Thursday, January 31, 2013

Plantain Chips & Brady Bands Give Away

Exciting stuff is going down this morning ya'll! If you follow me on Instagram @ellenoelfitness you know I got  in my 5 plus mile run yesterday evening and then got super creative in the kitchen! Mr. Noel came home with a few plantains early this week and said "Say gah, can you do something skinny cool with this?" Well duh. What do you take me for?!

After taking our Christmas pictures in December, Mr. Noel and I had lunch at this small Latin American restaurant that neither of us had ever visited. We ordered blindly, living on that edge ya'll! I ended up with grilled beef and veggies and he ended up with a chicken taco esque meal. Both dishes were AMAZING. We couldn't stop munching on these long strips of yellow "chips" garnishing both of our plates. Mr. Noel, a connoisseur of life, immediately knew what we were munching on. Anywho, he comes home with these plantains, and my mind jumps back to that meal. Through some research I found that green plantains are less ripe and more starchy, hence the chip, and they turn sweet when ripe and yellow in color. They're low in sugar and good source of potassium and dietary fiber.

After a little bit of Google research, I decided to make some skinny chips out of those bad boys. The plantain is peeled with a knife, it's not as simple to peel as a banana, after peeling I sliced up the plantain into thin chips.

In a small bowl I combined roughly two table spoons of olive oil, and dashes of the following seasonings (vary depending on individual tastes):

Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper

After coating each of the chips in the mixture, I placed them in a baking dish sprayed with Pam and baked for 8 minutes at 350. Remove and flip chips, bake an additional 8 minutes.

Roughly one half of a plantain in chips equals 150 calories. Awesome snack! Mr. Noel and I fought for our share. Next time I will slice the plantains more thinly as the smaller crisps had more of the potato chip like consistency I was going for. Regardless, this was a easy project, 20 minutes MAX. I'll pick up some more plantains on my way home from the gym this evening!

Now what you really want to know about! The give-away! Early this week ya'll caught me modeling my new Brady Bands on Instagram (follow me on Instagram ya'll, constant over share @ellenoelfitness). Brady Bands make non-slip headbands that are phenomenal. Not only do they stay firmly cemented in place,they're super cute. The best part? Brady Bands donates 10% of all proceeds to childhood cancer research. I have three bands to give to one of you lucky ladies! Good luck!

See below for your chance to enter, contest closes at noon tomorrow!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I have a gym membership. Now what?

You just joined a gym or you've decided to start working out. Awesome, it all starts with that decision! You walk in to an unfamiliar room filled with cardio machines, weight machines, some stuff looks like it rolled straight out 50 Shades of Grey, and you have no clue where to start. It's an intimidating situation. There will be people getting their sweat on from all ranges of the physical fitness spectrum, and you probably feel like they all know more about what they're doing than you.

Be cool, be cool, be cool, don't make yourself look stupid, stress, stress- unnecessary stress!

Newsflash! No one cares what you do at the gym. No one is paying attention to you. They're all wrapped
up in their own body staring back at them in the mirror. Unless you're swinging from the pull up bar scratching your under arms and hooting like a baboon or grunting like a pig giving birth, no one is paying attention to you. Do yourself a huge favor and leave those insecurities at the door!

Go to the gym with a plan. Don't walk in and think, ohh diddle doodle doo what should I do?! If your gym offers group classes, I highly encourage you to get involved! Make some chitter chatter and get to know people, before or after class only (people will notice if you talk all through class- that shiz is seriously annoying), group exercise classes have been a priceless wealth of knowledge for me.

No class? No problem. Develop a plan before you get the the gym. I put together my work outs based on what muscle groups I've worked the day before. The class I take on Mondays is a total body work out. Realistically, I can work total body each day as I'm not lifting a heavy amount of weight. However, I try to do leg work on short run days, and arm work on long run days. Friday mornings, I do a total body work out.

Define your objectives. Is your goal to lose weight and tone? Shed lots large amounts fat? Tone? Get stronger? All of the above?

My goals have always been a combination of the above. Presently, I want to burn fat, tone, and get stronger. I always complete at least 30 minutes of endurance cardio. This is either in the form of a run or the elliptical or stair master on a cross training day. Sometimes I'll split up my cardio ie 45 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes of arms, 20 minutes of stair master, finishing with butt and core work. Keep in mind that 45 plus minutes of cardio and you are burning straight fat. Burning fat = weight loss.

Pinterest is your very best gym friend. Pull pins you want try, print them out, and bring them with you to the gym! If you don't know what a move is, Google dat!! Just make a plan. Below are a few links to my most recent detailed work outs posted to the blog.

Cross Training & Pinterest Challenge

Circuit Training

Booty Work

Cross Training/ Total Body

Speed Training & Arms/ Core

Tuesday Evening Run & Strength Training-

30 Minute Run- 3 Miles outdoors

Legs/Booty Work
3 Sets of 12 Squats with 30lb weighted bar
Two sets of 20 per side upside down bosu ball squat with single shoulder press
2 Sets of 20 per leg 8lb weight Glute Lift with 20 upper pulse
2 Sets of 12 with 12 Pulse leg Extensions on ball

Pull Up Goal Work
3 Sets of 8 90lb Lateral Pull Downs
2 Sets of 12 45lb Rows
2 Sets of 12 45lb deadlifts

Core Work
20 Upside down Bosu Ball Ball Roll Ups
10 Upside down Oblique Bosu Ball Roll Ups
20 Set Ups with 10lb weight
20 Crunches 10lb Weight
60 Russian Twists (10lb weight)
20 Plank Pulse High
20 Plank Pulse Low
1 Minute High Plank
20 Rolling Planks
20 Ball Pulse with 8lb Weight
20 Oblique Crunches on Ball per side 8lb weight
30 Second Side Plank (Each Side)
1 Minute Low Plank

Never be afraid to try something new at the gym, and always remember the person judging you most harshly is you. Don't stress, just do your best!Over time you will develop confidence in your surroundings and putting together your work outs. Like anything else in life, the more you practice, the better you'll get!

