If We Were Having Coffee: April 3, 2016

if we were having coffee

Greetings! I recently stumbled upon some interesting blogs all beginning with the statement, If we were having coffee. I found the posts to be quite interesting and decided I would give it a try. It was originally started by Part-Time Monster.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that today is the last day of my Spring Break and tomorrow it’s back to reality.

I’d tell you that I’ve enjoyed my time off. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I would have liked, but I did manage to get a few things done during my time off. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, even when you don’t have to work.

I’d tell you that I have NOT worked out my entire vacation 😮

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my daughter has enjoyed her time away from school and dance. She does however miss all of her dance friends. I took her and one of her friends to Sky Zone, a local trampoline park. They had a blast!

I’d tell you about First Friday. It’s a local event held on the First Friday of the month at the local Children’s/Art museum. My daughter enjoyed all of the hands on children’s exhibits and I have to admit, I did as well :-). There was a live band and an open mic contest. Also, friday was the reveal of the new MLK exhibit! What many don’t know is that Martin Luther King, Jr gave his I Have a Dream speech in the small city of Rocky Mount back in 1962 prior to giving the speech during the march in Washington, DC in 1963. What rich history to learn about the small city of Rocky Mount!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the professor from NC State who was able to locate the speech that was given in Rocky Mount and have it restored. I’d tell you about the book that he has published that describes the correlation between King’s speeches and Langston Hughes’ poetry.

I’d probably go on and on about the subject of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the history that I’ve learned, but you’d probably get bored and start rolling your eyes at me.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve decided to move to a self-hosted site! For my non-blogging friends, that means I’ll be able to monetize my site without all of the red tape. It’s all mine! I’d ask for your blessings and support.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been having allergic reactions all week! My face has swelled, my eye has swelled, my hand and my wrist. Benadryl has been my best friend this week. You’d probably ask me if I’ve been to the doctor. Thousands of dollars later and an Epi-pen prescription, I have no answers as to why I experience swelling.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that dating in your 30s is way different than it was in your teens and early 20s.

If we were having coffee, you’d probably ask if I’ve found “the one.” I’d sip my coffee, smile and tell you to stick around for a while and maybe you’ll find 😉

If we were having coffee, what would you share?

Til next time…

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Color Run 5K

5k color run

Have you ever thought of doing a 5k Color Run?  Me too!  You’re not the only one who would get a thrill from running while also getting sprayed with PAINT!

A couple of weeks ago I pulled out my running shoes and hit the pavement for the first time in over a year!

It took me a moment to set a decent pace as well as get my breathing on track, but after a few moments, it came back to me just like riding a bicycle.

On my run, I began to reminisce about the first time I ever ran in a 5k race.  I was nervous, my heart was pounding.  There were so many people!  Would I be able to finish? Will I get tired? How could I compete?

As the horn sounded to start the race, I realized I wasn’t competing against what seemed like a thousand others.  I was competing against myself.  I set a personal goal to complete the race with very little walking and I achieved that goal!  I even got interviewed by the local newspaper.

If you enjoy running or walking, you should consider doing a race!  Set a personal goal for yourself and DO IT!  It’s exhilarating to be amongst others that share the love of running.  It’s also a great place to meet other local runners.

So what are you waiting for?  Scared to do it alone?  Grab some friends and sign up for a COLOR RUN!  Nothing says friendship like running while being covered in PAINT!  You’ll have some awesome SELFIES to share when you cross the finish line!  GOOD LUCK!

Have you done a COLOR RUN?  If so, I’d love to know about your experience!  Drop a comment and tell me all about it!

 

Best Protein on the Market!

Over the years, I have tried lots of proteins, but only two of them have been deemed the best protein shakes for me.

What do you look for in a protein? I like my protein to have the necessary nutrients, of course, but I also like my protein to taste good and mix well. There are many protein powder shakes on the market with the necessary nutrients but taste awful!

It has taken a lot of trial and error (several bad purchases) to find the best protein on the market that I truly enjoy. This protein not only has the proper nutrients, but it tastes awesome and mixes well.

 

This protein (Vanilla) is only 100 calories and 3 grams of net carbs. It has a protein blend which contains whey and caesin for a total of 22g per serving.

Another cool thing about this protein is that you can cook with it as well. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes! I’ll keep you updated on the recipes that I try.

It comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, vanilla, cookies and cream, and many more. I’ve tried both the vanilla and the strawberry. Both reminded me of having a milkshake. Tasty!

Have you tried Quest protein?

