Monday, April 28, 2014

6 Week Training Plan for End of April and the Month of May

April 28th to May 31st Strength and Running Schedule

Monday and Thursday

Goal: 12 minute Lower body workout in the AM and 2-2.5 mile run during lunch break.

Execution: 12 minute lower body strength workout—exercises including DB squats, DB lunges, hip raises, plyometrics, leg curls with exercises ball, DB deadlifts, kettlebell swings, ectPack clothes to bring to work to workout.

Tuesday and Friday

Goal: 12 minute Upper body workout in the AM and 25-30 minute walk or yoga sequence during lunch break.

Execution: 12 minute upper body strength workout—exercises including DB chest press, DB row, front/side/rear delt raises, DB upright rows, push-ups, assisted pull-ups, ectPack clothes to bring to work to workout.


Goal: Core workout for whatever time I have available.  

Execution: Wake up earlier if needed to fit this workout in.  Pack clothes to workout in if there is time available.


Goal: Long run- 3-4 miles logged on this day.  

Execution: Eat a healthy meal Friday night and make a post workout drink at night to consume afterwards.


Goal: Make up workouts done on this day or REST.  

Execution: If during the week I had to cancel a workout due to time restraints

or injury/sickness, this is the day to make it up.  If all workouts were completed during the week than no intense workout’s day.  

**The 12 minute strength workouts that I do, I am using heavy weights (15-25lbs- depending on body part worked) and I am resting only to transition from one exercise to the next**

The ultimate goal of the 6 weeks is to continue gaining strength and speed as an athlete in as little time as possible. 

A quick picture of me before I head out for a run during my lunch break. I 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekend Meal Prep for Weekday Meals- Links included for Some of the Vegan Meals

Having a general idea what I am going to make throughout the week is good.  If I actually take the time to prepared some of the meals ahead of time that is even better.  Most of the time I concentrate on making my lunch and snacks for the week ahead on Saturday and Sunday so that during the week I save as much time as possible in the morning and the night before work. 

Typically I make a salad mix, energy balls/bars, hummus/bean dip, sometimes a soup, and sometimes chia pudding or overnight oats. This week I have decided to make:
vanilla chia pudding that I will add fruit when I eat in for breakfast or snack

In the morning I  make my smoothies for either breakfast or after workout snack. If the smoothie is for breakfast I add along with my typically 3:1 vegetable to fruit ratio, nuts/seeds/coconut to make it more calorically dense.  An example of this would be: 3 cup of leafy greens, 1 cup of frozen or fresh fruit, 1 tbsp of nut butter or 2 tbsp of nuts/seeds/coconut, 1.5 cups of liquid (mostly nut/soy milk, some coconut water or water to thin out), and 1/2 scoop of plant based protein powder-- I am loving the taste and price of MRM Veggie Protein Powder right now.  I buy mine from Vitacost and that is where that link will take you if you are interested in trying out their product. If the smoothie is post workout, the 3:1 vegetable to fruit ratio remains the same, but then I do not add nut/seeds/coconut, and will use coconut water and water as a base with 1/2 scoop of the MRM veggie protein powder. 

As of this Saturday evening I have a general idea of what the Lewis clan is planning for dinner this week, I do believe we will make bean, rice, veggie enchiladas that should last two days and Thai coconut curry tofu sweet potato broccoli dish that should also last two or three days. The Thai curry dish is something that Lee usually makes and the enchiladas that I make is inspired by Healthy Girl's Kitchen: Kitchen Sink Enchilada Casserole.  We have those two meals about twice a month.  

My last two links I will post tonight are a workout and the the link to my 
Vegan Meal Planning page on Pinterest, which is where I keep all my recipe inspiration located. 

Here is the workout I did two rounds of while I meal prepping and typing this post up :)

Morning workout

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Workout of the Week for April 19, 2014

I would like to introduce my first (of what should be many) 
Workout of the Week.

Each week or so, I hope to share one of my workouts. I am not trained or certified in personal training, but I have seen results in the workouts I create for myself. 

Perhaps these posts will inspire someone else to begin working out at home and that would be terrific. 

This is a dumbbell workout, targeting these main muscle groups: chest, back, thighs and glutes. The core, shoulders, triceps, and calves are secondary muscle groups being worked. 

My home gym equipment I am using today: 
             A fitness ball, 2-15lbs dumbbells, and a foam roller

The Workout:

Warm-up: I did a 3 minute warm-up of alternating jumping jacks and high knees.  
                  20 repetitions before switching off to do the next, repeating for 3 minutes 

Superset 1: Dumbbell (DB) Squat and DB Stiff-legged Deadlift
                     3 sets of 15 repetitions for each exercise.  I rested about 1 minute before beginning the next superset.  

Superset 2: One-armed DB Row and DB Chest Press on Exercise Ball
                     *3 sets of 15 repetitions for each exercise.  I rested about 1 minute before beginning the next superset.

Giant Set: Exercise Ball Leg Curl with Upright DB Row and 
                  DB Curtsy Lunge with Alternating Push-up with Foam Roller
                 *I did these 4 exercises back to back for 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions each.  
                  At the end of the Giant Set I rested for about 30-45 seconds before completing the set again. 


And that concludes my workout.  This took me about 35 minutes and I did stretch afterwards for about 5 minutes.  

Post Workout Nutrition: 1/2 scoop of MRM Chocolate Veggie Protein Powder mixed with water and about 45 minutes a PB and Berry Jam sandwich on whole wheat.  
For the most part I try to limit how much wheat I eat, but every now and then, a PBJ is where it is at!. 

Stay tuned for next post as I will cover what foods I make over the weekend to help me save time preparing meals during the week.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Typical Nutritional Dense Day of Eating for Me

Beeakfast: Pineapple, banana, kale smoothie using coconut water and Vanilla Plant Fusion Protein Powder. 
*I started drinking it and remember that I wanted to take a picture*

Morning Snack: with Adams Creamy Peanut Butter

Lunch: Vegan veggie stuffed lasagna with a little Daiya cheese with a very large spinach and romaine salad. I added tomato, cucumber, purple cabbage, Kamala olives, and a homemade balsamic dressing.

Afternoon Snack: Hummus, carrots, celery. 

Dinner: Black bean and rice, veggie enchilada casserole. I added a little Daiya again and cilantro avocado lime cream. 

This post shows a typical NUTRITIONALLY DENSE day of eating for me. Recently, this is how I strive to eat most of the time. I do make my own hummus, lasagna, and cassaroles for the week on Saturday and Sunday. 
To help me cut dairy from my diet I have begin adding Daiya non-dairy cheese substitute to certain foods in order to help me transition back to not eating dairy. 

What does a healthy day of eating look like for you? 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Juggling Family, Work, and a Fit Lifestyle

The Adjustment Period

At the end of December I returned back to work.  I am a legal assistant at a small law firm in Tacoma, Washington. So far I am really enjoying where I work and the attorney I work for. Recently, I received a promotion and will now be working full time.  I am looking forward to the added responsibility.  

As the title of this post alludes, for the past five months I have been learning to adjust to working again and how to best prioritize my time to maximize family time, while fitting in decent workouts. The first couple of months, I worked on planning and eating nutrient dense meals and spending quality time with my family.  Slowly I begun to add in short and intense workout and a run every now and then.  

So that is where I am now. 

Links to My Favorite FREE Workout Sites 

I still LOVE workouts and have also started using as a source of excellent workouts, and Ekhart Yoga and other Yoga teachers that post their videos on Youtube.  I recommend highly to utilizing free workout sources on the web.  

My Fit Body

I have pretty much been the same weight since I last posted pictures  back in November. Sometimes a little less and sometimes a little more.  Now I am back to losing but that is because my dietary decision have been smart and consistent, especially during the week.

I am far stronger than I was back in November as I can do 5 sets of 10-12 beautiful push-ups  and my average mile per hour is less than 10 minutes if I am running without the double jogger.  

Saw the below picture on Pinterest and it reminded me that fitness and health goals should both be short and long term.  
Right now I am focusing on small short term goals about 2 to 4 weeks at a time.