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Where does your mind go when you are working out!?? #DishtheFit

When you are working out, whether running, lifting weights, or taking a class, does your mind wander?? And if so, where does it go!? 

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This is one of my favorite things about Yoga!

In Yoga, you train your students to focus on their breathing.  You do this, to help center the mind, to settle the body, emotions, thoughts, and to bring a sense of strength from within when you are holding a long pose.

As a yoga instructor, I start every class getting my students to focus in on nice long breaths.  Then throughout the class I constantly, (maybe even an annoying amount), remind my students to come back to their breath. I coach them to let go of external distractions, and even the internal ones.  Obviously, it's impossible to silence the thoughts, and to do so wouldn't really be helpful.  But rather I encourage them to let go of stress and anxiety, to use their breathing as a focal point, when negative thoughts or emotions arise, to come back to their breath. 

That is one reason, I believe YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE. When you create your own Yoga practice, and do it frequently, you train your mind to be able to handle hard situations.

As a runner, I have personally felt that my practice on the mat, holding challenging poses has built perseverance that have paid off when I'm clocking miles.  Enduring an intense pose on the mat is a lot like enduring the discomfort of a long run on the road. I have learned to control my emotions and preserver on the mat, and that helps when pushing myself on towards the next mile.

This follows you into all areas of life.  Whether it's in another sport, or if you struggle with anxiety, or another mental disease or problem.  When you learn to control your breathing and focus your thoughts, you can endure through hard situations.

Another great example of this was shown in an article written about the Seahawks, the NFL football team, who practices Yoga weekly.

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They have learned the importance of the meditative part of Yoga, the focussing your thoughts.  Here is how they described it:

Then he starts guiding them: "Quiet your minds," "Focus your attention inwardly" and "Visualize success."

Your thoughts have power, and when you take the time when working out to focus your thoughts, whether on pushing through a pose, or hitting the next rep or mile, you can visualize success.  Then, when your body is giving out, your positive thoughts can push you through, and you may surprise yourself on how strong you really are!

Next time you are working out, try to focus your thoughts, on being strong, on pushing through, on finding a state of peace, and exiting the stressful world you live in, and see what kind of success you can bring your workout to! 

This week, I'm joining in with Jill Conyers, and Jessica at The Fit Switch for The Fit Dish Link Up! Check them out for more inspiration on where the mind wanders while you are working out!

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Smoothie Series WEEK 4-Great Smoothie Recipes from Fitness Bloggers

Welcome to WEEK 4 of the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series!! I've got some awesome Smoothie Recipes from other Fitness Bloggers to share with you! If you read WEEK 2 of the series, you saw my TOP 2 FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES, but now I am some awesome, original recipes from other bloggers, and these are way fancier than mine! 

So get your pallets ready and take a look at these great recipes!

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Here's some of my favorite recipes from some amazing fellow Fitness Bloggers: 

GINGER GREEN SMOOTHIE from Love Life Surf

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Ginger is such a great ingredient that can be used in many ways and offers a number of benefits including:

  • Aids in digestion and combats stomach aches and discomfort
  • Alleviates symptoms of motion sickness and nausea
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves your immune system and helps fight colds and sickness

Ginger Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 12 oz. coconut water
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger – sliced or crushed
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I use GNC’s vanilla egg protein.)

CRANBERRY CHIA SMOOTHIE from Getting' My Healthy On Cranberry-Chia-Smoothie

Cranberry Chia Smoothie is a fruity and super healthy smoothie recipe, using Greek yogurt, fruit, spinach, and chia seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • handful spinach
  • 1/2 c Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c cranberries
  • 1/3 c blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • optional: 3/4 c liquid of choice (water, juice, milk, etc)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

PEACHY GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 peaches (Mine were canned so I also added about 2 Tablespoons of the peach juice.)

1 banana

1-2 cups baby spinach

1 teaspoon flaxseed

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Designer Whey)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

6-8 ice cubes

Directions:

Layer all ingredients except for ice in blender. Blend on medium speed until well combined and smooth. Add ice cubes and blend again until thick and creamy. Slurp up!

