Friday, September 12, 2014

The best breakfast I'll ever eat

I've made the same breakfast all week, but I'm always so excited to eat it that I miss the opportunity to snap THAT chat.

This morning, I pulled out my phone just before digging in:


What is this?
-2 eggs, beaten, with a shake of cinnamon
-Pour into a pan (I spray mine with Coconut Oil Spray from Trader Joe's)
-Let the eggs cook through and keep as an Omelet shape
-Top with 1 sliced banana and a spoonful of TJ Sunflower Butter (or unsweetened Almond Butter)

Stats, prepared as shown: 
329 calories
27 carbs (23 g from the banana alone)
8g healthy fat (just from the Sunbutter)
17 g protein

If I remember, I like putting a teeny tiny spoonful of chia seeds or flaxseed on top - just because I can.

SOFA king good, and so easy to make. With the cinnamon, it tastes almost pancakey.

Here's to a successful weigh-in tomorrow AM! I'm really hoping that my small changes this week have made somewhat of a difference.

LOWER carb.
LOWER calorie.
MINDFUL eating.
Making calories COUNT. Myfitnesspal tells me to eat 1,580 calories/day (based on my goals and my typical expenditures), and I try to stay within that. I went a little over a few days, but with the amount of calories I burn, and the QUALITY of the calories I eat, I'm not too worried about it.

I'm trying to stay under 150 g carbs/day, with the goal of carbs being no more than 30% of my daily stats (they give you a little graph on myfitnesspal, which is super helpful), and I'm killing it.


I'm 27.5 years old, as of yesterday, and I'm determined to make the last years of my 20s, and then 30s, 40s, etc. my best yet. I'm not doing this for anyone or anything. I just want to create the best/fittest/LEANEST version of me.


<3
XO
Stel

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Nothing changes if nothing changes

"Nothing changes if nothing changes."

It's hard to argue with that, and since I'm in the middle of a full-on war against my scale (and my body), I decided there must be something I could do differently to help me get to where I want to be.

And so begins my #lowcarbliving experiment.

c/o Les Mills


#croptopsummerinthekitchen

Since we all know I'm pretty darn active during the week, logging on average, 16 workouts per week, I can't go too low carb (I don't think). I'm aiming to log no more than 150 carbs per day, and I'm diligently logging it all on myfitnesspal.

#TIRED on Saturday after three particularly grueling workouts


It's all about counting calories (and carbs) and making them count. I'm sorry, but no offense, even if a Quest Bar says it only has "X" net carbs and "Y" calories, at the end of the day, you're eating a processed piece of garbage that's trying to be a Cinnamon Roll, Cookie Dough, or Cookies and Creme.

Can you really eat something like that and tell yourself you're doing something "healthy"?

I'd much rather eat the exact same amount of macros that I can get from things like a combination of eggs/lean protein, fruit, vegetables, nuts, nut butter, or a small amount of cheese, for example. It's better for me, and it's also budget-friendly. Quest Bars clock in at $2/piece, and I know that when I ate them for a few months last year, they indirectly contributed to some weight gain because they stirred up my hard-to-kick cravings for the sweets those damn bars imitate. If you haven't tried Quest Bars, don't do it.


Now, I'm no Saint: in a pinch, I've been known to eat a LÄRABAR® or a Kind Bar, but I analyze the shit out of those nutrition panels before buying/consuming. If there are funky ingredients in there (like xylitol, chicory root, or any number of chemical-y icky, non-natural things), I don't buy it.

Yes, LÄRABAR® is high in sugar and carbs, but those numbers are coming straight from dates or banana, and not from fake or real sugar. It's still sugar, but I find the source to be a lesser of a few evils. It's not perfect, and indulging in more than one a day or week is probably not a good idea, but I find these to be a better thing to grab than a Quest Bar, Clif Bar, or Powerbar, for example. Or the worst of all, Fiber One products. DON'T DO IT.


LARABAR nutritional panel



Clif Bar nutritional panel (YIKES)



I started this experiment somewhat on Friday, and it's been going pretty well so far. I was down one lb in a week when I weighed myself Saturday AM, and I hope to see similar progress when I hop on the scale this Saturday.




#croptopsummerinthegym

Outside of the group fitness setting, I usually find myself a little bit clueless when I've got idle moments in the gym, like when I'm killing time before teaching a class.

Thanks to my favorite instructor at City Surf Fitness, Catherine, I've got an easy-to-memorize but tough-to-complete challenge that I like doing either before or after class.

Give this a try:

50 jumping jacks
40 high knees
30 mountain climbers (15 each leg)
20 burpees (letting your chest hit the ground every time)
10 push-ups

50 jumping jacks

40 high knees (good idea to keep hands up to establish your knee height)

30 mountain climbers (they don't have to be fast - these are one of the toughest things for me!)

20 burpees (I usually start getting exhausted around number 10/20)

10 pushups (on toes, or on knees, as shown below)




Try it out! It's sure to get your heart rate up quickly, and it's a great little cardio burst.

Nothing changes if nothing changes.

Try a new workout.
Try making tiny tweaks to your intake.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator (Thanks, Fitbit).
Run or walk to your gym (if the distance/elements/time cooperate).

Here's to seeing this #low(er)carblife thing through!

PS Are you in need of some new workout tunes? I've got JUST the thing: my "RUNSTELRUN" Spotify playlist. Check it out and see just how far you can go.

PPS On an unrelated note, I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for "Horns" to come out, starring my boyfriend, Daniel Radcliffe :) I read the book a few weeks ago, and it was absolutely awesome. It's written by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King (Joe Hill is his pen name so that he could stand to earn some credit for his work and not just due to his last name).

Check out the trailer here:

XO,
Stel