We made it!
Spring Clean Veggie Soup
• 1 onion, cut into quarters and thinly sliced
• 1 bulb of fennel, cored and sliced
• 3 gloves of garlic, minced
• 6 cups of cold water
• 2 large tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks
• 1 yellow squash, quartered and sliced
• 1 green squash, quartered and sliced
• 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
• 2 cups of green beans
• 2 tsp. of olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and a big pinch of salt and sauté until the onions begin to brown around the edges, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the fennel and garlic and sauté another 5 minutes or so, or until the fennel is tender.
Add tomatoes and about 6 cups of cold water. Give it another pinch of salt and pepper here, then crank that baby to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add squash, green beans, and kidney beans. Simmer until veggies are tender, about 10 minutes. (Serves 6)
To Grill: Rub olive or coconut oil on pork chop, season with salt and pepper on each side. Place grill on med-high heat & grill pork chops until nicely golden on outside and slightly pink on inside. Approx. 5 - 6 minutes per side. Watch carefully as not to over cook them.
To Broil: Preheat the broiler (around 450°) to Make sure the chops will be 4-5 inches from the broiler when you place it in the oven. Brush with olive oil or coconut oil and season both sides with sea salt and pepper.
Broil for 8-12 minutes on each side.
Once the meat is finished cooking, let it rest for a few minutes and the serve with Mango Salsa.
Holiday chaos, stress and "go, go, go"!
3 tips to practice self love this holiday season
1. If it's not a HECK YES! It's a H-E-double hockey stick NO. Stay true to this. Don't feel like you have to give an immediate answer to a request, invite, or opportunity. Answer honestly, "I have to check my schedule when I return home". Be honest, however allow yourself some time to make an informed answer. Too often we respond "yes" automatically and then dread the event/invite/opportunity. Too many "Yes's" end up leaving us unfulfilled.
2. Schedule in "ME TIME" just as you would any party or event. Don't cancel on yourself. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup. 1 hour out of 24 hours. 45 minutes out of 24 hours. Those of you with kids, nieces and nephews, little brothers or sisters... remember who is watching you. You may not realize it, AND whether you like it or not, WE are teaching the future generation. They are seeing how you treat yourself and your body.
3. ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!!! By all means, enjoy yourself! This is not the time to "diet" or avoid foods. But don't eat just to eat. Eat the foods you want and skip those that aren't FABULOUS. Forget the "clean plate club". If Great Aunt Edna makes the WORST pumpkin pie in history - don't eat it. If you have to fake a plate and then toss it - do it. Why eat anything that doesn't make you salivate? What this boils down to is - no guilt. Your life - Your choice - No guilt. You have an out.... IF you do over indulge (it's okay, no judgement here) use those extra calories to FUEL your after holiday workouts -If you need ideas - ask me! That means to push like you've never pushed before. Go for those personal records, push an extra 10 seconds, embrace the burn in your muscles. Push yourself!
But most of all, I encourage you to stay true to yourself.
Be strong in your belief.
Be strong in being YOU.
I believe in you.
YOU are a BADASS.
Please know that you can always reach out to me for support. Anytime.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
- Mahatma Ghandi
Q: What are you personal health and fitness goals?
Chelle: Maintain or improve upon current level of weight loss or fitness. Bike in Italy next year with Brian!
Q: What ONE thing keeps you most focused and motivated to continue to work hard to reach your goals?
Chelle: Being able to wear the clothes I want to wear.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started with us?
Chelle: I was at a low point in terms of weight and fitness and I saw a FGNW post. Kind of a "hand of God" thing!
Q: How has FitGirls NW made a difference in your life?
Chelle: I feel strong which is new for me (I've weighed this before but have not been this strong) but better than that has been the opportunity to gain the friendship of some awesome women!
Q: What would you say to someone on the fence about making a change & committing to their goals?
Chelle: Don't be stared. Feeling badly about yourself is scarier than working out.
Q: What's the one thing in your life that has changed the most since you've joined our program?
Chelle: I can manage my "post Trump" anxiety without alcohol.
Q: If a friend was thinking about joining and asked you about FitGirls NW, what would you say?
Chelle: Try it for a month and you'll be hooked!