Bikini Morning Ritual and a Sample Meal Plan for Tight Skin

My rituals, or habits, play the biggest role in how my body looks and performs on a daily basis. There are a couple of things that are engrained in my daily behaviors which help me to get the most out of my nutrition and gym time.

THE GREEN SHAKE

I cannot stress enough how important this is. It brings my body into an alkaline state, making my supplements more efficient and my energy levels skyrocket. It’s best if you have a high-powered blender (Vitamix), but if not, simply run it through several times. I make mine in large batches and drink it over a 3 day period.

IN BLENDER (in this order)

2.5 cups pure water

3 cups fresh, washed spinach

Run blender on low/medium for a couple of minutes

ADD

2-3 cups romaine, washed

1 cucumber (washed and chopped)

Run for a minute

ADD

1 green apple, washed, cored and chopped

1 pear, washed, cored and chopped

2 kiwi, washed (skin can be removed OR left on for more fiber)

Run for a minute

ADD

1 banana

Small handful of parsley (if desired. Parsley is excellent for cleansing the blood)

Juice of 2 lemons

Blitz it good :)

Feel free to add the flesh of 1 ripe avocado if your diet is in need of healthy fats. If your skin is looking dull and lackluster, avocado will help.

Add more water as needed to suit your tastes.

Drink 16 ounces every morning. If you’re still hungry, opt for oatmeal.

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Sample Bikini Ready Meal Plan:

Upon waking drink 6 oz hot water with the juice of 1 lemon

Coffee or tea is fine, sans sugar or flavored creamers

Breakfast: 16 oz green smoothie, oatmeal if desired

Snack: Small handful of almonds or walnuts, 1 orange

Lunch: 2-3 cups mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. 1/2 baked sweet potato, 4 oz baked or grilled fish (or canned tuna or salmon)

Snack: 1 scoop whey protein in 8 oz water. If this falls post-workout ADD 1 piece whole grain bread OR 1 banana OR 1 cup grapes

Dinner: 2 cups steamed veggies, 4 oz baked chicken or turkey, 1/2 cup whole grain rice OR quinoa, small side salad if desired (lemon juice over).

Snack before bed, if hungry: 4 oz low-fat (2%) cottage cheese OR 1 scoop casein protein in water

Follow this plan tight (6 days on, 1 rest day with a treat…not the WHOLE day people) for 4 weeks to notice changes.

Omit breads, crackers, pastas and sweets during meal plan days. Save things like this for treats :)

Michelle

Happy Monday! Switching the Diet for Optimal Results

Hello Babes and Beauties!

Hopefully y’all had a wonderful weekend. We were able to enjoy some great Ethiopian food here in Houston (at the Blue Nile, if you’re interested) and I was quite impressed :)

As I reefed this weekend (a result of a hard diet, ZERO alcohol and hitting ALL my workouts), it made me think about all of the confusion around diets.

First off, your diet is simply a makeup of what you ingest on a day-to-day basis. So, the term “I’m on a diet” really doesn’t apply to your daily intake. What I have noticed to be increasing is the “need” to use that phrase so we can go hog-wild on the weekends. I see it over and over in clients and friends: we stay on track (at least somewhat) and then throw caution to the wind and pig out on the weekend. While there is no one food that will undo your efforts, there is such a thing as an excessive amount of calories in any given setting….and that can lead to trouble.

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Our bodies are built to adapt. This is a great fact to keep in mind when finding a coach. Your plans should be tailored to you. I have some templates and all, but I really do talk to my clients about goals, like and dislikes and all that goes into an effective, efficient and well thought out program. Your nutrition should not only match your goals or your workouts, but also your overall lifestyle. In my opinion, it is far better to know what works for YOU than what everybody else is trying out. It only makes sense that the food you ingest should match you. If your coach thinks differently, I would challenge it….

So what about things like competing? Even competition diets should be tailored to fit you better than your bejeweled bikini :) . Seek out a coach who knows about nutrition and how foods affect the body. That way, as your protein uptake is increased and you start to feel bigger…..your coach should be able to calm your fears and settle your nerves because they know this effect won’t last long and will pay off in tighter muscles in the end. Your contest prep shouldn’t be ALL losses ALL the time. You’re building a body and that takes a process.

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For those with no competing on your mind, be aware of how food can affect your energy levels. Fad diets can crush your metabolism and make it harder to grow lean muscle, burn excess fat and fit into those jeans in the back of your closet. So, keep your mind focused on the nutrient content of the foods you are ingesting and reap the benefits of a clean and lean diet.

If you’re looking to start something fresh, check out the STORE for the nutrition package. If you have something much more specific, like a competition, please email me for consults: michelle@michellecfitness.com

Much love,

Michelle

Final Challenges: GAME CHANGERS NOTE: NOW FULL

Hello Hello!