I swear I'm not always a hot sweaty mess... here's proof!

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Renewing Resolutions and Pink Sparkles

It's Tuesday! Woop! I love Tuesday. It means that Monday is OVA and the weekend is a coming. Cause you know we're all working for the weekend! This is our last week of January and I know many are excited it's coming to a close. I know most people aren't crazy about January, but I really like this month we're in. It's the first month of a brand new year. Yeah, remember that?

2013 JUST happened! 

Lots of us are out trying new activities and challenging ourselves to push out of our comfort zones, resolving towards bettering ourselves. This past Saturday as I was finishing up my 10 mile run, a group of ladies from my gym was heading out onto the road, about two tenths of a mile in to their run. It's a group of brand spanking new runners. All ages, all shapes, all sizes, all runners. They are just starting a 5k training program. Each and every face filled with excitement and positive things to say, cheering for me as I was cool whipped from my 1:40:00 minute plus time pounding the pavement. "You're almost done!" "The end is in sight!" "Great job Leigh Ann!!!"

I absolutely love the energy people give off when challenging themselves to a new activity. Unabashed excitement, unjaded by setbacks, and full of positive thoughts. That kind of excitement is contagious! It's infectious because we all want to feel that way each and everyday, but after awhile our negative thoughts take over. Time wears down on our resolve, and we forget how to renew those initial feelings of excitement. We being bashing ourselves over slow progress, setbacks, mistakes, sidetracks, and self doubt weaves through the brain like weeds squashing our excitement for activities which in the beginning, brought so much joy. As I watched that group of women head out onto the first day of what is sure to be a life changing journey, I allowed their enthusiasm to remind me why I have and continue to love this fit for life/ weight loss/ life changing/ run like ya stole it path in life I have been on for the last two years. I want to wake up each day with "This is the day I take charge and everything changes" mentality. Those are the days in which I accomplish the most positive for my goal. This ordinary Tuesday, this is the day, I renew my challenges and my goal. This is my year! Didn't I just resolve it to be?

2013 Fitness Resolutions

Achieve 18% body fat - Currently at 23%
Wear Hot Shorts to Run (Yeah like volleyball player spandex biz nitch) ALREADY DID IT!
Rock a Red Bikini (Pictures & Previous Summer Shots to be Included) May 
Complete a set of 10 Unassisted Pull-Ups
Run a Half Marathon - Race Day- February 24th, 2013 

Where are you in relation to your 2013 Resolutions?! 

Tonight I've got a 3 mile run and strength training. weather permitting, I'm taking my three miles on the road, if the weather refuses to cooperate, I'm going to get in circuit training. 

What are your work out plans for the day?

Give Away coming on the blog this Thursday! I have three non-slip Brady Bands to giveaway to one lucky lady! Brady Bands donate 10% of all their proceeds to childhood cancer research. I wore this sparkly pink number all afternoon, all through my work out and it never budged. Not one bit. AMAZING! Plus all the ladies at the gym were all "Ohhhh girlll, where you got that head band?!"

Be sure to check out Brady Bands online! Lots of cute stuff , she even does custom work!

I'm going to dig deep and put in work this Tuesday! What about you?!

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Monday, January 28, 2013

Weekend Rewind- 10 Miles

Weekend re-wind. Phew yi ya'll it was so busy! I ended the week sick, womp womp, BUT I was feeling well enough on Saturday to get in my big ten mile run. It's wild how after awhile it just becomes what ya do, one mile, two mile, five miles, doopidty doo! I couldn't stand the thought of missing that run. Post 9 mile run  last week, my legs were extremely sore. My left calf was so knotted and tight I only go in one short run last week. I was honestly wondering how I would be able to continue running these long routes leading up to the big race in FOUR short weeks. However, I feel great this week. I'm not sore, and I feel I'll be able to get in all of my short runs this week.

We started the run earlier than normal this week at 7am. I woke up at 5:30 to get in my Think Thin bar and water and headed out to meet my sole sistas! I would not be able to get in these long runs without my run buddy. She helps me to manage my pace and it's so nice to have someone out running the same route and pace! Our pacing plan was to start off slow, get faster each mile, then back down before the last mile and finish strong. To my immense surprise we were able to do just that! Our goal is to have every mile during the half under a ten minute pace. I feel very confident we can achieve this speed on race day. We refueled twice with water and shot blocks on this route. Once at about 4 miles and once at 7.5 miles.

Pace Break down-
Mile 1- 10:21
Mile 2- 10:12
Mile 3- 10:14
Mile 4- 10:18
Mile 5- 9:57
Mile 6- 10:29
Mile 7- 10:00
Mile 8- 10:06
Mile 9- 9:44
Mile 10- 9:37

I did have some issues with my hot shorts y'all.The inside of left leg be chap chap, it looks like I got mauled by a baby tiger. It ain't cute. I'll need to get my hands on some body guild if I plan to wear these shorts for the half. Overall, this run was fantastic. I never felt tired or fatigued, and I did not tank out at the end of the run, that's all thanks to Kat for pacing me! Consequently, we maintained steady pace throughout the run and finished strong. I'm really proud of this run! Double digits bay bay!

Saturday may have been one of the longest days of my life. After the ten mile run, I randomly decided to pay my good friend Susannah a visit for a sister from another misters night out in NOLA. It's full on Carnival time there ya'll, another decision to file under YOLO! I ate really well all day, and three of us split an appetizer for dinner. No late night grubbing took place either. As far as drinking calories go, I didn't even try to keep track. Eeekk. I'll just worry about that later...

Disclaimer- No Sweater puppies were exposed in the acquisition of beads or boas. We got skillz.

Was running ten miles and spending the night in NOLA coming off of a helluva cold the smartest thing I've ever done? Ummm no, but it was fun!

Weekly Work Out Breakdown-


3 Mile Run

5 Mile Run

3 Mile Run

Cross Training

10K Pace Run


Back to work! Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend!

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Friday, January 25, 2013

Weekly Weigh In & Super Food Ideas

Good morning!! It's Friday, and I'm still sick. However now I'm quarantined. I'm at home with the flu/viral gra-doo. Not fun, however it is that time of year, and the sick is making it's way around my office. Knocking door to door taking down each and everyone of us one at a time, "It's your turn now suckaaaa".

This bug really messed with my work out schedule this week. Yesterday I crawled into bed at 4:45pm, yet I was still hopeful to get in my Friday  morning gym session. No go crazy lady. I am hopeful I'll still be able to run tomorrow morning for my 8th long run of half marathon training. However, I won't make my self sicker to do it. We shall see.....

Weekly weigh in time. I was really scared to weigh in this week considering how much fun I had this past weekend and missing a work out, however, I lost .2 which at this stage in the game for me is significant so whatever I'll take it. 3.7 pounds to goal. Slow and steady wins the race right?

I've tried a few new gluten free meals this week I'd like to share with ya'll. I've been getting really creative with my gluten free super foods, and everything I prepare is quick and easy. I'm not the kind of girl who likes to spend a lot of time in the kitchen doing prep work or slaving over super involved recipes. Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

New Favorite-
4oz Grilled Chicken
6 tablespoons egg whites
1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa
One large handful spinach
Half chopped bell pepper
One Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Saute spinach, bell pepper, olive oil in a medium sauce pan.
Add egg whites
Add cooked and diced chicken and quinoa
Season to taste
Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti with Turkey Italian Sausage
 Mid Morning Snack- Raspberry (new flavor) 80 calories Greek yogurt

Afternoon Snack- Think Thin Bites 100 Calories. These come in two flavors  Chocolate Toffee Nut (FAVORITE) and Cookies & Cream. These are great if you're saving calories for a big dinner or can't get in a work out. Visit Think Thin online to find a store near you!

I tried this snack yesterday in honor of National Peanut Butter Day. I made a serving of Chocolate PB2 and combined with banana and fat free Reddi Whip. I got this idea from Renee at Tales of a Carnivore on Facebook! Go give her a like- I mean hello we all need more ideas like this! Yum!
I hope you're all having an awesome week and no one else gets cursed with the sick! Now excuse me while I go park it at the walk in clinic and beg them to hit me up with a shot. See ya later Sick!
Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Who wears short shorts?!

In the the spirit of keeping it real, I have to tell ya'll what's really up with me today. I have a case of that there writer's block. My head is swimming in NyQuil (yes I'm getting/ I am one super sick girl- minor details) so I've challenged myself to talk for a whole post about short shorts. What?? It's January! I know, I know BUT I live in South Louisiana and it's 70 degrees outside so I get to wear my short shorts mmmm kkkk.

For years, I've watched the "super fit" prance around in their hot shorts thinking "Really girl. Is that necessary- go put on some cloths!". I can remember one instance in particular (when I was fat) being at a football party, and a girl showed up straight from her Sunday work out (over achieving show off- that's what I thought at the time) in a pair of hot shorts. All the women were thinking "Bitch put some cloths on! My man's here!". (because all the dimples on my ass were feeling super insecure mmm kkkk)

I even called her "shorts" to my husband and he responded all to quickly "Was someone wearing shorts?". Not so well played sir, but you get brownie points for trying.

Lately, I've had my eye on some hot shorts for myself. Really? So hypocritical... Lemme explain. I see lots of runners out in hot shorts. I got to thinking there must be some level of comfort to these bad boys, and how freaking amazing must it feel to say, "Ya know what world, I feel damn good about this body and I don't give a fff what you think!" I wanted to proudly display that level of confidence. I wanted to go running in hot shorts. Don't get me wrong, I won't be going grocery shopping in the hot shorts- just the running. Getting into a pair of hot shorts became one of my #operationredbikini (check that out on Instagram @ellenoelfitness) goals.


One of my good friends from Sole Sistas text me last week- "Hey girl- hot shorts on sale at Academy and your name is all over them!" Oh snap. Someone was paying attention when I said "I really want to wear some hot shorts". Did I really have it in me to run around in spandex covering my butt? Let's be real, I've lost a lot of weight, and sometimes I don't see what other people see. I still see a girl who has a lot of jiggle to her wiggle. (This will probably  be my worst post ever- it's the day quil talking, not me!).

