2048

17 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Uncategorized

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How good is that?!  I am hoping that made you chuckle on this Thursday morning.  And be a little chipper… tomorrow is Friday!

Yesterday I had the loooongest day in history at BAWS.  I put in a 12 hour day.  Now to some people that is no big deal and they do it often.  I can swing it and I can hang with long hours, but for some reason yesterday ticked by so so slowly.  It wasn’t like I wasn’t busy either.  I felt like every 5 minutes was a half hour.  Umpf!  I did something that I never EVER do too.  Around 4:30 I had an hour break and was getting hungry.  I had packed food for myself, but nothing that I packed was appealing to me.  Not in the least.  I went down to the corner and I got myself a soft pretzel with spicy mustard.  In a way I think I did it to kill some break boredom… ven though it only took up 10 minutes.  Note to remember:  Never kill boredom with food!

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It was amazing tasting though!  The trick is to go to the pretzel factory about 20 minutes before they close.  They will give you double the pretzels for the normal price :)  But make sure you have people to share them with because this morning the other ones were rock hard…. and you don’t want to eat more than one in one sitting to prevent them from going bad!

Last night I got home form work around 8 and sat my tush down to play a numbers game with Mike.  2048.  Have you ever played?  It is the most addicting game on the planet.  We figured out the trick to it all and after playing for over an hour we finally won.  Well, Mike was playing and I was behind him shouting out strategies.  At one point he says, “Honey, calm down.”  Haaa!  I didn’t realize I was getting so revved over a stupid numbers game.  Exercise for the mind is just as important for you as exercise for the body!  Work that brain and head over to 2048.  You’ll love it.

This morning I woke up needing serious nutrients.  I blended up a smoothie that contained fresh strawberries, spinach, almond milk, chocolate protein powder and ice.  I guzzled it down and finished off with a rice cake with nut butter on it.

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I’m so not a photographer.

I am debating a mid-day run.  I think it depends on how windy it is, but you better believe we have a date for pilates tonight!  Don’t stand me up ;)  Tata.

Easter ideas

16 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Reflections

Hey there!

Interesting thing… I have typed up 705 posts for BAWS’s blog thus far.  Pretty cool!

So, do you have any Easter plans yet?  I had a conversation a couple weeks ago with Mike that sounded like this…

“So, how would your parent’s feel if we told them we are staying home for Easter?”  -Me

“You want to stay in?” -Mike

“Yeah, I’m whopped and if we can have one full day of rest (besides Spartan), I’d loooooove that.”  -Me

“Awesome!!  They will be fine with it.”-Mike

“Cool, my parents are good with it too.  Make sure you cover the bases and let them know our non-plan, plans.”-Me

Fast forward two weeks later and my phone rings.

“Hello?”-Me

“Hi, honey!  It’s handsome’s mother.  Are you coming over for dinner on Easter?  I’m getting a huge ham.” -Mike’s Mom

“Ummmm… …”-Me  Ugh, that was the worst.  I “yelled” at him immediately…

“MIIIIIIIIKKKKEE!  Call your Mother!!”-Me

Does that sound like a similar convo you guys have with your families around holidays?  I love both our families to pieces, but sometimes, I just want to relax.  My world has been crazy lately and Mike and I have been two ships passing in the night.  I’d love to have some one-on-one time with him!  I don’t think to this day he has cleared the air with his Mother….

Since we are on the topic of Easter, did you make any Easter baskets yet?  If you are making them for your kids and haven’t gotten to making them yet, I have a couple suggestions.  Yesterday on Facebook, I posed this recipe to make at home.

Homemade Inside-Out peanut butter cups

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http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2014/4/14/5-ingredient-inside-out-peanut-butter-cups.html

Also, here is an easy and healthy cadbury creme egg recipe that caught my eye!

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http://healthyindulgences.net/2009/04/healthy-homemade-creme-eggs-move-over-cadbury/

One other recipe that I think most adults will enjoy (it is also paleo!)… Homemade almond joy bars!

