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Happy Wednesday everyone! It’s the middle of the week and motivation is scarce and whatever you have left is dedicated to getting through the rest of the week. Trust me, I’ve been there but this leaves no motivation left to get up and be active. Being healthy is so much more than eating right but about taking care of yourself physically and mentally as well. If you can find just an ounce of motivation today, I have here a workout for you that you can easily do at home and with no equipment required. Take 30 minutes out of your day to take care of you, after all you deserve it. Have a fantastic Wednesday everyone

Fitness at Home

30 Jumping Jacks

5 Pushups

25 High Knees

7 Burpees

10 Crunches

7 Squats

5 Pushups

10 Crunches

5 Pushups

7 Squats

30 Jumping Jacks

1 Minute Wall Sit

5 Pushups

25 High Knees

Repeat 3-5 times for Max Results

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The answer is YES!! I know no one wants to hear this, especially during the summertime when fruit is at it’s best, but it has to be said. The reason you’re not losing weight could be because you’re overeating too much fruit. While fruit is full of vitamin C and antioxidants, it’s also packed full of fructose which is that bad sugar that our bodies can’t digest. The recommended serving size of fruit each day is about 1/2 cup which is the size of the palm of your hand. Here are some signs that you may be eating too much fruit.

You’re Frequently Bloated

Fruit is a classic trigger for bloating and here’s why. Fruit is rich in a type of sugar called fructose. Unfortunately, many of us are not well equipped to digest and absorb large amounts of fructose. Researchers believe up to 40% of people suffer from a condition called fructose malabsorption in which fructose is inefficiently absorbed across the small intestine. So instead of nourishing us, sometimes fruit sits in the gut and ferments with the help of bacteria. And the result of those bacteria feasting on fructose is a lot of gas and bloating that makes us feel pretty icky.

You Can’t Lose Weight

I agree that fruit is a healthier alternative to many desserts and junk foods, but if fruit is a staple item at every meal and snack, you may simply be eating too many carbohydrates to allow your body to lose weight. In brief, any time we eat carbohydrates our blood sugar goes up. That triggers our body to release insulin to lower the blood sugar. How does it do that? By converting it to fat for storage!

You Always Crave Sugar

Not only does eating fruit spike your blood sugar, as explained above, it also doesn’t sustain it for very long. If you have fruit by itself as a snack, you might notice that you’re satisfied for 30 minutes or so, but soon after your tummy starts growling. That’s because fruit doesn’t come packaged with much protein or fat to keep us sated. Yes, it has fiber, which helps a bit, but it’s not enough to prevent a crash in blood sugar after eating fruit.

What happens when our blood sugar tanks? We get hungry and we get cravings.

Now I love fruit as much as the next person and I’m not saying cut it out completely, but just be mindful of how much you’re eating if you’re not seeing the results you want! Try to stick to the recommended two servings a day and you’ll soon be on the way to a healthier you!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~ Kathy

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It’s no secret that Austinites have an affinity for fitness. Forbes ranked Austin as the 7th best city for runner’s and in 2012 Austin was ranked the 10th fittest city by the Huffington Post. It stands to reason that Austin has some of the best trails and tracks for any runner in any category. Here I have compiled a list of some of the most popular trails in Austin. Take some time this weekend to check some of them out! I promise there’s a trail for everybody!

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail

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Whether you’re training for the Austin Livestrong Marathon or you’re a weekend huffer, there are plenty of places to hit the road and put in a couple miles before work. For beginners, you can try the friendly trails around Auditorium Shores. The 3.2-mile loop from the South First Bridge down to the Mopac Bridge is the best place for newbie runs or quick tune-ups. The trail also offers 7 and 10 miles loops for the more experienced and eager, but you’ll be safe keeping it to 3.2 miles with two water stops along the way and a RunTex nearby. You’ll also gain inspiration from all the other runners along the trail.

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail

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The Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail offers a stunning 3 miles of terrain in Central Austin (6 for a round trip). It’s a little bit less groomed than the Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike so be prepared to do some root and rock dodging along the way. You park at the trailhead at 2600 N. Lamar Blvd or pick up the trail from Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike between Caesar Chavez and Lamar Blvd

Barton Creek Greenbelt

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The Barton Creek Greenbelt is Austin’s largest green space right in the heart of the city. Beginning at Zilker Park, the trail leads southwest through 7.25 miles of dense foliage, limestone cliffs and various waterfalls through the greenbelt. This trail is usually heavily populated by mountain bikers and contains some rough terrain by the Mopac/360 trailhead. But once you get down alongside Barton Creek, it’s easy going. During the summer months, the Barton Creek Greenbelt offers shade but is usually very humid due to the canopy overhead. It is considered the 7th best trail in the state of Texas.

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It’s another rainy Monday here in Austin, TX and that usually means a lazy Monday. Finding motivation to get up and workout in this weather is very hard to do but not to worry! Here I have attached a #noexcuses rainy day workout for those days when you just can’t make it to the gym. You can do all of these exercises right in your living room, no equipment or gym membership needed! So put those excuses away and break out the gym clothes.

Full Body Workout

WARM UP 5-10 MIN


15 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

15 SQUAT JUMPS

45 SEC PLANK

10 BURPEES

45 SEC JUMPING JACKS

15 PUSHUPS

25 SUMO SQUATS

45 SEC BUTT KICKS

45 SEC PLANK

15 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

25 SQUAT JUMPS

15 PUSHUPS

30 JUMPING JACKS

10 BURPEES

REPEAT 2-3X


COOL DOWN 5 MIN

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Summertime is a great motivator to start working out. With bright, sunny skies it can make working out outside an enjoyable task. I know we all lead busy lives and it can be hard to fit working out into our already tight schedules, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t burn those extra calories. Eating healthy is a great way to keep off those extra pounds if you don’t have time to hit the gym everyday. People have this idea that eating healthy is boring because there aren’t a lot of options but that’s not the case. There are a variety of recipes you can choose from that are as equally delicious and healthy! I have listed a few of my favorite healthy snacks that’ll hopefully inspire you to eat healthy or come up with some of your own ideas!

Happy munching Friends!

My Favorite Healthy Snacks

1. Granola, Peanut Butter, and Apple Sandwiches

2. Avocado Toast with a Sunny-Side Up Egg

3. Yogurt-Covered Fruit Bites

4. Trail Mix

5. Baked Apple Chips

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