30 Day EASY Abs and Core Challenge – Day 2

Try it, and see how you feel in a month!!

5 more on each exercise except for the plank. Once again not hard. The Bicycle Crunches, I had to stop at 10 and give my stomach a little rest then finish the 5. lol

My fitness goals are:

1) 120lb

2) Cosplaying

3) Two Piece Bathing Suit

4) Look amazing in pictures. I look great in pictures now, I just want the bulge to go away lol

5) Other things that I can’t think of right now lmao.

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Chocolate-Almond Butter Bites – a healthier candy

We all know how hard it is to stay away from treats all the time, actually it is basically impossible, but with this recipe at least you can indulge your craving without feeling TOO guilty 😉

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chocolate almond butter bitesThose checkout aisles at the grocery store can be a nightmare. Not only do we have to negotiate tempting pocket-money magazines with eye-catching headlines (“Is Pippa MIddleton Engaged?”; “25 Worst Beach Bodies”), but also serried rows of come-hither confectionary. Ahh, those crispy, colourful packages containing a black hole of happiness. Mmm, it’s only little. Just rip off the wrapper and dive on in: to over a third of a days’ worth of added sugar and fat.

And that’s if you stick with one modestly-sized bar or bag. Kinda makes the trolley-load of kale and quinoa a bit redundant. *Wince*chocolate almond butter bites

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Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

Great recipe for pineapple guacamole! Healthy and tasty, the best combination out there!

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Inspiration: You simply can’t have too much guacamole in our house. That much is a fact. And while we love our standard guacamole recipe best, it’s always fun experimenting and throwing some new flavors into the mix (like pumpkin seeds or tomatillos). I have quite a list of add-ins that I’d like to try – bacon, bleu cheese, and goat cheese, to name a few – but grilled pineapple seemed the perfect summery add-in for our Fourth of July dinner when we were throwing some steaks on the grill.

What We Loved: This guacamole is really an interesting treat. It is completely and totally characterized by the sweet pineapple. Each bite, whether you get a bunch of the pineapple chunks or none at all, is defined by a slightly charred sweetness. It’s a really interesting and refreshing flavor, and certainly a different and unique spin on standard…

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Taking Care of Yourself

Taking care of your body is something that should really be a priority in our lives but it always seems like we’re too busy doesn’t it? I know personally I go back and forth between several months of a health kick and an equal amount of time pushing it to the bottom of the to do list.

I also know that during my health kicks of eating right, exercising and simply taking the stairs I have more energy for the seemingly never ending list of obligations. I might not have time to watch my favorite netflix series every night, but it’s worth it to get out there and be productive. I’m constantly working hard and proud of my progress during these times. If I exercise every morning I somehow manage to get better grades, give more effort at work, and see more of my friends and family while still getting to bed on time and not feeling over tired.

Then along come the lazy months. I’m not yet sure how the motivation switch gets turned off but I’m still looking for the answer. During these times I still do the minimum to seem productive which mostly requires talking fast enough that people think I’m being productive while I’m actually daydreaming. These are awful months though. It’s basically a rut that affects every part of your life. You find ways to leave work early or excuses to skip class and you blow off friends in favor of a nap or watching a full season of a badly made sitcom on netflix. It takes awhile for me to realize this has been happening but it always seems to hit me in the grocery store when I look down and see cookies, chips, ice cream and copious amounts of mac & cheese. I then think back and realize how little I’ve payed attention to my body. Exercise routines have stopped completely, I’ve developed many various ailments, I sleep constantly and still feel tired, and worse yet I’m never happy. 

Even though it’s clearly obvious to me that fitness and health allow you to have more fun in life, I still fall into ruts just like everybody else. So I’m curious, if you have them, what are your ruts like?  How do you know it’s time to make a change? What is your ‘Aha’ moment?

-K

Nutritional Workshop

Dr. Michael Zola is hosting a nutritional workshop at 1528 Cranston St in Cranston. on Tuesday August 20th. Learn to see foods in a simpler way. There’s no need to understand how to read labels when you know what the healthiest foods in the market are. To safely lose weight, ease chronic pain and add years of vitality to your living you should know how your body uses food as fuel. Dr. Zola will start you on the path to full understanding of how nutrition is connected to your overall health. With information culled from scientifically based approaches to eating, including “The Paleo Diet”, “The Anti-Inflammatory Diet”, ” The Diet Evolution” and “Eat to Live”, Dr. Zola also brings twenty years of clinical experience to a conversational approach in a workshop that is designed to teach you how to get your health working from the inside out. Healthy snacks will be served. Reserve your seat as space is limited. RSVP to zolachiro@yahoo.com or call (401)785-1978.