five things friday

September 19, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Blogging, Fivethings Friday, Rambles by lindsaymwright

I was going to write a little recap of the mud run we ran last Saturday, but I’d rather just ramble.  Let’s get to it.

1.  I’m wasting my life away watching all these Dana Lynn Bailey videos, leading up to Ms. Olympia this weekend.  Have you heard of Dana Lynn?  Flag Nor Fail?

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Dana Lynn won Ms. Physique Olympia last year and she’s headed back to Vegas to try and reclaim the title.  I don’t know really anything about her personally but I’m drawn to her amazing work ethic.  Could I ever do a bodybuilding competition??  Probably not.  I could do the workouts easy – it’s the diet stuff that would mess with my head.

Anyway, her husband has been doing these daily interviews/recaps of the days leading up to this weekend.  I’ve watched them all – wish her the best!

Would you ever do a bikini/bodybuilding contest??

2.  Speaking of diet, Travis and I have four days left in the 24 Day Advocare Challenge!  WOOT WOOT!  I’m excited to share our before and after shots as well as some other changes that we’ve made.  I also confess that I just ate a jellybean or two.  Smile  If you’re looking to step away from the brownies, cleanse your body, energize your workouts and just FEEL better, I suggest you try this Challenge!  I have nothing but great things to say!

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3.  I made a pretty (I really wanted to say SUPER right there but I know that I overuse that word ((because it’s so super awesome!)) so I went with “pretty”) easy dinner last night with our first spaghetti squash of the season.

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash, cooked
  • 1 pound 97-99% lean ground turkey, cooked
  • 1 container of your favorite hummus
  • 2-3 cups of spinach

After you cook the spaghetti squash (I microwave mine for 10 minutes in an inch of water – covered with clear plastic wrap) and the ground turkey, you simply combine all ingredients in a big bowl.  The steam/heat from the squash and turkey should wilt the spinach.  We eat this on a weekly basis when spaghetti squash is in season.  A perfect mix of healthy carbs, protein and fat!

4.  Local friends – I’ve got another outdoor BOOTCAMP coming up next Saturday, the 27th (which coincidentally is Travis’ birthday)!  If you’re looking for something different and like sweating with other people, come out and join us!  8AM at the Macon County Rec Park Shelter!  I promise it’s fun.

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5.  Lastly, I need help!  This is what our front room looks like right now:

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Full of Legos, thingamabobs and photography whoknowzitz galore.  After I reclaim this beautiful space, I need a COUCH and two CHAIRS.  Oh, and a rug!  Any design help you can give, I’d greatly appreciate!  I know that I want it to look pretty modern and I’m thinking the couch should be a Chesterfield or something similar.  Help!

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QUESTION:  What’s your Friday thing?  Any plans for the weekend??

splendid…lindsay

P.S.  You can still get 20% off a Muscle Rope when you use the code “LINDLIST914”!  I just bought another outdoor rope for myself!  Go now!

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stove tops, boiled cookies, no-bakes….i won’t give up on you

September 17, 2014 in Blog, Dessert, Food, Recipe by lindsaymwright

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These cookies are my very favorite in all the world.  I think I like them for their simplicity and the fact that I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  I.e. “on a whim” cookies.  This can be a good and a bad thing, as there’s really nothing stopping you from making these bad boys every single week.  Except your thighs.  Your thighs might scream in protest.

I’ve had a problem lately though.

For the past 5 (ok maybe 10 years), I haven’t been able to make these cookies set up.

I’ve quadruple-checked the recipe.  I’ve measured once, twice, three times.  I’ve used less milk, more milk, less boiling time, more.  And before you tell me not to make them on rainy days, I already know that tip.  We wait until the sun is blazing at high noon before I even dare pull the pot out.  Sometimes I’ll get a fluke batch that sets up, but I believe my failure rate is 90 percent.

They just do not work for me.

But that doesn’t stop me from making them.  Because they taste even BETTER on a spoon.  Because Clara “yoves” them.

And because I’m not a quitter.

Stove Top Cookies

(my mama’s recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp. dark cocoa
  • 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine first four ingredients in a pot.  Heat until boiling.  Allow to boil for 2 minutes.  Stir in last three ingredients.  Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.  Allow 15-30 minutes to set up.  (or just eat them with a spoon)

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QUESTION:  Do you have a recipe that just will NOT work for you??  I’m afraid to ask…but what are you tips on these cookies?

splendid…lindsay

introducing the refresh summit

September 16, 2014 in Blog, Blogging by lindsaymwright

I’m not sure how you would define my blog. 

