tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-58178368962298262602014-03-13T18:58:43.970-07:00FitFadFanA Fitness Fanatic's Guide to Gear, Grub and GrindFit Fad Fannoreply@blogger.comBlogger81125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-26733696244794176392014-03-12T06:26:00.001-07:002014-03-12T06:26:39.431-07:00Water on the Run<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-laXvR3RCNK8/UyBdc6m47CI/AAAAAAAAA8A/_N07qwJmrA0/s1600/amphipod.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-laXvR3RCNK8/UyBdc6m47CI/AAAAAAAAA8A/_N07qwJmrA0/s1600/amphipod.jpg" height="320" width="192" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When you are on the treadmill, have you ever wondered why they have drink holders? NO! I know that was a stupid question. See there are such thing as dumb questions. Those cup holders are there because you should have a water or sports drink to sip on. If you enjoy running then you understand how important it is to hydrate before, during and after.&nbsp;So what do you do when you're not on a treadmill and you decide to run a 5k outside, or take a jog around the neighborhood? Do you run holding a water bottle? Chances are the answer is no. So what's your secret to getting water during workouts?</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I used to place a water bottle in the driveway and run the neighborhood route circling back to my house when I needed water. But sometimes I run a trail or take a different route and find myself 30 minutes into my run and no where near home to get water. Now I learned from doing obstacle course races that there's the camel water backpack and a waistband water bottle belt. But I don't really run long enough to need an entire back pack nor do I want to wear a belt while running. So I took to Google and did my research. I was looking into running water bottles and found EXACTLY what I needed. The </span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DN537Y/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005DN537Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fit078-20" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Bottle</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">. What's cool about this one is that it comes in five different sizes to meet your needs:&nbsp;4, 10.5, 12, 16, or 20 ounces. I opted for the 12 ounce. This is the perfect amount for my typical 3-4 mile runs.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lX5m8cMpbZc/UyBgJ_dINpI/AAAAAAAAA8U/sztQdJE2Tic/s1600/amphipod2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lX5m8cMpbZc/UyBgJ_dINpI/AAAAAAAAA8U/sztQdJE2Tic/s1600/amphipod2.jpg" height="200" width="188" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It fits perfectly to my hand, is easily adjustable, and doesn't slip when you are sweating. I was afraid that filling it with water would weigh my arm down, but to my surprise it didn't seem to weigh much. There's a little pouch on the strap that will fit your key, credit card, iPod, and other small items. Unfortunately, the pouch isn't larger enough to fit my iPhone 4S, so I still need to wear my arm band.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Keeping the environment in mind, Amphipod bottles are recycling symbol #4 LDPE and are BPA-free! Save the planet :) Here are more features of the bottle:</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Comfortable, fully-cushioned breathable slotted design</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Ergonomically contoured insulated handheld bottle with pocket</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Great combination for hot and cold weather use</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">40% flatter Hydraform™ bottle eliminates hand cramping tension</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Insulator is easily removable for maximum use versatility and washing</span></li></ul><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>How do you stay hydrated on the run?&nbsp;</b></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-37667358436810086202014-03-07T07:19:00.001-08:002014-03-07T07:19:59.934-08:00Reduce Cellulite and Get Thin Thighs<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mA97Rt9BruM/UxndKj0cHfI/AAAAAAAAA7A/z0CbsjFUNR0/s1600/cellulite.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mA97Rt9BruM/UxndKj0cHfI/AAAAAAAAA7A/z0CbsjFUNR0/s1600/cellulite.jpg" height="212" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">As a woman, most fat-stores go directly to your butt and thighs. It often leaves the dimple effect making it uncomfortable or embarrassing to wear shorts or swimsuits. And with summer only a couple months away, you may already be shopping for cover-ups to hide the unsightly marks. But instead of hiding, start working now so you can flaunt your sexy legs come beach season! YES! It is possible to reduce or eliminate cellulite.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I've noticed how easily cellulite forms on my behind and thighs with each year I get older and older. And while it is difficult to eliminate it, there are exercises, creams, and foods that can make this process simpler. So, want to find out how to get rid of those lumps and bumps?</span></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">First, let's understand cellulite better. We all have strands of connective tissue that break up fat cells into compartments and connect fat tissue to skin. For women, these fibers form a vertical, honeycomb-like pattern, so any increase of fat in a given area tends to bulge. Men don't suffer from cellulite because their fibers run in a diagonal pattern that prevents dimpling.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Unfortunately, as we age, cellulite seems to appear overnight and get worse as we get older. This is due to a change in tissue. The strands of connective tissue thicken and our skin gets thinner. Women also lose muscle as years go by and it's replaced with fat. And because fat is soft, it doesn't make your skin appear firm like muscle will.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So what causes cellulite besides age? Your genes play a role. So if you mom has cellulite, chances are you will too. Lifestyle choices also play a role. Smoking, poor diet, eating too much fat, dehydration, not exercising, and poor sleep are also factors. The solution is to trick your body into becoming a fat-burning machine with some easy-to-perform exercises and simple nutrition tips. The more muscle tone you have, the less of a problem cellulite can be.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fTVRXyifwEU/Uxnimrt8LCI/AAAAAAAAA7s/lSQEtFysL7s/s1600/lunge+slide.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fTVRXyifwEU/Uxnimrt8LCI/AAAAAAAAA7s/lSQEtFysL7s/s1600/lunge+slide.JPG" height="196" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">Cardio alone will not eliminate cellulite, but it is important to perform. The best cardio to perform is HIIT instead of endurance training. Work the muscles in the areas where the dimpling is occurring two to three times a week with strength training exercises. This means lunges in all directions - basic lunge, lateral lunge, reverse lunge, curtsy lunge. Then add some moves to get the most out of your lunges like a knee lift, leg lift, dumbbell twist, hip abduction, etc. Aside from lunges, perform plies and squats. Again, you can add variations to these to work your thighs even more. Just be sure to stretch at the end of each workout.</span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What's your favorite way to lunge?</b></span></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-43385767771038370462014-02-26T06:24:00.000-08:002014-02-26T06:24:46.619-08:00Crockpot Southwest Chicken Stew<br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yYfOxIHp82w/Uwzwat_I2lI/AAAAAAAAA6c/xyvO0kkpiNo/s1600/southwest+chicken4.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: justify;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yYfOxIHp82w/Uwzwat_I2lI/AAAAAAAAA6c/xyvO0kkpiNo/s1600/southwest+chicken4.JPG" height="320" width="184" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Want the easiest dinner recipe known to mankind?? Of course you do! This is my favorite go-to recipe when I want something super easy, no&nbsp;hassle, dinner-for-the-whole kind of meal: Crockpot Southwest Chicken Stew.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The ingredients for this recipe couldn't combine any healthier ingredients and still pack a huge punch in the flavor department. This is no&nbsp;bland-tasting dish that you eat just to fill your tummy. No this a recipe you will crave and want to make time and time again.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So here's the run down of some of the ingredients...&nbsp;</span></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Black beans.</b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> They are packed with fiber and protein and helps supports digestive health. They also help you feel fuller for longer.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Salsa.</b> Have you ever thought of salsa as&nbsp;healthy</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">? This low calorie treat is a great source of lycopene for heart health&nbsp;and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Chicken.</b> Now I'm sure we all know the major benefits of chicken: builds strong bones and muscles.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Ingredients</b></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2 cans black beans (preferably lower sodium cans) - drain &amp; rinse</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2 cans corn (I like the no salt added cans) - drain &amp; rinse</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 jar salsa (I like medium for more flavor)</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/2 cup chopped onion</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 cup sliced mushrooms</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 package fat free (or 1/3 less fat) cream cheese</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Now, are you ready for the really difficult instructions?? LOL Place all ingredients in crockpot, except cream cheese. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add the block of cream cheese and stir. Cook another 30 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!!&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What's your favorite crockpot recipe?