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The Journey Begins

me journeyHello you!  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope that upon leaving my blog, you’ll feel motivated and inspired.  I’d like to being by sharing the motivation behind my writings.  Experience.  I’m here to share my experiences, my everyday experiences.  I love to live.  I love feeling my best, doing my best, and giving the best of me.  I love teaching, and I love learning.  I love giving as much as I love receiving.  In fact, I’m so grateful for all that I’ve been given, not just material items, but the non physical items as well, such as time, love, kindness, patience, awareness, safety, protection, knowledge, wisdom, opportunity, friendships, family – it’s only fair and righteous of me to share this with others. 

This is how Your Fit Blueprint was born.  Throughout the years of studying health, nutrition, and fitness, I’ve become more aware of my body, myself, my entire being.  I’m fascinated by the human body physically and mentally.  I’ve come to understand we really are limitless beings, and the only one who dictates how far we go is us.  WE are the vehicle, the destination and the journey is up.  The quality of our life is entirely up to us.

“The quality of our life is entirely up to us.”   

THAT in itself just lights me up.  Imagine the possibilities, and it all starts with us! Here is where it gets even more exciting.  No matter where you are at in life, no matter what difficulties you are facing now, no matter what challenges you think you’ll never overcome, you CAN overcome them.  It all starts with believing first with your mind. 

 First, change the frequency of your negative thought patterns.  Shift your focus from what you can’t do to what you can do.  Change your “but I can’t” excuses to “here’s how I can.”  Change your “I have to” forced mindset to “I get to” open mindset.

self careSecond, build a relationship with yourself.  This is something that should be worked on daily.  The most important relationship you’ll ever have here on earth is the relationship you have with YOU.  As you grow to love and respect yourself, you’ll care for yourself.  You’ll learn more of yourself, and you’ll make yourself a priority.  And by making yourself a priority, you can better serve and pour love and care into others.      

I know there are many situations in life that can’t be easily overcome.  I know there is unbearable pain and suffering, traumatic life changing events, wounds that may never be healed.  I know there are many dealing with loss and agony that has left them in despair.  But I also know and believe that there is always hope for a brighter life.  

I wouldn’t know of this hope unless it was given to me.  Through painful experiences in my own life, I’ve been able to experience the love of Jesus, the hope He’s restored in me, and the faith and strength He continues to supply me.  I want to share this hope and love with you also, because His love and mercy and grace is limitless.  He is a God of abundance, and you too can experience His unconditional love.

Through my life’s painful encounters, I’ve come to develop a love for health and fitness.  The Gym became my place of refuge, an escape from real life.  Caring for my mind and body is something I’m highly passionate about.  It has rewired my brain.  And I’ve become so passionate about it, I want to share this lifestyle and teach others to do the same.

I hope you will come on this journey with me, as we grow in strength, hope, gratitude and above all, love.  On this blog, I’ll share with you my life lessons, my healing and painful moments, and my tips and advice for healthy living, both physically and mentally.

And remember, you are loved!

Xoxo,

Priscilla Gonzalez

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“Nurturing yourself isn’t selfish – it’s essential to your survival and well-being.” – Renee Trudeau

BEAUTYCOUNTER: Flawless In Five

I just recently started using BeautyCounters Flawless in Five, and let me say, it’s a MUST HAVE! I started using Beautycounter for their safe and clean skin care products. After learning about how toxic the beauty industry is and what it’s doing to our health, I wanted to switch to products I could trust, for both myself and especially my daughter!

So lets dive into the FLAWLESS IN 5!

The set comes with six products.

1. Your choice of the Skin Twin Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer.

I went with the Foundation because that is what I was most currently in need of. It comes in 18 shades; its very breathable and feels light on your skin, and it has good coverage that lasts all day. It also blends really well which I love, and it contains Hyaluronic Acid which plumps your skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines over time.

2. Skin Twin Creamy Concealer

This concealer is my favorite by far. It has excellent coverage and a little goes a long way! It has a natural finished looks and comes in 13 undertones that blend beautifully. You can wear this with our without foundation as well. It contains ingredients like avocado and knotgrass which help give skin its smooth silkiness.

