Hitting the Reset Button.

Hello, hello!

Well, it turns out that being sick, going on vacation and then working double time to catch up leaves little room for blogging. And, truth be told, I haven’t been cooking any particularly intriguing recipes that are worth sharing with you all. The reason is because I wanted to take this week to hit the reset button on my health. First it was the holidays, and then it was the post-holiday, January cold that had me craving comfort food, but now it’s time to get back on track. For real this time.

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Reset Button.

I did a massive grocery haul the day I flew back from vacationing in Colorado and bought a ton of fresh vegetables and fruit, fix-ins for smoothies, quinoa to bulk up my salads, and plenty of protein to keep me going. I’m steering clear of buying anything in a box or bag, like cereal, crackers or pretzels, and processed foods are absolutely off limits. I know this sounds awfully strict, but for someone with zero willpower I know that it’s the only way! My drinks have been either water, tea or coffee and for dessert (not every day) has been stovetop popcorn. It’s my new favorite! And do yourself a favor – add parmesan. Total game changer.

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Reset Button.

My main rule is that the kitchen closes at 9pm. That means no late-night snacking, only drinking water and making sure my body has time to properly digest overnight. Added salt is at a minimum as well as sugar (stevia and honey only) and I’ve been relying on flavorful spices and foods to amp up my meals like olives, feta, naturally sweet bananas and unsweetened coconut. I’ve also sworn off energy and cereal bars for now and am choosing raw, unsalted nuts, whole fruit or carrots and hummus instead.

Hitting the Reset Button. | Dancing for Donuts

Finally, I’ve kicked up workout routine, doing no less than 45 minutes of cardio at least 5 days a week and toning routines every single day. Every day I try to switch it up, but doing my abs, arms, and butt routines while I watch tv definitely helps pass the time more quickly!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Reset Button.

I’m planning out meals for this week so I’ll be back with a healthy recipe in a few days! Hope you all had wonderful weekends 🙂

xo jordan

Monday Motivation.

Hey y’all!

So I totally missed out on posting my usual Friday Finds last week (’cause it was cray), but because today is the start of both a new week and a new month, I feel like now is an appropriate time for a quick check-in. I was talking to a friend over coffee this morning about how January felt like a month of clarity almost, like all the chaos was just to get us pointed in the right direction for the rest of 2016. I don’t know about you, but I feel more motivated and focused than ever, and I can’t wait to see what February brings!

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Motivation.

As for workouts, I tried a new class at a local studio here called FLIGHT and looooooooved it. It’s a mix of dance, cardio and yoga all set to EDM music and i literally couldn’t walk for 3 days afterwards. I’m totally hooked though, I’ve already gotten my 5-class pack and can’t wait to go back! I’m also loving the recent workouts from the Tone It Up girls like the one below. I still have a few leftover pounds from the holidays to get rid of if ya know what I’m sayin…

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Motivation.

And as per usual, here are some interesting links from around the web! I can’t wait to start my Valentine’s Day baking 😉

Baking Basics: Room Temperature Ingredients Make a Difference – I need to get better about remembering this.

10 Better Ways to Eat Veggies – for that leftover holiday weight I was mentioning…

14 Celebrity Diet Tips – preach, Jennifer Hudson.

The Ultimate Guide to All-Day Snacking – am I the only one who needs to eat every 2 hours?

How to Cook the Sweetest Sweet Potatoes – on a sweet po kick these days.

 7 Quick Tips that Made me Eat More Healthfully & Save Money – THANK YOU.

The Ultimate Healthy Pancake Round-Up – because every day should feel like a Sunday.

5 Small Things You Can Do While Dinner is Cooking – I swear by all of these.

Have a great week!!!

xo Jordan

3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Heeeeeey, Monday.

