Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Up your Protein and Fill Up on Veggies


Having a good balance of protein, complex carbs, and lots and lots of veggies will do your body a world of good.  Also, don't forget the healthy fats too.  So many benefits come with high quality protein, like chicken, turkey, and low-fat/fat free PLAIN Greek yogurt: it contains amino acids, which help muscles recover after workouts.  That is also why it is great to increase your protein when you are working out to help those torn muscles recover faster.  I also am a huge fan of getting a serving of protein through protein shakes.  I love sneaking in spinach and avocados to them!  My favorite tasting protein powder out there is by Cellucor.  They have many different flavors and they are also great to cook with.  Upping you protein will keep you more satisfied, less hungry and help you lose weight.  Your body doesn't store protein like it does fat.   

Vegetables…..I don't think we ever eat enough of them.  Filling up on vegetables is a great way to reach fullness and they contain so little calories.  They are filled with nutrients, water and fiber.  If you fill half of your plate with veggies, you'll get fuller faster and cut down on your calories without feeling deprived.  Use herbs and spices to your veggies instead of butter and/or salt to flavor them.  My favorite spices are Mrs. Dash.  They are salt free and come in 10+ different yummy flavors!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Be Prepared for Lapses!


A lapse is when you temporarily "fall of the wagon."  This is a normal part of the process.  A vacation happens, birthday that turns into a birthday week of celebrating, weekend holidays or you just get burnt out!  It happens to all of us.  No one is perfect.  It is important for you to understand and recognize you got sidetracked, but don't use it as an excuse to throw in the towel and quit!  Just look at how far you have come up to that point and how silly it would be to just give up.  Fitness is a journey of learning and self improvement.  Set some new goals and get after it.  Every day is a new chance to start over.  Monday's are always good too :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Don't Skip Meals


Especially don't skip Breakfast!  I'm sure you have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  IT IS!!!!  Eat a big healthy breakfast as early as possible.  It will give you more energy, lead you to make healthier choices during the day, and keep you feeling full so you eat less later on.

Eat frequently throughout the day.  Eat every 2-3 hours.  I aim for at least 5x.  That means 3 meals and 2 snacks.  This helps give you steady energy, avoids hunger pangs and keeps our blood sugar level stable so we don't crash and become tired and also keeps us happy.

Skipping meals does not mean you will lose calories.  It will only trigger cravings and lead to you over indulging in something later on.  Skipping meals only puts our body in starvation mode leading it to think it is never going to get fed again.  Be careful with this because it will only cause your body to hang on to food the next time it is fed and store it away.  Skipping meals also forces your body to slow down your metabolism which means slow weight loss.  Who would have thought you need to eat and eat a lot to lose weight?!?  Eat all the right healthy foods and trust the process!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Make Exercise Part of Your Daily Routine


Exercise should be a regular part of your day, not something you just throw in where it happens to work out right then and there.  It should be something you make time for like- meals, sleep, kids, work, school......set aside a set time for exercise!

Pencil it in on your calendar just like you would any other important appointment.  You will find that exercising at the same time and on the same days each week will help you stay on track.  It will become easier and it just becomes apart of your life.  Consider scheduling your exercise like an appointment.  EX: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 6AM you have an appointment at the gym.  Usually we are not late to appointments, you don't miss them, and you don't schedule things in its place.  

For myself, I find early morning 6AM workouts to be the best fit for me and my family.  I am usually home before the kids wake up and my husband then goes to work.  This way my workout is over and done and I don't have it lingering in the back of mind all day.  I don't have to worry about sitters, daycare, husband running late, I get to avoid the evening gym crowd and it just sets a positive vibe for the remainder of my day.    

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Years Fitness Tips


Choose goals that are attainable.  Don't say I'm going to lose 20 pounds in 3 months.  Although that can  be done but it's not a very healthy route to take.  1-2 pounds per week is ideal, which would be about 10 pounds lost in 3 months.  If you have not been working out- Don't go to the gym and over do it on day one.  You will be left sore and miserable.  Ease into fitness.  If your new, plan to exercise for 30 minutes 2-3 days a week, and gradually increase as the weeks go by.  Set goals for the week or month. Not too far out there that it seems impossible.
When trying to eat healthier, make small changes.  Aim for glasses of water per day, prepare one new healthy recipe each week for the month of January, replace one can of Diet Coke with water somewhere in your day, eat a piece of fruit per day, add veggies with 1-2 meals in your day.  Increase these changes as they become part of your daily routine and make them a habit.

Monday, December 23, 2013

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE XMAS FULL BODY WORKOUT


Use heavy weights and move quickly from one exercise to the next and you will not need added cardio at the end of this workout. 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
XOXO

Friday, December 20, 2013

All I Want For Christmas.....


And some Cellucor BCAAs in every flavor, Cellucor Whey Protein Powder in every flavor, and some Brooks Ghost 6 Running Shoes!!!  This is seriously what my Xmas list looks like...... #FITNESSADDICT

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tips to grow a BOOTY!

I see a lot of pins on Pinterest from women regarding exercises to build a butt.....
How To Firm Your Butt-
Sculpt Your Glutes-
How To Make a Bubble Butt-
Help My Pancake Butt-
Booty Blaster-
Ultimate Butt Workout-
Tighten Up Your Glutes-


I know you have all seen them.  It must be one area that we all wish we could tighten up.  Ever since I have gotten into weight training and seen the changes some exercises really can do for our glutes, I really can say they work.  I use to love to run and run for long distances.  I still love to run but I just don't make it my main source of exercise like I used to.  I noticed when I did run a lot that I lost my butt and it was flat.  When I started to do moves that really engage your lower body is when I noticed my butt get fuller and lift.  Lifting for lower body also made cellulite on my butt and legs appear less!  Yep, cellulite....I have it.  

First of all we must understand that our quads, glutes, lower back, etc., when combined are a very strong group of muscles even if you have never trained them before in your life.  They support the weight of your body every single day, all day long.

The BEST exercises for your butt are:
SQUATS- OF ALL KINDS
 DEADLIFTS AND STRAIGHT LEG DEADLIFTS
WALKING LUNGES W/ WEIGHT
STEP UPS W/ WEIGHT
GLUTE BRIDGES W/ WEIGHT

There are several other exercises you can do but doing just these exercises I listed at least 2 times a week will give you AMAZING results!  Your lower body can handle a lot.  So 2 times a week is not too much.  You WILL get results by living out of your comfort zone and getting in that squat rack 2x a week.

