Organic Living (on a Budget!)

Clean eating and do-it-yourself tips from a newly married couple's persepective


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(Not) A Lazy Sunday

Good morning! I had a late start to the morning, but this girl is on fire! LOL I’ve cleaned the kitchen and living room already, and have big plans to work on a powerpoint and handouts for my team’s business training this Tuesday night (I have my own business educating and empowering young women and moms to improve their health and finances with doTERRA Essential Oils, and a huge part of that is mentoring/training my team of other product consultants). Right now I’m enjoying a plain latte with skim milk…mmm!

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On a totally unrelated note, my 42 days to fitness are halfway gone! I can’t believe it. I’m so ready to finish this semester and get aboard our cruise ship! Just another 21 days to wait! 

My workouts have been going really well. I need to keep changing up the reps/sets to prevent a plateau. Yesterday my sister and I did 30-12-8-30 (reps) for biceps, triceps, and shoulders, and my arms were burning! They were exhausted by the end. Here’s the workout we did:

30-12-8-30 reps, increasing weight until you get back to 30 reps, then go light again:

Hammer bicep curls w/cable

Skull crushers on ball w/barbell

One arm lateral raises w/cable 

 

AMRAP (as many reps as possible) 1 minute:

Barbell bicep curls

Tricep press w/cable

Shoulder press w/cable

 

My diet, on the other hand, still needs some work. I’ve been better than before, but not perfect by any means. I see more salads in my future…it’s only 21 days, right? I can do this 😉 Here are some of my meals/snacks from last week, my new (short!) hair cut, and a wild onion that was left alone for too long in the dark…

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TTYL! ❤ Gina


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42 Days to Fitness

I’ve finally settled on a new fitness goal with a measurable time frame to achieve it by! So that title isn’t exactly true…yesterday there were 42 days left until my cruise (!!) so today there are technically 41 days to hit my fitness goal: 15% body fat and visible abs of steel! Six weeks is the perfect amount of time to get where I want to be, since I’m at 18.5-19% BF now and I have a LOT of room to clean up my diet. Read: no more homemade ice cream sandwiches every other night, and no more excuses for not having salad with that dinner.

Since I started reading Wheat Belly a few days ago, I’ve decided to go mostly gluten-free for the upcoming 6 weeks, and maybe forever. Sticking to that will be a huge part of reaching my goal for the cruise, since gluten raises blood sugar and causes visceral fat to build up around our organs (conveniently located in the abdominal region), getting rid of it will help define my abs and the rest of my body.

Honestly the last two days haven’t been hard. I haven’t had to do much differently, just added in a dose of healthy discipline to my snacking habit and pushed myself a little harder at the gym. Setting a purpose for my workouts and the food I eat is what I was missing before–the motivation and focus I have now just because I set a clear, measurable goal is amazing. “Losing weight” or “toning up” is something I hear my personal training clients tell me when I ask what their goals are, and that just doesn’t cut it. Those are way too ambiguous to instill any kind of drive or commitment to make the right choice when the alarm clock goes off at 5am for a workout, or when those bagels in the snack room at work are calling your name. But put a date on the calendar and a number you want to see on the scale and it WILL make things happen!

If you’re struggling with your weight or health, don’t be afraid to step out the door and go for a run. Go to the gym and lift weights. Find a sport you love and train hard at it. But think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it first. Write it down on an index card and look at it every morning and every night. On the back of the card write how you’ll feel when you achieve your goal. Visualize it. Often. And ask for help from the trainers at your gym. We’re there to serve you!

My workouts for this week:

Sunday–HIIT plyometrics & bodyweight exercises

Monday–Upper body weights & interval running (20 mins)

Tuesday–Spin class & abs

Wednesday–Legs

Thursday–OFF

Friday–Yoga & upper body weights

Saturday–HIIT?

Here are a few pics of my meals lately (and my adorable puppy 🙂

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I love the spicy sushi at Whole Foods! I could eat this all day.

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Finally she stood still long enough to take  pic! Seriously, that’s hard to get her to do.

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I used some leftover enchilada filling to make eggs and a corn tortilla that much better. Filling is just sautéed veggies and black beans with cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

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The sky after Sunday’s workout with my sister was gorgeous!

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This morning I had doTERRA’s Vanilla Trim Shake with a drop of Cinnamon essential oil (balances blood sugar), two eggs, and coffee with almond milk. Plus my Lifelong Vitality supplements of course! These give me tons of energy, help me sleep better at night, cleared up my skin, and remove brain fog! Love them ❤ Learn more about them here. They’re FREE this month with qualifying orders, comment and let me know if you want to try them!

What are your goals? Fitness related or not, comment and let me know!

Gina


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Information overload + thoughts from the week

This weekend has been packed with studying, reading for personal development, and learning. My brain is exhausted! When I get to the point where I don’t know if I remember anything I’ve read, I know it’s time to take a break (and get out my Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils for focus/mental burnout and memory!).

This week has been such a learning experience for me–from my classes at USF to learning new skills at work to learning more about myself during my daily personal development/reflection time. I’ve had so many things go wrong yet so many go right over the past seven days! I feel as if I’m a different person than I was when I woke up last Sunday morning and began the week! I’m so glad for the chance I’ve had this weekend to rest and reflect on everything. And I’ve had time to re-focus on my fitness goals for my cruise in December and put together a killer workout plan for the upcoming week! 

When I took the course to become a Certified Personal Trainer last December, my instructor taught our class to create short, intense, effective workouts for our clients and to vary the intensity and type of workout every day of the week. High Intensity Interval Training is THE buzzword in the fitness industry today, and while it’s not always possible to implement this type of workout for my clients (because of deconditioning, injury, or other physical limitations), I love to incorporate HIIT into my weekly routine. I’m super excited about the return of plyometrics day as well!

S: Off

M: Biceps, triceps, shoulders + cardio (30 mins, tempo)

T: Plyometrics + abs

W: Off

R: Legs

F: Yoga + abs 

S: Back, chest + cardio (20 mins, sprints)