Author: audisrad

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You Can Find Inspiration Everywhere!

I have been OFF my game people! I haven’t been doing bad with eating or going the healthy route but I sure haven’t been keeping up with this blog thing! 

This will be a quick one but I do have plans for better, longer posts soon! Anywho, on to the inspiration!

There is this old man in my neighborhood that I see almost every day walking. He always waves and looks like he’s having a great day! Prob cause he’s starting his day off right! Usually in the morning I am still sleepy and easily irritated but seeing this guy out there doing his thing always puts a smile on my face! 

So the moral of the story is….if you’re feeling down or unmotivated or whatever, take a look around! Sometimes it’s the little things that get ya 🙂 

Also I was bad and kept forgetting to take my greens last week (they were in my car in the backseat from Florida annnnnd out of sight, out of mind!) and I really noticed a difference (not in a good way!). I didn’t have as much energy and just didn’t feel as good as I was feeling. So, the second moral of the story is keep up the good work! And pay attention to how you’re feeling when you’re making these healthy changes. You could notice and learn more than you think! 

Here’s to livin’ the dream!

Aud

 

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It Works!

So y’all have heard me talk about the It Works stuff so I’m here to expand! I don’t have personal experience with all of the products…yet. But I can report back on the most popular! 

Greens: One word – awesome. With eight full servings of fruits and veggies and lots of other good stuff, it’s like a multivitamin on crack. But like…..good crack? Read more about Greens here and make sure to click the view ingredients link! It has several FAQ’s that are really informational. I add two scoops (a regular serving size) of the berry flavor to my morning protein smoothie! I have definitely noticed a change for the good in being more energized in the morning and throughout the day. After coming off of a bad cold, it’s hard not to feel healthy after that but Greens definitely helped get me over the hump and I honestly feel healthier than I have since before the cold gave me winter-long congestion. 

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Wraps: The ultimate body applicator is also awesome. Four wraps is a full process but I’ve only done one so I’m going to wait until I’ve done another one or two. My SIL pics were grainy so it was hard to see the results if you weren’t there but as a woman who looks awesome after having FIVE, yes that is 5, kids you know it’s gonna take a toll on your tummy! She said the wrap tightened her tum and felt firmer, woo! I gave her and my brother one each but I think she might finagle her way into using both 🙂 Below are several before/after pics and there are plenty more where that came from! Read more here

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Defining Gel: They recommend using this stuff in between wraps and may I say, it’s a good recommendation! My tum doesn’t look awesome yet but it looks a lot better than when I started! Definitely lives up to its name and tighten, tones and firms! More here

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Ultimate Fat Fighter: First of all, this stuff is only $23 (loyal customer price) so that’s awesome. Second, you know when you have a really delicious meal, healthy or not and you just feel overstuffed and gross? The fat fighter has carb inhibitors and this stuff from cacti that block some of the carbs and cals you intake. So you just poop it out later! Cool! Haha all jokes aside, this stuff is great! Although, don’t take it after a morning protein shake with a bunch of other awesome stuff…you don’t want anything good getting blocked! Plus with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, you prob shouldn’t mess with breakfast. Read more heeeeere.

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I’m tired and have to cook chicken for this week’s food prep so since I just did my facial tonight, I’ll wait until tomorrow. Then I can tell you how this balsamic chicken turned out I’m about to make and inhale after or in between also doing an hour of yoga sometime tonight. This is what the dream is people. It’s not easy but it’s worth it! 

Here’s to livin’ the dream, 

Aud

I THINK I’M STARTING TO SEE RESULTS!!!

I’ve been watching House of Cards this week so I haven’t updated as much as last – sorry I’m not sorry, that show is awesome and you should check it out if you haven’t already.

ANYWAYS….

So I looked in the mirror yesterday morn and was like, “oh hey girl, you’re looking pretty good!” I don’t think it’s enough for others to notice yet (they say it takes 4 weeks for you to notice, 8 weeks for your close friends and family to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice or something like that – rude but I guess it makes sense!) but I’m feeling good! I think it has to do with my overall attitude too. I’ve had more energy and been happy that I’m making these awesome changes and I think that is reflected when I look in the mirror now. Making these changes has helped me gain confidence and a better attitude!

So the lesson from that is…keep on keeping on! Every single decision I’ve made the past month hasn’t been perfect, I’ve eaten pizza, I’ve missed a day of exercise here and there but overall I have been making better decisions, healthier choices, progress in my workouts, etc. Don’t give up if you don’t see results right away. Pay attention to how you’re feeling too. If you’re feeling good, the results will come!