SPOOKY SMOOTHIE: MACA CHOCOLATE + PUMPKIN ORANGE by Lauren Live Healthy

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Chocolate layer
  1. 1 maca chocolate bar (Vega)
  2. 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1 small banana
  4. 1/2 tbsp black chia seeds
Orange layer
  1. 2 pitted dates
  2. 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  3. 1 medium orange, peeled
  4. 1/4 c yogurt (try almond or coconut yogurt for a fun twist!)
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 2-3 dashes pumpkin spice
  7. Splash of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Make the chocolate layer. In a blender, pulse the chocolate bar until it's in fine pieces. Add in the almond milk, banana and chia seeds. Blend until smooth.
  2. Make the pumpkin layer. Soak the dates in warm water for 2-3 minutes to soften up a bit. Blend with the pumpkin puree, orange, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla.
  3. Pour the chocolate layer into a cup before the pumpkin layer. Stir together and enjoy!

CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SPICE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE by The Fit Foodie Mama

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 1 handful of ice
  3. 2 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
  4. 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used Puritan's Pride Vegan Chocolate with Quinoa & Oats)
  5. 2 tbsp cacao powder
  6. 1 scoop Superior Greens
  7. 1 bag pumpkin spice tea (bag ripped open, use leaves only)
  8. 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds for topping
  9. 1 tbsp cacao nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together except seeds and nibs.
  2. Pour into large glass and top with pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs.
  3. Enjoy! :)

Here's some other recipes for you to check out!

CHOCOLATE ORANGE GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

OATMEAL COOKIE DOUGH IN A GLASS by Sprint to the Table

CARROT CAKE BATTER SHAKE by Sprint to the Table

FRUIT-FREE LOW CARB SMOOTHIE by The Happy Health Freak

APPLE CRISP SMOOTHIE by Fitaspire

SENSATIONAL SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE by A Lady Goes West

APPLE PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE by Healthy Helper

BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE by Running with SD Mom

MINT CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE by Slim Sanity

 

Be sure to check out the posts from earlier in the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers

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**COME BACK TOMORROW FOR AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!**

Smoothie Series WEEK 3-Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

Welcome to Week 3 of our Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, which is all about the nutritious additives you can put in your smoothie!

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You are probably wondering, what can be more nutritious that a cup full of fruit!?!? Well today I'm going to tell you my TOP 5 NUTRITIOUS ADDITIVES when it comes to making smoothies!

Now if you are just joining in on the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series, START HERE:

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Protein Powder:

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 There are so many brands of protein powders out there.  When finding one, I would suggest finding a natural, or plant based powder, here are two suggestions from previous reviews we have done: Skoop & Manitoba Harvest Both are plant based, and have great flavors.

I personally use protein powder in my smoothies because I use smoothies as meal replacements, and sometimes, post workout nutrition.  When it is as a meal replacement, it's important for me so that I am able to stay full longer.  When I am using a smoothie as a post workout drink, the protein aids in muscle recovery.  (more about that HERE)

Green Veggies:

My two favorite green veggies to add to my smoothies are: 

KALE

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SPINACH

Spinach is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium, and omega-3-fatty-acids. Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.39.59 PM

So basically, adding greens to your smoothie is AWESOME FOR YOU!!! So DO IT!!

And don't be afraid of them! Just a handful of greens and you won't even taste them, your smoothie just might have a hint of green color to it! I love adding a handful to mine just because that means a little more vegetable intake for that day, and a whole lot more of GOOD NUTRITIONAL VALUE in my smoothie!

Chia Seeds:

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Same seeds used to create a CHIA PET! You know those little grass heads sold on TV Info-mercials in the 90's! These seeds are FILLED with Omega-3-fatty-acid and are also dietary fibers.

Some people even let these sit for a while, because as they sit in liquid, they become little jelly capsules, so they thicken up your smoothie! Yum! Or add them to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal!

Flax Seeds:

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.31.32 PMFlax seeds are high in dietary fiber, micronutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids, and have about 800 times the amount of antioxidant lignans of any other plant.

