Chickpeas: The New Bread

I know, I know. Them’s fightin’ words. And no I’m not suggesting you give up bread for the rest of forever, because sometimes all you want is a nice fresh baguette and I won’t be there to stop you. BUT on the daily, when you’re trying to stay away from the processed stuff, think chickpeas.

Chickpeas are high in protein, fiber, and have a low glycemic index. They also can help lower bad cholesterol, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Want versatility? You’re in luck! You can do anything to chickpeas and they will be delicious. Seriously, anything. Don’t believe me? Well here’s about a month’s worth of recipes to start you off in one convenient list.

They can replace croutons in salads…

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Up your veggie burger game…

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Chips? What chips? You won’t need any deep fried crap when you have spicy/sweet/salty roasted crispy chickpeas.

99d4f0d254ac903d0d69e01081151384Oh you think that savory is all you’re going to get from this magic legume? THINK AGAIN!

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In conclusion, go buy chickpeas. And if your local grocery store is out, sub garbanzo beans. Either way, your life is about to change.

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also, hummus.

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WCW: Jillian Michaels

b7ece3b556b5436f592ba8d0ccab023a Jillian Michaels, for me, is up there with Tina Fey and Beyonce. She is brilliant, inspiring, has a fantastic personal brand, and is the perfect balance of positivity and ass-kickery. She’s got sass for everything. When you need to be reminded why you’re working out:

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#RealTalk

When you start thinking “oh this will be easy…” giphy-6 When you dig up every excuse in your arsenal to get out of squats…giphy-10 When there’s just… a few… more…giphy-11 I only have one of her DVDs (the 30 Day Shred), but definitely plan on getting more. Just restarted the 30 Day Shred yesterday and think I might try to keep it up during the Whole Life Challenge! jillian-michaels-700

Hot In The City

If you live in LA or know someone (at least on Facebook) who does, you know how disgusting it has been lately. We’re in the middle of a serious drought and it has been in the 100’s every day. Not so much with the making me want to go outside and run.

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Now you might be asking, “Hey, why don’t you just jump on the treadmill you own or the one at your local gym?” And my answer: I’m on a super serious budget, you presumptuous reader! And as such, the gym membership was the first thing to go.

And so, when it was 101 when I got home and my Nike coach said “go run 3miles” I was all…

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Instead, I tried two Ballet Beautiful videos on YouTube for the first time. Miss Mary Helen Bowers is NOT messing around here, people. I tried the legs/bum and arms/back videos and, while simple, make you burn. Definitely apartment friendly, no equipment needed, and once I do this a few times, I think it’s something I can do while watching TV or listening to my own music while just relying on audio cues.

And so, new plan. I will really really really really try… really… to wake up tomorrow and run while it is still a humane temperature out there. Uuuuuugh I already hate that idea. But I can do it. And then when I’m done and it’s 90 degrees at 7:15am…

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Before…

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Tomorrow I FINALLY get to start the Whole Life Challenge again, and I am so excited! I can’t wait to get back at it hard and really push myself this time. Currently watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” for about the 4th time to pump myself up, which btw if you haven’t already watched, I highly recommend!

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A little background on the Whole Life Challenge: it’s basically a gamified clean eating and workout challenge for 8 weeks. You join a team and log your points every day: 5pts for clean eating, 2pts for working out for at least 10mins, 2pts for stretching for at least 10mins, 1pt for a supplement (I will be taking fiber and B12), and 1pt for a lifestyle challenge that changes weekly. Plus, you get bonus points for every 5 times you enter a little reflection. (more on the site here)

It WILL be different tomorrow! I swear!

It WILL be different tomorrow! I swear!

Here is the “before” snapshot of my life.

Current weight: I’m going to stop you right there. This time, I will not be weighing myself. Back in February when I did my first round of WLC, I put so much pressure on weight loss and when I didn’t see results (in fact, I gained weight) I got really down on myself. But I realized that weight shouldn’t be my metric- my body should! I will be taking at least three “before pictures” tonight to compare at the end of this thing and I will tell you how I’m feeling.

Current skin: Acne on my face, neck, and shoulders. Dry skin on most of my face.

Current digestion: Not good. Bloating, gas, you name it.

Current energy: …meh? Fine I guess. I’ve definitely had more energy.

My goals: Never miss a workout! Also, never settle for the 10. Last time around, there were days when I would do a 10min workout, and that’s it. TRY to make it at least 15! Eat as many whole foods as possible, stay away from packaged. My first WLC was filled with indulgences: Larabars etc. While technically WLC compliant, I want to make an effort to not get lazy. Finally, don’t stress. I got so upset last time when things weren’t going my way. Chill out and let health happen.

Wish me luck!

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WCW: Katie Ringley

Look. At. This. Woman.

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Seriously. Look at her. 

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Her body is incredible and inspiring and why am I not doing crunches right now and eating only spinach?This is Katie Ringley and she is a total badass. Not the mass that I am personally going for, but absolutely gorgeous nonetheless. I highly recommend her profiles on all social media channels if you want that extra burst of joyous fitspo in your life! 

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Those legs, tho…

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I’d let her beat me up. Is that weird?

Oh, and have I mentioned that she manages to find incredible balance in her life and and has a fabulous sense of humor? 

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*from Katie’s Instagram

*from Katie's Instagram

*from Katie’s Instagram

She's even brilliant sweaty/post workout. Unfair.

She’s even brilliant sweaty/post workout. Unfair.

Yeah. Awesome. Follow Katie on Instagram, WordPress, and Facebook, and keep on kickin ass!

And I’m Back!

Excuses are like assholes, they’re a load of shit. 

That being said, a week and a half ago my car broke down. As in REALLY broke down. The repairs would have been more than the car was worth, so blah blah blah week and a half of chaos and here we are, finally posting something new. Leaving that behind and away we go! 

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Granted, this is my typical Sunday night “this week will be different!” bit, but I’m not about to turn up my nose at even the most fleeting glimpse of positivity. Just have to make it last until next Sunday when it starts all over again! And so- here’s my check in.

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I am SO HAPPY that the Whole Life Challenge starts this weekend. I really think I need something like that to jumpstart my fitness journey. I have been running along with my coach program, but I need more. I need to go back to eating clean. I need to strength train. With WLC, I will commit. And hopefully I can continue on after the 8 weeks and really make a habit of this. 

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So here we go, kiddos! To future- ab havin’- toned arm toting- Jen Selter butt showin’ off- me! I can do it!