Thursday, January 31, 2013

The naked facts ...

Alright. What would a fitness journal be without before/later pics?
Since I broke my good camera, the crappy cell phone pics will have to do for now. But you get the point.
This is my tummy about 2 weeks into the training.
Even though I got rid of most the "post baby fat", it's one of the weakest parts of my body and needs a lot of work. Those sit ups are killing me every time, but "no pain, no gain" I guess ;)
As you can tell, my goal is not to lose weight. Instead, I need to become stronger. I feel weak and get tired quickly. I have no energy. That needs to change! Since I used to eat a diet with poor nutritional value (yes, the Mommy stress can do that to you and being a Vegetarian didn't really help... ) and forgot to make sure to take care of myself at times, I was always more or less "skinny" but not physically strong. Now it's time to wake up my muscles (or what's left of them ;)) and put them to work!

Food choices and trying to please everybody ...

Ok ... so I figured since I have this Blog I might just use it as a food journal as well. This is a nice way to keep track of my food intake and to share clean recipes with you :)
Since my guys eat meat, I will also occasionally post clean recipes that contain meat.

Here's what I had so far for today:

Breakfast: coffee, fruit joghurt with granola

After workout snack: granola bar with nuts and dry apricots

Lunch: "Mega Berry Antioxidant Spinach Salad" ... this was DELICIOUS, you can find the recipe HERE

For the guys I made Balsamic Vinegar chicken with fresh tomatoes, I served it with basmati rice and herbed salad mix, you can find the recipe HERE

I'll come back later today to complete the list.

Alright, here's what else I had today:

Afternoon snacks: 1 Banana, 1 jar of olives

Dinner: 2 slices of dark bred with cheese and fresh fruit

Evening snack: whole wheat crackers

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Train dirty, eat clean ...

So since I am training pretty intensely (for my shape and capability that is ...remember, I am still at the beginning and even though I am what most people call "skinny" and built athletic, I am far, far away from being as strong and fit as I'd like to be) I need to eat a healthy diet that goes hand in hand with my training and provides me with the best nutrition possible. Since my goal is not to lose weight but rather build muscle and gain strength, I need to make sure my daily foods contain the energy needed for that. Being a vegetarian makes it a bit more challenging but that's ok. My coach asked me to keep a "food journal" for the next two weeks, so we can learn more about my eating habits. After that, we will work on a food plan.
I've always been eating organic foods as much as possible. Now I'm taking it a step further and working on switching my diet into a "clean diet". It basically means trying to avoid any processed foods, chemical additives or artificial ingredients. So bye bye to ketchup and pre made salad dressings and hello to even more fruits, veggies and grains for me ;)
I'll keep adding clean recipes as I go along, so if you're interested in that type of thing- stay tuned :)

Here I am ...

So here I am starting an online fitness journal to track my goals, work and success on my journey to becoming stronger and hopefully much healthier. I have always liked Sports. Well, certain Sports ... As a young girl I used to be successful in platform diving and even participated in several competitions. Later, in my teenage years, I lost my heart to the horses and practiced horse back riding (English - Dressage and Jumping) on a daily basis until my horse passed away when I was about 20 years old. After that I joined several fitness clubs and Gyms but really never got "into it" that much. I had my first son at age 26 and moved around half the world and back the during the past six years. My second son was born in 2010. My daily work out routine during these first years as a parent was mainly lifting babies, chasing toddlers and taking out Italian greyhound for a jog here and there ;) So now I am 33, both kids attend Kindergarten and school and it's time for this Mommy to "move it" and get back in the best shape possible. I knew it wouldn't make much sense for me to just randomly try to figure out the training equipment in a Gym by myself, and because I am really serious about this, I took my friends advice and hired a personal fitness coach. A couple of weeks into the training and I can already tell you one thing: it was the best decision ever! He is able to create a workout plan that is designed for my individual needs, ability and goals. It goes hand in hand with my diet and really, there is not much I can do wrong with that professional guidance.
So let's get started!!  Can you tell I'm excited?? :D