Manitoba Hemp Hearts Stole My Heart

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary sample pack of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to try for the purposes of this post. All opinions are my own.

If you have been reading this blog for a while or not you definitely heard me talk about Sanders Optimum Fitness Boot Camp and how it requires a lot of energy because the workouts are THE BUSINESS.  Well Monte Sanders is my coach and he always talks about fueling your body with clean fuel vs. junk in order to perform your very best.  Since he trained Ray Lewis and Ed Reed (who both have at least 1 Superbowl ring) I listen to what he has to say.  He trains champions.

I have been looking to not only expand my horizon of what I consider healthy but also incorporate more tried and true healthy meals into my lifestyle.  Now don’t be fooled, I eat all kinds of food but since I am also near the middle of my DietBet challenge it is imperative I up the ante on my focus on a clean diet.  One of my biggest challenges has always been with clean food – staying full for a few hours until lunchtime.  I know I know eat 5 to 6 small meals throughout the day but with some of our professional work schedules that becomes a daunting task.

I am constantly looking for food that will provide excellent nutrition yet fill my belly and hold me over until I can get time to eat my next meal.  I was thrilled when I was chosen to participate in reviewing the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts because I found it to be a great opportunity to see how I like them, whether I want to add them to my daily routine and whether I can recommend them to all of you, my amazing readers.

So let’s see, these bad boys have 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of Omega 3 & 6 and is the food of many athletes.  They come raw and shelled and have a nice slight nutty flavor.  They go with just about anything such as cereal, yogurt, salad, smoothies and much more.  They are non-GMO, lower in carbs than flax or chia seeds and vegan-friendly.

I actually tried it in my daily green smoothies and really LOVED IT.  I thought it complimented it perfectly.  I would liken the taste to raw pine nuts and I love pine nuts.  I would definitely recommend these to anyone who wants to get some additional nutrition goodness into their food!!

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Smoothie

Now on to the GREAT STUFF – the awesome Manitoba Harvest team is offering a FREE 2 oz bag of their Hemp Hearts to 1 lucky winner.

Just complete the entry form below and you are IN like FLYNN.

That’s it.  This contest lasts from October 30, 2014 to November 30, 2014 and one lucky winner in US or Canada who is 18 or older will be selected December 1st.  COOL RIGHT?  So get out there and do your thing.  I can’t wait to see all of the cool pics.

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And if you are like, skip the contest, I want my fill of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts now the Manitoba Harvest team is offering a 20% discount off ALL of their products on their website at http://manitobaharvest.com/ with promo code HHSWEATPINK14.  This discount code expires November 30, 2014 so make sure you hurry up and order up.

Also feel free to get social with Manitoba Harvest and follow them across their social media communities.

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What would you sprinkle Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts on?


The Negative Health Effects of Skipping a Single Meal

Do not skip a single meal.

Less is more, right? Yes, if you’re talking about miles per hour when you get pulled over for speeding, but not in the realm of eating. Whether you’re a celebrity-diet fan or experienced a night of too much booze and Burger King, chances are you’ve heard of the term fasting.  Fasting may seem appealing when you’re in a crunch or trying to undo some serious damage, but think twice before you consider it.

Here’s what happens to your body when you skip a meal (yes, just a meal!):

Digestion Disruption: Our bodies are used to having food to digest. When you stop eating for a day or a meal, your body’s digestive system gets thrown off. If you aren’t eating, your body has nothing to digest. Help your stomach do its job- eat regularly!

Cortisol Chaos: By eating throughout the day, you can help keep your blood sugar in check. Skipping meals releases cortisol. Increased cortisol is closely tied to increased abdominal fat.

Mental imbalance: Humans need food to survive, that’s not rocket science. When you skip meals, you can slip into a thought process where you convince yourself you don’t need food. Slippery-sloping into a thought process where food becomes a guilt-trip is a big no-no.

Onset of Overeating: Ever skip breakfast and then realize it’s halfway through the afternoon and you have yet to eat? What likely happens as a result? A huge dinner! Our bodies function best when fed in reasonably moderate amounts at spaced intervals. So slamming a huge dinner not only confuses your body but will likely result in an overconsumption of calories.

