Duck Eggs

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This past week I had the yummy experience of trying Duck Eggs for the first time. I eat some many chicken eggs, that at the first thought of eating something different made my turn my nose up. Haha!!! My first actual taste was in a frittata that Lauren made for me. I was completely taken back (in a good way) by how rich and creamy they tasted. The duck egg has this buttery taste and a slightly thicker consistency. I was pleasantly surprised by how great they tasted.

Duck Egg Facts:

  • They have a higher (good!) fat content
  • Ducks eggs are higher in protein than chicken eggs
  • They also have a little bit more cholesterol than chicken eggs (again, this is a good thing!).
  • They also contain more vitamins and minerals- such as iron, B12, folate and vitamin A.
  • They are full of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Duck eggs are quite a bit more than chicken eggs, but still not prohibitively expensive. Whereas the average price for a dozen chicken eggs is somewhere just north of $2 in the U.S., duck eggs will usually run you anywhere from $6 to $12 a dozen.
  • Since duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, setting trays must be designed to accommodate their larger size. Eggs from common ducks like Pekins require 28 days to hatch. Eggs from Muscovy ducks hatch in about 35 days after setting.
  • Duck eggs keep for about 2 weeks if kept cool and for about 6 weeks refrigerated.
  • The size difference is just as apparent from the inside- the yolk is much larger in the duck egg than in the chicken egg. The shells of a duck egg are much tougher, and it can be harder to get a clean crack, but it also leads to a longer shelf life.

The two things that stood out for me was thickness of the shell and how much more creamier they were. If you’re an egg lover you must give duck eggs a try.

Yum,

Coach Rob

Reflections. Goals. Resolutions.

Chalk BoardHalloween is the “unofficial” gateway to caloric overload.
Treats. Sweets. Indulgences. Reflections. Goals. Resolutions.  All of these words are associated with the holiday season and the dawning of a New Year.  After all of the parties, quick meals while out shopping, and two straight months of “cheat days,” Americans are left to reflect on their unachieved goals from the past year and once again, set New Year’s resolutions.

Funny-new-years-resolutions-someecards-58b8d6273df78c353c22f120Have you ever stopped to think why only 8% of all New Year’s Resolutions are kept?  How difficult is it to stop 2 months of over indulgence when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st?  Why not start implementing small changes in November and December to set yourself up for success?  Huff Post has a great article from December of last year that offers tips on changes in the New Year.

New Year's ResolutionsIt seems retail stores roll out Christmas decorations earlier and earlier every year, why not start planning your New Year’s Reset earlier this year!?!  B.A.M. Logic is an easy way to lay out and stick to a plan:  BEGIN with a Goal / Plan.  Achieve Consistency.  Maintain Motivation.  I would love to help you plot your plan of attack for a successful in 2018! BAM!!!

Team Chelly-Chell #CoachRobJsTT

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There are people who can work out every day at home and make great strides in their health and wellness.  After I had my third child, I was one of those people.  I was 215 pounds and dedicated myself to doing Insanity at home and lost 60 pounds on my own.  Losing 60 pounds on my own was a huge accomplishment.

As we know, sometimes life gets in the way and during a really stressful time in my personal life and dealing with health issues in my family, I gained 30 of the 60 pounds back.  I knew that I needed something different and someone to hold me accountable.  Last December, I started regularly attending Coach Rob’s bootcamp and  although I was getting in my workouts, I did not lose a pound from December of 2016 to February of 2017.  I was frustrated!

image1March first of this year, I started one on one personal training with Rob.  This was my LAST DITCH EFFORT.  If this didn’t work, I was going to throw in the towel and just live my life.  I needed accountability.  I needed someone asking the important questions everyday.  How’s eating going?  How’s today going? How’s the body feeling?  Once I started working out with weights and Rob, I dropped 5-6 pounds a week.

I am one of those people who is motivated by seeing the sun go down.  After being 215 pounds after my third baby, I am now 142 and have incorporated running, multiple bootcamps, working out with Rob, and somedays, I even do INSANITY at home.  On Labor Day weekend, I went to the 5:30 am bootcamp and stayed for 4 back to back sessions, I pushed myself!  BUT!!! Rob pushes me.  Rob motivates me.  He encourages me to grab heavier weights, holds me accountable, and is always asking me how many miles I ran over the weekend.

