Monday, 23 May 2011

Sandcastle workout

There was a time once in my life where seeing this fish on my kitchen surface would have scared me "Eeewww it still has its head on!!" I would have said. I'm not sure what happened to my phobia of seeing a dead whole fish but thank goodness its gone! T bought this yesterday at the Chapel Market fish monger. Two whole seabass to be prepped for dinner.
As he was prepping for dinner, I got started on lunch.
Stuffed peppers for lunch yum!
Shallots, coriander, garlic powder, salt, and pepper sauteed in EVOO.
with some shrimp and brown rice mixed in
Stuffed the rice mixture in the peppers and popped them in a 200 degree celsius oven for 45 minutes. They turned out soft and delicious!
I love healthy lunches that leave me full and satisfied :)
T prepared a miso coated seabass dinner with brown rice, avocado, and japanese rice seasoning. It was quite tasty although my stomach didn't really agree with the miso :(
Roasted some broccoli on the side

Breakfast then gym time:
I had an awesome workout today. I did Tone it Up's Sandcastle and Bikini strap workout. I like switching my workout routine so I don't get bored by only being in the weights room.

Here are the workouts that left me sweating!!
veggies and chicken sauteed in soy sauce for lunch
Song of the day: Paramore "Ignorance"

Women's Health tip of the day: Get Flat Abs
1.) Work on those hidden core muscles such as your transversus abdominus, multifidus, and internal obliques. You can't just do a million crunches and expect to see flat abs (although I'm sure some people that are predisposed to a flat belly could be like this). Incorporate different ab exercises to see quicker results.
2.) Don't neglect your bum. Do exercises to work and lift your butt. A neglected butt can create a small stomach bulge. Sort of what I have, eww I must. get. rid. of. it . asap!
3.) Eat flat belly foods:  try and eliminate unnecessary sugar (think sugar in coffee, fruit juices, soda, flavored yogurts- try eating plain yogurt with agave nectar mixed in and some fruit). Substitute more protein for less carbs, eat good for you monounsaturated fats such as olives, nuts, avocados, avoid foods that make you look bloated like soda, broccoli and beans (especially if you plan on being at the beach in Yo bikini!), and keep your sodium intake low.
4.) Try not to stress out because anxiety causes your cortisol levels to rise which then in turn tells your body to store fat. 
5.) Work your abs less often. Like any muscle group, you should rest your abs at least once every other day, if not more. This article says you only need to work your abs 3 times a week. Good news for me because I find ab work to be a chore!
Here's the article: