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Quinoa Chili

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 tbsp EEVO
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2  cups water
  • 1/2  (7 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder – I added a bit more at the end
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper- I added more at end
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Cheese for topping and/or Greek yogurt

Directions

Heat olive oil in a  over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook til tender, add in garlic. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked  quinoa, water, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, paprika, sugar, coriander, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot and allow to simmer 30 minutes.

Add in all beans and cilantro  and cook until heated through.  I added more water, chili powder and cheyenne.

Add cheese and Greek yogurt (for sour cream)

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I put in myfitnesspal as 6 servings:  (without toppings)

Calories: 208

Fat: 2.2

Carbs: 37.1

Protein: 10.7

My 90 Day Fitness Journey

 

IMG_2984My 3 Month Fitness Journey:  I learned that I love bulking and suck at leaning out! Also that Fitness competitions are not my thing and would rather nail every obstacle at a Spartan Race or apply for American Ninja Warrior. I was secretly deciding to enter the Beachbody Classic at Vegas this month, but nope maybe in the future, future.  I also learned I appreciate and love counting my macros instead. #IIFYM

To Start off these are my measurements. I started on March 10, 2014 and ended on June 7th.

10169234_10204070734718293_6557737053166784279_n (1)I love the Body Beast program! It’s great to do at home or the gym. Especially if you don’t know what to do once you get to the gym or at home. When I worked out at home I used the Bowflex Adjustable weights and a stability ball. That’s the only equipment. Lifting was between 8-30 pound dumbells. It depended on what the exercise was and type of set.  I dropped my cardio to 1-2 times a week during the first 9 weeks. After that I added more to it.

Ok so the HARD part: EATING!!! Ok I should of done a better lean bulk. I had to eat 2400 calories a day! I started the first few weeks really good, but it was so hard to eat clean. I was eating nonstop and felt full where I couldn’t eat enough, so I went the easy way and ate more junk then I was use to. Here are my progress pics from the beginning.10173226_10203610927943411_648610433_n10154873_10203610927903410_551023053_n

 

Day 1-Day 27

Day 1-Day 27

In 27 days, I didn’t put too much weight on. But by week 9 I had gained 11 pounds.  It was time to shred this crap off! I mean crap- literally! I was suppose to go down to 1200 calories a day….now remember I was at 2400 and had to immediately drop down to 1200! Who does that???? Well not me! I tried and was starving! I don’t know how these competitors do it! I am not disciplined enough to do it! So I had to go back to 1500 calories and kept my macros at 40p/30c/20f. After my 3 weeks of modified leaning out, I dropped 5 pounds and 8 inches. I’m not mad at that. I figured it took me 9 weeks to gain so I don’t plan on losing in 3. Here are the rest of my pics.

IMG_3083IMG_3067IMG_3062So…. I may not look as fit as I started, but guess what- hard work and dedication will get me back there! I am so much happier not having to starve cause that was just plain miserable! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blogg! Check back and I’ll have more updated pics and posts!

Body Beast Program

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Day 64 of Body Beast/Bulking

photo.phpDay 64 of body Beast! I finally start the Beast phase or in other words cutting stage. It went by really fast! Thank goodness the bulking part is done! I didn’t follow a strict diet, but just did the calories. It was super hard at the beginning when I was going for the lean bulk. I’m excited to start doing more cardio again. I limited it to about 2 times a week which included teaching Insanity class and going to the Combative’s gym and doing some circuit training 1 time week. I also do a fit club, but I usually don’t push my self there. I’m suppose to limit cardio to one time a week….1502507_10203879218650511_6451551172737440266_n

These are my measurements from today and when I started. I’m ok with some of the measurements. I’m not liking the waist numbers. I can feel I gained weight and it makes me feel a bit miserable. I don’t know how people can bulk for longer then 2 months!  I feel blah and tired all the time. Even in my Insanity class, I do more modifications then usual. I think what keep me going is the motivation from my fitness groups and my hubby getting up in the morning.

Day 1-Day 27

Day 1-Day 27

And this is Day 64!  No filters – haha! It’s the real deal!

