Getting Healthy

Honey Whole/Buck Wheat Chia Seed Pancakes

Aloha all! I hope everyone is doing well. 🙂

I found a really great recipe for whole wheat pancakes, over at a blog titled “Peanut Butter Fingers” written by Julie Fagan, that I wanted to share with you all today. I went for the workout that she had listed (which is really awesome and I will also try and re blog as well) and stumbled upon the recipe while there. I adapted the recipe to add in buck wheat opposed to oatmeal and I used almond milk instead of regular milk and cinnamon and nutmeg instead of pumpkin spice, all in all the recipe turned out awesome! The whole family loved the pancakes, and they even froze well which allowed me to save some for breakfast for the fam in the mornings during the week.

I hope you guys are able to give these a try and I hope your family ends up loving them as much as mine did.

Enjoy! 🙂

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photo cred: Peanut Butter Fingers

 

Honey Whole/Buck Wheat Chia Seed Pancakes

Makes 8 – 10 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. buckwheat
  • 1 c. almond milk (can use dairy or coconut as well)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp.  oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • honey or other desired toppings

Directions:

  • Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray and heat to a medium heat
  • Beat egg and add milk and oil
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, buckwheat, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt
  • Slowing stir flour mixture into egg mixture
  • Add honey and stir until combined
  • At the last minute, stir in chia seeds
  • Pour 1/4 c. portions of batter onto griddle and cook until edges of pancakes start to bubble and bottoms are light brown
  • Flip and cook until centers are completely done (about three to four minutes)
  • Top with honey, or desired toppings and enjoy

recipe adapted from: Julie Fagan @ Mega Circuit Workout | Peanut Butter Fingers.

3 Tips for Women from Antoniette Pacheco

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Photo courtesy of: dianesera.com

Antoniette Pacheco and her boyfriend Frank Medrano were interviewed together last year for Fitness Magnet. Frank Medrano translated the article into English on his Facebook page, and I recently came across the article. One of the things that I wanted to share from the article was Antoniette’s answer to the question, “What 3 tips would you give a woman wanting to get “lean”/weight loss?” I thought her answer was really great and I was most intrigued by her support of doing sprints opposed to long distance running.

I plan to give this a try for a while to see how I like it. Has anyone else used sprinting as a cardio workout? any tips or comments about it? Well I would love to hear others thoughts on the matter but in the mean time, here are Antoniette’s 3 tips in regards to the question above.

“Eat clean – Us women store food differently than men. It’s even more important to eat clean so that our bodies don’t store fat. That doesn’t mean starving yourself either! I am eating consistently throughout the day to speed up my metabolism, as well as feeding my muscles for growth and repair. More muscle means less fat.

Lift heavy weights – Lifting heavy weights will build muscle, burn fat, and increase athletic performance. It’s the sure-fire way to not just get lean, but to be strong!

Sprints- Burns fat and speeds up metabolism faster than long, slow, boring cardio. It also increases endurance, which helps with other forms of training that you do, and the results are quicker too.”- Antoniette Pacheco

This excerpt was taken from Frank Medrano’s Facebook page and can be found here, if you would like to read the full article.

Move over He-Man, Antoniette Pacheco has arrived….

Antoniette Pacheco is awesome, what more can I say. She is a mom, a marine, and girlfriend of Frank Medrano (who is pretty impressive himself, after her of course, yay girl power).  I recently came across her on Google and started following her on YouTube and Instagram because I was so impressed, and I am one that is hard to impress. Yet, she impressed me, and it is not only because of her athletic ability, and her super toned bod that I hope to have some day, but it was because of her attitude and her dedication to her health in spite of being a mom. She doesn’t let being a mommy get in her way she makes it fun for both her and her daughter and I am totally for that. (I work out with my kids as well but I am not as committed as I need to be, and she inspires me)

In addition to being impressed by her for those reasons, she is also a marine, which means she fights for my freedom, and that alone is enough to make me appreciate her.  So in honor of Antoniette Pacheco I am writing this post, for her service, and for inspiring mama bears all over to be greater. Thanks Miss Pacheco!

-A Humble Fan 🙂

Workout Mix-up

Some of the best advice I have ever read about working out was that when choosing an exercise, you should choose something you enjoy doing opposed to something you find boring. I hate walking on a treadmill or using an eliptical for longer than 20mins. However I love to play and to do things crazy challenging just for the heck of it because I think it’s fun!

Lately, instead of just doing my eliptical workout I like to include some type of Bootcamp style routine into my workouts. For me they are a fun challenge and help me to stay interested because nothing is the same, not to mention they usually work up a greater sweat for me.

