Get Fit With My Favorite Music! July Playlist!

Last weekend I took an amazing blogging workshop called The Blogcademy.  On top of learning an insane amount of useful blogging information the three “head mistresses” Gala, Kat, and Shauna read through your blog and give you feedback and tips.  One of the biggest things they suggested for me was to have some more consistency to my posting and to also come up with regular features.  I have been brainstorming like crazy and have some good ideas in the works but one of the first features that I want to roll out is a monthly playlist.  I mean music is one of the things that gets me through a workout when I am at the gym alone, and it can totally set the tone of your whole workout.

You might think, but Kristin we have nothing in common, what makes you think I will like your music. You never know, you might love it and you might hate it, but I put a little bit of everything on there from Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, to Marilyn Manson and a few things in between or louder.  Give it a chance, you might like it, and some of the louder more intense songs might help you beat your squat PR.

My Fit Decision Workout mix: July 2013 from KristinJackson on 8tracks Radio.

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His Plate/ Her Plate #5 – Taco Bowls

There is no secret about it Jake and I love a good taco night.  But the problem with taco night is you can gobble down a ton of tacos before you even realize it.  Having all the fixings laid out in bowls ready to pile into our tortillas makes us forget about portion control which can be a problem, especially on my end.

To change it up, but still enjoy our mexican food I decided to bake tortillas into my own little bowls.  I am sure you have all seen the as-seen-on-tv gadget that bakes up perfect bowls in a few minutes.  Thats all good, but i decided why should I buy another thing to cook only one item, so brain storming I went.  I have heard you can just flip over muffin tins and put the tortilla in there to get the shape, but the problem is I baked vegan brownie cupcakes at Jake’s house over the holidays and have been to lazy to take the tins home, so what else did I have that was oven safe?  MASON JARS!!

tacoshellI know, that doesn’t look like it is going to work, I was skeptical but you’ll see.  All I did was take the jar and flip it upside down on a cookie sheet, then sprayed each side of the tortilla lightly with coconut oil.  Drape the tortilla over the jar and bake it at 350 until its crispy, usually about 10 min or so.  This would probably work better if you heated the tortilla in the microwave for a few seconds to get it softer, but this was the first time I tried it and I wanted to start with as few steps as possible.

Now for the filling.  Jake’s go to protein is turkey and chicken.  The poor guy seems to eat it every day.  I always ask if he wants to change the turkey for beef but he always declines, so don’t think I am a one protein wonder.

IMG_0573Sorry to the vegetarians on my page, I know yuck… I cooked the turkey in no oil and seasoned it with different taco-eque seasonings.  Jake says I do a good job seasoning it, I have never tasted it I just go by color and I never measure.

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My filling is a little prettier.  I cut up zucchini, red onion, and every color bell pepper you can buy.  I usually have a huge bag of this mixture cut up in my fridge, and I pretty much just add it to whatever I am eating that day.  It’s super easy and keeps me eating my veggies.

I also made a natural spanish rice mixture from a box, and unfortunately had to buy guacamole because none of the avocados were ready at the store I was at but it worked out because it was getting late and I honestly didn’t really need another thing to make.

Now for the good stuff!  Check it out all piled together

meatbowllabeledJake’s is rice, black beans, turkey, salsa, cheese and jalapeños that he picked off right after the photo was done.

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Don’t worry my bowl isn’t nearly as bland as his!

veganbowl2labelMine starts with raw baby spinach, a little rice, black beans, my sautéed veggie mixture, salsa, and guacamole, then I piled on more jalapeños when I was done lol.

veganbowlI baked the tortillas just a smidge too long, but I also think they also needed to go a bit lower in my oven to be more centered since the jar was holding them up.  So if you cook them as I did maybe lower your rack before you put them in.  I liked them super crispy though so they were fine for me, plus these were whole wheat so they are a little darker than the standard wheat tortilla anyway

Let me know what you think and if you try it!  It was so easy and really good!

 

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What Happens in Vegas….

Gets posted on instagram.

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So I am fired, I seriously haven’t made a post all month.  I would say I was busy, which I suppose I was.  But that isn’t totally my excuse, I’ve just been lazy and a little uninspired.  I had actually written a post on the plane when I was on my way to Vegas, but there was no wifi on my flight or my hotel!!

So judging from my title, yes I was in Vegas this week.  I was hired by Hasbro to do make-up for their booth at the Licensing Expo to hype up My Little Pony.  I was only working Tuesday and we were there from Monday afternoon and flew out Friday morning so we had lots of time to have fun!

Monday when we arrived we took it easy since Fleury and I had to work Tuesday from 9-5.  So we just ate dinner then Fleury and Chantal went to the pool and I went to the gym since it was leg day Monday and I didn’t want to skip it.

