Jun 29, 2014

How to Eat to Lose Weight

This is just a quick snapshot of an example of how to eat to lose weight.

Losing weight can be difficult especially if you are unsure where to begin or what to do.  I have heard people reading labels and looking for fat but leaving out the sugar.  Or looking for carbs and leaving out the calories.  There is SO much to know that it is almost possible, right?  This is going to be a simplified guideline to help you get started on your journey.  If you are already going, you may learn a new thing or two.

The trick is to eat small meals, several times, throughout the day.  The purpose of this is to keep the metabolism going all day long.  This equals burning calories all day long.
The metabolism works at the rate we eat.  If we do not eat all day long, there is no reason for it to be working so it “shuts off”.  When you eat, it needs to process, or “metabolize” the food so it “turns on”….thus burning calories.

Those of us trying to lose weight love the sound of this!

Be careful not to overeat.  This reminds me of the first time I heard it is best to eat several meals per day.  I thought the concept was great!  I could eat more AND lose weight?
I began incorporating more snacks/meals but guess what I did wrong?  I chose the wrong foods and did not change my workout routine.  I added a muffin or a cup of noodles (sometimes both in the same day) and I continued eating my other 3 meals in the same portion sizes.  So I was adding calories and working out at the same rate.
I gained weight and could not figure it out until I did more research and learned that the ‘meals’ must be snack size…. not actual meals.  I also learned calories in versus calories out.  I want to be sure nobody else makes the same mistake.
Below is a picture of the meals that I consume throughout the day.  You can see that 2 of the ‘meals’ are snack size.  Lunch is sensibly sized and thought out.  Meaning, it is not too big or too heavy.  It is loaded with vegetables which is a great way to stay full since veggies have lots of fiber.   And, the best part, it is low calorie.
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1st am snack (AKA meal): 1 cup grapes = 60 calories
2nd am snack (AKA meal): 2 oz dark chicken = 135 cal
Lunch: 4 oz dark chicken =230 cal
1.5 c veggies= 100 cal (this has more due to the way it was cooked)
total: 525 calories

If you are eating 1200 calories per day, this leaves you 675 calories for breakfast and dinner

Click here for the simple chicken and veggie recipe.  I post healthy, low calorie recipes as well as fitness tips.  I recently wrote about how to eat to gain lean muscle and I want  you to know that if you are trying to lose weight AND gain lean muscle that you cannot just add extra protein and call it a day.  Otherwise you will end up with the same result that I listed above.  You will gain weight.  More calories equals more fat.  Period.  Unless you are strategically using the excess.  Upcoming will be an article on how to do both without gaining fat.
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Jun 25, 2014

Weekend Fun and Disaster

Last weekend was awesome and crappy all at the same time.  I went to hang out with my grandma and I was over there for like 7 hours!  That is one heck of a day to spend hanging out.  It was pretty cool because I am always really busy so I have to schedule ever little thing that I do but I have been thinking about my grandma a lot.  We used to meet for lunch every month or two and chat for 3-4 hours at a time but now I live about an hour away and I work my business related things on the weekend so time is limited.

Anyway, I realized I have to MAKE time for the things that are important.  End of story.  So I did and we made a day of it.  I went to the gym in the morning and posted a workout blog then headed over.  We went to lunch where I ordered a burger and replaced my fries with chili.  I ate half the burger and saved the rest for later.  We went to the pool and caught a little sun and went back inside to hang out some more.  We went to dinner and I had a cup of Italian Wedding Soup then we shared a mini pizza and a slice of salted caramel cake.  I ended up being full -which was not the goal and meant I had to make up for it Monday, maybe Tuesday.  I probably should have skipped the soup.  Oh well.

While I was there I discovered an antique alarm clock that STILL works.  I am not really sure if it is antique but I am totally amazed by it because everything today is made to stop working so you gotta buy another one.  Things back then were made to last because people were not buying shit all the time.... maybe because only one person in the house worked?  I don't know but I would like it if my fridge, vacuum, washer/dryer, etc. lasted more than a few years like this clock is!

