Archive | October, 2014

Fit While Traveling

20 Oct

This weekend hubby and I took a day off work and went back to MN for one of my good friends weddings. It was great to see family but a few days is never enough time, we didn’t even make it back to hubby’s home town. Despite the crazy schedule of our weekend, the wedding was great. I love weddings, especially when you just feel that the couple is a good fit and this was definitely one of those.

While my diet certainly wasn’t the best this weekend, it wasn’t awful. This led me to think about easy things I try to do while traveling and I thought I should share my top 3 rules…

1. Hydrate! It drives hubby crazy but the first thing I do after getting through security is get a bottle of water. An easy option if you don’t want to buy one is to bring an empty bottle with you through security and find a water fountain to fill it.

2. Bring your snacks. Obviously you eat out more when traveling and, while sometimes that makes it easier to find healthy meal options, snacking can get hard. Especially at the airport! Just save yourself temptation and trouble and bring your own.

3. Stay active. Even if you aren’t getting in gym time, find healthier ways to spend your time on vacation. One day we went to the museum and walked to the park with my niece and nephew, another day my dad and I took our family dog out and just walked to the neighborhood coffee shop while we caught up. You don’t have to do a lot, but you do have to do something.

I could write a whole post on healthy options eating out (and probably have or will) but something to keep in mind at restaurants is always portion control.

Do you have tips or tricks for staying on track while traveling? Do you allow yourself to cheat a bit like I do?

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**not my image, thank you Google search 🙂

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Wednesday Workout Review

15 Oct

I hate sick days… I’m not good at them. I feel awful but still just feel guilty about not being at work and not getting things done around the house. It’s just miserable.

On the plus side, there’s at least a few things I can do while taking it easy, like writing a post for example. It’s been a week of T25 and while we haven’t been following it religiously I do feel comfortable writing a review. Here’s my thoughts… It is a very dynamic workout plan. You will work up a sweat and it is tiring in just a 30 minute workout. I like that it’s something hubby and I can do together (but the 4 am wake ups are rough!)

The down side is, with my back issues, I have to modify quite a bit. They have a beginner modification built in but nothing as an intermediate option. This isn’t a make or break since I have a background that allows me to safely modify and still get a good workout but I could see it being a challenge for someone who did not have a fitness background.

All in all if you’re looking for a dynamic workout program and are able to safely complete a high impact workout, I think it’s worth the buy. Just keep in mind that if high impact isn’t for you, neither is this program.

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The other night I made this Coconut Curry Cauliflower. It was delicious! I substituted green beans instead of spinach for a little crunch but otherwise stuck to her recipe.

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Fit and Busy is Expanding!

10 Oct

Short and sweet since I’m on my way into work for the day. As part of being selected as a FitFluential Ambassador I’ve decided to join the rest of the world and start using Twitter. I’d love it if you would start following me there as well! @FitAndBusyRN

So far I’ve done 3 of the T25 workouts. It’s very dynamic (and tonight I’m planning on doing a yoga workout instead to give my back a break) but I’m looking forward to reviewing the program soon.

Changing It Up

8 Oct

A friend of mine recently signed up to be a Beachbody coach and inspired me to try the T25 program. I’ve been wanting to find something that hubby and I can do together so it needed to be around 30 minutes– I will absolutely not getting up any earlier than 0400 to workout. Even if we don’t get in every workout together it’s a nice option so we don’t have to spend even less time together just to get workouts in. I did one workout yesterday but I’m holding off on judgement until I do a few more. Don’t worry though, I’m still planning on lifting twice a week. I want to find a happy balance and other workouts I enjoy now that my focus isn’t only working towards a fitness competition.

I also just ordered my second outfit from Fabletics. It definitely won’t be a monthly occurrence- they have good prices but not that good! This time I got capri pants and a top with a built in bra. I’m much happier with the sports bra this time around so I do think I just ordered the wrong size last time.

fableticsOnce again I am happy with the overall outfit. The top is great for lifting- not so much for yoga or inverted poses and the pants fit pretty well. Due to some personal insecurities (hey, we all have them) I don’t know if I’ll order capris again but for this outfit and with longer tops I’m liking them. I love the colors.

I always find new workout clothes super motivating so they’re a great fitness “reward” for myself. Do you find fun workout clothes motivating or just a necessary purchase?

**This post was not sponsored or endorsed by any company

Pumpkin Crazy

2 Oct

It seems life has been even crazier than normal lately. Hubby’s been working longer hours, we’re planning lots of family trips the next couple months and I’ve been trying to make new recipes in the time I do have.

Yesterday’s workout was a combination of my physical therapy exercises and leg exercises at home while I was waiting for the plumber (our garbage disposal was jammed) and today I did the Blogilates DVD and some extra arm exercises.

This past weekend (oops, should have posted by now!) I made pumpkin french toast on a whim. It was so good!

Photo from Classy Cooking

Photo from Classy Cooking

You’ll need:

  • 4-5 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 C pure pumpkin puree (if you want it really pumpkin-y do 1/2 C)
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 6 pieces whole grain bread- I use Rudi’s Multi-Grain gluten free bread
  1. Whisk together the ingredients (other than the bread) and pour into shallow dish
  2. Dip bread in mixture, leave in a few seconds on each side to soak in the egg mixture
  3. Transfer onto a warm, lightly greased pan or griddle
  4. Flip the pieces while you cook until they are golden brown on both sides

Serve with pure maple syrup and a cup of coffee and enjoy!