IMG_8572-2In 2016, I decided to run more than I have ever run, a half marathon, all by myself.  At the end of the Two Cities Marathon, I didn’t have a great time, but I finished and was alive! My average was 14 minutes a mile 2016 and now, I average 11:35 minutes a mile.  I am excited to run this year’s marathon and see how far and how fast I have come to my next big finish!

A Real Warrior, A Real Struggle

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A couple of weeks ago, I walked into Synergy at 5:30am to Rob’s “Good morning Sunshine” and instead of my normal response, I plopped down in his office and just started crying.  Poor Rob – Coach, Trainer, Therapist, “One of my girls,” and a true friend – He sees it ALL.  I was in pain and couldn’t understand what happened to the progress I’d made over the last 15 months.  I was feeling pretty defeated and like no one could possibly understand how both physically and emotionally painful this set back is for me.  In typical Coach Rob fashion, he gave me some sage advice and asked me to write a blog about my set backs because, “It’s real life.”  

From 2011 to mid 2013, I had gotten much healthier and was in great shape, so I was devastated when my car accident restricted my ability to work out for almost a year.  I gained at least 40 pounds and felt like I was back at SQUARE 1.  Let’s BE CLEAR, I am NOT one of those girls that can work out 3x a week and eat healthy and stay in shape.  It takes work.  At any size, I have been very active, able to do yoga, and run around in stilettos; after my accident, I could do NONE of these.  For me, this was unacceptable! IMG_4459

When Rob and I started working out, I took breaks between exercises within a set and often times, I would have to sit on the floor and stretch before I could continue.  But I WOULD NOT QUIT – I persevered!  IMG_7948There were days I would work out 3 times a day, once with Rob, once in the pool, and then cardio.  I was on a mission.  From the end of April 2016, only 3 months out of surgery, to December of last year, I made huge strides.  I dropped weight, was able to regain some of my balance, and could workout without taking breaks! I could see the light at the end of the tunnel!  

During my recovery period, I have been plagued with a lot of emotional life changes.  I am going through a divorce, I lost my career, because of the extended leave of absence, and I was/am (2 years later) in a horrific lawsuit with my car insurance company.  So, I threw myself into looking for a new career and working out.  After several months of looking, another of Coach Rob J’s Real Warriors, Steph, helped me find a new career I LOVE!  Her team at Hire Ups is AWESOME!    I was finally feeling like I had gotten my life back!  Within 3 days of being back in an office environment and sitting, I was in excruciating pain and absolutely ready to give up.  You know that saying, “a body in motion, stays in motion?”  Ummm that’s TRUTH right there!

IMG_1040Due to the pain, I went to my surgeon and received less than stellar news about the future of “my back health.”  My last few sessions with Rob had been emotionally taxing, because I had lost a lot of my agility, balance, and stamina.  The biggest deterrent for me, the pain.  I was/am scared of the pain that is waiting for me with every workout.  I told Rob through tears, “I just can’t do it (I have never said this phrase to him until that day!), I am just so frustrated.”  He let me cry and rant and curse a little about the uninsured driver that changed my life and then he leaned across his desk and said, “I’m sorry Sunshine, but you can do this.  We just need to go back to what we know works.  Baby steps.”  So here we go, BACK to the beginning…For the record, I HATE BABY STEPS!           

 

Motivation Monday — THE ROCK

IMG_7481Over the next several weeks,  I am going to share some of my favorite sources of inspiration.  This week, I am giving a shout out to The Rock! If you haven’t checked out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a little comic relief and a whole lot of motivation, you’re missing out on one of my favorites sources of inspiration.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Instagram Page.

