Beachbody Ultimate Reset Day 18 – helping PCOS & PMS symptoms

Ultimate Reset I am on day 18 of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset and have seen steady weight loss since Day 1. I started this process at 143.8 lbs. I am 5'6 so that is a totally healthy weight. The morning of day 17 I was 137.3 lbs. Today is day 18 and I am still 137.3 lbs. That being said, aunt flow started yesterday and is at her climax today. I usually gain about 3-4 lbs with my period from bloating and this happens every month.  So the fact that I am the exact same weight is a really good sign. My periods usually last 5 days so I will be done with it the day after I finish the reset.  I guess I will be completely flushed and detoxed. Nature's oil change, lol. I also did not experience any pre-menstrual spotting. I usually have spotting up to 7 days before my period of just brown discharge, sorry if TMI, but I did not have any this cycle. The second I saw spotting, I was full blown into my period within hours. Another great thing I have noticed with this period is that my cramps are very mild. I am notorious for crippling menstrual cramps but they are very mild......definitely not complaining.  I am also not breaking out like I normally do with my period. I know that all of the symptoms I normally experience with my period are driven by hormones and being that I have a predisposition to PCOS, they drive that too. So needless to say this is a fabulous bonus. What I can conclude from this is that either the detoxing or clean diet are regulating and correcting my hormones. It is likely both. I can't wait to see where I end up with my weight at the end of the Ultimate Reset. I took pictures, measurements, and weight on Day 1 so I will share after I am done. Ciao I have had quite the weight loss journey, click here to check it out

Engineer or Bombshell?

Sometimes I feel like Batman!!! I am an Electrical Engineer by day and Beachbody Bombshell Dynasty Coach by night. I love and am extremely passionate about both of my identities. I do higher level programming automation controls on one end and on the other I help change peoples lives for the better including my own. One day these two incomes will match. What do I do at that point?

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Zucchini Tots – Low Carb

Zucchini Tots Needing a side dish for dinner tonight?? WARNING ~ these are ADDICTING!! I know you are like 'what another zucchini recipe' but YES I mean I love zucchini already but these Zucchini tots top the cake for me!! Not only are they kid-friendly but zucchini tots are the perfect solution for helping the fam get their veggies while enjoying a healthier version of a tot! I prefer to make them in the mini muffin tins for a perfect little bite size dish! Be sure to SHARE so you can find it easier later! Zucchini Tots Ingredients: 1 cup zucchini, grated 1 large egg 1/4 medium onion, diced 1/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs salt and pepper to taste cooking spray Directions: Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Grate the zucchini into a clean dish towel. Wring all of the excess water out of the zucchini. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill each muffin section to the top, pushing down on the filling with your spoon so it's nice and compacted so they don't fall apart when you take them out of the tin. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the tops are golden... I prefer mine a little well done, so just watch them to cook a little longer if you want it that way as well. Use a plastic knife or rubber spatula around the edges of each tot to remove them from the muffin tin. Enjoy!! Servings: 3 Serving Size: 4 tots • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts • Calories: 108 • Fat: 4.3 g • Protein: 6.8 g • Carb: 11.5 g • Fiber: 1.8 g • Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 262 mg (without salt)

Zucchini Lasagne – Low Carb

Zucchini Lasagne ZUCCHINI LASAGNA (NO PASTA): Great for anyone going low carb. Talk about delish! You won't miss the noodles in this recipe. Ingredients: 4 Servings -2 1/2 cups zucchini, sliced lengthwise 1/4 inch thick (about 2 medium) -1/2 lb lean ground beef (or up to 1 lb) -1/4 cup onion, chopped -2 small tomatoes, cut up -1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste -1 garlic clove, minced -1/2 teaspoon dried oregano -1/2 teaspoon dried basil -1/4 teaspoon dried thyme -1/4 cup water -1/8 teaspoon pepper -1 egg -3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese (or low fat or fat free ricotta) -1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (or up to 8 oz. divided) -1 teaspoon flour 1. Cook zucchini until tender, drain and set aside. Fry meat and onions until meat is brown and onions are tender; drain fat. Add next 8 ingredients and bring to a boil. 2. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 10 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups. 3. In small bowl, slightly beat egg. 4. Add cottage cheese, half of shredded cheese and flour. 5. In 1 1/2-qt. baking-roasting pan arrange half of the meat mixture. Top with half of the zucchini and all the cottage cheese mixture. Top with remaining meat and zucchini. 6. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. 7. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer. 8. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Sore Muscles – To Rest or Not to Rest? What to Eat?

