Friday, May 17, 2013

Fit, Fabulous, 40's Friday

Choices & Smoothies
"I like to eat my calories" is one of my favorite sayings.
In fact, if you have ever been out with me
or give me the opportunity to eat something vs. drink something, 
I will choose to eat or chew food 99% of the time. 

Usually something along these lines..if possible.

Lots of choices, but notice any similarities?
Ha, ha!
Ahem, that is just ME.

I do occasionally drink smoothies.
Again, not my favorite, 
but it is nice to change things up a little.

One of the gals I am working with on nutrition likes smoothies for breakfast and her mother asked for some recipes so I thought I would share them with you.

They are healthy, easy and there are a variety of choices!
They are also great for meal replacement or as a healthy snack.
WAAAAY better choice than eating cookies, crackers, popcorn, etc.
Start with any kind of blender:
I got one of these guys for Christmas.
1. Start out with a liquid.
Water, coconut water, almond milk, soy milk, etc. I usually add about 1/4-1/2 cup
I just use water, easy!

2. Add a scoop of protein, or eggs or egg whites.
1/2 of a scoop for the kids- 
we use this from GNC
 I thought I would try a new flavor- LOVE it, but very expensive!
 or you can get a less expensive one from the market

3. Add fruits
I cut up pieces of fruit and freeze them so it makes a nice cold drink, 
and it is super convenient to have it all ready.
Bananas, blackberries, strawberries,pineapple and blueberries.
You can add whichever you like!
Approx. 1/2 cup

4. Add vegetables
I use spinach 95% of the time, again, EASY!
The rule of thumb is that the veggies take up 1/2 of the cup-
also, you'll know if you need to add more next time depending on the color of the smoothie.
If it isn't green, you don't have enough!

 Found this on Pinterest: 
you can click and visit my Pinterest page under 
"Cleanish Eating"for other ideas/recipes

5. Add nuts or supplements,
chia or flax seed or even oatmeal! 
I would recommend 1/2 cup of oatmeal 
if you find yourself hungry within the hour of drinking one!
(Meagan :-))

The choices are endless!!! 
Here are some other options for you -

One from one of my favorite blogs: StuftMama

1 frozen banana
handful fresh spinach
1 scoop protein powder (I used Designer Whey Vanilla Almond)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used my favorite cocoa powder)
1 tablespoon instant espresso
1 1/4 cup milk or non dairy alternative (I used unsweetened almond milk)
These are from where this link will take you right to the page.
Berry Good Shake


Banana Protein Shake


I hope these recipes and tips helped!!

"And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change
and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 18:3 (NIV)

TRY something new, CHOOSE to make a small change and then TRUST the process!!

What NEW THING are you going to TRY today?

Love ya!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fit, Fabulous, 40's, Friday

Hope you are having a 

I'm feeling so blessed this morning!
I wanted to share what I did this last Sunday!
I ran my 3rd -1/2 Marathon 
to earn the 
Beach Cities Medal!!!
I received the medal on the left for running the OC 1/2, 
then received the medal on the right after completing the 
three Beach Cities 1/2 Marathons in consecutive order, 
the Long Beach,
Huntington Beach
and finally 
the Newport Beach 1/2.
It was beyond great and I'm all about getting a deal!
3 runs and 4 medals,
extra BLING!

My friend Lisa has run with me in all three 1/2 Marathons
and it has been special since neither one of us had ever run a 1/2 Marathon before.
Saturday I went to the Costa Mesa Fair grounds to pick up my bib and t-shirt.

My daughter Kiana has come with me the other two times to pick up my 
bib and it has been tradition.
It was really windy when we got there-
and I ran into my friend Anna, a man who I met years ago at the gym,
got cancer but actually put the very first seed in my mind to run
and that I could possibly do it,
and also ran into a gal that I went to High School with that runs the
full marathons for fun.

Here is a picture of my bib #..
I have to tell you that I was a little unsure of how I would do this time.
I hadn't trained very much and wasn't mentally prepared or focused on it as I had been with the other two, but I did decrease my time in the Surf City (Huntington Beach)
by 10 minutes!
But, I had a goal to do ALL 3 1/2 Marathons and no matter what,
I was going to at least finish!
Lisa drove over on Saturday night and slept over.
We got up around 4:30 so we could leave by 5 to get to the Fair Grounds by 5:30.
We ran a little late, but weren't worried.
Here is a pic of us when we got there.
 There was a long line to the buses that were shuttling everyone down to the starting line 
which was right by Fashion Island.

