Counting your Steps

I love step counters! In fact, I purchased a Fit Bit about 3 or 4 months ago and wonder why it took me so long to get one.

I love it because…

  • I stay motivated to move more. Have you ever noticed how sedentary you can be? I have desk job by day so even though I love my morning workouts, I used the Fit Bit for a few days when I first got it simply to test my movement level. I got 4,000 and 5,000 steps on those days. Crazy! Now, I take more movement breaks throughout the day and go for quick walks so I easily get at least 8,000 steps per day.
  • I release perfectionist tendencies to “workout” every day. Granted, everyone works differently. While I struggle with over-doing the workouts at times, some struggle with getting in any type of workout at all. Counting steps can be a motivator for both types of people. For me, it allows my mind to relax on days I missed a formal workout or just don’t have time (or the desire) to fit one in. I aim for 10,000 steps instead. For the ones who struggle with getting in any type of workout at all, the step counter can be a motivator to move at several shorter periods of time throughout the day and at least get more active than you already are.
  • It feeds my competitive side. If I look down at the Fit Bit around noon and I only have 1,000 or 2,000 steps, I put on my A game. Again, I am no perfectionist so there are even days I don’t care about my steps, but I find those days few and far in between. I love competing against myself to get in more movement! Plus, I know I feel best when I am active.

And because I am trying to add videos to the blog, I do have a video on this one. I am calling my Tuesday videos, “Quick Tip Tuesdays.” If your attention span is anything like mine, you will like how short and sweet my videos are. I keep them to under 2 minutes as a rule.

Do you already count your steps? If so, what fitness tool do you use?

 

I like berries, yes I do…

I like berries, how ’bout you?

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I’ve got berries on the brain today… so ya know what?! I am going to share with you 8 FUN ways I like to incorporate berries into my lifestyle. Maybe one will strike your fancy. Or maybe you already have a fun way that you incorporate berries and would like to share. You can always comment, you know.  I would give you a gold star.

You ready… let the countdown begin:

  1. Mix frozen berries into a smoothie. This is a given and any berry will do. It takes a ho hum smoothie to ho yum! Just don’t go overboard… you don’t want your smoothie to be ALL fruit. Throw in that spinach too!
  2. Make trail mix with goji berries. I love trail mix, but most store bought trail mixes have a ton of added sugars or candies. I love to buy mixed nuts and throw in a few dark chocolate chips, along with a pinch of dried goji berries. A bag of goji berries can be a bit pricey, but honestly one bag lasts me at least 3 months. Dried cranberries work well too!
  3. Top oatmeal with fresh berries. Do you make your own oatmeal? It can be a bit boring completely plain, right? Throw in a little honey and mixed berries, plus a few sliced almonds or walnuts. Spice it up with cinnamon too. Hello, delish dish!
  4. Let frozen strawberries thaw a tad and pour a bit of plain kefir over it. It’s like a berry delight! I haven’t done this in awhile, but I used to do this in place of dessert and it satisfied my sweet craving. I am a huge cinnamon fan so of course used cinnamon too.
  5. Freshen up water. We all know we need to drink more water, but we don’t always want water. Well, fresh berry water will change your mind a bit. You WILL want water with some fresh blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries mixed in. Plus, it adds pretty color to your water.
  6. Add blueberries to your pancake mix. I like to make a protein pancake every once in awhile (I use a recipe from Tone It Up) and add whole blueberries to the mix when I want a bit of berry goodness. You could add them to any pancake mix I bet. That, or use them as a topping!
  7. Eat them plain. I had to add this. All berries taste so good, even on their own. Wash, slice, and take a bite! Repeat.
  8. Add to your summer time salad. I love berries in a good salad, especially during the summer. One of my favorites is a simple salad with fresh sliced strawberries, sliced almonds, spinach leaves, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Use your favorite dressing. Mine is a dressing by the same name (Brianna’s)… imagine that!

Are you in the mood for some berries yet? Eat ’em up!

Sunday Social: One

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I am a little late to the Sunday Social game today, but better late than never. Right?! 😉 I had a crazy morning, but it turned out to be a wonderful Sunday. I hope you are enjoying your Sunday as well. This week’s questions are all about choosing ONE of something.

Questions of the week are:

    1. One show that you would love to see on Netflix that isn’t there. Any of the HBO shows. Why oh why can’t HBO cut a deal with Netflix?!?! I know, I know. They like to compete. I see how it is. But, Dave Grohl with the Foo Fighters is premiering his new show, Sonic Highways, on HBO. My boyfriend and I are dying to see it. We may get HBO just for that. Dave Grohl is pretty freakin’ awesome and talented!sonic-highways-foo-2
    2. One song you wish they would play more of on the radio. I can’t help myself (sugar pie, honey bunch). I love the heck out of this song. The Temptations, or any Motown artist for that matter, could use more air time. I wouldn’t mind one bit.
    3. One  favorite song you sing loudly in the car. Lately it’s been “One Sweet Love” by Sara Bareilles. It doesn’t come on the radio much that I know of, but I have it on my Itunes. Love it! I don’t sing like her, but I sure like to pretend I do.

