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Okay, I think I am addicted to Boot Camps, first there was Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp, then the Boot Camp at the Blend Retreat and now the Fitmixer Boot Camp.  I love organized workout groups, it keeps me motivated and I really look forward to the daily tasks.

So with the Boot Camp I have been introduced to amino’s, well I am excited about this because I really get sore after workouts and the amino’s are supposed to help repair muscle tissue and recover faster.

The entire Boot Camp package looks like this. This will take me through the entire 12 week program.

These are some of the samples I received from the Blend retreat.

The amino’s taste so good, I love the grape flavor.

Along with the powder supplements they also have a healthy diet plan that is designed specifically for each participant from a registered dietitian. Here is my breakfast and lunch. I love to prep my snacks and meals, it keeps me on task and allows more time to concentrate on the workouts. That’s one thing with Boot Camps some of the workouts and moves I am not familiar with, so they usually have videos showing all the moves and proper execution. So I usually watch the video in full, and then I do the workouts. So that can eat up a lot of time, but worth it when you find a new favorite exercise.

After work I head home and get right on my workout’s.

The first day we had a Fit test to complete. The test gauges us at the start of the program and will be repeated mid Boot Camp and then at the end, this will show us how we progressed through the program. My weak area is and has always been my core. I also see from the test that I need to work on my triceps strength. I like that each evening we get our next days workout, a motivational thought, and a nutrition tip of the day. They also have snack suggestions and recipes. So much support is available. Plus on Thursday evenings we have a group conference call. Looking forward to my first call tonight.

Then it’s off to make dinner. I plan on keeping it clean and simple, a lean protein, a hearty carbohydrate and a vegetable, plus the plan even suggests a dinner roll. Love that.

  

Grilled salmon, roasted broccoli and brown rice.

Hello, my name is Dena and I am addicted to Boot Camp.

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So today I am really excited. I am a Featured  Blogger over at FITBLOGGER. I had a really good time writing this post. I hope you go over there and check it out.

Here’s what’s in today’s bag. Oats in a Jar (OIAJ) and an apple for breakfast. Whole wheat pita and hummus with a hard-boiled egg, string cheese and pretzels for lunch.

Yesterdays overnight oats for breakfast really kept me satisfied straight through lunch so I thought I’d make it again for today’s breakfast.

Today’s OIAJ:

  • 1/2 cup of Oats
  • 1/2 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Nut Butter
  • Few shakes of Cinnamon
Here’s whats for dinner.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco’s have become a favorite at my house. How can you beat having something cook for you while you do other things or while you are gone to work. I made this Monday night when I got home from work and by 8pm they were ready. I had to sample one, well I had a 1/2 and my husband had the other half.

With just a few ingredients, you will be surprised at how much flavor it packs.

Place the chicken in the crock pot and cover with the diced tomatoes with or without chilies, or you can use salsa if you prefer. You can also add a few tablespoons of taco seasoning powder. I just added a tablespoon of chili powder.

With about an hour left to cook I added a can of corn and a can of black beans.

Pull out the chicken and shred and then mix well with all the ingredients.

Serve on a tortilla with shredded lettuce and shredded cheese. Or make a big nacho, there’s really no wrong way of serving up this taste meal.

Dinner is done. It’s Taco Tuesday!

Crock Pot Chicken Taco’s

This recipe makes 8 really large taco’s.

  • 1 envelope taco seasoning, or seasoned to your taste
  • 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies or a jar of salsa (16 oz)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can of corn

Dump everything into a crock pot and give it a little stir to blend the seasoning with the salsa or can of tomatoes. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork. During the last hour of cooking add a can of corn and can of black beans.

Question of the day: What’s the last meal you made using a crock pot?

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Happy Valentines Day. 

Well I am one happy girl today. My boss is back and my normal hours resume. For me that extra hour sleep in the morning is priceless. I don’t envy the amount of hours she works as owner/manager. I like my secretarial/office assistant position.

So now for the fun stuff. Yesterday I went grocery shopping after work and I killed it. I had a 36% savings on my grocery bill. My original total was $239.58. This shopping trip is almost an entire months worth of groceries. I got the bill down to $151.26. I saved $88.32.  I will need milk and other fresh produce here and there. This haul will last for a while.

