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Recipes: Taco Roasted Cauliflower

Thursday January 18, 2018

Cauliflower with a kick. Who wouldn’t want to try that?

Today is a dream come true for you veggie lovin’ Mexican food fanatics. We have a recipe that infuses the savory flavors of tacos into cauliflowers.

I hope your taste buds are ready for an invasion of spices, like garlic, cumin, chili powder, and onion powder. You still get the health benefits of cauliflower, just with an added burst of flavor.

This dish will help you eat healthy and will satisfy some of those nagging food cravings. Let’s see how it’s made!

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Do Alcohol and Fitness Mix?

Thursday January 18, 2018

What’s the first question most people ask when they decide to lose weight?

“Can I still drink alcohol?”

It’s a complicated question, one without a straightforward answer. We all can agree that drinking on the daily probably isn’t the best thing for your liver and belly. But what about a drink here and there?

Let’s talk about it.

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Operation Get Fit: My First Week of Boot Camp

Thursday January 18, 2018

Sweat, Sweat, and More Sweat

The saltiness that stings your eyes, the stickiness of your clothes as it clings to your skin, and the hair…oh god, the hair.

That’s right, we’re talking about sweat. I don’t know about you, but I hate being sweaty.

By the time I’m done working out, I feel like I’m in that scene of Flashdance when Alex dumps the bucket of water on her.

Except I don’t look quite as awesome, but you get my point.

This first week of boot camp had me sweating like a sinner in church. Something I haven’t been used to in a while because, well, “regular exercise” has been out of my vocabulary for months.

Now that we’ve covered how sweaty I get (I hope you aren’t eating while reading this) let’s get into the boot camp sessions.

Boot Camp Kicked My Booty

“It will all be worth it in the end!”

This is the mantra I tell myself as I push through those burpees and battle ropes.

If I could sum up my week in three words, it would be this: lots of pain.

There were moments where I truly thought I was going to pass out or throw up…or both.

I expected the exercises to be tough, but I was not prepared for just how intense they would be.

I could feel the burn in places I never even knew were there!

It also doesn’t help that I’m an extremely uncoordinated person, which means I spent a lot of the time tripping and falling over trying to find my balance.

If this were high school, I would’ve been voted class clown right then and there.

Luckily, my amazing trainers and fellow boot campers were there to show me the proper form so that I didn’t totally embarrass myself.

The crazy thing is, no matter how much pain I was feeling or how much I wanted to quit, the feeling I got once I finished is unlike any other.

I feel so accomplished after every session – every day is like taking one step closer to my goals.

Speaking of steps, I could barely take one without feeling like my legs were going to crumble beneath me.

No Pain No Gain, Right?

Being sore isn’t fun, but it does make you feel like you’re working your ass off!

The soreness I experienced my first week was no joke. I’ve seen 80 year olds get out of bed faster than I could.

I feared sneezing because my abs would hurt. Stairs became my number one enemy. And dropping anything on the floor was game over (luckily, I’ve mastered picking things up with my toes).

To speed up recovery, I stocked up on protein rich foods, drank lots of water, and took it easy on rest days.

Sure enough, it worked! By the fourth day I was almost fully recovered and ready to hit the battle ropes.

The first week I only went 3 days, and I realize now that 3 days isn’t going to be enough to get the results I’m looking for.

So from now on, I’m bumping it up to 4-5! I’m on a mission to get some guns and booty goals, so it’s time to woman up and commit!

Stay tuned next week for second week updates plus meal planning! If you missed my first blog post, click here!

Your friendly content writer,

Mica

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Recipes: Honey Mustard Salmon and Kale

Thursday January 11, 2018

At first glance, salmon and kale might not sound like the greatest combo ever…but once you take your first bite there’s no going back.

That’s because honey mustard ties all these ingredients together. The tang from the honey mustard adds some “oomph” to this protein/omega-3-rich dish. Make sure you don’t forget the shallots and honey!

Need a lunch to bring to work? Just meal prep the salmon the night before and your lunch will instantly become an  A class dinner.

Ditch the chicken (for just one meal) in favor of some scrumptious salmon. Ready to try it out yourself?

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Operation Get Fit: FBBC HQ Content Writer Starts Boot Camp for 30 Days!

Wednesday January 10, 2018

Most of you don’t know me, but you read a lot of the words I write.

I’m like a ghost in the shadows, but with a lap top and a comfy office chair.

Or, I’m just your friendly neighborhood content writer who works at the Fit Body Boot Camp HQ.

My Humble Beginnings

My name is Michaelle (a.k.a Mica), and frankly, I’m no guru when it comes to fitness and health.

Growing up, I was the fat kid with frizzy hair and zero confidence. A combination of bad genes and unhealthy eating habits caused me to be a whopping 130 pounds by age 11.

(I can still smell the 3 PB + J sandwiches I would eat as an after school snack.)

And things didn’t get any better once I reached the teens.

High school can be enough of a nightmare on it’s own, but walking around at 190 pounds with pimples on my face and terrible fashion sense put a huge target on my back for bullying.

Let’s just say, I was never anyone’s #womancrushwednesday.

It wasn’t until I turned 21 years old that I finally decided to lose weight. I wish I could say I latched onto healthy eating and exercise right then and there, but that’s not the case.

Yoyo dieting, starving, and binging on unhealthy food became my lifestyle. Sure, I went from 190 to 140 pounds in the span of a year, but I did it in all the wrong ways.

My Mission: From Flab to Fab

Now, at 24 years old and 128 pounds, I’m finally in a healthier relationship with food.

While my diet doesn’t consist of pizza and fries on a daily basis anymore, I still have a lot to learn about eating the right foods that are going to burn fat and build muscle.

