Health & Fitness

No Fuss Smoothies

As a Beachbody coach, part of my job is to make sure that I'm getting my daily dose of dense nutrition by drinking Shakeology. 

Except, I had a problem. 

I hated washing the blender after every smoothie that I made. I would inevitably knick or poke myself on some part of the blade. 

It was annoying to say the least, until one day it occurred to me, as I was pouring my smoothie into my mason jar, "I wonder if the blender blade would fit onto my mason jar?" I took my blender apart and lo and behold it worked! So here's how I've made my smoothies ever since. Let me know if you try it, and how you like it! 

 

Amanda ❤

Peach Colada Shakeology Recipe

Hey guys! 

For December I have a goal of working out at least twice a week. It doesn't matter the workout, just as long as I'm getting in some physical activity. So far, I'm still on track. I'm still doing my Beachbody workouts, but admittedly, I don't really drink the shakeology which is something that I feel I could do better on. 

I get bored pretty easily so it probably comes as no surprise that I just can't drink the same thing everyday without getting tired of it. I thought I could share some of the shakeology recipes that I come up with. 

Peach-Colada-Shakeology

Peach-Colada
What you need: 

-1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology

-1/2 cup of coconut milk

-1 cup pineapple juice

-1 cup of frozen peaches

and

BLEND! 

 

Let me know what you think! 

Amanda ❤

Summer Sweat Group Challenge Update: Week 1

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So if you didn't know. I've gotten back onto the fitness horse, which is a good thing, I suppose. Back in 2014, I used to be a Beachbody "coach". I put it in parenthesis because I really only did it for the discounts. For the last year or so there have been two different programs that have piqued my interest. Cize and 21 Day Fix. For the last month or so, I had been contemplating doing the whole Beachbody thing again so I bit the bullet and decide, "Why not?"  This time, I actually do want to do it because I want to help people though. 

Right now I'm in my transformation stage. I'm working on myself first so that I can be a product of the product and so that people can see a physical example of change. I decided to try Cize first since it's a dance-type program, which I love! You may or may not know, but I used to dance way back when in middle and high school. Dancing has always been my thing. I love to do it and kind of wish I still did it. Any who, I digress...

My coach and his wife had a challenge group coming up and I got my package right in time to start it so I wanted to do a small update about how this first week went. One of my biggest challenges is getting used to drinking Shakeology every day. I get full easily a lot of the time, and so a single shake will keep me full for about a half a day. 

I've also been doing pretty good by choosing healthy foods again. There's been turkey tacos, salads, and steak quesadillas. That's also actually something else that I'm trying to work on. Cooking for myself. Usually CHPG cooks for me, but beings that he's in Virginia until the end of August, I've got to cook for myself. 

I took one day off because apparently I had a sprained toe and whenever I would put pressure on it, it would hurt like hell. I put some ice on it and taped it up for a day, and I was good to go! 

I honestly love this challenge group. Everyone is posting their meals and recipes and being SUPER supportive and encouraging! I love it! I think it's exactly what I needed to start off this second round with Beachbody. 

Amanda ❤

Vanilla Shakeology Recipe: Orange Peach

Drinking protein shakes are hard for me especially because I'm just not used to drinking them, but since starting my Beachbody challenge yesterday, I've made it a goal to get used to having them every day. It's going to be difficult, honestly. 

But I've been thinking about recipes and how I can make them interesting for me. I knew I was going to try a bunch of different recipes so I went ahead and got the 30-day bag of Vanilla Shakeology because I figured it would be the most versatile of all the flavors.

Peach Orange Shake Recipe 570

Peach Mango Shakeology Recipe

-8oz Orange Juice, Not from concentrate

-1/4 cup of peach yogurt

-Ice

-1/2 cup of canned peaches, drained

-1 scoop vanilla Shakeology

Blend orange juice, vanilla shakeology, and yogurt until smooth and consistent, add ice and peach slices to blender and blend. 

Amanda ❤

What Does An Anxiety Attack Feel Like?

