Saturday, July 4, 2015

You're Human.



Good morning, guys! I just wanted to stop by (hehe stop by own blog? IDK) and share this quote I found and posted on Instagram last night. You might have already seen it, but I wanted to reflect on it a bit more in a blog post.

So, welcome to the club. The club of humans. 

Having a blog that talks about health and fitness, people in my personal life and online, often think that I "never skip a workout" or "never have a cheat meal" just because I only post healthy recipes. But that's not the case at all! I eat cake and ice cream and french fries like any normal teenager. I just choose to eat them in moderation. I give into cravings. I skip workouts (probably more than I should). But most of all I'm trying to not beat myself about that. Being too hard on yourself is not healthy at all. 

I post those healthy things because that's what I truly enjoy and want to encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle. "Lifestyle" being the key word.

If you're living a healthy lifestyle for the long run, one cheat meal or skipping one workout is NOT a set back. You have not failed.

I reapeat- YOU HAVE NOT FAILED.

Yes, this past week I could have chosen not to have so many treats, or I could've gotten up at 5am and went to the gym. But, I didn't feel like it. So I didn't. Does that make me unhealthy or lazy? NO.

You can be fit and healthy without a perfect diet or workout routine. WOW SHOCKER RIGHT?
So often with the age of social media we get brain washed by constant images of perfect bodies, health facts, and super fit people killing it in the gym every day. But those people are no better than you. You should not get your validation from how "perfect" you can be. What about the way you treat others? What about just being happy?

We need to change the way we look at health and fitness. And I hope this post helps. I hope I can inspire even just one of you to not be so hard on yourself. Yes- you should be hard working, motivated, and a lil' disciplined. But not obsessive. A healthy lifestyle should become second nature. Not something you feel that is keeping you from living. 

 Healthy comes from being physically AND mentally happy. But most of all it's about being happy and confident in your own skin. And that's different for everyone. 

Have a cupcake Thursday night.
Have a green smoothie Friday morning.
Go for a run Saturday.
Sleep in Sunday.
It's all about balance.

So... when you screw up, skip a workout, eat "bad foods" (because no one food is bad actually), or sleep in, it doesn't make you a bad person. It makes you human. 
XoXo,
Stephanie




Friday, July 3, 2015

My Week At TPC San Antonio!


Hey guys! This past week I went to San Antonio, Texas for a golf tournament that was held at the TPC San Antonio JW Marriott Resort. It was, in one word, amazing. I feel so blessed that golf has given me opportunities to travel to beautiful places and play amazing golf courses. This tournament was a three day event, so including the practice round and traveling day, we were there for five days. 

TPC San Antonio is a private resort, accessible only to club members and guests of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Additionally, TPC San Antonio is managed and operated by PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties as part of the TPC Network.
TPC San Antonio is only one of three properties in the United States to host two TOUR events each year. The AT&T Oaks Course hosts the Valero Texas Open and the AT&T Canyons Course is host to the San Antonio Championship on the Champions Tour. So... it's pretty cool (to put it shortly) that we got to a play a junior tournament here!

Not only was it a fun weekend of golf, we got to explore a bit of downtown San Antonio as well! So I thought I'd share the experience with you guys! You'll get to see a bit of what I ate, what I wore, what I did, and what I saw. :P

Saturday 6/27

We began our 9 hour drive early Saturday morning! 
I took breakfast to go in the car:
  •  Chocolate Chip Perfect Fit Protein Pancakes topped with peanut butter, strawberries, and sugar free pancake syrup!
  • Click here to check out Perfect Fit Protein!


Of course you have to have something to keep you entertained in the car! I picked up Paper Towns to start reading on the drive down and I'm in love. I couldn't put it down! Also snacked on a Mint Chocolate Quest Bar! These are so gooooood! 





























Fast forward to later that night... we arrived about 6:30 pm, checked in and freshened up for dinner!
I wore this outfit (I posted the details on Instagram but here it is again haha):

  • White Lace Tank- Target
  • Striped Maxi- Target
  • Pom Pom Scarf- LOFT
  • Clutch- LOFT (old)
This was the perfect comfy but slightly dressy outfit for the resort!



The resort itself had several restaurants to choose from. The first night we went with a the sports bar and grill called High Velocity... 

To start, my dad ordered a chicken & cheese quesadilla and I had one too because 1. I was starving and 2. Cheese. Duh.





























My entree came with a side salad that was actually huge, but I'm not complaining because I always think the salads at restaurants aren't big enough! haha #saladfreak


For my main course I ordered Honey Lime Chicken with asparagus. So healthy and so yummy!
It's amazing the healthy options you can find even at restaurants!


