Friday Link Up- Spring!

Yay Friday! Today I get to link up with other awesome people in our Friday Link-Up.

Check out the other hosts here: Eat Pray Run DC , You Signed Up for What and Mar on the Run!

This week, we are talking about Spring Time!

Oh spring, I’m ready for you!

This winter seems to be long and brutal and I’m ready for some sunshine and warm weather. Since I’ve moved to the eastern shore, getting to the point where you can walk the boardwalk comfortably or get on the beach is like the best time in the world! And trust me- everyone else feels that way too!

Things I’m Looking Forward to in Spring:

  • Running outside comfortably in a tank top and shorts. My favorite!
  • Boardwalk/beach time, of course. What a pretty sight!

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  • Not wearing a coat outside. For some reason walking outside and it just being warm is a happy thought!
  • Ice cream/froyo dates!
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Spring means one step closer to SUMMER and being at the beach all day! Basically any activity I can do outside in good weather is fine by me! Kayaking being a favorite of mine!

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  • What.s your favorite part about spring?

Workout Wednesday: Full Body Tabata Workout

Hey there! Another one of my favorite days of the week! Workout Wednesday.

Another Workout Wednesday Link up! I’m linking up with these great ladies to bring you another workout this week. And also these ladies! Such a good time to get such great workouts!

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I’ve been LOVING teaching my fitness classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. This is almost exactly like the class I teach, but in shorter intervals. This particular circuit works the arms with strength moves, and the legs with strength/cardio moves. It is definitely a super sweaty one. Love it!

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Each time through the circuit should take about 6 minutes. You can choose how many times you want to repeat the circuit based on how long you want to workout. You have probably seen most of these exercises before, but if not, look them up on YouTube OR ask me below in the comments. 

Have a great day!

Thoughtful Thursday: On Food & Training

I love food… I could eat it all day, really. I could. There’s not much food I wouldn’t eat. Vegetables aren’t my favorite, but I’m learning to make them in ways that I like them.

However, despite all this, people try to make eating so darn complicated. Truthfully- it shouldn’t be that hard…RIGHT!? (And yes I realize, the actual science & nutrition might be more complicated than I’m making it out to be, but to us average joes, hear me out!)

It helps to always look at food this way:

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Food is the fuel we need to live our daily lives, workout hard, and smash our goals. 

The simple rules I try to live by:

 

1. Try not to eat 100% junk all the time. Living by the 80/20 rule is a pretty good guideline.

2. Eat some fruit and vegetables every now and then. Incorporate them into each meal you have. Soon enough it will be habit.

3. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you aren’t. Over stuffing yourself does not feel good, try not to scarf your food down so you can pay attention to the signals your body is  giving you. 

4. Treat yo’self. (I miss parks & rec already). You work hard right? A treat isn’t going to hurt you. A piece of pizza will not derail your diet, and you will not gain 60 pounds in one night. What hurts you even more is depriving yourself of food you crave and then going overboard one night and feeling terrible. 

That’s it. That’s all I strive to do when dealing with food. Lately I’ve been lifting some HEAVY weight and really power lifting, because of this, I’ve been super hungry! Therefore I’ve been eating more. Work out hard and eat more? I’m good with that. I’ve been trying to get in plenty of protein, healthy carbs…but there’s always room for a treat every now and then :-)

This has to be my new favorite!

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  • What is your perspective on food and training?

Tasty Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I have a slight crockpot addiction. I would make EVERYTHING in the crockpot if I could. (Is that a challenge? I might accept!) This recipe is one of my favorites to do in the crockpot- so simple and delicious! :)

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 This recipe is soooo good on a chilly day…(come on spring!)

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 4
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83 calories
8 g
18 g
2 g
10 g
1 g
183 g
466 g
1 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
183g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83
Calories from Fat 17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 18mg
6%
Sodium 466mg
19%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
12%
Calcium
3%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. -3-4 Chicken Breasts
  2. -1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  3. -1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  4. -1/2 teaspoon paprika
  5. -1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  6. -1 teaspoon sea salt
  7. -1 teaspoon black pepper
  8. -32 oz Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  9. -One small can green Chile’s (you can also use the one with tomatoes and chile’s)
  10. -1 can sweet corn
  11. -1 can can black beans (drained) (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the chicken on high with seasonings listed, and enough of the broth to cover chicken on high for 4 hours OR on low for 6-8. Once cooked through, shred the chicken and add the rest of the ingredients. Let it heat up to you liking. I sometimes cook the chicken during the day while I'm at work and then add the rest to make it the soup and let it heat up for a couple more hours.
  2. Top with a dollop of light sour cream, cheddar cheese and tortilla strips. YUM!
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2g
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 This is one of my favorite types of soup. 

  • What’s your favorite meal to make in your crockpot?

Workout Wednesday

It’s Wild Workout Wednesday! I’m linking up with these great ladies to bring you another workout this week. 

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Do you ever feel like just a quick circuit workout? Honestly- most days this is how I’m feeling at the gym. I love quick effective circuits. My husband and I usually plan one for ourselves to do at the gym and we have been finding them quite effective lately, i.e., we are super sore!

Here is one we rotate in to our weekly workouts. We used kettle bells for the strength moves, but they could easily be done with dumbbells, or no weights at all!

 

Full Body Fitness Exercise Circuit. At home or at the gym workout

 

I really like to alternate strength & cardio moves to allow my heart rate to come down, only to spike it up again. These always leave me sweaty like I ran 5 miles, so I’d say they’re effective! :)

If you do it, let me know! Happy Wednesday!

Valentine’s Day Workout

Hi there! Hope you are having a good Valentine’s Day! I’m not crazy about the holiday but hey why not show someone some extra love today!

If you need a good workout idea, I made a little something for the holiday!

 

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Enjoy- have a great Valentine’s day!