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I've been dealing with anxiety for a while now. The earliest that I can remember was after graduating high school in 2003. In hindsight it sounds petty, but I had broken up with my high school boyfriend and I could not sit still. I had the need to feel like I was constantly moving. Whether it be dancing, walking, riding in cars or on the bus. I needed the sense of motion going through my body. 

As I've gotten older I've kind of learned how to curb those erratic feelings that tend to control me in those situations. Not surprisingly, for me, it's the sound of  ocean waves. When I can feel the anxiety kicking into hyperdrive, the first place that I go to is the beach. Whether I get in the water or not is moot. The simple sound of the rhythmic lapping of the waves calms my nerves. 

But lately, I've been having more frequent anxiety attacks. The latest in a Barnes & Noble while browsing the magazines. Unfortunately, as far as I know, I'm the only person in my immediate family who suffers from it. My dad didn't even know that I had it until this past May. 

I tried explaining it to him. He kept thinking it had something to do with emotions. Like, if I just choose to be happy, or try to not stress out so much, or not be around people who are energy suckers, then I would be okay and I wouldn't have attacks anymore. Totally NOT the case. I couldn't get him to grasp the fact that it has nothing to do with emotions. 

So this is the point where I tell you that I've been seeing a therapist again and he's helping me tremendously. He's helping me find my triggers because I have yet to figure out what they are. 

So for anyone who doesn't suffer from any anxiety disorder, let me tell you right now, you are lucky and I envy you. One of the symptoms of anxiety is worrying. A LOT. About little things. And overreacting to those seemingly little things that you're worrying about. Here are some other GAD symptoms

Physically, this is what it feels like to me when I have an anxiety attack. First, my breathing gets deeper. By deeper, I mean using my diaphragm and stomach. Next, the actual anxiety sets in. I would describe this as that nervous feeling you get during an interview or before a performance/ speech/ presentation. Usually this manifests physically by my leg starting to shake or constantly tapping my fingers. (This is that sense of motion I mentioned earlier.) Once I realize these two things are happening, (because honestly it can take me a while before I even realize that I've been triggered), I immediately try to do my breathing exercises. This can go either one of two ways. The first being that it actually calms me down and a crisis is averted. (See the overreaction there?) The other being that it does nothing for me and my breathing goes from deep to shallow and rapid. Like as if you've just jogged a good 20 feet to catch up with someone who's walking ahead of you. 

If the second instance is what's going on, then I know it's only a matter of time before the attack comes on. It's not a set period of time either. I've gone from okay to full blown attack in a matter of minutes and it's also happened over a period of 20 minutes. At this point, I know I need to get to a "safe" place, and if I can, I call CHPG.

If I'm in a public space, a "safe" place for me is usually in a small corner somewhere where I don't look like I'm going fucking crazy. I know I have to sit down though. There are times when I get tunnel vision, when I get vertigo, or I get light sensitivity. Naturally when that happens, one closes their eyes and so being in a seated position is usually best. You have less chances of passing out and hitting your head on something and getting a concussion (Still overreacting over here. Can you tell?) All this is going on while I'm still very visibly shallow breathing. By this time I'm usually crying too, or at least trying not to cry. 

If I'm on the phone with CHPG, he'll walk me through it, telling me to breathe, telling me jokes trying to get me to laugh to get my mind off the attack, or just sitting there listening to me while I spout off about how I'm fucking crazy and questioning his reasons for liking me despite me being crazy. He typically responds with, "I jump out of planes for a living" which gives me perspective. LOL! 

I get chills and most of my muscles tense up so that the only comfortable position for me is if I'm in a ball, which then makes me sad because an anxiety attack is essentially the body's natural fight or flight response, and that makes me think that in the eventuality that something were to actually occur, I would just die because my reaction would be to crawl into a ball and not fight. Here I go worrying about a situation that I'm not even in yet and how I'd potentially react! 

My attacks last anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes from the beginning of the attack until I feel like I can stand up on steady feet again. The unfortunate thing about them though is that I get ridiculously tired and my body aches. It's like riding a HUGE roller coaster for the first time. You're jittery and excited and tired but you want to do it again (except that you don't want to) and all I want to do is eat, because also ironically it makes me hungry, and then go to sleep. 

