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Focus T25 Day 10 and 11

Day 10 Yesterday was pretty uneventful. Lots of work. Volunteering, Zumba, and Speed 1.0. Two of my Zumba peeps did the routine with me. I'm starting to really like doing this workout with friends. I still miss my little nephew. His comments were hilarious. Especially when Shaun T said "squeeze your glutes" and he would literally squeeze his butt. LOL.

The best part of yesterday was cooking with my CSA vegetables. I love Wednesday for so many reasons. My CSA pickup is one of them!

Here were my meals:

Day 10: B: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology w. Mango and vanilla soy milk S: One Trader Joes blueberry waffle L: One egg scrambled with onions and peppers S: Chocolate Chip Clif bar D: Cucumber, onion, tomato, banana pepper, lemon basil and olive oil salad and homemade babaganoush

Day 11

Today was crazy. I was really busy at work and didn't have my act together when it came to food consumption. First off, I'm all out of my Chocolate Vegan Shakeology and that makes me sad. I also have the Vanilla one but it tastes gross to me. It has this really weird NON-Vanilla-like taste. Feels like I am drinking medicine! I didn't want to have it in the morning so I opted for Blueberry Waffles from Trader Joe's and Coffee. Not the most well rounded meal. I know.

But that wasn't the worst part because when I am bad. I. AM. BAD. So ladies and gents, at lunch.... I had this:

DSC_1342I told you I was bad.

I couldn't help myself. I was at a lunch event for work and I did pretty well choosing my actual meal from the buffet but when they put the dessert on the table --- I couldn't say no. Would you say no to THAT?

Anyway, I put it on my plate and began enjoying it UNTIL I thought about my Beachbody Challenge team and then it wasn't worth it anymore. I knew they would forgive me but they are all keeping on track and doing their best to change their eating habits, how could I BE THE WEAKEST LINK? I couldn't and I gave up. Four bites into it and I pushed the plate away. But oh WAS IT GOOD. Soooooooooooooooooo goooooooooood.

I managed to redeem myself in the evening. Here were my meals:

B: 2 blueberry waffles with coffee

L: Vegetable Linguini, chicken, and side salad. 4 bites of chocolate flourless cake

S: Cucumber, tomato, lemon basil, banana pepper salad with olive oil

Cardio

D: Vanilla Shakeology w. Skim milk, 2 peaches and banana.

 

Focus T25 Day 3 AND Zumba

I won't feel my legs tomorrow. I just know it. I think they will fall off in my sleep. That's how I feel. I just struggled to sit with my legs crossed. Today is Wednesday so I teach Zumba over in White Plains with Z8fitness. I typically don't do other workouts when I teach Zumba because it takes a lot out of me. However, I've committed to following the calendar and so therefore, I am going to try my best to do just that. Ideally, I would have done Focus T25 in the morning and Zumba in the evening but I didn't have that luxury this morning. Therefore, I had to plan for a back to back workout.

Luckily, I have friends who are up for a challenge and when I asked them to join me for Zumba and Focus T25, they were in. I got some hesitation and some fear but they were in and I was excited. I packed my car in the morning on my way to work with my speakers, computer, workout dvds, clothes, towel, and workout mats for all of us to use. We did my Zumba class and then gathered up for some Shaun T action. Today was Total Body Circuit. It kicked our butts. At first everyone was a little hesitant about looking foolish but one of my friends brought up the idea of standing in a semi-circle so no one was in the front. I thought that was genius. image

It was fun to work out with friends, especially a routine that no one had done before. We were all on the same level of lost and it was great to have others to help me think about how to modify some of the moves. One of our biggest issues with the workout was that Shaun T doesn't focus enough on the moderations. The camera isn't even on the modifier for every move. So sometimes we just had to make it up. It's a very fast routine. I felt like every 30 seconds we were on to a next move. That made it difficult to follow. At one point, we were still trying to master the "plank walk pushups" when we looked up and noticed he was already on to another move.

