12-04-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Sorry for the later than usual posting of my links…but this morning was pretty busy! I have found some new bloggers though which I’m excited to share with you all…and can’t wait to read more of their stuff. Hmm, just realized today’s links are all workout related :)

Here are your health links for today:

Do you use kettlebells in your workouts? What’s your favorite exercise to do with them?

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12-03-2013

Moms and Post-Pregnancy Bodies

I’m sure you all heard the news story about the mom who posted a picture in a sports bra and shorts, with her kids, with the caption, “What’s Your Excuse?” If not, here is an article on it, and here’s the picture:

I honestly didn’t see anything wrong with this, but there was so much backlash on this picture. People thought she was body shaming moms who don’t look like her. Though she explained that she meant to say, many moms think they don’t have the time, but in fact you do. I believe she does work full-time as well.

There was also the backlash to this woman who was doing Crossfit while pregnant.

Anyway, now I just read a new article about a mom in a similar situation. She’s receiving backlash for posting this picture on her Instagram 4 days after giving birth:

Source: Instagram

Here are quotes from the Yahoo article:

“This is not a selfie. This is an act of war,” writes one Australian blogger in response to the image — just one of many blogs, news outlets, body image experts, and social-media commenters around the world to weigh in on the matter in the past few days, putting the photo at the center of a major online body image controversy.

“This whole situation has become ludicrous. The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE. There is no other word for it.” Another blogger calls the photo of Eriksen, who is married to pro soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen, “wildly provocative.”

Twitter users called Eriksen and her washboard abs “intimidating,” “unhelpful,” “obviously a freak,” and “unfair to all women.”

I can see both sides here. Yes, there is pressure on women to get back their “pre-baby” shape after birth (from what I can tell, I obviously have not had a child yet). And I don’t agree with that. Your body has gone through some trauma, you’re adjusting to having a child, possibly breastfeeding-working out right after giving birth may not and probably should not be a priority.

But at the same time, if you have been working out consistently and eating a certain way for months, your body will bounce back quicker. No one freaked out when elite runner Lauren Fleshman gave birth, and then a month or so (maybe more) after, was modeling at NY Fashion Week and looked like this:

(Though she did write a blog post about her having a “real” body as well…very inspirational-check it out.)

I don’t think that this woman posting a picture of her post-baby body is body shaming or necessarily a bad thing. Sure, some may see it as a provocative picture, but if you scroll through fitness related hashtags on Instagram, a lot of pictures are like that, if not more provocative.

This quote from the article sums up how I feel:

“…slamming the super-fit and genetically freakish likes of Berg Eriksen is merely another form of judgment and mothers are forced to contend with far too much of that already.”

We shouldn’t shame people who are fit or bounce back quickly from pregnancy. Nor should we shame people who are overweight, or gained weight during pregnancy. Every one is different. Every body and how it reacts to pregnancy is different. I am so scared of what will happen to my body when I decide to have a child, but either way I’d like to not be judged!

The way I see it is, we post “selfies” all the time of accomplishments, whether it’s losing weight, achieving a PR, lifting a certain weight…why is it so wrong to post a picture of your body a few days or months after having a baby? A lot of hard work went into that body PRE-pregnancy which is why I think moms have been posting things like this.

The article talks about cultural expectations. But I don’t think these women are the ones who are setting these cultural expectations. I think it’s the media. What was the first thing that was talked about when Kate Middleton left the hospital after giving birth? How you could see her belly bump under her dress. Who cares?!

I feel like I’m just rambling now. Basically, I can see both sides, but I don’t think that hate comments are necessary to either of these ladies.

Like I said, every one is different.

Oh, and if you want great tips and motivation from someone who was healthy and active while pregnant, and after, check out Jess at Blonde Ponytail! She’s amazing!

What are your thoughts on all of the articles I mentioned?

Do you think moms posting pics like this pressure other moms to get fit fast?

I’d love to hear your commentary!

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12-03-2013

Parmesan Chicken With Roasted Romaine

I made this meal last week, and actually made it last night too. It’s soooo good, and was a hit with my family. I always look for different ways to get in my veggies, and this did not disappoint.

parmesan chicken with roasted romaine

Here’s the recipe I used from Bon Appetit. My modification and comments are in bold.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 7-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, Pecorino, or Asiago cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces) I used Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) I used normal breadcrumps, but less than 1/2 cup
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped, divided
  • 2 large hearts of romaine, halved lengthwise
  • 4 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained, chopped Did not use this
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges Oops, forgot to use this

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Season chicken with salt and pepper; place on prepared sheet. Combine cheese, panko, 2 Tbsp. oil, parsley, and 1 garlic clove in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Pat panko mixture onto breasts. Roast chicken until crumbs begin to turn golden, about 10 minutes.