I have used the ground version or whole seeds in my smoothies, but usually the whole seeds get grounded some by the blender anyways.

Peanut Butter

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A balanced source of energy, and supplies all three macronutrients. About 13% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 72% fats. Great to add in for an extra boost of protein, but also be careful not to add too much, and go overboard with it.

Be sure to get natural peanut butter though.  Many regular peanut butter brands actually have sugars added to them....why did they ever do that? I don't know, in my opinion, a natural peanut butter has plenty of sweetness to it! So GO NATURAL!

These are my TOP 5 most used Nutritious Additives in my Smoothies, but I asked fellow Health & Fitness Bloggers, and here's some others they often times add.

Others: 

-Almond Butter -Full of nutrients and vitamins, and has different nutritional values than peanut butter.

-PB2-a low calorie powder form of peanut butter

-Bee Pollen -claimed to be nearly 40% protein and contain all nutrients required by humans

-Maca Powder - a Peruvian root powder that contains many vitamins, aids in energy, and more.

-Cacao Nibs -crumbles from whole Cacao beans, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers, and adds a natural chocolate flavor!

-Coconut Oil -claims to be easy to digest, and to help boost metabolism.

So in your adventure to become a Pro-Smoothie Drinker, I hope this helps!!!

Pick a couple of these on the list that interest you or seem like they would benefit your body and diet the most and go with it! You don't have to do them all!

So.....

What's your favorite Nutrient Rich Additive to put in your smoothie?

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If you missed the first two weeks of the series, check them out! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers...COMING NEXT WEEK!

Well-Living Wednesday- You Only Get One Body....Better Take Care of It

You only get one body....better take care of it!

Let that sink in for a minute!

Yesterday I read a blog post by Dr. Pragati from "Simple Medicine" about her 3 Healthy Living Tools, and this was the last one on her list.

"3. Gentleness

Surprised by this one? Don’t be! Being kind to oneself is the ultimate healthy living tool. You only have one life and one body. To me, this means understanding that there are times when workouts will be skipped and canned soup will be consumed. The important part is that you remember your good habits and always treat yourself with gentleness and love."

This really stuck out with me! I realized that it is so true! Being KIND TO OUR BODY IS SO IMPORTANT!

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Many times at the closing of my Yoga Classes I will encourage people to be thankful for their bodies, all that they are capable of doing, and for being strong in all that we put them through.  But I have found a new realization of how true this is! We are given ONE BODY! And although some people have various issues that arise in their bodies, we need to be thankful for what we are given, and treat our bodies good!

Obviously this means through eating healthy, etc.  I talked about this some in my 'Made to Crave Week 1' Book Review, about our body being a temple. Yesterday though, it hit me that it means more than just the food we put in our bodies.  It is important to be easy on our bodies on the outside as well.  You should know your body, be aware of your body, and listen to it.  If it is telling you to rest a day, or a week, then do it! If it is telling you not to push harder in a workout, then be OKAY where you are for that day, in your workout!

This speaks so heavily to me right now since I am experiencing some knee pain, and have had to sit out from running.  So badly I have wanted to put a knee brace on, and go out and run, pushing through the pain.  (Even though the doctor told me to rest from running for 3-6 weeks).  It is so hard sometimes to ease up on our bodies when we are used to pushing ourselves.  Especially for me, I just sat out from running while I was pregnant, so I was so excited to get started, and be on track to a half marathon this Fall.....WRONG!

My body had something else in mind!

But instead of being frustrated and upset with my body, today I am going to change my outlook on things!

Today I CHOOSE GENTLENESS!

I choose to be gentle with my body, to not push it beyond it's limits, to listen to what it is telling me, and to respect it and treat it well!

After all, I only get one shot.....this is the only Body I'll be getting on this earth!

