New Year, New Starts

Happy New Year! I know I’m late to the party (a week exactly), and I promise no excuses this year. Life is always going to be crazy and busy, and I just need to learn to make time to check in with all you during the week.

How is your new year going so far? Did you make your new year’s resolution or set goals for yourself? I have decided not set a resolution or goals because the last few years they have been the same; this year would have been no exception. Instead, I’m approaching each day as the new day that it is and setting goals for myself to complete that day. I have however, set some professional goals for myself, as I think this is extremely important to help me grow.

This week marks week 8 of Focus T25. I’m absolutely loving this program. Twenty-five minutes four days a week, and one 50-minute workout 1 day a week (two 25 minute workouts). That’s it! You really can’t go wrong.I’m feeling stronger and getting faster each day. I’ve even been successful with getting up in the morning and doing my workout first thing. Such a wonderful day to start the day. Here are some pictures from Days 22-24, Days 34-36:

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Two and a half weeks and I’m done with Focus T25. I can’t believe it! I’ve already started planning ahead for what’s next. On January 27, I’m starting P90X3. It’s another 30 minute program, which is perfect for anyone’s schedule, and will be great while I’m on the road for work. Curious about T25 and P90X3? Send me a message! Currently, these programs Challenge Packs are on sale with over $90’s in savings. Check them out here: http://www.lstern412bbcoach.com and click “Shop”.

This week my focus has been on my eating. Yesterday started out promising with a good morning workout, a productive day at work, and a good plan of clean, healthy meals. The Central Market version of Pirates Booty and dinner were my downfalls. I finished the last third of the bag of “Pirates Booty” at lunch, and then for dinner I ate left over polenta (which had all kinds of cream and cheese in it), a piece of blue cheese, and some of the filling I made for the stuff acorn squash I had planned on eating for dinner. For dessert I had three caramel squares. Ugh, I felt so sick!

Today is a new day! Putting yesterday behind me and refusing to let it bring me down. This morning I did T25 Beta Upper Focus, which went really fast today. Breakfast consisted of 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, and broccoli scramble with 3 pieces of turkey bacon. Morning snack was Chocolate Shakeology with peaches. Lunch was stuffed acorn squash (black beans, quinoa, sweet potatoes, onions, and roasted tomatoes). Afternoon snack is going to be Chocolate Shakeology with cranberries and peaches.

Speaking of Shakeology, Beachbody is releasing a new Shakeology flavor – Strawberry! They currently have Tropical Strawberry, which is vegan. The new strawberry is regular like the Chocolate and Vanilla. I cannot wait to try it!

Cheers to the new year! 2014 will be a great year!

 

Focus T25 – Day 21

Week 5 of Focus T25. I can’t believe I’ve started the last week of phase 1! It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. 🙂 No really, I love this program. I know I have 25 minutes to make it count. Even first thing in the morning, the energy Shaun T exudes gets me excited and motivated to push harder in my workout. It’s ONLY 25 minutes and we all have 25 minutes to give to OURSELVES and our HEALTH!

Yesterday’s workout was Total Body Circuit. Quite the way to start a Monday. it got me motivated and ready for the work week. Seriously, I was so productive all day long.

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I felt really strong during the workout, and pushed myself twice as hard during the burnout. Look at my face, I was ready to either pass out or throw up. Good news I didn’t do either.

Yesterday I stuck to the “meatless Monday” fade. I enjoyed Shakeology for breakfast, veggies with hummus and quinoa & black eye pea “salad” for lunch, Shakeology for afternoon snack, and roasted veggies, baked sweet potato and spaghetti squash with pesto for dinner.

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All-in-all it was a good day of clean eating. I did enjoy a few gluten-free ginger snap cookies that I made over the weekend. Don’t worry, they’re almost gone. Promise!

After dinner the boy and I went to “Trail of Lights” in Zilker Park. It was really great! So many lights. I wanted to see Santa, but someone didn’t want to wait in line. LAME! Haha, I know I’m Jewish, but I still love Santa 😉

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I love where I live; I love this city!!! It’s been an incredible year. If 2013 could be this awesome, I CANNOT wait to see what 2014 brings.

Question: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Focus T25 – Days 15 & 16

I don’t want to get too far behind on my week, so I’m doing a double edition Tuesday!

Let me start off by saying I had THE MOST incredible birthday weekend and birthday on Sunday. I was surrounded by three of my favorite things – friends, football and food; sorry I was so busy cooking I didn’t take any pictures. Sorry!

Friday I got my workout in first thing

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The hours at the office on Friday seemed to tick slower than normal. I was so excited about dinner that I couldn’t sit still.

Speaking of, I was a lucky girl who got to celebrate my birthday Friday night at one of my favorite restaurants, Uncle Julio’s. I was surrounded by amazing people and had a lot of laughs. One of my closest friends came into town from Houston with his wife. We never took a picture, but I’ll always remember that they were there. Thanks to the boy for the gluten-free carrot cake!

