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    10 Bad Habits to Ditch this New Year for a Healthier and Happier You

    10 Bad Habits to Ditch this New Year for a Healthier and Happier You

    This New Year I’ve made some resolutions to become a happier healthier me. Being a mom has made me realize how important my health and well being is. I know with my little kiddo getting more and more active everyday, I want to make sure I am in the best shape to keep up with him. It was a challenge for me to learn how to balance being a mother, a wife, and my own personal life. Blogging, starting a photography business, working part time, and trying to juggle all my other roles consumed me, and I had no time for my fitness. I needed to make a change and ditch some bad habits that were holding me back from reaching my goals. So here are my top 10 habits to ditch for the New Year for a healthy and happier you. Continue reading

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    Gluten Free Frosted Raspberry Protein Muffins

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      What if I told you the frosting was fat free and protein packed? Yes you can have your frosting and eat it too! Less than 70 calories a muffin and with 9 grams of protein This is a great morning snack to kick start your day! In less than 6 easy steps you can make this delicious treat.
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    Ingredients:

    3 scoops or whey isolate of choice
    1/2 cup rice flour
    1.5 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 cup granulated stevia
    4 egg whites
    1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    2/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    3/4 cup fresh raspberries, halved

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    2 scoops vanilla whey isolate of choice
    1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tbs of vanilla extract
    1/3 cup fat-free cream cheese

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    3. Combine all cupcake ingredients except the raspberries into a food processor and mix together until smooth. Gently fold in the raspberries and mix together until smooth.
    4. Evenly pour into each of the muffin cups and put in oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and tops are firm. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
    5. Prepare the frosting by combining ingredients into food processor (or by hand) and blend or mix until smooth. Put in piping bag (if you have one) and place in the fridge to firm up.
    6. Squeeze frosting from the piping bag (or simply use a knife or spoon to spread) onto the tops of each of the cooled muffins.

    Enjoy!

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. For more fitness tips and motivation follow me on Instagram @dawnpdarnell_wefit!

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    Fitness

    The “Mom” Diet

    I know some of you are wondering how I lost the baby weight so fast, and honestly I can credit a majority of it to my “Mom Diet.” So what is the “Mom Diet”? I know I’ve mentioned it a couple times in my previous post so I wanted to explain it you. I never knew about it until I became a mom. It’s an exclusive diet only mothers would know about, and only mothers can relate to.

    I remember the first week I was home with my baby I was exclusively breast feeding. It was one of the hardest and yet most rewarding thing I had ever done. But it was also one of the factors that contributed to my “mom diet”. They say when you breast feed you will loose your post baby weight faster. I did’t realize why until now. I remember every 3 hours breast feeding my baby with no breaks in between. I felt like a cow at a certain point because it was literally all I did for days. I rarely got any sleep, and nor did I have time to eat. I was too tired and too stressed to even think about eating. All I could think about was my baby eating and being happy.  My nutrition was no longer a priority in my life.

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    I decided being a stay at home mom was not giving me the life balance I wanted. I needed to make myself a priority as well so I decided to go back to work part time where I could continue to pursue my passions yet be able to be there for Jayden. I was really thankful to work for a company that allowed me to make my schedule and prioritize my family first.

    After I started supplementing with formula and started to work part time my diet improved. I ate better at work, where I had a designated break time to enjoy my meals with no interruption. It was one of the perks of going to work. But at home the only consistent thing I was eating was my protein shake and protein peanut butter cups, still not enough nutrients or calories to keep and build my muscle. I had lost all 35lbs of my baby weight in less than 4 months.  With the “Mom diet” I was loosing weight the unhealthy way. It wasn’t fat I was loosing but muscles.

    Currently right now, I am no longer breast feeding. I still have days where I am so exhausted from staying up all night with the baby that I forget to eat all day. I never thought I would ever have a problem with eating, but it has become more of an after thought than a daily routine some days. My mindset has changed when it comes to eating. I have to remind myself daily my nutrition is important. It is hard for me when all I can think about is my baby, but I know in the long run I have to prioritize my health for me to be the best mom I can be. My friend recommended me to check out a website talking about shifting that baby weight in a healthy way. After having a read, I realised just how important it was for me to get my diet and nutrition back on track before I end up making myself ill!

    The “Mom Diet” is not as glamorous as it may seem, and I would not condone it for any mother. Ask for help, take time for yourself, and know you are enough. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to make your health a priority. Don’t feel guilty if you take ten minutes to eat while your baby entertains himself. Yes he might cry for a bit because he just wants to be held, but he will understand eventually. Don’t feel bad if you can’t juggle it all by yourself. It takes a village to raise a child. Being a mom is a selfless job, and we would give more than an arm and a leg just to make our children happy. But if we don’t put or health first, we will end up just giving bones. We are more than just a mom, we are someone’s daughter, wife, sister, friend, coworker, ect. If we want to be the best mother we can be then we have to make ourselves a priority. Our health matters for our children’s sake. I know this is a common sentiment as well, I have a friend who regularly goes to Austin Tennis Lessons and she says it really helps her keep fit enough to keep up with her children.

    <3 Dawn

    P.S. Capturing my little man and his little attitude. He did not want mommy to put him down at all this day.
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    Easy No Bake Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    Inspired by Jamie Eason’s Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Pie, I decided to make my own version of this recipe. For those getting their beach body ready for the summer, or just want a healthier version of a chocolate peanut butter pie this recipe is for you! No need for a crust, this works perfect in a mini pie dish. In less than 3 steps this is by far the easiest and tastiest recipe I’ve made. This is a perfect guilt free dessert or post dinner or even post workout treat!

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    Ingredients (for 1 mini pie):

    2 scoops whey protein

    1/2 cup low fat cream cheese

    1/4 cup non fat greek yogurt

    2 tbsp natural peanut butter

    2 tbsp honey

    2 tbsp stevia

    2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

    1/2 tbsp coconut oil

    3 tbsp Reese’s chocolate and peanut butter topping (optional topping)

    Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    Directions:

    1. Blend and mix all ingredients but the chocolate topping in a bowl

    2. Pour in pie pan and top with chocolate topping

    3. Freeze for 30 min and enjoy!

    Yup it’s that easy! It’s a perfect summer guilt free treat, and a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Definitely try it out and let me know what ya’ll think! Stay healthy my friends!

    <3 Dawn

    Easy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

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