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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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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!

https://mz164.isrefer.com/go/paleo-dessert-recipe/karadavenport17/

 

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Everyone needs inspiration

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a little motivation in their lives. We all need to be inspired by someone, something, or ourselves. That’s what keeps us going. It’s how we get better. Whether we are striving to compete, looking to be healthy, or just tying to be a better version of ourselves – there is something in us. It’s our drive. I’ve always been a big fan of motivational type quotes, thanks for that, MOM! “it’s all about attitude” and “balance” were 2 of her favorites, as she would use them on me almost daily when I was a snot nosed teenager.

Well, I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorites, and hope that they will help you in whatever journey you are going for. Before I go to workout, run, or do any kind of activity that I’m deciding on doing, I usually stop, and read some of these beforehand. It’s just helpful, and it’s nice to know that there are other people who have been there.

Again – I hope you enjoy these, and I hope that they will help you along the path you are on.

As always, feel free to comment, share, like – you know, get the word out. You never know who YOU might be motivating!

 

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Best Grilled Tilapia

Let me first start off by saying, I LOVE our Traeger grill. If you don’t know what that is, just  go look it up and read the reviews. This thing is AHH-MAZ-ING! My husband and I were walking through Costco one day, and I’m sure this   guy   very friendly salesman had us pegged from the time we first walked into the food section, but we left the store with enough time for hubs to talk me into buying this thing, and back to Costco  we went 2 days later. HOWEVER, this is probably one of the BEST purchases that we’ve ever made. (No, they aren’t paying me to say this – this is free advertising for Traeger. I just feel that passionate about this dang grill.) It’s fun to say that we now actually somewhat cook together. I get it all prepared, and my husband will throw it on the grill and leave cook it. (That’s how easy these things are.)  www.traegergrills.com

So – We have been eating a LOT of meat here lately, which I don’t mind, but I think we both needed a little fish in our lives. Que in new recipes!! 🙂

Tilapia. One of the best fish to eat, aside from Salmon, in my opinion. This is a SUPER easy recipe, I’ve been cooking our fish this way from the beginning because it’s made such an impact on the somewhat picky husband. You will notice also, that I don’t usually ever put in exact measurements, because, well, I just don’t know them. I can guess for you, but the thing I’ve found in life, is that NOTHING is every EXACTLY correct, and it’s all to your liking. So have fun with it.

*Side notes- you can also bake this, and I usually bake at about 375º for about 20-25 minutes. But if you have a Traeger, USE IT!

Ingredients:

2 pieces tilapia

lemon pepper seasoning

lemon, or lemon juice

salt and pepper

garlic, or garlic powder – or heck, any type of garlic spice you want.

aluminum foil

butter

Directions:

Heat up Traeger to 325º or oven to 375º. Place each piece of Tilapia on separate piece of aluminum foil. Make a “boat” out of the foil so no juices fall out of it. Cover with lemon juice, lemon pepper ,- or any other seasonings (Italian seasoning is good, cajun seasoning is good, you get the idea) salt and pepper, and top with some butter. Place in grill, or oven and let cook for about 20 minutes. You will know fish is done because it’s flaky, it will break when you cut it with a fork. Serve warm with whatever sides you choose.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, as it’s really easy and a lot of fun to make. Please comment and as always feel free to share.

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

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Parmesan Zucchini Stick

Have you ever just looked in your refrigerator and think “what the heck am I going to cook next?” Well, that was me earlier last week. I had this zucchini and I knew it needed to be cooked. But I’ve sautéed it several times, and I do enjoy it cooked that was, but I just needed something different. After seeing many different ideas for Parmesan Zucchini I figured, let’s give it a go!

So here it is! And it was great. Super easy, and really all you need to know is that you throw it in the oven on 350º for about 20 minutes, and then broil after that for an additional 5 minutes or until it browns on the top. Once they come out, let cool some before serving. I’m just saying, if you’re looking for a different kick on zucchini, this is the way to go!

Ingredients:

Zucchini

Parmesan Cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Cracked red pepper

olive oil

basil

oregano

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350º. Cut the Zucchini into spheres and sprinkle olive oil on top. mix all ingredients together and sprinkle over the zucchini. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. When finished baking, put on broil for 2-3 minutes to let brown.

A little bit of advice. you can use any ingredients you want. Those are just the ones I choose to use. IMG_5104