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Yea I finally did it…Zumba

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After getting so much feedback on the Zumba trend from readers, bloggers, and Facebook followers, I finally decided to try it with a little push from a friend. So being a beginner is super weird, everyone in the class knew what they were doing and seemed very advanced, and the instructor wasn’t really instructing as much as just…well…dancing. After looking at myself in the mirror mortified at least 100 times, because I dont know of you have ever seen someone with long arms and long legs try to dance..but its really odd looking and very uncoordinated…I decided to stop looking and just get into it. It was fun once I got in to it. I certainly look very far from sexy like the girls in the commercials for the Zumba DVD’s but it can be a great mind release to just look like an idiot for a while.

 

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And I am not going to give up, even though I look like the wacky inflatable arm flailing tube man from that Family Guy episode. I am going again tomorrow morning so I will keep you all posted on my progress and promise to take pictures, which we all know I suck at.

 

Also I got my first BirchBox (which I am very stoked about) so of course in my brand new Beauty section I will start to review products, so, stay tuned for that. And it will be Friday before you know it too, so Ill be back to my Friday Foodie normalcy then as well. I hope to write about my travels a little more as well, but I actually got/have been very sick since my last trip and will be visiting a gastro-specialist sometime soon about it, I think writing through this process will help many people so I plan to do so.

 

Happy eats and exercise!

J

 

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Yes, I listen to classical music

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While I’m sitting here in the airport in Atlanta listening to classical music with a little boy watching me type this on my iPhone, I thought to myself don’t forget to share your travel food experiences with your followers. I feel like all of my readers have inspired me so much that I’ve become so dedicated to writing promised entries. I even find myself thinking that in the utter chaos of a lady just spilling her drink in front of me, a small boy pulling on the back of my chair and his dad walking back and forth in front of me so close he almost touches me, and not to forget the frustration of trying to write this on an iPhone which changes every word on me, I say to myself what kind of example would I be especially in the blogging world if I sweat the small things in anger or don’t practice what I preach here . I mean clearly everyone knows that stress is not healthy.

Anyways, moving past the rant….

What I really want to share is some travel tips for gluten free eaters.

1. Find a Cibo express at the airport you can find dried fruit, healthy waters , dairy free chocolate if you want a pick me up, and gluten free and dairy fee bars I discovered Pure brand bars here.

2. If you cannot find a Cibo find a Starbucks and not for the coffee(don’t over-do Starbucks on trips because the drinks you will want are calorie filled and sugar loaded and you will end up doing more damage than good) but for Kind bars or Two moms which is a great brand of gluten fee, dairy free raw bars.

3. Don’t drink Naked brand juices these things look healthy but just take one look at the sugar and you will put it down

4. Ask at restaurants , there is hidden premixed flour in a lot of foods

5. Drink as much water as you can!

6. Get some emergenC you will lesson your chances of getting sick

7. Try not to stress, meditate!

Those are my travel suggestions right now. Have any of your own share them with us!

Friday Foodie- All things summer!

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Summer is just around the corner so if your family is like mine that typically means; cook outs, barbecues, potato salads, pasta salads, ice cream and you know all those fabulous tasting carbs.

I think the key thing to remember is moderation!! You can enjoy those fattening foods once in a while in a small portion! You certainly don’t want to deprive yourself of your favorite foods but you don’t want to indulge every week! I’ve designed a few menu items to bring along with you that are healthy and fun for summer time! Your friends and family will surely be impressed with the flavor packed punch!

 

These are actually protein bars that are mistaken for desserts!

(this you can add any of your favorites or leave out what you don’t like, it’s a fool proof recipe)

1 cup natural Natural Peanut Butter (creamy or smooth)

For those who have a peanut allergy I suggest almond butter

1 cup Honey or light agave nectar

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats

1 cup diced Apricots or any dried fruit

1 cup sliced Almonds or walnuts

3 scoops chocolate Protein Powder

¼ Cup Coconut

Cinnamon

Directions:

1) In medium size pot, heat Honey & Peanut Butter on stove on medium heat until texture is runny.

