Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Wow, 2017 flew by!

 

As I sit here trying to type out how I l feel about the past year and how much I am looking forward to new adventures in 2018, I am hiding on master bedroom floor on the furthest side away from the door so my kids won’t find me (it’s taken me 8 minutes to type these few lines with two time outs thrown in there for fun) I am reminding myself to appreciate the small things in life.

 

For a long time I was trying to be happy, rather than just being happy and grateful for what I have. If I lost this much weight or weighed this much, I would then be happy. If I got a new job, I would then be happy. If I went on this trip, I would then be happy. But what I missed during all of that was that I could be happy while reaching my health and fitness goals. I could be happy in my current job. I could be happy without having to travel. Happiness is a state of mind, it’s not something you can go out to buy or something that gets handed to you. It took me a very long time to realize this. But once I did, my life was so much more calmer and peaceful. The scale not moving or going up would send me into a downward spiral of anger and annoyance and I would take it out on those who were closest to me. I was so hung up on reaching certain goals in a specific period of time I didn’t appreciate life as it was going on around me. That was a huge lesson learned for me in 2017! One that I am so grateful I have finally figured out.

 

Looking into the future and what I want to accomplish is inspiring! Having goals, plans and dreams moves us forward. They help us become better people and give us something to work towards. The journey to achieve something is hard work! Often it can be devastating when you don’t reach a goal or stumble but once you get through the devastation you are stronger, more determined and motivated than ever.

 

 

I see a lot of posts about goal setting or resolutions being stupid and all these stats about how many people don’t keep their goals by the end of January. I think goal setting and listing things you want to achieve is so important! I will always encourage you to set goals and it’s something I am constantly asking my clients about. I want to emppwer you all year long to strive for what you want to achieve!

 

Today is the first day of a brand new year. Take some time to just be still and really think about what you want to achieve this year. No goal or resolution is too small or too silly. Now is the time to embrace your passion, start a new habit, improve on something, take time to meditate, walk, listen to music, have a bath, connect with yourself! If you don’t quite know what you want this year, that’s ok! You can set a goal any time of the year and I will always be here to support, empower and encourage you!

xo

Roxanne

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SHINE 2018

If you are ready to make 2018 your healthiest year yet, I want to help!

I have designed my own health and wellness program with an emphasis on stopping the cycle of fad dieting by teaching my clients proper nutrition, balance, moderation and exploring their relationship with food to empower them with the knowledge to take control of their lives so they can SHINE.

My program is different than any other program out there right now as I listen to your needs, I listen to your food likes and dislikes, I take into consideration dietary intolerances, allergies, dietary preferences and your current lifestyle.  If you don’t like broccoli, I am not going to put it on your meal idea list 5x a week!  If you don’t like apples, peaches, carrots, onion, beef, chicken, bread, eggs, olives, etc, I won’t put it on your plan!  How can I get you to commit to my program if I am suggesting foods you hate and won’t eat?!!  That’s no way to empower someone to set them up for success!

 

**This is not a shake diet, not a wrap diet, not a supplement diet, this is real food from any regular grocery store, that’s it!

There is so much information out there on what to eat, when to eat, to go carb free, low fat, high protein, etc, it can make us a little crazy trying to understand it all! This program is broken into 3 modules, each module lasting one week that incorporates a weekly meal ideas, a weekly exercise plan, weekly challenges, weekly advice and weekly ways to include your family on your healthy journey.

Throughout the 3 weeks we will explore our relationship with food and understand how food works with our bodies. We will talk about fats, carbs, proteins, learning to see food as our friend, not our enemy.

Each participant will get:

– 3 weeks’ worth of meal ideas, customized to you, your goals, and taking into consideration allergies, intolerances being vegan or vegetarian. Recipes are low in sugar, high in fiber, include whole grains and a variety of healthy proteins.

– A weekly exercise plan

– 1 one on one sessions with me, over the phone to talk about your goals, struggles, challenges, etc.

-Everyone will be added to a private facebook group for additional support, guidance, motivation – it will be a safe space to share our daily joys, our struggles, our accomplishments and for us to lift each other up.

 

My special Christmas pricing is $40 for 3 weeks (expires jan 3, 201811) That includes the customized meal ideas, the customized workouts, 1 (15 mins) sessions with me and daily support and motivation for 21 days! It’s time to live the life you deserve so you can SHINE!

 

Christmas Pricing:

Three weeks $40

Four weeks $50

Five weeks $60

 

Send an email to roxdamico@gmail.com if you would like to join!

Testimonials

 

 

Earlier this year I created my own SHINE program. The program was designed after 10 years of being in the health and fitness field where I saw a need for a program to empower women and men, to give them the tools they need to make permanent lifestyle changes, to love and embrace our bodies, to fuel our bodies with good wholesome foods, to stop the crazy cycle of fad dieting so we can have a healthy and nurturing relationship with our bodies!

The program has been a huge success!  Here are some testimonials from my recent clients:

 

MT R. (November/December 2017)

Thank you so much for creating such a great, fun and easy to follow program!! The detail put into the customization of the meal plan was wonderful and the recipes were delicious! This program really helped me get past the struggle of creativity in the kitchen and being told “what” to eat really helped us stay on track. The menus were very versatile and easy to substitute if needed or use left overs for lunch the next day. Even my husband enjoyed my cooking and participated! The workouts were simple and easy to follow, but were a perfect challenge for the muscles ! I highly recommend this program for anyone and everyone ! Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve hit a plateau in your current plan, Roxanne has the creativity you need to stay interested!  Thank you again Roxanne, so pleased!  Down 4.5lbs in 3 weeks!! (My husband lost  10lbs). We feel great!!!

 

Claire S. (November/December 2017)

Roxanne’s program initially attracted me because of her claim to deliver a meal program based on your likes/dislikes and allergies.  I have a lot of allergies, so I was somewhat anxious to receive the first week and see what was delivered. What a positive experience this was!  It was so awesome to finally have a meal plan that I could follow without having to substitute anything and ensuring that I was eating healthy despite the allergies.  Also my family members are really picky eaters and they enjoyed the meals, which was so much easier to continue with.   The meals were nutritious and varied and you did not feel hungry at all.  If anything, I could not eat everything mentioned in one day.

The exercise plan was great.  It started gradually and became a little bit more intensive week after week but not overly to the point that I could not do it.   Just the first week alone, I was down a few pounds and inches, which have always been hard for me to achieve.   I also had better sleep during that period of time.  Roxanne also provided some guidelines and emails/Facebooks posts where she shared helpful & informative tips and encouragement.   Also having a support group helped in the whole process.  All and all, I have enjoyed this program and I have already signed up for the next 6 weeks.  In the meantime, I will continue with the meals that were provided.

 

Jen B. (November/December 2017)

Roxanne’s Shine program was easy to follow and fit into every day life. The meals were all very good and best of all, they were items that my entire family would eat, so I was not making 2 meals, which often happens with other diets I’ve tried. Roxanne provided really valuable information throughout the program and was very supportive. I am happy with my results thus far and am looking forward to another round.

Weight – down 3.6lbs

Hips lost 3”

Waist lost 3”

Chest lost 3”

 

Bev G. (November/December 2017)

The Shine program offers you a great variety in both food and exercise. The food is easy to make tasty and very filling and you can easily freeze extra for those days that you are unable to find the time to fix a meal. The exercises Roxanne gives are easy to do as well she gives great directions on how to do them and best of all  do not require a gym! The menu for the week is makes it easy for you to plan and be prepared. If by chance you do not like something Roxanne will quickly suggest something else or you can swap it out for one of the recipes you have already been given. The information she sends gives you info to think about and helps you stay motivated. I quickly lost weight but was never hungry and the exercise helped me to get back into a routine of taking care of me. My final weight was down 9.5 llbs as my measurements were  the same except my waist which was down an inch. This had to do with my hectic schedule not being consistent  but I was thrilled with the weight loss and will begin the commitment to the exercise now that the craziness has ended . Good luck on your venture.

 

Heather S. (November/December 2017)

Roxanne’s program was a game changer for my household. With a newborn and a toddler, meals seem to get missed for me and if I manage to eat it was mostly junk food. Roxanne’s meal plans and workout schedules made me take time for myself and have a routine for cooking and structure for my day. The meals were absolutely delicious( esp for me as I WAS a picky eater). I tried lots of new foods and loved it all. After my three week program I found I had more energy and just felt better about myself overall. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to feel better about themselves and to make life easier. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn from you.

 

Aseel D. (November/December 2017)

I don’t have my measurements unfortunately but I have my weight. I was 138lbs before and now only at 136. However during the three weeks I was on the SHINE program I felt fantastic.  I felt good, more refreshed, more energy and barely any cravings! The food was great and easy to prepare. During the first week I was little overwhelmed and spent way too much money on groceries lol, but by the second and third week I learned to just eat leftovers and stuck with meals that I liked.  Exercises were great and easy to follow and I definitely felt sore! Overall it was a great program and I would recommend it to my friends and family 🙂

 

Courtney D. (November/December 2017)

Overall I really enjoyed the shine program. I noticed that I had more energy. I didn’t crave my sweets and chips as much. I really enjoyed having my own meal plan. Living up North the fresh food situation can be tricky but for the most part I was able to make and enjoy all of my recipes. The workouts were nice and kept me motivated to move each day. I needed them to be a little more challenging. In most cases I just added weights or did more sets. One thing I struggled with was weekends and being invited to friends’ houses for dinner. I found myself packing food a couple times and cheating a couple times. But all in balance! Thank you for all the recipes I have added them to my recipe book!

 

Samantha M. (November/December 2017)

I signed up for the Shine program after months of trying to lose those last few pounds of baby weight with no luck.  I appreciated the level of detail Roxanne used to create a unique and individualized program tailored to my needs.  She created cohesive, delicious meals that were full of foods I enjoy, and my husband was happy to eat along with me.  It left me so full and satisfied that I didn’t crave any other foods throughout the day.  The workout portion was very realistic with the time constraints of being a new mom.  I appreciated the daily emails and support group on Facebook, which helped keep me on track.  As Roxanne was able to tailor this program to suit my needs, I found I was more successful than I have been on other programs.

 

Elizabeth S. (November/December 2017)

Hi Roxanne,

I want to thank you so much for sharing your story, experience, food and exercise plan. I am happy to say that I have made a few lifestyle changes: from drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, and consuming healthier food choices (for all three meals and snacks) and last but not least, exercising.  You’re approach to nutrition is so rational and is very do-able, I love it!  You have given me just the inspiration and motivation needed in order to make common sense, healthy changes for myself and my family~~Thank you!!  I have a considerable amount of weight to lose and have found that while on your plan I am actually enjoying what I am eating.  The variety of food choices and menu plans have been a life saver for me.  Your recipes are delicious, easy to prepare, and easy to make.  I appreciate that “It’s real food!” Again Roxanne, many thanks for getting me back on track to a healthier me!

 

Amanda L. (November/December 2017)

I knew for a while that I had to do something to shed some pounds and get back into shape. Roxanne’s SHINE program was just the “kick in the pants” that I needed to jumpstart my journey. The recipes were delicious and nutritious. The workout program was great to get me motivated to work out again. I saw results while on the SHINE program and the best part of all is that my husband, who barely ate any vegetables or cooked complete meals, now eats most vegetables and cooks entire meals following a recipe. His and Roxanne’s support were key in my success. I’m now motivated and determined to keep going with the exercises and the recipes and see how far I can SHINE. Amanda lost 6.6lbs and 5” in 3 weeks.

 

Louise M. (November/December 2017)

I found the shine program to be unlike any other because it helped me to focus on my health not just a number on a scale.   I started drinking lots of water again which refreshed my skin and made me feel good. It encouraged me to do. exercise daily and to move through the day. There were many delicious meal ideas which made meal time easy.  I learned a lot about portion control and realized when I had a planned snack morning and afternoon I wasn’t as likely to overeat at meals.  There were quite a few emails which discussed certain topics such as why drinking water is important and a couple about emotional eating and others as well. Thank you Roxanne for helping me get back on track to a healthier me.

 

Lesley A. (November/December 2017)

Hi Roxanne,

My final measurements were taken today and I am super stoked!

Chest – total loss -0.5

Waist – total loss -2

Hips -total loss -3

Arms – total loss -0.5

Thighs – total loss -0.5

Weight-total loss -6.4 lbs!!!!!

The SHINE program has helped me with the ever so important changing of habits! They say it takes 21 days to change a habit, and I feel confident that I am well on my way. I am moving more now, drinking more water, and planning ahead for meals. The recipes were all delicious, not just for me but my family.  Thanks Roxanne!

