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Your Path Leads To A Better Path

6 Oct

Ever look at your day and say, “Well, that didn’t go as planned!” We have all been there, especially with the advent of social media, allowing instant comparisons of our lives and where we should be. It is easy to feel less-then like you drove into a ditch or, elitist and condescending if you dug your heels in early, riding smoothly on the “right path.”

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My life has been one of very exciting ups and terrible lows and it has truly made me who I am in all my glory (take that for what it is haha). But I am proud to say, my resilience is at its peak and it will not waver. However, I do sometimes compare my life at this point in my thirties and feel like I’m not alone in being affected by the “less than/more than” culture in which we live.

I grew up in a small, quiet town in Cleveland, Ohio with parents who are still married along with a younger brother and younger sister. We had good times and not so good times but overall, I know everyone does the best they can with what they have. I was inherently a perfectionist, wanting to have the best grades, appear the skinniest and be the best. Unfortunately, this came at a cost. I fell to the despair of eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

Pictured: A couple years before my issues arose.

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On the outside, I held it together, being “normal” with boyfriends, friends, getting straight A’s in middle school, high school and college, competing as a dancer and cheerleader, being involved in extracurricular sports, placing in writing competitions, and more. More so, I became a certified fitness instructor my freshman year of college. I wanted to be an entertainment reporter so I was accepted into a top two journalism school in the country. I also had fun. Lots of it. But I also would have horrible relapses with my eating disorders starting at 13 years old and with bouts of depression and anxiety. I just couldn’t have a seamless year without dealing with these problems. But my resolve to follow my dreams, pray for my health, and not let my much hidden, personal issues take hold became much stronger.

A few particular moments in my life solidified my ability to get back on track and it always came back to having a goal. I remember having “weigh-ins” at home and being faced with the constant threat of having to go to a psychologist. I prayed for my health every night and began to eat normally, albeit for a short time. I remember reading my mom’s Prevention and Shape magazines and was fascinated by all the exercises to build lean muscle and gain strength. I recall the day my mom said I could only join the basketball team if I was 100 lbs. I was 15 years old, fearing I could not gain that much weight. But I had a goal. It was all I needed. I started to eat and workout to build muscle and gain the weight I needed. I tried out and made the team.

Pictured: A beautiful sunrise driving in Southern California. A place I have wanted to live my whole life and a huge goal of mine.

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In college, I discovered yoga but it wasn’t until I few years out when I was living back in Cleveland, that the feeling clicked and the breath, movement and community of people around me helped me better accept what is but more importantly, envision what could be. Yoga became my go-to when I was in distress or felt weighed-down by the world.

Pictured: Photoshoot|Weston Carls.

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Another goal that helped shape my resolve to get healthier was deciding to move to California in 2012. That year, I faced “real-world” problems aside from my personal and family issues. I partially lived in my car at one point and also crashed on friend’s couches while I tried to secure extra work to afford the rent and my bills at the same time, I also had to learn how to date again after going through a painful break-up with a long-time ex who moved out to LA with me. On the flip-side, I achieved my goals: I secured commercials, infomercials, fitness videos, print work, and guest spots on tv shows while continuing to focus on my wellness and fitness ventures.

Pictured: An exciting booking – My casting for P90x videos with Tony Horton.

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A third goal I’ll share is competing in NPC Bikini. Ironically, the structure of eating a certain way and working out helped me feel more confident in myself and gain control over what I had in the past had no control over – my eating habits. I felt strong, powerful, beautiful and happy. I had a goal to compete on stage and look like fitness models that I had seen in magazines and although, the prep was very tough (especially for me with all my past insecurities), I had learned how to push them aside for this goal! I achieved 4th place.

 

Years later looking back, I feel like all my goals saved me along with my amazing friends, family and my faith. I still work hard everyday to keep balance in my life. What is second nature to some people is something I need to consciously acknowledge. I don’t always feel great as I haven’t used medication nor seen a counselor in years (but I highly recommend for anyone who is currently dealing with these or any similar issues!). I do feel great most of the time and I’m always grateful. ***I’ll share in a future post my tips to help achieve balance!***

I think if I were living the “normal” life, I would be married, with children, living in a home in the suburbs. And I do want to get married, possibly have children (dog mom for now haha) and have a nice home. But even though that path is not in the cards for me right now, I have faith, goals, incredible people in my life, freedom to date, explore, take adventures… And the freedom that we all have: to change or accept where we are at and where we are going.

