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2D Design 24/7!

2D Design 24/7!

Have you ever had a class that the professor thinks that class is your only class? I have one of those right now!! My sD Design class is interesting and fun, but I would like it a lot better if it was my ONLY class! The project are very time consuming.

 

However, I did really like our last project that was due today. We had to come up with 3 sets of instructions. Then we had to follow our instructions and complete the work of art three times. At the end we had a total of 9 images.

The one I am going to show you is my favorite. My instructions where:

1. Choose a song to listen to either individually or as a group.

2. Pick the thickness of Sharpie you would like to use.

3. Start music and place point down on the paper.

4. Move the point around the page to the rhythm of the music for about 45 seconds to 1 minute.

5. Make sure that the beginning point and the ending point make enclosed shapes, if they don’t do that now.

6. Pick a medium and fill in the enclosed shapes, be creative.

Those were my instructions, this is what I came up with for my 3 images.

Solid Colors with Colored Pencils
Solid Colors with Colored Pencils
Dots made with Colored Sharpie Markers
Dots made with Colored Sharpie Markers
Lines with Colored Pens
Lines with Colored Pens

 

If you want to try it follow my instructions and email them to me at nutritiousfitness2@gmail.com I will post it on my blog!

Ultimate Rest Review So far

Ultimate Rest Review So far

They say that as you get older your days go by faster and faster. If that is the case I hate to see what my life is like in 5 years from now! It is going to be such a blur! hahaha I hope things will settle down soon enough, and I am sure they will. So I have been really slacking on taking pictures of all my meals. Ugh I know, SO SORRY!!

 

So right now I am on my last week of the Reset. Thursday will be my last day! So crazy how fast it went! i have to be honest with everyone, I took a cheat day!! I know, I know, it is only 21 days, but I got a really bad cold and the thought of a salad was the farthest thing from my mine! I had some chicken noodle soup, and peanuts butter toast that day. I didn’t eat terrible, just something  a little easier on the stomach.

 

I took a picture on day 11, I have a comparison here for you!! I lost about 7 pounds so far 🙂 I only see a little difference in the picture, but I don’t think the picture does any justice!

Day 11 Weigh in. Down 7 pounds
Day 11 Weigh in. Down 7 pounds

 

The only picture I have right now of food is day 14 or 15 dinner. It was a baked sweet potato, quinoa, and garlic veggies! Although I do really like the reset, I will be happy when I can make my own decision on what I want to eat! I know that i can tweak the meals, but I am trying my hardest to stay as close to the meal plan as possible. I figure that they made it like that for a reason! hahaha I am starting to miss my eggs and fish! I don’t really miss the meat too much. Well I would have a Buffalo Chicken Pizza as a cheat meal, I DO miss that!! It is just hard when you are craving other healthy foods, but they are meats or dairy. But I know that this is so worth it!

 

Dinner!
Dinner!

 

End of Week One/ Phase One & beginning Week 2

End of Week One/ Phase One & beginning Week 2

I feel so bad, I have been so so busy that I haven’t had time to post everyday!! I am going to do my best to wrap it up for you!!

Things I have noticed:

1. I have lost about 3 pounds by the end of week one.

2. Woke up sore 2 of the morning, stretched and was A-OK to get on the move!!

3. Breaking out a little in the chin area, its getting a lot better though.

4. Have had cravings for pasta three times, a lot less than I thought I would! 😡

5. Fall RIGHT asleep at night!

6. Wake up well rested.

7. If I don’t drink at least 60 fl oz of water each day I get a headache.

8. Almost all meals can be made to eat on the go!

9. Put the Detox Supplement in the BLENDER!! I plan on starting this tomorrow! i am going to get a water bottle and drink 1/3 of it 30 mins before each meal.

 

So since I don’t have a bunch of time (again 🙁 ) here are some of the pictures I was able to take!!

