I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Being a student, I took Tuesday through Sunday off for the holiday, and I feel super refreshed! I merely focused on those around me and enjoyed the company, drinks, and food. I think it is important to take a step back, not track macros/calories or worry about working out. Everyone needs a break, and dieting is sometimes a full time job! No matter what the scale says or how many slices of pie you consumed, walk away knowing that sometimes those moments in life are more important than staying on track.
With 30 days until Christmas, I am stoked to post some workouts, holiday recipes, and challenges.
For me, lunch is the hardest meal to plan. Half of the week I am at home, and the other half I am on campus in class. For the days I am not at home, I have been packing a bento boxed lunch to take with me! It’s kind of like a grown-up version of a lunchable, but I love being able to pick at it throughout class without making any disruptions! This recipe is also super easy to personalize and make your own. Any of the ingredients below can be substituted for other veggies, fruits, and granola bars. Check it out below!
What You Need:
Favorite Type of Lunch Meat (I used crack pepper turkey!)
Mini Sweet Bell Peppers
Reduced Fat String Cheese
What You Do:
First, throw in one serving of lunch meat.
Next, add in the string cheese. I use the cheese to separate my meat from my produce.
Then, add in your veggies and fruit. I typically add 3 bell peppers and 5 strawberries.
Finally, wrap your granola bar (I use fig bars) in foil or place into a sandwich bag and lay on top of other food.
Now, throw it in your backpack, purse, or car, and enjoy as needed!
It’s 6:00am. My alarm goes off, and all I want to do is cover my head with a pillow. I do not want to walk in the cold to go to the gym. All I want to do is stay in bed, and watch movies. Can you relate?
We constantly hear people talking about lack of motivation. In fact, lack of motivation is in the top five reasons people don’t achieve their goals (according to Google!).
In 2016, The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness published a scientific study where researchers in Spain analyzed the relationship between physical activity and motivation in 901 university students. Each of the students completed questionnaires regarding behaviors and physical activity.
Essentially, the researchers found that the more self-ran or self-determined a person was, the more often that person participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Likewise, researchers also showed that students who motivated themselves to perform physical activity experienced lower levels of barriers to participate in physical activity. Basically, if you are working out for you and to improve your health, you are going to be more willing to make time to workout, and that workout will be performed with higher intensity.
Seems simple enough, right? So, how do we find this motivation? Whenever I am feeling discouraged, I ask myself one question: Why am I doing this?
At the end of the day, family, trainers, and friends can only push you so far towards your goals. You have to make the decision to be your own motivator!
Want to check out the research article? Click here.
Want to write a new goal? Check out my tips form a couple weeks ago!
I hope you all are having a great week! This is an untraditional #workoutwednesday post. While sticking to a plan and grinding 24/7 are great ways to achieve goals, I think rest days and listening to your body is also important.
After the past two workouts, I have noticed that my body is not just sore, but I am actually having sharp pains in my lower back and hip flexors. This is a huge indicator that it’s time to hit the breaks, and let my body rest. Therefore, I am not working out today, and that’s okay! Instead, I am still going to eat nutrient dense food, stretch a little, and hit the hay early.
But, if you are dying for a new workout, check out last week’s leg day!
Remember, your body isn’t a machine! And even if it was, machines break, too. Listen to your body, and take a rest day if you are noticing extra soreness or pain!
During my first year in college, I started following a few fitness public figures on Youtube. I still follow these same channels now (with a few new!), and I love trying out their workouts and food recipes! Youtube gives these athletes a more humanized form versus the edited pictures you may see on social media. More so, they also provide meaningful advice regarding unrelated fitness topics. Check them out below!
Christian Guzman is a entrepreneur who is relatively young. His work ethic and drive to be the best inspires me, and I strive to approach life with his mindset. Whether it’s working out, business, or life, his “rants” are perfect for self reflection.
I recently started following Paige Reilly, and I love her genuine personality. I am completely on board with her “bodybyoats” movement. She also has some awesome supersets to try if you ever want to switch it up!
Given the recent nice whether, I have been trying to get outdoors as much as possible before it turns icy and cold. With that being said, getting in the sun and going for a run a few times a week as helped my mood tremendously!
To track my runs, I use two different devices: a TomTom Watch and MapMyRun.
When I ran in high school, my watch was my best friend. I still use it from time to time, but I tend to stick more to MapMyRun now. I like the fact that the app tells you the mileage and pace in your ear, so I can adjust my pace based on how I am feeling. Plus, you can add friends and create a support community!
How do you incorporate getting outdoors in your workouts?
Have you ever wanted to indulge in burger and fries, but you realized you don’t have enough macros or calories to do so? Well, this quick little recipe is just as good as any ole burger and very diet friendly! I first cooked this meal for Sunday night football, and now, it’s a staple in my diet. Check it out below!
What You Need:
1 tsp Olive Oil
Dijion Mustard (Optional)
2 Heaping Handfuls Spinach
1 93% Lean Butterball Turkey Burger
1 Cup Baby Carrots
What You Do:
Preheat oven to 450. Cut about 1 cup of baby carrots into fourths. Spread on a cookie sheet. Pour 1 tsp of olive oil on the carrots, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-15 minutes!
In the mean time…
Warm a skillet on medium-high heat. Place turkey burger in pan, and sprinkle onion salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook about 5-7 minutes on each side until brown!
Add in two heaping handfuls of spinach to the skillet. Continue to cook until spinach is completely sautéed. Your carrot fries should also be done at this point!
Throw on a plate and cover in mustard (if you like!), and you have a quick, healthy yummy meal!
In the midst of midterms, papers, and projects, sometimes spending an hour or so in the gym adds more stress than good. However, rather than not workout at all, I do a 30 minute at-home circuit instead! That way, I don’t feel guilty for missing a workout out, and I still have ample time to focus on work. Check it out below!
Complete each exercise continuously after one another. Rest 2-3 minutes (adjust to your needs) between sets. Complete 6 rounds.