Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Photoshoot Experience and Tips!

I got all the pictures back from my amazing shoot with Laura Quintero Photography! I had such a comfortable time, the atmosphere was amazing, weather was perfect, and the location was BEAUTIFUL! I mean look at the scenery! Gorgeous :)
Just wanted to share some of the pictures with you!
Some tips I experienced while getting ready for my shoot:
  • I liked that I did my makeup a few hours before, to let it settle in and not look so "cakey". I suggest doing full face maybe an hour or so before, then doing touchups right before (eyeshadows and liner, powder, blush, bronze, lips etc!)
  • It's good to do hair near the time of the photoshoot so that by the time you're shooting, the curls or whatever style hasn't fallen out!
  • Bring a few different wardrobe choices! Having too many is better than too little
  • Always bring a happy attitude and smile. No one likes shooting someone who's not in the mood for a happy session!
  • Do your nails (feet and hands) before! I hated that I didn't prepare that part!
  • Bring flat shoes and heels, because you might have to do some walking! We walked all over Arlington, VA so it was great to have brought flats as well!
  • LOTION. Make sure you've moisturized up to make your skin look glowy and tan.
  • Bring different hair accessories (clips, bobby pins, headbands, etc) in case you want to change your hair look throughout!
  • Can't forget the power of lipgloss and chapstick! 
  • Always be doing something, you never know what shots may be by accident, but turn out the best!
  • Make sure you do have a good snack before, because you don't want to get too hungry or distracted during your shoot! Even a bar or a smoothie is good! It won't make you too bloated for the shoot, but will  give you enough energy to have an amazing session.

Hope you all enjoyed the pictures and tips!

AND I've actually decided a new setup of my blogs, sorrry I keep changing them on you all!

I will post more random, day in the life/thoughts/feelings blogs over at my Training #JosieBlabbles Blog HERE and I'll post bigger blogs like Reviews, Recipes, Tips, Etc, HERE on my VMfitness Site :) 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#OperationSxy Summer Edition: 12 Week Program

It's finally here! 

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What exactly is included in the 108 pages of the program:
  • 12 Weeks of workouts that involve heavy weights to increase strength, muscle building, and blasting fat with high intensity interval cardio circuits
  • Pages of in depth "Exercise Breakdowns" to show and explain how to execute each exercise as well as modifications to make the moves easier or harder
  • Information pages on the importance of 
    • progress check ins, measurements, and pictures
    • different types of cardio (HIIT vs LISS)
    • why you should lift weights
    • why you should rest, stretch, and foam roll
  • Nutrition information section 
    • breakdown of macros, micros, and other essential foods
    • in depth grocery guide list
    • tips for success
** Note: these workouts do require the ability to do jumping movements (squat jumps, burpees) and basic weight bearing exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bicep curls, shoulder presses, etc. While there are modifications, if you are physically injured or unable to do most movements, this program might not be suitable for you.

Example of Exercise Breakdown
Example workout (not all will be in this circuit style!)
The whole program is selling for just $35!
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Low Calorie Gluten Free Protein Batter! For Muffins/Cakes/Donuts/Pancakes!

 I'm always looking for a cakey protein batter for donuts, muffins, pancakes, etc, but a lot of the time, protein recipes just turn out rubbery and dry! BUTTTTT not this batter! Finally nailed it! Maybe it's because I used the Quest Protein Powder which is a blend of different proteins!

Monday, April 6, 2015

I'm Pretty Fit! & Garbanzo Bean/Chickpea Blondies Recipe!

This month I got the chance to try the Resolution Box from Im Pretty Fit!

What it basically is is a monthly fitness box subscription where each month there's a different themed pack for your fitness lifestyle! Whether it be a Resolution pack for getting back on track, or a Spring Protein packs, Fall themed packs, and more! You can buy 1 pack OR buy a subscription to get a box monthly.

This is my first ever subscription box type of package, and what I loved about it was that you can get to try a little bit of EVERYTHING. Instead of going out there and buying a huge box of supplements or snacks, and ending up not liking them and then wasting your money. With this, you get to sample everything, before you go out and buy them!

My favorites from this Resolution Box so far are the Egg White Chips and the ProCakes Protein Pancake Mix! YUHMMMM. Still have yet to try the About time protein samples, but I had them a few years ago and I remember them being super natural and tasty :)

Also, I received a tub of their PrettyFit Greens, which is like a tub of wonderful superfood GOODNESS. I threw in a scoop into my protein smoothie to get all the benefits:
  • Increases Energy
  • Supports Healthy Digestion 
  • Helps Optimize Overall Health
  • Contains Powerful Antioxidants 
  • Vegan Friendly, Non-GMO Formula 
  • No Artificial Flavors, Colors, Sweeteners, or Preservatives

See me making the pancakes and shake here on youtube!
Overall, I think subscription boxes are so cool! I know they have so many out there, not just for fitness either! They have beauty boxes, pet boxes for your dogs or cats, nature boxes, etc etc! I love that you can get a sampling of everything, and the price isn't too shabby either ;) If you do decide to purchase a subscription, or just a box to try it out one time, use the discounts below to save some money!