Birthday Celebration Friday Night

Saturday I enjoyed brunch with friends, went to the grocery store, took a little nap because I wasn’t feeling well, and then spent hours cooking. Saturday night I went to a holiday party. It was so much fun! Lots of laughs, great food, and fun games.

Holiday Party

Sunday was my birthday! I woke up to breakfast in bed from the boy. I told him it was the only thing I wanted for my birthday. He said he made my breakfast into a smiley face “because [I] make [him] smile every day.” Super sweet!

Sunday Funday Birthday

The picture of me with “The Dirty 30”  sunglasses is from Friday night. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures on Sunday, but it’s because I was cooking, watching football and enjoying my friends who came to hang. It was a great day! Here’s to a great year and some of the best years of my life ahead! Happy birthday to me!

Yesterday morning I was NOT in the mood to get up and workout, BUT I did it anyway! I actually had a great workout and was so glad I got up.

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I was ready for what I thought would be a good day. Unfortunately, something at lunch I ate (I’m pretty sure it was the soup) did NOT sit well. I was down for the count the rest of the day, next to no appetite, so I forced myself to eat chicken noodle soup that I made.

Monday Lunch and Dinner

Here’s to a better Tuesday!

Focus T25 – Day 4

My abs got a serious workout yesterday, and I’m feeling it today. I can’t say enough about how much I love this program. Everyone has 25 minutes of their day that they can give to getting off the couch and getting up on their feet. I know that there are some days were you don’t actually sit at all,  but I also know people who say they don’t have time end up on the couch at night for 2-3 hours watching t.v. EVERYONE HAS 25 MINUTES IN THEIR DAY TO MOVE!

Yesterday’s workout like I said was ab intervals. The primary focus was abs, with a little mix of cardio to keep you going. The moves weren’t sitting on the floor doing crunches, which have been proven to not have any great impact on actually sculpting your abs. Instead you were rotating your body, moving your legs and arms, and tightening your abs during ever move. The focus part of T25 for me is to make sure I’m doing the move right, and squeezing or tightening the appropriate part of the body  (legs, butt, abs).

Focus T25 Day 4

I was determined and focused during this workout and the soreness I’m feeling today proves it.

Yesterday I ate clean. While I did enjoy Indian food for dinner (so there isn’t a photo), I managed to control myself throughout the day and even at dinner. Breakfast – Bowl of fruit and homemade gluten-free bread with peanut butter. Really digging the bread I made. Way better than anything currently one the market. AM Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with cranberries and peaches (so yummy). Lunch – Veggie stir fry with brown rice. PM Snack – Veggies with homemade hummus. Dinner – Chicken Tikka Masala from this great Indian restaurant here in Austin called G’Raj Mahal Cafe. It’s not a food truck, but all the seating is outside under tents and the food is made in a trailer/truck. We were told they are building an actual restaurant that will be opening in January. Can’t wait to check it out!

Post reset clean eating day 4

Lots to get done this weekend and not a lot of time to do it in. Can you believe next Thursday is Thanksgiving?!?! Where has the time gone?

 

Focus T-25 – Day 3

Even though I went to bed early on Tuesday night, and got a good 8 hours of sleep, Wednesday was maybe the hardest day for me to get out of bed. Good news though, I GOT UP! I got my workout clothes on, which I laid out the night before, and pressed play. I was happy I did. ONLY 25 MINUTES!

Focus T25 Day 3

As you can tell I had quite the workout – Total Body Circuit – that it was my friends, that it was. There are areas where I have always been pretty strong, push ups are one of them. I’ve also been pretty good at holding a plank. However, when you start alternating arms and moving from left to right, it add a whole new element.

I am feeling stronger every day, and mentally finding zen. Little things that would have bothered me a couple of months ago, now don’t. With a clearer head I stop, think about what happened and if I can make light of a situation or laugh at it, I do. Re-learning to only take life seriously when necessary. 🙂

Yesterday was a good clean eating day until the grilled cheese sandwich I devoured last night. Breakfast – Bowl of fruit with homemade gluten-free bread & peanut butter. Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with cranberries and peaches. Lunch – Quinoa patties on top of spinach. PM Snack (which I didn’t have until 5 p.m.) – Veggie and hummus. Late dinner – Grilled cheese sandwich.

Clean eating post reset day 3

Because yesterday was so busy I wasn’t really thinking about when I needed to eat, so by the time I was hungry again in the afternoon it was almost time for dinner. The veggies would have held me over for the night, but I gave into my desire for the grilled cheese sandwich later on in the evening. It’s all good. Another day to eat better.

A fun new adventure I took part in last night was a glass blowing class. My friend Jamie found a Gropoun for it, and we decided to check it out. It was SO much fun!!! We each made a little something – Jamie made an ornament and I made a little vase. The class is a little on the pricy side, but it makes sense why. They have these huge machines that must use a lot of energy. Plus, the cost of materials might be a little expensive too. Either way, it was 100% worth it, and I’d do it again not at the discounted price.