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http://www.elanaspantry.com/chocolate-almond-joy-bars/

Other ideas you can put in their baskets:

Coloring books, reading books, jump ropes, sunglasses, hats, stickers, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, crayons, flip flops, etc.  I know my nieces would go nuts over any of them.  Of course, you may have to put one bag of starburst jelly beans in there!  I would try to deviate from as much candy as possible.  Maybe two treats, but I think kids are just loaded up on sugar these days.  I love that my sister gives the girls fruit most times when they say they want a snack.  They love it!  Also, try to keep them active through the gifts you give them… that way, they will actually want to go to bed at night!  Plus, their little hearts and lungs will be happy.

If you are making something for a family member or friend, you may want to have:

Lip balms, coffee mug, nail polish, gift certificates, a candle,  a little bracelet or cocktail ring, workout socks, spring scented lotion,  Justin’s Peanut butter cups, etc.

For a male:

A hat of his fav sports team, cologne, deodorant, candy, movie tickets, a 6 pack of craft beer, art supplies, DVDs, etc

It is always fun to surprise someone with a little gift… especially if they had no idea it was coming!  Well, hence the surprise.  Ha…

Have a great day my friends!

Workouts

15 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Hey hey!

What a crappy day, huh?  I am on my break and dreading taking my shower because I know when I go to blow dry my hair, it is going to be a frizz ball and I will be dripping sweat.  Then the sweat beads will start above my lip when I am trying to put my make up on.  Ugh, you know what I’m talking about!

I started my day off right with the most delicious and refreshing breakfast.

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I made Mike a chocolate berry bomb smoothie and saved about 1/4 for myself.  I then took about 2.5oz of plain greek yogurt and poured the smoothie on top.  I sliced a couple strawberries up and added a tbsp of nut butter on the side.  It was so good and exactly what I was craving.  Many people ask me what my favorite nut butters are.  I love love love Barney Butter made from almonds (you can find it at whole foods or online) and Sunflower butter made from sunflower seeds.

I trained a couple clients and then got in a great, quick workout:

4 Rounds:

5 Bear complexes- 1 clean, 1 front squat, 1 push press, 1 back squat

10 Bicep Curls

10 Tricep kickbacks

50 jump ropes

Then I played on the rings with some gymnastic moves.

I usually workout with the Spartan team, but tonight they have some puzzles to solve.  Since I know all the answers, I will just sit back and coach… which is just as fun ;)

Gotta jet… I have a couple more clients to get to!

Hello!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed the spectacular weather over the weekend!  I had a jammed packed weekend that I would like to share with you, but also a killer workout and yum-alicious recipe!  Get comfy…

My cousin, Jeremy (who is the most wonderful guy you’ll ever meet), got hitched this past weekend.  His wedding ceremony and reception was magnificent- beginning to end.

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They got married at the Bryn Mawr Church in Bala Cynwyd.  The bride is Catholic so they had a longer ceremony, but we did not receive communion or drank wine.  During the ceremony I had to read a script which was a letter from Paul to the Corinthians.  I thought I would be way more nervous than what I was and I totally surprised myself… I was just so honored Jeremy wanted to include me in his wedding.   Once the groom kissed the bride, we were off to the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia to kill some time (3 hours) and mingle with drinks in our hands.  I sipped on some Pino Noir and had a great time catching up with family that live across the States.

The reception was held at such a gorgeous venue…. The Cira Center.

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There were floor to ceiling windows that showed off the whole Philadelphia Skyline.  In the evening, it was breathtaking.  The appetizers were “to die for” which is what my mom would say.   Proscuttio wrapped asparagus, cheese boards, mushroom pizzas, duck eggrolls and raw tuna on pineapple skewers completed the apps menu.

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When they started to serve us dinner, the wedding party went to change into the Vietnamese Night Garb which is a tradition that culture does to honor their families.  They also do this really cool dance where they walk in a circle while flowingly wave their hands in different directions (think of a hula dancer).  We watched them go from table to table while we ate.  Dinner was wonderful… chicken and salmon with different puree sauces and I had a non-stop flow of Pino.

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After dinner, the wedding party made their touching and funny speeches while cake was being passed out.  It was a chocolate hazelnut cake with light buttercream icing.  After the speeches, most people hit the dance floor.  I usually would dance, but I was more interested in gabbing with people.  All in all, it was an unforgettable day and I am so happy for Jeremy and Lucy.  Cheers!   Oh… I have to leave you with this…

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My nieces with the bride.  How adorable!

