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Orangetheory Fitness: Honest First Impression

Alright guys sorry for being MIA but I did warn you these couple of months are insane. Since I’ve been trying to get my health (both mental and physical) to a much better place, I’ve tried a bunch of different things this year to see what works with me and what doesn’t. The other week after having lunch with my son across the street from an Orangetheory I decided to pop in and see what all the hype was about. I’d also like to note I have no personal ties to this company or any other fitness studios and/or products I use, that would be nice but I have no connections to fitness-related companies. When I walked into the studio a very nice young man (yes anyone under 25 to me now is young,) explained the concept of their approach to workouts and I signed up to take a trial class the week later. I went to the 9:35 class on a Monday and not going to lie, I was really nervous. Luckily for me I was one of four newcomers that morning so it was nice to go into it not being the only one having no idea whats going on. Now if you’re interested in trying an OTF class I’d do some research, check YouTube, go talk to someone at your local studio etc., in order to really see if its right for you or not, but I’ll talk about the main things that really drew me into the workout as a whole. At first we separated into two groups and I was in the group that started on the treadmill/rowing circuit first while the other half started on the floor circuit (aka weights, resistance training etc.) I like how it really is you in charge of how much you will push yourself during class but there are others in it with you; and I should mention I really enjoy how there is a coach there who keeps the group motivated and also helps when you are unfamiliar with something but isn’t all up in your face aggressively like some bootcamp style workouts. Now I went to another class later in the week but could only make it to the 7:30 class and I should have known better because I really struggle as the day goes on (#MomLife) but it was the only option I had that day. It was an incredibly tough workout and I could feel myself getting exhausted but I pushed myself and felt really proud when the workout was over; I won’t lie afterwards I felt really sick and was still nauseated the morning after but I know my body was probably in actual shock. I’m not going to act as if these workouts were the most fun in the entire world but talking to people who have been sticking with them I can see how they become addicting and the results I’ve seen have been incredible of people reaching such amazing fitness goals with the help of these classes. There’s music, the treadmills have personal fans on them which was a huge plus for me and anyone else like me that is very heat sensitive and everyone who worked there has been nothing but encouraging and helpful. So even though I have only had one week there, I did sign up and would recommend this for people who need to shake things up and get their body out of a rut. I hope to do more updates as my journey with this continues and will be back with some fun recipes as well. Whats your guys favorite workouts and have you tried any new “trendy” workouts that you actually were impressed by? Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Counting Calories: Why I Changed My Mind

I won’t lie, I was very against counting calories during this weight loss journey and pretty much in general. Being someone who has fluctuated and suffered from weight-related disorders for half their life, I felt that counting calories was unhealthy for me and would send me back to a mindset of obsession over calories, macros, etc etc etc. So I simply wouldn’t even entertain the idea and figured that if I ate healthy enough meals and increased my activity I should be able to do this on my own like I’ve done before in life. Well, the thing is, I’m not a teen or in my early twenties anymore and I know 30 is not old in the slightest, but my body just doesn’t react the same way to weight loss as it used to. As I’ve shared before, I’ve been stalled for a while now and knew I needed some help; to maybe take a step back and see if I’m truly eating as well as I thought I was. I decided to download a food tracking app and have been tracking my meals for the past few weeks ON TOP of not weighing myself every single day. I actually could feel that I was doing better with tracking and did my once a week weigh in this morning to find I was down a couple of pounds, whereas before this I literally have either been the same or a pound higher. The thing I’ll say is that I’m not driving myself crazy with the tracking or letting myself get stressed out about it. For example, last night I had tracked most of the day but had a couple snacks (mainly consist of vegetables and a few vegan-paleo type crackers) while I was busy doing laundry, getting Sean in the tub etc., and didn’t track them but knew the snack itself was around 100 calories and I had a couple hundred left for the day as is. The tricky part is not doing this too much since as we all know 100 cals + another 100 cals + one last snack of 100 cals is going to add up, so I’ve just been getting in the groove of knowing whats good for my body and what types of food are going to energize me without using half of my daily intake at once. It was time for me to admit that while I study about nutrition, I wasn’t implementing that knowledge like I should be and it’s been a long time since I’ve been physically and mentally fit. It was time to put myself in check and re-learn how to treat my body and lose weight in a healthy way. Food and weight loss shouldn’t be as daunting as we tend to make it out to be in our heads and what I’ve been forgetting is that it takes time..so if you’re on this journey with me just remember that; we need to do this for the long haul, not just a quick fix. So for now, I’m going to continue to track until I can get myself to a healthier weight and mindset and will keep you updated as always. Thanks for listening and if you have any weight loss advice you’d like to share with us please mention it in the comments. Until next time, xo Chrissy

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When the scale won’t freakin budge!

I know I’m not the only one on a health/weight loss journey so I know I definitely can’t be the only one struggling during it as well. As I’ve mentioned, I started going back to the gym a couple months ago and incorporating workouts into my routine but one thing I’m nothing is that the scale won’t freakin BUDGE! Now let’s be real, some days my diet isn’t the epitome of health nut but I have tried making a lot of improvements and have definitely lowered my caloric intake so when I’ve stepped on the scale I have felt pretty confident; to which I’m greeted with the exact same number as the week before and instant disappointment. As I shared in a previous post, I don’t think it’s healthy to weigh yourself every day so I have gone to weekly weigh-ins, and have decided to take my own advice by shaking off the disappointment and to just keep moving forward. I know if I keep doing what I’m doing and stick to these changes I will continue to feel better and healthier and eventually it will all catch up and lead to weight loss on the scale. One thing I’ve been paying attention to is the fact that this month has been, for a lack of better words, stressful as hell and I really haven’t been able to get adequate sleep or rest. For the next few weeks I’m really going to try to work on allowing myself to deal with the stress better because as we all know that can be a huge hinderance on weight loss. Another step I’ll be trying is to switch up my workouts and not just do the same ones all the time to try and kick this plateau and get things moving again. One last thing I’ll be doing is making my breakfasts a priority again. Having so much going on has led to me not putting an emphasis on that and therefore by the end of the day being so hungry and probably eating too much for lunch and dinner. This is the point in weight loss where I usually get ridiculously discouraged and just give up, but that wouldn’t benefit me in any shape or form so let’s keep going and I’ll do another check-in next month. Do you guys have any advice for getting out of a weight loss rut? Until next time, xo chrissy

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Lazy core workout + killer Guac recipe

I don’t know if it’s this never-ending allergy season or the fact that I’m officially thirty now but wow, I am really freakin tired lately, and that’s saying something since us parents are always severely over exhausted am I right?? This past week of birthday festivities has been so fun, however I ate like a 21-year-old on a drinking bender and haven’t slept a wink so my body is slightly dazed and confused in the aftermath. I got back into the gym yesterday for some time on the elliptical and today was my core day. I really took a lazy approach to it due to my current state (ha) and still managed to get a great session out of it with enough sweat to float a boat; albeit that could be my body trying to detox but moving on! SO if you’re having a lazy day or are just getting back into working out, here’s a good core workout that you can literally do from your own living room while your child doesn’t leave you alone..I mean..plays.

Modified Core Workout

(Start with a 8-10 minute warmup on the bike or rowing machine if you’re at a gym or some running in place, high knees etc. if at home.) Now obviously if you have been working out or feel energized etc you can add more reps to this workout, and each week that you do this tack on another rep. Also, if I don’t explain something well enough just message me or the good ole’ internet should help as well. Heres what I did:

Leg raises: lay down flat and engage your core while lifting your legs up off the ground and back down. Repeat movement 10 times (reps), do the 10 reps 3 times ( aka a set of 3) so 30 reps total
Standard crunches: 10 reps, set of 3
Shoulder tap planks: Get in plank position, lift one arm up and tap your opposite shoulder, repeat with opposite arm. Each tap counts as a rep. 5 reps, set of 3
Bicycle crunches: Lay down flat, twist torso with hands at you head, bring right elbow to meet left leg then repeat with opposite arm and leg. 10 reps, set of 3
Hand walkout (harder than it sounds just a warning): Stand up tall then engage core as you lower your hands down to touch your feet, then use your hands to literally walk on the ground as far as you can while continuing to engage your core, then walk your hands back to meet your feet and slowly stand upright again. 5 reps, set of 3
Dead Bug: lay down with arms spread out wide above your head and legs spread out as well. With arms and legs staying straight, lift right arms up to touch left foot, repeat with other side. 10 reps, set of 3

Do this once a week and continually add to your reps as you get stronger. Now onto the fun part. What does a workout have to do with guacamole? Welp, we do the workout..now stay with me here…then..we EAT the guacamole! Your mind is blown, I know. If we don’t know each other in person let me just state that guacamole is one of my favorite things on this planet and I love to experiment with funky recipes but there’s just something about a creamy, classic guac that I just really can’t resist. If you try this or have another killer guac recipe you know I simply can not live without, please let me know in the comments below.

