Throwback Thursdays

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Dug this picture out from my webcam. This was me…. 13 years ago at the ripe old age of 17 (Yes, I’m 30 now :P) Back in our high school days, Damien and I would hit the gym 5 days a week.

I will not let this photo be the peak of my physical fitness, time to hit the Gym hard for the remainder of this challenge (and beyond)!

Week 1 is in the books!

So does everyone have abs like Danielle yet? I know i do…

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Just kidding!

here’s your weekly update!

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“This week was ok, I worked out three times but my eating was kinda bad, I’ve planned out my meals for all of next week so it should be a lot better.”  20130422_092345

“Without a set meal plan…I indulged more than I should have. Still hit the the gym though. Next week should be better with a set meal plan” DSC01150

“Week one was a breeze so far. Mentally focused, eating proper and hitting the gym regularly. This also marks Day 7 of no junk food and no cravings for it either. Just need to stay strong or else I’ll never be able to look like my idol…. Tony Doan.”

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“I have been inspired by recipes from this FREE magazine from my favorite store WALMART!
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(Ummm that’s tuna on the top right)
And along with the gym, some sit ups and the deep water work out with everyone’s grandmothers and Danielle here is one of my exercises…
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“I spent the week mostly eating bacon and eggs every morning and steak or falafel for lunch/dinner, although I cheated with some a&w one day and a Boston Pizza pizzaburger and cactus cut potatoes one night. I worked out a total of about 6-7 hours over the week, with a lot of incline crunches and leg lifts and planks to work on abs.”

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Seems like everyone is doing well so far. Nice to see a buzz going around the office and everyone is excited to exercise and try new things, as well as…………….

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False alarm, just Mr. Welk as a late entry. Terrible

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Eat Well

So by now, I hope many of you have seen the video of our debacle at the gym. Cause now it’s two day later and I still can’t feel my legs. Even though everything hurts and I missed sleep on Saturday (yes, my legs kept me up at night), I’m really happy to have done that session.

I used to be in really good shape…

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Which makes not being in shape at all right now, so much worse. So to help me and the rest of you make our goals, here is my favorite recipe for Low(er) fat Butter Chicken.  800 calories per serving, 30 grams of fat, and 22 grams protein.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, divided (you don’t have to use this much butter, but this serves 10, so it’s not as bad as it seems)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups milk (or use 1 cup of cream and 2 cups of milk)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala (this and garam masala are found in the spice aisle)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelizes to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat along with the tomato sauce, milk/cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in caramelized onions.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, toss cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated, then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.

For the rice, bring 1/4 cup of basmati rice to a boil with a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper, tumeric and cinnamon. Then let simmer till all the water is absorbed. Serve and enjoy!

Bye Bye Belly, Heellooo Chiclets!

Well guys. It’s official. I’ve got my Chiclets (aka Abs) after only one week! Its been great. One week and I’ve already achieved my hopes, goals and dreams. Aww, don’t go being jealous. I’ll tell you my super-duper-pinky-swear-not-to-tell-another-living-soul, including your dead pet rock, secret. Sorry, but it is dead. Here’s my secret:

How to get Abs in one week.

Step 1: buy a pack of chiclets.
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Step 2: have some tape nearby
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Step 3: attach said chiclets.

Step 4: Check out your 6 pack!!! BOOYA!
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But on a more realistic note, I’ve survived week one.
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By zombie walking through it. I’m pretty sure I’ve planked myself to death this past week. 3 times a week I go swimming with women who have earned their grays and whites, switching it up between deep water workouts and Aquacize (yes i include my jazz hands). Favorite part of working out with them? When we all do the shimmy! This past week i got to Aquacize with Sherrey, which was awesome! I think of all the little froggies jumping around in the pool we definitely jumped the highest. We could totally be like…leap frog athletes at the Olympics. I think its considered a sport. Somewhere. Loriana and I also worked out, doing a deep water workout. Sadly not tethered. Lets just say traffic jams happened. Often. And we didn’t need to worry about washing our swimsuits later, since there was a washing machine in the pool anyways.

But to start stepping up to the Ab challenge, well I needed to start working on my core, which I discovered within a minute of my mission that it is sorely lacking. Like an apple without a centre. It was bad. My goal this past week was to make it further and further through this crazy plank-a-thon YouTube video I found (i’m still not sure if I want to thank Corey yet or not)… so far I haven’t made it to the end without dropping, but I’m hoping by the end of week two I’ll be able to survive till the end…almost. Check it out.

Saturday Morning Sweat Session

So I decided to take some of the boys down to my gym today for a nice private conditioning class. Wayne, Alan, and Jarid all seemed to be in high spirits as they came in, smiling and wide eyed. Little did they know…..

How fun it would be!!

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We did a nice little jog to warm up, followed by some push ups, some more jogging, wide stance push ups, squats, jogging, tuck jumps, diamond push ups, jogging, jumping squats, clapping push ups, and some sprints!

Then some more jogging and sprints, but this time as your partner held you back with a rope and pretended like you were a some sort of rickshaw. 07-TigersST0219

So I think everyone was kinda tired at this point already. At least I was, cause I’m lazy. But what better way to end the session then with two rounds of a circuit! Here’s how the first round went!

And so ends a successful Saturday morning sweat session :)

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