How to find your brand

As an actress, more than half of the job has to do with business and not talent. Lately I’ve been learning how to manage my business and market my brand. When I started thinking more and more about this, I decided that I would start incorporating my new practices into FitFabDelish. I have a day job and I manage that business just fine. I have built relationships and I work with some of the same customers over and over again while gaining new customers. There is no difference between that business and my independent businesses.

I created fitfabdelish for three reasons, all of which are in the name.

  • Fitness & Health
  • Fashion & Cool Products
  • Food & Drink

These three things are all things that I care about and have ALWAYS cared about! However, the true core of these three things is taking care of yourself in order to be a happier, healthier you. That’s my essence, not the three categories that I focus on. To create your blog and create your brand, you have to find something that you are passionate about and that you have fun talking about all of the time. Find something that’s FUN for you and you’ll find your niche. Fashion is huge right now, but if you enjoy reading books and going to cool local bookshops and coffee shops on the weekend instead of window shopping and retail, then fashion isn’t for you. It will get old and become hard to come up with content. The other part is all about figuring out your WHY. WHY do you want to teach people about these bookstores or introduce them to the new novels your reading. WHY do you want others to know about this unique lifestyle that you lead?

What is your essence? 


What makes you YOU? Why are you unique? Essence isn’t your experiences, it’s more about your expression or how you handle your experiences.

Have you ever asked a stranger what their first impression is of you? People still judge books by their cover, which means they are judging you that way too. We judge each other by what we’re wearing, whether we’re smiling or not, whether we pull out a fancy wallet from our bag at the grocery store, or whether we have a funky paper change purse to hold all of our valuables. People judge us by how we respond when someone asks, “How are you?” People also judge us  when we walk in front of another’s moving car in the parking lot. Do you wave to say thank you, or in apology? Do you walk with conviction and authority or move in embarrassed haste? There are so many questions.

Have you ever ran into someone that tells you what color your aura is? I’ve had three different people tell me that I have a blue aura and I really don’t know what that means, but I know they tell me that because they noticed something about me right away. That was them noticing my essence right off that bat.

Finding your brand has everything to do with finding your true essence. Find your passion and make it work for you. We all have something unique about ourselves. You may not even have a clue as to what it is. Ask ten people what they find special about you and I’ll bet you’ll get a similar answer most of the time. Take those special things and use them. It’s much easier to work with what we already have at hand, than trying to reinvent ourselves with what we think othwers will deem cool.

You are your brand. Embrace it and the rest will come! 

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Body Shaming on Buses

Recently the mayor of London banned ads  that he believes leads to body shaming of women and I want to know your thoughts!

Adverts which put Londoners under pressure over body image are to be banned from the Tube and bus network.

Sadiq Khan announced that Transport for London would no longer run ads which could cause body confidence issues, particularly among young people…”

Click HERE for full article.
What do you think? Should ads like this be banned? Is it unrealistic? 
Most of my friends growing up could eat anything they wanted and stay this thin. I never could and have always had body image issues, mostly because I always wanted to be a leading lady on screen and every actress I looked up to had an amazing physique. Now we see more and more leading ladies in all shapes and sizes.

I wasn’t as active as my friends either. I quit all sports, besides tennis, by my senior year in high school. That’s where I went wrong…unhealthy eating habits and inactivity. When I went to college it became even worse, with the introduction of alcohol and a fast food and cafeteria diet. My first job was at a gym and that’s when fitness came into my life. However, not much changed because I still wasn’t putting the right foods into my body. I also had deeper seated issues that I wasn’t addressing. In my opinion, anyone who has a problem with someone else usually has a problem within themselves that they aren’t considering. I always made a subliminal choice to struggle with my body because I was struggling with so much else emotionally.

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s get to the meat of the topic.

I honestly don’t care what the ad looks like and who is on it. This girl looks young and healthy in my opinion and it doesn’t look like she’s had any weight issues she has had to struggle with at all. She doesn’t have muscle tone either. I could be wrong, but she probably won’t have any issues until she’s in her 30’s or 40’s when her metabolism slows and her hormones change. I don’t think it was the best casting for the brand, but that was their decision. 