&nbsp;</b></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-29786917742734775712014-02-21T08:40:00.000-08:002014-02-21T08:42:50.937-08:00Fitbit Comes at You with Force<div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=554933&amp;u=779769&amp;m=31379&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=" target="_blank"><img alt="Fitbit store" border="0" src="http://www.shareasale.com/image/31379/112013_Fitbit_Family_Holiday_728x90_2.jpg" /></a> <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545;">Being a fitness junkie I love when new gadgets come out. I've been wanting to upgrade my elementary pedometer that reminds me of a pager. With so many technologically advanced step trackers, I wasn't sure which one to go with. Maybe the Jawbone, Nike Fuel Band, FitBit or Polar. After some research and talking to other fitness junkies, I set my mind on the newly released FitBit Force. So I&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545;">asked for it for Christmas this year and my amazing boyfriend surprised me with it.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">As soon as I ripped open the wrapping paper, I set that sucker up, which took all of five minutes - so very easy for any level of technology user.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I've been wearing it faithfully ever since December 25th.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I've never really been one to wear a watch, so it took a little&nbsp;getting&nbsp;used to having something on my wrist all day, every day.&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><a name='more'></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">Now, I thought since I work out regularly or feel like I'm constantly running around that 10,000 steps as a goal was going to be so easy to hit.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">Boy was I wrong!&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">So obviously, everyday it became my mission to make sure I had at least 10,000 steps.&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">What's awesome for person like me is that if I set a goal, or even better, if some little gadget gives me a goal, I HAVE to hit that goal. So your better believe I wanted prove this little watch/tracker wrong and get my steps in before I went to bed each night. If 10 o'clock came and I wasn't at 10k, I would do extra cleaning just to get those last 500-1,000 steps.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">I was also excited to try out the sleep tracker because I do not sleep well and was wondering just how bad it was. Sadly, I'm restless on average for about 2-3 hours each night! Another awesome feature is if you forget to put the FitBit in sleep mode, as long as you have it on your wrist while you sleep, you can manually enter the time you went to bed and woke up and it stores the info.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">Another pro to the FitBit, is it syncs to other apps you might use. For example, I use MyFitnessPal and it's much easier to track my meals here than through the FitBit. I was able to sync up the apps so I enter my food into MyFitnessPal and when I open the FitBit app, it shows my calorie consumption.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">You can also earn points, rewards, etc if you do a little research. I have Humana insurance and I can sync my FitBit so I earn points. I can then use the points for specific items in the Humana "Mall". I just earned enough points to get the FitBit Aria scale FREE!! I can't wait for this to show up! The FitBit also links to Walgreen Rewards and Earndit.com.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">I only have two somewhat negative things to say about this... One, I wish it was completely waterproof. It's only water and sweat resistant so you must take it off to shower, swim, etc. In the beginning I found myself forgetting to put it on after getting out of the shower. But now I'm so used to it that I don't forget. And two, it's little bulky especially for someone who never wears a watch or anything else on their wrist. But overall, I love this gift!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #454545; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><b>What fitness/activity tracker to you use?</b></span></div><b style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><br /></b>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-31093858365635785002014-02-12T06:18:00.000-08:002014-02-12T06:18:47.029-08:0090 Degrees by Reflex Activewear<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sLsUp7mVi4s/UvUPTGfFrmI/AAAAAAAAA4k/hAhMcoZWM0Y/s1600/90+degrees+logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sLsUp7mVi4s/UvUPTGfFrmI/AAAAAAAAA4k/hAhMcoZWM0Y/s1600/90+degrees+logo.jpg" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">I have lots of fitness clothing, I mean LOTS! I have my brands I love, the uncomfortable ones and the newbies. All-in-all, my style comes down to cost. While I do own Nike and other name brands, I never spend much on these. So for the Lululemon lovers out there, I just don't understand you. Especially since they have been taking a beating in the news from defective pants to the founder blaming women's bodies for the problem, not the brand. How can you spend nearly $100 for yoga pants?? For starters, I would never support a company that claims their brand is not for the "fat" women out there - although he didn't directly say fat, he implied it, that was enough for me. With so many brands on the market, you can find all kinds of great workout wear for a quarter of the cost.</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S9qTS1nkoL4/UvUPTCLvdRI/AAAAAAAAA4g/W0zoiQek4L4/s1600/90+degrees.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-S9qTS1nkoL4/UvUPTCLvdRI/AAAAAAAAA4g/W0zoiQek4L4/s1600/90+degrees.jpg" height="200" width="132" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I recently stumbled upon 90 Degrees by Reflex a high-performance activewear brand designed for fashion, comfort and technology. While this brand does retail for around $75 for pants, you can walk into your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls and get them for around $16.99. I love these pants so much I now have four pairs in just a matter of a couple weeks. They are my favorite length, they fall to about the middle of my shin. I am not a fan of capris that come to the upper portion or your calf because inevitably when I run they end up bunching around my knee and it's annoying. I also realized when folding clothes that I have a tank by 90 Degrees and it just so happens to be one of my favorite fitted tops. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So, the reasons I now love this brand? Hmmm... for starters:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Affordable</span></li><li style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Comfortable</span></li><li style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Fitted &amp; Stylish</span></li><li style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Slim waistband to suck in your tummy</span></li><li style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Variety - short to long bottoms, t-shirts, tanks, bras, etc. in lots of colors and designs</span></li><li style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Perfect for any athletic activity from yoga to boot camp to cycling&nbsp;</span></li></ul><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What's your favorite activewear brand?&nbsp;</b></span></div><br />Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-70467448173976229232014-02-07T06:00:00.000-08:002014-02-07T06:00:50.999-08:00Why Do You Exercise?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aLbuEN1SG9w/UvTmKqAqISI/AAAAAAAAA4Q/u8LVadkQyaQ/s1600/why+workout.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aLbuEN1SG9w/UvTmKqAqISI/AAAAAAAAA4Q/u8LVadkQyaQ/s1600/why+workout.jpg" height="281" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I get asked a lot why I go to the gym as often as I do, or how do I do it? It's quite simple. My health, my appearance, and my sanity. Aren't those the reason most everyone incorporates fitness into their lives? I care enough about my health to eat right and exercise. And actually my sanity falls into the health category too. I have a stressful job and the older I get, the harder it is for me to deal with stress. Going to a kickboxing class or running 4 miles really does make me feel better.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Now don't get me wrong, there are days (many days) I don't feel like doing it. But the outcome of not going scares me. I'm sorry, I don't want to be overweight. I don't want a jelly roll flop over my jeans.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I'm happy when I look in the mirror and like what I see. And if you don't like what you see, you should change it. Only you can change whether you're happy or not. All too often I hear females complain about their weight. I get it, I was that woman too. But I decided the day came when giving in to every want and need had to stop. I said no to the late night snacking, no to dessert, no to eating out with my girlfriends. It was time to focus on me and make a commitment to be healthy and fit. It's not easy, but if you care enough about yourself and your future, you make the change too.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">No matter why you workout, please make sure you are doing it for YOU! Don't change for anyone else. Also, make sure it's fun. Life is too short to not enjoy the things we love. So find something you like; maybe it's a recreational sport, or a group class, or some lower key like yoga. Whatever it is, make the time NOW because what you do today will better your tomorrow. No one ever regrets a workout. So...</span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Why do you incorporate fitness into your life?&nbsp;</b></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-23663572216116463792014-02-03T06:00:00.000-08:002014-02-03T07:08:33.541-08:00Refocus on Your Diet After a Cheat Day<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qs6ifJuIcpY/UuvFmxAvkGI/AAAAAAAAA38/bxSNeBjQG3U/s1600/super+bowl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qs6ifJuIcpY/UuvFmxAvkGI/AAAAAAAAA38/bxSNeBjQG3U/s1600/super+bowl.jpg" height="159" width="200" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So were up late watching the post Super Bowl commentators? Before that, were you pigging out at a Super Bowl Party? I sure was... oops! If you're like most Americans then you were watching the big game, or the commercials, and eating for about 4 hours straight. And more than likely, the food you were eating wasn't healthy. Did you have a mixed greens salad last night? Probably more like a burger, a brat, maybe a hot god, with a side of mac n' cheese and potato salad... It's quite possible you even topped it of with the football shaped cookies!