Fat Foraging: When we skip meals or don’t eat, our bodies go into “freak-out-mode”, aka starvation. Our bodies start to think we won’t be getting food. As a result, your metabolic rate is reduced for the time being.

If these are the repercussions of just skipping meals, imagine the scale of consequences when applying this to a day-after-day fast. The key to lasting weight loss results is investment of time and effort. Fasting may lead to temporary weight loss, but can result in long term damage. Stick to the old-fashioned hard work and healthy eating and you and your body will be much happier.

This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards and the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. Now in
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Workout Wednesday Link Up #51

Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling

Workout Wednesday Co-Hostesses

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Featured Fitale Olivia Montes

Featured Fitale #transformation #beforeandafter #weightloss

FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).

OM: I’m Olivia, mom to a two year old daughter and an English Bulldog, a Coast Guard wife, and blogger! I blog about motherhood and kids’ activities at meandbabye.com, and about my passion for fitness, a healthy lifestyle and my weight loss journey at weightlossjourney10.com.

FFFC: What sparked your weight-loss journey?

OM: Throughout my teens I was always a bit overweight, frequently losing some with fad diets, and then gaining back some when I stopped. It came to a head in 2001 in my Junior year of college, when I was no longer losing any, just gaining. I had seriously messed up my metabolism with a long streak of starvation diets followed by binges, and I realized by the winter of 2001 that I had to make some drastic changes to my life, or risk being overweight for life.

FFFC: What were your beginning and current weight and/or measurements?

OM? At 5’10” I weighed 230 pounds before I started taking control of my weight and fitness. I now weigh 155.

FFFC: How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?

OM: By the spring of 2002 (so 5 months from when I started) I was at 180 pounds, and much happier with myself! From there, it took another year, between gaining some back, breaking old habits, plateaus and learning what my body responds best to to lose another 25 pounds.

I was overweight because I used food as a way to deal with stress and my emotions, with no concept of portion control. I also had no idea how to lose weight in a healthy manner. So for myself, this is a continuing journey, to keep to eating clean to nourish my body, treating myself occasionally, and not using food as a means of dealing with the stress of every day life.

FFFC: What physical activities did you do during your journey?

OM: I started with the elliptical and a few weights, along with some group exercise classes. I pretty much stayed on that track for a while, working with personal trainers every now and then to add some new weight routines and toning exercises.

After I had my daughter in 2011, I found the world of HIIT workouts as well as Pilates through blogilates.com. Having a varied fitness routine that I could do whenever (like 4am when she would wake up for a feeding!) was great, and I love how incredibly powerful and energized I feel after a good HITT workout. Pilates and HIIT has changed my body in so many ways. I have never been or felt stronger! I can for the first time ever do a full push up, which for me is HUGE!

FFFC: How did your eating habits change?

OM: At the start of my weight loss journey I was on WeightWatchers, which taught me portion control. I stayed with WeightWatchers on and off for many years. It wasn’t until I was trying to get pregnant that I learned about the health advantages of clean eating. We had a hard time conceiving, and rather than turning to fertility drugs right away we decided to give Eastern medicine a try first. This entailed, among other treatments, removing all sugar, dairy, white flour and processed foods from my diet. Not only did we end up getting pregnant with no medication, but I also realized how wonderful I felt. I did my best to keep with a clean diet during pregnancy, but I definitely had some pregnancy craving slip ups! Clean eating and HIIT workouts helped me get back to 155 from my 180 post-birth weight within 3 months.

FFFC: What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

OM: I typically have an egg topped with avocado and tomatoes or salsa for breakfast, along with coffee with a teaspoon or so of coconut oil. I love the taste and it is so energizing!

Snacks are typically a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.

My lunch is normally a really big salad, with lots of veggies, and half (sometimes a whole) chicken breast topped with an olive oil dressing.

