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#RADreboot “The Non-New Year’s Resolution Challenge”

Day 9: Everything Will Be Fine

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As you can tell by the title of this challenge, I try not to subscribe to extreme New Year’s resolutions. However this year I did promise myself one thing: I will stay in control when it comes to the things that I cannot control. I am confident that this mental shift will save me from a lot of unnecessary stress in 2014. Because let’s be honest, doesn’t everything always work out the way it is supposed to in the end? The challenge of being a human is trusting that the future’s bright even when it’s hard to see the light. Are you down to stay in control with me too RADical?

Day 10: Fine, I Will Only Drink Fine Wine!

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Outside of sweating, drinking wine is my favorite thing to do. I mean who doesn’t love a fermented grape? I mostly drink red wine, so I convince myself that my nightly glass of vino is good for my heart. And it is! Just do I really have to drink a glass every night? No! So while I will never give up drinking wine completely (until I am with child and it is the obvious option) however I am down to change things up…which is why I have decided that in 2014 I will only drink fine wine. Turning my hobby into a luxury so that drinking in moderation feels more like a treat than a cheat. Try it! So far so good here in RAD Universe.

 

Day 11: If You Did It Before You Can Do It Again

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If  you are anything like my clients (and most of America) then you may be feeling the pain (mental and physical) of getting back on your fit track. The holidays trumped the gym and eating healthy and now here we are (yes we…me included) trying to get back in the swing of things. However here is the deal: You have to be patient! Just about all my clients have said in the past 10 days: “I should’ve never fell off, now I have to start over.” Well, while this may be partially true, what is ALSO true is your#body knows wasup!!! If you did it before, you can do it again. For instance once upon a time I had accidental abs. Keyword “accidental.” I was training for my first half marathon at the same exact time I gave up drinking and meat for Lent. 40 days later abs appeared. So now that this third decade makes me fight for every form of physical fierceness possible, I always can refer to this pic. So starting the second you finish reading this: Cut the self trash talk. Find your evidence and don’t quit!!!! “If you have evidence you oughta have hope.”

Day 12: Shape Up While You Clean Up

I hate cleaning. I love to sweat. Had to create a love hate relationship in my apartment today. Multitasking at it’s sweatiest! No excuses. Make it fun and get it done.

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Day 13: The Non Cheat Treat

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Woke up with dough on my mind. I believe in cheat days because I believe in human beings. However I only “cheat” when I absolutely have to! So instead of hitting up a fast food joint for my morning meal I broke out the flour and make some healthy dough of my own. Try these easy semi vegan biscuits (semi because after I mixed all my dry ingredients I realized I didn’t have any mil…FitGirl chef fail…so I had to use almond milk…which P.S. turned out to be super RAD)! Two biscuits come in at 165 calories, 4g of fat, 5 g of protein, 29g of carbs and 3g of fiber!

Threw an egg (split), strawberry preserves and some Jarlesberg light cheese (split slice) on there for a total of 384 calories, 11 g of fat, 18g of protein,  55g of carbs and 3g of fiber! Compare this to a bacon egg and cheese biscuit at McDonald’s clocking in at 460 calories,  24g of fat, 19g of protein, 36g of carbs and 1g of fiber….P.S. Skip the strawberry preserves on the McRAD version and save 100 calories and 26g of carbs.

McRAD Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flower
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk + 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add cold butter and use fingers or a pastry cutter to combine the two until only small pieces remain and it looks like sand. Work quickly so the butter doesn’t warm up on you.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon, stir gently while pouring in the almond milk mixture. Stir until just slightly combined. It will be sticky and that’s ok.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a bit of flour and then very gently turn the dough over on itself 5-6 times – hardly knead it and don’t crazy. Over handling can lead to not so fluffy biscuits.
  6. Form into a 1-inch thick disc.
  7. Use a 1-inch thick dough cutter or a similar-shape object with sharp edges and push straight down through the dough, then slightly twist. Repeat and place biscuits on a baking sheet in two rows, making sure they just touch – this will help them rise properly. Gently reform the dough and cut out one or two more biscuits – you should have 7-8.
  8. Next brush the tops with a bit more of melted butter and gently press a small divot in the center using two fingers. This will also help them rise evenly.
  9. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until fluffy and slightly golden brown. Serve immediately. Let remaining biscuits cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or bag.

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