{Protein} Strawberry Almond Granola Clusters

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What’s SUP Detroit!!!


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How is your summer going? I’m enjoying my summer. This past May I attended Lori Harder’s Bliss Project in Chicago, to meet like minded women (stay tuned as I’ll share my experience soon). I’m really listening to that inner voice this summer and venturing out to try new things in life, even if that means going out of my comfort zone.

Speaking of trying new things! I totally went out of my comfort zone…. I tried SUP yoga for the first time! SUP yoga, stands for stand up yoga on a paddle board.  Now, I love yoga and have pretty good balance and coordination but mind you doing it on a paddle board, well now that is a whole nother level of challenge! I had to over come my fear of deep water, especially in open water. Thankfully Walled Lake is pretty shallow lake so the few times I fell in, the water was knee deep!

Doing yoga on a paddle board really requires you to let go of wanting to do everything perfet, you have to let go of that control because at any moment there can be a small current or just slightly being off center on the board changes everything and then I’m in the water! Huffington Post has an article on 10 Reasons You Should Try Yoga on a Stand UP Paddle Board.

I have to say my favorite pose was the Savasana pose (corpse pose). It felt great to lay down on the paddle board, the waves were calm the morning sun was shining and it was so peaceful! I would definitely reccommend this workout. My core and upper body were sore, I used new muscles that I have used in awhile!

Here are a few pictures of my SUP yoga experience!

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sup yoga truck sup yoga lake

Here is a link to That’s was SUP for more information on class times and cost.

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Right next door is a cute small functional fitness studio, called Function of Fitness. I only got a picture of the first half of the studio, the other half had kettle bells, ropes and more. I hope to try a few classes this summer!

Before I forget, I’m participating with Bikini Booty Club as their Nutrition Coach for the Fit and Fierce in 30 Days Challenge from July 1st to July 30th. For more info, check out this link and if you want to register, click “fill out my form“.  Become a fan of BBC on FaceBook to find out more information and to see day to day before and after pictures of some awesome transformations!

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Have you tried yoga? How about SUP yoga? What is your favorite yoga pose on or off the board? 

Smoothie Time! { #TeacherAppreciation 2014}

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This year for Teacher Appreciation Week, the SLT (school leadership) wanted to do something different and fun for the teachers and staff. One of the SLT moms approached me with this idea of serving fresh fruit smoothies. Well, she came to the right person because I know a thing or two about smoothies (hint: I use to own Tropical Squeeze Smoothies in several malls in the Metro Detroit Area).
 smoothie teacher collage
I made a total of 45 some fresh fruit smoothies. The teachers and staff got to choose from Pom-Berry Blend, Carrot Mango Tango, or Sunshine Burst smoothies. They even had the choice of adding extra’s such as: Fruyo vanilla yogurt, protein powder, flax seed meal, chia seeds, and/or hemp seeds!
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Sunshine Boost Smoothie

Some of you maybe thinking,”are teachers worth these kinds of tributes?” Hmm, you bet!  How many of you can remember a teacher who made a difference in your life?   So let the teacher appreciation festivities begin. Roll out the special snacks (don’t forget the silly puns), place beautiful flowers on their desks, send them special notes, and host a fancy lunch. They most certainly deserve it.

Carrot mango tango smoothie

Do you have a special teacher you remember? Tell us your story in the comments section below! 
Lisa’s Pom-Berry Blend smoothie
Serving size: 8 fluid ounces / Servings: 2
Weight Watcher Pts: 4
Calories: 145 / protein: 1 g / fat: 0 g/ carbs: 36 g/ fiber: 3 g / sugars: 28
8 ounces POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
1 cup strawberries (I used frozen)
a few ice cubes, depending on how thick you like your smoothie
Add the ingredients into a high powered blender, such as a Blend-tec. Turn the power button on and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy! :)


Plateau Busting Power Workout


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It’s a Saturday night and I decided at 8:15pm to do a workout using my jump rope, 15 pound dumb bells and my gymboss timer. I only did circuit #1 tonight since it’s so late in the day. Though my workout was based on reps, I pushed myself to complete 25 reps in a minute for each exercise. Omg, this totally made it a super intense workout. Let me know if you tried this workout!

Tomorrow I’m meeting some neighbor’s in the area for a morning mother’s day run. I’ll see if I have enough energy to do circuit #2 right after! I’m keeping it a short post tonight, my mother-in-law is in town again, we are enjoying her stay! :)

Have a wonderful mother’s day and I’ll be back with a recipe post soon!


Basic Low Impact Workout

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Today, I’m feeling sore from my workout yesterday. I ran about six miles pushing my son in the jogging stroller! Well, don’t get too excited. You see I ran about three miles to teach my TRX total body conditioning class and walk/jogged on the way back home. I’m not sure how I’d do if I ran six miles straight but we’ll find out this weekend  how far I can go.  

Since I was sore, I decided to go easy  with a low impact workout. Normally I’d take a day off to rest but I  had some extra energy to do a basic workout. I did a low impact cardio move for one minutes alternating with a one minute upper body moves using dumbbells. I used 5 to 10 lb dumbbells but you can use less or more weight. I followed my workout with foam rolling using my favorite orange grid foam roller.

The workout:

  1. March in place or light jog
  2. Standing single leg DB biceps curl
  3. Step touch side to side with lateral arms
  4. Standing single leg DB overhead shoulder press
  5. Alternating knee ups with arms pumping up/down
  6. DB triceps kickback
  7. Step ups on a low bench: up/up/down/down
  8. DB up right rows

What do you do when you are sore and tired?

What are some of your favorite low impact workouts?