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30 Days Strong!

2 Aug

Today marks 30 days of bootcamp! It’s been incredibly intense but a lot of fun. I’m already seeing results. I feel stronger and faster already. These classes consist of 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes of floor/weights. But the time increments very – we may switch between the treadmill and floor every 5 minutes, 15 minutes (my favorite) or 30 minutes (the most brutal). The treadmill workouts include incline, sprint intervals, running backwards, etc. On the floor we use light and heavy dumbbell set, a band, a mat and a step (like for step aerobics).

When I started on July 2 my intensity level was this:

  • walking when the instructor said jog at a 5.0
  • jogging at a 4.0 when the instructor said get into a run at 6.0 or 7.0
  • “sprinting” at a 6.0 or 6.5 at best
  • using 5lb light weights and 8lb heavy weights

Now some of this was out of laziness but I was also truly out of shape. 30 days later:

  • I consistently jog at a 6.0
  • I’m sprinting at a 8.0 or 8.5
  • I can take the hills (incline at 10 or 15) without holding on
  • using 8lb light weights and 10lb heavy weights

I still have a very long way to go towards achieving my fitness goals but this is a great start! Most importantly, my eating habits have really changed. This has never been about loosing weight but you can still be thin and unhealthy.

This is out….. I have a slight obsession with Sprinkles cupcakes. This summer they opened an ice cream shop with irresistible sundaes.

chocolate chip cookie sandwich sundae – beyond. amazing.

This is in…. I knew things had changed for the better when at brunch with my girls I passed on a mimosa and my usual pancake/bacon combo and ordered this delicious protein salad!

warm spinach, egg whites, tomatoes, grilled veggies and shrimp. sooo good!

 

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Dinner Winner!

12 Jul

I really enjoy cooking! I would not call myself an amazing cook but I know my way around the kitchen. But a huge problem for me has been getting dinner prepared in a decent amount of time. It’s not unheard of for me to spending upwards of 90 minutes or even 2 hours on a simple lasagna or enchiladas. I didn’t believe that you could actually prepare a full meal in 30 minutes or less (partly because I’m not a fan of Rachel Ray, just saying…). So last night I decided to give this recipe a try from Bon Appetit.

I had some chicken thighs marinating because I had planned on just throwing them in the oven but we really prefer the skin to be crispy which never seems to happen when I bake chicken. So I was very excited to make this:

Perfect Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs via bonappetit.com

Unfortunately, because my chicken was too wet from the marinade my thighs came out like this:

However, they were still delicious! In the future I will forgo the marinade for just salt and pepper and be sure to “air dry” the chicken in the fridge for a few hours. I paired the chicken with a roasted vegetable medley from my recent farmer’s market trip. Some olive oil, salt, pepper, a dash of balsamic vinegar and about 25 minutes in the oven – so simple!

All in all this was about a 35 minute meal. Chicken thighs with the skin is certainly not the most healthy cut of chicken but it’s an inexpensive option and with recipes like this, a very tasty option too! Bon appetit!