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Circuit Training

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I love Circuit Training!  It breaks up the monotony of exercising when you’re stuck in a rut and makes the time just fly by.

Circuit training also has much greater benefits than just sticking to one solid exercise or taking breaks like most people do at the gym between each set (which ends up taking forever!).  Circuit training shocks your body each time you change it up therefore burning more fat and boosting your metabolism.  It also makes for a far more efficient and quick work out.  Just think… you could either do 45 minutes of cardio plus another 45 minutes of weight training OR you could do a solid 45-60 minute circuit training workout and be done!! (and the workout will probably be way more intense).

Today my workout went something like this:

10 min – slow warm up run at 6.0

30 sec. suicide runs

30 sec. double step up jumps

30 sec. push ups

Repeat another 30 second round

10 minute interval runs

30 sec. step taps

30 sec. mountain climbers

Repeat another 30 second round 2x

10 minute interval run

1 minute full sit ups

30 sec. twist taps

30 sec. scissors

Repeat abdominal one round

Stretch

That work out was the first workout I’ve done like that in a while and it totally kicked my booty!!  And I felt amazing afterwards!! Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!!

I love these new Nike women ads, so inspiring!!

A Dash of Delicious #3

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Yuummmmm!!!!!

 

It’s been a while and I apologize!!! I feel so bad for these long gaps of not posting.  But I’d rather post something of purpose or something interesting or pretty instead of pointless.  That would be my perfectionist side shining through there.

This past week has been a bit un-productive unfortunately.  I don’t work well without any kind of structure and lately without having work to go to I have not had much to do other than packing.  I have made the decision to move back home for a few months before moving to California in order to save up some money.

I have been going through a lot of my stuff and getting rid of soooo much stuff!! I have to say it is quite freeing! My plan is to be able to move to California with as little as possible…. which is quite hard for me because I tend to form attachments to things…. I mean I am in no way a horder by any means but things that are useful or that I like or things that I have memories with, it’s very difficult to get rid of them.

Does anyone else have that problem?! How do you fix it!?

 

I was reading my favorite blog a few days ago, and Angela came up with a guilt free Dairy Queen Blizzard!!  How fab!! So I did my own little spin on it 🙂  It totally hit the spot  both yesterday and today.

 

Mango Banana Soft Serve with Cookie Dough! (Guilt Free!!!)

1 Frozen Banana (diced)

Frozen Mango (as much or as little as you would like – the more you use the more mango-y it tastes!)

Splash of Coconut Milk (or other nut milk)

* put into food processor and blend until it reaches soft serve consistency!

 

Cookie Dough Balls

Adapted from Oh She Glows

  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup unsalted raw peanuts
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1.5 tbsp natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup (or a bit more if dough is too dry)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used cacao nibs – but I think it made it a bit too crumbly)

Directions: In a food processor, add the cashews and oats and process until it forms a fine crumble.

Now add in the salt, sugar, and flour and process for a few seconds more. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla and process until combined.

It will be sticky, but this is normal! Add in your chocolate chips and stir by hand or process. Form into balls. Store in freezer.

 

 

So if anyone has any great ideas for how to whittle down and let go of things that may be not necessary please share!!

 



Springtime in Washington DC

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Love the sky in this one of the Washington Monument!

Today is PICTURE DAY!!!

Even though I have mentioned  my need to get away from the DC area there are still a few things that I will never grow tired of living in this city.  One of those things are the Cherry Blossoms!! They are such a wonderful springtime tradition and so beautiful!!  You can come down here and paddle boat around the Potomac, or bring a picnic with your family or friends.   Or come by yourself and go for a run around the snow of Cherry Blossoms 🙂  ahhhh so lovely!! It’s such a beautiful way to drink in the amazing majestic city.  DC really is quite beautiful.

So yesterday I decided to go be a tourist around DC (since when you live here, it’s rare that you actually go tool around DC)  So I brought my camera and shot the day away!!  Here are my photos 🙂  (including the one above!)

The Tidal Bassin

 

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms!

 

FDR Memorial

The Orchid Room at the United States Botanic Gardens Conservatory

 

The Tidal Bassin

 

Workout Regime & Playlist

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Over the past year I have played around a lot with trying different workouts and what not.  I used to be an avid gym rat, but then after tightening my finances, I quit the gym and was forced to get creative.

First of all, I am the type of person who can definitely get bored very easily, so I knew I had to get a few things together for myself to fight off boredom and make me stick to it.   Also I needed something to keep myself challenged.

