All posts filed under: health goals

My Love/Hate Relationship with Fitness

Originally posted on Live free:
It’s that time of the year where I find myself and my friends constantly talking about getting our “summer bods” and how we’re going to go to the gym and workout for five days straight or give up pizza and our other favorite foods – obviously all unrealistic goals. I have always been a little self conscious about my weight. I’ve never been considered overweight but I have always been a little thicker compared to my friends. I think that’s what my problem is, I’m always comparing my body to my friends’ bodies. My freshman year of college I  went away to school and gained the dreaded “freshman 15”. I didn’t notice or care too much because I had my boyfriend telling me I was still beautiful. When we broke up at the beginning of my sophomore year I didn’t have much of an appetite for a couple months. I lost about ten pounds but gained it back plus some when I got out of my sad, depressed breakup funk. At the end of my sophomore…

Lazy Vegetarian Meal Ideas #25 Chickpea and Kale Delight

Originally posted on Sophia's news, reviews and cooking tips:
I love chickpeas. Like, seriously. I could write a sonnet about chickpeas. Chickpeas are cheap, tasty and protein filled beauties and I don’t know what I would do without them, and they are also fabulously cheap! This recipe is my take on the more traditional spinach and chickpea combo; kale has a slightly sweeter taste, but I prefer it personally. What you need: A can of chickpeas, about half a pack of kale, olive oil, an onion. Spices: Asafoetida, fenugreek, tumeric, chilli powder, cumin, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, salt, pepper, chilli flakes 1: Heat oil in a large saucepan and add some asafoetida and mustard seeds. Heat the oil over a medium heat for a few minutes (chop the onion in the mean time) until it becomes fragrant. Then turn up the heat, add the onions and spices and fry for five-seven minutes 2: Add the kale and sauté on a medium heat for a few minutes. Then add the chickpeas and some more spices and fry for…

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.

Originally posted on CREATOR & CURATOR:
Image designed by Creator & Curator via http://www.canva.com. “Five more minutes, I promise… Zzz…” That’s what we always tell ourselves when our alarm rings at 9:00am in the morning, regardless of the day. That’s what we always say to the person who has been tasked to wake us up in the morning. And then you find yourself waking up at noon. OH NO! Half the day has gone! And I only have [insert hours] of time left before the black tie event tonight, and I need to do [insert chores]… Sounds familiar? Everyone is guilty of this, as do I. You slog all week, clocking in productive hours, preparing hunch-backed tasks for your boss, powering through presentations for clients, and brainstorming with your colleagues. Some of us work long hours. By the time we get home, it is too late to do anything else. All you have time for is a quick shower, an even quicker meal and then it’s off to bed for the next day’s work. So…

Strawberry Protein Cheesecake

Originally posted on a health & fitness blog:
?? So, a few months back I posted my low fat protein pumpkin cheesecake recipe. I posted some recommendations of other flavors at the bottom of that recipe, but I still had people complaining that they don’t like pumpkin and don’t know how to modify for the recommended substitutions. So I decided to help out!! This is the exact same recipe I used a few months back, just modified without pumpkin purée.? I made a delicious strawberry cheesecake and it turned out fantastic!! I feel like I’m cheating on my diet, but I’m not! The best part of this cheesecake, aside from it being low calorie, low fat, and delicious — is that it is so versatile. You can make whatever flavor you fancy by trying out different yogurt and protein powder flavors. Seriously, get creative!!! ?? Ingredients: 16 ounces fat free cream cheese (room temperature works best) 2 individual package Dannon Light n Fit Greek Yogurt (I chose to use Strawberry Cheesecake flavor, but you can…

