Tuesday, February 5, 2013

24 Day Challenge Round 3. Bring it.

So I know I was going to post this yesterday.  I was thinking how nice the 4th would be for a start date. Finish up on the last day of the month and all.  So we can either pretend that we did or we can start today.  Either way in 24 days, if you really commit, its gonna rock.  

If this is your first time to do the challenge or need a little refresher I'll break it down for you a little bit.  You are going to eat clean, drink water, sleep 8 hours and exercise every day for 24 hours***.  On the first day take your measurements.  If you fully commit I promise you will see a difference.  I'll give it to you straight though its gotta be 100%.

  No matter how healthy you are eating, there is probably something you could do better.  Get on pinterest, search clean recipes and go to town.  Your taste will change and your gut will thank you.  The best tip I've learned is you have to be prepared.  Always have an idea of what you are going to eat and don't leave home without a snack in your bag!  Also eat enough food!! I think I might karate chop the next person that tells me they are eating 1200 calories.  That is how much your body needs just to function.  If you are exercising you need to eat more.  Or your body will eat your muscles.  Seriously.  The best calculator I have found is this one.  Get the worksheet, fill in your numbers and it will tell you how much you should be eating every day. I'm going to warn you that if you are eating as clean as you can it can be hard to eat enough.  Healthy food is pretty low in calories but way more filling.  My go to if I need to eat more is a peanut butter sandwich- one slice of bread, natural peanut butter and honey.  Also protein is your best friend now.  Yay.  
I drink 100 ounces of water a day.  No you won't float away.  Yes you might go to the bathroom more at first but your body adjusts really quickly.  Just try to finish an hour or more before bed so you don't have to get up in the night!  If you are drinking 64 ounces, try 72.  Up your intake by 8 ounces and see what happens.

I'm not going to lie.  The eating clean is the most important part.  But if you want to get muscles you have to move them.  Here is where the only *** is.  You need to have rest days.  Mine is Sunday, and I think for most of you that works best too.  So you are off the hook from exercising one day a week.  You earned it!

Count backwards from the time you have to get up and go to bed.  Give yourself an extra half hour to wind down and actually go to sleep.  You can't give it your all if you are tired!

Here is a link to download your measurement sheet.  If you have any questions please ask!  Let me know here or on facebook and we'll rock it together!  Round three is on!  


Friday, February 1, 2013

Five Things For Friday: Clean Recipes

If you don't have a foam roller can I just tell you... GO GET ONE!  It will be the best frenemy you have ever had!!

Ok guys.  You know my goal is to get in to some booty shorts at some point this year.  I've been trying really hard to keep my diet super clean.  I am on MyFitnessPal {my username is Jennwarnick} every day putting in my stuff and trying to eat a lot of veggies and protein.  I've made my diary public so you can check out what I've been eating for ideas.  I've had a couple people ask me for the recipe links of stuff they have seen me eating on there.  So here are a few of my faves I thought I'd share...

I work out first thing in the morning and since I try to stay in bed as long as possible I don't have time to eat any breakfast.  Not that I really want to either.  I'm still waking up and jumping around on a full stomach is no bueno.    So I started keeping these in the fridge.  I just grab a couple every morning on my way out the door and they give me just enough pep to make it through my workout.  She has a couple different varations on her site you should try them all out. 

This is probably my favorite dinner right now.  It is so easy and we all love it.  Well, Ivy just likes her tilapia baked plain but loves it when I make this dinner.  I just use the frozen tilapias from Costco.  The longest part is cooking the brown rice to go with it.  

Biggest Loser Pancakes

This is our new go to pancakes.  I add about a half teaspoon of baking powder to the mix.  They are really yummy and super filling.  Even Ivy who could probably win the world championship pancake eating contest only eats three.

Sweet Potato Pancakes from The Gracious Pantry

These are on my list to try.  I am loving sweet potatoes right now and these just sound way yummy to me.  If you are looking for a good source of clean eating recipes check out The Gracious Pantry.  Tons and tons of good information on there.

Crockpot Tortilla Soup by Chef in Training

Umm this is our favorite soup.  To keep it clean you need to nix the all the cheese and sour cream and tortilla chips.  Try making your own by just cutting up some corn tortillas and tossing with a little bit of olive oil and salt.  Bake at 400 until crispy.  We also add avocado.  I cut out the chile powder so Ivy will eat it.  I also have just used diced tomatoes and some onions instead of Rotel.  Might be awesome for the Super Bowl eh?  

Have a fun weekend!  And I'd love any other recipes that you have been loving so go ahead and share em! Also I'm thinking Monday is a good day to start Round Three of the Ruffled Sunshine 24 Day Challenge.  See ya then!



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