5 minute Bosu interval workout 2014/04/23 - with advanced options

Yay workout Wednesday! I really tried to get this video done yesterday and got outside in the afternoon only to find the battery dead on my camera, wah wah waahhhhhh! I charged it then got outside this morning to do my video. I will say I’m having FUN doing these videos again and hope to get a theme going each month. Obviously the last workout was with the Bosu so I’m going to finish off this month with the bosu too!

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If you don’t have a bosu then I highly recommend them! Especially if you workout at home, they are super fun. You can get them on Amazon (affiliate link). Here’s the video for this week:

Keep watching till the end for a “Pixel the needy dalmatian” appearance! I swear I had to shut him in the living room in the end… Also remember to subscribe to my Youtube channel for more workout videos! Plus I’m going to be putting out some vlogs, Q&A and nutrition videos soon too! Feel free to share my videos and workouts too via facebook, blogs, pinterest… lets get the word out and get fit and healthy! As always here is a pinnable infographic of the workout:

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This workout has some advanced options, which are just that: options! I show the easier version first then the advanced version. Starting with squats. Last week we had feet on the floor and used the bosu as a weight. This week we’re on top! Dome down is going to be harder so choose YOUR option!

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Second exercise is lunges. In the video I show you THREE versions!!! Again feet on the floor and HOLDING the bosu is going to be easier, then dome up, and hardest dome down! You can tell the hardest because my leg shakes more ;)

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Exercise three is a burpee. Now everyone talks smack about burpees but add in the weight of the bosu, around 12 pounds, and that takes the burpee up a notch! If you wanted to really kill yourself add in a push up on the burpee ;)

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Last but not least mountain climbers!!! The added challenge here is balancing whilst switching legs. Balance training is so important in any fitness routine, make sure you don’t skimp out on that! I love the bosu for balance training!

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And that’s this weeks workout. Let me know what you think, and also let me know what kind of videos you want to see here at Workoutwithdi!!!!

TBT tomorrow!

Di

Fibroids awareness week 2014

So this week is fibroids awareness week and as this is something I’ve recently discovered I have I figured I’d join in and bring awareness for those like me who had NO IDEA what fibroids were or how they really affect people. For example I had no idea that approximately 40 percent of women over age 35 suffer from fibroids!!! That’s a huge percentage and though I had heard of fibroids they weren’t something that was even on my radar as to what they were. 

Fibroid tumors are benign (non-cancerous) growths that appear on the muscular wall of the uterus. They are the most common tumors of the body. They range in size from microscopic to masses that fill the entire abdominal cavity. In some cases, fibroids can be as large as a full term pregnancy. Uterine fibroids can affect women of all ages, but are most common in women ages 40 to 50. In most cases, there is more than one fibroid in the uterus. Fibroids consist of dense, fibrous tissue (hence the name ‘fibroid’) and are nourished and sustained by the uterine arteries in almost every case. Uterine fibroids cause different symptoms depending on their number and where they are located in the uterus. There are 3 different locations: intramural uterine fibroids, submucosal uterine fibroids and subserosal uterine fibroids.

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Intramural Uterine Fibroids

Are located in the wall of the uterus and are the most common type of fibroids. They cause the uterus to become enlarged, and can cause pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, back pain, and pressure.

Submucosal Uterine Fibroids

Are located inside the lining of the uterus and protrude inward. These cause heavy bleeding and heavy, prolonged periods.

Subserosal Uterine Fibroids

Are located outside of the lining of the uterus and protrude outward. They have less of an effect on your period, but may cause back pain or bladder pressure. The subserosal fibroid can also grow on a stalk attached to the uterus, in which case it is called ‘pendunculated.’ The stalk may become twisted and can cause severe pelvic pain.

Symptoms

Symptoms of fibroids can be nothing, and the woman wouldn’t even know that she had fibroids, only 10-20% of women require treatment. However the size, location and number of fibroids can make symptoms vary as described above. Common symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Excessive bleeding, including prolonged periods and passage of clots, which can lead to anemia.
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Pressure on the bladder, leading to frequent urination
  • Pressure on the bowel, leading to constipation and bloating
  • Infertility
  • pain during sexual intercourse, bowel movements, exercise or your period

I had heavy bleeding mid-cycle that totally freaked me out. I mean it was relentless. Nothing like I’d experienced before and I’d had heavy periods as a kid. For me though this was all compounded because I’d recently stopped taking oral contraceptives and my cycle was out of whack anyway but this bleeding was something totally different to a heavy period!

