Chili Lime Chicken

Hey guys! Before you say it, I know it’s been a while and I’m very sorry for that.  Give me a break, summer just started!  Anyway, I’ve been getting back into my meal-prepping, fitness-loving self for these past few weeks and I’ve been trying out different recipes for meal prep.

As someone who has always hated veggies, it’s hard for me to find good meal-prep meals that I actually enjoy eating, so when a cousin of mine asked for some advice on what I do to stay fit and the different things I eat, I decided to share this recipe with you (originally found on the blog Yummy Healthy Easy).  My version isn’t exactly the same as the recipe found online, mainy because I don’t like measuring stuff out.  I throw it together haphazardly and hope for the best.

So, without further ado, here is RanDee’s messy version of Chili Lime Chicken. (My version makes three meal-prep meals, so adjust yours accordingly.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts (diced)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Lime
  • 2tsp Chili Powder
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1tsp Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • Quinoa (I prefer the brand “Easy Quinoa” in the flavor garlic & herb)
  • Green Beans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Dice up the chicken breast and put it in a ziplock bag with the olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  You’ll want to let it marinate in the fridge for 2 hours minimum.
  3. Pour the diced chicken onto a baking sheet and cook for around 15 minutes, give or take a few minutes (like I said, I’m very much a guess cooker).
  4. Make the quinoa based on box/bag instructions.  Each box of Easy Quinoa makes three servings.
  5. Cook the green beans as you prefer them, avoiding too much salt or butter.
  6. You want to aim for 1 cup of green beans, 4 ounces of chicken, and 1/4 cup of quinoa per meal. Obviously, if you make the green beans without an obnoixous amount of salt or butter, you can increase the amount, because I’ll never be the one to tell you not to eat all the veggies.
  7. Total, this recipe is around 390-400 calories per meal.

Doesn’t it look delicious?!

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Sometimes You’re Going to Fail

As I write this post, I’m sitting in my Intermediate Style and Technique class.  We’re looking over poetry trying to identify the author’s personal style, and I’m not paying a single lick of attention, let’s be honest.

Recently I’ve been super unable to dedicate myself to anything but success in my potential career.  I haven’t been working out a lot, I haven’t been watching what I eat, I haven’t been focusing on myself as much as I normally do.

It’s taken me a few weeks, but today I realized something; your mental health can be even more important than your physical health.  This semester I’m taking 17 credits and working every spare second that I have, so when I have any spare time at home, I tend to curl up in my bed with my attention-deprived doggo and do absolutely nothing.

AND THAT IS OKAY.

I’m tired, I’m over-worked, I’m stressed about my future and what I’m going to do with it, and it’s okay for me to fail sometimes.  So I take a semester off of focusing on my fitness and I use the scarce amount of free time that I have to nap or watch Netflix instead of going to the gym.

THAT IS OKAY.

As someone who strives to be someone that people look up to, it’s hard for me to accept not being my best self.  I want people to look up to me and realize that they can do whatever they set their mind to.  But I also have to realize when it’s getting unhealthy for me.  I can think of several instances in the past month where I’ve gone an entire day without eating a single thing, not because I want to, but because I’m working myself so hard that I don’t even have time to think about eating.

This is going to be a short one today guys because it’s going to be me telling you to take a day off.  Skip your classes, skip the gym, call in to work.  Don’t do anything.  Certainly don’t make a habit of it, but, just for today, don’t do anything.  I’m giving you a free pass.  Value your mental health, it’s important.  It’s okay to fail sometimes.

 

New Years Resolutions and Why I Hate Them

Its twenty-eighteen, y’all.  And cue awkward cough, because it’s been twenty-eighteen for a few weeks now and this post is ridiculously late.

Better late than never?

As many people do, I’ve made a list of things I want to do this year, and I wouldn’t say there’s anything wrong with doing that.  Having goals is a good thing.  I certainly won’t tell you to stop having new years goals; however, statistically speaking, less than 5% of new years goals are accomplished.

Why is that?

