Dr. Who Workout Challenge

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In my casa, we love Dr. Who.  Marathon tv watching happens more than we would care to admit. We need more exercise. Soooo when I came upon this pin, I had to give it a try. I understand that this isn’t for everyone but it is certainly for me.

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I decided to give this a try while watching the ever popular “The Doctor’s Wife” episode. Mostly because Neil Gaiman writes everything I’ve ever loved.  About the actual workout.  I did a ton of crunches because everyone says “Doctor” and it has a good amount of Tardis sounds. I thought I was going to get away without doing any push-ups, but I was wrong. Oh and this was the first time I’ve ever had to do Russian Twists and let me tell you I almost started resenting the sonic screwdriver.

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Healthy Cooking: Chicken

Broth

Broth (Photo credit: beautyredefined)

Hi guys, I probably won’t write another blog post until after the 12th because I am in the middle of a move.  However, I wanted to share a way that I cook chicken and how I make chicken broth.  I actually hadn’t cooked a whole chicken before the other day but I had one around and found a good easy recipe for making it.

Here is the link for the recipe.

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/02/25/recipe-the-best-whole-chicken-in-a-crock-pot/

Basically all you do is make sure your chicken is thawed, rub spice on it, and pop it in the crock-pot.  The recipe recommends chopping an onion and putting the onion in the crock pot first.  However, I didn’t have an onion so I started cooking the chicken without it and added the onion in later along with come carrots.  It turned out really good the meat just fell off the bone.

Preparing of chicken broth

Preparing of chicken broth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next day I decided to make chicken broth which I make from a couple of half remembered recipes.  It has always turned out good, usually though I make it using the bones from a store bought rotisserie chicken and not

one I cooked myself.  I kept much of the juice from cooking the chicken to add some more flavor to the broth.  One thing I like about making your own broth is that you control the amount of salt and there is nothing artificial added in. 

Bones from  whole chicken sans meat

1 Onion

Carrots (1-2 large carrots or several baby carrots)

Celery (can be omitted but recommended)

Other vegetables ( whatever else you feel like adding)

Spices ( only add in a little since the broth is a base for other dishes, you want the chicken taste to come through)

Water

Place all ingredients in crock-pot fill until you cover all ingredients with water.

Set it on low and cook overnight at least 8-10 hours.

Fish out all the solids and discard them

Pour broth into several Ziploc baggies and seal tightly

Let them cool and then freeze until you want to use them.

 

I use the broth for a number of things.  I find that it makes ramen more tasty.  I also like cooking quinoa in it.

In praise of the micro and the nano also beginning weightlifting

Pacific Rim Locandina

Pacific Rim Locandina (Photo credit: Debris2008)

Sorry I have been so quiet but life has been keeping me busy.

Even though I have been busy with studying and work, I have been able to fit in some workouts due to NanoWorkout.  Which has several good ideas about how to incorporate exercise into daily life.  I personally like the ones to do while brushing your teeth and the ones for walking up the stairs.  They are light quick exercises that can be done by almost everyone.

http://nanoworkout.com

The other thing I have decided to do is to start trying weightlifting.  This has been something I have been wanting to do for a while but felt especially pumped up to do after watching Pacific Rim in 3d (watch it).  The music as well as the amazing fight scenes really energized me.  That being said I didn’t really know where to start so I googled and found a very clear guide with a lot of advice from bodybuilding. com.  It offers general tips as well as a detailed 12 week program that offers different workouts for each day of the week in 3 to 4 week blocks.  It also allows for 3 days off a week to do cardio, to relax, or to make up for a lost day.  So far I am 2 days in and I am really sore but in a good way.  After lifting I feel charged and kind of bad ass even though I have only been lifting lighter weights since I am just starting.  I have been using my ipad to help me keep track and to also watch the demo videos.  To help me feel charged I like to listen to the soundtrack for Pacific Rim and Dredd.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/womans_lean_sexy_bible.htm

I also feel like mentioning some things I have recently become a fan of.  I loved Pacific Rim, even though I feel like there could have been more female characters.  The other thing is the podcast Welcome to Night Vale.  A pleasant dessert community served with a side of Lovecraft.

