Friday, September 30, 2011
I finally decided to try this "green" pancake for my meal 4 today. Yes, it is green, but it is AMAZING and YUMMY! My dad happened to be over and had him taste it! He loved it! (maybe I can get him to stop going to Wafflehouse and just come to my house for pancakes! Ha!) You cannot even taste the spinach at all. Enjoy! ...
Spinach Protein Pancake:
4 egg whites (OR 12 tbsp of liquid eggwhites)
1/2 cup of oats (uncooked)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp stevia
1/2 cup of spinach
1 tsp of almond butter (spread lightly on top)
You can add ground flaxseed, but I had it already this morning w/ my oatmeal.
Spray pan w/ non-stick cooking spray (I used crisco) and set stove to low heat (I use level 4)
Put first 6 ingredients in blender (I have a magic bullet - very easy to use and clean afterwards)
Pour liquid mix in pan.
Cook as you would a regular pancake
Lightly spread almond butter on top and top with your favorite fruit
Let me know what you think! :)) ...
Thursday, September 29, 2011
A few weeks back, I ran outside for a week and immediately right after, I felt a sharp pain on my left bottom heel. So painful that I was limping for a week :-( ... it was awful pain so I definitely stayed off running and went to speak with my friend Stephanie for advice. We both knew it was my shoes. I had no idea that I needed "running" shoes for outside running and that my "gym" shoes were for, ... well the gym. DuH ... (keep in mind my blog is called "my fitness journey" for a reason because I am still journey-ing (is that a word?) ... pardon my English if it is not, I am lacking sleep due to work at the moment :-/ ...
So ... now my "journey" is about to start with the world of running. Growing up as an overweight child, I despised running. I pictured running as each step you take, your entire body weight lands on each footstep. Well, my poor feet having to lug around all that weight and bodyfat :-( .... so needless to say, I stayed away from running! I could not stand all that jiggle jiggle! And it wasn't comfortable. Now, I have changed for good and I can't help but love it.
Today I ran 4 miles at the park with my new running shoes. It felt light as if I was running barefoot. No more pain in my feet. I only wished it was cooler today (it was 100 around 5pm ugh) and that would have made my jog perfect.
I look forward to many more jogs outside now that fall is around the corner (well for Texas, that is wishful thinking, but you get my point) ... now I have the right shoes and I am ready to "journey" on and add running to my fitness loves. A 5k and 10k is on my bucket list as we speak!
Thank you Stephanie for helping ... a total rookie at running :)) ...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Boy oh boy, was I hungry after my cardio and chest/back workout today. I was also craving a lean protein that isn't chicken or fish. So happy I had a bag of thawed shrimp in the refrigerator. Shrimp is a good source of lean protein and a nice change from your chicken breast:
1/2 cup brown rice
6 oz shrimp (thawed and sauteed in 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp minced garlic and fresh squeezed lemon juice, then drained)
1 cup steamed brocolli with just a little bit of craisins on top (6 to be exact :) ...
dash of sea salt and black pepper
3 grape tomatoes, halved
My brown rice and brocolli are already cooked and tupperwared so I save on time during my work week. I steam brocolli and sweet potatoes every Sunday along with boiling my brown rice. Hubby peels our sweet potatoes so it's a team effort :)) ...
Going to chow now, enjoy :)) ...
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A clean eating lifestyle affected me not only physically, but emotionally, mentally, financially not to mention how you are socially. I can't begin to tell you how I felt at 170lbs in a 5'1 frame, pretty cruddy :-( ... One thing for sure though is I am blessed to have found the strength to want to change my unhealthy lifestyle and get moving. What a perfect time too; the year I turned 30! Also, I have a very curious and active 2.5 year old and he is a huge chunk of the reason I wanted to get fit. Nowadays, I don't even visit my scale anymore (I think hubby even hid it from me once), but rely on how I feel, how my clothes fit and how I am with people. I am content and happy in the 120s, 9-10% bodyfat and the muscle I have put on. I love seeing and hearing the stories of family and friends who share with me their own success and their journeys. Just the other day hubby received an email from a co-worker asking how I prepare my sweet potatoes and how I season my chicken breasts! That just makes my day! .. to know that another person has decided to change and give clean eating a try :)) ...
Now, I can finally say that I have a good grasp and balance with my family, my career and my love for fitness. All three keep me pretty busy and definitely challenged, which leave me times thinking I have many things in life to be grateful for. Life is good.