So here is what my play-list is consisting of these days:

The Time - Black Eyed Peas
Fancy Footwork - Chromeo
Like a G6 - Far East Movement
Waiting for the End - Linkin Park
Beggin' - Madcon
Name of the Game - The Crystal Method
Keep Hope Alive - The Crystal Method
Forever Young - Alphaville
Block Rockin Beats - The Chemical Brothers
Candyman - Christina Aguilera
Mint Car - The Cure
And Be Loved - Damian Marley
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Man in Motion - From St. Elmos Fire
Dog Days are Over - Florence and the Machine
The Big Bang - Rock Mafia
On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez
Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears
Power - Kanye West
Coming Home - Diddy - Dirty Money
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

It changes a bit but for the most part I like to listen to pop music as it keeps me upbeat and pepped up.  But if I am doing sprint intervals then I need some heavy metal angry music to keep me really amped up and adrenaline pumping.

Lately I have been working on getting back my endurance and cardio since I was on about a 3 month hiatus from all working out because of the job that I had.  I just didnt have time or desire to work out.  Chock it up to being unhappy, winter time, and my schedule kept changing.  In any case, I am so happy to be back to working out, I have a lot of work to do, but I love running!! (well side secret… shhh… I hate having to start back running… meaning being off from running and then starting again…ugghhhh so hard!! Lol)

So I have been thinking about starting a training page on here…. but my workouts are so not consistent at this point that it would be a bit pointless.  I haven’t set up a training plan yet, at this point its more whatever I have the energy for.  Once I get my endurance back up I’ll see about setting up a training plan like I had in the fall and then post it on here for those who may be interested in getting some motivation!

Hope you enjoy my playlist!! I really wanted to upload an mp3 player on here, but I’m not quite that tech savvy soooo instead I just posted the names of the songs 🙂

HAPPY WEEKEND!!


What songs do you listen to for your workouts??  Share with me!

Energy Foods – To help you fix that mid day slump

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Lets face it, you know the feeling, you are at work and you look at the clock and it says “2:00pm” and you have this overwhelming feeling of just plopping your head down on your desk and taking a nap.  Don’t you just miss those days in pre-school when it was nap time?!

Well have no fear, I am helping you out with a few afternoon fixes to help perk you up and not crash an hour later like you would with coffee or chocolate.

Citrus 

Loaded with vitamin C – which your body needs to make a compound called carnitine.  “Carnitine shuttles fat into the muscles where it can be used for energy.  And when you use fat for fuel, you can exercise for longer periods of time without feeling fatigued.” – Delicious Living Magazine

I always use lemon juice as a dressing on top of steamed veggies or salads along with some fresh black pepper.  It gives your veggies a nice subtle accent without drowning out the taste of the delicious veggie.

Oatmeal 

Loaded with stress-reducing B vitamins and soluble fiber, this whole grain offers more sustained energy than the refined grains in cold cereal or refined-flour toast.

Oatmeal breaks down into the type of energy you actually can use in your body.  So if you don’t need carbohydrates for energy right away, your body will store up to 400 calories of the excess in the liver as glycogen, a molecule that acts like an energy reserve.” – Delicious Living Magazine.

For breakfast have 1/2 cup of whole rolled oats (not instant) and top with cinnamon, hemp milk or almond milk, and fresh fruit.  Or have for lunch as a savory meal.  Cook with your choice of non dairy milk, nutritional yeast, himalayan sea salt, and mix in vegetables of choice.  (I’ll post a recipe soon).

Tea 

Sipping caffeinated tea throughout the day can help you think more clearly.  It can also stave off age-related dementia.  When paired with caffeine, L-theanine in tea increases altertness, reaction time, and memory.

Sip oolong, white, green or black tea throughout the day.  They have some delicious flavored green teas for those of you who can’t quite take the taste of green tea!  You can also add in some vanilla flavored nut milk to your tea for an extra tasty tea latte!


I found this awesome looking recipe in Delicious Living Magazine, where I found that great article I just summed up for you 🙂

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate  (serves 2)

6 Tbsp Dutch-process cocoa

1/4 cup agave nectar (I would use brown rice syrup though)

2 Tbsp loose leaf Earl Grey Tea

2 Cups boiling water

1-2 drops pure orange oil (optional)

Directions: Place cocoa and agave (or brown rice syrup) in a heat proof pitcher.

Place tea in a second pitcher or bowl and pour 2 cups boiling water over it.

Steep for a bout 3 minutes.

Strain over cocoa and agave (or brown rice syrup) and add orange oil (if using)

Whisk until slightly frothy.

Pour into two cups and enjoy!!