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200 Push-Up Challenge & Sick Nutrients Checklist

9 Feb

Good morning readers!

First and foremost: how about that snow storm in the northeast?! Some of you may know that I am originally from Connecticut. My dad just sent me a text letting me know that the official count for snow up there is 31 inches!!! I am experiencing MAJOR snow envy right now. Definitely could go for some snuggling up with books, hot chocolate, and sledding all afternoon. -Sigh-

BUT the most exciting part of this post will be my 200 push-up challenge. That’s right! I never thought I would be able to do that many push-ups in one day, but I surprised myself and was able to do all, except 5 in the beginning group, without going on the knees! Wow. But more on that later 😉

Anywho, this week in the district I luckily had a couple days off of work and I really needed them due to a pretty bad cold that blew through my week starting Monday night. I even finished off another Jodi Picoult novel in less than 2 days!IMG_2299Now, when you’re sick it’s best you give your body the most amount of rest you can and refuel it with lots of nutrients when you’re appetite comes calling. Although there were a few times this week where I was really not in the mood to cook or move more than the steps it is from the bathroom to the couch, I made sure I was always having:

1. at least 2 meals per day

2. 8-9 glasses of water (sometimes juices or tea) per day

3. 4 vegetables per day

4. 2 fruits per day

Consider that my “Sick Nutrients Checklist.” I was working hard to flush all the toxins out of my body, by drinking plenty of fluids, and replenishing my body’s stores with powerful vitamins and minerals. Sounds good right? Here’s some quick meals I made that helped me stay on track and took minimal effort this week.

IMG_2300 Veg Sandwich! One whole wheat sandwich thin, 1 tbsp hummus, baby bella mushrooms, orange bell pepper, sliced tomato, 1/2 of an avocado, sliced cucumber and a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s 3 Cheese’s Lite.IMG_2302 Whipped Banana Oats! Tossed with raisins and crunchy peanut butter.IMG_2303Loaded Baked Potato! A baked potato cooked in the microwave for 5 minutes with sauteed baby bella mushrooms, and broccoli with medium salsa and Trader Joe’s 3 Cheese’s Lite.

All these meals took me less than 10 minutes to prep and were really filling, especially since I had a small appetite. The sandwich was my least favorite of these 3 but I think that was because I could not really taste any food that day 😦

Also on the agenda this week were my first 2 shifts at lululemon! 🙂 Luckily my first shift was at the start of my sickness and by yesterday, for my second shift, I was feeling much better! My first day I chose super comfy clothes (lululemon cool racerback tank paired with lululemon pleasing pant and a BDG cardigan) since I wasn’t feeling great and we ended up busting out the yoga mats and practicing crow, headstands and wheels within the first 15 minutes I was there! I think it’s safe to say, I really like my job already 🙂IMG_2289 IMG_2026 IMG_2028

Now here’s the fun part! The 200 push-up challenge!

Yesterday Brandon and I were both working 12-7 so he turned to me and said, “Natasha, want to do a challenge with me today?” Now, here’s a little background on Brandon, he’s training to compete in a HUGE CrossFit competition and is incredibly strong. Knowing these 2 facts, I probably should have been a little more hesitant, but I was all about it and agreed. He said “We will complete 200 push-ups by the end of our shift today.” At first, I was nervous we wouldn’t be able to do it, more so that I wouldn’t be able to. The most I’ve ever done at the gym in one workout is around 50 and they were of different varieties so as not to burn out.

Well, the challenge was on and it was very clear from the start that neither Brandon or I are quitters. We started out with a pace plan, but quickly realized we wouldn’t be able to maintain it due to the business of the store. We began to then crank out 25 pushups every 30-45 minutes. Talk about fatigue! I would group mine by doing 15 then finishing up with 10. That way it was broken down and much less intimidating for me. My mindset was, “Only 10 left? You do 3 sets of 10 all the time! You got this!” It also helped that my co-workers were super supportive and encouraging. As we neared the end of our shift, Brandon sailed through the last 50 in the time it took me to do only 19! He’s a machine.IMG_2037 IMG_2042Having a challenge like this on my first full shift made me realize how great of an opportunity it is for me to be working with this team. It also showed me I am going to be challenging myself in so many ways in this job and I am so excited to see my growth overtime. Seeing on the first day of my shift that I am stronger than I am giving myself credit for was not only a confidence booster, but a perspective changer. How many other things do I doubt myself about but can actually do? What areas in my life am I not pushing hard enough to succeed simply because I think I cannot?

And you’re asking, “You’re getting this from working for a clothing company?” My answer, yes. The fact is there is a much deeper culture to lululemon than many people realize. Our goal as a company is to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness and we work on achieving this through our ambassadors in the community, participating in classes at studios in our local communities, committing to an idea and doing it by when we say we will do it, and are always looking up – for ways to grow. I honestly am so excited for this journey and what lies ahead for me.

Enough of a tidbit – I challenge all you readers – find a challenge YOU can complete in YOUR WORKPLACE! I even think you all could find a way to do 200 push-ups at your work as well! Challenge yourselves to be creative and see what you can come up with! You may be surprised at what you can accomplish to 🙂

Until next time,



New Day, New Breakfast.

30 Nov

Good evening everyone!

Woof, what a long day today was. One of the best parts though was being able to sleep in a little later this morning, til 930, and have the time to make a fresh breakfast before work. I took this opportunity to try a recipe I’ve been meaning to try for awhile now: whipped banana oatmeal.

I found this recipe off the blog Kath Eat’s Real Food months ago, but haven’t gotten around to making it until today. I started off with 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup oats, and 1/2 cup water in a pan. I brought this to a medium boil then began to slice half of a banana very thinly and place the slices  into the mix.


Once it all began to boil, I whipped the mixture together quickly until the bananas became part of the consistency. The smell at this point of the process was heaven. I let it cook for about 4 minutes and then added in some pumpkin puree.


Lastly, I tossed some blueberries in there and hoped for the best. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure if I would like it. I almost began a second batch, but realized I was running low on time so I popped it into a tupperware container and went off to work.

Well, to my surprise, this breakfast was delicious! And ultra filling. About halfway I was considering putting it in the fridge for later, but it was too good! Especially once I added in my Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter. Seriously, I cannot get enough of it right now.


I ran a participant, made some phone calls, followed up on emails, and before I knew it it was 130! Time to eat 🙂


In the bowl today was spinach, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, avocado, raisins, yellow bell pepper and light balsamic vinaigrette. I use the Boathouse Farms dressing and I highly recommend it. Light in calories per serving, but packed with flavor. I actually didn’t even put dressing on my salads for the first 2 years I ate them, but this is my favorite dressing now.

After a couple more tasks at work, I got to head home and have some down time before I left for babysitting. Today went by pretty quickly, I always enjoy my time with Max. He’s 12 and horrible at Mario Kart on the Wii, but a really enjoyable kid to spend time with. Right from babysitting I left for the gym!

Today’s workout was all about getting myself moving. I took Tuesday and Wednesday as rest days so I felt a little restless. I hopped on the treadmill for a nice and easy 3 mile run at a 8:34 pace. After that, I hopped downstairs and completed this circuit Tina from Carrot’s n Cake posted on Health Magazine’s website for the morning after Thanksgiving. I actually did the workout that morning as well and found it to be a good challenge so I went for it again today.

My legs are definitely feeling it halfway through. It’s a tough workout, but a good one! I didn’t leave the gym until 755 so by the time I got in my car I realized how hungry I was. I normally like to be done with dinner by 8 so my stomach was empty and my body ready for some fuel. When I got home, I wanted to just throw together something quickly in the form of veggies and protein so I just grabbed whatever was ready to cook.

The veggies of the evening were broccoli, yellow squash, garlic and brussel sprouts. I tossed in some black pepper, basil and thyme. The combination was so random, but I ended up really enjoying it. I’m going to repeat this one for sure.

To pair alongside my veggies I chose a throwback.

Trader Joe’s Chicken Nuggets 🙂

With only 190 calories and 15 g of protein these little nuggets were the perfect choice for tonight. By the end of the meal my stomach was happily satisfied 🙂

The rest of my evening consisted of showering and getting the blog ready to launch! I’m pretty wiped so I’m going to snuggle up with Liam and read a little bit of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, or any of the series for that matter. I’ve decided I’m going to read through all 7 again and see how fast I can do it. A bit of a mini, but enjoyable challenge for me. I haven’t read for pleasure in awhile.

What are some good books you have read lately?

Well that’s it for me tonight, goodnight everyone!

Until next time,