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Ok, so I just completed week 5 of the T25 program this morning.  It was rough and I could quite honestly say that it needs to be repeated right away. However, I am going to continue on with the 2nd phase on Monday.

The first few weeks I needed to modify with Tonia, but some I was able to do more than her and less than the rest of the group.  For example, I could do the spider pushup, but I couldn’t do the oblique pushups.  So, instead of going with Tonia, I continued with the spider push ups.  As the weeks progressed, I was able to stick with the group a little better. Although I still modify, even this morning.

Some of the cons of this workout is that it requires a good bit of jumping.  Although I am completely capable of jumping, the room that I am working out in just so happens to be my living room and hardwood floors.  Now, I do have a yoga mat I put down, but the stuff no the shelves still has risk of falling if I jump too hard.  I’m also trying to stay as quiet as can be because of the sleeping baby just a few steps away from me.   Another con of the video is the two a days on Fridays.  I do two a days on Tuesdays to get in a bootcamp class at the gym as well as a bootcamp class on Saturday.  So, Friday means 50 minutes instead of 25. Therefore, I break it up into a morning workout and then an afternoon workout for after my child finishes her nap.

I have noticed my running hasn’t been too damaged from lack of actually getting out to get mileage in.  When I have managed to get on a treadmill, I am able to maintain a good speed and get a few miles in without huffing and puffing.  As my boss keeps mentioning, March is literally in a few days.  I don’t believe that is going to change the outdoor running scenario, but at least someone is hopeful.  Once this weather decides to break, I’m finding my way to the park at least 3 days a week, even if I have to get up at 4:45am.

Hope you are remaining positive and continuing to challenge yourself.  Remember that changes in your fitness and health will happen over time and should not be done all at once very quickly.  Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

I’m trying something new tonight for Lent.  Check out my blog Monday for the food review!

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First no meat Friday of Lent 2015

As I previously mentioned, I would be trying new foods (found on pinterest or food network) during this Lenten season.  I am trying to avoid the constant pizza and pasta on Fridays, just because it is convenient.

Well, this first Friday I completely failed.  I had pizza at lunch because of my head cold.  It was a convenience and I wanted to get back to napping.  At dinner, I had no desire to cook.  I had a tuna sandwich (100 calorie pack sandwich ready from Starkist) and some tomato soup.

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Although it wasn’t the greatest day for eating, I managed to get up and get something and that is a plus.  I already have this coming Friday planned and I am definitely looking forward to the meal!  I am going to attempt a sweet potato, kale, and quinoa dish that looks amazing!

Also, I hope you had a moment to check out the race schedule and will be joining me this season! If not, here it is again: http://ohiochallengeseries.com/client_images/files/28_news_6128.pdf

Sorry this was a short post.  But as always, be confident! Be fit! Be you!

Winter blues

Well, if you are like most people in the north, you are completely over the winter weather. It can be completely draining to constantly have to bundle up and stay in doors.  I hate being cooped up in the house, but with a 6 month old in the picture now, I don’t venture out just to window shop.  Heck, I don’t even venture out unless my life would depend on it.

This past week I was struggling to get up for my workouts because I was starting to get a cold.  By Friday it had really hit me and I wasn’t moving…well by some standards.  Once you have a kid, you really have no choice but to continue on with your daily activities. I took the day off work thinking I would nap when the little bundle napped.  She just had other plans.

After three good days of rest, I am back at my workouts with Shaun T and hoping to get some running in soon.  Unfortunately, it is not the brightest idea to bundle Hailey up and break out the jogging stroller just yet. ****SPRING NEEDS TO GET HERE NOW****  However, the running schedule is out and I need to start planning.

For the last couple of years I have started the season off with the Louisville St. Patty’s day race.  I may hold off on this one and be a fair-weather runner.  If it is a nice day, lace up my running shoes and join in just to get some exercise.  There would be no ultimate goal with this race besides finishing.  (The longest distance I have run since Nov. is 2.5 miles) I would also like to participate in the 8 mile Patriot Project Road March (requires carrying 35lbs on your back) in March, but we shall see. I may jump into that one on a whim and see how it goes.

