Spring Is About

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Male Shih-Tzu

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Spring is about…

Flowers
Rain Showers
Freshly cut grass
Taking your workout outside
Open Windows
Open-toed shoes
Happy dogs
Birds
Pretty scarves
Long walks
Trench coats for those spring showers
Fresh starts

What does Spring mean to you?

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Ten Tips To Gear Up For Your Slimdown

Over coffee I was asked what’s the secret to weight loss. I didn’t hesitate. There’s no secret. It’s just making the decision to make a change. I know, life interferes and throws obstacles at us at every turn. But if we truly want a change, it takes effort and planning.

Hmmm. Maybe planning is the secret.

While we finished our coffee, I started sharing some of the things that have worked for me and some of the things I plan on doing to lose a few pounds. And I thought I’d share them with you. Before we left the coffee shop I had come up with ten quick, simple things we can all do. Maybe you don’t need all ten, maybe you are already doing of few of these, and maybe you have some of your own tips you’d like to share. Here goes mine.

1. Set a goal – This is a biggie but it doesn’t need to be big. Setting small goals that are achievable will better serve you in the long run. Need to lose 20 pounds? Start with a small goal of 5 pounds. All those mini-goals add up to one BIG success.

2. See a vision – I’m not talking ghosts, I’m talking about visualizing yourself the way you want to look. Slender hips? Flatter stomach? Pumped up biceps? Taller? (Try Pilates then, you’ll feel and look taller). But be sure your vision is positive, don’t go into it by saying “I want to lose this big, fat belly”, that wouldn’t be very nice. Instead, try “I see a flatter, stronger and firmer mid-section”. Give it a try.

3. Write down you plan – You got your goals and your vision. Now write it down. Pen to paper. Old school.

4. Brainstorm recipes – You’ll want to have quick, easy recipes to go to when life gets crazy and you’re short on time. This way you won’t be tempted by the takeout menu.

5. Focus on your mini-successes – Be sure to celebrate when reach those mini-goals. Manicure, pedicure, facial, a new pair of jeans, whatever it is be sure it’s a pat on the back from yourself to yourself. We all know we’re our own worse critics.

6 – Get a buddy – A workout buddy can keep you accountable and motivated. But be sure to pick wisely. You want someone who wants to change as much as you do. And at any point you realize you two aren’t a good match for workout buddies, politely exit that relationship. Your first priority needs to be yourself.

7 – Invest in a good pair of sneakers – This is very, very important regardless of the workout you’re choosing. This month’s issue of Fitness magazine has great reviews of sneakers for all types of activities.

8 – Menu plan, menu plan – This will save you so much time shopping and cooking. And you can use all that extra time working out.

9 – Work with what you got – If you’ve planned on a 40 minute workout but because of life you only have twenty minutes, do a twenty minute workout. Don’t skip the workout, just make it work for the time you have. Twenty minutes, fifteen minutes, even ten minutes is better than no workout.

10 – Believe in you – Never doubt yourself, never give up on yourself. Believe that you can make the change you want to make because you can.

See, 10 quick and easy tips for your slimdown. It’s not going to be that hard but you will have to do a little work. But then you’re worth it, right?

Do you have any other quick and easy tips that have worked for you or that you are going to try? Come on, share.

A Sunday Morning with Scones

Officially the calendar says that it’s spring. However, it really didn’t feel like spring here in Connecticut this morning. It was chilly, overcast and drab. So for a little pick me up I baked scones this morning. Just the thought of scones brings a smile to my face. And biting into a scone, well that’s just pure joy.

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Aside from their delicious taste, one of the best things about scones is that they are quick to whip up and everyone loves a homemade scone. Forget the store bought ones, with this recipe you no longer have an excuse not to bake your own batch.
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In minutes they are baked and ready to cool…but not too long. I love them warm from the oven.

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While I enjoyed a scone with my coffee, the pups ran around for awhile. It was chilly this morning, so they needed their fleece jackets.

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Silly Billy.

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My Sunday was started perfectly. How was your Sunday?

