Jump Start

Some of us just need a push.  Need something to give us a jump start.  As you have heard me say a million times this is a journey.  That it is.  Everyone’s journey is unique!  I have take many of diet pills in my lifetime.  Some with success and other a complete waste of money.  I believe if you are going to commit to eating healthy and adding exercise to your routine you can achieve great results.  I know that some of us need a push or need to see results fast to keep on track.  If you are looking for a supplement to take and you live in Ocean or Monmouth county please check out Slim Fit X.  They are an amazing shop that will even provide when available a sample of the supplement so you can see if it works for your body.  Check out their website!  http://www.jerseyshoresupplements.com/  They have a store in Brick and one in Bradley Beach.

No judgement for take a supplement!  Whatever it take to start and stay on your journey is how you should get started.  To stay on this journey you will need to learn how to shop, cook and make good healthy food decisions.  Adding exercise will only enhance and speed up your results.

Because You Can!!

March

So we are about to go into March…I can smell spring:)  Spring means we are that much closer to wearing less clothes!  No more baggy sweaters and sweats!  Get on track.  If your journey has remained on track then I say keep on keeping on.  Don’t forget to switch up your workout routines for the best results.  I switch up my routines every month to month and a half.  Right now I am focusing on glutes and abs.  I add cardio and arms in but my main focus is glutes and abs.  Find your target areas on your body that you want to work on and work on perfecting exercises to get you to your goals.

Don’t hide behind your sweaters anymore.  Get your diet right!  This is a journey.  Remember even if you have gotten off track its ok!  Just take every opportunity to get back on track.  Don’t say I will start tomorrow.  If you realize your off track the next thing you put in your mouth should be the start to getting back on your journey.  It starts with picking the right foods to cook.  Preparing your foods so you don’t set yourself up for failure when time gets in the way.  Commit to exercise!  If you exercise the weight will come off quicker.  If you have an injury or reason your can’t workout than your food has to be on point!  Follow me on pinterest!  I have a board for healthy recipes and a board for exercise routines.  I know how difficult it can be know what to cook or how to cook so if you follow me you will see I have tried several recipes on my board.  Drink your water and if you haven’t tried it yet try drinking hot green tea each day.

My pinterest name is Meghan Woodruff

A new year a new you?

So it’s been a while.  Sorry about that!  It is a new year and many make resolutions or promises to themselves.  A lot about weight loss and fitness.  Don’t set yourself up for failure!  Do the research…don’t be lazy!  You can only change if you do the research and pick and choose what will actually work with your lifestyle.  Get on the internet, go to the library!  Read up on recipes, find out how many calories you should be taking in to lose the weight you want.  Read up about different programs that you can apply to your life.  Find out what foods you should be eating.  The only way it will work to lose weight and keep it off is to learn how to shop, cook and eat healthy.  Learn balance so you can enjoy the things you love but still stay on a healthy journey.

Fitness is another key factor to this journey.  You will lose the weight faster if you incorporate some sort of fitness to your daily life.  Everyone has a level that they need to begin at.  If money is an issue and you can’t join the gym then get outside and walk, go to the mall and walk.  See if your cable network offers exercise programs.  Find alternatives to the exercises or moves to fit your level.  No excuses!

Drink your water!  Half your body weight in water a day!

Because you can!

Vacation and holidays

So I am in Orlando on vacation with my children.  It’s vacation so we indulge a bit but I always keep perspective.  I have been on this journey for a long time now.  I have not gotten to where I am to begin to ruin it in a few days!  I had groceries delivered to our villa so I could make the best decisions possible.  When I am away from the villa I comb the menu for the healthiest choices I can make.  As you all know by now I am big on dessert so I would rather make a healthy choice for my meal and have dessert!  I have also been waking up every morning and working out!  I normally put in 45 minutes to an hour at home but I committed to at least a half hour of cardio everyday while I am here.  My day off was the morning we arrived;). I have been walking around a lot too so all my fitness goals are being met and that allows me to have the ice cream or treat I really want.

The holidays are upon us!  Do yourself a favor and eat what you love.  Eat what you really desire in moderation.  Have a taste not a plate or two full!  I don’t believe in deprivation because I truely believe that sets us up for failure!  So eat the special appetizer your aunt makes that you love or your favorite Christmas cookie…have one not 10!  Workout!  I don’t care if the gym is closed for the holiday…get outside and take a walk or a jog!  Do a video in the house or check your local programming for an exercise program.  This is your journey…you can live but you can also achieve the body that you want to be healthy and fit!

xo

here is a recipe to try!  I love feta cheese!

http://cookinglsl.com/spinach-and-feta-spaghetti-squash/

Choose to become your best you!

