Monday, April 14, 2014

Where have I been?

Hi!  I hope you are doing well.  As you may have noticed, I took a couple of weeks off from blogging.  It was partially Google's fault, but who's counting...  It is a long boring story, it all worked out in the end and I am now able to log in to my account!  YAY!

Thank you for stopping by and showing my humble blog some love. 

What I have been up to lately?...

I had a couple of family things to take care of and spent our spring break getting to know Colorado with my hubby and son.  I did enjoy the time off, it allowed me to concentrate more in school and find a few fun activities and workout places in my area.

Although it is a bit chilli out today, it is finally Spring here in Colorado you guys, YAY!  

During warmer weather my body craves fresh produce and cold drinks.  Lately, for breakfast I have been enjoying fresh fruit, overnight oats and eggs.
 We are all mango lovers here, oooh, I found a mango slicer at my local Safeway as per your suggestions on Instagram.  Thanks you!
Workouts:  Ok!  So a couple of weeks back I shared my experience with my first workout at FBX.  Unfortunately, last week was my last one there.  I was only attending the cardio portion of their program as they use bands for their strength training which are proven to be effective.  However, I very much dislike working out with bands

Do what you love!!!  
 FBX is essentially a weight loss program.  They set you up for 10 weeks with a meal plan and a coach.  At the end of those 10 weeks, they do their version of the "biggest looser" competition and whoever looses the most body fat wins $1,000.  The 10 week program is then followed by a 3 week "open gym concept" break for a month, then another 10 week program starts all over again.

I will not be joining FBX.  To be honest, I was just looking for a place to do a fun cardio class.  Also, I always had someone trying to convince me to join in with the words "if you sign up, you will loose SOOOO much weight" I mean "you'll be perfect by the end of the 10 weeks" lol.  

I would come in excited about the workout and leave feeling weird-ed out, because although I am happy with my body, I felt everyone in that room thought I needed to loose weight.   
Don't get me wrong, the instructors were great.  I met really nice people and will recommend their workouts to anyone.  Everyone in that building seemed to be a fan of the program because they have had success with it. I enjoyed the workouts so much and wish I could go back just for the workouts, not for the 10 week program.

Moving on...

Spartan Race:  A while back I was approached by a group of ladies at my community gym who asked if I would join their Spartan Race team.  To be honest, I had not idea what it was, so I decided to go on YouTube to check it out...
 OMG, looks like the hardest obstacle race EVER! 

I have never done anything like this, but a race with obstacles as crazy as this one looks may just be the one race for me.  I love a challenge so why not give it the world, right?

But before "I say yes to the race", I needed to have a taste of what this competition was all about so...
( I was jogging when I took this
This fun but challenging boot-camp was put together by Pam Rushing, a personal trainer here in the area.  The boot-camp is ran by April Dee and Isaiah Vidal who are both Spartan Race-Elites.  Needless to say, the boot-camp was brutal.  Holy shoot you guys!  I do consider myself to be strong and fit, but this boot camp was hands down the hardest workout I have ever done, and I only have 3 weeks to prepare for this race!  

The boot-camp is only being held until April 30th (the race is May 3 & 4) on Mondays and Wednesday.  I am not a quitter and will continue to attend the boot-camp.  Something I learned from that one day of boot-camp is that I need to really work on my running and balance.  I also learned that I can not do a morning workout on boot-camp days and that wearing gloves and a skin tight shirt are highly necessary.   

As far as actually doing the race, I will let you know in a couple of weeks.  I need to feel like I can at least finish the race, and at this moment I feel like 3 weeks will not be enough to get me ready for it.  
I will give this boot-camp my best though!

My go-to snack and lunch lately!
 Snack: Tazo tea with half of an EnjoyLife dark chocolate bar and dried figs.  I have been loving these chocolates so much.  I picked them up at my local Whole Foods Market.  These chocolates are gluten, nut, soy and dairy free and super duper delicious.
Lunch has consisted of my version of the good old Cobb Salad.  
Will share soon!

I have been sharing meals and photos on Instagram, check them out @ahealthier_fitterme.

Question: Have you done the Spartan Race, or know of someone who has? Any training tips?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dairy & Sugar Free Almond "Ice Cream" Pops

Hi guys!  I hope you are doing well.  I wanted to share my favorite dessert, as of lately.  This one is perfect for those hot summer nights ahead of us, or for those days you are craving a cold dessert but do not want to assault your calorie bank. 

 These are sugar and dairy free but still contain whole nutritious ingredients to help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals.  
Oh, and they are delicious too...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Vega Berry Pancakes & Farrell's Kickboxing Bag Class

Happy Monday!  I hope you are having a good start to your week. It is Spring Break for us and even though there is no need to get up at six in the morning this week, my day began at five in the morning with one thing in mind: Vega berry protein  pancakes... 
ME, hungry?? Shocking, I know!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Protein Berry Cobbler Featuring: #FlapJacked

Hi guys!  I hope you are having a good week so far!  My week has been a bit hectic with orthodontics appointment for my son and getting my house ready for my family who will be visiting from FL.  I am really looking forward to their arrival on Saturday.

Now enough chit-chat, I love pancakes for breakfast.  I do not know if you recall my infatuation with protein pancakes a while back specifically, with FlapJacked.

I was sold with the idea of the prepackaged protein pancake mix because it is so convenient, perfect for those who just do not have time in the morning to make pancakes from scratch.  The ingredients are excellent and the macros are also perfection.

 I loved this protein pancake mix so much that I even hosted a giveaway a few months ago. 

When it comes to my breakfast I tend to go through phases. Some weeks I am feeling savory and have the same savory breakfast the entire week and other weeks I enjoy a sweet fruity breakfast.  This week I have been loving the combo of both; savory and sweet.

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patty's Day Weekend, Shopping, Chest & Tricep Workout

Happy St. Patty's Day!  I hope this blog post finds you well.  Today started out with a busy but festive morning.  I made my son a green egg salad over toasts and a green lemonade for breakfast in honor of St. Patrick's Day. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Back to Basics: Healthy Waffles

TGIF!  Who's ready for the weekend?  Well, here is another reason to get excited about your weekend mornings...

 My Healthy Waffles!

 My adorable hubby gifted me a waffle maker for my birthday.  I was surprised by it because I have been eying them for sooooo long... I was thrilled to have received one and to know that hubby does pay attention, even when I think he does not .  Such a sweetie!

When it comes to most of my cooking lately, I find that simplicity is best.  I have been playing around with my waffle maker and wanted to share a basic and healthy waffle recipe with you.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Treadmill Pyramid Cardio Routine

Hola!  I hope you had a great weekend.  The weather in Colorado has been perfection lately.  I have made it my mission to enjoy it as much as possible.  My backyard has become my gym for the last couple of days and I have been loving every second of it.  

Today however, I hopped on the treadmill and halfway through my 15 minute usual HIIT routine, I stopped, and headed outside to finish the rest of my cardio for the day.  I finished this pyramid routine in 25 minutes.  
I also plan to do arms later... outside, of course ;o))

Is there anything  better than inhaling fresh air and exhaling all that carbon dioxide outdoors?
Hmmm, I don't think so... Oh wait, yes, chocolate and wine, TOGETHER!

Here's what I did: