Healthy Beauty 002: NikeFuel, Hula Hoops and Food!

Hi!

So, last week I lost about 4 pounds, and I didn’t go to the gym. I kept meaning to, and thennnn didn’t. I’ll blame it on the fact that I can’t seem to get my sleeping schedule right- I’ll be tired at like 7pm, but don’t sleep then because if I did I know I’d wake up at 11, but by the time 11-12 comes around (when I actually want to fall asleep) my brain decides to wake up, then I can’t sleep until 4-5, then I sleep until like noon or 1, and then don’t want to go to the gym. It’s dumb. It also doesn’t help that I was sick all day today, slept until 8pm, and it’s now almost 3am and I’m wide awake. blah!

So, enough of the excuses.. Something i DID do this week was focus more on what I am eating. Last Sunday I made a bunch of food- poached some chicken breast, boiled some eggs, cut up fruit, cooked quinoa, etc- all so it was readily available, and I didn’t have any excuses to not eat well. It was super helpful to have all that food pre-made! I also was more conscious of when I ate, and if I was eating because I was hungry or bored. It’s crazy how much the food you eat plays a part in how you feel.. after just one week I already feel lighter and have more energy. Really happy about that!!

HB2

Tuesday I got my Nike Fuelband in the mail, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love it. It has already pushed me, just like I thought it would. Although I didn’t go to the gym last week, I can tell you I had some really fun solo dance parties/ hooping sessions in my living room. One night I realized I was about 300 Nikefuel under my goal, and had a blast dancing around at 11:45 at night to hit the goal. I know that it isn’t 100% correct in the calories and step count and such (i mean, it IS on my wrist and it isn’t a heart monitor, so it can only know so much) but honestly, it doesn’t bother me. it’s giving me a ballpark idea of where I stand for the day, which for me is so so so much better than nothing!

HB2

Food of the Week: Cinnamon

I found out this week that adding 1/4-1tsp of cinnamon to your diet every day can actually speed up your metabolism 20fold. Crazy, right?! I’ve been adding it to my quinoa (I eat quinoa like oatmeal- with milk and cinnamon and honey, mashed banana, sometimes strawberries.. mmm) and yogurt and basically anything I can get away with it tasting good.

 

HB2

Best thing I Ate this Week: Roasted Cauliflower & Baked Salmon

-Cut Cauliflower into pieces (I use about a third of a head of cauliflower when I make it) and either toss with olive oil, or if you have an oil sprayer, use that so you use less oil. add salt, pepper, garlic powder (or minced garlic) and parmesan (I omitted this but its soo good with it!!)and bake at 425 for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. you can also broil them for the last 3-4 minutes for more awesomeness.

For the Salmon, I just put a piece of salmon in a foil packet, squeezed some lemon juice on top, added lemon pepper, and closed the foil packet and baked at 425 for 15 minutes. I opened the foil packet for the last 3 mins and put it right under the broiler. sooooo gooood omg

 

Okay, so that’s all for this post. Goals this week include cutting back sugar more, getting my ass to the gym, and

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  • http://twitter.com/Pat_Martins Pat Martins

    Hi,
    I understand why this band keep you motivated! ;)
    If you want to keep an eye on what you eat you can try the FatSecret App it’s a calorie counter, I used it every day and it’s kind of usefull when you want to keep a track ^^
    Bon courage !

  • Sandipa Sharma

    Try cinnamon on sweet potatoes! I did that yesterday and it’s friggin awesome. My mom doesn’t even like sweet potatoes but she loved it with some cinnamon! Awesome salmon and cauliflower recipe, I’ve got to try that because that’s the only way I really like eating protein. I usually just add tomatoes and dill and I’m good to go. Diet is such a big deal, so keep it up! Sugar is your worst enemy!

  • mhhb

    Good luck! I recently learned about the fooducate app and have been loving it. (not affiliated at all, just appreciate a good app!)

  • khawley92

    Have you tried mashed cauliflower before? You just steam it in the microwave or stove, add either butter or olive oil, spices like oregano, basil, cayenne/black pepper if you want a little kick, some salt, parmesan, and just mash it like you would mashed potatoes. Soooo yummy.

    • khawley92

      also forgot to say add garlic as well.

  • lguinn

    Yikes! The NikeFuel looks really cool, but it’s really expensive! I bought a FitBit from Amazon for about $92; probably not as many functions, but it does keep up with my steps, my sleep patterns, and other activities. I didn’t buy the “premium” subscription either.

    Having a step counter (even if it isn’t 100% accurate) has been helpful for me, too. I’ve lost 20 lbs and the motivation is great. I can see when I’ve been sitting on my butt too much. :-) Just another 17 now!

  • Sam

    You shouldn’t heat olive oil over 410! It’s not good. Try cooking with grapeseed oil instead. It can withstand much higher temperatures.

  • http://cloudsandcuticleoil.blogspot.co.uk/ Natasha

    that salmon looks amazing..mmm…can you do a review of the nikefuel and how it works? :)
    http://cloudsandcuticleoil.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1457070102 Priscilla Phitsanoukane

    enjoyed this post! have to try that salmon :)
    hurrafordeg.blogspot.com

  • Veew1983

    Hi leesha, I’m so going on a diet now, no excuses, at least I’ve got some support following you now so I can keep up! Just wondered, is there a certains cd or any music in general that you like to work out to?

  • Lynn

    Have you tried fitocracy.com ? I started using it several months ago, and I find it is very motivating for working out. You get points for your workouts, and those allow you to level up. It has introduced me to new exercises and workouts, and always makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something after my workouts.

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I’ll have to try cinnamon in things! Salmon is always a favorite of mine. I love doing the foil packets with a mediterranean recipe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjhilljack Chris Johnson

    Great post, thanks for sharing. I have recently gotten a pedometer and isn’t it funny how seeing how close you are to your goal can push you to go ahead and do just a bit more to reach it? I love that you are ok with dancing in your living room as an exercise option. I need to think outside the box like that!

  • Cassie

    Hey Leesha! Great tips i want the Nike Fuelband can you do a comparison between the fuelband and the bodymedia? also how much quinoa do you use for breakfast?

  • jhoscoe

    Hey Leesha, I know you love hula hooping. Have you tried the Wii Fit? It has a hula hooping game that works out your core muscles. I have so much fun doing it, I don’t realize I’m getting a workout until the next day when my stomach muscles hurt. Lol

  • bettie

    Eating too much cinnamon is actually quite unhealthy. Especially cassia cinnamon, which is most common, contains lots of coumarin which can damage liver. Ceylon cinnamon is far better, since the coumarin content is about 20 times lower. I think that eating 1/4 tbs of cassia cinnamon a day is already way too much…

  • kathrina

    what happened to these?