Serious, Goofy, Delicious
.. those were the words yelled at us multiple times by the Spin instructor tonight as she kicked our asses.. you know I love it!
This week absolutely flew by! So fast in fact, that yesterday I didn’t even leave the house but yet didn’t manage to fit in finishing up a blog post :0 sorry (blush). It was however another super productive PJ day. Please excuse the randomness of today’s post, there’s just a bunch of little things I’d love to share .. a little seriousness, a little goofyness (sp?), and of course a little deliciousness!
One of the things I spent a huge amount of time doing yesterday was budgeting. It’s funny, in all other aspects of my life I am crazy organized, if not slightly OCD. For example, the dishes always go in the dish washer the same way, my DVDs are alphabetized and my calendar for the first week back in classes (1 week from now) looks like this..
Yes, my day is planned from 8am to 11pm.. I’m a total dork. But yet, I’m know to be a bit of a complete clusterf*&k when it comes to budgeting. Makes not sense! Budgeting is all about setting goals, categorizing and sticking to a plan.. all things I’m generally pretty decent at. Over the last few weeks (ok longer than that, but other things interrupted) I realized I really needed to get my act together. I’m 25 yo after all, it’s ridiculous and a little pathetic that I don’t have this aspect of my life more together.. not to mention I’m about to get my MBA. So yesterday, I finally created an account on Mint.com and spent hours going through everything, making sure it was all correctly categorized, and creating a budget. Not going to lie.. my list-making loving side kind of enjoyed it; even if it was a little depressing. It was no surprise that since October, the vast majority of my money went to 2 categories: Fitness & Health and Food & Groceries!
So it’s official, a budget has been set, and Mint.com will send me ever so friendly email reminders when I’m getting close to hitting my budgeted amount in each category (I’m actually already over slightly on clothes.. darn you Lululemon and your ridiculous cute, comfortable & sensible workout clothes!).
And then 6 Hours Had Gone By
It’s so funny.. I’ll start on IIN coursework, then all of a sudden half a day’s gone by! That’s all fine and good now, but I’m going to have to stick to my budgeted time once my other, full-time, school program starts up again. One of the topics addressed recently was self-care. I thought this was a fun link for suggestions: Ideas for Self Nourishment. Personally, every so often when I’m feeling super stressed I’ve found it helps to just take a few minutes to jot down simple pleasures and gratitudes. I’ve realized that I sometimes allow things I’m appreciative of fly by, and just slowing down for a minute, to give thanks, helps me relax.
Another cool exercise I’m working on is the Breakfast Experiment. I just started today, but I’m suppose to have a different breakfast each day for a week and acknowledge/record how I feel and my energy level right after and a couple hours later. I’m altering the experiment a bit, from what they suggest, so the items are in line with what I’d realistically eat. So I’m thinking:
Friday: Overnight Protein Oats (see recipe below)
Saturday: Protein Shake
Sunday: Pumpkin Oatmeal
Monday: Egg Whites
Tuesday: Oatmeal/Sweet Potato/Pumpkin Pancake
Wednesday: Scrambled Tofu
Thursday: Fruit & Yogurt
Seriously though, how cool is my homework? Another exercise is to develop our own diet with an accompanying philosophy and rules.. that one’s in the works!
I finally got legit Spin shoes! Yay! Aren’t they cute? They’re actually the ‘Komen’ design so 10% goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Tested them out tonight for a killer sweat dripping session.
What is Fitness to You?
A post on Olicious Life made me think about this.. For me, there are separate categories; there’s Competitive Fitness and there’s Life Fitness. Competitive Fitness is awesome and I love it, but it’s very specific. It’s building or cutting, lots of protein powder, measured eating and specific goals. Life Fitness, on the other hand, is the ongoing pursuit of health & wellness. No matter how much I loved how I looked at < 120 lbs & 8% body fat it’s probably not a realistic point to exist at for the long-term.. unless fitness was in fact my career.. i.e. the lovely Alicia Marie, Jamie Eason, Jen Hedershott, etc. That would be pretty awesome, but that’s not my goal with Competitive Fitness.. I just have too many other things I’m interested in professionally and personally.
So Competitive Fitness is something I want to do as long as I can, but Lifetime Fitness is something I will never lose track of. Right now I’m struggling a bit with determining the best formula for me. For example, I am really loving Yoga, but it will be hard to do it as much as I would like once school (and at somepoint a full-time job) starts up again, and I am also lifting and doing cardio every day. At the same time, I have interests and professional opportunities developing related to Holistic Health Counseling, and I wonder how that will fit.
