How The Week Went Down

All it took was some sunshine, Friday, and only working until noon today to get me out of that funk I was in all week.

I don’t know what my problem was, but I just couldn’t shake it, even my workouts didn’t help. So glad that’s over! :)

Today, once I leave work at noon, I’m headed to rock out some lower body at the gym, followed by a little cardio and maybe the sauna. Doesn’t that sound delightful?!

This week of food and fitness was wonderful. Easy meals and hard workouts. Here’s how it went down:

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I didn’t really stick to my meal plan this week, I ended up winging it most nights, which worked just fine and I still stayed within range of the number containers allowed each day. However, I’ve come to realize that it’s just as bad to skip containers, as it is to over consume them. So, my goal for next week is to make sure I use every container, every day!

blog1This week included:

  • Eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, which I’ve totally loved the option to change it up, especially because I’ve been getting sick of eggs and spinach.

  • Lot’s o’ ShakeO! I changed it up between having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I had one everyday for one of my meals.

  • Buffalo Chicken Pita

  • Greek yogurt with banana and pb

  • Salads, of course, with homemade dressing of; olive oil, ACV, agave, dijon and lemon juice < delish

I paid close attention to my meals at night and made sure not to over eat. The portions from the containers still seem to be perfectly filling though and the whitening trick is still working wonders! 

FITNESS 

It’s been a fantastic workout week. I’ve gotten to do almost everything, minus upper body specifically, but I got a lot of upper body strength in the last two days at Renegade and I’m actually super sore! I also worked out with Ashley one night, so overall, I had a great week. :)

blog2Please ignore the white tee! ;)

Here was the original plan, let’s see how I did: 

Monday – Turbo > 624 calories
Tuesday – Fix Upper + Fix Abs // Ended up doing Fix Cardio with AJ > 277 calories
Wednesday – Renegade > 423 calories
Thursday – Renegade > 492 calories
Friday – Lower Body at the gym + Fix Cardio
Saturday – Turbo
Sunday – Happy Easter

I’ll take care of lower body in a few hours here and then will be having Shakeology for lunch with almond milk and spinach!

Later this evening my sister and her boyfriend, Nick, as well as, Dan and myself are heading to my parents’ house for fish tacos and a martini tasting — more on that next week!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter!


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Community of the Committed : A Series

Hello, friends!

Today is a good day because it’s part FIVE of the Community of the Committed Series – woohoo! Can you believe it’s already been five weeks since starting this series. Wow!

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In case you missed them, you can see the other awesome participants here:

Part 1 – Mary Beckwith
Part 2 – Angie Green
Part 3 – Chelsey Tiede
Part 4 – Christopher Rhoades

Today, I have great pleasure in introducing you to Kele Pallitta. She’s pretty freaking awesome, not to mention gorgeous, and I can’t wait for you to read about her story. It has definitely inspired me and now I totally want to try Buti Yoga! Not familiar? Read on…

kele1)     At what age did you start enjoying fitness and incorporating it into your life?

I have always been active, even at a young age, I even played sports through High School. Of course as I hit my 20’s I became busy. Had baby number 4 by the age of 29, so at age 30 I wanted to take my life back and do something for myself. I started very recently doing Buti Yoga and I am totally obsessed with it.

2)     What or who motivates you to workout?

I motivate myself to workout. There is no one other than myself that can make ME happy. It’s my ME time and I have A.D.D of working out, so when I found a workout I enjoy to do and I didn’t get bored with it, it was easy to stay motivated.

3)     What is your workout of choice? Did it take you a while to find your soul-mate workout?

My workout of choice is Buti Yoga. It’s very new in the area, but has been a Hollywood workout for a while. We have been lucky to have the only instructor in Ohio teach at our F1VE office. It’s taken me a very long time to find a workout that does everything I need it to do in an hour. I don’t have a lot of free time, so when I was introduced to this I was so thrilled.

kele24)     What do you love most about working out?

I love that it’s my time, no one else’s. As a mother to 3 children, working full time, going to school, and running a charity I need this hour a couple days a week.

5)     How did you find confidence to attend a new class/run a race/lift weights around guys/compete in a show? (whichever applies to you)

I’m usually not the “class” type, but when our friend said she would like to start a Buti Yoga class I wanted to give it a try. I invited a lot of friends to go with me and we have now made it kind of a girls night.

6)     What’s your favorite part of your body or muscle to work and why?

I love working out my entire body, not a specific area. I have no time to do separate muscles or separate videos/classes. I love the feeling right after class when your whole body is still a little shaky.

7)     Do you have a membership to a gym or do you workout on your own at home? DVDS?

No I go to a pay per class at F1VE, and also look on youtube for buti yoga videos. I take a class every Friday and Sunday and try to get in 1 or 2 workouts at home.

8)     When were you in the best shape of your life?

I was probably in the best shape of my life my junior year in high school, but give me about 3 months and I will be there.

9)     How many days per week do you exercise?

Anywhere from 2 to 4 days a week.

10) What is your mantra when it comes to food/diets? Do you watch what you eat? Have a 80/20 rule? Always eat what you want? Taste everything, eat nothing?

We switched to a vegan diet almost 2 years ago after learning about cancer causing foods since we lost our 2nd son to cancer. We have now stayed non dairy in our house and gluten free, but we do eat some chicken and fish that’s antibiotic free and no hormones. I just took the dare2bare challenge with buti yoga and it’s a grain free dairy free plan for 2 weeks.

11) Do you meal prep for the week? What’s your usual routine?

