Archive for April 22, 2011

Healthy Candied Almonds

Oh yes.

Healthy Candied Almonds

Ingredients:

-Almonds (or any nut of your choice)

-Pam

-Stevia

-Unsweetened cocoa powder or cinnamon

1. Take almonds(or other nut) and spray lightly with pam.

2. Sprinkle with stevia and unsweetened cocoa powder(or cinnamon, whatever floats your boat)

3. Toast or broil for a few minutes.

4. Let cool and EAT.

Delicious, healthy snack without added calories.

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Happy Easter!

Summer is upon us…

And it’s getting hot!! For all of you dealing with the crazy storms, my heart goes out to you! I am happy to not be dealing with that, but it is definitely getting hot here in AZ. The kind of hot where you walk outside in the morning hoping for a nice cool breeze with the sun beaming down, and instead you get hit in the face with a wall of HEAT. Imagine opening an oven, except the world is a really really big oven. Anyways, I’ll stop complaining now 😉

Workouts

This week’s workouts have been kicking my ass. First of all, my sleep pattern is really screwed up. Working sound gigs really takes the life out of me. It’s 14 hours of mostly pushing heavy gear around and in between sitting and waiting. The actual work time of sound checks and mixing is really short compared to the long day you have to put in. Again though, I’m not complaining because I LOVE working shows and it inspires me more and more each time. The moral of the story is that it makes me SO tired. In fact, after Saturday’s gig, I slept for 11 hours. And another 11 hours the night after that.

Monday: 45 minutes of incline walking + quick Leg workout (squats, quadruped hip extensions, SL deadlifts)

Tuesday: Heavy upper body workout + 20 minutes elliptical

Wednesday: 30 minutes incline walking + Conventional deads and burpees

As you can tell, I’ve been throwing some heavy lifting back in the mix. I took off some time from heavy lifting because I mostly just wasn’t into it, and I like to enjoy my workouts! Last Friday I decided to lift heavy and it made me miss it, so this week I brought it back a bit. I’m pretty sore, but my strength hasn’t gone anywhere which is refreshing. I have been doing plenty of body weight and high rep training, and I actually think my endurance has gone up a lot, which helps with the heavy lifting. I’ve always had a lot of endurance with weight lifting, but my upper body sometimes wants to crap out when the reps get high(lower body just goes forever haha) I noticed my upper body endurance has increased, so I’m pretty happy!

FOODS

I’ve been doing pretty well with keeping myself accountable and staying on track. A few mishaps here and there, but for the most part I’ve stayed pretty strong with it. It’s funny how much easier it is to stick to when you’re just ready to do it and how much of a struggle it can be when you just don’t care and want to eat like crap 😀 Don’t get me wrong, I still have a sweet tooth, but I’m managing it.

My latest obsession:

Broiled green beans with cracked pepper and sea salt, slightly burnt. (that part is an old favorite) but the NEW addiction is in the sugar-free ketchup. Yes, it’s artificial and I’m trying to eliminate most artificial things, but it is SO good. It made me realize that I actually don’t like french fries, I like ketchup. Since a green bean mimicks the texture of a french fry in some ways, it works  quite well. Try it!

What’s your latest food obsession?

Wedding and Workout

Hey!!

I told you I’d be back Monday, but I’m barely making it back to blogging today! My sister’s wedding was a BLAST, and I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful bride.(Don’t worry, there are pictures at the end of this post…)

We had a LOT of fun and continued the party to the hotel that night with about 15 of our friends. We had brunch the next morning, and let’s just say, nobody was feeling too great. I didn’t drink at the wedding (I know, I know) but I was still extremely tired from lack of sleep and literally dancing the NIGHT AWAY. My dad invited my brother and I to a Diamondbacks game, so we did that and then enjoyed more time with the family that evening.

I took Sunday off from working out, but yesterday I was back at it! I did another one of Zuzana’s workout, this one to be exact, and it was a total ass kicker. Unbelievable.

