Archive | February, 2013

Turkey Meatballs and MRI results

25 Feb

Happy Monday!

Monday

Yesterday we got some exciting news about hubby’s career with USMC so I wanted to make sure that we ate/did what he wanted to celebrate. Which turned into a carb loaded cheat day for me 😉 On the plus side, I made the “Jamie Eason Turkey Meatloaf Muffins” but made a couple changes so we could use them as meatballs for the pasta (it was quinoa pasta to be fair) last night. I normally make a bunch of these and keep them around for snacks, they’re very filling and tasty!

…I also don’t have a real oven so since I had to use a smaller pan I made a smaller batch but we still ended up with HUGH meatballs. I was kind of nervous hubby wouldn’t like them but he did so it’s definitely a recipe I’ll be continuing to make. For the smaller recipe you’ll need:

  • 1.25 lb ground turkey (For those on Oki who haven’t found it, this is in the frozen foods section)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2-3/4C quick cooking oats (For GF cooking I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free oats)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1.5 tsp ground mustard
  • 1.5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (190 C)
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in one large bowl
  3. Spray muffin tin with canola oil
  4. Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin tin
  5. Bake for approx. 40 min

The muffins are approx. 180 Cal/muffin, 22.2g protein, 8g fat, 4.6g carb (according to the Jamie Eason recipe)

Picture from Bodybuilding.com

Picture from Bodybuilding.com

 

Today I worked out with a trainer again and we hit legs… hard. Basically all sorts of squats, deadlifts, and hamstring curls followed by cardio. I admit I like working with a trainer mainly because they push me to try heavier weights that I wouldn’t normally think I could so, it’s always a good workout. Now resting my foot before deciding what to make for dinner 🙂

I did see the doctor when I was home, he said there was scar tissue built up from my previous surgery and I possibly re-stretched those ligaments… joy. But I’m allowed to keep working out as I can tolerate it and sounds like we’ll look into other options once I’m back in the states.

Who knew balance was so hard…

23 Feb

After being back in the US I was home for about 2 days and then we left again to go see mainland Japan for 4 days. So basically it’s been a very busy 3 weeks. I was good about working out while I was in the US, my parents have dumbbell weights and an elliptical at their house so it was easy to at least do SOMETHING most days. But our 4 day vacation was just that, a vacation. I ate lots of rice (I love sushi rolls) and drank wine and didn’t work out. Which is fine except it was followed by a crazy 3 days here of PALS certification, work, and having friends over.

Here are some fun pictures from the trip to mainland. We spent 2 days in Tokyo and then 2 days up in the mountains. This is Tsukiji Fish Market and bamboo trees (which I don’t remember ever seeing before now) in the Imperial Gardens:

Tsukiji fish market tokyo imperial gardens

Moving on, I just finished a delicious Saturday morning breakfast (egg whites and whole grain french toast) and am getting ready to go hit the gym. It’s one of those days where I just feel like I need to do a lot of cardio and go from there. Taking a week off didn’t used to bother me but “off days” seem to be happening more and more so my 5 days/week workouts are closer to 3… it’s gotta stop. In my aim to find a happy balance this year I’ve realized I can do more carbs/ease up on my diet a bit for the sake of cooking for two as long as I’m working out 5 days a week but easing up on both my diet and workouts just doesn’t make me feel good about myself. I guess it’s just going to be more of a process to balance out mine and hubby’s food preferences and spending time between work, gym, and home.

While I definitely haven’t been completely following the LiveFit program, I am going to do the back and cardio workout for today. I’m halfway through the program and I still think that, especially for beginners, it’s is a very solid choice. I just haven’t been dedicated enough to really post progress pics etc for it. My goal now that it’s in phase 2 with cardio etc is to kind of consider it a fresh start and follow more closely for the next 6 weeks.

For more info, check out the program on BodyBuilding.com: Jamie Eason LiveFit

And speaking of progress pictures… here we go. I’m very excited to see what adding cardio back in is going to do but here’s February:

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Sorry about the lighting in the second one, I was going to darken it but my computer photo program isn’t playing nice again for some reason and won’t let me save anything I edit.

