Wednesday, September 10, 2014

60 Day Progress Report: FNTS

Another month into my training! It is pretty simple to sum up...

I feel great.

I feel stronger and more fit than ever. This is a totally different experience for me than all my running in the past. I have had muscles hurt that I didn't even know existed. I can do a push up like a champ! I have more endurance and have increased speed on my runs. I have calluses on my hands (this is not a perk!). I actually want to eat healthy. I'm working my buns off in the gym, so why would I want to go home and eat a bunch of crap? Totally defeats the purpose. I've even been able to manage my grains intake so I don't have to cut them out completely - I love me some whole grain pasta :) And I keep bag of those mini dark chocolate candies on hand for when I have a sweet craving. 

All of the trainers at Frank Nash Training Systems are to thank for my progress. I love being able to walk into the gym, do a quick warm up, and be instructed on what to do, how to do it, and how long to do it everyday. A lot of people I know do those at home fitness videos, but I have never been a huge fan (I have tried my fair share, Shaun T). I like being in a gym, not in my living room where I can take breaks or slow down or stop altogether if I'm not feeling it. There is no one to watch my form and tell me if I'm doing something wrong...no one needs to get hurt from working out incorrectly. I also love the variety of workouts at FNTS - everyday you are doing something different and getting a total body workout. Videos don't change. But that's just me.

I'm still drinking shakes everyday and taking my vitamins. Matt and I eat a lot of the same things...chicken, fish, lots of veggies and some whole grains. We have found it easier to stick to the plan when we keep it simple. Did you know you can cook hard "boiled" eggs in a muffin pan in the oven?! Best tip ever from FNTS. 25-30 mins on 325F. They come out perfect every time! We make a batch every week.

I've been debating on posting my progress pictures because I have not reached my end goal yet, but I have showed a few people close to me and they are so encouraging! I am amazed at how much I have changed in only 60 days so far. I'm a little weary to post prematurely since I'm not at my goal yet, but damn. I'm impressed with myself. And so so so grateful to the FNTS trainers who have helped get me here.

So here goes...

DAY 1

DAY 30

DAY 60!!!

This is my "post workout exhausted" look. Pretty, huh?
But hey, that's what I call progress right there.

I'd like to point out that this "before" is just my day 1 of starting with Frank Nash Training Systems. Prior to this before picture I had already lost 40 lbs, then gained back about 10 lbs before starting the gym (check out my before & after page). My sister loves when I talk about my "high school skinny" days lol. Running got me down the first 40 and now FNTS will get me to my goal! 

60 Day Stats:
  • 10 lbs lost
  • 15.00 inches overall
  • I actually wore a bikini to my one beach day this summer. In public.


In another month I have my first wedding dress fitting...I am pumpedddddddd!! I can't wait to see how it fits after another month.

Guys. I'm getting married in 2.5 months. Welcome to crazy town. Also, meet all my crazy lady friends that went above and beyond to throw me an amazing bachelorette party.


They're real pretty, too.



                                            This guy  :)





















Friday, August 08, 2014

FNTS: 30 Days Later

As mentioned in my last post, my sister (who is also my maid of honor) and I started working out at a new gym called Frank Nash Training Systems. They provide nutritional support, personal strength training sessions, and group classes such as spin, yoga, and my favorite, team conditioning - an intense 30 minute workout.

Here we are 30 days later and feeling stronger than ever. I have been running for the past few years, but I never did much with strength training, so these workouts have been a whole new world for my body. We work a lot with kettlebells, TRX, and some high intensity interval trainings (HIIT!). The trainers are all so great to work with and are uplifting and motivating for every single person at every single session. When you are there you really feel like they just want the best for you and they want to do everything they can to help you reach your goals. They listen to you if you have any pains and work around it so you can still workout.

During week 3 I actually pulled my right quadricep pretty bad to the point where it hurt to walk for a couple of days. Normally, I would just take a few days off and let it heal, but with FNTS I was able to go in and workout with the trainers and not have to be delayed in my training. It was really great because running injuries have always stopped me in my path in the past!

Here is a picture posted by Frank Nash from a Saturday morning team conditioning session. So much energy!



