WORKIT WEDNESDAY: Stability Ball Circuit…..plus a cookbook review

Got a stability ball?

Check.

Any idea how to use it? Aside from just sitting on it….

I got your back :)

We all know that results TRULY happen in the kitchen (please tell me you know that by now). My colleague and coach, Julie Lohre, has written an AWESOME cook book that will make time spent in the kitchen a breeze.

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You can grab a copy of this cookbook HERE for $9.95 (which is a steal!). Want it for free?!?!?! Sign up for my newsletter because I am sending out a code this Friday :)

What can you expect?

Easy to follow recipes that don’t bog you down with ingredients you have to travel across town to acquire. The cookbook is full of fun, family-friendly treats (Julie gets families!) that will leave you feeling satisfied all while helping you reach your goals.

Check it out for yourself and get to cooking :)

Stay healthy,

Michelle

Kick in the Pants Monday: June 23, 2014

QOTD: Do you REALLY want help?

 

National Nutrition Month: Weight Gain Issues

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The Key to Success

Happy Monday!

Question: have you set up health and fitness goals for 2014? Are you totally ready to go all in and give all you have to reach these goals?

More than most likely you have answered YES! However, it’s only the first full week and statistically many health and fitness resolutions fail by Valentine’s Day….but you’re not going to be a statistic this year.

So, why do they fail? Lack of preparation can be one answer. Lack of planning or goals that are a bit too lofty can be answers as well. I think it goes deeper though. Many of us have already done the prep work. We’ve thrown out the Christmas candy, set up our workout space or purchased a gym membership, and even begun researching meal plans (which is probably what lead you here). Can I be honest though? All of that is the easy part. I can get clients to throw the junk out and start moving…the tricky thing is to keep junk from coming back and to keep moving.

So what’s the trick? HABIT.

I receive emails all the time from people who have the equipment. They have new shoes, a treadmill, P90X, weights, shakes, etc., but they don’t know how to stick with a program. That’s part of the bigger picture: stick with the program :)

In all honesty, even I have a hard time sticking to DVD programs, which is why I will often mix them (follow me on Twitter to get a better feel for my personal workouts). The biggest thing you can do to help yourself reach your goals is to figure out what works for you. We all have different motivators, which will help us develop habits. These motivators are wide in variety and change from person to person as well as different times in our lives. Take a look at just a few of the motivators that have played a role in my own success:

  1. Health. My mom died when I was young and I was well on my way down the same path at 22 years old. A kind-hearted but stern radiologist told me to change my lifestyle or face the consequences.
  2. Kids. I want to set an example for my children. Not only do I want them to see that taking care of your health is important, but fitness requires a commitment to change that many fail to exhibit now.
  3. My husband. I won’t lie on this, I want to look hot for my honey :) . I like when he’s proud of my hard work and when he wants to show me off. He is my biggest fan and supporter.
  4. To be a good steward. Just like the money I have been entrusted with, I have also been entrusted with this body. It is my right and honor to take care of it, grow it, challenge it and use it as it is to be used.
  5. To be my own hero. I enjoy not having to wait for people to help me with mundane tasks like moving a few pieces of furniture or grabbing a huge bag of dog food. I still believe in chivalry and enjoy the doors being open, but it feels good to also know I can kick it down if needed.

There are LOADS of other motivators that have come up in my fit life. Often times I will enter online contests or run challenges to keep me going. The fact is that you have to create a habit in order for it to stick as a lifestyle. You don’t create habits in 2 days or 2 weeks people! It takes a minimum of 40 days for something to become a habit.

Simply eradicating a poor choice (like too much sugar) but never replacing it with something healthier doesn’t work either. One of the most popular things I see happen this time of year is that people will “give up” sugar (including candy and sodas) for the month. The problem is that they usually only give it up for a month. Once February hits they are right back on the train, often times eating MORE in order to make up for the deprivation.

