Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sweet Ice Cream Pinata

Arya's second birthday is coming up soon and I'm having a full on blast planning it.  So much fun to choose a theme, an outfit, and all of the other fun stuff that go along with a little girl's birthday party.  This year's theme is...Candy Land!  So bright and colorful.  I'm all about it.

For me I really like choosing the decorations, planning the games, and creating a themed menu (that's all for me if I'm being honest, kids don't care about that stuff).  What the kids always go nuts for is the pinatas.  There's something about whacking an object with a stick until it just rains down candy upon you.  I love how excited the kids get.

However this year I'm leaning towards using not just candy to fill the pinata, you know...sticking with my new healthy lifestyle.  I'm thinking I could also put in erasers, small notepads, little toys, maybe a toothbrush.  That's why I love pinatas that don't come pre-filled because I get to decide what goes in them.

I love the pinatas from Wholesale Party Supplies, because they're bright, fun, and adorable!  I've used them for Isabella's mermaid themed 4th birthday party as well as for our kid Halloween party this past year.  Sturdy and adorable...win/win.

So in keeping with the theme of Arya's birthday, I picked out a lovely ice cream pinata that I'm sure all of the kids will go nuts for!

I mean seriously...how cute is that?  I know the kids will just love it!

**I was provided with this item free of charge so that I might provide my honest opinion**

Monday, March 9, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: Bolognese Sauce

I'm a pasta girl at heart. I could eat macaroni every single night. But since my waistline has a firm opinion in the matter I've had to find ways to lighten things up.

Last week I took a family favorite, Bolognese sauce (which is a hearty meat sauce) and gave it a lighter, healthier transformation using spaghetti squash. 

1 spaghetti squash
1 tbs coconut oil
1 garlic clove minced
1 carrot chopped
1/2 onion chopped 
1lb lean ground beef 
1 28 ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes 
1 tbs dried basil
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 

  1. Preheat the oven  to 400 degrees while you prep the squash.
  2. Use a chef's knife to cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise from stem to tail. 
  3. Scoop out the seeds
  4. Place the squash halves cut-side down in a roasting pan. 
  5. Cook the squash for 30-45 minutes. The squash is done when tender. Gently use a fork to scrape out the meat of the squash into long "noodles" 
  6. While the squash cooks, heat the coconut oil in a large pan and cook the onions, garlic, and carrots over medium heat until tender (about 5-8 minutes). 
  7. Add in the ground beef, breaking up any large chunks, until no longer pink. Drain off some of the fat. 
  8. Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a bubble then reduce heat to a simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Top the spaghetti squash noodles with the sauce and sprinkle on the cheese. 
Honestly the sauce is so flavorful that it takes center stage in this dish and you don't even miss the pasta. 

If you're on the 21 Day Fix this counts as: 
Spaghetti squash = 1 green 
Sauce = 1 red and purple
Cheese = 1/2 blue 

If you're looking for more great recipes follow me on facebook at Completely Fit 

Or if you're interested in joining an online fitness group please email me at Galileo.melissa@gmail.com 

Growing Up

My littles are getting big. It struck me the other day as I watched them playing that they're not so little any more. They're like these walking, talking, thinking, people with their own spark, their own ideas. 

Isabella just won "The Making a Difference" award in school. Only two kids on each grade get the award. I'm so proud of her. But with growing older also comes her own personality. She can be lazy at times, not wanting to put her clothes in the hamper and leaving her garbage around the house. She also rolls her eyes at me when I remind her. But she's sweet and smart and sensitive and knows what she wants. 

Arya is almost 2 and she is a ball of energy. She's speaking in 3-4 word sentences and she finally knows the colors besides green. She's also wild as all hell; a danger magnet. We just registered her for a 2.5 program at a local school. She'll go Tuesday's and Thursday's from 8:45-11:45. She needs to start socializing and getting into a routine. 

I'm usually not a sentimental person, always eager for the next stage and increased independence. But I know I'm right on the brink, the verge of being 100% out of the baby stage. Which is equal parts upsetting, filling me with nostalgia, and freeing! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's Fixuary

If you've been following me for a while the. You know a little less than a year ago I dipped a tepid toe into fitness and soon after dove right in. 

People ask me a lot what my favorite program is. It's a tough question. My favorite trainer is hands down Tony Horton (my first beachbody program was p90x3) but my favorite program I would have to say is the 21 Day Fix because it tackles MY biggest issue...food. 

I don't necessarily love working out, but I'll do it. It's just a part of my routine. But food has always been my issue. I could eat oreo cookies and macaroni and cheese from sun up to sun down. 

But the 21 Day Fix has not only taught me how to eat...it's taught me what and how much to eat using a simple color coded system. 

Reds- protein 
Purple - fruits 
Greens- veggies 
Yellow -carbs/starches 
Blue- healthy fats 
Orange- dressings 

I though I would be starving on it but I'm actually surprised by how much food I actually get to eat. And I don't have to say goodbye to my beloved wine! 

And I love the workouts. 

Total body cardio fix (cardio w/ weights)
Upper fix
Lower fix 
Cardio fix
Dirty 30  (total body w/weights) 
10 minute an fix 

I love that the workouts are only 30 minutes because that's about all the free minutes I have in my day. 

I have an online accountability group that starts next week. It comes with FULL meal plans with recipes for the entire duration of the program. Plus it's on sale this month and I'm offering a sweet rebate via PayPal (expires 2/28/15). 

If you're interested or have any questions email me at: Galileo.melissa@gmail.com

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shakeology and Breastfeeding

First, let's get the particulars out of the way. I am not a doctor. I am not a lactation consultant. I am just a mother who drank Shakeology while nursing her baby BEFORE I ever even imagined signing up as a coach. This post is reflective of my experiences only. 

I started my first Beachbody program back in March of 2014 making Arya about 9 months old. I started p90x3 with a side of Shakeology. I was having a really hard time losing the weight and getting my eating under control. I ate so super healthy when I was pregnant but once I actually had the baby I adopted the mentality that I could eat whatever the hell I wanted because I was exclusively nursing. 

That wasn't working out so well for me in the health and fitness department. I had no time to get to a gym  and was having inconsistent results with weight watchers and running. A friend of mine at work was having amazing results with Beachbody so I figured, "Why not?" 

BUT I was nervous about trying the Shakeology because even though Arya was eating table food as well, she was still very much a nurser and I had no plans to wean her any time soon. I don't know why I was so worried. I didn't much care about the processed and refined foods I was eating affecting her, like white pasta, Oreo cookies, and a serious deficit of vegetables. I guess I was worried about the protein affecting her tummy or whatnot. 

I brought the ingredient list to my pediatrician and she looked it over and she told me that the ingredients were perfectly safe but to try a half serving every other day at first to see if it bothered her. Arya never reacted to any food in my diet ever. So I tried it and it didn't affect her at all. No constipation, no gas, no discomfort. I did notice a significant boost in my supply though. Not sure if it was from the extra nutrients or calories or whatever but I definitely saw more in my pumping output when I was at work. 

I went on to nurse Arya until she was 16 months old. I drank Shakeology almost every day and I have never had an issue. Arya is bright, funny, and has hardly ever been sick. I can't say for sure if that's from nursing in general, drinking Shakeology, or just dumb luck.