Saturday Shares #16

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on September 20, 2014

in Blog, Saturday Shares

I’m doing the Spartan Sprint Race today at Citizens Bank Park (Home to the Philadelphia Phillies). I’m pretty excited! I don’t really know what to expect. I tried to Google the obstacles several times but always come up short on what they are. Gosh they really keep this thing on low down huh? Oh well, the surprise will keep me from thinking about it all day… until I actually have to do it! Here goes nothing.

While I’m doing that though you should read the links below! Woohoo!

Saturday Shares | It's a Harleyyy Life

Food

10 ways to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for longer<—great tips!
THE Best Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies<—Sometimes you just need a really good chocolate chip cookie!
The Ultimate Healthy Pumpkin Recipe<—Well I do love pumpkin!
Grain-Free Protein Peanut Butter Cookies<—Peanut Butter Cookies!!!!
Protein Pumpkin Spice Latte<—Protein makes it healthier right?! (:
Baked Eggplant Parmesan Crisps<—I love eggplant!
100 Calorie Chocolate Cake<—well I do love chocolate cake too!
Apple Cinnamon Crumble Muffins<—yummy yummy in my tummy!
Sweet pumpkin ravioli<—Think I could get Eric to eat this meal?
Spinach, Avocado and Sun-Dried Tomato Home Fries Skillet <—-I loveeeee sun-dried tomatoes!
25 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes<—You can never have toooo much pumpkin!
10 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes<—oh and if you needed more!

Blogging

How to Track your Pinterest Traffic<—good to know!
Lessons in Food Photography: Behind the Scenes<—wonderful post!

Other

10 Things That Surprised Me About Pregnancy<—Every blogger is prego right now! Love all the bumps!

Now Tell Me

What is a post you read this week that you want to share?

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10 Things Friday + Giveaway Winner (9.19.14)

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on September 19, 2014

in 10 Things Friday, Blog

10 Things Friday | It's a Harleyyy Life

It’s like I am a broken record… but seriously… TGIF! Whoever thought a weekend should be 2 days and a work week should be 5… well, thank you… NOT! Worst decision in the world. I do have good news though… it is Friday (Woot!) and I am sharing with you 10 things! Let’s go!

Pumpkin Greek Yogurt | It's a Harleyyy Life

1. I spotted some pumpkin greek yogurt at the grocery store on Saturday. Of course I had to buy both of them (no Chobani yet!) and taste test. In case you missed it on Wednesday, Yoplait won!

2. My dad and stepmom came over for Breakfast on Sunday. We had crockpot eggs, sausage, green peppers and hash browns (pretty good… so easy to make) and cream cheese stuffed pumpkin French toast (yummy!).

Fireplace/TV stand | It's a Harleyyy Life

3. They also gave us this cute little fireplace/tv stand. I always wanted a fire place and since the home we bought doesn’t have one this one will do! Its adorable. PS: Stay tuned for a tour of our home next week! Even though it’s no where close to being finished I can’t hold out on you guys any more!

tshirt | It's a Harleyyy Life

4. I went to watch a CrossFit competition last weekend that some of my fellow gymgoers were competing in and I saw this shirt. I love it.

5. I’m running the Spartan Sprint tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park (home of the Phillies). I’m excited/nervous. I really haven’t looked at the obstacles or anything so it will be a surprise!

Kipping Pullups | It’s a Harleyyy Life

6. Click the link above! I’ve ben practicing kipping pull-ups for about a month and a half now. I’m getting there but I still feel like I’m all over the place. Practice, practice, practice.

7. The winner of my Spiralizer giveaway is….Gabby! I sent you an email!

Pumpkin Cider | It's a Harleyyy Life

8. My stepmom also brought over this pumpkin spiced cider. How adorable is this bottle? I love how it will stay fresh! It’s actually really good too!

Home Goods | It's a Harleyyy Life

9. I went shopping for the house and ran into these giraffes at Home Goods… because everyone needs large giraffes in their home. No, I did not buy them… I think Eric wouldn’t have been so happy if I did.

10. Did you guys see the viral video of the Fraternity from Kentucky lip syncing to Shake it Off by Taylor Swift? It is probably the best thing in the world. Since I work at an Honor Fraternity, it is nice to see some good news for Greek Life. Plus these guys have great heads on their shoulders wanting to take +1′s to a T Swift concert from the local Boys and Girls club! Kudos!

Now Tell Me

What are you doing this weekend? What is your go to song right now?

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12 Weeks to a Fit Physique

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on September 18, 2014

in Blog, Food, Macronutrients, Review, Workouts

 I was provided a 12 Weeks to a Fit Physique plan complimentary in exchange for this review.

I started telling you my progress with 12 Weeks to a Fit Physique in the beginning of the program. Then the Sweaty Sunday posts became overwhelming for me so I kind of stopped talking about it but I still kept up with it!

I learned soooo much from this program!

12 Weeks To a Fit Physique Review | It's a Harleyyy Life

Let me tell you a little bit about it first in detail:

It’s a 12 week program (hence the name). The plan comes with a training schedule (5 days on, 2 days off) and a nutrition plan (macronutrients). The workouts are a mix of weight training, body weight and cardio sessions. Some workouts took 20 minutes to complete others took about an hour.

