Peak Week OCR Gym Workout + Spartan Strong Life Time Fitness

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This post is sponsored by  Life Time Fitness, however all opinions, workout suggestions, and enthusiasm are strictly my own. 

In a perfect world, obstacle course racing training would happen in the great outdoors. What could be more magnificent (and challenging) than charging up a mountain, leaping across creeks and hauling around rocks and logs? But, let’s be real, for many of us, it’s hard to get to Mother Nature’s gym on a regular basis. Towel Pull Ups Life Time Fitness

Between work schedules, kid’s activities, inclement weather (cold and hot), and too many accidents running in the dark, I’ve redirected about 75% of my obstacle course training to the gym. I’ve been a member of Life Time Fitness for several months now and have never been at a loss for equipment to get a fierce solo workout accomplished, for a fun and motivating group fitness class to join, or for other amenities to keep me strong, adaptable and resilient for my upcoming Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe on Sept 30.  Read on to get my Peak Week Spartan Training Gym Workout and also find out about some ways that Life Time Fitness is helping me reach my athletic goals – and can you too! Continue reading

Bacon Asiago Roasted Broccoli

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You can’t go wrong with broccoli. It’s green and good for you filled with vitamins, fiber and other important nutrients. Even though it’s only 50 calories per cup, there are nearly 5 grams of protein in there! Bacon Asiago Roasted Broccoli

However, soggy, over-steamed broccoli is not a friend of mine; my kids run away screaming, too. But oven-roasted broccoli is another thing, the family fights over it . . . and my Bacon Asiago Roasted Broccoli takes this goodness to a whole ‘nutha level. Read on and get the recipe. Continue reading

Beef and Blue Cheese Monte Cristo with Cherries

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Sunday is National Monte Cristo Day (9/17), proving once again that we Americans love to celebrate all things food. The yummy dish reminds me of a collision between French toast and a lunch box ham sandwich – the traditional version, a favorite during my childhood, is made with ham and cheese book-ended between white bread, dipped in an egg mixture and then pan fried or even deep fried (gasp) with raspberry preserves and powdered sugar to garnish! Crazy yum!

Beef Blue Cheese Cherry Monte Cristo

Of course, I’m anything but traditional so today I’m sharing my even more brazen version of this classic sammie – a Beef Blue Cheese Monte Cristo with Cherries! Read on to get all the juicy details and recipe. Continue reading

15 Minute Full Body Blaster Workout with Surge® Storm

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If you’re like me, it’s the middle of the week and your attitude or schedule (or both) is getting in the way of a full gym workout. When my to-do list gets out of control and my stress starts to spike, a quickie workout always helps me kick my cranky mood in the butt. 15 Minute Full Body Workout with Hedstrom Fitness Surge Storm

I’ve put together a 15 Minute Full Body Blaster Workout using the Surge®  Storm from Hedstrom Fitness. Using just three movements that capitalize on the dynamic motion of the water inside the apparatus, you will kick up your heart rate and burn calories while working nearly every muscle known to man — or woman, as the case may be. Read on to get the workout and all the details. Continue reading

Pumpkin Maple Peanut Butter Panini with Bananas

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Busy morning school routines combined with dwindling daylight hours can make waking up in September a challenge. My boys have become snooze button beasts, but not anymore! They are up and at ‘em earlier with much more enthusiasm now that I’ve added some yummy breakfast eating options to the morning menu.

Pumpkin Maple Peanut Butter Panini with Pepperidge Farms Swirl Oatmeal Bread

We all are totally loving the new Pepperidge Farm Swirl Oatmeal breads, the thick and hearty whole grain slices make a yummy foundation for slathers for spreads, sandwich fillings, and such. Today, I’m sharing ways to use this delicious breakfast bread, including my Pumpkin Maple Peanut Butter Panini with Banana! Continue reading

7 Minute Anywhere Workouts for Everyone + Gerolsteiner Sparkling Detox

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This post sponsored by Gerolsteiner, but all editorial comments, opinions and enthusiasm are strictly my own.

I’m sharing 7 Minute Anywhere Workouts for Everyone, with beginner, intermediate and advanced versions. Do them at home, in your office, in your hotel, while you wait for kids to finish their music lessons and sports practices. No excuses, in a little less than half of a quarter-hour (or 560 seconds), you can mark “exercise” off your “to do” list – and still have time to pat yourself on the back for being so efficient and smart!

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You know what else is smart? Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. Read on to discover how this mineral water is a great hydration choice for an active lifestyle and find out how to join the Sparkling Detox Challenge, running September 11–15.

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Greek Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potato

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I remember when mom used to make whole-grain pancakes, sausage and a fruit salad for DINNER! She would always rationalize the “backwards night” by reminding us that we were getting all the food groups, like we could even hear her through the . Today, I realize that she had a point, it really doesn’t matter what you eat and when, as long as it’s balanced. So, why not put a spin on her flip-flop with dinner for breakfast!96 Greek_Breakfast_Sweet_Potato_Skins_three_fork

I’ve done green salads, rice bowls, and steak kebabs for a morning meal, these are all quite tasty before dawn breaks . . . and super easy if leftover! Today, I’m sharing Greek Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes, a perfectly portioned and perfectly delicious way to start your day. If you’re time-crunched and always quick grab that sugary pastry, give this recipe a try (it takes only 15 minutes) and I promise you’ll feel so much better. Continue reading