Training Like A Beast

I recently came across this image and thought to myself, “How very true.”  Really, think about it, and maybe I am taking it deeper than the message needs to be taken, but…You see there is not a bigger critic of you, then yourself.

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While others may look and pay you a sincere compliment, you may graciously accept it, however, you will always find something about yourself that needs repair.  Am I right?  Making this image (directly above) to be very, very, very true. That image you see in the image is your competitor and until that reflection shows you what you what you want to see then that race will continue indefinitely,

Which is why those of us who are hooked on fitness, and are leading a healthy lifestyle, choose to “Look like a beauty and train like a Beast.”  It is that standard in which we set for ourselves that keep us highly motivated as long as we continue to compete and challenge ourselves.

I hope your Wednesday goes well.  Lois “Depurplelady”
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Why I am Making Strides

Like so many others, breast cancer is a very personal cause for me. It gives me the chance to make a difference and to honor those touched by breast cancer by raising funds for groundbreaking research, and services for people dealing with breast cancer.  I believe that there will come a day where the pain caused by breast cancer is a thing of the past. And until it arrives, I’m walking to inspire hope to those facing the disease and raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event to help save lives from breast cancer.  I hope you’ll consider signing up too.

Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Two years ago, I lost my mentor and great friend Karen Olson to this terrible disease.  Although most of us are acutely aware of how deadly this disease is and how many lives it claims yearly.  The reality of its deadliness doesn’t seem to stick until it becomes personal.

Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in innovative research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer. 

I have signed up to walk and fundraise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. I hope you will consider joining my team and/or making a donation in support of my efforts. 

Together, we can make a difference.

Won’t you make a donation today?  No donation is too small. To make a donation please go to this URL: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/LoisPercente

 

 

Did You Work On You Today!

Hello Lovely People,

In my quest to be consistent, I am actually typing this post via my cell phone. What a way to get my practice in,  using two fingers. LOL.

So, how was your day? Mine was ok, other than getting my workout in, I feel that I was not as productive as I could have been. However, I will not beat myself up about it, instead, I will strive to do better tomorrow.

Have you ever had one of those days when it seems as though the only thing u actually got accomplish was waking up and getting your workout in?  I’ m not complaining though, I am actually thankful that I was able to carve out some time for myself, to do something that is vital for my health and important to me.

When you think about it, that is the formula for working out. It’s primarily setting time aside to get in touch with yourself, to gain perspective and to contribute to your health and wellness. So, of course, you probably know what my next question is going to be and that is, “Did you work on you today?”

I hope you did or at least still have it on your “To Do List” for this evening. Until tomorrow, here’s wishing you a peaceful, and exciting evening.

LP

Veggie Nuggets

I thought it would be nice to start out with something simple and yummy looking as well.  This Veggie Nuggets recipe comes courtesy of Claire Nolan, BuzzFeed/Tasty.

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Here’s a video that shows you how to make them:

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INGREDIENTS

Servings: 6–8 (makes 40–50 nuggets)

3 carrots, peeled & cut into chunks

½ head cauliflower, broken up

1 head broccoli, broken up

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 egg

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1¾ cup plain bread crumbs

PREPARATION

1. In a food processor, blend carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, egg, onion powder, salt, and pepper until combined.

2. Add 1¼ cup of bread crumbs and blend just until incorporated.

3. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and form a small circular shaped “nugget.”

4. Place the remaining ½ cup of bread crumbs in a bowl and cover each nugget with the bread crumbs.

5. Either pan-fry with a small drizzle of oil over medium-high heat until both sides are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Or you can bake them on a piece of parchment paper at 400˚F/200˚C for 25 minutes, flipping after the first 15 minutes.

6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

7. Enjoy!

Did You Know There Are 4 Different Types of Vegetarians?

The most widely accepted definition of a vegetarian by fellow vegetarians is a person who eats no meat, fish, or poultry. Primarily a vegetarian consistently avoids all flesh foods as well as byproducts of meat, fish, and poultry.  However, vegetarian diets vary in the extent to which they exclude animal products.

