Meal Mondays: Farm Fresh Fit Meals by Homeshed Kitchens

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I don’t know about you but between workouts, family, work, etc. there is very little time to prepare nutritious meals that is satisfying.  Many times I try to cook on Sundays only to get maybe 2 dishes out of the effort that no one in my household wants to eat more than a single day.  I don’t know where these people are from because I ate left overs like nobody’s business.

So I can’t tell you how delighted I was when I found out about Homeshed Kitchens and their Farm Fresh Fit Meals.  They are located in Howard county in Maryland and deliver to Howard, Montgomery and Frederick counties.  

Jeannette Warne had a vision when she created Homeshed Kitchens:

“We believe that there are intrinsic virtues in fostering the flow of food, from the area where it is produced, to the place where it is consumed, including the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the tables it ends up on.”

Jeannette, along with her team, created Farm Fresh Fit Meals as a way for busy individuals to eat healthy meals without worrying about food prepping.  They do all of the food prep for you.  How cool is that?

I tried one of their taste meals which consisted of raw almond, carrot coconut balls, acai berry breakfast bowl, baked chicken skewers with apple slaw, and beef stir fry.

My review:

First up let me tell you about the Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl.

AcaiBerryBreakfastBowl

I thought this bowl was a nice snack but it was not filling enough for breakfast.  I ate this after a rigorous weight training workout with my trainer.  Honestly I typically like eating something hot for breakfast and this is served cold.  You store it in the fridge and then remove and eat when ready.  The hempseeds gave it a nice nutty taste and the acai berries along with the blueberries really upped the antioxidant quotient but again, it was cold and I prefer something hot.  I ate it but needed something to chase it to feel more satiated.

I give the breakfast bowl a 5 out of 10.  If you like cereals in the morning this is a good replacement.  If you prefer hot food for breakfast, then you will be desiring something a little more filling.

Next up let’s talk about the Raw Almond Carrot Coconut Balls.

Raw Almond Carrot Coconut Balls

These snack balls were absolutely phenomenal.  You can eat these before a workout or run for quick energy.  These contain the obvious (check the name of the balls) including dates and coconut oil.  This wasn’t too sweet and the balls were perfect size for a single bite.  These were some of my favorite.  Healthy energy – can’t beat that.  Igive this snack 10 out of 10.

How about the Baked Chicken Skewers and Apple Slaw with Raisins and Pine Nuts?

Baked Chicken Skewers with Apple Slaw

WOW is all I can say about this dish.  They were very generous with the baked chicken breast chunks on the skewers and the fresh thyme gave it the right touch.  My favorite part of this dish was definitely the apple slaw.  The flavors just danced in my mouth.  Perfect combination of sweet, tart and crunch.  OH MY GOODNESS – this lunch dish was filling and definitely a winner.  I give this dish 10 out of 10.

Last but not least, let me talk to you about the Beef Stir Fry with Cashews.

Cashew Beef Stir Fry

I ate this dish after a tough 1-hour boot camp workout with Sanders Optimum Fitness.  I came home and heated this up in the oven on 400 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes.  I asked Jeannette about heating things up in the microwave and her position on this was the microwave breaks down the nutrition and nature of the food so heating up in the oven was preferred.  I followed her recommendation on this and everything was a perfect temperature after ten minutes.

This beef stir fry with cashews was perfection.  The vegetables were the right amount of crunch and not overcooked.  The beef was nice, tasty and tender and the entire dish was infused with the delicious flavor of ginger.  It wasn’t too salty – it was seasoned just right.  This was definitely what I needed after a tough boot camp workout.  I give this a 10 out of 10.

Pros:

  • No prep for you, all prep is on Homeshed Kitchens
  • They have a variety of healthy food options
  • Their nutritionist couples the right food and macros together for you taking out the guess work
  • The meals I tasted were absolutely delicious
  • It is extremely convenient  as they deliver to your gym or workout location on a schedule

Cons:

  • Currently they only deliver in Howard, Montgomery and Frederick counties (they are looking to branch out into Baltimore County)

Summary:

Overall  the meals and add-on snack I tried were phenomenal.  It felt good not having to worry about buying or picking up lunch or worrying about dinner.  You don’t realize how much of a relief that is until you don’t have to worry about it.  If you are a busy person who is conscientious about healthy and clean eating, then this service just might be what you have been looking for.  Check out their website for details at:  http://homeshedkitchens.com/farm-fresh-fit/ on pricing and meal plans.

