Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I've been enjoying the day with the kiddies as I await the Hubby's arrival home for work. Looking forward to a lazy New Year's day tomorrow chilling at home with my 5 favorite people. I've also made a final decision on what my 2014 resolution would be.
Will after much thought, I've decided on my New Year's Resolution for 2014. I'm keeping it simple and kind of vague, but it applies to nearly every aspect of my life.
For 2014 I resolve to simply Do More.
Just think about it, every goal I have just requires those two words. If I want to be healthier I need to DO MORE clean eating and exercise and DO MORE when it comes to consistency. If I want better grades I need to DO MORE studying. I want a cleaner more organized house, I just need to DO MORE. I want to save money, I need to DO MORE of what it takes. I want to finish projects...well, you get the hint.
I know to truly be successful I may need to be more specific. However I like the vagueness of this, it eases my mind and release potential guilt. So if I screw up and say don't work out 30 minutes everyday one week. However, maybe I did workout 3 times for at least 45 minutes and that's really probably 45 minutes longer than I did in a week on average in 2013. Well I'm still working my resolution. It's not a fail as long as I did more than before.
Well, I'm off to run to the store and get a few things for tonight. Be merry and safe dear readers.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Okay so that's all I've got. I'm not much for writing quirky pose, though once and a while I can get a line or two that seem kind of funny.
I'm sitting here contemplating plans and goals for 2014 and praying that I can finance my last semester for my undergrad. It'll work out, I'm just hoping I don't have to push my graduation date back again.
Improving my health and fitness is always a goal for me. I've been working on it on my own and I'm going to try using Beachbody's Supergym more often to log my workouts. They have both a pay version and a free version. I'm currently doing the pay version, but I have previously used the free version and they're both great. If you want to try it go ahead and click HERE and sign up. List me as your coach and I can encourage you on your journey, my coach name is JackieLee78. I love the time tracker while your doing workouts. IF you do sign up for the pay version you get discounts should you decide to order Beachbody products. However, neither owning a Beachbody workout video nor signing up for the pay version is necessary to use the Supergym.
Another goal of mine is looking for ways to cut costs and save money. I'm quitting my part-time job in January so that I'll have time for all that's going on during my last semester (Senior internship, project, bioorganic chemistry) and the kiddies. So I need to figure out a budget just using the hubby's income. It's doable, just going to be tight for a while.
Thirdly and finally, I plan on trying to study my bible more during 2014. I've got several devotionals downloaded on my kindle and a couple versions of the bible on there as well. As well as having a couple hard copies. Though I am ashamed to say I rarely open any of them up more then a couple times a month. I'm going to change that and grow my faith this coming year.
The main way to keep resolutions/goals is to keep them SMART. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. So what I just did in writing out what I'm contemplating doesn't quite meet that criteria. So for the next week I'll try and write a post on each goal separately and correctly.
Have a great day dear readers.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
1 medium onion -diced
Water, tap, 2 cup
Margarine, soft, 6 tsp
Potato white -5 medium-diced
Chicken Leg, 5 leg, bone and skin removed
Salt, 1/2 tsp
Pepper, black, 1/2 tsp
Milk, 1%, 1 cup
Garlic powder, 1 tsp
Cream of Chicken Soup, 1 can (10.75 oz)
Flour, white, 1/4 cup
melt butter and saute onion in medium to lg pot
add diced potatoes, broth and water. Bring to boil and cook till potatoes are soft. about 15 minutes
Add flour to milk and stir. Add milk/flour, salt and pepper and can of cream of chicken soup to potatoes.
Stir and heat through...2-5 minutes.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 11.3 g
Saturated Fat 2.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.5 g
Cholesterol 92.7 mg
Sodium 690.3 mg
Potassium 859.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 3.2 g
Protein 27.8 g
Vitamin A 8.1 %
Vitamin C 37.8 %
Calcium 8.9 %
Iron 15.9 %
Friday, December 13, 2013
I'm still working out to my Advent exercise calendar. Today is 13 bicycle crunches, love them. I love doing these short exercises this time of year. I've been studying for finals, and so sitting more then I care to do. So these short exercises gets me off my rump and moving. I usually do more then what I wrote to do, I see that as a minimum amount. I believe we should get up and do random exercises at regular intervals. Pop out a few squats or something every 30-45 minutes. Gets blood flowing and keeps your behind from getting sore.
