Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fat Blaster Cardio Workout

Yesterday I went to the gym and really did not feel like being there, but I knew I needed to get it done, I had lifted earlier in the morning and went back for some more cardio in the afternoon (it was my day off of work so I had the time). I made up an awesome cardio workout on the Cybex machine. Have any of you used this machine before? I recently started using it more and I have fallen in cardio love. I know cardio machines aren't always the most accurate calorie counters but for what it's worth, this machine seems to burn the most calories, so that's always a plus! I was literally still dripping sweat when I got home from the gym and it only took 25 minutes! Here's what I did:  
5 minute warm up
Incline: 6-7 
Resistance 30
(same speed thewhole time) then for 20 minutes... 
30 second sprint at 35 resistance
60 second 'rest' at warm up pace and 30 resistance
repeat
I don't know about any of you but listening to music while I work out can totally change everything! I don't know what it is but I seriously get in the zone when I listen to good music. Golds Gym has wifi so I just listen to Pandora, I added a new station today (Till' I Collapse' by Eminem) and it was the bomb! 


This seriously kicked my butt. Switching up the speeds and resistance makes the time go by a lot faster too! I burned over 400 calories in less than half an hour! I'd say that's pretty good! So.....Try it out! You won't regret it :)
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA!!!


I've been seeing all of these healthy pizza recipes all over my Instagram and Pinterest and the other day I decided to try my own! I was too lazy to actually make the crust (although I've heard cauliflower crust is amazing) so I decided to turn a low carb tortilla from costco into my crust. 






They look delicious do they not? My husband scarfed down two of these so fast! As for me, one filled me up plenty, I may have eaten some of the toppings on their own while I was making them ;) can ya blame me?

Here's what you will need...
Ingredients:
Tortilla
marinara sauce
goat cheese
chicken apple sausage (costco)
spinach
tomatoes 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350-400, bake tortilla for 5-10 minutes until slightly brown and crispy, then take out, flip over, and add all of the ingredients starting with the marinara sauce. Then put back in the oven for about 10 more minutes or until the cheese is melted. Then turn your oven to broil and broil that delicious pizza until the edges are crispy, mine burnt a little so keep an eye on it! Try and come up with your own combos for ingredients, almost anything will taste good on that delicious tortilla, I honestly just used what I had in my fridge, be creative! ENJOY

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Trust the Process


Hello everyone! It's been a while since I have blogged, I partially blame it on the fitness competition taking all of my mental power... anyways, I've been getting a lot of questions about how I did the bikini competition, what I ate, what I did for workouts, etc. and I hope I can answer many of those questions, but first off, what I did to get there is probably a completely different journey for somebody else. I had an awesome trainer that I paid every month and he made up my meal plans and workouts specifically for me and my body type. So just keep that in mind ;) I didn't have just one diet the whole time either, it changed almost every 2 weeks, including my workouts. I started training July 9th, and my competition was this last weekend on October 19th, so all together I had about 15-16 weeks to get to my goal. My husband Phil also did the competition with me which made things a lot easier, he is a saint. Here's some before and after pics of us both from start to finish.


 It was a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it. I haven't decided yet if or when I want to do another one but for now I'm just going to continue to eat healthy and workout.

So you want to know what I ate these last 16 weeks?
Here's a list:

Proteins:
Chicken breast
Ground turkey
Top sirloin
Bison
Tuna
Tilapia, tilapia, tilapia
Egg whites

Carbs:
Rice (brown and white)
Sweet potatoe
Oatmeal
Ezekiel bread

Veggies:
Green beans
Spinach
Zucchini
Yellow squash
Celery

Fruits:
Banana
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blueberries
Grapefruit

And that's it folks. I had a cheat meal once a week up until the last two weeks before the show. An let me tell ya, there is no way I could've survived those 16 weeks without those. Did you know that cheat meals once a week are actually good for you? Read about it here: cheat meal link. My favorite treat to have and that I always craved was ice cream :) yummmy!

