Do what you love

This post won’t contain any recipes or any workouts I have done recently. This post is for those who are struggling day to day doing things they don’t love.

For me, the past few days have been life changing. I recently made the decision to hang up my cleats. This would have been my 18th year playing. After almost two decades, it’s hard to believe it’s over. Playing softball has been my entire life. I don’t remember my life before it. The past few years my love for the game has began to disappear. It got to a point where going to the field was a chore not something I looked forward to. As much as I tried to make myself want to play, it was not happening.

The bottom line is that my heart was not in it. I have prayed and prayed about it. My heart was telling me that if you don’t love it; don’t do it. Life is too short to do something you don’t love. With everything happening in the world, you don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring . I know that I want to spend each day being the happiest I can be. I want to have the time to see my family. That was not possible playing softball. I saw my parents twice last year since they moved to the Gulf. I want to focus on my studies. I want to be the best educator I can be for my future students. I want to be a better friend . I want to have time for those who have stood by my side through this whole process. I want to be a better girlfriend to Clayton. He deserves that. I want to dedicate more time to myself doing things I love. I want to continue my healthy lifestyle that I committed myself to this summer with the help of Advocare. Most importantly, I want to make more time for The Lord. I want to continue to fall in love with Jesus. I want others to see him in me.

These past few days has taught me a lot about the life we are living. I feel at peace with my decision. I feel relieved. I feel like I did what God was calling me to do. Prayer is a powerful thing. Being transparent with The Lord is refreshing. I encourage anyone who is struggling to turn it over to God. He will not leave you or forsake you. He is there for you to cast your worries upon. I’m thankful to serve such a amazing God.

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-B

Kill Those Legs!

Fit Fam,

I have been slammed at work past couple weeks, and I do not have much longer before school starts. I have really been trying to use my free time to workout and plan my meals. That is about all the time I have these days it seems like! 

Yesterday was leg day for me, and it was a great one! I can hardly walk this morning. In a way, I underestimated this workout at my first glance. However, if you are looking for a great burn in a short amount of time…. here you go! 

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This workout is a 3 series circuit. You do all the exercises in the group once before starting over again. I did not rest in between each set unless I absolutely had to. I took like a 1-2 minute break after each series was over. I lifted heavy, and I was able to get my heart rate up! 

 

Goblet Squats 3×20 with 45lb DB

Side Lunges with DB 3×10 each leg

Calf Raises with DB 3×20

Thrusters 3×20 with 20lb DB in each hand

Single Leg Deadlift 3×20

Plie Squats with 45lb DB 3×20

*Repeat the series 3 times*

300 Abs

  • 30 Crunches 
  • 20 Bicycle Crunches
  • 30 Toe Touches 
  • 20 Reverse Crunches 
  • 15 Side Plank Hip Lifts (Left Side)
  • 30 Crunches 
  • 15 Side Plank Hip Lifts (Right Side)
  • 40 Russian Twists 
  • 30 Bicycle Crunches 
  • 15 Oblique V-Ups Left Side 
  • 20 Reverse Crunches 
  • 15 Oblique V-Ups Right Side 
  • 10 Leg Lifts 

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Eat Clean & Train Mean

-B 

 

So what about that cheat meal?

Day 25 has come and gone. To be honest, I am thankful it has. I had all planned out in my mind how glorious it as going to be eating some bad food.

My morning started off waking up at about 4:50 with Clayton. I was starving. I took my final measurements and chugged some water. Around 7:30 I had the idea that I would love to go to Burger King and order a egg and cheese biscuit combo. I always eat my hashbrowns first. Except, they were not even that good. All I could taste was the grease. I went to pull out my biscuit only to find out they gave me a croissant. I thought to myself that it was not even worth the calories, so I didn’t eat it. After eating the hashbrowns, I was full anyways. I found this to be very strange.

12:00pm rolled around and the plan was to go to Zaxbys for my cheat meal. I ordered a Zaxbys Club, Cheese Bites and a Birthday Cake Milkshake. Obviously my brain was thinking my stomach could handle this.

I’m here to tell you that the first half of my sandwich was delicious after that I felt terrible. I ate as much as I could, but it made me sick. I slept for the rest of the afternoon. I felt awful. I slept through my alarm. Clayton got me up 15 minutes before I had to be at work. I was still full. I had no appetite. Even through work, I didn’t have ANY cravings for food. All I wanted was gallons of water and a detox ASAP!

While I was glad I had my cheat meal, it made me thrilled to eat something healthy. It amazed me that one meal could make me feel that way. I am beyond thankful for this change in my life. I know that my body runs best when it has good food in it! It blows me away that I used to eat like that ALL the time. I can’t believe I let my body feel that way day in and day out!

We are visiting family again this weekend before school starts back. Clayton finishes his challenge, so I know we will celebrate. However, I will be doing so in moderation!

This morning I ate oatmeal, eggs, and pineapple. I ate almonds on my break, and Clayton made me chicken, corn, and green beans for this trip. I grabbed a protein bar at the gas station. For dinner, I ate a steak, potatoes, and salad. For dessert, I indulged and paid for it. I ate some Oreo Ice Cream Cake, and I am currently wishing I hadn’t.

I am slowly learning more and more about my body. I have come to terms that I may indeed have a intolerance to dairy that I never realized I had before. Now that I know what my body can feel like, I plan to avoid the foods that make me feel so crummy!

-B

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Day 25…

It’s hard to believe I went 24 days without any cheat meals. I can count on my left hand how many “bad bites” I had during the challenge. This challenge taught me more than I could have ever imagined. It showed me what I am capable of achieving. I am more knowledgeable about what I am putting in my body. I know how to make up a workout that will push me to my limits. I have more self control than I ever had. I don’t see myself turning to food as a coping mechanism when I become stressed. Most of all, I feel good about myself. I am confident, and I want to continue to keep improving my overall health and fitness.

I’ll cut to the chase and spit out the results. I had not looked at my day 1 pictures really at all throughout the challenge. After the cleanse, I  glanced at them to make a collage of my progress. I am so glad I didn’t harp on them, because I was amazed this morning when I made my final collage.

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  • 10 pounds lost
  • 5.5 inches off my waist
  • 4 inches off each of my thighs
  • 2 inches off my arms
  • 2.5 inches off my hips

It is hard to believe I made this much of a lifestyle change in 24 days. I encourage anyone who is on the fence about trying these products. Just do it and go at it 100%! What do you have to lose? If I could, I would start the challenge all over again! I will be patiently waiting for 90 days to roll around, so I can get after it again. It is only 24 days! Do something today that your future self with thank you for! If you want to know more about the challenge or how to order, please do not hesitate to contact me!

http://www.advocare.com/140651603

-B

 

Days 18 & 19

Day 18

I began my day with the usual! I ate blueberry cereal, eggs, and a apple. I can’t wait to go pick up some more fresh fruit and veggies this weekend!

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I drank my meal replacement shake today while cleaning the apartment. For my lunch, I made a big spring mix salad with chicken, mozz, nuts, and cucumbers, topped with a little catalina! We had fat free Catalinas in the fridge, and my first thought was to go and grab that. However, I cannot stress how important it is to check your ingredients. The fat free dressing had HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP as one of the very first ingredients. I try to buy products that aren’t processed. I will do a post on reasons why very soon! I need a refresher anyways, especially come off this challenge! I do encourage anyone I talk to to research for themselves! That is how I learn best instead of just taking someone’s word for it. That applies to all aspects of my life: school, my faith, and especially now my nutrition.

For dinner, I had to pack something that did not require heating up. I caved and had to eat a sandwhich. My goal was to stay away from bread at all costs, but I had to pack something. I made a sandwhich with deli chicken breast, provolone cheese, shredded lettuce. However, thankfully Clayton bought 100% Whole Wheat Bread, so I did not feeel as guilty. I ate a cup of carrots before my second shift of the day started!

My energy was better today. I drank plenty of WATER! I plan on also researching more about the benefits of amping up your water intake. I will be posting that when I complete my research.

Day 19

I started off my day with Catalyst, Spark, and MNS. I had a meeting for my new job, so I thought I would grab breakfast when I got home. BAD IDEA! I was starving. Anyone who knows Clayton when he is hungry would understand what I mean by I felt like I was turning into him! As soon as I got home, I ate some organic cereal, eggs, and Clay left me some organic peaches. One of my favorite things about this challenge is discovering my love for peaches. They could satisfy my sweet tooth anyday.

