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No such thing as “PERFECT”

There is no such thing as “perfect”.

How does one measure perfect? No flaws? Big muscles? Toned muscles? Long hair? Short hair? Blonde? Brunette? 300 thousand followers? 50 followers?

I always see others posting on social media that someone is basically on a quest for perfection. They want the perfect body, perfect hair, and/or perfect life.

But what really is “perfect”? How does one measure “perfection”?

Some have made it a hobby to point out the imperfections of themselves and others. Making a joke or ridiculing themselves and others for not being able to achieve “perfection”.

The truth is “perfection” varies from person to person. My perfect house may be someone else’s least favorite or be extremely different than someone else. Today, perfect tends to mean “NO flaws” but nobody is perfect. Someone may have beautiful eyes, a great job, an amazing spouse but they may struggle or have conflict in other aspects of their lives.

What you see on social media is not always real life. Social media is full of unrealistic, photoshopped photos, diets, etc. People need to realize and understand that “perfection” varies from one person to another. Each individual needs to believe in themselves and achieve their goals so they can have the desired outcomes they feel is best for them.

Your “perfect” can also change as you grow. Be willing to try new experiences and get a taste for something new as it could open new doors for you and open your eyes and your heart to many different things.

Do not worry about being perfect; focus on being you.

Banana Energy Bites

The delicious energy bites are back! After continuously making the original energy bites, I have decided to expand my horizon and try out a new recipe.  I happened to have some bananas that were getting to be very ripe so I thought it would be the perfect time to make a delicious treat.

I have been hooked on these bites for quite some time now and find myself craving them randomly. I will only eat 1-2 bites at a time because they’re perfect for a quick snack when you are traveling to work, the gym, etc. Quick, easy and delicious.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

2 cups rolled oats

¼ cup peanut butter (can substitute with almond butter or any of your favorite nut butters)

¼ cup honey

½ teaspoon cinnamon

*Can add mini dark chocolate chips

 

How to:

Mash up the bananas in a large mixing bowl.

Stir in the rolled oats, peanut butter, honey and cinnamon.

Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to make the mixture easier to roll.

Roll into 12-15 bites and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

 

I made 16 energy bites varying in size.

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

So simple, so tasty! What do you think? Which other energy oat variations would you like to see?

 

Lettuce Wrap Chicken Tacos

I recently graduated from college and returned home to live with my parents until I can save up enough money for my own place. Until then, I will be enjoying my mother’s delicious dinners.

My family always tries to improve their overall health through healthy eating and exercise. We all grew up playing sports and my parents are still quite active.

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My mom recently introduced the family to her Lettuce Wrap Chicken Tacos. One of my old teammates had a gluten allergy so she always ate her tacos, burgers, etc. in a lettuce wrap. When I first saw it, I thought it was a bit weird as I could not imagine enjoying a burger or taco without the roll or tortilla. But after giving it a try I have to say it is amazing. The crunch of the lettuce wrap is something you do not normally experience while eating tacos so it was an interesting twist.

I highly recommend trying out these Lettuce Wrap Chicken Tacos for a healthy twist on your dinner.

 

Ingredients:

2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (butterflied)

2 cups of chicken broth

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon coriander

¼ teaspoon cayenne

2 tbsp lime juice

12 artisan romaine lettuce leafs (any lettuce that has small “cup” form will work)

Extras:

  • Sour cream
  • Fresh pico de gallo
  • Black beans
  • Shredded cheese
  • Avocado

 

Instructions:

  1. Add the chicken, chicken broth, lime juice, salt and spices to a small/medium sauce pan. Make sure that the liquid covers the chicken. Bring to a boil and then simmer for approx. 10 minutes.
  2. Shred the chicken with two forks.
  • You can add it back to the liquid so it can absorb some of the broth throughout all the shreds.
  1. Assemble your lettuce tacos: lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, black beans and cheese.
  2. Enjoy!

 

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Be inspired by the fear of being average

Average: an amount, standard, level, or rate regarded as usual or ordinary. Simply nothing special. Being told you are average can sting. Average athlete, average student, average looking, etc. No matter what context it is in, it simply means you are nothing special.

Being told you are average can be motivation to some but a downer for others. Personally, I use it as my motivator. When someone tells me I will not be successful in something it makes me work twice as hard just to prove them (and sometimes myself) wrong.

I will never settle for average. I am inspired by the fear of being average. I will be successful in all that I put my mind to. I will dedicate myself to success and work my ass off until I get there. I will not let the negativity and doubt of another hold me back from reaching my goals.

