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Holiday yummies that won’t pack on a tummy!

16 Dec

So tonight was a first…

I decided to bake some brownies from scratch. These were not just any brownies… They were black bean brownies. Yes, you heard it right. And no, they were not gross. I actually would make these again in a heartbeat. Delicious. ūüôā

Check out the recipe here

I also made some cowboy cookies… these are not at all healthy but I am giving them all away so its okay.¬† ūüôā I did sample a bite… also yummy!

I’ve compiled a new workout! It’s pretty awesome… so get your booty up and get moving!

Warmin’ Winter Workout¬†

Dips (20)

Jump Squats (20)

Lunges- right and left (20 each leg)

Jump rope (60 sec) or jumping jacks (50)

Burpees (15)

Bicycle Crunches (40)

*** Repeat 4 times***

Bodyrock also posted some great workouts check them out here

Happy Friday tomorrow!

A first…workout review!

14 Dec

Out of all the many many workout videos I have tried I have never given P90x a go. So for the past few days I have been attempting the grueling workouts. I decided to give it a  good critique so incase anyone was thinking of asking Santa for the package they would have a better idea of what it entails.

First, P90x¬†is a 90 day plan that takes workout to the extreme… hints, the ‘x’. Each week you get a new set of workouts that shock your body and build new muscle patterns. Some of the workouts include: plyometrics, cardio, abs, legs and back, etc. Each workout is around 45min-1¬†hour long. You will need some equipment: a pull up bar, weights, etc. Below I have laid out the pros and cons of this program.

Pros:

Proven success- many many people have changed their body using the program

intense- some may say this is a con, however, working out should give you results… in one workout you will feel it!

Not cheesy- I’m thinking of some fitness gurus that you cannot help but laugh at.. this guy is tolerable.

An at home workout- no need to go to a gym and no one is going to laugh at you!

Cons:

Dedication- you must be dedicated to the whole program… the workouts are long and you must complete one 6 days/week

Yoga video- seriously? 90 minutes of yoga may sound relaxing but this one is just plain terrible.

Motivation- you must be motivated to put in the dvds and get moving or its not going to work.

Price- I do believe anything over $100 bucks is a little much.. however, you would save on gym memberships

Funny video time-

http://youtu.be/q4a9CKgLprQ

Made my day!

Serious workouts for the not so serious people

30 Nov

Hello friends. The week is flying by! All my teacher buddies and I are counting down the days till we are on VACATION! I’m still working on our home decorations and attempting some exciting ideas¬†I posted about on Saturday’s post. So far none have been successful. Other exciting news:

Yes! They still have pumpkin items out at the grocery store…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though pudding is totally artificial.. it was a nice change. One I don’t think I would do again. But for 88 cents I say it was worth the chance.

 

 

Maybe it’s the holidays, cool weather, or the fact that I need another vacation but I have been so bored with our eating and workout routine. In hopes of changing things up, I have been working at trying some workout videos and changing up my typical menu. I’ll be posting some new recipes for you. For now, check out this super easy breakfast idea.

Oats and berries 

1 package original oatmeal

1/2 a banana

1/2 C of black berries or berries of your choice

1 T of honey

2/3 C almond milk

*Prepare oatmeal with almond milk as directed

*Chop up black berries and bananas and add to cooked oats

*Drizzle honey and stir to combine

*Indulge ūüôā

 

Moving on! Well, I have created a killer circuit workout that may not be so intimidating to the non- workout enthusiasts. Try it out! You need a tabata timer (search apps on your smart phone) or search “gymboss” on amazon.

 

 

Serious Circuit 

*Set your timer to 8 rounds/20 sec-10 sec rest

Jumping Jacks

Jump Squats

Lunges, left and right alternating

Kettle Ball Swings

Push Ups

Mountain Climbers

Burpees

Crunches

*Complete the full tabata 3-4 times!*

Jon and I completed this workout on Sunday. Easy and effective!

That’s all for today! Adios!

Havin’ a Holly Jolly Vacation

27 Nov

I am very happy to say… I am ALMOST done with all my Christmas shopping and it isn’t December yet. This is a first ladies and jets! I can’t spoil what I got everyone but some of my gifts were very exciting to buy. One very special gift was the dog’s Santa suits… the most adorable thing ever! I don’t want to¬†show the outfit until our Christmas cards are sent out¬†so you all will have to wait and see!

We have gotten so much accomplished this week. Our Christmas decor is completely finished. Jon (the master exterior light specialist) hung our lights and I finished up some minor details inside. With most our shopping done we can now focus on just enjoying the holidays together. Our first married Christmas!

There is another new addition to our family… well, our extended family. Her name is Cleo and she is a cocker spaniel. My mom is very excited! After our rescue dog Daisy was taken from us due to heartworms, Jon and I decided that my mom needed a new pup. So we found Cleo and brought her home to my Mom. Yes, she was a little shocked… but hopefully in a good way.

Today’s Plyometric Tabata:

*Review the previous post on how to do a tabata here

20 sec. Jump squats

10 sec. Rest

20 sec. Jumping jacks

10 sec. Rest

20 sec. Ski jumps- jump with both legs together left and right.. try to tuck your knees as jump.

10 sec. Rest

20 sec. Burpees

10 sec.  Rest

20 sec. Jump squats

10 sec. Rest

20 sec. Jumping jacks

10 sec. Rest

20 sec. Ski jumps- jump with both legs together left and right.. try to tuck your knees as jump.

10 sec. Rest

20 sec. Burpees

10 sec. Rest

 

 

Some interesting reads:

Curl your hair with a straightener

Break the turkey weight gain cycle

 

 

 

Wine is good for the heart…right?

25 Oct

This past weekend, Jon and I went up to a wine festival with some friends and had great time! It was a Texas wine event that showcased wine from local winerys. We sampled lots of varieties¬†and enjoyed many-¬†and some not so much. The one thing I can say is I did not enjoy our food selection. Maybe i’m¬†old fashioned¬†but when I drink a nice glass of wine I would like some decent food. For lunch, I ate a brisket taco. Only I passed on the flour tortilla and simply ate the greasy meat.¬†Yes, this¬†was the best they had.¬†That does not scream refined wine to me. However, the company overshadowed my upset tummy. We managed to have a wonderful day and really enjoyed being outside with the weather cooperating nicely.

Physical fitness and technology:

This past week, I have been addicted to my new iphone. I love it not only for its amazing techno features but also for all the helpful fitness tools. Some apps that I have discovered are:

islick

groupon

sparkrecipes

urbanspoon

grocerypal- amazing! gives you up to date sales at the grocery store

fooducate

workout trainer- has workout on your phone!

tabata timer

words with friends- soooooo addicting!

Protein obsession of the week: 

I absolutely love whey protein. It is so easy to use and can be a very tasty treat to add into your diet. Not to mention¬†protein builds muscle- muscle burns more fat..¬†you get the idea.¬†I recently discovered something called a “protein puff” and would like to share it with you- beware it is very addictive and super yummy!

Puffy Protein

1 scoop of your favorite whey protein (I use vanilla)

1 T almond butter

dash of cinnamon (optional)

Splash of milk, if you are technical its about 1/3 C

-Place all ingredients (minus milk) in a microwave safe bowl. Mix in the milk and begin to stir together until most of the lumps are out.

-Place¬†in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat for 15 more seconds. The mixture should thicken up. If it doesn’t zap it for 10 second increments.

-Spread on your favorite toast or english muffin.

*options- add some pumpkin puree, top it with bananas or strawberries= yummy!

Workout of the week:

Treadmill easy interval workout:

                             

 1-3 min. /3 mph/1 elevation

3-4 min./4 mph/2 elevation

4-5 min./4 mph/3 elevation

5-6 min./5 mph/ 2 elevation

6-7 min./ 5 mph/4 elevation

7-8 min./3 mph/1 elevation

8-9 min./5 mph/1 elevation

9-10 min./6 mph/2 elevation

10-11 min. 3 mph/1 elevation

***repeat once***

                    

 Have a healthy/happy day!

Some reads for you:

Snacks- they do work!

http://www.oxygenmag.com/Nutrition/Articles/Boost%20Your%20Fat%20Burn.aspx#page-5

http://www.tressugar.com/90s-Girl-Halloween-Costumes-20077905?page=0,0,0

http://www.oxygenmag.com/Nutrition/Articles/Boost%20Your%20Fat%20Burn.aspx#page-5