Need Some Support?

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

I came across this article, and have to admit that I am one of those women who is wearing the wrong sports bra.  I guess you could even say the wrong sports bras since I normally just put on two of these (yes, two).  I’ve gone up and down in size since having kids and breastfeeding.  I really need to get a better support system for “the girls” since I’ve started running again.  This artice provided great insight on what to/not to look for depending on your cup size.  To sum it up…

A Cup:  Go for a lightly padded shape to add some curves.  Don’t squash what ya got!  Avoid bras that are too big.  This can lead to chaffing (ouch).

B Cup:  Go for a snug, but no too tight fit.  Most B cuppers tend to think they need less support than they actually do. 

C Cup:  Go for adjusatble straps and closures.  This will ensure the best fit.  Also, you’ll want to steer clear low cut styles.  You don’t want to worry about spillage during your workout.

D Cup:  Go for a bra that supports each breast separately (i.e. encapsulation).  You also want wide straps that sit close on your shoulders to help distribute the weight of your breasts and minimize bouncing. 

Bottom line:  Try before you buy (if at all possible).  Run in place, jump around, etc, to see how the bra is going to perform.  Are you getting the support you need? And, if you have uniboob, it’s a no go!

I’m adding this, and this to my Christmas wish list.  {I’ve been good Santa, I promise.}

* Here are some exercises to also perk you up. *

Christmas Card Outtakes

December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s been a looooooong time since my last post.  As a new blogger, let me just say that blogging is like a full-time job! Between my actual job, taking care of the kiddos, life, etc, it’s hard to find the time.  However, my goal is to start trying to make posting a regular habit.  I’ve taken a new position at work and I’ve signed up for a 10K (in January) and a 1/2 marathon (in April)—GULP!  So, it seems that I will have a lot to share. 

Anyways, we spent the majority of the afternoon working on our family Christmas card.  Usually we just end up buying some random cards and then forget to send them out.  { I found the ones from last year with all of our stored Christmas decorations–unopened}.  This year we decided to go the personalized route and order one from Tiny Prints.  {We chose the Peaceful Doe design}.

As anyone with kids knows, it was quite an ordeal to get a good picture of the “lil ladies”.  Corbett is four and like any four-year old, won’t sit still for more than 30 seconds.  Constance is only 8 months, so she can go from smiling to crying in a blink of the eye.  Even though it basically took all afternoon to get a shot, {plus some extensive work in Photoshop by my husband} it was all worth it in the end.

The finished product

I leave you with one of my favorite outtakes from our afternoon “photo shoot”.

Do you send christmas cards?  Are they personalized or store-bought?

Quick and Easy Snack: Spicy Baked Chickpeas

October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

The other day I had my TV tuned to Food Network while working on some chores.  I was “watching” 5 Ingredient Fix and the segment on Spicy Baked Chickpeas caught my eye.  I am always on the look-out for quick and easy snack ideas that are healthy.  I decided to try them out since I already had the necessary ingredients on hand.

Spicy Baked Chickpeas via Food Network

* 2 15 oz cans of chickpeas

* 2 Tbsp olive oil

* 1 tsp paprika

* 1 tsp cumin

* pinch cayenne pepper

* kosher salt (to taste)

Preheat oven to 400.  Rinse, drain, and dry the chickpeas.  In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt.  Add chickpeas, and thoroughly coat in spice mixture.  Place chickpeas in a single layer on a parchment covered baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 25 – 30 min, giving the baking sheet a good shake to toss the chickpeas halfway through cooking.  Let cool, and then try not to eat them all in one sitting.

I baked mine for about 25 minutes.  They were crisp on the outside and still slightly soft on the inside.  They are perfect on their own, but I can’t wait to add them to a salad.  I think these are going to become a snacking staple.  I feel much better eating these by the handful than potato chips.

Try ‘em, and let me know what you think.

What are your favorite quick and easy snacks?

Asheville Citizen Times 5K Recap

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

On 9/18 I ran the ACT 5K.  This was my first 5K in over a year and it felt great to get back into it.  I am pleased to say that I met my goals.

1.  No walking. (check)

2.  Complete the race in under 30 min. (29:26, check)

I am most excited about not having to walk.  The course was very hilly, and I hate hills — I need to learn to love hills. (Living in WNC it is impossible to have a race with out hills since it’s nothing but mountains). I was afraid that I would have to walk a bit to catch my breath after topping the hills, especially the huge one at the end.  However, I did not let my mind get the best of me! 

There was also a half marathon.  Those of us who ran the 5K stayed to cheer on our crazy friends who were running the half.  It was so exciting to see everyone finish.  What a great accomplishment!  They made it look so effortless.  Who knows, maybe next year I’ll join them in the half.

post race photo with the gang (I'm in the pink hat)

 

Do you like/love running hills?  If so, any advice on how to make yourself like them?

I’ll be back soon…

September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m taking a little break from blogging for now.  With everything going on in my life (job, kids, life, etc) I am not able to put as much time and focus in the blog as I would like.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day. (Who’s with me on that?!).  I will be back soon.  Until then, stay fabulous!

xo

Stephanie

Garlic Lime Chicken

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

As a working mom, I love quick and easy weeknight meals.  Here’s one that doesn’t disappoint.

Garlic Lime Chicken

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like)

1/4 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 teaspoon thyme

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chicken broth (or white wine)

juice of 1 lime

In a small bowel, mix the first 7 ingredients.  Sprinkle mixture on both sides of chicken breasts.

In a skillet, heat butter and olive oil together over medium high heat.  Saute chicken until golden brown.  Turn down heat and remove chicken (keeping warm).  Add lime juice and chicken broth (or white wine) to the pan, whisking up the browned bits off the bottom.  Keep cooking until the sauce has reduced slightly.  Add the chicken back to the pan to thoroughly coat and serve.  Drizzle the remaining sauce over the chicken. 

Any side-fixing  would work with this dish.  We had it with roasted potatoes and sautéed spinach.  Yum.

What’s your favorite quick and easy weeknight meal?

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Mine will be spent working.  My workout plans include meeting some friends for a group run, and some yoga.

Yoga Challenge

September 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

I love yoga when I do it.  I will be honest, it isn’t my first choice for a workout.  I am a cardio junkie.  I feel like if my heart’s not racing and I’m not sweating buckets, then I’m not getting a good workout.  However, yoga has been shown to be a great workout.  It can lower your BMI, improve core strength, increase flexibility, relieve stress, and offers many other health benefits.

September is National Yoga Month.  I’m going to celebrate by completing a month-long yoga challenge.  My goal is to do two yoga workouts per week.  (I am hoping to improve my flexibility and core). 

There are many different styles of yoga, which are explained here.  A quick and easy 15 minute routine can be found here.  Or, go to yogamonth.org to find free classes in your area during the month of September.

I’m going to get my “om” on.  Are you ready for the challenge?

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