About Workout Wednesdays!

Welcome to Workout Wednesday!  Everyone is or should be aware of the importance of working out.  There is nowhere you can go on the planet where there is not a reference to how important regular exercising is. Whether you’re out for a walk or surfing on social media you will see advertisements from gyms who are hosting specials for memberships, as well as literature or videos showing different types of movements that are beneficial to the body and one’s well-being.

According to Brian D. Johnston of International Association of Resistance Training: Prescribed Exercise Clinics, “exercising regularly makes the heart stronger and the lungs fitter, enabling the cardiovascular system to deliver more oxygen to the body with every heartbeat and the pulmonary system to increase the maximum amount of oxygen that the lungs can take in. Exercise lowers blood pressure, somewhat decreases the levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and increases the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good cholesterol). These beneficial effects, in turn, decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease. In addition, colon cancer and some forms of diabetes are less likely to occur in people who exercise regularly.”

Simply put working out, is beneficial to not only one’s physical appearance but also to one’s internal mechanisms that keep the body running smoothly.  As well as improving muscle strength which allows for performing physical tasks easier.  Exercising/working out aids in the stretching of muscles and joints, which also allow for an increase in flexibility and aids in the prevention of injuries.

Here are 10 additional reasons to get your workout in, written by Esther Chain, Women’s Health:

  1. Improves Your Mood  – Who doesn’t need a mood stabilizer? Did you know that a brisk workout boost production brain chemicals that ease stress and anxiety which makes you feel happier and more relaxed?
  2. Helps You Sleep Better  – According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation up to 67% of those who exercise regularly, report that they get a good night’s sleep.
  3. Strengthens Your Memory – The Behavioral Brain Research study shows that a single session of an aerobic workout produces higher blood levels of hormones that are associated with a strong memory.
  4. Boosts Your Creativity – A published article in the journal, “Frontiers of Neuroscience,” reported that working out regularly can jack your ability to brainstorm new ideas. 
  5. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer – Though it’s not clear as to how much exercising or which type of exercise, physical activity has been linked to a lower risk of breast and endometrial cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. 
  6. Recharges Your Batteries – Exercising just 2-3 times a week can boost energy level by 20%, decreasing fatigue by 60%.
  7. Make You More Confident – Knowing the amazing physical challenges that you’ve been able to accomplish, gives you kick ass confidence that spills over into other parts of your life.
  8. Fewer Sick Days – Research suggests that working out at least 2-3 times a week, results in the ability to fight off bacteria.
  9. Eases Killer Cramps – Research shows that working out triggers the release of endorphins, which are like opioids that relieve the agony of period pain. 
  10. Allows for Smoother Work Day – According to a study published last year by the journal, “Population Health Management, exercise increases productivity at the job.

In this section, I will be posting different facts, exercising tips, summaries of interesting articles, interviews with personal trainers (sometime in the future), and loads of motivation. So be sure to stop in regularly. 

Lois

Welcome To Tasty Tuesdays!

 

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Welcome to Tasty Tuesday!

As I sit here thinking about what I should post, I thought it would be best to post recipes that do not require too much prepping and time to prepare.  I myself am a big fan of one pan recipes for those days that get away from me, but I am also a rabid fan of foods that takes lots of time to prep and prepare.  I usually save the weekends (Sundays) for preparing large dinners, which are great for leftovers during the week.  And once the leftovers have been consumed, then it’s time for either a  meal that takes little to no time or a nice DeGiorno Supreme frozen pizza. Mmm, yum!

It never occurred to me that choosing a recipe to share with you guys would be so very difficult until I sat at my computer today, to do so. LOL.  So I decided that it might be nice to post a recipe for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner all on the same day.  This way you’ll have three choices in which to choose from. In time this section should be bursting with great recipes increasing your choices or at least give you an inkling of what you may have a taste for.  

The recipes you find here will be from different sources, of which I will provide the URL for. Some will be my very own as they have been handed down from my family tree, and finally, there will be YouTube videos of me preparing meals for you to watch at your leisure.

I hope you enjoy this section and Bon Appetite!  

Lois

10 Colors That Will Rock Spring This Year!

Before we can get into shopping for the latest fashions for this Spring, it may be nice to check out what colors are said to be this Spring’s must haves.  This information comes courtesy of The Zoe Report and Pantone who “releases their color stories as a sneak peek to what shades will be trending across the board, from beauty (click here for bold makeup trends) to fashion.” Along with these fabulous colors, you’ll see that The Zoe Report or Pantone, not sure who is quite responsible, have also included eye shadows, nail and lip colors, and perfumes. Honestly, except for the fact that the perfumes have the same hues, is not an indication that they go with the outfit.  I mean, really?  All in the name of advertising and filling in space, I suppose.  

Have a look-see and choose your perfect Spring color for this year.  Lois

 

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6 Exercises That Will Burn Calories in Overdrive!

Are you one of those people who wake up to hundreds of emails a day?  Ugh! It’s the worst, but fortunately, there are some good things that come out of being overly popular (via email that is) such as receiving discount coupons, the update on fashions and beauty products, yummy recipes and workout tips.  Yesterday (as I am late in posting for Workout Wednesday), I received an email from MyFitnessPal on Workout Challenges.

