Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blasting My Booty

Hey guys! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend. If you're catching up, on Sunday Eric grilled some tasty steaks and yesterday I went on an epic bike ride.

I know a lot of you are slowly but surely getting back into the normal "routine" today, but I'm incredibly lucky in the sense that for the next three weeks, I don't have a routine! I'm done with classes for the summer, I finished my three week IPPE on Friday, and I don't start my first rotation until August. My first couple months of rotations are up in Traverse City, and I'll be moving back up there on June 18th to live at home (no rent!) and work for a few weeks before I start. I didn't want to move back home right away because I decided I wanted a little break from my crazy busy schedule before it starts back up again, and I must say that I am quite enjoying it! I was actually planning on working a bit at my store down here in Grand Rapids, but my boss couldn't find me any hours. Looks like I'll be spending a lot of time at the gym over the next few weeks ;)

Speaking of the gym, let's get to this morning's work-out! I decided that I want to start incorporating more glute work into my routine because let's face it, my a$$ is pretty much non-existant (in the muscle department, that is; there is plenty of jiggle there!). I never really noticed it until I went swim suit shopping this year. Almost every suit I tried on fit me fine everywhere except the tush, where I was left with a bunch of saggy fabric. It's time to firm up that booty! I turned to my favorite magazine for some ideas:

And did a slightly modified version of this routine:

I can definately tell that my glutes are undertrained because I was shaking after just the first exercise. By time I completed the single leg deadlifts (which were VERY difficult and required a lot of balance) I could hardly walk. In the end, my work-out ended up looking like this:

I chuckled at the thought of doing any cardio when I was finished. It may seem like a short work-out, but it actually took me nearly 45 minutes, probably because of the insanely long rest periods I took in between sets. Hey, I was still hobbling out of the gym when I was done so I'm perfectly okay with long breaks!

A Chemical Inbalance

After the gym, we all had plans of hitting the pool for the afternoon. Unfortunately we arrived to discover that it was closed due to a "chemical inbalance." I have no idea what that means, but I was quite upset. I had big, big plans of laying out in the sun for hours and falling asleep to my iPod. Since both of my roommates had the day off today and we all wanted to take advantage of the nice weather, we headed out to our backyard instead. First they went and layed out for a little bit while I made myself some lunch:

Spinach and three cheese tortellini with organic pasta sauce and parmesan cheese

And then I went outside and joined them. They tossed a football around:

While I blogged :D

Look, it's a ghost!

I'm off to get a few things done, and then I'm heading to yoga later :) Have a great day!

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Perfect Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!! I hope that you are all having a wonderful holiday, mine has been absolutely perfect in every way :)

I was up bright and early to start my day with my current breakfast obsession: No-Bake Overnight Oats!

This is my first official "recipe" that I've created with my PB2 that I picked up last week, but it's really just a combination of ideas that I've picked up from other bloggers. I am not kidding you when I say it tastes just like a no-bake cookie!

No-Bake Overnight Oats:

Combine the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I use skim)
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp PB2
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Stevia or other sweetener (optional)
Place bowl in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, top with a frozen sliced banana, mix it all together and enjoy!

This breakfast fueled me up for a fantastic bike ride today. I rode the farthest I've ever ridden before, over 40 miles!! The trail was absolutely gorgeous.

I've been looking forward to this ride for over a week now, and I'm pretty sure I was beaming from ear to ear the entire time (well, except for the last five miles, those were rough!)

At my halfway/turn-around point at mile 20, I stopped at a lovely little picnic area in Sand Lake.

I stretched out my incredibly sweaty and dirty legs:

And snacked on a Clif Mojo because as predicted, I had burned through my breakfast a LONG time ago and I was starving:

Then I hopped back on my bike to finish my ride. When I passed through Rockford on the way back, I stopped at a park that I usually refill my water bottle at and ended up just dumping a bunch of water on top of my head. I was SO hot and getting really tired, so it was quite refreshing :)

By the time I finally made it back to my car, I was completely drained. I was doing really great until about mile 35, and then total exhaustion set in. When I got off my bike, my hands were kind of numb and my leg muscles kept cramping. The farthest distance I've ever ridden before this is 30 miles, and I know now that there is a huge difference between 30 miles and 40! Regardless, it was still one of the best rides I've ever had and I can't wait to do it again :D Total Distance: 40.53 miles Total Time: 3:06:59

I cooled off with a delicious strawberry banana smoothie on the way home:

(By the way, these McDonald's smoothies are legit, if you haven't tried them yet!) And then after eating some lunch I spent the rest of my afternoon here:

Aaah, a glorious holiday indeed :D

More biking posts:

