A few quick niblets and tidbits to get you going this week.
Awesome Workout Songs To Add To Your Playlist
What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) by Kelly Clarkson – I’m seriously obsessed with this one, it is so motivational and really gets me pumped!
International Love by Pitbull
Good Feeling by Flo Rida featuring Sia
Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
Mr. Know It All by Kelly Clarkson
Fitness Magazine: Calorie Cheat Sheet
Do you really know how many calories you’re eating? Or what you think is only 100 calories is probably much more than that. This quick cheat sheet from Fitness Magazine divides up some popular foods into categories of 100, 250 and 400 calories. You’d be surprised at how quickly things add up.
Shape Magazine: 8 Reasons to Lift Heavier Weights
Lifting weights is an essential part of working out and just as beneficial and sometimes more so than cardio work. Women especially veer away from weights thinking they’re going to bulk up and look like a guy. Not so. Our muscles can only get so big since we don’t have testosterone, so don’t worry about looking like the hulk. Instead, weightlifting will give more benefit to your cardio workout. If you have good, strong muscles, you will burn up to 100 calories more in the next 24 hours after a cardio workout. It also helps prevent injury and osteoporosis. Grab a dumbbell and get curling!
Fitsugar: Motivational Quotes
Feeling the blahs today? Don’t feel like getting your workout in? Try flipping through this photo gallery of motivational quotes. I bet by the end, you’ll be out the door running to your kickboxing class!
I apologize for the sporadic postings, but work and my freelance business have been absolutely INSANE. I hope to post regularly again after the new year once these projects die down. In the meantime, here are some ninja niblets to get you through the week.
Current Workout Songs
Good Feeling by Flo Rida
Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
Good Life by OneRepublic
Shape Magazine: Top Diet Trends of 2011
An interesting post of the top 10 diet fads and trends for 2011. The majority of them are ridiculous, some are dangerous (hello HCB diet) and almost none of them seem successful. If you want to lose weight, start exercising regularly and keep a food journal. Cut calories gradually with your journal and you will see results that will last more the than the lifetime of these fads.
Fitness Magazine: 7 Soup Recipes
It’s freezing cold outside and you long for comfort food to warm you up. Soups are a great way to get warm and the majority of them are healthy or with a few substitutions can be made healthy. Try these from Fitness Magazine and eat them with a warm roll or half of a grilled cheese sandwich and you can have a fairly healthy, but very filling meal.
Self Magazine: 100 Calorie Snacks
T’is the season for tons of goodies showing up in work break rooms, mom over baking and cookies on every corner. Try some of these goodies from Self Magazine’s 100 Calorie Snacks and save your waistline during the holidays.
Kick off a new week with some quick links with recipes, exercise tips and diet options that will help you get on a healthy track.
FitSugar: What 100 Calories Looks Like in Halloween Candy
Craving chocolate like no other, but no prepared to commit to a full-sized Snickers bar that typically packs 280 calories? Try these Halloween “fun size” goodies for only 100 calories.
FitSugar: Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Don’t have time to make a big elaborate meal? Try a quick, healthy smoothie instead. Make your own so you know exactly what’s going in it, unlike the mall places that pack in loads of extra calories and sugar.
Fitness Magazine: 10 Easy Ways to Sneak in a Workout
We’re all busy with work, family and a social life, but missing a workout is not an option when you’re trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. Take a cue from Fitness Magazine and learn how to sneak in a workout, no matter how busy you are.
Shape Magazine: 50 Fall Foods To Slim You Down
Take advantage of the foods in season during fall and use them to get slim. Healthy snacks like apples and pumpkin seeds are readily available during the fall months and are packed with nutrition and low in calories.
Have a great week, everybody!
A few niblets to get you going throughout the day.
Current Workout Music Obsessions
Middle Finger by Cobra Starship
Sing by My Chemical Romance
Healthier Fast Food Lunch: Panera
When going out to eat, choose healthy options. Most restaurant chains have their nutrition information online.
If you’re going to Panera, try the “pick two” lunch option and order a soup and half sandwich of:
• Low Fat Chicken Noodle Soup
Calories: 80 Fat: 1g
• Half Smokehouse Turkey Hot Panini
Calories: 340 Fat: 13g
*If you order the sandwich without bacon, you shave off 60 calories and 4.5g of fat.
Total Lunch Calories: 430 calories, 13.5g fat
Shape Magazine: 10 Best Weight Loss Tips
Fitness Magazine: 8 Guilt Free Smoothie Recipes
Runner\'s World: Reasons to Eat Honey
Quick post with some helpful links and tips to get your workout or diet going.
Current Workout Songs
Last Friday Night by Katy Perry
Rain Over Me by Pitbull
Lighters by Bad Meets Evil
Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People
SELF Magazine: 6 High-Fat Foods That Are Good For You
SELF Magazine: Eating in 5 Places That May Make You Fat
Fitness Magazine: Healthy Lunches Under 400 Calories
A few quick ninja niblets for your enjoyment today…
According to an blurb in Fitness Magazine (June 2011),women who do a full body strength workout with weights score 13% higher on mental attention tests than those who just did bodyweight classes. Learning proper lifting techniques and form stimulates brain function which improves mental skills like memory and concentration. So pick up some weights and get lifting!
ScienceDaily.com wrote that part of the reason you can’t eat just one potato chip or one fry is that the fats produce marijuana like chemicals in your body making you eat them compulsively. These chemicals were not found in sugars or proteins but only in high fats. Craving a crunchy snack food? Try baby carrots, celery or chopped cucumbers instead.
Sorry I’ve been MIA this past weekend. I went out of town to visit family in Nebraska. It was awful—subzero temps and no access to a gym. Plus bad food. I feel disgusting and must confess I ate terribly and wasn’t physically active. That is all changing today. Back in my routine of healthy food and a good workout ahead of me. I just feel awful!
Some good news though, I am in the February issue of Fitness Magazine! I am on page 4 as a reader “I Did It” success story. It went on sale today, and will be on newsstands through early February. Woo hoo!!!!
I must take a few minutes to brag as I have some super exciting news. I have just received official word that I will be featured in the February issue of Fitness Magazine in their “I Did It” section. The “I Did It” section is a reader weight loss success story feature.
Readers can submit their weight loss success stories after they’ve kept their weight off a minimum of one year. I was interviewed this summer for this section, but finding out which issue I’d be in was a tedious waiting process.
The February issue will be released in January, and I’ll be signing autographs all day! LOL
If you have successfully lost weight and maintained your loss, submit your story to me on my “Success Stories” page to get you up on the Skinny Pink Ninja!