24 Day Challenge

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hi everyone!  Hopefully you are all enjoying the Christmas festivities these next few days! With the holidays in full swing, that obviously means lots of indulging in sweets, cocktails, junk food! 
My friend Jessica is here to help jump start your new year by introducing the Advocare 24 day challenge.  2015 is about taking charge and having a solid game plan to reach your goals! The 24-day challenge is a great way to start the new year off right. With a eating plan, support team, and supplements it will get you on track for success! 
Please see the flyer below for details! 

Deadline to order the All-in challenge is Dec. 31st.  Please contact Jessica for details- jessicatorres1421@gmail.com or call/text 816-686-2382.

Easy Turkey Chili

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Let me start off by saying, I am literally eating a bowl of leftover turkey chili while I write this post.  It is delicious, and it's even better the next day.  Turkey chili makes a frequent occurrence in our house, especially during these freezing cold winter months.  This is such an easy and healthy dinner idea, I hope you love it!
1 lb ground turkey
1 chopped onion
1 (28oz) can of crushed tomatoes
1 (16oz) can of kidney beans
2 cups water
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 can of sliced jalapeno peppers
2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
1.  Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet and then add onions.  Cook until tender.

2.  Place cooked turkey and onions in the crock pot and then add water.  Mix in crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and jalapenos.  Season with chili powder, dried oregano, sea salt, cumin, and pepper. 


3.  Cook on low for 1 hour.
4.  Keep warm in the crock pot for as long as you desire!

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

Monday, December 15, 2014

How far along? 30 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain: I had a doctors appointment a couple of days ago and she said I have gained 7 pounds.  She would like me to gain 1 pound per week for the rest of my pregnancy. 

Maternity clothes: If I'm not wearing workout clothes, I am wearing maternity clothes.  Some of my shirts fit, but most are crop tops now...not cute. 
Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: I get up about 5 times a night to go pee.  It's really annoying, and my husband would definitely agree.   We are both really light sleepers, so I wake him up every time I get out of bed.  Sorry babe!!  I have also started getting cramps in my calf during the middle of the night.  Fun stuff right there.
Best moment of this week:  All of the ladies at the gym keep telling me I'm the cutest pregnant woman they have ever seen.  I'm sure they are just saying that to make me feel good...and it works. Haha.   I'm starting to feel very large so it's always nice to hear some compliments.  However, a high school girl came up to me at the gym and told me she thought I was getting fat...but now she can finally see that I am pregnant.  Rude.

Miss anything: Not really.  I still can't wait to start running again, but that's about it.  I have really enjoyed being pregnant so far.   
Movement: Tons of movement.  When we had our last ultrasound she was breach.  I think she may have flipped because I am starting to feel the kicks a lot higher, under my ribs.  We will see!

Food cravings:  Hot chocolate!
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope
Have you started to show yet:  Yes!
Gender:  GIRL!!!

Labor signs: None

Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :)
Looking forward to: Still looking forward to decorating the nursery.  My mom arrives on Friday for the holidays, I am sure we will get right to work!  I will make sure to post lots of pictures!

Workouts: 5-6 days a week.  Still lots of power walking and I started doing the stair master again.  Not sure why I decided to start doing the stair master at 30 weeks pregnant...it's hard!!  I guess I am a little antsy to start some harder workouts.  Still incorporating a lot of light weight and body weight exercises. 

The Fit Girl's Christmas Wish List

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A few days ago I posted a Christmas Wish List for Him.  Today I wanted to help out all of the men out there who still need to buy gifts for their lovely ladies.  I put together the fit girl's Christmas wish list, these are all products that I am personally drooling over.  Feel free to send this link to my hubby ;). 
1.  Fitbit Flex- $99.95
Hopefully this helps, Good Luck!!

Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I posted a picture on Instagram last night of my dinner and had a couple people ask for the recipe, so here it is! While I can't take credit for this healthy deliciousness, I thought it was worth sharing!  I found this recipe on Pinterest from the Skinnytaste blog.  Just an FYI, this is not a super quick dinner to throw together, so make sure you have about an hour and a half to spend in the kitchen! 

