Friday, September 27, 2013

Foam Rolling Basics

Foam rolling. Love it or hate it, it's good for you!

You may have seen some of these cylindrical things lying around your gym and wondered what they were. Maybe you've seen someone using one, maybe you saw someone using one and they were almost in tears and it gave you pause. That was my first experience with a foam roller. I saw a huge muscular dude using one and he looked like he was cutting onions, scared me away from them for a few months.

Eventually, I got curious enough to try it myself and got hooked. I now have two of my own.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

PB Pumpkin Protein Balls

The weather is getting colder, we're starting to get to that time of year when we get to eat squash on the regular! Well... some of us eat it year round, but now it's seasonal-ish!!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Introducing the #FitGalDailyDigest

I had originally started doing this for a few friends on Facebook (Ladies! This post is for you!!!)...but it kind of became a really really fun thing for me to do, so I'll continue on with it!

When I posted Part 1 of Finding Your Weightloss Numbers, a few friends asked about a sample meal plan. As a Health Coach (and in studies to become a Personal Trainer), I am not qualified to write out a meal plan, that's something that should be left to nutritionists and registered dietitians.

But what I can do is show you what I eat on a day to day basis to give you an idea what kind of fuel goes into my body.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Finding your weight loss numbers - part 2

Like I said last time, the idea of calorie balance is greatly over simplified. How much you eat is important, but what things you're eating is important too!

I think I've spoken before about the three main macronutrients (macros); carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

carbohydrate (carb): the body’s preferred energy source, dietary sources include sugars (simple) and grains, rice, potatoes, and beans (complex); stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver and is transported in the blood as glucose1
fat: an essential nutrient that provides energy, energy storage, insulation, and contour to the body1
protein: a compound composed of a combination 20 amino acids that is the major structural component of all body tissue1

Each of these different macronutrients plays a different role in the body.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Figuring out your weight loss "numbers" - part 1

Gaining and losing weight it a matter of calories in vs calories out, we've all heard that. But, knowing and internalizing are two very different matters.

Ha ha ha
Calorie is a term used to refer to the amount of energy required to heat one gram of water by one degree celsius. Check out that high school chem rising to the surface.

So, what does that mean in terms of your health?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Great (3/4) Cross Country Roadtrip: Tempe to Baton Rouge

In order to get from Tempe to Austin... we drove 16 hours in one day. It was nasty, we knew it was going to be a suck-fest, but we also knew this was one of the last (if not the last) year we'd be young enough to handle that much car time. So we pushed on and drove from about 6am until half past midnight (there's a 2 hour time change) making it all the way out of Arizona, across New Mexico, and a little over 2/3 of the way across Texas.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Great (3/4) Cross Country Roadtrip: San Jose to Tempe

Lance and I set out on our roadtrip on Sunday at about 5am. We had gone to the Giants game on Saturday night with my family and watched the Giants beat the pants off the Pirates, it was a great game. It was also a game where they handed out some truly heinous Giants themed hats. Proud to have one of these suckers!