Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Workout Playlist

Sometimes good music is all I need to get me out the door and keep me motivated during a workout. Here is a Halloween inspired music playlist to keep you movin' and help work off those extra sweet treats:

Halloween Music Mash

  1. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson 
  2. "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot
  3. "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.
  4. "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones
  5. "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
  6. "Super Freak" by Rick James
  7. "Disturbia" by Rihanna
  8. "A Nightmare on My Street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
  9. "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads
  10. "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Bongo


Friday, October 28, 2011

Bowling Babe

While most people would argue that bowling isn't exactly a workout, I couldn't resist posting these crazy retro bowling shoes from Adidas by American designer Jeremy Scott. Called the Jeremy Scott Bowling Boots ($350), they come complete with the old school size number on the back and a 70's style wedge heel - which of course is one of the biggest trends in shoes in 2011.

While I'm not sure I would be gutsy enough to wear these to my local alley, if you're bold enough you can be the coolest Betty in your lane!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sugar cravings banished!

I did it, I did it, I did it! I can't believe "The Queen of all Sugar Addicts" made it 30 days with no sugar and met her challenge. Unbelievable. And you know what else is great? I lost four more pounds of post-baby weight while doing it!

As you read in my last post on this subject, while my cravings overall had lessened I still at times craved sugar like Hugh Hefner craves blondes. I was worried those cravings would never go away, but right at about the two and a half week mark something clicked and I didn't have another strong craving after that. I got through my oldest daughter's third birthday without even licking my fingers after cutting her cake (my favorite chocolate cake btw) and never felt tempted by the leftovers either. That is a huge breakthrough for me.

I feel like I'll be a better role model for my girls as I don't NEED sugar to be a staple in my diet. As you can see from the picture on the left (mmmmm, peas) I'm already prepping my youngest to eat healthy foods and enjoy them. :)

Of course going into the holiday season will be challenging, but I'm glad I did this before the onslaught of sweets. I have been able to lessen my focus on sugar. I've also been slowly changing my overall eating habits, which I think helped with the sugar cravings as well. I'll blog more about that part later, but suffice it so say I have been avoiding eating refined white flour and other processed foods.

Besides squelching my addiction to sugar, I did this for my health. To see what I mean, check out this list of "146 Reasons Why Sugar is Ruining Your Health" by Nancy Appleton.

If you are like I was and are addicted to sugar, I encourage you to go ahead and take this challenge. And since posting on this blog kept me honest, you should post the following in the comments section to be held accountable: "Hi, my name is xxxx and I'm a sugar addict. I want to take the 30-day challenge and will post my progress on this blog when I'm done!"

By posting on this blog, I knew I would have more than just my family to answer to as to why I broke down and downed a whole bag of peanut M&M's, a bag of gummi bears and half a Swiss chocolate bar. Go ahead and do it. Good luck!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stretching Photo Shoot

It's a wrap!

We just wrapped our stretching photo shoot this past Sunday for my upcoming and current JammyCo apps. Lucky for me I got to work with friends on this project which made it more fun than work. 

My friend Kelly served as the model as she is a former dancer, ├╝ber-athlete and all around fun gal! She looks amazing in her Nike get-up (Victory Mesh Long Bra, Tech Capri Running Tights and Lunarglide+ 3 shoes). Thanks to Krista from Nike for providing the clothing for us!

And behind the camera, my friend Kevin of K. Patrick Photography shot some great pics that I can't wait to show you.

I'll make sure to share my favorite stretches with you all once the pictures are all edited but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek!

New Look!

A big thank you to Smitten Blog Designs for re-designing my blog and giving it an amazing new look! I love it! What do you think?

Monday, October 24, 2011

October Picks

This is the first post of my monthly picks - all things fitness-related that I love and recommend each month! 

Here are my October Picks for the ladies:

It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Moving Comfort not only has great, supportive sports bras, but the company is also donating $1 from each bra purchase this month to the "Feel Your Boobies" campaign which reminds women to be proactive about their health.


The Moving Comfort Juno Bra ($52) is their top rated bra and is great for high impact workouts because of it's racerback and seamless molded cups for compression. So, if you are looking for a flattering, no bounce bra, this one's for you!

As the weather begins to get cooler, the Brooks Versatile EZ Long Sleeve Top ($32) is a great lightweight top or layering piece. The heathered fabric is a moisture wicking, antimicrobial material and comes in four flattering colors.

What makes this top unique is the flattering seams in a contrast color stitch and a pretty Blossom printed pattern inside the neckline which gives this top a more feminine look.

The Nike Lady Tech Capri Running Tights($55) are a favorite among runners although they are great for just about any workout. I just got myself a pair and they are not only comfy but very flattering as well. They have a fitted silhouette and Dri-FIT fabric to wick away sweat and keep you dry.

 Sports Bras and Apparel

Here are my October Picks for the men:

The Equilibrium Thermal Long Sleeved Top ($55) is made up of  a lightweight, soft fabric - perfect for those cooler days.  It also has thumbholes for extra hand warmth. The paneled color blocking gives it a sporty look and it has a tighter fit - perfect for layering as the weather gets even colder. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I recently blogged about the Nike 7" Tempo 2-in-1 Running Shorts ($52)  but am posting them again as one of my picks this month. They come with a zip pocket at the center back waist for your iPod or other media player along with an internal key pocket. However, the best feature is the built-in, compression-fit boxer briefs that offer both comfort and support, making these an easy choice for any sport. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fitting Shoes for your Feet

Asics Gel-Kayano 17
While this blog covers what's currently hot and fashionable in sportswear, when it comes to running footwear it's best not to choose a shoe solely on looks. Why? Because running shoes are manufactured specifically for each "type" of runner which refers to the biomechanics of one's feet. Choosing the wrong type of shoe can cause pain or even worse an injury.

