Personal Goals, Personal trainer!

So, I finally did it! I joined a gym! I have always been pretty active. In college I took fitness classes, and would go to the gym pretty frequently throughout the week. When I moved to Phoenix I would utilize my apartment’s gym. It was actually pretty decent for an apartment gym! Not having to pay for a gym membership seemed worth it at the time, when I could easily get an elliptical machine, or treadmill. Unfortunately, my apartment complex’s gym here is pretty bad. Only 3 treadmills, and 2 are broken…. it is impossible to get any piece of equipment, and its all hot and crowded. I don’t know about you, but I like my personal space when I’m working out and all sweaty!

Not only did I join a gym, but I also signed up for a personal trainer twice a week. I have ALWAYS wanted to do this! I have been lacking motivation to work out lately, so I thought this would be perfect time as any! My first training session was yesterday morning, bright n early!

Day 1:

I went to the gym to meet with my personal trainer. When I arrived he asked me a few questions, took my weight, and my BMI. Stepping on a scale in front of someone (especially a nearly 300 pound body builder) is always uncomfortable, but I just kept reminding myself that you have to start somewhere! and it’s only going to get better from here. I have never ever in my life had my body fat percentage taken, so naturally I was very nervous. There are 3 ranged of BMI – bad, good, and excellent. Thank goodness I fell into the “good” category! That’s a “good” place to start 🙂

After this, my trainer had me do a light warm up. So I immediately went up to the track and ran about a mile and a half. Im usually an avid treadmill runner, having just started really enjoying running in January, so this was different for me, but I LOVED it! There’s something about actually moving, and not being stationary that really intrigued me. It was also nice to have other people running on the track next to me, and being able to peek down into the weight room & around the gym while I was going. I will definitely make this part of my routine!

Rope test

After my light run, my trainer ran me through a few strength tests. And, boy oh boy, am I SORE today! I can’t believe how weak I am! We did a giant rope test, where I had to take 2 heavy ropes in each arm and lift them over my head 20 times.. it was awful. And SO difficult. I cant wait for it to be easier….one day….The photo above obviously is not me (yet 😉 ) but this is what I had to do! I find it very hard to believe this lady’s smile is genuine 😉

Ab workout

After this we did a few ab workouts (which I loved!) Where I fastened my feet into little harnesses, into a pushup position, and did mountain climbers and burpee-type moves. It felt like I was flying! (Again, this is not me in the photo)

After this we were finished. I could barely even catch my breath for quite some time. Im excited to get stronger!! My trainer said the reason I was hurting so bad and didn’t have energy was because of my breakfast. Or, in his words, lack there of. This morning before the gym I ate a greek yogurt, topped with blueberries and a small handful of cinnamon bunches of oats. Normally this breakfast would fill me up just fine before a run or just to fuel me until lunch, but as soon as I told my trainer I had eaten this, he shook his head in disappointment! I was shocked! He said this would make a great snack, but not a pre-workout breakfast. He suggested eating 4 egg whiles, 1/2 cup of oatmeal, or eggs and vegetables. I will definitely do this next time to ensure I have more energy for these difficult workouts Im about to embark on.

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Smoothie

After my workout I was ravenous! I went home and made myself a filling, post-workout smoothie:

Green Smoothie:
• A big handful of Kale
• 1 frozen banana
• handful of blueberries
• 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
• a scoop of greek yogurt
• a little bit of almond milk to get things moving
 

It hit the spot and kept me full for awhile! After getting ready, I went to meet up with my dad & brother. My brother just moved back to Columbus for law school! I am beyond excited to be living in the same city as him again, and being about an hour and a half from our parents 🙂 I helped him move in a little bit, and then my dad took us out to lunch.

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After lunch I headed back to my apartment to meet Alex and we went to see maybe the best movie I’ve seen in a LOOOONG time…MONSTERS UNIVERSITY! It was amazing. I love all Pixar movies, but this one was exceptionally amazing! GO SEE IT RIGHT NOW! 🙂

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After the movie we went to grab some takeout from Aladdin’s for dinner! I love Mediterranean food, but had yet to try this place. And let me tell you, I may eat there every day for the rest of my life. It was THAT good. There were tons of options, I was almost overwhelmed with all the goodness! I opted for the Greek Chicken Salad, and a side order of pita and hummus for me and Alex to share. It was yummers!!! I will definitely be going back again very soon.

Today is about being lazy, grocery shopping and preparing for the week ahead! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday 🙂

but it was on sale…

Well, if there’s one thing I can’t resist…it’s a good sale. But, a close second (or actually probably first, lets be honest), is dessert. So when I was perusing the home goods aisles at Kroger the other week, I nearly stopped dead in my tracks, as my jaw dropped to the floor, when I  saw this adorable Babycakes Donut Maker. DONUT…MAKER?! I still can hardly believe such a wonderful treasure exists. It’s like…finding another M&M in the bottom of the plastic yellow wrapper when you thought the bag was empty (obviously peanut is my absolute favorite…)

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Needless to say, I had to have it. For $12.oo, I would buy anything that meant I could make something warm, gooey and chocolatey. Once I got home I could barely wait to break into my new kitchen appliance. After much research on healthy baked donut recipes, I decided to make banana chocolate chip donuts!

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  • 1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana (Roughly 2 small bananas)
  • 1/2 cup Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt (I use 0% Fage)
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter (Melted)
  • 2 Eggs (Room Temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Spelt White Flours (You can also use AP Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (I used 1/2 dark chocolate chips and 1/2 milk chocolate chips)
Icing
• Powdered sugar
• Almond Milk
• cocoa powder 
• add the mashed banana, sugar and greek yogurt. Mix until incorporated.
• Add melted butter, eggs and vanilla extra and mix.
• Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the batter and mix until just incorporated.
• fold in the chocolate chips.
• Scoop the batter into a zip lock bag and seal shut. Using scissors, snip the bottom corner of one side of the ziplock bag to create your homemade piping bag.
• Grease the donut maker
• fill each hole 3/4  full. 

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They’re just mini bite sized treats that are so adorble and tasty. Perfect for a quick snack, fast breakfast on the go, or pre-workout energy boost!

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New Year, New Obsessions

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Happy Weekend! Most of you were probably delightfully enjoying this phrase yesterday, on a normal person weekend start day, but working for a newspaper means you get really weird hours/schedules. SO. TODAY is the beginning of MY weekend.

I don’t know about you, but I go through phases when it comes to my favorite things. Mostly with food. Once I find something that I love, I can’t get enough of it, and eat pretty much every day for like…a month. My current obsession for January: OATMEAL!

It all started with the obligatory New Years Resolution of being healthy. I usually  don’t make New Years resolutions because I break them before the end of the month, so this year I’m taking the approach to just simply live healthy. Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. I’ve always LIKED oatmeal, but I never loved it. And that’s probably because I never realized how FUN it can be! I’ve tried about a trillion different things in my oatmeal (some successful, some not so much) and have found that this tasty treat has a little something for everyone.

Baked Oatmeal:

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Strawberry ,banana, peanut butter:

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berry fruity:

 

Monday Munchies: [homemade pumpkin pop-tarts & maple icing]

Today I have the day off from work, so I decided to spend a little more time in the kitchen than normal. While perusing the cereal aisle in the grocery store the other day, I saw Kelloggs limited edition pumpkin pie pop-tarts. Having grown up eating pop-tarts for nearly every breakfast before school, I instantly craved the comforting fruity treat, and since pumpkin is my absolute favorite thing the month, I decided to recreate them my own way!

For the crust:

I just used refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crust found in the refrigerated baking section. It’s perfect for these pop-tarts because it comes with 2. A top and a bottom.

For the filling:

3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon all spice.

For the Maple Icing:

1/ cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
 
• Roll the crust out on a flat surface. Since my pie crusts were circular, I cut them using a pizza cutter to make it into a rectangle and flattened out the leftover dough to make 2 more.
• Melt butter and brush it onto one side of the dough.
• Spoon the filling in the center of one side of each square.
• Top with empty dough square.
• Using a fork, close the ends by pushing spokes down.
• Make a few slits on the top to eliminate air bubbles.
• Bake on 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.