Blessed

Feeling quite blessed over here nowadays. I’m having a baby! 19 weeks tomorrow and I wanted to write about this experience on my blog since I have shared so much other personal life experiences on here. It is time for my pregnancy blog. The baby has gone from a tiny poppy seed  to now the size of a mango, or a zesty zucchini or a throwback to the size of Nintendo game boy (says a nifty chart I found on Pinterest). So about 6 inches long and growing rapidly, constantly doubling in size! It’s truly a miracle what happens inside a woman’s body when they are pregnant. I realize it more and more with this pregnancy than I ever did with Max. My first pregnancy was basically 9 years ago. I was 28 when pregnant with him. I am 37 now. I feel in most ways younger and healthier than I did then. I wasn’t a very good eater or exerciser back then. I have had my moments, trust me, tired, emotional & moody but overall I feel great. I’m not scared and I am certainly not worried about all of those tiny details you do with your first. I am not even nervous about birth. Those are the things that are different. I am much more aware now that I have been through it I know it will just unfold and it will happen as God intends it to. And it will be completely amazing in every way.

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I am so glad that I found meditation right around the time I got pregnant actually. Just a few weeks before getting pregnant is when I started and I swear it helped me relax and get pregnant. It helped me through that 1st trimester when you are constantly worrying that the pregnancy will hold on and get through. In times of Max not sleeping through the night (not being able to figure out why and wanting to help him) when I desperately needed to sleep because I was so tired in early pregnancy. Not being able to go back with him for an x-ray or an MRI for his leg (once we figured out why) because of scans like that & babies in the belly don’t mix. Of course, all of this unfolding while I was still “secretly pregnant”. The point of this is that it helped me separate from Max and let him do these things on his own. Which is huge for us. I tend to baby him, hold on tight for dear life because I only see him 50% of the time. But this baby coming and him being older is all going to aid in me trusting him & letting go just a little. Funny how the timing of things unfold when you believe, like I do, in signs that the universe sends you exactly what you need when you need it. Maybe I need an 8-year difference in my kids? I don’t know but that is what is happening because that is how my life is unfolding and I trust that it’s just right. Perfect timing for me and my family.

I mean this kid is the definition of pure happiness. I learn so much from him! Sure, he gets sad or bothered from time to time but he is human. It’s part of the human experience to feel. Full leg cast in June-summertime-and he handled it amazingly. It has been such a joy to watch him react to me being pregnant. Shock and denial at first to naming the baby and putting his head to my belly and saying he can hear him or her in there and he can’t wait to teach the baby to be “awesome and handsome” just like him. It’s really that simple.

Max cast

Recently, my anxiety was at an all time high and I finally just broke. I was taking everything so seriously. Everything was so important to me. The smallest and the biggest things. I realized that I couldn’t keep going like this if I was going to be a great mom and wife. My blood pressure was rising. Things were happening around me that were out of my control and I wanted to control them so badly. I finally gave myself permission to stop caring essentially. It was a total relief and I can’t even explain how much of a weight has lifted. Trust me, I still care a lot about all of the things but at the rate I was going it was only leading to total devastation and I knew deep down I didn’t want that. So, one day, I told myself enough. And that was that. When other people tell you to relax and tell you don’t sweat the small stuff (*my mom since I was probably 16*) it’s just not the same. You have to hit the bottom and realize yourself how much useless pain and unhappiness you are causing yourself. Give it up. Come to the other side. It’s so chill here & everything is still okay.

I have been able to really let go of a lot of expectations and ideas on what life should be during these past 4 or 5 months. Going to therapy since November, not really regularly, but just once or twice a month has helped. I have learned so many things from Dr. E and have really been able to settle a lot of turmoil within myself as a result. So much of life is uncontrollable. Not just mine. Everyone has similar issues, worse issues. It’s how you deal daily that is going to make or break you for the amazing life that you deserve. That you deserved from the second you were born. All of us. All of us are so worthy from day one. Know that.