My dad took this picture later that night when we were walking around the resort. They had live music playing and had the fairway open to guests to hang out on the golf course at night. Pretty cool! It got chilly so I used my scarf as a wrap! I always do that in the summer! Double your scarf as your sweater! ;)



And after we walked around I was hardcore craving some ice cream. I went to the hotel convenience store and found Ben and Jerry's!!! (And Glamour Magazine) I was so excited. I got my dad and I each a mini Cookie Dough! Not as good as my favorite Half Baked, but it hit the spot! Ate my ice cream, did some reading, and went to bed after a long day!




Sunday 6/28
Today was the practice round! The practice round was a 1:00pm start, so we got to sleep in and order room service for breakfast! We knew we would not have the luxury to do that on the tournament mornings (we start super early!) so we wanted to treat ourselves! I ordered an egg white veggie omelette with turkey sausage and fruit!



Before the trip I got some new golf shoes, which I needed any way. Mine we're getting pretty beat up! These Nike ones that fit like sneakers are my favorite and I actually got them on sale at a local golf shop! I took advantage of the sale and got one white pair and one grey pair.  I must say they look pretty fresh..;P

Also I'm wearing a new LuLu Lemon skirt that I got as a gift and I love the fun print! Their skirts are my absolute favorite for golf!





























I always take notes during the practice round so I can make sure to remember key parts to the course or certain tricky holes that I need to remember a particular hazard to avoid, slope in the green, or club I should hit. I love this cute little Sugar Paper LA note pad. I love all their stationary and I'm glad they make mini note pads so I can have something cute and girly for my golf bag!





























Yes, that's a cupcake on my golf ball. I love to mark my balls with Golf Dotz. There's never an mistaking my golf ball because it's covered in cupcakes, ladybugs, kittens, hearts, flamingos, or smiley faces! LOL can you tell I like to take my style on to the golf course?


Here's some pics from warming up before the round! :)





























This course was just beautiful!





























Post-round/pre dinner selfie with dad. :P

We enjoyed dinner with one of the girls I played with and her dad. We ate a nice buffet in the resort, but the star of the show were these skillet biscuits topped with crystallized sugar and a jalapeƱo strawberry jam on the side. Wow. And sweet tea. Biscuits and sweet tea-- that's a southern meal in a nutshell. 




Monday 6/29

We teed off at 8am which means we needed to be at the course at 7 which meant we needed to be up by 5:45 to get ready and eat breakfast. Eek!But first, COFFEE! Hehe. There was a Starbucks in the hotel, which became our go to for quick breakfast during the trip!

I got a plain oatmeal, to which I added a travel packet of SLAP Nutrition chocolate protein powder. And definitely needed caffeine was a plain coffee with a splash of coconut milk and added two splendas! (I don't usually eat artificial sweeteners much, but when I'm traveling I think they are fine in moderation!)



Honestly I had a very bad day on the golf course Monday. It was my worst round all year. I shot 92. And I've been playing great going into this tournament. It was weird, but it happens. We all have off days, and sometimes (to put it honestly) the timing of those bad days suck. But you just have to accept that you're not always gonna do your best. And thats OKAY. I knew that was an off round and I could do better the next day.

After the round my dad and I split a burger and a chicken Caesar salad! Yum! The perfect balance! And the perfect comfort food after a tough day..


close up...


Honestly I was so tired after the round we just went back to the hotel room and relaxed! Later on we ordered room service for dinner an I got salmon and broccoli and split a piece of apple pie with my dad. :)



Tuesday 6/30

The next day went way better! I shot 78, a whopping 14 shots better than Monday. 78 is a good score for me on that course, not great but good. I was happy with the improvement and played with a great group of girls. We were laughing all day, and that's how it should be! 

I wore my new LuLu Lemon skirt again... with the a neon yellow shirt we got as a gift at check in!


After having some lunch, going back the room, showering and getting ready... my dad and I decided to drive to Downtown San Antonio to explore the River Walk and the see the Alamo!


I love all the colorful umbrellas on the river walk! It's just such a happy place! haha
































It was cool to be able to see the Alamo and know that we were standing on such a historical ground. It was something I really appreciated that I got to see. :)


















For dinner we went to a Mexican restaurant on the River walk and stared with some delicious guacamole!

For dinner I ordered their "house salad" with tilapia which was loaded with yumminess! It had romaine, corn, pico de gallo, deviled eggs, avocado, mango salsa, and black beans! I was pleasantly surprised with how amazing this salad was!


