Thursday, May 23, 2013

Who has been wanting to do the pretty muddy but hasn't had the funds to go? Are you going but really want your friend to go with you? Well here is your lucky chance for a FREE, that is right FREE ticket to run the pretty muddy in Dallas Texas June 1st! The awesome team at pretty muddy has decided to give one special reader a free ticket to run in the race in a little over a week. The fun part is, this is a flash giveaway. Meaning you will have only 3 days to enter. Sounds fun huh? Enter bellow before the time runs out and the ticket is gone! Good Luck! Winner will be announced on Sunday!

On Sunday the cost for the Pretty Muddy Dallas event will increase to $79.50. So Make sure To  sign up NOW, before Sunday, to take advantage of the current $69.50 cost!  Click the Pretty Muddy Button On Top To Enter!
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Want an extra entry? Well then head on over to Running With Ollie and Snag you a second entry! 

2 weeks and counting!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

That is so right, I am a HUGE ball of nerves :) My very first mud run is happening in 2 short weeks and I can't wait! As you have been reading, I am doing the Pretty Muddy Women's Only Mud Run June 1st. This is so very exciting for me. Not only is it because it is my very first race and from all the awesome things I have been hearing about it! It is because it helps raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness which hits really close to home for me. Something I haven't really shared much with anyone is, Breast Cancer runs in my family. a Few have ended up having to get their breast removed because of it. So when I found out that the charity this race was sponsoring, I was so very happy!

I am the very first really active member in my family. My grandpa, before he died, was a farmer. I have cousins who are active but no one in my immediate family has been active. When I found out how high of a risk I have of getting it and my girls getting it, I want to do whatever it takes to help find a cure. Well I started to get a bag packed for what I will take with me to the race. I know I still have a bit more to get but I am slowly getting things together. I have the following already packed and ready to go!

  • Beach Towel
  • socks
  • undergarments
  • flip flops
  • ktape
  • NUUN
  • blankets for the kids
  • 2 Trash bags
  • 2 suits of clothes
  • towel
  • shoes
  • clothes for the kids
  • water
  • bags for personal items
  • Soap
  • brush

If you see anything on this list that I have not mentioned that I need to pack, Please feel free to let me know. With their being 2 weeks left till the race, You still have time to sign up! So get your girl friends, your mom, your female in-laws, even the girl who lives across the street or you see daily at work, and head on over to PRETTY MUDDY and sign up! Don't forget to get creative with your team name and costumes! Oh and did I mention, their will be an awesome little treat for you all brought to you buy the race sponsor, OLD NAVY :) So hurry up while you can cause before you know it. June first race at Skyline ranch will be here :)

Can't wait to see you all their!

Fitness Friday! Running Vs. Weight Training

Friday, May 17, 2013

As most of you know it is Fitness Friday! Today I will discuss with you the importance or running and weight training. Most people will say that as long as you run, you will be fine. Well that is true but in a way, it isn't. Yes running is awesome and helps you trim down but it also does a number on your joints and your muscles. To add to it, when it comes to weight loss, you may end up running in circles. this is because, with most forms of traditional steady-state cardio, you burn lots of calories while you're exercising. The problem is, when you stop, you go back to your normal metabolic rate. On the other hand, when weight training, you build muscles and more muscles equal more calories burned! Am I saying stop running? NOT AT ALL! I am saying don't just run. Especially if you are trying to lose weight as well. Muscles are like thirsty little sponges. The more you have, the more they soak up. Fat is like a delicious chocolate smoothy to muscles. They love it!

I know it may seem like with you having all the muscles you have in your body, that we all should be thin and fit. Well the reason why we aren't is muscles can only slurp up a certain amount of fat at a time. So the more muscles you have, the better. Now, with running it does have it's downfalls like joint pain and joint issues, it is also great for you as well. When you run, you are getting your heart rate up. The higher your heart rate, the more the blood flows to your muscles. Making them soak up more fat for fuel.

So, If what I am saying is, yes it is nice to one, but when you put the 2 together, it will make for one sweet fat shredding body.  So a great recommendation is to run 3x a week and weight train 2x a week as well. This way you are getting the best of both worlds and are also letting your muscles rest a bit from the other exercise. If you don't have the luxury of having any weights laying around or if you are like me and really don't have the funds for a gym membership. You can do body weight workouts which uses your own body weight as the weights. You can find some awesome body weight workouts at 50 body weight exercises!.  I Also recommend you join a C25k. (couch 2 5k) This is a program that allows you to go from not running at all to running 5k in about 8 weeks. A good one to use is C25k.

Fitness Friday is happily brought to you in conjunction with the Fitness Friday Link Up by Running Bloggers!

