Grab ‘n Go Lunch: Salad in a Jar

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Balance is where my focus is these days. Time and money are major pieces of that puzzle, so a healthy grab n’ go lunch sounded like the best thing since sliced bread. During my Toastmasters meeting, I learned how to make a mason jar salad and decided to pack six salads for the upcoming week.

After collecting recipe ideas from Pinterest, I went a little overboard buying ingredients (see below) for this salad party of one. Only three of the six salads were eaten because work provided lunch on two days. Packing multiple salads for one person is tricky. Next time, I will buy half the ingredients and get a more creative with the left over ingredients.

The cost of ingredients totaled less than $30 and the reusable mason jars are about $10 at Target. Thirty bucks for a week worth of lunch is a steal. Buying a good salad near my office costs $10.

Interested in making your own grab n’ go lunch? Here’s  “How to Pack a Perfect Mason Jar Salad” via PopSugar.

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Running the Manhattan Beach 10K again

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Runners take your mark! Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one… Go!!! I’m doing great, pacing myself, and staying in front of the grandmas and grandpas. Yes! After about 1.5 miles I slow down, oopsie. My failure to train kicked in.

 If you remember, the 2012 MB10K was my first race ever. I trained for four weeks that year and walked (7.2 miles) to work once a week. I proudly crossed the finish line in 1:14:04 (74 mins 4 secs), but planned to do it in 60 minutes the next year (2013).

So here were are, back at the 2013 MB10K and my pace has slowed. People are passing me, too many people. Oh no! I start running again, but soon after I take another walk break. I find no joy in running, I like the challenge and the results.

Two weeks before the 2013 race, my end time goal went from 60 minutes to just beating my 2012 time. People on the sidelines were really cheering us in about 2 miles from the finish line. “You can do it! You’re almost there!” and then I heard “These are the slow runners”. I picked up my pace and anxiously crossed the finish line in 1:13:25 (73 mins 25 sec).

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Giving Up Junk Food

Happy Humpday!!!

In August I vowed to stay away from “The Darkside”  (see the declaration here).  Did I stick with it?

Breaking an addiction takes time. Day 1-2 were tuff, but I did great after the initial withdrawal. Well, I didn’t have junk food for 5 days. Does that count for anything?

I went to Target on the first weekend and let Mini Oreos and Teddy Grahams win.  I don’t typically buy junk food. At work i’m surrounded by junk and eat it because it’s there.

During week two there were chili cheese Fritos at work and I politely ate two guilt-free snack sized bags.

Although I failed to achieve my goal, I am happy. I’m down to 1 junk food item per week. One step at a time.

August Junk Food Log

8/11/13 – Mini Oreos (3.5oz Go Pak)

8/12/13 – Mini Teddy Grahams (3.25oz Go Pak)

8/14/13 – Chili Cheese Fritos (1oz bag)

8/15/13 – Chili Cheese Fritos (1oz bag)

8/20/13 – Warheads Sour Rips Roll (1.5oz)

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Fitness Tips for Success: Adjusting Fate with Arsee Hahn

A couple weeks ago,  Arsee (a.k.a. RC) posted a status on Facebook that read: “Nobody has time to workout, we make time.” If you know my fitness struggle, then you know that time is my biggest excuse. The message hit home, so I immediately reached out to RC and asked if she would be interested in a blog feature.

She doesn’t know it, but I had already planned to feature her at some point. She’s one of my fitness inspirations. RC is a certified personal trainer, a LA Kings Ice Crew member, and blogger on the side too.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your blog.

RC: My favorite smell is fresh laundry, “cheat days” in my nutrition are likely to includes gummy bears, and you’ll never catch me without chewing gum or chap stick. I’m a life loving, laughaholic, guilty of regular people watching and addicted to all things that enhance wellness of life. I studied Sports Medicine and Athletic Training as well as Emergency Medicine. I currently hold two nationally accredited personal trainer certifications. I’ve spent four seasons on the Ice Crew for the Los Angeles Kings, and was a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy Star Squad for two seasons.

I created my blog adjustingFATE (www.adjustingfate.com) as an avenue to help others find a new joy and passion for life via self-growth, primarily focusing on the mental and physical dimensions. Promoting the philosophy of creating strong bodies from the inside out. It’s a way to join together to share, inspire, and learn. The project is still under construction but hope to be fully up and sprinting come late 2013.

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RC: You can make excuses or you can make change, but you can’t do both at the same time.

Nobody has time to workout, we make time. If financial situations seem to be the barrier, take a step back to actually calculate how much you fork over in change a month for things that are not positively physically benefitting, you’d find you have more money for “leisure” than you thought you did. It’s all about your priorities, what’s more important to you? If your cable bill weighs more on the scale of things that will greater improve your life than a gym membership does, then you just mentally don’t want it bad enough. When you’ve decided you want something bad enough you’ll do anything to make it happen. What the mind believes the body achieves. Most importantly, in actuality you already have all you really need to get started…, your own body! Just get up off that rear end & sweat, move, use your body, get creative, stop talking about moving more and simply go for it! Be active!

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You grew up involved in sports at a young age. Exercise is second nature to you, right?

RC: Being active is certainly in my DNA. I was enrolled in my first sport (gymnastics) at age five, and hopped all over the sports map for the next 15 years. I competed in everything, from as eloquent as dance to as physical as full on tackle football. I love the rush I get from being active and challenging myself! To be in such control & have the ability to tap into and connect with yourself on a deeper physiological level is an addicting feeling.

Is stretching before and after a workout important?

RC: There are different types of stretching, all equally important. Slow, static stretches that are held should be done after exercise as a cool down to help muscles return to their relaxed state and ensures range of motion doesn’t deteriorate. Cool down stretches will also help aid in decreasing soreness. Before working out it’s always best to warm up with some light cardio and active stretches. These are stretches that use movement or mirror the exercise movement that is about to be preformed to help increase heart rate to get blood flow into targeting muscles.
Why is eating healthy important? Not only is it important, it is vital! Diet plays nearly 80% in the role of your results. You must train ridiculous, and eat meticulous. What you eat today you’ll wear tomorrow.
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How should beginners start building a fitness plan?

RC: I would recommend chatting with a certified personal trainer to establish a program design that will be most effective in meeting your specific personal goals. There is a lot of science, math & technic behind the muscle madness. You don’t want to end up hurting yourself more than helping. I’d also recommend finding a support system, a partner in crime (this could be your trainer). Someone equally as passionate and supportive in your ambitions. This will help hold you accountable, plus every journey is more fun shared with good company!

What does your typical workout routine include?

RC: It changes based on my current goals. As of the moment I’m working on maintaining. I’ve been sticking to doing split training, alternating upper body and lower body days combined with 4 days moderate cardio, and throw in core work on days I’m feeling some extra fire under my butt!

What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know today? 

RC: Just because you are capable of balancing much at once doesn’t mean you have to. Pick something specific to dedicate your attention towards. Pick a passion and stick with it. Give 100%, 100% of the time to all you do, know what your priorities are.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

RC: Good music, lots of water, and invest in something nice for yourself to motivate you to work out. Good training shoes, new ear buds, whatever it is that will help keep fitness fun. Think of it as a thank you gift from yourself for all the hard work you put in to keep yourself healthy & happy! You only have one you, why not be the best you there can be? Most importantly remember, you can love your body and try to change it at the same time.
Good luck and congratulations in taking the step towards adjusting your fate!

Keep up with RC!

www.adjustingFATE.com
contact@adjustingfate.com
Twitter/IG @RCofficial

Thanks for reading. xoxo

Vision Fulfilled! Revlon Run, done.

I love running. Sike! That’s a lie.

It’s been almost a year since I participated in my first race, the MB10K. I still struggle with running, but I notice improvement (when I’m consistent).

Why do I run?

1. The thought of needing a scooter chair scares me.

2. I would have died in The Hunger Games.

3. I have great friends that challenge me.

Since the MB10K, I’ve also completed The Color Run and Revlon Run. Guess what? I pasted the Revlon Run on my vision board over a year ago, before I did my first run. I read an article and decided I wanted to support the cause. Funny enough, my vision board sat behind my dresser (out of sight), so I kind of forgot about it.

When one of the ‘Be A Light’ circuit board members suggested that we participate, as one of our community outreach activities, I was down. It’s always great to see women supporting women. Oh! And I fulfilled one of my visions.