After dinner I spotted a Scoop Shop. Yes, a Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop. I was so excited, it's kind of ridiculous. Ice Cream has to be my all time favorite treat. This may sound overly dramatic, but it holds a speacial place in my heart. It was one of my favorite foods as a kid, but became one of my most feared foods during the depths of my eating disorder. It was one of the hardest foods for me to overcome, but now it's a regular treat for me. I also love that Ben and Jerry's uses quality Fair Trade ingredients and milk from cows not treated with growth hormones. They also support lots of charities, which I love! It feels good to have a treat that isn't full of yucky chemicals and is gives back. Anyways, that aside, I told my dad we had to stop before we left. So, right after dinner we headed over to B&J's and waited in the (well worth the wait) line.



I chose to get two scoops because I wanted to try some new flavors that were harder to find! For my first scoop I chose "The Tonight Dough" which is Jimmy Fallon's flavor which is described as:
"Caramel & Chocolate Ice Creams with Chocolate Cookie Swirls & Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Peanut Butter Cookie Dough." 
It was magical. The cookies were like crushed  oreos and perfectly crumbly yet crunchy.
The caramel balanced out the chocolate nicely and the gobs of chocolate chip cookie and peanut butter cookie dough were just out of this world. 

My second scoop (on the top) was Spectacular Speculoos™. It's described as: "Dark caramel & vanilla ice creams with speculoos cookies & a speculoos cookie butter swirl"
If you like Biscoff™ cookies or cookie butter, this is pure perfection. The cookie butter was gooey like caramel and went perfectly with the dark caramel and vanilla ice creams. And the speculoos cookie added the perfect amount of crunch!

AHHH Ice cream makes me so happy. Lol you could say I'm an ice cream enthusiast. Or aficionado. What ever floats your boat. ;)

I ate my ice cream as we walked around a bit more as the sun set!


My dad said we needed an "after" selfie (?) so here we go! haha shoutout to my dad for being awesome. 


This was our view from the parking garage! Can you believe that? The sky looked like cotton candy and I had to snap a pic to remember  how pretty it was!



 Wednesday 7/1
Wednesday was the last round! That morning I tried something new at Starbucks- the Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon and Eggwhite english muffin with an Iced Coffee with coconut milk and sugar free mocha. DELISH.


Sorry I didn't get any pictures from this day because we were just busy getting out of there to drive  home as quickly as possible. BUT! I did have a second Starbucks of the day LOL.
On the way home I grabbed a Pure Protein Bar, what proved to be not nearly as good as Quest Bars. But that's ok! Make me realize why Quest is so pricy! haha






And that's a wrap! I'm home now and back to normal(ish) schedule, and currently waiting for family to arrive! We have lot's of family coming to visit so this week should be lots of fun! I have several more local tournaments this month and some fun videos coming your way! I hope you all are enjoying your summer and enjoyed "coming along with me" to San Antonio!
XoXo,
Stephanie

Thursday, July 2, 2015

JUNE FAVORITES!


Favorites Mentioned:

Beauty Favorites:
Fashion Favorite:
Favorite App:
  • Rhonna Designs Magic
Favorite Songs:
  • Stitches by Shawn Mendes
  • Budapest by George Ezra
  • In Love With A Boy by Kaya Stewart
  • Heavy Shoulders by Trace
  • Fight Song by Rachel Platten
  • Cheelelader by Omi
  • Trap Queen by Fetty Wap
  • Photograph by Ed Sheeran
  • Good For You by Selena Gomez



Let me know what you've been loving!
XoXo,
Stephanie

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Confidence. #TalkTuesday

This Talk Tuesday is all about Confidence! What is confidence? How do you become confident? What does confidence do for you? Watch the video below: :)


XoXo,
Stephanie

Friday, June 26, 2015

Great Low Carb Bread Co. Review & Recipe Round Up!

Hey y'all! Today I'm so excited to tell you about Great Low Carb Bread Company! Recently I was lucky enough to try out a couple of their products, and I was really impressed. Great Low Carb wanted to create a bread line that wasn't full of carbs, but tasted like it. ;) I personally don't follow a super low carb diet, but it's great to have a bread that saves a few! We all love our carbs right?! They have a whole variety of products to choose from! Bagels, breads, muffins, pizza crust, buns, rolls, and even pretzels! I chose to try the "Cinnamon Bread" and the "Everything Bagels". 

