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Walk This Way…and Goat Cheese Love

Posted Sep 14 2011 1:58pm

Happy hump day everyone! Hope you’re all having a fabulous day so far. I loved reading all your comments yesterday…seems a lot of you like to take at least 2-3 days off from exercising (which I think is a perfect amount!), and a lot of you enjoy Almond Milk in your smoothies and cereals. I love it too and also like to enjoy it as dessert in a cold glass with a piece of chocolate! However I really do not like almond flavored cookies like marzipan, or almond biscotti, ick! I know I’m a complex eater ;)

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Taking this week off from exercise got me thinking about workouts I want to get back into come this Saturday and during the work week. Many of you such as the lovely Sarah , family, friends, and women in my shoes who I’ve received advice from, have suggested I start doing the simple yet very effective workout, walking! And did you know that many health benefits come from walking? My mom (thanks mom!) gave me this great article about walking and I wanted to share it all with you…

When it comes to exercise, running isn’t the only way to see results. Michele Stanten, fitness director at Prevention magazine, outlines the Walk Off Weight (or WOW) Program in a book of the same name. By alternating high-intensity activity with lower-intensity recovery periods, the program helps you burn fat and increase weight loss. Here are some other reasons to give walking a try:

When you’re staying active, disease-fighting cells circulate through your body. Daily walking can lead to a higher-functioning immune system, which can mean fewer colds and flus and help protect you against conditions like heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

Walking can help provide natural antioxidants and nutrients to your joints, muscles and bones. A walking regimen can help reduce stiffness, aches and pains.

Walking for just 30 minutes a day can give you that extra boost you need to add another component to your workout. So once you’ve been on a walking program for a few days, you might feel ready to add a bike ride on top of that.

Every time you walk, your body releases endorphins that make you feel good and relieve stress. Just think of it as a twofer: a way to improve fitness and your emotional state at the same time.

Because walking regularly can help improve your mood, lower your stress levels and reduce pain, it’s no wonder it also can help you sleep more soundly. (source)

Like I mentioned yesterday, I tend to have an “all or nothing” attitude, and I have perceived working out with this mentality. When I’m at the gym it’s “go big or go home” – that hour of my workout is at a pretty high intensity and I don’t feel like I’ve worked out unless sweat is dripping off of me. I’ve realized though that having this mindset is stressful in and of itself! I forget that this doesn’t have to be the case every single time I workout. Certainly high intensity training has it’s many benefits like building heart and muscle strength, but lower intensity exercises serves a very important purpose as well, such as to rebuild and recover your muscles, relieve stress, and clear your mind. In all areas of life, and the key word I always like to come back to, is balance. For health purposes, I think our bodies just simply want to move and thrive off of any form of movement, either it be a nice walk outside with the fresh air or a sweaty heart pumping spin class…both are beneficial to our minds, bodies, and souls. So for now I’ll be packing away my spin shoes for another day, and dusting off those sneakers to get ready for a nice walk outdoors this weekend…I think my Vitamin D and pale skin will thank me for that too ;)

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I like to think that the hubby and I have esp every now and then, and he certainly did last night because this was waiting for me to dig into right when I got home…

That would be my new goat cheese love…

Cranberry & Orange Goat Cheese from Whole Foods

Along with these new crackers that I’m absolutely loving…they’re perfectly salty and sweet!

…along with some Food Network magazine on the side ;) thanks sissy!

Dinner was a chicken salad…and in looking at these pictures I noticed little “restaurant touches” to my meal…such as fanning out my sliced chicken to pretty it up!

…with an artichoke on the side

…and a couple slices of bread with real butter which is always a restaurant treat to me…hey it’s the little things ;)

…and ended on a sweet note, just like I like to do at restaurants…

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Today was a dreary, foggy one here in my neck of the woods so a nice pipping hot bowl of oatmeal sounded perfect! I can sense my fall/winter taste buds are coming back!! :)

Quaker Instant Hazlenut Latte flavored Oats made with 1/3 cup whole milk, cup of frozen berries, 2 tbsp. PB2 peanut butter

Hope you’re all having a fabulous day so far and it’s all downhill from here until the weekend! Whoo hoo!

Questions:
Do you enjoy walking as a form of exercise?
What kinds of low intensity workouts do you incorporate into your routine?

Do you like goat cheese? What kinds are your favorite? I’d love to know new brands/flavors that are out there!
Do you do any “restaurant touches” to your meals to make you feel like you’re fine dining at home?


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