For routine ideas I recently started using the workout schedule below, that I happened to find on another blog titled “Messy Artist“. There are pictures included of each of the workouts and sometimes I switch up the workouts from other days. Overall I have greatly enjoyed using the routine and I usually can do the exercises right in my room which is really convenient.

I am also sharing a video that I find truly motivating. I have decided that I am going to watch this video everyday just to motivate myself. Hopefully you will find it just as motivating because these ladies are awseome!!

Enjoy!

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30 Min-Elliptical Workout Plan

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While surfing through my beloved Pinterest account today I came across this gem. I am always looking for a great eliptical workout plan since I have one about two feet away from my bed. Anywho this plan is from the FitSugar website, and I am going to give it a whirl today and see how I like it. If you decide to try it out or know of any other great eliptical workout plans 30mins or less, please share I would love to have a “bank” of options to keep things mixed up. In the meantime enjoy!!

Run, run as fast as you can….

Ok not really as fast as I can, but I have been running(more like jogging). One of my life goals has always been to be a runner. Something about seeing a runner makes me want to get up and join them, and not because of the exercise, but just to have the discipline in me to be able to commit to running with no place to go, but purely for the endorphin kick.

Running makes me tired, but when I am doing it, no matter how out of breath I am, I enjoy it! It makes me feel like my life is complete, I secretly believe that I was born to be a runner but my body is holding me back. You know how some ppl say they feel like they are a fat person in a skinny body, well I feel like I am a runner inside of an out of shape body!

I have been doing the couch to 5k program for the past 4 weeks, and it has been really great at helping me to gain my stamina and control my breathing. Today I actually ran for an entire 15 mins straight! It may not seem like much but that was a feat for me, seeing how I struggled 4 weeks ago to run for 30 seconds without losing my breath.

However I didn’t want to post so that I can talk about my accomplishments with this running thing, I wanted to share my motivations that have helped me to stay committed to it. The things that I repeat daily in my head in order to remind myself that not working out or going for my run each day is not an option.

I hope that you will find motivation in these quotes as you tackle your fitness goals. I am hoping in the next couple of weeks to start posting in more detail about what I have been eating and what workouts I have been doing, but just to for a quick recap, the mix has included boot camp training, spinning class, body sculpt, total body conditioning classes and of course the couch to 5k program.

So here are my motivations, repeat them daily and stay motivated!

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In addition here are a few more quotes that I found, that I thought were cool to share:

yesterday you said tomorrow

“It’s uncomfortable, not impossible”-unknown

Getting Healthy: Cucumber Lemon Water, my new must have…

Photo Credit: Keli Marie

Photo Credit: Keli Marie

A couple of weeks ago I read a post on Tia and Tamera Mowry’s blog that challenged the readers to swap out their coffee or tea for a hot cup of lemon water each morning. They listed all the befits of drinking lemon water, so I decided to give it a try. Needless to say, based on the title of this post, I loved it and even decided to take it a step further after I had a couple of cucumber slices lying around from my morning juicing that I like to do occasionally. (I will post about juicing at a later date because if you don’t do it you should definitely start!) 🙂

Normally I start out with a hot cup of lemon and cucumber water in the morning to get my system cleansed and get my metabolism going, and then I just pour off the left over lemon and cucumbers into my water cup and replenish the water throughout the day as I drink it. If you are like I was and have a hard time drinking enough water throughout the day, this could help with that. I swear (because as you all know I don’t B.S. lol) that I have been drinking at least 6 rounds of water in my water cup each day since I started! *pats myself on the back* On the twins blog they say you should drink a cup of hot lemon water in the evening before bed as well, but just like my continued effort in being more like Jesus, I am not there yet, as my family knows you will be lucky if I don’t fall asleep in my clothes somewhere around the house, so the last thing I am thinking about at the end of the day is making another cup of hot lemon and cucumber water. Seriously.

Rather than list all the benefits of drinking this little concoction I will just tell you why I drink it and list some references for you to check out on your own if you want more details on the benefits. So the reason I like drinking this is because one I feel better about knowing I am at least making one good food decision at the start of my day by switching the water for my coffee or tea. Two, it promotes weight loss and at the end of the day, yes I want to be healthy, but losing weight is what I care about most, sue me. Three, it cleanses my insides and I love feeling like my innards are cleaned, lol.

Any who if you want to know more about the benefits here are a list of sites to checkout for more info:

Why drink cucumber water

Benefits of lemon water

Lemon water swap

If any of you decide to try this, please let me know how it goes for you in the comment section, I am interested to know how much it impacts your water intake throughout the day.