Posted on April 18, 2015
Who says Friday at home have to be boring? Friday’s are usually grocery day for my house. Today’s grocery trip took me to my local Fresh Market. Many great items were competitively priced to my liking.
Greek yogurt $1
A large container of fresh salsa for $2.99
A piece of sashimi grade tuna for $5.99
Split chicken breast buy one get one free
Earlier that day, I spent time researching and practicing for an internet story regarding alcohol and the calories consumed. As I wandered down the beverage inner isle I grabbed a couple new items to get my fridge and pantry ready for some petite cocktails.I’ve been cutting the alcohol waaayyyyy back some new “mixers” I had eyed on the shelf had me intrigued.
I decided to experiment with the Mr. Q Cumber Soda. After a little math in My Fitness Pal, it turns out my mixing paid off for a lower calorie option for toasting. 110 calories to be exact! Holla!!!!
Cucumber Cocktail Recipe
1/2 a bottle Mr Q Cumber
1 ounce vodka
1 slice of lime, squeezed
Just like that a new petite cocktail was born!
The new sipper paired well with the salsa I had purchased and Ak-Mak crackers from my pantry. It was the perfect light weight, take the edge of, toastable treat.Leave a Comment
Posted on April 15, 2015
Today I am talking about one of my favorite things to do in one of my favorite places to do it! This destination is not only popular this time of year with tourists, but with runners as well. The scenic and easy route is always changing and a great place to start or end your day. This spot is a desirable location for many Virginia Beach 5k’s as well. It is easy to get to, no streets to close off, and it already attracts a fit minded crowd. Before participating in your next boardwalk 5k, get prepared with these 5 tips.
1. FLAT AND FAST Most boardwalk 5k courses are out and back. This simply means you run half of the race in one direction…then usually turn around and run the opposite direction back. This makes this an ideal spot for personal bests and fast times by many runners.
2. WIND There will be wind. Being along the coast, we take the brunt of many weather patterns. Winds are almost guaranteed for any oceanfront race. The good and bad of this is that for 1/2 of the race the race will be pushing you along…the other 1/2 it will be fighting against you. Pray that the race day route works in your favor providing a tailwind in the last leg.
3. PARKING can be problematic during summer months. Biking is a great way to transport yourself to your boardwalk 5k. The boardwalk can serve as a warmup and you will not have to deal with the hassle of oceanfront parking spots or time limits.Check your tires and grab your bike lock before leaving home.
4. CHANGE OF CLOTHES Just as you would after any sweaty workout, you should bring a change of clothes. Beach weather can change on a dime. Be prepared with a few items for after the race. A dry shirt, sunglasses, and flip flops are must haves for me when I hit 5k season.
5. NO GEAR CHECK Most of the smaller 5k races on the boardwalk do not offer dry bag or gear check. Make sure you have a place to stash your goods while you run. Leave your valuables at home and don’t expect to be able to store your stash in a secure area.
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Posted on April 15, 2015
I for one am not surprised that a gasp rang out across America as it was revealed that the beloved Kind Bars are loosing their healthy title. If you are not familiar with these bars, just check out the counter at your local Starbucks or ask any women on the go what snacks are in her bag. Chances are you will find one there. With flavors like Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan and Honey Smoked BBQ, it has always seemed like common sense to me that these bars were more of an occassional treat, rather than a daily part of meal planning. I enjoy a Kind bar as good as anyone….in moderation that is. Bars are a slippery slope for many. With most of us having busier lives than ever, bars can be a convenient way to get in a snack. Using the term “healthy” on their packaging is what Kind in trouble with the FDA. Here is a little label knowledge for you.
To use the term healthy on a food label you must meet certain FDA guidelines. One being that you have 1 gram or less of saturated fat and no more than 15 percent of the calories are from saturated fat. Some Kind flavors claiming healthy actually contain 2.5 grams or more. The FDA challenges the use of the + symbol on Kind packaging as well. According to The Huffington Post, the use of the symbol “+” means that the food contains at least 10 percent more of the daily recommended intake for vitamins and minerals as compared to an appropriate reference food, or that the food is fortified with vitamins and nutrients in accordance with certain FDA guidelines. The FDA asserts Kind does neither.
We trust the government, the FDA, to look out for consumers and mandate labeling as most of us do not know how to do it for ourselves. However, it is our responsibility to be aware of what we fuel our bodies with. Keep within your own standards of daily eating that work for you. Be aware of real verses processed foods and monitor your fat and caloric intake. Use common sense and if something seems too good to be true…it probably is.1 Comment
Posted on April 9, 2015
I had to laugh to myself and maybe even a little bit out loud as I repositioned myself into child’s pose during a hot yoga class this week. It seems the class was more advanced than what I am used to. It was at that moment I had the choice to get frustrated with myself or calmly settle myself onto the mat. I choose option B. If you practice, then you know how much time can be spent looking at your own toes, mine a lovely shade of mint. Distracted by my own pedicure, my attention then shifted. I spent some time looking around the room and admiring the other yogi’s as they practiced. I am always amazed at what our bodies can do. Around that time I began to compose the thoughts for this post. I started focusing less on perfection and more on progress. A new workout routine may be kicking my ass, but I am stronger than I was a week…a month…or a year ago. I am not the girl who looks the hottest in the gym. I have accepted the fact that most of the day I am dirty, sweaty, and my makeup is probably running. I am also happier and more comfortable in my own skin than I have been at any job before. I know a lot about fitness and running, and am a wealth of knowledge on pretty much every episode of Sex and The City. There are many goals both personally and professionally that I hope to accomplish. I am not exactly sure how to get there but I know how to ask for help and seek advice from the experts I trust.
The message my friends is this… There are things you are fantastic at. There are things you are still learning. Celebrate progress and take time for a little child’s pose every now and then.
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Posted on April 7, 2015
Pure Barre wants to make things real simple and real easy for you to come in and give them a try. Mark your calendars!!! April 18, 2015, Pure Barre is partnering up with Real Simple in studios Nationwide for a fun beauty and balance event.
Local studios in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach will promote beauty, barre, and balance on that date. FREE beginners classes, called Pure and Simple, will be offered to give you a reason to keep things simple and give Pure Barre a go. Suja Juice recipes, along with beauty and balance booklets will be given to students who attend class on that day. The focus on the class will be to really hone in on using your own body weight and small movements to engage your muscles. It’s the Pure Barre method, but taught in an easier and simpler way for those who have always wanted to try but have heard the class is too hard or difficult.
Several of my friends attend class regularly and love it. One friend participated through her entire pregnancy and even became part of their “100 club.” Pure Barre would be a great compliment to any fitness program. I had the privilege to attend class last year and it was one of the most difficult and also most fun reviews I have completed. Ericka Foster, owner of Pure Bare Virginia Beach is extremely welcoming. The small movements I demonstrated with my own body were more difficult with my uncoordinated runner body, but left me feeling like I had an amazing workout. Taking class in socks was a fun mix up. I encourage you to give it a try. You may find a new piece in your fitness puzzle.
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