02-18-2015

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

In the 2 years I’ve been working at the community college, I’ve never gotten stuck in traffic like I did today. Total standstill! And I thought today was Thursday…bummer :-P

Here are some links for you to catch up on today!

Featured: Tangy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs (SlimSanity)

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 How good do those look? I love any kind of meatballs, and the fact that you can make it in the crockpot is even better. I’ve been meaning to use my crockpot more but just haven’t found more recipes to try (I’m sick of the ones I make over and over again), so I’ll definitely have to try this one out! Yes, I’ve been trying to eat more meatless, but about 1-2 times a week I do eat some sort of meat. I’ll make an exception for this one ;)

  • Game Day Veggie Burgers (Her Heartland Soul) – I used to think veggie burgers would taste gross, but I really enjoy them now. My favorite are the chickpea burgers from Morning Star. This recipe looks delicious!
  • 5 Healthy Sandwich Swaps (Mom to Mom Nutrition) – Sandwiches are my favorite lunch, and these are all great ideas. Recently I’ve started swapping out turkey for more veggies, like chickpea salad. Though my favorite will always be melted cheese on turkey and toasted bread.
  • 10 Healthy Food Swaps (Fitful Focus) – Love mayo? Use avocados instead. Or use blended frozen bananas for that ice cream craving (still need to try this myself actually).
  • Breakfast Burrito Bowl with Sweet Potato Noodles (Food Faith & Fitness) – I use my Veggetti to make zucchini noodles and haven’t tried sweet potato noodles yet. I love sweet potatoes!
  • 10 Ways To Drink More Water (Jill Conyers) – This is your hydration reminder!

Have you made spiralized recipes? Share your favorite one in the comments so I can try it!

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02-11-2015

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Is it the weekend yet? This week is craawwlllinggggg. But at least today I get to pamper myself and go get a pedicure before this wedding I’m going to this weekend. Do you like getting pedis alone or with a friend? I prefer a friend but have to go alone today =’(

Anyway, here are some links for you to check out!

Featured: Red Velvet Cake Granola (NutriFit Mama)

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How perfect is this for Valentine’s Day? It sounds/looks delicious and I have yet to actually make my own granola. I think I’ll try this but minus the beet root powder, mainly because I’m too lazy to drive to the health food store to find it ;)

Do you like to take naps? For how long?

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01-28-2015

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Well, talk about an overhyped storm! For the past few days the media had been talking about this HISTORIC blizzard of 2015…we were going to get 25-30 inches! I think we ended up getting a total of 6ish haha. I don’t think it’s the meteorologists fault. Many are complaining about them and how they overhyped it, but I think it’s the media. The media was all over this storm and telling people to prepare, get their gas cans ready if needed, etc. etc. You’d think it was the apocalypse bu how they reported it. But whatever…I was just happy to get 2 snow days out of it ;)

Okay so let’s get into this week’s links! Some of the businesses I work with through my business are health & wellness related, so it’s fun perusing blogs and websites each day to curate content. Found a lot of great stuff over the past few days!

Featured: Vanilla Overnight Oats (24 Carrot Life)

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I’ve actually never made overnight oats but keep meaning to. I am all about easy, on-the-go breakfasts. My usual is 2 hard boiled eggs that I eat in my car because I give myself just enough time in the morning to get ready and get out. Sleep > sit down breakfast :) Will definitely be trying this one soon!

I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes lately, experimenting with meatless ones. So if you have any favorite meatless recipes, please leave a link in the comments – I’d love to try it!

Do you already have races planned for 2015? Which ones? I haven’t made a race calendar yet.

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01-20-2015

Trying Something New

I haven’t been happy with where I’m at with my body…I know I have weight to lose, but it’s hard!! Why is it so easy to gain 10 lbs. and so hard to lose it? I’ve written about this before, and nothing has really changed since then. Part of the issue has been my long distance training.

Jess, of Blonde Ponytail, recently discussed this on her blog. She decided to mainly focus on strength training workouts as opposed to running because of the effect it had on fat loss. I know that if I want to lose fat and get lean, focusing more on strength is key. But at the same time, I love running and every time I’ve decided to focus on lifting, I end up missing running and training for a race. I like pushing myself and seeing if I can get better in the half and full marathon.

This is the catch 22. Run, or lift and lose fat. Some people are able to do both and stay lean, but I know I can’t, and have figured that out throughout the past few years.

So right now I am just switching my routine all around. I always did heavier lifting – a set number of reps and sets. But I’ve been trying circuit training for time since last week and man is it killer! I was sore for days after a leg circuit. I am hoping this 1) helps me lose body fat and 2) the plyo movements will help me get faster with running. I’m currently not really running that much, just a few times a week. I don’t know if I’m doing a spring half yet so I haven’t been as diligent.