What’s your favorite protein?

What do you consider the best protein on the market?

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Fit Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!  While some may think it has turned into a commercial holiday, it’s still a great time to show that special someone that you care.  Unsure of what to get the health conscious, fitness individual in your life?  Below are a few gift ideas that your fitness guy or gal would enjoy.

Fitbit:  This is a great gift for those that love cardio.  It counts your steps to help hold you accountable for those 10,000 we should get in each day.  You’re able to compete with family and friends to see who gets in the most steps.  As a bonus, it even tracks your sleep patterns.

Polar watch: This watch is great for ALL of your activity, not just your steps so this is great if the active person in your life enjoys other activities such as weight training, swimming, cycling, etc. Polar is known for their heart rate monitoring accuracy. It tracks your sleep patterns. It even notifies you of your inactivity to help you stay motivated!

Beats:  Everyone that works out deserves an awesome pair of wireless headphones.  The beats are perfect.  They allow you the freedom to complete your workout without wires getting in your way.  They’re also sweat resistant.  In addition, the headphones provide excellent sound quality to power you through your workouts.

Workout gear: Who doesn’t love new workout gear? Maybe it’s a girl thing, but new workout gear motivates me to go to the gym and do what I need to do. If you’re going to workout, you may as well look cute doing it. I reviewed these leggings last month and they are still, hands down, the best workout leggings ever! Your fitness girl will definitely love these!

Resistance bands: These are perfect for the traveler who still needs to get in their workout or the person that enjoys an at home workout.  They come with a carrying case which makes it perfect for travel.  They also come with a workout chart so you’ll learn how to use each band effectively.

Gym bag:  A gym bag is an awesome gift for him or her.  I’m not sure what you look for in a gym bag, but I look for space and pockets.  These gym bags have both!  There’s plenty of room for shoes, clothes, equipment, shaker bottles, etc.  There’s also side pocket where you can place your dirty gym clothes after your workout.

Spa/massage: If none of the options above seem appealing to you, you can never go wrong with booking a massage at a local spa. Chances are, your fitness person has sore muscles and a massage would be a great relief!

Hope this little guide helps you find the perfect gift for the fitness person in your life!

 

Easy Meal Prep

Everyone is looking for an Easy Meal Prep!

When it comes to achieving your fitness goals, the majority of your success is going to come from what you put in your body.  Often, managing your nutrition is the hardest part of weight loss or reaching specific goals.

People often tell me that they are working out, but are not seeing results.  Chances are, you’re eating the wrong things or not eating enough of the right things.

Another question often asked is, “What do you eat?”  Me personally, I tend to stick to a basic fitness meal prep.  I eat the same things almost daily.

  • Oatmeal and eggs for breakfast every day except Sunday.  On Sundays, I treat myself to pancakes 🙂
  • Lunch and dinner, I typically eat chicken, fish, or turkey along with a complex carb (sweet potatoes are my favorite) and a green leafy vegetable.

Voila!  That’s my magical meal prep menu!  I’m often met with disgusted faces because they don’t like my choices or they like a little more variety in their lives.

I’m often met with disgusted faces because they don’t like my choices or they like a little more variety in their lives.  They say variety is the spice of life!

For those of you who’d like more variety and/or are trying to please other members of the family that may need their healthy meals masked, you may want to give PlateJoy a try!

PlateJoy creates custom meal plans for you based on your lifestyle as well as your goal!  They provide simple and easy meal preps.  You can even have a weight loss meal prep if that’s your goal.

You take a personalization quiz where you input information about yourself as well as other members of your family.  A meal prep menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks is created for you based off of your input.

The questionnaire asked questions regarding weight loss, whether you are following a specific diet such as gluten free or paleo, allergies, as well as likes and dislikes of each member of the family.

It also asked how much time you had to cook and prepare meals.  If you’re like me, you don’t have much time in the evening to prepare meals, therefore, all the meal prep recipes created for me were 20 min or less.

You are provided with a menu and recipes to prepare all of the meals in your plan.  No more guessing what you’re going to eat nor going through the struggle of coming up with a grocery list.  They do all of that for you!

Pricing!  I almost forgot!  Everything, of course, has a price.  I think their pricing is fairly decent!  You can get a 6-month plan for as little as $10/mo.  They do everything is except cook the food for you!  You can’t beat that!  If you happen to give PlateJoy a try, please tell me what you think.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Also, don’t forget containers for all of the wonderful meals that you have created!

Rep Your Team!