For lunch, I are the rest of my pork chops, corn, and veggie straws. It was such a fulfilling lunch before my afternoon shift. On my break, I ate an apple and a 100 calorie pack of almonds.

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By the time my shift ended, I was starving again! Clay and I decided to eat Ruby Tuesdays. We love going there for their SALAD BAR! He ordered the Chicken Bella with Roasted Zucchini. I ordered a Petite Sirloin with Zucchini as well. It was very different for me, because I have never ordered something healthy from a sit down restaurant. We initially wanted to try to roasted spaghetti squash. However, our waiter told us there was always complaints about it, so we took his word for it. It was so relieving to leave a restaurant not miserable, because I ate too much! However, I did slip up and have a few of their croutons! Its a good thing you cannot buy those in stores!

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We had plans to go home this weekend to take care of some adult things. Our weekend will be spent at the DMV, Doctors appointments, and at the At&T store. We do get to see some family, so we are always happy about that! I can’t wait to be near family again! Being away from home has been rough. However, Clayton and I have grown so much as individuals and as a couple from being in Tennessee. I thank God every single day for the opportunity for us to spend our time at CN together. We are both homebodies, so having each other the past few years has truly been a blessing.

Going home means my sweet grandma will offer to make tons of food. Her biscuits and spaghetti are my weakness, She is trying some of the Advocare products too! i am looking forward to sharing my experience with her since I have seen her last!

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On our way home, we stopped at a gas station for a snack. I was overwhelmed by all the terrible foods on the shelves. I couldn’t bring myself to eat any of it. I decided on a cookies n’ cream power bar! Its very yummy if you have not tried it!

 

Only a few more days!!!!!!

-B

Days 15-17

Fit Fam,

Sorry for the lack of updates! I have been a little under the weather the past couples days. It was nothing too serious. Working double shifts 5 days a week, 2-2.5 hour workouts, and slacking on my nutrition is what has done it. I am looking forward to classes starting back where I can get back in my school routine. I have been trying to up my water and caloric intake. It has helped tremendously yesterday with my energy levels. I encourage you to stick with a balanced nutrition plan, because your body deserves that! I feel my best when I put great food into my body.

Since Day 14, I have lost 2 more pounds! My measurements has been roughly the same. I really want to kill it these final  days of my max phase to see what results I can get!

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These are my work pants that used to fit snugly!!!

Day 15

Spark, Catalyst, and MNS was taken before breakfast. For breakfast, I ate oats and eggs, and a apple. For lunch, I ate a buffalo chicken salad with mozz and fat free Italian dressing. Keep in mind, the buffalo chicken breast came from the deli! At work, I was starving! I ate an apple, almonds, and half a serving of veggie chips. For dinner, I ate another buffalo chicken salad with some carrots. when I got home from work, I was starving again! I ate half a bowl of cereal and some PB. Today, my body was not feeling good at all. I know it was because I was dehydrated and I was not eating enough food past couple days. It is amazing that my body is already sensitive to when it does not get healthy amounts of food. It is like my body is screaming at me. My energy plummets if I am not properly hydrated or if I am not eating enough food. I’m glad I am learning this about myself, because it just shows me just how important proper nutrition truly is!

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I tried a variety of different spices on my chicken this time! Its all about mixing it up and some variety with me. I get bored with the same foods over and over again. I will be so glad when school starts, so I can have more time to prepare different types of meals!

Day 16

Catalyst, Spark, and MNS started off my morning. I ate organic whole wheat cereal with almond milk, 1 egg, and an apple. For a snack, I ate 1/2 a rice cake with PB while I cleaned the house before work. For lunch, I chowed down on some boneless pork chops, mixed veggies, and 1/2 cup of rice. After my workout, I ate a banana with some natural PB. I drank a meal replacement shake for lunch. At work, I ate a serving of veggie chips and hummus. When I got home from work, I ate half a bowl of cereal and some almond milk!

