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New Blog

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New Blog

Have you made the switch to my new blog: A Note From L ??? If not, I will continue posting reminders for the next couple weeks prior to officially writing my last post. I really hope you join me on my next journey as I tackle;

LIFE is going to encompass everything that is my life.

LOVE will cover the topics of love in my life…family.

LEASHES is all about Bentley, my pupster and other things pertaining to pets.

 

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MOVING…

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Dearest readers,

As many of you have probably stopped reading my posts prior to my lack thereof of writing…I have decided to try again. This time it has a new mantra if you will. The new blog is under: A Note From L . The blogs theme is Life, Love, and Leashes! These three words allow me the capability to write about almost everything in my life without being tied down to a specific topic.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still the health-conscious, fitness advocate, but I also wasn’t being very personal. and for that I want to apologize.

In A Note From L, I want to be able to share my life and the things happening in it. I hope that you notice some of the same familiar content, as I am trying to move my favorite posts from this blog into the new one. Please understand I am not trying to leave you, I am not reinventing myself, I am simply wanting to be in the moment and I hope you join me.

Sincerely,
Lindsay

2013 Blog in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 840 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

May 2014 be a better and stronger year than 2013, no excuses!

Give me feedback on what topics you want more of, take this poll:

Transformation

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Meet Matt!

Matt is a friend & family member who is not only intelligent, but is also self-motivated in both his career and peronal life as a successful Kansas City engineer. Matt has also recently turned 30 and realized he was going to put health & happiness back into his own hands. Here is what Matt had to say when I asked him a few questions regarding his fitness journey:

What is one of your recent fitness accomplishments?

MH: In March 2013 I ran a 5k in 19 minutes and took first place overall.  In April 2013 I set my personal record in a half marathon with a time of 1:28.  My next goal is to run a 3 hour marathon this fall.

Personal “I did it moment”?

MH: When I got to below 8% body fat and could enjoy feeling my six pack abs again.

Is there a health or personal challenge you have had to overcome? 

MH: None I can think of.

What is your favorite “healthy” thing to eat?

MH: Steamed cauliflower, steamed asparagus, and baked fish.  Not necessarily together.

Favorite “guilty” thing to eat?

MH: Hamburgers and supreme pizza.

Can you tell me about your favorite workout?

MH: A long run of 15 miles.  Or a high intensity boot camp class.

What is your personal fitness motto?

MH: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” – Prefontaine.

How do you influence others to be healthier?

MH: I got my college friend Debra W. to get back into running.  She ran track and cross country at Iowa State.  I talked her into doing the Seattle marathon with me last year, she was hesitant but agreed.  At the time she was just going to do that one to say she accomplished a marathon.  Now she will be running her third marathon come this October with the DC marathon.  My friends Jenny and Jason have both told me I am inspiring.  They were initially thinking they wanted to get to a more healthier weight, which they have.  But seeing me is pushing them even more on their transformation.

What is an item on your fitness bucket list?

MH: To qualify and run Boston marathon.  To get into triathlons and either qualify for the US Championships and/or the World Ironman in Hawaii.

You seem to have it all together, what is an item on your other bucket list?

MH: To get married and raise some kids.  Skydiving.  And take a European vacation.

Any other comments?

MH: Being fit greatly pays off for your health.  I had blood tests done in January 2013 and my results were all at optimal levels.  Triglycerides to HDL cholesterol ratio of 0.7, below 1.0 is optimal.  Blood pressure of 110/80, in 2011 this was 135/80.  A resting heart rate of 48.  Finding a sport or fitness class you enjoy greatly motivates you to perform harder and more often.  I have fell in love with boot camp type fitness classes.  And I’ve always been a fast runner but now that I am in great shape I am finishing in the top 1%, usually in the top five for my age group.  It feels pretty cool to line up at the front of the race with all the other great runners.  Most people may think of the people at the front as different than you and I but they aren’t, they and myself have typical jobs and lives and just put the extra effort in to be great.

Great words of wisdom from Matt! We all can do extraordinary things if we just put the extra effort in to be great.

Turkey and Cucumber Sandwich!

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When you need something different then your typical brown bag sandwich. Seasoned with horseradish and garlic, these sandwiches have a nice bite! To carry one in a brown-bag lunch, keep the filling and bread separate so the bread doesn’t become soggy. Assemble the sandwich just before eating.

Ingredients

Serves:  Prep:  13min |Cook: 0min |Total: 13min
  • 1/2 cup nonfat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped cooked turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 1 seedless cucumber, very thinly sliced

Directions

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In a medium bowl, toss together the mayonnaise, horseradish, garlic powder and pepper. Mix in the turkey and scallions.
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Divide the mixture among 4 slices of the bread, spreading it to the edges. Overlap the cucumber slices in an even layer over the turkey. Top with the remaining 4 slices of bread.

Nutritional Facts per serving

CALORIES 274.7 CAL
FAT 3.4 G
SATURATED FAT 0.7 G
CHOLESTEROL 50.3 MG
SODIUM 704.9 MG
CARBOHYDRATES 37.2 G
TOTAL SUGARS 5.7 G
DIETARY FIBER    5.2 G
PROTEIN                  23.3 G

This recipe and content was found at www.womenshealthmag.com

Population Me

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How often do you think about yourself throughout the day? We all are so vain, myself included. Yet, with vanity the front-runner for almost everything we do and decision we make, I am having the hardest time developing a thoughtful answer to the interview question “please tell me about yourself”.

Initially, I would like to begin with I am Lindsay, a 2009 graduate with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Health, blah blah blah. However, they have my resume right in front of them and they are a literate person, so why would I reitterate what my resume already reads?!

Next, I considered being brutally honest with them that I am a type A, blue personality, who can be deemed a “sainted pit-bull”. I am far from intimidating standing at 4 feet 11 inches tall, however I am stubborn as an ox and  “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent” (thank you, Eleanor Roosevelt for that beautiful quote) type of mind-set. Yet, if I am looking to be hired for a new job, and at that a promotion, that is probably not a good introduction to myself.

As an educated individual, I took to the books. I have learned that you should keep it short and concise, a brief summary of who you and and how you are the person for the company/job without coming outright and saying it. Here is my about me:
I am an extravert who interacts well with others. I am detail and quality driven, dependable, and analytical. I have worked for X company for more than 3 years including my internship at Y location within X company. I have helped establish a solid working relationship within X company at Z location since X took on this client in 2009. I would like to continue to be a part of a company who infuses health and wellness into peoples everyday lives. It is my passion and goal to pass my love for health and well-being to the people I serve.

How do you prepare for interivews? What are your tips or tricks to answering the question “tell me about yourself”?

Fit Tip Tuesday {No.11}

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Walking your dog burns calories

According to AccuWeather.com, the weather conditions for Des Moines, Iowa are excellent for dog walking.

Walking your dog not only keeps your pup healthy and happy, but it also keeps YOU healthy and happy!

To calculate how many calories your body burns while walking your dog you can use this simple calorie counter or purchase a heart rate monitor to accurately measure calorie burn throughout the day or during exercise.