I actually woke up this morning to find out that I got called off work (WHAT?!), so today is more like a Sunday for me. But! For those of you who don’t have the day to catch up on errands and blog post, I’m here to bring you some light reading and share some easy ways to make your morning feel  like a fresh, positive start to the day no matter what.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Perk Up Your Morning Joe. Can I tell you I made THE best cup of coffee today?! I’ve been buying this ridiculously cheap coffee since my trip to Austin back in June (that’s what they had at our AirBnB) and I’m obsessed. It’s extremely strong, so I use exactly 2 tablespoons for about 2 mugs of coffee, and that’s literally how I measure it…I fill 2 mugs and pour them in. Works like a charm. Then, and here’s the really good part, I put in a couple shakes of ground cinnamon, a shake of ground ginger, and a shake of nutmeg. Trust me on this, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Oh, and I do this all year round, not just in the fall when people are obsessed with pumpkin spice. Plus, cinnamon is crazy good for you. Do ettttttttt.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Have a Real Breakfast. Now I know y’all have heard this one many times before, but having a breakfast with real foods is so important to not only your health but also your mind. Having nutrients found in veggies, fruits, whole grains, and protein can kick start your brain to boost productivity and fuel you for the day ahead. Lately I’ve been making a 1 egg-2 egg white omelette and topping it with black beans and salsa (not the prettiest breakfast ever, but you get the gist). I find that on days that I eat non-processed foods, I have more energy for work or the gym, crave sugary foods less, and stay full for longer.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Set Yourself Up for Success. So this last one is really different for everyone, depending upon what your day looks like and what you want to accomplish. But whatever that may be, write it down. Make a to-do list, write out a schedule, and put it in your planner. If you can see exactly what needs to be done, you can get yourself ready and set aside the time to do it. Not to mention you’re more likely to remember something once you write it down. I live by my iCalendar and planner. So today, for example, I’ve written down “homework, gym, groceries, blog, and clean bathroom.” Isn’t my life grand?! But hey, a day off’s a day off.

Well I’m off to tackle that list ^ but I hope you all have wonderful days!!

xo Jordan

Monday Moves.

Gooooooood morning!

After a weekend of school work, and definitely some play, I don’t know how ready I am that it’s Monday again, but alas I have no choice.

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Moves.

I’ve been meaning to check in with you all about my workouts these days, because as much as I am a woman of routine, I’ve been switching it up quite a bit. I try to not do the same cardio combination every single day (like I used to) and have recently branched out into the stairmaster… *GASP*

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Moves.

I’ve been doing 10 minutes of the “calorie burner” after other cardio and it’s been kicking. my. booty.

I’ve also been trying out circuit workouts about once a week when I’m in need of a change. I’ll do 10 minutes of cardio on the elliptical or treadmill and then do circuits three times for a total of 30 minutes (with water breaks).

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Moves.

These are SO great for working different muscles than usual, I can’t tell you how sore I was after the first couple of times I did these.

Also, my new crunches song is Hailee Steinfeld’s new single “Love Myself.” I’m trying so hard to not overplay it buts it’s reallyyyyyy hard. In any case, this song has the perfect tempo for an ab workout. I just do different ab exercises for the whole song and I’m good to go!

Have a great Monday, y’all 🙂

xo Jordan

Monday Motivation & Inspiration.

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend 🙂

I wanted to take a break from posting a recipe today, mostly because I’m sure everyone is struggling with going back to reality after a holiday, and I know I could use a little inspiration myself.

Sometimes I think the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind.  It’s easy to schedule workouts and buy vegetables, but the challenge is really staying positive when things don’t go your way, or the universe throws things at you that don’t fit with your plans.

One of my favorite ways to ward off negativity, besides doing some kick-my-ass cardio of course, is focusing on my bigger goals. I know that if I keep working hard towards the things that matter to me, nothing can stand in my way. Totally aware of how cheesy that sounds, but I swear that if you refuse to give up, some amazing things can and will happen.

And, no matter how shitty things may seem, everything absolutely happens for a reason. If something or someone is threatening to steal your positivity, take it back. Everything works itself out in the end, and taking things day by day will make you realize that it does get better.

Surround yourself with things that make you happy. Getting outside is a guaranteed way to boost your mood, it’s been scientifically proven! Plus, you’ll get some Vitamin D, which is an added, but necessary, bonus.

Last but not least, don’t forget to treat yourself. There’s nothing out there a scoop of ice cream or chocolate chip cookie can’t fix 😉

Be back soon!

xo Jord