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You’re The Inspiration…

No…  I am not going to a Chicago concert this weekend…

However, I am:  purchasing some cork boards and a dry erase board; printing some photos and quotes; and putting up my race bibs and medals…  I am creating an “inspiration” wall in my workout room…  I am using the wall directly in front of my elliptical and treadmill…  It currently has nothing on it and when I was staring off into space this morning from the treadmill, I thought:  This wall should NOT be bare…

Photos to come!!!

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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.

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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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:

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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Top 10 Exercise Myths

Whoa…  Two posts today…  This was just too good to wait until tomorrow:

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Recipe – Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad

It’s a cold and rainy spring day, but this recipe made me think of a hot summer day…  Here’s to a little imagination 🙂

Marinated chunks of grilled chicken breast served over a bed of lettuce with feta, fresh diced tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, black olives, red onions, parsley and dill tossed in olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

A wonderful high protein, low fat, low carb, low point, gluten-free main dish salad!

Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad (Thanks to Gina at www.skinnytaste.com)

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For The Fellas… “Broga”

This is mostly hilarious to me, but if it helps people find a comfortable way to exercise, I am all for it…

Introducing BROGA (as described on their website):

Broga is a yoga class geared for men (where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes).

Strong, energetic,and challenging, Broga combines the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises for an amazing workout.

You’ll get that pumped-up feeling you get from working out and a deep flexibility and relaxation feeling from “working in.”

If you’ve already been to a class, we’ll see you again soon. If not, you’ll thank yourself for making the effort to show up. Good music, cool vibe, all are welcome.

It’s your move. Get “real. fit.”©

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Warning: Stay Away From the DANGER PUDDING…

I was involved in an online discussion last night about how great it would be to eat a can of sweetened condensed milk, with a spoon.  I quickly chimed in with the recipe for DANGER PUDDING (which I was NOT recommending, but it is actually fantastic)…  And then it hit me, the I WANT IT feeling.  I was laying in bed and ACTUALLY contemplating getting up, getting dressed and walking to the corner store to see if they sell sweetened condensed milk.  WHAT?!?!?  Then I remembered my secret tool to fight the I WANT IT feeling…  Nutritional Information Label…  the kryptonite to my cravings…  I got on the google machine (thanks to my trusty smart phone) and found this:  Sweetened Condensed Milk.

I did NOT get out of bed…  Thank you Nutritional Information Label…  *I heart you*

The REAListic Challenge…

 

 

Thanks to Pinterest, I came across a great blog this morning, {all that i have sown}.  I am committing to this challenge and I hope that you will too…  (The only thing I would change is that I feel that it should apply to both men and women):

 

 

 

The REAListic Beauty and Fitness Challenge

  • I will embrace a REAListic view of womanly beauty
  • I will not speak negatively about my body
  • I will not speak negatively about another woman’s body
  • I will restrict media containing unrealistic or unhealthy portrayals of the female body
  • I will strive to be a good example of REAListic beauty (inside and out) to my daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, friend, etc.
  • I will commit to a REAListic fitness goal
  • I will share my commitment with others and allow them to keep me accountable
  • I will encourage my sisters in their fitness goals
  • I will exercise for health and wellness
  • I will eat a healthy amount of food (this is NOT about dieting)
If you join me you are NOT committing to walk or run a 10K. You are not committing to a diet plan. You are not committing to buy up the Nike store and run your butt off every morning. You are simply 1) committing to a goal, 2) refusing to think or speak negatively about your body, and 3) trying to be a good role model.
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