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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

Snow Day

21 Jan
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Yesterday

Maryland is weird. Yesterday we went on a great hike with the pups and some friends and today hubby is home on a snow day since we’re expecting up to six inches…

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Today

Since we were expecting the snow we went to the gym earlier today and got a short chest and tricep workout in.

Warm-up:

  • 30 sec plank
  • 30 sec walking plank
  • 50 Modified Push-ups (or to failure)

Workout:

  • Row to tricep kick-back (1×20, 2×12)

3 sets:

  • 12 Incline bench press
  • 20 tricep dips

3 sets:

  • 12 TRX push-ups
  • 15 weighted v-ups

1 set:

  • 20 TRX rows
  • 30 sec plank
  • 30 sec side plank/side

It was pretty short but we did finish errands and make it home for lunch before the snow really picked up ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m thinking with the snow, some Turkey Chili will be just perfect– I use Jamie Eason’s recipe.

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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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 todayย  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, butย I am, of course,ย 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)ย  and Tricep Dips on Benchย (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

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  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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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 doingย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

“I’ve got a new workout I want to try…”

29 Jan

That is always a scary statement coming from a trainer… especially when you are the client. But while I am now convinced I don’t like 3 weeks without cardio (following the Jamie Eason LiveFit principles) I did a completely different workout than normal today and loved it. AND I did my first set of tire flips.

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Sadly not me in the picture… and my tire wasn’t that big but I liked it.

I can’t take credit for the workout, it was with Lisa at Train Hard, StayFit. It was all timed, so 1 min of each exercise and 2 sets of each super-set which was also a nice mix up from just 3 of 12 or 3 of 10 etc.
As for a LiveFit update… I’m not a fan of the no cardio. To be fair I haven’t been following the diet exactly and last week was all over the place as to which days I had time to workout so that probably makes a difference. I’m heading into week 3 so starting to add in more exercises. I will say, if I was a beginner, I think the principles are sound and it’s an easy to understand program. As someone already into working out, I did add in extra exercises or vary things up a little bit in the first 2 weeks to feel challenged. I do like having different recipe ideas available and, between LiveFit and a trainer, I am getting out of my rut of always doing the same exercises.

Arms and Smoothies

24 Jan

Sorry it’s been longer than normal since I last posted! I feel like I’ve been sprinting a marathon just to get a quarter mile in order to volunteer at the hospital out here… about like this, which makes me laugh:

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Anyway, I’ve been working out with a trainer a bit here and on Monday she KILLED my biceps… it had been a while since I’d been sore so it was good and I needed it. But then the hospital schedule kept changing so I missed 2 days of workouts :-/ Not the end of the world, rest days just came early this week. Today I hit triceps and chest. Still (semi) following the Jamie Eason LiveFit workouts so it looked like this:

3 sets of 12 for everything with a 30-45 sec rest in between:

  • Wide Push-Ups
  • Dumbbell chest press
  • Cable Flyes
  • Narrow Push-Ups
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Tricep Pull-Downs with the rope
  • Tricep Dips

Really the only thing I changed from LiveFit was adding in the tricep dips but sometimes I work different body parts than that day calls for or take my rest day at a different time based off whatever hospital training I have. And I’m not following the diet exactly but am trying to clean up my snacks and have gotten better about after dinner snacks this past week thanks to hubby.

I’ve also discovered new smoothie combinations I really like.

  • 1 C Almond Milk
  • 1/2 – 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein

Or…

  • 1 C Milk (of your choice)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4C frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein

Both are really good and the frozen banana gives it a bit of a creaminess/sweetness… it is much easier if you peel some bananas and just throw them in a plastic bag to keep them in the freezer so you always have some on hand ๐Ÿ™‚

Arms and Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

16 Jan

Oh my arms… they hurt. But it’s a good hurt, it’s a getting back into it hard and loving every minute hurt ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve decided I’m going to look into the Jamie Eason LiveFit program. To be honest, I probably won’t follow it exactly at least for the 1st phase. The program is made to start people from the very beginning. BUT I do really like the principles of it and she has some great exercises. So honestly it’ll probably just be a few exercises here and there I change. Which also means about 3 weeks off of cardio other than for some ankle PT and locking down my diet (mainly goodbye to my after dinner sweet tooth). Since I had just done a similar workout to her day one, I started on day two and adjusted it based off what I did on Monday so the workout ended up like this…

3 sets of everything, not super-sets, lifting as heavy as I could with still hitting 12. I rested about 30-60 seconds in between each set (30 at the beginning, 60 at the end when I was tired):

  • 12 wide push-ups
  • 12 Dumbbell rows
  • 12 cable rows
  • 12 underhand cable pull-downs (this was new for me, I liked it)
  • 12 dumbbell bicep curls
  • 12 narrow push-ups… these I “set” with 20 calf raises for my ankle and to give my arms a break

I was def. feeling it by the end, and between this and the triceps from Monday my arms are worked today. The trainer had to reschedule yesterday so I’m hopefully meeting her today and we’ll hit legs ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night I knew I’d be getting home later than normal and gone when I normally cook so I wanted to use my new crock pot for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ I made a honey sesame chicken and it was delicious! Based off the recipe from The Comfort of Cooking but made some changes to make it easier to cook and a bit healthier. This made about 5-6 servings.

