Health & Fitness

Are You a Seasonal Work-Outer?


So depending on what your fitness goals are, you may start your “program” 3-6 months before the start of summer.  You have your new sneakers, lululemon apparel, Beats Wireless Headphones, and a positive attitude because you know you are about kill this workout.  For me personally, I love a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout and running.  When I combine these workouts with GOOD EATING, I see my best results.  Now back to our “program”.  After you are consistently working out 3-4 days a week, (or sometimes seven) your confidence is getting better because you are noticing your clothes getting more loose, your friends are starting to say, “Look at you!, I can tell in your face”. You may still have that occasional cheat meal, but you don’t feel bad because you know all the hard work you have been putting in, so you tell yourself, I deserve it!

After weeks of ups and downs with maintaining your workout routine, A last! You are ready to post your new body on social media for the world to see. Your friends and followers show their approval:

For the next three months you are still working out, but now you are traveling to a tropical destination for five to seven days enjoying unlimited drinks and food buffets.  If you didn’t work out while you were on vacation you tell yourself, “As soon as I get back, I am going to the gym.  When you do return, you do get back in the gym, but it takes a bit getting back into the swing of things.  Once you step back on the scale after your vacation, you are instantly motivated again.  When I do workout, I am normally by myself because unfortunately, the few friends I have that do workout, they live too far. (when I say too far, they just don’t live downtown like me). Although I am still able to motivate myself even without a workout partner, the few times that I have worked out with a friend, I did enjoyed it.  With or without a partner, I know I have to maintain this progress, so the saga continues.

The last day of summer for 2016 is Thursday, September 22nd.  Of course, the temperatures don’t immediately drop just because it is the last day of summer, but since you have celebrated the last holiday of the summer on Labor Day, it’s now safe to decrease those seven day workouts to three.  Instead of having only one cheat meal a week, you have three cheat meals a week. What the heck, you may even stop calling them cheat meals all together and say, “I’m not going to deprive myself of my cravings”. As the weeks go by, you notice those size 27 jeans that fastened so easily before are still able to pull up, but now you have broken the zipper trying to make them fit.  All of the Snaps, Facebook, and Instagram posts of your intense workouts are replaced by  #foodporn, and #inspirationalquotes pics. You had a good run with your fitness program.  Now the leaves are turning colors and the skies are turning grey.  The temperature has dropped significantly along with your workouts.  The workouts are basically non existent at this point.  Those early morning or after five workouts are now you, curled up on your sofa, fire blazing, wrapped in a warm cashmere throw, and drinking a glass of Malbec.

Ok ok..There may be some people out there that work out all year round because they love fitness, Bravo.  There are some people that could care less about going to a gym, taking a walk, or eating healthy. There are some people who are blessed with great genetics where they can eat whatever they want, have 2 babies, not lift a 5 lb dumbbell, and still have the body he or she desires.  Finally, there are those people that just work out for the photo shoot, the wedding, the high school reunion, or the SEASON.  Whatever your reasons are for your fitness or “fitnot” goals (forgive me for just making up words) do what makes you feel happy. Even if you are working hard to flaunt your new body for 3 months out the year, do it, own it, and don’t forget to post it.

Are you a seasonal Work-Outer?  Share your Comments..

Golden Girl



What is Your favorite Meal of the Day?

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Growing up as a child and up until I graduated college I was always pretty slim.  As an adolescent I was involved in gymnastics, tap, and jazz.  When I entered high school I played soccer for two years.  All through college I maintained a steady weight even though I wasn’t physically active. (I guess it was the 20’s metabolism).  I had actually started seeing a personal trainer because I felt I was too thin and I wanted to get more of a “young woman’s” figure.  Well.. be careful what you ask for, because we fast forward to age 36 and I have the woman’s figure and then some.  So now I had to get a personal trainer to try to get my 25 year old body back. When it comes to my overall health, I would say I take it fairly seriously.  I do go to the gym four to five times a week.  I try to eat moderately healthy on most days..  I do have a weakness for Laffy Taffy, bread pudding, and a warm brownie with vanilla bean ice cream.

This brings us to the topic for today, “What is your favorite meal of the day?”  Mine is breakfast!!  I believe I get this from my father.  When I lived at home, he used to love for me cook him my french toast or blueberry pancakes for dinner.  Even when I visit home now he still asks me to cook him breakfast food for dinner.  I feel like I can skip any meal of the day, but without my breakfast, the rest of my day is not the same.  I know there are debates on whether eating breakfast is “the most important meal of the day.”  A co-work of mine does the Intermittent Fasting which involves skipping breakfast and only eating two meals each day.  Skip breakfast! This method would never work for me. So let me share with you all my new breakfast meal obsession.  On social media I follow world renowned blogger Aimee Song of Song of Style .  She has a love for avocados like I do and when I saw her Instagram post about avocado toast, I was sold. So lately, if I am eating breakfast at home, it is usually avocado toast with fried egg.  Although there are some days I may switch it up and have hot cereal with blueberries and raspberries, I always go back to my avocado toast.  I am not a certified nutritionist, but I have also started tracking my calories using the My Fitness Pal app. When used consistently, this app has really helped me with my weight and overall health management.  This meal is only 270 calories:

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 slice Cinnamon Raisin 100% Whole Grain Ezekiel Bread
  • 1 large brown cage free egg
  • 1 tsp Grapeseed oil (if frying egg)

If I am extremely hungry, I will use 2 eggs and 2 slices of bread, but still use 1/2 avocado. I always pair my breakfast meal with either of a cup of ginger or green tea.  On Pintrest, there are 101 ways to eat avocado toast, so you can experiment with which recipe best suits you.  Whether you love dinner, lunch, snack time, or breakfast like me! Just make sure you enjoy every bite of it!

What is your favorite meal of the day? Share your comments

Golden Girl