I try to prep as much as I can since we are so busy. I cut up fruit and I put them in containers, and I use my crockpot for many meals. Sunday’s I usually sit down and get my meal written out and go to the grocery store. I work 3 days a week so I usually make a lot of food on my days off and we eat leftovers on the days I work.

12) What’s an easy go-to healthy recipe you love?

Oven baked fajitas. So easy and yummy and now that the weather is nice we have been doing it on the grill. I cut the chicken into strips and use green, red, and yellow peppers along with a red onion and grill them. Instead of tortillas I put it over quinoa and black beans and slice up an avocado to go on top.

13) What’s your favorite cheat meal?

PIZZA!!! Lol my down fall for eating healthy.

14) What words of encouragement do you have for someone that’s looking to make fitness and nutrition more important in their lives?

I know everyone is busy, but take time for yourself! Take baby steps or you will get overwhelmed. I think joining a group on Facebook or starting your own with a group of friends is a great place to start, and throw your scale away!!!!!

15) What’s your goal moving forward with fitness?

I want to start to schedule time in better for my workouts instead of working out if I have time, because I want to rock a bikini on my vacation in July ;)

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You’ll totally be in a bikini by July, Kele!!! You are so awesome, thanks for sharing your story. :)

For more information on Buti Yoga or to find a class in your area, go here.

For more information on the F1VE campaign, go here.


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Some FIX Food + Another Buffalo Recipe!

Ok…

Is anyone else struggling through this week? Feeling sluggish and unmotivated? Sleepy and whiny?

Just me?

Perhaps it’s the snow (ugh!) or the fact that I haven’t seen Dan in ten days or maybe it’s just one of those weeks. Either way, I’m totally over it and completely ready for the weekend. Thankfully, I only have to work until noon on Friday – that thought is keeping me sane.

Ok, rant over!

The rest of the week has been going good – last night I worked out and made dinner with my sister and tonight I’m looking forward to an awesome sweat session at Renegade. :)

Today marks day 9 of the 21 Day Fix – 12 days to go – I plan to re-measure on Sunday to see where I’m at. Weight-wise, I’m down three pounds, but I gotta tell you, I fluctuate so bad that I’m counting more on measurements than pounds for results.

blog1Today, I wanted to share a collection of foods that I’ve been eating and loving on this program. It’s amazing the amount and variety of foods that I can have – it’s pretty great and makes sticking to it so doable. I love the containers, too, it makes packing a lunch super easy and I never can mess up the serving size.

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BREAKFAST: 

I have either had my usual – 1 egg + 2 egg whites + spinach + hot sauce, overnight oats + banana + 2 overcooked hard boiled eggs or Shakeology with coffee.

blog13I can’t have creamer, so instead I’ve been brewing coffee at night and throwing it in with my shakes – it’s heaven – especially Dunkin’ Donuts Coconut flavor with Chocolate Shakeo – that’s just a match made in heaven.

blog8LUNCH 

I used to eat a salad everyday at lunch. I love how I have the option to be creative now and enjoy some other foods. However, if I don’t have a salad at lunch, I usually have it for dinner.

fix11This was half of a small sweet potato, cucumber slices and tuna mixed with celery, jalapeno, greek yogurt and hot sauce. I used the cucumber as ‘chips’ for the tuna and I forgot how much I love a baked sweet potato. Recently, I’ve been doing sweet pot fries and the baked was a nice change – this lunch was perfection for me.

DINNER 

This is usually where I get most creative. Thankfully, I can refer right to my meal plan, so that I know what I’m having, but also so that I stick with only the rest of the containers I have available for that day.

This fish taco was so good – tilapia cooked with special seasoning, jalapeno, onion, spinach and cheese on an Ezekiel tortilla along with black beans – what more could you want?!

blog3Chicken, peas and a few oven fries? Yep!

blog9Pizza? Oh yes, there’s pizza! Check out my new favorite Food For Life bread – these are 100 calorie pita pockets – which are perfect for homemade pizzas.

blog6With pizza, full or not, I used to always go back for more, but now that I’m paying attention to portions, I ate this and that was it, done deal! Even better, I made a point to pay attention to my hunger level and I was perfectly satisfied, not overly full like I’d typically be after eating pizza.

Lastly, I wanted to share this buffalo chicken pita sandwich I had the other night.

blog11To me, this isn’t a ‘recipe’, it’s just a sandwich I threw together. However, since you’ve all requested it in writing, here you go:

Buffalo Chicken Pita

Ingredients

  • 1 Ezekiel Pita Pocket
  • 4oz Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast (Cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons Franks Red Hot
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Jalapenos
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Banana Peppers
  • 2 White Mushrooms (Chopped)
  • 1 handful Fresh Spinach
  • 1 thin slice Cheddar Cheese

Directions

Step 1
Cook your chicken and coat with the franks red hot or franks buffalo sauce.
Step 2
Chop and saute the veggies and then add the chicken to the pan to combine all the ingredients (minus cheese).
Step 3
Cut the pita in half and then stuff it with the ingredients, including the cheese.
Step 4
Put the stuffed pita in then oven (I used a toaster oven) long enough to just melt the cheese, but not too long that your pita gets hard, about 3-4 minutes.

This is going to be a staple.

And because this post isn’t long enough – here are some snacks that I’ve been enjoying – pretty much the usual things you see here on F2BF.

SNACKS 

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blog10Delish, delish, delish!

Next time I’ll bring you my 21 Day Fix Fitness – stay tuned!!

 


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