3 beginning steps to Fitness

ImageQUICK UPDATE! I think when I think about it—I would consider myself a FIT chick. I’m not the most fit nor am I claiming to be the best fit but I am, in my own way, a FIT chick. I workout more than I go out, and I eat accordingly to my goals. Has there been times when I simply wanted to give up and just quit? Yup à check out my winter months. [It was SO not bulking season..it was just, gimme that McDonald’s season.] I get it, I totally do. Life just happens to get in the way sometimes, right?

A little over a month ago, I was talking to my friend about fitness and gushing over the fact that we LOVE looking at fitness photos. To the point where I believe it was a slight obsession. Then I decided that I was done being SkinnyFat and ready to get back to my old self. Here’s how I did it with 3 simple steps:

  1. I threw out CRAP food.You don’t realize how much you hoard food until you begin doing a full sweep. My mentality right now is, “out of sight- out of mind”. You won’t find chips, cookies, or instamac in this household! I also never realized this but I kept a lot of old pasta boxes, rice bags, and just half eaten cracker stuff. DISGUSTING! Once I eliminated CRAP from my fridge, I started stocking it with good things that would go bad after a week if I didn’t cook it. Which leads me to my number 2.
  1. Meal PrepI wish people realize how important it is to not only eat healthy but to also prep your meals! No, prepping meals is not just for competitors but it should be part of your [future] healthy lifestyle. By preparing your meals it not only helps you actually make the food all in one day so it doesn’t spoil sitting in your fridge but it helps you just do a grab an go the next day! ALSO the biggest part about getting those abs that people so desperately want is eating healthy! Seriously, meal prep would save you in the long run. Plus, tubawares are much easier to wash than plates and skillets.
  1. Fitness LogYou can do this in many different ways. Keep a notebook, an online spreadsheet, exercise log (they sell them at your local bookstore), OR you can be like me and just start a fitness instagram account. This will give you a visual of how your body can quickly change while also tracking your workouts on there. I keep my account public because there are endless amount of encouragements and motivations to help you continue on your fitness journey.

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I’ll be doing more posts in regards to what workouts I do and I can’t wait to share you guys my amazing running plan that my best friend, Krista (promisesofcardio.com) came up with. Follow me at FitCLe on instagram to see my progress!

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Healthier Seafood Salad

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When I think “seafood salad”– I automatically think about mayonnaise doused imitation crabmeat slapped in-between some bread with salt and pepper.  However, I have always been a major fan of real seafood; my stepfather is a fisherman and I am lucky enough to be able to eat seafood whenever I want. That being said, I am always looking for new recipes to try with them. This was the easiest, as well as tastiest, salad I have ever came across!

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What you’ll need:
Dressing:
3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 Lemon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Veggies:
1 tbs sea salt
3 Med Carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 lb of green beans
1/2 Cauliflower
beets (optional)

Seafood:
1/2 cup of white wine
3/4 lb of extra lg shrimp (peeled and deveined)
3/4 lbs of clams
lemon wedges

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ImageUsing a pot, add about 2 inches of water and bring it to a boil. Add salt, carrots, green beans, and cauliflower. Cook for about 5 mins then remove but keeping the water in the pot. Add the wine to the vegetable cooking water and adjust the heat until the liquid is barely simmering then add the shrimp and clams to the pot. Cover and cook until the clams have opened and shrimp turned orange. (about 5-6 mins). Whatever clams don’t open– throw away! Drain then add to the veggie mixture.

For the dressing, whisk the ingredients together and pour over your mixture– then toss like a salad! Serve as is and refrigerate leftovers.  🙂

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What sort of workout do you do?

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I get that question a lot and I never really know how to answer that. The truth is, I don’t stick to just one routine. I am constantly looking for different ways to change up my workout but I do focus on certain pairs of muscle groups at a time. This all comes down to what worked for me. I also love having fun at the gym and what better way to do that then to invite some of my best girlfriends? Here’s a preview of what we do. I promise I will start sharing my workout routine very soon! But until then…enjoy!

Veal Congee

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Ingredients:
2 cups of white rice
6 cups of water
1/4 lb of veal
2 stalks of celery – chopped
1/2 an onion – diced
1 carrot – peeled and shredded
1 glove of garlic
fish sauce / salt and pepper to taste

One of my most favorite comfort food would be none other than the traditional Congee, also known as Chinese (or in my case, Vietnamese) porridge. In my family, we eat it for breakfast but that sounds a bit strange for Americans considering that this is soup. It’s warm and soothing. Overall really healthy.

Before you prepare the congee, prepare the meat. In a bowl, mix the meat with 1tbsp of sugar, 2 tbsp of fish sauce (you can skip this if you’d like but I would recommend you try it!), 1/8 tsp of pepper, garlic and onion. In a small skillet, brown the meat. Take a medium pot and combine the rice and water. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat then simmer it down to medium. Take the meat and transfer it over to the pot, stir in the rest of the ingredient and close the lid. Occasionally stir.

Cook for about 40-50 mins. If the congee ends up to be too thick, just add more water. Garnish it with whatever you like!

Blueberry Protein Pancakes

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I originally saw this recipe in Muscle & Fitness magazine and decided to try it! I have never had protein pancakes but it did not look or taste any different than regular pancakes! Finally a healthy indulgent that I find tasty. I changed it a bit based on what I had in my kitchen this morning but here are the ingredients I used. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup of uncooked oatmeal
2 whole eggs
3 egg whites
2 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein
2 tbsp of Almond butter
2 tbsp of Coconut oil
Blueberries!

Cook the oats first then stir in everything else. Make the pancakes how you normally would.

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Kaboost Kale Juice!

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Over break, I got a juicer and I can’t even begin to explain what a great gift that was!

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Kaboost Kale Juice!
Ingredients:
Kale
Spinach
Broccoli
Green Apples
Kiwi
Avocado
Cucumber
Celery
and a hint of Ginger root!