Wellness Wednesday | Fitness Journal

Happy first day of Summer 2017. Here in the tri-state we’ve had quite a few heat waves as of late, but Summer is officially here! I’ve been on a roll with my meal prepping and I’m on Day 9 of my daily workout. Yeah, I know, a little over a week. To me, that’s a huge deal as I have embarked on working out consistently before and I would flop within a week. This time I am holding myself accountable by counting each day, doing an intense workout for 30 minutes, and tracking it all in my fitness journal.

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Wellness Wednesday | Starting Over

Cheers to another post here on the blog. I’m definitely getting back into the groove of having a post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, plus getting back to into my series. One series that has been neglected for nearly a year now is Wellness Wednesday. The last edition I had was ‘What I’m Eating’ and before that ‘What’s In My Workout Bag.’ A lot has changed since July of 2016. I’ve been eating a lot more (my anxiety plays a key factor in that) and I’ve changed jobs in which I’m sitting a lot more. With May 2017 in full swing (it’ll be over before we know it), I wanted to start over. Well, not just start over, but change my lifestyle.

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Wellness Wednesday (V.14): What I’m Eating

Hey guys and welcome to another edition of my Wellness Wednesday. In my last edition I shared what was in my workout bag, but in edition to working out I’ve had to change my eating habits.

Disclaimer: This post is about what works for me and everyone has to discover what works for them. I simply want to share my change in eating habits and how it has helped me in combination with working out (another post coming soon).

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Wellness Wednesday (V. 13): What’s In My Workout Bag?

I’ve been working out for a few weeks now. I mean, actually working out. What’s changed this time around? I’m working with a trainer and a friend. It’s a full body workout that includes a lot of cardio, strength training, and boxing, and no workout is ever the same. Working out two days a week has really helped. I wanted to start back up with Wellness Wednesday series that has been neglected since a fitness haul last summer to share what’s in my workout bag. Of course be sure to click the links throughout the post for related posts and links to purchase items featured.

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Wellness Wednesday (V.12 ): Fitness Update + Haul

I’ve been slacking with my blog post, but I wanted to update and share with you all how my fitness journey is going and the new workout gear that I purchased. First off, I talked about doing Whole 30 and you can read the posts below for updates on that:

In addition, I’ve been working out a lot more, but as fall rolls in and the Summer ends, I’ve been slacking really bad. I haven’t had the energy that I had during Whole 30 and I definitely have been having more migraines. I really believe that what you eat plays into a lot of what your body feels. When I wasn’t eating grains, cheese, and drinking more water, I really hadn’t experienced any migraines. My migraines are too the point where I feel extremely nauseous, I can’t keep my eyes open, and I’m to the point of tears.

During the entire Whole 30 experience I had no migraines nor did I have any headaches during my menstrual cycle. As I have finished Whole 30 I’ve realized that the migraines are back and they are just as intense. I really need to cut back on all the food that I’ve consumed. It’s like I was making up for lost time of not having pizza, pasta, and bread. I’m not going completely back to Whole 30, but I am going to eat along those lines. Anything to keep the migraines away.

As for my water intake, I have barely been getting to three bottles a day. When I was on Whole 30 I managed to drink anywhere between 6-8 bottles, but now I’ve really slacked off. I need to get back to drinking more water and stay away from the juice and the soda. The only soda I have drank is ginger-ale.

With Whole 30, it’s more of a body cleanse than it is a diet. It helps to curb your eating habits and even though I am done, I am not craving like I used to nor can I eat in the abundance I once did. In  no way am I obese, but I would snack all day even if it was past midnight. I’d have a urge to get up and go find a snack. Now, I’ve been using water to supplement that late night craving that I still have.

So below are the workout clothes that I picked up. I was thinking of doing an entire separeate post, but workout clothes, NEW workout clothes, have really motivated me to work out. I purchased everything from Kohls from brands including: Tek Gear, Nike, and Fila. All items pictured were on sale and it was the deal of spend $50 get $10. I ended up getting everything for a little over $100, but with savings it was over $180.

