Day 3 – EAT CLEAN!

Day 2 Review: Yesterday was…good and bad.

First the good: I did really well while I was at work. Didn’t touch the candy bowl. I stared it down a few times and just walked into my office where, thankfully, I had a banana and an orange sitting in plain site. I fought the candy dish with that banana and orange! I was so excited to go home and make a delicious dinner. And if you know me, that last sentence was extremely out of character! I’ve never been known to cook. After roughly 7 months of dating, I made the boyfriend some chocolate chip banana bread and his reaction? I’m happy to know you can cook!! If it took him 7 months to realize I can cook, it tells you that I don’t do it often. 🙂 Plus, I’m pretty sure my immediate family believes I eat frozen dinners every night, they are always so surprised when I say I’m cooking. And so am I. hahaha.

I knew that I had some boneless/skinless chicken breasts just begging to be spice and flavored into delirium. As soon as I got home, I grabbed all my newly purchase spices along with some old favorites. I was opening the garlic powder (not quite sure what’d I do with it yet, but I love garlic so it would be amazing either way) when I noticed a recipe for Garlic Lime Grilled Chicken on the spice jar. Yes, that’s right. I said Garlic LIME Grilled Chicken. Well, it’s winter…so I couldn’t grill, but I could bake it! And that’s exactly what I did. I used what I had in the spice cabinet and followed the recipe with a few off-book liberties.  It was AMAZING! You can find the recipe by clicking here…it was fantastic. I’ve never baked chicken before but with a little help from the internet, I was a pro at it last night!! 🙂  Of course, I needed something to go with the chicken. It was lonely. Hmmm…glancing around the kitchen I take inventory of what’s on hand from shopping spree the other night. Sweet potatoes! I love sweet potatoes. Can you tell? I’ve never made mashed sweet potatoes before, but thought it’d be an excellent night for firsts! Again, with the help of instructions on the internet I began to embark on crafting delicious mashed sweet potatoes. The first round ended with a sweet potato soup. The picture below is the soup before I mixed in the second sweet potato. Half soup/half potatoes that are about to *hopefully* thicken it into legit mashed potatoes. I only intended to mash one sweet potato. 🙂 Success! The second potato was the perfect addition.

Now the bad: I was so hungry (what an excuse!) waiting for everything that when I opened the pantry to get honey for the potatoes…I spotted those darn mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. And then proceeded to eat a handful! By then time dinner was ready, eaten, and cleaned up I had about 6-7 handfuls of chocolate chips! AHH!! That was terrible. However, I’m still pretty stinkin’ proud of my dinner and super excited about my lunch that is waiting for me today. I’m eating left-overs from yesterday’s lunch…so that means a tuna & salsa lettuce wrap for me plus mashed sweet potatoes from last night! YAY!

Have a great day and make good choices!!

Below: Sweet Potato Soup before it became Mashed Sweet Potato!

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Below: The complete masterpiece! Baked Garlic Lime Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes. YUM!
Recipe: Garlic Lime Chicken – Baked

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My 12-week Transformation Challenge – Week 1

Hello Readers! It’s been quite a while since I last posted…and just as I have slacked off on blogging – I’ve also slacked off on my fitness and nutrition. Not to the point of weight gain, but definitely not the kind of example I want to set as a fitness professional, a coach, a daughter, or a friend. I prefer to lead by example…and right now…I’m a bad example. How could I ever expect anyone to listen to my advice when I’m not following it to the T myself? I’m a hypocrit. Now, let’s not get carried away. I haven’t fallen off the deep end, but I’m not making the best choices either. Now that’s off my chest, I would like to share that I DID finish my goal of full-year without soda. Completed on January 2, 2013, one full year soda-free. Go ME! I actually stayed soda free until this past weekend. However, I only took a couple drinks of some Orange Soda and it was nasty. So…I’m trucking along without soda now because I simply don’t want it and not because I’m trying to avoid it. Go ME!

You are probably wondering what any of that has to do with the title of this post. My 12-week Transformation Challenge – Week 1. Well, my friends, that is the journey I am about to set out on. Every year, BodyBuilding.com puts on a $100,000 Transformation Challenge. The grand prize is actually $50,000 plus other prizes and then prizes given away to First, Second, and Third places (1st, 2nd, 3rd for fat loss AND a 1st, 2nd, 3rd for muscle-building), plus weekly prizes are given out.

