Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

My kids loooove when our bananas go riper than we like to eat…because we make this!!!

🍌 BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP SNACK CAKE 🍌

-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
-2/3 cup coconut sugar
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-3/4 cup Almond Milk
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup mashed banana (roughly 2 medium ripe bananas)
-1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8×8 square pan.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
3. In another large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, oil, banana, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix everything until combined, being careful not to overwork the batter. 4. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
5. Spread the batter into the pan and top with the remaining 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (it may have some chocolate on it). Cool completely before serving.

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Shaking up my routine

I’m a boring person in my daily habits.

I eat the same foods every day; until I grow absolutely sick of it and then switch it up and stay with that for a looong time again.

I stick to the same routine and enjoy the luxury of simplicity and doing what works.

But this has got to be changed up! I know that habits are good and I have no intention of shifting to habits that are un-good 🙂 What I am needing is just to shake things up! 

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Literally!

I am making this month the month to try a new and inspired recipe every day for my daily dense food source; Shakeology.

My “go to” recipe looks like this, every single day! 🙂

1 scoop chocolate (my all time favorite although once in awhile you’ll see me try out vanilla or strawberry)

1 cup ice

1 cup water

1 Tblsp peanut butter

Blend in my VitaMix blender and drink/eat/scoop out of blender. Hey, whatever works at the time! 😉

Now, I will be committing to a different recipe every day this month and then sharing what I like and dislike. The dislikes most likely will never grace my lips again…seriously! And the LIKES may or may not be my newfound favorites (until I grow sick of them, if that is possible!)

So here I go with some recipe ideas….the problem today is in choosing what is FIRST! :-/

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Iced Mocha – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup cold coffee

Chocolate Vanilla – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + 1 cup water

Iced Hazelnut Mocha – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup cold coffee

Chocolate Strawberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup strawberries + 1 cup water

Frozen Chocolate Strawberry –Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup of water + 1 cup frozen strawberries

Frozen Chocolate Banana – Chocolate Shakeology+ 1 cup water + 1 frozen banana

Chocolate Orange – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup orange juice + ½ cup water

Chocolate Raspberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup raspberries + 1 cup water

Chocolate Blueberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup blueberries + 1 cup water

Chocolate Bee – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. honey + 1 cup milk

Choco Cherry – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup black cherries, pitted + 1 cup vanilla almond milk

Creamy Candy Cane – Chocolate Shakeology + 2/3 drops peppermint extract + 1 cup almond milk

Chocolate Vanilla Bean – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 cup water

Chocolate Ginger – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. ground ginger + 1 cup milk

Chocolate Cranberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 cup cranberry juice + 1/2 cup water

Chocolate Almond Chai – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup chilled unsweetened chai tea

Piña-Banana – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ medium banana + ½ cup pineapple juice + ½ cup water

Chocolate PB and J – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + ½ cup strawberries + 1 cup water

Chocolate Coconut – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. coconut extract + ½ cup coconut milk + ½ cup water

Raspberry Orange – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup raspberries + ½ cup orange juice + ½ cup water

Chocolate Spice – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp. nutmeg + 1 cup milk

I love Berries – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup strawberries + ½ cup blueberries + 1 cup water

Cheeky Coconut – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. coconut extract + 1 medium banana + 1 cup milk

Maple Buttercup – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + 1 cup milk + 1 tsp. maple syrup

Chocolate Banana Nut – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1 medium banana + 1 cup water

Cherry Monkey – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup black cherries + ½ medium banana + 1 cup milk

Frozen Mint Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + Fresh mint + 1 cup water + 1 cup ice

Funky Monkey – Chocolate Shakeology + ¼ medium banana + ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk + 1 cup milk

Chocolate Frappuccino – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 cup cappuccino flavored soy milk + 1 cup cold coffee + 1 cup ice

Chai Cocoa – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup unsweetened chai tea (cooled) + 2 teaspoons raw honey

Nutty Chocolate Banana – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup water + 1 medium fresh or frozen banana + 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Nuts for Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + ½ tsp. almond extract + 1 cup almond milk

Maple Buttercup Chocolate Shakeology – 1 Tbsp. almond butter + 1 Tbsp. maple syrup + 1 cup water or milk