Toward the end of the visit my bf tells me the a/c isn't working.  By now it's like 7:30P and it is too late for a service to come out.  Sleeping was a nightmare and we sweated our asses off all night!  Sunday morning I decide we are either staying at a hotel or the landlord can call a 24/hour service (he was going to wait on his regular maintenance guy to respond and he did not know if the guy worked on Sundays) because I was not going to wait to figure out if the maintenance guy can come Sunday or Monday.  Because it is hot as hell in the summer!!  I am not kidding.  People die of heat stroke so I didn't want to participate in that statistic.  I am probably being dramatic because I can still drink water!  In the meantime we learn the guy was working but when he gets here he discovers it needs a new motor and it some special kind that he does not have so he had to pick it up on Monday.

Crap!  I find a place nearby for a good deal and we head out.  It is actually a resort called The Pointe that I found for almost regular price - it was only $99.00 per night and the regular roach motels were $69. and $79. so we pack up and head out.  We go to the pool which has a swim up bar and room service delivers food to the pool, which we used, and I ordered a turkey burger with cottage cheese to make up for Saturday's debacle.  Our room was on the back side of the mountain and led to some hiking trails.  It is the same place we had drinks a couple months.  It was kinda nice and we decide we are going to come back another weekend for a stay cation where we can get drinks then walk back to our room and hike in the morning then pool it up in the afternoon.  Sounds rather nice!

It was weird getting up Monday morning to get ready for work and check out at the same time but at least it was cool.  The a/c was fixed and life resumed.  Whew.

I have a presentation to get ready for so that's it for today!  I have an idea of something for tomorrow's Fearless Project with Fitness Blondie and I will have to get working on that later.  For now, join her link up to meet other bloggers who -by the way- are really awesome!

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Jun 23, 2014

4 Minute Tabata for Beginners

I had mentioned a couple times that I had a Tabata video ready for your viewing pleasure and in fact I do.  It is designed for beginners so please get started!  I know the biggest reason people fail to get to the gym is because of time.  We all have extremely busy lives and some of have children with many obligations that prevent us from getting in some physical activity.  The great thing about Tabata is that it can be done in the comfort of your own home.  You do not have to leave, you don't have to worry about babysitters and you don't have to worry about any time being lost.  Matter of fact, it is only 4 minutes and you can blast some fat fast!!

I recommend doing this in the morning before you have eaten breakfast.  This way you get it done and out of the way.  Additionally, after the session is complete your body will continue to burn fat at a faster pace all day long.  What do you have to lose except a little fat?!

If you are really excited to lose some weight take a break for one or two minutes after the first 4 minutes and repeat.

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Jun 22, 2014

Please Provide feedback on My Website: TC Fit Lifestyle

I found this on my Facebook fan page dated Dec 8, 2013:

I have a tendency to give facts straight, just the way they are.  Sometimes I sugar coat things to make them have a prettier package.

No matter which way the info is delivered, it is intended to be useful and beneficial.

You know why? Because I care. I want your results to be great!

This is how I have always felt and I learn new things almost daily so I will continue to provide up to date info and maybe even some of my previous info that is still valid.  I have created a website that I would like your feedback on.  This will help me to provide value that is appealing and know what people are looking for.

The products page is rather bland, as it is currently just a couple links to Amazon, and I need to have that completed so I would like opinions on that as well.  I will have a few featured vitamins and supplements as well as some workout gear such as tops, bottoms, sports bras and probably some equipment like stability balls, jump ropes, ankle weights and smaller items that can fit in your house.  What are some of the top things you would like to see in that category?

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Please take a look at this site and give me your thoughts and ideas!  Tomorrow I will post the Tabata video I mentioned a couple days ago.  It is only 4 minutes and is geared toward the beginner so make sure to check it out!

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Jun 21, 2014

Butt Ups and Side Plank with Rotation for the Abs

Good morning beauties!  I hope you are ready for some more ab moves.  These are a bit more difficult than the last few posted.  To check out the previous ab exercises check out this blog here.  The first demo is butt ups and these require some control.  The great thing is that it targets the lower part of the abs which tend to be more difficult to work.  

The above and below images are Butt Ups

1.  Begin flat on back with knees bent and palms facing down.
2.  Engage your core to lift your butt fully off the ground, driving your feet in the air.  Keep feet as vertical as possible and not leaning over your head.  The goal is to keep the weight of your feet and legs controlled by your abs...... oh ya!
3.  This should be performed in a controlled motion as slow as possible to maintain proper form - be careful to avoid being sloppy.
4.  Return, slowly, to start position and repeat.  Keep arms to the side with palms facing down during the entire movement.
Do at least 10 reps 3x

Too easy?  Add ankle weights!

Side Plank with Rotation

This exercise will target the obliques to give the lined appearance on the abs.  Additionally, it will build the erector spinae muscles - these are the muscles along the spine.  This gives the tone appearance to the mid and lower back.  I am always a fan of strengthening the core, and remember the back is part of the core so we do not want to leave that out.

1.  Begin on your right side with your elbow aligned under your should.
2.  Lift your hips so that your body is in alignment from head to toe (forming a straight line).
3.  Bring your left arm straight up.
4.  Tuck your left arm under your waist area so that you are rotating your torso.
5.  Return to start all the while keeping your feet together.
To increase difficulty you may rotate your hips as well- making your chest parallel (or close to parallel) to the ground.
To increase difficulty even more, add wrist weights to the arm in motion.
6.  Repeat 10x each side then switch sides.
Perform 10 each side, 3x.

I am a firm believer in targeting the abs on a very regular basis.  This builds a strong core which is great for stability and the core assists in many areas of the body while working out - especially when working legs.  A regular routine is important to get fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  As always, this is for educational purposes only. 

Try these and tell me what you think.  If you have already done them, how do you like them?

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Jun 20, 2014

Coming up: TABATA and More Demos

Good morning!  I am off to work but I wanted to let you know that a quick demo and some videos are coming up between today and this weekend.  See you soon!
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Jun 19, 2014

Spicy Chicken Sausage and Eggs

I love breakfast and I love sausage.  What better combo than sausage for breakfast?  You guys all know by now that I also love simple so this recipe is all about keeping my life simple and delicious all at the same time.  Guess what else I love?  Keeping it low calorie!!  But you already knew that, right?!

I am linking up with Kateri for TWIT Thursday and it is to help us stay motivated and on track with the current fitness goals we may (or may not) have.  Since we are doing it together it provides more accountability which leads to greater results and since we all love results, feel free to link up!

I am really proud of her for the great accomplishment she made in a week but I am a little late linking up.  It seems like I do that a lot as I have to work all day - like many of the bloggers- but I do not have a moment to throw something together at work.  It is just crazy busy all the time.  Additionally, I am trying to get a door ding figured out.  Well, it is not actually a door ding, it is a just a big 'ol dent and then they continued to drag along the side of my car.  Peeps - watch out for other people's cars, please.  Thank you.

Liz @ Fitness Blondie

Another fabulous link up,  +Liz Taylor @Fitness Blondie.  Liz has such an awesome attitude that I feel truly blessed to have her as a friend!  She has a hump day blog hop on Wednesdays - so fun - and another she just created called BeFearless so go check 'em out.  Anyway, since I am sooo tired, I am going to get on with the recipe.  Enjoy!


¼ c onions, diced

¼ c green bell pepper, diced
1 spicy Italian chicken sausage
4 eggs
2 pinches sharp cheddar shredded cheese
A few squirts olive oil
¼ c water


Put 2 squirts of olive in skillet and cook sausage.  Add onions/bell pepper about 8 minutes in to sauté onions and bell pepper in skillet while sausage cooks. 
Put 4 eggs with about ¼ c water (instead of milk) in a bowl and lightly mix, do not overbeat.  Add to skillet once sausage is cooked all the way through.  Once eggs are fully cooked, serve with a pinch of cheese on each serving.

