Not the most flattering angle…


So okay. Yeah. I didn’t want to post this but I wanted to share that even problem areas get better. I have always had a problem with my lower belly but through fitness and exercise it is certainly shrinking. Picture on left is from March 23. Picture on right is from May 18. I for sure notice a different in size. I know this is awkward but I just wanted to share. Don’t ever give up on yourself!

Late March on the left , May 18.
Here is a picture I thought I would never post haha. Me in Puerto Vallarta at around 255. Throwback Thursday!

I have been working out every single day to try to complete my one mile a day for May. That as I have mentioned has turned into 100. I’m almost at 60 miles, I hope I can do it. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

With everything going on in the world I just have been trying to stay calm and collected.

Now that’s a ^throwback Thursday!! Highest weight 335! Pre gallbladder surgery. Did I mention I had to have emergency gallbladder surgery because it was functioning at 6 percent? Yeah that happened!

Anyways, still working on getting the site together guys I know it’s hard to navigate right now! Thank you for your patience. Happy almost weekend!

100 miles in March. Update.


Hey friends hey 👏🏼🙏🏻😍
Well it happened. I hit my second goal! I hit 175 lbs as of May 20, 2020. I haven’t been this weight since I was 19.
Down a total of 160 pounds! This is about 2 years kids! Slow and steady. I had to have my gallbladder out. I was so lucky to lose this weight before I got super sick.
Do I have some loose skin? Sure see here ^^ but damn look at those legs! I’m so proud of them even with some skin!!
Rowing is changing my life
I can’t believe I have collarbones.
I’ve been practicing my diving and trying to swim laps.
Been eating good, not drinking, and working out. Feeling great. I have some reviews coming up for you guys soon

Thank you guys for being patient with the site. I know it’s not set up correctly yet but it’s super close. It will be super easy to find all my older blogs. I hope you all are doing well!!

My ultimate goal weight is 140. I can’t wait to see it! One day at a time no matter how long it takes!

My goal is to do 100 miles in March. I’m at 50.76 right now. I have to do 3.54 miles each day to make it happen. I got this! Be well! 😘

The weekend in pics


Got these plant stands water proofed!

Got this beautiful basil plant transplanted from inside to out!

Took this succulent plant who has been mysteriously growing for a year and turned her into this…
Her name is June bug. Wish her luck 🙂
Ate some yummy food like ribbon Brussels
Powerhouse vegetarian sandwiches 🤤
Tons of 🥑
Greens
Fruit!
I made air fried shrimp
And air fried potato chips!
I got in my miles challenge for the weekend plus
Got to spend doing some laps and getting some vitamin d with the family.
I had a lot of fun on my rower this weekend. Thinking of starting a new program! But for now it’s time to finish my BORA BORA series I have 5 workouts left!
Well I will be in touch this week!!! Be on the lookout for recipes etc! Ps what about this throwback. This was in Lima Peru in 2015. 😳
Stay safe

Love,
Grace

Leftover Stirfry


I had some leftover lamb and a ton of veggies in my fridge. Also? A organic chicken breast, bean sprouts, peanuts and pretty much everything asian. I knew what i had to do.

Stir-fry.

You can literally use whatever veggies or meat you want. I’m going to list that here

This sunbird seasoning mix is life changing. I’m not saying it is amazingly healthy, but remember folks— portion control!!
Anyways, you wanna make this marinade how they say. If you wanna make it more dope do this— add some sweetener like 1 tbsp, some lemon, some fish sauce, some garlic, some ginger. You wanna go for the UMAMI flavor. Also, please to note you can really make this any damn way you want but this packet is bomb. Also don’t forget the red chili pepper flakes or hot spot of choice!
Cook your chicken up. I didn’t season it much because of all the fresh herbs and marinade that are going on. After your chicken is done add your veggies!
I usually keep a tub of random veggies in my fridge?
Let the veggies cook down.
Take any remaining cooked meat and add to stir fry.
Time for the marinade!!! Add it in!!!
Get your toppings ready. Here I have homegrown bean sprouts, cilantro, green onion, and crushed peanut 🥜
You can’t forget the 🥑
Slice that cado up!
Here is where we have to practice portion control my friends! I love cheating and using this sticky white rice. It’s done in 60 seconds. Sorry I have no shame. I just make sure I only have about 1/4 a cup a serving so I don’t feel guilty!
So as your veggies meat and marinade are simmering, plate up your rice and avocado if that is what you want. You could use noodles or omit the avocado. This is your world guys.
Spoon up your fry, top with toppings and enjoy! Add some sesame seeds for extra class!
Super classy 🙂

We really enjoyed this! The possibilities are endless. If you make this tag me #gracegothealthy on Instagram 🙂 tag me if you make any stir-fry! I am asian obsessed! Thanks for reading guys!

What asian food should I make at home next??

Dinner for breakfast? Always.


Broccoli 🥦 love

Good morning beauties. I woke up this morning feeling lovely. Today is a rowing day for me so that’s def going down this am!

Have you ever woke up and just wanted something that isn’t your typical breakfast? There I was slicing strawberries and bananas up and I just was not in the mood! So what did I do? Sautéd up some broccoli with ponzu sauce garlic ginger etc. I added fresh avocado 🥑 and black sesame on top. As far as eating healthy (80/20 approach for me) I don’t care if you eat fruit salad or stir fry for breakfast. Just eat something with some color.

All my love,

Grace

😃 see you guys later!

I’m back guys!


So…. it’s been a few years!

I’m back and I’m down 158.6 pounds 💪🏼

I Decided to come back because I have completely changed my life and I want to share everything with you.

From my chronic pain. I’m finally ready to open up about that.

My experience with keto, low carb, fasting, and other healthy tips.

My adventures with my #homegym and new #fitness adventures.

My pool! Haha mostly? I want to inspire you all. I’m finally almost to 140 . I’m almost at 175 lbs now from 335. Official goal weight is 140. I will share the ups and downs to get there!

Recipes that I adapt from others and a ton of pictures and ideas to share from my garden with you all 💕

I want to talk to you about products that are helping me with my pain (cbd) has been a lifesaver and all my tips for those chronic pain days plus products that helped or are helping me along my journey and allowing to maintain this lifestyle. I went from. 60 inch waist size 28/30 to now I’m in a size 12/14. Do I have a lower belly? Sure! Is it much better than the alternative yes. I’m working every single day to have self love and care for myself. It truly helps. Don’t be down on yourself, just keep going. We are all competing against ourselves!

I am having my header and design reworked and it should all be new and updated. Would love for you to come along for the ride.

Please follow me on Instagram at gracekeyxo I always fill my stories 🙂

Subscribe to my newsletter if you want an update when I blog. I missed you all terribly!!

Thanks for reading!!

See you soon

GGH

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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-image from Marika

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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-image from Marika

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.

GraceGotHealthy Facebook

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.

Eats for August 22.


20130822-151514.jpgBreakfast- Peanut Butter Protein Cookie Shake. 1 scoop of peanut butter cookie protein, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 tbsp peanut butter.

20130822-151603.jpgRed plum.

20130822-151647.jpgSpinach/Butter lettuce, baked salmon, colby cheese, almonds, hard boiled eggs, crispy noodles salad with creamy parmesan yogurt dressing on side.

20130822-190653.jpg1/2 lb snow crab.

20130822-190716.jpgGrilled chicken topped with swiss cheese and spicy salsa.

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.