So Cal and Seattle Information

Southern California: Ok, where to even begin?! Let’s start with the bad news first. I will be unable to hold a bootcamp in Southern California during my trip. This is not due to my unwillingness to; I was actually looking forward to it so much. Unfortunately, the two cities that I wanted to do it in do not issue permits for bootcamps. I would hate to hold it and then get 10 minutes in just to have it shut down so, it has to be cancelled. I apologize for the inconvenience. However, I would still love to have something while I am down there, so I’ve planned out a hike!

Details: Same day (Saturday, June 20), same time (9 AM). Location: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, 39400 Clinton Keith Rd, Murrieta, CA 92562. It is FREE! I figured we could hike for about an hour so it should be about 4-5 miles! If you’d like to come, please leave me a comment here on or my IG, shoot me an email (jazzyfae89@hotmail.com), or send me a DM!

 

Seattle: Hey, Seattle peeps! So I will be in the city for a work conference on Thursday, June 25th through Saturday, the 27th. I’d love to meet up and have some coffee (or tea, if that’s what you prefer). If you know of any great coffee shops (Starbucks can always be a fallback), let me know where it is! I’m thinking of doing it the afternoon or evening of the 26th, that Friday. Hell, we can even do dinner if you guys want! Let me knowwwwww 🙂 If you’d like to come, please leave me a comment here on or my IG, shoot me an email (jazzyfae89@hotmail.com), or send me a DM!

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Let’s Try This Again!

Hey everyone! I know I have been MIA from the blog for quite some time but there was A LOT going on in my life. So here’s an update on all things me 🙂

Health: I stopped weighing myself months ago because I believe that stepping on the scale is self-sabotage. Either you’re upset that you didn’t lose enough or you’re upset that you gained. It’s a lose-lose situation and I just don’t want any part of it. Now, I go off of how I feel, how I look. And I find that it has made me a much happier person. I no longer obsess over the scale. I no longer feel angry or depressed or anxious knowing that I have to step on it. I know that I live a healthy lifestyle and that is enough for me.

I assume just about everyone knows that I had a breast augmentation three weeks ago. Everything is healing well. I am OVER THE MOON happy with the results. It has given me confidence that I had previously lost, it has helped to balance my body, and I feel secure in myself and my body. Best decision I have ever made. The hardest part of the whole thing though is not being able to work out as I have been. The recovery time is 6 weeks in total. During those 6 weeks, I cannot lift weights and cannot do intense cardio. I cannot work any part of my upper body, which BLOWS. I am limited to legs and legs only. It has taken me a little time to adjust to this but I am finally getting into the groove of it (but I honestly cannot wait for the next 3 weeks to be over already.)

Work: It is also well-known that I FINALLY found an attorney position! I struggled with being unemployed for 9 months and I even took a temp position as an administrative assistant at a bank for a short while just to pay my bills (a humbling experience, to be quite honest.) I was blessed with a full-time (and permanent) Public Defender position for the City of Spokane! To be honest, my job was worth every single day that I had to wait for it. It is the absolutely PERFECT job for me and I am certain that I will be here for my entire career. To anyone that is currently struggling to find employment, I can understand what you’re going through. Have faith and never give up. Keep pushing until you get what you want, even if you have to take something non-ideal in the meantime.

Personal Life: I also got engaged back in October! (Finally!) 🙂 Michael and I are getting married on March 18, 2016 in Seattle! He completes me, in every way. He is my partner in everything and I was so blessed to have met him.

I am pretty sure that sums everything up pretty concisely. Now that everything has settled down and I am just living life with no distractions, I can get back to the blog more consistently! Look forward to some more posts!

Reconstruction, My Very First E-Book

I am so happy to announce that my very first e-book, Reconstruction, is now available to order!!!! You can find details about it in my online store or right below!

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Reconstruction is my very first e-book. It includes my personal story as well as chapters related to working out, nutrition, even chapters on balancing life and battling the scale. I’ve made sure to include tips throughout the book as well.

Price: $3

How To Buy: Via Paypal using my email address: jazzyfae89@hotmail.com. Once the funds are received, I will email you the PDF!

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Ugh, I Love Food Too Much!

