Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fancy Move!

New Year New Digs!  I've made the move over to a dot com, y'all!  I'd love for everyone to come visit!  See you there!

Monday, June 11, 2012

S: is for Salmon

And salmon is freakin' deeeelish!  I made the mistake of grocery shopping while starving last week, but for once came out on top.  I found myself craving lox & bagel.  Not having the patience to ask, "hey where can I find the lox", I went with salmon instead.  No regrets.

Aside from tasting pretty swell, salmon is also a winner when it comes to healthy eating, with several great things to benefit our bods.  It is packed with omega 3's, which research has shown to improve heart muscle function and reduce the risks of deadly heart arrhythmia.  Doctors recommend 2 servings of omega 3's per week for us grown-ups.  Salmon also gives a nice daily dose of vitamins D (100%, B2 (50%) and B12 (50%) for healthy teeth and bones, energy, and good moods!  Lastly, a serving of salmon has the power to fill you up without filling out you out with over half of your day's required protein intake, yet only 180 calories and 10g of fat per 4-oz serving.

Now that I've now sold you on this fancy fish, I will enlighten you on my fancy dish below, coming in at less than 400 calories, 25g protein, and 11g of fat!

Slox n' Bagel

1 whole wheat Bagel Thin
2tbsp lite cream cheese
1 vine ripe tomato, sliced
1 tbsp capers
4oz salmon
olive oil cooking spray
2 squeezes of lemon juice
          Coat skillet with olive oil cooking spray and heat over medium low. 
          Place salmon in skillet, skin side down and cook for 3 minutes.  Spritz
          with lemon juice and flip for 2 more minutes until salmon is just done. 
          Remove from skillet and remove skin from salmon (no one likes it anyway).
          Toast bagel.  Spread with cream cheese.  Top with tomato, salmon, and capers.
          Enjoy the heck out of it!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

R: is for Reboot

Many changes since my last entry, which seems forever ago.  I have tried my darndest to roll with the punches, but every day has been a challenge and a lesson.  Things are not always what they seem.  Plans are not always set in stone.  The only constant is constant change.  I have no regrets and have loved every minute of the ride.  It has been hard and I have struggled.  But over the past week or two, I have been attempting to come to terms with it all and adapt.  I am ready to take a deep breath and CTRL+ALT+DEL this mother.  There is no better time than now to embrace this life of mine.  Time to reboot and time to realize who and what it is I am living for. 

And with that, I will continue my (super belated) A-Z Challenge.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Q: is for Quads

I tone my abs, they get smaller and tighter.  I tone my arms, they get stronger and leaner.  I squat or run or jump or lunge, the bigger my quads get.  No matter how much fat I shed from them, I've got some big girls holding up this bod of mine.  At times, the fight between myself and my jeans straight from the dryer can take a beating on this girl's self esteem.  Heck, sometimes I think even my jeans are crying at the end of it!  It seems no matter what I do, thanks be to Mom, I'm stuck with my thunder thighs.

After my most recent bought with my Levi's, when I was debating on giving up on all that is thigh, I came across the ad below.  I'm not a huge fan of Nike (or really any big brands that do big brand-y things).  However, I admit I must give them props for one of their more recent ads targeted towards women and the assets we struggle with most.  This one is by far my favorite and I wanted to share because I doubt I'm the only owner of these huge gals.

             "I have thunder thighs. And that's a compliment because they are strong. And toned. And muscular. 
             And though they are unwelcome in the petite section, they are cheered on in marathons. 
             Fifty years from now, I'll bounce a grandchild on my thunder thighs and then I'll go out for a run."

Upon seeing this I could only think of one phrase: A-men-Sista-Friend!  And aside from that: my thighs look damn good in those Levi's!  Nothing left to do but embrace what Mama gave!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P: is for Plyometrics

't is the season to put a little spring in your step!  Plyometrics (sometimes called "jump training" or "explosive exercises") will do just that, while adding variety to your workout, helping increase bone density, prevent injury, and improve your power, strength, and agility.  Plyometric training conditions the body with dynamic resistance exercises that rapidly stretch a muscle and then rapidly shorten it (ie: squat jumps and medicine ball slams).  It is good to do a mix of both upper and lower body exercises to get an all-over workout without tiring your muscles too much too soon in one session.  These types of exercises often imitate the body's natural movement during sports (ie: hiking, volleyball, tennis, running) and thus are often used by athletes to improve overall performance.  More recently however, plyometric training has become more widely used among the general exercise population.

Shape Magazine has an excellent plyometrics workout, suitable for beginners.  You can view the workout by clicking here

As with any exercise, if done improperly, injury can result.  Make sure to use proper form, not to overextend, and if an exercise is beyond your difficulty level, work with an experienced trainer or coach to modify the move to your ability.  As well, make sure to give your body periods of rest (1 - 2 days) between plyometric exercise sessions. 

What else can I say?  Interested in plyometrics?  Hop to it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O: is for Outdoor Dining

The boyfraaann took a mini trek to Actionville last week.  Being that I like food and he likes fire, it only made sense to kick off his visit with a romantical evening grilling out on the porch.  We both love to cook, so this was a great way for us to get creative with our meal, eat healthy, and spend quality time together on the cheap.

We decided to keep things simple with kebabs of veggies and shrimp.  I admit, we did wrap about half the shrimp in bacon as it is currently the largest part of his food pyramid.  Can you blame him?  Bacon is nature's candy...or is that fruit?  Anyway here we go:

One of the great things about this meal was being able to cook both the meat and veggies at the same time for the same amount of time over medium heat on the grill.

