Monthly Archives: June 2015

I Eat So I Don’t Pass Out

 

My sister cooks. She can spend hours making sauces from scratch,
complex stews, soups and other deliciousness. We won’t even go into the octopus salad
adventure, which included an actual octopus.
Julia Child I am not. Although I could
spend hours, and I have, watching her make aspics and coq au van; the only
reason I cook is to eat. And I only eat so I don’t get hangry or pass out. Pure
and simple.
The simpler the better. If it has more
than 3 ingredients or involves advanced
Culinary terminology, I will not make it. I won’t even read
through a recipe if the ingredients are complicated. Yeah, I have issues. And
just like my simple ingredient list, I have simple cooking techniques. Sautéed,
bake and microwave. Again pure and simple. So when I find a recipe that is easy
to make, tastes good, and I can eat for a week without getting tired of it, I feel like I have won the
lottery.
Case in point…. Bean salad. I had this two weeks ago at a pot luck
dinner and it was amazing. So amazing that I knew that I had to try it. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
I could not keep this stuff out of my mouth!! I honestly ate it
for 4 days straight and could not get enough off it. Only problem? I ran
out of tortilla chips and had to get more!
This is so easy to make that I even a kid can do it. And total
prep time… 7-8 minutes. Less than that if you are a fast chopper and have an electric
can opener.
 Want to know how to make it? Here ya go!
  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 1 can of chick peas – rinsed. (need trick – rinse them in the can! Mind blown)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • Oregano, salt, and basil to taste
  • Dump contents of can into a big ass bowl. Add oregano, salt, and
    basil to taste. Mix well and refrigerate.
  • Eat

 

 That’s it.
I made another batch this week and added another can of chick
peas, garlic, and finely chopped (thanks to my Veggie Chop) red onion. My taste
buds are still singing and I have 6 Tupperware containers full. Oh and I
remembered to get another bag of chips!!
This is the perfect appetizer for a summer cookout or gathering.
Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!
Later Days!

 

B

#singlegirlproblems

An Eeyore like black cloud has been hovering over my sweet little head
for the past week. I couldn’t figure what was up with me. Then I did some quick
calculations and it hit me in the face like a frying pan. I’ll be 35 in 6
months. I’m going through a mid-30’s crisis. Single. Alone. Mediocre job. One
pet away from a menagerie. The obligatory third wheel everywhere I go. Manless.
Kidless…. Please give me a moment while I pull myself out of the fetal
position and put down the Ben and Jerry’s.
Thank you. As I wallow away in my self
pity, something told me to check ok Cupid. And there waiting for me was this
little gem.
This is exactly how it was written…
richie2316: OMG. You look so sweet.. I m
richard and i m so new on this online stuff just searching profiles and i found
yours to be interesting.. I would love to know you more better.. You can always
txt me on (full phone number given) I will be waiting to get a text from you..
Its nice to meet you and i hope this goes a long way because with God all
things are possible.

Yes, with God I am able
to see that there is a reason I have been kept away from men such as Richie and
single for so long. Thank you Lord for protecting me from such ratchet
foolishness.
This entire message sounds like the first
5 minutes of a Lifetime movie. You know the one. Where the sweet young co-ed
thinks she is being nice to the charming, handsome man and gives him her
number. Only to be stalked by said charming, handsome man turned psycho, clingy
mad man who was just released from prison for stalking and attempting to kill
his ex-girlfriend.  You’ve seen it, right or the 20 just like it.
There are so many things wrong with this
message, besides the glaring grammatical errors. Where shall we start?
Are you really “new” to this online thing,
or have you found the one message that other women have responded to that you
post all the time
You want to get to know me better or more
better? How can you know me more better if we don’t know each other at all?
Nice to meet me? We haven’t met. Or have
you started to stalk me already? Should I call the cops and start carrying
mace?
You will be waiting for my text? Please do
not hold your breath sweet Richie. You may be waiting until Rachel figures out which
race she is.
And finally, my personal favorite, why are
you bringing the Lord into this. That is just sinful…. With that begin said,
In my Katt Williams voice,” why don’t you
send me somebody Jesus!”
Later Days!

