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I Love Cheap Thrills

So I don’t know about you, but I am broke as a joke after a ton of summer adventures (I mean, I was broke as a joke before too – but this time it’s a less funny joke…more like a joke delivered by a sad clown, if you will.) Due to my low bank account balance but high desire to stay/get more fit – I started researching how to eat/make Healthy Food on a budget and thought you might be interested as well:

http://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-eat-healthy-foods-on-a-budget/

TLDR: Buy Eggs, Chicken Breast, Canned Salmon/Tuna, Almonds, Low-Fat Cottage Cheese, Protein Powder, Avocado, Oats, Black Beans, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Fruit, Sweet Potato

Now sure, I don’t eat all that stuff – but maybe YOU do, and who am I to judge? Nobody.. I’m just providing us with information.

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I do like to make fast, cheap, easy food – but I promise to stay away from fake shit 🙂

I was at Sweat yesterday and our yogi leader, Brittny, shared an interesting memory/lesson learned from one of her favorite teachers in India. I can’t remember his name, and it doesn’t matter to the story so I’m not even going to make one up, like Bob or Jim (I’m super creative). The story per my recollection: Brittny was having a full on tantrum, hysterical sobbing and self-righteousness, and Teacher said to her, “You have every right to feel like this. You can self-indulge as long as you like, it is everyone’s right. But you also have the right to stop and feel grateful for what you have, who you are as a human being.”

I shall try to remember Teacher’s words the next time I am sucked down the self-pity rabbit hole.

Lastly, for this Random Thoughts Wednesday – I am heading to a wedding in a couple of weeks and thought: Can I really tone up a bit in just two weeks? TO THE INTERWEBS!

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http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/advice/a27/i-got-in-shape-in-two-weeks/

Now, the writer has a crazy awesome trainer and I do not, BUT I think I can apply some of her situation to my own – no alcohol, up my protein and lower my refined carb intake, drink tons of water, and push myself to the edge in my workouts.

We’ll see, I’ll try to remember to let you know 😉

And let’s end this with a random fact: According to the American Frozen Food Institute, the average American eats 72 frozen meals a year, making frozen foods a $22 billion industry

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Confession time plus a delayed WIAW.

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Hey there hi there ho there, welcome to Confessions from Your Friendly Blogger! I have not been staying on point – February’s resolutions were forgotten nearly immediately after February began… I have not been doing my two miles before my P90X3 workouts (though at least I still have been doing those!!), and while I haven’t been drinking a lot – this weekend I was on mini vacation in Florida with my parents, sis, and bro-in-law and I definitely had more than my 2 daily max…and lastly, well, actually I have been sticking to the vegan/gluten-free at home so at least there’s that 😉

Oh, speaking of gluten-free – I WASN’T in Florida and my skin broke out in a rash as a result…I had forgotten about that pesky development that started this last year…

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Gross, huh? That was at the airport Monday morning – my sister is gluten free so she had the options available for me but I thought: “HEY I’M ON VACATION LET’S GET CRAZY!” So I had crab fritters, bread with my gluten free pasta (haha), and sandwiches with delicious hoagie rolls. After the fritters Friday I started to break out a little, and by Sunday evening my hands and arms were covered in an insanely itchy rash.

So, back to clean eating and no gluten for me. Obviously it’s more than just my digestive system that doesn’t like it.

But it’s only the 13th, I can turn it around – I’m recommitting to my resolutions!

So onto What I Ate Wednesday –

I’m just going to focus on dinner, because breakfast was tasty Shakeology and lunch was 2 soft shell veggie tacos (peppers, onion, lettuce, pico, guacamole, and I had black beans added on corn tortillas) from yummy Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica but DINNER my friends!? Dinner was fantastically delicious raw vegan food that my aunt whipped up for us. She’s a raw vegan chef and I am lucky to be a taster for her sometimes 😉

Here are a few pics of the treats she made last night (these are on my insta account, as well as previous meals @fitmooney – or if you want to go straight to the source my aunt’s insta account is @kellieannskitchen)

We started with Tropical Fiesta on a Raft (yes, I’m a nerd – it’s my name twist on ants on a log….)

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Cucumber ribboned with a mandolin, topped with carrot and sunflower seed pate, an avocado/cilantro/chickpea/jalapeno puree, and mango salsa. I think…there are many elements there I don’t remember or am purposefully holding back (it’s the former). This tasted as vibrant as it looked. So many spicy and sweet flavors, yum!

Then we went to the entree! Open faced:

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And ready to devour:

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Yum doesn’t begin to cover it – more carrot and sunflower seed pate with cucumber, mango salsa, apple, greens, and avocado all in between mango bread. Mango bread!? OMG it was so good I honestly don’t know what to tell you about it other than I had fully chowed mine down before Kellie even finished assembling her own!!

If you live in the Los Angeles area and are wanting to go raw vegan but aren’t sure how to start check my aunt out – – she provides lunch, dinner, and a snack daily PLUS will give you and your friends a tutorial if you’d like to learn how to make your favorites. Check her out on instagram: KellieAnnsKitchen

Ok, well I’d better get some work done so I’ll leave you with a random thought: I’ve been signing up for hilariously themed 5ks and they are starting soon, I’m so excited. I did the Color Me Rad run last summer and this spring have Bad Prom and Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge to look forward to – can’t wait!


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Isometrix and February’s Goals/Resolutions

I had gotten so used to my schedule that I didn’t check yesterday and just did Dynamix plus Total Synergy in the morning. Then this morning I glance and notice the schedule says “Transition Week”…oops. I missed Isometrix! 

Don’t worry, I did it this morning. Wooie, my balance is awful (I think I’ve mentioned this before) and I have a lot of work to do on core strength. This routine is all about balance and isometric discipline. Planks holding up one arm and leg for a minute. Downward dog while grabbing your outside leg with the opposite hand and then extend your other leg for 45 seconds…And then there’s the “inner balance” move that should be easy – you just have to stand on one foot and lift the other for 45 seconds (Or a minute?). Easy peasy, right? Oh, forgot the important part – close your eyes. Try it…

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I’m going to feel that tomorrow.

Onto next month’s resolutions…

1.) Adding 12 miles of running a week. Monday-Saturday I’ll add a 2 mile run before my P90X3 workout as a warm up.  

2.) No more than 2 alcoholic drinks when I go out. I’m going to try to limit this to twice a week as well…we’ll see on that one, I’ve given out a bunch of rain checks during Dry January.

3.) Continuing with vegan and gluten free eating at home. I’m going to be a little more flexible when I go out to restaurants, but I haven’t had any rashes or reactions to food this month and that’s been a relief!

Ok well I’m heading to bed – here’s a random glimpse into my life outside of the pursuit of healthy habits: I’m binge watching Veronica Mars with my roommate because she had never seen it and was mildly interested after I was geeking out about the upcoming movie. She’s completely addicted now. Thank you Amazon Prime.

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Sunday Funday

How has everyone been doing on their 2014 resolutions? I decided to make monthly resolutions instead of jumping into a year’s worth of commitment. I tend to fail those.

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I’ve got less than a week left on my January resolutions: no alcohol and vegan/gluten free eating. It’s gone pretty well. I have only slipped up on the vegan eating once, I tried the Vanilla Shakeology when it came in the mail the other day. But other than that I’ve been doing well.
I’m thinking of February goals…continuing on my P90X3 program for sure and thinking of capping my alcohol intake at 2 drinks if out and about, and only one glass of wine if I want something with lunch or dinner. Might add something else to that but haven’t quite figured it out yet.
Random question(s) of the day: Do you like dates? If so, what’s your favorite variety? I’ve been really addicted to Fancy California Medjool’s, have been buying them weekly at my neighborhood farmer’s market and eating them almost daily with pecans or almonds. Such a delicious dessert!

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Goodbye 2013

I can not believe it’s the last day of the year already. I’m only 31- if years are flying by so quickly now, I can’t imagine how I’ll feel at 80!

It was a good year: lots of fun times and adventures with fantastic friends, made some difficult but necessary changes to my life, and have lined up some new and exciting possibilities for the future.

Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.

I don’t have my ’14 resolutions figured out, because I tend to fail at the “This year I’ll do this and this” type statements, so I think I’ll just take it one month at a time. My January will be alcohol, gluten, and animal product free. I was going to give up caffeine as well but COME ON! I need one vice 😉

I need a cleanse after nearly two months of work and personal holiday parties…this should do it!