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I automatically hate anyone who says “you need to do x amount of burpees/crunches/high knees/WHATEVER to burn off that slice of pizza/cookie/piece of pie/WHATEVER.”


Like first of all, how about we stop looking at exercise as a punishment for eating and start seeing it as something we should be doing because it has awesome health benefits (aside from calorie burning) and makes us feel good. And also how about let’s stop viewing food as something we need to immediately get rid of and punish ourselves for enjoying? Like both of these mindsets are so unhealthy. Food is fuel, whether it’s “healthy” or “unhealthy.” Your body literally needs calories to function. Yeah, it’s better if those calories have other nutrients your body needs to function BETTER, but calories are better than no calories. You physically cannot burn off every calorie you eat and continue to sustain yourself as a living being. And PS, laying in your bed doing nothing is still burning calories. So don’t let anyone make you feel like it’s your obligation to do 300 burpees just to “get rid” of that slice of pizza. Do burpees because you want to. Eat pizza because it’s good for your soul. If fitness is stressing you out, it’s not worth it. The whole entire point is to make you feel BETTER.

App: Fitbit

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☁️ 4F (feels like -2F)

Monday, January 1st, 2018

6-8 hours of sleep 👍🏻
128+ oz Water 👍🏻
Meal Plan 👍🏻
Sunscreen 👍🏻
10,000-15,000 Steps 👍🏻
Lay Out Clothes 👍🏻
Make Bed 👎🏻
Light Box  👎🏻

Y’know. I was gonna do a little bit more today but my knee is frickin’ killing me. I’ve been dragging myself all over the house looking for the Icy Hot, but I guess an Aleve and a hot compress will probably do more anyway. 

I need to get back into the swing of doing my lightbox. I was fine in New Mexico with the bountiful warm sun, but now I’m back in Detroit land. It was so consistent with it before we left because I was doing work at my desk every day, but now I’m in that strange no work, no school limbo. 

Nutrition 

App: CRON-O-Meter Gold

Not my most attractive plates but it’s mostly the lighting in that first one that’s disgusting, lol. I found a new cheese substitute at the store that’s almond-based. It’s not vegan, so it only suits lactose intolerance needs like mine, but I really enjoy that it has actual protein and minerals in it. Nutritionally, it’s a lot more sound than Daiya shreds. BUT, Daiya tastes more like cheese so I’d be more inclined to use it for dishes like mac & cheese. I still really enjoyed this one and it MELTED. Not only was Go Veggie horrible tasting, it would never frickin’ melt. 

Abs

App: Fitbit

Hey. So. I started 2018 with the thing I dislike training the most–abs. 

Running in place and jump roping (warm-up)
Core Stabilizers w/ dumbbell: 15 lbs 3 x 12
Standing Side Bend w/ dumbbells: 15 lbs 3 x 12
Marching Front Chop w/ 15 lb medicine ball: 3 x 12 (+10 lbs)
Plank: 60 s
Side Plank: 30 s each side
Russian Twist: w/ 15 lb medicine ball 45 s x 3 (+ 10 lbs)
Leg Lifts: 3 x 12
Knee Tuck Crunches: 3 x 12

…also it turns out some things were getting way too easy and I added a ton of weight!

My husband broke a desk drawer so now there’s just a hole there. She’s being quite curious. 

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Good morning everyone! It’s Meal Prep Saturday in Fit Geek land!


2 RECIPES HERE


Lemon Poppy Seed Protien Pancakes


- 3 cups Kodiak buttermilk power cakes mix

- 2 tbsp lemon zest (1 lemon skin grated then freshly from the lemon… set lemon aside for now)

- 3 tbsp poppy seeds

- 4 packets of stevia


Mix the dry ingredients. Then add:

- 2 cups water

- 6 eggs

- 1 tbsp lemon juice (take the zested lemon from above and cut in half. Squeeze each half into the bowl. This is about 1 tbsp fresh juice.)

- 1 tsp vanilla extract


Mix batter. Fry and make pancakes as usual. To save calories, use Pam Canola Oil spray. Use one 0.5second spray before each fry.


Macros in pic. Makes 12-13 7in diameter pancakes.


place 2 pancakes into a 6-5/8x5-7/8 zip lock bag. Place the bags in the freezer. Ready for a microwave be or toaster oven at 5am!


Maple Blueberry Syrup

This is so simple to make. And easy. And fast!!! And, if you don’t like blueberries, then use strawberries or raspberry or blackberries or peaches or watermelon or honeydew or cantaloupe or banana. Let your own individual taste buds explore the world!!!


