Marathon Monday {and winners}

Happy Monday Y'all!
I hope that everyone had a fun & safe weekend.
I personally, don't think the weekend lastest long enough!
How about that Ala football? I hope your team won:)

In an effort to get back into my traning (thanks for a few months off because of my hip) I am having to play catch up. Like 3 months of traning into 5 weeks. (that's doable, right??)  I ran a race over the weekend with my running group & 2 of them placed! I can surley see where the traning that I haven't gotten to partake in has sped everyone up.

With that said, I need to work on my weight & eating habits. I dont see why I can't have wine & doritos for dinner  I came across this article & vieo that I think are both great & wanted to share. I know how so many people are getting into running & thought that we may all can benefit from these tips.

Is anyone training for a race or marathon? I'd love to hear about it!! Anyone running the Rock N' Roll Savannah in Nov?

See ya Wednesday for {semi} wordless wednesday & Friday is Recipe Swap- 
be sure to come link up!!

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8 foods that you should eat everyday

It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. And spinach is packed with lutein, a compound that fights macular degeneration. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup cooked per day.

Various cultures claim yogurt as their own creation, but the 2,000-year-old food's health benefits are not disputed: Fermentation spawns hundreds of millions of probiotic organisms that serve as reinforcements to the battalions of beneficial bacteria in your body. That helps boost your immune system and provides protection against cancer. Not all yogurts are probiotic, though, so make sure the label says "live and active cultures." Aim for 1 cup of the calcium and protein-rich goop a day.

There are two things you need to know about tomatoes: Red are the best, because they're packed with more of the antioxidant lycopene, and processed tomatoes are just as potent as fresh ones, because it's easier for the body to absorb the lycopene. Studies show that a diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Aim for 22 mg of lycopene a day, which is about eight red cherry tomatoes or a glass of tomato juice.

Most red, yellow, or orange vege- tables and fruits are spiked with carotenoids--fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis--but none are as easy to prepare, or have as low a caloric density, as carrots. Aim for 1/2 cup a day.

Host to more antioxidants than any other North American fruit, blueberries help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes (hence the nickname "brain berry"). Studies show that blueberries, which are rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, also boost cardiovascular health. Aim for 1 cup fresh blueberries a day, or 1/2 cup frozen or dried.

All beans are good for your heart, but none can boost your brain power like black beans. That's because they're full of anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. A daily 1/2-cup serving provides 8 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fiber. It's also low in calories and free of saturated fat.

Richer in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken, the walnut sounds like a Frankenfood, but it grows on trees. Other nuts combine only one or two of these features, not all three. A serving of walnuts--about 1 ounce, or 7 nuts--is good anytime, but especially as a postworkout recovery snack.

The éminence grise of health food, oats garnered the FDA's first seal of approval. They are packed with soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Yes, oats are loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber, and because oats also have 10 grams of protein per 1/2-cup serving, they deliver steady, muscle-friendly energy.

Thanks to all who entered my BLOGOVERSARY giveaway!
I wish I had a prize for everyone but then again 4 is better than 1 :)

Congrats to the following FF&Ps girls....

CONGRATS, you won the canvas!

CONGRATS, you won the Flip Flops & Pearls goody bag!

CONGRATS, you won the stationary!

CONGRATS, you won the flyers!

prizes not claimed by Friday will be forfieted and new # will be drawn.
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  1. Good Morning!!! Sounds like you are off on the right "foot" ... 3 months into 5 weeks , go easy girl!!

    This video and tips are great, even for those of us who are not able add running to daily exercise- but need to improve eating habits (me)!! I'm with you wine should be a food group - it contains grapes after all!!! LOL... wishing you a fabulous week..xo HHL

    P.S. Congrats to all the winners ~ you had some really great prizes!! xo

  2. We must be on the same wavelength - I have been busy researching what foods I need to eat to PREVENT all of these awful diseases. Getting old is scary!

  3. Good for you doing a race this past weekend! Love the pic about putting the cookie back and running. Feel like I've been torn between both lately. You had better be careful and not stress yourself by getting ready in 5 weeks. That Savannah race would be so fun!

  4. I am running the RNR race in Savannah too!!I had an awful stomach virus last week, so I am trying to get back into the longer distances now.

  5. How about those LSU Tigers!!??

  6. I could live off of tomatoes so that's good:) I really do love spinach will have to work on the rest! Thanks for the info and congrats to the winners!

  7. i agree weekend was WAY too short!

  8. I keep wanting to run a 1/2 marathon, but haven't committed to the training. I think I'll actually register & pay--that should motivate me!

  9. Good job stay motivated hun! I've been working too much lately . . . but we went on a crazy 8 mile hike (practically rock climbing!) and it kicked my booty. Gotta get back to the gym soon:-)

    Thanks for the motivation!

  10. I emailed you! (: YAY YAY YAYYYY!!!
    I love that running picture!! I saw that on Pinterest!
    The video is also very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for sharing the video! I'm pretty sure that I'll never have the desire to run a marathon but I am working on 5K's.

  12. Hey, friend! Glad you're back on the pavement. I'm on week 7 of my new found love of running. Still working up to a full 5K without walking. Loved the tips. Hate I missed the Blogoversary! Congrats!

  13. I'm totally pinning that running pic, Daphne ;)

    So glad your hip is healing & you got a race under your belt. I've had a couple of friends suffer hip injuries and they are no joke.

    I'm running the Ragnar Relay with 11 of my best running girls in November. You should check into doing a Ragnar with your group. It's tons of fun!

  14. thanks for sharing Daphne! I totally needed this today. I"m training for my first half marathon and have been in need of some inspiration!

  15. Congrats on running the race, darlin'! That's amazing! How come wine isn't on the daily list??? Tee hee.

  16. Congrats to the winners. I hope the training goes well.

  17. Congratulations on the race!. Thanks for posting that list of foods, I'm going to pass this info on. Happy Tuesday :)

  18. Good luck with your training. I hope you're doing well.

  19. Great quotes and very helpful info on the different things to eat, etc. I wish I liked yogurt more than I do- I can only eat it if it is frozen style! :)

    I think your doing a great job of getting back into running- keep it up!