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  • DB Bench 3×10
  • DB Flys 3×10
  • Pushup Complex 3×10 (regular, incline, and decline – 30 total)
  • Bench Hops 30 seconds x3
  • Kickbacks 3×10
  • Tricep Pushups 3×10
  • One Handed Tricep Overhead Extension 3×10
  • 25 Hanging Leg Raises
  • Arnold Press 3×10
  • Side  Raises 3×10
  • Front Raises 3×10
  • 25 Hanging Tucks x3

 

Day 17

I started my morning off with Spark, Catalyst, and MNS packets. I ate organic whole wheat cereal, eggs, and an apple for breakfast. For lunch, I ate a Tyson Chicken Tenderloin that I prepped on Monday with some veggies and 1/2 cup of brown rice. I had a meal replacement shake after my workout. Before work, I ate 4oz of steak and some mixed veggies. I did not get a break at work last night, but since I ate well during the day I was okay. I drank some coconut milk when I got home and went to bed!

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*Preparation is key! I lay out each day before I go to bed, so I am ready to go in the morning!!*

 

  • Deadlift 4×10
  • Back Flys 4×10
  • 10 Turkish Getups with DB x4
  • Bent Over Row 3×10
  • VBar Row 3×10
  • Punch Crunches 3×25
  • Close Grip Chin-Ups 3×10
  • Arm Circles with weight 3×10
  • Bicep Curls 3×10
  • Cable Curls 3×10
  • Shrugs 3×10
  • Trap Raises 3×10

 

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New Bottle of Catalyst came in today!!!!

 

-B

 

50 Awesome Pre and Post- Workout Snacks

Fit Fam,

I will be posting about the past few days very soon! Until then, I would like to share a article I found very useful!

1. Perfect yogurt parfait: Feeling fancy, huh? Top ¼ cup nonfat yogurt with ½ cup whole grain cereal and ½ cup fresh strawberries.

2. Protein Creamcicle: Put a twist on the classic kids’ treat by blending 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 cup ice. Trainer and fitness expert @JCDFitness does it!

3. Cha-Cha coconut shake: Infuse 1 scoop chocolate whey protein with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil. Girls Gone Strong co-founder @JenComasKeck loves this!

4. Star-buffs shake: Need a pre-workout pick-me-up? Greatist’s fitness editor suggests blending 1 cup iced coffee (keep the ice) with 1 scoop chocolate whey protein.

5. Dressed up oats: Load up on carbohydrates for a longer workout with ½ cup cooked steel-cut oats topped with 1 tablespoon dried fruit and 1 tablespoon shaved almonds.

6. Fruitsation shake: Blend 1 scoop of your favorite whey protein flavor with ½ cup ice, and 1 cup frozen berries for a sweet energy boost, suggests strength coach @Roglaw.

7. Yoberries a-go-go: For the perfect blend of carbs and protein, try 1 cup non-fat vanilla bean Greek yogurt — which often packs more protein and probiotics than regular plain yogurt — with ½ cup fresh blueberries.

8. PB Apple: For a quick carb fuel-up, slice 1 medium apple and serve with 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter.

9. Classic fruit cup: Prefer to keep it sweet but simple? Combine 1 cup berries, melon, banana, and oranges — oh my!

10. Dried fruit: For a quick pre-workout fix, try ¼ cup serving of dried berries, apricots, and pineapple, says Greatist Expert Jessica Redmond.

11. Eggs n’ toast: Have a heartier appetite? Try 1 or 2 hard-boiled eggs with 1 slice of whole-wheat toast.

12. Fruit leather: Need something light that makes you feel like a kid again? Try 1 single serving of fruit leather. Have a little extra time? Roll some out in the kitchen.

13. Energy in a bar: With so many options in the aisle, try opting for a bar with the most natural ingredients. While protein count is key, also check the sugar content (it shouldn’t rival what’s found in the candy aisle!).

14. Chicken n’ sweets: For a fast bite, grab 2-4 ounces (or a palm-sized amount) of sliced chicken with an equal portion size of sweet potatoes, suggests Greatist Expert Dan Trink.

15. Oats n’ eggs: Not just for breakfast, try ½ cup cooked oatmeal and 2 whole eggs seasoned with salt and pepper.

Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks: Eggs n' toast

Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks: PB & B Toast

16. PB & B toast: Fuel up with 1-2 tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter and half a sliced banana on whole-wheat toast, says Greatist Expert Lisa Moskovitz.

17. Turk-cado pasta: Add 2-4 ounces (or a palm-sized amount) of roasted turkey and 3-4 avocado slices to ½ cup cooked whole-wheat pasta for some enviable eats.

18.  Wafflewich: Spruce up this classic by combining 1 frozen Kashi waffle with 2 teaspoons of almond butter and 1 teaspoon of jam.

