Getting Healthy

Happy Friday!
    Today I have something a bit different for you guys! I'd like to share a bit about a health and fitness routine I just started, as I like to hear what other bloggers are doing to stay in shape and be healthy.  At first I was hesitant to post about something like this here because I know most of you are here for more style centric posts, and if thats the case, just skip this one! :)
     As is typical for me in the winter months, I put on some weight while stuck in doors watching more TV and eating junk food.  This happened last year as well, and about a year ago back in April I did a 30 day cleanse similar to the "whole 30", eliminating all wheat, dairy, sugar, and processed foods from my diet.  While weight-loss wise that gave me amazing results as I lost over 10 pounds in the month of doing it, it felt pretty restrictive for me and I'm not sure I was losing the weight in the healthiest way possible.  This time around, I am excited to take a little less restrictive but still super healthy approach to health and fitness.
      I joined a gym about a month ago and started going about 3-4 times a week, and while I felt I was getting a bit stronger, I still was not losing any weight because I was still eating like total crap.  A few weeks ago, I searched online for some free online workout videos, which led me to a site called FitnessBlender.com.  Have you guys ever heard of it? It's run by a husband and wife team, both personal trainers, who wanted everyone to have access to fitness regardless of their income, which I can totally appreciate!  I always liked the idea of working out from home some days, but fancier programs like P90x and Insanity cost a decent amount of money.   You do have to quickly create an account on the Fitness Blender site, but it doesn't cost anything and they haven't sent me a single email. (By the way, this is not a sponsored post whatsoever, I am just sharing my personal thoughts and recommendations about what I have been doing to get healthy!)  Anyway, you can search the huge library of Fitness Blender workout videos by length of time, focus area of the body, difficulty level, etc.  You can also save your favorites to your account so its really easy to find them the next time.  My very favorite when I started was the 25 minute Kickboxing Cardio, because there's nothing better than flailing your legs and punching the air like a ninja in your sports bra in the comfort of your own living room! Hiiiii- ya!
      While all of their online videos are free, I still felt I lacked the motivation to combine the fitness part with healthier eating until I found a part of the Fitness Blender site that had meal plans and workout programs that even I could very affordably purchase.  I purchased the "8 Week Fat Loss Program" (which was $9.99) and "Four Week Vegetarian Meal Plan" (which was $14.99).  Both are basically downloadable PDF booklets that I leave open on my laptop to look at through out the day as guides.  The fitness program basically just lays out a workout plan to do each day using the free videos from their site, so it probably isn't necessary for some to buy, but I am more likely to stick with something if there is a clear to-do list laid out in front of me so its been very helpful for me!  I am four days in and have definitely been challenged each day, but the ever changing routine has kept me motivated and interested.
     As for the Vegetarian Meal plan, I chose it because I am already a vegetarian, but there are also regular or vegan meal plans too.  The meal plan focuses on "clean eating"for 30 days, but like I said, it is not as restrictive as others I have done.  It gives you a grocery list at the start of ever week, and then tells you EXACTLY what to eat for three meals and three light snacks a day and how to prepare each.  I am not an excellent cook, but each meal has been pretty simple to prepare and has actually tasted really good too! I have been snapping a few pictures on my phone along the way this week of what I have been eating to help give you a better feel for the food.

 Breakfast  - Veggie Omelet with a side of fruit.
 Lunch - Spelt Toast with avocado and chick pea mash. (SO good!)
 Dinner - Whole What Penne with Spinach and Brocolli
 Breakfast - Light English Muffin with Peanut Butter and Banana
 Lunch - Brown Rice with Feta
 Dinner - Spaghetti Squash (which I have never had before - it's awesome!)
Snack (Dessert) - Fresh strawberries with .5oz melted Dark Chocolate
Anyway, I am only four days into my program for both the meal plan and the workouts, but I can literally already feel and see a bit of a change.  I really love that the meals are interesting and tasty and do not eliminate any food group.  I mean come on, there was a dark chocolate bar on my grocery list this week, which I got to eat 1/6th of last night melted onto my strawberries snack.  And I thought I was eating pasta for dinner which was actually made of squash.  So far so good in my book.  I will also post after I am done with my 30 day healthy eating and workout challenge to let you know my personal results.  And now that I have shared this with the whole wide world internet, I am hopefully going to hold myself even more accountable and make this into a success story!
     If you have any questions whatsoever about either the eating or fitness challenges, I would be happy to answer them in the comments! Have you ever done any sort of clean eating challenge or structured fitness plan in the past? I'd love to hear about your experience!
xo Hannah


  1. That fitness blender site sounds so cool!! A personal trainer husband and wife?! I think that's pretty badass.
    And this food all looks super tasty, I've found myself eating unhealthier over the past couple weeks because it's been absolutely bloody miserable here but I definitely want to get back into a healthy eating rhythm. I am definitely going to have to try whipping up something like what you have here, so yummy!

  2. Nice post dear! I do not eat meat or diary products and I usually do not eat anything I do not do myself. This means, we make our own bread, sandwich spread, our own almond/hazelnut milk etc. etc. like that you always know what you eat and there is no risk for hidden sugar or salt or fat. I believe thats the best way to stay in good shape and good health :)
    Thanks for your last comment! They always make me really happy :)
    Lots of love!

  3. Thank you for writing and sharing about this! A healthy lifestyle is something that everyone can learn from, and each person is different. I DESPERATELY need to work out more, but it's so hard to find the time. I have been making more of an effort to eat healthy, but we still tend to slip on the weekends sometimes…! Good for you for making a commitment like this!

    Allison Katelyn @ http://SimpleSilverLinings.blogspot.com

  4. Thanks for sharing Hannah! I loved reading about that part of your life. I'll be sure to check those two books and Fitness Blender out. I'd love to go a cleanse of some sorts I just need to find the right one for me, thanks for the boost! ;)

  5. It sounds great, your food looks delicious, and I love that you are focusing on losing weight in a healthy way! It's easy to go down a bad road with weight loss, and approaching it from a lifestyle point of view is great.

  6. Thanks for the great tips! I am back on a self- empowerment trip- trying to get back on track with my fitness and diet goals, thanks to a great book I just finished reading titled, " Get Balanced, Get Blissed: Nourishment for Body, Mind, and Soul" by Lynne Goldberg http://liveblissnow.com/ I will definitely check out the website you recommended and have to say that the food you posted looks super yummy! Thank you for your very inspirational post!

    1. Lynne's book sounds really good, Ashley. Thanks for sharing! I especially like the great meal plans offered here in this article. All the best to you in your health :}.

    2. Definitely going to check out the site/ book, thank you Ashley!

  7. i loved this post Hannah!! For the spaghetti squash pasta - did you buy it already shredded? and can you tell me how you cooked it? i keep meaning to try that since i've been gluten free for a few years and never buy substitute pastas but a recipe i just saw seems too complicated. anyway, this is fantastic of you!! i'm def like you where i can stay motivated so much better w/ a strict guide, esp one i dont create myself and know i can just cheat a bit on (which is 1 reason i went completely gluten free, so i never OD on french bread, cookies, etc. anymore - of course i could buy the gf versions but those are pricey so it's helpful for me). i'd love to hear which other videos you've enjoyed on that site as well & ninja-ing alone in your living room, absolutely my style too!!