Spaghetti with Meat Sauce over Zoodles by Rebekka Hyman

In my previous blog posts, I’ve focused a lot on the exercise side of fitness, but as I’ve mentioned before, diet accounts for 80% of your progress. Today, I’ve partnered with Rebekka over at Clean Food Mom to share with you one of her favorite recipes that is not only delicious but healthy as well!

Meet the Author:

Hi! I’m Rebekka and am the author of Clean Food Mom. My passion is cooking and creating healthy meals for my family. I do work full time so it’s important that I prepare and plan our meals to make sure our busy week is easy at least when it comes to cooking and eating. I want to share my passion and journey with you. My blog is about meal planning, prepping, sharing my “slimmed down” recipes, a little bit of fitness, and adventures with my family. So please be sure to check me out at www.cleanfoodmom.com and join my tribe to get updates on all that’s happening. Hope you enjoy one of my favorite recipes (I’m an Italian food lover for sure).

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce over Zoodles

This was probably one of my first “big” meals that I learned to cook after Alex and I got married. My mom always made spaghetti sauce from scratch (none of that jar stuff) however today’s jar spaghetti sauce has come a long ways and if you look hard enough at the grocery story, you will be able to find a jar of sauce that’s actually on the healthier side.

I call my sauce “semi-homemade” because I not only use the jar of sauce but I also add ingredients to make a more chunky and rich sauce. I am not a fan of watered down thin and soupy spaghetti sauce; just not very appealing. I love being able to see the meat, tomatoes, veggies that I put into the sauce.

You can serve this dish with regular noodles but this go round I decided to try it with zoodles (zucchini spiraled into noodles). It makes for a great low carb meal dinner if you are trying to watch your carb intake plus zucchini is high in fiber and nutrients that you just can get out of a box of noodles. So why waste those calories? And this comes from the girl that absolutely loves her pasta!

zucchinispaghetti1-e1467309523681So how do you make these spiraled zucchini noodles? You need to purchase a spiralizer (go to my resources page to grab a spiralizer) and believe me you will fall in love with it. They usually range from $20-$40. You can spiralize many veggies.

Zucchini is made mostly of water so you need to make sure you get all the water out. I usually sprinkle the zoodles with salt, place them in a colander in the sink and let the water drain from them while I make the sauce.

Then all you do is add to a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil and stir fry for a couple of minute and they are ready to go!zucchinispaghetti2-e1467309541260

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Forget It

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People that start hitting the gym or jump on a diet are often consumed with a number – their weight. Yes, losing weight might be a goal, but it doesn’t define us. Society tells us that based on our sex and height, we need to weigh a certain number. Well, I think that’s crazy!

You’ve probably heard it a million times, muscle weighs more than fat. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. A pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle. A pound is a pound. The good news is that muscle is more dense, meaning it takes up less space than fat. For that reason, it’s possible for someone to weigh the same, or more than, someone with the same height and frame yet appear slimmer because of the difference in your body composition.

Why are you getting technical, Faith? Well, if I was solely focused on my weight, I’d be pretty disappointed in what I’ve achieved. I have recently begun reverse dieting in hopes of gaining muscle. I’m almost back up to my original starting weight. Even though my weight is similar to when I started, I don’t look or feel the same. My body has undergone serious reconstruction, and I’m happy with my results thus far. Now instead of jumping on a scale, I look in the mirror and at how my clothes fit me.

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The photo on the left was my starting photo; I weighed in at 124.

The one on the right was yesterday – a 4 pound difference at 120!

Every girl wants to feel pretty, so don’t let a number determine how you feel about yourself. When we remember that everyone carries their weight differently, we can accept ourselves and be happy with the progress we’re making. So let’s burn fat and sculpt muscle. Put on that old dress and own it! You’ve worked too hard to let the scale hold you back.

 

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Meet My Personal Trainer

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After beginning my healthy transformation last October, I’ve had numerous people reach out to me for more information, people wanting to know my “secret”. Well, here’s the secret: there’s not one! It’s a combination of hard work, dedication, diet, exercise, and an amazing personal trainer.

The personal trainer ties everything together. My personal trainer helped me create a diet plan and exercise routine specific to my body and personal goals. Then, she made me stick to them! Accountability – that’s the big factor for me. I have wanted to give up almost every week, but she hasn’t allowed me to do that. She pushes me to stick to it and reminds me of my results. Sometimes, it’s hard to see them yourself, but when someone points them out, you start to take notice.

I’ve never met a personal trainer who wasn’t passionate about what they’re doing. It’s the love for fitness and helping others that show through the results of their clients. You’re not the only one excited about your progress; they’re right there with you, encouraging you to keep moving forward.

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Lucky for me, my personal trainer happens to be my best friend. She knows my weaknesses and what to say to keep me reaching for new goals. She applies this same encouragement to her other clients. It’s always great to see the passion she exemplifies with her other clients, and she pushes them just as hard as she pushes me.

When we were growing up, I never pictured her being a personal trainer. Since then, she has has devoted countless hours to fitness, both her’s and others’, that I couldn’t see her doing anything else. She has not only transformed her body, but all of her clients are seeing similar results. I know I wouldn’t have been successful on this journey without her help, and I am so glad to have such a great role model to look up to. Did I mention she’s a figure pro? Yeah, she’s pretty awesome.

As I mentioned in previous blogs, I do a strictly online training with her, and we communicate via email and phone calls. I check-in each week. I send her photos, my weight, and updates on my workouts. I never have to use a gym because she has built special home workout plans for me, focusing around the use of dumbbells, kettle bells, and a newly added exercise ball to take place of a bench. She has designed a nutrition plan specific to me and is very helpful with suggesting foods.

Now, it’s your turn! Stop putting off your physical health and start to do something about it. Those fast food trips aren’t going to go away just by running twice a week. If you’re ready to get serious, I highly recommend seeking a personal trainer to hold you accountable, teach you target areas, and get you in the best physical shape possible. These results don’t happen over night, so don’t put it off any longer.

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For all of my readers, here’s a special for you: Mention my blog to lock in a special rate of $125 a month for the first 5 new distance training clients and join the Body By Bam team today. For all others, enjoy 25% off if you sign up in April. Follow them on Facebook to get other offers and discounts.

You can email her at bodybymrsbam@gmail.com.

For anyone who would prefer a male personal trainer, her husband, John, started the company and is pretty buff himself 😉 You can reach him at bodybybamllc@gmail.com.

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Focus on healthy, not skinny

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All too often I hear girls say how they wish they were “skinny”. By who’s definition do they want to be skinny? If it’s Barbie Doll skinny, let’s hang that up. Not only is it unrealistic, but it’s very dangerous. There are healthy ways to get yourself in shape. Starving yourself will not be on that list. I am personally on a diet, and it’s very flexible. Yes, I have to cut back on sweets, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to treat myself. Nor does it mean I can only have 800 calories a day. If you think starving yourself will help, look at the research that proves this is not a positive approach.

Set realistic, attainable goals when it comes to losing weight. If you think you can lose 20 pounds in a week, think again. Losing weight and actually keeping it off takes time and dedication. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it is totally worth it. Also, eating healthy plays a role in not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

But don’t stop there. Eating healthy is only the beginning. Make sure you’re keeping your body active. Don’t over do it. Take rest days as your body can only take so much. Any trainer will tell you how important it is to give your body rest. Working out 7 days a week can really take a toll on your body. Now we all know eating healthy and exercise are important, but don’t forget another important key step: Sleep. Your body needs sleep, and a good amount of it. When your body has time to rest, you recharge and are ready to tackle the long day ahead. If you’re making sure to make real efforts in these areas of your life, you wont have to worry if you’re skinny enough, because being healthy is far more important. Your body will start to look good and feel even better.

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