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Why I Quit Running + I’m Getting Married in 3 Months (wait, what?)

So.  I’m in a bit of denial.  Apparently, my wedding date is right around the corner (July 12).  Who knew?!?!?! I certainly didn’t.  And my eating and drinking habits don’t either.  But, I’ll get to that in a minute.

First things first: running, my primary form is exercise, is no longer a part of my exercise routine.  Let’s back up a bit.  Way back in 2011 I went snowboarding with my then-boyfriend (now fiance) in Colorado like we do every winter.  Unfortunately, I had no idea what I was doing in snowboard boots and ended up with 2 broken feet.  I know, shocking.  The real shocker is that I had 2 broken feet and didn’t find out they were broken for about 8 months after the fact.  You didn’t know it was possible to walk around with 2 broken feet for months, did you???  Well, it is.  All i knew is that it hurt my feet to run when I got on the treadmills at the gym, so I stopped for a long time and only did the elliptical and body pump.  Eventually, my feet “healed” and I was able to run again, and I did so from 2012 up until a few months ago.  I don’t know how or why, but my feet are bothering me again and it’s painful for me to run any more than about a quarter of a mile.  So, for now I’m hanging up my brand new, absolutely amazing, hot pink Asics and trying to figure out just how I’m going to get in shape for my wedding (THAT’S IN 3 MONTHS IN CASE YOU FORGOT OR DIDN’T READ THE TITLE OF THIS POST) without being able to do my go-to cardio.

goodbye, my loves

Okay, on to how I plan on looking my absolute best on my wedding day! I don’t know. Help me?

don't worry, this is not my actual wedding dress.

don’t worry, this is not my actual wedding dress.

Let’s take a look at what I’ve been doing pretty consistently:

1. Drinking water like a boss (unless it’s the weekend and then I completely forget water exists).

2. Attending hot vinyasa yoga classes about once a week.  I don’t know how much of a calorie burner this is but I know I always feel like I just got my ass kicked when class is over.

3. Making it to the gym for boot camp class about once a week.

4. Making it to the gym to do elliptical and/or circuits/weights 1-2x a week.

Now, let me list what I know I need to be doing that I’m not and I need to find some motivation to do:

1. Get better at planning out my meals/meal prepping on the weekend or whenever I have time.  This will prevent me from eating Chipotle every week.

me, everyday

2. Figure out how to get more effective cardio in.  I know reading O magazine on the elliptical is not going to get me to my goals.  For me, this means probably trying to get in at least one swim a week and hanging out with that dreaded machine, the StairMaster.  Oh, and maybe Udeme can teach me how to use the rower.

3. Lift weights/get swoll like Tookie.  Focusing in particular on my arms, since my dresses are strapless.  Luckily, my arms tone up pretty quickly if I’m consistent (especially if I swim and go to yoga regularly).  I’m going to make it my goal to lift heavier weight with less reps.  For me, this means using 20 lbs dumbells and doing 6-8 reps  of exercises like bicep curls instead of using 10-12 lbs s and doing 12-15 reps.

4. Stop drinking like a lush.  This is a toughie.  In my office, we have “beer fridays.” I love beer, particularly craft beer.  In fact, I’m kind of having a love affair with Stouts right now.  Beer is not good for the gut.  I need to try to cut back to 1-2 drinks/week and then I’m thinking of going cold turkey for a month prior to the wedding.  I know this alone will help me shed a couple pounds. Downside: I may be sloppy drunk at my own wedding. Oh well!

Questions

-What do you do to get in shape for a big event? How do you stay motivated along the way?

-What’s your favorite form of non-running cardio?

 

Until next time!

-Kyra

Stay Ready: The Importance of Meal Prep!

Failing to plan is…

you know the rest. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but meal prep is so beneficial to a fully functioning healthy lifestyle and there is simply no way around it. I’m not saying that you can’t be spontaneous with your meals and find healthy options on the go. However, if you do have a specific goal in mind (whether it is fat loss, or drinking more water for glowing skin & healthy hair, or dropping some pounds, or building up muscle etc.) you have to make a plan to get there.