Something that made this whole experience a million times easier is that my sweet husband did it with me! We were with each other every step of the way. Having a support system if you're going to do something like this is so important. It definitely gives you that extra push to succeed.
It's so nice to be able to share this passion for fitness with him. We always have something to do together even if it is going to the gym for date night ;) Anyways, here are some more pics for those of you who have asked! I will be posting more about the entire process and what I'm doing now in posts to come!






  
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Turn your Dreams into Plans

As many of you know I have been in the middle of a bikini competition prep. Its gotten pretty rough these last few weeks hence the absence of any new blog posts. I never thought I would be able to do something so hard but I am proving to myself that I can do anything! I have about twelve days until my competition and I can't wait. I've worked so hard and am finally starting to see the results I want. 
If you feel like you are in a rut with your eating habits, or your workouts, or anything for that matter; don't give up. Patience is key to almost everything in life. If you make a plan and have some determination you will get there I promise! Stop wishing and pinning awesome bodies on your pinterest boards ;) and actually become those girls that you are pinning! Nothing is impossible. Here's a quick progress picture I took about  a week ago. Gotta love selfies :)




I am obsessed with this quote! Yes it's always good to dream, dreaming is where you can get soooo many ideas and inspirations, but even more important than dreaming is making plans and taking action so you can actually fulfill those dreams! There have been so many times during this competition prep that I have just wanted to give up, but then I remember why I'm doing this, why I chose to torture myself haha. I want to push my mind and body to its own limits and see what I am capable of. We all have so much potential it's unbelievable. So start taking action and make plans for your dreams!

P.S. I have recently started making meal and workout plans for friends, co-workers, etc. if you feel like you don't know where to start with any of your fitness goals, it always helps to have a plan written out for you. If you are interested shoot me an e-mail : sarahelizabethwensel@gmail.com and I will give you more details! 
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Protein Waffles!!

What's better than waffles on a Saturday morning?? Just about nothing. Even though I can't eat these right now due to my competition prep, I still wanted to share them with you all, they are seriously soooo delicious and healthy too! They are also super easy to make! Here's how:



In a blender mix:
1/2 cup oats
2Tbs Greek yogurt
2Tbs almond milk
5 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
Sprinkles of cinnamon
1/2 mashed banana (optional) scoop of protein powder (optional)

It will be really runny so I usually make them as waffles.. But if you make them as pancakes you have to pour a little bit at a time so they keep their shape. If you're trying to get more vegetables in your diet throw a cup of spinach in the blender with everything. I've done it before and I promise you won't even tell a difference.. Besides the green colored waffles that is :)
I top mine with fruit and sugar free syrup!
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Monday, September 16, 2013

'Skinny Legs' and Costco Runs

Hello my lovely followers! I've been a slacker and haven't been blogging as much as I have wanted to. My sister and I went to Boise this weekend to visit our Aunt Tracey, we had a blast!! I had today off of work so I decided to do a Costco run since we had no food at home due to my husband being home alone from Wednesday to Sunday.. you know how that goes. Anyways, I am a frequent Costco shopper, I find myself there at least once a week. As I am on my competition diet my choices are limited, but none the less they still have just about EVERYTHING that I need. Here are some of my staples (and until mid October, about the only things) that I get from Costco. 
1. Canned Green Beans
2. Celery
3. Asparagus
4. Organic Spinach
5. Eggs (5 dozen)
6. Raspberries
7. Blueberries
8. Chicken Breast
9. Avocados
10. Tilapia
11. C4 (Pre-workout)

      So I posted a picture on instagram earlier today and kept getting skinny leg comments,It must just be a really great angle because ironically my legs are probably the biggest and bulkiest they have been in a while! They are also the strongest they have ever been. I've gained a lot of lean muscle mass during this competition prep which is awesome! I just can't wait for them to shred a little more so you can actually see the muscles I've been working my butt off for! One of my friends asked me to post about how I got my 'skinny legs' so I'm going to share one of my leg workouts! I did this leg workout once a week for two weeks at the beginning of my prep and it really helped build a lot of muscle. Granted I also worked my glutes and hamstrings a lot as well but that's for another day! (Ps when an exercise says 'superset' that means you alternate between that one and the other one that says superset. If you don't know what some of these exercises are google them, they are super easy to find!)

