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Protein Packed Snack/Dessert

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I made this for dessert for myself last night…yum! Super easy, healthy and delicious! It would also make a great post workout snack since it is high in protein 🙂

3 Plain Rice Cakes

1 banana

2-3 Tbsp Water

1 Scoop Protein Powder
(any flavor, I used Choc. Peanut Butter)

Cinnamon

Mix 1 scoop of protein powder (I use About Time protein powder, 1 scoop=24g of protein) with 2-3 tbsp of water. I used 3 tbsp, next time I would probably only use 2 since it came out a little too watery. You want it to be almost like a pudding. Spread some over one rice cake and top with a few slices of banana. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon, then repeat on the other rice cakes.
It would also be good with a little peanut/almond butter in there too! 🙂
Enjoy!

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Training for my 1st Bikini Competition!

Yup! I’m training for my first Bikini Competition! I haven’t posted on here in awhile, this prep is like a full time job! I am going to do my best to post about the rest of my journey to the competition though…
I am competing with a group from a local gym in the INBF Classic on June 7th. Thats not too far away! yikes!! I am happy with my results so far but am excited to see the end result! 🙂 I started training at 10 weeks out which is a pretty short amount of time to train!
I am really surprising myself at how disciplined I can be! I always considered myself someone with little or no will power especially with food! Since the day I committed to doing this I have stayed on track with my diet with no cheats at all! I think its the thought of being on stage in a bikini being judged that scares the crap out of me and makes me stay on track! I will say though that I do miss my wine!! I may need to have a glass before heading on stage just to get me out there lol!
I eat 6 meals a day that consist of lean protein and veggies. Its pretty strict with no snacking in-between meals (I’m the queen of snacking!) but I do have to say I have never felt better and I am very rarely hungry. Meal prep is time consuming but absolutely necessary to stay on track!
My workouts are going well, my boxing trainer is helping me with some heavy lifting and cardio is limited to brisk walking (i miss running!) Im really enjoying lifting and seeing the results! Its amazing to watch your body transform!! 🙂

I am going to try to post at least once a week on here with my progress…only 5 more weeks!! Here are a few progress pics so far…

 

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My lovely comp shoes…hoping to not fall on my ass on stage in these! Practice practice practice! 😉

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Cant believe I am posting these…..I don’t think Ive ever posted a pic of my stomach, its my problem area…

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Getting better….

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Happy with the progress so far…

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Of course I had to make a tank! 🙂

Refrigerator Oatmeal

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I have been on a bit of an oatmeal kick lately so when I came across this recipe on Pintrest (of course) I had to try it! Basically you mix old fashioned rolled oats, milk (i used Almond Coconut Milk), Greek yogurt (i had to use non dairy So Delicious yogurt), chia seeds and then add whatever mix ins you want. I got these awesome 8 oz. plastic “mason jars” at Target today…they are perfect! You mix the ingredients together and let them sit over night in the fridge and they are ready to eat, no heating up required! These seem like they would be great for the kids for breakfast or snacks and with these handy dandy plastic “mason jars” they would be great for on the go too! Click here for the full recipes..

These are the ones I made:
Blueberry
Apple Cinnamon
Banana Cocoa
Banana Peanut Butter
Raspberry Vanilla
Peanut Butter, Coconut, Almond & Chocolate Chip
(that last one isn’t on the site i just through what i had in!)

I made these tonight so I haven’t been able to try them yet…I will update on my Facebook page after I try each one if you would like to know how they came out 🙂

I do post more on my Facebook page so if you’d like come on over and “like” my page…fitness motivation, workouts, recipes, and more!

I hope these come out good!! They look so yummy, can’t wait to try them! Let me know if you try them and if you have any other combos to try! 🙂

Almond Joy for breakfast? Yum!

Who says breakfast can’t taste like dessert and still be good for you!? I had this today for breakfast…sooo good, I could eat it for dessert too! It tastes like an Almond Joy candy bar!! What more do I need to say?!

I used Silk Coconut milk to make the oatmeal, you could use any milk you want (or even water but personally I don’t think it tastes as good!). After you make the oatmeal just sprinkle in some sliced almonds, shredded unsweetened coconut, and some mini chocolate chips ( i used Enjoy Life , they are dairy, nut and soy free). So quick, simple, filling , good for you and yummy! 🙂

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Motivational Monday!

Everyone needs a little motivation on Mondays right!? I came across this quote the other day and I love it…

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

This applies to so many things in life. You can’t complain that things aren’t working out the way you want them too if you are not willing to put the time, work and effort into them. If you want the body you’ve always wanted, sitting on the couch and eating unhealthy is not going to get you there…you need to do something you’ve never done. For you that may mean to finally commit to getting healthy, eating right and hitting the gym or maybe you already do that but you want to push yourself harder and really transform your body…you need to do something you’ve never done. Maybe you are not happy with your job or relationships, but things won’t change unless… you do something you’ve never done. Its really simple actually, either you do it or you don’t, but don’t complain that nothing changes… if you don’t do something you’ve never done….

Time to make the wine!

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Right?!?! Just say yes, yes Jackie it does.

