Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The "Perfect" Body

Having any sort of presence on social media when you're in the fitness industry, you're completely vulnerable and susceptible to body shaming.  I count my lucky stars that nobody has attacked me, verbally, in secret behind their computer monitor, tablet, or phone, but I have seen it happen to people in the "industry" who I admire and to my friends.

Even the strongest of women I know might have a moment of weakness where they believe the trolls for a second or two.

But the biggest troll out there can actually be the person looking back from the mirror.

Just as it's not okay to shame someone else for their body, it's not okay to shame yourself.  Turn any shame that you might have about your body into something productive, constructive, and literally healthy.  Make a change to become the best version of yourself.   Stop buying into the lies that society, fashion magazines, designers, and the voices in your head tell you.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fit Con Utah - April 24th & 25th

Hey, Utah, and anyone who wants to travel, you have GOT to come to FitCon April 24th and 25th!

What's Fi tCon?  Well, it's like Comic Con, but for gym rats!!!

Seriously though, Fit Con Utah is the premier fitness, sports, and health conference in the state of Utah.  They will be bringing in the top fitness professionals that will educate and motivate the community with an overall goal to provide every opportunity to increase your knowledge and improve your desire to live a healthier lifestyle.

Fit Con Utah is packed with seminars, celebrity keynote speakers, live fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, competitions, and tons of exhibitor booths.

Fit Con Utah is composed of 2 days packed full of action: A Day of Education and A Day of Fitness. Both days will provide the people of Utah with every opportunity to learn and the participate in MANY different types of training.

Whether you are a workout fanatic or just beginning your fitness journey, Fit Con Utah has everything you need to achieve your goals.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and gather all the tools needed to become the best version of yourself.

Click here to learn more about Fit Con Utah, the speakers, demonstrations, exhibitors, and competitions, and to buy tickets!

I hope to see you there both days as I'll be working the event!  Come say hi!!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's Friday, I'm In Love: Trimr Water + Shaker Bottle

If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you'll know that I carry my Trimr water bottle everywhere.  From the gym, to the mountains where I trail run, to the office, and virtually anywhere else I go, it's with me.  I was so happy to discover this Salt Lake City based company, because I love supporting local, shopping local, and promoting local, and I've just been blown away by their product, their social media, and their marketing.  They're truly awesome.

After a successful Kikstarter campaign in 2014, the genius creators were able to launch their "hybrid bottle that combines the best features of a reusable water bottle with the functionality of a shaker bottle".  And I've got to tell you, their three years' of work is amazing.  I'll let them say it best in their own words:

What distinguishes the Trimr® Water + Shaker Bottle from other protein shaker bottles such as Blender Bottle® or Cyclone Cup®? A basic feature comparison (shown below) highlights that there are very similar feature such as they are all dishwasher safe, BPA free, fit in cup holders, have a dual purpose of being a water bottle and a protein shaker, and they all claim to be leak proof. However, there are some subtle features that the Trimr bottle has that make all the difference to the user. 
The gang at Trimr® believe that the best comparison is to look at the evolution of these three products. Blender Bottle® was the first shaker bottle on the market that solved the basic need . People needed a bottle to shake their protein on the go and the Blender Bottle delivered. Soon after a lot of companies followed suit with Cyclone cup being one of them. With time, people began to realize that the bottle met the basic requirements of many people, but fell short in terms of design and didn't cater to different segments of the market.
Trimr, Blender Bottle and Cyclone Cup
It was this unmet need that led to the development of the Trimr® Water + Shaker Bottle. Designers and athletes have long existed at opposite ends of the form/function spectrum. Designers crave beauty. Athletes demand performance. Trimr® is where designers and athletes work together. It's where form and function collide and neither is sacrificed. Our passion is matched only by our clean thinking and sharp execution. And our name—Trimr®—is a reflection of our approach: Leaner, Quicker, Smarter, and Better.
While the Blender Bottle and Cyclone Cup could be used for drinking water, their primary purpose is the blending of other ingredients with water or other liquids. The Trimr® product was designed specifically with the dual purpose in mind. It has a built in straw for convenient sipping, which is perfect for water. At the same time, the straw is large enough to easily handle a pre or post workout shake. If you still love chugging your protein shake, don’t worry because there is a chugging lid which flips open and allows for fast chugging. The Trimr® Water + Shaker Bottle is designed with an ergonomic shape for easy handling. The Non- Slip Rubber base ensures the bottle won't slide around.  When looking at these bottle side by side, it is clear that one was designed to perform with every end user’s needs in mind, while the other two address a single basic market need.
Cyclone Cup claims to provide a better mix due to its stationary Cyclone feature compared to the wire whisk ball used in Blender Bottle. The Trimr® Shaker Bottle’s design differentiates it from all other shakers through the use of a Piston-like agitator that moves along the length of the straw. This design differentiator serves two purposes. One - you won’t have to worry about losing the agitator because it is confined by the design of the straw, unlike the wire whisk ball which often gets misplaced. Two – by placing the agitator around the straw and the narrow point of the bottle, it ensures all of the mixture passes through the agitator providing extremely effective mixing power. 
I own countless Blender Bottles, one Cyclone Cup, and one Trimr.  Let me just say this....I'm cleaning out the cupboard that houses all of them.  I'm not tossing all of them...some will be good to have as back-ups, but I will always reach for my Trimr.  And you don't have to use it just for mixing protein shakes.  If you want the most beautiful water bottle out there, just remove the straw/agitator and there you go...chug away!!!
You can get yours through several online retailers, but I suggest purchasing directly from their site because you get free shipping with a purchase of $30 or more.  And trust me, you're going to want a few bottles, perhaps one of every color.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Fit Beast Feasts: Strawberry Chia Jam

I always make poor decisions around this time of year.  I seem to find the gold mine of amazing tasting strawberries at the grocery store and my eyes suddenly become far bigger than my stomach AND the produce shelf-life.