 

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BTW they also offer juice cleanses and juice meals.

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this review but did receive complimentary sample Farm Fresh Fit Meals.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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In the Gym with HangTight with MarC

HangTight with MarCFFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

HTWM: I’m a Personal Trainer and Health Coach to persons nationwide providing free multimedia-based HangTight with MarC weekly workouts for total body transformation catered to all fitness levels. I specialize in various metabolic training workouts including-HIIT, the most popular, EMOM, Tabata, AMRAP, also Yoga and Pilates. Health advice is given each week to keep persons on track to a healthy lifestyle and way of living by constant health tip reminders, motivational posters, and multimedia-based Fitness and Nutrition Talk videos. The ‘HangTighter’ Fitness Community is on all major social networking sites, all with a common interest of fitness and health.

FFFC:  How did you get started in fitness and working out?

HTWM:  My love for fitness, health, and wellness has grown to great extents over the past several years. In my former years I ran track, ran cross-country, but for the majority of my career played soccer. Due to my abundant injuries (see below) I don’t have a choice but to stay active and healthy. Fitness and working out are the two things that make me the happiest, mind, body, and soul.

FFFC:  What is HangTight with MarC all about?

HTWM:  My mission is to positively change the lives of my HangTighters through all things in life by Getting Tight (workouts), Feeling Tight (diet tips & recipes), Style Tight (fitness and health tips, along with reviews of new products on the market), & most importantly Seeing Light (God’s Word), and continue improving my health and fitness goals to make HangTight with MarC a success.

FFFC:  Why did you start HangTight  with MarC?

HTWM:  

One day I got fed up, in a friendly way, of people asking me the same questions day after day. I then decided to start in my living room with a camera and yoga mat! For the first year I provided all body weight workouts for persons to do at home. In the second year I started introducing weights to my workout routines to teach others how to work out with weights.

FFFC:  Why did you make fitness your career choice?  How?

HTWM:  Being healthy and fit is the only way to live and feel your best, therefore I couldn’t resist making it a habit and career.

FFFC:  How do you balance making time to get in your workouts with the demands of your career and personal life?

HTWM:  I have a #Noexcuses mentality when it comes to working out. I work out first thing in the morning, which allows me to be structured the way I am. Besides  being a very disciplined person  I NEVER dread working out—it’s the highlight of my day. As a matter of fact working out, eating, and sleeping are my favorite things to do each day, in addition to my family. Therefore, I put working out high on my list, and this allows me to do all the demands of your career and personal life because I feel my best from the inside out.

FFFC:  What do you like most about what you do?

HTWM:  Getting others in shape and seeing their results. Along with watching my progress over time getting stronger and more fit to showcase to others.

FFFC:  What is your favorite exercise routine?

HTWM:  HangTight with MarC style workouts, HIIT, Tabata, AMRAP, EMOM, Time Challenge, and Yoga

FFFC:  What do you consider the most useful workout equipment?

HTWM:  Your body for bodyweight exercises, dumbbells and a workout mat.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this field and what you do?

HTWM:  That you need to workout for hours on end. With HangTight with MarC style workouts you can get in the best shape of your life simply by working as hard as you can for 4 minutes (aka Tabata style training) up to 30 minutes doing one of my longer HIIT workouts.

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for the average woman trying to balance family, career with a fitness lifestyle?

HTWM:  Decide which one on the list matters most and prioritize based on that. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Everyone’s body is different and you have to embrace what God gave you. However, you will have to work hard to get the body you want. I’m in my 20s and I workout harder than ever because I know if I don’t my body wouldn’t be where I want it to be.

FFFC:  Do you have any words of wisdom to share with our readers who continue to struggle with poor eating and drinking choices and habits?

HTWM:  Visit the Feel Tight tab of the HangTight with MarC website for ideas and tips on what I eat. Also, if you sign up for the HangTight Fit Package (link provided below) I give you tips each week to stay on track. The biggest suggestion I can give to someone is to hop on board with HangTight with MarC Feel Tight Lifestyle Challenges, done monthly. I challenge my community each month to a Lifestyle Challenge (aka diet challenge) to keep everyone on track. The biggest success has been a long time follower of mine that went from a size 16 to a 6.  Visit the HangTighter tab to see for yourself!