Here’s a pic of the awesome breakfast protein smoothies I’ve been drankin’ for some motivation!

From bottom to top: ¼ cup oatmeal, ⅛ cup chia seeds, ⅛ cup flax seeds, ¼ cup hemp seeds, a handful of spinach, 2 scoops of Greens, 1 scoop protein powder, frozen fruit and water or almond milk

From bottom to top: ¼ cup oatmeal, ⅛ cup chia seeds, ⅛ cup flax seeds, ¼ cup hemp seeds, a handful of spinach, 2 scoops of Greens, 1 scoop protein powder, frozen fruit and water or almond milk

OMG HEALTH. So filling & delicious! I drink one of these babies on the way to work in the morning (done by 8:30am) and I’m good until lunch at 1pm.

I’ll be posting about It Works stuff next, I love the greens, fat fighters, wraps, defining gel and I’m trying a facial tomorrow woooo! This stuff is not meant to take place of a healthy diet and exercise, but I am not above a little help along the way! I’ll post about my personal experience with the stuff as well as lots of pictures and a blog post from a personal trainer about why he offers his clients It Works! They really do have something for everyone for every part of your healthy journey!

I think I am going to take Stella for a walk tomorrow so also check back for some awesome photos from that shindig…

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

Keep Trying New Things – Keep it Interesting!

Quick tip before I forget – continue to change things up and keep your body guessing! It’s good to have some kind of routine but don’t get bored and unmotivated eating oatmeal for breakfast, salad for lunch and chicken for dinner. All good things, but maybe add some different fruits/nuts to your oatmeal, try different salads/lettuces/toppings, different chicken and other lean meat recipes. 

The reason I bring this up is because I just received my nuts.com order and boy was I excited. The funny notes all over the box also encouraged lots of excitement. 

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ANYWHO the point is to change it up every once in a while! Getting excited about getting muh nutz is encouraging me to look up new, healthy recipes and use what I got! I’m sure this is offered in other stores as well but some of the newer Kroger stores and of course, Whole Foods, have bins of this stuff where you can get as much or as little as you want! I would suggest getting a little bit here and there, using something for a few days or a week to determine if you want to go back and get more. If you are going to order in bulk, I think nuts.com has better prices and their turnaround time is pretty good too (exactly 7 days for my order!). 

In short, go NUTS! Ha! Man I could go all day with nut puns. 

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

Trying Not to Let Sickness Slow Me Down!

Operation Vacation was a success! For the most part anyways. I was sick the whole time but nothing will stop me and my fam from having a good time! Also my brother and SIL are both on a health kick so it was easier with their support – we had protein shakes for breakfast every day, which were delish.

I am also really proud of myself for meeting my goal of working out 4X! Granted, they weren’t the most traditional workouts (walking several miles around Islands of Adventure counts right?) but considering being sick and on vacation, I’d like to think I kicked a little ass. I let myself eat a little more freely than usual (pizza Friday!) but kept it under control, limited my portions, etc.

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I applied for a few jobs, not five but the three I did apply to were ones I put some time and effort into so I’m not disappointed there! I will try for another five this week, bring it on! I didn’t work out today or yesterday (staying home sick today 😦 BLAH) but I’m feeling better finally so I’m confident I can get 4 workouts in still.

In honor of being sick I thought I’d share this link about the seven most prescribed drugs in the world and their natural counterpart. 

My mom also sent me this link about signs you have an iron deficiency. More interesting than I thought it would be! I’m going to add iron to my breakfast shakes to see if it makes a difference.

Protein powder, frozen berries, oatmeal, almond milk and spinach!

Protein powder, frozen berries, oatmeal, almond milk and spinach!

Speaking of making a difference, I’m now going into my 3rd week and I gotta say, I’m feeling pretty darn good! Besides getting sick, I’ve felt like I have more energy and my overall morale is boosted from feeling like I’m actually working towards something good. If you slip up, don’t get discouraged! Just keep making better decisions and soon the healthy decision will be the automatic one. I don’t find myself missing crappy food or feeling unfulfilled at all! 