HOW YOU POSITION YOUR FEET:
When you squat, pointing your toes at certain angles will target different areas of your lower body.  Squatting with your feet shoulder width or slightly wider and your toes are pointing at 10 and 2 will focus more on the glutes.  Squatting with feet shoulder width and toes straight ahead will focus more on the outer part of your quads.

You can do all the body weight squats, kickbacks,  donkey kicks until you turn into a donkey!!! Without using weights, you will not stimulate your glutes enough to make them change/grow.  Your lower body already gets weightless work all day.  Walking, picking stuff up, getting in and out of your car, walking up stairs, standing etc....You have to add weights/resistance to cause stress on your muscles if you want them to change.  Stop waisting your time doing 25+ reps using no weights.  You are doing great endurance training with weightless exercises but trust me, weightless exercises are not changing your shape.  Add some weight when you do these exercises and I promise you will see a change!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Turkey Backon WRAPPED in Pancakes


Pancakes and Bacon just go together right?!  So I decided to literally make them "go together" This is just an original Protein Pancake Recipe.  Pour the batter like a strip over the cooked bacon.  That's it!  Pour over how many strips of bacon you want and use the left over batter to make mini pancakes with!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

FAQ- I don't know how to use the weights

I get emails from followers that ask me questions for tips/advice etc., so I thought I would answer some questions on my blog and Instagram that I get asked more than once because maybe they are questions you have or are curious about as well.  First of all, if you are someone who has asked me a question and I end up posting about it, DO NOT feel stupid.  I will never reveal names.  Instead of feeling stupid you should feel awesome because I am pretty positive that you are helping people out! I really enjoy and appreciate all the questions that I get.


FAQ- 
"I don't know how to use the weights!" 

Guess what?! Neither did I.  But I didn't let that become my excuse to never try it out.  Just like being a kid in school and learning how to read.  Or learning to ride a bike.  We didn't just automatically know how to do these tasks.  Did we just say, "Well I have no idea how to read so I'm not even going to try or I'm just never going to go to school since I don't know how to read!"  No, we didn't.  Same goes with the gym.  

I'm pretty sure no one was born with amazing sculpted bodies and/or just walked right into the gym knowing exactly how to use each machine and how to do correct form on every exercise.  All it takes is going to the gym and trying or observing.

I do believe 100% that women who have never tried to weight train don't because of lack of knowledge about the benefits and results that come with it.  I can not stress enough the rush and that feeling you get after a great weight training session.  It is a great feeling of accomplishment!  If every woman was shown how to weight train effectively, they'll NEVER rely on only doing cardio again for a great workout.  I promise! 

So if you don't know how to use the weights you need to make an effort and reach out to learn.  You just need to go to the gym and go with it.  Watch others, read the instructions on the machines.  You can read up on it.  Write down a workout and search the exercises on Google.  Many images and videos will pop up like crazy to help you understand.  The easiest way is to hire a personal trainer or ask a friend you know that weight trains if you can tag along with them.  You will grasp the hang of things and will learn what works for you and what does not.

If you are a total beginner, it is great to shoot for at least 2 days of full body workouts.  Always warm up before your weight training session. Choose 1-2 exercises for each muscle in the body.
Pick light to medium weight until you feel comfortable to add more.  Shoot for reps of 12.  When you feel you got the hang of those moves say in 2-3 weeks, challenge yourself with a little more weight and lower the reps if you have to.  If you are able to do 12+ reps with ease then you aren't really adding muscle or strength at that point, only endurance.  Always allow yourself enough time to recover between your workouts!

You want to challenge yourself, not kill yourself.  For the first few weeks it is about learning the correct form of each exercise.  It is not about how much weight you can lift or how many exercises you are doing.  You will get amazing results that weight training can bring!

Below is a list of muscle groups and sample exercises you can do for those muscles.  If you are a total beginner, choose 1-2 exercises for each muscle group for upper body and 3-4 exercises for the lower body:

SHOULDERS- overhead press, lateral raise, front raise

TRICEPS- overhead tricep extensions, dips, tricep kickbacks, cable tricep pull downs

BICEPS- bicep curls, hammer curls, barbell close/wide grip curls, preacher curls

CHEST- dumbbell flys, dumbbell chest press, push ups

BACK- seated row, bent over barbell rows, lat pulldowns, pull ups

LEGS/GLUTES-  squats, lunges, deadlifts, legpress, bench step ups, plie squats, bulgarian split squats

ABS- crunches, bicycle crunch, heel touch, reverse crunch, exercise ball crunch, planks

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

20 Minute Interval Run


This is a great little treadmill run.  I like to put my incline at 0.5%-1.0% and just go.  For the last minute, 19-20- give it all you got! Go all out as fast as you can....I try for a 10.0 speed! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Need A Christmas Gift Idea?


If you are local to me (Utah County) and need a gift idea for your spouse, mother, sister, aunt, friend etc.,  From now until Christmas you can purchase 2 sessions get one free training with me.  Let me teach you 1:1 how to train with weights.  I will email you over this little "Gift Card" that you can present for your gift.  Then let them email me to set up their workouts whenever they are ready.  

If you are interested in this, please email me:

HALEYFITHAPPENS@GMAIL.COM
-You are stronger than you think!

Friday, December 6, 2013

FAQ- "Weight training doesn't feel as intense as my usual cardio"

I get emails from followers that ask me questions for tips/advice etc., so I thought I would answer some questions on my blog and Instagram that I get asked more than once because maybe they are questions you have or are curious about as well.  First of all, if you are someone who has asked me a question and I end up posting about it, DO NOT feel stupid.  I will never reveal names.  Instead of feeling stupid you should feel awesome because I am pretty positive that you are helping people out! I really enjoy and appreciate all the questions that I get.


FAQ-
"Weight training doesn't feel as intense as my usual cardio"

When the person that mentioned this to me in an email I responded by asking how much weight are you lifting on a bicep curl?  She replied and told me she does 3 sets of 15 reps using dumbbells between 5-8lbs.  Then I asked her is she finishing all three sets without a struggle for the last 10-15 reps?  She said she feels a "burn" but she is able to complete all 3 sets of 15 reps.  I replied and said that is your problem right there.  

If you want your weight training to feel intense like your cardio then you need to pick a weight that causes you to reach fatigue or failure.  Feeling a "burn" is not fatigue.  Struggling to get those last few reps in is failure/fatigue.  That is intense!!  When I am on my last set of squats I honestly get nervous when I go down for my last rep that I might not make it back up.  There is no point in doing a lot of reps of any exercise if you don't feel resistance.  The whole idea behind weight training is to challenge your muscles and make them change the shape of your body.  Women get this idea that if they push their muscles to work hard with weights that they will get "bulky."  If you keep eating clean while lifting it will never happen.

Women do not naturally have a lot of muscle like men do.  When you create muscle it will take the place of existing body fat.  And since muscle is much smaller, denser tissue than fat, it will cause a women's body to appear smaller, tighter, and more shapely. When weight training is done right, it can feel just as intense as any cardio workout.  You can get your heart pumping and you can sweat doing weight training.

In the end it all comes down to diet which will help you lose weight and then resistance training will change your shape.  Doing long cardio sessions (45-60 mins+) does help with fat loss but you are breaking down your existing tissue.....leaving you with a soft skinny fat look.  Weight training gives you confidence that cardio alone will not.  Get your diet under control and lift weights to create lean muscles.  Always remember, that after your hour long steady cardio session the calorie burning stops when you stop.  Lift some weights and tear some muscles to get your body burning calories for 48 hours after you stop.  Your body has to work hard to repair those muscles.   

Thursday, December 5, 2013

10 INSTANT improvements to your body when you eat right and exercise


1- Endorphins......MOOD! any kind of exercise that gets your heart rate up will have you experiencing that "runner's high."  A "runner's high" is a real thing.  It releases feel good endorphins that make you feel awesome!  The more intense your workout, the more HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY you will feel.  It's true what they say, "you are one workout away from a good mood."

2- Circulation- Eating the right foods will help blood flow throughout your entire body.  Clogging our system with unhealthy, greasy, fatty foods makes it hard for oxygen rich blood to flow to areas that get deprived.  Healthy food and exercise will help your organs function better, your heart will get stronger, and your brain will even function at a higher level.

3- Skin- Why wouldn't healthy foods and lots of green veggies make our skin glow?  Cutting sugar and processed foods will clear your skin and make you look younger.  When you feed your body proper nutrients it helps to generate skin cells which will improve the overall appearance of your skin.

4- Sleep- When you live a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise your sleep pattern will improve.  You will find yourself falling asleep easier and staying asleep.  Exercise is good for our body because it will cause it to tire out as night comes which helps us to settle down, unwind, and fall asleep.

5- Self Confidence- When you make healthier choices you feel good about yourself.  When you accomplish a long run or lift a heavy weight you never have before, these are all awesome confidence boosters.  Even choosing a glass of water over your favorite soda will make you feel in charge and confident.  Healthy eating and exercise also gives us great looking bodies.  Which of course will have you feeling confident in anything you choose to wear.

6- Bloating- When we eat more veggies and other clean whole foods, exercising, and drinking lots of water, your body will shed excess water right away.  This will change the number on the scale quickly but also your clothes will fit better and you will feel less bloated.  Processed foods and high in sodium will cause your body to hold onto water, leaving you feeling puffy.

7- Immunity- Healthy foods really can fight off infections and disease.  Healthy foods and veggies really can boost our immunity.  A good ol' green smoothie daily can act as your flu shot, seriously! You would be surprised at many foods that are natural anti-bacterial and even foods like broccoli that activate your body's own cancer fighting enzymes.  And those who exercise moderately are helping themselves to decrease the amount of viruses that you could catch throughout the year.

8- Sex Drive- Obviously when you feel better about yourself you will feel more sexy.  Exercise can play a major role in your self confidence which will improve your sex drive because you will feel more comfortable in your skin.  Eating healthy, nutrient rich foods also can also improve our libido by increasing certain hormones we need to feel sexual.

9- Stress/Depression- Cortisol is the stress hormone.  When you exercise you reduce these levels of cortisol and you increase the levels of serotonin which are our feel good hormones.  I'm sure we have all exercised when we feel stressed and I'm almost positive that after you feel less stressed.  Even if it's only for a few hours.  But you definitely can feel those levels of cortisol drop as your levels of serotonin increase.  When we don't feel great about ourselves it can lead us to feel depressed.   Exercising and healthy eating are sure ways to make us feel better about ourselves and change our moods.

10- Energy- You know that when you are working out you will have more energy for your day and you can sustain your day better if we are in shape.  When we eat healthy foods that keep our blood sugar levels stable, this will help avoid those 3pm crashes of feeling sluggish that we all seem to hit from happening.  Eating healthy foods throughout the day will help us keep energized.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lean Body Workout


For this workout, do the exercise listed for reps of 12-15 then rest for 45-60 seconds.  Repeat the same exercise 2 more times.  Then move onto the next exercise, doing it for reps of 12-15 for of total of 3 times.  This is a good full body workout.  Challenge yourself on the weights and don't just go through the motions.

Friday, November 29, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!




I'm so excited to do this for anyone who is interested in my 12-week Training Program!  I have had awesome feedback from the people who have purchased my program and are currently in training.  You guys, this is something worth having and keeping!!!  It is a great program and super easy to follow.  Considering the time it took me to write this program (ahhhhh, I cringe at the thought of writing another one some day ;)) I am more than happy to put it out there for a special price.  This is your opportunity to get it for cheap and I want more people to get there hands on it and love it as much as I do and as much as others who have started it.  Purchase it today, put it on your shelf or in a folder on your computer/phone and save it for after the holidays.  Then when you are ready to kick it in gear at the beginning of a new year, this is your ticket to get you a body you can be proud of in 3 months.  After the 3 months, you will have tons of knowledge about weight training and will LOVE seeing how your body has changed.  I promise you will not want to stop!  

When this program is followed, it will have you swimsuit, vacation, competition, bikini, summer, wedding, etc., whatever you want to call it- READY!

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?

