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Workout #2

On Sunday’s we rest, right? Not for me today! I decided since I was to be spending the day indulging with a friend at a bridal show this afternoon (she’s getting married soon, YaY!), probably sipping on mimosa’s at some point during the day, I needed to have a small workout this morning. Let me tell you, friends. This “small” workout turned out being a LOT harder than I anticipated. Sure, 2 mile run – got it! I’ve done squats before too. NO PROBLEM! Well, let’s try and combine the 2 and BOY oh BOY, are we in for a treat. I really thought being able to stop in the middle and catch my breath, do some squats, and start again would make it easier. Ummmm, NO! I think the stopping and squatting, especially the 3rd time around, was ROUGH! Made for an interesting workout, and I’m glad it’s over, because I feel very accomplished now! I guess it’s a good thing I decided to wear my tank that says “the answer is always coffee and squats.” I’m ready for some coffee after all those squats! If you aren’t a runner, Walk. You will still get the same effect. Try walking with ankle weights too. I haven’t incorporated mine into anything lately, but stay tuned, friends, they will be coming soon!

Workout #2:

run 1/2 mile – at every half mile, stop and do 20 squats. At the final 1/2 mile do 30 squats.

Totaling 2 miles, and 90 squats.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts, and share this post if you would like!

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Workout #1

Ever heard the term, “the struggle is real?” Well, that’s been a case with me and running as of late. I LOVE to run, don’t get me wrong. But after my second half marathon, I knew I needed to take a break. I took about a month break, and ran a 5K. Was a good time, but I still felt like I needed more. So here we are, 3 months later, and I hit the streets again. Talk about feeling good. Yes, I had to stop and walk a couple times, but it was nice to have a breath of fresh air, my old 90s – 2000s jams in my ears, and just bopping to the beat of the music. I’m going to have to learn to control my speed again, but all in all, it’s nice to know that I was able to take this break, and not lose too much of my speed.

I can give credit to eating right, continuing to do crossfit – and trying to stay as active as possible while I wasn’t running. Now, do I want to get better, sure. Will I get better? Absolutely. This is only stepping stone number 1 on my life long journey. You have to know, as a runner, cross fitter, or whatever you are trying to do to stay healthy, that it’s OK to fail sometimes, AND it’s ok to stop for a little bit too. Even the best of us need a break sometimes!

So here is the workout I did yesterday.

Run 2 miles – at your pace.

24 push ups / 24 sit-ups

More to come on these, as I continue to work on my endurance and speed again. Core work is VERY important to these things, and it’s important to have TOTAL body strength, not just legs, or arms, or core. Have fun with this. Go at your pace. Enjoy the road, the scenery, the dogs chasing you, wherever you are, enjoy the ride! IMG_1539

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In a world so rude, BE KIND

As I said in a recent recipe post, my husband and I have been out of town the last few days, hence the lack of posts for all of you! Sadly, we had to lay his grandfather to rest. He was such a wonderful man, and he lived a very good life. Death, no matter if it’s expected or not, is never an easy battle for family and friends to overcome. We are thankful for the time we have with our loved ones, but at this point in life, we sometimes blame God, or ourselves for the passing. This brings me to a topic that has been on my mind. Pardon me for being deep, but I wanted to share some thoughts with you all.

Why are we so mean and judgmental? Why do we have to share all our opinions on social media? What happened to these outlets just being for fun, or to keep in touch with people afar? I for one, was always taught by my parents that there are certain things you just don’t share. Money, and politics are 2 of them. Funny thing is, NOW – those are some of  the things people seem to talk about the most. Is it so hard to use your energy, and opinions on certain topics, and put them into good?

There is so much bad in the world, that we all seem to walk around with a chip on our shoulder, doesn’t really matter what it is. We are so quick to blame someone else who has another view on WHATEVER it is that we are targeting at that point in time, that we don’t even take the time to talk with one another and find out their reasonings behind it.

Like guns? GREAT! Does it make you a coward for owning one? NO! You know why? You are entitled to your opinions, and beliefs. Believe in planned parenthood? WONDERFUL! Should you be ridiculed for it? NO! Think we should use our time helping the homeless, and the people really striving to get back on our feet? THAT’S FANTASTIC! Don’t like having “illegal” people in our country? That’s fine too.  Have you ever thought about joining a group of people just like you, or volunteering somewhere that helps teach people the importance of  whatever belief you desire? Do you need to blast it all over the free world and tell people all about it? NO! Have you, YOURSELF tried to make any changes, or do something about it, to make it better?

Here is my challenge for you all – MYSELF included. Why don’t we make a change in ourselves, and STOP all the negativity? Let’s focus on making OURSELVES better, before we start trying to blame the world for all it’s mishaps. We live here, part of this blame is on us. I think Michael Jackson said it best when he said “if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, then make a change.” Let’s be kind to one another, and stop criticizing everyone for what they believe in. Let’s just LOVE, and be loved!