Case in point, moi. I’ve had fitness goals in mind, but I wasn’t planning enough and it just made things more difficult. Remember my previous post about cheat meals/days/week(end)s? Well, the main reason for all of my cheating was due to poor preparation. I neglected going to the grocery store and loading up on healthy goodies. I got lazy with cooking in bulk on the weekends. The list goes on and on. One thing that I know for sure is that meal prep makes things so much easier!

 

Uppin my veggies

My lunch meal prep for last week !

Here Are My Top Meal Prep Tips:

1. Go to the grocery store once a week or whenever necessary in order to re-stock what you are running out of.

2. Before going to the grocery store, have a plan for what you want to eat for the week. Take each meal into account (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) so that when you get to the store, you aren’t walking around aimlessly. You can get in and get out! Personally, I don’t like grocery shopping at all so this is essential for me.

2. Cook up a storm one day during the weekend (or whenever you have down time in your schedule) when you are well rested and not famished. From my experience, it’s pretty exhausting and tortuous when cooking on an empty stomach…and you might end up consuming lots of the food that you meant to save for the week!

3. Invest in some great Tupperware, zip lock bags, and a handy lunch bag that can carry your healthy eats on the go. I typically just pack my lunch and snacks for the day. I usually make a quick breakfast in the AM and if I plan correctly, dinner is either waiting in the fridge to be warmed up or it’s something I can cook quickly.

4. Don’t forget to carry water with you! Everywhere. Get some kind of water bottle that’s portable.

 

Upping my veggies! :-)

Upping my veggies! :-)

 

Also, if you’re curious about what is on my grocery list these days, I’ll have a post about that soon . Happy Prepping! :-)

-Udeme

Oh So Gouda: Frittata Recipe!

I’m venturing into Kyra land with this recipe. During our law school days, Kyra was the Frittata Whisperer. Just check out these beauties below on the right from Easter Sunday 2012.

This was such a great meal... *sigh*

This was such a great meal… *sigh*

 

Anyways, after my AM Workouts, I’ve been having the same high protein breakfasts: 1 cup scrambled egg whites (jazzed up with green onion, bell peppers, feta, garlic powder and whatever else tickles my fancy); strawberries; and Flourless Sprouted Wheat Bread from Trader Joe’s.

It’s been delicious, but I stumbled across this recipe from Dinner of Herbs and I just had to give it a try.

Photo From Dinner Of Herbs

Photo From Dinner Of Herbs

 

 

My meal awaits

My meal awaits

 

What You Need

1 lb Fresh Asparagus

Olive Oil (I used 1 Tbsp)

6 eggs

2 Tbsp Milk (I used 1% skim)

4-5 small mini sweet peppers, sliced (I actually just used 1.5)

Garlic

Onion (I used green onions)

1 oz Gouda, crumbled (I couldn’t find crumbled in the store, so I just bought what I saw available and shredded it)

 

What To Do

Heat your over to 425 degrees. In a cast iron skillet, toss the asparagus with the olive oil, and fry until lightly brown. Add the mini sweet peppers, and fry until also lightly browned. In a small bowl, whist together the eggs, milk, garlic, and onion. Pour this mixture over the asparagus and peppers. Cook until the edges of the egg are set. Sprinkle the Gouda on top, and place the cast iron skillet in the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the center is set and the cheese is melted.

Wallah, magic.

Wallah, magic.

 

Yay, breakfast for the week is served! Next time, I will try and use a cast iron skillet because I think I lost some of the flavor by placing the asparagus + bell peppers+ seasonings in a new dish. And asparagus isn’t my favorite veggie, so I think broccoli is in order for next time as well :-) aaaand more Gouda (I love cheese).

- Udeme

“A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, a cloud, and a rainbow’s warning, suddenly sunshine and perfect blue– an April day in the morning.”

Hello April! :-)

App Review: Nike+ Running

Honesty hour: My name is Udeme and I still don’t like running. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the Nike+ Running app. I have to credit it as being one of my main sources of exercise as of late and for that I am very thankful.