I plan to register for the challenge. I don’t expect to win any prizes, but I think it would be a great motivator and way to stay accountable. Once I register I will take photos and upload my stats and then have 12-weeks to complete the challenge. At the end of the 12-weeks, I will take photos and upload my stats again. In between those two photos, I will work my butt off and eat healthy and hopefully see some DRAMATIC results.

Anyway, I plan to update this blog along with the BodySpace blog on Bodybuilding.com (photos and stats will be located there) once a week. 12-weeks + 12-posts = a more awesome ME! I will  be taking my initial photos and recording stats tomorrow (January 29, 2013). My BodySpace member name is KristinRox (I need all the self-encouragement I can get!!!). I haven’t updated that profile yet, so not much to see there. But once I register tomorrow it’ll have all the info in it for stats and photos (don’t judge me!).

If you’d like to follow along, I welcome you. If you have any tips, I welcome you. I ALWAYS welcome encouraging words!! Leave comments below if you wish, start your own journey along with me, or just follow along for updates on the most grueling 12-weeks of my LIFE!

Peace Out!

Kristin 🙂

PS – If you want your own chance to win $50,000 plus other fabulous prizes…you have to register by January 31, 2013!! Good luck!

Taste-Test: Shakeology

I have a confession. I signed up to be a beach body coach (sell things like P90X, Insanity, Shakeology, etc) and I’m not doing the programs. This is a problem. In my defense, at one time, I did Hip Hop Abs and at a different time p90x. However, I didn’t complete either or have the AmAzInG results like the poster children of those programs. I’m not saying they aren’t great programs and have effective results, I’m just personally more of a gym-rat. I love the gym and I love working out with groups of people. Which is why I love teaching group fitness! 🙂  Definitely a competitor by nature, having someone next to me pushes me so much harder than the television screen. That being said, I signed up as a beach body coach because:

1) I thought it’d be a good way to make an extra income and

2) I have seen/heard a lot of good things about Shakeology and thought it would be the side of the business I could promote (hopefully).

The one hold-up is that I haven’t tried Shakeology, personally. It is a meal-replacement shake. The idea is that they pack it with nutrients, fruits, and veggies into simple and tasty shakes. You replace 1 meal a day with this shake (your most unhealthy meal, ideally) and you’ll enhance your weight-loss results in addition to the work-out program you are doing.

Currently, I work-out 6 days a week so I’m covered on the work-out program. But I needed to try the shakes before I felt comfortable promoting them. So thus begins my Shakeology experimenting/taste-testing. To start, I am always on the go and carrying a blender around with me isn’t exactly ideal (The instructions tell you to take one of the individually packaged servings and mix with 8fl. oz of water, milk, almond milk, etc. in a blender with ice thus making a shake). But, to give it a fair-shot I tried it with the blender first…here were my results:

Taste-test 1: Greenberry flavor, blender, mixed with ice, water, and frozen mixed berries.
Results = messy, lots of cleaning, the taste was less than pleasing, and one packet made WAAAY to much to drink in one sitting with the added ice and berries. Which would normally be a great money-saving idea, however, now I don’t know exactly how many nutrients I’m receiving. This is a problem.

Conclusion….blender is out of the picture plus I don’t have the extra time every morning to mix the shake, clean the blender, pack my lunch, make breakfast, and get to work on time. Because I drink protein shakes after I work-out, I have a couple blender bottles. They are basically water bottles with a round spring-like ball inside used to break up the powder and mix more effectively. If Shakeology can work with my blender bottle, then it’s got my vote…well half-way. 🙂

Blender-Bottle Trials

Taste-test 2: Greenberry flavor mixed with 8 fl oz. of water. Simpliest and quickest mix on the go.

Results: While it mixed well in my blender-bottle it tasted gross. I felt all kinds of feelings about this greenberry flavor mixed with water and none of them were pleasant.

I got very discouraged at this point. Luckily, a friend of my roommate was a beach body coach in the past and said he loved Shakeology. Wahoo! Some insight, GREAT!! He suggested I mix it with vanilla rice milk. While rice milk took a little bit to get used to because of the sweetness, it really mixed well with the Shakeology powder. My next taste-test would be with vanilla rice milk. I ventured to the local supermarket to pick up some rice milk. As I browsed the organic section (the only place I can find those wacky types of milk) I came across Coconut Milk. There are two different brands, one with 10% DV Calcium and the other with 45% DV Calcium. Since I don’t drink regular milk (due to a bit of lactose intolerance that makes fresh milk taste sour to me) I thought the Vanilla Coconut Milk with 45% DV per serving would be an excellent option. Plus, I love coconut!! =)

