Smoothie Time

For the past week, I’ve had a cold and the chills.  Today the cough arrived.  Tis the season as some would say.

But I decided to fight back and try the Flu-Fighter Sunshine Smoothie from Oh She Glows. I received this cookbook at Christmas and I’ve already made a few things from it.

I love citrus and had all the ingredients to make this.  It was simple and quick to make.  Here’s what you need:   2 peeled oranges, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1-3 teaspoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a few ice cubes.  After a minute in the blender, it looked like this:

Gorgeous colour!

It tasted great and I’m already starting to feel better!  What makes you feel better when you have a cold or the flu?

Just do it

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If you thought this post was about Nike or exercising, sorry, but you are wrong!

Yesterday, I had my annual mammogram.

Here in British Columbia, women over 40 are eligible to go every year for this test (for free!).    I am in my mid-forties and have been going every year for the past 5 years.  When I turned 40, I was nursing so had to wait until I was 41 to have my first mammogram.  I was actually looking forward to it.   Why?  For me it was another way to stay healthy and stay ahead of cancer.

Most women want to know 2 questions.  How long does it take ?  Does it hurt?  Well, I waited longer in the waiting room (about 5 minutes) than it took for the test to be completed.   It can be a little uncomfortable, but the discomfort doesn’t last long.  I don’t mind.  For me, it is worth it.

I know it is not a sure thing.  I know there is some controversy about mammograms, frequency of testing, and false positive tests.  But I believe that mammograms save lives.

So, if you are eligible, please go.

For more information, click here: BC Cancer Agency

linking up with The Jenny Evolution Friday Flash Blog

Time flies

Almost 3 weeks ago, my sister and I issued ourselves a challenge. Do the plank and push ups every day for the month of July. I’ll admit, it was practically my idea. I’ll also admit, that I am probably the one sister who is not participating in my own challenge.

I have time to check FaceBook, post on Pinterest, write our blog, text my friends, hang out with my kids (this one especially time well spent), go for a run, walk the dog, etc. But for whatever reason, I cannot seem to find 2 minutes to plank and do push ups.

Don’t put off today…

what you can do tomorrow.  I’ve heard this saying for as long as I can remember!

I am a mom in my mid-forties to young children.  I exercise to maintain my sanity, to keep up with them, to reduce stress, and so I can drink more wine, etc, etc.  You know the reasons.

When it comes to the strength challenge that my sister and I are doing, I am definitely putting it off.  Why?  Not sure.  I can count on one hand how many times I have done push ups since July 1st.  The plank is being done a bit more frequently, but just a bit.  Considering the total time for both is about 2-3 minutes, I am not sure why I am not working it into my day.

Although, it is good for me, it feels like a punishment.  A punishment, however, that is good for my health.

I run fairly regularly throughout the week, so adding this is should be oh so easy!  But it isn’t. Weight and strength training doesn’t have the instant gratification that running does.

Today, I did my run and my plank.  But no push ups.  Maybe tomorrow…

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you’re always a day away 🙂

Strength Challenge

My sister and I often talk about how easy it is (or should be) to plank and do pushups every day. Five minutes worth of effort, if that? And amazing results for said efforts.

We both go in spurts where we knock out a minute plank and 3 sets of 10 pushups or so. And then we stop. Fall off the fitness wagon.

So! Today we decided to challenge ourselves to plank and pushup EVERY DAY for the month of July. Or what’s left of it, anyway!

I planked today for 1:01. Shaking, quivering etc…

Did 2 sets of 12 pushups…on feet, not knees. Probably don’t go low enough.

Granted, I also need to boost my cardio but that may be another challenge. This month my goal is to plank for 2 minutes (stop laughing if that seems lame).

Let’s go, Sis!!! We can do this!!!