Simple Bar Cart Styling

My close friends and family know this, but my husband is all about finding a deal. The man is obsessed with saving a dollar. The thrill of the chase is real in our house for any golden nuggets to be found on Craig's List. He will haggle to the death and he has no problem walking away. It's truly funny, but I have to give it to P. He's found some treasures that now reside in our country cottage and this bar cart has to be ranked in the TOP 10. 

A couple months ago Pete found this Restoration Hardware bar cart on Craig's List. It was definitely listed for ~$1,000. The seller must have gotten tired of it, and agreed to sell at $425. P has no idea what Restoration Hardware is, but I did. We drove 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon to snag this piece and it was the perfect fit for the corner in our kitchen. 

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Of course I scoured Pinterest to get the wheels turning, but alas I'm in love! Granted, we need a restock on wine, but I"m very happy with how it turned out. I'll link as much as I can below! Most everything we purchased is from Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx and few wedding gifts. 

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The following were items I found at TJ Maxx:
-wood serving tray
-wooden farm fresh market "basket"
-faux plant

The red wine glasses are from Pottery Barn and were a wedding gift along with the decanter. Best of luck on your own bar cart styling adventure. I hope you has a much fun with it as I did. 

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My Cardio Playlist

It's been too long since my last post. Long story short. I took on extra work. It's been great, but my personal time has been cut short SIGNIFICANTLY. It's only for a season, so I'm rolling with it and thankful for the opportunity. 

I wanted to do a 2nd round of the 80 Day Program I completed earlier this year, but it wasn't working out with my schedule. I had to make a switch to a 30 minute program that's only 5 days a week. I start week 4 on Monday! Time is flying. 

I can't wait to update progress photos for y'all. There was a nutrition program that launched at the beginning of May and it's been a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. That might sound dramatic, but nutrition is a huge hurdle for a lot of people--me included! This program breaks down a lot of restrictions and rules and weirdly makes you feel super empowered. I've been seeing the scale go down and it feels freaking amazing! 

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Anyways, back to the point of this post. The program I'm doing right now is cardio based. I needed some new tunes to listen to. My sister is the music chick in the family. I find all my music nuggets from her so she helped me create a fun playlist. 

Just a warning, it's not for little ears, but I totally wanted to share! 

Did I mention I've been waking up at 4:15 am to get in my workouts?! Super early, but it's when I have the most energy.

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Enjoy y'all! I'll be back to regular posting as soon as I can to share some of my new favorite recipes! 

Have a great weekend! 

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Easy Work Day Meal Prep

Heeeeyyy! Quick update! Round 2 of 80 Day Obsession is going great! I'm on Day 10! You can see my results from the first round here!

There's also a new program I'm incorporating into my routine. It's NOT a fitness program, it's a nutrition program to help reshape your mindset and relationship with food! More details coming soon--promise!

I was in a rush yesterday trying to check off my to do list and made sure to lay out my meal prep for y'all! It definitely takes time to package everything up, but I have to keep it super simple. I hope this visual helps you!

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The only thing I cooked were the boiled eggs and my pre-workout meal (#4).  The rest was taking time to wash my fruit, cut it up, and measure everything for these snack packs. By the way, I LOVE these snack packs. They are shaped like squares, but all my fruit portions are 1 cup, and they fit perfectly! I was thrilled. My lunch box isn't huge, so I don't have the space for a lot of plastic containers. This works great for me! These in particular are Great Value brand from Walmart and the meal prep containers are from Amazon.

This doesn't include EVERYTHING  for the whole day, just what I need while I see my patients. I will have an additional post-workout meal with protein + a carb + a veggie.

I'll have a pre-workout drink and a post workout drink. BOTH of which I am obsessed with. If you want more info on the pre-workout drink I use, you can read more here. I'll add a post about my post-workout drink later. It tastes like yoohoo when mixed with ice water and I can make it taste like a dessert if I blend it with dark frozen cherries. It's a game changer. Anyways, back on track! Keep scrolling to see what I packed!

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Meals/Snacks:

1. blueberries + cashews

2.  boiled eggs x 2 + strawberries + carrots

3. spinach/arugula + chichen + unsalted sunflower seeds + grape tomatoes + black beans + balsamic dressing

4. chicken + yellow bell pepper + black beans/whole grain brown rice (I cooked this all together in a little olive oil with garlic powder, pepper, and himalayan pink salt. The chicken was precooked.)

5. boiled eggs x 2 (just in case hangry hits before I get home!)

I hope this gives you a few ideas! Remember to keep it simple if you're just starting to meal prep!

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My 80 Day Obsession Meal Plan: Week 1

I haven't had the best moment to take my 80 day photos from finishing up the first round of 80 Day Obsession. The very last workout fell on my birthday (4/14) AND four days later it was that time of the month. Needless to say, I wanted a donut and felt very bloated. I WILL be taking photos very soon, but today kicks off Round 2! 

