Fitness Friday: Spring Break Countdown

Hey y’all,

So each week until spring break, which is 4 weeks away for me, I’m giving myself challenges to get spring break ready fitness-wise. Y’all can be my accountabilibuddies!ย  Feel free to let me know if you’re doing them with me ๐Ÿ™‚

1. No fast food

2. Workout 4 days/week (I’ve been doing Insanity with my sister and LOVE it)

3. Eat one fruit or vegetable with every meal

I’m SO excited to finally get this break from school more than anything. We’re looking at either taking a cruise or finding a cheap flight to somewhere and winging it! Do you have any suggestions for cheap spring breaks?

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Fintess Friday: Workout Wish List

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So I’ve been having a hard time in this cold weather bringing myself to go running or go to the gym, so I’m on the lookout for some needed items! It’s always hard during the winter to stay motivated but there are always a few things that can help. Here’s my winter workout wish list!

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What’s on your wish list?

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Better Late Than Never..

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So I seriously had every intention of getting aย Fitness Friday post up yesterday, but by the time I got home from dinner it was almost 9 PM! I figured it’d be better to just get it up today, even though it’s Saturday now. But I missed doing these fitness posts!

I’ve been making myself work out more, and have been feeling SO much better. (Insert generic gym photo here..)

fitness friday gym pic

In addition to working out more, I’ve also been trying to eat healthier. I have pretty much chronic nausea, and I’ve found that since I’ve been eating better (and I cut out gluten to see if I’m allergic) I’ve felt SO much better! The item I’ve been most excited to add to my diet is chia seeds. You can add them to ANYTHING – like pancakes ๐Ÿ™‚

gluten free chia seed pancakees

The best part is, they don’t taste like anything and just add a nice little crunch to juices, salads, or even baking! Here are some of the benefits of chia seeds:

1. They’re high in fiber. One ounce of the seeds has 11g!

2. They have omega-3 fatty acids. Once ounce has 5g!

3. They’re packed with vitamins. They contain manganese, phosphorous, and calcium!

4. They’re high in protein. One ounce has about 10% of the recommended DV!

Keep reading about the benefits on Huffington Post if you’d like – but I’m definitely excited to keep adding these into my foods and eat healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your favorite healthy food item?

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Fitness Friday – NYE Edition

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Today myย Fitness Fridayย post will be focused on New Years Eve! The easiest thing to do is definitely to indulge in all of the amazing snacks and drinks that will probably be offered during your celebration (which I’m guilty of almost always), but I have a few yummy recipes that are good for you, too! Here are my favorites that I’ve found, all on pinterest.

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

 

Skinny Margarita

Skinny and fruity margarita. Seriously tasty and low in calories

FroYo Cupcakes

Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes, only 30 calories!

What are you making for NYE?

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Healthy Thanksgiving Pinspiration

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So I’ve missed a couple of fitness Fridays, and thought I’d make up for it with some pre-thanksgiving healthy pinspiration! I’m looking for a side dish to make at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, and have been going through pinterest to find something delicious but still healthy!

Mashed potatoes and gravy is by far my favorite part of Thanksgiving, but considering I’ll be splurging in it – I need some moderation! Here are some of the amazing looking recipes I’ve found during my search. Be sure to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes with me, too!

Low Cal Pumpkin Bars

60 Calorie Healthy Pumpkin Bars With A Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting!

Quinoa Stuffing

healthy quinoa stuffing for turkey day

Brussels Sprouts with Onions and Pancetta

You voted and you got it. Here is the recipe for Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Crispy Pancetta that I made on Good Morning America this morning. Great for a holiday side dish #EmerilsHoliday

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Fitness Friday is Back!

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I’m finally back with more Fitness Friday! Today is one of my favorites – fitness technology!

There are seriously so many phone apps and new technology that can help with all your fitness goals. Today, I’ll be covering my 3 most-used apps/devices! Here is my little health section on my phone:

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And yes, that IS my cat in the background ๐Ÿ™‚

Aaaand my top 3!

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1 – UP band! For my birthday in June, my boyfriend got me an UP band, and I have literally worn it every single day since then! Its a wrist band (also pictured above) that tracks steps, calories burned, sleep, how many times you wake up, deep sleep, active time, and you can log food and exercise. It literally does everything! You can buy it here at best buy or probably any online store like amazon.

