Ive been patiently awaiting the internet at my new apartment, so I’m a little late getting a post up for you guys.
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and were able to spend it with friends and family. Friday was spent up at the hospital for Austin’s Dad’s bypass surgery. Everything went SO good and the recovery process has begun. Day by day!
Saturday was…MOVE IN day!
I haven’t finished putting everything up and/or decorating, and I don’t have all my furniture yet, so those pictures will be coming soon.
The apartment has much more space than I first anticipated. Moving in was my first time to be able to see it. And one of the things I love is that my patio doesn’t face the parking lot…so I can sit out, drink coffee, and see some nature! 😀
The first official fall decor is up! <3
So before I get into this official grocery haul, I want to highlight how much I love the grocery pick up option at Walmart.
At my old apartment, I took advantage of this free grocery pickup quite often. It’s so convenient with my schedule sometimes, even though I’m one who loves to physically grocery shop! Like, for real, you could pay me to buy your groceries and I’d be happy about it! 😊
After moving in, I scheduled a grocery pickup for Sunday around noon. I knew I was going to already have some food that I took with me Saturday, but knew I wouldn’t feel up to going up and down aisles for groceries. Moving is a whole other workout level sometimes!
All you do is go on the Walmart Grocery App, pick your Walmart location, set a pickup time, and you can get to ordering your groceries.
You have to have a $30 minimum, but if you’re getting things you need, it should be no problem getting there! 😊
They make it easy to shop by category, so if you know exactly what you need, or are looking for a specific product, you can go to that catoegory to make it quicker. This goes for non grocery pick up orders as well.
I also love the option where they show you what you’ve ordered in the past and make it easy to order past items. If you ordered a lot of similar items, this comes in handy!
I spent a little over $60 and got all of this!
Questions for you:
Have you ever used the Walmart Grocery pickup option before?
What’s one of your go-to grocery items you purchase almost every time?
Happy Humpday everyone!
What a week it has been already…
As many may know, my boyfriend’s (Austin) dad has been in the hospital. What started out as double pneaumonia turned into needing triple bypass surgery.
So I’ve been helping out, running back and forth to hospital, work stuff in between, and trying to fit in more packing for the move Saturday.
Needles to say, a lot of us are physcially, emotionally, and mentally tired.
This got me thinking about the breakdown of our health.
We have 3 main categories of health:
1. Physical Health
Our physical health is basically the function of our bodies. It’s our everyday activities, our fitness, and how well our body runs both inside and out.
In a lot of cases, we think we are doing fine, but sometimes there’s a curveball thrown that makes you realize how important our physical health is. You can eat right and exercise, but you still run the risk of getting something or something happening to you. In some instances, it’s genetics and you can’t do anything about it.
Austin’s dad just went in for pneumonia, not realizing what condition his heart was in. But, if it wasn’t for the pneumonia, his heart would have just gotten worse.
It’s still vital for us to eat well and exercise…all while finding a balance. It’s so important for us to take care of ourselves the best we can! Some people may poke fun at me for how I eat sometimes, but there’s a reason I eat the way I do (And yes…I still enjoy pizza and burgers) 😀
2. Mental Health
Our mental health is our psychological + emotional well being. When we have a lot of things going on, when we have stress at work or at home, and you go-go-go a hundred miles and hour, it takes a toll on us mentally…especially with our emotions.
Clear, mental health can be viewed as happy, content, and at peace with where you are. It’s a good place to be in and a place we should all strive to be in.
When you have other things going on, whether it’s work related, family/relationships, health problems, or all of the above, we eventually get to the point of pure exhaustion and have a breakdown.
Some people hold it together really well, but I know for me after a period of time, after bottling it up for so long, I just have to have a good cry session and let things out. That’s good for us too, you know!
3. Spiritual Health
Our spiritual health, to me, is just as important as the others.
Because with God, all things our possible. He is our source of strength and guidance. He knows what’s best for us. He is our healer. He is always by our side.
I can go on and on with this one. I have to put my faith and trust in Him when things start to pile up in life…or when those lemons are thrown at me.
Evaluate these areas in your life.
-Are you feeling run down?
-Do you feel like you can never catch a break?
-Do you have days you feel like you have no hope or don’t know who to turn to?
More than just physical, being healthy overall includes our mental/emotional, and spiritual health as well.
Happy Monday, friends!
To start off this week, I wanted to share something with you guys I will be starting on that is a HUGE step outside my comfort zone…
I am starting to follow a template for muscle gain, which means:
1. I’m not following a diet to lose weight like most do (although I have days I seriously want to)🙅🏻♀️
2. I am focusing on gaining muscle and continuing to get stronger. 💪🏻
3. I have to eat a lot more food 😭
Some of you may have heard of RP Strength, a.k.a., Renaissance Periodization.