Day Six Dinner
Day Six Dinner

 

Day 7: Breakfast
Day 7: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Lunch
Day 7: Lunch

 

Day 8: Breakfast
Day 8: Breakfast

 

Start of Week 2: Day 8: Dinner
Start of Week 2: Day 8: Dinner

 

Day 8: Lunch
Day 8: Lunch

 

Day 9: Breakfast
Day 9: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Breakfast
Day 10: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Lunch
Day 10: Lunch

 

Day 10: Dinner
Day 10: Dinner

 

Day 11: Breakfast
Day 11: Breakfast

 

My food prep for Week 2!! I decided to put my salads in bags! It made things so much easier!!
My food prep for Week 2!! I decided to put my salads in bags! It made things so much easier!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate reset: Day 5 & Day 6

Ultimate reset: Day 5 & Day 6

I am sorry I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday!! My day was CRAZYYYYY, as was today, I don’t know how I have time to sit down and do this! It kind of makes me feel like I am forgetting to do something else…. 😡 hummm. haha OH WELL!!

How about we start off with Day 5. Day 5 was yesterday, Feb. 5th, 2013. It was a Tuesday and I was SUPER BUSY! I woke up and noticed my leg muscles were a little sore and tight. I did a little stretching and felt good as new!! I then made breakfast. Okay, breakfast was AMAZING!! I seriously found a new favorite food/recipe. So simple too, oatmeal, walnuts, and maple syrup!!! ( and a serving of fruit!!) I ate that and packed my lunch since I only had an hour lunch break I wasn’t going to spend 40 mins of it walking back and forth to campus!

Day FIVE Breakfast: Oatmeal, maple syrup, walnuts
Day FIVE Breakfast: Oatmeal, maple syrup, walnuts

 

 

So then I walked up to my first class, Intermediate Digital Art, where class was from 9:30-12:00. I took my supplements around 11:30-11:45 so that by the time class was over and I got to a place to eat I would be able to eat!! I was to take a little side note, just to get everyone ready!! I have an AWESOME project I am working on in my digital art class. I am making a self portrait out of text! YAYA! So excited!! Okay, so anyway, back to the reset! Class was over and a left a little after noon. I went to one of the dining places on campus and grabbed a fork!! I picked a table with a nice view of the FREEZING, COLD outside and enjoyed my lunch! I had quinoa, veggies and hummus!!

DAY FIVE LUNCH: Quinoa, veggies with hummus
DAY FIVE LUNCH: Quinoa, veggies with hummus

 

I finished my lunch and still had a little time to spare. I posted this beautiful picture on Instagram (follow me: alyssaraeb) and just relaxed and let my food digest. Soon enough it was time to go to my painting class. Then back home, I think I had a snack yesterday, saltines possibly, ( I can’t remember :x) hahha! Then I was making dinner, which was also FABULOUS!!!!

Day Five Dinner: Rice, Stri-fry, Mico soup
Day Five Dinner: Rice, Stir-Fry, Mico soup

 

After dinner I had A LOT of homework to do! i went to bed way later than I wanted to! I was just getting tired and cracky. That of course had nothing to do with the detox, I go to bed early ALWAYS, or else I get a little cranky haha. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was OUT!! So little things I picked up on throughout the day, that may or may not be related to the detox. First I noticed I am breaking out on my chin. This could be because of the reset, or because since I am a girl we have our “friend” come once a month, so it of course could be that. YAY for perfect timing  (-__-) Then my sore muscles I mentioned earlier. I think that is from the detox, I know we are not recommended to exercise while doing the Ultimate Reset, and even though I do not intentionally exercise, my campus is on a hill, I live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building ( always take the stairs of course –we don’t have an elevator anyway! haha), and all my classed are on the 2nd or 3rd floor of their buildings. So, it is almost like going to the gym and spending some time on the StairMaster :p Other than basically those two things, I haven’t noticed anything else.

 

 

Day 6: Wednesday Feb 6th

So today was the real day 6. Today was crazier than yesterday. I don’t have too too much to talk about for the reset today besides food! I had the same thing for breakfast today as I did yesterday. That is not what it class for, but I did not have one of the main portions of today’s breakfast. For lunch I had some left over quinoa and a micro salad. i worked crazy on school work in between my two classed and only took a break to eat my lunch. I came home and went grocery shopping for Week TWO!!

week2 shopping

 

 

I think everything I bought was a fruit or a vegetable!! Well I did have a spice and some coconut milk haha! But still, I can eat for a whole week off of JUST fruits and vegetables alone! This is so crazy! People think they need to buy pounds and pounds of meat per week to feed their families. Right here is all you need for a perfectly balanced diet! So yummy and satisfying too! After I put everything away I decided I would make dinner. I am so glad that I was not STARVING! Because I did not have tonight’s dinner prepared yet. Of course it was the ONLY meal so far that has a decent amount of prep work that had to be done. It wasn’t too bad, I just was ready to relax! … and I couldn’t. So I started to make a few of the ingredients and parts that needed time to cook or soak. As that was going on I decided to shower and do a few other things for some me time. Like clean up my bedroom and gather stuff for tomorrow.

 

Dinner tonight was interesting. I had some Zucchini and Cashew Soup, Millet something…, and Roasted Beet Medley( or something like that!) Everything was good. The soup was reallly good!! I over cooked the Roasted Medley concoction, so that was a little burnt, otherwise really good. The Millet was .. different. I don’t think I cooked it long enough, it was a little hard; or maybe just harder than I expected it to be.

Day Six Dinner
Day Six Dinner

 

It has been a LONG two days and I am SO READY to call it a night!! tomorrow is the last day of Phase 1!! Friday I will do a weigh in, some measurements and pictures!! I have;t decided if I am going to post the pictures yet or just wait until the end and show a before and after and then another pictures with the phases. I am open to suggestions! Goodnight!! <3

Ultimate Reset: Day 4 & 2D Project

Ultimate Reset: Day 4 & 2D Project

Today marks 4 days DOWN of Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset!! I actually am still so excited to be doing this!! I have been reading some other’s blogs to see what their experiences have been. Some people have had headaches and body aches.. stuff along those lines. For me, I haven’t had any headache (besides the little one I had last night, which I think it was because I was tired). When I woke up this morning I felt pretty well rested, actually woke up like 10 mins before my alarm went off.. coincidence? ehh maybe?

Breakfast was a little on the go. I know we are supposed to be mindful while we are eating, but I didn’t really have a choice since I had class at 9:00 am and I was an hour and a half away at my boyfriends. I was sooooo glad today was something eat and kind of grab and go for breakfast. I had some blackberries and raspberries, greek yogurt, and a piece of whole wheat toast! I popped the toast in the toaster and washed my fruit. The fruit was really easy to eat in the car, as was the toast. Then it was time for the yogurt, note to self, never try to eat yogurt while driving again. I would imagine it is basically the same as trying to put on make up while driving hahaha. I made it through okay, but I will not be doing that again!

I got back to my apartment and went to class. I’ll have to vent about that class in a post another time! I was pretty hungry by the time my class was over. I ate breakfast at 7:00am but had class 9-11:30!! I got home took my supplements, then finally got to eat around 12:30. This was the first time I was actually pretty hungry during the reset so far. I was perfectly fine after eating my lunch! Today was sushi, just like I had for dinner last night. I also had lentil lime salad and a microsalad. The sushi is deff growing on me! I just wish it was easier to cut!!

Day 4 Lunch: Sushi, Lentil Lime salad, and microsalad.
Day 4 Lunch: Sushi, Lentil Lime salad, and microsalad.

 

I had a nice long break between my classes today. I was able to shower and have a phone meeting with my Beachbody Success partner, and do a few other things! I went to class, came home and ate my snack! I had multi-grain crackers and some peanut butter, that wasn’t a combo on the snack sheet, but pb and an apple was and there was crackers and hard boiled eggs, so I just switched the protein a little!! I decided I would be productive today. We have a project due Wednesday for my 2D Design class. I brought it home since we started it in class today.

We had an assignment over the weekend to make shapes have have them UNITE and DIVIDE and a few other tasks. Then in class today we had to pick one and do a project with it. These two pictures are my progress so far.

2D design

 

2D design 2

 

I will have to keep you updated on how they turn out!! So after I painted a little I made dinner. Dinner tonight was Quinoa, stri-fry, and cucumber and tomato salad. All I have to say is, making that stir-fry was SCARY!!! You have to put the oil on high heat!! Well it was popped and scaring me hahahaha! it tasted AMAZING though, so worth it!! I then prepped lunch for tomorrow since I will be on campus for lunch.

