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Get your Groupon on!

So I’m obsessed. A total Groupon junkie. I look to it when I need almost anything, and one of my latest purchases is a BOOT CAMP Groupon! With recently relocating to Daytona, I wanted to get active and involved in the community. I found this great one that was a 6-week boot camp for only $35 dollars! 

If you’re not ready to commit to a gym or want to try some new classes such as kick-boxing or yoga, check out your local Groupon! Almost all cities have participating restaurants, spas, stores, gyms and anything else you can think of. Check out the link below and find the city closest to you!

http://www.groupon.com/

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Kale Chips

I’ve decided to take full advantage of the fresh, wonderful produce available here in Daytona. One of the best things I’ve seen at the farmers market is the huge, lovely green kale. While I’ve sautéed it and worked it into my dishes, I wanted to do something new. Kale chips can be a yummy snack or a side dish. Here is a recipe I read then adapted to my needs.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Wash the kale leaves thoroughly. Rip them into smaller pieces, at least 2 inches in size. Be sure to cut out the spines, as they can be bitter. Some people may not mind them, but I personally hate them.

Fresh Florida kale right after I washed it:

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Without drying them, put them into a bowl, making sure as much water is drained from them as possible. Next, soak them in vinegar (white wine or regular distilled, whatever you have on hand will do) for around 3-5 minutes. Again, drain the vinegar but do not rinse or dry them.

Depending on the amount of kale you have, use a few tablespoons of olive oil to coat each piece. There should not be excess olive oil in the bottom of the bowl. Generously sprinkle large grain sea salt over the kale. 

On a baking sheet, lay each piece flat. There should only be one single layer. Place each tray in the oven for anywhere from 30-45 minutes. The more you let them bake, the crispier they will get. Move the pieces around/rotate pans halfway through cooking.

Here are some flavorful toppings you can add to change things up a bit!

Hot sauce-drizzle on after the chips are finished baking-a Buffalo gal, I prefer Frank’s Red Hot!

Parmesan cheese- sprinkle on top of chips as soon as they come out of the oven.

Soy sauce-replace some of your olive oil beforehand with soy sauce.

Lemon/lime-squeeze a fresh lemon and/or lime over the chips before or after baking

Your favorite herbs/spices-use whatever you may have fresh or handy!

 

Check out photos of the kale chips I made below! I sprinkled parmesan cheese on them. So yummy!

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Hey ya’ll!

I’ve made it to Daytona! Between the semester ending and moving down here, I haven’t had any time to blog. But I am back, and motivated as ever! I’m on a mission to become even more fit than before, and I hope you’ll encourage, share and join in! I’m going to be writing my latest post later tonight, so check it out! 

ImagePS-Here is a photo of the beautiful beach I get to live on in Daytona Beach!

 

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Blog Wrap-Up Video

To end our semester of blogging, we were asked to create a video discussing what we learned about our blog, our topic and the process as a whole. We were also asked to discuss whether we achieved the goals we set in the beginning of the semester.
Check out my blog at getfitordietryingblog.wordpress.com!

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Fitness classes at SUNY Fredonia

I wanted to let the campus know that there are some awesome classes going on, right here in SUNY Fredonia! They feature intense workouts, amazing, certified teachers, and the best part is, they’re free! 

I had the please of taking an MMA class with Chris earlier in the semester. It was a great change of pace for my normal workout, and I plan on taking another one again. I met new people and worked new muscles! 

Check out the schedule below and take a class to relieve some of that stress from finals. Be sure to look at the side bar to learn what each class is about!

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Another fitness blog

Here is a link to another great fitness blog. Check it out! Below is an article I liked. Click their link to see more of their content.  http://sexyafter.com/

How to get your man to workout with you:

Well, due to popular demand I decided to finally post this article.WARNING: DON’T READ THIS ARTICLE IF YOU THINK YOU ARE PERFECT OR
IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE WOMEN WHO DOESN’T WANT YOUR HUBBY
SEEING YOU WORKOUT, FOR WHATEVER REASON.HELLO EVERYONE,Your Online Personal Training Coach Here!So, How to Get Your Man to Workout With You?
I get bombarded with questions and comments on this!
Here are the most common, questions, comments and sometimes excuses that I hear from women when it comes to working out with loved ones

 

“Well he used to be in shape and now he just doesn’t care!”
“If he were to work out with me I would totally do it, because I lack someone making me workout!”
“Good luck, there is no way I can make my stubborn man pick up a dumbbell.”
“I don’t want to hurt his feelings.”
“I am embarrassed to ask him.”
“I used to be sexy back in high school but since we had our baby I gained 50 lbs and now my husband won’t even look at me and you want me to make him workout with me?”
“We are just two different people, so even if he agrees to workout with me it would never work”

It is important to note: all the cases included in my article are assuming you are not suffering from postpartum depression. If that is the case then you would need to work on recovering from it,
fixing the marriage your relationship with your significant other first, before even thinking about working out. A good workout plan and proper nutrition could be part of the cure, but that is something you want
to talk with your doctor about! 

