WWE “DIVA” Ariane Andrew Reveals Top Secrets for Enjoying the Holiday and Staying Fit.


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I got the incredible opportunity to do a phone interview with WWE superstar Aariane Andrews aka CAMERON about her ten holiday tips for staying on track. Here are her tips.

  1. It’s ok to over indulge with sweets but add 5-10 minutes of cardio the next day
  2. Add a half-hour to one-hour holiday hike daily; make the incline festive
  3. Make sure to get some circuit training in—burning calories the whole hour of your workout is the most effective
  4. Use heavier weights—like kettle bells (and jingle the jiggle away)
  5. Make sure to do an AB Class—still on board with circuit training… But concentrate on the hardest area to break down… You’ll be away ahead for your spring break bikini body.
  6. Opt for Matcha Green Tea over your daily coffee & cream as its  speeds the metabolism and curb cravings
  7. Add 8 grams of fiber daily to your diet to help maintain sugar levels
  8. If you have plans to go to blow-out party, make sure you have solid protein a few hours before
  9. Pick your poison: either the sugary dessert or the exotic cocktail. Don’t go for both!
  10. Remember, there’s always tomorrow to keep your resolutions of optimal fitness & health

Speaking to Ari was great. She was kind and open and honest. Here are some highlights from our interview.

For tip one she talks about how it is okay to overindulge with sweets but to add some extra cardio into your schedule the next day. I asked what her favorite treat to indulge in was and she said chocolate souffle!

She loves to hike/run Runyon Canyon in LA with her girlfriends and spill the tea!

Her favorite form of exercise is circuit training which she does with her personal trainer. Sometimes she will do her own thing and concentrate on heavy lifting.

She loves ab classes and really concentrates working on her stomach. She has a love hate relationship with ab workouts! For someone who doesn’t have access to a gym she recommends bicycle crunches and planks at home to target the ab area.

She has been working on her booty with lunge exercises and squats. She says keep at it and you will get results!

Her favorite kettlebell workout is deadlifts.

She is a tea girl specifically a “soy chai latte” girl. Once in a while she will drink coffee but will mostly go for tea.

She spends half of her time in Orlando and half of her time in LA.

She takes a multi-vitamin to make sure she is getting all of her nutrients in.

If she is going to a holiday party, she will fill up on protein such as steak, chicken, or a protein shake so she doesn’t overindulge once she gets there.

If she has to choose between drinking and eating sweets, she told me that she will go for the cocktail. Even when indulging though she never goes for sugary drinks and instead opts for clear liquor like vodka and club soda.

She tries to not weigh herself around the holidays too much. She tries to find the balance and not get obsessed with scale numbers.

Her goals for 2016 is to not set goals. She is constantly pushing for bigger and better things and works year round to achieve it.

She has a anti-bullying campaign called #wrongnumber which she said was inspired by her fans to create.

Before WWE Ari wanted to be a psychologist and have her own practice. She misses working with autistic children and hopes to bring more awareness to the cause.

She doesn’t get much downtime. She calls herself a Jill of all trades. In her spare time she is building her business and her brand.

I hope sharing these tips with you guys will help you have a BALANCED and amazing holiday!

 

 

 

Marika Fitness Apparel Review and Giveaway!


How many sports bras do you own? A ton? Hardly any? I own about ten sports bras. Some of them are worn and stretchy, some are too small, some have no support, and some are just plain uncomfortable. I don’t think I have ever spent more than ten dollars on a sports bra. Maybe that is why I am left with horrible options! When I started running just this past month I discovered I needed a really good bra. I was sick of having to wear TWO bras for support. A bra should do it’s job–make the girls stay in place! I was determined to find the right bra for me!

Luckily I got the opportunity to review some workout clothes from Marika Fitness. Marika was founded back in 1982. They make contemporary fitness apparel. I got to review one top, one bra, and one pair of workout pants. Let’s start with the bra shall we.

I knew I needed something with a lot of support so I chose this bra-

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The high Impact Sports Bra. They make high impact bras in all sorts of styles, but I really liked the simplicity of this bra. The description. “Finally a sport bra that does just what it says! The bra features removable cup pads for added uplift and support, adjustable side hooks, ventilation power mesh at racer back, coolmax lined to help you keep dry. This bra is perfect; especially for the bigger cup size, it will give you support for that kickbox class”. Now when I saw the price of 50 dollars I was thinking this bra better cradle my girls with ease! Seriously I am that cheapskate who REFUSES to spend money on good quality things. I would rather spend ten dollars and have it collapse. I am so glad I tried this bra out. I will never go back to the cheapsies sports bras!