FFFC:  Do you have any new projects or programs you would like to share with us (i.e. fitness programs, boot camps, shows, etc.).

HTWM:  2015 Atlanta Bootcamp and workout sessions are on!

FFFC:  What would you say is your biggest career accomplishment to date? 

HTWM:  Uniquely, my background consists of obstacles I still have to overcome such as sports injuries and surgeries on my toe, knee, and hip. My most recent injury and surgery as of August 2013 has been a foot injury from running in the Vibram Five Finger shoes in 2010. I’m still recovering from that injury to date. I feel this is my biggest career accomplishment, because if I didn’t tell anyone what I’ve been through they’d never know. Why? Because I strive to keep my body in the best shape as my lifestyle.

FFFC:  Who is your fitness idol?

HTWM:  Hmm my dad, former marine. Inspired me to always stay in shape.

FFFC:  How can our readers find you on the web and learn more about your services?

HTWM:  CONNECT WITH ME SOCIALLY:

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Workout Wednesday – WOW Link Up #37

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, Natalie | Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen, and Jen | Comeback Momma

Link up co-hostesses They both have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe of course so you constantly receive their latest and greatest blog posts.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us.  You can also check them out on the social media scene.

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Natalie | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Hey there – we just created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics.  Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email so I can add you to the board to share your post(s) at diatta@femmefitalefitclub.com.

Also, you may not have noticed but I also have a fitness blog directory on this site so feel free to enter a link to your blog there as well right here:  http://femmefitalefitclub.com/fitness-and-running-site-directory/


 

 

Let’s party!!

Disclosure:  Regardless of which blog you post your link, it will display on Femme Fitale Fit Club,  The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, Comeback Momma, and Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen blogs. 

Point & Purpose:

The purpose of this link up party is to mix and mingle and support each other’s sites by visiting, subscribing and/or leaving a comment.  Please do not drop a link here, disappear and not follow through by visiting other party goers’ sites. 

Theme:

We are linking up blog posts, Google+ posts or Facebook posts related to FITNESS, RUNNING, HEALTH or WELLNESS.  

Simple Rules:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:

2.   Don’t be a wallflower.  I can not stress this enoughShow some comment luv and support to other party goers of this link up by visiting their blogs and either leave a comment on a post, subscribe or both!  Visit at least others who have joined the party.

3.  Also join our WOW Link Up Pinterest Board so you can PIN your post to it.

4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)

5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post for easy identification. 6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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Featured Fitale – Tisha Harrell

Tisha Harrell Weight Loss Journey

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

TH:  My name is Tisha Harrell and I am a Probation Officer and a Life/Fitness coach.  My hobbies include working out, outdoor activities, spending time with loved ones, and spending time alone (What can I say… I’m an introvert J )

FFFC:  What sparked your weight-loss journey?

TH:  First, I have to admit that I did not always have weight issues.  As a child, I was always very thin and my metabolism was very high.  My weight began to gradually increase when I was an undergrad in college.  One day in my mid to late 20’s, I looked in the mirror and I no longer saw the flat stomach I always had.  I still was not considered overweight so I didn’t put much thought into the weight gain.  When I reached my mid 30’s, I realized I was beginning to purchase “cover-up” clothes in an attempt to conceal the body fat rolls that I had acquired.  One day, I looked in the mirror and literally became physically sick to my stomach because I did not like what I saw.  I realized that my unhealthy lifestyle consisting of being inactive and very bad eating habits had finally caught up with me.  It was that day that I decided to take action and do something about my weight.  

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

TH:  My highest weight was 170 lbs.  I don’t know my body measurements but I was wearing a size 12 and quickly creeping into a size 14.  My current weight is tricky because I’m a competitor.  Being a competitor, my weight fluctuates depending on whether it’s “off season” or if I’m close to getting on stage.  When I am close to getting on stage for competition, I am usually around 115 lbs. (wearing a size 2).  Currently, I’m at 140 lbs. and I wear a size 6.  Before I began to understand body composition and the proper way to lose weight, I got down to 140 lbs. but was mostly body fat and wearing a size 10-12.  The reason I currently wear a size 6 at 140 lbs. is because my body composition is mostly muscle.  This is the part a lot of people don’t understand.  Body fat and muscle ratio makes a HUGE difference in the shape or your body and your body’s ability to burn fat. 

