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2016 is MY year!

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This is what I woke up to yesterday morning on my email.  I knew that it might be coming, but had in all reality pushed it to some far reaching land in the back of my brain.   The email caught me a bit off guard but I was filled with optimism and excitement as I shared this news on social media for all my friends and followers.  All the words of praise, motivation, and encouragement had me very excited.

And then today happened.  I got the official email with the link to register.  So of course, I decided to just take the plunge.  Well, I cringed when I saw the price, but decided, hey this is possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity, just suck it up and do it.  I continued on with the registration, but it was not like any other race registration I had done before.  This one got personal, pretty much a sports resume.  I had to starting surfing the web for some of my race results to find times, pr’s, etc.  At that point my brain got the best of me and I started doubting myself.  What the heck am I getting myself into?  Why do I want to race with such fast folks?  Why do I want to embarrass myself?  How the heck am I going to find time to train?  Will I still be a role model for my triathlon clients if the race is a complete disaster? I know I am over thinking-I have done enough Olympic distance triathlons with mediocre training and been fine, but this race is different.  As a triathlon coach who pushes athletes to give it their all and never give up, I have to be the best version of myself at this race.  That is a lot of pressure since I am not some world famous athlete.  I am an average Joe that absolutely love triathlon , especially the cycling piece.  I love to train, talk to folks about the sport, participate in races, volunteer, travel to events, and coach.  And as far as I am concerned, this is anything but an average Joe race.  This is the best of the best in the country.  Holy crap!

So what is the plan of attack as a full-time bike manager in a bike shop, part-time trainer/triathlon coach, mother, wife, care-taker, and friend?

Step 1: Express my fears and concerns (you are reading them)!  And try to stay positive (hard to do when it is 10 degrees outside and trying to fight off the winter depression)!

Step 2: Focus on weight management.  I got way off track this winter.  Too much social drinking, eating out, and getting lazy with my nutrition.  My body is not very happy with me.  But thanks to some peer pressure from some other friends who got off the wagon this winter, we are all cleansing right now and focusing on our nutrition.

Step 3: Create a practical plan of attack for “off-season” to rebuild my endurance.  This is critical since spring and summer are so insane at work, kids out of school, select travel baseball, volunteer time with DEVO (Youth Mountain Bike Group). This will have to consist of getting in some solid runs, swims, trainer rides, and yoga.  Weights need to slow down a bit, I love them too much and they do not get along very well with endurance.

Step 4: Create an on-season plan for my crazy life (no idea at this point what this will look like).

Step 5: Make sure my calendar is always organized  for me and my hubby’s sake.

Step 6: Try to have fun while in an on-going state of stress.  Life is such a juggling act, I need to find the perfect balance, and it is a delicate balance.

Step 7: Ask folks for help.  This is probably my hardest step.  I like things done my way, but when life gets chaotic, I need to be ok with an extra set of hands.  This may actually be my hardest struggle of all.  And those that know me, know I never like to ask for help.

Step 8: Lean on my fitness friends to help push me, train with me, and keep me on track.  I can do it easily enough for others, but have a hard time focusing on myself.  And I keep reminding myself, that even though 2016 is not starting off great, this year is about being the best I can be.  I have shared this picture before, but feel I need to post again to help remind myself of the goal I set for myself:

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A friend the other day told me that she had lost her mojo over the winter and just had no motivation regarding triathlons and racing in general.  I can completely relate, but now that I have clicked the submit button, I have a goal and there is no turning back.  It is a very challenging goal, but I can and will accomplish it!  USAT Nationals will be my race this year. 

As a final note and something I just found on facebook:

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Top 10 Ways to Build Lean Muscle Fast and Efficiently

As an ambassador for Fit Fluential, I am always looking for inspirational, informative, and new information.  Now that most of us triathletes are in off season, this article seems fitting.  As a coach and trainer myself, these are exactly the suggestions I give to my clients!  So during this off season, get lifting folks!

**I cannot take credit for this article, but agree 100% with these simple and easy rules.

Top Ten Ways to Build Lean Muscle Fast and Efficiently

Forget complicated diets and three-hour gym sessions. Score the sculpted body and toned physique you’ve always wanted by following these better, smarter rules to building lean muscle.