 – I like to have this with 1 slice whole wheat toast, lightly buttered.  Oh, also, if you do not like spicy you could sub for regular chicken sausage but it just gives it a pleasant little kick - not too bad.

260 Calories - 22 grams of protein - 4 grams of carbs (Nutrition Facts do not include a piece of toast)

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Jun 17, 2014

Simple Exercises for Sexy Abs

Everyone loves sexy abs.  It is bikini season and many people do not want to be seen without clothes, especially in public such as at the pool.  It is never too late to begin working on that midsection.  While there is no such thing as 'spot losing' it is still possible to target problem areas to help tone and tighten.

It is important to remember that diet and exercise, together, are what makes beautiful abs.  If you are working out like crazy but eating like crazy too then you will not achieve the desired effect.  Combine mindful eating habits with working out and you will have the sexy abs you are looking for in no time!

Having a strong core is crucial.  Strong abs and back help support the entire body and help prevent injuries.  The weaker a midsection is, the higher the chances are of enduring an injury.  Get started with these exercises (after checking with your physician) to sculpt and tone the abs you have always wanted.

The Spidey

The Spidey gets its name because of the spider-like-crawling effect.  It is one of my favs and takes a little getting used to.  It works the rectus abdominus which is the full frontal layer of muscle we commonly refer to as abs.  It also works the obliques which are the side muscles that add the lines to the sides of the abs.  Additionally, it works the lower back which, again, is important for support and strength.

Begin in the plank position
Bring your right knee out to the side of you as though you are going to touch your right elbow
Return to start position and switch legs
Keep back straight and butt should not be sticking up and should not beg sagging.  It should remain in a straight line with the back.
Do 16-20 reps 3x

Flutter Kicks

Flutter kicks sound and look simple but they give the lower abs a run for their money.  They are simple to do yet effective.  Additionally, the legs are working so this will strengthen the hip flexors which are the muscles that attach from the legs to the hips.

Begin by lying flat on your back, palms facing down.
Engage your abs, keeping them pulled in tight toward your low back.
Kick each foot up and down quickly, opposite the other foot - as seen above.
Feet should only be several inches to approximately a foot off the ground.
Keep the core muscles engaged through the entire set.
Back should stay close to the floor, do not arch your back.
Do 15 per leg.  3x

Leg Raises 

This will target the rectus abdominus and hip flexors.  Leg raises are the easiest to do in this article and the form is very similar to the above flutter kicks.  
Lie flat on your back, palms facing down.
Tighten your abs and pull then into your belly button, toward your back.  
Back, butt and head should remain on the ground.
Begin with legs together and lift them both up at the same time.
Bring them vertically up to a 90 degree angle.  
Return slow to start position, engaging core (abs and low back) the entire time.
Perform 15 reps 3x.

 Working out and eating right are the key ingredients to toned abs.  Check with your doctor before beginning any physical routine.  These are for educational purposes, assuming you have no health issues.  You are responsible for your own safety.

Stay tuned for more glute and ab workouts in the next few days!! What do you think of these exercises?

Today is hump day so follow along on the Hump Day Blog Hop by +Liz Taylor @Fitness Blondie!!

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Jun 16, 2014

How to Gain Sexy Lean Muscle

Some of the pro body builders eat a lot of extra calories to help build mass but what if you do not want to be a body builder and still want lean muscle?  While the body needs more calories to build lean muscle there is a science to it which will help avoid unwanted weight gain in the form of body fat while increasing lean muscle.
2 obvious factors contribute to this goal:  Lifting weights and consuming the proper food.

How to Gain Lean Muscle Through Nutrition

You can still gain lean muscle without the excessive mass of a body builder or the extra fat of a sumo wrestler.  The key is to eat at the right times and the right food.  Increase calories in the form of protein and good carbs, rather than miscellaneous stuff and make the protein lean meats and the carbs complex.  Avoid taking in more calories than your body will use to increase muscle which is how fat accumulates.   The best time to eat the larger number of calories and protein is post-workout, and in the morning for breakfast.  The rest of your meals should be about the same portions as before. 