Oh, and just an update, here's my WEIGHTLOSS STATS:

WLW Stats: Week 1: -0 lbs Week 2: -1.4lbs Week 3: -0 lbs Week 4: -0lbs Week 5: -.4lbs Week 6: -1lb Week 7: -1lb (157.8lbs) Week 8: -0lbs Week 9: -0lbs

Week 10:-2.10lbs

Week 11: -.2lbs

Week 12: -0lbs

Week 13: -1.1lbs 

Week 14: -.2lbs (153.3lbs) Total: -7.3lbs

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My Top 5 Healthy Living Tools

To live a healthy life, you've got to have some TOOLS!

So today I'm joining in with The Fit Switch and sharing with you my Top 5 Healthy Living Tools at the #dishthefit linkup!

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MY TOP 5 HEALTHY LIVING TOOLS!

 

 1) My Mat

I've got to be honest, in the past year and a half I have become a Yoga Junky! And I love it! I did Yoga all throughout my pregnancy! I even taught up until a week before I gave birth! and I got started again as soon as my 6 weeks are up! I give Yoga full credit to me getting my body back after baby!  Although I love running as well, I have had to take it easy with running post baby because of some knee pain I have been experiencing! So I have literally only been doing Yoga, and I have noticed a huge change in the toning of my body! So MY YOGA MAT is definitely my #1 tool for leading a healthy lifestyle!

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2) My Phone

Secondly is my phone, because if I was running I would be using my phone all the time to track my mileage with my Nike+ app, and of course listen to music! Plus in the past with counting calories, I have used MyFitnessPal app.  And I am always using my phone to search healthy recipes! AND.....I got the Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitor for my birthday! One of the top things on my birthday list! (see that here) So I have just started using the Polar app as well!  I have also recently started listening to Podcasts more throughout my day, which feeds me internally as a person, which is part of my overall health! & of course there's taking photos, I am constantly documenting my life with photos, and I use my phone for that!

Phone's can be used for some many great things these days to assist in us leading a healthy lifestyle! And there are so many helpful fitness apps out there!

I would love to know your TOP FITNESS APPS! I might be missing some great ones!! (comment below telling me yours!)

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3) My Stroller

Since becoming a mom, my stroller is a go-to fitness tool! It makes it easy to get outside and run or walk with my son! Plus next week I will be going to my first Fit4Mom Stroller Strides class where you do an entire hour's worth of a workout with you and your stroller! So definitely a helpful tool when you have a little one by your side!

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4) My Blender

If you have been reading my Smoothie Series this month, you know that I am a smoothie crazed person! Literally just finished a smoothie for breakfast, and on any normal day, I am having a smoothie at least once as a meal replacement! So my blender is a MUST-HAVE tool for me to live a healthy lifestyle! You can check out my TOP 2 FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES here! 

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5) My Family

Working out and living a healthy lifestyle isn't the easiest thing to do in our world.  In fact, even with the rise of fitness trending, it's still going against the grain.  Fast foods restaurants and grocery stores full of processed foods will tell us that! So there has to be a motivator behind the drive and desire to live a healthy lifestyle, and for me, that is MY FAMILY! I have shared many times, my drive behind living a healthy lifestyle, and blogging about it! (read about it HERE) In short, my goal is to raise a healthy family, to change generations to come to live healthier so that they are able to stay active, go on adventures, and overall enjoy life more! And I want to encourage YOU to do the same for your family!!

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So there you have it! My TOP 5 HEALTHY LIVING TOOLS!

What is your TOP, MUST-HAVE, CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT, Tool for Healthy Living!?

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Motivation Monday

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I've decided to start something new!

MOTIVATION MONDAY!

I'll keep this part short, but basically, we want you to know WHY we do what we do! So we are going to share that through Motivation Monday, and hopefully you will be inspired to be a better you, to BELIEVE in yourself, to CHOOSE to make a difference in your life, and to IMPACT those around you along the way!

So to start, we are the NATURALLY FIT SISTERSobviously. 

We decided to start this fitness blog, NOT because we are perfect. NOT because we only eat WHOLE foods and never go out to eat, or have a craving for fast food or munchy junk food.  NOT because we work out 10 times a week. NOT because we have 0% body fat.

