Balanced Bites Podcast with Jen Sinkler

Kim over at Fittin Pretty recently wrote a post about a podcast that she listened to. I’ve never listened to a podcast before but her summary of what was said was very interesting so I had to check it out myself!


The Balanced Bites podcast featured Jen Sinkler.


Honestly I’d never heard of Jen before listening to this but I am in love now 🙂


Jen Sinkler is from my home state! She is a former Rugby player (incase you didn’t know, I used to play rugby in high school!!)! She is now a fitness writer, personal trainer and the founder of Lift Weights Faster.

If you have 70 minutes to spare I highly recommend listening to the podcast, it was very interesting and very informative. If not…. here is a little summary!

One of the questions was what strength move should every woman be doing. She mentioned squats but said that dead lifts are even more important! The dead lift involves using the posterior chain and every muscle in the body.

She also talked about stress. Did you know that your body can’t tell the difference between stress from work/life and stress from a workout. So, if you have an extremely stressful day at work you probably shouldn’t go have a super high intense hour long workout! It is better to balance the stresses.

I also learned that you need to do 3-4 strength workouts a week to build muscle. Once you are at the level you want women only need to so a high intense strength workout once every 10 days to maintain our muscle! I clearly need to increase my strength training!

Now a little bit about her Lift Weights Faster program:


Seems to be a well balanced collection of strength workouts! I don’t know about you guys but when I do to the gym I usually go just to do fitness classes or to go on the elliptical. I know how to use the equipment in the weights area but I have a hard time pushing myself if I just walk over there and start using machines. I also tend to get bored very quickly. I need something to follow that tells me what to do, like a personal trainer 🙂 But honestly, this girl can’t afford to pay for 3-4 personal training sessions a week! I have not tried the Lift Weights Faster program but I am considering trying it!

I really think that the Lift Weights Faster program would be a great addition to my running and boxing. Honestly I wish I had a million hours a week to workout! I really love ALL types of workouts and I wish I had to swim, run, bike, attend all the les mills classes, go to boxing, go to skyrobics and core power yoga! UGH!!! If only time could slow down so I had time to do everything 🙂 Anyone else feel this way?

I’m so thankful that Kim wrote her post about Jen! I have learned so much from the podcast and cyber stalking Jen 🙂

What is your favorite type of exercise?

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones?

*Just a reminder…. I’m starting another Advocare 24 Day Challenge on May 1st. I’d love to get a bunch of people to join me! If you have any questions please email me alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com!


Weekend Update 2/10/14

Scott and I are back home…. BRRRRR I miss the warm weather, beach and ocean 🙂

My dad picked Scott and I up from the airport Friday evening. When we got home we met my parents at Bonfire for dinner. It was only my second time eating there and I don’t know why I don’t eat there more often! SOOOO GOOD!!!

Saturday I met my mom at Title Boxing Club in Woodbury for a boxing class. For Christmas my mom gave me a groupon for 1 month of unlimited classes. Oh man what an amazing workout!!!! The instructors nickname was AKA = Ass Kicking Al!


Saturday evening Scott and I headed to Mark and Sarah’s to see their new place and cook dinner. I made my famously delicious Pasta alla Vodka Sauce.


Look how cute Mark and Sarah’s puppy is!!!!

We planned on only have a couple classes of wine but that turned into a bottle and a half and a shot. So we ended up staying overnight.



I was supposed to start my Advocare 24 Day Challenge Sunday but since I didn’t have my Advocare stuff with me I ended up waiting to start Advocare until Monday.

Sunday morning since I wasn’t starting advocare until Monday we headed to breakfast!!


OMG I had an AMAZING omelet!!!! It’s called the Northern Omelet filled with cream cheese, onion, ham and wild rice! So good!!!!

Sunday after lounging on the couch and grocery shopping Scott and I headed to my parents place to make dinner. I made dinner, of course 🙂


Citrus roasted chicken! I marinaded it with fresh lime, orange and lemon juice.


