October 31, 2013

Gluten Free Spaghetti Squash


This meal was a hit! Comfort food made healthy! I love spaghetti squash because it doesn't have much of a flavor, so it takes in the flavor of whatever you put on it.  

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 1/2 cups of Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups of Marinara Sauce
  • 1 cup of Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Mozzarella Cheese
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half. I microwaved mine for about two minutes to soften it a bit so it would be easier to cut.
  3. Drizzle the spaghetti squash with a little bit of olive oil and salt.
  4. Put spaghetti squash on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for 35 minutes.  Squash is done when it is  golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, cook turkey on medium heat until thoroughly cooked.
  6. Add marinara sauce and cottage cheese to the cooked ground turkey, let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. When the spaghetti squash is done, use a fork to scoop  out half of the spaghetti squash and add it to the turkey mixture and combine.
  8. Fill up the spaghetti squashes with the turkey mixture and top with mozzarella cheese.
  9. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes and then broil for one minute to make the cheese golden brown.
  10. Enjoy!
This makes great leftovers! This cooked enough for my fiance and I to have it for dinner and for lunch the following day!

Jess



Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween! Think twice before indulging in Halloween candy tonight! They have a lot more calories and fat than you think!

Happy Gymming!

Jess

October 28, 2013

Gym Motivation of the Day


Back when I was overweight, I used to sit and research fad diets, best foods to burn fat, juice cleanses, detox plans and anything that promised to make me lose weight as fast as possible.  I just wanted a quick fix that would make the extra weight disappear.  I would read reviews and spend so much money on diet pills and nutrition plans, then get so upset when they didn't work. 

I was willing to waste all of my time looking for the secret to lose weight only to realize, there is no secret.  Good eating habits, moderation, water and exercise.  There is no secret diet pills or quick fixes that is going to help you lose weight and get in shape.  All that time I wasted researching, I could have been in the gym and eating right. 

There is no secret.  The more time I spend in the gym and eating right, I am realizing that you can do anything you want if you are willing to work for it.  You can lose weight, you can get in shape, you can be the person you were meant to be as long as you put in the time and work for it.

This is what is motivating me today:

I want to look amazing in my wedding dress.
I want to rock a bikini on my honeymoon.
I want to feel confident about myself.
I want to reach my goal weight.
I want to feel comfortable in anything I wear.
I want to be healthy.
 I want my muffin top to go away.
I want to be able to work on toning up, rather than losing fat.
I want to have defined muscles.
I want to do it for myself, I am worth it.

Happy Gymming!

Jess

Weekend Workout - Triceps and Biceps


Overall, this weekend was a good one.  Tom and I went to a marriage seminar at our church called 'Soulmates' and managed to get in a car accident during the lunch break.  Thankfully everyone is ok and Tom's car still works and just has some physical damage.  We were still able to make it back to the marriage seminar only ten minutes late! Tom and I did a little shopping that evening and I finally gave in and bought some lifting gloves and I found a cute long sleeved workout top.  Our new gym is so cold so I have to wear long sleeves while I warm up. 

On Sunday, I had a lot of wedding stuff to do.  I had an appointment to look at bridesmaid dresses, needed to find shoes for my bridesmaids and flower girl dresses.  Before I left for my errands, Tom and I hit the gym.  I have been combining C4 and MRM Driven, gives me such a great boost before my workout! We did 25 minutes of cardio and then we did two bicep and tricep supersets.  We didn't have a lot of time, but we both got in a solid workout.  My triceps are so sore today! We made it home with 25 minutes to spare so we decided to cook up some eggs and turkey bacon! 

Sunday's Workout

25 minutes on the Elipticall

Superset #1 (4 reps)
12 Straight Bar Bicep Curls
12 Tricep Pull Overs

Superset #2 (3 reps)
15 Hammer Curls
15 Tricep Pull Downs

Hope you had a great weekend!

Jess


October 22, 2013

Supersets



Last night was one of those nights that I just wanted to cook dinner and relax.  My weekend's are so busy lately, full of wedding planning! Tom and I agreed earlier in the day that we would go to the gym in the evening together.  We planned on doing a short cardio session followed by three tricep/chest supersets.

When I got home, going to the gym was the last thing I wanted to do!  I complained to Tom about not wanting to go to the gym and his response was, "You don't have to go, but I am still going".  I figured there was no point to skip the gym if he was still planning on going.  Plus, I told him I would go with him!

We walked together to the gym, did a short cardio session and then did chest press with dumbells, tricep pull downs, flys, tricep dips, incline chest press and tricep extensions.  We went to the gym with a plan, supersetted our workouts, took very few breaks and we were in and out in less than 30 minutes.  My arms felt like noodles when we left the gym.

Sometimes I forget that workouts don't have to be hours long.  You don't have to go to the gym twice a day or do hours of cardio to get a good workout.  Before I met Tom, I had no idea what a 'superset' was.  A superset is when you perform two exercises without a break in between.  For example, last night we supersetted dumbell chest press with tricep pulldowns.  So I did 12 reps on the chest press, switched and did 12 reps on the tricep pulldown and did this three times.

Last night's workout:

Eliptical for 10 minutes

Superset #1 (3 sets)
12 reps dumbell chest press
12 reps tricep pulldowns

Superset #2 (3 sets)
12 reps chest flys
12 reps tricep dips

Superset #3 (2 sets)
12 reps incline chest press
12 reps tricep extension

Supersets are a great way to increase the intensity of your workouts and also to shock your muscles if you are experiencing a plateau. I feel like I get a better workout when I superset my lifts because my heart rate stays elevated longer and my muscles don't get a break in between lifts.  I also love that it saves so much time! I once read another blog and the woman mentioned how she doesn't workout more than 30 minutes a day (and she looks great!).  I never understood how that was possible, until now.

The only bad workout is the one you didn't do! So glad I went to the gym last night.  Only took 30 minutes to get a great workout!

Jess

October 3, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy


Long time, no blog! Wedding planning and moving has consumed a majority of my time lately.  Wanted to share a few pics with you though!  

For my birthday, two months ago, my mom gave me a barbecue.  Since I knew I would be moving, I decided to wait to set it up before I got settled in at my new place.  My fiance and my brother set up the barbecue for me last weekend.  I can't believe I have lived this long without a barbecue! 

Besides setting up the barbecue, last weekend was full of wins.  As I have mentioned in a previous post, I have always dreaded buying slacks.  Last year, my slacks were a size 12 and were held together by safety pins.  I should have been wearing a size 14, if not even larger.  A few months ago I was able to downsize to a size 10. I have been wearing my size 10's for way too long now and they were hanging off of me.  Last weekend, I went and finally tried on new slacks at The Limited.  I am now comfortably wearing a size 6!!!  I can't even remember the last time I have worn a size 6 in pants!

So thankful I decided to change my life a year ago.  Size 12-14 to a size 6 and I couldn't be happier!

More to update later!

Jess