#50DaysFit Day 34 Update!

I initially wrote this really detailed and personal post on my progress so far with my #50DaysFit challenge. However, my computer ate it and won’t give it back so I’ll have to give you a brief synopsis of what the original post said. Initially I wanted to update every five days, however when the time came I took a look at my fitness journal and felt it was pretty darn boring so I thought I would do round-up style post like this.

I have spent the last seven or so years without a healthy breakfast routine so getting one in place has been a bit of a struggle. That being said, my favorite options are eggs (when I have time), smoothies, Quaker’s New Granola Warm & Crunchy line (which I enjoy with yogurt), and Cascadian Farm’s New Protein Bar’s (I like the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip one’s). I’m still on the lookout for new recipes, I get bored pretty easily and love to try new things – so if you know of a good breakfast recipe or item, let me know!

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I recently started premaking lunches – I feel like if I don’t know what I’ll be eating then I will choose something that’s fast, which tends to be unhealthy. I pinned this Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls recipe from Picky Palate ages ago and was super excited about making it myself. It turned out really well, although I omitted the asparagus and quinoa (I didn’t have any on hand at the time). The most surprising thing I’ve learned about pre-made lunches is that personally, it gives me the sense that I have more time in the day to do other things. I don’t have to take the time to decide on, make or buy lunch – I just pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and keep on working.

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As for working out, I haven’t had the chance to exercise every single day as I had hoped. However, I have been incorporating health-minded activities into my life on a daily basis – which is the goal of #50DaysFit, so I don’t feel bad about it at all. I guess the real change so far is that I no longer feel like getting fit is impossible – and while it’s not official, I’m definitely thinking of challenging myself further with another fitness challenge, but more on that next time!

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Review!

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If you’ve been following along, I’ve been doing a #50DaysFit fitness/health challenge where I’m dedicated to doing one positive health or fitness related action a day. So far, my hardest challenge has been figuring out what I’m going to eat for breakfast. If I do manage to fit in breakfast I’ll stop by my favorite local smoothie place, however that doesn’t always work out and I’ll end up ditching breakfast. Recently, as a part of my resolve to get a healthy breakfast in everyday, I’ve been reaching for Quaker’s New Warm & Crunchy Granola!

Warm and Crunchy Granola
I’ve been trying all three flavors – Cranberry Almond, Honey Almond, and Apple Cinnamon – and I feel like it’s probably one of the more versatile breakfast-y items I’ve seen in store right now.

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To eat the granola oatmeal style only takes about 25 seconds to a minute to heat up (I like my milk piping hot) – which mean’s breakfast doesn’t require a lot of thought or effort (my favorite excuses for skipping the meal) and it’s both filling and tasty!

Each box contains 8 travel-friendly packages and retails at about $3.99. My favorite to eat hot from the trio is Cranberry Almond – the granola has excellent texture and is crunchy without being hard. Another great way to enjoy Quaker’s Warm & Crunchy Granola is with your favorite yogurt!

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My dairy pick is Greek yogurt with a side of some tart fruit, in this case it’s cherry. It goes so so so well the Honey Almond granola that I’ve become pretty much obsessed with the combo, haha! You can also eat the granola on it’s own, if you like.

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What ways do you enjoy granola? Will you be trying Quaker’s New Warm & Crunchy Granola? Let me know in the comments below! Also, I have a guest post going live soon (which I’ll link here) on Val’s Kitchen where you can find deets on how to get a $1.50 coupon off your next box of Quaker’s Warm & Crunchy Granola!

#50DaysFit Day 5 Update!

Day 1 – To be fair, I wasn’t very healthful on Day 1, I started off my morning with a twinkie of all things. But then I also completed around 46 minutes of a workout DVD (it was the whole workout) – which amounted to 3 miles.

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Day 2 – I’ve done workout’s before, so I don’t know why I somehow fooled myself into thinking that the second workout would be easier then the first. It so was not. I felt so sore, I was moving like a slug. I had to stop to grab water twice. I don’t know why, but when I’m doing a relatively simple workout I feel like stopping is cheating – which I know is ridiculous, but I somehow feel that I have to push myself really hard or I won’t see results. Still I completed all three miles – even if I did finish it dripping sweat and a lovely color purple.

Day 3 – I skipped the workout and went shopping with my family. It was a whole day affair that included TONS of walking and carrying heavy bags. We were out for 7 to 8 hours, which were mostly spent on our feet. I bought a new coat, a couple of Valentine’s Day gift bag, I also came to the realization that I was in desperate need of a new pair of shoes. I ordered these online, but had a chance to try them in the store, they had a comfortable amound of arch support and I liked the way they were secure but had room in the front. These are the Reebok  Women’s ZigKick Ride Running Athletic Shoe in Grey/Yellow:
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Day 4 – Sunday! Sunday is the day of rest. Honestly, I had planned to get in some walking but I was pretty exhausted. I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t feel a twinge of guilt for not doing anything fitness related but I was really tired and really needed a rest.

Day 5 – I started this morning off with an early walk (yes, through the snow), and then did the last 2 miles of my 3 mile fitness walk with High Intensity Interval Training. I figured the first mile tends to be more of a warm up and the last two miles is where the heart pumping fun comes in ;)

And that’s it! That’s my five day update of #50DaysFit – I’m actually and very much surprisingly enjoying it, and I’m 1/10th of the way through! I haven’t done much in the way of changing my eating habits, but it’s on my mind and I have made a bit more of an effort to drink more water, especially during my workout. I’m also really looking forward to my new pair of sneakers! Are you making any fitness or health related changes? Let me know in the comments below, especially if you’ve got any tips or know of any great exercises I should try!

Fifty Days of Fitness Challenge! #50DaysFit

One of my new years resolution was to get a bit more healthier and more fit in 2014. It’s been a goal of mine forever, but I’ve finally and seriously resolved to do it. To keep myself on track I created the 50 Days of Fitness Challenge!
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Basically, the challenge is to do at least one thing a day that contributes to a healthier, fitter, lifestyle. For instance, swapping soda for water. I love love love soda, and while I only drink diet I know it’s not all that good for me. Another example is doing a half hour to an hour of cardio – ideally I’d like to be able to do this all fifty days of the challenge. However, I’m approaching this challenge with a more realistic outlook – I usually spend my weekends running around, so either I get my workout on the go or I’ll have to find another way to make the day productive (in terms of the challenge).

I’d love for you all to join me! You can grab the button below if you have a blog or tweet along on the #50DaysFit hashtag with any bit of motivation or tips, favorite fitness links, your personal fitness progress – just throw them my way! I’ll be posting an update every five days as well as any relevant reviews – I just bought this new workout DVD, so I will definitely be posting about that soon! 50 Days of Fitness starts today (1/30/14) and ends on March 21st, but feel free to jump in whenever!

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