GNC Lean Shake

A while back I did the Purium cleanse. It was great, but I do have to say that not eating for 10 days was pretty hard. It makes going out really difficult, working really difficult, and overall I need to cut back on my workout and stuff. So I’ve been doing the GNC Lean shake, which I feel tastes significantly better than Purium. I have to chill and chug Purium because I hate the taste. By day 7 I’m like, hey this isn’t bad. But that first part o the week is pretty damn difficult.

My favorite GNC Lean shake has been the Swiss or the Rich chocolate. Banana lean shake and Strawberries and Cream are almost too sweet for me to handle, and I have quite the sweet tooth that it has to be pretty sweet. I didn’t care for vanilla at all, that actually went into the trash mostly full.

So I’ve been following the directions of making the shake for two meals, I usually choose Breakfast and Dinner but have a small snack with both of them. I’ve been having cucumbers with a tablespoon of low fat cream cheese (garden vegetable flavor), an apple, or a banana. If I know I have a harder workout ahead I’ll drink my lean shake with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a whole grain wheat thin. Thus far I’ve lost 2 lbs. this week, which is lovely. Purium had me drop a ton of weight but I would love to be able to keep it off without a continuation plan. So losing 2 lbs a week is actually healthy and sustainable.

Cutting it down to one meal and choosing which meal is helpful because I can set it around my schedule. If I know I’m going out for an evening I’ll lean shake breakfast and lunch and eat at dinner. Moderation is, of course, something that everyone should keep in mind because you don’t want to overindulge on your one meal. Am I worried that I’ll put on the weight once I go back to regular meals? No not really. I think on days where I know I’m going to be eating a lot at some point having this as a back up for a couple days or a weekend will be helpful for me to detox and feel okay about my indulging. Happy Drinking!

Peanut Butter Lean Shake

Peanut Butter Lean Shake

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Spartan Training and such

I want to finish this. I want to train for my three Spartan Races in August and lose the last 10 lbs. So here’s what’s going to happen I’m going to eat well, do one last cleanse (to get rid of the rest of my Purium stuff) and keep working on upper body strength. One of my favorite tricks to eating well is good, low calorie salad dressings. So one that I’m currently in love with is the Smoked Paprika Salad dressing.

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 tsps Smoked Paprika
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion (didn’t have any, used dried minced onions)
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 c. olive oil

Mix together and blend well. I mean really well or it will break apart and you’ll have to shake it. Not that that’s bad, but it’s nicer when it stays together forever. I’m not sure what the shelf life is for this, so just keep an eye on it.

 

In other news, I graduated with my masters in Education this last weekend.

Congrats to all of the graduates out there!

So it was a bit of an indulgent weekend. We ate North End pastries and pasta, Panera bread, brunch, and lots of Pinkberry.

Yay graduation!

Yay graduation!

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As for my workouts, I’ve been doing assisted pull ups with rubberbands. I was doing pull ups on an assisted pull up machine, but I decided the rubberband makes me work a little bit more because I can be comfortable on the machine but not pushing it. I’ve recently switched up my arm workout from:

  • 3×15 15lb Bicep Curl, Tricep Extension, Hammer Curl, Tricep KickBack
  • 3×15 Assisted Tricep Dip
  • 3×15 Assisted Pull up
  • 3 x15 on each side Bicep Curl and Tricep Kick back in Plank

I’m doing Kelly Ripa’s Arm workout as seen on Fitsugar (I use 10lb weights to push it) but I also throw in a couple of the above variations to keep pushing myself. Half Marathon this weekend, then cleansing, then more family comes to town! Training, eating well, and happiness: getting it all!

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Happy Marathoning!

Happy Marathon Monday and Patriot’s Day!

Congratulations to the finishers, the qualifiers, The top 10, Meb Keflezighi and Rita Jeptoo

I tried to qualify for the Boston Marathon with my marathon in Hampton. Training was kind of crazy, but I’m so up for it again. Watching everyone run right now is pretty amazing. I’m excited for my half marathon in May. I just ran the 5k for Boston Athletic Association, so I can only imagine what the actual marathon is like. And I almost carbo loaded for 3 miles! So unnecessary but it’s my favorite part.

Hello to all of my new readers! I’ve put some of my favorite recipes below:

Cauliflower Alfredo (light alfredo, upped veggies-updated recipe below)

Honey Garlic Salad Dressing 

Zucchini Noodles

 

So here’s what on my agenda:

  • May-Half Marathon
  • August-Spartan Races  (Sprint, Beast, and Super in one weekend!)
  • December-Honolulu Marathon

Training Schedule goes as follows:

Monday: Hot Yoga, 30 minutes stairs/elliptical, Bicep/Triceps Weight lifting

Tuesday: Long run, tabata Tuesdays!

Wednesday: Swim, 30 minutes stairs, Chest and back weight lifting (TRX!)

