Link Love #17

Looks like we’re getting back into the swing of things around here! So glad I’ve been able to catch up on my blog reading again and share my faves with all of you.

Health

Rebel Dieting - Rebel Dietitian via Kath Eats Real Food

Rebel Dieting – Rebel Dietitian via Kath Eats Real Food

Rebel Dieting – Rebel Dietitian via Kath Eats Real Food
Ditch Elimination Diets. Take the 30 Day Addition Diet Challenge Instead. – Nia Shanks
What Your Junk Food Cravings Are Really Telling You – Organic Authority
Weighty Wednesday – Avocado Athlete
what you can when you can (AKA #wycwyc). – MizFit

Fitness

Why Bodyweight Is Heavy Enough - Lifting Revolution

Why Bodyweight Is Heavy Enough – Lifting Revolution

Why Bodyweight Is Heavy Enough – Lifting Revolution
Bodyweight HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home with No Equipment – Trainer Paige
Fitting Fitness in During the Busiest Time of the Year – Jamie Walker via HuffPost Healthy Living
6 Important Muscles Exercisers Ignore – HuffPost Healthy Living
Wake-Up Workout – Tina Reale

Food

Banana Bread Macaroons Empowered Sustenance

Banana Bread Macaroons – Empowered Sustenance

Banana Bread Macaroons – Empowered Sustenance
Edible Gift: Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Granola – Fit Foodie Finds
Brussels Sprout + Avocado Winter Rolls with Grapefruit Hoisin Dipping Sauce – Half Baked Harvest
Healthy No-Bake Coconut Bars – Eating Bird Food
All Things Kale – Peachy Palate

Food for Thought

What was your favorite post from the past week?

Link Love #16

It’s official. We have a place to live!! Yesterday I found an apartment in Emeryville and we move in just a couple weeks. Hooray to finally settling in! I’m so excited to have a real kitchen that I can stock up and get cooking again 🙂 I’m also excited to have a new area to explore and learn. It’s such a nice little area and I know we’re really going to enjoy living there. It’s about time I get back to some normal blogging though, huh? 😉

Health

Your Foodemy: How To Accept Your Petunia (AKA Inner Fat Girl) - Lifting Revolution

Your Foodemy: How To Accept Your Petunia (AKA Inner Fat Girl) – Lifting Revolution

Your Foodemy: How To Accept Your Petunia (AKA Inner Fat Girl) – Lifting Revolution
Fighting Holiday Frazzle with E.A.T.S. – MizFit
TOTW Tuesday: It’s Not the Fat – The Gypsy Dietitian
Health Benefits of Holiday Spices PLUS a Naughty & Nice #GF Cookie Recipe to Gift! – Cotter Crunch

Probiotic Foods vs. Prebiotic Foods – Sarah Kay Hoffman

Fitness

Collection of Boot Camp Workouts - Peanut Butter Fingers

Collection of Boot Camp Workouts – Peanut Butter Fingers

Collection of Boot Camp Workouts – Peanut Butter Fingers
My Favorite Cardio Exercise: Plate Pushes – Trainer Paige
5-3-2 Full Body Workout – 9-to-Fit
Back Attack – Slim Sanity
50 Circuit Workouts – The Lean Green Bean

Food

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles - Inspiralized

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles – Inspiralized

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Avocado with Spicy Sesame Zucchini Noodles – Inspiralized
Loaded Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Fudge – Half Baked Harvest
Pumpkin Gingerbread Snack Bars – Oh She Glows
Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa and Dried Cranberries – With Style & Grace
6-ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Ambitious Kitchen

Food for Thought

Send some links my way! What have I missed over the past couple of weeks that I’ve been MIA?

Link Love #10

It’s that time again! 🙂

Health

How to: Learn to Love Yourself in 10 Steps - ElectraFi

How to: Learn to Love Yourself in 10 Steps – ElectraFi

How to: Learn to Love Yourself in 10 Steps – ElectraFi
Low Calorie Diets Can Be Dangerous – Slim Sanity
What I Need: The Problem With “Balance” – Fighting for Wellness
Feel Good Friday & Why is so hard to compliment Women? – Cotter Crunch
Tips for taking criticism without falling apart. – MizFit

Fitness

Max It Out Muscular Endurance Circuit - Fitnessista

Max It Out Muscular Endurance Circuit – Fitnessista

Max It Out Muscular Endurance Workout – Fitnessista
Legs Like Jello Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers
Workout Finishers: Kettlebell Complex – Trainer Paige
The 5-Minute Workout Even the Busiest of Girls Can Make Time For – FitSugar
Super Sweaty 60 Minute Complete Body Circuit – Treble in the Kitchen

Food

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - Peachy Palate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie – Peachy Palate

The Pie I Want to Be Buried With… – Peachy Palate
Epic Crispy Quinoa Burgers Topped with Sweet Potato Fries, Beer Caramelized Onions + Gruyere – Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Butternut Squash Zucchini Pasta with Kale, Apricots and Wheatberries – Inspiralized
Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Rice – COOKIE + Kate
15-Minute Mini Apple Pies – Dashing Dish

Food for Thought

What is your favorite post from the past week?

Have you made any new recipes that you’ve recently found?

Link Love #9

Sharing my favorite posts of the week has quickly become one of my favorite posts to do. I’m constantly reminded of all of the talent that’s out there in the blogosphere and I also hope to introduce you to some new blogs too.