My stats:

Part 1: 4 min. 26 seconds

Part 2: 8,9,7,7,7,7,8,7,7

and finished off with 10 minutes on the spin bike.

Enjoy the photos!

Me, Rachel(sister), Maggie(friend)

The kiss!

Me after makeup

They look so happy!!! 🙂

BEAUTIFUL bride. Love it.

Thisss is basically how everyone looked the morning after. Our friend Scotty, looking his finest….

Today’s Workout

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve really changed my workouts up a bit lately. I haven’t done much formal lifting, but have been incorporating more plyometrics, pushups, compound movements and metabolic training into my life. Weights are still being lifted, but at a much faster rate! It’s fun and I’m at a point in my fitness journey that makes me want to just get in ridiculously good all-around shape. I’m just not feeling the heavy lifting right now, but I know the bug will come back eventually. It always does 🙂

So I thought I’d give you a taste of my workout today. As always, know your limits and check with a doctor before you try anything new. What works for me may not work for you.

I started out with 15 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill. Then I moved to a different area of the gym to get my fitness on.

I did timed intervals of the following exercises(1 minute of each), with a jog to the stairs, up and down, and back to the starting point in between exercises. A 25 lb barbell was used for most exercises.

-Squats

-Step ups

-Bench press

-tricep extensions

-Bicep curls

-Bent over rows

-Shoulder press

-calf raises

I think thats it? It’s hard to remember. Anyways, i did about 3 sets of each exercise for about a minute straight and probably threw in about 5-6 jogs to the stairs with a sprint up and down the stairs. Next time I will do my best to remember accurately!! 😀

Well, tomorrow is the rehearsal dinner and the wedding is Saturday!! You probably won’t hear from me until Sunday or Monday, but i hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m off to bed so I can squeeze a workout in before the fun begins!

Fit Lizzio’s Weight Loss Tips

When you see an article about weightloss tips, they’re all the same. Drink more water, eat this, don’t eat that, try this new super food that will miraculously help you lose weight, blah blah blah BLAH! I put together some weight loss tips that are just….Mo’ bettah!

1. Stop looking in the mirror. Just stop. You start your new plan, you start feeling good, you look in the mirror and all you see are your flaws. This translates to going from being happy and feeling good to getting down in the dumps and feeling yucky. Don’t even give yourself the chance to pick out your flaws! Use a mirror to determine that, yes, you have put eyeliner on both of your eyes. But don’t you dare lift up your shirt to look at your tummy! No staring at your naked butt. Don’t Do It!! Trust what you’re doing, and take progress pictures to help, but don’t be the person to compare them. Let an unbiased person or people decide whether you’re making progress or not. Better yet, grab a measuring tape and track progress that way. Enjoy the process.

2. Stop buying into the gimmicks. Yes, acai berry, maca, and quinoa are all very healthy for you, BUT THEY’RE NOT MIRACLE WEIGHT LOSS ACTIVATORS. If you start incorporating acai berry into your diet, you’re not going to lose weight any faster. If you think that putting maca powder on your oats is going to melt the fat off of your belly within 2 weeks, pull your head out of the dirt. You wanna know what makes that fat go away? Consistent healthy eating and exercise. You can supplement all you want, but it isn’t necessary unless you’re lacking in something that your body NEEDS. There will be new products that marketers try to push all the time, but be honest with yourself and use your brain. Stay consistent and “magic” will happen.

3. Stop thinking you have to eat 6 meals a day in order to lose weight. You don’t. You can eat 1 meal a day if you so choose. I don’t recommend that due to unbalanced energy levels, but if it works for you, go for it.

4. Stop thinking that tilapia has magic powers. It. Doesn’t. Find a food you LIKE that fits into that macronutrient makeup (protein,carbs, fat) and eat that if you want. If you can prove to me that eating tilapia is superior to eating chicken, then I will give up the rights to my first child. (I really hope I’m right in this situation….if not, I’m a horrible not-soon-to-be mother)

5. Eat junk food if you want. Yeah, bet you never heard that one before! Just don’t eat too much of it, make it fit into your caloric and macro nutrient goals for the day, and balance it out with healthier food. Now don’t e-mail me saying I told everyone to eat junk food at every meal, because that’s not what I’m saying. But if you’re supposed to eat chicken and brown rice and you want a turkey sandwich? Have the damn sandwich. The processed bread is not going to seep into your fat stores and make them expand. Like I said, make it fit into your daily goals and all will be well in the world.

