52 Cardio Exercises to Try!

It’s Workout Wednesday, and of course, I’ve come fully prepared with, “52 Cardio Exercises,”  courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine facebook page. There are some really great exercises here, in which one can pick and choose from for their own daily regiment.

I’m sure there are quite a few of you who would agree that mixing up your regiment is quite beneficial because it allows you to do more challenging exercises and keeps you from falling from a regiment that has become so routine.  Have you ever noticed that the more you do one routine over and over, that you seem to get through your routine quicker?  And that burn that you used to feel (that incidentally placed a smile on your face—that sense of accomplishment) you no longer feel?  

Well not to worry, all you need to do now is grab a pen and pad, sit back and watch this wonderful video provided by Women’s Health Magazine.  Choose the exercises that you want to add to your daily workout, and get that feeling of accomplishment back!  I’m rooting for you.  LP


High Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl

Hello There,

Well if you’ve been following me, then you know three things about me, and they are as follows:

  1. I’m very Vain!-What can I say, I care about the way I look and looking good is very high on my list.  Therefore, I try very hard to maintain an exercise regime, along with eating right and doing anything and everything that needs to be done in order to keep the weight I’ve lost off.
  2.   I am a crazy (in a fun way) Lesbian who is both a mom (1 lovely and spoiled son Steven and a great wife, Joanne, who spoils me terribly.)
  3. I am a writer who took the leap and published one book and have at least 10 first drafts on books that I have not completed.  You know how that goes when one loves what they do and ideas come into play and you get them down before you forget.
  4.  Then another idea comes to mind and bam, there you are typing away again.  Life gets in the way and you never seem to find the time to get back to you what you began.  It doesn’t mean that story has died, it’s just that you don’t have the strength to see them through.  Or maybe you enjoy having that one thing that is just yours, and yours alone.

Getting back to business here, I was going through my emails today and I came across this lovely find that I just had to share with you guys.  High-Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl, now I’ve tried to understand the difference between vegan and vegetarian but there are so many different answers for vegans that I’ve thrown my hands up and developed my own definition  for vegans.

With that said,  I’ve taken certain meats out of my diet, and now I eat only small amounts of chicken and turkey.  But I consume a lot of fish,tuna, salmon, shrimp and crabs or crab meat.  Which is why when I received this email with the recipe for High-Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl from MyFitnessPal, that I did a happy dance, so without further ado, I give you the recipe.  Just look at it, doesn’t it look delicious?

High-Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl

For the cilantro black beans and rice

  • 3/4 cup (135 grams) uncooked long-grain brown rice (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 1/2 cups (355 grams) water
  • 1 (15.5-ounce or 420 grams) can black beans, rinsed and drained (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup (5 grams) chopped fresh cilantro

For the burrito bowl

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 medium (55 grams) onion, sliced
  • 2 medium (240 grams) bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound (455 grams) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups (95 grams) loosely packed chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium (125 grams) tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium (150 grams) ripe avocado, diced


Prepare cilantro black beans and rice. Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 35–40 minutes, or until tender. Stir in black beans; cook 2–3 minutes until heated through. Stir in lime zest, lime juice and cilantro. Set aside and keep warm.

While rice cooks, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, swirling to coat. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic, cumin and salt. Cook 3 minutes, covered and stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Stir in shrimp; cook 2–3 minutes, stirring often.

Place 1 cup rice and bean mixture in each of 4 bowls. Top each with 1 1/4 cups shrimp and vegetable mixture. Top each serving evenly with romaine, tomato and avocado.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup beans and rice + 1 1/4 cups shrimp and vegetables + 1/2 cup lettuce + 1/3 cup chopped tomato + 1/4 cup avocado

Per serving: Calories: 450; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 172mg; Sodium: 452mg; Carbohydrate: 56g; Dietary Fiber: 13g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 34g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 994mg; Iron: 31%; Vitamin A: 83%; Vitamin C: 139%; Calcium: 14%

I myself am not a rice person per say, I do enjoy fried rice-so if there is anyone who has a great low fat recipe for shrimp fried rice, please email me at purplesilkykisses@gmail.com.  I hope you enjoy this recipe, I will keep them coming…LP

Source: MyFitnessPal (please see the above link for the web address).