This particular email offers 6 different exercises you can do to burn calories in overdrive, such as:  

1.  Dumbbell, Squat, Curl, Press

2.  Kettlebell Goblet Squats with Heartbeat and Press

3.  Death Crawls

4.  TRX Atomic Pushups

5.  Dumbbell Walking Lunges & Plunges

6.  Kettlebell Swings & Pushups

I wish you success with any of the exercises you may choose, until next week.  Lois

 

The Newest Rave in NYC! A variety of Foods Served on a Conveyor Belt!

This is a new restaurant in NYC, named Yo! Sushi, where the food is served on a conveyor belt.  I am especially excited about this particular restaurant because my one and only son Steven works here.  Just last week he was telling me so many exciting things about this place.  So, if you’re in New York, Yo! Sushi is located at 23 W. 23rd Street.  Go give them a visit and say hello to the very tall young man prepping food, Steven.  See a picture of him below…

And here is my son Steven making Sushi, and my daughter in law, Kelly is the narrator and featured at the end of this video.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Romantic Dinner For Two:

Here is a simple romantic dinner for two courtesy of Pierce Abernathy, BuzzFeed Tasty.  A yummy looking Herb Crusted Salmon and a one-pan Peanut Butter Brownie.  As you can and see Pierce didn’t leave anything out, he even included the type of wine that goes great with salmon.  Save this recipe for a special evening with that special person you want to impress, Lois.

Salmon Dinner one an peanut butter brownie

 

Here’s the YouTube video to show you how it’s done.

INGREDIENTS

Garlic Smashed Potatoes
12-14 baby gold potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic

Herb Crusted Salmon
2 Salmon Fillets
5 cloves garlic
¼ cup parsley
2 tablespoons chives
2 tablespoons dill
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 bunch asparagus
parmesan to taste (optional)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Brownie
¾ cup brownie mix prepared
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
⅓ cup peanut butter

PREPARATION

Garlic Smashed Potatoes
1. Boil potatoes in a medium pot for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
2. Place boiled potatoes on a parchment covered oven tray and smash each potato down leaving the skin intact.
3. Mix melted butter, garlic, salt and pepper and brush mixture onto potatoes.
4. Bake at 425˚F/220˚C for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.
5. Garnish with thyme.
6. Enjoy!

Herb Crusted Salmon
1. In a small bowl combine parsley, chives, dill, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
2. Place salmon and asparagus on parchment covered oven tray.
3. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with salt and pepper.
4. Spoon herb mix onto salmon fillets and coat evenly.
5. Bake at 425˚F/220˚C for 12-14 minutes.
6. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Brownie
1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, oil, water, and an egg and stir until evenly mixed.
2. Transfer mix into skillet.
3. Spoon softened peanut butter into skillet and mix in using a knife.
4. Bake at 350˚F for 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out of the brownie clear.
5. If desired, garnish with ice cream.
6. Enjoy!

 

Lunch: Roasted Shrimp & Veggie Salad

Preparing lunch should b easy and mouth-watering, don’t you agree?  Well, thanks to Mercedes Sandoval you get just that with this delicious Roasted Shrimp & Veggie Salad.  Mmm, I so can not wait to try this salad over the weekend. Lois

Roasted Shrimp Veggie Salad

 

This Roasted Shrimp And Veggie Salad Is Perfect For A Filling Lunch

Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup red onion, diced
1 cup asparagus, diced
1 pound shrimp
Olive oil
Chili powder
Oregano
Salt
Pepper
Lime juice
Large handful of mixed greens

Chili Lime Vinaigrette Dressing:
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon chili powder
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 400˚F/200˚C.
2. Add cut vegetables to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings to your preference. Bake for 10 minutes.
3. Move veggies to the side to make space in the center of the baking sheet and add shrimp in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings and lime juice to your preference. Bake for 5-8 minutes, until shrimp is fully cooked. Be careful not to overcook.
4. Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
5. In a large salad bowl, combine mixed greens, roasted shrimp, veggies, and vinaigrette dressing together.
6. Serve and enjoy!

One-Pan Breakfast Potatoes

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Today’s Breakfast Recipe is courtesy of Claire Nolan from Buzzfeed, as you know I am a rabid fan of one pan recipes, so here is one just for Breakfast.  I know, who has time for Breakfast, you can always set up the tablet in the kitchen on the weekends and try this one out.  Or maybe get up a little early and skip the trip to the fast food spot you love, (ssshhh, did I just say that? 😮 ).  Lois

Recipe: One-Pan Breakfast Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

Servings: 4-6

3 russet potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small white onion, diced
Olive oil, to taste
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 500˚F/260˚C.
2. Place potato pieces, diced red bell pepper, and diced onion on a baking sheet.
3. Drizzle olive oil over everything and season with rosemary, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until evenly coated.
4. Spread coated potatoes, peppers, and onions out into an even layer.
5. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
6. Serve with your favorite breakfast sides.
7. Enjoy!

I Will Not Be Defeated!

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