|August 26, 2014||Workouts|
Hey guys! I’m Lora and blog over at Crazy Running Girl about my running adventures, new life in Texas and everything in between.
I am so excited to be a guest poster for Nicole while she’s enjoying the sun and sand down in amazing Jamaica. And I felt like it was super fitting to talk about how to stay fit while traveling. Even with the best intentions, finding time to work out while traveling – no matter if its across the state or to a new country – can be challenging.
Here are my 7 tips that help me stay fit while traveling.
- Make a plan. All the best vacations start with a good plan, and working out while on the road is no different. Take a look at your schedule and figure out when you’re able to squeeze in some workouts.
- About that plan… Don’t be over aggressive! Once upon a time I went to Tokyo while I was training for a marathon and told myself I would stick to my training schedule. I didn’t. We had too much fun doing everything else and I think I ran one time. I set myself up for failure. Make sure you don’t do the same.
- Do your research. Once you’ve figured out when you might have time to work out, think about where you’ll do your exercises. Does your hotel have a gym that you can use? Better yet – are there some fun fitness classes nearby? If you are really short on time, check out Pinterest and blogs to find some quick HIIT workouts that you can do right in your hotel room (here’s one of my favorites). That way, you can knock out a quick sweat sesh right when you wake up without even having to leave your hotel room.
- Tell everyone about it. One of the best ways for me to stay accountable is to tell everyone I know my plans. I know they’ll ask me how things were and I don’t want to be the one to say, so, about that run in…
- Pack your cutest clothes. It may sound silly, but when I have a cute fitness outfit to wear, I am more excited to hit the gym. Make sure you give yourself extra incentive while you are traveling! It will make it slightly easier to get your sweat on.
- Build exercise into your travels. Hitting the beach? See if you can rent a kayak for an hour for an arm workout. Checking out a local park? Try to hike some local trails for a cardio session. Finding different ways to explore while getting your fitness on will make it that much easier to fit in a quality workout.
- Reward yourself. Let’s face it – vacation is supposed to be all about relaxing! And when you do work, you deserve a pat on the back. Set some (realistic) fitness goals while on vacation and show yourself some love once you conquer them. There’s nothing wrong with a little self-indulgence!
TALK TO ME
- Any other tips for staying fit while traveling?
- How do you find time to squeeze in a sweat session while on the road?
|August 25, 2014||Recipe|
- 1 Baguette
- 2 large regular tomatoes or 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion (~3/4 cup), chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large handful basil, chopped
- 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tbsp. olive oil plus extra for drizzling
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese for topping, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the seeds from the tomatoes, then chop the tomato, onion & basil.
- Combine with olive oil and remaining ingredients.
- Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cut baguette into 1/4" pieces & place on lined cookie sheet.
- Drizzle bread with olive oil & bake until light golden brown (approx. 5 min.)
- Remove tray from oven and spoon tomato mixture on top of the bread.
- Top with grated parmesan or mozzarella cheese if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
|August 22, 2014||Recipe|
Hi Simply Nicole Friends!
I am so honored to be taking over today while Nicole enjoys her fabulous honeymoon. I’ve been reading Nicole’s blog for a while now, and recently I have been loving the photos of her new puppy! I’m Tara, and I blog over at the healthy living blog, Treble in the Kitchen. Treble in the Kitchen is my little corner of the web where I love sharing my latest kitchen experiments (mostly healthy, some not!), my latest workouts, and bits and pieces of my life.
I recently moved to Denver with my husband, so we are in “exploration” mode and loving everything about our new home! I absolutely love summer, and I can’t believe that it is already coming to an end. While the summer season is still here my brain is totally focused on zucchini and summer squash. I pick it up from my mom’s garden while visiting, the farmer’s market, the grocery store…you name it! I’ve got fresh summer produce on the brain.
If you read my blog, you know I love having fun in the kitchen and trying new things, so I played around with the summer squash and created delicious noodles by using a vegetable peeler. No “fancy” tools required. Creating vegetable noodles is a delicious and fun alternative to traditional noodles that packs an additional nutrition punch when added to any dish where you would use traditional noodles. This is a great way to use up any of the last bits of summer squash you may have hanging out in the kitchen. The “filling” in my Italian Summer Squash Bake is a mixture of ricotta, parmesan, spinach, and garlic. The saltiness of the parmesan really brings out the creamy, comforting flavor of the ricotta. Yum!
- 2 summer squash, peeled with veggie peeler into noodles
- 1/4 cup onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup ricotta
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/4 cup Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Peel your squash into veggie “noodles” & set aside.
- In a large skillet, sautee the onion, garlic & olive oil for 4 minutes or until the garlic & onion become translucent.
- Add in the spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat.
- Add the ricotta to the spinach and onion mixture.
- Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish, and place a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom.
