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Friday, March 30, 2012

Eating Out

While vacationing in Utah, we were eating out quite a bit. I was proud of myself for resisting the Biscuits, sausages with more sausage gravy , donuts, bacon and fried hash-browns included in with our hotel each morning....* that was will-power!* Instead,  I enjoyed my pre-made protein oatmeal that I packed up instead...

However, if I am eating right for Breakfast, I am either skiing all day or if I wasn't, I'd hit the gym, and watch my lunch choices....but come dinner...It was time to eat out!

We had a fantastic dinner at a local Seafood Restaurant. The kids ordered this onion ring appetizer to share. OH MY GOSH! Yes, of course I tried one. LOOK at them....amazing.... But, that was it. One was enough...

Instead of depriving ourselves, we ordered fresh choices, like the following....everything was fresh, full of flavour and tasty, but here are two options for an appetizer without sabotaging your hard work. Then I followed my main dish with the most amazing King Crab. A great meal option, as it tastes SO Good!  but you have to eat it slowly, fighting for your meat!  Plus I you can control the amount of butter or omit it all together.  A great tip I was given?  Dip your crab and lobster in Rice Wine Vinegar.  ( my Fish man told me this- his wife is Asian and they do it all the time) sounds awful, I know, but I tried it once. NOT bad at ALL! Very good actually.

Freshly shipped  Oysters- Heck! We are in UTAH!


and mussels, but I was easy on the butter- they were nice enough to put it on the side...


My new favourite saying about getting and staying FIT! 

By Fit, I mean STRONG, not skinny...

Now that I got that out of the way, I must talk about my new love- Large Lettuce Wraps!

OK, they don't sound appealing at all! I agree. I have walked past these crazy things in the produce section for years. WHO would want those??  Well, I don't know what happened to me, but I bought some and tried them as I was trying to reduce my bread intake.  Well guess what? THEY ARE GOOD!  They give you that crisp crunch that I love, and they hold in all the yummy goodness!  A staple in our house now.

Black Bean and Mushroom burger with extra lean ground turkey Topped with Goats cheese. Grilled artichoke, and veggies.

Lean Turkey Taco's with kidney beans, salsa, reduced fat cheese and sour cream

Salad in a Jar. I saw this in a magazine.  Dressing on the bottom, then veggies, chicken, quinoa, and lettuce on top. They are suppose to last for a week in the fridge if you make a big batch.  Ours didn't last that long. All gone! Just shake and eat.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Great Spinning Tips!

From Katie Holmes Spinning Instructor


Monday, March 19, 2012

SO? Our Bootcamp Class?

Was a FULL house!

How great is that!?!?!

Now, we don't have a large room, as it is all we have access to at this point. Our YMCA is small, BUT- we are getting a new one next month! YAY!

However,  we had the room full.

Started with a great warm-up with Toni
I arranged 8 different Tabata Circuits around the room. Had them pick out weights that were challenging for them.

OFF we went!  30 minutes- GO HARD- GET IT DONE type of attitude. I played some good Rock, High energy Music and we did our best to keep everyone going....

Cool Down and Stretch

SWEAT central!  Drips on the floor...it was great!

We need to work on a few more things. I need a big whistle to blow out every 20 seconds for the switch, and I tried to work out with everyone, and that was a disaster....so I will just lead and supervise next time.

However, that means, I now have to do a work-out at home to make up for it.  dang.

Looking forward to the next class!  We will be mixing it up each week, to keep people on their toes.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

So excited about my next adventure! BOOTCAMP!

I am so excited as Toni and I work so well together. She is currently teaching Step Aerobics, while I do Spin, and she is looking to start teaching a more advanced class. She is in GREAT shape, and we were rehearsing together in the conditioning room today.  I think she scared a few people! She is amazing.  We have a kick ass routine! Great music, and doing moves that work many different muscle groups with weights all at once!

Can't wait!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Well, after quite a few people complaining and requesting to have me back in the Friday Morning 9 am-10 time slot a our local Y to teach SPIN!

