Blog: FITGirl Training

Sweat Dripping Workouts Rock

This motivational image reminded me of an experience I had a few months ago when my "bestie" invited me to a kickboxing class that she wanted to attend. It's true, I love these types of assignments ;) It was a rockin' workout!!

Be sure to get a sweat dripping from your face workout at least 3 times per week and drink plenty of water before, during, and after!

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Sometimes it takes a while to become comfortable with concepts we do not understand or situations we can not control, but it's so worth the effort to begin living outside your comfort zone.

It wasn't until severing ties with "Corporate America," giving birth to two children, graduating from college, and starting my own business - in this order - that I've truly begun to appreciate the spirit that lives inside my body. Have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately??

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Baby Squat

This is the cutest "squat" tutorial I've seen and a great stretch to work on as we age. (Image 3 is a perfect squat!)

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Lifestyle Change

Particularly fitting in my household as I enjoy eating clean.

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Sad's Okay; Keep Looking Ahead

Today I'm sad. Not just because of the babies and brave souls that lost their lives last Friday in Connecticut, but also because I had to let my closest (feline) friend live free of pain with the angels.

Even though my heart aches, I strongly believe it's important to keep looking ahead. My candle remains lit for those that share my grief and sadness, but also for the blessings in each of our lives. May your day be full of blessings. Peace 2 U and yours.

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Love Being You

Feeling less than ideal (underweight, overweight, or under-fit) often results in negativity or self-loathing, but it doesn't have to be that way. Think positive.  Love being you!

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Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Love these easy to make Peanut Butter Protein Cookies from one of my favorite blogs EAT-SWEAT-THINK.com
 

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photo from EAT-SWEAT-THINK.com
Ingredients (makes approx 12 cookies)
  • 1 egg,
  • 1 cup of natural crunchy peanut butter (Chose a brand that has no add sugar, minimal salt and no preservatives or emulsifiers.  A good nut butter will often have oil separated on the top).
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (or you can use chocolate – I like the Red 8 protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 5 drops of Stevia (if you prefer it a bit sweeter you can add a tablespoon of raw honey or pure maple syrup instead)
  • 2 teaspoons of Chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Half teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
  • Optional – If I want them a little sweeter I will sometimes add some finely chopped dates or chunks of 85% dark chocolate.
  1. Beat the egg in a mixing bowl then mix in all the other ingredients until you have a dough.  You can at this stage add in some chopped dates or 85% chocolate chopped up.
  2. Roll into balls and place on a baking tray (flatten slightly).
  3. Bake in oven for 10 to 12 mins (or until golden brown) on 180 degrees Celsius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit). Leave to cool and enjoy.
Great tasty snack that’s easy to make, low g.i. gluten-free and high protein.

When I made a batch, I added 72% cocoa chocolate chunks and used honey as the sweetener. Since we are fans of raisins and dried cranberries, I will add to my next batch. My recipe turned out a bit crumbly, but they were MUCH tastier than I expected and even my Husband enjoyed them :)

A special thank you to EAT-SWEAT-THINK.com for sharing her yummy clean eating creations and recipes she has found. This blog is a great inspiration if you're looking for health and fitness ideas. Happy eating!!

 

 

CHRISTMAS MORNING COCONUT FLOUR MUFFINS

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Christmas Morning Coconut Flour Muffins. I stumbled upon this recipe while exploring CALLINGOFTHEHEART blog:
1/2 cup coconut flour
6 eggs (yes, I mean 6)
4 tablespoons of coconut oil melted (not at a high heat–melt it slowly)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 tablespoons of 100% natural maple syrup
2-3 ripe, mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/8 teaspoon Xanthium Gum (this does what gluten does–it sticks things together–don’t use too much)
1/2 cup blueberries

Combine all wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, bananas, vanilla). I usually throw this mess into a Cuisinart and blend until it is smooth, then transfer it to a mixing bowl.  You can do it all in a mixing bowl, just make sure you mix really well and that the mixture is smooth.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a measuring cup and slowly add in increments while you stir.  Fold in blueberries and nuts.

With the aid of tablespoons, fill either 12 large muffin cups or 24 mini-muffin cups.  I always use liners.  They are so much easier for clean up and look very pretty.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  I live at high altitude, so my baking time may be longer than what you need.  These will not puff up like wheat muffins, they will have a more, shall we say, rustic look.  Serve warm with or without a little dab of butter.

Note: I'm planning to make this recipe for the holidays, but prefer not to use Xanthium Gum because many people report stomach issues. Based on Stephanie's excellent recommendations from her CALLINGOFTHEHEART blog, I will either leave it out or substitute Chia/flax seed.

If you're in the mood for adventures in holiday baking, give this recipe a try! Be sure to let me know how it turns out and I will do the same :)
 

A Little Funny

A little funny for you this Thursday . . . or not so funny, funny?! Tell me what you think :)

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Laugh and Sleep

Amid the cold months in Minnesota, avid exercisers often wonder "how do you know when you're too sick to exercise?" Check out Too Sick to Exercise best practices here.

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