Meal Prep Time

Yesterday I decided to prep my lunch for the rest of the week.

When I was looking through Pinterest I found this recipe for Grilled Chicken and Veggie bowl.  Most of the ingredients I already had at home so I thought why not try it.

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First I cut the three large boneless, skinless, chicken breast into smaller pieces. After that I stabbed them with a knife and got the mallet and tenderized the chicken breast.

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After that I rubbed on the mixed spices of garlic salt, black pepper, salt, paprika, and grounded cumin.

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I marinated the chicken overnight, I will admit that I made a mistake and didn’t read the instructions carefully. I should’ve added a lime to the marinate. Since I missed this step I just added after I cooked it.

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The next morning I used my George Foreman grill to cook my chicken. I cook them for about 5 to 7 minutes depending on how thick the chicken piece was.

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After that I served my bf and my lunch. The rest I put in the freezer for the rest of the week. To my surprise it was pretty tasty! Even my boyfriend loved his lunch. So the rest of the week is going to be very tasty. As for the side I just boiled some broccoli and threw it in.


Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

Erika

 

August Goals

So the last two weeks I have been focusing on many things, one being my health.

I decided that it was time to back my body and soul. For the longest I have been putting myself last and neglecting my needs. So this month is all about me. It’s all about working on myself physically and mentally.

Since the beginning of this year I have been losing weight from not only stress but depression. I stopped believing in myself and started putting myself down. So in turn my appetite was gone and my body slowly was losing muscle. It took a moment at Victoria Secret that I knew that this had to stop.

My clothes starting to becoming too big. At first it was the jeans, then it was the underwear and now it’s bras. So enough is enough! Here are some of my goals this month that will slowly leading me where I need to be.

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Slowly but surely I hope to start gaining weight. Tomorrow I’ll post my meal plan for this week.

  • Erika

Gains: Just the Beginning

I was talking to my doctor about my uncontrollable weight loss and she mentioned joining the Gain Squad. For the people who haven’t heard of this tready workout idea then let me explain.

What is gains?

According to Urban Dictionary, “Gains is best described as a lifestyle that many take to put on muscle and get into shape. However, gains isn’t just about getting big muscles and looking lean. One will find that making gains consists of: the process of lifting, eating healthy, and making life decisions based off of ones health”.

So I thought instead of bombarding you with all this information I will slowly ease you into the process. What you might not know is that may fitness “gurus” create their own version of gains. They charge you about $20 a month for a plan that includes workouts, meal plans and some other tips. Since I can’t really afford that I decided to create my own that caters to my needs. If this sounds like something you would like to do as well, I will lead you through the process of creating your own.

I learned that reddit is your best friend. There are many people in fitness forums that not only will help support you through the process but will even share tips with you. They have people that share their meal plans and even give you advice on what brands to buy from.

The first step in creating a meal plan is to know how much calories you need to have daily. The website I used was had a Weight Gain Calculator. Here is what mine looked like:

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I chose the calorie boost because I have a hard time putting weight on.

Then once you hit calculate it comes up with how many calories, carbs, protein and fats  you intake.

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If you keep reading the article on the website it explains what kind of workouts you should do to gain that muscle. I even love that they have all theses tips and resources you can utilize.

After that the next step is to use the Macronutrient Calorie Calculator. I did this extra step because my boyfriend is diabetic so he can’t eat a lot of carbs. So this tool lets you pick a common diet ratio. Here is my example:

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After finding out your results you can customize your own meals. I started using Fitness Tracker to see exactly how much I am eating so I never go over. So far that has been helping me see what exactly I am eating. I recommend you read the rest of that article to get a better understanding of what this calculator is used for.

Tomorrow I will show you how to plan out a week’s worth of meals and lunches.

I hope this helped you as much as it has helped me. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below. Any likes and shares are appreciated!

 

Love,

Erika

 

June Goals

This year seems like the months and days are going by so fast.

