WIAW 3 + Personal Training

So I've been thinking a lot about getting a personal training certification (the NASM) lately. I'd really love to be more knowledgeable for you guys, and I'd love to be more of a resource to my friends and family. I want to help people become healthier!

Matt and I chatted for a bit about what that would look like. One thing that I definitely know I want to think about is how I can best serve you guys and the people around me as a trainer. I think my default trainer personality is something close to Jillian Michaels -- which is a little to harsh to motivate most people. Especially through a computer. 

I want my teaching style and my encouragement to model my 4 favorite instructors: Kathryn Budig, Karena Dawn, Katrina Hodgson, and Bob Harper. 

Kathryn is a super fun yoga instructor who teaches all over the world. She's so down to earth and loveable. She makes yoga fun, and she doesn't take herself too seriously. She's extremely relatable. 

Karena and Katrina (the Tone It Up girls) are so good at creating a community and making people feel pretty. They go out of their way to meet people and, like Kathryn, are super goofy. 

Bob is one of the Biggest Loser trainers. I love watching him train people because he really seems to care about their lives and motivates them in a really loving way. 

I plan to spend some time studying these four awesome instructors more before and while I work on my PT certification. Hopefully, I'll start my training this fall!


WIAW

Okay. This week's WIAW isn't going to be super exciting. I had a CRAZY busy day at work, so I hardly had time for anything. 

For breakfast, I had 2 eggs, 1 egg white, and a cup of greek yogurt and granola. This is more than I normally have for breakfast because I knew what my work schedule looked like for the day, and I didn't know if I would have time for my 10am snack. 

I didn't have time for my snack. And I only had time to scarf down about half of my lunch (chicken and a big salad) before a meeting. 

I ate my afternoon quest bar in a meeting. 

After dinner, we packed our stuff and went to the gym. I sipped on a Cellucor BCAA sample while lifting. 

When we got home, we made protein smoothies. I got a new protein powder this week that tastes amazing. Cellucor is my current favorite protein powder. They have such fun flavors!! For my smoothie, I just mixed a frozen banana with a scoop of protein, fresh raspberries, and coconut water. 

Do you ever have those days when you feel like you don't have time for anything-- not even food?

Thai Lettuce Wraps + Happiness & Wellbeing

Happy Monday, y'all!

As I'm typing out this blog, I'm mentally preparing myself for the day ahead. We have 12 fresh-out-of-college new hires starting at my office today -- it's gonna be loud! I work for a small company, so that's a huge increase and will definitely affect the overall office feel. I hope I can get a seat in the kitchen at lunch!! haha

I have a super simple recipe (2 ways) for you guys. The first time I tried this thai recipe, I made it in wrap form. It was great this way, but pretty dang messy. So the second time, I made it into a salad, which was much less messy but felt less fun and fancy. 

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce leaves
  • Bean sprouts
  • Red or orange bell pepper
  • Carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Shelled sunflower seeds
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Low sodium tamari sauce
  • Lime juice

Directions:

  1. Chop the pepper, carrots, and snap peas into long strips
  2. Fill lettuce leaves with veggies and seeds
  3. Mix 1 Tbsp sesame oil with 1 Tbsp tamari and 1 Tbsp lime juice (for the dipping sauce)

If you follow my social media pages, you probably saw me freaking out on Saturday about the articles I wrote for Happiness & Wellbeing Magazine. H&W is a digital wellness mag based in Australia. I am so honored that Cass (the editor-in-cheif at H&W) is letting me participate in this way! 

I first found out about this mag when my favorite international yoga teacher, Kathryn Budig, was their cover girl. I've been hooked ever since. The magazine makes me really happy because of the overall positive vibe it has. The contributors are very healthy and very optimistic about life. I love it!

The two articles I wrote were:

  1. Does Your Body Really Need Dairy?
  2. How to Stay Fit When You Are Working Full-Time

You can download a copy for 2 bucks here, read my stuff, and support this awesome publication!

WIAW #2

I had planned to make some fun recipes for WIAW this week, but life happens and Trader Joe's doesn't carry miso paste :(

Yesterday's eats were pretty plain, but sometimes we all have those plain food kinda days. 

For breakfast, I had 2 eggs and 1 egg white + my morning green smoothie from the new Lorna Jane cookbook. I cut her portions in half for smoothies. 

Here are the ingredients I use:

  • 1/2 pear (diced and cored)
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 1 "cutie" clementine
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup coconut water

I wasn't super hungry at my morning snack time, so I just grabbed a handful of trail mix from the stash I keep in my desk. 

Lunch was very simple -- sauteed green beans and edamame + cooked lentils. I didn't have the ingredients or time the night before to prep anything fancier. 

Quest sent me a thank you box of Quest Bars for running the giveaway a couple weeks ago, and I couldn't be happier about that. This is the lemon bar, and, holy cow, it's amazing. As usual, I microwaved it for 12 seconds and ate it warm.

Today was leg day for us at the gym, so we had to be pretty quick about our dinner prep. I snacked on carrots and hummus while I cooked.

Dinner was simple mustard baked chicken and sauteed broccoli. 

I didn't take a photo of it, but I also drank my BCAAs during the leg workout, and my whey protein powder afterwards. 

Question of the day:

What are the typical simple meals you make when you're in a time crunch?