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Energy, Healthy Snack and a Foam Attack – Friday Favs

Another edition of Friday Favourites!!

There are a lot of things that I love but this week these things really stand out.

Starting out with food of course!

These are my favourite crackers. I was thrilled to see them back on the shelves at Costco. That is one thing that irks me, when I fall in love with a product/item and it’s not available all the time. Stop tormenting us buyers at the big box food store!

These brown rice crackers are gluten free and they’re baked –win/win!!! They’re also trans fat free, Kosher, non GMO and no cholesterol—what the what?! #winning

I eat them with hummus, salsa, egg salad, guacamole. I actually had them today with some natural PB and it hit the spot. I have tried a few of their products and they are all fantastic!!

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Next up, still at Costco. I picked up a new flavour of Zip Fizz…Ice Tea!! WHAT???

It is really good! I am a total fan girl of Zip Fizz and this flavour is great!!

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This does perk up my energy – 20 calories and ZERO sugar, oh yeah!!!zippfizz2

Those afternoons when your energy starts to dip and you need a pop of energy, this is my go to.

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Last up on this Friday Favourites is the good ‘ol foam roller.

I did a great leg workout earlier this week and boy oh boy my hamstrings were t-i-g-h-t the next day…walking funny kind of tight #notcute

This unsuspecting piece of foam is so effective, it really does work and everyone should have and USE it.

If you can’t get in for regular massages or don’t stretch like you should then this torture device…I mean… this magical tube of foam is what you need #trustme

I’ve used this on my legs, back, and even my neck…neck knots buh bye!!!

Just put it on your shopping list and pick one up this weekend!!

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Roll away those tight muscles!!

PS – This is not a sponsored blog post. These are just a few of my favorite things that I like to share with my friends, like you. BUT…if you are a brand that would like to work with me, then let me know through my contact page.

Lemon, Lime, Cucumber Water…it does a body good

I drink a lot of water. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you already know that and you know I love flavoring my water. I do it in many ways but my favorite was is with fresh fruit. Simple plain fresh fruit. Sometimes it’s berries, other times melon but my standard fall back it lemon.

This weekend I added a little something extra, not the first time I’ve made this one but it reminded my how good it is and it has become my new goto summer drink. Lemon, lime and cucumber.

It tastes freakin’ awesome and the health benefits??? Second to a natural none! But let me break it all down for you.

Lemon Water

Lemon is nature’s bleach. It cleans and disinfects you from the inside out…it’s like using Purell on your hands and we all know to a germaphobe how goods that is. Try it from the inside out. While drinking Purell may kill you, lemon water will clean you.

  • Lemons are acidic by nature so they help to keep the all important pH levels of your body in check.
  • Lemons can help the body stave off (not cure) cancer.
  • You know that magic vitamin we call C?  Lemons are loaded with it which goes a long way to help protect you against other people’s problems like colds and the flu.
  • Decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease. Drinking of lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings glow to the skin.
  • A few drops of lemon juice in hot water help to clear the digestive system and purify liver as well. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning.

Cucumber Water

  • Cucumbers contain silica which aids in keeping connective tissue healthy. This can help reduce sore joints and reduce the risk of tears and strains which can kill any workout.
  • Ever notice skin care and spas always show pictures of people with cucumber on their eyes? Cucumber rocks the skin tone! Even better than putting them on your skin, put it under your skin by drinking it. Skin doesn’t form on the outside of your body…it forms from within so why not build it better from the start?

Lime Water

  • Limes contain calcium and folate which are a bonus for younger women looking to procreate and for women who are moving in the post-menopausal part of life.
  • Limes, like lemons also aid in the cancer combat targeting the colon, stomach and blood. Some studies suggest that the magic juice of a lime stays active longer in your blood.
  • Add lime juice to your green tea for a killer taste and health punch.

Now take each individual part of the benefits of a lemon, a lime and a cucumber and add them all together and you have a great drink that is not only refreshing and tastes great but it is one super freakin’ good health drink.

Bonus

Not everyone is into drinking infused water that allows the fruit or vegetables to get in the end of the straw or into their glass. The solution…a water bottle that keeps the water and fruit/veg separate.

My husband was at a conference last week and the good people at Oracle were offering freshness at their booth and he brought this one home for me.Water bottle flavour infuser

Here’s how it works: Slice up your favourite addsDSCN0585

Place the cut up pieces in the detachable container

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Top with water

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There are lots of different styles out there…find one that you like and get it. I really love mine.

Here is a search for them to help you start.

Friday Favs – The Snack Edition

Happy Fri-YAY!!

I get asked alot about my favourite things. Favourite shoes, favourite places to eat, favourite workout clothes, etc. So I thought I would start today off with a “Friday Favs – The Snack Edition.”

First up…energy!

Energy, in the form of a drink? I don’t always support the notion of a drink being a source of energy, but here is an exception. I have never been a fan of Red Bull or other energy drinks. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good caffeine fix and I am just like you, I can hit a wall at 3pm and need a good kick-start or jolt to keep me moving along.

ZipFizz is a super low-calorie energy drink that comes in a few flavours, orange cream is my fav. I would prefer it be to non carbonated but whatevs..it does the trick! I picked this up at Costco. (sorry about the blurry pic, ugh) zipfizz.com

I’ve had four of their flavours and all of them have a good taste and great energy supply when you need it.

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Next up are Party Tizers – Dippin Chips

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Party-Tizers – Dippin Chips.

Gluten free, non GMO, no added flavours, preservatives or junk. These bad boys are awesome!! I love them with hummus, guac, salsa, goat cheese or just plain. These are great for a healthy homemade nacho night or a quick snack. Again, another purchase from Costco. I have 3 kids I need to buy everything in bulk people! My husband loves them with a little Brie and Red Pepper Jelly, baked in the oven for a few minutes.  Their shape makes each one a little bowl!

Did you see the package? Kale, carrot and spinach! My kids love eating these. Kale, carrot, spinach sneaking into their diet. Folks, that is a definite #ParentWIN!

On the go

For an on the go snack I like to have a Kind bar every once in a while. My hands down fav flavour is the coconut almond. As you can see, I couldn’t wait to eat this and all that was left was the wrapper. This purchase was from WalMart. I was starving and this saved me from making a bad decision like hitting a drive through or making a poor food choice  because I was hungry.  Having a snack with you like a Kind Bar can really help you through those ‘challenging’ times. These bars come in a variety of flavours.

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All natural, gluten-free, low glycemic. Real ingredients that you can pronouce.

That is all for my “Friday Fav’s – The Snack Edition.

Transparency Disclaimer: I purchased all of these products. I was not asked to write this. I’m sharing my favourites because they actually are a few of my favourite things and I love to share healthy food and snack choices.  BUT…If any companies want to sponsor me…you can always connect with me 🙂 .

 

 

 

Travel Tuesday #TT — Trainer Tips on How To Stay Fit While Travelling

 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel #NoSurpriseThere.

I can have suitcases packed, children ready to fly and a reservation at the kennel for the dog in 4.5 minutes. #notkidding

 

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I guarantee that some of the items I’ll have packed are extra clothes for working out and shoes for running. I love to eat on vacation and may even sample a ‘special drink’, but I will never change my health and fitness workout routines. I never have to buckle down before a vacation either to drop those ‘extra few bathingsuit’ pounds because I make sure my lifestyle supports my goals before vacation.

 

But that can’t be said about so many people who work out hard to drop a couple of pounds before they travel, only to put it all back on and them some during their vacation. #stopdoingthat

 

The number one reason, sorry…excuse, people use to avoid being fit is that they don’t have time to exercise. Vacation is the elimination of that excuse because you have all the time in the world –taaadaaaaa!

 

So, for the happy vacationers and the weary business travelers, here are some tips to help you stay fit on vacation or when you are heading to your next conference.

 

ProTip #1

While waiting for my flight I always walk the through the terminal-always! No need to sit at your gate only to get on the plane and sit some more. I find out what time the flight is supposed to start boarding and I walk until I need to return. This isn’t a full out power walk that will raise eyebrows or the suspicions of over zealous TSA agents, but a walk to keep my muscles moving and my blood flowing.

 

ProTip#2

Traveling by car. Every rest stop I get out and move around. If it’s only stopping for gas, I will walk a few laps of the gas station parking lot and likely throw in some walking lunges – oh and yes, people will stare #whatevs . Get the blood flowing, and stretch out my legs. When we’re stopping to eat. I will always walk after my meal. Nothing worse than having a meal then sitting for another 5 hours in a car. You can always add 15 minutes on your rest stop breaks to walk. Calf raises on parking curbs are another great move along with wall push-ups.

 

ProTip #3

Always pack healthy snacks. I’ll be the first to admit that if I see a donut and there is a empty spot in my stomach, I will be saying, “Get in my belly.” I will want it. I always pack apples, nuts, protein powder and bars, cut up veggies. Don’t give into snack temptation. A 600 calorie muffin is not worth it.

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Sharing Moment: Once I had gotten to the airport, gone thru security to realize I left my snack bag in the car. It was close to boarding time but I jetted back to the car and went thru the whole shoe removal security line again. All for the sake of having my healthy snacks!

