Hello Love Handles

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Hi friends! How are things? I’ve been doing pretty good over here. You know how I know? I’ve got this new set of five pounds. Okay, yea it doesn’t look like it from these pictures, but these were taken a few months back. I know why they’re called “love handles”. They come from the love of good food, the love of good company, the love of vacation time, and the love of warmth and cuddling on cold rainy days. This all leads to a little extra padding on the sides.
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Photography by: Alumbra // Outfit: Fabletics 

Five pounds are not the biggest deal, right? Well, here’s my secret to staying “fit” in my mid-thirties after three kids and a deep love of donuts, sweets and pizza. I have a five pound zone I’m comfortable with. As long as I’m in that window, I know the jeans will fit, the energy is there, and I’m not over-indulging in the not-so-healthy foods. This is not a “weight-loss mode”, which requires a more intense approach, and I’ve written about this here when I lost the baby weight. This five pound zone is how I manage my weight. I’m definitely at the top of the five pounds after vacation and Thanksgiving. I’m not mad about it, the carrot cake (that I single-handedly ate) was totally worth it. But it’s definitely time to tackle these love handles before all the Christmas celebrations take me over the edge! Here’s a few ways I do that:

  1. Get Rid of the Goods: Time to give throw out or give away the ice cream cake in the freezer, and the cupcakes hanging out on the kitchen island.
  2. Make a Plan: Plan and purchase meals for the week. This is as simple as choosing what I’m going to cook for dinner at the beginning of the week, and making a grocery run so I don’t end up at the fast food joint mid week.
  3. Have Easy Options: Have healthy snacks and quick foods to curve mindless eating and sudden pangs of hunger. Some of my favorites are green shakes, greek yogurt, fruit, nuts, protein shakes, protein and fiber bars, and sliced peppers or veggies with hummus.
  4. Temporary Cuts: When I’m out of sorts with my eating, I will cut out restaurant food, and prep all my meals altogether for a week or two until I feel I’m in control. It’s hard not to dig into the bread basket and generous portions when I’m feeling weak. Taking a break from eating out helps me get back on track.
  5. Hit the Gym: Make a date, or two or three with your gym buddy, your playlist and the gym! I’m a sucker for classes because working out in a group gets my competitive juices flowing! I like to work out just as hard, if not harder than anyone else in the class. Recently, I’ve been doing HIIT classes, barre, and zumba. I’ve said this a million times, but an active lifestyle gets easier and more fulfilling with time. Eventually, you will crave your gym time!

I hope this helps you (AND ME!) get going on these love handles. Feel free to comment, like and share this post! I appreciate you <3.

Love,

Ana B

Flare It Out

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Sometimes jeans can feel like a dime a dozen. Don’t get me wrong; I have my favorite old pair that are my security blanket whenever I wear them. Yet there’s something about a pair that make a bold statement. These Hudson flares, also worn here and here, are my statement jeans.

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I paired them with a white summer dress and plaid shirt a la Joanna Gaines, because whatever Joanna Gaines does is awesome. The end. I’ve linked my Hudson jeans and the rest of my outfit below <3.

Love,

Ana B

p.s. In case you don’t know who Joanna Gaines is.

p.s.s. Special thanks to Susannah of Alumbra Photography for taking these spectacular photos!

Make it Black and White

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There is a really simple way to look put together, and it’s wearing an outfit of black and white. I actually don’t do it often, but when I do I feel effortlessly chic. On the days when I am not seeing clients, I tend to stay in my gym clothes, so I’ve been on the hunt for ways to take my athletic wear up a notch. It’s such a plus to be able to walk into the grocery store, or grab some lunch after the gym without looking like a sweaty college kid. So many brands have caught onto this, and are now making transitional active wear.

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Photos by: Alumbra Photography

The one I’m wearing is an oversized white muscle tee and leggings by Kate Hudson’s Fabletics. I subscribe to them monthly and I get to pick from outfits already put together for a great price and great quality. I can also skip the month if I’m not interested in purchasing an outfit.

There are other great affordable options like these ones at Target and Kohls. The point is ladies; if you’re gonna wear your active wear all day long, you might as well make it cute! You’ll not only feel great about working out, but also look great while doing it.

A second post will be coming soon on “How to get your butt back into fitness mode after an all inclusive vacation to Mexico”, hehe! :)

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Faux Leather Jacket: TopShop

Outfit: Fabletics

Tennis: New Balance

Bag: Victoria’s Secret (Similar)

Fitness and Meal Ideas for May

Hey there! Sadly, my last post was about two months ago! This is all due to Makeup by Ana B’s crazy wedding season! All my time and focus has been taken over by the business, so my little blog has been a bit abandoned. Bare with me though, because I don’t plan to stop blogging! And I appreciate you reading along when I do post :).