I first would like to apologize for being neglectful to my followers.  As many of you know life gets in the way.

So this weather the past few days sure doesn’t feel like fall is coming.  I must admit I am enjoying soaking up every last bit of the warmth and enjoying my summer clothes and flip-flops!  I have been enjoying outdoor activities like running, biking and paddle boarding.  I must give credit where credit is due theses humid hot days running outside is torture to me…so for all of you who get out there and run you are my hero!  I am happy to report I am really liking avocado and especially guacamole.  It’s good to try new things especially being open to things your thought you couldn’t possibly like.

So although the weather hasn’t cooled down quite yet your mind might be doing the dance of joy for the upcoming baggy sweaters and sweat shirts but don’t allow the fall clothes to keep you from your journey.  Summer gives us a bit more perspective because squeezing into shorts and a tank top can be eye opening.  Putting on a baggy sweater and comfy pants can convince you to sit down and enjoy a bowl of ice cream.  Stay on your healthy journey and find some great new recipes.  Get out there and walk, run, bike, walk the dog.  Enjoy the fall weather before the real cold comes.  Keep your body in the healthiest shape you possibly can.  If you fuel your body properly and add exercise where you can you will sleep better, feel great and overall just be happier.  Think of your body like a furnace.  Fuel your body with lean protein, good carbs, veggies, good fats and fruits.  This combined with activity you will see that your body will be like a constant burning furnace.  Keep in mind your portion control and eating every 3 hours.  Choose a realistic time to stop your food intake in the evening.

This is a journey.  Remain on your journey regardless of any slips.  This is a journey about you.  About being a healthy you.  Do this because you believe in yourself.  Do this because you can.  You can so you will!

I love this soup!  I don’t add cheese and saute in coconut oil and add a touch of olive oil:)  Hope you like it as much as I do.  Who doesn’t love a crockpot recipe!

http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/03/crock-pot-vegetable-soup-recipe/

Soaking up the last of summer

Really dig in and enjoy the last of your summer!  Enjoy the warm weather by taking advantage of being able to get active outdoors.  Paddleboarding burns 428 calories per hour, kayaking burns 357 per hour or beach volleyball which burns 571 per hour.  I will be paddling tomorrow…can’t wait to do something I love and burn some calories doing it!

Get to the local farm markets!  There is a great one near my house on Saturdays at the Windward beach.  What better than a stroll along the Metedeconk and pick up local non GMO fruits and veggies, gorgeous flowers and fresh-baked breads!  It’s so much easier to purchase, prepare and eat healthier.

The wonderful weather is also a great excuse to take the dog for a walk or after dinner take a stroll with your family or a bike ride around the neighborhood!  The extra calorie burn will allow you to enjoy an ice cream cone for a treat:)

Get out there people enjoy what we have left of summer!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Check  out these recipes:

http://www.marthastewart.com/907476/tomato-beet-salad?xsc=soc_pin_tomatobeetsalad&crlt.pid=camp.DYwiXqaL4t8T

http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/caprese-avocado-toast/

Food is love!  Make this and enjoy with someone you love.

Trying new things

So I am force feeding myself some new things.  Yes, I said force feeding!  There are certain foods I don’t like but I know are really good for me so I want to try to add them to my diet.  Avocado is one of those items.  I am a texture person.  I have purchased two avocados and placed them in a paper bag to ripen and made them into guacamole to snack on.  I can’t eat cilantro so I skipped adding that and added some spices I do like to try to convince my taste buds we like it.  I have to say it fills me up and isn’t that bad.  I definitely think avocados and I are going to be friends sooner than later!

I stumbled upon a treadmill routine and tried it out the other day.  Some days are harder than others to hop on the treadmill and kill it.  So to get around that trying something new is a must!  I tried this routine and first round was a bit too easy for me so I upped incline and speed to fit my capabilities.  The routine is a 10 minute routine that you can repeat as many times as you want.  I blew through 30 minutes and it felt so quick.  So here try this and if it’s not challenging you don’t quit.  Up your incline and speed to challenge your abilities!

Speed         Incline          Duration

4mph          5%                  5min

6mph          2%                  3min

7mph          2%                  1min

3mph          10%                1min   Repeat 3 more times