Avocado toast is all the rage right now. And why shouldn’t it be? Crack open an avo, spread it on some toast, add some flair with some extra veggies or seasonings and you are good to go. Here are some of my fave avo toast recipes:
I’ve said it before and I will say it again; Steel Cut Oats are the unsung hero of the breakfast world. Packed full of nutrients, fibre and protein, they offer a great base for breakfast desert. Plus, you can make a big batch at the beginning of the week and dine on leftovers every morning. Here are my favourite ways to dress up steel-cut oats:
Back when I was eating dairy, greek yogurt was my jam; Creamy, filling and with a nice little kick of protein. Plus, so easy to make breakfast desert. A parfait may sound time consuming, but actually, it’s super easy.
As I said, I love an egg, and it I love it in any form. Mini quiches are seriously my fave. They are easy to make and you can freeze them and nuke them for a quick 2-minute turn-around. Plus you can make them in about a million different ways. Here are some of my tops:
As much as starting a weight loss journey is a personal choice, it really isn’t just about you.
I know, who else could it be about?
But the fact of the matter is, we are social beings. We live with people. We work with people. We have families and friends. And everything we do affects them in some way.
When you first bring it up to your people that you are thinking about getting healthier, most people are SO supportive.
However, when you start acting differently, turning them down for junk food dates, bringing healthy food to potlucks, and showing them your commitment to your health, the digs, snide comments, and guilt might set in.
It’s hard to watch people change. It’s in our biology to fight it. Our bodies and brains want to keep everything at the status quo. Watching someone change sparks a spotlight effect that has us look back on ourselves. And when we do that, we may feel jealous of someone else’s results. We could see what we aren’t doing for our own health that someone else is.
And our bodies and brains fight change. We don’t want to put in the work that someone else is so we belittle the effort. We tell them that they are being selfish. We tell them that they are “obsessed“. We tell them that it’s not going to work. We flaunt junk food in front of their face and brag about how we can have it and they can’t.
And it’s torture. And it works.
Sometimes, we are lucky to have the support of a friend, family member or co-worker. Sometimes, not so much.
And that’s where the accountability squad comes in.
When you need support, accountability, motivation, ideas and inspiration, we are here to help. And the best part is it’s all online, open 24 hours and can make the difference between success and failure.
Be a part of a group of women who understand what it’s like to make major change in your life. Who understand what it’s like to not have support. Who gets what it’s like to come off sugar and do a workout at 11PM because that’s the only time you have because your kids just WON’T go to bed on time. Who have questions and successes and learn how to ask for help when they need it.
I know, I know. I am SUPER late on a blog and even later on a review for the 21 Day Fix. The reason being is that I have spent the last few months actually DOING IT!
Here is a little video explaining the program in whole:
So here’s the whole story. I did this program the first time and crushed the workouts. I lost 6lbs and 8 inches. I was super happy. But I had to be honest with myself. I didn’t really commit to the meal plan. I got the general idea but then I eyeballed it.
After this, I tried a few more programs like PiYo and Body Beast, had great success building muscle and strength but something kept calling me back to the 21 Day Fix. I still wasn’t really losing weight due to my adrenal fatigue, hypoglycemia, and hypothyroidism and knew that I needed to focus more on my relationship with food.
And weirdly, even though I didn’t take advantage enough of the meal plan the first time, it was the meal plan and the emphasis on food and our relationship to it, that called me back.
I knew that I wanted to give it another shot. A real shot.
In the end I did 3 rounds back to back. I lost 20lbs.
Yep. The girl who couldn’t lose weight, lost weight.
I could not tell you how rewarding it was to finally see the scale move after 10 years of struggling.
I know I preach not letting the scale define you. And it wasn’t the largest change in my transformation, but it certainly helped validate all the work I was doing, if I’m being completely honest.
But mostly, I feel like this program helped repair my relationship with food. After my hormones went haywire as a teenager, I tried every diet under the sun and began convincing myself that I wasn’t enough. I thought I needed to keep reducing my calories. I thought that I wasn’t working out hard enough.
So I starved myself. I took diet pills. I worked out to exhaustion. And it wasn’t sustainable. So I would burn out. Again. And again. And again.
It began to take a toll on me and I thought I couldn’t trust myself around food. It led to a binge and purge mentality. I would eat junk and too much and then starve myself and diet like crazy.
Using the containers showed me that I actually don’t have to worry around food. I just have to balance. I can have bread (Iightbulb moment) in my life. I just have to balance it and have it in moderation.
What a relief that was! It helped me forgive myself when I wasn’t perfect and move on. It helped me learn about portion control and balancing my food groups. I felt like I could actually trust myself and it gave me a new confidence that I had never had before.
So, as much as I LOVE the workouts, the nutrition portion of this program is the gold. It’s literally life changing. It’s what I base my lifestyle on and I feel like I can eat like this for the rest of my life (because it’s NOT restrictive).
If you have a lot of weight to lose or, like me, feel like nutrition was your biggest hurdle in your health and weight loss adventure, message me and let’s chat about changing that, for good.
I have to tell you, I have fallen in LOVE with Steel Cut Oats. When I was growing up I always had the Quaker instant hot cereal. As a grown up, I know that the instant stuff isn’t always the healthiest…. With added sugar, preservatives and other mystery ingredients, I prefer to opt out of the easy stuff and make my own.
