Workout/Martial Arts 03/30/2020: A whole week off for an injury feels like an eternity.

This amused me, hope it did you too. Credit: MuayThaiMemeThai instagram

TLDR: I had to take a week off cause of my scoliosis, and strained my back. I wanted to train, but had to listen to my body because it was screaming at me. The hard part is when you are on the mend and feeling better, but need to take it easy so that it will heal all the way.

Waiting is the pits, we hates it

It may be because the quarantine. It may be because I am so used to training. It is probably both. However, I had to take this last week off because of an injury and it felt like and eternity. This comes from a chronic condition I have had since I can remember. If you are new to my blog, I have scoliosis, or curvature of my spine in my neck and back. I suffered a herniated disk that pushed on my sciatic nerve and had to take months to rehab it.

Because of scoliosis, I have to get regular adjustments to my back and neck just so that nerves don’t get pinched, and I can function without pain. I was training for my gyms Level 1 Muay Thai test, and was feeling great, so I had not visited my chiro in 6 months. I know this statistic because he told me when I went to see him. Lol

The last few months my hip has felt a little out of place. But I trained through it, because it was a minor nag, and nothing that was hindering me. Well last week I finished with a banded dead lift and that hip misalignment along with my scoliosis cased me to strain my back. Yay!?! … no ouch!

If you have never dealt with this kind of issue. Think about a bunch of rubber bands held in tension around your bones, those rubber bands are your muscles and tendons. When your spine is out of alignment, your rubber bands are holding the spine in tension, and sometimes the smallest tweak or wrong movement sends a catalyst of changes that causes the rubber bands to move, and pull things out of line. This causes pinched nerves (tingling, numbness, pain), pain, in ability for the joint to move correctly, and inflammation.

So what did I do to myself:

  1. I had two of my vertebrae in my neck out of alignment.
  2. I had a dislocated rib
  3. My SI joint was out of place
  4. 1 side of my hip was jammed
  5. Other side of my hip was dislocated (note: I can usually tell from slight pain, and I sometimes trip when walking on flat surfaces from misalignment.)

Needless to say, I have been rehabilitating my back. Laying flat, icing, Ibuprofen, plenty of water and went to my chiropractor in this last week. He told me I had not seen him for 6 months. I was doing really well. He was impressed, but I really should have gone in after my Level 1 test to get a tune up.

I am feeling loads better (I have some pain) and plan to be back on my training schedule next week. I may take it slow for the first days to make sure my back is holding up. But for this week I took it easy… even thought it was this side of torture, especially when we can’t get out to do anything else.

If it hurts why do it?

I post day to day updates on my other forms of social media, and was asked why I do this at all. The “this” being Muay Thai, Working out as much as I do, training at all. I am often asked this and one other question. Do I think training like this is hurting my condition/body more?

So lets just address these questions, because there are times where I wonder. I have mulled it over. Often times it happens when I am injured or my painful condition rears its ugly head.

Why do I train Muay Thai, and workout as much as I do?

  1. I do this cause I love the martial art.
  2. I train cause it is great for my body. I feel better over all when I train. My body stays limber, my mind stays sharp, I sleep better, I am learning about a culture I have grown to love, and I feel a sense of accomplishment.
  3. I have fitness goals I want to achieve.
  4. I would love to possibly one day pass on what I have learned. Pass on my love for this art.

Do I think training like this is hurting my scoliosis/body more?

I have wrestled with this question many times. Wondering if I am harming my back more. I can safely say that for me and my body, my Doctor has been amazed at my healing ability, and how flexible I am staying. He says I am leaps and bounds more active than 80% of the people in my age group.

  1. I don’t believe it is hurting my scoliosis more. If anything it is keeping me limber, helping me grow and condition my muscles to support my back more. (Doctors reports tell me I am not, and he is fully aware of my activities)
  2. I will not let my condition define me and stop me from living my life. I have long since decided that I could just sit on the couch. Keeping my back and neck safe. Avoiding things that could hurt it. In the end of my life, what would that life be like? What would I look back on, thinking… well I was safe, and did not hurt anything? That seems sad, to not live life because I am scared to get hurt. That is not to say I don’t stop to think about it some times. I think that is human to re-evaluate.
  3. I am much healthier now. I know how my body felt before I started my fitness journey and how I feel now.