Healthy living?  Fitness?  Family?  Lifestyle?  I really don’t know exactly where it lies, no do think it needs a genre.  I think my blog likes to have it’s hands in a lot of different pots – it’s very flighty.  One area that I do write about from time to time is my FAITH.  My belief in God is what defines so much of who I am and what I do that to NOT talk about my faith would seem unnatural.  Plus I’d like to think that God uses me and this platform in some capacity.  I pray that actually, all the time – that I might be an empty vessel that He would just fill up with His words and His vision and that I would stay out of the way.

When Bobbi (who I originally met at BLEND!) reached out to me about hosting a Body Image workshop at the upcoming Refresh Summit, I JUMPED at the opportunity!  A weekend spent in fellowship, worship and fitness sounds like someplace I want to be (Porter’s tagging along!)!  You might too…that’s why I invited Bobbi to share more about Refresh!

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Hi Friends!

My name is Bobbi and I blog over at nHerShoes and I am excited about guest posting today here on Lindsay’s wonderful blog!!! I am thrilled to share with all of you about my heart and my passion the Refresh Summit of 2014!!! This retreat is the perfect mix of fun, fitness, faith and friends! I have always wanted to go to a fitness and faith based retreat and last year I hosted my first retreat in the beautiful Southern California Mountains! You can check out a full recap over at my blog nHerShoes.

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Our Mission

The Refresh Summit is a time to get away with friends old and new, to be inspired to live a life rooted in Christ and to find a healthy balance of fitness and faith! If you are looking for some motivation and accountability, time of pure refreshment, and just plain old fun and laughter, then please join us!

Who

Anyone can attend! Come from near, far or even in our backyard, we want you! Limited to 50 people so sign up today! We are already 1/3 full!

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What

We will have amazing speakers, worship, workshops focusing on fitness, as well as healthy eating. We will also be enjoying lots of healthy, clean eats and, of course, some awesome SWAG! Some of the fun classes we will have are, PIYO, Bootcamp (with me), Body Image Workshop with the beautiful Lindsay Wright (HEY!!!  That’s MEEEEE!!), ZUMBA and much more!

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Where & When

November 14-16, 2014 at Deer Run Retreat Center in Franklin, Tennessee!

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Join us in the Ultimate Girlfriend Adventure! This retreat is for women who are looking for a fresh breath of air. It will be a time to fellowship with other women who are constantly on the go. You can do as much or as little as you want to. This weekend is about stepping back, breathing in, and enjoying all that God has in store for you.

Sign Up

You can sign up here today: http://www.refreshsummit.com/registration/. Your ticket includes all of your meals Friday-Sunday and your lodging.

*We are also looking for some ladies that would love to teach a class, lead a craft, or have a nutrition background. If you are interested please email me at nhershoes at gmail dot com.

You can email me at nhershoes@gmail.com if you have any questions at all!!

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QUESTION:  If you blog, what GENRE would you classify yourself as??

splendid…lindsay

top four postpartum weight loss mistakes and easy fixes

September 15, 2014 in Advocare, Baby, Blog, Body, Diet, Motherhood, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

Losing weight after pregnancy is HARD.  Sure, there are the select few who somehow look better after they’ve popped out a little one (not fair!), but those ladies are few and far between.  For the great majority, the old rule of, “Nine months to gain, nine months to take it off,” holds true and even then it might take a little longer.  But what happens when you give weight loss your best efforts and you just aren’t seeing the results you’d like?  Here are four reasons why your weight loss efforts could be stalled and how to fix them!

Weight Loss Stalled?  What Gives??

You aren’t working out enough.

You make it to the gym when you can, which often equates to twice a week.  Aim for at least four days of moderate to strenuous exercise – five days would be optimal.  If you’re short on time, you can try TABATA training or HIIT, two wonderful training methods that burn a great deal of calories in a short amount of time.  Try to leave the gym with some sweat on your brow!

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You live at the gym!

Working out has become your daily escape (and for some, a way to be able to eat whatever you want).  If you’re spending hours a day working out and not seeing results, you could be exercising TOO MUCH (read here for signs that you might be overexercising).  When we don’t allow our bodies time to rest and recover, we can actually damage our metabolism which makes it really hard to lose weight.  Make sure you aren’t overdoing it by incorporating at least one, if not two, rest days per week.

