Sunday, January 29, 2012

Productive!

Nothing better then hitting up Costco for all my important needs. I am amazed how I always walk out of there and manage to spend so much...but I love all their selections.
Luckily for the Muscle Milk Light, I had a six dollar off coupon so a whole 24 pack was only twenty bucks. Pretty cheap if you ask me...and these shakes are perfect post workout.
2 new items I ran across today was a huge bag of flax meal and Mary's Flax Seed Crackers. I bought these a while back at Whole Foods and loved them, now I can buy them in bulk..woot woot! I know, pathetic how I get excited over food.
After Costco I ran to Target to return a gift I received for my bachelorette that did not fit. So instead I purchased The Real Housewives of Orange County and some new black running pants..sweet. I then came home and tried mixing together peanut flour and cereal for some peanut butter crispy treats..honestly though they were not that tasty.
Craig comes home tonight and I am soooo excited. We both agreed, he is no longer allowed to leave for more than two days, it is just too hard to stay away from each other. Even with having my Mom around and going to lunch with friends, I still found myself down and out because he was not around.
So yes, I have been very productive this weekend cleaning, getting caught up on wedding essentials for the big day, but the one thing I managed to put off until tonight is grading papers. Blah...I really should know better not to leave papers to grade until Sunday night.
What was productive about your Sunday?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hump Day

So I successfuly made it through my bachelorette party and it was ONE long night. The picture above is me being sung to by several guys at the piano bar. They sang my all time favorite "You've Lost that Loving Feeling." It was pretty amazing. I had a great night, but lets just say for as many shots and I was given, I won't be doing that night over anytime soon!!
Before my party I spent most of the day on the couch icing my achilles. I was able to hobble around in my flats Saturday night, and Sunday was spent nursing my hangover as well as more icing. Monday and Tuesday, my achilles felt GREAT! I was almost ready to head back to the spin bike, until I woke up this morning with pain again. GRRRRR!! I have been stretching like crazy and doing my eccentric heel drops along with icing. Also, I have only been swimming for the past four days. The only thing I know that hinders my recovery is the fact that I am on my feet all day long, yes I have supports put in my feet but I am still wearing dress shoes so I am not sure how much support they really give me. So tomorrow it is back in the pool and no spin bke :(
I have still managed to do all the upper body lifting workouts on Jaime Eason's week five plan...just have to nix the leg workouts and replace them with the hip aductor machines.
Enough about my ongoing injury...today Craig left for his bachelor party for 5 days in Aspen :( I am bummed. A part of me is a little excited to have some me time around the apartment for the next couple of days, but at the same time I love having Craig to come home to and talk with and vent. He is my best friend, so I get pretty lonely when he is gone. So to keep myself busy afterschool today I made some more easy no bake Protein Bars.


Ingrediants: 8 Tablespoons of PB2
4 Scoops of Protein powder
2 cups raw oats
1/3 cup water more or less depending on consistency
Just mix all the ingrediants together, put in an 8x8 pan and freeze
I sliced mine into 9 slices which came out to be around 134 calories per bar
These literally took me like 10 minutes to make and will save me about 10 minutes every morning when I sit and pack my lunch and try to decide what I want for a snack. After making these bars, it was time for dinner and nothing seemed more pleasing then EGGS!!
A runny egg always hits the spot :)
How do you feel when your signifigant other is not around?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Really...of all weekends!

So today is my bachelorette and this is what I am dealing with! I am pretty upset. This week I accomplished an awesome leg workout of squats and lunges on Tuesday. My achilles felt a little sore on Tuesday night, nothing major. It continued to hurt during the day on Wednesday and by Thursday after my workout it was THROBBING. Bring out the ice packs and the calf raises along with the resistance band stretching. Yesterday it felt worse and has been extremely stiff. The pain is not overbearing when I walk, just more annoying than anything else. I am pretty much a baby when it comes to this right now, considering my wedding is THREE WEEKS AWAY and I want to be able to walk!
So I hightailed it back to the pool this morning, and this is where I will be spending all of my workouts until my wedding date, February 18th. I will not risk walking down the aisle with a limp. It did feel really good to get back into the pool this morning, and my 40 minute workout kicked my butt...at the same time I have mixed feelings. I was doing so great on Jamie Eason's plan, I am a little sad about not being able to continue the leg portion of it :( I will continue with the upper body workouts, I will just need to lighten them up due to the fact that I will be swimming too.
I hate to say this, but in reality I really don't think I will ever be able to go back to running or hard leg compound movements ever again. It seems that the moment I get back into the game, it acts up all over again. It is really discouraging not to mention annoying have to ice my foot all night and hobble around trying to get stuff done. I am really sick of this injury, I think I am going to have to permanently turn into a fish ha ha.
My friends had an exciting night planned out tonight starting with pole dancing lessons..well luckily I have been complaining to my friends about my foot issues and they had to cancel the lessons. Instead we are getting a limo to take us around downtown all night. I am super excited..bummed I won't be doing any dancing. I am just going to be really cautious with my foot. I had to change my plans to wear my cute black heels to flats with insoles :( Of all weekends this dang thing had to flare up again! I can look at it as a good thing, if this flare up did not happen, I could have really pushed myself before my wedding and had a worse injury. Thinking of the positive here. Wish me luck tonight!!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WIAW

