Saturday, August 1, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Adding to my citrus kick, I discovered that EO makes a Citrus Mint Everyone 3-in-1 soap. This stuff is simply amazing! All natural, safe for everyone (hence the name) and it’s a shampoo, body-wash and bubble bath (and 32oz!). I’ve found mine at both Whole-foods and Vitamin Shoppe.
2. Fresh Strawberries – Another confession. While visiting Monterey with Travis and Lincoln I had what appeared to be an allergic reaction to strawberries. After one bite, within five minutes my hands started to itch….within ten I had hives all over my arms and back. After reading online, I had self-diagnosed myself with a strawberry allergy. (You see friends, this is why the internet is evil, and I am glad I am not in the medical profession). I’ve since leaved that pesticides can mimic food allergies. So while picking strawberries in my parents farm last weekend, I took a risk. Guess what, NO allergies! So now, I can truly savor these sweet in season little beauties.
4. LocalKentucky.com – I am all about supporting your local businesses. Since I have more UK fans as friends than I can count, I have to share this small shop that I stumbled upon and have fallen in love with. I rocked their “bless your heart” t-shirt, and Lincoln looked absolutely handsome in his toddler tee. I’m actually relieved I don’t live in Lexington; because ironically I just got an email that they are having a warehouse sale tomorrow?
Thursday, April 16, 2015
What stage is it?....Did they catch it early?...... Was it contained?.......What’s the course of treatment? and my least favorite question “What’s the survival rate…”.
The feeling of deja’vu’ came over me a few months ago when during a checkup and Lincoln doctor I got a random phone call from my mother. Instantly I could hear in her voice that she was trying to sound optimistic, but that something was wrong.
Being aware of how quickly cancer can spread, my mother has been proactive in her own screenings. Earlier this year during a routing mammogram her doctor discovered a small mass, and had it biopsied. This was not her first biopsy, but the first one that came back malignant (cancerous).
She wasted no time scheduling a surgery, to remove the mass and test her lymph nodes. Which leads up to the phone call I received the afternoon of February 5th. My mom was calling to let me know she in fact had cancer, but that they caught it early.
I am happy to report, after her recovery and meeting with her oncologist, my mom is cancer free. The mass was so small in-fact, the majority was taken by the biopsy. So they are only recommending 5 weeks of radiation. I share this, because it’s not uncommon for caregivers, and family members to take a backseat to their own personal health when caring for a loved one. If my mom had done this, while helping my dad through recovery, there is no way we would have caught it this early.
Additionally, most people arnt aware that if you have a family history of cancer, insurance will cover additionally screenings. My mom is the 4th woman in my family to have been diagnosed with breast cancer. So, not only will I be electing to have yearly monograms moving forward, but we are looking into genetic testing.
I share this, because life can get so busy that we forget to take care of ourselves. Well, life is short....so please, take care of yourself, get check ups, screenings so you can spend more time enjoying what little precious time we have left.
Friday, April 10, 2015
- Supplements & Protein: Pre workout drinks, vitamins and protein shakes. Three things i’ve always consumed, sporadically. Something that drove my husband NUTS! Now, after using all three together every day, I understand how important they are to your body. Not only do I feel stronger, have cut my cravings in half and i've seen less injury and recovered faster.
- Lifting Plan: Ahhh the weight room, we have always been acquaintances, but never besties. Now I know what it feels like to stick to a 4 day split, and have a new found comfort level with that section of the gym. I feel stronger and I’m seeing definition I haven’t seen in years!
- Photos & Measurements – In case no one has told you, muscle weighs more than fat and scales LIE! In 60 days, I lost 3 lbs. If that was my only measure of success, I never would have made it this far.
- Nutrition Coach – We all know the 80/20 rule, along with a million clique sayings like “You can’t out train a bad diet.” This has always been my struggle. I love food! Rich food, carbs and my portions… out of control! So I decided to call in a professional, my good friend Josh Winkler. Josh is a Fitness Coach, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and he and his wife Tiffany own NewLife Active and NewLife Cafés. You may recognize him from the Face of ReebokONE contest, where he was a semifinalist. He not only held me accountable, but he showed me what I was doing wrong. All this time I thought carbs were my problem! Turns out it was lack of protein, an excess of fat…and carbs. He taught me how to track my food, meal prep and carb cycle. Now I’m learning how to eat for MY BODY. No diet will ever teach you this. Only working with someone who will support you, inform you and be honest.
|Photo Credit - MyfitnessPal|
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
(Disclaimer – this was written after angrily and unsuccessfully peeling hard boiled eggs.)