After work last Friday, I decided me and the hot shorts needed to meet. They've been chilling in my closet ever since. I wore them around the house one evening and my husband said "Damnnnn GGG you look good!" What?! Really??? He didn't realize I had every intention of taking those hot shorts to the street. Well, yesterday it was warm out and I had a short 3 mile run on the agenda. Seemed to me like a good time to take the hot shorts for spin. I didn't want to wear them on a long run since I didn't know just how "one with me" they were gonna be.

Verdict? Hot shorts are crazy comfortable. I felt confident wearing them. I even took pictures of my booty in them (come on na I am a blogger) I get it. I get why women like running in hot shorts.  They didn't ride up, shift, or cause any chaffing. They did however get me 5 plus car honks *Toot toot beep beep!* . Hot shorts occupational hazard. You've been warned!

That's all six feet of my late January white self in a pair of hot shorts. Thanks Insagram for the Insa-tan! My hot shorts are a champion brand size small via academy. Operation Red Bikini goal number one is met. Now on to number two- the red bikini.

Because my post was NyQuil induced garbage (pronounce it Gar -bagé the french way. It's funnier) today- I'll leave you with this post about why weight loss sucks from Lizzie at Ugly Pretty. It's hysterical and we all need to laugh at ourselves sometimes.

I even forgot to take my picture this morning. Sowwy. I look like shiz anyway. Fingers crossed I make it to lunch and only have to take half a day off. I hoard PTO like it's the last ten year's trash on an episode of Hoarders. Don't worry about my co-workers yo. I'm armed with lysol.

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Food is Fuel

Good morning! If you're new today welcome! I'm so happy Holly sent you over to my little smidgen of pigeon corner of the world wide webs. Be sure and head over to find me on Instagram @ellenoelfitness and Facebook for more bebble babble from me throughout the day. I heart over sharing. Don't you?! Big hugs social media, big hugs.

I've been up to my same ole shenanigans this week and following my weekly work out goals! I'm on day three gluten free (5 day challenge) and I feel amazing. I feel so good I even decided to throw in an extra work out this morning! I've been avoiding two- a- days (two works in one day) during half marathon training (currently on week 8 of 12) as I don't want to over train, however I was really itching for an extra cross training session.

Work Out Breakdown
45 Minutes Elliptical
20 Minutes Forward
20 Minutes Backward
5 minute Blast it out Combo
Your Best Butt - added weight to squats & lunges
All Over Abs - extended planks by 30 seconds

Last night I had a conversation with one of my very dear friends about food,  and why it's so hard to let go of old habits. The particular old habit? Food dependency. You know what I'm talking about, you had a bad day or you're feeling bad about work/failing friendship/ lack of romantic relationship/ an unhappy relationship/ it's that time of the month/ you're jealous of your skinny friend who appears to have it all without even trying (she doesn't really have it all I promise) circumstance occurring in your life and you use food to quiet those feelings.

You eat to make yourself feel better, and then you're left feeling worse.

Maybe a bad food day turns into a bad week, a bad month, and then you blink five times fast and you're gaining weight again. We had a frank discussion concerning exercise and weight loss. There's no way to sugar coat it, you can work out three times a day, run 10 miles on a Saturday, eat like crap all day and you're not going to lose weight, you're probably going to gain. It's a harsh reality.

We often think, well I did X and X today at the gym, so that extra serving isn't going to hurt me, I'll just have one more little snack before bed, or ahhh whatever it's just a crescent roll. All of those "oh whatever I worked out today" eats add up. When we're working hard at the gym we expect results. Plain and simple. When you've got sweat dripping off your face and rolling onto the floor, you expect the scale to reflect that hard work. If you don't follow an eating plan, you're essentially undoing all of that hard gym work.

I know she's not alone in feeling this way about food. I know this because I've felt this way before. I even gained weight working out regularly and eating whatever the heck I wanted. The fact is as a former fatty or former fatty in progress, wherever you are in your relationship with your body, food will ALWAYS be a crutch. You've spent a large chunk of your life building an extremely unhealthy relationship with food, "I just can't quit you!" it's going to take more than a day, a month, or in my case two years to undo all of those habits.

We call recovering addicts recovering for a reason. They will always be addicted. Guess what? As a former fatty you're always going to be an addict. I will always be addicted to food, but I am retraining myself to think of food as fuel for good feelings instead of fuel to nurse bad feelings.

Over time, we begin undoing old habits and building new ones, and when the old habits creep in for a day, you can't wait to banish those feelings. They no longer tie you down and spear you with food guilt that steam rolls into weight gain.

Every day/week/month won't be easy. There's going to be setbacks but the most important lesson of all is to pick yourself up and try again.

It's just food. We need it to live. We need it for energy. We don't need it to make ourselves feel better about a bad day. That's just cray. Commit to your goals and to yourself, you deserve to feel great about the body you walk around in every single day!

Trust me, it feels way better to love yourself long term versus loving yourself with potato chips for an hour because you had a bad day.

