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Gearing up for an October Fitness Challenge! Are you in???

I really love challenges! Especially when I can get others involved!!!! October is quickly creeping up on us and I have been mulling over what we can do for an October fitness challenge.

I decided on Renegade Rows, or push-ups with a dumbbell row. ūüôā I will be 34 on October 10th, so I thought it fitting to do Four sets of 30 Renegade Rows with a 30 second rest in between each set.

They work quite a bit of your body, so we should all see some great ¬†results!!!! I don’t know about you, but I am excited about the October Challenge!!! #OctoberRenegades


Target Back, General | Pectoralis Major, Sternal | Triceps Brachii
Synergist Rhomboids | Trapezius, Middle | Trapezius, Lower | Latissimus Dorsi | Deltoid, Posterior | Infraspinatus | Brachialis | Brachioradialis
Stabilizers Rectus Abdominis | Obliques | Biceps Brachii | Pectoralis Major, Sternal | Pectoralis Major, Clavicular | Deltoid, Anterior | Hip Flexors
                                        Dumbbell Renegade Row, Push-up Muscles Front Dumbbell Renegade Row, Push-up Muscles Rear
                                              Front                                  Rear
Zoe and I did our run this morning. (Just under 2 miles) I felt great on my run. Still having some issues with my shins though, but the compression socks help, especially after my run! Zoe has really been getting into running too! I have been letting her out of the stroller on the last stretch and she just takes off and has a really great pace. I am super proud of her!!! Keeping your kiddos active is important!
I love our bonding time when working out!!! It truly is the best part of my day!!! ūüôā
Once we got home we had a post run smoothie. I had some Pumpkin left over from the muffins, so we had a Pumpkin, oat, banana, and spinach smoothie. Before you say eww gross lol, you can not taste the spinach. ūüėČ
Even Zoe loved it!!!
And it is super easy to make!
Pumpkin Smoothie
        Ingredients for 1 serving (I typically give Zoe about 1 Cup of my drink, but the Nutritional facts are for the whole thing)
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 Cup of Pumpkin
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk (I used Whole because that is what Zoe drinks and all we have lol)
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • 1 Handful of Spinach (Roughly 1 Cup)
Blend in your blender (I use a Ninja, but it is essentially a blender) Till smooth and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts


Amount Per Serving
  Calories 382.5
  Total Fat 7.9 g
  Saturated Fat 2.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.2 g
  Cholesterol 10.0 mg
  Sodium 90.7 mg
  Potassium 764.6 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 72.0 g
  Dietary Fiber 9.2 g
  Sugars 29.0 g
  Protein 11.7 g
It is a little higher in sugar than I like, but it was a welcomed treat after our run! What do you think of the October Challenge? Do you get your kiddos involved in your activities? What are some of your post workout treats?
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Who said White Potatoes were bad for you???

¬† ¬† I keep seeing people say they have to figure out how to replace potatoes in their diet, since “they are bad for you”. Wait, WHAT??? Potatoes are complex carbs! They are good for you!!!! They are great for energy!!! All complex Carbohydrates form what is called muscle glycogen. Yeah I know, what the heck is that??? Okay let me break it down for you, Complex carbs are slow burning fuel for your body, so you will train harder and longer! They are a vital part of keeping your metabolism up, as well an aid in digestion, and oxidation of protein and fat. Obviously, like anything, you eat your carbs in moderation, because whatever you do not burn, will turn into fat. I eat them in small bursts throughout the day and always with some protein.

   If I plan on eating a large portion of carbs, I do it right after a workout! This is the time I typically like to eat my sweeter complex carbohydrates, ie; apples, lemons, strawberries, bananas. I love to have banana ice cream! Frozen bananas with some coconut milk and some protein powder blended, oh my, it is heaven especially after a hard workout.



   The most awesome thing is the carbs spike you insulin after a workout, which puts your body into an anabolic state. What does that mean for you??? That means your body is in mega muscle building mode and with muscle you burn fat!!! 

¬† ¬† Okay, I totally got off track with the white potatoes lol What I was getting to, is that they don’t have to be bad for you! Baked potatoes, baked fries, potato salad, and hash browns are all things my family LOVES and still eat. We make them healthier by tweaking the recipes. YES, it can be done!!!!¬†

¬† ¬†Who doesn’t love some potato salad??? Josh’s favorite type is loaded baked potato salad. I am not gonna lie Zoe and I love the stuff too! ūüėȬ†



¬†This is a healthier way of making it, without sacrificing the taste! First I wash and cut up 5 small to med potatoes, then into the pot they go. I boil them till they are done but still slightly firm. Some people like their potato salad a little mushy, so by all means cook them longer. ūüėČ


 While those are cooking I preheat the oven for 400 degrees. You may be wondering why lol this is to cook the bacon, or in this case I used Hog Jowls. Yes, they are not that healthy. However, neither is bacon. Hog jowls cook the same and have the same flavor, but it is stronger and more pronounced in Jowls than bacon, so I can use less with and get the same end result. Therefore, it is in my mind healthier to use the jowls over the bacon lol. Plus, they are cheaper than bacon! 



¬† You can usually get them fresh at a farmer’s market or your local butcher, but in a pinch we grabbed the at the grocery store. They are half the size of bacon, but again twice the flavor! ¬†I put ¬†6 of them on a baking sheet and check/flip them every 3-5 mins or until they are cooked to desired crispiness.

¬† ¬†Once the potatoes are done I strain them and pop them in the fridge to cool. While they are cooling I start chopping up the other ingredients. I mince one large garlic clove, 1/2 cup red onion (you can use yellow,white or whatever your choice may be. I like the red because the color pops!), then I chop up the cooled hog jowls. All of these ingredients are added to the potatoes with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4-1/2 tsp of kosher salt. Josh likes a lot of salt, I personally like it with less, but to each their own. ūüėČ ¬†Then add 1 cup of Plain Greek yogurt. I prefer Fage brand. I think it taste the most like sour cream, so is awesome for recipes like this. We have bought other brands, but didn’t like them at all! You can use more if you want a creamier salad.¬†



  From there you just mix, I typically will garnish with a Tablespoon of chopped chives, Then enjoy! 



¬†Do have recipes you wish you could convert to healthy ones? Maybe we could work together to try to find some! Contact me and let me know! Hope you all enjoy the beautiful day!!! God bless and eat your complex carbohydrates! ūüėȬ†

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