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7/23 – Carbs in rice & Intense game of Ultimate Frisbee

Tuesday is usually a tough day to decide what type of workout I want to do.  My favorite group fitness class is Muscle +. It’s an hour long of group “personal training”. It’s major muscle groups using heavy weights focused on intensity and not reps. I love this class because it helps always gets in all muscle groups even ones I never think about working out like inner/outer thigh, calves and butt.

However I chose Ultimate Frisbee today. An INTENSE game at that. My team won, and we were the underdog the entire game. We were always losing got up to 9/9 and just shut it down after that.

A few things I noticed about myself during this game:

  • I felt out of shape…why? I’m not sure…I think it’s mainly because of my running skills. I haven’t ran in awhile.
  • I felt like I was breathing super hard, like I couldn’t get enough air in per breath. I think this just meant I haven’t done any real cardiovascular exercise in awhile.
  • I realized that my body & mind could handle the pressure I was putting it under and that felt great. Means the workouts, the training and consistency allowed me to react at my optimal capacity.
  • I was on it. Every time the frisbee was moving, I was at the right place, at the right time, and one guy said, “You can really thread those needles!” He was talking about being ale to still pass while under pressure and finding the right teammate and putting him in the right spot to catch. In other words, throwing to a seemingly covered teammate, but getting him to move out of that state and positioning him for the catch.
  • I ran faster than any of the other girls. I think maybe a couple of other people ran faster, but I was running sprint circles and making great catches around the field.
  • I am intense. I have fun, but I take my catches and passes seriously and I am in the zone.
  • ALWAYS glad when I choose frisbee over Muscle+. I just hate that I can’t do them both.

Next time I’ll take some photos so I can post how our games look.

For lunch: I had a very simple lunch. Just rice soup and that fish from yesterday. I kept it simple because I didn’t want to put any thought into what I was eating. I didn’t want that to consume my day. I gotta tell you a little about rice and it’s nutrition content.


As you can see for 1 cup cooked, its 205 calories….ok not too bad, eat that with some veggies and meat, you can get away with a 600 cal lunch or dinner. But LOOK AT THE CARBS! Holy milkshakes! 44.5 GRAMS! The recommended carb intake before you start gaining weight is 100-150! If I accidentally eat 3 cups of rice in a day, I’m automatically on the path to gain weight!! I ate roughly 3 cups today between lunch and dinner. 😦

For dinner: Korma stir-fry. I used a bottle of simmer sauce and chopped up shitake mushrooms, green beans, red sweet peppers and sauteed it with chicken as my meat. Of course, I ate it with rice. Dang it! I will really think twice about how much rice I can put away.

Well, there’s my day. It wasn’t too glamorous today.


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7/18 – Grillin’ in the dark & Late night HIIT

Hello! It’s a happy Thursday and after a long drive to Charlotte and back, I’m pooped! I woke up this morning out of a coma after yesterday’s workout! Wow! You can definitely tell it was a hard one when you’re completely stiff and tight all over. Glad I had my protein shake afterwards, I think that helped me not be so sore, and avoided Ibuprofen this time.

The best way to knock out soreness in my experience is to continue to workout, even in lower intensity a few days in a row….just work through the pain, and my body will get used to the trauma I put it through. Then the efficiency mechanisms kick in and gets the body ready for that type of intense workout, and all the right muscles will engage, then I can do hard work out after hard workout, and no soreness for awhile until I start missing workouts again. In fact, sometimes I’ll workout so hard having only a couple off days a week that I can’t reach that point of soreness unless I radically change my workouts or increase my weights.

What’s great about that type of “pain” (soreness) is that the next time you “need” to put your body through it, ie: running long distance races, triathlons, unloading heavy bags of sand over and over again, digging trenches, carrying lumber, moving earth…yeah I did all of that recently…the body just engages into preparing for that mode of labor, and you would be SURPRISED that it will not struggle but efficiently pulls all of the right muscles needed to do those things, and I’m not saying it’s completely effortless, but almost. That’s a nice feeling. One of the worst feelings I remember back in the days where I didn’t know “how to exercise” or what types worked for me, just a short flight of stairs would wear me out and I’d be huffin’ and puffin’ like a 200lb diabetic woman. It was so bad that I was embarrassed and would slowly walk up… AND still get a bit winded.

So tonight was an incredibly beautiful night in the middle of nowhere of TN. The sunset was so incredibly blue, that my entire backyard was tinted blue! Then there was a haze of pink and purple off in the distance. In the mountains, you get so many different hues of sunsets….and what a great place to live. 🙂

I haven’t done a workout yet today, so I am putting one together as I am blogging this. The one I want to do is a rather light HIIT to still get my heart up, help me loosen up, but still engage those muscles I just worked out yesterday. AND I’m doing it after my dinner…which is never a great idea, but I’ll give my tummy a chance to digest before I start.

Late Night HIIT: Light core & body weight movements

  • 25 Pushups
  • 25 Prisoner Squats
  • 25 Inner thigh squat each side
  • 30 secs plank
  • 25 crunches
  • 25 bicycles
  • 30 sec side plank each side
  • 25 trip kick backs
  • 25 bicep curls light weights
  • 5 burpees for extra measure…. 🙂


Here’s my dinner!
I decided to grill out in the dark! I got a steak kabob from Fresh Market and threw on the grill some italian mild sausages, and cut up a whole onion into thick slices and grilled those too. Made a side of fresh avocado salad and had it as my veggie side. I ate on the deck table underneath the moonlight with a little red LED hurricane lantern. Very relaxing evening.



I picked up this bag of chips called Eat Your Vegetables for my husband tonight. He’s jumping on board on the healthier eating wagon. I hope he stays on.


Has anyone ever seen these before? I’ve never seen little mini grapes! They are super cute! I thought about buying a container but I don’t know what I’d do with them! I guess I could eat them like any other grape…but they look like they should be a part of some fancy appetizer.


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Suck it Up BUTTERCUP :)

Wow! This tank is what I feel when someone decides to whine and make excuses. I just want to tell them to shove it, and keep going. I went to a race recently and saw someone wearing this one in baby blue, and I started looking for it online. Found it at for $25!

Well, recently after watching the entire Rocky series and Million Dollar Baby, my husband asked me “If you were to become a boxer or UFC fighter, what would your “nickname” be?” Completely not listening, I didn’t realize he was trying to figure out my weight class and how to announce my name and what song I’d want to walk out to. He caught me in a busy moment, while I was listening to Carolina Beach Radio on Pandora, and probably while I was cleaning the house or something, so I just gave him a quick answer and said “I don’t know! Buttercup!”  This probably came from when Build Me Up Buttercup just ended. So then he proceeded to announce my vicious boxer name…..

“Introducing first…. from the red corner. Weighing in at 118 pounds… she hails from middle of nowhere of TN. She is, the contender for the Super Fly Weight Class Championship, Vantha “Buttercup” Emmmmmbbbbrrrryyyyyyy!”

So there, now you know the real reason why I am in love with this tank. It’s my attitude when it comes to working out, and not as obnoxious as other crossfit apparel.

You can purchase this burnout screen-printed tank for $25 at! Can’t wait til mine comes in!!!!!!
Suck it Up Buttercup!

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by | July 17, 2013 · 9:53 pm