Getting Back On Track

Have you ever tried workout after workout hoping to see results and didn’t? Last Spring I decided to try Weight Watchers; maybe it wasn’t my workout routines that was the problem and more my eating habits. To my surprise that’s exactly what it was.

I started Weight Watchers weighing 145lbs with a goal of 130lbs; I knew that I could achieve my goal but not just by eating right…I had to start exercising again. So I decided to take up yoga as well as run a 1/2 marathon. After months of hard dedication of eating right everyday and training, I was in the best shape I had ever been.

When August rolled around, I ran my 1/2 marathon and then came February and my yoga membership was up. I didn’t renew it because it was my last semester in college and I needed to focus on getting everything done and graduating. I kept eating right with Weight Watchers, but I learned no matter how healthy you eat, you need to workout to stay in shape. I stayed at my goal weight but I still wasn’t satisfied. I wanted..no NEEDED to have the flat abs and muscular legs that I could show off when I wear a dress.

I decided to start eating clean (still doing weight watchers) as well as start Boxing at TITLE Boxing Club, and to get a membership at the YMCA. I can’t stress enough how happy I am with my decision. FYI – TITLE Boxing is a boot camp-style workout, and although the website says that everyone can go at their own pace, there’s definitely a vibe that you’d better keep up — which is great if you want to be pushed to get your workout on, but know that this is not a mellow aerobics class — according to the owners, if you follow everything the instructor says, the average person burns 1,000 calories in this class. Sounds great right? Well it is! It’s a total body workout. The best part is that every instructor has their own unique routine so you never get use to or bored with it.

I decided to start eating clean and be done with the frozen foods when I saw one of my old co-workers doing it. She has lost 80 pounds in the last 2 years, and has 50 more pounds to go to reach her weight. I know I don’t have that much to lose, BUT if I know what I am cooking and I can do it myself everyday, why not do it? I shouldn’t have an excuse anymore. Eating clean will help me go from thin, to FIT. I will get the toned body I have always wanted as long as I meal prep, and workout everyday. I know I can do this! Do you think you can?

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Baked Zucchini Chips

I LOVE zucchini!  I cook it all the time for a mid-afternoon or a late evening snack.  However I was wondering the other day, ‘there has to be more ways to cook zucchini than just on top of my stove.’

I started browsing the internet and came across a baked zucchini chips recipe.

Remember because it is a “baked” recipe it will take longer to cook; however the upside is that it only takes  3 ingredients.
  • 4 medium zucchini (long and thin), sliced very thinly
  • cooking spray
  • sea salts
If you decide to try this simple easy and delicious recipe, let me know what you think!


Cinco de Mayo: 5 Healthy Recipes To Kick Off Your Weekend

Everyone knows what this Saturday is correct?  Cinco de Mayo!  To kick of the holiday early I found some healthy recipes that I thought everyone might enjoy.

1) Edamame Guacamole

 Not only is guacamole nutritious for you, but it also comes with a ton of health benefits as well.

2) Mango Salsa

 Mango salsa is vibrantly colorful and rich in vitamins and minerals, which means it looks good and is good for you.

3) White Sangria

 Livestrong tells us that even though sangria is alcohol, it is low in fat, high in vitamin C, and has a source of B Vitamins.  Surprised?

4) Yogurt-Salsa Dip

 I know what you are thinking, yogurt mixed with salsa? It is a twist on the regular salsa we know, so why not try it?  It is also healthy, so if you really want to go bold and try this dish try using greek yogurt!

5) Spicy Lime Pork Kebabs

 Who wouldn’t want to kick off their weekend with some pork, vegetables, and lime juice and hot sauce for some flavoring.  Sounds good to me!

Portion Size Guidelines

Everyone has heard someone say to them at one point in their life, “watch how much you put on your plate”, or “be careful of your portion size.”  I use to hear this all the time.

Sometimes I still like to indulge a bit and tend to lose track of what the correct portions should be.

According to WebMD, 1/2 of your plate should be vegetables, 1/4 plate proteins and 1/4 plate starches.

WebMD also made the guidelines even more simplified. (Especially if you are new at this)

Their ‘basic guidelines’ tell us that –

  • 1 Cup = a baseball
  • 1/2 Cup = a lightbulb
  • 1oz OR 2 tbsp = golf ball
  • 1 tbsp = poker chip
  • 1 slice of bread = cassette tape (hopefully you remember these)
  • 3 oz chicken on meat = deck of cards
  • 3 oz fish = checkbook
  • 1 oz lunch meat  = 1 CD
  • 3oz muffin or biscuit = hockey puck
  • 1 1/2 oz cheese = 3 dice

Hopefully these visuals will help you.

To see EXACT visuals of food and their correct portion size, here is an EXCELLENT source to look too.

Unhealthy “Health” Foods

These 9 not – so – nutritious choices can fool you into thinking they are good for you.  Once you read this you might think again before eating them.

1) Wrap Sandwiches 

They are usually huge – enough for two people – and did I mention high in calories and fat.

Try This: a sandwich on whole grain or whole wheat bread. (When shopping for bread check out the ingredients!!)

2) Vegetable Chips

Sorry to break it to you, even though they contain the colors of the rainbow, they don’t count as a serving of veggies.  Even worse, they’re usually high in fat and calories.

