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I Want to Get Healthy! Where Do I Start?

There came a moment in Jessica’s life when she knew she needed to change something…

Growing up, she ate whatever she wanted. Her friends always wondered how she never lost her figure (turns out, her metabolism was off-the-charts amazing).

Then she had her first child. Then her second. She began to get older, and her metabolism started to slow down.

Before she knew it, she had gained 30 lbs. She was more lethargic than ever before. She didn’t feel anything like herself anymore…

Jessica’s biggest obstacle to getting healthy was that she had no idea where to start.

“How many calories do I cut? What workouts should I be doing? How often should I workout? What supplements do I take?”

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of living a healthy lifestyle. But fear not! We know how to get through it!

Here’s a short and simplified guide to starting your fitness journey off on the right foot!

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Recipes: Blueberry Streusel Muffins

What’s a good morning without a nutritious breakfast?

Breakfast lends itself to many delicious, and healthy, options – yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, eggs, whole wheat toast…

But have you ever thought to include muffins in that list?

What is typically categorized as a sugar filled treat, these blueberry streusel muffins are packed with protein to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you on track with your fitness goals!

There’s a common misconception among those starting their health journey, that you have to give up the foods you love to lose weight.

Let’s put that misconception to rest – there are so many ways to enjoy your favorite foods, but in different ways which won’t expand your waistband!

Let’s get to cooking!

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Recipes: Spicy Chicken Chowder with Carrot Noodles

What’s the perfect complement to a cool summer evening?

Spicy chicken chowder, that’s what!

Now, noodles and chowder are a killer combination. Unfortunately, those noodles can pack on the carbs.

So how can you enjoy the texture of noodles with some spicy chowder broth?

You use carrots or zucchini, of course! Just peel either of these veggies into noodle shapes and you’re good to go!

Minimal in calories, low in carbs, and high in protein—what’s there not to love about this recipe?

Time to dig in!

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Workout of the Week: The Glute Maximizer

Raise your hand if you want some amazing glutes!

One of the best parts of a rockin’ bod is a booty to match! Many women would even say that the glutes are their most worked out area of the body.

Today’s workout is all about maximizing the gluteus maximus! I know this is about to be a hit with many of you!

Strong glutes will improve your balance and your posture, as well. There’s really no reason to hate on a solid workout for your buns!

Without further ado, here’s your workout for the week!

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How to Portion Control Like a Pro

There’s crumbs, popcorn, and cereal in the crevices of Jan’s couch…

Jan loves two things: snacking and television. That’s a scary combination right there…

On a typical Friday night, Jan will turn on Netflix to watch one of her favorite movies. Of course, she’ll munch on a bag of popcorn and a bag of chips.

You probably could guess what’s next…

She gets so invested in the movie that she doesn’t even realize that she’s on her third bag of chips and her third bag of popcorn!

We’d all agree that Jan needs to eat more nutritious snacks. Now stocking your cupboard with healthy snacks 24/7? That’s not easy.

This post is all about portion control—minimizing how much food you eat per serving. But first, a disclaimer…

Portion control does NOT mean Jan should starve herself. Actually, eating plenty of HEALTHY calories, in combination with an active lifestyle, is a great thing!

This is your guide to limiting your indulgences and cravings. It’s about keeping your goals in sight, even if you go out for drinks or splurge on pizza for your cheat day.

So, what do ya say? Let’s get into it!

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How You Can Lose Weight and Keep it Off by Drinking More Water

Water is referred to as the “magical drink” of fitness and health, and for good reason!

Water is like a unicorn – something everyone knows about, but not everyone believes in its power.

Of course, water is an actual element of earth and not a mystical creature (as far as we know). Surprisingly though, many people take water for granted considering its magical ability to cure many ailments.

One of its greatest super powers is its ability to help you shed pounds and emerge as a stronger, better version of yourself. Like a phoenix!

Alright, there’s been a lot of mystical talk here, but in all seriousness, drinking more water every day can improve your body’s functions and help you lose weight – and keep it off!

It’s a common struggle, constantly trying to remember to drink water as you go about your day.

We’re going to tell you right now that taking the extra effort to carry a water bottle with you doesn’t even compare to the victory you feel when you watch the pounds melt away!

Here’s five ways drinking water will help you lose weight, and hopefully inspire you to reach for that extra glass of H2O!

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Recipes: Low Carb Mac and Cheese

Carbs: we know them, we love them, we crave them.

Unfortunately, carbs don’t love us the way we love them!

Over time, indulging in carbs too often starts to rapidly pack on the pounds – leaving you with a tight waistband and a sluggish stride in your step.

However, there’s good news for you pasta lovers! What if we told you there was a way you could enjoy your favorite pasta dishes, without the pasta?

They say not all heroes wear capes – in this case, the hero is spaghetti squash!

This yummy mac and cheese recipe replaces the noodles with low carb (and calorie) spaghetti squash.

Interested in learning how to make one of the most decadent dishes healthy? Let’s get cooking!

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Workout of the Week: Let’s Get Funky

We’ve talked a lot about working hard to get the “summer body” you want, but what about the body you want year round?

Time really flies when you’re having fun – one minute your toes are buried deep in the sand, and the next you’re scrambling to get the kids ready for school. How can Summer already be halfway over!?

Let’s change the perspective a little to match the changing times! Let’s get you the body you’ve been dreaming of, and then keep that body for every Summer for years and years to come!

In just 15 minutes, you can sculpt your ams, tone your legs, and lift that booty with this high intensity workout!

Ready to get in shape and stay in shape? Let’s get started!

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How to Get the Washboard Abs of Your Dreams

Let’s do a simple exercise.

I want you to picture yourself with a six-pack. I want you to see your beautiful, bold self as lean and ripped, like one of those Greek god statues they carved out hundreds of years ago.

Maybe you’ve never even pictured yourself with a six-pack. Or, perhaps you feel you COULD get a six-pack but you don’t have the time or discipline for it.

Washboard abs aren’t only for the people you see on TV or in magazines. You can get some, too!

You heard me right.

There’s no better time than the summer to tone your abs and get in shape. After all, wouldn’t it be awesome to rock that bikini bod at the beach, the water park, or poolside?

While most people WANT abs, they don’t know how to get them. It’s not as simple as doing sit-ups until your stomach caves in on itself…

…but it’s definitely not that complicated, either.

We’re going to give you a few pointers on how to chisel that core of yours down to abs and muscles. This is stuff you can do today, so don’t be afraid to jump right in and start your ab routine ASAP!

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Recipes: Honey Grilled Chicken

Who loves honey??

Unless you don’t like sweets (or Winnie the Pooh), you can’t deny that honey is nature’s heavenly syrup.

Think about pairing that with some juicy grilled chicken. Mmmmm…..

Well, I’ve got some *sweet* news for ya (I promise, that’s the only pun I’ve got!)…

Today’s recipe is honey grilled chicken. They’re getting married on the grill!

Get ready for a meal that will take your taste buds for a ride and back. Not only will you add honey in this recipe, but you’ll also be mixing in some spicy mustard, lemon peel, soy sauce, and minced garlic.

Your protein intake will soar with this recipe, AND you won’t have to stress over that extra fat and grease that comes with fried chicken!

Let’s take a closer look at this unique blend of sweet and savory. This might just be the chicken for all palates!

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