LydVicious Fitness

Sometimes even I need help with it. I bet you didn’t think so, did you? Yes, it’s true! Let’s take today for instance. It’s dreary & raining outside, which is tough even for a normal person I think (been a long time since I’d consider myself  “normal” so I’m only guessing) 😉 For me though, rain flares up my rheumatoid arthritis, making all my joints ache & scream. The very LAST thing I want to do on a rainy day is get out of a warm bed. Add to that today is Day 1 of my competition “diet” (I hate that word, gotta come up with something else to call it. It’s really just eating clean. No sugar, no salt, no dairy, no breads, yadda yadda yadda… can’t give you guys the full details otherwise how will I ever make a living?) 😉 So anyway, yeah today is Day 1…

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A fortnight with gastroenteritis and trying to get it together.

I haven’t been on recently because I’ve been sick and because I have been busy. My son came down with a bout of the stomach flu and I contracted it soon thereafter. He had it for about 12 hours, I had it for almost 2 weeks. Oh lucky me.

Apparently, folks who have IBS don’t handle the stomach flu well. Makes sense since our digestive system is already sensitive. Thankfully, I didn’t have any bouts of vomiting. I have this fear of vomiting that keeps me from ever having an eating disorder, which I guess is a good thing, but I digress. I have dedicated the past week and a half to regulating my system – that means taking it easy, eating clean (lots of probiotic foods too) and drinking lots of water.

I have been bad about the water part, just call me lazy. I’ll manage to get 5 glasses in on a good day. My coffee to water ratio is about equal right now,  and I need to correct that. At one point, not too long ago, I drank more coffee than water.

SO 🙂 My body is still out of sync at the moment, but I’m working my way back on track. This weekend, I kicked my workouts back in gear with Zuzana Light’s ZWOD #2. I was somewhat able to keep up with her 15 minute time – I came in at 16:28. The weather was great in Los Angeles this weekend so I got to hit up this:

The beach! I’m signed up for the Irvine Lake Mud Run this coming March with a few friends, so we decided that some “training” might be a good idea. I was a bit apprehensive about running, I’m not good at it.  You can get me out there to do a bootcamp workout confidently, but tell me that I got to run a mile and I become a whiney baby. One of my friends is an avid runner and I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up, but, thankfully,  I didn’t do as bad as I thought I would. I ran about 2 miles before I collapsed from sheer exhaustion ;). Foodwise, I didn’t do so bad, I had postworkout grilled fish tacos and a bowl of sauerkraut a bit later on. That evening I started wearing a BodyMedia GoFit armband, but I’ll get into that in another post.

The next day was Beach Day 2.0 – The family edition. I started off the day with Zuzana’s ZWOD workout again. My time was 30 minutes this time around! I’m guessing it was because I was very active the day before, so my body was tired, but whatever. I did it!

For breakfast,  I had what has to be my favorite cereal mix at the moment:

  • Koala Crisp rice cereal (awseome and gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp almond slivers
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Gobble that up with some unsweetened almond milk. nom nom. 🙂

We got off to  a late start and for various reasons, didn’t have time to prepare a meal at home,  so we decided to stop somewhere and pick up some food. This is where we ended up:

Going into a burger joint, it’s easy for your diet to spiral out of control. This is a nightmare from a weight loss and IBS standpoint. I can’t say that I made a *perfect* choice, but thankfully Fatburger had a “healthy” option.

I had a veggie burger and skinny fries. I discarded half of the wheat bun and ate less than half of the fries.  Fatburger uses boca burgers, which are tasty, but next time, whenever that may be, I’m going to ask them to ease up on the mayo.

The Beach! Oh how I love thee, especially in January. 🙂

I got to bump around the volleyball a bit, chase around my son, dip my feet into that freezing California ocean water. It was a beautiful day.

On the way home, we stopped at Mitsuwa, our neighborhood Japanese grocery store, to go shopping for the week. I should do a post of our typical Mitsuwa shopping trip – sneaking in photos when I can. That would be fun!

Anyway! We bought fixings for an amazing sashimi salad – sushi grade salmon, octopus, seaweed salad on a bed of salad greens tossed with a bit of sesame dressing. I should have taken a picture, but we were famished and scarfed down that meal pronto.

This morning, I did not get to workout, but I did pack my awesome cereal mix to enjoy at the office. LOL!

Hopefully better than great by the end of the week.