Thursday: Run (4 miles)-if I have class

Friday: 3 mile run, Leg day

Saturday: 5 mile run, full body-including abs (no sit ups because my tailbone is broken)

Sunday: Long run 8-13 miles

 


 

Cauliflower Alfredo (revised)

  • 3 cloves garlic, lightly super crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and separated into florets
  •  3 (3 might even be too much, 2.5, let it reduce A LOT) cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/2 1/3 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Basil
  • salt and freshly black pepper to taste
  • 1 (14 ounce) package whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1/2-3/4 c. Italian Blend Cheese (mozzarella, provolone, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (OPTIONAL, I didn’t use it)
  • 1/4 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced Didn’t use it but probably should have.
  • 1.75-2 oz Light Brie
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of frozen Broccoli
  • 1 (12 oz) Italian Chicken Sausage, cut and cooked
  • 1/2 cup fine (Seasoned) dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook and stir garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cauliflower, water, Italian herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to taste. Bring water to a boil, cover, and cook until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, combine bread crumbs, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until cheese has melted and mixture is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off heat, sprinkle with salt to taste, and mix in basil; set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, cook sausage
  5. Add cream to cauliflower mixture and puree in the pot with a stick blender until smooth and creamy. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese until melted; season with freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add Broccoli and cooked sausage.
  6. Mix in lemon juice with spaghetti and stir in Alfredo sauce to coat pasta. Serve topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and the seasoned bread crumb mixture.
 
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Being Healthily Unhealthy

 

 

I’m back to half marathon training. I was down for a bit because I broke my tailbone. So I cut down and changed my workouts. Feeling better but better eating is always encouraged. So trying new things is always something i try to do.

Mr. Vietalian was diagnosed with this thing called Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis. Long story short is that if he eats too many carbs it pulls the potassium out of his muscles. The reasons they give you bananas after you run a race is because they give you potassium (and carbs) and it will help to prevent cramps. But so, with the potassium pulled out of the muscles, it’s like a really bad cramp to the point of paralysis. This can be brought upon by eating too many carbs. So now it’s the challenge, how does one cut down on carbs? I feel like this is the age old question much like: How do I lose those last 10 lbs? I never realize how much carbs I eat until I try to cut them out. Even bananas have carbs! That’s crazy. So here’s to eating clean and cutting the carbs to some extent.

So first up we’ve been eating more salads, which means you really need to jazz them up. Extra vegetables and new salad dressing. Ive just learned that I like chick peas. I thought they’d be really hard but they’re not. Just delicious. So along those lines I made salad dressing. Chipotle Hummus Salad dressing. The spice at the end is supposed to help to rev your metabolism. My metabolism doesn’t seem super active so here’s hoping there. It was pretty delicious. 

The other thing I’ve been doing is replacing flour with almond meal. I made almond meal cookies a while back. They flattened and spread out. But so this time I refrigerated the dough then put them on the pan. They were actually cookie forms this time! Not flat discs.

Black bean brownies do not taste like black beans. The tsp of baking powder really makes it cake like. It’s a little dry but I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. But I’m pleasantly surprised.

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Chipotle Hummus Dressing



Chipotle Hummus Dressing

1/2 cup hummus
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 chipotle pepper, sliced
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Blend together, add more milk for smoother texture.

Almond meal cookies

1/2 c. butter, soften
1/4 c. coconut oil
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 c. almond meal
1 1/4 c. chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven at 350
  2. In bowl cream butter, coconut oil, and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs.
  3. Mix in baking soda and salt, then almond meal- 1 cup at a time and chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon tbsp of dough, 3 inches apart and bake for 11-13 minutes.

Black Bean Brownies

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c. cocoa powder
3/4 c. white sugar
1 pinch salt
Chocolate chips for sprinkling on top

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 square baking dish.
  2. Combine black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and sugar in a blender;
  3. Blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.
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Haven’t been here in a while…

To sum up what has happened since I wrote last: I ran a marathon, a half marathon, I did the paleo diet for three weeks, I ate at the new restaurant in Hawaii (MW), 

This post is for all of those with New Year’s Resolution I did a cleanse. I know I really detest them because I love eating. But so the Purium cleanse is only for 10 days and that seems doable. And it was, but also difficult.

The hardest part is the social outings. I sat at my boyfriend’s family’s house where they made delicious goodness, including fresh made bread. That was a very difficult day. Eventually the not eating thing actually became very helpful. I didn’t have to think about what to make for the week, what to bring with me for the day, etc. I went to observe a school I wanted to work at and didn’t have to eat the entire school day. So there is convenience factor, but there is absolute will power. As time went on I needed less snacks (which can be apples, cucumbers, vegetable broth, tea, small things like that) and I was down to one flex food a day. I cut up my apple very small and spaced it out through the day.

Yes, you do get hungry. Is it possible not to eat though? Oh absolutely. But I’m trying to listen to my body. When I got too tired to run a quarter mile one day, I ran back and got back into bed to rest up. Cutting back on exercise was seriously a difficult task for me. I felt pretty energized and felt like I should have been the same but once I started getting winded doing my exercises I learned to cut back. Also having to use the bathroom every five minutes because it is a liquid diet and you have to even intake more water than usual, ugh, not good. But still doable. And lastly, I chugged the shake every time. I hate the way the apple berry shake tastes. It nearly made me throw up the first time I drank it.

