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Days in the Journey #1 & 2: Lifting makes the world go round.

20 May

Oh Hey Guys and Gals!

So today officially marks day 3 and day 1 and day 2 have been great. Of what, you ask. Well, of hitting the gym twice a day and hitting the weights hard! I realize this may sound weird but of all the times I’ve tried a workout program, my favorite has always been one where I can hit the weights. I love it! I love the feeling of strength that lifting gives you. Yes, I know its only been three days but I think I may have my niche. I am following a beginners program that I am tweaking (just a little) to make it effective for my body. It is a really simple program that uses simple moves that you can build up to be more advanced as you go. (I can post the workouts if you would like, just let me know.)

Day#1: Legs Day 5/17/13

15 minutes on the stairmaster to warmup
5 minute cooldown on the stairmaster

1 hr of cardio on the Elliptical Adaptive Motion Trainer (which i think is a new machine)

meal#1: postworkout protein shake and a huge coffee
meal#2: cherries & a string cheese
meal#3: asain chicken salad & can of tuna
meal#4: pre-cardio steel cut oats made with milk; i added cocoa powder and stevia for flavor
meal#5: shrimp & green beans cooked in coconut oil & a baked sweet potato

Day #2: Shoulders Day 5/18/13

jumprope/box jumps to warm up and inbetween sets

cardio: treadmill, stairs, & elliptical

instagram: thatgirlhanan

instagram: thatgirlhanan


meal#1: banana(preworkout) & protein shake(postworkout)
meal#2: 2 hardboiled eggs & a greek yogurt
meal#3: 1/2 a pita bread with 4oz. of breast chicken and hummus
meal#4: pre-cardio oats
meal#5: baked sweet potato with hummus and two laughing cow wedges

These first two days were remarkably easy because I have been planning my meals and workouts ahead of time. Planning is key; failure to plan is planning to fail.

I hope everyone has a great week, kick ass and take names.

xo, Hanan.

Take #4534982

28 Apr

Hey friends!

So where have I been!? Im not even sure, sometimes life just takes over and I end up wishing I had kept up with blogging and sharing my journey. But I’m back now!!

New things in my life:

-Still trying to figure out my eating/workout style.

-Still trying to lose weight.

-Still trying to find happy.

Ok, so not much has changed. I still work at the same two places that I’ve always worked at, and I still love it. I still yoyo diet like I’m starting a new trend. But here we go again, I’m going to be making a new “blogging” schedule so I can keep this blog more updated. I might even start making little videos to post on here!? Who knows!?

xoxo, Hanan.

Sunday Fun Day: Meal Prep

24 Sep

So I am actually not quite sure when Sunday went from being a fun day to being the only day that I ever have time to  do anything productive. So yesterday, Sunday, I meal prepped for this whole week. It was my first time prepping for a entire week worth of meals and I definitely need to work on my technique haha! I had one small mishap but other than that everything else I planned on prepping went according to plan.

First thing I did was put some Quinoa to boil:

I roasted two bags of broccoli and cauliflower…

I boiled some breast chicken and added some salt free spices to make it less boring tasty!

Then in containers I added 1/4 cup quinoa, 1/3 cup shredded breast chicken, and broccoli and cauliflower to make a complete meal..

This made about five meals…which is good, because it gives me free reign to make lunch or dinner on any given day, or eat the same meal twice in a day:)

Oh, I also baked a yam, or a sweet potato, or whatever it is!

All this meal prep will hopefully save me some time throughout the week, I will still have to put in a little time each night just packing my day’s lunchbox but it wont be as much and I will also have  less chances to be led astray. Hopefully this works!!

Let me know how you guys meal prep or prepare to stay on the track during your busier times. Also leave questions, comments, and suggestions below, I love to hear from all of you! Have a wonderful and stress-free week!

xoxo, H

“Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo Dat” Quick tip #1

11 Sep

When I can, I like to make my coffee at home. It’s because I make it with almond milk (most coffee shops don’t have it), I like it a certain way, AND it saves money. If I leave my house without my necessary caffeine in the morning, when I go to the coffee shop I always try to limit what goes into my coffee. I don’t order pre-mixed drinks and I try my absolute bestest to avoid the syrups. I love green tea so usually when I wake up too late for coffee at home that is what I get.  I also always keep Truvia packets in my car, in my purse, pretty much everywhere; this way I can sweeten my drinks with a non-aspartame sweetener. However, if I do get a coffee drink I usually will get two shots of espresso, with soymilk or nonfat milk. When at the coffee shop, avoid the ever so tempting pastry display and opt for a Kind bar; some coffee shops also carry Chobani Greek yogurts which would make a perfect breakfast on the go or an awesome snack!

Don’t forget, it is still your best bet to plan and prepare all your meals ahead of time so you aren’t stuck in this situation but if you are, just remember this tip to survive the coffee shop.

xoxo, H

Easy Protein Pancakes Take #1

11 Sep

Hey all,

There are literally hundreds of recipes out there for protein pancakes, so I am just going to give you a “base” recipes to which you can add any flavors and topping to achieve whatever taste you want.

You will need:

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder of your choice
  • 1 egg white
  • truvia (optional)

Nutrition Facts*: Calories:237 Fat:1 Carbs:33 Protein:20.5

Mix all ingredients together and cook like pancakes. You can add anything to this mixture like cocoa powder, vanilla, fruit, chocolate chips, really anything. I also always like to add some sort of topping; I add strawberries, or agave nectar, or syrup. *Nutrition facts depend on what protein powder you use and what you add inside or on top.*

I do this on a weekend, when I have a little bit more time on my hands, and when I can enjoy eating it.

Let me know if you try this, or if you have a variation of the ‘protein pancake’ you would like me to try out.

Enjoy! xoxo, H



Time to get serious!

3 Sep

Hey everyone! Happy Labor Day!

So I don’t really know what happened, but with a combination of my birthday and other things I slipped up a little bit, but its now time to get serious! I started on Sept. 1st with this new system I put in place for myself and I like it so far. So here goes!

Things I am doing:

  • eating six small meals a day; every three hours
  • tracking calories, carbs, fat and protien
  • measuring portions so that i am not overeating

Changes I need to make:

  • smaller portions
  • measuring portions (no more guesstimating)
  • scheduling workouts, and showing up
  • stretching

Things I need:

  • food scale
  • food log diary
  • a gym
  • will to go to the gym

Ok so some of these things I already have, but I need to get my hands on a food scale so I can start measuring out my food portions. The reason for this is I feel like sometimes even though I eat well, I am eating way too much. I will still be posting my daily food on here if you guys want that, but I want to log not only the food but the calories and all that. I started this on the 1st like I said but have yet to post because I’ve been so lazy! So starting today I will log everyday for accountability.

Thanks again everyone who is following and commenting, it means a lot! xoxo, H!

Day at the Beach

22 Aug

Today my family and I spent the day at the beach. I feel so blessed to live where I live because we are about fifteen minutes from a beach and the weather is always beautiful. So today was about a breezy 79 degrees and we made our way to Corona Del Mar. It was fun but a tad chilly. But still a great day. Here are a few pictures from my day at the beach.

we got Starbucks instead!

our search for fro-yo

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

snactime: peach (:

oh hey!

18 Aug

Hello blog readers!!

I’m so excited to be writing a blog even maybe nobody will read it (hopefully not). This blog will be about my trials and failures in the world of weight loss and running.  I will be posting about my daily life including my workouts and some of my more exciting meals! Please join me in this exciting journey as I try to conquer the world on race at a time.

xoxo, H!


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