3. Brow Pencil or Brow Gel

Color Define Brow Pencil in Dark
Beautycounter 3ml Brilliant Brow Gel tube on a white backround

I personally went with the gel as its easier for me to use. It comes in 5 shades, and has conditioning plant based butters and even elderberry to hydrate, condition and thicken your brows. Its super easy to apply and lasts all day.

4. Lengthening or Volumizing Mascara

Lengthening Mascara

Ok, where do I begin? The application is such an easy process. It glides on to your lashes, it does not get crusty or flaky, and a little bit goes a long way. It also lasts all day without running which I love. It gives your lashes a beautiful lengthening boost and separates and defines your lashes. My daughter, who loves mascara and has tried many different kinds, said this is one the best professional quality mascaras she’s tried and she’s hooked on it. One of her favorite parts is the long handle which makes it extra easy to apply.

Satin Powder Blush in Sorbet

5. Satin Powder Blush

Im not at all a fan of blush, never have been, so I was very skeptical of this when I first tried it on, but to my surprise, it was beautiful. Not only the color I chose, but the way it applied, and how it just lightly added a pop of color to highlight and accentuate my cheekbones. It comes in 7 different gorgeous shades.

6. Beyond Gloss

Beautycounter 5.5ml Beyond Gloss tube on top of product smear on a white background

Who doesn’t love a fabulous lip gloss?! The way it shimmers and shines and makes your lips pop. It comes in 14 different shades, is scented with responsibly sourced vanilla, and adds moisture and luster to your lips without and heavy stickiness. The color is also long lasting and wears beautifully. When you apply this gloss, your lips will look and feel amazing, AND you can rest assured, its 100% safe!

There you have it! The six Flawless in Five beautiful products. And right now until the end of the month, enjoy free shipping with all orders over $75, and for all first time buyers, get an extra 10% off!

You can purchase your set by clicking the link below

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COFFEE TALKS: Coffee’s Acidity

Coffee. That morning brew that awakens your senses as it delights your taste-buds, warming your body as it runs down your throat, filling the air with its deep and awakening aroma, its unlike any other beverage in the world.

We’ve heard so much conflicting evidence on how coffee benefits your health, and yet how to much coffee is hazardous to your health. But there’s one fact I’d like to point out. And that, coffee is quite acidic. On a pH scale, it’s between 4 and 5. A neutral pH is about 7. When it comes to our health, we want to be consuming foods on the more alkaline scale.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have coffee! There are ways we can make our coffee more alkaline and enjoy its health benefits. The problem with acidity is that it causes inflammation in our body, symptoms such as pain, headaches, stomach issues, indigestion, joint aches, and more.

So what should we do to increase coffee’s alkalinity? I’ll share a few options and ideas!


Reducing your coffee’s acidity and increasing it’s alkalinity

  • Drink your coffee within the first 15 minutes. Every minute after that, your coffee becomes more and more acidic. Moms – those of us who have to reheat our coffee 3 times because we’re endlessly interrupted, you might as well dump your cup and make a fresh brew!
  • Add plant based milk or creamer. Adding a plant based cream or milk increasing its alkalinity 1 or 2 numbers up the scale!
How To Make Cold Brew Isagenix Coffee - Isagenix Health

  • Go cold brew. Cold brew extracts less of coffees acid properties, making it up to 70% less acidic than hot coffee.

  • Choose dark roast over light. The longer the roast, the less acidic. The roasting time creates a compound that blocks acid from being produced by the beans into your stomach.
  • Choose a coffee thats naturally processed or uses cool grinding and slow roasting to preserve the quality of your beans and lessen its acidity.

My Go-To Coffee Recommendation!

Isagenix Coffee – and heres why!

“The Isagenix Coffee beans are selected by a licensed coffee grader, medium-roasted to perfection, and ground, using a cool-grind technology. The cool-grind technology preserves flavor and is followed with a nitrogen-flushing process. Nitrogen flushing, which occurs during packaging, is used to prevent any oxidation and to maintain the coffee grounds’ freshness.