The thing about larger goals is that you have to want them more than you want anything else.  You have to focus and stay motivated to complete them.  The reason I’m skeptical about new years resolutions?  People wait until the new year to complete them.  You shouldn’t need a new year to convince yourself to get healthy and to prioritize yourself.  If you do, you probably don’t truly want it as bad as you think you do for the first few weeks you dedicate yourself to it.  This is especially true when it comes to fitness and weight loss.  I know because I’ve done it year after year.

When you decide on a new year resolution, you are officially giving yourself permission to procrastinate for the weeks beforehand.  You binge eat, you splurge, you do whatever you can to excuse yourself.

You’ve gotta stop telling yourself you’ll start later and start now.  You don’t need a new year to change your life for the better.  You need motivation, dedication, and people to support your goals.

And that’s what I’m here for.

So take a moment to evaluate what you want — not as a new year goal, but for your life.  Find out what you want to achieve and research ways to make it happen.  Instead of saying you want to lose fifty pounds this year, say you want to lose 6 pounds this month.  They have to be attainable.  If you make your goals reasonable, nothing should be able to stand in your way.

So without further ado, my February goals are as follows:

  1. Blog once a week
  2. Meal prep once a week (with one cheat meal per week)
  3. Gym 5 days a week
  4. Lose 6+ pounds

Good luck in twenty-eighteen, my followers, you know I’ll be here to support you every step of the way.

Post your February goals and blog requests below!

Love y’all,

RanDee

(In My Opinion) POPFit Clothing

So as a college student I’m always looking for really good athletic apparel online that won’t break the bank. As much as I love Lululemon, sometimes I simply can’t rationalize spending $100 on a pair of leggings – no matter how buttery soft they may be.

I was playing through all my friends snap stories and, because of the update, Snap now has advertising. One of the advertisements that popped up was for POPFit. They were advertising a free pair of leggings, you just had to pay shipping! And like damn, who am I to turn down free stuff without even looking into it, right?

I went to their website and found out that if you signed up for a monthly subscription you got TWO pairs of free leggings and if you cancelled the subscription after, you got to keep said free leggings.

Let me tell you something guys. I was SO skeptical about these leggings. I figured they would be cheaply made and I likely would just wear them around the house. But for $9.99 spent on shipping and handling, that’s still a hella good deal.

After picking two cute pairs, I place my order and then decide to look at the reviews. They were horrible; completely hating on this company. Complaints about cheap materials, messed up seams, and sizing that was drastically off really had me worried about these leggings.

About a week later I get the leggings in the mail, and they’re packaged relatively well. I also have a subscription to Fabletics and they are packaged similarly. So I rip these babies open and take a look at the pants and am pleasantly surprised. Seams look fine, the size looks right, and they’re pretty cute to boot. The only thing I did notice right away was that I wasn’t sure if they would pass the squat test.

For those of you who workout, I’m sure that you know what the squat test is. It’s when you squat in leggings to see if they’re see-through. Cheaply made leggings often have this issue. So I slipped the leggings on, found myself a mirror, and awkwardly did a few squats while checking out the booty. Although these leggings do feel pretty thin, I didn’t have any issue with them being see-through and I’ve got quite the booty (just sayin’).

Overall I’m pretty happy with POPFit. They are really reasonably priced at $20-25 regularly and they’re cute AF. The nice thing about getting the subscription is that every month they send you an item out of your wish list, so you get to pick what you want. They also have incentives to stay subscribed. For example, after having the subscription for two months, you get a free accessory! In a full year you get an accessory, a bonus VIP gift, and 3 pairs of leggings. Following that first year, you get a free accessory every month for being a “Diamond Member.”

I’m not sure what the accessories are like because I only ordered my two free leggings, but if you’d like a review let me know in the comments! Pictures of the leggings are below!

As always, love ya tons,

RanDee

Can You Lose Weight Without Working Out?

*Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer nor am I suggesting I am in any way.  These suggestions are based on my own personal fitness journey.