Quads
  • Leg Extensions 3x15
  • Smith Machine Squats 4x20 (superset)
  • Body Weight Squats 4x20 (superset)
  • Step-ups 3x12
  • Single leg squats 3x12

Good Luck!! 



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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Clean Eating Scoop According to Sarah

Okay guys trust me, you do not have to be a great cook to eat healthy. It seems like a lot of people use this as an excuse to go eat out multiple times a week or to just go the easy route and have a microwavable meal. You don't have to be a good cook, but you do however have to cook (obviously). A while back, a lot of my instagram and facebook followers asked me to either start a blog with some tips and recipes and or to email them those tips. At the time I had not yet started my blog, so I put together a quick email with some of my tips and a few recipes. So here I will recreate that email I sent out to many of my friends and share it with all of you! I honestly just try and put as many healthy things together and hope that it tastes good! Luckily most all of my meals have been pretty decent thus far. I currently am on a very strict diet because of my bikini competition prep but this is just until mid October and as soon as it is over I plan on going back to this lifestyle to maintain my body after the competition. Any-who, here is my two sense on eating clean and making a habit out of it.

Rules I try to live by:
1.        Eat as many vegetables as you can, especially green ones (spinach, kale, asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, etc.)
2.       Stay away from sugar. This is a BIG key in seeing results. No candy, desserts, pastries, muffins, etc. ( no one is perfect, so allow yourself a cheat day every once in a while). It’s really hard for the first few days but by the end of one week without it, you really stop craving it.
3.       PROTEIN, PROTEIN, PROTEIN, I can’t stress this enough; most people don’t get the amount of protein they need to maintain their muscle let alone build more muscle (which in and of itself increases your metabolism).
4.       Drink TONS of water throughout the day, I try drinking a gallon a day.
5.        I use coconut oil and olive oil to cook/sauté everything in… mostly coconut oil though.
6.        Sweet potatoes are a staple in my diet. They are one of the best complex carbs which gives you lots of energy, plus I love them!
7.        I rarely eat dairy, but when I do, I use plain Greek yogurt, fat free cottage cheese, feta cheese, and goat cheese.
8.        I only eat red meat about once a week if that, it's yummy in moderation, but chicken is better for you.
9.        Eat at least every four hours, it seems like a ton but if you get the portions right, you will boost your metabolism like crazy!
10.   Meal preparation has been a big key to my success.

 Here is what a typical day of food looks like for me:

Breakfast:
4 egg whites
1/2 cup oats w small protein scoop for sweetener and almond milk
Almond slivers
1/4 cup of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, bananas)


Snack #1:
dried fruit (pineapple)
a few almonds

Lunch:
Whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash w/ marinara and sautéed spinach or kale
4-6 oz of grilled chicken


Snack #2:
protein drink (from Costco)
 piece of fruit (banana)

Dinner:
Tilapia (Costco)
Baked sweet potato
Asparagus

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Skinny on the Bikini Competition

As some of you know, I am currently in the process of preparing for a fitness (bikini) competition. Why? Because now that gymnastics is over for me, I felt like I needed something to keep me motivated; something to keep me pushing my physical limits and striving to attain goals. I'm seven weeks into my prep and have about 7 weeks to go. It's crazy how much your body can change if you just put in the effort and are consistent with your program. Here's a few pictures of my progress from one week into it versus 7 weeks into my program. Oh and please disregard my sleepy/ugly faces in the pictures :)It was really early.

These are my results from consistency in my eating and in my workouts. I don't know my exact body fat percentage in either of the pictures but I can definitely tell I have gotten leaner within this last month. My diet and work out plan change about every 2 weeks according to what my trainer thinks will be best for me. I'll be periodically posting some of my contest prep progress pictures throughout these next 7 weeks! I can't wait to see my body start changing more and more. The below picture is my motivation and inspiration to keep going!