Try this: Air-popped popcorn or dried veggies. If you still are craving dried veggies try this brand –  “Just Veggies” because they have no added fat, salt, or anything else.

3) Fruit Snacks

The amount of fruit they contain is less than 10%

Try this: A small portion of dried fruit, such as apricots or raisins. They’re denser in calories but contain more nutrients.

4) Frozen Yogurt

Everyone thinks it is “healthy” because of the word ‘yogurt’ but the reality is it’s really a high-sugar dessert.  This dessert resembles light ice cream more than plain yogurt.

Try this: To get the probiotic benefits of plain yogurt, look for the seal on the label of frozen yogurt indicating “Live and Active Cultures.”

5) Turkey Dogs

Turkey hot dogs are surprisingly high in fat—  Some even contain loads of sodium and nitrates.

Try this: A turkey breast sandwich—unless you’re really craving that hot dog flavor. If that’s the case, go for the version with the lowest amount of fat.

6) Applesauce

Yes, applesauce is delicious there is no denying this.  But sweetened applesauce is the worse.  A 1-cup serving can have up to 200 calories.

Try this: An apple instead.  Same great taste with some extra fiber.

7) Vitamin “infused” waters

These have some nutrients but are mainly packed with sugar and sometimes caffeine depending on the brand.

Try this: PLAIN H20!!  For flavor add an orange, lemon, or lime

8) Bran Muffin

Many bran muffins are big enough that they have actually two servings in one muffin. And they’re often loaded with fat, sugar, and calories.

Try this: Bran cereal with low-fat milk and fresh fruit.

9) Banana Chips

Yes, they’re made from bananas; but they’re usually fried in coconut or palm oil, unhealthy sources of saturated fat. That’s why there can be 210 calories and 13 grams of saturated fat in a serving.

Try this: A banana. You’ll get lots of nutrients for half the calories and no fat.  If you want, feel free to add some peanut butter on top for a little bit of flavor.

Get Your Greek On

I am a HUGE Greek Yogurt Fan (Yoplait is the brand is prefer.)

It is better for you than regular yogurt since it has twice the protein, and for those of you who go to the gym/workout this is an easy way to get that extra protein.

Greek (5.3 ounces, non-fat, plain)

  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
  • Sodium: 50 milligrams
  • Sugar: 6 grams
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Calcium: 15 percent on a 2,000-calorie diet

Regular (6 ounces, non-fat, plain)

  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol 5 milligrams
  • Sodium: 120 milligrams
  • Sugar: 12 grams
  • Protein: 9 grams
  • Calcium: 30 percent on a 2,000-calorie diet.
I put granola with my greek yogurt, but was wondering…what else can I do with this yogurt and still make it tasty.

I found a couple of interesting recipes, one which included making chocolate icing with only yogurt and chocolate chips.

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5 Nutrition Mistakes You Should NOT Make In 2012

According to networkedblogs.com there are 5 important nutrition mistakes you should not make in 2012.

Perhaps you’re inspired to make some personal changes in the new year. That’s great – as long as you have a plan to make it happen.

Losing weight tends to be everyones New Years resolution.  So why not, DO stick to it this time!

I came across an article about 5 things we need to avoid this year, and its quite good.  The  five D’s that could derail your efforts.  Avoiding these D’s could help you avoid another big D — feeling defeated.

  • Deprivation
  • Delivery
  • Detox
  • Don’t
  • Diet

The Truth About Carbs

This article will plain and simlpy tell you the truth about carbs.

Have you ever wondered where you get carbs from?  Do fruit and veggies have them?  If I’m on a Diet what can I have that includes carbs…I don’t want to gain weight.  What are the long term affects if I eat to many carbs?  And the BIGGEST question, How do you include carbohydrates in your diet in a safe, effective, and controlled way?

If you have ever wondered this, this article will tell you all that and more.

Healthy Snacks (Low Calorie)

Ever wondered what is something good to eat thats not bad for you?  Not in the mood for a frozen meal, or that awful candy bar or sugar cookie?  Check these Top 25 Low Calorie Snacks.  

My Favorites include: Frozen Grapes, Hummus, Fruit Smoothies, Yogurt, Almonds, and Crystal Light Popsicles.

I hope you discover some new snacks, hopefully some become your favorite.                     

Healthy Eating Starts Now!

I use to be the person that whenever she was hungry she would eat.  I could never tell if it was boredom OR if I really was hungry.  When I got to the point that I needed to lose weight I started weight watchers (WW).

For those who don’t know, eating every 3hrs is exactly how you should eat.  If you are still having trouble understanding this, here is a lay out with times to eat, along with food items.

Also, at the bottom it shows you how to correctly use portion control.

About Me

Hey Everyone!  My name is Jess, and I decided to start a health blog.  Not just a blog but a link blog as well.  This was I can link you to health blogs and sites from which I found some content.

I will be covering healthy eating habits.  How to stay fit and thin while eating what you need and want.  (you don’t have to starve yourself to look good)  I will have exercises and recipes for those who don’t know how to get started.  And much much more 🙂

I also love to find and post pictures that inspire me, and I will post them in hopes that they inspire you.

If you have any questions feel free to ask