The constant thing I think about though while all this is happening though, is "Why me? Why do I have to deal with this? Why can't I be normal? Why am I fucking crazy? What the hell triggered me this time?" 

And that's usually how they go. It sucks and I hate having to go through it, and I would never wish any anxiety disorder on anyone, even my worst enemy because although, it means you're constantly worrying about things, it also makes you put things into perspective and I feel you're actually more empathetic. I feel anxiety is both a blessing and a curse. You know what it's like to feel the lowest of lows, but you also know what it's like to feel the highest of highs. 

Photo Credit: Porsche Brousseau

Amanda ❤

Why Don't You Go Outside and Play?

"True Enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; The two are ever united." - Wilhem Von Humboldt

 

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A few posts back I mentioned the fact that it sounded typical as hell to talk about reinvention because it was the new year, but that I was being serious about reinventing myself? Well I'm still on that. 

This year I'm trying to change my viewpoint on fitness as well. Since I started the 10K steps a day back in November/December, I've been trying to get back in shape but I'm taking a different approach to it. 

This year, my intention is just to be more active. If it leads to losing weight then so be it, but my goal isn't to just flat out lose weight. There's no magical number that I'm trying to reach or dress size that I want to fit into. I want to be able to run a mile without stopping. Hell, maybe eventually get up to running five miles. 

I've been taking more walks and I've even taken up running again, albeit on the treadmill at the gym, but I've been at it. I'm considering it as training for that 5K that's on my bucket list, which I definitely want to cross off this year.  

I'm also going to check out a local capoeira class this week. It's something that I've wanted to do since learning about it in high school, and I think it'll be super fun. 

This is something that anybody can do. Simply choosing to be more active will eventually lead to other things. It's easy. Go for a walk around the block. Plan to hike a trail with a friend one morning. Explore your city by bicycle so you can stop in at the places that you've always wondered about but simply drove by. Check out a class that you've been intrigued by, or even try a machine at the gym that you've been intimidated by! Just ask a trainer. That's what they're there for. You should have fun with your exercise. If you're not having fun then you're not going to want to do it, so get outside and play jump rope with your nieces or climb around the jungle gym with your kid. Remember all the fun you had as a kid? Try to get some of that back as an adult. GO PLAY! 

Do you have any fitness goals this year? I'd like to hear some of yours. 

Amanda ❤

Panda Walks 10K a Day for 30 Days

Well, I've done it! I've marked another another item off of my Spirit of Adventure list. It was a small one but regardless.

Veni. Vidi. Vici. 

10K a day for 30 days

I've always known that I walk a lot. I like to walk. It doesn't hurt either that I live in Downtown Long Beach where everything I need is pretty much accessible when  I need it. I walk wherever I need to go most of the time. Including work. 

I was built to walk, thank you Neanderthal ancestors. I can easily walk 10 miles before I even realize that I should probably take a rest. I like meandering around the city and that usually involves walking as well. 

Let's get back to the point though. I've always known that I walked a lot but I never knew exactly how much. So when CHPG showed me that he had a pedometer on his phone to track his steps I was like, "You know what? I should get one too and track my steps for a month. I mean, it IS on my list of things anyway." That's the conversation I had in my head about it.

I started November 20th and there were only two days were I didn't meet my goal of walking 10K steps, so I added two more days and just accomplished my feat yesterday. 

I did the math last night and it's some astounding stuff. In 32 days I've walked a total of 646,582 steps, or an equivalent of 153.03 miles. I told you it was astounding! On average I walked a little over 5 miles a day. Now when I say that I'm tired or that my feet hurt, there's legitimate proof as to why! Hahaha. 

So there's another one down in the books. I'm already working on my next SOA goal and it's one that's going to definitely piss my dad off, but oh well! Ha! 

Have you been able to mark something off of your bucket list recently?Something big? Something small? Let me know about them in the comments. I'd love to hear about yours!