Taste-test 3: Chocolate flavor mixed with 10 fl oz. vanilla coconut milk and 1 TBS ground flax seed. Flax/Chia seeds are excellent supplements to add to your diet and promote brain function. (pictures below)

Results: Not bad. It’s a little bit thick, but I can get over that…or mess around with how much milk I put in it. It tastes like I look a godiva dark chocolate bar, melted it down, and now I’m drinking it. I wish I was a bigger fan of dark chocolate!! =) All in all, I’m satisfied with this most recent taste test and won’t completely write-off Shakeology. Maybe just give-away the greenberry flavor and stick with chocolate! 😉

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If anyone has tried/currently uses the Shakeology or a similar product and would like to add your two-sense about what flavors to mix with it. Please leave a comment!! I welcome any and ALL suggestions! =)

Live Well,

Kristin

New Venture and Adventure!!

Exciting News! I’ve just become a BeachBody Coach!! BeachBody has created the programs P90X, Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift, etc. and meal replacement shake – Shakeology.

I’ll be posting updates and more information periodically as I get started with this new adventure. I’m looking forward to trying out Shakeology and seeing some great and exciting results!!! You can check out my BeachBody website here: http://beachbodycoach.com/healthylivingk

I look forward to working with you!!

Live Well,

Kristin

Personal Mantra

Hard to overcome cravings on the weekends? Don’t have the energy to exercise? Develop a personal mantra to repeat to yourself whenever you are feeling down in the dumps or unmotivated!

My personal mantra:

If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. (i.e. get out of bed at 5am!) Sometimes, I shorten it to: Do something you’ve don’t do! It took me about a year, but I’ve been working out at 5am consistently for the past several weeks and even teach a 5am yoga class now!!!

YOU CAN DO IT!!

Another personal mantra:

“Fighters don’t quit, fighters don’t whine, they don’t complain. They do the work. DO THE WORK!” -Adapted from something Dolvett said to a contestant on Biggest Loser. I repeat this mantra when I feel lazy! =)

What’s your personal mantra???

Here are some of my favorites:

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Now get out there and have a great week!!

Be Healthy, Live Well.

Kristin

I Like to Move it, Move it!

Motivation. Some people say it’s location, location, location…but I say it’s motivation, motivation, motivation! I believe that is one of the biggest keys to success whether it be success in health, fitness, finance, business, personal, etc. It all boils down to your motivation. If you have ill-intended motivation…you will usually get bit in the ass. If you have positive and uplifting motivation, it may take awhile…but you’re likely to success…eventually. =)

It’s not always the type of motivation that you have…but it’s also a matter of having motivation at all!! Many times for fitness and health gaining and keeping positive motivation is one of the biggest areas most are lacking. Every year, here’s the story: Oh it’s a new year! I’m setting a resolution to lose weight. Hello gym membership! Even though I haven’t worked out more than lifting the TV remote…I think I’ll work out every day for like 2 hours, this is going to be GREAT! Two weeks later…I’m tired and I just realized (even though the cycle repeats every year) that I hate working out. And cue the gym membership payments but no actual visit to said gym.

It’s hard to be motivated and stay motivated for the long-term. Even the top athletes representing the great U.S. of A. have had their moments of weakness when motivation was lacking. And do you think they threw in the towel and said, ah heck with it! This is too hard. Besides, I’ll never be an Olypimian! I think not!! However, I bet those that did throw in the towel are sitting on their couch at home kicking themselves saying, I was so close…if I just would have given it one more shot that could be me. Of course, I don’t expect any olypimians current, past, or future to be asking my advice or reading my blog…but that doesn’t mean whatever YOU are working towards isn’t a goal worth working your ass off to acheive – literally and figuratively.

Here’s a few tips to keep your motivation level up!

Motivation Tip #1: Modify your Surroundings

When you have a goal, it is smart to be constantly reminded of that goal. I recommend surrounding yourself with constant motivations revolving around the goal. For example, if you have a fitness goal – add FB pages, groups, and friends who are fitness oriented and minded, share in their stories, and interact with their social media. The same goes for finances, spirituality, career, etc. The things you surround yourself with are the things you become. Being surrounded by even the constant discussion of a topic will cause you to be continuously or at the least more often thinking about that topic. If you are thinking more about a topic you will start to see more opportunities to grow and improve in that area that you would not have seen before. Another way to surround yourself is through visual images. I like to change my computer desktop to different inspirational or motivational posters/sayings so that everytime I close a window (internet), I’m encouraged to keep walking through another door until I reach my goal. As one saying gets old and the motivation wears off I hit-up pinterest in search of a new poster to refresh and renew my motivation and energy level for that goal. Just like you surround yourself with the people you love and family photos – start to surround yourself with the activities you love and want to improve in. Keep shoving it down your own throat just like you shove vegetables down your kids’ throats!