( pic source: Twitter )
RP Strength is highly known in the fitness community: Crossfit, bodybuilding, figure competitions, and weight loss/muscle gain.
RP Strength gives you the option of choosing a weight/fat loss template, or a muscle gain template. You give them some info about yourself and your goals, and they give you a detailed template to follow.
Before I go on anymore, I am not telling you to buy this template. It’s not for everyone. But if you know my background story of going through an eating disorder and not eating enough and over exercising, then you may understand how big of a deal this is for me.
Even now, I still have days I struggle with body image and weight…and for me it’s something I will always have to learn to work through.
Since starting Crossfit in January, I have definitely gotten stronger and have been able to do things I didn’t think I would ever be able to do. I got 2 strict pull ups just the other day…my first back to back pull-ups!
Throughout my Crossfit journey so far, my weight has stayed about the same as it’s been for the last few years, but my body composition has changed some. While I have loved this, I also have always had a big fear of gaining weight and getting too big.
Thats my ultimate fear…weight gain. After so many years of trying to stay/get slim and fit, and it being embedded in my head to “be skinny”, it was always instant fear for me to gain weight.
What I Love about this template is that they push eating whole, non processed foods…which is best for everyone to follow, really. Something else I love about it, is they tell me about how much of protein, carbs and fats to have at each meal. I know there are some days I’m not eating enough to fuel me, or I know when I didn’t have enough carbs before a workout.
I’m always one to focus on healthy eating, and I think most people know that. But sometimes your girl has bad days, or weeks, where I feel my nutrition is completely off track and I genuinely get down about it.
Since I am passionate about Crossfit and want to be a better athlete, I am really wanting to dial in my nutrition more…not just for my health, but performance as well. Of course, I’m going to be keeping my balance in there because I do enjoy pizza, ice cream, burgers, etc. ❤️
If you signed up to receive weekly emails from me (on the right side on my home page), then you know this last week I sent an email out explaining how I don’t like the word “diet”, and now no one diet fits all.
You must do what is right for YOU. Everyone is on a different journey with their health and fitness. For me, I am at a place I want to continue to get stronger. I’m not obsessed with being skinny like I used to be. I’m focused on being healthy and the best version of ME possible.
Lets face it, this girl needs help with her food too sometimes! I am human just like you. I love helping people with food and fitness, but the trainer needs training too!
Thats what I want to get across to you today. I don’t want you to think, “I can’t believe she’s following a diet”, or think, “she’s telling us no diet fits all but she’s following this”…
I will be eating healthy, staying balanced, and working on ME. Now, I want you to focus on being the best version of YOU possible. 😊
Happy Friday guys!
I am so glad the weekend is about here. I thought I would start making Fridays a weekly recap post of what I ate and/or things that took place during the week. This one is mostly foods I ate.
Let me know if you like these posts!
I am also thinking about seriously bringing back the YouTube video. I made one and published it, and attempted a few other times to make another one, and it just faded out. But I enjoyed making them, and I had a lot of great feedback.
Let me know what you think of continuing them on! Here is a link to the first video I made:
Now, on to the recap!
Breakfast Monday morning was 2 scrambled eggs topped with Daiya (dairy free) cheese, alongside a piece of toast topped with the Wild Maine Blueberry Jam my sweet friend got me in Maine!
I worked on my fat bomb post, and for a snack grabbed a Fiber One bar. No picture of that! Lol I stayed busy getting the post done, went with dad on a grocery trip, and when I got back,whipped up lunch.
I mixed jasmine rice with corn, black beans, broccoli, and mixed it all together with salsa. I topped it l over a bed of greens. It was so good!
I ran over to pick up the MealFit food for my gym, and on the way back had a couple rice cakes with peanut butter on them.
This workout I did with Austin and his brother was most challenging for me! So many overhead squats and thrusters!! I got me a Fitaid drink afterwards for extra recovery.
Dinner was a bowl of oatmeal with banana slices and peanut butter. Completely forgot to snap a picture. It wasn’t very pretty anyway lol. I was sleepy and hungry so I threw it together!
Tuesday morning for breakfast I mixed dairy free blueberry yogurt with my chocolate plant based protein powder, and topped it with Bear Naked granola, banana slices, and drizzled with JIF powdered peanut butter. Such a tasty bowl!
After a couple clients, I came back home for lunch. I had more of my salsa rice mixture over a bed of greens and topped with delicious avocado!
I think this is the most perfect avocado I’ve ever cut open! What joy!
For a little something sweet, I had a few bites of this dairy free version of Halo Top ice cream. This is my absolute favorite dairy free ice cream (next to Ben and Jerry’s!)
I taught kids Crossfit class at 4, did the class at 5 for my workout, ran across town for my evening client, and when I came back heated up a bowl of my spaghetti squash, topped with my Daiya dairy free cheese.
It did not take long for me to fall asleep after that!
Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with a little peanut butter and a fat bomb I made earlier this week. Get the recipe here!
For lunch me, Austin, and Dad went to Mugshots for a late bday lunch for Austin. We started off with their fried pickles. SO good! They gave us so many pickles that we had to take most home.
I ordered the turkey burger with a side of sweet potato fries!
Afterwards Austin and I headed to the mall to get a shirt he needed, and we got Starbucks while we were there. Go figure! That held me over until the gym. Hit some PRs that night!
Dinner was 2 pieces of chicken from Dominos and a low carb wrap with peanut butter. Needless to say, Wednesday got off track a little. It was a treat day for sure!
Thursday morning started off with 2 fried eggs and a piece of toast with half peanut butter and half blueberry jam!
I picked up Austin and dropped him off where him and his buddies were meeting and they were headed off to the beach. So jealous of them!
For lunch I threw together a salad topped with smoked turkey, cucumbers, and topped with fat free ranch. I also had a small bowl of jasmine rice.
On my way to my afternoon client, I enjoyed this Mountain Zevia drink (tastes like Mountain Dew!)
After my client, i went and picked up my cousin Devin (he’s in visiting with his family from Texas) and he took the kids Crossfit class I taught at 4. He rocked it!
I was going to do some light ab work or the Assault bike during the 5pm class, since my Mayhem team was planning on practicing at 6, then I found out a couple of my team members may not make it, so I decided to do the workout at 5. We did a 400 meter run, walking lunges with #35, 50 double unders, 25 toes to bars (I had to do hanging knee raises), back down to 50 double unders and another set of lunges.
By the end of the workout both the other ladies ended up coming, even though one girl on the team has an injured hand, so she is taking it easy. I decided to join them in the workout for Mayehm, so I ate some dates for a quick energy source and drank this FitAid.
I was pooped after back to back workouts, and I was ready for dinner! I had a bowl of my spaghetti squash again, mixed in with spaghetti sauce and smoked turkey.
I had this chocolate plant based protein shake alongside of it, for some extra protein.
Before bed (9 something maybe), I was still a little hungry, so I grabbed a bowl of cheerios and then I headed straight to bed!
So glad today is Friday! What are your weekend plans? I will be spending it some more with my family that’s in town, and Austin gets back on Sunday so I hope to see him then too!
When you want tacos, burritos, or some kind of wrap, what do you need?
There are numerous kinds of tortillas out there: size, white/wheat, spinach, corn/flour, etc., and while most taste pretty good, some are higher in carbohydrates.
This isn’t saying it’s bad ( i enjoy carbs like this in moderation), but I know some people either want to watch their carbs, or need to watch their carbs.
Today I am sharing with you a very basic tortilla recipe, only involving 3-4 ingredients.
Almond Flour Tortillas
Before I get to the recipe, keep in mind a couple things:
1. This is not my original recipe.
2. Because it is made with almond flour, and has few ingredients, it will not fold or roll like a regular flour tortilla.
On to the recipe!
– 2 cups almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
– 2 eggs
– 1 teaspoon olive oil
– 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1. Preheat Oven between 325 and 350 (depending on how quick your oven cooks)
2. Mix all ingredient together in a bowl.
3. Start kneading/rolling out the “dough”. I placed my dough between 2 pieces of wax paper to roll it out.
4. Use something round with the desired size you want your tortillas (I used a smaller glad container for mine). Once you cut your tortillas out, bake between 8-10 minutes. I started with 8 minutes, then put it on for 2 more, but turned the oven off.
5. Let cool and enjoy!
I decided to have one with some ground turkey I cooked for lunch. I placed ground turkey, spinach, and a little mustard on mine, and enjoyed a salad on the side!
If you try these out, let me know! I may try this combo for a pizza crust in the future! 😀
I can’t believe we are ending April! Can you believe how fast this year is already flying by??
I have decided at the end of every month to do a post sharing some of my current favorite products/things. I will post a few in the categories of health/food/fitness/beauty/random.
Anything that can be purchased I will share a link as well if you are interested.
Let’s get to it! 😀
—Maybelline Lash Sensational—
The majority of what I wear each day when it comes to makeup is foundation/powder + mascara. I love me some mascara! 1 tube lasts me a while and this last time I wanted to switch things up. I picked up this mascara by Maybelline and I am obsessed! The wand is not your normal bristle brush. It’s more of plastic bristles, but I love the way it goes onto my eyelashes. I think it helps make my eyes pop!
—EOS Pomegranate Shaving Cream—
I have been on the search a while for a good shaving cream. I have sensitive skin and it gets worse in the heat, or when I get hot. I came across a sample of this EOS shaving cream and I knew it was at least worth the try.
It leaves my skin SO smooth! I find my skin doesn’t irritate quite as much as it has in the past after using this shaving cream. Plus, the pomegranate smell leaves my skin smelling good and fresh! I had to get the big bottle of this.
—L’Oréal Self Tanners—
The closer we get into shorts and tank top season, the more I realize how white I am…and your girl doesn’t always tan easy in the sun. In most cases I get somewhat burned.
To start me off with a little color this spring/summer season, I bought both the lotion and the spray of self tanner from L’Oréal. Both products smell amazing and they don’t leave any sticky feeling after applying.
Even after working out, you can still smell the lotion. I normally use the lotion after I shower, and the spray before I get my clothes on or change. There have only been a couple of times I have used both in one day. I normally alternate.
The lotion also leaves you with a slight shimmer, which I love! 🙂
I did a post last week all about MealFit, which you can find here to learn more.
MealFit is perfect for healthy, portion controlled, delicious food and is great if you don’t have much time or you don’t like to cook. I have been loving all of the food they have to offer, including a cauliflower crust pizza that was an option last week!
Check out the website here if you want to check it out!
—Everything but the Bagel Seasoning—
I’ve been seeing people all over loving this seasoning, and I finally got around to purchasing it at Trader Joe’s. It’s just like the name: it’s all the seasoning on an everything bagel you would normally find, but without the bagel.
I have been loving sprinkling some on my egg scrambles! I can’t wait to try it on other things, like maybe avocado toast??
—Nike Metcon 3—
Since starting Crossfit, some people at the gym were telling me to get a good training shoe. I had been working out in just my running shoes but knew I needed a better shoe.
I have fallen in love with my Nike Metcons! They are definitely different from my running shoe. You can tell they are made for training and not strictly running.
—The Feeling of Slowly Getting Stronger—
Since starting crossfit back in January, I have slowly been able to tell I’m gaining more strength. Slowly, but surely. I love the feeling! Anytime I’m able to go up in weight for a move, I feel happy and strong!
Do do you have any favorite products or things you’ve been loving this month?? I’d love to hear!! 😀
Happy Monday everyone!
Weekends just go by too fast, don’t they??
Im sharing with you today the foods I ate yesterday, and then going into my next project and what it means to me by putting myself out there.
Breakfast, along with the usual coffee, was 1 whole egg + egg white scramble (I added in spinach) and a side of sliced strawberries.
Went to church with Dad and enjoyed a great service of praise, and a wonderful sermon from our pastor.
Came home for lunch and heated up another chicken burger I placed on top of spinach, and had a side of sweet potato. I’ve been loving this combo lately and has been one of my meals the last few days. I’ll be switching things up this week.
I worked on some blogging, put together clients’ workout, worked on my new project, and took a break for some coffee + a banana with almond butter.
While I enjoyed my coffee, dad and I watched Men in Black on Netflix. It was my first time ever seeing it and I loved it! I’ll have to catch the second one now.
I didnt know what I wanted for dinner, do I threw some veggies and quinoa together in a bowl. It was good, but a couple hours later I was hungry again, so I got one of the Costco versions of the Quest bar before headed to bed.
The new project I am working on is getting back into YouTube videos! Last year I tried my hand at a few videos, and while I was enjoying it, part of me felt awkward and a little scared putting myself out there like that.
It’s one thing to write blog posts for you guys, but it’s a whole other world when it comes to videos and vlogs.
I am nervous + scared, but super excited to try videos out again to provide more content for you guys. I will share videos on my blog, depending on what they are, but I won’t post every video on here (you will have to go visit my YouTube channel!) 😀
I plan on keeping my healthy lifestyle thing going, but with my videos, I will doing some random + fun ones, and even some “day in the life” videos.
Putting yourself out there with something you are passionate about can be an exciting + exhilarating, but also scary, uncomfortable, and even nerve wracking.
Someone important to me told me it’s good to do things that make you uncomfortable. It’s like conquering an obstacle and coming out better as a person after it. 😀
I sure have faced my obstacles, and I can say that what I’ve been through has allowed me to come out stronger, happier, and better as a person. Why not strive to keep that going?
emichelefit will be my YouTube channel name. I plan on getting my first video together it upload by the middle of the week. So, be looking out for that!