Sunday morning I woke up with a little bit of a hang over (not too too bad), but it was rough knowing that I had to go to Spartan training… and I knew it was going to be a doozy!  We all met at the Upper Moreland High School because there are some really great spots to torture the crew there.  Heh heh.  We warmed up with a 1/2 mile indian run then I split the team into 2 groups of 4 people.  This is what we did:

1.  Run Bear Blvd (brutal hill that takes a good 3-5 minutes to get up).  Once at the top, perform 20 squats, 10 push ups and 20 sit ups.  When you reach the top, those movements are tough because your heart is about to jump out your throat and your lungs are about to explode!

2.  Do figure 8 sprints around the tennis court and then sprint up a really steep hill behind the courts.  Repeat 3x.

3.  Do a 1/4 mile indian run then perform 10 bleacher sprints.  But 1 time on the bleachers consists of a full rotation covering allllll the steps.  OYE!!

It was tough, but AWESOME!  I loved it.  It really challenged you physically and mentally, but boy are my calves sore today!!

Ok, last but not least, I want to share with you a delicious recipe I made for the week.  You know how I make a bulk meal and divide it into little containers so every night when we get home we just have to heat it up?  Yes, well I suggest you do the same!!

Chicken Buffalo Bake

This dish is jam packed with healthy ingredients that will power you up for the day or replenish your muscles after a hard workout.  Mike and I tend to eat around 8pm and that is after we workout.  We like to eat something that is a little more hearty because we know we have a couple hours before bed and we don’t want to go rummaging for snacks after dinner.  I decided to make him this because Mike has been a trooper with my super healthy meals.  I know he loves Buffalo Chicken anything so I decided to treat him for once- but also make it healthy… shhhhh!  I have to say, I am pretty proud of myself for making such a tasty dinner!

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One pound cooked chicken (I used rotisserie)

One box whole wheat penne pasta

One cup almond milk

1/2 cup buffalo sauce

1/2 dry packet of ranch seasoning

1/2 onion chopped

4 carrots chopped

1/3 cup chopped parsley

1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

4 tbsp goat cheese

2 tbsp butter

1 cup shredded cheese (I used part skim 6 cheese blend)

Boil water, turn oven on to 350 degrees and heat one frying pan on medium high.  While the water is boiling, chop up the onions and carrots.  Place whole box of noodles into the boiling water (for 8 minutes).  While the noodles are cooking, place the onions and carrots into the heated frying pan with 1 tbsp of butter.  Sauté until the onions are opaque.  While the veggies and noodles are cooking, chop up the chicken and toss into a big bowl.  Chop up the mushrooms, parsley and goat cheese as well and toss them into the same bowl as the chicken.  Mix lightly.  Once the noodles are done, strain them and put them back into the pot (off the burner) with 1 tbsp of butter.  Mix gently.  Toss in the sautéed carrots and onions.  Then toss in the chicken mixture.  In a separate bowl, combine the milk, buffalo sauce and ranch packet.  Mix and pour over the noodles with chicken and veggies.  Lightly mix.  You can either keep it like this:

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Or choose to take it once step further and transfer the noodles into a glass baking dish and sprinkle shredded cheese on top.  Bake for ten more minutes on 350 degrees.

Enjoy!

Pilates booty!

10 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Reflections

Hey you guys!

Happy Thursday!  I hope you have some great plans scheduled for your “Thirsty Thursday” and leading into the weekend.  I have my plate filled starting this afternoon.  I have to train a bunch of clients, teach the strength and conditioning class, the pilates class and finally, go out to celebrate a friends birthday with dinner!  We are eating Mexican … cha cha cha…. ha, dork!  What do you guys eat at a Mexican restaurant?  I know the chips and salsa trap me and then I am full for my main course.  I try to have chicken fajitas or 2 soft tacos filled with grilled chicken.  I leave all the toppings on the side and occasionally dip my fork into them.  They can pack on a lot of calories! …….   Anyway, Friday night I have a rehearsal dinner to attend and then Saturday a wedding.  My all time fav male cousin is getting hitched.  I couldn’t be more excited for him!  His fiance is an amazing event coordinator so I am pumped to see how she presents herself and all of the decor.

