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Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge «FEBRUARY “TWICE-AS-NICE” CHALLENGE»

Posted in Daily Living, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Monthly Fitness Challenge, Motivations, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Uncategorized, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2014 by Angela

What better way to maximize the shortest month of the year than by stacking & super-sizing fitness challenges??

No pain, no gain…so they like to remind us, anyway!

Here are the challenges I’ve chosen to embark upon. These are in addition to any other workouts I routinely engage.

These have incorporated rest days & some days will appear to be lighter but trust me, with daily living thrown in, it’ll serve to push towards some health & wellness for the day.

Personally, I like to attempt something on rest days or use them as makeup days for anytime during the month that I may slack off. My main goals above all else are proper form/execution and maintaining a challenge scenario in that I’m pushing my limitations thresholds….varied amounts of added weight, resistant and/or reps will take care of that.

Join me if you will….

Oh yeah, WE GOT THIS!!

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~peace & blessings~

Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge ~Weigh-In~

Posted in A Lil About Me, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Uncategorized, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by Angela
Lose it, won't use it....

Lose it, won’t use it….

I broke the plateau I was on & stabilized to lose another 5 lbs. in August with the help of varied workouts, more rest and diet tweaking. More challenges ahead for September as I meet my goal & make my triumphant return to a weight not seen in nearly 8 yrs. And having gotten this close….the next goal is at least an additional 10 lbs. before the holidays.

Life change is amazing!!!

~peace & blessings~

Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge ~Milestone Moments~

Posted in A Lil About Me, Fitness, Goals, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2013 by Angela
Waistline not wastebasket...

Waistline not wastebasket…

Greetings friends…. It’s been awhile since time has permitted regular check-in but much as life goes on…. I have stayed the course and keep up “my temple maintenance”!

I will gladly post the official amount of weight loss after I check with the doctor. Last year I was mostly on an “anti -weighing regimen” as I concentrated on maintaining disciplines of lifestyle change. With that being the case I didn’t purchase a scale & begin systematic weight tracking until sometime in March so I am lowballing the overall number.

I am happily able to share that I’ve had some really outstanding milestones occur over this journey and especially so in the past few months including losing >16 lbs and dropping several sizes from the 12-14 range to 8…almost to my size 6 goal. Hopefully will be there by summer’s end with concentration focused on the next set of goals.

So yeah, I’m pretty much kicking butt and taking names…life has been very good!!

~peace & blessings~

Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge — Days #15 thru #28

Posted in Fitness, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by Angela

Waistline not wastebasket…

Finishing up the month strong….the journey continues on through November with more tweaked ahead…

Day #28 – Sunday
•kettlebell
•strength training
•abs

Day #27 – Saturday
•stretching/flexibility

Day #26 – Friday
•kettlebell
•strength training
•core

Day #25 – Thursday
•rest

Day #24 – Wednesday
•stretching/flexibility

Day #23 – Tuesday
•cardio (3.64 mi walk)

Day #22 – Monday
•stretching/flexibility

Day #21 – Sunday
•recovery

Day #20 – Saturday
•pilates
•core

Day #19 – Friday
•recovery

Day #18 – Thursday
•cardio (1.09 mi walk)

Day #17 – Wednesday
•stretching/flexibility

Day #16 – Tuesday
•cardio (3.08 mi walk)

Day #15 – Monday
•stretching/flexibility

….as you can see a busy couple of weeks incorporating this in with work, volunteering efforts, extracurriculars & social life….but nothing worthwhile comes without a fair amount of determination attached.

I tentatively hope to ease back into two-a-day workouts beginning in the month of November. By doing that I hope to get back to a 3/3 minimum routine (3x strength training + 3 days Cardio)

Recipes For Health: Mango, Orange & Ginger Smoothie

Posted in Epicurean Chronicles, Epicurean Ventures, Foodies Fodder, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by Angela

 
 

photo credit: Andrew Scrivani

Here’s a really tasty recipe which originally was published in 2011 in the NYTimes.

