Monday, November 20, 2017

5 Tips To Work Out With Your Kids

Being a busy mom of 3 means that I might have to do my workout with one, two or all of them around or joining me. If they around (and refusing to nap like Mr. C) encourage them to join you. Now that they are used to me working out most of the time they join me for the first little bit then do their own stuff. 

Don't miss a workout just because a kid refuses to nap or wants to be around you more. Use that as an opportunity to help them get active or at least to show them that taking care of your body is important to you! 
You will never regret your workout you did. Only the one you missed doing.



1) Always invite your kids to join you. 
Better to let them do what you are doing and see if they like it.

2) Be safe and make a safe environment for your kids. 
Encourage them to use their toys as their "weights" so that they don't use yours and accidentally drop them on their little toes. Or invest in "kid approved weights" for your kids to use so they feel like they are just like you. Check out these weights for kids! 


3) Make exercise fun
When the kids see that you are having fun, they will find it fun which will help establish a healthy relationship with exercise. The last thing I want is for my kids to think that exercise is torture, or the only way they will be able to eat that cupcake without feeling guilty or remorse.

4) Talk to your kids about why exercise is so good for them
Open up that conversation about how good exercise is for our bodies. Exercise is not about losing weight or being skinny. It is about our bodies being able to move better, feel better. Get stronger and help improve our thoughts.

5) Be consistent with your exercise and they will be consistent with it too
The biggest thing I have noticed is that my kids know when I am exercising. The clothing I'm wearing. The things I need set up. And often I see them just start to do their exercise because they want to do it for the day. Again it is about building a healthy relationship for them with exercise. Be that example of what living a healthy lifestyle is all about.

If you are looking for exercises to do with your kids, Beachbody On Demand has an exclusive KIDS AND FAMILY CHANNEL. It comes included with your year membership to Beachbody On Demand.



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Learn To Be Obsessed Challenge - Phase 2 Results

Phase 2 has been completed! This time around I did Shift Shop. It's cardio and strength training. Each week is ramped up in intensity and length and honestly, the longer the workouts the more I loved it!

Official Results: 
Lost 4 pounds in 21 Days- 2 pounds total from day 1
Lost 7.25 inches total from day 1

I haven't been 100% on my nutrition plan, because I honestly believe in balance because momma needs a burger every now and then to stay sane. But the more I exercise and take care of me and drink my daily shake the more other foods (sweets and treats) don't taste very good to me.

THESE RESULTS ARE OVER HALLOWEEN BY THE WAY! The first Halloween ever that I didn't eat tons of candy. I only had my 1 Snickers Pumpkins that my hubs bought for me and I saved for a week to enjoy on Halloween. But it didn't taste as satisfying as it had in the past.

I am getting so much stronger. I am now modifying less, but still modify plank type movements for my core. I'm listening to my body and doing what I can but still pushing myself.
These next 21 days are going to be crucial. I am breaking past a plateau. That means staying consistent and on my game, especially over Thanksgiving. Phase 3 started on Monday, but if you are seeing these before and after pictures and are ready to join me EMAIL ME or MESSAGE ME ON FACEBOOK and let's chat!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

10 Days To Thanksgiving Commitment


10 PEOPLE! I'm looking for 10 people to commit for the next 10 days to their health to have a GUILT FREE THANKSGIVING! STARTING TOMORROW!!!

WHAT'S INVOLVED:
EAT HEALTHY HOMEMADE MEALS 
EAT EXTRA VEGGIES
SAY NO TO SWEETS
EXERCISE AT LEAST  8 DAYS in the next 10 days.
CHECK IN DAILY FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (sweaty selfie and posting food log for the day)

WHAT YOU GET:
14 Day FREE TRIAL of Beachbody On Demand with access to over 600 workouts to choose from for your exercise, meal plans, and check out FIXATE the healthy cooking show.

PRIZE!!!
The top 2 people who complete the daily accountability check in with pictures will win a PRIZE from ME! 