 

I had $32.09 worth of manufactures coupons, my bonus coupons totaled $18.10, my Kroger’s card savings was $38.32.  This shopping trip did take me a little longer than normal, I spent a total of 60 minutes shopping. Normally I can get in and out in about 45 minutes.

Here’s some of my goodies.

The produce section was really picked over. I was lucky to find a decent bunch of broccoli.

All my favorites are back in my fridge.

The Kroger’s I shop at has a great Health food section and there are always great manager specials. I found this Deli Smart veggie protein slices. It mimic bologna, I have had this before and I really like it.  There is 14 grams of protein in each serving, and this package makes 3 servings, and I only paid $0.99 cents. Now that’s a good deal.

Here’s whats in today bag.

I picked up a few of these Lemon flavored sparking waters, I can’t wait to try it. It’s looks so fancy.

So to repeat my sentiments, I am happy to be Back to Normal Hours.

Tonight’s workout will be a 60 minute treadmill walk and I plan on doing some of the Tone it Up circuits. I think I want to do the Lean Arm Pyramid and some ab work.

Tonight I just want to enjoy time at home and have a low-key dinner with my husband.

Question of the day? How do you celebrate Valentines day?

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So here’s what’s were talking about in my neck of the woods. Clint Eastwood, Detroit and Chrysler. This is an article with a YouTube clip I found online.

Last year, the best Super Bowl commercial for many people was Chrysler’s spot about the Chrysler 200 and the city of Detroit. It featured Eminem and focused on the resilience of the city of Detroit. It introduced the “Imported From Detroit” tagline, as well as the following line: “This is the Motor City, and this is what we do.”

During the first half of the Super Bowl, I was wondering how Chrysler planned to follow up last year’s ad. I didn’t think it could be topped, but I was still curious to see what Chrysler had put together. During halftime, this commercial was unveiled:

Once again, Chrysler went with the Detroit fighting back angle, and this time Clint Eastwood was used in the commercial. Personally, I think Chrysler hit the ball out of the park for the second year in a row. Some commercials go for making people laugh, and others try to catch people’s attention with CGI, but Chrysler went with one with a powerful message, and I applaud them for it. Great work once again.

Goosebumps, that’s all I can say.

So my Stuart can be very adventurous. I recently started using my dining room table as a desk while I’m blogging so I can be in the same room as my husband. Well Stuart doesn’t like that I’m not on the couch with him. So he has been sitting on my lap while I work and all of a sudden he decided he wanted a different view. He popped his little body right up on the table. Look at him, he know’s he’s being naughty but he can’t help it.

He won’t make eye contact with me when he know’s he’s doing something wrong. Naughty little boy. He rule’s this house with his good looks!

So I made a wonderful breakfast, last night. During the Superbowl game, I got kinda antsy after sitting for so long watching the game, so I went to pack my breakfast and lunch. I just couldn’t get oatmeal out of my mind,  and I have been wanting to try this recipe I found. I adapted it a bit, I used oatmeal flour instead of Buckwheat flour like the original recipe called for. I wanted to test if this would hold up overnight and reheated the next day.

http://edibleperspective.com/2012/01/banana-cinnamon-protein-quick-bake/

Banana Cinnamon Protein Quick Bake [vegan + gluten free]

  • 1/2 banana
  • 6T raw Oatmeal Flour
  • 3T Raw protein powder
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1T ground flax meal
  • 4-8T almond milk*
  1. Mash the banana until egg-like.
  2. Add in all other dry ingredients and stir together.
  3. Mix in the milk, starting with 4T, and adding more until just a soft but thick batter is formed.
  4. Grease a small microwave safe dish with butter/coconut oil/cooking spray.
  5. Spoon in the dough [which should be like a very thick muffin batter] and spread evenly.
  6. Microwave on high for 2-3min, until the center is set.  If cooked long enough, the texture will not be at all gummy.
  7. Release from the dish with a fork.

Nutrition stats: [calculated with RAW Protein – 17g protein per 1/4c serving] cals: 301 fat: 5g carbs: 46g sugar: 7.3g protein: 20.5g fiber: 10g

Tips/Subs: buckwheat flour can be subbed for oatmeal flour.  3T pumpkin puree or 2.5T unsweetened applesauce can be subbed for banana.  If adding chopped nuts or chia seeds, add 1T more milk to prevent drying out.

I microwaved it in a cereal bowl, after I spray with baking oil.

