Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hey there lovelies! Hope your new year is off to a great start.  Mine....ehhh, a little rocky thus far.  Monday morning, two minutes into my workout, I landed wrong and now I'm sporting this bad boy....
Totally awesome right??

Ugh. I was so pissed! Thankfully I know what to do. Ice & elevation helped a lot.  I also did an epsom salt soak yesterday. Today it's doing pretty good.  I'm hoping by Friday it will feel good enough for me to get in a power walk, but we'll see.  I won't be running or jumping on it for a while, but it is what it is. There are plenty of exercises I CAN do.
So anyway, moving on....
I've never really been big on setting New Year's Resolutions.  I do like setting goals though.  I've been trying to concentrate on fitness goals more than anything lately so now seems like the perfect time to reflect and think about what I want in terms of fitness & health this year.
After some thought, here's the list of goals I came up with:
  • Perform 5 pull-ups with an overhand grip (Currently at 1 with a neutral grip)
  • Perform 30 military style push-ups (Currently at 12)
  • Run 5k in under 23 minutes/ sub 7:30 mi pace (Current best 7:48/mi pace)
  • Dead lift 1.5x my body weight -225 lbs (Current max DL ? Current DL 80-90lbs during multiple rep strength training) 
  • Eat more "RAW" and high quality foods
I'm dabbling with a more "raw" diet...generally 1-2 meals a day are mostly raw.  Nothing really extreme, just making a concerted effort to eat plenty of raw vegetables and some fruit.  I like how I feel when I eat this way and I have an awesome new blender that makes it even easier. 
I love me a green smoothie!!  This one is a power house. It has kale, spinach, parsley, wheat grass, frozen cherries, flax seed, chia seed, hemp seeds, bee pollen, spirulina and whey protein powder. Because of the wheat grass, parsley and spirulina it is quite energizing.  I make one of these and I'm not hungry for a long time...probably due to the fact that it contains 13 g of fiber and 44 g of protein.  This particular smoothie is 430 calories and tons of nutrition!!! Win-win in my book.
There are so many smoothie variations you can never get bored.  I have found that some ingredients are not suited for smoothies. I made one yesterday that was unpleasant.  I do not ever plan on putting cucumber into a smoothie again.  I thought I had a brilliant idea to make a "Bloody Mary" -esque drink. Turns out I was wrong. I powered through most of it but had to dump the last bit cause I couldn't handle the texture. Whoops :)
So my question is:
Do you make smoothies (green or otherwise)? Please share your favorite smoothie recipe...

I'd also like to hear about your goals for the new year.   
As always my friends, keep moving forward....



3 comments:

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

We are about at the same fitness level. Except for the pull ups! I don't know what my deal is with pull ups. I cannot get myself up there. I can do push ups all day. Guess I'm a pusher and not a puller. I made a green smoothie this morning for breakfast! :)

REBYRYAN said...

Haha! I was thinking about trying cucumber in a smoothie. Maybe I won't now... Another thing I would recommend NOT putting in is broccoli (unless you really like broccoli). The taste pretty much overpowers everything else!

Tiffany Campiotti said...

The cucumber may be okay if you don't use too much... I used half, which in retrospect may have been too much :)
I have also heard that about the broccoli.