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The Biggest, Baddest Taco Salad On the Planet

Ohhhh my gosh you guys. I have created the BEST taco salad on the planet. And bonus? It’s healthy too!!!

For some reason the other night, I decided that I wanted a taco salad. I haven’t had one in…..years? And it sounded REALLY GOOD.

I wanted a healthy salad, but didn’t want a flavor bore, so I got creative.

I present to you, the BIGGEST (like, fo’ real), BADDEST Taco Salad On the Planet

Ingredients: I’m not putting amounts for some of these, as you can just put as much as you want!

-Romaine Lettuce (as much as ya want)

-Shredded Lettuce (as much as ya want)

-Chopped Tomatoes

-Pico De Gallo

-Chopped Bell Peppers & Onions

-3-4 oz. Lean Ground Turkey

-1 Dollop of 0% Fage Greek Yogurt

-1 Dollop of Wholly Guacamole Spicy Salsa

-Optional: 1 oz shredded Mexican Cheese

Directions: Put it all in a BIG ASS BOWL (trust me you’ll need it) and mix it up. Then take a bite of the perfectly texturized salad made from heaven.

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YOU’RE WELCOME!

 

Monday Food Diary + Abs Pic

Another Monday in the books. Glad I got that one out of the way! It was a good, but busy one! (aren’t they always?)

Workouts

On the workout front, I got my 20 minutes of HIIT on the stairmill in + a bouldering session at Rockreation. I got WORKED at Rockreation. I didn’t take many breaks and was completely sweaty by the end….and I was only there for about 35 minutes! Such a fun sport. I’m so glad I was introduced to it years ago and re-introduced since I’ve been back here in LA.

 

Food Diary Monday, 6/24/14

On the food front, I journaled what I ate yesterday for you guys. I’ll be honest, my breakfast isn’t anything to be proud of. I forgot to make breakfast and this was my best option with the time I had.

Breakfast:

Americano w/ Nonfat Milk

Nugo Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

Snack:

Americano w/ Nonfat Milk

Lunch:

Paleo Beef Burger (Ground beef, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, ketchup)

Side of fresh fruit

Snack:

Quest Cookies n Cream Bar

Dinner:

Salmon, Avocado, & Brown Rice Sushi (the perfect ratio of protein, fat, carbs)

Mango Slices

Grapes

I realize that I’m a really weird eater, by the way. I eat a lot of fruit. And could easily eat a bag of grapes in one sitting (and often do). I need to be better about my breakfast and morning snack options (Coffee really doesn’t count! Just a busy morning). It’s helpful to look back at a day and see what I’m missing. I could definitely use some veggies, hello! I’ll double up today at lunch. 😉 (Maybe I’ll even take photos of my food one of these days! Haha…i’ll try…)

Here’s what my abs looked like after dinner last night. I’m going to try to take a few each week to see the changes. I’ll also try to take one in the morning before I’ve eaten or drank anything. The difference is quite large…

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I’ll be heading down to ABA this evening for a Boxing class. I love boxing and ABA is definitely is the best sweat in Los Angeles. You don’t leave ANYTHING when you take those classes. It’s awesome.

Trying to get a bunch of work done early in the week so that I can jet out early on Friday and head home to hang with my family. I don’t like the 6 hour drive, but I miss them and want to hang with my cute little nephew, sister, brother, dad, and some friends.

Seriously?! Look at him!!!

Seriously?! Look at him!!!

Questions for the Day:

1. What meal is the hardest for you to stay on track with?

(Mine is breakfast just because I’m always rushing out the door. )

2. Have you ever journaled your food? Did it help you?

 

 

Weekend and Challenge Update!

Happy Monday people!

I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed today. For the first time in a while, I actually got some GOOD sleep. It was quite refreshing. My new goal is to start shutting down MUCH earlier than I have been. I know how important sleep is, but I’ve been working so much that it’s gone a bit by the wayside. I feel recharged today and I know I could feel like this much more often if I actually slept more!

Friday night, Charlie launched his new service called Real Drum Tracks Now. It’s quite genius if you ask me. I could have the same drummer that plays for Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) on my music? Um, yes please! Go check it out. 🙂

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He hosted a party up at his studio and some great bands played too. It was a fun night!

Saturday morning I got up bright and early to get my body fat tested! Exciting right?! NOT! Haha. I was a bit nervous, but it turned out to be okay. Body-Spec is a company here in SoCal that brings out a truck with a full on scanner inside to REALLY test your body fat. I got a 9 page report and a full scan of my body, how much muscle I hold and where I hold it, how much fat I hold and where I hold it, etc. It was pretty cool and now I know where to go from here!