Sleep well, eat right and don't forget to Sweat Pink!

National Women's Health Week Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Welcome to National Women's Health Week!!  

12 amazing writers have teamed up to bring you each day a new topic centered around women's health and wellness to celebrate National Women's Health Week.  Simply click on the thumbnails below to be directed to their post.  Don't forget to enter an amazing prize pack! 

Also, if you have never tried Bulu Box now is your time. Thanks to Cerissa who is a Founding Charter Coach with Body FX you can recieve one free Bulu Box per person.  If you have received a free Bulu Box in the past then you would not be eligible to receive another one. Simply visit http://www.bulubox.com?acc=c20ad4d76fe97759aa27a0c99bff6710 and the code for the free box is: BULUGAN885.

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Thursdays Meal Of the Night!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Stuffed Portabello's

1/2 medium Onion (diced)
4 cloves of Garlic (minced)
2 lbs lean ground chuck
5 Large Portabello mushrooms
1 Medium Green Bell Pepper (diced)
2 Tsp Black Pepper
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 Tbs of Butter
5 strips of 2ft strips of Aluminum Foil

Preheat oven to 375
Gut out the Portabello's , chop off the stem and wash off remaining insides. Set aside. Add Bell Pepper, Onions, Garlic and 1Tbs of butter in a large saute pan. Saute until unions are clear. Add black pepper and soy sauce and let simmer for 3 minutes. Next add your 2 pounds of ground chuck and cook till fully done (if their is a little bit uncooked, it will cook in the oven)  Next, lay the Portabello's on top of the aluminum foil and stuff with the meat mixture. Wrap up semi- tightly and place on a baking sheet in oven, on center shelf for 15-20 min.  Once Fully Cooked, Let sit for 5 min to allow the juices to soak into the mushroom. Then carefully unwrap each mushroom and place it on a plate. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy.  (for my kids, I top with cheese)

Serves 5

I also came across this recipe and want to try it.  It was found at http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/grain-free-goodies/chocolate-bacon-almond-butter-bananas/

Chocolate Bacon Almond Butter Bananas

What My kids love is the frozen Sweet Mix.
How do you make frozen Sweet mix?  You will need 1 medium size banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup of blueberries, and 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips. Mix all of the fruits together in a food processor and pulsate for 1-3 minutes or until smoothed scoop it out into a small desert cup and top with dark chocolate chips. You can also add them to a blender with a little bit of almond milk or coconut water and make a yummy smoothy out of it. Top it with the Chocolate Chips and their you go :)

Another yummy one is Enchilada Chicken Mango Salad found at: http://paleomg.com/enchilada-chicken-mango-salad/

Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
  • 1 small head of hearts of romaine, shredded
  • 1-2 cups cold leftover enchilada chicken
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  1. Chop romaine.
  2. Place enchilada chicken on top.
  3. Add mango and avocado on top of that.
  4. Eat up! No salad dressing needed!
So sorry for yesterdays absent post. I fell asleep early. I guess that is what I get for only sleeping 11 hours  Monday and Tuesday night. I promise to make it up to you guys :)  Remember guys, make sure you sleep at least 7 hours of sleep or you will end up like me.  I have also got from a reliable source about my MACROS Number. It is kinda the reason why I haven't been losing weight. I am eating right and working out, but the problem is, how much I am eating.  I have been staying around 1200-1500 cals as my doctor told me to. Well I kinda put my body into starvation mode.  So I am going to slowly increase my caloric intake by 100-200 calories a day till I reach what I need to be. well I found out I need to ingest 1984 total calories per day 198 grams of carbs 198 grams of protein 44 grams of fat. I have been eating 150g of protein but that is not even enough. Well, I know now what I need to eat to help my body do what it needs to do to lose weight. Well this is it for tonight, I will get out another post for you all tomorrow. I may even surprise you all with 2 :) Well good night everyone and remember to Sweat Pink!


 Why Send your mom a card or some flowers, when you can sign you and her up for an awesome day of fitness, fun, and of course a day in the mud!

 I just got this awesome email from the people at pretty muddy! I was excited to see this and I just HAD to show it to you all. Well basically pretty muddy is offering a discount on their races and giving away a free entry for a mother daughter duo. Awesome isn't it? So what better way to show your mom how much she means to you than to sign her up for a day of fun and for a place for her to be a kid herself! So grab up your mom and head over to http://prettymuddywomensrun.com/ and sign up you and that special woman in your life up for a day to remember!

The following message came from the awesome people over at pretty muddy!