The Science Behind Why Water Is Good for Weight Loss – Hello HealthyHello Healthy

Ever wonder why it’s important to drink water while dieting?  Well, wonder no more here is an article that gives you,”The Science Behind Why Water is Good for Weight Loss,” courtesy of MyFitnessPal’s blog.  Really cool and interesting stuff here.  Enjoy!  LP 

We all know that hydration is important — especially in the scorching summer months. Getting your standard eight glasses a day can help you stay cool, hydrated and energized through even the most intense sweat-inducing heat waves. But drinking plenty of water can also be a super easy — and more importantly, super effective — way to lose weight, according to the experts. To look at exactly what drinking more water does to your stomach, appetite and brain, researchers from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior took MRIs of participants’ stomachs and brains after they had ingested either

Source: The Science Behind Why Water Is Good for Weight Loss – Hello HealthyHello Healthy

How do you begin your day?


Good Afternoon to ya!

As you probably have guessed, I am a late riser, (the benefits of working from home)!  Although it’s cool to be self-employed it is also a  lot of work.  I may rise in the late afternoon, but I don’t hit the sack until late at night.  However, in the end, it does pay off!

Yesterday, I was invited to participate in a friendly exercise challenge by one of my dear friends.  What a great motivator!  Looking forward to getting my workouts in this week to take the lead!  If you would like to root for me, please do so in the comment area below.

Well, it’s time to get the ball rolling, and get my day started!  Here’s wishing you a wonderful and productive day! LP




Tips for Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle!

salmon and avocado dinner

Eat Healthy Fats

You already know that saturated fats are bad for your arteries and heart health. But they can also harm your concentration and memory. So cut down on the red meat, butter, and other such foods. Instead, add more fatty fish and fats from plants, like flaxseed and nuts. These healthy fats may have extra benefits for your heart and your brain.

woman and dog

Fill Your Empty Nest

If your kids have moved out and your home feels empty, think about adopting a pet. People with cats and dogs seem to have lower cholesterol and less risk of heart disease. They also need fewer doctors’ visits. We don’t know why exactly pets seem to help. But at the very least, having a dog that needs walks is a great way to build in daily exercise.

man jogging

Protect Your Joints

Getting older doesn’t mean you have to give up your morning run. People used to think running would wreck their knees. But new research suggests it might actually strengthen them. It doesn’t seem to raise your risk of arthritis either.

That said, if you have arthritis or damaged joints, running could be too much. But you can still benefit from exercise. It helps strengthen muscles, support your joints, and lessen pain. So choose low-impact activities like walking or biking instead.

Courtesy of Web MD for more tips go to: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/ss/slideshow-live-well-over-50

A Quote From Bruce Lee

Basically overcome any and all challenges!  Did you get your workout in today?

Bruce Lee Quote

WTF (Where They From) Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams

I am one of those people who extends their workout after two weeks.  It has been my experience that my body tends to get quite familiar with my routine after two weeks.  You ever noticed that you seem to finish what started out like a very difficult regiment and it turns into normality within a week and you find yourself doing your workout quicker?  You know what I mean, right? As opposed to your workout lasting for 45 mins, it drops down to 30mins. and you applaud yourself, as you should, but why stop there?  Add more time to your running, or increase the number of exercises you do to get back up to the amount of time you have designated to your workout regiment.  And when it gets to the point where you find yourself struggling, put on that power song, to help you get through it.

This is my go to power song, what’s yours?


Get A Fresh Start-It’s Never Too Late!

Today is the day to exercise

Do it to get healthy.

Do it to remain strong.

Do it because you deserve to be

the best you can be.

Getting & Staying Fit!

30 ways to keep the weight off

Back in the beginning of the month,  I mentioned. “The Master Cleanse.” (detox program) and how I was going to try it.  I was really excited about it and even more excited about the weight I dropping in a matter of days.  Then it occurred to me that I would probably gain back all that weight as soon as  I began eating and the ten days were over.  Knowing that gaining the weight back would bring me down, I decided on a compromise of sorts.

After three days of just drinking water and dropping five or six  pounds, I decided that what I needed was to change my diet and maintain an exercise regiment and not starve myself.  Although the idea behind, “The Master Cleanse,” was to cleanse the system and then re-teach your system how to eat again, their way would have taken at 15 days.  Instead I chose to continue drinking the Lemon Water, along with eating more vegetables and fruits. 

Now along with exercise, “The Master Cleanse” water, and at least one salad and one or two fruits a day, I am happy to say that I am accomplishing what I’ve wanted all along–LOSING WEIGHT!  During “The Master Cleanse Diet,” I went down to 197.8 lbs from 204 lbs.  I am now at 192.4.  Yay!  I make sure to exercise even if it means I have to get up 6 am to do so, then I jump into the shower and prepare for my day.

I have to tell ya, there is nothing like stepping on the scale and hearing repeatedly that I am losing instead of my weight going up and down.  I’m loving it and more-so I am thankful for finally finding a solution that actually works.


cartoon exercising