Meet Alicia Woods, the energetic and driven creator of Alicia Monae Fitness and Undiscovered Kitchen Ambassador! Having been overweight for most of her childhood, Alicia experienced bullying from an early age, which led to insecurities and depression.
Somewhere along the way, she realized she wasn’t not living the life she was meant to; so, she finally began “living her truth” in 2007! She made the varsity volleyball team in high school, which is when the weight began to drop. From there, she gained new friends that became sisters, and she was finally able to embrace who she was becoming and be confident in herself! She dropped about 50lbs from her freshman year in high school – and kept it off! Now, she wants to help others do the same!
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On her blog, Alicia provides advice for health freaks, fitness fanatics and beginners alike. You can find her favorite workouts, posts on eating healthy on a budget and on the go, and so much more. She also talks about the training and prep required for being a bikini competitor, (go girl!) and shares some of her favorite healthy (and paleo) recipes!
Check out her recipe for Seafood Gumbo!
- 1/2lb of cooked chicken breasts (seasoned with cumin and tarragon)
- 1 pack of chicken andouille sausage (slice thin)
- 1/2lb of fresh large white shrimp
- 1 carton of chicken broth
- Creole Seasoning Mix: 1/2 tsp of bay leaves, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, 1 tsp of thyme, oregano, and 2 tsp of paprika (pinch of salt)
- 1/2 of a yellow onion (chopped)
- 2 bell peppers (chopped)
- 1 stalk of celery (chopped)
- 1 8oz can of tomato paste
- Over medium-high heat add your chopped vegetables (onion, peppers, and celery) and creole seasoning into a large pot.
- Once your vegetables cook down add your can of tomato paste and chicken broth to your pot and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to stir every 5 minutes to prevent burning.
- Add your meat (chicken, chicken sausage, and shrimp) into your pot.
- Cook for another 10 min.
- Cool and eat. Serve with brown/white/cauliflower rice, quinoa, vegetables, or by itself!
Before dinner, get in this quick, no equipment required Cardio Burn Circuit created by Alicia!
Warm up: 30 sec of each move x2:
- March in Place, Jump Rope, Shoulder Rolls, and Jumping Jacks
- Rest 60 sec
Circuit 1: x3
- 30 sec Jump Rope
- 60 sec Jump Squats
- 30 sec Bicycle Abs
- Rest 60 sec
Circuit 2: x3
- 30 sec Jumping Jacks
- 60 sec Burpees
- 30 sec Plank to Push-Ups
- rest 60 secs
Circuit 3- Last Circuit: x3
- 30 sec Walking Lunges
- 60 sec Mountain Climbers
- 30 sec Flutter Kicks
When did you start your blog and what inspired you?
I started my blog officially March 3, 2014. It has been active for a little over a year now. My blog was birthed from the curiosity of family, friends, and co-workers of what I was doing to stay in shape, what food I was eating, where in Atlanta I was working out…the list goes on. A blog seemed to be the best solution to answer all of their questions, and it just grew from there!
What’s your goal/mission (either personally, professionally, or both)?
My mission is to lead others to take control of their life: mind, body, and spirit.
Is your blog your full time job? If not, how do you balance your time?
While I’m not blogging, I’m working 9-5 doing marketing and communications. Keeping a blogging calendar/schedule keeps me on track.
Something only your best friends know about you?
Only my best friends know… I would love to travel the country eating and turning traditional – high caloric/low nutritional value meals into a balanced and wholesome meal.
What’s THE weirdest thing about you (because weird = AWESOME)!
My obsession with bread pudding is really weird! Everyone knows if there is bread pudding on the menu at ANY place I got to – I must order it. But who doesn’t love bread pudding!?
Something you’ve been dying to master but still can’t get exactly right?
I would love to master yoga. The whole stretching and being limber is a slow process for me.
Given all the time, tools and fresh ingredients, what would you try to make in the kitchen?
With all the time and fresh ingredients I would make:
1. My signature Vanilla Cashew Butter (eat on everything)
2. Fiesta Lime Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers with Cilantro-Cauliflower Rice
Your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
On the weekends you may catch me at the park playing flag-football, at a fitness class, or with a good book relaxing on the patio.
What are you excited to or hope to achieve in the next year?
This year I’m excited about writing my first cookbook!
What are your favorite artisan food companies?
My favorite artisan food companies include:
What are your favorite foodie blogs/sites?
My favorite foodie blog sites include:
The best blog comment/feedback you’ve ever received?
The best feedback I’ve received from my blog is that I am someone’s inspiration and because of me they have lost weight and are in love with the way they look!
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