Motivated, motivated, motivated!

It’s been awhile:)  I’ve realized that I’m definitely not going to be posting as much, but will try as often as possible!  There’s been a lot of changes lately, and I feel like I’m finally adjusting to life back in the city.  I haven’t been totally on track, but I’ve been eating about 85% clean and on track!  Yesterday marked Day 1 of the final week of James Wilson’s Body Earned Program for me (it was the leg day from HELL).  I’ve loved this program, but am really excited to start something new.  I’ve noticed that I start to get bored around the 10 week mark so I’m ready for a change!  I haven’t ended with physique that I’d hoped for (especially since I’m headed to Cabo in a few short weeks!), but I’ve increased my amount of muscle dramatically.  At the beginning of summer, I mentioned to a trainer that I wanted to increase the muscle in my legs.  Well I realized today that I did just that!  As I loaded up the squat rack, I thought back to when I first began lifting weights, I didn’t even need the squat rack:) And today was just one of those days when I REALLY wanted this shirt:

Feel free to get it for me;) It’s days like these that help me keep going!  Not to mention silly motivational quotes.  One that has been constantly on my mind is-

“You WILL do this.”

A lot of people hear that they can do something nowadays, and it’s not uncommon to overhear me encouraging someone to make a lifestyle change. Though sometimes  I just need that little extra push from myself to keep thinking that I canso that I will.  I’m in the market for an accountability/workout partner though!  It’s getting tough to resist temptation on my own:)

How do you motivate yourself?

Small victories: my bio professor asked if I rowed crew because of the callous on my hands.  #proudbattlewounds #glovesdontdocrap

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Breakfast for dinner: PANCAKES!

My roommates have been wondering why it smells like breakfast at 11pm every night, it’s me:)  I am completely against the “no eating after 8pm” rule.  If I’m hungry, I WILL EAT.  Sleeping is recovery time right?  So why would you starve your body at such a critical time?  I already wake up ravenous after a good night’s sleep when I eat a bedtime meal, I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I skipped it!  Though carbs aren’t the best idea, it’s important to get protein and fat about 45 minutes to 1 hour before you sleep.  The protein is what will repair the muscles that you’ve been shredding, and the fat will slow absorption.

I’m not really down to eat a piece of turkey breast and some almonds right before bed (I’m more of a dessert girl anyways). So I’ve been trying out pancake recipes every night for the past couple of weeks (tough life right?).

I’ve finally found a winner!

and no they don’t even have protein powder in them:)  It’s real people food, just at the right time!

 

Clean Coconut Pancakes

Ingredients:

1/2 tbs ground flaxseed

1 tbs coconut flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tbs unsweetened coconut

sprinkle of cinnamon

3 egg whites

1 egg

1/2-1 tbs almond milk

splash of vanilla

couple drops of stevia

 

  1. Heat a pan on medium
  2. Combine all of your wet ingredients, then slowly add the dry ingredients while stirring.
  3. Cook on one side until the side up is bubbly, then flip!
  4. Enjoy topped with some greek yogurt or natural peanut butter, or both like me:)

 

Try this recipe out and let me know what you think!:)

 

Do you avoid eating after 6 or 7 or 8pm?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Hello, Fall!

I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day Weekend:)  Mine was just about the epitome of relaxation!

Though it started out with a sleepless night shift (No sleep=bad for my metabolism!), it got pretty awesome after my 5 hour nap:)

I had to go up to Potrero Hill and got to enjoy this gorgeous view of San Francisco, it never gets old seeing this!