I knew after the first 30 days (phase 1) of the program that I wanted to do another round. I wasn't starting the program in the best place physically, so I felt the first round of 80 Day Obsession was to kick my butt back into gear and force me to recommit. 

In the past week since finishing the first round and starting the second, I did "live a little" off the meal plan, but honestly--it wasn't that good. I had some pizza, a burrito, and ice-cream, but to be honest. It didn't satisfy me the way I'd imagined...AT ALL. My stomach hurt after and I didn't feel like I needed it. 

I felt at peace mapping out my meal plan for this week and submitting my grocery order. LOL. I know that sounds weird but, it feels really good to think, "I don't need that sh*t anymore.". 

I will be writing a blog post soon to share about the 80 Day Obsession Meal plan. Specifically the timed nutrition aspect of it. That was a new concept for me, but until then I wanted to share my meal plan with y'all for the first week. 

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Just to clarify. This is what I'll be eating, but not in the order I have it laid out. Timed nutrition has everything to do with what time you start and complete your workout for the day. For me that changes each day. I'll share more on that later, but to give you an idea of how the meal plan is laid out--here you go! 

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My 11 Week Fitness Progress

I'm stunned. I feel better than I've felt in two years. I've lost a lot of bloat, fluff and self doubt. I've been kicking my booty into shape. I workout 6 days a week for 30-60 minutes and sweat like crazy. 

I've been eating more food, more consistently than I was prior to starting this program, but the quality of foods I'm eating has changed. I'm thrilled with my results so far! 

My birthday is Saturday! I didn't realize the last workout of the entire program would fall ON my birthday. How crazy?! 

I've tossed and turned about whether I should indulge a little or stay strong so I can take OFFICIAL 80 Day photos. My husband bought my favorite bottle of wine and I really want a donut. lol. I'll keep you updated on what I decide. 

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I'm definitely having a donut soon though. The only debate is to go for it on my BDAY or wait an extra day or 2. We are headed to the mountains on Friday and the cabin we stay at has cedar plank walls. I'd prefer to keep the same gray background for consistency sake.

Some of you have already been asking what my post-80 day program plans are. 

I'm doing a second round starting April 23rd!!! I'd love for you to join with me! 

My goal is to get back to a lean 142 lbs. I know what a lean 142 lbs of muscle looks like on my body and that's what I want to get back to. 

I've got about a week gap from finishing up and starting the second round. I'll be doing a 5 day mini program in between and living life a little off the nutrition plan (aka there will be a little pizza involved). 

Starting a family IS in the back of my mind, and it was so important for me to get back into shape to feel confident if and when we're blessed to start that adventure. I also wanted to know I could lose the baby weight. I just needed to get back into the groove of making health and fitness part of my lifestyle again. 

I do have a fitness group starting the first Monday in May! Click the button above for more detail! I'd love to see you get results for yourself and feel AMAZING! It's 100% worth it!

Thanks so much for following along with my progress so far! I still plan to keep adding quick and easy recipes here along with updates on my fitness progress!  Happy Hump Day!!!!!

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Reid's Weight Loss Journey Begins


This is my sweet pea Reid. He has a very happy life, but we also want him to have a very long life. 

Our gentle giant has gained weight over the past two years. Since we’re making the extra effort to live a healthy lifestyle that includes this fur baby. 

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He’s getting daily walks and lots of outside time, but he LOVES food just like his mama. I’ve been reading this morning about different weight management foods and supplementing with green beans. 

Apparently dogs love them. Luckily one of my besties is a vet, so I’ll def be chatting with her today before we commit to anything.

I’ll keep y’all updated if we find something that works. If you have any success stories to share I’d love to hear them!

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Southwest Scramble

I literally just made that name up. lol. Again, nothing fancy, but this is one of my favorite pre-workout meals. It's fast and easy. Avocado would also be GREAT on top of this! 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 bell pepper (any color) diced
  • 1/2 cup of black beans drained and rinsed

Directions:

1. Dice a bell pepper. Honestly, you can pick any color! The whole pepper is ~1 cup.

2. Sauté bell pepper with a little olive oil and season with black pepper + garlic powder + a pinch of himalayan pink salt

3. Drain and rinse a can of black beans. Add 1/2 a cup once your peppers have had time to cook well. You always add these last. If you add them too early they could burn. 

4. Pour black beans + diced peppers into a bowl and scramble to eggs to add on top

5. I usually add Texas Pete for a little kick, but avocado would also be great! 

 

Disclaimer, I am NOT a chef--obviously. I'm just a busy girl on a mission to get fit and this works for me! 

