Sunday, January 22, 2017

2016 Was A Total Bust...But I'm Making 2017 My Bitch.

Not just in the fitness and dietary sense, either. June-December of 2016 was quite possibly the worst time of my life. If you want to read about that shit show, you can click here. I don't recommend it. It's depressing and boring. Blah.

Anywho, I have been doing a pretty good job so far this year. I know I say this every year, but for real this time haha! I am teaching, running, and currently rocking Core de Force. Jessica Talbi, the chick that trained me in TurboKick is actually the modifier in the videos. Super cool to know someone who is literally one of THE names for fitness in California.

As for my veganism, something has just snapped into place. I used to have cheat days, pizza or burgers, but I have not had a single animal product for all of 2017. That's over three weeks! And I am feeling absolutely fantastic. The truth is, even though I did enjoy eating anything I wanted, I felt like absolute garbage after. I would honestly pass out for a few hours after eating a heavy, non-vegan meal. These days, I only need about 6 hours of sleep, and I have endless energy still! Now, the caveat here is that when I was not eating vegan, I was literally eating trash food.

The biggest thing is, I don't miss it. Like, at all. I found an acceptable pizza replacement, and I haven't even craved any non-vegan food. I would love to tell you I'm eating sooo healthy now, but I discovered how to make the most bomb vegan cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and a whole bunch of other delicious, vegan, but-not-really-healthy foods. Whatever, it's an improvement, right!?

I've been feeding my vegan treats to my coworkers at both Perkins and the Wellness Center. I made chocolate cupcakes (vegan, obviously) for my Welly coworkers during our spring All Staff Training. Half the people ate them with no reservations, but I did have a big group of guys look at my cupcakes like they might attack them...until my supervisor Curtis was like "nah dude, these are amazing!" The look of delight and surprise on their faces when they realized they were just as delicious as any other cupcake was the best thing ever. Same story with my Perkins coworkers, for whom I've made cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and pineapple upside down cakes: all universally loved.

I was also hired at the Wellness Center to teach a vegan cooking class at Culinary Corner! My first class is this week, and I'm excited, but nervous. I actually taught a class last week, but it wasn't my recipe so if it was terrible, it wouldn't have been my fault...kinda? Haha. But I'm teaching the Black Bean Enchilada Casserole dish, and that's one of the best recipes I make.

The only concern I have at this point is that I don't really know what I would do if I go out of town or for the holidays. I might not be able to eat vegan then, but I'm going to do my best to not worry about it until it comes up.

My clothes seriously fit so much better than they did a month ago. I wish I wasn't so damn afraid of the scale, because I'd love to see the difference. I did take a photo before, though, so I will have something to compare it to.

I started doing Stitch Fix every once in awhile, as per Laurel's suggestion. I got a box in December that I loved EVERY ITEM in, but they didn't quite fit yet. I just wore one of the shirts out last weekend and I felt so damn good.

Here's to 2017 being the year I've needed it to be for a long time now. Cheers!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

TurboKick....OMG

I think I told you in my last post that I was getting my TurboKick certification on February 7th. I made the EXCELLENT decision to go out the night before and get absolutely hammered, so that definitely made the training go by extra slowly. I loved the girl who held the training, though. Her name was Jessica Talbi and she is like a BIG DEAL out in California. She's worked closely with both Chalene Johnson and Jillian Michaels which just makes me sooooo jealous!

Anyway, I was hoping to God that this program would be better than PiYo. I don't know if I told you this, but PiYo was a fucking nightmare. I am terrible at teaching it! I have to say one thing, while doing something, and counting to 8....add all of that onto the fact that no one ever came to my class so I could never practice. That was a horrible, horrible flop. I'm kind of embarrassed that I failed so badly, but I am hoping to try and practice this summer with Laurel and Maia so I can start teaching it successfully.

ANYWAY, I got certified last month and my first class was yesterday at the Wellness Center. Of course, being me, I waited until yesterday to actually practice the routine. Jessica told us it was totally okay to bring a cheat sheet of choreography notes to class in case you forget. I wrote out the routine and brought it with me. It went SO WELL, you guys! I flubbed a couple times, but I do that every time I ever teach a new routine; every time I announce to my classes "we're doing a new song today!" they generally roll their eyes (lovingly!) because they know it's going to be a trainwreck the first time through.