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You’re snacking too much!

A post workout smoothie, nibbles of our toddler’s mac and cheese and a daily bedtime snack of ice cream – innocent enough on their own but when made into daily habits, these 200-300 calorie snacks can be the underlying culprit.  If you’re looking to lose one pound of fat per week, you’ll need too end the week with a 3,500 calorie DEFICIT, or a 500-calorie per day deficit.  One of the best weight loss tips?  KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL and write down every single thing that goes into your mouth.  Not only will provide insight into exactly how many calories you’re consuming, but you’ll also be more apt to forgo those spoonful’s of Junior’s mac and cheese!

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You aren’t eating ENOUGH.

Just as one can eat too much, it’s also easy to overly restrict calories, especially when we’re hoping to lose weight quickly.  Please beware:  If you fall under 1,200 calories per day, you could send your body into “starvation mode”, decreasing your metabolism and telling the body to hold on to whatever you feed it.

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For an active 150-pound woman, you’ll need to aim for at least 1,500-1,800 calories per day.  If you’re nursing, you’ll want to aim for 1,800 to 2,200 calories per day!  Dropping below your daily caloric requirements might actually be leading you to GAIN weight!  Try focusing on whole foods (think vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats) and steer clear of processed, prepackaged foods.

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I’m currently sitting about 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I only know that because of this Advocare Challenge (I don’t normally weigh myself).  In the end, I think it’s really important to stress SELF LOVE when it comes to postpartum weightloss.  Your body isn’t SUPPOSED to look like it did before.  It’s just done the most magnificent and complex work that it will ever do!!  So say thank you, nourish it with healthy foods and daily movement and focus on the NEW, IMPROVED you!  Stretch marks, belly pooch, mom jeans and all.

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QUESTION:  Any HEALTHY tips that you’d like to add that other mamas might need to hear??

splendid…lindsay

10 day advocare cleanse – travis’ take!

September 12, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog by travisvwright

Happy happy {HAPPY} Friday, friends!!  I’m sick over here.  Wahhhh.  Porter and I have a head cold – fevers, yellow snot, all that jazz so I called in the big guns for today’s post.  You already know that Travis and I are in the middle of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  What you might NOT know is that the first 10 days of the Challenge, you “cleanse” your body of all toxins to prep it for the last 14 days.  Since we’re finished with that stage of the plan, I asked Travis to share his experience and insight about the first 10 days.  (Which btw, he ROCKED!) 

Take it away, babe!

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Recently I agreed to do the 24 Day Advocare Challenge.  We are in the middle right now.  But the 24 Day Challenge is the 10 Day Adovcare Cleanse and then a 14 day other thing Lindsay will probably nag me to write about in…well in roughly 14 days.  So today I’m here to tell you what to expect from the 10 Day Advocare Cleanse.  (I’m talking the real hardcore one not the safe-for-nursing-mothers-wimpy version Lindsay’s been doing.) <-lol…Lindsay here.  Here’s what I’ve been doing.

What It Is

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The Cleanse system is a combination of probiotics, fiber, vitamins/minerals/antioxidants, Fatty acids and energy support.  The first day goes like this, on waking drink a Spark (amino acid and b6/b12), with breakfast you add the fiber drink, with dinner you take some fish/flax oil in pill form, then you end the night with the vitamin/mineral/antioxidant pills (Echinacea, C, Milk Thistle, cranberry extract, garlic and a bunch of other similar stuff).  On day four you drop the fiber drink and add in the probiotic. Then on day 8 you add back the fiber drink, and for the last three days are taking the full barrage of toxin destroying body and soul purifying supplements.

What It’s Like

…havin’ a roni.   Wait no, um, so my experience with it.  First off it’s crazy easy you go down the daily check list and check things off.  When I was young I had a heart murmur and when I went to the dentist for some reason I had to swallow 6 horse pills each time.  For a six year old that was pretty tough.  But it has served me well in that taking pills now ain’t no thing.  If it was, this whole program would be kind of a pain.  So it’s easy.  That’s the whole point really.  It’s one box, it’s got everything you need all broken down into timed sections and a checklist.  I’m not going to drone on about efficacy or double blind placebo controlled blah blah blah, or that you couldn’t build your own system of top quality components and possibly even save a couple dollars.  The benefit of this program is all of the work is done for you, ingredients, doses and amounts all already planned out partitioned and prepared.