Just a little shout out

20 Feb

Today I didn’t have a lot of time to workout, and this is going to be very short, because I’m taking the PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) course and the exams are tomorrow so, I’m studying most this evening. But since hubby and I had gone to mainland for the 4 day weekend I really felt like I needed to get a work out in. Enter… Nike Training Club App. I’ve talked about it before but just have to say it is a great option! It offers anything from full cardio interval workouts to quick 15 min “focused” workouts. I warmed up and did one of the 15 min leg ones and was definetly sweating by the end of it, threw in some abs at the end and now feel much calmer and like I might actually pay attention to what I’m supposed to be reading 🙂

What are some of your favorite fitness apps? Or, if you don’t have any, do you have any quick workout videos etc to do at home?

Back at Cardio and Pineapple Salsa Pork

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! For the first time since I met him, hubby and I are in the same place. So, even though it’s kind of a silly holiday, we’re going to dinner etc. tonight. Are you all doing any active date nights? It’s hard in the middle of the week but it gave me the idea, I think for a future blog post I’ll research and post different “fit dates” (input is welcome 🙂 )

Anyway, I’m back in Okinawa and back to doing cardio! Phase 2 of the Jamie Eason trainer adds cardio back in, except for on leg days. I did biceps and triceps today  and then I did a hill interval on the treadmill. Still hurts my foot to run (waiting on new MRI results) but walking up hill doesn’t bother it too much so I figured it would be a happy compromise. I’m still not following her diet as strictly as I probably should to see drastic change, but I am, of course, still eating clean.

Arm workout:

  • Barbell Curl: 3 sets of 10
  • Cable Curls with Rope Attachment: 3 sets of 10
  • Tricep Rope Pull-Downs: 3 sets of 10
  • 3 sets, Superset: Alternating Hammer Curl (10)  and Tricep Dips on Bench (15)
  • SkullCrushers: 3 sets of 10
  • Tricep Extension: 3 sets of 10

Then I did 3 sets of 30 “air bike” and 2 sets of 15 “v-ups” for abs before moving to the treadmill.

When I was back in MN I made pork one night and was trying to come up with something new using ingredients that were in the house… Pineapple Salsa Pork is what I ended up with and it was good! Sorry the pictures aren’t great but I figured it was better than nothing.

You’ll need:

  • Pork (or chicken)
  • Corn or Pineapple Salsa (or make it from scratch)
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C chopped pineapple
  • Quinoa

salsa

  1. Juice the lime and mix with garlic, pepper, and approx 1/4C pineapple juice: Marinade Pork for at least 15-30 min (I cut up the rest of the lime and pineapple and threw it all in the bowl)
  2. Add some canola oil to skillet and heat on Medium, add in pork and remainder of marinade
  3. Cook pork for approx 2 min. on each side and then add 1 tbsp./pork loin into the skilletpork cooking
  4. Sear pork until done (approx 5 min/side… time varies)
  5. Top with Salsa to taste
  6. Serve with Quinoa

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New Hair

11 Feb

New Hair

More to write soon but for now… I cut off my hair!

7 Tips for Getting Back on Track with Your Goals

7 Feb

7 Tips for Getting Back on Track with Your Goals.

 

I like it.

Stretching for Migraines?

7 Feb

Well it is above zero here in MN and I have to admit… seeing snow for a little bit is actually kind of nice. Makes me feel like it’s actually winter. Got a workout in the first day I was home but jet lag finally caught up with me so opted for a nap yesterday and today :-/Gotta hit it hard tomorrow.

Went out to lunch with a friend today and she brought up an excellent question… what stretches can you do to help relieve migraines? I’m a big believer that both medicine and alternative methods should be considered when it comes to headaches and migraines, but since we can’t all afford a massage every time a tension headache creeps in, I wanted to look into it.

Here’s the three articles I found:

MuscleMagFitness

Yoga

Neck Exercises

What do you guys think? Any other suggestions for home treatment? I usually feel better with a light workout, water, and some ibuprofen but a massage with that always works best. And when it’s a really bad migraine, sometimes all I can do is sleep.