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.

 

Egg Mini-Muffins for Breakfast

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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!!!

Amy 1Hey, hey, hey!!

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.

Do It Yourself: 3 Layers Bracelet Holder

Hi Everyone!

photo 3 (42)Its been a while since last time I shared a DIY Project on Yoggi’s blog.

Today, I want to give you another resourceful idea to keep organized your bracelets and other “arm fashion”.

My bracelet organization situation has been a problem in the past, so I needed to find a way to make it functional! I’ve been collecting a lot of scrap materials, that by the way you can easily get from your local supermarket, and I think I’ve got enough for this DIY project .

I thought it would be a good idea to make something that goes with my personal style, and to make it so it would be functional for keeping my “arm candies” (jewelry) organized, but also a stylish decoration for any corner of my room!

The process is really easy and low cost!!!

So here’s my fun Do it Yourself Project idea:

Materials

  • Cuter, Ruler, Glue and Scissors

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  • 3 Empty tubes of tin foil (you can use the tube of a kitchen  paper roll or cling film if you prefer)

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  • Wall paper (color of your choice)

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  • A Box (Slide Cut) and you want to make sure your empty tin foil tubes are larger than the width of the box.

 How to Make It

1. First we’ll need to cut out the desired shape for the box. I found it is much easier if you just find a already slide cut box  from a supermarket, like in the picture above, otherwise just cut the box giving it a “slide/waved” shape.

2. Placing the Curving hook, the tin-foil tube:

  • Take the tin foil tube on the side of the box, we’ll need to cut out “handles” for the tube to sit on top of. Place the middle of the tube on one of the sides of the box and start tracing and marking the spot. Repeat this process on the other side of the box and for all three of your tubes. Make sure the marking is straight on both sides.

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  • Then take the cutter or scissors and start cutting a semi-circle shape, cutting all the way to the top edge of the box, making a “hook-like” shape, like shown below:

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3. Placed the empty foil tubes, making sure it fits and is straight. It should look something like this:

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4. Cover the box and tubes with Wall paper or wrapping paper. Feel free to mix and match different colors or to just go for one uniform one! I actually decided to just cover the whole thing with black wall paper, both box and tubes, just so that it would be easier to recognized the colors in my bracelets and watches.

  • When doing this, Prepare the box first by covering first the edges with the black electric tape or using thin strip of wall paper to wrap the edges. Start placing to the edges by pushing the tape and cutting the sides so that it looks smoother. Like this:

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  • Cover the rest of the box with your wall or wrapping paper.

  • Do the same for the Empty foil tubes:

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And Voila’!… Here is the finished product for the Do It Yourself  3 Layer Bracelet Holder:

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Now my lovely bracelets and watches are properly displayed and I want the world to see how I did it!!!

Hope you enjoy this project.

Annie B. 🙂

 

I decided to get crafty again this weekend! I knew I needed to organize my jewelry because it was getting a little out of hand. I also knew that I didn’t want to put all of my bracelets away in my jewelry chest because I wanted to display them as well as organize themRead More: Gettin’ Crafty with Kiesha: DIY Bracelet Holder | http://wild104fm.com/gettin-crafty-with-kiesha-diy-bracelet-holder/?trackback=tsmclip
I decided to get crafty again this weekend! I knew I needed to organize my jewelry because it was getting a little out of hand. I also knew that I didn’t want to put all of my bracelets away in my jewelry chest because I wanted to display them as well as organize themRead More: Gettin’ Crafty with Kiesha: DIY Bracelet Holder | http://wild104fm.com/gettin-crafty-with-kiesha-diy-bracelet-holder/?trackback=tsmclip

Fashion Picks: Summer Handbag

Hey, hey, hey!

It may sound absolutely “Geeky” to say, but the truth of the matter is that I get most of my “High Fashion Advice” from my MOM! When you start seeing her fashion picks you will understand why….but in all honesty, my mom is a real Fashionista! I believe she could have easily been a stylist to the stars or something because she really has impeccable taste!

My mom lives in Venezuela whereas I live in Greece, so every so often she will send me cute “care packages” with cute outfits for the coming season!

This week I got my “Summer Care Package” and here’s my mom’s pick for a Cute and Classy Summer Handbag:

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I feel Hot Pink is really “in” this season…though Pink has always been one of my favorite colors, so it may just be my impression! lol

I think this bag is absolutely gorgeous!! What do you think??

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

 

Homemade Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • Oatmeal Bars 81 Cup of Oat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Flour
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey or Agave Nectar,
  • or 3-4 tbs of Sugar or Sweetener
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Filling: 

You can use anything you want as a filling! I personally decided to make a few different ones: Regular Sugar-Free Strawberry Jam; Peanut Butter and Strawberry jam (both sugar-free); and Chocolate and Peanut Butter (also both sugar-free)

  • Preheat oven at 200 C

Oatmeal Bars 6I got the idea to make these bad boys when I asked my mom to send my from Venezuela some Protein Granola Bars or Quest Bars if she found (they don’t sell those in Greece). Anyways, my mom did not really have ANY CLUE of what I was asking her for…but she still said she would find them! In the end, she sent me a care package with these Quaker Oatmeal Bars (not even close to what I wanted) that weren’t bad, but weren’t really tasty either….

