Category Archives: food

18 Week Bumpdate

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18 weeks and counting:)!  We are FOUR days away from finding out what this little peanut is and words can not explain how anxious and excited I am!

1.)  Size: 

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2.) Exercise:

Monday- 3 mile walk

Tuesday- REST day

Wednesday- Crossfit

Thursday- Short walk

Friday- Crossfit

Saturday- REST day

Sunday- 3.25 Walk/Run

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3.) Symptoms:  I’m SO tired ALL the time and gassy ALL the time… my poor poor husband!

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4.) Cravings:  My pickle craving has pretty much subsided.  I’m just hungry all the time!

5.) Stretch marks: Still none:)

6.) Movement: I think I felt the baby today!  Mike and I were on our way home from getting a bite to eat and I was talking on the phone to my mom and suddenly I got this rolling sensation in my tummy… it wasn’t butterflies but it was something that I’ve never felt before.  I haven’t felt it again though so I’m not sure…

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7.) Other exciting things this week:

It doesn’t get more exciting than finding out what sex the baby is on Fri.!!!!  I just pray it isn’t laying weird that we can’t tell and I also pray that the baby regardless of the sex is still healthy and everything is growing like it should be.

Pregnancy while exciting can still be very scary and since I’m a worry wort I literally think of everything that can or could go wrong!  Thankfully Mike remains positive and encouraging.  He’s going to be such a great dad and experiencing all this with him makes it a thousand times easier and better.

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Breakfast & Catch up!

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Yea I still have readers:)!!!  Staying on the #mayfitchallenge bandwagon today is…

May 2nd- Healthy Breakfast

Todays breakfast consisted of:

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin

1 Tbsp. Almond Butter

1/2 Banana

1 egg/2 Egg Whites w/cayenne pepper

There’s nothing like a good healthy breakfast to start your day out right.  I HAVE to eat breakfast, going without it is not an option.  Whenever some asks tells me they are having a hard time losing weight the first question I ask them is, “What do you eat?” Most of the time their response never starts or includes with breakfast because they skip it .

Need a few facts on why you should eat breakfast…

  • Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
  • More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
  • Lower cholesterol levels

The more weight that I lose the more I am starting to realize the mind-body connection and that food really is fuel for our bodies.  Don’t get me wrong I still love ice cream so at times food can be for complete pleasure but moderation is key!   If you are going to spend hours working out everyday but not change your diet you are NOT going to see the changes you are striving to see in your body.  It really is that simply!

Be sure to check in on my workout tab!  I’m now doing Crossfit three days a week, as well as running with friends and teaching a bootcamp class.  Although I have been MIA this past month life has been really good and I’ll try to catch up a bit in each post!

Not your coffee shop’s smoothie!

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Want to learn out how to turn this…

Into this…

Then you need to visit the blog Green Monster Movement ASAP!!!  I found this website about a year and a half ago and my first thought was, “spinach in a smoothie… EWW”!  However after making myself this little drink I was shocked, not only was it good, it was DELICIOUS!

Now this colorful drink has become my breakfast daily for the last month.  The wonderful taste isn’t the only bonus, this drink is also FULL of  vitamins A, C, K, iron, fiber, folate, lutein, magnesium, potassium, protein and calcium.  This drink gives me so much energy that I have cut my coffee intake in the mornings in half!  I have also discovered this smoothie to be a wonderful hang over cure!

See below for my favorite breakfast recipe ——>

Morning Rush Green Smoothie

1 banana (fresh or frozen)

1 Fiber One Vanilla Yogurt

1 tsp. Simply JIF PB

1/2 scoop of Whey Chocolate Protein Powder

Ice

2 Tbsp. of water

1 cup of frozen spinach (you can use fresh but I always freeze a bag of baby spinach so it keeps longer)

Layer your ingredients in your blender always keeping your spinach the last thing put in.  That way it’s first to get grinned up and you don’t get pieces of whole spinach in your drink.   Otherwise its that easy!  Blend and enjoy!

Have you tried a green monster?  What is your favorite recipe?

I work out… at home!

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How many of you don’t have time to go the gym or can’t afford a gym membership? Working in the wellness field I hear those two things ALL the time. Since I do 95% of all my workouts at home or outside I thought I would write a post today on, “Working Out at Home”.