19. Better than a PB Cup: A half-cup cooked oats with 1 teaspoon defatted peanut flour, a dash of stevia, and a sprinkling of cocoa powder on top — a concoction from the kitchen of Greatist contributor David Butler.

20. Veggie omelet: Add a little more color to your diet by combining 2 whole eggs shaken with 1 teaspoon of water cooked with 1 cup sautéed seasonal veggies.

21. Fruit & Cottage: Top ½ cup cottage cheese — a low calorie and higher protein option — with ½ cup fresh pineapple, berries, or melon. And voila!

22. Rice con leche: Got a long way to run? Fuel up with ½ cup cooked rice, covered with ½ cup milk, a scatter of raisins, and a dash of cinnamon on top.

23. Sports drink: An 8-ounce low sugar sports drink (keep it under 10 grams of sugar) will do the trick if you’re in a crunch. For a little more fuel, add a scoop of BCAA powder— branch chain amino acids that help maintain muscle and tissue health [1].

24.  Hearty salad: Need some greens? Try 1 cup of salad greens with assorted veggies, 1 hardboiled egg, and a drizzle of EVOO and vinegar, or your favorite low-fat dressing.

25. Energy gel: Got a long way to go? Slurp down a energy gel (like Gu) prior to an endurance workout.

Post-Workout Snacks

After a tough gym session, post-workout snacks are an imporant way to restore energy and rebuild muscle, too. Downed within two hours after exercise, protein-packed shakes and snacks are a great way to rebuild tissue that breaks down during exercise. Here are 25 ways to end that workout on a high note:

 

Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks: Choco-tropical trail mix

26. Choco-tropical trail mix: Go bananas for a blend of ½ a handful of each: macadamia nuts, dried coconut, dark chocolate chips, and banana chips.

27. Protein pancakes: From the kitchen of Greatist contributor Laura Skladzinski, mix 4 egg whites, ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup low fat cottage cheese, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Cook on preheated griddle (medium low heat) until it bubbles, then flip and cook another 30-60 seconds. Top with fresh berries or sliced banana.

28. Sweet potato pie shake: This isn’t your grandma’s recipe. Combine 1 scoop of cinnamon bun whey protein, ¼ cup diced cooked sweet potato, 1 cup of ice, and 1 cup vanilla almond milk in the blender — a Kellie Davis original.

29. Chunky Monkey shake: Monkey around with 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk blended with ice.

30. Double G shake: Aussie strength coach @Rachel_Guy1 recommends an 8-ounce greens drink (any superfood blend found at most health food stores) with 1 scoop of glutamine.

31. Double Trouble shake: To lengthen the delivery time of nutrients to your muscles, combine ½ scoop of whey protein blended with ½ scoop slower-digesting casein protein, plus a handful of your favorite fresh or frozen fruit.

32. Bananarama: One medium sliced banana with 1 cup low fat milk — it doesn’t get any easier than this!

Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks: Green Monster Smoothie

33. Green Monster smoothie: Blend 4 cups spinach, ½ cup vanilla bean yogurt, 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, and 1 tablespoon peanut butter with ice — a favorite of Greatist contributor Claudine Morgan via Iowa Girl Eats.

34. Protein bar: For a quick, store-bought fix, feed those muscles with a protein bar. Just watch the sugar content. Look for bars with 10-30 grams of protein, less than 10 grams of sugar, and the fewest number of ingredients you can’t pronounce!

35. Beef and squash: Need something hearty? Try a handful of lean roast beef with an equal portion of butternut squash.

36. Tuna crackers: Mix up a batch of light tuna salad for a quick bite. Add two heaping spoonfuls to a handful of whole grain crackers, and chomp away.

37. Bagel with egg whites: Half a medium-sized whole grain bagel with 2 eggs whites makes a great post-workout sandwich.

38. Ants on a raft: The ants go marching… Spread a heap of natural peanut butter over a brown rice cake and top with raisins.

39. Milk and cereal: Any time is a good time for cereal. Add 1 cup of low-fat milk to 1 cup of whole-grain cereal. Nosh loudly.

Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks: Apples and Cheese

40. Apples and cheese:  Tease your taste buds with 1 medium sliced apple and 1 stick of low-fat string cheese.

41. Chocolate milk: One to two cups of low-fat chocolate milk seals the deal with extra carbs and protein.

42. Black bean omelet: Four eggs whites, 1 ounce low-fat cheese, and ¼ cup canned black beans — then spice it up with a savory salsa, if you dare.