  
The BIG GAME is just hours away! Will you “Dab” or yell “Omaha”? What team do you cheer for all season? Rep your teams below!

Healthy Tips for the BIG GAME

The BIG GAME is Sunday and everyone is excited about the matchup between the Broncos and the Panthers! However, the real matchup is YOU vs FOOD during your Super Bowl festivities.

At the start of the year, you made a goal to lose weight, change your eating habits, exercise more, etc. Now, it’s time for the BIG GAME and you’ll be faced with lots of temptation regarding your food choices. For many, while in the beginning stages of changing your diet, out of sight, out of mind works really well; but what do you do when you’re staring all the foods you love face to face?

I’ve composed a few tips to help you survive the day.

  1. Don’t go to the party hungry. Eat a nutritious meal prior to going to the party. You’ll be less likely to overindulge on the fatty, sugary options.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Drinking water will help keep you full and prevent you from overeating.
  3. Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol is filled with lots of empty calories. If you must drink beer or other alcoholic beverages, consume a bottle of water between drinks. The water will make you feel full and in turn drink less.
  4. Eat in moderation. Don’t feel bad if you have a few of the high fat snacks you enjoy. If you do decide to indulge, just limit your proportions.
  5. Take a healthy dish to the party. Find a healthy version of your favorite food and let that be your contribution to the party. No one will know they’re eating the healthy version unless you tell them 😉

 

Below are a couple of recipes to try:

 

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

A quick and easy creamy ranch dip that is completely guilt-free and tastes just as indulgent as the original!

YIELD: about 1 cup  PREP TIME: 3 minutes  COOK TIME: 0 minutes  TOTAL TIME: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Fresh, chopped chives garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, onion, dill, salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne. Garnish with fresh chives and serve.

Recipe Source:  wellplated.com

 

Debdoozie’s Blue Ribbon Chili

Prep  10 m  Cook  1 h  Ready In  1 h 10 m

Recipe By:Deb

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
  • 4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease, if desired.
  2. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

Recipe Source:  allrecipes.com

**To make this chili healthier, use the leanest cut of beef, turkey (my preference), or chicken.  Use low/no sodium canned goods.  Use a fresh salsa vs jarred.  Aldi sells a delicious fresh salsa if there is one located in your area.

I hope you find these tips useful as you prepare for the BIG GAME.  If you try any of the tips or the recipes, please let me know what you think.

Workout Partner

Recently I was approached by a young lady seeking workout information.  She has a goal to lose weight by her 35th birthday.  I can’t wait for her to accomplish her goal and set more goals for the future.  I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m no expert, but I’m more than willing to share the information that I’ve learned throughout my personal journey.  She began to workout with me this week and has done an awesome job!  She seems as though she is willing to go the extra mile to get the results she desires.

I’ve never really had a partner.  I usually just do my own thing.  It has definitely been a learning experience for me.  I have tons of respect for those that train people.  One thing that I realized this week is that I need her just as much as she needs me.  I’ve been inconsistent at times and it shows.  Having her with me has definitely kept me on my toes and forced me to be consistent with my workouts.  This past Saturday, I did not feel like getting out of my warm, comfy bed to go the gym.  I didn’t hear from my partner the previous day, so I thought she had no intentions of hitting the gym on a Saturday morning.  Then it came, a text from HER asking if we were going to meet at the gym.  Grrr!!!  I quickly got myself together and headed to the gym after seriously contemplating not going.  We got in awesome leg workout!  I was thankful for receiving her text.  It was the extra push that I needed.  Otherwise, I would have continued to lie in the bed and just think about the gym.  We all know how many calories that burns!

Till next time…

Mmm

  

Have you tried these donuts??? OMG! They are the most amazing donuts I’ve ever tried in my life! If you know of a place that has donuts that are better, please let me know. I’d love to try them! 

  
You may be asking yourself, “Why is she posting about donuts on her fitness blog?” I’m glad you asked! The truth of the matter is, food is not going away. You can’t place yourself in a bubble where junk food doesn’t exist. Everyday you’ll be faced with different food temptations. They usually come when when you’ve been doing your hardest work or when you’ve made up in your mind that you’re going to swear off of certain foods.

  
Is it ok to indulge? For some the answer is “yes” and for some the answer may be “no”. I totally believe in a cheat every so often, but if you’ve not reached a point where you can have your cheat and then return to eating clean, you probably shouldn’t indulge in tasty treats until you’ve developed the willpower and mindset to not overindulge. 

PS: I had to stop myself after eating two 😉

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