If you are interested in running/walking any races this season, check out the challenge series website: http://ohiochallengeseries.com/client_images/files/28_news_6128.pdf

If you want to participate in your first ever 5k and need someone to run/walk with you, get a hold of me!  If it fits into my schedule, I would be happy to help you cross that finish line!!! I will go at whatever pace you are comfortable with so that you push yourself to do your best!

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

Pasta and Rolls

Ok, so that really isn’t what you should be eating every day, but it is a downfall of mine during Lent.  If you are like me and fast from meat on Fridays during the Lenten season, then you understand that it is easiest to make pasta or get pizza for dinner.  This is even more true if you have to worry about feeding younger children.

Yes, I can eat fish, but I don’t like fish at all.  My lunch every Friday until Easter will be a tuna sandwich (one of the 100 calorie packets) with some vegetables on the side.  However, when it comes to dinner, my go to is usually pasta or pizza.  It is an even easier decision since I assist with a Pasta dinner at our church every single Friday to benefit the youth mission trip to Beattyville, KY.  My mom makes the most incredible rolls (only during this time of year) and I can easily devour 4-5 of them in a evening.  They are an old style recipe with mashed potatoes and seriously the most savory roll I’ve ever experienced.  Now that you are salivating, I’m going to mention that they are not even remotely healthy and shouldn’t be in anyones diet.  However, in moderation, they would make a nice treat for dinner!

Ok, so I actually started this post to mention that I am going to try and refrain from pizza and pasta as a main portion of my meals on Fridays.  I’m going to attempt to replace those heavy carb items with a much healthier vegetable or dinner option.  I love spaghetti squash and will definitely be enjoying that once or twice, but I need a few more options.

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I’ve picked out a few recipes to try (things that my mom can eat as well since she is gluten free).  I will be making these over the next few Fridays and will share with you the results, adaptations, ease of preparation, and of course the taste.  I will be making these dishes at our pasta dinners so that mom has some healthy and awesome food to enjoy as well!

If you are going meat free on Fridays or even throughout Lent, let me know what foods you like to enjoy!  As always, be confident! Be Fit! Be you!

Chocolate motivation

First of all, let me apologize for posting this blog at the start of Lent.  But, it is good information for after Easter! So, bookmark it for later!Lindt-Creation-Chocolate-Mousse-tablet-500x500

Seriously, chocolate is my motivation to workout and to workout hard!  I have a rather large sweet tooth and my choices have only become more refined as I get older.  I can no longer eat Hershey chocolate without it hurting my teeth…I know I’m strange.  However, a good dark chocolate bar, ice cream, cake, pie…oh lord I’m getting a sugar rush just thinking about all the sweet savory goodness.

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So, you may be wondering why I’m making a post about foods that are in no way shape or form healthy or good for you.  (Even though the cheesecake pictured above does have bananas, it is safe to say it is still extremely high is sugar and calories.) Well, it is a huge reason why I work out 6 days a week.   Although it is a double edge sword.  The more that I work out, the more hungry I get and the craving is usually junk food.

If you must continue to indulge every now and then (remember moderation is key), here are some helpful hints to burn off the excess calories.  You can pair them with your daily workout or just do enough to burn off the crap, I mean sweet chocolatey goodness.

For 260 calories, which most candy bars are around that, you can bike for 30 minutes or climb stairs for 15 minutes.  You want a tasty donut, then head to a pool to swim for 30 minutes. To burn off a s’more, during those summer camp nights, simply push mow your yard for an hour. You’ll need to avoid using the self-propel mode so it is slightly more strenuous.

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So, if you are like me and just have to indulge in a sweet from time to time, make sure you pair it with an increase in your daily workout regime.  Add some extra cardio and/or strength training to combat the extra calories.  If you can’t get to the gym that day, do some body weight exercises at home.  Some of my go to exercises are body weight squats, push ups, sit ups, planks, lunges, and dumbbell work (can use a can of vegetables if needed).  However, I’m learning some very interesting moves at the gym these days.

Let me reiterate that drinking water should be your first option before indulging in your craving.  If the water doesn’t work, drink another 8oz.  After all that water, you still feel like you need to eat whatever it is, then have a little bit to satisfy the craving.  Also, try to limit yourself to a sweet or junk food item to once or twice a week.  Make it a special treat for working so hard toward your goal!

