If you used to pick out the m&m's out of every trail mix bag you've ever gotten, please raise your hand.
As I grew up, my taste buds have refined (slightly) and I fell in love with this Biggest Loser version of trail mix. Its got WAY less calories than normal trail mix (as much as healthy fats are good for you, they can pack on a lot of calories) and I love the dried fruit in it!
Yay for dried fruit that ain't always raisins! #holla
Don't get me wrong, the classic trail mix is good fuel if you are actually hiking up the side of a very steep mountain. And if you're burning 192874873678 calories on that hike.
But most people don't do that everyday. Well, I don't at least and I'm basing everything on my personal life experience (obvssss).
So if you're a normal human and just want to munch on something healthified, munch on these.
Recipe from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook
I am SOOOOOOO ready for spring/summer/anything warmer than this weather right now. I woke up today- pumped to make a smoothie bowl, I walk outside and its hailing/snowing (honestly I'm not even sure at this point). I proceeded to make this dang smoothie bowl anyways. Cause Imma rebel like that.
Whoever started the smoothie bowl trend- I not-so-secretly totally love them.
I mean, I know it is essentially a smoothie. BUT, come on! It's just so much prettier and more fun to eat it with a spoon.
Plus you can get toppings in every bite this way! Don't even try to tell me that you can do that with a regular ol' smoothie.
You can't, mmk?
Don't discount chia seeds on here until you try it- they have fiber, protein and tons of other nutrients! Give them a try.
Guys- I've been reading a lot of stuff online of people knocking smoothies (that they are full of calories and sugar).... well they can be unhealthy if you make them that way! Avoid added sugar if you can- they are much healthier that way and can still taste delicious.
Obviously its still like way cold outside & even though I usually workout inside (aside from the occasional outdoor runs) I love having warm workout clothes!
1) I love to sweat during my workouts- its so detoxifying and I feel bad a when I sweat a ton (I'm a freak I know)
2) Whenever I hit the gym, its a MUST for me to have the proper gear while traveling (aka moving from the car to the gym or from the gym out to run errands) I am not going to freeze my butt of if I have to hit the grocery store on the way home
Ya feel me?
Nike has some AMAZING thermal leggings. They're all fuzzy on the inside and its so cozy. I'm obsessed. They've still got some stretch to them (which is a make or break for me) and I love the patterns.
I'm for sure a leggings kind of girl.
My other go to piece for cold weather is an athletic raincoat. Its fashionable enough that you can still wear it out and about & does a freaking good job of wicking away rain/snow/sweat and everything else in between.
I love this coat because not only is it practical, but it also fits so great! It's a little on the longer side and has elastic things around the waist and on the bottom- you can make it fit exactly how you like!
The final touch to any workout wear is a good pair of tennis shoes! I have a problem and buy way too many of those haha. I snagged these at Macys for $45! I think they're all sold out now but I'll put some links below to some similar ones. I generally love to have flexible shoes- you get support while still getting a 'bare foot' feel.
So about a year ago on social media, there was a girl (I think she may have been a blogger? Can't say for sure) who did a 30 day-gallon a day- challenge and loved it. She claimed that it really helped her feel better. Obviously I was like, 'HI, sign me up.' So I tried it. And it was really hard at first. And then my body adjusted to the amount of water (you have to pee like all the time at first). And I finished the challenge and was like, hey! I do feel better and I do look better (my skin took the best hit). And I was like I should do this always!
Then you start missing days here and there... and then you start missing more days than you get your challenge done. So here's to starting new! I'll be doing a 30 day gallon challenge starting today (January 12) and ending February 11. I would love it if you joined along with me!
Still not convinced that this much water is good for you? See some of my sources and references below....
"Water is a solvent. It dissolves other substances and carries nutrients and other material (such as blood cells) around the body, making it possible for every organ to do its job. You need water to:
"Drink more water than you need, and your healthy body simply shrugs its shoulders, so to speak, and urinates more copiously, and readjusts the water level. Its hard for a healthy person on a normal diet to drink himself or herself to death on water.
But if you don't get enough water, your body lets you know pretty quickly....
... The first sign is thirst, that unpleasant dryness in your mouth caused by the loss of water from cells in your gums, tongue and cheeks. The second sign is reduced urination. Reduced urination is a protective mechanism triggered by ADH (antidiuretic hormone). ADH helps your body conserve water rather than eliminate it."
Source: Nutrition for Dummies by Carol Ann Rinzler (4th edition, 2006)
Also, did anyone just start a new workout plan at the beginning of the year? Want to know what will help your performance?
You guessed it.
Similar to what I mentioned earlier, "Drinking plenty of fluids is important for bringing nutrients and oxygen to your cells and carrying toxins away from them."
Yeah, water will help bring essential nutrients to your muscles (during your workout and after your workout) that will help them perform at top capacity. Water will also help get out built up lactic acid (the stuff that contributes to muscle soreness) so that is a huge win for me!
Source: The Biggest Loser 6 weeks to a Healthier You by Cheryl Forberg, Melissa Roberson and Lisa Wheeler (2010)
After all that, I really hope you go out today, snag a gallon and get your water-drinking booty in gear! If you want to join the challenge, be sure to tag me on insta (eatglitterallday) and #glittergallonchallenge
First of all, I tried to make these photos as real and authentic as possible. If I've learned one thing about Tracy, its that she tries to incorporate authenticity into everything she does. So here ya go- the lighting is not perfect, the room is a mess (its the workout/spare room) and I didn't edit out any cellulite or 'fix' anything about my body. I had Skylor come and take pics of my actual workout, no posing here... its a legit workout.
But moving on.