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Killer Creamy Guac Ingredients:

2 Hass avocados
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2-1 tomato finely chopped
1/4 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
pinch or two of Himalayan salt

Directions

Scoop out avocados and place in a bowl, use potato masher to start mashing them, add in the mayonnaise and continue to mash until it reaches a nice smooth consistency. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Use within a day or two as with most guac or and dips. Enjoy!! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Deliciously Easy Dairy-free Summer Snacks

I don’t know about you guys but this summer for me is SO ridiculously busy I can hardly see straight. Im in three of my friends weddings this summer (which also includes showers, bachelorettes, etc etc) so literally none of my weekends are free, and with a toddler makes things a little tricky. I’m trying to stay on top of making most of our meals but need healthy delicious recipes that are also QUICK. These are parent and toddler approved and in case I havent bought the point home..easy and time saving! Please let me know if you try any of these or what your favorite simple snacks are for these hot summer months. Enjoy and eat up! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Dairy-free Cucumber Bagel Bites

Ingredients
English cucumbers (preferably 2)
8 oz vegan cream cheese (I prefer Kite Hill brand)
Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (If you dont live near a TJoes..first of all I’m truly sorry, secondly substitute this for the seasoning: 1 tsp of each of the following but add to taste: onion salt, garlic salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds)
capers
Fresh Dill

Directions: In mixing bowl combine cream cheese and seasoning mix (or substitutions.) Slice cucumbers into even sized rounds. Spread cheese mixture onto rounds and top with capers and dill. So easy and ridiculously delicious.

Apple Nachos

Yet another one of my famous “recipes” that is so damn simple I should be ashamed to call it a recipe but ya know what, they’re delicious and easy just like I promised.

Ingredients
One red and green apple
Organic peanut butter
Coconut flakes
Chocolate chips

Directions: Slice apples thinly and arrange together on a plate. Melt peanut butter but not to the point of becoming runny. Drizzle peanut butter over apples and top with a handful of the coconut flakes and chocolate chips. Seriously this is so good and a fun treat. You can also substitute apples for bananas but cut them in half and roll in the peanut butter then roll in the flakes and chips, almost like a popsicle.

Veggie Pico Salad

Ingredients
Canned corn (however much you want depending on amount of people)
canned black beans (amount same as corn)
1/2 red onion, diced
Himalayan sea salt to taste
1 green pepper diced
1 avocado cut into chunks
handful of cherry tomatoes diced
Fresh cilantro, take amount you prefer and chop
Juice of 1 lime (and 1/2 lemon if you like lemon)

Directions: Take one big ass bowl and mix up all the yummy ingredients..yup..thats it. This is so easy to adjust to your liking by adding or substituting ingredients and is perfect for warm days to be dipped by chips or veggies or even just eaten right out of the bowl. It has a lot of awesome ingredients high in nutrients and fiber and really is just easy as pie..er, easy as salad.

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Weight loss tips from a mom trying to get fit

What an enticing title to this blog..how could you resist right? Ha. But seriously thank you for those of you who have been so supportive of my posts since I started up blogging again, and for any new readers, welcome to the ride! As many of you know, I’m on a weight loss and health journey. I have struggled on and off most of my life but have gotten pretty unhealthy since having my son…over three years ago mind you but whose counting. To sum up my fitness, I have never had a problem with getting my cardio on; I love going to spin class (inconsistently) and take my son on walks or do the occasional YouTube fitness videos but what I’ve realized is that unless I’m actively losing weight, I’m just gaining those damn LBs. I do however study nutrition a lot and read many different publications/watch documentaries on food health and I am trying to find balance with the nutritional side of health as well. The thing thats different about trying to lose weight at this point in my life is that I’m not just aiming for a number on the scale, I’m trying to fuel my body in a much healthier way and get strong as a motherrr. I’ve been seeing a personal trainer for a little over am month now and thought I’d share a few things that he’s taught me as well as ones I’ve been realizing myself. Per usual, I am NOT a doctor but just someone who knows others struggle like I do and want to share my journey. Alright enough rambling Chrissy, here are some tips that have been helpful so far:

