My Secret Weapon

BIC BANDS!

I know, I know, they are just headbands right? SO WRONG!

I heard about these amazing headbands when I took an Xtend Barre workout with my stepmom a few weeks ago.  The magic of them is that they never slip!  Seriously, EVER. They have a velvet lining that keeps them on!  Not only are these headbands just so handy for workouts, but they are sold by a pretty inspiring company.

BIC stands for “Because I Can” and they were created for a run with Team in Training.  Each month they choose a new charity to donate some of their proceeds to.  This month, $1 from each sale will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  So go buy some  😉

My stepmom sent me a few, and they have a ton of designs to choose from!  I’m coming up with a challenge for the new year, and am hoping to include some BIC Bands in the prize because I just love their message!

I also have been going a little pancake crazy lately.  I always forget how they can fit perfectly with my macros and still taste delicious!  Here’s a carb-free recipe that I’ve been loving.

Almond Pancakes

1/4 cup almond flour (make your own! Just grind almonds in a food processor)

1 tsp baking powder

4 egg whites

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)

  1. Heat a small pan on medium heat.
  2. Combine the almond flour and baking powder together.
  3. Whisk the egg whites and extracts.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  5. Cook like regular pancakes! Flipping when the top is fully covered with little bubbles.
  6. Top with protein powder frosting (pp powder and water) or a little greek yogurt!

Procrastination is okay if you’re working out right?

Those moments when you’d rather do anything than homework…for me, anything includes lifting, running, stretching, cooking, or eating:)

That’s right about now for me.  I killed my shoulders and abs today, but would do anything to ditch this paper and go for a run!  I haven’t been able to run for a few weeks because I hurt my foot (and because I’m trying to keep my hard earned muscle, not burn it), but am missing it so much.  My runs have been replaced with stairs and speed walking on an incline, woo.

So even though my cardio work at the gym isn’t the most fun, I’m actually enjoying my work in the kitchen.  We all know that the kitchen is where the hardest work goes down.  Sure, I’d love to be able to bench a couple of plates, but I’d much rather have the lifelong strength to PUT DOWN THE COOKIES! So far, I’ve been doing pretty well with it:)  It’s a been a whole week without cheats and I feel awesome.  I love how great eating clean can make you feel.

I’ve been inhaling chicken, brown rice, steamed, veggies, protein powder, and cottage cheese like no other.  Seriously though, I went through 5lbs of chicken this week.  I’m pretty sure that I’m very close to turning in to a chicken, just waiting for that first cluck.  Since I have been trying to spice up my standard diet, I’ve got a new recipe for you!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Shake

-1/2 cup cold coffee

-splash of almond milk

-1 tsp. pumpkin spice

-1 drop of liquid stevia or 1 packet of stevia in the raw

-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

  1. Add ice and blend:)

**If you want to make this a meal on the go, add some pureed pumpkin!

What is one type of exercise that you hope you’ll never have to stop doing?

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Rainy Days Don’t Have to Be Lazy Days!

All I want right now is a cookie.

You know those days that are rainy and cold and make you want to stay inside to watch a movie?  Yesterday was one of those days. Unfortunately living in San Francisco, it is almost always rainy and cold.  So I want to have lazy movie days way too often!  I already got my workout done this morning, but it was killer (I could barely walk out of the gym) so I am just dead tired right now and have no motivation to do anything…which is includes eating clean.

Movie days always include little extras that never seem to add up in our minds.  Hot chocolate to start the day off, popcorn with the movie, baking cookies when you realize you don’t really like the movie you chose, candy to fend off the mid-afternoon nap, wine to make you feel somewhat civilized because your couch has a permanent indent from your a$$.  It’s a seemingly safe activity that can go so wrong, so fast!

Now I’m not suggesting that you give up having a rest day, but I do have some ideas for cleaning it up a bit:)

  1. Get your workout done early in the morning because you’ll be more inclined to skip it if it’s later in the day.  Head to the gym or do some yoga at home if it’s rainy.
  2. Netflix!! The impulse purchase section at BlockBuster isn’t really an issue anymore (Baby Bottle Pops anyone?), but even heading to the nearest Red Box can take you dangerously close to the snack aisle where you’re probably going to make some bad decisions.
  3. Don’t skip meals! Having all of your meals ready for the day will keep you from grazing on sugary snacks all day.
  4. Choose air-popped, plain popcorn and add spices such as: chili powder, garlic powder, rosemary, or cocoa powder.  Try pizza popcorn to mix it up! 1 Tbs oregano, 1/2 Tbs basil, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp fennel, 1tsp thyme, and some red pepper.
  5. Ditch the hot chocolate for some chai or peppermint tea.  They both have a little bit of holiday in them, and aren’t loaded with sugar or empty calories.
  6. Stretch! Use the time that you’re just sitting there to do some good for your body!  Whether it’s a full stretching routine or your just reach for your toes every few minutes, you’re working those muscles.

I hope you all enjoy the beginning of the cold and rainy winter season:)  I can’t wait for the holidays (I’m a bit of a Christmas freak) and am excited to show you how clean it can be!  Help me out though:

what Christmas treats would you like to see cleaned up?

Also, I’m working on putting together a contest for December! Look forward to that:)

Happy “No”vember!

Let’s start this month off right!  I have a little challenge for you…

That’s right, I don’t want your crap!  We’re going to make this month our b*tch!  I know everyone waits for the New Year to set their fitness goals and (maybe) start them, but there is no time like the present right?  Let’s get skanky-new-year’s-club-dress-ready together:)  I’d love to make this an official challenge and offer prizes, but I need a little more feedback from y’all first!  Leave me a comment on this post, on Facebook (BBBHealthy), Twitter, or send me a message if you want to see some sort of contest evolve.  I know that some of you are working really hard to reach your goals and I want to reward you for that!

This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Exercise & Nutrition Works Fast Start to Success Workshop hosted by Lucho and Lisa Crisalle.  They are two incredibly inspiring fitness experts with over 20 years experience in this industry.  I’m currently studying to become a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist through their certification program, and this weekend enhanced my knowledge of how to build up my business!  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to take on some clients and change lives through their meal plans.  I’ll be taking body fat and designing plans like I was born to do it:)

Today, I volunteered to be the case study for the meal plan software demonstration.  Which means I had to get up and get my body fat tested in front of everyone!  I admit, it wasn’t the best experience.  I haven’t been as 100% as I aim to be, and a lot of personal things in my life have set me back.  So it was a bit of a wake up call when I found out that I need to get rid of 15% body fat to be where I want to be!

My new toy!

So now I am heading home SUPER MOTIVATED and ready to stay on track!

Not only did I get to spend the weekend meeting new people and learning from Lucho and Lisa, but I also got to speak with Lisa about competing.  She is an inspiration and started competing later in life, and was extremely successful!  One thing that really made an impression on me was how much support she had.  It made me realize that I need that if I want to reach my goals, I need the support of those close to me.  So this is my request to all of my friends and family reading this (should be everyone right?):

Please,

-support my healthy and fit lifestyle

-encourage me

-don’t ask me to “cheat” with alcohol or food

-keep judgment to yourself when I bring my own food everywhere

-respect my goals (I am NOT going to look manly!!!)

I can’t do this without the support of those whose opinions mean the most to me.  I’m serious about this lifestyle and, someday, competing.  I hope to do that sooner or later, so I want to stay on track:)

Thank you and have a great week!