1/2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
3/4 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cups frozen corn
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 large diced tomato
1 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp chopped onion
2 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 tsp cumin
Salt to taste
3 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
1/3 cup reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth
9 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Sargento Monterey Jack cheese
Brown the ground turkey in a skillet and add salt to taste.  After the turkey is browned, add:  jalapeno, tomato, garlic, onion, cilantro, cumin, and black beans.  Mix well, cover and simmer on low for about 20 min.  Remove lid and add corn.  Simmer uncovered for 5 more minutes. 
Preheat oven to 350*
Cut bell peppers in half and place in baking dish.  Fill dish with 1/3 cup chicken broth and fill bell peppers with the ground turkey mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes.  Remove the foil and add cheese to each of the bell peppers.  Bake uncovered for another 5 minutes. 

Christmas Wish List for Him

Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Monday! 
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was very non-eventful, which is always nice every now and then.  I wanted to give you gals some Christmas gift ideas for that special man in your life.  I always have the hardest time shopping for my husband because he literally never wants anything.  If you knew my husband, you would know that he could careless about material objects.  Me on the other hand, I am a completely different story haha!  I always have a million different things on my wish list, leaving him with plenty of expensive options.  Hopefully this gives you some inspiration while you are shopping for your man! 
2.  Fitbit Flex- $99.95
4.  Beats by Dre Solo™ HD Drenched in Blue- $129.99 (on sale at Target!)

Peppermint Protein Shake

Sunday, December 7, 2014

With the holidays right around the corner, I was inspired to create a festive protein shake!  I thought about my mom the entire time when I was experimenting in the kitchen because she loves peppermint ice cream.  I am sure she will be excited to try this out.  Who doesn't love a guilt free Christmas treat?!  If you are craving something sweet and festive, try this out! 
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (don't use too much!!)
1 crushed candy cane
1/2 banana
2 big handfuls of ice
Let me know what you think!

Fit Pregnancy: Total Body Workout

Saturday, December 6, 2014

30 min walk on the treadmill (3.5 mph, 3.5 incline)
*lateral lunge with shoulder raise
*single leg deadlift with bicep curl
*squat with shoulder press
*forward lunge with bicep curl
10 min interval burn on the stair master
This is probably a pretty simple workout for the average fit person.  However, being 29 weeks pregnant, this was fairly difficult for me.  I used 5lb and 10lb weights.  Feel free to increase the weight to make this workout more difficult.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Pregnancy Update: 28 Weeks

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How far along? 28 weeks 4 days

Total weight gain: 6 pounds

Maternity clothes: I have some maternity clothes, but I still wear all my normal exercise clothes on a daily basis. 
Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: I haven't been sleeping very well.  We were on vacation the last 2 weeks, so I think it's a combination of not sleeping in my own bed and me getting bigger.  

Best moment of this week:  I had my baby shower, it was AMAZING!  I feel so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life that support me.  Baby Maddy is already so loved, and soooo spoiled. 

Miss anything: I miss running.  I can't wait to put baby girl in her new BOB stroller and hit the pavement!  I think I am going to sign up for a half marathon to motivate me after the baby is born.    

Movement: Lots, I think she is going to be a soccer player like her mommy.  

Food cravings:  My appetite is pretty normal.  I still crave sour candy though! 

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope

Have you started to show yet:  Yes! Someone at the gym asked me if I swallowed a basketball haha. 

Gender:  GIRL!!!

Labor signs: None

Belly button in or out: Out

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :)

Looking forward to: Still looking forward to decorating the nursery.  My amazing in-laws put all the furniture together while we were on vacation, which was very exciting!  I am waiting for my mom to come visit in a couple of weeks to finish everything!

Workouts: Because we were on vacation the last 2 weeks, I didn't have access to a gym.  I took it easy and walked almost everyday with my mom at the beach.  Since we have returned from vacation I have continued walking daily and added light weights and body weight exercises.  Not gonna lie...lifting weights is getting a little difficult.  

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