English Tea Scone Recipe

1 egg (slightly beaten)
Milk or buttermilk (I use whichever I have available)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbs butter
1/2 cup raisins

Place egg in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk (buttermilk) to equal 1 cup, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins. Add milk and egg mixture. Stir just until dough clings together. Drop dough, use 1/4 cup measure, onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

New Year, New Gear March Reveal

New Year, New Gear, hosted by Nicole at Apples and Arteries is the first exchange I’ve participated in and it was so much fun! I had fun shopping for the blogger I was paired up with and I had fun opening the package my partner sent me.

Nicole started this exchange at the beginning of the year because after participating in some other exchanges in 2012 she had fun (a key word with exchanges) meeting fellow bloggers and readers. She decided to host her first exchange at the beginning of the year because this is the time of the year when we set new fitness and health goals, and who doesn’t love new stuff to help reach those goals? This healthy chick certainly does and it appears many other healthy chicks do because Nicole has continued to host New Year, New Gear for the past couple of months.

When I found out that I would be exchanging with Nicole, she sent me some info. The info included the workouts she does, the new gear she needs and size. With that list I went shopping.

One bag is for me and the other is for Nicole. To see what I got her, you’ll have to visit her blog.

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I also had to provide Nicole with the same information about my workouts, needs and size.

Here’s the package I got in the mail. It was like my birthday!

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I opened the package and found this great tank top for my workouts. I love the swirls of color.

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There was also a headband (never have enough of those) and shoe laces (love pink).

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And lastly, there was a little note (adorable dog) for me.

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This was a great experience and I look forward to participating again. And I can’t wait to check out what the other bloggers have received in their exchanges.

If you are interested in participating in next month’s New Year, New Gear exchange please click here and you’ll get all the info. Just a quick note, the limit is $15.00, so it’s not all that expensive.

Have a fit day!

TJ Maxx Fitness Haul

Okay, maybe three items isn’t a HAUL but I had to try on a bunch of things to get these three. There are times when you need a quick pick-me-up and I often find new fitness clothing perfect for such times. At TJ Maxx the fitness clothing isn’t expensive and it’s for working out, which is good for me.

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A new pair of yoga pants, a new sports bra and a t-shirt.

Three little things that made me happy.

So, what is you gravitate toward when you need a little pick-me up?

Have a fit day!

Obsessive or Healthy?

Some may call my love of exercising a healthy obsession.

Others may call my vast collection of exercise dvds/videos obsessive.

Tomato. Tomatoe. Healthy. Obsessive.

Sticks and stones can hurt my bones (but if I have good bone density from working out…), but names will harm me. By the way, labeling people is not very nice.

I am a collector of exercise dvds/videos. And I have a vast collection I found out the other day when I got a jump start on spring cleaning.

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Spread out on my kitchen’s island was my fitness journey. From the very first ones I purchased over 13 years ago to the most recent ones purchased in January. It was like looking through a time capsule from where I began to where I am today.

Not in the collection were a Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies, a Cory Everson sculpting video, a Denise Austin aerobic workout and a step dvd that I can’t recall the name of – it was from a workout show that was on early in the morning and the guy on the show was named Kendall. I loved that video.

These are the two workouts that really started my fitness journey. The Firm. Susan Harris was the lead instructor and still to this day I could do the Volume 1 workout in my sleep. Once a week, every Monday I did that workout. The floorwork is unbeatable, your legs don’t feel a burn, they are on fire. Squats, overhead presses and cardio segments that suck the breath out of you. It’s an awesome workout. I love that workout.

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I became a Firm Believer and I still own many, many Firm workouts. Though I did thin our my collection of Firm workouts but I kept the ones I truly enjoy. I also pulled out some other workouts for various reasons. But the number one reason was because I hadn’t done the workout in a long time. Sure, I may go through periods when I’m all about dance aerobics or power-walking (Leslie Sansone) but there were a lot of workouts that I hadn’t done in ages. There are new workouts I want and I need space to for them.

This thinning out of my collection also gave me the opportunity to neatly organize my videos.

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These aren’t just dvds/videos. Each has played a part in my fitness journey. From overweight and sedentary to healthier and active. With my interest in Pilates growing, I don’t know where I’ll be in another six months or year. I’m excited to find out and I hope that I’ll be sharing the journey with you.

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