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Spaghetti and Bachelor Week 3

Good morning all my people! I am back on track following my True Confession Monday about my down and out Sunday. I cut out simple carbs yesterday and today I feel like myself again. PHEW! Last night I served up Super Skinny Spaghetti for dinner. I usually make spaghetti with lean ground beef, but I decided to sub that out for Italian Turkey Sausage I found over the weekend. My spaghetti was the I removed the sausage from the casing and browned the meat while allowing my spaghetti squash to bake. This meal takes me roughly 30-40 minutes to prepare and the bulk of that time is spent waiting on the spaghetti squash to cook. I like quick easy meals that I can prepare as soon as I hit the door after my evening work out. Simplicity is key to success for me.

Friday, I told ya'll about a dilemma I've been facing regarding getting enough fat in my daily diet while avoiding too much protein. I've been using peanut butter to get in my fat daily, however peanut butter is protein heavy, and I've been consuming lots of protein heavy foods lately. Too much protein = weight gain. While I haven't gained weight, I believe the amount of peanut butter I've been eating has been holding me back on the scale. I'm subbing out peanut butter this week for natural almonds which I bought individually packaged in 100 calorie packs. I like for all of my meals and snacks to be portioned out and individually packaged. This makes portion control simple and removes the temptation to over eat.

As a weight loss blogger, I'm pretty sure I should be tuning into watch the Biggest Loser on Monday nights, but I've had a long standing sick addiction to the Bachelor. It's so bad it's good, and I can't stop watching.

SPOILER ALERT! Sometimes I literally feel uncomfortable watching this show. Other times, I can't believe I'd ever think of jumping ship. 30 seconds into the show last night bachelor Sean was running around looking all kinds of hot sexy man shirtless in the gym. THANK YOU ABC!

This picture is ridiculously odd and awkward. I love it

However, the sweet shirtless moment would soon be over shadowed by the horribly awkward that is this show. Insert a three plus minute on screen kiss, because who doesn't want to start setting world records on national television with a man who is dating 20 something other chicks. GAH. I felt so bad for my girl Leslie. That must have been horribly awkward. She is still one of my favorites, and I'm dying to know where she got that adorable pink lace number she had on.

Then there are the girls who are cast for ratings, because they are so crazy the other women are afraid of them. There are two stage 5 clinger crazy girls that stand out to me:

Tierra. I'm 99% convinced she faked a fall down the stairs in a bid to be the damsel in distress. Additionally, the previews of her crying and hysterical in upcoming episodes are legitimately frightening. I don't think she realizes she didn't sign up to be a Disney Princess, Sean isn't Prince Charming and you aren't trapped in a tower awaiting rescue,  it's the Bachelor. Drink some wine and get in line girl.

Amanda. She's plotting something and it ain't good. Everyone at ABC should be afraid.

Do you watch the Bachelor? Who are your favorites??

Heading into work this morning, no longer feeling like a busted can of biscuits- thank you clean eating an exercise. Always saving the day! On the agenda this afternoon- 3 mile run and strength training. Let's get it!

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Monday, January 21, 2013

True Confession Monday

Good morning ya'll! Have you entered for a chance to win in the Think Thin Give Away? You have until Wednesday to get your name in the hat!

 It's time for a round of True Confessions. I feel like a big fat fake writing this post. Why you say? What did you do little Elle Noel?! Gah, I did something bad. I did something highly illegal to the weight loss agenda. GASP! Are you sitting down?

Yesterday afternoon, I spent roughly five hours knocking back diet coke and vanilla vodka, chomping down on trashy bar food, and yelling obscenities at the television  We did it big Championship Sunday ya'll.

My husband loves football and a group of friends was headed to our favorite watering hole walking distance from our house, and I just don't know what came over me. I did my grocery shopping and laundry early in the day and I just thought- f it let's go have fun! We may have had pizza for dinner too. AHHHH! It just got so crazy, and I was little bit drunk so those cheesy frys were so damn delicious. Like other worldy.

I know I know. You can hardly believe what you're reading. We're all human, and I struggle too. This was an activity fat Leigh Ann loved. A lot. Like maybe a little more than her husband some days(sorry hunny!) She looked forward to nursing Saturday's hangover with fried food and drinks on Sunday during football season. She would drink a 1500 calorie daiquiris, chow down on cheesy sticks, fried po boys, and just genuinely not give a ffffff. Look here she is, pretending like she's cool being that fat friend who loves food!

Gross. I do not miss her.

Ironically, we were passing around a BMI calculator while the men were arguing over whether they were actually over weight because "F that! I lift weights!" It was a ton of fun, but It's time to be serious again.

Occasionally, participating in these old activities I enjoyed so much reminds me that it's OK to make mistakes.I am going to fail. I am going to have a bad day, and it's OK. It's OK to have a bad day, it's OK to not think about calories or fat or carbs every single second of everyday. I know you're thinking "You ran 9 miles Saturday! You can eat whatever you want!" Umm no. It does not work like that. I can run for days eat like crap and gain weight. That is how it works. That is the reality. Running is not a free pass for calorie take down. While we had a really great time, now I have to leave that serious Faturday in the past,  moving forward!

Weekly Work out Breakdown-

No Carbs

3 Mile Run
30 Minutes Strength
No Carbs

5 Mile Run
Strength Training
No Carbs

3 Mile Run (Interval Training)
Strength Training
No Carbs

Interval Training
No Carbs

10 Mile Run
Carb Day

No Faturday Allowed

I can not wait for this day to end so that I can go sweat at the gym. Here I am this morning. Heading into work wearing all black because I feel like a busted can of biscuits. Crazy how fast that happens huh?