1.) Cardio- Pick your poison

Three years ago I invested in not only a very nice treadmill but also my health. Ohio weather can be straight crap sometimes but I knew that by having a treadmill in my house I absolutely had no excuse to not a least get in a walk on the days I didn’t feel like going balls-to-wall exercising. I taught myself how to run on my treadmill and typically use it 4-5 times a week. I honestly can say I have surprise myself how much I really do use it.

My most recent “larger” fitness purchase was my spin bike that I got last week! I’ve already clocked in nearly 6 hours of riding time so far! So, so far so good!

And my cheapest but most ass kicking cardio choice…

Some other great cardio options are: Walking outside, dancing, running stairs, kickboxing, burpies, step ups.

“To help manage busy weight and prevent gradual weight gain, aim for 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity most days of the week. To maintain weight loss, aim for at least 60-90 minutes of daily moderate physical activity”U. S. department of Health and Human Services.

2.) Strength Training

Strength training is a love hate relationship for most people, especially me! Most of you know just how important strength training is but I found this phenomonal article on Women’s Health that pretty much summed it up for me:


“According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a mere 21 percent of women strength train two or more times a week. What you don’t know: When you skip the weight room, you lose out on the ultimate flab melter. Those two sessions a week can reduce overall body fat by about 3 percentage points in just 10 weeks, even if you don’t cut a single calorie. That translates to as much as three inches total off your waist and hips. Even better, all that new muscle pays off in a long-term boost to your metabolism, which helps keep your body lean and sculpted. Suddenly, dumbbells sound like a smart idea. Read more at Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/weight-training-tips#ixzz1lnijjGgU

Ideally you want to perform 2 to 3 sets of movements to focus on your:

Upper Body- Pectorals, Lats, Deltoids, Triceps, Biceps

Lower Body- Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Calves, Hips

Waist- Abs, Back

My at home strength training equipment includes:

Exercise ball

Free Weights: 2lbs, 5 lbs, 8 lbs, 2 changeable weights that go from 10-25 lbs.

Exercise Mat

3.) Develop a plan

Now the key is developing a plan! There are a ton of great tool on the web that can help you do including BLOGS:)! My favorite is bodyrock.tv that I have talked about a zillion times! These are kick-ASS workouts so beware.

Example- Yesterday I completed this at home workout!

-Run 1 mile (outside or on the treadmill)

-Lower Body Strength

*Step-ups w/15 pounds- 15 each leg

*Squats w/15 pounds- 15 times

*Deadlifts w/15 pounds- 15 times

*Ball Curls holding 15 pounds on chest- 15 times

*Plank- 1 minute

I repeated the running piece 4 times (total of 4 miles) and the strength 3 times. I finished with a 10 minute cool-down walk on the treadmill and stretched.

See folks it’s that easy!

Do you prefer working out in a gym or at home?

Reflecting…

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The weekend is over and I’m sad, two days is never enough!  Since I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like to the last few weeks I thought I would type out my reflections of the weekend instead of just lying here in bed sad that it’s over!

Friday night Mike and I had a “date night”.  We went to 3 point in Akron.  The service and food were really fantastic!  I got the tilapia and Mike got the chicken alfredo.  We were going to see the movie, “The Woman In Black” but on the way we stopped home to let our dog out and decided to just stay home and get a movie on demand.  Mike loves going to the movie theater but to me nothing beats putting on my pj’s and laying on the couch!  That’s comfort baby!  We ended up watching the movie, “In Time”.  I really liked it and Mike thought it was just ok.  I mean how can you go wrong with JT?  He ALWAYS brings sexy back in my book!

On Saturday I fully intended on sleeping in but my internal clock had other plans because I was up and at em at 8am!  Waking up my hubby before 10am is just not an option so I took advantage of my “alone time” and began reading a new book I just got via my Nook.  It’s called, “The China Study” and if health/nutrition interests you at all I highly recommend reading this book.

“In The China Study, Dr. Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and also its ability to reduce or reverse the risk or effects of these deadly illnesses. The China Study also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and irresponsible scientists.”