NO, we decided to start Naturally Fit Sisters blog because we are just like you.  Normal people, with normal struggles.  We grew up on McDonald's Happy Meals.  As adults though we found a love for fitness....starting with running.  We worked through our busy lives to try and stay healthy through exercise, but that didn't mean we were perfect, and we still aren't.

We are two mom's, who have a desire to raise our families to be ACTIVE and HEALTHY together.  To make choices early in our children's life that will make their choices later in life easier to make.  Eating healthy is a struggle for us, but we CHOOSE to eat good foods so that our children eat good foods.  We want to make a difference in our children's lives and fight the major childhood obesity problem that is happening in the US today. We want to plan active fun things for our families to do together.

AND, we want to take care of ourselves and love our own selves FIRST! So that we are teaching our children to be fit, not so that they feel they need to be perfect, but so that they are healthy and able to do fun active things.  We want to LOVE ourselves, so that we are teaching our children to have high self-esteem and to love themselves.

And we want to MOTIVATE YOU along the way! We want to share with you in our journey, the good the bad, the successes and the failures!

We want you to know that we are REAL people trying to make a difference, starting with our own families, with the hopes that you will be motivated to make small changes in your life that will trickle down into your family and your community as well!

So there you have it folks, our first MOTIVATION MONDAY! & a little realness of who we are!

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What is a Mantra?

Have you ever heard of the word Mantra? Is this a word that you commonly use in your vocabulary? or is it extremely foreign to you?

Even if you wonder "What is a Mantra?" It may be a word that you have started to hear.  Lately mantra is something that is being used more frequently.

So what is a Mantra?

Mantra means: a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.

Although Mantra's originated in Yoga, and are most frequently used there, the use of mantra's is being suggested in other physically demanding activities such as running as well.

In reality, you use an extent of mantra's daily, especially when you work out.

Have you ever been lifting weights and you repeatedly tell yourself you can do it, or you are saying encouraging things to yourself? That is a sort of mantra.

Or you are running, and you tend to use some of the same "inner dialogue" words or phrases to get yourself through the run, or on to the next mile.  That is a type of mantra.

In my opinion, a mantra is a word or phrase we use to encourage ourselves.  So although the original use of the word comes from Buddhism, I feel that we can take the use of mantra's and use them for good to encourage ourselves as we strive to get better or accomplish certain physical activities.

Many times when teaching yoga, I will give a phrase for my class to focus on, and will remind them throughout the class of that phrase.  For example, if the phrase is, "I Am Strong," then when we are holding Warrior Poses, and their muscles are SCREAMING at them, I will remind them of our class phrase.  They take this cue and begin repeating to themselves, "I Am Strong!" This takes their minds focus from their muscles and rejuvenates their body to stay strong in the pose! This is a great use of a Mantra!

I frequently use a Mantra when I am running as well.  Especially these days since it is harder than usual and I am training myself to get my miles back up there.  I will tell myself things like "You Are A Runner!" over and over, reminding myself that I can do this and that I am a runner! This encourages me mentally and physically to continue running and complete the set mileage goal for that day and not stop short.

So what is your favorite Mantra?

I would love to hear what you frequently say to yourself as encouragement when you are working hard!

or, if you don't feel like you have one, just start with this...."I AM..." and finish the sentence.  I frequently use this in my Yoga Classes, so people can learn to say positive things over themselves and remind themselves who they are!

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Namaste,

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WLW Episode 5

Before we start with Weightloss Wednesday we wanted to let everyone know that we have created a Monthly Newsletter, and we want to connect with YOU through it! So head to this LINK to sign up! We will be hosting an exclusive giveaway for our newsletter recipients soon! Here's what you could WIN!

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Wahoo!

I am here to say that I hit the goal I made last week! I broke through the 160 barrier and am officially in the 150's! Maybe only by .2lbs, but I will take it!

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I didn't do perfect this past weekend.  I went home to visit with family and Big Sis, and I had to eat at our favorite, small town Mexican Restaurant! I only get to eat there a few times a year when I visit family, so I wasn't holding back.  And we were so busy with lots of kiddos, I didn't get to workout any from Friday-Monday.  I always wonder when I have a not great weekend and still lose...How much I would've lost if I would've stayed in my eating and working out routine.

