fitness and nutrition

KT’s Week 11: Protein Power

Yes, I get it. OMG I really do get it!

Protein is power. Protein helps rebuild your muscles after a hard workout and protein is needed to lose weight. Duh! My coach has been telling me this all along with the protein factor she has put in my weekly numbers.  But, for whatever reason, I found some excuse not to hit my protein numbers time and time again. It only took me like six months to register this. This doesn’t actually surprise me since it took me almost nine months to buy in to macro counting after a friend shared her successes.

It seems so simple but yet it is really a hard task to consume a mountain of protein when you really want everything carb-related. What an irony, but your body actually feels better and not so sluggish when you have the right balance. I guess this is why I have a nutrition coach. Her job is to remind me what I already know and motivate me when I find a reason to not follow directions. In reflection, it’s the same reason I go to CrossFit to have a coach. One who pushes me outside my comfort zone. I think some forget those benefits when they face healthy living alone.

This week’s post is dedicated to protein and its power to fuel and rebuild my my body and muscles.

Chicken: eat more chicken! Chick-fil-A got it right and guess what? Their chicken nuggets fit nicely in my macros so I am a huge fan of chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A. I even get the fried ones since that fat evens out my numbers on the protein side. This chicken is just as much of a treat as a candy bar to me.

Shrimp: I like mine spicy. Not too spicy, just spicy enough and I can’t have it too much during the week or I will burn out so balance is key.

Tuna: I’m a pouch kind of tuna girl. Albacore white in water. But yeah, nothing great to say about this. It’s TUNA. And if you can stand the smell (or your breath after you eat it) then it’s helpful to your macros, but once every other week is enough for this chick.

Chicken: I’m back to chicken because you can eat it a million different ways and it’s different each time. But for this week I’ll talk about kabobs. Peppers, onions, zucchini and lots of chicken marinated in Italian dressing. Big yummo to me!

Hello, chicken again: rotisserie chicken flavored Boar’s Head deli meat. Yup, I said it. Sandwich meat. Not the processed nasty stuff that comes prepackaged. I’m talking about the freshly sliced deli meat, sliced thin so you can feel like you are eating more. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a good protein to eat. See my scale pic for this yummo. And I can add this to the end a day to top off my protein numbers.

Cheese: I eat a cheese stick almost daily. It hits my fat and my protein so it’s a double whammy. Warning: don’t eat too much cheese or you can get backed up. Yes backed up on the backend. Hope that gives you a giggle.

Yogurt has plenty of options and the Greek varieties are essential in planning a good day. Protein and a small amount of carbs and little or no fat. I stretched this week and bought some yogurt drinks in case I’m on the road again.

New week, same numbers. If it’s not broke don’t fix it! just need to keep nailing my protein digits. Scale is moving on down!

This week’s crisis came when MyFitnessPal crashed at dinner time. I had to take out pen and paper and do math to calculate my macros before my meal time. This is when preplanning your day comes in handy but for me I always wiggle some until the end of the day. This day was one of those days so yeah, I had a mild panic attack as did many others who couldn’t access their app. Epic tech fail Under Armour! I guess my premium service doesn’t get 100% uptime.

I rolled out of crisis mode one day and moved onto a big scale victory the next day. A milestone of some sort. No need to advertise the magic # but a mini celebration was had internally. Now it’s time to reset and realign. New goals to aim for as original goals are nearing and the bar must rise to stay chasing the the finish line.

In closing, I should not forget to post about this fun Friday fact: I opted to indulge in the Red Cup Friday offer at Starbucks this year. I got a holiday drink but not just any holiday drink. I got the Grande Carmel Brûlée Latte. All 400-plus calories loaded with about 70 carbs, 13 fat and 11 protein. What was the justification? The free red cup that I can use the rest of the season and put another skinny coffee in and imagine I am drinking the calorie and carb-loaded caramel brûlée. Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing. But, I suffered the rest of the day to stay within my macros so in the end it wasn’t worth it because I can have a skinny option of another drink to fuel my Starbucks addiction. This drink was to me what ice cream is to others. We all have moments of weakness we just need to find a healthy balance. For me this time around I opted for this holiday treat to reward myself for nothing particular. I sometimes do that to myself. But in reality thank goodness for Alex the macro barista who posts all the healthy ways to order your Starbucks coffee. He is a gem if you don’t follow him.

I guess self-pampering is a thing and as I reflect I think I am pretty good at it. #retailtherapy #hairandnails #shoesfordays #girlproblems #massages #girlstrips

Oh how I laugh out loud typing this! I commit to myself. I am accountable for myself and my progress or my demise. Just me! Don’t wait for someone to push you over the finish line. You have to do it for YOU.

I also did not touch, smell, unwrap or eat even one piece of Halloween candy this year so I won that holiday battle just a few days earlier. This blog captures the ups, the downs and everything in between on my journey to fab at fifty. Hope you embrace the knowledge, laugh at the hidden humor and celebrate with me virtually.

