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 | Meal Prep

Meal prepping is something that I began doing for one of two reasons. For one, it was getting entirely too expensive to eat out every day plus I am trying to monitor what I am eating. I watch YouTube videos every now and then of ‘What I Eat in a Day’ and bloggers that meal prep. I draw inspiration from those types of videos, but ultimately it’s a trial and error.

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Wellness Wednesday | Trader Joe’s Haul

Welcome to another Wellness Wednesday here on the blog. I wanted to share my journey of adapting to a healthier lifestyle from exercise to completely changing what I eat. I noticed that previously when I’ve taken on a journey such as this, I would be fine for a couple months and fall off, hard. This time I’m taking baby steps. I’m not striving for perfection. I don’t have a particular goal in mind at this moment. I have long term goals, but I’m trying to find what works and really get into a rhythm. In this edition I’ll be  sharing my first ever Trader Joe’s Haul. Nothing major, but worth sharing my experience.

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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.9): Let’s Try This Again

UnknownIt’s been FOREVER since I’ve made an installment to my ‘Wellness Wednesday’ series. In my last installment I shared a Nature Box review (click HERE for that) and the one before that I shared my “new” workout regimen and meal prep (click HERE for that post). That was over a YEAR ago so CLEARLY that was a FAIL.

I go through these phases where I’m ready to work out, but I can never stay committed. I tell myself, well psych myself out, to believe that I am comfortable in the skin I’m in when really I’m not. I try to play off that I love wearing black and grey along with my favorite thin striped shirt from H&M, but they all conceal the flaws.

I’m not expecting to be skinny. That’s not a goal. The real goal is to be able to walk u p and down steps without being winded. To be able to play with the kids at my job, even my nephews, without running out of breath within two minutes. To be able to fight the urge to eat past 9pm. To get out of the “see food” diet that’s been a part of my life, forever.

I look at my sister as inspiration, little does she know. She’s a mother of 2 and while it may look like we may where the same size we’re proportioned differently and she looks great to have had two boys. While she does not work out, minus walking, her eating habits are amazing. Of course she has what some call “cheat days,” but for the most part she eats a lot of veggies and drinks a lot of water which has helped her lose weight and maintain over the years. I want to adapt eating habits like those.

I’ve never been skinny and as long as I can remember I’ve always been chubbier than I’ve wanted to be. My weight has been an issue. My stomach is one area that I can’t wait to vanish and at one point I actually lost it. That was back in my sophomore year of high school. My gym class was INTENSE and my doctors note couldn’t even get me out of what the gym teacher had planned. I worked out every night for about an hour or so on my arms, legs, butt, and especially my stomach. We had a treadmill, a bike, weights. I used them all. Again, that was back in my sophomore year of high school.

During my Senior year my mom passed away from lung cancer and I became an emotional eater. Well, I was always am emotional eater. I ate when I was bored, sad, lonely. If I was reading a book I needed a snack. Doing home, I needed a snack. I always needed something yet, of course, it was never healthy. Now here I am at 23 and I keep saying I want to get fit, but it’s beyond that. I want to get out of this rut I’m in where I rely on food to solve my problems.

Now I am not obese by any means. I am not overweight to be 5’6″ either. When I look at pictures of myself I can spot every flaw. For one, my stomach. Plus I have back fat. Now my arms are expanding, my waist seems to keep expanding too. I just want to get out of this. So, I’m embarking on a new challenge. A challenge to stay committed to this 30 day challenge i’m putting myself on. Click HERE for that challenge plus HERE for the water tracker I use. I’ve printed it out and put it in my planner, which is such a great feeling to check things off. This series is surely making a comeback as I’ll be updating on how I’m keeping up with the challenge as well as if my eating habits are improving, etc.

Come along for the journey of what could be AWESOME or an EPIC FAIL! As the title stated, let’s try this again.

Wellness Wednesday (V.8): Nature Box Review

imagesI haven’t done a Wellness Wednesday in quite some time, 6 months to be exact, but I did want to share my experience with Nature Box. The box is generally $19.95, but I found a coupon code online and got the box for $9.99 including free shipping. The site was pretty easy to navigate. You can choose the 5 snacks that you want and if you choose to order again you can lock in those snacks for your next purchase. As for the snack selection it was pretty decent. You can also cancel your membership at any time.

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I ordered my box this past Wednesday (10/22) and I received it Saturday (10/25). I ordered:

PicMonkey CollageLet’s get into an overall rating out of 5 for each snack.

  • Baked Cheddar Potato Fries: I was not really impressed with this snack. I’m a sucker for anything with cheddar, but this snack just tasted a little weird. Maybe it’s because it’s baked, but I’ve had other baked cheddar snacks. It does have a kick to it. I had to recheck to see if it sad aged cheddar, but no. The packaging says it is to be ‘savory’. For me I wouldn’t really agree. It was just alright, 3/5.
  • Watermelon Fruit Chews: One of my favorite YouTubers, AKayDoll raves about these in her blogs (Kayla Lashae), but I was disappointed when I tasted them. It’s just a regular fruit snack and reminds me a lot of the Simply fruit snacks sold in Target. I can taste the watermelon, but there’s nothing special about this snack. Extra point for me because I love watermelon, 2/5.
  • Country Ranch Sunflower Kernels: I LOVE SUNFLOWER SEEDS, just not these. I knew that this would just be the kernel, but I taste no ranch whatsoever. Thankfully I don’t mind eating the kernel of the seed, but I really taste no ranch. Not even a hint. 1/5.
  • Dried Mango: I loved the scent once I opened it. I have been on a mango kick this year and it has trumped strawberries in being my favorite fruit. When trying it I could definitely taste the mango flavor I just didn’t expect it to be as dry as it was. It’s a good snack though. 3.5/5
  • Honey Dijon Pretzels: MY FAVORITE SNACK IN THE ENTIRE BOX! I love these so much and if I were to order another box I’d definitely get another box. The dijon mustard does not overpower. Great snack, 5/5.
  • Sunshine Chips: The bonus snack was not a snack I would purchase, but it wasn’t that bad. I wouldn’t really consider it a chip as it has that chewy consistent like the dried mango. I was expecting way more  of a bite like a veggie chip or something. I ended up giving them to my grandmother. 2/5.

Mathematically from my ratings, without the bonus snack, the box would receive a 2.9/5. I think it’s a great concept what Nature Box is doing, but I wouldn’t pay $19.95 for this box so yes I’ll be unsubscribing for the time being. While there are snacks I want to try, but I’m not really interested. I am glad to have tried it to see what all the hype was about and even happier that I only paid $9.99.

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!