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Day 64

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Well stay tuned for my results in 3 weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Milk Quinoa (Breakfast)

10151189_10203785051976403_3524594821017738218_nI love Quinoa and decided to make this for breakfast. This is super easy! I don’t like to cook, but managed making this.

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Ingredients:

2 servings

1/2 cup dry quinoa

3/4 cup coconut milk (canned)

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Topping:

Drizzle coconut milk

2 bananas (1 for each serving)

2 tbsp walnuts (1 for each)

2 packets of Stevia (1 for each)

Mix all ingredients over the stove and bring to a boil. Then put on low and cook for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is soft. After that split in two servings and add the toppings!  And that is it!

Stevia is optional….I thought it had to be a bit sweeter. I also only had red quinoa, but plain is fine too.

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Banana Protein Pancakes #1

IMG_2127Banana Protein Pancakes #1.  I’ve tried so many different versions of these and this one turned out the best!

Mix together:

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp egg whites
  • 1/2 scoop Shakeology – chocolate
  • 2 bananas

Topping:

1/2 container Chobani Greek yogurt and 1 tbsp walnuts.

IMG_2122Then make them like pancakes in a frying pan. I used some EVOO spray to prevent from sticking. Make sure to cook long enough so it won’t fall apart. IMG_2124At the end I took half a container of apple Chobani Greek yogurt and walnuts. No need for syrup!

Fat: 12 grams/ Protein:29 grams/ Carbs: 75 grams

Calories: 495

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Day 42 Body Beast

This is the program I'm currently doing.

This is the program I’m currently doing.

Happy Easter! I decided to update today instead of tomorrow since I’ll probably be pigging out all day and my measurements and weight will be off for tomorrow.

These are my stats from Day 1 to now. I’m excited that my chest and hip/butt went up! I’m a little confused on my waist. It looks and feels super big, but the measurements are consistent. 10250771_10203705306102806_598499034_nIMG_2012Yikes, as you can see, I did gain some weight in the midsection. I told myself that I will start cleaning up my eating. It’s been really hard to eat 2400 healthy calories! I was eating all day and full, making it up to only about 1900 calories. I still do my fit clubs for cardio on Tuesdays and Thursdays for cardio. I also gave a live Insanity class to about 150 soldiers since my last blog.10178174_10203705306142807_1010893492_nLast weekend I ran a half marathon, which totally sucked! I think it was the extra weight I put on;) Well maybe because I have not ran since February. I did manage to complete it at a decent time.10256045_10203705291662445_203498667_n10248800_10203705291822449_1805267286_nSo far I must say that I am ok with my results so far! Can’t wait for the Beast/shredding stage!

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Day 27 Body Beast

This is the program I'm currently doing.

This is the program I’m currently doing.

I’m already on day 27! time is going fast. So fast that I started with the Lean workout schedule and decided to switch to the Huge Beast schedule. If I would of stuck with the lean beast, I would be in the Beast/shredding stage. I’m not ready. I want more muscle mass and not to mentionI like eating 2400 calories a day!

I did gain 6 pounds since I’ve started. It mostly went to my waist which I’m ok with for now. It should go away next month in the leaning out phase….It better! #TrustTheProcess….. My biceps and calves increased which is good. And at least my chest stayed the same….I don’t need them shrinking anymore! My diet isn’t so great, but it could be worse. It’s very hard for me to eat 2400 clean calories a day! I eat all day so I’ve been splurging here and there. Eating crap!! Today I start my 7 Day Shakeology challenge so hopefully it gets me back on track!

For those unfamiliar with the Body Beast program. It starts off by a Build and Bulk phase. During this phase, you are lifting heavy weights and eating more then normal. It is ok to gain weight! Then in the third phase, you will drop the calories/macros and lean out, leaving you with lean muscle!

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Day 1-Day 27

Day 1-Day 27

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Everyone Says: “Lift Heavy.” What is heavy?

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How many times have you heard people tell you to lift heavy? Have you ever asked what that meant? First time I heard that, it was quite intimidating! I’m picturing the people in the gym with veins sticking out and tons of weights on the bars. Even curling 3o pound dumbbells.

This is what I pictured weights will do:women-bodybuilder-01So I always lifted super light weights about 10-12 reps. Would I break a sweat? Not really. Did I get results? Not really. Then I started to go heavier. I wanted the ‘toned’ look. Guess what- lifting heavy will give the lean, toned look.2014-03-03-whatwomenthinkwillhappenliftheavye1360469567159Now we go into the ‘lifting heavy’ part. Heavy to me is lifting enough so you are struggling in the 2nd and 3rd set! Depending on your body, it might be 5 pound weights, 10, 20 or whatever it is. Not everyone’s heavy is the same! For example, if I bench press 65lbs for 15 reps and I’m not tired, my next set of 12 will be 95pounds. And then my last set of 8 will be 95 or even 115. There’s is no point of lifting if you are not tired or feeling it! Don’t be scared to pick up those weights! Even if you start out at 5lb kickbacks and you feel the burn…..that might be your heavy.

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There are so many different versions of lifting heavy. That is mine. I go off of what I experienced. So if you have a different version, please share. I’m always open for new ideas or different thoughts! I just do what works for me and like to share that with others.

Video

Pali Puka – Nu’uanu Pali

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This is short hike that leads to the puka (hole). I think this is considered an easy hike, but windy. We took the trail on the ledge, but in some spots you can cut through the trees if you are really scared of heights.

Directions: Take the Pali exit. Follow the signs in the to the Pali Lookout. You will park there. The cost is free if you are a local or military member. Once your park, instead of going to the right to the lookout, you will continue straight to where the buses park. You will jump the wall where the broken part is in the wall. You will enter a bamboo forest. Just follow the trail all the way up until you get to the ridge line.

View from the parking lot.

View from the parking lot.

The ridge line is like this. You will follow the trail past a utility pole.

The ridge line is like this. You will follow the trail past a utility pole.

There are some parts that go into the trees and a couple ropes. It is about a 30 minute hike up. Be aware that it is windy. Click the link to see my short video: Pali Puka.

Lean in to the right..at least the wind was blowing that way.

Lean in to the left..at least the wind was blowing that way.

The Puka- be careful, there's super strong winds that blow in!

The Puka- be careful, there’s super strong winds that blow in!

Going back up from the Puka.

Going back up from the Puka.

Standing on top of it. You can climb up, but just be careful! There is a rope there.

Standing on top of it. You can climb up, but just be careful! There is a rope there.

Tips: A small bottle water. It’s maybe a mile and a half there and back.

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Weeks 1 and 2 of Body Beast: Build Phase….aka Bulking

This is the program I'm currently doing.

This is the program I’m currently doing.

I’m currently doing Round 2 of Body Beast! It looks a bit intimidating, but it’s not! Don’t be afraid to lift weights! Weights=results!

My first round, I was scared of getting big or bulky. So I lifted heavy, but didn’t do the meal plan requirements. I actually lost weight and it broke my plateau! Here are my results from my first round.

Round 1 Body Beast Results

Round 1 Body Beast Results

Now that I am learning more about fitness, I am trying the recommended calories. This means I am eating 2400 calories a day! I just finished week 2 and I put on a couple pounds. Eating this much is hard! I tried doing a lean bulk at first, but I was too full and couldn’t get my calories up! Now I’m eating a little more junk here and there without feeling guilty. I do try to stay within the recommended macros for the program.

For supplements, I use Beachbody’s Hardcore protein shake since there’s no flavor, it goes great with my Shakeology. So yes, I also use Shakeology and sometimes Fuel Shot. Pre- workout, I rotate between E&E and C4.

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Why am I doing this? 1. I want to lean out and get more muscle definition. 2.ABS 3. Booty 4. I want to see if bulking and leaning really work for me!  No, I’m not competing or doing any type of competition. I just like to try different things so when people ask, I can say yes it worked for me or no it didn’t. I can speak from my experience, but of course, everyone’s different.

Ok, here’s the pics…Ignore my iPhone camera quality! I need to find a different place to take them. But here are my pics from when I started and now today- beginning of week 2. (Week 1 on left and week 2 on right). Oh and ignore my HaPpY facial expressions;)

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