Simple Meal Prep on Sundays

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Sundays are my meal prep and cleaning day. I typically wake up still pretty early, around 5:30ish. Though I spend a good hour or two reading before I start really getting hungry and make myself some breakfast. Right afterward I head over to Safeway and Fred Meyers to do a bit of grocery shopping. Since I prep most of my lunch for the week I always get the same things: chicken, frozen veggies (typically broccoli), egg whites, fruit (whatever is in season) and things I’ve ran out of.

My lunch for the week are pretty simple: baked chicken, brown rice and steamed or roasted broccoli. I season the chicken with some Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb seasoning and garlic powder. I also use a bit of the Mrs. Dash seasoning on the broccoli with a bit of black pepper & salt.

Nutrients wise (using MyFitnessPal App):

  • 125 grams of cooked chicken breast meat : 206 (cals) – 0 carbs – 4 fat (grams) – 39 protein (grams)
  • ½ cup cooked Brown Rice: 140 (cals) – 29 carbs – 1 fat – 3 protein
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli: 54 (cals) – 6 carbs – 0 fat – 4 protein

Total Calories for Lunch (including 8 ounce or so of water to drink): 400 Calories with 35 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat and 46 grams of protein

Meal prep only take an hour or two including cooling for me. While the food is cooking I try to clean my place as much as possible and not get distracted by the tv or computer. Or, if I remember, work on the blog.

June Favorites

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How did it get to the end of June already! I’m not ready for July and it’s 100 degree weather. It’s hard enough to try to get through today which the highest was like 85º or so. Let just say, for those of us from the PNW, it’s pretty hot, especially when there is no wind blowing. ugh. Anyhow…

I’ve got a couple of favorites this month starting with food! Ever since I discovered the my local Fred Meyer’s started stocking Quest Nutrition Bars I now have someplace I go to regularly to some up when I run out and wait for my next online order! Now they don’t carry all my favorites flavors which is why I still order a box online (fave is oreo!), but they do have Double Chocolate Chunk and Chocolate Peanut Butter which are just as good! I like having this bars as a snack. Sometimes along, sometimes with a piece of fruit. They are high in protein and have a good balance of carbs, fiber and fat. They are a higher priced protein bar, but they are not overloaded with sugar like a lot of others out there.

I’m also been drinking Monster Energy drinks lately. I saw vlog where they were drinking it as a pre-workout and I thought I’d give it a try. Pretty good pre-workout, but I definitely drink one around my afternoon slump. Really wakes me up. So I’ve been really loving them. Especially the white. To be honest, no idea what flavor they are, if they even have a flavor…

I have two bronzer in my favorites, but only one of them I actually use as a bronzer. The Forever 21 Bronzer in tan is what I currently grabbing in my makeup routine. The shade really works well with my skin tone and easily blends in. The E.L.F. Golden Bronzer I’ve been actually using as either a highlighter or eyeshadow. The shade I picked up (and the only one they had at Target) is rather bright on my skin tone. It works so much better to highlight then bronze. Also, really good shade for a quick eyeshadow look! I’m also loving the NAR Rikugien. So much so, I’m officially out now. Guess I need to make that Sephora order pretty soon!

When I finally ran out of my InstaNatural Vitamin C, I had a bit of look around in TJ Maxx for something new. And it took about almost a month before I found one I wanted to try. I literally spent a month using those swipe on a cotton swab toners which I don’t like.  So I was so happy to finally find this one: Andalou Natural Illuminating Tone with Clementine +C. I really like the spray toner because I feel that more of the product stays on my skin!

And lastly, a new hair favorite: Hask Argan Oil form Morocco Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment. Since summer has came and the air has been just dry, my hair is suffering from it! Two) since I’ve slowly lightening the overall color of my hair, moisture seems to be zapped from it! I first found this from at Walgreens but I think I also saw them in Target. They also have shampoo and conditioner, which I haven’t tried, and repairing oil serum which is very good. So I’m loving this brand. I think I might have to try their shampoo & conditioner soon, along with their Nourishing Shine Oil.

