Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Photo-A-Day 86 of 366…

My besties and I tried something new today!  Orange Theory Fitness!  It’s always sad when you realize just how out of shape you are (I speak for myself of course), but at least we’ve taken a step in the right direction!!  It’s pretty cool, you wear a heart rate monitor so that you have a better ability to adjust your workouts to get the best results, then a personal trainer walks you through it step by step… I think I’m a fan:). And look, we’re all smiles after our workout. That’s a good sign!



Photo-A-Day 56 of 366…

In my efforts to turn over a healthy leaf I’m working on being more proactive with my choices.  All the diets or healthy plans I’ve ever attempted all have one thing in common, prep, prep, prep!  So I’m trying to break my bad habits and be more prepared.  Nothing like casseroles in the freezer to start things off right!

“Noodless Lasagna” 

Package of ground beef, 1 large can tomatoe sauce, spice to taste.  

Mix in a spearate bowl: container of cottage cheese, 1 egg, cup of parmesan Cheese (shredded), cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, tsp garlic. 

Layer beef then cheese 2 times.

Top with shredded mixed cheese.

Pop these bad boys in the freezer and take them out as need. Cook them at 425 degrees F for 40 mins (time varries based on your oven)! Broil for the last 3mins to crisp up the cheese on top! Enjoy!  



Tasty Little Cracker…or Crust… or…

So here is a multi faceted little piece of pastry!  Not sure if you can even call it pastry once you hear what it’s made out of.

I’m sure lots of people have posted this recipe before, but here it is again.  It doesn’t really have a specific name, but it’s a pretty versatile recipe. I use it for crackers, pizza crust, hamburger “bun” or “bread” for my sandwiches…just depends on how you slice it.   So here’s the recipe:DSC_0118

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons cream cheese

3/4  cup almond flour

1 egg

Salt to taste


Microwave your mozza cheese and your cream cheese until smooth (about 1 min). Add almond flour and the egg on top of the flour and sir with spoon until dough like. Spread a piece of parchment paper on your cookie sheet and put the dough on the parchment paper. Spread the dough around using a fork. Poke crust with a fork and put in heated oven.

Cook for 8-12 mins based on the thickness of your dough.


If you want a nice chewy option, I say eat it fresh from the oven!  The thinner you can spread it out on the parchment paper, the crispier it gets!

I usually eat it with fresh guacamole or a tuna mashup!
Hope you enjoy!




Keto Life – Week One Check In!

As promised, here’s my week one check in!  Only 51 weeks to go!  Kinda excited to see where I get to in a year!  Had a good week, saw some good results, but just because you get some good results sure doesn’t mean you can let up!  One week is nothing, I’m looking for a life-long change!

I mentioned 2 recipes in the video so stay tuned and I’ll get them posted this week.  Make sure you check back!

Thanks for checking in!  Hope your week is awesome!  See ya next Sunday!



A Whole New Me…

So I’m doing something a little different today!  I’m launching on a new 365 day journey.  Really, I hope that it’s a new lifestyle that will go on much longer than just 365 days.  Welcome to my health and nutrition video blog. For the next 52 weeks, I am going to check in via video and see if I can lose 85lbs in 365 days. Also will be doing up a new Instagram account that is solely for my Health and Fitness Journey! Check me out at keto_belle21!!



I Want To Be A Yogi…

My whole life I have wanted to be some sort of athlete.  Volleyball, track, basketball, swimming, baseball… I’ve done them all, but I’ve never reached a level that I would say, “there, now I’m an athlete.”  My stamina is weak, not to mention my consistent effort and motivation has been somewhat lacking in my previous tries.

In all my athletic attempts, I’ve always looked at the final goal as my motivation and get so discouraged when where I’m at is not where I want to be.  imageWe live in a society where we want it all and we want it 5 minutes ago.  And I believe that’s why I find Yoga so refreshing.  For starters, you cannot tell me that a yoga expert is not an athlete.  They’re able to lift and contort their bodies in ways that make other athletes’ jaws drop.  In reality, many sports teams have their athletes participating in some form of yoga to increase flexibility and strength.  But what I’ve come to love so much about Yoga is that it meets me where I’m at.

imageEvery time you come to your mat, it’s not about being better than the person beside you, it’s not about doing each posture to perfection, it’s about turning off the outside world and finding contentment with where you are, in that moment.  Sure, last class you may have been able to do a “Wheel” pose, but this time you can only achieve a “Little Bridge”. That’s totally fine. Yoga is all about the journey and not so much the destination.

Recently a Breath Hot Yoga studio opened up just a block or two from my house and I’ve been attending numerous different classes. In the couple of months that I have been practicing yoga consistently I have seen some nice changes.  Sure, my flexibility is getting better and my lunge is getting deeper, but more importantly, I find that I can go to my mat and shut out the stresses and concerns that I have, even if it’s just for 65 minutes.

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Do I want to be able to do a “Handstand Scorpion Pose”, of course, but I know that will take time and practice.  For now, I am content with where I am at this moment and I know that each and every moment will be different.  I have found something that I love to do and I am enjoying doing it, and that could be the most important thing after all.

Till next time,


I’m At It Again…

A couple of years ago, I started a blog that was simply a photo a day journey for 365 days.  It was actually a very neat and surprisingly challenging experience.  Well, it’s been a while since I’ve tossed a blog post out there but I thought I would take another crack at it, except something a little different.

Sunrise.So welcome to my new blog 🙂  A place that’s simply full of life…food, friends, photography, art, writing, traveling… anything and everything that’s tossed my way.  But as is so typically me, I will be focusing on the positive things of life.  I am a firm believer that there is a silver lining around absolutely everything, you just have to look hard… sometimes really hard…but it’s there.

So, here’s to  a little light, a little love and a little laughter in life!