kick-start circuit series: rotation one

kick-start circuit series: rotation oneGood morning!  Today I am going to start my Strength Circuit Series!  These are my various workouts I do first thing in the morning right after I wake up.  They are not meant to be super crazy cardio or extreme weight lifting circuits, just something to wake me up and kick-start my body and metabolism.  There are five rotations I go through, one per day.  When I have completed all five (five days), I will just begin again on rotation one the following day.  I work based off of rotations, rather than designate Monday to one circuit, another to Tuesday and so on, because this allows me to listen to my body.   Continue reading

detoxify

green detox smoothieMy detox yesterday helped immensely.  My stomach has returned to normal today after loading it with a mish-mosh of foods on Father’s Day.  It all started with breakfast.  I woke up and immediately began drinking water.  This is extremely important when trying to flush out your body.  I filled up my water bottle about three times yesterday morning. It is also important to start your day off on the right note—meaning breakfast.  I needed fuel for my day, but something that would not upset my already-bloated stomach.  I decided on a Green Detox Smoothie.

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paleo strawberry shortcake cupcakes

paleo strawberry shortcake cupcakesThis post will be just a quick recipe because I think I spoiled myself a little too much yesterday…  I have a horrid habit of thinking that “cheat days” will not affect my body what-so-ever, but man, am I wrong every time.  Yesterday was no exception.  I had my cinnamon streusel coffee cake yesterday for breakfast.  It started off as a little piece, but escalated into “just a sliver more” very rapidly.  From there, my family said they would like to have strawberry shortcake for dessert that night, so I headed off to the store for ingredients and picked up a few extra things along the way–including pistachios for my dad, it was Father’s Day after all.  Now, you might be thinking, “pistachios aren’t unhealthy,”  but nuts are my weakness and the empty shells began to add up…  That, added up with the mindless noshing and “taste-testing” while making the cupcakes, made for an unhappy tummy last night.  But, today is a new day and as I sip my water and get ready to make my green detox breakfast smoothie, I will post the recipe for my dessert last night.

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thank you dad

246575_3908535045595_1645239290_nThis one goes out to all the dads out there!  What would we do without them?  I know I would be lost without my dad.  He is my rock and my hero.  Some say we have identical personalities: short Italian temper, quirky humor, engineers… the list goes on.  I am me because of my dad.  He always stressed the importance of school and learning, thus allowing me to pursue my college education.  He was the one that initially encouraged my fit and healthy lifestyle.  I grew up going to the gym with him; even when I was way too young to actually workout, I still went to the gym and watched. Continue reading

listen to your heart

ImageI feel blessed.  Blessed because I have my health—and that, is more valuable in life than all the money in the world.  People ask me why I workout everyday, or why I eat so healthy.  Does that really require an answer?  Because I want to live long whilst still enjoying life—who wouldn’t?   I always thought that eating well and staying physically fit was the way to get there, but when my world got turned upside down last May, I began questioning and fearing that I was pushing myself too hard… Continue reading

summer mornings

summer mornings--Journey for JessiDespite the fact that summer usually means sleeping in late for most college students, I cannot bear the notion.  Why waste the most beautiful part of the day?  The promise of a fresh start every morning with the whole day ahead of you.  I think my body knows this and that is why I cannot sleep in past 9 am–and that is still pretty late for me.  I average around 7:30 am unless I set an alarm to go for a run.  In Houston, the day heats up pretty quickly, and if I have not hit the pavement before the sun makes its appearance, I am in trouble. Continue reading

baked zucchini and tomato tian

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This was my dinner last night.  My mom has been recovering from surgery, so I have taken over her kitchen.  I don’t mind it what-so-ever; I feel so relaxed while cooking and my creative juices really start flowing.  Last night I made a version of baked zucchini and tomato tian.  I adapted some recipes to create a version that would suit my palette and my mom’s sensitive stomach. Continue reading

strawberry’s my favorite

Snack TimeSome days you just have to go with the flow.  I am a very routine oriented individual, so when I deviate from my routine, my day just seems hectic.  Yesterday morning I played Ultimate Frisbee for the first time in forever.  I know now because today my legs and hips feel like they were stretched like a rubber band and snapped back a thousand times.  No big deal though, I actually enjoy being sore.  It is like my body saying, “nice work yesterday Emily.”

After my Green Piña Colada Smoothie wore off, I made myself a little snack consisting of baby carrots, celery, and homegrown grape tomatoes from my garden.   Continue reading

too hot too early

ImageGood morning all, or should I say good afternoon?

I usually wake up early on Tuesdays to go for a little 3 mile run, but as the heart of summer creeps on, so does the heat.  I find that I am setting my alarm earlier and earlier just to avoid the hot sun… Continue reading