*Must have either the Free Trial of BOD or a current membership to BOD, with me as your Team Beachbody coach, to participate. (use link below for the free 14 day trial and get me as your coach)

EMAIL ME or COMMENT BELOW THAT YOU ARE READY TO COMMIT So I can add you to my list! Must commit by 11/14 10am Eastern! 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Learn To Be Obsessed Challenge- Phase 3


MONDAY, November 13 we begin phase 3 of our Learn To Be Obsessed Challenge and the big push to NOT GAIN WEIGHT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! If you have struggled in the past with gaining weight during the holiday season, feeling those winter blues, or just giving up and waiting until the new year because it is a "lost cause. I'm going to gain weight no matter what I do." This is the challenge for you. Why?
  • Because you have a plan for daily workouts
  • A meal plan (actually you get access to over 30 meal plans!) 
  • Daily super nutrient dense shake that helps cut those cravings and makes it easier to control what you put into your body. 
  • PLUS you get access to my exclusive group
  • Exclusive tools I created to you on your journey
  • Daily motivation
  • Daily accountability
  • An app to help you stay on track
  • AND ME AS YOUR COACH to support you, cheer you on and help you when you are on the struggle bus! 
What do you need? Beachbody on Demand All Access Pass to get access to the workouts and meal plan and your your first 30 day supply of my favorite shake that I enjoy daily (momma needs her chocolate!). And you get those cute little color coded containers to help get your nutrition on POINT!  CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW to get your membership bundle!


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

When's The Best Time To Workout? Before or After A Meal?


Are you struggling finding the "right time" to eat before you workout so that you have enough energy to make it through your workout but don't feel like puking during your workout because you have too much food. Below are a few of my favorite snacks, plus my favorite pre-workout drink, during workout drink and after workout meal to help my body repair and heal!

Exercise uses energy to burn calories and most of the energy that is burned comes from carbs because they are considered fast burning energy. If you are looking to lose weight, it might not be good to workout on an empty stomach due to your insulin and blood sugar levels dipping too low. Which can make you feel weak or shaky and impact your workout.

If you do eat a full meal before exercising, try to allow time for your body to digest some of it. Around 2-3 hours prior to working out. If you are able to, have a small snack about an hour prior to your workout. Aim for a combo of carbs, produce and protein. Especially if you are working out before having breakfast.

  • Granola bars (homemade, or no sugar added and preservative free is best)
  • No Bake - Protein Energy Ball Bites 
  • whole-wheat toast with peanut butter
  • fruit (I like to have a banana before a strength training workout) 
  • yogurt 

Also, make sure that you are staying hydrated before, during and after your workout. I drink a PRE-WORKOUT DRINK by Beachbody to help give me energy (without getting any jitters!). "It has key ingredients to buffer lactic acid buildup, and delay exercise induced muscle fatigue, improve performance and help push to max intensity." My DURING WORKOUT DRINK, HYDRATE by Beachbody is for workouts that are longer than 30 minutes. "It is specially formulated for all-out performance with an optimal balance of carbs, electrolytes, and water that quickly replaces what's lost and improves endurance so you can workout out longer and feel better." And after my workout, I enjoy a nice cup of water just to make sure I am staying hydrated enough. Followed by a protein based meal or shake, like Shakeology within an hour after my workout to help my muscle repair and build.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Flavorful Roasted Veggies


My current favorite way to enjoy veggies is ROASTING THEM! And when I add this Trader Joe's Garlic and Sea Salt seasoning that you can get at your local Trader Joe's or even on AMAZON on them it takes them over the top yummy!

Roasted Veggies:

Ingredients: 
Choose which fresh veggies you want to roast, combine them too and you decide how much!

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Bell Peppers
Carrots
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Summer Squash
Asparagus
Green Beans
Garlic Salt Seasoning (my favorite is from Trader Joe's)

Directions:

Spread veggies of choice on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Drizzle olive oil over veggies
Add a few cracks of TJ's Garlic Salt seasoning and toss to evenly coat your veggies.
Roast in a 425 onion for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure they are at your preferred doneness (I like them al dente and not squishy) and enjoy!
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Easy, No Bake Protein Energy Ball Bites


Need a quick and easy protein snack? Check out my favorite No Bake, Easy Protein Energy Ball Bites

Energy Bites

Ingredients:
1 cup (dry) oatmeal - old-fashioned Gluten Free oats
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup organic peanut butter 
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract -pure vanilla, not imitation

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until it looks like a evenly distributed uniformed dough. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Cool in the fridge to harden and store in a air tight container in the fridge. 1-2 balls make the best for a quick snack.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Choose To Lead A Healthy, Strong, Fit Life

Last week I learned a lot about myself. I no longer feel like I have to FORCE myself to exercise, I choose to exercise! I was sick with a head cold last week for 2 days. I dragged myself out of bed on day 1 and did my stretching and mobility workout. Day 2, I rested all day. By the 3rd day I felt better and was back at my normal routine but had to stop before it was over with to rest. I listened to my body and did what I could. By day 4 I CRUSHED my workout!  The other morning I saw a post from Autumn Calabrese (the lady who does the 21 day fix workouts) and said:


"If you want to be a healthy, strong & fit then you have to CHOOSE to lead a healthy, strong, fit life. Develop the habits of a healthy, fit person"

"Other Habits of a Healthy, Fit Person:

-eat real, Whole Foods
-cut out processed sugars
-keep alcohol to a minimum
-exercise at least 5 days a week
-stretch
-get at least 8 hours of sleep
-eat according to your goals
-laugh
-love
-keep a positive mindset"


Yep. That's me! All because I am excited to reach my goals and I am choosing to make these changes in my life. Your goals are important. Your goals mean something. You can work for them, challenge yourself and change your old habits. Push yourself. Work for it and earn that chance to say, "I FREAKING DID IT!" Because you are worth it to live the life you want to live!
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

National Love Your Red Hair Day


Today is National #LoveYourRedHairDay, or I like to think of it as National Redheads Day! Yep! Us gingers get a whole day to celebrate our fiery locks, freckled bods and hot tempers! Yep, we are pretty awesome, full of spice and everything nice! And since I am a gorgeous GINGER, I wanted to share more about my story and some struggles I have dealt with until I finally embraced my natural beauty! 

In all seriousness, I used to not really like my hair color growing up. I wanted to be blond, because red just wasn't as popular. And the freckles, I would get made fun of because they are EVERYWHERE, especially since I still have a no freckle zone speedo outline on my back from the days I "tried" to get a tan laying out in my backyard only to increase my freckle line and get FRIED by the Arizona sun. But like Batman, I turned what I used to dislike into my alter-ego and now I couldn't imagine being anyone other than who I am right now, redder hair, darker freckles, white white skin and all! Because I AM the fit plus size ginger helping others CHANGE THEIR LIVES! I love who I am what I do to help motivate and coach others and finally how I look and am thankful that I finally realized how beautiful I really and truly am inside and out!

Here's a shout out to all my red heads out there. Some days, you will look in the mirror and wish for something different but, you are truly unique and beautiful and don't every let anyone and especially yourself tell you otherwise! 

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Plus Size Fitness Basics

Society tells us that only skinny people are fit and healthy. But that's not true. You can be fit at any size. Fit means: "in good health, especially because of regular physical exercise." 

  • Workout daily (aim for 4 days a week for at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise)
  • Drink at least 100 ounces of water or more
  • Get 7+ hours of sleep a night 
  • Eat right, with veggies filling half your plate

Those are the keys to being fit. The more consistent you are with it and the harder you work for it the results will come!


Curious about what I'm doing? I specifically created to not only get me through the new year and NOT gain weight, but to also build my base fitness level to be ready to take on the next newest workout program to be released by Beachbody, 80 Day Obsession. Check out my LEARN TO BE OBSESSED CHALLENGE HERE
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Healthy Herb Crusted Chicken Nuggets For Kids

Time to trick my kids! They are asking for McD almost every day and it's time to stop! Here is a BETTER and MUCH healthier alternative to those nuggets and they are a LOT tastier, too.

Healthy Herbed Crusted Chicken Nuggets For Kids

Ingredients:


4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs, seasoned
1/2 cup flax seed
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Cut chicken and 1-inch cubes.
3. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the water and add the chicken.
4. Combine the parsley, thyme, bread crumbs, flax seed, basil and pepper. Stir in the oil with a fork and mix well to distribute evenly.
5. Pour seasoning mixture into a resealable plastic bag and toss the chicken pieces to coat.
6. Place coated chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 minutes, turn the pieces, and bake for an additional 5 minutes. 


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017

Black Widow, Thor, Ironman, Bat Girl, Captain America
 Hope everyone had a safe, happy and HEALTHY Halloween! Now on to the HOLIDAY RUSH! Today starts Day One of my Learn To Be Obsessed: Second Chances exclusive CHALLENGE! If you don't want to gain weight this holiday season, but still be able to enjoy your holiday, are ready for a life changing challenge, this is your challenge and your time.

What you get:
3 day cleanse to help jumpstart your weight loss
Year membership to unlimited streaming service with over 600 workouts to choose from
Workout schedule from now through March
Meal Plans
Nutrition help and portion control containers
Daily nutrient dense shake
Daily accounability
Daily motivation
Exclusive tools and content to help keep you on track
Support however you need it
Community Support
1:1 coaching with me to help you succeed

Ready to invest in your health, fitness and goals? ---> http://bit.ly/KickstartCTDG <--- Click that link. And let's get your started! 




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