Keep in mind, sore muscles, sore body due to exercise/exertions are completely different than structural damage. If I were damaging my body structurally I would not do that.

Now that I am on the mend waiting is terrible. Anyway thank you for reading, and I hope you and your loved ones stay safe in this pandemic. Get out there and move your body if you can. I will be back at it next week.

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Fuel your body during COVID-19: Easy Veggie Soup with Sausage – (use old veggies that look ugly/go bad)

the veg

Hello everyone. Yup I had a fridge full of the ugly veggies that I took pictures of for my previous fuel your body post. I wanted to do something with them, so I decided to make it easy on myself and make a veggie sausage soup. You can totally make this vegan with no sausage, but with my family of pre teens they will riot if I don’t feed them.

I had onions, carrots, cellary that was starting to look wilting, and one stalk even looked a little anemic. I had tomatoes that were not firm any more, bell peppers that were wrinkly and not as beautiful, and a staple in my house Yukon Gold potatoes. I had one container of chicken stock, but you can sub veggie stock to make it vegetarian/vegan.

Our stores still don’t have all the products we are used to. Our shipping is over loaded. So I bought what was on sale, and what I could find. When I got home I realized I bought beer bratwurst. So I just went with it.

This recipe can be altered to be:

  1. Vegetarian/Vegan

This recipe is:

  1. Gluten Free (unless you make the bred below)
  2. Dairy Free
  3. Full of Fiber
  4. Full of nutrients
  5. Low in fat
  6. Low in salt

Anyway it came out fantastic. So here is what I did.


Easy Veggie Soup with Sausage

Ingredients:

Yield: 8 servings

  1. 4 cups of stock Chicken/Veggie your preference
  2. 4 really ripe soft tomatoes chopped
  3. 4 cups of Yukon Gold potatoes chopped
  4. 2 cups of carrots chopped
  5. 4 stalks of celery chopped even the leafy tops
  6. 1 yellow onion chopped
  7. 2 green bell peppers or 2 cups chopped
  8. 1 tablespoon of ginger sliced about the top part of your thumb worth of ginger
  9. 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  10. 2 cups of water
  11. 1 tablespoon of salt
  12. Pepper to taste
  13. Beer Bratwurst 5 casing cut removed and sauteed

Directions:

  1. Saute onions, ginger till fragrant, add meat that has been removed from casing, and saute till cooked.
  2. Add hard veggies and the rest of the aromatics, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and celery. Stir together to heat.
  3. Add stock, and water, bring to a boil and lower heat to medium. Let cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add soft veggies tomatoes, and peppers. Let cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve piping hot. I made home made bread with it, and the family gobbled it up. It made enough to have it for two nights with 4 people.

I will put a link to the bread recipe I used. It is a no knead dough, that uses yeast.

https://www.melskitchencafe.com/rustic-crusty-bread-a-simple-how-to/?fbclid=IwAR1pfUZw-Be0sV68x6MwE51elzx_49rAYZsfv8_nyxR2Xgj-SXh2s5RBHOA

This was a hit with my family. We had warm crusty bread. Delicious soup with so much depth of flavor. They gobbled it up.

I hope this post finds you and your family healthy and happy. Please stay safe, wash your hands, and take the precautions you need. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Would you like to see posts about baking breads?

Workout/Martial Arts 03/23/2020: We exert so much energy into fear of failure.

This week in keeping up the workouts and martial arts has been surreal, and just as crazy. I have come up against some other hurdles to keeping my schedule. I am so tired of this pandemic messing up my routine.

What you may ask can be causing you to have troubles getting your booty into gear?

  1. Weather– its been alternately cold and rainy to 80 degree F days here. On the rainy days I have to wait till there is a break in the weather to go out.
  2. Husband, and children – various needs of my family, and making me tired and just want to be lazy.
  3. Missing my gym/classes being scheduled so I just show up and we work. I miss my gym Muay Thai and Kali classes. I could just show up and do my workout. Even if I was having a shitty day, by the time I got there I was there. Might as well just do it. Even if I was tired and not feeling it.
  4. Husband deciding not to go do a workout with you, makes it harder to make (at least for me) myself get my booty in gear.

Tuesday 03/24/2020: 1 hour – 1 mile run, Muay Thai

Workout: 1 hour of Interval run, and Muay Thai training.

I am not feeling it today. I made myself get up and go do the workout. But PMS is rearing it’s ugly head. Kids have been on my last nerve, fussing at me about just anything.

We worked on:

1) Jab, cross , lead hook, uppercut, cut stem knee.
2) Jab, jab, cross, long lead hook, rear kick
3) Jab, cross, rear upper cut, lead uppercut
4) Jab, cross, lead hook, rear uppercut

I did not want to do it but I did it. I am tired and been up since 3:30 am and had to go to work at the Bakery. But there you go. Sometimes I just do what I can and that has to be enough.

Thursday 03/26/2020: 1 hour and 20 mins – 1 mile run, Muay Thai

Workout: 1 hour and 20 minutes. We did an interval run 2 min run / 1 min walk. Took the kids to run with us.

Then practiced Muay Thai.

1) jab, cross, lead hook, upper cut, upper cut
2) jab, cross, lead head hook, rear body hook
3) jab, cross, uppercut, lead knee
4) jab, cross, lead head hook, rear body hook, c step out to rear knee
5) elbows and knee burn out

Whew I am tired.

Saturday 03/28/2020: 40 min – 1 mile run, Quad Band Workout

Workout: 40 minute workout 1 mile run and glute band workout.

I took advantage of the lull in the weather to go run it was beautiful. Not many people out.

Then I did a glute band workout:

All of these can be done without a glute band but the glute band makes it more challenging.
I did 4 exercises trying to get 15 reps each set and a total of 3 sets per exercise. I did it in a superset so no rest between each exercise doing all 4 before a 30 second rest.

1) single leg dead lifts 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 15L,15R

2) on elbow plank kick backs 15 each leg: 15L,15R 10L,10R 10L,10R

3) fire hydrants 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 15L,15R

4) donkey kicks 15 each leg: 15L,15R 15L,15R 10L,10R

Whew! I am tired. H did not want to come with so I did it on my own.

“She is poise she is grace” she so red in the face after workout. That is a sexay look.


So there you have it. I only got 3 workout days in. I was lazy on some days. Other days the weather was not working with me. Then family was wearing me out. I hate to have excuses, but that is what happened.

“We exert so much energy into fear of failure and then beating ourselves up when it happens that we have no energy left to be resilient. “

The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action by Christian Moore

This quote rang true for me. I compare, and chastise myself when I don’t add up.

I need to have the ability to see where I am at and to forgive myself if I fail or fall back. Sigh, I just want to keep up my training.

I am so happy that we did our level 1 test in Muay Thai before this. We, me, my husband, teammate, were talking about it. If I had to try to keep up our conditioning during this time it would be near impossible.

Anyway thanks for reading. Please keep safe. Keep disinfecting yourself and your family. Please feel free to subscribe, and comment if you want.

Gymshark Review: Ordered During COVID-19 Pandemic – Turbo Cropped Legging Cobalt

front view

First things first. I was not paid to do this review. I paid for the product myself with my own money.

Well I am amazed. I did not expect it to come so fast. I am sure that other people will not have the exact same experience. However, on their website, when you go to order they have a warning. Like any company would during this pandemic. So I expected to have to wait for it for a while, weeks even.

“Good news! We are still able to ship to your country, however due to ongoing challenges related to COVID-19 your order may be subject to courier delays.
Please keep an eye on our ‘COVID-19’ FAQ page for further updates.”

I saw that these pants were on sale. I have been wanting to get them for a while, love the color and the pattern. Did not want to buy full price cause I was worried I would not like them like the last ones I bought from Gymshark. I was willing to give them another chance.

I understand they have different fabrics, however since I am buying these on my own I cannot afford to try all the different styles. I just get what I can when I can.

I ordered it on 03/16/2020 and received it yesterday 03/19/2020. That’s three days. With the ability to see where the order is, I saw that the label was printed in Belgium, and it shipped out of Germany, then it got here. This happened all in three days. So regardless of what I think of the pants. I am about to go run in them, and then do my Muay Thai and Kali workout. I am very happy with the shipping. I would have understood if it took longer, but it did not thankfully.

Enough prattling on here is the review:

I love them. They fit well, they perform well, and they do what I need them to do when I am moving around. On top of it all they are my favorite color.

