flex friday: a whole new me? + prep announcement!

hartzell photography
these pics ^^ are so old. like a few weeks after my last show old…but i couldn’t remember if i had posted about this fun gym shoot, so here’s a few of my favorite shots.
let’s just say my baby muscles have grown a lot since that day. #gainz

okay, serious time.
i’m getting real with y’all today.
i had a little change in mindset not too long ago that i think is going to totally change the game for me. i’m stepping it up a notch, and i mean business.
i hope you get something out of today’s video, because i know when i filmed this i was in the super motivational feels. i knew that i needed to get this clip before the moment passed.
but i’m not kidding. this next prep season is going to be next level, and I’M SO EXCITED.

before i go, i just wanted to thank all of you lovebugs for the continued love and support!
it means the world to me!!

gym-spiration.


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i don’t think anyone truly understands how happy athleisure makes me.
i mean, HELLO?! it’s finally acceptable to wear gym clothes in public (can i get an amen?), and chic gym wear is now available just about anywhere.
who doesn’t want to be on trend AND comfy and the same time? that’s what i thought.
i’m not super comfortable wearing super cropped crop tops or straight up sports bras (blame it on the long torso), and you definitely won’t find this girl in spandex shorts anywhere but at home, however i have been taking bits and pieces of inspo from some of my favorite gals.
like tying up a simple top to hit just above the waist of your pants (yes, leggings are pants.), or maybe throwing a windbreaker (hello 90s) over a sports bra. now that i could do!
and don’t forget the shoe game. it’s the quintessential part of the athleisure trend. fashion sneakers are all the rage right now…so keep your gym shoes for the gym. 😉
i rounded up some of the pieces i’ve been eyeing or have bought recently.
adidas is killing the game, let me tell you.

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just realized that everything is black, white and gray….no sorry about it. 😛

flex friday: superfoods + protein smoothie recipe!

happy friday, lovebugs!
we’re taking a little bit of a different approach to flex friday today by backing off the topic of fitness and moving more towards the topic of health, nutrition and a little bit of beauty. so i hope that’s okay!
one thing i’ve noticed since starting my fitness journey and getting my nutrition on point is that not only do i FEEL better, but i LOOK better.
and no i’m not talking about my body…i’m talking about my skin!
like can we make the phrase “a clean diet and a gallon of water a day keeps the dermatologist away” a thing?
a huge part of a good diet is making sure you get in nutrient rich foods. these nutritionally dense foods are commonly known as superfoods, and pack a mighty punch.
foods like spinach, goji berries, chia seeds, quinoa, cacao nibs, kale, salmon, blueberries and almonds provide “important nutrients such as antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber and phytochemicals.” – nuts.com
my favorite way to incorporate superfoods into my diet is through yummy shakes!
toss in some spinach or kale or both (i promise you can’t taste it!), chia seeds, blueberries or raspberries and a sprinkle of cacao nibs (aka pure CHOCOLATE!) to take your boring protein shake to the next level!

scroll down to get my yummy shake recipe!


– chocolate raspberry delight –

1 cup almond milk – i prefer unsweetened vanilla
1 banana (frozen) – makes for a creamier smoothie
1/2 cup raspberries – preferably frozen
1 scoop chocolate whey protein
1 tsp cacao nibs
handful of spinach

nutrition facts :
29 g protein / 43 g carbs / 8 g fats

blend and enjoy!

try this recipe and tag me in your pics on social media by hashtagging #LoveEmmarie or #LEFlexFriday!
annnndddd sharing is caring, so be sure to share your favorite smoothie/shake recipes in a comment below!