In a microwave bowl, add:

- 1.5 cups of blueberries (or 1.5 cups of whatever fruit you want)

- 1 cup of Mrs Butterworth sugar-free maple syrup

- 1 tbsp butter. I’m using Smart Balance Heart Healthy Butter, which is 50cal for 1 tbsp instead of 120+cals in regular butter for 1tbsp)


microwave for about a minute for until you start to see the maple syrup bubble. Remove from microwave. Use a fork to mash the Blueberries. Mix. Done. You could use a blender, but I’m lazy and I don’t want to clean syrup and butter out of a blender. Besides, the Blueberries add to the presentation and aestestic.


Macros in mic. Makes 6 servings.


Again, any questions, just ask or anon or 1-1 msg.


Next is veggie stock, chicken stock, and Zuppa Toscana

Shout out to all the girls starting weight lifting

I just want to start by saying I’m proud of you. Just remember, you CAN lift some heavy ass weight, you deserve just as much of a place in the weight room as the other guys. You’re taking a huge step, and don’t let anyone tell you lifting weights will make you look “manish” or won’t help with your goals at all. Know something? You might not lose weight if you start lifting weights. Know what you will lose? Fat. Know what else you will gain? A firm, slender, figure. Just remember, the stronger you get, the better you will look. You may be the only girl in the gym and that’s OKAY. I know you might think everyone is judging you but I promise everyone else just wants to focus on their own workout. Keep at it, and soon others will look up to you in the gym.

I’m talking from experience-I’ve been lifting weights on and off for about 4 years now. I was about 16 when I started lifting, yet still looked like my chubby middle school self. My mom bought herself a book about weightlifting for women, and I started following the plan outlined in her book. I was SO self conscious when I started, I’d only lift light dumbbells in my living room while I watched Netflix. But I kept at it and soon I got stronger and stronger and I could see my body change more and more. I kept at it for about two years until I got to college. I missed weight lifting but I was too scared to go lift in the weight room, I thought everyone would think I didn’t know what I was doing. I lost all the progress I had made in two years and even put on some extra weight. Finally towards the end of my first semester I started going to the school gym again and frankly it was terrifying. I was the only girl there and I felt like I was going everything wrong. But I kept at it, I got stronger and more fit and I made some great friends along the way. I’m a junior in college now and I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m friends with the “big scary” muscular guys I would have never talked to as a freshman. I would have never gotten to this point had I not faced my fears about the gym and lifting weights.


PLEASE don’t let anyone tell you you’re going to look Manish or bulky if you lift weights. Don’t let anyone tell you lifting heavy weights are for guys only. Don’t let anyone harass you for being the only girl in the weight room. Women need to make weightlifting the new norm. If anyone here EVER has questions or concerns about lifting please let me help you. My ask is open and nothing makes me feel better than helping a newcomer in the weight room. I know you might get a lot of shit for starting in January but just keep at it, I believe in you.

Vitamin C - the super vitamin

Over the past few months I’ve been drinking a solution of pure, powdered Vitamin C in water three times a day and the results have been incredible. It’s given me more energy and made me feel more awake, made my digestion more efficient and therefore been a great aid with weight loss and it generally makes my body feel more detoxed as a whole. It even helped my dad (who’s diabetic) lower his cholesterol levels and nearly clear the disease completely. I’d highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of your lifestyle. My family supply it from the internet, since most supermarket supplements are high in sugars and other stuff which interferes with the positive effects of the vitamin. Give it a go, it’ll change your life!

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Zuppa Toscana


Olive Garden Copycat - Healthy Version Recipe


In a 5qt pot, add:

- 500g russet potatoes

- 150g Vidalia onion (about 1 medium onion)

- 3oz Turkey Sausage (I used my homemade turkey sausage)

- 10 strips of Morning Star Bacon

- 2 cups frozen chopped Kale

- 1 tsp Accent MSG flavor Enhancer

- ¼ tsp black pepper

- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

- 1 Tbsp minced garlic

- 3 cups veggie stock

- 3 cup water


Mix and boil together until potatoes are tender. Then add:

- 1 cup Almond Milk


After another boil, add cornstarch mix. See below:

- 2 tsp cornstarch

- ½ cup water

It will thicken. Divide into 5 dishes. Cover. Freeze.


Again, any questions, just ask or anon or 1-1 msg.

I am falling in love with exercise

There is this amazing sense of clarity and joy that comes over my brain and body after I complete a workout.

I have worked out a million times in the past, but this time (of restarting my weight loss journey) I am in love with my workouts in a way I’ve never experienced.

I hope everyone else is feeling amazing in their minds and bodies today ❤️