I have a special guest blogger today, my friend and owner of MEEonthego, Gaberiel Martinez.

A little about Gabriel:
Gabriel is a personal trainer, fitness instructor and owner of a Stamford based company called MEEonthego. His fitness background started at a young age when he took up various forms of martial arts including Tae Kwon Do and Gōjū-ryu Karate. This passion for physical awareness and the human body drove him down a path to personal training, receiving his certification at the age of 17. He is nationally certified through ISSA & ASFA and has trained at multiple gyms throughout New York and Connecticut to enhance his knowledge and experience in the world of fitness. These days, Gabriel is focused on his affordable, personal training service and Connecticut’s first mobile fitness center, MEEonthego. It should also be noted that he’s lucky enough to be engaged to my dear friend, Amanda! He’s here today to talk about one of our favorite topics… SQUATS.

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(Photo Credit: Amanda Romaniello)
Don’t worry, about a thing, because every little squat, will improve your life.

Quoting the late great Mr. Bob Marley or at least paraphrasing. Either way those words expressed our inalienable desire for happiness and our tendency to stress anything and everything. But why?

Why are we all so stressed?
Why is the economy or our jobs or lack there of stressing us out?
Why are relationships, meant to bring joy, tearing us apart?
Why is there hardship & pain, depression & sorrow, war & crime, hate &…stress.


Well the answer is that there is no answer for why but rather a solution to all of your troubles. Ok, maybe more of an inch of hope or sliver of happiness found in your depths. Deep in the cave were your primitive man awaits to be awoken. You have it in you. Grab hold and release your inner beast! The one that picks things up and puts them down(Arnold voice). The beast with the soft side on the elliptical or the one craving the HEAVIEST SQUAT EVER! Yea that one. Find it, use it and never let go. Because It’ll eat your stress and spit it out.

Squatting - MEEonthego
(Photo Credit: Amanda Romaniello)

One more thing.

Live, laugh, love & lunge into a healthier, can do, stress free you this year. Take no prisoners, attack your goals and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT forget to feed the beast. Because Its always hungry. Hungry for a good workout. Happy Exercising!

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Check out MEEonthego for their innovative training programs and fitness at your door. Stay tuned for a complete review about this door-to-door training and TRUCK! (Really, check out the truck here!)

Do you exercise to relieve stress? 

Which exercise makes you feel your strongest?

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10 Oat-rageous Oatmeal Recipes to Try Today

by Maria on January 26, 2015

January is National Oatmeal Month and there are still 5 days left to try…10? So I planned this one out pretty badly, but wait – there IS a blizzard heading to the Northeast so you will need all 10!

I made sure to only pick the most creative and original oatmeal recipes on the internet because we all know you can’t be a healthy living blogger without an oatmeal recipe to your name. (I missed this one.) So before the storm hits, get your milk, eggs and oatmeal!

Campfire Oats from Piece of Cait

Campfire Oats via Piece of Cait
Nutty Chocolate Baked Oatmeal from Jill Conyers

Nutty Chocolate Baked Oatmeal via Jill Conyers
Oatmeal Blueberry Waffles from Running to the Kitchen

Oatmeal Blueberry Waffles via Running to the Kitchen
Overnight Apple Maple Oatmeal (in the slow cooker) from Hungry Healthy Girl

Overnight Apple Maple Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with PB & Chocolate Chips from Ingredients of a Fit Chick

Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with PB and Chocolate Chips
Caramel Cookie Dough Oatmeal from The Big Man’s World

Caramel Cookie Dough Oatmeal
Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie from Running with Spoons

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie
Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Oatmeal from Amy’s Healthy Cooking

Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Oatmeal via Amy's Healthy Kitchen

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls from Sprint 2 the Table

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls via Sprint 2 the Table
Get some more oh-so-delicious oatmeal recipes on my dedicated Pinterest board.

Now stay warm, safe and make sure you have your oats ready for the blizzard!

Do you have a favorite oatmeal recipe?

Have you ever tried savory oatmeal recipes?

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Thinking Out Loud: Friends is the Greatest Thing on Netflix

January 22, 2015

Remember all those fun Thinking Out Loud posts I participated in with Amanda at Running with Spoons? Well, since I’m trying to make my little blogging come back I figured it would be best to unleash all the things floating in my head this week in one simple post. Cheers to Thursdays in all its [...]

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The Benefits of Working with a Personal Trainer

January 12, 2015

It’s now January, a time when many of us have resolved to live a healthier lifestyle, or perhaps we are jumping back on the gym wagon. If you fall into either of those categories, you may have though about working with a personal trainer. If it’s something you’re considering, and even if you’re not, here [...]

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Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going and Why I Need Your Help (Yes, You!)

January 5, 2015

Where have I been? No where really, I’ve been right here, just not all up in my blog. Things got kinda sporadic while life got kinda hectic. It all happened in May . In one single day, my world was turned upside down. My mom passed away and that very same day was the first [...]

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A Day at the Warhouse Gym

November 5, 2014

I finally got the opportunity to attend the “Halloween” Warhouse camp with Dana Linn and Rob Bailey!  I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew it would be a unique experience, and that it was! So if you haven’t been able to attend or want to, I thought I’d help break it down [...]

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Believe in Angels

October 15, 2014

Oops, it’s been a while friends! But I’m here, just trying to keep up with everything. I’m sure you all understand how that goes… However,  I’m still running off a high from a great event I attended on Sunday. The Fighting Angels Foundation held their very first 5k in Milford. The foundation was started to bring awareness [...]

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WIAW: When in Vegas

September 17, 2014

Wow, it was more than a month ago that I traveled to Las Vegas for work, immediately taking my next flight for Denver for a couple days. It was a long week for sure, and while the focus was not on food (WHAT?!), I did manage to sneak in some pretty tasty meals. I initially [...]

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WIAW: More Foodie Finds

September 3, 2014

While I’ve been quiet on the blog, I’m still eating my heart out!! So this only means that I have discovered many new and delicious goodies. I’ll use this as an opportunity to share because I hate keeping secrets. I’ve tried close to 100 protein pancake recipes, and none of them were all that great. [...]

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MIMM: Keep on Keepin On

August 11, 2014

So there was this girl that used to blog… remember her? HI friends! I’m here, I’m here! I felt an update was long overdue and even more so when I got this tweet… My heart smiled SO big!! This meant so much to me for a number of reasons. First, as you know, I had [...]

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