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Summer Resolutions: 4 Ways to Get Back to Achieving Your Goals

Every year I dread going to the gym and/or grocery store the first Monday in January.  Why you ask? Well I get really ticked that everyone decides that it’s their time to get in shape and they happen to be crowding MY area that I happen to use YEAR ROUND.  *sigh* I digress.  But after I unbunch my panties, I realize that these people are here for the same reason I’m here: to better themselves.  I just happened to have a head start.

Did you make a bunch of resolutions for 2017 that you’ve honestly failed to keep up since, oh let’s see, January 2nd? Most people spend time every year picking several things they want to do.

“I want to lose 20 pounds!”

“I want to quit smoking!”

“I want to save $1,000!”

“I’m finally going to pay off my (student/credit card) loans!”

Though these and many other New Year’s resolutions are good attempts at moving in the right direction, it seems that we start hard and fast, only to fizzle out by the end of week one.  Why is this? Is this because we set our sights too high? Is it because we aren’t good enough to achieve these goals? Maybe we’re meant to be fat, smoking bad parents, but I beg to differ.

I really think it’s because we put so much pressure on ourselves to be the best right out the gate. To all my marathon runners—were you able to run 21.2 miles your first day on the track? To all my fitness competitor friends—were you able to do cardio on the stair master for an hour straight on your first day? We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be the best right out the gate, which is unfair and, quite frankly, insane.  Often times people have either tried their resolutions in the past and failed, but rarely learned from their mistakes.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while hoping for different results.  Why not take a different approach to your resolutions and give yourself a break?

Here are four tips to help you get back on track and be successful in your 2017 endeavors whether that’s getting your summer body or save up for a dream vacation:

Make a Vision Board

Wouldn’t it be helpful to be reminded what your goals are every day? Vision boards are a great way to make sure that your goals are at the forefront of your mind and every choice and decision you make will help you get closer to this goal.  Vision Board parties are all the rage these days. But what is this you ask? Vision boards are pictures, words, and phrases that one has either printed out or taken from a magazine that represent the goals you have.  Studies have shown that seeing these goals visually represented increases the likelihood of accomplishing the goal.

Happy Dance Time!–Congratulate Yourself on How Far You’ve Come

Trying to lose 50 pounds? Celebrate the first five! Trying to pay off $5,000 in credit card debt? Celebrate your first $500! Everything is worth celebrating because YOU WORKED HARD TO ACHIEVE IT.  You were disciplined enough to find a way to hack away at your goal and make it more of a reality than it was five pounds and $500 ago.  The more you celebrate, the more likely you are to stay motivated and look forward to achieving more in the future.  Positive vibes only, please!

Houston, we have a Problem!—Why are you continuing to fail? Create some SMART goals

If you are trying to quit smoking, are you still going outside with your smoker friend at the bar even though you’ve told him or her that you’re trying to quit? Stop putting yourself in situations where you may fall back into old habits.  Everyone’s got that friend that never gains weight and is CONSTANTLY eating (jealous, much?), so when you’re trying to lose weight, ask that friend to try to support your decision and either pick healthier dining options you both can enjoy or maybe you limit how much you go out with that friend.  Haters are gonna hate, but they’ll hate whether you reach your goal or not, so make sure your priorities are in check!

Also creating SMART goals is important.  SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based.  Give yourself mini deadlines and make sure you hold yourself accountable. I originally start my Instagram to remain accountable for doing my workouts every day with the hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!—How partnering up will help make you more accountable

I love getting the love of my life John to be a victim—I mean participant in whatever meal plan or workout plan I’m doing.  He’s such a trooper and really tries to motivate me and remind me why I am doing what I do.  Teamwork does not have to come in the form of a spouse! If you’re trying to lose weight, start a Facebook group to help keep everyone accountable for a set period of time (a week, thirty days, etc.).  If you’re trying to save money, download the app Digit, to start saving without pinching pennies.  I love apps like Digit because it monitors my spending and assesses where it can take some dolla dolla bills here and there to help me reach my savings goal (Disney trip, wedding, etc.).

Remember, no goal is too big! Just remember that it’s ok to work towards it rather than wishing for it all to happen overnight or all at once.  Just stop, check yourself, and keep moving, no matter how much you’ve already stumbled.

As my girl Aaliyah once said “When at first you don’t succeed, brush yourself of and try again.” Get up, Buttercup, and take charge of that life you have always wanted!

How are you working on achieving your goals throughout the year? Did you fall of the bandwagon with those resolutions? 