At first being told, “you’re average” was a downer for me. I was hurt and confused. It made me question my abilities and my goals. Were my goals unrealistic? No. They are smart goals. My goals are specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic. My goals are MY GOALS. Not the goals of someone else. I am the one measuring my goals therefore I am the only one with the ability to determine where I am at that point in time.

I refuse to let anyone tell me who I am or where I am going to be. I refuse to allow anyone to chase me away from my goals and dreams. I will never settle.

I am inspired by the fear of being average.

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Protect your spirit from contamination

At some point in our lives, we will face negative attitudes and opinions directed towards us. Our reaction to these attitudes, opinions, beliefs, etc. will help us grow.

Feeding into the negativity and letting it affect us is a negative approach that will only hurt us more in the end. A positive approach is to stay supportive, keep dreaming, continue to work towards your goals and stay motivated.

Unfortunately, some of the most poisonous people can be disguised as friends or family members. Anyone who brings you down or consistently points out your flaws is negative energy. One should surround themselves with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Surrounding yourself with negative energy will only bring you down.

Recently, I was in a situation that showed me something I never thought would be true. While spending time with a group of friends, one of the individuals pointed out something on my social media account and teased me for it. This individual understands what it is like to be made fun of and has dealt with it for some time.

This individual was hurtful and disrespectful. A “friend” should never make fun of your goals and dreams. They should never tease you for your pathway to achieving those goals and making those dreams become reality.

I was hurt at first. But then I looked in the mirror. I told myself that those who put me down will be my motivators.

When dealing with difficult people, you need to respect yourself enough to walk away. Walk away from anyone or anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy. Sometimes in life we need to be selfish. Sometimes we need to step away from the negative energy and realize that everything happens for a reason.

If that person cannot handle your goals and dreams now, they will not like them when they are achieved or become a reality.

Each individual person has a purpose in life. Each individual person is creative and unique in their own way. You may come across people who have similar dreams and others who have dreams that are so much different than your own. That is okay.

We are all unique and special in our own way. Whether or not someone’s dream is similar or different to yours, they can still help you grow. Positivity and support goes a long way in relationships you have with friends and family.

You will come across unsupportive people but you need to stay supportive of yourself and stay motivated in order to achieve success. Do not let the negativity of someone else hinder your success.

Set goals and crush them. Dream big and make it a reality. Keep working and never give up. Protect your spirit from contamination.

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

We are all faced with busy mornings that result in a grumbling stomach a few hours later when we realize we skipped breakfast. Although I would not use this as a replacement for breakfast, it could be used a breakfast addition or snack throughout the day. It is a quick and easy, no bake recipe for a quick protein packed treat.

I recently shared this recipe on my Instagram Story – Link.Fitness. These bites are super easy to make and only take about 15-20 minutes. 5 ingredients combined in a bowl and rolled up for a quick snack.

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites.

My favorite part about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can easily swap, add or remove a particular ingredient and still have a tasty snack! Don’t want to use semi-sweet chocolate chips? Use dark chocolate instead. You could also add cranberries, shredded coconut, vanilla extract or cinnamon to the mix to create new flavors.

The bites are super easy to make and take very little time. Try them out, mix it up and enjoy!

 

Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Bites

  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.

Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to make the mixture easier to roll

Roll into 12-15 bites and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Finding the balance between life & fitness

I have heard many people fall off their New Year Resolutions and goals because they had trouble balancing their busy lives and the gym.

My response? Make time.

You don’t have to physically go to the gym to get in a good workout. There are many different ways to fit a quick workout into your busy schedule.

You could do at-home workouts, neighborhood runs, or use that treadmill in your basement that has been turned into a drying rack for laundry.

Don’t have time for a long workout and do not know what to do for a quick effective one? Many fitness facilities offer 30 minute classes that are typically offered 3-5 days a week. Attending these classes will allow those struggling to get in with an experienced instructor who can help them through a 30 minute workout.

Some people complain about their time constraints due to their work schedule, kids, spouse, etc. Make time. Get up a little earlier to squeeze in that workout or find time during a break in your day. 

Stay motivated! What some don’t realize is that stronger motivation is a result of outcomes. In order to stay motivated you need to commit to your fitness and minimize the excuses as to why you cannot exercise that day. Some days there will be valid reasons as to why you cannot exercise – sick, injured, etc. But this cannot be a constant excuse to not exercise.  

Set goals and stick to them. These goals will then be achieved and the desired outcome will be reached. After feeling the positivity from the results, one will be much more motivated to continue their process to reach the next goal.

 

Make time. Set goals. Stay motivated. Find balance. Live a happy healthy life!