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My Pinterest addiction is getting out of hand! I just absolutely love the variety of healthy and cost effective recipes I can find on here! Cooking is one of my favorite things to do and weight loss is ALL about nutrition. If you’re looking for easy, quick, cheap and HEALTHY meals to jump start your weight loss, I would highly recommend starting here. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, narrow it down by your main staple food (chicken breast or fish or whatever) or follow my board to see what I’m eating (pinterest.com/jazzy_amethyst). Some of these babies will be rolled out this week (like Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles 🍜🍴) 😋 Have you guys ever used Pinterest for recipes? If so, what are some of your personal faves? (Also, can you totally tell that I am OBSESSED with Skinny Taste?! If you haven’t checked that site out yet, GOOOOOOO!!!!! Like do it right now! You’ll thank me later!)

New Recipe Alert!

I seriously love finding recipes that work so well within my fit lifestyle. Especially ones that boost energy and make for an absolutely delectable power snack throughout the day. The best cherry on top is when it’s so easy my boyfriend can even make it. 🙂

I have become totally obsessed with Gimme Some Oven! (www.gimmesomeoven.com) The site is full of delicious and healthy recipes that I can play around with to really make my own. And today, I found a recipe there for No Bake Energy Bites. Look at how yummy they look!!! 

 

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Here’s the recipe! Which can also be found permanently in the “Recipes” section of my site!

No-Bake Energy Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

 

Here’s the ingredients I used! 

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And then literally all you do is mix it all up! How much easier can it possibly be?!

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I just don’t foresee these lasting very long between the two of us! Definitely try this recipe out if you’re looking for a sweet power snack to get you through those tougher cravings! Let me know what you think!!! 

 

And definitely check out http://www.gimmesomeoven.com for more ideas! Seriously, that place is a treasure trove 🙂

Guess Who’s Back?!

Well ladies and gents, after a long vacation from my site, I am back and better than ever. I have updated all kinds of things on here as well as added an ONLINE STORE where you can get information on purchasing a meal plan and/or workout plan. I have also added a page of free recipes, which I’ll be frequently adding to. I have also updated my personal story. I included much more background than before as well as what has occurred in the last year.

For those who don’t know, I graduated law school, moved from Boston to Spokane, WA, got a WONDERFUL apartment with my boyfriend Michael (aka Sugar Tits), sat for the bar exam, and just adopted the most adorable kitty on the planet! It has been a busy busy year.

Not only that, but I have continued to lose weight and work on my body through weight lifting. I am now sitting pretty at 159 pounds and have set my sights on 155 as the new goal weight.

I really hope you guys like the new site! I apologize that I left it for a while, I just had way too much on my plate. But, all that’s behind me and I am here once again!

 

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Here’s The Dish!

Food. Comida. 食物. Lebensmittel. غذاء. Nourriture. Whatever you call it, that’s the topic of this post! I have received a ton of requests for recipes as well as a “how-to” on meal prepping so here it all is. Let’s start with recipes, shall we? Here are 5 recipes that I absolutely adore. They range in difficulty and please feel free to substitute or alter these bad boys any way you’d like. That’s how you make a recipe your own! 🙂 Just an FYI: my recipes are scaled down to a single serving, so if you’re cooking for more people, just double, triple, quadruple everything!

First up: Shrimp tacos with a corn and bell pepper salsa! Difficulty: Easy

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INGREDIENTS:

– 12 raw tail-off shrimp (defrosted)

– 1 ear of corn

– 2-3 tablespoons shredded reduced cheddar cheese

– 1 medium sized red bell pepper

– 1 medium sized yellow bell pepper

– 3 small corn or flour tortillas

– 1-2 tablespoons reduced fat sour cream

– 1/2 package reduced sodium taco seasoning (or any similar blend; I use taco seasoning or tequila lime seasoning)

– Coconut oil (to be used for sautéing)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Boil water w/ a little salt added for the corn. Once the water boils, break the ear into 2 pieces, toss it in and boil until cooked. After it’s cooked, pull out the two pieces, stand them up using the flat side, take your knife and cut straight down each side to get the kernels off. Place aside.

2. Using a food processor (or cutting by hand), toss in the bell peppers (you can also add onions), add taco seasoning to taste and chop until chunky.

3. Place a spoonful of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat and let melt. After it’s melted, add the bell pepper mix and sauté until soft. Add the shrimp and taco seasoning. After a few minutes, add the corn. Cook until the shrimp is white/pink. Enjoy!