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Half Marathon Week 7- Big Ole 9 Miler

Oh all my gees. I ran NINE 9 whole miles yesterday. If you'd have asked me if I thought I could run 9 miles a few months ago, I would have laughed in ya face. Just this week, I was reading back on 10k training week 2, when I thought running 3.5 miles was a HUGE deal. Remembering how I felt about that run and how difficult it was, I ran nearly 3 times that Saturday, it makes me feel so intensely proud of myself. I'm running my first half marathon in 5 weeks. Wrap ya head around that. WHOA- Joey Style.

My goal for the nine mile run was to focus on pacing. I have major pacing issues ya'll. I start off my runs feeling like I'm flying through the clouds, blasting through miles at a fast pace. I can run a 9:15-9:30 for 5-6 miles and then my endurance starts to tank. I wanted to really focus on my long term endurance and finishing the nine miles strong.

I woke up at 6:00am Saturday morning and ate a Think Thin bar and drank a glass of water. I knew we wouldn't start running until about 8:15 so I felt I had plenty of time to digest breakfast. I packed Shot Blocks for run fuel and headed out the door to meet my soul sistas.

Running Fuel!

My friend Kat and I are following the Novice 2 program together and run comfortably at the same pace. Well Kat sets a pace that I aim to follow, because she never tanks at the end of a run.  Anywho, the whole run I felt like I was holding back on speed, but I resisted the urge to pick up the pace, knowing my history of tanking at the end of a run. We ran comfortably at 10:10-10:20 for 8 miles. We stopped for water and refueling at 4.5 miles. The whole run felt amazing. I never felt fatigued or exhausted and was able to keep consistent pace for the entire run. No speedy Gonzales turns into a tortoise at the end. After we rounded 8 miles, we still had some gas left in the tank, so we picked up the pace and ran the last mile the fastest at 9:40.

I really think the interval training I've been doing on the treadmill is the biggest factor in my upped endurance and speed or maybe it's crossing the halfway mark in training and my body is adjusting, whatever the case, I'm very happy with my progress. Additionally, having someone to run these long routes with makes the entire experience more enjoyable times ten. I know I'll inevitably run the actual half marathon race faster then normal. The race day energy really gets me going ya'll, but I'm determined to set a consistent pace for myself, which I absolutely did not do during the 10k race. I allowed myself to be influenced by faster runners at the beginning of the race and I tanked at the end. I want to finish strong for the half!

Half Marathon Week 7- 9 Mile Run Playlist

E.I.- Nelly
Wat Da Hook Gon Be- Murphy Lee
Who's That Chick? (feat. Rihannna) David Guetta
Suit & Tie (feat JAY Z) - Justin Timberlake
Fergalicious- Fergie
Glamorous- Fergie
Shoop- Salt-n-Pepper
If I Lose Myself-OneRepublic
Catch My Breath- Kelly Clarkson
Louder (Put Your Hands Up)- Chris Willis
Bad Girls (Nick Thayer Remix)- Step Up Revolution
Don't You Worry Child- Swedish House Mafia
Feel Again- One Republic
Hall of Fame (feat The Script
Va Va Voom- Nicki Minaj
Money Make Her Smile- Bruno Mars
Your Body- Christina Aguilera
Live While We're Young- One Direction
Good Time- Owl City & Carly Rae Jepson
Let's Go (feat Ne-Yo)- Calvin Harris
Hiigher- Taio Cruz & Travie McCoy
Fighter- Christina Aguilera
Survivor- Destiny's Child

Let's be real. My legs are super sore today, but I feel like a champ. I seriously LOVE to run :)

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!
Daily Motivator

Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekly Weigh In & Think Thin Give-Away

Good morning!!! It's Friday ya'll, that means we did it again. Another awesome week down the hatch! I have three things I wanna talk to ya'll about today!

  1. Weekly Weigh- In and Linking up with my girl Lora!
  2. Think Thin Give-Away- Holla for a Dolla!
  3. Friday AM Circuit Training Break Down

Raising Steppe Sisters

How many of you are using My Fitness Pal to log your food and daily work outs? I've been a consistent MFP user for nearly a year now, and it's an intricate part of my daily routine. My girl Lora over at Raising  Steppe Sister's challenged herself to two full weeks of logging activity and keeping her calories under her daily goal. Hello weight loss Rock Star! I'm excited to go through and see every one's results!

My weekly weigh-in- I did not lose this week. I'm holding steady at 158.9. I'm totally cool with this status. I took this week off of strict no carb/carb days and I've been sticking a spoon in the crunchy peanut butter jar far too often. I know why I didn't lose. The long and short is that I'm consuming to much protein  I'm eating the peanut butter as a way to get in my daily fat, which I had some issues with awhile back, not getting enough daily fat with my high level of activity was causing some other issues for me, hence the peanut butter. However, coupled with my protein bars AND peanut butter protein is putting me over the edge. FYI- too much protein =  weight gain. I have no desire to body build. Long, lean, fat burning machine, that's my goal. That said, I have noticed I'm building significant muscle definition so I'm not complaining about that. Anywho, this week I'm going to try and get my daily fat in some other way, via almonds or butter, something like that.

How did you do this week?? You can find me on My Fitness Pal here. I share my daily diary with my friends.