This spring I worked out at a gym for 3 weeks with my sister. I won a free trial thing so I decided to try it out! This was one of the exercises we did and it kicked my butt! It only takes about 20 minutes max, and anyone can do something for 20 minutes right? Give it a try! It's easy to do at home as no equipment is required. And it'll get your heart rate up and burn fat for sure! I described a few of the exercises so you know how to do it! Time yourself and let me know how fast you do it! If you have any questions feel free to email me! Good luck :)

1. 100 burpees

2. 90 x over jacks (jumping jacks bringing your hand down to your opposite foot in between each jack)

3. 80 high knee touches

4. 70 air squats

5. 60 jumping jacks

6. 50 mountain climbers (100 total) (running in plank position)

7. 40 superman squeezes (lay on your stomach and bring feet and arms out and down)

8. 30 jump squats

9. 20 Spider-Man kicks (like mt climbers but bring your knees out to the side)

10. 10 push-ups

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sweet Tooth Sunday's

Who doesn't crave something sweet on a lazy Sunday night? Not I, that is for sure! But instead of eating a piece of cake, some cookies, or a pint of ice cream, try making something a little healthier! I'm going to be posting healthy 'treats'every Sunday and I decided that I would start with these delicious Banana Almond-Butter Bites!
Here's what you will need:

*Bananas

*Almond Butter (or peanut butter)

*Dark Chocolate chips

*Coconut Oil

Directions: Cut up bananas into slices, then put a tsp or so of almond butter on half of all of the slices. Meanwhile in a small glass cup or bowl melt about 1/4 C dark chocolate chips and about a Tbs of coconut oil in the microwave. Once that is melted put a little drop on top of the bananas with almond butter on them. Then put the other half of the banana slices on top of the almond butter and chocolate so it makes a little sandwich. To top them off, drizzle the rest of the chocolate and coconut oil mixture over them all. Put it on a plat, tray, or pan and stick in the freezer for 45 minutes or until you can't stand to wait any longer!

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Introduction!

My name is Sarah Elizabeth Wensel, I am 23, a bit of a fitness addict, and I currently live in Provo, Utah.




I married the love of my life one year ago in the Oquirrh Mountain LDS temple, and couldn't be happier or more confident in that decision. I love my hubs!



   My husbands name is Phil Wensel. He is 30 and got suckered into living this lifestyle with me. But honestly he is 100% supportive of me and even likes to join in on all of my fitness adventures. He's probably the nicest and most social person on the planet, which balances out my sometimes not so outgoing personality. Let's just say my social skills have definitely improved since being married to him :)  he's my favorite! Isn't he sexy?


 I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Psychology. I was also on the gymnastics team there and just finished up a 4 Year competitive career there. If any of you ever have the opportunity to be a competitive college athlete I would definitely recommend it-- one of the best learning experiences of my life. I did gymnastics since I was 5 and being finished with something that had been a constant in my life for nearly 17 years feels pretty weird, I still don’t quite know what to think about that yet. However, this void is what has inspired me to keep continuing my fitness journey and to essentially make it a lifestyle.
 
Below are a few pictures of me at the peak of my senior gymnastics season about 6 months ago. I got pretty skinny (13% body fat) according to the dreaded bod pod at BYU) and was really comfortable in my skin! However, I lost a lot of muscle along with all the fat... Including my butt :(
I'm now working on gaining more muscle and getting my booty back ;) while maintaining a healthy body fat percentage. It is definitely a learning process but I'm determined to be my best self and to me this includes being happy and healthy!

 
Now that I am done with school and Gymnastics I have a little more time on my hands and would like to use that time to document my life and goals on this blog, with the purpose of keeping me motivated to be my best self, and to hopefully motivate others to do the same! I love helping people! So feel free to shoot me an email with any questions and I will be more than happy to respond!
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