Happy Monday Fitsters!! I hope you’re getting your day and week started off right! I started my day with run/ walk intervals and long walk with a friend. 🙂
Here’s a fun meme for you, made by yours truly:
Whatcha think? 😉
If you follow me on Facebook you know that we are smack dab in the middle of our Sizzling Summer Slim Down Challenge with Mother Pumper. If not, or if you missed it, we have been running a closed group for our challengers where they have access to personal trainers, fitness enthusiasts, healthy recipes, workouts, group support and so much more all for FREE! Everyone is doing fantastic and having great results!
Well, I’m sure you can guess… It’s time to start thinking about our August participants! Who are they? Hopefully YOU! During this challenge I want to focus on finishing our summer STRONG!
Hey! I think I’ll call it our Finish Summer Strong Challenge!
Would you like to take part in the next group? Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get all the info over to you right away! You can also shoot me a message on Facebookif you prefer. It’s super easy to join, minimal requirements, and lots of fun!
Together we can do anything!
In my house when we have taco night, I usually make homemade corn tortilla chips for myself and have a taco salad. I try to stay away from flour tortillas due to the calorie and sodium count. Yesterday, while I was on Facebook I came across a shared photo in my news feed of DIY taco bowls. This was perfect since we had tacos planned for last night! There were no instructions with it; temp, time, ect., so I decided to use my chips as a baseline for the recipe. They turned out great, and fun!
Using an upside-down muffin tin you create the bowls. How neat is that?!
I baked mine at 400* for 10 minutes after I sprayed them with spray butter. With the fillings I chose, each bowl is only 236 calories, and one bowl is plenty if you pair it with a side dish, such as Spanish rice.
Here’s what’s in mine:
2 tbs refried beans in the bottom
2 oz lean ground beef (I make my taco meat with Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime blend and a little chili powder)
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1 tbs plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tbs salsa
Yum!! The bowl was overflowing with my mixture and I just love that. These are super easy, super tasty, and super fun!
No Flour and No Dairy for 1 Week
This challenge I’m doing with a friend. The same friend, in fact, that I BodyRock with long distance. Starting today, for an entire week, we will avoid all foods with flour AND all dairy products. Why? To eliminate the processed foods that are flour and dairy products.
Already on day 1 this is a challenge for us both. She is attending a cookout sure to have burgers and buns galore. In my house we have a visitor; our daughter’s best friend from out of state. We’ve tried planning meals as much as possible for her stay. On the menu for tonight? My husband’s super delicious English muffin pizzas. I’ve been racking my brain to think of some way to still enjoy a dinner that’s pizza-esque. I really don’t want to resort to eating a salad for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good salad. Tonight though, they’re having yummy little pizzas, and I want some too! My brain racking paid off as I tried to imagine what would work under the sauce and toppings… Rice cakes! Oh yeah!
Wait, as I’m typing this I realize something. Something pretty important, too. Cheese goes on pizza, cheese is dairy… I forgot about the cheese. Thinking cap back on!
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.