Day 12: Down 11.6 lbs & feeling a little sad. Whaaaat?!

image of Kristin HawthorneYesterday marked the end of my monthly visitor so I went to bed excited to wake up and step on the scale. Today is Day 12 of my new life and I’ve been so crazy proud of myself. Something in me has most definitely shifted and I feel like I’m getting to that place of being comfortable in my skin. While I feel like the outside of me is starting to change and look different, I can’t even describe how I feel on the inside. I know there’s been a lot changing and developing going on in there and I’ve felt incredible lately. Invincible almost.

Like I’ve said before, I’ve never been the type to really stick to anything when the going got tough. Or when life got in the way. Or when friends wanted to do something. I was so easily influenced and dropped what was *supposed* to be important to me at the time. I’ve given up on myself so much in the past and when I set out to make these huge changes now, I just knew deep down in my soul that the outcome would be [Read more…]

BodyBrew: A Cold Brew Coffee Maker That I’m Really Excited About!

BodyBrew Cold Brew Coffee MakerIf you’re anything like me, that morning coffee is a staple. Without fail, I have a cup of coffee (sometimes two) every morning. But have you ever thought about the positive and even negative impacts of coffee and your health? I honestly never put much thought into it until my husband began working with a new company called BodyBrew several months ago to help launch their new coffee maker that will be available very soon.

He’s been beyond excited about BodyBrew and cold brewing, and telling me about everything he [Read more…]

4 Simple Ways to Find Balance in Your Life

How to find balance in your lifeHere’s a confession for you: I’ve been slacking on the “Fit” part of my blog name. It’s been more like “FabBeauty” instead of “FabFITBeauty”. When my husband asked me to think of a name for my blog, we went back and forth with different ideas. It was important to me that the name really said who I was and what I like. I like things that are fabulous, whether it’s sparkly gems or just trying to live a good life. I love beauty tips, tricks, and products. And, I love me some good exercises!

If I’m being completely honest, finding balance in my life is tough. I like to go at things 100%, but inevitably there’s always an area in my life that suffers… and [Read more…]

My Morning Jog And Love/Hate Relationship With Running

image of a girl jogging by the beach.You know what blows my mind? How I have completed a half-marathon (13.1 miles) before, yet today I struggled just to do 2.69 miles. Talk about frustrating!

I have such a love/hate relationship with running. Well, more of a hate relationship if I’m being honest. It’s one of those things that seems impossible for me to get better at, no matter how many miles I have under my belt. Granted, I haven’t officially run in a while because [Read more…]

Dragonfly Yoga Clothing Review: Is It Really Worth It?

The new dragonfly yoga clothing line is amazing. Here I am wearing the Dragonfly shirt, jacket, pants, and holding their yoga matI’m so excited to share a new line of yoga clothing and accessories with you called Dragonfly Yoga. As you may have read previously on my blog, I was a very loyal customer to Lululemon for years and have a closet full of Lulu clothing. But then the quality went downhill in my opinion.

Who wants to spend a lot of money on yoga pants only for them to be see-through? Not this girl. Even the material on some of the newer pants didn’t seem to be as flattering as some of my pants from year’s prior.

It was a sad breakup, but I’m not into wasting money. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for my new favorite yoga clothes, but there hasn’t been any specific brand that I’ve just fallen [Read more…]

Recipe For Amazing Protein Power Balls – Kids And Adults Love Them

Protein Power Balls IngredientsWant to make the perfect snack that will fuel your body with good ingredients? A snack that your kids will eat right up and then ask for more? Seriously. My son thinks these are just unbaked cookies and I’ve never told him otherwise. You’re welcome, moms!

Here’s the short, sweet, and yummy recipe for this healthy snack [Read more…]

Need An Great Dinner Idea? Try Hawaiian Chicken with Rice and Beans

Picture of quick pineapple chicken recipeY’all, if you ever follow a recipe I post, it has got to be this one! It’s so yummy! Your husband will love it. Your mom will love it. Your cousin will love it. Your kids will love it. Your own belly will love it. You get the idea! It’s so simple and really good!

And the awesome part is that I just kind of threw different ingredients in the crockpot. You know, like world-famous chefs do (at least in my mind… but in reality I’m going to guess that [Read more…]

The 20 Best Healthy Snacks To Eat When Hungry

apples and almond peanut butter snackEveryone is always on the hunt for the best and most healthy snacks to eat in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No one wants the snacks they choose to add to their waistline, and when done correctly, snacking can actually help you to eat less at meals. The key to a healthy snack is finding one that has a good balance between protein and fiber (with little sugar).

Here are some ideas for healthy snacks that will help keep you full in between meals: [Read more…]

How to Make the Perfect Summer Salad

Image of the perfect summer saladThere’s just something about summertime, heat, and salads that goes perfect together! (And BBQ, beer, burgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, and on and on, but these things aren’t going to help trim your waistline for your bathing suit, ha, ha!) The thought of eating a hot meal while it’s 95 degrees out just doesn’t appeal to me right now. I want something cold, crisp, fresh, and yummy to fill my belly, which is why [Read more…]

A Healthy Green Protein Shake

image of the Green Protein Shake Ingredients I useProtein shakes have been all the rage for quite some time now. It’s healthy to have for breakfast, to eat after a work out, or if you just want a refreshing snack on a cool day! Just about every morning I drink a protein shake/smoothie for breakfast. It’s fast, easy, and fills me up for many hours after until it’s lunchtime. I love it!

