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WIAW [Healthified Eats]

Hi loves! Ok so how crazy is it that Friday makes the first day in July?! I still have no clue where June went! The good thing about today though is that it’s Wednesday Smile So link up with Jenn over at Peas and Crayons and have your own WIAW party.

Peas and Crayons

A great day for me always begins with breakfast. An oats kind of breakfast to be exact.

Chocolate nanner oats topped with granola, reeses peanut butter chips, and cinnamon raisin pb. Yum!!

For lunch I had a pizza craving! I used a flat out to make a yummy turkey pepperoni pizza.

Why order out when you can make a healthified version?  Winking smile

When it came to dinner I had yet a different fast food craving. A cheeseburger and fries were calling my name.

I used a frozen veggie burger that I had in my fridge, topped it with cheddar cheese and made some delicious sweet tatter fries. I don’t know about you but ketchup is my favorite condiment! I eat it with everything Smile My homemade healthified burger was a total win. 

With all my great nutritious meals I figured dessert should be a bit more sinful…

Oreo cupcakes anyone?! My aunt brought these and they just looked so cute I couldn’t resist. Plus the oreos were calling my name. Winking smile

There you have it! All my great meals for the day.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure turned healthy?

06/29/2011 at 8:08 am 74 comments

10 Exercise Myths

Happy Saturday loves!!! Sorry I’ve been away but I’m back. Hope you didn’t miss me too much Winking smile

I came across this article that was tweeted and figured it would be good to talk about.

CNN.COM has composed a list of exercise myths that have come apparent due to people wanting to maximize their results at the gym while minimizing the amount of time spent.

10) Your cardio machine is counting the calories you’re burning.

It isn’t accurate and doesn’t mean squat. Since it doesn’t ask for your body composition, the numbers the machine spits out should not be accounted for.

9) Women shouldn’t lift weights because it’ll make them bulky.

I’ve already said this once before but women don’t turn into bodybuilders over night. It takes a lot of muscle overload to bulk up. Since women have large amounts of estrogen they won’t build muscle as fast as men do. Strength training helps decrease body fat and keeps you lean, so lift girls lift!

8 ) Heart rate monitors will let you know how hard you’re working.

Your own body is the only test of how hard you are working. Know your body’s signals and use that as your point of reference.

7) Your weight is the end all, be all.

Health isn’t determined by your weight, there are many other factors involved in a healthy lifestyle. Don’t only rely on the number your scale spits out, but on other numbers such as cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

6) Low-intensity exercise burns more fat.

Low intensity cardio is good to relieve stress on the joints, but the more intensely you exercise the more carbs you burn. When all carbs are used up, then your body will start to burn fat.

5) Chug a protein shake after workout.

Although a protein shake is good for emergencies it is the lowest quality of food. Eat real foods that are not so processed.

4) You can spot reduce for tight abs or toned arms.

You need to get rid of the fat before you can see the muscle, so train your entire body not just one area.

3) As long as I go to the gym 30-45 minutes, that gives me a pass to do what I want for rest of the day.

You can’t believe how many times I’ve heard the reasoning behind a work out. “If I run on the treadmill I can eat a cheeseburger with a milkshake, after all they cancel each other out right?”  You need a good diet to get the most out of your workouts.

2) No pain, no gain.

Discomfort during a workout is acceptable, pain is not. If you ever feel intense pain you should immediately stop whatever is it that you’re doing. This makes you more at risk for an injury or wearing the muscles out.

1) Stretching will help prevent injuries.

There is a difference between stretching and warming up. You should warm up to help loosen the muscle but stretching can be counterproductive.

“A study published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that static stretches that last longer than a minute could be detrimental to performance.”

Well there you have it!! Hope you are all having a great weekend as I enjoy this great breakfast Winking smile

Chocolate banana oats topped with granola and cinnamon raisin peanut butter. Nom!!!

Did you use to believe any of these exercise myths?

06/25/2011 at 12:17 pm 68 comments

Friday Favorites

Woot woot it’s the weekend friends, time to whip out the happy hour cocktails Winking smile

What am I loving this week?

1) Zumba!!

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Great way to get in that cardio workout while having fun.

2) Target socks

Love these and they were super cheap. I like all the fun and funky colors Smile

3) Overnight Oats

Nothing like a good old fashion banana chocolate combo. Yum!

4) Essie Angora Cardi

http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/angoracardi1.jpg

Great cute color for Summer. I’m all about the purples and pinks right now

5) Michael Kors Lady’s Watches MK5235

 

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I don’t have this beauty yet, but I want it!

Tell  me, what are you loving this week?

06/17/2011 at 5:24 pm 62 comments

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