 

 

Using leftovers: Baked Shrimp & Pineapple Egg Rolls

I had some old pineapple in my refrigerator that I feared would go bad soon. Instead of eating it straight, I figured I would find a way to use it for lunch. I also had a little bit of shrimp left over that I needed to use, so I thought making a shrimp and pineapple egg roll would be tasty.The pineapple was getting to the point of being overripe, which is perfect in a dish like this because you can even cut into the core a bit and won’t have any tough parts. I’m not going to have exact measurements, because I really made this on a whim, but just make this to taste.

  • Cooked shrimp, chopped
  • Fresh pineapple, finely chopped.
  • Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Fresh ginger, grated
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Raw honey
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Mix shrimp, basil, ginger and pineapple together. In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar, honey, soy, sesame oil (+salt & pepper) together in a bowl. You want to make just enough to lightly coat the shrimp mixture, so don’t make too much or else the egg rolls will come out watery. Incorporate the oil mixture with the shrimp mixture until evenly coated. Let it marinade for 15 minutes

Beat in egg in another bowl and set aside. Take an egg roll wrapper and brush with egg wash. Put shrimp mixture in wrapper on one side; fold corners in and roll like a burrito. Brush egg roll with egg wash.

Place egg rolls on a greased baking sheet (I used non-stick cooking spray) and bake for 15 minutes.

Let them cool before eating.

I served with salad greens, shredded carrot, almond slivers and Tamari Ginger Salad Dressing.

Motivation. Getting my lazy butt off the chair and working out.

I really had absolutely no motivation to do anything but sit on my behind all morning long, but I searched way down deep inside of myself for energy. I said I would give myself 15 minutes to get moving at give it my all.

I chose to do the 15 minute Extreme Workout from Bodyrock.tv and I’m so glad I did. I felt GREAT afterwards.There was no need for someone to motivate me or any expensive equipment. It was just me against the clock and that was really the best motivator I’ve had in a long time.

As 2011 winds to a close, I feel really good about what I’ve accomplished in the last few weeks. I to really search within my soul and find ME. That I need to put the bullshit aside and live my life as stress-free as I can. I am not perfect and neither is anyone else. We just need to do the best with what we have.

Very much looking forward to what 2012 has in store for us.

 

Happy New Year!

Shake review: Spirutein

I’m still on the look out for a decent, well rounded protein shake that tastes good and to be honest, I don’t think it exists. lol. I recently have been trying different brands. Thankfully Whole Foods sells single packets for me to sample so that I do not have to commit a whole, expensive container.

Today I will review Spirutein protein powder – Chocolate flavor. If you are searching for a dairy-free protein supplement, this is an option for you. Spirutein, made by Nature’s Plus, gets its protein content from non-GMO rice protein, pea protein, and both non-fermented and fermented soy. Each scoop offers up 14g of plant-based protein which is good for someone looking to get an adequate protein boost to their diet. If you are an athlete or working out more strenuously, you may be better off with a supplement that has higher protein content. There is also a serving of Spirulina, which is a supplement that is said to have antioxidant properties, but they package or website doe snot state how much Spirulina is in a scoop of Spirutein. The shake is sweetened with fructose, which some people try to avoid due to a lack of insulin release when our bodies consume fructose. This can be bad for a couple of reasons:

  • fructose is processed by the liver, if it is overcome with too much fructose, it will convert it into fat and send it off into your blood stream as triglycerides (a risk factor for heart disease)
  • Since Fructose isn’t regulated by insulin, it circumvents the normal appetite signaling system, so you may still feel hungry even though you have eaten enough food.

There is 7 grams of sugar in Spirutein, which is approximately the amount in 1 teaspoon of honey, so please keep this in mind if you decide to add fruit, milks, or any other sweeteners to your shake.

Now for the taste. 🙂 I drank half the packet with a cup unsweetened almond milk. It tended to clump first when mixing it in my blender bottle, but after 30 seconds of vigorous shaking, it was blended quite well. It definitely has a chocolatey taste, which is good, and no strange aftertaste, which is another plus. When drinking, you could dectect a bit of a gritty consistency due to the plant-based protein, but it wasn’t so bad that it was a deal breaker.

Later in the day, I mixed the rest of the powder with water, psyllium husk, and a 1/2 teaspoon of PB2. It yielded similar results, though I definitely prefer it with the almond milk than water.

In my opinion, Spirutein is a good supplement, especially if you are looking for a plant-based protein option. It comes in numerous flavors as well, but I don’t recommend that you try the Cherries Jubilee flavor. Blech.