I hope you are enjoying Spring already. I went to the grocery store today and loaded up on fresh fruits and veggies. It’s already getting hotter here, and that calls for cooler fare on the table :)

Your final list of Spring Challenges are what I call Game Changers. THIS is the group I will personally be joining and working out with daily.

So, who is it for?

This group is for anybody who is a little more consistent with their fitness (you’ve been working out consistently for 6+ months at least), those who have already finished a program and want to add to their challenge, those who are truly committed to the “lifestyle change” and are wanting to continue moving forward, athletes looking for a competitive edge, and the just plain crazy people (ME ME ME, PICK ME!!!).

So, here’s the deal. You can take on any of these challenges by themselves OR you can mix and match them :) I will be mixing up a storm and posting my schedule to the group page. How is that beneficial? How cool would it be to work out to the same thing a seasoned master trainer works out to? Pretty cool… I’ll also be sharing my meal plans and, of course, my struggles, whiny moments and awesome injuries. JOKING! I have NO plans to get injured and neither should you.

Let’s take a peek at the challenges and THEN I’ll tell you which ones I’m taking on….

P90X2

Get blown away by your visible results. AND performance.

P90X2® continues the Muscle Confusion™ with the latest cutting-edge training technique used by pro sports trainers. Twelve workouts help you focus on your abs/core, powerful athletic function, and lightning-bolt agility. Expect to chisel your body and virtually blast right through your plateaus.

Also available on Blu-ray™ Discs. FREE lifetime disc replacement is included with Blu-ray orders.

Here’s what you get with P90X2:

12 breakthrough, muscle-challenging workouts –

  • X2 Core. Works your core using instability. Master this routine for overall improved movement.
  • Plyocide. Explosive movements combined with mind and coordination drills for super speed/endurance.
  • X2 Recovery + Mobility. Realign your body with a foam-rolling technique and complete stretching routine.
  • X2 Total Body. Push your body to use the correct muscles and proper form to handle resistance and instability challenges.
  • X2 Yoga. Increase your isometric power and range of motion, and build stabilizer muscle strength.
  • X2 Balance + Power. Push your limits through strength and explosive movements while improving alignment.
  • Chest + Back + Balance. Achieve superior strength gains over those achieved through traditional weight training by working on unstable platforms.
  • X2 Shoulders + Arms. Keep your shoulders and arms strong and in balance to help minimize your risk of injury.
  • Base + Back. Give your two largest muscle groups a super workover with a pull-up and plyo extravaganza.
  • P.A.P. Lower. Give your lower body a cutting-edge workout with four-round complexes that boost performance.
  • P.A.P. Upper. Regain your youth with Post-Activation Potentiation training for your upper body.
  • X2 Ab Ripper. Upgrade your concept of what an ab workout should be with a series of demanding core movements.

Plus, get these information-loaded tools:

  • Fitness Guide. Get all the facts and tools you need to maximize your P90X2 results.
  • Nutrition Guide. We’ve evolved the diet along with the exercise program. Now in addition to traditional high-performance food choices, you can customize your plan with grain-free and vegan options.
  • How to Bring It Again Video. Get a quick overview of the complete P90X2 training system.

And even more tools to keep you on track:

  • 90-Day Workout Calendar. Set P90X2 workout goals each day, and schedule your recovery week when you need it.
  • Online Support. You’ll have access to Tony Horton and our panel of Beachbody® experts as well as peer support from other people doing P90X2.

NOTE: THIS workout is the BOMB!!! Why? Oh, they just so happened to employ the help of my senior NASM Master Trainer to help work out the kinks of the original P90X. X2 offers more active rest and recovery for greater strength gains, better cues on form and function and less risk of injury. Rock. ON.

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Body Beast:

Pack on up to 20 pounds of muscle in 90 days with Body Beast. Created by world-class trainer and former “Mr. Israel,” Sagi Kalev, this proven growth-inducing program includes 12 extreme workout DVDs, plus valuable fitness tools to help you get healthy, increase your confidence, lose fat, and give you the physique of a bodybuilding champion.

Here’s what you get with Body Beast:

12 workouts:

  • Build: DVDs 1-4 Lay the foundation for a huge new you. Give every muscle in your body a major pump with Super Sets and Giant Sets.
  • Bulk: DVDs 5-9 Force Sets, Progressive Sets, Combo Sets, and Multi-Sets build on the size you gained in Phase 1. Now the focus shifts to muscular hypertrophy, the technical term for the muscle cells enlarging, bringing about explosive muscle growth.
  • Beast: DVDs 10-12 With fat-burning cardio, relentless circuit-training, and intense core work, you’ll be amazed at your increasing capacity to lift heavier weights and grow bigger, more defined muscles.