The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics recommends taking in about .64-.82 grams of protein per pound of your body weight, every day to increase lean muscle.  So if you weigh 170 lbs. you would need 108-139g of protein each day.  You do this by consuming some protein at every meal.  A few suggestions are eggs, turkey, fish, chicken, lean cuts of beef, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.  You probably already know you should have about 5-6 meals per day. (Meals are not supposed to be fast food or some other high fat garbage that probably have butter, mayo or cheese sauce)

Meals should be every 2-3 hours and they are smaller than the typical meal.  This provides continuous fuel to the muscles throughout the day.  Side note:  It also helps stave off hunger so there is less chance of over eating.  I like to have a slice or 2 of deli roast beef before bed to help keep my metabolism going and it fuels the muscles with the protein it provides.  With it being a protein, the body can use it to repair and build muscle while sleeping.  Carbs or other foods are usually not a good choice because the body can convert it to fat instead of use it for muscle. 

Another thing you need to know is that the pre-workout meal should consist of a protein about 60-90 minutes prior to lifting and this ‘meal’ is not actually a full meal (unless you actually want a large amount of mass).  If it is a protein shake it can be taken as early as 30 minutes prior to a workout but, ideally, the body should have enough time to break it down and be delivering the nutrients to the muscle around the time lifting begins.

I have included an Amazon link to one of the brands that I think are pretty delicious.  I use other brands as well but this one is good for being low calorie combined with delicious.

Post workout should be more protein to repair and rebuild the muscles that have just been broken down.  Additionally, you want this sent to your muscles as quickly as possible.  Adding sugar, regular sugar- not artificial sweeteners, to your protein creates a spike in insulin which allows the body to quickly replace the glycogen it just used for your workout.  The purpose for this is that the body uses glycogen and blood sugar when you work out and it is needed for repair as well as progression.  My personal preference is to add honey to my protein shake or Greek yogurt.
Picture Above:  Greek Yogurt, dried cranberries, chia seeds, granola, almonds and a drizzle of honey.

How to gain lean muscle lifting weights

Now about the lifting part.  It is crucial for you to learn how to work out properly so as to avoid injury.  If you are new, I would highly recommend getting a trainer.  Even if you have been working out for about a year there is still a lot to learn so be sure to know your limits and get help when needed.  I cannot see what you are doing and cannot assist with proper form through a blog.  (Proper form will be for another article)  As long as you know how to maintain proper form, then increase your weight.  This sounds obvious but there is a piece of information you need to know which is not really that obvious when you are just learning. 
Men will want to increase your weight so much that you can barely squeeze out 4-6 reps in your set and on that 6th rep you are struggling to get it up.  Push hard and by the 3rd set you will probably only bust out 4 reps!  You will definitely be jello and mush but that is OK and that's what you are going for!

How to gain lean muscle

Women, similar to men but you will want it to be so heavy that the 7th rep is a struggle.  Do 3 sets and if your 3rd set means that you are so fatigued that you can barely get up your 5th and 6th rep then you are doing it right!  Ladies, do not be afraid you will get bulky.  We do not have the levels of Testosterone that men do so we are not going to build muscle like they do.  Even if we had as much in our bodies, it still takes men some SERIOUS lifting over several years to get big & bulky.
It will takes weeks, even months, to build visible muscle so once you get to the desired level of cutness, (I made that word up) you can level it out but there is nothing to be afraid of in reference to getting bulky.  Some guys may be going for that look and be patient, it takes time.

Once lean muscle is achieved the body will have a more toned, sleek appearance.  Plus you will be stronger and healthier.  Did you know that increased muscle mass helps improve bone density?
Now that you know how to gain lean muscle by strategically increasing calories in the form of protein, give it it a try!  The ONLY thing there is to lose is a little triceps jiggle.

