A New Chapter

13 Apr

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I will not be blogging anymore. I am at a crossroads both personally and professionally. This blog consumes a bit of my time and has served as a convenient distraction from the changes in my life. I have decided to redirect my energy towards moving forward. It’s time to stop running from the things that scare me and confront them head-on.

Thank you all for your support.

Happy, healthy eating.

Love,

Jessica

Motivation Monday

8 Apr

So much sun. So much to do. So hard to look at through gym windows.

Today was just one of those BOOM BOOM BOOM busy days. No complaints. Keeps my mind busy, which tends to keep me happier. Lately sitting around turns into moping around. Who needs that?

Breakfast: iced coffee with a little raw cocoa protein and almond milk

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Lunch: turkey on rye (with avocado, mustard, lettuce, tomato, carrot, salt&pepper)

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A few clients and hours later, snack time: 1/2 Harvest salad with 1tbs pumpkin seeds

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+ Ak Mak crackers and hummus

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Back to work. Yay for new clients! And my own sweaty-celebratory workout.

3 rounds, 12 reps each:

  • Weighted step-ups – 12 each leg
  • Stability ball DB chest presses
  • Stiff-leg deadlifts
  • Stability ball DB pullovers
  • Bench super(wo)mans with arm sweep
  • Bicep curls
  • Decline sit-ups

Home around 7. More food: “pizza” (Ezekiel wrap, chicken breast, pizza sauce, 1/4c part-skin organic mozzarella, couple handfuls spinach, cremini mushrooms, red pepper flakes.

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(Not pictured: 2 thin mints and 6oz 2% milk)

Beyond beat. In a good way.

The tub is calling my name. ‘Night!

Fitness Friday

4 Apr

Very busy day today, between clients and group classes.

Breakfast early…

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And lunch packed!

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I did a lower body + ab workout before leaving the gym for the day:

  • Cable crunches 3xFailure
  • Hanging knee raise 3xFailure
  • Standing calf raise 8×8
  • Seated calf raise 3×10
  • Laying leg curls 3×12, 9, 6
  • Hack Squat 3×15
  • Deadlift 3×15
  • Chin-ups to failure, unassisted.

**Weights as heavy as possible without breaking form – and still being able to complete the number of reps. KILLER.

I also walked to and from work today. It’s an easy way to get an extra 2.5 miles in ;)

Sipped a “recovery” mocha on the way home.

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Had real food once I arrived. And after lots of foam rolling and stretching.

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The usual: veggies, hummus, nutritional yeast. Plus the last slice of Applegate turkey.

When dinner time rolled around nobody could agree on anything, so we went out. Buffalo Wild Wings happens to be in the same parking lot as Trader Joe’s, so we were able to pick up a few necessities (wine) too.20140404-182942.jpg  Wings and blackened chicken salad, split.

And then dessert was offered. I was outnumbered. Not that I fought that hard.

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Massacre.

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The 4 of us quit just shy of stuffed.

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The husband and I are trying to expand our wine tastes (we have none). We know we want to start with sweet wines because we like fruit flavors? And sweets? We know nothing. I think we’re looking for alcoholic grape juice. Let us know asap if that exists, please.

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This wine will have to wait. There is definitely no need for snacks tonight.

Besides a cup of peppermint tea or two.

Have a great weekend!

Drink Your Veggies

3 Apr

Woke up so hungry today. Like, stomach grumbling, can’t focus on anything but getting food, hungry.

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4 eggs (1 whole, 3 whites), 1/2oz Kerrygold Irish Cheddar, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 cutie with and another about 10 minutes later.

Dropped the kids off at school and got my stretch on.

Workout: P90X Yoga. So. Much. Sweat. And swearing.

Picked up the kids – these early 1/2 days are ridiculous!- and quickly went from “kinda hungry again” to famished. Very likely from a combination of reasons: hormonal (tmi?), switching up my workout routine, general increase of busyness in business and everyday life.

I’ve found the best way to combat these days is to eat a big, satisfying lunch. I cannot stand feeling hungry all day.

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Turkey sandwich: Mack’s Flax, 1/4 smooshed avocado, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sweet onion, salt and pepper. With (a 1/2 serving!) Boulder Canyon Hickory BBQ chips and 1 pickle spear.

And other cup of coffee, with a splash of 2%, cinnamon.

