Chia Seeds!

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When it is cold outside, I always want something warm for breakfast, like oatmeal. But sometimes it gets boring and I like to switch it up a bit. My boss recently told me about this chia seed parfait. It is DELICIOUS! It will work in the winter and in the summer. Right now I microwave the apple jam part a bit in the microwave first to heat it up a little. Then I add it to the chia seed parfait with some nuts for a crunch and it is a very delicious and satisfying breakfast. I have included the recipe below.

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Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam + Parfait
Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugar. The jam can be used on oatmeal or toast. And it is another great way to use chia seeds.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
parfaits
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
parfaits
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. For the jam: Add the first 6 ingredients into a medium pot and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes of so. When the apples are fork tender, remove from heat and mash 50% of the mixture to thicken. Set aside to cool.
  2. For the vegan overnight oats: Combine the oats, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 1-2 hours to thicken. Once the oats are softened and the liquid is mostly absorbed, it's ready. You can thin it out with more milk or thicken it with more chia seeds.
  3. To make each parfait: Layer the vegan overnight oats with the apple pie jam, a few spoonfuls of each per layer. Add toasted walnuts on top of each layer if desired.
  4. Store leftover jam in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge. Should last for at least 1-2 weeks.
Recipe Notes

You can use any nuts or no nuts at all.

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When you hurt yourself…

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So I hurt my hand this week doing something…I am not sure how exactly but I am guessing I either fell (I am klutzy) or when I was moving the spin bike. The bottom line…I hurt my hand. Saw the doctor…it is not broken but it is just a nasty looking bruise. Doctor told me no physical activity for a week. Really? That seemed ridiculous since it was my hand. I don’t need my hands to run! But really it came down to not griping anything. (It hurts like a mother to squeeze my hand closed.) That means can’t do anything with a bar pretty much. No lifting. No trying to get a pull up. BUT I can lay my hand out flat and that feels awesome! So I have done a lot of yoga and pilates this week and I feel amazing.

Hurting myself has been a great rest. I still get an awesome workout and my body feels great.

This time has made me rethink my goals. What do I want to do by the end of the year. My physical goals:

  • Get a pull up
  • Get a handstand push up
  • Get a muscle up. (The muscle up is probably wishful thinking…but a girl can dream!)

I had a post earlier in the year with goals I wanted to achieve. I wanted to get a “L” sit, lose 20 pounds to run a half marathon, and just overall get healthy. With injuring my hand I was able to really evaluate my goals and what I may be able to achieve. I really think I can get a pull-up. They seem absolutely impossible right now, but I work hard at trying. I have a great headstand and great handstand…now I just need to be able to develop the muscles to string together a handstand push up! (I can do it, I can do it!) And of course there is the dreaded muscle up. I know it is something hard for a lot of people, this might not be achievable this year, but I am determined to work on it to get one. And overall…these goals are going to help me reach my goal of overall getting a healthier life style.

Now losing the “pounds” is not a good judge (I know lots of people told me this) so I recently got my body fat tested. I have 29% at the moment. My goal is to get to 25% by the end of the year. (More reasonable.)

Hopefully…I can achieve some of these goals…that would make me SO happy! I would be happy just being able to do a pull up! Here is to hoping that I can!


Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Burritos

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Tonight I tried a new recipe from Thug Kitchen. And OMG…these were SO yummy! I made Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Burritos. Now…before I post the link I have to give a disclaimer…this website is not for the easily offended as there is some bad language on the site. I myself found the recipes hilarious, but some may be offended. So please take this as your warning before clicking the link.

Here are some of my burritos before I rolled em’ up! Like I said…SO yummy! I did change some things, like I used an entire lime, added garlic salt, and used a yellow bell pepper since the red ones were looking sketchy in the supermarket.

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Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Burrito
Delicious twist on a burrito.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
burritos
Ingredients
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
burritos
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Chop up the onion, bell pepper, and broccoli so that all the pieces are about the size of a chickpea.
  3. Chop up the garlic, set aside.
  4. Place all the chopped veggies in a large bowl with cooked chickpeas.
  5. Pour in the oil and soy sauce, stir.
  6. Add all spices and mix well until all the vegetables are covered.
  7. Place on a large rimmed backing sheet (can line with foil) and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Take out of the oven and add the garlic and bake another 15 minutes.
  9. The broccoli may look a little burnt, but that is okay. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven. Squeeze the juice of half a lime over everything and mix well. Taste and see if it needs any additional spices or lemon juice.
  10. Make a burrito!
Recipe Notes

You can add spinach, avocado, cilantro, or salsa. Pick what you would like to add. This tastes amazing just as it is also. I used a red onion because I did not have any yellow.