I'm completely addicted. I couldn't wait to get up today and go teach it again at the Hyslop . Sadly, only two people came to the Wellness yesterday, two of my Zumba girls, but they decided to stay and it seemed like they liked it! I'm hoping to recruit some other people into coming on Mondays. But today, my class was almost full! So many people and almost all of them went hard the entire time! A woman that took my Zumba class the first half of this semester came up to me and told me she LOVED this, way more than she liked Zumba. I'm THRILLED to hear people are enjoying this class!! Almost no flubs either! I think another thing that makes me really love TurboKick is that I am SUPPOSED to talk! In Zumba, we are supposed to use visual cues only....do you have any idea how fucking hard it is for me to be quiet for 45 minutes?! I'm always yelling "hey!" or "let's go!" or "come on guys!" in addition to my cue-ing for the next move. I am having so much fun and I don't notice my feelings of fatigue when I'm up in front of the class compared to when I'm doing it alone or even doing TurboFire with Maia at home. With everyone watching me, I HAVE to be on my game!

My veganism has been....spotty at best. I have been having a pretty rough time emotionally. I'm not entirely sure this is the right place for this, but we've been having fertility issues that have really be draining on me. It was causing me to be a lump and also an emotional eater. I am doing a LITTLE BIT better now, but the last month and a half have been really rough for me.

But I've been doing better the last week or so and the last two days have been perfectly vegan. I've realized something, too; I used to occasionally get McD's or BK on my cheat days. I don't even enjoy the taste of the food (other than those deliciously salty french fries!). But the burgers or the chicken sandwiches taste like cardboard garbage. At least when I cheat with pasta or pizza I enjoy it. I don't even enjoy eating that shit. It doesn't fill me up and I feel sick after I eat it. Hopefully, that means I will STOP eating it on my cheat days.

I seriously can't wait to teach again on Thursday. I'm so psyched! I'm teaching this three times a week and Zumba once a week. My only "complaint" is I can't really do two a days anymore. I'm way, WAY too wiped from TurboKick to also run or lift. I'll probably start running Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and lifting on Friday and Sunday as well. We'll see, I guess.

Recommitting RIGHT NOW. Let's do it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Update That It's About Goddamn Time For

Hey everyone. It's been close to a year since I've updated. The reason for that being that I've had little to no health related progress in quite some time. I graduated this last fall semester, but I was taking 21 credits in addition to having picked up two new jobs. All of that stress led to God only knows how much weight. There's a disgustingly good chance that I was close to or even over my starting weight from 2012 which enrages and embarasses me.

I didn't feel like updating with "Hey guess what; I've been repeatedly fucking up for two years and regressed almost entirely." I wanted to write a New Years update, but let's be real: I've updated several times over the last two years saying how I was FINALLY going to get it together again only to fail spectacularly. I didn't want to update until I had legitimate progress to share with you. And holy shit, do I.

First of all, the two jobs I picked up last semester were as a fitness instructor at both the Wellness Center teaching Zumba and Piyo, and the Hyslop Sports Center teaching hip hop and Zumba. I absolutely LOVE teaching fitness classes and am working towards expanding my fitness career; I'm taking a TurboKick training next month.

So, my workouts and diet have been so on point it's almost unbelievable. To start, my bestie Maia has been my new workout buddy. She and I have been working out together 6 days a week, either at the Wellness Center or at my house. At least half the time, I think I'd have skipped the workout if she hadn't come over/met me at the gym. If we didn't feel like going to the Wellness, we did TurboFire or Jillian Michaels's RIpped in 30 at my house. I'm also teaching Zumba four times a week (Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm at the Wellness Center; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am at the Hyslop). Our current workout plan looks like this:

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: Long run (30+ minutes), abs, 45 min Zumba
Tuesdays: 45 min Zumba, 30 min elliptical HIIT, lower body
Wednesday: 30 min run (speedwork), abs, 45 min Zumba
Thursdays: 45 min Zumba, 30 min elliptical HIIT, upper body
Friday: 30 min run, abs
Saturday (cheat day): 30 min choice cardio, 45 min stretch 

