Back at it!

Happy Saturday!

First off, thanks for the comments/ideas/suggestions for my Slacking post. I have been so motivated since then, and I am loving it! It’s crazy how much better I feel when I focus on being healthy and staying active. Then I saw this picture. It’s so true! I was too busy making excuses for myself and waiting for the perfect time to start eating right again…When is that anyways? It’s not summer, because everyone wants to grill out and drink beer. It’s not the fall, because well, that’s football season, and you KNOW no one wants to start being healthy when football is on. Then there’s winter, with all of the delicious holiday food, desserts, and hot chocolate. The best time to start caring about your body is NOW. Not tomorrow. You don’t have to wait for a Sunday or Monday. Start now. Excuses aren’t going to make you healthier on the inside, or make you lose weight that you might want to lose on the outside.

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Thanks for the motivation, y’all!

Slacking!

So I’ll admit it…I’ve been slacking. Like really bad. It’s summer–beer, bbq, burgers, brats…they’re all so good! And I give in every time. And there’s always something to do after work that sounds SO much cooler than the gym. 

Buttttttt I know I need to get back on track. So friends, how do y’all stay motivated during the summer? I’d love to get some advice, cause I definitely need it right now! 

Muffins

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

I have to tell y’all about these muffins! They are pure perfection, and totally guilt free! I make them every couple of weeks, when we have bananas that are starting to get a little brown. They are the perfect breakfast on the go, or sweet treat when you’re craving it!

Nutritional Info (per muffin):

158 calories

25 g carbs

4 g fat

6 g protein

Here’s the link to the recipe:

http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2014/06/24/banana-oat-greek-yogurt-muffins/

Hosting a Gluten Free Shower

My best friend, Jordyn, is getting married in 2.5 weeks. I’m SO excited for her! As her matron of honor, I was responsible for hosting her bridal shower. One catch–her mom has Celiac Diesease, and is severely allergic to gluten. So, I decided to host a gluten free shower! I was so nervous at first—that we wouldn’t have enough food options, of cross contamination, of the cost… but everything worked out perfectly! Here are the foods/drinks that I served and cupcake recipe I used. Everyone loved the cupcakes by the way, and people have been requesting that I make them again. That goes to show that GF stuff can be just as yummy🙂

  • Chicken Salad- served with GF crackers
  • Fruit tray w/ fruit dip
  • Veggie tray w/ ranch dip
  • Spinach Artichoke dip- served with GF crackers
  • GF Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes (recipe below)
  • Water
  • Tea
  • Lemonade

I did serve croissants and baguette bread with the chicken salad & spinach artichoke dip, but I was sure not to touch any bread at all until all of the other food was set out.

Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

  • 1 Box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix (found mine at Walmart)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 3 Eggs, Beaten
  • 2 TBSP Grated Lemon Peel
  • 16oz Vanilla Frosting
  • Lemon Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • Blueberries
  1. Heat oven to 350, place muffin cups in cupcake pan
  2. Stir cake mix, water, melted butter, eggs, and lemon peel just until dry ingredients are moistened. Divide batter into muffin cups
  3. Bake 18-23 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool
  4. Scoop full can of icing into a bowl. Add lemon juice from 1/2 lemon. Mix well. (You may add more or less lemon juice based on how much flavor you want)
  5. After cupcakes are completely cooled, top with lemon icing and blueberries
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Hello!

Hey there! Welcome to my new blog!

I had this crazy idea to start a blog…not that anyone in particular cares about what I eat or when I exercise, but in hopes that this can be a resource to someone else out there! I didn’t start living a healthier lifestyle until about a year ago. Let me tell you, it was a HARD transition. I practically lived off of taco bell at one point. Now I’ve become much more health conscious and the idea of taco bell terrifies me!

I’m just your average 24 year old. I’m married! I don’t have any kids, and I have a full time job in Nashville. We don’t have a Whole Foods (or anything like that) in the town I live in, and let’s face it—I’m working on a budget here. I plan to share how I TRY to prepare healthy meals as a young married woman, and how I TRY to stay dedicated to working out while working a full time job with a 1 hour commute each way! After all, I’m only human!