Saturday, February 20, 2010

Today's Workout Video - Wall Ball Squat

This is a wonderful workout to strengthen and tone your thighs. It's simple and effective and you can do it at home. Workout balls are very inexpensive and you can find them at your local Target or Walmart. I did this exercise yesterday as part of my leg/thigh workouts. In combination with other core exercises, you'll have strong and tone thighs in no time. Try it out!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Healthy Diet Challenge #2 - Lemony Herbed Pork Roast

** Review - For a simple recipe, the dish is very delicious. It has a slight tangy flavor. You have the choice to add oregano or thyme, I used fresh oregano and I also added an additional 1/4 teaspoon salt. I do recommend saving the basting and scoop some of the sauce over the pork roast before serving. I do recommend trying this recipe out! Preparation is quick and painless!

Today's healthy diet challenge is not from a "healthy diet" cookbook but the caloric total is pretty low and it serves 6 to 8. It's a great family meal. The fat amount per serving is 14g but it sounds delicious so I decided to try it out anyway. I'm planning to make it for dinner tonight. (I'll post a photo of the dish later this evening)

Play along in the challenge!!! If you decide to try it out, let me know what you thought of it!! I've never made this dish so I can't tell you how it taste but I think it's worth a try!

Lemony Herbed Pork Roast

Prep: 20 min
Marinate: 2 to 4 hours
Roast: 1 1/4 hours
Stand: 15 minutes
Oven: 325F


2 to 3 pound boneless pork top loin roast (single loin)
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or thyme or 1 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Place roast in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl combine lemon peel, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Pour marinade over roast. Seal bag; turn to coat roast. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally.

2. Preheat oven to 325F. Drain roast, discarding marinade. Place roast on a roasting rack in an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan or baking dish. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into the center of the roast. Roast, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until thermometer registers 150F.

Cover meat with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. The temperature of the meat after standing should be 160F.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Nutrition Facts per serving:

Calories: 264 cal
Fat: 14g total fat (4g sat. fat)
Cholesterol: 82mg
Sodium: 152 mg sodium
Carb: 1 g
Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 33 g

Source: Better Homes and Gardens 9x13 - The Pan that Can Cookbook.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tip of the Day - Work Out in the Morning

Work out in the morning. Research has shown that people who exercise in the morning keep their metabolism elevated for hours and thus get a jump on burning calories. Studies also show that people who start each day with a workout tend to stick with their programs longer.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Links to Fitness and Weight Loss Sites and Articles #1

I want to share a few fitness and weight loss links I've posted on Facebook in the last few months. I'll be posting the links that I posted on Facebook bi-monthly and share them with you here. Hope you'll find some of the sites and articles useful: - if you're looking for a calorie counter that provides the nutritional value of the foods you're eating, the calorie counter on this site is very useful.

How to Lose 20 lbs of Fat in 30 Days - Without Doing Any Exercise - this article provides a meal plan and 4 Rules to follow to help you lose 20 lbs.

Two Hundred Squats Program - it's very important to read the introduction and other information before starting on this program. More importantly, do the initial test first. I was in a world of hurt because I went straight ahead and started the program before doing the initial test. Ouch!

Simple Ways to Drop Sugar From Your Diet - this article shares tips on how to reduce your sugar intake from artificial sources of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars.

Two Hundred Sit Ups Training Program - this is similar to the aforementioned squat program. Again, be sure to read the introduction and the information provided in this program before attempting to challenge yourself. Take the initial test to determine your fitness level.

Today's Workout - Lunges Using a Resistance Band

If you don't have a gym membership or would like to work out at home at your convenience, a resistance band is a great strength training exercise tool. Today's video focuses on strengthening your gluteal and leg muscles. Try it out!

Tip of the Day

For every pound you lose, your resting metabolism drops by about 2 to 10 calories a day. Lose 10 pounds, and you now have to eat 20 to 100 fewer calories to maintain your trimmer physique, not factoring in exercise. However, you can prevent your metabolic rate from slipping while you get slim. One way is to lose fat but maintain muscle. You can do this by reducing calories and increasing aerobic and resistance exercise, says Hickey. Crash diets (fewer than 1,000 calories a day) may result in a higher percentage of muscle loss.

Tip Lose weight by cutting 250 calories a day and burning 250 calories per day through exercise. That will help you retain or even gain muscle while you lose a greater percentage of body fat.

Source: Prevention Magazine

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fitness Challenge #2 - Walking

This is our second week of challenges on Fitness Towards Healthiness.

Like I stated with last week's challenge, we will start off slowly and build our way up each week.

We will build up from last week's challenge and add an extra 5 minutes to your walk and an additional quarter mile distance the first two days. The third day will remain the same. I do recommend that you purchase a pedometer. Many are very low priced. You don't need anything fancy. A pedometer that measures the mileage and the time is sufficient. You can find pedometers online or at your local Walmart or Target if you don't have a sports store in your area.

Here is this week's challenge:

Walk x1 per day for 3 days this week:

1. Day 1 - Walk for 25 minutes, goal is 1 1/4 mile minimum

2. Day 2 - Walk for 30 minutes - goal is 1 1/2 mile

3. Day 3 - Walk for 30 minutes - goal is 1 1/2 mile

If you are unable to walk the specified distance, it's okay. but please try to walk the amount of time specified.

If you have health or physical restrictions/limitations, please consult your doctor before attempting any exercise regimen.

As in any challenge, if you want to extend yourself further than what is stated in the challenge, please feel free to do so. You may walk farther or longer . . .the goal is to get off of your chair and get going!!

Together we can accomplish our fitness goals if we stick it out and support one another.

Please let us know how you did with this challenge at the end of the week, we would love to hear that you accomplished this challenge!

Hope you'll join the challenge!!!

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