The exceptional Isagenix Coffee products are artisanal, singularly batched, and medium-roasted under sophisticated environmental controls. Isagenix Coffee is never over-roasted or burnt and retains all of the phytonutrient properties that make for a distinguished flavor.

Each bag of Isagenix Coffee is infused with three flavor-boosting adjuncts: green tea reinforces coffee’s natural antioxidant strength, trace minerals offset acidity, and coconut oil adds a nice, buttery finish.” These ingredients also increase its alkalinity and highly boost its nutritional properties!

I hope this helps you make a healthier cup of coffee!

Whats your favorite kind of coffee?

The Best Workout Shoes: Running | Weight Training | Walking

Hello hello!

One question I get asked quite a bit about is SHOES! Workout shoes in particular, and what kinds are best to workout in. While it all depends your workout, there are a lot of “versatile” shoes you can benefit from. However, depending on what you’re doing, I’d recommend a shoe for that particular style of exercise.

Disclamer: I am not a foot doctor or specialist of any kind! Please follow recommendations from a podiatrist if you have any specific concerns.

Having the right type of shoe is important for many reasons.

  • injury prevention
  • improve performance
  • Joint stability
  • improved ankle and foot mobility
  • comfort and endurance
  • and many other reasons!

RUNNING

When choosing a running shoe, you want something that has good cushion for your entire foot, providing support for your heels and arches, and something that has some wiggle room for your toes. You want a heel that can withstand impact, and you want something with sturdier ankle support so you have stability and don’t roll an ankle. I wouldn’t recommend flat shoes and any shoe that has flexible collar as your foot can wiggle out when you run. I also recommend a shoe that has a longer or deeper shoestring base, otherwise your foot can also easily slip out.

Highly Recommended:

Saucony Liberty ISO 2 : Breathable. Great cushion. Supportive around ankles. Deep tongue and shoestring base. Lightweight. Good traction. $80-100.

Liberty ISO 2, Blue | Navy, dynamic
Saucony Liberty ISO 2
Adidas Ultra Boost OG

Adidas Ultra Boost: Great base and cushion support. Provides stable ankle support. Great for high impact. More toe flexibility. Breathable. Lightweight. Springy bounce back. Comfortable. $180-$200

Nike Renew Ride 2 Women's Running Shoe
Nike Renew Ride 2

Nike Renew Ride 2: Provides great cushion and support. Provides foot flexibility. Not for high impact or long distance running. Lightweight and breathable. $70-$75

WEIGHT TRAINING : LEG DAY

When choosing a weight training shoe for leg/lower body days, you want something with minimal cushion or heel. You should feel closer to the floor for grounded stability. This allows you to prevent injuring yourself with improper form, remining upright during certain lifts, and recruit more muscle fibers since you’re driving with your heels.

All Star Classic Low Top Converse: These are the old school, but never-get-old lifters shoe. They provide pretty much the perfect flat support for leg days. Using a low top shoe also allows for more ankle mobility. At $30-80 they’re probably the most affordable and good quality lifting shoe you can find.

Women's Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pastel Ombre Ox Sneakers
Low Top Classic Converse

Nike Metcon 6 Women's Training Shoe
Nike Metcon 6

Nike Metcon 6: Call these the “superfood” of weight training shoes. They’re excellent for leg days, providing flat but cushioned and stable support. They’re breathable, comfortable, and can be used for jumping plyo workouts as well. Not recommended as a running shoe, but can be used for short distance running as well. $100-$130

WEIGHT TRAINING: UPPER BODY | WALKING

When it comes to shoes for upper body workouts, you can pretty much use any shoe you like. As long as their comfortable and provide the support your foot needs, choose any training shoe what you like!

When it comes to your casual walking shoe, something to run errands in and something specifically if you’re going to be on your feet all day, I recommend something that’s breathable, provides some cushion, flexibility, and fits your foot really well since you’ll be in them all day.

