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What is FIT Sunday??

Have you ever found yourself scrounging through the kitchen cabinets or refrigerator after a 12 hour work day?  Only to turn up a PB&J sandwich or bowl of cereal, which you ravenously consume before face planting into bed for the night.   During the day, do you find yourself eating fast food or something that you can consume at the fastest pace possible, between customers?  If so, you’ve come to the right place.
F.I.T. Sundays is all about Food, Inspiration & Training.  You’ll find easy recipes that provide lunchtime left overs, weekly food prep tips, and the workouts we do each week.
We have been living in and dealing with working a retail schedule for the past 10 years.  Along the way, we’ve learned a thing or two.  So sign up for the FIT Newsletter, or surf through this page for information and inspiration on how we stay fit and work in the car business.  Not only will you look great, you’ll feel great too!

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FIT Sunday Lets Cheat & Get Yoga-Bombed!

Lets Cheat & Get Yoga-Bombed!

Are you feeling a little heavier after feasting on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and homemade pumpkin pie during the Thanksgiving holiday? I know we are!  These holiday foods are not a part of our everyday planned meal menu, they’re a treat.  That’s why I like to consider Thanksgiving a ‘cheat day’.  The day when you eat what you want, as a reward for hitting your goal of healthy eating and exercise during the week.  Note the word ‘day’ after cheat, it is the most important part of the phrase because it notes the duration of the cheat. One day. That is it.  Then it is back to the normal routine of healthy eating and your daily exercise regimen. (Tip: ‘Just say NO’ when sweet Auntie Jo asks if you want to take a to-go container of leftover food home.  This only serves as a distraction as you search through the refrigerator for something to eat later in the week.)

All of this sets the stage for today’s FIT Sunday post!  Since we could all probably agree that we’ve spent enough time thinking about Food this week, I’m going to skip the recipe and focus on inspiration and training. Read more

Acorn Squash Recipe & A Confession

Acorn Squash Recipe & A Confession

I have a confession. The reason I didn’t post a FIT Sunday blog last week, was because I haven’t been cooking, we’ve been eating out and we haven’t been working out. Therefore I couldn’t bring myself to write about a subject and lifestyle that I wasn’t living. However, I am back! It has been almost a month, but I am rejuvenated in my spirit to live a FIT life.

Patrick and I have made the commitment to get back on track together. We will work
as a team. So, in the spirit of teamwork, we’ve been cooking and exercising together. This week I’m proud to share a dinner recipe we made together and the workout we completed as a team. Read more

Sweet Potato Recipe - Sweet Potato Sunday

Sweet Potato Sunday

One of my favorite foods are sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious.  You can bake them to accompany a main dish, create french fries for a more casual option, or they can serve as a main dish.  In today’s recipe, I share a main dish sweet potato recipe.  I never would have thought to pair a sweet potatoes with black beans, but I can promise you it is absolutely delicious.   Read more

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins - FIT Sunday Blog

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins – One of our favorites for Fall

It’s officially fall!  I absolutely adore this season and everything that comes along with it. I’m sad to say goodbye to summer, however I look forward to football and the holidays, snuggling on the couch with a good book and of course – Comfort Food.  The air is crisp, the leaves change colors and comfort food is a must have.  However, to stay fit and healthy, it’s important to find ways to feel the comfort without the fat. So, I’m sharing one of my staples, Jamie Eason’s Turkey Meatloaf Muffins.  Not only do these meatloaf muffins taste delicious, they smell fantastic too! Kid tested, husband approved.

This is a recipe that has unlimited options.  Some of my favorite pairing options include:

  • Muffins, spaghetti squash and marinara (steamed broccoli mixed in is great too!) – add a little shaved parmesan as a finishing touch
  • Muffins, wild rice and a vegetable medley (My fav: frozen broccoli, cauliflower, yellow & Orange carrots- steamed with a splash of garlic salt & EVOO)

Freeze the left-overs: I freeze muffins in 4 packs and then pull them out when I need an easy dinner or lunch.

