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Mother’s Day Challenge

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Hello My Sweeties,

Mother’s Day is 48 days from today, so I thought it would be fun to start a challenge since I’ve been way out of wack these past few months.  This challenge isn’t just for Mothers, it’s for everyone who has a mother too…LOL  Why Mother’s Day you ask??   Why not? 🙂  It’ll be a nice gift to myself for Mother’s Day if I can stick to it and give myself a nice weight loss by then.

The challenge for the next 48 days if you choose to accept it is to keep a food journal, weather it’s an online journal or good old pen & paper journal, that’s up to you.
For the next 48 days if you bite it ~you must write it  🙂

Challenge starts today and runs until Mother’s Day Sunday May 8, 2016.

Please feel free to comment below 🙂

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My Kettlebell Workout Routine

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I love kettlebells and over the years I’ve gotten to really like a few exercises, it’s a great piece of equipment for a total body workout and cardio all in one. Below is my Kettlebell workout give it a try and let me know what you think. I use bell that are 25 lbs-35 lbs, working my way up the bell ladder.
If you’re a beginner, pick a few of the exercises and complete them in a sequence workout doing 3 sets of 12-15 reps each. If you’ve been around the block or two, try to get through the whole sequence two times through doing 12-15 reps of each exercise.
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Kettlebell Around the worldAround the world
(keep your core tight)

Kettlebell bridge pulloverBridge Triceps Pullover

Kettlebell Double Rack SquatDouble Rack Squat

Kettlebell Leg +Hip-Raise

Toe Touch

KB Lunge-Pass-ThroughPass Through Lunge

Kettlebell One Arm Swing & PassSingle Arm Swing

KB Turkish Get UpsTurkish Get Ups

Kettlebell Russian Twist 2Russian Twist
(side to side)
Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift
Single Leg Deadlift

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Sit Ups

KB Figure8 Squat with KBFigure 8 + Squat
(Keep core tight, back straight)

Kettlebell-Press-and-Clean_ALLClean & Press

 

Full Day Of Eating 6

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I’ve been struggling for months now to get back on track and I have to say that in the past week I’ve gotten back on the wagon and slowly but surely I’ll be 100% on point in the next few weeks.  I’m excited to be creative in the kitchen and try new recipes.  So you know I’ll be sharing those with you all very soon.

Today I decided to show you what I’ve been eating.
My meals are as follow:
~Breakfast
~Snack
~Lunch
~Snack
~Dinner

Breakfast: An egg white omelet is a great start before heading to the gym.wpid-wp-1434054589008.jpg

After the gym my snack was Whey protein.
Note to self:
Next time pour protein in the bottle before getting in the car, that way I won’t get it all over the upholstery. wpid-wp-1434055174149.jpg

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Afternoon snack Spinach + Strawberry smoothiewpid-wp-1434054245840.jpg

Dinner
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30 Day Arm Challenge

I thought since I have this 30 day Spring Slim Down Challenge I’d like to add some exercise to the mix.  So if anyone is interested below is the challenge and it can be done at home. Click on picture to enlarge and then print a copy and begin the challenge.

30 day Arm Challenge

 

Macronutrient and My Skinny Biatch Friend :-)

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Hey everyone,

So lately I’ve been interested into jump starting my metabolize because I’ve been like a yo-yo on the scale with the same 3 lbs up & down I’ve decided that I want to count calories but still keep my low carb values.

Thanks to my lovely, beautiful friend, whom I call a Skinny Biatch with warm intentions, she has had great success with simple sticking to her calories for the day.  She’s such an inspiration and a great friend that I dedicate this blog post to her and all your skinny biatch friends that are there to support you and encourage you to continue on your weight loss journey or any other journey that you are on.  You all know who you are Skinny B.  🙂

So this past week I’ve been sick with the flu which always has me craving comfort food and at the same time I began to count calories and increase my carb intake but I’m not throwing in the towel on the whole low carb bandwagon, I’m simply enjoying some complex carbs as in more fruit and some forbidden low carb veggies, (potatoes, beets, squash etc) and steel cut oats etc.
Since I’m going back to counting calories and stay low carb, well I want to know my macronutrient breakdown should be for a low carb diet.