The program is 42 pages. The program is NOT just 12 weeks worth of workouts randomly thrown at you.  It will guide you through 3 specific muscle building phases.  Each phase is 4 weeks long.  Each phase has you lifting specified sets/reps (I never suggest the amount of weight to use because we are all on different fitness levels).  Each phase has it's own purpose to make your body react and prepare it for the next phase.  A weight training program is to be done in a certain process.  Phase 1 differs from phase 2, and phase 2 differs from phase 3.  It all comes together nicely at the end to have you _________ READY! 

WHO CAN DO THIS PROGRAM?

You.  Your best friend.  Sister.  Aunt.  Mother.  Brother.  I have spent most of my training days doing it on my own.  I have friends pop in here and there and train with me.  Either way I am happy.  If weight training is new to you, grab a buddy and split the cost and do this together!  You will have tons of fun and someone to hold you accountable.  This program is perfect if you are just getting started and learning your way around the weight room!  Nothing in the program is over the top and tricky.  All exercises are basic and it covers a lot of different moves.  No two workouts are the same!

WILL I  NEED ACCESS TO A GYM?

Yes, you will need access to a gym.  Although, I do most of my lifting with free weights (dumbbells, barbells) as opposed to machines.  I am sorry for those who like to workout from home.  For myself, there is nothing better than giving your body a good ol' squat with a smith machine/squat rack or the burn you get from a leg extension machine, cable machine or leg press and many more!  You can try to sub in things to target the same muscle from home, but you will get better/faster results with equipment that a training facility offers.

HOW LONG ARE THE WORKOUTS?

 On average, each workout is 1-hour.  I assembled this program for you to spend the least amount of time in the gym, yet still have effective workouts.  I recognize that people who actually find time to incorporate workouts in their busy life are serious about working out and just want to get in the gym and get out.  Especially for people like me, a mother!  I want to show you that you don’t have to live in the gym or workout for 2 hours to get a body that is right for you!

IS THERE CARDIO TOO?


 Yes.  There is cardio.  After each weight training session there is a suggested cardio, duration,  and style- either HIIT (high intensity interval training) still don't understand what that is?  Don't worry, every term is explained in the program.  Or you will have steady state cardio.  No cardio is ever longer than 30 minutes.  


I DON'T KNOW WHAT SOME TERMS MEAN OR CERTAIN EXERCISES?


Every term or abbreviation in the program is defined for you.  You will understand what a SUPERSET is or what DB (dumbbell) means because I explain it for you.  You will have a source to turn to when you are not sure what a Single Arm Tricep Extension is.  And also keep in mind, you don't ever have to do what the exercise is asking.  If you are asked to do lateral raises or jumping jacks and either of these moves are things you don't like, you can always do something different as a substitute: shoulder press or jog in place.  Heck, you can even email me or text me anytime and I would be more than happy to help you out!  Even better, you are more than welcome to tag along with me at the gym.  I plan to start up my program again at the new year.


WHAT ELSE DO I GET IN THE PROGRAM?


Many different HIIT routines you can choose from using a treadmill, elliptical, or stair master.  A complete recommended food list guide from all food groups, a basic nutritional guide to follow, 2 day sample meal plan, recommended supplements that we should all be taking everyday, tips for grocery store shopping, how to calculate your BMR to know how many calories you should be eating per day to gain, lose or maintain weight, other fitness tips, and ways to stay motivated.  



HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE PROGRAM?


You will purchase the training program through paypal.  You do not have to have a paypal account to purchase.  The 42 page document will be emailed right to you directly after your purchase is made.  This makes it available for you to save to your computer and print off when you are ready.  Or the email makes it available right to your phone.

I want this program to change your life and that your fitness journey doesn’t end when the 12 weeks is up.  I hope you learn a lot about your body over the 12-week program and that it becomes your new everyday lifestyle.  Give this program 100% effort and you will be amazed at the transformation your body will make.  The goal is to shape your body and build beautiful lean muscles.  And above all, to become physically fit and healthy.  It is going to take hard work, consistency, dedication, determination, discipline and most importantly PATIENCE!  There is no magic pill you can take to get your body to transform.  It is going to take breaking a sweat and clean eating to get you where you want to be.

"FIT HAPPENS IN 12-WEEKS TRAINING PROGRAM"

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

THANKSGIVING FULL BODY WORKOUT


Here is your full body workout for Thanksgiving Day!  Making exercise a priority early especially on a holiday means you will be less likely to put it off and you will feel better about having your favorite holiday foods!  There is no reason why you can't partake in the holiday craze without guilt!!!  One meal/day of bad eating isn't going to make you fat, just like one meal/day of healthy eating isn't going to make you fit.  My advice is to ENJOY the day and food.  It's not about the calories or planning out your next days workout.  It's about enjoying the holiday, being around friends and family and making memories!  I do believe you will have a much happier day if you start it off with a great workout.  Any exercise is great.  Inside your own home, an outdoor run, or take this workout with you and head to the gym. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FAQ- "I feel uncomfortable weight training around dudes"

I get emails from followers that ask me questions for tips/advice etc., so I thought I would answer some questions on my blog and Instagram that I get asked more than once because maybe they are questions you have or are curious about as well.  First of all, if you are someone who has asked me a question and I end up posting about it, DO NOT feel stupid.  I will never reveal names.  Instead of feeling stupid you should feel awesome because I am pretty positive that you are helping people out! I really enjoy and appreciate all the questions that I get.


FAQ-
"I feel uncomfortable weight training around dudes"

Well this obviously is not the first time women have mentioned or had a complaint about weight training around men.  Since there really are "women only gyms" and even the gym I go to regularly has a "women's only" workout room.  It is so, that weight training is more of a male dominant activity which may lead women astray to the idea of weight training around men.  In my own experience I find that men really DO NOT CARE if women are training in the same place as them.  I have actually been given very nice compliments from men about my knowledge of weight training.  I gather that most men seem impressed with a girl who knows her way around the gym.  I think women just feel a little self conscious and get thinking too much.

Like always, if you just don't feel comfortable then avoid the gym at rush hours.  Use the "womens only" section.  You can even set up your own section of the gym if your gym does not offer a womens only area.  Know your workout ahead of time and get the items you need and take them to an area and make that "your" section.  Just make sure to clean up after yourself and put things back.