  1. One movie or TV show that you quote the most. This might actually be a tie between Billy Madison and The Sandlot. And I will be honest, it has been that way since I was a teenager. I loved these two movies growing up and watched them endlessly. I never got bored. So now, when the world needs a good quote or I find it applicable, I will throw in a little “For-ev-errrr”, “Chlorophyl, more like Borophyl,” or my favorite, “That is corrrrrrreeect.” Oh man do I miss me some Chris Farley.
  2. One silly thing you do daily. Talk to my cat. I know she cannot understand me, but I just love that thing to pieces!!!!!!IMG_3390

 

Active Living Challenge

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What is your favorite form of social media? Mine is 100% Instagram right now. I love it! If you are on Instagram, follow me and I will follow you back. I have a “follow back” policy here at Simple Delights and love supporting others.

So now you know I love Instagram. Well, I am also in love with this new fitness brand, Lorna Jane. I am a Sweat Pink ambassador with Fit Approach so when I saw the Active Living Challenge for this month, I had to hop on the wagon. Both Lorna Jane and Fit Approach post the photo challenge of the day and everyone participating tags Lorna Jane and Fit Approach, while using #ActiveLivingChallenge.

I love it. It is allowing me to take more pictures of things that make me happy and share those with others! Active living is definitely a lifestyle I live, love, and promote.

My first picture was of my favorite summer move. I am loving side planks these days. Along with regular planks, they work the core and even get deep into the obliques. I love working my abs, especially during swimsuit season. I am not in my swimsuit all that often (that’d be a different story if I had a beach anywhere near me), but I still love a strong and beautiful core.

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My second pic was of a healthy, delicious recipe. I altered this recipe slightly from PBFingers (mostly because I didn’t have green onions or cumin). And by the way, I LOVE that blog. Highly recommend it if you need/want new blogs to follow.

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My third pic was the one up top. What active living means to me. I love to be healthy so that I can spend more time with loved ones going on our own adventures, whether at home or somewhere spectacular. Life should be enjoyed… every minute of it!

Lorna Jane promotes active living. I love what the brand stands for. I did not get paid for this post nor was it mandatory for me to write this post. I just wanted to. To find out more about active living through Lorna Jane, visit www.movenourishbelieve.com

WTEW: Teacher Series- Marissa

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It is officially week 10 of the Pure Barre Dallas Teacher Series for What to Eat Wednesday. If you missed Caley last week, have no fret… you can click here to learn all about her. This week, we will get to know Marissa. She is from California and moved to Texas to attend SMU. We are lucky she loved Dallas and chose to stay around after graduating! 😉

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  1. What is your favorite fruit?  Avocado and Mango… I could live off guacamole!
  2. What is your favorite vegetable? Carrots and zucchini – they are so versatile. I love baking carrots with olive oil and dill, or shredding them up to put into breads/muffins.
  3. What is your favorite pre or post workout snack or beverage? I love Power Crunch protein bars, or dates with almond butter.
  4. What is your top eating healthy tip or trick? I try to drink lots of water and green tea throughout the day. Green tea helps keep me stay energized without getting too jittery from caffeine overload. I also limit carbs at night, replacing them with lots of veggies.
  5. Tell me a random/fun fact about you. I am a black belt in karate. And, I love to cook – it’s one of my favorite past time activities. 🙂
  6. If you had a motto or a quote you like to live by, what would it be?  One of my favorite quotes is by Audrey Hepburn: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it’s all that matters.” I love this quote because I tend to be a stress case quite often, and this reminds me to take a step back, be happy, and everything else will fall into place.
  7. How long have you been teaching Pure Barre? I have been teaching for almost 2 years now.  I love the upbeat tempo of class, the positive energy of our clients and teachers, and the happy atmosphere in the studio!
  8. Favorite Pure Barre move?  Pretzel! You can feel it burn every time 🙂 LTB!
I had no clue Marissa was a black belt in karate until now. Way cool! And you know I agree with her about green tea. Drink up, friends! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for next week’s Q&A sesh with Katherine.

I went to London once…

And now I have the itch to travel overseas again.