&nbsp;</span><br /><a name='more'></a><br /> <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Well it's OK, consider that your "off day" or cheat meal. But now you really need to get back in the groove and refocus this week. Now, I've making this really simple for you. I'm giving you a meal plan and an exercise plan so you don't need to worry about what you'll eat or what workout you'll do. Just read and react!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0Ot88QYbk2s/Uuu3l4kOLAI/AAAAAAAAA3E/CqiF1ReXDmY/s1600/My+Meal+Plan.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0Ot88QYbk2s/Uuu3l4kOLAI/AAAAAAAAA3E/CqiF1ReXDmY/s1600/My+Meal+Plan.JPG" height="400" width="328" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X69ZLxL1YQE/UuvE7tW0DvI/AAAAAAAAA30/FBIJdZeI0cI/s1600/treadmill+plan.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X69ZLxL1YQE/UuvE7tW0DvI/AAAAAAAAA30/FBIJdZeI0cI/s1600/treadmill+plan.JPG" height="394" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><br />Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-60963664484790657322014-01-31T05:52:00.000-08:002014-01-31T06:06:49.212-08:00Finding Time for Fitness as a Mom<div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T5T_GICDdug/UurBwoCeffI/AAAAAAAAA20/aGcGvHcWyYI/s1600/mom-and-baby-fitness3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T5T_GICDdug/UurBwoCeffI/AAAAAAAAA20/aGcGvHcWyYI/s1600/mom-and-baby-fitness3.jpg" height="320" width="213" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Getting in shape is probably on most mom's to-do lists. It just seems to be the task that never gets checked off. For a busy mom, jump-starting an exercise routine can be overwhelming even if you're motivated. If you aren't busy taking the kids to doctor's appointments, soccer games or birthday parties, chances are you're home making dinner, cleaning, or doing loads of laundry. And if you're a fulltime working mom, there are those days that your job requires earlier or later hours. Add all this up, along with 7-8 hours of sleep, where and how do you fit in time for fitness?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Mom or not, we all have busy lives, obligations, schedules, etc. that can get in our way of exercising. For me, I lack energy most days. And when I'm tired, the last thing I want to do is go to the gym. But we need to find ways to fight through this and get the motivation to push through it. For some, this might be caffeine. I don't know how I would survive without my morning coffee. There are also tons of energy boosting supplements on the market. Just be sure to do research on these as some, like the 5-hour energy drink, contain extremely high amounts of caffeine that are not healthy.</span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">No one can lose the weight for you or go to the gym on your behalf except you! To be successful in anything you do in life, it takes hard work, dedication, and time. So when you are too tired, too hungry, too whatever, you are only hurting yourself. Hold yourself accountable, set goals. Write them down on paper and post them on the refrigerator and pantry doors. These are places you walk by multiple times each day and they constantly remind you of what your end results will be.</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Now the next step is putting all this into action. I'm pretty sure most moms have a schedule or calendar, this is like your bible. You need to stay organized. So schedule some time for you. And, NO, that's not selfish. To be the best mom you can be, you need to be healthy and happy. So wake up a half hour earlier and jump on the treadmill or go for a jog outside. Or once the kids go to bed, breakout that new fitness DVD that still has the store wrapping on it and get moving! </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I hear many moms say that they can't afford a gym membership, or get the extra time to drive to and from the gym, or find someone to watch the kids while you go. Ok, that's totally understandable. So get creative! If you have a newborn, use your little one as a weight while you play. Hold him or her in your arms and squat while lifting them up and playing airplane. This is great bonding time while you're working your way to a toned bottom half and arms. When they get a little older, it so much easier to get active. Go outside with them and play a sport, throw a baseball, go to the batting cages, play soccer. You can also team up with other families and either get all the kids out together or swap kids a few times a week so you can get a workout class in. The possibilities are endless!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">And when the kids are tired out but you still need to go home and make dinner, you can still squeeze in a little more exercise. Use the cans of corn as weights and do some curls. Or while you're standing and stirring at the stove, do standing calf raises. Now to make sure you keep you diet on track to help with your fitness goals, pick one day each week to prep meals for the entire week. Place everything in Tupperware, you can even mark off which day is which container. Voila, no excuse for fast food!&nbsp;Pack your containers in a cooler with a water bottle and take it in the car, and now you can eat healthy on to go!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Making excuses is the easiest thing to do. We all fall victim to it. I can only imagine how tough it is to be a mom. Finding energy can be the biggest challenge of all. Just now that once you complete you're workout for the day, you won't regret it, trust me! Set good examples for your kids and they are likely to follow in your footsteps. I know I'm just like my momma!</span></div></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-70959437992414444782014-01-27T06:19:00.002-08:002014-01-27T06:19:19.225-08:00Winter Workout Woes<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2xB7lMjY6gc/UuGPPTnl7TI/AAAAAAAAA18/_twKcMsv3-c/s1600/winter+workout.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2xB7lMjY6gc/UuGPPTnl7TI/AAAAAAAAA18/_twKcMsv3-c/s1600/winter+workout.jpg" height="200" width="200" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Let's face it, when the weather turns colder and colder our bodies natural reaction is to go into hibernation mode. Don't you just wish you were a bear? Some mornings you just want to stay warm under the covers. It's a difficult choice to drive to the gym in the snowy weather and peal off your layers to start sweating just to have to put the layers on and trek back home. I know some crazy gym-goer will yell "You're just being lazy!" But seriously, this is not a fun process!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Lately, I have been dreading my workouts because I'm freezing all the time and don't want to take my boots off! But I'm also not one of those people who can't stand working out in a long sleeve thermal. When I sweat, I want minimal layers. But also, I hate that gross feeling of putting on a hoodie while you're still sticky or drenched in sweat. Then you enter the outside world to be smacked in the face with 20 mph freezing wind, or snow depending on where you live, and you feel like your sweat has hardened into icicles on your body! Now someone please step forward and tell me that what I just described is a pleasurable feeling... Silence? That's what I thought. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So now that I've painted a miserable picture, want to go workout? LOL! I'm here to help you figure out how to push through this. And get this? You actually burn more calories in the winter!&nbsp;Research published in Medicine &amp; Science in Sports &amp; Exercise found that race times are faster in cold weather than in warmer temperatures—and quicker runs torch more calories. That's enough motivation for me!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">But if you need some more help, here are some great tips:</span><br /><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Change from your work clothes directly into your workout clothes. If you change into lounge pants or pj's, you'll be more inclined to snuggle up on the couch and not move.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If it's snowing, take the kids to the park and go sledding. Walking up the hill after each slide down is a great workout. Or hike the trails in the park. Or have a snowball fight! There's lots of fun to be had in the snow.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Perform your warm-up indoors. This helps eliminate that uncomfortable first 10 minutes for your body to heat up and adjust to the outdoor temps.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Don't run out in the open. If you are surrounded by forest/trees or tall city buildings, the wind is blocked, making your outdoor run more bearable.</span></li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yefeIaHz8oQ/UuGPPmzpIbI/AAAAAAAAA14/aRhh524ECs4/s1600/winter+workout2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yefeIaHz8oQ/UuGPPmzpIbI/AAAAAAAAA14/aRhh524ECs4/s1600/winter+workout2.jpg" height="256" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What motivates you to get moving in the winter months?&nbsp;</b></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-9854152249450430892014-01-21T07:00:00.000-08:002014-01-27T06:19:50.338-08:00Are All-Natural Foods Really All-Natural? <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NNtCxqalhm0/Ut18UkXhoxI/AAAAAAAAA1o/YWEmZtBaI74/s1600/All_Natural_ingredients.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NNtCxqalhm0/Ut18UkXhoxI/AAAAAAAAA1o/YWEmZtBaI74/s1600/All_Natural_ingredients.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Do you noticed lots of foods and supplements read "all-natural" on the label? Do you ever buy a product because of this? Most people do because they believe all-natural means healthy. But what does it really mean? Honestly, not much. Too many time I go to the store and read this on the label, but then check the nutrition facts panel only to find a bunch of items I wouldn't necessarily call natural... Same goes for some of my supplements. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">But even if it is natural, does that mean healthy? This phrase is hype, so don't be fooled by this. There are many things that are “natural” and not synthesized that we would benefit health wise from moderating or consuming less of. For example, salt and sugar. They are are natural and native to the earth shouldn't we moderate our consumption of these? Of course! Or, what about recreational drugs? Some of these are technically natural but that doesn’t mean we should start using them! And one of the worst types of fat, saturated fat, comes to us naturally from animal foods and naturally from the palm and coconut plants.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The FDA has not established a definition of this term. And, the FDA hasn't objected to the use of the term on food labels provided that the product does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So what should you do? Don't buy products simply because they state natural, but also, don't disregard the products that don't state it. Just be sure to check the ingredient label to see what the main ingredients are. Find out how many calories, fat, sugar and sodium the product contains. This is the only way to decide if a product fits your nutrition goals.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><b style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 15.333333015441895px; text-align: center;"><br /></b><b style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 15.333333015441895px; text-align: center;">What do you look for on your labels before making the choice to buy?&nbsp;</b>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-84594398056755200492014-01-09T06:12:00.001-08:002014-01-09T06:12:15.626-08:00Injury Report: Torn Meniscus or Runner's Knee?<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sOoOFbcETYw/Usx1dpnVIBI/AAAAAAAAA04/zB33hW76Ajc/s1600/knee+joints.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sOoOFbcETYw/Usx1dpnVIBI/AAAAAAAAA04/zB33hW76Ajc/s1600/knee+joints.jpg" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So I was tied up a little while back with a knee issue. I had been running a lot! And I really do mean a lot! I was in a running competition with co-workers and my natural competitiveness didn't help me here; it only hurt me. I put it off hoping it would get better on its own. Well that just didn't happen. The final straw was a 5k on the beach that completely left my left leg in pain to where I could barely bend it. So I finally decided it was time to see the doctor. I was afraid he would tell me I need to stop working out; and that terrified me more than anything!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span> <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So in my initial appointment, I let the doc know I was experiencing the following:</span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Aching knees throughout the night</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Difficulty bending my left leg</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Swollen knee</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Sensitive to touch on the side of my knee</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Difficulty sitting in the same position for very long</span></li></ul><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">These symptoms are pretty much the same for any knee ailment: torn meniscus, arthritis of the knee, runner's knee, bursitis, etc. With that being said, it's very important to see your doctor to find out exactly what's going on.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">My doc said it could possibly be a torn meniscus due to my symptoms. If this were true, I would face surgery to fix it. NO!!! They started with an X-Ray, which actually came back showing I have early arthritis of the knees. While sad, I kind of figured this news would come my way...genetics didn't help me here. I was given a cortisone injection and told to only do low impact cardio exercise. This eliminated all my favorites: running, rollerblading, and spin class. I'm very used to high intensity workouts, and feel like my body isn't doing much when I'm on an elliptical.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I tried my best to stick to the doctor's orders for 2 weeks. When I went back for my next appointment, things just weren't getting much better. I was sent for an MRI to finally find out if anything was torn. Thankfully the MRI came back that there's no structural damage but that I did have quite a but of fluid build-up on my knee. He gave me an anti-inflammatory and said a knee brace could help in stabilizing my knee while performing activities. So I starting shopping around for a knee brace. There were so many to choose from I was there forever!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YfzCUalprJs/UswbvS828-I/AAAAAAAAA0s/uNwe7LOLRPc/s1600/knee+brace.jpg" height="200" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="145" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UW1JVM/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000UW1JVM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fit078-20">McDavid Knee Support Brace</a></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I opted for the McDavid Knee Support. This brace is an 1</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1-inch long thermal neoprene sleeve that's contoured and darted for optimum fit. The o</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">pen patella area relieves pressure from the knee cap, improving comfort and flexion. It was created with 4-way stretch to fit comfortably over your knee along with a heavy-duty outer facing for durability. It retains warmth, promotes healing, and reduces abrasions. When I first began wearing this brace, I have to admit, it almost felt like it was doing more harm than good. My knee felt like it was aching more. But I decided to give it a little time. I wore it during my workouts and it seemed to stay up well on my knee. After a couple weeks, I noticed I was having less aching in my knees and less swelling.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Do you wear some sort of support sleeve or brace? What for?&nbsp;</b></span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-19770659174566246702013-12-31T06:13:00.001-08:002013-12-31T06:14:09.430-08:00Happy New Year's Resolution Planning!<div style="text-align: justify;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dQ7nY_XIa_4/UsLQHMrVzUI/AAAAAAAAA0A/WEUwr1MJNXU/s1600/new+year2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="292" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dQ7nY_XIa_4/UsLQHMrVzUI/AAAAAAAAA0A/WEUwr1MJNXU/s400/new+year2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Another year is about to come to a close and most people are probably thinking about their New Year's Resolutions. The #1 goal most people make for a new year is a new you, or weight loss. And to fit into this statistic, that is part of mine. I have let my self control get out of hand lately and it's my goal to work on it. In turn, this will help my nutrition and weight loss goals.&nbsp;</span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So as you are making your plans to eat, drink and be merry for New Year's Eve parties with friends and/or family, go big one last night before you commit to be fit! This is not an easy resolution. Too many people join the gym or take the time to work up a fitness and nutrition plan only to have it last for about a month tops. People, this is a lifestyle change, not a fad. Unfortunately, you need to work at it EVERY day! I wish I could lie and say it's gets easier, but there are too many days or weeks I just don't feel like going to the gym, but then when I think about the consequences of not going, you better believe it's enough to get my ass to the gym!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It all boils down to not making excuses and being accountable for your actions. A goal to lose weight is much more than that. You need to make goals of self control, motivation, avoiding temptation, surrounding yourself with supporters, being part of the buddy system, etc. My blog, I hope, brings you support and words of encouragement. I too have struggled with the weight loss battle, but I have come out on top. Yet, every year, every month, every day is a constant battle for me to succeed. Know that you can do it, but start with baby steps.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Wu_JPJd7f-Q/UsLQHFqKXGI/AAAAAAAAA0E/IiV3ecTUY74/s1600/new+year.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Wu_JPJd7f-Q/UsLQHFqKXGI/AAAAAAAAA0E/IiV3ecTUY74/s1600/new+year.jpg" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If your goal is to lose 30lbs in a year and you are starting completely from scratch, begin with only 2 days of fitness activity, or plan to walk after dinner 3 nights for 45 minutes with your dog or significant other. Being sedentary after dinner is not a good thing! Or, plan your meals for the ENTIRE week from breakfast to lunch to dinner to snacks. Leave no unhealthy snacks in the pantry or fridge. Ask your roommates, spouse, family or whoever you live with to be understanding and adopt your healthy eating habits until you develop the self control needed to eat properly.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So now I will let you get to planning, but I will leave you with this...the key to weight loss is not fitness, it's 90% diet. You MUST watch what you are putting in your mouth. This is why Weight Watchers is so successful and my momma is living proof. The woman lost 120lbs from Weight Watchers alone. She never used the treadmill she has at home, she never joined a gym. The most activity she did was walking around the neighborhood at night, just walking...&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="color: red;"><b>So, what is your New Year's Resolution going to be?</b></span>&nbsp;</span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-53829214742940842402013-12-25T07:00:00.000-08:002013-12-25T07:00:06.315-08:00Merry Christmas!!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4yaAMOgZqg8/UrmlU55tCnI/AAAAAAAAAzk/Ye89aBgejBo/s1600/MERRY-CHRISTMAS.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="260" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4yaAMOgZqg8/UrmlU55tCnI/AAAAAAAAAzk/Ye89aBgejBo/s400/MERRY-CHRISTMAS.