Thursday, January 31, 2013

Facebook

So I have been getting tons of requests on my personal Facebook Page so I decided to start a Facebook for myself so you can follow me there as well! 



Instagram 



Thanks for all the love!
:)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Eat Clean: Healthy Margherita Pizza

 Super Bowl is coming up and a popular food option is Pizza! Here is a healthier option to eating a pizza so you don't miss out on it!

Margherita Pizza:

Ingredients:
1 Pizza Crust
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup basil leaves
1 small Roma tomato, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cubed fresh mozzarella cheese
1 tsp balsamic vingar
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper


 Heat oven to 400 degrees. Then lightly brush 1 tsp olive oil on the crust. Sprinkle mozzaerlla cheese and arrange the basil and tomato slices on top.

Next, whisk together 1 tsp olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle that over the pizza. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and pepper to taste.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.


So yummy! And pretty simple to prepare!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Week 2 Update

 I think that the 50 day challenge is actually starting to get easier!

At first I didn't love the taste of the protein shakes and I craved so much junk food. I would go to the store I want to put everything chocolate in my cart. I was even craving donuts one morning; which is odd because I don't even like those! But after the first 2 weeks I really don't crave sweets like I used to, my husband says the same thing too. I also find it is getting easier to go the gym 6 days a week. At first I had to find the motivation and would try to come up with excuses not to go; but once it is in my retinue it is actually a lot easier to commit to going every day. AND I am not getting as sore! The first few days I would die the day after a hard work out. Now I will be slightly sore but nothing like the first week and I even up the weight every week!


I dropped one more pound this week! So I am at 114lbs at 5'10. My husband thinks I am just about done losing weight and that I should start replacement the fat with muscle which means I might start gaining weight. A little bitter sweet I think. I love seeing the scale and watching the pounds come off so to watch the scale and see it gaining weight might be a little different. But I do want to put on more muscle which is why I am doing this whole thing!!


I worked out 6 days this week! Every day but Sunday! I am super proud of myself. :) I am even more proud about what I didn't eat on Sunday! It was my birthday on Monday so Sunday night we had a get together with family to celebrate mine and my brother-in-laws birthdays. There was so much yummy food there including these delicious cakes below...


And I didn't even have any! Not even a lick! Ha I felt pretty good about it!

But then Monday rolled around and since it was my birthday we went to the Melting Pot!


Probably not the best choice for the diet plan but since it was my birthday we did eat this..


So I did cheat on the diet slightly.. Boo! But I worked out extra hard for it!

Now let's see how strong I can be against the food at the Super Bowl Party! I am thinking I can do it! :)

And here is some motivation.. Love this!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Shake

This is by far my favorite protein shake. Seriously, it is SO good!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Shake
 Ingredients: 
Fiber Mix - 1 scoop
Peanut Butter - 1 Tablespoon
Greek Yogurt - 1 Tablespoon
1/2 a banana
1 cup Almond milk or water (Almond milk makes it more creamy)
6 ice cubes


Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

Remember to make sure all the ingredients blend well, put the liquids on the bottom and frozen food on the top. :)


Makes about 1 protein shake at 359 calories.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Accessories and Lace

 A friend of mine owns a boutique called, Center Street Boutique. A few weeks ago she asked me to come model some of her darling clothing. 

The shirt and all of the accessories can be found HERE
Pants: Buckle; Big Star
Boots: Forever Young






Saving the best for last.. LOVE this necklace! I know everyone and their dog has this necklace but that's cause it is so cute! I love that this one is a little different with the mix of colors. Super cute! 
:)


Leg/butt workout


Here is my leg/butt workout. I do this workout at least twice a week with at least 2 days in between. 

All squats and lunges I do while holding 20lbs weight, I usually do 3 sets of 20.

Adductor: I start with 80lbs, then 90lbs, then 100lbs - 3 sets of 10. (This one is killer after a baby so take it easy on the amount of weigh at first.)

Abductor: I start with 90lbs, then 100lbs, then 110lbs, 3 sets of 10

Seated leg press: I start with 90lbs, then 105 lbs, then 120lbs - 3 sets of 10

Calf raises: I start with 90lbs, then 105 lbs, then 120lbs - 3 sets of 10

Butt Blaster: I start with 30 lbs, then 45lbs, then 60lbs- 3 sets of 10

Hip Flexion & Extension: I start with 60lbs, then 70lbs, then 80 lb - 3 sets of 20 PER LEG.

I wait about 2-3 minutes in between sets. This work out usually takes about 90 minutes.

I will be posting videos and pictures shortly just in case you don't know how to do any of them. Most machines can be found at any gym. Squats and lunges can be done at home or at the gym.

Trust me, you will feel it the next day!!


Week 1: Update

 Week 1 of my 50 day fitness challenge is complete, YAY!

It was hard to find some motivation some days but I would just think about my cruise and then make the decision to head to the gym or pick the healthier snack. 