It being cookie season, I think 5 minutes of medium intense activity for every sweet should help keep those calories burned down a bit. Well, in theory anyway.
Not too much else to post at the moment so I'll leave you with a "lovely" picture of me doing my bodyweight triceps extensions yesterday. 2014 will be the year those flabby arms disappear. I want to wear cute tanks this summer.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
So here is the corrected calendar:
So today's exercise is 10 bear crawls. Here is a video in case you're not sure what a bear crawl is:
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|High knees, so easy.|
|4 minute wall sit and a sorry attempt at a smile. I should of taken the picture before starting.|
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Tomorrow is jumping jacks for two minutes. Starting off nice and easy.
I hope everyone of you had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend and made good decisions and made time to be active. I tried my best, the active part was pretty slim due to cold temps and me being a chicken when the thermometer reads below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrr. However I did OK on everything, proof being the scale actually read less today than it did on Wednesday. If I had splurged too much it would of been higher due to water weight gain. I did have soda, and that was probably the worse I did.
My main goal for December is to have fun and not stress too much. If I lived in the Southern hemisphere December would be my most favorite month. I love Christmas and everything it stands for.
So for December lets not worry too much about the food we eat as long as we keep 80/20 in our mind. Eat great 80% of the time so that 20% of the time we can enjoy those Holiday sweets and treats. No guilt is allowed this month. We will keep active enough to keep those bad, negative thoughts at bay.
For some fitness fun I'm thinking up a fitness Advent calendar. There will be a different exercise each day. So here is the list:
Friday, November 29, 2013
Just look at these:
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I hope all my dear readers have a great holiday and remember to try and make good choices. However, if you do slip up it's not the end of the world. Take an after dinner walk and tomorrow is always a new day.
Friday, November 8, 2013
I was going to drink the vanilla today, but decided to wait and have it for lunch during work tomorrow. I wish the sample pack came with the strawberry, but it didn't it.
I also went to the gym yesterday for the first time in about a month. I LOVED IT! I don't know why I let so much time go between working out, it felt great. My endorphins were pumping and all those feel good hormones were...well, making me feel good. Abs are sore today, but it's a hurt so good sore.
Well not much else to put in here. I'm off to plan dinner. Going to try and make a healthier fried chicken (other then oven-fried).
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This is why I'm excited to be getting ready to start Shakeology. It is a healthy alternative for days where maybe you didn't do so well eating wise (sometimes I skip 1 to 2 meals and then end up binging later). So in order to make sure I'm getting the nutrition I need, I'm going to start using Shakeology. First, I'm going to order the new Shakeology trial packs so I can decide on which flavor I like best. Each sample pack contains 4 single-serve packets of Shakeology (2 Chocolate, 1 Vanilla, and 1 Greenberry), a copy of the Shakeology Welcome Guide, as well as 6 mouthwatering recipes. I'm not a big fan of chocolate, but I think if I make a smoothie with some fruit out of it I'll like it better. I've been told the strawberry Shakeology is good, but that's not included with the sample pack...so maybe later. The sample pack is available from Beachbody for only 19.95 (plus s/h of course).
I'm excited to get my new business off and running. There is so much potential, plus the added accountability with my own health journey.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Anyway as we discussed our research in class we also touched on how when bacteria colonization begins at birth (before birth the gut is sterile, mom's bacteria doesn't cross the placenta). In vaginal birth, especially (c-section babies get different bacteria and have to wait longer to build up their colonies), these healthy bacteria build up the natural defense and set the groundwork for the bacteria (lactic acid bacteria, Bifidobacteria, bacteroides) that we want there to produce vitamins and help with digestion.
