Five Things Friday – #11

Hey everyone! Happy Five Things Friday! I hope you all have had an amazing week. My week has been filled with some very welcome rain, a ton of mosquito bites, a sick dog, and oh yeah, a very awesome instructor certification! For more info on that, read below.

1. Veggie Trays

I used to hate eating vegetables. But that was before I realized that I didn't have to eat what I didn't like. And then I discovered a really easy trick to consuming more of the vegetables I like. It's the veggie tray! Each week, I try to prep all of my snacking veggies and place them in a veggie tray with some hummus or my favorite kind of ranch dip. I keep it at eye-level in my fridge and take it out at lunch time and dinner time. Sometimes I'll pull it out while I cook lunch/dinner to snack on. Since using a veggie tray, I've found that I've increased my veg intake by a TON, plus I snack less on other calorie dense options. They're not just for parties/events anymore! ALL HAIL THE VEGGIE TRAY!

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2. All I've Avo Wanted Hydration Face Mask

Hot water from a shower tends to make my skin feel tight and flaky afterwards. Know the feeling? Well, I can kiss that nasty feeling goodbye thanks to my avocado mask from Perfectly Posh. I simply put it on 10-15 minutes before I hop in the shower, and then wash it off during. Afterwards, my face is as smooth and soft as my toddler's butt haha.

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3. Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning

Is there anything you can't put this stuff on?! I use it with pasta, soups, chicken, seafood, rice, and veggies. I only have to use a little bit to get a lot of flavor, and it's super versatile. I've heard Slap Ya Mama is also a good brand but I haven't tried it. Have you? Which one do you prefer?

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4. My New 101 oz Water Bottle from Amazon

The water here in West Texas isn't really drinkable. It's tastes like old bathwater and I hate it. This means I can't just simply refill my water bottle at the gym when I need to. And when I'm there for 2+ hours, a small water bottle just doesn't cut it! So I purchased this 101 fluid ounce monster water bottle (aff link) on Amazon. I named him Goliath. And the best part about him is that he has a straw, which is how I like to drink my water. And the handle is awesome too!

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5. I survived my Les Mills BodyPump Initial Training!

I wish I could share everything here, but I think I'm going to have to write about it in a separate post. But OMG this weekend was incredible! We spend 10 grueling hours on both Saturday and Sunday learning what it takes to become a Les Mills instructor. I was actually really shocked at how much intensive training these instructors go through to do what they do. It isn't just standing in front of a group barking orders; it's a LOT more. I'm so excited to have met these strong, amazing women, and be one step closer to becoming a BodyPump instructor!

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What has been the biggest highlight of your week so far?

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