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#1 Eat, Eat, Eat

Working a muscle tears the tissue, it then repairs and grows. Muscles need to be fed in order to allow them to grow. Basically you need to eat big to get big. A good balanced lean muscle building diet will allow you to grow without adding fat at the same time.

#2 Increase the Amount of Protein in Your Diet

Muscle = protein. In order for muscle tissue to repair itself after your weight-training sessions it needs an abundance of protein. Some beginners don’t take enough protein and some more experienced guys take ridiculously extreme amounts of protein. So how much protein is enough to supply those hungry muscles? Another good rule of thumb is to take 1 gram of protein for every pound of total body weight. So a 160 lb man would take around 160 grams of protein per day. My favorite sources of protein include:

*Chicken
 *Steak 
*Seafood (tilapia, tuna, prawns, salmon) 
*Eggs 
*Buffalo *Whey Protein Powder Shakes

#3 Go Heavy

Most people who are trying to build muscle do not use an adequately heavy weight. You should be lifting in the range of 8-12 repetitions per set, performing 3-6 sets per exercise, and using a weight that leads to muscle failure by the end of each set. You should be lifting a weight so heavy that you can’t get more than 12 reps but light enough to allow you to get at least 8 reps. One of the reasons that people exercise with a partner is so that someone is there to help them when the weight gets too heavy to lift with good form. If you don’t have a workout partner, you can simply stop when you get too tired to lift with good form, rest a few seconds, then keep lifting to complete the set. This is a better way to build muscle than using a weight that allows you to comfortably complete a set without reaching muscle failure.

#4 Avoid Too Much Cardio

Cardiovascular work will rob you of muscle gains. Yes if your goal is to lose fat you should do cardio but make sure it is: (a) performed immediately after your weight training (b) a low intensity form of cardio for a maximum of 30 minutes. The reason that too much cardio isn’t desirable when your goal is to build muscle is that too much cardio releases catabolic hormones in the body, breaking down your muscle tissue; obviously this is counter-productive.

#5 Post-Workout

Eat as soon as you can after working out. An intense workout breaks down muscle tissue and depletes stores of muscle glycogen. These need to be replenished rapidly to enhance your recovery and muscle growth. An ideal post-workout meal should include quickly digested carbohydrates and protein. Try blending a banana, whey protein and honey into a shake. The banana and honey provide quick carbs to replenish glycogen, and the protein will accelerate muscle repair. And use skimmed milk, rice milk or water for your shake.

#6 Rest

If you work a muscle too hard, too many days in a row, the muscle fibers will become too damaged to properly repair and grow. To build muscle quickly, you must completely fatigue a muscle group, but then give it time to rest. Typically, a muscle needs at least 72 hours to properly repair from a muscle-building, weight training session. A good rule to follow is to allow for complete absence of soreness in a muscle before working that muscle again. For example, do a shoulder and chest workout on Monday and Thursday, a leg workout on Tuesday and Friday, and a back, arms and abs workout on Wednesday and Saturday.

#7 Recover

While you are resting, be sure to give your body what it needs to properly recover and put the muscles into a state of optimal growth. Activities that can enhance recovery include ice baths or cold showers, compression clothing, massage therapy or foam rolling, stretching, breathing exercises, and adequate sleep.

#8 Drink Plenty of Water

Getting enough water is crucial for peak strength and energy levels; shoot for a gallon of water per day. (Remember you can include your protein shakes towards your daily water intake.) According to research from the September 2008 issue of the “Journal of Applied Physiology,” a powerful testosterone-enhancing supplement is water. The researchers found that inadequate hydration resulted in reduced testosterone response to exercise and increased amounts of cortisol. Cortisol interferes with muscle gain, so limiting cortisol and enhancing testosterone release by drinking water may significantly improve your rate of muscle gain.

#9 Supplementation

Incorporating the right supplements into your fitness program is the best way to burn fat and increase lean muscle tissue. There are many different supplements that promote muscle growth and repair, energy and burning fat, which are key characteristics in effectively increasing and maintaining lean muscle. Some of the most effective supplements to increase lean muscle mass include; whey protein, amino acids, creatine, nitric oxide, beta-alanine and for males Gamma-O natural Testosterone Booster.

