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Eat Clean, Train Mean, Sleep Hard

Rest. Often put on the back burner, Rest is something we all need just as much Eating Clean and Training Mean. 

I try to push my self everyday do do a little more, to eat a little better than the day before, to drink more water, to train hard, but I often neglect my sleep. Being a busy, working mom, it’s so easy to forget about sleep because – lets face it – there isn’t enough time to get everything done.

Last night, my body decided to teach me a lesson. I did everything as i normally do, left work, picked up the boy from school, hubby made dinner…but through all of it I was just feeling so low energy. My husband and I took my son for a walk like we usually do, and I put him to bed when we got home. And…then I CRASHED!

I could not get going again after I put my son to bed.

I tried to relax, tried to tell myself : “5 minutes of rest and then we can workout”. I told myself: “OK we can skip the workout today, lets clean the kitchen instead”. Nope nothing worked. I fell asleep and was not able to wake up and get going until 5:00 this morning!

I realized I need to listen to my body. The crash i had was my body forcing me to take it easy, to take a break. I also realized this morning that I felt GREAT! I feel on top of the world. I feel like my muscles have recovered from my previous workouts this week. I feel refreshed and energized. My body needed this and I needed to listen.

We fail to realize that sleep, and getting enough rest is an integral part of and fitness plan. The body needs time to recoup. The muscles are pushed so hard when we train, that they need their recovery time. Cells need time to regenerate, and do the tissues in our body. Our mind needs the rest and relaxation. We need.to.slow.down.

It’s hard sometimes, especially as working parents, with so many things going on – but listen to your body. When it’s telling you to take it easy – listen and take it easy!

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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:

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!

The mid-week blahs

So it’s Wednesday, and I’ve been eating clean and training mean all week – so far! yay me 🙂 but I think I need some kind of motivational push to continue my streak for the rest of the week.

Monday night was Yoga night! I haven’t had a Yoga session in ages, and it felt GREAT! definitely want to keep it up a couple of times a week.

Tuesday night was weight training, upper body/arms/abs. Feel Great today~ love that “I worked out really hard, and am sore all over” feeling!

So, what can I find to motivate me through the Wednesday blahs? Plan an extra long nature walk with the hubby & son? another Yoga session? Cardio? hmmm? How about think of how my body will look with yet another workout? Yes that seems to be moving me past the blah stage and right into the “I want to hit the gym!” stage! I love the feeling of looking better day by day, seeing the small changes that really are big changes when I look at how much I’ve achieved. Feeling better in my clothes, not having the waistband of my jeans dig into my skin 😦

Ok so that got me going…I’m now going to continue drinking my water, plan an “eat clean” dinner of Quinoa – recipe will be posted soon – and plan my workout for this evening!!

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