Week 2 wrap up!

So week 2 is in the rear view mirror and we are still going strong! Right?? For the most part from the conversations I’ve had with people it seems throughout the week we were all doing quite well with proper diets and exercise. The weekend is where some of us fell off the diet wagon and rolled into the junk food gutter. I know I did! What was the catalyst you ask? Alcohol!! Delicious, delicious, alcohol.

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I thought I would be good and just drink vodka waters all night. Not the case. It was just a gateway into the dark liquors and shots. 3rlnq9

By the end of the night a bag of popcorn, a jumbo hotdog and filthy hamburger would have made it into my stomach. I think this may be the case for alot of us that partake in the liquid evil. Perhaps a prohibition is needed for the remaining four weeks?

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Self sabotage….sigh….

Now for updates!

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“The week was good. I had a healthy lunch almost all of my work days and I feel my
appetite is shrinking, which is good because I seem to always want to fill it with
snacks.

I’m going to try and fit in some more weight training days instead of all this
cardio I’ve been doing.”

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“Don’t drink”

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“To sum up week 2… I feel like I fell off the horse. I got all my workouts
in, but I didn’t have the same drive, also, my meal game was not up to par.
Anyways, I’ll write off this week and look forward to the next.”

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“So this week I started including a diet as part of my exercise plan. Got it from Women’s Health. I know one could rip me apart for my sources, but check it out. It includes meals, shopping lists and recipes.

Also, for those that want a really good work out on the rowing machine, try the following:

5 min warmup

6 sets of 30 second at as fast as you can go and then 3:30 seconds active rest

5 min cooldown

I do the 30 second pieces at 1:30 min/500 meters if you want something to benchmark against.”
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“Week 2. So first week for me, since I slid in a week behind. It was a good week, trying to catch up from all the alcohol in Maui.

Swam a bit, ran a bit. Sat in my chair and flexed for the ladies.  I’m awesome like that!”

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“Gah…. No change!! I thought the chocolate bars would help.”

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“Chilling out in Vegas, just thought I’d take a quick update picture at the Hoover
Dam (got some funny looks)
As far as the challenge goes, 24 hour buffets and margaritas every day doesn’t help
my cause. I guess that means I’ll have to work extra hard when I get back.”

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I know week two was a bit of a struggle, the shine is gone, the excitement of a challenge has died down, the blandness of a proper diet sinks in, and  the reality that this isn’t going to be a cake walk becomes…well real. But now is the time to dig in deep and push forward remembering why we each joined this challenge. I found a picture of what one of my coaches always say to me:

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If its important to you, you will drag your butt up out of bed early in the morning to go workout. You will eat that salad and enjoy it. You will put that pan of brownies up to your face and smell how delicious it is and then give it the finger! Why? Cause I want abs like that of a greek god!!

We can make excuse’s that there’s not enough time left, or that its too hard, or nothing’s changing. But there is still more than enough time left, and beyond! Of course it’s gonna be hard! Unless you get liposuction I guess. Things are changing! I know, because I have your pictures and I see the difference already. So lets keep it going!!

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I have posted this video before but message is perfect!

EXTRA MOTIVATION!

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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