I think this ad is unrealistic because anyone that needs to lose weight must have a healthy lifestyle, that includes being active and eating healthy. A pill/protein advertisement for weight loss is unrealistic. In my opinion, that is where the issue is. There is no magic pill and no magic protein shake. Of course you can use supplements if you aren’t getting all the nutrients you need in your diet, but people need to be educated about that. I think if the marketing team showed care in that respect, that their dollars would make a much larger impact. Even in the video on their website, the girls are talking about losing weight due to the products. No where is there a mention of exercise or eating healthy. What’s funny is these girls have more realistic body types then the girl they chose for the ad. 

I think the mayor is making a big stance in getting rid of these advertisements, but I think there is more to it than the model that was chosen.

If he seriously is concerned that women will have body image issues because of this, then he needs to address the bigger picture. This company is still going to advertise their products as the magic key to weight loss with or without a model like this. 

It also leads to the overall plague that’s taking over our world. The hypersensitivity that people have towards this kind of thing is outrageous. Maybe you think I’m out of line. If you have such a huge issue with a silly advertisement, you probably have deeper issues within yourself that you need to work on. That’s just me being brutally honest. If you see something that bothers you, walk away from it and toward something that will make you happy! 

[Just as a side note, I do the Beachbody programs and yes, I drink a protein shake packed with nutrients as a supplement. Their programs are based on healthy lifestyles. They teach portion control and have tons of exercise programs. I do not condone just using a supplement to lose weight if you aren’t going to put in the work. Eat healthy and exercise and you will see a difference with or without these supplements.]

3 Day Refresh – Day 3 + Results!


I know I know, you’ve been waiting to see how Day 3 went and I haven’t posted!! I just wanted to keep you on the edge of your seats, that’s all.

Or…maybe I’m just hoping that you’ve been waiting anxiously…Either way here goes!

First of all I have to say that this cleanse has been fantastic. On Day 3 I was starting to crave foods that weren’t allowed on the cleanse – proteins for the most part, but it still wasn’t hard to pass up what my boyfriend was eating while I drank a shake and ate veggies.

Day 3 eats:

  • Breakfast: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology & half a banana. I decided to have these separately instead of blended together and it made me feel like I had more to eat.
  • Fiber Sweep – again with extra lemon juice. Everyone in our accountability group seemed to like the taste of this and I did too, but you still want to make sure to drink it pretty quickly so you don’t have any clumps.
  • Lunch: I had my vanilla fresh with strawberries (and had a few strawberries left over to eat) as well as two medium celery sticks with hummus. I loooove hummus!
  • Afternoon snack: I sauteed spinach in coconut oil and it was a super-good super-food!! I also made decaffeinated green tea and it was a nice little bonus.
  • Dinner: I had vanilla fresh again and added cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to it. Vanilla fresh does kind of get old through the process, but this combo definitely made it better. I also made the cucumber tomato recipe that is provided in the 3 day refresh booklet and it was great. The serving was actually more than I needed and I was full halfway through, but I ate it all because I felt like I needed to stick to the cleanse to a T.

 

They say not to exert yourself too much during the refresh, but I’ve gotten so used to working out that I just had to. I did the Beachbody 21 day extreme leg workout and it was intense but not overly. I love this workout, but then again, I love working my legs. I think this also helped burn some extra calories and my legs were definitely a little sore on day 4.

Results:

I was so looking forward to waking up in the morning to see my results that I didn’t sleep very well. I measured myself and lost 1″ around my waist, 1″ around my hips, and 1/4″ around both of my thighs which amounts to 2.5″ in all!! I lost a pound (I have trouble losing weight, but I think that also has to do with building muscle) and I am very happy with the results!! I feel so good from the inside out and will hopefully maintain these results through the next 21 day round.

I think I will definitely do this again, probably after the July 4th holiday, so if you want to jump on board and try it, let me know!!!

