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Cheers to Being Fit (@youngfithappy)
5/9/12 6:06 AM
“Good morning!! Today, just like every other day, is a chance to start fresh! Do what you love and what will make you love yourself! :)”

One of my latest obsessions!! The Protein Bistro Box from Starbucks! It costs $4.99.. Which is kind of a lot if you’re buying it often, but I like to treat myself once or twice a week on this! It has 2 triangles of white cheddar cheese, one small pita, an 80 calorie package of All-Natural Honey Peanut Butter, one boiled egg, apple slices, and grapes. It is THE BEST. Whenever I get it, I do not eat the egg yolk or half the peanut butter (I give the other half to my roomie!) so that subtracts about 95 calories or so from the 380 total. Mmmm I could eat these 24/7!!

One of my latest obsessions!! The Protein Bistro Box from Starbucks! It costs $4.99.. Which is kind of a lot if you’re buying it often, but I like to treat myself once or twice a week on this! It has 2 triangles of white cheddar cheese, one small pita, an 80 calorie package of All-Natural Honey Peanut Butter, one boiled egg, apple slices, and grapes. It is THE BEST. Whenever I get it, I do not eat the egg yolk or half the peanut butter (I give the other half to my roomie!) so that subtracts about 95 calories or so from the 380 total. Mmmm I could eat these 24/7!!

It’s Finals, Finals, Gotta still stay fit in Finals! :)

Finals are here and let’s face it… we don’t have much time to do anything but sit in a library and study all day long. It just so happens that finals are ACTUALLY at the WORST TIME EVER because these are the weeks right before summer when we’re trying to get our bodies into tip-top shape for swim suit season!

So we thank you, University of (insert yours here) for making it that much harder to stick to a diet and exercise plan. I very much appreciate being stagnant at a desk for 6+ hour long periods reading text books. 

NOT!

We could definitely make excuses and let finals move the scale up five pounds BUT we shouldn’t and definitely don’t have to! Here are the ways that we can use finals to OUR benefit… The ways to kick finals’ asses for once instead of them kicking ours in every possible way. 

1) MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES. Seriously.. I know this sounds like a “duhhhh” statement, but this can be the absolute hardest thing to do. It is really hard when everyone in your study group is ordering Toppers Pizza or Chinese Takeout and you JUST WANT A DAMN SLICE (or 3 in my case) OF CHEESY, DELICIOUS PIZZA! But take a second and think about this: One slice of delivery pizza—which who honestly eats only one—is anywhere from 200-300 cals/7-20g of fat on average. Then if breadsticks are included, those can be anywhere from 70-100 calories per stick. 

If I ate what I honestly would (probably 2 slices of pizza & 2 breadsticks—ignore this if you do not eat like a 12 year old boy in a growth spurt), that would be 670 calories for ONE meal, not including if I use any condiments like cheese or garlic butter, etc, etc. 

What is the best thing that I do is either a) order a healthy sandwich (like a Turkey Tom sans mayo) from Jimmy Johns or b) BRING MY OWN FOOD! Honestly this is what I normally do because I just can count out my calories at home and not worry about making an excuse as for why I am not just eating the pizza. Think about what your body needs—BRAIN food! We need to be giving our bodies fruits and vegetables and lean proteins for it to be able to function properly! Carbs and heavy foods like pizza just make me tired and focused on how full I am rather than on whatever I’m studying.

2) Drink TONS OF WATER. I know that I talk about this all the time, but honestly there are more benefits than the regular ones in this context. Okay so I get super bored when I am studying, and I want a reason to walk around. Drinking tons of water = PEEING EVERY 15-20 MINUTES! Plus, those 10 trips to/from bathroom could maybe even add up to walking a mile! Calories burned! ;) Lotsa agua will give you guaranteed breaks, a little extra exercise, and a hydrated & happy brain! 

