Staying Healthy Without the Exercise

It has been a crazy few weeks.  I have learned the hard way that my body needs to physically take some time off from exercise.  That lingering cold just won’t go away.  I finally went to the doctor last week, and I was told that if I wanted to get better, I would need to lay off the cardio.  Sigh.  Instead of listening to my body early on, I have now spent the past two weeks doing toned down workouts and ultimately ending up on the couch.  Depressing.

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Being forced to be inactive has left me feeling SUPER sluggish.  Since I won’t be getting my calorie burn on at the gym, I have focused more than ever on getting the right nutrients into my body and resting.  With the extra time, I have been able to research easy, healthy recipes that we haven’t tried before.  Take a look at the salmon below.  We picked up two filets from the local grocery store.  Look at how deliciously flakey that cut is!  Even better, we made this in less than 20 minutes.  My daughter even practiced putting her chef hat on (see above).

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Simply Baked Salmon

  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Place salmon skin side down on a non stick baking sheet.
  • Rub a dash of olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon pepper over the top of the filet.
  • Toss in the oven for 12-15 minutes (depending on how well done you like your fish).

photo 1-102Healthy eating was not limited to what we cooked at the house.  I grabbed a much needed father daughter dinner with my dad over the weekend at Bricktop’s in the Southpark area of Charlotte.  The weather was incredible, so we grabbed a table outside.  I decided to get a light, barbecue chicken salad.  Baby greens, corn, avocado, black beans, tomatoes, topped with cilantro.  The dressing came on the side, but I didn’t really need much with all of the fresh vegetables topping the salad.  I have to say, we could have brought my daughter to this restaurant.  There were kids all over the patio enjoying the courtyard fountain and comfortable seating.

photo 2-102We live right off the beaten path of the Charlotte 24 Hours of Booty race course.  Over the weekend several riders pledged to ride a specific number of miles during a 24 hour period in order to raise money for cancer.  I have talked a lot about my husband’s workout group, F3.  Again, F3 went all out for this event. A member of the group lives in close proximity to the start of the race, so the family hosts a barbecue picnic for F3 families. Those riding in the event can also use the yard as a break point in the ride.

photo 3-88My daughter was clearly having a great time with her dad.  In fact, she even met another F3 2.0 (or child of an F3 athlete) named Madison.  I love this.  With her mom being cooped up in the house, my sweet girl truly enjoyed getting out and socializing.

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