Sippin’ for the Cure

6 10 2009

Ahhh I’m soaking up the sunshine today after a very dreary Monday.  The sky is SO blue today!

Monday started with a solid upper body workout that I’m definitely feeling today!

Weight Training (Chest/Back/Shoulders):

  • TM Warmup 5 minutes, arm circles for some blood flow
  • DB Chest Press/Flye Combo (incline) 4 working sets of 12+12, 12+12, 10+8, 12+12 reps per set
  • DB Row (face down on incline bench) 4 working sets of 15, 15, 15, 12 reps
  • DB Pullovers on Ball 4 working sets of 15, 8, 15, 12 reps
  • Overhead Shoulder Press 4 working sets of 15, 14, 8, 7 reps
  • Rear Delt DB Flyes on Ball 3 sets of 15, 15, 12 reps
  • Chest Stretching for a few minutes at the end

My bis and tris got some love on Sunday so I didn’t work them again this time.

Then I had to run to the kitchen to take care of my craving!  Green smoothie time!!  First the basics:  water, spinach, cucumber, celery, sprouts.  Then the accessories:  pineapple & cantaloupe, plus some hemp oil and vanilla rice protein powder. I usually buy flaxseed oil, but decided to switch it up this time and try the hemp oil.  It’s pretty darn good!  And a very pretty green!

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I bought some pineapple to add in to my smoothies for this week because I’ve been quite the klutz lately and have little bruises to show for it!  When that happens I bust out the pineapple juice and chunks for some extra BROMELAIN.  🙂

Mid-morning and it was still chilly, so some tea was in order with my Pecan Pie Larabar.  And in honor of it being October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, I used my “Sip for the Cure” Pink Grapefruit Green Tea.

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Lunchtime was quite the assortment of veggies!   Greek-ish salad (spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, zucchini ribbons, Greek vinaigrette) with a few slivers of goat cheese and Mary’s Gone Crackers on the side.  Then in the Mickey-Mouse ears of this photo, we have leftover mashed fauxtatoes (mmmm warm and comforty on a cold day) and the rest of my tasty kale chips!  It was GREAT lunch!
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By mid-afternoon, I was chilled to the bone. It was in the 40s and raining (brrr.)  I decided to warm up with some heaven-in-a-bowl (oatmeal!) topped with raisins, almond milk and slivered almonds. 

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For some reason that didn’t fill me up (I really think I’m hungrier when I am cold…) so I sliced half a banana into my bowl with a small smear of almond butter and a squeeze of raw local honey.  

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Adding the banana definitely worked because then when dinnertime came around, I just wasn’t that hungry.  MSP had a grilled white cheddar cheese sandwich dipped in tomato soup, and I had to have another pita pizza because it totally rocks!!

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A few pieces of candy corn for dessert and that was the end of the Monday eats!

So today’s question, since it is Breast Cancer Awareness month:  Have you ever participated in a Race for the Cure or an Avon Walk for the Cure?   I have been lucky enough to participate in both.  Denver has a great turnout for the Race for the Cure, which just took place this past Sunday. There were almost 54,000 participants!   (Go Denver!)  A few years back, a good friend and I also did the 39 mile Avon Walk for the Cure.  What an empowering and uplifting event!  It was so well-organized and you just felt an overwhelming  sense of camaraderie with everyone!  Tell us about YOUR race or walk experience in the comments section!

Have a great rest of your Tuesday friends!  See you next time!

— Shari B. =)




6 responses

6 10 2009

Hi Shari!

First of all, I want to say that I ate a wrap last night for dinner and it was so, so yummy! I used whole wheat pita, tofutti, cucumber, tomato, avocado, peptias, and a romaine lettuce leaf. Yum – O, as Raechel Ray would say!

Secondly, my green smoothies are the talk of my office. I normally make my smoothie in the morning while I’m making breakfast and then take it to work and drink it around 10-11am. If I take the smoothie to a meeting or if someone pops into my office while I’m drinking it, I get lots of commentary! Typically, I encourage people to taste a little of the smoothie from the lid of my smoothie bottle. Tomorrow, though, I’m going to give out little smoothie shots to prove that it really is tasty!

Now, to answer today’s question: I have run in 2 or 3 Race for the Cure events in Orange County. I know this sounds terrible, but I don’t particularly like the race in the OC because it’s untimed. I guess that’s just the competitive side of me coming out. I do think the race is a great way to raise money for a great cause though!!

7 10 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hi Carrie!

First can I just say how thrilled I am that you are finding things on the blog that you are trying in your daily life? I love that, thank you so much! That just makes my whole week!

Now you too will be in a “wrap rut” with me 😉 Let’s just say “wraps wrock…” tee hee

I’m dying to hear how the green smoothie SHOTS went over the office, keep us posted! You’ll be starting a trend at the office – nice! That is such a great idea!

Have a GREAT Wednesday!
— Shari B. =)

6 10 2009

Hello Shari,
To answer today’s questions, I participate in the Race for the Cure every year. I have been doing it since I moved to CO 8 years ago. I ran it the first few years, but now I just walk. It is such a great walk and the feelings I get there are incredible. People of all types are there for the same reasons and even though the crowds are terrible, everyone is so nice about it because it is such a great cause. It is a great way to raise money!

7 10 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hi Beth!
Excellent point – running it makes it go by too quickly whereas walking it allows you to savor the experience! 8 years in a row – that’s fantastic!

7 10 2009

Good morning Shari
I have never done a race…I did a walk, gosh a decade ago..OH… I remember now, it was for the March of Dimes raise money for disabled children.

it was a long day and I loved every minute. it was a walk, not a run and I had blisters galore!

I should do another one some day!

7 10 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hey there Cindy! I hear ya on the blisters… when my friend and I did the Avon 39 miler, we did get blisters… but nothing like some of the other people we saw in the medic tent! We literally saw a blister that was the size of a small golf ball!

We also saw someone doing the walk on crutches – talk about committed to the cause.

The way we looked at it was: what are a few blisters and a sunburn compared to what someone fighting cancer has to endure. That made any ‘pain’ go away in an instant.

Maybe one of these years, we’ll have to find a spot somewhere between FitFeat and A Sparkle a Day and get a huge team of blog buds to participate in something like that! 🙂

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