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Quick and Easy Protein Yogurt!

Okay, here is a quick and easy treat. This is one of my go to snacks at night that I never tire of.

Proyo (some call it Froyo and freeze it, I prefer to not freeze mine)

1 small container of Greek Yogurt (I use and prefer Fage %)
1 scoop of Protein powder (I use Whey or Casein depending on how long until my next meal- Casein is NOT necessary) You can choose your flavor. I’m big on Cellucor, so I either use Cookies and Cream or Cinnamon Swirl. If it’s Casein I use Chocolate).
Here is where you can add in whatever you want. My typical go to’s are usually:
SF Hershey’s syrup
Quest Bar pieces broken up and microwaved for a few seconds
Sometimes rasberries
Sometimes Chocolate Fiber One
Definitely melted PB
I also mix in 2 T of SF Cool Whip BEFORE I add my mix ins, because I feel like it makes it fluffier.

There you have it. The mix in possibilities are endless. Really they are! You can add whatever you like in as long as they fit your macros. Enjoy!

 

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Day 121!

I know, I know..last time I blogged I was at day 190something or thereabouts! Yes, I am still going strong, and getting more and more motivated as the days pass me. I am still working out in my home set up, but have had to move some of my workouts to the gym down the road. Some of my weights have gotten heavy to the point, that what I have at home are not supporting me AND, I have moved to a Smith Machine for my squats. Which I personally feel more comfortable with. I’ll be honest here and say that I was starting to get in my own head, once my weight started to climb up. I stalled at 165, why? I was scared. Honestly scared, you know the scared I am talking about. The scared where I thought about having to do them HOURS before my workout time..maybe even days. Crazy right? NO. I feel this is perfectly normal when you are lifting heavy. However, in my case it was effecting my ability to do them properly, when In my heart I KNOW I can do them. I have some STRONG legs on me and the only thing that was stopping me was ME. I’ll tell you a little secret, It was so bad that I was shaking continuously throughout the workout. Who puts themselves through that?? Someone like me who is dedicated and strong willed. I cannot let this beat me. I just can’t. I will work this through until I can get PAST 165.

The other thing you may be wondering is WHY ON EARTH would a GIRL want to lift that heavy. I ask you, WHY NOT? Why not test your limits? Lifting heavy will NOT, I repeat WILL NOT make you big and bulky and manly. Let’s just talk about this for a second. Manly. Yes, there are some women out there AS WELL AS men who think that women who lift heavy and have MUSCLES are manly. Dude. Really? Do you know the amount of time (psst..YEARS)it would take to get THAT big, let alone the DRUGS that are involved with getting that big? Okay, Okay, before all you natty people out there get your feathers fluffed, there ARE NATURAL bodybuilders out there who are big because they worked their asses off. No need to shoot me nasty messages or comments. However, we all know, including YOU that natty is NOT the norm in the industry. Anyway, I digress. To the women out there, you WILL NOT GET BIG and huge and manly. You will get FIT, awesome muscle tone and a great ass. Who doesn’t want that? HOWEVER, you do know that NUTRITION plays a VITAL role in all of the above. You cannot get to grandma’s house with NO gas in the car. Over the last couple months I have done my due diligence with learning and learning some more about the eating component of all this. Not just lifting, but eating in general and what I have found out is that I really love learning about it. I’m a food nerd. I love reading about it, I love learning about it and lest we not forget the fact that I LOVE to eat it.

Going forward I will be talking about food, calories, macros and fitness. I will continue to talk about my journey and where I am going still, but I want to broaden things a bit to try and help others understand all the components of successful weight loss, keeping it off, GAINING weight as well as maintaining. So much to talk about..I’m excited! Are you?

Anyway, back to me. I am still doing Wendler’s and I am currently getting ready to start Cycle 5 next week (I’m deloading this week). I may do one more cycle and then focus more on specific things, since I have plans for myself..(shhhhh)..I actually have started adding in some new things, such as Hacks Squats, Sumo Deadlifts, Leg Press, Seated Cable Rows, and Lat pull downs. The gym was a little intimidating at first, since I’m used to doing things on my own in the privacy of my own home, but thankfully the gym I go to is small (but has all the equipment I could ever need) and quiet (think Senior Citizen) which is great, because I don’t need to wait forever to use equipment and have to compete with people standing around yapping while I am trying to get my workout in. Which leads me to, people, you go to the gym to workout, you go to the bar or wherever else you young people go to socialize. Those of us who want to get in and get out, don’t and can’t be bothered with those of you texting in between sets WHILE you are sitting on the piece of equipment that others want to use, or just plain standing in the way. Get your shit done and move along…kthanksbye.