Did you have the day off today? Do anything fun? Tell me about your weekend adventures :)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I Like My Lemonade With A Kick

Hey everyone! Hope your Sunday is sunnier than mine is:

It's pretty dark and rainy right now here in Grand Rapids, but it hasn't been this way all day. It was actually gorgeous outside this morning, and the perfect day to ride my bike to the gym :)

I was pumped to resume my regular schweaty work-outs after basically taking a week off because of my sclerotherapy. After arriving at the gym, I wasted no time getting my lift on. I did a modified version of the low rep routine I've been doing on Mondays (I did it today instead of tomorrow because I plan on biking tomorrow). I didn't really change anything; I just skipped all of the lower body exercises. In the end it looked like this:

After my lift I did 20 minutes of HIIT on the Stairmaster and then rode my bike home. I was a hot, sweaty, exhausted mess when I got home and I loved it :D I never realized how much exercising really affects my mood until last week. By the time Friday rolled around, I was starting to get kind of depressed and I couldn't figure out why. After calling my mom and talking with her about it, I realized that I had gone from working out hardcore six days a week to virtually nothing, and I'm used to those endorphins! It feels good to have them back :)

Grilling and a Movie

When Eric and Aimee got home from church, Eric got to work grilling us all some yummy steaks! Unfortunately I missed the memo about grilling for lunch (I thought we were doing dinner) and I had already inhaled my mid-day meal when I got home from the gym, but I'll be enjoying the delicious leftovers for dinner shortly.

He also grilled some corn on the cob on the side:

While he was grilling, I whipped up some lemonade to go with the meal.

Wait a second, how did that vodka get there?

What can I say, I like my lemonade to have a little kick to it ;)

I also like to open my eyes as wide as humanly possible while I pretend to eat corn on the cob.

After lunch, the rain started to come down and we decided to head to the movies to see The Hangover. It was funny, but as expected it was not as good as the first one. While we were there I enjoyed numerous handfuls of Eric's extra buttery popcorn, but I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as he did.

Hope you are all enjoying your holiday weekend :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Organic For The Win

Last night, I busted out Aimee's George Foreman and grilled up some chicken for dinner.

Chicken and broccoli is my go-to "getting back on track" meal. I just feel so healthy when I'm eating it! I usually bake it or boil it, so grilling was a nice change of pace. This was my first time using the George Foreman, but it will definately not be my last!

Breakfast + Work-Out

I woke up this morning ready to keep this healthy streak going and whipped up tasty chocolate cherry protein smoothie for breakfast.

My shake contained:

  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • Black cherry Chobani
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp Hershey's cocoa (unsweetened)
  • handful of fresh organic spinach
  • water to thin it out
It was super chocolatey and refreshing :) After I finished my smoothie I headed to the gym for a low-impact walk on the treadmill. Today is my last day that I have to wear those darn compression stockings, which means tomorrow I can resume my regular work-outs! For the last few days, I've had to take it easy but I've been instructed to walk for at least 30 minutes every day. I usually walk around the neighborhood, but it was pretty yucky outside today so I took my work-out indoors. I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, increasing the incline every minute and then bringing it back down to keep things interesting:
I thought about hopping on the stationary bike for a little while after I was done on the treadmill, but my compression stockings were all sweaty and gross (overshare, I know). Don't worry, I washed them after I got home :)
Lunch After laying around on the couch for the rest of the morning watching Jason X with Eric, I suddenly realized how hungry I was! I used leftover chicken from last night to make a sandwich for lunch. My sandwich was made on toasted sprouted whole grain bread and contained a slice of melted muenster cheese, guacamole, and spinach along with the chicken. I also had some fresh organic strawberries on the side.
This lunch was amazing for two reasons. For one, the sandwich made with grilled chicken was epic. I have no idea why I don't make these more often, but I'm definately going to start! Secondly, see those organic strawberries up there? Well, they were the best strawberries I have ever had IN MY LIFE. I actually had planned on purchasing non-organic strawberries because they were cheaper, but the whole "jumbo strawberries" gig started to weird me out and I decided that I prefer my fruit to not be on steroids. In addition to being chemical free, these strawberries were the sweetest, juiciest, and most flavorful strawberries I've ever had. Organic produce for the win. Well, I'm off to go be lazy and enjoy the rest of my Saturday. See ya! Do you buy organic produce? Can you taste a difference between organic and non-organic products? I buy a lot of my groceries organic, but honestly I don't always taste that much of a difference. So far, the foods that I have noticed a markedly different (in a good way) taste in are cottage cheese, nut butters, meat, and strawberries!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Errands, Errands, Errands!

