11.28.2016

whole30 baked salmon

I am all about meals that are easy, and take less than 30 minutes to make! Salmon is one meal that you can make under 30 minutes, it's really filling, and loaded full of good fats!

I only buy wild caught fish. I love the wild caught salmon that you can buy at Target, and it's their Simply Balanced brand. Wild caught is always better than farm raised, and Tilapia is one of the worst farm raised fish you can buy. Don't believe me check out this article here.



Last night for dinner I made oven baked salmon, with a side of avocado, on top of mixed greens. I didn't use a salad dressing, I diced up the fresh avocado, and drizzled fresh lemon juice, and and sea salt with pepper over the avocado mixture. Simple and so good!

When I make salmon, I don't do anything crazy. I drizzle the salmon with avocado oil, season with sea salt and pepper, and top with sliced lemon. I bake it for about 25 minutes at 425 degrees. Once the fish is flaky - it's done!

Enjoy!!

xo, steph 




11.27.2016

self care sunday

I am all about self care Sunday! Sunday's are one of my favorite days. I usually go grocery shopping, meal prep and plan, and get my clothing picked out for the week. Being prepared for the week helps a lot with stress. When I have everything planned, I am more likely to stay on track.

Sunday nights I really enjoy taking a detox bath, reading, and applying a face mask. Very simple, and relaxing.

I wanted to share what I am reading, and some of my favorite non-toxic beauty finds.

Zabana Essentials is one of my favorite vegan beauty brands. I love their deodorant, bath bombs, and facial products! If you are looking for a vegan, non-toxic beauty brand, I really recommend trying them out.



I am currenlty reading Spirit Junkie, by Gabrielle Bernstein. This book is amazing! It's all about finding inner peace, and self love.

If you have not tried Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay - you NEED to. It's one of my favorite cleaning masks. No crazy ingredients, and it makes your skin glow! I found it at VitaCost, and it was under $6!!

Now, I am going to take a relaxing bath, and enjoy my new candle that I found at Target!

Happy Sunday!

xo, steph 

weekly workout // bbg week one

This week flew by! It was nice to have the week off, and get caught up with life. I stayed really active this week. While the kids were at school, and daycare I was able to get my workouts completed, and not trying to rush through working out at night. I also, got back on the mat with some much needed hot yoga classes! My meals were mostly Paleo, and kept it gluten and dairy free.



Monday
  • BBG Week 1 - Legs and Cardio
  • 21 Day Fix - Total Body Cardio Fix
Tuesday
  • 60 minute hot yoga class
  • 21 Day Fix - Upper Fix
Wednesday
  • BBG Week 1 - Arms & Abs
  • 21 Day Fix - Lower Fix
Thursday
  • Rest Day - I enjoyed my Thanksgiving with family, and friends!
Friday
  • BBG Week 1 - Full Body
  • 21 Day Fix - Total Body Cardio Fix
Saturday
  • 75 minute hot yoga class

I wrote down and tracked all my meals, and drank a lot of water! I have noticed now that I am drinking more water, I sleep a lot better, and I don't feel bloated. I try to drink a gallon a day, and limit myself to only two cups of coffee. Before I was drinking three cups, sometimes four!

The BBG workouts are my favorite. They are about 30 minutes, and you will sweat - a lot. Even though I haven't made it to week 12, I love the results that I see. Be prepared to do A LOT of squats, and push-ups if you decided to do BBG! I don't mind squats, but I really love doing lunges! I have added my 21 Day Fix workouts to my morning routine. It's a good workout to start your day if you can't make it to the gym. I figure if I spent the money on the DVDs, I should use them!

xo, steph 



11.21.2016

holidays // staying on track

Staying on track during the holidays can be hard. With Thanksgiving this week, I struggle with all the comfort foods, and deserts. We go to multiple houses, so it's not just one dinner, it's two. Apple pie with ice cream is my weakness. I probably picked the worst week to get back on track - insert crying face emoji!!