3) Grab a buddy and study while you walk! My roommate and I do this for the classes that we are both in! Take a study guide or a list of terms you need to know, and just walk for an hour or two and take turns talking through every other term!! This could make you walk anywhere from 3-8 miles in that amount of time which could burn anywhere from 300-800 calories (give or take a few depending on your speed/weight/etc.)! Seriously this makes studying way more fun, and if you are a kinetic learner, walking while thinking really helps make connections rather than just sitting at a table. 

4) Do take breaks to work out and TRY your best to sleep at normal times. It is so good for your body and your sanity to honestly just take 45 minutes a day and exercise. It is healthy and such a GREAT stress reliever. Also honestly it is so hard to go to bed at relatively normal times, but breaking up sleep patterns ALWAYS results in me eating like a starving animal… so I really try to still go to bed before 2 am and get up around 9am… or something similar to what I do when finals are NOT running my life!! 

OVERALL, please just take care of your body and make sure to take study breaks and have some times where your brain can just shut off! You are all absolutely perfect and will do GREAT on your finals! Good luck :) :) I’ll keep you posted with my finals snacks and stuff that I pack with me :) LOVE LOVE LOVE! Send me pics of your snacks on Twitter!! :) 

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Just a reminder to drink your water today!! And have a little pride for your school ;) LOVE! <3 

Just a reminder to drink your water today!! And have a little pride for your school ;) LOVE! <3 

Adios, love handles! Well.. kind of! :) Here are some of my favorite oblique-strengthening exercises that I use to amp up my tummy tightening! I just want to stress that these should be done in addition to other core exercises. The core is not part of the “Basic 8” muscles that we need to make sure that we are regularly exercising (shoulders, chest, upper back, biceps, triceps, quadriceps, hamstrings, calf) because unlike those eight muscles which need to be given more time between workouts for recuperation, the core can be worked more frequently! This is why most people do ab workouts almost everyday. 

The core includes abdominals, the lower back, and glutes (your booty)! I have learned through my class at the UW Madison, taught by Ron Carda, that in order to most effectively and efficiently build our entire core, we need to do at least four basic movements. 

  • Move upper body (targets upper abs)
  • Move back (targets muscles around the spine)
  • Move lower body (targets lower abs)
  • Rotation (targets obliques)

ALSO! Remember that these exercises help us build muscle so that we can burn fat faster, but cardio is the best way to get the fat off! We have to sweat out the calories to burn the fat. 

Even more importantly, remember that the MOST INFLUENTIAL FACTOR is what you are putting in! I see immediate changes in my body when I am eating healthily and monitoring my calorie and fat intake. Losing weight is simply math: calories in - calories out. The more fat we lose, the easier it is for these strengthening exercises to help us reach our goal stomach! 

Good luck, hope you like these exercises!! :) :) love love love! #1 thing to remember: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! 

Peanut Butter Banana Parfait! The easiest way possible! This is a favorite healthy snack of mine because it is so easy but tastes like a bad-for-me dessert! I put the steps as the captions of the pictures.. and let’s face it.. all of you could figure out what to do on your own, but I just love taking pictures of everything! :) 

  • 6 oz of Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla yogurt: 80 cal/0 g fat
  • One (of two in a package) Nature Valley Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bar: 90 cal/3.5 g fat
  • Banana (about 3 inches): 45 cal/0 g fat

I always just count about 15 calories per inch of banana! It is normally about 90 calories for a “medium sized” banana, which is normally 6-6.5 inches, and so I just divided that out and got about 15 cal/inch. 

