WELL, HELLO MONDAY…

Make-your-monday-legendary Happy Monday!

How are you guys doing? How was your weekend? Did it go by too fast again?
Friday and Saturday we had BEAUTIFUL weather. I slept in a big after not feeling good on Thursday. I did some random things here and there, went on a walk along the water and then hung out with my siblings for dinner and a movie, since the parents were out of town.

walk-monday Saturday was pancake day, which turned into scrambled pancake day. Topped with chia seed jam and homemade almond butta – heaven. Shortly after, The Boy and I went on a long walk/hike at a park in the area. We worked on his smile for our engagement pictures. If you are a FRIENDS fan, do you remember the episode where Monica and Chandler get their engagement photos taken and Chandler can’t smile (start at 1:02 mark)?

Well, The Workout Bud is just the same. He has the best smile when he is just laughing, but anytime I say, ‘Smile’ it all goes away. We also talked about some wedding day stuff, just need to actually purchase and do more planning. Less than 50 days! We had tasty trash bowls for dinner, went on a few more walks, I read and did my chapter 3 questions for Precision and then we ended the night with Hitch.

smile I subbed a bootcamp class on Sunday morning. I had about 26 or so people in class, in a tiny little studio. We made it work and I got lots of great feedback on The Workout. I recycled my Frightfully Fun  HIIT + Isometric Workout and it turned out great. We had planned to take our engagement pictures right after class to avoid the afternoon rain, but it ended up raining in the morning.

So, instead, The Boy and I had a much needed gym date. I’d been lifting heavier the past couple weeks, but I didn’t want to move up in weight too much until I had him there to spot me. I got my squat up to 175# for reps and 155# for reps for my deadlift. I was benching 85# for reps (about 5), which is cool because my 1RM for bench this time last year was 95#. Moving on up.

muscles I planned on a healthier take on my mom’s Broccoli Cheese Chicken Casserole (which I made and tastes amazing and will be on the blog soon!), but The Boy surprised with a dinner out for salmon and fries. A celebratory dinner for being accepted as a FITFLUENTIAL AMBASSADOR! I did a little shout when I found out on Friday night. See that pretty badge on the right side! Super pumped.

Even more pumped for today. It kicks on a busy week of teaching and ends with my Bridal Shower, where I get to see my girls!! Here’s to another Monday…

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on starting…: where you are at

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fitness: one. two. three. four. five.

food: one. two. three. four. five. six. seven. eight. nine. ten.

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Fun fact: Magnolia’s are my FAVORITE flower. favorite.

Make your Monday LEGENDARY.

What was the best part of the weekend?
How will you make your Monday Legendary?

- Jen.

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FAVORITE ENERGY BOOST: ARBONNE FIZZ STICKS

If you’ve come to any of my fitness classes over the past couple weeks, chances are you’ve heard me raving over my Phenoh 7.4 + Arbonne Fizz Stick sports drink. It’s my favorite.

I shared all about Phenoh 7.4 yesterday, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to pop on over and take a peek.

I wanted to pop into today real fast and share a recipe for my all around go-to drink of choice these days, whether I’m teaching a class or trying to do a little workout planning or studying.

ARBONNE ENERGY FIZZ STICKS

arbonnefizzsticksenergy These little guys are packed with flavor, provide energy for that early morning/mid day slump, and contain no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors.

For those soda (or pop…what do we say in the Midwest?) drinkers, Fizz sticks will give you that fizzy carbonation from your Coke or Pepsi, without the extra calories and additives.

The Fizz Sticks come in two flavors, Pomegranate and Citrus, and convenient little stick packs that can easily be added to any water bottle.

Studies show that Fizz can help temporarily reduce fatigue and promote alertness and endurance. Each pack contains B vitamins and Chromium to help boost energy, along with caffeine dervived from botanical sources (green tea and guarana). The best part is that each stick boasts only 2g of sugar! A 12oz soda can contain up to 25g of sugar. Big difference!

arbonne-fizz-stick For me, the pomegranate was easy to like, right off the bat. It’s fruity and not too sweet. The citrus, on the other hand, I was told was not very tasty. The first time I tried it, I added it to a smoothie with citrus flavored superfood greens (don’t ever make the mistake of buying citrus flavor – no bueno) and pineapple. It was pretty good, but I was still a little weary of drinking with citrus on it’s own.

Enter my favorite way to drink the citrus Fizz. And it tastes a bit like lemon lime gatorade…

CITRUS FIZZ STICK WORKOUT DRINK

CITRUS FIZZ STICK WORKOUT DRINK

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine Phenoh and water in water bottle. Leave a couple inches of room at the top.
  2. Add citrus fizz stick. Let fizz for a few seconds.
  3. Add any additional water, if necessary to fill bottle.
  4. Shake. Enjoy.

NOTES

If you don't have Phenoh 7.4, feel free to sub 8oz of unsweetened coconut water, or just use 16oz of cold water + Fizz Stick.

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The 30 Day Healthy Living and Beyond Challenge (are you joining in May?!) package set provides 2 boxes of Fizz Sticks. Since coffee and soda are not recommended on the detox, Fizz sticks can quickly become your go-to drink.

The Workout Bud even loves them. He will add just the Fizz stick to water and then freeze his cup for a little bit. Slushy Fizz Freeze. Got a little ring to it right? Perfect for summer!

Speaking of Workout Bud, we measured him this morning and he has already lost nearly 3 inches in his waist and hips and 1 inch in his chest!

If you are still on the fence about joining the 30 Day Healthy Living and Beyond Challenge in May, be sure to hit up the Arbonne tab for more details. Plus, there may or may not be a little giveaway for one lucky reader that will get the detox kit at my discounted price – nearly half off!

**All opinions are my own. I was not given any compensation for writing about Arbonne Fizz Sticks. I just happen to LOVE them and wanted to share with my awesome readers!

Are you a soda or coffee drinker?

- Jen.

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