I put up pictures above, and in one of them you can see the silicon lining at the waistline. I was surprised about it and in the end happy about it. When I went running they did not slip at all. I did not have to adjust them at all.

Pros:

  1. Stay put when running, doing martial arts, I am sure when doing anything they will stay put.
  2. Very comfortable, fabric is silky, and compression is just right.
  3. Size is dead on for me.
  4. Waist band is nice and thick.
  5. The shipping was phenomenal.
  6. They were on sale
  7. The color. Oh that saturated cobalt blue is so beautiful.
  8. High waist (on me it is very high waisted, because I am short)
  9. I like the design.

Cons:

  1. I guess the only thing I would say could be better is if it had pockets.

I really had no problems with these so far. They are exactly what I wanted. When I run they stay in place. They move with me, and I love them.

Would I buy them again?

Yes I would. Maybe a different color, or maybe the same color cause I love the color so much.

Does this change my view on Gymshark?

Yes I am more willing to give them a try again. Of course when there is a sale.

This was my first review of them. My over all review and feelings about the first order was meh. I do not wear those pants to workout, I wear them to the bakery instead. They did not hold up well.
https://think.fitness.blog/2019/03/03/gymshark-review-doo-doo-doo-doo-gymshark/

Would I pay full price for these pants?

You know… I would. I like a sale better, but I would certainly pay full price. I work out 5 to 6 days a week normally so investing in great gear is important and helps to make the process more fun, and smoother.

So hopefully that is a little bit different post than most out there. It has been a crazy tumultuous couple of weeks. We don’t know what is going to happen from on day to the next. I am still trying to keep up with my training.

As silly as it seems having something come in, no matter if it is small is nice. It is something to look forward to. Something different to take the mind off of what is rolling around the corner.

As always, thank you for reading. At this time and during our social distancing. I feel like I have a connection to other people outside of my home. Even if it is just through my blog. My personal social media sites, or through email and snail mail. While we flatten the curve at least this is a place where we can write to one another.

So if you have questions, feel free to ask. Like if you like this kind of blog post. Also let me know if you want me to write about something else. Keep safe. Wash your hands, and hug your loved ones if you can.

Fuel Yourself During The Pandemic: Fresh or not so Fresh Fruits or Veggies

During this time of Pandemic fruits and veggies are getting hard to find. Maybe you stocked up and forgot about that bunch of broccoli in the back of your refrigerator, or those tomatoes are looking a little wrinkly.

How do you know what to eat and what to toss?

I am going to tell you some of the ways I look at our fruits and veggies. How I assess what I have and what we can use, and some ways to use them in your cooking. As a chef a lot of these would just be thrown away during times of plenty. The idea being you want to serve the best of the best to your clientele. However, we are also taught what is healthy, how to use all of the product you have, and what you can get away with trimming. We cover how to avoid food waste a great deal as well.

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or what ever you are drinking its going to be a bit of a long blog.

As always use your best judgment, and stay safe.

These are some of the most common grocery, and produce items you can get here. If I missed something that is common where you live please feel free to ask, I will answer, and let you know if I have any familiarity with that product.

Cheese –

This is not produce but it is important. Hard cheese you can keep if it has mold on it. Rule of thumb is cut about an inch around and under the mold to remove the mold spot, then wrap in a new piece of plastic.

Dairy (like sour cream and yogurt), and Jam/jellies/preserves –

Throw these out. They may contain poisons, and toxins that are very dangerous. Never take chances with these.

Bread –

If it is moldy throw it out. The mold can be very dangerous on bread.

Hint: If you have the freezer space you can freeze your extra bread. Place it on the counter to come to room temp after freezing. It is better to buy fresh, but this can help stock up to stay at home.

Hard vegetables and Fruits you can generally cut away the mold and use.

(Example: Carrots, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, root veggies, etc.)

Produce and what to do with them:

Tomatoes –

  1. If your tomatoes are wrinkly and not firm they are good for cooking, sauces and soups.
  2. If they are moldy throw them away. Remember mold on soft fruits, berries, etc you should throw away.

Carrots –

  1. If your carrot is looking limp, feeling flimsy, and the tops/greens looking yellowish, and limp. They are good for roasting, cooking in soup, making a sauce, sauteing up.
  2. If your carrot is moldy, cut about inch around the mold off. If for instance at the tip, I just cut the tip off.

