Thank You Fit Ones …

bday

For my readers who did not know, I celebrated a birthday on last Monday December 15th. I was so touched and blessed by all the love I received from friends, fans, clients, and family.

When I walked into CPM and Crawfords that evening it was filled with wonderful people who are very near and dear to me! I was so honored by the creative cards, gifts, and efforts people made to help me celebrate my day.

It was a moment in time that you take a picture with in your head, and you know that picture will never fade from your memory!

I received cards, texts, emails, etc.. all with such kind and thoughtful words! I realized in the last few days how truly lucky I am to be surrounded by amazing individuals who make me strive to become better each day!

I felt so grateful to be a part of these individuals lives on a regular basis either through work, recreation, or family.

I believe events like this really make me stop and see how truly lucky and blessed I am to have so many tremendous people in my life!

So Fit Ones I just want to thank you all for supporting me, not only on my birthday but each and everyday. Thank you for being the positive force that I need to believe in myself. You are all truly amazing; and you have made this birthday one of the best ones yet!

What is one of your favorite birthday memories Fit Ones?

Post your answer in the comments below…

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Fit Chic

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken 500 5909

This is a fantastic recipe that will surely leave your mouth satisfied! I wanted to incorporate that jalapeno popper taste without the fried feeling.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I had fun creating it!

Ingredients

4 small chicken breasts, cut 1/2 way through the middle

salt and pepper to taste

4 jalapenos, diced

1 sweet potato mashed

1 cup raw cheese, shredded

8 slices bacon

1 can of 6 oz of green chilies

2 cloves of garlic

Directions

Lay the chicken slice it 1/2 way through, season both sides with salt and pepper, in a small bowl place the mixture of the jalapeños, green chili, garlic, mashed potatoes, and cheddar on the chicken and roll them up.

Wrap each chicken breast up in 2 slices of bacon and place them in a baking dish.

Bake in a pre-heated 400F oven until cooked, about 25-35 minutes.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Most Googled Fitness Activities in 2014

2014 fitness trends

As I was watching the Today Show, they were featuring the top 5 googled topics for 2014. Then the continued the story with the top 5 most googled men and top 5 women.

So it got me thinking … what are the top 5 fitness trends that are trending right now?

It makes sense that so many people are constantly searching for the latest and greatest fitness trends especially as we approach our New Year’s Resolutions.  It matters less what the program is and more that it’s something you’ll stick with. So what will stick in 2015?

# 5 Kettlebell Workouts – There are so many wonderful benefits of the Kettlebell so it’s no surprise that it’s getting googled frequently! Here are some great exercise to do with the Kettlebell that will make you look and feel fantastic!

# 4 Ab Exercises – People love a to look at a nice 6 pack or killer abs which is why this is one of the most googled for 2014: Here is a list of the most popular

Russian twists exercise
Leg lifts exercise 
Reverse crunches exercise
Bicycle crunches exercise

# 3 The Seven minute Workout - The 7-minute workout was published in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Journal mid-2013. It showcases 12 exercises using just your body weight, a chair, and a wall. It forces us to virtually eliminate all of our reasons for skipping a sweat session: time, equipment, space, gym  membership, etc. It’s high-intensity in nature and requires a lot of hard work, but again, it’s only seven minutes.

# 2 Tabata Workout: This is a great workout that you can take anywhere and it will leave you sweating in no time. It was created by Dr. Tabata in order to create high intensity spurts (20 seconds on) followed by a small rest (10 seconds) for 8 rounds. You can use any exercise i.e burpees, sit-ups, kb swings, pushups, lunges etc… Incorporate this type of workout into your fitness routine and produce amazing results!

# 1 Insanity - In INSANITY®, Shaun T uses a method called Max Interval Training. It’s not your typical interval workout. You’ll do cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training. It all happens in long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest so you can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour

What are some fitness trends you have really enjoyed in 2014 Fit Ones?

Post Your Answers in the Comments below …

Fit Chic

Delicious Homemade Holiday EggNog

paleo eggnog

Growing up I always LOVED Eggnog, but it did not love me back. I literally would get the worst stomach aches ever but would just suck it up for this delicious treat that only happens once a year!

Well now I don’t have to suffer and it still has that great Eggnog taste!

Ingredients:

1-14 ounce can full fat coconut milk

1 cup of coconut creamer or coconut half and half

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Top with pumpkin spice if desired

Directions:

In a large bowl Whisk egg yolks until they lighten in color.  Mix in the coconut creamer, then add the coconut milk, the vanilla extract and the spices – mix all together.

Next, heat the mixture in a saucepan over medium low heat.  Add maple syrup to the mixture and stir.  The maple syrup will start to melt into the mixture as it heats up. You will want to stir frequently and allow the mixture to thicken.

