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.

Clean eating lunchClean eating dinner

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 😉

Trail of Lights 1 Trail of Lights 2 Trail of Lights 3

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?

A Weekend Full of Cheer!

With the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and my sister’s wedding and everything happening at work, I hadn’t been much in the holiday spirit until this past weekend. I finally am ready for the holidays and in a cheerful mood. Tis the season!!!
Chrismukkah Tree

Friday was a nice quiet evening. It was rainy and cold, so dinner out and then a night in was exactly what the doctor ordered. Shortly after the boy and I got back to his place from dinner I crashed on the couch. I forewarned him that I was going to be asleep minutes after getting back, and I stayed true to my word 🙂

Saturday I spent the day running errands and getting in the holiday spirit. Saturday night I accompanied the boy to his office holiday party and then to my friend’s cookie exchange. We decorated cookies at the party. How did we do?His and Hers Gingerbread People

For the cookie exchange I made gluten-free gingersnap cookies with Smart Flour Foods all-purpose flour and they were amazing! I brought some into work this morning and they’re practically gone now.

Sunday I went to the grocery store, spent the day cleaning, decorated the Chrismukkah tree (see above) and made an amazing dinner (simple and yummy) – salmon with acorn squash stuffed with quinoa and black eyed peas.

Sunday Night Dinner

Wanna make this acorn squash? It clean eating and gluten-free! Here’s the recipe:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Ingredients:

  • 4 acorn squash
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can black eyed peas
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Thyme chopped
  • 1/8-1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle smoked seasoning (or other favorite seasonings)
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Cut the bottoms of the acorn squash just a little so they lay flat. Cut off the top about 1/4 an inch and remove seeds. Place acorn squash in a cooking pan and add about an inch of water. Season the squash with salt, pepper and Chipotle seasoning. Drizzle a little olive oil on top and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook quinoa – Bring 1 cup of broth (I used chicken, but you can use vegetable) to a boil. Turn down heat to low-med and add quinoa. Stir in quinoa and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is gone.
  3. Cook beans – Place beans on stove for about 5 minutes to cook.
  4. In a small bowl combine cooked quinoa, beans, Thyme, Parmesan cheese and seasonings.
  5. Remove squash from the oven and add the quinoa/bean mixture in each acorn squash. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on top and place it in the oven for another 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven on broil for 3 minutes or until the stop starts to slightly brown.
  7. Remove squash from oven and ENJOY! (Disclaimer: be careful when eating the squash. It stays hot for quite a while, so don’t burn your tongue.)

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

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!

Erin and Me_86

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?

Clean Eating All Week Long!

This week I was determine to get my eating back on track. I haven’t be eating nearly as many fruits and veggies in the last few months, and I could tell both physically and mentally. So, this week when I went to the grocery my plan was to fill the cart up with lots of fruits and veggies. Does it look like I succeed? (Not pictured: mixed greens, arugula, spinach and kale)

Fresh start fresh fruits and veggies

Basket of fruit

I cleaned all the fruit and veggies so they are ready to go! To help me cut back on some of the cooking, I prepared lentils, quinoa and spaghetti squash a head of time. These are great add on’s to any meal that I make this week.

Spaghetti squash

Breakfast this week has consisted of 1/2 cup of gluten-free oatmeal cooked in 1 cup of almond milk topped with 1 banana, 1 Tbsp of peanut butter, drizzle of honey, and cinnamon.

Oatmeal with banana peanut butter honey and cinnamon

Morning snack this week has included Greenberry Shakeology – two days with strawberries and blueberries, one day with just strawberries. Sorry no picture!

Lunch on Monday was a microgreen salad with avocado and balsamic & olive oil for the dressing. Lunch the last two days has consisted of yogurt with peaches (I had a plum yesterday) with cinnamon and honey.

Yogurt with fruit

My afternoon snack has stayed pretty consisted: cucumber with hummus. Simply, easy and delicious! Again, sorry no picture!

Dinner on Monday was out at a restaurant. I did indulge in some gluten-free chips & queso and guacamole, but for my meal I did a salad with shrimp, candied walnuts (there were only 2 in the whole salad, no joke), goat cheese and dressing on the side. Last night I had a plate full of veggies: kale & quinoa topped with a avocado cooked with balsamic and roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts. SO YUMMY!

Tuesdays dinner

I feeling so much better already and it’s only Wednesday. Clean eating really makes a difference in how I feel. Now, making plans to get back on track with a few workouts before doing the Ultimate Reset started October 28. If you haven’t heard of Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset, I suggest you check it out. It changed my life in January! I have a new outlook on how I eat and what I eat. If it interests you, let me know I’d love for you to join me! And what better time right before the holiday 🙂

More Juggling

Another day…. another desk full of paperwork 🙂

I don’t work well in clutter, and unfortunately/fortunately my desk has been covered in it the last few days. We have numerous tradeshows coming up, along with our new product line being launched, so there is A LOT happening. Who is ready for some quality, gluten free pizza crusts and frozen topped pizzas in their grocery stores?!?!

SF CRUST with image pdp SF Pizza CHEESE Proof #5 CORRECTED 052113 SF Pizza MARG pdp SF Pizza PEPP pdpI know I’m bias, but I hadn’t take GOOD gluten free pizza until I tried this pizza. It takes more like a whole wheat pizza thanks to the ancient grains sorghum, amaranth and teff.

Yesterday was a mix of emotions. I stayed on track with my clean eating and got in a great run that helped me clear my head. A good run really helps me to let go of the worries and stress happening around me. Working out in general does this, but running is different. And for someone who didn’t like to run up until a year ago that’s a BOLD statement because I think running can be boring.

I thought it was a lot cooler outside when I first started running, but apparently it was H-O-T. I ran about 20 minutes and stopped because 1) it was too hot 2) I had tingling in my leg and 3) I needed to go to the boy’s house because he was making dinner (scary thought, but it actually was good!).

Run

I love these running shorts that I got a few months ago; the bright color is AWESOME!

What did I eat yesterday to keep my body fueled?

  • Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 egg white, steel cut oats and cheddar cheese
  • Snack: Greenberry Shakeology with frozen blueberries and strawberries
  • Lunch: Nice fresh salad with homemade Ginger Sesame Miso Dressing from Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset cookbook with an apple on the sideLunch
  • Snack: Red and green bell peppers and cucumbers with Mediterranean Hummus
  • Dinner: Quinoa, chicken mushrooms and cheese (the boys concoction)

While it was awesome that the boy made me dinner, I have to say the highlight of my day was the phone call I received from a family friend telling me to talk him out of buying fried food. His wife is out of town and had to make dinner for himself. He was standing in front of the fried foods, which of course was more enticing than the healthier option. I think I talked him down 😉 Everything is moderation is my philosophy, but having a pack of fried anything around is not a good thing if you don’t have self control (I’m totally guilty of no self control when it comes to foods I love that should be in moderation).

Yesterday was rough, but thanks to my mom and my accountability group (my girlfriends) for letting me vent and a great run the day REALLY turned around. I appreciate all the support and am grateful to each and every one of you ladies. I’m stronger and wiser thanks to each of you.

Question: How do you release stress?