Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A New Year, a New Me- beginning with P90X3! My week 1 P90X3 Review.


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: A New Year A New Me

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Fitness Motivation Family VacationI don't know about you, but over the holidays I took a little downtime.  A couple of days before Christmas I made a major move from Northern New Jersey to Southwestern Pennsylvania to be closer to family and start a new adventure in my life!  A new fantastic job with WVU Foundation.  I couldn't have been more thrilled to have been offered the position I was and join the WVU family.  However, between making a big move, having the holidays hit and then going on a 1 week vacation to Punta Cana 3 days after Christmas, my mind was definitely scattered.  I got a few workouts in here and there, but definitely wasn't following any sort of a schedule.  I payed attention to what I ate and made an effort to eat healthy snacks and meals but indulged more than I would like to admit.  My excuse would be I was busy, it was the holidays, but there really are no excuses.  I know I could have done better.



Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: You Can't Change the past but you can change the futureHowever, no looking back.  I can't do anything about the last couple of weeks but I CAN do something moving forward.  Just before the holidays I was SO excited to get my copy of P90X3, but I'll admit, in the course of moving home and making a new area of my home to workout in I kept finding excuses not to start it.  Do you suffer from the same fears that I do when it comes to beginning a new program or starting into a routine again after you've been out of it for so long?  Somehow pressing that play button becomes so hard and you think of a million and one excuses not to.  I'm too tired.  I'm afraid I won't be able to do these workouts.  Pull-ups?  I can't even do ONE!  My goal was to start on Monday 6th January, the 1st Monday back from my vacation, also the first day of my new job!  You can imagine how my excuses went then.  I'm still getting settled, still unpacking, there's no room, I'm too exhausted.  Well excuse time is DEFINITELY over.

P90X3 Week 1 Review


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: P90X3 Get ripped in 30 days

I have my P90X3 calendar pinned up on my wall and started last Monday 20th with Total Synergistics!  Over the prior weekend I made myself sit down and fastforward through this workout to see what I was getting into and realized that so many of the fears I had been letting get the better of me were unjustified.  Everything in this 1st video I knew I was capable of doing, and so this Monday I pressed play and felt such a great sense of satisfaction after those 30 minutes were over.  I mean, COME ON, 30 minutes!!!  Who can't find 30 minutes in a day to get in a fantastic workout!  I know I can, and any time I talk myself out of it I'm just making excuses for myself.  Now that I've started, my competitive nature will surely get the better of me.  My goal with Insanity was to be able to start and finish the program on schedule without missing a day.  60 days, 6 days a week.   It was probably the most intense thing I've done and I was SO incredibly proud of myself once I finished.  I'm looking forward to feeling that same sense of pride once again, finishing P90X3 on schedule.

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: P90X3 Agility X

Agility X- this was workout number 2 this week on Tuesday and I absolutely loved it!  It kept me on my toes but certainly was a wake up call to how uncoordinated I am.  Something to look forward to improving on.


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: P90X3 Yoga XWednesday I brought Yoga X!  I knew exactly how I was going to play this workout out.  Dim the lights, light some candles and relax my mind.  Aftewards, perhaps a relaxing bath.  A small mid-week reward!  I find Yoga very difficult.  I just don't have the balance and coordination yet but it's definitely something I'd like to improve and I do enjoy the pace of Yoga workouts and the relaxation piece at the end.

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Pull Up/ Chin Up Assist bandsThursday was probably the hardest but surprisingly least physically challenging workout for me.  You're probably thinking "Huh?"  That doesn't make sense, but let me explain myself.  The Challenge consists of a 30 minute workout with nothing but back to back alternating pushups and pullups.  My workout area is the basement and the only door I can use for my pullup bar is up the stairs at the entry to the basement, so I found this workout a bit annoying having to run back and forth from the top of the stairs to my workout mat for pushups and pullups.  Not only that, but I recently bought the pullup assist bands and still am struggling with my upper body strength so I didn't feel I was getting the best out of this workout yet.  I'm considering reverting back to using resistance bands first and going from there but most likely I just need to figure out better form using the pull up assist bands I bought so stay tuned for progress updates here.


