A new me, a different me, a better me

Hello tumblr world!

I am finally back at blogging and am so happy that I decided to come back. For those of you who have followed me for a while and still am- THANK YOU! Thank you for sticking with me :) 

I started this blog as a diary of my low carb and heavy lifting journey. I still love lifting in the gym but now I no longer follow a low carb diet. If this is against your personal principles/ you do not want to read about anything else I will not be offended if you unfollow. 

Now, I stick to IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) principles or you can also call it flexible dieting. I may do a longer and more in depth post about it in the future when I learn a little bit more about it myself. So far, I am just taking on this experience one step at a time and being open to all knowledge regarding health and fitness. I will put links to some of my favorite IIFYM blogs/ youtube channels out there which do a way better job at explaining things than me. They also have an abundance of health/ fitness information that I feel like we all could benefit from. 

http://iifym.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/1fitASHmom

https://www.youtube.com/user/mattyfusaro

https://www.youtube.com/user/CampbellFitnessTV

Now, lets talk about my weight and macros. 

Current weight: 165lbs

Current macros:

Carbs 170g

Protein 130g

Fats 40g

Let’s go! I am ready to make my body better!

Easy Peasy Crustless Quiche

I am definitely not a morning person. But throughout my days of rushed mornings I have learned how to make breakfast while getting ready and downing it before I rush out the door. 

Here is a crustless quiche which would take only 5 minutes of hands-on time and 15 minutes in the oven (which is the time I take to look put together). 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup diced tomato

1/3 cup diced bacon

3 eggs

1/2 cup egg whites

Salt & pepper 

Dash of garlic powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Slice your veggies. You can really use any kind you want but I had tomatoesimage

and mushrooms on hand so I just used those. 

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If you are in a real time crunch feel free to pre-slice your veggies the night before. 

Also, dice up your bacon. Any kind will do!

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3. Heat up your pan and cook your bacon in it. Do not add oil. image

( I used to make the mistake of adding oil but the delicious bacon fat will render up and be more than enough to keep your pan oiled.)

4. When bacon is cooked, add your veggies.

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5. While your veggies are sautéing, go ahead and grab your eggs.

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Crack ‘em in a bowl and add salt, pepper and garlic powder to your liking. Then whisk until thoroughly mixed. image

6. Add them to the pan. Do not stir or mix it around, just let it sit for a minute or two until the edges start to cook. 

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 7. Pop it (pan and all) in your preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. (Or until the eggs are cooked through).

8. Run along and go look beautiful. 

9. Enjoy your crustless quiche!

Makes 2-3 servings. (My boyfriend eats a lot :P)

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*Note: I add egg whites to lower the amount of calories. If you are anti-cardboard egg whites then go ahead and add one more egg :)

Fit Friday: Rack Chins

Hello everyone,

This is a new section of Miss Banana Shoes called “Fit Friday”. This day every week is when I discuss things fitness related.

Today’s feature is an exercise move that I newly found out about called Rack Chins. As some of you know I have been lifting a lot more weights lately. My goal is to reach a pull up but I m not there quite yet. Rack chins are a great exercise to get me there.

There are tons of YouTube videos out there with great instructions but here is my take on it.

You basically are hanging from a bar with your legs up on a chair (as seen above) and trying to pull yourself up. 

The first time I did it, I hated it. The second time, I still hated it. And now, I still dislike it but I can’t disagree that it does work your muscles hard. Mr. Ro is a master  at them and can do them with a 65lbs weight on his stomach. I am just on body weight!

Here are a few tips that I learned to make it a LITTLE bit better:

  • Use your legs to help you push yourself up. It makes a huge difference.
  • Engage your core. I know you are supposed to for every exercise but it really helps if you tighten your abs on this one.
  • Be a little mindful of your head. I hit the back of the rack once and it hurt :P (That might also just be because of my clumsiness)

So that’s it! Let me know if you try them. They have been the bane of my existence on todays workout. I WILL do a detailed post on my weight, update and plan of action later on. Have a happy Friday night :)

My workout essentials

Lately Mr. Ro and I have been hitting the gym together. I have been working out hard and figured that I would share my 5 workout essentials with you guys!

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  1. My banana shoes! As you can see with my new blog name that I am obsessed with these babies. Of course I am not telling everyone to get this pair but great workout shoes are essential to a good workout. This pair has gotten my squats to near perfection (if I do say so myself). image

  2. Workout tanks! I used to workout in t-shirts to hide my flabby arms but I realized tanks are infinitelybetter to work out in. They don’t get in the way when you lift and also there will not be sweaty stains in areas in which you do not want ;) image
  3. A notebook/ journal to keep track of your progress. I have an excel sheet on my laptop to track my measurements and a little notebook that I carry around with me at the gym. Since I am lifting heavy weights and want to improve every time I hit the gym it is essential to write down what I do each time. It has helped me a lot in setting goals for my weight sessions.image

  4. My smartshake bottle. This is the shaker bottle that I bought a year ago and I am still loving it. I carry it around with me when I workout as well as using it to take my protein shake afterwards. It is also more innovative because it doesn’t have the little ball thingy. It uses the mesh net at the top to break the powder particles and mix. Works like a dream.                 image
  5. A partner. The above is not a picture of us (thanks google- same with a bunch of the above images) but a partner is a must
    if you are trying to push yourself at the gym. They will motivate you, push you harder and spot you when you are lifting. I know it may be hard to find someone to workout with but if you have a chance do not let it go!

Those are my workout essentials. What are yours?

Changes

Some of you may have noticed but I have COMPLETELY changed my blogeddy blog. What changes you ask?

  1. The blog theme! I just installed the “firsts” blog theme and I think for once I will STOP changing it around and let it be.
  2. I renamed my blog to “Miss Banana Shoes”. Please read the “about me” section for why I chose this name. I am glad I changed it because it actually means a lot more to me than my old blog name!
  3. I will be cooking A LOT more low carb meals so be on the lookout for those :D
  4. I will have themed post days to keep up with a good blogging schedule :)

Thanks for stopping by. I will be coming back soon with more posts!

The End and the Beginning

College is finally over. The whirlwind of “senior week” (a week where seniors party and go crazy and drink and stay up all night long), the day of commencement and the move into my summer apartment has finally stopped. I just reread my last post on calories and wow was I wise for that one moment. It’s funny how my mind can be so strong willed one minute and then I just let myself go. I ate whatever I wanted, I drank whatever I wanted and just lived with it. 

Now I am living with Mr. Ro and we had named this summer “Janice’s Hot Body Summer Camp”.  I am determined to do it because my sister’s wedding will be in 112 days in Hong Kong. I want to look feel comfortable with myself.

Wish me luck! I started at 145lbs yesterday and started my workout routine. More on that later!