I stopped by Whole Foods on the way home and went a little crazy…

Went in to get coconut flour and came out with:

  1. Coconut flour (I did one thing right!)
  2. Synergy Raspberry Chia Kombucha-my new favorite drink, I love the chia in it.
  3. Vegan Carob Chips-perfect for when I just really really really really want a Hershey’s Kiss: my weakness
  4. Metromint Cherrymint and Chocomint- I brought the Cherrymint to the park with me on one of the only hot days in SF, so refreshing!
  5. Lydia’s Organics Sprouted Cinnamon Cereal-I’m obsessed, who knew sprouted nuts and seeds could make such great cereal?
  6. I also got a Nana’s NO gluten-free chocolate chip cookie, but I didn’t come out with it because I ate in while shopping:)

Sunday was spent at Dolores Park with friends, enjoying the rare sunshine:)

Followed by some sprints in not-so-sunny Golden Gate Park

That was my second workout of the day, and afterwards I was STARVING!!  I wanted some hearty comfort food after running in the cold, and came up with a clean cream sauce to smother some turkey in:)

Fauxfredo Pasta Sauce

1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced/crushed

2 tbsp oat flour

1 cup vegetable broth

3/4 cup plain greek yogurt

pepper, to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the onions and allow them to soften for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and heat it for about one minute.
  4. Combine the oat flour and stir.
  5. Add the vegetable broth and stir until combined.
  6. Turn the heat on low and allow the sauce to thicken.
  7. After about 4 minutes, add the greek yogurt and pepper.
  8. Continue to heat the sauce on low until it is at the desired consistency.

I drenched some turkey and spaghetti squash in this stuff!  Served with roasted brussels sprouts and fresh tomatoes, it’s just good, clean comfort food. A perfect way to officially say goodbye to summer, and hello to autumn veggies:)

August Foodie Pen Pal

If you haven’t signed up for Foodie Pen Pals with The Lean Green Bean then you are CRAZY.  With over 1,000 participants, I have no doubt that you’re going to get some awesome food while being introduced to some awesome people.  This month I sent a package to Amanda at http://www.semihealthyblog.com/ and received THE BEST PACKAGE EVER from Valerie at http://www.thatswhatwedid.com/.  I think they just get better and better every month though:)  Check out one of her many blogs!  She’s into some bada$$ workouts right now that are pretty interesting:)

Valerie was nice enough to accommodate my super clean eating habits, and also sent along a couple of treats for which I am VERY thankful for:)

1. Roasted Plantain Chips and Local Hot & Spicy Peanut Butter

It took all of my willpower to not rip open that bag of chips and dip them in the peanut butter!  I’ve mentioned quite a bit on here that I’m sort of obsessed with peanut butter, but this stuff is like Pad Thai (another one of my food love affairs) in a jar.  It’s PURE GENIUS.  By the way, plantain chips are even better than potato chips:)  I don’t remember the last time I ate a chip, but I know the next time will be one of those babies!

2. Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute

This little jar packs a ton of citrus-y punch, with no salt!  I seasoned some salmon with and it was the perfect complement to lemon-steamed veggies:)  I’m always looking for new, clean spices and this one is a hit!

3. Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper

I made some classic lemon chicken with this the other day.  My dad used to make it all the time when I was a kid, and this sparked the memory!  Valerie is really helping me build up my spice cabinet:)

4. Zico Coconut Water

So I have to say that I’ve never really been a fan of coconut water, but I realized that I’ve only tried the flavored kinds.  Natural is so refreshing!!  It’s perfect for rehydrating after an intense workout.

5. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar

This stuff is so good!  I’ve been making a dressing using it, just mix:

1 tsp pomegranate balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup greek yogurt

3 drops liquid stevia

juice of one lime

It’s perfect on spinach salad loaded with fresh veggies:)

6. Freeze Dried Blueberries

Trader Joe’s really is a miracle.  Freeze dried fruit doesn’t taste as sickly sweet as dried fruit and is crunchy so I’ve been putting a palmful on my salad!  It gives that little extra texture and flavor so I don’t get boring eating the same thing every day for a week:)

And it was all wrapped up in a cute little summer towel and accompanied by a very nice card!  Don’t you want to get a box full of awesome next month?  Read the rules below and go check out Lindsey’s blog, maybe we’ll get paired up!!:)

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your pen pal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your pen pal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your pen pal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.