married, fit with fido

walking the talk of a healthy lifestyle

…married, fit with fido PLUS ONE! October 10, 2012

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I cannot believe it’s been over a year since I’ve been to my blog. I think because that year was spent with my now 16 month old son. It was a very tough year on me on me mentally. A new baby, especially one that had colic, can be very rough on a person. I am proud to say I am so happy that we made it through and starting a new chapter in my life. So now on to the good stuff. I know having a child can do things to a woman’s body that we never dreamed of so how did I get back to my pre-prego weight? I did it by consistently exercising with low impact workouts and eating for 1 and a half not 4! It’s important to give into those cravings sometimes, but remember that you are taking care of someone inside of you. Then it’s taking time mentally for yourself and knowing you cannot take care of your child without taking care of you first!
I love to help people and I love to answer questions. I’m always listening!
It feels good to be back!

 

4 Minute (holiday) work out December 6, 2011

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The hoildays are upon us and we are surrounded by tons of fabulous food and drink. This makes it even more important to get a some form of exercise…but where do you find the time. We have our kids holiday programs, cookie exchanges, Christmas shopping and then all that traveling! Developed by a Japanese scientist here is a 4 minute workout that can burn calories 12-36 hours post workout and all you need is 4 minutes and your own body weight. Do 20 seconds of each exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest until you have completed the entire circuit, repeat once.

Jump Thrusts (start standing with hands in air, jump into plan position, push up and back up)

Mountain Climbers (plank position and switch one foot with the other like you are climbing)

High Knees (alternate legs with knees as high as you can)

Jumping Jacks (if you don’t know what these are then we really need to talk)

Repeat once and congratulations you are done!

Happy Holidays & Be Well!

 

Post Partum Fitness August 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — marriedfitfido @ 18:05

I’m baackk…I took a little hiatus from blogging to enjoy pregnancy and now taking care of a healthy, spirited 11 week old. I can understand how you can have a hard time losing that baby weight. You spend an average of 3 hours a day just breastfeeding, then attending to your child’s every cry, fuss and coo. If you are lucky your child naps during the day but during that time you want to clean, eat and either nap yourself or just relax. However, bringing exercise back when you are ready will keep your sleep deprived self a bit more energized. I was able to start walking on Day 10 post partum. I found that even 10-20 minutes of slow walking made me feel like me again, this was my time. I am now going on week 11 and I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight and although I have a colicky child I have still managed to find “me time”. I wanted to give a few ideas on how to find the time to do so.

1. Once you know the time your child wakes up wake up just 20 minutes earlier and do a 20 minute interval cardio session (1 min high intensity/2 min cool down with a 5 minute warm-up and 2-5 minute cool down)

2. Prepare healthy snacks to grab when your child is napping or in the evening when your husband is there to help. This will eliminate the urge to grab whatever is nearby to snack on

3. Prepare your evening meals (dinner) during his nap time. I’ll grill a few chicken breasts of have my meal ready to throw in the oven, you can even use those crockpot recipes you’ve been meaning to make.

4. Now for the hard part, working out. Once again early morning, nap time or in the evening find time to do a circuit training for just 20-30 minutes. When your child is doing Tummy Time you can too by doing planks while he is on his stomach.

5. If you cannot get away from your child use your own body weight to do push-ups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, etc while he is content

These are just a few ideas that have worked for me, it’s hard to find time for you but it’s important for your well-being to do so. Just make sure if you are breastfeeding that you are getting enough good calories since you burn 350-500 calories a day.

Be Well.

 

Homemade Banana Ice Cream March 15, 2011

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I found this recipe on a cooking blog and had to try it out myself. I anticipate making this with different variations and cannot wait until baby freeman is old enough to taste test it for himself. It’s so simple, so tasty and so healthy. I’ve been craving ice cream while pregnant and although I have made a few trips to McD’s for a cone this does the trick without the guilt. Here is the recipe.