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I think that Vegas is stocked with skinny mirrors

It was pretty fun working at the expo, I met a lot of cool contacts, and it was interesting to see some of the new things that are going to come out.  Also while I was there this woman who was attending the show also went to the last zombie crawl that I went to and recognized me immediatley, she even showed me the photo that she had taken of me.  I had a lot of fun though, I met a lot of great people and contacts, and I mean what girl wouldn’t have fun working with My Little Pony, at least a girl in my generation.

After we were done working Fleury and I wandered around the closed show to see what was around and found a couple cool booths.

993514_10200982971471857_690659288_nWe even found the WWE booth and I shot a photo with a giant CM Punk wall for Jake.

After the expo, we went back to our rooms and met up with Chantal and headed over to the Mirage to go to this rockabilly party in a tattoo shop.  It was an amazing party the last time that I was in Vegas for my friends wedding we went for her bachelorette party.   We walked all the way there from the Luxor and when we got there we found out it was closed!  It was even written about in the Vegas magazine in the room.  Bummer.  I went back to the room and went to sleep because I was still totally on NY time and was exhausted.

The next day I woke up early, went back to the gym, ran 3 miles and did arms and back

1003966_10200988317525505_1237718453_nAm I lame for going to the gym like this on vacation?  I really only went 3 days out of the 4 full days hehe.  But a girl has goals to meet!  After that we just sat by the pool for most of the day until we had to get ready to go to see The Chippendales! The Chippendales show was crazy but super fun.  I honestly was not expecting it to be as racy as it was.  We couldn’t take photos during the show but the highlight of the entire show was the group little old ladies front and center and when one of the Chippendales took one up on stage and gave her a lap dance.  (The later highlight of the trip was that very same woman was on our flight home!!)

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After the show, since it was in the Rio, which if you are familiar with Vegas is kind of a hike to get to since its off the strip, we figured we would try out their rooftop party in the Voodoo Lounge.  The party itself, I am not going to lie was pretty lame.  Not very many people were there, but it was also a Wednesday.  What was awesome about it was the view.  We were all the way on the top of the Rio and the weather was amazing.  Totally worth it.

1012343_10200992586272221_154275951_nThursday was our last full day there.  I went to the gym in the morning then stayed by the pool most of the day, got a little sunburnt on my back, but honestly for the amount of time that i was in the sun, that is a victory in my eyes.

270442_10200989711240347_2043014985_nAfterwards we went to what I had been waiting to see the whole trip, Eli Roth’s Goretorium!  It is a year round haunted house that was super scary!!

942050_10200999841413595_1679499471_nThis chair shocked you if you held onto the arms!

1044669_10200999881174589_1464557948_nThis is seriously the best photo of the trip, at least of me.  Not to ruin the surprise for anyone that wants to go, when they have you line up to go in, they take you into a room with your group to take your photo and when they take the picture they scare the crap out of you.  This was me mid-scream.  I kind of ruined the surprise for the other people waiting in line though, a lot of people saw it coming and their photos weren’t nearly as hilarious.  I was literally holding on to this super cute gay guy who was just as scared as me, and we were both walking though the haunted house jumping and screaming at the same things.  I never even got his name, I just used his arm to squeeze when I was scared, how rude of me!

I had originally planned to just go back to my room and pack afterwards but my friend Paulo had a totally different plan.  He had just flown in for the Electric Daisy Carnival that weekend so of course we had to hang out.  We ended up trying out the club in the Luxor called LAX, it wasn’t very good FYI but we stayed for maybe an hour to give it a shot, then hopped in a cab and headed over to the Wynn to club Tryst which was amazing.  The club was open to the outside and the DJ was outside in front of this gigantic waterfall.  Rusko was DJ-ing that night but by the time we got there he was finished, oh well.  We closed down the club then got lost in the Venetian for a while, then I headed home around 6 and dropped into bed and woke up like 2 hours later to catch our flight to go home.

All and all it was a fun trip, I am so glad that I got to go, but I am also glad that I am home I missed my kitties and my boyfriend and I am super tired.

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His Plate / Her Plate #4 Teriyaki Meatballs with Stir-Fry

It’s been a bit since I have done a his plate / her plate blog post.  I got a little uncreative for a bit and just started making our easy go to meals.  The other day I was in the grocery store and I saw these pineapple teriyaki chicken meatballs in the meat department and I thought that would be a cool thing to base a recipe off of so I grabbed them.

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Seemed healthy enough, plus the only calorie watching that Jake does is watching all the food go into his belly…. not fair right? Well I suppose its not that easy for him, he eats healthy but you know what I mean.