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Online Dating 101: Which Site is Right for You?

I’m an outgoing girl if you can’t tell from my posts and page.  I find it easy to meet people and some may call me even a bit of a charmer in a room full of people. Over the years I focused on my studies but when I started grad school I was finally really ready to meet someone. But where was I going to find this tall, dark and handsome fella? People tried to introduce me to friends and family but nothing ever felt quite right.  Everything felt so passive and I am a woman who is goes after what she wants.

So I tried a new approach: I created an online dating profile.

“But you’re so pretty! You just haven’t been introduced to the right guy!

“You aren’t old you don’t need to resort to that!”

Sorry to break it to you but it’s the 21st century and I don’t know about you guys but it seems that a) it’s harder and harder to meet people even if you have a very active social life and b) if you’re anything like how I was, you’re frankly just too busy to be bothered.  Why go creep around a bar looking for fresh meat when you can Netflix and chill without someone trying to grope you?

Insert–Online Dating.  It’s a whole new world where you can meet people from EVERYWHERE, but most importantly you could meet people that live in your city that you wouldn’t normally cross paths with but could be the perfect match for you.   I was like a kid in in a candy store because I had all these eligible (and some not so eligible) bachelors to choose from! I could use an app, I could use my computer, I could be sitting on my couch looking vile and STILL find someone who might just like me for me.  I figured if they signed up they were kind of like me: interested in finding someone who shared common interests and goals, attractive, fun, and everything in between. Right?

Well, I was right and I was wrong.

I was right because there are a lot of people (I am going to go ahead and say the majority) who are interested in finding a significant other and are ready to venture into the dating world to find that special person.  I was wrong because there are definitely some of those guys (and gals) who are eh…how do you say…in it for the “cookie”.  Don’t let this deter you because most people sign up and answer the MILLIONS (total exaggeration, maybe like 50 max) of questions to try to find a person that they can share their life with.  If you pick the right site based on what you’re looking for, I guarantee that online dating can be a beautiful beautiful thing.  I had to try out a few sites but I finally found one that brought me to my fiancé.

I want to share my experiences with you so you don’t have to be afraid and you can look at online dating as an opportunity to broaden your horizons and find your special someone. So if the inevitable question “So, how did you guys meet?” is what is holding you back from online dating, let me put your mind at ease and hopefully by the end of this you’ll see that maybe that question wouldn’t be the worst one to answer if you meet your soulmate… (everything posted is a personal opinion so check out other sites if you are interested!)

 

Tinder—Jesus, take the wheel.  This site can be a hot mess or a gift from God, depending on what you’re looking for.  My mentee has met a few guys she’s had some longer relationships with here, but she was also about 20-24 when she was using it.  If swiping is your thing, have at it! I wasn’t a fan because the bios that you’re allowed to create came from Facebook (not sure if they still do now) and were too short for you to really get to know someone. I also got realllyyyyy butt hurt when I swiped and picked a guy and he didn’t swipe me back.  A lot of the folks on here are also in it for the cookie so be mindful of that.  It’s an app to help people get their feet wet in the online dating world in my opinion, but can also be a huge turnoff for some if they are not ready to hear mixed responses from other users.

Cost: Free

Usage: Mobile

eHarmony—great site…if you’re a bit older (I’m talking late twenties at the earliest up to maybe 50?).  I noticed someone of the guys and gals on here are a little more settled and hoping to find someone maybe even a little more on the conservative side.  I did go on some great dates with some nice people, but like I said I was a bit younger when I was using this one so this is definitely something that I would suggest for people in the late twenties and up.  It also cost $$$ so make sure that you’re aware of the auto-subscription renewal.

Cost: $$-$$$

Usage: Mobile and Web

Match.com—basically eharmony 2.0.  HOWEVER I met cooler guys here that were a little more laidback and the age range really was college graduate and up.  They often have Groupons available for these (especially around Valentine’s Day-subtle hint?) making this a relatively affordable means to find that special someone.

Cost: $-$$

Usage: Mobile and Web

Ok Cupid—this one was the jackpot for me.  I was on and off this site from when I was 22-25 and I loved it for a very specific reason: the questions they asked.  The questions are BIZARRE but they really let you see a person’s true character and a little more about them before you even have to send a message.  I have turned a lot of people on to this one but I think it works best in larger cities and it’s nice because if you travel for work you can try out different cities if you want a dinner date while you’re out of town. It’s also where I met my future husband!