This is how I plan on staying on track during the upcoming holidays.
  • lots of meal prep
  • always carrying healthy snacks
  • drinking lots of water
  • allowing myself to enjoy food, but not overindulge
  • remember why I started  
Keeping a food journal has been really helpful. I bought a basic notebook, and I have been tracking all my food, snacks, and how much water I am drinking. Even though I am using My Fitness Pal, it's nice to write it down, and see it on paper.

I meal prepped a bunch of lunches and dinners for the next few days. Salmon with oven roasted broccoli, with sweet potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and salads prepped. I always have snacks on hand, and really like RXBar's.

Keeping it simple for the next few days!

xo, steph 

11.20.2016

weekly goals // november 20, 2016

There are six weeks left of 2016!!! Where has this year gone?!! I refuse to go into 2017 not on track.

I woke up early this morning, and went to Target alone for groceries. Going to Target alone, is like a mini vacation! My husband was out of town this weekend, and my kids went to my parents! It was a nice quiet weekend relaxing, and creating realistic goals. I wrote out all my meals for the week, and decided to commit to BBG 100% - again!! I hope to get past week three this time!



I have off all week, and I am excited to focus on myself for the next seven days. I want to get back into yoga, so I registered for a few hot yoga classes this week. I also found my PIYO program that I bought two years ago that I never completed.

I really love tracking my macros! I decided to eat mostly Paleo while tracking. As much as I want to do a Whole30, I cannot give up my bowl of oatmeal and avocado toast! Avocado toast with a fried egg is AMAZING! Eating mostly Paleo is something that I really enjoy, and I love how I feel eating this way. I don't feel bloated, and have a lot of energy.

xo, steph





11.18.2016

whole 30 // trader joe's

I absolutely love Trader Joe's. It's my go-to grocery store for all Whole30 approved food. 

They offer great prices, and have an amazing selection of organic food. I was really excited to finally find the Chomp Snack Sticks! They are a healthier grass fed, version of the Slim Jim - BUT without any of the crap!  


Here's what I stocked up on this trip:
  • sweet potatoes
  • bananas 
  • dried mango slices
  • lemons and limes
  • almond butter (I am an almond butter addict) 
  • brussels sprouts  
  • kiwi
  • broccoli 
  • prosciutto
  • apples 
  • chile lime chicken burgers 
  • Chomp Snack Sticks 
  • tomatoes  
I like to keep my meals simple - it makes life stress free. Also, eating veggies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner eliminates food going to waste. I love eating oven roasted brussels sprouts with fried eggs, or baked prosciutto egg cups - anytime of the day. Baked sweet potatoes covered in almond butter with sliced bananas - is AMAZING! It's like a desert for breakfast! 

xo, steph 

11.17.2016

walk this way

It's my favorite time of the year - bootie season! I love a good pair of booties. You can dress them up, dress them down, and I prefer them over the standard high heel.



Crown Vintage brand is always my go-to for booties. I have so many pairs, and they are great quality. I decided that I needed to add a navy pair to my shoe collection. If you're looking for a bootie that you can make a statement with, I really recommend the Crown Vintage Tashaa Bootie in navy, and they are currently on clearance online!


They are great for a weekend out, with a pair of boyfriend jeans. I am a sucker for a laid back look that is effortless, and these shoes are perfect! If you are building a capsule wardrobe, these are a great addition!



xo, steph 









11.11.2016

get out stay out // big schloss

Big Schloss is one of my favorite hikes, and I have done it multiple times. The views here are amazing! The hike is four miles, and rated a two difficulty on Hiking Upward. If you are looking for a great beginner hike, I really recommend going. It's located at George Washington National Forest. Also, I recommend getting there early, it does get busy late morning.



The leaves were just starting to change color too, and the weather was chilly which made made it even better.


Once you make it to the top of the mountain, the feeling of accomplishment is amazing. It's great to sit, and take in the views, and enjoy a great snack and re-hydrate! I always pack lots of snacks (fruit, almonds, and a protein bar), and make sure to bring enough water.



Opt Outside!!

xo, steph

11.10.2016

morning workout routine

Getting into a morning workout routine took some practice for me. I mean, getting out my warm bed an extra hour early to workout didn't sound very motivating. BUT I tried it one morning, and I loved how I felt after.

