Organic Matcha Green Tea Yogurt & Honey Mask

….say that 5 times fast!

I’ve always had very sensitive skin, so much so that it’s annoying. When I come across a new trick, I’ll try anything once for baby soft, clear skin. It’s important when making this mask to use organic ingredients, so that you aren’t using anything with potentially harmful additives. 

Benefits:

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which helps brighten skin or repair sun damage, fade dark marks, tighten and promote youthful skin. 

Honey is a natural antimicrobial, which can kill bacteria and help treat acne prone skin. 

Green Tea is an antioxidant. It may help reduce puffiness under eyes, treat acne, draw out impurities and reduce the size & appearance of pores. 

These are just some of the benefits of using this mask. You will find that after rinsing, your skin is baby soft and smooth!


 

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tablespoons Organic plain, unsweetened Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Organic (raw)Honey

Blend all ingredients in a small dish until a smooth mixture results. 

Apply in an even layer on clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse clean with warm water and pat dry.

If there is extra left, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week or two (depending on yogurt’s expiration date). You’ll see I put mine in a small, sealed container for safe keeping.  


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Could it really be?!

After a very long hiatus, I’m back and ready to dive in head first.  No dipping the toes in, no baby steps, just taking the plunge and blogging until my heart’s content.

Where have I been, you ask?! All over… I packed up and drove out to San Diego in my coupe with nothing but me and a carful of my belongs. After about 5 months or putzing around, I decided to head back to Florida and be closer to my family on the Gulf coast and never looked back.  I also vowed to never make that trip again. Have you driven through Texas before? Oye vey!

The past couple years have been good to me.   I have a fabulous job as a personal trainer, with clients I adore and enjoy working with. A new (not so) puppy-like English Bulldog named Ruger, who is the light of my life and total pain in the butt but I love him none the less. I’m in the best shape of my life, mentally and physically, with no plans of slowing down.

So, if you’re still following me, get your pantry stocked up and your gym clothes out because we’re gonna rock this summer of 2016!

“I like a lot of fresh fruit around the house and chocolate chips in my pancakes…”

So yesterday I threw together these amazingly fluffy and soooo delicious chocolate chip pancakes. I ended up just dumping ingredients in a bowl and hoping for the best. Well, how sweet they were! And…. I’m totally willing to take one for the team and make another batch with more precise measurements. Any takers?! ;)

Speak now or forever hold your peace! Haha who am I kidding?! I will definitely be making these again! Happy Monday, friends! Hope your week is off to a fantastic start.

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Online Training Guide

Hello out there, fellow fitness junkies!! Beautiful rainy South Florida morning here! For those of you new to my page, I’ve been training for quite some time and recently became a certified personal trainer through NASM to expand my knowledge and be able to help people with their goals, as well as share some of the tools I’ve acquired to build and shape my body into what is now the best body I’ve ever had! It takes time, work and a lot of patience but the reward is oh-so worth it!

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of requests through social media (Instagram) for online training plans. These seem to be taking over the fitness industry; “trainers” or competitors giving out plans because they competed in their first show and are suddenly experts in training and nutrition. I can assure you, I am NOT one of them. Have you found yourself on Pinterest looking up easy ways and shortcuts to lose weight or shape your body? Let me tell you this, there are no tricks and no shortcuts. You get what you put into it, in the gym and outside of it (in the kitchen).

Girls, you won’t get bulky like a man. That is such a huge misconception and excuse I sadly hear a lot of people use. You can actually use weights to build muscle and shape your body to build amazing curves and round perky glutes. In fact, you need to lift weights to do this! They are our friends, ladies!!! And gents. :)

So, my friends, what is it that you would like to see? Legs and glutes, Sexy Shoulders & Abs, Full Body Circuit or perhaps a high intensity cardio program to help melt the fat away?! I’ll be making user friendly guides to purchase online and have to take with you to the gym. I can even do custom plans, if that’s what you’d like!

Leave a comment below or email me at JennVail.Fitness@gmail.com
. You can also follow me on Instagram @missfit_vail.

I’d love to hear from you so don’t be shy!!
P.S.- I just started my diet again after a long 9 month bulk to gain muscle. Stay tuned for progress pics- the transformation is amazing!
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Come out, come out, wherever you are!

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!

Progress NOT Perfection

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!

Eat.Lift.Laugh.Love