Diagnosis: I was diagnosed after I had my pelvic ultrasound. If you aren’t sure if you are having heavy periods or suffering from fibroids I’d advise you to see your doctor and ask them to ultrasound you.

Treatment options:

Right now I’m starting at the bottom and working my way up. I’ll admit that at the time (January) I was all gung ho for a hysterectomy but I know that has problems as I’ll have reduced bone density, menopause and others so a slow approach is my path forward.

  • Contraceptive pill is not an option due to liver cyst risk
  • IUD not an option because I am NOT going through that pain again without a general (see previous post on uterine examination) and especially not every 5 years for a CHANCE of it minimizing the bleeding. Not something I’d look forward to!
  • Ablation surgery – next possibility. Lasering the uterine lining. I chatted with a friend that had this done, and she LOVES the results. This may be my next step.
  • Hysterectomy – I’d rather go into menopause naturally so this is the  last option, but honestly I’d rather do this than get the IUD!

so I decided to try:

Progesterone cream - topical cream applied 3 out of 4 weeks.  Not many doctors will advise this and it’s a treatment I only found out about it through research. The thinking is that if the IUD with progesterone is an option then why not just go for a cream that’s less invasive. This is my first option so I’ll be trying it out for a few months. So far no bleeding mid-cycle but heavy periods still. I’m going to give it a while longer though!

Have you heard of fibroids, or suffer from fibroids? 

Meatless Monday: Veggie Grill again & Earth Day!

 

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Tomorrow is Earth Day and as such the Meatless Monday is pushing the movement to eat Meatless for Earth day! There really is no better thing you could do today than commit to eating meatless for at least Earth day, if not every Monday! Three reasons that going meatless helps the Earth:

  • The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
  • The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.

It’s easy so go meatfree ;) I’m here every Monday showing recipes, restaurants and reviewing easy to find plant based foods for you to try. Today before I share what I bought this week I want to share some vegan junk food. Let’s face it easy go to restaurants are something we all take advantage of at some point for meat free meals I’d advise trying Veggie Grill! Now the good thing about Veggie Grill aside from being meatfree and comfort food is that they have an app, where you can earn freebies!

To give you an example the reason we went to Veggie Grill on Saturday night was because we got an alert on our phone from the app saying that for Easter/Spring this weekend they were offering a free starter! When you activate the ‘coupon’ on the app it generates a code. All you do is show your phone to the cashier, they enter the code and VOILA – free food! We did exactly this Saturday night and had our free starters for Easter.

I decided that I was going to have the chill out wings, which are Gardien wings with BBQ sauce and chipotle ranch – $6.95 but free with the app! There were actually FIVE wings here but someone took one while I was snapping a photo! Hmm wonder who that was ;)

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For my main course I like the “pick-a-pair”. One side or soup and one 1/2 salad. Perfect! I had the all hail kale salad and the sweetheart fries! yummy!

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Bob chose to get the Mondo Nachos 6.95 NEW! “Chicasa” taco blend of veggie proteins, caramelized onions, mashed avocado, VG-Cheese, jalapeños, soy cream and corn chips. It’s big! We shared both our starters to get a rounded meal and these were delicious, not as good as the notcho’s from Real Food Daily, but yummy!

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As usual Bob went with a cheese burger. Topped with VG-Cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, chipotle ranch. Side of sweetheart fries!

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Yep ALL this food is VEGAN, no animal products, meat-free, cholesterol free and delicious! Plus with the VG app to save $$ and get food freebies in the future all you do is snap a pic of the receipt via the app and they update your points on the app once the image is approved. So I got the starter for free, paid for the pick-a-pair $6.95 and I got 70 points!

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Definitely worth going to Veggie Grill or other veggie place as an intro to the meatfree lifestyle!

