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Homemade Rice Pudding, The Skinny Way
Skinny Sweets Daily

Homemade Rice Pudding, The Skinny Way

Sep 22, 3013 — I am a huge rice pudding fan. The only problem is, most recipes are made with whole milk or even heavy cream with little or no fiber. In this recipe, the calories have come down a little but the fat is way down along with healthy carbs, not empty ones.  It's also a very easy recipe and  good warm or cold from the fridge. I love it so much I have it for breakfast some days. Its also nice to add some sliced apples or berries. Delish! Nutrition: calories 217, fat 1.1g, carbs 56.g, fiber 1.2g, sugar 44g, sodium 79.5mg, protein  7.9g, Weight Watchers points 7 View Recipe »
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Monday Workout
Under the Copper Tree

Monday Workout

Jul 15, 2014 — WOD:Strength:Snatch - build to a heavy max set of 1 High Hang Snatch + 1 Full Snatch (power or squat)*15 Minute Time CapFor time:30-20-10Goblet SquatKB SwingPush-upPOST WOD:Stretch/Foam RollComments:55 lbs for strength, 7:23 for timeI started with the 35 pound bar but ended up dropping down to 30. After a couple runs without weights, I threw on 30. I've lifted this weight before, but today wasn't my day. It wasn't so much my shoulder... just too much for today. Coach had me throw on 5s and work on proper form. Slowly worked up to 55. I'll have to go in on a Saturday and work on this.Rest of the workout... not bad, but my arms were like jello afterwards. But hey... I'm going to have awesome arms just in time for the... fall.
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Kale Salad with Tomato, Pomegranate Seeds, and Feta
For the Love of Cooking

Kale Salad with Tomato, Pomegranate Seeds, and Feta

Jul 15, 2014 — I am trying to incorporate more kale into our diet by adding it to soups and pastas but since it has been so hot, I need to add it to salads for the summer. I decided to make a fresh salad using chopped kale, broccoli slaw with shredded carrots, green cabbage, and romaine lettuce. I [...]
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Running During Ramadhan with Marlina
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Running During Ramadhan with Marlina

Jul 15, 2014 — The following is a guest post by a fellow runner. Don't judge a book by its cover but this buddy pal of mine is an amazing hamster in running loops and is now into ultras. Her thoughts on running during Ramadhan: When I first started venturing out for an outdoor run, it was just a couple of months before the month of Ramadhan. Still excited about running, it seemed to be a waste for me not
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the wrap dress
M Loves M

the wrap dress

Jul 14, 2014 — Blue and white feels undeniably like summer to me. While those colors can often be associated with classic stripes, I also love them in a  feminine paisley print. It's another take on a floral, so you know I'm all about it. I fell in love with this dress not just because of the print, though, but also because it has another classic element..it's a wrap-dress. I don't think I have a true wrap dress style and in paisley it felt pretty meant to me. The material is jersey so the dress has the perfect amount of stretch, yet it's extremely forgiving. I paired the dress with these two-tone strappy sandals {last worn here}, and my mom's vintage clutch. It's one of those pieces I borrowed years ago and have yet to give back {sorry Mommy!}. dress Karen Kane {also here}, shoes Joes's Jeans, clutch vintage from Mom {similar}, sunglasses ASOS {cat eye sunglasses}!function(d,s,id){var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)) {e = d.createElement(s);e.id = id;e.src = p + '://' + 'widgets.rewardstyle.com' + '/js/shopthepost.js';d.body.appendChild(e);}if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') {window.__stp.init();}}(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script');JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.This weekend was full of some TV nostalgia. Matthew and I watched Ever After on Saturday Night {such a good husband, right?!}, and yesterday at the gym I caught the last hour of That Thing You Do!, another old favorite. To top it off, after dinner with my parents last night, we saw the new series Girl Meets World. I was so into Boy Meets World back in the day. So much so that when I went bowling my name was always Topanga! While the new series is not at all like the original, it is great to see Corey and Topanga together. I love that the storyline is about their daughter, too. It makes me want to rewatch the original. Have you ever watched an old movie or show and loved it just as much as you did back in the day? I feel like it's pretty common to watch them and think they're so dated, or not as good, so it was great to watch those two movies and love them just as much as before.I hope you all had a great weekend!!xoxphotos by Valorie Darling
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Exercise With Chronic Illness
The Girl in Yoga Pants

Exercise With Chronic Illness

Jul 14, 2014 — The Girl in Yoga Pants The Girl in Yoga Pants - Living With Fibromyalgia Do you have a chronic illness and think exercise is a waste of what little energy you have left? Or, do you try to exercise, but end up exhausted and in pain for several days afterward? Without a doubt, exercise is a difficult endeavor for those with chronic illness. However, neglecting exercise may worsen your […] The post Exercise With Chronic Illness by %AUTHORLINK%% %%appeared first on The Girl in Yoga Pants.
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Heather's Guest Post
A Step in the Right Direction