What are you guy favoriting this last month, or recently? I’d love to hear some recommendation!

Arctic Zero

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I meant to have a post up yesterday, but alas things did not go as planned this weekend. If any of you follow me on Instagram (here, if you please), you may have notice that I got in my 2nd to last training run: 11 miles. It was awesome. Long, but good. What wasn’t good was the after party to which we call my very sensitive GI and lack of water. I do keep a hand water-bottle and I was able to fill it up twice during my run, but even that didn’t help the after-mass. Was pretty much stuck on the couch soothing my tummy with water and simple foods.

I did however, make a quick run to the grocery store nearby for some food. Pineapple, quick cook rice, yogurt… and then I found Arctic Zero Ice Cream! It was hot out that day and with my tummy acting the way it was I hoped it would not only help, but satisfying my chocolate ice cream craving. I’m slowly becoming more lactose intolerant and the only kind of milk products that currently do not reek havoc on me is hard cheeses and Greek yogurt.

Arctic Zero is fat-free, lactose-free, gluten-free and low glycemic. And it’s low-calorie for those dieters and fitness freaks (like myself) who occasionally want to indulge. Warning though, it doesn’t have the same kind of creamy-texture that real milk-based ice cream has. Since one of the first ingredients is whey protein concentrate, it definitely taste weird if you never had whey protein shakes.  However, if you have and not mind (like I do), it’s a great treat for a hot day!

So far I’ve only tried the Purely Chocolate, so if any of you tried the other flavors which one is the best? I want to try them all!

Supplement Haul

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With my new meal plan most of my supplement I get from real food. I’ve been checking my calorie intake and macros to make sure I’m in check into MyFitnessPal app. I’ve been getting about 1,500+ in calories and intaking about 160-200 grams of carbs, 50-60 grams of fat, and 140-150 grams of protein. So far things have been pretty good. I’m back down to my New Year’s weight and finding a lot more definition in my muscles along my shoulders, arms, and thighs. Still waiting for those abs to show up!

One thing I did add was some BCAAs for during & after my workout. I brought B.S.N. Amino earlier this month on Amazon, but a week ago Bodybuilding.com was having a deal (buy one, get one free), so I stocked up. I got two AMINOx BCAA Recovery Powder in Green Apple. I haven’t tried this flavor yet, but I have heard that it taste pretty good. BCAAs are really good for your body to help speed the repair of muscle breakdowns and increase endurance through training. I try to drink some before I start to give my body a quick boost.

I also ordered L-Carnitine by NOW since I saw Heidi Somers saying it help in fatloss while helping maintain muscle on a vlog. And it was cheaper to get the liquid version online than in local stores. I also ordered some Quest Protein Bars because they are good and yummy. They will also help when I am craving something chocolately and sweet! BB.com did not have they newest flavor (mint chocolate) yet, so I stuck with my favorites: S’mores, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Cookies & Cream. YUMMY! If you guys haven’t tried them, they are really great and good for you. They are a high protein bar with no added sugar. I’ve seen tons of vloggers make treats with them, but I just enjoy them on their own. If they are a bit tough, you can quickly heat them in the microwave to soften.

The last bits in my package was a free sample of B.S.N. Whey DNA. I haven’t tried this one yet, but I have had their Sythna-6 Isolate Protein. I hope this one taste a bit better, as I liked Cellucor’s protein flavors more. The B.S.N. is lower in calories (120 cals), but that shouldn’t make up in taste.

So that’s my little online haul for some of my daily supplements. If you guys are looking for affordable but excellent quaity supplemtns, I highly recommend Bodybuilding.com for them. You can also sign up to be part of their social media network, My Bodyspace. There you can find workouts, training & eating tips, and other like-minded fitness freaks! And me!

