Annual Health Assessment Results [+ Book Sale!]

Hey there friends!  How do you feel about health assessments for insurance purposes?  Every January Brian & I have to go to his work to have one done so that we are eligible for their insurance.  You arrive fasting & go into a little room with the nurse where she asks you a few questions, then measures your height, weighs you, measures your body fat %, & takes your blood sample to test your cholesterol.

A month or two later, you get your scores in the mail.  Everyone is rated, or “scored” on their health in each of the categories.  This is mine from this year…

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I got a “perfect” score!!  Again, same as last year too!!  I was thrilled to see that what I do with my health (diet & exercise) is paying off & shows up in black & white as proof that it works for me.  :)

I like that the scorecard tells you what is in the healthy range & they also explain the cutoff for the points.

My body fat is a bit on the higher side than I’d like, but still healthy.  I’m working on trimming it down a little bit though.  ;)  As for LDL cholesterol, mine always has run a teeny bit on the higher side (may be hereditary), but I do have to keep in mind that this is only a measure of total LDL particles – and NOT particle size.  Most likely, I have the large, fluffy, harmless particles, not the small dangerous ones.  Oh, & check out my HDL Cholesterol, the “good” one… it’s almost double the guideline amount!  I’m always amazed by that.

I’m such a nerd that getting this in the mail totally just made my day.  Always good to see what you’re doing is paying off.  And… if you’re wondering what it is that I am doing, well it is eating REAL food & following a low-carb & ketogentic style of eating, along with some exercise.  If you’re curious about low-carb eating or the ketogenic lifestyle, you’re in luck!  Today only, there are a bunch of great low-carb & keto books on sale for less than a buck each!!  Just click here —->Low Carb Event

Do you have to participate in a similar program for your health insurance?

The Week In Fitness #68

Hey there friends!!  Happy Sunday & Happy March 1st to you!  Hard to believe it’s March already, but it means we’re that much closer to bearable temps, which I’m all for!  So, Sunday, that time of the week where I recap the past week’s workouts… it’s a great way to stay motivated & accountable.  I think last week was a pretty great week in fitness, so here we go!

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Monday 2.23.15

Heat Things Up Winter Circuit – 2x’s (via Pinterest)

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Tuesday 2.24.15

Saved by the Bell Kettlebell Circuit – 2x’s (from Pinterest)

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Wednesday 2.25.15

Yoga with Adriene, Day1  (via YouTube)

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Thursday 2.26.15

50/50 Circuit Workout – 3x’s (from Pinterest)

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Friday 2.27.15

Full Body Strength Workout – 2x’s, +abs (via Pinterest)

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Saturday 2.28.15

Circuit Training at Home Workout – 4x’s (via Pinterest)

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Sunday 3.1.15

Rest Day

I think this past week was a pretty great week fitness wise – 6 great workouts!  I’m still really loving the circuit workouts – short & efficient!  Love the variety & you can’t beat the price – free!  I get these workouts off of Pinterest.  My Pinterest Workouts board has been a great inspiration for trying out different short, full-body workouts.  I love that I found the yoga with Adriene on YouTube… so awesome!!!

Happy Sunday friends!!

•How did you get active this week?  
•Do you have a favorite Pinterest workout?

Frankenfood Friday #7: Honey Bunches of Oats

Hello friends & happy Friday!!  It’s that time again… time were I crush your dreams put the spotlight on some foods that tend to fly under the “health halo” that really are less than optimal foods, but a lot of us just never take the time to scrutinize the ingredients.  These are items I like to call Frankenfood – aka not REAL food.

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Today’s feature item is something that I never eat anymore… cereal!  Even though I don’t eat it, I am pretty sure that a lot of you out there still do, which is fine, but hopefully you’re making a better choice than this cereal – Post’s Honey Bunches of Oats.  They claim it has “4 wholesome grains”, but what else are they hiding in there?

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I’m betting on a lot of sugar, how about you?

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6g of sugar in only 3/4c (30g)… I would say this would be on the higher end of what I’d recommend for a sugar in cereal since that’s a pretty small serving.

Ok, so not only did I find SEVERAL forms of sugar/sweetener in this cereal, but I also found a few other questionable ingredients… the sugars/sweeteners & the vegetable oil are underlined in the pic so you can get an idea of how plentiful they are in the ingredients.