2) Mix in Apricots, Nuts, Oatmeal, & Protein Powder

3) Stir until all ingredients are well coated

Fold in coconut

4) Grease a 9″x9″ pan with fat free non-stick spray

5) Press in ingredients evenly

6) Cool in fridge for at least 45 minutes

7) Slice & wrap individual bars in foil or plastic wrap

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Burgers:

If you’re like me I love myself a good burger on the grill. Let’s take this with a different approach

2 Lb Turkey

Crumbled Goats Cheese

Caramelize onions (1 Large onion) cook ahead and let come to room temperature before assembling burgers

Salt, pepper, garlic powder and rosemary

Mix all of this in a bowl and shape into 4 oz patties.

Grill and serve wrapped in a leaf of iceberg lettuce! Yum!
I hope you’ve enjoyed a few of my summer recipes! I’ll be back for more!
Enjoy the lovely weather

Xoxo

Angela

7 Ways to Make Fitness Fun

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7 Ways to Make Fitness Fun

By: Alisha Cutter

There are several tips that a person can use to make their fitness routine more fun, but here are my favorite seven!

1. Enjoy Being Outside
This is simple, because there are plenty of trails and paths all over the place that a person could run or walk on. The better the person’s scenery is, the more likely than are to enjoy their exercise. A person could also work in their garden for a few hours. They would probably be surprised to see how many calories they could burn by just planting some flowers or tomatoes.

2. Exercise Socially

Invite a friend (or a few) to come and exercise with you. This is a great idea, because you’ll likely be too distracted by the fun you’ll have chatting to notice that you’re exercising and burning calories in the process.

3. Use Music
Cranking up your favorite music is really going to get you up and moving around. Studies have shown that music provides a sort of adrenaline, and often results in exercising more than you thought you would. Furthermore, time goes by a lot more quickly when you are listening to your favorite tunes!

4. Set Goals
Once you have met a certain goal, reward yourself. This will allow you to set even more goals and you are probably going to lose a lot more weight this way. As long as a person stays focused on their goal, then they can reward themselves with whatever that they want to. Though there’s nothing wrong with the occasional oral indulgence, you should probably stick to rewarding yourself with a new outfit or a weekend getaway.

5. Involve Loved Ones
There are a lot of different you can do with your family that will help you to lose weight, whether you are inside of the house or outside in the yard. Some of these include basketball, volleyball, badminton, and horseshoes. Indoor activities include ping pong, air hockey, billiards, and many other types of games that the whole family will enjoy.

6. Get a Pet
Having a pet is a great way to exercise and can also help you forget what you’re doing! As long as you have a little buddy with you, stopping to take a breather will be much more enjoyable, as will going for longer walks or runs. You don’t want to let them down, do ya? They can also be helpful if something were to happen, like if you tripped and fell.

7. Train For a Race
Knowing you’ll have to perform is a great motivator. Often, people complain that they have nothing to work towards, so they have no reason to go to the gym. Well, knowing that people will watch you finish a 5k is a great way to make sure you stay on track. Sign up with a friend, so that you won’t let them down on the big day!

 

Alisha Cutter writes about fitness, saving money & frequenting www.homeequityloan.net

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There’s me getting my makeup done at a modeling gig for WellWed Magazine!

My body is evolving in Evolve Fit Wear!

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So here we are, I finally have enough time to tell you how much I adore my new clothes and the company Evolve Fit Wear. First let me tell you that I have had the most pleasant experience with this company throughout the whole order to receiving process. They have a great selection, make it easy to order, sent me my gear in practically 1-day, follow-up with you, and then to top it all off they sent a hand-written letter thanking me for my purchase (and gave me a yoga stick-figure cartoon greeting card, to pass along a hand-written letter to someone else). If that doesn’t scream ‘these people are cool’ at you, I don’t know what will.

My clothes:

Alo Sport-Split Strap Tank

This tank fits true to size and is very cute with a lot of support, unless like me you put an iPhone in your shirt which tends to weigh things down. (Something is telling me I need an arm-band holder for my phone) The stretch fabric is thick so it wont cling to any place you wouldn’t want it to which I really enjoy, and you can’t tell from the picture, but the blue strap looks like ribbon and crosses over to  the back which is a great feminine touch for us girly gym-goers. The back is my favorite part because it scoops at the bottom and it the perfect length for tall people like me (I cannot stand when my shirts are too short) ,and it has a little section of pale blue mesh where the straps join. This shirt is comfortable, the straps are just right (they don’t bug you when your lifting or running) and it is flattering. It comes in pink and black as well.

OmGirl Nomad Pants

These yoga pants are literally my favorite product right now, and I have a lot of clothes. I feel like I have been wearing them since I got them. These will become your wear everywhere pants (they are great for airport days, yoga days, lounge days, work days, heavy workout days). The are the perfect length for my tall friends, and they are extremely slimming because they are tighter around the thighs to the knees and branch out to a wide length pant. The fold over band is the best part because you can wear it at any length you like, and it can go down almost to the knees. These pants make OmGirl my new favorite brand (and the fact that there are at least 10 other products from their line  I currently want).

As you can see I am a happy camper in my new gear! ( Pardon my horrible smile, I swear I was a model haha!) Be sure to go and check out Evolve at www.evolvefitwear.com and friend them on Facebook, they are great FB friends and really push to make a connection with their customers, and you all know how important it is to me that we all support one another (because I know I’ve mentioned it at least 10-15 times already).

Please leave me some feedback/ comments

Happy Tuesday!

Fit Is Truely Always In, SFTF guest blogger Lindsay

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ImageHi, my name is Lindsay and I blog over at Fit Is Always In. I’m excited to be doing a guest post for JLynn, since Skinny Fat to Fit is one of the blogs I’ve been following since I got into healthy living blogging as a way to add balance to my life. One of the topics I write about often are health-ified recipes, using less commonly known but healthier ingredients. I am known at work as the girl “who eats that weird food,” but I often make converts. I do a Favorite Food Friday semi-weekly, where I dedicate a post to a product or food staple I absolutely love and can’t leave the grocery store without, as well as recipes a few times a week.

I try to get a lot of protein in my diet, as I tend to feel mentally clearer and more energetic when I’m not overdoing carbohydrates. The caveat? I am not very good at cooking meat. And by not very good, I mean absolutely terrible. I will turn your chicken into something that can probably be used a shoe sole. I date guys just so I can bring over 2 pounds of meat and have them grill it for me (I’m kidding. Kind of…). Since I’m currently single, this means I use eggs and Greek yogurt for most of my protein. The upside to my meat-challenged life? I’m a breakfast genius. Oatmeal, pancakes, egg bakes, French toast, muffins,  if you typically eat it in the morning, I can probably health-ify it into something that tastes just a good.

My power ingredient right now? Coconut flour. This stuff is amazing, and I use it almost every day. The nutrition comes in at 1.5 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates (6 of which is from fiber), and 2 from protein. The serving is two tablespoons, but coconut flour is so absorbent that it expands from whatever liquid you’re mixing it with. My favorite pancake recipe uses a mere 2 tablespoons and yields about 12 silver dollar pancakes. If you’re looking for a way to bump up your protein at breakfast, and stay satiated until lunch, this basic pancake recipe is for you. I have done several variations, which I’ll share at the end with ingredient specific instructions.

Lindsay’s Coconut Pancakes (makes 1 big serving)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons coconut flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 stevia packet

dash of cinnamon

½ cup egg whites

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

splash of vanilla

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, baking soda, stevia, and cinnamon together until blended.
  2. Add egg whites and stir until well mixed, lumps should be minimal.
  3. Add almond milk and vanilla, mix until smooth.
  4. In a pan coated with non-stick cooking spray, heat to medium. Spoon out batter to make pancakes that are about 3-4 inches in diameter.
  5. Wait for bubbles to start popping up on the top before flipping. You’ll want to flip earlier but don’t – these are a bit more fragile that you’re usual whole wheat pancake affair, and you want the bottom to be well cooked before you get your spatula involved.
  6. Let other side cook for 30-45 seconds and transfer to a plate. Keep the plate in an oven kept on warm until you’ve repeated steps 4-6 on all of the batter.
  7. Top with syrup, PB 2, my chocolate PB 2 sauce (see below), whip cream, greek yogurt, fruit, applesauce – your pantry is the limit.
  8. Enjoy. If you have friends around, hopefully you tripled this recipe. If you didn’t go eat it in the closet.