BSP and Attempting to Get Lean

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So I don’t think I mention this but I started a new health program. While my workouts are pretty good, my eating is definitely not on it’s game. So I signed up for Body Shred Program (BSP) online for a personalized diet and workout plan. I’ve got a bit of fat I want to lose and several areas I would like to tone better like my back and and midsection (ie. belly). It’s been a week since I started and so far so good. I’m currently waiting for week two’s meal plan, so I cannot wait!

So the basic plan is based on your weight & height and the foods that you like or willing to eat. You get five pdf file booklets consisting of your own diet plan, your workout plan (either gym or home, your choice), The Secrets of Healthy Eating booklet, Gym Workout guidelines, and recipe booklet.

So breakfast and dinner are meals that I can choose to eat from the recipe book, while my morning snack, lunch, before workout snack and after workout meal are dictated by my meal plan. My first week consisted of peanuts for snack; and sweet potato, shrimp and kale for lunch. My pre-workout snake is one apple and my post-workout meal is berries and oatmeal. And things are going very well. So far I’ve lost two pounds (happy dance) and I’ve notice my shoulders and legs are getting nice and tone. Two: I’ve have resisted sweets with the exception of my cheat meal on Saturday, which according to the Secrets of Healthy Eating booklet is okay as long as it either at breakfast or lunch. Boom!

If you guys are interested, I was planning on posting a day of eating. Or a week of eating. Which sound better to you?

Spring FabFitFun

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Even though she had told me to be on the lookout for a special subscription box coming my way for my birthday, I was surprised to see a box at my front door yesterday. I had to text her right away to see if this was what she had sent over and it was! I’ve never gotten a FabFitFun box before, so I was quite excited!

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There were so many goodies! Squeal with delight! Seriously. Included in the box for spring are:  Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coasters Set, Miracle Grow Gro-able See Pod (Came with a Sprout it App card),

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Jules Smith Scarf in Watercolor, Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn,

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Orly Nail BB Créme and Nail Polish in ‘Cake Pop’, Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster Serum, OFRA cosmetics Brushs #11 (eyeshadow) and #20 (concealer/corrector),

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Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos, Merrithew DVD set “Intense Body Blast (and a $25 Gift Card), Vow to Be Chic Gift Card, and a Hello Fresh Gift Card.

I have to say this is an awesome subscription box, well worth the price. I know that E got a discount for this purchase, but even, you are getting a lot. I’m really excited to try the beauty and nail products. I’ll have to wait a bit, since I just painted my nails, but I might start using the serum as part my routine. I’m also going to try out Hello Fresh. I think it will be kind of fun to try a meal-kit.

What do you all like the best out of the spring 2015 box?

 

Tea Time

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When I was a child, I hated tea. Well at least the Lipton-crap tea that my mom alway brought and use to make us drink. I remember there were tons of other options but she always only brought that kind. There might have been some green tea whenever we made the monthly trip to the Asian food market in Seattle, but I would have never touch it.

Now I drink tea like it’s water. And I have all sorts of cups, tea strainers, and whatnots. Yes, I like coffee, typically black, but there is something about a nice cup a tea to make my day. Even as I write this I have my kettle boiling to make me a mug.

Morning I stick to some green tea. I highly recommend you buy Japanese green tea if you don’t like the store brand ones. I always find them to taste a bit grassy. I got these guys from the Korean grocery stores in Lynnwood.

The green tea granules are new to me. I thought I’d try them out and use them in some smoothies. It are quite good and taste like I just made it using actual tea leaves.

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In the afternoons, I start craving black tea. We have stacks of tea at the office, but I prefer Twinings Earl Grey. At work I drink it plain, but at home a nice pour of almond milk makes it tasty! And because I don’t typically keep a bottle of almond milk at the office, but I really should. I really prefer with a bit of milk.

I don’t drink a lot of herbal tea on a regular basis. I usually keep some on hand for when I’m not feeling well or a bit off. I have a huge tin of jasmine tea from my mom which will last me for a least the rest of this year, and I’m nearly done with the Hawaiian tea E sent me for my birthday last year.

Oh, shoot. I left my tea brewing on the counter! What’s your favorite type of drink that you just spend a day without?