April 16, 2015
My friend sent me this text last night about her workout. I was literally in tears with laughter when I got this message.
I am pretty sure we can all relate to this feeling at some point during our healthy living journey. I know for me, it took me YEARS before I actually had a genuine love for exercising. I remember a time when a 45-minute routine was just painful for me.
However, once I truly educated myself on the benefits of exercising, how to properly exercise and I started to see significant results, it became a natural love affair for me.
Now I have my days where just the thought of exercising makes me want to go back to bed and sleep. It’s natural to not always be in the mood to exercise and that’s ok. The key is to not stay in the mindset of “I hate working out”, you have to find your own personal fitness groove.
Not everyone is going to be a fitness fanatic who goes to the gym 7 days a week multiple times a day, I’m definitely not that extreme but to each his own. Everyone’s goal is different.
Below are my tips to learning to love exercise if you don’t OR to getting out of a fitness funk (because it will happen).
- Find Something You Love: I remember when I first started working out, I started with running and forced myself to train for a 10k and realized afterwards that I really don’t like running at all. It’s truly my least favorite workout. I allowed myself to get caught up with everyone else who was into running and thought it would be so cool to be a runner. It was so NOT for me. Once I discovered that I like dance/cardio workouts, HIIT workouts and group fitness classes. It made my fitness life a lot easier. Try different workouts until you have found what you LOVE.
- Find the Right Time to Exercise: Try exercising at different times during the day to see what works best for you. I LOVE early morning workouts and loathe evening workouts, but sometimes I just don’t have a choice and have to suck it up and exercise after work, but I have my best workouts in the morning. When I go after work, I have a lot on my mind and I don’t usually have a lot of time.
- Rest and Listen to Your Body: There will be days when you simply don’t want to exercise because you’re tired, mentally not into it and for so many other reasons. Take a break. Rest does the body good. No one is going to call the fitness police if you didn’t exercise for 2 or more days.
- Create A Personal Routine: After my morning workouts, I spend an additional 5-7 minutes just sitting still and being in the moment and not thinking about anything at all. It’s a semi-meditation for me and a great way to close out my workout and start the day.
- Invest in a Tracking Device: The greatest reward is seeing the results of your hard work. When I first got my Garmin I was always inspired to push harder with every workout to see how much more calories I can burn.
- Not Every Workout has to be Intense: There are days when I just like to take a walk at the park and that’s ok. The quickest way to burnout is by going to hard to fast. Pace yourself, especially if you’re new to exercising.
- Be Yourself: It’s very easy with fitness to try and emulate what others are doing, which always fills us with self-doubt about what we are doing. Now, it’s great to learn from some of the things other people are doing but ultimately, know one knows your body and endurance better then you. Love where you are in your fitness journey and don’t be so hard on yourself or feel like you have to be like the next person.
What other tips would you add to this list about learning to love exercise? How do you get out of a fitness funk? Do you love or hate exercising?
April 13, 2015
I hope you had a wonderful and rested weekend. My weekend was nuts as always but can’t complain. I got to spend quality time with my little one and my younger cousins. Now I’m ready to get started with this week.
Today I have a very special event announcement to share.
Last year, one of the highlights of the year for me was the inaugural A Healthy U health and wellness event that I co-hosted with Nellie and Kimberly. We had a vision to create a day that would inspire, educate and motivate people to make themselves and their overall health a priority. Through a series of healthy living workshops, fitness classes like zumba and opportunities to connect and have conversation we delivered.
I am beyond excited and happy to announce that we are once again partnering to host the 2nd annual A Healthy U event this May and like last year, the day will be a memorable and fun day filled with workshops and surprise new workouts.
Tickets are currently on-sale and we will be announcing speakers and program elements within the next few weeks. Tickets quickly sold out last year so get yours today!
Be sure to follow @ahealthyucon to stay up to date on event details.
We hope to see you there! You won’t want to miss it.
April 8, 2015
A few months ago, I launched “Cooking Chronicles”, a new feature on the site where I share some tasty recipes that I have tested or new ones that I created myself. I love to eat and I love to cook, so I’m always excited to share new ideas for healthy meals.
It’s been awhile since my last post and I have since tried several new recipes that I am excited to share with you.
Today’s recipe is courtesy of Kevin of Fit Men Cooks. A few months ago he posted a picture and quick video for his “Sweet Potato Lasagna”.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of traditional lasagna (something about the consistency of ricotta cheese just freaks me out) in addition to the fact that it’s super high-calorie. However, I was immediately salivating when Kevin posted a picture of his Sweet Potato Lasagna and I knew I had to give it a try.
One of the key differences with Kevin’s recipe vs a traditional lasagna recipe is that he replaces the actual pasta lasagna with sweet potatoes (which makes it so much healthier vs using regular lasagna).
You can find the original recipe here. I tweaked it a little bit (Kevin used cottage cheese, I did not but feel free to incorporate. I also added the peppers and garlic gloves for added flavor and I didn’t use mushrooms, tomatoes or eggs. I also added thyme.)
WHAT YOU NEED
- 2 small aluminum pans
- Ground meat of choice (I used lean ground turkey when i first made it). I also made a meatless version a few weeks ago utilizing (Gardein)
- 1.5c Organic pasta sauce
- ½ c onion chopped
- ½ c red peppers chopped
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- ½ c shredded cheese of choice (I used a cheese blend mix from Sargento)
- Seasoning of Choice (I used Flavor God’s Everything Seasoning)
- Pinch of fresh thyme
STEP 1: Sautee onions, red peppers and garlic in 1 tbsp of olive oil or cooking spray.
STEP 2: As the onion mixture gets soft and brown, add the meat to the pan with the onion mixture and stir until fully cooked.
STEP 3: Once the meat is fully cooked add about 1.5 to 2 cups of pasta sauce and seasoning of choice. Also add the thyme.
STEP 4: While meat is simmering , start slicing the sweet potato into a semi-thick circular shape and preheat your oven at 375 degrees.
STEP 5: Start layering the sweet potatoes into the smaller pans. Add layers of sweet potato, then a layer of meat sauce. Add another layer of sweet potatoes then meat sauce. Top with shredded cheese and bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes
The result is a fantastic and I mean super tasty lasagna that’s half the calories of regular lasagna. My husband loves it, my four-year old, not so much, I LOVE it. It also reheats pretty well. Every time I have made this dish, I also bring some to work for lunch and I love it even more at work.
Do you life lasagna? Have you ever tried sweet potato lasagna?