Here are some guidelines to steer you in the right direction:

  • Figure out your running "type."  There are three "types" of runners: supinator (or underpronator), overpronator, and neutral runner. Supination and pronation refers to the outward and inward motion of your foot as it rolls during running or walking.

    • A running specialty store can help gauge your biomechanics by analyzing your running gait and measuring your feet.
    • Bring your old running shoes in so they can look at your wear pattern on the bottom to help determine your biomechanics.
    • In addition, bring the socks you normally run in as well to help make sure the shoe is a good fit.

  • Determine your shoe category.  There are three main categories of running shoes:  cushioned, stability and motion control.  Each is designed to address the above mentioned three "types" of runners.

    • Running shoes vary by the amount of support they provide, based on the degree to which runners supinate or pronate. This is why it's important to find a pair specific to your needs as it can help avoid injury down the line.

  • Test out shoes.  Most running specialty stores will allow you to run a bit in the shoes after trying them on to make sure they feel comfortable.

  • Be prepared to spend money.  A good cushioned running shoe will cost anywhere from about $75 to $150 so be prepared to spend some money. You might think you'll save money by buying a cheaper pair but often those shoes do not offer the same support or cushioning and will break down faster. 

  • Replace your shoes periodically.  Running shoes typically need to be replaced every 300-500 miles. The number will vary depending on different factors such as: the material of shoe (foam will break down quicker than polyurethane) and weight of runner (a heavier person will break the same shoe down faster than a lighter person).

Happy running!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Half Way There!

I'm half way through my 30 days of no sugar challenge today! I won't say it's been easy but my sugar cravings are slowly subsiding as time goes by. There have been moments when I wonder why I'm torturing myself (only when I'm really craving some sugar in any which way or form) but all in all it's been okay. 

This past Saturday the whole family was at Starbucks (as we usually do on the weekends) and I wanted my tall soy hot chocolate with no whip in the worst way! Even the folks at Starbucks questioned me as they know our drinks by heart, "What no hot chocolate?" I managed to hold off and get myself a non-sweetened tea and be somewhat satisfied. As you can see from the pic above, I recently got my coupon for a free drink at Starbucks and I'm saving it for a post 30 day challenge treat. I'm sure you can guess what it will be.

In the meantime, my oldest daughter continues to torture me with her lack of a sweet tooth. Since I've started this challenge she has thrown away the following unfinished sweets without even a thought...

1/2 Chocolate Chip Cookie
2 Lollipops 
2 Popsicles 
1/2 a Cupcake
Cupcake (licked only the frosting off)
3/4 piece of Birthday Cake

And no, I haven't cheated and eaten her unfinished sweets- but don't think that I haven't thought about it once or twice. :-) Maybe I need to take notes and learn from her. Take a couple of bites of something, satisfy my sweet tooth and move on. Hmmmm, so hard to do. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lace Look

Lace has been a hot trend lately in the fashion world and has been on everything from dresses to shoes. While lace probably wouldn't be the most comfortable workout material, I did find this flattering Zella Multi Strap Tank ($32) with mesh detailing on the back that has a lace-inspired look to it.  

The long length is a plus as I hate shimmels that ride up - and the double skinny straps are a cute detail as well. It also comes with a shelf bra and is made of a wicking material.  For $32, this is a great deal for a fashionable tank. It's not really suited for high impact workouts - but yoga, weights and pilates here I come!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Nike on the Brain

I recently saw the summer 2012 Men's and Women's Nike Performance line and it looks better than ever! The line - like the upcoming spring line - had items that I was literally drooling over. While you will have to wait to see them, here are some of my favorite Nike items currently in stores.

This Knit Ribbed V-Neck Tank ($28) has a very flattering cut with it's v-neck and slight ruching detail at the bust. I love the side mesh insets with the striped detailing. Made of Dri-Fit material it will keep you dry and cool in warmer weather or serve as a great layering piece as the weather cools down.

The Element Jacquard Half-Zip ($70) is a great transition piece as we enter into cooler weather. The subtle print adds a bit of fun without being overwhelming. Made with a soft, brushed fabric and flat seaming construction for a very comfy fit.

The Tempo Short ($30) is a go-to short as Nike has perfected performance with style in this short.  It's one of my favorite running shorts and is the best-selling running short on the market. Gotta love the fact that each season Nike comes out with a ton of color combinations and more recently some fun prints. Whether you want something bold and flashy or are on the more conservative side, there is something for everyone. 
On the men's side...

The Nike Dri-Fit UV Miler Shirt ($38) might look like a basic top but the fabric not only wicks sweat well, but also offers UV protection to help shield you from the sun. It has a relaxed fit to it and comes in a variety of colors each season.

The Nike Element Long Sleeve Half Zip ($55) is a great cool weather layering piece. Its lightweight material will keep you warm but not overheated in cooler weather. It has a tighter fit, nice reflectivity details and comes in many colors.