The professor mentioned fecal transplant (sounds gross I know) and how transplants from skinny mice to fat mice made the fat mice lose weight and vice versa. I did some research this morning and found similar studies. I also found some studies/articles where a diet high in fiber/whole grains and low fat helped increase good bacteria and decreased bacteria that produced harmful metabolites. It also helped rebuild the natural defense that we grew as babies but lose when we eat the typical American diet.
A great article I found was on motherjones.com. It is called "Are Happy Gut Bacteria Key to Weight Loss" just click on the link to read it. It's long but an interesting read. It starts with saying how orange juice helped with blocking an inflammatory response to eating McDonald's meals. Which is more likely the vitamin C doing it's anti-oxidant job, but still an idea for that occasional junk meal. Just order a drink or food high in fiber and vitamin C to consume before or with the meal to help counteract the bad stuff.
The article also says foods high in oligosaccharides (and I think it mentions polysaccharides)may help with helping good bacteria health, but then if you have to follow a FODMAPs diet you may be screwed. Well maybe not, just follow the FODMAPs protocol given by your dietitian and when you start adding foods back, hopefully some of the those won't affect you so you can feed your bacteria.
My takeaway from this, as I'm trying to incorporate things I learn into my own healthy lifestyle, is that one should make sure to eat less sugar, less fatty foods, more whole grains, more veggies, foods high in anti-oxidants (vitamins C, A and E...however I don't recommend taking supplements(especially A since you can have too much), just make sure your eating your fruits and veggies and you're good). I'm going to try and make meal plans based on what I learn and see how it all goes.
Have a great weekend dear readers.
Monday, October 14, 2013
I think this will be a great opportunity and it will hold me very accountable on my path to be a better me. Working on living up to the name of this blog especially the definition of the word awesome: impressive and frightening: so impressive or overwhelming as to inspire a strong feeling of admiration or fear. Well not so much the frightening or overwhelming, but I would love to be seen as impressive, and to inspire strong feelings of admiration.
So if any of my dear readers want more information on Beachbody products, you can click on these links: Beachbody, Shakeology, and Ultimate Reset. As for me, I'm going to restart the Hip Hop Abs vids and will be ordering some Shakeology. My goal is to post updates at least weekly. I'll also be posting on a Twitter page I created for my business. You can find me HERE.
Well Dear Readers, I hope all of you have a blessed evening with sweet dreams.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I didn't win the last dietbet game I was in. I'm not sure about doing another anytime soon. Right now I'm concentrating on consistency in my workouts and choosing healthy foods.
Not too much to post today, I have to get to studying for my advanced metabolism test today. I also have something awesome in the works that I'll share soon.
Have a wonderful day dear readers.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Anyway, it's been a great week and I just thought I would post a few sentences to finish it out. I'm doing okay on my current dietbet game. I've lost 2.4 lbs so far and have 5 more to go. I have 20 days to do those 5 lbs, so I really need to get my rear in gear.
Other then all that, I really do not have much to update. I guess I'll leave you with a recipe for Cranberry muffins that I made for breakfast this morning. They were the perfect combination of sweet and tart and hit the spot.
makes about 18 big/regular muffins or 12 regular muffins and 12 mini muffins.
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup flaxmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 stick of butter
1 cup fresh cranberries ( I have some frozen from last December)
1 1/2 cups of water
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2.Mix all the dry ingredients
3. Cut butter into flour mix.
4. beat eggs and mix in water. Add to dry ingredients, mix till dry ingredients are moist
5. Gently fold/stir in cranberries
6. Pour into Muffin tins and bake 20 minutes. until golden brown
Nutritional info (based on 1 regular muffin serving)
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 6.9 g
Saturated Fat 3.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 34.5 mg
Sodium 74.1 mg
Potassium 37.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Sugars 5.9 g
Protein 3.6 g
Vitamin A 4.6 %
Vitamin C 1.2 %
Calcium 1.4 %
Iron 7.1 %
Monday, September 9, 2013
I woke up in a great mood, I don't know why but I'm in a let's-get-it-done kinda mood. I'm going to blame doing all these squats for #squatsept. I finished 65 squats this morning for day 9, 70 tomorrow. Woot! It's been a long time since I've done a challenge everyday for a week, let alone over a week. I've not done any of the Blogilates calendar, but I have been working out. Since Thursdays are my long boring day on campus (with 6 hours of downtime between classes, ugh). I spend about 2 hours at the gym getting in cardio and some upper body workouts. Fridays are usually a big DOMS day. I love DOMS though, I know I'm building muscle. Since I am doing lots and lots of squats each day and I do calf raises at work ( I stand/walk 6-8 hours a day at work, so I try to do calf raises to break up the monotony some) I don't worry much about lower body/legs. They're getting a good workout most days anyway.
I'm really wanting to do well on this dietbet game. The pot is 820.00 right now...that's a great early birthday present. I really need to get my diet/food under better control to do so. I didn't make such good decisions...well I'll rephrase that... I let the hubby make bad decisions for me this past weekend, especially yesterday. So I need to spend the week making good choices. During the week good food choices are easy, the kiddies are at school and hubby at work so no one to influence my eating. I usually mess up on the weekends, unless I work all weekend. I really need to fix my family's eating habits better so mine can be better. I have recently convinced the hubby to start taking vitamin C, he's a smoker and really needs that since smoking disrupts ascorbic acid absorption.
Anyway, I'm off to try and keep my motivation going today. Need to complete some chemistry homework and reading before I leave for work today. I hope all of my dear readers have a blessed day.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
In order to encourage myself to do more I'm attempting a squat challenge, just search for #squatsept on facebook and you could find it. You just pick a number of squats to start with and add 5 squats each day. So today I did 25 and tomorrow will be 30 so forth and so on until the 30th when I will do 170 squats in one day. And on October first I will be crying every time I sit down and stand up. I'm also going to attempt the Blogilates September calendar. One top of these two things I'll be going to the rec center on campus 2x a week and trying to get 2 miles wogging (walk/jog) 2-3x a week at home.
So hopefully it will be an amazing September and I'll be super hot by next month. Have a great night dear readers.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I downloaded the loseit app onto my phone so I have something handy to log with. I had to take the facebook app off of my phone so I had memory to support Loseit, which isn't a bad thing since I need to wean myself off facebook for a while. Especially with classes starting in a few days. Not going to cancel my facebook account at this moment, but am trying to make an effort to limit time spent/wasted on there.
So, I need to pare the bad stuff down. Bad stuff being anything that is detrimental to good health and other goals. Yes, I believe facebook is included with that. Blogging could possibly be too, but I spend less time reading and writing blogs than I do scrolling through my newsfeed on facebook. It's something that encourages me to sit on my behind, and sitting is not what I need to be doing at this point in my life.
Friday, August 23, 2013
I've been exercising pretty well, well except for the past week. Energy levels have been down while my anxiety levels are rising due to the upcoming semester. Probably not a coincidence.
Anyway, I'm going to combat this the best I know how...by eating healthier. I've set a short time goal of limiting my sodium intake to <1800mg/day, increasing my protein intake to a minimum of 60g a day, and limiting sugar intake to 10g or less per meal. What I'm not doing is counting calories or fat intake. My fat intake is normally fairly low and as is my calorie intake. I am going to choose healthy fats and make great food choices, so fat and calorie consumption should fall inline anyway.
Well, I've got to get off here and do some studying, my chemistry professor has emailed us the reading and exercise problems for next week already. Woohoo...not.
Friday, August 9, 2013
It's been a busy, frustrating summer. Between financial issues causes by vehicle issues and worry over school issues...well lets just say I have issues.
Right now I'm trying my best to hand my worries over to God and take each day as it comes. Life can be difficult but rarely is it impossible.
The past week my kiddies have begun a new school year( I'm currently in awe of the fact that I'm the mother of a junior in high school). I have started a new dietbet game, the pot is 75.00 this go around. I increased the amount of exercise I am doing and my body has responded normally by increasing my weight by two pounds. I am unsure why this happens, but I know if I just push through the weight comes off again.
Well, dear readers, keeping it short and sweet this time. Prayers out to those dealing with flooding in Kansas and Missouri.
Monday, June 17, 2013
So my dietbet game is going surprisingly well. I weighed in just a few minutes ago and I've lost 3.2 pounds. I barely did anything resembling exercise. Had good intentions, but life got in the way. I just concentrated on eating well and watching portions. I've tried to follow the 80/20 rule, eat well 80% of the time and just carefully 20% of the time. I'm trying to limit sugars, but heat and frozen treats go so well together. So guess what's been my 20%. I am trying to stop at one a day.
I had planned on stepping up the exercise by going for a run this morning...yeah, hasn't happened yet. I still am planning on doing yard work, and I think I'll lift weights and get in some upper body training in later.
Anyway, I need to get off of here if I'm going to be productive at anytime today. I hope all my dear readers have a great day.
Monday, June 10, 2013
My game plan is: to cut sugar out for the next month, to increase protein (aiming for 30g at breakfast and spread the rest throughout the day), decrease processed foods (I would love to cut them out completely, but Hubby doesn't like cooking from scratch and I don't cook every meal), workout for a minimum of 45 minutes a day plus make sure I am sitting no more then 30 minutes at a time.
I'm hoping small changes=big results
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Of course, water + swimming = swimsuit. Ugh, I am so not swimsuit ready. I last wore my suit when splashing around in the kiddies little pool (it comes up to my knees and is 12ft wide) last summer. So I need to pick up the clean eating and exercise. I know no miracles are going to happen in just over 2 weeks. However, exercise increases confidence levels and that will make me feel better in my suit. It's not like I'm squeezing myself into a string bikini and letting it all hang out. I have a perfectly reasonable tankini that covers the belly fat and has a little skirt to hide some of the dimples on my hips/thigh areas.
So, I'm thinking of starting a dietbet challenge to encourage myself and others to eat healthy and exercise for the next month. Most dietbets go for four weeks, after that whoever loses 4% of their bodyweight wins/splits the pot. For me 4% would be like 7 and 1/2 pounds. Totally doable.
Anyway, I'll make that decision in the next day or two and will probably start Friday or Saturday. So if you're interested look for a link here.
Also I signed up for the June Cara Box at Wifessionals, the theme is carnival/fair time. Lots of ideas bouncing around my head, can't wait.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I had found Cara Box on another blog and signed up for the May box. It's not your usual subscription service. You sign up and you're matched to two great people. One who will send you a box and another that receives the box you send. This month's theme was "Lets Be Regional" and I really wish I could of gotten time to hit every boutique in the Mid-South/West Tennessee/Memphis area because I know I could of done better than I did. I really wish cotton would of been blooming because I could of picked up some that falls off the trucks and made a neat shadow box with the map of Memphis and other paraphernalia. Finals, work and kids' sports got the best of me and before I knew it, it was time to send the box. So I sent what I thought of immediately when I thought of the region I live in: Memphis, Elvis, BBQ, Tn VOLS and Memphis Tigers. I also think of the blues but could not find a cd of one of the more well known Memphis Blues artists, wish I had a cd or mp3 of Rudy Williams, who was the sweetest street musician I had ever seen. Here is a video from YouTube I found:
Too bad he's passed away now, I've not been down Beale since he's passed to see if another future great is playing in his spot yet. I do hope Ashley from Track Suit Friday enjoyed what I compiled and does something creative with the Tennessee orange bandannas ( I was thinking matching collars for the doggies).
And without further ado, here is my Cara box from the sweet lady of Confessions of an Army Housewife, Kodie.
|A whole smorgasbord of goodies|
Anyway, I enjoyed putting together my little box and will sign up again for June's box. If you would like to try it go to Wifessionals and look for the June signups coming soon.
