Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Let me see you tootsie roll...

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We spent the weekend at my parents cabin soaking up the sun (when it was out) and spent time with the kids. It was nice and relaxing!

It is incredibly hard to stick to a diet though over holiday weekends- there are always lots of good eats around including sweets and such, which I am trying to avoid. I have no self-control. If something sugary and sweet appeals to my taste buds it is hard for me to stop. I have to force myself to stop eating even after I am full. It's not an easy thing to reel in. However, I have been able to keep it under control since June 5th. I have lost 7.3 lbs since that time by dieting and exercising. It feels to good to be losing! I hope I keep it up.

I have been going to Planet Fitness for the past couple of weeks. I have liked Planet Fitness since it moved in close to my house. There are a couple of things I have found though that puzzle me. For instance, why do they have tootsie rolls at the counter? Granted, tootsie rolls are not horribly bad for you since 2 small tootsies are 35 calories, 1 gram of fat and 10 grams of carbs. However, someone like me, for instance, would taste the chocolate and it would cause me to crave more sweets. I am sure there are other people out there like me, which made me wonder is this a strategic move by Planet Fitness to ensure people keep a membership? Or is this a clever way of making people feel empowered by saying no to the temptation? Or is it simply a low calorie treat to reward yourself after a good work-out? These are the thoughts that ran through my head at 5:40 am while working out on the elliptical machine. I will say though I do appreciate their "No judging" mantra. I don't think anyone at gyms should judge however, because I may not be fast and I may not have much endurance at this point, but I am doing more than I did before. And that matters. 



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

I am heading into my fourth week of healthy eating, and second week of working out. It is not easy. I have lost 4 pounds since June 5th, which isn't a huge loss but I will take it. It would be nice to see faster results, but it's a work in progress. I am way more conscious about what I eat and I have been going to the gym- a feat that I have been saying I would do for about 2 years. Getting up at 5 am sucks, but I feel good once I am there. I am monitor my calories with My Fitness Pal (add me so we can help each other! chelsea554) 

One hard thing for me is that I have been avoiding baking. It is hard to find healthy recipes. One that I came across on Pinterest was a recipe for Blueberry Muffins aka Power Muffins. They are yummy, low calorie breakfast food. I have been eating one before my workouts- I recommend trying them! It is nice to have something to quickly grab to get your metabolism going in the early morning.

This recipe makes 12-15 muffins, depending on how much you put in your muffin tin. 

Ingredients:
  • no-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats–quick or regular oats, plain
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces honey nonfat greek yogurt or 1 1/2 cups (Chobani)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or liners.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  4. Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a second bowl.
  5. Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely.
  6. Gently fold in blueberries.
  7. Spoon into muffin tins.
  8. Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes.


I entered all the ingredients into My Fitness Pal to get the nutrition facts:


Enjoy!!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

GoVoxBox

In May, I was fortunate enough to receive a UniVoxBox. Well, a couple weeks after I wrote that review I was lucky AGAIN and received a GoVoxBox. Honestly, this couldn't have come at a better time. I have been busting my butt trying maintain a healthier lifestyle and this gave me a little boost that I needed. Here are the products I received:


Lots of fun goodies!!


ProFoot Triad Orthotic Inserts and Pedi-Rock: I have received a lot of inserts to review, and honestly I have never been a huge fan. I have wide feet and the inserts are never made for those of us with wide feet. These definitely provide cushion, but I don't use them. The Pedi-Egg works great to smooth the heel of your feet. I was surprised at how well it worked because it is very soft.
Value: Inserts $6.99, Pedi-Rock $7.49


The Vitamin Shoppe NextStep Shakes and Shaker Cup:
I absolutely LOVE the shaker cup- it does a great job mixing the shakes and it's easy to clean. The three flavors I received were: Chocolate, French Vanilla and Mixed Berries. I love the chocolate and french vanilla- both taste like shakes. If you like chocolate milk, you will LOVE the chocolate shake. The mixed berries wasn't my favorite to be honest. The other two made the shakes worth it to me though!
Retail Value: $1.78/pack, $7.99 for the cup



Blue Diamond Blueberry Oven Roasted Almonds: Honestly, these were not my favorite. I love almonds and I love blueberries but together, it was a bit much. I didn't find the blueberry flavor to be too overwhelming, however I am pretty picky when it comes to how I eat blueberries. These were very crunchy and I can see them being a good, healthy snack. I am interested in trying other flavors from this brand. Retail Value: $2.99

Aqua Spa Body Creme: Lavendar & Chamomile
This body creme smells soooooo good!! I haven't used it much yet, mostly because I keep forgetting to (I left it out in the kitchen to remind me to write this blog entry!!) I highly recommend using this- it makes your skin feel soft and smell great. 
Retail Value: $7.99 



Playtex Sport Tampons
Sooo, Influenster must have had an overabundance of these tampons cause I received a box in my UniBox as well. My opinion hasn't changed, so here is my review from last time: Anyways, tampons are tampons- Playtex has always been my choice brand and as usual, deliver a quality product. I'm not super sporty so I can't tell you whether or not these give you more protection when you are running around playing sports. 
Retail Value: $6.99

Did you receive a GoVoxBox? What did you think of the products?

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