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Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

When it’s dinner time, and I still have a head of cauliflower in our refrigerator that I know needs to be cooked before it’s too late, what do you do? I create my own masterpiece, that’s what I do!!

This was really easy to make, and it turned out really well. I’m going to also go out on a limb here and say that you can even do this with broccoli if you want! In the picture you will notice we also have pork chops – again – GET A TRAEGER! (www.traegergrills.com) That thing is so amazing. This option is also so good, that I had some leftover, and reheated it and had it with my eggs in the morning! Alright, let’s get down to it.

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower head

small onion diced

garlic (probably 1 clove)

cheese (I used parmesan and mozzarella – but this choice is all yours)

salt and pepper

cracked red pepper

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

Directions:

Cut up cauliflower into small pieces, throw away stems. Put in pot of water and boil for about 5-10 minutes, until soft, but you don’t want it TOO soft. In another pan sauté garlic and onion (I sautéed mine with butter.) Drain and place in greased casserole dish. In a separate bowl, mix milk and egg together. Pour over the cauliflower and add all other ingredients EXCEPT cheese and stir in dish to mix together. Add cheese over top and place in preheated oven at 375º for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take out of add a little more cheese and place back in oven for about another 5 minutes. Serve warm.

 

 

 

 

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Quick Lunch Option

We have been out of town for about 5 days now. Yesterday was a little of a blur getting back into a routine, so needless to say I was pretty busy trying to get things in order. Before I knew it, it was lunch time, and I had no idea what we had in the house. Ok, use your imagination.. I had some tuna, and some chicken. hmmmm… Let’s see what I can come up with, with the chicken. As you can see from the picture below, I must have thought I was awesome, because most of it is GONE! This was all on a whim, but when I finished, and tried it, I was in LOVE!

Ingredients:

Canned chicken

hot sauce

1 avocado

salt and pepper

jalapeños

Directions:

Drain canned chicken. Pour into bowl. Cut avocado and add to bowl as well. Add all other ingredients and mix. If you need to add more hot sauce or jalapeños, or salt and pepper, so it now! Serve.

 

*I served mine over lettuce, and made a salad out of it. Topped it with Ranch dressing, and it turned out really well. You can do this with tuna as well. Same ingredients and directions, just swap the tuna for the chicken. It was pretty quick, and delicious. Give it a try, you will love it!!

 

 

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Want a better body? Start here!

As they say, (I’m still not sure who “they” are referring to) “there’s no better time than the present.” Well, THEY are correct. OK – so it’s now 20 days past your resolution time. You’ve given in to whatever you thought you wouldn’t do. You don’t think it’s right for you. You’re starting to feel down on yourself. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can turn your pitty train around and start again. Don’t let some resolution you didn’t follow be your determining factor for success. It’s YOUR journey, and it’s up to YOU to write the book. Not anyone else. WELL, I found this Post Holiday Detox tips, and I wanted to share them with you. (Thank you http://www.cellajane.com)

It’s important to know that you need to start small. Little by little. Again, as THEY say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Man, I’m full of all these sayings, aren’t I?! 🙂

The biggest advice I will give on these, is that you should again start slow. Let’s start with water 1 week (try and get at least 64oz of water, if not more), then incorporate more veggies the next. Week 3, let’s really start honing in on cutting the processed foods – take a look via The Essential Paleo Cookbook (Second Edition)   or via Free Paleo Meal Plan.  Last, and certainly not least, cut out the booze. Yeah, I know, as you’ve heard me say before, I LOVE WINE! But I promise, that if you do this for at least 21 days (stretch goal of 30) you will notice an extreme difference, and you will be AMAZED! I’m going to also add in there activity. You want to be active throughout this journey. Start with walking, maybe a mile, or 20 minutes a day. Increase that over the course of a month. This will also help shed that weight, AND it will boost your mood, metabolism, and other fantastic things!

As always, stay positive, and stay consistent. Consistency is key, and DON’T GIVE UP!! You can do it, I believe in you!

 

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Dessert talks

Who doesn’t love dessert? Actually, I can take it or leave it, but I know, and live with a certain individual who has a killer sweet tooth. I can bake cookies, or a cake and let it sit there. My husband on the other hand will eat the whole thing. I guess I have my parents to thank for that – since they owned a restaurant when I was a young child, I had soda (or as they say in Michigan, POP) at my disposal, so I never really cared about it. I will say though, dessert can be a wonderful thing. I do, however LOVE chocolate. I can eat a 3-musketeers bar in no time. Love the stuff. Maybe I have a will-power stronger than some when it comes to sweets? Maybe I’m just different, yep, that’s probably the case!

I’m not here to give you another recipe, but to merely share the knowledge of a wealth of recipes, that aren’t just healthy, but TASTY too!

Please check out this cookbook from one of my favorite sites. Especially if you are trying to stay healthy and just need to have something sweet. These recipes are easy to make, taste delicious, and are good for you too.

-This talk is going to be short and sweet today. Simply because I have some more great things coming for you at a later time I would like to prepare for.

Stay tuned friends, as always, I hope you enjoy!

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