Onions –

  1. If your onion has a black sooty mold on outer skin, peel till you see new flesh/skin. If you don’t need that onion right away a new papery brown skin will form from the new skin you exposed.
    • That black, sooty-looking substance on the skins of onions is a mold. Aspergillus niger is its name. It is a common fungus found on onions in the field in and stored in bags at the grocery store. It is found on the outside of the onion and is typically harmless.
    • What to do if a bunch is touching an onion that has some mold. I remove both. Peel them down, and rinse them with water. Then dry them thoroughly.
  2. You can cook them right away but they are still shelf stable.
  3. If it is at all looking wet or slimy throw it away.

Broccoli –

  1. If your broccoli is browning on the crown in spots, and or the stalks looking warn and old. Trim the brown spots off and remove the stems.
  2. If it is at all looking wet or slimy throw it away.

Cabbage –

  1. If your cabbage is looking old and limp. You can use it in stir fry, soup, even roasted. Hard veggies and fruits you can cut off around and under any moldy spots about 1 inch in.
  2. If it is wet and slimy throw it away.

Greens –

  1. Lettuces and greens, tend to get wet and break down fast. So throw them away if they start looking moldy, wet, slimy.
  2. Should you throw away if it looks limp? If it has just lost its vigor but does not smell bad feel slimy you can try soaking it in cold water, to see if it crisps up and then use it.

Bananas –

  1. If the banana is moldy throw it away.
  2. If the banana is brown, bruised, almost black, you can still use it in baking, smoothies, fruit soups, etc.

Berries –

  1. If your berries, or other soft fruits and veggies are moldy throw them away.
  2. If your berries are just looking a little sad, but not moldy, that is a great time to puree them into a smoothie, or bake them into baked goods.

Mushrooms –

  1. If they are moldy throw them away.
  2. If they have dark spots use them now, in roasting, soup, sauces, baking etc. Use them in anything that they don’t have to be pretty.
  3. If they get wrinkly, they are drying out, and better to just throw away.
  4. If the are odorous or stinky throw them out.

Apples –

  1. If your apple bruised and ugly it is still ok to eat. Just cut off the bruised spot. Eat raw, or you can cook them down into apple sauce. You can grate them and use them in baking.
  2. If your apple has mold throw it away.
  3. If it is in a bag with others that have mold, throw away the offending apple, and take all others out wash them and dry them really well.

Oranges –

  1. If your orange has mold on it throw it out.
  2. If one goes bad in the bag what should you do? Throw out the moldy orange. Then wash the other oranges and dry thoroughly. Those should be safe to eat.

Peppers –

  1. If your peppers are wrinkly, you can still eat them. They would be great for roasting, in casseroles, sauces, or soups.
  2. If your pepper is a little moldy cut off an inch around. However, I tend to throw it out if the mold is found inside of the pepper.

Avocado –

  1. After you cut it the avocado and it gets brown/oxydized, you cut it a day ago and it looks terrible. It is still ok to eat generally. You can cut off the ugly oxydized parts.
  2. If it is moldy throw it out.

Here is an example of the dinner I made for my family with produce that was not the freshest. I used the broccoli, and carrots pictured above.

Tilapia, mushroom medley, carrots broccoli onion saute, and rice.

The list goes on, and on, and on, but I don’t have the time to go through every fruit and vegetable here. I hope this helps.

Be careful what you eat and use your best judgment. Stopping food waste is a great thing to learn. Consequently during this time of pandemic it may just help your food budget go further.

So when you venture out to get your supplies. Don’t fear the ugly produce. Eat the ugly produce. If it is a sad looking and all you can get, you can still use it. If nothing else throw it all in a stock pot with some water, and boil it down. Make a veggie stock to use in your other cooking.

Thank you for reading. Stay safe, and lets all flatten the curve by keeping our social distance. At least we can talk online right? Subscribe and comment if you want.

Note: Sorry for so many posts. I just wanted to get these out because I thought they could be helpful for so many people.

Workout/Martial Arts 03/16/2020: Working Out My Routine in This Pandemic

Everyone has been effected by this pandemic. Gyms are closed, schools are closed, people are working from home if they are lucky. Workers who are essential to the survival of the community are still out there working. One of my jobs is at a bakery. We are there, and I try to help others where I can. This is scary and I am starting to get overloaded with all the articles and media input on this pandemic.