 Even though I lost a lot of weight, I still feel like a squishy, flabby blob.

“Well, are you working out?”

I do work out!

Occasionally…

Sometimes…

OKAY FINE ABOUT ONCE EVERY COUPLE OF WEEKS.

As I get older, I realize how serious it is for me to get in shape now while I still have the time and energy.

Which is why I’m doing this 30 DAY FIT BODY BOOT CAMP CHALLENGE!!

I started working at the HQ about 6 months ago, and I’ve shamefully never worked out in a Fit Body Boot Camp…until now.

I invite you to follow me on my journey as I take you through an in depth, REAL look at my transformation, and the emotions that come with it.

No filters, no faking…yes, there will be lots of sweating, swearing, and possibly tears.

My goal isn’t so much to focus on the scale, but more on building my self confidence, mental health, and toning some of the squish.

I’ll be posting an update every week here on this blog until February, and stay tuned for a full video next month so you can see my transformation in action!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Content Writer,

Mica

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Three Big Tricks to Maintain Your Metabolism All Day

Tuesday January 09, 2018

You ever look at someone super skinny and think, “Man, I wish I had THEIR metabolism!”?

Don’t get down on yourself! Being fit isn’t limited to genetics. You can reshape your body with hard work, discipline, and focus.

Your metabolism—the reactions that break down compounds, such as fats, inside your body—is your ticket to weight loss. Break down fats and sugars and your body will transform right before your eyes!

Even better news? There’s actually a way to unleash your own metabolism and stay skinny.

So what’s the secret? Let’s start out with your diet…

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Recipes: Tangy Green Beans

Thursday January 04, 2018

Want your green beans with an added kick?

This recipe is everything you could ever want from green beans. The yellow onion, Dijon mustard, and rice vinegar add a tang to this dish that you won’t see coming.

You’ll even add some extra fiber and vitamins to your diet! How could something that tastes this good also be so good for you?

Check out the recipe for yourself!

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The Most Common Weight Loss Misconceptions

Thursday January 04, 2018

Everyone’s got that friend…

That one person that claims they discovered the “secret” to weight loss, muscle building, what-have-you. An example: they read something online about proteins, concocted their own protein shakes, and swear by its magical powers.

Maybe you’ve even heard those commercials that promise you can eat what you want and still lose weight…

Your health is not a one-fix situation. You have to put in the time to do the research to find the workout plan and diet that work for you.

The Internet is full of countless misconceptions about fitness. However, if you can discern fact from fiction, your chances for success (and that sweet new bod) go through the roof!

Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about fitness to look out for.

 

“I need to hit the machines to gain muscle…”

That’s actually incorrect.

A lot of fitness machines challenge your muscles in unnatural (and unhealthy) ways. But you don’t want to just look good when you work out…you want to feel good when you leave the gym!

It’s better to do exercises that use your body weight instead. Try buying some resistance bands—you can stand on them and do curls. Or, pump out some old fashioned push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, and burpees, especially if you don’t have access to a gym near you.

Want to try out a Fit Body Boot Camp workout? Click here to find a location near you!

 

“Running is the best way to lose weight…”

Running is one way to lose weight. It’s not always the best.

For some people, long-distance cardio is their thing. For most people, running on a consistent basis is a struggle (and a big mental hurdle). Plus, your legs can wear down over time, which of course is not good…

Good news: You actually burn more calories when you work harder for a shorter period of time.

It’s called high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and it’s what Fit Body Boot Camp specializes in. You push your body for 30-minutes and leave feeling like a champ (and still burning calories!)

Oh, and don’t worry about missing any cardio. HIIT workouts elevate your heart rate, so you’ll still keep that heart of yours healthy and functioning.

 

“Calorie counting is my ticket to weight loss…”

Not necessarily…

Calories only tell part of the story. You want to keep a closer eye on your macros

Keep this ratio in mind: 30/30/40.

What does that mean? Your diet should consist of 30% carbs / 30% fats / 40% proteins. You can go even deeper, too. For instance, you’ll want to stay away from trans fats and bad carbs. Stick with those good carbs and unsaturated fats!

This also means that you don’t need to starve yourself to get fit. That’s an unsafe way to cut weight, and you’ll eventually gain it all back again.

It’s all about the quality of the calories you consume. If you eat healthy foods, you’ll get in shape, even if you eat a few more calories than you’d like.

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Recipes: Fig, Goat Cheese, and Bacon Appetizer

Thursday December 28, 2017

Thanksgiving and Christmas have finally come to an end – whew, that means no more parties right?

Wrong! We’ve still gotta get through New Year’s!

Which means it’s time to put the chef hat back on and whip up one more holiday feast before 2018 arrives.

Whether you’re hosting or attending, we’ve got you covered with this delicious fig, goat cheese, and bacon appetizer recipe.

This sweet and savory bite sized treat is the perfect snacking food as you mingle and wait for the countdown. Plus, it’s easy, quick, and gluten-free!

Starting this recipe in 5…4…3…2…1…

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New Year, New Fitness? How to REALLY Stick with a New Year’s Resolution

Thursday December 21, 2017

If December is the season of giving, January is the season of losing…

Losing weight, that is.

The new year inspires fresh new hopes and big dreams. Men and women everywhere flock to their local gyms, yoga studios, and fitness boot camps to finally get in shape.

Sadly by September, a lot of these same people end up nowhere near their goals. They look back and ask, “How did I miss the mark?”

You, my friend, are NOT one of these people! Come 2018, your fitness goals will always remain in sight, and you’ll build the habits that will outlast the motivation boost you get from the new year.

Put another way: you’ll have the blueprint to sustainable weight loss and health.

Here are a few tips to dominate January…and February…and March…well, you get the idea.

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