 

Intro Page

Intro Page

I may be on the super late bus in regards to this app, but I never downloaded it because as I mentioned, running was never my thing. However, this app is great because it actually gets you motivated to get up and move. I actually considered freezing my gym membership for a period of time *gasp* and just using this app, but then I remembered I’m just not the type of gal who desires to go on a run everyday. Currently, I run (jog) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. After running, I’ve been doing other workouts (The 7 Minute Workout and Nike Training Club or dancing around my living room to music that I love)  to hit my goal of burning about 500 calories a day. Kyra and I are overdue on the Nike Training Club app review, but we’ll get on it; the 7 Minute Workout app is in the queue right now. :-)

What I Love:

  • I really like the interface of this app (it’s sleek and cute + user friendly)
  • It tracks your progress no matter where you walk/run/jog, i.e. on the track or a treadmill or a trail etc. Your distance, pace and time are all accounted for.
  • You can add folks you know for some friendly competition. I’ve been trying to best my bf  and a friend of mine for the top leaderboard spot!
  • Your music library is your run soundtrack
  • There’s also training programs for marathons etc. that I haven’t tapped into on here but from what I’ve heard, they are pretty legit
My stats, judge me not, I'm a newbie!

My stats, judge me not, I’m a newbie!

Some running history. I LOVE the running mood faces. They make me chuckle.

Some running history. I LOVE the running mood faces. They make me chuckle.

What’s Eh:

  • I feel like this thing cheats me on the distance stats sometimes! Or maybe it’s all in my head…
  • I wish I could customize a playlist on the fly instead of automatically having one from my iTunes synced up to it since I usually forget to make playlists on my iTunes for running.

 

Overall, this app is pretty great and it must be doing something right if it got this non-runner to lace up her running shoes

 

Are any of you guys on Nike Running? If so, add me (seriously)- username = Udeme Uwan. I need more friends on here :-)

Are there any apps that have gotten you moving lately?  Share in the comments!  

Workout Playlist: Africa Latina

It’s been way too long since I’ve had a gym jam post! Therefore I have brought to you my beloved Africa Latina playlist that graced my presence about a year ago. The fact that it’s still in rotation a year later is proof of its staying power/dopeness. I’ve listened to it at the gym, but I actually prefer to just put this playlist on so I can dance to it, which is such a great form of exercise.

This playlist is a mash up of some Soukous, Semba, Highlife, Dancehall, Rumba, House and more. And if you think this type of music doesn’t appeal to your musical sensibilities, take a chance and give it a listen. There’s gems in here.

By the way, the playlist starts off with slower jams, but the beats per minute in the tracks increase precisely at 6.10. It’s perfect for warming up before you get going. Also, I posted the actual tracklist so that if a particular track catches your fancy, it will be easy to get separately. I’ve also used Shazam to find some of the artists listed here. Enjoy and thank me later; did I mention you can download this gem for free?! Have a great sweat :-)

Tracklist

01 Carlos Lamartine – Ene Ando Builée
02 Ali Kiba – Dushelele
03 Mackboogaloo – OK Rumba-Ton
04 Africaneando – El Priki del Vacile
05 Boddhi Satva feat. Zé Pequenio & Heritier – Elengi (Main)
06 Dj Capiro & Francis Boy Feat. Sana – Icotoca
07 Filipe Narciso & Djeff – O Semba (Djeff Mix)
08 Bonga – Somos Irmaos (DJ Znobia Remix)
09 DJ N.K. feat. D.Pink – Lhe Estraga
10 Silyvi & Afrikan Roots feat. Bebucho Q kuia – Akuluwo
11 Cesária Évora – Cinturão Tem Male (Renato Xtrova Reconstruction Main Mix)
12 Don Kikas – Melaco
13 Os Bongos – Kazucuta
14 Plastikman – Spastik (NewLife’s NuSamba Mix)
15 Lura – Narina (Beatmax & Daferwa Edit)
16 Di Delas – Meus Amigos
17 DJ Lecture – She No Want Me
18 Larry Achiampong – Palm Wine
19 Wizboy feat. Slim Brown – Infinity
20 M-Kaze – Change (Situation)
21 M-Kaze – I Bin No Know
22 DJ Lecture – Good Loving
23 Olu Maintain – Nawti

- Udeme

Adventures In AM Workouts: Me, a Morning Person?!

