How To Kick Nutrition Plan Booty!

So I’ve been doing this meal prep/ nutrition plan thing for at least 2 and a half months now and I FOR SURE have come across some ways to help my lazy booty through the prep. I’ve also found way to get myself to eat/drink what I need to with minimal effort. ‘Tis lovely!

Because prep = success! 

So here are some of my tips/tricks I have come across to help with prep:

  • Get your Nutrition Plan printed and bound! It’s 110% worth it. It becomes your little bible you carry around everywhere!
  • Pre-read your meal plan for the upcoming week!
    • Write in any substitutes you want to make. (Actually write it in! It makes a difference. Pencil. Pen. Doesn’t matter.)
  • Buy a 28 oz. blender bottle and make those Bombshell Spells ahead of time! Saves so much time from having to do it each morning
    • When making the bombshell spell put the honey in first, then apple cider vinegar. Close the bottle and shake. That way the honey gets mixed in. THEN add the pineapple juice.
    • I found when adding the cold pineapple juice with the honey, the honey wouldnt blend as well.
  • Batch-make your dinners.
    • Sunday night I usually make something in a crock pot then save the leftovers for throughout the week. It’s way better than cooking every single night.
  • Overnight Oats – they make great easy substitutes for meals
    • When I go over my meals that I will be having for the upcoming week and I see something I KNOW I won’t feel like making or won’t enjoy, then I just sub in some overnight oats. I use the same 4 mason jars over and over.
  • Buy a water bottle that you like that HAS A STRAW!
    • This will help you to sip throughout the day instead of having to unscrew a top to drink. Much better.

 

Other Tips and Tricks:

  • Prep for bed! – That’s right, you heard me. I read about it in Gretchen Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project.” about 1 hr before you plan on going to bed, just pull down the sheets, get your pj’s on, brush your teeth, and do any other nighty night stuff you usually do before going to bed. That way, when you start to feel tired you can just crawl into bed.
  • A bed is for bed – Try not to watch TV or movies (or Netflix) in your bed because it trains your brain to expect it so when it is actually time for sleep it will be harder to fall asleep. Your brain will be expecting some entertainment.
    • I read before bed. I even read in a comfy chair in my room, not in my bed. When my eyes start to droop, I put the book down and crawl into bed.
  • Connect with other TIU (Tone It Up) Mermaids! – I have really enjoyed the FB TIU Girls page they have all been so helpful when I have questions about literally anything/everything!
  • SYC = Spin, Yoga, or Class – this is a nice way to break up your regular routine and go to a class at a local gym. Usually you can pay for a single class. I would plan ahead for this one. 🙂
  • If you want to get some TIU gear but don’t feel like paying full price, check out the Mermaid Market on Facebook. It’s all TIU girls who are selling their stuff for super cheap!
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Where did that smile come from?

Wait, what was that? I was in the middle of my workout “Booty the on Bae” and a felt a gap between my lips grow to expose my teeth. WHAAAAAAAT? Was that a smile? Did I just smile while doing a work out? I think I did. hmm.

In all seriousness I think getting back into the TIU program after being gone on vacation in Bulgaria for 2 weeks , has helped me gain back some feeling of stability in my life. I need that regularity. I thrive on routine and the TIU program helps me find it.

Thanks Lauren for suggesting it. It has been the only work out plan I have ever stuck with and I love it! And, more importantly I love the food that goes with the program. I can’t wait to see where this program takes me.

The “Clean Plate Club” is my life long enemy!

That’s right, you heard me. You know I was always the last one sitting at the table trying to stuff my gob becuase, as mom always said, “you won’t be in the Clean Plate club if you don’t finish your dinner.” MEANWHILE, YOU had already slyly slipped all your unwanted food under the table to feed the dog! Tricky B.

I do think though that becuase I was “trained” to eat everything in front of me, I am unable to stop eating whatever is put in front of me even now. That’s why the following things are now officially on my enemy list:

  • open bags of chips
  • cookie jars
  • cake
  • ice cream tubs, specifically the gallon size
  • open bars (haha jk)

Portion control, however, is my friend and ally. Always on my side and truly there to support me in my time of need when I desire to binge eat until I feel so incredibly full it makes thanksgiving day meals look like something that was scrounged up while trying to survive in the desert.

THUS I finally come to my point. I have found through doing portion control and only putting on my plate what I am supposed to eat, I feel more full when I have eaten everything in front of me.

I just did some of my meal prep for the TIU program and I am excited about this week’s snacks becuase they are all portioned out and ready to grab and go. Yes,  I am excited about that. And NO it is not pathetic or sad. But also, yes it is and I am not ashamed of it.

Well, it’s finally happened

What has happened? Tell me Katie! I must know lest my ears fall off due to the gossipy glue holding my ears to my head dry up and blow away like ashes in the wind!

Okay DAMN don’t be so dramatic!  Gosh.

I reached Day 8. Also known as, “I no longer enjoy running and would rather french kiss a hobo or marry a vegan than do another day of muscle-burning running where I eventually collapse into a melted pile of sweaty blubber by the 5th step I take” day. (“Day 8” is just easier to say.)

BUT nevertheless (I didn’t know that was all one word until just now) I persevered and did my run anyway. I did, by the last and final set, have to take a walk break for a few seconds…twice. BUT I paused the timer so I did still run the full 3 minutes. It’s hard. I’m just hoping my body can adjust to this new step to the run challenge. I wonder how quickly my body can adapt. *zones out and pictures an 8-legged image of a mutant adapted Katie who runs baller fast!*

Anyway, I also made more of my Spicy Crockpot Chicken last night so I have yummy food for today. 🙂

Okay I’m no longer motivated to type this. BUT there is my update and I will see you again same time(ish) tomorrow.

