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Ok, So I know Banana Bread Day was a good month ago, but what can I say? I needed to try multiple recipes until I found one that was perfect. You see, Banana Nut Bread happens to be one of my favorites. For National Banana Bread day, Dole and Tastespotting partnered together to celebrate the momentous occasion by having a banana bread takeover on Tastespotting. So for a good portion of the day, the only recipes on Tastespotting were banana bread. Well of course I needed to sift through them all to find the perfect one that was both tasty and healthy. Here was the best:
There are a lot of different reactions I get to my 5am workouts. Some people admire them and say “more power to you” while others think I am crazy and ask when do I ever get sleep. But you need to remember it doesn’t ever matter what anyone tells you about your workouts. It only matters what you think and feel.
I personally love the feeling after my workout driving home to take a shower with the feeling of accomplishment that I did my workout for the day already and the sun isn’t even up. Am I a morning person? No. Is it easy to wake up? Once my body started getting used to waking up that early on a regular basis, yes it did get easier.
Spring is coming. And with Spring, there will be BBQs and graduation celebrations and baby showers and many other events that can put you in a situation which can ruin your diet. Some of the things that I like to do that might help you:
Long time no post? Yea. Let me give you a quick recap. Starting from my last post. I graduated college. Feeling great. Not at my best fitness wise but feeling confident. Spent the summer lounging in the sun, tanning, and I had to leave my old gym because I moved back to my hometown and began working out a new gym.
My new gym was ok. Not my style of work out. I was used to my gym where it was all personal motivation where you motivated yourself and the trainers were there to help you work out, not help motivate you. I felt a lot more empowered motivating myself and I felt more confident that I can get fit because I was relying on myself and not anyone else for motivation. I also got really into kayaking. I almost bought a kayak even. Glad I didn’t. Found it way to hard lift the kayak on your own. A sign that maybe I need to work out more? Maybe.
Time flies by so quickly. My goal was to be in bikini shape by end of may. But it looks like I won’t be there. I may be almost there, but not there. What happened? Priorities. That’s what happened, and we all deal with them. For me, being my senior year in college, I had a ton of final senior thesis type work to do in my classes. In addition, I have a ton of social things I wanted to attend being my senior year. I also work 10 hours a week and I have an internship for another 10 hours a week. With all these things getting more and more time intense (especially because I am a procrastinator when it comes to school) sleep is what I cut out and found that I needed that most to function.
What else happened? My diet also failed when I had many situations this past month where I would have no time to run home for lunch or dinner. I usually have time to run home for all my meals so I never pack a lunch. I could have planned ahead and packed a lunch just incase, but when you are lucky enough to make yourself a tex-mex salad with shrimp and an array of veggies included, of course I made excuses why I didn’t want to pack a lunch. I held onto the hope that I might have time to come home and make a delicious meal. I dont have access to a fridge during the day to pack a yummy meal. Continue reading
Eating out is always a burden to your diet. Even healthy items that seem ok to eat actually aren’t. But just because I am watching my weight does not mean I am willing to give up my lifestyle of eating out. I love to eat out. Getting served your food and being waited on while getting to spend quality time with someone is worth it. But choosing one food compared to another can save you 1000 calories sometimes.
Here is what I do: PLAN AHEAD! Simple as that. If you plan where you are going to eat and what you are going to order, it is much easier to stay on track. You are less tempted to order other things if you dont even look at the menu. If you do order something else, you have more guilt in breaking your diet plan because you pre-planned your meal. Many of us, including myself, see eating out as a treat. And as a treat many diet rules are thrown out because a treat is something that happens not that often. But the problem today is that most people eat out a lot more than the definition of a treat would allow. Yet many still order like its a treat, fully loaded. Continue reading
One way I find fun in exercising is by keeping active in things i like. For instance, I like to hike, so when I am planning my weekend, I see if any of my friends would like to go hiking with me. Another one is I LOVE the beach. Walking around the beach is fun and relaxing. It doesn’t need to be a full on workout. But keeping active is important. Instead of going to the beach and laying out in the sun taking a nap while you tan, tan while walking around and enjoying the cool breeze!
Another this I like to do is walking for a cause. My next walk is on May 1st and I will be walking in the Orange County AIDS Walk at Disneyland. If you can help me out that would be great! I have to raise $50 to participate. You can enter your own amount too so even if you can only give $2 dollars, it would be helpful.
Every time I start a new diet program they always ask me how much I want to loose. What is my goal weight? It never really occurred to me until my first session at Train Insane. They were the only ones that didn’t ask me what my goal weight was. Why? Their philosophy is that it is not about numbers on a scale, its about how you look and feel. YES! Finally someone understands me!
When you start a new workout, chances are in the beginning you will gain a little. Just a tiny bit. This is because you are gaining muscle mass. So you say you don’t weight train because you don’t want to be bulky? NO. Muscle burns fat. You need it. And I promise you unless you are on steroids and weight train like a wrestler, chances are you will not bulk. But because of this muscle mass, scales lie. Have you ever seen the weight of a female athlete? She might look small but I bet her scale tells her she is 150. As you can see in the photo, muscle is smaller than fat, so it is definitely possible for a fat person to weigh less than a lean person.
Getting back to the point. It’s about what you look like. I would always tell people my goal weight is 120. I have been told by many people that that goal is too small for body build and I have also been told why I chose that number. Honestly, I have no idea what that number means. I chose that number by looking at a person’s size I want to be and guessed their weight. Who knows what I would look like at 120. And if I keep working out like this, no way can I be 120. There is no room for muscle in that number.
I want to look like Angelina Jolie. She had a beautiful body. Look closely, she is built. Personally though, I want my back to look like hers. I think the back is the sexiest part of a person’s body. It’s sexual, sensual, and every person’s back has something special about it. Some people have little dimples in their lower back and some people have a more prominent spine. Me? I have small fat rolls. Not sexy unless your into that thing. And I am definatly not into them.