Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The May Mileage Challenge

So I’m sure you’ve been wondering what our next challenge is. In March, we had the squats (I hear your ‘Lord, help me’ cries). In April, we had the various diet challenges that changed each week. That was kind of tough. Next month, we will be focusing on racking up the miles. And no, I don’t mean on our cars.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

April Challenge Comes to an End

Well, the April 'Abs are Made in the Kitchen' Challenge is over tonight. I can't help but feel a little sad because though there were days when it was difficult, it was also fun to know a ton of people were going through the same challenges and making healthy diet choices this month.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Have You Heard of DoYogaWithMe?

So my friend told me about this site - DoYogaWithMe - because he knows I'm into yoga. I have my own yoga DVDs and practices I follow and so I kept forgetting to check it out. But he reminded me a couple of days ago, and when I was in the mood to hit the mat today, I thought I'd give it a shot.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What You Drink is Just as Important as What You Eat

So by now we all know how calories affect us, right? Food in - Activity out? Here's a picture to show how it works:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April Challenge Week 4!

You guys, it's the final week of the April 'Abs are Made in the Kitchen' Challenge! That means we successfully made it through 3 tough weeks! To be honest, this week was the easiest for me so far because I found that I mostly like to eat complex carbs anyway. But it was interesting for me to always have to think about the category of any food before I ate it.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Getting More Whole Grains in Your Diet

Well, we have about 2 days left in week 3 of the April "Abs are Made in the Kitchen" challenge. I mean, our focus this week is whole grains, right? Therefore, I thought it would be really beneficial to throw in a little advice on how to get more whole grains in your diet.

This is an excerpt from WebMD.com. You can view the full article and the sources (including the authors and reviewers) here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Weighted Squats

I constantly get the question "How can I bulk up my legs" a lot. In fact, we women struggle a lot with fat in our thighs, and most of the time, we are looking for ways to lose that fat and build strong leg and booty muscles instead.

You are probably asking "Is that not what the regular squat is for?", and you'd be right. We do squats to get our lower bodies toner, but as this lady I follow on Instagram (Mankofit) reminds me, it is always important to constantly challenge yourself.

Start with the basic squats because those help you get your form right. But as you progress, start to incorporate weights to add extra resistance beyond your body weight. This could be holding dumbbells similar to the deadlift, using kettlebells, or using a barbell on your neck.

The benefit of doing weighted squats, especially with the barbell, is that you not only shape your lower body, but you also build a strong back and core as they learn to support the weight. A strong back and core are important for those abs we love so much :)

Try some weights in your squats today, and if you're feeling adventurous, try weights in all your exercises today. Feel the difference, allow yourself to feel a little uncomfortable in the effort.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Challenge Week 3!

Heyyyyyy Fitfam. So I'm pretty excited I got through the week 2 challenge. No protein shake, sandwiches, or soy milk for a week was tough, but I think we proved how tough we can be as well. Today is the last day of week 2 of the challenge, and I for one am proud of myself and all of you who did it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The first race of the year!

So if you have been following this blog for a while, you know I like to run, and I like races because they push you to do better than you usually would. Springtime is a blessing for me because it means the start of running season!
This past Sunday, I ran a 4-miler, and it felt really good. Maybe it is the feeling that the weather is getting better and outdoor running will become the norm in my life again. Or maybe sunlight just gives me joy. But I felt very happy.

I finished in about 31 minutes, beating my previous time on this particular route. Of course, I didn't win a medal of anything (there were professional runners that finished in like 20 minutes), but I'm really proud of myself.

My next race will be in a couple of weeks, and I can't wait!
Have you started running outside in this beautiful weather?

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Challenge Week 2

Oh my Lord. April Challenge Week 1 was a little tougher than I thought. It really hit me when I realized I could not have eggs for breakfast. I took it a step further and did not have anything grilled with oil spray either, because let's be honest, it is still oil though in a smaller quantity.

Now as we go on to week 2 starting tomorrow, it's time to cut out all processed food. Unless the ingredients on the pack simply reads "Peanuts", or "Carrots", we'll be staying away from it. This means no bread, no pasta, no yogurt, no chips; just things you cook at home with natural ingredients.

For breakfast, you can have some oats (with whole milk only), some eggs, or fruits. Every other meal is easier. Good luck!

Do you feel like these challenges help you understand healthier decisions you can make for your body? The purpose is to make you more aware of the food you eat.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Burger King: The King of the Beef-less Burger?

We all know Burger King as the "King of the Whopper". However, in what seems to be an attempt to connect with the 20 and 30-something healthier crowd, Burger King has added two limited-edition beef-less burgers to their menu - a turkey burger and a veggie burger. They'll be making history because McDonald's and Wendy's do not have these options. But the big question is: how healthy are these beef-less burgers?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fit Chat with Youssef Kharoubi: "It is not Just About Weight Loss"

A couple of male readers requested to hear from more men who were into body building and basically sculpting out their muscles. So I took it one step further, and got you a body builder. Today, I’m chatting with a 26-year old gentleman named Youssef, who has turned his body from regular to massive. Check out the interview:

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