Category: Friday Five Link Up

Friday Five: Friday Favorites – My Favorite Snacks

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme. This week’s theme is Friday Favorites. I decided to write about my favorite snacks right now.Friday Five

1. G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix popcorn. I’m addicted to this stuff right now and they sell a big bag at Costco😋. It’s a great mix of caramel and cheese popcorn. I like how it contains non-GMO ingredients too.IMG_0740.JPG

2. Greek yogurt with Hemp Hearts or Granola. I love the combination of vanilla Greek yogurt and hemp hearts or granola. It makes for a filling snack.IMG_8891.JPG

3. Fruit. Fruit is always a great snack. I’m liking the usual cuties, bananas, or apples.IMG_0741.JPG

4. Dark Chocolate Almond barkThins. I have a sweet tooth and this satisfies it well, haha😋.IMG_0743.JPG

5. Mamma Chia – Chia Squeezes. The Blackberry Bliss is a great flavor. I like having a fast and convenient way to get Chia seeds with fruit.IMG_0744.JPGWhat are your current go to snacks?

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Five Favorite Fall Foods

This week’s Friday Five theme is Five Favorite Fall Foods. I’m not the greatest cook so I don’t have any recipes for the foods I’ve chosen. But here are five favorite foods I love to eat in the Fall. Moderation is key since they aren’t very healthy. 🙂

1. Pumpkin Pie. You know it’s Fall when Costco starts selling their Pumpkin Pies. I love their pumpkin pie and how cheap it is to buy.pumpkipie 2. Turkey. I love having turkey especially on Thanksgiving.turkey 3. Apple Pie. Gotta love apple pie too! I love apples!Apple-Pie

4. Stuffing. I love having stuffing during Thanksgiving. I don’t have stuffing very often so it’s definitely a favorite of mine on Thanksgiving.stuffing5. Pumpkin Spice Muffins. I was at Sweet Tomatoes and they had some really good pumpkin spice muffins. A new favorite for me.pumpkinspicemuffins

Those are my five favorite Fall foods. What is your favorite Fall food?

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme. Check them out!

Five Ways to Stay on Track During the Holidays

The holiday season is coming soon. It’s always hard to stay on track and be healthy during the holidays but here are five ways to help you.

1. Have a plan. I find it helps to have a plan and follow a schedule. If you don’t have a plan, you will most definitely get sidetracked and spend wasted time trying to figure out what you should do. If you have a plan or schedule, at least you have something to follow to try and stick with. Pick a running plan or workout schedule that you can stick with that goes throughout the holiday season. I like Beachbody DVD Workout Programs like Focus T25 that come with a calendar schedule so you know exactly what workouts you need to do for each day, or for running, there’s Hal Higdon’s free training plans.IMG_9731.JPG
2. Have an accountability partner/partners. An accountability partner or partners will totally help you follow your plan. They’ll help motivate you and it will help knowing that you’re not alone, especially during the Holidays when it’s hard to workout on vacation. It’s nice sharing with others what you’ve accomplished to stay accountable and the encouragement helps motivate you to follow the plan.IMG_9733.JPG
3. Sign up for a Holiday Race or Event. I think it would help to sign up for a Holiday Race or Event. It’s a commitment. That way you know that you’ll be burning calories at the event as well as having the training that leads up to it. IMG_9732.JPG
4. Drink lots of water. After eating, and I’m sure there will be lots of holiday goodies, water helps flush out toxins. Also, many times you think you might be hungry but are just thirsty. So be sure to drink lots of water.IMG_9734.JPG
5. Sneak in a workout anywhere, anytime. Do the little things like park further away to get a good walk. Do squats while brushing your teeth. I also like to use exercise apps that allow me to work out anywhere. There are many exercise apps that allow you to do workouts anywhere even if  you’re short on time. I have the Seven app which gives you a seven minute total body workout. I remember using it in the airport the last time we traveled to get a quick workout in.

Here I am at the airport with my kiddo using the app and doing squats. 🙂20140803-211029-76229738.jpg

How do you stay on track during the Holidays?

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme. Check them out!

Five things I love about Halloween Time

Happy Halloween! It’s fitting that this week’s Friday Five theme is Halloween.

Here are five things I love about Halloween time which include activities that lead up to Halloween.

