Once a Fan, Always a Fan

I’m baaaaack! Did you miss me?

Well, dry your tears my friends. I’ve promised myself to get back in the blogging groove so to start things off again on the right foot, I’m going to share two of my favorite things with you – Football and Fitness!

Although it’s only May, the recent NFL draft has me in the mood for a little football in my life; specifically St. Louis RAMS football!  I love everything about game days, even in my cheerleading after-life…..whether I am watching from the comfort of my own home or cheering with a crowd of 60,000 people, it doesn’t get much better than football Sunday. 🙂  Once a fan, always a fan.

RamsWhat? Too much?

When I heard that the St. Louis Rams created the Lady Rams membership program, I jumped at the opportunity to join! Combining 3 of my favorite things- football, fitness and fashion? Winning.

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For a $35 Annual Membership Fee, you get exclusive access to Rams events, the opportunity to mingle with players, cheerleaders (<– my personal fav, obviously) 😉 , personnel, merchandise, gifts and more!

Here’s what the membership includes:

  • Lady Rams t-shirt (<– to complete your Game Day wardrobe, perhaps?)
  • Membership packet
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Monthly drawings for autographed items, tickets, special experiences, etc. (<– I mean, who doesn’t love prizes?)
  • And the best part – Exclusive invitations to special Lady Rams-only events

All of that for $35?  Believe it!  If you are a female and you love football, you still have time to sign up!

There are 3 events coming up in St. Louis that you don’t want to miss:

Lady Rams Launch Event

When: June 12th

This event will be held at Ballpark Village and includes Complimentary food and beverage, along with the opportunity to meet Rams personnel and get to know other Lady Rams members. (Since we all share the same love of football, fitness and fashion, I have a feeling we will be fast friends) 🙂

Ladies Night at Training Camp

When: July (exact date TBD)

You will get an up-close look at the 2014 team at this private event.  If you haven’t been to an NFL training camp before, I would highly recommend it!  It’s a rare chance to see the players in their element, that up-close and personal.  Plus, all of the anticipation for the upcoming season makes for a really exciting atmosphere!

Girls Night Out

When: September (exact date TBD)

GNO. Enough said.  This event will be complete with food, drinks, a fashion show and guest appearances throughout the night…any guesses?

I also want to mention that a portion of the proceeds from the membership fees will benefit local St. Louis charities.  One of the many reasons why I am so proud to have been involved with the Rams, and continue to do so.  The organization is incredibly community-oriented and is constantly doing anything and everything they can to give back to the city and it’s fans.

You can find more information on the Lady Rams and sign up for your own membership here: http://www.stlouisrams.com/fans/ladyrams.html

If you want to stay connected with the Lady Rams, join us on social media:

Now, in the spirit of football and fitness (are you sensing a theme here?) I’ve created a workout you can do while watching the game on t.v.  I know, I know, football season is still months away but you can keep this one on the back burner, or even modify it to be 10 rounds of 10 until Sundays in the fall.  That will do the trick!

Football-Fitness WorkoutOk, now go on and get yourself a Lady Rams membership! 🙂

Have a great weekend!

 

The St. Louis Rams invited me to preview Lady Rams and provided me with a complimentary membership. 

“The Bachelor” Workout

Greetings from snowy St. Louis!  We got over 10 inches yesterday and are still trying to dig ourselves out. The high temp today is zero degrees. Ok, ok Mother Nature, we get it.  Winter is HERE! Maybe it’s time to channel my inner 5 year old and bust out the sled…

On a completely separate note…are there any other Bachelor lovers out there??  Tonight marks the first episode of the new season, featuring Juan Pablo and I’m pretty excited.  I haven’t missed a season yet, so why start now?  I’m a sucker for reality tv- cheesy or not. In honor of the new season starting, I created a workout you can do while you watch!  I figure, if I’m going to be sitting around rotting my brain, I might as well make an effort with my body. 😉  This probably won’t be a super high intensity workout but you will at least get your heart rate up and who knows, if it’s a cry-fest on night one your body might feel it!

Bachelor Workout

 

Have a great week!

Food Coma = Monday Sweat Session

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I’ll spare you pics of the mounds of food I consumed this weekend, partly because I neglected to take photos after meal #1 (out of 4).  I was either too excited about the spread(s) or too deep in my food coma to notice but either way, it didn’t happen.  So, I’ll sum it up for you: Lunch on Thursday with my mom’s side of the family, Thursday and Friday night meals with Matt’s parents and brunch on Sunday with my dad’s fam is what my weekend consisted of.  Oh, and throw in a high school reunion (10 years- what?!) complete with several glasses of wine. 🙂

This really only shows part of round 1….doesn’t include all of the grazing that happened.  It doesn’t count if you just take small bites, right?! 😉

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Needless to say, I was in dire need of a good workout on Monday morning.  Matt and I worked out Thursday and Friday morning and also went on a walk on Friday afternoon, but Saturday and Sunday were rest days for me.  I woke up on Monday morning with the urge to break a sweat.  My leg was bothering me a little so I decided to do a cardio/strength workout, sans running.  Here’s what it looked like!  The Stairmaster allowed me to sweat out the pie, wine and all the “fixins”, and the strength exercises broke everything up so I didn’t feel like I was going to keel over doing 20 minutes straight on the Stairmaster.  Hey, it WAS still Monday morning after all.

