Meal Prep What I have learned

Ciao Tutti,

It has been an interesting couple of weeks and, I have already learned so much. In regards to meal prep I moved toward a simpler kind. I found a meal prep on Pinterest that was simple, quick and, much easier. I also, found a recipe for a soup and, let me tell you I could not get enough it is so delicious. The first meal prep I tried took me over five hours to do and, I decided that was way too much time.  Especially, when I have so many businesses going on I need to devote more time to all of my businesses. I have also, learned to chill out a bit the weight loss will come when it comes. I stick to meal prep for most of the time but, if we are having a party or, family dinner I divulge a little bit. Well, this is about a month later when I’m writing this but, I’m glad I waited to add to it. I would say it has been even more enlightening to be on this weight loss journey. It has been amazing to not overthink what I am putting in my mouth. I still do meal prep but, not by days, I do it by having a few options to chose from such as, soup, pasta etc.. It is so much easier not to do meals by the day but, by what you feel like eating from a few choices. It also, is helping create less waste because I only have about three food items for each week. For example this week I made vegan mac & cheese, soup and, breakfast burritos. Eating when I am hungry is the only time I eat; on occasion I do snack but, that is a rare occurrence . I realized I was eating too much for my body and, it didn’t need all that extra food. I also, drink a chia seed drink every other day to flush out any extra fat that might be caught up. 70% of how you look is made in the kitchen and, the other 20% is made in the gym/working out. Boy have I really been getting into working out. I have work out classes four days a week. I want to incorporate morning and, nighttime yoga, working out on the weekends and, swimming. Trying to not overdue it but, still challenge my body. Yesterday I was in my zumba class and, my bum was on fire because the night before that instructor focused directly on glutes , needless to say I am in a constant state of being sore. It is amazing though, because I am defiantly seeing results. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next three months. Stay motivated, keep at it, and, don’t get in your head. If you are eating healthy, have a few things prepared you can grab at and, work out four-five times a week you should, be setting yourself up for success. More posts are coming your way very soon! I’m also, going to be eating specifically for my lymphatic system in April so, we shall see how that goes..

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Day 1 Of Meal Prepping & Working Out

Day 1

Dear Healthy Life,

While I can say today went interestingly… It has been awful weather here with the constant rain which, has been exhausting me. I actually have a B12 deficiency and, haven’t been able to get my B12 shot in 3 months because it took that long to renew my insurance. So, I finally got it and, I am actually feeling much better after a few hours after being injected. Rewind to this morning when my alarm went off for 7 a.m. joke was on me because I woke and, felt like I hadn’t slept in over a week. I didn’t even hit snooze I turned that alarm off and, went right to sleep. I woke up around 10 a.m. still completely exhausted. I threw on my robe and, headed downstairs at about 11 a.m. did yoga which was amazing and, made my first smoothie of the day after. I chowed down on that and, had my snack of celery and m homemade peanutbutter at around 12 p.m. While eating my snack I worked on my freelance article and, finished at about 2:30 p.m. By then  was so hungry I couldn’t wait to have lunch!  Lunch was half a piece of Ezekiel bread, 1 cup cucumber, 1/4 cup of chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts, red onion and, I put a little vegan mayo on the bread because I didn’t want balsamic dressing on my sandwhich.  Still unable to shake off being tired I head downstairs to rest and recover. At about 4 p.m. I had my second smoothie with some frozen mango, 1 banana, almond milk and, a scoop of vegan protein powder. Before I ate the smoothie I had two pieces of vegan quinoa chocolate ( not part of the meal planning). This smoothie was one of the most filling things I had all day and, I didn’t eat until about 7:20 p.m. My mom had called and, said she wanted to have a movie night with me and, that I should rest. I was planning on going to zumba but, probably would have been a terrible idea seeing that even speaking to her was making me tired. For dinner I had two small corn tortillas, 3/4 a cup of vegetarian refried beans (they were vegan as well), 1 cup of lettuce, salsa and, 1/4 avocado. Then during the movie I had popcorn that I popped with vegan butter and, some black licorice. Now, in hindsight probably could have had less licorice but, over all I think I did pretty well. I may have to add a little more food but, I can say I was satisfied after my dinner. Over the next couple of weeks I will be working out a lot more so, stay tuned to hear about that. Overall I am pleased and, very grateful for the B12 shot otherwise I would need to live somewhere that has sunshine all the time! I wouldn’t be opposed to living in a very sunny place but, it is N.J. for now. And, a dreary season ahead. I hope with working out, eating well and, taking the correct vitamins that my energy level will be back up where it needs to be. Oh, I got the article all edited and, sent it a few minutes ago in case you all were wondering. It is currently 10:53 p.m. and, I am going to watch a few YouTube videos and, get to bed. Hoping to get a lot of Amazin, Poshmark and, ebay work done tomorrow as well as, laundry, office cleaning, room cleaning and, possibly cleaning the shower.. Which reminds me that I need to get in a shower tomorrow and, get myself ready for the day. I find that if I do my hair/makeup and, get dressed like I would be going to work it motivates me to make my day that much more productive. Hopefully tomorrow I will write that I accomplish everything on my list.

