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I Love Cheap Thrills

So I don’t know about you, but I am broke as a joke after a ton of summer adventures (I mean, I was broke as a joke before too – but this time it’s a less funny joke…more like a joke delivered by a sad clown, if you will.) Due to my low bank account balance but high desire to stay/get more fit – I started researching how to eat/make Healthy Food on a budget and thought you might be interested as well:

http://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-eat-healthy-foods-on-a-budget/

TLDR: Buy Eggs, Chicken Breast, Canned Salmon/Tuna, Almonds, Low-Fat Cottage Cheese, Protein Powder, Avocado, Oats, Black Beans, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Fruit, Sweet Potato

Now sure, I don’t eat all that stuff – but maybe YOU do, and who am I to judge? Nobody.. I’m just providing us with information.

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I do like to make fast, cheap, easy food – but I promise to stay away from fake shit 🙂

I was at Sweat yesterday and our yogi leader, Brittny, shared an interesting memory/lesson learned from one of her favorite teachers in India. I can’t remember his name, and it doesn’t matter to the story so I’m not even going to make one up, like Bob or Jim (I’m super creative). The story per my recollection: Brittny was having a full on tantrum, hysterical sobbing and self-righteousness, and Teacher said to her, “You have every right to feel like this. You can self-indulge as long as you like, it is everyone’s right. But you also have the right to stop and feel grateful for what you have, who you are as a human being.”

I shall try to remember Teacher’s words the next time I am sucked down the self-pity rabbit hole.

Lastly, for this Random Thoughts Wednesday – I am heading to a wedding in a couple of weeks and thought: Can I really tone up a bit in just two weeks? TO THE INTERWEBS!

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http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/advice/a27/i-got-in-shape-in-two-weeks/

Now, the writer has a crazy awesome trainer and I do not, BUT I think I can apply some of her situation to my own – no alcohol, up my protein and lower my refined carb intake, drink tons of water, and push myself to the edge in my workouts.

We’ll see, I’ll try to remember to let you know 😉

And let’s end this with a random fact: According to the American Frozen Food Institute, the average American eats 72 frozen meals a year, making frozen foods a $22 billion industry

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Thankful Friday!

Ok, so instead of a TGIF post I’m going to post something I’m Thankful for – Or somethingS, I never know how my mind may wander.

Today I’d like to thank Groupon for introducing me to new workouts/gyms/etc! I’ve been going to Kinetic Cycling for about 2 months and was first introduced to the place by a “5 classes for $25” deal back in March.

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I love getting up early (I usually hit the 6:00am class) and spinning my ass off and then feeling energized the rest of the day. The instructors at Kinetic are so good at keeping us motivated and distracted from their vigorous workout by engaging with us and playing dance-party music. Ha, I nearly feel like I kick off my day with a rave three times a week.

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I’ve gotten so into it that I completely forgot that I ALSO have Groupons for 5 Pop Physique and 10 Cardio Barre classes! But I am definitely someone who gets bored by the same old workout so I know I’ll be trying those out before they expire at the end of July and August 🙂

Have you checked out Groupon to see if there’s anything by you?

 


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June Gloom

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Happy June 2nd – it’s actually not overcast here in SoCal at the moment so that’s lovely. The only gloomy thing is my bank account. A few weeks ago I was joking with my chiropractor that I needed to have surgery so I could hit my deductible and get 55% of my costs covered and we laughed! I’m not saying we manifested that but…now I’m having surgery. And my car broke down last night. Remember when I said my mechanic didn’t hear the rattling noise it was occasionally making? Well, the battery and engine lights don’t need to be heard. Nor does the lack of power steering or acceleration…

I feel like the beginning of a country song.

I’ll be ok, that’s why I have a savings account.

Anyway: It’s a new month and that means I have new goals! My May goals were very nearly met so I need to keep pushing myself 🙂

I started this 30 day squat challenge again today

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and I’m doing a 30 for 30 sit-up challenge. 30 sit-ups every day for 30 days. Easy peasy!

That’s in addition to my continuing half (to full!) marathon training 🙂 I’d also like to read a book a week and start playing my uke again. It’s just sitting in the corner, gathering dust and glaring at me.

I hope you’re having an excellent Monday.

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What are your goals for June? Are they work, fitness, leisure, love related?

 


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Thursday Thoughts

My second post inspired by Amanda at Running with Spoons and her Thinking Out Loud Thursdays.

Away we go!

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– I am so tired today. Sometimes short weeks feel longer than normal 5 day work weeks. Anyone else feel this way?

– What are your thoughts on Tinder? My office has 3 other people here. And they’re all married and 15+ years older than me, not ideal for setting me up, ha. I’m not a church goer and I’m trying not to meet guys at bars anymore – because I frequent the same couple of places and that will get awkward! But I’m on the fence about Tinder….

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– Oh wow, so a client of ours got some press over something we wrote, crediting the work to someone else. We contacted the press (and our clients) and the client is PISSED and is acting like we’re the bad guys because we want to set the record straight. Isn’t it bizarre how some people are so good at making their negligence seem like your bad move? Is that just a natural defense? Ha, maybe dealing with this is why I’m so tired today!

– I meet with the surgeon today about my incisional hernia. The antibiotics have healed the wound so it’s not really bothering me right now and I’m hoping that my general practitioner just mis-diagnosed me. Fingers crossed! I’m really wanting to run this half marathon  at the beginning of August and I’m afraid this surgery, minor as it probably will be, is going to kick me off my game.

Today’s random facts are Random Fitness/Health Facts!

1. If you do not exercise regularly, by the time you are 65 years old you may experience as much as an 80 percent decrease in muscle strength. Damn. I am 31 and I will maintain!!

2. Fidgeting can burn about 350 calories a day! Makes me feel not so bad at my desk job 😉

3. If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds. How did scientists come to this conclusion?

4. If you’re always in a bad mood, then getting fit just may help. Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being. This is so true. When I was using my spare time to party I was happy while partying but not when I was sober. Now that I’ve limited my drinking and I work out 6 days a week I am in a much better mood consistently.

5. People who cross-train with a variety of exercise are more fit and less injury-prone than those who exercise using only one or two exercise modalities. This is why I’m always switching it up! And I appreciate that P90X, T25, etc have different monthly schedules so when I’m on those programs my body never gets used to one thing.