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Funky Tie-Dyed Yoga

I have had several readers ask me to continue sharing my workout plans and fitness tips, so I figured I would fill you in today with a new DVD that I tried this morning.

I kicked off this morning with a 30-minute yoga workout via my new Power Yoga: Strength and Flexibility with Rodney Yee. The DVD is broken into two workouts — strength and flexibility. So, I did the strength section of the DVD.

I liked this workout because it definitely helped me break a sweat, but it was not soooo difficult that the novice yogi could not participate in the workout.

Here’s my question for you: Would you workout next to me in yoga class? These are the funkiest exercise pants I have ever owned, but every time I wear them they make me smile.

After yoga, I went for a run, and I really had to take it slow. I was hurtin’  from a couple days of tough exercise, so I just decided not to push it and move slowly, focusing on my foot movements and swinging my arms. I ran 3.6 miles in 32 minutes which is about 9-minute miles. It felt good to get outside and enjoy the fall weather. Autumn is my favorite season . . . not too cool and not too hot! Just right. (;

But, given the looming winter weather, I am curious: What is your favorite way to stay fit in chilly conditions? Share them here, and I will lend you a few pointers tomorrow!

P.S. Happy Birthday, Lisa! I just love you.



Filed under Eat, Pray, Run, September 2008

Loving the Olympics — And Mr. Phelps’ Abs Are Pretty Nice, Too.

OK, is anyone else OBSESSED with the Olympic games in Beijing. Specifically, Michael Phelps’ abs in Beijing?

Kidding, kidding, honey. Well, not really. But, seriously, I have been having so much fun watching the Olympics, an event in which I have really have not held much interest since the days of Keri Strug and Dominique Moceanu — I loved women’s gymnastics.

But this year I am so inspired by the athletes who are participating in the games. The women’s gymnastics team looks healthy and strong. The USA has a 41-year-old woman, Dara Torres, crushing the age-bias and beating the competition. She became the oldest swimming medalist in Olympic history this past Sunday.

And, of course, swimmer Michael Phelps has made it his job to let people know just how much he rocks. He won his eleventh gold medal yesterday, making him the world’s greatest athlete and far surpassing the nine-medal total other Olympic athletes, like Carl Lewis and Mark Spitz, have held.

I think these people are just the coolest. And watching them makes me so proud of our country and, of course, I want just 1/2 of Dara’s muscle tone, too.

What about y’all? Have you taken a liking to the Olympics? Michael Phelps?

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Filed under August 2008, Eat, July 2008, June 2008, Pray, Run

Taking These Porcelain Babies for a Walk . . . or Run!

I just got back from what started as a walk, but quickly turned into a walk/run. You see, as I was getting ready to head outside today, I knew I didn’t want to go for a full-out run. I was feeling pretty tired and I could feel a ton of lactic acid running through my body.

But then, once I get started, I decided I was going to do a walk/run; often times, quick running sprints mixed with fast-paced walking or light jogging can actually help flush some of the lactic acid out of your body. So, that is what my game plan was tonight.

My exercise path was 4.28 miles and it took me 43 minutes to complete it. I ended with 2 minutes (for a total of 45 minutes) of light walking. It went a little something like this:

*5 min. warm up

*1 min. sprint, 2 min. fast walking (5:00 – 15:00)

*1-mile run (15:00 – 22:55)

*Back to 2 min. fast walking, 1 min. sprint (22:55 – 40:00)

*Ran the rest of the way home (40:00 – 43:00) = 4.28 miles

*Cool down – walk (43:00 – 45:00)

NOTE . . . I have a few rules about a walk/run workout that are the result of my slightly demented runner’s way of thinking:

– I never stop in the middle of the hill; even if it means running a bit farther than the designated 1-minute mark.

– I also never stop at the top of hill.

– Or in front of people.

Combine all of these rules and you will understand why the middle of my workout lead to a one-mile run: I started my “one-minute” sprint at the bottom of a one-mile long hill. Yes, ONE-FREAKING-MILE long hill! More on this hill in Several Reasons Why My Sister Requires Rehab.

But I was glad I did it. I have taught myself to love hills, and conquering this one always feels like such an accomplishment. It just keeps going, and going, and going . . .

One thing I wish I could have changed — my decision to wear black capri pants. I thought the slight drop in temperature would make hiding my porcelain-tinted legs — why show those babies if need not be? — OK, but I was dead wrong. Note to self — no one gives a crap about your legs.

By the way fabulous readers, if you live in an urban area like yours truly, and you cannot exactly drive your car along a sidewalk or dirt path to measure your run, walk or bike, then check out Map My Run. It’s an awesome tool that lets you draw your route on a map or even satellite map of your area. It totally rocks my world!

OK, I gotta shut up and go eat dinner … I’m hungry!


Filed under Eat, June 2008, Pray, Run

A Busy Bee Goes for A Run!

Whew! What a day … I sure was busy as a bee.

