Thinking Out LOUD #23: “Good Morning Smoothie”

Good [THINKING OUT LOUD] morning friends!

I’m sharing with you that “Good Morning Smoothie” I shared on Instagram.The recipe goes:

1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (of choice)
4 oz. of light orange juice or 1/2 cup of orange sections (peeled duh)
1/2 Cup of frozen Peaches
1/2 of a Banana (slice some up and freeze before hand)
8 oz. of Ice Cold Water
1 tsp of Chia OR Flax Seeds
(Add a handful of spinach or greens for a nutrition boost!)
Handful of Ice

Through everything into a blender, mix and enjoy!I tried this other day and it was pretty delicious! Thinking there will be more of these in my future for sure. Oh and it was a whole EIGHT degrees the other day, then it was up to 45 the next. What’s up weather?Of course I’d bundle up with some iced coffee. #Starbucksloves. However, this here Starbucks swag from the hubs is for those days that I DO enjoy me some hot coffee. Samantha had her first day of “school” this week. It’s a one hour development class for babies.  She has a blast!Mama is trying to get her Yoga smarts on too with a side of chocolate. Noms!That’s a wrap for this edition of Thinking Out LOUD.Thanks Amanda for hosting!

Question: What DO YOU bundle up with when it’s cold outside? Book, Blanket, Coffee… all three?

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Kettle & Dumbbell Mash-Up!

How is everyone doing?

It’s been a while since I dropped in and said hello. Breakfast says “hi” too.Today this silly goose and I are dropping in for Amanda’s Thursday Thinking OUT Loud shenanigans. We have been quite busy, the 3 1/2 month old and I; Christmas shopping is in effect. 😀If you see these in the market. Don’t buy them… they taste funny.But if you find this face mask, get it. It feels amaze-balls!I’ve been working at a fitness center called Mamas Move, catering to pre and post-natal fitness! Not to mention tons of fun things for the kiddies. I also wanted to share a workout I did last week using a Kettlebell. If you don’t have one, that’s still OK! You can still do this workout with a dumbbell but I assure you, Kettlebells are WAY more fun!

The figures 8’s is pictured below just in case if you are unsure of that move. It’s one of my new favorites using the Kettlebell.

Total Body Kettle & Dumbbell Workout:

  • Sumo Deadlift (Weighted)*
  • Upright Rows (Right Arm)*
  • Tricep Extension (w/ slight bend in legs)
  • Upright Rows (Left Arm)*
  • Figure 8’s*
  • Plié to Calf Raise (weighted)*
  • Pulldown
  • Lunges (w/ a twist)

Go and give it try and be sure to warm up and cool down after!

Question: What’s YOUR favorite exercise or workout?

MIMM #36: “Day In The Life”

Happy Sunday friends!

It’s been a while since I posted a “Day in the Life of” postFriday’s were supposed to be designated for these posts but I also did mention it would be a day off or Friday Favorites.

Since having my last day of work almost two weeks ago, I decided to share what I do now in a typical day on leave. I plan to resume work [part-time] August 29th and instruct starting mid-September.

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4:00am: Samantha’s kicking wakes me up and she gives me the “bladder good morning hug.” After, I head back to bed.

7:30am: Officially wake up, brush my teeth and get ready to start my day.

8:00am: Breakfast! I’ve been on an “proatmeal” kick.8:30am: While finishing up, I read up on Yoga. I am starting a Yoga Teacher Training through Aura Wellness for my Vinyasa certification. It’s been two years that I have been putting it off… think now is a good time.

9:45am: Snack time!

10:30am: Stretch! Workouts have officially stopped during week 38, so it’s walking and stretching for this mommy-to-be.11:15am: Shower and get ready to head out for a few errands. 

12:00pm: Marvelous is a Starbucks stop. 2:00pm: I ended up at Subway for lunch and had a turkey, Swiss, cucumber, tomato and spinach on honey oat bread. I also had pretzels and a plum on side.

3:00pm: Come back home, do some laundry and torture play with Bun-Bun.5:30pm: Get started on dinner for Pat and I.

5:45pm: Smoothie break!6:00pm: Finished dinner and cleaning up kitchen. Time to relax with Netflix and wait for Pat to get home.

8:30pm: Pat comes home, we eat dinner and relax for the rest of the night.

10:00pm: Bedtime 🙂

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I’m linking up with Katie for an early MIMM, thanks for hosting! Hope everyone has a wonderful week 😀

Question: What do you typically do on YOUR days off?

Greek Yogurt & Chia Power Smoothie!

If there was a smoothie that gave me POWER post workout, I’d have to say it was this one.

Behold the Greek yogurt & chia power smoothie.

It has everything: protein, healthy fats (and a little omega 3’s), a little carbs, electrolytes.Ingredients {Serves One}

  • 1 Non-Fat Container of Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 oz. Coconut Water (plain or flavored)
  • 2 oz. [Regular] Water
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 Packets of Stevia (depending on your desired sweetness)
  • Handful of Ice
  • Scoop of Glutamine (optional)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (optional)

Place everything into a blender and mix well.

Drink and enjoy the Greek yogurt, chia and goodness boost!

Question: What’s your favorite smoothie combos?

WIAW #127: Anniversary Sweets.

Good morning y’all!

Today, I am linking up with Jenn today for WIAW.It’s an extra special one because yesterday was Patrick’s & I’s anniversary. We had such a lovely day and delicious eats, so let’s get to it, shall we?Breakfast: I had a banana before I did the Lower Fix from the 21 Day Fix, after I refueled with some chocolate Shakeology mixed with strawberries, unsweetened coconut milk, water and tons of ice!Brunch: We went to a little dinner near our house for brunch. I had a mean craving for French toast and blueberries.Snack #1: After brunch, we dived into some cake.And a bit of the brownie truffles I made him.Snack #2: I munched on some pretzels and before my 38 week appointment, we stopped at Starbucks.We stopped at Salem Willows after the appointment for some arcade fun.Snack #3: And some fried dough balls with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Dinner: After the Willows, we ordered a pizza and watched a movie.It was nice to spend the entire day together on such a beautiful day. Love you Patrick to the moon and back

Question: French toast or pancakes?

Chocolate or vanilla cake?

MIMM #35: Yoga & Coffee Break.

Hello friends.

This weekend was filled with lots of yoga reading, Starbucks, relaxing and a dinner with the in-laws. What better place to read then the marvelous Starbucks.And some marvelous sweet greens on the way out?For dinner, went to downtown Lowell.And found this restaurant called Cobblestones. I must say it was quite marvelous, skinny baked fries always get me.It reminded me of the Franklin Cafe in Gloucester. Remember that place? So that’s my weekend in a nutshell. I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday, thanks for hosting!For those who are interested, I have a FREE challenge group happening on Facebook July 27th called “21 Days of Fitness.” It’s going to be a fun 21 days of accountability, fitness, nutrition and more.There will be a giveaway too. If you want in on the group, email me at NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com with your Facebook name – only a few spots left!

Question: How’s your summer going? Any exciting plans for the week ahead?

Thinking Out Loud #13: Healthy Living

Since this has been my last day of work, I’ve tons of thinking.I’ve been enjoying more time with Patrick. And the Bun-Bun.Cooking more.And trying to relax.Before my friend Jen [and before pregnancy], I was at the gym bodybuilding and spinning. I was healthy but I felt that something was missing.

The Beachbody community gave me that structure and that accountability that I’ve been seeking. I am very much into social media, specifically Instagram, and there are so many people on various Beachbody programs/Shakeology that it’s motivating!I wasn’t the type to do the “workout at home” movement – only on days during bad weather. But now with a precious baby girl coming, at-home workouts are KEY to my post-baby success!

The Beachbody community helps me stay accountable just as going to the gym would. I even don’t have to worry about working out at crazy hours because I want to get to the gym.Beachbody may seem “pricey.”

I am not going to lie, that’s how I felt. But I thought about a monthly gym membership cost and the fact that I enjoy taking group exercise classes, not just teaching, not to mention the money spent on gas.

Beachbody offers variety between it’s workouts and nutrition. And they WORK! They don’t have PiYo and Insanity classes at gyms for nothing you know – it’s because the workouts, work.

When you sign up for any Beachbody program through a coach you are getting it all in a one stop shop – the workouts, support, a personal trainer and of course, a coach! Beachbody supports my lifestyle – I can still teach classes plus do effective workouts at home.

So much has been on my mind between embarking on this new coaching journey, waiting for baby Samantha and restarting work in the Fall. If you have any questions on Beachbody, Shakeology or coaching, please feel free to email me {NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com}. Did you enter my giveaway?

I am linking up with Amanda for thinking out LOUD Thursdays. What’s on your mind?