Tag Archives: skinny

Volleyball Body: Women’s Olympic Team

OMG! Why are they so fit? I generally don’t watch sports, but I love gymnastics and volleyball during the Olympics. Partially because I have body envy. I am excited to watch it  (even if I forget I have it set to record as well 😉 ).

LOOK AT THEM! Jealous!

 

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My First PGF Contest!

Hey Pretty People! So I said I would be doing a contest as soon as I got 500 views so here it is! I have partnered with. SlimKicker a cool new calorie tracker and game that turns your diet/fitness goals into a level-up game with points and rewards. You rack up points by tracking healthy calories, and completing challenges such as quitting soda for a week. You upload a picture of a reward such as a cheat food, or iPod, and we’ll remind you to reward yourself with that reward as you reach a certain number of points. They also have recipes for diets such as Dukan Diet and Weight Watchers. Please download the app if you have an iPhone.

So to enter, here are the rules:
1. You must be following my blog.
2. You should leave a comment with a suggestion on a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge. It should be just be 1-2 sentences.

Contest will close next Saturday August 4th. Here’s the prize

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Good luck!

Fitness Fridays: How Many Calories Does Muscle Really Burn?

From About.com Exercise

Most people know that muscle burns more calories than fat but, just how much more? Over the years I’ve heard that a pound of muscle can burn anywhere from 30-100 extra calories a day, but finding an exact number can be a challenge.

More than one study has shown that untrained men who lifted weights could burn an extra 30-35 calories for each pound of muscle gained.

However, other experts, including Dr. Cedric X. Bryant, the American Council on Exercise’s Chief Science Officer, suggest a pound of muscle only burns about 6 calories a day.

So why the difference? The confusion exists because of different studies using different ways to test metabolic changes after exercise. There are other mechanisms involved with metabolism as well (including gender, age, fitness level and how active you are otherwise) and, frankly, there’s still plenty of controversy about how much exercise really influences metabolism.

Some readers have emailed me after reading this, discouraged about their weight training goals. They wonder: “If I’m not burning as many calories as I thought, what’s the point of lifting weights?” Whether you believe muscle burns 6 calories or 60 doesn’t change the fact that strength training is incredibly important for losing fat and keeping your body strong and healthy. Just some of the benefits include:

  • Increased after burn– High intensity strength training can actually help you burn extra calories for hours after your workout
  • Prevents loss of lean body mass that happens from dieting and/or aging
  • Burning calories – While strength training doesn’t burn as many calories in one sitting as cardio, it does contribute to your overall calorie expenditure
  • Changes your body composition, which helps shape your body and keep you healthy
  • Strengthens bones and connective tissue along with muscles
  • Keeps you strong and active as you get older
  • Improves coordination, balance and may help prevent injuries

The bottom line is, strength training is important for almost any fitness goal, whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle or just get in better condition.

WOD Wednesday: Butt! 7/11/12

Today is a leg and core day for me and the first picture is what I did in the gym today. I don’t really feel like I worked out enough to really feel it later, so in honor of that, we are doing a butt workout! I found it on Pinterest, and I’ll be doing mine when I get off work. I’ll let you know how it goes :-). Oh, BTW I’m at 400 hits!

Motivational Monday: 7/9/12

Ok, so this probably isn’t what you all want to see first thing monday morning, but I find this picture hilarious. Maybe because I actually read it in his voice. I decided to use this one because I know so many people, including myself who have made excuses for being unhealthy. Here’s my challenge to you: accept it and do better. They say the hardest step is the first one, so make it a baby step: don’t eat that doughnut today, go for lowfat instead of full fat, eat breakfast at home, etc. The little things add up and you will begin to notice the pounds dropping, I promise. Make today count!

New Post Categories

Starting today, I will be posting themed entrys based on days of the week. I want to expand my blog topics, so I figured this would be the best way to do so.  Here’s what I had in mind:

Motivational Mondays: Basically I will have some form of inpiration (more than likely from Instagram or Pinterest).

WOD Wednesdays: This will be a fun and challenging workout that I will post (as well as complete).

Thrifty Thursdays: I will be posting cool and crafty fitness that I hope will save your money 🙂

Fitness/Foodie Fridays: I will be posting fitness articles or healthy recipes that I like.

Hope you enjoy!