Friday, May 24, 2013
He writes about meal content of protein about half way through:
The meal content of protein is also a key factor for satiety and appetite regulation [9,10]. Protein has greater satiety value than either carbohydrates or fats and reduces food intake at subsequent meals . Studies of energy regulation for weight management show that replacing carbohydrates with protein reduces daily energy intake by ~200 kcal . The mechanism for this satiety effect may be mediated by intestinal hormones or by reducing peak post-prandial insulin response. While the mechanism remains to be elucidated, it is clear that the improved satiety response requires >30 g of protein at a meal and that breakfast has the greatest impact on total daily energy intake . As with protein turnover in muscle and bone, limiting protein intake to a single large meal late in the day reduces the satiety benefits of dietary protein .Dr. Layman also writes on how increased protein diets can help with fixing body composition while traditional low fat, low calorie diets result in a loss of lean body mass. Preventing lean tissue loss is important, especially as you age and want to avoid osteoporosis and sarcopenia.
Anyway it's a very interesting read and here is the link again so you can check it http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/6/1/12
3/4 cup of quinoa, dry uncooked
1 can of spinach, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup shredded cheese
- Cook quinoa in rice cooker, I followed package directions and used 2x as much water as quinoa
- cook and drain sausage. I cooked mine in the oven at 400 for 15-20 minutes while quinoa was cooking.
- Scramble eggs and then add spinach, heat through.
- Add cheese to eggs and spinach mix. Stir till cheese is melted
- Combine ingredients either before serving or let everyone combine them how they wish.
5 Servings, Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 20.1 g
Saturated Fat 6.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.5 g
Cholesterol 222.1 mg
Sodium 710.6 mg
Potassium 369.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 21.3 g
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Protein 24.0 g
This recipe also has 90% of Vitamin A, 25% of Iron, 18% of Calcium daily values. I highlighted the Protein, because that's an awesome amount of protein for the calories.Using fresh spinach and fresh sausage could possibly lower the sodium content. I also added picante sauce to mine, but didn't include it in the nutrition analysis.
|Sorry it's not a prettier picture, my phone takes lousy ones and my batteries are dead in my camera.|
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
On better news, I'm sticking pretty good with healthy eating plans. I've only had one soda in 4 days. Well, two if you count the vitamin water my well-meaning hubby bought yesterday. He had already bought it before I could tell him that the Vitamin waters are no better than a can of Dr. Pepper, so I drank it in order to not make him feel bad. I told him later, though, so he doesn't repeat the mistake.
I suppose I must get some chores done before running today. I didn't charge my phone last night so I'm waiting for it to do so, then I can use the Endomondo app during my run. I really like seeing the splits. Apparently the second half of my run is faster than the first mile. Interesting.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Since I'm finished with the stress that is the end of a semester, I am concentrating on cleaning the next seven weeks. I'm cleaning my house, decluttering and getting rid of 4 months accumulation of school papers (mine and the kiddies). I'm cleaning my car, I drive anywhere from 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours a day depending on whether I'm going to work or school. This doesn't count driving to sports functions and other errands after work/school. Needless to say my car is a bit cluttered and needs detailing. I'm cleaning my body. My diet goes to pot the last 2-3 weeks of a semester. It coincides with stress levels increasing. So I'm concentrating on eating clean, stopping soda for good, exercising more. I've logged back into an old myfitnesspal account (user name Jackielf78 if anyone wants to be my friend on there) and downloaded the Endomondo app on my phone (I had it on another phone and didn't like it, but it seems to be working better now).
I did really good yesterday. I drank from my new infuser water bottles. Here is a link to the bigger one I bought.
I really like this bottle. I've tried peaches and cranberries so far. The peaches taste good after they thaw out. The cranberries need to be crushed or chopped or heated slightly I think. I didn't notice any cranberry flavor until last night at my son's baseball game I had to add a warm bottle of water to mine and then notice some flavor.
Oh on a related note, I found frozen fruit at our local Dollar Tree. 10 oz bag of fruit for 1.00 and they had a good variety. There were mangoes, peaches, mixed berries, blueberries and pineapple from what I saw. I bought a bag of mangoes to try later. Love it when I can find healthy choices fit for a tight budget.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Even though high stress times are bad times to start new things I'm going to start Tiffany's SummerFit Challenge over at TheGraciousPantry. It starts tomorrow and the first part is to move, cut the junk, hydrate, cut the sugar, and get more nutrients. Super easy common sense type stuff. I was trying a stricter personal challenge, but I'm unable to keep it up at the moment.
