Best place to exercise

Happy [late] 4th of July!

I’ve been doing horrible lately on keeping up with posts. Now that I’m interning and living in Seattle, my time is completely filled to the brim with so many things to do.

I’m totally not complaining though.

This past weekend was BEYOND amazing. I went on one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. It might possibly be the [only] hike I have ever gone on, BUT it was still incredible.

For the 4th of July I thought it would be fun to complete the 1.9 mile hike up Rattlesnake Ridge. Fun is an understatement. I’m still blown away by Washington’s beauty.

Words cannot describe. Pictures don’t do it justice. You literally have to see it for yourself.

Rattlesnake Lake

View of Rattlesnake Lake from the top

I’ve always felt that the best place to exercise is the great outdoors. Nothing feels better than working your muscles and breathing in the fresh air.

After my hike this past weekend, I’m even more convinced. Nature’s playground is the best playground, and I’m determined now to find some of the most beautiful places on earth and conquer them.

Get outdoors and get ENERGIZED!

 

 

Here’s some more pictures from the hike….

Rattlesnake Ridge

 Gorgeous views…

 

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…from every angle…

 

Rattlesnake lake

 

…for miles.

 

Selfie

 

And, of course, a selfie 🙂

 

 

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Cross training Seattle style

There’s SO much to do in Seattle. SO much. My brain can’t even handle the amount of information coming through.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD!

I don’t have a car while I’m here, so I’m taking full advantage of the ability to bike everywhere. That’s one of the many wonderful things about the city.

Seattle Lake

This was taken at one of my favorite locations I discovered while on a bike ride.

I’ve never been much of a biker before moving out here. I still wouldn’t consider myself a biker, but it’s growing on me, definitely.

This summer I’m trying everything I can. Routines get old fast. Incorporating new things keeps things fresh and exciting. It also helps to keep your motivation up. Who doesn’t need that? I know I do!

I’m challenging myself to bike 50 miles a week. Yes, 50. It’ll be hard, and there will be times I’m way off, but I’m going to try; I need to do more cross training.

 

City Landscape

 

Taken from another bike ride

Cross training is extremely useful. It requires you to target different parts of your body, helps prevent injury, and kills boredom. I want to be an all around athlete, so I have to train like one. Biking is one of my weaknesses, which works out great since that’s my main mode of transportation for the summer.

Here’s to cross training and fitness!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Getting “Fit” with Google

Today is the Google I/O conference. I’m excited because Google should be announcing it’s new app Google Fit.

Google Fit

The app will enable Android users to share health information from the various health and fitness platforms they’ve incorporated into their lives (Nike Fuel Band, etc.).

Apple already announced their health app earlier this year. It’s called Health and looks pretty awesome to tell the truth.

I’m excited to see what Google Fit will look like and do compared with Apple’s Health. I’ve been wanting a Nike Fuel Band (or something) and now I’ll really be wanting something.

This is a great advancement for the health and fitness field. Technology seems to receive negative publicity for numerous things: less social interaction, not staying active, etc.

These apps go to show that technology is a vital aspect for the future of health and fitness.

These apps also may cause me to switch phones!

Let’s get energized!

Seattle livin’

My computer is currently in the works of getting fixed. It has a bad graphics card. That’s a nice way of putting “give us a lot of money to fix it.”

I also made it to Seattle! I start my internship tomorrow and am thrilled to say the least.

I apologize for lack of writing, but with no computer, it’s a little difficult to do proper blogging -or any for that matter.

I’ll be back and running by next week, or that’s the plan anyway. It’s going to be a fantastic summer of blogging because, let’s face it, Seattle has many exciting and fun health/fitness things to do!

I can’t wait.

Let’s get energized!

Kale not worth the “nutritional” hype?

Do you know what a powerhouse fruit or vegetable (PFV) is? The exact definition is, as Dr. Jennifer Di Noia says, “lacking.

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, PFVs are fruits and vegetables with nutrients that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, but gives no other guidelines.

Dr. Noia and colleagues have now determined guidelines for PFVs thanks to their study. In essence, they wanted to see which foods pack the most nutrition.

To define what a powerhouse food is, they developed and  validated a classification system. The system says, on average, that the food must contain 10% of 17 nutrients in 100 calories.

They studied 47 foods, and 41 qualified as a PFV. You’ll be surprised what topped the list as the most nutrient dense food. It’s watercress, a leafy, green vegetable.

Watercress is the new Kale

I would have thought Kale would be number 1. It’s up there, but it doesn’t even rank in the top ten of the 47 foods tested!

I’m about to go look up some recipes for watercress now. Who knew?!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

 

Best way to clean your crockpot

Crockpots are heaven sent. Really. They’re a great time saver when you are already scrapping for every second you can get.

That is, of course, until you have to clean one.

I used the crockpot the other night and what was left after dinner was nothing but a huge mess.

The crockpot had caked on sauce. I’m not just talking about caked on. I’m talking CAKED. ON. My parents come home this week so I had to figure out how to clean this sucker before they got back. (I still live at home while I’m going to school, so everything is inevitably my parents.)

This is equivalent to having a house party while they’re gone and trying to get away with it. Yupp. How’s that for my level of coolness?

So, who do you call to clean a crockpot? GOOGLE!

Soaking the pot wasn’t enough, just to let you know. I had to take drastic measures, which, thankfully, Google answered the call.

Thanks to Crock-Pot Ladies, my crockpot is cleaned and my parents will never ever know. Life is good.

Here’s what I did, taken from Tips for Cleaning Your Crock-Pot:

  1. Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in pot
  2. Add dish soap
  3. Fill water so it covers the messy spots
  4. Cover with lid and heat on high for 2-4 hours

I didn’t even take before pictures to show you. I was too anxious to try to clean this pot! The after pictures are 1,000x better than what it looked like before. You’ll have to take my word for it.

 

Crockpot

 

What you’re seeing on there are stains. I think my next goal will be to figure out how to get rid of those!

 

Let’s get energized!

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

BuzzFeed is amazing. I’m sure many of you are over the whole Facebook quizzes fad (guilty of loving those), but I promise this is not a quiz.

The link I’m sharing with you will change your life. Okay, I’m being dramatic. My day was made when I stumbled upon this wonderful find though.

Check out 31 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Cook with Chia Seeds. There really are some great recipes in the list. I HAVE to try number 11.

Thanks, BuzzFeed, for making my day, yet again. If only you knew how much I enjoy thee…

 

Let’s get energized!