 As we waited, we walked by the finish line- 
I thought it was great to see people remembering those who ran the Boston Marathon- 
see the thin orange line at the bottom of the banner?
It says, "Run for Boston", and there were many people showing their support through t-shirts, etc.
When we finally got on  then off the bus,
we all walked to the start line.
I must say it was somewhat anti-climactic.
For the first two 1/2 marathons we ran, we were at the starting gate with ALL of the runners,
and they put you in "gates" depending on your finish time.
It's pretty exciting to be with all the runners.
Well, we were so behind everyone else, that when we got there, it was pretty empty.
No announcer,
no crowds, 
no runners waiting.

In fact, it looked like they all had a party and stripped and we got there after everyone had disappeared!

There was trash all over the streets and it was hilarious to see all the sweatshirts, sweaters and shirts that were thrown off and left on the sidewalks!!!
Someone was collecting them in a trash bag- 
I hope they wash them and donate them to the homeless.

So, we got there and saw the start line, looked at each other, smiled and just started jogging.
There were probably about 4 or 5 other buses loaded with runners behind us, so we weren't completely alone, but it was just weird.
As we got into our groove, we began passing more and more runners.

One thing I love is the sheer number of people you are running with, the energy that comes with that, and also a sharing of this special experience.
The run was fabulous.
We ran through streets with beautiful homes,
by the water,
a trail
and finished at the Fair Grounds.

One of the really amazing things about participating in something with so many people involved is you get perspective,
I am a part of something bigger.
You also get inspired!
There are people older, younger, heavier, lighter, more fit, less fit,
faster, slower, walkers, runners.
ANYONE can do this!

I must admit, in my head, I believed anyone who ran 1/2 marathons+ had to look like the runners I've seen in the Olympics.
I don't look like them so I never really saw myself as a runner.
I know this is really an immature and superficial way of thinking, but I'm being honest.
I never SAW myself THAT way-
I still don't but I won't let that stop me!
I'm inspired!

So Lisa and I ran, and ran and ran.
We had a potty break, actually 2 and slowed down at almost every water stop, and I was praying all the way!
And we finished!!
Here we are with my friend Sophia.
She ran it under 2 hours! What a Rock Star!
All said and done, 
Name:Janet Hertogh
Hometown:Mission Viejo, CA
Overall:4656 out of 10050
Women:2232 out of 6034
F 45-49:218 out of 645
Age/Grade:53.44% Place: 2830
Finish:2:16:16 Pace: 10:24
Tag Time:2:16:16
Gun Time:2:48:42

So I had a 10.2 minute mile and was just a tiny bit over my first 1/2.
I'm just happy I finished it!
Thank you, God, for my Mizunos!
I can't tell you what an amazing feeling of accomplishment I have!
I want to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone TODAY!
Make a decision to do something new.

Yesterday after my bible study, a woman came over to me to me and had some questions about starting a weight training plan.
I wanted to know what HER goals were, what SHE WANTED to do.
She said that she wanted to strengthen her muscles and get into the gym.
After talking a bit,
she confessed that she kind of knew what to do once she was there and then asked,
"how do you get there?"

because let's face it, most people KNOW what to do, or at least that they should be exercising- 
the difficult part is the DOing.

I told her that I go for two reasons:
1) because I AM VAIN and I like to see definition on my body,
I like the way my body looks when I'm fit.
(that's just ME)
2) I'm over 40 and I want to live a healthy, strong, life and be able to keep up with my children.
I love when one of my sons grabs my hand and tries to take me down and he can't.....yet.
I know that day will arrive soon enough, but right now, I love grabbing them and being strong enough to give them a little challenge!
(again, just ME being honest)

YOU have to find your "WHY".
It will be the reason for almost EVERYTHING you do, 
if you think about it.

The things we DO are a result of our "WHY"s.
I am cooking cleaner- why? So my family will be healthier.

My children are in sports- why? So they can learn discipline, sportsmanship, being part of a team.

We go to church- why? So we can have a strong faith and spiritual connection to GOD.

Yes, it would be easier to not get involved in sports, church and give a hoot about what I cook- 
EVERY single thing I am doing takes some effort,
but each one is worth the effort -
in fact the results are multiplied.