20150506_115645 (1)Nothing like some new fitness gear! I recently purchased the New Balance 711 Cross Training Shoe for about $54 and so far I love them!  I wore them to Zumba, and I felt better support and comfort than when I wear my Nike Frees. I also purchased a ton of these long and lean tank tops from Target in different colors, and they’re still having a sale on them if you buy online :). I wear them both for working out or for layering with every day outfits. 
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I’ve been pretty consistent with my eating and work out routine lately and I try to drink a green shake daily. I usually mix two servings of spinach, one serving of fruit, 1 cup of milk and a scoop of protein, or 1 cup of greek yogurt and chia/flax seeds with crushed ice. I try to keep fresh berries, pears and bananas on hand all the time for my shakes.20150420_183901

This is a typical meal my husband likes to cook for us! Grilled chicken seasoned with garlic and low sodium seasonings, grilled veggies, cottage cheese, and avocado. Quick and healthy!

20150422_19144320150425_18304220150429_194415I’m still cooking my way through my Skinnytaste Cookbook! Sometimes I need more than just a quick and plain dinner. Recently, I made these Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, which is a great vegetarian option and so delicious! I also made the Grilled Rosemary Lamb chops and Chicken Rollatini Stuffed with Mozzarella and Zuchinni with a side of quinoa. All of these are great options, but take a little extra work, which I know is hard with littles running around. So make sure to get some music going and get started early! 
20150429_145613I found this to be a satisfying snack or light lunch option: two boiled eggs, 1/2 avocado and toasted Ezekiel bread with a bit of pepper on top. I still try to eat three meals a day with two snacks in between. I am definitely not perfect and I like to indulge in summer treats (insert ice cream here!), but overall consistency with eating healthy foods most of time, cutting back on sugary drinks/snacks and working out 3 times a week definitely pays off!

I am not currently updating MyFitnessPal, but I do update my Instagram, Love_AnaB with more food ideas…and adorable pictures of my kiddos and some outfit posts, so please feel free to like, follow and say hello!  :)

Love,

Ana B

 

Meal Ideas for a Healthy New Year

Happy Friday! I wanted to share some healthy meals that have been heavy on rotation for me since the New Year and some new ones for you to try!

Breakfast:

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Oatmeal with berries and granola. I’ve shared this one before, but it’s definitely one of my staple breakfast options. I actually measure everything out so I know how many calories I’m consuming. It’s usually 1 cup 1-minute oatmeal, 1 cup low fat milk, 1/2 cup berries and a few bits of granola. I also sweeten with Stevia/Splenda or Agave.

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Another new option I’ve been having for breakfast is 2 Vans Simply Delicious Protein Waffles (10 grams of Protein), 1 T light syrup and a handful of berries.

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Protein shakes are always a good option for breakfast, snack or lunch. I use crushed ice, 1 cup low fat milk, 1 scoop of protein (my fav is Optimum Nutrition Extreme Milk Chocolate Whey Protein), 1/2 a banana and cinnamon. It’s cheaper to buy online on Amazon.com but you can find it at GNC or Vitamin Shoppe.

Lunch Options:
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Open face sandwich using cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread (healthy bread option), turkey slices, avocado, tomato and 1 T light mayo.

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Skinnytaste Pear and Brie grilled cheese is a delicious option for the foodie, and the recipe can be found in her new book! I found the recipe here too. More on Skinnytaste here and here.

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Almonds for healthy snacking. Just count to make sure you how many your consuming as the calories can quickly add up.

Dinner Options:

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As you can see, I love to eat well! These are mexican style steak tacos but I limited my portion to two. We also used cooking spray versus tons of oil. I believe that almost any food you love can be made in a healthier version if you make it yourself at home!

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Grilled chicken breast with a slice of melted pepper jack, 1/2 a sweet potato, 1/4 avocado and a salad.

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We try to have some type of chicken or meat marinating at home to curb the chances of getting take out. I throw these three items together (veggies, meat and marinade) in a ziploc for an hour or more if I want to keep it simple.

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And then on some nights, I take my time and make something super yummy like Skinnytaste Lomo Saltado. Soooo good!

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The finished result with crispy homemade fries. Again…yum!

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Skinnytaste Garlic Shrimp on a bed of greens.

I have started sharing more of my work outs and meals/snacks on my personal Instagram page @Love_AnaB so follow me there! I’ve also started using MyFitnessPal again to track my calories under MakeupbyAnaB in case you want to be friends!

Have an awesome weekend!

Love,

Ana B