 

B

I’m Just A Little Insane

The actual quote from Alice in Wonderland is, “we’re all a little bit mad,” says the Mad Hatter. But in my case, I am still a little insane. I took last week off from Insanity for a couple of reasons. 1.) I was working on my dance moves with CIZE, and 2.) my workout mojo when MIA. Like completely left the building. The alarm would go off. I would turn it off and go back to sleep for another two hours.

 New week, fresh start. Banged through Cardio Recovery and Cardio Power and Resistance. but this morning I hit a snag. Beachbody on Demand was on the blink. 503 messages everywhere. What’s a girl to do? I have had a lot on my mind the past couple of days, so I figured some yoga would clear out the cobwebs. I had 30 minutes so in went 21 Day Fix Extreme Yoga Fix. This is one of my favorite yoga programs, maybe because we do Royal Dancer (my favorite yoga pose). And then it hit me. I wasn’t getting bored with Insanity because of the workout. I was getting bored because it was longer than 30 minutes. Mind blown!

I have been doing 25-30 minute workouts for over year. I have conditioned my mind the all I need is 30 minutes. 40 minutes is not going to cut it for me. Every time I opened a video and saw that the clock started at 40, I would cringe. Sorry Insanity, but I have to let you go.

But that doesn’t mean that I am not insane. Bring on Round 2 of Insanity Max 30!!! All the craziness of Insanity in only 30 minutes.  And this time, I’m going for it! No modifications.

It’s important to know what works and what doesn’t work for you. Don’t stay with something just because you feel you have an obligation to so do. If you don’t like, you are more likely to quit or not get the best results.

So find a workout, meal plan, or whatever to like and rock it out like a #BOSS. I know I will.

Later Days!
B

Frankie on Fleek

Frankie (my fibroid) is on fleek. After a few weeks of eating meat
and not necessarily watching my diet, I started to notice that I was getting
fluffy in the mid-section, which tends to happen when one completely falls off
the diet wagon. But something wasn’t right. As soon as I ate something, my
stomach would become extremely bloated and start to hurt. I was waiting for
people to ask me when the baby was due.
No I am not pregnant.. I swear
And then it hit me. Or I hit it. Frankie was growing…
That alien thing on the left…. That’s Frankie!

It got to the point that I was seriously considering talking to my
doctor about surgery. Like cut this out of my now considering it. I reminded
myself that surgery was that absolute and final option for riding my uterus of
its unwanted inhabitant. Although Frankie is not causing any physical
discomfort; no matter how clean I eat, how hard I work out, or how much cardio
I do, my stomach will not get flat thanks to Frankie. Which is extremely
disheartening especially in prime swim suit season.

Therefore, Frankie must die.
I scoured the medical encyclopedia (Google) for natural fibroid remedies
and found a wonderfully helpful blog, shrunkfibroids.blogspot.com (how
appropritate). It is written by a woman who had fibroid surgery twice, only to
have them come back, so she decided to treat them naturally. With success. Her
battle plan, a vegetarian diet and vitamin supplement regime. Sounds simple
enough and since her fibroids shrunk, I figured why not give it a try. I have
nothing to lose. I quickly went to vitacost.com (the mecca of all things
natural) and filled my cart with my arsenal, most of which I had never heard of
before. And by the way, besides being extremely affordable (except for the $30 Whole Food vitamins), Vitacost constantly sends your promo codes for 10-12% off you next purchase or buy one Vitacost brand product, get one free. That’s how I scored a free bottle of DIM. Here’s my new vitamin regime and daily servings:
The Whole Food Vitamin (4 capsules daily)
Mangosteen Juice (1-2 ounces)
Decaf Green Tea Extract (1 daily)
DIM (1 daily)
Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar (1 ounce in 6 ounces of water)
The weapons of Frankie’s destruction

My supplements were waiting for me when I got home, but I bought
the apple cider vinegar this weekend. And since Frankie isn’t getting any small
(yet), there is no time like the present to start my attack. So, as
recommended, I drank 1 ounce of vinegar with 6 ounces of water. A dirty martini
it is not. It is not good at all. Like gag me with a spoon disgusting. And warm water did not help. I’ll try it
tomorrow with some honey any let you know how that turns out. Maybe you get used to the taste…

So here we are. No meat, no dairy, a whole lot of vitamins, and apple cider vinegar.
Frankie is going down!
Later Days

 

B

You’re Invited!!