You’ll also get these valuable tools:

  • The Book of Beast. Get huge without wasting a second. This info-packed program guide gives you tips on proper form and safety, explains the science behind growing your muscles, breaks down the nutrition you need to reach your goals, and even boosts your motivation.
  • “How to Eat Like a Beast” Eating Plan. Exceptional bodies are made in the kitchen. This comprehensive guide provides a calorie calculator, portion charts, food lists, and suggested supplements to help you bring out your inner Beast.
  • 90-Day Daily Workout Calendar. We’ve done the work for you, so you always know which exercises to do, when. Just follow along and chart your progress.

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Brazil Butt Lift Master Series:

Launch your booty sculpting sky-high in just 30 days with Leandro’s advanced breakthrough moves and tools. The 30-day Master Series program includes 3 new workouts that work multiple muscle groups at the same time, plus smart tools to help you sculpt lean, sexy muscle and get the tight, sexy bikini body of your dreams.

Look your bikini best in 30 days.

Brazil Butt Lift Master Series includes 3 advanced new workouts, plus the tools you need to sculpt lean, sexy muscle in just 30 days. With the Master Series, Leandro adds more tools, resistance, and angles to work multiple muscles at the same time and help you get your best overall bikini body ever.

Here’s what you get with the Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Base Kit:

3 Advanced Workouts:

  • Bikini Body. Sculpt sexy muscles all over with hand weights and Leandro’s expert moves.
  • Higher & Tighter. Elevate your bum bum and trim your core with multiple cycles of advanced moves using the stability ball.
  • Ipanema Booty. Shape a firm, round booty using heavier ankle weights during intense sculpting on the stability ball.

Get tighter with 3 tools:

  • Stability Ball. Keeps you engaging your core with every move, for your ultimate bikini body.
  • Sculpting Guide. Follow Leandro’s fitness and nutrition plan to succeed.
  • Master Series 30-Day Calendar. Leandro shows you which workout to do each day, plus a hybrid option that includes the original Brazil Butt Lift DVDs.Brazil-Butt-Lift-Master-Series-DVD

 

Alright, so I totally get there are only 3 listed….here’s the deal.

These 3 programs can totally stand alone and take your health, fitness and body to the next level…

OR

You can mix and match with programs you already own.

Here are the ones I’ll be mixing for 90 FULL days…and the Game Changers will have full access to my schedule.

  • P90X2
  • Insanity
  • Insanity: the Asylum, Volume 1
  • Les Mill’s Body Combat
  • Turbo Fire

You got it! 5 programs, 90 days, sequenced to ensure success, make the changes I want, and make sure I don’t get injured (THANK YOU P90X2 Recovery and Mobility!).

ALL you do is click the program link above, sign up for a FREE player membership, then head over to the Challenge Packs and get your goods.

So that’s that.

How bad do you want it, how crazy can you be?

I double dog dare you to find your limits…..then blow them away and find new ones. You never know what you really may be capable of just reading about others…make your own story!

See you tomorrow!

Michelle

 

Tone, Trim, Tighten and Totally Transform SPRING CHALLENGES Revealed!

Today is THE day that I launch the Spring Challenges.

I had initially thought of starting April 1st, but I have decided that each challenge group will have an official start date of April 15, 2013.

If you want to start prior to your group start, no problem! These challenges are meant to bring accountability into our lives so that we can build consistency and beneficial habits.

As I stated in a previous challenge post, I have challenges ranging from 21-90 days and from nutrition to full-out total transformation programs.

TODAY, I am breaking down the 90 day challenge groups. I’ll be going over each program, who it’s for and the results you can expect.

The best part? EVERY single challenge has a nutrition component already built-in.

The bad news? I am only taking 10 people TOTAL in each group (there will be 5 total groups).

Why only 10? Well, on top of the killer workouts, accountability and awesome nutrition components…you’re going to get me. Each challenge participant will receive a 1 hour consultation with me (via phone or SKYPE) to discuss YOUR PERSONAL GOALS and how you can best reach them. Pretty sweet right? It gets better…. EACH participant will also receive a weekly nutrition review, done via email. These are all services that I normally charge extra for, BUT in honor of trying to bring about lasting results, I’m rolling it into the challenge!

In addition to being able to win money for getting healthy with Beach Body (how sweet is that??) the winner of my groups will have their choice of 5 one-hour consultation sessions with me OR a shopping trip with me to dress your new figure. No, I’m not buying the clothes, but I will spring for lunch! Obviously, if the winner is local the shopping can apply.

How do you win? Well, you make changes! Change in weight, size and fitness level are great, but I want to see lasting changes. Think about a change in attitude, a change in self-esteem and even doing something awesome with your new-found confidence! THIS is winning in my book :)

So, ARE YOU READY?

Let’s meet your 90 day programs!