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After a killer workout with Charlie, we spent the day just hanging out and doing random errands, etc. We ended the night watching Ride Along and passing out by 10:30pm. Partay Animals.

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Sunday, we met some friends to do a meditation at Insight LA. Talk about something COMPLETELY new to me. It was actually really enjoyable and I’ll definitely go back. I’ve never meditated before, so it was difficult for me to get myself to chill out and focus, but it was much needed. Afterwards, we grabbed some lunch at Firehouse, I got a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (Sweet cream and Cookies=HOLY YUM) and once again, parked it on the couch to watch a movie.

Just before it got dark out, Charlie suggested that we go play catch at the park. We both grew up playing baseball, so it’s definitely a fun activity that we do together. It was a BLAST. I miss playing so much. I like to think I’ve still got it…I told Charlie I’m trying out for the Major Leagues this year…so we’ll see. 😉

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Update on the Challenge:

Week 1 went great! I stuck to my guns and ate pretty clean all week. Lots of fruit, paleo burgers, chicken and brown rice, veggies etc. I made the decision to keep cheese in my diet, as I don’t eat very much of it and it adds some flavor. I also don’t want to cut out anything that I’ll likely keep in my daily diet for the long-run. A little cheese doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s when you LOAD the cheese on EVERYTHING that you start to run into a problem.

I know this is what you REALLY wanted to know, but I mentioned that weekends would be a free-for-all with the exception of a calorie restriction. I set the restriction at 2,000 calories for me and here were my cheats:

Saturday: Frozen Yogurt, Sweet Potato Fries, Popcorn

Sunday: 1 scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream & Cookies Ice Cream, Chips & Salsa

I didn’t feel deprived whatsoever and also didn’t need to eat a house full of those foods. I also went in to today wanting to eat nothing but healthy food because all of that junk just makes me feel dehydrated and crappy.

Week 2 starts today! I’m going to make a point this week to log all of the foods I eat for an entire day so you guys can see what it’s like. Today’s workout is going to be 20 minutes of HIIT on the Stairmill + a Bouldering Session.

What’s on your workout agenda?

Have you tried Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream & Cookies Ice Cream (from the actual ice cream parlor)???? IT’S DELICIOUS.

 

6 Week Challenge Details

Hey friends! Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well. I’m working away, but having a pretty good week so far. Monday was definitely a MONDAY, but so far the rest of the week has been pretty good. I’m excited to relax a bit this weekend too, or at least attempt to. I always say that and then find 1,454,756 things to do and end up being pretty busy. Guess we’ll see how I’m feelin’!

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On Monday, I mentioned that a friend and I were going to tighten up our diets a bit and do a 6 week challenge with each other. We are both in pretty good shape and eat pretty well already, but we both want to take it to the next level!

I wanted to share the details of what we’re doing, so here goes.

6 Week Challenge Details

-Clean/healthy eating M-F (clean meaning minimally or not processed whole foods)

-Saturdays & Sundays: eat what we want within a certain calorie range (this will allow us to be able to satisfy our cravings without going overboard)

-Work out 5-6 days per week (we already do this, but will continue).

-Cut out breads/tortillas and keep our carbohydrate choices to sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, & brown rice pasta

-Cut out sweets and desserts during the week (we can fit it into our weekends if we want it!)

-Lots of fruits and veggies

-Lots of protein: chicken, ground turkey, lean ground beef and other lean red meats, fish

-Healthy fats: avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, and nut butters

Why We Aren’t Setting a “Meal Plan”

In my experience, a meal plan sets me up for failure. Even if you are getting enough food and like the food you’re eating, it automatically sets a restriction right from the start. This makes you feel deprived immediately, even if you’re not. By setting some guidelines and not creating a carved out meal plan, I think we will have more success.

Progress

We’ll be tracking our progress here on the blog. I’ll be doing a weekly post to recap how the previous week went and to check in with measurements, weight, and photos. We will be taking photos later, so stay tuned for those!

Feel free to join us on the 6 week challenge! Each recap I do, I’d love for you to chime in with comments on how you’re doing on your own challenge! Your challenge can be the same as ours, or you can do something that fits your goals better and post about that. I love working with people as a team, so the more the merrier!

Questions? Feel free to drop me a line at FitLizzio@Gmail.com

See you guys tomorrow with some photos!

Have you ever done a challenge?

What is your biggest goal RIGHT NOW?