Taking Care of ME!

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I was asked by a friend recently to help write up a workout for her and a few friends have asked what I do for my workouts.  I think that some of my co-workers are under the impression that I workout all day every day, when in reality, that is so not true.  Yes I talk about working out and different kinds of workouts, but I don’t do them nearly as much as I talk about them.  I have tried so many different types of workouts, but it’s hard for me to stick to just one type because I get bored easily with my workouts.  I am constantly trying something new or mixing a few different things together to keep myself motivated.  Anything that is meant to be done for over a month, I don’t finish.  I get started and do well the first two to three weeks, but after that I feel like it’s just the same moves over and over and I get bored.  I have done P90X, Insanity, 10 Minute Trainer and T25 but those only lasted a couple of weeks.  I have done a Title Boxing class, which I absolutely LOVED, but it was just way too expensive for a single girl with a budget.  I would love to have my own hanging bag some day because I got to keep the boxing wraps and gloves that I bought when I took that class.  Punching a bag is the best way to release any stress or tension, in my opinion.  You should try it!

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When I started my first blog I posted about training for my first half marathon and how I became a runner.  If you haven’t read that, check that out here. I used to absolutely DESPISE running and thought anyone that ran for fun, was crazy!! So I took to the sidewalks and quickly became a fan of running. It’s completely free (except for the perfect pair of running shoes, but those are worth the investment).  I don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like to during the summer because, let’s face it, it’s just too darn hot!!  I run about 2-3 miles and that’s it, if I do that.  I am a fan of lifting weights and that has become my recent favorite.  On bodybuilding.com, I just started a 12 week workout by trainer, Jamie Eason.  As I type this, I am having a hard time keeping my arms lifted because they are so sore from Chest and Triceps today!  On my off days, I run, but there’s just something about lifting weights that gets my adrenaline going and makes me actually enjoy working out. That second day soreness is what I actually like; yeah I know I’m weird.

Having a cleaner diet was something that I became more serious about doing roughly 3 or 4 years ago.  I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth so I cave all the time and can’t resist cookies, candy or brownies. There’s just no denying that or trying to pretend I have willpower when it comes to sweets.  But for the most part, I eat a fairly lean and clean diet.  As we speak, I have fish in the oven, brown rice cooking and a spring mix of veggies cooking to enjoy with a glass of white wine (and of course, a cookie to go with it!)  I joined the Tone It Up community’s Nutrition Plan about two years ago.  They send out emails of new recipes and you’re a member for life so any updates automatically get sent to you. There are so many editions to the plan, something for every season and special occasion.  If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it.  Their website is here.  They have tons of workout videos for whatever area you are looking to work on and have weekly workout schedules to follow.  The two trainers, Karena and Katrina are some of the coolest girls.  Again, I only do these occasionally, but this is a program that I can go back to at any time and enjoy!  Right now I’m trying to stay motivated to complete Jamie Eason’s 12 week program so keep your fingers crossed.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

While I love to run and lift weights, there are days that I just need a break or quiet time to clear my head and when that happens I turn to DoYouYoga.com.  They have meditation exercises and a ton of yoga workouts.  I had a good habit going with this, but really miss the meditations.  If you haven’t checked that site out either and are interested, check that out.  There’s a 30 day meditation challenge and they send you a new exercise each day.  That’s how I got hooked on meditating.  It’s so great to calm me down and just clear my head from everything that has been going on.  Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, I try to sit and quiet my mind for that little bit and it really helps.

What’s your favorite way to stay fit and healthy??

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Easy Berry Oatmeal

Every morning when I wake up the first thing that goes through my mind is “What should I eat for breakfast?”  During the day I try to eat as healthy and clean as I can, with the exceptional treat thrown in there (I can’t curb my sweet tooth).  I follow a lot of Instagram accounts where they post healthy meals because I get tired of eating the same things over and over, especially for breakfast.  Most of the time I get to work and by 9:00 a.m. my stomach is growling.  I came across a recipe for oatmeal that I thought I would try because it was supposed to be one of those meals that keeps you full for a long time and I realized that I was doing it all wrong.  I hated the taste of soggy oatmeal and I liked it luke warm and lumpy (yes I know that sounds disgusting).

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1.  Cook the oatmeal according to the directions on the container ( i don’t add the salt because I don’t use salt on any of my food)

2.  While it’s still really hot, add a spoonful of peanut butter.  My personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Company’s White Chocolate Wonderful.  Stir that in until it all melts.

3.  I add one packet of Stevia in the Raw to sweeten it up just a little bit more 🙂

4.  After that is all stirred together, I throw in a handful of fresh blueberries and top it off with almonds or walnuts. If I have it on hand, I will also sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top or some honey.  If I do that then I leave out the Stevia.

And that’s it! Cheap and easy!

I actually find myself getting really full before I am even done with it and it’s a healthy breakfast!!

If you have any breakfast recipes that you would like to share or that you really love, leave a comment below.