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Here is the nutritional value based off the modifications that I made to the recipe:

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I will be making this again..and I will make some of the other recipes that are on the website.


Finding inspiration…

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Sometimes I get really discouraged. Discouraged that I have not yet achieved a goal or been able to hit the weight loss goals I want to achieve.

This week for example, we had the WOD where one of the exercises was 150 wall balls and I was hoping for 100. I was dreading this WOD so much that I almost thought about not going to go to the gym that day. And even when I got to the gym I was ALREADY over it. I waited until the absolute last possible time to do it. But I can say I was totally inspired watching everyone go before me. They did not want to do this WOD anymore than I wanted to. But yet here we were, all with the same goal, and getting it done.

Negative thinking* can beat you before you even begin.

How very true it is. I already let myself “lose” before I even started with my negative attitude. Just like I have said before everyone at the gym is really encouraging. Having that type of encouragement has really helped me along the way. When I told Tiffany that I did not want to do the WOD that day she said, “No way! This is what we do…we do the WOD on Thursday together!” It may not have meant much to her at the time, but for me it really made me feel that sense of belonging and reminded me why I started coming back and working out with Sandra.

The environment at Fitness Rehab is incredibly positive. Everyone is there to help you push through those hard times. We all celebrate one another’s accomplishments and help each other out when we start to feel down. My new friends that I have made at Fitness Rehab inspire me to keep going. They help remind me of my progress when I can’t see it myself. My motivation gets a jump start.

My friend John sent me this:

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This is true. This has to be my new mindset. I am working to better myself, be a healthier and fitter me. Every workout (if I like it or not) will help me get there. I have to remember that “can’t” won’t help me get to my goals.

*This was an article that I read after WOD 13.3 that also helped me realize how important it is to have a new mindset.


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Up next…13.2!

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Today, for the CrossFit games they listed the second workout 13.2. This is going to be a 10 minute workout doing as many reps as possible (AMRAP) of:

75 pound Shoulder to overhead, 5 reps
75 pound Deadlift, 10 reps
15 Box jumps, 20″ box

My goal is to do at least 4 complete rounds. That will give me 2 minutes and 30 seconds to complete a round. I figure anything more that I do is a bonus! This one is all about conditioning…and how much work I need to get to that level so I can complete a round like this in 1 minute. An excellent goal for me to have something to work towards.

On another note…I LOVE food and trying new things to eat. (I am sure I have talked about this multiple times…) Tonight I went out to dinner with my friends and it was amazing…but I am sure I ate WAY too much…I even had a crepe with ice cream that we shared for dessert! I am just hoping I am not TOO sluggish tomorrow for eating like crap tonight! ::crosses fingers::

Until tomorrow…


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It all takes time…

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Today I woke up and was thinking of how lovely that Spring is in the air! Which made me immediately think of summer and if I will be in “bikini” shape by then…which then turns into thoughts of how much working out I need to do and watch what I am shoving in my mouth! And I just needed to STOP with that thinking!

All of this is going to take time…it took me years to put on the weight it is going to take me years to take it off. I know some may think it can be quicker than years, but to be honest I want to do it in a way that is healthy and where I am not going to be beating myself up…and more importantly – where I won’t be putting the weight BACK ON.

So on the way to work I was thinking to myself, it has been about 6 months since I have been seriously working out – really dedicating myself. It only took me the past couple of months to finally be a LITTLE more motivated about eating “healthier”. (Honestly this blog helps me.) Making smarter choices when I grocery shop has really helped me – no more bad snacks! (Granted healthy eating is more expensive, it has been worth the sacrifice.) And trying to minimize the amount of eating out has all contributed positively to these changes I am trying to make in my life.

Things I can be proud of: I can run a mile, I can do a handstand pushup, I am gaining weight lifting skills (who would of thought!), but most importantly I KEEP GOING.

Yes. That is where I usually ALWAYS fail after 1 or 2 months – I just STOP. Not this time. I don’t know what the exact motivator this time has been to keep pushing me to accomplish my goals…I think it is a combination of multiple things.

  • I MUST get healthier – I am too young to be a diabetic with high cholesterol.
  • I am more goal focused and less pound focused. Get FIT!
  • I have a support group – both friends and new friends that I met at the gym. (My friends at the gym ALWAYS make me accountable when I don’t show up!)
  • I set more realistic goals – I want to be able to do the 34 stair climb and at least three 5k’s this year. Next year: I want to do another half marathon.