And this may seem weird, but workout clothes do make a difference in how you feel at the gym.  I always go for comfort and something that isn't going to make me feel nervous.  Especially I avoid clothes that require a lot of adjusting and making sure areas stay covered.  And if being uncomfortable around men is an issue for you then cover up.  Skinny tanks that are not long enough or go down to low that show back, boobs, are only going to draw attention and mostly from dudes!  Also, if you feel you are not in your best shape at the moment then avoid too tight of clothes.  Then you won't need to worry about your belly or muffin top hanging, showing, jiggling etc. I feel my best in a workout top of any kind and this could be a basic T-shirt, my GapFit gFlex pants, and a hat.  I actually do my best when I wear a hat.....don't ask me why??!  I don't go to the gym for a fashion show or photo shoot.  I'm there to workout.  And if being all matchy-matchy is your style and that's what you feel comfy in, so be it.  I wish I could afford all those darling matching/color coordinated workout gear that LuLu Lemon has.  One outfit for every day please!!!!

Grab a friend to go with you.  Everything seems more fun and less scary when you got someone there with you.  If you don't have a workout buddy to go with you, a good ol' pair of headphones and tunes will do just the same.  Listening to music that pumps you up or just a good play list can drown out a lot of things you would notice without them.

Lastly, HAVE A PLAN!!!! Do not go to the gym without a workout ready to rock!  You will end up wandering aimlessly and these kind of people are easy to spot.  When you have no plan, your workout will not be great.  You will do your exercises half ass, I promise!  I have done this before and never again will I go without some sort of game plan.  What happens is you will more than likely end up at the cardio machines because you realize you look lost and suddenly you just aren't feeling your workout.

Just focus on your own self improvement! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Too Embarrassed For The Gym?!


I was sitting in the dentist office and came across this fit fact in "FITNESS" magazine.  It really got my attention.  Immediately the quote that I have always loved by Johnny Depp popped into my head.  Seriously, don't give a shit about what anybody thinks.  Do what you have to do for you.  ESPECIALLY when it comes to your health.  Then I thought to myself, I wonder how many people really do feel this way?!  If this is you, I ought to kick your butt!  Get a hold of me and PLEASE come workout with me!!! I work hard, sweat, and love every minute of it. 

First of all, if you are are not willing to sweat in the gym because you are intimidated at the gym because of people looking at you, not sure how to use equipment, machines, or how you feel in workout clothes or any other reasons I didn't mention.....what a lame excuse for not getting exercise.  There is no reason to avoid getting a good workout because you are embarrassed to go to the gym!  You have to remember that everybody has been in the same spot as you.  Even me.  I didn't walk into the gym and know exactly how to use a leg press machine, or the proper way to do a dumbbell lateral raise.  The people that go to the gym everyday had to start somewhere.  Just like I did.  Just like you will have to or had to.

And yes, you can get in great shape without a gym.  You don't need a gym to go running or to build muscles.  Push ups, squats, sit ups, dips, lunges are all great exercises to get you in better shape.  There is nothing wrong either with feeling like you need to start out this way before you feel comfortable to go to a gym.  

You can avoid the gym at busy hours.  Most evenings after work is a high traffic time at the gym.  I avoid this AT.ALL.TIMES!  I'm not there to socialize or stand in line to use a machine.  Early mornings are best, or odd ball afternoon times work too.  I have been to the gym at times where I feel like the only person there.

Don't compare your body to other people at the gym.  Everyone is on a different level and have different fitness goals.  Just focus on your own personal improvement and your own personal goals.  If I see a girl at the gym that looks amazing, I am more than happy for her.  She obviously has made a commitment to make changes in her life and stuck to it.  She wasn't born with that body.  If anything it motivates me more!  

Some machines might look complicated, but don't let that stop you from trying them.  Usually the little instructions on them do a pretty good job of telling you how to use it.  You would also be surprised at people who workout at the gym and how they would love to help you and show you.  All you need to do is ask.  People at the gym are usually pretty friendly.  I have had many people offer me a tip or show me a new way to do an exercise that I was currently doing.  I have also had many people give the nicest compliments too.  99.9% of the time they are not there to judge you.  And guess what?  They probably could care less about you sweating or what move you are doing.

I obviously have gotten to the point that I could care less what others think of me at the gym.  I do deadlifts and glute bridges (think humping the air) with no embarrassment at all.  Yes, I do try and avoid eye contact when I do these moves just because it can be awkward for you and the other person but I know the benefits these moves give my body and I won't let embarrassment keep me from busting them out because they work!

Gym time is ME time!  I usually put on some tunes or grab a buddy and just get to work.  I honestly don't even pay attention to people around me.  You are not truly committed until you stop making silly excuses.  Don't be embarrassed to go the gym.  Just Don't!!!  

Sunday, November 24, 2013

10 QUOTES THAT CAN HELP A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

1- SMALL CHANGES CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE- Something as simple and small as subbing a glass of water for one of your sodas every day can eventually become a healthy habit that you will notice BIG changes and want to keep.  Before you know it you will be off soda and LOVE water.  Make small goals that are realistic and attainable that you can achieve on a frequent basis!

2- FITNESS IS NOT A DESTINATION, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE- Don't set an end date for your fitness goals. You may jump on a 12-week training program but those are designed to teach you about exercise and healthy eating in hopes to make it a permanent way of life.  They help you to get looking and feeling your best so that you will not want to go back to your old ways.

3-STRIVE FOR PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION- You will never be perfect.  Even the ones you see perfect in your eyes are not!  And they themselves don't see them as perfect either.  Fitness is about making continual improvements and progress.  Would you stop the moment you thought you were at perfect?  Probably not.  And if you kept going, you would continue to see changes happen and get even better.  There is no ending.  Just try to be better than you were yesterday.

4-IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT'S DONE- Think of the main goals you want to accomplish.  Do you want to lose 20 pounds?  Run a 1/2 marathon?  These things might seem impossible to you right now, but given time and determination it can be done.  With enough patience and consistency, just about anything is possible.

