Road to Fitness: Fighting the Festively Plump Feeling

I’ve really enjoyed the holidays. Turns out my pants have not, and have apparently gone on strike. It’s time to get back in the healthy swing of things BEFORE the New Year so I can be confident in my resolution (which I will reveal very soon!)

For me, the way I start my day is the way I finish it. If I wake up and start my day by eating a couple of donuts and stoping by Starbucks for a full fat Gingerbread latte I will finish it in an equally indulgent and unhealthy way. BUT – if I start my day with a green smoothie and a walk I can usually keep up the momentum.

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Luckily for me I love the taste of a green smoothie and really enjoy the process of making them! I’ve been thinking of adding protein powder to my rotation, but haven’t pulled the trigger (any reccomendations?) which is unfortunate because I know the key to maintaining the smoothie habit is mixing up your recipes.

Recently, I was introduced to Moringa, a dried leaf powder that is one of the most nutrient-dense plants in the world, AND contains protein, so I had to give it a try.

Check out these comparisons:

  • 9x the Protein of yogurt – WOOHOO
  • 10x the Vitamin A of carrots
  • 17x the Calcium of milk
  • 15x the Potassium of bananas
  • 25x the Iron of spinach
  • 4x more Fiber than oats
  • 1/2 the Vitamin C of oranges

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Moringa Powder Smoothie

They recommend that you add a teaspoon of Moringa to your drink – in my case a smoothie. The energy it gives you is amazing!!! I’m not saying it replaces my morning coffee – but the energy I get from Moringa lasts longer and is also coupled with some alertness I don’t get from my Kcups.

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Interested? You should be. Here is what you need to know: Moringa comes in many different forms, powder, tea, oil, capsules – but the powder is the right choice for me. It’s also very important that you get 100% leaf powder and avoid products that state “proprietary blend” – that’s marketing witchcraft.  Read the fine print and know what you are buying.

I use Green Virgin Products’ moringa because it comes in a resealable pouch that shuts out the light and sucks up all the oxygen inside.

I highly recommend you give moringa a try. I’m hooked!

Hey y’all: Green Virgin Products compensated us for this post, but my holiday bloat and opinions are all my own!

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Thursday Waylay – December in Atlanta

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Where to eat/drink: We’ve got some tasty news to wet your whistle just in time for the holidays! SweetWater is debuting an all-new winter seasonal from their Catch & Release lineup that just hit shelves and taps throughout the Southeast on Dec. 1. … Continue reading

High School Friends – Quantity over Quality

I don’t stay in touch with many people from high school. I’m lucky enough to have met the majority of my lifelong best friends in college and afterwards when I really had grown into my own. A lot of people from my hometown moved back after college and are still running around with the same folks – which is certainly fun to follow on Facebook – but it just wasn’t the path for me. I was excited to experience new places and start a new adventures – in fact I’m shocked that I only lived in one place (Atlanta) before settling down a bit.

However, I met my oldest and dearest friend Tony in high school, and I can’t tell you how much his friendship means to me. We have been close and loyal friends through SO many life stages together (many we don’t speak of in mixed company…), and it’s nice to have someone who knows and understands your journey from the beginning. 

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Meg and Tony

While I don’t have many friends who’ve known me while wearing braces, I count myself lucky to have him – and I think the expression quality over quantity has never been more relevant.

He recently moved out to Seattle, which is amazing since my big brother and his wife are also out there, and I absolutely love visiting them and their darling dog Tahoma – such a pretty lady.

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I got to visit Tony last week and it was SO amazing to see how he is thriving in his new West Coast home. He has lived all over the country, but it seems like Seattle is a perfect fit for him and his little family of three.

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Seattle

I don’t get to see Tony as much as I would like to, but it doesn’t make our friendship any less strong. Because, when you’ve known someone for as long as we have, you’ve already forgiven a multitude of sins and love each other unconditionally. We just pick up where we left off, which usually involved brunch and a cocktail, and keep making memories. 

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Cheers to my long distance best friend on his birthday. Love you, Toe!

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Free Community Class at Pink Barre Buckhead Tomorrow

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Pink Barre is hosting a FREE Community Class at Pink Barre Buckhead on Monday, December 8 at 12 noon! A perfect opportunity for those wanting to give barre a try and meet their newest instructor.

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

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Meg and I are taking a little hiatus from the blog today to spend time eating, drinking and hanging out with our families. But, before we log-off, we want to wish all of our fabulous readers a Happy Turkey Day! We … Continue reading

Does Your Road to Fitness need a Coach? Health Coach Giveaway

In college I didn’t exactly have the healthiest lifestyle. My metabolism was still dependable (that’s changed…) and I was naturally super active (walking to class helped!) but I ate like a pig, slept weird hours and wore flip flops in … Continue reading

A Tour Through Blogland

Part of our job as bloggers is to follow other blogs. We are pretty much addicted to our Bloglovin feed as a source of inspiration and ideas for our own little blog (and of course we love all the blanket … Continue reading

Road to Fitness: How Atlanta Fitness Experts do Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away (YAY!) and I cannot wait to stuff myself silly on turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and my all-time favorite: the MIL’s pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream! I’ve been hitting trying to hit the gym … Continue reading

A Table for One

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I rarely travel for work, especially compared to my blog partner who seems to be jet-setting every other week and often to multiple places! And when I do travel, I am usually accompanied by colleagues and we share meals together. … Continue reading

A Giveaway – Tickets to Dirty Dancing on Stage in Atlanta!

Look, spaghetti arms, tickets for the national tour of Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage are now on sale for the show’s engagement in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre! But that doesn’t matter – because the ladies of Vixen Vodka … Continue reading