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The Key to Successful Weight Loss

The key to successful, long-term weight loss? It's not a pill, special ab machine, or miracle meal replacement shake. In fact, it's not even a science-based nutrition plan or maintainable workout plan, though both of these are essential parts. It's your ability to identify, acknowledge, and respond to your "triggers." Your triggers could be a demanding work deadline, crabby children, a fight with your significant other, a snarky comment from a co-worker, a poor night's sleep, or feeling insecure after scrolling through social media. It's the little (or big) moments in your day that put a pit in your stomach, make your heart race, or get your mind racing about past regrets or future fears. These moments can be a

Banana Bread Protein Waffles Featured

Banana Bread Protein Waffles

Who doesn't love waking up to the smell of waffles? I'm so excited to make them tomorrow morning, I can't even sleep. I'm not kidding. It's Friday night around 1am and I decided to write this blog post because the thought of waking up to make  (and eat) these crispy, doughy Banana Bread Protein Waffles is literally keeping me awake. Okay, so it's not just the waffles keeping me awake. But they are playing a major role. There are certain weeks where creating content feels taxing and my creative juices aren't flowing. Writing, taking photos, editing, and promoting Life in Spandex feels like a chore. However monotonous it feels in those moments, I just keep searching, thinking, and playing with

What's in my Gym Bag - The Essentials

What’s In My Gym Bag – The Essentials

Fit is not a one-size fits all. Our bodies are unique and require different training and nutrition to achieve desired results. However, there is one thing that every successful fitness journey includes... preparation! If you aren't prepared to succeed, how do you ever expect it to happen? If you follow my nutrition and fitness advice, you're probably doing a great job at meal planning and scheduling your workouts at the beginning of the week. But what are you doing on a daily basis to make sure your #noexcuse game is strong? To ensure my workouts happen five to six times per week, I always pack my gym bag the night before or the morning of. I'd be lost without it. I'm lucky enough

clean eating balsamic rosemary chicken breast

Clean Eating Rosemary Balsamic Chicken Breasts

First things, first, I want to give a shout out to the winner of the Brooks Running give-a-way. Congrats to Elizabeth! I've sent you an email from lifeinspandex10@gmail.com to gather your size, color preference, and mailing address. I can't wait to see how cute these pieces look on you! Can you believe it? I'm posting a recipe that isn't sweet?! Yes, I do eat food other than healthy desserts and breakfast ;). I've been obsessed with the premade Rosemary Balsamic Chicken Breasts from Trader Joe's. I started buying them as a quick dinner for Robby when I didn't feel like cooking. But of course, after one bite I totally fell in love with them myself! Trader Joe's, you are my life! Who's

My Vegan Thanksgiving

My Vegan Thanksgiving

I can't believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone. I guess when you're cooking all day, time flies! This year I spent Thanksgiving at my Dad's with my (not so) little brother and his girlfriend. It was small, quaint, perfect, and.... completely vegan! Yup, we had a plant-based, meat and dairy-free Thanksgiving dinner. And, it was delicious! My brother decided to go vegan a couple of months ago after watching Cowspiracy and realizing the harmful affects our agricultural system has on the environment. He's so passionate about it he managed to convert his girlfriend and even my meat-loving dad into vegetarians! Some of you may know that I followed a strict Pescatarian (fish-only) diet for about 4 years after reading Michael