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Burn More Calories with A Cardio-Acceleration Workout

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Great article (CLICK HERE TO READ) about how to burn more calories during your workout.  It’s easy to print or write down and incorporate into your daily workout routine.  I really feel results are happening for me, since changing up my workouts.  Short blasts of cardio in with weight training is an easy way to get it all in on non run, cross-training days!

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10 Freezer Meals, $4.30 per Serving

Over the weekend, I went to a cooking party.  The idea of the party is to make 10 freezer meals in 1 hour.  Which we did.  The prep for the party took some time, so I am going to hold judgement for that until I’ve gone through the 10 meals.  I also need to see how my family likes them, the ease of “finishing off” the meals on a meal by meal basis, and how much time did I REALLY save by going through this process.

The party cost was $79.  This included a bunch of spices and oils a few eggs, some rice and other “community” items needed to prepare our meals.  I went home with the remainder of my package of oils and spices.  Pictured below.  (I don’t use a ton of spices in my cooking but after this I may find myself using them more).

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Of course, $79 isn’t buying 10 meals worth of protein or veggies. We were given a shopping list of all needed items to make each meal.  My grocery bill was about $180.  I am sure I could have significantly reduced this bill by going to Sam’s Club to buy my proteins, but I wait until the last-minute for almost everything in life, therefore I was at the Kroger at 9am, day of, the party.

Prep time for each freezer bag needs to be factored in.  Once I had all of my groceries at home, I needed to prep 10 freezer bags with what each meal would contain, so it would be ready to add the spices and oils needed to complete the meal at the party.  This probably took me 1 hour total.

So, 1 hour shopping, 1 hour prepping, and 1 hour at the party, following finishing off directions.  The party time, in my opinion, shouldn’t count, as it was a really fun group of women and we had a blast talking and working on our freezer bags.  Any time away from the children, is like a freebie, so that hour won’t count into my review of this process.  I also was offered a few glasses of wine and snacks..TOTAL BONUS.

2 Hours + $260 + 10 Meals ready to go =  A pretty happy mom.  IF meals are good and kids will eat them.

I’ll follow-up with a review once we have gone through some of these meals.  I’ll try to remember to take pictures too.  Oh, each meal is 6 servings.  $4.30 per person isn’t bad.  Even if the kids don’t like one, and we do, we have lunch or leftovers for the next day.

Here’s my freezer in the garage…they don’t take up much room at all.

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Hard Workout = A Slice of Pie

Today is National Pie Day.  That sounds crazy huh?  Who decides these national holidays?  I think it’s funny and feel the need to comment on them sometimes.  I think National Pie Day is appealing to me because I have been working out like a maniac and pie at any time of the day sounds good.  I don’t normally even eat pie.  But after working out as hard as I feel that I have, I want pie, and cookies, and more dinner and…some pie.

National Pie Day is to celebrate more than pie.  It’s to celebrate a togetherness with family and friends.  Obviously, a whole pie is meant to be shared among a group.  Pie is a social dessert.  It’s special enough that people don’t pass on pie.  Oh, no, you might not want any old dessert, and have had enough cookies for the rest of the year, but PIE?  Oh sure I’ll have a slice.  A small slice. How many times have we heard that?!

Let’s all celebrate National Pie Day.  Let’s work out super hard this morning and eat a slice of pie this afternoon…Who’s with me?

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The Spartacus Workout

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My husband did this workout a few years ago.  He looked AMAZING after doing it probably two times a week, and cross-training with running.  I have done it in the past, and it is a very challenging workout.   I want to add the Spartacus Workout in to my daily routine.  The problem is, I don’t know when I’ll add it.  I have committed to doing P90x3, half-marathon training, a Pilates class that I love, and a once in a while (when I can get to the Y) turbo-kick class.  If only I had 3 more hours a day…

Probably NOT the Best Way to Train

I decided to run my 8 mile training run, while drinking Jack Daniels at 1:45am.  I woke up at 7:30, and immediately regretted this decision, especially when I saw this on the counter.

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But, after getting outside and starting my run, I felt so much better.  I was slow, but we will blame that on the snow. Other than that I am so glad I got my long run out of the way, and now I can have the rest of my weekend.  Next weekend, I will probably behave myself and run a little faster and a little harder.

Bathing Suits are out at Target

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I just got home from a (what feels like daily) Target run.  We went to get some Valentine’s Day cards for Alexis to make for her preschool class.  It’s January 14.  We are WAAAAY ahead of the schedule on this, I know.  But it’s been freezing and we have watched too many movies lately and haven’t done anything crafty in a while.  So, off we go to Target for Valentine’s Day making supplies.

Well, Target is WAAAAAY ahead of us.  Not only do they have Valentine’s Day stuff out, and maybe a few shelves almost ready for Easter, but they have what looks like all of their suits out too.  It’s minus 7 when I wake up in the morning, the last thing I am thinking about is putting on a skimpy suit and basking in the sun.  The only good I am finding from this is motivation.  Motivation to get my ass in shape by the time it is warm enough to warrant buying / wearing a bathing suit.

Meatless Main OR Serve along with Roast Chicken

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This recipe takes 15 minutes to make, 20 to cook and you are finished.  It’s crazy flavorful and it’s so healthy.  If I am starving and crunched for time I make a 5 minute box of couscous, otherwise I make brown rice.  It’s good with a dollop of hummus or yogurt.

Serves 4 main or 6 side OR just me for 2 days.

1/3 C extra-virgin olive oil

1 T ground cumin

1 T ground coriander

1 T ground ginger

Rounded 1/4 t hot red-pepper flakes

1 (1/2 inch) pieces cinnamon stick

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes (original recipe calls for whole, do whatever you want)

2 15oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 C chopped flat leaf parsley (I never have parsley, don’t really care for it, so feel free to omit)

1/4 C finely chopped mint (It’s still good without,but so good with)

Heat oil in 12 inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it simmers, then cook cumin, coriander, ginger, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon stick, stirring constantly, until fragrant and a shade darker, about 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes with a spoon, or pour in super slow, they will splash up on you, then add chickpeas.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.  Discard cinnamon stick.

Stir in parsley and mint if using.  Serve warm or at room temp.

P90x3 Yes!

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Before I signed up for the Geist half marathon, I committed myself to p90x3… following the lean schedule. I’m on my 5th day and I already feel that it’s the perfect cross training I’ll need for the half. Yesterday I had a tempo run. During which, 3 miles were faster than I am used to,  so I skipped the p90x3 agility workout. Today I had a 2 mile easy run, so isometrix was a total welcome addition. I’m hoping to tweak both programs so they get me ready for the half and I am able to kick my husbands butt  finish strong. What’s your cross training program? 

A Joy-Filled Heart

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Every day I ask for God to fill my heart with joy.  I ask for a bunch of other things too, but this is one that I don’t forget, and it’s the same every day.  I have probably been asking for this for a year, or maybe a little more.  I have to say, although I have had joyous moments during this past year, I don’t normally feel like my heart is FILLED with joy.  And then today happened.  Today I took my little girl to ballet.  This was her first ballet class, she is 4.  I could not keep my eyes off of her.  I can not explain to you in words the way I felt watching her smile…and dance…and fall down…and skip….and smile some more.  SHE was so happy. Today I truly experienced a joy-filled heart for an extended amount of time.  It was unbelievable, and it felt so good.  I think it was truly what I have been asking for. If I don’t have that experience again for a long time, it was worth asking for, so I won’t ever quit.

Geist Half Marathon 2015

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I did it.  I have signed up for my first race.  I am so excited…and nervous?  Maybe.  I know I CAN do it.  By May of 2015, I’ll have been a runner for 1 year. Today was the perfect day to sign up for a race.  It’s the beginning of a new year.  I even started a new workout plan this morning, and feel full of readiness to take something on.  This year will bring about so many changes for me I can already feel it.  I feel exhilarated by a fresh start, and having a real goal.  Now, on to find my training program….

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