Make sure you read my next post – I’ll  be showing wrap results from my SIL! *Sister-in-law

I’ve recently received or will soon receive several things in the mail that I am excited to report back results from too! Got my It Works! fat fighters and defining gel in the mail today and I have more greens, facial wraps, that nuts.com order I told you about, protein powder and I also got a personal blender for morning protein shakes! IT KINDA FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS!

More tomorrow!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

How NOT to Cook…..

So when you’re trying to incorporate different foods into your diet, it’s probably best you follow a recipe…unlike myself who thought I could just be a chef without any training.

Asparagus: I put some olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a glass baking dish with dried onion bits and “roasted” them in the oven for about 15 min. at 400 degrees. These actually didn’t turn out too bad, I would even go as far to say they were good but they weren’t great. They were a little bland but I had gotten home late so I was trying to do something quick and easy. 

Protein cereal: This one was definitely not a good choice. Unsweetened almond milk +  Special K = not a bad quick breakfast (I really am the worst at getting anything substantial done in the morning). However..when you try to add vanilla protein powder to the milk then add the cereal, the consistency is gross and it doesn’t taste all that great. 

So…today’s tip is plan ahead and get a recipe before hand! Or make sure you have a back up plan when your first attempt goes awry. Thankfully I had my greens to supplement some healthiness into my morning! PHEW.

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

NUTS!

I probably shouldn’t give away how excited I am about this but I just put in an order for some awesome stuff from nuts.com! 

I want to start making some bomb ass smoothies for breakfast and being more creative with my healthy options, cook/bake more, etc. I tried to look for things that had a good carb/protein ratio. It’s probably impossible to get anything low carb on the site but there are some lower carb and high protein options. I would post all of the nutritional info on here but that would be really long plus they have all of that information plus more for each product on their site plus recipes!

Several interesting things here...we'll see how this goes :)

Several interesting things here…we’ll see how this goes 🙂

Organic Sunflower Butter: I’ve heard this is delicious so I’m excited to try it as a substitute for butter! This would probably be awesome on those flaxseed waffles I mentioned earlier too…Ingredients – Dry roasted organically grown sunflower seeds, organic cane sugar and salt

Sea Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips: I’ve been a little weary of this whole kale chip fad…I mean I remember when the only thing I knew about kale was that it was used as a garnish at Texas Roadhouse…BUT it has become more popular and these ARE salt & vinegar so they can’t be terrible! I’ll give a full report 🙂 Ingredients – Kale, raw sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, white vinegar, sea salt.

Organic Flax Seed: Very healthy addition to any diet! Lots of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (antioxidant qualities) and fiber. Careful with this one though…excessive consumption without liquid can result in intestinal blockage AKA constipation. 

Organic Chia Seeds: Tiny seeds with big health benefits! Omega-3, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber. Fun fact: chia seeds gel when wet and the gel helps prevent some calories  from getting absorbed into our system and helps you feel full faster.

Black Currant Tea, Japanese Sencha Green Tea & Peppermint Tea: I’ve always been prettyyyyy good about not drinking pop but it was because I drank a lot of Crystal Light and other low cal drinks, which as we’ve heard, can actually be pretty bad for you. So recently, I’ve switched to water and tea and only drink pop if I go out to eat. This is one of my favorites and they have great inspirational quotes on their tea bags.

Organic Red Quinoa Puffs: I think these will be good for a snack or to grab quickly for breakfast (eaten like cereal with unsweetened almond milk!). I could probably season them as a snack to spice em’ up too! High in protein, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron & a pretty good source of calcium!

Gluten Free Rice Bran: When I first came across this crazy rice bran stuff I was a little skeptical if I would put it to good use because I thought it was just for baking but it can be added to smoothies and cereals and I guess whatever you want to add it to! Fun fact: Rice bran accounts for 60% of the nutrients found in each rice kernel. Low in fat & calories, good source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorous. 

Organic Hemp Seeds: Although on the expensive side, these are one of the world’s most nutritious seeds. High in protein and low in carbs, packed with omega-3. They have a nutty taste and can be added to pretty much anything.

Now of course I’m not saying go out and spend $80 on rabbit food but do some research, figure out what you’re not getting in your diet, what you need more of, etc., and grab some flax seed to throw in this week’s meatloaf or casserole. Put sunflower or almond butter on your toast instead of margarine. All of the little changes you make will add up!

As I depart for the gym, I will leave you with a great quote from my Yogi tea today:

“Patience gives the power to practice; practice gives the power that leads to perfection.”

No one is perfect but we can get close 🙂

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud