Fit & Fabulous Feburary: Results

Ok, so I know its March 11th and this post is a little late. I also know that towards the end I didn’t blog much about this topic. I can give you the regular excuses, we’ve been sick, life was crazy. Yada Yada Yada. Who cares right? So let me just get to it.

Here are my results and thoughts on my little challenge. I loved it so much I’m still doing it! Honestly. Maybe not quiet as strict. I’ve had a few several glasses of wine since March 1st, but the whole working out and 0 to low carb dinners are still going strong. And I am totally rid of my coke zero habit!!! I don’t even think about them anymore! If that was all I got from this experiment that would be enough but it’s not I got so much more. Below is a list of what goals I wanted to achieve when I started the challenge VS what I actually  achieved.

  • Eat more whole foods throughout my week and less processed junk – Check!
  • Eat more veggies- Check!
  • Kick my diet soda habit- Check!
  • Exercise Regularly- Check!
  • Increase my energy levels- Check!
  • More restful sleep at night- Check!
  • Increase water intake- Semi-Check!
  • Reduce bloat- Check!
  • Better my digestion- Check!
  • Tone my muscles, especially my mid-section- Semi-check!
  • loose 4 to 5 pounds

As you can see I was able to achieve almost every goal on my list. I have definitely cut back on processed food.  I have so many new meals that have been added to the dinner rotation that are low carb and delicious. Not only did my vegetable intake increase but my husband and kids are eating more veggies too! I’m sleeping much better. And while my energy isn’t through the roof it feels way more stable then it was. And of course no more diet soda!

Okay so with all that said here is where I need improvement. Over the holidays I had gained about five pounds that I was hoping to get rid of. I only lost one pound on this “diet.” Which I found surprising because I stuck strictly to it. However I do feel stronger and more toned and who’s to stay that those five pounds won’t eventually come off. The truth is it is more about how you feel then the number on the scale. Water, I hit on average 30oz a day which is okay but I know I need more then that.

Another area that could use improvement, my food journal. I didn’t do a good job at writing down what I was eating. But I still think it’s important. Even if its just for yourself. It offers a little more accountability. Obviously it’s not something you can do everyday for the rest of your life but its a good option to consider if you are trying to hit specific goals. All in all, I felt the challenge was successful. If you are interested in trying it for yourself click here to see the guidelines I followed. You don’t have to do it in February. 😉

In the next few weeks I will try to post some of our favorite low carb dinners. Thanks for reading you guys!

Sriracha Hummus Turkey Wrap

Hummus

You guys Sriracha Hummus is a thing and it’s SO good!!!

And yes I did take a bite out of my wrap before I took this pic.. You see I hadn’t planned on blogging about this until I tried this and realized it might just be my favorite new lunch!!!!

If you like sriracha and hummus and you live near Trader Joe’s then run there right now and get some of this right away!!!

Okay enough of my raving here is the recipe:

  • One 100% whole wheat tortilla
  • Sriracha Hummus
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Spinach
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Sliced Red Pepper
  • Feta Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Red wine vinegar (optional)
  • Pepper to taste (optional)

Lay out your tortilla and spread some hummus on one side. Arrange your turkey, spinach, sliced red pepper, cucumber and sprinkle with feta. I sprinkled about a teaspoon of red wine vinegar over every thing and added some cracked pepper before I rolled up my wrap.

That’s it! Enjoy!

Fit & Fabulous February: Day 15

  • Workout: 2miles on the elliptical
  • Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal
  • Snack: Cheese stick and roasted seaweed
  • Lunch: Sriracha Hummus Turkey Wrap
  • Snack: Greek Yogurt
  • Dinner: Greek Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Water Intake: 32oz

Thoughts: So I might totally cheated this weekend while out with friends and indulged in a milkshake and fries at like 10pm. And you know what while it tasted good going down I felt so sick afterward. Needless to say lesson learned.

My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

V-day Cookies

OK so if you have been following my blog you know I am in the middle of a diet lifestyle adjustment. Cookies are my weakness and it probably wasn’t the smartest decision to bake a plate of temptation like this. But my 3 year old absolutely loves baking and Target had these cute heart shaped cookie cut-outs, I mean what was I supposed to do ;).

A few months ago I found the most amazing sugar cookie recipe!! here. You do not have to refrigerate the dough and she mentions a little trick so the cookies won’t loose their shape in the oven. She freezes the dough for ten minutes on the cookie sheets before putting them in the oven. I mean if that is a common trick how come no one has shared that with me? For years my cookies have been coming out of the oven three times the size they were supposed to be! Anyways,the cookies are perfectly sweet, with a hint of almond and melt in your mouth. I love them. I’m not sure I will ever do sugar cookies any other way!

For the frosting I used white chocolate melts. then dipped the cookies in the white chocolate. For the different colors just separate the melted chocolate and add food coloring. Please Note: the food coloring does make the melted chocolate thicker (don’t know why) and causes it to harden quicker. So you will need to work a little fast

And in case you were wondering yes I might of had one or two of the smaller cookies 🙂

 

Fit & Fabulous February: Days 4, 5 & 6

Why is it when you can’t have something, you want it the most? Yesterday I was under the weather therefore I didn’t eat much. So by 8pm I was incredibly hungry. Of Course the only thing that sounded good was a cookie. I gave in. One cookie. Not even a normal cookie, it was a “healthy” cookie with flax seed and whole oats. And yet it was like the most amazing thing I have ever tasted. And then suddenly I was overcome with the urge to eat about 10 more. I didn’t. Honestly I’m slightly amazed at my willpower! Even now as I sit here typing I am resisting the urge to go and eat another one! In fact this cookie was so good that while I was eating it I wanted to give up on this whole thing and just forget it! How could one, not even that delicious, cookie have that kind of power? I used to think I had a normal, healthy relationship with food. But now I’m finding, food has fooled me.

