Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Latin Burgers

Welcome to the first installment of Tasty Tuesday! I'll showcase a recipe I've tried and loved. Let's feast!

Latin Burgers with Caramelized Onion and Jalapeno Relish and Red Pepper Mayonnaise 


Courtesy of the Cooking Channel ~ Click here for recipe.
A small party in your mouth! Es muy delicisio! Rachel Ray taught me to view recipes as foundations. You can substitute ground chicken or turkey. I've tried both. Onion rolls and portabello mushroom caps instead of hamburger buns. Experiment and let me know what you think. Oh! Try the mayo on sandwiches! Also, the relish is a great topping for other dishes. 






Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Review: Rethinking Green Smoothies

If you would have asked me a few months ago to drink a green smoothie, the answer would have been no. Really? Who can get pass the color?

Fast forward  to July and I'm introduced to JJ Smith, the name behind the New York Times Best Seller 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. My coworker tells me how great she feels and her weight loss has jump started. Over on the Facebook page, there are even more testimonies and pictures attributed to the Green Smoothie cleanse.
Courtesy of JJSmithOnline
Ms. Smith believes "the first step in losing weight is detoxification" which is the premise of the book, and the main reason why I decided to try it. Here are other claims stated on her website:

The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse will help you:

      • Lose 10-15 pounds in 10 days
      • Get rid of stubborn body fat, including belly fat
      • Drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts
      • Learn to live a healthier lifestyle of detoxing and healthy eating
      • Help your body naturally crave healthy foods so you never have to diet again
      • Receive over 100 green smoothie recipes for various health conditions and goals

So what do I have to say about all these claims and hundreds of people singing its praises? They were right! Wow! My energy levels went through the roof--not a jittery high or anything but natural energy. I'm a Ben & Jerry's fanatic but I haven't craved sugar since ending the cleanse approximately one week ago. My endurance during my workouts is awesome. Okay I've shared this pic everywhere. Lol I was doing 1-3 miles before the cleanse. Look at the display now:
Yep! That's 6.01 miles.
The book contains the specific recipes and shopping list for the 10-day plan and then tons of education to help you foster a healthy lifestyle. You'll really enjoy the smoothie recipes for health conditions and goals. No, I didn't lose into the double digits, and it wasn't my goal either. I feel invigorated and have a new perspective on healthy eating!

Get the book! Try it and come to your own conclusion.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Journey to a Fit Life


Today, I want to share with you a small write-up I did for my gym's newsletter.  

Hi! My name is Trinka Polite, and I joined Anytime Fitness not to lose weight or to start a diet. My goal? I needed a healthy lifestyle change! I have a family history of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.  Seeing the damage it could cause, I made a decision to chart a different course for my life and seriously address my health issues. I started on my own by learning about nutrition and checking out workout DVDs from the library. Visits to my doctor revealed slight decreases in my "numbers," but it wasn't significant enough. My goal is to eliminate reliance on prescription medication.

It took prayer to find the motivation and determination to join a gym, but I finally called Anytime Fitness and Ruth answered. As we were talking, the call actually disconnected.  I thought just as I conjured up the will to call, this happens. Seconds later, Ruth's bubbly and motivating voice is back on the line saying, "Now where were we?" Her calling back confirmed this was the place to be!

That was over 3 months ago!  My doctor has been able to alter my meds, because I have now embraced a healthy lifestyle-not a diet and not obsessing over weight (even though I have many pounds to lose). My blood pressure is in the normal range now and other readings have dropped by half! I have more energy and the positive results definitely spill over into every area of my life-less stress at work, better focus, etc.  Plus, being a member of gym with 24-hour access allows for late night workouts to help me de-stress and unwind.

When you read those tips about just 15-30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week makes a difference, it's true!! I have my workout time scheduled on my calendar like any other appointment. I love it and it's fun!  I'm so grateful to Ruth, Lori and the Anytime Fitness staff for being supportive, patient and caring!  My life has changed!
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Share your fit life stories.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Expiration Date

People say 40 is a significant turning point in life.  It may be but I had several "significant turning points" BEFORE I turned 40. How about you?

However, if you want a "marker" to evaluate and take stock, forty is good. I guess.  I've been anticipating this day since my 39th birthday. Forty years is a lot of life. What have I accomplished? What have I tolerated? What do I still want and need to do? What do I need to do differently? Well, I've answered the previous questions (and a few others).

And now I'll be fervently moving forward...unapologetically! Certain behaviors, distracting activities, "dead" connections, etc--all expired yesterday! It's a new day!



What are your thoughts on the big 4-0 and how did you celebrate turning 40? By the way, whatcha think of the new blog design?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

How Blogging Helped Change My Life


That's why I can say yeah--I think I'm happy now! ~ from my first blog post  16 Oct 2011

And the next few years went a little something like this:
Yeah! I THINK I’m….happy.
Yeah? I think I’m happy?
Yeah! I THINK I’m happy.
Yeah! I think I’m happy! Yeah! …Happy!

LOL!  It’s been an insightful and, at times, surprising exploration of happiness. Some of you have joined in and helped others and me with your thoughts and stories. Many thanks to you and to everyone for being here!

This blog has been a testament to self-exploration—it’s good for the soul. It’s been proof as to why we need to ask ourselves the uncomfortable and probing questions about how we live and view our lives.  No one’s going to do it for you. 

Well, I’ve asked, contemplated, laughed, cried, wondered, and came to a realization. 




Happiness is being in relationship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Happiness is enjoying the bountiful blessings of this earth that our Heavenly Father has created for us. Happiness, for me, now includes enjoying a more fit life, cooking and finding new and interesting ingredients to sample!  After all, God did say that:  

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. ~Gen 1:28-31

And on that note, I invite you to continue blogging along with me into a new chapter:



Friends, I'm so excited! I will keep you updated about the changes and transitions. To my current followers, you will receive updates automatically. Everyone else, please join us by subscribing via the options provided to the right (bloglovin, email, your Google account) and at the bottom of the page (NetworkBlogs or Google+).

Ok guys, get ready to feast!  Oh, as always, I want your input!  What are some topics you’d like to discuss related to faith, food and fitness? Comment below! Email (politejourney@gmail.com) or Facebook me! But please let me know!  :-)



Launching August 2014:
Feasting on the Divine 
~ Nourish Your Body & Soul~
~ faith, food & fitness ~

Be blessed~*