Exercise Reset + My Favorite Smoothie

Me and Ricky after my workout!

Me and Ricky after my workout!

To me, Mondays are my reset days, where I can start over and strive to do better with my workout routine. Today I tried the Apple Shape Workout plan, Day 1, which is called The Apple Shape workout. I definitely need to work on my core as my belly fat is so stubborn. I really enjoyed this plan because it not only focused on strength training but also standing ab exercises. I am going to see how this goes for the month of July. I realize that I do better with workout videos over following a plan where I have to refer to. Also, the gym I went to didn’t have all the equipment I needed making me feel like I wasn’t doing the actual workout. I’m a simple person and I have my free weights and my little area in my living room to workout. Hopefully one day I can have my own gym in my home, but for now I have to work with I have.

I wanted to share my favorite smoothie recipe with you all because smoothies have become part of my daily routine. Green smoothies to be exact. Green because of the spinach. If you’re wondering if it actually tastes good, I’ll tell you that you don’t even taste the spinach. It’s a great way to get your veggies in without having to eat it. For me, it works. It’s kind of like my insurance to getting veggies every day. Also, this smoothie is made from all natural ingredients so I feel good about doing this everyday. I make my smoothie at home, and drink it on my commute to work. I do have a small light breakfast because I don’t always feel super hungry when I wake up. I also have hot green tea to help the digestive system going and get a bit of caffeine. I actually tried a version of this smoothie at Whole Foods and it’s become my favorite because it has greens, fruit and coconut water.

You’ll need (this serves one):

  • A blender
  • Coconut water (8 oz.)
  • Frozen mango (1/2 cup) – my parents have so many mangoes growing on their mango tree, so I get the hookup!
  • A handful of spinach
  • A banana

Green Smoothie

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until it becomes smoothie like consistency.

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I also add a half scoop of Organic Triple Fiber By Renew Life, which has helped my digestion issues. I’ve been using this for a month now and it definitely has done wonders for me. I also like that it is organic – (made with flaxseed, oat bran and acacia) and non-GMO. I also put a half scoop in my orange juice in the evening. For me, this routine has helped my digestion issues a lot so I’ll continue to take it as long as it’s helping!

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Here’s the finished product in my shaker cup, which is great for on the go drinking.

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For now, this is my go to recipe, but I know there are more out there! Feel free to share your favs!

Way Too Much Food!

Boodle Fight!

Before / After

When family comes into town, that means, I eat way too much! We celebrated my sister’s birthday/graduation this past weekend, but since I’m Filipino, we tend to celebrate with food days ahead and then the day after because food is abundant! We did something called a Boodle Fight where food is spread on banana leaves and you pretty much eat with your hands with a bunch of people eating off the leaves. It was delicious! I especially enjoyed the shrimp because I absolutely LOVE shrimp. Then the day after was my sister’s party which meant more eating, and someone even brought a huge sushi boat! So of course I had to get on that too! Not to mention these Filipino cakes that were brought from NJ called Mamon which I probably ate too many of.

Let’s just say I enjoyed myself with food this weekend. It’s pretty serious.

IMG_8463But I’m not one of those strict dieter/clean eating folk, I’m the type that is just mindful of the food I’m eating, knowing that I don’t eat like this everyday. I have learned that any type of diet is restrictive and I’ve tried many of them, only to go back to eating whatever I pleased. So I’m on the mindful eating train instead. I eat when I’m hungry, I stop when I’m full. I get as much fruit and veggies as I can – I love smoothies, especially green ones. I try to balance my meals with protein, veggies and grains. I know I have to be better with portion control, I think that’s really my issue. I eat a lot faster when I’m hungry which leads to overeating.

Anyway, tomorrow is a new and short work week, but I’m going to start a (yet again) workout plan that I hope will stick for the 15 day duration. I decided to quit the gym and keep my workouts at home for now. I really want to do group workouts but for now, I’ll stick to my home workout videos. I also want to take up golfing since I’ve always wanted to do some type of sport in my adult life, and living in a place where golf is pretty much everywhere, I figured this would be perfect.

So here’s to mindful eating and being active this coming week!

Where I’ve Been…

Thumbs up for finishing my workout!I know, it’s been a while since I’ve even done a blog post. I had posted a few times on my Facebook page, but other than that, I have been pretty quiet. It’s all because I am just trying to figure it all out with this blog and my fitness goals.

The good news is that fitness and healthy living is still something I am going to do, in fact, it’s part of my everyday life! I am a work in progress everyday which is great about this journey. Every day I am learning something new and I want to share that more on the blog.

I have been working out every week, although it’s not everyday, but the average a week is 3-4 times. I joined a gym so I could work out on certain machines for different workouts. I realize that while working out is super important, it’s more about what I am eating, which I have to admit, needs work! I love food, and I try to eat as healthy and balanced as I can, but it’s definitely not easy.

I realize that it is important to have goals and I need to just lay it all out already so I can come back to them later and see where I am at a month from now!

1. Meal prep our (me & my husband) meals during the work week. That means 5 lunches and 5 dinners each.

2. Snack on more veggies and fruits instead of cookies and chips. I am so bad at eating fruit and could use more veggies in my diet for sure.

3. Stick to a workout plan! I am notorious for starting and stopping workout plans. I haven’t found a plan I absolutely love yet, but I am trying a lot of different ones. More on that in future posts!

4. Get certified. Yes! I am planning to study to become a certified personal trainer. I found the organization I want to go with and as soon as I purchase the study materials I will get to studying. I decided to do this because I want to help others reach their fitness goals, and knowing what I’m talking about is so important to me.

5. Just feel better in my own skin. By working out and eating mostly healthy I know I will get there.

So looking forward to sharing this journey with you all!