Almond Joy – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup light coconut milk + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + Ice + Water, as needed

Mexican Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup almond milk + 5 big dashes cinnamon + ice to taste

Coconut Sweetie – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. honey + 1/2 cup light coconut milk + 1/2 cup water

Maple Berry Cream – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. pure maple syrup + 1/2 cup strawberries + 1 cup skim milk

Chocolate Cherry Spice – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 cup pitted black cherries + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 cup water

Coffee Storm – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 tsp. almond extract + 1/2 tsp. rum extract + 1 cup cold coffee

Snowflake – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 cup skim milk + Crushed candy canes (for garnish)

Chocolate Peach Dream – Chocolate Shakeology + Handful frozen peaches + 10 oz. unsweetened almond milk/rice milk + 2 oz. crushed ice

Frozen Yogurt – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 scoop vanilla frozen yogurt + ½ cup water + Ice

Banana Split – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ medium banana + 2 fresh pineapple rings + 2 large strawberries + 1 cup water

Pumpkin Pie – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup unsweetened canned pumpkin + ½ tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp. nutmeg + 1 cup milk

Chocolate Bananas Foster – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 medium banana + ½ tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp. rum extract + 1 cup milk

Vanilla Almond Fudge – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + 4 dashes cinnamon + 1 cup milk

Fruit and Nuts – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + ½ cup raspberries + ½ cup blackberries +1 cup almond milk

Banana Honeymoon – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ medium banana + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1 Tbsp. honey + 1 cup water

Ultimate Banana Split – Chocolate Shakeology + 2 fresh pineapple rings + 2 large frozen strawberries + 1 medium banana + 1 cup ice + 1 cup water

Banana Bread – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 medium banana + 2 Tbsp. dry quick oats + 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + ½ tsp. cinnamon + ½ cup milk + ½ cup water

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake – Chocolate Shakeology + ¼ cup fat-free ricotta cheese + ¼ cup plain nonfat yogurt + 2 Tbsp. peanut butter + ½ cup skim (nonfat) milk + ¼ cup water + Ice

S’mores – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + ½ cup brewed coffee, chilled + 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract + 2 tsp. ground whole wheat graham cracker crumbs + 1 cup ice

Vanilla Almond Fudge – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon of natural almond butter + 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract + 4 dashes of cinnamon

Coco Banana Nutter – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter or 2 Tbsp. PB2 + 1/2 banana + 1 tsp. coconut oil

Cinna-Mocha – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water + 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tbsp. instant coffee + Ice to taste

Pecan Cinnamon Roll – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract + 8 pecan halves + 1 cup skim milk

Chocolate Almond Spice – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp. nutmeg + 1/2 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup almond milk

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/4 cup fat-free ricotta cheese + 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt + 1/2 cup raspberries + 1/4 cup water + 1/2 cup skim milk

Honey Berry Banana – Chocolate Shakeology +  1/2 banana + 1 tsp. honey + 1/2 cup blueberries + 1 cup skim milk

Mexican Chocolate Honey – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp. honey + 1 cup skim milk

Peanut Butter Split – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1/2 banana + 1 fresh pineapple ring + 2 large strawberries + 1 cup water

Apple Pie – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup diced apples + ¼ tsp cinnamon + ½ cup water + ½ cup apple juice

Snowstorm – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ tsp almond extract + ½ tsp rum extract + ½ cup cold coffee + ½ cup skim milk

Almond Yule Log – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ tsp vanilla extract + ½ tsp cinnamon + ½ tsp almond extract + 1 tbsp. almond butter + ½ cup pitted black cherries + 1 cup vanilla almond milk

Yummy Rummy Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 banana + ¾ cup nonfat milk, or water, or soy, or rice milk + ½ tsp cinnamon + ½ tsp rum extract + ice

Finding Time for Fitness

It’s amazing how much more efficient we can get with technology and multi-tasking in our lives; and yet we seem to have less time than ever. What is that about? I find that the better I get at organizing and getting things done; the more I actually do and less time is left after all has been said and done.

And it’s not just ME, I am hearing this common issue from so many women these days. We are so busy taking care of everyone else that we tend to overlook our needs and goals. Then one day, we “wake up” and wonder what the heck happened and why are we feeling so neglected and out of touch with ourselves?

There is nothing wrong with setting some time aside to take care of what we really want to do. And it it should actually be a NON-NEGOTIABLE practice to take care of our health and fitness. If we don’t, who will? It’s easy to overlook the fact of eating the freshest and most natural foods; and getting in some daily activity to help our goals and bodies run their best and stay strong and happy along the journey.

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But who has time for long workouts these days? The days seem to start off with a bang the moment we drag ourselves out of bed and don’t slow down or stop until we fall into bed, completely exhausted.

But what will that do for us in 10, 20, 30 years from now? What are the long term effects of running on empty and not taking the time to keep ourselves humming along through these years? They will pass either way; isn’t it a better idea to take hold of what you can do NOW instead of that elusive time called “ONE DAY”??

I know there are no shortcuts to getting fit and being healthy. It takes proper attention and the best care. To get a lean and toned body, you need to be consistent and willing to do the work that makes the changes. But what do we do about those times when life gets hectic, (like most of the time?), when the “to-do” lists begin to pile up and all of a sudden you realize that you’ve missed out on another entire week of getting started. Trust me, we all have been there at one time or another. I can definitely relate. Which is why I’m going to share some simple tips to start right now and add into your daily routine, that will help start you and keep you on track to reaching your goals.

Short on time during your day, too? Here you go! 😉

1. All you need is “10 minutes”…
If the idea of heading to the gym or completing an hour long workout is not going to work, consider doing 10 minute fitness bursts throughout your day. You know you can find a spare 10 minutes, especially during your lunch time break. I find that it’s really amazing how many calories you can rack up in a short amount of time if done right. In order to really torch some calories, you need to get your heart rate up. Consider doing HIIT type workouts…which stands for “HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING”. So give it just 10 minutes but give it all that you’ve got. If you need an idea, here is a short workout for you to try now..

2. Let’s get “sneaky” about some extra cardio…
You don’t need to go for an hour run to get cardio into your day. Look at ways you can add small amounts of cardio in, that will add up over time. Park your car further away in the parking lot, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and get up and walk around when you are talking on your phone. These are all small changes you can add into your daily routine, so that although they may not feel like much, they are a great way to burn more calories, without committing to hours on that boring treadmill.

3. Do super sets…
One of my favorite and most effective ways to get the most out of your workouts, is to start adding in supersets with your weight training. This is one training technique done in many of our workouts with Beachbody and I’ve noticed that Sagi def adds it throughout his Body Beast plan. Not sure how to do a superset? You simply pick a muscle group that you want to work on, and then do a few different exercises for that muscle group, with little or no rest in between.

For example, if you want to work your legs, you could start with deadlifts, weighted squats and dumbbell walking lunges. Once you have gone through one round of exercises, repeat it a few more times. Not only do supersets cut your workout time down, they also keep the intensity levels high which help you to burn your calories and fat from your body.

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For a full fitness and nutrition program that can help you achieve the body of your dreams, start with some simple goal setting so I can send you some info regarding my next online fitness challenge. Sign up HERE.

All levels are welcome and encouraged. This is not a “quick fix”; it’s about learning lifestyle behaviors and working around common issues that can keep us from achieving our biggest goals and dreams. They truly will change your life.

Dessert/ No Bake Choc, PB, Oat Clusters

OMG!! Who else just loves everything that includes the words, “No bake”, “chocolate”, “peanut butter” and “oats”??

It’s like a perfect world of foods!! Right?? 😉

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Chocolate And Peanut Butter Oat Clusters

YIELD: 16 CLUSTERS

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES CHILL TIME
TOTAL TIME: 50 MINUTES

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Directions:

Create a double boiler using a saucepot and glass bowl.

Place chocolate chips, milk, and peanut butter in the bowl and stir a few times until it has all melted together. Remove from heat and add oats and salt.

Stir until the oats are completely coated in the chocolate mixture.

Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper and use a tablespoon to drop the oat mixture into clusters.

Pop in the fridge until set (at least 30 minutes). Enjoy!!

Makes 16 clusters.

