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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!

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of Push ups-

Good form is SO important when you’re doing push ups. Doing them the wrong way will minimize the effect of the exercise, not to mention potentially strain your neck and wrists.

If I can do these push ups in heels and a dress, you can do them in a sports bra and sneakers!

DON’Ts

  • Don’t stick your butt up in the air
  • Don’t put your hands too close together
  • Don’t strain your neck by trying to look at your toes
  • Don’t forget to breathe between each push up

DO’s

  • Do Have a flat back
  • Do look a little bit in front of you
  • Do put your hands chest length apart
  • Do put your elbows at 90 degrees
  • Do always keep your arms over your wrist

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Notice how my butt isn’t sticking up, and my elbows are over my wrists!

These may seem like a lot of steps now, but if you keep practicing the right way to do push ups  it will get you to your goal body WAY quicker- and without damaging your precious self.

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A beginner’s guide: The do’s and don’ts of sautéing vegetables

Although I’m proud to have come so far in my fitspirational journey, I have yet to learn how to Sauté. As I’ve flown through various cookbooks on my healthy cooking adventures, I’ve come to realize that learning how to sauté veggies is not optional anymore, it’s a necessity. When I used to only know how to cook Mac & Cheese with burnt toast on the side, the word sauté was not in my dictionary of frequently used words. But guess what, it is now!

Since my wonderful boyfriend Bryan has recently introduced me to the delicious world of Portabella mushrooms; I thought this would be the perfect place to start!

It took me about 3 batches of sautéing Baby Bellas before I got them perfect, so I hope to save you from wasting some of your own, by not making the mistakes I made on my first attempts.

The Do’s and Don’ts of sautéing: 

THE DON’Ts-

  • Don’t walk away from the kitchen and forget you’re sautéing veggies.Then, especially don’t take your baby Yorkie for a walk. Trust me on this, even if you tell yourself you won’t forget, it’s a high possibility you will. You may come back from your walk; with a kitchen full of smoke, and some very black flaming mushrooms. (Not like I did anything like that that… I confess nothing!)
  • Don’t set the temperature on your stove top too high. Sautéing too fast is a great way to burn the living- daylights out of your veggies. Setting your stove to low-medium heat worked the best.
  • Don’t use too much oil!! As you can see from my beautiful oil-catastrophy below, you’ll end up sucking the extra oil out from your veggies with a napkin. See guys, I told you I’d share the good, the bad AND the ugly on my health blog. Learn from my mistake, start with a little bit of oil, and slowly add more if you need it.

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  • Don’t forget to flip them. Keep a spatula near by (yay I get to use my pink spatula) and since you WON’T be leaving the kitchen *ehhem walking your yorkie*, keep an eye on your veggies and flip or toss them when you see the edges getting a light golden brown.

THE DO’S-

  • Do set a timer! If you’re a beginner (as I was when I began learning how to sauté) it is really helpful to set a timer for a shorter amount of time then you think it should take to sauté your veggies.
  • Do your homework, and make sure you pick the best oil for your sautéing adventures. For a guide to picking the best oil for cooking, click here. 
  • Do have fun! Learning a new cooking skill can be a LOT of fun, especially if you pick the right music to sing into your spatula to 🙂

Let me know if you’ve learned any great do’s or don’ts throughout your cooking experience, and I’ll add it to the list!

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Calculate Your Body Fat Percentage

Let’s get real here… calculating your body’s fat percentage is no piece of cake (or fork full of salad, we’re trying to keep things healthy here haha.)

Don’t worry, if you’re following my blog- you’re obviously smart, funny AND good looking so I’m sure you won’t have any trouble.

What is Body Fat Percentage

To put things simply, body fat percentage is the amount of fat on your body- compared to everything else. Everything else including muscles, tissue, water weight etc.

Set a goal, what would you like your Fat-Body percentage to be?

Nerdfitness.com breaks it down pretty well-

  • “If you are trying to look like Ryan Reynolds or Jessica Beil in Blade III, good luck! Aim for a body fat percentage of 6-8% (men) or 13-15% (women).  Note: your athletic/strength gaining performance will most likely suffer at this percentage, and might not be worth it. Your call.
  • If you are interested in getting that coveted six pack, drop your body fat down to the 8-11% range for dudes and 15-17% range for women.
  • If you are an athlete and interested in optimal athletic performance, aim for a body fat percentage around 15% (men) or 20% (women).  NF team memberStaci trains much better at 20% body fat than at 15% body fat.
  • If you are just interested in looking pretty good and feeling pretty good, anything less than 18% for men and anywhere in the 20-23% range for women should get you the “hey, lookin pretty good!” response from your friends :)
  • For the ladies!  If you are concerned about menstruation or fertility, it has been said not to drop below 15% body fat.  Although I can’t find any studies that definitively refutes or proves this, I’ve read it all over the place, so just something to be aware of.  Your results may vary!”

What do these different percentages look like?

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How to calculate my own body fat percentage? 

There a BUNCH of different ways! These are the top 3 that I recommend-

  1. Military method- My boyfriend Bryan is in the U.S Marines; and in the military, you have to stay below a certain BFP (body fat percentage) according to your height. In the military, they:
  2. Online Calculator- One of the easiest ways is to use an online calculator that does all the math for you. For you lazy bums out there (who refuses to do math on Saturday) this will be your best bet. Click here for one of the many online BFP calculators
  3. Look in the mirror- honestly, this is my very favorite way. Use those pictures I’ve provided above, and compare them to your body in the mirror. BFP doesn’t have to be 100% accurate unless you’re training for a marathon or a specific event. I can tell if my BFP is getting high if my jeans start to feel tight. If you’re beginning to have to unbutton your pants at every meal, it’s probably time to set some new health goals.

If you’re not where you want to be, then pick a BFP you want to be at, and work your butt off to EARN your way there! You’re definitely on the right health blog to kick start your fitspirational journey.