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I’m joining a new gym today!! ZUMBA TIME!!

I’m SO head over heels excited, because a BRAND NEW GYM opened up minutes away from my house!

And you all know what that means… ZUMBA TIME!

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Not to mention the fortune of money I’m going to save in gas by not going to the second closest gym (which is over 20 mins.)

I’m anxious to try out all the Zumba teachers at the gym, there are 4 of them I think. I’ve been doing Zumba for so long, I’m really picky about my teachers. 

If they don’t play the kind of music I like, I can’t get into it. I love reggaeton music, which is more of the hip-hop base side of Zumba.

I can’t even wait to start shakin’ my white girl hips to Pitbull, and flippin my blonde hair all over the place!

Do any of my fabulous followers Zumba out there???!

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Quick smoothie tip- switch up your fruits and veggies!

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Put some variety in your morning smoothies!

If you switch up your fruits and veggies every morning, your body will get a great weekly variation of nutrients.

Your hair, nails and skin will thank you for it 🙂

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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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Afternoon Health Blogging- What a wonderful life!

It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Sunny San Diego today, and I’m so blessed to be able to take a few hours by this classy fountain and blog my little Fitspirational Heart out!

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I just finished a bowl of fresh hearty tomato basil soup at the quaint cafe next door, and it was just enough to fill my tummy for the next few fabulous hours. I’m lucky to have snagged this awesome spot next to the fountain, the sound of the water falling is perfect blogging music.

Not going to lie, this fountain next to me is looking pretty cold and tempting… if there wasn’t a group of seventy-something year old golden girls sitting at the table next to me, I’d dive right in!

On that note- I’ve decided that I’m going to use the rest of my college free summer to pour my heart and soul into my cyber baby TheFitspirationalBlonde.com! Get excited guys, I have spectacular God-sized dreams for this fabulous blog.

Many more fountain-side days of blogging to come this summer 🙂 20130713_144845

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When I tell people “I’m A Vegetarian”, they say:

 

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“Oh…Does that mean you eat fish?” 

“You must be a member of Pita” 

“Why did the tofu cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken.”

“Oh you’re a vegetarian?? It’s okay I’ll make Lamb.”

“If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?”

“I’m a Vegetarian too.. except I eat Chicken and Fish” 

“I tried being vegetarian once… and then I passed an In-N-Out”

“Do you eat animal crackers?”

Some clever answers Vegetarian’s can reply with:

“What if I was kidnapped and the only way I could be released was if you ate a steak?”

Answer: I’d eat the steak, you’d release me and I’d go straight to the police, get you arrested, and you’d end up with a criminal record. Not a smart move, eh?

“God put animals on the earth to be eaten”

Answer: I’m an atheist.

“You can’t live without meat!”

Answer: OMG, I must be a ghost then.

“You’ll get ill and die, because you’ll be anemic and not get enough protein!”

Answer: Are a dietitian? No? I’d rather take my nutritional advice from someone with a qualification in diet than an idiot who stuff McDonalds in their face.

“Why don’t you eat fish, fish isn’t meat, it’s fish!”

Answer: Really? Wow, when was the last time you saw a field of fish swaying gently in the breeze.

Usually when someone asks me to define being a vegetarian: I just say “I don’t eat anything with a face” 

Have a wonderful and healthy day guys!! 

*Don’t take life too seriously, sometimes you have to just sit back and laugh a little 🙂 

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Improve your mental health- get lost in a book! (Plus a bowl of hearty vegetable soup)

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There is seriously nothing like getting lost in a great book, with a bowl of healthy vegetable soup by your side!

Honestly, it feels like I haven’t had the time to read a good book in a long time. I miss the feeling of sitting at the edge of my seat, anxiously turning pages just to see what could possibly happen next.

Reading is a great way to keep your mental health sane. Finding an amazing book is a mental escape from reality; weather you have time or not, you need it. Give yourself a break! One minute you’re in your room eating a bowl of protein packed vegetable soup, and the next your in a Shack, in the middle of nowhere, about to meet Jesus!

I’m only on page 28 of the book “The Shack” by WM Paul Young, and I’m already hooked.

Try it out, take a stress free approach to improving your mental health, and get lost throughout the pages of new book.

Turn off your phone for once, stop thinking about all the emails you have to send later  and live in the moment with nothing but you and your imagination. Maybe a bowl of your favorite healthy soup to keep your belly full and your mind active too. That’s a challenge!

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Working out with your boyfriend- get a fitness partner!

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I am so blessed to be in a wonderful relationship with a guy who loves the fitness world almost as much as I do!

Bryan and I did The Color Run last month together, and now we’re working through Jillian Michael’s 90 Day Workout Video Challenge.

Having a workout partner provides incredible motivation to stay on track. When one of you starts getting off track, the other one is right behind you pushing you right back to where you should be. Having your fitness partner be the one that you’re madly in love with is just a fabulous added bonus 😉

If you’re not in a relationship, enlist one of your best friends! Make a list of goals that you’d like to achieve together and set a date by which you’d like to have them finished.

Potential Fitspirational Goals:

  • Complete a workout video series together (such as Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution). 30 Day Shred, P90X and Insanity are also great workout series you can check out.
  • Train for a specific marathon coming up. There are SO many wonderful runs happening throughout the US. From The Color Run, to the Mud Run, to runs for charities (breast cancer, aids etc). Disneyland even has their own runs now; The Tinkerbell Run, and the Princess Run! (Google this, they’re SO cool!)
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    Bryan and I finishing The Color Run in San Diego together!

  • Set a goal weight together that you’d like to achieve. Work together to come up with a healthy food plan and weigh-in once a week! Congratulate each other with every successful pound lost, or be there for each other if you need to re-strategize a better plan.
  • Fitness classes! Classes at the Gym are great to incorporate into your Fitspirational Goals. I’m really into Zumba, and I also love Heat Yoga and Turbo Kick. Go to your local gym with your fitness partner and come up with 1-2 weekly classes that you’d like to take together.

Get a partner, set some goals, and FITspire each other all the way to a successful healthy lifestyle!