TGIF! I am more than ready for a nice, long weekend. Oh, and as always, thanks so much for your wonderful comments on yesterday's sweet tooth post; I love you guys!

Today has been full of errands, but first let's talk food! Breakfast was my favorite bagelwich combo served on sprouted bread (I was out of bagel thins), along with a side of extra egg whites for more protein and staying power.

This is definately one of my favorite breakfasts right now. I love the cheese/egg/raspberry jelly combo, plus eggs and ketchup are the bomb.

Muenster cheese, egg whites, and raspberry preserves on sprouted whole grain bread

Lunch was a cheese quesadilla and a salad along with the last of some blueberries that were about to go bad:

Spring mix, feta, dried cherries and sunflower seeds served with my favorite dressing!



I had a very succesful afternoon of running around today. My first stop was at Grand Health Partners to find some PB2. I've been wanting to try it forever, and I think this place is the only location in Grand Rapids that sells it. I was thrilled when they had some in stock!

At first the idea of powdered peanut butter totally freaked me out, but the check out the ingredients:

There's nothing but peanuts, sugar and salt! You are supposed to mix it with water (or add it to whatever the heck you want for peanut butter flavor) and supposedly it tastes just like peanut butter. At only 45 calories a serving (versus almost 200 for most nut butters) I sure hope it tastes good! This just might be the answer to my peanut butter prayers. I'll let ya know how it is :)

The next stop of the day was not planned, but was totally necessary. You see, when I accidently discover the only frozen yogurt place in Grand Rapids when I've been looking for one for the last year, I cannot just drive by.

After a couple samples, I went with a kiddie sized cup of chocolate chip cookie dough. Only 120 calories for that baby!

Alright, maybe a little more than that after my cheesecake topping... ha ha

It was perfection :)

Next up was Target where I faced the dreaded task of bathing suit shopping. It's probably because I've recently put on a few pounds, but finding something that fit me and I actually liked was super hard today. I prefer one piece suits because they are the most flattering on me, but I couldn't find one today. I ended up with this tankini:

I really like the suit, and hopefully I'll be more content with the way it looks on me after a drop a few more pounds.

The last stop was the grocery store. Here's the goods:

I love how nice and stocked the fridge is after grocery shopping; mine was looking pretty bare!

Well I've got some chicken marinating in the fridge for dinner and right now I think I might take a little nap. Hope you all have a fantastic holiday weekend; I'm hoping that mine will be full of lots of biking!

What are your Memorial weekend plans?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sweet Tooth Struggles

Another day of my IPPE is officially over! I only have one more day left of waking up at 5:30 every morning and taking that darn shuttle to and from the hospital every day :)

It has been a really great three weeks at Spectrum and I have definately learned a lot, but I am more than ready for a break. I went straight from finals to this IPPE and I am literally exhausted. My body needs a rest!

Sweet tooth

For the past couple weeks, my sweet tooth has seriously been out of control. I wrote last week about the amazing ice cream that I had been eating at the hospital, but that's not the only sweet treat I've been craving lately! While I have stayed true to my promise to myself of only getting ice cream one day this week (tomorrow!!) I've been cheating by getting other desserts through out the week. In addition to that, last night my roommate went to work in the kitchen baking some yummy treats and I'm pretty sure you all know where this is going...

She made a batch of brownies to take to work with her but for some reason, they really stuck to the pan.(We still don't know why, anyone else know? They had sticky caramel in them, but she sprayed the pan really well!) She salvaged a few good ones to take in, but guess who dove head first into the remnants?

I have no willpower

She also made about three dozen cookies using a recipe from her middle school teacher. I'm not sure what they're called, but they've got peanut butter, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and oatmeal in them. People, it doesn't get much better than that.

Obviously, this excessive sugar consumption is not exactly helpful with my weight loss. One of the biggest reasons why I get frustrated with myself about this is because I am tired of posting bad weigh-ins! I haven't lost any weight in a long time, and this probably sounds stupid but I sort of have this fear that people will stop reading my blog if keep getting off track like this. After all, this is supposed to be a weight loss blog, not a junk food blog (or a Pizza Hut blog for that matter).

I love me some pizza!

I'm going to cut myself off now before I start getting too whiney on ya. I just wanted to get this off my chest, and I feel much butter now. This goes back to the whole trying to keep my blog positive thing; I know I wouldn't want to read a blog full of frustration and negativity. I'm really trying to work on that for you guys, please don't leave me yet!

I'm off to tackle my to-do list for the night, I'll see ya tomorrow :)

Are you turned off by blogs that constantly talk about frustration and struggles?

I'm almost positive I've asked this before, but how do you deal with an obnoxious sweet tooth?!


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