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I believe the fanciest roads are the ones you unapologetically take on your own, whether or not, they have been easy, tough or somewhere in between. Your path will always lead you to a better path. So lets get moving and enjoy it along the way 🙂

Christy

 

ChristyFit 6 Week Fit for the Holidays Plan: Week 1 -Get Started!

12 Nov

The holidays are here! We all want to enjoy yummy stuffing and sweet potato casserole (Yes please!) and relax with family and friends. And we should guilt-free! We also know the new year is upon us and so are our most likely lagging goals. Let’s refresh and restart our goal-driven attitudes while also enjoying our holiday feasts. It IS possible to have the best of both worlds but we must earn it. I’m here with you for the next 6 weeks to help set us  up for success so we can have a happy and healthy holiday season and ring in the new year better than ever!

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My personal holiday goals are to master a handstand and to build more muscle to compete in early 2017 in another NPC Bikini Competition. I’love share my journey and I hope you share yours!

This first week is all about defining our goals and setting our plan in action! Every week for the next 6 weeks, I will add more ways to achieve our goals we created in Week 1 and offer valuable nutrition and workouts specially planned for our holiday deadlines!

Week 1 – Get started!

1. WRITE out your goals for the rest of this year. And notice I didn’t mention thinking about them in your head. Put them in a favorite notebook, type them in your notes tablet, text yourself, stick post-it’s in your car, bedroom door or bathroom mirror. So many options to display your holiday goals!

2. GET SPECIFIC with your goals. A goal is only a distant dream until it’s specified and then actions are taken. Answer these questions to help solidify what you want:

* What health and fitness goals do you want to accomplish by the New Year (pick at least 1)? Ensure these goals can be accomplished in the next 6-8 weeks. Ex. I want to lose 10 lbs.

* When do you want to accomplish these goals? Make sure these timelines are realistic and can be accomplished by January 1. Ex. I want to lose 10 lbs in 5 weeks.

* What specific actions are you going to take to accomplish these goals? Ex. I will perform 30 min of cardio 3 x per week for the next 5 weeks.

* How will I overcome obstacles so I can obtain my goal? Ex. I will pack my lunches every day so I don’t need to eat in the workroom cafeteria where I usually choose unhealthy foods.

3. FOLLOW YOUR PLAN! You have written out your goals, specified them and set a deadline. You have also negated obstacles in your path. So what is stopping you? Stay the course these next 6-8 weeks and together, we will ring in the new year healthier and happier with our goals achieved.

For more customized online workouts and nutrition focus and plans anywhere, please email me at christysiebert@gmail.com. Also, please come take a class with me at Orange Theory Fitness in Austin, TX. 

 

 

 

Travel Food Prep

25 Aug

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With TSA restrictions on common foods and high-cost and usually high-calorie food at the airport, ever wonder what you CAN bring through security to save on money and potential weight gain?

You can enjoy yummy meals and drinks out on your vacation or work trip guilt-free if you plan ahead the rest of the time.

Check out my video below for healthy and tasty options to satisfy those long waits at the gate and throughout your trip without breaking your waistline or bank account. Video below!

Top Tips: 

1. Package food in plastic bags or foil to prevent spoilage.

2. Bring ice packs as TSA does not allow melted ice cubes through security.

3. Remember your macros: combine a high quality protein with a carbohdrate or fat to ensure a complete meal. For example, baked chicken with a side of baked tortilla chips and fresh green peppers.

4. Sauce it up!: You can add avocado mayo, peanut oil, mustard, ketchup, etc to your meals prior to packaging so TSA accepts it.

5. Purchase water once through security. Staying hydrated is super important to prevent unnecessary cravings and fatigue.

Click HERE for Travel Food Prep Video

 

 

 

 

Low Carb Dinner Swap

11 Aug

I love carbs. I also know how important they are for energy and full, defined muscles. However, sometimes tossing our grain go-tos for higher fat options will help us regulate our blood sugar levels, increase our satiety and overall, change our body composition.

Below is a quick and delicious low-carb friendly meal:

Avocado Cheeseburger with Sweetened Cucumbers

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Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces 90% lean beef patty
  • 1 slice organic Havarti cheese
  • 1 ounce fresh avocado
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil mayo
  • 1 packet Stevia (for cucumber)

Macronutrients:

  • 471 calories
  • 5 grams carbohydrates
  • 30 grams fat
  • 36 grams protein
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 2 grams sugar

 

 

 

Cookie Batter Healthy Breakfast!

