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2012 Butte to Butte

June 28, 2012

PhotobucketAfter a painfully disappointing run this morning–literally, I aimed for 6+ miles and my knee started screaming around 2–I’ve decided to only register for the 5k instead of the 10k at this year’s Butte to Butte. Last year, on July 4th, I got caught in traffic (in my car) as this race went through the center of town and I felt so lazy sitting there in place watching hundreds of people smiling and getting exercise. I’m proud to say I’ll be one of the people stopping traffic this year (like I don’t already stop traffic anyway on account of how hawt I am) AND my friend Lauren will be running the 5k with me; it’s her first race!

If you’re in the Eugene area the race is $17 (without buying a shirt) and you can register here up until July 3rd.

My Chocolate Savior

June 7, 2012

PhotobucketSince I’m injured and less active overall right now, I’ve been watching my carb consumption like a hawk–considering hawks are birds of prey, this analogy is actually very literal. Anyway, I have been having terrible chocolate cravings, but until yesterday have just been trying to ignore them.

However, while at the Kiva yesterday Sam spotted these low-carb ChocoPerfection bars. We tried the chocolate almond and it was actually really really good. With only three net carbs and zero sugar these bars are an excellent choice if you’re on a diet. They have A LOT of fiber and the chocolate taste is actually satisfying and not artificial at all. The only barrier to my not consuming these daily is the price ($4.39 a piece when you buy a box of five from their website), but it’s fantastic to know there is now an option when I’m craving chocolate that isn’t going to stall my forward progress.

Protein Powered Treats

June 4, 2012

PhotobucketYesterday Lyndsi made an amazing recipe I had to share. I will warn you that if you lack self-control (as I do) these are dangerous to have in the house because you will eat them all, but they’re definitely a healthier alternative to regular cookies.

Protein Balls

1 cup oats, 1 cup natural peanut butter, 3 scoops of vanilla whey protein, and agave (She didn’t measure but said she used 2 squirts out of the bottle). Mix together and form in to balls. Place and store in freezer.

Thanks for sharing these Lyndsi. They’re going to be my new cheat treats when I reallllly want peanut butter cookies.

PhotobucketI’ve written about this before, but a subject I really want to revisit today is N.E.A.T, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. Right now I workout once or even twice a day, but before I had a gym membership I was rapidly dropping weight due to increasing my N.E.A.T. What does this mean exactly? Well, basically increasing the amount of calories you burn in your everyday life when you’re NOT exercising.

See, I have a lot of friends who say they don’t have time to workout and justifiably so. They are single mothers, friends working two or three jobs, and people stretched so thin between school and work that they hardly have time to cook a hot meal.

So, how can you see results if you don’t have time to workout? Well, increasing the amount of calories you burn is pretty easy once you form new habits in your everyday life. We’ve all heard you should take the stairs instead of the elevator, but there is actual science to back this up. If you can find opportunities to walk instead of drive, or do anything manually that you would normally rely on a vehicle or machinery to do, you will see results over time–even if you don’t change anything else in your schedule or diet.

Last year I started riding my bike to work. It actually saves me a little time over driving, and even without being on a strict diet I saw results. I also try to take every opportunity I can at work to run errands on foot or even just get up from my desk to walk across the office instead of sending an email. I also sit on a fitness ball as a chair, so my legs and core are engaged when I’m working. Where in your day can you increase your N.E.A.T.?

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I Wanna Get Dirty

April 26, 2012

PhotobucketToday’s post title is inspired by this song. I’m willing to bet everyone that reads my blog already knew that.

People that know me in real life know that I am girly. I’ve never been camping. I own a giant box of makeup which I use daily. I don’t even like having my hair up in a ponytail or bun unless I’m working out. Which is why it may be a surprise to everyone that I’m thinking about training for a Spartan Race. There’s a race sort of like this happening in Eugene called The Dirty Dash, which I plan to register for when I get paid, but ultimately, I’d like to travel to and run the real deal.

Something about training to be extremely animalistic and get super filthy while climbing over obstacles and sprinting in the mud makes me willing to leave my flowery smelling comfort-zone (temporarily) and get dirrrrty. I’ll post again as the time approaches–but stay tuned for photos of a very muddy girl come July. Also, if anyone is in the area and wants to run the Dirty Dash together–it’s 4 miles total, up at Mt. Pisgah, with several obstacles in between. What’s more fun than getting dirty together??

PhotobucketIf you live in the Eugene area there will be a special Zumba class this Sunday at InShape on 26th and Willamette (across from Turtles).

This class features three instructors (one if which is my fave: Teresa), who will each get a 30 minute set–so 90 minutes of Zumba!

Festivities kick off at 1pm, and I will be there getting my sweat on. This is a fundraiser with the proceeds going to The Kumari Project. Minimum suggested donation is $10, I hope to see you there!

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