5-IF IT DOESN'T CHALLENGE YOU, IT DOESN'T CHANGE YOU- If your 3 mile daily run is becoming a breeze, it is done changing you.  Try running that 3 miles in 1-2 mins faster.  You have to challenge yourself to be a better person.  Compete with yourself both mentally and physically if you want to continue to see changes.  If you are not feeling challenged then your body is winning.  You tell your body what to do, you are in control.

6-IF YOU WAIT FOR PERFECT CONDITIONS, YOU'LL NEVER GET ANYTHING DONE- You are desperate to make a change in your life, but something is holding you back.  Maybe because you still have too much junk food in your house, or you have a vacation coming up, or the holidays are just too hard.  Guess what? It doesn't matter.  Nothing will ever be perfect and just the way you want it.  You just have to start and learn to adapt when these things come up.  It's much easier to adapt once you have started than it is to get everything perfect before you start.

7-THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO ANY PLACE WORTH GOING- There are no shortcuts to a healthy lifestyle.  It takes breaking a sweat and hard work.  No pill, no wrap, no thinking of ways to bypass the hard work will get you what you are after.  Nothing in life worth doing comes easy.

8-GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE-It's easy to get caught in a cycle you are comfortable with.  We like what we eat and activities we do.  The thought of doing something different might make you nervous.  But why? It might change you for the better.  Don't get comfortable with doing bicep curls with 8 pounds.  It won't change you if you feel comfortable doing any sets.  Get uncomfortable and try for 10 pounds next time.  You just might dig that challenge.

9-EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT STARTS WITH THE DECISION TO TRY- You have probably made an excuse at more than one point in your life about not doing something because of doubt.  But you will never really know until you try.  What do you want out of your life?  What do you want to accomplish with starting a fitness journey?  You will never know if you can reach that goal if you don't try.

10-EXERCISING IS SO DIFFICULT WHEN YOU HAVE TO AND SO EASY WHEN YOU WANT TO- I can't find a more true statement.  When you are having fun working out you will find yourself wanting to work out.  It's no fun and very difficult when you feel like you have to.  If you ever feel like you have to work out you need to take a break and re-evaluate your purpose and goals.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

1000 Rep Challenge


I'm sure you have all seen those "1000 Rep Challenges" and you think to yourself, "ya freaking right!" at least I do.  Well when your workout buddy says this is what we should do Saturday.  You just kind of go with it.  At least now I can cross it off my "things to never do" list and say I DID IT!!!  It took us 47 minutes-  WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!!! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

COR-FETTI CAKE BATTER


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great for protein shakes, mug cakes, pancakes, waffles, mixed in oats, muffins, protein bars.....so yummy!! Go get you some.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stalled Weight Loss


I am pretty sure that some can say they have hit a weight loss plateau or seem to never be able to get past a certain number.  These plateaus are pretty normal if you have ever been on a fitness journey to lose weight.  The further along in you journey you get the more you body will want to resist that change.  The leaner you get the harder your body will fight to hold on to that extra fat.  

One common cause of stalled weight loss is, believe it or not...... depriving yourself of calories.  I'm pretty sure that a lot of people who come across a plateau will start reducing calories even more to get the scale to start budging.  But really all you are doing is putting your body in starvation mode which causes your body to slow down your metabolism to savor any calories it does get and this also allows your body to hang on to extra fat.  Your body can start to go under stress not knowing if it's going to get food ever again.  So it starts to hoard any it gets and cling onto existing fat.

Change things up and always have your body guessing.  Don't however change it up every single workout.  You should stick to something so you are able to reap all those benefits but it is not a bad idea to switch things up every 3-4 weeks to keep your body from adapting.  Rev up your workout a little.  Add an extra 15 minutes on to your workout.

Why are you even stepping on the scale so frequently anyway?!  Scale readings don't always match the progress you have made.  You can easily lose 5 honest pounds in one month and go to weight yourself and it still shows the same number it did at the beginning of the month.  Did you eat a little extra sodium the day before? Is it that time of month? Did you barely drink any water the day before?  These things can lead you to 5 extra water weight pounds over night which is different from 5 pounds of fat.


Don't overdo the cheat meals or your weekends.  Yes, cheat meals are a must when you are living a clean eating lifestyle.  I wouldn't be very happy if I never got to indulge.  But this has been my biggest plateau for me.  One cheat on the weekend can turn into 2 cheats and the next thing you know it's like a cheat fiesta all day or even worse the whole weekend.  Those extra calories do add up.  They really do cause set backs in your journey.


Be Patient!  Losing weight is like a marathon, not a 5K!  It can take months to years to lose weight and ideally be where you would want to be.  But really, you need to remember that any weight you have lost up until your plateau needs to be celebrated!  You have already done your health good by losing excess fat, exercising, and probably eating a healthy diet.  So give yourself a high five for even reaching a plateau, at least you made it there!!     

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Sushi Roll


I LOVE sushi of any kind!!  This is super yummy and so simple.

-1 LaTortilla Wrap ( warmed up of not )
-Spread 1-2 TBS almond butter on wrap
-mix one spoonful of plain non-fat Greek yogurt sweetened with stevia/honey etc..spread over almond butter
-place banana 
-roll up and cut

Saturday, November 16, 2013

WALK IT OUT


This requires WALKING ONLY!  Perfect for when you just don't feel like running but still want a good sweat or you have a sore lower body that needs to get loosened up.  You decide how many times through you want to do it....TRUST ME, this is great!!!  You will be surprised the workout it gives you and how it gets you breathing hard.....P.S. I am 5'9" so I have longer legs to keep this pace at the increasing inclines.  Adjust the speed if you need to.  But the goal is to have a quick pace and pump those arms to help you keep up.  NEVER hold on to the treadmill at all during this.  If you feel you have to hold on then slow the speed to just barely under that urge to grab the bar!  Remember: get out of that comfort zone.  Today I did this 3X through (about 31 mins) and I was DRIPPING sweat!