Alright you guys, so I got an e-mail this week from a reader asking what she should be doing to lose weight.  As flattered as I am that she took the time to e-mail me, I’m definitely not a personal trainer and can’t give her any concrete advice as to what she should or shouldn’t be doing; however, I can tell you what I’ve come to learn in my own journey as well as seeing other people’s’ journeys.

In this e-mail, my reader asked if working out was actually necessary to lose weight.  The simple answer that I have to that question is no.  You don’t technically need the gym to lose weight specifically.  That’s technically what I should be saying.  I can’t condone that response though, you guys!  Are you kidding me?  How long have you been reading this blog?

Go to the gym.  Plain and simple.

Yes, yes, yes.  You can lose weight without the gym.  No, no, no, it’s probably not what you’re thinking you want in the long run.  I know from personal experience the side-effects of losing weight.  I’ve lost thirty pounds.  The thing about losing weight is that you need to tighten your body as it happens.  You definitely can lose weight by changing your eating habits, but in order to have a fit body, you need to work for it.

When I was starting this journey I was 198lbs and very much in need of a lifestyle change.  I drastically changed my eating habits as well as drastically changing my workouts.

Think about it this way: you can lose 10lbs in two months by eating healthy or you can lose 10lbs in one month by eating healthy and working out to keep your body toned.  Working out increases your metabolism and helps you burn fat faster and that can really make all the difference in reaching your goals.

It’s all about what you want to achieve and how soon you want to achieve it.  I promise you, there will never be a time when you go to the gym and regret it, so my advice to you is to workout as well as eat healthy.  It’s a tried-and-true solution to all your fitness problems.  I’m not saying you have to be at the gym for two hours a day, but an hour at the gym even every other day will help aid your weight-loss and keep your metabolism pumping.

Just trust me, it’s worth it.

Plus, and you will probably never hear me say this again so listen up . . . working out can actually be sort of fun sometimes.  There’s honestly nothing like hitting a fitness goal.  Try it and see for yourself.

Anyway, it’s 1:39 in the morning here so I should probably be getting some sleep, because (and repeat after me) sleep is important.

Tah tah for now,

RanDee

Do it for the Insta Post

For the past couple weeks I’ve been very wishy-washy about going to the gym and not eating pizza twelve times a day, and it’s always such a depressing feeling.  Normally when classes start back up for me (I’m a senior in college), I get my life together and start scheduling out my days so that I’m less stressed, but it seems like this semester has been worse than others.  #senioritis anyone?

Anyway, I feel like when I’m feeling really down about my fitness goals I turn to social media.  My fitness Pinterest board has over 1000 saved pins and at least 50% of the people I follow on my Instagram (@squatlikeagirlblog *wink*) are related to fitness or clean eating in some way.  If you log on to social media and see nothing but people partying, eating out, and watching Netflix then you’ll party, eat out, and watch Netflix.  If you log on and see people making healthy choices and working out and flexing their muscles then you’ll want to work out and eat healthy and flex your muscles – FACT.

This brings me to my major point for the day: if you’re doing it and committing to making healthy choices, it might be a good idea to make yourself a social media account through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.  It’s the best way to keep yourself accountable, especially if you don’t have the luxury of having a personal trainer.  People on the internet want to see you succeed, because that shows them that they might be able to do it, too.

The whole reason I got my schedule together this week is because I knew it had been a while since I made my last post, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to play off the fact that I haven’t gone to the gym in literally ten days.  Nobody wants to brag about how much they suck, amirite?  Nobody’s perfect and we all need rest days (maybe not ten in a row, but hey).  The important part is that I own up to it to all of my followers and get back in control of my life.

People like you, my wonderful reader, are why I’ve stuck out this long.  Obviously, I’m doing this more for myself than anything else.  I want to make a positive change in my life.  Having an influence on others, though, is something I don’t take lightly.  I know that some of you may be reading this because you need some fitspiration.  I know that some of you may be reading this because you want someone to push you to better yourself.  I know that some of you may be reading this laughing about how I’ll never actually reach my goals because I love pizza too much.  All of those reasons are fine with me, but I do this because I want y’all to know that I am doing it, and you can do it, too.  I can tell you from experience, there is nothing like hitting a huge milestone in your fitness journey.  Some of my proudest moments have been made in the gym.