Ok so onto the Grocery shopping for this week!!!

 

April 14th – Trader Joes = $60.46

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Mushrooms x2
  • Bell peppers
  • cucumbers
  • lettuce
  • cruciferous crunch
  • ketchup
  • sweet potato tortilla rounds
  • seaweed strips x2
  • rice cakes
  • hummus
  • clif bars x4
  • pizza crusts
  • peanut butter
  • almond milk
  • Orange juice
  • soy milk

I will say that we’ve run out of things and I REALLY needed to go shopping this weekend but just didn’t get around to it, hoping to snag some time today to at least grab essentials! Veggie drawer is very empty! This week the total was $60.46 thats it!!!

Weekly Totals – Goal $87 week.

April = $

Week 4 =

Week 3 =60.46

Week 2 = $122.78

Week 1 = $95.48

March = $330.97

Week 4 = 13.97

Week 3 = $135.00

Week 2 = $110.03

Week 1 = $71.97

February = $347.49

Week 4 = $123.17

Week 3 = $74.04

Week 2 = $24.00

Week 1 = $126.28

January = $395.87

Week 4 = $110.51

Week 3 = $122.44

Week 2 = $ 86.59

Week 1 = $ 76.33

Are you meatfree on Mondays?

Project Life 2014 week 15 – poisoning pixel!

 

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Ok the post of this post may be melodramatic but I did, I poisoned my dog. Tuesday I was eating a small sugar-free jelly/jello, and Pixel had a TINY piece, about the size of a gobstopper. Then suddenly it hit me, this contains Xylitol!!! It’s poisonous to dogs, like DEADLY poisonous! So I made a trip to the vet QUICK smart and they induced vomiting and long story short that was a lesson LEARNED and no xylitol will be entering this house again! If you haven’t heard of xylitol it’s in sugar free products like gum, candies and jello’s, as well as toothpaste and other toiletries. Even in small doses it can cause damage so please educate yourself on the dangers of this product, especially if you have dogs.

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Ok so obviously Pixel was a low point this week but also this week we launched BodyPump 89 and cxworx 14 at Golds Gym. I tried a new protein powder with ZERO sodium and it tasted like ass. I think this is the universe telling me that powders just aren’t my path. I figured it was the first I’d seen with NO sodium and was worth a try but YUK! I played around with black beans as a dip for salads, and I think I’ll be making that again soon.

 

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I am starting to make a concerted effort with my Youtube videos now. Trying to brand myself more and get the health and fitness message OUT THERE. This is something I am passionate about and helping people find their health and fitness path. I need to make a BIG push via youtube and get likes, watches, and subscribers. Pretty much the same plan I have for the blog, twitter, facebook and instagram.

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I look at a lot of social media things and the one in black above made me think “where do I want to be a year from now” and “is that dream big enough”. I’ve been making small goals but I think I need to aim higher. Chalene Johnson says we need ridiculous long term goals that would just change our world then we need to strive to make them happen. Being sick again with my kidneys made me think more about what *I* want to do. I want to change peoples mindsets, educate them, make them think… so I need to start sharing more, being more open and letting others in. So look for more videos, post and social media stuff happening soon!

Blog posts this week:

Research mode is in FULL EFFECT! I have one webinar lecture to listen to also. I’m in that planning and squirreling away phase of a big dream ;) That said I got 5 posts done this week and I’m OUT of blog drafts so I see lots of blog prep in the future this week.

Meatless Monday – boca chikn patty
iTunes playlist – bodypump 89 & Cxworx 14
Workout Wednesday – 4/16/2014
TBT – notts castle
Fitness friday – burpee counts

One Little Word 2014 – Thrive

I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to include the OLW posts into project life and never got around to it, I wanted to keep it here so it was in my mind and I could reflect on my word each week and how I’d thrived. This week was a wake up call. I woke up Wednesday after over 8 hours of sleep completely fully rested and healthy for the first time in a week. I literally bounced out of bed ready to tackle anything. I felt fantastic. This just nailed home that sleep, diet, hydration, sun, relaxation and exercise all play a synchronistic part in a health Di!

