I purchased Jilian’s Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD a few weeks ago. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the DVD, Jillian Michaels is one of the trainers from the ever popular television show the Biggest Loser. On her 30 Day Shred DVD there are 3 workouts. I have only done workout #1.
Week one of doing workout #1 I was able to only do it once. Every single joint, tendon and muscle in my body hurt so bad. I was in pain, but I also knew I could either give up or keep going when I knew my body was ready for it again. So that’s what I did, I waited a good 5 to 6 days to recover, then I did workout #1 again. I was still sore, but didn’t feel nearly as bad as the first time doing it.
I know that years of not exercising and giving in and giving up to pain has caused my muscles to deteriorate. I’m only 30, I don’t want to be a weakling!! Not only that, but what I wouldn’t give to wear a killer pair of size 4 designer jeans.
Slowly, but surely, my weight is starting to drop. YAY!! Thanks to exercise, but also thanks to changing my eating habits.
I know I already have a Green Spinach Smoothie recipe posted, but I’m slightly obsessed with Spinach Smoothies right now, so you’ll have to suffer through another post!
I inhale food at night, it’s always been one of my super bad habits, and it’s always been the type of hunger I’ve never been able to satisfy. Between gorging on everything in sight and craving sugar, breaking out of that mold has been difficult. Although, one of the things I credit to helping me are these spinach smoothies.
For breakfast, first thing in the morning, I normally have a spinach smoothie. Spinach is packed with nutrients. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, and is packed with powerful antioxidants thought to have special anti-inflammatory and and anti-cancer properties.
Bulking up on smoothies packed with nutrition early in my day has helped rid the excess food cravings late at night. I find myself satisfied throughout the day, instead of experiencing uncontrollable hunger. I’ve also been making smarter food choices. Instead of having bread or rice at a few meals a day, I limit myself to having it once during my day (if at all). I find myself craving healthier food now instead of junk. It’s a nice change!
This made enough for both of my little girls and I, but would really serve only 2 adults.
3 – 4 cups of organic spinach
1 ½ – 2 cups vanilla rice milk
1 ripe banana
½ – ¾ cup frozen organic mango chunks
5 large frozen strawberries
½ cup plain yogurt (either dairy or non-dairy)
2 tsp dulse flakes, optional
2 TBSP hemp seeds, optional
Puree the spinach, dulse flakes, hemp seeds and rice milk in a blender until smooth. Add the fruit and yogurt. Blend until smooth. Add more rice milk if needed.