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Meal prep!

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Easy meal prep!

I like to buy bulk chicken breasts and cut them in half (depending on how you like your chicken, you can fillet it either way) Grill up your chicken with any vegetables you like. This week was zucchini- I like to use a grill pan to I can grill the veg at the same time and none of them fall through the slats of the grill. (Meijer was out of asparagus or that would have been added as well) One of my favorite things are the sweet potato steam bags! What’s easier than putting a bag in the microwave for 8 minutes?! You get 5 small sweet potatoes in each bag! Also grilled are a few bison burgers, large salad, and extra chicken to top on the salad! Use my lemon vinaigrette dressing recipe posted last week! Total meal prep time: 1-2 hours 🙂

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A day in the life…

A day in the life...
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People often ask me what I eat in a typical day. Here is a rough outline:

1-2 whole eggs + 2 whites (either pan fried with coconut oil or scrambled)
Starbucks Iced coffee- unsweetened with 1TBS cream + one splenda
Body By Vi shake (coconut water, 1/2 banana, frozen strawberries or raspberries)
Large salad- baby spinach, arugula, 1/4 avocado, tomatoes, 1/2 cup quinoa, with 2 TBS vinaigrette dressing or balsamic and oil
3-4 chicken muffins (recipe on previous post- and I’m OBSESSED with these!)
Sweet mini peppers with greek yogurt dip
Handfull of Skinny Pop popcorn
Body By Vi shake
1-2 small chicken breast, 1 baked sweet potato, vegetable (usually asparagus or zucchini)

I average anywhere between 1,500-2,000 calories depending on my workout that day. If I’m doing two workouts or teaching a Zumba class, I will be eating more than 2,000 calories because I need to replace everything I burned during my workouts. If I’m taking a rest day or active rest day (just walking or very light cardio) I will be on the lower end of that scale. During an average week I workout 5 days with two rest/active rest days. This just all depends on my schedule (with a 2 month old) but getting my workouts in is definitely a TOP priority! I usually schedule my days/weeks around them if I can!

Postpartum Weight Loss!

Having a baby was definitely the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. Being in the fitness industry for years (personal trainer + Zumba instructor) it was hard to see myself changing and there was nothing I could do about it. I continued my workouts during my pregnancy (taught my Zumba classes until 4 months pregnant) but as time went by it got more painful to work out. During my 9th month it was painful just to walk for more than one hour. Then the real hard part- not being able to work out for 6 weeks after the baby was born. The day of my 6 week check up, I went back to my studio and taught one song during Zumba. I’m 7 weeks pp now and I’ve already split (taught 30 minutes of Zumba) a few classes. So far in the last week I’ve worked out 6 days. I’ve been eating “clean” and drinking my Body By Vi shakes for about a month. In one week I’ve lost 6lbs and 5.5″ total! I will continue to post my progress here along with healthy recipes and workouts! I hope to be of some help to any women out there struggling with losing their baby weight or just looking to get a little help getting healthier in general! If you want more information on Body By Vi shakes, click HERE

Here is my beautiful baby, Ryder!
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Progress!

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Pic on the left was taken in February in Hawaii, pic on the left was taken this morning (4.26.13) Two months of clean eating, BBV shakes and lots of exercise/Zumba! (I teach 4 classes a week) Link to my BBV website is under the “about” section!

Justine’s Almond Butter!

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Seriously good for on the go! Cut up an apple and you’re all set! If you don’t have time to sit and eat, just squeeze out of the package on to your apple!

One package = one serving size, but be careful there are 200 calories in this little guy! (The larger size pictured) No need to eat the whole thing in one sitting! (Although I could because it’s SO good!)

All natural + gluten free. Found at Kroger

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