When I tried them I thought: I like the crunchiness and taste of the actual bar, but the strawberry filling is Terrible!! So I kept trying to mask the bad flavor by adding my own sugar-free strawberry jam on top and peanut butter and what not…..Finally, one day I decided to just go for it and make my own version of these Oatmeal bars….

Here’s how I did them:

  • oatmeal bars 1I make both the Oat Flour and Almond Flour by placing the required amount in a blender and blend it until it has a flour-like texture.
  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon, fork or your hands until it becomes a dough ball.
  • Divide the dough in 5 equal pieces and place on a flat, clean surface so that you can stretch the dough using a rolling pin. Basically we want to end up with 5 square pieces of dough.
  • Using a knife or cookie cutters, feel free to make some cute design on the one side of your dough.
  • Oatmeal Bars 3Choose your fillings! You don’t need very much of it, only about 1 tablespoon or 2 per bar. If you choose Sugar-Free Jam, just add it directly to the bar, however, if you choose chocolate or peanut butter, make sure you melt them a bit in the microwave so that they become easier to spread. If you do a Peanut Butter and Jam, mix one tablespoon of each before spreading it on the granola bar…this way you get a much fuller mixture of tastes in each bite!
  • Oatmeal Bars 4Add the fillings in each one of your squares, only on one half of your dough; take the half of dough and cover the filling with it, like a sandwich.
  • Using your fingers or a fork, press the edges of the oatmeal bars to close them up properly and so the filling doesn’t come out.
  • Place in prepared tray and in preheated oven at 200 C for 8-10 minutes or until they start to brown in the edges.

And they are ready to eat!! This can easily be a snack you can carry on the go, post-workout or when you are in a hurry. Because of the almond flour and honey, plus the peanut butter and chocolate filling, to me, it tastes like a really clean version of Snickers!!

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As you can see from the picture, these Homemade Oatmeal Bars are about twice the size of the store-bought ones but the Oatmeal Bars 13same calories and carbs! Meaning that each bar contains about 15 grams of Carbs, but all healthy carbs and it only has the healthy fats from the Almond Flour; this does not include the filling, since it depends on what you decide to add….But so that you have a guideline: the Total carbs in the PB&J (Peanut Butter & Jam) Oatmeal Bar is 23 carbs, whereas the store bought Oatmeal bar has 24 grams of Carbs per bar.

Oatmeal Bars 11Oatmeal Bars 9Enjoy!!!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Full Fat vs Full Fit: Mashed Potatoes

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Full Fat vs Full Fit

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In today’s post I want to share what a regular weeknight dinner looks like in my house! If you have been reading my posts, you know that for most days, I try to eat as healthy as I can…but the same cannot be said for my Boyfriend. So what I do is I make the “base dinner” or proteins the same for the both of us, but different side dishes to go with it for each!

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For Tonight’s dinner I made Oven Fried Chicken Nuggets with Mashed Potatoes. Since the nuggets are oven fried, I consider them pretty healthy, the label said that per 100g of product it contained 12 carbs and 8 fats, which I consider acceptable since throughout the day I eat minimal amounts of fats and carbs, so it balances out for me, and it’s nuggets….my bf loves them!; to go with these nuggets I made Traditional Mashed Potatoes for my Boyfriend, and Healthy Low-Carb, Low-Fat Cauliflower Puree or Low Carb Mashed Potatoes!

Let’s do a quick Overview:

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Ingredients

Full Fat: Traditional Mashed Potatoes vs Full Fit: CauliFlower Mashed Potatoes

700 grams of Potatoes (120g Carbs) vs 700 grams of Cauliflower (35g Carbs)

50 grams of Butter (40g Fat) vs 2 tbs of Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese (4g Fat)

4 tbs of Heavy Cream (22g Fat) vs 2 tbs Mozzarella Cheese (5g Fat)

+ 2 tbs of Parmesan Cheese (3g Fat)

Both recipes yield two servings, for the Full Fat Traditional Mashed Potatoes we have aprox. 60g of Carbs and 31g of Fat per serving; and for the Full Fit Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” aprox. 17g of Carbs and 6g of Fats per serving.

The benefits of doing this, for me are obvious: On the one hand I cut down on fats and calories by not frying the nuggets, but I am aware that they do contain carbs…so I balance these carbs out in my dinner by having “mashed potatoes” made of veggies, Cauliflower.

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In other words, For me, I make this “Clean Version of Nuggets & Mashed Potatoes”, a well balanced Protein-Carb dinner that is tasty, satisfying and easy to make; And for my Boyfriend a less healthy, full carb, slight variation of what I eat. For us, this is a healthy and happy compromise!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.