Thinking Out Loud {2}

I’m back with another Thinking Out Loud post from Running with Spoons.

These are my favorite kind of post, because I can talk about anything and everything!  

1- I’m pretty excited that the temps are starting to drop and fall is on the way. I’m not going to jump up and down and holler about how I love pumpkin lattes, scarves, and boots…although I do enjoy those things. I’m totally a spring gal! Show me the flowers! I am however, excited to get back in to running! This summer was much too hot for me and Lizzy to do a lot of running. Based on our schedules and her personality, I know its best to do evening runs and lately is been down right HOT! so that’s why I’m excited for fall this year. 

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2- I am totally ROCKING my new mocha/latte once per week plan. There have been days when I’ve thought “to hell with it” and almost went to get a delicious sweet chocolately ice cold black & white mocha (aka zebra. Its half milk choc and half white choc) but I’ve stayed strong! You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be getting one tomorrow thought! 

3- Another thing I’ve decided to do on Fridays is my weekly weight in post. I’ve decided to move it to Fridays for two reasons. Working towards that all week long is motivating for me. Also, after the weigh-in I usually feel like I can keep the momentum going, I really struggle to stay on plan on the weekends. I’m hoping that having that weigh-in fresh in my mind will help keep me on track over the weekends better. We’ll see how it works. 

4- I finally took Lizzy’s 6 Month picture this morning. Look for the post soon!

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5- In between my thought’s on this post, I’m catching up on my blog reading thanks to Bloglovin’  If you don’t follow Living Made Healthy on Bloglovin’…well click here!

6- I’ve actually been craving oatmeal, but I don’t like rolled oats! I hate that they are so chewy! I like instant oatmeal, but not all the added sugar that comes in those packets. I still have a ton of rolled oats at home, so I’m going to try this recipe tonight/tomorrow, hopefully they are good and not chewy! 

7- I think its time for me to buy a blog theme or hire a designer. I know what I want my blog to look like, but I just can’t seem to make it happen by myself. Which just ticks me off, for heaven sakes, I’m a graphic designer! There is just a big different between designing for print and web design, in the technical sense of things. 

8- I think I’m done.

Be sure to link up with Amanda at Running With Spoons

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Fun Ways To Get More Daily Steps

One of my goals for this month was to get 10,000 daily steps….for the WHOLE month. 

For Mother’s Day, Blake bought me a FitBit Flex! I had been contemplating getting one for a long long time, but I always told myself, I didn’t NEED it. I think he just got tired of me always checking them out in the store!

The FitBit Flex is pretty cool. Its basically a bracelet that tracks your movement, calories, and sleep. It cost $100 dollars, and mine came with a pack of different color bands for FREE from Dick’s Sporting Goods. LOVE THAT PLACE! Its like fitness lovers heaven. 

Anyway, the FitBit also has an app so you can check in to see you standings. Its pretty nifty and really easy to use. Unless you don’t turn on the computer when are charging…. then its frustration, but only because you realize that its totally your fault. 

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The novelty of the FitBit wore off pretty quickly for me. I even took it off to charge and didn’t put it back on for about 2 weeks or so. But at the start of the month, I was really feeling fantastic, and I wanted to do more. I sort of secretly challenge myself to get 10,000 daily steps for the whole month. 

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I’m not sure how to get it register all my active minutes. 

Some days its hard to get in my steps. I have a desk job, it would be pretty hard to stand and design things. I do my best to get steps at work, but most days it just doesn’t happen. I know that if I’m going to make my goal, I have to go for a walk sometime during the day. I just won’t get enough steps if I don’t, but its not always easy to get out there for a walk.

Today my whole day was jam packed until about 8 pm. By then Lizzy is in bed so going for a walk is out of the question, but I’ve come up with a few other ways to get in enough steps. 

Fun ways increase your daily steps: 

1- Put the laundry away one little pile at a time. Yes you can carry more than 3 shirts at time, but it won’t be as much fun!

2- Walk around the cul de sac…..and around and around and around. 

3- Vacuum, sweep and mop the WHOLE house.

4- Take a few laps around your kitchen table. Be sure to wear shoes if you have a 6 month old baby who is discovering the world of food. Or perhaps just do the sweeping and mopping before you take your laps. 