Friday we had a small family emergency so I bumped it to Saturday and took a rest day Friday instead.

Saturday- CVX was probably one of my favorite workouts.  It's a great cardio workout but many of the moves were done holding a single weight, so both my strength and balance were challenged many times.  I believe I started with 8lbs to see how challenging the moves would be.  I think my biggest challenge was the fact that my basement ceiling is so low so some of the workouts I can't fully lift my arms up straight but I made them work!  I LOVED how I felt after this workout, I could definitely tell I had pushed myself and my legs and glutes got a good old telling off!!

Sunday- Generally my rest day but since I'm a day behind was my Warrior workout.  This was another one I really enjoyed, mostly because I could tell after the workout that my body had received a good challenge.  It's a fantastic all over body workout broken into 3 sections, upper body, core and lower body all throughout the video and again, seeing a repeating theme, many of the workouts challenged my balance and in turn engaged my core a great deal.

Overall, I'm absolutely loving P90X3 and getting back into a routine again.  Tony is kicking my butt, but I don't wake up each day dreading my workouts because they're only 30 minutes and I'm still feeling the effects.  Looking forward to seeing some results in a few weeks and sharing those with you as well.  If you have questions about this workout, please don't hesitate to ask.  As always I follow each workout with my P90X Results and Recovery Formula.  I drink my chocolate Shakeology daily and LOVE it as much as I did when I first started.  I've also begun juicing as well, mostly for an added dose of nutrients but also so I can begin incorporating fruits and vegetables into my diet that I don't generally eat because of their texture or the taste by themselves.  But that's for another blog post!


Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: Fitness motivationIn the meantime, I may not be the best, the fastest, the most flexible or the strongest, but I'm improving every day.  Everytime I get up and press play I'm investing in myself, my health and my happiness.  Press play along with me and join one of my upcoming private challenge groups where I help coach you daily through your at home Beachbody workout, provide you with nutrition tips, meal plan advice, guidance, support and motivation.  One of the key things that helped me start and finish Insanity was the support of my coach and fellow challengers.  Maybe you could benefit from the same support too!  Fill in my challenge group application form below if you'd like more information.

I don't know about you, but I'm definitely looking forward to some great results, and if the test group can achieve them, so can you and I!

Finding The Fit Girl Inside Me: P90X3 Results



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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

Lucky for me, my new subscription to Eating Well magazine started up this week.  I got my first copy in the mail yesterday and low and behold came across a FANTASTIC recipe that I happened to have all the ingredients to in the house.  I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised.  I would definitely like to try this recipe again and maybe spice things up a bit with some red pepper flakes, paprika or maybe a bit of pepper jack cheese to add a little punch!

Clean Eating Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese
Clean Eating Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese


All credit definitely goes to Eating Well Magazine!

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/4 cups each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles (2 cups)
1 medium sweet potato (about 12 ounces)
2 cups nonfat milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 tablespoons coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip)
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

1. Position a rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a 2-quart broiler-safe baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain; set aside.
Meanwhile, prick sweet potato with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 7 to 10 minutes.
Whisk milk, flour and garlic in a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until steaming and hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat.
As soon as the sweet potato is cool enough to handle, cut open and scoop the flesh into the steaming milk. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. (Alternatively, transfer to a blender and puree just until smooth, then return to the pot; use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)
Add cheese, mustard, salt and pepper and stir until the cheese melts. Add the pasta and peas to the sauce and stir to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Combine breadcrumbs and oil and sprinkle on the pasta. Broil on the upper rack until the top is lightly browned and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes.

TIPS & NOTES
Tip: To make your own coarse dry breadcrumbs to top this baked mac & cheese, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread, tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, 10 to 15 minutes. (One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs.)

NUTRITION
Per serving: 479 calories; 14 g fat ( 8 g sat , 4 g mono ); 40 mg cholesterol; 68 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 10 g fiber; 511 mg sodium; 628 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (218% daily value), Calcium (45% dv), Magnesium (31% dv), Vitamin C & Zinc (22% dv), Iron & Potassium (18% dv), Folate (16% dv), B12 (15% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 4 starch, 1/2 nonfat milk, 1 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat