Now I know that most of you are doing some shopping today for Cyber Monday! I have compiled a great list of some fitness and health related deals you can find today. Happy Shopping!!
1. Trigger Point Performance : Offering 15% off, excludes the grid roller. Use code TPPCM. I own almost all of their products. I can’t speak highly enough of them. The massage ball is the best for getting those spots on your back!
2. Nuun Hydration : Offering free shipping and $20 4 packs. Absolutely awesome for training, everyday and even when your sick
3. Hyperwear : Offering 10 – 25% off select products and free shipping over $35. The weight vest is a definite must to push your workouts further
4. Under Armour : Offering 25% off select hoodies. These are my absolute fav hoodies!!
5. Warrior Dash : All races are only $35! I have always wanted to do one of these races.
6. Gladiator Rock and Run : All races only $40! Use code cyber40 I will be out there with a good friend at the San Jose race
7. Gymdoll Clothing : Offering 25% off all orders. Use code CYBERMONDAY I absolutely love their tanks. I have at least 4 and it’s fun wearing them while working out. Along with the fact that they are super comfy!!
8. Reebok : Offering 30% off all orders and free shipping. Use code CYBER30
9. DeLonghi Food Processor : Normally $299 on sale for $64!!
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Hello to all my awesome followers!!
It has been such a long time since I have written a post and it is so nice to be back. My pregnancy went pretty well but had me very sick so my blogging and workouts had to be put to rest or a little bit. I ended up needing a c-section because every time I had a contraction the baby’s heart rate would drop. It was the safest thing for him and that’s what mattered most. He was born on 10-03-13 at 8:13pm weighing in at 6lb 7oz. He was happy and healthy!
I can’t believe that was 8 weeks ago yesterday. So much has changed in those 8 weeks! Everyone always used to tell me how much having a baby changes the way you think (my response was always “yeah, yeah, yeah” lol). Man were those people right!! The little things just aren’t as important anymore and that little face looking up at you melts your heart on a daily basis. A good friend told me how the love you have for your child is like no love you have felt before…she was so beyond right. Our little man has completely stolen my heart and I find myself thinking of how things will affect him over myself and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now onto my workouts. I had to wait the 6 weeks before I could start doing anything. I was almost skipping out of the doctor’s office when he cleared me for working out and needless to say I was out for a run/walk the next day. I am trying to make sure that I pace myself considering I have been off working out for almost 6 months. The last thing I want to do is get an injury for getting too excited and doing too much.
I have decided on a couple of goals for this upcoming year and to get me back into training mode. Here are the first ones I have come up with. I’m sure that I will be adding more as the months go on
1. Train for my first Marathon
2. Train for my first Spartan Beast race
3. Be able to complete unassisted pull-ups
Considering life is getting back to normal now you can expect weekly posts regarding my training, workouts, gear and of course stories about my little man! Hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday and I am thankful for all of you
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Well it has been wayyyy too long since I have posted on here. The last couple months have been very exciting and exhausting at the same time. For those who don’t know I am pregnant!! The baby is due on October 5th and I am finally almost out of the feeling like crap stage (hence the no blog entires for the last 3 months).
The hubby and I are extremely excited about our growing little peanut. I am almost 4 months now and today is truly the first day where I feel pretty good. It is definitely up and down but at least the 24/7 nausea is gone We are a little over 3 weeks away from finding out the sex of the baby. I am super excited for that appointment!!
My workouts have definitely been very minimal due to my icky tummy. Luckily I am planning on getting some more workouts in now since I am feeling better. Here is the most recent pic of the little peanut at 13 weeks (I am now almost 7 weeks). We will have a new pic when we find out the gender. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend and I am happy to be back to all my readers
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My introduction to the Whole30 started with a copy of It Starts With Food being sent to me for review. When I first started reading I thought “oh great, another don’t eat crap book”, which yes they tell you not to eat crap but they also tell you all the reasons why. The first two chapters are a nice introduction to the overall view and experience of the authors
The first 3-4 days were very hard for me with my cravings and feeling tired. Now it’s not as bad but I still seem a little irritable at times….thank goodness my hubby is very understanding
Important things I have learned during the first week:
- When a cravings kicks in distract yourself and I don’t mean by watching tv!! Get up and go for a walk or if it’s night time brush your teeth. Just do something to get your mind off that treat. This worked great for me and when I thought about that cookie or cupcake again I didn’t feel like I HAD to have it.