5- Chase your dog. Dogs LOVE this and it total kicks up the step count.

6- Leslie Sansone offers some really great walk at home DVDs. Try one! 

7- Put on THIS pandora station and dance your booty off. Bonus points for belting out the lyrics. 

8- Realize you forgot something while waiting in the line at the grocery store and go back to get it. Times 10. This one really ups the step count. 

Of course I’m also parking far away from things……I bet the people down the block think its awfully odd that I park at their house, but whatev! Its all about the steps! 

Anyone else out there counting their steps?! What fun things do you do to up that daily step count?

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Living Made Healthy Search Terms

I thought it would be fun to share some of the top search here on Living Made Healthy and some funny ones, and some that are just plain terrible. 

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The number on thing that gets search…and leads people to my blog is The 8 Hour Diet. In fact, out of the top 15 most searched terms – 12 of them deal with the 8 Hour Diet from Men’s Health. 

I was part of the trial run of the 8 hour diet, but I had to stop because I found out I was pregnant the first time (the one that ended in miscarriage). A lot of people come here to find the rules for the diet. I barely even remember doing the 8 hour now, that’s how long ago it was, but I guess its still relevant. 

The second most popular topic here on Living Made Healthy is…my banana almond protein cookie recipe. I liked these cookies, but I haven’t made them in long while. And now they actually don’t sound good to me…give me a regular chocolate chip cookie, please!

The third most searched topic…Jillian Bell?!? I didn’t even know who that was until I just googled it. HA! She was in 22 Jump Street, if you don’t feel like clicking the link. I have no idea why that would bring people to my blog. I’ve decided that I must look like her twin and people think this is really her blog! 

funny searches 

legs for days ….um? well not me that’s for sure.

trying to be a good person …yes I do this, but I’m not sure I’ve specifically wrote about it. My number one tip would be to use your manners! 

what are the problems made by facebook ……how much time do we have to discuss this?

people with littles noses …..huh?

things that start with g ….gold. grapes. giraffes. try a dictionary! 

terrible searches

fat people in yoga pants ….. this really makes me cringe. Why are people googling a term like that. Honestly, I have no shame in wearing yoga pants. What else am I supposed to wear to work out? So f* off, haters. 

pictures of ticklish feet / foot fetish ….YIKES! I will never post a photo of my feet again.

sweaty legs …..again I say, huh? what’s with people checking out my legs. knees are also a fairly popular search term on here. 

 

If you are blogger, what’s the funniest search term on your blog? 

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The Weekend Update 3

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weekend update Just stopping by for a quick post tonight.  This weekend was not as good as i had hoped. I’m actually looking forward to having my regular weekday schedule back tomorrow.  Little Lizzy was most definitely the highlight of my weekend. I totally owe you guys her 6 month post update, I’m a few days late…er, I mean 12 days late, but who’s counting. I’ve actually already written the post, but I didn’t get chance to take her photos and then she got a scratch across her forehead, so I wanted to wait. I think I’ll be able to take them tomorrow after her 6 month check up.  In the last two weeks she’s changed and learned so much! Seriously. She claps when we sing the “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!”  Today she also played in the pool and absolutely loved it!  the weekend update   She likes to drink the water!  The other day she even found a little bowl of water that I put down for Kia!  2014-08-13 09.19.28 She was soaked! But she was pretty proud of herself.  She’s also figured out how to sit on her own, she’s been able to do it for a while now but tonight she mastered this new task! She was having so much fun switching from her belly to sitting up all on her own.  She makes my day! Even when the weekend doesn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, Lizzy makes everything better. Its hard to be upset when you have a pipsqueak laughing and smiling at you all day long. I love this girl.  How was your weekend?  I supposed to have my family over for lunch yesterday to celebrate my mom & brother’s birthdays but some of them ended up not coming…and didn’t even tell me they weren’t coming. So I stayed up late, and got up early to make a ton of food that no one ate! It so frustrating. Left me in a funk all day.  Today was pretty nice. Blake let me sleep in late, then we headed to his parents to swim for the first time this year.  Have to head to bed now, because we have an early doctor appointment tomorrow morning. 

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My Favorite Bloggers {Part One-Friends}

Hi guys! 

