Archives for August 2013

Weekly Workout Recap July 2013: Week 5

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend. We have had a great one so far, and Bobby and I are doing our long run today since we didn’t get a chance to do it yesterday, so this weeks stats don’t look quite as good with our run technically being “next week”.

My knee still bothers me after I run and stays sore, but it’s not unbearable, just tight. I continue to foam roll but have been slacking on my strengthening exercises.

I have been doing very well with my eating this week, except when I made homemade sugar cookies and icing….I may have had a few.

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Sunday: rest

Monday: 6 miles

Tuesday: 45 minutes elliptical, upper body weights

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: 30 minutes stationary bike

Saturday: rest (long run Sunday instead)

This coming weekend we will do our longest long run of 13 miles, then start tapering for the Dumbo Double Dare in Disneyland!

QOTD: Do you always long run on the same day of the week?

Sorry Officer….What Did You Say?

Some random happenings in my world lately….

A couple weeks ago when Bobby and I were coming home from my parents house, we were pulled over by the cops as we were getting onto a highway. We were so confused…We weren’t speeding…we had our seatbelts on….etc. Turns out, our new license plate was linked to the car of a MISSING PERSON! Apparently they recycled the tag back into the system even though the person hasn’t been found…how stupid. They cleared the tag in the system so it wouldn’t happen again, but it was so strange! Not sure if you can see the cop car behind us in the picture below.

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For my birthday, Bobby got me something I have wanted for seven years. A Kitchen Aid stand mixer! I decided to be fun and go with the raspberry ice color and I absolutely love it.

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I also bought this awesome chair form Target with some birthday money. Bella immediately jumped in it and it’s her new favorite. She gives it two paws up.

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QOTD: Any noteworthy news to share? Do you have a kitchen aid mixer?

Henderson Park Inn

Back in July, my husband and I had the privilege to stay at an amazing bed and breakfast in Destin, Florida called Henderson Park Inn.

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My parents have raved about this place for years, but we are just getting around to going.

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It’s an adults only inn, and includes a gourmet breakfast, boxed lunch’s, cookies and tea in the afternoon, happy hour, and all the candy bars and sodas you can eat and drink.

Bobby and I stayed in an executive suite, and it was beautiful. When we checked in, there was soft music playing in our room and a rose, bottle of wine, and some grapes were on our bed. You also get turn down with chocolates at night!

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The suite included a kitchenette fully stocked with plates and utensils as well as a keurig coffee maker. There were also bottles of water already in the refrigerator!

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The executive suites have a king sized bed, as well as a flat screen TV and DVD player (there are free movies to borrow as well).

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We had a balcony overlooking the ocean with two chairs and a little table outside.

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When we checked in, we were shown around the Inn, it felt so personal and cozy to have someone walk us around. They only have 36 rooms by the way, so it never felt crowded. Also included in the price is free beach chairs, towels and umbrellas. Simply walk to the beach and claim a spot. That was definitely one of my favorite things. No fighting with my beach tent or my own chairs and towels.

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The inn borders a state park on one side so it’s a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the beach.

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From 4-5 every afternoon, there was happy hour out at this tiki hut that overlooks the ocean. They had margaritas, pina coladas, wine, beer, etc. We loved walking up form the beach for a  drink before getting ready for dinner.

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There is a restaurant that we ate at one night called the Beach Walk Café. It was amazing and I will be posting about it as well.

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During the day, the restaurant is home to the amazing breakfast, and where you pick up your boxed lunches and cookies/tea in the afternoon. Breakfast was by far m favorite. Made to order omelets and waffles, apple wood bacon, grits, the juiciest fruit ever, hashbrowns, sausage, you name it. Awesome.

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There are also other opportunities for lounging such as hammocks below the upper deck. The chairs/tables are the outside portion of the restaurant. You can eat meals oceanside!

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There were also some cozy chairs surrounding a fire pit that was lit at night.

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We will definitely be back here next summer, but that seems so far away. Would love to go back sooner, we had an amazing time and have absolutely no complaints. Such an amazing relaxing retreat. If you have any questions about the inn feel free to ask and I will try my best to get an answer!

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QOTD: Have you ever stayed at a bed and breakfast? Would you like to?

10 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy During Your Family Getaway

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Eating healthy and maintaining your fitness routine while on vacation with your family can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be.

Avoid the post-vacation health blues by following these ten simple tips for incorporating fitness into your getaway!


Stay Active on Vacation by Leaving the Rental Car Behind and Walk the City

1. Skip the Elevator & Take the Stairs

Whether in hotels or higher-altitude spots like the Eiffel Tower, leave the elevators behind and climb the stairs. What a great calorie-burner!

2. Go On a Walking Tour of the City

From the magnificent parks of London to Tianamen Square, there’s often no better way to take in the joys, scents, and surprises of the cultures you’re visiting than on foot. You’ll be able to take in the scenery in a way that quickly passing by in a car would never allow for (not to mention you’ll save on cab fare or gas for your rental car).

3. Play with the Kids

Enjoying pool time with the kids helps you both stay active while having fun!

Go ahead, relax and sunbathe a little, but make sure you have some calorie-burning fun with the kids, too. Play “Marco Polo” in the pool, go bike riding, shoot hoops, pick up sea shells on the sea shore and go for a long walk after dinner. Chances are, you’ll have as much fun as the little ones.

4. Plan Your Day in Advance – and Include Exercise

Is the morning full of standing (and very little walking) in art museums and cathedrals? After lunch, take off for aerobic adventures. Go for a nice long walk along the park or shore, hike up a mountain or ask your hotel’s concierge for walking maps of the area. If you’re in unfamiliar territory, your concierge should also be able to point out safe, crime-free pedestrian routes that show you beautiful sights in the city.

5. Turn Airline Terminals Into Walking Tracks

Instead of sitting and waiting for your plan to board, plug into your favorite music and march up and down the terminal.  Sure, it’s not a full-blown workout, but every step counts. “With just 15 minutes of brisk walking, you can burn 100 calories or more,” says Scott Danberg, MS, Exercise Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa. Plus, all that walking may keep you from getting bored and ambling into the airport’s pizza stand.

6. Use the Hotel Gym

Start your morning at the hotel gym where you can mentally & physically prepare for the day ahead.

When booking hotels, choose only those with fitness centers and/or guest passes to nearby gyms. If you can roll out of bed and roll into a gym minutes later, you’ll have given yourself the best insurance that you’ll fit fitness into each day. Plus, working out every morning will increase your motivation to eat more healthfully throughout the day. It also provides a great opportunity to mentally and physically prepare for a full day of fun!

7. Enjoy Outdoor Activities Like Hiking and Snokeling

Sure, it’s great to know there’s a gym just downstairs from your hotel room, but vacation’s also the time to have some fun! The kids want to hike up a mountain? Lace up your sneakers! Are they bound for scuba/snorkeling class? Join in!  Go paddling in river canoes. Learn salsa dancing. Play beach volleyball. Water ski. Anything that elevates the heart rate and allows you to have fun is a win/win situation on vacation!

8. Find Restaurants That Are Within Walking Distance From Your Hotel

Why take a taxi when you can enjoy a leisurely walk in the cool evening air to and from the restaurant? Plus, “walking after a meal is a wonderful way to help keep blood sugar levels down,” advises Robert Bauer, MD, diabetic specialist at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa.

9. Get Short Workouts In (50% of Normal Routine)

While vacationing, you may not have as much time as you do at home for your regular workout, but that’s okay. Always remember: Doing something is a whole lot better than doing nothing at all. Shoot for at least 50% of your normal routine and supplement that with fun activities throughout the day.

10. Enjoy the Benefits of an Active Vacation

Each day as you wake, anticipating the wonderful things you’ll be doing and the inspiring sights you’ll be seeing, remind yourself how great it feels to be able to move. “Travel imparts new vigor to the mind,” said the ancient Roman playwright Seneca. Because you’ve taken good care of yourself by staying fit, that vigor is yours!

Maintaining a certain fitness level on vacation will mean you feel better about yourself both during and after the trip. There’s nothing worse than the post-vacation health blues – avoid them at all costs by incorporating fitness into your vacation.

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