Athletic Apex Health Club ❤️

Athletic Apex Health Club
Our recent move required several changes in our daily lifestyle.   New neighbors, new cafes 🍱, new shopping 🛒 places, new walking 🏃🏽‍♀️and biking 🚴🏽‍♀️🚴🏽 trails and most importantly a new health club close to 🏡.
Our previous gym 🏋🏽🏸(which will remain nameless) was really over rated and terribly over priced.  Cleanliness was not a top priority nor was basic air conditioning  maintenance 🛠🔧🔨 or class schedules!    If you have ever tried a spinning class 🚴🏽🚴🏽‍♀️🚴🏽‍♀️with no AC you understand how grueling 😰 and awful it can be in the 🌞 Florida heat 🔥.   It’s as bad as a torturous, smelly  Hot 🔥 Yoga class! 😡
Complimentary Towels
Fortunately, we recently found a fabulous new health club in Athletic Apex!  State of the art equipment,  working AC 100% of the time and a variety of classes for all fitness levels is a 👍🏽 great motivator to keep members interested and enthusiastic about working out daily.    But, I absolutely ❤️ its super clean, modern environment, plus the clean towel you’re given as you walk in the club.  The smoothies menu, complimentary toiletries are just the icing on the cake!
Apex Pump, Barre, Boot Camp, Pilates, Soul Spin, Tabata, TRX, Yoga,  and  Zumba-keep it all fun 👍🏽 but super tough and challenging! 😅😬😓😰😫
So far this month…..-Hatha , Restorative and Vinyasa Yoga have been my favorites ❤️ with instructors Anna and Maria. Apex Pump with good-looking Marquis – who is young enough to be my son and easy on the eyes  🤓 has kicked my butt!  But I keep going back for more !  😂
Keep healthy, stay 💪 strong  and keep working out! 👟
Fitbela
Complimentary toiletries
State of the art equipment

❤️ IKEA

 

Why are so many 👩‍👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👩‍👧👩‍👩‍👦  totally captivated ❤️by Sweden’s 🇸🇪 IKEA concept? Is it the streamlined, clutter-free, sleek furnishings or the fact it’s an inexpensive option for cool home goods.  Unfortunately, several recalls have landed IKEA in some hot water and yield financial woes along with bad press.

However, as for me IKEA’s novelty never, ever wears thin.  As soon as that yearly catalog lands in my mailbox, I am highly motivated  to take a trip to the Orlando store for a day of touching and sampling all things new followed  by lunch!

IKEA Catalog 2017

 

Browsing through the beautiful, clean smelling aisles with everything accessible to touch and feel-including all things kitchen, pot, pans, dishes, wine cups, butter cookies and even model kitchens on display always puts a huge smile on my face 😋.  IKEA’s organizational gadgets are always my downfall—  just can’t live without them!  It just gives the feeling of all things right with order and peace in my home environment!

IKEA Desk

 

This beautiful white desk and orchid were my awesome buy on my last visit to the store.  The July 2018 catalog is due out very soon and so is my yearly visit to IKEA!

Adios,

Fitbela

 

 

Book Review: The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Chip and Joanna Gaines have endeared themselves to millions of viewers who ❤️ restoring, fixing and transforming something old and worn into something new and beautiful—-all within a budget💰!
Their gorgeous kids Drake, Ella Rose, Emmie Kay, and Duke  (yes-I’m all in) and that amazing picturesque🏡 farmhouse make it intriguing to watch those stunning home transformations in Waco, TX.

Fixer Upper 🛠🔧🔩 on HGTV 🖥 propelled their new book 📔 to the New York Times, Amazon, USA Today and Barnes & Noble bestsellers lists for months (making it really difficult for me to snag a copy at my local library-bummer ☹️.)