I‘m so excited and I just can’t hide it! (such a gratuitous Saved By the Bell reference, but I don’t care)  I am please to announce my first ever Fit Camp! AHHHHHH. Seriously, I am so excited that I am bouncing in my chair!!! Can you tell!!! I hope so and I hope you will join me!

Since this is my first ever fit camp, I figured why not get people started off on the right foot with, wait for it….

First Steps to Fitness Fit Camp
(If I could make the words flash, I would. Trust Me)

Sound interesting??? Let’s see if this the group for you:

  1. Have you wanted to start a fitness program, but don’t know how?
  2. Intimidated by the number of fitness programs on the market and don’t know where to start?
  3. Want to clean up your diet but don’t know how?
  4. Have you started a fitness program but quit because no one was there to keep you accountable?
  5. Are you ready to make a change?

Did you answer yes to any other these questions? Then First Steps to Fitness is the group for you!

What is included in this amazing group?

  • 4 week program
  • 30 minute workouts that you can do from the comfort of your home according to your schedule
  • 30 Day supply of Shakeology, a Super Food Meal Replacement Shake that helps you with your sweet tooth cravings
  • 30 Day free trial of Beachbody on Demand (Beachbody’s streaming service)
  • Support and Accountability in a closed Facebook Group coach (Hooray!)
  • Me as your personal accountability Coach
  • Meal Plan, Nutrition Guide, and sample grocery list
  • Workout tips and tricks
  • Prizes
  • Tons of Fun
No, you don’t have to go to a gym. No heavy equipment required. Nope, you don’t have to live near or in Philadelphia (it would be cool if you did so we can meet up!) You just need 30 minutes a day, a positive mindset, and the desire to make a change in your life!

Why am I doing this? Because I want to help you like someone helped me. That’s it. I just want to help you. Two years ago, I was totally lost, depressed, and couldn’t figure out what was going on with me. Then I found my Coach. With her support, motivation, and amazing attitude, I finished my first workout program ever and laid the foundation for my fitness journey.  Now it’s time for me to pay it forward and do the same for you!

Ready to get started? Logistics are below:

Start Date – July 6th (Yup, right after the holiday!)
Interested? Click this link https://beebeehart.wufoo.com/forms/m1qvx33u0kg6fcb/ and fill out the form (Will take you 2 minutes tops to complete)

Or feel free to email be directly at bshart@gmail.com. You can also email me if you have any questions or would like more information!

Can’t wait to start this amazing journey with you!

Later Days!
B

#singlegirlproblems

Summer has officially descended upon Philadelphia which
means humidity will be wreaking havoc on my hair and allergies for the next
three months. Oh the joy of joys. And while somehow the furries and I survived
last summer without AC, I knew I was going to have to break down and get one
this year.

Or maybe not.
Thanks to the semi-hippie commune that I live in, I
have use of an air conditioner that was left behind by a previous tenant. Thank
the Lord! The second time it reached 90 this year, I trudged to the basement
and hauled that bad boy up to my apartment like it was my job. Dust, dirt, cobwebs,
and all.
Now…. How does one put in a window air conditioning unit??  I had central air in my last place, but I knew
the basics of installing a window unit. But it was the “holy shit, I hope this
bastard doesn’t fall out this window moments,” that caused a lot of trepidation
while installing my relief from the summer muggies.
Which brings us to this week’s #singlegirlproblem. If you’re
a single gal, when you need a man, there ain’t one around. Granted, I am very
handy. Extremely handy if I do say so myself (and since this is my blog, I
can). I can put together IKEA furniture like a boss. When it comes to jobs
around the house that require a.) brute strength b.) plumbing expertise c.) electrical
work, or d.) anything dealing with animals that I did not purposely bring into
my home, I am useless. Unless it is absolutely necessary as in the case when
you are single and live alone, to do such things. As I struggled with said air
conditioner, all I kept thing was, “where is a man when you need one?” Wouldn’t
it be great if I could just wiggle my nose like Samantha on Bewitched
(seriously dating myself there) and a hunky shirtless man in tight jeans show
up to put the air conditioner in for me? A girl can dream right. Alas, that was
not the case. After several near drops and severely sweaty palms, the fur kids
and I (until my electric bill comes) are enjoying the cold air.
Yes, the air conditioner did get
in the window and is functioning perfectly. But I had put it in because there
was no one else to do it. And while I am the total feminist and can totally
take care of myself, there are times when having a man around would be so damn convenient.
Yes, I said it. And I make no bones about it.  Sometimes, I wish I could say, “Hey babe, can
you get the pasta off of the shelf,” instead of using my handy step stool that
stays at the ready at all times because I am short. Or it would nice for
someone else to lug the cat litter out of the car. Someday!
Hopefully the air conditioner
comes out easier than it went in. Maybe I should start practicing my nose
wiggling….
Later Days!