Second order of business and probably the reason why you're here- Think Thin give-away! I eat a Think Thin bar daily. If you follow me on Instagram @ellenoelfitness you know this as I'm constantly posting what foods I'm eating and Think Thin bars are in regular rotation. I get so many comments from ya'll concerning where to buy Think Thin bars and which flavors are my favorites. Kassie and I paired up with Think Thin to spread the love around. My least favorite part about blog give aways is that there is only one winner. Pooey. Sooo I'm gonna make SIX of you winners. You'll receive an assortment of five Think Thin bars from me with a little Elle Noel love note to help you reach your Operation Red Bikini goals. I know you're having a hard time containing your excitement right now. Deep breaths.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below. If you head over and like Elle Noel on Facebook, that'll score you extra brownie points. You have until Wednesday, January 23rd to keep getting your name thrown into the hat! Good luck champs! (See plural winners- ain't that just more fun?!)

Last order of business, my latest obsession. Treadmill circuit training. Tuesday evening I did the Jessica Simpson leg workout via Pinterest with my sister from another mister Madeline. I ran three miles then did this crazy fun circuit training routine, and I really feel like it helped me on my five mile run Wednesday evening!

It got me thinking about beating dreadmill boredom and burning serious fat in the process. I set out to make up my own routine. A full body circuit training burn, and treadmill circuit routine.

10 Minute Run- I set the treadmill at a pace that is easy for me to maintain. A pace I feel like I can comfortable run at for long periods of time. For me this varies between 5.5-6.5 pace. I play around in between those speeds to keep myself from getting bored. Round one had me at a little over a mile in 10 minutes.

3 x 18 reps with 8lb dumbbells- hold a lunge position with a bicep curl. Three rounds per leg
2 x 18 Rows in a squat 10lbs dumbbells
2 x 18 horizontal and side lateral raises with 5lbs weights in a squat position
2 x 18 tricep dips and tricep extensions with 20lbs

8 Minute Run- set between 6.0-6.3 ended at just over 3/4 of a mile

2 x 18 Kettle Bell Swings (15lbs) & Squats with a shoulder press (8lb dumbbells)
60 Walking Lunges holding 10lbs dumbbells
2 x 18 Squats holding 10lbs Dumbbells
15 x 2 Pulse Lunges per leg

10 Minute Run - Just over a mile at 6.0-6.5

2 x 20 with 5lb weight- Kneeling Glute Press, Upper Glute Pulse, Fire Hydrant (2 rounds each leg)
30 x 2 weighted crunch & Russian Twists
30 x 2 Bicycle Crunch, Swimmer Kicks, Criss Cross Kicks
One Minute Plank Pulse High
One Minute Plank Pulse Low
One Minute Plank Low

5 Minute Cool Down Walk 4.0

This whole routine took me an hour and 20 minutes to complete. To say I was a tad sweaty would be an understatement. I left feeling extremely accomplished and ready to grab the day by the horns- BOSS UP!

Phew what a burn. I'm tempted to go back this evening and do it all over again, however, I have a 9 mile run in the morning. I have to be very careful not to over train while I'm in the middle of half marathon training. I don't have time for the over training sluggies. I need tons of energy for the run tomorrow. I am so excited for that run. It will be longest distance to date!

Phew this was a long winded post! Weigh Ins, give-aways, and super fun circuit training?! It MUST be Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful day and a seriously fun weekend!

Ahh I just feel fabulous today :)

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Q&A Post- You asked- I'm answering!

Good morning!!! We have sunshine this morning and I could not be more ecstatic about that big ball of yellow energy making it's way up into the sky! I almost forgot where I'd left my sunglasses! Today I'm posting my first ever Q&A from all of you. I think I've covered the majority of your questions so here it is ya'll, the question and answer post! I've been getting so many of the same questions lately, I figured it was time to share with the class! With out further adieu...

How do you get through running on a treadmill? 

I coach and motivate myself. I think in terms of "I'm going to run for three minutes at 6.3" after the three minutes are over I'll change the speed and run at 6.8 for three minutes then bring it down to 6.5 for a few minutes. Then bump it up to 8 for a minute, down to 7.8 for a minute, down to 7.5 for a minute, then back down to 6.5 (which begins to feel like a walk in the park). I also try to park myself in front of a television and try to read subtitles while hauling butt. When I'm getting extremely bored, I'll change the speed in increasing intervals every 15 seconds. Often times I tell myself, "Suck it up buttercup! Gotta keep moving!" Running on the treadmill is a mind game, it's so easy to just stop and do something else. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming,

How did you start running?

I started running in February 2012. I was working with a personal trainer and she would make me run a half mile before each session. I HATED it, but the weight started coming off. Then I hit a plateau and I started running from my house to the gym and back again. 1.5 miles round trip. Next, I threw in little two mile runs on Sundays because my gym is closed. I continued to run on the treadmill at the gym. Finally, I enrolled in 10k training and never looked back. My best advice is to keep pushing when you want to give in. Push the wall out of the way and keep going. Walk when you must but pick it right back up. PUSH yourself.

How do you deal with weekends away?

Taking yourself out of you element and away from your schedule is dangerous, but you can still make good choices while dining out or at someone else's house. If you're staying at someone's house and they are cooking something highly illegal, I think it completely acceptable to slip off to a Subway for a salad or serve yourself an extremely small portion. Just like all of you know how healthy I like to eat, all of my family and friends do too. Tell everyone about your goals, they'll be supportive of your goals and want to help you. Additionally, If you don't make food a big deal, it won't be a big deal. Just stay cool fool! Don't let yourself get Hangry.

