Friday, August 29, 2014

Last Minute Labor Day Recipe!

Watermelon Feta Bites has been my go to recipe all summer for BBQ, parties and even simple family get togethers.
 The combination of flavors is the perfect way to honor the unofficial end of Summer.

For the full recipe and instructions check out the video below and don't forget to share it with your friends!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Oats + Cheerios = Sustainble Energy for the Gym!

Now that I am getting back into my regular workout routine for the first time since surgery I am finding that I need to change my eating habits to help keep my energy up not only during my classes, but throughout the day.

Cheerios have been a staple in my household for as long as I can remember. 

As a child I ate Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast almost everyday. When I started my weight loss journey 5 years ago I would have Chocolate Cheerios as my night time snack in yogurt and now I am eating the Cheerios Protein to keep me going!

This weekend was no exception. I had two intense work outs back to back.

Saturday morning I had Power X, after a late night out with friends I was actually dreading the class. I knew it would be hot out in the sun and I just wasn't prepared to get my booty handed to me that morning, until I remembered I had Oats n Honey Cheerios in the cabinet. 
I had a small bowl with almond milk before class and found myself having sustainable energy to get me through the battle ropes, TRX and ViPRs.

For being exhausted and unmotivated I was really happy with that burn.

Sunday morning a good friend joined me for arms, abs and kickboxing. It's only the second time since surgery that I was able to get back to those classes so I really wanted to make sure I gave myself proper preparation time and had a good solid meal before class.
Since the Cheerios got me through Saturday mornings class I figured I'd try it again for Sunday.

Thankfully I had time to digest a bit before jumping around in kickboxing. Squat jumps and jumping jacks aren't so easy on a full stomach! 
Again I had incredible energy to fuel me throughout the 90 minute class and I felt invigorated for the rest of my day.

Eddie and I went food shopping after the gym and I got all of the ingredients to recreate these 
I couldn't help but get excited when Eddie said he would take them for breakfast this week as well.
PS- If you're looking for new healthy recipe ideas check out  
I pinned a few new ones to make this Fall! 

All in all it was a perfect weekend filled with intense workouts and good food.

It doesn't get much better than that!

Disclaimer: Cheerios’ campaign is through All opinions are my own and the Cheerios were purchased with my own money.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seven Weeks

This Thursday marks 7 weeks after my lateral release and knee surgery. 
9 days after surgery I got back in the gym doing some light lifting and a few minutes on a bicycle.

Once PT started I was working with them 2x a week in addition to doing "homework" and lifting/light bike riding in the gym.

Finally after two weeks [which I know in reality isn't long after knee surgery, but to me it was hell] of hard work in PT, the gym and at home, I was able to start spinning.

Spin has been a class I have hated for the longest time.
In the past I have walked out of several classes, not because the instructors weren't motivating but I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy the workout.

I'm not sure if its the fact that I can't do kickboxing or any other form of cardio that made me like spin but I did find a new appreciation for the workout in this process.

So much so that I have been spinning 4-5 times a week the last five weeks.

This past week in PT I conquered one of my biggest fears since surgery:

I have had 3 instances of "popping" in my IT band/quad from scar tissue since surgery. Each time is painful and I am left sore for days. Not fun.

So you can imagine the fear I felt when I was told to do box jumps last Thursday.
Thankfully my PT is amazing and encouraging and we took it really slow at first, on the smallest box. 
After a few jumps I moved up a level, then up another and by the end of our session I was leaping on and off of the tallest box they had.

Fast forward to Sunday, I woke up feeling ready to try Kickboxing. Which we all know is my go to/favorite workout.

I am definitely not as strong as I was 8 weeks ago but I made it through the class and kept up with everyone to the best of my ability and most importantly,without any issues.

This entire process has eye opening to me. I feel like I have handled it the best way I know how but being that I am an extremely impatient person it has been trying at times. There has been breakdowns, many tears but for every tear there has been a multitude of cheers. 
Milestones were met weeks ahead of time and I need to give myself credit for that.

My orthopedics told me 8-12 weeks recovery/PT and that it would be 6 months before I could jump/kickbox again.

I kickboxed 6 weeks post op and I was told last night that I only need 2 more PT sessions.

SEVEN WEEKS was all it took.
Motivation, determination and drive.
That's all you need to do anything you want.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Look at all of that PINK!

Before I had knee surgery in June I knew that one of the things I wanted to get myself before getting back into my workout routine was new sneakers.

A few years ago my trainer told me that the way we workout I would need new sneakers every 3-4 months and when I found out I have no cartilage and arthritis in both knees I decided to take that advice a little more seriously.

When I first laid eyes on the Asics Gel Flux in Kohl's I could not hold back my excitement. I mean LOOK at all of that PINK! Unfortunately the store didn't have my size but their customer service went above and beyond to call every store on Long Island for me so I could find them in my size.

Thankfully there was a pair waiting for me just 20 minutes away and Eddie knew I couldn't wait another day so off we went on an adventure. 

And it has been true love ever since...

I have been using these sneakers in every workout for the past month and absolutely love them. They have a lot of support, which is perfect for my knees but they aren't heavy so they're also perfect for kickboxing/running when I am able to get back into those workouts.

I have been stopped several times in the gym, outside of the gym and in PT by people asking me where I got my sneakers and I practically yell "Kohl's and for super cheap!" with excitement every time. I just can't get enough of my new Asics and I don't see myself wearing anything else for a long time to come.

Where do you buy your sneakers?

Disclaimer: Kohl's sent me a $100 gift card to use towards health and wellness merchandise from Kohl’s and All opinions are my own