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Eating Clean, Training Mean, Living Lean – 40 day check in

Eat Clean, Train Mean, Live Lean! That’s been my moto for just over the lastfourty days now and I really feel great!

I completely see this as being my new way of life. I have no desire to stray off of this plan at ALL! I havn’t craved sweets or anything refined in about 3 weeks. I have also noticed many  other changes:

EATING CLEAN

  • Increased energy – and I means TONS more. Having spent so many months wanting to crash at 9pm, and always feeling like I’m running on empty, this was definately a very welcom change. I feel energized upon waking, which never happened before, and I don’t get the mid-day dips in energy that I used to.
  • Weight Loss – not a huge amount, about 5lbs but I know that it is the net result of loosing fat and gaining muscle. My clothes fit much better and i can see my body starting to trim up
  • a general clean, detoxed feeling – not eating processed foods for this long has this clean, detoxifying effect

TRAINING MEAN

  • A firmer body – in no way am I done, I have not reached my goals, but I see shape and definintion in my waist, arms, legs. I feel more muscle tone, and less squishy lol
  • Increased endurance – when I started this plan, my cardio session were completely different, lower intensity, lower pace. Now I can run faster and for longer periods of time than before, I can push myself harder
  • Increased strength – I have increased the weight i use when I work out – up 10lbs when working on my chest and back, up 8lbs when working on my arms and legs.

LIVING LEAN

  • I love the effect that all of this has had on my mood and body, I feel confident enough to wear some more fitted clothing because I feel leaner than before.

All in all, I can say I am happy with the progress I’ve been making, and I have no intention to stop. I want, week by week to post some updates as I really feel that having this blog is what is keeping me motivated. I love finding new recipes to clean eat! And so, for the next little while I will be searching for some new clean eating recipes so I can share them with everyone!!!

on my way to becoming Some FIT Mama!!!!

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ch-ch-cha chia seeds! Why eat Chia seeds?

I am constantly researching things to do to keep my health at optimal levels, looking for things to incorporate into my diet to aid in weight loss, things that will help me stay full between meals.

In my recent reseach, I’ve come across Chia Seeds. Chia Seeds, you ask? Like the ones that go one the Chia pet that was so popular about 20 years ago? Yes…the same kind of thing. Except these you can eat!

Chia seeds are tiny little black seeds that are from the mint family. They are tiny but JAM packed with nutrients!

  • chia seeds are a complete protein as they contain all 8 essential amino acids
  • they are very high in dietary fiber…so great for digestion (but make sure you up your water intake when eating them)
  • chia seeds are gluten free!
  • Chia has 8 times more Omega 3 than Salmon, and they contain 20% Omega 3 ALA…so they are heart healty!
  • Chia Seeds contain more Calcium that milk, in proportion to thier tiny size
  • they have 3 times more iron than spinach
  • they are highin Vitamin C
  • chia Seeds are high in Magnesium & potassium
  • Chia Seeds, when consumed, have a very positive effect on balancing blood sugar levels, so great for diabetics, but also aid in not crashing from hunger

Consuming Chia Seeds can be as simple as putting 1tbsp in water after breakfast to keep you full and help stave off hunger pangs before your morning coffee break. But, you can also use Chia Seeds in many different ways since they are virtually flavourless.

Add them to oatmeal, muffins, protein shakes, puddings, quinoa, just about anything really!

How do Chia seeds keep you full? Well in addition to their high fiber content, When soaked in water Chia Seeds develop a jelly like coating kind of resembles tapioca pearls. This beautiful trait of the Chia Seeds is what keeps you belly full, and help to fight off hunger between meals!!

Pretty cool, eh? I was amazed when was doing my research and read about what they do. I went out last night and bought a container from the health food store and tried them for the first time this morning.  I added a tablespoon in my protein shake, and honestly, I made it to my morning coffee break (which I ended up taking late b/c I actually forgot about it) I was that full that I actually FORGOT about my morning coffee break!!!!  This thing is amazing! I am going to try it in a muffin recipe tonight!! can’t wait!

Below is a picture of what chia seeds look like raw and unsoaked:

Spaghetti Squash – my new favourite meal

What is spaghetti squash?

It is a mildly flavoured yellow winter squash. It’s quite cool actually, when cooked it’s flesh strings apart like little strands of spaghetti! I normally cut the squash in half, and microwave for about 15 minutes (shorter or longer depending on the size of the squash) When it’s cooked, I scoop out the seeds, and run a fork through the flesh to get those “spaghetti” strings.

I don’t really do much more to it than that, since it has such a great flavour on it’s own, but you could drizzle a little EVOO and some oregano and toss. I usually just leave it plain and  put a home made sauce on top with a few meatballs…b/c who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatball, right?

If I’m looking to kill a carb craving, this is my meal! It actually is a great substitute for pasta, with only 44 cals per cup and virtually no fat, also a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc. You could find some fortifies pastas out there, but hey…this is naturally fortified!

this is what it looks like incase you’re wondering:

 

 

 

 

and this is after cooking and forking:

 

 

Try some today! You’ll love it!!!

November Goals

I can’t believe it’s already November! Where did the year go?

I am kind of excited about it though, I love the holiday season.

Since it’s the first day of a new month, and we’re nearing the end of the year, I thought it would be a good time to list some of my goals that I would hope to achieve this month.

1) Continue eating clean!: I love the way I feel knowing that whole, natural foods are the only things going into my body. I love the effect it has had on my mood and energy levels, and most of all my waistline!

2) Continue training mean!: Pretty much the same thoughts as above, elevated mood and energy levels…great effect on my body, I adore feeling stronger, I just realized today that my 30lb boy doesn’t feel so heavy anymore!

3) I hope to see a similar reduction in my weight by the end of the month, I had lost 3lbs in the month of October. I aim to step up my game a bit to increase that this month, but if I lose the same 3lbs this month,  I would be happy since it’s very evident that it is the net result of loosing fat and gaining muscle which doesn’t always show up as a huge loss on the scale. I’m already feeling like the weights I use to train are getting a bit easy, and so is my cardio routine. Definately hoping to kick it up a notch!

4) I want to see this blog flourish! I have only just started in the last week of October, but hopefully in a month I can see an increased number of followers. I feel like making a difference, and I know first hand how hard it is to fit in trying to “get fit” in a busy schedule.

5) convert at least 1 person to the “eat clean” lifestyle!!

I guess that’s all i can think of for now…it will be interesting to check in at the end of the month to see how I did!!!

Happy Halloween – Pumpkins are not just for carving!

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the day…Let’s talk PUMPKINS!

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving my friends!, They come with many health benfits…and can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Pumpkins are a fabulous source of nutrients, and are naturally low in calories. For example, 1 cup of raw pumpkin is only 30 cals!!!! Raw pumpkin is naturally fat free, and a great source of dietary fibre, as well as high in Vitamins A, B6, C, and E. it is high in Magnesium, Iron and many other “good for you” nutrients.

Some benefits: Beta Carotene can help reduce night blindness, and Magnesium is great for strong teeth and bones, and it prevents abnormal blood clotting.

Pumpkin seeds are great too! They’re a good source of protein and make a great snack to help fight off hunger…snack on a few today – or better yet, sprinkle some on top of your salad.

Here’s a great recipe for pumpkin soup that I love in this season:

1tbs EVOO (extra virgin olive oil

2 orange bell peppers, diced

1 large onion, diced

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

1/2 tsp cumin

5 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

2 cups of pumpkin puree

salt & pepper

In a large pot, or dutch oven, heat oil and add onions, sautee untill tender. Add peppers, carrots and spices, and sautee untill tender. Add brot, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Blend your wonderful creation until smooth, and then add the pumpkin puree. Keep on low heat and cook for another 10 minutes.

ENJOY!!

1 Month check in

Today marks 1 month since I have been on this new Eat Clean, Train Mean way of life…in my attempt to be some FIT MAMA!!

I have lost a total of 3lbs, which may not seem like a lot to some, but after months and months of no progress I am quite happy with the results.

3 lbs down may show on the scale, but it feels like so much more, clothes are fitting much better with room to spare! I have tons more energy than i used to which is handy when trying to keep up with work, life, a toddler etc.

I have lost 1/2 an inch on my waist and my thighs have trimmed up. I’m also finding i have some more shape in my arms. I can run longer in my cardio sessions, and lift heavier when weight training.

All in all, I am happier than I have been in a long time. I feel like things are falling into place. I enjoy waking up in the morning and getting dresses for work. I enjoy coming home from work, and whipping up a great lean dinner. I enjoy playing with my son and taking long, long walks because I can actually keep up now.

So 1 month down, and many more to come! I will be Some fit Mama!

Morning Belly Blasting workout

start your day off with these belly blasting moves and see the difference!

10 sit-ups

10 V-sits

10 crunches

20 reverse crunches

20 scissor kicks

1 minute plank hold.

repeat until you can’t 😉

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