Deserve-what a word. I spent so much time thinking I didn’t deserve this baby. That I couldn’t or shouldn’t. My life is too messed up. How will I explain to this child that their brother isn’t here half the time? Explain to Max that this child gets to stay but he doesn’t. That their brother has a different dad. I just couldn’t even go there. I didn’t deserve it. I would only put pain and hardship on yet another human. I was unraveling and it wasn’t pretty. But then I realized that was all total BS (with the help of meditation & my therapist, family and friends). What matters to kids and to adults is happiness. Nothing else, not their so-called circumstances. Can you give them food, shelter and most of all LOVE? Then check mark, if this is something you want then you should do it. The rest truly doesn’t matter. It is not good or bad. It is nothing actually. Expectations are happiness killers and I no longer think that way. It was killing me. I finally got the courage to decide with Tim that this was something we really wanted so we started trying. When I took the test and saw the word “pregnant” all of those thoughts went away. I knew it was okay and it was going to be okay forever. We are about to bring more LOVE into this world and that cannot possibly be bad for anyone. Everything has felt aligned since then. The more I believe it the more it is true.

baby c 1st ultrasound

Baby C is coming and this is going to be an awesome new chapter for all of us and we are so excited! I am present. I am here living and enjoying this. I am not worried about the past or the future and it feels really good. Now, is the baby a boy or is the baby a girl? We will find out this Sunday with some surprise cupcakes with my parents. I am team healthy baby all the way but my intuition tells me there is a classic romantic boho chic, food & wellness loving little girl in there planning her outfits already 😉

xoxo,

Adrienne

 

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20/20/20 Movement & Meditation Challenge

You-are-enough

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As many of you know I have started meditating and it is 100% changing my life! I thought it would be fun to do a little challenge involving moving our bodies and connecting with our minds. I know right away you are thinking you can’t meditate because that is literally what everyone says about it that hasn’t done it. I thought the same darn thing which is why it took me so long to finally try it. I am so glad that I did! I have without fail done some sort of meditation 1, 2 or 3 times a day since Feb 23rd of this year. I know that is less than a month but the fact that I have done it every single day says something.

It says that it works. That it is powerful and I am not having to force myself to do it. I want to do it because it is helping me feel so amazing and to feel connected! When have you ever heard someone say, “oh, I can’t believe I have to go meditate tonight”…..um never. So, trust me I really think you will benefit if you try this little 20-day challenge with me with movement & meditation together. Let’s start on Monday, March 20th, next week. I think this is going to work because of the 20/20 guideline. I will do the literal 20/20 split but if you are brand new to meditating then you can split it into a 5 min meditation in the morning, 30 minutes of movement at some point and finish with 5 more minutes of meditation at bedtime. Or try a 20 min walk, 10 minutes with weights and a 10-minute meditation. You get the point, break it up however you need to. Then as you get more comfortable with meditation you can do less movement and more meditation until you reach the balanced 20/20 split. Maybe by the end of the 20 days, you will feel comfortable spending 20 minutes connecting with your core being. That is my hope for all of you!

I have been so into meditating that I am not moving as much so this will work both ways. I will try to move more while you guys try something new in the meditating. Today I think I did a total of 40 or more minutes of meditating at two different times. This works and is basically a free miracle waiting for you to tap into. All you need to be happy is already inside of you. You just have to spend a little time devoted to accessing it. Everyone can benefit from meditating! All you have to do is stop and connect with yourself each & every day. You are so worth that and so much more! I have learned so much about myself, why I act a certain way in a particular situation, what triggers me, my relationship with my body and with food has changed. My self-esteem is up, I don’t fear or worry about certain things that I used to, I think more positively in general and most importantly I am able to let go of what doesn’t serve me. I am grateful for what my life looks like & how it got here. Thoughts can pass through me instead of taking up camp and staying inside of me, making feel and act certain ways. My boat cannot be rocked like it used to. Meditation gives you the strength to handle life like the rockstar that you really are!