30 Day Stats:
  • 5 lbs lost (gained a lot of muscle!) 
    • Unfortunately, I don't know how to work the fancy muscle mass calc on my scale :(
  • 7.00 inches overall
  • My size sixes all fit again! woo! Now gimme size 4!
Nutrition Status:
  • I have been sticking to a 1200 calorie diet consisting of mostly lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. I will sometimes throw in a whole grains serving once a week (usually after a running day). 
  • SHAKES! I basically live off shakes. FNTS offers dotFit recovery shakes after each workout which are delicious and only around 200 calories. I also have been drinking the GNC Total Lean 25 shakes daily - lately for both breakfast and lunch. Then I have a normal balanced dinner.
  • I'm also slightly obsessed with Quest Protein Bars - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to be exact! These are gaining increasing popularity and are available at GNC. Perfect when you need a bite to eat on the go.
Struggles:
  • Weekends: Even though I have consistently been attending the Saturday morning team classes, it is nutrition on the weekends that is hard to stick with... 
  • Grains: Mostly just cravings, because I loooove me some bread and pasta (true Italian), but it is always hard to limit grains. So far so good, but it is still a struggle!
  • Running: Since I've been doing so many workouts at FNTS I haven't been doing as much running. I did go for a run this past week and couldn't believe how much stronger and faster I felt! All the strength training is really paying off, but I need to hit the pavement a couple more times a week so I can keep up with distance and endurance.

I am officially a full time member of Frank Nash Training Systems and loving every day of it! I do have a before and after 30 days picture (that I'm pretty impressed with myself), but I don't want to post the progress pics until I reach my goal.





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer 2014 update

Long time no blog!

We are in full planning mode with our wedding, I have been down a staffer at work, and we just recently bought our first home! Needless to say, life has been busy and I haven't had a second to post an update or any new recipes lately. I'm hoping that will change... but not likely until after the wedding :-)

Speaking of.... we have less than 5 months to go. Woo! My to do list is getting shorter by the weeks, but there is still a lot to be done. I seriously can't wait. My dress is perfection - that's all I really care about ha!

So with 5 months to go I have started my version of "Bridal Bootcamp". Time to get in the best shape ever! I started working out at a new gym called Frank Nash Training Systems (check it out!) and I am LOVING it! They provide nutrition support, personal strength training sessions, and classes like team conditioning.... an intense 30 minute workout.

In between gym days Matt and I are running a lot. I typically do around 3-5 miles, but Matt has been doing 6-7.  We have been having fun exploring different routes and paths in our new neighborhood. As much as we miss the city it is nice to be able to run on much less busy streets.

As far as my diet goes, I have been sticking to a max of 1200 calories per day, which hasn't changed the actual food I eat much, just the amount. Matt and I have always tried to stick to clean eating, so lean protein, organic produce, and I have to limit my intake of grains. The Italian in me hates that part, but it will all be worth it. I already feel much stronger, but don't get me wrong.... the first few workouts at Frank Nash were intense. My sister and I could barely walk after! It always amazes me that no matter how much I run I am still not using so many of my leg muscles. Kettle bells and squats all the way!!

I'm hoping all the strength training I'm doing will also benefit my running so I can finally make it to race a half marathon! The last two times I was almost there... 9 miles down, then something happened. Gotta love running injuries. I'm sure that getting stronger throughout will help prevent that this time.

I had Matt take my "before" pictures for this time around... hoping for awesome results! And I also can't wait to compare to my original before pictures... that should be good!

I'd like to do another post on Frank Nash Training Systems and give some more detail about the workouts, so that will be coming soon!






Monday, September 30, 2013

Eggplant Rollatini {Grain-free}

I have never been a huge fan of eggplant, most likely because I have never cooked it right! It is so important to salt and let the water drain from the eggplant before you cook with it....makes a world of a difference.

This recipe is taken from Gina at SkinnyTaste - you can click the link below for all the instructions. I followed them almost exactly, except I used my own TLS friendly tomato sauce. This recipe is a bit time consuming (but so worth it) and would be best for a weekend cooking sesh. You can make a bunch all at once and freeze it!! That makes an easy weeknight meal.


Here are some photos of my version:



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