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

TH:  My journey took a little longer because in the beginning I was misinformed.  I was stuck in the same mindset that I see a lot of people in: Cardio, cardio, cardio.  I was attending boot camp classes (which are cardio no matter what fancy name the classes have) on a regular basis (4-5 days per week) and many times doing two consecutive classes.  I did lose weight but I was not happy with how I looked.  I had the “skinny fat” appearance and was still unhappy with my body.  I later learned that doing so much cardio allowed me to burn fat, but I also burned muscle.  I also got caught up in a few unhealthy diets such as low carb diets and a few others that only produced temporary results.  My lowest “skinny fat” weight was approximately 135 lbs. but I quickly put some of the weight back on.  I later discovered that the weight returned because I had lost so much muscle and did not have enough to burn fat.  I started noticing how most of the people that attended boot camp classes never achieved any major results, and the few that did also fell into the “skinny fat” category.  Therefore, I began educating myself on proper eating and weight training.  Getting back to how long it took me to lose weight, I will say that it took me about 8 months to get to the “skinny fat” weight of approximately 135 lbs.  After unintentionally putting some of the weight back on, and then learning the correct method of getting fit and healthy and changing my entire way of doing things, it took me about another year to get rid of the old body fat, build muscle, and then lean out to the point where I could compete at 115 lbs.  

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

TH:  I started out doing boot camp classes because I thought this was the best method.  After I learned that cardio is not the best method, I began weight training, I cut down on the cardio substantially, and I began CONSISTENTLY eating healthy. 

FFFC:  How did your eating habits change? 

TH:  I began eating every 2 ½ to 3 hours and I learned to incorporate and balance the correct nutrients into my diet.  I weighed and measured all of my meals, including the condiments I used, and I kept a food journal of everything I put into my body.  I completely eliminated the sugary drinks (Juices, soda, etc…) and increased my water intake to a gallon a day.  I removed the junk foods from my normal daily intake and only ate those foods as treats.  I don’t believe in deprivation.  I believe in learning the appropriate way to treat yourself to the unhealthy food items and to not overdo it when you do eat them. 

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

TH:  This is a loaded question because it all depends on what season I’m in (competition vs. off season).  Depending on the season, my overall daily caloric intake and nutrients will differ.  During my off season, I will take in more calories because I am usually putting on muscle.  During competition season, I slightly lower my calories (but not too much).  I still eat every 2 ½ to 3 hours but my meals vary.  The best way I can explain my meals is that I make sure I take in the appropriate amount of protein, good fats, and complex carbs in each meal in amounts that are best for my body and goals.   

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

TH:  Weight training!!!!  Is there anything else? LOL!  But seriously, weight training not only adds needed muscle to the body, but it is the most effective method in burning fat if done appropriately. 

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

TH:  Consistently eat healthy, workout, drink at least a gallon of water every day, and understand that the junk foods cannot be a part of my normal diet.     

FFFC:  What inspired you to compete on stage?  And how did you do? 

TH:  I was approached about competing by a former trainer.  At that time, I knew I wasn’t ready to get on stage and I didn’t have any knowledge about competitive bodybuilding.  Therefore, I decided to attend a show and after doing so, I knew that working to get on stage would help me reach my fitness goals and become better educated.  I had no desire to win trophies or even continue with competing, but after my first show in October 2012, I fell in love with the sport.  I did three consecutive shows and walked away with 5 trophies, including a first place and overall placing. 

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

TH:  It completely boiled down to changing and strengthening my mindset.  I convinced myself that I didn’t need the junk foods and that I needed to stay active.  Once I began actually believing this, my mind would not allow me to quit.  I also had to allow my body to “detox” from the unhealthy foods.  It was very hard in the beginning but I never gave in to the temptations because I conditioned my mind to be stronger than the temptations.  After a few weeks, I no longer had the strong cravings for the junk foods.  I always tell people that you have to allow yourself a few weeks to about a month to break the bad habits and develop new, healthy habits.  And again, it’s 100% mental! 

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

TH:  First and foremost, you have to change your mindset and believe you are capable of achieving your fitness goals.  Too many times I hear people say, “I can’t”.  As long as you tell yourself that you can’t, you won’t.  Secondly, you have to set realistic goals.   Don’t set a goal to lose a ridiculous amount of weight in a short amount of time.  Getting fit and healthy is a timely process.  Educate yourself on the proper way to get fit and healthy.  There are so many companies that target people who want the easy way to losing weight by offering diet scams that promise quick and easy fat loss.  You probably will lose weight (in a very unhealthy way) but you will more than likely put the weight back on and possibly more.  And you are putting your health at risk by going on these ridiculous diets.  Stay away from the diets and learn to eat healthy and stay active.  Keep in mind that there is no cookie-cutter method of getting fit and healthy.  Every person has different needs and goals, so don’t expect one person’s method to work for you.  Most importantly, NEVER starve yourself!  Your body needs food to function properly.  

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

TH:  I believe the biggest misconception is that people believe that they can continue eating unhealthy as long as they do a lot of cardio.  Or, people just don’t consistently eat healthy.  Consistently eating healthy is 80% of getting fit and healthy.  Another misconception that has to be mentioned is that people don’t understand that eating healthy and working out is a lifestyle, not temporary actions that you quit once you reach a goal.    

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

TH:  I prefer not to use the word “idol”.  I prefer fitness inspirations.  I have so many fitness inspirations, it is probably too many to name.  But I will mention one person who I admire and have always inspired me to stay strong mentally.  Muhammad Ali!!!  I was never completely inspired by his physical athleticism, even though he is one of the greatest in my book.  But I have always been more inspired by his ability to influence people mentally.  He told the world that he was the greatest and people believed it.  Anyone who has the ability to have that much mental influence on the world gets my highest respect.  Even physically, he always pushed himself through very intense training methods.  Bruce Lee is another one my great inspirations.  He proved that it’s not about physical strength, but instead, a strong mindset and technique that truly matters.  But I am inspired by anyone that puts in the hard work and stay dedicated to their fitness goals.  I have been more inspired by a few of my personal training clients than anyone well-known. 

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about your transformation, journey and any future competitions online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)? 

TH:  They can “LIKE” my Facebook fitness page, Designed Health and Fitness or follow me on Instagram at TISHA324.  I can also be reached for life/fitness coaching services via email at DesignedHF@yahoo.com  


Get Fresh with Reebok, Yoga and Tara Stiles

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The Reebok Yoga collection brings a fresh approach to yoga. It is a collaboration that brings together the quality of Reebok apparel and the design of Tara Stiles—both changing the game in the yoga world. Unparalleled athletic gear meets pioneer of a movement. The Reebok Yoga collection is a line of stylish yoga apparel designed to stay put no matter the pose, stick around as long as your yoga mat, and comfortable enough to make you question taking it off. Here are a few of the favorite pieces to get you started…



YOGA GLITCH BRA
Move with ease and style in this strappy shortbra with internal support and removable cups for a customized feel.

“This sports bra is surprisingly supportive and SUPER comfortable! Not to mention the colors are to die for! Highly recommend it!”–NatHut, Boston, MA 



WHATEVER’S GOOD CAPRI
Stay comfortable in any pose with these rayon capri pants with rolldown waistband.

“Wore them to teach Jam and they looked and performed excellently.”–KateJamCombatFlow, Alexandria, VA 



PRACTICE TODAY TEE
There’s no day like today to pose in this stylish and comfortable V-neck tee.

“This is my new favorite tee. It’s super soft and I love the drape. I might need two-one for during my workout and one to hang out in after!”–JuJuSpins, Cambridge, MA 



REEBOK ECO YOGA MAT
The 6mm thick Eco Yoga Mat provides is designed to provide you with a comfortable and safe foundation to develop your yoga.


Words to Sweat By + Giveaway

Words To Sweat By

Hi Fitales!  I’m am hanging in there with this DietBet challenge.  It started a week ago and boy oh boy I did not realize I would struggle as much as I have with the food portion but I am confident I will make it through.  Part of my issue is I will make allowances for not following through all the time.  Wednesday my boot camp coach had me do double sprints and while it took me a while to get my mind around that – I made an excuse to not show up the next day.  I slept in and told myself my body needed the rest.

While rest is important, I was making excuses.  I say it all the time and I believe it – No Challenge, No Change so now I need to kick myself in the REAR and kick it up a notch – I have 5 unhealthy pounds to lose.  So I need to keep my eyes on the prize and stay motivated.  Fortunately this is right around the time I discovered “Words To Sweat By“.

Words To Sweat By” is home to motivational fitness accessories for all levels of active women from novice to elite athletes.  These accessories are not only perfect inside and outside the gym, but also fuel a woman’s passion for fitness and fashion.   They have a collection of mantra bracelets, scarves, and health and fitness-inspired necklaces that are inspiring, motivating, and at times witty and sassy; just what every woman needs to get to, and through, her workouts.

Check out some of  what they have to offer:

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I selected a mantra bracelet with the words “No Excuses” on it because that is what I need to keep focused and going.  I wore it to my group training work out with my personal trainer at the gym with 4 other ladies and they ALL stopped in their tracks to admire my mantra bracelet.  My personal trainer even asked why I didn’t get one for her.  She then started talking about how people make too many excuses which is why they aren’t hitting their goals and I flashed the bracelet past her eyes again since “No Excuses” are my motivational words.

What I like:  I really like this bracelet.  It is comfortable and very stylish.  It is eye-catching and there is something to be said to be able to look down and get a boost of motivation.

What could be better:  I wish I could just run out to the store around the corner and pick up more.  But not to worry you can purchase them directly from the “Words To Sweat By” website:  http://wordstosweatby.com

And the team at “Words To Sweat By” are so generous, they are offering ONE lucky winner the chance to win 2 mantra bracelets.  You can enter for a chance to win by completing the following entry form.  GOOD LUCK!

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Disclaimer:  Femme Fitale Fit Club was not compensated to host this giveaway but was provided a complimentary mantra bracelet.  All opinions in this post are my own honest opionions.  Giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media sites. All entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via e-mail and have 48 hours to claim prize before new winner is chosen.  Femme Fitale Fit Club is not responsible for the shipping and handling of the prize.  Any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway should be forwarded to Diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com BEFORE entering the giveaway. Void where prohibited by Law.


Fitness YouTubers We Love

I have been on YouTube watching videos from everything from fitness, health and wellness to hair styling videos.  Now that I have begun creating my own content on YouTube I can say I have even more admiration for the YouTubers who have been doing this for some time.

It takes time, patience, creativity and imagination to come up with content day in and day out year after year.  With all this said I want to share with you some of my absolute FAVES!  I am sure you will find their channels awesome.

If you go check them out, and you should because I told you their channels are AWESOME, then show some support by giving a thumbs up, commenting, sharing or subscribing.  Trust me you won’t be disappointed.  Let them know Femme Fitale Fit Club sent you. :-)

YouTubers We Love

1.  Food Heaven Show

Wendy and Jess are the brilliant minds behind Food Heaven Show on YouTube and they are a wealth of information.  Their channel concentrates on healthy eating, cooking, and nutrition and they share quality content because these two powerhouses are certified nutritionists and dieticians so they know what they are talking about.  Check them out and show them some love.

 

2.  HangTightwMarC

MarC is a fitness guru.  Are you looking for a new challenging workout you can do at home?  Then this fitness YouTube channel is for you.  MarC shares FREE workouts, healthy eating tips and motivation.  Her channel is super inspiring.  Stay tuned, she granted us an interview and I am extremely excited.  Check back so you catch it.

 

3.  TheBodyWorkoutTV1

You all know Sheila if you have been checking out our weekly Workout Wednesday Link Ups.  She is the woman behind The Frugal Exerciser and she also has a YouTube channel where she shares at-home exercises for those who can not necessarily afford a gym membership.  She also shares modified version of exercises for those who have certain ailments like knee or back issues.   Check her out.

 

4.  HeyFranHey

HeyFranHey is a YouTube channel you definitely want to watch!  She shares some amazing content from fitness, fashion, hair, nutrition, and DIY.  This lady really does a lot.  I have been following her blog and channel for YEARS and she consistently puts out knowledgeable and interesting content.  Pay her some mind and subscribe to her channel.  She is absolutely one of my all-time faves!

 

5.  SweshFit

When I watch Markita of SweshFit boy oh boy I get so inspired because she is SO well…..FIT!  She is a certified personal trainer and shares workouts that are intense but don’t take a lot of time so they are perfect for the busy body on the go.  She has monthly fitness challenges as well as shares her own journey with Paleo.  You definitely want to watch what she is doing on her channel.

There you have it – these are just a handful of our favorite fitness YouTubers we chose to feature today.  Do you already check out their channel?  Which YouTube channels do you recommend?


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