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Recipe I am Loving: Banana Pancakes!

8 Jan
pancakes

Photo courtesy of http://www.Blogilates.com

Hi All!

I don’t know about you, but now that I am eating cleaner, I find myself gravitating towards banana’s because they are a natural way of adding sweetness to relatively anything. You can make a protein smoothie with banana, add it to oatmeal, and just eat it by itself. My current favorite way of using it, is making the Banana Pancakes that Blogilates describes on her blog. If you don’t know who Blogilates is, I will get more into the details of that further into the post. But first…

Banana Pancakes!!!

Are you ready for the recipe??

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs

No really…that’s it! Mash the banana in a bowl, whip the eggs in there (including the yolk) and pour it in a pan. I find it easiest to make 6-8 smaller pancakes with this batter rather than one big one, but I shared this recipe with my mom, and she makes one big one. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I have a recipe that is so easy to make in the morning! And it’s sweet. I tried it with maple once, and it was a little strange but its sweet enough on it’s own.

Blogilates also did a food of the year round up for 2012, and these little babies won!

So, I wanted to share a little about Blogilates. The creator is Cassey Ho, and she is a fitness instructor that recently moved to LA. She started posting Pilates videos on YouTube because her students requested it, then it grew so much in popularity! Now she creates her own monthly workout calendar, shares recipes and posts new YouTube videos weekly. She has really inspired me on days that I don’t feel like going to the gym, I love working out to her videos which are fun and infections (much more entertaining than P90X!). I recommend you check her out and sign up to download her jaNEWary workout calendar!

Comment below if you have a favorite YouTube fitness guru!

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Goals for 2013!

2 Jan

2013-GoalsHappy 2013 Everyone! Last week I posted about the 20 things I am most thankful for in 2012, so I thought I would follow up today with my goals for 2013. I am not making any “resolutions” because I feel like resolutions set you up for failure. The definition for the “resolution” I am referring to is:

New Years Resolution : a resolve or determination, to make a firm resolution to do something.

The problem I see with this is that we are not perfect. When people make new years resolutions, and after a few weeks they “fail” at reaching their resolve, they usually give up with the excuse of starting again next year. There is no reason you have to wait until NEXT YEAR to accomplish something you wanted to THIS YEAR! Does that make any sense? Now lets look at the definition of a goal.

Goal : the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
This sounds much better to me, and less stressful. You have to allow yourself some wiggle room to achieve your goals, otherwise anytime you slip up, you will allow yourself to continue to slip up because you already failed at your resolution. I like goals because even if I slip up one day, I can dust myself off and get back to it, without stressing too much about getting off track. So, without further ado here are my goals for 2013!
  1. Run a 5k. This is a big deal for me because I am not a runner. I have never enjoyed it, and I still don’t but I want to challenge myself to do something this year that I normally wouldn’t.
  2. Participate in a mud run. This is also a 5K, and I am not so much concerned about running the whole thing as I am excited about the experience and trying this with some of my girlfriends. It’s coming up soon in San Diego, it’s the Dirty Girl Mud Run. Check it out in a city near you!
  3. Save $$ towards becoming a certified Pilates instructor. The instructor course I want to take costs $4,000. The reason it’s so much is its a Pilates Apparatus training course, so it encompasses all of the Pilates equipment. By having this particular certification, I will be more desirable to different studios and would be able to find teaching work more easily. I would love to do the certification this year, but with the wedding, I don’t think I will be able to come up with this money right away.
  4. Get my real estate license. I took the test a year ago and never paid for the license. I have to pay for the license this year otherwise all the work I did to pass the test and all the classes I took will be useless. I don’t plan on selling real estate, at least not at this point, but it would be silly not to get my license now which will cost me about $250.
  5. Lose the last 15 pounds. I am putting this down because it’s more of a finite goal, but really I would be happy just getting more toned. I feel like I will lose pounds of fat, but replace it with muscle, so if I do not reach this pound goal, I will not be too crushed. I want to look fantastic in my wedding dress, and most important I want to feel fantastic!
  6. Improve my weightlifting skills. I would like to be able to curl 20lbs on each arm by the end of the year, do at least 2 pull ups and squat 200lbs. I want to be able to see muscle tone.
  7. Drink more H2O. My goal this year is to drink 100 ounces of water every day!
  8. Read more! I want to read one new book every month. 12 books by the end of the year. Currently I am ready 50 shades of Grey. Next on my list is Safe Haven (My fiance bought me this book for Christmas).