So, I feel like I am almost always complaining about something to you guys, but I swear I can tolerate pain and am not a hypochondriac.  Guys, I pulled my left rhomboid so so badly (upper middle of my back near my shoulder blade).  That area has been hurting on and off, but I think I did something major to it at Spartan.  Last night it got so bad that I could barely sleep.  Mike massaged the area for me, but I feel like it got even worse.  I am going to stop by and see what my sister can do.  The one thing I am nervous for is pilates tonight.  I can barely lift my arms!  In pilates, we use our arms, back and shoulders about 50% of the class.  I have been trying to prepare and figure out how I can replace some arm things with extra butt and leg movements.  I know we are going to spend a lot of time on these particular exercises!  Prepare to leave tonight with the tightest booty ever!

Click on the picture to make it larger.

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I am so excited for Sunday’s Spartan workout.  It will be gorgeous outside (70 and sunny) so I am mustering up an awesome outdoor workout that incorporates a lot of hill running.  Let’s hope my upper body will be fine by then!  I need those arms to help pump me up the hills!  Off to work my friends.

Workout and food

9 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Reflections

Hiya!

*Before I begin, I want to apologize for the gigantic photos.  I upgraded WordPress and now I am having a hard time loading my pictures.  I’m trying to figure it out*

How’s it goin?  Today has been a great day (besides my legs being super sore…Spartan).  I only had a couple clients during the morning and then my day opened up (which doesn’t happen too often) so I got to cross off many duties on the BAWS checklist.  Quickbooks, ordered new checks, made and ordered business cards, emails, bills, etc.  It was great! Sometimes I love days like today.

I am sorry I did not get to you yesterday.  I was crazy busy at BAWS and I had all the intentions to blog, but my work computer started to go wonky so I sped to my parents in the afternoon to use their laptop.  Well, this little bugger did not let me type what-so-ever.

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He is so fast I can’t even take a focused picture.  His name is Bruce (hate that name)… he is my sister’s dog that is only 6 months old… and he is teething… and he bites all the time.  All the time.  I felt bad because he was in his kennel for most of the day and I can tell he is not use to that (Jess had to run errands) and I am a softy.  I let him out, but I didn’t know how much work he was.  I couldn’t keep him from chewing everything and getting into trouble, let alone whizzing on the carpet!  Needlees to say, the 45 minutes I had to blog, was taken up by BRUCE!

My meals as of late:

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I am all about the smoothies lately!  This is a chocolate cherry bomb!  Yes, with cool whip and nut butter!

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Two weekends ago, I made a huge pot of meatballs.  Almost every night last week we ate them with salads… and some days pasta.  I loaded parmesan cheese on them ;)

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This week, I made Italian Chicken with baked potatoes and asparagus for most of our nightly meals.  It has been delicious and quick!  Last night I was so thankful I had dinner pre-made because Mike and I didn’t get home from Spartan until late and I was haaaangry!

Hey, I have a great workout for all of you.  Myself and the Spartans did it last night.  Make sure you do the whole movement and in correct form for each exercise.  It was so tough to do every movement perfectly while trying to go as fast as you can.  Each one of us had another person judging our form.  If we messed up, the rep didn’t count.

Perform each move for 1 minute:

1.  Wall balls

2.  Hand release push ups

3.  Tuck jumps

4.  Ball slams

5.  Pull ups

6.  Jump squats

7.  Supermas

8.  Jump rope

9.  Sit ups

10.  Walking lunges with hands behind your head

It was only 10 minutes, but we were all gassed.  We had to do as many reps as possible for our team.  There were two teams and the losers had to do burpees at the end.  Brutal!

Have a great day, guys!

Friday and Monday posts!

7 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Heyheyhey!