Cost: Free

Usage: Mobile and Web

These are the apps I have personally tried but there are a BUNCH out there.  I’m not going to pretend I’ve been on all of them or think one is better than the other (well, I may be a little biased because I met my fiance on OK Cupid). Remember that it’s OK to take baby steps.  Maybe start with a free one and then move onto the paid ones once you’ve met a couple of guys/gals. I really think you should try your hand at one free on and one paid one if you’re pretty serious about finding a significant other (you’ll see a lot of people doing this, so don’t be turned off if you’re guy or gal has both! They’re just trying to increase their odds of finding the right person).

Have you tried online dating? How did you like it? Be sure to subscribe to get the update on when I post Online Dating 201: First Dates with your Potential Internet Boo!

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The Most Delicious Egg Muffin Cups

I love to cook.  That’s one of the main reasons I started this blog.  I love taking recipes and trying them out (usually with my own twist) and I love wowing others with my handiwork in the kitchen as well. Cheers to the first and best meal of the day: breakfast!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  My poor fiancé has had to learn to love it over time but I think he’s learned that eggs can be more than just scrambled or in an omelet.  One of the biggest complaints I hear from people about eating healthy, especially for breakfast, is because of time.

The first thing I want you to remember is that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Most of us work 8 hours or so and if you go to the gym for an hour, that leaves a whopping 15 HOURS LEFT IN YOUR DAY.  Once I looked at my days and weeks like this, I stopped having excuses and put in the work but came across some challenges. One challenge I had was the fact that I am always on the go with my 9 to 5 job and I really really like my sleep.  And now that I am engaged and live with my fiancé, I wanted to make sure I started us off with a good healthy meal every morning.  So I got to thinking…

…I remembered when growing up that my mom made these egg muffin cups because it seemed that my family was always on some version of the popular early 2000s diet known as the South Beach Diet.  I love the idea of the diet and still stay away from heavy carbs because MY body responds to the depletion of carbs well (please note I still eat complex carbs, I just don’t overdo it with carbs regularly and I actually really like protein and veggies).  So I searched the web and Pinterest for recipes that were similar to my mom’s egg cups and ended up creating my own after finding several recipes and combining them to make my own master recipe (MUHAHAHA!)

So below is a recipe that I have come up with over the past month or so and I think it kind of speaks to everyone and gets a lot of good protein, veggies, and fats into your body.  I usually eat two and you can add a piece of whole wheat toast and low sugar jam.  I would even venture to say that you could cut them up after reheating and stick in a tortilla for a breakfast burrito!

Check it out and enjoy!


The Most Delicious Egg Muffin Cups

Makes 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Calories: 171

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 6 egg whites (I use the one from the carton; save your shaming!)
  • 1 tsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ red pepper diced
  • ½ green pepper diced
  • ½ onion diced
  • 6 mushrooms (more if you’d like!)
  • ½ tsp of feta per muffin
  • 6 slices of uncured turkey bacon (according to my fiancé it tastes more delicious that brands like Butterball)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 12 muffin liners
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven at 400 degrees

Line muffin pan with liners and spray with cooking spray.

Beat eggs and egg whites in a bowl and set aside

Heat saucepan on medium high heat and when pan is warm add oil.  Add veggies except for spinach and sauté until soft.  Add spinach and set aside

Tear turkey bacon into pieces and distribute across all twelve muffin tins.  Add ½ tsp of feta (or cheese of choice) to each muffin and distribute veggies across the 12 muffins.  Fill muffins with egg and egg white mixture.

Bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on oven; mine likes about 25 minutes)

Cool and put in Tupperware. Reheat in the morning for a minute and a half and voila! (P.S. I have also made this in a “quiche” version where I just use a 13″x 9″ pan as well)

Enjoyed this recipe? Comment how you liked it below and stay tuned for my next meal prep post!

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What Does It Really Mean to be ‘Fit’?

“Oh hey, what’s your Instagram handle?”

“It’s @thefitbritt.”

*small chuckle while looking it up*

You probably don’t know this but I am the most fit I have ever been in my life.  I always get a laugh when I tell people what my Instagram handle is because I don’t exactly look appear to fit in the category that the world deems to be “fit”.  Did you know that there are several definitions of the word fit? And only ONE of them actually refers to one’s physical shape?

Fit (adj): of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose; acceptable from a particular viewpoint; in good health, especially because of regular exercise

Fit (verb): fix or put (something) into place

Do you see what I mean? Continue Reading →