Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tastes with Ty - Butternut Squash

I am excited to share this quick and easy recipe with you.

-1/2 tbsp of coconut oil
-1/2 of a cubed butternut squash or about 2 cups
-1/2 an diced onion or 3/4 of a cup
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-1 tsp of oregano
-salt & pepper to taste

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil (make sure it is enough to cover your butternut squash).  Add the butternut squash to boiling water and let boil for 5-7 minutes (just long enough to soften the squash but not enough to turn it to mush).  Right after boiling I drained them and set them aside to move on to the next step.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil to a sautéing pan at medium heat, and let in heat up for a moment.
Add your onion to the hot coconut oil and sauté to onion until they are slightly translucent.
Next add the drained butternut squash in the same pan with the onions and sauté together.
Pour lemon juice over butternut squash and onion, then add the salt, pepper, and oregano.  
Now all you need to do is plate it up and enjoy!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Health & Fitness Journey - Update 1

Hopefully your day is going well.  It's time for my first update on this journey.  I've been doing well as far as the fitness portion goes, but the health portion is lacking just a little (okay, maybe more than a little).  My main goals are looking better and feeling better by way of fat loss and muscle gain.  I am following a weight lifting program from Fit Affinity Girls.  I have completed 2 out of the 12 week program that comes in the ebook, and I am loving it. The thing that I love about the ebook, is that there are more workout templates outside of what is outlined in the 12 Week Program.  I also purchased the Ab Workout Program, which I am going to incorporate this week.  Now that I am comfortable with lifting again, I have been neglecting my cardio.  I have only been doing a 15 minute warm up before I lift, and maybe once this week I did another 20 minute walk after lifting.  It's not enough, especially considering my eating habits lately.  The thing that frustrates me the absolute most is the fact that I LOVE the way healthy food choices taste.  I still struggle with snacking on junk food (Oreos and sweets that go great with coffee are the major culprits).  With that being said here are my results from this week.

My results show that I have gained 1.6 pounds and my BMI increase 0.3kg/m2 and not any huge changes elsewhere.  My BF% in n/a for now (I forgot to purchase a caliper earlier, its now on the way from Amazon).   As far as my results go...Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I surprised? No.  

•Reduce the bad snacking 
•Increase Cardio


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Health & Fitness Journey

I am currently on a health and fitness journey, and I thought "Why not share?"  I feel that sharing is an accountability push.  I hope that when I reach my goals, it will inspire others. 
Below you will see the image I'm using for taking my body measurements, of course she has an afro #teamnatural.  I'm going to call today Ground Zero, because this is the beginning, there has been no progression, and every entry for today would be zero.  The copy that I have for my personal records will have my actual body measurements, but the numbers I post will be only showing my progress.  For example: My neck is actually 13 1/4.  If by the next weigh-in it ends up being 12 1/8, then my entry will be 1 1/8.  Every entry will be a reflection on Ground Zero.  I will also be sharing my meals and workouts.  You can follow me on MyFitnessPal.  I am excited, motivated, and determined!  Come along for the ride!