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Looking to burn MORE calories in your cardio workouts?

Long time no write, I know. So, to answer the question on all of your minds, No I have yet to compete in my first bikini competition. But, I will not give up! I am presently in training now and I have a new outlook and approach:-) But in other news, I joined Title Boxing Club last week and I wanted to share an article they have. 10 ways to make your cardio workouts more effective! Check it out & come back soon for more on bikini competitions and other things health & fitness related.

 

Until then,

http://titleboxingclub.com/uncategorized/top-ten-for-better-cardio-workouts/

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Meet Marzia Prince!

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Less than 10 weeks until my 1st bikini competition & training has been going great! My suit & heels came last week, as well as a Posing DVD I ordered. I also went to a competition last Saturday–boy, was that exciting! I feel highly motivated & confident that I can crush the competition, so long as I stay consistent:-) For anyone who’s looking to compete, I highly recommend going to a competition or two first before you decide. It’ll give you an idea of what the judges are looking for and you’ll be able to see what the compeition will be like. All this has been so motivating to me during this journey, as well as this IFBB bikini professional, personal trainer, and fitness model, Marzia Prince!

Marzia Prince caught my eye not only because she’s drop dead gorgeous, but because she’s a vegan bikini competitor! I have spent lots of time researching nuttition and the health benefits of eating a plant-based, nutrient dense diet. To find someone who is vegan and has gone pro is so inspiring! She has occassional treat meals, so she’s vegan about 90-95% of the time, which is exactly where I want to be soon! I am not yet vegan, but I do plan to slowly move into that direction:-)

Other things that are awesome about Marzia Prince are her love for fitness, her desire to help others, and how highly motivated she is. In addition to holding a personal trainer certification, she is also a certified nutitionist and life coach. As I complete my last 2 days of her sample workout plan*, I thought it would be fitting to spotlight her. So meet Marzia Prince, my desktop Star of the Week!

Until next week,

*Find the sample workout plan I followed for the last 3 weeks here as well as other info about Marzia Prince & a sample vegan meal plan: http://www.simplyshredded.com/ifbb-bikini-pro-and-fitness-model-marzia-prince-talks-with-simplyshredded-com.html

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Confessions of a Food Addict

I just decided to make this more than just a blog post, but to turn it into a book. Hopefully to be released in 2013.

Here is the Foreword. Read, comment, give feedback, & enjoy:-)

I love food. I don’t know what it is about eating that is so enjoyable to me, but it is. I truly enjoy to eat. And that’s not a problem. The problem is when you let food control you. When food becomes more than just a fuel for your body: when it becomes your friend, your comfort, your pain killer, THAT is when your relationship with food has taken an unhealthy twist. Here is my story:

When I was in elementary school, food wasn’t that important to me. I mean, I still enjoyed eating, but playing was my main priority. On my birthdays, I would go to McDonalds, not for the food. No, even as a kid, I knew their food was toxic. I went for the playplace. I would eat a couple fries and then go play. Every day, I ate lunch at school…quickly, so I could get outside for recess. And after school, I came home, did my homework and practiced then played outside til my mother called me in for dinner. Again, I quickly ate my food so I could get back outside. I loved to play outside. And because I was so active (between playing outside for hours each day and dancing on the weekends), I was tiny. That is, until I entered middle school.

The start of middle school meant more freedom. At my school, we had a lunch line and a snack line. And, how tempting is it for a 12 year old to buy junk food for lunch instead of a balanced meal? That’s what I did. Every day, I would have either a bagel or a Little Debbie cake with a bag of chips and a Snapple. Every day. It tasted good. I wasn’t worried about whether it was good for me or not, and no one told me, “No.”

For a year or so, I went on like this, eating crappy, maybe having a lunchable or a tray full of tater tots for lunch. I didn’t worry about my body image, and I wasn’t conscious of what was good for me, I was just concerned with what tasted good. My seventh grade year, though, everything changed.

I had been telling my bestfriend at the time for awhile that I had a fat stomach. She would always blow me off saying I didn’t. She couldn’t tell, because I never wore form-fitting shirts. One day I did. And you know what she said? “You do have a fat stomach.” That is when the dieting began. I started counting calories and doing my mom’s exercise videos on a regular basis at the age of 13 in order to lose weight. I even had meal replacement shakes some days for lunch–at 13! It didn’t last long, though. Then, I tried something new and then I tried something new….and then I tried something new. Yoyo dieting? Oh yeah. That was me. In middle school and all throughout high school. I lost weight sometimes, just to gain it back. Never reaching my goal of a flat stomach.

Then, I started college. My first semester, my eating was good for about a week, and then it was horrid. In my defense, though, all the healthy eating choices were on the other side of campus. If you go downstairs in the hall I lived in for the first two months, there was a Chinese place, A&W, a fried chicken place, an icecream shop…it’s like my university was saying, “We endorse the Freshman 15.” Did I gain weight? We won’t speak on that…but during my second semester of my freshman year, I started taking fitness classes through the Rec. Those classes changed my life. I started working out 6-7 days a week, and I drank more water, and tracked my food. I learned so much more about what it meant to truly be happy. So I was cured of my food addiction then, right? No. That’s when it began.

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Hearty Healthy Recipes for the Holidays

Here are some filling, and yet still healthy recipes that you can make during the winter months. Enjoy:-)

Delicious Lentil Soup

I had never had lentils before making this soup. I modified the recipe I found in the Daniel Fast Cookbook slightly, so here it is:

Ingredients:

3 cups lentils, soaked 2-3 hours

2 quarts water

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

3 yellow squashes, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 16 ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 small jalapeno pepper

ground pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat water in large pan, add lentils and cook covered for 20 minutes. Add salt
  2. While the lentils are cooking, heat oil in large skillet; add onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Sauté until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the softened vegetable mixture to the lentils. Add tomatoes, lemon juice and vinegar.; season with pepper.
  4. Bring to boil, then gently simmer uncovered until lentils are very tender, about 30 minutes. If the soup becomes too thick, add a little water.
  5. Before serving, check the seasoning and stir in chopped herbs.

Yield: Six to eight servings.

(Sorry, don’t have a pic of it–I ate it all! lol)

Quick & Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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1 bag of cranberries, washed

1 cup of raw sugar

1 cup of water

Add all ingredients in a pot, and boil for 5 minutes until the berries pop open.

Approximately 50 servings (1 serving=1 tbsp)

Skinny Down-Home Chicken Pot Pie

Serves 6
Calories per serving: 372

*Courtesy of Cook Yourself Thin*

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 leek, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk
2 red potatoes, skin on, diced
2 turnips, peeled and diced
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small cubes
2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into small cubes
1 bay leaf

2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
6 sheets of phyllo dough
1 tablespoon olive oil, for brushing

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Thaw 6 sheets of phyllo dough overnight in the refrigerator or one hour before using. Bring the chicken stock to a simmer and keep warm.

2. In a 6-quart pot, add the olive oil and flour, and cook until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, leek, carrot, celery, red potato and turnips, and stir with a wooden spoon, making sure the bottom does not get too dry. Add the chicken, bay leaf and thyme, and continue stirring for about 3 minutes, so that everything is coated with the flour mixture.

3. Add the warm chicken stock, stir and scrape the bottom of the pot to get all the color into the mixture and keep it from scorching. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer, covered, for another 5 to 7 minutes, until it becomes thick and the chicken is opaque. Remove from heat and reserve.

4. Meanwhile, take 6 sheets of phyllo dough and, with a knife, cut out a square slightly larger than the rim of a 9-x-9-inch cake pan and brush with some olive oil. Set aside.

5. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs from the chicken mixture and transfer the chicken to the cake pan. Top with the phyllo dough and press it down firmly with your hands. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, turning the tray around halfway through the cooking time. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, cut into six portions and serve.

References:

“”Cook Yourself Thin” Recipe Guide – MyLifetime.com.” MyLifetime.com.15 Dec. 2011..

Gregory, Susan. The Daniel Fast Cookbook. 2009 ed. Vol. 2. PDF.

Kumai, Candice, Harry Eastwood, and Allison Fishman. Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes. New York: Hyperion, 2009.

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The Plan

You’re probably wondering, “Where are the blog entries??” Well, no worries! A new blog entry and video will be posted tonight! The plan is to upload a new blog entry and/or video every Sunday and Wednesday. I want to provide you with information at the beginning of the week and then mid-week motivation to keep you strong until Saturday:-)

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Welcome!

Welcome to Too Fit To Quit! I’m Tiffany Love, and I’m here to give you health and fitness tips and advice so you can lead a healthy life. You’ll find workout videos here, discussions on emotional health, physical health, and mental health, as well as posts about eating right and staying physically active. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to bookmark my page so you always have quick access to health and fitness advice:-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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