 

While these are all good and legitimate questions, there are ways around it! How do I know? For starters I am a guy and believe me when I say it is not very hard to figure a guy out. Some guys, myself included, need incentives ‘whats in it for me type of deal’. Others would really
like to help you but because they are shy or don’t want to hurt your feelings they are afraid to say anything. Then there are guys
that lack motivation themselves and really don’t care how they look, and finally there are guys who just think they are too busy and put stuff like working out as the last priority.
If you know your guy, your boyfriend, your husband, your hubby very well then you are already half way there. You know what motivates him, you know what will work.
But if you are lost here are some tips from me to you that will help. Not everything will work for everyone but it’s a start and it’s also going to depend on what type of guy of the four types I listed above your hubby is.
Regardless of the type communication is key!!!!!! Regardless of how healthy the relationship is at the moment, don’t use excuses just talk to him. Ok so here we go:

  • Incentives type guy ( the easiest type to convince to work out with you or to help you)
    • o Talk to him about how beneficial it would be for him in bed with the slimmer, healthier version of you.
    • o Tell him and be prepared to do something extra special for him if he helps you.
    • o Tell him that if he helps you with your workout you wouldn’t drag him to a museum.
    • o Tell him that if he does this you will get him his favorite gadget, widget computer game…etc.
    • o Tell him you will get the Whip-CREAM :)

Basically educate your man on the benefits that he would have if both of you are healthy, and fit (i.e. positive energy, longer lasting stamina, healthy heart, flexibility, improved appearance, social acceptance in the friends circles, pride of each other etc..

  • Shy Guy
    • o Make him understand that he will not offend you by offering you help and that on the contrary you would appreciate his genuine concern and desire to help.
    • o Ask him to give you pointers and positive constructive criticism

Who knows it might solve other problems or bring up import issues. It will most likely bring your hubby closer together with you.

  • The I don’t care how I look type of guy 
    (the hardest type to convince to work out, let alone to do it with you!). This would be sort of like an intervention.

     

    • o Tell them you are worried about their health and overall well being
    • o Be quite forceful, and warn your loved one of just some of the many problems which they may be experiencing, or are likely to in the future. A few examples are:
      • Weakened immune system
      • High cholesterol
      • High blood pressure
      • Heart disease
      • Strokes
      • Cancer
      • Joint pain, arthritis etc.
      • Diabetes
      • Infertility
      • Mental deterioration
      • Cancer
      • Skin disease
      • Stress
      • Premature aging
      • Death

If you are smart you will actually have some scientific proof! I wouldn’t go overboard with detail though if I were you because chances are if you go into too much detail it will go into one ear and come out of the other, aka completely go over their heads.

  • o Go to a bodybuilding or fitness event or conference. Show him the good looking in shape guys. Maybe listen to a speaker. Listen to their stories, I guarantee you will find a guy like me who will say something like ‘I was out of shape and I was tired of it’ and that he could transport from a skinny guy or a fat guy into a lean muscle guy.
  • o At Summer go to the beach and show off the bodies of guys you are attracted to and tell him that you fantasize about him being that way
  • o In winter take him skiing and do something fun and point out how much fun you are having and that you could be having a lot more fun if you weren’t out of shape, challenge him
  • o Finally remind him that the workout doesn’t have to be a workout in the gym with dumbbells, that you could do a million different things like swimming, running, boating, skiing, climbing, playing basketball…..
  • o If you like jogging, tell him you are bored and you want someone to accompany you so that you have someone to talk to, if you are working out in the gym tell him you need a spotter and you prefer that he was spotting you.
  • o Take him to his favorite sporting event when someone scores and the crowd goes wild tell him how awesome it was and try to get him to say something like “I wish I could do that”, or “I used to be able to do that”. Then tell him that he still can and you want to help him!

Bottom line is that no matter where you go you can strike up a conversation about health and fitness. Try it and you would be amazed how much you can find out about your supposed “I don’t care” guy.

