Netflix and Squat? Rainy Day Booty + A Netflix Surprise (*Cough* Giveaway)

I'm looking at you, new season of Unbreakable.
My favorite rainy day activity consists of working on the behind in between my Netflix binging (let's be honest, we all do it). The best part? You're so distracted by the latest Scandal that you don't even realize that you're working out. Your booty, however, will thank you in the long run for the added effort. 
3 Moves To A Rainy Day Booty


1. Back Lunges with Weights


2. Floor Leg Pulses


3. Single Leg Deadlights with Weights



For the chance to use these moves with a fancy new gift card...
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Prize: $100 Netflix Gift Card
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$200 Whole Foods Giveaway!

Remember when they turned the Lincoln Park Dominick's off the Fullerton stop into a Whole Foods? This is for you, DePaul students.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $200 Whole Foods Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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How to Use Dragon Fruit As a Main Ingredient

Strangely shaped, a vibrant pink, and part of the fruit family.

Who else has seen a dragon fruit before and thought "how the heck do you eat this thing?" You're not alone. Finally taking on the tackle of this pinktastic fruit, I made it my mission to make it part of my meals for one week. After a quick visit to YouTube and some serious recipe browsing on Pinterest, I mapped out a course of action to create dragon fruit salads and smoothie bowls.

But first, how to cut a dragon fruit.


Start by cutting the fruit vertical down the middle.


Split the dragon fruit into two halves.


Scoop the white seeded part of the fruit from each half. Make sure there is no pink left.


Cut the dragon fruit into small pieces to be added to your fruit mix.


From here you can use the leftovers to make a salad or smoothie bowl!


Enjoy.


Just Do It. Win a $500 Nike Giftcard!

Hold on to your Fitbit!

Sweating Champagne paired up with Oh My Gosh Beck! this month as a giveaway Co-Host to give you, the readers, a chance at workout apparel greatness. This is by far the best fitness giveaway of all time. With just a few simple steps you could be on your way to sporting $500 worth of Nike merchandise. I repeat, $500. For most of us this has only been visualized in our Pinterest boards and wildest dreams - guilty as charged. View the giveaway details below + good luck!

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $500 Nike Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/13 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Healthy Eats: Acai Smoothie Bowl

Who said you can only have smoothies through a straw?

If you're a smoothie lover like me, you know how fast those delicious delights can be slurped down. Looking for a way to savor the taste? Behold, the smoothie bowl. 


Smoothie bowls are a great way to turn healthy nutrients into a meal with half the work. Eating the mixture with a spoon rather than sipping through a straw allows you to slow down, enjoy the meal, and reduce the risk of overeating (plus it's really yummy and very simple to make). 


Ingredients:

Chia seeds
V8 Acai Mixed Berry juice
Bag of coconut flakes
Bag of frozen mango chunks
Plain Greek yogurt
Your favorite granola (I used KIND Raspberry Clusters)
Your favorite fruit toppings (I used dragon fruit and strawberries)

Instructions:

1. Blend ice, frozen mango, two scoops of Greek yogurt, and V8 Acai Mixed Berry juice together in a blender until think and smooth
2. Pour the mixture into a bowl
3. Top the bowl with fruit of your choosing, granola, coconut flakes, and chia seeds


That's it!

Very easy, very healthy, and a great go-to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. This is just a base example of the ingredients you can use to make a smoothie bowl. The options are endless! Pair it with a piece of multi-grain toast and you're set for a great day.

Want more #healthyeats? Check out my buffalo chicken bowls recipe!



Ice Ice Baby - Braving the Cold for #ChiTown10k

April showers bring...snow?

For all of us here in Chicago it is no surprise that Mother Nature has been less than accommodating the past few months. From snow blizzards one day to 60 degrees and sunny the next, I had my fingers crossed that the weather would be favorable for Chicago's Chi Town Half Marathon & 10k on April 9th. Presented by All Community Events, this event benefited Special Olympics Chicago and was held at Montrose Harbor.


True to form, Chicago unleashed the snow, wind, and ice the night before. The morning of the event I pulled my black athletic turtle neck and official event jacket over my head and layered up with my Victoria's Secret Sport headband (shout out to CHAARG's Spring Break Fit Plan for the VSX coupon) and hand gloves. I started to break out in a nervous sweat. It was my second 10k, but the first race I would be doing alone without a running partner and without a cheering team to meet me at the finish line. I assured myself that my determination will help me do well as I ordered an Uber to Montrose Harbor.


After lining up behind the pace group of our choice, there was a bit (okay A LOT) of confusion on where you had to line up based on your bib color. Because of this the race began about 15 minutes after the planned time and I was pretty sure that if I had to wait any longer I would have gotten hypothermia. Alas, the race began and we were off! The first 2 miles were filled with awesome lakeshore views and a smooth path. The last 4.2 miles, however, were consumed with icy hills and black ice patches. I slipped a total of 4 times, as did many others, and was very thankful that I didn't twist an ankle or injury my hip. Where's the salt, people?