6. Last, but not least, don’t ask your ex-boyfriend if he thinks you’ve gained weight. Just don’t do it. It isn’t an ideal situation.

Tabata and Running…and then I got all preachy.

Buenos Tardes amigos!

Today has been somewhat crazy, and the next few will be even more-so! This wedding is really starting to stress me out, and it’s not even mine!

I went to my (almost) final fitting for my dress and finally got shoes for the wedding. I just need to finish up my speech, and the rest should fall into place! I have to go back one more time on Friday because she is making a few slight alterations, but it’s basically ready.

Today’s workout was pretty killer. I was sweating up a storm! I started out on a jog around the neighborhood I’m house sitting in. It is a really nice, overcast day here, so the conditions were great. I set out for 5 miles and was just going to call it a day after that. About 2 miles into the run, I decided that although I was enjoying myself and the time was flying, I wanted to push myself harder. My pace was pretty fast, but I was starting to mentally check out and get my brain set on doing something more intense. I finished up 3 miles and came inside to do a Tabata style workout.

Tabata is a style of training that involves 8 rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest. You need an interval timer to do it, but luckily I found this handy tool online. Makes it easy when I just have to listen for a bell!

My tabata exercises included:

-Mountain climbers

-Squats

-Pushups(holy hell.)

-Bicycle Twists

I actually wanted to do more, but I’ve been having some lower back issues the past few days and started to feel it a little bit. I’d rather be smart and do less, than do more and be out for a long period of time!

It’s funny, I think that females, or maybe everyone, tends to work the body parts they don’t like much more than any others. I have ALWAYS worked my legs like crazy, not to mention, I love leg workouts. Combined with all of the cardio activities that I do, my legs have some crazy endurance. The squat rounds really didn’t phase me. Next time I will definitely add weights. The mountain climbers were tough but not terrible, the bicycle twists weren’t so bad, but the push ups? Murderous. I work my upper body A LOT, but it has always been my weak point. If you saw the way my body is made up, it would make total sense. I actually have a decent amount of upper body muscle, but it is all self made. Prior to my working out days, they were stick arms. My lower body is very athletically proportioned. Although I’m carrying around a few extra pounds these days, I have very muscular glutes and hamstrings. My quads are also pretty muscular, but it isn’t as noticeable as the backside.

Random thoughts: I skyped with the man(funny to call him that because he’s about as mature as an 8 year old. But who am I to talk, so am I.) who got me started in the fitness world. He’s currently in New Zealand working on his PhD and we haven’t talked in a few months. We talked about when I first started working out at his gym, and how I’ve changed over the years both physically and mentally, specifically towards my views on strength and conditioning. It’s just still crazy to me that I walked into Lifts almost 4 years ago just thinking I’d start working out a little bit. Little did I know that my entire LIFE would be completely changed. Even though my weight has fluctuated through the years (if I was a yo-yo I’d definitely be a Bumblebee) my perspective on life has constantly been getting better and better. My parents were never big exercisers, other than my mom having a short stint with the gym. It still amazes me that I played sports my entire life, when the other 5 members of my family sat on their ass (my older brother actually was a swimmer/mountain biker but everyone else was a sit-on-their-asser). My grandparents were very active and involved with sports though, so maybe that’s where I got it. My dad started working out about a year and a half ago. Over the last 6 months he has told me that the best gift and greatest lesson I have ever taught him is how much exercise can change your life. He doesn’t realize that him telling me that is one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given by him. It feels good to help someone. Exercise doesn’t just change your body and health, it transforms your mind. There is NOTHING, N.O.T.H.I.N.G in this world that can do for your mind what exercise can do. Yes, one workout gives you endorphins, but long-term continuous exercise makes you believe in yourself, instills confidence in you, and really gives you a drive that you may have never had before. I would assume that the happiest people on the planet are those that exercise regularly, whether that means they live in a walkable city and walk everywhere, or whether they spend hours in the gym, exercise has the ability to change you and bring out the best in you.

