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Who’s starving? I eat all day! A Simply review & of course the 3 giveaways. Don’t miss out!

So yesterday I posted one of my cheats. I received an email from a friend who stated although they thought my journey has been inspiring, they just couldn’t imagine starving everyday to maintain a physical appearance. I was a little taken back by that. I certainly do NOT starve lol.

I explained that actually the opposite was true. I use to eat one or two meals a day mixed in with a bunch of junk food. I now eat 5-6 small meals a day. All of which are quite filling! This is an example of one of my daily meals.

Steamed broccoli, sliced pears, pan seared salmon on a bed of spinach.

I definitely wasn’t starving, nor was I craving more flavor. I do not look at healthy eating as a diet, it is my lifestyle. Cheats are not exactly necessary for me, but there are things that I don’t normally eat, that I do like to indulge in. I just don’t eat them all the time. When I say I am picky about my indulgences, it isn’t because I feel I don’t get enough of them, I am just more picky about what I put into my body!

I never understood fad diets, or people who think they can eat whatever they want as long as they hit the gym. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. Healthy eating does not mean I am missing out on anything! I eat phenomenal tasting meals. The difference between my meals and the ones this particular person was describing to me, is I cooked my food. It wasn’t prepackaged crap that you throw in the microwave or the oven to reheat nor a box meal with powdered mixes that you have no clue what they are. I actually prepare my meals.

As a society I think it is sad that people are more concerned with convenience over quality. I am not sure when catching your favorite television shows over took preparing a healthy and tasty meal for your family? Most of the people I know prepare box meals and their family parks in front of the TV while they eat. What happened to family time and setting examples for our children?

Slowly I am seeing more people wanting to get fit. Hopefully they make the change for their health too and not just the aesthetics of it. I believe we need to teach our children healthy habits while they are young. I strive to set an example for my daughter, not just in the gym, but in the kitchen as well.

Yes, my journey is about making my physical appearance better and looking the way I want, but it is also about being healthy and living healthy. I want Zoe to not have the body image issue that I have had. I want her to be proud of herself and to know that she is healthy! I also don’t want to be spinning my wheels in the gym 😉 I have worked hard to get where I am and I am far from done.

Anyway, my point is that I eat well! I am not starving and the food My family and I eat tastes better than the prepackaged crap you can buy in the store. If you are worried about getting started on your fitness journey because you think that you will starve or you won’t like the food options, trust me that is SO far from true. Do some research and find recipes. Clean eating doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor, it simply means cutting out artificial crap that does harm to your body.

With all that being said, I was sent some protein bars from Wellness Foods called Simply Bars. They are all natural “clean”, milk free, gluten free, vegan, non GMO, kosher, and low gycemic.

There are 6 flavors, I was sent a box of 4 . The flavors I received were Lemon Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cinnamon pecan, and Caramel Peanut. The 2 I have yet to try are Cocoa Coffee and Cocoa Raspberry. The story on the company is that the founder, C. Richards, has Crohn’s disease and had issues find snacks that wouldn’t upset her stomach. She also wanted something more clean, so developed these bars.  It is an all woman company started in Canada in 2002.

Back to the bars. 😉 They are much like rice crispy treats, but less sweet.

Which, if you are like me is a great thing! Each bar only has a mere 3 grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein. The first bar I tried was the Cinnamon Pecan. I really appreciated the natural flavor! It was nice to taste REAL cinnamon in every bite! The cinnamon pecan and the Caramel peanut were by far my favorites!!! The Lemon Coconut I am not a huge fan of. It isn’t bad, it just has a strong lemon flavor that didn’t bide well with me. Josh is always skeptical about anything clean lol he is a junk food junky. At first he told me he didn’t care for them, but by the end of the week, he was stealing them from my stash so he could snack on them at work. Turns out even the hardest critic in this household was sold on them too! 😉 Zoe enjoyed them as well! She loved stealing bits from both of our bars!

I think what got me the most excited about this company is that they have Protein Chips. Yeah I know right!?!? Chips!!! How exciting is that!!! Unfortunately, they are sold out right now, so I wan’t able to sample those. They come in 2 flavors, Herb and Chili. I am more of a savory than sweet kind of gal, so the fact that a company even produces these has me sold!!! LOL

You can check out their whole selection on their website They are well worth the look!!!

Don’t forget I still have 3 yes 3 GIVEAWAYS going on!!!! Get entered to win fabulous prizes from VitaCost, FringeSport, and GetKombucha. You certainly don’t want to miss out!!!!







Promax review, Goal check in, & a look into Zoe’s baby signs!

I got a shipment of Promax goodies in the mail yesterday to review. I got two per flavor, which made it easy to share. 😉

They came shortly after dinner, so I figured Zoe and I could share one of the Fit ‘N Crisp snacks for dessert. It was the Vanilla Marshmallow. Zoe loved it! It was much like a rice crispy treat! At 10 grams of sugar, it wasn’t a horrible treat. Zoe gave it a thumbs up!

I agree, the Fit ‘N Crisps were super tasty. After reading the label on the Protein bar, I saved it for post workout this morning. It has 29 grams of sugar, which is more than I like, but that is fine for post workout, because sugar helps lean protein get to your muscles quicker. 😉  They aren’t the cleanest either, which is pretty important to me.  I did like the flavor! I had Chocolate Chip cookie dough.

Texture wise, it was much like a candy bar, so obviously easy to eat lol. I gave Zoe a small chunk and she really like them too!

Even though they aren’t 100% clean, I did really appreciate the no artificial sweeteners or colors!!!! You can check out more about them at You can purchase them at just about any grocery store, GNC,  even some gyms!

Now a quick weekly check in on this months goals…..

I have done well so far with NOT touching my scale this week. I have been tempted though lol I am staying strong and the scale is staying out of sight!!!

I have still been doing great with my running! I logged 6.8 miles this week!!! I do realize now though that I need a second pair of running shoes for rainy days and more compression socks and or sleeves for my shin splints!!!! I am enjoying my runs and the results I am getting from it!

Even though I have wanted to slack, I have stayed strong on my Renegade Challenge. It have definitely proven to be a challenge!!! I can not yet complete 30 in a row. I do 12 sets of 10 with small breaks in between each set. Either way, I am still getting them done!!!!

I accidentally missed a Plank A Day. I was so exhausted, I seriously just forgot to do it the other night. Other than the one miss, I have done them everyday! At some point I will do two in one day to make up for the missed one! 😉

I have been doing awesome on my water intake and my ab workouts have definitely increased with adding gymnastic rings to my gym. I will be talking about those on Monday!!! stay tuned for that post, because there is an exciting surprise coming!!!!

And for Zoe’s lessons in sign language… she is now up to 184 signs! Our goal is to get her to 200 by the end of the month, which I am sure we will hit and probably surpass! She is a smart cookie and I am going to take full advantage of it! The signs she has learned this week are:








She also learned a couple I can’t find pictures for. She learned the word Really, which is signed by making the number 1 with your hand, then taking your pointer finger up your chin and forward off your mouth. The last word is Sneeze. You make the number one with your hand again, turn it sideways, and place your finger under your nose as if you are sneezing.

Signing is beautiful and fun!!! It also comes in handy when I can’t hear or understand Zoe lol. Thank you for reading and please check out the Affiliate of the month Vitacost for all your vitamin, supplement, and whole food needs! They have a lot more, but it is too much to list lol

And don’t forget about the GIVEAWAYS I have running this month!!!! I will be adding more so keep checking back!!!!

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