Day 4 Dinner: Quinoa, cucumber and tomato salad, and stir fry
Day 4 Dinner: Quinoa, cucumber and tomato salad, and stir fry

 

After dinner I watch a little tv with my roommate and decided it was almost time for bed! I am pretty tired now and just want to go to bed! I told myself that I will just post on here and then LIGHTS OUT!! So goodnight everyone!

 

Ultimate Reset: Day 3

Ultimate Reset: Day 3

Well, another day down!! Like I said on my facebook, this detox is flying by, but actually I should be saying that I can see my eating habits changing right before my eyes!

I slept in again today, I woke up around 8:45 am I think it was. I took my time getting up and around and took my first batch of supplements around 9:00. I loved breakfast today! It was the same breakfast I had day one; eggs, toast, and I tried spinach instead of Kale 🙂 The breakfast I think I will be eating for the rest of my life, it is the perfect combination to feel me full, and gives me energy to go throughout the rest of the day until my next meal.

Day Three Breakfast: Eggs, toast, spinach
Day Three Breakfast: Eggs, toast, spinach

 

I was able to go for about a 30-40 min walk today as well!! It was SOOO COLD! OH MY GOODNESS! I couldn’t feel my legs when I got back into the house! My friend went with me, we were both frozen! But, it is winter in Pennsylvania, what else could I expect!? So then it was time for lunch. I had a microgreen salad and a Lentil Lime salad. I was unsure what to expect with the Lentils. I have never had them before (that I recall) and I for sure never attempted to cook them before. I had to look it up since I bought the lentils at an organic food store so they didn’t have instructions with them. it wasn’t too hard, just took a little longer than I was expecting to cook them!

Day Three Lunch: Microgreen Salad ( not shown) and Lentil Lime Salad (shown)
Day Three Lunch: Microgreen Salad ( not shown) and Lentil Lime Salad (shown)

 

Now, I was working on a project for one my classes today, so I was kind of stressed because it ended up taking FOREVER to finish! I totally forgot about my snack and didn’t get to eat it until about 6:00 pm 🙁 I had a DELICIOUS apple for my snack. It was SO GOOD! I was craving some of the buffalo chicken dip staring me down… but the apple satisfied me!! I was so happy, because, well… buffalo chicken dip is my FAVORITE!! Well, I am in love with anything buffalo, but that is high up there on the list! Then after waiting 2 hours I was able to have my dinner. Tonight I made sushi. I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it was. The taste was okay, but I am used to spicy shrimp rolls FILLED with flavor! So, this was just a little bit of a shock to have it not be as spicy, but it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t have one of those bamboo rolly things, so I couldn’t roll it very tight. I cut it in half, and then when I tired to cut it again, the one piece fell apart! i decided I wasn’t going to try to be fancy about it, and I would just bit into the two longer pieces, instead of making bite sized pieces. I also had a side of cucumber salad and miso soup. The cucumber salad I LOVED!! It was just enough flavor, but nothing too overpowering. If I could change one thing about it, it would be that i made it fresh and didn’t make it ahead of time. The Miso soup was actually pretty good. I was a little scared because I didn’t have one of the ingredients, and I really hoped that it would still taste okay.

Day Tree Dinner: Sushi Roll, Cucumber Salad, Miso Soup
Day Tree Dinner: Sushi Roll, Cucumber Salad, Miso Soup

 

So now the super bowl game is over ( I didn’t even know who was playing this year :X) hahahah! I survived and DIDN’T CHEAT!! I had so many temptations, but I had my mindset going into the Ultimate Reset, I was not going to cheat, I was going to follow the meal plan carefully, and I was going to stick to the schedule! I have to say I think I am doing a pretty good job. Tomorrow will be the start of the real test. i have classes Monday thur Thursday. It will be a little harder getting meals to fit in, in between classes and work. You will have to stay tuned to see how that goes!

 

It is getting late and I am starting to get a little headache. I don’t know if that is from the detox, or if I am just ready for bed after a long day! I think it may have just been a long day. We will see what tomorrow brings! I stayed at my boyfriends tonight to watch the game so now I have to drive back early in the morning. Have a good night everyone!!

Ultimate Reset: Day 2

Ultimate Reset: Day 2

Yaya!! I made it through day two with (almost) flying colors 🙂

I woke up feeling pretty refreshed, although that may have been due to the fact that I slept in until about 9:30 am haha! But since I don’t have classes on Friday, it is nice to have a long weekend and just get errands and running around done on Fridays.