Enjoy

Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Y'all I'm gonna start posting meals I've been eating here. For myself and my girls. It's easy to get in a food rut sometimes and forget quick simple meals you love! So here we go! This is a quick pre or post workout meal for me. You'll rarely see anything elaborate over here. I don't have time for it. I'm sure you don't either.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of diced chicken
  • 1/2 cup of Uncle Ben's whole grain brown rice
  • 1 cup of super blend shredded veggies (typically found in the produce aisle near broccoli slaw)
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • himalayan pink salt
  • olive oil

Directions:

We've been cooking a lot of different things on Sunday, so I usually have a stock of grilled chicken tenders ready to go in the fridge. I dice two chicken tenders and sauté in a skillet with the rice and veggie blend. The chicken and rice are precooked, so this goes really quick with a little olive oil. I season with garlic powder + pepper + pink himalayan salt, and most of the time add a little Texas Pete to my meals. You could also add a little liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce.

Oh yea, I don't really measure my seasonings. Sorry, but I think you'll be able to make it perfect for you!

It's a easy meal to make at home or to meal prep! 

Enjoy

Flourless Chickpea Brownies

On my current nutrition plan I can have these every 2 weeks or so! If you follow the same portion controlled meal plan I'm on, one brownie is equal to one yellow container!

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The brownie batter about to go in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (drain and rinse)
  • 1/4 cup of grassfed butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup (grade A)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. I lined a 9x9 pan with aluminum foil (or you could use parchment paper) and sprayed with EVOO
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Mix all ingredients together. I used a food processor. 
  4. Pour batter into pan and bake for 25-28 minutes! 
  5. Makes 9 brownie squares. 
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Plant Based Pre-workout

I've been drinking this magical golden drink for a while now and it's one of my all time favorite pre-workout formulas! 

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1. It's something I look forward to! I've cut a lot of sugar out of my diet, and this liquid gold gives me a punch of tart that tastes like a treat. I usually mix it with ice cold water and drink it 30 minutes before I press play on my workout. The flavor is lemon and I love it.

2. On days I see patients (I'm a pharmacist) onsite I wake up at 5am to shower + get ready + make coffee + pack my lunch and get out of the door by 6:15 am. For me that's meant a lot of late afternoon/early evening workouts and I'm sure you can relate to that feeling of coming home after a long day. You are most likely zonked, or at least I am. I can take this pre-workout and it gives me the extra energy boost I need to get it done.

3. It's meant to boost energy and endurance, improve intense exercise performance, sharpen focus and exercise time, increase muscle power output, and delay muscle-induced exercise fatigue. 

4. It's a plant based pre-workout formula. The key ingredients are:

Beta Alanine: an amino acid that helps reduce lactic acid build up in your muscles, which helps delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue so you can push harder and last longer

Low Dose Caffeine (from green tea and coffee bean extract): has been shown to be ergogenic (which means it helps enhance performance). It also helps improve reaction time and focus, and reduce exercise-induced muscle fatigue.

Quercetin: This powerful performance-enhancing phytonutrient gets a lot of attention in leading exercise physiology-nutrition laboratories because it can help improve endurance and delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue to help you get through your workouts and give you a competitive edge.

5. The yellow color is NOT artificial. It actually comes from the quercetin. There are no artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.


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If you'd like to sample this pre-workout you can snag a 10 day sampler pack

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go all in with a 40 serving container!

Cheers to more energized workouts in your future! XOXO!

My 5 Week Fitness Progress

The 5 weeks between these two photos flew by. When I took my before photos I burst into tears. It was really hard to put a smile on my face. 

I made some big changes in my life 2 years ago. I'll spare you the details, but anxiety can do strange things to a person. Seemingly overnight I went from exercising and eating healthy to cooking casseroles.

I quickly gained 20 lbs. in a blink. 

I knew this program was getting ready to launch and I'm so glad I talked myself into joining a test group of coaches to go through this process with. I needed that accountability to stick to the workouts and start the process over with nutrition. It always goes back to that-FOOD MATTERS.

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Day 0 vs Day 32

Here's the most important thing I want you to know. Mentally, the first four weeks of this program was really freaking hard. It wasn't the food, or the workouts that kicked my butt as much as the mental back and forth battle. "keep going!" vs "this isn't going to work for you...give up.". 

Logically we know consistent exercise and healthy nutrition works. We KNOW that, but it's the mental game you have to face head on until you see those physical results. If you can get past that first hurdle, GIRLFRIEND you can do  A N Y T H I N G. 

I know it sounds cliche', but you really do have to trust the process and forget about the scale. Focus on the post workout high and know that you are doing the right thing even when you look in the mirror and don't see the physical results yet. 

I can't wait to share more progress with you. As I'm writing this, we are OFFICIALLY past the 40 day mark of this 80 day program! Stay tuned, and in the meantime if you are interested in more details on how you can be part of my next online fitness group click the button below!

*Update: I'm officially on Day 51 in the last 30 days of this program! I can't wait to share more progress! I feel stronger than ever!