Dinner is a lean protein (fish, chicken, pork loin, turkey, black bean burgers), and a vegetable. I love to cook and dinner is the one meal I have time to make well (breakfast and lunch are usually a rush between getting to the gym in the morning and then nap time at lunch!) so I like to have fun with new Paleo and clean eating recipes.

FFFC: What is your favorite fitness activity?

OM: I am a new convert to running! I typically run 2 to 3 miles a day, followed by a HIIT workout or fitness class, like TurboKick or Tababta. I also love Bikram yoga and Power Yoga. I’ll be starting a weight training routine this month with the Fitness Trainer I have as a guest writer on weightlossjourney10.com, Ashley Lebrecht. Weight training is such a key component to a good fitness routine, one that I’ve been doing with plyometrics and various fitness classes, but I feel that I need to give it more focus.

FFFC: What do you do now to maintain your physique?

OM: I eat clean 6 days a week, and give myself one cheat day every week. I workout 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, and do something like go for a family walk on Sunday. I also make sure to have accountability partners, both in person and on-line!

FFFC: How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

OM: At first I was driven by my weight loss. Each pound lost fueled my will power to workout and eat well. When I would go off track and gain some weight back, my desire to get back to where I was again fueled my will power. When I started with clean eating my whole perspective changed. My will power came and continues to come from how good I feel! I feel so much better not eating processed foods, like white flour and sugar. I have more energy, I’m less moody, and I have absolutely no PMS. In fact, my cheat days are great reminders of WHY I continue to eat clean. I always feel a little crappy the next day, like a food hangover, when I don’t eat clean.

FFFC: What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?

OM: My honest advice would be to first off, ensure that your desire to lose weight is your desire, and not someone else’s. You can’t live someone else’s dream. Secondly, start with a plan. You’re talking about changing the way you eat and your daily life. So basically, changing your life. Having the structure of a plan, as well as the support that often comes with it, is a vital part to success in the beginning. Do your research and find a plan that is best suited to you and your life.

FFFC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this journey?  

OM: The biggest misconception is, in my opinion, that losing weight is about denying yourself. There’s this idea that you have to torture yourself with bland diets and intense fitness routines to lose weight, which just isn’t the case. In fact, denying yourself for days and weeks on end, while eating food you hate (you couldn’t pay me to eat canned tuna, for example) and working out like an Olympian will most likely result in you bingeing later on calorie laden treats and not wanting, or not able to, keep up your fitness routine.

Instead, eat what your body needs with clean eating, which in time will become what it craves, and give yourself a day to have some treats (I like a few small treats throughout one day) or one big meal (just keep it to 1,000 calories or less). Start a fitness routine geared to your level of fitness, whatever that may be, and work up from there.

I think it’s also important to remember that 80% of your physique is what you eat, and 20% is your fitness routine. Fitness is a vital component, but a good workout does not give you free reign to eat anything and everything!

FFFC: Do you have any fitness inspirations? Who are they?

OM: My father. My father was a fit man in his 20s and early 30s, who let the demands of everyday life take its toll on his fitness. He turned himself and his life around in his mid-40s, taking up body building as a serious hobby. He taught me that it is never too late to take control of your life and to become who you want to be. Sadly, he was taken far too early from Pancreatic Cancer at 52. I am forever grateful that he was able to see me transform myself from overweight to healthy, and that I was able to tell him what an inspiration he was to me before he passed.

FFFC: How can readers learn more about your transformation online (i.e. blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?

OM: You can find me at www.weightlossjourney10.com, where you can also find all my links to my other Social Media!

No Jacket Front View Oliva Montes


Meal Mondays: Confetti Fish

Confetti Fish Recipe

I had an awesome workout week and I also WON a free cooler of Sizzlefish!  Sometimes you just have to enter those Instagram contests and great things just may happen.  I went online and selected from a variety of fish options such as:

  • Omega-3 Protein
  • CTS Endurance Pack
  • Scallops and Salmon
  • Wild Ocean Blend
  • Omega-3 Blast
  • Sizzlefish Prime
  • Sizzlefish Sampler
  • Simply Salmon
  • Light-Eating Protein
  • Three Wild Months Club
  • Three Prime Months Subscription
  • Coho Salmon
  • Sablefish
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Haddock
  • Sea Scallops
  • Atlantic Cod
  • Catfish

See what I’m saying – they have something for everyone.    Check out what came in the cooler, FISH FOR DAYS!!!!  I was so excited when I opened it.  There were actually 14 – 4 oz pieces of fish of all types.

