Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hot Yoga on Off Days / Lunch and Dinner

I'm on my last week of doing my Level 3 of Nerd Fitness' Rebel Training.  From here on out I have to decided what program to use for intense muscle building.  I have already started researching a couple that were recommended to me and one that looks intense is the Convict Conditioning Workout.  Check it out!  For now, I continue my routine, with interval sprinting and my hot yoga classes.
After a Yoga Power Hour

-Grilled Salmon in Dill Sauce
-Roasted Potatoes
-Bok Choy

-2 Pieces of Breaded Chicken 
-1/2 Avocado
-1/2 Tomtato
Trader Joes Multi-Graind Blend

Saturday, December 15, 2012

7 weeks in I think/differences/goal date/fast food

You can see my gut!  I don't care
because it won't be there too much longer, mwahahahahahah.
Just wanted to touch base on how everything is going.   I see vast improvement in how I look and feel.  I believe that this first part of this Rebel Workout Program is building a sturdy foundation and the next step is adding the slab of muscle that I am wanting.

Sometime in my workouts I think to myself, "This isn't fast enough, why can't I have more muscle already?"  Then I do a pull-up and I quickly shut up, lol.  Level 3 asks for 5 pull-ups; that's it.  I can do 2, then the other three are assisted by bands.  I just started the second part of Level 3 yesterday and then after that I move on to the final level.  I still add one or 2 yoga classes in every week on off days and do my interval sprinting running.  My sprints involve warming up for 4 minutes at 5 miles per hour, then 8 miles per hour for 30 seconds and 5.5 miles per hour for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  I do this 7 times.

Example of the timing and distance with interval training.
Once I move on to the final level and complete it, I will take a look at the next e-book in the series and either continue on it or fast a program with the emphasis on muscle-building and toning.  If I stayed how I am now I would be more than happy, however the area I really want to focus on extensively is my stomach.  It has ALWAYS been "the problem area," but I have seen in shrink incredibly possibly in the first 4 weeks.

One thing I have also been trying to fuck around with is the calorie counting.  The counting program I use lets me add custom foods that the system does not have.  I'm not ashamed to admit that most the custom foods I add are liquids; preferably alcoholic, lol.  One thing I have done too is added one meal from each fast food place.  Well, not each; Wendy's, Taco Bell, and most recently, KFC.  I don't usually eat KFC but my sister had the Colonel's Chicken Strips at the house and left one, and I had it as my dinner meal.  one strip is 430 calories.  So if you eat three of them, you're up to 1290 calories!  I said it before and I'll say it again, if you fall off or if you cheat (and you're going too)  the healthiest of all fast food chains in my eyes is Wendy's.  That doesn't mean you go overboard, lol.

Juice Generation's Peanut Butter Acai Bowl (I'm hooked)

-2 Sambazon packets of Acai Fruit (you can get at Whole Foods)
-2 Tablespoons of Omega-3 Peanut Butter
-1/3 cup of Apple Juice
-1/2 banana

-1 banana (medium sized)
-Hemp Granola
-Scoop of Peanut Butter
-Cacao Nibs
430 Calories in the whole meal.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Crazy Saturday / Disciplined / Paleo App

What can I tell you, Saturday was my niece's birthday. I headed up from a trip to Maryland early in the morning.

I drove up early in the morning and figured since it was a cheat day, I'd start the day off with a guilty pleasure, a McGriddle and a hash brown.  It was delicious but I knew how many more calories I had left for the day.  Once I got home I did my workout and headed into my niece's party and dinner with her parents and grandparents.

For dinner my father brought Prime Rib slab of meat.  After helping him get it all cut and set while having a glass of wine or two, we sat down and ate away.

I ate a good portion, not too big but not too small.  It was a meet and potatoes night.  I had a couple of slices of bread too.  Oh yeah, I went all out.    After we cut my nieces cake, which was beautiful, made my Tony, The Pastryarch, Albanese.  I took a breather and got ready for the rest of the night.

Afterwards, I met my friends Anny and Lou and heading to the Nutley Pub.  We partook in some drinks and karaoke.  It was a great night.  THEN the unthinkable happened! I convinced myself into a White Castle trip

How did I end up here.
I thought oh, a double cheesebuger or two won't hurt, and some chicken rings, and some Mozzerella Sticks, HOLD IT.  That's where my mistake was!  5 mozarella sticks where 2100 calories...2100!!!!!

I already had 1800 calories for the day!

So the next morning I was floored, this is something I used to do so much when I was younger, a trip to White Castle was like the night cap!  I've learned my lesson, lol.

This morning, I was back on from this crazy cheat day, and a little wiser about it.  It turns out from all of my cheat days, the healthiest fast food chain, is Wendy's believe it or not.

To discipline myself, I did my exercise routine today and two sets of 18 minute sprints.  Lesons learned, lol.  I will defintely think twice before I get in front of a White Castle Menu.

I mean hey it happens.  I wanted to also let you know there is a great app called, Paleo Central at itunes, it's a great little app that tells you if something is Paleo or not, if you are ever in doubt.

Cheers all!


Dinner Tonight:
-Filet Mignon
-Beet Salad w. green apples, onions and a handful of walnuts
-half glass of Sauvignon Blanc

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Update on how I feel and FINALLY the program I'm using.

Yes, it's one of those pictures..
OK, so I am about to finish my 6th week of a Paleo diet and my 5th week of strength training.  For the past 2 weeks I also added a sprint after each workout session.

I have lost 11lbs., and added muscle mass.  I want to note that I've done this so far by consistently monitoring my calorie intake (even with alcohol, cause my friends know that I've gone out), and keeping as much to natural food as possible.  
But let's keep it real,  I've had pizza, a Bacon Cheeseburger and even my biggest guilty pleasure, taco bell's Chicken Quesadilla and a Bean Burrito in the past two weeks.  The day after I do though I've felt groggy (omg, not after the Pizza though!  Cheesy Pizza, corner of Broadway and 105th st.)

Other than that I have been using Isagenix products as well as Young Living Essential Oils products with the occasional Oxy Elite Pro if I feel to tired for a sprint.

Other than the workouts prescribed, I have been walking instead of taking trains or walking when a car is not necessary and throwing in the occasional hot yoga class on off days.

I'm not going to lie, it feels good, it feels different than other things I've tried, but then again I have been able to combine them all into my lifestyle now.

Nerd Fitness!
So after coming this far (so far)  I feel comfortable enough to promote the program I am using.  I was researching what type of fitness routine to follow and the one I thought served me best that the time was Nerd Fitness.  I mean the name alone says it all but it was whipped up Steve Kamb and is basically geared towards office job workers or people that have sat behind computers long enough to make a difference in how they feel and how their body feels.  

I like what he says and I like what he preaches and I like their program as well as the forum for their users.  I like the habit building as well as being able to do the exercises without a gym.  Eventually I feel I will have to join, but I'll come down that road when I do.

Lunch yesterday:
Peruvian Dish - Lomo Salteado with Chicken