Okay, I’ll stop with my preaching, but I just can’t begin to describe how wonderful exercise has been to me. It’s a gift and a privilege to be able to work out as lightly or as fiercely as I want to each day. I am continuously thankful for that, regardless of being 15% body fat or 25%.

Caffeine-Free-ish

As you may have caught onto from my post a few days ago, I’m working on weaning myself off of caffeine. For many, this is mostly mental, but for some of us caffeine-hoarders, it’s physical too.

I started out by giving up my beloved Xenergy’s. I love those little (read: big) cans of heaven, but they’re pricey! I’m about to move to another state (have I mentioned that? More on that in another post :)) that happens to be about twice as expensive as where I live now. $2 a day adds up! And sometimes, it was more like $4-6 dollars per day. Yeah, I had a slight addiction……

So I’ve now been mostly caffeine-free since last Friday. I say mostly, because I’m not trying to give it up completely. I’ve done that in the past, and it really is fine, but I do like to have caffeine every now and then.

So here is what I’ve done and these are my goals for caffeine:

-No more Xenergy! (1 per month is okay)

-If I’m feeling like I need an extra kick before a workout, either coffee or a pre-workout supplement(but this is only when I reallllllly feel like I need it.)

-Diet soda if I feel like it. More often than not, I don’t feel like it. Unless I’m in California(visiting). Somehow I always end up drinking diet soda there, and that’s fine with me.(Until I move there, of course..)

How I feel?

Day 1: Headaches, extreme fatigue, slept like a baby

Day 2: Headaches, extreme fatigue, slept like a baby

Day 3: Slight headache, a little fatigue but getting better, slept like a……yup..baby.

Day 4: Who needs caffeine?

Ha, so that’s pretty much how caffeine withdrawals go. You can still carry on with daily life, but I will admit, it’s a pain in the ass the first couple days and you want to give up. If you stick with it, though, you will feel better than ever after a few days.

Let me know if anyone else is/was giving up caffeine!!

Supplements I Take and Why

Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but I could have definitely used another day of the weekend to chill out! I didn’t drink any caffeine this weekend, and therefore was having some pretty annoying caffeine headaches! I got in some GREAT workouts, but besides that, the couch and TV were my friend. 😀 It’s nice to veg out sometimes, haven’t done it in too long!

I thought I’d give you guys a little insight into the supplements that I take and why I take them. This is not a recommendation and you should always ask a doctor before you begin taking something new. Also, what I take may not be best for you to take, but I’d be happy to answer any questions, so feel free to comment or e-mail me with them!

Alpha-Lipoic Acid – This is a supplement that I take once per day. It is an antioxidant that is actually produced in the body. It helps to turn glucose into energy while fighting off free radicals (waste in the cells that can lead to cancer.)

Papaya Tabs – These are simply digestive enzymes. They help to break down food and assist in digestion.

Probiotic Complex – These are also a form of digestive enzymes that actually have a living culture in them. They aid in the break down of food, absorption of nutrients and help with digestion.

Magnesium – . When I’m feeling extra tired and worn down from my work outs (not right after a work out, but almost as if I’m over training) I immediately up my magnesium intake. Magnesium is abundant in the body, but people can become deficient when dieting. I like to take it each day as a reserve, just in case.

Glutamine – I can’t stress this one enough. I like to call it the miracle supplement. This aids in recovery, BIG TIME. It helps to repair muscles and cells when they are broken down. I also take it when I get sick, as it helps the body to recover faster.

That’s it. I don’t take any fat burners or any other janky supplements that are on the market. I’ve tried different things, but I like to get most of my nutrients from food. I do take a multi-vitamin everyday to cover my bases, but I also try to make sure I’m getting in a variety of foods, especially vegetables.

