Eat Clean Train Dirty-FREE HIIT class at Katy Trail

Harvard Entrepreneurs Team up to Offer Dallas’ Hottest Free Health Event of the Summer

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Happy Monday my lovely readers! I am so excited for this fun event on Thursday. Who doesn’t love a good happy hour workout before hitting the social scene? It can be tough to meet people who have the same interests, so we are giving you a great opportunity to do both! I have recently joined the Dallas Grit Fitness Dream Team and am proud to say we have loved getting to know our Dallas community! There’s always room for fun in fitness….I would say it’s one of the things we do best, but don’t worry, you will work up a sweat this week in just 30 minutes. Read below for a snapshot of what to look forward to on Thursday! Register below….it’s already set to be a packed house and a ton of fun! Please be sure to wear sneakers, bring a towel if you like, and plenty of water.

Megan Lyons and Brittani Rettig are teaming to up to offer an energetic evening of fitness, food and freebies!  Lyons and Rettig both left their consulting careers to start businesses in nutrition and fitness respectively.  These two are thrilled to host a free event on the Katy Trail to promote health, wellness and fun!  The first 35 guests to register and attend will receive Fabletics swag bags to go along with their free high intensity interval training workout, healthy treats and nutrition tips.

GRIT HIIT Class Description:

High intensity interval training (HIIT) class designed to push you to your max! Power through a tabata-style, body weight interval circuit that’s sure to spike your heart rate while building muscular endurance. Enjoy a jamming playlist to energize your workout and leave feeling fit and fierce!  Sneakers required; 30 minutes

Class participants must register online at: http://bit.ly/1gbNqKx

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: Thursday, July 23

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location: Katy Trail, Snyder’s Union (entrance on Carlisle Place, between Lemmon Ave. and Hall St.)

Cost: Free & open to the Dallas community

Details: Fabletics giveaways, raffles, nutrition tips, healthy treats and 2 free, 30 minute GRIT HIIT workouts:

Session 1 – 6:30pm

Session 2 – 7:15pm

About The Lyons’ Share Wellness & Megan Lyons

The Lyons’ Share Wellness offers personalized health coaching to help clients lose weight, increase their energy, and feel their best through nutrition and lifestyle.  Our clients have lost up to 100 pounds, solved chronic digestive issues, dramatically reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, and turned picky kids into healthy eaters.  Owner Megan Lyons also writes a biweekly health and nutrition column titled “Trail to Good Health” in the Katy Trail Weekly.

Megan holds a Certificate of Health Coaching/ Holistic Nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University.  She received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2012, and graduated from Harvard University in 2007.  Prior to founding The Lyons’ Share, Megan spent 5 years as a management/ strategy consultant.

 

About GRIT Fitness & Brittani Rettig

GRIT Fitness brings an innovative approach to boutique fitness by providing a customized set of energetic, music-driven classes.  It’s Dallas’ 1st and only one stop shop for Kickboxing, Dance Cardio, Hip Hop, Body Sculpt, Barre and upbeat Power Vinyasa Flow classes.  Located in the heart of East Dallas, GRIT Fitness opened to the community in January 2015.

Prior to founding GRIT Fitness, Brittani Rettig worked at Deloitte Consulting, LLC.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.  She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and numerous fitness certifications.  Rettig continues to author her leading fitness/lifestyle blog, Grit by Brit, which receives national recognition from SELF Magazine, POPSUGAR and Greatist.

To learn more visit http://www.dallasgritfitness.com or http://www.thelyonsshare.org

Transformation Tuesday: Jess’s Story!

Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to be bringing you a new Transformation Tuesday series! I love telling my story, but helping others tell theirs is WAY more fun and I hope you enjoy reading about Jess’s new journey! She has been so incredibly dedicated and she recently WON my March Muscle Madness challenge! My challengers get fitness gift cards or Bikinis when they win! How do you win? By being dedicated to checking in and having fun with your journey! Go follow Jess on Instagram, her page is Ah-Mazing!!! @curlsandsquats
My name is Jess.  I am an air traffic controller from Jacksonville, FL with two pets: Jaxon a golden retriever & Moe a calico cat.
1) What was your main motivation for making a dedicated commitment to your health and fitness?
I had a couple motivating factors for making a dedicated commitment to my health and fitness.  It first began with seeing Ariana’s constant fitness posts and seeing the very real changes in her physical appearance.  We have very similar body types and seeing her get those #ArianaAbs motivated me to focus on my fitness!  It then became personal when I was not feeling confident in my skin after my husband and I experienced our second miscarriage in the 2014 year.  We were medically advised to let my body recover again for a few months after the second loss and those few months turned into MY time to focus on becoming the best physical version of myself and aim to stop sucking in my belly!  “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday!”
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2)  How has your Beachbody program and meal plan helped you create changes to your lifestyle?
PiYo has helped me realize that reaching your fitness goals is not accomplished by just completing a 30-minute workout, but they’re reached by what you do the rest of the day!  I have increased the amount of water I drink a day and eat smaller portions.
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3) Did you have slip-ups or setbacks along the way? How did you get back on track?  
I know no perfect person.  I certainly am not perfect and that also applies to my fitness.  I have missed a couple PiYo workouts due to scheduling issues and (let’s face it) laziness but I remind myself of how getting those workouts in make me feel afterward.  My fitness planner also keeps me on track on what to accomplish on a daily basis – I am my father’s daughter and I love my check box lists!  Every day I have at least one activity to check off!
4) How has the use of an online accountability community helped you achieve your goals and stay accountable?
The use of an online accountability community has without a doubt kept me accountable and motivated.  Getting involved in monthly challenges (especially the ones that give me an opportunity to win something!) and having to check-in daily with the completed exercises give me a reason to log in to my Instagram account and scroll through so many motivating posts!  So many accounts that I follow are very consistent with their workouts and their posts always push me to get moving.
6) What is your favorite particular Beachbody workout so far?!
My favorite Beachbody workout so far is PiYo with Chalene Johnson.  She is so encouraging and makes you feel like a million bucks every time you finish a workout with her!
7) Why did you want to work with FitGirlMechanic as your coach?!
I wanted to work with FitGirlMechanic as my coach because her body type is so similar to mine that seeing her transformation photos from all of her hard work fueled my competitive nature making me think “I can do that, too!” 🙂  I also know Ariana from a few years back and I just love her heart to help others become the best version of themselves!
8) What’s something fun that your challenge has helped you achieve?!
My challenge has helped me run my third 5K nonstop!   PiYo has definitely helped increase my cardio endurance.  I needed to walk/run my first two 5Ks but this past Sunday I ran my third one nonstop and it was such an encouraging accomplishment!  It was so encouraging that after we finished I told my husband we need to sign up for a 10K 🙂
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9) What’s next and what do you plan on trying next?!
21 Day Fix is my next Beachbody program and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  My meal planning game really needs to be stepped up and I know those portion containers will help in that department.
10) We want to support you and gain inspiration from you Jess, where can we find you?!
Find me on Instagram: @CurlsAndSquats
Would you like to be featured on Transformation Tuesday! Complete a 30 day challenge with FitGirlMechanic and email me at arianamichellefitness@gmail.com!