Roasted brussel sprouts, potatoes and carrots! You know how I love my roasted carrots!!

After dinner we watched some Olympics! Go USA 🙂

Today I started my Advocare 24 Day Challenge! So far it is going great. I’m to shy to post my starting photos but maybe if I see a big difference between my starting photos and my finishing photos I will post them at the end!!

The best thing about Advocare is you eat normal food. The key is clean eating. The only thing you cut out is dairy.

For breakfast I had 2 eggs, 1 piece of whole wheat toast and sliced strawberries.


For lunch I had 1 roasted chicken breast, roasted potatoes and green beans.

Before making dinner I headed to Title for my second boxing class! It was super intense and sweaty and wonderful 🙂

Dinner was definitely a win!


I made Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps! Oh man were these amazing! I highly recommend them, they were super easy to make which is always a plus! The combo of chicken, cilantro, carrots, pineapple and peanut sauce was awesome.


The rest of my night will be spent doing homework for my 1 class. I currently have an Associate degree so I am going right back into school again to get my 4 year degree!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Update 1/5/14

My weekend started out with a YUMMY recipe that I whipped together thursday night!

I had a chuck roast thawed out in the refrigerator so I put it in the crockpot with diced potatoes, baby carrots, 1 cup water, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp steak sauce and 1 tbsp garlic powder. I put it on low and let it cook all night. In the morning I took out the meat. Cut off the bone and fat, diced the meat (it mostly just falls apart) and put it back into the crockpot. I added 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 bag frozen peas, mixed it all together so the peas thawed and chowed down! It was super good. I was surprised how good it turned out because we didn’t have much for food and I just whipped it together and hoped for the best.


Friday morning I woke up and headed to BodyAttack at the gym. Last week I ended up trying BodyAttack because my spin class I usually go to was full 😦 It ended up being a good thing…. I really love BodyAttack. It is a high energy, fast paced class. There was lots of jumping and running around.

I also got to try out my new Custom Reebok Nanos and I LOVE them so far 🙂


The rest of friday was spent working.

Saturday I woke up and headed to the gym for an intense morning of Les Mills classes. Xperience Fitness was having a big workout session to celebrate the new Les Mills release.


We didn’t go to the RPM class because we wanted to take BodyPump. We stayed until 10:50. It was very intense and super fun.


It was super fast paced so I didn’t get a chance to take photos. They had a drawing after each class. I won a workout tank top.

Saturday after working out I lounged on the couch watching Big Bang Theory until I headed to work. I did make a yummy post workout pasta 🙂

I measured out exactly 2 oz dry noodles and cooked them according to the package directions. In a separate pan I cooked shrimp, marinated artichokes, green olives, sun dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes and coconut oil. When the noodles were done I added them to the shrimp mixture. Tossed it together and added parmesan cheese on top! SOOOO good!!


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Sunday I woke up and headed to SkyZone for SkyRobics. It was a fun and intense class.

After SkyRobics another delicious meal…… Sweet Potato Nachos.

I thinly sliced 1 sweet potato and put it into a bowl with cold water. I let them sit for about 20 minutes. Drain and dry them. I covered them with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp seasoning salt, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp chili powder and layer them on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 7 minutes. Flip the chips and bake for another 3 minutes. Some of them did burn and I just tossed them out. I covered my chips with ground beef (seasoned with chili powder, cayenne pepper and paprika), shredded cheese, cilantro sour cream, salsa and taco sauce. It was AMAZING!!!!!!

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For having little food in the cupboard and fridge this lunch turned out super good. I would have added black beans, onions, lettuce and tomato  if I had any 🙂

Now I’m just watching some more Big Bang Theory (seriously I’m OBSESSED) and then I’m headed off to work.

Katie nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award so I will be posting about that tomorrow! In the mean time check out her post about it here Sisterhood.

How was your weekend? Do anything super fun? Cook anything delicious?