  • BFF lunch and workout together!
  • Listening to my body
  • Saying NO to the race last Sunday!
  • Hydrating
  • snuggles
  • getting some SUN!

Blog Stats

I thought it would be interesting to share some search terms that people found my blog from, so here are some interesting search stats for the last 7 days:

playlist for les mills cycle class april 2014 – yup I posted that this week! See link above!

trader joes organic pizza crusts – I have to say I LOVE them! This week I had mine with zucchini, corn, mushrooms and peppers… I ate the WHOLE THING, no cheese. Vegan for the win!

feel like going awol poster – me too! I need a vacation!

vegans look weak – hahhahahaha yeah right! Have you met Chad Byers, or Derek Tresize? Seriously, google them!

spin slow climb song – love me some slow climbs! I find hard rock tracks really good for climbs!

grapefruit and pkd for 2014 – I JUST heard about citrus fruits and PKD this week! I’ll be putting more citrus foods into my diet for sure! 

Summer is on the way, I’ve already broken out the bikini’s here and got some sun!!!!

Fitness Friday: What if nutritional labels had burpee counts

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I saw this fitspo recently and wondered if it really worked? Recent steps by the governments to curb the obesity epidemic has been to mandate calories for restaurants etc but that doesn’t seem to have made people stop and think. Would nutrition labels that had exercise burn requirements (burpees, running, etc) make people stop and think about what they were eating? To that end I bring you this exercise guide to common snacks.

*Calculation method: 1 hour of Burpees = around 600 calories or 10 calories per minute, approx 10 burpees per minute: 1 burpee = 1 calorie!

Chips 10z = 155 burpees

Chocolate Bar = 280 calories

100 calorie snacks = 100 burpees

Peanuts 10z = 161 burpees

Soda 12 fl oz = 138 burpees

Peeps (5 chicks) = 140 burpees

Cadbury Creme eggs = 150 burpees

Cadbury mini eggs (12) = 190 burpees

I don’t know about you but burpees suck! I don’t think I’ve met a sing;e person that likes burpees, I like them TO BE OVER ;) So yeah, this weekend think before you indulge!

Friday 11th April – Nothing but dog walks

This morning was supposed to be core class at college. My kidney is still not happy. I’m tired. PKD sucks. I’m drinking tons of water and peeing a lot. That’s about it. No energy for anything else :(

Saturday 12th April - BodyPump & Cxworx

Adele agreed to shadow me for the class and I really thank her a lot for that. I went lighter with my weights and just TAUGHT the class really, I was actually ok through bodypump but my kidney really felt it in cxworx. In hindsight I should have totally subbed out this class whilst I wasn’t 100%. I had Adele and Raul in my class but wow it was tough for me. In future I’m just going to sub the classes out when I’m not 100%. I didn’t really get chance to rest either as I had to do 2 hours volunteering at the butterfly exhibit at Moorpark Zoo (extra credit) then we picked up the race packets for tomorrows duathlon.

Sunday 13th April – nothing but dog walks

Today was supposed to be out third duathlon of the year. Saturday afternoon we picked up our race packets and in the evening agreed that we’d see how I felt when the alarm went off. Well the duathlon didn’t happen. It’s funny but I have a class member to thank for that decision. I recently told a lady that she shouldn’t be in cxworx due to her chronic shoulder injury, then I thought “wait I’m doing the same thing by pushing myself and not allowing my body to fully rest”. So I switched the alarm off, and called it a rest day.

Monday 14th April – BodyPump

Rested in the morning and then clients and classes. Bodypump was good. I went heavier than Saturday but not up to my usual weights. I am starting to feel better though!

Tuesday 15th April - Youtube workout

Well I planned on going to college and doing the lab, test etc, but had a vet trip instead and dog mommy duty. So after a few hours sitting and resting (whilst doing some research) I did my youtube workout for the week.

Wednesday 16th April – Bodypump

So today I went up in weights from Monday to my regular weights in most of the exercises. I am going lighter in squats as I’m noticing some form issues. I’m leaning forward in my squats so my plan is to go lighter to correct that and work on calf flexibility and range outside of bodypump. I’ve got to be honest I’m not digging the new release for squats, and lunges. Squats are too easy and honestly getting boring. Lunges are hard initially but I don’t like the speed of the bottom half “pulses” and I don’t like the word pulse either. It’s like bodypump is moving away from it’s roots. I absolutely LOVE the shoulder track though!

