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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

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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

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

 

 

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

Day 1 – Week 1

To help keep myself on track for my yearly goals, I am going to start making weekly goals!

  1. Go to the gym at least 4 times this week! I’ve been going to the gym on and off for about a month but I need to stay consistent. 
  2. Only eat out a max 2X this week. It kinda sucks cooking for one, just throwing it out there! I do love to cook once I get going but it’s a pain in the ass to figure out how much food will be too much and by the time I get home it’s already 7pm or later and I don’t want to cook for an hour and eat at eight. But those are also just excuses…. awkward…. So through this whole thing, I will be trying out new recipes and ways to cook ahead of time and try to get on track with cooking at home (and therefore saving $$$ too!).
  3. Get my business page thing up and running. Remember when I said I had just taken on a new money making opportunity? Well an ole’ friend from summer camp reached out to me about this health and wellness company, It Works! I know I use a lot of exclamation points but that one is actually part of the logo so get used to it. Moving on…I was skeptical at first but she talked me into it and now I’m in it so I need to embrace the opportunity and make the most of it! The more I hear and learn about their products, the more I’m hooked so bear with me friends! I will report my progress and such with the different products on this here blog too, so if you ever see or hear anything you’d like more information about, let me know!
  4. Drink smarter, not more. Usually I only go out about one weekend night a week and I try to stick to vodka/soda but sometimes there are shots (especially Fireball, a personal fav) and one night out can end up costing a LOT of calorie so if I do go out this weekend, I will do my best to stick to the basics!
  5. Apply for five jobs. It’s no secret that I’ve been (slowly but surely!) trying to find a job back in MI. I really do enjoy my current job and I’ve grown to like it even more but I would like to eventually get back to muh roots! Despite the ups and downs, I will never look at my time in Memphis as a bad thing and I’ve come to love the city. But as they say, “there’s no place like home!” As I’m sure most of you know, trying to find a job is a long and grueling process. Updating your resume, linkedin, writing a cover letter for every position you want to apply for, googling your name to make sure nothing bad pops up, you get it. Another painful but necessary task of life!

It’s actually been an eye opening and confidence boosting process for me. Having to think back at all that I’ve accomplished in the past few years has allowed me to step outside of the box and look at it from an outside perspective so that’s cool!

Stay tuned for some tips!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud