How I Fuel My Day

My personal food philosophy is all about balance. I believe in eating all the veggies, but also not denying yourself that piece of cake if you want it. I have learned to listen to my body and to give it what it wants while keeping track of what it needs. On a normal basis you’ll find my plate filled with foods that are energizing, filling and nutritious. However, we can’t expect to have “perfect” meals 100% of the time. It’s dangerous territory when we start to beat ourselves up for not following a meal plan. If I decide to indulge in a juicy burger or a big plate of pasta, I just balance it out with healthier meals the next day. Balance people, balance! Food keeps us healthy and alive, but we should also be able to enjoy it as much as we can.

In saying all of this, I was inspired by GoMacro‘s Fuel Your Day campaign to share how I fuel my day. Here’s a peak into what an average day looks like on my plate!

My mornings start  at 7 a.m. every morning. However, lately it’s been more like 7:30ish (is anyone else still feeling the effects of daylight savings??)

After I feed Miss Maddie and take a shower, I make myself my “green drink”, which is 4 oz apple juice, 8 oz water, 1 scoop Macro Greens and 2 tsp wheat grass. I’ve been starting my day with this drink for months now. It’s a great boost of natural energy and is an easy way for me to get my greens in early on in the day. It’s basically my version of taking a multi-vitamin.

As I’m getting ready I also make myself a matcha to-go and pack my lunch, which includes my apple cider vinegar drink (1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 8 oz water, 1/2 lemon).

I then have to evaluate if I have time to make myself breakfast. Since I’ve been waking up late lately the answer is usually “no”. 

My criteria for breakfast is something quick, full of protein, healthy fat, whole grains and of course, tasty! My go-to’s are usually avocado toast (with or without an egg) or a yogurt bowl with granola and banana.

But on those days where I need to run out the door as soon as possible I always keep some of my favorite bars on hand.

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GoMacro bars are one of my absolute fav on-the-go breakfasts. Their Balanced Goodness bar being a more specific favorite. Their bars have just the right amount of calories, protein, carbs and fats to fuel me through the morning. And their ingredient list is on point. ALL real ingredients that you can pronounce. 

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If I grab a bar on-the-go I’ll usually also grab a yogurt and/or banana to take with me for a mid-morning snack. Something to keep me from counting down to lunchtime!

Lunch is either leftovers from the night before, a big salad or a mish mash of protein, veggies and grains. If I’m working out later in the day I’ll be more conscious and make sure I have extra protein and/or grains to give me more fuel and to keep me going longer. 

I don’t always have an afternoon snack, but I do have a snack drawer at work if hunger strikes! It’s filled with mostly nuts, dried fruit and bars. If a workout is on my agenda I always make sure to eat something sustainable about an hour before I’m going to be active. This is usually in the form of a bar since I know it’s an easy way for me to get in all the nutrients I need to fuel my workout. This is where I’m glad GoMacro labels their higher protein bars so I know exactly which one to grab! Their Everlasting Joy and Prolonged Power are two of my favs.

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Post workout I head home to start making dinner. As I’m cooking, I’ll snack on some veggies and hummus or CHEESE (I heart cheese). Possibly a glass of wine if I’m in the mood for one.

Dinners vary from week to week since I’ve been using Marley Spoon. Since I get to choose my meals though, I always try to choose meals that are high in protein and have ample amount of veggies. 

I’ve been ending my nights with a cup of tea. It helps calm me as I prepare myself for bed. If my sweet tooth kicks in I’ll grab a bite or two from a chocolate bar that I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping in the fridge. 

And that’s a day in the life of Katie’s plate! What are your favorite ways to fuel your day?

Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with GoMacro, however I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own and I only feature products I truly love!

 

Blue Moon Yoga Practice With Illuminated Living

Last Friday I had the wonderful pleasure of attending Annette Scott of Illuminated Living’s Blue Moon yoga practice. 

From the Illuminated Living website: 

As a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher and personal trainer Annette has spent the last 10 years of her career uniting her love for teaching, bodywork, yoga, nutrition, aromatherapy, energy work, functional anatomy and dynamic exercise.

As an instructor, she has a friendly, engaging approach that conveys her deep enthusiasm and love for learning. She combines the wisdom of pioneers alongside current research and development with her passion to create an inspiring, holistic and dynamic learning environment.

Her life and practice is an integration of intuition and intellect that is grounded in the belief of deep listening and presence. She is guided by an abiding trust in the wisdom of the human body and nature. Annette continues to work in the field as a massage therapist, personal trainer, yoga teacher, clinical aromatherapist, lifestyle and nutrition coach and doula.

Annette’s Blue Moon practice was an all female practice geared towards us using the moon’s energy to seek balance and beauty within ourselves. A blue moon is seen as a time to start a new phase in our lives. To put the past behind us and look forward towards the future.

Our practice was supposed to be on the beach beneath the moon itself. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating. Thankfully we had the use of a spacious common room that served it’s purpose perfectly.

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We started our practice with a prayer outside, opening ourselves to receiving energy from the east, west, south, north, earth and the sky. 

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We did our practice surrounded by candle light and moved through a variety of poses, with a focus on heart and hip openers.

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Annette also led us through a variety of chants, which I had yet to experience in my yoga practice. The chants made me feel more open, gave me more energy and made me feel more connected to our practice.