Thursday 17th April – Spin class

I’d planned on doing my workout this morning but caught up in a phone conversation with Julie, then it was college… before I knew it time for Spin class!

Did you workout this week?

TBT: UK 2011 Nottingham Castle

Throwback Thursday this week goes back to 2011 and sharing pics from our UK trip. Whilst there we visited some of our old haunts including a day out with Bobs sister, Zoe, to Nottingham including Nottingham Castle. The entrance to the castle isn’t all that grand but it’s a big place and great to see some of my old local history.
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 Of course Nottingham is well know for Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, so there are lots of references to that all around the castle and area, including some bronze sculptures.

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The old brickwork on the castle is amazing, some ‘new’ some really old. The old parts are kinda weird with tiny little doorways! I think Bobs 6 foot frame in this doorway makes him look like  a giant!

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 There are tours you can go on inside and around the castle grounds, we choose to explore on our own as we’d been many times before. Ye olde castle is pretty spiffing in it’s architecture!

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 Of course the view from the top of the castle grounds is amazing. We had cream tea from the cafe and sat out on the balcony. The view of Nottingham is amazing. I love the mix of old and new. Like in the photo below, Old cathedral mixed with new office buildings. That’s something you just don’t see here in the United States.

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 Also the terrace houses. They have similar things here called townhomes but terraces are a WHOLE STREET of these. Made of brick. Just so many memories, looks like something out of Mary Poppins, like Dick Van Dyke is gonna be skipping along the roof tops singing in an atrocious cockney accent.

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The Castle grounds are as much fun as the inside with playgrounds for the kids. Suitably they amuse the older kids too ;)

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I’ll be sharing more photos from the past every Thursday, including more of England and our UK trips! I need to get some of my older photo’s scanned too! Those will be VERY fun ;)

Have you been to England?

Workout Wednesday: 5 minute Bosu interval workout 2014/04/16

Hey Guys! It’s workout Wednesday and I feel on the ball today as I have a workout up and ready to rock! Ok it’s kinda because I had some dog issues yesterday which resulted in me staying home to keep an eye on Pixel. I stupidly gave him a little bit of sugar free jello, then suddenly had an a-ha moment of “what sweetener is used?” and it was Xylitol! Which is toxic to dogs!!! So had to go get him to the vets and observed throughout the day. He mostly seemed pissed that he threw up his breakfast… anyway more on that soon let’s get to the workout!

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Yep today we’re working out with a Bosu! If you don’t have a bosu then I highly recommend them! Especially if you workout at home, they are super fun. You can get them on Amazon (affiliate link). Here’s the video for this week:

For those that can’t view it you can go to my Youtube channel or see the breakdown below. Feel free to share the video link and I’ve made most the images pinable!

bosu_fitness_interval_workout_20140415-graphic The first exercise is the bosu squat. Instead of standing on the bosu why not use it as a weight! I go over a few options in the video!

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Next up is a lateral switch. One foot on top and hop over. Work on speed!
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Upper body on the bosu! One hand or both hands on the top. I go over both versions in the video :)

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Soccer drill! I love doing this with a soccer ball or medicine ball so why not try it on the bosu. The bosu can’t move ;)

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 So that was this weeks workout! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions! Get your workout in!

 

Les Mills BodyPump 89 & CXworx 14 iTunes music playlist

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Yep it’s LAUNCH weel which means at Golds Gym we launched the latest Les Mills releases. BodyPump 89 and CXworx 14 will be on FIRE for the next two weeks! I have to say that this is probably not my favorite release. I think it’s going to have to be one of those classes you DO a few times before it grows on you. I will say that it was easy to learn though ;) The playlist is below, and the full tracklist is available on iTunes.

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BodyPump was pretty easy to learn. I LOVE the shoulder track! Seriously! And triceps. Those two are my favorite. I also like the stretch track. Which is new for me. I think it’s because it’s a current song and just something that’s on my playlist right now anyway. Have you done the new bodypump release? What was your favorite thing? I know a lot of people are liking the back track. Nice switch up with the plate squat, gets the body sweating!

Warm up – Not Alone: Dane Rumble feat. Jupiter Project Amazon/iTunes

Squats –  Raise those hands: R3hab & bassjackers Amazon/iTunes

Chest –  Where did the party go: Fall out boy Amazon/iTunes

Back – Me & You: Nero Amazon/iTunes

Triceps – Applause: Lady Ga Ga Amazon/iTunes

Biceps – When we were young: The Killers Amazon/iTunes

Lunges – Burn: Ellie Goulding Amazon/iTunes

Shoulders – True Hardstyler [Silver Nikan Radio Edit]: Brooklyn Bounce & DJ zealot Amazon/iTunes

Core – La La La: Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith  Amazon/iTunes

Stretch – Radioactive: Imagine Dragons  Amazon/iTunes

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Cxworx was a bit hit and miss for me this release. If you’ve done it tell me your thoughts. I kinda want to like the warm up but it just doesn’t ‘click’ for me. I love the song though! Track 2 I do like, I like the progressions and modifications. Track 3… not a fan. I don’t like the L-press. I’ve yet to see one class member do it correctly. Actually I dropped the band altogether at launch it was so bad. People were getting frustrated. There is just not enough time to set this move up and offer the modifications, because BAM you’re moving onto the next exercise! Track 4 I kinda liked. Track 5 was kinda boring for me and though I liked track 6 I’m not a fan of the moves. I like the rows but people just take the easy option for a single tubing row. Again this playlist is available on iTunes.

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Warm Up – We Own It: Calcium & Bliss Amazon/iTunes

Core strength 1 – I choose U [Fedde Le Grand Remix]: Timeflies Amazon/iTunes

Standing strength 1 – Fight On: Jean-Paul Parks Amazon – not available/iTunes

Standing strength 2 – Set it off [The fatrat remix]: Diplo feat. Laserdisk Party Sec Amazon/iTunes

Core strength 2 -Waiting all night: Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre Amazon/iTunes

Core strength 3 -How Ya doin?: Little Mix feat. Missy Elliot Amazon/iTunes

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Happy new 2014 Q1 releases!!!

Meatless Monday: Review - Boca chickenless patties

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Meatless Monday! Today I’m reviewing Boca Chik’n patties. After my review of Whole Foods Chickenless patties so why not try the original right? Boca has been around years and along with Gardenburger and morning star farms were one of the originals offering veggie food when we came to the USA in 2001.

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From the packet nutrition facts a serving size is 1 patty (duh) and is 140 calories. I love that they state on the front of the packet the calories, and protein along with the facts: 55% less fat than chicken patties. You can see below that the fat in this has been reduced from 11g to 4.5g per patty.

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 I’m kinda shocked that the sodium is still high. I swear the more I actually LOOK at these foods the more I realize that these are not foods I want to be eating. I also want to point out to new vegans that if you cannot be bothered to look through the ingredients list which may contain hidden animal products, then just look at the cholesterol on the nutrition panel. Zero cholesterol = vegan! If it has cholesterol it contains animal products somewhere.

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Again the ingredients aren’t the cleanest of foods but this is a processed product and not something I’d eat daily, so that along with the sodium content means I let it fly.  I also love this panel below. Who knew that the BOCA vegan patty had more protein than the chicken patty? Hahaha guess that answers the question: “but where do you get your protein?”

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Fresh out the package they look anemic but soon get golden in the pan, and don’t take too long to cook through.

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I had mine with butternut squash fries and tons of veggies, it was delicious meal!

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The chik’n is pretty good. No rubbery taste like some plant meats. The breading was ok too.

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I can’t comment on how it compares to chicken as it’s been over 20 years ;) but I enjoyed the Boca chik’n patties!

 

Grocery Shopping

Ok first things first. I found a receipt from Whole foods I totally forgot about last week, so I’m including that in this weeks totals.