- Make sure that your family knows what you’re doing and why. It is so much easier when your friends and family back you and don’t bring you treats or things you can’t eat. It also helps cause they will keep you accountable.
- As the book says, don’t focus on what you can’t have….focus on what you can! Don’t think about how you can’t have pasta just think of a veggie to replace it. For me it seems to take me out of the negative and into the positive. You are still having your meals you just replace bread with butternut squash now. Soon it will just be automatic
- You might have an emotional episode (aka a breakdown) and that is ok! It will get better and yes I even cried during the first week!
- DO NOT watch the food network!! I love watching chopped and all those shows until I started the Whole30. Now it just makes me crave everything and anything. Hence the saying out of sight, out of mind
So with all this said I also must admit that after my first 10 days I went off of the Whole30 program. I got this nasty flu and really just needed some plain crackers and hot water with honey. Its not like I went all crazy eating bad things but I ate what helped my tummy feel better. I rarely get sick and haven’t had the flu in over 3 years (hopefully won’t get it again for a long time!!). I am finally starting to feel a little better and will be jumping right back on the plan. I truly felt so much better and while I was off from my flu I had a bite of a cookie and it didn’t taste good at all…I was in SHOCK!! This sweets loving girl didn’t even want the cookie let alone anything else like it. This weekend will be more food prep like usual and back at it I go It’s not about the fact that you fell off the wagon but that you get right back on
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Going into Day 3 of the Whole30 I was desperate for something sweet. Knowing that I can’t have any added sugar I turned to an old favorite from when I was little, baked apples!! I searched online for some Paleo slow cooker baked apples recipes and came across two different ones that sounded really good. I decided to do a combination of both to make my own version. I have to give credit to Fast Paleo and Clean-Eatz
½ cup raisins
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter to grease bottom of pot
¼ cup almond flour
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp butter melted
- Core and chop up apples
- Put butter at the bottom of slow cooker. Add apples, raisins, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir to mix all together
- In a bowl melt the butter, then add the almond flour, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix together with a fork
- Place nut mix over the top of the apples
Let apples cook on high for 2 hours. Then drop the temperature to low, uncover and cook for another 30 minutes. Stir and enjoy!! I only use pastured butter because that is what is allowed. You could also use coconut oil in place of the butter.
Here is my final product….and it was definitely a hit. I will be making this again The picture below is with a little extra almond flour sprinkled on top to make it more like a deconstructed apple pie.
Do you have any paleo desserts that you really enjoy? Or a site that you go to for good recipes?
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Well as you all know I have been recording my workouts in a training journal the last couple months. It has been an awesome experience and I have enjoyed sharing with everyone!! Here is a recap of my experiences and goals for this month…that’s right I am not stopping. I love this journal way too much
I have always been a strong believer in writing down your goals. For some reason seeing them in writing right in front of you can be the motivation you need to get out the door! Since I have been writing in my Believe I Am Training Journal my motivation has been taken to a whole new level! I already loved writing before but now I am excited to go workout and write about it in my journal. Here is a photo of my January goals and workouts so far..
My overall experience these last couple months with the training journal have been awesome. I love how small the journal is and how I can just throw it in my purse or even my gym bag. One of my favorite things about the journal is all the “how to” and inspirational messages throughout. Everything looks like Lo & Ro literally wrote it in your journal just for you. It has that awesome personal feel!
I will definitely be purchasing another one once this one is full. And I have a feeling I will be getting a box to keep my old ones in. It is really neat keeping journals like this and then going back and seeing all that you have accomplished. Seeing how far I have come makes it that much easier to push harder and be the best I can be!
Do you use a training journal? If not please come check out the Believe Training Journal and Sisters In Sports!
With the beginning of a new year and everyone talking about resolutions (I prefer calling them goals..helps me stick to them) I figured no better time to start a 30 day paleo reset. I have played with Paleo in the past but never really stuck to it. Yes I did feel better but was easy to fall back into my old ways of eating. Being sick of always having stomach issues I decided to give it a try and my hubby is being such a great supporter and doing it with me.
During our 30 day Paleo journey I will be pulling from two different references. One happens to be my from the people that wrote my favorite Paleo cook book, Make It Paleo, The Food Lovers Kitchen. The other will come from a new book I have been reading called It Starts With Food. They offer a program called the Whole30.