I have only missed one workout in three weeks. Even on days (like today, actually) when I REALLY don't want to hit the gym, and a small part of me wants to excuse me skipping the gym because I'm teaching Zumba, I still force myself to go. Today, I had the best run I've had in MONTHS. Physically and mentally, I've literally never felt better in my entire life. Not only because of my new diet and exercise plan, but largely in part due to Maia being around. She's become one of my best friends and I love having her as my gym buddy.
Speaking of my diet, I've gone vegan 6.5 days a week (I'm sorry real vegans, I'm getting there). It's been surprisingly easy; I've found so many delicious recipes on Pinterest. Also did you know they make vegan ice cream?! I have lots of recipes to share with you guys!! First, vegan mushroom strogonoff from One Green Planet.

Vegan Mushroom Strogonoff (4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz whole grain rotini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour (separate)
  • 2 cups veggie stock
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1.5 lbs mushrooms (portobello and button)
  • 1/ tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Tofutti vegan sour cream
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Cook noodles to about 1 minute under al dente.
  2. Cut up mushrooms and onions.
  3. Whisk together broth, 1 tbsp flour, soy sauce, lemon juice, and tomato paste.
  4. Sauté the onions in olive oil for three minutes on medium heat.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  6. Gradually add the broth mixture and stir until it becomes thick and bubbly, about a minute.
  7. Add the mushrooms, thyme, sage and salt. Stir to combine.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the vinegar and simmer for 4 more minutes.
  10. Add the noodles, sour cream, 1 tablespoon of flour, black pepper, and cook on low for an additional 5 minutes.
Approx 2 cups = 320 calories

I will be honest and say I'm a little worried that I'm obsessed. I worked out for four hours yesterday; I taught my Zumba class, did my Tuesday workout, taught Glow in the Dark Zumba, and then went to the gym again with Maia. I'm eating around 1000-1,200 calories a day, usually burning close to 1000 calories a day. I feel fine, not light headed, not hungry, not exhausted. Ethan says he thinks if I feel okay, then I'm probably fine. 

This is the best part of having graduated. I have all the goddamn time in the world to workout, get enough sleep, cook actual meals, and work on keeping the house clean. I usually wake up, eat breakfast, workout, eat lunch, take a nap, go to work, go to sleep, and repeat. My new mantra is "I have nothing better to do, so there's no reason I can't _____" a) clean the house b) go to the gym c) run errands d) take a nap. Insert any activity you want. I literally have NO REASON not to do what I'm suppsoed to be doing. I totally lied to myself that I was too busy with school last semester, but I don't think that was actually true. 

I haven't weighed myself, and I don't plan to. But I did take "before" pictures and I'm pretty fucking psyched to take pictures in like May when I'm going to be RIPPED. I'm also planning to save up a few hundred dollars and go buy myself a bunch of adorable stuff from Kittsona, this adorable boutique downtown that has adorable as FUCK clothes. I hope Maia, Laurel, and I can all go together! 

I feel so fantastic, you guys. I feel like I did back in 2012, when I was so deterined. I feel it again. I'm really back on it. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BUST!

Blargh. This semester is killing me.

And it's showing in God-only-knows how many pounds. Yuck. I feel physically sick at how my clothes fit right now; seriously. I will be honest and say my knees have been really bothering me all semester. I honestly don't know why, but it definitely made it hard to work out. That doesn't excuse all the crap I've eaten though.

I made the decision to put off the half marathon until the Wild Hog Half in September. With the pain in my knees, I just didn't have enough time to add the mileage safely. But I'm running a half this year! Now I'll have all summer to train and get myself right.

Today however....today was painful and tomorrow will be worse. Let me explain. On the bright side, I am officially certified as a PiYo instructor!! I started a Facebook group called "PiYo in the Park" to host sessions where people don't need a gym membership, and hopefully people will want to join. I'm charging $60 for 4 weeks of 3x sessions, which I think is pretty reasonable. I honestly am not in it for the money; I want experience in front of people, teaching an actual class so I can apply to teach at an actual gym.