Despite this obstacle, I was proud to say that I only stopped for a total of 5 minutes during the entire race. I had never run 6 miles consecutively without stopping before. Realizing my phone was at 5% with one mile left didn't hurt towards motivating me either. While the course was not suited for a personal best due to the slippery trail, I had managed to achieve a 01:11:19 overall time (the official race site argued it was 01:11:15) which completed my goal to finish around an hour. After picking up my medal and a bottle of water, I quickly asked someone to take my picture and used the 1% left of my phone battery to order an Uber back home. For those willing to brave the cold a little bit longer (and had the phone life to do so) there was an after-race celebration of Finch's Beer Co. and Connie's Pizza. 


In the future, if I'm not in Florida doing a RunDisney race, I think I'll stick to summertime events when I know the weather will be runnable. Overall, I'm still really glad that I toughed this race out! Adding to my collection slowly, but surely.


Up next on my run tour, The Color Run in Grant Park! As an Ambassador for this year's event I have the down low on June 5th's fun run and a special promo code (CHICIL2) to receive $5 off your registration. I hope to see everyone at the #Happiest5k!


The Fit + Happy Way To Spring Clean

Spring is in the air, and it's time for some cleaning. 

Usually when people think of "Spring Cleaning" they picture going through their closets for unused items and decluttering their living area. While this is, in a sense, true the good feels don't stop there. There are many ways to refresh your home, soul, mind, and body! Here are my top tips.


Stuck in a fitness rut? Try something new!

There are hundreds of fitness studios and gyms in the city all containing unique and exciting classes. My new discovery? Sproing Sport off the Sedgwick Brown Line. You might be asking yourself, What the heck is Sproing? Sproing is running-based high intensity interval training (HIIT) in a group class setting. Using a redefined treadmill, this class features 20 second intervals followed by 10 seconds of rest on a soft surface to reduce the impact on your joints. A runner's true dream!

Sproing Sport is just one of many unique fitness adventures waiting to be discovered. Grab a bestie and put yourself out there. You'll never know what you can accomplish until you try!


Your brain might be saying that it's had enough with reading and studying for finals, but reading for fun, especially self-reflection and self-help books, is the perfect way to center yourself and get a new perspective. Sounds silly? To each their own, however this is a healthy way to stimulate the mind and gain some insight.


My recent book of choice is Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson. If I didn't already love this fitness maven, I am now her #1 fan. I strongly recommend this read if you are looking to learn how to become body smart and practice so within your daily routine.


It's out with the old and in with the new. We all have that one outfit (or five) that we always say we're going to wear, but never do. Let's be honest, about half of our clothes go unworn or have surpassed their life expectancy. 

After taking out all of my clothes - and yes, I mean ALL - I realized that this was the case for my wardrobe. I started by sorting everything into 3 piles: keep, sell, and donate. After 3 long days, I had successfully minimized my wardrobe and bagged up the rest to either sell at Plato's Closet or donate to Goodwill. This clean start allowed me to really see what I had and get rid of all the clutter. Talk about refreshing!


I used to get very discouraged when it came to making healthy meals and, well, cooking in general. However there are many easy-to-make recipes that are healthy for you and include more than just leafy greens (like my buffalo chicken bowl recipe - YUM). Pinterest is a great resource for finding tasty, nutritious recipes and is my first go-to before any cooking site. If you're feeling extra motivated, creating a DIY recipe book is a great way to keep all your favorites in one place!


Taking control of the kitchen means taking control of how you prepare your food. Two words: meal prep. Over rated? Never. Put aside a day during the weekend to grocery shop and prepare your meals for the week. I promise you this will make a world of a difference in regards to connivence later on and will help keep you on track without any unplanned binging. It's all about mind over matter and, if you believe in the process, you will become a cooking maven in no time.


Because what's life without a little incentive? All that cooking, working out, and revamping calls for a golden star or, in other words, a life reward. Yes, that's a real thing. Life is hard, and sometimes picking yourself up off the ground to be better is even harder. Whether you are in a good, bad, or confusing place, showing yourself some love is always a must. After all, it's never too late to reinvent yourself.

Treating yourself comes in all shapes and sizes and can only be decided by you. This spring I wanted to spend some love on beauty. My spree included eyelash tinting at The Waxing Room, a hair cut and color from Vainte, and teeth whitening sessions from Smiling Bright. Topped off with a new bikini set from Victoria's Secret, I was all set to take on spring with style. 

[Fit Tip: Hang a couple hot items where you can see them to motivate yourself towards that bikini bod! Spoiler alert, I do this a lot as an incentive to keep focused with my workouts.]

Happy Spring Cleaning :)