However,  finding nothing else that  really peaked my interest and  great 🌟🌟🌟🌟 reviews,  I broke down and downloaded an e-copy of The Magnolia Story by the Gaines onto my iPad.
To my surprise, I was not disappointed.  I normally start a book, put it down and seldom return to it because I quickly lose interest.   But this non-fiction beauty 💎 was different,   I was literally hooked from beginning to end- starting with its take on a hilarious ⛵️ boat fiasco,  their love story❤️, followed by who let the dogs out 🐶 and the forgotten sleeping baby.
At times, it did make me laugh, 😂 or cry 😢 and reflect upon those life challenges we all face-marriage, raising kids, and financial burdens–especially during the beginning years of their relationship.
However, it’s evident throughout their journey -an incredible work ethic, ❤️  joy for family and deep Christian faith has blessed them with God’s amazing grace and generosity.

I would highly recommend the book if you are a fan of the show and curious about the charismatic, dynamic duo who have reaped the fruits of their labor!  I cannot wait for their upcoming show Fixer Upper: Behind the Design.

 

So Blessed and Grateful ❤️

Walk to the beach
Beach to ourselves
As we honor all those dedicated men and women who serve or have served and given their precious lives for the freedoms we enjoy daily, let’s take time to do these three simple things:

Reflect upon the amazing gift 🎁 of living in the 🇺🇸 where we can all freely express our own personal political views and religious beliefs.

Give thanks for the extraordinary abundance of having everything our little ❤️ desires on a daily basis even when we don’t need it!

Ben and Daddy
Rejoice over the joyous blessing of family and friends bestowed upon us by a  merciful, graceful and loving Savior!
Tropical Fruit Pie ❤️
Hoping you’re enjoying this gorgeous Memorial Day as much as we are at the new beach house of newly retired family friends in Cape Canaveral Beach, FL!  We had the beach ⛱⛱⛱ all to ourselves to enjoy a feast of  🍗, 🍤, 🥙, sandwiches, homemade Sangria 🍷and my absolute favorite Tropical Fruit Pie ❤️ !

Vintage!

So simple but beautiful
Why is someone’s old stuff (no one really wants) so appealing yet incredibly expensive?  Well, I’m guessing because  it’s Vintage!    As M and her hubby R tackle a massive fixer upper project on three acres – C & I  are all in with tons of moral support,  constant encouragement,  a little back breaking labor(mainly C) and plenty of unsolicited opinions (mainly me).  Now, don’t judge- cause at least we help out with their two very active  boys 👦🏻 & 👶!
Rustic farmhouse table requires your first born as payment

We recently had our fill of the Vintage experience at The Mill and Adjectives.  These unique 4,000 sq. ft.  stores specialize in repurposing then selling anything and everything your little heart ❤️ may desire both new and old!

Old world lighting

While browsing for a rustic farmhouse table, a farmer’s sink, a stand alone tub 🛀🏼, old looking clocks⏰⏱🕰, decorative signs, and distressed furniture,  a barnyard door and windows, it suddenly dawned on me, we could have opened our own Vintage shop with all the stuff we threw out in the 80s with each of our four military moves.

However, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.  It was great fun to get some ideas💡and inspiration to build a farmhouse table to sit ten for Sunday brunch or dinner.  We also walked away with a brand new sparkling white farmhouse sink, a stand alone tub, three old silver buckets for eclectic kitchen lighting and a really cool looking wooden toolbox for flowers 🌺 🌸🌻 in big mason jars

Repurposed furniture with chalk paint
 Lesson learned on this trip –   ” Don’t throw out your old junk cause it may fetch big bucks $$$$$ in the future! ”  It’s way to late for me but maybe not for you.
More wall sayings

Forest Bathing

I recently read that nature walks 🏃🏽‍♀️have a variety of positive +++ health ❤️benefits.  Benefits include a decrease in blood pressure, anxiety, stress, depression and an increase in energy, mood, brain and emotional health.   And of course-sleeping better.   In fact, the Japanese call therapeutic nature walks 🏃🏽‍♀️”Forest Bathing.” 🌲🌲🌲🌲- immersion in a forest for the purpose of  relaxation and recreation to enhance physical and mental health.

