Moving My Company in the Right Direction!

So I mentioned in my recent DVD review for the Extreme Burn DVD that I was hoping to start some sort of fitness revolution in the workplace. At the time I was kidding around and figured that it was a long shot…but guess what?! I did! Today began our new (and first) wellness program. I had once heard that our office had put on weight loss programs before, but only could muster a dozen people at a time. So of course I had defy the impossible and I rallied 41 people in our company to take on my fitness challenge–that is close to 50% of our O’ahu office and 31% of the whole company *brushin’ my shoulder off* Who knew I had so much influence! bwahahahah. Most importantly, I am so excited to help these 41 people on their personal journeys towards living a healthier life. Take a sneak peek at the video I made to get people pumped :

This 10-week fit challenge does have a pot of gold at the end with the big reveal happening at our company holiday party, but the goal is to get everyone in the office thinking more about their health than the Leonard’s Malasadas, which are evenly dispersed amongst the desks–ugh. With 41 people comes 41 different goals and body types, so to conquer all the fitness and health confusion I’ve made myself accessible to each person hoping to help target all their specific goals. It’s definitely going to be a busy 10 weeks, but so rewarding. I’ll keep you updated on our company’s progress!

On the note of progress…I am 3.5 weeks out from my competition! I’m feeling great and still in a good mood; the carbs haven’t gotten the best of me yet! I am still having fun in the kitchen and came up with a pumpkin cheesecake ice cream! It was so delicious and filling I made seconds and thirds…well, I did eat them at my designated times. And when I’m not eating ice cream I am practicing my posing and “night walk”.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream

(I don’t have a picture…because I ate it that quickly!)
Damages:
150 Calories  22 Carbs  0 Fat  16 Protein 6g Fiber

Ingredients:

.5 Cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese
.5 Cup of Water
3/8 Cup of Pure Pumpkin
1.3 TBSP of Cheesecake Jello Fat Free/Sugar Free mix
1 TSP Guar Gum
5 Ice Cubes
1.5 TSP No Calorie Sweetener
Pumpkin Pie Spice to Taste
Directions:
1. Blend Cottage Cheese and Water together (this helps break down the cottage cheese)
2. Add in Pumpkin, Cheesecake Jello, Guar Gum, sweetener, ice cubes, Pumpkin Pie Spice
3. Blend and freeze
4. If you have an Ice Cream Maker you can let it churn for 20 minutes, or you can put it in the freezer and stir it on occasion to get the consistency that you’d like
So once you’ve made your Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream you have to get your Push Ups in! I’m on Day 14 and wanted to share a video of two of Brendan’s friends who did their push ups!
Keep sending your videos! I love them 😀 You can take them anywhere…my next place will probably be Sam’s Club!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake and Push Ups

It’s been 8 days since Brendan left for Ranger School and I have been keeping up with my push-ups–We all have! Quickly, I just want to say a quick thank you to all my close family and friends who have been sending me their push up videos. It means so much to me, and I know when he sees all the support he has he’ll be blown away! And for those of you who are waiting until the push ups are at more strenuous numbers, I can’t wait to see the videos.

Aside from all that hard work, I’ve been happily slaving away in my kitchenette testing out a few different concoctions. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you the screw ups, but I couldn’t help but get into the spirit of Fall by putting a bit of pumpkin into every recipe I made. From pancakes to pumpkin cheesecake, and then a pumpkin milkshake–I have definitely been enjoying myself!

Now I’ve been asked my some how I continue to stay on track when there is all this fabulous food around. To be honest, at one point I couldn’t. Well I did, but I was miserable. My first competition diet was strict and I only ate 1200 calories–you don’t have to tell me, I know, that is so little. (FYI, I didn’t count my veggies.) Nevertheless this time around I have made my diet a lifestyle. I have kept in gluten, dairy, and whenever I want something I make a healthier version calculating my macro nutrients carefully so that everything is accounted for. It isn’t easy, but I’ve had such a great time coming up with recipes that my whole family can enjoy. Making my diet enjoyable (and eating quite a bit more) has left mind at ease and keeps me constant…and most importantly (to me) I’m keeping that hard earned muscle on me! Although my diet is stricter than most, I do have some rules I live by in the off-season:

1) Every meal should contain protein: turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, steak (only twice a week), 2 protein powder scoops

2) Eat fibrous carbs whenever you like!: Carrots, squash, spinach, green, yellow and red peppers, kale, broccoli, green beans, and mushrooms

3) Eat healthy fats 3x a day: 1 tsp of flaxseed oil, .5 avocado, nuts, edamame

4) Eat Starchy carbs with every meal (if you’d like–you don’t have to) except after 6/7pm: Sweet potato, brown rice, oatmeal, Ezekiel Bread

5) Eat fruit only in the morning, before and/or after workout.

6) Avoid processed foods, sugar, and sweets…and make your own variations of whatever “junk” food you crave

7) Drain fat from meat when cooked

8) Drink a gallon of water each day!

There are many more basic rules that I try to live by, but these are a few to get started in the right direction. It’s amazing when you just make a few changes to your diet how much more your body can grow. I recently gave these rules to a friend of mine and in a matter for a few weeks he had dropped 6lbs! Very proud of him!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients:

1 lb of fat free cream cheese

2 Egg Whites

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 TBSP Cinnamon

1/4 Cup of Almond Milk

1/2 Cup of Truvia

1 Cup of Pumpkin

Optional: 2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

3. Spray pie pan with non-stick cooking spray

4. Pour ingredients and cook for 45 minutes

5. Let Cheesecake cool in fridge for 4 hours

6. Cut into 6 slices. Enjoy!

Damages for 1/6 of pie:

Without Protein:

93 Calories  8g Carbs  0g Fat  12g Protein

With Protein:

135 Calories  9g Carbs  1g Fat  20g Protein

Get going on those push ups!