So, if you’re doing this like I am, be an inspiration to someone else who needs you.  We’re slowly making the world a healthier, happier place and we’re changing lives, even though we may not realize it.  The next time you hit a fitness goal, post about it.  You getting excited will make others get excited about their own goals and we should all be trying to lift each other up.  It’s a good reminder for your followers that they need to value their health.

I hope y’all have a fabulous, active day.

-RanDee

 

How to Stay Motivated in a World Full of Sprinkle Donuts

So I’ve been at this weight-loss journey for almost a year now and I’ve only lost 35lbs.  It’s  hard to think about it that way, because it forces me to come to the harsh reality that I’m not where I could be.  Had I really forced myself to stick to my plan I could have probably already hit my 55lb goal, plus some.

Motivation is the absolute hardest part about losing weight or getting fit and it’s also the most important part.  Some people say your eating habits or your workouts outweigh everything else, but that’s very wrong.  Without motivation, you’re going to fail on both sides of the spectrum.

At the beginning of my journey  I worked with Janelle (my personal trainer), and therefore the motivation was always there.  I would have check-ins every week and she was going to be able to tell if I was slacking off.  After those three months working with Janelle, though, my motivation went from “YES GIRL.  GET IT.  YOU IS STRONG.  YOU IS POWERFUL.  YOU IS GONNA KILL IT.” to “Screw the gym, I need a burrito.”  It was always fluctuating.

As much as I wish I had the power to say no to everything and stick to my goal 100%, I just don’t.

And that is okay.

Yes, I would be so much farther along had I said no to all the greasy pizza and the whiskey cokes, but I don’t want to give it all up.  I personally would rather be losing weight slow and steady than be missing out on things that I enjoy.  As long as I’m still going to the gym (for the most part) and eating healthy (for the most part) then I’m going to keep progressing.  There is nothing wrong with focusing on enjoying yourself occasionally, as long as you don’t let it derail your entire journey.  However, you have to remember that you’re doing this for a reason, whatever that reason may be, and at some point you thought that reason outweighed everything else.  You have to remind yourself why you started and get back on track.

There is no trick to having motivation 100% of the time.  Even professional athletes take time off.  It’s what you do when you get back that really matters.  So next time you want a sprinkle donut, go ahead.  Don’t deny yourself a sprinkle donut; but make sure it’s just one and then get your ass to the gym for a killer workout.

xoxo,

RanDee

How to Work Kiddos Into Your Workouts

As a college student trying to ball on a budget, I often nanny for this great family near where I live.  I’ve been doing it for over a year now, and the two little girls (A and M) are great.  Normally, as most people who know me know, I’m not typically a huge “kids” girl, but these girls are really sweet and they listen really well.

The last couple times I’ve nannied for this family, it’s been in the middle of my journey to get fit.  Because of the way my schedule worked out today, I have to nanny until 3:30 and then I work at 4, leaving no time in-between for the gym.

So instead of going to the gym, I brought the gym to me and to the girls I nanny.  At first they were like, “No, RanDee, this is stupid.”  But trust me, they’ll have fun and it’s a great way to include them.

Today we started with a little bit of yoga for stretching, then we moved on to wall sits, squats, and lunges.  The girls had a blast climbing around and they made my workout extra difficult.

This goes as a reminder that, no matter what you’re doing, there are definitely ways to work in workouts (<– see what I did there?).  Below are a few photos I took during the workout, just in case you’d like some ideas for you and your own kiddos, or maybe the kiddos you nanny for.

Anyways, I am still nannying currently and have a dance party to attend.  As always, have a fabulous and fit day.

-RanDee

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Finding Your Fitness Motivation

Okay, as someone who has been struggling with her fitness and weight for pretty much the entirety of her life, I have looked at weight loss from every angle possible.  Motivation essentially comes from having a reason to workout and eat healthy that outweighs your reasons not to and trust me . . . there are plenty of excuses.

