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Life has been a little crazy at my house with so many different big things going on so I haven’t been finding the time to write. By the time I get home and done with my to do list I am just exhausted. I will share more soon on what has been going on.

I have been able to keep active and do something everyday to keep moving. However my food intake isn’t the best. I really need to focus on this because your food intake and what you are putting into your body really effects everything else with your health. I need to cleanse. I spent Sunday evening meal prepping for the week and I am going to have to push through with my self control.

My goals this week are to stay away from the sweets and sugars. Natural sugar is fine but the fake stuff isn’t needed. Here are some of the things fake sugars can do to your body

  1. It tricks your body into storing fat by increasing your cravings for carbs
  2. When you eat something sweet, your brain releases dopamine, which activates your brain’s reward center. The hormone leptin is also released, which eventually informs your brain that you are “full” once a certain amount of calories have been ingested.
  3. Headaches
  4. Digestive Issues

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These are just a few of the issues. None of them sound fun to me. So this is my focus.

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After Vacay

I want to share some tips for when you come back from a vacation or trip on how to get things back on track. A lot of people always say they let it all go on a vacation and come back and need to get it together again. Here are a few tips I use.

  1. Clean out the fridge & Pantry. You aren’t leaving your house fully stocked with everything so take this time to clean it out and get rid of all the expiring or unhealthy food you no longer want. (Make sure to donate anything you can!)
  2. Cleans. By this I mean take the next week to really eat clean, eliminate as much processed food as you can and eat whole foods. This allows your system to clean out of the food and drinks you enjoyed on your vacay.
  3. Get Active. Get right back into scheduling your workouts or activities to get you moving. Anything you like to get your body moving
  4. Plan your Meals and shop. Plan out your menu for the week all meals and get your shopping list together and go to the store. This will keep you eating clean and away from the fast food or grabbing something quick that isn’t so great for you.
  5. Cleanse your Skin. Don’t forget about your largest organ, your skin. Do some masks on your face to get those pores cleaned out and moisturize.

After a fun vacation take the time to stay on track. Don’t like a week or a few days derail all of your hard work.

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Consistency

I am really proud of my activity and consistency this past year. For about 5 years now I have really been focusing on working out and being active. This past year I have really pushed myself and seen great results. I have growing muscle tone and those days I slip up with my food don’t give me so many side effects. Here are some of the things that have really helped keep me consistence and pushing forward.

1.Tracking it – I use a couple different apps and a calendar to do this. I use MyFitnessPal, Endomondo & I keep it in my planner as well as calendar on the wall at my house. Why so many places you ask? For me the two apps track different things so I like them both, the additional of the planner and calendar are because my planner is always with me and keeps me scheduled. The calendar at homes let me know what is going on that week. Keeping it scheduled is key and helps hold me accountable to myself.

2. Trying New Things – I do not like to do the same thing in a work out over and over. I want to be doing new things and trying something new all the time. I love going to new gyms or studios, using free videos online or TV, getting workout DVDs from thrift stores or just doing my own thing at home. Whatever it is I have to mix it up and keep my body guessing.

3. Pictures – Some people think the selfie or gym pic is silly but guess what it can really motivate you. Actually seeing your progress or or body change in photos is really rewarding and pushes you forward.

4. Fit Friends – Surrounding yourself with people who like to be active and eat healthy has been very helpful. I like hearing their ideas and what they are doing or like. Plus is great to go out and be active with great company, walking or hiking, it doesn’t have to be in the gym.

These are the main things that have kept me going and will keep me going forward. What do you guys like to do? Follow me on the apps too!

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Salt – So Many Kinds

Did you know there are 12 different kinds of salt? Sheesh which one should you use? What is best? What is the difference? Well recently I started looking into this more after trying Himalayan Pink Salt, it got me curious.

  1. Table Salt
  2. Kosher Salt
  3. Sea Salt
  4. Himalayan Pink Salt
  5. Celtic Sea Salt
  6. Fleur De Sel
  7. Kala Namak
  8. Flake Salt
  9. Red Hawaiian Salt
  10. Black Hawaiian Salt
  11. Smoked Salt
  12. Pickling Salt

I hadn’t heard of so many of these, they each have their own benefit and best use. Table Salt is the most common and what you see most of the time being used. It is easy to cook with and it’s fine grain allows it to dissolve quickly. Kosher Salt is flakier and with it’s larger size is great for sprinkling on top of meat to add flavor and texture. (It is not necessarily certified Kosher)

We use mostly sea salt in our house, it comes from evaporated sea water. It is normally unrefined and a larger grain. It can also contain other minerals from where it was harvested, depending on its surroundings. Each can have a different taste because of this.

Of the different types of salt, Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest form of salt in the world and is harvested by hand from Khewra Salt Mine in the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Its color can range from off-white to deep pink. It contains the 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. It is used in spa treatments, as well as the kitchen.

