Holiday Gift Guide for the Fitness Freak

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“What do you want for Christmas?”

I always HATED that question.
I’m not good at coming up with what I want, but then again, I make an amazon wish list all year long.
So, I decided to see what was on my list, but also some of the cool things I have been using all year that you may want to ask for or get for your other fitness girl friends.

BOOKS

I admit it, I am a personal development junkie. I have had to reprogram many years of BS, so I’m always looking to keep my thoughts toward positive and I also love to continue learning. I love books about health and fitness and about leadership too. Here are some of my favorites and some on my wish list

The Slight Edge (must read for everyone.)

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fitness, health, business, relationships.. here is the answer. Easy Read too.

 

 The Miracle Morning– I have NOT yet read this book, but I am always trying to get up earlier and make my mornings better (I’m NOT a morning person) so I really want to read this and have a better morning routine. Plus… I love miracles :)
I also heard a podcast interview with the author and I was really impressed… so there’s that.

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50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome– this book just seems like the perfect gift to give to some of your AWESOME friends!

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Miracles Now– like I said.. I believe in Miracles and I LOVE Gabrielle Bernstein’s ways of explaining a Course in Miracles, how to trust your own higher self and her ways of finding spirituality in everyday life. I gotta get this book!!

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GADGETS & THINGAMABOBS

Fitmark Bags Meal Management Bags- as much as I travel. I MUST bring my own food. It gets WAY too expensive to eat out all the time and definitely can be so tempting to eat junk. I LOVE all the Fitmark Bags, in fact, this is my second one (a little larger) it has everything you need and is TSA compliant with the frozen pouches (Issues I had before!!)
AND you can get 15% off by using the code: danny15 at checkout.. SWEET!!

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FLIP BELT– cool running belt to keep your ID, keys, extra cash, etc. on you while running!! I hate leaving my house and having to run with keys in my hands…among other things! This thing is an awesome gift for girls and guys! Lot’s of colors and looks cute!

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Ninja Professional Blender or a Vitamix — ok.. so I can’t LIVE without my blenders. LOVE smoothies and of course I never hear complaints about the Vitamix, the cost can be prohibitive. I LOVE my Ninja, just be careful, those blades are sharp!!
It is a MUST-HAVE for a healthy lifestyle!!

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Pull-Up Bar-- you just have to have one in your house. Pull-ups are badass.

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MPG Tote- gorgeous gym or travel bag. I want.

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Fit Bit and Samsung Gear Fit– these are just a few of many fitness trackers. I know Nike Fuel Band is hot… but I LOVE Fit Bit because of the simplicity and color options. I also love the new Samsung, because.. its just bad ass. Let me know if you get one :)

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SHOES & CLOTHES

“I am a Sweaty Betty/ Don’t Be a B!tch” Sweatshirts– hey! It’s winter.. they’re comfy, cute, and you get to tell people #DBAB What’s not to love?! (There are multiple colors and tanks too!)

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SKORA Women’s Running Shoe- I’m not sure about running in these (I hate running) BUT I love them for lifting, other cardio and they’re CUTE!  Love the coral color, super fun!

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Montiel-- I saw these tops this summer and fell in LOVE. I love cute backs of tops that can show off with loose fitting shirts. I have just about every style and color. I wish I made money off this, but I don’t. So have fun!!

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MPG Sport (Mondetta Performance Gear)– I can never forget MPG. There are consistently one of my favorite brands for quality and price. They always have new collections and great sales a few times a year too!

(I have this jacket below in white.. it’s gorgeous!!)

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BEAUTY PRODUCTS & STOCKING STUFFERS

Dry Shampoo- I CAN’T live without this stuff now! There are a ton of great brands out there, but you can’t go wrong with $3 Suave. Great to keep in your gymbag after a blow dry, just a quick spritz to freshen up and it’s even great after you wash to give your hair a little more volume!!

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Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes - I got these at the Fitness Magazine Meet & Tweet event and I am OBSESSED!! They smell so good, they don’t sting… and living in an RV– you need to freshen up without water more often than you’d think. (they are also vegan, cruelty free and biodegradable)

These are a perfect purse or gym bag essential!!

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love these wipes for face, body, hands… everything.

Also found a fun kit with BB Cream, Lip color and the wipes!

Also found a fun kit with BB Cream, Lip color and the wipes!

 

Nerium AD Gift Set (Day/Night or Day/Night/Body)- if you’ve followed me for the last year, you may have seen mine and my friends and families AMAZING results with Nerium. This stuff if LEGIT. Discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles, pore size.. it helps. Also the new Nerium Firm works wonders on stretched pregnancy skin, loose skin from weight loss and the appearance of cellulite. No joke.. get some. 30 day money back guarantee… (click purchase on bottom left)

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The total body gift set (you can also just get the day/night experience for face)

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Canada and Mexico too!!