I worked out 5 times this week and only cheated on my diet once. (My son was eating chips and I had  5 of them. This was on the first day, don't judge. HA!)

 Picture from instagram @mckinli

So to give you a little background I am 5'10. When I started I weighed in at 119lbs. and at the end of the week I weighed in at 115lbs. 
WAHOO! I lost 4 lbs! Which doesn't seem like a ton but when you look at pictures like this, it changes your mind slightly. 


 I am fully aware that muscle weighs more than fat. So I am assuming I will start to gain again here shortly. Which I am fine with. My fitness plan is more about how I look and feel rather than a number on the scale. 


Also remember this if you ever feel discourage. It takes time to see the results you want, but they will come if you keep at it! :)


 Week number 2 I am ready for you!!

Loose French Braid

 Let's be honest.
I am not one of those people who put on baggy sweats, throws my hair in a pony and heads to the gym. I enjoy looking my best no matter where I go. I think when you think you look good, you feel good!

So here is a way to style your hair for going to the gym. So that it is out of your face. You can also where this out and about cause it is definitely cute enough.

First start with your hair curly.


Then part your hair way over to one side.


Grab a chunk of the hair you just parted and create a loose french braid.


Grab the rest of the hair and do a loose french braid to the side. Put the pony tale about half way down so you can still see the curls.


And you are done!



Herbal Detox Tea/Green Tea

 Tea sometimes isn't the best tasting drink, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me!
I try to add in some honey to sweeten it up but I still don't love the taste of it.


Although it doesn't taste the greatest there are many benefits to drinking Herbal Detox Tea and Green Tea.

- Cleans Toxins. Improve one’s general health and well-being by gently cleansing toxins and other contaminants from our system.

- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.

- Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

- Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks. 

- Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them. 

- Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol. 

- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells. 

- Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.
- Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. 

- Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers. 

- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.

 - Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.


Well what if you could get the benefits without drinking it?
Next time you take a hot bath put about 5 packages in the tub. The herbs can be observed through your skin and you can still get many of the benefits!


 I love taking these baths with mask on my face after a long work out!



You can purchase Herbal Detox Tea and Green Teas at your local Good Earth Store or try some of these..


or 


ENJOY!
:)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lip Gloss

Best lip gloss ever?
YES!


Lip Liner



Lip Gloss

Stuffed Peppers

 STUFFED PEPPERS:

Ingredients:
1 package lean ground turkey
1 cup uncooked brown rice
5 yellow, red or green peppers
1/2 onion 
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon sea salt


Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

First make brown rice according to box instructions. Then cook ground turkey in a skillet until no pink is visible.  


Add in rice, onion, salt, parsley and basil. Let it simmer together for about 10 minutes.


Remove and discard the tops, seeds and membranes from the peppers. Arrange on a baking sheet.


Stuff the peppers with the mixture until full.


Cook for about 45 minutes.


Sprinkle with cheese if desired.


ENJOY!



Protein Pancakes

I was a little nervous to try these out because protein pancakes wasn't sounding too awesome in my book. But to my surprise they were REALLY yummy!!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Oats
1/3 cup egg whites
1 scoop vanilla protein
1/2 of a ripe banana
1 tablespoon yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup frozen blueberries


Directions:

First put the oats in a blender until they are very fine. 

Next throw in all other ingredients besides the blueberries.  Then blend until smooth.

Pour half of the mix in a circle on a pan or grill, place a few blueberries on top.


These pancakes would "bubble"on top like regular pancakes so make sure to watch the bottoms. Flip them over until both sides are lightly brown. 


Makes 1 serving of 2 pancakes; 30 grams of protein, 30 grams of carbs (approx.)


You can make with or with out blue berries.

For toppings try peanut butter, jam or no-sugar syrup. 

ENJOY!

Friday, January 18, 2013

30 Day Challenge!


Who's ready for this??
Oh, me!!

I actually started my challenge on Sunday the 13th AND I am doing 50 days instead!
Why 50 instead of 30? Well, I have a Caribbean Cruise in 50 days so I am going to push myself hard until then!

What is a 30 day challenge you ask?? Well I think this question can be answered different with each person. For me it is about the start of a new way of life, to be fit and healthy. I am naturally a thin person and have been all of my life. After having my second child I wasn't liking the way I looked, but I didn't want to go back to the way I was before the babies, I wanted to look even better! 

The Goal:
Everyone needs a goal. It can be pounds to lose, miles to run or an amount of weight to lift. Mine is kind of complicated. I just want to eat healthier and be toned. Which means there is no magically number to compete with but just when I feel like I have reached my goal. 

To give you a basic idea; here are some pictures of me after baby number one. I would like to have a little more muscle and definition then I did here! 




My Diet Plan:
 I don't necessarily like the word diet because everyone refers to it as starving yourself so you can be skinny, which is not the case here. I prefer Clean Eating or Eating Healthy.

