Fall Fitness Update Weeks 3 & 4 and Protein Pancake Recipe

I just have to update you! The Frisky Fall fitness challenge I’m participating in is wrapping up week 4 (half way done!) and I can’t wait to share with you the green Protein Pancake recipe I’ve been making for breakfast almost every morning! 

  Fall Fitness Challenge Update (running into the sunrise) - treatswithatwist.com

Ok, so week 3 was going great. I was plugging forward. I was waking up and working out, keeping my meals straight and pretty perfect, and I was feeling positive.
Then I think the 4 week hump hit me.

I was in the car with my husband last weekend and he asked me how I think the challenge is going and if it has helped me at all. I stopped to think about it.

My response was positive. I told him that I liked feeling challenged and like I had an active goal to work towards every day, feeding the competitive side of me. I told him that I didn’t see any visible changes in body, but I felt like I was happier because I was excited and making progress internally…

Well, then the next week starts rolling (this week, week 4) and suddenly I’m not feeling as great. I’m so sore and tired yet I’m getting in my workouts. I’m feeling…f…a…t… gasp.

I’m a woman, I can’t help it. But as soon as you look in the mirror and your mindset flip flops, it hits you like a Mack truck and suddenly things aren’t so great. I start the woah-is-me mindset, getting upset over the unfavorable circumstances my hormones have left me in and how it’s not fair that I don’t see results like some women get to see results. Life isn’t fair, this I have been told since I was a small child. I am well aware.

So, I know I need to set aside ideals, hopes, and dreams that are centered around my body image. When I figure out how to do that (and thus win the Nobel Prize), you’ll know.

Not to leave you on a depressing note, I just needed to be honest, because we all go through it, and our bodies can’t always be what we tell them to be [genetics come a'callin].

 

I wanted to share with you a recipe! A fitness recipe…

My famous Vega Green Protein Pancake recipe! If you didn’t know, I have bombarded my twitter and Instagram feeds with my pancake because I happen to eat it almost every single morning. I love it. It’s well balanced, full of secret hidden spinach, dairy free, and really yummy! I’ve never had a pancake recipe turn out as well as these do with Vega, so that’s that (nope, they don’t pay me to say this, I just happen to have bought a TON of Vega after discovering how amazing it is and discovering that it doesn’t make me sick like most protein powders do, and then they gifted me some, because they’re lovely).

Vega Green Pancake (treatswithatwist.com)  

Vega Green Protein Pancake(s)
A delicious lean, green, protein packed breakfast disguised as a pancake! You can't beat that! I use Vega protein powder because it is the powder that works best for my body, but you can experiment with another protein if you'd prefer. (makes 1 serving)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 banana (approximately 3”)
  2. 1 cup spinach
  3. ¼ cup egg white*
  4. 3 Tbs. unsweetened almond milk*
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  8. 1 scoop Vega Sport Vanilla protein powder
  9. Optional nutrient additions (choose 1 or 2): 1 tsp. spirulina powder, 1 tsp. acai powder, 1 tsp. maqui powder, 1 tsp. flaxseeds, or 2 tsp. psyllium husk powder
Instructions
  1. ~In a blender (I use a Bullet blender for these, so any blender will do), first add banana, then spinach, then egg white and almond milk. Next, add the vanilla, spices and Vega protein powder. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of your blender so everything is incorporated.
  2. ~Head a nonstick skillet on medium-low, sprayed with nonstick spray (I use coconut oil). Pour your batter in for 3-4 pancakes. Let the pancakes cook until you have bubbling throughout the middle and they look cooked around the edge (appx 4 min). Flip and cook 2-3 min on the other side.
  3. ~Stack them up, top them off! I like heating blueberries until they burst and release their juices. I also love adding almond butter, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, or local honey or maple syrup. Have fun and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *if you’re not using liquid egg whites, add 2 egg whites and 2 Tbs of almond milk, then add almond milk 1 Tbs at a time as you’re blending until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. You may notice on my Instagram feed that I tend to have one giant pancake. That's just the way I roll. I love to pour all of the batter in a small skillet, making 1 big pancake. Easy.
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Fall Fitness Challenge update weeks 1 and 2

I want to update you on how the first two weeks of the fall fitness challenge I’m doing are going! Here’s some Fabulously Fit Friday for ya!  

Hey all!

So you know I’ve been doing the Frisky Fall challenge through Tone It Up, and I wanted to give you a little update on how the first two weeks went!

Well, the challenge definitely started out full speed. Because everyone has a set goal of accomplishing 100 miles by Halloween, I clocked in just shy of 20 miles for week one and I’m betting on a similar distance for week 2. When am I completing these miles? At the crack of dawn while watching the sunrise. No joke. That’s not all, of course! There are toning workouts to complete every day. And, I tried Cardio Barre for the first time…AHmazing! I love that the challenge incorporates personal challenges too, like trying new activities, meditating, cooking new recipes, and making new friends! 

