really try and stay gluten-free as it’s gluten that really affects me more than anything else.

I hope everyone has nice and relaxing weekends. Remember to eat clean and train mean. 🙂

Monday Fitness, Meal Planning and some Paleo eats..

Today was day 1 of the Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Program and I woke up at 5:15am ready to go! Finally mentally and physically back at it. It was a great workout and I hope the rest of the week mirrors today. I added a little cardio and some abs to her day 1 chest and tricep work out.

Here is what Monday’s workout looked like:

Chest & Triceps – 3 sets of 12 reps

  • Wide Pushups
  • Barbell Bench Press
  • Dumbbell Flys
  • Narrow Pushups
  • Overhead Tricep extensions
  • Cable Tricep Pushdowns

Abs – 2 sets of 50 reps

  • Vertical Crunch
  • Bike Crunch
  • Reg Crunches
  • 1 set of 50: vertical knee raises
Meal Planning: All the groceries I got for the week for $86!

Meal Planning: All the groceries I got for the week for $86!

When you want to eat clean, the #1 thing you need to do to guarantee success is meal planning. I know everyone has there way of doing it, but I thought I’d share mine. I put together what I call a master grocery list, separated out by 3 categories: Fruits/Vegetables, Proteins, and Pantry. I then between looking at blogs for recipes, checking out my saved bookmarks, looking in cookbooks and/or just knowing what I want to make or sounds good I put everything on the list that I’ll want to get. The next step takes a little work. I then check my schedule and see when how often I’ll be able to cook or will need to cook ahead and then plan on what meals I want to make. This week I decided on 3 dinners, plus breakfast. I knew that the 3 dinners planned would produce leftovers that I could eat for lunch the next day. After I figured out what I wanted to cook I looked over the ingredients needed and narrowed down my grocery list for those items. It gets easier the more you do it and the more meals you have on your list of go too. I like to stock up on my pantry ingredients when I have a little extra money that way when I’m meal planning all I’m needing to buy is the vegetables and proteins. Things that I think are must to have in your pantry: coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, dried spices, seasonings, chicken broth, larabars and almonds. The best news is that my meal planning actually paid off this week. I had a budget of $100 to spend on groceries for the week and I was able to get everything I needed for $86! Meal Planning does work if you allow enough time for the planning process.

For lunch today, I was running low on everything as I was getting ready to go to the store, but I know better than to go to the grocery store hungry so I grabbed a chicken thigh I was saving for dinner this week and the little bit of broccoli I had left and I ended up making the most delicious quick lunch ever. If you want something quick for lunch or dinner or after a work out I suggest you try my Sautéed Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli.

Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli: Quick Delicious Lunch

Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli: Quick Delicious Lunch

Sautéed Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli
1 Chicken Thigh – Cut into bite size pieces
2 garlic cloves – Chopped
1 large broccoli bunch – cut into florets
Garlic Powder
Chile Flake
Salt & Pepper
Sriracha
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

 

 

 

Here is what I did: Heat enough olive oil to coat my cast iron skillet, add chicken and cook until starting to turn white, add broccoli, garlic powder, chile flake, salt and pepper and cook until chicken is completely cooked and broccoli is tender. Add a little squeeze of sriracha and a splash of balsamic and stir pan until chicken is well coated in balsamic. Eat up! *note: I do not measure my seasonings ever, just eyeball and add enough to add flavor but not overpower. This meal took about 15 mins all said and done and was delicious!

Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Sausage Casserole: Picture doesn't do this delicious meal justice.

Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Sausage Casserole: Picture doesn’t do this delicious meal justice.

Tonight for dinner, I decided to try paleoOMG’s Sqaghetti Squash, Sausage and Kale Casserole. It was absolutely delicious! I changed up the seasoning a little. Instead of tarragon, I chose to use thyme and fennel salt. Her recipes are always so good and this one is no different. The picture doesn’t do it justice, the flavors were awesome!

Mission Statement.

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I think as most bloggers can relate too, we blog when we feel good and are following our plans and want to share our results with you. When we slip, we don’t want to share just as much as we don’t want to get on a scale just to show exactly what we already know. I’ve been experiencing a little bit of this and a little bit of wanting to figure out where I wanted to take this blog this year.

It’s taken me a few weeks of this new year to get back into the swing of things. I’ve been wanting to stay paleo and have struggled with temptations and bad planning. I was planning on running a half marathon next month and take my fitness to a new level and have struggled to find the motivation for either. Now don’t get me wrong I haven’t fallen completely off the wagon. I’m still eating relatively healthy and working out 4-5 days, just haven’t embraced this year the way I wanted and I’m not feeling my best.

This is where my mission statement comes in. I’ve decided I want to use this blog this year to share my journey into fitness and a new healthier way of eating. I want to be able to look back at the end of the year and feel good that I’ve been able to share both my ups and downs, hopefully inspired a few people and been able to share the knowledge I learn throughout the way. I hope through this blog this year, you’ll get a chance to get to know me a little better and I’ll continue to share recipes, fitness tips and information about the runs I’m planning on doing and the training to reach my goals. I will also admit right now that I’m human and I’m going to have bad days, slip-ups and cheat days. I don’t pretend to know it all or that I’ll be able to reach every goal, but I plan to try and I plan to share all the ups and downs with you. I think it’s going to be a good year and I’m excited for the challenges and what’s to come.

She is my fitness idol!

She is my fitness idol!

So here is what’s to come for the next 12 weeks… I’ve dedicated myself to doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Fitness program by bodybuilding.com. I’ve used that site and her workouts a lot when I was first getting comfortable in the weight room, but I decided now that I am more comfortable in the weight room it was good timing to take my fitness to the next level and hopefully see some good results at the end of it. I plan on following her fitness plan exactly and following her food guidelines, but changing it up a little to be more paleo. I am going to try to only eat lean meats and limit my carb in take during the first phase though as I am in need of toning! Over the next 12 weeks I’ll share the workouts I do, the foods I eat and how I’m feeling. Since I’ll be lifting a lot more, I decided to take a few supplements. I will be adding daily calcium, fish oil, vitamin d and protein. I am starting this tomorrow and will let you know if I start to notice a difference. This year I’m also planning on running 2 half marathons and 1 full marathon. I’m planning the first marathon will be sometime in the next 12 weeks so once I’ve picked one I’ll also share my training and how strength training has contributed to my runs.

I hope you’ll continue to follow or sign up to follow my journey for healthy fit year and that I can provide humor, excitement and motivation as I share my results, struggles, and thoughts.