Things to Cut Out:
In order to do the 30 day challenge there are a few MAIN things you need to cut out of your daily diet:
-Soda Pop 
(This one is SO hard for me because I am addicted to Mt. Dew, literally.)
-Products with High Sugars
(This one is hard too, I love me some yummy chocolate!!)
- Carbs 
(Okay, they are all hard! Noodles is my favorite restaurant.)

-Fast Foods/Greasy Foods
(Aw finally one I am okay giving up!)
-Products with High Salt
(Ummm not sure how I feel about this one, ask me again when I am craving chips!)
Things to Add In:
-A Multivitamin; I take One A Day Women's ViaCraves. Yes, I take the gummie kind! I am not a fan of the boulder sized pills.

 
-Water
-High Protein
-Veggies
-Fruit; but not too much because there is still sugars in them.

Suggested Meal Plans:


Throughout the past 10 months since I had my baby I have been starting and stopping different fitness plans so there are a few brands of weight loss products and supplements that I tried out that just weren't for me. I have only tried a couple out of the hundreds of different brands out there so I am no expert when it comes to different brands. Find one that fits with you and stick with it. I choose Arbonne Fit Essentials. So most of this fitness plan and schedule will comply with their 30 day plan, however, you can alter it in any way you want or by adding different products to it!

Before I started I purchased the Arbonne Essentials Kit; 
Found HERE.
In it it has 2 bags of protein (vanilla and chocolate), 1 bag of fiber, 2 boxes of energy tabs, 2 boxes of Detox tea, 2 bags of fit chews and a 30 day fitness guide.
(Whatever product you end up going with I suggest sticking to a similar model.)
These are the basics of what I will be eating for the next month and a half. 

Fitness Meal Plan:
  (This is the plan I am going to follow!)

Breakfast:
1 Protein Shake, fruit, added protein

Morning Snack:
3 Chocolate Fit Chews, Vegetables

Lunch:
1 Protein Shake, 1 Nutrition bar, added protein

Afternoon Snack:
Fizz Stick, Fruit

Dinner:
A healthy, well-rounded mean with lean proteins, vegetables and fiber-rich foods.

Late Snack:
Herbal Detox Tea   

So here is an example of what I eat during the day...

Breakfast: A protein shake, I put my fruit in the shake instead of eating it today and 2 eggs.

Snack: 3 fit chews (that I got in my Arbonne Essentials kit) and some carrots

Lunch: Another protein shake, nutrition bar and some almonds.  


Snack: Fizz stick (from my Arbonne kit again) and an apple.

Dinner:
BBQ Salmon and steamed veggies.


Snack:
Herbal Detox Tea (also in my kit)

Because it is such a high protein diet you need to make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet. I add a scoop of fiber in each of my shakes and try to eat foods with high fiber.

I am also drinking tons of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and because water is so good for you!

I will keep blogging food ideas and recipes throughout the 50 days, this is just a basic example to go off of! 

Fitness Plan:

I have a gym membership to Gold's Gym. I highly recommend getting a gym membership somewhere. From my experience I work out a lot more with the membership then I ever did working out at home. If you have awesome dedication then try it out at home, just as long as your working out that is great!
So I have a basic weekly fitness routine that I do at the gym. I try to work out 4-6 days a week for at least an hour each time. My routine has changed a lot since I broke my arm and had surgery so I am going to tell you my old routine, because unless you have a broken arm too it is probably best to work out your whole body. 

Monday: Class  
Tuesday: Back, Biceps, Lower Abs
Wednesday Legs and Gluten
Thursday:Chest, Triceps, Upper Abs
Friday: Cardio
Saturday: Class

The most important days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If I have to skip a day of workout I do not miss working out these muscle groups. The way I work out these muscle groups is through weight training. When I first started working out I figured that guys did the weights and girls ran on the treadmill. I am not a fan of running so I never really had any interest in the gym. Well I was wrong. Girls can work out on the weights and they are not going to get huge and bulky like guys do. Trust me. Weights are thee best way to see definition and gain muscle. Lifting weights also burns MORE calories than running/carido. You can add weights to almost anything you do and when you do you see definition faster. That's why I love them!

If I want to work out really hard; I will repeat Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and do them twice in once week, adding the cardio to the beginning of my work outs for 10-15 mins. And not do the classes. I will most likely do it this way once I get my cast off because I am some what taking it easy for my arm right now. 

For the classes I usually try to do more intense classes like Power Pump, Kick Boxing or Cycle but sometimes I will do a Zumba class for fun. 

For my cardio I usually run/jog for about 30 minutes then do the stair climber for about 30 minutes.

I am going to post videos of my workouts at the gym and even some at home ones you can do. I obviously can not do my arm workouts right now so I will start posting my leg and abs work outs then once February 11th rolls around and I get my cast off I can post arm work outs before I leave for the cruise!

So there you have it folks, my fitness plan.

If you have any tips or tricks be sure to comment below. I get my basic fitness knowledge from my husband and would always love to learn more! 

I will keep you posted!
♥