Get Spring Break Ready

Everyone always wants to look and feel their best while rocking that new bikini over spring break. Not feeling quite as confident as you would like to- no problem! With some dedication and hard work in the next 2 months you’ll be able to flaunt that new bikini with complete confidence 🙂 First, you must set a goal (like you want to lose 5 pounds) then break it up into a more manageable, less scary number. Instead, set a goal of losing at least 1/2 a pound a week. An easy adjustment to make is to cut out all sugary drinks and really just stick to water. Hydration is key. Next, recruit a workout buddy, preferably someone else going on spring break who will be eequally motived as you. This will make you accountable to someone- because when you skip a workout you aren’t only letting down yourself, but also your friend. Make an upbeat playlist that gets you excited to workout Go window shopping– find your dream bathing suit that maybe you aren’t ready to wear yet, but is your end goal. Its great motivation and gives you something to strive for. Working out is a big factor in this- add just 5 minutes to your workout each day, even if it doesn’t sound like much by the end it will make a difference Lastly, nutrition is where you really need to change up your habits to see a difference. limit sweets/desserts to once a week as your treat snack smarter- don’t just grab whatever is convenient, pick something that is nutritional and will satisfy you like a...

Spice Up Your Morning with this Tasty Dish

Tired of fried eggs?? Eggs Shakshuka is the answer! This will definitely add a kick to your morning and is perfect for the cold weather as well 🙂 Recipe: cut up peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic and throw into a deep sauce pan with a little bit of olive oil, cook until the onions are completely clear add any kind of canned tomato sauce, let this come to a boil (add hot sauce if you want an extra kick) take off heat and add 4 eggs (recipe for 2 people) pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes finish it off with pepper, salt and grated parmesan cheese now time to enjoy 🙂 – I also recommend cutting toast into stripes and using them as dunkers to get every last bit of the sauce I hope this spices up your morning!! TGIF xx, FF  ...

Sticking to Your New Years Resolution

The New Year always has us reevaluating our selfs and what we can do different in the coming year. For a lot of us, we set goals for our health, fitness and nutrition but find it overwhelming where to even begin. Here are a few tips to help YOU stick to your New Years resolution this year 🙂   Start out with smaller goals– by January 14th set a goal to lose 1 pound, starting off small helps you stick to your overall goal and keeps you from getting side tracked and discouraged. Make one change at a time– this week get yourself to go to the gym at least 4 times and then next week go for 5. Also while making a healthy change to one meal at a time. Don’t completely cut out anything– by telling yourself you cannot have sweets or no chocolate for a month you’ll end up craving it even more, to satisfy that sweet tooth allow your self a small treat every other day. Then the next week try to go every 2 days without having one. Write your goals down– when you specifically write down your goals you are much more likely to stick to them and hold yourself accountable for them. Do it with a friend– find it hard to motivate yourself to make healthier eating habits or going to the gym? Go with a friend and pick the healthy option together, doing it with one another helps you hold each other accountable 🙂 Don’t beat yourself up– if one you have an off week or didn’t reach your goals don’t get...

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Feeling a little discouraged after how much you may have indulged during Thanksgiving?? Well no need to worry there are a few easy swaps that can be made for the holiday celebrations to come 🙂 Skip the dips made of sour cream, try yogurt based dips or hummus Try cutting back on the alcohol and go for a drink wine spritzer Instead of mashed potatoes, go for roasted sweet potatoes Go for the white meat of the turkey instead of the dark meat To satisfy your sweet tooth- eat pumpkin pie (you’re even getting lots of vitamin A, calcium, and iron) Avoid canned cranberry sauce & high fat gravy, try whole cranberry relish instead Roasted veggies (green beens, brussels sprouts, carrots) instead of Green bean casserole Spiced cider instead of Eggnog With these easy swaps you won’t have to worry about any holiday weight gain! In addition to this: Keep up with your exercise plans & routines Before celebrating get your butt to da gym to feel a little less guilty about that 2nd or 3rd slice of pie (lol) Go for a family walk or hike with your dogs Play touch football with your cousins I hope everyone has a happy holiday!  xx,...

Get Moving to Manage Finals Stress

Are finals leaving you feeling beyond stressed and overwhelmed??  With the homestretch ahead of us and finals quickly approaching most people’s stress level is through the roof- I know mine is. Instead of using finals week as an excuse to skip the gym- use it as your motivation!! When you get your sweat on you are releasing endorphins that will leave you happier, less stressed, and able to more efficiently study. Try out this great cardio workout in order to combat that stress 🙂 Start with a 1 mile warmup at a jog pace (5-6 mph) for 1 min run at speed 8-10 mph (depending on how hard you can push yourself) 1 min reduce speed back down to 3.5 mph on a 12% incline repeat for a total of 30 mins 5 min cool down on stationary bike Other things to keep in mind while your stress level is high Automatically we want to reach for something sweet when we feel like we are under pressure. Instead of going for the cookies and candy, try choosing something that actually has nutritional value and will allow you to efficiently study better/ longer. When you eat sugary sweets you aren’t fueling your body, but when you feed it with something that is nutritious you are giving it the energy it needs. Here are some easy snacks to substitute for the candy 🙂 Apple with peanut butter Greek yogurt topped with your favorite cereal (cinnamon toast crunch, fruit loops, captain crunch) Pretzels with peanut butter or hummus Rice cake with avocado/greek yogurt/ chocolate hazelnut spread half an avocado with salt  2...