New Month New Goals….

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We all have goals that we want to attain.. but how do we put the goals that we write down on paper into action?

Why do we continue to tell ourselves what we can’t do instead of focusing on what we can and are doing?

I have been really reading a lot about mindset lately. It has always fascinated me on why and how some people can push themselves to limits unimaginable and others sit back and say “I could never do that”.

It is just as easy to train our brain so why do we lose focus on what is important and live in the comfort of our uncomfortableness?

When you continue to push yourself. attack your goals, and continue to reinvent yourself you feel so empowered and unstoppable. Your routine can consist of always hitting new goals, never feeling satisfied, and always wanting the most out of life that you can get.

When I am speaking with clients and they say ” I just don’t think that I can do that”… I always ask them two follow-up questions. First, “Why”? and second “What is the worst that will happen if you try”

So Fit Ones I want you to create a list of 5 goals that you would like to achieve for the month of July. They don’t all have to be fitness related, but they should be lofty and make you feel a little nervous and uncomfortable!

Post your goals in the comments below….

Fit Chic

 

Fit Chic Patriotic Potato Salad

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Since I gave you fun burgers to create yesterday, I thought it would be nice to have a festive side to go with it!

This recipe is very simple, delicious, and always a hit at every 4th festivity.

Ingredients: 

1 package small red potatoes, halved

1  package baby Dutch yellow potatoes, halved

1 package petite purple potatoes, halved

1 Cup of Paleo Mayo

1 Tbsp of Dijon mustard

5 hard-boiled eggs diced

1 stalk of celery diced

2 tablespoons of parsley

2 teaspoons of creole seasoning

2 cloves of garlic

1 small onion diced

1/4 cup of diced sweet pickles (or relish)

dash of salt and pepper

Directions:

In a large pot, place red, purple, and yellow potatoes; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 to 17 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain; cool slightly. Place potatoes in a large bowl.

Stir in mayonnaise, onion, garlic, eggs, creole seasoning, parsley, Dijon, relish, salt, and pepper until combined.

Garnish with cilantro if you like!

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Top 5 Burgers To BBQ for the Holiday Weekend

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Just because it’s a holiday weekend does not mean you have to put your health and fitness goals on vacation too.

Burgers can be one of the most unhealthy choices to make, but it does not have to be and Here is why …

I love to help people so they don’t feel restricted or on a diet so here are my favorite burger recipes leaving you happy and healthy.

#1 Zucchini Burger

#2 Salmon Burger 

#3 Avocado Stuffed Bison Burger 

#4 Sweet Potato Cauliflower Burger (derived from Primal Palate) 

#5 The Aloha Burger 

Have a fun 4th!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic 4th of July Berry Salad ..

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The 4th of July is just around the corner, so this week I have dedicated my recipe days to compliment the holiday parties.
Ingredients:
4 cups sliced strawberries
2 cups blueberries
2 cups diced watermelon
1 cup diced jicama
1½ tablespoons lemon juice
1½ tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
Directions:
Place strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, and jicama in a large bowl
In a small bowl mix honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon and pour over the top of the fruit bowl.
Last top with coconut.
Enjoy!
Fit Chic 

Fun is First

Everyday is Fun When Your Surrounded By Awesome People Everyday!!!

Everyday is Fun When Your Surrounded By Awesome People Everyday!!!

My husband and I were recently discussing the reasons people let “life” get in the way of their health.

Why can some people be so dilegent  about coming to the gym and eating healthy and others can start on a good routine and then just get off track and go on a downward spiral.

I believe the answer is … you have to train your brain to make it fun!

Fun is first and the results will follow.

Think back to your youth … how many of us look forward to recess or after school so we could play on the monkey bars and swing on swings .. why can’t working out be looked at in the same light ..

It CAN and SHOULD!

Every morning when I wake up, I am excited about my fitness. I don’t agonize or tell myself I don’t want to do this etc … I embrace the fact that i have the ability to move and be healthy. I also acknowledge the fact that I am improving my health and wellness so that i will continue to get better as I get older; not get worse!

Wikipedias definition of fun is: s the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Fun is an experience – short-term, often unexpected, informal, not cerebral and generally purposeless. It is an enjoyable distraction, diverting the mind and body from any serious task or contributing an extra dimension to it. Although particularly associated with recreation and play, fun may be encountered during work, social functions, and even seemingly mundane activities of daily living. It may often have little to no logical basis, and opinions on whether or not an activity is fun may differ. A distinction between enjoyment and fun is difficult but possible to articulate,[1] fun being a more spontaneous, playful, or active event. There are psychological and physiological implications to the experience of fun.

So why can’t you pick a sport, recreational activity, social time with a friend, etc thats involves some sort of anaerobic activity to be “fun”?

I like to associate exercise like brushing your teeth … you don’t always want to do it, but when you do you feel like a million bucks.

The more you focus on the good feelings and benefits of exercise the more fun you will have with it.

So treat exercise like recess. Have fun when you are doing it and it will be much more enjoyable and beneficial to your overall health!

Fit Chic

 

Don’t Live with Regret Fit Ones ..

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So many of us let life take us by storm. We go through the day to day’s and never make time for the things that we really want to do.

Life is moving at a fast pace and isn’t slowing down anytime soon! Think about how fast this year has already gone, the past 5 years, etc ..

My husband and I went to a wedding last weekend and we couldn’t believe that it had been 9 years since we had said our “I Do’s”; it seemed like it was yesterday!

In oder to create the future you want, you have to start building it from this very moment.

Here are 7 choices that people make and most commonly regret later down the road

After you Read this, ask yourself the hard-hitting questions and start working on fixing them so you can live a life you won’t regret!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

 

 

 

Fit Chic Acai Power Bowl

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Acai Bowls are the new craze. They are delicious, nutritious, and filled with antioxidants. You can make many different flavors but here is one of my favorites.

