Wild Workout Wednesday Week #2: Four Fun Facts About Me

It’s that time again for our Wild Workout Wednesday linkup!  To add your post to the linkup click on the blue box below and for instructions please click here.  As always, the topic is optional.  I’m going to give you some facts about myself and hopefully you can learn a little bit about me. J

  1. I am an only child– Eventhough I’m an only child, I never felt lonely because I have a HUGE extended family. I am very close to my cousins and I think of them as my siblings.  When we were younger my cousins used to come and spend some time with me over the summer break.
  2. I loved watching the TV show Sons of Anarchy- I’m embarrassed to admit this but I used to watch it very week with my husband.  Those of you who know me know that I don’t watch shows like that.  I think I enjoyed the suspense and the twists and turns of the show.
  3. I have over 200 family members in my hometown- My mom’s dad was the oldest of 12 children. Out of those 12, nine of them and their families live in my hometown.  I LOVE having a huge family.  We are always celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. together.  I love being around a lot of people and chatting with everyone!
  4. I love the color pink- I am very girly (I love makeup and fashion). I guess you could say I love fitness, fashion and makeup. J  I think pink is a fun color and it reminds me of a field of flowers.

I would love to hear some facts about you!!  List a few below. 🙂

Friday Favorites

Welcome to my Friday favorites! I am always game for trying new things(fashion, fitness, food, etc) and I love to support anyone I can. I’m so excited that the weekend is here and it’s relaxation time!! Before I start my weekend, I would like to share a few of my favorite items I‘m loving right now.

I have been looking at Jala exercise clothes for a while now and I loved what I saw online.  I just bought my first outfit from there and I love it.  The pants fit very well and true to size and I LOVE the design.  The material is SO soft, which is very important to me.  It’s very comfortable to wear while working out.  I recommend this brand to everyone!

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I love anything to do with fashion and fitness.  Jewelry and shoes are my weakness.  J  I really enjoy wearing big statement necklaces with little earrings or sometimes no earrings at all.  Amrita Singh has amazing jewelry.  You will definitely make a statement if you wear anything from them.  I bought this necklace a while ago but I just recently wore it out and I got so many compliments on it.  I actually wore it with a plain red blouse and I loved the look.  Isn’t it beautiful!!??

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As I said one of my passions is fitness and I’m always looking for new types of workouts.  I recently discovered Max 30 with Shaun T as your trainer.  He is an amazing trainer and he really knows what he’s talking about.  J  I have just ended my 2nd week in this program and I’m seeing amazing results.  It is definitely a challenge and it’s a tough workout.  No Pain, No Gain!! 🙂 I feel great after I finish the workout.

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Comment below and let me know what some of your Friday favorites are. Hope to hear from you soon! J

 

 

 

Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

I love to take unhealthy recipes of my favorite foods and create my own healthy recipe.  I love loaded baked potatoes but I don’t love the extra calories and pCrocessed ingredients.  I have created my version of a healthy baked potato just for you! Send me a message and let me know if you enjoyed the recipe!

Ingredients

4 Bell Peppers

3 large Sweet Potatoes

½ cup Guacamole

Handful of Cilantro

3 chopped Green Peppers

Salt to taste

½ cup chopped Basil Leaves

Salsa to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place slit in sweet potatoes and put in microwave for 15 min

Scoop out inside of sweet potato and place in mixing bowl

Add all of the other ingredients (except bell peppers and salsa) and mix together

Cut off top part of the bell pepper and clean out the inside

Place sweet potato mixture inside the bell peppers

Place the stuffed bell peppers in the oven for about 20- 30 min

Check oven frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn

Take out of oven and add salsa on top

Enjoy! J

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Wild Workout Wednesday Link up

I’m so excited, today we launch our FIT blog party!  We will be discussing workout tips, motivation, inspiration, healthy recipes and much more!  We would love for you to join us every Wednesday for a Wild Workout Wednesday link up and be a part of the FIT family!  The topic every week will be optional.  Feel free to write about anything fitness, health or nutrition related.  I can’t wait to read everyone’s posts!

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Meet your Wild Workout Wednesday hostesses

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Here are the rules to join in:

1) Follow your host and co-hosts in any way you can!

2) Link up with a fitness or healthy living post. It can be something you just posted or a favorite from your archives as long as it is fitness or healthy living related. Feel free to link up to 3 posts.

3) Snag our awesome Wild Workout Wednesday Button from my sidebar to make sure to link back to the post on our blogs:

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4)Make sure to leave a comment on the host and co-hosts link up post.

5)Click on the blue bar below titled ” click to view and add your links” to submit your post.

6)Visit at least 2 other blogs in the link up and leave a comment!

7) Share the love…post with the #wildworkoutwednesday on your posts to share this awesome link up and spread the word. Sharing is caring! You can also tag @angelenamarie1, @boldfitmom, @pretty_in_pink_fitness and @fitfoodiemama on social media sites.

Be sure to watch for our first link up post scheduled for 1/7/2015. Feel free to follow us to stay up to date on the link up.


My Goals for 2015

We have two days left in 2014 and I have been thinking about my goals for 2015 for the past few days.  The year of 2014 was great for me but I know 2015 will be even better.  I have a lot to be thankful for this past year.  Most importantly, my little girl was born this year. I have had so much fun and crazy times with her.  She has been a blessing to our entire family.  I wouldn’t change it for the world!

I have also started my profession as a fitness and nutrition coach.  I absolutely love helping people reach their fitness goals.  I love to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis.  My body feels energized and healthy when I take care of myself.  I also love seeing the joy and excitement from my clients when they reach their goals.

The following are my goals for 2015:

1. Get at least 6 hours of sleep-  I know we are supposed to get 8-10 hours of sleep but five to six hours is the most consecutive sleep I can get with a little baby. I also need to prioritize my time a little better during the day. If I get more done during the day I will not have to stay up late after my baby girl goes to bed.

2. I need to drink more water- I am so busy during the day, I forget to drink water sometimes. I can definitely feel when I am dehydrated. I feel less energetic, hungry and fatigued. I feel much better when I drink enough water throughout the day. I am going to make it a goal to drink one huge glass of water with every meal.

3. Meal prep more often- It’s no secret that eating healthy can sometimes require you to spend a little more time in the kitchen. We are all busy and we don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen. A solution to this problem would be to meal prep at least once a week. I do meal prep sometimes but not every week. My goal is to meal prep every week. When I don’t prepare meals ahead of time I find myself not eating as healthy as I should. I am going to set aside every Sunday as my day to prep meal

4. Help more people reach their fitness goals As a fitness coach I love helping people reach their goals and seeing them succeed. I have gone through my own physical transformation and I know how tough it can be. I find that people are more likely to achieve their fitness goals when they have someone helping them and encouraging them along the way.

I would like to wish you and your family a Happy and successful New Year!  Comment below with some of your goals for 2015.  I would love to hear from you!

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Average workout vs awesome workout

Who’s ready to link up with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers?? I love meeting new bloggers every week through the link up.

The way I feel after and during the workout is what defines an average  vs an awesome workout.  Nutrition is very important for overall health and daily functioning to me.  I love to eat clean because it makes me feel healthy and full of energy.  In addition to eating clean I love drinking shakeology.  Shakeology is not just a protein shake, it has many other benefits. It has antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics, amino and Jill, digestive enzymes, adaptogens, and phytonutrients , all coming from over 70 of the worlds natural superfoods and preserved to keep the nutritional integrity for bioavailable absorption in your body.  Shakeology is also 100% natural.  Shakeology has also completely cured my severe stomach issues.  I am no longer on medication, I just drink my shakeology once a day.  After drinking this shake everyday and eating clean,  I have excess amounts of energy to workout and I feel great after I’m done.

 

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I notice that if I eat junk food I feel very heavy, bloated and weighed down.  Junk food contains a lot of sugar.  It immediately raises your blood sugar and you will get a quick burst of energy.  You will also crash very quickly causing a drop in energy levels.  Junk food also causes a lot of gastrointestinal issues causing you to feel sick.  A lot of moving and jumping up and down will cause discomfort.

I am currently working out to the T25 DVD by Shaun T.  I am in the last round which means that it is mostly weights.  I just had a baby about 7 months ago and I haven’t lifted much weights, I’ve been doing mostly cardio.  This is actually a challenge for me and it feels great.  I don’t consider it an effective workout unless I feel challenged and sore after I’m done.  I love the feeling after you workout and your muscles are sore and you can’t move.   I love this workout because the weights aren’t making me bulky, I’m becoming leaner.  I’m starting to see definition all throughout my body and I’m seeing definition in my abs for the first time EVER!

What is your favorite type of workout??

 

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What has the past taught you about living today

It’s that time again to link up with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers.  I love linking up with them and discussing various topics every week. This week our topic is: What has the past taught you about living today?