 

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Variations

Banana

I started out making the basic pancakes, but soon got creative. My sister had a craving for a peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwich one night. Since I don’t keep bread in my house, I offered to make her the pancake version instead. You’ll need bananas, peanut butter (I use PB 2), and honey. Slice the banana and place 3 slices on each pancake right after you spoon the batter into the pan. The bananas will caramelize when you flip them – this is my favorite breakfast (ok, maybe lunch…ok, maybe dinner too) on a cold spring night. After you’ve made all the pancakes, drizzle with PB2 and honey. Eat while reminiscing about your childhood.

Pumpkin

These are a fall morning staple. When you’re making the batter, add ¼ cup pumpkin (and maybe a touch of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice) instead of the almond milk and mix well. Add a few splashes of almond milk if the mixture is still too thick. This tastes great with maple syrup, apples, or crushed walnuts/pecans on top. It would probably also be awesome with cream cheese frosting if you don’t believe in trans fats.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

I make this sauce with unsweetened cocoa and PB 2. Mix 2 tbsp dry PB 2 with ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa. Add 1 stevia packet and slowly add a little water at a time (you don’t want it too runny). I’ve added a bit of vanilla whey protein when I’ve underestimated how much water I added. Drizzle over the pancakes. Especially good with whipped cream on top.

So how does this stack (haha, I made a pancake pun) up nutrition wise?

For the basic pancake recipe:

Total: 140 calories (carbohydrates: 11 grams protein: 19 grams fat: 2.0 grams)

I hope you enjoy these, and that JLynn is eating something equally delicious in San Francisco right now! Check out Fit Is Always In for more delicious recipes and fitness.

Fridays Fitness-Fitness Knows No Limits

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For this weeks Friday Foodie, I decided to shake it up and not talk about food. Lets focus on fitness, from a girl who clearly knows what she is doing. Heidi knows no limits. Her blog Fitness Knows No Limits inspires viewers within a few second of seeing her landing page.  You are greeted with the words” Eat clean. Train mean. Become Limitless. Because it’s never to late to become what you might have been.” Who wouldn’t be inspired? This makes me want to get in the gym with full force and fearlessly training like a guy! The pure genius of this blog great for fitness information on every topic under the moon, and how-to’s make Fitness Knows No Limits my Friday spot.

Lets learn more about it from Heidi herself.

Tell me about yourself:

I myself have gone from 267 lbs to 148 lbs. I was fit all my life, right up until I started having babies… that seemed to really throw things off for me. Now that I am done having children, I am once again serious about my health and fitness and strive to teach my family to be the same way.

So now I am an aspiring fitness guru who wants to touch the lives of all those around me in a positive and uplifting way. I want to help others accomplish their weight, health and overall fitness goals because, I truly do believe, “It is never too late to become what you might have been.”.

I find all aspects of health and fitness interesting, from holistic medicine to body building; I find it all fascinating and love studying it. I am a firm believer in creating a healthy body through hard work, dedication, exercise and eating clean; no tricks involved, no fad diets, weight loss pills and/or starving yourself. I am a strong believer in ‘The Law of Attraction‘ and believe we attract what it is we focus our energy on. I like to stay positive about my body and the goals I set out to achieve and would like to help others do the same.

Best workout/ exercise routine:

My best routine is always changing to keep up with what I need most. Right now it is the following: http://fitnessknowsnolimits.com/2012/04/04/my-new-workout-routine/.My favorite exercises are dead-lifts, squats, and lunges. I am always working on sculpting my legs and backside! That is the last place to lean out for me so I have to work extra hard in that area.
  