Eat Your Damn Breakfast: Welp unfortunately its true, our parents were right about yet another thing. When they said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, they knew what they were talking about. I always would eat at least a little something but never put much emphasis on breakfast, and since incorporating consistent workouts in my routine Ive realized how important it is. On days, for example, I eat a piece of toast with one scrambled egg I hardly have any energy to put into my day let alone a workout. Ive learned that calories aren’t only what counts but what KINDS of foods you eat and that applies to all meals. Now, especially on days that I have weight training, I will eat literally probably 3/4 of my calories by my noon workout. Sweet potatoes, peanut butter, bananas, fruits, whole foods..those are what give us the energy needed to properly workout and feel good while doing it.
Weight Train: “Oh, no, girls shouldn’t weight train they’ll get bulky, stick to cardio.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard versions of this sentence since I was little and what I’ve seen now is that it’s absolute bullshit. First of all, as we get older (especially us women) we lose so much strength so its important to build on it while we can. Weight training also greatly aids in fat loss and builds up muscle; the more muscle gained the more calories your body burns just to keep up, which is amazing. It also helps with flexibility and for me personally, starting weight training has helped me feel more focused mentally and has given me my own fitness goals to strive for. Also on a side note, find cardio based workouts as well that are FUN to you. For example I love my spin studio classes because it feels like a party and I also go to 24-hr fitness which has really fun fast paced Zumba classes. Experiment and find something you actually look forward to.
Put..the scale..DOWN!: I will be the first to admit that I have had a messed up relationship with the scale for as long as I can remember and sometimes weighed myself multiple times a day, which is so ridiculous and unhealthy mentally. Especially with weight training, you gain so much water weight when you begin and even though my trainer literally explained it all to me, I still would weight myself every day and not understand why my weight wasn’t budging. This then turns into a vicious cycle of becoming discouraged and feeling defeated before even truly beginning your journey. So, for now, put down the scale and focus on other achievements like how your clothes are fitting as well as how you feel emotionally and physically. Check your weight at most once a week to make sure you aren’t completely going the wrong direction but its so much more beneficial to ease up on it a bit.
Eat whole foods: No I don’t mean go to your local Whole Foods and buy some of their awesome fresh made baked goods, I mean eat real foods, like from the earth. I’m still in the process of transitioning to better, healthier foods but after about a month I’m really starting to enjoy adding things like snap peas or fresh fruit (yes it’s ok to eat fruit, don’t let people convince you otherwise, there are SO many health benefits to SO many fruits and I can talk about that later if people want) or edamame beans etc., things that help fill you up and give you natural sustainable energy. And on that note, carbs are ridiculously important for brain health and fuel your body for workouts or just everyday life so don’t fear carbs just learn about which ones are good for your body. Make as many of your meals as possible and avoid overly processed foods, especially for now when your body is adjusting to so many positive changes. You cant out-workout a shitty diet and that has been something that has been really hard for me to understand and am working hard on finding that overall balance with health and fitness.
Live with the discomfort: What I mean by this is when the 9 pm cravings for candy or fast food hit you, just live with that discomfort and DISTRACT yourself. When I feel this way, what Im realizing is that it is extremely temporary, so if a craving hits hard I’ll open my laptop and look at some fun YouTube videos or browse for a new show to binge or literally do anything else to distract me and before you know it the craving and strong urges will pass. And while they may be more common for some than others, just remember that this is soon going to pass and remind yourself why you’re starting this journey in the first place.
Make yourself a priority: I’m sure other stay-at-home parents relate with me on this but I have a hard time making my needs priority, when in reality if I’m not healthy mentally and physically I’m really not able to be the best parent to my son that I could be. So without any guilt, start making yourself a priority. Set a schedule that allows you to get to the gym, even if it means having to go late in the evening when your partner or parent or friend is home form work and can watch your child for an hour or two. Take time to research nutrition and really make this journey something that you do for YOU first and foremost because we all deserve to feel healthy and happy.

As always thank you guys so much for stopping by and I really hope this helps some people in a similar boat as myself. If you are just starting a fitness journey too or have been on one for a while and have more advice please feel free to share in the comments. Until next time xo Chrissy

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Toddler Approved Mock-Tuna Salad

This recipe has now been in high demand by everyone in my family regardless of their dietary preferences so thats a frickn win right off the bat. My son literally started eating his like a pig at trough..and yes I saved pictures for future blackmail (sorry bud). It’s super simple, per all my recipes since let’s be honest, who has time for over complicated recipes with 500 ingredients..I sure as hell don’t. As always, if you try this recipe please let me know if you like it or added a twist because I’d love to hear about it.

Ingredients
• 1 can organic chickpeas
• vegan mayonnaise (we love Vegenaise)
• celery
• garlic salt
• pink Himalayan salt
• one fresh lime

Directions
Empty can of chickpeas in food processor and blend until a smooth consistency but still elements of chunkiness. If you don’t have a processor or blender you can always empty chickpeas on a cutting board and smash with a wooden spoon or fork, I’ve definitely done this numerous times. Cut celery into small pieces and mix with chickpea paste in a bowl. Add garlic salt and Himalayan salt to taste then add several spoonfuls of the mayonaise to taste as well. Now the lime is optional but I really feel it adds to the overall taste. I cut off 1/4 of a lime and squeeze it into the blend. That’s all!! You can eat it right out of the bowl or put on bread for a sandwich. Optional: I like to cut some avocado pieces and place on top. Hope you give it a try and enjoy! Until next time xo Chrissy

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