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The first thing I noticed was the material. It was so soft and seemed breathable. On to the cups. The removable cups just seemed straight up fancy to me! The back of the bra has a super soft mesh with a cute keyhole like back. Lastly, there are adjustable straps on the sides. The color was beautiful. It does come in a ton of other colors also. So now I had this fancy sports bra. Time to try her out! I slipped it on and really liked how soft it felt on my skin. I did a few jumping jacks. You won’t believe this. NO BOUNCING CHESTICLES. I don’t know about you guys, but with having a bigger chest even the easiest exercises are hard and make me feel silly doing them. This bra kept me in place. Miracle. I decided to take myself on a jog. I braced myself waiting for this bra to totally fail me once I got into full motion. However, it did the opposite. Everything stayed in place. Nothing rubbed me the wrong way. I was literally free to run and not feel self conscious. After a few miles I came home. What I really love about the bra, BESIDES the amazing ability to keep me in place, was that the back of the bra let me breathe a bit. The mesh material helped keep me cooler. Love. Absolutely love. I can’t believe all of these years I have been throwing money down the toilet buying cheap bras that don’t work for me.This bra may cost 50 dollars, but running free and not worrying about the girls? Priceless. Rating 9 out of 10. Ps- It’s really awkward trying to come up with nicknames for the chest.

Next the workout bottoms.

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Marika Magic – Plus Tummy Control Capri. Since I live in the Florida Keys, I have pretty much warm weather year around. I don’t like showing off my thighs, and leggings or pants are way too hot. I am a workout in capris kind of chick. Always have and always will be. I was overwhelmed with the many choices of capris that I could choose from. Marika has a huge selection! I decided to check out their “plus” size section and found these comfy looking pants. First of all, props to Marika for giving us bigger girls options! The selection wasn’t huge, but you can tell that they obviously care and support all sizes of women. Fantastic. The pants description is this. Great capri pant is now available in Plus sizes; features a 4″ inner power mesh waistband for tummy control. Tummy control? Yes please.

DSC00934 The pants are soft and well made. You can easily do a workout in these pants as well as wear them out to do errands. I am totally that girl doing errands in workout pants! The tummy control is just a thicker strip of material on top, It doesn’t like take ten pounds off of you or anything, but it offers some support for sure.They felt good during my workout and didn’t ride up too far. Rating 8/10.

Lastly here is the top I picked out-

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Balance – Cool Factor Long Sleeve Burnout Tunic. I seriously spent like twenty minutes trying to pick out the perfect top. I saw about fifteen that I was in love with. I ended up going with this long sleeve tunic for a few reasons. It’s lightweight, it has kangaroo pockets, and I am obsessed with the burnout look. It’s perfect for layering while running. I paired this tunic with a white tank top and it ended up being super cute. I was so impressed with the softness and quality of this top. It’s perfect for working out. Who doesn’t love to look cute AND get fit?! Oh and one more thing about the kangaroo pockets. PERFECT. My iphone has never been happier during a run! Rating 9/10.

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Final thoughts. If you are going for comfort, style, and durability in workout clothes I would certainly recommend Marika for your needs. Their customer service is professional, polite, and attentive. I got my order in just a few days.

Ladies don’t keep buying those crappy cheap bras that don’t support you. I promise this is an investment for your chest that you will NOT regret! I believe in this bra so much that Marika is going to give one of YOU a high impact sports bra! A 50.00 dollar value.

To enter

1. Like Marika Fitness on Facebook and tell them I sent you! Link directly below.

Marika Fitness Facebook

2. Like my Facebook page also. Link directly below.

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3. For extra credit, comment on THIS blog about the first workout you plan to try in your new sports bra.

Good luck! One winner will be announced on September 30.

Food Prep for the week!


I made 1 pound of 97% fat free ground turkey with Mrs. Dash no salt garlic flavor. This will be for salads and whatever.8:25prep1

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I also made 97% fat free turkey sausage links for breakfast. The recipe is easy. One pound of ground turkey, a ton of sage, some sea salt, onion powder, chili powder, and pepper. I never measure. Just make sure you put a lot of sage! Ps- links are hard to make and come out lumpy shaped. I will stick to little patties next time 🙂8:25prep3

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I got 2.25 lbs of chicken grilled with the no salt garlic Mrs. Dash. This will be for salads, dinner protein, or a snack. 8:25prep5

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Tons of tri colored peppers for salads and snacks.

