Love + Health = Happiness

I can’t believe we are already into the 3rd week of January. It doesn’t help that I spent almost the first 2 whole weeks sicker than a dog. That expression is weird, cause my dog is never sick so I’m not even sure what it means.. but yea starting the new year off sick is no fun! I’m happy to say that I finally feel like I’ve got 100% of my energy back. I feel happy and alive again!

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Today I want to talk a little about loving yourself and being healthy! I have found in recent months that making sure you truly love yourself is how you will find the ultimate happiness. What makes me love myself is by working out and eating healthy. Doing both of those things makes me feel good and when I feel good I am happy! When I’m happy and have positive energy then I notice that work gets easier and the people in my life seem to be happier and drive off my energy. This just motivates me more. I want to lead my example so those closes to me can be positively effected by my happiness.

Here are few tips to live a healthier, happier lifestyle:

  • create a workout routine and stick with it
  • never plan more than a week out in advance, take your goals just one week at time
  • plan your meals every week, prep ahead of time so your less likely to eat out when your in a hurry
  • pack your own lunches
  • cut the negativity
  • follow people that inspire you to be a better you

My goals for the week are to workout every day with an active recovery day on sunday and to drink more water. I decided I wanted to try and go to crossfit all 5 days of the work week. I’m going skiing on Saturday so that will be my workout for Saturday and for my active recovery on Sunday I plan to either go to hot yoga or take my dog on a walk. Maybe both depending on how sore I am from my first day up skiing this year. My schedule has been all over the place this week, but I have managed to make it to crossfit both monday and tuesday and have mapped out the rest of my week so I can make sure to fit in a class each day. Now I just have to remember to drink more water! That seems to be a harder task, but I’m finding creative ways to remind myself to drink more water and I’ve started out every morning with drinking a full glass of water before I do anything else.

a vacation from my blog..

I realized I took about a month off from posting on my blog. I have been very busy this month and have been trying to figure out a few things. I love sharing things on this blog that have to do with fitness, health, eating, and the things in between. I want to continue to share my journey to a healthier and happier life. Please forgive me for my absence. It is my March challenge to blog more consistently and share both the ups and downs of this journey.

To start I’d like to share in photos what I’ve been up to this last month.

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Mt. Bachelor Ski Demo Week!

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Mt. Bachelor Blue Bird Day!

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From the Top!

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Dad & Daughter Ski Vacation

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Skiing!

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Leg Day!

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Spending Quality Time with friends

 

Mission Statement.

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I think as most bloggers can relate too, we blog when we feel good and are following our plans and want to share our results with you. When we slip, we don’t want to share just as much as we don’t want to get on a scale just to show exactly what we already know. I’ve been experiencing a little bit of this and a little bit of wanting to figure out where I wanted to take this blog this year.

It’s taken me a few weeks of this new year to get back into the swing of things. I’ve been wanting to stay paleo and have struggled with temptations and bad planning. I was planning on running a half marathon next month and take my fitness to a new level and have struggled to find the motivation for either. Now don’t get me wrong I haven’t fallen completely off the wagon. I’m still eating relatively healthy and working out 4-5 days, just haven’t embraced this year the way I wanted and I’m not feeling my best.

This is where my mission statement comes in. I’ve decided I want to use this blog this year to share my journey into fitness and a new healthier way of eating. I want to be able to look back at the end of the year and feel good that I’ve been able to share both my ups and downs, hopefully inspired a few people and been able to share the knowledge I learn throughout the way. I hope through this blog this year, you’ll get a chance to get to know me a little better and I’ll continue to share recipes, fitness tips and information about the runs I’m planning on doing and the training to reach my goals. I will also admit right now that I’m human and I’m going to have bad days, slip-ups and cheat days. I don’t pretend to know it all or that I’ll be able to reach every goal, but I plan to try and I plan to share all the ups and downs with you. I think it’s going to be a good year and I’m excited for the challenges and what’s to come.

She is my fitness idol!

She is my fitness idol!