Well to make things simple I came across this awesome macronutrient calculator.
http://macronutrientcalculator.com/

You can chose from 4 different percentage breakdowns.  I chose the Low Carb  and to make it even more easier for myself I took those percentages for carbs, protein, fat and entered it in My Fitness Pal so it does all the work for me and notifies me if  I go over etc.

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Here’s what my Macros breakdown for a low carb diet with 1200 calories per day intake.

Carbs    25%    (75 grams per day)  (15 grams per meal)
Protein 45%    (135 grams per day)  (27 grams per meal)
Fat         30%   (40 grams per day)  (8 grams per meal)

I went even further and calculated what I need for 3 meals and 3 snacks for the day.

Meal 1: 300 calories  (19g carbs, 34g protein, 10g fat)
Snack 1:  120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)

Meal 2: 300 calories  (19g carbs, 34g protein, 10g fat)
Snack 2: 120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)

Meal 3: 240 calories (15g carbs, 27g protein, 8g fat)
Snack 3: 120 calories (8g carbs, 14g protein, 4g fat)

It’s a slow process since I’m carefully trying to hit my macros correctly but some days I’m spot on & others…not so much.  I guess that’s why most fitness buffs do meal prep and eat pretty much the same thing everyday.

 
***Hint Hint***  I’m also looking into meal prep for the week…Stay tuned for an upcoming post.

 

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Here’s a great link
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macro-math-3-keys-to-dialing-in-your-macro-ratios.html

Whether you’re trying to lose fat or gain muscle you’ll need to know what calories and macronutrients are, and how to balance them for your goals. Macronutrients are the compounds which provide us with energy.

There are three types of macronutrients which are: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. You have seen these names on the back of all nutrition labels, which also show the total calorie count. The basic caloric make up of protein and carbohydrates is 4 calories per gram, where fat is 9 calories per gram.

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Protein 1 gram of protein = 4 calories

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Protein is the primary building block of muscle made up of amino-acids. Since our bodies can’t make all of these amino acids, the essential amino acids have to be supplied through your diet and nutrition. Protein helps for muscle growth, tissue repair, and immune function.

High protein sources include meat, fish, milk, eggs and of course whey protein.

For a muscle building diets, a high protein diet is a must. A high protein diet will allow your body to be in a constant metabolic state where it’s able to repair and rebuild muscle tissue throughout the day.

Not having enough protein in your diet will only lead to sore muscles and very little to no progress in terms of strength, size, and overall progress. For bodybuilding and gaining muscle, it’s recommended to have 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. It’s that much easier when you just supplement with whey protein into your diet.

 

Carbohydrates 1 gram of carbs = 4 calories

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The biggest myth was carbohydrates is that they make you fat. Carbs are the main source of fuel for our bodies, great for both short term and long term energy. There are exceptions, such as ketosis, where the body uses fat as a fuel source, but that’s not optimal for the long term. There are so many varieties of foods with (complex) carbs perfect for any diet, such as sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat rice, and general whole wheat grains.

Carbohydrates are just as, if not more important than protein in bodybuilding and fitness. Carbohydrates are the fuel that give you energy for your workout, as well as making sure you have enough energy after your workout. If you’re just having protein without carbs post workout, your body is using protein as its main energy source.  Basically, it’s a waste of protein.

 

Fat   1 gram of fat = 9 calories

healthyfats 2People often fear fats, and think it’s bad for you or make you fat. That’s simply not true. There are diets focused on fat loss, such as the keto diet, which are primarily focused on fat and protein without carbs. 

Fat is a major source of energy, and actually the most concentrated source of energy.  Fat regulates hormone production, as well as absorbing fat soluble vitamins which are required to maintain good health. Fats also help normal growth and development, as well as testostorone.

Fat does not make you fat; eating over your daily caloric maintenance is what makes you fat.  Some good fat sources are avocados, nuts, egg yolks, medium-chain triglycerides (coconut oil), and omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, and other fish), chia seeds, tofu and edamame. peanut butter, and cheese, but be careful as the total calories for fats do add up higher than you realize.