🙂

My daily diet

I thought I would post my general diet in case anyone is curious. 😉 ‘Tis but a sampling of my weekly diet plan.

First thing in the morning:

Stretch and breathe. I know this isn’t food, but I do think it helps get the digestive system going. I give myself 5 minutes to focus on my breath, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Once I get up, I will take a probiotic with water. I feel that a probiotic is most effective on an empty stomach. I like taking Ultimate Flora Critical Care. You can find it in the refrigerator case of your local health food store. If you feel hesitant taking this on an empty stomach, you can certainly wait until breakfast.

Breakfast

I’m loosely following the MyPlate guidelines, but utilizing less grains.

My typical breakfast is a scrambled egg with bell peppers and a little bit of potato along side a small bowl of berries and a cup of coffee with a dash of milk or almond milk.

Morning Snack

This is when have a shake or drink. I’m still trying to figure out which protein supplement I like, but in the meantime, I’m think up more natural concoctions. Lately I’ve been alternating between two drinks. Here is the first one:

  • -8oz warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  juice of 1 small lime
  • 1 tablespoon whole psyllium husk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey (optional)

Since this is a drink, more than what I would consider a snack, I will usually have something else with this, I like carrots or almonds for its  insoluble fiber to balance out the soluble fiber in the psyllium husk. I also add 17g of Miralax to this drink as prescribed by my doctor. Sometimes I’ll add crushed blackberries as well.

My second drink of choice is

  • 8oz warm unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon whole psyllium husk.
  • Cinnamon to taste

This is my own version of spicy hot chocolate. Because of the calories in the honey and milk, I consider this a snack on it’s own. I’ll also add Miralax to this.

You can always omit the psyllium husk since it makes the mixture thick, but it does help give you that extra fiber and keeps you full until your next meal. I like the cayenne pepper because it stimulates the circulatory system and has anti-inflammatory properties.

If you are going to mix this at work, I find a Blender Bottle to be very helpful.  I use it when I’m at home as well. 🙂

Lunch

Lunch for me is usually a roasted chicken thigh (with skin on – too delicious not to eat), baked butternut squash or sweet potato, brown rice and a small side salad – fresh spinach with a dash of aged balsamic and tomato.  Sometimes, I get in the mood for something sweet around this time of day and I’ll have a bit of dark chocolate or something like that. This is my biggest meal of the day.

Afternoon snack

I’ll usually pick one (keep the serving small)

  • carrots or a rye crispbread with baba ghanoush or hummus
  • mixed berries with a touch of greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
  • baked granola with almonds
  • Apple slices with peanut butter

Dinner

Lately I’ve been liking  grilled salmon and quinoa, served with various veggies – chayote squash, corn, green beans… Our time is limited at the end of the day, so we try to keep it simple and not make anything extravagant. I’ll usually allow myself a glass of wine or beer in the evening, but not everyday. I’ll usually stick to iced green tea.

There you have it, a day in my diet shoes. 🙂 I also I try to get in my 64 oz of water as well. Nalgene makes 32 oz bottles that is perfect for this, drink one bottle in the morning and the other in the evening.

Rupture

Just wanted to say a bit about the rapture that never happened. It is a shame that people get fooled like this over and over again. I’m not a religious person, but I’m not fully against organized religion either. Church provides a nice sense of community that can benefit the community. What I don’t appreciate so much is the “spreading the message” part. I don’t need to fear God, ask for his forgiveness or give God any money of some organizations. Getting into the minutiae in what is contained in the Bible is problematic on many levels since it is a book to be taken at face value in my opinion. There is no hidden meaning – the bible was not written by Lewis Carroll. If a story from the Bible has helped you morally in any way, great! That is what it is for, but the bible is not a cure all for all of our ailments.

The problem I see is that we turn to religion to fix our problems when, most of the time, we should be looking inward. Before you believe in God or anything/anyone else, you need to believe in yourself first. Turn your energy from preaching a Doomsday prophecy into one of philanthropy, not because you want the person to accept Jesus as their savior, but because you want the person to see that there is good in this world. If you give money in church, give to the the church community and not solely to please the “almighty.”

Believe in your family and friends next. Have hope for human nature. When we are put in seemingly hopeless situations that are out of our control – family, friends, and even strangers come to our aid. They are our saviors. We, as human beings, have the power to make GOOD happen. You have the power to make YOU a better you.

News: Harold Camping now says end is coming Oct. 21