This is just going to be a quick little post. I purchased a yellow watermelon from my locally owned produce and discount grocery store. I LOVE this store. I have tried so many new things since I started shopping there, and the owners are super nice. That’s always a plus. 🙂 So I basically try to purchase as much as I can from there to shorten my list and reduce my costs from the big chain grocery store.
Yesterday I brought home a yellow watermelon!
For those who have never heard of such a thing (I hadn’t until they brought them in a couple weeks ago), they taste pretty much the same as a red watermelon. I didn’t notice any difference in texture, either. It seems to me it’s all about hype with this unusually colored fruit. But hype is cool, and everyone loved seeing it was actually yellow! We are now stocked up on yellow watermelon…
Does it look like I'm a watermelon hoarder?
I have one day left of the BodyRock February Challenge, and it’s my final fit test. I can’t wait to see my scores! I feel so much stronger, and proud that I actually committed and completed a full month’s program! My weight hasn’t really changed, but I’m pretty sure my snacking choices and inability to limit myself are to blame for that. It’s a work in progress.
We have started implementing rules for choosing breakfast cereals. It’s actually a little test I learned from another site. There’s three requirements a cereal must meet to be considered; first ingredient must be whole grain, it must have at least 4g fiber, and no sugar (or other forms of sugar) listed in the first three ingredients. We’ve done well so far. Our first trip to buy cereal was a huge success. My son was very avid about following the rules. He checked every label and ultimately made a great choice which led him to trying something new, something that he liked, too. My daughter made an excellent choice and picked shredded wheat. Other than the fact that it’s one of the healthier choices by far, it’s a cereal that you can add your own flavor to. A little chocolate, a little honey, some fresh fruit, or even just a little sugar. The possibilities really are endless.
So we’ve made a deal: if everyone keeps their meals as healthy as possible, I’ll give a little on the not-so-healthy snacks. The balance has worked out nicely. 🙂
1) How is your fitness coming along? Have you tried anything new lately? As I’m coming to the end of this challenge I’d love to hear of some new ideas.
2) What things do you do to keep the household happy in the food department? Are there special rules for certain foods or meals? I’m sure we’d all love to have a few more tricks up our sleeves for getting the kids and spouses eating better.
I choose to not look back and see how long it has been since I last posted. I already know it has been too long. Life is busy, kids are on summer vacation, I’m on a health and fitness mission, we’re remodeling this house… If I wanted to get in depth, the list could probably go on forever. I’ll spare you the ramblings of our life. You’re welcome!
I’m posting today to share my creation for dinner tonight. Hopefully it turns out delicious and I receive no complaints from the peanut gallery. I am not following a recipe here, just a few tips I’ve grabbed from around the web. I know there are a lot of you who may think this is no big accomplishment; whipping up something simple in the slow cooker is easy peasy. For people like me though, cooking without instructions is a HUGE deal. 😛 So here it is. I had just over a pound and a half of bl/sl chicken breasts that really seemed to want to be part of a slow cooker dinner. That’s where it started. Next was a quick scan of the fridge, particularly the veggie drawer, where I find that I have several yummy add-ins. I choose not to use broth in my soups and stews to keep our sodium intake under control. My beautiful big sister taught me that you don’t need broth to make soup, just water, seasoning and creativity. 🙂 Browsing the web for ideas, I found a suggestion to brown the chicken before adding it to the cooker. I love this idea because my husband cannot stand to eat an onion so this allows me to lock in some onion powder flavor. A little garlic powder and Italian seasoning to really make it complete. I also cut a little green bell pepper to saute with the chicken. (Nothing beats the flavor of sauteed bell peppers.) I cut up some carrots and celery, placed them in the slow cooker. Added the chicken and peppers. Next I added 4 cups of water. The following step is either going to make this amazing, or weird. I squeezed half of a lemon (partially) and half of a lime into the water. Now this is set to low to cook all day. Later I will be adding sliced zucchini and sliced yellow squash. I will also be making brown rice for the first time to serve with it. I’m still deciding if I’m going to attempt to add it to the slow cooker or just cook it on the stove. I think that will depend upon the consistency the chicken and veggies have in a few hours.
**Fitness Time** I have completed 2 weeks of BodyRock.tv’s February Challenge. Today I re-take the fit test to see if I’ve improved. Wish me luck! *Question Center* Add the brown rice or cook it separately… What’s your opinion?
I decided to cook the rice on the stove, then mix it in with the chicken and veggies before serving. It turned out delicious!
I know I have been slacking in getting posts up. Life is a busy place to be! Having to post from my phone makes it that much more of a task for me. But I’m here now, posting, and that’s what counts, right?
So here goes!
This week I’ve been bodyrockin!! Go check out Bodyrock.tv. It’s crazy, It’s hard, It’s awesome! I’m actually doing it with a friend long distance. I send her the links to the ones we’re going to do and then we do them on the same day. It’s a pretty cool way to get motivated. 🙂 One of the days was a Bodyrock lite workout which went as follows: 100 sumo side lifts, 50-75 pushups, 50-75 tricep dips, 50/50 step ups, ending with 15 slow stability ball crunches. Of course, these can all be modified to be more or less intense depending on your ability. Me? I chose to take them all to the pool! I love working out in water. It’s much easier on my joints, I can do more and I reap the benefits of water resistance. I was able to do the max of all the exercises! To some degree it is easier to do these in water, but it’s also more challenging. It really forces you to engage more muscles to keep your body in proper position and balance. I should also add that performing sumo side lifts in the water has really worked my inner thighs, and the step ups have really worked my glutes better than any exercise I’ve ever tried for those specific areas. I enjoyed this pool workout so much that I did it 2 days in a row, and if the weather cooperates I’ll be going out to do it again. As usual, I’m always incorporating walking and biking into my weeks. I aim to burn at least 100 calories with each walk and ride. I’m going on a virtual walk/run this evening to help motivate a friend get out there. She’s had a setback in her running and is ready to start back up, slowly of course. Healing is always the most important! So tonight while she’s out she’ll know that I’m out with her, and visa versa, encouraging each other to keep going. I just think that’s a pretty amazing thing.
This month on Lose It! some of us are challenging ourselves, and each other, to incorporate more yoga into our lives. We know the benefits of yoga, yet we still needed that something extra to motivate us to do it. The bonus: we earn a really pretty badge if we do yoga at least 12 times within a month. 🙂
For anyone needing help with food and exercise, I highly recommend becoming a member of a great community like Lose It!. We have such an amazing support system there and we all are there for the same reasons; to lose weight, get healthy and get fit for life. Come join us! We’d love to have you!
Wow, now I feel like a commercial. 😛
Have a fabulous weekend! Do your best to make healthy choices, find time for a little exercise, and most of all have fun!
Q: What is a short term goal you have set for this month?
Making short term goals is a great way to have some fun with fitness and/ or food. Sometimes we need to focus on something small and rewarding, other than the big, distant, final goal. You can create a goal to incorporate a new workout or exercise into your routine, or to try a new food once a week. Anything that sounds interesting, fun and rewarding to you. Please, share with us your goals. You might just inspire someone else.