Posts tagged ‘fitness challenge’

August 7, 2013

July Faves

Me Waving

Hey Peeps! I’ve been up to no good, as usual, but thought this would be a good time to take a break from my debauchery to share what’s kept me going through the month of July.

I will also mention that not listed below is my decision to ‘go vegan’ for a few days out of each week during the moth of July. Let me tell you… I can’t recall having such a boost in energy as I’ve had during those days. If I had to pick a number one favorite it would be my Vegan Days, but I’ll do a separate post about the specifics.

JulyFaves

  1. I have to start with Scalini’s Margherita pizza. Simple, yet well done. Since leaving Beijing and my beloved GungHo! Pizza I’ve been a bit apprehensive about trying any other delivery options. I can’t say that Scalini’s compares to GungHo!, but I will say that I was not disappointed. This hit the spot!
  2. The Lululemon gym/yoga tote is my everything right now. I’ve taken up tennis lessons and in addition to running and other cross training activities, this bag is the perfect support system. I can fit everything in there… including my lunch bag, makeup, wallet, and various other items that I should really just put away when I get home!!! [NOTE TO SELF: Put your sh t away when you get home]
  3. Fit & Hungry’s 21 Day Challenge is the perfect monthly favorite item… mainly because it took up most of the month of July and just ended on August 4th. This challenge was physical, nutritional, and mental… and it was just what I needed. Every once in a while the lovely Angel R. Stone (spin instructor & athlete extraordinaire) shares challenges with her readers and subscribers. These challenges can be done by people of all fitness levels and all you need to do is stay tuned for daily instructions, keep in touch with Angel via comments or tweets, and do the work. The thing to remember is that the challenge is there for you and only you can perform the work!!! This is work checking out.
  4. Who would have thought that a recipe shared in the New York Times back in 1966 would have such a hold on me!?! Well, David Eyre’s pancake recipe is just the type to have such an effect. These baked in the oven pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast item. I threw in some fried eggs, coffee, and fresh berries with cream to bring it all together that particular Saturday morning, but David’s pancakes were still the star of the show.
  5. I finally broke out the Oster waffle maker and whipped myself up some waffles. The recipe I used was a generic Belgian variation that I found on the Internet, but here’s my secret… shhhhhhh I folded some freshly made whipped cream into the batter. *nods head slowly* Mmmmmhmmmm… it was good.
  6. So I know I’ve talked about these kicks already, but I had to mention them again. Not because they’re so awesome, which they are, but because they come with the best laces I think I’ve ever had on a pair of running shoes. I usually have to double knot my laces to make sure they don’t come undone. Approximately 40-miles in with these Asics GelLyte33 2‘s and I haven’t had to double knot them once. They stay in place on the treadmill, the road, and the trail. I’m in love with them!!!
  7. This particular breakfast combination may not look terribly spectacular, but it made for some of the most productive days I’ve had this month. It’s a veggie and portabella mushroom omelette along with a 16oz green smoothie (spinach, kiwis, apples, cucumbers, and some carrot orange juice). I obviously didn’t have these on the vegan days, but this breakfast did help me come close to having the same amount of energy I had on the vegan days.

Did you have any favorites for the month of July? What did you find yourself doing, eating, or using the most?

I hope you enjoyed the list and if you have any questions, sugguestions, or just want to share a few tidbits of information please feel free to comment below.

Signing off… ETT =)

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December 17, 2012

Running Again…

TODAY’S WORKOUT: Run/walk 4.4mi (60:00) + squat thrusts (6:00)

… and thanks to Angel, I’m motivated again. Sometimes, all it takes is a swift kick in the rear to get a person back on track. I think that was all I needed.

For months now I’ve been trying to overcome injuries from the North Face Challenge 50k and Great Wall marathon earlier this year. I feel much better now, but after moving from China to the Kingdom I really haven’t gotten my workout groove back. This 21 day fitness jump off may be just what the doctor ordered.

Over the next few weeks I will follow this challenge and throw in some planned “get back to running” workouts.

Wish me luck! Positive thoughts, healthy lifestyle, & as many after-race cold showers in random motel rooms that I can stand!

GWM 2012

GWM 2012

Signing off… ETT! =)

 

UPDATE: So I did the squat thrusts for 6 minutes when I got home from work and… whew… that ain’t right. First of all, squat thrusts are just no push-up burpees. That was was smooth, Angel!

The first minute is pretty inspiring. By minute 3, you’re thinking… ok, I’m starting to feel it. And them BHAM!!! Minute 4 hits you square in the face! Why me!?! What the hell is wrong with my stopwatch!?! Please make it stop!!! Then you get to minute 6 and you’re on the floor feeling spent, but accomplished… and determined never to agree to do that again. I might could do that again.