Why I’m Not Continuing With the Shortcut to Size Program

Hi Friends! Happy Wednesday!

Hopefully most of you get to head out early today and make your way to see family, friends and loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. Before I take a little bloggin’ hiatus the next few days to really soak up my holiday I thought I’d do what I do best… a little blurbin’! Mostly to update you guys.

First and foremost, I’ve decided not to continue with the Shortcut to Size Program I’ve been following for the past 8 weeks.

I completed the Phase 2 portion of the program last week and honestly just felt drained. Physically and emotionally. I felt “locked in” and the past few weeks I practically dreaded going to the gym because I knew the same sets of exercises I was going to have to preform only to increase my weights each and every week.

One thing I’m a huge advocate of is finding your FUN in fitness. Finding what makes you happy and what you look forward to doing. The moment I feel locked in to something I know that’s a red flag. When it comes to fitness I love to try all sorts of things and keep my body guessing and I feel like I haven’t had the opportunity to do that in this program.

Don’t get me wrong, this program has been GREAT for building muscle quickly and increasing my weights. However, I’m not in any competition and don’t really need to build muscle so quickly. I did want a program to help me steadily build and tone even more muscle but I feel like this is just too much for me. I felt I had a great program going this past summer where I slowly increased my weights every few weeks. Not every week. I miss my long cardio days, I miss yoga, I miss doing random weight intervals. By the time I got to my cardio days in this program my muscles were so fatigued from the lifting it was hard for me to complete anything. I LOVE lifting but also love variation which I wasn’t getting. So it’s time for me to add that back in.

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I can’t stress it enough that it’s so important to just do what works for YOU in fitness. And for me that goes back to writing my own workouts (I had so much fun with that), doing 3 strength days, 2 cardio, 1 yoga/flex day and 1 rest day. I’m looking forward to changing up my strength training by adding in various exercise moves and creating more tabata and interval workouts.

So don’t ever think it’s lame to quit something you wanted to try. Heck, at least you tried it and learned it wasn’t for you! I’m such a happier camper with the freedom to do whatever the heck I want in my workouts!

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And in the spirit of Thanksgiving… I’m feeling so blessed for everything I have in my life right now. Family, friends, a wonderful boyfriend, a roof over my head, income, great health… I’m counting all my blessings. Although I have so many goals, hopes and dreams of where I want my life to be I’m so thankful for what I have at this moment.

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Have a great Thanksgiving holiday! XOXO

2 Easy Emergency Thanksgiving Appetizers

Two days until Thanksgiving! The countdown is on! I think I’m more freaked out about the traffic than anything else. Traffic in the Atlanta area already stinks and add a holiday on top of that and it’s just insane!

Thankfully I don’t have to host a Thanksgiving but I know how stressful it can be trying to plan a menu to please everyone and have enough food. Especially for those brothers, cousins and friends who have bottomless pits for stomachs! Not to mention those unexpected guests who throw off your head-count and suddenly you don’t have enough food to please everyone! No need to fret. These two simple recipes are made with ingredients you probably already have on hand for the big day or in your refrigerator/pantry.

These take little time to whip up and are guaranteed to hold the crowd over until the turkey is just right.

Butternut Squash, Brussels & Bacon Bites

A festive bite of Thanksgiving and the perfect appetizer for your guests to munch on as they mingle and get ready for the big meal!

Butternut Squash, Brussels & Bacon Appetizer via Britt's Blurbs

These bites are SO adorable and the perfect appetizer to set at everyone’s plate when they sit down! They literally are a bite of the holidays!

Butternut Squash, Brussels & Bacon Bites

by Brittany @ Britt’s Blurbs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients (1 Dozen Bites)

  • 12 butternut squash cubes- cut to about 1 inch size
  • 12 half slices of brussels sprouts
  • 12 bacon slices- about 1 1/2 inch size
  • 12 toothpicks
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut Oil-Melted
  • Sea Salt

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with tin foil.

Toss the butternut squash in some melted coconut oil.

Lay squash out on baking sheet.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Add the Brussels sprouts to the baking sheet.

Coat with coconut oil, cinnamon and sea salt.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Add the bacon slices to the sheet.

Bake for 5 minutes.

Using a toothpick, assemble the bites with a piece of squash first, then a Brussels sprout then bacon.

Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until bacon is crispy on the edges.

Serve warm!

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Goat Cheese and Bacon Smashed Potatoes

These smashed potatoes are loaded with flavor on top and the perfect appetizer to please any crowd. Or serve them as a side dish in replacement of traditional mashed potatoes!

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I LOVE that smashed potatoes are nice n’ crispy on the outside and still creamy on the inside. You can almost pick these up and eat them like big potato chips!

Goat Cheese and Bacon Smashed Potatoes

by Brittany @ Britt’s Blurbs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (1 dozen smashed potatoes)

  • 12 small red skin potatoes (or you can cut 6 large ones in half)
  • Organic goat cheese
  • 5 pieces of organic bacon
  • EVOO
  • Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Italian Seasoning

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with tin foil.

Brush EVOO over the cleaned potato skins and sprinkle with black pepper, sea salt and Italian seasoning.

Place potatoes on baking sheet.

Place bacon stripes on baking sheet as well interspersed between the potatoes.

Place the sheet in the oven and bake the bacon until its crispy (25 minutes).

Remove bacon from the sheet and continue roasting the potatoes (about an additional 10-15 minutes.)

Remove sheet from the oven.

If the potato sides squish slightly when you press on them you are ready to smash!

Using a large spoon, smash the middle of the potato down.

Sprinkle about 1 tsp. worth of goat cheese on top of each potato.

Cut up the bacon and sprinkle some bacon on top of the goat cheese.

Re-season potatoes with black pepper, sea salt and Italian seasoning and lightly drizzle with EVOO.

Bake for another 10 minutes or until goat cheese is melted.

Serve immediately!

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Enjoy!!