Brave Fitness Workout #1

Hello!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I sure did!  Saw a great movie with my Mom (Saving Mr. Banks), church on Sunday morning, and then picked up the husband from the airport:)  It’s so good to have him home again.  And lucky for him, he was home in time to watch the Golden Globes with me;)

Did anyone else watch?  I thought Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were pretty funny!  And here are a couple of my favorite dresses from the night.

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GG14_LizzyCaplanLizzy Caplan.  Love this fun unique gown on her!  Definitely love the shape on top!

Well that’s enough fashion talk.  What I really want to share with you today is my workout from this morning!  As I mentioned for my 2014 goals, I want to start sharing more workouts with you!  So here is the first Brave Fitness Workout post.

This workout has it all.  Strength, cardio, core!  You’ll love it!  At least I hope you do:) Plus, you don’t need any equipment and you can do this from your living room. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy!  This is definitely a challenge.

Do 5 rounds for time.  (If you don’t have time or you just aren’t up for all 5 rounds then just do 3 or 4.  Or however many works for you.  Let the workout serve you.  Don’t serve the workout.)

Try to limit breaks so you can keep the cardio aspect in there aka keep the heart rate elevated!

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I hope you will try this out!  If you do let me know.  If you have any questions, don’t hestitate to ask!

Before I go I want to wish a very  happy birthday to my oldest sister Audrey!  I love and appreciate her so much!  She is one of my biggest supporters for sure.   And she is absolutely beautiful inside and out!

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Now go workout;)

If you watched, did you have a favorite dress from the Golden Globes?

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Favorite Meals of the Week

Happy Friday everyone!!

Any fun weekend plans?  Dom is out of town on business 😦  so I don’t have any major plans.  But I will be seeing Saving Mr. Banks with my parents and watching the Golden Globes on Sunday:)  Anyone else?!

Today I want to share some of my favorite meals of the week.

First up this Easy Flaked Almond “Tuna” Salad from Oh She Glows! It’s excellent.  And tastes really similar to the really thing.  No joke!  I might even prefer the taste of this because of the good chewy texture.

I’ve been enjoying it for breakfast on rice cakes before my workout as well as on top of a big green salad.  The recipe makes a good amount so you can have it throughout the week:)

large (2)Another recipe I’m loving: Salt +Vinegar Kale Mashed Potatoes from Edible Perspective.  I’m a big fan of the salt and vinegar combo.  I use to eat a lot of salt and vinegar chips when I was younger.  I would get chapped lips from eating so many (weirdo, right?!) Anyway, I don’t eat so many chips these days but I still love the flavor.  I’ve enjoyed them with salmon and veggies which was great!  But my favorite way is to serve them with a fried egg, a good serving of avocado, and a little nutritional yeast!  Sorry I didn’t get a photo of that!

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One last thing I’ve been enjoying this week is mixing together a spoonful or two of tomato paste with a big scoop of sauerkraut!  This makes the perfect topping for an egg scramble!

2 eggs with roasted jicama, brussel sprouts, and kabocha squash.

2 eggs with roasted jicama, collard greens, brussel sprouts, and kabocha squash topped with the sauerkraut+tomato paste combo.

I hope you will try these recipes out!  They are worth it, I promise!

Happy weekend to you!

What has been your favorite meal this week?

2014

Happy New Year!!

I realize I am a few days late.  I also know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m back!! And I really wanted to share what my goals for 2014 are.

I’m not sure if they are really even goals, more just things Dom and I talked about that we want to do more of this year.

1.  Read More

In November my younger sister let me borrow her copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I read it in November in less than a week.  I read it again to Dom a few weeks later.  I never do that, read a book a second time I mean.  I loved this book so much, the moment I was finished I wanted to read it again!  Dom ended up really liking it as well and it was fun to read a book aloud together.  So we plan on continuing this.  It’s his turn to pick a book for us to read:)  I also want to read more on my own.  I love reading, I’ve always been a reader but I want to make more time for it instead of TV in my down time.   Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I think it’s a good thing to do.  This is also on my list of things to read Eating Alive by Dr. John Matsen, (a gift from Dom for Christmas)! 

2. Volunteer More and Together

When I was a teenager, service and volunteering was a pretty big part of my life.  I helped with a lot of service projects in my church’s youth group as well as at school.  I really didn’t have to think about it too much because the projects were planned out for us.  These days these projects aren’t usually planned out for me but it’s still something I want to take part in.  I came across this site, volunteermatch.org.  It is pretty cool. You can look up your city and find a lot of opportunities to volunteer in your area.  They have lots of areas to volunteer in such as Environment, Health, Animal Care, Children and Youth, etc.  Pretty cool, huh?! So we definitely plan on doing more this year.

One way we are doing this already is WE ARE SHAVING OUR HEADS!!  Yep both of us.  We saw an ad for St. Baldricks (learn more about them here).  Basically, they are a foundation that raises money for childhood cancer research.  People participate by signing up to get their heads shaved and raising money for the cause!  I think this is such an amazing cause.  When I have children of my own I know I would appreciate every cent toward a cure if (heaven forbid) my children had cancer.  I’m pretty nervous about shaving my hair obviously but it will also be fun to have a change.  Plus I know it’s for a good cause and it will be worth it to help out in this way.  Plus just as Regina Spektor sang in this song, ““Maybe you should cut your own hair ‘Cause that can be so funny It doesn’t cost any money And it always grows back..”

Until we meet again, Hair!

Until we meet again, Hair!

 If you’d like to help us reach our fundraising goal you can go here.  We have until March 8ith to reach our goal.  Any amount is truly appreciated.

For my own goals:

3.  Practice Yoga 

I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself.  I have a whole year to accomplish this goal.  I used to do a lot more yoga, at least once a week.  I haven’t done it for a long time!  But it is something I enjoy and I know it is very good for the body.  Hopefully by the end of the year it will be something that I do on a regular basis.

4.  Share More Workouts on the Blog!

Since May I have been following GPP workouts so I haven’t thought much about writing my own workouts. I love GPP and will probably always do it but lately I’ve been feeling like I needed a change. So for the past week I’ve been changing it up.  I’ve been focusing on a little more heavy lifting with fun high intensity circuits thrown.  I’ve been really enjoying planning out my own workouts again and that means more Brave Fitness workouts to share:)  Hopefully I will get a couple up this week:)

Well, now you are sort of caught up on what’s been going on lately.  I hope you all had a very happy Christmas/Holiday and Happy New year!

xo

Hannah

Any good book recommendations? Have you read any of John Green’s books?

Any goals/resolutions for the new year?