Anyways, I am excited to have broken through and am in the 150's now.  I can't wait to continue seeing the numbers drop and getting back down to my comfortable size.  I haven't tried on any of my blue jeans yet, haven't had to since it is so hot here.  I am hoping that by mid-late September when I need to put them on, that I will be able to slip into them.  I am hesitant to try too soon, because even before I got pregnant I was up in weight, and all my jeans were so uncomfortably tight.  So i want to make sure to lose a good amount, so that when I put them on I am encouraged because they fit!

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 4: -0lbs

Week 5: -.4lbs

Total: -1.8lbs

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Update on Big Sis, she has been traveling for the past week and doesn't have access to the computer or a scale, so just an update from Little Sis this week!

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 5: -4lbs

Week 5: ?

Total: ?

My Total Inches Lost: 

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WLW Episode 4

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Hey guys!! I am so thankful to have WLW! It really is helping keep me motivated just like it did when we did our first round of it back in 2012 before we both go pregnant!! I am feeling great! I love knowing I can go take a two mile run without stopping!! It has taken me so long to get there. I bet I could do more if I had Mom and Little Sis with me… I just get so BORED! :D My weight is going down and I just SEE myself where I want to be! I am pretty excited too because we go to Cancun in January and that will be so awesome to not be over 200 pounds!! I mean, I guess there really isn't a huge difference since we live at the beach, haha!! But it motivates me! I am learning to stay focused on my desires… being with my babies, homeschooling, my Scentsy business, weight loss! More than weightless I am wanting my whole body to be stronger and more in shape and with running and CrossFit I will get there. I still have until April of 2015 on my FREE year with CF so I still have some pretty great months ahead of me! I am trying to refocus my body at getting up early so I can go to CF at 530am on three mornings a week. I can't on Monday or Wednesday because my husband has to be out of the house by 620am for PT and I won't get back until around 645-650.

So this week was a GREAT one. I took my measurements and I was so motivated!! Also another HUGE thing.. I finally splurged and bought some new workout shorts. My two favorite shorts are coming apart. One pair I have actually had since 2008.. I ran my first half marathon in them. The other pair I have had since 2012. Both have been worn on SO many runs… you can ask my mom, Little Sis, or my friend over in Destin.. it was time. My issue is, I hate to spend money on clothes… So I tend to go to Wal-Mart, buy a 10 dollar pair and wear them once and trash them.. because they just aren't great workout shorts- I am sure you know this… So I did it. I splurged.. I bought some adorable workout shorts… for $25!!!! The most expensive shorts I have ever bought. HAHA! I also bought a little black skirt and a blue top for my sister in law's wedding on Saturday.. wanna hear some GREAT NEWS???? All three things I bought were in Size LARGE! Not a single XL! And the shopping experience itself was amazing!!! Anyways.. let's get to the stats!

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -4lbs

Total: -16lbs

My Total Inches Lost: 22.5

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Well, let's just get honest from the beginning.  I would love to be able to write today bragging about the weight I lost, but sometimes it is just harder than other times, and sometimes you just don't lose.  Today, for the 2nd week in a row, I haven't lost any weight.  Now I know that I am at the place of losing where it is going to be a slow process, it's not all just going to fall off, but it should still be coming off.  But I will have to "man up" and take the blame for being stagnant at this point, because it is definitely my fault.  Since returning home from vacation, it' s like I have forgotten what I am working for, and forgot that to see these lbs come off takes works.  I just haven't been pushing myself much.  I will teach yoga 3-4 times a week, and just count that as my workout.  And if I can make it out to run, then I will.  I think I ran once last week.  Although I have still been eating well, I haven't been working hard to SWEAT! I have totally forgot about the high cardio workouts I was doing.