My first passport-worthy trip was to London in 2009 and I went with my mom and her tennis friends. I went for a week in June, which actually captured my birthday and my mom’s birthday. We are six days apart. Well, you know what I mean… by day, not year. That would be weird. And impossible! But anyway, back to the story…

My mom is really into tennis so the inspiration for the trip was Wimbledon. However, I am not the biggest tennis buff so went to Wimbledon with the ladies once and then ventured off on my own for a day. Long distance travel taught me that there is so much to see in this world. On this planet. Outside of the United States of America.

Part of health and wellness is also taking time to pause. Taking time to travel. Taking time to catch some sights and take it all in. I loved walking around anywhere and everywhere. I loved savoring the little things about the trip. In fact, I even got giddy in a Whole Foods Market there… I mean, it’s London! I could totally picture myself shopping there if I lived there. And yes, I know we have Whole Foods everywhere in the States, but it was the atmosphere that I took in. Everything is so much more exciting on vacation and in a new place!

Just for fun, I will share some pics from that trip. Oh, nostalgia!

Cheers from London!

Cheers from London!

 

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I was so close I could touch her… Venus Williams

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My mom and I love the Beatles. All you need is love! (and apparently an unintentional poof).

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Health Nut Bri at Whole Foods

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Yes, MJ died while we were there. Sad day in London! 🙁

The next overseas trip I would like to take is to New Zealand or Thailand. What about you?

Sunday Social: Simple Questions!

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We have some simple questions lined up for today’s Sunday Social and I LOVE it! 

Questions are:

Gum or mints? Mints all the way. I used to be a gum fanatic and literally would have gum after every meal or snack. But, I thought about it long and hard and decided I didn’t want to be a regular smacker. I mean, some people REALLY smack gum without even knowing it. I did not want that to be me so I gave gum up late last year. I now regularly turn to Altoids smalls.altoids

Tea or coffee? I am a tea girl through and through. At times I can even cross the “tea snob” line. But, what can I say, I love a good cup of hot tea! Only every so often will I want a cup of coffee… love the smell, but not a big fan of the taste. Maybe I just haven’t had a reallllly good cup yet?!IMG_2133

Fruits or veggies? Fruit. I have always loved fruit and easily eat 3 or more per day. Veggies are extremely nutritious and I love them too, but it does take a more conscious effort to eat more veggies.

TV or movies? TV. Surprisingly, I had this conversation with my brothers on Friday. I made the statement that I love TV shows, because you get a “break” in between episodes. When we watch TV at night, I would much rather sit through 40 or so minutes, break for a bit, and then watch another episode. Sitting for an hour and 30 minute to 2 hours all at once isn’t for me to do on the regular. I either fall asleep or get antsy.

Candles or diffusers? Candles. In fact, I have one lit right now and it is “Lanikai Coconut”. Love the smell! I also love the light from candles so will often work or do a little yoga in candlelight. It is so peaceful!IMG_3159

Thanks for joining in on Sunday Social! Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.

Movement… you’ll never regret it!

Empower Day 18

It is day 18 of my 30 Days of Yoga Empower challenge through Yoga with Adriene. Instead of simply providing an update of how I am doing thus far (but I AM doing fantastic, thanks for asking!), I am devoting this post to movement.

Movement… as in another word for physical activity or exercise that sounds less intimidating.

One thing I have learned about myself over the years is that to get and stay healthy, I have to develop habits over time. Good habits. I like to think other humans work the same. So, perhaps you have found that developing habits over time works for you too (as opposed to the “change everything all at once and then give up in defeat after 4 days” mentality).

Yoga is movement. But so is running, walking, Crossfit, PiYo, Pure Barre, Insanity, Zumba, dance, tennis, and so on. When I truly listen to my body and what it needs, often I am drawn to a certain form of movement that day. Now, I developed this habit over time. When I first started getting active and formally “working out”,  I just had to get into some sort of routine first. And to be honest, I actually loved elliptical machines. I despise them now. But, they helped me develop the regular habit of movement.

Movement is active medicine for your body. It can be free (or relatively inexpensive even if you pay for a gym membership) and really does provide you with more energy and gets those “feel good” hormones activated. Movement is simply something that you’ll never regret! Find different forms of movement that work for you. That you can find delight in, even if it is just a tad bit of it.. come on, you know that doing punches in a kickboxing class makes you feel like you just beat up your old micromanaging boss! 😉

So how does this post on movement even relate to me doing more yoga? Well, yoga helps me be more mindful. And that is a habit I am currently developing. I am working on finding what feels good and using my mind/body connection as a guide. It’s okay if I don’t want to run a marathon today (or ever, really) and it’s also okay if I planned to do yoga, but chose to go for a walk instead. Movement of any kind can provide mind, body, and spiritual benefits.. if you allow it.

With that, I wish you more days of movement! What’s your FAVORITE way to move?