Exactly one year ago this month I launched my website and blog, The Fit Life with Adele, knowing one thing for sure! I wanted to share my knowledge and love of health and fitness with others and help people along the way. Coming off one of the most emotional years of my life, I intended many of my posts to be fitness related only, but couldn’t help but share my personal struggles and challenges as well. The strength in independence, importance of self acceptance and lessons in trusting the timing of my life were equally as important as my beloved squats and simple recipes. Hence the mindset focus of many of my posts. 🙂
With all my blogs this year, I do not think I created one saying exactly what The Fit Life means to me! And exactly what I want to convey to my readers about my philosophy of food, fitness and life. And at the end of all this I promise, I do have my Healthier, Blueberry, Cobbler, Crisp recipe for you!
Why do I encourage training with heavier weights?
It is pure empowerment in life.
I believe in being strong. And I believe physical strength begets mental strength. It builds confidence. It increases motivation. It creates freedom in your life now and in years to come. There is really no way to describe leaving a challenging workout, feeling you are on top of the world and can conquer anything. We NEED that kind of limitless feeling in our everyday lives to help us realize our full potential. I truly believe that fitness and wellness lead to empowerment, self actualization and each person has their own unique formula to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle.
What is this eat simply business all about?
It is my eating philosophy. It is kind of boring and it may or may not have grabbed your attention. It is not as enticing or interesting as Paleo, IIFYM, gluten free, whole foods only, and in the past couple years I even threw my clean eating title out the window.
I don’t eat strictly organic or only whole foods (though I believe they should be eaten more often). The thing is I really truly love veggies, fruits, omelets, chicken, peanut butter, coffee and chocolate. I do use artificial sweeteners on occasion, I like to chew gum, and have protein shakes and bars weekly. I am not a sugar or salt fanatic and have acquired a taste for foods that are more on the bland side. Don’t get me wrong, when I have a piece of pizza or chow down on some ice cream it is ah-ma-zing, but I love plain brown rice and steamed vegetables more often and it makes me feel better too.
I turn down dessert and drinks when I don’t feel like it and say yes when I do. I don’t fast or do detoxes or juice cleanses, but I have found a way of eating that I enjoy, and while sometimes I struggle with food, I never feel deprived! Fitness and food does not have to be complicated. It should enhance your life, not be a burden on your life.
What up with all this mindset stuff floating around on your posts and blogs?
Because honestly, its not really about food and fitness. Everyday I find myself in conversation with someone who is not enough. I often experience not feeling enough. Yet in this world we all strive for love, purpose and belonging. How do we achieve these things without a full sense of self?
Brene Brown says it best. “If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging.” When we worry less about what other people think we can focus more on our own worthiness, our own process and be content right in this very moment, not when we have achieved some lofty goal. Not when we have more money, are more successful, own a home, lose weight or go on vacation. When we can have compassion for ourselves and find gratitude in every situation, we realize that we have enough and more! Compassion and gratitude are underrated. It is not something we automatically achieve either, it is something you have to be intentional about every single day.
Where is my blueberry cobbler crisp you promised me?
Okay here it is! 🙂
- 3 cups of frozen blueberries (or fresh)
- 1/2 heaping tsp of cinnamon
- 6 packets of truvia
- 1 tsp of lemon zest
- 2 tsp of constarch
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup of gluten free flour (regular flour can be used too)
- 1/3 -1/2 cup of coconut sugar
- 1 heaping tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4-1/3 cup of butter melted
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2.Mix all the dry toppings together in a large bowl. Drizzle the melted butter in and rub the mixture together until the butter is evenly dispersed.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the cinnamon, cornstarch, blueberries, lemon zest and truvia and toss until the berries are coated.
4.Spray a 9×9 dish with cooking spray and pour the blueberry mixture in the dish. Sprinkle the topping evening over.
5. Bake for 40 minutes.
6. Remove and cool.
7. Ice cream is a great pair, or if you are a health nut like me you can eat it as a snack with greek yogurt or cottage cheese.
The leftovers were just as good, if not better!
Thank you for being a part of my journey! Here is to 2015!