Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rice Cake w/ Almond Butter Midday Snack

Spread 1 tbsp of almond butter on rice cake (lightly salted and brown rice) and your choice of fruit topping. Makes for a good midday snack.

Tilapia and Scallops with Garlic Spinach and Whole Wheat Pasta

Tilapia and scallops cooked in minced garlic, jalapeno peppers, fresh lemon juice and basil. Garlic spinach cooked in 1 tsp. olive oil and minced garlic, 2oz. whole wheat pasta with 1 tbsp olive oil, dash of feta and grape tomatoes - my favorite dish ;) ....

Oatmeal

post-workout oatmeal (1/2 cup cooked w/ 1 cup of water) with cinnamon, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed and fresh strawberries. Yummo! ...

Scallops Anyone?

Baby spinach leaves, grape tomatoes, 1 slice avocado and 1 tbsp olive oil (healthy fats), feta. Scallops (cooked in minced garlic, fresh lemon juice and basil) and 1 cup brown rice - Delicious! ...

Chicken Walnut Sandwich and Kiwi

Chicken and Walnut Sandwich - 4oz cooked chicken breast, mixed with 1.5 tbsp nonfat plain yogurt (or greek yogurt), walnuts, red grapes halved, dash of sea salt and parsley. With fresh kiwi. On whole wheat grain bread. Great lunch ;) ...

April's Power Soup

Low sodium chicken broth, cooked and cubed chicken breasts, dark red kidney beans, spinach and hint of fresh lemon juice. Sautee chicken breasts in minced garlic, onions and basil first. Mix in with broth, then kidney beans. I enjoy with 1 slice of toasted wheat bread. Yum! Protein-packed! ...

Thoughts for Thursday - By example, of course ....

Happy Thursday folks ;) - just one more day until the weekend where we look forward to spending quality time with our spouses, significant others and our children. This blog is geared to the Moms (and Dads) of the world.
Whether you are a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) or the career-oriented Mama (COM) ... I am making up these abbreviations by the way for my sake ;), we all ask the same question - "where can I fit my exercise goals in?" while managing my family and household. Us Moms often feel like we have to devote 100% of our time to our children with no time for ourselves. Sure that may be alright for some, but we must also remember to set aside time for our significant others and most importantly, ourselves. I don't know about you, but just 1 hour of exercise, along with clean eating, gives me such a boost of energy that after my workday, I am pumped, energized and re-charged to care and play with my Alexander. Not to mention, children absorb what his/her parents do everyday. For example, my son is active while at home, rarely watches television and very rarely eats junk such as fast food and sweets. How did that happen? By example, of course.
Alexander sees what his Mommy eats and instantaneously wants to try my egg white omelette, homemade salads, lean potroast, lean taco beef, healthy soups, whole wheat pasta, greek yogurt, fruits, spinach, squash, etc. The fact that Mommy does not frequent McDonalds or Domino's pizza, the less he is exposed to these unhealthy food choices. Alexander will be turning 22 months old in a couple of weeks and he still has no appetite for cheeseburgers or pizza. Really? By example, of course.
Now don't mistaken me. I will not deprive Alexander of these "cheat" foods. I am merely teaching him that at our house, we eat clean 95% of the time. Of course, he can go to McDonalds' with the grandparents once in awhile, enjoy cake and ice cream at his buddies birthday parties, including his own. My point is by letting us Moms/Dads take just an hour of physical activity and eating clean, we are giving so much more to our own children ... a life lesson of being healthy and prolonging life! By example, of course!
So enough of the excuses please, "I simply don't have time." If you have time to chat on your cell phone, update your status on Facebook, browse your friends' and families' facebook, watch TV while eating potato chips .... you have time to do a 30 minute cardio activity and 30 minute weight exercise. And enough time to plan/cook meals. It all starts in you - the example!
There are many options at the gym for children. I see many SAHMs at LA Fitness who bring their children to the Kids Club daily and COM who use the services as well. These moms look happy, amazing, healthy and the kids look forward to going to the gym! How cool is that? At a young age, your child is already witnessing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This may prompt them to want to exercise, play sports and meet new friends. The benefits are just endless. And it benefits our children.
I can't imagine eating a whole bag of chips or cookies in front of Alexander. Nor be an inactive and unhealthy Mama. What kind of role model would I be? What kind of example would I be? I believe education starts at home and education starts with us, the Parents.
Cheers to fitness!
-April

Thursday, January 20, 2011

FREE Workout Mix

Hey fitness guys and gals - check out this link for FREE (yes, free) workout music mix courtesy of the Biggest Loser and Subway. All you have to do is enter your email and the music will download immediately to your hard drive. I am currently listening to Black Eyed Peas "The Time." The first mix that will play in my ipod tomorrow morning when I hit the gym! Best of all it's FREE! First link is volume 1 and second volume 2 .... (I love Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z) ...

http://subway.workoutmusic.com/ http://www.podworkoutmusic.com/SUBWAY/

Thanks Ben - mwah! Keep up those New Year's Resolutions everyone!!! Happy training.

-April

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thoughts for Thursday

Ahhh, a fresh new year ... 2011! The year I will turn 30 - yeah!!
As I wait for my class to start at LA Fitness, I quickly glance around to see the new faces who vow to make this year the year they change their bodies, not many surprisingly. Then I begin to reflect to the day that I first stepped into the same gym who also vowed to change her body for good - June 21, 2010.
Now 7 months later, 35 lbs lighter and muscle I did not know existed ..... here I was in the front of my bodyworks, step and kickboxing class. Who would have thought?!? ....
If you have read my first initial blog, you will know that the knowledge of clean eating and exercise did not make sense to me in the beginning. I read quite a bit throughout my journey (Oxygen Magazine, Tosca Reno's The Eat Clean Diet, assistance from my kickboxing teacher, attended a camp, etc.) and familiarized myself in the weight room and the class studio with the help of a personal trainer.
After writing my first blog (pouring my heart out), I have received several emails from women who are/were on the same boat as I was, and women who are eager to also make a lifestyle change for good ... whether it is to become a better person, a better wife/mom, to increase energy or to simply feel good about herself. Thank you so much to all of you who have wrote to me to share your woes/successes and life stories. Thank you to those who have congratulated and believed in me -your emails continue to motivate me in the gym and through my clean eating journey. Trust me, it is not easy. Which makes me wonder how those negative people in our lives think they can help us change by ridiculing us or reminding us we are overweight?!?! Stay away from those peeps. Surround yourself with only positive people who will motivate you throughout your journey. I tell you these same negative people are just fearful ... fearful you will leave them behind in their processed sugar, no nutritious content eating lifestyle. Nonsense ....
Along with working fulltime, taking care of my hubby and son, please know I promise to respond back to you. You take the time to write to me, I will take the time to listen and write back to you.
For now, I urge you to exercise and continue learning about eating clean. Pick up Oxygen magazine, Tosca Reno's The Eat Clean Diet and join a gym (budget permitting). It starts with moving and learning as much as you can with nutrition.
Some of you have asked for a sample menu of my day ... stay tuned ;) ...
Here are few of my favorite recipes so far:

Post-workout oatmeal with cinnamon, 1 tsp organic honey, 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed and fresh strawberries.

Salad .. baby spinach leaves, grape tomatoes, 1 slice avocado and 1 tbsp olive oil (healthy fats), feta and 1 tbsp vinagrette dressing. Scallops (cooked in fresh garlic, fresh lemon juice and basil) and brown rice.
Make it your year! Let's go divas! ....
Cheers to fitness!
April