We’ve all heard it before: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But so many people skip it for one reason or another. You’re running late. You’re trying to lose weight. You get by on coffee until lunchtime. Actually, skipping breakfast can have an adverse affect on losing weight. You should be fueling your body every 2 – 3 hours to keep your metabolism up. When you go to bed at night, you are “fasting” from food which is why in the morning, you are literally “breaking-” from your “-fast”. Hence, “Breakfast”.
I shared this on my Facebook page recently and had a few people say they went out and bought it or tried to but they didn’t have their size. Who knew anyone would be interested in what I wore??? (#confidencebooster) For the THREE people that were interested, I decided to share some findings and / or outfits on this blog in case you wanted to snatch some of these items up for yourself. 🙂
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to a Fall Preview Event at Brooks Running. I got to preview the fall fashion collection at the Trailhead store where we got to meet the design team and tour the corporate office! This Pacific Northwest-based company knows what we need in terms of style, comfort and fit for people that are active, particularly runners, in the PNW. I definitely wouldn’t call myself a “runner” by any stretch of means but have gotten into running short 5k races in the past few years (UW Bothell Husky 5k and Beat the Bridge). It’s been a fun activity for the family and something we plan on doing with our kids annually. So when we were asked to try on items from the fall fashion collection and pick a couple items to take home with us, I was SO excited! Here are a couple things I tried on:
For anyone that has known me, they know I LOVE my food! When I first started the 21 Day Fix, my closest friends asked, “But what about Tadema Tacos? What about tater tot nachos? What about the 11pm frozen pizzas, lasagna and dinosaur chicken nuggets?” Don’t get me wrong – I’m a FIRM believer of the 80 / 20 rule. 80% clean, healthy and on track. 20% I get to have whatever the frick I want! (And not feel bad about it!) But one of the things I learned from eating clean is that many of my favorite foods can be modified to make them a healthier, cleaner version of the ooey, gooey, cheesy dish that I loved before (and to be honest, most of the modifications I don’t miss that much!).
2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
by G.I. Jen Fitness
Prep Time: 5 min.
- 1 cup pitted Medjool Dates
- 1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts
In a food processor, pulse medjool dates until it forms a paste.
Add in peanuts and pulse until finely chopped.
Using damp hands, form into 1″ balls. Using the back of a fork, press down, turn 90 degrees and press down again to form indents.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week or individually wrap in wax paper and freeze (though I promise you, they won’t last long!).
To say we’ve been having an AMAZING summer here in Seattle would be an understatement! It has been in the 90’s here lately and though some might be complaining of the heat and wishing they had AC year round, I’ve been LOVING it! I know these days are not the norm here so I am trying to enjoy every minute of this heat wave! But when you have little ones around, though the heat can be fun, it’s often hard to find ways to cool them down (without giving them an Otter Pop every 5 seconds…which I’m not above BTW!). I’ve been looking for ways to keep them cool with healthy treats during these hot summer days and these Frozen Yogurt Bites are the perfect solution! Simple, easy and can make a bunch ahead of time to have on hand!
Frozen Yogurt Bites
Prep Time: 10 min.
- Greek yogurt
- Fruit (berries and grapes, but you can essentially use any fruit cut into bite-sized pieces)
- Ziplock baggie
- Ice cube tray
In a bowl, mix Greek yogurt with honey until you get the desired sweetness
Spoon yogurt into a Ziplock baggie and snip the tip of one corner
Squeeze yogurt into ice cube tray about 1/3 way full
Drop a berry (or piece of fruit) in the center and fill the remaining way of ice cube tray with yogurt, covering the berry
Freeze for 4 hours or overnight
Pop out of ice cube tray and enjoy immediately or store them in a Ziplock baggie to save for later!
Last week my friend, Tiffany, invited me to attend an event at Title Nine, a local woman’s fitness store, for a Fitfest! The cool thing about this company was that it was founded by a woman and to this day, is employed by mostly women, so all of the items are carefully created and thought out with proper fit + comfort in mind. We had the opportunity to meet with and get bra fitting advice from one of their “Bravangelist” experts. Here are a couple of items I tried: Read more
When I talk about my WHY, the single most important thing that comes to mind is FAMILY. Ultimately, I want to be the best mom, wife, role model I can be. When we had our first daughter, it became so obvious that this little life relied on me for EVERYTHING. I knew I would be the single biggest influence she could have in life in a way that nobody else could – not even her dad.
When I decided to do something about my own health and fitness, it wasn’t just because I wanted to lose weight. I saw my kids always wanting to play on my phone or watch a movie rather than getting up to go outside to play and be active. With all the social media at our fingertips, I know I was the biggest influence in my kids’ choice of activities (GUILTY!). So when I started to work out, I wanted to be that influencer in my kids and raise them up in a household that values physical activity so that this would be the norm for them growing up. At first, they just sat there and watched. Then they cheered me on. Now they are always up and wanting to join me in my workouts (Allie’s one-handed push-ups are pretty impressive)! They have quickly become my reason for why I do what I do. Actions speak louder than words and in my case, my kids are following suit! Seeing the impact that I have had on my kids over the last year has made me passionate about reaching out and helping others get into the habit of a healthier lifestyle. One that values fitness and nutrition.
** Have you been wanting to get in control of your health and fitness? Do you want to be that influence for your kids? Your spouse? **