 

 

3 Day Refresh – Day 2

Today has been pretty good! I’ve heard from a lot of people that day 2 is the hardest and it wasn’t really bad for me. I did have a headache early in the morning and took some Aspirin with a bunch of water and almost immediately felt better. I may have just needed the water! I also felt a little tired, but I think it was mostly from sitting in front of my computer all day. We have one car this week so I had to reschedule some things so I could work from home for a couple of days instead of from my car. If it had to happen, this was good timing…close to a bathroom, got my blender, and I didn’t have to prepare my snacks ahead of time. Although, if I do this again I don’t think it will be a problem if I’m doing it while traveling. 
Today pretty much mimicked yesterday as far as my food went. I did get a variety of fruits and veggies but yesterday was so great that I decided to copy it. The only difference was I used strawberries instead of raspberries in my first vanilla fresh (and even had a few leftover strawberries to eat) and I made a different recipe out of the pamphlet for dinner. I made steamed kale with pinenuts, juice from one lemon, and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was so delicious! I would have been happy with a little less lemon though. 

I have a great steamer/rice cooker and it makes everything perfectly. In the recipe instructions it says to boil the spinoff and drain, but I steamed mine and it was delish. This was the first time I’ve had steamed kale and I absolutely loved it! Score!

Tomorrow is the last day! I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight or anything, but we shall see. I certainly don’t feel like I’m depriving myself of anything, although I did want some of that leftover chicken in the fridge today. I can hold out, but just so you know I can’t wait to have a real meal on Friday!

3 Day Refresh – Day 1

I am so glad I’m doing this because so far it is easy peasy! It is the end of day one, I just took a bubble bath, I’m drinking a little more water and then I’m heading to bed.


Since it’s just after Memorial Day Weekend, it’s the perfect time to detox from the fun weekend. I didn’t go all out by any means but I did have more than one cheat meal! I went to the grocery store and got everything I needed which was all fruits and veggies and 3 gallons of filtered water. I wanted to get the gallons of water to ensure I was drinking enough every day. I’m drinking one a day and that should really assist in flushing out my system. In the refresh pamphlet there are some great recipes and food lists that you can pick from to prepare for the 3 days.

This morning I woke up, checked my email in bed, and then immediately made my shakeology before I got ready for the rest of the day. I added a half of banana, water, and ice to it and it tasted great. I had been drinking unsweetened almond milk with it and I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference in taste.

An hour later I had the fiber sweep which wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I put it in cold water and squeezed some fresh lemon in it, and shook it until it was all nice and blended. There were a couple of clumps at the bottom which didn’t go down as smoothly, but all in all not that bad!

For Lunch I had my vanilla fresh and added raspberries to it. I also had a cucumbers and hummus for my veggie and healthy fat. It was filling and I didn’t feel like I was missing out at all


I also got an afternoon snack. If I didn’t have that I think it would have been much harder. I prepared a couple of celery sticks with almond butter and it was the perfect snack.


Dinner was probably the hardest because I made dinner for my boyfriend. We had yummy, healthy chicken sitting in the crock pot all day. This is normally a go to meal for me because it’s so easy. I usually make him a starch and then add a veggie. Since roasted asparagus was in the recipe book I made that for his and my veggie tonight. They were sooooo good!!! 


I had to pass up the chicken and the mashed potatoes and I knew it was going to be hard, so I did the 21 day extreme upper fix workout. This made having another vanilla fresh shake soooo much easier. As an fyi, I really love the extreme workouts so far. I feel like I needed to change up my routine and my muscles are thanking me because I’m working them in a different way. That’s another reason I love beachbody. There are so many different programs to choose from so nothing ever gets old…except for maybe this vanilla fresh. I kid, I kid!!! hahaha

On to day 2!

 

 

 

21 Day Fix – Day 21

I just want to start by wishing all of my mama readers a very happy Mother’s Day! Ihope, even if your children aren’t with you, that you are being celebrated. I believe children learn the most from their parents, and moms in particular, are a guiding light. I’ve learned all of life’s most important lessons from my mom and she’s the best example of the type of person I want to be. She never speaks negatively of anyone except for this one guy on a commercial that comes on all of the time (Who knows how he got cast). She always looks at things objectively, she gives more than she receives, she forgives, loves wholly, helps those who have less and those who have more, and treats everyone as equals. She’s understanding, she listens, she smiles at strangers because she wants them to smile, she’s empathetic, kind, smart, beautiful, strong, resilient, and wishes the best for everyone. She never gives up on me when I feel like giving up on myself and that’s what makes me keep going at the end of the day. I have no idea how I got so extremely lucky. I could say all of the same for my dad (but it’s Mother’s Day!). In my opinion both of my parents are as close to perfect as you can possibly be. Mother’s you are your child’s blessing, just as they are yours.Through my mother I see, and I know Gods love. If I become a mother I hope I can somehow compare. Thank you mom!!

