Better With Sprinkles

The Colourful Side to Healthy Living.


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SSE: Phase 3

So, this week has continued to reinforce the idea that I need a puppy.

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Leon goes home tomorrow Sad smile We had one bad morning with him (let’s just say that dealing with a dog in digestive distress does not make for a good time) but otherwise, it’s been awesome having a cuddly dog in the apartment.

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So…anyone in need of a dog-sitter? Winking smile

Slim and Sculpt Elite: Phase 3

(review of phase 1 and phase 2)

So, the week before Easter, I finished up with The Slim and Sculpt Elite Training program I bought from Carrie at This Fit Chick. I had worked with her before for her original Slim and Sculpt program, which I enjoyed so much I purchased the Elite program in January. This was the superset phase – girl knows how to finish it with a bang! Almost all supersets, all the time. Due to the layout out of the gym I had to break down some of the workouts into single sets, but I still feel like I got a great workout and saw progress.

The final phase had 5 workouts a week; 5 days of lifting and 4 days of cardio, broken down into steady state, intervals, and HIIT. It was an intense four weeks – no wonder I didn’t feel like hitting up the gym at all last week!

  • Workout A + Cardio: I used to hate working biceps…until I actually developed some semblance of biceps Smile with tongue out Now it’s one of my favourites!
  • Workout B: I freakin’ adore working legs. I had to break down one set of supersets here due to my gym layout, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although goblet squats = paaaain. I did make some deadlift progress though, which always makes me happy.
  • Workout C + Cardio: Again, due to gym layout had to break up one of the supersets. It was also my first time doing overhead presses – those are definitely challenging. And a friend of mine pointed out that I was making his (male) roommate look bad for pressing the same weight he was (he was joking, obviously). I took it as a compliment…hells yea I’m strong Open-mouthed smile The HIIT almost left me in tears each week. Definitely challenging.
  • Workout D + Cardio: Nothing really of note here…although for steady state cardio, I would usually just jump on the elliptical for a while.
  • Workout E + Cardio: A pretty simple workout for the weekend, which I appreciated. It had been so long since I’d done planks!

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So definitely a great plan overall. It was a challenge, but it was doable. I saw progress in my lifts,which was my ultimate goal. I’m continuing to put on (muscle) weight, which I’m happy with. I would wholeheartedly recommend it if you’re in the market for a good workout plan to follow!

So between the two plans, I feel a lot more confident in the gym. I’m by no means a personal trainer (or anywhere near that level), but I feel like I’m starting to figure out what combinations work and what makes for an effective routine.

The next phase: no workout plan at all. I’ve been back at the gym this week, which I’ve been enjoying, but I’m still waiting to see where the unplanned month of workouts takes me.

Now, I am off to my AM class – where the professor is treating us to breakfast at Williams Open-mouthed smile The perks of having a class that consists of six people. Hope you guys have an awesome Thursday! 

<— Any “hell yea!” workout moments for you lately? New PR, hit a new yoga pose, things of the sort?

<— Do you follow routines for your workouts, or do you make up your own?

<— Favourite chain coffeeshop? I think mine’s probably Coffee Culture.


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Froyo Prepares You For Anything.

Happy Monday! For all my fellow students going back to school today, I hope it’s getting off to a great start!

Week of Workouts

So I had planned to ease back into workouts last week, buuut…it didn’t really happen. I went for a couple of walks and did a bit of stretching, and otherwise enjoyed another couch week. This last week was the true definition of “staycation” for the boyfriend and I, so I made sure to enjoy it.

When it came to stretching, I wanted to focus on my hips. I am the least flexible person on the planet, but it’s particularly bad there. I followed this routine from Paige, which seemed to help a lot – I felt nice and stretched out afterwards.

But, I am ready to head back to the gym and get some intensity going again. I’m starting This Fit Chick’s Slim and Sculpt Elite program with an upper body workout this morning. I haven’t been to my gym in almost 3 weeks, I’m starting to miss it!

Dinner

The boyfriend and I are big salmon eaters, but I rarely cook other fish at home. So when I saw fresh tilapia on sale at Zehr’s last weekend, I decided to mix it up.

If you’re going to drink wine with a fish dinner, it makes sense to go for white, right? So I decided to incorporate that into the dish itself.

