Fitness Friday: Training, Yoga and Gear

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Happy Fitness Friday! What have you been doing to stay fit this week? 

I have been doing some running and a little bit of strength training yesterday with the Hubz. Tonight we are going to a yoga class and one tomorrow (getting ready for our 30 Day Challenge).

Hubz and my training blog is up and running again so head over and check out my weekly half marathon training updates.

You can also check out the Hubz review of SPIbelt. 

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for my 30 Days of Yoga Challenge starting November 1, 2011.  You’ll have a chance to win a Lululemon gift card and there may just be a few surprise giveaways for participants throughout the month.

Early November Goals

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November Goals – Starting Today

When I work with my health coaching clients the first thing we do is set out 1 month, 3 month and 6 month goals, however setting the goals just isn’t enough it’s what comes after.  Once you set your goals it’s time to make action steps which are the steps you need to take to achieve your goals.  Below are my goals for November (which I am starting today October 26, 2011) and the action steps I will be taking to achieve my goals.

  1. Exercise 5-6x per week and yoga 7x per week. I am currently training for my first half marathon but I know I need to step up my cross training, weights and yoga. To help increase my exercise I am hosting a  November yoga challenge; 30 days of yoga and there is an incentive for those who want to participate. I will be doing Option B; to help motivate me I will do at least one class per week either at a local studio or at our gym.  I am also doing 3 days of running per week per my training schedule (Jeff Galloway method). For the other 2-3 days I will go to the gym withm y husband to do cross training (swimming, biking, elliptical) and of weights. 
  2. Drink more water. Each day I will have 1 glass of water upon waking up and then upon arriving to work fill up my 1L cup at work at least twice (drinking all of it).  Evenings I will then drink at least additional liter of water.  On weekends I’ll carry a water bottle with me so that I can stay hydrated no matter where I am.
  3. Cut back on alcohol. This has proven to be more of a challenge since my husband starting brewing his own beer.  Most nights I only have at max one drink (if any) however I want to take steps to continually improve my health.  So from now on Monday-Thursday no drinks and setting a 2 drink per day max on weekends.
  4. Keep my kitchen clean. Between my husband brewing and me cooking almost three meals per day our kitchen can get messy and a messy kitchen is no fun to cook in.  To help keep my kitchen clean I am going to spend 30 minutes per day picking up my kitchen.  If the kitchen is already clean or it takes less than 30 minutes to clean it then I will spend the remaining time picking up another area in the house.
  5. Do something for me (and him).  This month the Hubz and I are going to use one of our Living Social deals to go get ourselves a massage because we desire it.  We work hard and rarely treat ourselves to the spa.  It is really important to take time to take care of yourself.  So I am going to go and schedule an appointment by Sunday night for sometime this month.
What are you goals? What action steps are you going to take to achieve them? 

{Recipe} Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies with "cream cheese" filling

While working on my review for the Rabbit Food Cookbook blog tour I came across the recipe for Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies however I didn’t have any chocolate chips.  To top it off although the recipe is already fairly healthy (especially compared to most cookie recipes) and I love the use of natural sweeteners, there was still a little too much oil in the recipe for me.  I decided to swap out some of the oil for applesauce and the chocolate chips for raisins. Below is my variation on the recipe.

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling
Adapted From Rabbit Food Cookbook 

Ingredients:
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins

Cream cheese filing: 2 oz vegan cream cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons agave.

Directions:
Preheat Oven to 325F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix wet ingredients (oil through vanilla) in a small bowl. In a large bowl mix together the remaining ingredients, except raisins.

Add the wet to the dry and mix until combined. Fold in the raisins.

Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon measure, scoop the cookies onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cooled spread a layer of cream cheese filling on the bottom of one cookie and then top with another to create a sandwich. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.