The Burn Box

And now for a rare non-food-related post. See that new text box? The one on the right hand side below the Foodbuzz and Foodie blogroll thingamagigs, and past my faithful followers? That, friends, is The Burn Box. Here I will document my daily burn, for anyone who is interested.

First and foremost, this is a food blog, and I want to keep the focus on healthy recipes full of flavor and variety. But, besides cooking, fitness is my other big hobby, and they actually go very much hand in hand. I have been trying to think of ways to share some of that with my readers, without shifting the genre of my blog. I figured this would be a good way to do it. This way, the information is there for those who want to see it. You’ll catch it on your way scrolling down, but it’s not totally in your face either. And for those that are more interested in healthy cooking than exercise… well, you can feel free to just ignore it!

I will make an effort to update this daily, and keep a full week’s worth of workouts documented at a time.

What do you think? Good idea? Even though I don’t plan to turn this entirely into a food AND fitness blog, I still welcome you to ask me any questions about what you see in the Burn Box, or fitness in general. I’m not a professional, but I am pretty passionate and consider myself pretty well self-educated, and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned and give you any tips I can.

Happy Tuesday!

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12 Responses to “The Burn Box”

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    sunflowerramos — January 12, 2010 @ 7:00 pm Reply

    I think it is a FABULOUS idea. Healthy eating and exercise are 2 peas in a pod, in my opinion.

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    Dawn — January 12, 2010 @ 9:43 pm Reply

    I think it's a great idea! Plus it's your unique blog to share what you like. That's what is great about blogging. I can't wait to see how it goes!

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    beeskneeslife — January 12, 2010 @ 11:19 pm Reply

    Great idea!

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    preventionrd — January 13, 2010 @ 1:54 am Reply

    I agree! Double threat!!

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    Talita — January 13, 2010 @ 6:42 pm Reply

    Fantastic idea! I totally agree!

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    Burp and Slurp~! — January 14, 2010 @ 6:02 am Reply

    I don't think a burn box is a threat to anything! So long as you continue with all these delicious mouth-watering eats! :D

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    Amelia — January 14, 2010 @ 5:24 pm Reply

    Hi Cara, I followed your blog over from the nest. I am absolutely in love with your blog! The fact that you have added the Burn Box to the side bar is such a great idea. I am also a fan of the nutritional breakdowns on meals! After much deliberating and in need of a new training plan to follow I have decided to start the NROLFW. I read the book this past weekend and started on Monday. I have lifted heavy in the past, then of course read mixed reviews about lifting vs. cardio and my lifting began to slack off. So far I like the plan. However, I am a bit confused on the cardio part. I was used to running about 25 miles per week, but I'm not sure how that would effect and/or fit into NROLFW. Any thoughts/ suggestions/ or help you can offer about how to incorporate a healthy amount of cardio would be great! I am following the suggested meal plans in the book and doing my best to stay in the 40/30/30 range. Thank you!

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    Cara — January 15, 2010 @ 2:07 pm Reply

    Hi Amelia,First of all, thanks for the kind words! It really means a lot.As for cardio w/NROLFW, the book explains it best, but my understanding is that the body can't effectively train for long endurance-style cardio and build muscle/strength at the same time. They are two opposing biological mechanisms. As your body gets used to longer endurance cardio, your metabolism is becoming more efficient: that is, learning to run itself on less fuel, in order to conserve energy for what lies ahead. The idea between heavy weight lifting in order to build strength is that you train your metabolism to become less effective: that is, requiring lots of energy to repair and build muscles. This is done through short spurts at high intensity followed by recovery.This is not to say you can't do any cardio along with NROLFW, and my personal opinion is that you can do more than what the authors suggest. However, I wouldn't suggest doing anything extreme like training for a long distance event, does that make sense? If you enjoy cardio, I would still keep up with it, but maybe you can mix it up a bit. Take advantage of HIIT workouts (which are a part of the program beginning in stage 2 or 3). Usually, I don't do these on the same day I lift, instead I make thispart of my cardio day – I will do the HIIT and then round out an hour or so with steady-state work such as running. Try plyometric drills (body weight matrix is coming your way!) or bunch jumping. Give a shot at kickboxing or step aerobics. Again, the ieda is that we are constantly mixing things up so our bodies don't get complacent with one kind of activity. Hope this helps!

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    Amelia — January 15, 2010 @ 4:59 pm Reply

    Thanks for explaining it a bit more. The book just made it seem as if cardio was bad, however I do know the importance of it for overall health. I think I will try adding HIIT to my schedule a couple times per week, definitely on different days from lifting. Maybe spinning too? My booty is definitely feeling it today from Wednesday nights lifting! Thanks again! I look forward to your future posts.

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    Amelia — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    Thanks for explaining it a bit more. The book just made it seem as if cardio was bad, however I do know the importance of it for overall health. I think I will try adding HIIT to my schedule a couple times per week, definitely on different days from lifting. Maybe spinning too? My booty is definitely feeling it today from Wednesday nights lifting! Thanks again! I look forward to your future posts.

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    Cara — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    Hi Amelia,First of all, thanks for the kind words! It really means a lot.As for cardio w/NROLFW, the book explains it best, but my understanding is that the body can't effectively train for long endurance-style cardio and build muscle/strength at the same time. They are two opposing biological mechanisms. As your body gets used to longer endurance cardio, your metabolism is becoming more efficient: that is, learning to run itself on less fuel, in order to conserve energy for what lies ahead. The idea between heavy weight lifting in order to build strength is that you train your metabolism to become less effective: that is, requiring lots of energy to repair and build muscles. This is done through short spurts at high intensity followed by recovery.This is not to say you can't do any cardio along with NROLFW, and my personal opinion is that you can do more than what the authors suggest. However, I wouldn't suggest doing anything extreme like training for a long distance event, does that make sense? If you enjoy cardio, I would still keep up with it, but maybe you can mix it up a bit. Take advantage of HIIT workouts (which are a part of the program beginning in stage 2 or 3). Usually, I don't do these on the same day I lift, instead I make thispart of my cardio day – I will do the HIIT and then round out an hour or so with steady-state work such as running. Try plyometric drills (body weight matrix is coming your way!) or bunch jumping. Give a shot at kickboxing or step aerobics. Again, the ieda is that we are constantly mixing things up so our bodies don't get complacent with one kind of activity. Hope this helps!

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    Talita — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    Fantastic idea! I totally agree!

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