 

Kim R. (November/December 2017)

Roxanne provided us with delicious, healthy recipes to use in her Shine meal plans. It is refreshing to be able to eat ‘real’ food while trying to get healthy. I found myself looking forward to my time in the kitchen and even more to the actual meals and snacks!  The workouts are easy to follow and allow you to go at your own pace.  And the daily motivation and information messages were great to help understand how our bodies work and keep us on track.  Unfortunately I became sick after Week 1 so I wasn’t able to complete the program but will definitely follow all of her plans once I am healthy again.  I am looking forward to continuing to Shine with Roxanne’s program!​  I will give it another try once I am healthy again, though. I loved your meal plans and recipes. Thank you for including me in your test group.

 

Isabelle B. (November/December 2017)

Being a first time mom to a beautiful 10 month old can be time consuming and sometimes, in the mist of everything, we forget to take care of ourselves too. This program has allowed me to take a minute to slow down, appreciate what I do and find success in the little steps and little things that I end up doing in my day. it’s funny because I have been able to see a similarity between motherhood and a healthy lifestyle. At the end of the day, my daughter had a great fun day, she was happy , well fed and well rested. I made that happen. It was Right there, a success. Same as my lifestyle, I managed to follow the meal plan as best as I could, I managed to do a bit of exercising running around my munchkin ( even if I didn’t do all the exercises). Right there, those were little steps into success. I may not have reached my weight loss goal but I have seen major improvements in my energy, a change in my lifestyle. I also loved that the meal plan was adapted to me and respected my family’s needs.  I definitely want to keep going!

 

 

 

If you would like to join the SHINE program please send an email to roxdamico@gmail.com

 

Registration now open to start 2018 losing weight and feeling great

Registration now open to start 2018 losing weight and feeling great!

I have designed my own health and wellness program with an emphasis on stopping the cycle of fad dieting by teaching my clients proper nutrition, balance, moderation and exploring their relationship with food to empower them with the knowledge to take control of their lives so they can SHINE.

My program is different than any other program out there right now as I listen to your needs, I listen to your food likes and dislikes, I take into consideration dietary intolerances, allergies, dietary preferences and your current lifestyle.  If you don’t like broccoli, I am not going to put it on your meal idea list 5x a week!  If you don’t like apples, peaches, carrots, onion, beef, chicken, bread, eggs, olives, etc, I won’t put it on your plan!  How can I get you to commit to my program if I am suggesting foods you hate and won’t eat?!!  That’s no way to empower someone to set them up for success!

**This is not a shake diet, not a wrap diet, not a supplement diet, this is real food from any regular grocery store, that’s it!

There is so much information out there on what to eat, when to eat, to go carb free, low fat, high protein, etc, it can make us a little crazy trying to understand it all! This program is broken into 3 modules, each module lasting one week that incorporates a weekly meal ideas, a weekly exercise plan, weekly challenges, weekly advice and weekly ways to include your family on your healthy journey.

Throughout the 3 weeks we will explore our relationship with food and understand how food works with our bodies. We will talk about fats, carbs, proteins, learning to see food as our friend, not our enemy.

Each participant will get:

– 3 weeks’ worth of meal ideas, customized to you, your goals, and taking into consideration allergies, intolerances being vegan or vegetarian. Recipes are low in sugar, high in fiber, include whole grains and a variety of healthy proteins.

– A weekly exercise plan

– 1 one-on-one sessions with me, over the phone to talk about your goals, struggles, challenges, etc.

-Everyone will be added to a private facebook group for additional support, guidance, motivation – it will be a safe space to share our daily joys, our struggles, our accomplishments and for us to lift each other up.

My special Christmas pricing is $40 for 3 weeks! That includes the customized meal ideas, the customized workouts, 1 (15 mins) sessions with me and daily support and motivation for 21 days! It’s time to live the life you deserve so you can SHINE!

Christmas Pricing (expires December 30, 2017):

Three weeks $40

Four weeks $50

Five weeks $60

 

Please send an email to roxdamico@gmail.com to sign up!

Transform Your Life Today!

Remember when you were little and you had these big incredible dreams that seemed like they would totally become true? You could envision yourself being a world famous ballerina dancing in Paris. You could imagine yourself saving the lives of sick people. You could imagine yourself travelling to the amazon to save the wildlife and the rain forest. You could see yourself travelling to countries and teaching children how to read.  You could imagine yourself being the perfect stay at home parent, or the perfect parent who has a successful career but is also a candidate for the mother of the year award!  Then life happened.  Life took some pretty nasty and crazy turns and now here you are, feeling like there is no way to end this cycle and you are so completely overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel.