Also, from what I've learned in my advanced metabolism class, women should do exercise for 20 minutes or more (probably more) for fatty acid catabolism. We also use more fat for energy in endurance activities. So to me this explains why men can do just a little and lose weight/excess fat and women seem to have to do more. While we use more fat for energy, we have to do more to lose it. I was joking with my sister we need the endurance, we have to work/school all day, take care of kids and keep care of the house in the evening. Plus cook dinner when we get home and make sure homework is done, laundry done, kids are ready for school. Our days start early and end late. This extra fluff is what keeps us going ;)
Anyway, I'm off to take an O. Chem quiz and prepare some notes for metabolism and exercise physiology and medical nutrition therapy. A definitely long day for me. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I accidently made these muffins sugar free this morning. In my defense it was 5am and I had yet to have my morning cup of joe. I just wanted to have something warm for the kiddos to eat for breakfast on a chilly morning (temps in the mid 20s, brrr). I didn’t realize I had forgot to add sugar until after they were baked and I had went to eat one. Well the flavor wasn’t bad, just not sweet at all. However, with a little smear of butter these are just fine. I liked the second one I ate better than the first.
Sugar-Free Banana Oat Muffins I made 16 muffins with this recipe
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup of oats (I used old-fashioned not quick)
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 medium bananas, mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of milk ( more if needed)
- Mix all the dry ingredients in large bowl.
- In another bowl, beat eggs add bananas and milk. Pour into dry ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Be careful not to over stir.
- Fill greased muffin tins about 3/4 full and bake at 425 degrees for ~15 minutes, until golden.
Total Fat: 1.8g
saturated fat: 0.5g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated fat: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 24 mg
Sodium: 210 mg
Potassium: 119 mg
Total Carb: 26 g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Vit. A: 1.6%
Vit. C: 2.4%
Monday, January 7, 2013
So, how's everyone's resolutions/goals for 2013 going? For me it's still too early to tell since I'm just starting today on most projects. I'm doing a 21 day Challenge with Nicole Kellerman, which begins today. I'm also trying to run 1,000 miles in 2013. Though I let the chilly weather chicken me out last week and only got 1 mile in. So I need to run at least 2.79 miles a day to meet that goal. I'll probably make that an even 3 miles a day. I also need to get a meal plan for when classes start next week. I do not want to waste my money and calories on food on campus. Though I will give a little bit for Dunkin Donuts coffee, mmmm coffee. Or maybe some chai tea at Starbucks. However I draw the line at any pizza, Taco Bell, Burger King, Chik-fil-a or any other fast food restaurants that are on campus. Again, not worth my dollar or calories. I also need to make a workout plan. Some days I'm going to workout at home, some the church gym and some at the campus gym. All free, which works with other goals for 2013.
Also, who watched the premeire for The Biggest Loser last night? I love the Jillian Michaels is back and that they are including some children ambassadors. I wanted to cry for those poor kids. I also want to slap their parents up against the back of their heads (kind of like the V8 commercials). Those kids did not get to be so overweight on their own. They weren't purchasing and preparing the food they consumed that led to being overweight. Their parents should of made them eat better, do more, and create a good example. I saw a preview and the parents are overweight themselves.
The childhood obesity "epedemic" in our country is horrible. Horrible because most of the time it is 100% preventable. These kids are fat because the adults in their lives made them this way. It is a form of neglect, or at least I think it ought to be treated that way. Not to get the parents in trouble, but to force them to be educated. Open their eyes, and lose the excuses. My kids all lost their "baby fat" by the time they started school. They tend to do that once they start walking and running around. It's not baby fat when they are 10 years old and eating McDonald's 2x a day and sugary cereal for breakfast and junk for snacks.
Anyway, have to get off that soapbox. It's a pet peeve of mine and one I may address once I become a RD. I hope all my dear readers have a great week.