I know on my facebook page I have been really enthusiastic about it so I shared a bunch of links to guided meditations that you can click on from there but I will list some here also. That is also the key to this. Beginners can really get started with this concept by listening to guided meditations. You lay down or sit with your eyes closed and listen to them guide you. You can do that! I promise!

Here are some links: This is Bex-she is one of my favorites to listen to

 

There are thousands of these on YouTube….you can search for what you need to focus on or just pick one randomly. It will be amazing!

I know we are all holding onto a lot that we don’t need to. I was especially. So much that wasn’t serving me, so much weighing me down mentally. I’ve decided that I am done with that. I feel so much better. So much more aware of what actually matters. I had tried to decide that in the past but I had no power, no defense to help me actually do it. That is what meditation is doing for me. It’s like I am wearing a coat of armor and nothing can shake me. I can outLove any of it. Problems will still come and go and still be there but you will be your own hero in every story.

I hope you will try this challenge because I see how powerful this is and would love if we as people struggled less and were able to love more. It starts with ourselves.

I will post a lot on facebook about the challenge included meditations and workouts so if you don’t follow me there consider doing that. You do not have to follow me, though, you can simply take this idea and make it and do it on your own privately. I cannot imagine a day without meditation in my life going forward. That is how strong this is. The real you is waiting! I know it!

xo, Adrienne

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Pesto Chicken Lasagna

Hey all, I wanted to share my recipe for pesto chicken lasagna that I made this weekend. I will try to break it down by each layer to make it pretty simple. It is chicken based so it is protein packed. I went easy on the cheeses and used some Greek yogurt to add moisture and flavor as well.

First: here is everything that I used in this picture. I had boiled and shredded the chicken the day before.

  • 4 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms & white onion with some EVOO
  • 1 15 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 or 4 medium chicken breast boiled and shredded
  • 4 medium stem tomatoes sliced and salt & peppered
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, 2 cups ricotta cheese & a blend of mozzarella, Gruyère & parmesan cheese….or whatever you have 😉 you don’t need that much
  • Homemade pesto or a small jar (about 8 or 10 oz.)
  • Lasagna noodles-I used 9/4 bottom then 3 and 3 for the next 2 layers
  • Seasonings like parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano & basil, salt & pepper

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Second:  cook your mushrooms, onions and warm half of the already cooked chicken in a skillet for about 15 min on medium heat with a little bit of olive oil. Then add half of the pesto and season with parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano to your liking. Meanwhile, boil your noodles according to package directions.

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Third: pre-heat your oven to 350 & begin your assembly line by having your tomatoes sliced and ready, your spinach close by, noodles, the other half of the shredded chicken mixed with the rest of the pesto and the 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Your can of fire roasted tomatoes ready with the liquid (don’t drain) and your 2 cups of ricotta cheese along with the shredded cheese options near by.

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To assemble:

  • Coat your pan with a spray or whatever non-stick option you like
  • Spread some fire roasted tomatoes and liquid on the bottom
  • Place 4 lasagna noodles overlapping each other’s edges just a bit
  • Place warm chicken & mushroom mixture on top
  • Add a layer of ricotta cheese and shredded Gruyère cheese
  • Then add a layer of spinach leaves and sliced tomatoes
  • Top that with 3 more noodles
  • Then the chicken, pesto and Greek yogurt mixture (this can be room temp)
  • The rest of the ricotta cheese and the shredded parmesan cheese
  • Another layer of spinach and sliced tomatoes
  • Finish with 3 more noodles, the rest of the liquid and diced fire roasted tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese

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Cover with foil and bake for 30 min in 350 degree oven, then remove foil and bake for another 25 to 30 min. Let cool for 30 min before cutting.

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I hope you will try this and I really hope you enjoy it!

xoxo, Adrienne

 

Oh, hello

Oh, hey all! It has been a while since I last wrote a post but I miss it as my creative outlet so today is the day! I have lots to share and I have been trying to figure out how and what  I want to say so here goes…..