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I would like to wish you and your loves ones a very Merry Christmas! Although I'm a health conscious person, I allow myself to splurge on holidays. I cannot wait for honey glazed ham, mandarin orange salad, green bean casserole, baked sweet potatoes, stuffing, wine, pie and coffee. I absolutely love waking up on Christmas morning and hearing the holiday music while cooking a full breakfast. Then we sit down to open gifts and I anticipate seeing everyone's excitement when unwrapping their gifts.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So whatever you love most about the holidays, enjoy it to the fullest this year!&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What was your favorite gift you gave or received?&nbsp;</b></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-42376052646465795602013-12-23T09:04:00.003-08:002013-12-23T12:56:19.224-08:00Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Fitness Lovers<div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">We are down to the wire with less than two day until Christmas. If you haven't finished your shopping, you better get on it! And, even if you have finished, shop some more...for yourself! I assume if you are reading my blog that you are a fitness and nutrition enthusiast. And, with Christmas and gift giving I thought it would be perfect to touch on some great fitness lover gift options. With so many gadgets and trackers and workout enhancers, the gifts ideas are endless.&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aIqox6oSagU/Urhj26k8T4I/AAAAAAAAAyg/jTsORbcToX8/s1600/flipbelt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><br /><img border="0" height="132" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aIqox6oSagU/Urhj26k8T4I/AAAAAAAAAyg/jTsORbcToX8/s200/flipbelt.jpg" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">We did a Secret Santa at my job and when I opened my gift, it was nothing I had ever seen before. It was the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GTY9JT4/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GTY9JT4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fit078-20">FlipBelt</a>. I'm surprised in all my online searches that I've never seen this before. The concept it pretty cool. Last Christmas, I asked for the Armpocket. It's a thicker armband that holds my phone, credit cards, keys, etc so I can go run to the store or wherever. The FlipBelt is the same concept, except it's a stretchy waistband with little slots to hold your essentials while you take an outdoor run. This nifty little "runner's purse" is only $29 and makes a great gift for runners.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JS-zRf3jqqM/UriG2MKxjbI/AAAAAAAAAzA/NabkKIHUNCA/s1600/HapiFork2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JS-zRf3jqqM/UriG2MKxjbI/AAAAAAAAAzA/NabkKIHUNCA/s200/HapiFork2.jpg" width="75" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Another interesting gift I came across in my search was the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FRPCPEC/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FRPCPEC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fit078-20">HapiFork</a>. This may be best to give to yourself so you don't offend anyone. Most people wanting to lose weight struggle most with their diet. And, even when you think you're eating healthy, you still may have poor eating habits. The HapiFork monitors your eating patterns, like if you eat slow or fast or how long you eat and how many fork to mouth motions you make. It alerts you if you are eating too fast. Coming in at $100, this is a little pricier gift options. But an added feature is that you can sync the fork to a mobile app and the computer to track your results and make any necessary changes.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you're looking for more ideas, here's a great site:&nbsp;<a href="http://fitm.ag/1982vmd">http://fitm.ag/1982vmd</a>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">This year, my Christmas list included the FitBit Force, new earbuds, weightlifting gloves, and running water bottle.</span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What's on your Fitness Christmas list?&nbsp;</b></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-76798592797708198422013-12-20T08:05:00.002-08:002013-12-20T08:05:56.384-08:00Lit'l Smokies Wreath Recipe<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TikkravA2kY/UrRkjSzXAaI/AAAAAAAAAx4/4X_WWtpQ3dQ/s1600/weiner+wreath.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="185" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TikkravA2kY/UrRkjSzXAaI/AAAAAAAAAx4/4X_WWtpQ3dQ/s200/weiner+wreath.JPG" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Ok readers, I have one final Christmas themed recipe for you and this one was a huge hit that after 30 minutes, there weren't any left! The Christmas Wiener Wreath. So, the name may not sound appropriate... Let's call it the Lit'l Smokies Wreath :) Now this recipe isn't super healthy, but this can be your little indulgence appetizer. And, opting for the Turkey Lit'l Smokies makes this the healthier option. So steer clear of the beef for cheddar smokies and you'll save yourself 70 calories!</span><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nOmoaHHzQnE/UrRkjMPJVfI/AAAAAAAAAx0/K2DWU8kYtpo/s1600/Turkey_Lit'l_Smokies_Nutrition.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="107" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nOmoaHHzQnE/UrRkjMPJVfI/AAAAAAAAAx0/K2DWU8kYtpo/s400/Turkey_Lit'l_Smokies_Nutrition.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Turkey Lit'l Smokies Nutrition Facts</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Ingredients:</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 package Hillshire Farms Turkey Lit'l Smokies&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2 packages Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/4 Red Pepper</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Spray Oil</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Basil</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Directions:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Unroll the crescent rolls. Cut each section into three pieces. Place a turkey smokie in the dough and roll it. Continue until all dough or smokies are gone. Place on a baking sheet. Spray the rolls and then sprinkle on basil. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and bake for 12 minutes. Once these are baked, place in a circle on a round serving tray. Make two slices from the side of a red pepper so they are circular. Then cut two straight slices and form a bow like the picture.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Serve and enjoy!!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><span style="color: red;">Happy Holidays FitFadFan Readers!!&nbsp;</span></b></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-37511145447146095272013-12-17T07:08:00.001-08:002013-12-17T07:08:50.396-08:00Healthy Holiday Treat<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sOycZDZO8Mo/UrBkREzVncI/AAAAAAAAAxU/-eQAK278DF4/s1600/santa.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sOycZDZO8Mo/UrBkREzVncI/AAAAAAAAAxU/-eQAK278DF4/s400/santa.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Before we know it, Christmas will once again have come and gone in a blink of an eye. Before it's over, be festive and make Christmas themed party snacks. And you won't have to sacrifice your diet to make tasty treats. This recipe is for Santa Grinch Fruit Sticks and couldn't be any easier to make. This was my first time preparing this and my Santas came out great! Serve this as an appetizer at your Christmas meal or if you have any holiday parties left to attend, bring this and it will surely be a hit with the guests. Check out the recipe.</span><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Santa Grinch Fruit Stick</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/2 lb of Grapes</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2 Bananas</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 Container of Strawberries</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 Package of Marshmallows</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Step 1:&nbsp;</b>Slice the end of the grapes off so they will sit upright on a plate.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Bw33luuaR4/UrBgv1uEsDI/AAAAAAAAAws/MMqZO7zMz78/s1600/santa+grapes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Bw33luuaR4/UrBgv1uEsDI/AAAAAAAAAws/MMqZO7zMz78/s200/santa+grapes.jpg" width="133" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Step 2:&nbsp;</b>Slice the bananas into 1/4 inch thick pieces.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eoWMr_j4pJg/UrBgv3x6eBI/AAAAAAAAAw8/FF6vuuUBU0Q/s1600/santa+banana.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eoWMr_j4pJg/UrBgv3x6eBI/AAAAAAAAAw8/FF6vuuUBU0Q/s200/santa+banana.jpg" width="176" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Step 3:&nbsp;</b>Cut the tops off of the strawberries.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XNfDTbwTp_8/UrBgwfhtbtI/AAAAAAAAAw0/1Ah_UXpvw_I/s1600/santa+strawberry.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XNfDTbwTp_8/UrBgwfhtbtI/AAAAAAAAAw0/1Ah_UXpvw_I/s200/santa+strawberry.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Step 4:&nbsp;</b>Holding a toothpick, start by sliding a strawberry on, tip first. Then slide on a banana piece, then the grape. Place on a plate and top off with a marshmallow.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--TUK5QR3By4/UrBgvwRKNNI/AAAAAAAAAwo/7ub5tkOwlkw/s1600/santa+marshmallow.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="112" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--TUK5QR3By4/UrBgvwRKNNI/AAAAAAAAAwo/7ub5tkOwlkw/s200/santa+marshmallow.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Step 5:&nbsp;</b>Continue until you run out of ingredients.&nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">And there, couldn't be any easier! The only thing you need to watch out for with this snack is adding too much sugar to your daily intake. But, if you bring this to a party, you better snag one fast because they were all eaten up at my party!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">What are your favorite holiday treats?</span></b></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-58766861267825447902013-12-13T06:12:00.000-08:002013-12-13T06:12:49.290-08:00Snowman Cheese Ball<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HgbEr6QBfEk/Uqnw6DswyMI/AAAAAAAAAwE/mdNlM30540w/s1600/snowman2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HgbEr6QBfEk/Uqnw6DswyMI/AAAAAAAAAwE/mdNlM30540w/s320/snowman2.jpg" width="318" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The holiday season is in full swing and it will be gone before you know it. It's the time all your friends and co-workers are inviting you to Christmas parties or you're having one of your own. This past weekend I had my annual White Elephant Christmas Party. The apparel theme was Christmas colors with a Santa beard, and yes, this did include the ladies wearing a beard :) I love the holidays and I love going all out, entertaining, and ensuing my parties are a success.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">After searching Google, Pinterest, Etsy, and so many more sites, I had my game plan for my house decor, beards, and appetizers. I woke up bright and early at 7am that Saturday and began cooking and prepping for the party. One of the tastiest treats I made was the Snowman Cheese Ball. Not only did he look awesome, but he tasted amazing!! So, if you want to WOW your guests or one-up the host of your Christmas party, this snowman recipe is a must try!</span><br /><br /><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></b><br /><a name='more'></a><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Ingredients:</b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2 packages Fat Free Cream Cheese</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 large clove of Garlic, finely chopped</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/2 cup Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 tbsp Basil seasoning</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Directions:</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Set the cream cheese out to let it soften a bit. After about an hour, empty cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Mix in 1/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the finely chopped garlic, and the basil. Once thoroughly mixed, use a little more than half of the mixture to form a ball. Form a ball with the remaining mix. One should be larger than the other. Then, spread the remaining 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese on the counter and roll each ball in it to coat it. Place each ball on a plate snug to each other. I used pretzel sticks for arms and then broke off the tips to push in for buttons and his nose. Then I used green icing for his eyes and green sprinkles for his nose. For his hat, I toasted a piece of toast then cut into circles, one circle larger than the other and fixed atop his head with a toothpick. Just stick him back in the fridge to harden and cool again.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When designing your snowman, use items you have around the house. Other ideas are a carrot for his nose, or M&amp;Ms for his buttons, etc. This is where you can get creative and make him your own! Everyone was asking me what he was made of because it was so tasty. And what's even better is that 2 tbsp is only about 75 calories! So have fun with your food this year and enjoy the holidays! Check out a few pics from my party...some of the guys grew an actual beard and sprayed it white lol such a good time!</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-759h9FWdxCU/UqnwTqK9bMI/AAAAAAAAAvg/X9P4N7DahjY/s1600/collage+party.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-759h9FWdxCU/UqnwTqK9bMI/AAAAAAAAAvg/X9P4N7DahjY/s1600/collage+party.JPG" /></a></div><br />Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-53882290165420445742013-12-11T06:16:00.000-08:002013-12-12T10:13:59.501-08:00HIIT Cardio to Blast Fat<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JGTnC-XZbIA/UqdyEzHxvDI/AAAAAAAAAu4/RgYIo2v7DOY/s1600/HIITWorkout.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JGTnC-XZbIA/UqdyEzHxvDI/AAAAAAAAAu4/RgYIo2v7DOY/s200/HIITWorkout.png" width="178" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I'm back!!! Even though I should not be so excited about it to add three exclamation marks... My vacation was amazing and relaxing. BUT... I gained 5.5lbs from extremely overeating. I mean I ate myself into a food coma about five times a day! I told you all I was really a fat girl at heart and unfortunately, I gain weight super easy. A huge part of me felt like taking the rest of the year off from my dieting and fitness plan. But I knew that would only make it worse come January 1st to start back up again.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So instead of slowing down, I'm going into beast mode! I have my workouts planned out for the week and have made it my goal to workout twice a day, three days a week and once a day for another three days. So nine workouts a week. My food consumption has just gotten totally out of control. My plan is to blast this excess fat away with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), while trying to reduce my calorie intake.&nbsp;At higher intensities, you are burning far more fat. This allows you to exercise at very high intensities for a much longer period of time than consistent state, so you burn more fat. Furthermore, the amount of oxygen your body can use is increased, so your overall aerobic capacity can increase faster than with low intensity endurance exercise.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you are one of those people who thinks cardio is boring or if you really want to burn off some fat, then you need to step it up and try HIIT. The short spurts of cardio moves are changed up so frequently, you'll be shocked when it's over in 30 minutes! Mix it up each day. Day 1 could be Running HIIT, Day 2 Jump Rope HIIT, Day 3 Cycling HIIT, Day 4 Plyo HIIT. Or just mix these all into one complete workout. I like to do the running HIIT by itself and mix in all the others. When doing this, I'll sprint for 30 seconds then walk for 90 seconds and repeat this for 15-20 reps. Here's a two-day plan that I like to use:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TA3LYYFI7mU/UqdxMvT3cpI/AAAAAAAAAuw/OW_O4Dbm27U/s1600/HIIT+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TA3LYYFI7mU/UqdxMvT3cpI/AAAAAAAAAuw/OW_O4Dbm27U/s1600/HIIT+2.jpg" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: large;">What HIIT routine do you like best?</span></b></div><br /><br />Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-58399137233044930492013-11-29T08:30:00.000-08:002013-11-29T08:30:01.109-08:00Checking Out for Thanksgiving and a Much-Needed Vacation<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K-6LhFrPxj0/UpPCF7A273I/AAAAAAAAAuA/VCV4bRkePsI/s1600/Happy-Thanksgiving.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="250" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K-6LhFrPxj0/UpPCF7A273I/AAAAAAAAAuA/VCV4bRkePsI/s400/Happy-Thanksgiving.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Hi Readers of FitFadFan! I hope you enjoy reading my blog. I try to provide a variety of content from workouts, to recipes, to neat gadgets. I am writing today to let you know I will be heading out on vacation this Saturday for five days with no international cell service. And while I could auto schedule posts to keep bring you content, I've just been so busy with family in town, planning my Thanksgiving Holiday, and&nbsp;trying to get everything in order for this vacation.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So with that being said, I want to say that I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, loved ones or however you enjoy spending it! I'm so thankful for this blog, my passion for writing and fitness, and above all, you, my readers! I can't thank you enough. Without you, I'd have no blog.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I hope you can bear with me for a week with no blog post. But I promise to come back and write something great :) I have not had a real vacation in years and I'm so lucky I get to go on a Carnival Cruise to the Cayman Islands and Cozumel. I've never been to either. So if you have any cruise tips or have been to any of these places, let me know what's good!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">All I know is that I will be doing lots of walking at each port. And I heard my cruise boat has an outdoor track on the top of the boat. Imagine the views for that run! I can't wait to relax and truly tune out from the world for a little while. Be back soon!!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--rai9kFTmmo/UpPCpGsdo9I/AAAAAAAAAuM/09F6q1VB9C8/s1600/on-vacation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="195" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--rai9kFTmmo/UpPCpGsdo9I/AAAAAAAAAuM/09F6q1VB9C8/s320/on-vacation.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><span style="color: red;">Where's your favorite place to vacation?&nbsp;</span></b></span></div><br />Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-25288567091106318052013-11-23T08:00:00.000-08:002013-12-16T06:24:43.866-08:00Mommy and Baby Workout Routine<span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So I had the joy of watching my 2 month old nephew the other day. And let me start by saying, man, that was some hard work! I don't think I could do it on a daily basis. My entire schedule was off. And anyone who knows me knows I live by a schedule. Although I don't feel like I did much over the course of the day, I do feel like I got a pretty decent workout in. lol My little nugget would get bored if I kept him in one position for too long, so I had to keep switching arm positions and bounce him around throughout the day. He's already nearing 12lbs and it doesn't seem like much until you have to hold him for hours on end.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I always thought if I ever decided to have kids that it would throw a wrench in my workout routine. But I realized the other day that there are quite a few exercises you can do with a baby that will benefit both of you! So whether you have a newborn or might be babysitting a new born, try out these exercises:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-heXVWe8ROsg/Uo-A2ozkn2I/AAAAAAAAAs8/RyRRTrNGcDo/s1600/lunge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-heXVWe8ROsg/Uo-A2ozkn2I/AAAAAAAAAs8/RyRRTrNGcDo/s200/lunge.jpg" width="150" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Lunges</b></span><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Either holding the baby or pushing the stroller, step forward with your left leg and bend it into a 90 degree angle. Don't lean your upper half forward. Keep you abs tight and make sure your left knee doesn't extend past your toes. Once in lunge form, push back with left foot to starting position. Repeat with right leg. Perform 10-12 reps on each side for 3 sets.