My eating has been more on point than ever, and although there was some initial weight gain that came along with fixing my metabolism, that has since dropped back off. I am now in the process of trying to find my gaining point. I am happy thus far to know that my calories are MUCH higher than they once were, when I would gain. YAY, for fixing my body! Eat more. It’s that simple. Not all at once of course, but you CAN train your body to take in more calories AND lose weight. It’s a process and it takes time and patience, but it can be done. I no longer believe that people are carb intolerant, I do believe that WE make ourselves that way by the constant restricting and binging that we do. If you don’t believe me, please head on over to Layne Norton on Youtube. Take a listen for yourself. Educate yourself. Learn, read and then learn some more about how our bodies are supposed to work. I have to put in my little disclaimer, I am not referring to ANYONE who has a true medical disorder, or someone who is gluten intolerant OR ANY OF THOSE OTHER ISSUES. I am merely speaking of the commoner like myself who has NO issues with food, but was led to believe for many, many years that low carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, low calories was the way to go. It’s time to get up, be smart and educate yourselves. It Is my hope that I can help you along the way.

Anyway, all of the information I talk about here is coming from my own research (as I am NOT a licensed professional-YET). Just like anything else, do your own homework and proceed with caution if you are medically able to. If not, please take the advice of your Doctor before you try anything new.

Until next time..ttfn

PS, you will NEVER hear me talk about what you CAN’T eat. NEVER. That is NOT my philosophy. It’s not what I believe in, therefore, I will not condone it. Eat what you like. This is a lifestyle that needs to be a reality and one that you can keep on a day to day basis.

It’s been awhile..

I have had so much going on, that it’s been hard to keep up with everything. I will try and update everything this week at some point..

Cliff Notes:

I have begun my journey to getting my Nutrition and Personal Training Certifications through NASM. Have my books, materials and online learning tools, I’m about a month in. So excited that I finally took the leap of faith!

I have another goal for the end of 2014 (well near the end), but I won’t post about that just yet..

I have been weight training daily, I’m getting fantastic results and have FINALLY figured out the eating portion of it all! Yes! Finally! This truly has been a journey and one that I am so glad I decided to take a leap into. Everything thus far is on point and I could not be happier with the way things are going. Granted, everything truly is a work in progress and I learn new things daily, BUT, I am definitely heading in the right direction.

Work continues to be work, but luckily my schedule is pretty stable for the next 5 months or so, so for that alone I am grateful. My sleep has gotten so much better, which has improved my overall moods. I have continued to see who my real friends are over the course of the last few months and sadly I have lost one, but, I have to look at it in terms of, when you grow, sometimes people don’t like it. Perhaps it scares them, makes them nervous OR it makes them take a look at themselves and they find out who I am becoming makes them feel uneasy about who they are, or make them realize that perhaps they have changes to make within themselves as well, and maybe they are not ready for that yet. It hurt a lot at first, but, I have to be ok with that. It’s their decision to stay or go.. and If your reading this NO, it’s NOT YOU. You know who you are 🙂 We are still friends, just have to figure out how to make the time to nourish the friendship.

I’m more than half way through this 365 day journey and I have not intention of stopping at the end of the year. It has made me realize how very much into fitness and nutrition I really am. You will see more fitness related stuff coming from me in the near future as well as a LOT of pictures of my recipes and food concoctions. I am finding that I love to cook and share my recipes as well as my fitness tips.

I also have a page on Instagram, where I am building up a following. You will find mainly progress pictures, cooking pictures, food pictures and some motivational captions. You can find me @browneyedgirldee on Instagram! Come and follow me!

I also have a new page on Facebook called Runningawaywithme (surprise, surprise!). I am trying to keep my fitness related stuff separate from my personal page, because I realize that not everybody has the same frame of mind that I do. I’m ok with that :-).

Well, I’ll be back to give a more updated post, about where I am with my weight training, my eating and my recipes. Stay tuned!!

196&195

Yesterday was a rest day. Slept in a little, got errands done. Baby girl had a softball game last night. What a little monster she is out there! Who would have thought!! Good for her! Back to work tonight, but then, unless I pick up extra I’m off for 7 nights in a row! Booyah!

Today: main lift is;
Bench: warm up- 5×41, 5×51 and 3×61
Actual: 5×65, 5×75, 5+x85(10)

Chins: 7 sets of 2 with good form

5×10@51lbs -benches ( I’m doing BBB of Wendler, hence these)
EZ bar curls-3×8@35lbs
Skulls:3×8@10

Days 198 and 197..

Yesterday was a rest day, I worked and did not drag my butt out of bed until almost 4pm! Then of course, we had a softball game to attend, so I had to hustle hustle! Tried to get to bed at a reasonable time, but lately it’s never before midnight, and this morning I had to get up to take the kid to the gym for 9am.

Today: Day 197

Ran 3.5 miles- more like slog, but I got out there and got it done.

