Posts Tagged ‘fitness’
December 3, 2013
It’s Tuesday after a long holiday weekend, and if you are feeling anything like me today it’s more than a little sluggish.
I don’t know if it was the craziness of last week’s game schedule topped with Thanksgiving and all of the yummy (carb loaded and sugary) food that goes with it or what, but I am just not feeling myself this week. I am doing my best to get as much rest as I can while getting my eating and workouts back on track so I can hopefully kick whatever is trying to take over this body of mine. Fingers crossed!
Speaking of kicks… remember when I previously wrote about how you can design your own shoes (<- make sure to read about the process if you missed it!) on Reebok’s website? I was given the opportunity to select a pair to custom design as part of my partnership with them and was so excited to see them arrive at my doorstep yesterday!
After at least an hour of going back and forth on the design (I am horribly indecisive), I came up with a Detroit Pistons type of color scheme, complete with a customized initialed back.
Pretty darn accurate, right?
Excited to give them a go, I wore them to practice last night which also included a workout of running stadium stairs, walking lunges and core exercises. By far, the CrossFit Nano Speed sneakers have been my favorite versatile workout shoe I have tried thus far.
Interested in designing a shoe of your choice for yourself? Good news!
Reebok is offering one lucky Housewife Glamour reader the chance to win a gift card to design your own custom shoes, too!
Leave a comment on this post sharing what sneaker you would pick to make your own and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
Did you utilize all of the entries available? (Remember if you are already a HWG fan on Facbeook/Twitter, that still gets you additional entries!)
You have until Midnight Sunday, December 8th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. The winners will be announced first thing Monday morning, December 9th.
AND (!!!) before I go, I have to mention that Reebok has extended their Cyber Monday savings to midnight TONIGHT! Through today only, receive 30% off everything Reebok (except for custom shoes and the Nano 3.0s) by using the promo code CYBER30. You better believe I took advantage of this savings by stocking up on winter fitness gear and maybe even a fitness shoe or two for the husband. (<- best shopping strategy ever.)
See you later this afternoon with a new recipe from Thanksgiving.
*Disclaimer: All products were provided to me, free of charge from Reebok. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
November 20, 2013
Hello, hello and a Happy Hump Day to ya!
Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed a growing controversy over What I Ate Wednesday posts. Issues of eating disorders, comparisons and judgements have come up on multiple pages and I can’t help but feel a little down about it.
WIAW is a series a fellow (and awesomely hilarious) food blogger named Jenn started quite a while ago. She blogs at Peas and Crayons and her site is filled with tons of yummy (and super healthy!) meal ideas and inspirations.
She started featuring weekly food posts to show her readers what a day of eating looks like at her house, and encourages everyone and anyone to join in and link up. She also makes sure to note on a disclaimer that this weekly food diary is a good way to reflect on eating habits, both good and bad.
Sadly, this concept has been both beneficial and controversial, which I know were not her intentions.
I started taking part in WIAW‘s over eight months ago after I saw them consuming my news feeds on a weekly basis. Every time I clicked over, I saw literally hundreds of other bloggers and in turn healthy meal ideas to try out. I thought and still think that the idea is genius!
It starts to get hairy when we (healthy living bloggers) take these posts too seriously and edit what our eats really look like. I have to admit that I tend to eat healthier on days I know I am photographing my food, but that is simply to act more as an inspiration for you guys. (There are only so many times you can handle… whoops, had pizza for lunch again and feel motivated to eat differently as a result!)
My hopes are for you to see the beauty of what these posts can do for all of us. I started reading healthy living blogs on a regular basis over two years ago to bring an every day dose of positivity and inspiration into my life, and more times than not that centers around food.
For me, WIAW posts are weekly check-ins to reflect on my eating habits and see how far away they are from my healthy eating goals.
Some weeks are more on track than others, and that’s fine. I am human and I, like anyone else, have cheat days and meals and portions I know aren’t ideal. But I include them in these posts for a reason, and that is to show you that it is normal to include them into your every now and then overall healthy eating lifestyle.
I realize that not everyone has this outlook, and it breaks my heart a little when I see a blogger’s day of eats and exercise schedule that from the outside eye might look overworked and underfed.
Then I remember that we are all different. All of our bodies work at various physical levels and need different amounts of calories. Some of us need more to function and some of us get by with half the amount just fine.
The biggest downfall is getting sucked into the comparisons and judgments. The “I can’t believe that girl did a spin class, yoga and only had chicken and vegetables for dinner afterwards,” way of thinking just doesn’t need to happen. For all we know, she could have loaded up on her calories earlier on in the day and prefers to keep dinner her lighter meal. You never really know.
I have never been one to count calories. I do label stalk and think to myself “is this snack really worth the 250 calories?” but I have never been the type of person that adds up a total caloric intake for the day.
Overall, I am a healthy eater, but by no means am I a perfect clean eater. I love dessert. I love anything Italian, Mexican, and carb loaded. I love being able to include anything I want into my meals, when I feel it’s okay to.