Day 4 Journal:

  • Workout: 30 min cardio with NTC App.
  • Breakfast: Poached egg on avocado toast
  • Snack: Almonds & jerky
  • Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
  • Dinner: Cauliflower Pizza
  • Water Intake: 32oz

Day 5 Journal:

  • Workout: Off Day
  • Breakfast: Ginger, Banana and kale smoothie
  • Lunch: Hummus plate
  • Dinner: Thai Chicken & Coconut Salad
  • Snack: Oatmeal and flax seed cookie
  • Water Intake: 40oz

 

Day 6 Journal:

  • Workout: Elliptical plus Ab workout
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Snack: Coconut & almond protein bar
  • Lunch: Chicken and Black Bean Burrito
  • Dinner: Salmon, Sweet potato & Broccoli
  • Water Intake: 30oz

Thoughts: I just want a damn cookie.

 

Fit & Fabulous February: Day Three

Hello Hello! Let’s get to it shall we, here’s my journal for the day.

  • Workout: Off Day
  • Breakfast: Mixed Berry & Kale Smoothie
  • Lunch: Leftover Taco Salad
  • Dinner: Sauteed Chicken Sausage (minimally processed from Trader Joe’s) & Veggies
  • Water Intake: 32oz

Thoughts: I went the whole day without eating bread or grains which was unintentional but I didn’t even notice! My energy levels were pretty good throughout the day. I didn’t feel the need to snack, so I didn’t. I still thought about the fact that I can’t have a coke zero. 😦  But all in all I would say today was a much better day! Woop, Woop.

If you would like to know more about Fit & Fabulous February, click here.

Fit & Fabulous February: Day One

Fit and Fab 2

Well today was day one of my February challenge. I would love to say it was all sunshine and roses, but it wasn’t. No literally, it wasn’t. It snowed all day. But yes as promised in my original post, see here, below is a journal of my day. Enjoy.

  • Workout: 30 min cardio with my Nike Training Club App.
  • Breakfast: Non-fat Greek yogurt with a little granola & half a banana
  • Lunch: Half a Tuna sandwich on whole wheat, a handful of almonds, cheese stick & an apple.
  • Snack: Minimally processed turkey jerky and wasabi roasted seaweed.
  • Dinner: Cauliflower, chicken fried rice. (the rice part is actually chopped cauliflower)
  • Water Intake: 48oz

Thoughts: Okay so today was my first day without a coke zero in probably 8 months (several months ago I tried to quit but fell off the wagon) AND IT WAS SO HARD. It literally was all I could think about all day! I have always told people and myself that I was only slightly addicted to Coke Zero, that I could quit anytime I wanted. I only drank one a day, maybe two.  Clearly I was delusional and I had no idea that I am, without a doubt, totally addicted to this stuff. My workout was difficult because the last time I worked out was over two weeks ago. And while my brain felt clear and awake, it was like my body felt a whole step behind all day. I had a horrible headache by 3pm and all I wanted to do was drown my sorrow in Oreo Cookies. But I managed to stay strong! I made it! And even tho it’s only the first day I feel pretty proud of myself. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a much better experience.

Festive Shortcake Skewers with Sweet Cream Cheese Dip

One of my favorite 4th of July traditions is festive desserts! It so much fun to make red, white and blue treats the whole family can enjoy. These Festive Shortcake Skewers (try saying that five times fast) are a fun twist on strawberry shortcake. It was so simple, I also made a sweet cream cheese dip to with it!

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Ingredients:
For the Skewers:
Angle Food Cake
Strawberries
Blueberries
cake pop sticks

Sweet Cream Cheese Dip:
16oz plain cream cheese
3 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Thread cake pop sticks with pieces of cake, strawberries and blueberries.

in a bowl combine cream cheese, cinnamon and honey until smooth.

And there you have it! So easy, so fun and so yummy!!

July 4th Recap

The 4th is the true mark of summer for me. I LOVE everything about it. Eating yummies from the grill, the patriotic red white and blue, card games, more food, good beer, oh and of course fireworks! It was the best kind of 4th.. no agenda just friends, food and family. It was also Ava’s first time seeing fireworks and that made the experience 100 times more exciting! Every firework got a huge WHOA!

We truly are so blessed to live in this country. Thank you to all those who have served for our freedom!

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Green Pina Colada Breakfast Smoothie

So I’m kinda obsessed with making my own Breakfast Smoothies! First of all they are quick and delicious. Also its a great way to sneak some veggies in not only my diet, but my husband and two year old both love them! This recipe is one of our favorites! A green smoothie that taste like a Pina Colada! Yum!

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In a blender combine all of the following:

  • I cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • I cup non fat coconut or vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
  • I cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup Tropicana Farm Stand Orange and Pineapple (this is not necessary but highly recommended!)
  • 1 cup of coconut milk or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons either chia seeds or flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract

Serve and enjoy! 🙂