 

B

MIssion Accomplished!!

This will be short and sweet peeps! Guess who filmed and posted her CIZE video just now?? This girl

Yup, my video has been posted for the Facebook masses to see!!! What did I just do???

I totally jumped off the cliff, and looking back at it… It wasn’t that scary. When you punch fear in the face and do it anyway, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

So, here’s my video (all 56 seconds of it) And if you have any questions about CIZE or how you can get your copy. email me at bshart@gmail.com or friend me on Facebook!

Later Days!
B

Cizing Past Fear

Taking a break from Insanity this week so I can work on my
dance skills! Beachbody is having a contest for the best video of people doing
the routine “You Got This”, from the amahzing Shaun T’s new workout program,
Cize. Cize isn’t even out yet, but you can preview this awesome workout on
Beachbody on Demand.
Now it’s on like Donkey Kong. I never took any formal dance
classes when I was kid. I did participate in Airband in college. But I am up to
the challenge of seeing how close Bianca can get to Beyonce by Saturday.
Saturday June 20th is the day that I will record and post my video for
the world to see in hopes of winning, wait for it… $1000. Yup a cool grand is
at stake and the grand prize winner gets $5000. That’s something to shoot for
right? Damn right.
So why am I doing this…. That is a very good question. I’m
putting myself out there to get over my fears. I have been stuck in neutral
with my Beachbody business for a while because of this little thing call the “What
if’s”. You know, what if I suck at helping people? What if no one responds to
my invites? What if I can’t make it through this work out? What if I can’t
stick to this meal plan? What if I don’t lose weight? What if everyone thinks I’m
nuts? What if people get sick of all my sweat selfies on Instagram? What if no
one reads this blog? Wait what!!! You are reading this right? Ok good! That’s
one what if crossed of the list!
The “What if’s” are fear’s way of stopping me. Stopping for
going out on a limb and going all in with my business. Dancing like no one’s watching,
posting it on Facebook and hoping that someone likes it! Even if it is just one
person. What if no one likes it? So what!
Insanity is on the back burner for a few days while I get my
Beyonce on. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t be getting a workout. Oh Honey!
Cize is cardio on fleek! You don’t realize that you are getting an amazing
workout until you realize that you are dripping with sweat! I even had to take
a couple of water breaks. Dancing is an awesome workout! And so much fun. Shaun
T breaks down and cues the moves incredibly well, that by the end of the
workout you can go all out and “Cize It Up” with attitude. Yes, girl!
It’s finally time to feel the fear and do it anyway. And I
need you to keep my accountable! If you don’t see my video on Facebook by 8pm
Saturday night, I am giving you permission right now to call me out on it! Text,
post on my Facebook wall, anything to make sure that video is up!
Time to punch fear in the face and do it anyway. It’s finally
time to clear the what if bullshit out of my head and go all in!
Let’s do this!
Later Days!

B

#singlegirlproblems

This single girl doesn’t have a problem. This weekend, this
single girl is loving life. Right now I am in Dewey Beach celebrating my BFF’s
birthday. This is a peace of heaven. Friends, laughs, food, drinks and fun.
Life is grand, except for this massive hangover that I am nursing right now. Thank
goodness for a strong cup of coffee.