#10 De-Stress

High levels of stress can quickly drain testosterone, an anabolic, muscle-building hormone, and increase levels of cortisol, a catabolic, muscle-damaging hormone. If you find yourself at work or school with a constantly high heart rate, moody personality, shallow breaths or high body temperature, it’s likely that you’re too stressed for optimal muscle growth. Teach yourself to relax, breathe deeply and plan out your day to give yourself more time and less stress.

– See more at: http://fitfluential.com/2014/10/top-ten-ways-to-build-lean-muscle-fast-efficiently/#sthash.eoa7tgpd.dpuf

Enrich Your Life, Leave A Legacy

Omaha Breakfast event 9-20 (3)

To all my awesome readers, especially those in the Omaha metro, I will be one of 3 keynote speakers telling my fitness, nutrition, and career story at a very casual breakfast event coming up on Saturday September 20th.  Yes we will be talking business, but with a fun spin:  learn how you can have it all…a family, friends, professional fulfillment, and support building your own business centered around helping others…with the good health to enjoy it all!

I would love to have some of you come learn a little, network, and be surrounded by other like minded individuals.  If you have questions, feel free to shoot me a personal message to hdmdall@hotmail.com.  All the info/details are listed in the blue tab at the top of this post.

Happy Labor Day!

Coach

 

 

Goodbye 2013, bring on 2014

Americans Making Healthier Food Choices

Yes, this is exciting news folks! I challenge everyone to start making healthier food choices if you have not already done so. For those that struggle, I highly recommend giving Juice Plus a try. Not only does it contain whole fruits and veggies, it comes is flavorful chew form, capsule, or even my favorite-Protein Powder. Not only is it jam packed with fruits and veggies, it helps to keep you healthier. To learn more about ways to add more fruits and veggies to you diet, contact me:
http://www.heatherdall.juiceplus.com or (402) 213-1087

Healthy Recipe: Spice-Braised Chicken Legs with Red Wine and Tomato

This just sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it!

The Game Plan

I have to give Food & Wine a big shout out for including more healthy recipes lately, and providing nutritional information more often. Their stuff is always sophisticated and yummy. I made this for friends a few weeks ago and even though there were four of us and the recipe makes six servings, there were NO leftovers.

SPICE-BRAISED CHICKEN LEGS WITH RED WINE AND TOMATO
From Food & Wine

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons canola oil
6 whole chicken legs, split into drumsticks and thighs, skin and fat removed (I just used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they were on sale, and they were great)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 large garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
One 3-inch cinnamon stick, broken in half
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 bay leaves
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup chicken stock…

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Nutrition Facts

Good info about the nutrition facts for Juice+ capsules (it’s that simple)
For more info, check out: http://heatherdall.juiceplus.com/

“I am injured, I am an Ironman”

I do not have a ton to report right now, so felt the need to share some humor I stumbled across. This video is a classic. Even though I do not do longer distance triathlons, the conversation is still similar to one I would have with a non-triathlete. I challenge you to not laugh (and pardon the tid bit of profanity).
Happy Tuesday!

What’s in your protein powder?

I just came across this article and felt the need to share the info (I cannot take credit for the info). I am slowly learning more and more about nutrition and cannot believe the info available-both good and bad. So to learn more about protein powder, check out this blog: http://www.davidmodderman.com/blog/index.php/weight-loss/body-by-vi-is-it-all-hype/
After reading the article, it made me really start thinking about what my body consumes. I am happy that I chose Juice Plus a year ago. It is good for the body, natural, the protein powder is whole food based, the chews and tablets are just jam packed with fruits and veggies, and the tower garden is a soil free easy way to grow fruits/herbs/veggies for my plate. If you want to learn more about Juice Plus, give me a shout. The attached article helps validate my decision to use and sell Juice Plus! http://www.heatherdall.juiceplus.com

Wine and Wellness Night

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Calling all Omaha triathletes, runners, cyclists, sport junkies, parents, healthy folk…
I am hosting a fun wine and wellness event this Wednesday evening. Would love to have some of you swing by for a casual night of socializing while learning more about nutrition and what we can do for ourselves to live a healthier life.

Heather wine invite (click on this link to see official invite)

 

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