They also have a paleo line, if you are gluten free or following a paleo diet. Keep in mind the products I tried do have gluten- but that doesn't bother me. The ingredients are clean, minimal, and non-GMO. 

All the varieties are high in fiber an protein too! They include high quality ingredients like almond flour, flax meal, oat fiber, and all natural stevia. They exclude soy and hard to digest sugar alcohols like maltitol, sorbitol, and isomalt (cheap artificial sweeteners).

As a brand, Great Low Carb is very impressive, and so are the specific products I tried! Here's my review and some recipes I made:

 Cinnamon Bread  (click here to shop)

Price: $ 7.99 for 16 slices

Review: The bread had a definite sweet cinnamon taste. I could however tell it was sweetened with stevia, which is not necessarily a bad thing, it just doesn't taste like real sugar. Nothing too noticeable though. For being a low carb bread, it was pretty good! I will say though, it a slight chewy texture which I didn't love. I thought it was much better toasted! Overall, for saving so many carbs- it's a very good option!


Nutritional Facts
Servings per Container 16
Serving Size 1oz = 1 Slice

Amount per Serving
Calories 60
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 140mg
Total Carbohydrates 8g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Net Carbs 1g
Protein 7g

Ingredients:
Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Almond Flour, Flax Seed Meal, Oat Fiber, Wheat Protein Isolate, Modified Wheat Starch, Virgin Olive Oil, Yeast, Calcium Propionate, Vinegar, Cinnamon, Salt , Stevia



My favorite ways I've eaten them:



1. Simply Spread with Nut Butter
One the easiest ways to enjoy the cinnamon bread is simply toasted and spread with some nut butter! Here I topped my toast with Justin's Maple Almond Butter.




3. French Toast
Who would've thought that you could make a lower fat, lower carb, high protein french toast?! It's so easy and tasted great! Recipe here




3. Late Night PB&J
Mid-night snacks just got better. Any time is Peanut Butter Jelly Time! Often when I get home late, I just want a quick snack before bed, but I'm usually craving something sugary and carb loaded. A low carb Peanut Butter and Jelly to the rescue! I just spread a piece of the bread with natural peanut butter and organic strawberry jam and had a high protein snack that tasted like the real deal!




Everything Bagels  (click here to shop)

Price: $7.99 for a bag of 6 bagels

Review: I definitely enjoyed the bagels more than the bread! The bagels really tasted like an authentic everything bagel, especially once toasted. My parents tried them too, who eat normal bread all the time, and agreed. They could not tell it was "low carb" product!

Nutritional Facts
Servings per Container 6
Serving Size 2oz = 1 Bagel

Amount per ServingCalories 120
Total Fat 6.6 g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 275mg
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 14g
Net Carbs 2g
Protein 14g

Ingredients:
Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Almond Flour, Flax Seed Meal, Oat Fiber, Wheat Protein Isolate, Modified Wheat Starch, Virgin Olive Oil, Yeast, Calcium Propionate, Vinegar, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Chopped Onion, Chopped Garlic, Stevia


My favorite ways I've eaten the bagels:

1. Tuna Sandwich 
The first thing I made was an open face tuna sandwich. I toasted one bagel, and spread 1 Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss Cheese wedge on it (this saves so many calories than using mayo! You could also use plain Greek yogurt) , added one pouch of Albacore white tuna, and topped with pickle slices. Side of carrots. Perfect high protein, filling, delicious lunch!











2. Turkey Avocado Sandwich
The next thing I made was a turkey and avocado bagel-wich! 1 everything bagel, 2 oz. organic deli turkey, mustard, 1/2 a mashed avocado spread on, lettuce, and tomato. Side of grilled veggies. I love a good ole' turkey sandwich!



















3. Turkey Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
The last (and favorite!) creation I enjoyed was a breakfast sandwich! I haven't had a good turkey, egg, and cheese in a while, and having Great Low Carb bagels was the perfect opportunity to change that! I toasted one bagel, spread a Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese wedge on both sides, added some sliced turkey, and a sunny side up egg! Delicious! It reminded me of (a much better) egg McMuffin, without all the added carbs and preservatives. Avocado would also taste fantastic on it.. Oh and bacon would be good too. Ugh, I want more!




I hope you all enjoyed this review, and hopefully you'll give Great Low Carb Bread Co. a try! It's great to be able enjoy bread without all the extra empty carbs! I thoroughly enjoyed trying out some new creations and making some healthier options of my favorite "bread heavy meals" I haven't enjoyed in a while! Hope you all have a fantastic day!
XoXo,
Stephanie