Heather's Guest Post

Jul 14, 2014 — Hello everyone! Happy Monday. I am hopefully on the beach for the day up in Maine. I am going to have a few guest posters this week so you all can be introduced to some amazing ladies! *************Hi! I'm Heather and I blog over at Pretty Strong Medicine! I started my blog about a year ago to document my life as a medical student while on my journey to becoming healthy and fit. My journey has been slow but steady and a big contributor to increasing my fitness has been running. My First 5K - Cincinnati RedsUntil last year, I had never run a full mile. Ever. Not in gym class. Not for any sports. Not out of boredom. I just never thought I could do it! After a handful of unsuccessful (read:half-hearted & lazy) attempts at running, I finally made the decision to give it one last try - I was fed up after I had reached my highest weight ever. I printed off the Couch to 5K program ONE LAST TIME and got to work! I've learned a lot in the past year about myself - especially after so many failed attempts at running. I actually enjoy it now -- I never thought I'd say that!                            Sw: 236, CW:202I'm down about 35 lbs now with no sign of stopping! With numerous 5Ks, a 10K, and two half marathons under my belt, I'm ready to start working on speed, strength, and preparing myself for marathon training. (that won't be for a while - I want to get leaner and faster).Here are a few of my recommendations for how to get started with running or how to make the leap couch potato to half marathon runner!1. Start SlowWhen you first start, don't even worry about your pace. The point is to get moving! You will get faster but not if you burn yourself out.Start slow with your milage, too. If you are like me and were never a runner before, don't start running 10 miles right out of the gate. Running is certainly not low-impact and pops a whole body punch - protect your knees, your back, etc by easing into it.2. Get The Right GearTo me the most important items for running are shoes & a good sports bra. Everything else is extra and is based more on personal style and comfort level. I think it's entirely reasonable to "splurge" on the important items and save on apparel and accessories. I recently wrote a post about my must-haves for summer running here. The last thing you want are blisters and chafing to slow you down! Ask people for their recommendations and invest in yourself and your health.3. Follow a ProgramYou will see the most progress and reduce your risk of getting injuried by sticking to a program created by someone knowledgable. My FAVORITE plans come from Hal Higdon and as I mentioned before, Couch to 5K. For my first half marathon I followed a running schedule provided to me by my running group and for my second half I didn't follow my plan at all. I didn't do as well, I lost conditioning, and I struggled. Find a good program and STICK TO IT. I will never again mess with my schedule or think I can "wing it."In addition to a workout program, I suggest an eating program as well! Runners need fuel - healthy fuel! Whatever diet or lifestyle you choose to explore, I recommend clean eating - limit or eliminate processed junk, added sugar, grains, etc. Eat tons of veggies and fruits, get adequate protein, and complex carbs to fuel your runs! Make room for treats and be flexible but most of all, pay attention to your body!4. Cross TrainI like running but I don't like running ONLY. Recently I've taken a bigger interest in weight lifting which I think is incredibly important. Even though I struggled with my last half marathon, thanks to strength training I was still able to finish reasonably well. I also haven't had any more trouble with injuries since I started lifting. Strength is just plain good for you - build more muscle and you will be faster, stronger, and will burn fat more efficiently.In addition to strength training, runners should also work on their flexibility and balance - yoga is awesome! Many studios have yoga specifically geared towards runners and cyclists so do some research! Finally, incorporate other forms of cardio into your routine such as HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts. Working at a high intensity for short burst of time will make your long runs so much easier.5. Find a Buddy/GroupYou don't necessarily need to run with someone but it is a great idea to have someone to bounce ideas off of or train with. I don't like to run with other people - I consider it my "me" time but I do like to check in with my friends that run and see how each of us are doing on our training. Accountability is always a good thing! If you are a social runner, look for running groups in your area. Some running stores even have training groups for newbies that you can join for a small fee. Find what works for you but definitely create a support network to keep you engaged in your running. There will be times when you really don't want to run (or do anything at all) - having that support will make a huge difference!6. Set a DateNot everyone wants to run races but I find it highly motivating to have a goal in mind. When I don't have a race coming up, I find it hard to prioritize running. If you're ready to start running, take the plunge and pick a race, any race will do! I think it's easier to start with a larger race simply because there will be a lot of people there going your pace - less pressure!I hope these tips will help any wanna-be or newbie runners out there! I still have so much to learn and I really want to continue to improve. Thank you for reading and feel free to contact me with your own tips and tricks! prettystrongmedicine@gmail.com*****************Check back tomorrow for another amazing lady! 
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Work Out With Friends: #PropelFit Stair Circuit Workout
Run Pretty

Work Out With Friends: #PropelFit Stair Circuit Workout

Jul 14, 2014 — This post is sponsored by FitFluential on Behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are my own. Good morning! As y’all may remember, I’ve been working to complete monthly fitness challenges chosen by Propel. This month was all about getting sweaty with people who love you enough to ignore how gross you are. […]
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Foods That Fuel You
About A Mom

Foods That Fuel You

Jul 14, 2014 — Laura I find that the older I get, the more I have to pay attention to what and how I eat. The careless habits of my youth have finally caught up to me. I have a very busy family to keep up with. My kids and grandkids motivate me to take care of myself and make... Continue Reading... About A Mom - A Georgia Family and Lifestyle Blog
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A Month of Smoothies: Week 2
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A Month of Smoothies: Week 2

Jul 14, 2014 — Did you like any of last week's smoothie recipes?  I've got some kale and an overripe avocado sitting around, so here's hoping some of these will work...Raspberry-Avocado Smoothie1 avocado, peeled and pitted 3/4 cup orange juice 3/4 cup raspberry juice 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (not thawed) Green Smoothie2 ripe medium bananas 1 ripe pear or apple, peeled if desired, chopped 2 cups chopped kale leaves, tough stems removed1/2 cup cold orange juice 1/2 cup cold water 1/4 cup ice cubes 1 tablespoon ground flaxseedBanana Spice Smoothie2 ripe bananas 2 cups vanilla kefir1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 cup ice cubes Cucumber-Kale Smoothie2 cups spinach and kale1 frozen banana 1 frozen cucumber 3 tablespoons lemon juice2 teaspoons honey1 tablespoon almond butter1 tablespoon chia seeds
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