First, it has been a great summer and oh ya we did get married in May! It was small & wonderful and a “perfect” day as one can imagine, of course, there was a catch. I truly wasn’t feeling great for months leading up to it and got sick the week before coughing my head off, lacking sleep etc. But I trucked on through and we had a magical day filled with smiles and tears as I teary eyed & choked through the “repeat after me” part. Tim, Max and I are an official family now and if you have been following me from the beginning you know what the past 7 years has held for me so let us all give a collective “ahhhh”, shall we? 😉

Here are 2 of my favorite pics from the day (photo cred KATHRYN D STUDIOS)

 

So fast forward through a leisurely park going and bike riding summer with Max and finally feeling better after I got a few issues taken care of. I am now no longer personal training but rather decided it was best for me to focus on myself and my family.  I was stressing too much with my own balance and well-being. I  needed to take a break and get re-focused. I know that some of you never struggle with weight or body image issues but for the ones that do it can take over your life and I want to help change that.

If you have noticed I have been sharing articles about the dangers and the pressures that come with being so focused on eating clean and scheduling your entire life around and feeling guilty and unworthy regarding working out. I was doing and feeling a lot of these things. Every day, I wasn’t good enough. Not worthy of even being a personal trainer or giving advice. I was obsessed with thinking the world would only accept a thin size 4 version of me and the truth is I didn’t want to maintain that nor should I have to in order to feel accepted. See the problem there? The point is I had to step away from it to create my own beauty, my own balance so that I can be a good advice giver and my own version of healthy for my own sake. Not selfish by the way. (That was just a note to me)

What I have learned through letting go of these ideas are that I can weigh any number on the scale. I can wear any size in my pants. I can have some or not that much muscle definition. None of it matters if I am not being my best self. What I discovered more than ever is I am my best, most confident, happiest self when I am drinking a beer with Tim, having pizza with Max, working out because I want to not because I have to. Cooking food that isn’t “bad” or “good” for me. Eating because that is what humans do to survive, they eat. What makes people feel good is when they move their body. Heavy, light, fast, slow, run, walk….It doesn’t matter. It will not make you better than anyone else. If you go for a walk or a run and you don’t track it on your Nike app did it really ever even happen? The answer is yes, it did.

I want to keep sharing recipes and motivation because these are my hobbies and nothing more. I recently said I was on an 8-week mission to do 4 workouts a week. That is loosely structured. I am not writing down what I did. I am simply writing DONE in my planner to show myself that I am sticking to a goal. Goals are ok. Frantic obsessions aren’t healthy habits. That is not me stepping back into my old ways. Trust me, I checked myself on that one. The only way for me to feel continuously good in spirit is to move my body. So it is more of a kickstart into regaining those habits so that I can FEEL my best. It does not determine how I will look. I will move my body and I will eat food. That is how much I am simplifying this.

I am working from home now so it is sometimes hard to find the motivation and some days I find it much easier to drink 2 cups of coffee & watch Live with Kelly and her co-host of the day. Generally, though that just doesn’t work for me. The lack of movement catches up to me and eventually my body always finds a way and finds the motivation. I am mostly focused on short 15 to 20 min workouts including warm up and cool down stretches. I am doing intense boxing workouts now with walks throughout the week. It’s working! I am able to manage and balance all aspects of my life. That is where the pot of gold is. I have found the balance. I am having fun. I don’t think I am fat (even though I weigh more than I have in a long time) and I don’t obsess over what I am eating. The stars have aligned. I am strong and not worried about that #. I am stronger than what anyone else’s idea of beautiful is.

I know a lot of you struggle to find the time, the motivation and the balance so my advice to you is to just let it all go for just a little and really think about your thoughts that you are having about yourself. Are you eating kale and going for runs to punish yourself because you think all your problems will go away if you do? The truth is we can do a lot more damage than good when we do things the extreme way. I am just urging you to be a little more gentle on yourself. Strive for love and balance and I bet you will also see the light just like I did.

I hope you find this helpful! I look forward to posting more often and connecting with you all again!

 

All my best, Adrienne

Nutritious Blender Muffins

 

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I have noticed….I haven’t been eating as clean as I used to and I am really trying to get back into it because it is just plain better for my body. It really makes me feel better overall. Sometimes you don’t notice when something is making a difference until you stop doing it as much 😉 Also, when I spend my time cooking or baking (this is the extent of my baking) I am happier. It is a hobby that I enjoy. I love to be in the kitchen! I know some of you feel pressed for time but if you just make it a priority you CAN eat less processed food and you CAN make meals and snacks ahead of time. No excuses 🙂 Just do it!

I made these muffins this morning and I wanted to share them with you! They couldn’t be easier as you place ALL of the ingredients into the blender and pour directly from there into your muffin pan.

Ingredients & how to:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (I used peanut butter)
  • 1/2 c Plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c honey

I used liners but if you don’t make sure you spray or use oil to coat your muffin tins

>Place all ingredients into blender and pulse or blend until smooth

>Pour into muffin tins about 3/4 of the way up

>Bake at 350 for 18 to 20 min until tops are golden brown

Makes 12 muffins

Great for a snack or for breakfast (whatever-anytime!)-they are filling!

Hope you enjoy and feel free to make them your own by adding other goodies like berries or dried fruits, different butters or nuts.

xo-A

 

 

 

 

4 months until Married!

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Wedding plans are set and in 4 months we will get married! I am writing this post to tell you exactly what I am going to do to get ready for this wedding! I know what you are thinking or what you may have done in the past….cardio for hours, fasted, cleansed, juiced, boot camped….drove yourself nuts trying to change magically into someone that you really aren’t! That is the opposite of what I want to do. All I want to do is marry Tim and feel great that day AND MORE IMPORTANTLY…for the rest of our lives together! So why would I punish myself for weeks or months leading up to it and then immediately go back to who I was when he actually asked me to marry him?

I AM NOT GOING TO DO ANY OF THAT!!!

What I am going to do is:

1.Love myself as is (see picture above) in all ways! Self care being the focus here….to help this along I am going to ensure I get enough sleep. Turn off the TV, the phone etc. Sleep is so important for your body to recover! It’s winter so it’s the perfect time to hibernate anyway!

2. Keep challenging my body by working out mindfully-increasing weight/variety of movements and spiking my heart rate with fat burning intervals. 3 to 4 times a week for 20 to 45 min each time. My goal (because goals are good) is to work on my push ups-doing them daily or every other day to build up the number I can do in a row.

3. Keep eating mindfully-planning meals ahead of time 80% of the time so that I don’t skip meals or make non-nutritious choices. My goal here is to drink less alcohol because I know for a fact that alcohol kills your ability to keep muscle and I want as much muscle tone as possible.

Here are some ideas I came up with that are almost too easy not to do weekly: And you don’t have to do them on Sundays. You can do them whenever it works for you. On the spot-but make sure you have the ingredients, Every few days even…there are no rules!

Okay, one rule-eat balanced:protein (tuna, chicken, turkey), carbs (potatoes, rice, oats) and good fats (nuts, oils, avocados) and lots of veggies and fruits and water EVERYDAY 🙂

easy make aheadstuna salad

 

This is a tuna salad I made today because I was starving and needed something quick!

One 5 oz can tuna

2 heaping tbsp plain Greek Yogurt

Some dried cranberries, sliced almonds, diced apples, lemon juice, salt & pepper and some dried parsley

Great choices can be made even on the spot if you stock up on the good stuff!

So, Who is with me? Who wants to “get ready to get married” with me??