But I had a little help, — at least on the food front — so I can’t complain! Dan made some chicken salad for lunch and, let me tell you, it was so dang good! We had to use up some chicken we had, so he used all three breasts, sautéing them in olive oil and mixing in roasted red peppers, celery and assorted spices. He’s the chef in our mini family — can ya tell?!

When it was done, we mixed in some light mayo and put it on some whole grain bread with a few leaves of lettuce. I also had the other 1/2 of my Synergy Kombucha Tea from yesterday.

I have a serious sweet tooth, but I can always tell when I am tired and trying to use sweets as a pick-me-up because I crave more sugar. I had about 1 Tbsp. of chocolate chips while I was throwing together my sandwich.

And then a few more later with my after-lunch coffee. Oops!

Dinner was about 1 cup leftover soba noodles with 3.5 oz. of Trader Joe’s teriyaki flavored tofu on top. I also had a side of broccolini sautéed in olive oil, and a dash of pepper and salt. I don’t have any photos because my camera was being stupid, but it sure was good!

I would still like to see more veggies, but I was happy to get in the large helping of broccoli. It’s tough to add in produce when you are cleaning out fridge the for vacation!

I had so much to do again today, and I almost thought I wasn’t going to get out and exercise. But then, …….

I DID!!!!!!!!!!

Just when I was about to call it a day, I decided I just had to get outside and get moving. The weather was too beautiful and I was sick of being inside. It felt so good to move my legs after sitting for most of the day, and I love a cool night run.

I ran for 32 minutes and a little more than 4 miles. Not too bad considering how tired I was. (:

One of my favorite running tips: USE YOUR ARMS! It’s solid advice from pros around the globe, but I learned it straight from my momma. Let me tell you, you may feel goofy, but pumping your arms makes conquering a hill — or run for that matter — that much easier. It should almost feel as though you are punching the air with your elbows. But don’t use force — we don’t want any pulled muscles here! The simple motion of swinging your arms, however, will loosen muscles and take some of the work away from your poor legs.

I especially love this tip on tired days like today — and so do my legs!!

Well, tomorrow is another day and I am looking forward to it. I already feel better after just two days of making more of an effort toward a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you, by the way, for all of your supportive emails. You guys and gals rock!

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Filed under Eat, June 2008, Pray, Run

Happy Mother’s Day!

What a fabulous day to recognize the women who brought us onto this Earth — our mothers! Give the moms in your life some extra love today — your mother, aunts, sisters, godmothers . . . you know them, so hug ’em and tell them thank you.

TEAM BEKAH finished the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure today! It was rainy, but, nevertheless, just as fun as we expected it to be. What a heartwarming and truly touching event. Stay tuned for photos and more details tomorrow!

In the mean time, check out this story. It’s a little something I wrote for my momma … enjoy!

Again, Happy Mother’s Day!


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Filed under May 2008, Pray, Run

Why a Quickie Can Be a Good Thing

I do love exercise — running and Pilates and yoga and things of the sort. But sometimes, it is just plain old hard to squeeze it in, ya know?

That’s why I was so happy when I found this Perfect Circuit workout in the May 2008 issue of Fitness magazine. Check it out; it is a great strength routine, and really gets your muscles going! The next day, I could definitely feel the lunges and squats in my butt! :

The Perfect Circuit:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED – A pair of 5- to 8-pound dumbbells. The last few reps of each move should be really difficult, so increase weight as needed.

♥ Warm up (walk on treadmill, bike slowly, march in place, jump rope) for five minutes. Then, complete one set of the following:

  • 24 alternating lunges with bicep curls, holding a dumbbell in each hand
  • 20 plié squats, feet turned out to sides, knees behind toes, holding a dumbbell in each hand. As you squat, raise arms straight out in front of chest. Lower arms as you lift back up.
  • Two 45-second plank holds, hands below shoulders, abs engaged, back straight; lift one leg each time
  • 20 alternative reverse lunges, holding a dumbbell in each hand. As you lunge back, lift arms straight out to sides at shoulder height, palms down. Lower arms as you stand up.
  • 20 squats, holding a dumbbell in each hand. As you squat, press dumbbells straight overhead, palms facing forward. Lower arms as you lift back up.
  • 1 to 3 minutes of cardio (such as jogging in place, doing jumping jacks or jumping rope)

Rest for 1 minute, then do another set, switching up the order of the exercises.

Happy exercising!

P.S. I would never wear such derrière-exposing shorts when exercising, but good for her (model) I guess!


Filed under April 2008, Run

How Foodie-Smart Are You?

There was a great Boost Your Food IQ quiz that was featured on MSN yesterday, courtesy of Runner’s World magazine.

I almost aced it — I got a 23 out of 24. Yay for me!

If you have some free time, check out the quiz. Even if you don’t know all of the answers, it provides you with a bunch of good information about nutrition and exercising.

Very helpful!


Filed under Eat, January 2008, Run