I’ve mentioned before that how I workout and eat when training for a fitness competition is different from my ideal philosophy on health & wellness, fitness & nutrition. How long will I be okay with that disconnected?
The problem is, I love it all! I really do. I love the regiment and intensity of training for a show, the way I’m able to shape my body, and the exhilaration of being on stage.. but I also love not feeling guilty for skipping a lifting session for a yoga class, or eating a plain salad without a large portion of protein. .. Issues much? haha .. I warned you this would be a cattywampus (another fantastic word! It’s official, words of the week are: wanderlust & cattywampus). But nonetheless, that’s what’s going through my head these days.
It’s so wonderful to have all these interests I want to pursue, so please don’t read this ‘vent’ as a complaint, I’m just still sorting out how to manage it all. I’ve always been an all or nothing sorta person. When I find something I love, I throw myself into with my whole heart. I need to figure out how to enjoy all these interests without letting them consume in a negative way. Ok enough seriousness for one post! ..
And right in line with my various fitness interests, I have a couple exciting events this weekend. First, tomorrow I’m going to an NPC judging meeting to hear about what they look for, how it’s changing etc. Then Sunday is the Partner Yoga workshop.. Looking forward to both!
Borrowed this from one of the ladies that workouts at STS..
Reasons why weights are better than boys:
1) You can use more than one and the other one won’t get jealous
2) You can drop them easily when you’re tired
3) The relationship can be as heavy as you like
A few highlights from the last couple days..
Yesterday I attempted a few new treats.
First up.. I am no longer a homemade Granola virgin… though I also learned that slaving over casually mixing together the ingredients and mixing every 20 minutes doesn’t make me any less likely to eat excessive amounts. oops.. Seriously, I think this has become more dangerous to me than any nut butter. gah! This was crazy easy to make and sooo good. I have all sorts of ideas for tidbits to add in next time
Hot ‘n Toasty!
Then a fantastic new discovery, Vega! I’d of course seen this floating around the blogosphere and was happy to see sample pack at Whole Foods the other day. So in the midst of a chocolate craving I created..
Vega Chocolate Tofu Pudding
1 packet (30 g) Chocolate Vega
~2 oz Firm Tofu
1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
dash Stevia Extract
~1/3 c Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
Blend up. Enjoy
(I apologize for the lame tupperware serving mechanism. I really need a wider variety of bowl sizes :p).. I was so happy with this! It turned out nice and thick and the Cocoa powder gives it a rich taste that is perfect for satisfying the sweet tooth.
Worth the Wait
A new minor obsession.. Overnight Oats! I’ve been experimenting with a couple different tactics. I started with Kath’s recipe. Then naturally felt the need to.. Pimp’em Out (vocab borrowed from my favorite Protein Pimpin’ Chica). So naturally came..
Pumpkin Protein Overnight Oats
1/4 – 1/2 c Oats (depending on your macro needs)
1/2 scoop Protein Powder
1/2 c Pumpkin Protein Yogurt (previously mixed equal parts Pumpkin & Greek Yogurt with lotsa Pumpkin Spice).. better flavor after it chills in the fridge a while).
1 scoop Chia Seeds (optional)
Mix it all up, then chill for a few hours. Hits the spot!
I tried a new mix tonight for dinner. It was good.. and pretty, but something was missing. Any suggestions? I baked 1/2 a diced Butternut Squash and 1 diced Apple for 25 minutes at 400 F then added diced Honey Ham (pre-cooked), and baked for another 20 minutes. Still a fresh & fulfilling supper!
I think dessert tonight will be Vega Protein Pudding topped with chopped Walnuts.. yes, I think that would be perfect!
They Try to Trick You!
I just learned recently that you can tell if a product is truly organic by its PLU Code. Sometimes companies will try to trick you with sneaky labeling but if the PLU Code starts with a 9, it’s registered organic. Coincidentally, Nature’s Path also tweeted a link on this today.
This popped into my email this morning while I was blogging: … Food Porn Alert!
That would be Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Cake.. gah. Although it is pretty, the first thing I thought was.. ‘that would make me feel like crap!”
Look what I found waiting for me when I got home!
The sweet, smart and fitness-prepping Carrie, author of fantastic fitness-friendly recipe and workout videos, sent me these delights.. Amish Pumpkin, Apple and Peanut Butter.. Yes please! Not to mention, fantastic additions to my cup & bowl collections
So that post got pretty long! Hope you all have wonderful weekends, with at least a little time set aside to relax and nourish yourself Here are a few healthy reward suggestions from FitSugar.
What are your favorite nourishing/relaxing activities? I would have to say mine are pretty much anything that takes place at a spa.. well except waxes :p