I’ve been wanting to put together a list of my favorite bloggers for a while now, but its actually been kind of tough! I love so many blogs! I follow 77 blogs on Bloglovin’. I also have a number of blogs that I follow on Facebook and then click through when something piques my interest. 

So over the next few Saturdays I’m going to share a few of my favorite bloggers, and as I go down the list I’m going to add them to my new page BlogRoll! So go check these guys out and tell them I sent you! 

I’m going to start with the friends category! These are bloggers that I talk to almost daily whether its on Facebook or Instagram, or just through a blog comment. I would consider these bloggers my friends. (here’s hoping the feel the same! ha) 

In no particular order…

The Double Chin Diary

 

Alyssa is fabulous, we met at FitBloggin in 2013! It was so cool to meet Alyssa, she was probably the only person there who knew who I was, which was fun! This girl is hilarious! 

 

Sneakers & Sass

 

I absolutely love reading this girl’s blog! I’ve actually never met Sabrina, but I know we would be great friends. 

My Weighting Place

Me, Kari, & Emily at FitBloggin last year

Another blogger I met at FitBloggin that will be a lifelong friend! A few weeks ago Kari even stopped by my house for lunch!

 

Athlete at Heart

Stephanie is AWESOME! There is no other word that describes her better. She’s a triathlete, she travels all around the world for her job, and she promised to be my FitBloggin roomie for next year!

Losing Weight and Having Fun

 

This is Sarah’s blog! You have to check out Sarah’s blog! She’s so much fun, and really the nicest person in the world. I also met Sarah at FitBloggin and she has become a great friend! 

 

That’a for today! A few of my absolutely favorite bloggers and certainly not all them! 

Share with me a few of your favorite bloggers so I can check them out!

 

 

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Healthy Lunch Ideas {Round-Up}

Hooray for Friday! 

Today I forgot to pack a lunch….whomp whomp whomp. We keep a few snacks in the office so I probably won’t starve to death! 

The other day,  my friend was saying how she is having a tough time coming up with lunch ideas for herself when she goes back to work after school starts back up. I totally relate! Lunches are hard. I either pack a salad or leftovers. I’d love to change it up….so I’ve search high & low (read: on Pinterest!) to find some fun, creative, and healthy lunch ideas for adults! 

Healthy Lunch Ideas! 

Here’s a quick guide from Rage Against The Minivan! Pretty handy. 

 

These Chicken Pita from Cooking Light look delicious. The link also includes 21 other lunch ideas. 

 

 

Salad in a Jar for LivLov! I’ve never tried this, but it looks easy and tasty! 

 

I’m also a big fan of the Bento box lunches, that are very popular these days! Its a great way to get a lot of different food while keeping portions in check. Here’s a link for a great stainless steel Bento box on Amazon! 

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Unfortunately, there is no link for this picture. 

Although here’s a link for “Grown Up Lunch Ideas” from The Generous Pantry! Same idea. 

And this one looks seriously good, too! Here’s the link from iPackLunch. She has tons of great ideas! 

 

So there you have it, a few fun but healthy lunch ideas! 

Do you pack a lunch or eat out? What’s your go-to lunch?

I do leftover or salad, but in the winter I love soup at lunch! 

 

 

 

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Thinking Out Loud [#1]

Hi there! How are things going? 

Yesterday I found Amanda’s blog Running With Spoons, and I love it! So I figured that I would participate her Thursday link-up Thinking Out Loud. Its perfect for me, because I love these random types of post! 

1. I’m pretty pumped for the weekend! Today is Mom & little brother’s birthday so they are coming over for lunch on Saturday! I have the perfect menu planned….Pulled Pork Sandwiches, coleslaw, my broccoli salad, and my sister is bringing a pasta salad. I’m also going to be making carrot cake cupcakes and a pumpkin pie per Mom’s request. 

2. I totally forgot to post my weigh in this week. Her’s my weight tracker for the week! Down 6lbs! I’m pretty stinkin’ proud of those 6 pounds.

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3. My sister is coming to town tomorrow for the previously mentioned birthday lunch. Tomorrow we are going to walk up Beezley hill! Tomorrow is my rest day from PiYo so a nice long walk will be perfect.

4. I tried to make banana bread muffins tonight and they came out like hockey pucks! That’s what I get for trying a different recipe. 

