Fuelin’ Up

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Exercising everyday and eating enough to fuel you can be a challenge.  A great way to stay on track with healthy eating is by preparing meals in advance for the week.  Having meals ready to go helps me to avoid hitting the drive-thru when hunger strikes.

There are a lot of healthy meal ideas out there on websites and Pinterest so you don’t get bored with the same old stuff.  Taking time on a Sunday to prepare your meals and snack sets you up for the week’s success!  If you run out of time or ideas, Smart Ones offers a great line of meals and sweet treats.

I recently tried one of their Fiberful Pastas such as the mini rigatoni with vodka cream sauce.  I love Italian food and vodka sauce is my go-to when I’m eating out but the calories are not figure friendly.  Thankfully, Smart Ones offers this comfort food that wont’ ruin your healthy habits.

The pasta is very tasty with reduced fat mozzarella and creamy tomato vodka sauce.  A great way to change up this meal is by throwing in veggies.  The supermarket has every vegetable available in the freezer section nowadays so experiment with what you like!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

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Does your diet get a vacation too?

Liz Miami

 

Summer is here and everyone is planning their vacations to get away from the everyday, myself included!  We work so hard in our jobs, keeping our families afloat and trying to do healthy things for ourselves that we deserve a break!  Eating healthy and exercising is tough work so I wanted to share some tips on how to enjoy yourself while away but not go off the rails.

Water.  Agua.  Eau.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is hydrate!  Flying to your destination sucks the water from our bodies as does laying in the sun therefor keep water with you at all times.  I recently bought myself a vacuum sealed water bottle that stays cold for 12 hours.  Great to travel with and keeping near your lounge chair.

When In Rome…

Taking in the sites and culture of your destination is a great way to get some exercise.  There can be a lot of walking involved so wear comfortable shoes.  It’s also important to stop for some food and eat as the locals do.  There’s no reason why you can’t indulge while on vacation but do so in moderation.  Remember how far you’ve come and it’s not worth taking a step back.

Snacks Aren’t Just for Kids

Taxiing your kids around and errands can be exhausted and it’s probably tempting to stop at a fast food place to curb your cravings.  Don’t do it!  Carrying snacks with you is something we should do everyday.  There are always snacks available in the airport, your hotel or convenience stores just read the labels and stay away from cakes, cookies and candy.

You deserve a vacation away from your daily schedule but it’s not an invitation to go buckwild with your diet.  Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and don’t give up.  Drink your water, get some exercise, enjoy the local food in moderation, pack your snacks and you’re set for success!

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

There’s No Yawning In Pep Talks!

Finish Line

  The weather at the Jersey Shore has finally been warming up which means two things:  the tourists will soon be invading and race season is here!  In a couple days I’ll be doing my first five mile run in the Spring Lake 5 and I’m not ready.  I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready!

My preparation began a few weeks ago to include more running and more importantly getting my playlist just right.  I recently read an article that music can make the pain and struggle seem less since your focus is shifted to the beat.  I really hope that’s true because I can use all the help I can get!

The other day I took a stroll on the sand listening to my playlist.  I started go give myself a pep talk that went something like this, “You can do this!  Imagine how many people physically can’t or won’t.  You have an opportunity to run for those people and do something they can’t.  If you need to stop and walk, it’s ok!”  And then, I yawned.

There’s no yawning in pep talks!  Who does that?  I bet Rocky didn’t do that.  I am going to have to dig really deep the next few days to find my beastmode.

I find myself in and out of healthy habits these last few months and I can only blame me.  I am completely responsible and failing.  One of my bad habits it starting a plan and not seeing it through.  I quit too easily and revert back to old ways.

I know people who have lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last year and have stuck with it.  That in itself is amazing.  I often wonder how they do it. How do they keep the momentum going to reach the end goal?  I am open to any advice I can get!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Going Out and Staying Healthy

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After months of cold dreary weather on the East Coast the air is finally warming up!  People are out and about on their bikes, going on runs and leasurely walking their dogs without having to wear a jacket.  The warm weather can be very motivating to be more active but it also brings about invitations to go out.  And by going out I mean eating and drinking!

Going out eating and drinking is super fun but can be high in calories.  Being social with your friends shouldn’t throw off your good eating habits but how do you stay on track?  Here are some tips to help!

  • Have a snack/meal before you go out. This can help curb your appetite, help you to avoid unhealthy foods and help you wallet.
  • Drink water.  You may be surprised to know that sometimes our hunger pangs are just because we’re dehydrated.  Drink water before you go out and it’ll fill you up!
  • Save your cheat meal for going out.  If you stay healthy all week, give yourself a break and enjoy a meal.

If you do fall off the healthy eating wagon, don’t be too hard on yourself.  Keep in mind why you are eating healthy and get back to it!

Remember this:  One bad meal isn’t going to make you fat and one healthy meal isn’t going to make you skinny.