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Day 30: Becoming the best version of myself

Over the course of this 30 Day Blogging Challenge, I wanted to share my thoughts, beliefs, advice, etc. with all of you but I also wanted to find new ways to become the best version of myself. With the challenge coming to an end, I feel as if I have grown in a way that may not have happened without the positive feedback I received from many of my followers. (Thank you!)

Becoming the best version of myself is not just about how I treat my body physically, it is also mentally and emotionally. Mentally and emotionally I have learned to focus more on self love and positive sellink-fitnessf talk. I have learned to avoid the negativity in life and focus more on the positive aspects.

This challenge has given me the opportunity to speak my mind, face fears, share my dreams with others, embrace change in different aspects of my life, and to learn to love myself for who I am.

I was able to touch on different things like my fitness journey, my dreams, my goals, different books or recipes I love, things I love about myself, things I want to change about myself (in a positive process), and different tips or advice I have about fitness or being healthy.

This was an extremely eye opening experience for me and I am so happy I was able to accomplish the different aspects of the challenge. Now it’s your turn.

I challenge you!

Complete my 30 day challenge. It does not have to be on a blog or even shared on a post. This can be done in a notebook for your eyes only but it is still an experience I wish you take advantage of.

If you do decide to post on social media, please tag me or use the hashtag #LinkFitness so I can read your posts!

I truly hope I was able to inspire many of you and I hope we can someday work together to reach our fitness goals.

I wish you all the best of luck during your fitness journey!

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Day 29: Five things to do more often

A happier/healthier life does not have to be complicated or difficult. Create your own happiness. Five things to do more often include reading more, drinking more water, laugh/smile, go outside and meditate.

tumblr_static_untitled_5Read to expand your vocabulary, learn, and reduce stress. Find a good book and dive into it. Let your mind focus on the words.

Reading will help you enhance your vocabulary by using words that you may have never heard or rarely hear. If I ever come across a word in a novel that I am unsure of or rarely hear, I write it down so I can look it up and find ways to incorporate it into my vocabulary.

Reading helps relieve stress because you are able to escape the troubles of your day and dive into the book. Different books will help different people. We all have our preferences in books so branch out and expand your horizon.

Drink more water! I say this often but it is extremely important. As I mentioned in 3 Healthy Habits and the Importance of Hydration, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose, and throat tissues. There are many different flavors that can be added to water to mix up the flavor as well. Drinking water is crucial to helping one live a healthy lifestyle!

Laugh/smile randomly. When you are looking in the mirror, look at your reflection smiling back at you. As awkward as it, it is hard to be in a bad mood when you are giving yourself a cheesy smile. Laugh often and worry less.

Go outside! Nature is beautiful. Travel if possible or simply take a walk around your neighborhood. Clear your mind and focus on the nature around you.

Notice the sounds you hear, sights you see, and scent you smell. Birds chirping, dogs barking, people talking – take it all in. The feel of the gravel or grass beneath your feet. The smell of a fire burning or the smell of food pouring from someone’s kitchen window. Take it all in. Appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

Meditation is a stress relief technique that I use very often to clear my head and cheer up. Lie down and escape to your favorite place. Go somewhere that makes you happy while lying on your bed or on a yoga mat on the floor.

Meditation will relieve stress, improve concentration and encourage a healthy lifestyle. While meditating you will have control over your mind and body. Meditation is successful when the one practicing is entirely focused and centered on the connection they are trying to make. Meditation encourages a healthy lifestyle as it tends to increase your desire for healthier foods. Meditation could influence your choices on what you’re putting into your body. You may choose to fuel yourself with healthier foods.

These five things can be done almost anywhere and it can definitely be done every single day (at least one of the five). Try one of the above tactics and contact me to let me know how it goes!

Day 28: People I would like to meet

img_3377Three people that I would like to meet are Cristina Capron, Lauren Bongiorno, and Faith Leatherman.

All three girls post updates about their fitness journey and provide their followers with advice, tips and tricks. Cristina and Faith both post amazing, inspirational, and motivational videos about their fitness journey. They frequently post videos of different exercises they did and how great they were. They also discuss what area they are working in the particular video.

Lauren is a Health Coach and Yoga Instructor. She also created a Low Glycemic Bar. She always posts photos and videos of different yoga poses with motivational and inspirational captions. Her last caption on a photo of her smiling in a window sill is “Wake up. Sweat. Stretch it out. Repeat. Because when you love what you’re doing, you don’t stop the cycle.” She emphasizes the importance of movement. Movement is medicine. Movement is power. She also posts photos about different exercises you could incorporate into your daily routine to connect your mind and body and to boost your confidence.

Who would you like to meet? Who inspires you?