Another way to deal with weekends away is to bring your own food. Mr. Noel accuses me of having squirrel like tendencies because I am always hiding snacks here in there: In my purse, the glove compartment of my car, my suitcase, I'm always prepared for a snack attack. When eating out, you can make good choices. Request to have your meal prepared in Pam only, and order foods that are grilled with double veggie sides. It is just food. If you treat it like it's just food, it ain't got no power! 

Lastly, willpower is a muscle, the more you flex it the stronger it gets!

Here are some snaps of recent meals I've ordered on the go.

Bonefish Grill- Sea bass, Mango Salsa, Veggies, and Mashed Potatoes

 Cheddars- Tiliapia, Double Veggies
 Random Restaurant in NOLA- Salad with shrimp and vinegar
 Hooters- Snow Crab NO butter dipping ya'll!
 Random Restaurant with Mr. Noel  grilled steak double veggies and white rice
 Zea's- Pesto Trout (half) and broccoli
Grilled Tuna and double veggies- Superior Grill Uptown New Orleans

What are compression sleeves? Do you wear those compression sleeves on your calves during your runs? If so, why?

I have a pair of lime green compression sleeves I wear on long runs or runs when I'm wearing shorts. Compression sleeves help in blood circulation and swelling. I also find they take pressure off of my knees. I find when I'm running it tights, they have the same effect. The sleeves are an effective pain reducer post run. Pain reducer you say? After running six plus miles, I'll be real, it's starts to hurt. Not hurt as in "Ahhh I'm going to lose a leg, this is crazy what I'm doing to myself" but hurt as in "Ok I've been non-stop running for an hour and I can feel it in my legs" The compression sleeves make running the longer distances less painful in that way. Additionally, they look so freaking cool! Don't ya want some?!

What are your measurements?

Chest- 34.5
Waist- 26
Hips- 37.25

Can I have like 3 inches of your height? 
Yes, Kassie my dear- anything for you!

How do you fuel for a run? For a race?
I don't like to eat a whole lot before a run or a race. I'm usually a ball of extreme energy before a group run or a race, which makes me not want to eat.I typically eat a Think Thin bar about an hour and a half before I run with 8-16 ounces of water.

What do you wish someone had told you when you first started working out and counting calories? Any big mistakes to avoid?

  • STOP with the Lean Cuisines. Eat more Salad.
  • Every little thing you eat counts- write it all down, and plan your meals out in advance
  • Push yourself harder at the gym, come on now you got more and you know it.
  • Stop listening to other people's opinions on your diet. It's your body, no one knows it better than you.
  • Ignore the people who are trying to sabotage your diet. They're feeling insecure about their own habits. It has NOTHING to do with you. Stick to your plan.
What ap are you using to track your runs?
Nike Running

How do you season your chicken and fish?
I cook it in Pam and Salt free Tony's Chacheres

How do you stay motivated?
There's a million little different ways. I coach myself, I write this blog, I look at old pictures, I remind myself how great accomplishing the "impossible" feels. I post a daily motivator here. I set short term achievable goals for myself. I'm constantly planning a trip to the beach- hello swim suits! Most importantly, I get encouragement from my family, friends, and all of you-Daily! 

Just how tall are you?
5'11 and 3/4

When its the "time of the month" (which i call shark week) I am soooo freaking hungry! Do you find it harder to eat better during that time too?

The more weight I've lost, the less I've felt influenced by that time of the month. That said, If I'm really craving something, I'm going to eat it and get it over with, but it's always on my "Faturday". I find I used to use my monthly gift as an excuse to eat poorly and give into my cravings. I'm sure I pissed someone off saying that, but I really feel that it's just that, another excuse or a crutch. Dig deep, it's just mind over matter.

Do you and the hubs plan on having kids? if so, is it in the near future? 

We do plan on having kids, however we have absolutely no plans to start on that any time soon. We're still adjusting to being married, and I'm career oriented at this stage in the game. However, we hope that one day, a few years from now, to start working on the next stage.

Does your hubby eat healthy with you? Does he work out?

For the most part, Mr. Noel will eat the meals I prepare in the evenings. He's even been known to cook up his own skinny recipes. Occasionally, he will revolt and refuse to eat what I'm eating. He still buys ice cream bars, macaroni &cheese, potato chips, pizza rolls, and trys to talk me into Chinese/ Mexican/ Pizza/ or other bad stuff on  the rare occasion. However, he can set his watch by my response,

"It's no carb week" 
"Get real Noel" 
"Go eat that with the guys for lunch" 
"hahahahaha- as if!" 
"I didn't get this body by eating at the buffet baby!"
"so you want more veggies with that?"
"Come back with a real offer"
"No. Just No."
~Dramatic female eye role on a hangry day~

The more I say no, the easier it gets. Does he work out? We ride bikes together, however he does not work out.  Long story short, It's not his thing. Hence, my all women's gym :)

I'm shamelessly obsessing over my outfit today. I got a new pair of black dress boots thanks to Dillard's end of Season sale!

Find me on FacebookBeachbodyPinterest, Instagram @ellenoelfitnessKeek, and My Fitness Pal!

Daily Motivator