So I have been working out intensely for the past year and I still experience muscle soreness!  Just this last week I had a nice little reunion with Chalean Extreme and man were my hamstrings hurting!  I ave been doing Brazil Butt Lift and T25 for a few months and there are lots of squats and lunges but it just goes to show that when you switch up your workouts you still work your muscles in a different way!  So instead of taking a rest day and using that as an excuse not to workout.  I chose a workout that targeted a different part of my body! I did some research about working out and muscle soreness since so many of my customers experience it when they start my challenge groups.  I figured it would be well worth sharing with all of you as well!  Who isn't sore from working out at one point or another!  It's best to know how to handle this discomfort. sore muscles
It's common for beginners to experience muscle soreness that lasts for a week or two, just as seasoned exercisers will be sore after a tough work out. Yes, you should keep working out even though you are sore, but there is more to it than that. The only way to avoid muscle soreness is to not workout at all!  And that is certainly not going to get you that body you envision in your mind! Muscle soreness has two primary causes. The first soreness you experience happens during your workout ("the burn") and should subside within a couple of hours. This is caused by lactic acid production. When you are training and your muscles are not getting enough oxygen (anaerobic glycolysis), lactic acid builds up. You can break down lactic acid by continuing to move and by doing light aerobic exercise (such as walking) after your workout. This is why cool-downs are so important, especially for beginners. The longer you cool down, the faster that lactic acid will leave the muscles (typically within an hour). The type of muscle soreness you are experiencing, up to a day or two (and sometimes even three) after your workout is known as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). DOMS is caused by microscopic tears inside the muscles, resulting from weight-training or fully exhausting the muscles during cardio. This is normal. Again, beginners will be more sore and usually for longer, but if you really worked as hard as you should have during a weight-lifting session, you should be somewhat sore for the next day or two. Doms This is where rest comes in. You absolutely must rest the muscles you worked for 1-2 days after a workout. Take at least one day off between strength training sessions, and if you are still very sore, take 2 days off. (This means from lifting, not from all exercise such as cardio). If you don't let your muscles recover and repair, they will continue to break down and you will actually get weaker. To help prevent soreness in the future, and alleviate some of it now, be sure to:  1. Always warm-up for 5-10 minutes and cool-down for at least 5 minutes. 2. Stretch after a warm-up, during your workout, and after you are done. Only stretch when your muscles are already warm from some kind of light activity. 3. Stay active. The more your muscles move, the faster they will recover from exercise and soreness. If you choose to rest completely instead of "actively recovering" with light exercise, you'll probably be sore longer.
Foam Roller
One technique I've used with some success to reduce my own muscle soreness is to use a foam roller regularly as a part of my cool down. This has been particularly helpful for me after I start a new type of exercise or a new weight training routine. Plus it just feels amazing to stretch out your muscles.  The key is to find the sore spot and lay on it.  So use the foam roller find the hot spot and just sink into it slowly moving back and forth almost giving yourself a massage!  Feel the knots and tension melt away! There are also some great post workout drinks and foods that you can consume to help reduce the post muscle soreness and help your body to recovery faster. The most important meal you eat is the one that you have directly after your workout.  for about an hour after your workout, there's a window of opportunity when your muscles are literally starving for nutrients. We call this the golden hour. And the meal you eat at this time is the most important for building muscle and replenishing energy sources. The first thing your body needs is a nice fresh supply of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are used by your body for making muscles, hormones, neurotransmitters, bones and all sorts of other important things. Exercise depletes critical amino acids such as glutamine, valine, isoleucine and leucine–and the way you replenish your body's supply is with protein. That means meat, chicken, eggs, fish or whey protein powder. The second thing you need is some carbohydrates. Exercise draws upon your body's stores of glycogen, which is the storage form of sugar. Glycogen waits in the liver and the muscles for a signal that sugar is needed: "Hey, she's exercising, let's give her some fuel!" Your body can hold about 1,800 calories of sugar as glycogen, which is plenty to fuel any workout short of a marathon, but athletes do best when their glycogen stores are full, so unless you are on a carb-restricted diet, some slow-burning carbs after working out is a good idea. (Hint: The best carbs are oatmeal, brown rice, grains like quinoa or amaranth, and all vegetables and fruits). Your muscles need protein for repair and growth, and your body needs some carbs to replenish its glycogen stores. Truth be told, after a hard workout your body is like the plant in Little Shop of Horrors: It's crying "Feed me!" and it won't take no for an answer. Remember, right before exercise you have to consider the time it takes to digest food, so you need to go light. But post-workout is the ideal time to have a full meal. So what's the best meal, or combination of foods, to have post-workout?  Shakeology is a great post workout meal.  It has a perfect combination of protein and carbs along with all the essential amino acids and nutrients your body needs to recovery from the workout you just did.  At least you don't have to stand there in the kitchen wondering if what you are eating is the right option.  Instead whip up a shake and go!  It honestly is refreshing and delicious! Results and Recovery Drink -
P90X® Results and Recovery Formula® tastes so great, you won't believe how good it is for you! When recovering from intense workouts, Results and Recovery Formula will provide you with the vital nutrients you need to bounce back from your workout. And the delicious, smooth orange flavor makes it the perfect post-workout reward.