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Chest Press &amp; Crunch&nbsp;</b></span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ri_NUPQdl3Q/Uo-A2NMNdUI/AAAAAAAAAs0/D6qi0g1o1Gw/s1600/chest+press.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="126" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ri_NUPQdl3Q/Uo-A2NMNdUI/AAAAAAAAAs0/D6qi0g1o1Gw/s200/chest+press.jpg" width="200" /></a></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Lying down on your back with your knees bent, hold your baby and extend your arms straight above your shoulders. Lift and lower for 3 sets of 10 reps. In the same position, place your little one on your thighs. Perform a basic crunch up and down for 3 sets of 12 reps.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UnpSpv5xL3Y/Uo-A2D7HXYI/AAAAAAAAAtU/D7pqhfIIa98/s1600/glute+lift.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="129" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UnpSpv5xL3Y/Uo-A2D7HXYI/AAAAAAAAAtU/D7pqhfIIa98/s200/glute+lift.jpg" width="200" /></a></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Glute Lift&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Keeping your baby on your hips and thigh region, perform a glute lift. Pushing with your heels, lift your hips off the ground. Hold for 2 seconds and release back to your starting position. Do 3 sets of 12 reps to work your glutes and hamstrings.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Push Ups</b><br /><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RCcisWTolvE/Uo-A2-jSyHI/AAAAAAAAAtQ/jF_gJw2e84c/s1600/pushup.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RCcisWTolvE/Uo-A2-jSyHI/AAAAAAAAAtQ/jF_gJw2e84c/s200/pushup.jpg" width="200" /></a></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Everyone knows how to perform a push up. So whether you do full body or a one from your knees, these can easily be done by placing your tot under your head area. When you lower down, give your baby a kiss to keep them giggling and occupied while you work your upper body.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JHO6HSOsqMM/Uo-J6jbXBbI/AAAAAAAAAts/fa8RAqlvRfo/s1600/press+squat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; display: inline !important; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JHO6HSOsqMM/Uo-J6jbXBbI/AAAAAAAAAts/fa8RAqlvRfo/s200/press+squat.jpg" width="149" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></b></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Shoulder Press with Squat&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Now if you're ready for a total body move, stand with your feet about hip-width apart. Hold you little one in front you and squat down. When you push up with your legs, then extend your arms above you to perform a shoulder press. To start, perform 12 reps. Try to work your way up to a total of 3 sets.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What's your favorite Mommy and Baby Exercise?&nbsp;</b></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-74458929469697080922013-11-12T08:01:00.000-08:002013-11-12T08:01:27.857-08:00Sugar Leads to Weight Gain<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OQumBmv038w/UoD4rMrvMzI/AAAAAAAAAq8/KZNIX9lugjQ/s1600/sugar.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OQumBmv038w/UoD4rMrvMzI/AAAAAAAAAq8/KZNIX9lugjQ/s1600/sugar.jpg" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I found some shocking staples to my diet had large amounts of sugar. I'm allotted a total of 30g of sugar each day and you'd be surprised how quickly those 30g come and go... I eat an apple almost every day and just one gala apple has 16g of sugar! I drink Vanilla Chai Tea Protein shake and it has 26g of sugar! FAGE 0% Total Greek Yogurt has 9g of sugar! And my cranberry and nut trail mix has 14g of sugar! If I ate all these every day, it adds up to 65g of sugar...well over my allowed amount. While I won't be cutting out apples or Greek Yogurt from my diet, I'll probably cut back on eating them daily. And I sure won't be drinking that protein shake anymore!</span></div><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> </span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Since caloric and nutritional intake differs between men and women, the same goes for sugar. The American Heart Association notes that men should limit their sugar to 45g, that's about 9 tablespoons of sugar in a day. For women, it's recommended 30g, which is about 6 tablespoons of sugar.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So why is sugar bad for your diet? Eating a lot of sugar leads to fructose being metabolized by the liver. Once in the liver, it gets turned into fat, which is then secreted into the blood. Fructose also causes resistance to a hormone called leptin, which makes the brain not notice that the fat cells are full of fat. This leads to increased food intake and decreased fat burning. See now why you should stop the sweets?! </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When you go shopping at the grocery store or eat out at a restaurant, be sure to carefully check the food labels and restaurant websites for nutrition information. If you don't, you may be guzzling down more than double your daily allowance of sugar! And if you don't get a handle on it, you may just start growing some handles...love handles!</span></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What's your favorite sweet tooth indulgence?&nbsp;</b></span></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-78039282212880554702013-11-05T07:22:00.001-08:002013-11-05T07:24:25.997-08:00Eat Your Stress Away the Healthy Way<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZvXa8CDXjoc/UnkMjlHtsxI/AAAAAAAAAqQ/uS1hLMb4NUU/s1600/stress+less.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="113" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZvXa8CDXjoc/UnkMjlHtsxI/AAAAAAAAAqQ/uS1hLMb4NUU/s400/stress+less.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Everyone has stress in their lives at some point or another. But it's how you deal with it is what matters most. Improper coping or handling of stress often leads to other health issues. Did you know that 43% of adults suffer adverse health effects from stress? Stress can lead to headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, anxiety, and the list can go on...</span></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">There are lots of ways to reduce stress naturally. One of my favorites is exercise. Getting your heart rate up and breaking a little sweat helps boost those feel-good endorphins and takes your mind away from daily woes. Regular exercise can improve sleep which is often disrupted from stress and anxiety. It also will improve your self confidence from positive results in turn improving your mood.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Sometimes you might not have time to exercise or maybe it's just not enough to relieve your stress. Well there are foods you can opt for that actually help decrease stress. So pay closer attention to what you eat, it can be beneficial to your mental health as well as your physical health. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Here's a list of stress-reducing foods:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oatmeal: Boosts serotonin levels, a calming brain chemical.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Oranges, Berries: Vitamin C helps control your levels of stress hormones while strengthening the immune system.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Spinach, Soybeans, Salmon: They each restore magnesium levels, which too little can mean headaches and fatigue, compounding the effects of stress.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Tuna, Salmon: High omega-3 fatty acids help avoid increases in stress hormones while fighting off depression.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Black Tea: Helps you feel calmer and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Pistachios, Almonds, Walnuts: Help protect against stress while lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Milk: Calcium can help relieve anxiety and mood swings to help calm you before bed.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Asparagus: Folate helps you keep your cool, so when you're stressed you can chill out.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Turkey: Tryptophan signals the brain to release the feel-good chemical serotonin to onset calmness and tiredness.&nbsp;</span></span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1gHC-QSPESo/UnkMjh8kR4I/AAAAAAAAAqM/9Qs0hMNPRSw/s1600/stress.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="170" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1gHC-QSPESo/UnkMjh8kR4I/AAAAAAAAAqM/9Qs0hMNPRSw/s200/stress.jpg" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Eating your stress away doesn't mean opting for the true comfort food of chocolate, chips, high calories, or tons of fat. It means going for the smarter food choice. One that contains vitamins or minerals that naturally fight the effects of stress. Eating fatty foods will only worsen your mood when you start packing on the pounds. So be smart and fight the urge to eat a poor diet...your mental health depends on it too!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What foods do you like to eat to reduce stress? What works and what doesn't work for you?&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="color: red; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-40366709224489122802013-10-29T06:20:00.002-07:002013-10-29T07:05:27.120-07:00Fat Burning Recipe: Chicken & Chickpea Salad<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MlBetiOR_64/UlWhqcifBlI/AAAAAAAAAnM/Bc43qUyGEqc/s1600/middle-east-rice-salad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MlBetiOR_64/UlWhqcifBlI/AAAAAAAAAnM/Bc43qUyGEqc/s320/middle-east-rice-salad.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Work&nbsp;full-time&nbsp;and not in the mood to slave over dinner when you get home in the evenings? But still want to eat a healthy meal? Don't sweat it! There are lots of options for a quick and easy meal that healthy and nutritious too. My Chicken &amp; Chickpea Salad Recipe packs a big punch in flavor while incorporating ingredients that can help burn fat.