We started off talking about PiYo and teaching, ran through a full masterclass, breaked for lunch, then went over the routines so everyone could take a turn teaching in front of the class...except there were twenty of us and we did the same things over and over again. I literally did more squats today than I have ever done in my entire life combined. It was two straight hours of squatting and lunging. My butt hurts by me just sitting on it. I am not going to be able to walk tomorrow! The baby giraffe legs are here forever. I'm literally gong to wake up with a Kim Kardashian butt tomorrow. SO MANY SQUATS.

Another bright side is I'm absolutely LOVING hip hop and Zumba. So much fun and damn good workouts! We're currently learning Wildabeast's choreography for "Anaconda," and it's so much fun! He's literally the greatest choreographer (well, him and Jasmine Meakin). I once stayed up until 3am learning his choreography for "Upgrade U," and I learned it, too! I'm not bad if I do say so myself.

I love dancing, because I don't realize how hard I'm working until I finish the dance and realize I'm drenched in sweat and breathing hard. Those are the best kinds of workouts. I was asked to join the UND hip hop crew, so that was pretty awesome. I DID murder my midterm (in a good way).

I am pissed at myself to letting my weight get the better of me, but it's never too late to turn it around. Just gotta get back to it!

Guys...my butt really hurts. Ouch.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February 1st!

My first month was...interesting.

Since I was on my honeymoon at the beginning of January, I didn't start my solid routine until two weeks ago. In the last two weeks, while I haven't been a vegan like I'd hoped to try, I have been doing VERY well with my workouts, my food, and my water.

I have Hip Hop class at university on Monday, followed by a 20-30 minute throwaway run, and a PiYo session. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do PiYo and a Turbo HIIT. On Wednesday, I do basically the same thing as Monday except my run is a speedwork run, where I alternate sprinting every lap for the last ten minutes. Fridays are my long run to which I'm going to add ten minutes to every week until the half marathon. Saturdays are a much needed rest day, and Sunday is a long Turbo with a short PiYo.

I've followed this schedule pretty well, except I've been having a bit of soreness in my knees. I'm not really sure why, because I ran more last semester than I do now. I do take the stairs to all my classes (which are mostly on the third floors). I usually do the plyometrics on Turbo because I just get so into it, but I think for the sake of my knees, I need to force myself to do the low impact version.

I think I'm also going to take the elevator to help save my knees. I really don't want to give up running, and it has to be one of those two things exacerbating my pain. I should also probably splurge on some better shoes for work.

I haven't weighed or measured myself, but I am almost positive I can feel my clothes fitting better! Not only do I think my clothes look better, I FEEL better from the inside. Aside from school stress, I feel GREAT.

I'm a creature of habit, so here's basically what I eat everyday (the order changes day to day)

green smoothie
turkey wrap on wheat with mustard and LOTS of veggies
almonds
shakeology
chicken with mushrooms and broccoli
protein shake
mushroom pasta

I basically eat a PiYo meal plan of these things every day. I'm delighted by the wrap I found at school. It's healthy and completely delicious.

I made vegan brownies the other day and they were DELICIOUS! The perfect example of "vegan but not healthy," but I limit myself to one a day. They're seriously amazing!

I think this next month will show some amazing changes, I really do. The best part of this is that Ethan has been by my side for almost every workout!! Although I've never been critical about his body, I can't deny that he's looking trimmer.

For February, I'm hoping to alleviate my knee pain, and work up the courage to actually do some measurements.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Will Be MY Year!

Hello all, it's January 1st, 2015! I am going to make this the best year yet, as well as the year I make me the best Tiffany I have ever been!

If you want a full list of my resolutions for this year, check out this blog post on my personal blog. However, this being my health and fitness blog, I wanted to extrapolate, specifically, on my health related resolutions.

My number one resolution was to make my health a priority, with no more excuses! I've made excuses and beat around the bush for FAR too long, and I refuse to do it anymore!!