During the week, I am unable to get to the gym in the mornings. So, I have created a morning workout that works really well for me. Workout DVDs are my jam! They are less than 30 minutes, but they are a really good workout. Yoga is great too! I went to Target and purchased some dumbbells, and found resistance bands on Amazon. I didn't spend a lot of money either. 



Even though I just started this morning routine, I feel really good during the day! My late afternoon cravings for bad snacks, and that extra cup of coffee really isn't worth it. I have more energy, and I really stay on track eating healthier throughout the day. I also have been sleeping really well at night too. My stress level is also down. Before my kids wake up in the morning, I am able to get everything together for the day- you know MOM LIFE!   

Here are a few items that I purchased:
  • dumbbells 
  • massage roller
  • jump rope
  • resistance bands
  • ankle weights
  • Jillian Michael's - 30 Day Shred 
I find most of my workout gear at Amazon, Target, and TJMaxx. I feel like they offer the best prices on all fitness related items, and you're not going broke!

xo, steph 






11.07.2016

weekly goals // november 7, 2016

Hello, lovely people! Happy Monday! I have always been one of those people who has to start their goals on a Monday. It just feels right! Who's with me?!

I used to be the type of person that would make so many goals at the beginning of the week, that if I didn't stick to one goal, I would just quit for the week. Instead of making all these goals for the week, I am picking three things that I want to accomplish. I also want to share my goals here to keep me accountable.

  1. Drink a gallon of water a day
  2. Workout each day this week 
  3. Track my macros
Yesterday, I did some really quick meal prepping for the week. I weighed everything out, and planned out some simple meals for myself, and my family. 


I meal prepped some baked chicken breast, hard boiled eggs, lots of veggies for salads - and kombucha. I really love drinking kombucha! RX Bar's are a great source of protein if you're on-the-go and need something quick. I usually like to eat them after a run or working out. I also made oven roasted asparagus. It's always great to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

Here's to a new week, and staying on track!

xo, steph 


11.03.2016

meal prep // macros newbie

When your meal prep game is strong, you have to share it! What a BUSY 2016!! Sorry for all the lack of posts, and sharing! Only two months left in the year, but I swear I will get it together! Who else has had a crazy year?!!

So, I wanted to share that I have been tracking my macros! I feel like this has been going really well for me, and when I "cheat" I don't feel bad. When I was eating Paleo, and I would cheat I would feel awful about it. I have heard about the whole If It Fits in Your Macros (IIFYM) for a while now, so I decided to give it a shot.

Macros - this is your fat, protein, carb ratio. I am not counting calories, but trying to hit my macros for the day. When I first started tracking, and found out how many grams of carbs I needed to eat for the day - I was like there's no way. I felt like I was going to gain weight. Now, I am enjoying the right amount of carbs, protein, and fats - AND I have lost five pounds. I am not starving myself either. I am eating well over 1200 calories a day, and seeing amazing results. Eating real food, and fueling my body! I have so much energy now. I know a lot of people think IIFYM, so it's just eating donuts, and ice cream. I know that sounds wonderful, but I am still keeping it  80% clean. That 20% is balance!

I found an awesome coach to help me professionally calculate my macros. Quincey at IHEARTMACROS - is amazing! If you're looking for someone to calculate your macros, or provide a plan for you - I really recommend her!


I bought a food scale, and weigh everything out. It might sound stressful at first, but it's actually fun! I use My Fitness Pal to track all my food that I eat for the day. I am not even close to being a pro at tracking my macros, but the days that I hit my goal it's an amazing feeling!

I can't wait to share the food I am eating, and my journey to get back in shape! You can also find me on My Fitness Pal: lovelivingwhole

xo, steph 



Resources:

Food scale: http://www.target.com/p/taylor-digital-11lb-food-scale-white-stainless/-/A-49178541
My Fitness Pal: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
IHEARTMACROS: http://iheartmacros.myshopify.com/
IIFYM: http://www.iifym.com/start-iifym-today/
IIFYM Calculator: http://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator/ 
Meal Prep Containers: 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0128YT76S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


**I am not a nutritionist, or doctor. I am sharing what works for myself**