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A beautiful, inspiring short article about living from mindbodygreen:

I Feel Awesome at 75. Here’s How I Do It.

IMG_2685Such simple advice but why is it so hard to follow sometimes???

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Tuesday’s Full Body Workout

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Flashback to this past Tuesday:

During the past few weeks Mike and I have been trying to wake up a little earlier than normal so we can squeeze in a quick workout before we head off to work. One of my favorite quotes:

Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise (Ben Franklin)

Since Mike leaves the apartment early in the morning we try to get up about an hour or so before he has to leave. And it takes him like 20 minutes to get ready as opposed to me – I would need a little bit longer if it was me leaving ūüôā It’s great because we’re able to get in a really good workout in 30 minutes or less!

We try to alternate a running day with a strength day. This past Tuesday was a strength day and Mike put together an awesome workout for us (I’ll explain the moves below):

July 21 2015 Full Body Workout

The cool thing about this workout was that we were able to do it all in our apartment using only our bodyweight and a pair of dumbbells each (he used 30 pound dumbbells and I used 15 pound dumbbells). Since we’re still in the process of selling our house back in PA we don’t have any of our workout/gym equipment down here except a few small items. We know we can still stay in shape without joining a gym and using minimal equipment. Sometimes just using your own bodyweight is an amazing workout!

Exercise Descriptions

10-1 Reps:¬†Start by completing 10 V-Ups and then 10 Superman Rocks. Then complete 9 V-Ups and 9 Superman Rocks. Then do 8 and 8; 7 and 7…all the way to 1 V-Up and 1 Superman Rock. Complete the same sequence for Burpees and Standing Dumbbell Rows.

V-Ups: These work your abs so make sure to keep them nice and contracted throughout this exercise.

Superman Rocks: These are great back strengtheners. (And you can pretend you’re Superman at the same time!) Click here for a video tutorial.

Burpees: Burpees pretty much work every muscle in your body. Make sure you go all the way down to the ground and you finish by jumping and clapping overhead!

Dumbbell Standing Rows: I used 15 lb dumbbells – you want it to be challenging but it would be ideal to be able to get all 10 reps in without taking a rest.

Bulgarian Split Squats: Your legs will burn after you do these! These are a quick and easy way to tone your legs. (We used our bed as a bench since we were in our apartment and not in a gym).

Leg Levers: Press your back to the floor and really contract your abs when you do these. Again, these are a great ab exercise.

After completing this workout Mike and I were a little sore for a few days! It helps to stretch, foam roll, walk, etc afterwards to help minimize the soreness.

Happy working out!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Last weekend Mike and I spent Saturday night in watching a movie and basically just chilling. I was craving something sweet so I decided to whip up a batch of my favorite GF chocolate chip cookies! They are pretty simple and easy to make. Best of all – they taste great – especially right out of the oven! There’s nothing better than a freshly baked cookie! I got this recipe a while ago and have been tinkering with it ever since (unfortunately I honestly don’t know where I found the original recipe).

I usually double the recipe so we can have more cookies. Doubled recipe = approx. 36 cookies

GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Mix together the rice flour, almond four, baking soda, and salt in one bowl. In another bowl mix together the melted coconut oil, honey, egg, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix thoroughly. Add in the chocolate chips (and whatever else you would like – shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, raisins, etc).

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Once everything is mixed place the dough in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. During this time I preheat the oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop up a spoonful of cookie dough, roll it between your hands to create a ball and place on the cookie sheet. I use my palm to flatten the ball a little in order to create a cookie shape as opposed to have cookie balls. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes.

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Take out and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

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Weekend of Firsts

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Good morning on this beautiful Monday! This past weekend was pretty chill but flew by at the same time. Saturday morning (after we slept in of course!) was spent on the local high school track. We completed the following running workout:

Track Workout 72715Because we slept in til 8:30 and got to the track closer to 9-9:30 it was getting pretty humid by the time we completed this bad boy. Humidity = Kathleen not being able to breathe the best while running. Boooo. But overall it wasn’t too horrible. I’m not a fast person by any means so I just focused on the lap I was running as opposed to looking ahead and thinking how many more laps I had to do for the entire workout. Baby steps always help me! And on a side note – the term “baby steps” always reminds me of the movie What About Bob? Too Funny…

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And I digress. Back to Saturday – after showering and making some awesome protein smoothies Mike and I headed off to our next adventure…

costco-wholesale-logoMike and I are now proud card-carrying members of Costco! About a week or two ago we¬†heard about a $100 foam surfboard that Costco sells and were immediately interested. Ever since moving here to North Carolina we’ve been interested in learning to surf (I’ve never tried before) and perfecting our stand up paddle boarding (we’ve both done it a number of times and loved it!). Unfortunately both of those hobbies can be expensive and we weren’t looking to spend a ton of money on a surfboard. So when we heard about the deal at Costco we figured it was worth checking out.

In addition to a ton of organic food our Wavestorm surfboard was our first Costco purchase:

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Saturday afternoon was spent at the beach trying out our new purchase. And boy was it exhausting and frustrating hahaha The ocean was really choppy and rough so learning to surf for the first time was nearly impossible! We both spent a lot of energy and concentration just trying to stay on the board and paddle out over the crazy waves coming in. I definitely fell off a few times, never actually stood on a wave, and got tossed around a lot – but had fun! And at least we took some really awesome pics so at least we look like pros:

IMG_3018IMG_3026The rest of Saturday evening was spent making dinner at home, walking Bodhi, making delicious Paleo chocolate chip cookies and watching a movie. Definitely a productive, adventure-filled day!

Question

Have you ever tried surfing before? Any good beginner’s tips?