Check out PrettyFit boxes here!
Resolution Pack:

For the PrettyFit packs:
Coupon code VMF10 for $10 off any of the packs

For the PrettyFit greens:
Coupon code MYGREENS for 50% off their first bottle

 •15.00 oz Chickpeas
 •1/2 cup warmed nut butter (I used Nuts N More
 •1/4 cup liquid egg whites
 •1/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Amount up to you!)
 •1 scoop whey protein Vanilla (I used MGN Whey)
 •1/2 cup Apple Sauce Unsweetened
 •1/4 cup Calorie Free Pancake Syrup (I used Walden Farms Pancake Syrup from - Amount up to you!)
 •1/4 tsp baking powder

Blend all the wet ingredients and chickpeas together VERY well. I suggest a food processor! Then mix in the dry ingredients last. Pour onto parchment paper in a baking pan and bake at 350 F for 28-30 Minutes! VOILA! Let cool before cutting! discount: "VEP693" for a discount and free shipping! I get all my specialty health foods and baking ingredients from here!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tips for Staying Healthy On Vacation & While Dining Out!

Why do vacations and trips always scare us to death when we think about staying on track for our lifestyle? Because it's a completely different atmosphere! You're on a different schedule, different foods are around you, and not to mention you're off your gym plan too!

But don't worry, follow these tips and the vacation will do as little damage to your progress as possible :) If you want to view my YouTube video on some tips, click here!

  1. Portion sizes: You know I'm all about moderation not deprivation, but make sure it's MODERATION. You don't need the whole pizza, but maybe a slice or two are fine! Don't feel like you HAVE to finish your plate when you go out to eat at restaurants. Doggy bags are you friends and leftovers are sooooo tasty the next day. Ways you can watch your portion sizes are
    1. Share your plate with a friend
    2. Ask the waiter to split your dish in half! Serve you one half now, and save half in a to go box!
    3. Don't order with your eyes! Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, so try and order a smaller dish. If afterwards, you're still hungry, then you can always order another side.
  2. Save on the calories: there are soooo many sneaky calories in dishes when you eat out! Try and lessen the calorie overload by:
    1. Getting sauces on the side
    2. Get grilled, baked, steamed dishes instead of fried, buttered, or creamy
    3. Don't fill up on the table munchies (biscuits, breads, nuts, etc)
  3. Allocate!  I'm always allocating my proteins, fats, and carbs!
    1. Have open faced sandwiches or burgers! You don't need both buns for the taste! So just take one out and eat it open style!
    2. If you're having a carby meal at night, lessen the carbs throughout the day! If you're having a fatty meal later, lessen the fats throughout the day
  4. "I regret wasting calories on things that didn't taste as good as I hoped"
    1. Don't waste your calories! If you don't like the food, don't eat it!
    2. If you're at a buffet, look at everything before piling it all on your plate! Pick out the things you know you'll like instead of just filling yourself up with food you'll just regret later
  5. Be annoying to the waiter! Ask how dishes are prepared, ask for no seasoning, ask for additional lemon, for steamed instead of fried, sauce on the side, etc etc. This is your life, who cares if one person gets annoyed!
    1. Have a buffer for those additional calories! Add in activities like swimming, walking everywhere, going to amusement parks, etc. Keep active so that you don't have the DOUBLE negative of eating too much AND not working out! Add in some exercise/be active to help lessen the impact the additional food will have
  7. Alcohol: Always aim for the less calorically dense choices. Don't go with the mixes with soda or juice because that's a lot of unnecessary sugars! Try vodka and water, vodka diet sodas, vodka sugar free redbull, or lightened up versions of your favorite drinks! Ask for mojitos with less sugar!
AND IT'S VACATION! Don't forget to enjoy yourself. Don't revolve your days around food or stressing about it all. If you're having a great time, food shouldn't be the center of attention! Spending time with your friends, family, loved ones SHOULD be! So have fun, relax, make smart choices, and you'll do great!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ebelskiver Protein Pancake Puffs!

I love pancakes, but making little pancake ball puffs are so much fun! Especially when you can fill them with YUMMYY things like nutbutters, quest bars, nuts, the choices are endless!
For these, I stuffed my EHP Labs protein puffs with Nuts N More Chocolate Peanut Butter!

Monday, March 16, 2015

High Protein Cheesecake!

This has to be one of my FAVORITE recipes. High protein, pretty low calorie compared to Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes, and SO easy to make!
Macros: makes 8 HUGE square servings (or you could do slices!)
1 out of 8: 198 calories, 9.7 g fat, 11.2 g carbs, 15.8 g protein!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

{Gluten Free} Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes! + Erin Condren Fun in the Sun Bundle!

    MMMM Made these healthified Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentines Day! They turned out DELICIOUS! Who knew vegetables would be amazing in desserts?! :D

    Also, Check out these ADORABLE personalized sandals from Erin Condren! <3 in LOVE. And I can't wait to rock them out on the beach next week for my Spring Break in PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA! <3 
    I love that the bundle came with a tote too! It's SO durable, almost like potato sack material, so I can stuff a bunch of things in there like makeup, sunscreen, towels, etc! Can't wait to use this on my vacay! If you want to get your OWN fun summer/spring break bundle, head to THIS link and you'll get $10 off your first order! WHATTTT! I know I know, you're welcome :P

    And now, TO THE CUPCAKES! :D

    • 2 small to medium beets (chopped into small pieces) 
    • 2 eggs 
    • 3 Tbs coconut oil 
    • 1/4 cup agave 
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
    • Pinch of sea salt 
    • 150 g almond flour 
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder 
    • ½ tsp baking powder 
    • Whipped cream cheese frosting from Walmart + sprinkles! 

    • chop beets into small pieces
    • blend beets with eggs
    • mix rest of wet ingredients together
    • mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl
    • then mix wet and dry together
    • bake in cupcake tins at 350 F for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean 
    If you happen to make ANY of my recipes, be sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter @vmfitness and hashtag #vmfitness so I can see the yumminess!