Working Out in NYC

New York has every temptation when comes to food. There’s something on every corner. So it better have everything when it comes to burning all of it off…and it does! I’ve gotten a few questions on which ones are my favorite. So today I’m writing about what a typical week might look like, if I’m really hitting it hard.

My New Obsession: BOXING! I’ve tried a couple in the city and thus far, Rumble is my absolute favorite. For those of you that have done Barry’s Bootcamp or Shadow Box, it is a healthy mix of both (without the treadmill). Calling all boxers! I’m all about the full body workouts. This fits the bill. It’s a healthy mix of some circuit exercises and punching it out on the bag. For me, this was a perfect stress reliever and endorphin generator. The stress of the week builds up and hitting the bag feels therapeutic in a way. Perfect way to spend an early Saturday morning and say – “Bye Felicia” to the previous week and embrace the weekend/week ahead. My favorite instructors are @erikaannhammond and @noahdneiman.

Pilates on a Reformer – SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone): It’s all about that core and little moves that’ll have you feeling the pain! I feel like this class is a great complement to the heavy cardio workouts. Believe me, I still sweat (I sweat a lot ;)), but it’s a different type of sweat. After the planks, side planks and pulsing lunges, my obliques and thighs are on FIRE.

Soul Cycle: An oldie but a goodie! I probably generate more positive energy and inner peace spinning it out here than anywhere else. There are a lot of spin studios out there, but SC is unique in my opinion. Spinning to the beat of some fab music puts a smile on anyone’s face. Even if you’re not a fan of stationary cycling, I recommend giving it a go. They usually dedicate 1 song to an arm workout to give the legs a breather. Don’t let those 2-3 lb weights trick you. You’ll be burning at the end of the song – trust me! You can usually find one of these in any major city, so also perfect if you want to get a complete sweat sesh in while on a business trip or vacation. I’ve been to the San Francisco, NYC (Chelsea, 19th, Union Square, TriBeCa and Financial District Studios), and Chicago studios. If 45 minutes is not enough, look out for the “Survivor” classes and you’ll get an extra 15 min for a total of 60 mins of pure heaven. They’ve got the shoes, showers, and water…so all you have to do is show up and rock out.

Barry’s Bootcamp: Ok Barry, you’ve done good and yes, you’re a legend. Love the fact that each day covers a different part of the body and the weekends are for full body workouts. My favorite days are full body days and of course the Butt & Legs day. Boy do I hate those booty bands, but boy do I need them. I try to start on the ‘Tread‘ (treadmill) and you go back and forth from a run workout (mix of distance and interval training) and the ‘floor‘ (where you lift weights at your preferred level). You’ll see me here on a Tuesday or Saturday/Sunday. Fav instructors are: @nivzinder (if you want a circuit workout that’ll blow your mind), @ashleywilking (run the distance and tone), @keonihudoba (for a flare of Hawaii and no bullshit), @alyciaatbarrys (booty bands).

Classes on my list to try…As soon as I try them, I’ll make sure to post an update.

Y7 Yoga: Sometimes I’m looking for restorative yoga geared towards finding my inner balance and zen. Other times i just want to sweat it out, stretch it out, and tone it up without having to focus too much. Listening to hip hop in the dark while doing yoga, sounds like the perfect way to tackle that.

Mile High Run Club: Have always loved running, but unless i’m MapMyRun-ing and tracking my pace, my run can sometimes turn into a jog. Taking a class where you push yourself the distance and incorporate the incline, just seems to make me a stronger individual runner. Been told if you like Barry’s, then you’ll like this.

Tone House: Deemed the hardest workout in the city. Rumor has it the room is full of D1 Athletes (which I’m not), but willing to try anything that helps me push my limits and presents a challenge. Let me know if anyone is up for trying it together.

This page will evolve over time because I’m always trying something new. My fitness journey is exploratory and I’m always looking for what makes me feel the best and puts a smile on my face. I have to show up at work, but this post is all about the places that I choose to show up at, because I want to be there. These are also great to bring sig others to or out of town visitors (always check for first timer deals). I’ve met some of the most interesting and inspirational people along the way. No reason to skip your favorite activity of the day! Let me know if you try any of these and would love to know all the details (how you felt, your instructor, what the music was like, what time of day it was…). Get out there!

Whole30 Brekkie Crumble

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This recipe is simple, healthy and absolutely delicious. I used to eat oatmeal every morning and after starting Whole30 I was looking for something that had a similar taste and satiated those same carby cravings, but that was healthy and protein packed to kick off the day. This is a perfect compromise and you don’t have the sugar crash after eating it.

This was my solution and it’s what I call the Brekkie Crumble: Vic’s Style.

Prep & Cook Time: 15 min and great for on the go or prepping the night before.