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Onions for salads.

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1 batch of cooked freekeh for salads or quick carb. So good!

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For breakfast I made my friend Cathy’s oatmeal muffins. I used oats, banana, zucchini, coconut, cashews, and a few dark chocolate chips. Perfection! The recipe made 12 muffins so that is basically breakfast all week for two people! Going to pair the muffin with a turkey sausage link for the perfect breakfast.

It makes life so much easier prepping. I feel in control and excited to have a week of healthy eats!

 

 

 

Healthy Upgrades for your life! Exercise, Nutrition, and Beauty.


Mid-August is flying towards us, and I’m greeting it with mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m looking forward to the end of hot and sticky days; on the other hand, the end of summer means saying goodbye to kayaking, swimming, and eating nothing but ripe fruit for dinner. As a result, this month becomes this weird, in-between territory, caught somewhere between sandals and new school supplies.

To deal with this, I’ve decided to embark on some mini-upgrades, ways to take advantage of these last hot days while looking forward to autumn. You know, like filling up the last page of a notebook before cracking open a fresh new one (pro tip, y’all—whether you are in school or not, you NEED new pens and planners for fitness/diet tracking…best feeling ever!)

Exercise upgrade:

First up is my exercise routine. The most consistent workout, the one I do all summer, is to go on long hikes with my dogs. I hike so much, in fact, that sometimes I feel like it’s not even a challenge anymore. I had to find a way to make it more of a work-out, so I added hiking poles. Now, I’ll admit they probably look kind of dorky, but no joke: they really work out your abs and arms, turning a leg-centric workout into more of a whole-body challenge. There are a range of fancy-pants poles out there, but the ones I use are under twenty bucks, from Champion, and they do just fine. Make sure to adjust the height of your poles so they hit roughly at armpit level—then grab some water and hit the trail. For an extra burn, throw a kettle bell into a sturdy backpack as you hike with your poles.photo (2)

Nutrition upgrade:

Ok, so green monsters are ubiquitous at this point.  Whether you are just making green juice or doing a whole-foods smoothie, they can get a little snooze-fest. But they are so good for you, and so easy to do, that I wanted to just jazz them up a little. So I scoured my kitchen for different ingredients and hit upon a magic formula:

*Frozen baby kale—this is kind of life changing, people. Still super nutritious, but incredibly easy. Just plop half the bag in your blender as your base.

*Coconut butter—just a tablespoon adds sweet and creamy goodness, plus healthy fats.

*Cacao powder—this stuff makes your smoothie feel decadent, but it’s packed full of antioxidants.

*Green tea—you can use any kind you want, but I’m partial to this Zhena’s Gypsy Tea in Mojito Mint. We all know green tea is a super food, and a quick splash of brewed tea will add antioxidant rich flavor to your smoothie.

*The secret ingredient—fresh mint! I don’t even care what kind of green monster you are making; fresh mint will infuse it with a fresh, sweet flavor and make your drink a zillion times better.photo (1)

Beauty upgrade:

Your skin might be feeling a little weather-beaten right now. I’ve been into finding natural solutions to soothe and revive a sun ravaged complexion. Most of you are probably familiar with the oil-cleansing method—if not, the basic philosophy is to find an oil that works for you, (grape seed, jojoba, coconut, castor) massage it into your skin, let it hang out for a bit, then gently steam your face with hot water and wipe away the oil with a washcloth. It sounds crazy, but for most skin types, oil-cleansing provides a gentle and effective way to cleanse and heal. I’ve been using it for months now, and have really noticed an improvement in my skin. It’s super easy to make your own oil mix and bottle it, but an easy upgrade I’ve been using are the new oil Boosts from Seventh Generation. There is a whole product range, to treat everything from acne to wrinkles, and you can either cleanse with the oil or add a few drops to your facial lotion. They smell delicious, are very pampering, and couldn’t be easier.

Another upgrade that feels super luxurious is a simple honey mask: ideally, you’ll use raw Manuka honey for this, but it is kind of pricey, so you can also just go for regular organic honey. Just wash your face, slather on some honey, and relax for 10 to 30 minutes. After you rinse, your skin will feel clean, soft and smooth.photo

These quick upgrades have been helping me start transitioning from summer to fall. What are you guys doing to say goodbye, summer and hello, autumn?

Amity is a writer and a professor at York college.

