Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Little Hoop-full Inspiration!

I haven't picked up my hoop in months, and I'm quite ashamed.  I miss it.  So I'm posting some hooping pics to help inspire me (and maybe you!) to play with it again.

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Miss Angie on Pinterest

Now I really want to go pick it back up...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Overnight No Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

I am very rarely early to work; most of the time I'm right on time or a little late.  I hit my snooze button so many times that I have my timing down to the absolute last minute I have to be out of my bed and in the shower, the minute I have to be out of the shower and getting ready, and the minute I have to be walking out the door to leave.

That doesn't leave much time to stop and have a healthy breakfast, so I usually find myself at a gas station or drive through grabbing something quick and easy.  Even if I do prepare ahead of time I end up with something like muffins or bagels, which are high-carb and high-sugar generally. These quick alternatives are very rarely good for my wallet or my caloric intake.

What is a girl to do for a low-carb/healthy alternative to eating breakfast on the go?

Pinterest (oh heaven, ye Pinterest) introduced me to Overnight, No Cook Refrigerater Oatmeal courtesy of The Yummy Life.   I had to try it.

I decided to try her Mango Almond recipe with a few changes based on what I did and did not have.  I didn't have Chia Seeds, and I used Whole Milk instead of Skim, as well as I used little Tupperware containers with locking lids instead of mason jars.


  • Old-Fashioned Oats, uncooked.  1/2 cup per jar/container.
  • Milk. 1/3 cup per jar/container.
  • Greek Yogurt (I used Australian!) 1/4 cup per jar/container.
  • 1 Mango cubed. 1/2 per jar/container.
  • Almond Extract . Just a few drops per jar/container.
  • Honey. 1 Tbsp per jar/container.

Combine all, and then let sit overnight.  Can keep for 2 days (or more) depending on the fruit you use.  Then all you have to do is grab it and go, or sit down and eat it before leaving.  Quick, easy, healthy, and YUM! 

Now I'm going to go enjoy mine now!

Reach for the Peaks

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CafeWell for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

CafeWell is a social network for bridging the gap between your health plan and you.  Their goal is to get you well and keep you there.  They partner with large health plans like Altius to provide their members with great health programs such as Reach for the Peaks where members participate in a wireless pedometer program that helps them become and stay more active.

CafeWell wants to help educate it's members on healthcare and more fully understand their health plans.  They intend to do this by providing a safe, fun, and anonymous environment where you can improve your health.  A program like Reach for the Peaks not only encourages regular activity and helps you get in shape, but also awards prizes and social acknowledgements to it's insured members.

CafeWell also provides free advice, tips, and even encouragement from Olympic Athletes and Health and Wellness/Diet  and Nutrition specialists.  If you sign up for CafeWell you can access these resources, ask questions, and even join challenges to help improve your life and state of being.

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"I'm absolutely thrilled with this motivating program!"

"So today I'm taking a step forward to get off the couch and get healthy.  I am overweight, underpaid, and not so full of energy.  I know if I think I can, I CAN, and I WILL!"

Personally, I think this sounds like a great way to network yourself with other people in similar situations and get the support and motivation that can help so well in this journey of health we are all on together.  I'm going to check it out!  How about you?

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Workout Song of the Week

I am determined to get back into the swing of things and start posting here again.  Things are going to change!  So here is my workout song of the week:

Moves Like Jagger
by Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera

This has such a fun beat, and Adam Levine is SEXY! 

What are you working out to this week?


Thursday, March 8, 2012

We Are Sparta!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spartan Race for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ok, so I'm no spartan, and I'm guessing you aren't either.  Obviously if I'm trying to go from Health NOT to a Health NUT, I'm pretty far from it-no nice leaned gladiator fighting style body for me here.  Yet.  (Well, I'd be happy with the nice and lean part-the big scary man muscles can stay with the Spartans, though I'd really like to have some better upper body strength!)


Have you ever heard of the Spartan Race?  I hadn't until recently, and it it looks intense! Spartan racing is a new revolutionary way to work out and push your body to it's limits with their obstacle course that has many different types of races, and even different difficulty levels.  This means there is something for everyone, from a brand new runner just taking their first steps to your most experienced marathon participant! 

Looking at their statistics, 99.9% of runners who begin these challenges finish all the way, and 100% of them will have their thirst for mud running and challenges satisfied.  That sounds pretty fun! 

This Spartan Race looks like so much fun, and it's unlike anything I've seen or tried before-I think this would be a great way to spark a love of running and start working towards those weight loss goals I've been aiming for.  I'm definitely going to be checking this out!

For more information on the Spartan Race, run on over to the Frequently Asked Questions section, you can watch a video tutorial there and read through all of the facts! You should check it out and possibly sign up for one of these awesome races-I'm going to have to tell more of my runner friends about it!

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