You’ll need:

  • 3-4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken breasts
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 C honey
  • 1/2 C low sodium soy sauce (again all you GF readers, make sure to check the bottles!)
  • Approx. 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 C water
  • 3 scallions- chopped
  • sesame seeds
  • quinoa (or brown rice)
  1. Lightly season chicken with pepper and place in crockpot
  2. Combine onion, garlic, honey, soy sauce, oil, and pepper over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours **I was really worried about this drying out the chicken because her recipe is different but I didn’t have much choice with how my day played out. With all the sauce, it ended up being great and just falling apart!
  4. After about 4 hours I added in some water to the crock pot and after 6 just turned it to the “warm” setting before I ran out to my next appointment
  5. Remove chicken and shred into bite-size pieces (here you can either set aside or put back into the sauce)
  6. Prepare quinoa according to directions on package
  7. Serve quinoa onto plates, top with chicken and spoon sauce on top.
  8. Sprinkle sesame seeds and the chopped scallions over the top

I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture so here’s the one from Comfort of Cooking. We obviously didn’t have rice with it and since I didn’t add in any thickener the quinoa absorbed some of the sauce… but it looked about the same. Hubby said it tasted similar to “coke chicken” which I don’t remember having before but we decided this can be a healthy substitute. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Back… for real this time!

2 Jan

Happy New Year!! This year I really want to work on finding the balance between my fitness goals and everyday life. I’m hopefully getting into the hospital out here soon and cooking for two has been an adjustment so, time to balance it all out again.

Which, in part, starts with blogging. We finally got internet up and running at our house! It’s slow for now but it works. I have so many recipes I’ve been making and things I want to post about but instead of looking back, I’m just going to start from now.

I made a ham and sweet potato soup for dinner tonight that turned out well. Here they have the Benimo potatoes so… it was bright purple but really tasty and used the rest of our Christmas ham and the bone we had frozen. I have a shoot on Saturday so kept it simple… water, ham, potatoes, pepper (white and black), cinnamon, onions, and garlic. I made the broth first with the ham bone and spices, 1/2 onion, and 2 cloves of garlic. Then I drained it and used the broth to boil the potatoes, chopped up ham, and extra cinnamon. Took some time to boil everything down etc. but was very simple to make ๐Ÿ™‚ I did forget to take a picture, out of practice but next time we make the potatoes I’ll make sure to post it if you haven’t seen a benimo potato before.

Other than that I made the Jamie Eason Cinnamon Bread today. I added in a pinch of nutmeg this time into the batter and I really like it. Hubby even said he’d eat the bread instead of a normal cinnamon roll so I consider it a win.

Lastly, I promised I would post the Jamie Eason Chocolate Bars again. This time I subbed in some almond meal with my GF flour… they were even better! It added just a touch more sweetness but was still totally clean. I just did 1/4 C almond meal and then the rest Namaste GF flour.

Okay, that’s all the recipes for the post! I had also said I’d post a wedding picture so, still waiting on the CD of the professional ones but here’s one our friends took. Married life has been great so far ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jamie Eason Turkey Chili

13 Oct

I’d like to start off by saying… Boomer Sooner!!!! Today was the most wonderful college football weekend; OU/TX. And not only did I go to OU for 3 years before heading to nursing school but my parents went there, my brother went there, my grandfather taught there… basically it’s a family thing. So, instead of going to the gym (oops) I spent my afternoon watching OU run over TX and other rivalry games.
I did do some physical therapy stuff so I got a bit of a leg workout in (some lunges) but… that’s about it.

Okay, I’m done with my shameless football commentary. Here’s the delicious chili I made a couple days ago:

It’s the Jamie Eason Recipe. The only thing I changed was using real brown sugar and no vinegar so, I’d love to take credit but… it’d probably save you time to just go to her link ๐Ÿ™‚ **Oh, I couldn’t find a “tri-blend” so I just bought 1 can of black beans and 1 can of red kidney beans.