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Goal Check

I had a mild freak out this morning when I realized it was the last day of January. How did that happen? This month flew by. It seems like a good time to check in on my 2012 fitness goals and see how I'm doing.



My fitness goals for 2012 are:

Run 3 5ks.Run a sub 30 minute 5k.Do 1 pull-up and 1 chin-up.Workout consistently. 5 days a week.
What I did
January was a great month for me. I accomplished a lot in several areas of my life, including fitness and these goals. Goal 4, consistency, was my focus. I am happy to report that I worked out 4 or 5 days each week this month. As for goal 2 I did several speed workouts on the treadmill this month. In working towards goal 3 I have been focusing on consistent strength training.


What I did not
I didn't get my 5ks planned for goal 1. Also, I still don't have a pull up bar for goal 3. 


What I plan to do differently in February
First, I will sit down and plan my races. As far as a pull up bar, hubby offered to make me one. This will go on his …

You're Invited To The First... #paleochat

If you follow me on twitter you are likely aware that I'm fond of twitter chats. I am, I admit it. I realize that twitter by nature is meant for 'chatting', so why twitter chats? Well, because it's a specific time and date for people to get together and chat on a specific topic. Otherwise twitter is mostly hit and miss.

Daily Tracking 1/23

I started out the year fully intending to do tracking posts or daily vlogs 3 to 5 days a week. Well, that hasn't happened. It's been more like once a week! I'll be working on that for February.
Yesterday, my eats: Coffee with 2 tablespoons organic half & half.

Things I'm Loving Right Now -- January

I give my kids Diet Coke... what?

What do you think? Do you give your kids Diet Coke?

My Game Plan to KILL That Sub 30 5k in 2012

One of my goals for 2012 is a sub 30 minute 5k. I. Will. Get. It. This is the year I make goals and then make plans on how to reach them and then go get them! No wishy washy setting goals and forgetting about them here. This is the year I run a faster 5k.


To reach my sub 30 minute goal I need to shave roughly 3 minutes off of my 5k time. Now that may sound like a lot to more advanced runners, but I'm still very much in the improving stages of running. While I have ran for about 5 years now, injury (my hip) has periodically taken me out and consistency has been my struggle. The last time I set out to best my 5k time I shaved off 6 minutes!

Review: Transform Your Body With Brooke Burke Strengthen & Condition

Transform Your Body With Brooke Burke Strengthen & Condition, my thoughts and video review:
From the back of the DVD: Brooke Burke, TV star, entrepreneur, author and 40-year-old mother of four, will help you strengthen and condition your muscles efficiently. Celebrity trainer Greg Joujon-Rouche joins Brooke in helping you transform your body and reach your goals by leading a challenging and dynamic workout that exercises every muscle. In this fun calorie burning workout, Brooke and Greg target three main muscle groups - the upper body, the core and the lower body - leading the way toward a stronger, healthier and happier you!
As I say in the video above, I really love this workout. I love that it's so positive, encouraging, and even FUN. The abs/core portion is amazing (and my favorite part). I enjoy the instructors and definitely feel like I've gotten a great workout at the end. Happily give it 4.5 stars and recommend it!

My review of Transform Your Body With Brooke Burke Ton…

A Little Sunday Fun

Some of my fitness blogger friends...and me ;)

Daily Tracking 1/10/12

First things first of course. I had two cups of coffee with real cream.

Review: Transform Your Body With Brooke Burke Tone & Tighten

One thing I hope to do a lot of in 2012 is branch out and try new things. I want to shake things up! New workouts, new trainers, get out of my rut of going to the same trainers, same workouts, same DVDs all of the time. So when I saw Brooke Burke was coming out with workout DVDs I immediately reached out to the PR company.