I just want to lose around 15 lbs by the summer time. I have a wedding to go to in February, so any small change before that would be nice, and I’ll be going on vacation in July. I know that to many I’m not “overweight” but for me, I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been. My bodyfat % in relation to my height and weight is high. I need to change that. 

Which leads me to my next change…

I’m going to try eating meatless meals a few times a week. I’m not going full blown vegetarian or anything (don’t think I could ever do that), but I know I could benefit from focusing on increasing my vegetable intake. Some nights when I’m too lazy to cook, dinner is mainly meat, sauce and pasta or rice. Another thing I need to change as well! So I found a bunch of recipes I want to try, which I’ll share with you below as well. 

I don’t think going meatless is the means to weightloss, but I know that it will encourage me to eat healthier and it does impact our environment as well. Plus, it won’t hurt to cut out hormone-laden chicken and meat from my diet (because I don’t buy grass fed or organic chicken, but do plan on going Trader Joe’s more often to do so).

Okay, here are some recipes I want to try!

I really need some recipes to try out…preferably one a meat eater would love too since Dan is kind of a picky eater :) So please leave a comment below with a recipe if you have one you’d like to share!

When you’ve felt unhappy with yourself, what kind of changes did you make?

How did you motivate yourself to keep going despite it taking time to get back to where you want to be? 

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01-14-2015

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Have you ever tried a new workout and a few days later you’re STILL sore?? I started a new plan Monday and still can’t walk right! It’s more focused on time than sets and reps (aka you’re out of breath the whole time), so we’ll see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted!

I haven’t done a link roundup in a few weeks…I got all discombobulated with the holidays so let’s get back into it.

Featured: Apple Cinnamon Blender Waffles (The Lean Green Bean)

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How amazing do those look? I have been wanting a waffle maker for a while…I seriously need to get one. This recipe is so simple and quick…perfect for those lazy weekend mornings.

  • 2 Steps To Make Healthy Eating A Reality (Love Live Surf) – Two great tips here. I need to do better with meal prep. Mainly lunches. Do any of you prepare all your meals ahead of time?
  • Hip Hugger Lower Body Burner (Running Escapades) – Definitely need to add this to my routine once I start running more. But anyone can benefit…strong hips = strong core!
  • Italian Chickpea Casserole (Strength & Sunshine) – This looks delicious and like the perfect meatless dish if you’re looking for one. I will be trying this for sure, especially now that Dan’s resolution is to eat healthier/more veggies :)
  • Make Your Gym Habits Stick (Dare You To…) – Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? These tips will help! I always prepare my gym clothes and bag the night before. Even though I’m not a morning exerciser, it’s right by the door so I don’t forget anything in that morning rush, and have it all ready to go for my workout later in the day.
  • Grocery Shopping On A Budget For One (Lake Shore Runner) – I’ve found that now that I’m mainly buying groceries for myself, it’s a totally different experience in terms of weekly budgeting, buying things that won’t go bad, etc. Question: If you live alone or with a roommate, how do you buy salad in the bags and have it not go bad??? Happens to me every week.

How do you prevent your groceries and veggies from going bad? Do you have a weekly grocery budget?

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11-19-2014

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

I am starting to get nervous about the Philly Half this weekend. I usually LOVE tapering (less miles woohoo) but this is the first time I’m feeling kind of anxious about the drop in mileage. I know I can do this but then I’m also like “omg what if only running 3 times this week isn’t enough?!” Crazy thoughts, I know ;)

Here are this week’s links!

Featured: Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Potato (Skinny Taste)

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I had to feature this because I made it last night and it was delicious. I found it yesterday when someone on Twitter suggested I check out Skinnytaste for recipe ideas. Even the BF loved it – and he’s a picky eater!

  • Running & Weightloss (Run To The Finish) – A shameless plug for a guest post I wrote for Amanda of Run To The Finish today. Go check it out if you’ve had issues with running more and more but hitting a weightloss plateau.
  • 20 Delicious Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes (Jessie Loves 2 Run) – Thanksgiving is almost here! I am bookmarking this for myself in order to make something new this year. Can’t wait to eat!
  • 15 No Equipment At-Home Workouts (Ex Sloth) – Winter time means less motivation to go to the gym or exercise outdoors. No excuses with this list of workouts you can do right in your own living room.
  • How To Mobilize & Stretch Hip Muscles with Tennis Ball (TriDosha Wellness) – I love using a tennis ball as opposed to a foam roller. Gets in deeper and you’re able to move around on it more. 

