Nov
04

Welcome to the latest Wellness Wednesday! Goodness, I’ve missed writing these articles.

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to figure out what to write about next; it’s just that most of the time it’s felt very personal. I mean we’ve chatted about my relationship with food, clean eating, and weight loss. This time I wanted to bring something educational to you! So I thought it would be fun to dive into some healthy options on what to eat after a workout. Ready?

When I first started working out reguarlily in 2008, I would focus on cardio and burning the most amount of calories as possible. Riding the elliptical was the most BORING thing on the planet but I was too intimidated to take a group fitness class or even touch the free weights. Although I lost weight doing cardio, I also lost a ton of muscle. I would exercise for 45 minutes, then go home and eat absolute junk. I literally had ZERO idea of what I should eat or HOW I should eat. And with so many ‘diets’ out there, it can certainly be confusing!

When I wasn’t seeing the results I was looking for, I finally decided to do some research which changed my entire approach to eating after working out. Another great resource was my uncle, who happens to be a personal trainer; he helped me understand what I should be eating based on my personal goals.

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Sep
09

Oh hi! Got your morning cup of joe? Good! Today I’m writing from the heart about random things including blogging and how my life has changed since I started.

But first, how are you? No really how are you doing? I’m asking because I feel like I have a personal relationship with many of my readers. Even if I can’t see you, we chat on Instagram, tweet each other, or leave comments to one another on Facebook. Believe me, I see all of your sweet social media messages and am beyond grateful for each and every one of you. Really, I am.

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Aug
05

Today’s a good day. Why? Because we’re discussing one of my favorite things in the entire world: PEANUT BUTTER.

I didn’t find out my obsession was this strong until I made the decision to taste test 14 different brands all in one day. Talk about a belly ache that I will never regret. Thanks so much to my assistant, Rose, who helped me taste and decide on which brands to talk to you about today. Her PB obsession is wicked strong.

I do want to mention that while this is a taste test, this is the AK taste test. What does that mean? Well I wanted to provide you with as many peanut butter options along with sharing brands you don’t see everywhere (but can purchase online). Some of your favorites may be missing so if you have any you truly love, please leave a comment and tell us why! We love hearing from you.

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Jul
22

Happy Wellness Wednesday. I know my WW posts have been a little scattered this Summer but I figured since my last post on Trader Joe’s was such a hit, I’d do it again! Mostly though, because I’m obsessed with Trader J. Like really, really obsessed. I could live there.

Truth: I walk 1.5 miles to get there and carry all my groceries back on an every other day basis. That’s TJ’s dedication if you ask me. It’s also because I live in the city and refuse to move my car unless absolutely necessary.

Anyway I’m here to share my (mostly) healthy list. Things without tons of preservatives and that I find myself buying frequently. I always leave the fruit and veggies out, because those are sort of just obvious. I’d love to hear your TJ favorites too! Here are mine:

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Jul
19

Well, we’re finally here! CONGRATS on making it to Week 6 of the #SummerSWEATseries. Can I just say how incredible proud we are of you? All of your Instas, posts in our Facebook group and encouragement through the series has really made it above and beyond of what we’d ever thought it’d be.

When Lee and I first had this little idea, we never EVEN IMAGINED that we’d have over 2,000 people join our Facebook group, make the meals, participate in the workouts AND inspire others. You blew us away; and for that, we thank you.

Above all, we hope that you’ve felt inspired and motivation to move your body and eat a little cleaner. Making your health and happiness a priority is hard work, but I know you can do it. You’ve come this far, so don’t turn back now!

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Jul
12

Can you believe that it’s already WEEK 5 of the #SummerSWEATseries?

I hope you’ve been loving the meal plans, grocery lists and workouts. It’s been incredibly motivating to see all of your photos in the Facebook page and on Instagram. You are seriously inspiring!

This week you can find all of your Week 5 Workouts over on Fit Foodie Finds.

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Jul
05

So who is ready for a serious detox after the 4th of July? I know I am!

I’ve been in Alabama for nearly two weeks with Tony because we’re in love and can’t get enough of eachother. Just being honest haha. In all seriousness, one of the best parts about my job is that I can work from anywhere and so this Summer I’ve been taking full advantage of that.

Of course I always make sure there is a gym nearby so I can either use my Classpass or workout on my own. Typically I’m a HUGE fan of group fitness classes because I love the competitiveness and fun atmosphere, however the #SummerSWEATseries has really changed how I workout. I don’t know about you all, but I’ve been LOVING the program we put together and look forward going to the gym every single day to work out on my own. It’s actually FUN and is starting to become a habit in my daily routine.

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Jun
28

Ready to kick off week 3 of the #SummerSWEATseries?! I know I am!

Last week Tony came to Chicago for a few of his off days and we had an amazing time exploring restaurants around the city. This basically means I ate too much pizza and skipped two days of workouts. Not a big deal since I made sure we walked at least 6 miles a day and played tennis, but I still felt like I was missing out on my normal routine. As soon as I got to Alabama I got myself back to the gym ASAP!

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Jun
21

I’m so unbelievably excited to bring you the second week of the #SummerSWEATSeries! Can I just say that I’ve been blown away by your tremendous effort and motivation?! I LOVE seeing your photos in our Facebook group and on Instagram (use the hashtag #SummerSWEATSeries).

Last week I did a few of the workouts myself. My overall favorite was the 10 to 1 lower body + abs workoutI was able to get it done in 30 minutes and was a hot sweaty mess when finished. If you follow me on snapchat (ambitiouskitch), you probably already saw me working out in my living room screaming that my ass hurt.

I just recently signed up for Classpass in Chicago, so I’ve been checking out new studios and doing workouts I’ve never done before. This coupled with the #SummerSWEATSeries workouts have left me completely exhausted. Yesterday I even took a nap for 4 hours. And I’m usually anti-naps. On the bright side, I’m definitely seeing results, especially in my legs. It’s amazing how much a week of clean eating and intense workouts will do for your body.

But let’s get to this week’s workouts because again, they are AMAZING!

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Jun
17

Hi! I apologize for the downtime on my site today. What a mess! Anyway I’m back with an epic Wellness Wednesday post that I was able to tie into the #SummerSWEATSeries. If you’re following our program along, I hope that you’ve been enjoying the workouts and meal plan. I’ve been doing my best to prep the meals and do the workouts; it’s been SO MUCH FUN! In fact, last night I made Lee’s Kung Pao Chicken and it was AMAZING; I can’t wait to have it for dinner tonight.

Ever since we started the Summer SWEAT Series, I’ve realized how much I needed to have a program that was realistic enough for me to stick to. Each and every time I’ve tried to follow a diet or meal plan, I always end up bingeing on the things I have felt were off limits. That’s why when we put this meal plan together, we thought about the foods that we LOVED to eat (including dessert!). And the workouts? Well, they’re definitely tough but the Facebook group is keeping me motivated, so thank you for coming along on this journey with Lee and I.

Even though we have planned workouts, I know that there are some days were I have a million things to do. Especially lately! And what does that mean exactly? Well sometimes I’m not able to get in a good 30 minute workout and really get my sweat on. Other times I’m traveling and don’t have all the equipment I need to make the workout as effective as it should be. That’s where this 10 minute FAT-BURNING workout comes in! I picked a mix of my favorite tough cardio and leg workouts to create an easy to follow calorie-burning workout!

Best of all you can do these moves ANYWHERE; there’s absolutely no equipment required! And trust me, this workout is going to get your heart rate up and bring it back down again quite a few times. #SWEATFEST

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