On my way to work a few days ago, I heard about a recent study where women claimed dieting is harder than child birth. While this may seem preposterous to most of you, there is something to be said about this theory. Depending on your pregnancy, carrying a child will range on average 32-42 weeks and the delivery at max will last few days. Translation, and END in sight. However, as our Pinterest feed is flooded with the new tips and tricks we are all HUNGRY for …..eating clean, counting calories, watching carbs, fasting like Daniel & eating like a caveman. They are a constant reminder that as we get older, we have to DIET. Yes, it’s a four letter word no one likes, and these “latest and greatest” tricks are just new ways to do it.
Today, I had an epiphany on why we all despise this quest, it’s the foods themselves! Have you ever stopped to think about how easy it is to eat bad food, and how hard it is to eat foods that are good for you? It takes time, planning, patients and energy to eat healthy food. For certain foods, I’m totally up for the challenge! After all, artichokes are one of my favorite foods. A veggie my husband absolutely hates to prepare from its raw form. But for others….half way into the process I can’t help but to say “Are you freaking kidding me!”.
For those of you who were not born with amazing metabolisms, the “I can eat whatever I want and still look amazing in a bikini”, this GIF is for you, (AND ME!)
Tastes SO Good – You Know You Wanna Be Bad
(Top Left – 1. Pizza – it’s so easy you can have them on a bagel, from the freezer and even delivered to your door! 2. Cookies – between the “We don’t take no for an answer” girl scouts, and the packaging of these bad boys, we are all screwed. 3. Pasta – raise your hand if you have given into bottomless pasta bowls at Olive Garden, or finished off your child’s mac-n-cheese? 4. Potato Chips – there is a reason two separate companies have created slogans like “You Can’t Have Just One” and “Once You Pop You Can’t Stop”. They are genetically engineered to make discipline impossible. 5. Donut Holes – For when eating a whole donut is too hard of task…..they save the small centers so cute, you just can’t say no.)
Are You Freaking Kidding Me!
(Top Left – 1. Artichokes – you have to boil, peel, slice and cut these babies to even reach the edible part. 2. Nuts – You are nuts if you try to eat these pre-shelled! 3. Crustaceans – Smart little creatures who’s shells make us all think…..do I really want Shrimp and Lobster tonight? 4. Pomegranates – and other tropical fruits that not only come with their own amour, but you need a set of instructions to consume. 5. Hard Boiled Eggs – The bane of my existence, and the inspiration for this post.)
Happy Lunch time friends!
Happy Lunch time friends!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
- Water – 72 OZ or More
- Food – Commit to eating clean 5 days a week, leaving room for 2 cheat meals per week
- Fitness – Workout 4 times a week, at least 2x at the gym, if not more
- Find Joy – regardless of how well I do day to day, week to week….I will find a way to tap into my inner bliss and find something that makes me happy every day
Friday, October 31, 2014
- 60 Second Carioca or Grapevine Drill
- 50 Second Creepy Crawly Walk (Bridge walking backward on hands)
- 40 Squats
- 30 Jumping Jacks
- 20 Second Sprint
- 10 Push Ups
Cardio Bootcamp - Grab a partner and watch the calories burn! I recommend doing each workout 3 times, 40 seconds on...20 seconds off. Have fun!
- Pumpkin Toss (Medicine Ball works too!) - Grab a partner and toss the pumpkin back and forth while running horizontally the length of a room.
- Monster Walk - Place a tight small band around your ankles, walk in a half moon shape forward, alternating legs.....think Thriller!
- Frankenstein Lunge - With a hand weight in each hand, lunge forward keeping your hands at shoulder height the whole time.
- Spider Push Up - Starting in a plank, step forward bringing your foot to shoulder height, then pushup. Alternate on each side.
- Bat Burpees - Standard burpee, but jumping into a "bat" pose (aka start jump).
- Goblet Squat - Grabbing a pumpkin, or a kettle bell squat. For extra calories, add an upright row or overhead press.
- Bon Fire Outs - Go into a deep squat, feet spread wider than shoulder width. With a bench or low surface in front come up into a lunge reaching out and coming into a elevated plank.
- Zombie Get Ups - Starting laying completely flat, come up to full standing...without using your hands. You can however..cross your feet.
- Full Moon Rises - Laying down with a exercise ball between your feet crunch up to pass it to your hands, alternate.