21 days of cleaner eating

Good morning!

After a great weekend with my best friend and her girlfriends down in Charleston, I am in definite need of some clean eating. This weekend was filled with alchohol, laying out, and dancing into the wee hours of the night. While it was a blast it was also quite exhausting! Yesterday, as I sat in the Charleston airport flipping through magazines, I found exactly what I was looking for: a 21 day clean eating and workout plan. This plan is in the Spring 2009 issue of Oxygen magazine. While I sometimes feel this magazine is geared too much towards the female body builder, which i’m not, it does have some great tips, articles, and information! After Melissa’s inspirational “Get Rippad” post late last week (fitnessnyc.wordpress.com) I was ready for a challenge. This plan admits that it’s pretty strict, especially the first week, but after the past few months of eating i’ve had I could use some rigidity. So, for your enjoyment, I have posted Week 1 of the plan below. Yesterday afternoon the fiance was amazing and went to Whole Foods for me and purchased everything while I was flying back. Then last night, we prepped our meals for the week together. He is doing the plan with me which makes it even better!!

Week 1:
Meal 1: 3/4 c oatmeal, not instant and 1 orange or banana
Meal 2: 1 apple
Meal 3: 1/2 c rice, 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast w/seasonings, 1 c summer squash chopped
Meal 4: 2 c celery, 1 tbsp natural almond butter
Meal 5: 6 oz fish grilled, 1 c zucchini, 1 c asparagus, 3 c salad
Meal 6: 1 c mixed berries
Plus 1 snack: 12 raw almonds, 1 medium size fruit, 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce w/ 1/3 c wheatabix, or 1 tbs almond butter

Week 1 TIP: Aim to increase your water intake to 1 oz per every pould of body weight which will help your body move along nutrients and rid the body of toxins while also processing fiber, etc.

In addition, my workout plan for Week 1 looks like this:
Monday: Oxygen’s sexy body plan: arms (tricep pressdown/biceps ez curl), legs (plie squats, walking lunges, dead lifts), abs (ball crunch, bicycle, advanced crunch w/ball), Physique 57 (6-7pm Spring Street location), 2 mile run home.
Tuesday: 5 mile run, abs, arms
Wednesday: 10 miler outside
Thursday: REST DAY
Friday: Physique 57 5-6pm at Spring Street Location
Saturday: NYRR Scotland 10k in Central Park, deep stretching
Sunday: Physique 57 1:45 at 57th Street Location

If you want to learn more about Physique 57 check back later today for my review. But, until then here is a great article http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/features/25523/short-circuit

I know, personally, that the first few days of this plan will be the hardest for me, but hopefully you all can help me stay accountable! 🙂

Happy Monday!

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I’m leaving on a jet plane….and lunch on the run

Okay, I have 3 hours until I have to head to the airport and i’m already in the office prepping for my meeting. Today I find out what the next few years will hold job wise! YIKES!

Anyway, on to my lunch on the run! Sometimes you just crave veggies, have to clean out your fridge in preparation for a trip, and have to scoot quickly. That is when my favorite tool, the gallon ziplock bag, comes into play! Today’s lunch was as follows, i kid you not:

1 bag baby bibb lettuce
1/4 bag coleslaw cabbage
15 cherry tomatoes
1/2 c cottage cheese
a few olives
1/8 bag broccoli shreds n carrots
2 tbsp Trader Joes light goat cheese n pear dressing (AMAZING)

Combine all in Ziplock, seal, shake, grab a fork and GO! In addition I grabbed a lil bag of Fiber One and a yogurt to eat either at the office or airport.

I’m sad that I am dashing so quickly and doubt i’ll have a pc down in Charleston. But, upon my return i’ll talk about the joys that were my Maid of HOnor’s bachelorette weekend, review Physique 57, and talk about my Philadelphia/NYC life!!

Until next time….have a happier, healthier day and weekend!

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Good morning and a question for the established bloggers

The good thing about living by yourself is that you can go to bed anytime you want and stay up as late as you want. Last night was the first time in ages that i’ve stayed up reading in bed. But, my eyelids didn’t thank me this morning as I woke up after only five hours of sleep feeling puffy, exhausted, and lacking energy. At least it is my rest day today so I didn’t have to head off to the gym. But, with a girl’s beach weekend in Charleston beginning this afternoon I’m a little upset with the puffy, exhausted feeling. Why do we do this to ourselves? We know we should be doing something else but we do the enjoyable thing anyway and pay for it later. *sigh*

Okay, today begins with what has quickly become my favorite meal of the day! I’ve only been eating oats for about a year now and I discovered them through http://www.katheats.com/ which is where I believe many people first discover creative oats. I have fallen in love with pumpkin oats because they keep me full so long and provide lots of great nutrients. But, this morning, in an attempt to finish the “Great American Eatdown” (yes, when times were rough growing up our family would do this to save money by eating everything in our pantry/fridge instead of going to the grocery store. Imagine beans & franks casserole, tuna salads, cereal night, etc.) So, this morning i’m enjoying another favorite- apple, banana cinnamon oats.

1/2 c oats (healthy carbs)
3/4 c water
3 egg whites (I save money by buying eggs vs egg white cartons) (protein)
cinnamon (flavor)
1/2 banana sliced (fruit/nutrients)
1/2 small apple diced (fruit/nutrients/fiber)
splash of vanilla (flavor)
1 serving PB2 (2 tbsp)

I have only recently discovered stove top oats! Oh my gosh they make all the difference in the world. My oats are creamier and more delicious than ever! It also allows the PB2 to melt through the oats. Unless I have to make breakfast at the office I now use the stovetop everyday for my oats. If you haven’t tried it or think it’ll take too long I suggest you try it at least once. Hey, it’s better than losing your breakfast due to an explosion in the microwave.

Today is going to be a crazy day as i’m trying to get ahead with work since tomorrow is a vacation day, pack for 3 days in Isle of Palms/Charleston, pack for 9 days in NYC, and still remember to pay all my bills, etc and make it to the office by 1:30pm for a meeting! Oh yes, I guess in my lunch post i’ll explain my weird living situation as that will help you better understand my life right now.

Question for established blog ladies:

What is the best tool/setting/option you have on your blog?

Until then, I hope you have a healthier, happier day!

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