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Jun 15, 2014

Target Glutes, Quads and Hamstrings to Reduce Cellulite

Recently I wrote about cellulite and that there are exercises that can be done to help reduce and even alleviate the appearance of cellulite.  Today's article will be a couple instructional examples that you can do at home to focus on the glute and thigh area.

Jump Squats

To perform this exercise:
1. Begin in standing position, feet approximately hip width apart.
2. Squat down and explode upward, jumping with force.
3. In the landing position you will want to land on the balls of your feet to absorb the impact which reduces the load on your knees.

Repeat this slowly until you have perfected the form then you can do it at a faster pace which will increase your heart rate, giving you a cardio workout in addition to toning and tightening the muscles.

Next is Jump Lunges or Lunge Jumps

1.  Begin in a luge position with right leg forward.
2.  Jump as high and hard as you can while switching legs, in the air, for your landing.
3.  Land with left leg forward.
As with the above exercise land on your toes/balls of your feet to absorb the impact and begin doing this slowly until you have perfected the landing.  Once you have it down pick up the pace to increase the cardio effect as well.

Form is crucial in order to avoid injury and achieve the maximum benefit.  Let me remind you that taking care of yourself is important to so before doing something like this be sure to consult with your physician.  I do not know if you have any injuries or inabilities and I have created this based on what my body allows me to do.  I am sharing this for educational purposes and it is your responsibility to know your own limitations and do not perform this if you are not able.

As I am getting this ready I am looking for the images on how to do glute bridges and I cannot find them.  I do, however, find a pic of me being silly.  Come to think of it, I did stop for a second to be goofy and in the meantime I must have forgotten to do the demo.  Sorry about that, so this will only have 2 exercises instead of the 3 I had originally planned!

While cellulite can be hereditary, we can do things to tone the muscle in the glute and hamstring area which will reduce and even eliminate the appearance of cellulite.

What do you think about these exercises?
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Jun 12, 2014

Sweet & Spicy Corn Cilantro Lime Salad

Summer is definitely here!  I do not enjoy cooking during the summer because the after math means a hot ass house that takes forever to cool back down!  We like to do things that require short cooking times or just eat it cold.

Cold sandwiches, salads, and like the above picture shows even delicious veggie creations.  In my blog about the weekend recap I showed this same pic and also said I would share the recipe so here it is.  

You Need:
4 ears of corn
1/2 container of grape tomatoes
1-1.5 limes
2 TBSP honey
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 avocado
drizzle of jalapeno olive oil
a dash or 2 of sea salt
black pepper to taste

To Make:

Cut corn off the cob into a bowl.  Wash grape tomatoes and add to corn.  If they are really big tomatoes, sometimes I like to cut it in half so they are all bite sized.  Squeeze the juice from 1 lime into the bowl.  My limes were kinda dry so I ended up using 1.5 limes. 

Add the cilantro, honey, drizzle of jalapeno olive oil, salt and pepper.  If you do not have jalapeno olive oil you could use a couple dashes of ground red cayenne pepper.  

Mix together and set aside while you dice up an avocado.  

Mix gently so as not to smash the avocado.  I try to find one that is slightly firm so that it doesn't get mushy.

Place in the fridge for a couple hours to let all the flavors mingle.  Serve chilled.

What is your favorite summertime recipe?

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Jun 11, 2014

More Hump Day Fun!

Today is hump day!  I always like Wednesday because the week is halfway through.  Yesterday I said I would be posting some exercises and recipes this week - and I will- but I think this is more fun!

Feel free to connect with Liz's blog hop!

The Hump Day Blog Hop

1.  I have been out of high school almost 2 decades.  I probably should not have written that down cuz it made me feel kinda old.  I usually don't feel old so I'll live.

2.  I started watching WWE in my 20s because of The Rock and John Cena- what a pig, right?  haha.  It is ironic for me because I used to think it was totally dumb for being staged.  Actually, those guys get their @sses beat for real.  The staged part is who gets to win but otherwise those guys end up with lots of injuries.