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I feel amazing. I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’m exhausted but happy. I feel so accomplished and like I’m a completely new woman, and this is only week 2! 

I decided to take the plunge and follow their nutrition plan. I have my twisted logic, but it basically comes down to being fully committed to everything I do, and not wanting my own actions, or lack thereof, to be to blame in the end for subpar results. I’m not expecting to walk away from this in 8 weeks with a 6 pack, because that’s just not genetically possible for me, but I know that even if I don’t have a noticeable difference in 8 weeks, I did every single thing I could to get it.

Note though! There is no self-torture in ANY of this. I’m actually eating MORE than I’ve eaten in SO long. Crazy. I am seriously overloaded.

I have to give an amazingly special thank you shout out to some TASTY companies that sent me goodies to get me through the Frisky Fall challenge! {photos from my Instagram}

1. Vega! My favorite vegan protein company sent me a stash to keep me rolling out my green protein pancakes every morning if I so choose…which, I do…If you follow my alter-Instagram, you’ll see an overload of breakfasty goodness. My jam.

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2. Quest! Quest Nutrition Bars are the only protein bar I eat. I seriously stand by them 100% and have been reviewing their products since before they were sold in stores! That’s a true abiding love. My late-night snack or my snack before dinner (aka M4) is almost always a Quest bar. Without them, I think that I would feel some sort of dessert-deprivation. In the challenge, you’re encouraged to indulge once or twice a week, but I definitely haven’t felt that “I’m going to die if I don’t have chocolate RIGHT NOW” feeling yet because of my lovely Quest Bars. Nuked till gooey then schmeared with nut butter and I’m done. Drop the mic.

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3. Sizzlefish! I am SO lucky that I have a huge supply of perfectly-portioned high quality fish in my freezer right now. Everything from salmon to scallops and trout…my possibilities for protein-packed meals are endless. I’m so excited. There’s only so much ground beef and shrimp I can make (because I’m still in an “I want to gag” zone with chicken breasts if I cook them myself…I’ll explain another time…) before I decide to go back on an all-yogurt diet (yes, I have). So, to have a huge variety of seriously delish fish in my freezer, there are no words. And I need it all because I am eating more protein every single day, and the thought of it overwhelms me, so thank sheesh its all there and available to me. 

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Ok! Hope you’re still routing for me! Love y’all! 

 

Disclosure: this is NOT a sponsored post. I received products from Vega, Quest, and Sizzlefish as a fan of theirs and supporter of their company, and all opinions on this page and on my social media are my own. They chose to fuel me and I took them up on it, because friends are fabulous and I love that my friends come bearing food. 

Fabulously Fit Friday

It’s time for another edition of Fabulously Fit Friday

Yoga - treatswithatwist.com

{Labor Day weekend yoga}

Hey hey there!!

So are you ready for this….

I’m doing a Fall Fitness Challenge!!

Remember the summer challenge I completed? Well, Tone It Up is hosting an 8 week fall challenge, and me and my girl Rachel are totally going to kick its ass! Well…we’re going to participate to the best of our abilities. Close enough.

BTW it’s called the Frisky Fall challenge, which just curdles my blood.

So, I’m going to jump all in and do the workout challenges and the nutrition challenge, total dedication. Except, of course, when it gets too hard and I feel like sleeping in instead and eating ice cream for dinner. Those days don’t count.

So, I know what you’re thinking: But Melissa! You’ve had so many cryptic health problems and you’ve slowed down and changed your goals!

Kidding, I know you’re REALLY thinking: But Melissa! What about the TREATS?!

Well here’s your answer: Don’t worry! This place won’t change because of some silly goal I’m setting. You’ll get your treats and they’ll be FABulous. No worries.

Oh, the other answer? I’ve been actually doing better by leaps and bounds in the last 2 months, which was a crazy miracle, so I’m going to try this challenge and stop if things seem to slip south. Otherwise, I’m really excited to get back to it!

My main goal is to get stronger and leaner to feel better during yoga. My love is yoga and I want all of my actions to result in better yoga. Period. So, meditation and yoga will still be my main focus. Does the body good.

And, because of the overload of “check-ins” I’ll be doing for the challenge everyday and healthy meal choices I’ll be blabbing about, I’ve decided to make another Instagram account and keep it all there (@tiu_treatswithatwist)! So please follow my new Instagram and root me on there…or don’t, and you can just keep to my main Instagram and we’ll all pretend I’m not doing that challenge with the rest of my time. Our secret. I’ll keep that Instagram going after the challenge too, so don’t think I’m just going to abandon you in 8 weeks. I’ll probably be looking more like a FitFluential Ambassador over there anyhow.

 

What are your fall fitness goals?? I want to knowwwww!

 

Here are the treats I’ve made lately that you HAVE to check out! Love you! 

Roasted Fig and White Chocolate Ice Cream – it’s dairy-free and FAB! 

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Homemade Oatmeal Packets - gluten-free, affordable and kid friendly! 

Homemade Oatmeal Packets (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad - sweet and simple, packed with carrots, dates and coconut!