Health

MizFit

MizFit! Love this lady 🙂

Four Lessons Resistance Training Taught Me About Life – MizFit
Progress, Not Perfection – Mommy Run Fast
My Relationship is Healthy, Is Yours? – Skinny Sometimes
3 Things to Look For on Every Food Label – Thrive Personal Fitness
1200 Calories – Sophieologie

Fitness

Booty Blasting Weekday Workout - Nutritionella

Booty Blasting Weekday Workout – Nutritionella

Booty Blasting Weekday Workout – Nutritionella via The Lean Green Bean
Focus For Five Minutes: At Home Circuit – Mom’s Little Running Buddies
Form Friday: Tips on Building Strength with Hill Running – Cotter Crunch
Two For the Price of One! – Peachy Palate
The Uprising 10-Minute Workout Challenge – Lifting Revolution

Food

Maple-Spice Ginger Cookie Breakfast Risotto - Lunchbox Bunch

Maple-Spice Ginger Cookie Breakfast Risotto – Lunchbox Bunch

Maple-Spice Ginger Cookie Breakfast Risotto – Lunchbox Bunch
Blondies vs. Brownies – Peachy Palate
Spicy Cioppino My Way – Pineapple & Coconut
Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips – Pinch of Yum
Sea Salted Cinnamon Almond Butter Pancakes – Sarah Kay Hoffman

Food for Thought

What was your favorite post of the last week?

Dealing With Doubt

In my attempt to make this blog more about healthy living and my life in general, as opposed to “here’s what I’m eating!”, I’ve decided to do a little more sharing. Bear with me while I explore!

Doubt is something that rears its ugly face in everyone’s life from time to time. Whether you’re doubting the outfit that you put on, the workout you might have skipped in favor of drinks with your friends, or the food you’re eating, it can butt into your life when you least expect it.

Over the last 2 years, I’ve lost 30 lbs and maintained that loss with a healthy lifestyle. I have also, however, found myself being questioned by family, friends, and co-workers.

before-after

Before & After

“Are you still losing weight?”
“Are you eating enough?”
“I’ve never heard of that.. that’s not real food!”

After a while, it can really start to take a toll. I’ve definitely started doubting myself because the people around me question my lifestyle. And to me, that seems counterproductive. Why question someone who is trying to take pride in making the effort to live a healthy life when you wouldn’t outwardly question another person who stops at McDonalds everyday?

I’m not asking for praise when I break out my apple that I brought to a baseball game, knowing that I would want one [you bet your butt I did!], but I’m also certainly not asking for criticism either.

Salmon salad and an apple at the O’s game. It’s how I roll.

I’ll eat what I want to eat and your eat what you want. If you want to learn more about quinoa or chia seeds or coconut oil, ask me. I’m more than happy to talk. But if you’re going to tell me that I need to eat a piece of cake, keep it to yourself. I’m not going to tell you to go eat rabbit food.

Remember that we all make our own decisions based on what we feel is right for us. Seriously, have you seen how much I eat? Don’t question or criticize without truly understanding because you don’t always know the whole story as you think you may.

In a post from MizFit the other day, she says the following:

We create ourselves and our lives.

I dont have good physical genetics.  My body prefers to be soft/not muscular.  I watched women with better genetics gain muscle swiftly and easily. I came to a crossroads where I could either grow jealous or grow focused.  I chose the latter.  Resistance training taught me I am the sculptor of my body and my life.  I may not achieve goals as rapidly as some— but if I work tenaciously & tirelessly I’m ensured of progress.

Not only can I relate to this statement, it really struck a chord with me and has stuck with me the past few days. I choose the latter too. I work hard and eat the way that I choose because it’s what I want and it’s what I enjoy.

Grow focused.

Confidence is something you’re born with. Doubt is something you learn. So it’s about time I forget the doubt and find the confidence because I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am and damnit, I freaking enjoy kale!

Bagbys Ten Ten Rockfish Baltimore Maryland MD

Why would anyone say no to that salad?!

Food for Thought

How do you deal with doubt from friends or family?

How do you deal with doubting yourself?

Link Love #7

Another week, another set of fabulous posts!

Health

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Exercise As Your #1 Weight Loss Tool  - JillFit

You can’t out-train a bad diet.

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Exercise As Your #1 Weight Loss Tool – JillFit
How to Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle – Muscle Evo
Keeping Fit After It’s Off: Create Your WHY – MizFit
Why Sugar Isn’t the Entire Story – Shape
How Bad Are Your Fitness Habits? – Prevention

Fitness

The Dream Shuffle Workout - Lifting Revolution

The Dream Shuffle Workout – Lifting Revolution

Dream BIG: The Dream Shuffle Workout – Lifting Revolution
5 Tips for Morning Workouts [+ Training Update] – Better with Veggies
Bootcamp Workout – Fitness Perks
10-Minute Booty Burning Workout – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
TRX Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers

Food

Baked Fig Plantain Bread Pudding - Purely Twins

Baked Fig Plantain Bread Pudding – Purely Twins

Baked Fig Plantain Bread Pudding – Purely Twins
Easy Creamy Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake – Half Baked Harvest
Black-Bottom Coconut Cream Tart [Vegan, GF] – Cafe Johnsonia
Fall Harvest Brussels Sprouts – Peanut Butter & Peppers
Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Love & Zest

And if you missed the post on Surviving Whole Foods, definitely check it out! 😉

Food for Thought

What was one of your favorite posts of the week?