Friday, November 15, 2013

GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE


You really have to lift HEAVY if you want to lean out and CHANGE your body!  And I know it's gross for some of you but you have to work out with INTENSITY and break out in a SWEATY MESS!  Lifting light weight over and over and over again WILL NOT change your body.  All you are doing is creating muscle endurance.  You can develop muscle endurance by just cardio alone: running, biking, playing a sport and even just walking. But if you are lifting, then lift!  If your goal in the gym is to CHANGE the shape of your body, lifting weights that make your muscles feel a burn isn't going to cut it.  Especially if you have a set of 12 reps and finish the last 2-3 reps like they were the first 1 or 2.....I mean really, does that make sense to you?  When you feel the burn, believe it or not that is a comfort zone.  You need to go one step higher and get out of that zone to where the magic happens.  If that requires you to go up 5 pounds in the weight you are lifting DO IT!  Barely or not being able to finish the last couple reps is what you should be aiming for!  That CHANGES your body!

Think about your last cardio session or weight training session......did anything great stand out about it. Do you look back on it and realize you totally just went through the motions.  Or you looked at instagram, read a book, talked on the phone, or looked at a magazine?  For me, I know these things would never happen.  I know my workout is kickin a$$ when I can barely carry on a conversation with the person next to me.  I know some of you are thinking.....I can't push myself that hard right now, or maybe you are older or have hurt knees/joints.  Everyone is on a different fitness level.  But you are still capable of pushing yourself to a level that is challenging for you!

Loooong drawn out cardio is a waste of time.  STOP. DOING. IT. NOW!! 1-2 times a week is fine to give your body a rest from intense cardio but other than that, jogging on a treadmill, ellipticalling ( not sure that's a word) while looking at a magazine may all feel good.  You might even like seeing those calorie counters on the machines go up in numbers but overall you are burning LESS than you would if you opted for weights or HIIT cardio.  And you are spending more time than needed in the gym.  So stop!  You are not getting the body you want.  You are wasting your time!

Doing those things is great for beginners and it's somewhere to start.  But don't get stuck in your ways and think its working cause you are feeling the 'burn.'  All you have done is built you up a comfort zone but you need to take it to the next level.  Our bodies are super smart and learn to adapt real fast.  You need to be in control and tell your body what to do.  Don't let your body tell you!  

lift HEAVIER.........SWEAT........rest LESS in between exercises!

YOU SHOULD NOT LOOK CUTE AT THE END OF YOUR WORKOUT!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Healthy Snack Idea


So I know not everyone is a fan of fruit in their cottage cheese.  As for me, it all depends on the fruit.  This little combo was actually delicious!  

- 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 2 TBS of Almond Butter
- 1 Banana
- sprinkle cinnamon on top
ENJOY!
  

Do you stop eating after 6PM?


Calories eaten after 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00PM?  In fact you should stop eating at 7:27PM!!  Eating even 1 second past 7:27PM will automatically ruin your weightloss goals  and turn directly into fat immediately when the food hits your stomach!  JUST KIDDING!!!!  Calories eaten after a late night hour do not automatically turn to fat.  Our bodies have no idea what time it is.  Our bodies probably don't care what time it is.  Our body does not come with a switch that is flipped when it hits 6:00 or  7:00PM.  Eating 500 calories at 10:00PM is not any different than eating 500 calories at 10:00AM.  If your body is hungry it probably wants food, if it has had enough it doesn't need more but if you give it more, it will take it and do with it as it pleases.  When our bodies have had enough food for the day it probably says, "thank you for this extra food that I don't need, I'll just store it right here on your left butt cheek and use it later!" Eventually our bodies will run out of energy from burning calories and will use the next feeding for energy and that extra food stored on your butt just stays unless you burn it off on top of all the new stuff that was actually needed.

Your body uses calories the same way regardless of the time of day.  Our bodies don't clock out at a certain time.  Our bodies don't turn off its need for energy at a certain time.  Whether you store fat and gain weight because you eat late at night depends on the number of calories you ate throughout the entire day. Everybody is different and needs a different amount of calories to lose, gain, or maintain and then it's just the matter of eating that amount of calories, under-eating, or over-eating each day wether it gets burned or stored. So buying into the whole concept of not eating past a certain time of day all depends on your calories consumed up until that point. Also, the calories your body burned at rest PLUS any calories you burned if exercise took place has an effect on that number.  This is all scientific proven facts and not simply just my opinion.

While it makes sense to not want to go to bed on a full belly and be uncomfortable but you should not deny your body any food/energy if it's needed and definitely not because of the time of day.  If you still have room for calories to eat late at night it's best to eat healthy snacks.  Don't eat ice cream, fries, chips and dip in front of the T.V., those are the kind of calories that add up quick and can put you over the edge because you don't realize how much you have eaten.  Instead go for fresh fruit, vegetable sticks, low-fat plain Greek yogurt, or a small portion of nuts.  Even air popped popcorn can work!
Eating late isn't a problem.  OVEREATING is!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

OUR BODIES CAN DO SO MUCH!

Welp, here you have me in all my pregnancy glory!  This is how I do it when I am pregnant.  Obviously working out and eating a healthy diet did not make my to do list.  In fact, with both of my pregnancies I put a freeze on my gym pass for one year.  I kicked my feet up and ate whatever sounded good to me.  With my first baby I weighed 208 on delivery day and with the 2nd I weighed 212.  I never really counted pregnancies as "transformations" since of course our belly is supposed to get bigger and we are supposed to gain weight.  Ok, maybe not gain 65+ pounds but what can I say?!  Doritos tasted AMAZING, hahaha and I think baby #2 liked them because he weighed just shy of 10lbs when he was born.  
So, then I got looking through these beautiful (wink, wink) pregnancy pictures and thought, WHAT IF I had just had my babies and never went back to the gym?  WHAT IF I never tried to get my body back?!  You can see from the pictures everything on me got bigger-legs, love handles, butt, face, arms,.....so if I just never tried after my kids and lost that pregnant belly, I would still have all the extra right?  And knowing my body and how it responds to food and working out it is definitely something I have to work at.  I am not blessed with a natural ability to stay lean.  I have to fight it every day with every choice I make.  So I guess I am saying that I will count this as a "transformation" since both times I was able to fight my way back and lose 65-70 pounds.  It takes hard work, patience, and consistency.  Each picture of me above in swim suits is after each baby.  The black swim suit is after baby #1 and the red swim suit is 3 years after baby #2 which that picture is this past summer of 2013. 
 Our bodies can do so much if you just tell it to!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