Hero. Helper. Relationship Expert. Personal Chef. Therapist. Baby-sitter. Best Friend. Who does this describe? Our Mothers. Moms are amazing. They inspire us, challenge us, support us, and most of all, love us.
Our Moms are amazing women, and they deserve a day to themselves. A day to have fun. A day to act like a kid, instead of watching over the kids. What better way to give them a day of fun than through a Pretty Muddy entry?
Starting this Friday, 5/10 through Sunday 5/12, we will be offering a $15 OFF discount when you register you and your Mom for a Pretty Muddy race. Use the code: MUDDYMOMMA. This is the perfect way to treat your Mom, and the perfect last minute Mother’s Day gift!
Also, we are running a contest on Facebook right now where we are giving away 2 free entries into each one of our 8 events for 1 mother-daughter duo.  You can check out the contest here: https://www.facebook.com/PrettyMuddy . All we ask is that you share with us how your Mom has inspired your fitness goals. Pretty simple! 

Day 2 of the New Meal Plan To A New Me!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Last night I didn't get to bed till 1 am. I am sooo feeling that this morning. I had such a hard time opening my eyes. I mean I was actually struggling to open my eyes. It felt as if my eyelids were pinned shut. Tonight, I know not to stay up so late. Well today has been good. Not as good as yesterday and I was told it is cause the 3rd day is the hardest on this meal plan cause now your body is going to start wanting what you are keeping it from having. I am ready for it :) I have been doing a lot of wall push ups and squats and I think tonight I am going to toss in a Portable Pilate's Gym Core workout tonight. I haven't been able to run today but I know I need to get on top of that. My day has been a little more stressed than normal because I have been worrying about my son. SO I bet my body is in fat storing mode. Looks like I need to get my tush in gear and work out, to teach my body that I will NOT let stress hold me back :)

Okay today consisted of the following.

8:00 am - Woke up
8:05 am - Downed 16 oz of water (I was surprised with a "mommy wake up, here is eggs and bacon")
9:30 am - 16 oz green tea
10:00 am -  24 oz of ice water
10:30 am - Spring mix topped with 4 oz of left over beef roast
11:00 am - 8 oz of ice water (son accidentally poured the rest out)
12:25 pm - 4 tsp of Avocado Hummus and 4 stalks of celery
12:30 pm - 16 oz glass of tea
2:00 pm - 5 baby carrots and 24 oz of cucumber water
3:30 pm -  4 crowns of broccoli and a 24 oz cucumber water
4:45 pm - 16 oz glass of ice water
5:45 pm - 1 tsp of almond butter with 1 stalk of celery
7:45 pm - 16 oz glass of green tea
8:00 pm - 6 oz baked Sweet Potato and a turkey breast. Both baked in oven

So far so Good I recon on this new meal plan. I bet I can tweak it just a bit more to make it better though. If any of you have any suggestions you would like to see me try to see if it works, let me know. I am up for new challenges and ideas :) Bellow I have gotten the pleasure of working with a few awesome ladies to bring you banners daily full of awesome and yummy foods that are healthy for you. all of which are hidden in the DAY 2 pic and the rest are below so you can see them better. Here is where I challenge you ALL. I will post the locations of every single place I found the pictures at. The fun part is for you to go find out which picture is from which :) I hope you like it. Sleep tight all and don't forget to sweat Pink!

New Meal Plan To A New Me! Day 1

Monday, May 6, 2013

This week has been awesome cause of the fact that I am on a new meal plan for a new me. After the encouragement of others, I have decided to embark with my family on a whole foods meal plan. A whole foods meal plan is basically one of the oldest meal plans their is. It basis on meat and vegetables only.

I didn't come to this meal plan without concern.I have done my research on it. With this meal plan, I will be reprogramming my body to not depend on sugars. So by cutting out the fruit, processed sugars like pastas and bread, I am basically showing my body that it doesn't need those things to survive. I will be eating every 2.5 hours and eating from 1200-2000 calories a day. I know what you are thinking. How could someone like me who struggles to even eat 1200 calories, going to be able to manage 1200 let alone 2000 calories with just lean meats and veggies. Simple, eat 6 meals a day and aim to eat over 200 calories each meal. My base caloric intake is going to be 1200-1500. Then I will add on the calories as I work out. Now here comes the part where I give up a little secret. I LOVE hummus and guess what, I can have it on this meal plan. I can also have avocado's and peppers so the hummus I normally eat, I can have :) Instead of having it with pita chips, like I normally do, I will eat it with celery sticks. That will help me get the caloric and the fat intake I need to get my numbers where they are suppose to be.

