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Fit Fab 40s Fitness Challenge ~2013 Recap~

Posted in A Lil About Me, Daily Living, Fitness, Fun & Games, Goals, Health & Wellness, Motivations, Randomosity, Self Improvement, Weight Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by Angela
Waistline not wastebasket...

Waistline not wastebasket…

I know traditionally that most of the “year in review” talk occurs either the last couple weeks of December and/or on the cusp of the new year… Well, I guess this post qualifies since 1) I thoughtfully pondered what I left behind as well as what lies ahead of me, 2) I confirmed & verbalize it and 3) I made a mental note, followed up with a quick draft post that is now coming to fruition.

By far the biggest news is that I succeeded in ending the year in considerably better shape than I was when it began.

As I prepared to make the transition from my 30s, I launched my FIT FAB 40s LIFESTYLE CHANGES and have been traversing the course diligently.

At that time I thought I was in decent shape due to some dietary changes that are still in place. It can basically be summed up as I adopted a flexitarian/semi-vegetarian diet which means I eat more vegetarian fare (not to mention organic, non-GMO & gluten-free) than I choose to eat meat, though I’ve chosen to avoid pork for health reasons since my 20s.

Personally I’ve found it more difficult to make myself eat meat and will have to consciously plan to eat it. Well, aside from ordering it when I’m dining out because I’ve got a handful of real meat options that I rotate throughout my diet for protein & omega-3s.

Somewhere along the line an unexpected, newfound love of spinning gradually but rapidly developed and I found myself inducted into the collective known as the triple spin club.

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The combination of diet and fitness helped me to shed an eye-popping, jaw-dropping 30 lbs. over the span of several months. Once the right mix of these clicked, I amazed myself by even skipping a size as I made my descent. I have had to purged my closet… twice! But as the saying goes “the third time’s a charm….” I am gearing up for the mother of all purging. Yes, that’s right, hopefully this year’s spring cleaning will see me muster the strength and part ways with the last of my double-digit sized “fat clothes”.

While I’ve never been one to wear stretchy-fabric, elastic-waist or potato sack-baggy clothes, it’s a huge leap to take away the safety net of having pieces in your wardrobe which are a size larger than what you’re currently wearing. As I continue enjoying the freedom of buying smaller sizes (without having to try-on, no less…..) to replenish my closet, I plan to settle in and enjoy the thrill of the ride wherever it takes me….

~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~

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

Focus On Vitamins & Minerals: Potassium

Posted in Fitness, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Angela

If you run or workout with any regularity, I am sure you have heard caution of not only rehydrating but also the need to replenish key vitamins & minerals which can be lost during strenuous activities.

I previously did a post on electrolytes (which can be read here: Focus On Vitamins & Minerals: Electrolytes ) and gave a basic definition. Potassium is one often mentioned electrolyte.

Potassium is very important to the proper function of our body. It is required for smooth muscle & cellular functions, nerve impulse transmission, cardiovascular, blood pressure and for converting glucose into glycogen.

The body naturally “loses” most of its excreted potassium through sweat and urine. As increased physical activity breaks down our stores to supply energy for the workout a depletion of potassium occurs and as a result an even greater concentration is lost.

Here are a couple of resources to get you informed on how to naturally get and/or keep potassium in your diet: High Potassium Foods List & Potassium Rich Foods Chart

DISCLAIMER: As always this is not meant as a means to diagnose but rather as a tool to inform, promote and facilitate health & wellness dialogue. Please consult your physician with any concerns and questions you may have, they are able to measure levels and provide definitive diagnosis.

~Peace & Blessings~

Health & Wellness Week: January 2012

Posted in Fitness, Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Self Improvement with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2012 by Angela

First & foremost: HAPPY TWENTY-TWELVE!!!!!

Hello & welcome to the first monthly week-long installment devoted to all things in the health & wellness genre.

Wow, how did we get here?!?!?! Wasn’t it just 2011 a blink of the eye ago? Time is marching right along in this new millennium. Hopefully it’s been progressing on a positive note.

With that same sentiment in mind…..let’s kick the week off on a wonderfully healthy note!

This has been a perpetual WIP (work-in-progress) for me but honestly a labor of love because it has broadened my knowledge based and helped me to achieve/maintain many of my health & wellness goals.

As always, I have so much I hope to explore & share with you….if LIFE is gracious enough to afford me the opportunity, I will do just that!!

Have a great day!!!

~Peace & Blessings~