I was planning on buying a new pair of sneakers, but I already have two that will last me for the rest of the year. I am currently using my Nike Lunar Glide 2’s which I’ve had for quite some time and my black and white Nike Free 5.0‘s. The Nike Lunar Glide’s that I purchased are super old because Nike is up to the Lunar Glide 7. I paid under $100 for each sneaker. I love how lightweight the Nike Free’s are and I love the support of my Lunar Glide’s. I’m debating on whether I’d like to buy the Nike Roshe‘s. I’m mostly leaning towards another pair of Nike Free’s because I absolutely LOVE the feel of them. 

I want to not only get fit as it is just better for my health to do so, but I want to be able to run a 5K come Spring 2016. I want to run a 5K in support of lung cancer. That is my ultimate goal! I really just need to stop the boredom eating and continue to stay hydrated and active.

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Wellness Wednesday (V.10): I’m Starting Whole30

I’ve always wanted to vlog and document bits and pieces of my life, yet I’ve never done it. This time around i’m going to be documenting my healthy eating lifestyle which of course I will share on here with a video to further explain. So, let’s be real. Out of my entire body, the part that I dislike the most is my stomach. It has gotten bigger and bigger over the years and a lot of that has to do with emotional eating. In high school I lost my grandfather and my mother in the span of two years and I turned to food for comfort. At one point I had got my stomach down, but as my mothers health declined I started to eat more. I’ve tried to join the gym, which I did, but then I quit. I tried changing my eating habit, which I did, but then I quit. I haven’t had any consistency.

So why now? Here I am about to be 24 years old and I don’t want to be out of breath walking up the stairs from doing laundry. I want to be able to run around outside with my nephews without getting tired. I want to be able to wear the short dresses and crop tops without feeling self conscious. I want to be able to turn to the side in an outfit I feel great in and not see a gut.

As for working out, that’s another thing I really need to incorporate. Here we are on Day 3 of the program and I’m feeling great. I don’t mind working out, it’s just keeping up with it. I’ve been to the park 3 day in a row and I’ve been running. I do need to add strength training and sit-ups, but three days of cardio is a roll for me. The real challenge will be next week when I go on vacation. I’ll be sure to update.

I’ve decided to do Whole30 as a guideline.  It’s simple enough to follow and there’s no specific items I need to buy. It doesn’t take away the food I love, it cuts out what I don’t need and forces me to watch what I intake. I didn’t get a chance to do meal prep on Sunday (7/12), but I did prepare my meals for the remainder of the week Monday (7/13). It consists of a lot of greens, chicken, fish, and fruit. Fruit is what’s keeping me balanced because being such a snacker I crave junk food.

WATER, WATER, WATER is KEY! I’ve been drinking a gallon throughout the day and although I run back and forth to the bathroom, I feel great! I’ve been working out, actually going to the park and running, and I see instant change. In changing my diet and drinking more water I am able to run a longer distance without getting tired. For those that put the water into a marked gallon, kudos to you, that’s just not my thing. I like to mark off the water that I drink by the bottle or how much I refill my water bottle.

I’m excited for what’s to come and how creative I can get with my meals which I will share. It’s great that I’m running, but I need to throw in a daily tummy workout as well. For more on the Whole30 program, click here.

Next week I’ll be posting a vlog video with a look at what I’m eating and my groceries.

Wellness Wednesday (V.7): Meal Planning + New Workout

It’s been nearly 2 months since I’ve done a Wellness Wednesday. To update you on this series it’s where I share my healthy lifestyle tips and try out what I see in the magazines. Click the links below for my other 5 installments:

This week I wanted to share my meal planning. I have finally found a system that works and as I progress of course I will share. This week I spent roughly $25 on my meals for the week that would last me 4 days. I decided on salmon, green veggies, and canned potatoes. Maybe it’s not the healthiest of choices, but I did cut down the portion sizes.

For breakfast I would have either Apples & Cinnamon oatmeal (Market Pantry) or Grits (Quaker); 1 package. After that I would have a cup of either my smoothie drink (8oz/serving). I usually eat breakfast between 9-9:30am and I have a snack around 11-11:30am (apple). My lunch is usually around 1:30pm and then I have a snack again between 3-3:30pm (crackers & cheese). If I want something sweet I could have my granola bar. That’s more of a filler snack.