Fortunately, after the move to our new place, we  discovered we are surrounded by beautiful nature trails 🌲🌲🌲🌲 !   So ☀️Saturday morning after breakfast 🍳 C and I enjoyed a walk in the nature trails for some much needed “Forest Bathing.”   We were graced with the coolest weather we’ve had in all of May.   During the three mile adventure,  we encountered several hikers, bikers and runners also making the most of the gorgeous scenery.

In our season of less with more time to enjoy simple pleasures we will definitely be Forest Bathing 🌲🌲🌲🌲 much more often for the purpose of  relaxation and recreation-  the  health benefits will just be icing on the cake.

 

A New Season of Less

 

Last month, we sold Casa Martoral – a beautiful 2,500 sq. ft. 🏡 after five months on the market and we are so thankful!   A lovely young couple with three young boys are now the proud owners of our home and a great 👍🏽 community!

Sold!!

Our 12 years of 🏡 ownership in Casa Martoral were filled with many wonderful blessings – Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, several A+ school celebrations🎉, book clubs🍷📚, brunches☕️🥓, luncheons🌮, dinners parties, birthday parties 🎂, bunco, promotions🥂🍾🍻, graduations👨🏽‍🎓👩🏽‍🎓 and a gorgeous wedding.  All this was topped off by the debut of two gorgeous grand babies – Ben👦🏻 and Eli👶.   And for all these memories and blessings we are forever grateful for God’s amazing grace and ❤️!

Spring time at Casa Martoral

However, the time has come to let go of stuff in order to welcome a new season in our life!  A season of LESS!   Less cleaning, polishing, organizing, mowing, landscaping, less clutter, books 📚, 👗, 👜and 👠 👢👡👞, less furniture, toys, gadgets, decor and most important of all-  less JUNK & STUFF!

Our new season begins now by downsizing and minimizing.  We will now have more time ⏰for church, to relax🏝🏖, to dance, listen to music🎧, grow organic veggies, watch  🌺 🌸bloom, sip sangria or drink a Blue Moon, play with our grand babies,  vacation ✈️🚘🛳  much more often and enjoy the simple things of life that bring so much joy!

Sangria 🍷🍷

 

Blue Moon with orange 🍊

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is blooming
More time to enjoy the island of Puerto Rico.

❤️Healthy Green Smoothies

Green Smoothie

I recently fried 🔥 the motor on my beloved Nutri Bullet in my quest to find the tastiest and healthiest green smoothie recipe!   I was really bummed for days missing my daily smoothie fix and tried really hard to go cold  🦃 for a month .  Who needs a green smoothie everyday?  However,  who was I kidding?  I needed a daily smoothie fix and energy boost everyday.

Plus growing organic greens 🥒🥗🥙 in the Tower Garden made it easy to experiment with kale, spinach, spring mix, parsley and fruit favorites 🍉🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍌🍍🍒🍓🍈 for our daily green smoothie fix.

Healthy Greens for Smoothies

Since our daily green smoothie addiction required powerful motorized strength 🏋🏼and the Nutri Ninja Professional with 900 watts of amazing ice chopping powers was on sale at Wally World – the Ninja baby was definitely it!  C and I made a mad dash to buy the little gem 💎 in order to test its super Ninja powers and try its 30 days of recipes booklet.  And I was so happy 😊to be back in the smoothie making business.

Nutri Ninja
Nutri Ninja Professional

Our #1 favorite green delight includes a cup of all four greens from the TG and a cup of frozen papaya, mango, strawberries 🍍, a splash of key lime honey 🍯 and half a cup of OJ.

Earning the #2 spot as all time favorite is the all four greens,🍍, banana, 🍒 , a splash of lavender or orange blossom honey 🍯 and coconut water smoothie.