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I can imagine that right now your life seems pretty chaotic and that a total lifestyle transformation seems nearly impossible. Yeah. I know. I’ve been there. I’ve done it. I’ve lived it. I made it through ❤

It’s time to light yourself back up! It’s time to unfu$k yourself! It’s time to be who you were before all that stuff happened that dimmed your SHINE!

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I want to give you 16 super simple steps you can take to transform your life right now!

You deserve to live an incredible life! ❤

Baby, It’s Your Time To SHINE!

I am so excited for my new program that has been completely designed and created by me!

I have designed this program with the intention to empower women to take control of their lives so you can SHINE; have a healthy relationship with food and a healthy body image, increase your confidence, take control of your health, increase your energy levels, sleep better, improve your mood, work towards your fitness goals and look and feel amazing!

There is so much information out there on what to eat, when to eat, to go carb free, low fat, high protein, etc, it can make us a little crazy trying to understand it all! This program is broken into 3 modules, each module lasting one week that incorporates a weekly meal ideas, weekly fitness tips, weekly challenges, weekly advice and weekly ways to include your family on your healthy journey.

Nutrition and fitness can be so complicated, it’s now time to take control and empower yourself with the knowledge and tools to take control of your life so you can SHINE!

I will teach you the principles of eating for optimal health, well-being and weight loss, and can help you create a plan that will work for your body, preferences and lifestyle.

Week 1

– Nutrition 101 week! We are going to learn how carbs, fats and protein work in our body and why it is important to fuel our bodies with good wholesome foods that will give us energy, make us sleep better and help us SHINE! We will be learning to see food as our friend, not an enemy!

– Exercise boot camp! This week will be the basics boot camp. We are going to start slowly to get moving and be active on our own and with our family.

– Weekly challenge! This week will be exploring our relationship with food. Why do we eat when we are bored? Why are cravings so strong? Why do we self sabotage?

– Family time! This week will be focusing on getting outside and having fun with our kids and spouses!

Week 2:

– Understanding the fads! Does a low carb diet really work? Will drinking apple cider vinegar really work with losing weight? Does wrapping myself in saran wrap get rid of my cellulite? What about gluten free and fasting?

– Exercise! This week we are going to learn why strength training is important and how it will help us with our every day tasks. Lifting weights will NOT make you bulky, but it will give you amazing definition and you will continue to burn calories while at rest!

– Weekly Challenge! This week will be focusing on de-cluttering your space so have somewhere to go that makes you happy, gives you a sense of peace and a place where you can practice your gratitude and mindfulness.

– Family Time – this week will be focusing on getting your kids to help in the kitchen and maybe try some new foods!

Week 3

– Nutrition with balance. This week will be focusing on balance and eliminating guilt from your diet!

– Exercise! Let’s take it up a notch and push ourselves outside our comfort zone!

– Weekly Challenge – Self love. As a mom, wife, employee, lady boss it can be so hard to love ourselves when everyone else demands so much of us. We are going to spend this week learning small things you can do on a daily basis to ensure you love yourself.

– Family Time – This week will be focusing on helping your family understand why it’s important to eat well, why it’s important to be active and why it’s important to be able to talk with your kids about these topics to avoid eating disorders and poor body image as they go through life.

Each participant will get:

– 3 weeks’ worth of meal ideas, customized to you, your goals, and taking into consideration allergies, intolerances being vegan or vegetarian. Recipes are low in sugar, high in fiber, include whole grains and a variety of healthy proteins.

– A weekly exercise plan

-Daily advice on nutrition.

– Everyone will be added to a private facebook group for additional support, guidance, motivation – it will be a safe space to share our daily joys, our struggles, our accomplishments and for us to lift each other up.

It’s time to live the life you deserve so you can SHINE!

If you would like to order the package, please send an etransfer to roxdamico@gmail.com, with the words SHINE in the comments. Or you can send an email to roxdamico@gmail.com if you would like to pay with cash or cheque.

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Why we need Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. March 8th.  A day to commemorate the movement for women’s rights.  The first Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York and was organized by the socialist party of America. In 1975 the United Nations adopted the day and since then members have proclaimed March 8th as the UN day for women’s rights and world peace.

I am grateful to live in a country where women are pretty close to being equal to men. I earn the same wage as a male co worker (if we are the same level). I am respected by the men in my life. I am not forced to do anything I don’t want too. I have the right to choose if I want to be pregnant or not and to end a pregnancy, if I want (within a reasonable time frame) I have access to medical care. I have equal access to education.  I can walk down most streets and not be afraid. I can voice my opinion without fear of being kidnapped or killed.