Best ways to restart your exercise program if you fall off the horse/ how to not fall of the horse?

 The best way to not fall of the horse is to just keep going no matter how pointless it may feel. Most people quit earlier on in their diet and exercise changes because they don’t feel they are seeing results fast enough when really if they just kept going a little while longer they would reap the rewards in full and that in and of itself is inspiring to not fall of the horse, (again). Like so many of those inspirational fitness posters say, ‘If you are sick of starting over… stop quitting’.  

Another way to not fall off the horse is to always switch up your routine to help keep you excited about what you are doing, and if you really hate spin classes then don’t go to them just because your friends do or you were told they are awesome. When you force yourself to do exercises you don’t enjoy then you are making your workout a stressor instead of a healthy, happy, motivating habit.

Words on how to stay motivated…

I love quotes! A good quote can be so uplifting so I have a collection of quotes to keep my motivated. Here are some favorites:
 
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

“It will hurt.
It will take time.
It will require dedication.
It will require willpower.
You will need to make healthy decisions.
It requires sacrifice.
You will need to push your body to its max.
There will be temptation.
But, I promise you, when you reach your goal,its WORTH IT. ”

For more quotes see her ‘Quotes to keep me going’ page

Final inspiration for my readers:

In the words of Lady Gaga, “If I could for a moment just inspire you to love yourself, that would be worth everything.”. Learn to love yourself no matter what stage your body is at. Learning to love and respect yourself is the most important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  If I can help just one person see what it is I see in them, then I have done what I set out to do in the world.

I hope you all enjoyed hearing from Heidi I know I did and certainly appreciate her being in the blogosphere. So many of you are inspirations as well, if you have a story feel free to contact me and I might just put you in one of my Friday spots to share your story with many more.

Also, this is my last post before signing off for San Fran ( contact me with any places you want to see me visit if you didn’t see my post). We will have a guest blogger during next week. Stay tuned to hear from Lindsay( http://fitisalwaysin.wordpress.com/) who will be sharing some recipes with you. I promise to take lots of pictures while I am away.I may even where a hat while doing so like said photo…

Happy Friday!

San Fransisco trip ( guest writers?)

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Good morning all,

I am heading to San Fransisco on Sunday morning and will be there through to next week. I will be blogging during my foodie experiences but I don’t know how often, and that’s where you guys come in. I wanted to open my blog up for guest submissions from other writers during this time because I will probably be doing :

This,

this,and this.

If your interested please contact me. I would also really enjoy suggestions from fellow foodie bloggers on where to eat while I’m there because I would much rather visit your finds that I know will be serving great food.

Giving smiles

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Its my turn to give a smile, here are my winners for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’

1. Laura at cooktolove.com

When I found Laura’s blog I knew it was one I would look at frequently, this girl has great photos great recipes and clearly loves what she does and stands passionately for her cause. She does 100% vegan and gluten-free food that is good for you and it is a great resource for people with celiacs.

2. Socially fit Blog sociallyfitblog.wordpress.com

Socially fit is a great organization that cares about the people behind the blogs. They show support and really desire to create that homey network of friends through the outlet of fitness blogging.

3. Cooking with Jeff and Cristina cookingwithjeffandcristina.wordpress.com

What a great team these two make. This blog has a great layout and beautiful appealing photos. I enjoy seeing where they are going to be and what they will be eating. Cristina is a great blogger who also cares to reach out to others and we have also had similar walks of life including our visits to Florence and times in NYC.

4. The Ranting Chef rantingchef.com

Another blogger who reached out to me early on. There are regular posts nearly everyday and a ton of recipes. It is a great resource for ideas and inspiration.

5.  Heidi at fitnessknowsnolimits.com

She is the definition of a strong women. She has a family and still kicks butt in the gym. This blog has great workouts that anyone can do. I love it!

Now you guys get to write 5 random facts about yourselves, and award this to others who you enjoy.

Thanks for having great blogs!