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The Green Thing – its a thang, people! 

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Acai Smoothie Bowl – antioxidant PUNCH in yo’ face! 

Acai Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)

Fabulously Fit Friday

1. Happy Fourth of July!! I’ll include some fabulously festive treats at the end of this post. But because we haven’t caught up fitness-wise in awhile, lets start there.

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2. I completed the 8 week Bikini Series by Tone it Up a couple weeks ago. Did I notice a change in my body? Honestly, no. Did I notice a change in myself? Yes! I’ve found out that for the time-being, I like waking up and working out in the mornings. And I now know that workouts CAN be short, cun and effective. I don’t need to dread and drudge to the gym. I can pull out my mat and some weights and whip out a 12 minute video workout (is it still called a “video”?) and be done before I know it! All while watching two gorgeous trainers giggle and prance on the beach.

What now? Honestly its time for a break. And I’m talking a real, strict break.

Let’s get personal.

I’ve been going through some private health problems for awhile and more and more so lately and I need to fix those. All of my workouts have been a nice distraction, but they’ve been putting my body through a lot of stress and its time to listen.

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Last week was my first week off. I limited myself to 30 minute walks and 2 yoga classes for the week. Was it hard? Yes! (Do I like asking  myself questions then promptly answering them? Yes!) I found myself thinking, “Oh! I should go lift weights because that would be fun!” or “There was an intense looking class before my yoga class! Maybe I should come an hour early next time and do that too!” or my favorite “my friend just started a diet and I should try it with her ‘for fun’”… But, as a wise friend once told me (this morning), I need to focus on ME and MY goals; this is all for the best.

To fuel my road to recovery, I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies amped with Vega protein powders and eating Vega pancakes for breakfasts. I’m also doing a 30 day green smoothie challenge and trying to eat as many whole, natural, non-packaged foods as possible (per the usual).

I’m looking into hiring a holistic nutritionist to help me too, but the one I have my heart set on is a bit out of my price-range.

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Positivity and patience will be key, so I’m trying to find my zen. I believe that good nutrition and meaningful movement (like relaxing walks and yoga) will be so helpful. Yoga has been my church lately and I always feel so positive when I leave practice.

Many of you saw my slight mentioning of my weight and pant size in this post and this is all health-related problems. I’ve been told by my doctors that I may naturally restabilize and lose the weight if I’m patient and don’t stress my body out. Well, fingers crossed!

So there you have it! A big thank you to all of my loving readers for letting me get a bit more personal and long-winded today. And a big thank you to all of my family and friends who have been so supportive lately. Finally, thank you to Vega who has been super supportive of me lately! I really love using products that are made by a company with a true heart and soul.

3. Treats!!! 

Roasted Blueberries n Cream Popsicles 

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Berry Fizz Floats 

 

Berry Fizz Floats (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Strawberry Poppy Seed Crisp with Lavender Honey Cream 

 

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Lavender Lemonade 

 

Lavender Lemonade (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Citrus Fizz Cocktail 

 

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Happy Fourth of July! Have an extra treat for me, mmmkay? 

Fabulously Fit Friday

Fabulously Fit Friday new Saucony

As promised, I started the 8 week workout challenge (Bikini Series) and we are just finishing up week 3.

I’m really surprising myself because I’m finishing everyday’s challenges, almost to 100% completion. The only days I don’t do 100% are the days that I’ve substituted the cardio or toning for a comparable class at my gym. I’m having tons of fun and it gave me a great excuse to buy new running shoes and gym clothes (shopping score!).

I went to Fleet Feet and got fitted for new running shoes as soon as I got back from Colorado and realized that my shin splints were too much to bare anymore (um, and why should I??). So, off came the compression sleeves, and out came the new running shoes. Saucony’s are what I was fitted for, for the third year in a row. Must be keepers.

This week’s big challenges were waking up early and knocking out my workouts. I made a decision that I needed to stick with the early workouts, and complete either the toning or the cardio aspects of my daily challenge before getting ready for work, leaving me with only the other half to complete after work (or during work, depending on the challenge). Although the alarm is killing me in the morning, I feel so jazzed and hyped that I’m done with my workout and moments away from protein pancake bliss, all before my husband even gets out of bed in the morning. Go me.

My dog is more than happy to snuggle up against me as I try to do abs workouts at 6am, but she’s not so excited when she figures out that that morning isn’t my “walk the dog” portion of the workout. Poor her. She’ll be fine, she forgets the second I put food in her bowl.

My husband, out of worry that I’m over-working myself (I don’t believe that I am, so please don’t worry), came up with the kind suggestion of us having a date night on Wednesday nights after my Spin class. So far, date nights 1 and 2 have been us going out for a crazy decadent dessert and glass of wine (for me, for him it’s a beer or a whiskey) after the healthy dinner I prepare. If it comforts him to take me out for a swanky dessert, then by all means, please continue to comfort. Please and thank you. 

Balance. It’s all about balance.