It’s been a little while since I posted an episode of my “Fab to Fit” series, but I discovered this hidden little gem as I was going through my video archives. What better time to showcase “How to get Motivated” than right after the New Year? Sometimes we find ourselves getting “stuck” or distracted by other activities that we have going on in our lives that we forget to focus on what’s important. Therefore, today’s post is all about getting motivated and entering the New Year with a plan!
My Steps to Getting Motivated:
1) Make a Plan
2) Set Goals or a Time Frame
3) Go into it with an Open Mind
4) Stay on Schedule – No Distractions!
5) Create a Mood Board
6) Build a Team or Partnership
7) Reward Yourself
What do you like to do to get yourself motivated?
As many of you may know, I am quite obsessive when it comes to fitness and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy appearance both inside and out is important in building self-esteem or confidence. I receive a lot of inquiries regarding my diet or fitness routine, so today’s post features a few of my top tips for shedding stubborn belly fat along with a quick abdomen workout. Let me know if you would like more “healthy habits” videos!
Beauty stems from the inside-out, and one of my favorite methods for resetting my body is juice detoxing (or cleansing). After a juice cleanse, it leaves skin looking much smoother and gives a beautiful glow that can’t be applied with makeup. Therefore, I decided to try a 5-day juice cleanse to help remove any excess toxins from the body. Although I’ve done cleanses before, a 5-day juice cleanse was a new experience and amazing to say the least.
A typical juice cleanse consists of drinking 5-6 8oz. glasses of raw juice per day, along with water and/or green tea without consuming any foods. It seems to be trending on the west coast, with brands such as the BluePrint Cleanse, Pressed Juicery, and Jugo Fresh. These companies will deliver juice directly to clients which is rather convenient. For this experience, I juiced my own natural or organic fruits and vegetables because I own a Black and Decker juicer, which worked well for me.
Check out my 5-Day Juice Cleanse experience here:
Recipe used in my Green Juice (it varies, but this is the typical one that I used often):
1 bunch of Kale
1 bunch of Romaine
1 bunch of Spinach
1 bunch of celery
2 apples (green)
Happy Friday guys and dolls. Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn’t have to be dreadful. There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory. Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind. Enjoy 😉
1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn’t always agree with your body. Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.
2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children. No? Maybe that’s just me. The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese. Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.
3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl’s go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs. Ben & Jerry’s came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt. It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.
4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce. I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food…or food, ever. A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin. You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni).
Along with the fall season upon us comes all of the tempting foods and delicious desserts throughout the holidays. Although it can be difficult to avoid stuffing your face with all of the yummy foods, I have some of my favorite slimming secrets that will help you fit in your favorite skinny jeans during the fall season. I’m not doing this because I am some sort of fitness expert, but more so to give you some insight on what worked for me in losing weight and keeping fit. Taking care of your body is imperative to your health and I believe it promotes self-confidence and beauty as well.
Tip #1: Begin your day with a lean protein shake.
Rather than bulking up on a heavy breakfast loaded with carbs, like pancakes, choose to drink a lean protein shake (like Beachbody’s Shakeology or GNC Lean Shake). It will keep you satisfied until lunch time and boosts your protein intake. Add a small fruit serving as well (i.e. a small apple or banana).
Tip #2: Eat slowly.
When you’re consuming a meal, it’s always helpful if you chew your food slowly because it gives your brain enough time to realize that you really are full. Trust me, it works. When you’re eating during the holidays, choose foods that have less oil/butter and stay away from fried foods.
Tip #3: Drink a glass of water before and after each meal.
Believe it or not, drinking a glass of water before and after each meal will also help with your “sense of hunger” and it’s great for your skin!
Tip #4: Go fishing.
Instead of eating red meat consistently, opt for fish because it’s lower in calories than other protein selections. I typically go for grilled tilapia or salmon and fill my plate with bright vegetables.
Tip #5: Soup, soup, soup.
Eating soup is beneficial because it helps you feel full longer and regulate calorie-intake. However, don’t get confused with cream-based soup which is full of fat and calories. Choose a broth-based soup and put a cap on the broccoli and cheese or clam chowder.
I hope these tips have helped you, and remember to stay away from the Halloween candy (okay, maybe a little is acceptable).
A prime factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is learning to prepare meals that are good for you; however, this doesn’t mean that you have to be a superior chef to do so. When I am preparing healthy meals for myself, I tend to focus on portion control and including plenty of colorful fruits or vegetables. One of the most recent meals I prepared was so delicious that I had to share the recipe(s) with you!
|The complete dish: Chicken breast in a Sauvignon Blanc sauce | Sweet potato mash in a bell pepper cup, honey-glazed pistachios and Brie cheese on top | Zucchini cups filled with asparagus spears and shredded carrots | Apricot relish|
|1) For the chicken breast, I sauteed garlic and onions in chicken broth with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc wine. To thicken up the sauce slightly, I added a dash of cornstarch as well.|
|2) The apricot relish was quite simple to prepare, as I chopped up some cherry tomatoes and mixed it with diced zucchini along with a splash of lime juice and apricot preserves.|
|3) To make the zucchini cups, I hollowed out blocks of zucchini with a melon-baller and threw in some cooked asparagus spears. I shredded up some carrots and placed the zucchini cups on top.|
Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’d like to bring you into my kitchen to show you what I stock my pantry and refrigerator with. Since I get so many questions about my fitness and/or meal plans, I thought this would be the best way for me to answer those questions. What better way than to bring you into my kitchen with me?? Enjoy 😉
Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section!
Check out the video here:
Today is a special day for me, as it’s my baby boy’s 1st birthday! It’s amazing to see how quickly he has grown up and I love watching him continue to grow with each day. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw the photo I posted earlier today of the birthday boy. This weekend I’ll be hosting his birthday party with a “Young Hollywood” theme. It’s fitting, isn’t it?
As for today’s blog post, I thought I would show you a great everyday lunch idea that is perfect for those of you who are on-the-go, in and out of the office, or even if you work from home.
Chicken Waldorf + Hummus Wrap and Vegetable Soup
It includes a whole wheat tortilla filled with hummus, cranberries, chicken, leafy greens, shredded carrots, tomatoes, walnuts and cucumbers. The vegetable soup is made with vegetable broth, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, carrots and lentils with a hint of curry for flavor. It’s delicious!! I also take this Beachbody vitamin/supplement with each meal. What are some of your favorite healthy foods to eat for lunch?
Don’t forget to check out my latest beauty tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/lynseeheekyeong