Ingredients: 

1 scoop of vanilla whey protein

1/4 cup of grass-fed vanilla yogurt

1 acai power pack

1 frozen banana peeled and diced

1 cup of any berries you would like

1 tbsp of chia seeds

1/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup of raw nuts (any kind except peanuts)

1 tsp of cinnamon

Directions:

In a blender or food processor, mix probiotic, yogurt, protein powder, frozen banana, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Mix on medium until ingredients are blended throughout.

Pour into a bowl and top with coconut, berries, and nuts.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Travel Partner Before Traveling …

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Traveling with someone can make you learn a lot about them. Just because you get a long on the daily does not mean you will be adequate travel partners.

That’s because trips cost money and are to be remembered so if you are not with the right travel partner your trip can end up disappointing and not up to par. You need to make sure your travel partner has the same expectations of the trip that you do so the trip is exactly what you had imagined.

Before selecting a travel partner, ask yourself these 5 questions:

#1 Are You Both Night Owls or Morning Peeps? 

Make that clear before the trip. That way, you can adjust your timetables and maybe compromise doing some morning hikes followed by some late night club events too.

#2 Do you have the same interests? 

If your travel partner is a history buff and you like innovation you should probably make that clear before traveling.  Maybe one of you can play guide, or maybe you can compromise on which tours are worth paying for and which aren’t.

# 3 Are you type A or Go with the Flow? 

Would you rather plan out every day of the trip, or are you okay with flying by the seat of your pants? There is always room for both; just discuss how you like to do things before taking off.

# 4 Are You a Foodie or Do you Keep it Clean at All Times?

If your travel partner wants to explore the wondrous foods that the city you are living in has to offer and you care more about hiking Mount Everest, maybe you should make sure you interests can at least be compromised before embarking on your next adventure.

# 5 Are you a loner or do you crave the buddy system? 

Would you rather plan out every day of the trip, or are you okay with flying by the seat of your pants? There is always room for both; just discuss how you like to do things before taking off.

Now you can enjoy the trip you have always imagined and maybe even see things that you didn’t even know existed.

Fit Chic

Steak Fajita Bowl ….

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This is a very easy and delicious recipe that is not only a hit with the family for dinner it is a hit for left overs as well!

Ingredients: 

1/2 lb of pound boneless beef sirloin steak

1 Tbsp of coconut oil

1 small red onion

1/2 cup of red pepper

1/2 cup of orange or yellow pepper

1/2 cup of green pepper

1 tomato, diced

2 tbsp salsa

1 tsp cilantro

1 tsp cumin

1tsp creole seasoning

Guacamole to taste 

2 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp of lime juice from a lime

Cauliflower Spanish Rice:

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

2 tablespoon olive oil (divided)

1/2 cup red onion diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

8 ounce can of tomatoes

6 oz can of green chilies

Directions For Steak: 

In a large skillet place coconut oil, garlic, and onion until onion is translucent. Next add the steak and peppers , tomato, and let cook until steak is cooked throughout. Last throw in the  cumin, cilantro, lime, cumin, and creole and continue to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Throw rice in a bowl and place steak mix over the rice. Last top with guacamole.

Directions for Spanish Rice:

Cook the cauliflower by steaming in a vegetable steamer or in a microwave safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave on high for ten minutes or until completely soft throughout. Then mash the cauliflower. In a small skillet heat 1 tbsp  olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, and chilies until onions are slightly browned. Then add skillet mixture to the cauliflower with the remaining olive oil, canned tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

Why “Stress” Is Taking More of a Toll Than You Think ..

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In today’s society, we are living in high demand, two parent working homes, more activities than you know what to do with, a TDL that goes on an on, but we are not feeling stressed right … WRONG!

Just writing this list made me feel a little tense, so imagine living it day-to-day.

So What exactly is stress?

Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences that can be beneficial to your health and safety. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones and increasing your heart and breathing rates. Your brain gets more oxygen, giving you an edge in responding to a problem. In the short-term, stress helps you cope with tough situations.

Stress can be triggered by the pressures of everyday responsibilities at work and at home. As you might expect, negative life events like divorce or the death of a loved one cause stress. So can physical illness. Traumatic stress, brought on by war, disaster, or a violent attack, can keep your body’s stress levels elevated far longer than is necessary for survival.

What harmful effects does it have on the body? 

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So How Do You limit stress? 

Here are some helpfull tips and tricks to reduce and limit stresses in your life.

First write down the top 5 items in your life causing you the most stress. Now you are aware of what they are and can create a game plan to fix them and purge!

I have been doing this more in my own life lately and have been astounded by the effects stress was having on my body.

I feel that I LOVE my job, I get to wake up help people feel good about themselves … but I wasn’t doing a good job of controlling my stress or taking time for rejuvenation for my mind and body.

My body started reacting in a negative way. I was having horrible stomach issues, my hair was thinning out, I had anxiety, was always uptight, my body was not functioning at all cylinders  and my habits needed to change.

I started by doing the same exercise I told you to do; I wrote down the top 5 areas I needed to  prune so I could get my body back to feeling great!

I am still working on this .. I know that it will not happen over night, but I have put a plan of attack and even having a plan makes the stress dwindle down.

I am working on this daily and finding new innovative ways to not allow the stress to take over and win. I have incorporated meditation (and want to do more), not trying to cram so much in the 24 hour period. Being a better time manager, not feeling guilty for taking time to decompress and unwind, and having more “fun” and “play” time.

You have one life to live, and you can choose to live it wound up at all times, or you can stop and enjoy the fresh air and all the wonders that each day has to offer!

What are some creative ways you deal with stress Fit Ones?

Post in the comments below ..

Fit Chic

 

 

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