Stairmaster-StrengthHave a great day!

Trick-or-Treat Tabata

Happy Halloween!

Admittedly, last year Matt and I were scrooges and turned our light off on Halloween and didn’t give out candy…I know, I know, bah-humbug.  But this year, we decided to be the fun adults we are and I have a bag of candy ready to go!  I don’t remember seeing a lot of kids on our street last year, so hopefully it isn’t a Halloween fail and I’m not left with a bag of M&Ms and Skittles all to myself.

Speaking of….Since most of us tend to stuff our faces with candy around this time of year, it’s even more important to me that I am keeping up with my workouts to make sure I can still fit into my skinny jeans and boots (a fall staple for me). I did this tabata workout yesterday morning and was a little sore today, so I think it did the trick!  I wanted to share it with you all today, so you can feel free to have that extra Snickers bar, and now you have a reason not feel bad about it.  I also won’t judge you if you have the Snickers bar and don’t do the workout.  It happens. 🙂

Halloween Tabata

Football & Friday Night Workout

My weekend started early, Primetime style. 🙂  The Rams were playing the 49ers during Thursday Night Football and this game would mark my first real Sunday tailgating experience in St. Louis.  Oh how different my game days have become.  Instead of going carb-less for a week and getting up at the crack of dawn smelling like spray tan, I can now show up 2 hours before the game, eat my face off and even wear (gasp!) a hat if I wanted to.  Let’s be honest, the hat part probably won’t happen unless it’s raining.  I can’t go a day without a good hair tease.  Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader.

Apparently the tailgate food was actually relatively healthy, compared to most game days.  We had two kinds of shrimp, one bacon wrapped and made by my mom (yum!), bratwurst, rice, Chinese ramen salad and my personal favorite, indoor s’mores (also made by my mom, her stuff is always a hit).  I chose to limit myself to the bacon wrapped shrimp, Chinese ramen salad and indoor s’mores, along with some of the random pretzel mixes and dips that are inevitable. Recipes for the ramen salad and indoor s’mores are at the end of the post!

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The game itself was fun, until the Rams lost.  It just wasn’t our day. 🙁  I still enjoyed watching the cheerleaders every move though, surprise, surprise.

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The players’ tunnel was always my favorite part of the game.  Nothing beats running out of the tunnel with the lights out and pyrotechnics going off behind you.  I may or may not have cried as I watched the cheerleaders run out on Thursday night because I know the exhilaration and excitement they are feeling in that moment and it’s something you never forget.  It’s fine, I’ll get over it.  One day…

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I will say, it was fun sitting in the stands with my parents and Matt and actually being able to enjoy a game with them instead of waving at them from afar!

Needless to say, Friday was a rough one.  When you are used to going to bed like a grandma around 9:00 every night, midnight makes it a little hard to function the next day.  Matt and I reaallllyy were not in the mood to workout after work.  It was very tempting to park our butts on the couch and call it a night, but we forced ourselves to suck it up and go to the gym like we planned.  My workout wasn’t super high intensity but it was upper body focused and my arms were shaking by the end, so I think I did my job.  In the end, we were glad we went.  After all, it certainly didn’t kill us. 🙂  The workout alone takes 20 minutes and you don’t need any equipment, so it’s easily done at home.  If you don’t have access to a cardio machine, you can warm up with 5-10 minutes of jumping jacks, high knees, stairs, etc.

Upper Body Tabata Workout

(Shout out to Heather for the Side Plank Toe Touch move!  Thanks for the inspiration, it’s a good one!) 🙂

Exercise Links/Demonstrations for those that may not be familiar:

V-Ups

Plank Push-Ups

Plank Jumping Jacks

Side Plank Toe Touch

Start in side plank position with your top arm straight up.  Keeping your hips up, bring your top foot forward and hand down to touch your toe.  Repeat.

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Oh hey there, Big Foot.

Mountain Climbers

Plank Reaches

Start in plank position.  Keep your hips straight and touch each hand out in front of you, repeating until time is up.

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Tri-cep Push-Ups

Just like a normal push-up, but start with your hands closer to your body, right next to your shoulders.  When you lower your body, make sure your elbows point directly back.  Disclaimer: I did these on my knees during the workout, I barely made it through the one in the demo picture. 🙂

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Reverse Crunches

Walking Push-Ups

Start standing up, bend over at the waist, place your hands on the ground and walk them forward until you are in straight arm push-up position.  Do a push-up, then walk your hands back towards your body until you are back in standing position, keeping your legs only slightly bent when walking out/back.  That is 1 rep.