With hot summer🏝☀️ days quickly approaching you may also want to enjoy some of these amazingly delicious and healthy green smoothies.   Or perhaps you may just want to share some of your favorite recipes in the comment box below so others can enjoy your favorites.  Cheers!

Recipe Booklet

Love,

Fitbela

 

Weight Watchers Smart Points ❤️

Cuties 0 Smart Points

If you are needing to shed a few pounds and wish to do it without those awful  hunger pangs then Weight Watchers Smart Points is for you.  It’s a clear winner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- simply delicious and it really works!

Why you ask?  Well, first of all 🍉🍒🍌🍇🍍🍐🍊🍓and 🍅🥒🥕🥗 have zero point value so they do not count against your daily point intake.   YES-you can eat fruits and veggies all day long for free.   Protein🍗🥚🍤🧀 at each meal helps you feel fully satisfied throughout the day!  And those amazing extra weekly points which everyone gets lets you splurge on all those extras 🍕🍪🍦🍰🍹🍸🍺🍷 you love ❤️ without guilt while losing weight.

Blue Moon 5 Smart Points

 

3 Veggie Spring Rolls 5 Smart Points

However, what really makes it a cut above the rest is the WW app activated when you join the program. It lets you log your food 🌮🥙🍜 intake on My Day while including activity points and graphs 📈 your weight loss on My Journey.

But my very favorite app feature is Connect which unites you with a worldwide community of Weight Watchers and 24/7 Chats for tips, plan support or back on track if you fall off the bandwagon.

So if you’re wanting to lose a few pounds in a healthy, simple way while testing out delicious new recipes check out a WW meeting near you.

Fitbela

Splurge Day! Chicken Chipotle Pizza 8 Smart Points

♥️ The Amazing Power Air Fryer XL

 

Do you ♥️ fried foods 🍟 but not the fat, calories and mess that go along with eating them!  Well, now you can have your cake 🍰 and eat it too.  It’s called the amazing  Power Air Fryer XL.  The reviews for this powerful baby which ranges between $100-$299 for the 3, 4 or 5 qt.  model are amazing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.   I know , I know – I sound like an infomercial but this is such a great gadget to own if you ♥️ fried food.

The Amazing Power Air Fryer XL
French Fries without the fat
Skinny Breaded Chicken Parmesan
Ham and Spinach Frittata  with Fries

Our baby was under our Christmas 🌲 as a 🎁 from our daughter M and it was ♥️at first sight!  Its rapid air technology is designed for faster and healthier cooking with great results and no mess or grease burns.   A touch pad for time ⏰, temperature setting and food options make it easy to use.

It lets you fry, bake, steam, roast, grill, steam, or sauté foods guilt free.  Favorites we ❤️ include: toasty Cuban or pastrami sandwiches 🥖, fish 🐟, fries 🍟, coconut 🍤, pork chops, breaded 🍗, plantains and spring rolls-  all fried with just one teaspoon of butter or a EVOO and ZERO MESS!

My favorite veggie spring rolls  with zero oil added

Now it’s not all fun and games here.  There are a few drawbacks. The air fryer is fat and bulky so you need extra counter space for it.  Ours lives on the counter for daily use at lunch or dinner time and took over George Foreman’s spot.    Also, while learning how to use this nifty invention,  over cooking sometimes happens since foods cook quickly and portion sizes or quantity of food in the fryer affect the end result. And finally, it does require turning the food over at the half way point-  just a small inconvenience for fried yummies 😍.

So if you ever decide one of these beauties is for you,  monitor closely to avoid overcooking, use your timer ⏰, turn food over at the half mark for even results and enjoy moist and flavorful fried foods  guilt free everyday of the week!

Here’s to crossing 🤞🏼my fingers that one will magically appear in your kitchen on Mothers’ Day 👩🏻‍⚕️or your next birthday 🎉 🎂!

 

 

Love,

Fitbela