Insanity!

It’s been just over a month since we shot the commercial and photos for eDiets.com and I am still anxiously awaiting to see all the results from my hard work and the hard work of my new eDiets friends.  Until then, I have still been going strong, losing weight at a steady pace and I’m in my final goal weight range – yay!

I have to admit, I’m not as excited as I thought I would be – and I think that’s mostly due to the fact that the scale might be ready the right numbers for me, but my body still doesn’t look as fantastic as I thought it would be by now.  Prior to having my son, I was essentially a gym rat.  Every day after work, I went straight to the gym and put in a solid hour or so 5x/week.  This time around – it’s not so easy.  With such a long commute to work, there is very little time during the week that I get to see my son, so I often have to make the decision to either go to the gym or spend an hour with my son before he goes to bed.

Well, as much as I LOVE my gym, YouFit, I thought, I might see what else is out there.  After looking around, I found this INSANE workout called INSANITY, by Shaun T.  The basic idea is that you take an entire YEAR’s worth of workouts and condense it into TWO MONTHS!  All workouts are approximately 40 minutes and they vary every day between 14 different DVD’s.  Workouts are slated for 6 days a week and every 2 weeks you perform a “Fit Test” to see how you’re progressing. There are no weights needed – you just use your own body weight and work your ass off!  3 minutes of high intensity workout with a 30 second rest, and repeat!

I’m sure insane doesn’t even BEGIN to describe this program, but nevertheless, I’m giving it a shot!  My goal is to workout every night when my son goes down to sleep and during his nap time on the weekends.  I’ll miss you, YouFit, but I’m going to try and workout AND see my son.  I’m not going to beat myself up if I miss a day or two here as life will often get in the way, but I’m going to do it – even if it takes me 3 or 4 months instead of 2!  I’m even going to stay on the eDiets meal plan as it is very balanced between protein, carbs, and fat…I think I just may add a protein shake or additional snack each day so my body can keep up with the crazy workouts.

My first workout is 5 minutes after I publish this post – so wish me luck and I’ll keep you updated (if I’m not too sore to type)! lol

 

 

 

This is a MUST read!

Add years to your life!

According to eDiets.com – here are 4 behaviors that can add 14 years to your life!

  1. Don’t Smoke!
  2. Exercise REGULARLY!
  3. Drink alcohol in moderation.
  4. Eat 5 servings of fruits & veggies daily!

Doing all these in combination will provide the best results!  So get to it!  😉

3 awesome & healthy snacks around 100 calories!

 

 

 

 

 

SALTY & SAVORY:

Mini Turkey Wraps – Spread 8 thin slices oven-roasted turkey (~3 oz) with 2 tspDijon-style or honey mustard. Divide 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves along 1 side. Cut 4 sticks mozzarella (string) in half lengthwise and half a red sweet pepper into thin strips. Divide cheese and pepper atop spinach and roll up turkey slices. Keep chilled – Makes 8 servings (1 roll up – 89 calories each)

CRUNCH TIME:

Curried Almonds – Toss 24 whole almonds with 1/2 tsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp curry powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Transfer to a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Cool. Makes 2 servings (94 calories each)

SWEET TREATS:

Strawberries & Lime Dip – Stir together an 8-oz carton of fat-free sour cream, 2 tbsp powdered sugar, 2 tsp finely shredded lime peel and 1 tbsp lime juice. Package 2 tbsp dip with 1/2 cup strawberries for each serving. Keep chilled – Makes 4 servings (102 calories each).

~Thanks to Publix Greenwise for the awesome snack ideas around 100 calories!

 

 

Good vs Better

Good:  Romaine Lettuce

Better:  Fresh Spinach

Why:  Spinach has additional sight-sharpening nutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, bone-building calcium, and immune-boosting vitamins C & K.

Better:  Red Peppers

Why:  Red Peppers outrank their green cousins in heart-helping potassium, vitamin C, folate, & beta-carotene

Good:  Baking Potato

Better:  Sweet Potato

Why:  Sweet Potatoes have almost 30% more fiber and 3x more calcium and it’s loaded with beta-carotene.

Good:  Pecans

Better:  Walnuts

Why:  Walnuts are slightly lower in fat & higher in calcium, magnesium, folate, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Good:  Blueberries

Better:  Blackberries

Why:  Blackberries have 22 fewer calories per cup, but 2x the beneficial fiber, 4x the calcium, and 2x the vitamin C than blueberries.

Good:  Brown Rice

Better:  Wild Rice

Why:  Wild Rice has 52 fewer calories per cup, 2x the immune-boosting zinc and more than 5x the folate of brown rice.

Good:  Reduced-Fat Sour Cream

Better:  Fat-Free Plain Yogurt

Why:  Per 1/2 cup serving, yogurt has 1/2 the calories, less fat, more calcium & folate.

Good:  Dried Plums

Better:  Dried Figs

Why:  Dried Figs possess more fiber & folate, 84 grams more calcium and 23 fewer calories per 1/2 cup serving.

Breathe in wellness

Studies show that inhaling certain scents can improve the way you feel!

FOR STRESS:  Sniff Lavender Oil for 5 minutes (or a bowl of lavender potpourri).

TO INCREASE ENERGY:  Sniff Citrus to stimulate the trigeminal nerve (the part of the brain that makes you feel more alert).

TO STAVE OFF A HEADACHE:  Sniff Green Apple – migraine sufferers who inhaled this scent at the first sign of symptoms felt relief 10 minutes later!

True or False?!

  • You burn more body fat if you exercise on an empty stomach – FALSE!
  • In-season produce delivers more nutrients – TRUE!
  • Getting protein after a workout protects your muscles – TRUE!
  • Drinking water before a meal and you will eat less – TRUE!
  • If you’re watching your weight, you should never snack between meals – FALSE!
  • Your breakfast should always include dairy – FALSE!
  • For maximum nutritional value, you should always eat your veggies raw – FALSE!

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