Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February Goals

I didn't post my goals for January, it has been a crazy month, and I have neglected myself as well as my followers. I apologize!
Anyways, with February just around the corner, and knowing I have fallen behind already this year, I sat down and wrote out my goals as well as my workout plan.

1) Eat a net of at least 1700 calories.
2) Drink 90 oz of water a day.
3) Cut out processed sugars, use sugar in the raw.
4) Do facebook ab challenge.
5) Run 3 days a week.
6) Walk 2 days a week.
7) Lower body fat by 3%.
8) Monitor macros.
9) Lose at least 3 pounds.
10) Rest on Tuesdays.

My starting weight is 180 pounds.
Body fat %-27.2
Neck-13 inches
Waist-36 inches
Arm-14 inches
Hips- 43 inches

Here are my before pictures!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fudgy Quinoa Brownies

I originally found this recipe on Pinterest but I tweaked it quite a bit for my own preference and lack of some of the required ingredients. However they turned out scrumptious! One of my best quinoa recipes yet! It's even toddler approved!

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup butter (I use I can't believe it's not butter)
3 tablespoons virgin olive oil
3 large eggs
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels(personal choice)

1) Start by greasing an 8x8 baking dish and preheating oven at 350°.
2) Mix salt and flour, set aside.
3) Melt butter and olive oil on low heat. When melted mix in cocoa powder. After that is well mixed, set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
4) While chocolate cooks whip together the eggs, sugars, extract until nice and creamy. Slowly mix in chocolate. Mix well.
5) In small patches mix in flour mixture until well blended. Repeat with the quinoa.
6) Add in chocolate morsels if you prefer.
Bake at 350° until toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with milk and enjoy!

Makes 12 servings!
280 calories
27 g carbs
8g protein

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Big Announcement!

My grandmother Jean has been battling cancer for a few years, and was placed in hospice this week. Heartbreak doesn't even begin to describe  what our family is enduring. This is one of the reasons I have not been very interactive lately. I ask for your continued prayers.

As you all know I mentioned a big thing I have planned for this year, to honor this amazing woman and the impact she had on my life. As well as all of my other beloved family that I have lost over the years. I live in the sunny state of Florida..and it is only 160-170 miles wide depending on where you cross. I have decided that in December of 2013, I am going to walk coast to coast. From Daytona Beach, the place where I saw her last, to Fort Island. The walk is approximately 117 miles.

My plan is still being tweaked but here is the main idea:

I will start on Monday December 16, 2013 and be finished by Sunday December 23, 2013.

I will walk 20-35 miles each day and complete the journey within 7 days. I will start at 6:00a.m. and be done walking for the day by 6:00p.m.

I will have rendezvous points at a hotel or motel to shower, eat, and sleep for the night. (going to see how many are willing to sponsor the over night)

I am going to try and get as many sponsors as possible that will donate so much per mile. My causes will be heart disease, cancer, leukemia, and Alzheimer disease..all diseases that have take precious beloved Grandparents from me.

My goal here isn't so much the money,although I would love to raise a ton, but a personal goal. I am doing this to remember and honor all those that helped to shape the woman  I have become. Now I realize to some this may seem crazy but to me it's not that big of a challenge. I usually walk around 10-20 miles a week. I am starting to work on longer distances just to get a feel of what I am looking at for 7 days.

What I am looking for from my readers is ideas for things like nutrition, water packs I should look into, clothes, and advice you can offer is warranted?

Also I would love to get more people involved so if anyone is interested in joining me that's wonderful, if not I will trooper on alone!

Look forward to hearing about what you all think!

Monday, January 7, 2013

My 2013 In Perspective

I haven't exactly started my New Year off as healthy as I would have liked to, but life has got in the way. While I have kept my eating in check..I have slacked off when it comes to working out. I know it isn't doing to kill me or hinder all my hard heard irritates me that I haven't been allowing myself that outlet.

Exercise is my me time, and helps keep me from freaking out. Between a nasty head cold, my sister in law visiting from out of state, and my now very ill and ailing grandmother...some things take precedence.

Not only have I been neglecting my fitness but you all as well. You must forgive me. I am back in the groove of things and since it is a Monday...i am resetting my goals.

My biggest goal for this year is to do at least 3 miles a day, so that I reach a thousand miles by the end of the year. I am behind so I will be working double time to catch up.

My next goal is to complete a half Marathon. I am so stoked about this! I have maxed out on 6 miles as of now but I have plenty of time to get there. Any advice is greatly appreciated?

I will lose my last 35 pounds. Originally I only had about 20 until my ultimate goal of 160, but I have since changed my goal to 145-150. I think this has changed 3 times. so that I don't over burden myself, I have set up mini goals to help achieve my overall goal.

In reality these are the gist of my goals for the year. Not as many as last year thankfully. I am so proud of how far I have come and so excited about how far I will go. I am amazed everyday at my ability to over come and exceed my own expectations of myself.

I can if I can you can!