Recently, I did the unthinkable:

I set my alarm to 5:30AM and set out my gym clothes. Then, I arose the next day sans the snooze button, changed, grabbed my gym bag and got my butt into the gym. I made it through a really tough spinning session and halfway through it, I saw the sun rising. By the time I left class, I was full of energy and ready to take on the work day. 

This might sound like an average act for some of you readers but I had to give myself props. You see, I was never that super early AM exerciser. My thoughts toward that have been:

Kyra knows the deal! #InsideJoke

Typically, I would sleep-in to my heart’s content a.k.a. the latest possible hour that would allow me to make it to work or wherever I had to be. I always just saved my workouts for the evening.

However, I recently started a new position, so I had to work out how my routine would be. I did a PM routine and it was just a no-go. Although I had found a gym that was less populated on the weekdays, it just didn’t bode well with me. There were just too many humans and I was just too exhausted from working all day. Plus, I’d be STARVING by the time that I got home. In the past, working out was doable because I didn’t work too late in the evening. Something had to give and I had to make a change.  I cannot believe that I’m saying this, but I think my PM workout days are dunzo. The only way that I would go back is if my schedule changed again. For now, I’m going with it though!

Here are the major pros that I found from working out in the AM:

  • You get it over with- Self explanatory but oh so crucial. With all the things to worry about during the day, it’s so nice to cross working out off the list. Plus, I might be groggy in the AM but by the time I change and head to the gym, I have a lot of energy to power through workouts.
  • It makes you want to eat better throughout the day- Starting the day off on a healthy foot can keep you more health conscious through the day. I don’t want to ruin my great workout, so I make better decisions. As opposed to maybe cheating here and there throughout the day with the intention of burning off those cheats in a PM workout. Remember you cannot train out a bad diet. Nope, not ever.
  • You can actually get more sleep- This was the most shocking realization of all. I’ve gotten into a pretty great rhythm where I rise early and knock out early. I am more conscious of hitting the sack early because I know I have to get up early and I’ve been able to clock in at least 7 hours of sleep as of late.

At the end of the day, what matters is tweaking your schedule to fit your needs! Get those workouts in any which way you can. You’ll never regret it.

-Udeme

So, what are your thoughts? Are you an AM or PM exerciser? Have you found it hard to find a balance?

Share in the comments!

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Stop standing in your own way and never give up. Keep pushing :-)

Getting Past a Cheat Meal. Or Day. Or Week(end)

Hello and welcome to my current situation!

I cheated.

V Day Drinks <3

V Day Drinks with the bf <3

Then I cheated again.

photo 1

Isn’t this the prettiest box of chocolates you’ve ever seen? <3 Chocolate made by Kate Weiser in Dallas, click the pic for her FB page

And again and then some more. I’m human, what can I say?

So, this is what happened:

Remember that trip that I took to Dallas, along with the fancy calendar that I had in order? I intended to only take a few days off, but that turned into a week! I must cut myself some slack though because I just started a new job so I’ve had to get into a new rhythm, which now includes early AM workouts *gasp*. I’ll definitely discuss how that’s been going in a post very soon.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Now, I’m all for cheat meals at times to get that metabolism revving properly. They serve to break up the monotony of a strict diet and they help boost your metabolism because after a long time on a strict diet, your body starts to adapt and progress can plateau. However, if you let a cheat meal turn into a cheat day or cheat week(end), you can sabotage your results! You can read more about this here.

For now, I’m taking a note from Kyra’s recent post where she talks about being kind to yourself and remembering that slip ups are okay. Instead of dwelling on it, I’m just going to get back on track with my clean eating. I vow to myself that I will go grocery shopping every weekend and meal prep! This is going to be crucial for my fitness goals.

Takeaways:

*Don’t beat yourself up over a cheat meal, they can actually be beneficial to your metabolism. Just don’t allow a cheat meal to turn into a cheat day or week(end)

*Don’t sabotage yourself and give up on your goals just because you cheated. Think about how far you’ve come and just get back on track!

*Get organized; plan out your meals so that you won’t be inclined cheat

*Try and create yummy, healthier versions of the cheat meals you crave; guilt free = happiness

*Love yourself and relax a bit

- Udeme

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

- Joseph Addison. Happy Wednesday! <3

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