I think I should mention too: I drink A LOT of water throughout the day. Usually 4ish of these:

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I take it with me everywhere, so I’m never without and so I remember to drink it!

A couple clients and 4 loads of laundry later….

snack time again.

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WW pita chips, hummus+nutritional yeast, peppers, sharp cheddar. Why the nutritional yeast? First, it gives the hummus a kind of cheesy flavor that I really love. Second, nutritional yeast is a fantastic source of B vitamins, selenium, zinc, folic acid, and protein. Third, it’s lovingly referred to as “hippie fairy dust” and I really dig that.

Can’t forget a side of juicer-fresh green juice: kale, apple, spinach, cucumber, lime, mint, parsley.

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Buying a juicer was one of the better decisions I’ve made in the last 2 years. Nothing beats fresh juice and it really does improve my mood and energy. The combinations are endless. I have a lot of produce, so expect to see a lot of juice around here. Take notes. :)

Dinner:

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Turkey/oat meatloaf, baked reds, steamed broccoli. This is the kids’ favorite dinner and so easy and hearty, how can I say no when they request it? I feel like I’d be a bad mom if I was like, “Uuuuugh, meatloaf and broccoli again…?” Sometimes I feel like the kid, I swear.

After kitchen-cleanup…

dessert!

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2 Thin Mints, 2% milk.

Bed.

Is tomorrow really Friday? Aaaaaaahhh.

Coffee, Cravings, and Core

2 Apr

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I had the whole morning off. So after dropping the kids at school (for their tiny little 2.5 hours), I ate and got my workout out of the way.

Breakfast/pre-workout: Coffee (half and half, cinnamon, dark cocoa powder), 1 fried egg, 2 handfuls spinach, diced tomato.

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Workout: P90x Shoulders + Arms

Post-Workout Snack:

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Roasted red pepper hummus (mixed with nutritional yeast), cucumbers, mini peppers, and whole wheat pita chips. As you all can probably see: I shop within a budget (don’t we all) and try to incorporate everything until it’s all gone. I really dislike food waste…and find this weekly-planning approach wastes much less green from my wallet, too ;)

A few errands, house-tidying and yard work later, lunch:

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Applegate Farms turkey on Mack’s Flax with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, mustard, a side salad – no dressing -with 1/4 avocado and 1 tsp raw sunflower seeds, and a few salt & black pepper kettle chips.

More coffee. 1 Tbs half and half, cinnamon.

After conferences and a dog walk, I found myself hungry enough for a snack before leaving to meet clients.

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I wanted an apple and cheese…when I was  informed my darling 5 year old had eaten the last one. Not that I was upset about “having” to settle for cheese and crackers!

Also, the kids are doing fantastic in school and socially. PROUD mom. They are pretty great, I must admit.

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Dinner tonight was pure luck. Freezer stew to the rescue! I had completely forgotten about it. Very pleasant surprise. Slapped it in the crockpot around noon. Perfect by 6. I did manage to make side salads. Well, toss romaine in a little Annie’s Caesar and then top with rye croutons. It counts.

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So good.

After dinner I really wanted something sweet. Had a glass of water, no change. Decided to walk the dog again, since it was so nice out and all anyway. We did our 2-mile neighborhood loop at a pretty good pace.

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Followed by NTC Core Crunch.

 

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Ooof. It worked. I really can’t stress enough the power of distraction when the cravings come calling. Tell yourself “I’ll do (something healthy) first, and then if I still want some…” and then DO exactly whatever that thing is. Chances are after a good walk, mini workout, or meditation, the craving will have passed. I speak as a woman who has mega salt/sugar cravings from time to time. Be aware of your triggers, recognize the behavior, and tweak your approach. I know what it’s like to feel out of control, but a breath, a glass of water, and an activity can help you tremendously in working towards change. I also like to remind myself there is nothing worse than laying in bed with an uncomfortably full stomach. Ugh.

The rest of the evening? A hot 2nd shower, a big glass of milk, and a good book.

And this little blog.

Pylometrics and Pita Chips

1 Apr

After tossing and turning most of the night, I was finally able to get a few hours of deep sleep in the early morning hours.

Woke up famished.

Breakfast: coffee x 2 (half and half, cinnamon), 2 eggs, 2 slices Mack’s Flax, 6pz fresh OJ. Ended up only eating 2/3. Eyes bigger than my stomach apparently. Usually it’s the opposite.

