P90X Phase 1 Complete!

Strength

As promised, I want to write about my progress through the P90X Program. On Sunday, I completed Phase 1 of the program! I still feel the same way as I did after completing week 1: I LOVE it!  I love lifting, and I can tell I am a lot stronger after the first phase. Here is a brief snapshot of my progress (I picked a few exercises from the various muscle groups):

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My Very First Juicing Experience!

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Photo Credit: www.mindbodygreen.com

A few weeks back, I finally watched a documentary that I had heard a lot about: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, where Joe Cross has us follow him on a journey to improve his overall health through a juicing diet for 90 days (while being monitored by a healthcare provider).  The documentary is amazing and inspirational! I definitely recommend watching it (you can currently watch it for free, using the link above).

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Adding a Twist to a Morning Run

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This past Sunday I woke up and had this urge to go for a run. As the weather has been improving, the thought of reintroducing my afternoon runs has been bugging me – but I’ll admit, I have been afraid/discouraged because of the patellar tendonitis I developed after running my first marathon this past January :[.  However, this past Sunday, even though the weather was crummy, I woke up and told myself “I am not going to be afraid anymore, I am going out for a run and I am going to love it!” So I did, and it was amazing :].

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P90X2 Vegan Lettuce Wraps!

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I purchased the P90X2 Nutrition Guide (on eBay), and have been trying out some of the vegan recipes they have in there.  I wanted to share my experience with their Vegan Lettuce Wraps.  I mostly followed the recipe from the nutrition guide, but made a few tweaks, as you will see below 😉

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My Morning Routine – The Benefits of Warm Lemon Water and Green Superfoods

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Photo Credit: www.mindbodygreen.com

Before I get into my morning routine, I wanted to provide a quick intro to the importance of one’s pH (the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance is its pH). Why is this important? An understanding of how to keep your blood in an alkaline range is important for maintaining good health. Your body continuously strives to find the balance and it works extremely hard to create it. When you make poor lifestyle choices or are burdened by a toxic environment, your body has to work harder to create a peaceful homeostasis.

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Superfood: Chia Seed & Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe!

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Photo credit: http://www.drinkgreen4life

Chia seeds are one of my all-time favorite super foods. I love how versatile they are; you can add them to oatmeal recipes, protein bar recipes, add them to smoothies, make chia pudding (which I’ll get to in a little bit ;)), etc. etc. These tiny seeds are a powerhouse of omega-3’s, protein, antioxidants, and fiber. Their high omega-3 content helps reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol. The fiber in chia seeds assists in removing toxins, regulating bowel function and blood sugar levels.

A few more fun facts:

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My “Almost” Vegan BodyBuilding Adventure

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I wanted to start my first official blog post with a recent nutrition adventure I have been on.  For the last couple months or so, I have been experimenting with being an “almost” vegan.  I considered being a “full” vegan, however, the hardest thing for me was the thought of giving up eggs! Dairy, Meat, Chicken, Seafood – no problem. But eggs??? I use egg whites in all my baking, I love making omelettes, I LOVE sunny side up eggs, etc. etc.  I struggled with this for a little bit, then decided “you know what, I am going to do what’s best for me, and if that means being an “almost” vegan, then so be it :]”.

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FAVFitness Launch!

It’s about time I finally officially “launch” my blog! 🙂  I am still working somethings out (e.g. figuring out how to get my instagram feed on here! lol), however, am very excited to announce that I will launch my first official post June 1, 2013! 🙂 yay!

Until then, here are two of my favorite inspirational quotes:

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-Sami