Weekend Challenge June 22nd and 23rd

Hi! I made it! Did you? It’s time for another weekend challenge. Time flies when… life happens?

This Saturday and Sunday let’s try some cardio and abs. Three times each day, try this little routine:

50 jumping jacks
25 crunches
25 bicycles
10 burpees
15 push-ups
50 mountain climbers
1 minutes plank

It will only take you a few minutes, and will get your heart nice and pumped up in exchange for your time. Hooray for heart pumping!

Tomorrow is the last Lil’s practice of the season! Afterwards I’m driving to see my boyfriend’s new place and meet his roommates/friends. It’s always nice to put faces to names you keep hearing over and over… and over. Hopefully it’s not as rainy as the weatherman is predicting. Good thing the weekend challenge can be an inside activity 😉

Good Things 🙂

FS&JJ

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Weekend Challenge May 11th and 12th

Here’s to the weekend! Time to kick back and relax, whether relaxing means hanging out on the couch or doing something active with every moment of your free time, it’s the not-being-at-work part that really counts. So, how are you spending your weekend?

Hopefully you incorporate this weekend challenge into your Saturday and Sunday morning. When you roll out of bed, whether it be before you wash your face and brush your teeth or while breakfast is cooking, try to get your metabolism awake with this mini total body workout.

50 Jumping Jacks
20 Push Ups
20 Lunges (each side)
30 second Wall Sit
50 Crunches
1 minute plank

This week I made this crock pot macaroni and cheese recipe. However, instead of using two cups of macaroni I substituted half of that with about a cup or cup and a half of cauliflower. I used frozen cauliflower, heated it up a bit so I could tear it into “macaroni-sized” pieces, and dumped it in the crock pot. It was good! Something needs to be added to the recipe to give it a bit more flavor. I used a little ketchup this time, but I’m hoping to find something else to make it taste cheesier. Any suggestions?

Tomorrow is the first Lil’ Kickers (soccer) practice. The soccer portion of Lil’s is my FAVORITE! A friend I’ve known from 4th grade is visiting this week. We’ll hit up the beach and hopefully head to Disney on Sunday. One of my life mottos: When in doubt, DISNEY!

Everyone have an awesome weekend. Spend some time outside. You’ll feel better, I promise.

Good Things 🙂

FS&JJ

Weekend Challenge April 13-14

We’ve all made it through another week! Hooray! And with that comes another healthy weekend for all of us. Double hooray! Your challenge for this week is simple. Do 300 reps of abs each day. “THREE HUNDRED?!?” you say? Yes! It may sound like a lot, but it will take no time at all to knock them all out. Best of all, it’s your choice of what to do. Switch it up or do the same exercise. Split it up into sets of 100 or 50. Do them all before breakfast or before you go to bed. If you need inspiration, check my bonus abs sections in previous posts. Do them while you’re watching TV, or outside in the sun (if you have any this weekend). In the end, your tummy and core will thank you.

Good Things 🙂

FS&JJ

Weekend Challenge- Easter Weekend March 30th-31st

I’m here! I’m alive! And I apologize for slacking to the highest degree. I promise to be better this week. I already have a yummy meal planned to share with you and I know you’ll love it. Pregame hint: get some salmon and asparagus 😉

I guess you may wander to this page tonight or tomorrow morning to get the low-down on your new weekend challenge. Well, here it is! Between the Easter egg hunt and basket candy, the dyed eggs, and the yummy Easter meal, you may need a little metabolism nudge this weekend. Enter the 1-minute egg hunt training program. It’s all about the stoop and ground touch!

The first 30 seconds go to the squat jump. All-out, as high as you can jump, and make sure you touch the ground with your fingers every time you squat down. As many as you can in 30 seconds! When time is up, immediately switch to speed skaters for the remaining 30 seconds. When you “skate” onto one leg, reach over and touch your foot with the opposite hand (i.e. left hand to right foot). Finish that, and you’ll have a quick minute of exercise under your belt (and the perfect training for getting to those Easter eggs quickly and efficiently without tiring out!) Try to do this before each meal, and maybe once or twice in between meals as well, say when you’re waiting for your afternoon snack to cook or before your morning shower.

And because I feel bad about abandoning my few but faithful followers, it’s time for BONUS ABS!

Do 25 reps of each exercise, and then rest for 30 seconds at the end of the set. Repeat twice more, for a total of 3 sets, 300 abs!

1. Leg raises
2. Full crunch
3. Bicycle
4. Kayakers aka Russian twists
5. Plank- 30-60 seconds.

In other news, tomorrow is already the last Lils’ t-ball practice and these kids are spoiled rotten. If I don’t get the best coach of the weekend award for an Easter egg hunt, medals with their names engraved on the back, and baseball cupcakes, I’d like to meet the person who one-upped me.

Healthy baseball funfetti cupcakes. Yummy :)

Healthy baseball funfetti cupcakes. Yummy 🙂

I’m currently flipping between the FGCU/UF and MSU/Duke basketball games. Go Michigan State!!

A happiest of happy Easters to everyone. I hope that your church services are inspiring, your meals are filling, and your company is loving.

Good Things 🙂

FS&JJ

“Lung Conditioning”

For some reason hearing the phrase lung conditioning seems a lot less painful than “cardio”. Maybe I’m the only one. It almost sounds relaxing. Well I’d love to tell you this workout is just that, but I’d be lying 😉

Good news is you will most definitely feel relaxed and accomplished when this half-hour Tabata session is over. It’s all about cardio (lung conditioning!) and abs today. I’m so excited to share this with you and I hope you have the same love-hate relationship with it that I do.

Remember Tabata from an earlier post? 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds, a total of 4 minutes. These 4 minutes equal 1 set, and there are two exercises in each set. In this instance, the first exercise is lung conditioning and the second is an ab move. Like this:

(any exercise with a * by it has a how-to picture further down the post)

1. Jumping Jacks
2. In-and-Outs*

1.High Knees/Butt Kicks (do two of each)
2. Bicycles

1. Burpees (no push-up)
2. Scissors*

1. Frog Jump Squats*
2. Crunchy Frog*

1. Mountain Climbers
2. Kayakers aka Russian Twists

1. Squat Jacks*
2. Plank Jacks*

In-and-Outs Step 1. Use your hands to support yourself

In-and-Outs Step 1. Use your hands to support yourself

In-and-Outs Step 2. Use your hands to support yourself

In-and-Outs Step 2. Use your hands to support yourself

Scissors Step 1. Try to keep you foot flexed and your leg as close to straight as possible

Scissors Step 1. Try to keep you foot flexed and your leg as close to straight as possible

Scissors Step 2. SWITCH! Try to keep you foot flexed and your leg as close to straight as possible

Scissors Step 2. SWITCH! Try to keep you foot flexed and your leg as close to straight as possible

Frog Jump Squats Step 1. Wide squat stance and make sure you're fingers touch the floor!

Frog Jump Squats Step 1. Wide squat stance and make sure you’re fingers touch the floor!

Frog Squat Jumps Step 2. Explode into a high froggy leap, which you can tell is oh-so-fun by the look on my face

Frog Squat Jumps Step 2. Explode into a high froggy leap, which you can tell is oh-so-fun by the look on my face

Crunchy Frog Step 1. Hug your knees. This one is hard to do at first, especially the balance part.

Crunchy Frog Step 1. Hug your knees. This one is hard to do at first, especially the balance part.

Crunchy Frog Step 2. Legs go straight out in front of you, not necessarily this high. This one is hard to do at first, especially the balance part.

Crunchy Frog Step 2. Legs go straight out in front of you, not necessarily this high. This one is hard to do at first, especially the balance part.

Squat Jacks Step 1. Basically a jumping jack in squatted position. Stay low!

Squat Jacks Step 1. Basically a jumping jack in squatted position. Stay low!

Squat Jacks Step 2. Basically a jumping jack in squatted position. Stay low!

Squat Jacks Step 2. Basically a jumping jack in squatted position. Stay low!

Plank Jacks Step 1. These can be done with straight arms in push-up position or as shown. Move legs in and out like you would a regular jumping jack.

Plank Jacks Step 1. These can be done with straight arms in push-up position or as shown. Move legs in and out like you would a regular jumping jack. Try to keep your butt down! I’m cheating here, shame on me.

Plank Jacks Step 2. These can be done with straight arms in push-up position or as shown. Move legs in and out like you would a regular jumping jack.

Plank Jacks Step 2. These can be done with straight arms in push-up position or as shown. Move legs in and out like you would a regular jumping jack.

Any other exercises you aren’t sure how to do can be found easily in an online search. So now it’s your turn. Try this on a cardio day, or when it’s raining outside and you can’t go for your usual walk/jog/run/skate/bike/hike/swim/skip/cartwheel. Oh, look! Ideas for fun exercises to enjoy outside! Isn’t that something.

Mommy was here to visit this last week and a half. She left this morning and now I’m lonely again! I guess taking pictures of myself doing exercises is one strange way to pass the time. Luckily the only eyes that saw me belonged to the neighbor cat. She’s always being nosy.

I’m hoping next time to post some smoothie ideas. Why don’t you get a head start on me and try making one yourself today? Delicious and nutritious!

Check back tomorrow for your Weekend Challenge!

Good Things 🙂

FS&JJ

Weekend Challenge: February 23rd and 24th

HELLO! IT’S THE WEEKEND!

And with the weekend comes something new I’d like you to try. I’m going to start posting a Weekend Challenge every Friday night for you to try Saturday and Sunday. Some weekends it may be an exercise, some it may be a stretch, some it may be something relaxing that will just make you feel good about yourself, but it will always be short and easy.