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A few clients and group classes later…I was dying for some lunch:

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Taco salad part 2, this time without yogurt or chips and with 1/4 avocado. And lots of hot sauce.

And another cup of coffee to get me ready for my own workout. For simplicity’s sake I’m following the p90x “Classic” order.

Workout: Plyometrics. Let’s just call it jump squats and jump squat variations…for an hour. I can honestly say this is my favorite of all the p90x workouts. Plyo is just my thing. I threw in a couple burpees at the end because I love those too. (please don’t smack me)

I drank coconut water during the workout. Staying hydrated helps keep energy up and alleviates muscle cramps/Charlie horses that may show up later.

Post-workout snack: cucumbers, red pepper hummus, nutritional yeast, and a handful of homemade pita chips.

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Speaking of, you should totally make these right now.

Whole Wheat Pita Chips

  • Whole Wheat pita bread – look for one with simple ingredients.
  • 1 tbs avocado or olive oil
  • Sea salt

Cut into strips or triangles. Toss lightly in oil. Spread into cookie sheets in an even later. Bake at 325 for about 8-12 minutes. Let cool. Try to stop at 1 small handful.

Dinner: Grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli + carrots, 1 wholegrain Wasa cracker with 1/4 avocado and about a tsp of cream cheese.

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I find that I need a protein-heavy dinner to avoid the late night snacking. I’m also eating dinner later these days, around 7:30, which helps. I’m in bed my 9:30 most nights, so I don’t have time to get hungry enough to raid the kitchen between dinner and lights out.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday Things + Strawberry Shortcake Recovery Shakes

31 Mar

Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed and on a rollersoaster of emotions. Life is changing fast and in big ways. I need an outlet, so I have decided to tweak this blog back to its original intention: a daily food/fitness/life diary.

Today began conference week at the kids’ school. After realizing they get out early all week, adjusting my appointments and clients to fit everybody’s schedules, and still struggling to figure out how to balance it all over next week (spring break), and all on top of everything else, I found myself close to banging my head against the wall. But I think *knock wood* we have it all figured out. Whew. Times like these GOOD habits become necessary habits. Yoga on Sunday = calm clarity on Monday ;)

3/31/14

Breakfast: egg scramble (1 whole, 3 whites, diced bell peppers, 1 very small link left over chicken+fennel sausage, 1/4 haas avocado), oven roasted red potatoes. Not pictured: coffee with 1 tbs half and half, dash cinnamon.

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Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with roasted red pepper hummus, lettuce, tomato, schmear avocado because it will go bad….!
On Mack’s Flax Sprouted Bread.

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Snack: Mini peppers, more hummus. I could live happily for a while on nothing but peppers + red pepper hummus. And avocados.

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After I managed to get the house spotless top to bottom – this gorgeous spring weather is SO energizing! – I took a mocha break. Normally I reserve treat coffees for the weekend, but sometimes you just need a little extra comfort, you know?

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Because of the school schedule and in light of the fact the kids already had to spend some time in the gym earlier, I’m opting for home workouts this week. My good ol’ buddy Tony can always be counted on to bring the sweat.

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I honestly forgot how hard P90X can be. I mean, I haven’t touched these dvds since ’09. After completing all 90 days thankyouverymuch. But I workout. A lot. Heavy. Still…

After an ungodly amount of push-ups and pull-ups and core work (I found myself thinking is this what my clients feel like?! ARRG) I knew I needed a killer-delicious shake to get me to dinner:

Strawberry Shortcake Recovery Shake

  • 1 scoop AT “Birthday Cake”
  • 4 large frozen strawberries
  • 6-8oz almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbs coconut milk

Blend.

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This shake kept me full for quite a while. Which was good, because we walked the dog and weeded the flower beds all afternoon. In the sun. Am I dreaming?

Dinner: A simple and veggie-heavy taco salad (extra lean local sirloin, kidney beans, taco seasoning, spinach, romaine, organic frozen sweet corn, sautéed peppers and onions, olives, hot sauce, plain Greek yogurt, a literal pinch of extra sharp cheddar). And a small handful of homemade oven baked lime+salt corn chips.

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Now I’m finishing up the day – blogging all this – and sipping a big mug of Bigelow Sweet Dreams tea.

G’night!

And goodbye March.

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