Say no to processed foods, yes to glutes

OK, it’s Labor Day and the first day of September, which means it is time for a new Monthly Challenge.

August’s Monthly Challenge was about slowing down. How did that go? I think it a great practice to continue in life moving forward.

OK, onto September’s challenges …

Nutrition: We all know that processed foods, which typically come in a can or box, aren’t great for you. They have lots of ingredients we can’t pronounce.

We are all busy in life and know that sometimes opening a can or box and throwing dinner in the microwave is easy.

We all probably can’t commit to completely eliminating processed foods for the whole month. So maybe for one meal a day, or once a week or just once this month. Try to replace it with something fresh, like fruits and or vegetables.

Exercise: The other day in a yoga class I taught we did some exercises for the glutes.  So I decided to make that the exercise challenge for this month. When you exercise try to dedicate some time to your glutes every time.

If you need more direction then just me telling you to do some exercises, how about each … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Reusable Washable Nylon Produce bags

In honor of Earth Day next week (Monday, April 22) I wanted to review Reusable Washable Nylon Produce bags.

Friend and GFG! reader, Nicole, sent me some as a gift, which is totally awesome.

If anyone ever wants to send me cool items whether as a gift or to review or both I will gladly accept. Remember the onion goggles given to me by friend and GFG! reader Monica?

And come back next Tuesday for a Comment Contest Tuesday and a chance to win your own set of Washable Produce Bags.

The bags are light and can easily be thrown in my reusable grocery bags.

The bags are see through and you can wash your fruits and veggies while they are still in the bag, which works out great.

The bags themselves are easy to clean with a little soap and water and they dry quickly.

One of my bags in the batch my friend sent didn’t have a whole cut for the drawstring. But that’s the only negative I have found. After I realized I couldn’t cinch one of my bags I came home and cut a little slit in the bag and now I can … Continue reading

Planning for my week

I work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s a choice I have to face every single day.

And part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is planning. Planning is a big part of my success with clean living. (I plan out meals and my exercise.)

Sunday mornings are my normal day to hit the grocery. And I did yesterday. I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies and other items to keep me going for the week.

If I have time and motivation on Sundays I will cook up a few things for the week.

Sometimes during the week I will make a meal with two servings so I have a lunch later in the week as well. Which is what I did tonight.

Many times I make Sunday mornings my chopping day–where I chop up veggies for the week, whether for snacks or a stir fry or a meal.

My friend Monica recently mentioned to me that on Sundays she bags up her snack carrots for the week. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that before. (I usually bag my carrots and get my lunch ready the night before.)

So yesterday I bagged up my carrots for … Continue reading

Dealing with that pesky time change

Ugh, I seriously hate time change.

Most places in North America will Fall Back tomorrow at 2 a.m. Most areas of the world have already Fallen Back.

You can see the whole schedule here.

My body just doesn’t do well whether we lose an hour or gain an hour.

I wrote about Springing Forward in March.

If I have time tomorrow I would like to take the 6 p.m. Restorative Yoga class. I think that will really help me sleep better tomorrow night. (My schedule is gonna be a little tight tomorrow so I hope to make it to Restorative Yoga–if not, maybe I can practice on my own–take my own tips below.)

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

My advise to all who need some extra help tomorrow morning:

November Monthly Challenge is about fruits, veggies & butts

Ready for Go Fit Girl!’s November Monthly Challenge?

In October we focused our nutrition challenge on Minus 1: decreasing just one cup of coffee or soda or Diet Coke or beer or glass of wine. I have to say that challenge proved to be quite challenging for me: some traveling; birthday celebrations, anniversary celebration, A’s going to the playoffs and the fact that I feed my feelings with food and booze.

I was a little better with the exercise challenge: 1,000 ab exercises a week. I didn’t complete the 1,000 every week. But most weeks I got some ab work in.

OK, on to November challenges:

Nutrition: Gotta get yer 5 (or 35). We all know how important our fruits and veggies are. But do we get enough in every week or even every day? So your challenge this month is to try to get 5 fruits and veggies in every day/35 a week.

Find new and yummy ways to get your veggies in. Seasonings make everything taste better.

I learned over the summer that I have to be careful with certain fruits. Everything in moderation.

Exercise: The Booty! We are going to focus on the glutes this month. … Continue reading

Going green by reducing, reusing, recycling

I consider myself environmentally conscious and environmentally friendly. Nothing extreme. I just try to be aware.

When I first moved to Oregon recycling was a big deal. And dividing each item was important as well: cardboard; paper; brown glass; green glass; etc. At the apartment complex I first lived in there were bins for each item. It made it easy to recycle.

When Curt and I first moved to the Phoenix area we lived in a townhouse. There was no recycling onsite. We bought our own bins and recycled glass and cans. About once a month we took all the stuff to a recycling center.

Recycling in Berkeley is pretty strict. Pretty similar to how we had to do it in Oregon.

Curt and I recycle and compost. We also recycle batteries, CFL bulbs, turn in ewaste at designated drop-off locations.

I reuse plastic bags, including the produce bags. When we had Joey all those bags were great for cleaning the litterbox. Now I try to be even more conscious about using reusable bags and reusing the produce bags multiple times.

I carry a Chico bag in my purse in case I have an unexpected shopping trip. The bags … Continue reading

A raw deal

Last night I struggled to eat my dinner green smoothie. But I ate it.

This morning I cracked open my breakfast green smoothie. And it just tasted gross. I took about 10 bites and I just couldn’t do it. So I ditched it and had an apple and banana for breakfast. My goal was to keep it raw.

About 11:30 I cracked open my lunch smoothie. Ugh! I couldn’t do it. I decided that that was it. I was done.

I went downstairs to get a salad and soup for lunch.

I thought about trying my dinner smoothie tonight. But the idea of eating green goopey lawnmower pulp makes me ill.

I did my two transition days. And I did three full days of three smoothies for three meals. I am proud I got that far. I am still disappointed that I couldn’t complete the full seven days.

I think the most impressive part about my cleanse is that I went to our upstairs neighbors’ party for three hours and didn’t eat or drink anything except water. It was tough, but I was determined.

Oh yea, I haven’t mentioned that I am sick … again! Just three weeks after I … Continue reading

Munching on “spaghetti”

I survived Day 3 of my cleanse. I replaced my three meals with three green smoothies. I was a little hungry in the afternoon so I had an apple. Trying to keep it raw. It went much more smoothly than I thought it would.

Last night I attended my regular Friday evening Vinyasa flow class with Lily. We did moon salutations instead of sun salutations. It was a nice way to end the week and for an evening class.

One pose we did was called dragon pose. It was a nice stretch. And Lily mentioned it is a great pose for those of us who wear high heels.

Today is Day 4 of my cleanse. I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat. I am thinking it is because of the raw fruits and vegetables. I tried to do some research online. I couldn’t find anything that is certain. But I think the scratchy throat is because my body is detoxing.

I had a green smoothie for breakfast and lunch. I had some carrots for a snack this afternoon. For dinner I made raw “spaghetti.” I am eating half of it now. And will eat half later. … Continue reading

Exercise, vegetables and dancing … oh my!

Sorry for the slacking in blogging. But rest assured I have not been slacking in the exercise or the caloric intake department.

Let’s see. What have I been up to since I last blogged on Tuesday …

On Wednesday I walked with some co-workers/friends. It was a small group, but we were/are fierce. The walk started off rather cool. But eventually we were warmed up and feeling good. We walked for an hour. And we were faster than last week. In our first 30 minutes we got farther than we did the week before. I kinda dreaded the hour walk. But once we got going I felt great! Wednesday night I went to Baxter’s Hatha yoga class, which was packed.

Thursday my friend/co-worker and I went out to lunch. We had Chinese food. I had a cup of hot and sour soup and steamed veggies over brown rice. I really wanted kung pao chicken, but I refrained. Thursday afternoon I hit the gym at work. I decided to not spin as the seat is jacked up. (The repair guy is coming tomorrow.) So I walked for about 20 minutes on the treadmill and then did weights and abs for about … Continue reading

Trying to de-clutter my life

I recently signed up for a super cleanse with Lory Benson Pilates, which started yesterday. I haven’t actually started the green smoothie cleanse as the timing isn’t quite right for me. But before the end of this month I plan to imbibe in some fruit and veggie smoothies.

The seven-day cleanse is about de-cluttering physically, mentally and your surroundings.

Because the cleanse technically started yesterday Lory is sending out daily e-mails. Her encouragement and advice on our de-cluttering in all aspects is really great, motivating and inspiring.

Yesterday and today Lory has been giving advice on how to de-clutter our surroundings. I am totally excited and motivated to do this. I had planned to attack my closet and our spare room/office over the week off between Christmas and New Year’s and then I got a cold. So nothing was taken care of then.

We have friends visiting in March. So that gives me a goal and deadline to have the spare room in tip top shape followed by the rest of the house.

This morning I attacked the kitchen. I cleaned the top of the fridge, inside it, outside of it; moved on to pots and pans; various drawers, … Continue reading