Remember you can always use Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost! OR I’m probably going to try using the cinnamon flavor Nature Valley Crunch granola bar and then substitute raisins for the banana! That would be delicious if you like raisins! :) 

You are all so beautiful, and I want you to let me know what you like/don’t like so that I can help you love your bodies as much as you should! love love love! 

thefantasticalworldofsara said:

"Thank you for your snack suggestion! I really like the one with the pretzels, low fat cream cheese and the salsa, it looks really good without being over-the-top healthy. THANKS :D"

You are so welcome!! I’ll try to post more of these! I’m all about finding yummy things that I don’t feel guilty about eating!! :) love love love xoxoxo

Another favorite healthy snack of mine! This is:

Fat Free Cream Cheese (30cal/0fat in 1oz or 1/8 of the package)

Pretzel Crisps (110cal/0fat in 11 crackers)

And Mild Salsa (10cal/0fat in 2 tablespoons)

LOVE THIS! Such healthy way to eat something that tastes like it’s “bad for you!” Enjoy!! :) :)  Let me know if you like this!

Such a good snack!! Little sweet, a little salty, a little tangy, a lot of crunch! :) These are called Pretzel Crisps! There are 110 calories and 0 fat in 11 of these little guys! And I just love Granny smith apples! :) yummy!

Such a good snack!! Little sweet, a little salty, a little tangy, a lot of crunch! :) These are called Pretzel Crisps! There are 110 calories and 0 fat in 11 of these little guys! And I just love Granny smith apples! :) yummy!

One of my latest obsessions!! Only 60 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 4 grams of protein! PLUS 8g of whole grain! :) These are a great size for me, the big ones are 100 calories, and sometimes I just don&#8217;t like to commit that many calories to bread! This morning, I just made three egg whites and put them inside. Also, I love putting turkey, spinach, and mustard for a quick lunch wrap! SOO yummy! (And a plus for me, they only come in packs of 5 so it keeps me from eating like 2-3 at a time&#8230; I tend to do that with most foods :/&#8230;) TRY THEM OUT! You&#8217;ll love them! Stay healthy :) :) 

One of my latest obsessions!! Only 60 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 4 grams of protein! PLUS 8g of whole grain! :) These are a great size for me, the big ones are 100 calories, and sometimes I just don’t like to commit that many calories to bread! This morning, I just made three egg whites and put them inside. Also, I love putting turkey, spinach, and mustard for a quick lunch wrap! SOO yummy! (And a plus for me, they only come in packs of 5 so it keeps me from eating like 2-3 at a time… I tend to do that with most foods :/…) TRY THEM OUT! You’ll love them! Stay healthy :) :) 

My Body Type, My Best Workout!

Women’s Health Magazine has this “swimsuit sexy” workout plan that is tailored to four main body types! They don’t have every kind of body type—obvi because that is really hard to do! Even though I’m petite and more hour glass shaped, I just do the “Curvy” or “Pear” work out! These are such a great thing for a day when you don’t feel like hopping on the treadmill but still want to get your bod looking even more awesome ASAP! Start with a 20 minute walk with your friend, stop somewhere like a beautiful park, do these moves, and then walk back the 20 minutes! That is about an hour of exercise and it’s so much more fun! :) (Click on the title to reach the page <3 ) LOVE LOVE LOVE! Your bodies, no matter WHAT TYPE, are all so beautiful! I want to help you make it the best it can be! :) 

Problem areas solved!

Bikini season is almost here! I want to make a video for working out your biggest problem spots! My legs are always my biggest issue! But what about you? Your arms? Your love handles? Your back? Let me know!! :) 

The sooner I stop pouting and whining and realize I need to just get up off my lazy butt and GO TO THE GYM, the better :) And to help motivate you, think about about how great you’ll feel afterwards! Plus there are always cute guys/girls at the gym… go show ‘em what you got :) 

AND… It’s tank top season! Strapless shirts and dresses are my favvvv and we all know they look sooo great when our arms and shoulders are toned! About 5 times a week, I do 10-20 pushups, 20 upright rows with dumbbells (10lbs), 20 upward press with dumbbells (10lbs), 20 bicep curls (12.5lbs), and 20 tricep-dips (20lbs weights OR just with my own body weight). It only takes a short amount of time, and pays off sooo quickly!! Try it!!