Friday, September 12, 2014

Orgnic Detox Smoothie

Organic Detox Green Smoothie....according to Women's Health Magazine

Blend the following fruits and veggies in water.
11/2 cup of water
2 hearts of roromaineettuce
4 celery stalks
3 cups of organic spinach
1 cored organic apple
1 organic pear
1 organic banana
fresh lemon juice.
My own twist: Add 1 Cactus (nopal) leaf
and 1/2 of the Aloe Vera gel (non of the outside, because its highly toxic)
and a hand full of Cilantro.
These three ingredients will help detoxify your colon.
Cheers to your health! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Skinny on Green Smoothies

We've all been there, rushing in the morning, trying to get ready for school or work and your skinny jeans are just too tight for comfort. So you panic and swear by all saints that you will never eat another piece of food in your life...that is, until your stomach starts signaling otherwise. And then you realize, you can't live without food.

Then you must decide, what to eat. If you are like me, easy and convenient will do the trick.

 Green Smoothies are easy, light, packed with vitamins and minerals. Vegans swear by them. Vegetarians love them. Even those who eat meat like them. So next time you're in a hurry and want something that is not only good for you, but will be super healthy too, have a green smoothie. Green smoothies cancel out a lot of the sugars that you would have with regular smoothie, and believe me, cutting out the sugar is a great thing! You can even add a protein powder to them to make them more satisfying. You can have them as a morning snack 3 hours after you eat breakfast or right between your lunch and dinner.

Here is my favorite recipe:

8 oz of Almond milk
1 Cup of Spinach
1/2 a spoon of ground flax seed ( its super packed with Omega 3 and 6)
1/2 an apple or a peach

This smoothie is delicious, light and easy to make. Remember, we are what we eat! Motivating you is my motivation!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nike's Fuel Band....Motivating You to  Keep moving!

Yes!!! Nike did it again! They always manage to surprise the athlete in me. So this nifty little gadget measures the calories that you burn throughout the day, it keeps track of the steps you take, and the most amazing thing is that it lets you set a "fuel goal", yeah I know, its a little confusing, but basically it allows you to set an activity goal that you can eventually surpass. As you may all ready know, one can only build endurance by doing just a little more than we did the last time we exercised. So the Nike Fuel Band lets you see your progress throughout the year, because it sinks with your computer  and you can actually compare your progress day to day, week to week and month to month. As you can see on the image bellow, it shows my progress from January to July. As you can the see my record moth was March, but the rest of the moths are average.

I really like this tool because it serves as a constant reminder to keep moving and it helps me see my progress through out the year. The cost is a little steep ($150.00 USD) but definitely worth the money. However, the Fuel band comes with a year warranty, so it makes it nice to know that if it breaks, Nike will replace it a no cost to you, no questions asked! 

El Nike Fuel Band .... Te Motiva a Mantenerte Activo!

Sí Nike lo hizo de nuevo! Ellos siempre se las arreglan para sorprender al atleta en mí. Así que este pequeño gadget ingenioso mide las calorías que quemas durante el día, mide los pasos que das y lo más sorprendente es que te permite establecer una "meta de combustible"; sí ya sé, es un poco confuso, pero básicamente te permite establecer una meta de actividad que a la larga puedas superar. Solo es posible mejorar tu resistencia al hacer un poco mas de actividad de la que hiciste la ultima vez que hiciste ejercicio. Así que el Nike Fuel Band te permite ver su progreso y la actividad que hiciste durante el año, ya que se conecta con la computadora y te permite comparar tu progreso día a día, semana a semana y mes a mes. Como puedes ver en la imagen de abajo, muestra mi progreso, de Enero a Julio. Es evidente que Marzo fue un mes mas activo, y los meses después mantuve un nivel de actividad "normal": 

Me gusta mucho esta herramienta, ya que sirve como un recordatorio constante para mantenerse en movimiento y me ayuda a ver mi progreso. El precio es un poco caro ($ 150.00 USD), pero sin duda vale la pena. Sin embargo, la banda de combustible viene con un año de garantía, lo que es bueno saber que si se rompe, Nike te la reemplazará sin costo alguno y sin hacer preguntas!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Read it, believe it, practice it!

I just had to share this "I work out manifesto" with you VidaGlammers! I loved it and so will you...


Monday, November 15, 2010

Fitness Goals: Reach them, Evolve, then Set New Ones…

What are you working towards when you spend an hour or two at the gym? Have you thought about what your specific goals are? It is important to know exactly what it is that you are working towards, because you don’t want to waste precious time and energy running around in circles and ending up at the same place at the end of the year.
Exercise should be a progression, an evolution, a forward movement, just like everything else in life. As the end of the year approaches, think about these questions and decide what your fitness objectives are, because nothing else will move you faster towards them, than defining them and then taking the right action towards them.

Seeing results really depends on your specific situation, some people go to the gym wanting to drop 20, 30, 40, 50 pounds, others want to tone every muscle in their body, others just want to maintain their current weight and some just go in without any previous thought of what their objective is.