Nutritional Analysis

Nutrients per cluster: Calories: 88; Total Fat: 4.6g; Saturated Fat: 1.7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 10.5g; Dietary Fiber: 1.4g; Sugars: 4.3g; Protein: 2.3g

Love is All Things Chocolate!!!

Onto day #2 of my streeeetch the chicken for my family meal plan…(was that ONE word or more?? lol)

And how do you pronounce “streeeetch”??

Anyway, onto more important matters. I made soup. Yes, I did. Now the directions recommended that I boil the chicken bones in water all night long and finish them at lunch today. I am scared to boil things all night because I am a control freak and what if…..???

So, that didn’t happen.

But, I did end up waking up bright and early for my day and getting them on the stove right away.

They boiled all day. and why the heck did it seem like more than half of my broth boiled OUT???? Anyone else have this problem? I had it on low… That made me soup for tonight. Now, granted, I made a pizza from scratch and cut a salad and served that with the soup but I only ate the soup (do you EAT soup or DRINK it??) and the salad and it was amazing!! The cooked chicken was put into the refrigerator for meal #3 tomorrow 😉

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I’m proud of myself in taking on this challenge and cannot believe one whole chicken will feed our family of 5-6 (we have a guest staying with us for now so she’s our “adopted” daughter/niece!) for 3 nights in a row. Crazy, right? yep! (add in the pizza though!)

Aside from the chicken story, I love chocolate!! ….see how I just turned the topic around and changed it without rhyme or reason? That’s how good I am or how much I really want some chocolate. Well, what do YOU do when you want chocolate and you still want to stay on track?

You browse through chocolate stuff on Pinterest, right????

duh..

And I found this!! (the angels singing should be sounding in your ears about now if you are anything like me!)

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Who is going to be first to try it??? Not before ME!!!

Non-clean chocolatey version: grandma’s delicious no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. They’re quick, easy, and ready in minutes. And everyone loves them.
Here are the ingredients to my traditional recipe…the one I used for years:

  • 2cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup of cocoa
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2½-3 cups of quick oats

The clean version called for:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil (you could also substitute butter)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, raisins, or dried cranberries
  • 1 ¼ cups dark chocolate chips (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Who Wants ABS? (or maybe I should just ask who doesn’t to weed out the non-committed folks!) :)

IMG_0953This is for all the beautiful people who have been dreaming and wishing and hoping to one day have a sexy midsection! Is that YOU?? I am pretty sure it’s most of the population! LOL

When it comes to creating incredible abs, even the most effective workout programs can only bring you so far. That’s because you can’t get a flat, hard midsection without losing body fat. No matter how much effort you put into creating a six-pack, no one’s going to see it if it’s covered by a layer of flab.

Seriously, I know! I’ve worked out so intensely and so often that if this was a proven method, I’d have had a six pack for most of you reading this today! 😉  But, alas, foods are the KEY to getting those abs to POP!

If you’re following the dietary guidelines of a fitness program, you’ll automatically be eating the right foods to lose fat as you get in shape. But the following seven principles can give you an extra edge, and will help ensure that the effort you’re putting into your abs will bring you the results you want.

1. Get plenty of protein
Eating enough lean protein promotes fat loss and muscle gain, the two most important elements for developing great abs. It also helps keep you from getting hungry while you’re eating right. You don’t have to gobble down 12-ounce steaks—just eat a normal portion of lean meat, fish, low-fat dairy, or vegetarian protein with every meal, and make sure your snacks contain some protein, too. If you still have a hard time getting enough in your diet, a daily Shakeology shake can be a perfect addition.

By the way, protein is especially important in the morning, when a lot of people don’t get as much as they should. A protein-rich breakfast will help keep your blood sugar steady for hours, preventing the dips that can lead to cravings later in the day. (Try some low-fat chicken sausage, or an omelet with one whole egg and three egg whites, along with fruit or whole-grain toast.) Tell me how much protein do YOU get each day? I see and talk with so many women who DON’T bcuz they think it will “bulk” them up….

