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July 11, 2017

Post Dining Dinner

So many people ask me what the BEST meal post-workout is….the truth is, it really depends on the intensity & time of your workout & what you prefer as an individual. However, I will share one of my FAVORITE meals to whip up post training sesh!

Stuffed Peppers

The Recipe:

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
Vegetable cooking spray
4 large red or green bell peppers
1 pound lean ground beef
½ cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup almonds, processed to a fine flour in a blender or food processor
1 cup grated cauliflower
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup no-sugar-added marinara sauce, such as Monte Bene Spicy Marinara

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a glass baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Cut the tops off the bell peppers. Place the peppers in a pot of salted boiling water for about 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Drain them well.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain. Mix the cauliflower into the beef, and combine with the remaining ingredients (except the marinara sauce).

Fill the peppers with the meat mixture. Place the peppers in the prepared baking dish and spoon marinara over each pepper. Cover the dish with foil. Bake the peppers for 30 to 45 minutes.

Tricks of the Trade:

Timing

I tend to eat a lighter meal before my workout, and then a heavier meal, like stuffed peppers, after my workout. I prefer to eat a snack an hour to an hour and half before I work out, then I like to refuel my body with a balanced meal about an hour after I finish my workout. This way I am never hungry or drained of energy!

Place

I like to eat at home. If I’m working in the office, I turn off my computer and have a few minutes to myself to enjoy my meal.

Why I’m Eating It

I love home-style meals; they just make you feel good. I’m a huge advocate of balancing good nutrition with real life, and these are a great hybrid of that. All of the ingredients are super good for you, it reheats well and it reminds me of momma’s cooking. You can’t beat that combo!

Hope you enjoy!

-X

July 11, 2017

Getting Back After a Setback

#fromthevault

Earlier this year I hit more than just a speed bump, I hit a full on roadblock. I trained my ass off day and night. I worked relentlessly to ensure I was fully prepared for the American Open. If you’ve been following my Snapchat, we all know what happened there. Many tears, many disappointments, and a nasty shoulder injury. After the AO I was advised to take a break from training to allow my shoulder to heal. This was truly devastating and stressful for me to accept.

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So, rather than letting all of my hard efforts go to waste, I decided to refocus my energy towards other productive goals.

I found a way to make the best of my experience and capitalize on my injury to work on other aspirations I had previously let take a back seat. 

It can be really discouraging when you’re injured, in a funk, or just not motivated for whatever reason. It’s up to you to keep consistent with your work and efforts. Life can be challenging and man can it throw you curve balls! It’s how we step up to the plate time and time again that define our success. 

I encourage all of you who may be experiencing a setback at this very moment to acknowledge it, release the blame from yourself, and set NEW goals. No one is immune to setbacks unfortunately. So if life so gently thrusts one upon you, the first step is acknowledgement. No matter how hard we fight it, there’s no putting our heads in the sand and ignoring the setback. We are capable of doing amazing things – and even more if we GROW through our challenges!

Stay Relentless,

X

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

I’d love to introduce Ryan Short, the current Company Commander of the 237th Military Police Company in the New Hampshire Army National Guard. CPT Ryan shares a similar mindset as I do and works diligently to motivate and connect with his soldiers in any way he can. One way Ryan inspires his soldiers is by writing #motivationalmonday pieces to get their mind right for the week to come. These pieces really spoke to me & I can’t wait to share them with you! Wear your pride & support our troops by snagging a limited edition Crimson iFit Vue 

Please welcome Ryan to the #BadassCommunity as he will be guest blogging for our #MondayMotivation posts (every Monday of course!)

Week #1

“It’s All The Same”

“We are always comparing ourselves to someone. Always. With that, it becomes easy to start thinking other people don’t feel like we feel, think like we think, or fail like we fail.

Humans are humans, and we’re all wired similarly. That person you’re admiring from afar, that looks like they have life all figured out, has failed like you, felt pain like you, and worried about the opinions of others like you.

The one thing we are not immune from is human nature. Once it becomes clear we are all subject to it, the fear created by comparison goes away, freeing you to confidently move forward as the best version of yourself.”

– CPT Ryan Short

July 11, 2017

Understanding Your Why

#FromTheVault

I realize that some of you haven’t been following me for very long and have missed some past pieces from my Newsletter that have really struck a chord with the Badass Body Community . I see no reason why you all should have to miss out! So, starting this week I’ll be implementing one post per week for the #FromTheVault series. These will be older posts that I’ve written that I find to be useful to look back on when I need a little kick in the butt. Hope you enjoy!

The FIRST one to surface from the vault?? Drum roll please….

Understanding Your “WHY”

Understanding your “why” for fitness will drastically increase the likelihood of you sticking with your goals, unlike the other resolution-ers who hang up their hats year after year. Most of us have had an experience where the New Year rolls around and we set a big fat goal. 

After a few months, that goal fizzles out and now we’ve suddenly become that person we hate, the person who stampedes the gym on Jan 2nd (wait a day for the hangover to subside), and then you never see them again.

If we don’t tap into “why” we are setting these goals, the chances of sticking them out until completion are slim to none. So maybe you want to make it the the Crossfit Games, maybe you want to get your mile down to 7 minutes, maybe you just want to be able to keep up with your kids, even your grandchildren – whatever your “why” is – figure it the fuck out. 

Your “why” leads your mind in the right direction. And the truth is, our minds are 100% what either leads us to reaching our fitness goals, or in the direction of that 1 time New Year resolution-er.

So, that fancy, divided tupperware you buy or the new lulu pants with a pocket for your phone won’t make a lick of difference if your MIND isn’t in check. Though it’s not pretty or sexy, and doesn’t look good in an Instagram selfie – your mind is what drives you – full force – towards SUCCESS.

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