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Move it May Monthly Challenge

What's it About? Are you looking for a challenge to get motivated to move? Or maybe you just like challenges and want to add something different to your routine.

My Move It May Workout Challenge is a great way for beginners to get started and a fun challenge for old pros. There is no equipment needed and you can even do the moves while catching up on your favorite tv shows!

How Does it Work? Each week is a different bodyweight only exercise. You begin with 30 reps and work your way up to 50 reps. You can do the exercise in groupings throughout the day (e.g., 10 reps in the morning, 10 at lunch, etc.) or knock them out all at once. It's your choice!


Visit my Where's the Beach Fitness Online Training Website to sign up for weekly email reminders and to find out about new challenges!

Let's Get Social! Don't forget to like me on Facebook, and follow on Twitter and Instagram for check ins and reminders. Use hashtag MoveItMayChallenge and/or WTBFitness.

Salsa Salad with Peanut Butter Avocado Dressing

Big confession: I don't like avocados.

I think it's more of a texture thing than just the flavor. I've tried over the years, I really have. If I can hide them away smashed into other flavors, then I may be able to eat a small sliver.

But, I know that they're really healthy with healthy fats, vitamins, potassium and amino acids. Research has shown that eating avocados can reduce risks of several types of cancers, lower your cholesterol and are good for heart health. 
Jason loves avocados and has been using them often lately. I decided I'd give them another shot in the form of a dressing or sauce. Avocados, in my mind, go with salsas. Ok, not that I eat them with salsas myself. But, this was my train of thought. 
I had several tomatoes on hand that needed to be used, some frozen corn and canned beans. I often make a black bean and corn salsa/salad during the summer so I just ran with that general concept for flavors and textures and came up with a Summer Salsa Salad …

Downtown Dash and RussVegas in the Books

As I mentioned, I may have taken a break from blogging, but I jumped right back into running and racing.
Downtown Dash After the Little Rock Half Marathon, I was signed up for the Downtown Dash 10K to support the Junior League.

I had done this race last year, and thought it'd be a good race to try to help me continue to regain my endurance, and confidence truth be told. Though, I knew that the course was kind of tricky. It's a double loop and there are some challenging long, gradual inclines. It may not be a straight up big hill, the those gradual inclines really sneak up on you.

The race started just over a mile from my house, so I did a slow, easy warmup run down to the start. Only it was warm and humid. I knew right away it was not going to be a good running day. Not only was my cardio still down, but the humidity is never good for my asthma.

I lined up near the front. Unfortunately, several kids and slower runners did as well. It's a small race so maybe it's just a…

Chocolaty Matcha Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free to sample and review. There was no monetary compensation and all opinions are my own as they always will be. 

Peanut Butter. Matcha. Chia. OH MY! If you're like me, you're always on the lookout for new protein bar or bite recipes that aren't crazy complicated to make. Who has time for complicated? Pretty sure no one raised their hands.

But, I'm also looking for protein bars or bites that have healthy ingredients providing full, balanced nutrition. Basically looking for the biggest bang for my buck so to speak.

Oh, and if you're like me, you love peanut butter!

MyProteinoffered to let me try one of their products. Unfortunately, they were out of their vegan protein powder, however, they had peanut butter! So, I quickly took them up on the offer to let me try it out. But, I didn't want to just do a review on peanut butter alone. I mean, it is peanut butter right? At least theirs is. It's straight up ground peanuts.…

I'm Still Here

Knock knock. 
Who's there? 
Me. 
Me Who?
Oh you know, the gal that used to blog ...

After 5 1/2 years of blogging, I simply needed a break. I needed to reconnect to my life, not an online life. It was beyond refreshing I must say.

Also, I felt like my posts were starting to feel contrived, especially after finishing my first full marathon and then ending up sidelined with that good old stress fracture.

I didn't know what more to say.

I wasn't feeling inspired in the kitchen.

I most definitely wasn't inspired by running, since I couldn't. I didn't want my posts to be all "woe is me" because in the grand scheme of everything in life, my life wasn't necessarily bad. I was just having some set backs.

After my injury, I set on the road to regaining my running endurance - both distance and cardiovascular endurance. It was hard. It was frustrating. Any runner who's been sidelined knows all about the comeback game. It's as mentally challenging as it i…