Feeling Frisky

Hello, lovelies!

I’ve had an unexpected break in the homework load, so I thought I’d post another update.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything (other than a recipe), let alone posted anything health-related. My bad. Do people still say that? I do sometimes. 90s kid 4eva! I’m just keeping it real.

Have you heard of Tone It Up? If you haven’t, you should check it out! Meet my trainers: Karena and Katrina. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Spring is in 31 days!!!!

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These ladies have changed my life. They are continually posting challenges, giveaways, and recipes to keep me motivated on my fitness journey. Plus, they have an awesome, FREE community you can join for extra motivation and support from women all over the world!

The next challenge is called #FriskyFall to countdown to Halloween! It’s 6 weeks of workout schedules, challenges, prize giveaways, recipes, and everything else you need to succeed in your fitness journey. I’ve already started my challenge.

Here are my goals for the next six weeks:

  1. Focus on appreciating and loving my body every day
  2. Focus on developing good posture
  3. Get my Bootycall (morning workout) done 4x a week
  4. Walk, run, bike, dance 100 miles by Halloween (#100byHalloween)
  5. Eat clean 80% of the time & drink tons of water
  6. Journal/check-in on Instagram & with my accountability partner every day

 

Will you join me in this challenge? What are your goals for the next six weeks?

The Shabby Cottage Home: Handmade Fall Decor

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Thanks for reading,

Jenn

Healthy Banana Split

Okay, so I HAVE to share this recipe from the Beach Babe edition from Tone It Up! I had it for breakfast this morning and it was so delicious!

Ingredients:
1 banana, peeled
1/4 plain fat free Greek yogurt
2 strawberries, sliced
1 Tbsp unsweetened carob chips

Directions:
1. Top banana with yogurt, strawberries, and carob chips.
2. DEVOUR

I mixed a teensy bit of vanilla extract & honey to my yogurt.

Carob chips are really similar to dark chocolate chips. They’re a clean, healthy alternative with a slightly different flavor, but still SO yummy! I found mine in the baking aisle at Sunflower Farmer’s Market.

I hope you ALL try this. I might just change my plans for dinner and have this again!

Thanks for reading!

A little update (& good news)!

The last time I posted was about 2 weeks ago about my frustrations with a 29-lb gain over the past year. Right after I posted that, I gained another pound. I was SO frustrated.

I was participating in Zumba classes about 5x a week and strength training about 2x a week. Since my schedule is kind of hectic working three jobs while finishing up my Associates degree, I decided mornings were probably a better time for getting in consistent strength training workouts. I’ve been doing well with getting up in the mornings to work out. I’m consistently getting up at 4:30am about 4 days a week now for 5am training and also doing a not-as-early 7am training on Saturdays.

It’s working.

I caught sight of my tummy in the mirror after Thanksgiving dinner & thought it looked tighter. On Thanksgiving. After dinner. (That still throws me for a loop.) That weekend, I found that I’d lost 3.3 lbs since my last weigh in!

Now here comes the great news!

I’d found Tone It Up a few months ago and I had been interested in trying their diet plan since day 1. I was glued to their free tips, tricks, workouts, and youtube channel (especially the “We Love Food Fridays” videos). It’s basically a clean eating lifestyle that also takes into account when you eat & what combination of foods you eat at certain times of the day. I had seen so many success stories tweeted by ladies who were on the plan. It inspired me. I really wanted it, but I knew we couldn’t afford it any time in the near future. When I saw they were running a Cyber Monday deal (including $50 of free gear), I tweeted that it was on my Christmas list. So as an early Christmas present, my mom bought me the Tone It Up Fat Burning System Diet Plan!

I started the initial 7 Day Slim Down yesterday, and so far I LOVE it! I’m eating 5 small meals a day & I’m eating really healthy, nutrient dense foods. It’s a lower caloric intake than I’m used to, so I’m still adjusting to feeling a little hungry occasionally, but other than that, I have no complaints!

In case you’re wondering, here’s what Day 1 looked like:
AM workout: cardio + core (45 min)
During AM workout: Zico pineapple coconut water
Breakfast: spinach, tomatoes, & mushrooms scrambled w/egg whites + coffee w/Truvia
Snack: grapefruit
Lunch: baby spinach & arugula salad mix w/chicken & balsamic vinegar + pear
Snack: Think Thin Brownie Crunch bar
Dinner: salmon w/mushrooms & kale chips
PM workout: walking (2.5 hrs)
Post-workout: plain Greek yogurt w/raspberries & Truvia

Like I said, I really really love it so far. I’m excited to see my results at the end of the week!