Polyvore Fitness Fashion

I have a new obsession. Polyvore. I am in love with creating  fitness fashion sets! Thought I'd share a few:


Pink/Gray Run by kerriolkjer featuring running shoes
Top
lululemon.com

Nike activewear
$38 - nike.com

Nike activewear
$48 - nike.com

Thorlo white socks
$15 - nordstrom.com

NIKE running shoes
$100 - nike.com

Oakley Oil Rig White Sunglasses
$120 - pacsun.com



Planning For Success Part 2

In my planning for success video I mentioned my prep work. This video shows the food prep work I did last Sunday. Thought I'd break it into it's own video since part one was so long.
I forgot to show the paleo mayo I made while the egg quiches were baking. You can find most of these recipes under my Recipes tab.  

I know that it looks like a lot, but honestly it takes an hour, maybe a little more and it makes my entire week go better. My kids and I have good healthy snack options and my breakfast and lunch can be grab and go on days when I need it.


Do you do any food prep to help streamline your week?

Easy Paleo Chicken Salad

This is an easy go-to lunch recipe for me. I generally boil chicken breasts ahead on Sundays, so I can just grab and make. Sometimes I double or triple it for my family, but I'll give you the single serving recipe.
Easy Paleo Chicken Salad
1 Chicken breast
1 Tblsp perfect paleo mayo
1/2 to 1 Tblsp minced onions (I usually just eyeball this) Use whatever onion you have
6 to 8 grapes (or it's equally good with 1/2 an apple or some celery) chopped
That's it. So. Easy. My paleo mayo recipe is already seasoned so I don't add anything else. 

Enjoy!

Perfect Paleo Mayo Recipe

OK, well, I think it's the perfect paleo/primal mayo recipe! I've tried many and they were really good...but not quite right to my tastebuds. I've played around with my recipe and this latest attempt is my favorite. It's super easy and takes no time to make.


Perfect Paleo MayoIngredients
1 pasteurized egg
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 cup light olive oil (not extra virgin, just light tasting) OR walnut oil


Directions
Put the egg, lemon juice, mustard, sea salt and white pepper in your blender and blend well. Then take the little peep hole top off your blender and slowly drizzle in your oil while blending. I just did this on low. Keep refrigerated. Also, be aware that it won't last forever in your refrigerator like store bought (preservative loaded) mayo. I usually just make what my family of 5 can use in a week.


Why do I make my own mayo? Well, most brands are made with soybean oil first. And second, have you read the back of …

Daily Vlog For 1/5/12

Yesterday's ramble ;)
I'll be back later to post some recipes I've promised lately.
Happy, happy Friday!

Daily Tracking 1/4/12

Well, hubby left for Wyoming and my littlest is still sick. He has been camped out in the living room for two days...which happens to be where I workout. I could have figured something out, but I didn't. Not beating myself up, moving on to make better choices the rest of the week.

Paleo FAQs

I've had a lot of questions lately about paleo. Via twitter, facebook, email... I'm surprised and flattered that people think of me to ask. I guess with the time of year and the growing popularity of paleo, a lot of people are interested. I thought I'd do a post and try to answer some of them in one shot. I'm no expert, and there's far more qualified people, but you've asked so I'm offering my thoughts.



What the heck is paleo?
Basically paleo is no grains (yep none), no sugar (OK, I occasionally do stevia and honey in splurge recipes), no artificial sweeteners, no soy, no trans-fats, and no legumes (and for some no dairy). I would call it a whole foods, anti processed foods diet. Feel free to add in the comments if I've missed something.


What DO you eat on paleo?
Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, some nuts, seeds, eggs, and fats like coconut oil and olive oil. I try for the highest quality possible: organic, wild caught, local etc. But if bu…

Daily Vlog For 1/2/12

Here is my daily vlog from yesterday (Monday). Answered some questions on motivation and tracked my daily food/exercise. I may or may not get one done for today (1-3). My 6 year old has a cough. We rarely get sick around here and I hate it when my kids are sick! Anyone have good recipes for natural cough remedies??

Things I'm Loving Right Now -- December

My December obsessions:

Planning For Success

Just a little video on planning ahead and how much it helps me. I'll be back later in the week with the video showing the prep work I did this week. I yammered on too long in this one to include both....