Wednesday, January 27th is the Online Bake Sale for Haiti. CLICK HERE to go to the Chic Life’s site to place a bid! Treat Yourself & Help Others!!
Yawn… it’s been a busy couple days! I only got a few hours of sleep Monday night, and not much more last night, so needless to say, I’ve been dragging a bit. But good news, my mid-term went great, and even better, it’s one of my last as an MBA student, woot woot! And I’m so glad you guy’s liked the guest post I’ll pass on all your warm words to my mom
It’s been a great couple days of Yoga & Lifting! Yeah, I was a cardio slacker :0 I usually do my fave Spin class, but due to a meeting, I wasn’t able to make it yesterday. Definitely looking forward to tomorrows class! I worked legs with my trainer today including Side Lunges, Front Lunges, Squats, Leg Presses, Glute Kickbacks and Sissy Squats. After 3 days of great Yoga sessions where I pushed myself a little further than I had before.. the soreness is already starting to sink in. Tomorrow I’m lifting Shoulders & Back with my Trainer, and will do either Spin + 1 hr Yoga or an 1.5 hr Yoga class.. just depends how much I’m limping tomorrow!
Topic: Weight Loss & Calorie Counting
The topic of calorie counting for weight loss has been floating around the blogosphere lately, so I thought I’d contribute my 2-cents. First, let me start by saying that I am not a medical professional (not yet at least, ), so this is just my opinion based on my personal experiences.
In fact, I consider myself pretty darn experienced when it comes to calorie counting.. the result of years of gymnastics (it was not encouraged, it was by choice, and it wasn’t a particularly healthy choice) and recent fitness competitions. So I have a good idea of how many calories are in most items for any given serving size. But even knowing that.. it’s the little things you snack on that add up throughout the day and suddenly that calorie deficient that’s needed to lose weight has evaporated. Each pound of body fat is equivalent to 3500 calories. So to lose a pound a week you need to be at least 3500 calories in the hole (or below maintenance by 500 a day). The math part is simple, but determining your metabolism in order to know many calories you can eat and still lose, is the hard part. Yeah, there’s all those complicated equations out there, but those are just cookie-cutter.. everyone’s different. Not to mention that when you start playing with dieting and adjust macros, at some point your metabolism will change too.
Does calorie counting and food journaling need to be a part of your daily life?.. it depends on your goals. If you’re dieting for a purpose, whether it’s to lose (or gain) a few pounds for bikini or competition season, then it’s a necessity (IMO). If however you’re just trying to maintain weight as part of a healthy lifestyle, then I would go so far as to say it’s unhealthy. Obsessing over every calorie is not a healthy practice (and this is coming from someone who has done it for years) emotionally. I think food journaling is something everyone should do for a short time, no matter what weight or health goals, in order to familiarize themselves with the nutritional content of what they’re eating. I am still continually shocked that people are sometimes so unaware of how truly unhealthy some items are for them (when eaten on a regular basis.. everything is fine & dandy in moderation), or what an appropriate serving size actually is
Up until fairly recently, I was certainly not eating a balanced diet. I have always eaten pretty healthy, but my diet severely lacked vegetables and fruits. I find it so funny that what finally broke my picky eating habits was even further restriction than what I normally placed on myself.. it only took 25 years! In the last couple months I probably tried more new foods, mostly in the vegetable form, than I have in the last 10 years.. and as you’ve been privy to, I’m loving every minute. Another interesting thing I’ve noticed is how my healthy cravings have changed since starting Yoga. After each Yoga class, without fail, I only crave Vegetables & Fruit.. usually a big Salad I’m sure there are reasons behind this (digestive & detoxifying movements, etc) and I look forward to learning more!
So I have a little catching up to do. But to be honest, the days look pretty similar Both mornings started with multiple cups of coffee (I’m so weak when I’m tired), and Vega Pudding..
Vega Vanilla Chai Pudding topped with Wheat Germ & Strawberries..
Vega Berry Pudding topped with Wheat Germ, Blackberries & ~1 tbsp Raw Almond Butter..
I picked up Mother’s Natural Toasted Wheat Germ the other day and I am loving it! Although the idea of raw Wheat Germ was great, it spoils incredibly fast, so toasted is a better option, and besides I like the flavor better It’s a bit nutty and is a great flavor & texture addition to yogurt or cottage cheese if you’re trying to limit carbs.
Oh, I ended up hanging out at Starbucks while my car was getting checked out the other day, and tried the new Vanilla Rooibos Tea .. so tasty! I added a little bit of Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup and a dash of Soy.
The last couple days oats were deligated to lunch.
First a new combo..
1/2 c UVAB + 1/2 c H20
1/4 c Oats
2 tbsp Oat Bran
1/4 c Pumpkin (mixed in at end)
1/4 c Cottage Cheese (mixed in at end)
Topped with: 1/2 tbsp Wheat Germ (gotta give the illusion of graham crust!), 1 tbsp no sugar added Pumpkin Butter
I’d seen people around the blogosphere mixing Cottage Cheese into their oats, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I liked it.. ok.. but prefer Egg Whites or Protein Powder for my protein add-in.
Today was just standard Protein Pumpkin Oats (1/3 c Pumpkin, 1/2 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder).
Soup & Salad
I’m still eating up the soup I made last week. So dinner last night was the perfect combo.. Butternut & Apple Soup topped with a dollop of Cottage Cheese, and a Spinach Side Salad with crumbled Tilapia Cakes, grilled Portobello and Avocado..
The Quesadilla that Took Over
If you haven’t tried hummus in a quesadilla (as a healthy substitute or addition to cheese).. do so immediately, it’s amazing. Tonight’s dinner ended up bigger than I anticipated, but it was so good!.. and I am soo full! :p
And of course there’s dessert.. Tofu Protein Pudding in a Cup + 2 tbsp Kashi Go Lean in there.. for the crunch
Oh, did I mention.. Online Bake Sale for Haiti ! Do it, you know you want to! There are tons of fantastic bake goods up for auction.. and what better bake sale, then a bake sale of Healthy Living & Food Bloggers!
PurelyElizabeth , a gluten-free baking company (whose founder is an IIN grad!), is giving away a few great goodies include the book ‘Thrive, The Vegan Nutrition Guide,’ a tote bag and a package of her fantastic baking mix.
Kristen at EatingRD is giveaway tea goodies (Chocolate Mint Truffle and a mug) in honor of the launch of her new site!