The end of one year always brings an air of change, whether it’s in fitness, health, education, or career, I always find myself wanting to try new things. So in the spirit of trying new things, I attended my first kickboxing class with one of my beloved friends and coworkers. The first class at Title Boxing was free, and they provide the wraps and gloves, so we figured why the hell not?
For an hour long workout, time flew by. My body and mind were engaged the entire time and I couldn’t believe how great I felt. I’m not normally an angry or aggressive person, but damn did it feel good to let go of any and all negative energy that had been bottled up for awhile. Not to mention, I burned 650 calories… so that’s always a plus. I can assure you, I will definitely be a repeat customer!
I highly doubt I’m the only girl out there who loved watching Clueless growing up. The coolest thing, hands-down, was the closet simulator.
Well guess what? There’s an app for that.
I’m not kidding. It’s called Walk In My Closet. I randomly stumbled upon it and of course my inner 10 year old lit up. It is somewhat time consuming, considering that you have to take a photo of every item in your closet… But you also get to view the closets of many influential personalities. You can even sell your clothing items on it. Technology never ceases to amaze me.
I talk about The Biggest Loser a lot, mostly because it is one of my favorite shows, but also because of how amazing the show actually is. The contestants truly want to make a difference in their lives and in their families’ lives. I always get fired up to go work out after watching the show. While I do many of Bob Harper’s workouts and own multiple Jillian Michaels DVDs, I was excited to see that TBL website finally posted one of Dolvett’s workouts, his daily home routine. It’s a doozy, so get ready for it.
Click the image below to view the full workout.
I was blessed to spend an entire week at home in Arizona with my family for Thanksgiving. Normally, I only get a 4 day trip, but this year was different. While I was home, I was able to support my alma mater and attend the ASU vs. UofA football game. Sure made me a proud SunDevil Alum. I’m looking forward to my full 12 days at home for the Christmas holiday!
Backyard Quesadilla with Fiesta Fruit Salad Recipe
Courtesy of The Biggest Loser on NBC
I made this recipe for lunch today and I must say, it was absolutely delicious. As someone who has always been more keen on fruit, I can see why this dish won. If Bingo can’t taste the veggies, neither can I! All jokes aside, I do like vegetables… but it doesn’t hurt to add in some extra flavor.
For the fruit salad:
1 fresh mango, peeled, pitted and cut in ½ inch cubes
1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, sliced
½ cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon dark honey
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
For the quesadilla:
1 whole wheat tortilla
1 cup white onion, chopped
½ medium green Bell pepper, seeded and diced
½ medium red Bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 ounce chicken breast (boneless and skinless), diced
½ tablespoon cooked black beans
1 slice reduced fat Provolone cheese (I also added fat free shredded cheddar cheese)
2 tablespoons fat free salsa verde
2 tablespoons light sour cream
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the fruit. In a small bowl, stir the honey and lime juice together. Pour over the fruit and toss gently. There will be about 3 cups of fruit salad. Set aside while preparing quesadilla.
Place medium nonstick sauté pan over medium high heat. Add diced onion and bell peppers and cook for three to four minutes or until vegetables are soft, stirring regularly.
Add diced chicken and garlic and cook for a few minutes longer, stirring until chicken is just cooked and no longer pink. Add black beans and stir to combine.
Place tortilla on a sheet pan and carefully spoon the chicken mixture over it. Top with cheese and bake in preheated oven for about 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for one to two minutes. Fold quesadilla in half and cut into four wedges.
Transfer to a dinner plate and place salsa and sour cream on the side. Add ¾ cup of the fruit salad. Serve immediately.
Nutritional information (per serving):
Serving size: 404g
Fat calories 50
Total fat 6 grams
Sat fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 280 mg
Total carbohydrates 47 grams
Fiber 8 grams
Sugars 27 grams
Protein 12 grams
Vitamin A 40%
Vitamin C 230%
Malala Yousafzai. The girl who got shot for going to school.
It’s absolutely insane to me that this sort of injustice still occurs on a regular basis. At just 15 years old, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen. Her crime? Speaking up for the right of girls to be educated. Thankfully, after weeks of intensive care, she survived and can now share her story. I highly recommend picking up her book and reading up on her courageous acts. We need more women like her in this world.