Once the hubby finally woke up we ran some errands and then bummed around until it was time to go to our friend Tom’s birthday celebration.  We headed to Rivera lanes in the Ak-rowdy for a bowling extravaganza!  Never underestimate a bowling alleys bar, they make there drinks STRONG!   The night ended at a few more of our typical hang spots dancing and drinking way to much!  I think my face says it all in this picture…

Mike and I didn’t get home until 3:30am (didn’t you know 28 is the new 21)!!!!  I admit when I laid down to sleep last night I prayed to the hangover gods to take mercy on my soul.  Luckily I didn’t wake up until 11am this morning and felt great.  I had a 6 mile training run to get in today so I immediately ate breakfast (another hangover cure I believe)…

Green Smoothie

1 cup of raw baby spinach

1 tsp. of peanut butter

1 banana

1/2 tsp. of cocoa powder

1 fiber one vanilla yogurt container

ice

2/3 cup water

Blend and enjoy!

After breakfast I immediately changed into my running gear and headed to my favorite running trail, Sand Run!  Seriously fellow Ohioans how flipping beautiful was it out today!  I am loving this weather.  Since it had been awhile since I ran outside and on this difficult trail my goal was to pace myself and to take in the beautiful scenery.  I think I only looked at my Garmin maybe twice the entire run.  I finished in 66 min flat and I was really happy.  Good run + no stomach issues= happy Angela:)!!!

The rest of the day I was a straight bum until I cooked Mike and I a delicious feast for dinner.  Which included this…

We’re not big football fans so we decided our Superbowl Sunday would consist of good food and catching clips of the puppy-bowl.  The puppy bowl is the most funny/cute thing I have ever seen in my life!

Speaking of funny have you guys seen my new favorite commercial on TV right now?

http://youtu.be/VQNE0QTIItE

What was your favorite part about your weekend?

Whatever Wednesday #2…

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Welcome to the second edition of “Whatever Wednesday”!  I worked 13 hours today so bear with me people!

1. Someecards is the best website known to man and makes me laugh each and every day!  It’s cards like this that keep me coming back for more!

2.  This weekend we have NO plans except for using our gift card to this delicious place and I am pretty excited!  They have a new section on there menu called the “SkinnyLicious” section.  I need to do some investigating and figure out many WW points I’m gonna spend before I got there or its all over!

3.  The highlight of my day was eating a tiger roll for diner from the most delicious sushi spot in Fairlawn, Big Eye!  I’m 100% positive I could eat sushi every single day and not get tired of it!  Yumo!

4.  For Christmas my mom bought me a ton of high thick socks to wear with boots in the winter but so far I have mostly been rocking them like this…

5.  Even though exhaustion set in after my delicious dinner tonight with my knee high socks and tennis shoes in tow I hopped on this tonight…

I got in a 2.65 mile walk in 45 minutes and it was a friendly reminder to myself… “you will NEVER regret a workout”!

6.  Today my hubby sent me this video via email and it seriously made me question the future of mankind…

7.  Now its time to drink a delicious cup of Yogi tea and head to bed… I could drink this stuff just for the inspirational quotes on the tags alone!

Monday funday….

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Monday came with a vengeance this morning! I had to be up at 3am today to be at work by 5am this morning. Ehhhhhhhhh…. I was good and went to bed at 8pm last night so I’m not completely dragging but my internal clock is alittle like WTH?!?!

This weekend was fun and as usual went by way to fast:(!!! Saturday was a busy day! I started the day by getting my hair colored and trimmed. Since I am letting it grow out I went back to my natural color (dark brown) so now its low maintenance for awhile while it grows…

Saturday afternoon I headed outside to complete my first “long run” for my Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon training. Since it was SO beautiful out I had to run outside! I also managed to drag the hubby out with me:). We completed 3 miles outdoors then I jumped on the treadmill and ran the last mile solo.

Then it was time to get beautified because Saturday night was girls night:)!!! This picture pretty much sums up the night we danced our asses off!

Sunday I was pretty much under the weather (hungover) all day. Why can’t I accept the fact that I can no longer party like a rock star:-(!!!

Today is back to reality… back to eating healthy staying on point and getting a good workout in! Hope you all have a happy and healthy Monday funday;)!