Ultra-upset I’m not at Ultra….

Hello Healthy People,

MIAMI, FLORIDA. Ultra Music Festival. Aka probably one of the best times you will ever forget….Although I can’t go this year I jammed out to a bunch of new music at the gym while wearing obnoxious neon workout clothes…it was almost like I was there.

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There are a few things that really motivate me to workout. Some large muscular guy like Shaun T yelling at me to “LETS GOOOO” or music. For the majority of the time music is the best way to push me harder or make me work longer.

I probably made a fooool out of myself at the gym today jamming out to this music but I got a killer running/spinning workout.

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“im the president. the president of the U-S-A. fa la la la la”

So alas, here is my playlist. I usually just click shuffle but it’s up to you. It’s a mix of old and new, songs I know will make me work and other new ones that will keep me guessing…

1.)Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia

2.) Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jason Derulo (something about this song…)

3.) Suit and Tie – JT (this whole CD is amazing and JT is sexual)

4.) Breaking Your Fall (Sick individuals Remix) – Danny Avila

5.) Alive – Krewella

6.) Don’t Stop the Party -feat. TJR- Pitbull (ya’all having a good time?)

7.) Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (if you’re not sick of this song playing on the radio 193846x a day)

8.) Where Have You Been? – Rihanna (still one of my favorite spinning songs bc the beat is hard)

9.) Best of Me – The Starting Line (oldie but a gooooodie)

10.) United (Ultra Music Festival Anthem)- Tiestom Qunitini & Alvaro

11.)Life (Diamonds in the Dark) [Feat Agnes] {freenixpawl remix} – John Dahlback

12.) Taito – Mord Fustang

13.) Air Guitar (Ultra Music Festival Anthem) – Afrojack

14.) Strong (orig mix) – Kid Massice & Alex Sayz (THIS IS MY FAVORITE WORKOUT SONG)

15.) Sabrosura – DJ Laz (had to throw in a Zumba song….)

16.) Glowing (Fedde Le Frand remix) – Nikki Williams

17.) As your friend (feat. chris brown) – Afrojack

18.) Apollo (feat. Amba Shepherd) [Radio edit] – Hardwell (we are the lucky ones…we are, we are ohhhhhh…)

19.) X You (radio edit) – Avicii

20.) Platinum Chains – Michael Woods

21.) I could be the one (nicktim Radio edit) – Avicii & Nicky Romero (do you think about when the crowd is gone?)

22.) Chronicles of a fallen Love (Tom Swoon Remix) – The bloody beetroots and Greta Svabo Bech

23.) Scream & Shout (feat Britney Spears) – Will.i.am (It’s britney bitch)

24.) In my mind (axwell Mix) – Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl

25.) Follow you down (feat. Bright Lights) – Zedd

 

So I hope you enjoy the playlist, comment if you seem to like/hate these songs…I enjoy hearing your thoughts!!!

Happy eating and exercising,

XOXO

Jess

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(hu)man’s best friend

Good Morning Healthy people!!!

Hopefully today will again be a beautiful day in the DC Metro area. Yesterday was the first day it actually felt like spring–so of course I convinced my boyfriend to go running outside with me (my absolute favorite thing to do when it’s nice out because a) it’s nice out b) we all need some vitamin D and c) The couple that works out together, stays together!)

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“Dog: the only creature on Earth who loves you more than himself”

^^ SO TRUE, I love dogs.

Anyways, there’s a trail that runs from Leesburg, VA all the way to DC so we decided to take the pup for a ride and find the trail close to our house.

Finley is just about a year old now (in 2 weeks!) and loves to be active…buuuuut, he has never gone for a 3+ mile run outside. So this was quite the experience.

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Dogs are a great way to stay active or become more active if you are sedentary. Bottom line is they need to go out. That might be the sole reason you get off the couch to walk them around the block and before you know it you’re getting back into shape too! Not only that, dogs are definitely the best companions ever. I wouldn’t trade our dog for the world; he’s the best!

After 2-3 miles in Finley is completely exhausted. I was on such an endorphin rush from the weather and the run that I wanted to push on for another couple of miles or so but we knew he had to go home.

So home we went.

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An exhausted pup…

If you were considering looking for a pet in the future I would recommend adopting an active breed to help you in your pursuit of health and fitness! Here’s a link to find pet shelters in your area, click here.

Get up and get running! Try to enjoy the beautiful spring weather before the heat of summer comes.