Until next time Turkeys! Happy November to my online peeps.

fitness and nutrition

KT’s Week 6: Food, Toilet Paper and…?!?!

Well, here we are at another week in the fab fit fun journey I call life. My life is crazy most days, but that is what I love about it and why I decided to twist my tangled web of life into this blog spot this week. Wait, I do that every week! #itsallaboutme

Let’s start with my opening pic. Those are my tired legs on Saturday morning. Thick thighs matter people and so does rest and relaxation. I get up and hit the gym early on Saturdays and when my schedule allows I double up and knock out an extra workout with Pilates. This was the drill this week and it was bitter sweet all around. I said good bye to one of my favorite CrossFit coaches then scooted over to Pilates where I got my ass, abs, and thighs into tip top shape. Just kidding! The attempt was made only. No abs are visible yet because if there were abs I would post a pic, trust me!

I fueled the beast (me) then back home to my circular spinny chair that is amazing. I flopped my lazy and sore butt into that fabulous chair. I write most of this blog in the spinny chair for those of you who need a visual. All while the hubs thinks I’m texting friends but I’m really writing….he is just oblivious. Feet kicked up relaxing, looking out the windows at the sunshine or the rain, each of which is calming in its own special way. I read, write, think, create and rewrite in this chair that spins like my life: round and round we go like hamsters on a hamster wheel.

This week a special friend told me that he knows what I do every minute of my week thanks to my online presence. Well if you read this post, I dedicate this one to you! Ha Ha, not really. I don’t post the end of my toilet paper rolls on here, or the number of times I hit the commode, but I could, since poop sells. I don’t post the amount of time I spend on glam sessions, or the big deals I close 9-5 as a boss lady. I don’t post about all the petty crap the comes across my work desk on the daily. I don’t post about all the stupid people I have to exercise patience with, sometimes repeatedly. And I don’t post about my sex life. So there, we will get back to my fab, fit, fun life instead. But I do take requests so if you need a commode column or a sex life column just let me know and I will see if I can acCOMODate your inquiring minds?!?!?! Hope I disappoint you with the sex title 😉

My fun Friday started this week when my CrossFit box brought in some new equipment. Ski Erg’s were in the box for us to rise and grind, promptly at 6:30am. It was different, fun, and it got my heart pumping and the sweat dripping which is exactly what I needed for the stressful work day that was on the horizon. It’s been about 20-25 years since I went skiing. Holy cow, that makes me feel old! And it took me a minute to get the motion going but I conquered the Ski Erg and I am looking forward to it being in my workout mix.

FNL or Friday Night Lights rounded out the day for me. A little tailgating, a blue snow cone, and the nasty smell of high school boys post-game. Supporting my local community team. Cheering on a boy who is destined for the NFL and hanging with some friends I haven’t seen in a while. It was good time sitting in the stands, listening to the fans cheer, watching the engaging half-time show and smelling the aroma of a backyard bbq.

This week’s game had a purpose. A good fight kind of purpose. Each of the feeder schools fought to collect food for their local food pantries. What a great way to help others. Being a blogger is purposeful and I challenge each of my readers to make an impact on their community. Donate this week or month to a local food bank. Don’t have the means? Volunteer. Volunteering at a food bank is one of the most humbling experiences one can have.

In honor of the food fight I will be posting food pics this week to give you a glimpse at my food choices this week. Some people don’t understand what it means to count macros and others think I am always on a diet. I really just choose what I want to eat and make it fit in my daily macros.

#iifym – if it fits your macros you eat it. 🍩 🍕 🌮 🍔 🥦 🥩 🥛 🥓 🍦 🧀 🍳 ☕️

  • Steak, chicken, zucchini and onion kabobs was a mid-day Saturday meal while football was blazing at my house.
  • Way too spicy shrimp on a Monday. I needed that protein but they were just too damn spicy!
  • Weekly go-to items: yogurt almost daily #nofat mighty muffin #chocolatefix cheese stick and clif bar are #onthegosnacks
  • Need to avoid items on the daily: cookies, especially the ones the hubbie buys in bogo pack #nothelpful
  • Hydration: I have been drinking Ice flavored water as my go-to drink or no calorie drink but my coach insisted I get some real water in the mix. Enter the water challenge. I’m at about a 3:1 ratio, or 3 flavored Ice to 1 plain Jane water #progress #hopefloatsthisweek
  • Starbucks: I haven’t gone a week without my rocket fuel at least a couple days. This is the time of year I switch from iced coffee to hot. I’m sticking with a skinny caramel macchiato for now but I’m really waiting for their infamous caramel brûlée to hit the scene next month….but I’m hoping the skinny version will be in my macro range.
  • Pasta salad mid-week. Got some peppers, onion, tomatoes and a cheese stick for some fat and protein. This is a meal I could eat daily. Compliments to my sister for making that yummy dish for me this week. #takesanarmytofeedme #stillnotgoodinthekitchen
  • Slacker alert: I missed some photo food ops this week. My bad it’s fall break here so the kiddos are off schedule. #realitytookover

Remember fitness/nutrition is an investment in you not an expense. Keep moving and challenging yourself.

