Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: Strawberry Oatmeal

Hey Girls!

Sorry I’ve been MIA, between work and taking care of my health my free time has been less and less. Thankfully this is my last week of work and although I will miss the girls so much it will be nice to focus on my health. Since I’ve been working it’s been challenging to find time to relax and focus on me. I also have not worked out at all the past few weeks and that is a big no no for me. Not only do I feel better when I work out, the doctors want me to workout. I start Lauren Gleisberg fall challenge next week and I could not be more excited. I bought a home gym bench and have my workout area ready to go.

Anyway, for today’s Wellness Wednesday post I’m posting my go-to breakfast I have been loving. Not only is it healthy, it seriously taste like dessert and is so easy to make.

  • Combine a pack of instant plain oatmeal with 1/4 C water and 1/2 C. strawberries
  • Mix ingredients together
  • Cook in microwave for total of 3 minutes stopping every 45 seconds to mix.

Girls I’m so in love with this breakfast, plus it’s giving me all the fall vibes. 🍁

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Taste and Technique: Tuscan Farmhouse

Back in December Christmas was approaching and I had no idea what to get Mike for Christmas, when the idea of cooking lessons popped in my head. We both love to cook and it seemed like a fun date night. I found a local place that does lessons called Taste and Technique. You can choose the night based on the cuisine you want. I knew there would be no football today because the super bowl is next weekend and the meal was Tuscan Farmhouse so I immediately booked it.

We started the night with bruschetta with goat cheese, tomato and a balsamic glaze. The chef made this in advance and it was delicious.

Next each couple made a dish. We were in charge of the braised tuscan chicken with white beans and kale which the instructor said was the most labor intensive dish. We were up for the challenge!

 

After everyone prepped the food they were assigned it was time to cook in front of the class.

The first couple started by making sausage and potato soup and while that was simmering the next couple started making the Tuscan greens and beans salad. After we enjoyed the salad the next couple started on the mushroom risotto with pesto pork loin. While that was cooking Mike and I started by crisping the chicken stovetop before placing it in the oven to bake. By this time the soup was ready to be served. After we enjoyed the soup it was time to enjoy my favorite dish which was the risotto with pork loin. Finally, it was time to enjoy our dish which was also Delicious!

The night ended with homemade biscotti with a lemon glaze.

Overall, we had a really great time. The instructor was really sweet and knowledgeable and I would definitely go again.

 

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New Years Eve

It’s a beautiful day here in South Carolina and I could not be more excited for tomorrow. There is just something about a blank page or a fresh start that is so refreshing. I’m looking forward to it and the Tone It Up Love Your Body challenge begins January 14th. Yay! I’m not doing the 5 day detox before I start. For me the detox doesn’t work. It’s not enough calories and I end up binge eating to make up for the deficit of calories. If it works for you that’s awesome it unfortunately just is a trigger for me.

Today we ran a bunch of errands and I picked up my new car! She’s a beauty!

I’m loving this sweater weather. I scored this loft sweater for under $15! I just love the detailing in the back and it’s such a pretty color.

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Such a steal

My entire outfit was less than $45 for Christmas Eve! What do you think? The dress itself is under $15 (originally $89.50!). I sized down to a 0.

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Comfortable and Casual in South Carolina

Hi babes,

We made it to Myrtle Beach (MB!) yay! It took us 16 hours to get here (usually takes 12!) but we now will have a car down here. We are leaving a car here so when we come and won’t have to rent one. We are flying back to New Jersey on Wednesday. It’s so warm here I opted to wear a sweater and jeans so I don’t have to wear a coat.


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Wellness Wednesday: Tone It Up Frequently Asked Questions

Hey everyone,

A lot of you have been asking me about Tone It Up with the new year coming up. So I put together a TIU FAQ.