I admire The Rock for so many reasons but especially his drive and commitment to his grind.  He is up at all hours of the night and day, working out and working on his career.  His relentless pursuit of success and development is not solely focused on his professional growth.  project-rock-rock-clock-3-600-92902He is also committed to help others achieve their goals and make their dreams come true by his charitable works and special projects.  His “Project Rock”  offers personal motivation for individuals “to help many people get after their goals as possible.”  Wake up and Grind with “The Rock Clock!”

The list of charities to which The Rock and his businesses donate includes Make-a-Wish and several charities supporting terminally-ill children, including his own The Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, he founded in 2006 which works with at-risk and terminally ill children.  Dwayne-JohnsonHe is also known to be an avid supporter of our troops and is involved with Boot Campaign, a charity focused on military appreciation.  Follow The Rock on Twitter!

On days when you don’t want to get out of bed or push through the pain, hit up The Rock for a quick injection of motivation.  He is pushes himself despite of his long list of past injuries, to keep his body healthy.   Check out this warm up, which includes the long list of injuries and surgeries he pushes through daily! His work ethic just FUELS my FIRE! BAM!!!   Dwayne-Johnson-Motivational-Quotes-03

 

 

 

 

 

11 Reasons to LOVE The ROCK!

Happy, Healthy BBQ Side Dishes

 

bbq-healthyHealthy eating is an integral part of any weight loss or healthy lifestyle plan, but we also know, you shouldn’t deprive yourself.   With this weekend being filled with barbecues for Labor Day and the Fresno State Bulldogs tailgating season kicking off in full swing, I decided to share something healthy BBQ side options.  Let’s just assume we are all going to indulge in something tasty off the grill but this does not mean your entire meal has to be “an unhealthy indulgence.”

As I discussed on my blog last week, access to healthy eating has never been easier.  Easy Access to Eating Healthy   The central California is especially lucky to have fresh produce on every street corner, farmer’s market, and even in some of our own backyards.

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CLOVIS Farmer’s Market Friday nights and Saturday mornings!

Heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, and fresh stone fruit are all in season and can add a new twist to your normal barbecue side dish selection.  Change up those high fat sides of macaroni and cheese, chili, and potatoes salad with some healthy alternatives using fresh produce which is rich in natural flavor and can be locally sourced!

 

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Cooking Light Magazine’s Easy Barbecue Side Dishes!

I googled “healthy barbecue side dishes” and within .66 seconds, I had 5.31 MILLION webpages, all loaded with recipes and photos at my finger tips!  Here are some great resources to help you contribute healthier sides to any BBQ or tailgate.

If you get adventurous this weekend and make a new healthy side dish, post a picture on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and #CoachRobJCooks or you can SNAPCHAT me at coach_robj and I will feature some of the photos next week! Have a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday weekend! Go Dogs!

Fitness Magazine has a great healthier “Mac and Cheese” made with cauliflower.

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Easy Access to Eating Healthy

Changing your eating habits is a process, it is not something that happens overnight. In the age of the Internet and apps like Pinterest, Instagram, and the Food Network, there is no reason why you can’t find healthy recipes that fit your tastes and dietary needs.

Food Journal VeggieAs a trainer, I recommend that you begin a new eating regimen by first understanding what types of foods you are currently consuming by creating a food journal, even if it just for a week or two.  This article from Redbook Magazine offers a list of the best food journaling apps on the market 18 Best Food Tracker Apps of 2017

  • What are you eating?
  • Why are you eating?
  • When are you eating?
  • How much water are you drinking?
  • How many of your calories are from drinks other than water? Coffee? Soda?
  • How many calories are you consuming?

water-1When you have a handle on what you are consuming, educate yourself on what you should be consuming.  You can consult with a nutritionist, a healthcare professional, or a personal trainer like myself that is educated in the types of nutrition necessary to achieve your health and fitness goals.

  • What should you be eating? Carbs? Proteins?
  • When should you be consuming your calories?
  • How much water should you be drinking?
  • How many calories are you burning?
  • How many calories should you be consuming?

When you have a better idea of what you should be doing, start by making a few changes every week and ease yourself into a new lifestyle.  BuzzFeed has a GREAT list of tricks to help you baby step your way into new eating habits.   Remember, changing your eating habits is not about self-deprivation, it is about living healthier.