Bodyshaping

I know I’ve been MIA for quite a while. It’s been a crazy time between work and just having life happen. I’ve kept doing Zumba and worked on running. Until the past two weeks, which I seemed to be battling a random bug. for the most part that seems to be gone. So that brings me to my new adventure. Zumba has been getting kind of old since November. 

Bodyshaping is a huge thing out where I am located. So I’ve decided to hop on the bandwagon and try it out. It’s a crash course ten week class that you do kickboxing, yoga, nutrition 6 days a week. I think it should be fun and am hoping to give it my all!

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Go Red For Women

©2012, American Heart Association. Also known as the Heart Fund.
TM Go Red trademark of AHA, Red Dress trademark of DHHS.

Today is February 3, 2012, which happens to also be the first Friday of February. Although this day isn’t important to some, for others it’s symbolic. Symbolic of a loved one, friend or maybe even your own battle. Perhaps you are one of the others that find it is an ordinary day?

I stand as one of the individuals who find February 3, 2012 as a symbolic day. Today is Go Red for Women Day. It is a day that I try to get the word out about heart disease.  Heart disease is the number 1 killer in women and potentially a silent killer. You see, it wasn’t too symbolic to me until I lost my mother to a sudden heart attack. That was when the light bulb went on that something HAD to be done in my life to ensure I wasn’t a statistic.

My first step was education. I needed to find out myself what I could do. Luckily, I learned there is a lot I can do, which means there is also a lot you can do as well. I beg you to not sit back and think there is nothing you can do to prevent heart disease. Yes, even if you believe you are perfectly healthy or know it’s in the genes. According to Web MD, here are the risk factors:

  • Gender (Male have higher risks)
  • Age (older you are , the more risks)
  • Family history
  • Post-menopausal
  • Race
  • Smoking
  • High LDL
  • Low HDL
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Uncontrolled high diabetes
  • High C-Reactive protein
  • Uncontrolled stress and anger

Now that you see the list, think about what you can change and what you can’t change. The only items that you can’t change include the first five. All the others are variables that YOU can make or break.

As my mom always told me, pick your battles wisely. I choose to battle heart disease. After all, the only risk factor I have that I can’t control is family history and age. So there is no reason to stop me making my body instead of breaking it.

Go Red, it’s worth it!

–K

Facts about fat

I know, you might be saying I’m crazy but seriously what do you really know about fat and burning fat? On Twitter, Everyday health had an interesting article. It talks about 9 common questions about fat, everything from burning it to weighing it when its in comparison to muscles.

To find out the this information please visit the article on Everday Health.

Resolutions

The New Year is always about resolutions. If you keep up with my blog, you know that I’m not a huge believer in New Year’s resolutions. Again, I’m just one person. At the gym, my spouse and I have noticed the increase of traffic. It’s not just the “usuals”, there are all new individuals.

Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a great that there are so many new individuals. I’m hoping these new  individuals turn into the “usuals”. I guess time will tell!

 

What a day!

Today…what a day! It started out pretty good but it kind of fell off the deep end. It really was the domino affect from a meeting running over causing me to miss Zumba, having two lunch meals inedible, to another meeting running over, grabbing a soda from the fridge for the first time at work since October, to just a bunch of other random items.

Needless to say, I didn’t get to the gym and it turned out to be an interesting day. I substituted a workout with a “Just Dance” party with the kids, and I’ll still get my Plank A Day in tonight.

Tomorrow is a new day and I have Zumba and Mat Pilates on my plate. Keeping it positive, it will be a better day.

Stay tuned for a more upbeat blog tomorrow.

–K

Lost tradition: Eating as a family

Tonight I participated in a Twitter Chat with MomItForward. It made me thing. Eating together is such a lost tradition in today’s society.

This is also something I’ve very passionate about. My memories are often built around the dinner table. This was our chance to “spill our beans” with our families. No one was going to judge us. Today above my dinner table you will find a quote on the wall: “The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.” It really doesn’t matter if it’s 7:30 at night, we still try to eat as a family. Of course, it doesn’t always happen but we usually average 5 dinners around the table together on a normalish week.

