Fitness, National Day

National Walking Day

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The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day.

Here are some great ways to make a 30-minute or more walk more enjoyable:

  • Make sure to stretch your muscles.
  • Make sure you have good posture.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Move your arms while walking, too.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Places to walk include a park, your neighborhood, hiking trails, a school or public track.

The American Heart Association sponsors this day to remind people about the health benefits of taking a walk. For more information, visit www.heart.org.

What do you do to exercise? Do you like walking?

 

blog hop, Fitness, writing

What’s Next in 2018?

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This is week 52. The final week in 2017. This week’s topic: New Year’s Resolution.

I had set myself several goals -personal and writing – for 2017 and I’ve met quite a few of them. My power word of the year for 2017 was INCREASE. The plan was to increase my daily word count, increase social media interaction, increase the number of blog posts and learn how to use Canva. In last week’s post, I mentioned I began to write in small bites of 250 words four times a day not every day, which allowed me to increase my word count. For social media, I now post more than ‘happy birthday’ or ‘happy anniversary’. I take a more active part in conversations. That’s huge for me. I joined this blog hop and while I did not blog each week, I have blogged more this year than I ever have. I make some of my own simple social media graphics with Canva. I didn’t do so good with November NANOWRIMO. The idea of 50k words in one month is too much for me. I achieve better results with Camp NANO in April and July so I’ll be sticking with that.

For 2018, I’ve added two power words to help inspire me personally and in my writing. FOCUS and MOTIVATION.  In late 2017, I started attending an exercise and dance class at the local community center two days a week.  I plan to continue the classes and boost my weight loss efforts with healthy eating, I plan to increase my word count by 50 words (that will be 300 words), and I plan to continue everything I achieved this year. I need to focus more on Point of View, so I’ll  read craft books and take a few workshops. And, I plan to attend a couple of Reader’s Luncheons in my area and a mini-conference to get a feel for in-person author/reader interaction.

This a blog hop. Please check out other participants here.

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Fitness, Meals

A Healthy Meal by Alicia Coleman

Good Morning!

I’m still keeping my promise to stay healthy and loose weight; but I went on a binge during a very stressful month and gained about ten pounds.

Now I’m on the right track again. In addition, I’m walking to combat stress and keep toned.

Here’s a nice low calorie salad I tried last week that has two of my favorite foods: mangoes and cashews.  Enjoy!

Chopped Chicken Cashew Salad

  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage or slaw mix
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage or slaw mix
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 small mango (about 8 0z.), peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallion greens
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 oz. chopped cooked skinless chicken (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup cashews, toasted

chopped-chicken-cashew-salad-ay         In a serving bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, lime and orange juices, sesame and canola oils, soy sauce and crushed red pepper.  Add cabbages, carrots, mango, cilantro and scallions.  Toss until coated well.  Season with salt and pepper.

Divide vegetable mixture among 4 plates.  Top with chicken and cashews and serve.

420 Calories.