Even if you have a piece of cake, brush it off and continue working towards your ultimate goal.  One meal or part of a meal will not break your healthy habits.  It is only when you continue to make excuses that it will pull you down.  Stay confident! Stay fit! Stay you!

Sweet Potato Heaven

I loathed sweet potatoes, until just recently.  My awesome in-laws found white sweet potatoes that I fell in love with from the first bite!  Now, it wasn’t the color that made them ok for me to eat, because I have really increased my vegetable choices since I was a kid.  But, I just do not like the taste of orange sweet potatoes.  So, what is the difference between the two potatoes.

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Besides the difference in color, the white sweet potato is a little sweeter than it’s orange fleshy brother.  Since it is a tad sweeter, I actually eat them with nothing on them.  Saves me some calories and I consider it a wonderful treat!  However, it can be dressed up with cinnamon, brown sugar, or butter just like a regular sweet potato.

There are some awesome benefits of sweet potatoes.  They contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, magnesium, and potassium .  Although they are sweeter than a normal potato, the sugar is released more slowly into the blood stream so there is no spike in energy with a crash like with energy drinks.  They are also extremely versatile in cooking.

So, this post is short and sweet, but try switching up your regular potatoes with a delicious sweet potato this week.  If you aren’t a fan of the orange sweet potato (or yam), look for a white flesh-colored version.  Trust me, they won’t let you down on flavor!

As always, be confident! Be fit! Be you!

PS. I will be starting a garden to satisfy this potato obsession.  It is really hard to find these potatoes in our stores 😦

Pinterest Vortex

If you have a pinterest account, you can’t deny you’ve been sucked into a crazy different world.  There is anything you could possibly want on that site and I mean ANYTHING.  After just checking my account, I have 944 pins ranging from food, craft ideas, school activities, and of course fitness.  However, what happens with the pins after you add them to your board?  Do you go back frequently and remind yourself what you’ve pinned?  Thank goodness pinterest added the “you already pinned this” feature, because I’m sure I’ve got some recipes double pinned.

First of all, if you are trying to be healthy and stay on track, create a new food board that is for junk food or high fat items.  This way, you can use them for special events or cheat days, but they aren’t constantly staring you in the face.  Then create a second food board that contains healthy dinners or food tips and ideas that you can refer to frequently. (The fluffy egg white oatmeal I posted about a few weeks ago was from that board!)

Here’s another great recipe for the kiddos! http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/42764785751

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Now that you’ve spent hours reorganizing your food boards, time to move on to the fitness/health board you’ve created.  I’m assuming that you have pinned workouts ranging from sculpted abs, tone your butt and thighs, and 50 body weight exercises you can do anywhere!  I have a plethora of workouts on my board that I have never even looked at or considered doing.  Why did I pin them?  I was assuming I would work up the motivation to pull one up and stick with it for a month.  However, I quickly realized that I had no real accountability.  No one was there to report to on my success, no one cared if I didn’t get up and work out, no one even knew I was doing it.  That’s when I’d give up and just pretend like I completed the workouts.  This is why your accountability partner is SOOOOO important.

There are amazing quotes on pinterest for motivation and encouragement.  But, once again, if you don’t go back to them, then what’s the point of leaving them in cyber space?  My suggestion is to take those motivational quotes and print them out.  Then put them in places that you will see throughout the day.  If you are a snacker, put them all over your snack cabinet (on the inside if you don’t want your kitchen to look tacky) and your fridge.  That way, when you reach for a snack, you will see one of the quotes and remember all your hard work.  You may still get a snack out of the cupboard, but I’m guessing it might be something a bit healthier than what you originally went after.

Although pinterest can be extremely addicting, make sure you use what you’ve pinned.  Just like Facebook friends and emails, every once in a while you need to go through and delete things that are toxic.  I am going to be spending some time this weekend deleting some of the junk food items that are on my food board.  It will feel good to not see them every time I log on!

Here’s a few of my favorite quotes (found on pinterest)

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Let pinterest work for you, not sabotage all the hard work you’ve been doing! Remember to always be confident! Be fit! Be you!

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