Monday, November 25, 2013

The Killer Core Workout

Happy Monday!

Today I have a challenging workout to share with you. This morning I decided to create my own ab workout, and I put together these highly-effective ab exercises for you. I loved how intense these exercises were. I am sure I will be very sore tomorrow. The planks made by shoulders burn! 

This 15 minute workout is super quick, and perfect for when you're short on time.
I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you try this exercise! Thanks! :)

God bless,

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Burnin' Buns & Legs Workout

Happy Sunday!

I know this post is late, but I am sooo excited to share this awesome lower body workout with you! :) Friday morning, I was unsure of what workout to do for my lower body, so I decided I would just do my own thing. I made up this Burnin' Buns & Legs workout, and I loved it! 

I was literally dripping with sweat and my legs felt shaky and weak afterwards. I hope you love this workout! Please comment below and let me know how you liked this exercise. I will continue posting more of my personal workouts, so keep checking back.
Also, if you have any suggestions for workouts you want to see, please let me know! Thanks! Have an awesome day and may God bless you always!

Lots of Love,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Running Late - But Not Out of Time!

Do you ever wake up with absolutely no motivation to get out of bed?
Yeah. That's how I felt today. My bed was much too comfortable, and I was a bit too tired - a combination which can be dangerous. Usually, I get up ready for my workout and a productive morning. Of course I don't roll out of bed and begin to exercise immediately, but I do try to workout as soon as possible. I like the energy an early morning workout gives me. Exercising in the morning is my coffee replacement - well... that and chai tea. ;)

Anyway, this morning I had no desire to workout. Last night I had planned on doing a workout from my favorite blog:, but I honestly just felt like I couldn't workout. It's not that my body was tired from an intense workout yesterday, I just... I just couldn't. Perhaps it was because I woke up a bit later than usual and I needed to get other things accomplished. It probably had a lot to do with the ferocious wind and biting cold outside. Either way, I opted out of the early morning workout, and instead fixed myself one of my favorite breakfasts... chai tea and peanut butter apple slices!

It was so amazingly delicious. Into a little dish I put my large, sliced, Gala apple; a  heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, and 3 tbsp. of raisins. After I took the picture, I decided to sprinkle the peanut butter with a teaspoon of ground flaxseed, and some cinnamon. That made it 10x better. The chai tea was the perfect complement to this simple breakfast, and I very much enjoyed it.

Anyway, as the day continued on, I tried to decide when I would workout, and what would I do - after all, it is Workout Wednesday. Although I had originally planned to to the Outdoor Running Circuit Workout, it seemed as if the day had escaped me.

Finally, at around 4:00 P.M., I decided I would go and just do it.

Well, let's just say that didn't happen. Instead, I drove to the library and then to RaceTrac to get a free hot cocoa.  By the time I had that hot chocolate in hand, I had pretty much given up on getting a workout in today. But then, I took a sip or too and thought... "is it worth it?"

So...I didn't drink that hot cocoa! I came home and I did the Outdoor Running Circuit Workout. It was late, it was dark, and it was cold; but by the grace of God, I did that exercise, and I loved every minute of it. :)

It was a beautiful night run - regardless of the cold -  and I was so grateful that the Lord allowed me to get in my exercise today. He is so faithful. I just want to encourage you to never give up, and to trust in God always. Even when the circumstances aren't always the most desirable, He is with you every single moment of the day, and with God on your side, you are an overcomer.

I am so happy I got to do an awesome exercise today. All glory to God for blessing me with such a great workout. I hope this reminds you that it is never too late. Sure, I was running late, but I wasn't out of time. Every day we have choices to make. I could have stayed home and exercised, but I chose to go get hot cocoa. Thankfully, our great God still blessed me with a terrific workout. And as for that cocoa... it's still sitting on the counter.

I was able to go and run, and sweat, and feel energized. For some, maybe that doesn't sound too wonderful, but for me, it was just what I needed, and I was blessed to do it.

I loved Julie's workout, and so I am sharing it with you tonight. I'm sorry this wasn't up earlier; otherwise you could have done it this morning. Oh well, if you've already done your exercise, you can always do this in the morning.

Well, I hope you had a fabulous workout today, and may you have a blessed week!
Please comment below and let me know how you liked this workout, and also, if you have ever had any similar challenges. I would love to hear your stories of overcoming and making wise choices!

