Thursday, February 03, 2011
I've been learning to get creative with my salads lately, as no one wants to eat the same boring thing day after day after day. They are as delicious as they are pretty! Enjoy!
Cheesy Fruit & Almond Turkey Salad
Ingredients: Diced Turkey lunchmeat, black grapes, natural almonds, torn up swiss slices, baby spinach, spring mix baby lettuces.
Golden Apple Chicken salad
Ingredients: 1 Golden Delicious Apple, 3 oz grilled chicken, Zesty Italian dressing, baby spinach, spring mix baby lettuces, swiss & mozzarella shredded cheese blend.
Chicken Bacon Italian salad
Ingredients: 3 oz grilled chicken breast, swiss & mozzarella cheese blend, 3 strips microwaveable bacon, baby spinach, Spring mix baby lettuces, Zesty Italian dressing.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Okay, explain something to me.....
I try to eat 1200-1500 calories a day, and try to maintain 40-70 carbs within that calorie range. I do Zumba 3 nights a week, strength & core class for 2, videos and walk on the weekends. I drink a MINIMUM of 64 oz of water a day.So why is it that my weight & body fat % last night was the absolute same as it was 1 month ago when I last talked to my trainer Corey?
Even Corey's puzzled. He knows I'm walking the walk and not just blowing smoke up his keister. He sees me in the gym all the time...in fact, he's kicked me out twice and told me to go HOME! His only suggestions were to cut calories further (Uh, noo...) or push harder when I work out.
I was obviously upset last night...I mean, why am I doing all this if it's not doing a damn bit of good? Curt had a heckuva time talking me out of giving up.
The end of the the conversation was this: "I've never known you to give up on ANYTHING without a fight, and you're as big of a stubborn a**hole as I am, so you're gonna do it." (For those who don't know, a**hole is a term of endearment in our household. It's a strange relationship, but it works for us.)
So this morning I'm picking up the pieces of my shattered ego (because I thought I was doing sooo well), and getting ready to try again.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I started the Biggest Loser competition at my gym last night, and what a KICK-OFF! We even had the season 2 winner of the Biggest Loser there to speak to us! The owner of the gym was great, very highly motivational individual. We were asked to pledge a number of pounds to lose/gain by the end of the competition...I went a little crazy and pledged 40, but only after something that the owner said.
"Its a cinch by the inch, but its hard by the yard."
Translation: You can set the big goal, but its easy to feel overwhelmed by that, so break it down into smaller goals. 40 lbs is a big number, but 3.3 lbs a week isn't. I can do that. I've done that before. Not nearly as scary.
I know I'll have to work my butt off either way (figuratively and literally), but I know its worth it to get to a MUCH healthier weight.
Something else he said made me think big too, "Its the Little Ones who can rule this competition, because it's based on percentage, not pounds." A 40 lbs loss is roughly 23% of my current body weight. Wow...Can I really do that? HELL YA!!!
BRING IT ON!!!! HOOOYA!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
"Your Body is a Temple"
Is this a desperate plea for people to worship me? Not really. Last I checked, I didn't have a God complex. Although, I did have an epiphany for this blog topic last night...but that's beside the point.
You see, people won't want to be associated with a run-down raggedy temple, they want to go to the nice looking, well kept one. I know, I know, don't judge a book by it's cover...but you know what? If it doesn't have an interesting title, I'm not going to be inclined to read it. Taking care of yourself physically gets people more interested to find out what you have inside! A beautiful landscape is a preview of the beautiful God or Goddess you have waiting inside you, waiting for people to get to know and love as much as you love yourself.
Speaking of which, Taking care of your outsides is another way to show people that you care about and love yourself, therefore capable of caring for and loving them too. It's hard to be confident when you're not proud of yourself.
You don't need plastic surgery to accomplish this. Take pride in who you are! Maybe a manicure...or a new haircut! Low on funds? Have a clothing exchange with some friends, or a "girl's spa night" at your house and have all your friends bring their stuff and work on each other!
However you decide to take care of you...do it with pride, and don't forget the upkeep!
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