 

 

 

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My Low Carb 7 Day Meal Plan~Oct 20, 2014

What's for dinner

Hi all,

Here’s my low carb 7 Day Meal Plan for this week, I’d love to hear from you so please leave any tips or advice in the comment box below.

** (for family)**  means I made it for the rest of my family and I won’t be having any.

Monday Oct 20 ~ Sunday Oct 26 , 2014

Meal 1
Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry
Veggie Stir-Fry (bell peppers, onions)
Won Ton Soup (for family) Chicken broth for me
Rice (for family)
Egg rolls, Plum sauce, Sweet chilli sauce (for family)

Meal 2
Roasted rosemary chicken leg quarters & breasts
Baked potato (for family)
Corn (for family)
Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, onions, feta cheese)

Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 3
Slow Cooker ~ Marinara sauce with Beef braciole

Pasta & marinara sauce (for kids)
Zoodles for me (zucchini julienne)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 4
Baked chicken wings
Buffalo cauliflower
Ranch coleslaw
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 5
Coconut Shrimp
Baked cod with tartar sauce
Ranch coleslaw
Rice or french fries (for family)
Roasted beets, carrots, butternut squash, onions

Meal 6
Slow Cooker ~ Beef Stroganoff (beef, mushroom, onions, sour cream, white wine)
Noodles (for family)
Green beans with sliced almonds
Green salad with vinaigrette

Meal 7
Slow Cooker ~ Soup
Crustless Quiche Lorraine Or Low Carb Pizza
Hashbrowns (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Snacks:
½ cup Cantaloupe (once a day)
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Zucchini chips & Babaganoush dip
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar
Chapmans No Sugar Butter Pecan Ice cream

 

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6 Weeks to a better body

6 weeks to a new you

 

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As of Monday Sept 8 to Oct 20, I plan on doing a 6 week fitness and diet plan.
Below is my fitness plan, I like having a plan when I go to the gym since I tend to get such a better workout when I know what I’m doing that day.  It’s the same reason why I do certain classes at the gym since it’s so much better to push yourself when you have someone telling you what to do and the group setting is motivating.

Monday~~ Weights + Cardio (full body+30 min)
Tuesday~~  Cardio + Pilates class
Wednesday~ Weights + Cardio (Spin class + Body Sculpt class)
Thursday~~ Weights + Cardio (full body+Kick boxing class)
Friday~~~~HIIT/cross fit (I have good circuit workouts from fitness magazines)
Saturday~~Kettlebells  (I have my own routine which is brutal & I love it)
Sunday~~~Pilates class

 

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For the next 6 weeks I plan on sticking to my Atkins low carb induction diet.  Here’s just a few meal ideas that will help me stay on track.

Low Carb Day

Breakfast
Protein + Veggies + Fat
•Protein powder + Almond milk 1 c + Spinach + Avocado
•Protein powder + Almond milk 1 c + Peanut Butter
•Omelet Egg whites 3

Morning Snack
Protein + Fat
•Cottage cheese 1/2 c + Almonds 1.5 Tbsp
•Cottage cheese 1/2 c + Avocado 1/3 c
•Greek yogurt 3/4 c + Almonds 1.5 Tbsp

Lunch
Protein + Fat + Veggies 2 cups
•Chicken breast 3oz + Avocado 1/3 c + Lettuce 2 cups + Dressing
•Chicken breast 3oz + Cream cheese  1 oz + Lettuce 2 cups + Dressing
•Beef burger + Blue cheese 1 oz + Coleslaw 1 cup + Lettuce 1 cup + Dressing

Afternoon Snack
Protein + Fat
•Cottage cheese 1/2 c + Almonds 1.5 Tbsp
•Cottage cheese 1/2 c + Avocado 1/3 c
•Greek yogurt 3/4 c + Almonds 1.5 Tbsp

Dinner
Protein + Fat + Veggies 2 cups
•Chicken + Avocado + Lettuce 2 cups + Dressing
•Burger + cheese + Broccoli + Lettuce 2 cups + Dressing

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