Monday, December 19, 2011

The Best Sunday Ever

Okay. I had the best, most productive Sunday that I have had in a long time. It was a snowy day and I have decided that I miss working out at home. I am losing precious time with Kennedy on all that travel to and from the gym!

Before I get to that let me brag about this amazing Sunday we had. Saturday nite I stayed up late snacking :) so Sunday I knew I had to be on the ball. I woke up ready to go!

Here is what I accomplished:

  • Make 20 ozs of fresh organic carrot juice
  • Made two organic vegan meatloafs
  • Pressure cooked a pound of black beans
  • Made meatballs and organic marinara
  • Make a lentil veggie stew with beefy mushrooms (to die for)
  • Made 4 cups of organic brown rice
  • Made a tofu salad for today's lunch (yum)
  • Washed Kennedy's hair
  • Did 30 mins of cardio
  • Washed/Dried/Folded put away all clothes
  • Ironed Kay's clothes for this ENTIRE school week!
  • Watched part of a documentary on 1964




My new Pressure Cooker. A Christmas present from my mom :) Love ya mom!



Awesome protein smoothie after my quick (middle of the day) cardio



Lentils...rinsed...drained and ready to make stew



Brown rice bubbling in my favorite pot from Good Will



Carrot juice shavings...I could have made a banana bread out of this, but was just too busy and didn't have any raisins or avocados!


5 mornings worth of Gluten Free Oats with Blueberries and Cinnamon with chia seeds




My new favorite protein powder! Nitro Fusion. It is so good! It has 21 grams of protein per scoop!! Oh me oh my!!!!!!


Seriously 21 grams!




Check out the cals! And LOW sugar content. I do like Vega Protein, but for $60 a pop..it ain't on this single momma budget.



I am gearing up to make some recipes out of this book. Seriously... if you don't own Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker



I watched Magic Trip.  A documentary about the Magic Bus used in 1964 to drive from Cali to NY. I didn't finish it, but I will do so tonite. I loveeeeeeeeeed it. I am such a 60s Flower Child. :) One day I am going to make a Hippie Post. Kennedy calls me the "Ultimate Hippie". I love it!


Today, Monday December 18th 2011 I work up at 7:13 AM after 9 hours of sleep and did a 34 minute at home circuit style workout. I was short on time since I overslept, but I decided to just "get it done!" I was a sweaty beast when done and sooooooo happy to be back to morning workouts.

I previously expressed how much I LOATHE nite time workouts..unless it's my second one of the day.So, we shall see. I have a plan to do morning workouts all this week with some nite time spinning thrown in!

Plan of Action for the Week of December 18 2011:

  • Monday- Morning Circuits Full Body Evening Cardio DVD
  • Tuesday- Morning Cardio and Abs Nite Maybe Spinning
  • Wednesday- Morning Circuits Full Body Nite Yoga
  • Thursday- Morning Cardio and Abs
  • Friday- Morning Circuits Full Body
  • Saturday- DOR. To hang with Kay
  • Sunday- Morning Cardio and Abs Yoga

Come on join me! Let's get excited about fitness before this year ends. It will be one LESS resolution to make! Let's do it. At home...at the gym...at work...let's go!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What Are You Waiting For?




Time to get deep. Yesterday I cried. I cried for missed opportunites. I cried for all the times I have been intentionally hurt by people. These tears were powerful. I have said before that "the issues are in the tissues" and now that I am back to training, and moving my body in all the ways I am accustomed to, I can feel myself spiritually being grounded.

But, Jayna' how can training be grounding? Trust me it is. This wasn't the case when I was 195 lbs, but as soon as I fell in love with sweating, I realized that I had found a life long love in fitness.



The body is a miraculous machine. If you have had a child you know this to be true. I delivered Kennedy without an epidural and I was acutely aware of the power of the female human body.

What are you waiting for? What are you waiting for to start living your best life ever?


Last year this time I was on bended knee crying for my daughter's life. I sat on the couch crying every nite while eating vegan treats unable to be motivated at now. Now a year later, I am sitting here inspired by fitness again...living with a renewed zealous appriach to caring for my body, loving being a woman, and appreciating my curves.

What's stopping you from being present in your life right now?
I love your emails- keep em coming!

Lovingly added by Jayna'

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sneak Peek At My New Gym

In these times I am finding it better to go to the gym so that I can focus. This gym is seriously lacking in space. No room for separate training. OMG. It leaves much to be desired on the floor, although it is shiny and great looking.


I often want to nap on this bench. Is this bad?


Ahhhhh many a meditation have happened in here.


I study how my ass looks in my tights before going onto the floor.


Pee Station






Kennedy loves the childcare, but she didn't want to go this weekend.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Busy Days Turn Into Busy Weeks. My Workouts Lately

Hi! :)

It has been so cold here and with my going back to work it feels like busy days turn into busy weeks and into busy months. I have to consciously make time for sitting my ass on the zabaton. Seriously. It is so strange that when I have more time, I make time for meditation, but when life is harried and I am busy, I don't make time....hmmmm something is SO wrong with this picture. 


So, with that in mind, I lit my incense (a 1000 times a day habit), lit a candle, rubbed lavender oil on my wrists and sat in silence for 20 glorious, uninterrupted minutes. I did this while ignoring the sink full of dishes, the laundry, and other chores. I remember reading in a time management book a long time ago that at the end of life do you need to be remembered as having the most spotless house ever. I definitely keep a really clean home, but I have my priorities in  order.
 


My Workouts: 


Okay the new gym is anti-cell phone/camera. Therefore, it has been difficult to snatch a few glimpses for you all. I will just use generic photos from the web. I can however take pix if no one is around. Interesting considering the gym is CONSTANTLY PACKED. OMGoddess.....I can barely get the use of an arc trainer.


So, this week has been busy. My days have been looking like this:



  • Up at 6:30 am- breakfast for me and Kay
  • Pack the lunch bags (me and Kay)
  • Take care of Halo :)
  • Make beds...minimal cleaning upstairs
  • Shower...get fancy for work
  • Drop Kay at school
  • Get straight to work
  • Work like a mad woman 
  • Get Kay from school
  • Home...Dinner for her. Preworkout snack for me
  • Head to gym about 5:15 (Prime Time I call it) :(
  • Kay plays in the gym daycare (she loves it)
  • Home by 7:00
  • Homework, Dessert for Kennedy, Dinner for me
Long days it feels like! But, I am soooooooo excited to be back in the gym and in the flow. I have some complaints. I can barely use equipment. It is so packed. I mean "Fire Marshall Code" packed. No room to jump rope. This is no bueno in my world. People are consistently NOT wiping off their machines.

There are things I love though :) :
  • 7  day a week childcare
  • Televisions on some cardio machines
  • Great variety of classes ( a goal in 2012) is to take more Group X classes
  • Small circuit room in the back. Crowded, but separate
  • Amazing sauna
My workout split has been:
  • MONDAY- UPPER BODY and Intervals
  • TUESDAY- LOWERBODY and light cardio
  • WEDNESDAY- CARDIO and sexy abs
  • THURSDAY- UPPER BODY and Intervals
  • FRIDAY- LOWER BODY and light cardio
  • SATURDAY- PILATES DOR
  • SUNDAY-Yoga and Spinning
I throw in a Day of Rest (DOR) Whenever I feel like it also. I haven't been weighing myself, but my clothes are fitting better. For me as black woman, if my hip to waist ratio is about 10", I am satisfied. As of today, that is the case. I am not going for the tiny look.I am going for the healthy, fit, sexy look. So far...so good. I have a bit left to go though. I am loving the process. It feels harder this time around though.

Question for ya: Are you working out yet? Eating right these days? Nothing is in the way. Don't wait for January 1st, 2012. We have three weeks left of 2011. Let's kill em!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Life Is Short..




Don't think because I have been absent that I have "fallen" back into bad vegan gluten free habits. Quite the opposite actually.

I stopped posting on Day 3 of the cleanse. I stopped THAT day. Kennedy was having a slumber party and I had a ton of kids over. Two of the kids' mom attempted suicide that night. Her kids were with me and I had no idea what was going on. Her son asked to go home and I called her to send him home. She didn't seem happy about that but I sent her son home anyway--bad move.

Long story short I cried my eyes out and have been super busy. Then, a friend of mine's daughter was battling cancer. She lost the fight recently :-(. My heart has been pouring tears ever since. She was a beautiful soul.

I have been holding Kennedy extra tightly. Thanking God that she survived.


I feel like I can breathe again so here I am.

Just a few things I have been up to:

•eating Ezekiel sprouted wheat bread. Haven't had gluten in SO long but I am doing okay.

•signed up for a very nice gym not too far from my house. About 5 miles. I LOVE the facility. I have yet to go (just signed up yesterday) but will report back tomorrow after going tonite. It is EXPENSIVE-- $50/ month geeeezzzz but seemingly worth it.

•eating soy yogurt. I am looking for ways to make my own rice milk or almond milk yogurt though.

The reason for the changes is that I am aiming to get back into the best shape of my life. That means doing all of the things I did when I was my fittest, healthiest self. That actually was NOT when I was 100% raw. So stay tuned for the many changes.

•I am working part-time now! Not my dream career but just in time for holiday cash!! I will photograph my new shoes tomorrow. This means there is no time to workout at home- hence the gym membership. Also, means I have to workout at nite :(

So, hugs and health. I will blog tomorrow about the new gym and show you some photos. I will have to sneak and take a few!


Lovingly added by Jayna'

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