Quest Protein Bar Review + Giveaway!

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I will admit it, when I first tried Quest Bars I literally could not stand them!  I gagged the second they touched my lips.  I tried to heat them up, put some pb2 on them or just straight choke them down. Everyone constantly raved about them and I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about.   I am a big believer in the fact that if you don’t like something (a specific food, exercise etc..) if you continue to do it, you’ll eventually like it….. or at least not hate it as much. I have always had a hard time hitting my fiber goal so in an attempt to get more fiber into my diet, I looked around to see what I could eat to help with my fiber.  Alas, I found out that Quest Bars have 14-16g of  fiber each and knew I needed to give them another chance.  A friend told me that the s’more ones were great so I decided to start there and give it a shot.

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Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy Eating Tips

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard.  It does take preparation but once you get that down, it super easy.  For the most part, I eat basically the same things every day and that makes my life easy!  I know what I need and what I like and it simplifies it.  I am such a convenience person, so if it’s not easy, I won’t do it.  So trust me, if I can make this work for me, so can you!  And to help you even more, I’ve put together a list of some healthy eating tips that you can start incorporating into your daily life to make it a little easier.

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A Few of my Favorite Things-Gym Edition

My Favorite things- gym edition

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Here is a list of a few of my favorite things that I use at the gym that I absolutely cannot live without!

Before Workout-

  • Quest Bars-I grab one of these on my way out of the door and they are perfect to eat on the way to the gym AND give me plenty of energy for my workout!
  • L-Carnintine- This is a great amino acid that helps boost metabolism.  I take 2 before my workout every day.  If you prefer liquid, I have tried this kind before and liked it too!  You can take it with food or on an empty stomach if you prefer to train fasted.

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10 Tips For Sticking to Your Diet While on Vacation

10 tips for sticking to your diet while on vacation

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We decided about about 2 weeks ago that we wanted to go on a vacation soon. We love planning spur of the moment vacations and this time is no exception. We are leaving this Sunday for San Diego for 5 days and I can’t wait!  I absolutely LOVE to travel!

However, sometimes it’s tricky to stay on track while traveling.  You don’t have your own kitchen and food and you’re forced to eat out almost every meal.  There are several options you can follow while traveling, you just need to figure out what will work best for you!

  • You can track your macros perfectly (or at least the best you can)
  • Loosely track but be ok with the fact that you may go over a little bit
  • Be mindful of what you’re eating and make good choices but don’t track at all
  • Have a free for all and eat whatever you want.

There is no wrong way however, if you follow the free for all, you might have a harder time getting back on track after the vacation is over and the possibility of gaining weight is pretty high. I am going with the third option of being mindful and making good choices but not really tracking what I eat.  I will still try to get in a lot of protein and drink lots of water.  I want to enjoy my vacation since they don’t come around often enough, but I also don’t want to feel like complete crap the entire time.

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How to Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

Keep Flexible Dieting Flexible

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I firmly believe if a diet isn’t sustainable you won’t stick to it.  How long can you really go with no carbs or no sugar?  I know I didn’t last long on either of those.  A week….Maybe??  Then I felt so miserable, I gave in and ate everything in my house.

If you are too uptight about your diet, you won’t be able to stick with it no matter how good of a diet it is and believe it or not, that INCLUDES counting macros!  There is a time and place to be super strict on your diet.  For me, I was super duper strict for the first 9-10 months.  I had a cheat meal once a week and I had non-tracking days on holidays only but other than that, I was 100%.  And I needed that at first.  It really worked for me while I was first starting and learning. But now that I know everything I do about flexible dieting and my body, I know I can be a little more lenient.  I am not seeing results as fast, but it’s also more sustainable for me and my lifestyle.  I am still very good at hitting my macros but if we are at a bbq or a business dinner, or something unplanned comes up,  I don’t freak out. I live life in that moment and get right back on track the second that moment is over.  I don’t let myself stay off track for long and that is the key.  You can have times where you don’t count or days where you are feeling extra hungry and want to eat everything, but you better get right back on track the next meal or day.  There is no starting on Monday and binging through the weekend.  That’s when things start to get bad.  Allow yourself a little leniency from time to time and the other times, stick with the diet.  I stay on track the best I can 90% of the time so I can allow myself some room to live the other 10%.

