Nutrition Wednesday: Weight Loss

weight loss woesThere have been so so so many fad diets over the years and none of them have had big results. Yet, people continue to buy into these fad diets because we want results now. Everything we do in life has turned into activities that give us immediate gratification, and we want that in terms of weight loss too. Well, the pounds didn’t go on in 5 days and they’re sure as heck not coming off in 5 days either. As much as I would love to lose 10 pounds in a week, that just doesn’t happen. Most huge weight losses occurring in short time frames (let’s say 1 to 2 weeks to be on the more extreme side) are just water weight. If a diet sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is (sorry). You need to find an eating pattern that works with your lifestyle or you will never retain the weight loss. That means you shouldn’t cut all of the carbs out of your diet or just eat fruits for three days in a row because no body naturally eats like that. It’s all about balance. Continue reading

Don’t Buy in… A Tip for Our Generation

Parking Lotter - not a productive member of society

In high school I had a very well known AP US History teacher. I will never forget the numerous times he would speak about great deeds in history and then comment, “but you parking lotters.” Let me define parking lotters for you in case it confuses you or you are unaware of who constitutes as a parking lotter. Continue reading

Jam Cookies

My brother’s wife makes A-MAZING jam butter cookies! She would send over a dozen or two at a time and my family would devour them in 3.2343543656553 seconds. Being a dessert lover, I obviously asked her for the recipe. I do not like jam in my desserts (like the jam in the middle of danishes and things of that nature), but I love these cookies.

Buttery cookies filled with jams Continue reading

Fitness Friday 8/15

For half of this week my Achilles hurt, and then one of my besties, Maggie, massaged out my calf, and my Achilles felt a lot better! I had a ton of knots. Oh, and the fact that I started taking Tylenol as an anti-inflammatory and ice twice a day is also helping! While massaging out my calf we found a weird bump next to my shin, but it turned out to be a boring cyst or weird vein growth. Anyway, I am going to try to take more days off in between runs to help my Achilles out. I am 99.9% sure this means that I won’t be running today.

Saturday the 9th at the Wetlands (dirt) my Achilles hurt, but it wasn’t unbearable.

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Nutrition Wednesday: Do you Need to Take Supplements?

Are supplements necessary?

On one of my healthy kicks I bought some multi-vitamins to improve my health. Since I’m not really a pill taking person, I used a few and the rest just ended up in the trash when they expired. Half of Americans take some type of supplement, and most of them do not need to. Yes, if you are pregnant or lose to much iron during your period, please take some supplements! Or, if your doctor prescribes supplements for an existing problem (such as not meeting nutrient needs from food, etc.) you should take them. Here are some rules to apply to supplement intake unless otherwise recommended by your doctor: Continue reading

Santa Barbara

I have been wanting to make a trip up to Santa Barbara since 2008. Fortunately, on Sunday I finally got to visit with one of my besties, Aiko. I have had a number of friends go to school there and I was also considering going there too (too expensive though, ya know how it goes). Anyway, it did not disappoint!

One of my friends who went to school there gave us a great list of things to do.

Santa Barbara Itinerary Continue reading

Simple Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a good option for a healthy, but still tasty meal! I like to make them as simple as possible. When I was on a meal plan during college (for running) these were always one staple that I could eat out of the slightly more unhealthy meals my mom liked to cook. The recipe below is courtesy of my Mom.
Rice and Meat Inside of Bell Peppers Continue reading

S’more PB Brownie Pie

I went to BJ’s Restaurant the other day and had their new S’more pizookie and it was so so so good! It was a chocolate cookie with peanut butter on top and roasted marshmallows. They put two big scoops of ice cream on top of all of that goodness as well. My boyfriend and I just died it was so good. I hadn’t had a pizookie in a while and I am so glad I spent the extra money on it. I used that pizookie to inspire my brownie pie that I referenced in my last Fitness Friday post! Please note that I did over-brown my marshmallows so I adjusted the time for y’all, but I promise they were not black in real life!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIngredients: Continue reading

Fitness Friday 8/8

I was supposed to do a 90 minute run on Saturday, but only got in a 70 minute run. I stopped at least 3 or 4 times during that 70 minutes to stretch out my calves because my Achilles was irritated. I took off Sunday and Monday in hopes that it would start feeling better. From Saturday on, I iced my Achilles with an ice pack every day and began stretching out my calf and Achilles at least once a day from Tuesday on. As you can see below, I didn’t get to run a lot this week. I ended up mixing together my running and strength workouts below because the running workouts were few and far between.

Saturday the 2nd, I ran in the Wetlands (dirt) for my long run.
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Nutrition Wednesday: Sports Drinks

Sports DrinksWhen I was on vacation in Big Bear my dad asked me if I wanted to get some Gatorade for after my runs. I didn’t need any though, because I was only working out for about an hour a day. Sports drinks companies have most people believing that everyone who plays a soccer/basketball game, goes for a run, or lifts weights needs to drink their sports drinks to recuperate and replace the lost electrolytes. Sports drinks aren’t necessary for a lot of us though: Continue reading