Get the Challenge Started!!!!!

Hello Fit Peeps!

Today has been a whirlwind of adventure AND I’m not sure it’s slowing down anytime soon :)

January seems to be THE time for fitness challenges, and why shouldn’t it be? The energy is fresh and vibrant, the coaches and resources are ready, and your own motivation is probably higher than it was when you were finishing off Christmas candy a few weeks ago.

Before I let you in on my personal challenges AND tips to conquering yours, just remember that all you really need is some self love and appreciation to reach your goals ;) Deal? So let’s get started.

I have TWO (count em) challenges I am participating in this season. You can follow my INSTA for inspiration and what not on keeping your sanity while trying these challenges.

The 2 I have chosen is the Bodybuilding.com Transformation Challenge and the Labrada Lean Body Challenge.

Now, the BB.com is closed for entry BUT you can still participate :) The Labrada challenge is open until January 25th and I highly recommend it.

I’m going to give you a very brief rundown of my plan and then highlight some pretty good plans you can find at Bodybuilding.com

Step 1 in reaching any goal: HAVE A PLAN.

plan

You MUST plan in order to succeed or else you’ll end up simply going in circles.

Here’s mine (your WILL vary……)

Nutrition: I am counting NOTHING!!!! I am practicing intuitive eating and listening to my body intently. I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m satiated, not stuffed. I allow treats, BUT I am trying to limit the wine for this challenge ;)

My menu for this week includes:

  • Pablano/avocado pasta
  • Spaghetti squash and meat sauce
  • Black eyed peas and deer sausage
  • Breakfast tacos with game meat
  • Protein pancakes with various fillings (including dark chocolate!)
  • Roasted veggies and salads

Simple and mostly prepped on Sunday.

My workouts are ever changing due to injury and treatment. As of now it looks a little something like this:

Monday-total body strength training

Tuesday-cardio training (was kickboxing, but will change to boxing/mma training)

Wednesday-total body strength training focused on glute med and low back rehab

Thursday-YOGA baby!

Friday-total body strength training

Saturday-short cardio training

Sunday-OFF

I try to do yoga for 20-30 minutes every day AND I try to walk for at least 30 minutes a day if time allows. I don’t sweat it if that doesn’t happen.

Planning-like-a-boss-meme

PLANS FOR YOU!!!!

Below are a few BB.com plans I really am digging. For beginners, it’s best to pick one and follow it (that’s less than 3 years weight training proficiency) and advanced can pick and choose from a few if you like.

Dymatize Transformed

Live Fit Trainer

Lean Body Trainer

Clutch Life Trainer

Built by Science

Rewired

These will cover the basics from beginner to advanced. Remember, when starting a new challenge DON’T do the same old thing you’ve always done! Now is the time to try something new and give your system a little bit of room to adapt and grow with the challenge.

It’s not about winning……it’s about thriving.

See you soon,

Michelle

OH and you may want to get on the mailing list as I’ll be sending a special bonus out this week, just because :)

 

It’s Review DAY!!!!!!!

I have been promising product reviews FOREVER! Sorry, real life gets busy sometimes :)

Today I have a LOT of products on hand to review, all of which will fit easily into your fit-friendly lifestyle AND many of which may even make it better.

Let’s start with FOOD!

Come Ready Bars

Come Ready Nutrition

OK, I found these bars just about a week ago and have been so excited I bought lots of boxes and started acting like Santa. These things are the BOMB. Come Ready Nutrition does one thing: BARS. They don’t dabble in lots of other things and spread themselves too thin. They seem to commit to making the BEST tasting bars with the least amount of junk on the market. Taste-wise, I will give a quote from my son who said “I like them way better than Quest bars”. I know I’ll get shot for that one. They really are superior in taste AND texture. I have really well-defined jaw muscles and don’t need a super chewy bar to work them out AFTER my workout. At 190 calories, these bars are great as snacks, pre and post workout nutrition, or an on-the-go breakfast option.

Where can you grab some?

