The Benefits of Eating…Apples!

There’s a new series here on It’s Progression Not Perfection!  At least once a week there will be a post that focuses on the health benefits of a specific food.  This week I started with something “basic” but healthy nonetheless, whereas some weeks will focus on not-as-common foods.

**if you have any suggestions of specific foods you would like to see as a part of this series, please either let me know in the comments section or send me an email.  I would love to hear your suggestions!

Apples

1.  Rich source of Flavonoids (provides bone protection and may increase bone density)

2.  Decent source of Soluble Fiber (beneficial for digestive system)

3.  High in Water Content

4.  Source of Important Vitamins (particularly vitamin C)

5.  Contains Sweet, Natural Sugars

6.  Can Help Lower Cholesterol & Supports Heart Health

7.  Aids in Cancer Prevention (breast, lung, colon, liver)

8.  Antioxidant Benefits (studies have shown it lowers the risk of getting asthma, especially in kids)

9.  Aids in Blood Sugar Regulation (diabetes management)

10.  Satisfies Hunger with Fewer Calories (personally apples keep me full for hours)

There are even more benefits to eating apples than I’ve listed here, so I encourage you to grab one for a snack or slice one up as part of your breakfast or lunch.  An apple with a little almond butter is a great pre-workout snack, too.

Remember though, apples are on the list of the dirty dozen, so it’s best to go organic!!

What is your favorite kind of apple?
My favorite is easily Honeycrisp.

Where did the weekend go?!

Good morning everyone…We’re back to Monday again! (<—exclamation point shows that I’m really trying hard to be positive about this)

a few things to catch up on…

1.  Jesse and I went to the movie “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” on Friday night (*book review).  I thought the movie was really good!  I’d probably rate it a 6 or 7 out of 10, and the main actor was fantastic.

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2.  On Saturday I made Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups using Chef Katelyn’s recipe as a basis.  They were really easy to make and I was happy with how they turned out…I personally thought they were even better than Reese’s ;)

3.  I’ve ‘been on’ Pinterest for maybe a year now? but never found it as addicting as everyone claimed it to be…until now.  I don’t know why but since this past week I can’t stop clicking over to it!  I love finding fitness inspiration and wedding planning ideas, recipes and cute baby faces…for example, I’m in love with this pin:

#truth

pin it

4.  On Friday I also made a batch of Mama’s Peas Soft-Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies—this isn’t surprising, but this is a fantastic recipe and I definitely recommend it…p.s. I was responsible for bringing dessert to dinner at a friend’s (hence all the baking…it’s not all just for Jesse and I, though there are plenty of leftovers here somehow…)

5.  Articles of possible interest:

6.  I’m thankful February is right around the corner…January is by far my least favorite month.  It seems to just drag on and on every year, the weather is nasty, buuuuut now I’m done complaining.  Hopefully this whole moving to California idea can actually play out! :)

7.  We’re currently trying to finalize the plans for our wedding reception dessert…choosing a few cake designs that we love is surprisingly hard to do.  We’re most likely going to just do a simple 2-tier cake for our display cake….two of the designs I like:

8.  From yesterday’s sermon, 3 quotes from our pastor that really stuck out to me:

  • “We’re not called to judge the root, we’re called to look at the fruit.”
  • “Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light.”
  • “If your faith has not changed you, it has not saved you.”

9.  And just because it’s cute… (I told you I was addicted!)

To Choose the Right Path…

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Workouts 1/22 – 1/28

It was a good week!  There was variety in my workouts, I found a few fitness classes that will work into my schedule–they truly made me sweat it out (my bum is still super sore from Thursday night’s class), and I plan to keep going to them the next few months!   … I haven’t been running much due to my foot/toe numbing issue (trying to figure it out…), but I’m happy doing what I want right now.  I’m feeling good! :)

Sunday, January 22nd
Elliptical Intervals 15 minutes
Zumba Class ~50 minutes
Spin Bike Intervals 25 minutes

Monday, January 23rd
Walk 5 minutes
1-mile Run 8:30
Walk 5 minutes
Butt & Gut Class 55 minutes

Tuesday, January 24th
Shoulders & Arms P90X Video with ab work between sets 60 minutes

Wednesday, January 25th
rest day

Thursday, January 26th
warm-up Walk
2-mile Run 16:44
cool-down Walk
Powerhour Class 55 minutes

Friday, January 27th
rest day

Saturday, January 28th
at-home arm + ab workout (didn’t track specifically)
…plus about an hour of dancing around the kitchen while baking ;)

2012 Running Miles: 17

Happy Birthday, Ma!

Happy Friday!!!

Today I want to wish a big Happy Birthday to my beautiful mother!!

I hope you have a wonderful day!  I love you!

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I’m so thankful it’s Friday–those 4th and 5th graders wore me out this week…J and I have a date night planned and I’m obviously excited for that, too!

Well I just wanted to quick pop in to say “Happy Birthday, Ma!”

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

What do you have planned for the weekend?!

**I’d greatly appreciate it if you kept my brother in your prayers today as he has another surgery to reattach the tendon in his arm/finger…this is the second year my mom’s had to spend her birthday this way as last year my dad was having knee surgery.  oofta!

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Book Review

Synopsis:

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York.  His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11.  This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

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My Thoughts:

  • I was intrigued at the start of the book, but I honestly had a hard time in the middle of it.  I just couldn’t sit down and read much of it at once and struggled to stick it out, and I’m glad I did because it got so much better, so much more emotional towards the end.
  • September 11th is a date none of us will forget because every one of our lives was affected by it.  I didn’t know anyone who was killed because of the attacks, so this book made me think of the day from a completely different perspective, which shed light on areas of suffering I hadn’t thought of before.
  • If you had a loved one die as a result of the attacks on September 11th, please know that this book could stir up deep emotions…just take that into consideration…
  • The writing style of this book is untraditional.  I struggled a little at the beginning to figure out who was narrating when, but for the most part that just added to the interest of the story.  I think a lot of people would really love the unique format of it.
  • I liked it but didn’t love it
  • I am, however, really excited to see the movie.  J and I are planning on going to see it on Friday night!