I choose to participate in and share these (mostly) weekly food recaps to hopefully leave you all with something. Whether it’s how to put a quick and healthy lunch together, add something new to your smoothie, or even put a smile on your face from me making fun of myself, I choose to continue to put them together for you guys. And I really, really hope that comes across in a positive open-minded way.
Now that we’ve covered why I WIAW, let’s go on and quickly cover this week’s eats shall we?
WIAW #33: What I Ate
This week I purposely chose to change things up and document a typical Monday for me. Since I blabbed a lot at the beginning, I’m going to try and keep this at short as possible!
Breakfast was a no-brainer with a bowl of overnight oats I prepared the night before. I like to experiment with different yogurt and milk combinations, but here are Julie’s tips on how to make a traditional bowl of overnight oats.
This time I used 1 cup Blueberry Chobani Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup raw oats, 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, and 1/2 cup almond milk to mix overnight, then topped it with a sliced banana in the morning.
That seemed to hold me over for quite some time, and feeling content without a snack I headed over to the gym for a Noon Fitness Pilates class.
This one was particularly great with the addition of the bosu ball! Loved it.
I must have gotten up on the right side of the bed that day because after class I had the urge to run. To the treadmill I went and knocked out three miles, no sweat.
Okay, there was a lot of sweat. But it felt great!
While gathering my stuff out of the locker room I then noticed how hungry I was. I grabbed this Mediterranean Salad to go from the cafe and enjoyed it at my desk while working on the computer for lunch.
Man, it was delish! I need to remember this combo for the future… mixed greens, free-range chicken, all-natural turkey, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, nitrate-free bacon and a balsamic vinegar dressing topped in ground pepper.
Mondays are practice days, which usually means I allow myself two dinners. Before practice I quickly put together a bowl of couscous, mixed vegetables (with a few beans) and Al Fresco Spinach & Feta chicken sausage for dinner #1.
Umm, NOM. Definitely worth repeating… several times.
I stopped by the arena on the way over to practice for my first flu shot! It’s wasn’t half as bad as I expected it to be, but I do have to admit that I still have a bit of soreness in my right arm. During practice I enjoyed my all-time favorite protein bar in my all-time favorite flavor.
I was completely content with something small after practice, but became easily talked into pasta for dinner #2 when I got home by the husband.
He always asks for pasta for dinner the nights before game days, so I really didn’t have much of a choice anyways. I did, however, suggest we add the rest of the chicken sausage into the sauce and I enjoyed a small(er) portion of it. (No whole wheat noodles this time either, per Scott.)
And as you can imagine, I was too full to even think about dessert.
I know… (gasp) crazy!
Today I am off to another practice which includes a stop to Subway beforehand. I’m thinking of ditching the salad and going for the footlong to split before and after too. Sounds delightful!
• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!
• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.
Questions of the Day
• Do you participate or like reading WIAW posts?
• What is one inspirational meal or snack idea you’ve enjoyed this week? (Feel free to link it below!)
November 2, 2013
It’s the weekend! I hope yours is starting out on a wonderful note.
Ours is already going by faster than you can say “Welcome back to Florida!” Scott and I have spent our trip home visiting as many sights and people as we can squeeze in before our departure back home early Sunday morning.
Oh, and did I mention Sunday is a game day… AND Scott’s 40th Birthday? (Yup, 40.) I’m sure that both of us will be looking forward to slowing things down Monday after it is all said and done. Until then, no breathing is necessary!
I plan to put together a post of my favorite Central Florida to-do’s next week including restaurants, parks, and places to have fun in our area. Since I want to focus on spending time with friends and family while we are here, I am waiting to cover anything Florida until then and am instead sharing a new playlist with you today!
Here is a list of my favorite upbeat running and workout music that has been getting me going lately.
I haven’t heard #8 down south yet, so I’m guessing releasing Eminem early might be a Detroit thing.
Sorry to make it so short today. We’re off to an early breakfast, a pop in at a practice, lunch with friends, then a wedding later on this afternoon. Promise to catch you all up on the festivities next week. Enjoy the weekend!
Previous Running + Workout Playlists
#FFavorites Thank You
Before I go, I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to anyone to commented or linked up on yesterday’s Friday Favorites post. I love seeing the things you have been loving lately and have enjoyed watching it grow as the weeks go by. Also, if you still would like to play along in the link up section, it is still open until next Thursday. Party on!
October 18, 2013
Good Morning! This one is a lively one for me because I am taking the plunge and starting a link up for all of those Friday Favorites lovers out there. Please tell me I’m not the only one excited about this.
It all started with an excuse to share some of my random musings from my days through sporadic Glamour Randoms. I was pleasantly surprised to find out you guys enjoy these type of posts, which is what inspired me to start structuring them more and publishing them on a weekly basis through a Friday Favorites series.