XO, A

You-are-enough

Super Inspired 2016

Oh man! I am rocking it out in 2016 so far! I know it’s only the 12th but I already feel like I have come a long way since last year! Last year was a crazy year for me, such highs and such lows and I experienced them all off of the pill which-wow-I had no idea what that would be like. Let me explain….I stopped the birth control pill towards the end of 2014 and immediately I felt like my head was more clear but as you know I instantly gained 13 lbs in that first month. I was shocked and then sad and started to panic almost every single darn day. Why did this happen, what am I doing wrong to cause this? Was it the fact that my hormones were changing because I was approaching 35? Did I have two too many IPA’s with Tim-you can’t blame others 😉 Why do I feel gross? Why am I even a personal trainer when all of 2015 I kept gaining weight rapidly….what business do I even have doing this when my body is completely out of control!

All year I went wallowing/beating myself up and and trying to figure out what was wrong with me. For an entire year-wasted time-wasted happiness-wasted interactions with loved ones. And being off the pill I experienced every move my body was going through ALL month long-it was freeing and also awful almost every single day. The symptoms you hear about are real and I had them ALL! I had been on the pill for so long I had no idea what it actually was fully like to experience ALL OF THAT. The reason I went off it truly was because I was being exposed to so many articles telling me that I “shouldn’t be on it”. What I have come to realize because my gut was literally telling me, was that my body needed those hormones, my body really really needed those pills and there is nothing wrong with that! THAT IS WHAT WORKS BEST FOR ME. I am glad I stopped it because I learned so many lessons from it. Everything is an experience with lessons attached to it.

right places

Which brings me to my next lesson-ah, so many lessons last year…..YOU MUST DO WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU. Social media has exposed us to so much “should and shouldn’t” that it makes me want to just go into hiding. Should I brush my teeth with coconut oil? Should I say “I love you” to my son more or less than 5 times a  day? Should I eat bread? Ohhh myyyy goshhhh!! Make it stop! Here is what I learned: No I shouldn’t use coconut oil in MY mouth because it actually causes a rash on MY face and I should say I love you so many times to Max because it makes him feel loved and YES, 100% yes I SHOULD EAT BREAD!! Gah.

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Next lesson: WHEN I HELP PEOPLE I ALSO HELP MYSELF. So far this year I have 3 steady in home clients and have written 3 at home workout plans for 3 different people. I also help people in group fitness class get stronger, healthier and happier if only for 45 min 2 times a week. But guess what? All of that actually helps me stay focused and want to get better and do better. So please, I urge you to find your passion and help others-it’s a win/win!

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My 2016 Motto: BE ENJOYABLE-life is short and a lot can happen in a short time. You must be able to find joy and then actually be enjoyable!! Life is too short! My brother was here and then like that he is up in Heaven (cheering on the Steelers right now for sure!). I didn’t get to say good bye or I love you no matter crazy you drive me because just like that it was his time to go. BUT I am not one to live with regrets. So I keep moving forward! This year I will marry by best friend (for real, he is) and I will cherish every moment I have with my son. Remembering always that life is too short to spend half of it worrying about how I don’t have him half of the time. 2015 was just too much and I am still possessing it-so many good and unexpected things happened! Max got a surprise baby brother, we went to Disney, Max started 1st grade, I got a new car, heck I even got my first iPhone, I went on a crazy 3 state trip and got engaged to Tim! Sometimes I think if I blink I will just wake up and it will have been a dream. It all happened so fast and I promise to not take it for granted. The holidays came and then they went and what I am left with is 2016, NOW,  a year to be super inspired and another chance to be awesome!

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I am back on the pill and already I feel tremendously better in just one week. It may not be the actually pill itself but the idea that I paid attention to MY body and did what was best for ME. I am in control. I love the start of a new year and all that comes with it. I do not feel the absolute need to change. I feel the complete want to change and just BE ENJOYABLE. I have learned so many valuable lessons in the past few years because I became aware and sought out those messages and lessons. I am an Aries and by nature I love ideas/taking chances-some are good and some are bad but one thing is for sure I was born to create and that is what I will keep doing for myself and for others. I am naturally curious and full of all kinds of wonderment and I hope I can share a little bit of that with you! My blog is simply about my ideas and a way for me to share them with you. I am not here to tell YOU what you should and shouldn’t do. I have knowledge and a healthy perspective into the fitness world. I have found a way to balance this thing we call life and that is what I want to share with you. I am always learning and always changing and that my friends is a very good thing! I hope the same for all of you reading this!

Cheers to this year, this day and this moment!

xoxo

Adrienne

 

 

 

 

Make ahead balanced breakfast

 

make ahead balanced breakfast

Hello sunshine! I made this make ahead breakfast today to store overnight and eat for the next few days. It is so good and a very balanced and satisfying meal. Fruit/oats/Greek yogurt/flaxseeds and a few add ins. Yep, that’s protein and good cards with some fiber and omega-3. I like that combo to start my day for sure!

Make it your own as usual with my recipes but here is the general idea:

1 chopped honey crisp apple

1 cup mixed berries/cherries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup cranberries (frozen or fresh)

2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tsp wheat germ

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)

mix together and store in a tight container overnight

Makes 4 servings

You can add nuts or more spices-I just used what I had on hand but there are lots of possibilities here. I had a bag of frozen mixed berries and cherries but you could use any fruit you wanted to. If you like it sweeter you can add honey just before eating it.

Enjoy!!

xo, A

Fabulous FALL Chili

fabulous fall chili

Fabulous FALL Chili

Oh it’s almost officially fall-my favorite time of the year! It has been rainy and colder this weekend here in Pittsburgh and I was tempted to make something with pumpkin!

I made this chili with lots of good for you ingredients and there are no tomatoes in this chili!

Here is what you will need:

3/4 lbs of ground meat (I used 92% lean beef)

1 small Spanish onion

1 red bell pepper

1/2 yellow pepper

1/2 orange pepper

2 tsp roasted garlic

1 15 oz can pure pumpkin puree

1 15 oz can low sodium chicken broth

1 c plain Greek yogurt

2 c cubed butternut squash

1 14 oz can white beans

8 oz pumpkin beer (totally optional)

Seasonings: Blk pepper, pre-made chili seasoning, cumin, parsley, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, really you can use whatever you want to season your chili with. I used all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne to compliment the pumpkin.

How to:

Brown meat then drain and place aside.

Chop onion, peppers and garlic and place in the same skillet that you browned the meat in and cook on medium for 15 to 20 min.

At the same time add the pumpkin, chicken broth and Greek yogurt to a pot or dutch oven and whisk together on medium.

Once the veggies are cooked add them to the pumpkin mixture along with the meat, beans and chopped butternut squash.

Now everything is in one pot. Pour the 8oz of beer in and let this simmer for 45 min on low/medium heat semi covered with the lid.

I added the seasonings a few different times along the way….to the meat, to the pumpkin mixture and then once again when it was all together in one pot.

I garnished with sour cream, shredded cheddar, hemp seeds and sunflower seeds. This should make 6 hearty servings! This will fill you up with goodness and I hope you enjoy it!

xo-Adrienne

pumpkin chili bowl

Bacon, Avocado & Panko Bites

bacon avocado panko bites

These were delicious! Bacon.Avocado.Panko…. need I say more?

How to make:

Cook the 4 strips of bacon (cut in half) about 3/4 of the way through then pat the extra grease off.

Slice a whole avocado into moon shaped pieces and toss in panko breadcrumbs.

Wrap avocado bites with the bacon and use a toothpick to hold together.

Cook on tray for about 10 to 15 more min in a 365 degree oven until the panko turns a bit darker and the bacon is crispy or to your liking. Avocado will be soft and warm at this point. You can spray the panko with a little bit of oil to help this along before you place them in the oven.

Pat the grease off of the bacon one more time and you are good to eat!

Enjoy!

xo

Adrienne