Yesterday was so fun and busy that I was too exhausted to blog last night. You didn’t miss much though. The day started off pretty well with my workout and healthy breakfast but moving on from there it all went downhill. I’m not upset about it though. I knew what my choices were and I knew I was going to have to make up for it afterwards. 

My boyfriend and I hung out with my parents all weekend and went to the Blind Willie Blues Festival in Thomson, GA. I’ll be posting a video of it on my TownieGirl YouTube channel, so if you’re interested please subscribe and you’ll get an update when I post it this week. It was a lot of fun! It’s such a great annual event and this is the second time we have been. I highly recommend it! I had a few beers and snacked on treats pretty much all day. When we went for dinner I got a perfect juicy hamburger and I enjoyed every bit of it. My belly wasn’t really thanking me, but my tastebuds were.


Today I woke up and ate some fruit then took my boyfriend to the airport. I’m still out of town so checked in to a hotel, got some healthy groceries, and got my yoga in. Plus I did one of the workouts from the 22 minute hardcore series. It worked me! This is the last day of the 21 day fix for me and I’ll be posting my results on Tuesday when I’m finally home and have access to the tape measure. That doesn’t mean I’m stopping. I’m starting over again tomorrow! This week I’m going to learn more about what it takes to be a coach so you’ll get new updates on that as well. Please let me know if you’d like to join any challenges and I’ll update you when I’m close starting a new one so you can jump on board. 

21 Day Fix – Day 9

Today I’m sleepy and I could have gone back to bed for the rest of the day. Even though I’m sleepy I still have energy. My body isn’t tired, my brain is wide awake, but my attitude is just a little sleepy. I’m an introvert that pretends to be an extrovert. I could go days without any social interaction and be okay with it. Since I’m striving to be a professional in the acting world and have another job that puts me in front of so many people each day, you might find this fascinating or just plain wierd. It is kind of wierd! My thoughts provide more entertainment for me than any other human could. If you could steal my head for just a moment, you’d be flabbergasted (such a great word).

Well enough on that, I don’t want to share too much. This is about the 21 fix anyway isn’t it. That’s not a question.

So i got breakfast ready this morning, put on my face because I wanted to look cute today. Not for any particular reason. Sometimes if you actually try to look decent it just makes you feel more decent. I put on my new $30 dress which I got from 4c (which was also marked down from $300 – I only bargain shop these days, but when I do it, I do it right). I got in my car. I drove to St. Augustine. I was early for my appointment. Whoop Whoop! I’m never very early, I usually make it right on time though.

I then realized that I forgot to pack a lunch or snack and I forgot my lemon water…shitake! I worked everything out though. Take a look.

The Workout:

Upper Fix was great today. I think out of everything Push-ups are still the hardest for me. They are the only exercise that I have to move to the modification for. On the first set I started out with 8 and then had to move to my knees to make sure my form was correct. On the second set I did about 5 and then moved to knees. Otherwise, I stuck with 8 lbs the entire time and didn’t struggle on many of the moves, so again, I need to increase.

After my workout tonight my friend Natalie and I went on a nice walk with her baby who is just the cutest. He slept most of the walk while she and I caught up. It’s been beautiful weather, so this was a great way to end the day and burn some extra calories! This was a case of much needed social interaction. Maybe I’ll explain it to you one day.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1.5 red, 1/2 green, 1/2 blue)

  • Broccoli & Onion fritata with shredded Gouda

I love when I start my day off with a great breakfast. Fritata’s are so easy to make and look super gourmet and stylish, so you feel extra fancy when you eat them on a paper plate (for some reason I always use paper in the mornings..oh I know the reason it’s because our dishwasher needs a 21 day fix and I hate handwashing).