At the beginning of the yea, Tracy (find her on insta @tracyandersonmethod) released that she was going to be putting on a 33 day challenge for her #tamily. She calls is the 'Got Your Back Girlfriend.' Essentially, everyone had to find a partner that they wanted to get to know better (or someone they already loved) and keep each other accountable. That's where the whole #gybg thing comes in. I was added to a whole group of women on insta and then I paired up with a cute gal named Justine. It has been SO fun to get to know her and to gain inspiration and support from her.
I've done Tracy Anderson stuff for a long time (I did her metamorphosis program before my wedding and I lost a ton of weight!). But up till now, I had never tried her Streaming workouts. What is this 'streaming' you ask?
Well, basically Tracy goes thru once per week and records herself teaching a master class (MC) or beginner class. You can access these videos on her website after you sign up with a subscription. These same videos stay up for a week and then get replaced with a new one each Wednesday (so you are always switching it up).
Personally, I enjoy streaming or TA Real Time so much more than the DVDs strictly because it feels like you are in a class with her. Its raw and real. I have always loved exercise classes at the gym and this has become my new favorite way to workout.
Her method truly is one of a kind. The way that she structures her workouts and her movements keeps your mind involved and forces you to focus on exactly what you are doing. It's hard in a way that I had never experienced before Tracy.
In addition to her mat or muscular structure work, she's also known for her cardio. Its dance-oriented and I seriously LOVE it. Always gets me sweating and always keeps my mind busy and concentrated (so you don't get bored).
If you decide that streaming isn't for you or is a little to pricey (which is where I am at... I could only afford one month of streaming so I chose to do it during the challenge) then try her DVDs! She has a ton of newer stuff on Amazon, which tends to be a little more user friendly if you've never worked out with her before. She also sells a ton of her DVDs on her website (found HERE). If you're interested in trying her out for a while, I'd suggest trying her meta program. Its a 90 day program that gives you a new mat workout every 10 days (its so nice to switch it up).
As always, I'd love to hear if you try Tracy out and what you think! I've become obsessed with way she teaches and I think you will too. Be sure to tag me on insta (eatglitterallday) if you try it out, or just check out my page to see a bunch of #gybg stuff :)
This post is gonna be a short little challenge- yay! Who doesn't love a good challenge?
I'm calling it the one plate challenge. Wanna know more? I know you're bursting at the seams :)
Making big changes in your diet and with your lifestyle can be really tough and very intimidating. It's difficult to do an entire 180- to go from junk food to health food can be a real doozy.
So here's my challenge... start with one perfect plate at a time. Just strive to make one meal everyday perfect! Its not too tough mentally. If you really feel like you're going to die if you don't give into a craving, you know you can have it at your next meal (it'll help you learn how to put off cravings and wait it out!)
Cravings are psychological- not physical. Remember that its all in your mind!
But anyways. Start with just one perfect meal a day for the next 21 days. You'll get a confidence boost from accomplishing a goal & you'll build a good habit.
Try to do the same meal each day (for me, breakfast is so much easier than the other meals to get perfect!) and next month you can add a different perfect meal and keep building up from there.
I know that this seems slow, or that you won't start losing weight with just this... but just remember that lifestyle changes are what really stick. Who cares if it takes you longer to lose weight or get healthy? As long as you get there, it doesn't matter! Work to make lifestyle changes- ones that you can continue forever! Just think about it- wouldn't you rather be in a situation where you aren't yo-yo dieting or gaining and then losing weight? I'm all around so much happier when I'm not on a diet. Its just nice mentally to be doing something that is maintainable rather than something super drastic. Lose the weight once while making lifestyle changes is 100% the best option.
I just always get those two mixed up... ya know? Haha. Jk.
I was feeling Mexican tonight so this soup was on my mind ALL. DAY. LONG. Like seriously.
But also... I know this post is way late, but life is still like WOAH. I'm feeling busy. And I've been busy figuring out this Tracy Anderson challenge that starts tomorrow. I am so so pumped. I'll be posting on insta and snap so make sure you're following along ;)
And back to the soup.
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe and you're going to love it so hard.
Don't forget to tag me in your pics if you make this thang.
I'm like the biggest sucker for ginger and/or molasses cookies. Like I LOVE THEM. So much.
And I'm not really into just totally cutting out everything when I 'diet.' I hate dieting so much. Even on a day 1 it makes me feel very deprived. So, in order to still eat yummies, I just try to bake healthier versions. You feel me? So here you go, a healthier and still mega delicious version of ginger cookies.
The only problem I am running into now is that I can't stop eating them LOL.
Recipe from Cooking Light Everyday Baking (found HERE)
Each cookie has about 62 calories.
Don't forget to tag your pics on insta! Let me know if you try this and how obsessed you are with them ;)
Can you guys believe that it is already 2016? The years seriously go faster and faster the older you get, it's so freaking crazy.
I'm sure everyone has been brainstorming about some of the things they want to work on this upcoming year.... I know I have. Some of my resolutions are health related, and some are not. Actually a lot of them aren't, but I will talk about the health related ones since it is a health blog after all.
When you are setting your own goals for this year, make sure you adhere to a couple of different/really important principles:
Now onto SMART. I'm sure you've heard this before but it stands for, "Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-sensitive." See below (click on the photo to go to the source of the image- I did not create this image. I just think its good info. Why fix something that ain't broke?)
A beneficial exercise when writing out your goals (yes, it does need to be written down- don't just keep it in your head!) is to go through each of the above qualifications. When you don't do that, it's just a wish, not a goal.
And just to end on a high and encouraging note....
I can't wait to see what the new year has in store!
I'm a college-grad, certified group fitness instructor and certified personal trainer looking to get my healthy to the next level. I hope you can find a little something here that will help you on your journey too.