Holiday Lessons Learned

I survived Thanksgiving and it was probably the best yet.  After 6 years of hosting, there have been ones more memorable than others. Some have been good and some not so much.

Last year’s by far was the worst with my emotional state and postpartum.  So, I made sure to make this year work for me!

I finally was able to let go and actually listened to what would make the day best for me.  I stopped worrying about how I could make the day special for everyone else.  This was causing me to have HUGE expectations that just seemed to never be accomplished.

Anyone relate?

In my last blog post, I walked you through my tips to having a guilt free holiday.  I’ve been doing those tips for a while, but this year I made sure to do every single one of them!

And guess what?  It worked!!!!!

I was not bloated.  I didn’t feel heavy and gross after the guest left because I ate too much. I didn’t deprive myself…I definitely enjoyed wine and dessert. It felt like a normal day of eating with a cheat included and surrounded by family.

I woke up before the rest of the family, got a killer workout in and made sure to eat right during the day leading up to the big feast.  During the meal,  I paced myself with the food, left some food on the plate, and made sure to drink water.

I enjoyed each moment and appreciated it for what it was.

When the kids were acting crazy, I took a deep breath or a sip of wine and allowed them to be…KIDS!

When I needed to wash dishes and my husband was cutting the rest of the turkey making the kitchen crowded…I took my youngest outside to get some air and play with him…he laughed and I laughed.

When my turkey pan lost its coating while cleaning it…. instead of being annoyed, I actually was relieved because now I can just buy the pan you can throw away after one use and that means one less dish to clean!

These moments and mind shifts happened throughout the day.  It made me calmer, lighter and really enjoyed all the crazy fun moments we had.

So your next holiday event, read my last blog post for tips, join our group on FB here, and think of ways to shift your mind and your expectations.

You deserve to enjoy the holidays like everyone else!

One last tip, I did a cord cutting visual (blog post coming soon) during my meditation the day before Thanksgiving and I swear it helped me to be able to finally really let go of the expectations and things that would weigh me down.

Hope my experience speaks to you and helps you in some way.

Till next time…Sparkle on!



Guilt Free Thanksgiving (or any holiday)

The holidays are here! Which means your hard work of getting fit and health can go one of two ways.  Either you keep pushing or you throw the towel out the window and start up January 1st.

I remember taking holidays as my reward for kicking my butt all year long. I  would eat whatever I wanted and not worry about portions, etc.  And then I’d feel like crap.  I’d wake up and say time to get back at it but then something would come up and I’d make bad choices again.  Day after day this would happen and I’d be in a downward spiral of eating poorly until January 1st.

Can you relate?

I’m not sure when it changed.  I do remember that I changed how I went about my day on Thanksgiving and really made an effort to enjoy the day without guilt.  Each year got easier, so I sat down to see what I do that has helped me stay on track and not gain weight to share with you.

Here is what I came up with:

Tip #1:  WORKOUT the day of the holiday.  Yes, get your butt up early and get a killer workout in.  Go for a walk after your meal.  Or get in a few exercises before bed.  But whatever you do…MOVE!

I’m an early riser so I get it done first thing and I do a crazy cardio session.  I sweat a ton and when I’m done I feel amazing.  There is something about working out hard that makes you not want to ruin all that hard work with over doing it on the food.

Tip #2:  DRINK A TON OF WATER ALL DAY.  Drink water during your workout.  Drink it after your workout.  Drink it in-between wine and coffee and other beverages.  Drink it right before you go to bed.  Just keep drinking water to stay hydrated and full.

Tip #3:  EAT LIKE IT’S A WEEKDAY.  Typically, your food celebration isn’t until the middle to late day, so make sure to eat healthy up to that point.  And whatever you do, DO NOT forgo food so you can consume the calories at the main event…this is a surefire way to over eat!

Here is what I do on holidays for food.  In the morning, I make sure to have my water, a cup of coffee and a high protein breakfast.  For this holiday, I’m thinking of having a Siggi’s yogurt w/pumpkin Cheerios or a protein shake with greens, 1/2 banana and pb.  Then I’ll have another meal, whatever I didn’t eat for breakfast with water before the main event.

The main event will consist of more veggies on the plate than anything else.  A small portion of potatoes and gravy and a portion size of turkey.  Wine and dessert will definitely be eaten by this girl in moderation and those are what I use my “cheat meal” for..

Tip #4:  3 BITE RULE.  There are a lot of options at holiday events.  So, if you want more than one option, go with the 3 bite rule.

I use this with desserts because I always want more than one dessert.  I take the one I really like and have 1/2 portion and then if I want something else, I only have 3 bites of it. If I want all the desserts, then I have a bite or 2 of each.

Tip #5:  GET BACK TO IT the next day.  So what if you blew it, didn’t get the workout in, drank too much wine and not enough water, and overdid it on the turkey, stuffing and dessert.

It’s over.


Get the workout in the next day.  Drink tons of water and get back on track with the eating.

Give yourself a break…one day is NOT going to kill your hard work.  But one long weekend will.

Tip #6:  HAVE FUN.  Holidays are supposed to be fun and let’s face it…it’s stressful.

So, to bring yourself back to the present and fun, think of something that will get you there fast!  This is a new one for me but here’s what I’m going to do when I get stressed or need a reminder.

I learned this one from a talk from Gabby Bernstein.  Say “Peace is within me” while tapping each finger to your thumb.

The other one is to make my sons laugh because their laugh is contagious and they bring me back to the present and happiness.

That’s my plan and my tips.  Try one out or all and let me know how it goes.  I’d love to know your tips, so leave them in the comments below.

Till next time…Sparkle on!


Holiday Survival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Oh the food.

Oh the shopping.

Oh the parties.

Oh the food.

All this can be a bit much and that’s why on average people gain 8 pounds from Halloween to New Years.

That doesn’t have to be the way.

I’m opening up a FREE Private Facebook group starting Monday, 11/21!

This group will be a place for you to let go and be real.  Tell us your stresses and we’ll give tips to help you through it.

The group will provide daily tips on how to keep healthy and still enjoy the pie.  There will be healthy recipes you can make for your holiday events.  We’ll be doing the squat challenge that I’m currently doing and LOVING!

And the best part is I’m giving prizes away!!!!!  What’s the holidays without gifts?!!

Want in?

Click  here  to join the Facebook group where it all happens!  Feel free to share with your friends!  The more the merrier! (and the more you refer the better chance you have at winning the prize).

Till next time…Sparkle on!


Recipe: Lentil Soup

You guys have been asking me to post more recipes to get you through the holiday season and I listened.  Get ready because a lot are going to be coming at you, starting today!

The weather is getting colder so it’s perfect for soup.  And who doesn’t love a good crock pot recipe?!

I’ve made this recipe before but I changed a few things up and it was so good I had to share.  I have left overs and will be having some for lunch today!  Yum.

Here is what you need:

  • 6 c chicken broth (I used organic for the first time and there really was a difference)
  • 1 and 1/2 c of lentils
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (I use the Dole petite tomatoes)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1 bag of frozen mushrooms (this was a game changer and it was all because I was too lazy to get fresh mushrooms…it was further in the store and I saw the frozen ones and said okay let’s try it.  It made the soup heartier)
  • 3 bay leafs
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • thyme to taste

Here’s what you do:

  1. Put all ingredients in crock pot
  2. Cook low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours

That’s it!  Simple, healthy and delicious.  Perfect for your busy days and nights.

Till next time…Sparkle on!

Recipe: Pumpkin Protein Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s the holiday season so why not make these healthier version of treats.  I make these for my little ones and they love them.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 and 1/2 c oat flour  (use what you have.  i used 1/2 c oat flour and 1 c regular flour because that’s what I had)
  • 3 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I bet pumpkin protein powder would be awesome too)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 c sugar (you can use stevia if you want)
  • 1/3 c mini chocolate chips
  • 1 c canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 c unsweetened apple sauce
  • 4 egg whites (my kids are allergic to eggs so I use Egg Replacer and follow those instructions)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in a smaller bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until blended.
  5. Scoop batter into a sprayed muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 15-16 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!
  8. Left overs keep in sealed containers.  They dry out fast so you might want to put them in the fridge.  Def can be put in the freezer too.

These have 94 calories per muffin so you won’t be overdoing it with one.  Enjoy!

Till next time….Sparkle on!

Recipe: Warm Apple Cinnamon

Recipe time!

I made this today and thought wow this is so good and so simple!

I knew I had to share because how often do we forget the simplest recipes are the ones we love and are the best for us? This one is no exception.

It satisfied my sweet tooth and help with the chill I had from the cold morning.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 apple (I used Golden Delicious, but use your favorite)
  • Cinnamon

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Cut the apple up and put in a bowl
  • Sprinkle Cinnamon to your liking
  • Heat in microwave for 40 seconds

That’s it…for real!  Try it and let me know what you think.

Till next time…Sparkle on!