When I re-committed to the 21 day fix this summer, steel cut oats kept popping up in their meal plans. I decided to buy a MASSIVE bag of it and give it a try.
Let me tell you, it was not a mistake 😍 After I experimented with it, I realized the steel cut oats can be used in EVERYTHING! Meatloaf, savoury breakfast bowls, smoothies… I have even made dessert with it! My fave is still my go to; maple apple cinnamon breakfast oats. It is sooo filling and super satisfying. 😋
As a great source of iron, fibre and protein, it a great way to keep your blood sugar level first thing in the morning, while feeling like you are having something sweet. You can read more about the benefits of steel cut oats HERE.
And because I couldn’t possibly NOT share my fave breakfast with you, check out the recipe below…
Maple Apple Steel Cut Oats
A healthy, delicious and easy way to enjoy a warm breakfast that feels like dessert.
Cook oats according to instructions on package. Bring water to a boil, pour in oats, reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly until desired consistency is reached. Take off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Chop apple into small chunks and mix with cinnamon and maple syrup. Split oats into 2 bowls and top with desired amount of apple mixture.
Obviously, you can change the toppings to any fruit or any seasonings.
This recipe is easy to double and store in the fridge for the rest of the week. Just heat it up for 45 seconds in the microwave and top with your favourite toppings
So, it’s been no secret that the last few months have been tough for me. In February my daughter got sick off and on for 6 weeks and it totally messed up my routine. After that, I found it was really hard to get back into it. I was also suffering from back to back adrenal crashes that left me exhausted and with nothing left to give to the world. I decided to finish my program, Body Beast, 2 weeks early because it was clear that it was helping cause the crashes in energy.
However, I never really committed to a program after that. I did Piyo for about a month, then was spotty with workouts and just felt really unmotivated. I didn’t know why I was punking on starting a new program and could feel my brain holding me back but couldn’t figure out why.
Then, one day I was deep into a Facebook rabbit hole and saw this video that completely changed my perspective. Now, the video itself actually wasn’t important. It was about this family who tried to get pregnant and ended up adopting. The tone was very religious (which I am not AT ALL) but the message was that you can’t control everything and that sometimes you just have to surrender to life.
At the end of the video I was in tears. Not just because yay, this nice family got a baby. But because I realized that even through all the programs I had been doing, even through everything I was going through, no matter how motivated I was, I had been fighting myself.
I had these mental blocks in my head that kept feeding me excuses, telling me that I was smarter than everyone else and could use the program however I liked and saw fit because I knew me better than anyone and I was going to tailor it to me.
All that did was let me make excuses for myself.
Did I really think I was smarter than the team of physicians, personal trainers and nutritionists who put these programs together? Was I smarter than all the other people who had committed to them 100% and saw insane results? Why did I think I was different?
Because I was scared. I was scared to commit to the program and do the work. I was scared that even if I did the program all out, 100% perfectly that I still wouldn’t see results. I was scared to commit to myself because that felt selfish.
How ridiculous is that?
This video changed my perspective. It showed me that I needed to surrender to the process, be afraid, but do the work and see where I ended up. And that’s what I did.
I committed to the full 21 days, no missed workouts, no switching, no doubling up one day to get an extra rest day, eat my containers and give up control. And the results were amazing.
I lost 3lbs and 8 inches.
Now, before you read my mind and say, “Oh, well 3 lbs isn’t that great” let me tell you, I thought the same thing. At the end of this 21 days, I saw the scale and felt defeated. All of my fears felt like they came true. Then, I did my measurements.
I was blown away. I lost 8 inches. 8 FREAKING INCHES.
Let me break it down for you. I lost:
Waist 1/2 inch
Hips 1/2 inch
Chest 2 inches
Right Arm 1/2 inch
Left Arm + 1 inch (muscles baby!)
Right thigh 3 inches
Left Thigh 2.5 inches
You guys! 3 inches on EACH of my thighs! This is incredible! My thighs have always been a huge source of self-consciousness. The fact that I lost 5.5 inches on my thighs is a VERY BIG DEAL to me. Like HUGE.
The scale has been my adversary for so long. It has made me question my very sense of self because I valued what it had to say. I know I have a lot of weight to lose but the scale no longer measures my success. I am 8 inches smaller than where I started 3 weeks ago. I think that’s pretty incredible.
But do you know the biggest difference this has made to me? My brain.
I am so proud to see what I have accomplished. I have shown myself that I can stick to something. I have shown myself when I release control over everything, I gain discipline and perspective.
Now, I am far from done. I still have these mental blocks. In fact, I fought them every single day throughout this challenge. There were days where I was working out at 11:30PM because I had put it off all day long. They are still there.
So what am I doing? Making it the focus of my next challenge group. Starting today I have opened a new challenge group about Owning Your Shit. Owning the mental blocks and excuses and fears and tackling them and actually working through them and empowering ourselves to be stronger than them. We will be committing to fitness and nutrition goals because they will become the structure and backbone of our days and use them to literally power through our excuses. There will be challenges. There will be prizes. But mostly, there will be change.
If you feel like me and want to finally move past these roadblocks and unlock your potential, contact me and join our group today! If you are seeing this a week late or think it’s too late to start, contact me anyways! You can start later and I will keep the group open for you! We will do this together.