One of the major things I’ve noticed is that everyone encourages you to lose weight and get healthy for the right reasons.  I’m here to tell you that I don’t agree with that whatsoever.  I am a huge proponent of doing things because you want to do them and for whatever reason.  Something you see a lot of nowadays is that to be successful in fitness you have to “do it for you and only you.”  And congratulations to the women out there who are strictly losing weight for health reasons.  Literally, good for you, you must have confidence of steel.  BUT.  I am sick and tired of seeing people being belittled because of their motivations for getting fit and prioritizing a healthy lifestyle.

Honestly, we as a society have prided ourselves on body positivity, but I’ve been seeing so much of people saying, “Oh you’re losing weight to look good in your wedding photos?  That’s not healthy.”  “Oh, you’re eating healthy because you want to feel better in your clothes?  That’s not healthy.”  Why isn’t that healthy?

The last time I went to the doctors they obviously told me that in the long-run I might want to consider hitting the gym more often, but that it isn’t impacting my health at all.  I am completely healthy as of right now.  Obviously that doesn’t mean that I can’t improve, and it doesn’t necessarily mean I have to make these huge life changes.

I am making these changes because of my self-confidence.  It’s actually kind of crazy.  I was much thinner in high school, but because of some of my peers I was very shy and never really stood up for myself.  I gained a lot of weight when I got to college, and I was still so shy that it was hard to make new friends.

And then I lost 30lbs.

And now I’m way more confident.

I’m not nearly as thin as I was in high school, but having that success and seeing myself progress has been really great for me.  I still have days where I look and the mirror and think I look awful, but everyone has those days.  And the good days outweigh the bad.  So I’m here to tell you to latch onto whatever you have right now that motivates you.  Hot guy at work?  Fuel the fire, girl.  Hot bikini you want to wear to the beach?  FUEL THE FIRE, GIRL.  Do it for the cutie, do it for the beach, do it for your health, do it for your confidence, do it for your family, do it for literally anything, but make sure that you go out and do it.

Because once you commit, it becomes an addiction and you become an inspiration to others who might need it — and that’s just as important as doing it for yourself.

#doitforwhateverthehellyouwanttodoitfor

XOXO,

RanDee

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Why I Changed My Blog Name

So for the past month or so I’ve been considering deleting my blog.  Surprisingly enough, when you put a ton of work into something and it doesn’t turn out how you expect it’s a little disheartening.

I love to travel.  Just last week I went camping out-of-state at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.  My roommate and I went horseback riding through the hills, tanned on the beach and Rose Lake, and explored the waterfalls in Old Man’s Cave.

But I didn’t have the excitement I had at the beginning about sharing my adventure, and that’s because the popularity doesn’t seem to be growing.

As I was scrolling through content yesterday, I noticed something.  My blog posts about travel were barely getting any hits, but my blog posts about my recent weight loss were off the charts.  It was what people wanted to read about (see one of my very first progress picture below), and it’s something that I enjoy writing about.

This made me really think about why I recently got so interested in travel.  Before this past year I had no inclination to go anywhere.  I realized that the reason for this was a result of my fitness.  Suddenly I wanted to go hiking and exploring all over the world, not only because I now thought my body could physically handle it but because this fitness journey has given me the confidence to pursue what I want.

Hiking is a form of exercise and a product of healthy living, so I’ve revamped my entire blog to refocus.  If a blog about weight loss, fitness, and regaining confidence is what the people want, it’s what they’re going to get.  If I do happen to go on a trip that I want to share with my readers, I still can because it’s simply proof to them that fitness can help in multiple outlets of your life.  It can increase your happiness, your confidence, and your ability to do things you never thought you could do.

I’m currently in the process of updating my Instagram (@squatlikeagirlblog) and my Snapchat (@randee_hartman) to convey these changes to my followers, so be patient with me.  In the meantime, take some time to think about your personal health and fitness goals (and share this on social media to help ya girl out).

Let’s see where this road takes me.

xoxo,

RanDee

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