23 Jul

Think delicious cookie dough and a healthy, balanced breakfast don’t mix? Try my quick and easy recipe below for a breakfast or snack to curb your sweet tooth AND your pant size!

         COOKIE DOUGH BATTER BREAKFAST

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MACRO BREAKDOWN: 

▪️ Calories – 280 kcal

▪️ Carbohydrates – 47 g

▪️ Fat – 1.5 g

▪️ Protein – 24 g

▪️ Sodium – 461 mg

▪️ Sugar – 17 g

▪️ Fiber – 3 g

RECIPE:

▪️ 1/4 cup Maple Grove Farms gluten-free waffle and pancake mix

▪️ 1 scoop Cookies & Cream Quest Nutrition 100% whey protein powder

▪️ 1 tbsp 100% organic maple syrup

DIRECTIONS:

▪️ Mix pancake mix and protein powder with water until thick consistency

▪️ Heat in microwave 45 sec- 1:30 until warm but remaining fluffy and creamy texture

▪️ Top with maple syrup and stir

*Enjoy your healthy cookie dough breakfast or snack!*

For more healthy and motivating tips and ideas, check out past issues of this blog & follow me on INSTAGRAM: @christysiebert

Want to achieve even better health and fitness results??

E-mail me for a FREE 30-minute nutrition and fitness consultation (via Skype, FaceTime, Phone-call or Imessage chat) in which we discuss your goals and develop a game plan for YOUR success.

*Email: ChristySiebert@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

ChristyFit Friday: Protein Pancakes in 10 Minutes or Less!

19 Dec

When we think of protein powder, we may imagine a huge-armed, intimidating guy guzzling down his typical protein shake. Thankfully, the power of whey protein is healthy for all adults and children – no huge arms or guzzling needed.

In today’s ChristyFit Friday post, I’m combining a delicious – but not so nutritious – breakfast classic of pancakes and show you how to add nutrition, flavor AND protein powder to create delicious pancakes of which the whole family will approve! Try these before the weekend is up.

*Banana Protein Pancakes* 

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Servings: 1

Macro-nutrient Profile:

  • Calories: 282 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Protein: 36 g

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop 100% Whey Protein Powder (For this recipe, I am using Lifetime Fitness brand 100% Whey Protein Vanilla  – click HERE and use my code: 89236 at checkout for 10% off!).                                  (I also like Quest Nutrition Banana Cream – can be found at The Vitamin Shoppe or GNC).
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp blue agave syrup (I like Madhava Organic Fair Trade Raw Blue Agave – can be found at Whole Foods).
  • 1 packet Stevia in the Raw
  • Non-stick spray
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  • Place non-stick pan on fryer and turn on medium heat. Lightly coat pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir in egg whites and protein powder until mixed and carries a thick consistency.
  • Pour into a blender and add water.
  • Blend for about 15 seconds and pour mixture onto pan. Chop the 1/2 banana and distribute pieces throughout pancake.
  • Turn pancake occasionally until both sides are soft and lightly browned.
  • Drizzle on blue agave and stevia and serve.

 

 

Paleo and Vegetarian- Friendly Meal!

29 May

Paleo and vegetarians alike can rejoice at this delicious and healthy meal at any time of day. It’s definitely a unique combination but it provides a healthy low-fat dose of protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates and fibrous veggies. I tried this for dinner!

Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble with a Lemon-Basil Viniagrette Salad:

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Ingredients (Portion sizes may vary)

1. 2 cage-free large eggs

2. 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato

3. 1 cup mixed kale, spinach and chard greens

4. Ground cinnamon

5. Pumpkin spice

6. 1 packet Stevia

7. 1 tsp Lemon-Basil Viniagrette or oil dressing of choice

Directions:

1. Pre-heat an oiled pan on medium heat. Add eggs.

2. When one side of eggs are cooked, place mashed sweet potatoes in center and add dashes of cinnamon, pumpkin spice and 1 packet of stevia.

3. Fold eggs over like a wrap. Flip omelette to cook other side.

3. When omelette is slightly brown, remove from pan and onto plate.

4. Place greens on plate and top with drizzle of dressing.

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