Day 24


One thing that has been coming up lately is the topic of ‘snacking’. I wanted to stimulate some creativity on the subject, so I put up a post on facebook asking what snacks people liked that were filling but not fattening. I got a lot of great responses, and a few people who said not to snack. One person said “you don’t need to snack”. Huh. Actually, I do. I happen to think this may differ from person to person based on a variety of reasons.


My reason for snacking is to keep myself from becoming ravenous at mealtimes, which is disastrous for me. If I’m super hungry at mealtime, I will eat way more than I need to in order to feel satiated. If I snack in between meals, I actually eat less over all and avoid feeling hungry.


Hunger makes people crazy. It will make you eat things you swore you would never even be in the same room with. Avoid hunger if you can.


Another reason for snacking is that it keeps my energy up. Maybe this differs from person to person, but I find that a healthy snack keeps my energy from dipping.


Here is a super quick easy read on the pros and cons of snacking: http://eating-made-easy.com/2012/09/20/is-snacking-good-or-bad/


One more thing on the subject: I don’t have a habit of snacking. I only snack if I find myself hungry in between meals. What works the best for you?


Here’s what I ate today:


Breakfast: Oatmeal, blueberries, cinnamon, home made granola, coffee w 1% milk


Snack: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews


Lunch: 1 small chicken burrito w refried beans, black beans, corn, peppers, salsa, cheese, sour cream


Snack: tangerine


Dinner: 1 serving of that eggplant/chicken parmesan thing that my mother in law makes. Steamed spinach. Salad: mesclun, red pepper with oil & vinegar dressing




I warmed up with Ilaria’s ‘Powerstrike’ warm up


Then, Thigh Chisel video : https://vimeo.com/37502944


1-Stationary Lunges:  (or split squats- same thing)- go down into the lunge, do a bicep curl, complete the lunge 10lbs 15x- last time hold down 10 seconds.


2-Walk down and up stairs holding the 10lb weights (17 steps)


3-Stationary Lunges: left leg forward, with the bicep curls


4-Walk down /up stairs holding the 10lb weights


5-Squat with Overhead Press 10lbs 15x


6- Jumping Jacks w/ no arms 20x


Repeat 1-6


7-2 full pushups


8- 10 knee pushups


9- On back, legs in table top Chest Flies 10lbs 15x


Repeat 7-9


10-Upright Row 10lbs 15x


11-Overhead Press 10lbs 15x


12-Lateral Arm Raises- alternate arms 10lbs 10x each arm


13- one arm Tricep Kickbacks 10lbs 15x right


14-One arm Tricep Extension 10lbs 15x right


15-One arm Tricep Kickback 10lbs 15x left


16- One arm Tricep Extension 10lbs 15x left


17- Jump Rope (54 reps in 32 seconds)


Repeat 10-16


18- Roundhouse Kicks 50x alternating sides


19- Forearm Plank 25 seconds

20-Double Crunch 30x


Repeat 19-20




What I did today that moved me forward: I REALLY wanted a second serving of that eggplant parmesan-y thing my mil makes. But I got a salad instead and after that I felt done. Also, sticking with the oatmeal is such a great way to start my day with energy. Very filling and not fattening.


What I did today that held me back: having a burrito on the same day I have that eggplant parmesan-y thing is not advisable. However, I am not certain how to avoid it, and will eat them both again tomorrow because they are pretty much the only food in the house. I long for the days when I could just walk down the street and get pretty much any food I desired!


We are in the home stretch, folks. How are you doing?  If you haven’t lost motivation by now, I am very surprised. Motivation lasts about 10 seconds. Perseverance to create new habits, however, can be a lasting tool to help you reach your goal.


Your Fitness Coach,

Miranda Zukowski

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