Learning Lessons the Hard Way!

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Today’s 5K Route

We all have stories of being told/warned about something and then immediately saying “Yea whatever, it won’t be that bad… I can handle it” and sadly sometimes it’s something you learned a while ago but your brain just decided to erase that knowledge for you.  That was the case for me today.

 

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Friday Fallacy: Strength Training Myths

In this installment of Friday Fallacy I’ll be discussing some of the common myths that prevent people from starting and maintaining a strength training program. I should be clear, when I talk about strength training I’m not talking about the first thought that comes into most people’s minds, bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger. What I am talking about is function strength training that targets multiple muscle groups at once and is more about strengthening your core and muscles used for cardio to limit injury.

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Healthy Meals: Zucchini, Chicken & Pistachio Couscous

Another extremely tasty and super easy recipe coming your way. This recipe is made easy by the inclusion of picking up a roasted chicken from the grocery (Costco and Wegmans usually have roasted chickens daily, and you can use the extra for other meals). All you have to do is shred up the the chicken and boom that is pretty much the hardest part of this recipe.

ec7e2f029ab4Ingredients (Makes 4 servings):

  • 2 Oranges
  • 4 Zucchinis
  • 1.5 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 Roasted Chicken
  • 200 grams Couscous
  • 30 grams Pistachios

 

 

Directions:

  1. Juice oranges and zest the rind, mix with white vinegar & olive oil to make the dressing
  2. Slice the zucchini and fry in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once done transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel and pat them dry
  3. Shred the white meat from the roasted chicken, skin removed
  4. Cook couscous per instructions.
  5. Transfer couscous, chicken, and zucchini to a large skillet (or wok) and mix. Pour in the dressing and mix. (Note, sometimes its best to make a little extra dressing in case you want more of a flavor boost)
  6. Top with pistachios and plate (Note, you can also add a dollop of greek yogurt if you’d like).

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 520, Total Fat: 15g, Saturated fat: 3.4g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 122mg, Total Carbohydrates: 51g; Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 40g

Are you guilty of this too?

We all know to become healthier and start shedding the pounds we need to make changes in our lives. The first thing most people do is take a hard look at their nutrition and starting to eat healthier. Then we move on to being more active… starting cardio and a strength program. This is exactly what I did, and sadly for the longest time this is where I stopped. However, there is one thing most of us (myself included) don’t factor in – the amount of sleep (or lack thereof) we get can play a significant role in our weightless/healthy lifestyle journey.

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New Gear!

IMG_2799Nothing like getting new gear delivered to you on a Monday. After loving my Jaybird
Freedom Sport bluetooth earbuds I decided to upgrade to the latest model, Jaybird X2 (didn’t hurt that Amazon is selling them for $127.98, a 28% discount from the MSRP on Jaybird’s website). I just checked Amazon again and these earbuds are still selling at 28% off MSRP for anyone who is looking for a new pair.

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