Pre-vacay fitness prep!

Im sooo excited and OVERDUE for a vacay. Between my 10th graders and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I’m ready for a break. BUT, in order to fully allow myself to relax, I’ve been busting my BUTT [literally].
I’ve been going to spinning class this last week, WHY haven’t I been going my whole life!!? I’m so obsessed. And of course, my beloved barre class.

I’m currently in bed [in my workout clothes for the morning] so I have no excuses but to workout before work at 5am. It’s my last chance to bust ass before I leave earrrrrly Thursday morning!

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doctors orders: H2O & Seinfeld.

HAPPY FRIDAYY!

I had to leave work early yesterday because this horrible sickness has finally caught up to me :(

But, being sick is no excuse to slack or give in to temptations. So, for lunch (what I REALLY wanted was the leftover Chinese food in the fridge), I made a boca burger, topped w/ avocado, an egg (SSU), mustard, and a whole-grain bun w/ laughing cow cheese.

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& tea, of course.

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& watched Seinfeld ALLLL day.

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Then, at about 6, after laying around all day I felt like I needed to get up and sweat a bit. So I drugggg my butt to Barre class and pushed through.  There were a few times that I felt pretty light-headed and thought it wasn’t a good idea but I am very glad I did it.

After my workout, I went straight home and went back into bed and enjoyed a delicious Kombucha. AHHH. I’m feeling much better today, just in time for the weekend : ))

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[LOTSSS OF H2O!]

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[my nurse]

 

Time-saver smoothie tip & sugar alcohol.

If you’re anything like me, mornings are a bit rushed. I like everything in my life to be completely in order & night times are my time to get everything organized for the next day.  One easy trick is getting my smoothie prepared for the next day.  Then, in the morning all I do is put it on the blender and it’s ready for the car ride!

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[Monday nights smoothie: kale, blueberries, coconut water, chobani, pineapple, & some avocado.]
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[Last night’s smoothie: pom seeds, kale, mixed frozen berries, coconut water.]

I’m also loving these ThinkThin bars. They are FULL of protein, barely any sugar, & taste delicious.

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They DO contain sugar alcohol, instead of sugar, so I made sure to research about sugar alcohol before trusting the label. Here is what I found:

Sugar alcohol gets its name because of its molecular structure, which is a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule. Biochemically speaking, sugar alcohols are structurally similar to sugar but are either poorly digested (e.g., maltitol), or poorly metabolized (e.g., erythritol).

 The downside of maltitol is its poor absorption. In high doses, it will cause a laxative effect (i.e., diarrhea). This isn’t a concern in protein bars with less than 20 grams, but down a couple of the bars with over 20 grams and you might spend the afternoon in the restroom; fortunately, most companies are listing sugar alcohols directly on the label.

 Furthermore, if you’re watching your weight, take comfort in the fact that maltitol causes minimal insulin secretion. This is important for maintaining blood sugar, which is a significant factor in controlling your body’s hunger.

 

Source: http://www.builtlean.com/2012/10/08/sugar-alcohol/

Get your greeeeens!

Mmm feeling extra green today. Kale/fruit smoothie for breakfast, brussel sprouts for one of my snacks, big salad for dinner.
Now I lay here reading some of my favorite blogs, as I recover from Barre class tonight, catch up on the Bachelor, & eat a mango for dessert.
I also added a pic of me in my favorite green blouse that I wore today :)

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Thirsty Tuesday

As some of you know, I gave up alcohol for the month of January (& desserts besides dark chocolate). It actually has been kind of easy, so far, especially w/ the help of these drinks:
-My tea collection.
-Dark chocolate cocoa & sugar-free whipped cream.
-At happy hour, the other day, I had soda water w/ an orange slice (to mock my favorite cocktail, Stoli O & soda).

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How are you all sticking to your resolutions?

What I mean by “mini-resolutions”.

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I am a big believer on making resolutions & I absolutely LOVE the New Years, because it is perfect for fresh starts!

BUT, I think it is silly to make a resolution such as, I will lose 20 lbs, I will not eat carbs, I will workout everyday. I mean come on, in August are you going to still be working out EVERY DAY?! No.

So, I make mini-resolutions.  I start w/ “I will not drink the entire month of January”. This way I REALLY get 2013 going and can cleanse my body.  Then, come February I will adjust and say I will only drink twice a week. OR I will only drink two cocktails each time. Taking it month-by-month makes it much easier.

It’s easier to start w/ something small and conquer that first.

  • January: drink 4 water bottles a day, workout 3x a week for 30 min.
  • February: drink a cup of green tea 4x a week, workout for 4 days a week or workout longer. (or maybe you have been walking/running and in Feb you kick it up a notch.
  • March: limit sweets to twice a week.

It takes 21ish days to form a habit, so think about what you can do with a month…and then the next month…

I did this last year, when I was first starting a healthy lifestyle and it truly worked! I was able to stay on track and take it one month at a time. I now drink tons of water, workout 3-5x a week, eat VERYY healthy (baby steps), and I never drink pop. (along w/ many other goals).  Now that I have formed all of those goals, last year, this year they have become even more intense.

Here are my mini-resolutions for January: no alcohol till February, no desserts till February, run 5x a week (2 miles), yoga twice a week, and then I have a few that relate to my social agenda & finances.

Do any of you do this as well?! OR do any of you have any mini-resolutions?

Cucumber-Infused H20 & a few mini-resolutions.

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Tonight (instead of a cocktail), I am drinking H2O w/ cucumbers & apple cider vinegar in it. YUM. I LOVE my H20 w/ lemons/limes/cucumbers/etc. in it and then twice a day I put a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in it.

& for dessert: a mixed berry/coconut milk smoothie. (one of my resolutions was to cut out sweets…don’t worry, only till the end of January AND then after that I am going to modify the resolution, most likely allowing myself it every other week). I am a big believer in making MINI-RESOLUTIONS. Changing them up each month. OR making small ones for January and then adding a new one, harder one, or modifying one for the next month.

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As you may have noticed, I am not having a cocktail & this is bc a mini-January resolution: no alcohol for the month of January, in Feb I will modify it but it is a way to really hit 2013 with a bang!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday!

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[LOVEE these running shoes.]

 

What I’m loving, so far, in 2013.

Day 3 of 2013! I am having a wonderful post-workout smoothie & catching up on the blog. I’d love to hear some of my followers resolutions! 2013, so far, has been already been so wonderful. Can not wait for more!

What I am loving so far in 2013:

  • My plastic Starbucks cup, I bring a smoothie (or two) to work, verrrry important to be prepared & stay on track at all times.
  • Annie’s Cocoa & Vanilla Bunny Cookies.  Gluten Free & delicious.  One of my resolutions relates to my sweet-teeth (wah), so these are perfect for a little sweet snack.
  • My new teacher clothes (I start in two weeks!)
  • Red festive nail-polish, my new slippers, & a little post-workout smoothie/dinner since I didn’t get my workout in till 8 and didn’t want to eat something big before heading to bed in a few hours. (Smoothie: plain Chobani, frozen mango pieces, coconut milk, & flaxseed.)

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[I like to be prepared at work w/ snacks]

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[My cozy slippers, red nail-polish, post-workout smoothie]

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[YUM!]

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