Benefits:

  • Dextrose-based formula for optimum glycogen replenishment*
  • A high Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) blend to provide the critical building blocks for rapid muscle resynthesis*
  • Vitamins, including antioxidants, to help reduce muscle soreness and assist in repair and growth*
Chicken and Mixed Vegetables Four ounces of skinless, boneless chicken breast contains almost 35 grams of high-quality protein as well as small amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron; 255 mg of phosphorus; 287 mg of heart-healthy potassium; and 75 percent of the recommended dietary intake for niacin, a Bvitamin that's important in energy metabolism. One large (6-ounce) chicken breast is even more loaded: It contains more potassium than there is in a medium banana, plus a whopping 53 grams of protein. The fat in boneless, skinless chicken is mostly monounsaturated. Only 1.1 grams of the 4 grams of fat in 4 ounces of chicken is saturated fat. The vegetables provide carbs and fiber. If you like, you can have half of a sweet potato with the meal and a spoonful of olive oil and/or almonds on the vegetables. Breakfast Anytime: Egg Omelet with Avocado Eggs are just about the best source of protein on the planet. Mix with as many vegetables as you like for a perfect meal. Hint: I also stir-fry a sliced apple into the mix. Serve with avocado for a nice dose of fiber and monounsaturated fat. At the Gym: Whey Protein Shake I consider whey protein powder the best protein powder available. You can mix whey powder with frozen berries (my favorite) and water, or with almost any combination of ingredients; I've thrown in a spoonful or two of peanut butter, oatmeal or sliced apple, or made it plain with water. All work. The whey provides the protein; the berries provide the carbs. (You can of course make the shake with milk or soymilk, but watch out for the calories. I don't recommend making shakes with juice.) The Three S's: Salmon, Spinach and Sweet Potato Here's the ideal balanced meal. Wild salmon for protein and omega-3s, spinach for the cornucopia of vitamins and minerals (including the superstar of eye nutrition, lutein), and a sweet potato for slow-burning carbohydrates. It's an almost perfect meal. You can add a little flaxseed oil (or olive oil or butter) to the sweet potato or even sprinkle it with almonds, but watch your portion size: While these additions are all brimming with health, they're also high-calorie items. Bodybuilder's Delight: Tuna, Brown Rice and Vegetables You can't go to a "hard core" gym without seeing a bodybuilder eating this old classic from a Tupperware container. A single can of light tuna canned in water and drained provides an astonishing 42 grams of high-quality protein for under 200 calories. That same can has more than 100 percent of the daily value for niacin, 29 percent of the daily value for vitamin B6 and 82 percent of the daily value for vitamin B12. And tuna is a superb source of the vitally important cancer-protective trace mineral selenium. Add some brown rice for fiber and carbs, load up with the vegetables and you're good to go. You can't go wrong with any of those five, or variations thereof. They'll load up your body with the energy needed to refuel and the protein needed to rebuild and repair muscle. Couple them with hard, intense and frequent workouts, and you'll be on the way to the body of your dreams. Remember no pain no gain!!!!