2 – My Fitness Pal! I’ve had this app for probably 2 years now, and I definitely don’t use it everyday. That being said, it’s definitely useful for those days when you need a little update on what you’re really eating during the day! It’s basically a food journal that gives you a calorie allowance for the day based on your goals. And it’s free!

3 – Nike Training! I had this app a loooong time ago for a while then completely forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago. I re-downloaded it and love it! They have different categories like strength training, cardio, etc and it takes you through timed circuit workouts. There’s even a trainer that talks to you and there’s videos of all the exercises! Great for at home workouts, and I even use it at the gym.

What are your favorite fitness apps or devices?

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August Favorites

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So I know this is usually a vlogger-type kind of post for the end of the month, but I just love the idea and am bringing it to my blog! At the end of every month I’ll share with y’all my favorite products from that month and would love to hear what y’alls are.

This post is really reminiscent because I am so sad that August is coming to an end.. which means that fall is just around the corner.

august favorites

1 – The best sports bras are from Target, I swear. They’re really reasonably priced and are the only ones that I’ve been using lately!

2 – I got my first foundation from NARS a few months ago and have been using it a ton more this last month since I’ve been back to school and at my new job. It has great coverage while still looking super natural – which is great for the hotter months!

3 – If you’ve been reading my blog at all the past few weeks then you know that I love my lace shorts from Charlotte Russe! They are so comfortable and can be dressed up or down. I wear them all the time!

4 – I actually got a sample Benefit eye pallette with my last order from Sephora and I’ve been prolonging the use. The shadows go on great and actually last the entire day. Love it!

5 – Loose fitting, soft shirts have been my go-to top this entire month. I love the fun print on this top and they can go with any occasion.

Be sure to tell me what your favorites are!

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Fitness Friday – Skinny Cocktails

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It’s Fitness Friday again! This week I’ll be featuring some skinny cocktails that I’ve found on my favorite site ever – pinterest!

Cocktails can have over 500 calories each, which really destroys a healthy diet. There’s always some simple tips you can use – like low-calorie mixers, no sugar, etc – but I find it’s a lot easier to just find a simple recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few yummy low-calorie cocktails…with recipe links!

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What are your favorite skinny cocktails?

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Fitness Friday #2

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So first of all, I’m sorry I haven’t been as consistent the past couple of days with my posts – but I got a new job! I’m still working in PR, but I got a new job at a local boutique that I love.

I’ve done years of retail before – but never at a boutique. I absolutely love being able to work with the owner/buyer and really getting to learn everything behind-the-scenes of a boutique. I also just LOVE how at boutiques everything is unique. Everything is so original and one-of-a-kind! I started on Wednesday and worked the last 2 days and it’s going great. But, I promise I’m back to my normal posting schedule after today!

I’m continuing with my fitness friday column and this week…. healthy drinks!

I’m featuring my three go-to healthy drinks to sip on throughout the day. I take them to work, I bring them in the car, and even while I’m just sitting around! These are probably super obvious, but I love them and love looking into all the benefits.

healthy drinks

1 – Green tea. It increases metabolism, regulates glucose levels, reduces cancer risk, lowers cholesterol, regulates blood pressure, and helps with wrinkles and signs of aging with antioxidants. What could be better?

2 – Black tea. It reduces the risk of blood clots, prevents cancer, reduces acne, increases energy and can help with dental health. I don’t LOVE black tea as much as green, but it’s definitely my go-to alternative.

3 – WATER! I can’t stress enough – water, water, water. I’m definitely not perfect and I don’t drink near enough water as I should on most days – but I know the importance and try my hardest! It can help as a weight loss strategy, energizes muscles, helps your kidneys rid of toxins, and your body is about 60% water! What’s better to drink?

 

What are your go-to health-conscious drinks?

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Fitness Friday

My fitness posts are back!

Normally, I try to go to the gym 4 or 5 days a week. Sometimes, though, that just isn’t reasonable! Some days are busier than others and I’m not really one to do work-out tapes, etc at home. If I know that my couch is 5 feet away..why would I not be sitting in it?

So some fast, no-bore, ways to complete a workout at home are circuit workouts.

I’ve found most of my circuit workouts either on pinterest or Peanut Butter Fingers. I’m going to share with you some of my absolute favorites!

Abs!

18-Minutes Closer to Flat Abs: Plank Workout

Legs

cool idea

What are your favorite workouts?

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