Drizzle romaine with 1 Tbsp. oil and sprinkle with remaining 1 chopped garlic clove. Season with salt and pepper. Remove sheet from oven; place romaine around chicken. Roast until chicken is cooked through and lettuce is browned at edges, about 5 minutes. Divide among plates. Top lettuce with anchovies; garnish with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

Seriously SO GOOD. As I mentioned above, I didn’t use the requested amount of cheese or breadcrumbs but it was still delicious. Or you can use the amount needed (which I actually accidentally did last night)…no big deal. I also made a balsamic vinaigrette dressing to drizzle over the romaine. The first time we had it, we also used a croutons.

I also love that this recipe is quick and easy. Takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and 10-15 minutes to bake. I’m all about the quick dinners, but that are still healthy.

Let me know if you decide to try this out! I highly recommend it.

Do you have a quick and healthy dinner recipe? Please share in the comments!

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12-02-2013

My December Goals

I really can’t believe in less than a month it will be 2014. 2013 was a good year for me…plus, 13 is my lucky number. I’m not really a fan of even numbers like 14.

Do you have years you “like” and “don’t like” or am I just a weirdo? ;)

Since it’s the end of the year, I wanted to make a list of things I want to accomplish before the new year. It will feel great going into 2014 knowing I finished my list (or at least got close). I’m not sure if I will accomplish some of these things (unassisted pull-up) but that doesn’t mean I can’t try!

Here are my goals:

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Let’s use December to kick it into high gear and lead up to the new year in a positive way!

Why wait until 2014 to make New Year’s Resolutions? If you haven’t thought of any goals, this is your chance. Think of a few and post them to your blog, then send me the link! We can all support each other in finishing off 2013 with a bang. I can’t wait to see your to-do list!

What do you know for a fact will be one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

Do you usually follow through with resolutions?

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12-02-2013

Motivational Monday!

Can you believe it is now December? Less than a month left in 2013! Wow…

Today’s motivational quote inspired me this weekend. As you know, I launched my own social media consulting business after grad school. I’ve been working part-time while trying to get more clients. It’s been going well, but it’s has had its ups and downs, which is expected. Some days I really feel like giving up on that dream…but then I see things like this and rally:

I’m taking a chance, but it’s a chance I can take right now, as opposed to when I’m older and need more financial security. It’s hard and stressful, but I want to continue to work on this goal and see where it takes me. If it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out-but at least I tried.

What chances have you taken recently? 

If you own a small business, what tips can you give me? ;)

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11-27-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Who has off today? I don’t, but it’s ok because I will be going out with friends later for “Thanksgiving Eve” and am so excited!

I found a lot of great links to share with you, so you have stuff to read tomorrow while you wait for that turkey to be done ;)

Here are your health links:

Where will you be spending Thanksgiving?

Do you go Black Friday shopping? Where?

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11-26-2013

Fun Fitblogger Survey!

I wanted to switch things up and do a fun survey for today. If you have a health & fitness blog, join in and write up your own post! I love learning more about other bloggers :)

1: What is your favorite snack? Healthy: apples or a banana with PB Unhealthy: Cookies and milk, or Honey Bunches Of Oats cereal ;)

2: Favorite work out move, and what does it target? Squats. Although it mainly targets your glutes, it’s definitely a full-body workout and will get your heart rate up!

3: Least favorite workout? Any sort of cross-training. It is so boring to me.

4: When do you feel your best? After a particularly hard workout or run, when I’m drenched in sweat and out of breath, but can say, “Wow, I finished that workout and I feel awesome!”

5: Describe your “perfect” breakfast? My favorite is oatmeal with PB stirred in, sliced banana, and a drizzle of honey. Along with 2 hardboiled eggs.

6: Favorite splurge meal? Meal: Cheeseburger and fries, Snack: Half Baked Ben & Jerry’s :)

7: Best advice for a beginner? Be patient. You won’t see results immediately, but just keep at it. Even when you’re so sore in the beginning, it goes away and the next time you workout you will feel stronger.

8: Favorite one liner for motivation? It never gets easier, you just get better.

9: Best place to by workout clothes? Modell’s, Macy’s sale rack, TJ Maxx, and if I want to splurge-lululemon.

10: Favorite workout/running shoes? Currently, Saucony Mirage. I used to be a Mizuno girl and ran in the Wave Inspires.

11: What is your ratio of clean vs indulgence? Probably 70% clean, 30% indulge. I could be better but right now I don’t really feel the need to be really strict. I want to lower my body fat and all that, but I’m also at a place where I have accepted my body. I love working out, and eat healthy for the most part, so if the results come, they come..and of course I’ll be happy!