So, yes, disappointed I am this week.  Especially since I am sitting right above the 150's, and ready to be under that 160 mark and get there.  (for some reason that just feels good!) Now though, I know that I need to stop playing around, I'm not at this wonderful weight/body where I just need to maintain, I have made great progress since having Zander, but there is still so much more I want to achieve, so I plan on getting my butt back in gear and working hard this next week!!! I have between 10-15 more lbs to lose total to get where I need to be.  Like I said, I know for my body type and where I'm at, it want just shed off quickly, so my goal is to be there my December.

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -0lbs

Total: -1.4lbs

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Power Protein Bites

Today I'm sharing a yummy recipe with you!

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I'm a sucker for snacks, so I'm constantly looking for healthy, (mostly) all-natural snacks that I can make in batch and enjoy over the next week or two when I get munchy. These yummy power bites are packed full of protein and are so yummy, PLUS they are no-bake! How great is that!?!?

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Here's the recipe: 1cup dry oatmeal 2/3cup of coconut flakes 1/2cup peanut butter (I used all-natural) 1/2cup of dark chocolate chips 1/3cup of honey 1tbsp. Chia seeds 1tsp. Vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, mid thoroughly with spoon or hands. Put mixture in refrigerator for half an hour to chill. Once chilled roll into 1inch balls. Store in air right container in refrigerator. ENJOY!

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I decided to share this healthy recipe with you today, because I am part of a Summer Twitter Challenge with Lorna Jane & Fit Approach! It just started yesterday, but basically it's just a challenge to share about various, inspiring topics each day via Twitter using the hashtag #ActiveLivingChallenge!

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, we love working with Lorna Jane! Both companies are super inspiring, and always looking to encourage women to get out and get active! To enjoy life and take care of their bodies! So I would love for you to follow me on Twitter, and join the #ActiveLivingChallenge, plus you could WIN $500 to Lorna Jane, and they have super cute workout clothes!

Here are the daily challenges! Today being share your FAVORITE HEALTHY SUMMER RECIPE!

#ActiveLivingChallenge Daily Challenges

August 4th: Favorite summer workout move

August 5th: Favorite healthy recipe

August 6th: What active living means to you

August 7th: Favorite place to relax/ have quiet time

August 8th: Snap a #workout sweaty selfie!

August 9th: Moving/ working out with your friends!

August 10th: Something you’re grateful for

**Recap Week 1 of the #ActiveLivingChallenge in a blog post!

August 11th: Favorite superfood

August 12th: Do something new!

August 13th: How do you practice #activeliving everyday?

August 14th: Post a picture of your daily motivation to #movenourishbelieve

**August 14th (BlogFest): Bonus Challenge! BRING IT! Snap A Photo Of Yourself Living Active in front of the @LornaJaneActive Booth at #IDEAWorld #BlogFest! Tag @lornajaneactive @fitapproach #activelivingchallenge #sweatpink

August 15th: Share your favorite quote about staying positive & true to yourself!

**August 15th: BONUS Challenge: Snap A Photo Of Yourself Living Active With One Of Your #sweatpink blogger friends at #IDEAWorld #BlogFest. Tag @lornajaneactive @fitapproach #activelivngchallenge

August 16th:  Life can get very busy! What do you do to get more out of everyday?

August 17th:  Share your ultimate dream/goal!

**Recap Week 2 of the #ActiveLivingChallenge in a blog post!

August 18th: Show us how you are practicing #activeliving today

August 19th: #ActiveLiving is for life! What part of the future are you most excited for?!

August 20th: Share a photo of you getting sweaty with your favorite workout!

August 21st: What’s a short-term goal you’ve set for yourself?

August 22nd: Favorite healthy snack

August 23rd: Share your favorite #lornajane clothing piece from www.lornajane.com!

August 24th: Your favorite part of #ActiveLiving

**Recap Week 3 of the #ActiveLivingChallenge in a Blog Post

 

Read about full details here.

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Puerto Rican Beef {My Version}

Do you ever have a night where you really do not know what you are going to cook? That was me tonight! I knew what food I had… and I knew I did not want to go to the store. We are going out of town for the weekend and then here for a few days then out for like 10 days on vacation.. so I am trying to limit what I buy -as I don't want to waste it. My dad brought me deer meat.. so I wanted to do something with that, but had no clue!

At 530 (well past my normal start of dinner time) I pulled out my handy-dandy "Everyday Paleo" book and decided to look up recipes for ground beef, as I had already started cooking my deer meat as you can see below. What I found was a Puerto Rican Beef that I did not have all the ingredients to, but I adapted.. and guess what? It was great! Keep reading to see what the true recipe is.. and what I did! IMG_5323

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Ingredients Ingredients
1 pound ground beef 1 pound deer meat
1/2 each green, red, and yellow pepper Mix of sweet peppers
1 white onion 1 white onion
3 tablespoons of EVOO 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1/2 tablespoon cumin 1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tbsp. oregano
1/2 tbls. Tureric powder sea salt and pepper
1 tablespoon oregano 4 turnips
pinch of saffron threads almond milk
sea salt and black pepper butter
1 bunch of kale, chopped
1/2 cup green olives
3 sweet potatoes
1 avocado

**OH AND I ALSO USED FRESH GARLIC IN MY MEAT**

So as you can see, I made some adjustments. I was rather sad to see I had used all of my kale in my Zuppa Toscana that I made the other night… But it was still so yummy! I am into Turnips right now apparently… I am enjoying finding out how they taste… So first, make sure you peel it. I know they look gross.. but once they are peeled, they are white and look just like potatoes.

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Here you can see where I have sautéed the deer meat with onions and peppers and I have put the turnips on to boil after cutting them up. I boiled them for about 15 minutes.

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Once I finished with the turnips I blended them with Almond milk and some butter. Because of the amount of butter I used (on accident) I actually did not partake.. because I am watching what I am eating… The meat had a good spice to it, and I can figure out where it came from!! :D I also added some garlic salt to the turnips! IMG_5330

SOOO, because I didn't eat it… (I did try it) I had to ask my main squeeze what he thought.. and he is always super honest. Even if it is gross, he will eat it.. but he gave me a THUMBS UP!!! He even had me put it away for left overs… I didn't know if he would want me to keep the turnips or not-- but indeed he did! When I tasted it, they had a bit of a sweeter taste to them! :D IMG_5332

But of course, my four year old.. he wanted to thumbs up about his carrots and celery for us! :D IMG_5333 I hope if you guys try this you enjoy it as my family did!

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WLW Episode 3

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I am proud to say that vacation was a success in the eating and working out department! Although, the first of the week we did better, and starting slacking at the end of the week.  I still did not come home disappointed or feeling guilty though.

It was great to go running each morning with Little Sis and Mom.  Plus running with others really does help you push yourself.  I ran further without stopping on vacation than I have at home.  Which just motivates me further now that I am home, knowing that I can do it! Towards the end of the week though I missed a couple of morning runs because my Little Girl was up what felt like most of the night.  She just wasn't sleeping, so I would sleep in some in the morning instead of running.  I felt bad at first, but I knew I needed that.

Now I am home for a bit, and ready to get back into my routine and back in the Cross Fit Gym! My weight will definitely be down next week!

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

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So this week, post vacation has been harder for me than actually during vacation.  I got home and have been so busy and just wanted to rest, I have barely worked out.  Plus for me, I wake up in the morning with baby boy, but can't find motivation to get out of the house to go run.  It's the perfect time, but I have just always run at night, so both Monday and Tuesday I talked myself out of it, saying I would run at night. BUT, something has gotten in the way both evenings and I haven't made it out for a run all week!

Still though, I'm proud to have gone on vacation and worked out, and eating mostly well.  It was really a lot of fun to plan workouts and do them as a family.  We got to do yoga and agility workouts out by the pool, which almost always ended in me jumping in the water when I was done.  It was great! So even though I'm not down any this week, I am still proud to not be up any either.

I'm hoping in the next two week's I will be in the 150's.  I know that my weightless from here will be a slow progress. I'm just at that point in my postpartum journey, but I will keep pushing and will make progress, and I will reach my goals!

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4 lbs

Week 3: -o lbs

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