Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies
It’s official! As of February 26th, I finished my Sports Nutrition course and I’m now a certified personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist! I can’t tell you how excited I am to begin this new career and combine my health and fitness passion with my love of nutrition and cooking.
Oh and hello from Beaver Creek. Surprise!!
So here I am, relaxed with my feet up on a fire pit enjoying my free time. The others are out hitting the slopes. I only started skiing a few years ago. I’m not the best but I can hold my own on the beginners/Green courses. Lol I think I’m more of an enjoy the surroundings type of person. Can you blame me? I did, for the record, go to the top a few times last year and successfully made it down sans fatalities!
Even though I’m on vacation, I don’t want to completely sabotage my diet. Especially since I’m at the end of my 8 month bulk/reverse diet. (Trying to put on as little fat as possible here.) Not the easiest thing when you’re on vacation and the smell of hot chocolate and fresh crêpes are looming in the air. It’s an intoxicatingly sweet, delicious smell that’s hard to resist. So, to help any ounce of willpower I may need, I made some chocolatey-peanut butter protein brownies. What a life saver these babies are turning out to be, especially since American Airlines doesn’t give snacks. What kind of poppycock is that?! Every year we fly out here, I’m astounded by it. So I finally came prepared.
Well, folks. It looks like I took quite a hiatus! Unintentional, to say the least. But, well, sometime life happens and things get lost along the way. Do I even have followers anymore? It’s me, guys. Are you out there?? Is it me you’re looking for? Hah ok, ok, enough with the jokes.
A lot of things have happened since I last wrote. I quit my desk job in December to finally put my nose to the grindstone and finish my Sports Nutrition Certification. Yay!!
Becoming certified is something I’ve been trying to achieve since I began this blog last year. Having a full time job just wasn’t allowing me to pursue it. So, I took a leap of faith and here we are! I’ve completed my course and am just waiting to attend my CPR course and brush up on my knowledge. Being a Certified Personal Trainer AND Sports Nutrition Specialist will allow me to combine my passion for fitness with my love of cooking. I have so many ideas and things in the works! Not too much longer. So, time to buckle down these next couple weeks and go for the gold! dun dun dun dunnn!! I have faith, though. I have to, right? (I AM a pretty horrible test taker; for the record.) But if I don’t believe in myself, who will? Too cliché??
I’ve still been cooking up a storm, training and have even changed my diet. Remember I was carb cycling before? Well, stay tuned because what I have to say about the long term effects of caloric deprivation might hit home for a few of you struggling with weight loss. Needless to say, I’ve slowly worked my way up to eating almost double what I was before, way more carbs and am stronger than ever! I’m gaining the muscle I was striving for and have found that elusive balance so many of us are in search of.
Life has been good to me; as I hope it has for you, too, my friends. 2014 is looking to be a fantastic year, with every opportunity I could imagine and I look forward to sharing my journey and upcoming projects with all of you!
Always remember to Eat, Lift, Laugh, and most importantly, LOVE!
I’ve been missing in action since last week but there is hope and recipes in the near future!! I’ve been an experimental busy bee in the kitchen this week and am loving the results!
This weekend, I’ll be posting recipes and helpful tips to stay on track… from South Beach. Stay tuned, friends!
here’s a sneak peak for what’s in store
Quest Peanut Butter Cup STUFFED Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar Cookie
Say that five times fast!! Better yet, save your breath and get ready to inhale these bad mamma-jammas.
So simple and unbelievably satisfying, without the guilt!!
•Step 1: Cut Cookie Dough quest bar into 1/4s. Microwave for 10 seconds.
•Step 2: Shape all 4 pieces into circular form and press VERY flat in between parchment paper, while still warm!
•Step 3: Place 1 Peanut butter cup on top of flattened circle and top with another circle; working quickly while still warm.
•Step 4: Seal edges together making sure no PB Cup is exposed.
Step 5: Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 10 mins, on parchment lined baking sheet, flipping after 5 minutes.
* I baked mine in my toaster oven, which cooks faster because it’s smaller. After my first batch of Quest Cookies, I learned 300 is a better temp for the toaster oven, as it browns very quickly!
Eat and enjoy!!
Let me start by again saying how amazing it is to continuously have people making the choice to follow me!! Every morning when I wake up and see people have pinned my recipes on Pinterest, began following me or like a previous post makes me beyond happy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
So, to everyone in the 12+ different countries around the world following me: I took a pole this week from people about what kind of fitness plan they think would be ideal, as I know my personal ones can be a bit daunting. ;) So, I’ve taken into account everyone’s input and will be posting this plan tomorrow. As well as a 30 day eating plan, that a few people have already started, as well as myself. And let me tell you: IT WORKS! I can’t wait to share this with you guys!
So, if you have any last requests, now is the time, family!
Along with the training guide and eating plan, I’ll be giving another cheat recipe and quite possibly a clean eating one as well! It’s the least I can do for the support I’ve been getting thus far!
Lately, I feel like I’ve been struggling to find the right balance between maintaining my physique and improving it. By improving, I mean making lean muscle gains. The goal is to do this slowly, so I allow my body to adjust to the changes in my diet and put on a minimal amount of fat. But as a female, I feel like I’m even more susceptible to having a negative body image and focusing on the numbers on the scale, which can hinder you.
Do I feel like the number on the scale is a true representation of what a healthy or ideal weight is or should be? Absolutely NOT! But, when used as a guideline to help keep track of goals and give you a basis to go by, I think it’s a good asset. With that being said, the scale can also hold you back when trying to make gains and you’re focusing on that number going up, as I am doing now.
Last week, I asked people what they thought weighed more: muscle or fat. Do you know what most people said? Muscle Well, folks, a pound is a pound no matter what it’s made up of! No changing that. Muscle is more dense than fat and therefore takes up less space. So, it is possible to be smaller in size and weigh more than someone with a higher body fat or one that is out of shape.
It’s definitely nerve-racking to see the scale go up, even when you know that’s ultimately the goal; to see definition fade away can also mess with your head. There’s definitely trial and error involved in finding what works best for your body. Even people with professional trainers and coaches experience setbacks. I’ve learned my body reacts better to higher (healthy) fats rather than higher carbs. You can’t do both. Lame! Right?! ;)
I’ve been doing high carbs for a while now and today was my first day back carb cycling. Today was hard, not gonna lie. So when most people fuel their bodies with carbs, I strategically plan out my 6 meals for the day with higher fats, at specific times. Three days out of the week I eliminate carbs, not including those from veggies, and bump up my fats; healthy fats, of course. Then, I gradually work carbs back in. Day 4 & 5 low carbs, oats at breakfast only. Day 6, moderate carbs, usually Meals 1 and 3. Then Day 7, high carbs, usually maxing out at 200g. My high carb day is always on leg day because I want to maximize that high carbohydrate intake. I also usually have my cheat meal on this day, as well.
This is what I’ve found works best for me… everyone is different.I don’t feel weaker on my no carb days. Cranky, yes! But as long as I’m constantly fueling my body and providing my muscles with healthy fats, my results are on point and always look & feel better than ever! Most people use carb cycling for cutting, as it’s an awesome way to do it. But I still keep my calories high and only do this for about 8 weeks at a time and I love the results when I do!
So, from here on out, I’m gonna focus hard and make a conscious effort to remember, progress not perfection. And don’t pay (too much)attention to the scale. To hold myself accountable for my own success and remember- I’m the only person holding myself back from the results I want.
This is your body and your fitness journey… do it for you and nobody else!