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Fitness Fashion Friday - Gearing Up For Summer + Find The Perfect Shorts

Fitness Fashion Friday - Gearing Up For Summer + The Perfect Shorts

It's finally starting to show signs of summer being on its way around here! After a long, cold, gray winter I'm beyond excited. Summer is my favorite.

My workouts often change in the summertime. The days are longer and there is so much more sunshine I'm definitely drawn outside more. Early morning runs are amazing and my cruiser bike comes back out. Even the weights and circuit workouts I'm doing currently have already moved out to the back patio. Wherever and however I workout I just looooooove summer workout gear.

Whether you workout outside or live where the summer heat chases you indoors, whether you run, hike, lift, gym...however you workout this summer I have gear suggestions for you! 


A few things that top my summer workout gear list:


  1. A great pair of active sunglasses are a must.
  2. A good natural sunscreen.
  3. Sweatworthy makeup.
  4. EOS lip balm (my precious).
  5. A great, bright bag.
  6. Run skirts!
  7. Capris with cutouts or mesh inserts.
  8. Cute tanks
  9. An incognito activity tracker.



Summer also means the much loved or much dreaded workout shorts. Workout shorts are the most highly personal fitness fashion choice I've come across. From style, to comfort, to fit, to modesty, people have definite opinions about workout shorts. Some want them short, some want them long. Some want them baggy, some want them tight. Colors, neutrals... Whatever your activity and whatever your shorts preferences I've hunted up some great options.

Find the Perfect Summer Workout Shorts



Happy almost summer! 

Spill, what's your perfect workout short??




Built for Her - Establish (phase 2) Recap and Results

I was sent a copy of the Built for Her program for review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.
Built for Her Establish Phase Recap and Results

OK, first off I need to call myself out on a little BS for my Built for Her Establish phase recap. I totally phoned it in for weeks 2 and 3 of this phase. My calories were high about 4 days, not a big deal, but I had an extra 'treat' meal or two, completely dropped the ball on my food prep, and my effort was just not there. I missed a workout or 2 each week and overall just did not give this phase my best effort. Maybe a little self sabotage going on? Definitely a whole lot of poor time management and not prioritizing myself and my workouts. Maybe I need to add an extra layer of accountability? 

Anyway, I don't believe in excuse-making or white-washing my actions. I'm working on the underlying issues; that's the important point here. I almost redid the entire phase because I wanted to give it my best effort, but instead I decided to just do another full week of it. So, this phase was actually 4 weeks for me instead of 3 (but 2 of those weeks were a total wash).

OK, that little confession out of the way, I have to say that I loved the workouts from this phase. They were a total challenge and just so so good! This may sound strange, but I felt like I've never worked out before. Ha, ha, and you guys know I've tried tons of workouts. It was sort of this light bulb moment, like, wow, OK this is working out. They're just different than what I'm used to in such a good way. Change is definitely good. 

I struggled to make it through the workouts the first week (probably why I punked out on them the next two weeks), but the last week (that I added on) I attacked them. I called myself out on my own BS and prioritized my workouts and didn't allow myself to phone it in and give a lackluster effort during my workouts. I even upped my weights a little the last circuit workout I did. 

Thankfully, I am definitely feeling progress being made. I am feeling stronger and more fit than I did at the beginning of Built for Her. Especially my abs. One of the reasons I decided to extend this phase was that my abs/core were still feeling so weak. I could barely do some of the ab moves at the beginning of this phase. Like I said, feeling so much stronger already! It was definitely a good choice to add the extra week. Amber says in the program that this is the "foundation" phase of Built for Her and I feel like with adding the extra week I built a good foundation for further progress.

OK, on to my results for this phase...

Built for Her Establish Phase Recap and Results

Built for Her Establish Phase Results

Bold are results this phase and italics are total results so far in the program.

Weight: 
Stayed the same. Down 5.6 lbs so far

Inches:
Bust -1/2 inch  Down 1/2 inch total so far
Waist -1/2 inch Down 1 inch total so far
Hips stayed the same Down 1 inch total so far
Thigh -1/2 inch Down 1/2 inch total so far
Upper Arm -1/4 inch Down 1/4 inch total so far
Calf -1/4 inch (didn't measure at the beginning, just decided I want to also track this measurement after Renew Phase, so no total inches here)

I'm pretty surprised and pleased with these. First thing this morning when I weighed, I initially expect no results this phase. The scale read the same and that's sort of what I expected from my efforts. Then, (the scale doesn't always tell the whole story!) when I took my inches I was pleasantly surprised!

My jeans are feeling loose and I am feeling stronger. I'm loving trying the different macro nutrient approaches and workouts. It's like a little experiment in seeing how my body reacts to different approaches. It's kind of fun and super fascinating. 

On to the Challenge phase...

You can find the Built for Her program here (not an affiliate link) and I definitely recommend following Amber on Instagram!


Naya Cat


And I'll leave you with a sleeping pic of our new kitten Naya. Because it's my blog and I'll kitten pic if I want to ;)





***Find my Built for Her phase 1 (Renew) Results and Recap here***

Fitness Fashion Friday 4/28 - All the Yellow!