43. Cottage cheese crunch: One cup fat-free cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon honey, ½ cup whole-grain cereal, and a dash of cinnamon does a body good.

44. Eggy muffinwich: Ditch the fast-food and opt for 1 whole egg, fresh spinach, 1 slice low fat cheese, and 1 slice Canadian bacon served on an English muffin, suggests Greatist contributor Lisa LaValle Overmyer.

45. BCAA n’ cakes: When in doubt, just add cakes! Pair up two scoops of BCAA powder mixed in ice water with two rice cakes.

Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks: AB & J Rice Cakes

46. AB & J Rice Cakes: Almond butter takes the cake. For this healthier twist on the classic PB & J, sandwich 1 tablespoon of almond butter and 1 teaspoon of strawberry jam between two rice cakes.

47. Recovery in a bottle: When time is of the essence, grab a store-bought recovery drink to sip on after training. Just check the label — sports recovery drinks will provide plenty of carbs refuel, or opt for aminos to really rebuild.

48. Pita and hummus: One 7-inch pita with two spoonfuls of  hummus adds a little pep back to your step with quick digesting carbs.

49.  Egg scramble: Veg out after a hard training session with 2-3 whole eggs scrambled with a handful of chopped onion, spinach, and bell peppers.

50. Chicken hash: After your workout grab 1 cup cooked diced chicken, ½ cup butternut squash and apples, roasted in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Make a big batch and store it in the fridge!

 

 

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-B

 

 

 

2 weeks in….

Fit Fam,

I began my morning with Catalyst, Spark, and my MNS vitamins. I ate apples and cinnamon homemade oats, eggs, and the rest of the green apple I sliced up. I tried to drink much more water today, because I kinda slacked the past couple days.

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Since the gym was closed, I decided to do cardio today. Clayton and I did about 30 minutes of jogging and lunging around campus. Then we power-walked for about 10 more minutes back to the apartment. It felt amazing outside. There was a slight chill in the air, but it felt so good when I was running!

I drank a meal replacement shake for lunch today. I am still struggling to find the best time for these. My stomach is very sensitive to protein shakes. The kind I buy from Walmart is about the only one that doesn’t make me feel queasy. Maybe as each day goes buy, I will get used to the shake and feel better.

I went and took some cuts today at the park. Its been a while! I’m looking forward to getting my swing back and getting back into the “swing” of things. No pun intended!

Clayton made a tasty dinner tonight! We stopped by the Dollar Tree after our run, and he bought some sweet potato fries! Believe it or not, they were amazing! He made steak, sauteed some squash too! It was great to be able to sit down and eat dinner with him before our busy week starts.

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We ended our evening prepping meals and watching Family Guy! I am looking forward to a fresh new week. The gym is open, and I am dying to get back in there and get a great workout in!

-Brittany

Days 12 & 13

Fit Fam,

Day 12 was the last day of the work week for me, and I was ecstatic! I was looking forward to a weekend spend with Clayton doing NOTHING! I started the day off with the usual. Spark, catalyst, and my vitamins!  I did not like having the meal replacement shake for breakfast like the day before. I didn’t have any solid food in my system before my workout, and it didn’t make me feel good. Instead,  I ate some home made oats, egg, and an apple. I drank my meal replacement shake after workout for lunch. This was helpful, because I had time to clean up the apartment instead of taking time to meal prep. The shake was easy and filled me up!

I went to the Dollar Tree today, because I actually had time to do so. We just got freezers in the one I work at. I see a lot of unhealthy items come across my scanner. However, I do see some good things. One is big bags of frozen fruits and veggies! I picked some up in addition to a new water bottle and Tupperware container. If you have the patience, I recommend visiting the Dollar Tree. I bought some school supplies I needed for the upcoming year and spent hardly nothing earlier this week!

