Fitbloggin Lessons

When Mr. B and I headed out on vacation in Colorado, there was a bit of a purpose to our trip.

FITBLOGGIN!

Earlier this year I was chosen to be an Ignite presenter, so I had to be there. Well, that I try my best not to miss a weekend spent with some of my favorite blends!

Every year I leave with new lessons I’ve learned or just reminders of things I have forgotten. This year in Denver was no different. This year, I took away 3 great things.

FIT1

Love where I’m at.

I don’t try to sugarcoat things around here and I’ve been fairly open with the fact that I have gained weight. In fact I haven’t been at my goal of 155 since 2013. I have gone from beating myself up about this, to being fine with it, and back again. I was in the mode of beating myself up for it lately, but after some chats at Fitbloggin, I’ve learned that I need to love where I’m at.

This is the body I have right now and it does amazing things. Sure it doesn’t fit into all the clothes in my closet, but it does do things I couldn’t do at 327 pounds. Sure I don’t weigh 155, but I do weigh 175, which is JUST a number and means that I take up space in the world. I like taking up space because it means I can be seen & heard.

I do love myself, I’m just not always the kindest to myself. Working on it! :)

FIT2

I’m doing okay.

This goes along with the lesson above. Phases of life change and things that worked for me before may not work for me now. I needed the reminder that I am doing what I can in this phase of my life and it is OKAY. I only get one of these lives and I’m what I’m doing right now is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.

FIT3

I need to chase my happy

While I’m doing okay right now, that doesn’t mean I cannot strive to do better. I’m a happy person,but there are things that make me happy that I just don’t do often enough. Yoga, card making, writing, reading, cooking, being outside with Mr. B, and so much more makes me happy. Yet, I don’t make time for a lot of those things. Many days are just spent here on my laptop scrolling through Facebook.

It is really time to start my own Happiness Tour and do more of what makes me happy. Oh and not worry so much what others are doing or may think of what I’m doing. Again, I only get one shot at this life, why not do more of what I love. I need to be more mindful of chasing my happiness and holding onto it when found.

FIT4

I love Fitbloggin and how it makes me feel. I loved that Mr. B got to hang with my Fitbloggin family. I loved the conversations inside of Fitbloggin and the conversations that happened outside of it as well. I love the hugs, the tears, the dancing, the laughter.

I love it all.

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photo credit: Carrie D Photography

#bzheadwest Days 3, 4, &5

We started our morning with a great breakfast and hopped in the car to head from Colorado Springs towards Estes Park.

The drive through the mountains was gorgeous to our campsite just outside of Estes Park. After setting up camp and getting groceries to do some cooking, Mr. B got a fire going. We bought pie irons for the trip and they turned out to be a great purchase!

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We had tuna melts for dinner which were quite tasty. And of course there were s’mores while watching the amazing sunset.

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We survived our first night in the tent and got up early to check out the area around the campground. We headed to Rocky Mountain National Park and did some exploring. We then headed into Estes Park and grabbed drinks and dinner.

As we were walking down the street, we happened upon this shipping container which had 60 or so beers on tap. It was called The Barrel and was a great concept.

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There was more s’more making back at the campground and another night of great sleep! We woke up on Thursday with a deer outside of our tent. Pretty awesome to be that close to nature. :)

Had a visitor at our campsite this morning. #bzheadwest

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We headed back to Rock Mountain National Park for Mr. B to do some fly fishing before it got too crowded.

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He didn’t catch anything, but we did capture one of my favorite pictures from our vacation.

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We then headed out on a hike to Alberta Falls in the park. It was a bit of a tough hike due to the elevation, but completely worth it! So beautiful and photos don’t even do it justice!

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The hike back to the car was more difficult as the last half of it was uphill, but we did it and I earned my trail tag! Which I picked up in town on our way out, along with some delicious ice cream!

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We were then back in the car and headed to Denver for Fitbloggin!

The time spent in Estes Park was probably my favorite part of our #bzheadwest vacation! I love camping and all things nature! It was hard to pack up the tent and leave!

Do you enjoy camping? What is your favorite thing to cook over a campfire?

3 Easy Smoothie Recipes (and a giveaway!)

This post is sponsored by Bowflex

The past few weeks I have been trying to have some more smoothies in my life. I love them because they can be eaten on the go and keep me full for some time. I also love coming up with different concoctions to keep them more exciting.

I’ve posted some of my favorite smoothie recipes before, but I have found one that tops them all. One that I could probably eat every day of the week.

Cake batter….

Yes, you read that right, a smoothie that taste like cake batter.

Oh my gosh you guys, it is SO GOOD!

I also came up with a couple of other smoothie recipes to share with you guys. Don’t you enjoy expanding your smoothie recipe repertoire?

Well, here are 3 more that you can add!

3 Easy Smoothie Recipes by Brooke: Not On a Diet

Superfood Smoothie

1-1 1/2 cups milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
2 handfuls of kale (or spinach)
1 TB chia seeds
1 scoop French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake

-Throw in your blender and blend until smooth. Adding more milk (or even water) if needed

Vanilla Chai Latte Smoothie

1 cup of chilled chai tea***
1 scoop French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake
5-6 ice cubes

-Throw in your blender and blend until smooth

*** I used this chai tea and brewed it the night before, setting it in the fridge for the next day.

Oh and the one you’ve been waiting for….

Cake Batter Smoothie

1 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond)
1 TB fat-free cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 tsp butter extract
1 scoop French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake
5-6 ice cubes
Sprinkles (optional)

-Throw in your blender and blend until smooth, adding sprinkles if you’d like. Then drink up and ask yourself why you didn’t do this sooner! 😉

The butter extract was part of the reason I didn’t ever give this recipe a try, but man am I glad I did! I’m sure there are other ways to get that flavor, but I’m a convenience type of girl sometimes.

The smoothie recipes are all made using the French Vanilla Bowflex Body Fitness Shake. I’m really enjoying this stuff in my smoothies! It’s tasty and since it is lactose free, it doesn’t give me tummy cramps like a lot of other protein powders do. The ingredient list is one that I love too.

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I also love the versatility of the mix. French Vanilla is a pretty basic flavor that you can make as exciting as you want, plus they have flavor boosters that you can add to spice it up as well! I added the chocolate boost to the cake batter smoothie recipe above. What’s even better than white cake batter….chocolate cake batter!

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Now, I would love to keep all the mix to myself, but then you guys wouldn’t be able to try it for yourself. No worries, the people at Bowflex Body are awesome and going to give away a 30 day supply to one of you!

Win a 30 Day Supply of Bowflex Body!

Entering is simple! Leave a comment below with you favorite smoothie concoction and you’ll be entered!

Giveaway ends on July 3rd at 11pm CT and is open to US residents only!

Also, if you see me at Fitbloggin, stop me! I have some smoothie samples I would love to share with you!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bowflex. They sent me the Bowflex Body for free. In exchange for a couple of posts mentioning them, they are helping me pay for some of my trip to Fitbloggin’ this year. I only do these types of posts on products that I truly find beneficial not only to me, but for my readers as well. Always, opinions are my own. To read more about my policy,click HERE