Running Mode

A quote from Mr. Walt Disney -All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.  The count down has begun!  In 136 days what will you be doing?  If nothing comes to mind, why not join me and thousands others as we embark on the 2013 Disney Half Marathon.  Check out Disney Run, there are a variety of races the whole family can enjoy from 5K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, to the Goofy-which one will you choose?

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With a little over 4 months to go, my training is in full gear.  To keep my discipline focused I picked up “Paula Radcliffe’s How To Run”.  The accomplished marathon and competitive runner knows a thing or two about the sport.  In addition to the book I came across a great app that helps manage my running-MapMyRun.  It logs in my mileage, overall time, average pace, and calories burned-love it!

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I run to feel GREAT and to clear my head.  I LOVE the high I get from finishing a race-what’s your reason to run?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Meredith

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My go to snack

I have a new obsession….don’t worry it is NOT over a material object.  I am addicted to Whole Foods Market-Honey Roasted Peanut Butter.  Over the year’s I have tasted numerous options available in the PB industry but NOTHING like this-it is absolutely heavenly.  Besides the amazing taste two key reasons I love this; I grind it myself, for super freshness; plus the only ingredient is peanuts-no added sugar, no preservatives, nor mumbo jumbo stuff.

My favorite Honey Roasted PB combos:

1-Paired with Gala apples.

2-The Elvis Presley favorite-banana with peanut butter on slice bread.

3-The classic peanut butter and jelly on white bread minus the crust please.

I haven’t tried this yet but it sure looks scrumptious; Apple, granola, semisweet chocolate chips, and peanut butter!

Looks so good!

What are your favorite peanut butter combos?

A huge thank you to Beth, my colleague, who introduced me to my new food fixation.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Fruits & veggies are taking over!

I know my parents never thought they would see the day I would have an abundance of fruits as a dining room centerpiece.  As a huge fan of bacon and other not so healthy options, it has been a transformation of sorts.  Don’t get me wrong, I still eat all that but more in moderation today than a while back.

Yes, fruits & veggies now rule the real estate on our table, in the kitchen, and fridge too!  Prior to juicing, less then four weeks ago, the table showcased the usual; a vase paired with candlestick holders.

Pleased with how fruits & veggies continue to reboot my body, my new habit is to juice at least once a day.

Key benefits thus far:

-No headaches

-No cravings for a shot of espresso, not an ounce of added caffeine required!

-I do crave fulling meals that are NOT processed and pumped with artificial stuff.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

If you want to learn how I stumbled upon juicing click here.

All about POM

In my quest to eat foods that stimulate goodness for the body-I tried POM a.k.a. Pomegranate juice.   Bitterness and I are not the best of friends however it wasn’t so bad.  I guess my taste buds are evolving!  Grapefruit is now staple in my daily routine, so POM was palatable.

Here’s why you should start drinking this too:

It’s good for the heart-that’s a no brainer start now!

Offers lots of antioxidants specifically polyphenol.

POM is grown and process in the USA.

Let’s not forget to pamper the exterior of the body too, with South of France Acai Pomegranate bar soap-so refreshing!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

My new found love for Grapefruit

For the last week I’ve started my day with a grapefruit.  I must admit I was never a fan of it’s strong sour taste-uh!  However after doing a little bit of research I’ve reconsider the fruit.  Grapefruit is now high on my charts of nurturing foods for the body, here’s why.

Three great qualities;

-Helps the metabolism burn fat-enough said!  Number 1 reason I’ve grown to love the taste.

-Plenty of vitamin C

-Antioxidants properties

Do you grapefruit?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Bikram Yoga-sweating it out!

This week my cousins Monica & Viedya plus myself charged into poses during our Bikram Yoga class.  The amount of sweat that pours off the body is not the sexiest look however it’s so rewarding.  The class does 26 poses in 90 minutes in a room that’s between 100-109 degrees-HOT! HOT! HOT!

Three classes in, some of the key benefits for me:

-Aware of my breathe

-Getting rid of toxins

-Stretching both the body and mind

-Working the entire body, kicking my metabolism into action!

What you’ll need:

Water, towel, yoga mat, and a breathable outfit.

Hot Yoga 4 You offers a wonderful introductory two week trail.

Namaste!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Getting back into a fitness routine

Kicking off the month of February with FITNESS!  The best gift you can give yourself is excersice-nurturing the body is priceless. You deserve it, so get up and move. With six week’s before Spring it’s time to get physical.

I recently purchased a 12lb Kettle Bell at Dick’s Sporting Goods after hearing how effective of a workout this cannonball shape weight is.

The move:  SWING- 3 reps of 30.

Here’s a quick youtube video to show you form and technique.

Do you kettle bell?  What move do you favor?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Opting for a natural boost

Tired of being sick, fatigue, and not my normal 110%, I’m trying something new. Especially since it’s only four weeks in to 2012, I have to much on the agenda to be slowing down.  Looking to change and cleanse my diet I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross.  Moved by what I saw I purchased a Breville Juice Fountain Plus today and began juicing.

My first concoction:

-Half a pint of Blueberries

-1 dozen strawberries

-1 apple

-2 peeled oranges

With all the excitement and the delicious taste,  I drank it all up before remembering to take an image of it.

Throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll be experimenting with fruits and vegetables.  On my way to a healthier me!

Note to self -Banana-doesn’t juice.  Now I know.

Have you watch this movie?  What did you think?  Do you juice?  Any great recipes you would like to share?

Would love to hear.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!