So I am a total dud and forgot to post Friday’s blog… so grab a cup of java because this is going to be long ;)

Holy weekend!  Mike and I stayed in on Friday night and ordered pizza with the works (sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers) and it was delicious (funny thing… pre-Mike, I would have never eaten that type of pizza.  But now, everything in moderation is on my mind and I will tell you, I think it is the best way to live)!  I ate 1.5 slices and then was hit with more stomach aches so I took a clue to not eat anymore (I thought I was over my wonky stomach bug, but I guess I was wrong).  But the lack of more pizza was best for my waistline too!  Saturday I worked, got in a great arm/cardio workout and then went to my girlfriend’s 30th birthday party that had a twist to it…. 80′ssssssss!  One of my clients generously let me borrow her Michael Jackson Thriller jacket and do you know how pumped I was to be able to wear it?!  I’m obsessed with MJ!!  Here is a sneak peek of my best girlfriends and I!  You can’t really see the jacket….

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My hair looks like I was dancing and sweaty… who knows!  I had a great time catching up with my girls!  Love them!  Sunday came so quickly and it was time to hit PennyPack’s hills.  I set the timer for 24 minutes and the Spartans and I ran up and down the hill until the time was up.  However, we eased into the hill running and did one minute walk, one mint run.  Now, this hill is almost a half mile long and steep.  It can be very brutal, but we got through it!  We finished the workout with some hill sprints and jumping lunges.  It was so beautiful out and I absolutely loved getting some free vitamin D!  Sunday night we spent celebrating my Dad’s birthday!  Today is his day… so shout out to the best Dad around (obviously I’m biased!).  Love you!!  I made really tasty paleo brownies for dessert- the recipe says cake, but it came out as brownies- and they were so so easy to make…. everyone loved them!

Easy Black and White Cake “Brownies”

http://www.elanaspantry.com/easy-black-and-white-cake/

Enjoy it.

This morning I woke up and made Mike and I a PB&J smoothie.  Basically just strawberries, pb, spinach, almond milk, protein powder and a little organic raspberry jam (because the strawberries added no flavor).   I ran to work, trained some clients and came home for lunch.  I am currently eating half a pear, 1 broken up carrot that wasn’t much left when I snapped the photo (don’t ask me why I didn’t use a knife), ham from my Dad’s bday, and a baby bell cheese wedge.  It is an awesome lunch!

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So, guys… back to the grind!  Have a great day… oh, and not onto Friday’s post…

Happy Friday!

What do you guys have planned this weekend?  I am sitting in with Mike tonight, tomorrow I have an 80′s themed birthday party and Sunday I am celebrating my Dad’s birthday!  Here’s to celebrations!  Clink…

Ever since Tuesday afternoon, my eating has been terrible.  I could not, for the life of me, eat roughage… so it was all starchy carbohydrates and ginger ale.  Ugh, talk about insulin spike…. but that was all I could do and I was hungry, so I had to eat.  Mike so generously went out to Dunkin Donuts after Spartan Tuesday night and bought home 3 bagels.  I ate one of them that night then went straight to bed.  Wednesday I had another bagel (with butter this time), pasta with butter, bananas and yogurt.  I could not think about red sauce, protein, coffee, vegetables, fruit with skin or anything of the like.  It was awful.  Thursday I felt like I was in the clear, but in the afternoon I felt a little woozy.  I have yet to crave a salad or any of my normal eats.  I t is a little frustrating because I know I need to get back to the healthy foods, but my stomach turns just thinking about it.  And I know what some of you may be thinking and… I am not pregnant…. what-so-ever.  :)  Let’s just hope this is the last day of wonky eating!

My workouts have been almost non-existant.  I will show you my week:

Sunday: Nothing (glass blowing all day so no spartan)

Monday: Nothing

Tuesday: Spartan

Wednesday: Nothing (felt sick)

Thursday:  Pilates (decided to suck it up and teach)

Friday: Nothing (want my body to rest a little more)

Saturday: Strength and Conditioning

I apologize for the lack of pictures on the blog lately.  My phone is completely full so I can’t take any new pictures.  I just have to find the time to scroll through the phone and delete all unwanted pics.  I once saw another blogger show a different side of her by revealing odd photos she took on her phone.  I think it is interesting seeing what types of things people take pictures of.  I quickly scrolled through my phone and thought it would be fun to show you other things in my life besides health and fitness!

