Fitness Gift Guide!

Holiday picks

Doing a little Christmas shopping for the fitness chick? Or maybe, you just want to pick something up for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with that! Here are a few of my favorite things:

1. BKR water bottle: I mean, how cute are these?! Purely for looks but I would tote this around everywhere they are so adorable. And those who know me, indeed know that I carry water with me everywhere!

2. Firedaughter Clothing tanks: I would wear everything in this etsy shop. And I happen to own about 1/4 of the tops, thanks to the one and only Samya over at FD. Kiss my abs (love it!) ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Jawbone Up: I’ve heard such raving reviews about the jawbone up. It tracks how you eat, move and sleep so you make better choices. Similar to the fitbit and nike fuel band. Which is your favorite?

4. Pressed juicery gift cards: how can you not? Love these juices and cleanses and would love to do them more often with a little help from my friends. Give the gift of healthy juicing this holiday season.

5. Quest Bars: I dont think I can rant and rave about Quest Nutrition any more than I already have. I will never stop buying these bars. They are simply the best on the market. Just look at the nutrition label if you don’t believe me.

6. Lululemon nice asana jacket: I know Lulu hasnt gotten the best press lately, but I’m loving this jacket in both black and pink.

7. DryBar detox dry shampoo: This gym rat has no idea where I’d be without dry shampoo! All that sweat, you need a little spritz and go once in awhile. Also, you dont want to wash your hair every day so this is the perfect solution. You can buy at your local Sephora. (The most wonderful company of all, because I work there) ๐Ÿ˜‰

8. Polar FT4: I wear the FT4 daily to track heart rate and calories burned during my workouts. So simple and easy to use.

9. Chevron Nike free training shoe: A girl can never have to many shoes…especially Nike beauties. ๐Ÿ™‚

Are any of these on your list? Hoping Santa brings you everything your heart desires this year!! xo

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Chocolate Addiction Q&A

By starting this blog and being more open about my fitness lifestyle, I’ve come to the realization that I’m not only passionate about fitness, but for helping people reach their goals. I love love love when friends ask me for advice and hope I can make a difference in their lives even in the slightest bit. I wanted to share a question a friend messaged me, because with the holidays I know how hard it can be when it comes to indulgences.

Q: Hey girl, so I need “diet” advice and you’re the first person I thought of to ask. Ever since Halloween, (or let’s be honest…it started before then…) I’ve been having trouble getting rid of the sweets! It’s almost like I *have* to have chocolate every day. I’ve been having the hardest time giving up junk food. I know you just went on a challenge that required you to give up treats during the week–how did you do this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

A: Trust me when I say this- I feel the need to have sweets everyday as well!! It’s hard to avoid temptation, but here’s my advice:

First of all, give yourself a little challenge. Try to cut down sugar intake by allowing yourself 1 sweet per day, 3 days a week. Then go from 3 days to 2 days, then finally to one. It’s hard but really challenge yourself and see how you do. Keep yourself accountable. I usually allow myself a treat on Saturdays that way I look forward to it the whole week. And on Saturday I definitely don’t skimp. Go all out, as long as you can get back to clean eating right after your indulgence. It’s really something I look forward to each week and totally worth holding out and working extra hard that week to get there.

Once you cut out the chocolate or eat it much less you will want it much less! This is a fact. Chocolate is addicting so once you break the habit you wont crave it. Make the craving go away and stay away. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in total restriction of all sugar. During the week it’s ok to allow a piece of dark chocolate here and there, but just grab one small piece and avoid going back for more. Each night before bed I have herbal tea, which is really satisfying in place of something sweeter. So give try giving that a go.

I also found SO many good alternatives and different recipes containing healthy substitute ingredients. Some contain chocolate or vanilla protein powder or if you don’t drink protein there are so many other alternatives out there. You will notice what is most swapped out to make a healthier recipe as you take a look below. Quest bars are my absolute favorite quick fix for a craving. Pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds and they are ooey gooey heaven. Here are a few other alternatives:

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The Dashing Dish – my absolute FAVE website for healthy recipes, including this peppermint fudge at only 52 calories per serving!!

almond dream

Great alternative to ice cream! Non-dairy, almond milk ice cream by Almond Dream.

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Healthier banana nut muffin recipe found hereย and here.

Other recipe ideas:

Trust me, you are not alone with sweet cravings. It’s just the way you manage those cravings is what counts. Make it a lifestyle change and go for the healthy alternative. You want your body to change? Then you need to take action! Remember, its all about moderation. No need to give up the sweets for good, but make it more of a treat once in awhile so you have something to look forward to! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you share the same problem with sweet cravings?ย What is your favorite healthier treat?

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Top Ways to Recover After a Tough Workout

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In order to see any changes in your body, it is important to find the right combination of a healthy diet and adequate exercise plan. However, a healthy lifestyle is often accompanied by tough workouts that can leave you feeling sore and lethargic. Fortunately, there are a number of simple, effective solutions that can help you to quickly recover and better prepare you for the next workout. Take a look at sites like Ensofit.com for more information on the products and solutions that are available to you.

Eat and Drink Properly

After losing fluids during your workout, it is important to replenish the water your body is missing immediately following exercise. While it is important to get eight 8-oz. glasses of water everyday, on particularly tough workout days, you need even more. It is also important to eat properly and enjoy a snack or small meal within one hour of your most recent workout.

Get Some Sleep

You will likely feel more tired on the days that you have had a tough exercise session. Take advantage of this and make sure to get a good nightโ€™s sleep to allow your body to repair itself and so that you can awake feeling refreshed and ready to face the next workout.

Muscle Rollers

Sports massages and muscle rollers can help to quickly target the exact area of pain or discomfort. After a small amount of usage, you will experience fast, noticeable results with a roller. This is a natural solution to your pain, so there are no side effects to worry about. Best of all, rollers can help prevent future injuries and help you enjoy a better, more thorough workout going forward.

Stretching and Active Recovery

Engage in gentle stretching and active recovery to help improve circulation, reduce soreness, and assist your muscles in repairing and refueling themselves. Stretching is important after any tough workouts and utilizing a foam roller during your next session can take your stretch to a whole new level. Take a look at reputable retailer sites, like Ensofit.com, for a better idea of what muscle roller options are available to you.

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. While I was financially compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Finding Balance This December

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Happy December loves! My favorite month of all….who doesn’t love the holiday season?! I wanted to share a quick post from my IG and Facebook page with you guys:

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December is the HARDEST month of all to stay on track! It’s so easy to let your health and fitness go by the wayside during the holidays. Tis the season to feel like we need to gorge ourselves for being “good” during the summer months. Trying my hardest not to feel guilty during this time, but I’ve decided that it’s best to enjoy the season full of holiday food and drink. All in MODERATION. The challenge this month is finding that healthy balance. No starving, no binging, but eating right most of the time and exercising. Exercise makes you feel good, AND improves your physique. Score! The holidays are no excuse to give up on workouts and meal plans. So whose with me to work hard and stay committed?!

What’s your goal during the month of December? I will be on a mission to finding that healthy balance while not missing out on any holiday fun. ๐Ÿ™‚
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