To Be a Yogi or Not To Be…

So…  I haven’t done many fitness posts in a while but I have still be quite active.

I acquired a FitBit not long ago and since then aka late January I’ve been having lots of fun keeping track of my ‘steps.’  I have the Charge HR which helps better understand my heart rate and has an amazing alarm that has the perfect buzz to help me wake up.  According to the American Heart Association walking 10,000 steps+ daily can help reduce your risk of heart disease aka number one killer of humans.  This is much harder than it looks and the FitBit offers the chance to join ‘challenges’ that can be weekly or daily with friends, family, and coworkers.  I absolutely love being kept accountable when at work or even at home.  Try it!

Crossfit – back at it about 3-5x/week since January and super happy.  For two years I was strictly doing the Crossfit Powerlifting segment and got pretty bored so I went back to the basics.  My strength is much improved as well as my cardiovascular endurance (total bonus).  The negative includes shredding my hands on my first week back but then again I should have known to pumice it up in the shower the night before.

As many know, I’m pretty busy and tend to have trouble winding down, so after much thought, contemplation, and disagreements, I started doing yoga about once weekly.  It is a good way to stay grounded – literally.  My stability is on point but can clearly get better along with my flexibility which definitely needs a boost.  I’m loving the local classes at Mobile Om due their plan to take yoga out of the typical studio with four walls and popping up at unconventional spots like the Hays Street Bridge.

As a trainer I also like to put together my own workouts that include various plyometric and core movements.  My goal is to have a strong core as well as to continue improving my endurance through various movements which include those I detest (tuck jumps, jumping split lunges, 5K runs, and obviously burpees).  Check out my Workouts for the Modern Workaholic’ for ideas.

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Post-yoga feels at the Hays Street Bridge.

Here’s a sample of what my fitness regimen looked like last week (Monday, February 29th – Sunday, March 6th):

Monday:  5:30 am Crossfit class (60 minutes) – 9,138 steps

Tuesday:  4 pm Crossfit class (60 minutes) – 7, 412 steps

Wednesday:  5:30 am Crossfit class (60 minutes) – 10,253 steps

Thursday:  Plyometrics and Core Work (45 minutes) – 7,300 steps

Friday:  Plyometrics and Core Work (45 minutes) – 8, 604 steps

Saturday:  Stairmaster (20 minutes) in the morning followed by a 90 minute hike at Eisenhower Park – 16,069 steps

Sunday:  Yoga class (60 minutes) – 11,223 steps

The takeaway, I’m trying to illustrate is that no matter what you do, stay active, it is rewarding.  You will feel phenomenal.  Let go of your fears, forget about others, forget about winning/losing, and concentrate on being the best version of yourself.  Also, make a fool of yourself sometimes and laugh – I sure do, everyday.

xxx – Sarah

Pomegranate Spiked Strawberry Bacon Dates – Serves 7

The holidays are winding down but with the colder weather still upon us the parties continue thus New Years resolutions beware aka ‘damned if you and damned if you don’t.’   Who said you have to start the new year without a taste of heaven?  Just choose wisely try not to go back for seconds.  This is my favorite appetizer creation of 2016 so far!

Tips to prevent overeating:

  • Select a dessert plate whose diameter excluding the rim is 4-5 inchesIMG_4127
  • Only one plate serving aka only one trip to load the plate
  • Keep everything on the surface of the plate rather than creating piles
  • Food should not graze the rim (#thestruggleisreal)

 

Recently when visiting Gruene, Texas, I came across a fabulous shop called The Gruene Olive: Tasting Room – just opened about 2 weeks prior to Christmas and is the perfect space to grab a tasting and leave with goodies for families and friends.  This delicious recipe utilizes their Pomegranate – Quince White Balsamic Vinegar!

Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar:  1) Low in calories, high in antioxidants called polyphenols, and 3) Low in sugar/low glycemic index.

Ingredients:

  • 7 medjool dates; sliced into quarters
  • 9 slices of bacon; trimmed (remove the fatty white areas)
  • 3-4 large berries; sliced from the bottom up then halved
  • 2-3 tbsp pomegranate-quince white balsamic vinegar; for drizzling
  • Cooking tools recommended for best results and easy clean-up: parchment paper and toothpicks

Methodology:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. On a baking sheet place add a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Combine one strawberry slice with a medjool date slice then wrap with bacon.  Only use just enough bacon to wrap then cut and use the remainder of the bacon for the next date/strawberry combo.  After cutting the bacon and wrapping the date/strawberry then secure with a toothpick.  Repeat until all the dates are gone.
  4. Drizzle the wrapped dates with the balsamic vinegar.
  5. Cook for 25-30 minutes until browned or until the aroma cannot be resisted.
  6. Chew your way to heaven.

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xxx – Sarah