In years past, I would take my abundance and turn it into the best tasting, chunky, sweetened strawberry freezer jam.  It became so much of a tradition and "thing" of mine that I even bought a deep freezer for my garage so I didn't dominate the small kitchen freezer.  Kerr jar after Kerr jar would be filled to the brim.  Kerr jar after Kerr jar would be gifted to friends, family, and co-workers.

Bread would be baked, buttered, topped, and consumed.  In seconds.

Ice cream would be adorned.

Dad would put it on his morning Cheerios.

I'd eat it right out of the container with no other vessel than a spoon or, heaven forbid, a finger.

I'm sorry.  I won't be humble about it.  I made a mighty fine strawberry jam.

But that was years ago.  I hardly remember what it was like.  But I had a little walk down memory lane the other day when I tried my hand at a far healthier alternative.  And I won't be humble about it. I've made a mighty fine strawberry jam.

If you've committed a produce sin, like I do, and have bought too many strawberries and you fear they might spoil, don't worry, you don't many.

In a container, add slide or chopped strawberries and mash them with either a form or an immersion blender.  You'll need only one cup of berries.

To the berries, add 1 Tablespoon of organic chia seeds.  I prefer the Health Warrior Brand.  They are extremely picky about the quality of their chia seeds and I have MAD respect for their company.

Stir in 1 Tablespoon of water and, depending on the sweetness of the berries, add a small pinch of stevia.  Stir well and break up any chia seed clumps.

Store in a covered container and allow to set for approximately 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

Serve on toast, ice cream, your morning Cheerios, on a spoon, or, heaven forbid, a finger.

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

Friday, April 10, 2015

It's Friday, I'm In Love: Muscle Pharm CoCo Protein

I had just spent the entire day flying from Salt Lake City to Boston.  I was full of nasty airplane air, devoid of anything nutritional in my body, and dehydrated.  I was tired.  And as I got in his truck, my brother tossed me a carton of coconut water.  I squinted my eyes in the darkness, turned up my nose at it for a minute, and then my brain reminded me that I liked coconut.  My brother reminded me that I was probably dehydrated and told me to drink up.  After unscrewing the white top, I took an eager chug, anticipating some tropical goodness, and immediately felt like I'd just drank soapy dish waster. Was this a sick joke?

"It's good, right?".  He was smiling and happy to share it with me, so I faked a smile, nodded, and drank some more.

We had a long drive from Boston to the Essex Bay, and as we talked, I unknowingly sipped on the bottle until it was empty.  I wasn't sold.  But I was hydrated.

When we got to his house, his refrigerator and freezer were stocked with the stuff.  I still wasn't sold.  But as the days went on, as I spent countless hours out paddleboarding under the sun, expending energy and draining my body, the more and more I drank of it.  And the more and more I fell in love with it.

My brain was telling me that it wasn't good because my brain was used to the sugary and sweetened flaked stuff in a bag that made my amazing coconut cake recipe all the more amazing.  My brain didn't know the TRUE flavor of REAL coconut.  Without realizing it, I had fallen completely in love with coconut water.

I'd grab a frozen one in the morning before heading out to do beach clean up, and as it would start to melt, I'd shake up the icy shards to create a restoring slushee, and cool my lips in the summer sun.

I think that's when my love affair began.  That's when I began using coconut water as a restorative beverage after exhausting my body in physical activity.  That's when the taste became less funky and more amazing.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find that MusclePharm had created this glorious fusion of coconut water and a protein shake, called CoCo Protein.  When my friend Samantha posted a picture to her Instagram account showing off her bottle, I nearly jumped out of my skin in excitement to try it.

I immediately ordered mine from bodybuilding.com, and had to get a few of each flavor (pina colada and chocolate) to try.

There's only one thing to say:  they do not disappoint.

If you've tried coconut water in the past and have not been too keen on the flavor, PLEASE, give these a try.  You will not be let down.

They boast 20 grams of milk protein while being lactose free and gluten free, and they restore electrolytes in a healthier way than those neon colored sports drinks.

As always, this post is not sponsored.  I am not paid to write reviews, nor am I compensated in any way by MusclePharm.  I'm just an over-sharer!!

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

Monday, April 6, 2015

More Than Meets the Eye

Did you know that I have another blog?  No?  Well, you should check it out!

This girl does more than just lift weights, practice MMA, and eat clean.  I'm a huge fan of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and just about anything that makes me a calmer, more centered, better, and well-rounded practitioner of life.

You can read about my adventures and experiences in a more "zen" part of my life over at The Yoga Beast Blog.