Motivation Tip #2: Motivation Nation

Just like I recommended in the post about budgeting, it is just as important to have a motivational buddy or resource you can turn to. Typically people are more successful in groups. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. So what’s the harm in asking that village to help achieve your weightloss and life goals? Seek out friends and family who are in the fitness zone already and ask their advice, encouragement, and support. You don’t have to be on the same level physically as someone in order for him/her to help you reach your goals. In the past, I’ve responded to more fit friends this way- well you’re a lot more fit than I am…so I don’t want to work out with you. And guess where it got me? On the couch feeling sorry for myself and not working out at all. Well GET OVER IT! You know what happened when I got over myself, sucked up my pride, tucked my tail between my legs and asked for help to those same friends? I MADE PROGRESS! HOLY COW!! What a concept. If you are lucky enough to have friends or family in your life holding out a helping hand…grab on to that sucker for dear life! A support system is invaluable to your success, no matter the area of life in which you wish to achieve it.

Motivation Tip #3: It’s only a dream until you WRITE IT DOWN! Only then does it become a GOAL!

It is so important to have goals. If you don’t know where you are or where you are going…how will you know if you ever get there??? But remember, a goal is not just something you dream up one night while watching the Olympics on TV. “Yes – I think I go to the Olympics one day”. Ok…great for you. How? How will you get there? It’s not just about having an end goal in mind…it’s also about the journey to the goal. Write down these steps. Step 1 – Pick a sport. Step 2 – Try sport. Step 3 – Find a coach. Etc, etc, etc. Next – put dates by each step. Step 1 – Pick a sport by October 1, 2012. Step 2 – Try sport by November 1, 2012. Step 3 – Find a coach by January 1, 2013. Etc. And there you have it..a goal sheet. That wasn’t so hard now was it?!! As you progress along your journey, it is wise to keep track of how you have done along the way. For example: Step 1 – Pick a sport by 10-1-2012; Chose volleyball. Turns out, I suck at volleyball trying new sport tomorrow. Let’s give cycling a try. Going through this exercise will really help you realize how far you have come and how much more your body was able to achieve that you may have originally thought. It will also help you shape goals for the future by understanding your body more thoroughly.

Motivation Tip #4: Turns Excuses into Energy

I swear, individuals trying to lose weight or save money are the best at excuses! There is ALWAYS a reason why it won’t work! The most frequent excuse I hear is: well… I had a really busy day and I’m too tired to work out now or it’s too late or I still have laundry to do or blah blah blah. I stopped listening at ‘well’. Instead, use all those excuses and turn them into energy for the good. If you know you always have a busy day and will most likely arrive home to late to work-out…do it in the morning before your day starts and go to bed right away when you get home. I mean, you did claim to be tired so why are you up watching TV?? If you know you can’t run a marathon than just start running. When I first started running people asked, why did you start doing running; what got you started? I always respond, “because I am a horrible runner.” Well, then why would I run if I KNOW I’m terrible at it? That’s exactly it! If you know you can’t speak Spanish but would like to…shouldn’t you start studying and practicing Spanish? So, I started studying and practicing running. Now, I’m an ‘OK’ runner. Wahoo! Progress! That’s better than horrible. hah. Here’s another excuse: “I don’t want people to watch me.” Oh bologne. Everyone wants attention, just not everyone is able to admit it. Work-out so that YOU ARE NOT ASHAMED when people look at you. Work-out so you are PROUD of your body and not afraid of it. Take PRIDE in the fact that you are CHANGING YOUR LIFE…no matter where you start. Oh I love this excuse: “It hurts.” My response?? GOOD! That means it’s working, keep going!!! “But..But..it’s too hard.” Good thing we get to practice it and you get to keep trying!!! I tell that one to my gymnastics students all the time. And 99% of the time they acheieve the new skill once they realize I won’t let them quit because of a false excuse. Feel free blog readers of the world – throw your BEST excuses at me and I’ll turn them into positive reasons to keep working!

Turn all of those negatives thoughts into the reasons why you should keeping moving forward!

Live a Healthy Life,
Kristin