Ginger combines very well with mango and contributes a host of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals.

1 cup orange juice

1/2 large mango

1 1/4 teaspoons ginger juice (see note below)

4 ice cubes

Optional: 1/2 ripe banana (about 2 ounces peeled banana)

Combine the orange juice, mango, ginger juice and ice cubes in a blender. Blend until frothy and smooth. If you want a thicker drink, add the banana. Serve right away for the best flavor.

Note: To make the ginger juice, grate about 2 teaspoons ginger. Place on a piece of cheesecloth. Gather together the edges of the cheesecloth, hold over a bowl and twist to squeeze out the juice.

Yield: One large serving or two small servings.

Advance preparation: This is best served right away.

Nutritional information per serving: 201 calories; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 0 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 48 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 4 milligrams sodium; 3 grams protein

Martha Rose Shulman is the author of “The Very Best of Recipes for Health.”

 

Focus On Fruit: Ataulfo Mango

Posted in Epicurean Chronicles, Epicurean Ventures, Focus On Fruit, Foodies Fodder, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by Angela


Super-Delicious!!!

I am completely in love with these mangoes at the moment because they have given my taste buds a reason to sing.

Early spring can be a challenging time to find good variety of fruit. Most of the apples are red, small & incredibly hard. And if you’re like me, you just grow tired of the can fruit after so long.

I frequent the farmer’s markets as much as possible but in the colder months and for optimal variety, I tend to shop at Whole Foods & Fresh Market. Shopping at these stores and the farmer’s markets have broaden my horizons tremendously.

I spotted these beauties one evening while I was attending a wine tasting and I decided to give them a whirl. I was about to purchase regular mangoes but they had a huge display of these and they were $1 ea. while the others were 2/$5.

They look a little different than most mangoes you’re accustomed to seeing because they’re oblong shaped. This varitey hails from Mexico and are excellent source for Vitamin C & fiber.

I am very pleased with what I’ve found and have been raving ever since!!

If you like tropical fruits (mango, papaya, guava, etc.) you will be greatly pleased with these.

Here I’ve shown one of the ways I added a little life to my salad (after I perfected my mango-cubing method…the first couple I just peeled and ate very sloppily)

Ingredients:

*spinach*
*spring mix*
*garlic sesame crumbles*
*ataulfo mango*
*Swiss emmenthaler cheese*
*spicy Thai & curry vinaigrette dressing*

~Peace & Blessings~

Focus on Fruit: Cranberry

Posted in Fitness, Focus On Fruit, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Angela

Here’s a little info about one of my favorite salad ingredients…

As one of the few fruits native to North America, Native Americans used the cranberries as a staple as early as 1550. They ate cranberries fresh, ground, or mashed with cornmeal and baked it into bread. They also mixed berries with wild game and melted fat to form pemmican, a survival ration for the winter months. Maple sugar or honey was used to sweeten the berry’s tangy flavor.

By 1620 Pilgrims learned how to use cranberries from the Native Americans. There are several theories of how the berry was named. Germany and Dutch settlers named the berry “crane-berry” because it appeared to be the favorite food of cranes or the blossom resembles the head and neck of an English crane. Eventually craneberry was shortened to cranberry. By 1683 cranberry juice was made by the settlers.

The uses of cranberries are extensive — American whalers and mariners carried cranberries onboard to prevent scurvy while Indians brewed cranberry poultices to draw poison from arrow wounds and in tea to calm nerves as well as using the juice as a dye.

When eaten as part of a healthy diet, cranberries can help you maintain good health. Naturally fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium and a good source of dietary fiber, cranberries contain flavonoids and polyphenolics, natural compounds that promote health.

  • Heart Health

Cranberries are part of a heart-healthy diet. Cranberries are a fat free, cholesterol free, and low sodium food. Whole cranberries are a good source of dietary fiber, and all cranberry products contain flavonoids and polyphenolics, natural compounds that offer a wide range of potential health benefits.

Source: USCRANBERRIES & VEGETARIAN-NUTRITION INFO