Happy Monday

Hello and happy Monday!!! I hope all of your weeks are off to a fabulous start. Mine started with a big bowl of oatmeal, a hot coffee and a trip to the gym to work on my back (upper: traps, and lats. Lower back and then biceps) then now I am home catching up on some emails for grad-school stuff before working.

Today I updated the page under “Nutrition 101” labeled Balancing Micronutrients. Head on over and check it out if your one of the many people who are a bit confused about counting macros instead of calories or just not even sure really what macronutrients are! It is an interesting post and I hope you all find it helpful in some way. Feel free to leave comments if you have any questions or email my personal email (adeschenes@utexas.edu). I do not make meal plans or customize macro plans for people but I can give you some pointers and tips based off of my experiences!!

I will check back in with all of my fellow fit-fam later on!!

 

42 Years Young

Happy Happy Birthday to my baby Winni!! If you haven’t caught on yet, Winni is my miniature long-haired dachshund!! Today she is 6 years old which is 42 in dog years!! I guess the “Oh she’s just a puppy” excuse is definitely no longer valid!! Recently Winni had surgery for a slipped vertebrae, common in dogs with long bodies like the dachshund, so she has been on steroids and limited mobility! Poor thing! She has recovered well but along the way she has gained a few pounds due to her limited walking/jumping/exercise abilities and increased appetite from the steroid medication! For her birthday we decided to buy her some new fetch balls to help keep her active and moving…and the verdict…

Winni Bday Ball

 

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Special Birthday

Good morning and happy Sunday!! I hope everyone has had a great weekend thus far! We have been getting A LOT of rain since last night. After waiting for the UT vs. TCU game to resume after rain delay (did not happen until 11 pm) I had to call it a night early and missed their 30-7 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs, happy for a another win though!!

**NOTE: I also updated the Section under ‘Nutrition 101’ Called Pantry and Grocery Shopping Staples so head over and check that out**

Breakfast–

My morning started with my usual Pumpkin Spice coffee (Pumpkin everything) with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and sugar-free pumpkin spice creamer (In my UT cup of course)

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Tis the Season… for football.

Happy Saturday fit fam!! I hope you are all having a nice and relaxing weekend so far. I am currently awaiting for my beloved Longhorns to take on the TCU Horned Frogs. My Saturdays (and lets face it Sundays as well) are FILLED with football, it’s my favorite Season!! Lets do some backpedalling to earlier this day though!

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Food For Thought

            Eating healthy is a big struggle for a lot of us with busy days and juggling between work, errands, school, kids, cleaning, etc. After a busy day the last thing you want to do is peel vegetables and prepare meat to provide a proper and nutritious meal so sometimes we opt for the easy options such as frozen meals, fast food, or munching our way through the meal. I, personally, am guilty of this. After a long day of class I will go for the first thing I see in the fridge because I am too impatient to wait for a proper meal.  Also, after a long and stressful day many of us are guilty of indulging in comfort foods, known as “stress eating”. This little indulgence is not a bad thing once in while but most of those favorite comfort foods tend to be higher in calories and fats which as we discussed in healthy hype #1, overload of any food in high quantity is what can lead to weight gain.

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