My Fit Foods

2 May

I have been wanting to try out My Fit Foods for sometime now and am excited to share this review with you. We all lead super busy lives and with that comes the convenience of Fast Food. With working 10 hour days and then spending an hour at the gym it can be hard to prepare healthy dinners. This has always been my biggest struggle. My boyfriend has always been super supportive and often helps out with the cooking but even his schedule can make it hard at times. My fit foods solves this problem! The meals are healthy and properly portioned. They are not frozen and are labeled with expiration dates. The only down fall is this sometimes means making multiple trips to the my fit foods store. This is a small inconvenience that is worth the pain in order to receive fresh meals. When I first did my research and read reviews I became worried about the sodium content of the meals. The sales lady in the store however put my mind at ease by showing me how the meals are coded. They take all diet and health restrictions into account and have a nutritionist on site to help with these concerns. My fit foods is reasonable (roughly around $7 dollars a meal), I received a discount for being a fitness Instructor, they are healthy, and they taste really good! I highly recommend them.
http://www.myfitfoods.com/

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Pat’s Run

30 Apr

Sometimes I run for the workout, sometimes for the music, and sometimes like on this day it’s for the cause. I am proud to be an American and the story of Pat Tillman is one that hurts my heart greatly. This is a man that gave up everything to fight for his country! I do not come from a military family. I have a few Uncles that served and a cousin that is serving now but it’s not something that I grew up around by any means. My Patriotism comes from growing up in a time frame when the pledge of allegiance was still in the classroom and people removed their caps at baseball games for the National Anthem. It comes from watching the attack on 9-11 on the television and trying to comprehend why our country seems to always be fighting some type of War. This is the reason I chose to run the 10th annual Pat Tillman run.

When I was tired at mile 3 I stopped for a brief second and a man with a prosthetic leg passed me. I instantly found myself wondering what his story was? Perhaps he was a soldier at one point? I then started thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings and those that may never run again or if they do it most likely will be like this man. This amazing athlete! I thought to myself “suck it up Sara” and I ran the lat 1.2 miles with me head held high.

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I had the honor of meeting up with my friend Kasey at this run! This meant a lot to me as Kasey is the type of person I find myself looking up to. She is dedicated to running, biking, and yoga. She does everything with so much heart and it really inspires me.

I have said it before and I will say it again. The best miles are those that you share with friends. 

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Zumba Jitters

30 Apr

Today I decided to face my fear of leading a song in Zumba class. I have always been a 3rd row warrior and have only made it up to the front row once before, okay maybe twice. Regardless I have never instructed and the thought has had me in a panic more than once. It’s funny I want to be a Zumba Instructor, I got licensed, I just received a call to schedule my first audition to teach for a major gym, yet I still have the jitters!!! I just keep thinking back to my day job where I hold compliance training for employees. The first time I had to get up in front of fifty plus employees, my heart was pounding. It took me a few weeks to properly channel the adrenaline rush and a few months to feel completely comfortable. I am sure this process will be the same!

I chose a song that I learned from my very first instructor. I thought it would be a good song since it’s high energy, easy to follow, fun, and something we have not seen in awhile. The song is “getting nasty” by Lady Lauren. I got up in front of the class and man was I nervous. I had a little hiccup and lost my place but I was able to get right back on track and the class was forgiving and stuck with me. I realized that I need to work on smiling more and using the mirror. This is obviously going to come once I gain more confidence. My Mentor told me I did great and she could tell that everyone was having fun and able to follow along. That feedback alone makes me feel like there is hope.

I still have a ton of hard work and practice a head of me. I have to put together a warm up, a cool down, and 2 full songs for my upcoming audition. This audition is an opportunity that I am truly grateful for and I know that whatever is meant to happen will happen. We all have to start somewhere, right?

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ZIN

21 Apr

There are no words that can justify the excitement I felt after receiving my Zumba license. The experience was similar to the emotions I endured when I completed my first half marathon. At first I was pumped up and counting down the days, as I got closer to the class I became more and more nervous, and then the day of I was running on pure adrenaline. I expected lots of dancing obviously but I really did not expect 6 hours of it straight! Truth is it went by so fast. Time flies when you are having fun. At the end of the day I looked at my watch and was shocked to find that I burned 2040 calories with 6+hours of dancing. We learned the four basic steps that are taught in the B1 license class (Reggaeton, Cumbia, Salsa, and Merengue) these are steps I have been doing for the past year, I just did not know it. We learned about the history of Zumba, the community of Zumba, and the formula that will help us to be successful Zumba teachers. The resources and support that I have with joining the ZIN- Zumba Instructor Network are amazing and help me feel reassured. I am excited to play around with the choreography and hopefully in the next month or two, I will start teaching part time.

This is just the start to a very exciting journey!

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April

5 Apr

My April Goals are all about burning calories! I’m adding in weights & adding various classes to my schedule. I also just purchased a new yoga mat. I want to get in a routine with daily sun salutations. Does anyone else practice yoga on a regular basis? I’d love to hear about it. Are you a morning or a PM yogi? Do you take a class or practice solo? My yoga practice has never been a true practice. It’s been a class here, a YouTube video there, an occasional group on, or a random free class. I really want to build more on this and invest myself in the word “practice”.

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Bad News, Good News, Better News

31 Mar

This post is a follow up to my March Miles post. As a reminder my first goal was to clock more miles (walking, running, hiking) through my Nike Plus account, beating my personal best of 39.3 miles in March of 2013. This is where the bad news comes in. I clocked in 19.51 miles and I believe I had about 8 miles achieved without utilizing my Nike watch but even with those 8 miles added in, I missed my goal.

20140331-155533.jpg Now the good news is that I did reach my other March Goals. I had a blog posted with additional goals but it appears it may have been deleted on accident (sad face). My other goal was to really amp up my Zumba activity since I’m getting certified as an instructor in April. My goal was to attend 3-4 classes a week and to try a few new Instructors, well new to me anyways. I destroyed that goal and had a blast doing it. I am finding more and more that my true passion for fitness comes with a good rump shaking.

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The GREAT news is with my increase in Zumba I started looking at my Nike data differently. I may have not hit my goal for MarchMiles but I killed it with my Nike Fuel and calories burned. Here’s a comparison.
March 2013 I had 5,271 in Nike Fuel and 2,419 calories burned
March 2014 I had 32,458 in Nike Fuel and 6,559 calories burned.

That’s an increase of 27,187 in Nike Fuel and 4,140 more calories burned!!!

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This makes me super happy! I will take the amount of workouts & calories burned over miles any day. Stay tuned for my April Goals as they will be geared towards a bigger bump in activity!

GCU run to fight!

24 Mar

I was stoked to be a part of the GCU run to fight Children’s cancer! As an Alumni member, employee, and a runner I was all ramped up and ready to go. Not having completed a run since December I set my goal to finish with a 13 minute pace and I nailed it.

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LOVED The race shirt and finishers medals were awesome! The packet pick up was quick and well organized and the after party in the quad was awesome.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT The parking situation was horrible. It took me 45 minutes to get from the freeway exit to the garage. I missed the 5k and had to run with the 10k runners. In addition I was on the second floor of the garage and it took me an hour just to exit the garage.The bathroom situation was also something that could have been better. I would suggest getting port a potty’s or opening up more bathroom locations. Last but not least, where were the cheerleaders? Dance squad? It would have been nice to see them at the finish line.
All in all – it was a fun run! I would love to see them add more waves to
Allow for those walking or with strollers. This would also make the course less congested.
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