Veggie Kebabs
1 cup Grape Tomatoes
1 Zucchini, sliced
12 Mushrooms
1 Squash sliced
½ cup Red Bell Pepper, sliced
½ cup Orange Bell Pepper, sliced
½ cup Lawry's Herb & Garlic marinade
Marinate veggies for 30-60 minutes and skewer onto kebabs.
Reserve the remaining marinade.  Place kebabs on grill for about 10 minutes,
turning halfway through and occasionally brushing with remaining marinade.

Grilled (Bacon-Wrapped) Shrimp
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. lemon pepper
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 ½ tbsp dark agave nectar
1 ½ tbsp honey bbq suace
9 slices bacon
18 jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
Cut the slices of bacon in half. Partially cook the bacon over moderate heat
to render some of the fat without allowing the pieces to crisp. Stir all ingredients to
combine and add shrimp, tossing well to coat. Marinate 30-60 minutes. Remove shrimp
from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Wrap a slice of bacon around each shrimp
and skewer onto kebab, securing both ends of bacon. Place shrimp on hot grill for
4 minutes.Turn and brush shrimp with reserved marinade and grill for 4 minutes longer or
until shrimp are opaque throughout.

To cut calories and fat, omit the bacon...if you want to be crazy like that.  The marinade is enough to keep the shrimp tasting delicious without it.  Aside from bacon, it was not too bad of a meal, health-wise.  I admit when it comes to the shrimp dish, it may not be the cleanest I've ever posted here.  The veggies were easily a winner on both taste and trim calories while the shrimp definitely offered the perfect combo of sweet and spicy (much like our evening).  So even if you adapt this meal or cook something else entirely, I hope you get out and enjoy the spring evenings.  Grill with friends or loved ones and embrace the night air...before we all get attacked by heat, humidity, and mosquitos in the very near future.  :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

N: is for Never Quit

This morning, I succumbed to weakness and hit up the Chick-Fil-A drive-through for breakfast.  It didn't seem so terrible until this evening when I discovered a new roll during boot camp.  No, we're not talking carby side-dish; we're talking fat, people!  As usual, the thought in my head was "time to start over back on track".  Except I am really sick of starting over!  But this time it also occurred to me that if I am sick of starting over, then I also need to be sick of quitting.  Never quit, never start over, get fit! 

I realize that one fast food meal does not a fat roll make.  But trashy food is too regular of an occurrence for me.  I can't seem to deny myself the sodium or the "easy way out" in exchange for being lazy.  But are sodium and laziness worth the price of my once-owned six-pack?  There are also the logical reasons this is terrible (heart disease, cancer, blah blah blah) but there's no way that I can wrap my head around those serious problems in my mid-twenties.  So we'll go with something immediate, like six-pack.  Ok, and being tired in the gym. Being tired in general.  Having to start over every time I realize how much I've set myself back.

Resetting the motivation and the goals: peace out fast food, welcome back six-pack!  If I stay on track, I'll be there in no time and be able to do laundry off my very own washboard.  If I quit, I'll find myself writing this same pissed off blog in the very near future...Time to break the cycle!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

M: is for Muddy

Want an easy way to take a Plain Jane 5k to the next level?  One word: Mud.  Ok, and obstacles.

Last year my sister and I both mucked it up in our first mud run, Rugged Maniac.  Since then, we've both been hooked on getting grubby.  Over the past year, we have gotten down and dirty in four of these 5ks, scaling cargo nets, forging rivers, crawling through mud under barbed wire, and leaping over fire. We typically finish with enough mud in our shorts and shoes to bury the competition...of course I run pretty slow, so my competition is pretty minimal by the end of it.  Really, I'm just there for the food (in the case of last race with the giant turkey leg).

But more than the food, it's a great way to add a bit of spice and excitement to any 5k, burn more calories, and feel like one strong BAMF by the end of it!  Wanna get dirty?  Be sure to check out a mud run near you!

L: is for Lazy Days

I love the spectacular weather we've been having.  I also love relaxing in my living room on my chaise lounge.  To get the best of both worlds, I moved brought the living room (or at lease my chaise) outdoors and I am not ashamed of the tackiness!  Mainly, because the neighbors couldn't see over my porch ledge to be any the wiser.  Secondly, because it makes a damn fine afternoon nap space...until approximately 4:30pm when the sun just brutally beats down on my porch at just the wrong angle.  But before 4:30 it's AMAZING!

One day, I will be a thousandaire who can afford legit classy furniture on my porch.  Until then, I shall merely compensate with this.  Don't hate.

Friday, April 13, 2012

K: is for Kickball

Keeping with the theme of getting exercise and playing like a kid, K: is for Kickball!  According to the World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA), Kickball is America's New Favorite Pastime. Over the past decade, these adult coed leagues have been popping up all over the United States, and more recently in Europe.  It is a great way to try something new, make new friends, and get active!

For those who may have lived a sheltered childhood, kickball follows rules very similar to baseball, with one team fielding nine positions on a diamond, and the other team coming up to kick (rather than bat).  There are three strikes and four balls, home runes, pop flies, the occasional pickle or stolen base, and five innings of suspenseful fun!  Such a blasty-blast, you don't even realize you're getting a workout in!  What's not to love about that? 

Want to get outside and have a kickin' good time?  Click Here to find a league near you!