Both offer the same principles of not eating any added sugar, processed foods, grains, legumes or dairy. The book ISWF dives more into what effects certain foods have on our bodies and is truly an awesome read! I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in nutrition or has been suffering from any digestive issues. I literally finished the book in 3 days and couldn’t put it down…yes I even had it on my desk at work
The Food Lovers Kitchen offers a 30 Day Intro to Paleo, which is more on the recipe side. Put both of these together and you have the best of both worlds! I definitely also recommend their Make It Paleo cookbook as it offers so super yummy recipes that aren’t difficult. One of the biggest problems I have with cookbooks is all these “specialty” ingredients they use. This book does not do that at all. Every single recipe I have made from the book is delicious and my hubby even approves (added plus!!).
So with all that said the hubby and I start our journey tomorrow. During my lunch hour today I will be running to the grocery store to grab a couple things and we should be set. Normally I would have prepped all my food yesterday in anticipation of the week but being in training all weekend didn’t make that possible. Even though I was not able to prep I am able to do a couple crock pot meals that can serve as great lunches. You just have to remember that even when life gets in the way just be creative and make it work
I will be blogging every couple days with our progress and how the potential “carb flu” is going. I am a total sugar/candy/chocolate addict so it is going to be quite interesting for me. I know I can do it and that it will make me feel a lot better but I am sure it will be hard. Here is to making my stomach happy and changing into a life of healthy eating!!
Have you ever tried 30 days of Paleo or the Whole30 program? Any advice for someone trying it out? I would love to hear your experiences!!
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Happy New Year!! We all survived 2012!! I don’t know about you guys but I am ready to make 2013 MY year. Last year was an ok year but nothing great. I have this awesome feeling about 2013 though. Maybe it’s the fact that my husband and I get the green light in April to start looking for our first house (we will be getting property so our horses are with us! yay!!) or the fact that my personal training is totally taking off. Either way 2013 is going to be a year of happiness, helping others achieve their goals and achieving my own goals.
In 2010 I started making a “goal poster”. I would head over to Staples or Office Depot and get some white poster paper and a set of Crayola markers….yes I was channeling my inner child I would then list all my goals for the year and place check boxes next to each one. This would be tapped to the outside of my closet door. Every night before bed I would see it and in the morning when I woke up. It helped to really keep me accountable and remember why I get up at 5am to workout or why eating that extra piece of chocolate really isn’t worth it. Here is a pic of my goal poster this year!
Have you ever made a “Goal Poster”? If not are you going to make one this year? I would love to see a photo of your poster!! Here is to a great 2013!!
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Thank you for everyone that participated in my 12 Days of Fitness Challenge and Giveaway!! We have our winner!! Congrats to Grace Patton!!
Grace please send me an email with your address and I will send it over to my contact at Under Armour. And you will be getting this awesome hoody pictured below. Thanks again everyone for participating
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Last weekend I ran a pretty intense 5k trail race with a good friend/client. I ran this race last year and remembered how insanely hilly it was….ok more like the first half is completely up the mountain in switch backs! My client and I are training for a Spartan race in April so we figured why not…we could handle it!! It was an absolutely gorgeous morning but was freezing. The trees all looked so beautiful!
After trying to warm up we decided to go check out the start line, which is the most important part of a race…especially when it’s the finish line also
The course was a nice out and back. The nice part was the last half where you get to fly down the mountain and feel like one of the characters in Twilight (yes I watch those movies…no I am not ashamed :)) So I am definitely not a fast runner. I am getting faster but my client is totally faster than me. Yes I am a personal trainer and yes my client totally whopped me in this race But that’s ok cause I am happy to say that I assisted her in being able to do as well as she did.
She finished a couple minutes before me and after I was done we went to check out the results board. I was not surprised at all to see that she had placed 1st in her age group!! I was soooo proud! We even took a picture to document the moment
These are the moments that make me so proud to be a personal trainer. It’s accomplishments like this where I know that I am in the right profession and can’t wait to be a full time trainer!! Here we are after the race
And of course her age group picture (yes I made her take it! lol)
And the age group medal is awesome!! I can just hear “Your number one” when I look at it
Congrats Diane!! I can’t wait for our next race and for Spartan in April.
I placed 4th in my age group and cut 3 minutes off my time from last year so I was very pleased. What is your proudest race accomplishment??