12: Best way to feel confident? In the gym: getting a PR (same in a race) and knowing how hard you worked to build up to that. Other: buying a top or pants that makes you feel good!

13: Number 1 tip for beating cravings? Find healthy alternatives. If I want a sweet treat, recently, I’ve been having these protein bites instead. I also like Larabars. If you like more salty, try making kale chips!

14: Describe your “dream” day of fitness? I’d love to go on some sort of fitness cruise or vacation. Where you can explore the terrain but in active ways (trail runs, hikes). But also relaxing on the beach would be necessary ;)

I wouldn’t mind working out in this gym.

15: What is your “power” song, the song that keeps you going? Hm…there are so many! Probably “One” by Swedish House Mafia. I have powered up hills many times listening to that song.

16: Favorite fitblogger? I definitely can’t pick one, but I will list a few of the bloggers I love reading: Cori-Olive To Run, Theodora-Losing Weight In The City, Alyssa-See This Girl Run, Gia-RunGiaRun, Sarah-Sweet Miles, Sarah-SarahFit…and really so many more. I think you can see who I follow if you go to my BlogLovin?

17: What do you wear to workout? In the gym: shorts (spandex or normal), or capris, and a tight fitting top. Running: spandex shorts, capris or pants. Always a dri-fit top.

18: What is your biggest accomplishment? Running a 33 minute PR in the 2013 NYC Marathon with my mom :)

19: What is your fitness goal? In the gym: Upping the amount I can squat, and doing 10 unassisted pullups. Running: One day qualifying for Boston, but first I’ll take a sub-2 hour half marathon.

20: What is your next fitness challenge? Right now I’m just working on getting stronger, but my next goal will be a sub-2 hour half marathon. I’m looking into spring races.

Please fill it out! I’d love to hear about your fitness & running motivation and goals! Let me know if you post it on your own blog :) Here are the questions for you to copy & paste:

1: What is your favorite snack?

2: Favorite work out move, and what does it target?

3: Least favorite workout? 

4: When do you feel your best? 

5: Describe your “perfect” breakfast? 

6: Favorite splurge meal? 

7: Best advice for a beginner? 

8: Favorite one liner for motivation? 

9: Best place to by workout clothes?

10: Favorite workout/running shoes? 

11: What is your ratio of clean vs indulgence? 

12: Best way to feel confident? 

13: Number 1 tip for beating cravings? 

14: Describe your “dream” day of fitness? 

15: What is your “power” song, the song that keeps you going? 

16: Favorite fitblogger? 

17: What do you wear to workout? 

18: What is your biggest accomplishment? 

19: What is your fitness goal?

20: What is your next fitness challenge? 

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11-25-2013

Motivational Monday!

So yesterday it was around 25 degrees here, but felt like even less with windchill. I’ve ran in the cold before, begrudgingly, and after a snow storm, but it ended up not being bad at all!

I saw a lot of runners who posted about getting out there despite the conditions…that’s awesome! If I were running regularly, perhaps I would have gone out, but running really isn’t in my training plan right now ;)

Here’s a little motivation as we head into the winter:

I know you all will get after it no matter what, but in case you need some extra inspiration, this is a great quote! No matter if it’s summer or winter, you will never have perfect conditions. Just gear up and do it! The key to winter running is the right layers and gear, once you have that, I promise you won’t even feel the cold!

Do you prefer winter running or summer running? I prefer the cold…I sweat way too much in the summer!

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11-22-2013

Coconut PB Protein Bites

My friend told me to try this recipe for “protein bites,” so I finally did…and it certainly did not disappoint! If you’re looking for something all-natural, and just as tasty as a granola bar or sweet treat, then you need to try this.

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter/whatever butter you like)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (oops I just realized I forgot to use this…oh well, it’s still so good!

Then:

  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a large bowl. I used my hands to make sure everything was mixed together.
  2. Let chill in the fridge for about an hour
  3. Enjoy!

My friend suggested putting them in ziploc bags in the freezer so they keep their shape, and you can save them longer. Seriously, they are delicious. I have a sweet tooth problem, so I always look for healthy and all-natural options for when I’m craving a cookie or something.

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Obviously you can’t eat the entire batch just because it’s all-natural. Moderation is still key. With the amounts listed above, I made 15 protein balls, and according to my calculations (and with the ingredients I used), it’s about 100 calories each. I also accidentally got sweetened coconut flakes, so that’s probably extra calories.

Let me know if you decide to try them & what you think!

Do you have a “go-to” for when your sweet tooth strikes?

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11-20-2013

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

1 week until Thanksgiving Eve! Can you tell I’m excited… ;)

Here are your health links for today:

Do you love or hate doing abs? What’s your favorite ab move?

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