The Healthiest Cereals.

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When we think cereal, we may automatically think “woah, tons of sugar! Stay away!!”. But that necessarily isn’t the case. I love cereal! I could almost eat it for every meal. With a nice warm cup of coffee on the side. :)

But, and this might be hard to accept, the cereal boxes with the prizes inside are usually the unhealthy ones. So do avoid those.

Here are a list of some of the healthiest cereals to throw in your cart the next time your at the grocery store. Nutritional facts based on a one cup serving size:

  • Cascadian Farms Hearty Morning (170 calories, 8g of Fiber, 4g of Protein)
  • Cascadian Farms Multi-grain Squares (210 calores, 4g of Fiber, 5g of Protein)
  • Erewhon Raisin Bran (170 calories, 6g of Fiber, 5g of Protein)
  • General Mills Cheerios (100 calories, 3g of Fiber, 3g of Protein)
  • General Mills Kix (110 calories, 3g of Fiber, 2g of Protein)
  • Genreal Mills Total (100 calories, 3g of Fiber, 2g of Protein)
  • Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Whole Wheat Biscuits (180 calories, 5g of Fiber, 6g of Protein)
  • Kashi GoLean Vanilla Graham Clusters (170 calories, 9g of Fiber, 11g of Protein)
  • Quaker Honey Nut Oatmeal Squares (212 calories, 4g of Fiber, 6g of Protein)

I also like to throw in a bunch of fruit into my bowl to spice up life a bit.

Sweater Weather.

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It’s been cloudy & rainy the past couple days. Kind of like how the whole summer as been. But I’m not complaining because I actually don’t mind this weather. Gives me a reason to wear my fall wardrobe & I looooooove fall!

I worked out for two hours last night. Now we all know I run all the time. I’m a runaholic. But I actually did a workout tape with my gal pal Katie and boy, am I out of shape. Yes, I can go run 10 miles right now (my knee might act up but I can still do it) but weight lifting? I’m a wuss in the category.

The tape had us doing a bunch of squats, arm & ab exercises and push ups. It’s an understatement to say my body is wore out today. But it was awesome! I’ve been doing push ups and squats on my own for awhile now but not to the extent of last nights work out tape. I can’t wait to do the next one! I’m excited to see my muscles get more defined throughout this process and to see my hard work pay off.

So since I am sore today I am definitely sporting my favorite comfy sweater.

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5 Min. Workout.

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“Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality.”

Check out this article on how even a 30 min walk a couple times a week can significantly help you stay healthy…. and then go for a run. :)

Bargain Shopper.

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I’m in love with my fabulous $10 Kimono I found during a warehouse sale.

Tips for Your First Race.

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Heading into your first big race?

Well, you’re not alone. We have all been there. I have my second half marathon next weekend and my first full marathon in a little over a month.

Your first big race is a big event. It’s an experience you’ve never gone through before so you have no expectations of what will happen. I had the obvious fears of “Will I be last? Will I even be able to finish?!” that everyone has before their first race. But hey, we all make it out alive. We sign up for these races to push ourselves mentally & physically, and that we do! But with every goal we set for ourselves there are ups and downs on the path to succeeding. So here are a few tips to make that path a little smoother for first timers:

  • Sign up right away! If you’ve paid for the race than you’re more likely to stick to your training.
  • Find a training plan online. There are a ton of them out there – here are my marathon & half marathon training plans I’ve used. I like to use a training plan as more of a guide to know what mileage I should be at. I’m not a strict follower like other runners are. Find a happy balance for yourself of how you would like to use the training plans.
  • Plan your long runs for your weekends or long days. I have a tendency to shorten my longer runs if I plan them on days I work so I am better off planning my long runs for the weekends.
  • Practice “race day” mindset on your long run days. If you are planning on carrying a water bottle or eating gels on race day then practice these on your long runs. Also, whatever outfit your planning on wearing on race day – wear this outfit on one of your longer runs. That way if your shorts ride up or your shirt fits weird, you’ll know to switch it up. You want to be your most comfortable!
  • If you’re planning on carb loading, do it two days before the race or for lunch the day before the race. This gives your body time to digest. If you leave it for the night before you may still be feeling full and heavy the next morning.
  • Get up early on race day. You’ll want enough time to eat a small breakfast (I like half a bagel and half a banana before my races) get ready and make it to the race sight with plenty of time to spare.
  • Don’t freak yourself out. Try to stay calm as much as possible. Start out at an easy pace. Put your headphones in or talk with your running buddy. The finish will come sooner than you think & you’ll be planning for your next race!

 

Vaca Recap.

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Colorado was absolutely amazing.

Perfect end of summer vacation that I wish would’ve never ended. We flew into Denver on Friday and explored the city for the whole day. Saturday we raged at Reggae on The Rocks at the most beautiful venue in the world. Then Sunday we did some more exploring in Golden.

Yes, go ahead and be jealous of the gorgeous scenery I was surrounded by this last weekend.

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