Aside from supporting a great cause, the run is cool because it finishes inside the LA Memorial Coliseum, to the sounds of adrenaline pumping drums. In my head, I finished an Olympic race.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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Easy Peasy Turkey Meatloaf

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Where are the eggs? Oops!

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Dinner is served.

I found this super easy recipe on Pinterest. The pin carried me over to 4 Men 1 Lady‘s blog. The directions seemed simple enough, so I tried it.

I forgot to add the eggs, oops. Luckily, I remembered 2.1 seconds after I closed the oven door, so I had time to add them.

Everyone loved it!  I made it for my niece (age 5), sister (age 21), and friend (age 28), who all asked for second servings. Winning! I paired the meatloaf with a cheesy baked potato and a baby spinach salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette (pictured above).

If you have kids around, turn it into a fun kitchen bonding experience. My niece enjoyed mixing the meatloaf ingredients with me. Get the “Easy Turkey Meatloaf” recipe deets from 4 Men 1 Lady.

Follow me on Pinterest for more cool pins. Thanks for reading! xoxo

Avoid Frizz, Snags & Split Ends. Use a T-shirt.

Hot Bodies Are…

Most people have always assumed that i’m in good shape because of my petite frame. Truth is, I have a great metabolism that allowed me to fool people. A year and a half ago you couldn’t get me to run a mile, i’d be out of breath by the end of the second block. Over the past few years, i’ve realized that hot bodies are healthy bodies.

Exercising and eating right go hand in hand. When I eat healthy and exercise I notice that I have more energy, focus and I feel better. Last September, I ran and finished my first official run (10K/6.2 miles) in 1:14. I was able to do that because I decided to make better health and fitness choices. Don’t just take my word. Let’s see what someone else has to say about it.

Below are pictures of Ozzie, a health coach, who I’ve watched make a transformation from the picture on the left to the picture on the right. Check out the Q & A session to find out what he thinks about health and fitness.
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Q & A with Ozzie

Describe yourself in one sentence.

Ozzie: I am a thankful individual that runs on the never ending fuel of life’s positivity and beautiful moments.

How often do you exercise? 

Ozzie: I workout between 3 to 5 times a week.

What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know now?

Ozzie: I wish I knew that eating the right foods and focusing on proper nutrition would get me way better health results than working out 5 to 6 times a week for hours at a time in the gym.

Some people think that health and fitness aren’t really important. What would you say to them?

Ozzie: You only have one body.  If you don’t take care of it now, it’ll take care of you later.  Make the right investment for the long term, you won’t regret it.

Is there anything else you want to share about yourself, health or fitness?

Ozzie: Being healthy and fit isn’t always about how you look.  It’s also about how you feel on the inside. I do a lot of reading and personal development, and because of how much it’s helped me to grow mentally, I don’t feel there is anything I can’t do or achieve once I put my mind to it.

Feel free to reach out to Ozzie via email at LetsGet24Fit@gmail.com or his Twitter handle @YoungOThankful.

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Are you stronger than a 4-year-old?

Oh! You can’t workout because you have a toddler? Check out my 4-year-old nephew getting it in a Runyon  with my cousin and I.

We hiked one of the easier trails because I was unsure if he could handle it, he did it. He secretly challenged the older folks to do better. We were all a little surprised.

Are you stronger than a 4-year-old? If not, you should consider getting fit. You can do it!

Check out more pics on my Facebook page.
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Color Run Los Angeles 2013

Color Run LA happened on Saturday (Feb. 2) at Dodger Stadium with over 20,000 runners chasing pavement.

Overall, we had bunches of fun but our sad faces were on for a moment or two. My team signed up for the 9am start time but we were disappointed when we couldn’t get our happy feet across the start line until after 9:30. Once we crossed, with the fourth wave of runners, life immediately became colorful.

The other sad face appeared (pre-race) as we sat in what seemed like traffic on the 405 freeway to reach the parking area… we were anxious to begin the self-proclaimed “happiest 5K on the planet.”

Enough about the sad faces! Check out our happy faces below and look out for more awesome pics on my Facebook page tomorrow.

Did I mention that the swag bag made me smile? It included a pillow soft t-shirt, Color Run tattoos (2), a headband, and a color pack for the color explosion. And then, there were vendors passing out freebies and snacks, after we crossed the finish line.

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