Do you use a typical foam roller? Or one of those rollers with the grooves or ridges (I love the RumbleRoller too!)

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10-09-2014

Quick & Easy Tuna Lunch Idea

Are you looking for something quick to make for lunch? I always am. I usually pack my lunches in the morning as I’m rushing out the door, so I like things that are fast and easy to make.

And that’s where this recipe comes in. I remember seeing a recipe on Pinterest that combined tuna with rice, but I wanted to spin off of that and add some vegetables as well. I mean, how delicious and filling does this look?

Quick Lunch Recipe
It took me less than 5 minutes to put together. Here’s how you do it:

Quick & Easy Tuna Lunch
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  1. Rice
  2. Can of tuna
  3. Pinto beans (or beans of your choice)
  4. Plum tomatoes
  5. Scallions (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut tomatoes in half if you wish & cut scallions as well.
  2. Layer tuna over rice, top with veggies.
  3. Done!
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I did also add a bit of mayo to the rice just to make it less bland. You can feel free to add in any sort of dressing you’d like. This really was filling, and is a great way to get in your protein and some veggies!

Do you have recipes that use tuna (other than salad)? Please leave a comment below because I am always looking for new lunch ideas!

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10-08-2014

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

I am loving this weather. The perfect temperatures outside and the leaves changing are just beautiful. Fall is my absolute favorite season!

Here’s some great content for you to ready today:

Featured: 15 Freezer Meals & Snacks (The Lean Green Bean)

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I always say I want to start making freezer meals but never actually do. There are some great ideas here! I always love looking through Lindsay’s food prep posts for inspiration.

Have you tried zucchini noodles? What’s your favorite “spiralized” dish?

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10-03-2014

Pin It Party!

Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean is hosting a Pin It Party today which I’m really excited for. I love Pinterest and could spend hours perusing different categories. I don’t know what’s gotten into me but the past few days I’ve been pinning like crazy.

The rules of the Pin It Party are that you link to 5 of your blog posts (which have a pinnable image) that you’d like others to pin, you link up to her page, and then you pin other people’s content as well. Here’s the first roundup I did for one of Lindsay’s Pin It Parties.

Okay so here are my 5 posts…pin away…and thanks in advance!

Hansons Marathon Method ReviewHansons Marathon Method Review

I followed this training plan for my first marathon and even though it was tough, really enjoyed it. Hint: it includes a lot of running.

How To Avoid Hitting The WallWays To Avoid Hitting The Wall

Speaking of marathon training…here are a few ways to not bonk in your next race!

Different Types Of Squats7 Different Types Of Squats

I outlined various types of squats to incorporate into your routine. Barbell squats are my favorite.

Bust A PlateauCrush A Plateau

Stuck in a rut? Here are a few ways to get out of it. One of my favorite ways is adding in 1.5 reps into sets.

Coconut Protein BitesCoconut Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Best. snack. ever.

Head on over to Lindsay’s page to see other blogger’s content and pin some good stuff! And of course add your own link! If you do, leave a comment here with your link so I can add your stuff to my boards :)

Let’s end with a random question: Would you rather be able to fly…or read minds? I think I’d choose fly.

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08-19-2014

13 Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes

So I’m actually moving out today…I’ll be on my own for the first time since college! I’m kind of sad actually…but there comes a time where we all have to move out right? 

Since I will now be responsible for cooking all my meals, I figured this post was very fitting. As I’m writing this, I’m already hungry for lunch, and seeing these recipes only made me hungrier. All of these should take you about 30 minutes to make. What could be better than that?? Looking for these recipes also turned me on to some new blogs. You’ll see multiple recipes from some bloggers…can’t wait to start trying more recipes! 

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1. California Chicken Wrap (Love Bakes Good Cakes)

2. Italian Prosciutto Panini (I Eat Therefore I Cook)

3. Orange & Honey Seared Salmon (Lori’s Culinary Creations)

4. Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wrap (Second Chance To Dream)

5. Korean Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps (Hot Eats & Cool Reads)

6. Jalapeno Cheddar Salmon Burgers (I Eat Therefore I Cook)

7. Personal Mediterranean Pizza (Second Chance To Dream)

8. Pork & Bok Choy Stir Fry (Food Done Light)

9. Bangin’ Beef & Broccoli (The Vintage Modern Wife)

10. Asian Couscous Salmon (Avocado Pesto)

11. Turkey Picatta Meatballs (I Eat Therefore I Cook)

12. Sweet Potato & Chickpea Salad (Avocado Pesto)

13. Simple Shrimp Scampi (I Eat Therefore I Cook)

Which of these do you want to try? I am craving that California Chicken Wrap as my lunch today! I may try to re-create it when I get home ;)

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