Please don’t be one of the latter subjects on this list. Get clear! Affirm your objective in a positive, clear, concise manner. Some people write out their goals, others just affirm them to themselves; what ever works for you is fine. Here are some examples of very specific, defined objectives:

“My fitness goal is to fit into my size 2 skinny jeans by February 2011.”

“My objective is to weigh 110 lbs by April 2011.”- This objective is clear, positive, and measurable.

“My goal is to wear a size 0 dress size by April 2011”- this objective is also specific, clear, positive and measurable and it has a deadline.

“My objective is to tone every muscle in my body, therefore commit to lifting weights, at least three times per week and eating healthier foods by February 2011.”

Having a visual picture of what the end result looks like also helps in getting clear about the results you are trying to achieve. 
I invite you to look through a health and fitness magazine or celebrities and look at the different body types there are out there. Do you know what you would like your body to look like in the future? We don’t all want to be skinny, model types. Some of us want to have curvy, lean, toned bodies with the right proportions in all the right places if you know what I mean. So it’s important to know what you are working towards.

Once you have reached specific milestones, then make note of them. Celebrate them and evolve. Set new ones. There is a saying that says that in order for something new to be born, something has to die. Let your old objectives die, and breathe new life into the new ones. Because sometimes, not changing your mindset can set you back and keep you in your current situation, no matter how hard you work. Change, evolve, grow, progress and you will start seeing new possibilities. You will get a renewed sense of accomplishment, motivation and growth. Stay active, work hard! Motivating you is my motivation!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Running my First Half Marathon!

Hello Vidaglammers! I turned 32 this year :-) Which, I welcomed with lots of joy, positive energy, Champaign and chocolate thanks to my wonderful friends and family.

So my two good friends Stephanie and Claudia had the awesome idea of running the Long Beach half marathon, which coincided with the weekend of my birthday. At first I was sort of reluctant to join, because as you all know; I’m a big fan of group exercise and I knew I was going to have to tap into a different source of energy to face this challenge, since it requires a lot of individual strength, focus and motivation. Needless to say, I enjoy running but I have never been a dedicated runner, in fact the most miles I had ever tackled on my own prior to the marathon, were 3 to 5 miles 2 to 3 times week as part of my cardio routine. Last year I ran a 5K, which gave me a good idea of the kind of focus it takes to train to run long distance; but 3.2 miles is a long way from 13.2 So I knew that in order to run 13.2 miles I would have to dig deep, and reach for extra strength and motivation to train and prepare.
This was definitely a learning experience. I trained, running indoors and outdoor as well.

I bought the Nike + ipod Sports Kit, which is like having your own personal trainer. It’s a device that syncs with your iphone to keep track of the distance, calories burnt, pace and it syncs with your ipod, preventing the music to skip while you run. It also lets you assign a “power song” to play when you are in “the zone”. I have to say that this gadget was the most useful tool ever. The cost is only $29.00 and it’s sold where ever Nike products are sold. Nike running shoes that have the Nike+ sign on them have a hidden compartment where you can hide the sensor (as you can see in the pictures posted here).

I have to say, I have a new profound respect for marathon runners, as it takes preparation, motivation and lots of determination. I think the most challenging part for me, was really reaching into myself for the energy I needed to keep on moving. Although a race is essentially a group event and the energy is incredibly contagious, you, as a runner are there on your own, running at your own pace. The first 6 miles where a breeze, as I was used to running this distance from the training sessions, but when I reached 10th mile, my energy started to drop. I was very grateful that right around that time my friend Stephanie tapped me in the shoulder and we where able to finish the race together. Overall, I was happy to have finished the race in 2 hours and 2 minutes as I had set a goal to finish in less than 2 hours. At this point, I enjoy running, I think I will eventually run a full marathon, but I know I will have to prepare myself for a HUGE challenge. Keep motivated! Keep active! Challenge yourself! Motivating you is my motivation!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Have a treat!

Here at Vidaglam we are Super-Fans of candy, sweet treats, cup cakes, sweet breads and all the wonderful sugary treats that come with the holidays; which of course, can get us in trouble very quickly if we don't remember to consume in moderation. Moderation is the key, when dealing with sweet temptations!

But before you set aside, choose to ignore or simply eliminate the guilt of reaching for another fun sized Snickers, Butterfingers, M&M's, consider the following: Each fun-sized chocolate bar has about 85 calories each, so it is completely OK to have one or two pieces. It's when we start reaching for one, two, three, four, five, even six pieces, that it becomes a problem. Let's do the math just for fun: If you consume a total of six candy bars during one day, you will have consumed a total of 510 extra calories for that day. Most of us go into the office five times a week, and lets say we practiced this behavior for the next five days, at the end of the week we would have consumed a whopping 2,550 extra calories for the week, that is the equivalent of 1 lb of fat.

Therefore, if your goal is to lose weight, or to maintain your current weight, consider consuming the treats in moderation or simply resolve to do spend an extra 45 minutes on the cardio machine, because as we all know... calories consumed - calories burnt = optimal weight!

Bottom line, practice moderation! Enjoy one or two treats, exercise a little more, drink lots of water and for God's sake stay away from the candy bowl! You'll thank yourself later when its time to get ready for your Christmas Party and you look and feel fabulous! Motivating you is my motivation!