I am sure there are more goals that I have, and I may revise this post later on down the road, but for now these will be keeping me very busy!! Have you set any goals for yourself for 2013? Comment below and share!

What I am Loving : Lala Love Lara Bars and Zico Water!

16 May

OMG, I have a new obsession. While on my journey to eating lean, clean and green…I have discovered Lara Bars! How could I have not known about these little gems before?

I work a full time 9 hour a day job, and I am a dancer (jazz and contemporary people!) I need fast snacks that are healthy and filling. Many “nutrition bars” out there are packed with sugar and preservatives. Lara bars have the simplist of ingredients. They have a bar called Coconut Cream Pie…and it really tastes like pie! The only ingredients : Dates, Unsweetened Coconut, Almonds, Cachews and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil! Thats it! Yesterday I had Banana Nut Bread Flavor that was just Almonds, Dates and Unsweetened Banana. They have 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 13% of the recommended daily value of Potassium per bar! Who knew such a simple recipe would make such a filling snack. They come in a little over 200 calories, and are gluten and dairy free! Score! 

The other thing I have been loving is Zico Coconut Water. Did you know coconut water has more electrolytes than your average sports drink? And it’s natural! A bottle has about 60 calories. I drink this during my INSANITY workouts and it fuels my body nicely without weighing me down. It’s lite and natural. (I particularly favor the Pineapple flavored one!). So far, I have only found these at Sprouts (in San Diego) but I am sure many healthier grocery stores will carry them! 

Until Next Time!

Lean, Clean and Green!

14 May

I have begun a new quest in my eating habits, and I am following the ToneItUp Diet Plan. What I love about this plan, is it’s not really a diet at all, they just talk about eating Lean Clean and Green (LC&G)! Basically, not processed foods, no added sugars and no empty calories (no more 100 calorie packs people!). I really started utilizing this diet just yesterday, so I can’t speak too much yet about how I feel and how much healthier I am etc. But I wanted to talk a little about this diet plan and what I think about it so far! 

First thing about this diet plan, is what K&K call the “Booty Call”. They want you to set your alarm 35 mins early, throw on some sneakers, and walk or jog 15 mins from your house, then 15 mins back. This is to be done first thing before eating anything (you may have some coffee). They say this helps to rev up your metabolism and get you going for the day. On my first day, I did not set my alarm early I have to say (shakes head). However, I do plan on this the next few mornings. They also say this doesn’t have to be everyday so I am going to shoot for 5 days a week.

The next thing this diet plan recommends, is a Meta-D drink with your first meal. This is a combination of apple juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, cinnamon and water. This is said to really kick your metabolism into gear by helping raise your core body temperature. This drink is to be had with your first meal. I have made this the last two days, and it’s not too bad tasting. I do feel energized afterwards, and it seems to help with digestion.

The rest of the diet is pretty standard. 5 meals a day (3 meals, 2 snacks) and the girls stress not to count calories, but to be calorie aware. Meaning, if you cheat and have cake at a friends birthday, just add a little more cardio in, or make a few of your meals smaller. Don’t beat yourself up about it. But they do want you to focus on eating Lean (egg whites, lean chicken, lean ground turkey, tofu or fish), Clean (fruits and whole grains) and Green (unlimited green veggies). I think this will be easy to follow, and I know the results will be really great as the weeks come!

Tomorrow is my weigh in and measurements (Today is my last day of week 2 of insanity!). I am really excited because I have been feeling firmer and less bloated. I wouldn’t be surprised if my weight stays the same or increases a little bit, because I feel like my muscles are getting stronger! I understand that sometimes you have to build muscle first, before the fat starts to melt off! I am mostly excited about my measurements because I think I will be able to see a little bit of changing! 🙂

Until Next Time!