NOT! Get that protein in yo face asap! 😉

2.Reconsider your carbs.
Despite the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, the average American meal is still too high in sugar and fast-burning starches to bring body fat down to ab-baring levels. It’s time to say goodbye to sweetened soda, ditch the Doritos, and save the cake for your birthday. DUH!  If your fitness plan calls for a sports drink before a long cardio workout, or a carb-and-protein recovery drink after resistance training, that’s fine. But the rest of the time, stick with foods that are on the low end of the glycemic index (refer to GlycemicIndex.com for more information)—these foods burn more slowly, so they won’t spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.

3. Have fun with fiber.
Something about the word “fiber” just doesn’t sound appetizing. But high-fiber foods can actually be quite delicious: fresh berries and other fruits, salads loaded with colorful produce, your favorite steamed vegetables or vegetable soup, stews or chili made with beans, chewy whole-grain breads and cereals…You get the picture. (These foods just happen to be loaded with nutrients as well.) High-fiber foods keep you fuller with fewer calories, and they help keep your digestive system working at its best—a double-whammy for getting rid of belly bulge. And “double-whammy” is such a fun word to use that I encourage you to try it out a few times this week!

4. Enjoy some yogurt.
Probiotics, the healthful bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented foods, have been proven to help reduce belly fat. In a recent study in Finland, new mothers who took probiotic supplements averaged smaller waist circumferences—and lower body fat in general—than those who didn’t take probiotic supplements. And while the topic is still controversial, studies have found that eating lots of calcium-rich dairy foods like yogurt may increase overall weight loss. It’s why I eat Greek yogurt and drink my Shakeology DAILY!!

5. Don’t forget to eat.
Tempted to lower your daily calorie count by skipping meals? Don’t. Seriously, I cannot tell you how many women tell me that they don’t know why they aren’t losing weight; since they only eat maybe 1 time a day!!! EXCUSE MOI??????

Going hungry can raise your levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, which research has found can increase belly fat even in otherwise thin women. And eating too infrequently can lower your metabolism and energy levels, while increasing the chance that you’ll get too hungry and decide to chuck your meal plan entirely. If you’re eating the right foods, regular meals and snacks will keep your body fueled while you’re working toward that strong core. You MUST eat!!! It’s the ONLY way! 😉

6. Drink more fluids. Hydration is important when you’re on a fitness plan, but drinking plenty of water has particular benefits for your midsection. It helps keep your stomach full, so you don’t overeat, and it helps flush out excess sodium to prevent belly bloating. (Eating more potassium-rich foods, such as tomatoes and bananas, will also help in this area.) Plain ol’ H20 can’t be beat, but you can also switch it up with flavored waters, iced tea, and anything else you like to drink that isn’t full of sweeteners. How much do you need? The old rule of 8 glasses a day is a good start, but everyone is different: drink more if you’re exercising or it’s hot out, and drink less if you’re running to the bathroom every 5 minutes.  I will challenge you to drink the recommended amount for fit individuals; 1/2 your body weight in ounces!! So for someone who is 150 lbs; they would need to drink at least 75 oz of water every day! Or a gallon if you are really up to the challenge!

7. …With two exceptions.
It’s time to cut down on those mood-altering substances, coffee and alcohol. Too much caffeine raises your cortisol levels and can impair your sleep, which can lower the production of fitness-promoting hormones. Meanwhile, the proverbial “beer belly” isn’t just the result of extra calories—alcohol actually makes it more difficult for your body to metabolize carbs and fat. Booze also stimulates your appetite and lowers your inhibitions, which can lead to bingeing. The best road to flat abs is no alcohol at all, but if you really like a drink now and then, just have one at a time (and no more than a few a week), and stay away from higher-calorie beers and sugary mixed drinks. Something to seriously consider especially over the weekends, am I right or am I right? (you are SO smart! lol)

If you add these rules to your fitness plan, you’re sure to see faster improvements in your midsection. Of course, there’s an added bonus to eating this way: it’ll keep you healthier, too. That may not be as big an inducement as great abs, but that’s just  for free.

Do you need an added incentive? I have a BUSY MOM’S support group starting first of the month and welcome you to message me today for info on joining. You can succeed and have time for your family AND save money along the way! All thrown in for extra bonus!! 😉

Email me at: http://www.spazzykay@gmail.com

Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

=D =D =D

We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!