Spring Break!!

So happy to report that my school week from hell is officially over and I’m on Spring Break! Unfortunately, I’ll be sticking around and not doing anything too exciting as I’ll still be working, but at least this gives me time to catch up on blogging and pleasure reading. This week I’ve decided to spend quite a bit of time researching on nutritional programs and schools. I am so excited to start that chapter in my life as a certified health coach.

Something that I have started to experience is criticism from others. Some people don’t understand why I have chosen this lifestyle, but what I wish is for the negative comments to cease. I don’t bash on people who I see eating a double cheeseburger from Burger King, so please don’t bash on me, or anyone, for choosing a healthier lifestyle.  I have come up with some reasons as to why people may be critical, but if there is any confusion about my eating/nutritional habits or if you have any other questions, please just ask me. I would love to explain first before you pass judgment.

On a lighter note ;) …I have found a new breakfast smoothie that I have been DYING to share with you all! I have to be honest and say that I’m always skeptical of my first taste of anything that I make. I come up with some pretty weird dishes/combinations sometimes. So after throwing all these ingredients together, I was kind of nervous of how this smoothie would taste. The first sip came and my 20 oz. smoothie was gone before I knew it! It’s by far my favorite concoction. I wish I could accurately tell you the amounts of each ingredient, but I just threw these ingredients into my 20 oz. cup and blended it. This means it might come out a tad bit differently the next time I make it.

Ingredients

Banana

Mango

Carrots

Mayan Blend (Cocoa, Pumpkin Seeds, Cashews, Quinoa, Oats)

Acai Powder

Whey Protein (Chocolate Peanut Butter)

Almond Milk

Water

Ice

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ImageThe taste and texture is what made this smoothie so great. It was very thick and I would have to chew a little bit because of the oats. I could also taste a lot of the chocolate flavor in it, which is another reason why it’s my favorite blend so far ;) .  I had a similar smoothie this morning but replaced the carrots with spinach and kale.  I wanted more vegetables in my drink and it still tasted just as good.

Fitness update: I have decided to drop the scale. I can’t base off what I read on the scale to determine where I should be at physically. Knowing me, I’ll probably get discouraged if I see my weight going up, but I know it’s due to the muscle build. On February 19th I calculated my body fat at the gym, and I’ll check it every month. I had 16.4% body fat last month, so I’m anxious to see what it will say in 8 days! I don’t have a goal percentage or weight. I’m just trying to keep as healthy as possible by eating right and working out regularly. I’ve been trying to post the work outs  I do on my Facebook Page (Healthy Indulgence) on the regular. If you’re interested in those updates go “LIKE” the page!

https://www.facebook.com/healthyindulgence13

I hope you all have a great week ahead of you. What will your workouts consist of this week? What are some of your favorite smoothie combinations?

Time To Catch Up

I feel like my life just got 10x crazier. It’s pretty routine but with the combination of school, work, working out, and always cooking, I feel like I hardly have any free time! What’s nice is that I have the next three days off from work, so I’m going to try to find some me time ;). On Sunday it’ll be 5 weeks since I’ve started eating clean and regularly working out. One thing that has completely surprised me in all of this is the fact that my taste buds are changing! Breakfast yesterday morning was whole grain rolled oats, almond milk, kiwi, and some blueberries (picture below), and I couldn’t even finish my kiwi. The natural sweetness of it was too much for my poor little taste buds to handle! Some would say that I’ve just become used to “bland” foods, but honestly, I’m loving the raw natural taste of most of my ingredients.

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This is my breakfast most mornings. Those are three different pictures from three different days. I love my oats! To mix it up, I throw different things on top like fruits, nuts, or seeds.

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I would like to briefly stress how important I think preparing food is. Before I started my new way of healthy eating, my coworkers and I would always order take out. Two downsides to that was that I was spending money like crazy and the foods I would order were definitely not the best for me health wise. Now, I’m preparing all of my food before work, which usually consists of both lunch and dinner. Does it take time? YES. Is it worth it? YES. I’m making healthier decisions and I know exactly what I’m putting in my body because I’m preparing it. As you can see, I don’t deprive myself of food. Eating clean allows me to eat a ton! Who doesn’t love that? My body is transforming before my eyes because of the healthier decisions I’ve made. It takes work, dedication, and commitment but it is so incredibly worth it. I love the way I feel inside and out more than ever. God is so good and I’m so thankful to Him for giving me this new passion.

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I’ve got two new gadgets! My product on the left is the Polar Ft40 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch. It tracks how many calories I’ve burned during any work out, calculates calories burned in fat, tracks my heart rate and time. This thing is no joke. I ordered mine off of Amazon because that was the cheapest way to go. My fun toy on the right is my new juicer! I am so excited to experiment and create tons of healthy juices. I’ve made one drink so far made up of 1 whole container of spinach, 1 apple, and 1 scoop of Whey Protein Powder. It was out of this world. Many more to come! Keep an eye out for a fitness update soon. Very exciting progress!