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3.  I am not decorative or crafty.  Because of this, our house isn't that decorative to avoid the risk of being mismatched.

4.  I love action hero movies.  Movies, not comic books.  Thor is my man crush.

5.  My bf is the human version of Thor-without the long hair and add tattoos.  Thor is my brother's nickname for him as well.  Cute.

6.  I love ink but I bet you already knew that if you have seen my pics.  No, it doesn't make me a hooligan, I promise.

7.  I loved watching Jersey Shore while it was on and then I followed Snookie & JWow's show for a short while after.  Don't know what it was about watching peeps get wasted and make fools of themselves that I loved so much.

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8.  I hate improper grammar.  Like when to use a versus an or there, their and they're.  And I kinda don't like it when peeps frequently leave out a word or 2 in their sentences.

9.  I have not been feeling well the last couple of days and if this is what pregnancy is like, I want nothing to do with it!!

I finished my website www.tcfitlifestyle.com yesterday.  Well, I sorta finished the content a while ago but was waiting on a few great images to add.  Finally I decided that I waited long enough for the 'perfect' images and just used some that I have.  I am wondering what you guys think so please take a look and let me know!

Join the link ups with Fitness Blondie and Vodka and Soda - it is really fun and there are lotsa cool peeps!

Kathy's link up is super fun too!

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Jun 10, 2014

Fun and BZ Weekend Recap

It is already Tuesday but I don't think it's too late to tell you about the weekend.  Especially because Sunday I got some educational photos and videos ready for your exercising pleasure!  I put together a few great workouts for your butts and your abs..... woohoo!!  Butt exercises (check out a couple examples here) help diminish the appearance of cellulite as discussed in this blog.  Those are coming up this week.

I am getting ahead of myself a bit so let me back up to Thursday when the starter in my car went out - not how I was looking to start the weekend off.  Not that it was the weekend yet but I had planned on car shopping Saturday morning so this meant I had to spend money FIRST before buying a new car.  My bf's good friend has lots of experience with car dealerships - I think he owned one or something like that- and he was saying that my car still has some value but to trade it in will definitely not get me the most value.  I know that we all know that but it's a big enough difference that I have decided to sell it privately.

In the meantime one of our friends called and we have not seen him in a long time.  Nor have we met his gf that he's been with for the past year!  Gosh, we suck as friends!  We decided to use our gift card at Outback except there was a 45 minute wait.  I am so sorry but I do not have that kind of leisurely time to sit and wait to be seated again.  So we  opted for Old Chicago and I was pleasantly surprised that veggies are a side option in lieu of fries.  This was with the Stromboli but I got a Calzone which doesn't come with a side and as a huge as it was, it did not need it!  I was also excited to see that subbing a side salad did not cost an arm and a leg like it did at Applebee's.

I opted for the Chicago Fire which had jalapenos, pepperoncinis, sausage and pepperoni - oh and of course cheese and tons of bread.  The bread was good but I don't particularly like how much came on this one.  What I really liked about it was that it had lots of onions & pepperoncinis and wasn't loaded with cheese.  I was able to enjoy it without extra calories.  Wait, that was an oxymoron but I think you know what I was getting at here.  I had leftovers - and since I love leftovers it worked really well but the best part was catching up with our friend & meeting his gf!! 

Saturday my bf's cousin and her husband came over with their dog.  Their dog is Max's sister so it was a fun play date for them.  We BBQ'd and hung out.  The above is a delightfully refreshing corn salad that is a spin off from another version I found last year.  Recipe coming up this week so stay tuned.

My bf actually requested a veggie tray and I was happy to oblige!  They were colorful, refreshing and best of all good for us!

Sunday I went over to my condo and took some pics so that I could demo some ab and glute workouts.  Additionally, I cut a little 4 minute video containing a high intensity workout- that is also coming!  After that we hung out at the pool and played a little football in the water.  What a great way to end the day!

How was your weekend?  Tell me about the highlights!

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