Fitness Fashion Friday 4/28 - All the Yellow!


Hey guys, it's my favorite day of the week again...Fitness Fashion Friday!!

Today I want to talk about my yellow obsession. Yes, I've always sort of liked yellow, but I'm totally into it lately. It may have to do with my recent craving of summer, sunshine, and the beach. Maybe? Let's go with that. 

Sadly, I have very little yellow in my workout wardrobe. I find myself online drooling over yellow and blue, yellow and gray, yellow and white. Soft yellow, mustard yellow, bright neon yellow. All. The. Yellow. I just can't stop adding yellow stuff to my cart! I might have a problem. Probably not...

Some of the yellow I'm crushing over lately:





Yellow tends to be an emotional color; I find people usually love yellow or hate it. How about you? Lovely sunny yellow or blech?!







Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie

Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy, 3-ingredient, gluten-free protein shake

When it comes to post-workout smoothies I'm looking for a good shot of protein, some clean carbs, and something I don't have to choke down. I'm also looking for something quick and easy. As a blogging, homeschooling, wanna-be-farmering mama ain't nobody got time for complicated post-workout nutrition. I'm lucky enough to sneak in a workout!

I think I've come up with the perfect post-workout smoothie recipe! This Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie is completely delicious (yes, the name is a perfect description), packed with protein, and the banana adds some great after workout carbs. Plus, it's only 3 ingredients and beyond easy. Did I mention it's really yummy?!


Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy, 3-ingredient, gluten-free protein shake

Perfect, right?

OK, perfect for me, and I am obsessed with it post-workout lately. It's just so quick, easy, and delicious. I think you'll love it to. Post-workout or anytime you want a healthy protein-packed treat.

Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Ingredients

A huge thanks to BiPro for sending protein powder for this recipe! 
If you haven't tried BiPro I highly recommend it. It's a super clean, gluten-free, stevia-sweetened whey protein isolate. BiPro blends great in just a shaker cup for a simple protein shake or is very versatile in recipes too. Plus, it's American made, which is important to me. The French Vanilla is my favorite flavor and completely delicious in this smoothie recipe!

Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy, 3-ingredient, gluten-free protein shake

Ingredients

1 medium Organic Dole banana sliced and frozen


Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy, 3-ingredient, gluten-free protein shake


Directions


Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. I told you it was beyond easy! It will take you longer to clean the blender than make this ;)


Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy, 3-ingredient, gluten-free protein shake


Notes


As part of my weekly food prep I slice and freeze bananas on a tray and then put them in individual bags to use throughout the week.

If you'd like you can add a little spray whip for a treat as pictured.


Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy, 3-ingredient, gluten-free protein shake


Let me know if you try it!













Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe - Easy, 3-ingredient, gluten-free protein shake

Fitness Fashion Friday 4/14 - Nike Lovin'

FitViews Fitness Fashion Friday 4/14 - Nike Lovin'

Hey guys, it's Fitness Fashion Friday again! I think it's becoming my favorite day of the week. Today we're talking crushworthy Nike gear.

Nike was my first fitness fashion love. I fell madly in love with Nike back when I first started running. I ran my first 5k in a white and pale pink pair of Nikes. I trained for and ran my first (and so far only) marathon in a pair of Nike Zoom Structure Triax 12's, 13's maybe, with the Nike+ system. Who remembers that? It hooked to your ipod and had a piece that went in your shoe. It was some cool tech in its time! My first favorite running socks were Nike. They had a R and an L on them, so cool ;) Ah, memories.

That was almost 10 years ago. While I love, use, and wear a lot of other brands now too, I think I'll always have a soft spot for Nike. I've always been happy with not just the style, but the quality as well. Currently I'm running most of the time in a pink pair of Nike Free 4.0 (that need retired pretty soon) and do most of my other workouts in my aqua Nike Flyknits. More than just shoes, Nike has some really cute gear. Tees, shorts, capris...What can I say, I just love me some Nike. And lately? They're just getting better!

Currently I'm crushing on:


OK, that's not it, but it's all that would fit in the collage, ha ha. Nike lovin' around here for sure.



How about you, are you feeling the Nike lovin'? 
What was your first running shoe?






FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

I'm starting a new series here on FitViews! FitGirl Cocktails. I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more fit girl (fit mom, fit guy, low-carber, calorie-counter...you get the point) friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.


FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

I think my FitGirl-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It's really yummy, but only has about 130 calories, less than 1 gram of carbs, and no added sugar per serving! Yes. Please.

I know that a lot of lemon drop recipes call for an orange liqueur as well, but a 1.5-oz. shot of liqueur such as Triple Sec has about 188 calories. In contrast, the same size serving of Blood Orange Devotion Vodka has only 96 calories. So I say leave it out! Then, I can have two...


FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Ingredients Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

A huge thank you to Devotion and BiPro for providing ingredients for this recipe!