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Lessons Learned: Imperfection and Social Media

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From time-to-time I get tired of talking about healthy habits and dating is on the back burner, so what should I write about? After some thought I realized that I learn a lesson everyday. From my fitness failures and social media successes, I’ve learned more about who I am and the perception we give.

Imperfect Perception

Last weekend I was at a family gathering and everyone was so sweet to compliment me on how great I looked. They also commented on my blogging and how impressed they are with my running. Compliments embarrass me to say the least, but more importantly I feel as though I put a perception out there that is greater than reality.

I’ll be the first to admit I am not perfect. Over the last year I’ve lost 30 pounds, gained 7-10 and then took it off again. Real life isn’t The Biggest Loser. I have ups and downs every day, every week, every month. One day this week I ate french fries and chocolate cake! I fudge up all the time!

I get a lot of questions from friends and strangers about my weight, my eating habits and running. I’m not an expert in nutrition or running, I’m just an expert at me. I know what works for me and I think that’s the key to reaching your fitness goals.

Social Media

Social media is a huge part of our culture whether you like it or not. I can’t watch a tv show anymore without a hashtag (#followingfriends to my Following peeps!) in the corner of your screen. Old friends from high school, college and past jobs are connecting to find out what you’re up to. Yes, some people are annoying on Facebook and I imagine I have annoyed someone but it’s also a source for opportunity.

In the last couple months I have been contacted by strangers and friends I haven’t seen in years with opportunities I never thought would be possible like blogging for Smart Ones. If you’re looking for a job or a different career, I highly recommend reaching out to people on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. Nowadays it’s about who you know.

For example, my friends and I went to a nightclub at Revel in Atlantic City. We were Instagram’ing and connected with the VIP promoter. VIP tables with bottle service goes for $1,000 but got we great deal and partied all night just for connecting to the promoter.

I hope my experiences will help my readers!!

 

Summer Goals

Asbury Park 5k Wonder Bar

 

Last summer I decided to start running as a challenge to myself.  After a couple days, running became my therapy.  I would get up before sunrise, drive down to the beach, run a couple miles, take pics of the sun coming up over the ocean and think about how lucky I was to live here and being healthy enough to run.

This summer will be my second year as a runner.  I’m pretty excited but nervous at the same time because I have set a goal for myself that I hope I can meet.

The Jersey Shore Running Club has Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix races and if you complete all five you receive a special award.  Since I did seven 5k’s last year I figured, “I got this”!

The Golden Grand Prix includes two 5 milers and three 5K’s starting Memorial Day Weekend and ending Labor Day Weekend.  I also signed up for the Philadelphia Tap ‘N Run that has three beer stops along the way.  I always like to throw a fun run in!  Here’s the run down if you want to join me:

  • Spring Lake 5 Mile – May 24
  • Tap ‘N Run – Philadelphia – June 7
  • George Sheehan Classic, Red Bank – June 14
  • Belmar 5 Mile – July 12
  • Asbury Park 5k – August 9
  • Pier Hours 5k, Long Branch – Sept. 1

I have to admit I haven’t done any training or stuck to a healthy diet.  Motivation has ceased to exist lately and can’t seem to find the extra push to get me out the door.  When I was in the healthy zone it was so easy to keep up with.  I had planned my workouts for the week as well as meals.

It’s time to get serious becuase what I’m doing now is not working for me.  It’s time to get back on track and remind myself this is good for my physical and mental health!  I know that many people struggle with motivation so what’s your best advice to getting started on a healthy path?  What helps you push yourself out the door?

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

 

 

 

Beach Body and Bad Cravings

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There are so many trendy diets that have come and gone.  For instance, I remember a girl in high school who had tried pretty much all of them such as the cabbage diet.  She literally ate cabbage soup for every meal.  Needless to say, I wouldn’t sit behind her in class for my own health!  But, diets are trends for a reason, they don’t work in the long run and they are DIETS.

I have never dieted in my life because I love food.  When I say I love food, I don’t mean I just want to eat and eat and eat.  I mean, food has a purpose and that is to fuel our bodies so there are foods that serve this purpose in a healthy way.  This is why I don’t diet…I try to maintain healthy eating habits and not crash in an emergency like bathing suit season or a wedding.

It is very challenging to stay the course in healthy eating.  I’ll be watching a show at night and a commercial pops on for fast food. That burger and fries looks amazing and very tempting so how can we easily maintain good habits with these taunting commercials?

It’s ok to indulge every now and then.  You cannot avoid temptation forever so eat healthy 90% of the time and enjoy a cheat meal once a week.  Sometimes I get chocolate cravings and I have to give in.  I don’t have to go off the rails and eat a brownie sundae but there are alternatives that won’t kill your plan.  Smart Ones has these Smart Delights like the Peanut Butter Cup Sundae which soothes my sweet tooth without being my only cheat for the week.  Knowing myself, I’d need the burger and fries too!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.