I. Am. A. Runner.

HilaryStyle Earlier this month I completed my 500th class at the studio where I workout! I’m pretty proud of myself! Here’s the thing, 5 years ago, this month, when I started working out, I wasn’t really sure how long it would last. Let’s be honest, I wasn’t sure I would make it a week. However, I had recently returned from a trip to New Orleans, and from the way my jeans were feeling, I might have eaten one too many beignets. Rather than complain about it, I was taking action! I would be a runner. I borrowed an old pair of Nikes, buckled Elliot into his buggy and away we went! Okay, It Wasn’t Quite That Easy… Not really grasping what it meant to “go for a run,” I threw on some old sweats, an oversized t-shirt and those borrowed Nikes and headed to the park… 3 MILES from our house!… View original post 568 more words

Fighting the Comparison Trap

Originally posted on The Millennial Next Door:
? I’ve always been competitive as a runner. Not with others, but with myself. Those of you who know me and read this blog have likely gathered that when it comes to running, I’m motivated by success: I’m always chasing the newest PR, the next breakthrough, and the better race performance. For better or worse, this self-competitiveness is just part of my nature. Competitiveness isn’t necessarily a negative thing. In healthy doses it can be highly motivating and propel us to great achievements. The problem is that it’s all too easy for competition, even if it’s just internal, to get out of control. Without the watchful eye of mindfulness, competition can easily wander off into dark places, and we often find ourselves projecting our internal competition onto the people around us. In simpler terms: we fall victim to the deadly “comparison trap.” What good is the 2:10 half marathon I worked my butt off for when Susie down the block can just roll out of bed and run…

When To Go Hard and When Not to at the Gym

Originally posted on Cody's Barbell Club:
I get it. You want fast results and the only way to do that is to train hard and workout hard. And you know what? I agree 100%. There’s no doubt hard work needs to happen to build muscle, get lean, become more athletic, and get in the shape you want. But, you know what’s also true? Training smart. Meaning: adapting your workout to the way your body feels based on sleep, stress, energy levels, injury status (if any), and life in general. Let’s be realistic guys. Not every workout you have will be your absolute best or your hardest. Why? Because getting into better shape isn’t linear and your workouts aren’t either. It may seem that way in the beginning, but eventually your results will start to level off like an exponential curve and you’ll have to get smart and creative by testing your body in new ways, like lifting heavier weights or adding new variations and exercises, and making recovery a point of emphasis, to get into better shape and health. Not only that,…

Contrasts

Originally posted on Oh, the places you'll go (as a med student):
So, an awful lot has happened since my last post.  I had a brutal exam – made only worse by how burnt out I was after Monte Carlo – I received my geeky fabric and started making more scrub caps (posts and pics to come), and this also happened. Rough week eh? 😉 One of these things is an image of my experience as medical student: one of them is of my experience of a patient.  Any guesses to as which? It was this one, just FYI. I didn’t really break my arm thankfully, we just had our casting clinical skills after said brutal exam, and so we all got a cast on our arm and put on one our classmates arm…and then totally power sawed it off, and trust me, that was a trust exercise!! I sent a pic of me with my arm in the cast to my parents and sister, with no context, and they all freaked out a…

10 Thoughts Every Girl Trying To Be Fit Experiences

Originally posted on Rosie Culture:
1. Why can’t I look like her??? Whether we’re watching television, scrolling through Instagram, or staring at the gym – we’re always trying to look like someone else. 2. I need to eat healthy *Pins a bunch of recipes on Pinterest that you’ll never cook* 3. When did I even start looking like this?? Like I’m pretty sure I woke up one morning with 10 extra pounds and no ability to run. 4. Does that boy think I’m cute or am I doing this machine wrong? I’m definitely doing this machine wrong… 5. I don’t want to go to the gym. Then someone says “yes you do!” to encourage you, but no I really freaking don’t. 6. Don’t eat carbs!!!!!! *eats all the carbs!!!!!!* 7. I give up. The scale doesn’t move no matter how much I move. 8. No, I can do this. I’ll try really hard today so I don’t have to do anything tomorrow. 9. Alright, I’m just never going to look like that. Unless you’re changing…