I love BiPro Protein Water for so many reasons. The Nutrition Facts are amazing: 0 g carbs, 0 sugars, and 20 g protein for a whole bottle! It's a super tasty way to help me hit my macros and it's so quick, easy, and completely portable. Love. BiPro Protein Water is also naturally flavored, stevia sweetened, gluten-free, and made in the USA. I love all of their flavors, but the Lemon Lift that I use in this recipe is definitely my favorite. I love using it to add great flavor and a little protein punch to this recipe! Check out BiPro on Instagram or Facebook.

Devotion Vodka is a great choice for a FitGirl cocktail. It's not only just 96 calories per serving, but it's gluten-free, sugar-free, and also American made! Definitely recommend. I use the Blood Orange here, but they have a ton of amazing flavors. Check them out on Instagram or Facebook.

FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

Ingredients


1 cup BiPro Lemon Lift Protein Water
Juice from 1/2 a lemon (yes, you can use bottled in a pinch, about a Tablespoon)
1 packet Truvia (more if you want to "sugar" the rim)
1.5 oz chilled Blood Orange Devotion Vodka (I can't find a shot glass to save my life since the move, this is 3 Tablespoons if you're shot glass challenged like me)
ice if desired


Directions


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour and yum! If you don't have a cocktail shaker. Or misplaced your cocktail shaker in a move from Colorado to Idaho (just sayin'). You can just add the ingredients to your glass and stir (so not as much fun that way though).

To "sugar" the rim of your glass simply pour some Truvia onto a plate, wet the rim of your glass, and dip. Easy!

Notes


This is exactly how I like my lemon drop. However, if you like a less tart/sour lemon drop leave out the lemon juice. The Protein Water alone is super yummy. If you like a sweeter lemon drop add a little more Truvia. And of course if you serve this in a martini glass add a lemon peel twist ;)


FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs


Let me know if you try it!











FitGirl Cocktails: The Lemon Drop Gluten-Free, 0 sugar, 0 carbs

Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie

Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein

You might have noticed that I'm slightly smoothie obsessed around these parts lately. While I always love a good smoothie, especially in the warmer months, I'm mainly focused on protein smoothies right now. You see, the new program I'm currently doing has upped the amount of protein I'm eating every day. So, in order to hit my macro-nutrient percentages I'm adding more protein shakes and smoothies to my daily diet. I am definitely aiming for 30 grams of protein per serving these days. Protein smoothies are a quick, easy, and delicious way for me to hit my macros.

Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein

Especially this one, YUM. I'm definitely loving it post workout lately. 

If you're looking to up your protein too you're going to love this Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie. This smoothie is so quick and easy. Only 3 ingredients, blend, DONE! It's completely creamy and delicious, but still clean, gluten-free, and packed with just over 30 grams of protein per serving. Plus, it definitely feels like a treat. Total win.

Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein

Peaches and Cream Protein Smoothie

Ingredients


1 cup Dole Sliced Frozen Peaches
Huge thanks to Wild Foods for sending me the protein powder I used for this recipe!

Directions


Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. So easy, right?


Peaches and Cream Frozen Protein Smoothie - Gluten Free, Clean, 30 grams of Protein



Let me know if you try it!









Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl


Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl * Gluten-Free * Protein-Packed

Smoothie bowls are my go to breakfast lately. They're just such a quick and easy way to get some protein, fruit, veggies, and even superfoods (think matcha green tea, beets, berries, greens...) into my mornings. As the weather continues to warm up they will pretty much be a staple for me. 

I like to keep my breakfasts simple, quick, and easy. No 20 ingredient smoothie bowls for this girl! I mean, I applaud folks that are awake enough for that in the morning, but that isn't happening over here. Most of my smoothie bowls are 5 ingredients or less. I try to focus on maximum nutrition with minimum ingredients.

Eating the same simple things every day doesn't have to be the SAME THING every day though! There's so much you can do with a smoothie bowl. Start with a "milk" of choice (I usually do So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk, So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew Milk, or Milkadamia Unsweetened Macadamia Milk), then add whatever frozen fruits, veggies and/or greens you have on hand. Top with things like coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chia seeds, diced fruit, dried fruit, chopped nuts, goji berries, or even some gluten-free cookies for a treat! YUM.

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl - Gluten Free + Protein Packed

There are infinite combinations to try! Plus, healthy can feel a little indulgent too...

Like this Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl! It's kind of like having dessert for breakfast, but it's gluten-free and packed with fruit and protein. This smoothie bowl recipe is a really great breakfast option when you want something a little sweet, but don't exactly want to break out the chocolate cake.

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl Ingredients

A huge thank you to Wild Foods for providing protein powder for this recipe!

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

1 cup frozen apples
Chopped apple pieces for topping (optional)


Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl - Gluten Free + Protein Packed

Directions


Add coconut milk, protein powder, and frozen apples to your blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and crumble cookies on top. Add the diced apple.

Notes


I used to be able to find frozen apples at the grocery store when I lived in Colorado. They were such a time saver! However, I haven't been able to find them here in Idaho yet; so I slice, peel, and freeze Pink Lady apples ahead for this recipe.

Go crazy with the toppings here! Whatever you like. Chopped nuts (organic walnuts or raw pecans are pretty yummy with this), coconut flakes, cashew butter, cacao nibs...

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Smoothie Bowl - Gluten Free + Protein Packed


Let me know if you try it!