It's all good though. I will master it soon. The best part.... WE DIDN'T DIE!!!!!

On to the meals. All my meals were entirely vegetarian. Feels good to not rely on meat everyday.

Breakfast: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology w cherries and Silk Vanilla Soy Snack: Trader Joe's Breakfast Trail Mix Lunch: Indian Buffet. Not sure what everything was but it was yummy and spicy. Picture below. Had no time for a second snack. Dinner was made entirely (except for evoo and balsamic vinegar) with ingredients from Stoneledge Farm who supplies these yummy vegetables for my CSA share. Heirloom tomatoes and basil in some extra virgin olive oil and roasted squash, eggplant, and fennel drizzled with a basil balsamic vinegar. Even the basil was from the farm. image

I love it. Take care of yourselves and improve step by step every single day. That's all we can do.

Focus T25 Day 2

Today was Speed 1.0 and I liked it. The best part of it was that in between each move there was a stretch section. This really helped because my legs are so sore. I can stand and I can sit, but the in between part is really difficult at this moment. I hope that improves. It's funny, you think you are in great shape until you start a new workout program and BAM! you realize there are a bunch of muscles that haven't been used in awhile. That's also probably because I was doing Ripped in 30 for awhile and under that program, you are doing the same routine for 6 days. Your body gets used to it.

I think my favorite part about doing this challenge with a Beachbody Coach is that I am accountable to someone. Every time I look or think about eating, I wonder to myself if this is going to look good on the message board. Seriously! Today, I was in NYC and on every corner there is a Starbucks. I was really hungry because I had only consumed a tiny bit of quinoa....less than a handful.... and I ran out to a meeting. All I wanted was a Grande ICED Vanilla Latte with skim milk and maybe a coffee cake would have slipped into my hands. I stopped myself from walking in the hundreds of Starbucks in NYC and opted for a trail mix snack.

I really don't believe in crazy dieting but I do believe we can always find substitutes for our cravings. It's nice to see my brain thinking this way. Perhaps I did it before but now I am more conscious about it.

The added benefit about working in the city today . . . . I walked 2.2 miles in total!

Meals for the day:

Breakfast: : Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with vanilla soy milk, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries

Snack: Trader Joe's Breakfast trek mix

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Lunch: Small serving of quinoa with onions, spinach, cabbage and cranberries

Snack: Mojo Sweet and Salty Trail Mix bar - peanut butter pretzel flavor

Dinner: Turkey burger with one slice American cheese, quarter tomato, on Whole Wheat bun and a side of garbanzo

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bean salad.

 

 

Look how pretty that is. Contains garbanzo beans, green peppers, tomatoes, red onions, olives, lil bit of lemon juice, lil bit of salt, lil bit of olive oil and lots of love.

I'm sure I will have a snack tonight. Maybe more of this yummy salad or perhaps some broccoli with hummus. I promise it won't be chocolate cake. ;-)

Focus T25 Day 1

IMAG0879 That's what you might look like immediately after the cardio workout. Nothing really beats a 25-minute workout however, that doesn't include the cool down which is another 2 minutes or so. Add the prep time and the moment of shock and silence immediately after the workout and I think  you need to carve out at least 40 minutes for FocusT25.

I expected this to be harder after trying the Insanity cardio. I really liked how he built us up to the harder moves. 10 minutes or so into the routine, you do a "Burnout"  segment which is like Insanity. This portion includes all of the moves you just finished building up to but done really quickly one after the other. He repeats this but takes less time to build you up to the second "Burnout" portion. I felt the workout primarily in my calves and quads.

I forgot to wear my heart rate monitor but I will next time. I'm going to try to continue doing this workout in the morning because by noon today I felt my metabolism moving at lightning speeds. However, I'm going to have to work on my food consumption because I was also very lethargic by noon.

50899-breakfast-trek-mixAn hour before the workout I had Trader Joe's Breakfast Trek Mix. There are 210 calories in a bag. Ingredients: Granola, almonds, cranberries, and greek yogurt flavored chips. Calories from Fat: 90, Total Fat: 10g or 15% daily value (DV), Sodium: 65mg or 3% DV, Total Carbs: 26g or 9% DV, Dietary Fiber 2g or 8% DV, Sugars: 15g, Protein: 4g

Half an hour or so after I peeled myself off the floor, I had the Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with a banana, one cup Silk Coconut Milk beverage, and one serving of raw peanuts. Total of 300 calories.

For lunch I had a quarter cup of Quinoa with cranberries, onions, and spinach.

Then an apple followed by a Mahi Mahi burger also from Trader Joe's with whole wheat burger buns. mahi-burgers

I followed that by teaching a Zumba class. This is crazy. Let's see how I pull this off --teaching at least twice a week and doing this workout. My quads, hamstrings, and buns are burning.

After the class I headed over to a BBQ and ate a little bit of a vegetable lasagna (whatever was left over) and a turkey burger patty, no bun. I also munched on Pretzel Chips ... about 1.5 servings with Chipotle Dip.

As you can see, I am not great at counting calories. Perhaps I will look into an app or something. I'm really proud of myself for not going after the yummy chocolate cupcake filled dessert table and consuming it all. I typically would justify all that chocolate consumption with the fact that I worked out so much. I tried my best and felt like that was a big success --not eating all those cupcakes. Until tomorrow.

Trader Joe's Rocks

Trader Joe's West Hartford 2

As a kid, I loved waking up on Sunday mornings, going to church and then going grocery shopping with my father. He is an artist at this stuff. He knew when we were running low on our groceries, whether we were able to splurge on some things, what produce and meat was good and ready to eat, what was in season and etc. I learned so much walking through the supermarket with him. Our supermarket was small and had a neighborhood feel to it. I found comfort in that

Now, picture this: Me, living on my own and walking into a MEGA 24/hour Stop and Shop all by myself. {insert horror music} SHRIEK.

I can't handle large supermarkets. They are ridiculous and NEVER have what I need but ALWAYS have what I don't. They frighten me and for years I resorted to Peapod and FreshDirect for my groceries. I highly recommend both delivery services - btw. Lately, I've become much more interested in picking out my own foods and planning my meals. When I was unemployed, I had a lot of time to go food shopping and one lucky day, I FOUND TRADER JOE's.

It's small. It has a neighborhood feel and has EXACTLY what I need. I like to think that it has everything thats in the perimeter of a supermarket without all the junk in between (all the aisles full of soda, cookies, spam, etc).

I found an article, written in 2010 by Fortune about the success of Trader Joe's and felt compelled to share. Check it out here.

Trader Joe's Rocks

Trader Joe's West Hartford 2

As a kid, I loved waking up on Sunday mornings, going to church and then going grocery shopping with my father. He is an artist at this stuff. He knew when we were running low on our groceries, whether we were able to splurge on some things, what produce and meat was good and ready to eat, what was in season and etc. I learned so much walking through the supermarket with him. Our supermarket was small and had a neighborhood feel to it. I found comfort in that

Now, picture this: Me, living on my own and walking into a MEGA 24/hour Stop and Shop all by myself. {insert horror music} SHRIEK.

I can't handle large supermarkets. They are ridiculous and NEVER have what I need but ALWAYS have what I don't. They frighten me and for years I resorted to Peapod and FreshDirect for my groceries. I highly recommend both delivery services - btw. Lately, I've become much more interested in picking out my own foods and planning my meals. When I was unemployed, I had a lot of time to go food shopping and one lucky day, I FOUND TRADER JOE's.

It's small. It has a neighborhood feel and has EXACTLY what I need. I like to think that it has everything thats in the perimeter of a supermarket without all the junk in between (all the aisles full of soda, cookies, spam, etc).

I found an article, written in 2010 by Fortune about the success of Trader Joe's and felt compelled to share. Check it out here.