So one thing I hope to learn from this program is how to prep food. I am AWEFUL at preparing my meals a head of time. I thought I was doing pretty well when i washed, cut and stored everything. Well, that doesn’t help when you are actually preparing full meals from scratch! So, today I spent a few hours preparing food for the rest of the weekend. I will have to admit, it was a little frustrating trying to get everything made. I will need to come up with a better system, because the way I am doing things, it is not going to go over well for the next two and a half weeks! When I come up with a new system I will fill you all in 🙂

 

So today I love breakfast and lunch. It was oatmeal and blueberries. I was supposed to have yogurt and totally forgot about it! opps!! Then a Greek Chicken Salad for lunch. I had an apple for a snack, can I just say I LOVE apples!! hehe. Then dinner was a different story. Before I talk about that, let me show you the pictures of everything!

Day Two Breakfast: Oatmeal and Blueberries
Day Two Breakfast: Oatmeal and Blueberries

 

Day Two Lunch: Greek Chicken Salad
Day Two Lunch: Greek Chicken Salad

 

Day Two Dinner: Black Bean and Rice with Kale
Day Two Dinner: Black Bean and Rice with Kale

 

Okay, so for dinner I need to first tell you that I was never a fan of black beans. Now, I have never tried them that I recall, but the thought of them just didn’t sit well with me. So, I am not sure if it was the black beans in here, or just the mixture of everything together. See, I can’t put my finger on what it was!! It still bugs me not being able to pin point what I didn’t like about it. I could eat it, but it wasn’t a taste I was like, ” I WANT THIS EVERYDAY!!”. I love when I have that reaction to food, mostly because I am so picky 😡 Which, by the way, my goal is to not be picky by the end of the reset…. not sure how that is going to go over 🙁 On the side I had kale and pine nuts. I still LOVE kale, and I surprising love pine nuts as well!

 

Overall it was a good day. My mood and spirits are high, I have energy to get my through the day, and I am full and satisfied with each meal. I hear that the hardest days are yet to come!! I am loving this experience, and hope that one day you will want to take this journey as well! Comment below for more information or email me at nutritiousfitness2@gmail.com !!

 

 

Ultimate Reset: Day 1

Ultimate Reset: Day 1

Today was day one of the Ultimate Reset!! Since I am going into this WHOLE experience, I didn’t really have too many expectations for what the supplements would be like, or how the food would taste.

So I woke up and took the first of the supplements. I was a little scared ( not going to lie!! :x) So I took the three and i could actually swallow the pills!! yaya for me!! I HATE taking pills!

Then I got some things ready for breakfast. Which was really delish, if I do say so myself 🙂 I really liked the fact that you started off with somewhat normal foods. Eggs and toast is a pretty standard breakfast, of course the way you make it is the key! I tried kale, which is SO GOOD! I have only had it baked I guess ( I was crisp and crunchy and dried when I had it..). The combination was really good together, plus I was STUFFED by the last few bites. Yet, I felt satisfied, and didn’t want to snack on anything 20 mins after I finished breakfast

day 1 breakfast

 

 

After breakfast I did some food prep. I washed, cut, and packaged in storage containers some of the vegetables. Looking back I with I would have taken the time to look at every meal for the entire week and just make everything so it was all ready to go. (I plan on doing that tomorrow) . Part of my prep process was taking my before pictures and measurements. Here are my pictures. I just did a half marathon so this is basically post half marathon training and pre ultimate reset!!

pre pictures

 

 

I don’t have all my measurements so I will post them in another update. Since it was only day one I don’t have too too much to tell everyone! I will post my Lunch, Snack, and Dinner pictures ( I ate most of my dinner before I took a picture! hehe, sorry!!)

 

Day One: Lunch Microsalad!!
Day One: Lunch Microsalad!!

 

Day One: Snack, apple and some pb!
Day One: Snack, apple and some pb!

 

Day One Dinner: Salmon, asparagus and potatoes!
Day One Dinner: Salmon, asparagus and potatoes!

 

I am really sorry I don’t have too much to say on the first day. It was SUCH a busy day overall though, and I am ready for bed!! Keep in tune throughout the next 21 days as I get more in depth with my posts!!