I am a person. I have rights. I am not just a “woman”.

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However, my appearance, my face, my body are still being examined all the time. The other day my daughter said to me, after we had been out running errands in different stores throughout the city “Mom, when guys stare at you when we are out do any of them ask you to marry them?”

What. The. Fuck.

What? How?  Who?  Oh my gosh.

She said this with pure wonder and an honest to goodness belief that this is how things go. She believes that if a guy stares at you that he loves you and wants spend the rest of his life with you.  When in reality I know that guy(s) are thinking what is under my clothes, how big my chest is and what I would be like in bed.  (This may not be every guys thought but many do think this way)

When I was younger, I would go out with my friends to clubs and bars and was constantly hit on. If I was walking down the street I would have horns honked at me, guys calling me names, pointing out my body parts, asking me if I would sleep with them.  It was so bad I stopped going out. I remember having a conversation with my sister about how annoying it was to go out because we were objectified and the comments were never ending. I just didn’t want to be around it anymore.

I used to be harassed over instant messenger, at work, asking me out on dates and telling me how hot I was and what parts of my body they liked. I only got a job I was NOT qualified for because of what I was wearing and how I looked. I was hit on, I was told I was gorgeous, I was told I had a nice ‘rack, I was asked how big my breasts were.  It was infuriating.  (Over the last few years I haven’t really paid attention to the looks and comments – why would I? I’m a mom to 3 kiddos, have a some weight to loose and just didn’t think I was anything special.)

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I have raised my kids to be strong, to be proud, to not let people’s words affect them. To know that they are smart, kind, funny, compassionate, generous, honest and important in this world. I have also told them they are beautiful, handsome and gorgeous.  Because they are.   But their looks do not define them.  What defines’ them is how well they treat others, how kind they are, how generous they are, how understanding and accepting they are.

So when my daughter asked me if men want to marry me because of how they look at me, it made me really think about how women in our country are still treated despite the smaller gap in gender equality.

Women are never going to be equal to men and men never equal to women. Without each other we would not exist. I’m ok with that.  What I am not ok with is being eye candy, being sexualized because of being a woman and how I look. I am not OK with my daughter, who is 7, to notice men starring at me.

So when assholes say “Why is there a need for women’s day, what about men’s day?” It’s because of dinks like you who stare of me, despite being with my daughter, with your creepy eyes and your complete ignorance to what women deal with on a daily basis, just for being born a woman.

We need women’s’ day because women are still being raped and having their genitals mutilated around the world – (so men can still rape women, marry 13 year old girls and fuck whoever they want, when they want because they are men, but women are getting their genitals cut off because men think it’s ok??) . We need women’s day because families are afraid to send their girls to school out of fear of being kidnapped.  We need women’s day because women are being murdered for just being a woman.  We need women’s day because women are killing themselves because there is no other way to escape their terrible lives. We need women’s day because female literacy rates are on the decline. We need women’s day because some men still talk about doing whatever they want to women and getting away with it.

We need women’s day because my 7 year old should be thinking about my little pony, focusing on her math skills, creating art, playing soccer, NOT about how men look at her Mom.

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Protein Cookies!

On January 2nd my husband and I committed to each other that we would eat well, exercise and really focus on our health and fitness goals.  We indulged over Christmas but didn’t go overboard. We had drinks and some sweets but nothing crazy.  I actually didn’t gain any weight this Christmas season (yay me!)

This past weekend I was making the kids muffins and cookies for their lunches and the smell in the house was amazing!  When you are serious about sticking to a plan but have a house that smells like a bakery it takes all the willpower in the world to not eat the baked goods!  I rarely eat what I bake so it was easy for me to avoid them but to help my husband not be tempted I made these awesome little protein cookies!

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Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 scoops of protein powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of almond milk

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Depending on your protein powder you may have to add a bit more almond milk.  You want the batter to be like a cake batter.  Grease a cookie sheet, put about 1 tbsp of batter on the sheet and bake for approx. 10 minutes (cooking times may vary depending on your oven)  Move to a rack and let cool completely.  This recipe made 21 cookies. Enjoy!

