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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Days 8-14 #100DaysofRevivingFitness

Hey everyone!  Here's a recap of the last 7 days (a brief video update and a breakdown of the days).  You can also follow my journey here.  What are YOU doing?  I'd love to hear from you!




Today (DAY 8) was a bit rough. Trey woke up at 3am and didn't go back to sleep until 7am and woke up just in time for my doctor's appointment not long after. I thought about doing my workout during his afternoon nap but I decided to take a nap myself. Since, I didn't get my workout in today, I'll double up tomorrow--life happens, right? BUT, I did try a delicious dish for dinner tonight. Kung Pao Chickpeas over Quinoa--YUM! You can get the recipe HERE .

DAY 9 of #100DaysofRevivingFitness and I had two workouts to do. Today was a #PiYo Sweat & Lower Body day...whew! Remind me to not miss another workout again so I don't have to double up in the future . But I'm glad I'm all caught up now. 

Okay, time for a confession....as a Team Beachbody Coach, I'm a bit embarrassed confess this, but I've gotten behind on my #Shakeology consumption. As you can see from the bottom left picture, I have a few bags to go through. With a lot of traveling and a "you know it's really good for you but you just don't use it" mentality...I've let my Shakeology go by the wayside. BUT, since I've started the 100 Days of Reviving Fitness challenge, I've been drinking a shake a day and I'm excited to see the changes over the next few weeks/months. I know it's good for me and that it can help change my body from the inside out because I experienced it first-hand when I consistently drank it earlier in the year. Now it's time to get back on track. I think I'm going to make some tasty treats with extra .#GettingHealthy

DAY 10. Today was a big family and friends day for us. Family breakfast, baby shower for two little ones, birthday party for another two little ones, and relaxing at home after. I slept in a bit this morning, so I'll shift my#PiYo workout to tomorrow (my scheduled rest day). I also ate some cheese today--no big deal, but it's paying a toll on my stomach...already! Or maybe it was the sugar...Well, tomorrow's a new day .#100DaysofRevivingFitness #GettingHealthy




Today is DAY 11 of my #100DaysofRevivingFitnessjourney. It was my first time doing the Core workout for#PiYo--it was a great workout. I was really surprised by how quickly time passed. I made a veggie/vegan pad thai for dinner tonight and it turned out really, really nicely. I'm looking forward to this week's workouts and trying some new recipes. But one thing I definitely need to work on is getting more sleep! I just haven't been sleeping very well lately. Hopefully, I can remedy that starting tonight.

DAY 12. Today was an Upper Body Define #PiYo day. I felt a bit off during the workout from just plain being exhausted, (rough night of sleep--or lack thereof) but I completed it and felt good after. I had some fresh carrot juice today and want to put my juicer to use a lot more over the next couple of months. I'll be in search of good juice recipes .

DAY 13 of #100DaysofRevivingFitness was a bit rough.#PiYo was a smoker. When I was feeling extra winded, Chalene chimed in perfectly with a "that's why we call this one 'Sweat'". I got some tough news back from one of my doctors today but I'm trying to not let it throw me off--I have to stay focused on improving my health and I know that will come one day at a time and one healthy choice at a time. One of the highlights of my day was having a little workout buddy who thought it was fun to add weight to my back during planks and push-ups 


DAY 14. Today was a good day...although I didn't sleep very well last night. I had another doctor's appointment and got some great news! It looks as though my Graves Disease is still in remission--praise God! Having appointments tend to throw off my schedule a bit; it threw it off a bit more after not sleeping very well. BUT, I was able to get my 'Core' #PiYo workout in this afternoon and it felt good. I also made some fennel tonic (I just learned about it last night).


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kung Pao Chickpeas over Quinoa

My plant-based eating for #100DaysofRevivingFitness continues.  I tried this recipe from A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock N' Roll and we loved it!  The original recipe called for serving the kung paw chickpeas over noodles, but I had quinoa on hand so I used that instead.  It was really easy and delicious--the perfect healthy option if you're craving Chinese takeout or a Chinese buffet.  Seriously, skip the takeout, skip the buffet and eat this instead!  



Kung Pao Chickpeas over Quinoa
(Adapted from: A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock N' Roll)


Ingredients:


Marinade:2 cans chickpeas (about 3 cups cooked if you are using dried beans) rinsed and drained2 tablespoons soy sauce2 tablespoons rice vinegar2 tablespoons cornstarch2 teaspoons olive oil


Sauce:2 tablespoons soy sauce2 tablespoons red wine vinegar2 tablespoons rice vinegar2 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons cornstarch


Main Dish:1/2- 3/4 pound thin spaghetti2 tablespoons olive oil1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)4 cloves garlic, minced1 Serrano pepper, diced (optional, we like a little kick to ours)3-4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger5 green onions, chopped1 red pepper, finely diced2 carrots, finely diced2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided2 tablespoons soy sauce1 cup chopped peanuts


Directions:

  1. Mix together the chickpeas and marinade ingredients. Stir to coat and let the chickpeas sit for at least 15 to 30 minutes. 
  2. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Begin cooking quinoa according to package instructions.
  3. Add the olive oil to a cold skillet and bring up to a medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the red pepper and carrot. Sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the Serrano pepper, red pepper flakes, ginger, and garlic. Cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in the marinated chickpeas along with the marinade and heat through. When the chickpeas are warm, add the sauce ingredients and cook for an additional minute until the sauce thickens. (If the sauce becomes too thick, thin with a tiny bit of water.) Add the green onions and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
  4. Cook quinoa and toss with the final tablespoon of sesame oil and the 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Toss to coat and add the chickpeas on top of the noodles. Garnish with the chopped peanuts.
  5. Enjoy!


 
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