Remember to Hydrate

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Pintester Movement: Bananrama

Smiley I am a fan of the Pintester. I happen to think she is very funny and helps people to not being afraid of making mistakes, since she makes so many herself.  She is doing another round of the Pintester Movement.

http://pintester.com/category/pintester-movement/

She wants people try out pins.  Before she just had us pick out random pins and test them.  I tested coffee hair removal (Fail), ice cream bread (pretty good), and pumpkin muffins (hmm, pumpkiny).  This time she wants us to pick out pins she has tried before and try them ourselves.  I picked two easy two ingredient healthy food pins.

I tried banana pancakes.  Which is really a banana omelet, 2013-07-03 11.38.33I don’t know why they insisted on calling it a pancake, maybe to make it seem more appealing (heh).  The 2 ingredients for these are a banana and 2 eggs.  Although, I also added in cinnamon and vanilla.  They were not bad.  The first time I ever ran into a similar mixture was in a cookbook about how to sneak fruits and veggies into your kids foods.  This was used as a mixture for french toast.  I have to say I like it better for french toast then as a stand alone thing.  Still it was ok.

http://pintester.com/2013/04/natural-pancakes/

http://www.blogilates.com/recipe-index/100-natural-pancakes-recipe-gluten-free-flourless-low-calorie

The next one I tried was for 2 ingredient cookies plus mix-ins.  These called for 2 bananas, 1 cup of oatmeal, and whatever else you have on 2013-07-03 11.36.06 - Copyhand.  I added craisins and coconut flakes.  These are actually really good and easy to make.  I liked them better than the banana omelets.  These actually seem more like cookies to me.  They are definitely worth a try, unless you are staying away from carbs in which case go for the banana omelet.

http://pintester.com/2013/05/2-ingredient-cookies/

http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/07/2-ingredient-cookies-plus-the-mix-ins-of-your-choice/

Another pin I have in the past that I got from the Pintester was 1 2013-07-03 13.51.21ingredient ice cream.  Which is really cold smashed bananas.  When I was a kid I always liked getting the frozen chocolate bananas and these remind me of them, just minus the chocolate.  Although, you could always try to make your own chocolate version, maybe using chocolate syrup.  I haven’t made these lately because I don’t have a food processor or blender right now.  They are a nice cold healthy treat for a hot day.

http://pintester.com/2012/07/one-ingredient-banana-ice-cream/

http://www.thekitchn.com/stepbystep-instructions-for-on-97170

Failure is always an option.

Fit Fat Ballet: The End and Going Forward

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English: A performance of The Nutcracker ballet, 1981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welp, I have finished Prevention Magazine’s Ballet Boot Camp. I feel like I made progress to becoming

fitter even if I didn’t lose any weight. I have still been doing walking and swimming. Sadly, the other day I while walking I wound up getting a combo of heat and fat rash. One of my friends shared an interesting on how to prevent it. Rub some deodorant on the spots where it is prone to happen. I shall try this next time I go walking after my rash has healed and I’ll let you know if it works.

One thing I really liked about the ballet boot camp was the working out plan which laid out a solid plan for alternating work outs with cardio. I think that it is a plan which I will keep even if I am doing other toning exercises. One I am planning on doing is one from the magazine Cosmopolitan which I just started randomly getting. Also, I have been working on the healthy eating idea and hope to share that with you in a couple of days.

Let me know if you have any ideas about plans I should try next.

Sometimes a banana is just a banana.

 

40 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

A good list since it is easy to get off track.

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So once again I have fallen off the exercise bandwagon… If I miss a day or two of working out, it’s nearly impossible to get going again. That is why I decided to print out this list of 40 ways to motivate yourself to exercise.

These were such an inspiration. Even when I was feeling at my worst I would read down this list and find something to spark my motivation. The original list is from Sparkpeople.com. Where it suggests one of their routines I look on Pinterest instead. Usually I didn’t even get to #40 because something before that motivated me.

  1. Do it anyway. (This was the most popular answer!)
  2. Tell myself to go for 15 minutes. If I still feel bad or unmotivated, I can quit. I have yet to quit.
  3. Look on Pinterest for motivation! (Check out Pinterest’s Fitness section and follow SparkPeople’s Pinterest boards.)

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Fit Fat Ballet + Sore Day 21

Personal trainer showing a client how to exerc...