April 2nd – Whole Foods = $36.43

  • Beyond meat light season
  • Beyond meat southweat
  • soy yogurt x5
  • beyond meat crumbles
  • vegan burgers
  • vegan fish
  • vegan pie
  • lettuce

Ok so that was mostly stuff I bought for reviewing on the blog, trying new things out and just buying some things on a whim that I wouldn’t normally like the yogurts. I have to say though that the yogurts were delicious. I have a couple left still too!

April 7th – Whole Foods = $23.03

  • spring water
  • artichoke hearts
  • vega bar
  • vegan jello
  • rainforest bar
  • hemp seeds
  • protein powder pack

April 7th – Target = $63.32

  • frozen asparagus spears
  • frozen broccoli
  • frozen corn
  • frozen berries
  • hummus
  • earth balance
  • honey nut o’s x2
  • OJ x2
  • almond milk
  • soy milk
  • rolled oats
  • tortillas
  • flax seed
  • seaweed strips
  • apples x5
  • bananas x13
  • romaine lettuce
  • mushrooms
  • potatoes

All that equals a whopping $122.78!!! This has really motivated me to make lists and start menu planning again for sure. Even with all that we still managed to run out of some food and I have to go shopping today to stock up on things.

Weekly Totals – Goal $87 week.

April = $

Week 4 =

Week 3 =

Week 2 = $122.78

Week 1 = $95.48

March = $330.97

Week 4 = 13.97

Week 3 = $135.00

Week 2 = $110.03

Week 1 = $71.97

February = $347.49

Week 4 = $123.17

Week 3 = $74.04

Week 2 = $24.00

Week 1 = $126.28

January = $395.87

Week 4 = $110.51

Week 3 = $122.44

Week 2 = $ 86.59

Week 1 = $ 76.33

 

Are you meatfree on Mondays?

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2014 – week 14 – Hollywood 5k

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Well as I already mentioned for much of week 14 I’ve been sick :( Things I wanted to document this week though aside from being sick were eating a pizza with no cheese, not even vegan cheese. I have to say I MUCH prefer it without the fake cheese. I’ve never really been a big pizza fan but without cheese it’s delicious :) My tastebuds are changing I guess? I’ve been vegan almost a year now so pretty expected.

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Julie and I went to Les Mills Grit class. I went into Bobs work Friday so we could pick up the race packets over lunch, always fun going there. I managed to get a fair bit of work done too. However being sick has negated most of that… The race itself was fun. I liked the personalized race bibs, and the medals were cool in the style of Hollywood walk of fame stars. We noticed the cool metro station decor in Hollywood too. The ceiling was full of old film reels.

 

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This week we saw Captain America too with Disney family. I tried lots of new foods which I’ll be reviewing in upcoming Meatless Mondays posts and I’m starting to take pics of some of my food favorites like the marinara, and guacamole I buy. Stuff I take for granted. I did find out that Underwood Farms is open again for business so I’ll be going there for some of my fresh veggies soon!

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Blog posts this week:

Despite getting lots of blog PLANNING done last week I fell behind this week. Being sick sucks, that’s all I’m saying!

Meatless Monday – brown rice spaghetti
Hollywood 5k race recap
Workout Wednesday – 4/9/2014
TBT – gentle barn
Fitness friday – PKD strikes

One Little Word 2014 – Thrive

I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to include the OLW posts into project life and never got around to it, I wanted to keep it here so it was in my mind and I could reflect on my word each week and how I’d thrived. This week wasn’t a case of Thriving but surviving. I wasn’t in the mood to do much and was too tired in general just keeping up with things.

  • Massage!
  • BFF lunch and workout together!
  • Listening to my body

Blog Stats

I thought it would be interesting to share some search terms that people found my blog from, so here are some interesting search stats for the last 7 days:

vegan calisthenics workout – Search youtube for Frank Medrano!

cross stitch rida panels – OMG I have no idea how my blog turned up for that search! I used to do cross stitch YEARS ago

busy at work ecards – I love someecards.com so funny!

“spinning playlist” turn down for what – love that song! I’m hoping to get at least one playlist up a month!

can you do cxworx when pregnant – no!

Four more weeks of the Spring college semester!!! Summer is on the way!!!!