Oct 17

Five Friday Favorites

1. THIS.

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Click here to read the whole article. I don’t think I’ve read something more relevant to my life! Here are some of my favorites from the list:

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People are often surprised at how much this girl can slam some food. #AlwaysHungry

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LINDA THE VITAMIX! More than just a blender…she’s a friend.

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I’ve always told people (after lecturing them about soda) that if it’s what you choose to be a “treat,” then use it as one—but I personally would rather spend my treats on things like pizza and cake thankyouverymuch.

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Story of my everyday life.

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Rockin’ my sweet taters, Greek yog, and peanut butter at work while my coworkers make fun of me.

And lastly…

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Truth.

 

2. Jiff Whips Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

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I know I’m late to this train! I’m sure you’ve seen this around the interwebs. I was skeptical at first. I mean I obviously love peanut butter and all things pumpkin, and I figured the two together would be good, but maybe not great. Everyone and their mother was buying it and I was convinced to do the same when I saw it on sale at Target. The verdict? SO much better than I expected. It tasted like pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling + peanut butter pie filling = this.

 

3. Fabletics

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I had seen ads for Fabletics all over Facebook in the past but didn’t ever actually look at the site until I got a $25 gift card at Blend Retreat (which covers your whole first outfit)! I’ve purchased a few more outfits ever since and I loooove them. The prices are really affordable and the fabric is ridiculously amazing. For a girl who cringes at the thought of paying $80+ for a pair of good workout pants, I’m pretty stoked that I can get an entire outfit for half that price. I’m not even getting paid to say this, I just really love their stuff!

This shirt is my most recent purchase:

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It’s SO comfy and the length in the back allows me to wear my almost see-through leggings ;) (When I bought the leggings, I never realized they were almost see-through and wore them to work with a not-so-long shirt. Embarrassing.)

4. These amazing nachos I just made for dinner.

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Because Friday nights need nachos. I call this the “no chip left behind” method. Nobody likes the lonely chips at the bottom of a pile of nachos that are topping-less. It may take a little extra work but it’s sooo worth it. These here are multigrain scoop chips with lean ground turkey, a teeny bit of cheddar, salsa, plain Greek yog, and avocado. NO CHIP LEFT BEHIND.

5. And lastly, my NEW PHONE!

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Yep, you guessed it…iPhone 6. I actually really didn’t need a new phone but I switched carriers and had to get a new one in order for them to pay to cancel my old contract. So far, I like it but I only got it about 3 hours ago so I’m still breaking it in :)

 

Erika

 

 

Can you relate to anything on the list about eating right?

Have you tried Fabletics before?

Oct 15

On Being Well-Rounded in all Aspects of Fitness

Cardio? What’s that?

Ha, but on a serious note—my cardiovascular endurance is virtually nonexistent. You’ll almost never spot me on a treadmill but you couldn’t miss me in the weight room.

I can hardly even run a mile.

Yeah, that’s kind of embarrassing to say considering I’m a huge advocate for all things exercise. But, it’s the truth and I’m not going to pretend like I’m some exercising superwoman…this blog was meant to be real and so real I will be.

I spend a lot of time in the gym, but I’m almost always in the weight room. I LOVE lifting. There’s something so rewarding and exhilarating about being able to lift/push/press/pull/etc. heavy weights and getting stronger.

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BUT I want to be more than just strong—I want to be fit. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that I am fit, but I think that I’m primarily fit in the aspect of strength training.

I want to be well rounded in all aspects of fitness.

I want to be able to run a mile (without dying) and climb a rope and do high intensity circuits for more than 10 minutes, etc. I have always struggled with any sort of cardiovascular exercises that last more than 5 or 10 minutes. I thought that running “the mile” in middle and high school was the worst possible thing that could ever happen to me (I can’t say my opinion on that has changed…yet). I really, really, REALLY dislike cardio…but avoiding it isn’t going to help me like it at all.

I definitely do warm-ups before I lift such as going on the step mill or riding the stationary bike, but those are pretty moderate (okay, the step mill can be KILLER but you catch my drift). If you ask me to do 30 burpees followed by 25 squat jumps followed by sprints followed by mountain climbers, then we have a problem.

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How cardio makes me feel, ha!

Well, I don’t want to have that problem.

Lifting is where my heart is at, but I need to remember that it wasn’t always like that. When Alex first made me a workout program that I religiously followed, I didn’t love it. It was hard. Lifting is still hard, but now that I see what I gain from it makes it SO worth it.

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Flag pants are the best pants

 

This last Sunday, I made an instantaneous decision to sign up for a fitness program at my University called Dam Fit (It’s called Dam Fit because our school mascot is the Beaver). I didn’t plan on doing so because I thought the classes had already started (it’s not a drop-in kind of thing) until I realized that that Sunday was the last day of registration.

Working out in a group setting is SO much more motivating (especially when doing things that are hard for you) than doing it by yourself.

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Working out with my Blends, oh how I miss them!

Plus, I’m all for making commitments to things because I’m not someone to skip out once I’ve signed up, so I knew if I signed up that I was going to go through with it.

Dam Fit isn’t just cardio—it’s a kind of class that revolves around circuit training and functional exercises. We do all sorts of exercises such as jumping over things, sprints, mountain climbers, slam balls, burpees, battle ropes, etc. There are a few things that are primarily strength exercises, but more towards the strength endurance spectrum. So, while I’m used to 8-12 rep ranges, we’re doing more in the range of 15-25ish. Here’s a little excerpt from the Dam Fit page:

Dam Fit is a program designed to push you to the next level of fitness, regardless of where you are now. Each team is led by a trained coach — incorporating strength, agility, and cardio – and effectively progresses all participants towards their fitness goals. Dam Fit is scientifically designed to both challenge and protect the human body. This program uses exercises founded upon basic movement patterns, allowing participants to safely transfer skills learned in the program into activities of daily life. This high intensity interval training allows you to get motivated, get strong, and get Dam Fit!

I’m actually loving the functionality of the exercises because I end up sore it all sorts of places that weren’t necessarily being “targeted.” For example, on the first day, we hardly did any ab exercises, but my abs were definitely feelin’ it the next day! Functionality for the win.

There’s only been 2 classes so far and while it’s certainly challenging for me, I’m pretty stoked to improve my fitness.

The name of the program is so explanatory of what I want to do with my fitness. I don’t just want to be good in one area of fitness, but I want to be well rounded in all aspects of fitness.

I want to be…dam fit, you could say. ;)

 

Erika

 

Do you prefer cardio based exercises or weight training?

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