I <3 Eggs: 13 Recipes to Blow Your Mind

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Wow, just wow. I am a breakfast whore. There, I said it. I love breakfast. I have been eating it since…(a lady never tells her age), ever single day. For me, it’s not possible to skip. It kick starts my day, helps me avoid office pastries, and late night snacking too! So I am sharing this amazing blog post with y’all to help you share in my love for anything breakfast. (We’ll start with breakfast…I promise to provide pancake recipes too)

And while I love my daily Shakeology because I am always running out the door, I still buy eggs and egg whites! Thank God! Because eggs are so good for you. One large egg has just 77 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein. The yolks contain important B-vitamins, omega-3s, and all 9 essential amino acids. Egg whites are an excellent source of lean protein. Eating only the whites removes all of the fat and cholesterol, however, you miss out on all of the other nutritional benefits. So, even if you’re limiting fat in your diet, make sure you eat the whole egg once in a while.

Egg White Breakfast Burrito
This burrito is loaded with egg whites, turkey bacon (yes, bacon!), and bell peppers to create a grab-and-go, high-protein breakfast. Get the recipe.

Healthy egg white breakfast burrito recipe with bell peppers and turkey bacon.

Herbed Poached Egg Whites on Wheat
A sprinkle of chopped tarragon takes basic egg-whites to a new level of flavor. Don’t be intimidated by poaching eggs, it’s easier than you think! This light breakfast contains only 157 calories. Get the recipe.

Herbed Poached egg whites on sprouted grain toast breakfast recipe.

 

Egg White Omelet with Mushrooms, Tomato, and Cheddar
Power-up your morning with this protein-packed egg white omelet stuffed with mushrooms and chopped tomato. Mix it up by substituting your favorite veggies, like spinach and bell peppers. Get the recipe.

Healthy egg white omelet recipe with mushrooms, tomato, and cheddar cheese.

 

Egg White Scramble with Chicken
This satisfying scramble starts your day with plenty of protein, and it’s a great way to use leftover chicken! Get the recipe.

High-protein egg white scramble with chicken breakfast recipe.

 

Spinach Omelet with Gouda
Try something a little different with this spinach and corn omelet sprinkled with flavorful smoked gouda cheese. Get the recipe.

Egg white omelet with Spinach corn and gouda cheese breakfast recipe.

 

Frittata with Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, and Parmesan
This colorful frittata is easy to make and tastes great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Swap out chard for spinach or kale if you prefer. Tastes great warm or cold! Get the recipe.

 

Huevos Rancheros
This Mexican egg dish makes a perfect weekend breakfast. In a hurry? Swap in prepared tomato salsa. Get the recipe.

 

Hummus Filled Eggs
For a filling, protein-packed snack, try hummus with your eggs. Chopped kalamata olives and smoked paprika make these taste like no deviled eggs we’ve ever had. Get the recipe.

Recipe for hummus filled deviled eggs, a high-protein snack.

 

Poached Eggs with Asparagus
The classic pairing of steamed asparagus and poached eggs makes a tasty breakfast or brunch, but we like it as a complete, healthy meal any time of day. Get the recipe.

Healthy recipe for steamed asparagus and poached eggs

 

Poached Eggs with Greens and Brown Rice
This versatile recipe can be a savory breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Give it a try, and this delicious rice bowl might become a favorite go-to meal. Get the recipe.

Healthy rice bowl recipe with brown rice, spinach, bok choy, and poached eggs

 

Salad Niçoise
We gave this classic French salad a healthy makeover! It makes a filling lunch or dinner and has only 291 calories per serving. Get the recipe.

Healthy Nicoise salad recipe with tuna, eggs, green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes.

 

Easy Fried Rice
Can something with “fried” in the name be good for you? We made it possible with this lighter version made with brown rice, eggs, chicken and vegetables. Get the recipe.

Easy fried rice recipe with chicken, eggs, and vegetables.

 

Pumpkin Coconut Custards
Step into fall with these pumpkin custards made with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a touch of coconut extract. Get the recipe.

Healthy recipe for pumpkin and coconut custard like creme brûlée.

 

Which one are you going to make this weekend? I want them all!!