Lots of Love,
Mariah :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Anna's Power Reds Review

Happy Sunday! :)

I hope you had an awesome weekend. Are you ready for a healthy, wonderful week? I know that I sure am. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests for healthy recipes this week. ;)

Do any of you recognize that beautiful girl to the right? Yup. It is the fabulous Anna Stocker from Healthy Living Maintenance! I am thrilled to share one of Anna's review with you.

The lovely Anna, from Healthy Living Maintenance, has reviewed one of the Nutrisimo products! I sent this Power Reds Antioxidant Powder to Anna in September, and have been eagerly anticipating her review. Please go check out the lovely review she wrote, and while you're there, check out her other great posts. She has some great recipes for any time of the day.

If you are interested in the Power Reds Antioxidant Powder, you can check out the Nutrisimo website to find out more about it, and place your order. I am planning on posting some Power Reds recipes this month, so check back to see what I come up with. You can expect a Power Reds granola bar recipe sometime soon. 

If you have already tried the Power Reds Antioxidant Powder before, please comment below and let me know your thoughts on the powder, and if you have any recipe ideas, please share them. Thanks!

God bless you now and forevermore!

Lots of Love,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Change of Plans - From Sweets to Sweat

I was originally planning on posting a cheesecake recipe, but.... the cheesecake didn't come out as well as I had hoped. So, I will be posting something completely different today. We are going from sweets to sweat!

Instead of a dessert, I am sharing an awesome workout with you! Hopefully I will be able to share a good cheesecake recipe with you soon, but until then... it's time to sweat!

I found this workout on my very favorite blog:
This awesome healthy living blogger, Julie Fagan, has tons of amazing recipes, intense workouts, and lots of motivation. I love her blog, so check it out when you get a chance, I'm sure you will love it too!

Since I am not able to post the yummy treat I promised, I have decided to give you this awesome workout from the Peanut Butter Fingers blog. I just finished it and I loved it! Trust me when I say that it is challenging and intense. You will definitely work up a sweat with this one. Enjoy! :)

The Quick 'n' Sweaty Boot Camp Workout

(Peanut Butter Fingers - Workout)

Have a blessed day everyone! Please let me know if you do this workout and how you like it. 
Was it challenging or easy? Please comment and let me know. Also, if you know of any healthy and delicious cheesecake recipes, maybe you could let me know. ;) Thanks!

Lots of Love,
Mariah <3

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tasty Tuna Burgers

Today I have one of the most delicious recipes to share with you.
I think my mom found the recipe on Pinterest, and the whole family was absolutely thrilled with these amazingly delicious.... tuna burgers.


These are soooo good, and are so quick to make. Not to mention, they are healthy and inexpensive to make. It's an all-around win! I'm sure you will love these burgers. They taste amazing wrapped in a large iceberg lettuce leaf, served on a burger bun or sliced bread, or just plain! I hope you're ready for this taste sensation.

  • 6 oz. can tuna, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/3 c. onion minced
  • 1/4 c. celery
  • 1/4 c. bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1 dash worcestershire
Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Once the ingredients are well mixed, shape into four patties. Place the patties onto a greased cookie sheet or other baking pan. 

Broil on high for about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden. 
CAUTION: Broiling is fast, 5 minutes may be too long for some ovens, keep a close eye on your tuna burgers so they don't burn.

These are sooooo good. I hope that you love them as much as I do. Please comment and let me know how you liked these tuna burgers, and how you ate them. Did you opt for a burger bun, or a lettuce leaf? My mom liked hers wrapped in a tortilla. What creative way will you eat your burger?

I washed my iceberg lettuce leaf and then sprayed a bit of mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup over it. I then placed my warm tuna burger inside. I topped it with pickles and tomato. It was fantastic!

Well, I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Happy November 1st!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, you know. Are there any recipes that you would like to see "healthified?"

I am so excited for this new month. I have lots o recipes in store, as well as a few challenges! Next week will be a water challenge. This month you can expect some plank and push-up challenges. Awesome things are store, so keep checking back for healthy and sweet recipes, fitness challenges and workouts, and lots of articles and advice.

Stay strong and may God bless you always!

Lots of Love,