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span><br /><a name='more'></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">While we all may be familiar with chickpeas for their use in Middle Eastern and Indian foods such as hummus, falafels, and curries, we may not all be aware of the seriously beneficial properties of these little things. High in fiber and a great source of protein, chickpeas help boost energy and fight heart disease. And as a weight loss aid, enjoying as little as 1/2 cup of chickpeas daily can keep you feeling full and consuming fewer calories.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Prep Time: 15 minutes</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Cook Time: 20 minutes</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Yield: 4 servings</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Nutritional Information</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Calories per serving: 380</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Fat per serving: 9g</span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Ingredients</b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2lb chicken breast</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2 tablespoons olive oil</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/2 Vidalia or other sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/2 teaspoon adobo seasoning</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Freshly ground black pepper</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">3 cups cooked brown rice</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Preparation</b></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1. Boil water on high in a pot and add chicken. Cook for about 15-20 minutes. Chop into chunks when cooked thoroughly.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes or until onion begins to brown. Remove from heat, and stir in chickpeas and adobo. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.</span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">3. Combine chicken, rice, onion-chickpea mixture, cilantro, and parsley in a large bowl. Toss well until thoroughly combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><br /><span style="color: #cc0000; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>What's your favorite fat-burning recipe?&nbsp;</b></span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-87658208173761716972013-10-26T08:10:00.000-07:002013-10-27T10:03:34.515-07:00The End of Another Decade, Now Onto 30...<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mi3Y8JwDrZ8/Umk3d7IOS1I/AAAAAAAAApQ/Bg0bPpfoVGA/s1600/candles+30.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mi3Y8JwDrZ8/Umk3d7IOS1I/AAAAAAAAApQ/Bg0bPpfoVGA/s1600/candles+30.jpg"></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Well today I say goodbye to a decade that treated me VERY well. I'm 30... I know most females dread turning 30 and feel it's that marker that once you pass, everything is downhill. And not that relieving feeling when running downhill where your run gets easier. It's the downhill sense that your health will get worse, your brain slower, and your looks will fade. If you asked me 10 years ago, this was exactly my feeling towards turning 30. I said I would do whatever I could (including a nip and tuck lol) if it meant I'd look and feel young forever.&nbsp;</span><br><a name="more"></a><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So, was I ready to turn 30 this year? Now that the day has arrived, I feel at peace with 30 and I'm actually embracing it. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that so much happened in my 20s. There were quite a few ups and downs; so much I'm surprised I didn't vomit from the whiplash! But, it's all made me who I am today. I'm happy where I am in life. I have a great job, I live a healthy lifestyle, have an amazing boyfriend and friends, own a beautiful home, and am in a very comfortable place in my life.&nbsp;</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Here's a quick Top 20 Milestones from My 20's list, the good, and the not-so-good times:</span><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Wm6degcaBgw/Umk3y23EHbI/AAAAAAAAApc/DR9OiuI4XYI/s1600/courage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Wm6degcaBgw/Umk3y23EHbI/AAAAAAAAApc/DR9OiuI4XYI/s200/courage.jpg" width="200"></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1. Came of legal age to drink</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2. Gained more than my Freshman 15...</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">3. Got into a car accident and totaled my car</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">4. Graduated college</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">5. Moved to Florida all by my lonesome</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">6. Started a "real" job&nbsp;</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">7. Got fired from said job</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">8. Went broke for a little bit</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">9. Started a new job</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">10. Began truly living healthy, and lost 35 lbs</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">11. Sister got married</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">12. Removed some excess baggage from my life</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">13. Bought a house</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">14. Began a new relationship</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">15. Became an aunt</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">16. Was laid off</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">17. Started a great job that allowed me to save a lot of money</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">18. Hit goal of 18% body fat (yeah this is a big deal to me to make my list!)</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">19. Completed a long bathroom demo and remodel project</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">20. Became an aunt for a second time</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">There's a little more to the list, but I don't want to get too personal with it. I think you get the idea. &nbsp;</span><br><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Therefore, I'm excited to see what happens in my 30s and can only hope I will embrace the next decade so well!&nbsp;</span><br><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-opnWnf4HC44/Umk3ywRCCBI/AAAAAAAAApY/cOfhRGgpUFo/s1600/learning+after+30.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="231" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-opnWnf4HC44/Umk3ywRCCBI/AAAAAAAAApY/cOfhRGgpUFo/s400/learning+after+30.png" width="400"></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br></span>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5817836896229826260.post-64131445684284797052013-10-18T07:00:00.000-07:002013-10-18T07:40:29.308-07:00Manning is Returning to Indy<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RIu0UU01YjE/Ul6xLyCDaaI/AAAAAAAAAoc/eQoH_RWF5XQ/s1600/manning.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="185" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RIu0UU01YjE/Ul6xLyCDaaI/AAAAAAAAAoc/eQoH_RWF5XQ/s400/manning.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Well he's not returning to Indy the way I would love for him to... to be a Colt again. Nearly two years ago I felt like I had my heart broken when news broke that Indy and Manning were parting ways. It was like a horrible breakup that you never saw coming. Manning was coming back from his injury and we all were anticipating a great season with him. But just like that, dreams were shattered. It was an emotional release felt by all Colts fans. As awesome as I think Andrew Luck is, I still feel sad when I watch Manning throwing passes for the Broncos. I can't help but root for him every week. I miss him.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lA73W9RZcrw/Ul6xL0DBJaI/AAAAAAAAAog/O_KIRSckjEg/s1600/manning+4+life.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lA73W9RZcrw/Ul6xL0DBJaI/AAAAAAAAAog/O_KIRSckjEg/s200/manning+4+life.jpg" width="138" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I still haven't gotten over the breakup, I've just tucked it away in hopes of it not coming back. But it's about to surface again... But this past Sunday during the Cowboys and Redskins night game, they began playing Diddy ft. Skylar Grey song "I'm Coming Home" and showed Manning saying goodbye to Indy. This brought back a flood of emotions: sadness, anger, hurt, respect, loyalty, jealousy... and the list goes on. This is the man I watched every Sunday growing up in Indy. I wasn't one of those kids that started watching NFL religiously from the age of six. I didn't start really watching and paying attention until about 2000. So he's the only quarterback I knew in Indy. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I was angry with Jim Irsay when I heard the news that Manning was no longer a Colt. Actually I was pissed! Everything Manning had done for Indy, the community, the team. Some non-Colt fans criticize me for not looking at the bigger picture and understanding why Irsay did what he did. I get it, I do. But that doesn't mean I think it was right. I'm big on loyalty. If I were the owner, I would have drafted Luck and had him sit behind Manning and learn from one of history's greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. I would have let Manning retire in Indy, the city that loves him dearly. And you will never understand how I feel until this happens to your team. So to those of you who think I'm wrong for supporting Manning now that he's a Bronco, you just don't get it.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Sunday night will be filled with lots of emotions. While first and foremost I root for the Colts, I can't help but love Manning. On my fantasy team I have Manning and Luck as my quarterbacks. Who do you think I'm playing this week? Sorry, but I pick Manning. I mean I still have him in a Colts uniform as the backdrop on my phone. I just can't let go and move on, not yet. Although the release was almost two years ago, it's still an open wound to me, one that won't heal for a long time and will leave a nasty scar... I'm anxious for Sunday night to see how things unfold. I just know that that no matter what happens, Manning will bring class, respect and love, as he has never shown us anything different.&nbsp;</span></div>Fit Fad Fanhttps://plus.google.com/101277977169831811190noreply@blogger.com0