They are just beginning to pop up in your local Costco, where you can get them for cheaper than $1/bar (now you see why I’ve been giving them away). Of course, if your Costco doesn’t have them, check out Bodybuilding.com

Lean Body Whey

Lean Body for Her Whey Protein

Everybody loves some Jamie Eason! She’s super cute, very encouraging, AND a Houston gal at that! She has teamed up with Labrada Nutrition (a Houston based company) to create a line of products specifically for us gals. The whey protein (in chocolate and vanilla) is high quality whey without the HUGE overhead and expense. It blends well with just about anything, including hot coffee. The taste is very clean, with no nasty after taste. I use it post workout, and sometimes pre-workout on very busy days. The Peanut Protein has really been blowing me away and is better taste, texture and mixability than PB2. If you are on a high protein diet (says the figure girl) OR you struggle with getting enough protein in your diet, check it out. No filler, no artificial sweeteners (which can cause bloat) and made with all natural ingredients.

Where do I get some?

Check out Bodybuilding.com for the best deals on this exclusive product.

Labrada Anti Bloat

Lean Body for Her Anti-Bloat

This product was created to take the bloat away for those of us who can suffer with water retention or not-so-smooth gastrointestinal functions. Is that an ok way to put that? :) While the ingredients are good for combatting bloat, it should be noted that this is NOT a probiotic and should only be used on occasion. Also, if you have a big function coming up and need to drop weight FAST…..you should have started a while back. Don’t rely on any pill or potion for quick results. The Anit-Bloat system is created to be gentle on the body, however it should be noted that some of the ingredients (as in MANY anti-bloating products) have been known to cause anal leakage in some individuals. Always test your tolerance.

Where do I get it?

Bodybuilding.com

Theatrim

Purus Labs Theatrim

Let me preface by stating that I do not condone the use of “fat burners” to aid in weight loss. I do, however, know that fat burners are used and have a place in certain stages of contest prep and/or fat loss. I also know that people LOVE fat burners, so I may as well let you know when a decent one hits the market. Please note: NO pill will get you to your goal, that’s all you baby.

Theatrim is created on the base of Theacrine,a compound that has been shown to decrease appetite and increase overall body fat loss. Purus Labs (a Dallas based company) is committed to the research and testing behind each and every product. Persoanlly, I found that this product did help with focus without giving me the fat burner jitters. My appetite seems the same (always on) but who know? Perhaps I could have eaten more…..LOL

Where can I get some?

The Trainers Edge has the BEST prices….and some pretty awesome athletes ;)

LAST THING!!!!!

Better Bodies Tights

Better Bodies Tights

OK, I have been skeptical of Better Bodies clothing since day one (so sorry). I bought my first pair of tights a few weeks ago and I am HOOKED! These are the BEST tights I have ever owned. It feels as though you are wearing nothing, but not in a creepy way. It just feels as though they are a second skin. They move with you during your workout and NEVER go where they are uninvited. I don’t have to pull and tug on them during my workouts and I can always count on them making me feel and look just a little tighter. It may be in my head, but it works! I highly recommend any fitness enthusiast to have a few pair of these tights in their wardrobe. Just so you get a size idea, I wear a Medium and the waist band is a bit loose. I will probably grab some smalls as my prep goes on.

Where can I get them?

Elite 1 has the BEST prices on tights! I got mine on sale for $49 and they are worth every single penny.

I hope you get something out of these reviews!

If you have a product you want me to review, let me know in the comments or my emailing michelle@michellecfitness.com

Keep living fit!

Michelle

Happy Holidays! Healthy Gift Guide

Good morning Lovelies!

Today will start a much needed break from all things fitness related so I can focus on another passion: SHOPPING!

Seriously, I have been blessed to try out different products throughout the year that will make GREAT Christmas gifts for your fit minded loved ones.

Today, I have 3 choices for you and yours. So sit back, grab a cup of hot cocoa and let’s get started :)

Travel, Gym, Play, and Everyday:

6 PACK BAGS

Heads UP! This is a personal fave :)

6 Pack Bags offers a full line of versatile and stylish bags that totes your meals (NO MORE EXCUSES PEOPLE) as well as everyday items and gym fare. Many of the backpacks come with separate compartments for stinky shoes too. They offer a Women’s Line of elite bags, and they are the ONLY line of bags I would pay the money for honestly. Fashion meets function with these awesome bags. Perfect gift for the fit gal on the go in your life.

