Yes, I can!

workout-motivationI’ve shared in past posts that life and all its wonderful trappings have been negatively effecting my fitness and diet. I used to be more disciplined about regular exercise and thoughtful consumption but over the last few months, not so much! I have been logging 1-3 workouts a week and eating more indulgently than I should – its not a treat if you have it every day!

I am a big fan of ‘all things in moderation‘  but it is time to get myself back on track! Since I am not trying to kill myself here, I came up with a few simple changes to get  back on track:

  • Step #1: Yoga and Cardio 3x a week – balancing and maintaining my exercise is great for the body and mind!
  • Step #2: No alcohol during the week – while delicious, my nightly glasses of wine are slowing my metabolic rate!
  • Step #3: Indulge on the weekends – chocolate isn’t a multivitamin, I don’t need to have it everyday!

No weighing myself every week or obsessing over every little thing I put in my body, just positively reminding myself ‘Yes, I can!’ when the voices of doubt creep in!


Season’s end, Season’s cleanse

Happy Monday!

ImageI couldn’t think of a better way to end the summer season than with an awesome weekend on the bay in Avalon, NJ celebrating my sister’s bachelorette party! Our group of 15 was blessed with beautiful weather and a relaxing weekend of fun in the sun!

While the weekend was amazing, it ended with a reality check! I went to pick up my dress from alterations and BOY was it tight! All the alcohol and yummy food left me fully bloated and not feeling myself!

What a better way to motivate for a seasonal cleanse than to fit into a Maid of Honor dress! I normally do a week long full body detox a few times a year but have yet to try the juice cleanses everyone and their mother have been raving about; so here goes nothing…

I have decided on Dr. Oz’s 3 day detox juice cleanse after hours of research (and an unwillingness to pay $125-$200 for three days of food!

More to come tonight…and the next few days! Kick off is tomorrow and I am very excited to reap all the positive benefits this cleanse has to offer!!

Go Nuts!!

Go Nuts!!

I am a total nut freak! Raw, roasted or in butter form, I probably consume anywhere between 1-3 servings daily!

A lot of people watching their weight try to avoid nuts and nut butters because of the higher fat content but don’t be fooled!! Adding nuts to your daily diet can help contribute to weight loss!!

The unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in nuts are hugely beneficial to your body’s many functions – including but not limited to your metabolism (ya know, that function that helps your body break down food and burn fat). Yes, you need fat to loose fat, haha! Plus, nuts are a great source of protein!

The only two things you really need to watch out for are portion control and raw vs. roasted nuts. I recommend always buying raw nuts and dry roasting them yourself with a little salt. Buying roasted nuts can majorly spike the calorie content as most manufacturers use gobs of honey or oil. Commonly, nuts are 1/4cup or 2tablespoons a serving, so make sure to measure and don’t forget…