  • Is Tone It Up worth the money?
  • In my opinion absolutely. Tone It Up is expensive however you are buying a lifetime membership. When you pay the $150 you get all the past challenge pa me and all the future challenge packs plus the nutrition plan. I have been a member since 2013 and it’s the best $150 I’ve ever spent because it’s changed my life.
    • Is Tone It Up vegan?
  • When you buy the plan you can buy the regular, vegetarian, or gluten free version.
    • Does Tone It Up work?
  • It works for me. Of course everyone is different, however; this is the first lifestyle I have followed and had success with. I say lifestyle because I don’t consider Tone It Up a doer. Prior to this I tried plenty of diets but never stuck to or had success with anything.
    • What is Tone It Up?
  • Tone It Up was founded by Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn according to the Tone It Up website it is “a community of women, inspiring and supporting one another to live the life of your dreams; fit, healthy, and happy!”.
    • When is the Tone It Up bikini series?
  • The bikini series is a challenge that begins each January and is completely free. It’s a great way to learn more about Tone It Up without paying for the program.
    • Where is the Tone It Up headquarters?
  • They are headquarter in Manhattan Beach, California.
    • What is Tone It Up studio?
  • Studio Tone It Up is a monthly subscription app where you can do live or on demand workouts with the Tone It Up Trainers. There are varies categories such as kettlebells, abs, arms, legs, etc.. You can try it for free for 5 days!
    • Is Tone It Up free?
  • No, Tone It Up cost $150 for a lifetime membership.
    • What is Tone It Up protein?
  • Tone It Up Protein is a plant based protein that Tone It Up makes and is sold on Toneitup.com, Target or at Whole Foods. It’s so good, I love it, especially the chocolate!
    • How did Tone It Up start?
  • It’s actually a really cute story. I’ll direct you to a Forbes article that talks about how they started Tone It Up. Click here for the article.
  • Hopefully I answered all of your questions. Feel free to reach out to me if you have anymore!
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    Pizza Night

    Hi loves,

    I went out to pizza with my family tonight and threw together this outfit. Of course I had to wear one of my favorite chenille sweaters!

    (unfortunately they are sold out of my color but they have it in grey and blue available!)

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    Meditation

    Hi babes,

    During this time of year it’s easy to get really stressed and worked up over small things. I know I’m guilty of it and got a little to testy with the Amazon representative on the phone today when I know she was just doing her job.

    One thing I like to do when I get stressed it meditate. When I first started to meditate I used the headspace app on my phone to guide my meditation.

    According to Healthline 12 benefits of meditating are:

    1. Reduces Stress: Normally, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines. 

    These effects can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking. 

    In an eight-week study, a meditation style called “mindfulness meditation” reduced the inflammation response caused by stress (2).

    2. Controls Anxiety: Less stress translates to less anxiety.

    3. Promotes Emotional Health: Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image and more positive outlook on life. 

    Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults (1, 14).

    4. Enhances Self Awareness: Some forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self.

    5. Lengthens Attention Span: Focused-attention meditation is like weight lifting for your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention. 

    6. May Reduce Age-related Memory Loss: Improvements in attention and clarity of thinking may help keep your mind young. 

    A review of 12 studies found that multiple meditation styles increased attention, memory and mental quickness in older volunteers (28).

    7. Can Generate Kindness: Some types of meditation may particularly increase positive feelings and actions toward yourself and others.

    8. May Help Fight Addictions: The mental discipline you can develop through meditation may help you break dependencies by increasing your self-control and awareness of triggers for addictive behaviors (34).

    Research has shown that meditation may help people learn to redirect their attention, increase their willpower, control their emotions and impulses and increase their understanding of the causes behind their addictive behaviors (35, 36).

    9. Improves Sleep: Nearly half the population will struggle with insomnia at some point. 

    One study compared two mindfulness-based meditation programs by randomly assigning participants to one of two groups. One group practiced meditation, while the other didn’t.

    Participants who meditated fell asleep sooner and stayed asleep longer, compared to those who didn’t meditate (39).

    10. Helps Control Pain: Your perception of pain is connected to your state of mind, and it can be elevated in stressful conditions. 

    11. Can Reduce Blood Pressure: Meditation can also improve physical health by reducing strain on the heart. 

    Over time, high blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood, which can lead to poor heart function. 

    High blood pressure also contributes to atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

    12. You Cab Meditate Anywhere: People practice many different forms of meditation, most of which don’t require specialized equipment or space. You can practice with just a few minutes daily.

    If you want to start meditating, try choosing a form of meditation based on what you want to get out of it.

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