You control the when you eat, what you eat, and how your body feels because of this week my macros are:

130 carbs

62 fat

130 protein

PSA: this blog is written by KT aka Chick 1. KT announced this blog with a quick Instagram video. She added a twist to her storytelling this week by adding her voice. You have seen her in pics which is also by design. Adding video lets you hear the author’s voice. Another layer of creativity which is part of 2 CHX overall style. 2 CHX is always creating and reinventing themselves. Following Dr. Seuss’s lead….why fit in when you were born to stand out? Which is also a celebration of aging women in our eyes.

In your 40s you have experienced life. Success, failures, births, deaths, and technology growth. Now, you can sit back and settle for all things the same / meh or you can create the new beautiful version of you as you tackle your 50s and beyond. This overall blog section will show you our vision for our own personal growth as we hope to inspire others to create their own version of a sexy, beautiful, strong self after 40.

A little tidbit for our readers: KT.247 is her brand within many affiliated brands or entities. KT blogs here as a creative outlet and means of storytelling and as yet another layer of the complex business woman, coach, athlete, momma, friend and CrossFit addict that KT represents. It is only one slice of the pie. Some will like the slice and others may crave more. KT often says she is an acquired taste, one that takes time to appreciate. If you want to stick around, she will be writing here for six long months about her fab, fit, fun life adventures. Stick around or not, the choice is yours.

Until next time…..

giving

Paying it Forward, Chick 2 Style

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Travel is such an important part of life. It’s a great way to spread your wings. I learn something new wherever I go.

This summer, I’ve had opportunities to visit a number of different cities.  I traveled to family celebrations as well as chased my daughters as they pursue their passion for lacrosse.

Whenever the schedule allows, we try to take time to enjoy the cities we visit.  Sure, we hit the famous spots and that is always fun.  On a recent trip to Nashville, we loved walking in the evenings, listening to lively music spill from the honky tonk windows and rooftops onto Broadway.  We spent time on the beach at a tournament in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and rode roller coasters for a day at Cedar Point while visiting Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition to the major attractions, there are a few other things I try to do to get a closer sense of a place.  If I can, I shop a local market like Cleveland’s Westside Market. I try to get out into nature by visiting a park. Finally, I make an effort to have a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop.

We just returned from a few days adventuring in Nashville.  During my time there, I stumbled across Caliber Coffee Company.  I liked it so much, I went there two days in a row. Although the coffee was excellent, it was the friendly employees and energy that brought me back for the second time.

As you get to know our brand, you’ll see that the 2 Chicks are serious about giving.  We have given our books to kids in hospitals, food pantries, and low-income schools.  We’ve had support from generous readers and corporate sponsors.  This is just the beginning! We are always looking for new and inventive ways to give.  So, when I saw this board at Caliber and read that it was a way to pay it forward, I had to ask for details.

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Every sleeve clipped to the front and back of this ‘Shot of Grace’ board is a cup of coffee that was bought as a gift that day.  Some sleeves have names of local people on them. You can call or text the person you’re treating and let them know they have a coffee waiting.

But it was the other gifts that interested me even more. These sleeves are less specific. Instead of a certain person, they are made out to someone in need…a single mom…a freshman at the local community college…a newcomer to town…a daycare employee…a first responder…a step parent…a fireman…someone having a bad day. I imagined the smiles these tiny bits of thoughtfulness would bring to someone who needs a lift.

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I immediately thought of the 2 Chicks and our passion for giving. My imagination started spinning…who could I connect with using this opportunity? It didn’t take me long to decide.

I couldn’t resist the chance to encourage someone who may be thinking of telling their story.  The Chicks have found such amazing power in storytelling.  Although I don’t know where it ended up, I hope the coffee brightened someone’s day and encouraged them to share whatever unique and powerful story they have to tell.

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It also made me start to wonder again about new ways the 2 Chicks might connect and share.  I can easily get bogged down in details and logistics, but maybe giving doesn’t have to be as complicated as I think. As I was reminded again only yesterday, paying it forward isn’t only about the the news stories we see about the drive-thru at Chick-fil-a. Even more importantly, it’s the small, sincere acts of caring that are never noticed by the cameras but have an enormous impact nonetheless.

What are some of your favorite ways to pay it forward in your life?  What random acts of kindness bring you the most satisfaction? Let us know in the comments, readers!  Cheers!

-Beth, (aka Chick 2)

#2CHX  #2ChicksGiving #Payitforward #travel #lifelessons #reflection