So how can you avoid the pain of goals-never-met? A few simple steps will get you started:

  • Set achievable goals and share them with somebody who can help you make sure they can be reached (I am available by email).
  • Set a time to reach them.
  • Set up healthy habits over the next 40 days. Don’t go clean slate and cold turkey here…set up 1 nutrition and one exercise habit to conquer over the next 40 days. Example: workout 3x per week and stay away from sugary foods and beverages.
  • Develop a program that works. Write your goals down and place them EVERYWHERE, set the timer on your phone for workouts, or enlist an accountability partner. Make these 2 things NON-NEGOTIABLE.
  • Stick to it. If you don’t see results in 3 days (you know who you are!) or you get tired or just don’t feel like it, SUCK IT UP! Do it. Don’t wait for somebody to come give you the half-time pep talk OK? Be your own motivator and find your own success.

Set your footing right with these tips and you WILL see results. Stay with it and fight for it. Rome wasn’t built in a day…

Michelle

Rockstar Training

 

Tough Love Tuesday: December 4th

Fun Friday! Healthy Holidays Weight Loss Q&A 2

Happy Holidays: Thirsty Thursday Edition

WOW! November is almost over and the Christmas season is in full swing. It can get crazy during this time of year and I’m sure you  have your own stresses to deal with. Why not take a few moments and chill out with a good stretch, a nice fire, and maybe a few kitchen concoctions to lighten the mood :)

Belly De-Bloater

IN large container mix:

1 large cucumber, washed and thinly sliced

1 large Meyer lemon, washed and thinly sliced

1 handful of mint leaves, washed

Pure drinking water to fill

Stir ingredients together and chill, then drink throughout the day to minimize tummy bloat :)

ACV Miracle Worker

If you suffer from a sluggish digestive system, consider adding this warming and stimulating drink to your daily intake. I drink a large mug 2-3 times per day.

Juice of 1/4 large lemon

2 tablespoons all natural apple cider vinegar

Fill mug with hot water and sip away.

Clean Hot Cocoa

In small sauce pan heat over medium heat:

1 cup skim milk

Then whisk in

2 tablespoons no sugar added dark cocoa

Sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger

Splash of all natural vanilla

Agave or stevia to taste (remember to allow the chocolate to shine through).

Here’s to healthy holidays and a very Merry Christmas!

Michelle

 

 

 

New DVD Releases and My Personal Home Workout Favorites

Good Monday Morning!

You know I love good, home based workouts and a lot of times it is really nice to just zone out and let somebody else tell us what to do right?

Enter fitness DVD’s. At home DVD’s are a great way to get your workouts in and get your sweat on, provided you have the motivation to push play (hey, we can’t do everything for you!).

Some of the drawbacks of in home DVD’s are the boredom factor (same joke every time!) and queuing and safety issues. It is my belief that the benefits far outweight the drawbacks and as long as you know your body and stay within your capacity then you can bypass injury. Also, mix it up! One fun thing is to put together a Fitness DVD swap with your friends, and you get bonus points if everybody brings a healthy recipe to swap as well. :)

Here are some newer Fitness DVD’s on the market:

Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express

I just love me some Billy! The entire Tae Bo community is really awesome and worth getting to know. This DVD is perfect for those wanting the benefits of Tae Bo without the hour-long workouts. This DVD 8 different and focused workouts lasting 11-12 minutes a piece. So you can feel free to put together your own workout based on the time you have available and what you are wanting to accomplish. There is bootcamp and even toning as well as abs all on one awesome DVD. the energy is truly un-matchable and as always, Billy is dead on with queuing and choreography.

Amy Dixon Gimme 10: Core Cuts

If you do not know Amy Dixon, please go check her out. I may be partial as I have been a fan ever since I saw her first kickboxing stint on excersizetv, plus I love her hair. Still, find her and see what she’s all about. Amy is not only cute as a button, but her queuing is above and beyond which makes working out at home safer and more effective. Core Cuts offers 6 different workouts for your abs, including the stability ball! I love the ball! So, these are workouts that can fit easily into any schedule and provide a total core workout, instead of just the 6 pack. By the way, I must say I enjoy core cuts even better than Bob Harper’s Totally Ripped Core. Simma down! Amy gives clear instruction with an underlying tenderness that enables you to try a little harder, instead of feeling a little beat down.

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

Take note, this system is not available YET, but you can get on a waiting list. OK, so I have to say, Jillian is still surprising me with new things. I mean, I really think that sometimes she’s done, but this system has proven me wrong. This is an entire body transformation system with 15 workouts, spanning all workout genres, from kickboxing to core to aerobics to toning to yoga, it has it all! These DVD’s have a lot more pretty people to look at :) and in true Jillian form the instructions are clear and modifications are given and encouraged. Spot on!

Bob Harper’s Beginners Weight Loss Transformation

Ready for a slightly softer approach? Just slightly :) Bob Harper has taken into account the fact that some are either new to exercise or are carrying a lot of extra weight (hey, I totally know it is NO fun to do a push up with 100 extra pounds on your frame!) and has adapted to help those who want to get in shape have a solid platform. This DVD is true to Bob’s form and point of view, so don’t expect a ton of sugar-coating. It is a great place to start and one you can come back to again and again. Slightly less harsh and a whole lotta sweat!

 

Those are the newbies, here are a few I keep in rotation:

Tae Bo Amped

Exhale Core Fusion Power Sculpt

Tracy Anderson Method

Sadie Nardini Yoga

Amy Dixon Breathless Body

I like to mix up my workouts as often as possible since I tend to get bored. My own personal routines have yoga every day, with longer sessions 3-4 times per week.

That’s what works for me, find out what works for you and stay fit and healthy!

Michelle

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Thirsty Thursday! Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies, My Fave Coffee Treat, and a Watermelon Chiller

Nutrition can be a whole mess of fun if you would just loosen the reigns a bit really. I hardly ever follow recipes, rather I just follow my taste buds. I encourage you to do the same!

Here are this weeks offerings for your palate. Play around and see what happens :)

Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies

I love living a life where I can have cookies for breakfast! And at 90 cals per serving (about 3 cookies), you’ll feel satisfied and still have room for a yummy coffee treat.

Dry Ingredients:

3 Cups oatmeal (whole, uncooked)

1 cup whole wheat flower

1 cup unbleached bread flour (this makes them chewy)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1.5 teaspoons apple pie spice

Mix together in large bowl.

Wet Ingredients:

2T unsalted butter (softened)

2 T EVOO

1 cup no sugar added apple sauce

1 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup all natural turbinado sugar

1 whole egg plus 3 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup dark molasses (all natural, unfiltered)

1/2 cup dates (optional)

1 cup raisins (optional)

Whip egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Add butter, oil, egg and turbinado and mix on medium/high until combined. Add the rest of the ingredients (except dried fruit) and mix on low until combined. Slowly add in dry ingredients. Once combined, fold in dried fruits.

Place on cookie sheet (they will rise, but not spread) and into oven preheated at 450 degrees F.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until outer edges are very slightly brown.

This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies, so share! :)

My Fave Coffee Treat

This is a truly indulgent treat for me and I enjoy every sip. You will need to break out the old french press for this one.

In small sauce pan pour 1 cup no sugar, plain coconut/almond milk. Place whole cinnamon stick inside and heat on low (you don’t want to bring milk to a boil).

Do a coarse grind on quality coffee beans (I use Starbucks Sumatra) and place in press. Add 1-2 teaspoons turbinado sugar and a dash of nutmeg.

Once milk is warm pour into press and let stand for 3-5 minutes.

Press slowly and serve in your fave mug. Little bit og heaven :)

Watermelon Chiller

There is NOTHING better on a sweltering day than watermelon right? This is super easy and a great crown pleaser.

In blender combine:

3 cups seeded watermelon

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

juice of 1 lime

pinch of salt

Blend and serve chilled.

The almond milk provides a bit of protein, but doesn’t curdle since it’s not dairy (important on hot days!)

You can add other fruits to the mix for more flavor and even a little vodka, for adults only!

Until next time, hope you have a safe and happy Thursday!

Michelle