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Happy Halloween – Pumpkins are not just for carving!

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the day…Let’s talk PUMPKINS!

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving my friends!, They come with many health benfits…and can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Pumpkins are a fabulous source of nutrients, and are naturally low in calories. For example, 1 cup of raw pumpkin is only 30 cals!!!! Raw pumpkin is naturally fat free, and a great source of dietary fibre, as well as high in Vitamins A, B6, C, and E. it is high in Magnesium, Iron and many other “good for you” nutrients.

Some benefits: Beta Carotene can help reduce night blindness, and Magnesium is great for strong teeth and bones, and it prevents abnormal blood clotting.

Pumpkin seeds are great too! They’re a good source of protein and make a great snack to help fight off hunger…snack on a few today – or better yet, sprinkle some on top of your salad.

Here’s a great recipe for pumpkin soup that I love in this season:

1tbs EVOO (extra virgin olive oil

2 orange bell peppers, diced

1 large onion, diced

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

1/2 tsp cumin

5 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

2 cups of pumpkin puree

salt & pepper

In a large pot, or dutch oven, heat oil and add onions, sautee untill tender. Add peppers, carrots and spices, and sautee untill tender. Add brot, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Blend your wonderful creation until smooth, and then add the pumpkin puree. Keep on low heat and cook for another 10 minutes.

ENJOY!!

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1 Month check in

Today marks 1 month since I have been on this new Eat Clean, Train Mean way of life…in my attempt to be some FIT MAMA!!

I have lost a total of 3lbs, which may not seem like a lot to some, but after months and months of no progress I am quite happy with the results.

3 lbs down may show on the scale, but it feels like so much more, clothes are fitting much better with room to spare! I have tons more energy than i used to which is handy when trying to keep up with work, life, a toddler etc.

I have lost 1/2 an inch on my waist and my thighs have trimmed up. I’m also finding i have some more shape in my arms. I can run longer in my cardio sessions, and lift heavier when weight training.

All in all, I am happier than I have been in a long time. I feel like things are falling into place. I enjoy waking up in the morning and getting dresses for work. I enjoy coming home from work, and whipping up a great lean dinner. I enjoy playing with my son and taking long, long walks because I can actually keep up now.

So 1 month down, and many more to come! I will be Some fit Mama!

Morning Belly Blasting workout

start your day off with these belly blasting moves and see the difference!

10 sit-ups

10 V-sits

10 crunches

20 reverse crunches

20 scissor kicks

1 minute plank hold.

repeat until you can’t 😉

A new week, are you up for the challenge?

Mondays have always been like a blank slate for me…however this week, I’m pleased to say I don’t really need it!

Happy Monday!

 

I had a great weekend, worked out, spent quality time with my son, and ATE CLEAN!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on what exactly “eating clean” is.

In the Simplest form, “eating clean” is eating only what nature provides, eliminating anything processed from your diet. Basically, consuming foods at hat are whole, natural, and unprocessed, and made with no artificial ingredients, or preservatives.

 

For example, incorporating in your diet, whole grains, such as whole grain breads instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white, grains such as quinoa, amaranth, steel cut oats, whole fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, lean meats, and fish, etc.

 

I try, and lately have been succeeding, to incorporate the “clean eating” lifestyle at every meal. If it didn’t come from nature, and doesn’t look the way it did in it’s natural form, I don’t eat it.

Now there is one small exception to this, and that is because I weight train frequently. The exception is protein powder. But, I have found a protein powder that works with my clean eating plan, has 30g of protein per serving, and doesn’t have too many unnatural ingredients.

 

So…now that I have shed some light on clean eating, are you up for the challenge?

 

Start day by day, eliminate something processed in your diet, and replace it with something whole.

 

WARNING: Clean eating may result in higher energy, glowing skin, and a better body! 😉

I MADE IT!

WOW! I made it through the week! After a hectic week, horrible traffic, 2 year old tantrums, I seriously thought I would crash before making it to FRIDAY!!!!

This week, I’m proud to say that I accomplished all of my goals.

I ate clean for EVERY meal this week!!! yay!

I worked out 4 times so far, and at quite a great intensity.

and today by the end of the work week…I fit into a shirt that I haven’t been able to wear in 7 months!!!!! woo hoo!! happy dance 🙂

So what does this mean, you ask? I feel very motivated to continue clean eating and working out this weekend. That’s hard to do sometimes because weekends are for fun, right? Well…this whole turning over a new leaf thing….i now have to change my view on things, and make sure I view clean eating and working out as fun. There’s no other way I’ll stick to it!

You know that saying of “the proof is in the pudding”? I guess for me, the proof is in not eating the pudding lol! the progress I’ve seen so far is enough to keep me going on my quest to becomming some FIT Mama~~

The mid-week blahs

So it’s Wednesday, and I’ve been eating clean and training mean all week – so far! yay me 🙂 but I think I need some kind of motivational push to continue my streak for the rest of the week.

Monday night was Yoga night! I haven’t had a Yoga session in ages, and it felt GREAT! definitely want to keep it up a couple of times a week.

Tuesday night was weight training, upper body/arms/abs. Feel Great today~ love that “I worked out really hard, and am sore all over” feeling!

So, what can I find to motivate me through the Wednesday blahs? Plan an extra long nature walk with the hubby & son? another Yoga session? Cardio? hmmm? How about think of how my body will look with yet another workout? Yes that seems to be moving me past the blah stage and right into the “I want to hit the gym!” stage! I love the feeling of looking better day by day, seeing the small changes that really are big changes when I look at how much I’ve achieved. Feeling better in my clothes, not having the waistband of my jeans dig into my skin 😦

Ok so that got me going…I’m now going to continue drinking my water, plan an “eat clean” dinner of Quinoa – recipe will be posted soon – and plan my workout for this evening!!

This is where it all begins….

I’ve been thinking about starting up a blog for over 6 months now, but have never found the time. So now, when I’ve decided to make a change in my life, I thought – there’s no better time than now to start my blog!

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, and like anyone else out there, I’ve always wanted a time in my life to come where I didn’t have to worry about how much I weigh, or what size I am. I’ve decided that time is now. I’m turning over a new leaf, focusing on something else…feeling fit and being healthy for my family.

I want this blog to be a record of my journey to achieving my fitness goals of eating clean and training mean! Being a busy working mom often leaves little time for health and fitness, but I’m willing to take on the challenge and see if I can achieve my fitness goals, increase my energy, and keep up with my 2.5 year old.

Join me as i chronicle my journey as I become some FIT Mama!!

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