Race season is upon us, and I’m not signed up for one single race. That’s a bit different than the past couple years… so what’s my deal? Well a few things…
- My knees have been hurting me on and off. I went to see my Doctor and she suggested I see the Physical Therapist. The PT said that I needed to get an x-ray done and see whats happening… it seems that my cartilage is worn down and I need to “take it easy” plus physical therapy. Eh, I can handle that.
- I haven’t wanted to run. Like, at all. The heat this summer has been bananas, and my desire to run has slowly been leaving me. I have gotten a good run on the treadmill, but that just doesn’t compare to pounding the pavement. So my running mo-jo has faded.
I’m a big believe that every little bit of exercise adds up. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car at the last parking spot to get in some extra steps to the store, etc, etc. It’s a great way to burn extra calories and boost your metabolism. I’m all about that! Sometimes I don’t have the time to get in a good long workout at the gym (or even at home), so I always try to get in a little bit of extra calorie burn where I can.
When I do go to the gym, I like to have a game plan. If not, I’ll wander the gym aimlessly, not knowing that to do and most likely ending up on the treadmill and blah that’s it. I’ve taken this (mostly lower body) workout below with me to the gym and knocked out some killer calories in the process…
Booty Kickin’ Moves
- Warm-up: Walk, Jog, Run, Repeat for 5 minutes.
- Sumo squats (4 times) then high jump, repeat 10 times
- Lunge-back w/ weights raise to chest (10 each side)
- Scissors plank (1 minute)
- Side plank – raise top leg to sky 5 times, repeat 6 times (3 each side)
Thank you for all the sweet Birthday wishes, my friends. It was a great Birthday. My sweet husband surprised me with a beautiful coach watch and a fancy dinner out! I love getting all doll’d up and spending time with my love.
To me, a birthday is a time to celebrate (no matter the age). My celebrating often includes dessert. This birthday was no exception. I’ve learned when to indulge and when to hold back. Since I was turning 29, I said… “I’m gonna eat cake!” And that I did. But with any indulging, your body starts to feel sluggish… so now that the celebrating is over, I’m craving non-sweet anything! Anyone else ever crave salads, fruit, fresh vegetables, etc… after a sugary weekend? Just me?
Anyway… I’ve been meaning to tell you about these…
Navitas Naturals sent me these Power Snacks to try… I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them or not… they looked interesting…
After trying both… I really liked the Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snacks. Really good, and not too sweet. I did not enjoy the Citrus Chia Superfood… I think its official, I do not like chia seeds. They’re just awkward tasting to me. I. Just. Can’t. What I do like about these, is that that I could pop them into a ziplock bag and have a mini-snack on the go.
Meet the Superfoods in Navitas Power Snacks
The many nutritional attributes of the key ingredients in Navitas Power Snacks are worth noting*:
Chia is a high-energy superseed that offers a unique blend of protein, fiber, essential fats, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. Perhaps most notable, chia is a rich source of essential fatty acids – more than 3 times the concentration of most grains. Chia is also a robust source of protein (more than 20%) with all of the essential amino acids.
Cacao is a raw form of chocolate that is one of the world’s best sources of powerful antioxidants, and is the richest food source of magnesium. Cacao also provides a vast array of essential minerals and nutrients including: Iron; Potassium; proteins; beta-carotene; and alkaloids.
The Goji Berry is one of the highest known sources of antioxidants and it contains 18 amino acids and all essential amino acids. Rich in beta-carotene, polysaccharides, riboflavin and carotenoids, the goji berry is known to help foster a long life and strengthen the immune system.
Camu-Camu is most famous for its abundant concentration of vitamin C – containing up to 60 times more than an orange. This antioxidant-rich berry is also a great source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta-carotene and other powerful phytochemicals and amino acids that are known to have a wide range of therapeutic effects.
Maca is rich in amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, C and E, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and is a good source of sterols and fatty acids. It has long been used in traditional medicine to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Alkaloids in maca are known to nourish the endocrine system – responsible for production and maintenance of hormones.
Lucuma is naturally sweet, but low on the glycemic index. This alternative sweetener is also a good source of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B3, beta carotene, fiber and bio-available protein.
About Navitas Naturals – Quality, Integrity & Food Safety
The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide premium organic superfoods that increase energy and enhance health. Nutrient-rich whole foods are at their best when they are produced via organic agriculture and minimal processing methods. That is why all Navitas Naturals products are certified organic, and use methods such as freeze-drying to ensure maximum nutrition. Food safety is very important to Navitas Naturals, which is demonstrated by the rigorous third-party testing of their superfoods. Since its founding in 2003, Navitas Naturals has been committed to socially responsible business. Their direct purchasing partnerships expand fair trade opportunities for farmers in developing regions around the world. For more, visit www.navitasnaturals.com.
I like Navitas Natural’s products, I buy the Raw Cacao and add that to my smoothies a lot of times…
The taste is fantastic! AND it totally hides all the spinach I add to the smoothie. Win-win!
***Navitas Naturals sent me these samples to try. All opinions are mine, if I liked it you’ll know, if I hated it you’ll know.***
Also, I’m getting bored with my gym workouts, I picked up this (finally) to get some inspiration….
Anyone else have it? What do you do at the gym to change things up when you get bored?