eat healthy

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

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

 

 

Week 1 Recap/Week 2 Goals

Honestly I could have done a little better but I am still really proud of myself!

The Good:

  • Worked out five days last week – a day more than my goal yayyy!
  • Stuck to “good” snacks when I got hungry like hummus, protein shakes with unsweetened almond milk, light popcorn
  • Really limited my sweet tooth!

The Not So Good:

  • Drank too much Saturday night – booooo – but it was a needed night out with my gal pals and I only go out like that once in a great while so I think I can give myself a break! As long as it doesn’t become a habit, it’s good to let off some steam every so often!
  • I think I could have pushed myself a little harder at the gym but I still had good workouts and am inspired to continue going and push myself more this week.
  • Ate out 3 times instead of my goal of 2. A sub (lots of veggies!) on Weds. night, salad for lunch on Friday and pizza Friday night. But it was Friday….and it was pizza….and the sub and salad were’t too bad so one pizza night isn’t going to kill me.

Now I want to be clear because some of that sounds like excuses. I have been pretty hard on myself in the past and I found that it was only discouraging and made me feel worse. I told myself that as I embraced a healthier lifestyle, I wouldn’t beat myself up if I slipped up. We’re only human people! Plus pizza will never stop being delicious so you kinda have to have a slice every once in a while.

  • I didn’t apply to ANY jobs -______- This one I have no excuse for. My only remedy is to make good on my goal this week. If I went two weeks without meeting the goal that would be embarrassing so here’s to my rockin’ resume!

Week 2 Goals!

  1. Work out 4 times this week. Now ideally, I would move it up to 5 since I did well with 5 last week but I am going to FLORIDAAAA this weekend so I’m going to stick with 4 🙂
  2. Don’t go too crazy on vacation! There will obviously be drinking but I really want to try and make healthier choices food-wise. It’s always harder on vacation because you have less control over what you’re eating and way more choices than a regular day. So my goal is to encourage myself and my family to make the healthier choices while we’re out painting Orlando red!
  3. Apply to 5 jobs as noted above.
  4. Not eat out at all until I go on vacay. This means I’m making breakfast, lunch and dinner until Friday!
  5. Take my greens every day – and don’t forget when I’m on vacay! These are Greens and they’re awesome. EIGHT servings of fruits and veggies in one serving! Aw yea.

I think that’ll be it for now. As some of these goals start becoming part of my regular routine, I want to think of fun new goals…ideas anyone? I’ll give it a little more thought and keep y’all updated 🙂

Some new tips coming tomorrow! Here’s a list from Buzzfeed to keep you occupied until then: “Healthy” Foods w/ More Sugar Than a Snickers Bar!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

Tips from Aud

At first this was lumped into my last post but then I realized it was super long. So now that that’s all outta the way, here’s a few tips then I’m off to the gym!

  • If you don’t have time to make lunch, keep a few frozen meals or healthy cans of soup on hand to grab quickly. I used to do a lot of lean cuisines but again, trying to move to cleaner eating so I’ve recently picked up a few things from Amy’s Kitchen line! The soups aren’t the BEST but they’re still good and all organic. So far, their frozen meals have been bomb ass (delicious).
YUM

YUM

  • Snack smart! I take protein powder to work with me to drink in between meals. I usually don’t get hungry between breakfast and lunch so I’ll drink two scoops with unsweetened almond milk or water. Eventually I want to add some oatmeal and spinach to make it a real protein shake but let’s take some baby steps first, I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel man.
  • If you have a hard time getting to the gym in the morning (I’m almost convinced those people are crazy, yet I wish I was crazy with them) or you go home first and then it’s hard to leave again to go to the gym – check out a gym near your work! I joined a Planet Fitness right down the road from my work so I don’t have an excuse anymore and so far it’s working pretty well! It would work better if I went more, but hey, I’m trying!
  • Planet Fitness is a great place to go if you’re just getting into the gym thing. It’s inexpensive and it seems like there is always one around the corner or nearby. It doesn’t have a track (go to your local high school on the weekends) or pool (community pool anyone? I admit I’ve turned a blind eye to the amount of bacteria that has to be in those pools before just for a romp in the water) but as far as I can see, it has pretty much everything else! Eventually, I’d like to try some Crossfit but again, BABY STEPS!
  • Change it up! Sometimes I don’t feel like going to the gym for the sole reason that I don’t feel like doing the elliptical again. But hello! There are tons of other workouts to do so don’t be afraid to switch out your routine. Plus you’ll be working some different muscles which is always good.
  • Take advantage of personal trainers. When you first sign up at a new gym, a lot of times they will offer you one or more free personal training sessions to get you started. Take advantage of this! Planet Fitness offers unlimited sessions but there are only certain times the trainer is available. The trainer can introduce you to some new moves, show you around the place, teach you how to use some of the equipment, etc. If you want to change up your routine but don’t know where to start, a personal training session could be the perfect way to do that.
  • Take advantage of your support group! Share your successes with your friends and family! They are your biggest fans and number one supporters. I don’t share my successes or goals with my friends and family like I should but I never regret when I do. They are always a great source of motivation! If this isn’t the case with you and you don’t have a lot of support, try opening up to some new friends at the gym. Find someone doing a cool workout and ask them to show you how. We’re all in this together people!

Okay now I’ve been on this motivational sharing high for the past 45 minutes and it’s been great, hope ya liked it, but now I have to go to the gym because I should probably practice what I preach.

Here’s to livin’ the dream!

Aud