  • The I don’t have time, I’m too busy to workout type guy
    If your man falls into this category well you need to start convincing him that working out can be a lot of fun and talk to him about these benefits:
    Satisfaction – you feel the feeling of accomplishment, that your completed something , you feel great about yourself and learn to trust yourself
    Relaxation – If you do it right, and have a warm up and cool down, you will feel hyper, exhausted and very very very relaxed. If you happen to take a bubble bath afterwards well then you will feel like a million bucks!
    Improved Health – Exercise and nutrition is the best medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart problems and many more conditions related to being overweight
    Weight Loss – Derrrrrr. You already knew that!
    Confidence – Yes, exercise is a huge confidence booster, my gentle snowflakes, you feel more and more comfortable in your own skin, whether it is flexing your muscles, wearing a bikini or conversing with peers
    Motivation  – You look better, you feel better , you are motivated to keep going and look even better and inspire others and talk about it and ……ran out of air

     

    • o Once he understands the benefits go over the schedule and find time! Alternative is sending the guy to my boot camp and I guarantee you i will find time every day! For instance: lunch (oh yeah you can easily squeeze in a 30 min workout in a typical 1 hour lunch break). Finding time that works for both of you of course is harder especially if you have a newborn at home but it can be done. Instead of watching TV, or before you are going to bed or when you wake up in the morning and drink that coffee.
    • o Talk to him about the fact that if he doesn’t sit down with you to find time there will never be time for anything. It’s just like doing taxes, it is never a good time – lol – it’s only because of the time restriction and unwanted consequences that people do it.
    • o Convince him that it means a lot more to you to stay healthy and energized than watching “Grey’s Anatomy or Ultimate Fighter” (DVR – a very useful device for TV addicts) :)

There is a very good saying “Where there is a will, there is a way”. If getting back into shape and having that sexy body again, or for the first time is important to you, and having your guy help you is of equal importance, than relate to this problem as if you were starting a new business. Don’t give up, communicate be persistent and believe me, you will FAIL 9 times but will SUCCEED on the 10th. Welcome failure because it will bring you closer to success!
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Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz

Ability is what…

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It’s never too late to become what you might have been. -George Elliot

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Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown

I wanted to provide some inspiration for my readers in case they were struggling with their eating/fitness routines. Hopefully one of these sticks out to you!

Strive for prog…

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Get high

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It’s 4/20. We get it. But instead of wasting your life away, why don’t you do something productive, and get high in a positive, healthy, natural way? Skip the weed and check out an alternative below that will release the same type of endorphins (creating a ‘high’):

1. Cardio: Any intense aerobic activity performed for 20 minutes or more will trigger your brain to release endorphins, notes the Family Education website. Running elicits a flood of endorphins in the brain, according to research conducted at the University of Bonn, Germany. Before and after a long-distance run, 10 runners took a positron emission tomography scan, which measures activity in various regions of the brain. Chemicals that reveal endorphins in the brain were used in the study, and runners took a standard psychological test to evaluate their moods before and after the run. Results showed the participants’ level of euphoria rose significantly after running, because endorphins were produced and became attached to areas of the brain involved with mood, explained lead researcher Dr. Henning Boecker.

2. Laugh: Laughter is an enjoyable experience that can give you a natural high because it releases endorphins. Anticipating a good laugh also brings forth your endorphins, according to the results of a 2006 study published in “The FASEB Journal.” Higher endorphin levels help you ward off stress and maintain a positive mood, as indicated by the study.

3. Play/listen to music: Music affects your brain’s limbic region, stimulating emotional response and memories. Listening to music can reduce your muscle tension and bring forth relaxation, according to music therapy coordinator Karen Wacks at the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. Music therapy was used in ancient Egypt, Africa, China and Greece. Patients of music therapy in the U.S. now include individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, the elderly and disabled, and those who are terminally ill.

4. Make love: Sexual activity brings about natural highs in three ways: (1) through vigorous physical activity, (2) emotional excitement, and (3) orgasm. Each of these causes the release of different amounts of endorphins.

Have you ever noticed how the euphoria lasts well beyond an orgasm? That’s because the endorphins are still flowing.

5. Eat Chocolate: There could be some truth in the belief that those who crave chocolate are looking for a sex substitute. This is because dark chocolate contains a chemical which our bodies converts into phenylethylamine (PEA) – the same chemical that is secreted when we fall in love. However, dietitian Catherine Collins of St Georges Hospital, London, says that chocolate contains such small amounts of PEA it is likely to have little effect.

This is because the feel-good factor we get from chocolate is likely to be our own chemicals called serotonin which are boosted when we look forward to pleasurable experiences such as eating tasty treats such as chocolate.

6. Meditate: By focusing your mind on pleasurable thoughts, you can tap into the feel-good factor within. Meditation promotes self-healing through focused awareness and mental imagery that invokes your endorphins, says Rikys. Its effect is cumulative, building a reservoir of well-being rather than storing unnecessary stress. Rikys leads weekly “endorphin meditation” groups in London.

Know any other natural ways to get high? List them below!
 
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