I hope you enjoy!

 

-FOOD-

Original recipe can be found here – the only thing I’ve modified is substituting Chipotle pepper for Chili powder. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 3 egg whites
  • I cup quick cooking oats (I use GF. . . )
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dry yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs garlic powder (or 2 cloves minced)
  • ½ small onion
  • 2 celery stalks

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.
  3. Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes.

 

-INSPIRATION-

“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

-TRAINING-

At times, I like to do a cardio workout and pair it with a quick arm circuit.  Try this after a 30-45 minute cardio session!

  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 4 sets, 8-10 reps
  • Standing Dumbbell Curl: 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Tricep Dumbbell Kickbacks: 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise: 3 sets, 10-12 reps
  • Hammer Curls: 2 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Tricep Dips: 2 sets, 12-15 reps
  • Bent Over Barbell Row: 2 sets, 12-15 reps

 

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, finish it off with:

  • Box Jumps: 12-15 reps

 

FIT Sunday Healthy Fish Sticks - Be Less Typical in Car Sales

Friday Night Fish Sticks & Sweet Potato Fry(day)

It’s only Sunday, but it’s never too early to start planning for the week.  One of my favorite dinners to make on a Friday night is Fish Sticks (they’re good every other night of the week too!). They’re quick and easy, kids love them & my husband loves them too.  To top it all off, this recipe is probably the healthiest and tastiest I’ve found so far!  Baked instead of fried and gluten free. You can make the breading ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator if you know you’re going to be tired or extra short on time. Enjoy! Read more

Be Less Typical FIT Sunday - Snack Attack

Snack Attack – My 5 Favorite Grab and Go Snacks

Snacks are an important part of my healthy eating habits and food planning efforts.  Have you ever been so hungry between meals that by the time you get to the next meal you overeat or choose a poor food choice? It’s happened to me numerous times!  Therefore, I plan out my snacks ahead of time and have a few grab and go snacks filed away as my favorites.  This may sound time consuming, however it’s actually quite simple.   Read more

Protein Packed Breakfast Pancakes

Protein Power Breakfast – Start Your 12 Hour Day the Right Way

We’ve heard it a million times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  However, 31 million US consumers skip breakfast every day, that’s 1 out of 10 people. There are a multitude of reasons we tend to skip breakfast; we’re not hungry, we don’t feel like it or we’re too busy and don’t have time for breakfast.  

Therefore, this week I bring you 3 breakfast recipes that are quick, easy and most importantly, taste good.  I’ve found that eating breakfast helps me focus, provides stamina through my early morning workouts and can support my healthy eating habits throughout the day.  So, why not give it a try and see the benefits for yourself? Read more

Be Less Typical - Summer Salads

Summertime Salad Favorites

Summer is my favorite time of year for salads.  They’re fresh, crisp and many times colorful.  You can make different varieties depending on what you have a taste for.  Plus, many vegetables and herbs are fresh at this time of year.

-FOOD-

I recently found this Mediterranean Salmon Salad recipe that I love! I omit the olives because I don’t like them, but otherwise this salad is just perfect! Pretty too.

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FIT Sunday Easy Chicken Skewers

Sunday Start Over- Easy Chicken Skewers

If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past few years about diet and exercise, it’s that each week I get a Sunday Start Over.  It doesn’t matter if I’ve had a bad eating week or if I didn’t make it to the gym as many times as I wanted to.  Each week, on Sunday, I start my plan over.  Now, if I was good about exercise and diet the week before, Sunday Start Over is a chance for me to do it all again.  Either way, Sunday Start Over is a day filled with motivation to either keep up the good work or wipe the slate clean and get my plan in place.
This Sunday Start Over, I’m excited to be prepping balanced meals for our lunches.  I have been traveling a lot for work, and not only is my diet impacted, so are my workouts.  To be more specific, I have been eating out 3 days (all meals) per week and regularly missing workouts.  Therefore this week, I want to keep things simple to get myself (and Patrick!) back on track.

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