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The lowdown on the ingredients… SUGAR is the 3rd ingredient listed, so it’s the third largest quantity composing the cereal.  Moving along the list, we come to BROWN SUGAR – sugar, by yet another name.  Then, we have some more grain items & come to VEGETABLE OIL – this is often inflammatory & can go rancid quite easily – best to avoid these.  Besides, does it really make sense that vegetables would create an oil?!  That just doesn’t seem natural, does it?  I didn’t think so.  Continuing down the long list… more grains, salt, corn syrup, whey, & then look – another sweetener – HONEY (if you’re counting – that’s #3!)!  Next up is even more sweetener, if you can believe it – MALTED CORN AND BARLEY SYRUP.  Honestly, I’m not even sure what to say… so many ingredients & so much sweetener.  Aren’t you sweet enough already? ;)

There are a few other questionable ingredients on the list, such as, caramel color (not sure where that comes from?), artificial flavor, & BHT, which is somewhat controversial on its safety.  Not to mention, if you’re concerned about where you’re food is coming from, most likely this contains GMO’s… just something to think about.

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For all of the above listed reasons, I’d suggest avoiding this cereal & if you have to have your cereal – pick a better option.  I’m not a cereal eater, so personally, I’d recommend you eat some delicious & nutritious free-range eggs & veggies for breakfast. ;)

• Did any of the ingredients surprise you?
• What food would you like to see featured next week?

Tuesday Talk #13

Hello, friends!  It’s been a little while since I’ve done a random coffee talk style post, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do right now…. so, grab your cup of joe, tea, or bone broth & let’s sit & have a little chat to catch up on things.

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I’d don’t know about you, but I know I’m way over this horribly frigid weather we’ve been having here.  It was -8 when I was driving to class the other day – seriously!!!  Why did I leave FL, I will never know.  I must have been crazy.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I think I have the cutest, most pitiful bath-time pics of Mya… seriously, that face… <3

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I had an internship phone interview this morning!!  Exciting!  I think it went pretty well… so, now I wait until April 12th to find out if I match to this one or one of the other two.  Well, let’s hope to one of the three!!  Crossing my fingers.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I have been loving dark chocolate (90%) lately.  One square when I get home from class with a mug of coffee & heavy cream… bliss.

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

This is the week of hell tests… I had a quiz on Monday, an exam today, one exam tomorrow, & an exam on Friday.  Yikes.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I really need to switch up my food here & there… I’m in a food rut.  I found Danielle Walker’s Pizza Frittata recipe & decided to make that the other night – amazing!!!  I made it according to the recipe, except I swapped in organic heavy cream instead of coconut or almond milk to make it a bit more keto friendly.

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I spent my Saturday afternoon geeking out & attended Maria Emmerich’s “The Keto Life” webinar class for two hours.  It was really interesting & I learned a few new tips & got a different view of the keto life.  I found the supplements she takes to be interesting & think that I will try incorporating some of them into my diet as well.  I definitely don’t think this lifestyle/diet is for everyone, but I do think it can be very beneficial for some.  I do know that I’ve been doing pretty great this time around on keto & am still plugging along on it.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I came across yet another new paleo podcast – The Paleo Women Podcast!  Check it out on iTunes!  I think it’s pretty good, although I don’t necessarily agree with their view of the low-carb diet, but I think we are all so different, so it’s good to consider all things & to be open-minded. ;)

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you…

I’m thinking about going off of hormonal birth control.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile now, especially since I think as you get older it can be not all that great for your health.  NO, I do NOT plan or want to get pregnant, that is NOT the reason I want to get off of it… I just want my body to be natural & healthy… I want it to work on it’s own & not put extra hormones into it, ya know?  To be honest, I’m kind of afraid to do it (heard so many horror stories about horrible periods, acne, etc)… do any of you have experiences with this you’d like to share?

Ok, your turn!!  If we were having coffee, what would YOU tell me?!

The Week In Fitness #67

Hey there friends!!  Happy Sunday to you!  It’s that time of the week where I recap the past week’s workouts… it’s a great way to stay motivated & accountable.  I think last week was a pretty great week in fitness, so here we go!

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Monday 2.16.15

Circuit Training at Home – 3x’s (via Pinterest)

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Tuesday 2.17.15

Simple Strength Circuit – 3x’s (from Pinterest)

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Wednesday 2.18.15

50/50 Circuit – 3x’s (via Pinterest)

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Thursday 2.19.15

20 min. Full Body Workout – 5x’s (from Pinterest)

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Friday 2.20.15

Class & work – no workout, aka rest day

Saturday 2.21.15

Stair Sprints, up/down floors 3-7 – 10x’s (I run my apartment stairwell)… crank up the music & sprint!!

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Sunday 2.22.15

Circuit Training at Home – 3x’s (via Pinterest)

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I think this past week was a pretty great week fitness wise – 6 great workouts!  I’m still really loving the circuit workouts – short & efficient!  Love the variety & you can’t beat the price – free!  I get these workouts off of Pinterest.  My Pinterest Workouts board has been a great inspiration for trying out different short, full-body workouts.

Happy Sunday friends!!

•How did you get active this week?  
•Do you have a favorite Pinterest workout?