Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's for dinner?



Here's what I have planned for the week! (Sorry - I have not been very good about posting my menus.)
 
I am trying some new things this week! My friend told me about hobo dinners - YUM!
 
Check out the recipes:
Quinoa Chicken Parmesan - this definitely required more time than I usually can stand devoting to dinner, but I made enough to eat on for several days and I was on fall break. I served it with tortellini and broccoli. I made my own sauce and shredded cheese from a block.
 
 
Pork Tenderloin - I am just baking a tenderloin with some seasoning on it. We'll have a veggie or two as our side.  
Hobo Dinner - my friend Ronna was telling me about these. It sounds SO easy - add your meat and veggies in an aluminum foil pack and bake in the oven. It's like individual pot roasts. I'll definitely let you know how these turn out!
Grilled Cheese & Soup - I have found some great organic soups at Trader Joe's & even Kroger. I can pronounce all ingredients! Whole wheat bread & organic cheese - a delicious fall dinner.
 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ultimate Fit Workout

 
I did NOT want to go today. I almost talked myself out of it, too.
"I could just walk the dogs."
"I could just get on the treadmill for a bit."
"Maybe I could just do a video."
 
In the end, I made myself go - and I was glad I did. I always hate it, but I feel accomplished afterwards.
 
Today we did an EMOM workout - every minute on the minute. So you do the set of 3 exercises in 1 minute - whatever time you have leftover is rest. Then you start again at the top of the next minute. After 5 rounds (minutes), we got 30 seconds rest and then moved on to the next set of exercises.
 
I love workouts that you can take and repeat at home. The only equipment we had today was a kettlebell and set of dumbells. You can also alter any of the exercise sets.
 
What did you do to get moving today? 
 
 
lifeof

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foodie Friday


Breakfast - 3 scrambled eggs, 1 cup of strawberries, 2 kiwi, and a few macadamia nuts. My breakfast is pretty much the same every day. I also have coffee with a little Natural Bliss coffee creamer.

Lunch - I enjoyed a turkey pita! I put some Applegate Naturals turkey and cheddar cheese in a mini whole-wheat pita pocket and heated it a little in the microwave until the cheese melted. YUM!

Snack - I made my Peanut Butter Apple Dip. 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tsp honey, cinnamon, and a few dark chocolate chunks. I ate it with a Gala apple.

Dinner - Grilled chicken breast, broccoli mountain, and Great Northern White beans. 
What did you eat today?
lifeof

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ultimate Fit Workout

I went back to Ultimate Fit today for the first time in a LONG time. It felt good! I was nervous starting back because I wasn't sure how I'd do - especially since some of the people that go are truly 'ultimately fit.' 

It felt great! this is an easy one you could do at home. You just need 2 dumbbells - I used 8 lbs today. I probably could have done 10. 

Not sure how to do the exercises? Take a look:
manmaker
dumbbell thruster
dumbbell swings
dumbbell snatches

Our warm up:
20 seconds - lumping jacks
20 seconds - mountain climbers
20 seconds - squats
20 seconds - hand release push-ups
Repeat 3x
5 burpees

Cool down:
Ab work on an exercise ball

What are you doing to get active today?
lifeof

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fitbit Fitness

Think you are really active? I thought I was.
Then I got my FitBit.
I was moving a lot less than I thought.

This little band has been by my side for a year now - you may see it change colors, but it is there. Tracking my activity. 

I LOVE it! It tracks my steps, active minutes, calories burned, miles traveled, and my sleep. It syncs with MyFitnessPal to keep track of calories in versus calories out. 
I once left it in its charger and forgot it on my way to Zumba! I had to remind myself that my body wouldn't know the difference, even though I wouldn't get credit for all those steps!!



 It is so helpful to be able to look at your activity and see the patterns. I know that I definitely need to get up and move more during the work day. 




I work so hard to make all 5 of those little dots light  up (each dot = 2,000 steps - my daily goal is 10,000 steps). In the winter, my husband and I strapped on our tennis shoes and became mall walkers - just to get in my steps. It motivated my husband and he got a Garmin for his birthday!

I have a treadmill now - so that really helps me get those steps in quickly. I hated the treadmill at first, but now I hop on and read on my Kindle. I can make the font bigger so I'm able to read and walk, walk, walk! (I have come to terms with the fact that I am not a runner - I have had too many calf / back issues.)


I enjoy weekends! I get to get up and MOVE all day. I go to Zumba when I can - I log a whopping 6,000 steps in 1 class. (That is way more fun than running 3 miles.)

The FitBit is great because you can view other friends who have a FitBit and encourage them! You can also 'challenge' them to a 'Daily Showdown' or 'Workweek Hustle.' I will say - I am more motivated to get moving when I know my friends and family are watching. 

I love my little band - it keeps me moving!
What motivates you to get up and move? 
lifeof

Friday, October 10, 2014

Foodie Friday


I love seeing what others eat! It gives me new ideas on what I could make.


Breakfast - 3 scrambled eggs, 1 cup of strawberries, 1/2 cup grapes, and a few macadamia nuts. I also had a cup of coffee with a little Natural Bliss creamer. 

Lunch - Whole wheat pita pocket (mini ones from Trader Joe's) with ham, cheddar cheese, tomato, spinach, and hummus! I also had a handful of almonds.  
AppleGate is the cleanest deli meat I have found!

Dinner - Crockpot Chicken (recipe to come...), 1/2 sweet potato, and some spring mix with some White Balsamic and Honey dressing. I scavenged the dressing aisle for a long time and this was the best dressing I could find that I actually like! 

Snack - Dark chocolate square and some pecan halves. 



lifeof

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Get Your Workout On!

LAZY! <-- That is the word that currently describes my workout routine. 

The summer was easy - I had endless time! I spent my mornings at the Y and then usually still found time to walk the dogs or hop on the treadmill for a bit. I did good at first when work started back, but now I have been a s-l-a-c-k-e-r!

I am a planner. If I have a plan or a schedule, I'll stick to it! I'm good at making it to appointments. So, I have made some appointments for myself - my health depends on it!

Blue = REST, Pink = Cardio, Purple = Strength
I have a spin bike at home. I love it, but I hate it! When I spin, I get up early and get it done before work. 
I. hate. getting. up. early.
I hate it, but I've found that if I can force myself to do it - I made healthier choices the rest of the day. 

The schedule is subject to change - but at least it'll get me up and moving! 

My other goal? Reach 10,000 steps a day!! I have a FitBit - more on that later - and it measures my daily steps. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to reach that goal when you work at home and sit in front of a computer all day! 

What are you doing to stay active??
lifeof