Snack:

(1/2 blue, 2 purple)

  • 6 almonds
  • 1 banana

Thank Goodness I didn’t have any fruit this morning or I don’t know what I would have done and thank God I had gotten a little bag of almonds to put in purse just in case this sort of thing happened. I was in St.Augustine meeting with customers and all of a sudden I got sooo hungry. I looked at my phone and saw that it was already almost 3pm. No wonder. I knew just where a Starbucks was and I was dying of thirst, so I stopped and got an iced unsweetened green tea to have with my 6 lonely almonds. When I got up to the window there were bananas just sitting on a tray with a sign that said “eat me”. No, I’m sorry the sign said, “only $1” and I was like, “You may be worth a dollar to someone, but you’re priceless to me.” I asked the kind barista if she would add a banana to my order and she complied.

Score.

Lunch:

(1 red, 1 green)

  • 1 can of tuna
  • Green Goblin juice

As you can imagine I had a really late lunch, but I didn’t want to wait all the way until dinner because we usually don’t eat until about 7 or 8. I got home and grabbed a can of tuna, added some hot sauce and ate it while I made a green juice (celery, kale, lemon, & ginger). I’m not totally sure what a serving size of juice would be, but from most of the research I’ve done I’ve learned that it should count as one serving of veggies a day. I made 10 oz worth.

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1 tsp, 1 green)

  • Chicken fajita salad

After I got back from my workout I got a little more work done and cut up chicken and veggies for fajitas. Then, I ran the bath, lit a candle, and relaxed! I picked up some bubble bath from Old City Bathecary in St. Augustine and pampered myself for a bit. They have some of the best products. Click here and you can see for yourself! Once I was shriveled up I got up and out and heated up a pan with coconut oil. Minutes later dinner was ready. No tortillas for me, just some Protein and veggies over romaine lettuce with black beans.

While I was washing dishes I was thinking about something sweet. I had a tsp of crunchy almond butter and it did the trick. It’s hardly sweet, but tastes like a treat!

Truthful Tuesday: Today was a good day, I hope yours was too! Meow.

Materialistic, St. Augustine, FL

21 Day Fix – Day 8

So this morning I got up and thought I’d weigh myself since it’s been one whole week. I haven’t lost a pound (insert blochy teary eyed face). I am not weighing myself anymore until the end. I know there isn’t anything wrong with me. I just had a check up at the Dr. and was issued an  A+ on my clean bill of health. No thyroid problems or anything. So I took a deep breath and said, “Jul, just stick to the program and it will all work out.”

My measurements haven’t changed either (for those of you wondering). Well I didn’t measure everything else today, just my arms, waist, and hips…but those didn’t change. 

So, someone has a case of the Monday’s…

Today instead of being out and about I’ll be in front of my computer for the most part of the day on conference calls and customer calls.We have an awesome new line we are representing called Cinda B so that’s super exciting! If you haven’t watched my vlogs or read any of my other posts, I am a territory manager for a company called Just Got 2 Have It. We rep so many great brands that you see in your local boutiques. It is such a fun job. Not only is it great because of the line up of brands we have, but our rep group is amazing – the best team I’ve ever been a part of (it’s mostly women and I haven’t even seen one cat fight), and fabulous customers!

I was going to try to workout this morning but I didn’t have time and accidently slept until 7:15m. Hopefully I can fit something in between work and my improv class tonight. If not, it’s going to be a late one!

The Workout:

Total Body Cardio Fix

Not to be confused with Cardio Fix, but they both kick your butt. The surrenders, which are the very first exercise after the warm up are getting easier for me. They are super easy on my right leg, but my left leg still struggles. My right leg has always been my dominant leg and also measures bigger. I think they still look pretty symetrical though.Crap, I’ve never thought about it. What if every time I walk into a room, somebody’s like, “Oh there goes Julie Ann with her big right thigh. I bet if you fry that up it would taste just like chicken!”

Omg, I hope not. Haters gonna hate. I bet my thighs do taste like chicken and now they’re going from processed and fatty to free range lean mean organic machines!

Anway, I do need some heavier weights for the leg exercises so hopefully I’ll have some time to grab some this week.

