Monday, April 28, 2014

Smoothie Mix Up

I know it has been quite a few months since this blog has been updated. I do apologize for that! I've had a difficult time adjusting to life at home without internet since moving to the country. Our only internet option out there now is satellite and it costs and arm and a leg if we did go with that (which we wont, because it's way too expensive. Almost $80 a month! Crazy!!). Anyway, I usually do posts on here with photos I find on Pinterest so not having internet at home means I don't surf Pinterest constantly which means I don't usually have things to share.

In January I gave birth to our precious baby boy. You may remember my Healthy Eating During Pregnancy post from last June. Since January I've been working on getting used to the new role of being a stay at home mama. I think I'm finally getting things in a good working order so hopefully I can start a few regular posts over here now. I've been keeping my main blog, Blue Eyed Beauty Blog, updated regularly so now I hope to get this one up and going again too.

During pregnancy I gained almost 50 pounds. I didn't always eat the healthiest, and I didn't exercise hardly at all, if any, so I'm not really surprised by this. I had a fair bit of weight gain right off the bat and then I just had normal pregnancy weight gain during the middle months, then there at the end I think most of the weight just piled on quickly. I have been working on losing the 'baby weight' for about a month now. I post regularly on my main blog about my After Baby Weight Loss; usually on Wednesday the new update goes out. I'm not very good at being consistent with working out, but at least I'm attempting it!

As for healthy eating? I'm quite horrible at this now too. I just really like high fat foods and so for the last six months or so that's mainly what I've been fixing for dinner. Since March though I've been *trying* to do better about fixing slightly healthier food options. My latest favorite is to make up a smoothie after I work out. I found the photo below on Pinterset (I couldn't find an original link?) and thought it was great because it shows different ways to mix up making smoothies. I personally like to make up a smoothie I call the Strawberry Protein Smoothie which has about 6 frozen strawberries, 6 big spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt, and 1/2 cup of milk. I call it a protein smoothie because both milk and yogurt have a lot of protein in them. It's very tasty though! {Hubby says protein makes you gain weight, but so far I haven't had a problem with that, and I don't make this every day, just a few times a week.}


What is your favorite smoothie blend?

Until next time!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Swap Buttons!

If you have a exercise/fitness or healthy food blog I'd love to swap buttons with you! Even if you just post regularly on your own personal fitness journey I'd love to swap with you!

Just send me an email and I'll get your button added a.s.a.p! I will keep your button up for at least three months, maybe longer if there are plenty of open spaces. Three months for sure though!

Button size will be 100x100. I will resize your button if needed!

My email:

mrshelenstafford {at} yahoo {dot} com

Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mixing Up Your Salad

Hey guys I'm back for a short post. As you may have noticed, this blog has been very inactive lately. If anyone is interested in writing a health post on food, diet, exercise, fitness, etc. please send me an email with the topic you'd like to write about! I would love to have some posts written by you readers!

Anyway, back to the subject at hand: Salads!!!

How many of you actually enjoy salads? I have to be honest and say that I only enjoy them on occasion. They have to be a good salad too, not some crappy lettuce and dressing salad. I like it fixed up with a few other toppings such as almonds, spinach, raisins, tomatoes, croutons, cucumbers, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded chicken... and I could go on (not all in the same salad of course!).

I thought I'd share with you some different photos of salads I've enjoyed over the last few months. Get ready for your mouth's to start watering!

This salad has a nice mix of almond slices, raisins, dried cranberries, spinach, iceberg lettuce, and ranch dressing. It is probably one of my favorites to make, although I usually don't add almonds to it except for on occasion.

This salad is mostly spinach with raisins, sharp cheddar cheese, croutons and ranch dressing.

A more classic salad which consists of a nice mixture of green lettuces, beautiful cherry tomatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese with ranch (my favorite dressing if you haven't noticed lol).

Adding shredded chicken to a salad gives you some protein with your veggies. As you can see this salad has the dark green lettuce, spinach, shredded chicken, a few dried cranberries and of course, ranch dressing.

If you're looking to make a salad into a meal try Taco Salad. I usually make it up with ground beef, frito chips, lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa, black olives, red onion, kidney beans, ranch dressing, and occasionally I add spinach too. I have the Taco Salad recipe on my main blog which you should totally check out if you think most or all of those things sound good!