My first goal is to consume 100oz of water a day. It isn't that difficult, really.
-16 oz. upon waking
-16 oz. each meal (3 meals)
-24-32 oz. during workout
-whatever else I drink during the day

My second goal is to eat at better diet in general, but specifically at least 3 servings of vegetables a day. When I come back from Costa Rica, I'm planning on trying to be a vegan. I downloaded three different vegan cookbooks on my Kindle, and I've already tried quite a few recipes that have turned out fantastically. Speaking of which, let me share my favorite recipe so far: vegan apple cinnamon waffles!

topped with fresh green apple
and pure organic maple syrup
Ingredients:
-1 1/4 cup flour
-2 tsp sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup applesauce
-1 cup soy milk
-1 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix well; spray waffle maker with nonstick cooking spray. Cook, top with tasty treats, and enjoy!

I have tried being vegan before, but I had problems with running out of things to eat. I'm going to focus on more vegetables mostly, but I'm going to miss my smoothies. Unfortunately, I can't get soy yogurt anywhere that I've found yet. My other problem is that if you search vegan recipes,  you mostly find pasta. Which, believe me, I LOVE. But I know I need to not eat all carbs (as much as I love it). I'm going to try it; can't hurt to try, right?

My next goal is to run the Fargo Half Marathon in May. In conjunction with this goal,another goal is to stick to a regular workout schedule. School was actually really beneficial to my running last semester and I'm hoping to keep that up. Mari is also doing PiYo now, so I'm going to try to do Skype dates with her. I did a workout Skype date with Laurel and it was awesome!

One of my other resolutions was to give my dog, Balto, more attention. Once it's no longer worse than the movie Frozen outside, I am going to take him for walks at least three times a week. Husband is going too (whether he likes it or not)!

All of this combined should lead me to finally, FINALLY lose the weight. I'm looking forward to finally being the beautiful person I am on the inside, reflected on the outside. That sounded conceited, but hey. Don't rain on my parade!

I hope you all have a safe, healthy, and wonderful 2015!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I've had some serious ups and downs now for awhile. I did SO WELL last month and I was so excited to take this month on.
Last week, I had a really rough week, school wise; I had three papers due and a test. I literally spend all of Wednesday alternating between crying and writing papers. It really fucked with me and derailed me a bit; I still got my running in, but my PiYo and eating definitely suffered.
Tuesday, I had a perfect day. My run felt easy and I enjoyed it immensely. My eating was PERFECT. Work went well and I made a lot of money. I didn't wear spanx and still felt super confident in what I was wearing. It was a great day.
Yesterday was less great; I had a group meeting and didn't get a chance to eat a healthy lunch. I dicked around too much and didn't get my workout in. BOOOOO.
But yesterday wasn't a total loss; not only did I get A's on both my papers (that I spent Wednesday crying over), I found serious, definite, proof that I am getting healthy. I went to donate plasma at BioLife yesterday and was flagged for having a low pulse, which has never happened to me before. Initially, I was panicked; the girl who took my vitals seemed to be VERY concerned. They sent me to the nurse to get checked out.
The nurse checked my previous vital reading (my pulse, blood pressure, and weight) and asked me about my workout habits. A "normal" resting heart rate is 60-100 BPM, whereas mine was about 49 BPM. Usually, having a heart rate that low would indicate a heart problem. However, she told me that I have an "athletic resting heart rate." Basically what that means is my heart is so well conditioned from my workouts, it functions well enough to beat at a slower rate; if I were to have some sort of problem while donating, my heart is strong enough to compensate and correct it.
I know for a fact that my resting heart rate used to be in the high 90's/low 100's because I checked it before. A resting heart rate is not a sole determinate of health, but it's certainly an indicator. The nurse repeatedly commented on how much weight I've lost, how impressive my low heart rate is, and how great my blood pressure is.
My run today also felt easy. My Nike Plus has been bugging me because it is telling me my runs are not as far or as quick as I feel like they are. I don't count laps when I run on the track because I'm busy thinking "my legs are getting tired; don't slow down; I love this song; my lungs burn; halfway there; God I want a cheesebuger." As usual, my personal cheerleader Laurel told me that it more depends on how I feel, more than what the Nike Plus says. It's pretty obvious, but it is easier to swallow when someone else says it. 
So that is my update, here's hoping to a great weekend!