It slid right out of the bowl onto a plate. I topped it with goodies and I snapped a picture. Then,

I transferred to a travel container.

I was a little worried it would dry out by the morning, but I was wrong, it was moist and taste after I reheated it.  It reminded me of an oatmeal pancake. I topped it with some agave sweeter, nuts and dried cranberries. Perfect start to a Monday.

Here’s today’s Breakfast and Lunch Bag.

Tonight I am working 2 hours later than I normally do, my boss is on vacation until next Tuesday so I am working earlier and later than I normally do. So I planned for my husband to have the Guinness Stew leftovers with brown rice and I plan on having Roasted Tofu and Brown Rice. I froze 4 slices of Tofu from last weeks meal. I don’t mind tofu after it’s been frozen, it gets a chewy texture and It goes well with brown rice.

When I get home, I plan on getting in a quick 30-45 minute elliptical workout before reheating our dinner and making the rice. Today would be my arm weights workout day, so I am hoping to fit that in today as well.

Today’s weather is unbelievable, it’s sunny and 46 degrees. I’m sad I couldn’t take a walk at lunch, but I couldn’t leave the office unmanned.

Question of the day:  Did you have a good Monday?

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My stockpile of Chobani and Sabra Hummus are getting low, I have enough to get me through the end of the week.  I love hummus, It’s always in my fridge. I got a great deal on some single servings 4 packs. I normally buy it in the large family size because it’s a better price, but these little single servings were kinda cool to have on hand.

Here’s Today’s Bag

Getting closer to the end of the week makes me very happy! I don’t have any commitments this weekend so I plan on doing things I want to do. My husband is low on coffee and that only means one thing. Sam’s Club Run. I need a few things also so this will work out well. We are also looking for a new stove since I smashed the glass top on mine the other night.

Ouch

I’ve been able to use the two right side burners, but the glass is slowly starting to crack up and across the entire stove. The stove top glass is supposed to be tampered glass, but the pieces of glass on my stove are sharp shards of glass. It really is not safe so I am not going to be using the stove top anymore, I am afraid that the entire top is gonna break and shatter all over my kitchen. Glass and food DO NOT MIX. So hopefully I will get a new stove within the next week, I don’t know how long I can go without using a stove, other than power outages and camping I’ve never been without a stove.

Guacamole Turkey Panini

This is a favorite sandwich of mine. Turkey breast lunch meat with a slice of deli cheese, smeared with guacamole and red peppers. Grilled on a panini maker for about 7 minutes.  Before I got my panini maker I use to just grill like a grilled cheese sandwich. I roasted some broccoli and cauliflower and dug in.

Roast broccoli and cauliflower on 400 degrees for 30 minutes. I tossed this batch with olive oil and some garlic, salt and pepper.

Panini

Keeping my veggie scraps is something I have done for a while. I compost and I feed my friends chickens. I love feeding the chickens, they are so fun to watch. So after cutting up the last weeks worth of veggies I have lots to give to the “Lovely Ladies”.

They also love bread, so I keep the end pieces in the freezer and when I get a bunch I break them up and they have a feast.

They love it when people come bearing gifts. When they see you they all stop what there doing and run to the fence. I call them my “Lovely Ladies”. They are right next store to where I work so on a nice day if I take a walk I always stop to see them. They do prefer if you have some thing for them, so if I don’t have any veggies or bread to give them, I know where their food is kept so I’ll grab a few handfuls and toss it in for them.

These are the eggs they produce. We call them Easter Eggs. The green and blue eggs are so beautiful. They all taste the same but they all come out different colors.

These are a batch from before Christmas, they don’t produce many eggs this time of year. I so look forward to getting some fresh eggs, but it probably won’t be until end of March.

Question on the day: How do you like to eat your eggs

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Some-days you just wake up and know it’s going to be a good day. Today was one of those days, nothing amazing happened, it was just a good day.

Here’s whats in today’s bag.  For breakfast I have a Chobani pineapple yogurt that I mix with Kashi Go-Lean Crisp Cereal and a Fuji apple. For lunch, I have hummus and sprouts that I stuff  into whole wheat pita. I also have some pretzels and a mozzarella cheese stick.  Around 3 pm I like to have a snack so I always have a hard-boiled egg. I’m kinda bummed that I forgot to cut up a cucumber for my hummus sprout pita. That would have given it a good crunch.

When I got home from work I was greeted by these two crazy kids.