So here is what’s to come for the next 12 weeks… I’ve dedicated myself to doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Fitness program by bodybuilding.com. I’ve used that site and her workouts a lot when I was first getting comfortable in the weight room, but I decided now that I am more comfortable in the weight room it was good timing to take my fitness to the next level and hopefully see some good results at the end of it. I plan on following her fitness plan exactly and following her food guidelines, but changing it up a little to be more paleo. I am going to try to only eat lean meats and limit my carb in take during the first phase though as I am in need of toning! Over the next 12 weeks I’ll share the workouts I do, the foods I eat and how I’m feeling. Since I’ll be lifting a lot more, I decided to take a few supplements. I will be adding daily calcium, fish oil, vitamin d and protein. I am starting this tomorrow and will let you know if I start to notice a difference. This year I’m also planning on running 2 half marathons and 1 full marathon. I’m planning the first marathon will be sometime in the next 12 weeks so once I’ve picked one I’ll also share my training and how strength training has contributed to my runs.

I hope you’ll continue to follow or sign up to follow my journey for healthy fit year and that I can provide humor, excitement and motivation as I share my results, struggles, and thoughts.

Hello August and Happy Wednesday

It’s a beautiful day here in Seattle, the best way to start the beginning of August. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s August or the fact that I have a 4 day weekend coming up, but I am happy today!

I just started taking superfoods green powder, 1 scoop in 8oz of water first thing in the morning. I’ve noticed it makes my brain feel more alert and I feel more energized!
For breakfast I enjoyed a banana and a bunch of blueberries And then had a variety of melons for a snack.
For lunch (pictured above) I went to my favorite juice cafe in the city http://www.thejuicycafe.com and got a fast eddy superfood smoothie (spinach, cucumber, lime, mango, banana, apple, protein). I also picked up a peanut butter wall to enjoy after my work out tonight.

Tonight, I get to workout with a trainer who is also a friend and has offered to show me proper weight training exercises. I’ve gotten so comfortable going to classes that I get a bit loss when trying to work out on my own, from what muscle groups to focus on, to what weights to use. His plan is to show me a couple different circuits and I can alternative between during the week so I can get out of my usual routine of bodypump classes and into the very uncomfortable and foreign weight room.

Only one more day of work and then it’s off to the gorge for a weekend full of country music headlining dierks Bentley, Miranda lambert and blake shelton!! I couldn’t be more excited to enjoy some sunshine and country.

Rainbow Salad

Body Pump was awesome last night. Sometimes its all about who the instructor is and who’s in the class. Everyone was full on energy and really pumping. I upped my weights for the shoulder, triceps and back track and I’m feeling it today. I ran 4 miles this morning and now my legs are like jello! lots of stretching and icing tonight. Tomorrow’s schedule: 5 mile run, body pump and hot yoga.

 

 

When I first started to eat clean, I learned about the rainbow. The rainbow is making sure you incorporate each color of produce into your meal. Here is all the produce that makes up the rainbow:

Red (tomato, watermelon, red pepper, beets, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, grapefruit, pomegranate, apple, guava, red onion, Japanese persimmon)
Orange/Yellow (orange, sweet potato, mango, winter squash, papaya, carrots, orange peppers, tangerine/Clementine, nectarine, peach, apricot, Asian pear, Japanese squash)
Dark Green (spinach, kale, swish chard, mustard or collard greens, avocado, asparagus, artichoke, bok choy, green cabbage, Chinesecabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green pepper, watercress, kiwi, apples, avocado, cilantro, basil, parsley, mint)
Blue/Purple (blueberries, eggplant, concord grapes, purple cabbage, blackberries, plums)
White (garlic, cauliflower, onions, ginger, Japanese radishes/Daikon, burdock root, Shiitake, Maiitake mushrooms, Jicama)

Last night I made a rainbow salad for dinner. It was delicious!

Rainbow Salad with Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
Red: tomato
Orange/Yellow: shredded carrots
Greens: spinach, arugula, broccoli (shredded and florets)
Blue/Purple: cabbage, raisins
White: onions, mushrooms
also added a little sunflower seeds for garnish

Mustard Vinaigrette
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper
puree vinegar and dijon mustard in blender, with blender on low slowly add in olive oil. add salt and pepper and stir. drizzle over salad