5. I’m so so so excited about my upcoming PiYo challenge group! It’s going to be so much fun! There is still plenty of time to join! If you are looking to shake things up, trying something, have a blast, and lose weight….then this is exactly what you are looking for! 

PIYo Challenge Group

 

6. Today I make the funkiest salad dressing. I had good intentions, and the salad was terrific but really the dressing was Weird. Yes, weird with a capital W. On the other hand those wontons were freaking amazing. I may or may not have polished off the bag. Note to self: Don’t buy those again. My idea was a Thai Spicy Chicken Salad with a peanut dressing. I think next time I’m find a recipe for peanut dressing rather than winging it. 

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7. I’m so so tired but I’m still a ways from my 10,000 steps. I want to make my goal, but I keep nodding off. Arg. 

8. I think I’m just going to hit the hay, Lizzy didn’t sleep well which means this Mama didn’t sleep well. 

Goodnight, Friends! 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

I have nothing profound to say to start this post, so let’s just jump in….

I’m pretty much rocking the weight loss boat these days. My eating is on track, I’m killing my workouts, and I’m nailing my FitBit goal everyday….and guess what? 

IT FEELS GREAT! 

I feel like I’m back on the road I was before I got pregnant…I was a little lost there, but now I’m back on the right track! And I get to take my little pipsqueak along with me, which is so much fun.

What I Ate Wednesday

Here we are on our walk this morning! She does so good in the stroller now! Hopefully once fall hits, and it starts to cool down we can do some runs with the stroller. 

Typically I have my Shakeology for breakfast each morning, but yesterday I was craving some yogurt. 

What I Ate Wednesday

This heaping bowl totally hit the spot. Its plain 0% Fage with a banana, a few walnuts, granola, cinnamon, and some honey. This is the first time I have had plain Greek yogurt and actually enjoyed it. For years I’ve been eating vanilla yogurt but my friend said to try it with honey. So I did and she was right! (Thanks Kate!) I had to add a little more honey than I’d like, but I think I will be able to eventually ween myself down.

Speaking of weening….I’ve decided to give up my daily white mochas. For one, they are not a part of the PiYo Get Lean Eating Plan. For two…I don’t need them, and that’s 250 or so more wasted calories. So it’s time for them to go. I’m thinking maybe a once week for now…but only on Friday. This morning I had one cup of coffee mixed in my vanilla shakeology, so I’m still getting my caffeine fix!

Anyway…. off topic.

Right when I got to work , I had a little snack. I was hungry but not ready for lunch. I eat two hard boiled eggs practically everyday! I love them! I really love these ones from Costco that come in little packs of two. They are so easy to toss in my purse on the way out of the house (just don’t forget about them…that would be stinky), or chop up to add to a salad, or for a midnight snack….its happened. 

What I Ate Wednesday

I’ve been eating a big salad everyday for lunch lately. I just don’t seem to get enough veggie unless I have a salad. Yesterday (and the day before) I had a huge taco salad.

What I Ate Wednesday

 Romaine, spinach, heirloom cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers, and ground turkey taco meat. I don’t even need dressing with this salad. The juice and seasoning from the meat is plenty. It was much better tasting than the picture looks. 

 

For dinner last night, I made a really easy eMeals recipes for Chicken Parmesan. Basically a chicken breast baked with tomato sauce, a little bit of cheese, and crush croutons. It was really tasty. I had mine with one serving of angel hair pasta (yes I measured it! You have to measure to lose weight!) and some roasted zuchini from my MIL’s garden. It was so good.

What I Ate Wednesday

Sorry it doesn’t look pretty! I dropped the chicken on the counter. Opps. At least the counter was clean. 

After dinner I busted my butt to get some housework done. I needed to do something to help me get extra steps. I set a small goal to get 10,000 steps everyday in the month of August. I was doing awesome until Sunday, when I needed to charge my FitBit and the charger was lost. Even though it was dead, I did everything that I usually have to do to get all my steps in….walk the dog, do some chores…I even went to Costco and parked far away. Unfortunately, when I did finally get to charge my FitBit it was malfunctioning and Monday’s steps were not completely recorded. Apparently you have turn the computer ON to charge it….DUH! User Error. I finally got it charged and working by noon yesterday so to ensure my 10,000 steps were recorded I worked extra hard!