Ingredients:

Mix the below…

  1. 1 egg and 2 egg whites (I use the liquid kind for the whites)
  2. 1/2 ripe banana (save the other 1/2 for a topping)
  3. Whisk
  4. 1/8 cup coconut cream (optional)
  5. 1/8 cup of unsweetened almond milk (you may have to add more later if too thick)
  6. Add in 1 heaping tbsp of hemp seeds
  7. 1 heaping tbsp of flaxseed
  8. Add cinnamon (to taste) – can also use pumpkin spice seasoning if it’s the season and add in some pumpkin 😉
  9. 3 tbsp of coconut flour (i used trader joes) – just read the ingredients and make sure there are no added sugars
  10. Stir! It should be a consistency of pancake batter. and add more milk if too thick.
  11. Heat Ghee (clarified butter) on a non-stick pan
  12. Pour batter into pan – don’t worry about having to flip it. You’ll flip it in pieces and just make sure it is cooked through (similar to scrambled egg)
  13. Top with almond butter drizzle, 1/2 banana, and any other fruit

If not on Whole30, you can think about adding vanilla extract to your batter and topping with a light drizzle of maple syrup or jelly/jam of choice. I prefer the Whole30 option 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 14 of Whole30

30 Day Reset | 2 Weeks in…this is my catalyst for officially starting my blog. What better time than now, when I’m challenging myself and pushing the reset button on a potentially new and innovative lifestyle. I’ve spent nearly a year posting to Instagram and sharing the occasional photo, but I truly want to open myself up, be true to who I am and explore a more creative side to life.

I have always complained about my stomach hurting or bothering me. Even as a kid I would spend 15 min after dinner laying on the floor stretching my stomach out. Looking back, a visit to the dr. probably wouldn’t have hurt, but that was back in the day (before gluten allergies, lactose allergies or simply food sensitivities were so common place). I’m using this 30 days to eliminate the inflammatory foods and explore cleaner and smarter ways to curb my cravings. Carbs, sugar and I have always had an intimate relationship, but it’s definitely one of those emotional relationships. The Whole30 program puts it so eloquently…we develop emotional and physical relationships with food and it’s important to keep those relationships in check. My motto has always been, “everything in moderation”, but I’m the first to admit that I haven’t quite kept tabs on the “moderation” and it can quickly get out of control (especially living in NYC with temptations on every corner). This 30 days is for me to challenge myself and explore what foods and habits make me feel the best and allow me to be my best self. I plan to own up to my weaknesses and share the creative recipes that get me through.

As the month progresses, I’ll share my favorite products, brands and recipes and hopefully inspire you to try Whole30 yourself. ❤

Up first is a breakfast recipe. My weakness and go to for breakfast was always some sweet or carby…oatmeal with tons of added toppings or a greek yogurt-protein powder smoothie. Although maybe healthier than eating a bagel and cream cheese, I underestimated the benefit of starting off the day with some true wholesome protein with a bit more balance. Who knew – you could have breakfast with chicken sausage (only Whole30 compliant of course) and potatoes.

Sausage Hashbrown Bake – with a few of my alterations listed below

Original recipe from the real food dietitians, linked above – thank you!
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb. ground sausage (I’ve enjoyed Trader Joe’s sweet italian chicken sausage linked above)
  • 1-2 tsp. ghee otherwise known as clarified butter (sold @ Trader Joe’s / should be easy to find)
  • Replaced the hash browns with 2 medium size russet potatoes – boiled until soft enough to peel and mash to put on the bottom of the casserole (original recipe had too much potato for me, but if you’re serving a large group / want it to be more plentiful check original)
  • 2 bell peppers (red and green preferred), diced (~3/4-1 cup)
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach, chopped up
  • ½ medium red onion, diced – i used ½ a sweet white onion instead
  • I replaced eggs from recipe with 6 whole eggs and 4 egg whites – protein…protein…protein
  • ⅔ cup non-dairy unsweetened milk (I used almond milk – Whole30-friendly option sinclude Unsweetened Califia, New Barn and Silk)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 or large casserole dish of similar size (such as the Lodge Stoneware shown in the photos; square ones will work too from Le Creuset).
  2. On medium high heat, brown ground sausage in a large skillet. Once no longer pink, drain and remove from the skillet and place on a plate with a paper towel. Set aside.
  3. Next add the ghee to the skillet on medium high heat. Add the hash browns and cook until lightly brown. Once hash browns are cooked, spread out on the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. In that same skillet, add additional ghee if needed as well as the peppers and onions and sauté until tender and cooked through.
  5. Top the potatoes with the sausage and peppers and onions.
  6. Whisk together eggs, non-dairy milk, salt and pepper and pour over all contents.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until center is cooked through.
 Serve in squares; optional top with avocado.
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