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Clayton made me dinner tonight, so I didn’t have to pack something to take to work. It was so YUMMY! We had some turkey burgers and sweet potato fries in the freezer that have made their way to the bottom. I found them when I was organizing the freezer. We topped the burger with melted provolone cheese, mustard and ketchup. We used lettuce slices as a bun instead of adding in the extra carbs. We had sweet potato fries and mixed veggies for our sides. I thought I was out to eat at a restaurant cheating on my diet. It was a great feeling knowing I had just ate something that I could eat again without feeling guilty! I was full almost all night at work. On my break, I ate some almonds to keep me from craving! When I got home, I was wanting some PB. I got a rice cake out of the pantry topped it with some PB and drank a small glass of almond milk!

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Today was Pull Day in the gym, and it was a workout I will do again. I was feeling it the next day in all areas of my back. This challenge has helped me learn to make my own workouts. With the help of Clayton, I am not knowledgeable enough to make myself a workout that challenges me!

  • Deadlift 4×10
  • Flys 4×10
  • 25 crunches
  • Bent Over Row 3×10
  • Lat Pull 3×10
  • 15 Hanging Tucks
  • Straight Bar Curl 3×10
  • Hammer Curl 3×10
  • 50 Mountain Climbers
  • Cable Curls 3×10
  • Zottman Curls 3×10
  • 25 crunchy frogs
  • Shrugs 3×10
  • Trap Raises
  • 1 minute plank

 

 

Day 13 was such a wonderful day. It was a rainy day, but Clayton and I spent some much needed time together.  I took off from the gym today to let my body rest. Yesterday’s workout left me very sore this morning. I plan on stretching and doing some long distance cardio tomorrow when it stops raining.

I did not get up at my usual time today. I let me body wake up when it was ready, which was 10:30! I haven’t slept that late in weeks. We got up, and I took my max phase vitamins, and Fruit Punch Spark. It is incredible how my mood changes in the morning after I have my glass of Spark.

30 minutes later it was breakfast time. Organic whole wheat cereal with stevia and some eggs. I didn’t have a fruit this morning at breakfast which is why we went to our local farmer’s market. They had great deals and we left with a weeks supply of fruits and veggies for about 10 dollars total! After we left, we washed some apples and ate them for a snack!

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One of my favorite places to go is TjMaxx. It used to be for the clothes…. well it still is, but now I always make it a point to check out the gourmet food section. Today, we found two shakers for 2.99 a piece,  Organic BBQ roasted peanuts, Organic Brown Rice Chips, and some Veggie Chips!

One of our favorite things to do together is to visit different thrift stores and flea markets. I found some great items today! My plan after college is to be a secondary science teacher, so I am always on the lookout for educational items I could use! I found a stapler and tape dispenser shaped like tigers and a microscope, and I HAD to buy them! I also found some great science books that I have been reading all afternoon!

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After a long morning of shopping, we were itching to get back for a yummy lunch. We went to Walmart to do our weekly shopping. We picked up some more Jalapeno Turkey Burgers and ate them for lunch with some carrot and spinach and artichoke hummus! The other night I felt like I had just had a cheat meal, because my turkey burger and sweet potato fries were THAT good!

For dinner, we had Mexican! That is two weekends in a row! I bought these low carb whole wheat tortillas last week. When I normally eat Mexican, I always want a taco salad. I thought it would be cool to somehow make one myself without the fried shell. I pulled out one of my glass Pyrex bowls and put the tortilla inside it. It naturally formed a salad bowl shape.  I baked it in the oven for 10-12 minutes on 400 degrees! I filled it with grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, 2 tbsp of low-fat sour cream, and a sprinkle of cheese. I topped it with some fresh salsa! On the side, I set aside a serving of my organic brown rice chips and a little salsa. I got my Mexican fit, and I did not ruin my diet!

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After dinner, we took a walk around campus to enjoy the nice cool weather. This walk worked up a sweet tooth. It must be something about Saturdays, because we always get cravings for something sweet. I was doing research earlier on recipes for healthy desserts. I came across one that I knew he would love. We  sliced up a banana and put it in the freezer before dinner. We got the blender out and put the frozen banana, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter and blended it up. It was a little runny at first, so we let it sit in the freezer for about 20 minutes to thicken. We took it out and topped it with 1 tbsp of dark chocolate chips and enjoyed some True Blood episodes! It was a wonderful way to end this eventful day!

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-Brittany

 

Days 10 & 11

Fit Fam,

I will be recapping the past couple days and revealing my overall measurements from the cleanse phase in this post. I have been working doubles all week, so I apologize for being a little late on posting this!

