Tuesday, August 05, 2014
This is one of my go to recipes I use to help me get out of a chicken rut.
Chili Verde is what's for dinner. Here's how I make it.
2 lbs Pork Tenderloin, cut into 1in cubes
1 lb tomatillos, cut in half
2 jalapenos, cut lengthwise seeds removed
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic clove, minced
1 yellow pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp ground oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup chicken broth
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 450. Coat jalapenos and tomatillos with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15 - 20 minutes. Allow to cool then chop up tomatillos and dice jalapenos. Add to the slow cooker.
Combine cumin, coriander, oregano, salt and pepper. Coat the pork with rub. Heat some oil in a large pan. Brown half of the pork then put into a slow cooker. Use more oil if needed and brown the rest of the pork and put it into the slow cooker. Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour broth into the slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, yellow pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve on corn tortillas.
If any of you make it let me know how it turns out.
Friday, August 01, 2014
This blog post is soooooo overdue. I can't put it off any longer.
Just to recap the 21 Day fix it's a fitness program that lasts 21 days. I did two rounds of it. It comes with 7 workouts on DVD's, a workout schedule and an eating plan that focuses on clean eating and portion control by using color coded containers. Each container represents a food group. You follow a guide on how many of each container you should eat everyday. So in my case my containers were as follows
3 greens - vegetables
4 red - protein
2 yellow - carbs
2 purple - fruits
1 blue - healthy fats
1 orange - salad dressing, nuts or seeds
2 Tablespoons - oil or nut butters
The reason why I want to do the 21 Day fix, was because I was in a rut. I had just finished training and running a half marathon, and doing P90X3 on cross training days. I think I was over training and burnt out. I felt like I was progressing backwards. My nutrition was getting complicated too. I was constantly worried if I was getting enough carbs for my training, or if I was eating too much. I was worried about once my training wass over how was I going to adjust, because I felt like I'm starving all the time....I just needed to simplify things. I needed simple fitness and nutrition. That's exactly what 21 Day Fix offered.
I think it's a great program for any fitness level. The workouts aren't overly complicated. They have exercises everyone can relate to. They were simple, but effective. I was surprised at how sore I was the first week. What I like about the workouts the most is that each time I did them I could tell I was getting better which would help anybody build momentum. The trainer, Autumn Calabrese is energetic and motivating. I still follow her Youtube channel for tips and tricks.
The best part of the program is the nutrition. It's so simple. My meals were getting complicated from the way I was preparing them and the number of ingredients I was using. Not to mention eating healthy was getting expensive. Following the plan helped me simplify my meals. It helped me understand when to eat certain food groups during the day for the best results. I also got a reality check with portion control. Best of all my grocery bill was lower. I will warn you that you do need to plan out your meals so that you can spread the containers through out the day. You don't want to get to dinner and only have a purple and teaspoon left and go to bed hungry. Even though I'm doing other workouts now, I'm still using the containers and following the plan.
I personally think this program would be beneficial to anyone no matter where they are in their journey. Maybe you love your high intensity workouts, but need a reality check with you nutrition. I think it would be great for someone who is new to fitness or struggling with how to eat healthy and be full and satisfied. You'll also learn what kind of results you can get by doing a variety of workouts. You will see results if you follow the plan. I didn't lose a ton of weight, but I did lose inches.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I have been looking forward to this fitness program since last year when I heard it was being created. It's finally going to be available to buy on June 23.
I know I know. Some of you are probably wondering what the heck happened to 21 Day Fix. I'm still doing it. I'm on my second round, and I'll write a review for it a little later.
PiYo is a workout that has been around for a while in gyms and fitness clubs. The creator, Chalene Johnson, has finally created a 60 day fitness program out of it. So basically she took concepts from Pilates and yoga, but instead of holding poses, you're constantly moving so to get cardio, strength training and flexibility work. The workouts can be high intensity, but they are low impact. For once I'm not going to be beating my body up while getting into shape.
The reason why I'm so excited for this program is the preservation factor it offers. How many of you wake up in the morning with aches and pains and you have to shuffle around your house until every warms up. How many of you are always feel like something is injured or aches. How many of you chalk it up to your age? Have you ever considered it might be because of your lack of flexibility? For example, I have lost a lot of flexibility in my hamstrings. Other parts of my body have to make up for the lack of mobility and strength which adds extra strain on those body parts. This is probably the reason why I feel discomfort in my lower back, why my hip flexors ache and feel fatigued after running and why my knees ache. Flexibility is one of the main pillars of fitness. Unfortunately, it's the one that is avoided the most. A flexible muscle has more mobility, is sturdier, has more potential to get stronger and faster.