 

Ear Buds– these are a MUST for cardio (gotta keep the beat on your run!!) I have tried all kinds but YurBuds have a great fit and reasonable price. Cute and easy stocking stuffer!!

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Bodyworks Ball– this little gym bag gadget is amazing!! I’m always getting knots in my shoulder blades which are SO hard to reach. I used to lie on the ground on a ball, but gosh darn it, sometimes getting on the floor is a little… questionable?
So this cool ball you can toss over your shoulder and get to those hard to reach places. There are a ton of great uses.

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MODERE Laundry Pods– I know this is kind of random, but someone sent these to me as a gift, and since we have been living in the RV and going to a lot of laudromats, you have no idea how convenient these are!! They smell AMAZING, are very portable and efficient. I need more!!
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GymDoll Giveaway

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WHAT?!?!? It’s in PINK????!! (I need)

OK Ladies… we all know that motivation is hard to come by.
Like Zig Ziglar says:

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This is why I LOVE the GymDoll apparel.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a new outfit, workout shoes or gadget, I’m FIRED UP again!!
I especially love fun tanks with quotes because you KNOW someone is going to look at you, and read it out loud, then you’re gonna go:

“Yup. That’s right.. I’m a Bad @$$!!” 

So, I have this lovely Black & Yellow “Suck it up” tank.. but I want to give away a few as well

so this may be your lucky day!!

Do me a favor and go to the GYMDOLL FACEBOOK PAGE… first “LIKE” them.. and then post on their wall that they’re awesome or that Danny-J or The Sweaty Betties sent ya! Then make sure to comment on MY Picture, that you did it!
That’s it!!

I will pick a winner on FRIDAY and announce it on INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK

Let’s go girls!! SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP!!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread (GF)

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bars

Need a delicious and healthy Breakfast or Snack Idea?

These bars are where its at!! Plus, you can’t go wrong with pumpkin….ever.

Its not quite paleo, because there are little bit of oats and protein, it’s as close to Paleo in a delicious bar as I’m gonna get today… They are moist and delicious!!

This recipe is adapted from my friend Jaquelyn Kay, who adapted it from Jamie Eason’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread.. so basically its a twice removed recipe from the star Jamie, herself ;)

All the amazing ingredients you can get from VITACOST. They have a freaking AWESOME selection of things like coconut flour and greens, etc. (watch out, my cart was full in about .5 seconds!!)

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Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly grease your pan with olive oil (9×9 square pan works best)

In small bowl combine: (set aside)1/3 cup Truvia and 2 tsp cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together  flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and protein powder.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and whites, coconut milk, honey, and pumpkin.

Pour a shallow layer of batter into the loaf pan (about 1/4 of the batter). Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter & cinnamon/sugar on top. Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Bake for 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean when you poke the center of bread.

 

 

 

 

 

I may receive compensation in the form of product or payment from companies for reviews and/or recipes. Please note that I NEVER refer or use any product or company that I don’t thoroughly inspect, love, or wouldn’t use myself or let my mamma use.

When Life gives you Lemons……

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I have a friend who I met through the internet (as I have met MANY of you!!)
His name is Adam and he has been working on a project for quite awhile now.
What I love about Adam is that his product is more than just a cool drink (which it is!!)

It is about his STORY and how he turned Lemons into… well…. LÉMONESSE.™

(keep reading below but also check out my instagram to see me trying it for the first time!!)

Check out his KickStarter campaign and his story below:

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 When Live Gives You Lemons Turn Them Into LÉMONESSE.™ When one door closes another opens. LÉMONESSE™ was born after I was involved in a life-changing drunk driving accident. I starting playing baseball when I just just 5 years old.  Essentially I lived, breathed and ate baseball.  After years of blood, sweat and tears I was playing college baseball and on a path to a hopeful professional career. While in college I returned home for Christmas break to see my older brother who had returned from his military service in Iraq. On a quiet December night, our family was headed to Church when a drunk driver crossed the median and hit my brother and I head on. My Mom, Dad, younger brother, and sister all watched this unfold in the car ahead of them.My baseball dreams were crushed. I suffered multiple surgeries as a result of the accident.  I was forced to re-focus my dreams and aspirations. I decided to take the passion that I had for baseball and my desire to become a professional athlete and put it into an entrepreneurial journey that would teach me more about life, love, and lemons than I ever could have imagined.

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If you want to find MORE about LÉMONESSE.™ follow ALL of their social media! and tell Adam hello and great job!!

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Here’s Some Lemon Facts

There are numerous health benefits of lemons. Listed below are 3 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water on a Daily Basis.