Superman Planks

Lower Russian Twists

Start on your back with legs at a 90 degree angle, arms out by your sides.  Bring your knees to one side, only going as far as you can while keeping the opposite shoulder blade and back touching the floor.  Return to starting position and repeat.

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Chinese Ramen Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. shredded green cabbage
  • 1 bunch chopped green onion (or less, depending on your taste)
  • 2 pkg. Ramen noodles (Oriental flavor)
  • 3/4-1 c slivered almonds
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/3 c rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Stevia
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp margarine

Directions:

Melt butter in a small skillet and toss almonds until toasted.  Break up Ramen noodles and combine with cabbage, almonds and green onion.  Mix oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper together.  Pour mixture over dry ingredients and toss until fully coated.  Serve and enjoy!

Indoor S’mores

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(File this one under a Cheat Day!)

Ingredients:

  • 8 c Golden Grahams cereal
  • 5 c mini marshmallows, plus 1 extra cup
  • 1 1/2 c chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c light corn syrup
  • 5 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

In a large bowl, measure cereal.  Butter/spray a 13×9 inch pan.  In a large microwavable bowl, microwave 5 cups of marshmallows, chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter/margarine for about 2-3min, stirring every minute, until melted.  Stir in vanilla.

Pour the mixture over cereal and toss until completely coated.  Stir in the 1 extra cup of marshmallows.

Press mixture in the pan.  Let stand uncovered for at least 1 hour, or refrigerate for a firmer bar. Cut and enjoy!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Weekend Recap: Sweet Potato Hash & Buffalo Chicken Salad + Workout

Happy Monday!

This weekend was relatively simple, yet amazing at the same time.  Here’s a little recap:

Friday night: Matt went to the St. Louis Blues game, so I spent the evening with my DVR (a little Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team and Real Housewives, don’t be jealous) and went to bed at 10pm.  Glorious.

Saturday: Got up early to go shopping with my mom at the new outlet mall in St. Louis.  Also glorious.  Then spent the evening with one of my best friends, Dana, and her two kids because her husband was out of town.  Glorious in a change-5-diapers-in-one-night kind of way.  Her, not me. 🙂  But really, it was great to hang with her and enjoy a big girl drink with her again- finally!  Plus, I’m utterly obsessed with her kids, in a totally non-creepy way.

Sunday: Matt and I went to the gym and the grocery store; typical Sunday afternoon.  Here is the workout I completed, after a 20min warmup:

Full Body Workout

I spent the rest of the afternoon making Peanut Butter Granola and Homemade Protein Bars for the week and got a little relaxing time in too.  For lunch, I made Buffalo Chicken Salad and I ate mine in a lettuce wrap.  I loved the twist on the typical chicken salad.  The recipe is at the end of this post!

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We had to eat lunch outside because the weather was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. I’m beyond excited for fall.  I just hope Missouri actually let’s us enjoy the season, instead of skipping straight to winter. It’s kind of our M.O.

For dinner, we made Sweet Potato Hash and enjoyed it on our patio (again) with a tall glass of wine.  My kind of Sunday night. 🙂  Now we also have enough food for dinner the next few nights.  Even better.

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I found the recipe here, at Carrots and Cake, one of the many blogs I follow.  I’ve made it in the past and Matt’s a big fan.  Now that the weather is changing, it felt like a good time to bust it out again.  Feels like comfort food. 🙂  I followed the recipe exactly, but this time I eliminated the cinnamon.  We ended up liking it a little bit better that way, but it depends on your taste!

Turkey & Spinach Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium-large sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-4 handfuls of fresh spinach

Directions:

  1. Dice sweet potato into small pieces and then add them to a large sauté pan with olive oil, garlic powder, and cinnamon. Coat sweet potatoes in olive oil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. While sweet potatoes are cooking, dice onion.
  2. Add ground turkey to the pan with the sweet potatoes. Break it up with a fork as it cooks. Add onion.
  3. Continue to cook sweet potatoes, turkey, and onion until turkey is no longer pink and sweet potatoes begin to soften.
  4. When sweet potatoes are soft, add spinach and cook until it is wilted.
  5. Remove pan from heat and serve immediately.

 

Buffalo Chicken Salad 

(I found the original recipe  for the here.)

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Franks Red Hot Wings Buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, shredded
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) crumbled blue cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, buffalo sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir in chicken, celery, cilantro, and blue cheese. Refrigerate until serving or up to 5 days in the fridge.

Yield: ~ 4 cups chicken salad (~8 servings, 1/2 cup each)

Nutrition Information (per 1/2 cup): 100 calories; 2.5 g. fat; 34 mg. cholesterol; 381 mg. sodium; 1.6 g. carbohydrate; 0.25g. fiber; 16.3 g. protein; 1.0 g. sugar