With this sparked interest, I did a little research. I know that it makes a healthier family, kids, etc. but do you? Although it’s an older article, Time Magazine has an excellent article about the benefits of eating as a family. It talks about mental and physical health. It’s a great read for any parent! There was information in here that I hadn’t thought of myself.

For the complete story, check out, “The Magic of the Family Meal”.

–K

 

What is that contraption anyway?

Have you ever wondered what those contraptions are that they used for Pilates? Have you ever wondered what the point of Pilates really is? You and me both!

I have said for a very long time that I wanted to try Pilates. When I would walk or try to run around the track at my local gym, I’d go right past the Pilates studios. So I decided December was my time.

December rolled around and it happened that there was an incentive program for Pilates. I decided I was in. I took some orientation classes and I realized this was more than just pulling on a few straps.

Pilates is a total body workout. You will work beyond your belief. It will teach you a new way to breathe and even sit. You could possibly have a new body awareness.

Overall, my Pilates instructors have educated me about my body and about fitness. All while having a personalized workout with supervision to ensure I am doing everything correctly. It really is a win, win!

Oh yes, and that little contraption? It’s called a reformer.

Find a Pilates studio near you, it could be a great addition to your workout regime!

–K

Extreme Couponing!

Have you ever watched the TLC show “Extreme Couponing“? I have watched it a few times and have found it very intriguing. In fact as the family is watching a movie, I’m surrounded by ads to save a few pennies.

No, I’m not one of “those” people. One item I’ve often noticed on the show is obscene amounts of candy, sugary snacks, soda, salt filled prepackaged items and just plain junk food. It’s really unfortunate that those are the items you can stock up on.

I typically throw out several coupons because they are items that I don’t feed my family, i.e. instant potatoes, canned food, etc. Of course, there are “good” coupons out there and the few I can find, make it worth the search.

Since it’s the start of a new year, take the time to look through some coupons. You may be surprised at what you can find.

Don’t get discouraged when you don’t have a storage room dedicated to food. After all what is in that food that has a shelf life of 3 years? I also wouldn’t expect to go in buy $100 dollars worth of goods and pay only $3 after coupons.

But do take pride in saving your family a few dollars every week. It’s about the small accomplishments, right? :). Save 5 dollars a week using coupons, and when you look back at your year, next New Year’s Eve, you’ll have saved yourself $260 dollars just with a few coupons!

Happy Couponing!

–K

Can of pop versus jogging

As a person that doesn’t really find that much joy in running, I found this article to be rather interesting. I stumbled across a post by MSNBC the other day that summarized a study done on teenagers. They had displays by sugary drinks, such as soda that displayed calorie counts, and even how long it would take to burn off that drink by doing physical activity. The study shows that when you compare a food calorie count to something we are familiar with i.e. running for 30 minutes, they were less opt to purchase the drink.

Why is this? Most likely it is because most individuals don’t really grasp the impact of the calories or other numbers listed on the nutrition label. However, when you compare it to something that you can visualize in your head, it gives you more of an impact.

To read the article presented by MSNBC, please visit their article, “Will ’50 minute jog’ label curb your 250-calorie soda habit?“.

 

–K

Who doesn’t love tacos?

If you checked out my post yesterday, you learned about how amazed I was that my loving husband made a delicious meal for me when I got home.  You’ll also read that I was pleasantly surprised he didn’t make tacos, which is one of his favorite foods.

He was at it again tonight. This time a more he prepared a more predictable meal. The meal option tonight was tacos.

It was a healthier alternative to the packaged seasonings you can get at the supermarket.  With a few variations you can make a decent meal for you and your family.

What’s the best part? It’s fast and easy!

Taco Seasoning

Credit: Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.
For 5 calories and less sodium than the prepackaged seasonings, you can enjoy a seasoning that you will taste just as good. For entire nutrition facts please visit Allrecipe’s nutritional information
Variations: Sea salt was omitted

Pair this with lean ground turkey, salsa, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce and you’ll have a healthier, filling substitute to give you the taco fix you were needing.

–K