They know that when I get home from work, they get to eat, so I usually get a major greeting then they proceed to throw themselves at me, letting me know that they are hungry. If I ask them if there hungry they answer back with barks and whinny sounds. They also bounce around a bit to really let me know just how hungry they are.  I like to hang out with them as they eat, I have noticed that if I leave the room they just inhale the food. So I usually just do some stretching while they eat.  After they ate I grabbed my gear and we head up to my spare bedroom where my treadmill is and I got my walk on.

I love to walk and tonight’s Treadmill walk was Fantastic. I did 60 minutes on an incline. My normal routine on the treadmill is easy, I just walk at a fast pace and listen to great music on an incline. I usually do 10 minutes forward, then slow it down a bit and do 4 minutes backwards to target different muscles, I do this until I’ve completed 60 minutes. In the winter I rely on my treadmill, but in the Spring, Summer and Fall, I walk outdoors on trails. There’s nothing like a great walk outdoors.

Walking...

Most of the cardio I do is low impact workouts. I use the treadmill to walk, I use an elliptical machine to mimic running, I do throw in a few sets of jumping jacks, that’s about as high impact as I get.

Over the years of experimenting with different forms of exercise and always wanting to join in on friends runs and races, I tried running. I always wanted to like it as much as they did, but I couldn’t find the joy. I finally realized that I don’t enjoy running at all, I don’t like the way it makes me feel, it wipes me right out. I experienced pain in my knee and hip joints and I always seemed to be thinking about when it was going to end. I don’t do that with walking, I enjoy it, time fly’s by. I always feel energized and happy after a good walk. I keep my heart rate up and adjust my pace to ensure I’m getting a good heart healthy workout. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking running, I’m just admitting I’m not built for it, so I do what I love, I walk. I know there are runners out there that feel the same way about running as I do about walking.  So I think you should find what you love and what works for you and do it often.

Here are some of my favorite Walking Quotes:

  • A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
  • One step at a time is good walking.
  • All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Dinner did not require a recipe, I free styled this one, I just added what I wanted to pasta.
Linguine pasta with imitation crab, green olives and clams. I added a jar of pasta sauce and sprinkled Nutritional yeast on top. For the sides I had Dr. Praegers spinach shapes and a slice of garlic cheese toast. Sometimes the best meals are the one’s tossed together.
I really love these Seafood Snackers, they are great cold on salads and they are great on a hot meal like the pasta dish. Or I just eat them as a snack.
Nutritional Yeast, have you heard of it? I have been using it for a few months. I tried it to add more protein and B complex vitamins to my diet.
Here’s the deal on Nutritional Yeast:

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae.[1] Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for a period of 7 days and then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging it. This is commercially available in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.[2]

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugardairy, and gluten. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12. When fortified, the vitamin B12 is produced separately (commonly Cyanocobalamin) and then added to the yeast because yeasts are fungi, whereas B12 is synthesized only by bacteria.[3][4][5]

Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of parmesan cheese. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn. It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as put into scrambled tofu or eggs. Some movie theaters offer it along with salt or cayenne pepper as a popcorn condiment.

I found it in the bulk aisle at Whole Foods, I love the flavor and I sprinkle it on eggs, pasta and tofu dishes. I once made a lite version of Mac and Cheese and used that instead of the cheese, it was good, not as creamy as real cheese but I was experimenting with it.

Eating healthy is a priority for me, I really try to eat as clean as I can, there are many amazing options out there now. I find so many really healthy frozen options by some great organic/healthy food companies. We all have days that we cannot find the time to make a great meal from scratch. Finding a great product or a healthy brand is easier than ever. So many companies realize that we want good food so they make it. I find great deals in the Health Food Section at my grocery store, plus I clip coupons and there are some great sites on the internet where you can get organic/health food coupons.  I got to http://www.organicdeals.com. They have all the printable coupon sites on the right hand side of the page. Resources are out there for us to take advantage of, so clip away to save and to eat healthy.

Question of the day: Do you take walk’s? Have you ever used Nutritional Yeast? 

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Today’s bag looks like this:

Good morning, I played with the self timer on my camera for a few minutes at work this morning. It worked well positioning the camera on top of my computer screen, it was just wide enough to hold the camera. Things you do when the boss is way running an errand!

So back in the day, it was Power 90 Home Boot Camp, now it’s PX90.

