Thursday, June 15, 2017

Utah Favorites

Last year I moved from Los Angeles to Northern Utah. Now Im in Las Vegas. Utah is very different than California, with many pros and cons. I thought I would stick to the positive and share some of my favorite things and places in Utah.
My favorite place in all of Utah is Park City. No matter what time of year it is its beautiful and theres lots to do. In the summer they have biking, hiking, concerts, farmers markets... in the winter there is skiing, snowboarding, sledding, all the winter sports. 
I really enjoyed experiencing my only white Christmas. The snow is so beautiful, especially on the mountains. 
My favorite place to eat in Salt Lake is a little to go vegan sandwich place called Bud's. They have delicious sandwiches, salads, and zucchini chocolate chip cookies! Its best to go when its not snowing so you can eat out or just take it to go if its too cold out!
Another one of my favorite restaurants is in Ogden, Sonora Grill. They have a whole vegan section on their menu. It was our favorite place to bring guests. Theres something for everyone there.
I really enjoyed exploring around Salt Lake. The capitol building is beautiful with a park and hiking close by. 
One of the best times I had in Utah was camping up in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It was absolutely beautiful, except its really scary driving down the mountain in the middle of the night!

Also I can't forget the $5 movies on Tuesdays. Im pretty sure almost all (except for the fancy recliner theaters) do $5 tickets every Tuesday. I don't know the reason, but its awesome!

Have you ever been to Utah? Whats something you enjoy there?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Vegan Camping

A few weeks ago my husband and I went on an overnight camping trip in Cottonwood Canyon in the Utah mountains. It was so beautiful! The last time I went camping was when I was a child with my family and I wasn't in charge of food. The first time camping as an adult and a vegan!

Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Dinner: Veggie dogs and chips
Dessert: Dandies S'mores
Breakfast: Bottled smoothie, Grapes, and a banana with peanut butter.

I was lucky to be able to go to the store for breakfast, but if not I would have just had a pb&j. Next time I will try and be more creative and healthy, but for a last minute quick camping trip I think I did alright!

What are your favorite camping foods?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Achieving Health and Fitness Goals

At the beginning of every month I make new goals for myself to motivate my workouts.
I was thinking of the ways that help me and thought it would be helpful to share, so here they are.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What I Ate This Week Vegan & My Workouts

I decided to really focus on eating healthy and up my workouts to see and feel better results. I have been keeping track of my food and workouts. This picture is from the beginning and end of the week. Im excited to keep this up. 
(I have a video at the bottom if you'd rather watch what I ate, than read it.)

Monday February 29th:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries
Snack: Snap peas, baby carrots, and hummus
Lunch: Leftover rice and veggies (sautéed onions, mushrooms, garlic, spinach, broccoli, carrots)
Snack: 3 Mandarins
Dinner:More rice and veggies
Workout: 30 Sit-ups, variation of crunches to one song, 5 push-ups/20 second plank/15 mountain climbers (3x)

Tuesday March 1st:
Breakfast: Smoothie and Avocado Toast
Lunch: Small Bowl of Pasta Salad
Snack: Apples and Peanut Butter
Dinner: Pasta Salad on top of spinach
Workout: yoga & ran 1 mile
Feeling good today. I want to do all the workouts and eat all the food I just got from the grocery store. Im excited for the meals I have planned. I am a little sore from my workout yesterday, but in a good way. haha. 

Wednesday March 2nd:
Breakfast: Baked Sweet Potato
Lunch: Pasta Salad with Spinach
Snack: Snap peas, baby carrots, and hummus
Snack: Nature’s Bakery Blueberry Brownie 
Dinner: Little red potatoes with nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper
Workout: 10 minute morning Yoga. 8 pound weights. squats. sit-ups. push-ups, booty workout…
I just did my morning yoga and I feel great. I really do notice a difference in not only my body/energy, but also my attitude when I start the day out with yoga! Felt a little tired before my night workout but ok after and feeling strong!

Thursday March 3rd:
Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Rice Broccoli and Spinach with sesame dressing
Snack: Popcorn with nutritional yeast
Workout: Morning yoga. 1 mile run
I felt really good today, stronger. I also wasn't hungry at all today. I just ate when I was hungry. Maybe it was because I did have a big smoothie and lunch.

Friday March 4th:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with almond milk and banana & a coffee 
Lunch: Homemade veggie pizza
Snack: Apple and peanut butter 
Dinner: Rest of pizza
Workout:20 min yoga video. Medicine ball workout.

Saturday March 5th:
Breakfast: Banana and baked sweet potato
Lunch: Spring rolls and zucchini 
Snack: Lenny and Larry Complete Cookie
Dinner:Veggie Sushi
Workout: rest day!
A little sore today from yesterday’s yoga workout (it focused on arms and abs) also a bit tired. I think I have allergies. 

Sunday March 6th:
Breakfast: Banana and apples and peanut butter 
Lunch: Zucchini and rice
Snack: popcorn
Dinner: Black bean burger from Wendy's (No cheese or ranch)
Workout: Yoga and Abs/Arms workout & squats.
It rained/snowed today so I wasn’t able to run, so I did abs and arms workouts and squats.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

My Workout Motivation

So I've had a bit of a burn out and am in need of a some motivation. I hate starting over with running or working out.

The last post I wrote was about me falling while on a run. It took a toll on my body and I didn't really want to run. I guess I was afraid of falling again. I've moved from Los Angeles to Salt Lake and that whole process took a lot away from healthy eating and working out. Im all settled in my new home now and ready to get back to business!

I remember doing Whole30 or training for and running my half marathons or different health/fitness challenges that were really hard at the time, but once they are over I forget what I did or even how tough it was to go through, so I have decided to track what Im eating, my workouts, how Im feeling and share it on here. I hope that it will motivate me to keep going and not stop once I've reached one goal. So maybe I should also set a goal for each week/month.

My goal for now is to stick to a work out routine I've made for myself.
Yoga every morning
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: Some type of strength training, dance video, weights (really anything to get my body moving)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays: Get out and run!
Saturdays: Rest day

My husband and I were looking into getting an elliptical/bike maybe we will get one this month. I can't wait to start adding different equipment to my home to build an at home gym area! I would also like to get a bike to go around salt lake with my hubby. We only have one bike, that is actually a bike I got when I was like ten (I was a full grown adult at 10 haha). Until then we have our legs to get us some exercise!

Also Salt Lake has a 1/2 marathon sometime in April which would also help me stick to my routine. I love races to help keep me motivated!

What keeps you motivated to eat healthy and or workout?

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