Happy eating and exercising,

xoxo

Jess

PS Follow me on twitter @fitfloridian

Tuesday March 19th, Food Log

Good Morning Healthy People!

Here is yesterday’s food log…

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Breakfast= Egg whites plus hot sauce again (I’m so creative) + coffee and SF hazelnut sweetener

Snack: Raspberry Activia Light

Lunch: Black Bean Burger, no bun, cashews + granola bar + fresca

Snack: Cottage Cheese, SF Pudding (I had an oreo w/this –I know it’s sugar but I had such a craving for it so I let myself have a little to fight that craving and fight the urge in the future, baby steps)

Workout: Outside run with the Bf and Pup 🙂

Dinner: Homemade Lettuce Shrimp Wraps (will upload recipe soon)

I think it’s really important to keep a food journal especially when you are trying to lose weight. What’s even more important is that you should write down everything you have including that spoonful of PB, the finger lick of icing…etc, before you know it you will bring awareness to exactly what you are consuming. Knowledge is power people!

Happy Eating and exercising,

xoxo

Jess

 

Monday March 18th…I <3 Food

Hello Healthy People,

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Day #1 Monday’s Food Log:

9:30 am: Egg Whites with Hot Sauce (this is seriously so quick to make and a staple of mine in the morning.

11am: Pineapple 100 cal cottage cheese (IT TOOK ME FOREVER TO LIKE COTTAGE CHEESE…but I do now)

Noon: Salad with lots of veggies, avocado, piece of buckwheat bread and dressing on the side (I always do oil based dressings, nothing creamy)

3pm: Protein Bar (I prefer Vega–the vegan bars)

5:30–I did the Level two version of insanity cardio (yikes…but such a good workout!)

7pm: Morningstar Black Bean Burger and hot tea for dinner. A Sugar Free Jell-0 Pudding cup for dessert 🙂

ALSO REMEMBER TO DRINK at least 0.5 oz of water for each pound you weigh. I.e if you weigh 200lbs you should drink 100 oz of water a day–more if you are physically active…which you should be trying to be 🙂

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Happy eating and exercising!

Xo,

Jess

 

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“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” Negative.

Happpppy Tuesday Healthy People!

Did you sing that title in your head of the Mary Poppins Song? I did when I wrote it. Wooops!

I hope you have had a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s day — and have taken the time to plan out your workouts and food for the week.

 

I hope this isn't how you got home on St. Patty's day

I hope this isn’t how you got home on St. Patty’s day

It always helps to plan! Remember to follow me on twitter @fitfloridian for more posts and motivational pictures. I also take pics of what I eat on there so sometimes it acts as a food log (which I will start doing as well thanks to Jay’s recommendation!!!).

 

So my boyfriend and I decided to do a sugar detox before we visit Florida a) because we were drinking a lot of WINE (sugar) and b) it’s a great way to trim up c) it’s healthy!!!

 

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He also opted to give up coffee, unlike myself. Goooooo him!

 

I have posted in the past about the detrimental effects of sugar.  Abnormal cell growth is largely linked to sugar intake–including all diseases, cancers, illnesses, etc. Essentially, sugar is the bane of my existence. Today, it is consumed in more quantities in the U.S. than it has ever been in the past. A scary truth is that it correlates to the widespread increase in our nation’s health problems.

 

Then why does it continue? And why is it escalating to insurmountable highs?

 

IT IS IN EVERYTHING. Obviously companies want to sell their products. They market to a specific demographic and cater it to their needs. Kids, for example, are fed juice boxes, gummies, cookies, ice cream, and candies–all with unbelievable amounts of sugar. In addition things that are deemed “healthy” “all natural” etc etc can at MOST times be completely unhealthy. Look at the ingredients!!!

 

An adapted version from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans outlines the many names for additional sugar added to the product:

  • Agave nectar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup

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My advice is to be aware of what you’re consuming. Always look at ingredients. Try to have as many REAL, NATURAL, WHOLE foods as possible that possess their own sugars (nothing added). Fruits and veggies should be at the CORE of everyone’s diet.

 

Happy Eating and exercising,

Remember to be smart about what you eat!

XOXO,

Jess

You’ve got a friend in me.

Hello Healthy People,

Have you ever used any of these?

EXCUSES.

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I don’t feel so well today.

My ankle hurts.

I worked out so much yesterday.

I need a break.

I look pretty good, I guess.

No time today.

I just ate and don’t want to get sick.

I will go tomorrow.

I start on Mondays only.

I’ll workout tonight. (And then it turns into tomorrow and the next day…)

Today is my cheat day.

If I am craving ice cream…it means my body needs it right?

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WELL HERE IS THE CURE.

A workout buddy.

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My mom is probably the best workout buddy there is…her friends will text her and be like “i didn’t fall asleep until 3am last night and only slept for 3 hours…” and her response “wow, guess our morning walk will be a great energizer for you” and nevertheless they end up doing their daily 4-5 mile walk/run–AND they are happy they did it.

 

It’s good to have a partner in crime to work out with because they hold you accountable.

Maybe a little friendly competition to push yourself. Or just someone that will show up to the Zumba class with you and equally make fun of your talented dance moves or lack thereof. Sometimes it’s just helpful to have someone to share in the soreness.

This is why group fitness classes are one of my favorite ways to work out–they push you and everyone is equally working hard.

My best friend Keala and I instructing a class together at JMU. One of my favorite workout buddies!

My best friend Keala and I instructing a class together at JMU. One of my favorite workout buddies!

So grab a workout buddy and plan 2-3 times a week you guys get together to take a hot yoga class, run around the neighborhood, or venture into the weight room together.

 

You will have fun, love the endorphins, and become more fit!!

 

Happy eating and exercising,

XOXO

Jess

 

Remember me? and some eggplant.

Hello Healthy People!

It has been an extraordinary amount of time since I have posted –and for that I am sorry! I sort of took a hiatus to focus on life post grad, love, work, etc etc.  *cue corny love song*

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Good news: In August I moved back to Virginia to live in the DC metro area… surprisingly one of the healthiest and most active populations in the country! I work here now and have a very balanced and happy life.

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But I found I really missed writing so here I am once again.

ALSO I MISSED SHARING RECIPES.

Here is my version of healthy baked eggplant parmesan with fresh basil and sun dried tomatoes.

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Ingredients: (I prefer organic, but it’s up to you!)

(1) Fresh Eggplant

Fresh Mozzarella (whole –usually it soaks in water to stay fresh)

One Jar of tomato sauce

(2) tomatoes

1/2 a bag of smoked julienne cut sun dried tomatoes

shredded mozzarella

italian breadcrumbs (whole wheat, or you can make your own!)

(1) egg

1 tbsp of milk

flour

fresh ground salt and pepper

olive oil

Fresh Garlic Cloves

fresh basil

splash of water

FYI this recipe might seem like a pain in the glutes but it is SOOOO worth it!!!

How to prepare:

1.) I began by slicing up the eggplant…you want to try to get the slices about 1/4 inch thick and all about the same size so they cook at the same rate.

2.) Then I have two bowls– one filled with a cup of flour, the other filled with an egg wash which is the egg, milk, splash of water to thin it out and then whisked to mix it all together.

3.) Beside the bowls I have a large plate with the italian seasoned bread crumbs and the pepper and salt.

4.) Dip the eggplant into the flour to begin, on both sides.

5.) Next both sides get dipped into the eggwash

6.) The slice is then put on the italian breadcrumbs and flipped so both sides are covered. Then the pepper and salt are ground on top of each side.

7.) The slices are put onto a baking pan and drizzled all over with olive oil –and put into a broiler.

8.) The amount of time you broil or bake the eggplant in the initial process is up to you. It took me about 10 min each side before the eggplant was golden enough for me to finish the prepping. Golden on both sides is the goal–I even prefer a little brown.

9.) During the broiling process I minced garlic, sliced the tomatoes and mozz, and rinsed the basil.

10.) In my baking casserole dish I drizzled tomato sauce into the bottom with some minced garlic.

11.) I took slices of eggplant (about 6) and covered the bottom of the dish. It’s ok if there is glass of the dish showing.

12.) I topped the slices with a spoonful of sauce, a slice of tomato, a slice of mozzarella, some garlic, and another slice of eggplant.

13.) On top of the top layer of eggplant I drizzled tomato sauce, sprinkled the sun dried tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, crushed pepper and salt, and a piece of fresh basil.

14.) I put the rest of the sauce in between the eggplant to serve as a sauce on the side of the dish.

14.) Finally I heat the oven the 400 degrees and cooked the eggplant for about 25-30 minutes covered in foil with the shiny side face down.

Then I cleaned up the tremendous amount of flour all over my nike workout shirt and kitchen floor.

 

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Happy eating and exercising,

XOXO

Jess