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The energy throughout the room was amazing and I loved the energy our all female practice was creating. The practice left me feeling more energized, more open to my inner thoughts and also more open to what lays ahead in the future.

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After our practice, we had some fun!

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Bottles of wine were opened, snacks and dessert were set out and lovely conversations were had.

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The weather had cleared up so we were able to walk down to the beach and enjoy the smooth breezes as we sipped our wine and mingled with one another.

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Annette’s Blue Moon practice was an amazing experience and I look forward to attending more of her workshops in the future. This was also my first time meeting Annette and she herself, is a warm, friendly and wonderful woman who exudes a very positive energy. 

For more information on Annette and her services, including upcoming workshops visit her website at www.illuminated-living.com.

Disclaimer: I attended this workshop at no charge in exchange for a blog post. My opinions, as always, are my own.

Taking My Fitness Into My Own Hands

I have always loved working out. Ever since I started learning more about fitness in college I have loved the feeling a good work out gives you and how it helps shape a healthy lifestyle.

Even though I love to work out I’ve noticed that over the years I tend to go through an ebb and flow of work out routines. I’ll be super into whatever I’m doing…and then one day I’ll start becoming bored with it or feel like I need to switch things up. Or sometime life gets in the way and weeks will go by without me lacing up my sneakers. 

My most recent ebb and flow happened when I decided to leave CrossFit a year ago. I wasn’t achieving the results I wanted anymore and felt that I needed to try something new. Around this time was when I changed jobs. I went from a 9-5 desk job to a job that had me out and about quite a lot. 

I had heard a lot of great things about OrangeTheory and decided to give that a go. I enjoyed the classes…coaches were great, workouts were great…but because of my schedule I just couldn’t get myself into the studio more than twice a week (when I was used to working out 5 times a week). 

Fast forward a year later and I started noticing something I was not so thrilled about. I looked at photos of myself on Facebook…I looked in the mirror…my body looked different. My clothes were getting snugger. I wasn’t feeling like myself. I felt sluggish and bloated. 

My lack of exercise wasn’t the only thing to blame. I started thinking about how my eating habits had changed since my new job. At my desk job my go to lunch was a salad I brought from home, a healthy sandwich or leftovers from the night before. And I always had a stockpile of healthy snacks within reach (almonds, yogurt, dried fruit, etc.) Since my new job entailed me to be in my car a lot I didn’t have the ability to bring my lunch along with me. Luckily, I am not a fan of fast food…but even so, meals at places like Panera and Jersey Mike’s still add up. I realized that I had become more carb dependent in my meals and didn’t have as much focus on lean meats and vegetables. 

So, as much as I love trying new fitness venues, I realized that I needed to take a different approach this time around. Take my health back to basics. Luckily, Jon was in need for a change as well. An Anytime Fitness had just opened around the corner from us, so one day we decided to sign up for memberships together. 

For about a month and a half now I have been consistently going to the gym 5 days a week (give or take a few busy weeks along the way, but hey, we’re all human!). I started off by taking advantage of a free personal training session that Anytime offered when we signed up. After my first session I signed up for a few more training sessions. My trainer shared my healthy lifestyle philosophy and was great at pushing me when I needed it. She also gave me the tools I needed to create my own workout plan.

After my last training session one of my fav bloggers, Fitnessista, was starting up her yearly Summer Shape Up. I decided to give it a whirl and loved it! It was 4 weeks of fun (and sometimes intense) total body work outs mixed with cardio, barre and yoga.

After Summer Shape Up I decided to turn to BodyBuilding.com. Jon has been doing their Big Man on Campus program and enjoying it so I decided to see what programs they had for women. The website is great…it gives a handful of free workout plans based on your skill level and what your fitness goal is. I’m currently doing this plan plus 20-30 minutes of cardio each day after my strength training. 

It’s very different to be working out on my own. I’m used to not thinking and having a coach tell me what to do. Relying on a coach to push me. But what I’ve realized is that I can be my OWN coach. Being able to walk myself through exercises has helped me focus more. Not only on my form, but also on my body. And I’ve found that I can push myself when I need to, which I never thought I could do!

Aside from my fitness makeover I’ve been making over my eats as well. I’ve been focusing on centering my meals around lean proteins and vegetables again. I’ve been limiting my carb and sugar intake. And also just practicing mindful eating…really paying attention to my body and letting it tell me when I am hungry and when I have had enough. Results? I feel fantastic. I feel lighter and have more energy. And just this week I’ve started to notice some changes physically.

Most importantly? I feel healthier and more like ME. It always amazes me how much what we see in the mirror can play with our emotions. A few months ago I was feeling very down about how I looked and very self conscious…feelings I hadn’t had in years. And I have always been one of those people who believe that self esteem comes from within and that how you look shouldn’t define you. But I realized that what I was feeling was associated with me not taking care of myself properly like I have always prided myself on. Now that I’m back to working out regularly and eating healthier I feel more like my old self and therefore more confident. There has been no drastic change in my appearance, but just the fact that I’m taking care of myself, that my body is working hard and that I’m fueling it correctly…makes me feel GOOD.

Have you recently undergone a “fitness makeover”? What do you do when feel you need a change regarding your fitness?

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