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1 red, 1/2 green)

  • Scrambled eggs with hot sauce
  • Green beans

We had plenty of green beans leftover from last night so I’m probably going to have the rest for lunch or dinner

Snack:

(1/2 green)

  • Green Beans

…or maybe I had the rest for a snack. I had them cold and they were a great snack actually. I might just have to make them for snacks. They’re like veggie fries!

Lunch:

(1 red, 1 yellow, 1/2 blue)

  • 1 can of tuna
  • black beans
  • shredded white cheddar and hot sauce to top it off

Oh you know, just love that canned protien!

Snack:

(1 1/2 green, 1 purple)

  • Strawberry Spinich smoothie with 4 oz almond milk and water

This is the same thing I had yesterday without the carrots. Sooo goood and refreshing.

Dinner:

(1/2 green, 2 red, 1/2 blue)

  • Bun less sandwich?

I guess that’s what it was. I fit in my workout in just enough time to take a shower, get on another call for work, then grab something out of the fridge before heading to my improv class. You know what’s good about improv class? It helps you improvise! I had no plan for dinner so I grabbed a couple of romaine lettuce leaves, some turkey, and some hummus. I cracked an egg in the pan and flipped that right on top and devoured it. That’s why there’s no picture. It was eggcellent and the yolk almost dribbled on to my white shirt but I did a little dance move and it went on to the floor instead. Don’t worry, I cleaned it up!

What a crazy day of eats. This is how I don’t meal prep. Works for me though.

I’m just getting home and am ready for bed. I also just had (2tsp) some almond butter because I didn’t use my teaspoons today. It was a nice little treat.

Class was fun, but I was a bit tired and not on top of it. I love watching my classmates more than anything. It almost, not quite, but almost makes me want to direct.

Here is another lesson learned through improv: 

Trust the process. It all comes together in the end.

Goodnight!

21 Day Fix – Day 6

 Saturday’s are for fun, but it helps when you get your workout done before the party starts or you veg on the couch with an all day Netflix binge. Let’s face it, we all love those days!

Today we actually slept in which is rare for us. We bounced out of our tent at about 9am and went to get some firewood from the ranger station. When we got back, I got out my mat and weights, set up my camera and pressed record. Once you hit that play button on your DVD player you hit the point of no return!

The workout:

  • Dirty 30

I am doing the 30 day free trial of the Beachbody on demand app. I feel like since I already payed for the 21 day fix workouts I should be able to stream those for free anyway, but of course not. That’s how they get you! I am using my iPad to stream them and it stopped loading midway so I had to reload the page and find my spot. I jogged in place for a little while I was waiting. When I was done working out I went to my camera and found that it stopped recording! I didn’t get the whole workout on film, but I think I got at least the first two rounds. 

We also went for a little walk along the nature trail and went canoeing for 2 hours which was so nice. By the end of the night I was ready to rest!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast

(1 purple, 1 1/2 red, 1/2 blue)

  • 2 over easy eggs with cheese
  • Strawberries & raspberries
  • Blackened mahi mahi
  • 1 cup of coffee with almond milk and stevia

Oh that bacon over the campfire smelled sooo good. Where oh where in the world is this will power coming from Jules?

I brought my containers with me so was able to measure my fruits. The salad from last night that I was going to eat today for lunch didn’t look so hot so I reheated the rest of the fish over the fire and added that to my breakfast. A little extra Protien after a workout never hurts!

Lunch:

(1/2 green, 1 red, I purple)

  • Turkey lettuce wraps 
  • More berries

So self explanatory – turkey wrapped in lettuce!

Dinner:

(1 1/2 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1/2 blue)

  • Slaw with baked chicken, feta cheese, & Dijon approved dressing
  • Sweet potatoe fries

I packed this dinner for the trip because I knew I needed a healthy option for tonight. We made sweet potato fries (wrapped in tinfoil and thrown in the coals)as a side. I wasn’t a big fan. They were kind of mushy. My boyfriend had crescent dogs roasted over the fire which looked delish. The Dijon vinaigrette that I made had way too much olive oil for my liking…so I won’t share that recipe! 

Snack: 

….I might have had an extra piece of cheese (1/2 blue)

I might not have! You can believe whichever you’d like.