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  1. Dream big and never give up– In order to succeed we must set goals.  Success doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes hard work and determination.  Many people give up too quickly and never reach their full potential.
  2. Always have a positive attitude– People with a positive attitude have great energy and seem happier in general. Positive people also have lots of friends because they are fun to be around! Having a positive attitude will also help you deal with a negative situation a little better.
  3. Learn how to indulge a little(with food)– It has taken me quite some time to learn how to eat clean.  I used to feel guilty when I would have my cheat meals.  Indulging a little here and there will not make a difference.  There are healthy dessert recipes  you can make when that sweet tooth craving hits. We all need our cheat meals in order to stay sane.
  4. Be thankful for the moment you are in now– Don’t worry about the past or future. Worrying does nothing for us and it’s a waste of time.  It just fills our head with negative thoughts and doesn’t change a thing.

What are some of your life lessons??

Thirsty Thursday – Infused Water Recipes

Drinking water on a daily basis is vital for our health and well being. Most people don’t drink enough water (including me) because plain water can get boring.  One way to make drinking water fun is to create infused water.  What is infused water?  It’s when fruits, vegetables and herbs fuse together with water. This is the perfect substitute for sugar drinks when those cravings hit.

Proper hydration is the key to weight loss.  It is recommended that we drink 8 (8 ounce ) glasses of water per day( as a general rule). Water helps to flush out all of the toxins and contaminants we have in our body.  Drinking water 30 minutes before you eat will make you feel less hungry.  This will decrease your calorie intake which will eventually contribute to weight loss.

I have recently started drinking more infused water to make sure I stay properly hydrated all day long.  It is very easy and quick to make infused water.  All you have to do is cut your fruit and vegetable into pieces and put them into your pitcher of water.  You can add most herbs whole, there is no need to cut them into pieces.  I like to let the infused water sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavor can seep in. Studies have shown that drinking cold water burns more calories than drinking room temperature water.  I usually make a new batch of water every 3-5 days to keep everything fresh.

 

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How to avoid candy overdose on Halloween

I love participating in the dish fit link up every week with the Fit Switch.  This week’s topic is:  How will you avoid candy overdose on Halloween?

I love this time of the year, starting with Halloween. This will be my daughters first Halloween.  My husband and I went back and forth on costumes and we finally decided on a bumblebee. J  Even though Halloween Is fun for the kids I always think about all of the candy and junk food kids receive on that day.  I haven’t been trick or treating in years but I have been giving out candy for a while.  I usually don’t buy took much candy to give out because I don’t want to be left with extra candy at the end of the night.  How am I going to stay away from candy this year since we are going out trick or treating with my daughter? I do believe in moderation and not complete deprivation.  I plan to have a few pieces on Halloween as a treat.  I don’t want to have a binge consumption of candy.  I have a few things planned on how to avoid binging on candy:

I will make sure I eat a full dinner before going trick or treating. If I am full I will not want to eat a lot of candy. Sometimes when we are hungry we will eat whatever is in sight to satisfy our hunger.

I plan on buying candy a day or two before Halloween and I usually don’t buy candy that I like (chocolate) so I’m not tempted to overload on it.  If it’s in the house for a long period of time I will be tempted to eat it.  I actually never keep any type of unhealthy dessert in the house.  I have found a few healthy dessert recipes for when that sweet tooth craving hits.  Check out my post on Healthy dessert recipes.

We tend to associate Halloween candy with our childhood and our carefree youth.  Instead we should think of candy as unhealthy foods that will raise our blood sugar.  This is actually something I have done within the last few years to resist any type of unhealthy foods.

The last thing I will do is make sure it’s not in the house the next day.  I will give whatever candy is left in the house to my husband to take to work the next day. Out of sight, out of mind.  If I don’t see it in the house, I will not think about it and want it.

How will you avoid a candy overdose this year?

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Guest Post- Protein spice mug cake

We have a great recipe for Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake from Rachel, just in time for fall! Rachel is a 30 year old stay-at-home mom of one. She is a health and fitness enthusiast with a love for bodybuilding, running and barre classes. She has a passion for strong coffee, peanut butter and sneakers. If she’s not in the gym or out for a run you can find her spending time with her thirteen-month old son, Lucas amazing husband of six years, Brian and their dog Berklee. Rachael loves to travel to new and exciting places and is always up for the next adventure. She is currently studying for her ACE Personal Training certification and her nutritional sciences degree. Her focus is on postpartum and female health and wellness. You can find out more about Rachael on her websiteDiapers & Dumbbells (www.rachaelnovello.com), Twitter (@RachaelNovello), Instagram (@RaichaelKatherine) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DiapersandDumbells). 

I don’t know about you but typically when this time of year rolls around, when the days are shorter and the weather starts to cool, I start going into hibernation mode. I know I have a minimum of four months ahead of oversized sweaters, holiday parties and dinners filled with my favorite comfort foods. One thing that I love more than anything in the fall, as many people do, is all things pumpkin! From pumpkin spiced lattes, to pasta dishes and donuts there is something about biting into that sweet and savory flavor that just puts me in an autumn mood.

Thanksgiving is a huge holiday in my house. My mother has been hosting it for about ten years now and there is usually anywhere from 10 to 40 (yes forty) people there. We have a delicious buffet filled with all the standard foods followed by an even more decadent buffet of delicious desserts. Each year our family friend Judy brings a pumpkin cheesecake that is to die-for! I dream about that dessert in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving! Unfortunately, as desserts go, there isn’t a single “healthy” one on the menu. Everything is rich, dense and albeit amazing – really not good for the waistline. I’ve tried my fair share of “diet” desserts in the past but haven’t ever found one that really does the trick until recently.

One of my dear friends and fellow fitness lovers came up with a handful of really quite tasty and easy-to-make dessert recipes. I’ve tried a handful of them and am continually surprised at the flavor. You would never know you were eating something healthy! Recently she came up with a mug-cake recipe that I took and adapted to my never-ending pumpkin obsession!

I knew it was a winner when my thirteen month old son couldn’t get enough of it!! One of the best things about this recipe is that it makes ONE single serving. There are no leftovers to taunt me from the fridge! It’s one that you can make on a whim when you need something to calm your sweet-tooth but when you’re done eating it there’s no guilt or dessert-hangover to deal with!

From my Fit Family to Yours — Bon Appetit!

I don’t know about you but typically when this time of year rolls around, when the days are shorter and the weather starts to cool, I start going into hibernation mode. I know I have a minimum of four months ahead of oversized sweaters, holiday parties and dinners filled with my favorite comfort foods. One thing that I love more than anything in the fall, as many people do, is all things pumpkin! From pumpkin spiced lattes, to pasta dishes and donuts there is something about biting into that sweet and savory flavor that just puts me in an autumn mood.

Thanksgiving is a huge holiday in my house. My mother has been hosting it for about ten years now and there is usually anywhere from 10 to 40 (yes forty) people there. We have a delicious buffet filled with all the standard foods followed by an even more decadent buffet of delicious desserts. Each year our family friend Judy brings a pumpkin cheesecake that is to die-for! I dream about that dessert in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving! Unfortunately, as desserts go, there isn’t a single “healthy” one on the menu. Everything is rich, dense and albeit amazing – really not good for the waistline. I’ve tried my fair share of “diet” desserts in the past but haven’t ever found one that really does the trick until recently.

One of my dear friends and fellow fitness lovers came up with a handful of really quite tasty and easy-to-make dessert recipes. I’ve tried a handful of them and am continually surprised at the flavor. You would never know you were eating something healthy! Recently she came up with a mug-cake recipe that I took and adapted to my never-ending pumpkin obsession!

I knew it was a winner when my thirteen month old son couldn’t get enough of it!! One of the best things about this recipe is that it makes ONE single serving. There are no leftovers to taunt me from the fridge! It’s one that you can make on a whim when you need something to calm your sweet-tooth but when you’re done eating it there’s no guilt or dessert-hangover to deal with!

From my Fit Family to Yours — Bon Appetit!

Protein Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 tbls Coconut Flour
  • 5 tsp (7g) Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ cup Pumpkin Pie filling (puree)
  • 2 tbls fat free Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tbls liquid egg whites
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

  • 2 tbls fat free cream cheese
  • 1 tsp (5g) fat free, sugar free Cheesecake Pudding Mix
  • 2 tbls fat free Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie filling

Directions

For the Cake:

  • In a small bowl mix together the dry ingredients, then whisk in the wet ingredients – mix until well combined.
  • Spray a small bowl or coffee mug with non-stick spray such as PAM
  • Pour the cake batter into the mug and let sit for 2-3 minutes to settle
  • Microwave for 2:20 minutes stopping at 30 second intervals to check on firmness. Depending on your microwave’s power it might take more or less time to cook through.
  • Remove the cake from the mug and while it’s cooling make the frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • Mix all ingredients together until smooth

To Assemble:

  • Slice mug-cake in half and spread frosting on both sides
  • Top with some festive fall sprinkles and enjoy!

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