There are four types of vegetarians, Semi-vegetarians, Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, Lacto-vegetarians, and Vegans.  The difference between them are as follows:

  • Semi-vegetarians are those who are cutting back on his or her intake of meat. A pollo vegetarian avoids red meat and fish but eats chicken, and a pesco pollo vegetarian avoids red meat but eats chicken and fish.
  • Lacto-Ovo vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry but includes dairy products and eggs. They eat such foods as cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milk, and eggs as well as foods that include these ingredients.
  • Lacto vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry, as well as eggs and any foods containing eggs, however, they eat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Vegans avoid eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, any foods containing by-products of these ingredients, including the use of wool, silk, leather, and any nonfood items made with animal byproducts. Some vegans even avoid money.

What type of vegetarian are you?  Today is day 5 of my journey of becoming a vegetarian, and according to this list I am a pollo vegetarian, however, I do not eat chicken, but I do eat seafood and plenty of vegetables and salads. Because becoming a vegetarian is very new for me, I thought it would be nice to include in the Workout
Wednesday category, recipes for vegetarians and for those who just want to eat healthier. I hope you enjoy the new additions and now I’m off to search for the recipes, Lois.

 

Are You Up For A Walking Challenge?

Hello All!  It’s Workout Wednesday again, and just the other day I found this challenge on myfitnesspal.com that is quite simple.  It’s a 14-day plan to walk more type of challenge.  Basically, it’s a no-nonsense way of getting in shape, having a piece a mind, and maybe just enjoying nature for a change. So be healthy and get out and walk a little. Click onto the link above for more information.,  Lois

A 14 Day Plan To Walk More Steps

For the next 14 days, it’s time to ratchet up your fitness level. Wherever you are on the fitness spectrum — beginner/intermediate or intermediate — it’s time to lace up those shoes and take some laps. This fitness plan is meant to be a shot in the arm or a quick jump-start.

The plan is simple: For the next 14 days, you need to double-down on your steps. This two-week challenge is progressive, simple and short.

Numbers are the name of the game for this challenge. You have one simple task: Walk more! Your daily goal will be to walk more than you did the day before. If you can find someone to do this with you, that would be an added boost. It’s always easier to have a friend or family member to hold you accountable and cheer you on.

If time, weather or your job are obstacles that have stood in your way in the past, you might have to use some creativity. Here are some ideas to squeeze in your steps:

  • Walk laps inside your office building on your lunch break

  • Use a treadmill

  • Go to the mall and walk around

  • Wear a path in your carpet around your house

Where there is a will, there is always a way. Good luck!

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE

So you guys have been around the block a few times, so to speak. If you are currently averaging 5,000–6,000 steps per day, this group is perfect for you. Now is the time to step up your game — 750 extra steps each day to be exact, with the last day being an exception of 1,000 extra steps. The plan below starts with 5,000 steps. Your goal is to hit 15,000 steps, roughly 7.5 miles, by the end of the two weeks. After the two weeks are finished, you can attack another goal: the intermediate plan. You’ve built momentum; continue to push toward the next fitness goal.

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The pros! Getting your steps is part of your everyday routine. The biggest hurdle for you will not be adding more steps each day, but finding the time to do so. Your time is precious; all we’re asking for is a short-term sacrifice. If you average 6,500–8,000 steps per day, this plan is for you. You have to add 1,000 steps per day, with the goal of hitting 20,000 steps on Day 14. It’s going to take some work to add 1,000 steps per day, but it can be done. The model below starts with 7,000 steps. After you finish this challenge, I strongly recommend you go to a spin class, start jogging or begin lifting weights. Your body is more than ready for the next fitness chapter

 

 

6 Exercises That Will Burn Calories in Overdrive!

Are you one of those people who wake up to hundreds of emails a day?  Ugh! It’s the worst, but fortunately, there are some good things that come out of being overly popular (via email that is) such as receiving discount coupons, the update on fashions and beauty products, yummy recipes and workout tips.  Yesterday (as I am late in posting for Workout Wednesday), I received an email from MyFitnessPal on Workout Challenges.

This particular email offers 6 different exercises you can do to burn calories in overdrive, such as:  

1.  Dumbbell, Squat, Curl, Press

2.  Kettlebell Goblet Squats with Heartbeat and Press

3.  Death Crawls

4.  TRX Atomic Pushups

5.  Dumbbell Walking Lunges & Plunges

6.  Kettlebell Swings & Pushups

I wish you success with any of the exercises you may choose, until next week.  Lois