Friday, June 24, 2016

How to get started and my favorite FREE work out sites

It's been a while since I provided my tips for starting to eat better and get healthy so I've copied and pasted the info from my blog post from January 2014 and edited it a bit. I've updated the links as well with my current favorite work out websites that I incorporate into my work out routine

I love Fitness Marshall videos for cardio when I don't feel like working out because honestly, it doesn't feel like working out. They're that fun. I love the kickboxing videos from Millionaire Hoy, and I love Fitness Blender for any kind of work out. There is NO excuse to not work out at home when there are so many available FREE options. Walking also counts as exercise and other than runners it is equipment free. Any sort of movement is good for you whether it's running, walking, dancing, jump rope, etc. Just move!

Fitness Blender -
Millionaire Hoy -
The Fitness Marshall -
Zuzka Light - (you now have to pay for ZGYM but it's very reasonable at $10/month)
Bodyrock -
Daily HIIT -
Melissa Bender -

For food ideas check out my recipe tab. As I've mentioned before I love Michi's ladder, a tool from Beachbody. It's very helpful to plan balanced meals and snacks. I also found that using a calorie tracker such as My Fitness Pal will help you get on the right track and make you more aware of how many calories you are burning and how many you're consuming. It's quite an eye opener because there are many things I thought were healthy that were full of sugars and empty calories.

Check out the Fitness and Health information tab for some other great links from magazines that I've found over the last year. There are so many resources out there!!! And it's incredible how many magazines publish information on their website for you to use without having to subscribe to their magazine.

Here are some tips when making this lifestyle change and looking after your health and body:
  • Prepare at least your lunches for the week on Sunday (or whatever day works for you)
  • If you have the time, prepare your snacks and dinners for the week as well (no excuses if healthy food is ready for you to grab in the fridge)
  • Allow yourself to have treats IN MODERATION. If you cut yourself off completely you risk losing control, binging, and then feeling awful. Have a treat here and there, again, in moderation.
  • Make the time to workout. If this is a priority you should make it a priority. I workout as many days of the week as I can because I never know when I won't be able to after work. When I work early shifts I workout after work. When I work late shifts I workout before work.
  • Results take time. Don't give up because you don't see a change on the scale or your body. It took time to gain the weight so it's going to take some time to lose the weight.
  • Just because you worked out today doesn't mean that you're 'allowed' bad food. You're not a dog, don't reward yourself with food. **FOOD IS FUEL FOR YOUR BODY, NOTHING ELSE**
  • Drink lots of water and cut out pop - even juice has a lot of sugar. I really only drink water and coffee with cream. I only drink diet pop if it has alcohol in it ;)
  • Try to eat veggies with every snack and meal.
  • REMEMBER: finding what works for you takes time. Everything I post on here is what works for me and may not necessarily work for everyone. Tweak your diet and exercise after 2 weeks if you're not noticing a change in how you feel. Some people prefer 3 large meals a day whereas I prefer 3 smaller meals and 2 snacks throughout the day.
  • If you find that these are too many changes, try incorporating one or two of these into your life a week or 2 at a time. Drastic changes can be intimidating and overwhelming. Try starting with drinking more water and concentrating on what you're eating before you start adding exercise in. I lost 8 pounds by tracking my calories before I starting working out.
  • My last tip: Try not to eat after dinner. This was probably the hardest habit for me to break. I love eating cereal before bed. But your metabolism slows way down when you're sleeping so eating before bed can damper your results.
I hope this is useful and if you have any questions please respond to this post or can you message me on my Facebook page.

-- Kelsey

Thursday, April 7, 2016

My winter vacation (posting very late!)

Alright, how is everyone doing? It's been a while since I've posted again and for that I am sorry (if anyone even reads my blog...) At the end of January I went to Maui for my hot vacation this year! I went with my dad, aunts, uncles, and cousin.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Getting on that meal prep

Like I said in my previous post I've been focusing on eating more vegetables and now I'm focusing on eating enough non meat protein. I eat eggs, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, beans and rice, quinoa, and tofu as my main sources of protein. I was slacking a bit in the meal prepping department so I've been making sure to do that at least twice a week so I have healthy, nutritious food ready when I'm hungry.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Need my veggies

I've been sick for over a week... I missed four days of work last week and I'm left with a dry cough and some of that awesome phlegm that I cough up in the morning. I peeled myself off of the couch on Friday to get some groceries and much needed produce.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Baked omelet

I was inspired today to make omelet bites from this video but I ended up making a one pan ordeal. My niece was at my mom's today and I wanted to see her so I took some of the ingredients with me and stopped at the store for the rest of what I didn't have. My mom doesn't have a muffin pan though, soooo I compromised.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Non meat sources of protein

So I've been doing mostly vegetarian meals for over a month now. I really don't find it that hard because like I've previously stated I was never a serious carnivore but I do find it difficult to find things that don't have meat or meat products in it. This is why I'm not ready to switch 100% right now.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Roasted veggie wrap

I made these on Saturday and they are more amazing than I expected. I adapted my recipe from this one. I'm disappointed I forgot to buy wraps from Superstore but had to settle for the smaller ones the convenience store in my building sells.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Going (mostly) vegetarian

Hello everyone, I've been pretty quiet on here again because I've been fairly busy with my social life and I pretty much eat the same thing most of the time. My cousin and her boyfriend went vegan last month and are loving it so I decided that I want to work my way to being vegan. It's too drastic of a change for me so I decided to try being vegetarian first.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Quinoa salad and hummus

I was at Costco yesterday to return some fuzzy (moldy) avocados and I wanted to pick up some hummus. On my way to the coolers I walked past their pre-mixed salads and saw this quinoa salad. I know it's more cost efficient to make it myself but I wanted something quick.

Incorporating more veggies

Even though I'm eating more carbs I've been aiming to eat more vegetables. It's amazing how good my body feels when I eat more veg. They're nutrient dense and it's hard to go over calories if you're eating mostly vegetables since they are low in calories.