Sunday Motivation

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Have a wonderful week friends!
xoxo,
Karina

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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

You heard me talk about this saying before… Remember when I promised that on this blog, I would give you the good, bad, and the ugly side of my fitness journey? I’m keeping my promise, and doing just that. You see, what differs this blog from my others is that I don’t have to sugar coat it. Before, even if I posted things online saying that I was keeping it real, there was still a little bow tied on top, and things sounded somewhat good in the end. 

Now here we are, and this online journal of mine will be a place for me to do just that! I present you with a new weekly journal entry, and the outcome of my thoughts at the end: 

The Good

  • Waking up early, and not feeling like death. Actually getting a good work out in before my work day. Being able to fit into my jeans from five years ago.

The Bad

  • Gaining some weight back. Not exercising regularly for the past week. Craving lots and lots of sweets. Oh and carbs too. Then, caving in and eating all of the ice cream, cheese bread, chocolate that I could get my hand on. 

The Ugly

  • Regretting all of the said above food. Feeling bad about my body, especially this one area on my belly. Comparing myself to other fit girls. BIG ONE: Not having the energy to meal prep on Sunday, and basically eating junk food during my work week.  

The Outcome:

  • Realizing that just because I had a really bad week it doesn’t mean that I should go back to my old habits. Time to snap out of it.
  • Also, it is time to keep a food journal. 
  • Time to incorporate new workout routines to my daily sections
  • Sunday/Monday back to meal prepping.
  • Don’t ever compare yourself to someone else, girl! Like ever! 
  • STOP eating like S**t just cause others around you are.
  • If you fail to plan, you plan to fail
  • Wear those tigers marks proud girl! You have two beautiful children.

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xoxo

Karina 

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The Military DIET review

A few friends from work told me about the “The Military Diet“, and how they had lost 10 pounds after three days. By following this strict meal plan with regular exercise.

At first I was a bit skeptical about it, how can you loose that much weight. Then keep it off? I called it BS, but since I like to challenge myself this girl told herself: Why not? it will only be for three days.

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What is the Military Diet?

You can lose up to 10 pounds per week on the Military Diet without strenuous exercise or prescriptions. And best of all, the Military Diet is free! The 3 day military diet plan is probably less expensive than what you’re already eating. The chemically formulated food combination is designed to burn fat, kick start your metabolism and lose weight fast. In fact, the Military Diet is one of the best natural diets known for rapid weight loss without a prescription. What’s three days a week of routine in exchange for losing 10 pounds a week? (via themilitarydiet.com).

My results were quite surprising!!!  I was expecting a couple of pounds off, but not at total of  8 pounds. I followed the diet regimen exactly as described. Here are my pictures:

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For three days, it wasn’t bad at all. The third was the hardest! I felt hungrier, and had a little bit of a headache.

Overall, I would do this diet again. Even if I didn’t look like I lost a lot. I could feel a bit lighter. Here are a few rules I go by:

1.Drink plenty of water. 2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes each day. 3. Get plenty of sleep.

Here is The Military Diet plan:

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diet each day

Also there is a list of substitutions for certain foods HERE.

So my final review is, I enjoyed this diet. I would do it again if I was trying to loose a few pounds for an event. Grapefruit is now a fruit that I have added to my daily breakfast plans. I have kept the 8 pounds off, and its been a month since doing the diet. One thing you need to know is, I wasn’t a horrible eater before. I usually eat pretty clean, but enjoy my chocolate. So this diet was a great way to stop my sweet cravings. Well, lets not forget to count the vanilla ice cream that I layered with my fruits. (that confused my body a little).

If you follow this diet, you will get results. Everyone is different, but you will for sure shred a few pounds. REMEMBER: Drink plenty of water!!!

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For more information, and tips check out:  www.themilitarydiet.com 

PS: I know that this diet isn’t for everyone. So be very cautious if you decide to try it. These are just my opinions.

xoxo,

Karina

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Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

 

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Have you heard? Chia seed is the it thing right now. Everyone is talking about this healthy, and full of nutrients seed.

What Is Chia?
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Here is a delicious chia seed pudding recipe that will have you asking for more:

Ingredients

2 cups coconut milk or milk of choice
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 tbsp. maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 peach

Instructions

In a bowl, add milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk together. Cover and refidgerate over night.
Divide the chia pudding between four bowls and layer with chopped peaches.
The chia pudding will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Notes

Calories per 2/3 cups: 143, Fat: 10, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 75, Potassium: 10, Carbs: 5, Fiber: 9, Sugar: 3, Protein: 5

Enjoy!