The Results: Lost 2-3 inches in certain areas and 10 lbs.
Upper Waist: 32 : 29
Mid-Waist: 36.5 : 33.5

I ordered a new pack of aminos for when I’m ready to do round 2, it may be in February or in March. But I only want to do a 5 day cleanse instead of a 10, but who knows, I get there when I get there. You start gaining back a few pounds when you start eating if you’re not careful and I have not been the most careful. I like that it helps to reset the metabolism and reset your tastes. It helps for us to keep having a healthy lifestyle.

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1, 2, 3, 4…I Declare a Noodle War

…Wait What?

I’m back. Sorry for the unexplained hiatus. You know. Life.

I’m training for a marathon, which means I have to clean up what I eat. Less fried, less sugar, and I’m even monitoring the carbs. I need the carbs before a big run but frankly it’s so easy to go over. So I’m using the cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, which if you add 1/3 of a brick of cream cheese (low fat or fat free) it goes a long way.

So the first types of noodles I tried were Zucchini noodles. You get a spiral peeler or a julienne peeler. I have a spiral peeler and the zucchini didn’t quite fit in it. I think pan fried it in pam olive oil  for a couple minutes to cook it just so it wouldn’t taste overwhelmingly like zucchini. If you have a spiral peeler where you twist it and the noodles come out, make sure the zucchini isn’t too big or you can’t use all of the zucchini.Image

Shirataki noodles are the calorie-free noodles. It’s made out of elephant yam (Or devil’s tongue yam), it’s low in carbs and somehow are made to have zero calories. They’re stored in liquid and in the produce section of your grocery store (or perhaps the Asian aisle or wherever the tofu is). Some of the shirataki noodles are made out of tofu, so they have 40 calories rather than none. You can cook them in the microwave or like you would regular noodles. I read a post on MyFitnessPal that said you can spray a pan with cooking spray and then just fry them like that. So my opinion on these noodles is that they have a weird texture. Image

In the end, I mixed the two noodles with some whole wheat pasta to get some normalcy. So yes, it’s healthier and lower calories, but it leaves something to be desired while you’re eating it. If I had to choose the order would be 1) Whole Wheat Pasta, 2) Zucchini, 3) Shirataki Noodles. There’s probably something wrong with having noodles that are 0 calories. Calories are a unit of energy so what exactly am I eating if it doesn’t have any calories? More than that I’m worried about the texture that’s just so strange. My mix is good, I just always need large amounts of sauce to it.Image

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French Dips and Oreo snacks

I love a good sandwich or sandwich wrap. I learned that my crockpot chicken, lettuce, hummus, and chipotle mayo is amazing. LIKE AH-MAZE-ING. There are so many flavors going on and textures. Oh it was glorious. But I love me a good French Dip sandwich. But the last couple of times I’ve seen it on a menu there is always something else I want more. So why not make it at home? Out came my handy dandy crock pot.

A few things I did wrong in this recipe. I wanted a chuck roast with bone in because of the Au Jus. I thought it would add flavor, but I couldn’t find it in the grocery store, so I had to use rump roast. On top of that, so I forgot to pick up the beer. But I didn’t have any (duh, you don’t drink alcohol stupid.). However, on occasion my friends occasionally leave their beer here. It was a Pilsner which to my knowledge is kind of light and I read dark probably would have been better. Which is why my broth was slightly bland. I added a pinch of salt before serving and it perked right up.

So the meat came out a little dry so I’d lower the time to 6.5 hours. But as you’re dipping it into a bowl of juice, it’s really not that bad. I added a little chipotle mayo to the sandwich and OHMYGOD, HOW, WHAT AND HOW. Tastes so good. I was worried that the flavors would kind of battle it out but it’s really quite good. It gives it the kick that it needs, a little extra fatty content, and just enough variation to mix up a delicious sandwich.

I don’t know what I was thinking, but I’m glad I was thinking it. I wanted to make oreos because I love them so much. Perhaps I was too lazy to go to the store, but this seems like a poor way to make up for laziness. Keep in mind before you make them, unlike I did, that it takes a decent amount of time. You need to mix the batter, let it sit in the fridge, roll the dough, then let it sit again. I figured you know, hour in the fridge is probably the same as 20 minutes in the freezer. It’s not. But eventually I baked the cookies into the odd little shapes they were frozen in, but not the sweet little round ones that Bakerella, Joanne Chang, or Nabisco does. It was just kind of thick and cookie like. I suggest following the recipe word for word. The freezer might help in the last 10 minutes of refrigeration because it’ll cut better and thinner, more oreo like if you will.

With real oreos I crushed them and put them into a chocolate chip cookie batter. I saw it on Pinterest, which inspires some really bad ideas sometimes. Great ideas. But bad ideas. Great bad ideas. Either way these cookies were very good and very addicting. I grabbed one in the middle of the workout instead of a sip of water. They were really close together though, so you can understand why I had my confusion… It also gave me a place to use some oreos that I made that crumbled under pressure. The frosting, however, will melt while you’re baking these cookies. But the regular oreos don’t melt. So take it for what you will.

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