How to Eat Healthy and Stay Trim While Traveling.


How to Eat Healthy and Stay Trim While Traveling

a guest post from http://colemill.blogspot.com/

Ever feel stressed about how to stay nutritious and avoid packing on those extra pounds while you’re on vacation? Here is a simple breakdown of tips to help keep you slim and healthy while you’re traveling this year:

When Flying/At the Airport:

Make sure to eat a full meal before you get to the airport! Airports are notorious for serving up loads of fried, unhealthy food and you don’t want to experience urges to load up on greasy calories while you’re there. It would also be advantageous to pack a few snacks for the flight, as well as during any downtime between flights – dried fruit, nuts, and granola are great low-calorie options that keep you full and your waistline slim. Drinking lots of water also keeps you satiated and your stomach full, as well as making your skin glow. Instead of using the escalators to carry your bags around, take the stairs! These simple movements will jumpstart your metabolism and prevent you from feeling tired.

Finding A Healthy Hotel:

Look for hotels that are vegetarian friendly and potentially offer hors d’oeuvres throughout the day – at some nicer hotels, guests who stay on a Club level are offered twenty-four hour access to a lounge area that has fresh, small meals and snacks throughout the day. Snacking on healthy foods throughout the day will prevent you from overly indulging in one meal and loading up on desserts and sugar. If you really want to avoid temptation, refusing the key to the minibar is a good practice of self-discipline and will keep you staying trim. Try scoping out nearby health food stores once you arrive at your destination to stock up on fruit and whole grain snacks. If eating a continental breakfast at the hotel, make sure to gravitate more towards the oatmeal, fruit, and wheat toast – avoid the scrambled cheesy eggs, pastries, and meat, as these items are high in cholesterol and fat and will most definitely make you feel groggy.

 

Finding A Healthy Restaurant:

Many applications and websites are now available for cell phones to identify vegetarian-friendly and healthy restaurants in your surrounding area – this could be a very useful tool when traveling.  I have found in my ventures that reading reviews from other travelers about the areas prior to arrival can make it much easier to maintain a healthy diet. I recently traveled out west and found a great site that listed reviews Las Vegas hotels that led to finding a vegetarian restaurant in the midst of the buffet zone. Try to avoid all you can eat places or restaurants with buffets, as patrons have a tendency to overstuff themselves in these circumstances and healthy food is limited. Make sure to be eating plenty of fresh, leafy greens if at all possible – be on the lookout for salad bars. To avoid stress when arriving at the restaurant, take a look at the menu before leaving your room or call ahead and speak to the manager about what healthy options are offered. Consider eating a light snack ahead of time.

While At The Restaurant:

While eyeing the menu, be on the lookout for words such as “reduced,” “baked,” “grilled,”  “high fiber,” and “steamed.” Vegetarian and vegan options are almost always the healthiest if available. Skip the potatoes and instead double your side of vegetables. Think colorful foods. Happy travels!

Real Talk.


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The Perfect Shrimp.


I have overcooked shrimp for a long time. I thought that they were supposed to taste like little rubber tires! I guess I finally learned how to cook them properly a year or so ago. I will let you in on my little secret.

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Living in the Florida Keys I have a ton of fresh shrimp available to me. If you live near the water, OR you live near a nice seafood market you can trust I highly suggest picking up some fresh shrimp. How do you know it’s fresh? It will smell clean with a hint of the ocean. If it smells like bleach or off, do not buy it! You can always ask your fish monger to smell the product. I know it sounds weird  but I have been burned by a lot of seafood markets. You get home to find you have rotten shrimp. NOT COOL. If you can’t buy fresh shrimp, buy wild  frozen shrimp. Any wild shrimp will do.

Prepping shrimp is easy. If you are using frozen make sure you thaw it out completely before using.

  1. Peel shrimp. I take everything off including the tail.
  2. Take a sharp knife and run it gently along the top of the shrimp.
  3. Remove the sand vein (it’s pink or clear) and the dark colored vein (the poopy vein).
  4. Give shrimps a quick rinse.

Now you have shelled and deveined shrimp. All ready to cook.

In a large saute pan add 1 tbsp of coconut oil. You could use extra virgin olive oil, but it burns at a high temperature. Coconut oil gives the shrimp a lovely light taste.

Warm the coconut oil over a 5/6  medium heat pan.

While the oil is heating up, season shrimp. I just use sea salt and pepper.

Now you are ready! Add shrimp carefully to the hot pan.

Now this part is important. You only want to cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on each side. TIME it.

After 2-3 minutes, carefully flip shrimp over so the other side can cook for another 2-3 minutes. Pull from heat immediately.

Serve on a bed of pasta, a salad or eat them plain. They are fantastic. Plump, juicy, and cooked perfectly. If you want to jazz it up add cilantro or lime after it’s cooked!

I promise once you cook them like this you will never overcook another shrimp again!

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Getting Freekeh with it.


I am always looking to try new whole foods. I believe that the healthiest foods we can feed our bodies are natural, whole, and not processed. I had the pleasure of recently being introduced to a grain that has been around for 2000 years. Freekeh from Freekeh Foods. Uh yeah what? I am sure you are asking yourself what the heck is Freekeh?!

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Freekeh is a highly nutritious grain made from roasted green grains. It was created by accident nearly 2000 years ago. A Middle Eastern village had their crops of young green wheat set on fire. Instead of trashing it, the villagers rubbed off the charred parts, cooked it up, and Freekeh was created. It has been around forever, but not popularized in America. This is why you probably have never heard of it.

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Freekeh is a great alternative to quinoa or rice. The nutritional statistics are truly impressive. 120 calories, 1 gram of fat, 24 carbs, 4 grams of dietary fiber, and 8 grams of protein. That is 3 times more fiber and protein as brown rice. It’s  Kosher, Naturally Vegan, Made in the USA and Now Certified Organic.

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Okay all that sounds great, but how does it taste? I put Freekeh to the test!

It comes in three different flavors. Original, Rosemary Sage, and Tamari. The instructions say it’s easy to cook– just like rice. Simple enough.

You can cook it with just water, or you can cook it in chicken or vegetable broth to add a bit more flavor.

Okay totally simple. Now what to do with it it? Basically anything you want! Put it in soups, salads, pilafs, or eat it plain.

I tried it first plain. I wasn’t sure what to expect for that first bite. I was pleasantly surprised. It has a great texture. It doesn’t get all sticky and clumpy like rice. It has a nutty taste and I knew it would go perfect in just about anything!

My friend Bonnie Matthews has lost 130 pounds. You might have seen her on the Dr Oz show! She was introduced to Freekeh years ago when she worked at a local Trader Joes. She has been passionate about spreading this amazing grain with the rest of the country. She has lost her weight by working out of course, but by also eating WHOLE foods. She was so inspired by this amazing grain that she has written a cookbook “30 ways to Freekeh”. I decided to try one of her recipes the lemon dill chicken.

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Delish. I am hooked. There are so many options for this grain!

Freekeh is available at most Whole Foods Stores, Mom’s Organic, David’s, and Root’s Market. Or you can buy it online for cheaper.

Available for $2.40  a bag. At 4 servings each that makes the cost .60 cents a serving. Amazing. Here is the link to buy Freekeh online along with the cookbook.

http://www.freekeh-foods.com/#!shop

Thanks for reading. I hope you will seriously check out Freekeh! It will definently be a new staple in my diet!

Here is their facebook page. Check them out for special offers and information on this amazing super grain!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freekeh-Foods/304009796295786

You don’t need the Biggest Loser to get healthy and lose weight. Just ask Joshua Morton!


Meet Joshua. Someone directed me towards this amazing kid who was almost a competitor on the biggest loser. He didn’t quite make it, but he decided to kick some ass on his own. I have been following him on facebook for sometime. Something about Joshua just makes you feel like you CAN achieve anything you work hard at. You can see it in his eyes that he is passionate about getting healthy, sharing his journey, and inspiring you to do it as well!

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How old are you and where are you from? I am 20 years old and I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC

How long have you been overweight? I have struggled with my weight, my whole life. It has been an uphill battle. I’ve always had a weight issue for as long as I can remember

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How much weight have you lost? I have lost right around 60lbs. I HATE the scale so I only get on once a month. So I may have lost more now.

Do you have a goal weight? YES! My goal weight is 170lbs, but being Healthy is my ultimate goal!

What kind of lifestyle do you follow in trying to lose weight? I try and eat as clean as possible, along with working out at minimum 6 days a week.399055_320499548049436_411860583_n

What is in your fridge right now? Haha good question! Nothing?! I have been so busy planning my California trip I have neglected to go to the grocery store. BUT, what I usually have in my fridge; low sodium turkey, thin sliced provolone, chicken, water (of course), almond milk, peanut butter (I love it cold), lettuce, eggs, Greek yogurt, I know there is more, but I just cannot think!