Check the image below for details on the exact calories of my daily meals.

Cheese & Crackers = cal medium apple - approx 80 cal Quaker Chewy Granola Bar, Smores - 100 cal Grits, Original - /serving Oatmeal, Apples & Cinnamon - /serving Bolthouse Farms, Green Goodness - 140cal/serving (8oz) Bolthouse Farms, Mango Protein Plus- 200cal/serving (8oz)
Markey Pantry Cheese (80 cal) & Matzo Cracker         (130 cal) = 210 cal
Medium apple – approx 80 cal
Quaker Chewy Granola Bar, Smores – 100 cal
Quaker Grits, Original – 100/serving (1 packet)
Market Pantry Oatmeal, Apples & Cinnamon – 120/serving (1 packet)
Bolthouse Farms, Green Goodness – 140cal/serving (8oz)
Bolthouse Farms, Mango Protein Plus- 200cal/serving (8oz)
Salmon - approx 5oz/serving (1 fillet) Birds Eye Steamfresh, Green Beans & Broccoli - approx 1/5 cups Canned Potatoes - _
Simply Balance salmon – approx 5oz/serving (1 fillet)
Birds Eye Steamfresh, Green Beans & Broccoli – approx 1/5 cups
Shoprite whole white potatoes – 70 cal/serving (4 potatoes); per meal – 35 cal / 2 potatoes

Here are some future meals I plan to try out int he weeks to come. Be sure to check back for updates on that. As for my exercise I have been keeping it simple. I do not use apps on my phone to workout. I could not stay consistent with it and it was just beginning to take up space in my phone. I do Just Dance/Zumba on the Kinect. I love the features on Just Dance that you can set to have the dances chosen for you for a certain period of time. I usually do that about 20 minutes, 3 times a week. Once I get into a routine I plan to do it every day at night. As for what I’m doing consistently twice a day it’s this video that I found on Facebook via a friend. Click the link below:

 

This exercise takes NO time at all and it’s a great platform for me to build on and add to.In addition to that I do about 1/4-1/2 a mile walk in the morning (weather permitted) and on Thursdays I walk with my friends in the park about 1.2 miles. hopefully we’ll be walking more as time goes on. For now I’m sticking to the basics. As for how I keep track of everything I write it down. I know there’s apps that can easily log everything for me, but I have yet to find one that I really enjoy. ALSO as far as my healthier eating I’ve stopped eating past 8pm and I substitute any cravings I have with water. All water I drink is in my Brita water bottle.

I’ve also updated/edited my workout playlist. Take a listen below:

More updates to come so stay tuned!

 

Video Review: Trey Songz, ‘Na Na’

Trey-Songz-NanaTrey Songz has not been on the top of my ‘IT’ list as of late being that I’m not enjoying anything he’s been putting out, but this video definitely has me interested in his new album, Trigga, which is set to be released this summer. His new video for his track, ‘Na Na,’ has been released and I must say that I’m VERY impressed.

So the video is all black & white, for the most part. So quick walkthrough for those who missed the concept. Trey goes on a date and at the end of the date he assumes she wants ‘more’ and she didn’t deny it. His date replied, “I Want to get ENGAGED!” Now he went in this store unsure of what she was talking about and changes into workout clothes and goes through a series of tests from strength training/cardio to boxing (with WWEs Bella Twins) to Yoga. In the end he thought he had finally won, but he had more working out to do before his ‘grand prize.’ It just goes to show that his love interest was interested in seeing just how far he would go and wanted to see if he would pass her tests. Nice take on the video other than it being in the strip club which is what I was expecting. Also fun fact, ‘na na’ means French for girl.

Wellness Wednesday (V.6): Dr. Oz, The Good Life [Premiere Issue]

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I have been obsessed with Dr. Oz via radio interviews as of late promoting his new magazine, The Good Life. I wasn’t able to get my hands on the hard copy, but I bought the digital version on my iPad ($3.99) and I am in love. I decided I’d highlight some of my favorite excerpts from the premiere issue.

The magazine, like any other magazine, is broken down into categories: ‘Well Informed,’ ‘Health & Happiness,’ ‘The Good Life Report,’ ‘Mind & Mood,’ ‘Food & Recipes,’ Love/Family/Friends,’ ‘Home/Work/Money.’ ‘Your Best Body,’ and ‘Dr. Oz’s RX For…’

I personally have been on the hunt for recipes for my overflowing yet never used recipe book along with basic tips that I know I can apply now without thinking will they really work. For me it’s all about being consistent and that’s the hardest thing for me aside from actually starting some type of plan/routine.

My skin has been a little crazy and I’m currently using a generic blackhead facial scrub with a generic moisturizer which work fine I just feel that I know nothing about my skin. In the magazine it gave points on what to look for in a moisturizer as well as top picks for day and night depending on what type of skin you have.

A good one will include ingredients from three categories: humectants, emollients, and occlusives.

Karyn Grossman, M.D. (dermatologist)

I am one to walk in the store and if it says moisturizer I check the price, see if there’s a cheaper alternative, typically buy the cheaper alternative as a ‘trial and error,’ yet I never read the back to see exactly what I’m applying to food. This goes for a lot of things I (and others) purchase. It’s easy to get blindsided by the price instead of looking at the contents of the product.

To understand what to look for I first have to figure out what the hell humectants, emollients, and occlusives are. Thank goodness the article broke it down. In a nutshell humectants absorb (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, panthenol, & honey), emollients fill in the dry spots (lauric acid, linoleic acid, glyceryl stereate, jojoba oil, coconut oil, collagen, & cetearyl & stearyl alcohol, and occlusives form a protective barrier for the skin (lanolin, paraffin, beeswax, shea butter, nut oils, squalene & silicones).

I personally stay away from shea butter products because they don’t react well with my skin as well as nut oils. The moisturizer I’m currently using is Target Up & Up, Moisturizing Cream (Sensitive Skin) which is to be compared to Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It contains the 3 categories and I can kick myself for picking something that has nut oils’ but in the time that I’ve used it my face hasn’t reacted to it so I guess it’s ok.

I have a mixture of dry, oily (especially during summer), and sensitive year round putting me in a combination category.

Go with formulas designed for combination or all skin types like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Elizabeth Arden Visible inference Skin Balancing Night Cream.

Both of those products are over $20 and of course I will be on the hunt for a cheaper alternative the next time I buy a moisturizer.

Aside from the skincare article I really can’t wait to try out recipes, Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage & Broccolini and Turkey & Vegetable Bolognese.

Dr. Oz, The Good Life, is available on newsstands & digitally and for $15 you can sign up for a year subscription here. Stay tuned for upcoming Wellness Wednesdays where I’ll share more of Dr. Oz’s tips.

SPICY SATURDAY (V.5) — Target Haul

SPICY SATURDAY --- Target Haul

I’ve been really good at just going in Target for what I NEED instead of being sidetracked by things I WANT! Well, this shopping trip was a little bit of NEED and WANT so I guess that justifies my purchases.

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I first went in to get my basic ‘snacks.’ I’ve been eating oatmeal every morning and I love Target‘s, Market Pantry, Apples & Cinnamon. I also picked up some fruit snacks and fruit bars to toss in my lunch bag for the week as well.

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Before I picked up all those ‘essentials’ I headed to the dollar section and as I was browsing I came across sticky notes. I picked up basically all they had since they were only $1 and I can’t wait to use some in my planner (expect a review soon) and to just add the rest to my ‘stationary collection.’ I’m a sucker for stationary!

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Lastly I saw this lunch pack. It’s by the Zak Designs brand and I couldn’t resist. I’m a big kid at heart so buying this was no problem. It was a regular $8.99, but I got it on sale for $7.34. The 7 piece set features 3 compartments and a ice pack. I know there’s more ‘adult’ versions of this product, but I love the one I got and it’ll add a smile to my day!