Monthly Archives: April 2012

Foodie Penpal!!!

 

 

I joined the COOLEST thing!!!

Foodie Penpals

 

 

This is my first month and I want to thank Natalie @ Little Miss S for my awesome foodie box:

  • Dried Fruit
  • Lychee Berry Gummies
  • Sweet Potato Soup Mix
  • Apple Bath Salts
  • A Strawberry Shopping Bag
  • Taco Bowl Recipe

I LOVED ALL OF IT!!!

This is the best idea ever…  So much fun to look for little things for your penpal and so exciting to get something in the mail that isn’t a bill…  Can’t wait for match day 🙂

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

 

 

Review – Jillian Michaels – 6 Week Six-Pack

This is not a workout for beginners.  If you are not used to Jillian or some other form of concentrated workout, I suggest you start with 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30.  I am currently doing level 1 and will update my review when I move to level 2.

LEVEL 1

Jillian strays from her typical 3-2-1 format (3 minutes cardio, 2 minutes strength, 1 minute abs), in the ab-centered workout.  She starts with a 4 minute dynamic warm-up, which moves quickly.  The “meat” of the workout is about 24 minutes long and consists of several sequences of exercises; each repeated once before moving on.  Her mix of crunches, planks, lunges, stretches and holds; combined with cardio, keeps you moving and helps hold your attention.  As with her other workouts, she has one team member doing more advanced modifications and one team member doing beginner modifications.  There are no “rests” in this workout, I suggest keeping water near you so you can take a sip between exercises.  Jillian wraps up with a few cool down stretches and you’re done.

I appreciate her “quick and dirty” routines, they have been very effective for me.  It’s nice to find a good workout that I can fit into my morning routine without an enormous time commitment.

Sweating For The Dress…

 

I love it when a new motivational tool falls in my lap…

One of my best friends, Jessica, stopped over last night to ask me if I would be a bridesmaid in her wedding… 🙂

I am so excited to share this wonderful day with her…  and now, we can SWEAT FOR THE DRESS together!!!!

(I am going to get matching tank tops for us, one saying November Bride and the other saying November Bridesmaid…  lol)

Recipe – Pineapple Mango Bruschetta

Yesterday (Tax Day) is one of the most stressful days of the year in my office.  To take a mental break, I was daydreaming about new recipes and came up with this.  I made it last night and it was outstanding…  I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Dying To Be Thin…

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, in the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.  Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorders.  Due to the stigma associated with these disorders, many more go unreported.

In the 1960s and 1970s, when most of the research on eating disorders began, experts felt that young girls were the primary group affected and branded the disorders as a “teenage disease”.  Disturbingly, the number of young women diagnosed with eating disorders has not waned at any time since then.

Additionally, other groups are showing alarming rises in diagnoses:

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Review – Bikram Yoga

I have been telling myself that I need to start building up my workouts in preparation for my races this summer, but I haven’t really added anything challenging up to this point.  This weekend, I decided that it was time and I took my first Bikram Yoga class.

History

Bikram Choudhury began studying Hatha yoga at the age of four.  His guru was Bishnu Ghosh.  At age 12, Bikram was the youngest national yoga champion of India, holding the title three consecutive years.  After his 3rd title, Bishnu encouraged Bikram to move on competitively.  Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and an Olympic style weight lifter.

At age of 20, a weight lifting accident crushed his knee, leaving Bikram severely crippled.  With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26-posture series, which restored his health.  He quickly established himself as an expert yoga teacher around the globe, opening schools throughout the East.  Combining all that he learned from both Eastern and Western doctors and scientists at Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram perfected his comprehensive yoga system.

Bikram then tailored his technique for the Western person, specifically for the cultural problems of occupational stress, chronic overeating, poor posture, and a high stress lifestyle.

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Recipe – Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

 

 

This looks fantastic.  I realize that I need to invest in an indoor grilling pan, so I don’t have to rely on the cooperation of the weather to enjoy such wonderful meals.  Though, nothing compares to the taste of something cooked on a charcoal grill…  🙂  Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

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Versatile Blogger Award!!!

Imagine my surprise, when I saw that lil ol’ me was nominated for a BLOGGING award…  And on the EXACT day that I post my 100th blog post!!!

(Click here for more information on the Versatile Blogger Award)

I started this blog with the desire to create a space for people to share healthy living ideas and support each other in making healthy living choices.  Along the way, I have found great blogs and websites, made new friends and found a new way to help keep me accountable to me.  I look forward to the comments and feedback I receive and it amazes me every day when I log in and see how many people  I have reached.  I truly enjoy working on my blog and my goal is to find a way to turn all my “healthy living” interest into a profession.

I want to congratulate Andreea at The Windy Kitchen for her Versatile Blogger Award and thank her for nominating me.  You should click on the link and check out her blog, her recipes are fantastic.  🙂

As a part of the rules for the award, I have to tell you 7 new things about me:

  • I didn’t start liking chocolate until I turned 30
  • My signature “thing” is that I always choose orange for my toenail polish
  • Even though I have more than 30 pairs of shoes, I prefer to go barefoot
  • I recently joined “Foodie Penpals“, you should check it out
  • I love every season and even though winter can get long, I can’t imagine not having it
  • It is a personal requirement that I live near water, preferably a large body of water (I drive past Lake Michigan every day on my way to work, even though that route is longer)

Now comes the fun part…  I am nominating the following FANTASTIC bloggers (with a wide variety of interests and in no particular order) for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Just A Sip…

Whenever anyone asks me about soda, I tell them that it is hard for me to recommend a drink that will take the rust off your car…

Here are a few of the effects soda has on your body:

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Are You Happy?

Sometimes we make questions so much more difficult than they need to be…

Regardless of your answer, take a look at the links below, I found some great articles on happiness 🙂

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