You were made for this Journey….

As I was looking through old photos I stumbled across an old fitness competition photo of myself and it immediately took me back to those days where my life literally revolved around food, workouts and sleep. I ate, slept and breathed competition life….every decision was based upon whether it would affect my upcoming competition. I remember how tasking this was on me emotionally, physically and spiritually and at that time it took a toll on my relationship as well.  I had to remind myself why I was doing this, and remind myself of how strong I was, how far I’ve come to stop now, and the valuable lessons I have learned thus far.

Do you ever wonder why you chose to put yourself through an experience, a situation, or circumstance yet look back and feel so much gratitude for all the lessons that it taught you? We would not be the people that we are today if it wasn’t for the valuable lessons and opportunities of our past. Some are not so pleasant yet those seem to be the challenges that teach and mold us the most. We may not understand the “why” at that time but it certainly appears once we are finally ready to see and receive the lesson and/or experience with open arms.

I had to hold on tight during my competition days, it was a roller-coaster of emotions…up and down and then up again only to be taken back down. The whole competition road and journey is another blog post on its own, but know that regardless of my up’s and down’s and your up’s and down’s WE/I AM VICTORIOUS! Why? Because we kept going, we pressed through and received the internal medal of owning who we truly are….!!

I learned to get out there in life and strut my stuff, meaning my knowledge, my accomplishments, and experiences and my trials to help and encourage so many that were struggling in their own circumstances and give them a HUGE glimmer of hope!

OWN who you are…. your uniqueness, your trials, your victories and DON’T look back!

BE fearless in your steps and confident in your walk…you were made for this journey! – Jeanette Ortega

I was made for this JOURNEY!

I was made for this JOURNEY!

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Recipe of the Week: The Best Healthy Chocolate Brownies

The Best Healthy Chocolate Brownies

BY LORI SHEMEK PH.D.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

-Hippocrates

Craving chocolate? Bake this ultimate healthy brownie for yourself or a group!

PLUS there will be plenty to share or give away this holiday season.

INGREDIENTS
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 4 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon stevia powder
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (optional – helps the brownies rise)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175C).
  2. Mix all the ingredients together well (add in the baking soda last).
  3. Pour into 12 muffin cups
  4. Bake at 350ºF for 17 minutes.

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Recipe of the Week: Yogurt Covered-Strawberries

Yogurt Covered-Strawberries

BY LORI SHEMEK PH.D.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

-Hippocrates

Easy, Quick, Delicious, and Healthy,Yogurt-Covered
Strawberries are the ultimate guilt-free sweet treats.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Container Greek yogurt
  • 1 Fresh ripe strawberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice strawberries in half.
  2. Spoon Greek yogurt into a shallow dish.
  3. Dip strawberries in the yogurt, and thoroughly coat.
  4. Place dipped strawberries in a plastic storage container lined with wax paper, and freeze.

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21 Day Extreme Lean Halloween Challenge: FINAL COUNTDOWN

21 Day Extreme Lean Halloween Challenge

Final Cchallenge Countdown!

💥☠️💥 Keep it up challengers!! Zombie, and ghost trainers may scare you, but the thought of another Halloween costume not looking its best should send chills down your spine. 👻 BOO! 👻

Don’t forget, the 21 Day Extreme Lean Halloween participant who loses the most body weight/fat will receive a FULL REFUND for the cost of the challenge. 💰

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Animal Style… Isn’t What You Think It Is

Animal Style… Isn’t What You Think It Is

The Ways Animal Style Workouts Can Increase Gym Productivity

By Siarra T. Mong


When you see the phrase, “Animal Style,” the first thing that comes to your mind shouldn’t be a burger! Animal style workouts have been known to greatly improve core strength, and awaken rarely used muscles. Moving like an animal will awaken the beast within. By incorporating workouts on increasing range of motion, and fluidity you will add variety to your usual routine.

By evoking your primal side, you’ll be able to tone areas you never knew you could. Besides, its fun to play sometimes, and give you a new outlook on what a good workout really is. This beast inspired flow is relatively new as a workout style, but the moves are simple enough for most to incorporate into their workout. Additionally, there are modifications for those training at all experience levels.

Best for

Burning fat, igniting muscle growth, and fit in a fun, total-body workout almost anywhere

Focus

Strength, mobility, weight loss

How to do it

Perform each animal inspired exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds between them. Do three circuits total, or more if you have it in you. (total 15 minutes)

Firm Up Your Physique

By constantly moving you’ll blast away fat to chisel more toned shoulders, abs, arms, back, legs, and butt. It’s estimated that this kind of toning work can burn nearly 350 calories per hour for some. These playful moves will help warm you up thereby reducing injury during other activities.

With this kind of variety your body will never grow accustomed to your workouts. These movements promote shoulder, wrist, hand strength, core stability, and total-body mobility. Your body, and spirit will thank you for the change in your standard routine.

It’s Fun!

Many athletes, used to being constantly mentally stimulated, get bored with training in the weight room. Many get excited when we do Animal Flow training. They find it both interesting, and challenging. Animal Flow can be performed in several different ways, but the best way is to set up some music, and just practice your flows for a set amount of time.

Mobility and Flexibility

Many athletes get injured because of a lack of mobility in their joints. When a joint cannot move properly, the body compensates, and these compensations can lead to injury in the long run. Doing Animal Flow, even as just a warm-up, promotes mobility in the joints.

Rotational Stability

What sports use rotation? All of them. Many Animal Flow moves require you to stabilize your core while lifting opposite limbs. Also, the movements require you to control your body before placing your limbs back on the ground.

One of the rules of Animal Flow is that “limbs lift, and land lightly.” To follow this rule, you must have a ridiculous amount of rotary stability, because they place such a high demand on your anterior chain.

Muscle Pattern Connections

Too often in training programs, athletes perform a ton of isolation exercises for specific muscle groups, most of which offer no athletic benefits. Animal Flow requires you to train muscular patterns through full ranges of motion. Many moves require you to engage your entire posterior chain.

Training these patterns promotes better movement, which can lead to a stronger, better-communicating body. Training these patterns teaches better neuromuscular control, and helps prevent injury in athletes.

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Recipe of the Week: Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken

BY LORI SHEMEK PH.D.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

-Hippocrates

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 chicken breasts, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 1/4 c cream
  • 3/4 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • Salt, and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with 3 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Toss in 3 cloves of garlic, then chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Salt, and pepper as desired.
  4. Cook chicken until browned.
  5. Flip, and cook on the other side lowering heat as needed to cook the chicken all the way through.
  6. Add cream, and yogurt to skillet, mix well, simmer until warm, and drizzle over chicken. Garnish with fresh basil.

Serves 4