Recommended:

Adidas NMD
PUMA Rs-0

Adidas NMD: These can also be used for general training days, like upper body work or for HIIT workouts, but they’re great for walking, super comfortable, breathable, and provide both ankle and heel support. They come in a variety or colors to match all your casual outfits. $130 – $180

PUMA Rs-0: Come in many different colors. Provide cushioned support, lots of comfort, great as a lifestyle shoe. $40-80

Brooks Ghost 12

Brooks Ghost 12: Provides a pillow like cushioned support. Made for both short and long distance walks. Provides a secure fit, and is very durable. It also allows for natural foot flexion.

I hope this provides some help and support when choosing your training shoes. In reality, there are SO many options out there, there isn’t a one-perfect-shoe for all. A variety of factors come into play when finding the right shoe for you, depending on your feet, from foot conditions like flat feet, to more wide or narrow feet, if you have constant heel or ankle pain, all these things will play a role. Try on a wide variety of shoes, and choose what fits best for you.

Tell me below whats your favorite training shoe!

Classic Slider Sandwhiches

Sometimes, you want an elaborate thought out meal. And other times, you just want something simple and still delicious. That’s exactly what these sliders are! Ready in 15 minutes and your family will love them (kids especially are a huge fan!)

I started with Whole Foods Hawaiian Dinner rolls. Traditional Hawaiian bread rolls have over the double the ingredients. So I swapped to the Whole Food brand and they are just as delicious.

After cutting the rolls in half and placing them in a deep baking tray, i layered them with organic grass fed cheese and sustainably raised ham. I topped them with the other half of the rolls, and popped them in the oven I had preheating at 350 for about 10 minutes – until the bread was toasty and cheese was melted. I then brushed some melted grass fed butter over the top, and thats it! So simple its too simple.

To enhance the nutritional value, add some raw kraut in your sliders for antioxidants and probiotics – and a zing of extra flavor.

Ham and White Cheddar Sliders

SLIDERS

Ingredients (makes 24 sliders)

  • 2 packs of Whole Foods Hawaiian Rolls
  • 2 packs of organic cheddar or swiss
  • 2 packs of ham or turkey
  • 2-3 TBS of butter
  • Deep baking trays

Preheat oven to 350

Cut bread rolls in half

Layer rolls with ham and cheese

Cover with other half of rolls

Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until bread is toatsed and cheese melted

Remove and brush with melted butter

ENJOY!

These can be served hot or cold – just your preference.

Give them a try and let me know how you like them!

Healthier Peanut Butter Cups

We’re right around the corner from Halloween, so you know the candies and treats are going to be popping up everywhere. So for my chocolate peanut butter loving friends, I want to share a delicious and healthier sweet treat that you (and your kiddos!) are going to love!

Peanut Butter Cups

RECIPE

  • 1 cup organic dark chocolate chips
  • 3 TBS unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pure peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 12 muffin liners

Melt your coconut oil in microwave or over the stove.

Mix one melted tablespoon of the oil with your chocolate and melt in microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Continue melting every 30 seconds until your chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Line your muffin liners on a tray. Then pour one spoonful of chocolate mix in your muffin liners to cover the bottom. Stick tray in freezer for 5 to 7 minutes until chocolate is set.

Mix remaining two tablespoons of coconut oil with your peanut butter and honey. Microwave mixture in 30 second increments until smooth and combined.

Pour one spoonful of peanut butter mix over the already set chocolate mix. Let sit in freezer for another 10 minutes. Once set, pour one tablespoon of the remaining chocolate mix into each muffin liner, sprinkle with a little salt for extra flavor boost, and set for at least 20 minutes in the freezer.

Once completely set, remove from your muffin liner, and ENJOY!!

Health Benefits

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants called flavonoids. You know that bitterness you’ve tasted in dark chocolate? That’s the magic! Studies have shown that cocoa has beneficial effects on cognitive function, heart health, our mood, feeding good gut bacteria, and has both healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Coconut oil is great for heart health, brain health, and can help boost your immune system – that means more calorie burn, making it easier to drop body fat!

Honey is loaded with prebiotics that are essential for feeding the friendly bacteria within our gut.

Give these a shot and let me know you enjoy them!