An Easty Introduction of Running in your Workouts!

IMG_8667Hi you guys, how are you?

I’m Gaby and i’m new at this blogging thing!!

My sister in-law, Yoggi, convinced me to join-in the healthy blogging team, and to share my experiences with u!

Well,  I love exercising, it makes you feel good and it makes you look good so it’s a win-win, isn’t ?

When I first started this fitness/healthy life style I was kinda lost about what to do, and how to do it!  So I went looking for help with trainers; at first, it was horrible!! No one would pay attention to me because I was chubby and unfit, and that made me feel a little bad about myself…but I knew I had to keep my head up and push throug, so  I continued to search  for someone with the knowledge and experience that I needed and wanted!

When I finally found the right trainer, stared loosing weight  and seeing changes in my body, I became motivated to do more and more! But I knew I had to start little by little, and slowly introduce new activities my workout rutines; so I tried running first, it was something different  and challenging, and let me tell you something, I LOVED IT!!!

When u finish the feeling the adrenaline that sensation that you can do anything and conquer the world (lol)!!!

IMG_8671So, if you want to try and add running into your fitness or workout routines, but you’ve never done it and don’t really know how to start,  here are some tips that helped me get started and even prepared me to run my first 10k!

Week 1: To start out and get some cardio progress going I recommend intervals of 5 mins walking  and 1-2 mins running; so walk for 5 mins, then run for 1-2 mins, walk and run, walk and run….do it for about 20 min or 30 mins.

Week 2:  Start walking 3 mins and then run for 2 mins, again in intervals for 2o mins.

Week 3:  By this time, hopefully, after all that training your body will ask you for more, your resistance will have increased and you will have to challenge yourself more. So, walk 1 min and run 5 mins, in intervals for 20 mins.

IMG_8672Week 4: Time to see what we’ve got! Run for the entire 20 min; after this week, simply start pushing yourself and try to run a couple mins more each day!

I stared that abut a year ago and today I can run 10k or run on a treadmill at the gym for 45-60 min!! Seeing my Progress is the best reward!

I hope I can help some of you through your own fitness and health journey!

Ps: if you live near some park o some place nice with view, Run There!!! It’s so good to clear your head and play some good tracks too, these little tricks help you stay motived during your runs!! I live in Venezuela and this is one of parks I like to run in…check out the scenery!!

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Gaby.

 

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Egg Mini-Muffins for Breakfast

egg muffins 2Hey, Hey, Hey!!

In Other news, this past months I made the decision of fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming a Pastry Chef! So I have decided to go back to school and learn all there is to learn about food, baking, cooking! I am so excited I cannot describe it!!!!!

At the same Time I got to join into a Catering Team of Chefs, called Tip The Chef! Which means I actually get to cook for people!

For these reasons, even though school doesn’t start for another month, I have started baking a little more than usual!!

Today for breakfast, I decided to take:

Ingredients

  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 4-6 Tablespoons of Minced Meat
  • Loads of veggies: Zucchini, Carrots, Celery, Sweet Peas, Onions, whatever you like!

 

  • All I did is chop the vegetables and sautee them
  •  mix the veggies in with the minced meat (which was my leftovers from dinner the night before and you can see how I make it in my Zucchini Boats Recipe), then beat the egg whites and mix all the ingredients together.
  • Add Salt and Pepper to Taste, and place in Muffin Tin or in a Muffin Making Machine (I got one last Christmass! hurray! ) and bake until the egg is completely set, about 10 mins or less!
  • Little TIP: Fill out the muffin tins only about half way full, they will sort of “grow” as they bake…so better make them smaller and avoid a mess later!! 

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This is a protein-filled breakfast! I didn’t even use oil to make it! It’s as healthy as it gets!! I served it with some Avocado and YUM, YUM, YUM!!

Enjoy your Breakfast!!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Hello September Runs!!!

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So I’ve been kind of M.I.A this past month, unfortunately is not that I’m being lazy or summering, I’ve been busy with introducing the newest member of our family: Amy!

We found her abandoned in the middle of the road a couple hours away from Athens. She was really underweight, had patches of hair missing and all sorts of ticks stuck to her skin! She is also still a puppy, probably around 6 months. We simply could not just leave her in the road, so we brought her back home with us! Lucky for us, she is really quite and submissive, which means she gets along perfectly well with our Bulldog, Sheldon!

amy 2If you have dogs, then you know how time consuming it is to house train them! So, for most of this past month I’ve allocated my time and energy into training Amy and getting her adjusted to our routine. On the flip side, I found my forever loyal workout buddy, the sexiest “biatch” I have ever worked out with: my sweet little Amy!!

Because she is a puppy and super energetic, she actually needs to RUN when she wakes up to get all of her energy out! This is great for me because now I can officially include a 30 minute run into amy runs 4my workout routine (that’s all we can handle for now, it is terribly hot in Athens!). For me, this is the best way to start the day, not only does it benefit every part of your body, but it is also the cheapest workout anyone can do and, as an added bonus, I feel it actually lifts my mood! I’ll admit it, I’m not a morning person! LOL

So what was/is my workout routine this summer?!?

Believe it or not, for the entire month of August I did not really workout, I basically spent most days taking Amy for  several walks a day. At the beginning when she was still weak she would get tired easily, but as she gets stronger and healthier she gets more energetic! (Now Her energy levels in comparison to our Bulldog’s are just off the chart!) So now, I’ve been slowly introducing the runs, the past 10 days or so we’ve been running. So, I’ve been getting my cardio done, even if I haven’t done anything to tone up my muscles!

Walking and Running, running and walking, plus a combination of Eating Balanced is what has kept my weight in check this summer! Slowly, slowly, I’ll be able to start introducing again my other activities into my routine, like my Zumba dancing and my Blogilates workouts! But for now, I am just extremely excited to have a running buddy that is just so awesome and cute!!

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xoxo,

Yoggi B.