Monday, 19 August 2013

Workout Luv: Eat, Lift, Repeat

When the weather is as nice as it has been lately, I have a hard time sitting still long enough to tell you about all that I've been up to. I'm sorry it's been a little while since my last post, but I've really stepped up my game at the gym and am working out harder than ever. Everyday, as soon as the clock hits 5pm, I am off and running to the park or to the gym, where I've been doing interval training and lifting heavy weights in order to gain lean muscle mass. I've also been preparing health conscious dishes ahead of time to fuel my workouts and to ensure that I get enough fats, carbs and protein in my diet to facilitate muscle gain. After years of thinking that thin=healthy, I have slowly been able to change my mindset to strong=healthy.

Done are the days of calorie restriction and endless cardio, instead I eat like a fiend (as long as it fits my macros, more about that later), do two 20 minute sessions of HIIT (high intensity interval training) a week and a 40 minute strength training session with weights 5 days a week.

I get up, eat, work, eat, work, work, work, go to the gym, eat, go out and enjoy a summer walk, prepare food for dinner and the next day, eat, sleep and get up the next day to do it all over again. I have all kinds of DIY projects and crafts backed up on my craft table, just waiting for some free time to actually get to them.

I eat a lot of carbs, protein and fats, and so I take the time to prepare nutrient rich foods like these dishes you see here.  I keep track of EVERYTHING I eat with the myfitnesspal app as I maintain my weight on a high caloric intake and I like to see how many macro nutrients I am getting everyday.  I have calculated the exact macros I need to gain muscle and still have enough energy to burn through my workouts without storing extra calories as excess body fat.  It can get a little complicated at times, but I am really seeing results and loving all food I am eating.

The dishes below are super simple to make. I threw together the exact ingredients I have listed below with a little bit of olive oil. I don't really have recipes for them as I just threw ingredients that fit my particular macros together. If you really want to know the exact recipe for either one, leave a comment below and I'll be happy come up with the exact recipe for you.

Stove-top Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Bacon Stir Fry



Oven Baked Stuffed Peppers: Cooked Rice, Ground Turkey, Zucchini and Tomato Sauce


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