I am finally ON the schedule!  I can't wait!  I start right after the March Break....no more 10 am classes!

This is where I teach right now...BUT.... SOON, I will be in a gorgeous NEW, CLIMATE CONTROLLED, ALL GLASS walled, excellent sound system,  brand new facility! I can't wait!  We move into it at  end of next month!

Can't wait to show you pictures of the NEW room.

Tonights Dinner

I've got my salad all ready, still in the colander, so I don't dirty another bowl...yes, I will admit it. I am lazy that way!

Just romaine, edamame, carrots, celery, and tomatoes.

I like to keep my salmon simple. White wine, lemon, pepper, sea salt and whatever herb I have on hand. Tonight it is cilantro.  Either bake it, or better yet, cedar plank it on the BBQ.

I looked  in my fridge and my peppers were starting to lose their crispness, so I decided to stuff them with a black bean, rice and green pepper mixture, with Costa Rico Salsa, and cheddar cheese, to grill as well...

Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I got the idea from Oxygen Magazine.

However, I changed it a bit to make it even healthier.

1 cup of reduced fat peanut butter
2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
3 tbsp of flax seed, ( preferably ground, but the crunch in the full seed is nice too)
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp dark mini chocolate chips

Just mix, roll into balls, and refrigerate until firm.

My kids love them!

A great PRE and POST work-out snack or little dessert!

Going to UTAH soon!

Salt Lake City actually...

Where they have the most yummy, fattening, breakfasts included. Biscuits and Sausage Gravy,  Sausages and cheese to add to that..Waffles, Donuts, Bagels, Muffins, Fruit and Yogurt for show! ha!

I have no issue with that, but I do have an issue with the lack of care of the environment and health.  They serve everything on disposable Styrofoam paper plates, disposable plastic cups, utensils, etc. Everything is thrown straight into the garbage.  ICK!    THAT, and no wonder obesity is a problem if you are given such a selection for breakfast. HOW can one resist sometimes.

I was really impressed when we were at the Eaton Center in Toronto.  Their food court has come a LONG way....90% of the food selections were healthy and made fresh to order. ALL of the plates, bowls, utensils, even soda pop/juice was served in a REAL glass.  Everything was served in a dish that was going to be washed and used again. Plus it just made the whole eating experience so much more civilized.  Take your time, stop, chew and enjoy.

So enough of my rant and praise....

We are off again, so here I am, getting ready to stay away from temptation.

So here I am making my Oatmeal Protein Packs for each morning while away. Just add hot water, stir and enjoy.    I will bring this down to the breakfast area of our hotel  in a REAL bowl!

I take these to the Gym with me too- I am always starving after a work-out and these babies, really keep your blood sugars nice and even, help repair the muscles, and give you tummy satisfaction.

Quick Oats ( about 1/2 cup)
Vanilla Protein Powder ( half a scoop)
Flax seed ( 1 Tbsp)
Cinnamon- ( pinch)
Splenda Brown Sugar ( pinch)
dried cranberries

Add hot water, and stir.

What else am I taking to Utah?

My work-out plans. YES, I will be skiing most days, but for the days I need something else, this is my plan. 

I tried this one today.  A GREAT all over work-out.

IN FACT.....I will be teaching this one at our local YMCA.

I am starting a trial Bootcamp Co-Ed, Monday nights. Hoping it is a success, and if so, will continue teaching  it. YAY!  So excited. I start the first class the day after we get back, so I am trying to get everything done and ready before we leave. I can't come back all jiggly from too many Sausages and Biscuits now can I!?! ack!  I hope I have WILLPOWER!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Biking...found this on a Spinning Blog that I follow...

Oh my gosh! WHY!?

My favourite Protein Lunch

The best pure protein lunch. Quinoa, edamame, black beans, red pepper, cilantro and dressing of choice with left over " Steph's easy chicken " on top. ( baked with tomatoes, white wine, basil, proscuitto, basil and Swiss cheese)

I make the salad at the start of the week ( It will last all week in the fridge) and then add my meat of choice ( usually left overs) each day to make a good, healthy lunch.