There is a saying, or maybe I am making it up, that friends
are the family that you choose. And I must say that I have a kick ass
family.  Eight people who can go months
or years without seeing each other, but once we get together, let the good
times roll! No fights, bickering or back stabbing. Just good times, inappropriate
adult jokes and comments, and a lot of drinking. This is the life. And I take
it for granted way too often.
Yesterday I let loose. Like Elsa and Anna let it go loose!
And it felt damn good. It felt damn good to listen to a kick ass cover band do Uptown
Funk, Don’t Stop Believing, and Livin’ on A Prayer. To dance like I did when I
was in college and sing (or scream) at the top of my lungs. To eat carbs like
they were going out of style. It felt good to just be in the moment. To live in
the moment.
When was the last time you really let loose? When was the
last time you did something for yourself? When was the last time you lived in
the moment? That was me this weekend. Being with friends, having an absolute
blast without a care in the world gave me the “me time” that I so desperately
needed. That we all desperately need.
There is so much pressure to go, that we don’t know how to
stop. We are told the we have to be mini Energizers Bunnies to make it in this world.
That we have to do this, go here, get this, be this status to “make it”. Yeah
it may be nice to make it, but is that worth not living?
No! Live people. Take time to smell the roses. Hell, just
breathe and dance like no one is watching!
Later Days!

 

B

Insanity Week 1 Recap

Today started week 2 of Insanity, which means I survived
week 1! And oh the insanity. I knew that it was going to be crazy and push me
farther than I have ever been pushed by a workout before, and Shaun T did not
let me down at all. In fact somehow he exceeded my expectations.
There were so many times when I couldn’t breathe, felt like I
was going to throw up, and thought I was about to pass out. There were moments
when I experienced all three feelings at the same time. And I actually
chose to do this to myself. I paid for this program. Makes you question my sanity, right? But it did make
me think.
When I started Plymomteric Cardio Circuit for the first
time, I was shocked. There was no modifier. Nothing was low impact. No one was doing any low impact moves. Everybody
was going all out on every exercise. Well, if no one else is,  I guess I’m doing the high impact moves
too. And I did. And I didn’t die. I was stronger than I thought I was. I had
been modifying complete programs for months because I was afraid that I couldn’t
do it. But here I was doing full on power squats, suicide jumps, power jacks,
and Heisman’s like a boss, and so were the people on the screen. And you know
what else they were doing? They were falling out, screaming, grunting and
looking at Shaun T like he had five heads. Just like me. They were no different
from me. We were all struggling to make it through these ridiculously hard
workouts. And we did. 
Barely.
So the first two workouts I went over in my previous recap,
Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Power Cardio Resistance. Next up, Pure Cardio.
Shaun T should have called it Pure Hell. I thought Insanity Max 30 Friday Night
Fight Round 1 and 2 were crazy. I was wrong. Dead wrong. After the workout was over, I laid
on the floor for a good 2 minutes because I could not move. My heart was pounding out of my chest, my clothes were soaked with sweat, and I could barely catch my breath. I was so delirious
that I brushed my teeth with my face wash. It was that hard. But I finished.
Time for Recovery. Not a lot of cardio, but you still worked up a good sweat. Lunges, squats, and some core work are on deck. And I have to
say, this was a tough workout too! Even the recovery day is insane. You don’t
think so? Try doing squats, followed by squat pulses, followed by a squat hold;
each for a minute. I thought my legs had turned into flame throwers. And that
whole thing about being Day 3 Insanity sore…. It is totally true. I was fine
days 1 and 2, but on Day 3, my calves were beyond tight. And on Day 4, my legs
were completely gone; totally done. Rest day could not come fast enough. I
normally loathe rest days because I feel so lasy when I don’t work out. Not
this first rest day, I slept in and did not feel bad at all. I totally needed
to recover after getting my ass handed to me for 6 days straight.
In a nutshell, is this workout out hard? Yes. Is it intense?
Yes. Will it make you question your sanity? 
Yes. Will it push your current physical and mental limits? Yes. Is it
worth it? Absolutely
Later Days!

B