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Clean Bulking

20 Jul

I found out Friday I have not gained any weight over the past month and my total weight gain for the pregnancy is about half what it should be. Oops.

I’m sure there are people out there thinking that I shouldn’t be complaining or that they wish that was their problem. And I get that. But here’s the thing; not weighing enough can be as harmful in pregnancy as gaining too much weight– to be fair, mainly if it starts effecting baby’s growth. For now, they’re re-adjusting my work schedule so I can get on a regular sleep routine, giving me weight goals to meet and checking on baby’s growth in another week or so. My doctor never made me feel stressed or like I’m doing something wrong and really took a team approach for how to increase my weight without just adding junk into my diet.

So, how am I going to add on weight?

I’ve already switched to little/low impact cardio and am focusing on body resistance and light weight training… so that part’s different than when actually bulking.

I also had two wonderful cheat days this weekend for my birthday that included gluten free pasta, brownies, Mexican food, french toast, cookies and more cookies. Despite a decent hike Saturday and short workout yesterday, by the end of two days this is how I felt:

bulk_king While it was fun for a day to eat whatever I wanted and I think the normal sleep schedule will be the biggest help; I’m now on the hunt to add in healthy higher calorie snacks each day.

Here is my list so far:

(thanks to everyone who already added suggestions)

  • Cheese sticks
  • Almonds/nuts
  • Nut butter– peanut butter, almond butter
  • Greek Yogurt– no more non-fat
  • Adding in a protein shake
  • A little extra oil while cooking

And to be honest, I still have some cookies and brownies left over πŸ˜‰ What are some clean snacks you could add to the list?

**For the record, baby is moving like crazy and I’m confident a normal sleep schedule and some extra protein shakes will fix the weight fairly quickly.

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Okay, NOW it’s fall!

23 Sep

Happy first day of fall!!

I have not been nearly as productive as I was hoping the past couple days but instead of dwelling on that I’m going to focus on what I have accomplished. For example, I had an extra long physical therapy session this morning and got a great leg workout in. Plus I realized I’d already had two four pumpkin spice lattes this month and that habit needed to stop. So after my workout I made a real pumpkin spice protein shake… much healthier and more satisfying.

First things first, here’s the leg workout:

  • Walking lunges x2
  • Side shuffles

3 sets:

  • 20 Wood-chop sumo squats (Stand with your feet wide apart, toes turned slightly out. Hold the dumbbell or medicine ball with both hands in front of you arms straight down. Squat as low as you can and then as you jump your feet together, swing your arms (keeping them straight and abs tight) above your head. As you pop back into a squat, lower your arms)
  • 20 lunges with medicine ball rotation

2 sets:

  • 12 straight leg deadlifts
  • 20 squats with ball toss

2 sets:

  • 20 hamstring curls
  • 20 quadricep pull-ins on medicine ball

quad ball quad ball 2And for the fun… Fit and Busy Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

  • 1 C Almond Milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 tbsp pure pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp all-spice
  • pinch of clove

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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Meal Prep

22 May

Apparently I’m going back to work tomorrow. I got a phone call this afternoon that they had a light duty position and I should report back in at 0830 tomorrow morning. Needless to say I was a little surprised.

After my initial panic of realizing I have no idea what that means (and I suspect scrubs won’t be appropriate) I realized I should probably get some meal prep ready. I still have some of my Santa Fe Chicken left which meant I only needed to make some snacks and breakfast food. Then I realized I don’t have enough eggs to prep both snacks AND breakfast. I’d already made granola earlier this week so snacks won.

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Jamie Eason Turkey Muffins are currently baking in the oven (and smell delicious). These are great for a quick snack or a lunch options with some veggies on the side.

I still need to make some protein bars but that may have to wait until tomorrow when I buy more eggs or this weekend. I think my favorite bars are the cinnamon bread ones but I’ve been seeing some new recipes I want to play with if time allows.

Aside from my frantic meal prep I had a great workout day today. Got up early and a friend came over to walk the pups with me and then I went to the gym with another friend for a full upper body workout.

Do you have a go-to meal prep snack? What’s your weekly prep involve?

P.S. As requested here’s how the turkey muffins turned out… I should also mention I used cayenne pepper instead of Chipotle pepper

turkey muffins

What I’ve done instead of Facebook…

13 Mar

I hadn’t realized how much of a habit checking Facebook had become. Especially with smart phones it has become so easy to just tap the little icon while I have 5 min here and there or get out the computer just to check e-mail and pay bills and then an hour later still be looking through news feed pictures and Pinterest.

On Monday I had a day off and instead of spending my afternoon wasting time on Facebook etc. I got a short at home workout in and had a baking afternoon.

I had to do a light workout because of some medical testing they were doing so the at home workout looked like this:

2 sets:

  • 20 squats
  • 20 side squats/leg

2 sets:

  • BOSU planks with leg raises (15/leg) followed by leg abduction (10/leg)
  • 20 BOSU push-ups

2 sets:

  • 15 Hamstring bridges
  • 10 squats with medicine ball twist

Then I made granola for the week and a new variation of carrot cake bars. I adapted Jamie Eason’s recipe to make it gluten free and I’m not a fan of any of the artificial sweeteners, even Truvia (which is only like 1% actual Stevia), so I’m experimenting with honey. What substitutes do you use while baking?

Carrot Cake Protein Bars:

  • 1 C almond flour
  • 1/3 C honey (I’m still playing with this ratio)
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all-spice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 egg whites
  • 8 oz carrot baby food
  • 4 oz water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together
  2. Add in wet ingredients
  3. Pour batter into lightly greased baking pan (I use canola oil)
  4. Bake at 350 for approx 20 min
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Protein Carrot Cake

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

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.

Legs and Life

1 Feb

It seems like I just got to Okinawa but it has apparently been three months because I’m heading back to the USA for a visit on Sunday. Which is fun but kind of weird, Okinawa is just now starting to feel like home with hubby. Today was a good/busy day, I had a couple training clients plus my workout and then some errands and trying to get the house all set (I hate coming home to a dirty house). I’m still far from done with things but wanted to write while I had a chance.

Lately I’ve been having a hard time figuring out where I want my priorities to be… it’s not easy to eat how I did when I was doingΒ  consistent photo shoots when they’re more sporadic and I’m cooking for two. And because of that the scale is slowly inching up which is also driving me insane. I keep telling myself it’s because I haven’t been doing cardio with the LiveFit program but I don’t think that’s all it is… Anyway, instead of going on, I felt this was an appropriate reminder:

Photo by Scott Traczyk

Photo by Scott Traczyk

Today was legs day again. As usual I took the Jamie Eason workout and modified it a bit. I did 3 sets of 12 for all of them with approx. 45 sec of rest in between.

  • Leg Extension
  • Lying hamstring curl
  • Barbell Wide Stance Squats
  • Barbell Lunges/leg
  • Glute/Ham machine (gluteus extension)
  • Single Leg Deadlifts–>super-set with calf raises
  • Calf-presses on leg press machine

Then I finished with 20 BOSU lunges/leg and some balance drills.

At the moment I have Jamie Eason Chocolate Bars in the oven so I have healthy travel snacks. I’m thinking once I’m doing cardio again (next week, finally!) I might try adding in some Nutella… it would obviously increase sugar/decrease some of the nutritional value but I think it would be really good πŸ˜‰