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Book Review

Synopsis:

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York.  His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11.  This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

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My Thoughts:

  • I was intrigued at the start of the book, but I honestly had a hard time in the middle of it.  I just couldn’t sit down and read much of it at once and struggled to stick it out, and I’m glad I did because it got so much better, so much more emotional towards the end.
  • September 11th is a date none of us will forget because every one of our lives was affected by it.  I didn’t know anyone who was killed because of the attacks, so this book made me think of the day from a completely different perspective, which shed light on areas of suffering I hadn’t thought of before.
  • If you had a loved one die as a result of the attacks on September 11th, please know that this book could stir up deep emotions…just take that into consideration…
  • The writing style of this book is untraditional.  I struggled a little at the beginning to figure out who was narrating when, but for the most part that just added to the interest of the story.  I think a lot of people would really love the unique format of it.
  • I liked it but didn’t love it
  • I am, however, really excited to see the movie.  J and I are planning on going to see it on Friday night!

WIAW #13

Welcome to another of my What I Ate Wednesday posts!
And as usual, thank you Jen! :)

**the following is my food journal from Monday, January 23rd

Breakfast:
7:30a.m.  –thanks to a 2-hour school delay, I was able to sleep in a bit and enjoy breakfast a little later than normal.

bowl of oats: 1/2 cup oats (cooked in 1 cup water) + chia seeds + ground flax seed + cinnamon + peanut butter + raisins
and an apple

Lunch:
11:45a.m. –packed up for my lunch break!

sandwich: 2 slices of whole-wheat bread + organic spinach + turkey + salami
organic celery with peanut butter
unsweetened applesauce

Snack:
3:00p.m. –awesome fuel for the workout I had planned for after work

Chocolate Chip Clif bar

Supper:
6:30p.m.

I snacked on a few of these pita chips while slicing up sweet potatoes

black beans
pork roast
homemade sweet potato wedges

Dessert:
7:00p.m. –yuuuum!

a delicious square of dark chocolate!

Drinks for the Day: all water!

What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?!
I’m in love with any sort of dark chocolate…

Maybe I Shouldn't Do What I Should.

I’ve recently come to two huge realizations about myself…

1.  I need to be more confident.

I’ll admit right here and now that I’ve always worried way too much about what other people think of me.  It’s a horrible habit and I preach plenty about how little the opinions of other people matter, but I just struggle so much with not worrying about it….It frustrates me to no end when part of my mind is saying “who cares?!” while the other part is yelling “but they won’t like it!  and that means they won’t like you!”  UGH.

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Truly–my realization–I cannot live my life according to what others expect of me.  I have to live how I want to, make choices I think are best, and be proud of myself for always doing my best work…For a while last year I was really improving in this area, but somehow in the last few months I’ve struggled again, but now I want to overcome this as much as possible.  I want to be confident in who I am, how I look, and what I do.  A switch somehow flipped on last weekend and I’m going to work my absolute hardest to make sure I remind myself every day to be confident.

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2.  I’m focusing too much on what I “should” do.

It’s so easy for me to make choices because it’s the choice that I “should” pick.  This can come into effect in all areas of my life–in teaching, exercising, eating, even when talking to people.  There are times when this is a positive thing, but lately I’ve let it take a negative control.  For example, I’ve been stuck in a workout rut–yes I’ve been working out, but I realized that I haven’t been doing what I really want.

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Starting on Sunday I’ve decided that I’m going to do whatever workout I want to do that day.  I’m not going to lift weights just because I “should” if what I’m really craving is a run.  In all areas, if I do what I know is best for me and not just what I should, I’m going to be significantly happier, which will only contribute to my confidence.

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Can anyone relate?
What realizations about yourself have you made lately? 

Maybe I Shouldn’t Do What I Should.

I’ve recently come to two huge realizations about myself…

1.  I need to be more confident.

I’ll admit right here and now that I’ve always worried way too much about what other people think of me.  It’s a horrible habit and I preach plenty about how little the opinions of other people matter, but I just struggle so much with not worrying about it….It frustrates me to no end when part of my mind is saying “who cares?!” while the other part is yelling “but they won’t like it!  and that means they won’t like you!”  UGH.

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Truly–my realization–I cannot live my life according to what others expect of me.  I have to live how I want to, make choices I think are best, and be proud of myself for always doing my best work…For a while last year I was really improving in this area, but somehow in the last few months I’ve struggled again, but now I want to overcome this as much as possible.  I want to be confident in who I am, how I look, and what I do.  A switch somehow flipped on last weekend and I’m going to work my absolute hardest to make sure I remind myself every day to be confident.

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2.  I’m focusing too much on what I “should” do.

It’s so easy for me to make choices because it’s the choice that I “should” pick.  This can come into effect in all areas of my life–in teaching, exercising, eating, even when talking to people.  There are times when this is a positive thing, but lately I’ve let it take a negative control.  For example, I’ve been stuck in a workout rut–yes I’ve been working out, but I realized that I haven’t been doing what I really want.

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Starting on Sunday I’ve decided that I’m going to do whatever workout I want to do that day.  I’m not going to lift weights just because I “should” if what I’m really craving is a run.  In all areas, if I do what I know is best for me and not just what I should, I’m going to be significantly happier, which will only contribute to my confidence.

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Can anyone relate?
What realizations about yourself have you made lately?