P90X:

• It’s the program everyone’s talking about—the #1 best-selling extreme fitness program in America.

• P90X is a revolutionary system of 12 muscle-pumping workouts designed to take you from regular to ripped

in 90 days and get you in the best shape of your life.

How P90X works

• The secret that’s made P90X a best-selling phenomenon is Muscle Confusion™.

• By constantly introducing new moves, this advanced training technique keeps your body’s muscles

continually challenged, so you can get better AND faster results. Your body never plateaus, and you never

get bored.

P90X is:

• For anyone who wants to lose excess fat, gain lean muscle, prepare for athletic events, excel at sports, and

improve their health.

• Designed for people who are fit and looking for an intense program for rapid results.

• Flexible, so that you can customize according to your fitness level and goals.

• An extreme program, and it’s recommended that you take the Fit Test before starting. If someone is not ready

for P90X, Power 90® is a great place to start.

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**Chalean Extreme:

Muscle Burns Fat®

Get ready to burn fat, boost your metabolism, and get lean with ChaLEAN Extreme®. Trainer Chalene Johnson will help you build toned muscles so you can lose up to 60 percent of your body fat in just 3 months. ChaLEAN Extreme is designed to give you visible results in only 30 days.

Chalene’s Lean Phasing® technique shifts your body’s fat-burning focus from cardio to resistance training. By using weights or resistance bands, you’ll build lean muscle and ramp up your metabolism. When you have more muscle, you’ll burn fat long after your workout.

**This is one of my personal favorites and is included in my own personal workout rotations.

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Rev ABS:

Your 90-Day Ab Solution.

With RevAbs, you can get the sexy six-pack abs you’ve always wanted. All it takes is a little hard work and Brett Hoebel’s proven Abcentrics™ training technique. Brett will teach you how to burn off the fat and work your entire core from 6 different angles, revealing your RevAbs six-pack—FAST! It’s so effective, many of Brett’s clients lose up to 10 pounds in the first 2 weeks.

I dig this as it incorporate some martial arts disciplines and really does help to shred abs FAST!

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Les Mill’s PUMP:

WORK OUT JUST 3 TIMES A WEEK.              GET WORLD-CLASS RESULTS.

This barbell-based rapid weight loss and accelerated strength-training program incinerates calories to help give you the ultimate tight, toned, and lean body you want. The secret is THE REP EFFECT, which uses lighter weights at a higher rate of repetition so you can burn up to 1,000 calories per workout and get lean and strong without bulking up.

The system includes your very own barbell, the secret weapon designed to speed up your strength training and fat loss. Your kit comes complete with a set of two 5-lb. and two 10-lb. weighted plates.

If you’ve entered a gym around my area, then you’ve heard of BodyPump. THIS is the home version, complete with results! I love this workout and keep it on rotation (it doesn’t hurt that I am Body Pump certified either!). This series is great for those short on time…..but needing results. You really can get results by using these 3x per week!

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Power 90:

90-Day In-Home Boot Camp.

If you want to go from the body you’ve got to the body you’ve always wanted in as little as 30 minutes a day at home, then Tony Horton’s Power 90 boot camp is the program for you.

With Tony’s exclusive Sectional Progression™ training technique, each movement targets a specific zone of the body for maximum fat burning and full body sculpting. You’ll transform your body in 90 days.  Plus you’ll get a FREE Power Sculpting Band to use with the program.

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Mobility. Agility. Vitality. Everything is about to FEEL better.

 

Ready to say goodbye to common aches and pains that may be holding you back from enjoying lifelong activity? Tai Cheng™ is a natural solution designed to help you do just that. It combines 21st-century fitness science with the centuries-old techniques of Tai Chi to help reduce joint and muscle pain through better muscle control.

The real breakthrough behind Tai Cheng is a rapid learning technique called Dynamic Motion Control™ that teaches you to master the 18 fundamental moves of Tai Chi in just 90 days. Every day Tai Cheng takes you through a gentle energizing warm-up and teaches you a new Tai Chi move. In phases, you’ll learn to put the moves together into sequence.

You’ll experience increased balance and strength, improved joint function, a wider range of motion, less stiffness, greater flexibility, and an overall feeling of natural energy and well-being.

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Whew! I know that can be lot to process, so I encourage you to read through each and CONTACT ME with ANY questions!

I WANT RESULTS YESTERDAY…..HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Glad you asked :)

Simply click HERE, then click on JOIN THE BEACHBODY CHALLENGE.

You’ll be directed through  a FREE membership page and then you pick your program.

Simple as that. Once you start clicking, let me know so I can add you to the group.

REMEMBER: There can only be 10 people in this group, so jump on it ASAP!

Time won’t hold up for you, but the results you get will last a lifetime.

SIGN UP NOW!

And good luck ;)

Michelle

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