After months of seeing “What I’m Loving Lately” and “Friday Faves” grow in popularity, I found myself clicking on any blog that shared their collection of weekly favorite thoughts, product finds, or funnies. Mostly because they usually appear on Fridays and it’s a great way to reflect on the week and transition into the weekend. (TGIF!)
I decided to create a link up for anyone to share any type of favorites post… because… well, why not? If I like to creep on other people’s favorites, chances are that you do too.
Whether it’s fitness, food, holiday, fashion, or whatever related, feel free to share your list of things you’ve been loving lately through the widget (blue button) at the bottom of the post. If you are not a blogger, I still welcome you to take part in my weekly FF party and share some of yours in the comments section!
Let’s do this!
Friday Favorites #7: Week of 10/18
While Jimmy John’s has some serious drool-worthy white bread on their hands, I have been grateful for their “unwich” option I discovered back in Orlando.
You still get the same gourmet sandwiches you know and love, just wrapped tight in lettuce instead of the sub bread. This week, I was craving their Beach Club (no mayo) something awful!
Rarely do I miss the bread. Occasionally I will revert back to it, but I enjoy a bag of Salt ‘n Vinegar chips on the side during most visits instead. (<- utter weakness.)
• Champion Fitness Tank via Target
Gah! I just love Target. But really, who doesn’t?
While I normally don’t intentionally shop for clothes there (key word = intentionally), I can’t help but to quickly scan the active wear and sale sections every now and then. On my latest trip I found this adorable and ridiculously comfortable C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank for under $10.
Since I live in active wear these days, I appreciate a comfortable fitness tank I can wear pretty much anywhere. Plus the built in sports bra is always a bonus!
• Welcome Back, Whole Foods Market
Since moving up north, I have only visited our local Whole Foods Market a handful of times. Considering I stopped by the one across the street from my old barre studio in Orlando at least twice a week, this is a big deal.
Instead of making my regular trip to the grocery store, I decided to get my new recipe thinking cap on and get inspired by new products and produce just waiting for me to discover and try!
Behind those Whole Foods doors always lies organic goodness and endless possibilities. It can actually get a little overwhelming because I end up wanting to put everything in my cart. I have always encountered very friendly and helpful staff at any location I have been to, which always makes my shopping experience a pleasant one.
Then I see my bill. Ha! It seems so expensive, but worth it every once in a while.
• Chai Tea Lattes
While shopping, I stumbled upon their cafe which instantly made me crave something warm. The weather was dreary, cold, and rainy outside which always makes me crave tea.
Bypassing the coffee and pumpkin spice espressos (which you all should know is a win in itself for me), I confidently ordered a small chai tea latte with almond milk.
I enjoy a simple herbal tea with hot water every now and then, but was actually craving the chai and latte this time. Can’t get enough of them lately!
• Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Stop it right now. While I was reaching for my usual Van’s Gluten Free waffles, I just so happened to see these beauties.
The pumpkin spice already made the buying decision for me, but when I saw they were also made of quinoa, amaranth and flax I became fully intrigued.
Even though I already ate dinner, dessert, and brushed my teeth, I just couldn’t go to bed without trying one of them. They were calling to me.
I toasted one waffle and topped it with the same pumpkin-apple sauce topping I did yesterday. You know that moment you realize you ate the last bite of ice cream and keep digging your spoon into the bottom of the bowl for more anyways? That’s exactly what happened here.
• Treadmill Sprints
With the (mostly) gorgeous fall weather going on up here lately, I haven’t actually been into the gym for quite a while. Instead, I’ve been enjoying running outside and doing a variety of at home workouts.
Yesterday, I hopped on the treadmill for a quick series of sprints before my Fitness Pilates class. Below is my “resting” position, where I took :30 in between each minute sprint to get ready for the next one.
Be sure to hold on tight and please make sure you have your footing when you get back on if you ever do this. The machine I picked was right next to the trainers corner, so I’m sure they were all staring at me thinking I’m either crazy or kicking butt.
Anyways, here’s what I did!
It may have been short, but sure got me nice and sweaty!
• This Article: 29 Underrated Things About Being In Your Late Twenties
Because I can’t get enough of anything that makes me feel better about turning 29 next year. I originally saw it on Gina‘s blog last week. Good one!
• Frozen Fruit For Easy Smoothies
Any time fresh produce (especially berries, bananas, or spinach) is about to go bad, I try my best to make it last longer by freezing it. Having fruit prepped and accessible makes my motivation to make smoothies at home so much higher.
Occasionally, I will get on a smoothie kick and buy bags of my favorite frozen fruit to have on hand.
I would by any fruit, but love that I can easily add mangoes and peaches to my smoothies without all the hassle of cutting them up first. (Mangoes are such a pain!)
Friday Favorites Link Up Party
Since this is the first post (and first week) I am hosting this link up party, I don’t expect it to be uber successful. I would, however, be tickled to see at least a handful of you join in on the fun.
Also, I encourage you to grab this button and include it in your posts. Simply copy the code and paste it into your text. Party on!