21 Day Fix – Day 5

It’s Fresh Friday! TGIF! 

Before I hit the 21 day fix part of the post I just wanted to touch on a couple of things.

First, it’s my sisters birthday!! Happy birthday Kathleen. I love you! 

Secondly, (this will be the only depressing part of this post) I wanted to wish peace to those that were close to a musical hero named Prince. He touched so many lives with his music and spirit and we will always be grateful for that. The most wonderful thing about an artist is that their spirit always lives on through their art. It’s never easy losing anyone because everyone has a huge impact on somebody else. God Bless everyone who is suffering from a loss of a loved one. 

So with that said lets dive in to Friday!

Today I was visited by my lovely Aunt. She’s the only aunt that I really don’t care for. She just pops up out of the blue sometimes with her depressing attitude and that smirk that I just want to wipe right off of her face. She is the total opposite of a fairy Godmother. The affect that she has on me is entirely dreadful. “Oh Aunt Flo,” I always say, “when will you go?”Sometimes she sticks around for a whole week and it puts a damper on everything!

This time, yeahhh…this time I am  not going to let Flo interrupt my flow! I think she will get sick of my positive attitude and be gone before I even realize it.

I have an uncle who’s a historian named Rick who we call Historicktome. When I was a teenager I always hoped that he would visit and take Aunt Flo on home. (Ok maybe I went a little too far with that one)

So who’s feeling good today? I am! I’m a little worried about this weekend though because we are going camping. I think I’ll survive and I’m bringing my workout and containers with me. Below is my YouTube vlog covering my little plan to make it work!

Fresh Friday Fix Vlog

Today we focus on cardio. Let’s pump up the volume. Week one is almost over. Yay!

Today’s workout: 

Cardio Fix – I don’t really have much to say about this workout except that it’s hard to love. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with it because I know it’s working every body part while keeping my heart rate up. If you haven’t tried it, this workout will have you sweating and breathing hard (in through the nose out through the mouth kind of hard of course) and I really wanted to rest more than the allowable time. However, I made my self jump in with both feet (sometimes literally, because you know…burpees) every single time. Whether you’re super fit or just beginning cardio fix kicks butt! I treat all these workouts as games, if you make it through the entire game than you’re a winner!

Today’s Eats:

Breakfast:

(1/2 purple, 1/2 green, 1 red)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • Leftover asparagus/mushroom mix
  • Strawberries/raspberries

I tried to make an omelet with yesterday’s left over veggies and it didn’t work out. It turned into more of a veggie scramble. The struggle is real!

Lunch:

(1 red, 1/3 blue, 1 yellow)

  • Baked chicken
  • Hummus
  • Black beans

Today’s lunch consisted of all leftovers. I cut up my chicken and used my hummus for a dip. Superb and easy to eat on the go!

Dinner:

So I was worried about dinner because I knew we would be eating out since we had to go to our campsite first and set up before the gates closed. I googled the nearest restaurant to our campground and found a gem that’s been around for 25 years. Before that it was a tackle shop. It’s called Matanza’s Inlett. They had a variety of food that I really wanted to eat like fried shrimp po’boys and crabdips but I went with some of the healthier choices. We did have to try the gator andouille sausage and of course steamed oysters as an appetizer so I’m so glad that I had some reds saved up for this meal! 

(2 reds, 2 green -probably more like one but I’m counting it to be on the safe side, 1 yellow, 1 Orange, 1/2 blue) 

  • gator andouille sausage
  • Steamed oysters with hot sauce
  • Blackened mahi salad with balsamic vinaigrette on the side (hardly had a bit of dressing, but counting a full orange because who knows what was in it + I had a few olives!) & shredded cheddar 
  • 3/4 glass of house cab

So I feel like after using the containers I can make better estimates of what a portion should really look like. I had 5 oysters with just hot sauce and I thought I was really going to miss having it on a cracker but I really didn’t. I had half of my salad and packed up the other half for lunch tomorrow. I just need to remember to put it in the cooler! The andouille gator sausage were small bites and I had about 5 of those too. They were soooo good! See the pics below! My boyfriends basket of goodness is included and no I didn’t even steal a fry!