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1. Order it

2. Ingest things when it says to

3. …

4. Profit

 But Does It Work?

As far as effect it’s not one of those things were you get to say, “It really decreased my toxin levels.”  If you have toxin levels that are palpable then pretty much any program that’s not “continue taking toxin pills” is going to help.  Also I’ve always really disliked any program that uses the, “when used as part of a healthy diet and exercise program” phrase.  Do you know what helps your health “when part of a healthy diet and exercise program”?  Literally everything.  But a couple packs of pills isn’t going to do you any real good.  Not long term anyway.  That’s not the goal and that’s not the claim.  But what this can do is help you with the real change that needs to be made.  If you’re body does a poor job of harvesting nutrients from food, it’s going to require a lot more food to get it’s necessary nutrients.  Also by giving you the nutrients in a bioavailable form your cravings for sugars (your bodies way of asking for fruit, the natural nutrient packed food).  Everyone I’ve talked to that has gone through this phase (even the wimpy-safe-for-nursing version) has commented on the reduced sugar cravings.  Making the transition to a diet of more whole food easier to adjust to and more likely to last.

 

So given all that, I can’t accurately attribute benefit to the supplements vs. the dietary changes.  But regardless, I’m happy with the results.  So the burning boring question’s answer is Yes I have lost weight, actually I’ve dropped 4.8 pounds.  But that’s not the point nor the goal of this part.  The real benefit, that might be attributed to this section, is how much better my skin is getting.  Now as well as dropping my nightly Ice Cream, I’ve avoided all dairy entirely.  So saying that it’s the cleanse purifying my being as opposed to some mild allergy to milk proteins, isn’t a 100% sure thing.  But I’m not doing either alone I’m doing them together and doing them together works really well.

 

That’s all for now I’ll be back when the entire challenge is over.

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QUESTION:  Ever tried a “cleanse”?  Ever tried any food elimination for skin issues?

splendid…lindsay

movemore tanks & tees + a trackstar workout

September 10, 2014 in #trackstars, Blog, Fitfluential, MoveMore Fitness, Pinterest, Workout by lindsaymwright

Well hello Wednesday!  Nice to make it halfway through this week – it’s been a busy one!

A few of you have asked about MoveMore Fitness TANKS & TEES.  I’m SO proud of these shirts – the tanks are nice and flowy and I LOVE the design.  We’re working with a great company called Forever Fierce and so far I’ve been extremely pleased with their service (hello…I have no idea what I want..can you help me figure this out?!!).

Women’s Tanks

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Women’s Tees

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Men’s Tees

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Both the tanks and tees are $25 (plus $2 to ship).  I’m putting in an order next MONDAY, so if you’re interested please email me at lindsayslist@gmail.com before then!  I’m excited to see these on my friends and family!!  I thank you in advance for supporting this little business!

I’ve got a workout to share today!!

This past Saturday I had my biggest Trackstars group EVER!!!  FIFTEEN people showed up!  The nature of this group training business is interesting.  While I know the numbers of attendees in some of my afternoon groups, I never know how many people will show up to the Saturday workout – sometimes it can be five people who love to run or 10 people with various injuries/fitness levels that I need to accommodate.  Designing a workout on the fly that will a) give everyone a good sweat and b) is SAFE …. it can be a challenge.  Luckily, I’m good at thinking on my toes and I can go to my “brain catalog” for exercises and modifications when needed.

I’ve had this particular workout planned for a couple of months and it just never really fit the group of people that I was training.  I decided to give a little Facebook warning (“Tomorrow’s workout will be running-intensive.  Wear appropriate shoes/clothing!”) and waited to see who would show up.  Turns out people love a good challenge.  Smile

Here’s what we did:

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Obviously, the scheme is a descending run with ascending bodyweight extras (aside from the push-ups).  This workout can be done at the local track or anywhere that you know what a mile looks like.  Every movement is bodyweight and can be easily modified to suit most any fitness level.  I had some of the ladies cut out the first mile set and they still had an amazing workout.  I recorded everyone’s time so that we can use it as a benchmark workout – we’ll probably revisit it in a month or so!!

Try it sometime!  Pin it for later!

QUESTION:  What’s your favorite thing to do at the TRACK?  <-I’m a long distance girl so anything over 800 meters.

splendid…lindsay