So there are some ideas for mixing up your regular salad to make it more tasty and enjoyable!

What are extra toppings you like to add to your salads?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Your Skin In Colder Weather

{photo via Key To Nutrition}

Hello all! I know it's been a month too many since I've posted anything here and I'm terribly sorry about's little post is more just a sharing of another great post I found via a favorite health related blog of mine: Key To Nutrition!

Brish is the beautiful author behind this blog which was formerly titled "Get A Taste Of Nutrition". I wrote a featured post on her blog last November which you can check out here. Today's post, which I'm sharing with you from her blog, is all about foods to eat to help keep your skin moisturized instead of cracked, dry, and flaky. I love how she shares lots of foods for each vitamin necessary to keep healthy skin throughout the fall/winter seasons while the weather is cooler and then just plain cold! So stop reading here and go check out her post Autumn Glow!

Monday, August 12, 2013

What is your BMI?

One of the reason I started my healthy journey was an iPhone app that told me what my BMI (Body Mass Index) was.  That night  I was in shock and sick to my stomach.  Not only was I obese, but severely obese.  This realization propelled me into the journey that I am on today.

Use the chart below to find your BMI:
Now that you know your BMI, it is important for these reasons:

If your BMI is high, you may have an increased risk of developing certain diseases

-high blood pressure
-heart disease
-high cholesterol and blood lipids (LDL)
-Type 2 Diabetes
-sleep apnea
-female infertility
-gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) 

If our BMI is not where it should be, we have to choose to make some healthy changes.  The best way to lower your BMI is weight loss.  When you lower it to normal range, you have a better chance of not getting the conditions above. 

I also know that health insurance uses this chart to determine if you are in a healthy range.  With the changes, you could be paying double or even triple the price of your insurance if you are not in the normal range. {article}  This is going to be our future, so it is important that we make healthy choices for ourselves.  

But most importantly, do it for youself.....your children.....your grand children.  If we will choose to lose.....we will be on our way to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Do some push-ups, Ladies!!!


I am going to tell you something that some of you may have never heard before!! Although if you lift weights, you are probably aware that there are some exercises that everyone should be doing! Yep! Even women!! We need to pick up the weights and lift and push!! Why? Lifting weights creates that resistance training which assists in building stronger muscles and bones and creates endurance and strength. Aside from the fact that muscle mass looks better than fat.

Surprisingly the exercise that I am talking about is push-ups!! Aside from bench presses, dead-lifts, and squats. All women should do push-ups!! Push-ups assist in building strength on your arms, chest, shoulders and even your core. Push-ups are great for the development of the pectoral muscles because they create the illusion of cleavage and help to lift your breasts.

I am a huge advocate of doing push-ups and even fit them in between cardio sessions or on chest and triceps days!! Start slow and don't overdo it, do a couple against a sturdy surface while standing.  Don't get on your knees until you have figured out the proper form and your arms are strong to hold you for the few seconds that they last.

Once you have figured out the right form, you could work toward the kneeling push-ups.  Please take a look at the following steps and try it!! With consistency and effort, you will eventually get to master your technique!! Best of luck!!

Step 1: Kneel on a mat on all fours with your knees hip-width apart. Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your fingers and wrists pointing forward.

Step 2: Feather your breathing as you lower your chest toward the floor with a through count of 10 seconds. Descend to your maximum tension point, and hold for 2 seconds. 

Step 3: Push your body back to starting position with a through count of 10 seconds, keeping your elbows slightly bent at the top of the move.

Step 4: Repeat three times without resting

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Header for the blog!

Ever since I did the makeover on Exercise Encouragement GROUP Blog I was never really happy with how the header looked. I thought it was too cluttery, but couldn't ever figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it. Well, as you will see when comparing the two photos below, I basically took the wording off the busy background and left it on plain white. I think this looks MUCH cleaner and probably more professional as well. Which header do you like better? The old or the new? Obviously, I like the new one! lol.



Also, notice the emphasis on GROUP? I wanted to change that part up a bit because this is a GROUP blog with multiple contributors and I think it's important that people who visit the blog will *hopefully* realize that fairly quickly and want to take part! :)

That's all for now. Happy 4th of July everyone!