Anyway I figured I could make my own vegan soy-free meatballs and found a recipe online then I changed my mind and went to the salon and did a Brazilian Blowout on my hair instead (this girls gotta have frizz free hair for the summer!) So I did the next best thing, I took a Field Roast sausage, broke it into pieces, tried to roll it into balls (It didn’t really work too well) then I poured some teriyaki sauce over them and sauteed them.  Taste wise it was really good though!

veganrawmb_rtFor the stir fry I just took a ton of frozen veggies and threw them in a pan and cooked them until they weren’t frozen anymore.  Broccoli, snap peas, carrots, onions, corn, you name it it went in there.  Oh and some frozen pineapple chunks!  No oil, no sauce, no salt, no pepper just veggies… way healthier

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yes even my pans are pink!

Now here is the funniest part of the meal…. I was cooking the brown rice and I figured while I had everything simmering I would set up my light box and my lighting to shoot the food.  I didn’t realize how high I had the flame up for the rice and I burnt my rice while I was setting up to shoot it!  How much of a hipster fail is that!?!?

945564_10200817380852195_295174576_nand yes that went on instagram… of course, to many clichés to name.

Now for the finished product that I slaved over.

His Plate:

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closemeatball_rtHer Plate:

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closeveganmb_rtNot too shabby I’d say.  Our plates look almost identical and it really wasn’t too much of an extra effort to make both.  Of course it would just be easier if Jake would just be vegetarian, but then he wouldn’t be Jake, and as long as he doesn’t force me to eat meat, I will only force him to eat half of his vegetables lol.

 

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Sixteen Hours in the Gym This Week, and all I have to Show is this Blog Post.

This week, even though it has been a good one has been tough.  I probably worked out more this week than ever, 16 hours to be exact and was just 54 calories shy of burning 5,000 calories.  image

Yet I am still not losing weight.  Is my scale stuck?  Are my muscles bigger?  I have been talking to two trainers,  one that I am working out with, Alex and another that is vegan so she kind of gets my eating woes.  Alex wants me to eat more protein, the vegan trainer thinks I might just have to eat more in general.  I fell off the myfitnesspal wagon quickly.  It just drives me crazy I eat too many veggies to sit there and add it all in there.  Myfitnesspal is designed more for people that eat processed food, its so much easier to just scan everything, but my bell pepper doesn’t have a barcode.  First world problems I suppose.

I’m not letting it bug me… much.  I mean I am not going to say I don’t want to see results, but I’m not quitting either.  I feel like I am still seeing small changes in my body, but nothing huge.

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If there are any signs of my weight loss it is that so many of my workout pants don’t stay up when I run anymore.  It is kind of becoming expensive, and a pain to plan my outfits.  I have to make sure I wear the proper outfit for the workout that I am doing that day.  On one hand I get to keep up with all the spring/summer neon that is happening right now like with these Adidas pants that I just got but it is also killing my bank account.  Does anyone want to teach me how to sew in a drawstring to the inside of my pants?

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My quads look crazy

My food obsession of the moment right now is salads with carrot ginger dressing.  I am still trying to figure out the perfect recipe which is slowed by me not measuring or writing anything down lol.  But it’s super easy!  I make it in my Ninja in like less than 5 minutes!

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Basically it is

  • 1.5 carrots
  • about a 2-3 inch chunk of ginger
  • spoonful of miso paste
  • 1 tsp Olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

Obviously those can all be changed to taste, you don’t need to add salt because the miso paste is already salty.  But make sure your miso is non-GMO!image-2

YUM!

And Last but certainly not least, I am registered to run in MuckFest MS in Baltimore on June 29th!

MuckFestHeaderLogo_INTI did this last year and had a ton of fun! It is 5 miles with a ton of mud and crazy obstacles.  But the best part about it is that is raises money to help find a cure for MS.  If you have been a reader of my blog you would probably know that my mom has MS so this is definitely a cause close to my heart.  If you would like to help me raise money to reach my $200 goal.  All you have to do is click this link and it will put you on my personal page to donate!

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/KristinJackson

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I LOVE my Bike!!!

It happened, Brooklyn has taken me over and I think I am officially a hipster.  Let us count the ways that I have changed since leaving my roots in NJ

  • I work in a salon in Bushwick and worked in Williamsburg
  • I have a scooter
  • I have a “fixie” (almost)
  • I like my hair better when I don’t brush it
  • I am vegetarian
  • I juice
  • When I don’t juice myself I buy juice
  • I love instagram
  • I post food photos on instagram
  • I have an iPhone, iPad, and a MacBook Pro.. and an AppleTV lol

the list goes on and on….

Help me I am a hipster!