Sweet Dreams,

allie

Fitness Update & Cleaning Up My Eating

Hello Loves,

I have been pursuing my fitness journey for some time now. I have been going to the gym and, working out at home. I have slacked a bit on working out at home which is something I am trying to get together. I just cleaned my beautiful room so, I will be able to do a lot more workouts. I am thinking that I will put together a little food plan for myself to have my meals all ready and, switch up the workouts every week. I think February is when I will start my swimming back up which will be a process and, I will probably start small like can I swim straight for 5 minutes which sounds ridiculous but, it will take me awhile to build my swimming stamina back up. Today will be my planning day since I got a lot accomplished over this weekend which, allows me the time to plan a bit. I have been resting quite a bit this weekend as well because I felt that I needed. It is also, hard to get sleep sometimes when pet sitting so, I would wake up let the dog out feed it and, then sleep a little more. Below is a video I did which shows a workout I have been doing and, a body fitness update. I hope you all enjoy it please let me know if you have any topics you want to discuss in the comments below. Planning I go…

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

FitBit, Gym, & Passing Out

Hello Ladies & Gentlemen,

Holiday Hunny is back!! If you didn’t get to share this exciting time with me last year don’t fret, I chat about the ups and downs of my fitness life. After two weeks of being sick going to Italy and, chaos of being home my feet finally made their way to the gym. I am not only working out to lose weight, I am working out to gain strength. I don’t know what has happened but, the upper body strength has left the building and, made me pretty week. I am starting out with six pound dumbells when I used to be able to lift ten but, no biggie I will get back there. The only thing I get frustrated about is everytime I workout at the gym lifting weights etc.. I always get light headed and, feel like I am going to pass out. Today I didn’t feel that I worked out that long however, boom I was hit with the feeling… This is the worst one I have experienced where my vision was blurry, I was seeing spots and, felt like I was going to throw up. This is extremely frustrating because how am I suppose to workout when all this happens every time.. I do usually have electrolyte water or coconut water which helps a lot but, my goodness it’s annoying. When I am home I can have a fan on me to cool me down and, take breaks. Last night I decided I was going to take on a Pinterest 1,000 calorie workout it probably took me about 20-30 minutes with my fan on however, I did not fell lightheaded once. I am wondering what triggers this at the gym and, how to fix it. Oh, before I get into that I wanted to let you know I am keeping an update on my fitness progress on my instagram @thatsabang if you want to see pictures and, follow me I’d be glad to have you! I have a few theories as to why this is happening :

  1. From Low Blood Pressure
  2. From Low Blood Sugar
  3. Something Heart Related
  4. The florescent lights

I may have that vertigo type of thing but, I need to get it checked out again. I also, get randomly dizzy for no reason but, that just happens on random occasions. Oh well, it will get managed sometime soon. Back to the Pinterest workout, it says you can burn 1,000 in doing this workout in under ten minutes. I thought why not, as I said, the workout took me about 20-30 minutes to do but, with practice over the next couple of months maybe I could get it done quicker. On my heart rate monitor it said 444 calories and, then about two hours later I had burned over 1,00 calories. I was wondering if this gimmicky Pinterest post failed to mention that you will continue to burn and, not burn 1,000 calories right away. Never the less, it was challenging and, defiantly a workout that I will pursue and, hopefully master. Please let me know if you have any fun workout routines that you like or YouTube workout videos. I like to mix up my workouts because your body is constantly in shock and, it’s not fun to keep doing a handful of workouts. I find some workouts really challenging which makes me not like them as much and, I may hit a wall with trying to get fit. Instead, of frustrating myself with a workout I don’t like I switch up and, try something new. I usually take zumba, aquatics, yoga and, pound. I will have to wait another week before I can go back to all those fun classes. In the meantime I’m hitting the home workouts and, gym when I can. I have a very good feeling about this year!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

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