Each cookie has approximately:
4.2 grams of fat
68 calories
2 grams of carbohydrates
4.8 grams of protein

For 21 Day Fixers two cookies would be 1/2 red and 1 tsp.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

I love being *that* Mom, the Mom who makes cookies, muffins, breads all home made for her kids and family. I like the smell that takes over the house. I like cutting a piece of banana bread and seeing the steam rise and the chocolate chips melted. I like using my own ingredients and knowing exactly what’s in the food I am serving my kids.   On occasion I do buy pre made cookies, sweets and I definitely buy bread, crackers, bagels, etc. I don’t have that much time!  This loaf was gone in my house less than 8 hours after I made it!  Everyone loved it! It’s so easy to make and would be a great gift for a hostess or for a holiday pot luck!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (recipe adapted from Rachel Ray)

Ingredients
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 bananas mashed (1 cup)
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350F.  Grease and flour a loaf pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.  Mix in the oil, bananas and eggs.  Stir in the chocolate chips (don’t overmix!) and pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a tooth pick interested in the center comes out clean, about 50-70 mins (all ovens are different, my loaf took approx. 50 minutes)  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.  ( I had a bit of batter left over so I was able to make a few mini muffins!) Enjoy!

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Low Calorie Holiday Drinks to help you stay on track!

I can’t believe Christmas is 9 days away!  It’s my favourite time of year! This year December seems to have flown by and I feel off track on my Christmas planning, baking, and shopping.    With Christmas comes many parties and get-togethers where there are delicious appetizers, drinks, meals, cheese boards, desserts and goodies galore!  Despite all the extra temptation I have decided to indulge when I want to but I do not want to undo all my hard work so far this month!  I have compiled this list of low calorie drinks that can be enjoyed this Christmas and well into the cold winter nights!

The Pomegranate Mojito (source Peanut Butter and Peppers) is a beautiful drink that shows deep red hues of the holiday season! This cocktail tastes delicious thanks to champagne and pomegranate juice!  This drink is low calorie and low sugar!

Ingredients
1/3 cup light pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 ounce rum
1/4 teaspoon Stevia or sugar
1/2 cup champagne
Pomegranate seeds

Directions: In a glass, add pomegranate juice, lime juice, rum, and sugar. Mix well. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top it off with champagne and pomegranate seeds.

Photo: Peanut Butter and Peppers

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Rosemary Gin Fizz (from Cookie and Kate) is so easy to make and so low in calories it will definitely be a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients
3 sprigs rosemary
1 small lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 ounces gin
3 ounces club soda

Directions: In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and honey. Fill the glass with ice, then pour with gin and top with club soda.

Photo: Cookie and Kate

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Apple Cider Moscow Mule (from Sugar and Charm), this is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser!  Ginger beer, apple cider and vodka – you can’t go wrong with this bad boy!

Ingredients
2 ounces ginger flavored vodka (but plain will work too)
2 ounces apple cider (we love homemade!)
1 small lime wedge, juiced
Ginger beer to top off, to taste
Cinnamon to sprinkle

Directions: In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, and top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Photo: Sugar and Charm

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Healthy Spiced Egg Nog (from Get Fit Diva) wil lbe sure to satisfy your egg nog craving this holiday season!

Ingredients
1 1/2 ounces SMIRNOFF Cinna-Sugar Twist Flavored Vodka
ground cinnamon
3 ounces of low-fat egg nog

Directions: Fill a shaker with ice cubes,vodka, and eggnog and shake. Fill a low ball galss with ice cubes and pour shaker ingredients into glass. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Photo: Get Fit Diva

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This Mulled Wine (from Gimme some Oven) is the perfect drink to enjoy while sitting by the fire listening to some Christmas carols!  This recipe takes 20 minutes and is sure to warm you up!

Ingredients

1 bottle red wine
1 orange, sliced
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup honey or sugar
8 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a non-aluminum saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and serve warm.

Photo: Gimme Some Ovenmulled-wine-41

Finally the Boozy, Skinny Hot Chocolate (from Fit Foodie Finds) is sure to be a hit with all the adults after a day of skating, skiing or playing in the snow!  This drink is decadent but keeps your calories in check by using unsweetened almond milk and stevia!

Ingredients
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
5 teaspoons high quality cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon stevia (or to taste)
1 ounce amaretto

Directions: Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and turn heat to medium/high. Using a whisk or spoon, continuously mix until fully combined. Bring milk to a simmer and take off heat. Serve with non-fat cool whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Photo: Fit Foodie Finds

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Please remember to never, ever drink and drive.  Please enjoy these drinks responsibly!