Kicking Butt and Staying Strong

8 May

Gonna just share my post that I wrote this morning for Sweat Everyday (MY BUSINESS!!!). Hope you all enjoy.

Kicking Butt and Staying Strong

Reading Sacha’s previous couple of posts really got me motivated! I LOVE watching her beat the guy/red pad up.

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I can watch that one over and over again! So inspiring! Even more inspiring after being inundated with the news the past few days of the three women who were abducted for ten years. It makes me want to be stronger and more prepared for any assailant who tries to come my way.

This is yet another reason we feel it is SO IMPORTANT to Sweat Everyday. You have to be physically and mentally strong for life because, each day it throws so much at you. Some days there are EXTREME situations that affect your health and well being.  Other times, there are hiccups that just disturb your natural flow. Taking time each day to take care of you can help build you and, make you stronger. So, when those times come you will have something within you to carry you through. Being active and staying fit is a way to build yourself; don’t forget your peace of mind too. Meditate, pray, clear your mind of the negative so you can stay strong.

Stay strong and find time today to get yourself stronger.

Kick some butt (not literally any persons behind, more of a pad, kickboxing class, martial arts type of butt kicking); it’ll help you feel better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you going to do today to stay strong?

 

 

~April

Quick Purple Cabbage & Kale

6 Apr

Purple cabbage is a veggie I never associated with anything but a salad bar however, I recently was motivated to cook it and, I have to say it was yummy. It is now a good addition to my meals as a quick side dish to make.

2013-03-05 10.14.18I chop up  kale, onions, fresh garlic and saute them altogether with coconut oil and to cut out some of the bitterness I add a little sprinkle of sweetness (organic sugar or Stevia in my case) all in my favorite cast iron skillet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I season with sea salt and Everyday Seasoning from Trader Joe’s. The end result turns out so yummy!

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So all you need are the following ingredients:

purple cabbage

kale

onion

onion

garlic clove

coconut oil (or your favorite)

Running with a Cloud

6 Apr

Yesterday’s run was beautiful. My neighbor is training for a half marathon so, I join her on her runs. We hit the Montour Trail and there we were met by one lone cloud in the sky, perfectly shaped and, just amazing.

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Our six mile run was good and, more clouds joined that one. Of course, it’s Pittsburgh and rarely is there a cloudless day! That’s ok, the clouds are beautiful.

The Sun came out Again!!

5 Apr

The last time I saw a beautiful sunny day I wrote about it and, I said I’d let you know how the next day turned out. The sun did stay out that ENTIRE DAY!  The next day it was cloudy with snow flurries, which stayed around  for the next couple of days. YES, snow flurries! Just today my neighbor told me she heard  a guy say something funny. He said, “What a nice Winter we are having this Spring” EXACTLY!!!

 

The sun has come out  again for a couple of more days and I think JUST MAYBE Winter will lie down and let Spring come here in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a gorgeous old city and on a sunny day it really is fun to get out, which we did the other day.

 

photo 3 (1)One of things I LOVE about the city are all of the beautiful old bridges. Pittsburgh is known for its bridges, which I have to admit I did not know prior to moving here (**GASP**). Hey, I am a native Californian and, well, I won’t say anything further to incriminate myself or any other Californian in regards to our sense of the continental United States geography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 2 (2)It is beautiful to see these old, steel bridges throughout the entire city.  I also found a good place to run, Point State Park. The park is located at the “tip” of the triangle in Pittsburgh, where all three rivers meet. The view of the rivers, bridges, and stadiums is nice and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a beautiful day. The day we visited there were lots of folks out riding bikes, jogging, sitting around talking and just out having a good time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll be sure to get out there and go for that run, WHENEVER  Winter decides to let go and allow Spring to finally come.

Krav Maga

4 Apr

My cousin Sacha is “Ms. Krav Maga” in my opinion. She’s super fit and strong and that is very motivating. So, I got to go to her studio Krav Maga DC with her and tried it out. Check it out below (hilarious):

 

 

Have any of you tried it?

The Sun is Out

30 Mar

I woke up this morning listening to the birds sing.  I sat up in my bed thinking maybe, JUST maybe the sun is shining. Sure enough it is!!! I took a picture to capture this monumental moment.

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Not a cloud in the sky. Can there really be an entire sunny day in Pittsburgh? Hmmm… I’ll let you know that after the day is done because, I have yet to see that happen. I will not dwell on that though. I will focus on the sun right now, it is shining!  Every curtain, blind and window covering in my house has been opened to let it in. I’m back to my cat status, chasing the sun-rays in the house and snuggling in the warm embrace of the ray. I better enjoy it now because I hear it is going to snow on Thursday :/

Hope it is sunny wherever you are. If so let me know!