But you can’t totally take the Jersey out of me. I still love my animal print lol

But anyway.  This post is about my hipster bike.  I love it already.  Today my friend Julie and I went on a bike ride around Brooklyn.  We biked through Prospect Park and ended up in Cobble Hill for dinner.  It was so much fun and we are going to try to do it more often.  I have to admit, I was nervous that I wasn’t going to use my bike too much, but now I am in love with it and have used it pretty much everyday!

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37057_10200750350856487_790748023_nDidn’t get a photo of Julie during in daylight… woops.

Today I also ran outside for the first time this spring.  I originally planned on going to the gym to run on the treadmill.  In fact I walked all the way there, checked in walked into the locker room and realized I forgot my lock and had to go home and get it.    What a waste, so I changed my mind and went for a run outside.  I ran just under 3 miles.  2.9 to be exact and only because I got to the grocery store and wanted to to buy some food.  I even tried to run past the store to the end of the block and turn around but it still didn’t move me up to 3 miles.  darn.

21106_10200750024688333_443236274_nThe first row was my run and gym walk, and shopping, and doing some calisthenics when I found places to do them.  The second two rows are our bike riding adventures. 1,552 calories for the day!!!

941068_10200750167691908_975989572_nI really love this Moves app!  It’s so cool how it knows what I am doing, and I love the timeline of my day! Everyone should download it.  Plus it covers what my fitbit and my heart rate monitor can’t.  My fitbit doesn’t know anything other than walking, and my heart rate monitor while it can track my running, and calories and my heart rate (obviously) it can only count my calories not my bike mileage.  So maybe it seems like all these apps and gadgets are excessive, but really they all do different things so I like to use them all.  They aren’t necessary but they are fun.

So now my scooter is feeling left out, in fact the bitch got two tickets today while it was parked (don’t worry I can fight them, the cops must have been really bored today) Now you will probably see me around more on my bike, and hopefully this little added extra cardio will be the jumpstart I need to FINALLY get to my 50 pound loss mini goal!  So many April set backs really ruined that goal.  I am also starting back up with my trainer on Friday so that should help too…

Are there any other fun apps that I should have on my phone?

 

 

 

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New Bike, New App, and Bianca and I Hit the Club

The past few weeks I have been totally out of my element.  I came down with the worst  cold in the history of all colds.  I swear I have never been as sick as I was last week it was insane.  This week I have finally started feeling like myself again so I am finally getting back into the swing of things.

Right before I go sick, I bough a bike.  I know, I know, I have a scooter… what do I need a bike for?  I just figured it would be fun and a good way to burn some extra calories, at least while it is nice out and not super hot and humid.

562365_10200639455924183_603666179_nI LOVE it!  I just need the perfect Barbie sticker for it.  Yes it is a hipster bike,  it’s a fixie.  But right now I have it flipped to be a single speed because I am not ready for the whole fixed gear non-stop pedaling trend.  I just needed a super light bike that I could carry up and down my stairs to my third floor walk up apartment.  I kind of customized this bike a bit, changed the handle bars, added a pink chain and stuff, but it is by a brand called Zycle Fix.

I have ridden it to work all last week, and not only did I get there faster than on my scooter, I burned about 100 calories each way which is awesome.  My cute leopard print seat however is very minimal and it hurts my butt, but my butt will just have to get used to it because I like it too much to change it!

We all know how I like to track things and my friend Birdie introduced me to a new iPhone app called Moves.  It is pretty awesome.  As long as you have your phone on you it tracks everything you do.  It knows when you are walking, running, biking, driving whatever and it keeps track and even keeps like a timeline of the places you were.  Sure it drains my battery a bit, but what doesn’t.  I have pretty much had to carry my charger everywhere I go for a while now anyway.

922928_10200726628703448_1023390761_nObviously I had more steps than that but I wasn’t carrying it while I was running on the treadmill or while I was at work.  I still think the app is pretty cool the way it breaks everything down and can figure out what you are doing.

Bianca and I skip the Gym and hit the Club

On Saturday it was my friend Lauren and her boyfriend Lex’s birthday party.  I honestly wasn’t planning on going clubbing and was going to skip but then my friend Paulo messaged me and convinced me to go.  I am kind of glad that he did.  I honestly had a lot of fun and it was nice to do something different and I got to see a bunch of friends at the same time.

601876_10201183932259734_1876707248_nAt first I hated it, it was super goth and slow.  I know to most people that read this are like wait, its a goth club, of course it was.  Well there are different types, and that one is not my thing.  After a bit the DJ changed and the music got better and then I had a ton of fun and danced the night away.  Then I didn’t get to poor Jake’s house until like 4.30am and I slept until about 1.30 in the afternoon on Sunday, back to my old self for a day.

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Calamity didn’t know what to think about my make-up

62593_10200728685354863_704352706_nNot only is this song fun, its good to workout to.  But I got excited to hear this song being played.

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