The one thing that helps me, is to have a workout routine and goals. It helps me relieve stress, anxiety, and gets me thinking about something else. I made a commitment to myself years ago that I would stay on this journey no matter what. I have gotten through two medical scares. One was a kidney stone, and the other was a doozy uterine cancer. I can get through this.

Do we have to change up our routine? Yup, but change is good for your body. Also it gets you thinking about what you can do at home. So while I am still working out my workout routine during this pandemic, I am going to keep doing what I can with my head held high. I done a lot of reading and people I believe it is going to take longer than 2 weeks of isolation for this thing to blow over.

What works for me does not always work for other people, but having a routine and goals helps me have something to shoot for.

Tentative Workout routine:

  1. Run every day that I am going to do a workout (goal is to get better at running)
  2. Martial Arts- Muay Thai and Kali practice 3 times a week
  3. Full body plyometrics, and weight lifting 2 to 3 times a week.

Monday 03/16/2020: 2 mile run, Muay Thai, and full body workout

Workout #1. 2 mile run

Workout #2. 57 minutes Full body workout. Made H do it with me too.

Love my home gym… 

Workout: Do each Workout as follows
45 second, 15 seconds rest, 4 sets each exercise

  1. Goblet squats with a 20 lb kettle bell
  2. Walking lunges
  3. Revers leg push on bench (lay face down on the bench, with bent knees, push legs up squeeze glutes and hamstrings at top)
  4. Swiss ball hamstring pulls
  5. Swiss ball pikes
  6. Wall knees Muay Thai ( thank you Silvie Von Douglas)
  7. Wall jab, cross, uppercut, elbows Muay Thai (thank you Silvie Von Douglas)
  8. Leg Circles left and right
  9. Ball reverse crunches

I will put Silvie Von Douglas video here. This is where I got the Muay Thai wall knees and wall punches and elbows idea from.

Wednesday 03/18/2020: 1.5 hours, Run, Muay Thai

1.5 hours Workout/Muay Thai training

We went for a 1 mile run, then we worked on Muay Thai for a little over an hour.

I am so lucky that H and I train together, cause we know a great number of drills. So I feel like we can keep working Muay Thai. I have been feeling sad we have not been able to go to training. I miss Muay Thai training. We will try to keep up our training while we are socially distancing ourselves during this pandemic.

We worked the:

  1. boxing 20
  2. knees
  3. some kicks
  4. I found and worked on the fact that when I throw my crosses I turn my fist first and throw it. I only do it when I do the cross on its own. I should throw it out there and then turn it at the end. When I throw a jab, cross, I don’t turn it till the end.

I think it is important to keep up our training, and It is important for people to get exercise in. I know a lot of people are at home now without anything to do. Also you have a lot more time. I believe starting to get a workout into your daily schedule, now that you don’t have to drive anywhere if you are stuck at home would be great.

I however, want to caution, if you have not been doing a lot of exercise start slowly. Start by walking daily, or running twice a week, try some yoga there are youtube videos you can watch. You don’t want to hurt yourself right now, but get up and get some exercise in.

I took video of some of our training.

Friday 03/20/2020: 2 hours, Run, Muay Thai, and Kali

Workout #1 : 1 mile run. I listened to my trainers suggestions and ran differently today. I went for a mile run, 1 min run/ 1 min walk. My overall time was much better for the mile. One of my goals for this time is to get better at running. Woot! Thanks Khun Kru Krysta for the tips and motivation.

Hoping to get some Muay Thai and Kali training in later when H is off work.

Workout #2: 1.5 Muay Thai and Kali. I love having H here to help me work on my technique. I am not in any way an expert. But I am going to keep practicing.

Keep training and working through the pandemic. Don’t give up on your dreams during this time.

I have a video I am going to put up too.

Also I love these new pants from Gymshark.

Some of my training video

Sunday 03/22/2020: 45 minutes, Run, full body workout

I could not drag husband along this time he was tired. He was working all weekend so I understand.

Workout: 45 minutes. I did an interval run like my trainer recommended 2 min run/1 min walk for a mile.