White Bean and Turnip Soup

23 Mar

With all of this lovely cold spring weather I decided to make some soup to help us stay warm.
photo 2It was so yummy! Not to brag about it, but when I make a soup and everyone around here eats it, I feel inclined to brag. I am going to share the recipe but be mindful, you may need adjust the recipe because I am guessing the true amounts.

4 cups Chicken Broth (I use my homemade chicken broth, you can also use vegetable broth)

2 cans Northern Beans (be sure to rinse beans off before adding into pot)

5 Carrots (peeled and sliced)

1 cup green peas

1 large turnip (cut up into bite sized chunks)

2 cups spinach (fresh)

1 medium Onion (chopped)

1/2 Red onion (chopped)

2 cloves Garlic (chopped)

2 cups Chicken (optional and you can shred it or cut into small pieces)

2 teaspoons turmeric

sea salt

Trader Joe’s TJ’s Everyday Seasoning

Put everything except the spinach, and TJ’s everyday seasoning, into a large pot. Cook on medium heat until turnips are tender. Stir in spinach and season to taste. You could also put this into a slow cooker.

Enjoy and let me know how yours taste!

~April

Spring Workout

22 Mar

Here is my weekly post for Sweat Everyday. Posted on Tuesday of this past week. Enjoy!

Yesterday marked the first day of Spring , yet for many it was still chilly. Some of us even experienced snow flurries!

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The sun DID manage to peak out and shower us with sun-rays so, April decided it was time to get outside and workout. Maybe you can go outside, bundle up and get your workout on too. It’s never too cold (ahem-ok, April’s personal too low point is  40 degrees) to stay active.

If you need a quick idea on how to jump start your spring training just see April share her quick morning workout.

  April’s morning workout

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April’s post workout

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There is nothing like a change of seasons to help change your workouts or,  jump-start your workouts.

What you do for a quick workout on a brisk spring day?

Happy Spring Everyone!

Spring, really?

21 Mar

Supposedly spring is here. The vernal equinox was on March 2oth.

Someone forgot to tell Mother nature to check that off of her to do list because, the weather is no better here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania than it was last month.

This past weekend I took son#3 to an Easter Egg hunt. He HAD to wear gloves, a jacket and mittens. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS COLD! Not Los Angeles, CA cold BUT, Pittsburgh, PA cold!

I HAVE NEVER thought of snow in Spring (unless you drive to it, far away, to snowboard). It amazes me that it is still below 30 degrees. The sun and I have a whole new relationship now. I am like a cat. Whenever the sun-rays come out I am ALL IN! I run to the window, snuggle up on the floor right in the one sun-ray that beams into the window for the few minutes of sun that will come in. I say few minutes because it is never a full day of sunlight.

I purchased Vitamin D and now take it because I could possibly develop rickets here from lack of sunlight. Are you laughing? I’m serious! As I sit here typing this it is 21 degrees outside and now the sun has been enveloped by clouds. Ho hum! Spring is coming! Oh wait, it’s already here!

Happy Spring!

Jump

16 Mar

Below is the post I shared on Sweat Everyday.

The sun broke through the clouds yesterday and, although it was not hot, it was warmer than 35 degrees with the sun out! That meant I could go outside and workout. HOWEVER I don’t run or walk without the temperature being above 45ish. However, I needed some movement, some cardio. Something had to be done to get my heart-rate up, and get me into my  fat burning zone. What to do? AH! I had a jump rope. I actually have quite a few from my classes and clients I teach so, I pulled one out and jumped in the backyard.

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With my sweats on and my hoodie on my head I started jumping while my youngest was playing football by himself in the grass. I started with 30 jumps, then stopped and did some squats. I did another 50 jumps and, added more squats. Then I did 65 and added one last set of 75 and I felt great! My heart rate was up, my breathing was a faster and I felt great! It didn’t take long and it was just what I needed.

So if you need a quick workout, a pick me up and a little extra to add into your workout grab a jump-rope. They are inexpensive and, a good workout. I’m sure you’ve seen those boxers at the gyms jump all of the time. And they are always in good shape! If you ever stop by a Crossfit workout you’ll see some WODs with jump-roping in it.

AND, for us ladies who have had babies…Well let’s just say I was safe and dry! You can do it too!

JUMP!!

Here’s some theme music for you.

Kriss Kross Jump

~April