Banana, Blueberry and Chia Overnight Oats!

Buenos Dias! 🙂

Before I begin on this delicious recipe, I have been meaning to try these Overnight Oats for quite some time! I waited until I bought all the ingredients

(I have Coach’s oats delivered from amazon but in the apartment complex where I live the clubhouse closes super early Sunday night and I didn’t have time to pick up my package 😦 but I made it work)

I found this recipe and the whole concept from HealthyHitsTheSpot Her blog is wonderful! Go check her out 🙂

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So for these ONO’s (Paige’s way of saying Overnight Oats) I used:

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•1/3 cups of oats

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• 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

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• 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

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•1 tbsp. chia seeds

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• 1/2 banana

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• 3 shakes of cinnamon

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Method:

• mix everything together in a mixing bowl
• either cover bowl with plastic, or
• put in separate container with a lid

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How gorgeous those that look? I’m so exited to wake up and put some yummy toppings on it and ravish this!

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Here are the morning touches of the ONO’s

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Seriously what an amazing breakfast that’s fast, easy and delicious! Hope you all have a great day! Happy Monday!

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“May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor”

“Wow! Where is a treadmill and a bow and arrow,” was what I kept telling myself after watching this movie.

 

This movie was amazing! I remember I kept pulling my boyfriends hands and squirming in my seat throughout this movie. I experienced happiness, disgust, fear, love, and hope in just 142 minutes. Now I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen it yet but all I have to say is get your booties to the theater asap!

Jennifer Lawrence was amazing as the main character, Katniss Everdeen. She truly was an inspiration to hit the gym and workout. I swear I have never wanted to hit the treadmill so badly before but after watching this movie I wanted to work out! If I was a tribute in The Hunger Games I sure would be the first to die because I am not fit to my capacity.

 

 

Self Magazine has a post on their website:

The Hunger Games Workout: 4 Ways To Train Like A Tribute

and it tells you what workouts they did to train for their roles and their diet. I will most definitely be keeping this in mind when I am working out in the gym.

 

This movie is amazing (I say that a lot) please go see it! Now I am starting to read the books and I’m already half way through!

 

Hope everyone has a great day and happy Hunger Games! 🙂

My Ambitions!

Hello everyone!

This post is super late especially since we’re in the 3rd month of the new year but I recently just made my blog and I really want to have concrete ambitions to hold myself accountable.

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Everyone has some type of goal that they want to achieve at some point in their lives; whether it be a New Years Resolution, a to-do list, a journal, or telling someone your plans. I’ve had so many journals and word documents with all my goals written but I would forget about them, lose interest and become lazy. 

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Goals are not my thing! I always feel like I’m in high school whenever someone tells me to write down my goals for this month, this year, or the future. Goals change every single second, minute and days. To me they are just another science project that in a week when I’m over with it I forget about it. 

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Ambitions: a strong desire to do something, typically requiring determination and hard work; desire and determination to achieve success.

My Ambitions

  • Run Run Run outside, inside, on a track, on a treadmill, in the park, around the neighborhood, with my boyfriend, with friends, to support a cause, because it’s a nice day, because I’m having a bad day, because I want my body to function properly, because I love my self
 
  • Drink more water, tea, fresh juices- juice my own oranges, apples, carrots, mangoes,etc
 
  • Get a good snoozzze; at least 7hrs every night 
 
  • Bootycall ; get some form of exercise when I wake up in the morning for at least 30 mins 5 days a week
 
  • Try new things to relieve stress; try yoga, go on a walk, take a new class at the gym, burn some candles and read a book, try a new recipe, talk to my friends and family
 
  • Be confident, don’t count calories
 
  • Ask for help when I think I’m over my head with challenges, especially from the TIU Community
 
  • Eat Lean, Green and Clean as much as 5 days a week
 
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself, everyone makes mistakes 
 
  • Do this for myself, because you want a healthier way of living, because you want to fit into your jeans comfortably and not try to hide your love handles, because you don’t want your arms to jiggle, because you don’t want to feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit, because you don’t want to keep pulling your shorts down, because you don’t want to feel weak, because you love yourself

 

Here’s to a healthier me. Wherever my life takes me I know that I have a strong supportive group behind me pushing me harder than ever, telling me not to quit not to give up because they’re facing the same things.

Thank you TIU for changing my life and making me want to be better.

Strawberry & Lime Water

Hello everyone! 🙂

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I’ve had such a terrible week! School is so stressful, I’ve had exams back to back and next week is no better.

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I haven’t been checking in or following TIU! 😦 No worries though tomorrow morning I get back on track!

I decided to add some fresh fruit to my water (overnight) to see if it spices it up. I love plain water but sometimes you want to overturn and put new spins on routine.

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I added into my Strawberry-Lime Water:

-2 slices of lime (cut them in wedges)
-4 strawberries (cut in halves)
-32oz of water (I made this in my water bobble)

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So easy, refreshing, yummy and satisfying. You should drink half of your body weight in water and why not spice it up and try adding fruits? 🙂

Drop 10 with Tone it Up & Self Magazine!

Hello everyone! It gets so hard to post almost everyday when you’re a full time student taking 16 credits, yikes!

 

I have been following Self Magazine since freshmen year in high school, I always loved their inspirational posts, meals and workouts. I am especially excited because my trainers, Karina and Katrina, are hosting Self’s Drop 10 Challenge!

 

 They teamed up with SELF to design…

  • 10 weeks of fun workouts!
  • Fitness videos with your trainers 🙂
  • HIIT workouts & your Cardio Calendar
  • Online tools to keep you on track
  • Daily motivation & messages
  • Weekly hosting on SELF’s facebook!

The Drop 10 challenge also includes recipes and a fool proof plan to make sure you reach all of your goals for Summer ’12!

The best thing about this also is that Karina and Katrina are still coming out with their 2nd annual Bikini Challenge after the 10 weeks of Drop 10! So in all it will be 12 weeks of non-stop working hard to drop pounds and get toned!

I am beyond excited to start this journey with the rest of my TIU sisters!

 

So please join me and everyone else who wants to tone up and drop 10 just in time for bikini season! 🙂

Like my trainers say, “You’ll never regret a workout… so get movin!!”

Late Night For The Collegiate

Wow it is crazy what college students have to go through in a week! My spring break was last week and this week was back to classes and getting in the grind of things. This week I had 2 exams already and still have 2 more left. I believe college professors are on this earth to ruin our lives. Can’t they give us a break? I mean Michigan State is the #1 seed in the Western Division and we won the Big Ten Championship! C’mon give your students a break.

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Everyone here in East Lansing, including me, is going nuts for the beginning of March Madness. Anyway the point of this blog was that as college students we stay up late..till 3am sometimes 5am or even the infamous all nighters.

I always get hungry when I’m awake late so I decided to make my own healthy dessert for late night cravings!

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I added Chobani’s Strawberry Greek Yogurt, Bare Naked’s Heavenly Chocolate, Blueberries and Cinnamon.

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It was really tasty and honestly felt like I was having a dessert with if course healthy filling ingredients!

Now wish me luck for my next two exams tomorrow.

Steaming!

I am absolutely excited to post this because this is my first steamer! Steaming foods is incredibly healthy for you and I’m glad that I get to experience this tasty new way of cooking!

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I definitely wanted to try for dinner every kind of veggie that I bought..so I did LOL! I added baby carrots, asparagus, broccoli, string beans and already boiled chicken breast. I wanted to heat up the chicken breast but didn’t want to do that in the microwave.

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The end result with brown rice! For an extra kick I added lemon and pepper seasoning to the chicken, veggies and rice. I also squeezed some fresh lime juice on everything and it was delicious!

I also used this meal as my M5 for the ToneitUp! Nutrition Plan. Hope you guys enjoy steaming foods as much as I do now!

Sour as a Grapefruit

My mom loves grapefruit and for years she has been telling me how good they are for you and all of the wonderful benefits it has for your body. And my trainers, Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson, posted on their website a great FAT BURNING SNACK! and one of the staple ingredients for their 7DSD..grapefruit!

So what’s the problem? Why am I writing a blog about grapefruits when they’re great?!

I had a wonderful experience with grapefruits..my lovely boyfriend bought me a couple of things from the grocery store that I needed to begin my 7DSD (I know I’m super lucky to have such a sweetheart who supports me in everything I do). I was so excited to finally try it that I ate 1/2 of it the night before the challenge.

How wrong was I to think that grapefruit + water = lovely combination ; I took my first bite into the grapefruit and instantly spit it out. Of course my first reaction was to chug water and as I did I almost choked on the sour after taste.  How can something that looks as sweet and delicious as an orange have such a horrible taste?

My path to having a healthy lifestyle is that of a grapefruit. At first it is ridiculously hard just to have the first bite; it is hard to make fitness/nutrition goals, where do you begin? What do you want to have accomplished? Who are you doing this for? The second time around it you’re already becoming use to the taste so it’s not a huge shock; you already started working out and you’re extremely sore sitting on the floor wanting to give up. But after a while grapefruits grow on you, working out and making better food choices becomes a little easier and manageable. You start to crave it when you thought it would be impossible to force that sour fruit back into your life; you want to workout because it makes you feel better and not because you have to.

The path to living a healthy lifestyle for me is sour as a grapefruit.