6 pack shoulder          6 pack purse        6 pack expidition

 

Pain Free Hair Removal with the Emjoi Epi Slim+

Maybe you don’t think hair removal is an awesome gift, BUT for those fit fans in your life hair removal that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg could be the perfect gift! With the Emjoi Epi Slim+ you get practically pain-free hair removal in a sleek and slim design. With technical features like the patented 3 disc tweezers and eRase glide technology, you can erase hair from face, bikini line, underarms, anywhere you have unwanted hair. The 18 tweezer action discs remove hair from the root for up to 6 whole weeks AND its battery operated, so travel is easy. Grab one for yourself or a loved one today. Makes a great stocking stuffer :) (NOTE: I was sent one at no charge from the publicists for Emjoi Epi Slim).

emjoi      emjoi full

 

Performance Fuel Delivered to the Front Door: B-Elite Meals

I get it…this can seem a bit unconventional, but who cares?!?!?! If you or someone in your life struggles with nutrition or simply does NOT have the time to meal prep, then B-Elite is the answer. High quality, delicious taste and ZERO preservatives. PLUS, these meals are designed by folks who understand the struggle. Each and every meal is portioned with the proper nutrients you need to look and feel your best year-round. These can be stored in the freezer and grabbed when you need them most. It’s a winning gift all year long :)

b-elite fuel 1      b-elite fuel 2     b-elite fuel 3

 

That should get your Christmas shopping started! Come back next week for more fit-friendly gift ideas and be sure to have a healthy holiday and a Merry Christmas!

Michelle

 

 

 

Tasty Tuesday Recipe: Quest Bars :)

I love to eat! How about you? I mean, what’s the point of having food if you can’t enjoy it?

Welcome to QUEST Nutrition! Quest bars (and now pastas!) came on the scene a few years ago and dramatically changed everything. You can now #cheatclean and stay lean thanks to whole foods ingredients and bio-available protein in every bite. That means more bang for your buck. Follow Quest Nutrition on Twitter and Instagram for delicious recipes and posts on health, wellness and keeping your body its fittest year round. Flexible dieters unite! Quest Bars are totally acceptable in your “meal plan” :)

Need to stock up?

Check them out at Bodybuilding.com below!

 

Quest Bars By Quest Nutrition

Motivation Monday: Felicia Romero

Check out the Bodybuilding.com video on the beautiful Felicia Romero!

Strong and super sweet can exist on the same package :)

Follow Felicia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FeliciaRomero




5 Moves to a Better Butt

Everyone wants a better butt, no buts about it! These five exercises will help you build a pro-level posterior.


    by
Chady Dunmore

 
Dec 10, 2013                                                    


Let’s get one thing clear: It’s all about the bum. Sure, built biceps fill out a shirt and six-pack abs are the prize of every beachgoer, but the back is where it’s at. A bodacious booty is essential to a good physique and not just for stage-bound fitness contestants. Everyone seems to want a great bum. Photos of posteriors flood the Internet and are often the most viewed and “liked” body part on social media. There’s just something magical about a beautiful butt!

“How do you get your butt like that?” is the fitness question I hear the most. And before you say it, yes, genetics play a part. Just like a pretty smile or clear skin, there are people born with a genetic booty advantage, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to improve your glutes. Women often turn to cardio to “get a butt,” but the clear path to a better booty doesn’t go through the treadmill or the elliptical. Instead, start with weights.

You need to know this lady: ASHLEY HORNER

“Of course I’ve had negative people come into my life…..and they don’t stay long”

Each week I’ll be introducing you to an athlete that will help fan the flames of your dedication. This week is the beautiful Ashley Horner. She is a wife, mother, author, competitor…and she’s even an Iron Man finisher (she’s doing another in May 2014). You can follow Ashley on these sites:

Website: http://ashleyhorner.co

Facebook

Twitter

 

 

Workout Wednesday: Jen Rankin

This is fellow Texas girl Jen Rankin. Check out what she has to say about True Strength and get motivated!

You can find Jen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more motivation :)

 

Motivation Monday: Get Up Off a That Thing…..

So, Terry Crews happens to be one of my favorite people :) He’s real, honest and an all around good guy.

I totally get that I cater more to the ladies, but honestly one of the biggest questions I get about workouts is “How do I get nice arms?”

I’m going to shoot straight with you: you have to train like a man! Don’t cringe….we don’t produce the testosterone needed to get super bulky, we just end up with nice arms. So, you want the tone and muscle definition that screams I WORK OUT…then you have to work out :)

Arm B&W

Here’s to getting through your week with strength…and grace.

Michelle

Rock Your Weekend Motivation

Nicole Wilkins is one of my favorite competitors of the moment :)

Here, Bodybuilding.com gives a look at her shoulder training routine. These are the majors folks! Get inspired and work up to it.