MOVE -forward!
Do something new,
read this and give up something so you can have and do that something new.
Maybe for YOU it isn't something physical,
it could be relational
or spiritual.

I'll admit, I struggle with #3 and #5.

What do you struggle with?
Deciding, Doing, Denial?
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?

I would love to hear from you!!

Have a stupendous weekend!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fit, Fabulous 40's Friday!

(and my longest post ever-if you do just one thing, watch the video at the end)

I was going to title today's post, "Living La Vida Loca" because my life has been a little like that!

So, I am sorry to those of you who may have wondered what happened to me for the last few weeks!

I'll give you the "Cliff Notes" version-
about a month ago, I noticed a small jelly-bean shaped mass on the side of my right breast,
so I made an appointment to get it checked.
During that week before my check-up, I began thinking of the possibilities:
Cancer, being the first one, and of course, the worst.

Knowing that it could be one of two outcomes, I prayed.
Honestly, I was a little freaked out, thinking about my children, husband and all the things that I believe God has a plan for me to do, but you just never know what HIS plan is.
So I prayed some more and trusted.

Only a few people knew about it- I only shared it with a close group of women that I attend Bible Study with because we share some pretty intimate stuff and I didn't want anyone else to worry-
unless they had a reason to.
I didn't even tell my mom or sister- even though I know they both would have prayed for me.
So I went for the Mammogram and because I had my "little Jelly-Bean Guy" there,
they also had me do an Ultrasound.
That was cool- I could actually SEE what was going on inside there.
The doctor came in and he pointed out my JBG and said he could see blood going through it and that it was part of my lymphnode.
With all the evidence,
 they believed that it was NON-cancerous.

So, as you can imagine,
I was and am SO grateful that everything was fine.
The next day when I woke up, I was just grateful to be home, in my bed, breathing.

I decided I would give my BEST effort every single day to do more of these things:

1. Make sure my children and husband know I love them,
through words, hugs, laughter, engagement.
2. Spend time daily thanking God for the wonderful, FULL, rich life I have!
3. Being grateful for every little thing
4. Show grace, love and forgiveness to everyone I came into contact with
5. Give compliments generously and genuinely
6. Be as engaged as possible, every moment of each day
7. Say prayers for my friends and family who don't believe in God
8. Be more flexible
9. Give people the benefit of the doubt
10.Love myself more and forgive myself more.

After that crazy week, I've been watching alot of baseball-
Go Cardinals!

Some track meets

Kiana has been sprinting and pole vaulting...

I've been substitute teaching a little here and there,
at Madison (my friend Jill's First Grade classroom)
so clean, right?

And in Kindergarten
this week for my friend Peter...

I "heart" Kindergarten,

and last week I had the opportunity to speak at Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church
to speak on Friendship

and here yesterday to speak on Prayer

on the National Day of Prayer!
What an honor!
My mom came to watch and then she, my sister and I went out for some Japanese Food
SO, so good!
having some fun, 
as usual-
My sister and I-

Then, I got my baby washed, (my little red car)
picked up the boys,
picked up the girl after her practice,
took her to her voice lesson
and then made this for dinner:
Yes, I fry my taco shells, really, is there any other way to eat REAL tacos?
What I DID do is use EVOO, and drained the oil, see?
I also used lean, ground turkey,
non-fat Rosarita beans,
low-fat cheese,
non-fat lettuce and avocados!
I think Luke ate 5!

for a treat- gotta enjoy these kids while they are still at home,
we went here
Luke made the one at 12 o'clock,
mochi, chocolate dips
John had the one at 2 o'clock,
strawberries, peanut-butter, 
5 o'clock is easy to guess w/all that candy- LOGAN (not me!)
mini m&m's, always a cherry,
mine was at 7 o'clock
nuts, granola and sprinkles, gotta always have sprinkles
Kiana's is at 10 o'clock
granola and I don't know what that big white thing is.

I have been starting my mornings off with 2 tablespoons of the nastiest tasting stuff;

because it is really good for you/me and
it helps get rid of some bloat.
No lie.
After dropping off Kiana to HS
I came home and had this:
 1/2 scoop of protein
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1/2 cup of blueberries
1/2 banana

I have this every single morning
and I love it.

Life is short-
we must live each day to it's fullest 
and love like there's no tomorrow!!
There may not be one-

Have a blessed day!!
Keep on moving!