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Dancing with Daddy <3

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My dad is one of my biggest heros. He used to be a ballroom dancing champion, and I get to come along with him when he goes out to dances 🙂

Dancing is a fabulous way to get in some extra exercise. Wether it’s a ballroom dancing class, a Zumba class (which is my love) or even a latin salsa dance- it’s all great cardio!

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a free afternoon, check your local studios for some awesome classes near you.

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Make goals- Plan ahead

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This was TOO awesome not to put on my health blog!

Take a second to sit down, turn your computer monitor off and silence your cell phone.

Write a list of 5 simple things that you can start implementing into your life RIGHT NOW that will make you proud a year from now. This is a great idea for beginners just getting started on their Fitspirational Journeys!

A few things on my list:

  1. Add ONE more serving of fruit to every day as a daily snack
  2. Complete 2-3 runs with my boyfriend by this time next year (Color Run CHECK!)
  3. Make 2-3 health blog posts every day
  4. Start going to bed earlier, ensuring at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night
  5. Make a “goal board” with 20 things I’d like to do in the next year. Cross things off as I do them!

Try it out 🙂 What’s on your list?

 

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High Energy Breakfast Ideas- Your questions answered!

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Hi!! Awe thanks for taking the time to come visit me, nice to meet you 🙂

Great question!

Breakfast for me is BY FAR the most important meal of the day. I start every morning WITHOUT fail with a delicious fruit smoothie (click here for my fruit smoothie page)

Fruit and veggies in a delicious smoothie is a FABULOUS way to kick start your energy level for the day.

Other high energy breakfast foods:

EGGS
Why:Rich in protein, eggs help prevent food cravings.

OATMEAL
Why:The complex carbohydrates in oatmeal provide vitamins and minerals that give us energy. (Simple carbohydrates, like those in white bread, carry the risk of being converted to fat and stored.) Go for old-fashioned or steel-cut oats. They’re high in protein and soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol and makes you feel fuller longer.


NUT BUTTER

Why: Butter made from nuts like almonds, cashews, and peanuts are filled with vitamin E, protein, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Concerned about fat? Nut butter contains monounsaturated fats—also found in olive oil—which are the good fats that lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

WHOLE GRAIN BREAD
Why: “Muffins, bagels, and low fiber cereals all give a temporary energy boost and then you’ll crash,” says New York Food Trainers’ dietician Lauren Slayton. Instead, choose whole grains to help stabilize blood sugar levels and fill you up until your next meal.

LEAFY GREENS
Why: Spinach, kale, chard, and other leafy greens are nutrition powerhouses. Try to work in other veggies, too—the recommended daily serving is 2 to 3 cups. You’ll fill your body with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

FRUIT
Why: In general, fruits are filled with fiber (pears, apples, berries, and kiwis), vitamin C (papaya, oranges), disease-fighting antioxidants (strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries), and cell- and muscle-building potassium (bananas).

SEEDS
Why: A handful of nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds add great flavor and texture, but they also contribute protein, vitamin E, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3’s.

YOGURT
Why: A good no-cook breakfast option, yogurt is also an excellent source of calcium and protein.

If you balance every day with a great hearty meal in the morning, I guarantee you that it’ll be FULL of energy.

 

Remember to snack on healthy foods regularly too. That keeps your blood sugar up, and prevents you from getting sleepy!

Xox Brittany

(Thanks bonappetit.com)

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EARN your thunder thighs!

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Wall Squat

Lean head, shoulders, lower back, and butt against a wall, with feet about 18 inches in front. Click arrow to see the next step.

Muscles it works: Quadriceps, butt and hamstrings

 

Stair Climber

Stand sideways at the bottom of a staircase. In a scissorlike motion, cross your outer leg to reach the step. Click arrow to see the next step.

Muscles it works: Entire leg

 

Lunge

Stand with hands on hips, legs hip-width apart.

Muscles it works: Hamstrings, butt

 

Ball Squeeze

Sit in a chair, leaning slightly forward, arms at sides, feet flat on the floor. Place a medium-size ball between your legs above your knees, with just enough pressure to hold the ball in place.

Muscles it works: Inner thighs

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Best vitamins for growing nails!

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I am SO lucky that my nails seem to grow at the speed of light, and I absolutely contribute that to my healthy eating choices and the daily vitamins that I take!

Here are a simple list of vitamins that are know for helping nail growth:

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is considered effective for growing nails. Apart from that, vitamin A is also required for increasing strength of bones, tissues and teeth. This vitamin is an antioxidant, which means that it helps in deterring free radicals from causing damage inside the body.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another vitamin that is considered beneficial in promoting growth of nails. This vitamin helps in growth and recovery inside the body, and exhibit strong anti-oxidant properties, which prevent harm to the human body, caused by free radicals.
Vitamin H (Biotin)
Biotin is a vitamin that is a part of the B vitamin family and is helpful in increasing nail growth. This vitamin is responsible for strengthening as well as promoting growth of hair, nails and skin. You can obtain biotin from food or supplements, to meet your daily requirements. Foods containing biotin include whole grains, mushrooms, cauliflower and bananas.
Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is another B vitamin that is considered beneficial in increasing nail growth. This vitamin plays a crucial role in keeping red blood cells healthy and prevents damage to nerve cells.

 

If your nails seem to be constantly breaking and brittle, up your fruits and veggies in your diet (I of course recommend starting your day with fruit smoothies) and look into picking up some vitamins at your local health food store!

Happy growing 🙂

(Thanks vitaminsestore.com)

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The Color Run- 5K!

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Running in The Color Run has been on my bucket list for 3 years! The moment I saw gifs of Pinks, Purples, Yellows and Blue neon colors flying through the air- I knew I HAD to be a part of it!

Since my boyfriend Bryan and I (he’s a Marine) have began to love working out and maintain our health lives together, we decided to run it as a team! There is not better feeling then getting fit and having the one you love right beside you encouraging you to push yourself even harder. When the Color Run finally came to San Diego, we both bought our running bibs, and counted down the days 🙂

Our team name was of course “The Fitspirational Blonde” (which was on the back of our custom made T-Shirts.)

The Front of our shirts said “Running towards our Happily Ever After!”

Details:

  • Distance- 5k (3.1 miles)
  • Location- Down Town San Diego (the streets were completely blocked off for the color runners, it was so surreal)
  • Time- 7am!
  • Cost- $50 per person, and color packets were an additional $3 per packet.

As you can see, we had THE TIME OF OUR LIVES. It was Bryan and I’s first ever run, and it was a perfect run to begin with. Not too long, not too expensive, and a good time was had by all. I definitely recommend you trying the color run when it comes to your city. Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. You’re not going to get any more in shape by watching races on TV, get up and participate!

  

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