I first want to apologize for such a long absence without posting, but I have just returned from my amazing holiday in Phoenix. I need to find a way to move there, any ideas would be appreciated ;). One week is definitely not long enough in such a wonderful place, but I did manage to find a lot of time for shopping (imagine that!). One of the things I love most about Phoenix is it is such a great place to stay on track with the kind of lifestyle I now live.
My parents and I worked out every morning at Mountain Side Fitness. It was a great gym, with friendly staff and lots of equipment. They gave us a great deal of $25 for 2 weeks! My mom and I continued working with the Jamie Eason Livefit Trainer while we were there. It is really nice to have a workout partner wanting the same results as you, so if you have a friend you can partner up with and hold each other accountable ask them to jump on board with you!
We started our day with a pre workout shake (1/2 banana, 1 cup spinach, 1 scoop protein powder and 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk) and post workout meal of hearty protein pancakes (recipe under “My Daily Diet”) or oatmeal with mixed berries and 1 whole egg with 4 egg whites. It is really important to fuel your workouts properly to give you enough energy to perform to the best of your ability. It is also important to refuel after your workout to aid in the muscle-building process (trust me ladies building muscle will not leave you bulky or looking to “manly”, we don’t produce enough testosterone).
We went to a grocery store named “Sprouts”, it was amazing to see so many organics in one store. It was almost better than the mall (I never thought those words would ever come out of my mouth!). I do try to eat organic and non-GMO as much as I can, but if I can’t find those products I will eat frozen fruits and vegetables.
We did eat out a couple of times, and this vacation was a test of my self-control because it is hard being surrounded by such tempting foods and just having to say no. I am proud of myself for staying on track and sticking to this amazing lifestyle I have decided to embrace!
Since I have not posted a recipe in over a week, here is a very simple but delicious recipe.
Spicy Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry
8 – 6 oz chicken breasts
1 – Bundle of Bok Choy
1 – Zucchini
1 – Broccoli stalk
1/2 – medium onion
4 – garlic cloves
1 – pepper (color of your choice)
1 – Bundle of Kale
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup Sriracha (add more or less depending on how spicy you like your food)
1) Slice chicken into strips and cook in skillet. Once chicken is cooked add the soy sauce and Sriracha. Once chicken is covered in the sauce remove and place aside.
2) Chop all vegetables and place into skillet and cover. Be sure to stir vegetables while cooking. It usually takes about 15 minutes to cook depending on the type of vegetables you choose to cook.
3) Once vegetables are done cooking, place a large serving on your plate and place a 5-6 oz serving of chicken on top!