Amanda

Amanda ❤

WLJC: Biggest Fears in Losing Weight

Hey Bears! I'm here with another post from the Weight Loss Journal Challenge. If you'd like to follow along, go ahead and click the above link to find all the prompts. 

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I guess I don't necessarily have fears when it comes to losing weight. Mostly my fear when I was younger was that I didn't want to get to be more than 150 pounds but since that boat has sailed...

I guess you can say that I have a boundary now. A long time ago I went through a painful breakup (and subsequent bought of depression) and lost A LOT of weight and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. I went from weighing 135 to 105 or so. 

As much as I've tried, I can't find a single picture of me at that time which is weird because I specifically remember taking a lot of pictures at the time. I must've deleted them but don't recall doing so. I remember a time when I was getting dressed and I was able to have my jeans zipped and buttoned up completely, and was still able to squeeze into them without any problem. 

I've learned my boundary. I know there's a line between looking fit and lean and looking sickly. I don't want to cross that boundary. I learned that super skinny doesn't look good on me. I want to lose 10 pounds first and then incrementally go down to my goal weight. 

I'm currently working on a new program. It's a Beachbody program because if you didn't know, I love their products, called Les Mills Combat. It's an MMA-style of workout mixing boxing, muay thai, tae kwon do, karate, capoeira, jiu jitsu and something else that I can't think of right now. I love it! It makes me feel like a bad ass. 

So there you have it. No fears. Just limits because I don't want to ever look sickly again. 

Are you following the Weight Loss Journal Challenge as well? I'd love to see your story!

Amanda ❤

Positive Thinking and The Happiness Project

Positive Thinking and The Happiness Project

 

Last week I shared with you how the Robin Williams tributes affected me by bringing me closer to my own personal ledge with depression. I realized that there were a few things that I could do to keep myself on my peak instead. 

Positive thinking and finding small everyday things that make me happy/thankful has been a coping technique that's worked for me in the past, so I thought I'd start that up again.

A friend of mine in New York is almost halfway through her #100DaysOfHappiness challenge, so I went and got myself a 5-year Happiness Project journal and I intend on filling that thing up. I started it last Thursday so I already have a few entries in there. That paired with the positive thinking affirmations and I've already seen a positive change in these last few days. 

Depression isn't about "just choosing to not be sad". It's a legitimate mental disease and everybody has their own coping techniques. This happens to work well for me. If you suffer from depression I high suggest you seek therapy to find a technique that works for you beings that every one is different. 

Remember, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, even the longest and most difficult ventures have a starting point." 

Amanda ❤

Training Myself To Eat Breakfast

Training To Eat BreakfastI've been determined to lose weight and I just finished a summer weight training class with a former Navy Master Chief who also has a degree in kinesiology.  Although I've seen gains as far as the amount of weight I can now support, I still don't feel like I was losing the fat so I asked for his opinion.

The first thing he asked me was whether or not I ate breakfast. "I don't" I said with a sour look on my face. Breakfast isn't really appealing to me at all. Rather, I should say, breakfast food FOR breakfast isn't appealing to me. I told him I have a small tolerance for it and then he proceeded to ask me what I could handle. The picture above is pretty much what I told him. A handful of fruit, a boiled egg, some string cheese and that's about it. 

He told me to start from there. Start eating what I could tolerate in the morning, but I had to be consistent about it. Everyday at the same time. Eat breakfast. Two weeks later, I told him how lately I had been feeling more hungry all the time. Again, he asked if I ate breakfast. I told him that ever since he mentioned it to me,  I did start eating breakfast. Then he told me that it was because I started eating breakfast. That by eating meals regularly, the body then doesn't have to hold onto more calories from those meals that you usually starve it for. In my case, breakfast. It's burning those calories instead of storing them. So that even though I was feeling more hungry, and as long as I was eating healthy food, that I should just eat but I'll continue to lose weight. 

So that's where I'm at right now. I've skipped breakfast the last couple of days, but I'm back on the saddle. It takes a little training, just like everything else, but I'm getting used to it. 

How do you feel about breakfast? Are there certain meals that you just don't like to eat during? 

Amanda ❤