Lunch consisted of more Turkey Pumpkin Loaf alongside a whole wheat pita and tons of veggies
My afternoon snack, flax seed with protein powder and greek yogurt all mixed together..very very filling! Dinner below was a HUGE salad with stir fried veggies, lean ground hambuger and shredded lettuce with some more pita bread topped with greek yogurt.
My snacks today consisted of these babies made below..Jamie Eason's Carrot Cake protein bars, yum!!
The week sure does fly by when you have Monday off, I can't believe tomorrow is already Thursday. That means two more days until my big bachelorette!! Today was a rest day from the gym, well needed after my tough leg workout and tomorrow is back and biceps. I HATE biceps. I don't know what it is about them, I just can't stand to work them out. I would have to say my all time fav muscles to workout would be my chest and shoulders. I love chest presses and shoulder presses. Squats, hecks no!
So it is hump day, what has been the best part of your week so far??

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Three Day Weekend!

Ever since I have been starting the Live Fit Trainer, I have really been trying to eat more clean protein and whole grains. My sore muscles crave it. Tonight I came across a recipe I had to try, Pumpkin Meatloaf.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups pumpkin
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey (I used turkey)
1/4 cup egg beaters or 1 egg
1/2 tsp of each cinnamon, chili powder, salt and pepper
Bake for 40 minutes at 375
This was by far the easiest recipe to make. The outcome..tastey but next time I need to put in some chopped celery and onion and it will be perfect! I topped it for dinner with some BBQ sauce, baked veggies and crackers topped with crunchy almonds.
My upper body was pretty sore today from my last two workouts (shoulders and biceps) so I spinned for 50 minutes this morning and called it good. I really should have just taken a rest day because the spinning really wore me down. My body is just not used to all this weight lifting, and adding the cardio on top of it just makes it that much more hard to deal with.
I looked ahead and Phase 3 for Jamie's plan and I can tell you right now, for me the plan is not realistic at all. It calls for six days of weight training on top of four days of HITT along with Carb cycling. Um right! Seriously I don't know how someone could weight lift for 6 days a week plus high intense intervals and live off 1,500 calorie a day diet. I know the plan is to get you lean, but I know my body and if I were to be on a workout plan plus meal plan that like, I would be feeling like a train hit me. I will probably just do the workouts and 5 days a week and call it good. Even Phase 2 calls for six days of weight lifting...I have been doing a lot of reading on weight lifting and most experts say that if you are able to workout 6 days in a row then you are just not working hard enough..I agree with this 100%! Cardio I could do six days in a row, weight lifting heavy my body screams rest.
In other news, this weekend I started "The Girls with the Dragon Tatto." I know the movie is out but I am determined to read it before I spoil it with a movie. The first 100 pages were hard to get into, but now I am hooked solid!
Finally, my Mom and I went shopping today and I came across this cute little wonder at Express...guess where I will be wearing it to..my bachelorette party next weekend. Almost a month and I will be Mrs. Kwapnioski!!!!
Do you ever have negative feelings towards workout plans found on websites or in magazines?
What is a new recipe you have tried?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cordon Blue-YUM

Once again, tomorrow is Friday already!! I don't know about you, but I love when the weeks just fly by like no other. So I did attempt my first workout this past Sunday on my spin bike. You can see above I had my gear all ready before I started. I worked up a HUGE sweat, but .to be honest I don't know how much I like working out in my room. I felt very confined and uncomfortable. I love being in the gym. Yes I am still very pleased with my X-Mas gift, but my days of going to the gym are not over. Even more so since I am doing Jaime Eason's Live Fit.
We received our yearly membership renewal for Costco in the mail today, I made sure to renew it asap! Can't get enough of HUGE bags of veggies and large containers of greek yogurt. YUM!
I have been adding some variety to my meals lately..still high protein, just different spices and meal options. Tonight Craig and I made healthy Chicken Cordon Blue.
We used: Chicken Breast
Reduced Fat Provolone Cheese
Egg whites
Ham
Panko Bread crumbs
Assembled them together with toothpicks, dipped them in egg whites and baked them for about an hour. I ate mine with a HUGE salad of course, gotta have those extra nutrients.
I am officially on Week 3 of Jaime's trainer. I am planning on doing week 3 over again next week. Last weekend, I decided to take advantage of working out on Sunday when it should have been my rest day. So Monday I was too sore and exhausted to work out. I took Monday off and completed an upper body workout followed by a leg workout yesterday. I decided to take today off again...I know what is wrong with me!! This way I could go Friday, Saturday, Sunday just cardio and Monday hit the weights again and get back on my normal routine. My normal routine looks like this: Lift/cardio on Monday, Tuesday
Rest on Wednesday
Lift/Cardio on Thursday/Friday/Saturday
Rest or light cardio on Sunday
Jaime's plan is all so new and exciting for me, but I will admit I get a little anxious lifting all this weight. I love becoming stronger, but a part of me gets weary about really bulking up. I know longer want to look "soft" I want o look "strong" so I know the cardio will not do that for me. It has been a while since I felt so sore and just exhausted from my workouts. On the flip side, I am doing a wonderful job taking my rest days and listening to my body when it signals hunger. I thought cardio made me hungry, try lifting weights for 50 minutes..my appetite seems to be out of the roof.
I still need to tweak a little with my diet, I have WAY to much protein, I am eating about 200 grams a day!! I know, not needed I just love my protein sources. I think I could move a little protein aside and focus more on fats and carbs.
You may be wondering why I put so much thought into diet and cardio verses weight lifting. Why don't I just workout because I enjoy it?? That I do, I love it! I am just sick of spinning in circles with overworking myself by doing way too much cardio and expecting to see some type of results. If I spend this much time in the gym, why not look like a person who lives in the gym :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Friday