Today I tried my Power 90 DVD. Well I have had this DVD for many, many years. One on my co-workers gave it to me and I never used it, I always stuck to the same old same old DVD’s, well this year I am being adventurous. I really didn’t even realize that it was the same instructor/creator of the PX90 video until I started sorting my DVD’s to see if I had something I have not tried and there it was. My goal is to incorporate a workout DVD or a circuit between my cardio workouts.

This was a good workout, I did the Cardio portion with the Ab Ripper set. The abs portion really works you hard, but I didn’t really work up a sweat doing the cardio portion. It was flowing yoga poses with some kicks and punches. I have to say that I get a better sweaty workout from my Body by Bethenny DVD.  I want to try the second disk to see if that one offers more of a challenge.

Tonight I made a fish fillet by Sea Cuisine. They are so good, my local Kroger’s carry’s them and If you go to the Sea Cuisine website and sign up for the monthly news letter, they let you down load a $1.00 off coupon and my Kroger’s doubles coupons up to $1.00 so it’s a really good deal if your grocery store doubles. They are full of protein and they already come breaded and seasoned, they have several different flavors to choose from. They are so easy to make, just bake for 32 minutes and serve, I like the easy clean up with this meal.

Potato crusted cod with a side of mashed potatoes and some roasted cauliflower.

Going over my to-do list today, I realized that I have been doing a good job at mixing it up and trying new things when it comes to my workouts, which was really the only resolution I made this year. I wanted to incorporate more strength/weight training into my routines. I really am glad I get so much inspiration from other Healthy Living Blogs. I find so many great workouts on blogs and websites. I do sometimes adjustment them to my fitness level and work my way up to the starting point. Most of the sites I visit are bloggers in the 20 and 30’s, and most are very athletic and run marathons. Well I’m not making excuses but I’m in my 40’s and I can’t just expect to be able to crank out the 20 pounds weights and do 100 squats, but I certainly NEVER say I can’t do something, I just simply start where I can and see how far I can go!

I have found that viewing a workout DVD prior to doing it has really helped me keep my form in check and it really helps me to see the proper execution of the exercise. For me if they are doing 20 push up’s and I can only do 15, I want to do the best 15 I can. I am flexible and that sometimes is not good when lifting weights, I have found myself arching my back and sticking my butt out, so now I take the time to check my posture, execute the exercise and keep my core in, tight and my butt tucked.

Proper Posture

When standing, proper posture involves aligning body in alignment so that the pull of gravity is evenly distributed. Good posture includes:

  • A straight line from your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles
  • Head is centered
  • Shoulders, hips and knees are of equal height

Some of the most common posture mistakes include:

  • forward head
  • rounded shoulders
  • arched lower back
  • excessive anterior pelvic tilt (protruding backside)
  • excessive posterior pelvic tilt (protruding abdomen/pelvis)

Test Your Posture

To figure out if you have good posture, take the following posture tests.

The Wall Test – Stand with the back of your head touching the wall and your heels six inches from the baseboard. With your backside touching the wall, stick your hand between your lower back and the wall, and then between your neck and the wall. If you can get within an inch or two at the low back and two inches at the neck, you are close to having excellent posture.

The Mirror Test – Stand facing a full length mirror and check to see if:

  1. Your head is straight
  2. Your shoulders are level
  3. Your hips are level
  4. Your kneecaps face the front
  5. Your ankles are straight

Now look at yourself from the side (or have someone else check you out) and look for the following:

  1. Your head is straight rather than slumped forwards or backwards
  2. Chin is parallel to the floor
  3. Shoulders are in line with ears
  4. Knees are straight
  5. Slight forward curve to your lower back

What You Can Do for Better Posture

Once you determine your posture deviations, you can start working on them. Your first step is to be aware of your posture throughout the day; while standing, sitting at work, sitting in your car. Ask yourself if you’re keeping everything in neutral alignment?

Depending on your problems, there are things you can do to help correct your posture. For example, if you have a forward head and rounded shoulders, you probably have tight chest muscles and loose upper back muscles. Try some corrective stretching for the chest area and tighten the upper back muscles with a reverse fly or back extension. If you have an excessive anterior pelvic tilt, corrective stretching should be done for the hips and back and strengthening exercises should be done for the lower body and abdominals.

Well I’m off to spend some time with Jeff and our fury little babies. Good night and I’ll Check ya Later

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