New reason to buy shoes!

Hello there!

I ran across this great info graphic the other day. If your like me you love athletic shoes and a new pair of exercise kicks always motivates me towards a some great work outs. This graphic from www.greatist.com shows what shoes are best for various types of workouts. I know many of you out there are doing several different types of exercise each week – so here is a great excuse to go buy a specific type of shoe for each work out! Just dont blame me when you get your Visa bill! :-) Simply copy and paste the link below to see the full image.

<a href=”http://www.greatist.com/fitness/how-to-choose-shoes-for-exercise/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://greatist.com/sites/default/files/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Greatist5_FitnessShoes_FINAL-FINAL.jpg” width=”604″ height=”5770″ border=”0″ style=”border:none” /></a><p>Get <a href=”http://greatist.com/”>health and fitness tips</a> at Greatist.com</p>

This little guy has been sick off and on for about a week. I took him to the vet today and felt sort of bad. He evidently has a tummy virus of some sort – it should resolve easily now that we have the right medications. But his symptoms have been coming and going for over a week now and I sort of thought he was just being “spoiled” and a picky eater. Over the past week there have been days when he’s eaten just fine and then others when he will refuse his regular food in the morning but then eat bacon or eggs later in the day if I made them. Some days he would eat grass and then others he was totally fine and full of energy (or so I thought?). Anyway – it seemed time to get him checked out and I’m glad I did. He was a trooper at the vet – didn’t make a peep when he got his shot! Hopefully, he’ll be feeling great within 24 hours.

I’m sure he’ll get extra TLC tonight! He looks really pathetic in the below photo – he’s “milking” it I just know. Black and White makes things seem more “dire” than they really are :-)

Poor Little Fella

Poor Little Fella

 

Lets Connect!

Anybody got any great new tennis shoes lately? I’d love to see a picture! I’m still really loving the neon trend.

Healthy Loves! :-)

Healthy Loves

(Created for Link up with Healthy Living Blogs February Link Up Party)

 There are many things I love about making healthy choices.  To me living healthy means MUCH more than just healthy food choices (although as a R.D. this is HIGH on my priority list) – but it also means

 * Staying  “functionally fit” with cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility     training.

* Maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and people I interact with.

* Continuing to engage and improve my mental fitness

* Living life with intention, purpose and integrity

 When it comes to the “heavy hitters” – here are my loves….

FAMILY – my family is my main Healthy Love – I want to be healthy so that I can be around long enough to be a burden to my wonderful 8 year old daughter and, hopefully, her kids as well.  2013 will be 20 years of marriage for me and my hubby Shane and I definitely want to make sure my health will stay strong for another say – 50+ years. We’ll both be pretty old geezers by then!

Also, I want to be healthy so I can set a good example for them as well as my other family members. If I can inspire others in my family to make healthier choices by providing a good example of that myself then everyone benefits.

 PRIDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT

Maybe its my upbringing or my Type A career mindedness – but I LOVE  to have a professional as well as personal sense of accomplishment and pride. When I am living a healthy life and feeling good about myself inside and out I carry with me a feeling of integrity that comes from living  in accordance with my core values

ENERGY

Healthful living keeps me energetic both physically as well as mentally. I can do more, go more, engage more and live with vitality and zest! Sort of like at the end of a vigorous yoga practice – when you lie in shavasana and can feel your body buzzing with prana! Its an awesome sensation and it carries you throughout your day/life.

SELF CONFIDENCE

Being healthy makes me feel confident.  I am strong, healthy, able to move and do things as I please, able to wear clothes better and carry myself with a sense of ease and grace.

 And in addition to these more lofty ideals there are plenty day to day sources of  healthy happiness that I enjoy without an ounce of shame. Just a few of these are:

LULULEMON – I don’t care what anyone says – its great quality and style and provides motivation as well as inspiration to reach my goals!

 GREAT MUSIC – The 8 tracks app for my iphone is my newest fixation.

RAWXIES – These are great all natural snacks created by a woman. Healthy, Delicious and shaped liked hearts! www.rawxies.com

BAI DRINKS – Great flavored water with only 35 calories and a touch of caffeine each. www.drinkbai.com

CHOBANI – What can I say – I know I’m not alone here!

SIMPLY SNACKIN BEEF JERKY – available online. Great, easy source of protein, low in calories too! www.simplysnackin.com

FIBER ONE CEREALS – Love these for the high fiber, low calories, portability and fill-me-up factor!

360 BAGS – The most well organized work out/gym bags I have ever seen. They are a splurge but so worth it.  The design is so well thought out – think perfect pockets for all your needs. www.livewell360.com

Healthy Living is like LIFE – its a journey you should ENJOY!

Namaste – Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke Burke DVD Review

Brooke Burke DVD Recently, I was feeling a bit bored with my workout routine. After the holidays I was inspired to get back on track with my healthy eating and regular workouts. But I wanted something “new and exciting” to motivate me. So, after searching around online I decided to buy a couple of new DVD’s as well as subscribe to a new online service.

Today, I wanted to share with you a brief review of one those new DVD’s – Brooke Burke Body. This DVD has two routines you can do individually or back to back. They are about 30 minutes each or just over an hour combined. The first routine is 30 minutes of cardio and the second is 30 minutes of weights/body work. Although I have done each of the routines separately – I have not done them combined…..yet – gotta have a goal, right?!

Anyway – I really like both workouts. The cardio is interval based with three moves in each set. You do the sets twice through with a quick recovery in between. It was not easy – but not too hard either. And there is one gal who does modified moves as well as another who completes the more challenging versions. The 30-minute weight routine is similar. I liked that she used compound moves so you get an upper body exercise paired with a lower one – twice the effectiveness never hurts! And again – there are modifiers and challengers for most all the moves.

I love Brooke Burke – she’s so darn cute! And her instructions and queuing are pleasant to follow. I love how she comments on her effort level and encourages you by “sharing in your pain”. I find her demeanor motivating and empathetic. I purchased my copy from Amazon for about $12.00 – a pretty fair price in my estimation.

Soon – I’ll share with you a review of my other new tape – Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed and Shred – as well as my thoughts on the online service fitnessglo.com.

In the meantime, let me know if you’ve tried this DVD or any others you are loving this new year!