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To get me to work out is like getting a two-year old to sit through an entire movie, nearly impossible. I like the idea of working out, I just can not find the motivation. Well friends, good news, the work out bug has bitten me. I do not know if  it’s because I want to impress my wonderful boyfriend, or because I want to live a healthier lifestyle; either way I am motivated so I am not going to press the issue. Now that I am currently in my work out frenzy ( I start today), I have come to the realization that my iPod is not suitable for an intense workout. My iPod is chalk full of goodies, but none of them really get me pumped up to work out. I have been scouring the internet for the perfect playlist and have finally found one on fitnessmagazine.com. I am ecstatic, and quite frankly want to leave work to jam out and pump some iron. I have decided to share my new-found treasure with you all…..I hope y’all get as much use out of it as I hope too!

Workout Jams for Summer 2010

Keep your workouts fresh with the songs we’ll be listening to all summer long, including tracks from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz, and more. Just add sunshine!

By Kristen Diederich

“Break Your Heart” – Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
We think it’s best for: Any cardio
Taio Cruz - Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris) - Single - Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris)

“Carry Out” – Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake
We think it’s best for: Strength training
Timbaland - Shock Value II - Carry Out (feat. Justin Timberlake)

“California Gurls” – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
We think it’s best for: Elliptical
Katy Perry - California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) - Single - California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)

“Better Than Her” – Matisse
We think it’s best for: Spinning
Matisse - Better Than Her - Single - Better Than Her

“Rude Boy” – Rihanna
We think it’s best for: Strength training
Rihanna - Rated R - Rude Boy

“Nothin’ on You” – B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
We think it’s best for: Walking
B.o.B - Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars) - Single - Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars)

“Summerboy” – Lady Gaga
We think it’s best for: Walking
Lady GaGa - The Fame - Summerboy

“Rockin’ That Thang” – The-Dream
We think it’s best for: Strength training
The-Dream - Love vs. Money - Rockin' That Thang

“Imma Be” – Black Eyed Peas
We think it’s best for: Strength training
Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) - Imma Be

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
We think it’s best for: Walking
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now - Need You Now

What will you be rocking out to this summer? Tell us in the comments!

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, May 2010



Thought for Thursday

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It’s nearing the end of the week, and the end of summer for that matter. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration to get us through our day. Here is an inspirational quote that should serve as some food for thought for you guys to enjoy :)

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
– Charles Dickens

Life is full of highs and lows, but in order to live a full and happy life we have to learn that the highs definitely outnumber the lows.



Wellness Wednesday

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I started off today a little sluggish, and to be honest thinking that today was Thursday. I checked my e-mail and saw that a friend had forwarded me ANOTHER e-mail. Reluctantly, I opened it up and began reading. Within the 1st sentence I was glad that I did. This is one of those inspirational stories that you read and they put a little pep in your step, and make you remember that there is still good in the world. I know that this is the perfect blog for tomorrow on “Thoughtful Thursday”, but seeing as how I already thought it was Thursday, I am posting it for “Wellness Wednesday”. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did!

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

by: Kent Nerburn

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. One time I arrived in the middle of the night for a pick up at a building that was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window.

Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away. But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked.

“Just a minute,” answered a frail, elderly voice.

I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80′s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.

The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

“Would you carry my bag out to the car?” she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness.

“It’s nothing,” I told her. “I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated.”

“Oh, you’re such a good boy,” she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, “Could you drive through downtown?”

“It’s not the shortest way,” I answered quickly.

“Oh, I don’t mind,” she said. “I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.”

I looked in the rear view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.

“I don’t have any family left,” she continued. “The doctor says I don’t have very long.”

I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. “What route would you like me to take?” I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, “I’m tired. Let’s go now.”

We drove in silence to the address she had given me.

It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

“How much do I owe you?” she asked, reaching into her purse.

“Nothing,” I said.

“You have to make a living,” she answered.

“There are other passengers.”

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

“You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,” she said. “Thank you.”

I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly, lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware—beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.



Tasty Tuesday

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Mexi Skillet Meal

Hi y’all,

This is an extremely delicious meal that my mother used to make. It’s low in fat and will have everyone you cook it for begging for seconds! To top it all off its quick to make, you can have it for dinner in less than 30 minutes!!

1 lb/500 g ground beef

1 cup/250 mL chopped onion

1 can (14 oz/412 mL) tomatoes, not drained

1 Tbsp/15 mL chili powder

1 1/2 cups/375 mL cooked rice

1 cup/250 mL shredded lettuce

1 cup/250 mL shredded cheese

First of all, before gathering any other supplies, put the rice on to cook.