My Day has been as follows:

  • 7:40 am -  Woke up
  • 7:45 am -  Drank 16 oz of water
  • 8:00 am -  Ate 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • 10:15 am - Drank 16 oz of water
  • 10:30 am - Ate One California roll made with avocado, celery, shrimp, carrots
  • 11 am-11:30 am - Weight Training
  • 11:15 am - 16 oz of water
  • 12:00 pm - 4 oz Almond Milk
  • 12:45 pm - 16 oz water
  • 1:00 pm - Ate One California roll made with avocado, celery, shrimp, carrots
  • 1:10 pm - 16 oz green tea
  • 3:45 pm - 30 min run
  • 4:30 pm - Plain Greek Yogurt  (lost track of time)
  • 6:45 pm - 16 oz of water
  • 7:00 pm - 12 oz of extreme Lean Roast and 6 oz of lightly steamed Broccoli with 16 oz of tea
  • 8:30 pm - 24 oz of water
  • 9:30pm - 4 oz of Beef Jerky 

This has been day one of my New Meal Plan to a New Me! Other than being a bit tired now after very little sleep last night, I actually feel really good. Full and good :) Well I really hope you all have a wonderful night and always remember to Eat Right, Sleep well and Sweat Pink :)

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Zola Review!

At first, I was really scared to try this cause the last time I got coconut water, I honestly hated it. The chunks (pulp) was slimy and it tasted awe full. It was a different brand I got at my local grocer and it was bitter and just not my cup of tea. Then I had the opportunity to try the Zola Coconut water and Açaí Berry Juice.

First off, let's discuss what each of the products are. First the Açaí, pronounced as ah-sigh-ee, is a little purple berry that looks a lot like a blueberry but has a larger seed inside. It is sweet and like they say on the Zola website, Açaí tastes like luscious wild berries kissed with chocolate. Açaí is LOADED with antioxidants and are found in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. This was the one I favored the most of the 2. It was sweet and yummy. I felt really refreshed after.

Next was the time I was dreading. The coconut water.

Before I talk about that, let me give you a little info on Coconut water (pronounced Co-Co-Nut). It is much different then you are thinking. When you think of Coconuts, you are probably thinking of those hard grassy looking orbs you find at the grocery store. The ones used by Zola are actually young green Coconuts and are found  in Thailand, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines and other warm, tropical, destinations.

Young green Coconuts have a green outer husk with a large white nut inside. This nut contains clear refreshing “Coconut Water” as well as white meat that lines the inside of the nut. Young green Coconuts grow in the tops of palm trees

These are very healthy and have sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium naturally in them. Which is awesome for Hydration. Better than any Gatorade or Power-aid you can drink that have nasty preservatives and other harmful things inside them.  If you can't pronounce the ingredients, then you may not want to consume it. The great thing about both of these is you can read everything in them. So awesome!

I have to admit, with the last experience I had with coconut water, I was really not looking forward to the taste. After opening it up and standing next to my kitchen sink, ready to spit it out if it tasted the same, I took a drink. Let me tell you, It tasted better than the last brand I had lol. I still didn't absolutely LOVE it but it wasn't bad. The hardest part for me was the chunks. Just like with Chia juice, I had a bit of a texture issue with the idea of chunky stuff in my drink (pulp). I myself use the reusable ice trays 99% of the time just cause of the issue of having chunks in my drinks. With smoothies I have no problem, but with everything else, I seem to have issues with. More of a texture kind of thing. The other one they sent me didn't have the chunks in it and I liked it. After talking to a few people, it is not for everyone. If you have a texture issue kinda thing, don't get the ones with pulp. Even though I knew they were in their, that was still the hardest part for me to get past. It isn't sweet like you would think. When you think of coconut, you think of the little white slithers you find in the store you top desserts with. This is NOT that. It has a subtle taste to it and to some, they say it can taste quite bitter.  To me it isn't bad. I actually love using it in recipe's. Especially in smoothies and to soak my chicken strips in before I grill them on the stove.  So even though the Coconut water isn't my favorite, It still is good and the added goodness it adds to the food and smoothies is an added bonus :)

An Awesome Idea you can use Zola Coconut Water to cook with:

Poor 8-20 oz of coconut water into a bowl then add 1-4 chicken breasts into the bowl and let them soak for 5-20 minutes. While they are soaking, add some almond flour to a different bowl. Then one at a time, remove the chicken from the bowl and let it drip off the excess. Then add it to the bowl with the almond flour. Coat the chicken completely then put in a pan that has been preheated on medium with 1 Tbs of natural organic butter. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the center is white. Top with some sauteed mushrooms and onions or place over some Spaghetti Squash and home made tomato sauce.

You can purchase your very own Coconut water and Açaí Berry juice here!
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