What do I put in my protein shake?

My must-have ingredients are: Jay Robb Vanilla Whey Protein Powder, Organic spinach leaves, 1 banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and cinnamon. Seriously. So. Good.

How do I make it? [Read more…]

The Top 16 Fitness Blogs

Top 20 fitness blogsAre you looking for some fitness inspiration? Do you want to learn some new moves in the gym or while making dinner in your kitchen (squats, anyone)? Or do you just want something to read in the morning when drinking your coffee? No matter what you’re looking for, I’ve got some good reading material of my favorite, top fitness blogs for you!

I mean, let’s be honest, even the most motivated person doesn’t always want to lace up their shoes to go get sweaty and workout… Can you relate? Sometimes being in our pj’s and sitting on the couch just [Read more…]

Baked Cod with Cucumber-Mint Yogurt Recipe

Baked Cod with Cucumber-Mint Yogurt TzatzikiI’m always looking for new recipes to try when it comes to eating clean. I feel like I have my staples of meals that I make on the regular, but it’s not to change it up to avoid eating the same thing over and over. I mean, there’s only so much grilled chicken a person can eat, right?! Some times the recipes I try are not worth making again, but more often than not, my family loves the new creation.

I was craving some tzatziki, but didn’t want to have to go out to our local Greek restaurant. I’ve never made my own tzatziki sauce before, so I was a bit nervous how [Read more…]

Best things to eat before working out

healty workout foodsDoes this sound typical for you? You’re all dressed in your workout gear and ready to go sweat some calories away, but first you need to eat to give your body fuel.

If you are like me, it can be confusing to know what foods you should eat before working out. Some people really like waking up in the morning and getting right to their work out on an empty stomach, while others like to focus on carbohydrates and protein. What’s the right thing to do?

You are the only one that knows your body, so you know best. If you are one of the ones that enjoy working out on an empty stomach and feel great doing so, keep it up. It’s obviously working for you. For me, it’s a different story. [Read more…]

Clean Eating Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Clean Eating Crockpot Chicken TacosLooking for a new and easy recipe to try? Look no further! I made this crockpot chicken tacos recipe last night and both my husband and 4-year old devoured it. My son had not just seconds, but thirds. He told me that crockpot chicken tacos are his new favorite dinner. I was hoping that there would be enough leftovers for my husband and son to have tonight because I have dinner plans with some friends, but it was that good that there were no leftovers!  [Read more…]

Holiday Weight Gain

Oh, holiday season, how I love you and hate you at the same time. I love the cold weather. I love decorating for Christmas. I love Christmas music. I love how there is just a feeling of happiness in people. It feels like people walk around with a smile more often. It’s magical. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!

There are also holiday parties, delicious sweets, and lots of gatherings with friends and family, which can mean extra pounds. And extra pounds are not fun.

A scale showing holiday weight gainIt’s so easy to fall out of an exercise routine when the holidays are here. I was so disciplined prior to November, but once Thanksgiving came and went, I focused on Christmas. I had errands to run all of the time. Wrapping paper to pick out. Gift boxes to find. Trying to find the perfect Christmas presents. The list goes on and on. You know how it goes.

In all my busyness, I did not make time to exercise as religiously as I usually do. I did some yoga here and there and would go for a run occasionally, but everything was very, very random. It’s funny because it’s not like I was doing really important stuff, so not sure why I didn’t make time to fit in more planned exercise. After all, it would make eating a cookie that much easier knowing that I burned some calories off earlier in the day.

Speaking of planned exercise, I had to defer my bib for the Houston half-marathon on January 19th. That was a tough thing to do, but I just wasn’t ready for it. I ran the half-marathon last year and was prepared for it, but this year, not so much. I hurt my leg at the beginning of October and then I just slacked off once it healed. Having to email the marathon to let them know that I wouldn’t be able to run was tough. I felt like I let myself down, and I did. There’s always next year though!

Back to the holiday weight gain

Besides there being so much food, especially sweets everywhere, what about all of the alcohol (especially champagne)… Whether it was a Christmas party, happy hour, or just wrapping presents (there’s no shame in admitting that), drinks were everywhere and I happily obliged each and every time. I mean, who am I to say no to a glass of bubbly?

But while the holidays came and went, the extra five pounds I gained have not gone away. I know it’s just five pounds, but five pounds make a huge difference. It makes my pants just a tad snug… like not so comfortable anymore. It makes shirts a little more fitted as well. I don’t like it one bit. I will admit that a lot is probably in my head because I know I’m up five pounds, but still. It’s no fun.

It’s time to get back on track with running, yoga, and pilates. It’s time to just have wine on the weekends, instead of during the week as well. It’s time to eat healthy 80% of the time and leave a little room for indulgences.

You know, it’s a hell of a lot more fun to have drinks and cookies than it is to try to lose the added weight, but you have to draw the line somewhere. After all, it’s easier to lose five pounds than it is to lose twenty pounds, right? Right.