1) Overall Bodily Health

Lemon juice helps to flush out unwanted toxins from the body. Lemons contain high levels of antioxidants called bioflavonoids. Research shows that bioflavonoids may modify allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. Lemon water contains very little calories if any and also helps you stay hydrated by adding a healthy flavoring to your water. A simple shot of lemon can spruce up that boring old water and add a wealth of benefits.

2) Balances pH Levels

Contrary to what most people believe lemon water, although acidic in nature, is actually treated by the body as a base once ingested. We consume an over-abundance of acidic foods thus lowering our bodies pH level. Our body is constantly working to maintain homeostasis and by eating too many acidic foods we aren’t helping our bodies to maintain the desired 7.4 pH level. Lemon water can help the body maintain a homeostatic state by alkalizing the blood and reversing the effects of highly acidic foods.

3) Digestive Boost

A study in the “International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.” released in 2011 stated that taste receptors for bitter substances trigger your pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes and your gall bladder to release bile. This helps the digestive process along and makes the process of eliminating waste products from the body easier.

4) Scurvy treatment

Scurvy is caused by a vitamin C deficiency. Scurvy causes general weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages.

5) Gall/Kidney Stone Reduction

The citric acid in lemon juice assists in dissolving gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.

6) Antibacterial

Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; lemon juice has been found to assist in the degradation of bacteria of diseases such as malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid as well as others.

7) Acne treatment

The alkalizing effect of lemons aid in the reduction of the bacteria known to cause acne.

8) Freshen Breath

A breath of freshness. Lemons and warm water can help freshen breath.

9) Digestion Help

Drinking a glass of lemon water with a meal can help stimulate the production of stomach acid which can aid in the digestion process.

10) Assist in Weight Loss Lemons contain a soluble fiber called pectin that has been shown to help with weight loss. Another great benefit of lemons aiding in weight loss comes by adding lemon to your water. This adds flavor without the calories. In addition you can reap all the other health benefits lemons bring to your body.

How to use a foam roller

How to use a foam roller

Foam Rollers are a great form of Self-Myofascial Release.

You may see many in the gym, white, blue, grey, bumpy ones, smooth ones and people rolling around like its fun

(I’m telling you, its not! LOL)

Foam rolling helps relieve muscle soreness and tension, loosens knots, allivates IT Band syndrome and helps with full range of motion and increasing mobility.
Its one of those love/hate things. I’ll be honest… its hard to “not be a bitch” when I’m lying on one… I whine, cry and all but curse my mother.

But afterward… wow! I’m a new woman!
Here are a few techniques I use and teach my clients for IT band, inner thighs, upper back, traps, lats and even feet for plantar fascitis.

The foam roller I use in this video is from The Pro Unit
*I am not a paid affiliate for The Pro Unit

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How can I get rid of loose skin on my belly?

this picture is more likely a candidate for a tummy tuck ** always consult a board certified plastic surgeon and get more than one opinion**

I get emails with training and diet questions all the time. I also get this question (or version of it a lot)

<<<Q: I used to be a size 18 and now am a size 2. I eat clean, weight train and do cardio, but I still have this loose skin. How can I tighten  my belly?? (or I have loose skin after pregnancy)>>>

these stretch marks will not go away, but her skin most likely will still tighten more

There are many factors

*age

*amount of weight lost

*how long you were overweight

*how fast you gained the weight

*how fast you lost the weight

 

……….and a lot of genetics.

Some people gain and lose a ton of weight and have hardly any issues while others are covered in stretch marks and are trying to fix that sagging skin.

You can cry about it or just learn what you can do and accept what you can’t.

There are tips for preventing stretch marks; like cocoa butter and moisturizing, but honestly, if you’re bodies’ genetics are likely to get stretchmarks, no amount of cocoa butter is going to stop that. At this point, the damage is done. So….what is my answer for what you can do?

Assuming you already eat clean, lift-weights and “do what you’re supposed to”…. you may not like the answer.

Preparation-H does not work.

Saran Wrap does not work.

Crunches, reverse crunches, planks or any abdominal exercise you can think of will not work.

There are a few lasers (usually very painful, expensive, and not largely effective) that are available that MAY have some effect on small areas or small amounts of skin “wrinkling”

this picture is more likely a candidate for a tummy tuck ** always consult a board certified plastic surgeon and get more than one opinion**

 

The only true thing that can actually get RID of loose skin is a tummy tuck.

They actually CUT. IT. OFF.

Even this only works if you have a significant amount of skin…. annnnnnnnd $8-$10k and about 3 months to recover.


Sooooo–  the BEST thing you can do is: love yourself, don’t stress over it (its probably worse in your head) and think of it as a symbol of your hard work or your souvenir of your beautiful child or your hard work on losing the weight.

Surgery is a personal choice but realize that if you aren’t ok inside, it’s not going to fix everything. That being said, if you worked hard, there’s no reason you should be held back because of some loose skin.

