Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Week 2- Inspiration

Holly Recreation Park   Holly,Michigan

Alum Cave Trail    Gatlinburg,Tennessee

Mt. Rainier,  Washington

Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities and one of my biggest inspirations to getting and staying  fit. I've been blessed to be able to hike some of the countries most beautiful parks, mountains, caves and forests. Fresh air, sunshine, nature and exercise.....Life doesn't get much better than that!

                                                     Ruth...100 years young

Inspiration to get fit comes in different ways for everyone. I've gone through the years when I wanted to get in shape to wear a bikini, wanted to look thinner for a special occasion, fit into a special pair of jeans, ect. Now my inspiration is people like Ruth that are active and fit well into their golden years. I want to be able to take my future grandchildren hiking, biking, and kayaking, sit on the floor and play games, and just be a healthy role model for them and my children. Wearing a bikini is far less important to me than living to see my grandchildren graduate college,...funny how priorities change as we get older.

                                                  Dr. Oz's     Banishing bat wings

Since my weight loss I have been battling the dreaded "bat wings". I recently watched an episode on Dr. Oz about exercises to work on this problem. It looked kinda fun and got me up off the couch...always a good thing. I also have a pair of 5lb. weights sitting on an end table in my living room  so I can easily work out my upper body while "standing" and watching tv....HGTV junkie here. I also like to sit on the floor and stretch, do crunches or leg lifts while watching tv....
 Here's another good one while watching tv:
Triceps Dip: Get seated near a step or couch. Sit on the floor with knees slightly bent, and grab the edge of the elevated surface and straighten the arms. Bend them to a 90-degree angle, and straighten again while the heels push towards the floor. 

My inspiration for great arms is none other than:
 Jennifer Aniston

Amazingly inspiring video

I made these for dinner last night and they were awesome. I microwaved the potatoes instead of baking to save time and I replaced the cream cheese with no fat plain Greek yogurt. Sweet, spicy, healthy and delicious ...what more could you want?

Remember the Chia Pet? Well, come to find out, instead of smearing the seeds all over the funny looking little clay animal we should have been eating them! They are actually healthy and very good for you. I've been adding a scoop to my smoothies and have noticed an incredible change in my energy.  Here's a little history:

Blueberry banana oatmeal smoothie

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup no fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop ground Chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seed
  • 2 tbls. quick oats (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup Acai berry V8 juice
Blend and enjoy!

Homemade Protein Bars
                                          Recipe adapted from

I like fruit and nuts in my bars so I modified the original recipe a bit. I also didn't have chocolate so I used cocoa powder. My version isn't overly sweet but I like them that way.
  • 2 cups quick oats  
  • 3/4 cup almond butter 
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried Crancherries
  • 1 cup vanilla whey protein powder  
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. 100% cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
Spread evenly on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Kiwi Melon Salsa

  • 2 servings salmon filet
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbls. olive oil 
  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • small kiwi diced
  • 1/2 cup melon diced (I used cantalope)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 

Place salmon in a nonstick pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper for 1-2 minutes on each side. Wisk vinegar, honey, olive oil and black pepper. Add to pan and cook until fish flakes, about 5 additional minutes.
Combine salsa ingredients in a separate bowl.
Plate fish and spoon salsa over top.

Great video for total body workout at home

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Happy Journey,


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