When mixture coats a spoon the mixture is done.  Let it cool before refrigerating.

*If you want to turn this into an adult beverage

How to Achieve Your Goals in 2015

do somehting today

Did you know that 8% of People Actually Complete their New Years Resolution so Here are some great tips to start this 2015 off right and end right too!

Make your new years resolution about adding not taking away … 

Do something philanthropic each day

Add more water, veggies, sleep etc….

Do something you are afraid of each day (this can be big or small)

Run a mile, do a pull-up, workout for a cause etc …

Make your goals so simple  

Your goals should be so simp a 6 year old child could understand … the more clarity and decisiveness you have with your goals the easier it will be to stay on track with them and not let distractions get in the way. Nix the long laundry list so you are able to have quality over quantity and not feel overwhelmed with goals needed to be attained.

Paint a Picture Literally: 

Our brain thinks in pictures not words so when you literally draw what it is you want your brain understands the language and can get you there much more efficiently. You then keep this in your vision daily and your sub conscious automatically knows where its going.

Think of your goals as life or death.  

I heard a good metaphor for this if your child was in a car that was on fire you would do whatever it took immediately to get your child out. So why can’t we create that urgency with our goals? Even though you and your child’s life are not at immediate risk your success and happiness might be.

 Want it more than you don’t. 

Your will has to be greater than your want. We have all heard the term “When there’s a will there’s a way” . This is true. When something means a lot to us it is not going to be easy to attain and there is always a price to pay but when we have “the will” the price is to pay gives us clarity and makes it worth it! . Success happens when your desire to do becomes greater than your desire to don’t!

 What are some of your goals Fit Ones? 

 Make this 2015 the best year yet ….

Fit Chic 

 

Paleo Puppy Chow ….

puppy chow

Last week we were having a discussion about puppy chow and my husband had never heard of this delightful Christmas treat. So here is my Fit Chic version of this popular midwest treat.

Ingredients:

3 cups roasted raw almonds

1/2 cup dark chocolate

1/4 cup sunbutter (or your favorite nut butter)

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup powdered coconut sugar

2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter or coconut oil

1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate whey (chocolate lovers use chocolate powder)

Directions: 
In a large sauce pan heat the chocolate, butter or coconut oil, and nut butter over medium low heat.  Once melted, add the coconut flakes and almonds and stir to coat.  Place the almonds in a plastic storage bag and add the whey protein powder, sugar, cinnamon.  Shake the bag until the almonds are fully coated.

Top 5 Fitness Gifts Under $25

gift basket

It is the season of gift giving and with gifts available everywhere we turn, what better way then to be steered in the right direction. Here are my Fit Chic Top 5 Health and Fitness Gifts under $25.

Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Vegetti Spiralizer Spiral Cutter for Healthy Vegetable Meals:

This is the perfect gift that will help your gift recipient create veggie noodles at home in just a few minutes.This Spiral is best for making Veggies, Zucchini, paderno and Carrots.

The Vegetable Spiral Slicer is the perfect tool to make healthy garnishes for dinners, parties, special event and just a good old-fashioned family dinner.

This is the perfect gift for the traveling friend or family member. It is small enough to fit in any bag and can really make a huge impact on all the tightness and pain that comes with traveling.

 

The Perfect gift for clients, friends, and family. Everyone enjoys gift baskets, and these look good and are good for you! So now you can feel like you are a great friend for the gift and keeping them healthy in the process.

Anyone who’s committing to accomplishing their goals will benefit from this Believe Journal ($19) . It will help you to be held accountable and stay on track and motivated.

Instead of dousing a your food in harmful oils, lightly spray for an evenly coating of dressing. You can use different types of oils and it is great for baking, grilling, and frying. It also has a really fun bottle that is great for decoration too.

An easy method for brewing loose tea is a fantastic gift for all. The Tea For One set ($20), from Bodum, is an elegant double-wall glass mug with an easily removed strainer. The lid keeps the tea warm while brewing and doubles as a trivet. Include a tin of  your favorite tea and it is the perfect gift this holiday!

Now you have these great go to gifts. You might need to by two one for you and one for your giftee

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Cranberry Pistachio Holiday Bark

This is a great gift for the holidays for your neighbors, co-workers, or secret santa, and it tastes great too!

Ingredients:

8oz of Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate

1/2 cup of Raw Almond Butter

1/3 cup of unsweetened dried cranberries

1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

1/3 cup of pistachios coarsely chopped

Directions:

Microwave chocolate in separate medium microwaveable bowl as directed on packages. Stir almond butter.

Drop spoonfuls of chocolate mixture onto waxed paper-covered baking sheet; swirl gently with knife.

Sprinkle with cranberries, coconut, and pistachios.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces.

Store in refrigerator.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

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