Sizzlefish Haul

Now let me share the recipe I made with you as it turned out superb and I am sure you and your family will enjoy it too.

Ingredients for Confetti Fish

  • 2 – 4 oz of Haddock
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 TB honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 TB canola oil
  • 2 TB Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper chopped in 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper chopped in 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced.  Remove seeds for less spice
  • 10 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can of corn drained
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

Preparation for Confetti

  1. Prepare the “confetti” by mixing all ingredients (except the haddock) in a bowl and let marinate in fridge at least 30 minutes.

Preparation for Fish

  1. Season fish with your favorite seasonings.  I used all-purpose dill mix with garlic by Pampered Chef, fresh ground black pepper and Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blend Seafood Magic.
  2. Heat 2 TB of extra virgin olive oil in large skillet on medium heat.
  3. Place fish in pan and sear it on both sides for about 5 minutes each until opaque and well cooked.
  4. Remove from skillet and let cool.
  5. Plate fish and place “confetti” on top.
  6. Serve with your favorite vegetable

Bon appetit!

Do you plan to try this recipe?


#FitnessFriday – Move Something

This week was a fabulous week for my workouts.  On Saturday (which is technically last week) I ran the the 5K in the Baltimore Running Festival.

Baltimore Running Festival 5K

Showing off my 5K medal.

On Monday, October 20th we kicked off our second installation of the DietBet challenge called Operation Pre-Holiday Slimdown.   There’s still time to register – $35 gets you in and we currently have over 60 people signed up!!!  The pot just keeps growing.  Lose 4% of your bodweight in 28 days and win money.  :-)

The rest of the week I did workouts on the treadmill (1 mile warm ups) working to decrease my mile time by picking up the pace on the treadmill each time.  I made progress.  I stopped being a wimp and turned it up because I know I can run faster.

Treadmill 1 mile warm up

Treadmill 1 mile warm up

While I didn’t get a chance to get with my personal trainer this week due to hectic schedules I did do my Sanders Optimum Fitness Online Boot Camp sessions which were tough.  Don’t let anyone tell you any different BUT they are effective.  There’s still time to sign up at http://sandersoptimumfitness.com.  Tell them I sent ya.  :-)

While I didn’t get with my personal trainer this week here are two killer workouts she created for me and the ladies of my fitness group last week.  ENJOY and tell me what you think of them.

Take It To'em Workout

Back To It Workout

And I must not forget the Little Black Dress challenge…..yes I put in work on that TOO!!!!!  Using my 30 Day Fitness Challenges app I tracked the workouts.  Now I did fall behind on my days and had to play catch up, who am I fooling, I’m still playing catch up but I did complete multiple days.  Check it out.

And there you have it folks.  I allowed myself NO EXCUSES and put in the work.  I am on a mission.  I must lose 1 inch from around my waist a MONTH plus 4% of my bodyweight in the next 4 weeks.  With focus and determination I am confident I will get there.  Until next week!

 My workout week

Disclaimer: This workout was created by a certified trainer based on my current fitness level. Please adjust weight or motion based upon your fitness level. Always consult a physician before starting any new training program

What did your workout week look like?  

What do you think went well?  

What do you think you could have done differently?

 


Puritan’s Pride Fall Smoothies + Giveaway

Puritans Pride Fall Smoothie Program and Giveaway

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.

You know the deal – I love my smoothies.  Especially delicious ones that are completely healthy.  I also add protein to make them more filling than usual to hold me over 3 to 4 hours.  Given how hectic it is in the morning, smoothies have become my quick fix “breakfast meal” that helps get me out the door and doesn’t leave me with an empty stomach.  I also noticed whether I lift or run I am typically hungrier in the morning so it satiates my appetite.