We make our own wine every year, my very Italian grandfather taught us and we have kept the tradition going after he passed away. We do it the real way (not just with the juice) by crushing and pressing the grapes (no we don’t stomp on them with our feet!). We crushed them last weekend and this weekend we will be pressing them. So much fun! The pressing takes a lot longer than the crushing process so we always have a big crowd over to eat, drink and help if they want! This year we are making 180 gallons of wine. No, it is not just for me! We have a few others that are splitting it with us 🙂

I will post a few pics along the way just because its fun! Thats my daughter doing some crushing…gotta start them early! Making, not drinking!

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We do of course have to drink while we do this process or else it wouldn’t come out right 😉

I know drinking is bad for you… but its just grapes!! Cheers!!

Workout Wednesday! Dam stairs!

Okay so I’ve been slacking a little lately on my posts but that doesn’t mean I’ve been slacking on my workouts! Today i went for a run and then headed over to the Clinton Dam to do my workout. I focused on legs today because I had boxing yesterday and I go tomorrow so my poor arms need a rest! As I am typing I am sitting at the Clinton Dam which is a beautiful spot for a workout. This is my view right now….

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Not bad right?! Oh and it’s 80 degrees on October 2nd!! I can live with that! 🙂

Okay so my workout today looked like this…

~ 3.4 mile run outside with an average pace of 8:30 minute miles

~ I did the stairs at the dam….and oh damn do they suck! But I love it!! I did them 4 times running 2 times walking. (these are the stairs and thats only about half and they are super steep!)

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~ Then I did 50 yards of walking lunges with back leg lifts

~ A 50 yard sprint

~ Broad jump into burpee with a pushup for 50 yards (these sucked! lol)

~ I ended with 50 squats

Then I rested…

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This is my view after I fell to the ground because my legs were like jello!! Ahhh so pretty…

Really this place is beautiful, it’s a great place for a run, workout or just a walk and some relaxation. I will leave you with a few more pics then its off to take a shower and get the kids off the bus! 🙂

Happy Workout Wednesday! Go get your sweat on!!

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Grilled chicken & Zucchini pasta with avocado sauce, YUM!

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This was my lunch today, so yummy! I had some leftover grilled chicken and zucchini “pasta” from dinner last night. I wanted something a little different though for lunch so I left it cold and whipped up some of this avocado sauce to put over it with some grape tomatoes. So good! I love zucchini pasta and my daughter, after making her try it, realized she loves it too! She even asked me to make it again tonight! 🙂

If you haven’t made zucchini pasta before you have to try it! Super easy and super good for you! I have a mandolin slicer that i use to julienne the zucchinis to make “spaghetti”, but you could just use a julienne peeler. I’ve seen recipes where you cook them on the stove in oil but I just threw mine in the microwave (no oil), covered for 2 or 3 minutes and they were perfect. 🙂 You just might have to drain them a little after. They are delicious just plain or you can serve them with your favorite sauce!

Enjoy!

Here is how to make the avocado sauce…

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ a cucumber, chopped
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons almond or coconut milk
  • about 8 leaves of basil
  • salt & pepper

    Throw all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until its smooth! Easy!

Coconut Butter…no, not oil, butter!

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Has anyone used this stuff?? I just discovered this Raw Organic Coconut Butter (at Marshals of all places!) and I’m in love! I haveused Coconut Oil plenty of times for cooking like everyone else but I didn’t know there was a Coconut Butter out there! I LOVE anything coconut! So far I have only used it on toast but you can use it in smoothies, as a butter or margarine replacement or if you make your own granola or energy bars i bet it would taste fantastic!

The Coconut Butter is made from the whole coconut flesh not just the oil so you get all the nutrition from the whole coconut:  oil, dietary fiber, protein and vitamins and minerals. The difference between Coconut Butter and Coconut Oil is the fiber content. The Coconut Butter is the pureed meat of the coconut so it has a good fiber content (5g), the Coconut Oil has no fiber because the oil has been separated from the meat of the coconut.

This brand does not add any fillers or preservatives, the only ingredient on the label is Organic Raw Coconut. 🙂

Thought I would share my new discovery with all of you even though you may already know of this…maybe I’m just a little slow!  😉

Sign of a good workout..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You know its a good workout when you are dripping sweat onto your new gym floor and loving it! I started my new routine this morning of waking up at 5:30am to do my workouts…tough getting up but sooo nice to have it done and have the whole day in front of me! I’m still waiting for a few more things to get done in the new gym before I post some pics, I am loving it though!! So nice to have a separate place to do my thing…

Here is what I did this morning, its another workout from Bodyrock.tv, one of my have places to get workouts from…

Set your timer for 10 seconds rest 50 seconds work, you’ll do this for three rounds…click here for the link to see how to do the exercises

1.  2 Squat Jumps, 1 Tuck Jump, 2 Push Ups

2.  3 Monkey Press Ups 3 Single Leg Squats (left and right alternate)

3.  10 Open Me Up Mountain Climbers 10 Ab Toe Touches using the Ugi ball ( i used a 12 medicine ball)

4.  Push Up, 2 Knee In, Commando Roll

 

Then I did this…just one round 10 seconds rest, 50 seconds work

1. Leg Lift with Row using the sandbag (you can use a dumbbell if you don’t have a sand bag)

2. Leg Lift with Row using the sandbag

3. Step Ups using the sandbag

 

Then I moved on to the TRX and did some abs. The TRX is killer for ab workouts, you use so many more muscles at once, love it! I did this circuit twice…TRX ABS

 

Then I did 150 air squats… I ❤ squats 🙂

Thats it!! Let me know if you do this workout too and how you did! Go drip some sweat on your floors!!!

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