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April 20, 2015
by Shalama Jackson
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Bananas = sweet temptations

Banana Bread I still have a few weeks before I can really indulge in sweet temptations, but that didn’t stop me from getting in the kitchen and baking. Yes, I baked regardless of the fact that I can not eat a bite of it right now.

RnR Raleigh bananasI decided to take the bananas that I brought back from the pile we were trying to give away following Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh to make some banana bread. After feeding the runners and preparing bananas to be given to a local charity, we had some left over.

banana bread 2I didn’t just make one loaf. I made three. One for my lil man and two for me to freeze until the end of June. Instead of trying to get all fancy, I just went online and found a simple recipe and got to work because the bananas were going bad on the counter.

As I was giving them away, I was “selling” them as the core to banana pancakes, banana pudding and of course, trusty banana bread. I can not eat any of the above right now and the only thing that could freeze right and hold is banana bread.

So, wah-lah! Banana bread.

What are your favorite things to bake with fruit?

April 19, 2015
by Shalama Jackson
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Mother’s Day Fitness Gift Ideas

Perhaps your mom or the mother of your child has been hinting for some Mother’s Day fitness gift. Well, you still have time. It’s a couple of weeks away and that gives you time to get the perfect gift for her.

Here are five great ideas to make the moms in your life both happy and healthy.

New kicks. Few things motivate me more to exercise than new sneakers. For me the brighter the better. Buy her a cute pair in fun colors and let her be inspired to sweat. Since fit is important, perhaps go with her to the store to make sure what you buy are the best choice for her.


Fitness Apparel and Accessories. When you spend time in the gym or working out, a new outfit is always perfect. If she’s like me, she can never have too many workout outfits.

Spa Day. A special treat from the spa is sure to put a smile on mom’s face. She’ll enjoy a massage, a facial, a manicure or pedicure at the local spa. If there is no spa in your area or if those services are outside of your budget, create a spa day at home. Wrap up a bottle of fragrant bubble bath or body lotion from the local drugstore. Add fingernail polish in Mom’s favorite color. On Mother’s Day, take care of her household activities so she has the day off enjoy her gifts.

Event Registration. For moms who like competitive events, a great gift to encourage and support her in her goals is to pay for her entry into a race or competition. Local 5k races, cycling events, tennis tournaments, or even stair climb competitions all help drive moms by activating that competitive spirit. Couple this with a promise to be there supporting her and you have found a wonderful way to not only encourage her with your words, but with your presence. If you have more to spend, consider destination activities.

polar loop and fitbit

Fitness gadget. I wear two – Fitbit Flex and Polar Loop. I love the accountability Fitbit and Polar Loop tracker provide and she’ll love them too. Depending on whether she is looking to track steps, activity, calories burned or sleep, fitness trackers are a great to help achieve fitness goals.

What Mother’s Day fitness gifts are you thinking of for yourself or a loved one?

April 15, 2015
by Shalama Jackson
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Who goes to the gym without sneakers?

no sneakersWho goes to the gym without sneakers? I must admit that I am the one that wound up at the gym without my sneakers!

I was in a rush to get to the gym before a meeting that I ran without changing from work shoes to sneakers at my desk like usual. I get to the gym, open up my Six Pack backpack and realize that my sneakers are still at my desk and not on my feet. Did that stop me?

How do you workout without sneakers?

Carefully, if I’m honest.
no sneakers elliptical

Instead of walking on the treadmill, I used the elliptical machine for my lunchtime cardio.

no sneakers plankAnd when I was done with that, I went straight to work my core. No lifting weights because the last thing I needed to do is drop something on my foot.

Have you ever gone to the gym and forgot something like your sneakers?