Next up: Asian chicken salad! Difficulty: Easy/Medium

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1 romaine heart, chopped and washed

– 1/2 of a small or medium sized red bell pepper

– 1/2 of a small or medium sized yellow bell pepper

– 4 ounces of chicken breast

– 2-3 tablespoons sliced almonds

– 1/4 cup of Ken’s Lite Asian Sesame Dressing w/ Ginger and Soy

– 2 mandarin oranges, peeled (Cuties work well)

– 1/2 cup Lawry’s Sesame Ginger marinade

DIRECTIONS:

1. Chop the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Marinade in the Sesame Ginger sauce for a minimum of 30 minutes.

2. Bake the chicken at 400 for 20-22 minutes.

3. While the chicken is baking, roast the bell peppers. Take both halves of the bell peppers, place them together as it you were trying to re-assemble it, wrap in foil, and place on a burner over low heat, turning every 5 minutes or so. After each side has been cooked, take the bell pepper off the heat and place aside to cool. WARNING: be careful opening up the foil. It gets steamy in there!

4. Once the chicken is baked, place in a bowl/on a plate and throw it in the freezer for a few minutes to get a little cold.

5. While the chicken is cooling, open the bell pepper and chop em up.

6. After the bell peppers are chopped, toss them into the bowl with the lettuce, chicken, almonds, oranges, and dressing. Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy!

Next: Baked coconut shrimp with fried rice! Difficulty: Medium

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INGREDIENTS:

– 16 raw tail-off shrimp (defrosted)

– 3-4 eggs (2 will be used as an egg wash for the shrimp; the other, for the fried rice so you can use either 1 or 2)

– 1/3 package Panko

– Paprika to taste

– Cayenne pepper to taste

– 1/4 COLD cooked white rice

– 2 tablespoons EVOO, separated

– 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

– Optional: diced onion (for the rice)

– Optional: sweet chili dipping sauce

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350.

2. In a bowl, whisk two eggs.

3. In another bowl, combine the panko, paprika, and cayenne.

4. Dip each shrimp in the egg wash, then into the panko mixture, making sure each shrimp is evenly coated. Place on a baking sheet.

5. Bake the shrimp for 15-19, flipping them halfway through and rotating the pan.

6. While the shrimp is baking, heat 1 tbs EVOO in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the remaining egg(s) and scramble, cooking until nearly finished. Don’t fully cook them, you still want them to be a little wet. Once cooked, remove from pan.

7. Add the remaining EVOO over medium heat. Once heated, add the COLD rice, soy sauce, and onion. Toss and fry for a few minutes. After about 6-7 minutes, add the scrambled egg, toss and fry for a few more minutes. Remove from heat.

8. Remove the shrimp from the oven. Place on a plate along with the fried rice and the sweet chili dipping sauce and enjoy.

Next: Sea scallop kebabs with lemon and bacon! Difficulty: Easy

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INGREDIENTS:

– 5 sea scallops

– 2-3 bacon strips

– 3 slices of lemon, quartered

– 1 tablespoon EVOO

– 1 teaspoon paprika

– Salt to taste

*Remember to soak your wood skewers in water before grilling*

DIRECTIONS:

1. Boil bacon strips for 5 minutes, then cut into pieces.

2. Cut scallops in half. Toss with EVOO, paprika, and salt.

3. Skewer with lemon slices and bacon. Grill and enjoy!

*For a recipe for rice, see my previous food post*

Last but not least: lobster alfredo! Difficulty: Medium

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1/3 lb fresh lobster meat

– 2 ounces angel hair pasta

– 1 ounce shredded parmigiano reggiano

– Pepper to taste

– Spoonful of butter

– 2 options for sauce: make the real thing using heavy cream or Prego makes an absolutely amazing alfredo sauce with bacon (and it’s around 150 calories for 1/4 cup which is a good amount of sauce)

– 1 cup sliced mushrooms (use whatever variety you like)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain.

2. Sauté the lobster meat in the butter until cooked through. Add the mushrooms and sauté.

3. Add the sauce (or heavy cream if you want to make the real thing) and sauce is heated through.

4. Toss the pasta in the pan with the sauce and add a generous amount of pepper and half the cheese. Mix together.

5. Place into a bowl and top with the remaining cheese. Enjoy!

WHEW! That was a lot. And that took much longer than I expected. How about a meal prep post tomorrow?? I need a nap! Let me know if you make any of these. I want to know what you add or take out and how they come out. And if there are any other recipes you’d like, let me know in the comments below or on IG (jazmyn_amethyst) and I’ll add them in tomorrow’s post!