So here is your first weekend challenge:

Before each meal you eat this weekend (Yes that means breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks too if you’re feeling ambitious) try this modified plank that really gets your core working.

Step 1- Extended arm plank position.

Step 1- Extended arm plank position.

Step 2- Bring one knee straight up to elbow
Step 2- Bring one knee straight up to elbow

Step 3- Twist knee across body to opposite knee

Step 3- Twist knee across body to opposite knee

Step 4- Bring knee back to Step 2, knee straight up to elbow
Step 4- Bring knee back to Step 2, knee straight up to elbow

Step 5- Return to Extended arm plank position.

Step 5- Return to Extended arm plank position.

Now do the same thing with the other leg. Alternate between each side for 1 minute. This move isn’t necessarily for speed. Your form and movement are what are really going to give you the most out of this exercise. If you want, you can keep track of how many you do and try to beat your breakfast score, but remember the key is form!

So, this takes a grand total of 6 minutes out of your weekend, 3 minutes out of each day. It’s not much. Can you handle it??

(This is the part where you shout at your computer “I’M NO WUSS OF COURSE I CAN HANDLE IT!”)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Good Things 🙂

FS&JJ

Let’s talk about snacks.

Snacking is something I do a LOT of. It’s mostly healthy, which is good, but I also have a wicked sweet tooth that gets the best of me some nights. In the end, it’s usually okay to happen once in a while because I am lucky to be very active. However, sometimes you just run into those consecutive days where you’re really busy with work or on a project, and that’s where healthy eating, specifically healthy snacking, can be very beneficial. I’d like to share some of my favorite snacks with you, and I hope that you’ll like them too!

Mix-Your-Own Trail Mix
3/4 cup Fiber One chocolate cereal
3/4 cup Cheerios
1/4 cup Archer Farms (Target!) Sunny Cranberry trail mix (or another nut and fruit blend. I chose this one because it was inexpensive at Target and still healthy)

Sunny Cranberry Trail Mix, Cheerios, and Fiber One Chocolate Cereal

Sunny Cranberry Trail Mix, Cheerios, and Fiber One Chocolate Cereal

Simply mix ingredients in a bag and take it to work or the doctor’s office or on errands or wherever you may need a snack. Only 290 calories.

Blueberry Parfait
1/4-1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or fruit of choosing)
1/2-1 cup Light-and-Fit vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup Bare Naked Fit granola- vanilla almond crunch
(these measurements are up to you to experiment with and see if you like more fruit, more yogurt, etc.)

Light and Fit vanilla yogurt, frozen blueberries, and Bear Naked Fit granola

Light and Fit vanilla yogurt, frozen blueberries, and Bear Naked Fit granola

Microwave blueberries (or other frozen fruit of your choosing) for 14 seconds in the microwave. Mix them around and heat another 14 seconds. Add yogurt and granola, stir, and enjoy!

Another good yogurt option, especially if you’re on the go, is Light and Fit Greek yogurt. Less calories and sugar than many other greek yogurts out there. Greek yogurt taste funny to you, or look too chunky? Give it a really good stir. I know it sounds weird but it really helps to smooth it out!

Light and Fit Greek Yogurt

Light and Fit Greek Yogurt

Caprese Salad
1 serving low- or non-fat cottage cheese
1 roma tomato, sliced into pieces
1-2 teaspoons basil (or fresh basil leaves if you’re feeling
fancy)

Roma tomato, Low-fat cottage cheese, and Basil

Roma tomato, Low-fat cottage cheese, and Basil

Cut up tomato and mix in a bowl with cottage cheese. Sprinkle basil leaves on top and nomnomnom.

And finally…
Rotisserie Chicken
Now I don’t mean make a whole rotisserie chicken, I mean buy one already made from Walmart and de-bone it. Shred it and stick your leftovers in the fridge. You can easily pull some out when you get hungry and heat it up in a bowl with some bbq sauce (or other flavor of your liking). Chicken is high in protein and low in fat (which reminds me, TAKE THE SKIN OFF WHEN YOU DE-BONE THE CHICKEN!)

Whole chicken

Whole chicken

Shredded chicken

Shredded chicken

I also just made these yummy and light snacks for my extra-sweet tooth at night. A snack from the show Biggest Loser. And who can say no to peanut butter (JIF natural, or course)? YUM.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Try these out and find some more new ones. Remember, just because they’re healthy doesn’t mean they’re not filling and delicious!

BONUS AB TIME!
It’s all about planks tonight. Whether you do them on your elbows or in push-up position with your arms straight, try to hold each one at least 1 minute. Repeat three times, resting about 30 seconds in between. My challenge for you is to hold for more than a minute. Try to max out and hold for as long as you can each time! Doing it again tomorrow? Try to beat your times from today. What’s another ten… or thirty… seconds, huh? No big deal, that’s what.

Good Things 🙂

FS&JJ