Main Lift: Squat

Warm-up- 5×65, 5×85, 3×101

Actual- 5×110, 5×125, 5+x141 (8) I probably could have eaked out 1 or 2 more, but Wendler is pretty consistent with saying don’t take It to failure. So I take it to where I’m definitely tired, but if I had a gun to my head, I could do 1 or 2 more. HA!

Then:

5×10@85lbs

Lying Leg Curls- 3×10@45lbs

Standing Military Presses-3×8@20 (Dumbells)

Plie’ Squats-3×10@30lbs

I was beat. My legs were like WTF lady!! I will try walking lunges again on my deadlift day in a few days.

I’m tired and I’m beat. I really am. Tomorrow will be another off day, I *think*… it will only be Wednesday and I only have two more lifting days to get in this week. I can spread them out. Maybe I will walk, definitely no run. I think I will try, TRY to get back 3 running days into my schedule, 2 will be before my leg workouts and one more will be sprinkled in somewhere. Why run on a leg day? Well, because it will maximize my leg day, and It won’t over tax them. Say I chose to do my runs on NON leg days, it would be like my legs are getting NO rest at all. Upper, Run, Legs, Run, Upper, Run, Legs, Run. I’m going at it 7 days a week at that rate. I need at least 2 complete rest days in there with NOTHING going on. I asked around as well, and that seemed to be the consensus. Well, the consensus was actually that I did not NEED to do cardio at all, or if I wanted to, do very little and make it HIIT, so I lose no muscle mass. I think it’s safe to say that I’m the kind of gal that needs a little cardio in her life.

 

So this is the problem I run into. I lose all my weight up top FIRST..then it comes off the bottom. NO, I’m not holding this in! How do I washboard this? Crunches. I HATE crunches. YUCK. Why can’t crunches and ab work be fun?!

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199 Days! Under200…

Wendler Cycle II- Week 1

Main lift: Press
Warm up set: 5×25, 5×31,5×35
Actual: 5×41, 5×45,5+x51 (11)

Then: 5×10@31

Hammers: 3×8@25
Skull Crushers: 3×8@10( should be at 12, but someone lost my 12lb DB!! Only have one!!)
Alternating front raises: 3×8@15lbs

Tired and off to work I go!!!

200 or bust..

Lazy day today, work this weekend and am feeling a bit melancholy.

Main lift deadlift (and last day of my deload week!)

5×75, 5×75, 5×75

Actual- 5×75, 5×95 and 5×111

Then:
5×10@75
Bridges with body weight 5×25

Was going to try walking lunges again, but quad still a little tender. Did not do pull ups yesterday, so will get those in before I shower. I hate the fact that women lose weight top to bottom. My legs always take so long to show improvements and I’m tired of constantly scrutinizing them! I will beat them into submission! No, I don’t want thin legs, I want nice shapely, muscular legs with NO dimpling please!! Same with my rear end.

Which I want to ask.. Pam would you want to put together a menu for me? Just one day. I am having problems getting protein in. I want a different point of view. I am going for 1800 calories. It’s okay to add whey In there. Please? Then I can take it from there.

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Day 201 and Baybee Got Back..

Wasn’t sure I’d get my workout in, but got er’ done. Spent 4 hours at gymnastics scoring for the girls elite qualifiers. Picked up this weeks CSA and some other errands. Finally home, got the workout done and will now cook some dinner! The little one should be getting home from gym shortly with the Mister. What’s on the menu you ask? Why, chicken thighs (skin removed), with lemon, Greek olives and some other key ingredients over orzo. Yum!

One more day of my deload and I’m o. To the next 4 week cycle. Love this!

Main lift today is the bench press
Warm ups: 3×5@41 lbs

Actual: 5@41, 5@45 and 5@55

Assistives

Bp: 5×10@41
One arm DB row: 5×10@15
Incline DB curls:5×10@10

That’s it.. Short and sweet

I may get some pull ups in as well. 10 close grip maybe. 2×5?

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202.. Pulled my Quad.

How you ask? Certainly NOT from training. I went to crouch down to pick up something off the effin’ floor!!! Weird thing is,that I can still squat. It hurts when I try to cross my leg or lift it straight up when I’m sitting, I thought I really did myself In yesterday though, the pain was searing and instantly intense. It’s sore today, but not awful. I honestly thought I tore something. I surely was not laughing last night.

Main lift is the squat today:
Warm up- 3×5 @ 65
Actual- 5×65, 5×81, 5×95

Then:
5×10@65

Lying leg curls-5×10@25
Walking lunges-5×10@20

What I do like about this week is that the lower weights allow me to recheck my form. It also allows me to get a good attg squat in, those are harder for me to do at the higher weights, without me feeling like I’m going to fall backwards.

Update: no walking lunges. Damn they hurt with that quad. That really sucks.

Ok, so I will just do 5×20 with my body weight of deep plié squats, on my toes.

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