With the cooler temps, some people may be inclined to start eating more hot breakfast meals but I plan to keep my smoothie addiction obsession fascination morning breakfast routine going.  And just like that, I got invited to participate in Puritan’s Pride Seasonal Smoothie program.  Each month from October to December I will share a deliciously awesome smoothie recipe for you to try.  NICE right?

Ever wonder what all the smoothie craze is about?  Well, smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrients in one delicious drink; but sometimes you can get into a recipe rut. So over the next three months I’ve partnered with Puritan’s Pride to put pizzazz in my smoothies with protein powders and superfoods-based products that can tuck in more nutrients more efficiently. Each month, I’ll be sharing my superfood-packed smoothie and would love to hear about your best smoothie recipes, too.

This month, we’re starting with two fall favorite flavors that just happen to be super nutritious, pumpkin and kale.  Let me share a little something about kale’s superfood awesomeness and the benefits of pumpkin.

Kale is a superfood because it is high in antioxidant Vitamins A and C. Dark leafy greens are great nutrition powerhouses but kale takes the veggie-cake! Here’s something most people don’t know: Kale also provides omega-3 fatty acid and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).

Pumpkin is a superfood because it is high in vitamin A, which supports healthy vision and helps support immunity. Also a good source of potassium, pumpkins can help your heart and muscles. Interesting pumpkin fact- pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, a nutrient important for immunity.

Recipe time – here is how you make the Kale Coconut Smoothie

  • 1 cup kale,
  • 1 cup pineapple,
  • 1 sprig fresh mint,
  • 1 can coconut milk, and
  • 1 scoop Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein for Her Vanilla Bean

Instructions:  blend together and serve immediately.

If kale doesn’t float your boat here is a delicious pumpkin recipe you can try – Pumpkin Smoothie

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure no other ingredients other than pumpkin),
  • 1 cup coconut milk or milk of choice,
  • 1 banana,
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice,
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1 scoop Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein for Her Vanilla Bean

Instructions:  blend all the ingredients; serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

If you would like to try some of Puritan’s Pride products, it’s your lucky day order any of the items below and receive 10% off plus free shipping.

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Each serving of this delicious protein powder delivers 17 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber to help fuel your body, aid in post workout recovery and help satisfy hunger.

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FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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And as if it couldn’t get any better – Puritan’s Pride is sponsoring a giveaway of the following amazing products:

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What is your favorite Fall smoothie recipe?


October Bulu Box Unboxing

October Bulu Box Unboxing thumbnail and I ran the 5K in the Baltimore Running Festival

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  That means if you click and make a purchase I receive a small commission from your purchase.

Hi everyone!  I am very excited because I signed up for a 6-month subscription to Bulu Box Weight Loss.  I figured, since I am on this shrink your waist challenge AND my DietBet challenge starts in a day I am hopeful this health box would help me smash through these goals.  So let me share with you what’s inside the October Bulu Box Weight Loss.

October Bulu Box Weight Loss

1.  Smarty Pants Adult Multi + Fiber – $47.95/30 servings

2.  BiPro Whey Protein Isolate – $49.99/2 lbs tub

3.  Serengeti Chamomile Blend – $16.50/3 boxes (54 sticks)

4.  BSN N.O.-Xplode – $38.99/30 servings

5.  Rescue Pearls – $12.99/28 capsules

6.  Body360 Burn360 – $29.99/72 capsules

Smarty Pants Adult Multi + Fiber

 

BiPro Whey Protein Isolate

 

Serengeti Chamomile Blend

 

BSN N.O. Xplode

 

Rescue Pearls

 

Body360 Burn360

I had a lot of fun going through this October Bulu Box Weight Loss and plan to put some of these items to good use.  If you would like to try a Bulu Box simply order at http://bulubox.com and use PROMO CODE:  BULUGAN356 to receive 50% off of your first subscription.  GREAT DEAL!

Which of the items in my latest October Bulu Box Weight Loss subscription box would you like to try most?


Workout Wednesday Link Up #50

Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling

Workout Wednesday Co-Hostesses

 Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Heather | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Be sure to stop by BOTH of our co-hostess’ blogs as they are really cool and full of their fitness and running adventures so read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe so you receive regular updates.  We are very happy to have them as co-hostesses.


We created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach.

WOW Pinterest Board

Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board. Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted.

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#DoWork is being featured this week in the Workout Wednesday Blogger Spotlight.  Say hello to Ed and show him some love.  He is a biker, runner and swimmer in that order.

Congratulations  Ed!!

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Women Who Box – Samantha Mellerson

Sam Mellerson female boxer

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

SM:  I am Samantha Mellerson. I describe myself as a wife, mother, soldier for social justice and boxer. For real, that is what it reads on my twitter profile!

FFFC:  How did you get interested in boxing?

SM:  I have been interested in boxing since I was a child. I used to watch the fights with my dad and with my friends. I remember getting together with about 6-7 friends to watch a Mike Tyson fight, when Christie Martin opened up, and I couldn’t believe it. I was mesmerized. I think it had such a huge impact on me, because it didn’t just show me that women COULD box, but it challenged me to think about everything else I would want to do, but thought I “couldn’t”.   

FFFC:  How did you get started in boxing?

SM:  Shortly after I saw that fight, I went around my community to the boxing gyms, to register for boxing, but no one offered traditional boxing. They offered kickboxing and martial arts, so I signed up, but it wasn’t really what I wanted. Fast forward almost 20 years, and I ran into a trainer who I later found out trained fighters, and asked him if he would teach me how to box. It was kind of a bucket list thing at this point. He agreed, and we started out. A few months in, he asked if I would consider a match, and I jumped at the chance. I have been training with him ever since.  

FFFC:  Who do you spar with?

SM:  There is a group of guys that train with the same coach, and we all spar each other. I am the only woman in the group. They are a great group of guys. Our trainer also gets in the ring with us at times.

FFFC:  Have you had an official match and if so, how did it go?

SM:  We are training for an official amateur fight to take place by December 2014.

FFFC:  What do you like most and least about boxing?

SM:  I love the hard core training and discipline. I hate getting injured. Injuries usually happen because of a stupid mistake. 

FFFC:  What is your training program like?

SM:  Warm ups consist of lots of shadow boxing and skipping rope.  Then bag work and pads.  The drills are rough with bursts of speed and power designed to engage your core, and my legs (my trainer gets on me about engaging my legs all the time!)

FFFC:  What would you say is the biggest misconception about females in this sport?

SM:  That we are violent or less feminine. Just not true at all. We are easy going, fun people that can clean up quite nicely! lol

FFFC:  What do you admire most about your physique?

SM:  My upper abs are conditioned quite well. I like that.

Sam Mellerson in No Limits Gym

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for other women interested in getting started with boxing?

SM:  Try it. If you are interested you owe it to yourself to try it out. You will find that the people are friendly and will support your efforts.

FFFC:  What is your daily diet (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)?

SM:  So, I am trying to get better at this. Breakfast, is usually coffee and yogurt, or banana, or sometimes toast with a slice of cheese. Lunch and Dinner are usually a combination of salad, chicken, some veggies and either a pasta or rice. And my snacks usually consist of strawberries, blueberries, bananas, grapes (trying to introduce more apples and pears), wheat thins, cheese sticks, yogurt.  

FFFC:  Do you have any upcoming matches or events?  Tell us all about it.

SM:  I am training now with the hopes of securing an amateur fight by the end of this year. I am really excited about it. Will keep you posted!

FFFC:  Where can I our readers find you on the web and read more about what you do?

SM:  Good question. I am on Facebook and Twitter, but rarely post about my boxing….I just might have to change that! 

Sam Mellerson

 

If you need to get caught up on the series, don’t fret – they are all here ready for YOU to click and be amazed!!  If you love this series as much as I do, show these women some love & support by reading their articles and leaving an encouraging comment!  Smooches.

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