Favorite way to sweat? Treadmill at a 15.0 incline; walking a 3.5. Hell Yeah, I love my inclines!! (burn the most cals that way!)408770_370284469737610_1602148578_n

Workout playlist. Give us a few of your favorite tunes to sweat it out with. Haha, I listen to everything. This question would be embarrassing to answer! A lot of 90s pop! It takes me back to the good ole days.

What made you decide to lose weight? Your aha moment? When I auditioned for the Biggest Loser and was called out for finalist week in LA. When I was sent home after not being casted, I knew I had to change my life on my own and that I did not need a TV show to get me to my ultimate goals!

Favorite healthy meal of all time? I know my favorite healthy meal should probably be something I cook at home, but it’s not! My office is right in front of a Subway so I have become addicted to their turkey salads! It’s so fresh and I can get all the veggies I want on it and for my dressing I use oil and vinegar… so that is probably my most favorite healthy meal!3400_318565908242800_1283866295_n 423625_323063204459737_647028144_n 394431_318982368201154_169491999_n

What helps keep you motivated? So many things keep me motivated; people, clothes fitting, my body changing, my love for the gym and fitness…. I could go on and on!

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Biggest fitness inspiration? Hmm, tough question! I follow so many people that inspire me. I would have to say Katie Marie (Finally Alive After 25) Is my BIGGEST inspiration right now. She is SO amazing and I am inspired by her daily. I hope I get the pleasure of meeting her one day! Also, my buddy Jason Dalvia, He has lost over 100lbs since April of last year and I couldn’t be more proud of him! He inspires me daily as well! I am blessed to have so many inspirations in my life.

Mentally what has been the hardest part of this journey for you? The hardest part has to be temptations. I was an addict. Addicted to food, I love food. All types of food, and with my job being so, on the run and being in my car most of the day it is so hard not to swing by Taco Bell or McDonalds and grab something to eat really fast. That has to be the hardest part of my journey.

Does your Facebook page help keep you accountable? That was the whole intention of my page. I have been kind of slack lately keeping up with it, due to concentrating on myself and my goals. My intention for the page was to keep me accountable and to inspire others, and I feel like I have succeeded at both.

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Can you give us a typical day in the life of a healthy day for you. Example bf, lunch, snack, dinner and workout? Breakfast: 4 egg whites, mixed with veggies & a glass of water. Snack: apple. Lunch: Subway salad, Yum! Dinner: 2 grilled chicken breast, and veggies. Then I hit the gym! After the gym, I treat myself to a peanut butter protein shake!

How has almost being on the biggest loser affected your journey? Are you happy you are doing this on your own? I was in love with the idea of Biggest Loser; I wanted it more than anything. I still want it more than anything, but in the end BL is not reality. No one can work out for 7+ hours a day, and go to work/school. I am glad that I am doing it on my own, and I am thankful for BL for jumpstarting my journey. It was one of the best experiences of my life.482720_398849210214469_479859726_n

Any advice to someone out there who wants to get started? Take it slow; don’t think that because a BL contestant lost 19lbs one week, you can do that too. 3lbs a week is a really good start, maybe even less than that. Do what your body allows you to do and don’t hurt yourself trying to hard. You did not put on the weight overnight, so it’s not going to come off overnight. That’s the best advice I can give anyone.

 

JOSHUA we wish you all the success and luck in the world. Keep following your dreams friend!!

New found Strength.


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Okay. So I am a cardio queen. I have been for the past three years. I would say the majority of my weight loss has come from basically all cardio. I hate strength training. I always have. I would try to force myself to do it. I would aim for two days a week. I never ever really gave it my all! I did notice from doing the 30 day shred though, that I was getting all of these super cool cuts in my arms, stomach, shoulders, etc. Okay so I need to start strength training. Fine. FINE!

I have found my new best friend. Resistance bands. OH MY GOD I LOVE THEM! I am kicking some strength training ass with these bad boys. I love how you use your own body weight! They are super portable, and sooo fun! I am starting the Jillian Michaels body revolution in March, but until that time I am going to continue to do resistance band strength training three times a week, and a ton of walking and jogging.

So happy I can finally start working on some muscle tone for real!! Go me!

Here are the kick ass bands I scored-

http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Latex-Resistance-Exercise-Bands/dp/B004U4GBQ4/ref=sr_1_14?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1360349194&sr=1-14&keywords=resistance+bands