Whatever you choose, be ok with that.

I would never judge and I’d be in line for a tummy-tuck if I worked my ass off to lose a bunch of weight and it was really bothering me.  

We don’t all look/stay young forever.

Just be strong, be healthy, be beautiful.
and sorry I wish I had some better tips… but I am here to tell you the truth, not what you want to hear. Please Leave your comments!

you are MORE than some silly scars :)

 






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How to travel 45,000 miles in a year…. or just get out of town

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Its been no secret that I have been on the road for the last 3 months.
As fun and exciting as it has been, I am definitely glad to be home with my awesome husband and pups.

I do get asked quite often how I am able to do it/afford it, etc. and I got an email from a young family member the other day asking this:

“How were you able to travel as much as you did in a single year? Money, time, obligation-wise etc. I’d like to know since it is one of my goals to travel when young because I’ve read that it should be something you should do to expand your world.”

Here was my response:

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    hey cutie!!! thank you so much! well, I have been able to travel so much for a few reasons

    #1. I have an online business….that is probably the single most important piece. I actually have a few businesses, but all of them only require a phone and wi-fi

    #2. I have an extremely supportive husband and have to plan a bit to take care of our animals when I’m gone, but the dogs are probably my biggest obligation… luckily we can find a sitter pretty easily when needed.

    #3. As far as money goes: I don’t make a lot, but I don’t spend foolishly. I budget for travel and Nate and I put 10% out of all we earn into a travel fund, just for vacation… I’ve also been able to travel by having some companies or events pay for me… so it was basically free. I also own my car instead of having a car payment and I try to keep my expenses low. We live debt free and try to keep it that way.

    #4. When I travel I try to find cheap ways to stay, like airbnb.com or staying with friends who I’ve met online

    #5. I look for deals on airfare; I get emails from southwest.com and orbitz.com and I pay attention to flights and airfare sales

    and I agree, I think EVERY young person should travel. I was able to spend some time in Europe when I was 20, 21, 22 and it was amazing! and I STILL continue to travel when I can.

     

     

    What do you all think? Do you have any more questions? Do you like to travel? Is it a priority or do you love to stay close to home? I’m super curious as I know that we all have such different lifestyles.
    Any tips for the rest of us to save money on travel or to budget it?

     

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How to Cure Anxiety for good. An interview with Trudy Scott

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I haven’t mentioned too often, that I used to suffer with SEVERE anxiety and depression.

I had been on all kinds of medications and I thought I would be on a life time of pills.

I used to have panic attacks so bad at night that I was even afraid to go to sleep!

I would drive around in my truck until I was so tired, that I would fall asleep in a parking lot.
It was bad!

I was so happy to have the honor of interviewing Trudy Scott, the author of The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution. If you have ever suffered from minor anxiousness to full blown panic attacks, you’ll want to hear of some of her easy tips and DEFINITELY get a copy of this book for yourself! It’s a step-by-step guide, to figuring this all out with, simply, food.

Check it out, leave a comment below and you’ll have a chance to WIN one of five signed copies!

Get your freebies from Trudy http://www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com/freebies/

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 You’ll also be signed up for her fabulous ezine “Food, Mood and Gal Stuff”

 

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Paleo Shrimp Salad

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You know I love me some Paleo-style eating and living.

#Just Eat Real Food.

I’m excited to be an affiliate with the Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale which includes the 21-Day Paleo Cleanse I have been doing!

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Shrimp salad

paleo, gluten-free,  super healthy
Serves 5 to 7

  • 1 lettuce of your preference ( i suggest curly endive or butter) washed and in bite size pieces
  • 1 avocado in slices
  • 1 lb medium shrimp boiled in salted water for 8 min and cooled in ice water
  • 1 mango in small cubes
  • 1 cup organic corn
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup orange wedges
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 3 tbsp black and regular sesame
  • Arrange on plates as desired

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mirin or vinegar rice
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • The juice of one orange
  • Salt n pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a mason jar and shake shake shake.

Chef Vanessa Lee
Questions and comments: julecita@gmail.com

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Berries on Snow – Paleo Dessert

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Berries-On-Snow*Recipes created by Vanessa Lee V-Catering

Paleo dessert:
Makes 8 to 10 small servings
1 lb. cleaned diced strawberries
1 lb. washed blackberries
1 lb. washed blueberries
1 can coconut milk
Pure stevia 1 tsp or raw honey 2 tbsp
Cinnamon 1 pinch
Chia seeds 4 tbsp ( optional)
Star fruit for garnish

Cool coconut milk 1 hour, pour in a big bowl and stir with an electric mixer until thick and add honey.
Serve mixed berries in cups or glasses
Pour thick cream on top, sprinkle cinnamon and chia.
Enjoy!

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