So that was my day and my eats for the day! Link your post at Peas & Crayons! 

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Join My PiYo Challenge

Confession: I am in love with PiYo! 

What is PiYo?

They best way to full understand is to watch this video!

PiYo is a low-impact, high-intensity body-transformation program. It uses  the most effective Pilates- and yoga-inspired moves set to a fast pace to help you burn fat while you sculpt long, lean muscles. You’ll carve every inch of your body without jumps, without weights, and without straining your joints. And rest assured, there’s no complex choreography to learn. Chalene Johnson takes you step-by-step through the moves where you’ll use your body weight to lose weight and get intensely defined! You get your strength, your cardio, and your flexibility training all in one program.

 

For me PiYo is a total blast! Its not like any yoga or pilates workout I’ve ever done. Its a  fast paced, sweat inducing, heart pumping super fun workout. I craved PiYo workouts. Seriously that’s NEVER happened to me. Sure I usually enjoy working out, but I’ve never craved a workout. 

PiYo

Why is PiYo effective?

PiYo delivers the muscle-sculpting, core-focused benefits of Pilates along with the flexibility and power of yoga. PiYo’s low-impact compound exercises engage multiple muscle groups at the same time—while keeping your body in constant motion. As you progress from one fluid movement to the next without rest, you’ll maintain an optimal heart rate to incinerate calories throughout the whole workout!The result? You get a low-impact, high-intensity, total-body workout, giving you a physique that’s long, lean, and powerfully defined.

Who could benefit from PiYo?

Women and men who:
• Want to lose weight and burn fat without the high-impact jumps or complex choreography found in some cardio programs.
• Want to build lean muscle but don’t want to lift heavy weights or bulk up.
• Want to get the results of an extreme program without straining their joints.
• Like the benefits of Pilates and yoga, but also want the calorie burn of a cardio workout.
• Don’t have time to go from class to class to do separate cardio, strength, and flexibility workouts.
• Want a workout that doesn’t require a lot of equipment.
• Want to give their body a break from extreme programs but keep getting results and
improve their performance in other sports by restoring their flexibility and core strength

EVERYONE! 

What now?

Join my PiYo Challenge Group! I’m hosting my very first PiYo Challenge group starting on August 25th! Together we can get fit, lose weight, and have tons of fun! 

Email me at alexander.erin32 (@) gmail.com with the subject line PiYo or let me know on the Living Made Healthy Facebook page that you want in and I’ll help you get started! There are only 5 spots in my group, so sign up NOW! You won’t want to miss out! I promise you will get results and we will have a blast together! 

 

Disclosure:  I am an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. This means that I am an independent distributor for Beachbody and this post contains affiliate links. To find out more about how you can become an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and earn 25% commission on Beachbody products, not to mention the discount you receive on Beachbody products that you purchase, email me at alexander.erin32 (at) gmail.com. Thanks!

 

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{One More} Back to School Healthy Snack from eMeals

Disclosure: I was provided a complementary subscription to eMeals service in exchange for multiple blog posts. No other compensation was provided. As always all opinions are my own, and I only share products that I have actually used. 

Hi there friends! 

Here I am with another healthy snack for the hectic back to school days! When you are juggling picking up the kids from school, taking them to soccer practice, fixing dinner, getting lunch ready for the next day… you need a quick and easy healthy snack! 

I’m positive these Nutella Grams will be a hit with kids of all ages! It’s also a great way to sneak in wheat germ which packs a powerful nutrient punch. 

 

Back to School Healthy Snack – Nutella Grams

31 Healthy Snack Ideas from eMeals

 To get the full calendar of 31 Healthy Snack Ideas for August, purchase a new eMeals subscription to help you get prepared for back to school! We have breakfast, lunch and dinner menus to ease the stress of meal time. Our members already have this snack calendar on their member’s page.

Today’s Nutella Grahams come together in less than a minute and provide a dose of folate and Vitamin E thanks to the addition of wheat germ. Substitute natural peanut or almond butter to reduce the sugar, if desired.

Nutella Grahams

Dip graham crackers in chocolate hazelnut spread; sprinkle lightly with wheat germ.

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Check out these other healthy snacks from my friends at eMeals:

Nuts ‘n Seeds Chocolate Trail Mix

Pretzel Stacks

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