Xoxo
Karina

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Meal prepping ftw!

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About a month ago, I started a new job. With having a new job meant that I would have to plan my lunches wisely. Or else this girl was going to be spending money to go out to eat, and let’s face it: There aren’t any healthy fast food places.

After being home with the kids for a little over 6 months, I was finally working out again, and eating somewhat clean by usually cooking fresh meals everyday. Why mess all that up right?

Meal prepping kept running through my mind. I’m usually a go with the flow girl, but when it comes to food I like to think ahead. I usually have a monthly calendar where I will write meal plans ideas.  When it was time to plan for the new job. Naturally, meal prep was the way to go.

Here is an easy step by step of what I did, it will help you start meal planning, and drinking more water.

1. Find a good set of Tupperware. It will keep your meals fresh, and separated. I would suggest a set of 5. So you have one for each day of the week. You can buy this two pack from Walmart: ** If you go to your local store they are only five dollars for a set of two. **

2. Buy great quality cups/tumblers. For your drinks. I suggest a blender bottle for your shakes. Then, a plastic tumbler for your waters.  These can be found anywhere really, but I got mine from Walmart.

3. Seasonings & Oils. When it comes to seasonings,I prefer Mrs. Dash, and I use it on everything… no really- everything! Here is a little bit more it:  – Mrs. Dash original blend: an all-purpose, versatile blend Of 14 savory herbs And spices including onion, black pepper, parsley, basil, orange peel And tomato adds flavor excitement To any DISH. No MSG ALL – NATURAL – KOSHER

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For oils, I have two favorites: Coconut oil & Olive oil . I’m sure you have read about all of the health benefits. I will make sure to talk about it more later on. Again, you can go to either Walmart or Trader Joes for them.

 4. Shopping trip: I usually will take a day of the week, or go on the weekend, and do my shopping for the meals I’m prepping. When eating healthy, it can get a bit expensive. What I recommend is price matching your fruits and vegetables. Wincos is one of my favorite stores to shop for everything. Here are my food staples: Chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, rice, eggs, and two types of fruit. Then, it really depends on what else you feel like  adding. I usually start with the staples, and go from there. Also, you can get your protein, oats, and yogurts for breakfast.

5. Cook/Bake away! I usually set aside 2-4 hours out of my Sunday for this. This is counting the time that it takes to prep your fruit & veggies, then your chicken. I suggest using tin foil on your pans. Less clean up for later. Also, when you are baking your food you should be able to bake four separate things at once. Just use tin foil to separate your meals in the pans. Example: In one pan I will bake the chicken with veggies, then the sweet potatoes. The more you do this, the less time it will take each Sunday. It is all about setting up a routine.  There are great Meal Prep ideas on Pinterest in case you run out of ideas.

I will soon post a few great recipes to go with this post, but here are some ideas:

-Salad in a jar

-Chia seed pudding

-Overnight oats

-Sweet potato chips

-Fruits in a jar

There you have it! Remember the saying: “if you fail to plan, plan to fail.”

xoxo

Karina

 

 

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weekly inspiration…

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I try to post an inspiring quote or saying every week. I get inspired by those fun quotes.  So why not post them here, right? From now on, I will do a round up here as well every other week. Enjoy!

Xoxo

Karina

A fitness journey to a new me…

I have been an active person for as long as I can remember. Dance, soccer, swimming, “to name a few” were the many activities that consumed my teenage years. Then, there is this thing called marriage. They warned me about it before, but for some reason I didn’t fully believe that as soon as I got married I would gain all this magical weight called “First Year of Marriage”. After having my two kids, my body changed drastically. especially the second one. For some reason you bounce back quickly from having a first child. At least that is how my body was. Last year I went into deep depression, that in turn messed with my body. I was a emotional-bored-over-eater. Not good. I would constantly get headaches, and  just be tired all the time.

January came around, and I was ready to go back to school. To start my happiness again, I finally picked a degree that I was excited to work on. *Still working on it*

After I regained my energy back, I decided that it was time to work out again, and put ME first. Found cheap gym equipment online, decided to Meal Prep, dance, and work out again.

Here I am today. Nowhere near my goal weight, but so close I can taste it.

This blog is going to be my Fitness Journal, I will share the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Starting weight: 165

Current weight: 132

Goal weight: 120

xoxo,

Karina

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