Archive | April, 2014

Weighing in on Planet Fitness

29 Apr

Planet Fitness is at it again… this week they asked a pregnant woman to either put on an over-sized shirt or leave due to her baby bump showing. The gym claims it is due to a no mid-drift policy that is up to manager’s discretion. See the story: ABCnews. I might be able to accept that it was a clear cut violation of the dress code because there was some of her baby bump showing (I think that’s ridiculous but I could accept it); however, she had worn the same tank top multiple times in the past.

Earlier this month a Muslim woman was asked to leave because of her head covering, New York News. And another woman states she was asked to leave because she was “too toned”. Planet Fitness states all of these women were in violation of their dress code.

The Planet Fitness mission statement claims they “are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone – and [they] mean anyone – can be comfortable. A diverse, Judgement Free Zone® where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built.” However from their commercials insulting body builders to their “Gymtimidation” commercial which both depict body builders and fit women as stupid and mindless, they are anything but accepting of everyone.

What baffles me is even with their “Lunk Alarm” and pizza days sabotaging their own members, they continue to grow at a rapid rate.


I didn’t know staying hydrated made people a “lunk”

What do you think? Have you worked out at a Planet Fitness or know someone who does? Do you support their decisions in these cases?



26 Apr

What I hope for…

Spring is Here!

22 Apr

Last night hubby actually got home at a decent hour and suggested we go look for bikes. We’ve been talking about it for a long time and trying to decide how serious we were going to be about it (i.e. How much money we wanted to spend on it) but finally decided to just bite the bullet and buy something that would work for the casual and commuting riding we plan to do. I called my brother (mountain bike guru) to get his quick advice and we settled on Diamondbacks. We took a short bike ride around our neighborhood last night and hubby rode his to work today, I’ll keep you posted on our review once I get some more bike time in. For now I’m excited just to have them!


My Gluten Free Kitchen

21 Apr

Since not being able to work and workouts being fairly very limited, I have been able to focus on some other things. Mainly easy projects around the house and meal planning to make dinner every night. Today I finally took the time to go explore an organic market (shout out to MOM’s) around our house and was pleasantly surprised– some things were a lot less expensive than at my normal grocery store. It made me very excited for the Farmer’s Markets to start opening soon.

While I was grocery shopping I realized that it can be a daunting place for people who are starting to eat gluten free or make any diet change. Trying to break away from items you always buy along with trying to find new options or alternatives can be frustrating and confusing.


Photo from Google images

Here are my top 2 tips for healthy shopping:

1. Plan ahead! Have a list and stick to it. This will help keep cost down and ensure you don’t give in to the tasty end cap items- if the junk food’s not in your house, it makes it harder to eat it.

2. Shop the outside, everyone says it because it’s true. With the exception of the spice aisle there’s very little need to shop the aisles every week.


And here are the cooking staples I keep in my gluten free kitchen…


  1. Quinoa
  2. Rice (we alternate between brown and basmati)
  3. Rudi’s Multi-Grain gluten free bread (freezer section)


  1. EGGS
  2. Chicken
  3. Organic Andouille Chicken Sausage
  4. Turkey Bacon


  1. Zucchini (it’s cheap and easy to cook in a variety of ways)
  2. Green Beans (frozen or fresh depending on price)
  3. Onions
  4. Garlic (lots of it)
  5. Bananas
  6. Apples
  7. Lemons


  1. Almond meal
  2. Flax seed
  3. Gluten Free all-purpose blend (Namaste is my favorite but hard to find)
  4. Unsweetened baking coconut
  5. Gluten free oats (Bob’s Red Mill is a common brand)

Oils, vinegars, and spices:

  1. Olive Oil
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Canola Oil Baking Spray
  4. Balsamic Vinegar
  5. Red Wine Vinegar
  6. Basil
  7. Pepper

Everything else I buy as needed or when it’s on sale, especially produce. I try to keep frozen veggies stocked as well for quick and easy sides. What staples do you keep in the house?

Finding Peace Here

9 Apr

A glimpse into my nursing life… very well stated

Our Front Door


I watched four people die this weekend, four people. Sounds horrifying right? Well, it is.

Surely these people must have been sweet little 90 year olds, who lived long happy lives, drifting quietly off into the night surrounded by family they love. Well, that is not my story, in fact, that’s never my story. My story is filled with people who woke up, got dressed, and started their day, just like you and I, having no idea that it would be their last.

The room above looks so benign, shiny and new, full of promise and cutting edge medical equipment, ready for whatever may roll through the doors. Exactly what you would want if you were the one lying in the bed. But, there is much more here than meets the eye. So many things, things that can’t be seen by those who haven’t stood in this place time and…

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I gave in…

9 Apr

So after my really good day yesterday, I went to work and after one patient my back was killing me. I finally left work and gave in to go see my doctor… no working or workouts for me until my PT clears me 😦


At least I have some fun new recipes thanks to Bon Appetit magazine. I’ll be posting a new pork and new salmon recipe soon (just need to get the photos off hubby’s phone).

Light leg workout and more kale adventures

8 Apr

Well I made it to physical therapy today and sounds like all the core exercises I’ve been doing since last week have helped. After PT I went to the gym and did a (very) light leg workout, focusing on keeping good form and my core tight.


  • 20 body weight squats
  • 12 lunges/leg

Image2 sets:

  • 12 BOSU lunges/leg
  • 20 squats with ball toss
  • 12 sumo squats with calf raises

2 sets:

  • 12 deadlifts
  • 12 kneeling hip extension/leg
  • 1 min wall sit

2 sets:

  • 12 lunges/leg
  • 12 stability ball knee tucks

Then I stretched out and did stability drills.

After my workout I made another Kale smoothie using chocolate protein powder for the first time, once again pleasantly surprised 🙂

Blend until smooth:

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 C Greek Honey yogurt
  • 1 C almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 C kale