Day 9 was an exciting one, because I got my final results from the cleanse phase! I never thought it would be possible to stick to something for 10 consecutive days. Its hard to believe I have not had a cheat meal in that long! The weird thing is I’m okay with it! Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to  day 25 for a cheat meal. However, that is all it will be. Just one meal and I will be back on track!

Day 11 Measurements:

  • Weigh-in: 122 pounds
  • Waist: 24.5 inches
  • Thigh L:21.5 R:21.5
  • Biceps 11 inches
  • Hips: 35.5 inches

From Day 1 to Day 11:

  • 7 pounds
  • 5 inches off my waist
  • 2 inches off my arms
  • 2.5 inches off my hips
  • 4 inches off each of my thighs

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Day 10 started off with my last round of probiotics, catalyst, and Fruit Punch Spark! It was the last day of the fiber drink, and I was beyond estatic. I was thrilled to drink it knowing it would be the last time. For breakfast, I ate my organic whole grain cereal with stevia, a couple cage free eggs, and a sliced apple.

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After my workout, I downed a protein shake and began to meal prep for the evening. I made some pork chops I picked up at Walmart last week. They tasted delicious. For lunch, I ate a pork chop, corn, and the other half of my baked potato with a sprinkle of cheese.

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At Dollar Tree, I ate an apple on my break. When I got to Zaxby’s, I ate a chicken salad and carrots for dinner. I drank plenty of water today, so I would void off any unnecessary craving to eat more food since I was taking final measurements in the morning.

Today was leg day! I hit some new personal records in the gym today and it felt so good! It feels good to know i can push myself without anyone else being in my face. I have said it before, but I used to just go through the motions in the gym. Now, I look forward to getting in their just so I can bust it and push myself to my limits!

  • SM Sumo Squat 3×10
  • SM Chair Squat 3×10
  • Bench Hop 30 touches x3
  • Tabata Squats 30 seconds x3
  • One Legged Leg Press 3×10
  • Leg Press 3×10
  • 10 Burpees x3
  • Lunges 3×10 (10 each leg)
  • Glutekicks with Cable 3×10
  • Mt. Climbers 3×50

Cardio: 20 minute light jog around campus ~ 2 miles

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Day 11 marked the first day of the max phase. I felt like a pill poppin’ animal taking all those vitamins! I felt good though. I still had my energy. Spark woke me up in the morning, which was nice. I don’t have to rely on coffee. Which lets face it, sometimes it turns into creamer with a little coffee. Coffee is devoid of nutrients and vitamins unlike Spark! I will be devastated once I run out of my Fruit Punch Spark. I will have to make another order ASAP!

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I started today with catalyst, my max vitamins, and of course Spark 30 minutes before breakfast!

For  breakfast, I drank the meal replacement shake. It did not taste bad. I mixed it with a little chocolate almond milk. I am someone who likes to have a solid meal for breakfast, so I think on day 12 I will save my shake for after my workout.

For lunch, I ate some more pork chops and corn! I was starving after my workout. I had to also take the MNS packs 30 minutes before lunch, so it kinda messed up my routine after my workout. I was starving by the time I sat down for lunch. Tomorrow, I am going to have to plan something better. I haven’t had many carbs at all at this point, so I made it a point to make me a bowl of my oatmeal as a treat for myself. It definitely made me feel better and I got a boost of energy.

At work, I ate a 100 calorie pack of almonds. For dinner, I scarfed down the last of my pork chops, 1/4c. of apple quinoa, and a blueberry crisp cookie. By the time I got home from work, I was craving some PB. So, I gave in an ate 2 tbsp of it! I took my catalyst and passed out!

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Day 11 in the gym was a push day! I really pushed myself and many of my sets were  very challenging!

  • Push-up Complex (10 regular, 10 incline, 10 decline) x3
  • DB Bench 3×10
  • DB Flys 3×10
  • Kickbacks 3×10 * I have found doing lower weight and proper technique is better than higher weight and crappy form. I feel it more with a 5 pound weight than an 8 pounds weight. I am able to pinch my triceps more! *
  • Tricep Pushups 3×10
  • One-Armed Overhead Tricep Extension
  • Arnold Press 4×10
  • Side Raises 4×10
  • Front Raises 4×10
  • Cardio: 2 laps around campus in 17:24 ~ 30 seconds faster than yesterday!

 

-B