ice cream

Sometimes Mike will make the most obscure snacks everrrrr.  He toasted two slices of bread, slapped marshmallow fluff on one side, peanut butter on the other and then smashed a huge glob of ice cream in the middle.  Watching him eat this was hysterical.  He begged me to try a bite, but I just couldn’t!  Why isn’t he 500lbs?  And this was AFTER dinner!  I  swear I feed him enough during dinner time…

ny window

Isn’t this a pretty cool picture?  This is at the top of a castle in NY where my girlfriend was pampering herself to walk down the aisle!  The windows were gorgeous and it was such a beautiful day… I tried to capture both, especially with the water in the background.  I think I did an ok job with that!

kiddos

Oh my goodness.  Whittle Bits and Whompy Whomps!  These girls are the sweetest little devils.  One minute they melt your heart and the next they give you a run for your money!  Needless to say, they bring a lot of excitement to my life!

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The second BAWS location right before we started to go nuts on revamping it.  It’s crazy to think how much we actually did to that place!

cupcakes

About 6 months back, I went through a string of unfortunate events and my awesome client knew what would put an ear-to-ear grin on my face!  Crumbs cupcakes!  I took this picture to show them off and make people jealous (mostly Mike and Denise)!  If you have never had one of these cupcakes before, you are totally missing out.  They are belly bombs so I could only eat 1/4 to 1/2 at a time.  But, pure heaven.

shoes

I don’t know if I have told you this before, but I love high-top sneakers.  I always have and have only rocked them once or twice before.  I found these at Nordstroms Rack and wanted to get them badly, but sometimes when your ankles are hidden, it tends to make your leg look straight up and down.  I still may go back and get them ;)

NY driving

This is a picture of the open road leading to upstate New York.  How crisp and lovely does that fresh air look?!

mike clothing

Playing “fashion show” with Mike.  He would die if he knew I told you this, but he loooooves going to Macy’s with me and trying on clothes.  I force him to try on different styles and when he finally bends, he puts them on and loves them!  You can see me in the mirror laughing at him.

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I will always, always own or have something that talks about making your life better in one way or another.  If you see my bookcase at our apartment, you would count at least 10 books that would enlighten you, help bring you positivity, help you succed in business, etc.  I love to have constant reminders of what really is important and most times than not, I have have a picture just like this on my phone.

I decided to leave out the really really weird ones like pictures of up Mike’s nose :)  The more I sit here and scroll through my pictures, I think I share a lot more of my life with you than what I think.  I am sure some of you may remember a couple of these photos from previous blog posts?  Maybe? If you are a new reader, welcome to my life!

Have a healthy and happy weekend!

Hi  :)

I’m sorry I didn’t blog yesterday.  I had a crazy busy day and I was battling horrible stomach aches.  I wound up leaving work a couple hours early because I couldn’t take it anymore.  It was the strangest sensation.  My stomach felt twisted into knots, it was nauseous and would gurgle so so loud.  I have no idea what the problem was, but good news is that I feel good today!  I think rest really does a body good.

This is definitely a health and fitness blog, but I do throw in some life blurbs once in a while.  I struggle with how much of my personal life I should share on here and I guess today I am leaning to keep things on the QT.  I have a lot going on personally and that is over-ridding my mind-to-paper connection.

I will show you, however, a really awesome list that a health blogger made that represents things she learned in her 20′s.  She is about to turn 30 and has heard that decade is waaaay better than the 20′s.  She is excited, but she wanted to reflect on her past and I think no matter what age you are… this will make you think and probably nod your head.

1.  You’re beautiful

2.  Despite what we’ve been told,  you can’t have everything in all ways, all at once.  Anything worth having requires a lot of work and time.

3.  You must do what scares you.

4.  Adult friendships require constant effort and time.

5.  When an opportunity knocks, you have to open the door.  When the door closes, open a window.

6.  Go to therapy.  You probably need it.

7.   Strike a balance between saving and experiencing.

8.  Make exercise a habit, like brushing your teeth.  It will make you exponentially happier.

9.  When someone shows you who they are, believe them.

10.  A drama-free and boring life is actually a good thing.

11.  Know that everyone is fighting a private battle.  Respond to rudeness with kindness.

12.  Your attitude is everything.

13.  Be grateful- don’t take anything for granted.

14.  Try not to make fear-based decisions.  Especially in business.

15.  The effort it takes to be supremely organized with your paper work is totally worth it.

16.  Everything you think you know for sure will probably change.  And that’s okay.

*If you’d like to read her whole post, visit: http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2014/04/16-lessons-i-learned-in-my-20s.html

I think that I can add a couple more to the list to get it to 20 ;)

17.  Diamonds are in your own backyard.  - My Dad told me this over and over.  Don’t go looking for “the answer” anywhere, but where you are and with who you are.

18.  What you think is true. -If you are struggling in a workout and think you can’t finish, you won’t.  If you are struggling and think you can push through it, you will.

19.  Days will come and go no matter what.-   Everyday the sun is going to come up and the world will go on with or without you.  I try to remember this when I am personally struggling so it makes no sense to lay in bed because nothing waits for you to snap out of it.

20.  Listen to your gut and believe in something of a higher power… it helps you get through things… even if that higher power is yourself.

Have a great Thursday!  Friday is almost here ;)

Hi  :)

How is your day treating you so far?  Have you played a joke on anyone today yet?  I’m not too savvy in that area so I think I’ll leave it to the pros….

Question unrelated to health:

Why do does it take sooo long for me to get my insurance to do something for me… and why do I have to put up a fight all the time?!  Business AND personal insurance is exhausting… sees!  My extreme battle for the day.  Yes, emphasis on extreme.  :)

Q&A time:  Questions 4-8 are the best :)

1.  What have you eaten today so far?  (People always want to hear what I eat) A protein cereal bowl with banana for breakfast and then for a snack… an apple with nut butter

2.  When was the last time you worked out?  Saturday morning.  I have been realizing as I get older that the quality is more important than quantity when it comes to exercise.  I workout 4-5 days per week… most days no more than 30 mins.

3.  What did your workouts look like last week? Sunday- Spartan trainng- tough;  Tuesday- Spartan training;  Thursday-Pilates; Friday-Boxing; Saturday- Strength and Conditioning.  If you notice, it is all strength and plyometric workouts… no running, biking or killing myself with cardio!!

4.  What is the best exercise to lift your butt?  Squats.  Hands down… and all different kinds.  Squats, squat jumps, one legged squats, sumo squats, squat pulses, front squats, back squats, etc

5.  What is the best exercise for your abs?  Clean eating.  Ha!  I know that’s not exercise, but it’s true.  Overhead squats are the best exercise for your abs.  Burpees, pull ups, push ups, sprints… the best exercsies do not come in the form of crunches.  Crunches isolate one section of your abs while full body movements tackle all  the muscle fibers and layers of muscle tissue.

6.  What is the one tip you’d give someone trying to lose weight?  Watch your sugars (sugars hide in everything…)

7.  How do I get my “love handles” to go away?  Hahaha, I was trying to say “love handles” at Pilates one week and it kept coming out of my mouth as “love muffins” because I was also thinking of “muffin top”.  Oye.  Anyway, eat clean, run sprints and try pilates/lift heavy.

8.  Is vanilla greek yogurt good for me?  No because of the sugar content in it, but yes for the protein and the good bacteria it holds.  So, eat plain and mix in vanilla extract and berries ;)

That’s all folks… have a great Tuesday!

My crazy awesome weekend!

31 Mar 2014 In: Uncategorized

HEY!

How was your weekend?  I had a spectacular one that started a little earlier on Friday than what I had planned.  My accountant’s car wouldn’t start so I had a half day.  Wahoo!  Once 5pm hit, Denise and I went to celebrate a wonderful and cool chick because it was her birthday… we went to happy hour at Millers Ale House.  It was a great time and to see Kate smiling so much was awesome!  Denise and I then went to the mall.  We stopped to get a slice of veggie pizza and shop for a suit for her.  I thought she looked great in everything she tried on, but she is fussy… Right D ;)  Anyway, Saturday quickly came and I woke up early for work.  Afterwards I ran home to clean and do a bunch of errands.  I knew I had to jam a bunch of my chores in because the rest of the weekend was filled with awesome-ness!   Saturday night Mike and I braved the nasty weather and drove to Trenton, NJ for the Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil show.  Oh my gosh… it was amazing.  The talent was just spectacular.  The one thing I did not like, however, was that there were so many acts going on at once.  My head was bouncing everywhere and I felt like I missed a lot of cool things because I was looking at something else.  But I guess that can be a good thing though because I was not bored at all!  I had a great time.  We came home, went to bed and wished for a fun Sunday.  Sunday we had slots reserved at the Crefeld School to take a glass blowing class.  You guys… if you ever have a chance to do this, you must!!  It is the coolest thing.  Here are some pics:

turning

bubble

mike rolling it

me twisting it

We had so much fun.  It was awesome to do something other than gym related stuff for once!

My weekend eating wasn’t terrible… besides the pizza, I ate pretty darn healthy.  Chicken stir fry with quinoa, turkey sandwich, huge salads, a lot of grapes,  trail mix, greek yogurt with nut butter and finally banana slices on whole wheat toast with nut butter.  I ate those things almost in a continuos cycle.  I tend to do that!  I also exercised on Saturday morning with the 9:30am class which was focused on overhead squats, lunges and pull ups.  We finished with a cardio tabata blast that got me sweating pretty hard.  All in all it was such a great weekend!  Before I blab about something else, though, I have to tell you about a little snack I have been making lately.  A cut up apple… honey crisp or pink lady… with protein dip.  To make the protein dip (which is more like a sticky blob), I take 1 tbsp nut butter, 1 tsp honey, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder and a small dash of almond milk.  You mash it together and it turns out to be an oozy gooey topping that you will want to dip into everything.  If you are watching your sugars, leave out the honey :)

I want to bring up a little topic that has been on my mind recently.  Hard times.  Hard times are a part of life.  We all go through them, we can’t dodge them and we can’t ignore them.  Hard times stare us dead in the face and we have a choice to make either an easy decision or the right/hard decision to tackle that particular situation.  I was washing the dishes, folding the wash, making lunches for the next day, paying bills and just thinking… damn… this is a never ending cycle.  Just keeping up with normal every day tasks is so stinkin’ hard… and not to mention… work, working out, taking care of your families….  then throw in whatever that “hard situation” is that you are now facing and it can become one big fat overwhelming test of your own self.  That worrisome feeling of if you can make it or not can become a dark cloud that follows you wherever you go and can fester to become one large stress knot tied so tightly in your stomach.  What I am talking about can be different for everyone… cancer, financials, career, injuries, family issues, death, etc.  *Almost* every person I talk to on a daily basis (and I talk to a lot of people) are tackling something.  I mean, today at a glass blowing seminar, I was talking to a younger girl who had so so much going on in her life and I couldn’t even think what I would do if I were in her position.   What do you do to make your situation more positive when you chose to the the right thing and work through it the hard way?  How do you get through it?  I remember speaking to a 93 year old entrepreneur a couple years back… he owned a veterinary hospital that started in the depression.  He had a wife and kids.  His business was $500,000 in debt… do you know how much money that is now let alone over 50 years ago?  I asked what the heck he did to keep going… oh, because now he has millions and from his same practice… he said he chose not to look at the negative.  He pretended like he had money and kept working hard day in and day out.  If he would have wept over the fact that he had no money, owed money and had a family to feed, he would have failed horribly.  He couldn’t.  He stayed positive and kept going.  Guess what… it worked for him.  Ever since he told me that story when I was 22, I started to look at life differently.  Another one… I just read an article about an 11 year old girl that had a rare form of cancer.  She lost a leg due to it and has been working out everyday to try to make her body the healthiest it can be.  Do you know how many people would give up and lay on the couch?!  We should all chose to look at life with rose colored glasses.  It doesn’t take the problem away, but it may take your stress away.  Stress can kill you.  Wear your glass and keep your head up.  The situation is there no matter what.  Please read the article below.  It is wonderful.  I don’t have your answer… but this was so dang smack in the face right about pushing through hard times, I thought everyone should have a chance to read it becasue we all will be in the same boat one day or another.

http://buddhistthings.blogspot.com/2014/03/8-things-to-remember-when-everything.html?m=1

Happy Monday!

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