1. Going to a Pumpkin Patch. It’s always fun going to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out pumpkins. We went this year to Lake View Farms in North Plains, OR. This is a nice one because you go on a boat ride to the pumpkins and ride a train back. It’s great for the kids. They even had a little hay maze.

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2. Decorating pumpkins. My kids enjoyed using the push in decorations to decorate their pumpkins. It’s nice since there’s no carving and no mess. 🙂

IMG_9459.JPG3. Learning new things when helping out at the kiddo’s Halloween party. They did some neat things at my son’s preschool. They made their own pumpkins using toilet paper covered in orange tissue paper. Then they added the stem (brown roll from toilet paper), followed by decorating with face stickers.IMG_9572.JPGAlso, their snack was a great idea. It was a carved out orange filled with fruit. The kids helped carve a little or just told how they wanted their orange pumpkin to look like. How cute is that?

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4. Seeing the kids in costume. It’s so cute when they’re all dressed up in costume. It’s great seeing all the different costumes other kids are wearing too. There are always some really creative and great homemade ones. Last year I remember seeing a cool Minecraft costume that was homemade. The pic below is from last Halloween. It’s funny because I asked what my kids wanted to be for Halloween this year and they wanted to be the same thing as last year. What are the odds of that happening? Lol. It’s great that their costumes still fit. 🙂

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5. Taking the kids trick or treating. The last thing, is it’s fun taking the kids trick or treating. It’s a nice time to see the neighbors as well as get free candy lol. Who doesn’t like free candy? I think it’s fine to eat in moderation.

What do you love about Halloween time?

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme. Check them out!

Five Reasons to Run a Race

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme.

This week’s theme is five reasons to run (a marathon, an ultra, a 5k, whatever). So I chose to write about five reasons to run a race, any race.

I didn’t always like to run, especially long distance. I was a sprinter and jumper in high school and would always try to get out of running anything long in practice. Then during college I started running to stay in shape. It continued on and off when I was working. I started running and working out even more especially after having kids to help lose the baby weight. Signing up for races has helped a bunch, especially as a motivator.

Here are five reasons to run a race:

1. Keeps you motivated. Whether you’re running to stay in shape, lose weight or get more fit, races help keep you accountable. Signing up for a race means, I have to run on that certain day. I pay good money to run lol and it’s usually for a good cause. So signing up gives me something to look forward to. I usually follow a training plan that helps lead up to race day. yourrace

2. The Challenge. It’s a challenge to run and finish a race. Also, once I finish a race, I like signing up for another so I can beat the time I got especially if it’s a PR (personal record). Races challenge me to get better.PRracecard

3. Get cool medals and shirts. Once you finish a race, you usually get some cool bling, like medals. Then you can start a collection. 🙂 They usually give out nice shirts too.IMG_9356.JPG

4. Get to travel and see sights. Races allow you get to see the sights on foot. Depending on what race, they close streets, freeways, and even amusement parks (Disney) for races. So it’s pretty cool to say that you ran where you would not normally get to. Also, there’s lots of cool destination races like Las Vegas,Washington DC, New York, and Disney ones that would be cool to travel to as well. The picture below is from the Rock’n’Roll Seattle Half Marathon. Loved the scenic route!

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5. Fun social event. Races are awesome social events. Depending on your race, there could be hundreds or even thousands of people running and lots cheering you on. I read there was 25,000 runners at the Nike San Francisco race…wow! Who doesn’t love it when strangers cheer you on and give you high fives while running? Races are so fun!! 🙂rocknrollport

Those are five reasons to sign up for a race. Why do you run races? Are you going to sign up for a race next year? If so, what are you planning to run?

 

Five Favorite Fitness Tunes

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the first time for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme.

This week’s theme is five favorite fitness tunes. Here are my top five songs on my running playlist right now:

1. Counting Stars by One Republic. 

I’ve always liked One Republic and I like how the music picks up and has a great beat.

2. Best Day Of My Life by American Authors. 

I like how this one’s upbeat and is catchy.

3. Brave by Sarah Bareillis. 

This is a great upbeat song with a great message.

4. On Top Of The World by ImagineDragons. 

Another catchy song that has a great beat that’ll pick you up.

5. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson. 

 This is an old one but an awesome workout song with a great beat and strong message.

I like these songs since their so upbeat and help keep me going when I run. What are your favorite workout/running songs?

Have a great Friday!