Personal trainer showing a client how to exercise the right way and educating them along the way. The semi-spherical device is a BOSU. Category:Fitness Category:Fitness_training Category:Personal_training Category:Stretching Category:Challenges to physical balance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are nearing the end of the 25 day boot camp. I find it hard to believe that it has been 21 days since I started this blog. My health has been fluctuating between feeling fitter and feeling sicker. The sickness has nothing to do with Prevention’s workout though. Just my overall health, which I feel is made worse by overall weight and eating habits. I have found that even though I slacked off a bit during my bouts of illness that writing this blog has helped me to keep working out even when I didn’t feel like it. I have been working on improving my eating habits. Over the weekend I held a dinner party with friends and I made sure to make healthier foods esp. since one of my guests is a diabetic.

Recently I had some lessons from my former personal trainer driven in. She always emphasized warming up before and doing something to cool down after. I really haven’t been doing enough of that. The other day I was just stretching a little in bed when I suddenly felt intense pain in my left leg. It left me in agony for what felt like hours and afterwards it was difficult to walk. I did some research and one possible cause is not stretching properly after a work out. The other lesson came tonight while doing the swimming exercise when I suddenly had a sharp pain in my back. This could have been because of not warming up or due to poor form.

As for cardio I have mainly been doing a lot of walking. I also did one more workout from the app, workout trainer by skimble. I choose a random cardio workout. This one was challenging but doable. The major flaw for me was that this one did not even have a short video it just flashed slowly onto the images of how the exercises were to be done. Before I did this one I was going to give one of the other apps, Fitstar, a chance but I took a moment to read the terms and conditions and they really scared me off of trying that app. Maybe I was wrong to discount but I really did not feel comfortable with agreeing with what it said.

I’m sorry for only doing one blog last week. It is my goal to do at least two a week.

Life is too short for you to be embarrassed by the things you love.

Fit Fat Ballet Day 15

I really do like this workout and feel like my flexibility has improved even though I still wobble.  I dislike the

sballet-swimwimming exercise.  It looks and feels silly.  I occasionally have to squeeze my workouts into work, and that one would be the one I would be most embarrassed to be seen doing.  It calls for 2 minutes of it.  I usually do a minute of it before switching to another ab workout.  I am looking forward to doing different workouts as sustaining one work out is a bit boring after the first two weeks.  I am still working out to Digster’s dance workout mix on Spotify, although I may make my own mix soon.

Also I would just like to say hello and thank you to my new followers.

One thing I have been planning on doing is to test out some healthy recipes.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to share that project with you soon.

If the chance to workout was a snake, you’d be dead.

Fit Fat Ballet + Cardio day 12

English: MAdonna performing "Holiday"...

English: MAdonna performing “Holiday” on DWT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m actually not really sure if it is in fact day 12.  I have kind of gotten my days mixed up lately.  I have been keeping up and pushing harder with both cardio and Prevention’s Ballet Boot Camp.  My feet have started to kink up during some of the exercises which rather hurts the flow of them.  My balance is still pretty bad and I often wobble.  I don’t have a barre to stand with so I use chairs and walls to steady myself.  I do however feel that my balance is getting better.

For my cardio, I have been swimming like crazy.  I have been hitting the pool for an hour to an hour and a half.  I did find one swim workout that I have enjoyed.  It includes some fun exercises like spider manning, where you run up the wall.  The only hard part is that it tells you to run back down the wall, but each step up pushes you away from the wall.  So, when you reach the top you are floating several inches away and when you try to run back down you wind up awkwardly failing in the water.

http://www.lifescript.com/diet-fitness/articles/m/make_a_splash_8_pool_exercises_to_burn_fat_fast.aspx

Holiday, Celebrate” Madonna.

Fit Fat Ballet Day 10

English: Classic ballet-dancer Español: Bailar...
English: Classic ballet-dancer Español: Bailarina de danza clásica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hi, I haven’t been doing as lately as I would like.  I feel like I haven’t been doing these exercises to their fullest potential because I haven’t been feeling well and I am already growing bored with them.  I do like that the plan allows you to choose your own cardio which does allow for changing things up a bit.  I haven’t been pushing myself all that hard since the end of last week.  From here on though I plan to work harder.  My cardio mostly has been walking quickly.  I suffered a bit for that today due to the 93 degree temperatures.  I think for the next cardio I may go swimming or do something indoors.

 

Also, the voting for reasons to lose weight are in and the favorite was to be healthy.  Which is a very good reason.

 

Remember no matter how tough working out is, it is still better than a sharp stick in the eye.

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