Celtic Salt comes from the bottom of tidal ponds off the coast of France. It is more of a chunky texture, is moist and briney tasting. Fleur De Sel is the most expensive salt, this is due to the way it is harvested. It is a very delicate process and can only happen in weather appropriate conditions. It is hand-harvested from tidal pools off the coast of Brittany, France. Paper-thin crystals are delicately drawn from the water’s surface, a lot like cream is taken from milk. This can only be done on sunny, dry days with a slight breeze, and only with traditional wooden rakes. Someone please try it and tell me if it’s worth the cost!

Kala namak is Himalayan salt that’s been packed in a jar with charcoal, herbs, seeds and bark, then fired in a furnace for 24 hours. Flake salt is thin and papery with a bright, salty taste and very low mineral content. It dissolves quickly for great cooking. Black Hawaiian salt, comes from Hawaii (shocking right lol), the black color comes from the active charcoal, it is course and crunchy. They suggest it for finishing pork and fish.  Red Hawaiian Salt gets it color from the iron rich volcanic clay. It is good for cooking seafood.

Smoked Salt is smoked over a variety of woods to give it a different flavor and normally takes up to 2 weeks to smoke. It can add another level of flavor to veggies when cooking. Pickling Salt is used for pickling and brining, it does not contain any added iodine or anti-caking agents.

So with all of that I see why people use all types. After trying the Himalayan Pink Salt and not knowing all of it’s benefits I really liked it. I could tell a difference in the flavor and it was perfect when I was cooking my pasta. Try them all and let me know what you think.

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Check In

Can you even believe we are half way through 2018? I really can’t. This year has really posed many challenges for me mentally and physically. I have encountered things I never imagined would be a part of my life, good and bad. I have had moments I wish never happened and moments I wish could last forever. Our lives change everyday and sometimes we need to take a moment and check in with ourselves and what is really going on.

So here is my check in.

This year I wanted to focus on my mental health. I have taken several steps to that, I have tried therapy, attend church regularly, use essential oils, read more, focus on my sleep schedule, stay active and try to communicate more effectively. Each one of these things helps with my mental focus/personal stability. I am in no way perfect at any of these. I don’t attend therapy regularly and I don’t think I will at this time. I have had some Sundays that I just couldn’t get out of bed. I stay up to late. I focus on the negative. I skip a workout (yes I do that too!) I am here to tell you that it’s hard. It is hard for all of us.

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I do notice a difference however and trying is half the battle. Everyday I truly wake up with a positive attitude and a feeling of new opportunity. Some days this lasts longer than others. lol I keep my to do lists with me at all times to help keep me focused on my day and I include the fun stuff on that list to so I make sure to make that time for myself. I have had some days when I finished it all, with some extra and had time to spare. Other days I look at the list and wonder what did I do today?

However last year I wasn’t doing a lot of these things and I really think my mental focus and health has improved. Waking up each day happy and ready for the day is a huge benefit. Don’t let your small mistakes take your focus off the change you want to create. If you fall one day that’s ok, try again the next. Nothing changes in the an instant. It’s all a process.

What goals did you set for your year? How are you doing with them? Check in and share some of your tips and tricks with us.

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What’s in my gym bag?

I pack my gym bag the night before because I work out so early it allows me a few extra minutes of sleep. Since I work out first and then go to work my gym bag might be packed backwards from most people who pack to go to the gym. I pack to go to work.

The first thing I do is decide what outfit I will be wearing to work, I make sure to have all aspects of that outfit including shoes are in the bag. Next I get together any jewelry I will be wearing with the outfit. I place all of that in the bag. Now I add in my personal care items; deodorant, hair products, make up and face wipes.

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I also double check any after work plans I have to ensure I have what I need for that as well. Maybe an outfit change or layering of clothes, sometimes even another workout.

Once I have it all together I put everything in the bag and place it in my closet. I get my workout clothes and shoes for the morning and place them on top of the bag. This way in the morning I go into my closet and get my workout gear on, grab my bag and after washing my face and brushing my teeth I am ready for the day.

I need all the extra sleep I can get!

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Food Challenge Week 1

Happy Monday, it’s been 7 days of the food challenge and I think it’s going well. The hardest part for me is the cheese. I love cheese, really who doesn’t?

I have been enjoying protein balls, recipe is on here as well, smoothies, avocado and egg toast along with a lot of grilled lean meats. For my end of the night I normally like something sweet so instead I have been enjoying a glass to tea. I really like the ritual of it, letting me know it’s the end of the day/no more food.

Some of the replacements I use are below, keep it up only 14 days to go!

Chips = popcorn, zucchini chips or nuts

Cake/Cookies/Ice cream = protein balls or banana ice cream (both recipes are on here)

Alcohol/Soda = Water, carbonated water, kombucha or any other beverage

Cheese = Hummus, yogurt or sour cream

What are some of the things you are using? Share with us!