If you have any additional questions as far as brands, or where to buy these or other supplements, comment or e-mail me at fitlizzio (at) gmail (dot) com.

April Fools Day!

Hey!!

Thank you so much for your awesome comments and e-mails! You guys rock! I know it’s April Fools Day, but I like to mess with people every day of the year, so for me this might be the one day of the year that I actually don’t play a prank on someone. 😉 It’s a total giveaway if I do!

Anyways, I’m glad it’s Friday, for no other reason than I actually have a pretty open weekend! I’ve been very busy with school, multiple jobs, and lately I’ve been working concerts as well. I will have to do an entire post on that because they are typically 12-14 hour work days and most people don’t realize what it takes to put on a concert! I work with the sound crew, but we  still have to do a lot. From the stage set up to the PA set up to sound check, etc. It’s very tiring, but totally fun too! This weekend I don’t have any gigs, so I will be spending it doing a boot camp, a track workout, a drum lesson, and finding shoes for the wedding!! Talk about waiting till the last minute!

Today’s workout: Run 5 miles.

I did 3 fast miles on Wednesday with my running buddy, but today I’m on my own. My pace for a 5 mile run is typically about 9:15 – 9:30, but it all depends how I feel. The route I like to run by my house is slightly down hill the first half and then I turn around, so that 2nd half is usually a bit slower.

I’m also weaning myself off of my beloved Xyience Xenergy’s. They are 0 cal energy drinks, but they are expensive! For a while I was writing for their website and getting them free, but I just haven’t had the time to do that lately, so I’ve been paying for them and at $2 a pop, you can see how that can get super expensive! For now, I’m going to try to get on the coffee bandwagon, even though I really don’t like it all that much…

 

I’m off to run, catch you later!

Remember me?!

Holy crap!! I have completely neglected this blog. Life has been nuts, but that isn’t why I haven’t blogged on here. I just haven’t felt compelled to write about fitness/nutrition lately, so I started a music blog called It Just Sounds Good.

The good news, though, is that I plan on updating this blog as well! I miss blogging on here, and miss interacting with my awesome readers! I hope there are still some out there!

So what have I been up to?? EVERYTHING!!!! In keeping things simple, I still work out daily, but my workouts are somewhat different. I’ve been running a lot more, doing more plyometric/circuit/compound exercises in the gym and have shyed away from heavy lifting. My reasoning? For one, I just haven’t felt like it. I’m really liking the fast-pace movements lately. The other reason…well I have a pretty decent amount of muscle, I don’t want more, and I tend to put on muscle fairly easily! I know that many people say this, but I actually got a blood test and my testosterone levels are slightly higher than the average female (maybe i’m a man? haha justtt kidding) but this is common for weight lifters, actually. With that said, I will still throw in some conventional lifting days here and there, but for the most part I’m running 5-8 miles 3 days a week, doing 2-3 circuit/plyo workouts in the gym per week, and on then some track workouts and boot camp style workouts usually about once per week. I occasionally am boxing (when I can wake up that early!) and have also been riding my bicycle around to run my short errands!!

The Food

Well in January, I decided I needed to overhaul my view on food. I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve gained a pretty good amount of weight since I competed. I no longer have that tiny lean body, but I’m not a big tub of lard either. I am muscular, with some extra padding is the best way to put it! My weight around competition time was about 130, these days I’m about 155. A 25 pound weight gain….It’s embarassing, frustrating, and is completely my fault. I will say, however, that I’m at a healthy weight for my height and build, and besides my elevated testosterone levels(sounds so funny haha), all of my blood tests came back saying that I’m a healthy bean, so I really have to remind myself to be thankful of that!

