Friday, November 14, 2014

Podcasts To Pass The Workout Time & Tips From Nutrition Books

Happy weekend, friends! So I have a little habit of being behind on the latest trends and then loving them a more than normal amount (hello, Uber). My friend told me about this podcast called Serial, which I'm sure all of you have heard of and listened to, and I can't get enough. I've been wanting to incorporate Podcasts into my workouts, so I listen to episodes while running/elliptical-ing/Stair climbing...


While listening to the podcast, I ran for 2 miles on the treadmill before my personal training session Thursday night. I usually don't work out at night anymore, but it was the only session my trainer had available. After having an awesome session (I finally nailed box jumps!), I ran a final mile as a cool down...


I discussed keeping off the added holiday weight yesterday, and so I decided to rent Chris Powell's carb cycling book from the library to see if I could pick up any tips. Chris' plan involves alternating between high carb and low carb days for ultimate weight loss results.


I do not plan on religiously following this plan, nor any strict diet plan for that matter. I have done this weight loss thing before, and I know what it takes for my body to respond. I do however enjoy reading diet/nutrition/fitness books to see if I can learn new recipes/information to maximize my efforts.

Here are just a few books in my collection...


Choose To Lose mentions two things that I realized I needed a little refresher on - water and protein. I drink a lot of water, but I noticed I have been slacking lately. Chris recommends 1 gallon a day, which is 4 of my 32 ounce bottles. Four! On a good day, I get in about 3, but I'm going to try to do the full gallon for a week to see how my body responds...


Protein is the other necessity, and while I know I get enough protein to function, having protein at every meal/snack (the book recommends 5 small meals per day) is going to help keep my hunger (and unnecessary holiday snacking) in check. 

Here are a few small meals I tried out today loosely (and I stress, LOOSELY) following this plan...

I think I may have found the solutions to my "plain greek yogurt is gross" problems. 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1/4 banana, handful of blueberries...


This doesn't look the most appetizing, but it tasted great! 


For lunch, I had one can of wild salmon, half a sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon, 6 celery sticks and 1 tbsp of hummus. It was delicious and so much healthier (and more satisfying) than the Luna Bar I usually scarf down...


Have a great Saturday! 

Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones??

Do you follow a diet plan or just eat moderately? I write down everything I eat each day to stay accountable, but try to focus on moderation. 

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