It’s Finally Snowing! Prepare to Shred.

It is FINALLY snowing in Tahoe, the one place in the country the polar vortex conveniently skipped (can’t say I’m too mad–going to the beach in January never gets old). It’s been completely barren at all of the resorts, despite the valiant efforts of all the snow-making crews. But now that it looks like winter has finally arrived, it’s time to hit the slopes! Continue reading

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Chicken is Clucking Great

via the Music City Hot Chicken Festival--must. go. to. Nashville! mchcf.blogspot.com/

via the Music City Hot Chicken Festival–must. go. to. Nashville! mchcf.blogspot.com/

I’ve told you how much I love to eat, but haven’t really talked about it that much. So here we go, my first food post… and it’s dedicated to chicken!

As far as I’m concerned, chicken breast is the best thing you can eat if you’re trying to get in shape. Besides the fact that it’s delicious, it’s good-for-you lean meat (very low fat-to-protein ratio), and it’s really versatile. By itself, it’s fairly bland, but it’s a really good vehicle for spices and sauces. You can also add it to otherwise meatless dishes without changing the flavor of the dish to boost the protein content, which is good for muscle recovery and growth, and will keep you fuller longer (promise!). Continue reading

Spin, Baby, Spin

I’ve expounded the joys of spinning to anyone who will listen, and have even dragged my mom and my best friend to classes (the boyfriend is next!). Spinning is AMAZING cardio – and it’s actually a really effective biking-specific training option, especially if you’re caught in the polar vortex and/or just don’t want to go outside. You’ll find that after a spinning session, everything is sore, even your upper body. Continue reading

How to work out when all you have is yourself

You don’t need to have a gym to get a good workout. I do happen to have a gym membership; I really like it and would encourage you to get one. But I know that sometimes it’s just not convenient to where you work or live, or you just don’t want to spend the money, or you’re not anywhere near the gym. That’s happened to me on occasion, whether I’m traveling, or I only have an hour before I have to be somewhere and the gym is not an option. When that happens, I usually get annoyed and don’t have a good workout because I’m just pissed off at the world and just say, “screw it.” First tip: don’t do that, because it’s not good for you and it doesn’t burn any calories. The extra calorie burn from the elevated heart rate is negligible and will NOT counteract that bowl of ice cream you will definitely have to calm yourself down. Believe me, I know. Continue reading