Link Love #30

The Orioles won yesterday! And that’s not an April Fools joke 😉 Excuse me while I bask in the glow of of a perfect record right now. I’m also super excited because Nathan decided to surprise me with tickets to the A’s game this Sunday. I think watching the Orioles game yesterday really got us extra pumped for baseball season. We have a couple fun things planned for the weekend so I’m already psyched for the next few days to fly by. In the meantime, let’s play a little catch up.

Health

Benefits of Strength Training Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity

Benefits of Strength Training – Slim Sanity
8 Tips to Have a Positive Body Image and Stop Obsessive Eating Habits – Trainer Paige
My Addiction to Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How to Love Myself – Tara Fuller via Greatist
Antioxidants 101 – Nutritious Eats
How Rigid Diets Threaten True Digestive Healing – Mind Body Green

Fitness

Core Workout for Runners Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl

A Core Workout for Runners – Crazy Running Girl
30-Minute Bodyweight AMRAP Workout – Pumps & Iron
10 Advanced Ab Exercises for the Summer – Lifting Revolution
7 Boredom Busting Treadmill Workouts – Run to the Finish
Leg Burnout Workout – Blonde Ponytail

Food

Sushi Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven

Sushi Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing – The Healthy Maven
3 Gluten-Free Recovery Snacks for Coffee Lovers – Cotter Crunch
Lemon Vanilla Brown Rice Pudding with Berries – Edible Perspective
Microwave Breakfast Berry Crumble – 24 Carrot Life
Black Pepper Rub Chicken Fingers with Greek Yogurt Ranch – Half Baked Harvest

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts from the past week?

Fabulous Fitness Survey

Marvelous is finding something you’re passionate about. Most recently for me, I’ve found a love for food and fitness so when I’ve seen this survey floating around the blogosphere, most recently on Tina and Julie‘s blogs, and thought it would be a fun one!

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Well that’s kind of a silly question. I practically eat the same thing everyday!

Protein-Packed TVP Oats

2. How much water do you drink a day?

I’m usually pretty good about drinking around 12 glasses of water per day. The weekends tend to vary a bit, but I try to always carry around a water bottle when I go out.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Best Body Bootcamp! I’m currently in my third round of BBBC and it keeps me in tip-top shape. I love that the workouts change every two weeks and they are all scalable to your level. It definitely helped me get wedding-ready and also helped me to get back to my pre-wedding shape after the honeymoon.

Tina Reale Best Body Bootcamp

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

I’ve stopped counting calories but based on what I know, I’d imagine anywhere between 1500-2000 per day.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

When I’m at work, I love Greek yogurt.. the flavored kind or plain. But if I go for plain, I always add a little stevia, cinnamon, fresh fruit, and a little granola. Figs and cherries are my go-to fruits right now! I also have a slight addiction to bars. My top 3 are probably KIND Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, ThinkThin Chunky Peanut Butter bar, and LUNA Peanut Honey Pretzel. Or the Chocolate Dipped Coconut.. or have you tried the Carrot Cake bar yet?! Ha.

I also have an apple a day and if I’m home, I like to experiment with different snacks I find on Pinterest. One of my favorite finds is this No-Grain Maple Chia Cake from STUFTmama. She’s awesome 🙂

STUFTmama No Grain Maple Chia Cake Carob Chips Almonds Peanut Fluff

No-Grain Maple Chia Cake a la STUFTmama

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Salad. Lots and lots of salad! When I’m at work I usually do what I like to refer to as a “kitchen sink” salad.. basically I throw everything but the kitchen sink into a container and call it a day! On the weekends my schedule can get a little funky if we decide to do brunch, which ends up being around 11 am. But if that’s the case, let’s say I have eggs benedict for lunch!

Salads Eggs Benedict Vegetarian Sausage

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

I love a good upper body workout!

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Legs or back. Let’s go with back. I had 9 vertebrae fused when I was in high school due to scoliosis, so the middle part of my back doesn’t bend at all. It definitely gets frustrating trying to do the exercises and my back muscles are probably still the weakest on my body.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

I guess chocolate and froyo.. but they’re both fine in moderation! I see nothing wrong with a little treat here or there. If anything, I tend to go crazy on healthy foods like fruit and granola. [And peanut butter..]

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I take probiotics, but I know I should also be taking other vitamins.

11. How often do you eat out?

We typically average dinner out Friday/Saturday and lunch on the weekends. Sometimes we’ll swap a weekend breakfast for lunch, but during the week I’m really good about bringing my lunch to work and making dinner at home.

12. Do you eat fast food?

Nah, it really doesn’t appeal to me. The last time I had fast food was our first meal in Italy on the honeymoon and I’ll never let Nathan live it down! Although, it was probably my healthiest meal of the trip.. I got a salad with grilled chicken.

McDonalds Italy

McDonalds in Italy

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

Nathan and my parents.

14. Do you have a gym membership?

No, we’re in a condo building and I’m lucky enough to have a great gym right downstairs. The only thing I miss is having classes.. I’d love to be a spin regular 🙂

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

I average around 7 hours.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

I don’t really plan a “cheat” day, but it often ends up happening on weekends. I usually go for the salads when I go out to eat so I can splurge on other things [cough drinks and froyo cough].

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Oh, did you miss my last What I Ate Wednesday post? 😉

Asheville North Carolina NC Wedge Pigsah Highland French Broad Brewing Chai Pani Market Place Restaurant

Brewery tours in Asheville, NC

We’re not always that crazy.. there were just too many good options!

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Do my weights count? Haha I sometimes workout with a friend but I typically like to push through my workouts and get ’em done!

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

I just feel better in general; physically and mentally. I used to have an angry stomach but since changing how I eat, I could probably count on one hand the number of times my stomach bothers me in a year. I also love finding a good workout program. It makes me excited to get into the gym and get a good sweat!

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I always get my early morning workouts in, but I’m especially excited about yesterday’s run. It had been over a month since I ran so I took it slow and steady and got in 6.5 miles with a 1 mile warm up/cool down. I kept my pace slower then normal, but this is also my longest run to date! It’s only up from here 🙂

Food for Thought

What did you eat for breakfast?
What are your favorite healthy snacks?
What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Who is your biggest supporter?