1-2 frozen ripe banana(s) cut into small pieces (the riper the better, peel and cut into pieces BEFORE you freeze)

Food processor (the magic bullet doesn’t work like the food processor)

Directions: Process banana for about a minute, you will have to stop it periodically to scrap sides and move to the center. Add 1 tsp of vanilla and mix again. You can also add a little peanut butter or protein ( I like lean dessert, chocolate candy bar) if that is what you need. Blend for a good 2-3 minutes and it will start to get very thick. Once it’s to an ice cream consistency you are done. You can add chocolate chips, fruit, or any topping you like.

SOOOOO GOOD!

Be Well.

 

I’m back and bigger than before! February 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — marriedfitfido @ 20:58

It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged and I think that is partially due to getting pregnant. However, I feel this is the most important time to be healthy. I may have to change my handle to married mom, fit with fido! I can see why women gain more weight than recommended when they get pregnant. Your emotions and cravings are against you and especially if you have food aversions. I was lucky enough to only hate chicken for a week. I have managed to gain the appropriate amount of weight and walk religiously. I hear you out there….well good for you! I also manage to cross three lanes of traffic while driving past McDonald’s because nothing sounds better than a vanilla ice cream cone from there. This is a time to enjoy but not indulge and take care of something even greater than you.

It’s hard to find the time and the energy everyday to find time for yourself let alone to exercise. However, I found that if I  at least 20 minutes a day I find that I continue to walk for at least 30 and I feel a burst of energy afterwards. If your body is telling you NO, then listen to your body, but more than likely you just need to get yourself moving.

As far as food cravings there are some moments where you just need to give in, but make sure those moments are not everyday and make sure you are eating healthy a majority of your day to make up for crossing those three lanes of traffic.

Your baby and your post-baby body will thank you.

Be Well.

 

How to eat fruit? November 29, 2010

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The following information is not a true reflection of my belief in how to eat fruit? I am just supplying some information I found through research. I’m not sure I’m ready to eliminate my banana and blueberries from my oatmeal just yet, but some information to digest…no pun intended.

We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It’s not that easy. It’s important to know how and when to eat fruit.

 What’s the correct way to eat fruit?

 IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUIT AFTER A MEAL! FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

 Eating fruit like that plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.

 Let’s say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it’s prevented from doing so.
In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.
Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You’ve heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach.. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!
There’s no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight.
When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT the concentrated juice from the cans. Don’t drink juice that has been heated. Don’t eat cooked fruit; you don’t get the nutrients at all. You get only the taste. Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.

 Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!


KIWI:
Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

 AN APPLEa day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants and flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.


STRAWBERRY:

Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

EATING 2 – 4 ORANGESa day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

 WATERMELON:Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also a key source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon: Vitamin C and Potassium.

 GUAVA & PAPAYA:Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes.

 Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!

 Can you believe this? For those who like to drink cold water, this applies to you. It’s nice to have a cold drink after a meal, however, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you’ve just consumed, which slows digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

 Be Well!

 

What’s Soup? November 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — marriedfitfido @ 14:16

I’ve taken a little break from blogging, but hopefully back with some great tips for you all to stay healthy as fall starts to come to a close and winter is just around the corner. The swimsuits are packed away and we are pulling out the bulky sweaters and jeans. This often makes it easier to add a few additional pounds to keep us warm for the weather. Not to mention how great comfort food tastes when it’s cold outside. I love soup when it’s cold outside but diner beware a lot of restaurant soups are high in fat, but also very high in sodium and calories. Here are a few tips to enjoy the warmth, but not the calories.

Portion size, everything in moderation…keep it to a cup not a bowl

Ask the server if it’s broth based or cream based

Order a small cup of soup and a smaller entree to fill you up with less calories

Most important, Enjoy it!

Also, when you can make your own soups at home using pureed beans or steamed veggies pureed with milk as a creamy like base.

Be Well

 

 
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