- Layer with “noodles” and top with the ricotta mixture.
- Sprinkle a bit of parmesan.
- Repeat the layers (sauce, noodles, ricotta, parmesan) until all ingredients have been used.
- Top with oregano and any leftover parmesan.
- Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, or until the bake is golden and bubbling.
|August 21, 2014||Workouts|
Hi Simply Nicole Fans! I’m so excited to be able to guest post for her today as she is on her way to Jamaica! We got married around the same time so it was always nice following her wedding planning.
Let me introduce myself: I’m Danielle. I blog over at It’s a Harleyyy Life (<– named after my cute little dog). I blog mostly about CrossFit, food, meal planning and my daily life. My husband and I are currently in the middle of buying a house so life is a little hectic at the moment but definitely FUN!
Today I am here to tell you about one of my favorite things in the world… CrossFit! Before you start thinking… “oh she is one of thoseeeee girls.” …wait…I guess I am. Everyone finds a workout they love and mine just happens to be this amazing sport that consists of different workouts everyday and lifting heavy things off the ground just to put them down again! (Yah, I make weird faces when I lift.)
CrossFit is a little bit different than most sports. The owners and CrossFitters use these strange words that can be pretty intimidating at first but if you are prepared before you go in you are good to go and will feel more comfortable.
1. WOD= Workout of the Day. This is probably the most important one. All CrossFit gyms are set up differently but at my gym we start by stretching, then we work on a skill and end with the WOD. The workout changes everyday and is usually never the same unless it is a benchmark WOD.
2. AMRAP= As Many Reps/Rounds as Possible. You might see this one in a WOD. You see WOD’s can come in all different shapes and sizes. There can be rounds or you count how many reps you did in a certain amount of time. There really is no set workout (which is why I love it so much. I never get bored). Here are two examples of AMRAP’s with rounds and reps:
AMRoundsAP in 8 minutes
(Doing all of that is 1 round. See how many rounds of that you can do in 8 minutes.)
On the Minute for 8 Minutes
Max Effort Double Unders
(Here you would count how many (reps) double unders you did and that would be your score.)
3. EMOM= Each Minute on the Minute. We have been seeing a lot more of this style workout pop up lately in skills and WOD’s. In skills, I think it is placed there to just keep you moving at a good pace. In WOD’s, it is definitely to make it harder. An example of this type of workout would be:
EMOM for 8 Minutes
20 Double Unders
You would need to complete all of those reps in one minute. If you finish early, you can rest until the top of the next minute. Your “score” at the end of the WOD would be how many rounds you completed.
4. Lifts. The thing I was most confused about when I started CrossFit were all of the strange lifts. Clean… Snatch… Deadift… the only thing I understood was a squat.
5. Box= CrossFit Gym. Since many gyms opened up as little holes in the wall they were more like boxes. This is another one of those “it is only at some places” thing.
Welp, that is all my friends! I hope you enjoyed my post. You can follow me several ways:
I hope to see you around!
Now tell me: Have you tried CrossFit? Did you enjoy it? What is holding you back from trying CrossFit?
|August 18, 2014||Weekend Recap|
Happy Monday! I’m actually excited to get this week started and over with, because I leave for my honeymoon on Thursday. I’m very grateful that I’ll have guest posts and scheduled posts of my own up on the blog while I’m away, so keep checking in.
On Friday, Bryan and I went to the Luke Bryan concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. Before our wedding, I was trying everyday to win the tickets through our local radio station, but never got through. When Bryan surprised me with the tickets the day after our wedding I was so excited. We had really great seats. We were in level 118, row 18. Luke Bryan is amazing live. If you ever get the opportunity to see him in concert, I highly recommend buying tickets. He sounds exactly as he does on the radio.
On Saturday, we did a lot of shopping for the honeymoon. We stopped at the King of Prussia mall in hopes of getting some good end of summer deals, but most of the items were gone. Every store had fall clothing out already! We did end up finding a few good things. Bryan bought a bathing suit and Nike shorts and I picked up a Victoria’s Secret bathing suit bottom and a maxi dress from Nordstrom.
When I was in Nordstrom, I looked at a few purses that I saw online. With purses, I always have to see them in person before buying. Sometimes bags can look small online but massive in the store. This Rebecca Minkoff bag is going to be perfect for work this fall and winter, so I’ve added it to my birthday/Christmas wishlist. I typically never ask for purses because I never find ones that I like. I think the last bag that I purchased was a Ralph Lauren bag four years ago. I’m not kidding.
Sunday was spent packing and doing a LOT of laundry. My sister also came over for a while and we went to Chipotle for dinner. YUM! Pete also helped me pack. He’s not really sure what this “honeymoon” thing I keep talking about is, but he’s not happy.
TALK TO ME
- What did you do this weekend?
- What are your goals for this week?
- What’s the last trip you’ve taken?