How Competing Changed Me

Competing was an amazing experience. I decided in December 2008 to get in the best shape of my life and compete, and I DID! I will be honest, my body looked smokin’!!! (Of course at the time, I only saw my flaws.) I  guess being so naive to the sport was a blessing, because I had a great prep (no crazy carb-cutting) and did well. It was after competing that things got a little hairy. Suddenly, those who saw potential in me, started giving me advice. They told me what I should/shouldn’t do, and it was coming from many different angles. It really made me view everything differently and I got a very bad mental view on food, eating and working out. I could go on and on (and if you’d like me to, leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll do an entire post on my thoughts/feelings on everything). I started to try to put on muscle, and also was eating more to do so. This slight weight gain looked to me like I had gained 50 pounds! Your body image gets really screwed up when you get super lean. Anything above that, and you truly believe you’re fat. From there, it was downhill and I have basically yo-yo’ed my weight for the last year and a half.

How I’ve Changed Recently

Going back to my “overhaul” this past January, I decided to STOP restricting the types of foods I was eating, and be a “normal person.” I have still been counting calories, but I haven’t been restricting WHAT I can eat. I’ve eaten gummy candy (helloooo sour gummy worms!), sandwiches (oh, how i missed those turkey sandwiches), and even the occasional sweet treat. In doing so, I haven’t really lost weight, but I haven’t gained weight either. I haven’t been “perfect” but that wasn’t my goal. My goal was to rid myself of viewing foods as good or bad and stopping myself from being so obsessive about the types of foods I was eating.

The Verdict

I finally feel good about food. I feel like I have made LEAPS in the last 3 months. Had I done this a year ago, I think things would have been much easier. As dumb as it sounds, I feel very proud of this. I know many people who absolutely fall into eating disorders from competing and seem to never free themselves, but I finally feel freed from it. I don’t think that I had an eating disorder, but did I have a skewed view on food? Heck yes I did. Very screwed up.

Body Image Now and Goals

I still suffer from some body image issues. After all, I’m not lean anymore(and hello, i’m a girl!), and it’s a hard pill to swallow. I don’t look the way that I want to, but my goals have also changed. A happy weight for me these days would be about 140. I think I was a bit too small at 130, and although I did love that look, it was hard to maintain. I think that I could maintain a 140 pound body without being “crazy” about a strict diet. So, with April 1st being tomorrow, and me being cliche, I’m going to start tightening up my diet a little bit. I know you’re probably thinking “Lizzy, you just told us you were getting away from that, what’s with this?!” But the fact of the matter, is that my mind is different now. I feel comfortable cleaning up my diet a bit (less junk, more wholesome foods, slightly less calories) without falling back into a distorted view of food and eating. While I don’t believe you have to eat squeaky clean to lose weight (you absolutely do NOT) I prefer to eat this way for the most part. It doesn’t mean I won’t have the occasional turkey sandwich or beef jerky (another recent obsession) but probably not as frequently. (Not to mention beef jerky is too damn expensive!)

GOALS

-Lose 15 pounds

-Continue viewing food in a healthy way

-Keep doing the work outs I love

-Stress out LESS

-Don’t dwell on my flaws!

Wow, that was a marathon of a post!! I also want to note, I’m VERY HAPPY with life right now. I’m following my dreams in the music business and I couldn’t be more blessed with everything going on. Hopefully I didn’t portray that I have been depressed or anything, because that definitely ISN’T the case. I’m very happy, but ready to make some changes as well.

Anyways, I’m not sure what direction to take the blog, so your input would be greatly appreciated! For now, I will be posting workouts, healthy recipes, and my thoughts/feelings toward my weight loss and fitness. Share this with your friends too! I’d like to share my experiences with others and build a network on the Fit Lizzio blog.

What are your goals for April?

Here are some recent pictures as well. My sister is getting married next weekend too, so I will be sure to post pictures from that!!

From left to right: Aunt Suzie, my sister Rachel, me, Grandpa(just turned 90 and still works out everyday!!), little brother Ben(so little right? HA), mother, Aunt Nancy

My best friend Taylor(left) myself and my sister Rachel(right) on my birthday

Most people go to Ostrich farms on their birthday..right?

My friend Maggie, myself and Morgan at my other birthday dinner. This is right before I ate a RAW QUAIL EGG. and it was good….

That’s all for now folks!