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Leg Day Workout for Killer Legs!

gym leg day workout

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I love this leg routine!  I usually stick with the same routine for about 6 weeks before changing it up.  The reason I do that is so that I can see the strength gains and progress I am making.  If I’m changing up my routine in the gym every time, I am never going to know if I’m getting stronger or making any progress with my lifts.  I also make sure I track every workout with the Strong workout tracker app and it really pushes me to go a little bit heavier or do another rep or two more than last time.

The great thing about working out with weights is you can go as heavy or light as you want.  If you’re brand new to the gym, start doing what you can do as far as the weight goes, track your workout and work on building your strength over time.  Don’t go in and try to lift heavy at first or you’re more likely to get an injury.  Go and do what you reasonably can and get your form down before increasing the weight. Form is so so important!  Don’t rush.  You want your lifts to be slow and controlled. This will also help you to prevent injury.

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How to Eat Out While Tracking Macros-Chick-Fil-A

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When tracking macros, you don’t have to be afraid to eat out!  You just have to be educated and plan in advance. One of the best things about iifym/flexible dieting, is that you can still enjoy the foods you love and for most people, (myself included) that means eating out!   There are so many macro friendly restaurants you can eat at.  Of course, there are some places where it will be a little bit trickier to find something that works without blowing your whole day, but I truly believe there is something that you can order at pretty much every restaurant and still stay on track. That’s not to say you can’t go out and have a “treat” meal every now and again, but, you do have options if it’s not a treat meal time!

Today we are going to take a look at the menu of one of my favorites, Chick-Fil-A.  I will help you decide what you should and shouldn’t order to help you stay within your macros! The best choice out of each group will be in bold. 

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My Summer Food and Activity Accountability

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Today is the last day of school for my girls!  I cannot believe it.  It is cliche but so true, that life really does fly by!  My kids are going to be in 6th and 10th grade next year.  I am going to have a high schooler!  You must be thinking I don’t look old enough to have a high schooler right?  Well I’m not 😉 haha!

Now that summer is here, life is about to get crazy!   I thought it would be a great idea for me to let you guys know how I plan to stay on track with my eating and activities this summer and have a little bit of accountability for myself as well. It always helps to write down your plans/goals and to have people that you’re accountable to.

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Non-Scale Victories

Non-Scale Victories

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Non-Scale Victories (NSV) are the little or big changes we see in our bodies, our lives and our fitness abilities along our journey to a healthy and more physically fit life.  Non scale victories are the BEST kind of victories and should be celebrated with ice cream (that, of course, fits into our macros!)

In the world of dieting/healthy eating/fitness there is more to progress than just seeing the numbers on the scale go down or up.  There are many other (and much better) ways to track your progress besides the scale.  Taking measurements and pictures is the best way to see results in my opinion. The scale is just a small and unreliable way people use to measure your progress, yet it’s the most heavily relied upon tool for progress. Ironically, I have seen so many people who don’t lose a single pound but their before and after pictures look so incredibly different.

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A Full Day of Eating

full day of eating macros

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I thought it would be beneficial for you to see what a day of eating looks like for me.  I will do these often because I don’t eat the same things everyday.  Also, I am not a big planner at all.  I am more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal.  I don’t ever meal prep (not that it’s bad to do so, it just doesn’t work with my life). As long as I have macro friendly foods around, I can hit my macros. I know a lot of people have a hard time hitting their protein, so hopefully this will give you an idea of what it takes to hit your protein numbers.  To be honest, most days the hardest macro for me to hit is fat!  Weird I know!

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