Then I did a plyometric workout:
1 min each exercise with 15 seconds rest between doing each 3 times

( Note: I did a seated or angled chin ups and pull ups because I am not strong enough yet to do them on my own. I hope to be able to do them one day. But either way it still worked my arms really well.)

  1. curb toe taps
  2. alternating jump lunges
  3. 1 1/2 squats with a pump in the middle
  4. seated pull ups/angled
  5. human pull overs ( anchor your arms and using your core and lats pull your straightened legs up and to your face. Think hanging leg pikes)
  6. seated chin ups/angled

That was it for this last week. I got 4 days of work out in. It is not my normal schedule and it may change again.

We have to be kind to ourselves. I have to remind myself of that. I am a get up and, go go go person. If we are not going what are we doing? Wasting time? But I know that this is new our life has changed and what we are doing has changed. I am taking into consideration when H wants to go and work out. I am working around him being home all the time. So I can’t do a loud HIIT work out at home where it may disturb him.

I have goals Running, and keep up with my Muay Thai and Kali.

Its going to be weird, its going to suck, but we are going to keep moving. Thank you for reading. I hope you have a great week. Please don’t give up on your dreams. Keep going, even if you have to change things, or post pone things. Keep dreaming and keep reaching. Stay safe, and all the love goes out to you.

Note: while I am running I am keeping social distancing. I just don’t get to near anyone and I don’t stop to talk to anyone. I just wave hi and continue on.

Fuel my body, during COVID-19 shortages…Strawberry Banana Lime Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Good morning… yup I hear my family fussing about hunger. So here is what I came up with this morning.

This recipe is:

  1. Gluten free if you need it(make sure to get the gluten free oats/means it is processed away from glutenous products)
  2. Can be dairy free
  3. Vegetarian
  4. Can Be Sugar free if you choose sugar alternatives (like Stevia, equal)
  5. Natural Sugar ( Like honey, or agave nectar) or omit the sugar all together.
  6. Has a good amount of protein and fiber to fill your family up.

Right now there is a shortage of eggs in my area. I had to go to 3 stores to find them. A lot of the pre-made or instant items are being taken, so you are left with rolled oats, some produce, milk if you are lucky, but soy, almond, and alternative milks are around.

This is a great recipe for using “ugly” fruit. Fruits and or Veggies that are not the prettiest, and have been picked over, are great in baked items. My banana was going the way of the Dodo, and had some bruises, however, it still baked up just fine.

Luckily for me??? Am I lucky? I am lactose intolerant. So I tend to have alternative milk products around.

I was able to find strawberries, bananas, limes, had coconut milk, and had non instant oatmeal at home.

I decided to make a tropical-ish baked oatmeal breakfast… Can we imagine we are away on a deserted island, I mean we have the isolation part right? Win!

You can make this the night ahead and heat it up in the morning. You can also remove from the pan and wrap completely, and freeze if you have leftovers.


Enough talking here is the recipe:

Strawberry Banana Lime Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of rolled oats
  2. 1/3 cup of granulated sweetener ** (or leave it out)
  3. 1 1/2 cups of milk (sub almond, soy, coconut)
  4. 1/2 cups of milk (sub lime juice, orange juice, or water)
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 8 oz/221 grams of Strawberries
  8. 1 each/100 grams ripe banana
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 lime zested (optional)
  11. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Mix the dry ingredients, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, mix in half of the strawberries, and half zest
  3. Grease or spray a 2 quart pan, and put dry ingredients down. Layer fruit on top.
  4. Whisk together wet ingredients, milk, juice, egg, vanilla
  5. Pour wet ingredients over
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, depending on oven. Take it out when top of the oatmeal is browned nicely.
  7. Enjoy hot, or let it cool down and enjoy at room temperature.

I hope you get a chance to try this. It is adaptable to other fruits, and keep in mind it is a great use of fruits that are not the prettiest.

This serves ~ 6 servings. Total calories depends on the ingredients you use. But about 200 to 250 calories.

** Use any type of granulated sugar or sugar substitute that you can measure same as sugar. Honey is sweeter on the pallet. So conversion is 1 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of honey.

Thank you for reading. You can use this time to adapt your goals and try something new. You can still stick to your healthy lifestyle its just going to take some tweaks and ingenuity. Have a great day and stay healthy.

Quick Note: Don’t throw away those squeezed limes. You can slice them up and put those in your water, for lime flavored water.