Ahhh, the weekend is here once again! I really had all attempts to blog before the weekend hit, but look where that got me. This week has been a rough week getting back into the swing of things (waking up at 4:30 to work out and teaching all day long) on top of battling a slight chest cold that has been lingering for the past few days. I managed though, to make it to Friday!
I have always had a thing for Greek Yogurt, but lately I have been OBSESSED! I have been eating it like it is literally coming out of my ears...here are some of the ways I have been eating it
-Mix in with chicken/lettuce/salsa/peppers (pictured above)
-Add garlic and parsley to it and dip pita bread in it
-Mix with frozen peanut flour and chocolate protein powder
-Mix in with Kashi Go Lean or Oatmeal
-Dip pita chips and crackers
Tonight after school I came home and Craig surprised me by picking up our Spin Bike that had arrived and putting it together for me. I was super excited!! The only problem is, now that I have started Jaime Eason's Live Fit Trainer, my cardio has slightly decreased. I love the the program so far, only in my second week, but it has been kicking my butt. I have still managed to kick out 40 min. or so of cardio a day but it has been lower impact as opposed to higher impact. My ultimate goal is to become a little more muscular and I know that when I focus on just cardio alone I get more of a soft look. That and I have always been HORRIBLE about sticking to any part of a plan and would really like to see myself stick this Jamie Eason plan out to see results. I am going to try to fit my Spin Bike in sometime throughout the week :)
What is the one food you are loving this week?

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year Resolutions

Perfect way to start the New Year of 2012, a brand spanking new pair of Asics for just 69 bucks and a clean lunch consisting of an egg white omelet and Brussel sprouts with a side of pita bread..not pictured.
It was nice to get back into the swing of things today. This weekend we spent in Kansas visiting Craig's cousin and girlfriend for NYE. It was one of night of acting young and foolish...this may be one of my last years to really go gung ho with the friends on NYE..turning 29 this Spring, buying house and wanting to start a family brings many new responsibilities on.


Of course just like every new year, I have to come up with some attainable resolutions. I want these resolutions to be realistic and ones that I can continue to work on everyday. So here goes!
1. Learning to Accept Myself More-this one is going to be one of the hardest resolutions. I go through phases where I love the way I look, proud of my muscular legs and full figure. On other days I look at myself and compare myself to other skinny twig like girls and wish that I did not have boobs to worry about or getting cellulite on my ass. I have to keep reminding myself that everyone has a different body, and I need to be thankful that I am healthy and strong and able to enjoy life at its fullest.
2. Complete a SPRINT Tri-yes sprint. I know for now I am not comfortable enough with my eating to do long distance training of any sorts. Hence, the overtraining issues I have had quite frequently. I do know that a Sprint is something I can attain, training plans are done in moderation and it still gives me breathing room to lift weights.
3. Moving Away From Safe Eating- trust me I eat, but at 99.9% of the time I stick to foods that are considered safe. I know I can eat limitless amounts of veggies and not worry about excess weight eating grilled chicken and fish. I do enjoy these foods, but there is no harm in trying new foods either. Calories in are more important than what type of calories you eat. This brings me to making new healthy meals for Craig and I as well.
4. Kick the Gum Chewing Habit-I can somehow manage to go through two packs of gum in a day..not always. I am not going to go cold turkey, but I would really like to limit my gum to a few pieces of day. There is no need to be shoving gum in my mouth every five minutes.
5. Add More to the Blog-get more creative, do give aways, just have fun!!
6. Work on my Money-yes I am getting married which means Craig is marrying my debt. That does not mean that I am debt free and able to rack up my credit card bills again. Once married, Craig and I have discussed setting out a budget to help with my credit card issues.
7. Getting Stronger again with my Faith-this is my last, but sure not the least of my resolutions. In the past couple of months I have felt that something has been missing from my life. I know that it is my relationship with God. Yes, I do still turn to him when in need and pray daily, but the daily Sunday church sessions have been far and few in between. I understand life can get in the way, but that is not an excuse. If I can make time to workout, shop and be social I can make more time for God.
What are some of your Resolutions for 2012?