GF GIRL NEXT DOOR: Finding Your Workout Rhythm and Inspiration

For those out there that workout on a regular basis, you know the feeling when you’ve had an awesome, bone chilling workout, and you sweat out all of the stress from that day? I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to that “after workout” feeling when my mind is clear, but focused, and my body is strong.

It’s not always easy to motivate ourselves to workout, so that’s when I lean on my friends for support. While there are many female athletes and role models in the media, my biggest inspiration and motivation comes from my close friends. My friends that strive to live a healthier lifestyle, my friends that not only want to look good but to feel good too, my friends that understand that in order to achieve your fitness goals you have to work for it, and my friends that believe it’s better to be strong and fit, than deprive yourself of living your life. Our inspiration and motivation surrounds us.

One of my amazing role models is my very good friend Tori. She teaches spinning at a place in Danvers, MA called Kiki Pilates Studio, and they recently started offering spinning classes. I might be a little biased because she’s one of my best friends 🙂 – but Tori is amazing! She pumps you up, and truly wants to help you reach your goals during her class. I always feel accomplished and proud after working out with her because working out with friends always puts you in a good mood.

Dee’s Fig and Almond Butter Bars (No Bake + Gluten Free)

  • 1.5 cups whole raw almonds (gives you about 2 cups roughly crushed)
  • 1 cup organic whole figs
  • 2 tablespoons Justin’s Almond Butter (or peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons Nature Nate’s Honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon soften/melted coconut oil
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons chia seeds

Toss the 1.5 cups of raw whole almonds into the food processor. Pulse it a few times to start breaking up the pieces and then blend it together until the almonds break up into very small pieces. Remove from the food processor into a separate bowl and set aside.

Do the same with the figs – put them into the food processor and blend them together until you get a smooth consistency. Add in 1 1/4 cup of the crushed up almonds, almond butter, honey, cinnamon and coconut oil. Blend it for about a minute or so – scraping down the sides if necessary.

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Line an 8 inch cake pan with wax paper. Using a spatula, press the mixture into the pan. With the remaining crushed almonds, press the pieces into the top of the mixture. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Cut into 10 pieces. Store in fridge for freshness.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DELIA MOONEY-1

I am the Editor and Founder of the lifestyle and food blog “Hey, What’s the Dealio?” My blog is all about my love of food, working out, living a healthy life, spending time with family and friends, and getting the most out of every day. It’s about celebrating old family traditions and creating new ones that I can pass on. It’s about mixing the simple with the complicated and the savory with the sweet. In Fall 2013, I was diagnosed with celiac disease, so my blog includes a variety of gluten free and paleo recipes. I’m here to prove that gluten free and healthy recipes don’t have to be taste free. This blog is about me trying and creating recipes I love for the people I love. I associate family and friends with food and I associate food with happiness.

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