I found myself telling my co- worker that I couldn’t believe the year is almost half way done. So I thought I would do a June goal list to keep me on track.

There are many things that are motivating me this month. I find myself receiving all theses signs from the universe leading me to my dreams. The only problem is that I’m at a stand still. I don’t know what path to take, do I take the realistic road or my dream…?

So this month I want to do a lot of self work. I want to push myself like I never have. Mostly because I am still young and I have so much I need to learn. I am ready to be dedicated to myself and my career; there is no more room for excuses.

1 . Giving up unneeded sugar in my diet.

2 . Practice meditating everyday when I wake up and before I go to sleep.

3 . Reading more books and articles.

4 . Listening to podcasts when I’m on my way to work and home.

5 . Improve my typing skills to the point where I don’t need to look at the keys.

6 . Start making meal preps the night before.

7 . Focus on gaining muscle.

8 . Drinking more water.

9 . Sharpen my mind with brain training games.

10 . Re-brand myself through my portfolio and resume.

 

If you have any June goals that you are determine to complete comment below what they are. I’m pretty excited that so I have started working on my goals.

Have a great National Best Friend day!

Erika

 

p.s. I just found out that this is my 100 blog post.

My kind of Shake

Hello Everyone!

So as you know I have been trying out some shakes to help me gain muscle. Let me tell you that some of these protein shakes were so difficult to drink. I found myself measuring out  my drinking points. I knew that in order for this to work for me I had to chug it. So I would get a white board marker and mark where I had to chug to.

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Day one I had the Pure Green Protein and that was the worst one out of the three. I found it to be so hard to drink that I just had to power through and finish it. So I knew that this one wasn’t for me.

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Day two I tried the Vega One shake. This one was a little better than the Pure Green. But I was disappointed but instead of tasting like coconut almond it tasted more like Flintstones grounded down vitamins. Which isn’t delicious at all, I think it probably was the most grainest out of the three.

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Day three was the best by far. It was the light at the end of the tunnel. This shake didn’t upset my stomach, blended easy, and didn’t separate too much from the ice. It tasted more like chocolate milk than crushed up vitamins. I think what amazed me is that it wasn’t a pain to drink. After forcing shake after shake it was nice to feel like I didn’t need to. I will probably buy this one depending if I still want to continue searching for more flavors.

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What I did was add 1/3 cup of 2% lactose milk with a cup full of ice. I would put all of that into a blender and take it to my desk. My boss was nice enough to bring in his bullet to work for me. So every morning I would blend up my drink and just chug it at my desk. I did this to all three shakes just to keep it consistent.

I decided to ease into working out because I knew my poor body would go into shock if I got too crazy. So what I’m doing is the 30 day squat challenge and swimming twice a week for an hour and a half.

Well I hope you enjoyed my review and hopefully helped you on your shake quest too.

Erika

 

P.s. Tomorrow morning I’ll upload my June Modern Meow logo. So be sure to stop by around noon to see what my inspired this months logo.

 

Happy Friday

Yay its finally Friday! I’m so happy that the weekend is finally here.

Tonight I have plans to see Through the Looking Glass with my bf. I’m beyond excited to go see it. For those of you who don’t know I’m obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. So I decided to go all out for this movie and go see it in a Regal theatre. I heard that there is lazy boy chairs that recline and they bring you, your order. So you know I’ll be out the door when it hits 5:30.

 

I have already started working out and let me say that I’m really out of shape. I was trying to fit in 50 squats before my boyfriend came home and I really had to dig deep to get to 30. My boyfriend came in right when I hit 40 and I was struggling to keep myself from gasping for air lol. I didn’t want him to know I was doing a squat challenge but he figured it out. I am really going to have to get motivated now because after the first few days it got hard. I bought some protein shake packets to try out different brands before committing to one. I’ll be posting my review on that on Monday if you want to see which ones I tried and liked.

I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend!

-Erika