 

Paleo Breakfast Pie (My #1 Most Requested Recipe)

I don’t like publishing posts without pictures, Kaitlyn Jayne, but here. Maybe once you make it for yourself you could take the pics and add them to the post. Sounds great, deal, thanks.

This is 10000% the recipe I get asked for most frequently, so it was bound to be published sooner or later. Before you make it, go to Wegman’s and get yourself a 10″ (or 9″) casserole pie dish. It may be called a quiche dish – po-tay-toe, pah-tah-toe. Said that real slow, didn’t ya?

AAAAANYway, I’ve been making this recipe almost every week since spring of 2013. Three years. Longest relationship I’ve ever had is officially with a breakfast dish…………………… Let’s not go any further down that road………….

This recipe is 100% a HUGE factor in my daily success to stay healthy with my eating habits. It fills me up, it offers good fats, carbs, energy, and tastes sooo good. Wait – have we gotten into the whole “fats aren’t bad” conversation yet? If not, we need to. That’ll be for another forum.

Here, sis. Enjoy. xoxoxx

Makes: 1 10″ pie pan worth of breakfast pie — 8 slices — probably 4-6 people or just food for yourself for 8 days

Ingredients

  • 1 package Trader Joe’s chicken breakfast sausage (or something similar)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 10 eggs
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach leaves, ripped up
  • 1 t Kosher salt
  • 1 t pepper

Optional Additions:

  • 2 T Sir Kensington’s Sriracha Mayo (SOOO GOOOD!)
  • 1 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder

I usually stick with one out of the four as far as the additions go. This pie is SUPER delish without any of those additions, to be sure. But experiment and make it your own. BTW – Sir Kensington’s you can find at Whole Foods for sure, Amazon Prime, or maybe even Wegman’s.

Directions

Bake it:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Squeeze chicken sausage links out of the casings and into the bottom of your pie dish. Use a spoon or your fingers and spread it (like a crust) across the bottom of the dish. It may not reach up and around to the sides, and that’s ok. Just be sure to cover the bottom. BTW – I never need to spray my pie dish but use your judgement.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Just until the pink is pretty much gone. It will bake more the second time you throw it in so no big deal here.
  • While your sausage crust is cooking, peel your sweet potatoes and use a food processor to shred them. You can do this by hand with a cheese grater but it’ll take FOR-EV-ER.
  • Pull the pie pan with your sausage crust out of the oven. Spread the shredded sweet potatoes evenly over the cooked “crust”.
  • Crack your eggs in a bowl and whisk together until completely broken up. Add your salt, pepper, and any optional ingredients.
  • Take your egg mixture and pour it evenly over the sweet potatoes. Watch it seep through.
  • Tear up those 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves and spread them out on top of the egg mixture. Use the back of a spoon to press the leaves down into the mixture so they bake without crisping and charring.
  • That’s it! Put that baby in the oven for 55 minutes.Pull the pie out, stick a knife in the center and see if it comes out clean. Voila – the best breakfast pie ever.

~Bon Appetit from the West Coast

The Updated Site

It literally took me all day to figure out how to update this blog so that whenever we made posts we could sort them into categories and they would show up as sorted on the site. and now…

SHA-BAM! Look at that shit! I got it all worked out.

*Please allow a 10 second break for a victory dance*

 

Now all I have to do is remember how to do it so I can make changes in the future if need be.

I smell like the reason I hate the gym.

Day 4: Regret.

Regret seeps through my pores stinking up the air around me…oh wait, no. What is that? Oh that’s, *pause*, yep that sweat. Sorry never mind. Where was I?

Sweat seeps through my pores stinking up the air around me forcing me to remember the reason I hate going to the gym. That nasty smell. Gross. *shiver*

It’s day 4 and my favorite part of my daily challenges is my shower at the end.

I have heard it said that, sweating is like a detox, getting all the nasty chemicals out of the body leaving you feeling cleansed and pure. FALSE! I mean the first part is right. All the nasty chemicals leave your body but them t hey just sit there, on your skin, smelling like the nasty gym. Blech.

I have already said a big fat “NO” to the jump rope challenge after my first failed attempt and jumping for 5 minutes straight. I thought it would be easy. I  have, however, found a different one that I will be replacing it with instead of just throwing the whole challenge away. This one seems much more doable.  Now I just need to print it out and add it to my wall.

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For real though, I am enjoying the challenges. I think the big issue for me is that I am just a little impatient and I just want the results now. Alas, I must continue to smell like the reason I hate the gym until I have reshaped my body and life to my desire.

Post more recipes! And I don’t mean one with all the fancy kinds of flower and oils. Something this poor lady can make easily at home…that’s cheap. kiloveyoubye.

I’m too lazy to commit, 8 weeks is the max I’ll do

We’ll thank goodness for these 30 day challenges, because we both know I am way too cheap/lazy to commit to a full gym membership. I like being able to do my own thing from home…for free.

I also like being able to pick a couple of challenges to do at once. I am SUPER great with starting these challenges, just not so great with finishing them.

To achieve something you’ve never achieved, you have to do something you’ve never done.

Motivation: Printing out these different challenges and putting them on the wall. For me there will be no complete day of rest. Yes, (never ‘yeah’) there are days of rest throughout each of these challenges BUT they never all fall on the same day. THUS I will always have something to complete each day.

Not going to lie, I was surprised at how much my arms hurt after the first day. BUT I knew that the pain meant things were working. I’m excited to get my jump rope in the mail tomorrow too so I can start that challenge. It will irk my OCD a a bit that I am starting that one 2 days later than all the rest. I’ll figure out how to rectify that.

I’m mostly excited for the “booty” challenge (the one with the Rosie the Riveter girl on it) purely because at the end of every workout I get to shout “I’M AWESOME AND MY BOOTY IS THE BOMB!