 

ProTip #4

Know before you go. Find out what your hotel or resort offers in terms of fitness equipment, so you can have an idea of what you will do.

Not keen on equipment? Go for a run, do a body weight workout in your room, pack an exercise band/ jump rope or run the hotel stairs.

Sharing moment: I stayed at a hotel once and they were renovating the gym. I would run a set of stairs, do walking lunges across the hallway on each floor, run the next set of stairs, walking lunges. I have been known to do circuit workouts in hotel parking lots. Push ups, squats, sprints, burpees, lunges. You do what you can with what you have!

 

ProTip #5

Recon the restaurants. Get an idea of what food is available and look for the healthy options that are available.

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I like to have an idea of what I will order so I don’t get tempted by something creamy or deep-fried. Just about every restaurant is willing to accommodate food preferences. Ask for turkey bacon, see if they will swap out the creamy side dish for veggies or a side salad. Don’t be afraid to ask. Most restaurants are happy to cater to guests with special dietary needs which includes healthy eaters.

 

ProTip #6

Talk to your hotel resort about fitness options where you are staying. Are there running trails or paths near your hotel/resort? Is there a great gym close by that the locals rave about? Are there activities that the hotel offers like aquafit, fitness classes, yoga, hikes? I just found out aout this “Hotel Hike” workout at the Aria hotel/resort in Las Vegas – it is a series of exercises intended to work the same muscles you would target during an actual hike. Be prepared to walk a whole lot of stairs (this is my kind of workout!!) Your instructor leads you through the mammoth hotel and the outdoor spaces at CityCener which passes a few Starbucks (woot woot!)

 

Getting sidelined from your workouts while you travel sets you back. It lines you up for more work when you get home. Do something everyday, try new things as well.

 

Fail to plan…plan to fail.

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Your health and fitness success is only determined by you!

 

You are where you are by the choices you make.

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Here is a workout to try next time you are traveling. Let me know what you think!

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QUESTION – 2 parter:

-what do you do to stay fit while you are traveling? (share your tips in the comments)

-know of a fun/different hotel/resort workout? share it!!!

 

 

 

 

Are you a cheater?

The weekend is almost here and that’s when so many people go off the rails with their eating and ignore their workouts becuase y’all think you need a break or a reward for a long week at work.

Could you imagine the horror that you would experience if your son or daughter came home from school and announced, “Hey Mom, I got a really good mark on my test at school today! I cheated on a couple of the questions to help me out.”

Or how about the feeling you’d have if your spouse said, “Honey, I met this fantastic lady today and we shared a kiss. Just a little one. Only for a few minutes.”

I’m pretty sure that none of you would like to hear those kinds of statements anytime.  Cheating is cheating.  Even if it a little bit of a cheat.  The bottom line is that cheating is wrong.

We all can agree on that.

But why are so many people fine with cheating on themselves?

Why do we justify that little piece of cake or the half a bag of chips when we have made a commitment to ourselves to lose weight?

Reward meals / cheat meals are what get people to the place where they are when they decide they need to change.
 
Weight loss or changing your lifestyle isn’t about hanging onto the past. It’s about creating a new way of life and thinking.
 
Why would you reward yourself with garbage, or calories or the forbidden fruit?  One cheat meal become a cheat day and then a cheat day becomes a few more cheats during the week and soon, all the bad comes back in.
 
It’s like breaking up with that guy when you were in your 20’s and then continuing to try it again because “He’s changed” and all you end up doing is wasting more time while Mr Right walks past you and you don’t notice.

Why is it ok when we go out to dinner and order the drenched in butter or creamy sauce entrée do we tell ourselves, “Its no big deal.  This little cheat won’t hurt me.”

The problem isn’t that little cheat.  It’s the justifications (excuses) that we make to ourselves that it’s just this one time.  It won’t ever happen again.  We can have this little something tonight, but tomorrow, we’ll get right back on the straight and narrow.

The reality is that you are cheating on yourself and one little treat leads to a bigger cheat, which leads to a cheat day, which turns into a cheat week and pretty soon, you’ve forgotten all about your original goals.

The same is true when you ditch a workout for your favourite TV show or even when you do commit to showing up but you only give 50%.  You’re cheating on yourself.

Remember what our parents used to tell us? “Cheaters never prosper.”  Well, your parents were right.  Sure the first few cheats may not hurt you, but I can guarantee that they won’t help you either.

Do yourself a favour; don’t cheat on yourself.  You wouldn’t accept it from the people around you, so why accept it from yourself?

 
 
Don’t waste time, don’t cheat…just commit to the goal, the new you.