Perspective and being realistic. I have to make sure I keep all these things in mind. Keep trying for those goals and I will GET there. It is a LIFESTYLE change.

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Strength Training

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Today when I was perusing the internet I saw this image:

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So true.

I know cardio is important (believe me I surprise myself with how far I can run now) but so is strength training. One thing I noticed since going back to working out with Sandra is how much stronger I am. My muscles are firm.

I never really thought about this until I was on vacation with my family recently and they would like to poke fun at me and make my arms jiggle. When my arms did not jiggle as much, they stopped and were impressed. They were able to see the progress and how my body is changing. Slowly, but surely, it is changing. I don’t see this since I see my body everyday. It took an incident like this to show me that yes I am getting stronger. Yes I am taking the right steps to getting fit. YES – STAY MOTIVATED.

I knew when I first started working out again that it was not going to be easy. I was going to struggle, I will lose my motivation at times, but I knew I just could not give up. I always struggled with having big arms and broad shoulders (and non-twiggy legs)…thanks to years of gymnastics. In addition to gaining weight (lots of fat) I looked puffy. 🙁 One thing I CONSTANTLY have to remind myself – muscle weighs more than fat. Even though on the scale I am not losing pounds, I see the change in my body fat percentage and muscle mass percentage. Fat is FINALLY going down and muscle is SLOWLY starting to increase. Just as my marbles show! (I have 21 in the jar now!)

It seems the insane combo of the cardio and strength training…it works. LOL! Now I need to work on my love of food…


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My abs hurt.

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Yesterday was an…interesting day at the gym. Because Sandra had sore abs she felt that we needed them also! LOL! My abs hurt. Not as much as they are probably going to hurt tomorrow, but they hurt. Really we had a quick WOD (workout of the day) and then did Turkish Get-Ups for our skill work for the day. What have I learned? Turkish people don’t know how to get up. It really should not be that hard. What else I learned…I can do it with a 36 pound kettleball and a 25 pound bar. And the bar was HARD! I never did them with the bar before so I was proud of myself. Here was our WOD:

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Then I did yoga…that focus was on the butt…so not only do my abs hurt…but my butt hurts also. 🙁

My food for the day was good…so I am proud of myself for eating well:

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Of course no one said it was going to be easy. All I can do is keep going…and hope that I can keep moving marbles!

even if your going slow your lapping everyone on the couch


Kale Chips

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I love kale! I love it boiled, steamed, and juiced…and now I love it baked! It reminded me of nori (seaweed…like Japanese dishes use). It had the crunch and I sprinkled it with a little TOO much pepper and a dash of salt. It was a yummy snack! Even better…so easy to do! I found the recipe on Pinterest! (Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Pinterest?)

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Baked Kale Chips
Low calorie snack that is delicious!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cooking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite sized pieces.
  4. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner.
  5. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  6. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

I used my Misto to lightly coat the kale leaves. You don't always have to use seasoning salt, you can use garlic powder or pepper. Try whatever tastes great! I have used just garlic flavored olive oil and it was yummy!

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On another note…the Super Bowl threw off my prep schedule…not to worry…I decided to crock pot some chicken for the week. I MUST do more crock pot recipes…set it and forget it!

Even though I worked out on Saturday with some Heightened Yoga and Sunday with Spin…I still got a workout in today. I am proud of myself for going out there and working out today even though I was totally tired from a Monday at work. But let’s face it…after all that eating I did for the Super Bowl I NEEDED a good workout.

This week will be a short workout week for me since I will be going out of town to celebrate my Mom and Auntie’s birthdays! But…since I have been worried about being able to get a workout in I got a TRX suspension trainer…it is SO small! So easy to pack and I can do a workout by simply using a door! I am excited!

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On another note…I am thinking I might try a run on the beach. After all I am going to be doing the Electric Run with my girlfriends on April 20th…I am sure that kind of run would get my heart rate going!


TGIF!

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I would call yesterday an overall success. Could I have eaten cleaner? Absolutely! Did I work out hard and earn some pizza? YES!!!!!! So I had some pizza, it was delicious. And now I am beginning to wonder if I work out just so I can eat.

Yesterday was surprisingly slow at the gym…so I had a workout all to myself! Hooray! We did a warm up on the rower…I hate the rower. It makes me wish I was tall!  🙁

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Here is my food damage:

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My goal for today? Even though it is Friday I really need to make sure I keep myself motivated to go to the gym tonight and get in a workout!