Brown the beef and onion together in a skillet. Drain any fat.
Add the tomatoes and chili powder.
Cook over medium heat, stirring to break up the tomatoes.

The rice should be ready! Stir the cooked rice into the skillet.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until heated through, and any liquid is absorbed.

Spoon into individual bowls.
Top each bowl with lettuce and cheese.

YUMMM!!!!



It’s Fitness Friday, Folks!!

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Fun Fitness: Exercises That Don’t Feel Like Work

Who says fitness has to be deadly dull? There are many activities that will make you break a sweat without longing for the finish line.

Many people believe there’s no such thing as fun fitness. In their minds, a good workout means trudging on a treadmill or lugging weights around a joyless gym, and that there’s no gain without the pain.

Exercises That Don't Feel Like Work

“They think of it as more of a chore, something they have to do because they’ve been told to do it by their doctor or physical therapist,” says Julie Ann McCarthy, a physical therapist in San Francisco and a spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association.

This, of course, is nonsense. There are many ways to combine fun and fitness.

Fun Fitness: Let’s Count the Ways

// Activities that fall under the fun fitness umbrella include:

  • Competitive sports. “A lot of guys come in and say, ‘I don’t like exercising, but I like playing basketball,’” McCarthy says. “The camaraderie and the group setting help you have fun and forget you’re working your heart and lungs.” Soccer, tennis, and racquetball are other competitive sports that can help improve your fitness. Some gyms are even offering competitive dodge ball as a fun game to get your heart pumping.
  • Outdoor activities. Walking, jogging, bicycling, and swimming can get you out in fresh air and sunshine, making your fitness workout feel less like work and more like play. “I usually tell people to start with a run-walk program with a friend,” McCarthy says. “You can slowly build yourself up so you’re running more and walking less.” Other options include kayaking, hiking, inline skating, and skateboarding.
  • Martial arts. Classes that teach karate, jujitsu, judo, tae kwon do, or kickboxing provide a workout aimed at improving your fitness, coordination, and mental discipline.
  • Dance classes. Energetic ballroom dancing is considered a vigorous workout by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dance styles like the salsa, meringue, and mambo can keep you whirling and twirling so much you forget you’re actually getting into shape.
  • Acrobatics. Activities like tumbling, headstands, and somersaults can condition your body and help you feel like a kid again. You can use a balance beam, rings, or just a padded floor. Bouncing on a trampoline is another type of acrobatic fitness fun. Just be careful — these activities can lead to injury if your form is off or you lose your balance.
  • Kid stuff. Don’t discount the fitness to be had in kids’ activities like jumping rope or riding a pogo stick. For example, jumping rope improves your balance, stamina, and coordination, while working muscle groups in your arms, legs, chest, back, shoulders, and abdomen.
  • Nintendo Wii. The venerable video game maker upped the fun factor for fitness when it released its Wii Fit game. Other game makers have followed suit with more video workouts involving the Wii. “It’s a good place to start,” McCarthy says. “If it gets people up and moving, that’s great, and hopefully it will escalate into more intense exercise.”

 

You can make any fitness activity more fun by recruiting a workout buddy or joining a group. Nearly every town has a jogging or bicycle club in which you can take part. “People are more motivated when they’re held accountable by someone else,” McCarthy says. “It’s also more fun when you have company.”

Another way to curtail fitness boredom is to mix up your activities. “With any exercise, your body adapts,” McCarthy says. “It’s important to change your routine so you don’t plateau.”

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Thoughts for Thursday

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Words of Eleanor Roosevelt

Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

He who loses money, loses much;
He how loses a friend, loses much more;
He who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others;
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me… You brought another friend…
and we started our group… our circle of friends…
and like a circle… there is no beginning or end.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.

Just some words to live by from by a very wise woman.  Hope you take some of these quotes to heart and have a great Thursday!!



Tasty Tuesdays: Summer Edamame Salad

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Looking for a great, healthy and easy summer recipe?  Try out one of our favorites from the kitchen of our Executive Director, Erica Harvey (she always is talking about this salad that she makes!!)

1 Package steamed/shelled edamame

1 Can rinsed dark red kidney beans

1 Can rinsed/drained garbanzo beans

1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

1/4 cup of chopped red onion

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup lime juice

Dash of salt

Zest of a lime

Mix all ingredients together and let sit overnight (stirring a few times too).  SO delish and high in protein, fiber and great nutrients!