The Workouts

The workouts were tough! I loved that some of them were super short though and that I could work at my own pace. I wish I had all of the machines I had to use though at my house because sometimes big sweaty men were on the machines I needed to use. Therefore, I was running around trying to figure out the supersets I could do at that time.

Every week I saw the weight I was lifting go up which was an awesome feeling! The workouts also left me TIRED! I could barely feel my arms or legs some days which we all know is a wonderful feeling after a hard workout.

I also loved that there was cardio involved. I wasn’t running a lot before the program so this helped me get into it a little more. The one thing I didn’t like about the running though is that some weeks you were doing the same running workout for the two cardio days… and then you repeated the same ones the week after. The reason I love CrossFit is because I never have to see most workouts ever again.

I remember when I ran my first 3 miles in the program how surprised I was of my time! It was so good for hardly ever running!

The Food

If you remember in the beginning of this program I was really nervous about figuring out macronutrients. It got easier every week though! It also helped that I ate the same thing every day! Skinny Taste and My Fitness Pal were my go tos for this program!

The eating part was the part where I learned the most. I never counted macronutrients before. I was so surprised how it made me feel eating this way. Plus, I realized how much sugar I had been putting in my regular diet before this program. EYE OPENING!

I am definitely looking forward to going back to this type of eating once I get a schedule down for Eric and I.

Other posts that may interest you:

Final Thoughts

I would highly suggest this program to anyone that wants to lose weight and get tone. I felt 100 times better during this program. It really works. The workouts leave you tired and feeling awesome and counting macronutrients makes you smarter about eating healthy and getting enough protein, fat and carbs in your diet!

Now Tell Me:

Did you ever try a workout/food program before? What did you think? Do you count macronutrients?

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The Best National Food Day Ever + WIAW 9.17.14

by Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife on September 17, 2014

in Food, What I Ate Wednesday

Enter my spiralizer giveaway going on now.

Okay, today is another National food day but probably the best one to date: Apple Dumplings! I love ‘em! I only eat them like once a year but since it is National Apple Dumpling Day that means if I eat that food the calories don’t exist! Woohoo! Just another reason to celebrate every food day of the year.

Apple Dumpling | It's a Harleyyy Life

My mom makes by far the best apple dumplings in the world! I told her about the holiday and poof apple dumplings started falling from the sky! Thanks mom! I’ll be enjoying another one of these bad boys today! Just gotta warm it up and add some milk!

I’m not only eating apple dumplings this week though but apples are still on the menu. Let’s jump into What I Ate Wednesday!

Breakfast

Easy, Baked Apples 2 | It's a Harleyyy Life

Baked Apples with Peanut Butter and Granola on top. I’ll be sharing this recipe on Jenny’s blog (The Wellness Journey) next week while she is on vacation. So yes, day dream about it until then.

Snack #1

Fruit Snacks | It's a Harleyyy Life

Eric talked me into getting more Welch’s snacks. Of course, I couldn’t say no. I mean when he likes something that has fruit in it, I’ll keep buying it!

Lunch

Lunch | It's a Harleyyy Life

Leftovers from breakfast on Sunday. I made this crockpot egg/cheese/sausage/home fries meal and I had leftovers. One thing I learned since I stopped meal prepping ALL of my meals: leftovers for lunch are awesome!

Snack #2

Pumpkin Greek Yogurt | It's a Harleyyy Life

I told you on social media that I bought a couple of different flavors of Pumpkin Greek Yogurt at the store this weekend. I finally tried the Yoplait Pumpkin Cheesecake kind. It definitely wins. It tastes just like a pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen (which reminds me I need to get one ASAP).

Dinner

Bacon Cheese Burger and Sweet Potato Fries | It's a Harleyyy Life

Bacon Cheeseburger with sweet potato fries. These were yummy and didn’t take much work. Perfect Monday night dinner to me!

Now Tell Me

What are you eating this week? Do you like apple dumplings?

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Spiralizer Review + Giveaway

September 16, 2014

I’ve been seriously been wanting one of these things FOREVER: a Spiralizer. Pretty much to explain it in one sentence: It turns veggies into noodles! This is perfect for veggie spaghetti! Yum, Yum, YUM! This is the Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer! It can change any firm vegetable into spaghetti-like strands to incredibly thin, long vegetable […]

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Flourless Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprints

September 15, 2014

Just call me the Coookkkieeee Monnnnstttterrrrr! Nom Nom Nom Nom! Cookies are one of my favorite desserts to make. They are easy to bake, cook really fast and are smaller/bite sized (or maybe I’m the only one that tries to put a whole cookie in my mouth at once?). Chocolate chip cookies, white macadamia nut […]

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Saturday Shares #15

September 13, 2014

Anyone else feel like this week just dragged on and on and on? Gosh I swear Thursday felt like Friday, Friday felt like Saturday and I was sad every time I woke up to an alarm. I’m not sure why, but I wake up at the same time during the weekend by myself but it […]

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10 Things Friday (9.12.14)

September 12, 2014

After a weekend of moving/painting/unpacking… then a weekend of nothing… I’m excited to have somewhat of a normal weekend this weekend! I’m also pretty excited that the weather is supposed to be in the 70′s. Woohoo! Now to the real reason we are here: 10 Things Friday 1. Today is National Chocolate Shake Day. I’d […]

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