I'm guilty of not working on my flexibility as much as I should. I love doing yoga, but I only have so much time to workout during the day, and I want to make those workouts count as much as I can. I save yoga for my rest days, and because it's my rest day....I usually don't do it. I really think these workouts are going to fill a void that I've been missing. The best part about the program is the results that I'll get will give me more potential to get better results with other workouts.
So there it is kids. This is why I'm excited to do PiYo, and I wanted to write about it just in case some of you are in the same boat as me and are looking for answers. OR Maybe you hate yoga, because you just can't stand still long enough to hold the poses. OR You're looking for a great workout, but you're tired of straining your joints with high impact moves. OR You're coming off of an injury, but you're usual workout is out of the question until you have recovered, but man you are jonsen for a killer workout. What ever the case may be. PiYo is my suggestion.
Here is a link to a site that gives more details about the workouts, and you can watch a video. www.PiYoTBB.com?referringRepID=115613
Monday, May 19, 2014
I wanted to give a report on how the 21 Day Fix program was going. I finished week one, and I feel really good. The workouts are great. They aren't difficult or complicated. Simple exercises, but man oh man are they effective. I haven't been that sore in a really long time. I felt it mostly in my quads, glutes and core.
The meal plan is very simple to follow as well. Since I eat a mostly clean diet already, I'm not having to change much. It's just a new perspective of the portions and when I eat certain food groups. For example, I'm not eating carbs after 4:00, I include protein in almost every meal and I've cut down on a lot of dairy products. I don't feel hungry or deprived.
This is how the eating plan works. Before everyone starts the program they have to figure out how many calories they should be consuming during the program by working out some simple calculations. According to the my calorie bracket I am allowed to eat in a day
3 green containers (veggies)
4 red containers (protein)
2 purple containers (fruits)
2 yellow containers (starchy carbs)
1 blue container (healthy fats like avocado, cheese, nuts)
1 orange container (oils, salad dressing, seeds)
1 Tbsp (nut butters and oils)
The tricky part is to plan out your meals for the day and know when you're going to use a container. Oh and I will confess I've been eating more than only 3 green containers of veggies. For my salads I used a green container of mixed greens, but added a quarter of a chopped green pepper, and some nights for dinner I added an extra green container of mixed greens and dressed them with lemon juice. Here are some pics of what I ate and how I divided up the containers.
First meal: Shakeology blended with a banana. 1 red and 1 purple
Second Meal: Sautéed broccoli and mushrooms with two over easy eggs and a piece of whole wheat toast. 1 Red 1 Green and 1 Yellow
Third Meal: A salad of mixed greens, Southwest seasoned ground turkey, green peppers, olives, corn, pico and avocado. 1 Green 1 Red 1 Yellow 1 Orange 1 Blue
Forth Meal: An orange 1 purple. Sorry no picture.
Fifth Meal: Sautéed summer squash and zucchini seasoned with balsamic vinegar (its a free food) and Chicken seasoned with Mrs Dash, parsley and mustard ( all three of those are free too) 1 Green 1 Red
See really easy to do.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
May 3 I ran the half marathon I had been training for since the beginning of Feb. I won't lie it got tough at the end. At the beginning of the race my the voice in my head was pumped up and full of positive things to say. By the 12th mile I was pleading with myself not to walk. When I finished at first I was really disappointed at how much I struggled at the end of the race, but then I realized I had beaten last year's time by 10 minutes!! The struggle made sense then. Needless to say the race kicked my butt. I was sore, drained of energy, tired and really looking forward to my recovery week.
Recovery week happened, and yesterday was my first day of the 21 Day Fix. I was soooooooo glad to exercise again. Last week I felt off, moody and irritable. I couldn't understand why. Then it dawned on me. It's because I haven't been working out. How's that for motivation? I can't fall off track. If I do, I'll probably murder someone. Exercise is my mood regulator. I don't always feel like working out from the get go, but I'm always in a good mood when I'm done. How could it not. You sweat out toxins, it creates endorphins, it fills you up with pride and confidence. It is the most rewarding drug.
I also took advantage of recover week and kind of ate what I wanted to. I didn't eat a bucket of fried chicken with gravy every evening, but I wasn't exactly counting calories either. This recovery week was good in two ways. For one, I feel refreshed and ready to get back to it mentally and physically. It was also a reminder of how I feel when I'm not taking care of myself. I could feel that negative cloud forming over my head, I started to feel blah and gross from the inside out. If you feel like that, there is no way you're truly enjoying life. It was a nice reminder of why I started this journey. So I can enjoy my life.
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