Glass blowing class

Picking up my piece tomorrow, so I’ll share a picture with you when I have it.

Question: What’s something new you’ve tried recently?

Focus T25 – Day 2

A very special Happy birthday to my beautiful sister!!! It’s clear that there was a lot of love between the two of us even from a young age. Cheers to a great day, and an even better year ahead!!! Love you!

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I’m going to make this brief, as I have a lot of work to do. Yesterday was day two of Focus T25 – Speed 1.0. It was great! I felt great, moved 100% of the time, and didn’t have to modify as much.

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I had some trouble getting out of bed because I went to bed late the night before, but I got up! At some point I will go to bed earlier so it isn’t as hard to wake up. Good news, I still managed to get out of bed, got my workout done, made breakfast, got ready for work and was still the first one to the office. Thank you Shaun T for your 25 minute workouts!

How did I do with my eating yesterday? Better than Monday, but still not great. Breakfast – Gluten free bagel (made with Smart Flour Foods all-purpose flour; AMAZING) with hummus and 2 scrambled eggs with spinach. Morning Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with cranberries and peaches. Lunch – Salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, and lentil-lime salad (Ultimate Reset favorite recipe). Afternoon snack – blueberries and an apple. Dinner – Grilled cheese on homemade gluten-free bread (which I made this weekend with Smart Flour Foods all-purpose flour), and tomato soup.

Food Post Reset Day 2

I had a little bit of a stomach ache last night, but nothing too bad. Trying to be better about adding certain foods into my routine again – eggs, bread, cheese.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some more time to share with you more about Focus T25 and other Beachbody programs. They’re fantastic!

Question: What workouts are you doing?

A New Workout Program

Ever need a push to keep you going in your workouts? Ever get tired with the same old workout? I know that after a while I need something new and different. I AM NOT A GYM GIRL! The time it takes me to get to the gym I could be doing something else. In January 2012, when I started my journey to get healthy, I did P90X for 90-days. I fell in love with working out again. Not only did I feel better, but I appreciated the convenience of working out from home. I could either roll out of bed and workout first thing in the morning, or have my workout waiting for me when I got home. (The bonus with this was I could immediately shower and make dinner when I was done; again not something that you can do when you workout at the gym.) After P90X I did Insanity, did a month of a hybrid of the two programs, and then finished the year with ChaLEAN Extreme. I started this year with the Ultimate Reset, then Insanity followed by Insanity Asylum. I promise I’ll break these programs down in another post.

I believe I have mentioned it before, but I haven’t worked out since May because I herniated a disc. I actually was working out from February (when I did it, I think snowboarding), until May when the doctor said STOP. I was finally cleared to workout again in August, but I couldn’t get myself back into a workout routine. A few friends in an accountability group I am a part of, started talking about doing the Ultimate Reset. I had purchased it earlier in the year when they had a sale, so I thought “Why not!?”.

A light bulb went off: THIS was my opportunity (and push I needed) to end this year on a high note and get back on track! I was going to do the Ultimate Reset at the end of October/beginning of November to get my eating back on track. After the reset I was going to start Focus T25 to get my workouts back on track. Well, I’m happy to report, I started Focus T25 yesterday! I woke up early and got it done before my work day. It was the perfect way to start my day, and week.

First day wasn’t too shabby. I modified several of the moves because I haven’t worked out in six months, and to hurt my back. I don’t want get start and then have to stop again. I don’t mind modify to get myself going. I’ll be stronger for it later down the road.

Focus T25 Day 1

I had a great workout! I’M BACKKKKKKKKK!

Yesterday was day 1 post reset. I was good almost all day until a little snack I had in the afternoon. This past weekend I made gluten-free bread, coffee cake and funfetti mini cakes. The bread and coffee cake turned out AMAZING! The funfetti tasted great, but I bought the wrong sprinkles so the colors bled into the cake batters. Oops! 🙂

So, what did I eat yesterday? Breakfast – Bowl of fruit and a piece of my gluten free bread with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter. AM Snack – Greenberry Shakeology with peaches and cranberries. Lunch – Spaghetti squash with homemade pesto and Sweet potato and red pepper soup. PM Snack – Funfetti cake and homemade hummus with veggies. Dinner – Lobster tail, asparagus and scalloped potatoes. (Yesterday the boy and I celebrated his birthday together. I made him something nice because it was his birthday. He also enjoyed a piece of steak.) Dessert – 1/4 of a small reese’s peanut butter cup blizzard. (I joking said last week that all I wanted was a blizzard. When the boy showed up to my place he had bought us each a blizzard. Aww!)

Clean Eating

All in all it was a great day! I feel better because of the clean eating, and I’m hoping I will feel that much better because of my clean eating AND workouts!

Question: Where do you prefer to workout (i.e. gym, at-home, studio, etc.)