Wine-Poached Tilapia

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-4 tilapia filets
  • 1 cup white wine (a good one – something you would actually drink)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (if you don’t have that, use 1/4 teaspoon basil and 1/4 teaspoon oregano)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On the stovetop, add olive oil to a cast-iron skillet and bring to medium-low heat. Add lemon juice and white wine.

2. Season tilapia with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and add to skillet. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until fish is white around the edges.

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  • 3. Carefully flip fish and place skillet in the oven. Cook for about 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

And that’s it!

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Super simple. I love the flavour wine brings to fish – simple and light.

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A side salad and brown rice to round out dinner.

Yesterday, I spent a good chunk of time getting ready to go back to classes. Beginning the assigned chapters and getting my stuff organized. After dinner, I mentally prepped myself the best way I know how:

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Froyo prepares you for anything, right? And yes – there is froyo under the mountain of candy. I got a mix of peppermint snowflake and ginger spice cookie froyo, with mini turtles, peanut butter chips, Reese’s Pieces, iced animal crackers, sprinkles, and dark chocolate sauce. I have a ridiculous amount of froyo gift cards (courtesy of the boyfriend…yay Christmas presents!) so this is just the beginning :-p Easily a great way to wrap up Winter Break!

Have a great Monday!

<— Are you flexible? Any muscle that’s particularly tight for you? My hamstrings are pretty awful as well.

<— Are iced animal crackers actually a thing? Because I’m a tad obsessed with them.


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The Non-Workout Workout Plan.

So, week one of my deload week is done. My plan was to stay away from intense exercise, but fit in yoga, foam rolling, and walks when I could. And the result?

I did absolutely no planned exercise. All week.

A year or two ago, that would have sent me into a crazy, anxious mess. I’d be freaking out that any muscle I gained over the last few months would have wasted away and been instantly converted to fat within the last week. Combined with the extra food and desserts that go along with Christmas, I would have been positive I would have been absolutely screwed (and up about 10 pounds).

So happy that that’s not the case anymore. None of that anxiety happened and I really enjoyed this week! I wouldn’t exactly call it relaxing (because of a lot of running around/holiday stuff) but not having to worry about when I was going to shove in exercise took a lot of the pressure off.

So basically – take a week off once in a while. Your body and your mind will appreciate it!

I’m going to be taking an easy week this week (my original plan – yoga, walks, foam rolling, maybe an exercise video or two) and then I’ll be starting Carrie’s Slim and Sculpt Elite. I bought the plan late last week and it looks great! Definitely excited.

And as for after I’m done this plan? Well…

Tough Mudder

Devon and I are trying to round up a team to enter a Tough Mudder! The one we’re looking at is May 11th and 12th, taking place in Coldwater (about 2 hours from Toronto). We’re going for certified blogger/badass status. 🙂

Seriously, I’m so, so excited about this plan. A mud run has been on my to-do list for a while now, and if you’re going to do it, you might as well go big, right?

From what I understand, the best part of a Tough Mudder is the sense of teamwork and accomplishment that you get when completing it with a group of people. So again, Devon and I would love to pull a team together! Please let one of us know if you’re interested in joining us!

Lunch

The nice thing about being home all day is I can put a little bit of effort into making a good lunch, rather than my usual “heat something up and throw it on a plate” approach.

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I put together a Mexican-style stuffed baked sweet potato. Black beans, turkey, my mom’s homemade salsa and sour cream. A simple green salad on the side – amazing!

The afternoon was spent relaxing, reading, and watching TV. I’ve been making my way through the first season of American Horror Story and I’m really enjoying it! I love anything creepy/supernatural-y.

Dinner

For dinner, I made Tina’s Italian tortellini soup.

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My second time making this recipe and I still absolutely adore it. Such a hearty and filling soup – perfect for winter.

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Delicious.

I hope you all have a great New Years Eve! I think Eric and I will just be taking it easy tonight…movies and wine sounds nice to me right now. I think there’s an event/countdown going on downtown, so I may convince him to walk down with me. The trouble with not having cable = no official countdown at home.

Whether you’re going big for the night or taking it easy, have a good one!

<— Ever done a Tough Mudder? Would you?

<— How often do you take off-weeks from exercise? I think I’m going to aim for a few times a year. It does the body good!