5 Workouts and Meal Plan 11/11-11/16


Alright you guys.  Here is your entire week, Monday thru Friday already planned out and ready to go.  All you got to do is grab your phone or print it off and go.  There are no excuses now, you are prepared and will not fail!  The all new 5-day workout plan can be purchased for $5.00.  That is $1.00 per workout.  You will have new exercises and moves to challenge yourself with.  The week looks something like this and I have shared an exercise from each workout:

Monday-Quads (Plie Squats)
Tuesday- Chest/Triceps/Abs (Incline DB Fly)
Wednesday-Back/Biceps (Bent over Barbell Row)
Thursday-Shoulders/Abs (Side Plank)
Friday-Hamstrings/Glutes (Dumbbell Side Lunges)

 Legs get two days of coverage to hit all those major muscles of the lower body.  You will hit your quads, inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, and the booty.  Each workout has specific reps and sets listed.  You will also find supersets and my favorite thing to incorporate in your weight session, Active Rest!  HIIT cardio or Steady State cardio and the duration for each is suggested following each workout depending on what muscle group you trained for the day.  If you are uncertain of an exercise, google is a great for providing pictures/descriptions.  I also suggest www.bodybuilding.com for another source to explain and show you certain exercises.

A new 1890-ish calorie one day meal plan that consists of 6 meals that you would repeat for seven days (one includes a post workout shake) and the calorie, protein, carb, and fat breakdown of each meal.  I like to space the meals by 2-3 hours throughout the day to help promote a healthy metabolism and keeps you burning fat.  This one day meal plan allows you to buy what you need for the entire week and use what you buy.  This way food usually doesn't go to waste and end up in the trash.  The meal plan I provide is simply a suggestion or to give you an idea.  It is nothing fancy.  If you know me at all, I am NOT a cook.  When I come across a recipe that starts calling for all these fancy spices, ingredients, cooking methods etc., I lose interest real fast.  I like SIMPLE!  I season most things with Mrs. Dash (salt free) and thats about as fancy as it gets.  So that being said, if gourmet and fancy is your cooking style, this meal plan is not for you.  I am throwing this meal plan in with the 5-day workout for $2.  Instead of one trip this week for fast food, replace that money spent for a weeks worth of workouts and a healthy meal plan for $7.00. 

So for $5.00 you can have 5 workouts and for $2.00 a meal plan that covers six meals you can use for a week!  The BUY NOW button is linked directly to PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account to purchase) and the 5-day workout and meal plan will be available for immediate download and/or it will also be emailed to you.  This way you can print it off from your computer or pull it up right on your phone.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

SWEET POTATO PROTEIN PANCAKES

I love Saturdays because that gives me a little more extra time in kitchen and rush to get kids fed and off to school.  I pulled up and oldie but a goodie from my Instagram feed (@haleya_fit_happens) and made these DELICIOUS Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes.  If you love sweet potatoes you will LOVE these.  

Take a small/medium size sweet potato and wrap in saran wrap and microwave for 6 mins.  Peel skin and cut into cubes.
In a blender:
-add sweet potato last for chunky or throw in right away for smooth
-1/4 cup oats
-4 egg whites
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 packet stevia/truvia or the like
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 scoop of protein powder (you decide that flavor)

Spray pan and cook on low heat like regular pancakes
Top them off with whatever you would like!
ENJOY!!!


Friday, November 8, 2013

Squats and Deadlifts- a girl's best friend!


SQUATS and DEADLIFTS are a few of the best exercises you can do for your body!  Every woman should be doing these in their weight training sessions.  Yes, it does require you to put down the pink or colorful dumbbells and get under a Barbell or grab ahold of the big black ones in the mens section, but seriously ladies, these exercises will make you stronger and sculpt your body faster!  These truly shape your lower half in many areas...especially the Butt!  Squats and Deadlifts require so many other muscles in your body to perform them when done correctly and the calorie burn at the end of a set is comparable to a 30 min run on a treadmill.  Just do it!
SQUATS and DEADLIFTS- a girl's best friend!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Inspire Me Monday!

But not for you!!  I have some super simple easy tips on how to start your Monday out right and stay motivated all week long.  Follow these steps and you won't be looking at your week after Tuesday saying, "WTF?!?"
I know a lot of us say, "Monday, it's on! I'm starting on Monday! Back on the clean eating wagon starting Monday (I am first to admit, I do this ALL THE TIME).  Then Monday comes and something goes wrong or we snack on something we know we shouldn't and for some reason that flips a switch and you are back in that excuse making slacker wagon saying, "tomorrow, or I'll start Monday....." NOT THIS WEEK!!  This week can be different if we really fight hard and make it a successful week.
#1- Plan your workouts for the entire week!  Monday thru Saturday.  Sit down and write on paper or make a new note in your phone with what you are going to do for exercise everyday.  By planning your workout I don't mean just writing out: Monday-Triceps, biceps, abs.  Tuesday-cardio. Wednesday-shoulders, legs etc.  What are you going to do for triceps and biceps on Monday?  What exercises? How many sets/reps?  Doing this makes your workouts more effective and you won't waste time. This is one of my most important tips of advice I can give for results, consistency, and creating a habit. 
#2- Dedicate a time for each workout.  I prefer morning workouts.  I am usually back home before anyone in my house is awake too.  It doesn't require making babysitting arrangements, daycare, or waiting for the hubby to get off work.  I don't feel rushed and I don't have to worry about something possibly interfering with a 6:00AM workout.  Nothing is better than knowing that by 7:30AM I am all done with my workout for the entire day.  Early morning workouts give me more energy, leaves no room for an excuse to pop up to cause me to miss my workout, and BEST OF ALL it leaves me in a GREAT mood!  If you save your workouts for later in the day or evenings just for the extra sleep, try working out first thing in the AM for one week and see how it goes, I promise you will LOVE it!
#3- Plan your meals and snacks in advance.  This is such a pain I know, but if you just do it you have already won half the battle!  Plan for 3 meals and snacks in between.  Always include a healthy bedtime snack and this meal doesn't matter if you have it literally 10 minutes before you close your eyes.  Prepping this way keeps your metabolism burning all day and you won't be caught hungry and reaching for whatever is in front of you.  One helpful food trick I have found for myself is that when I prepare a meal I make double.  This way you have tomorrow's breakfast/lunch/or dinner ready to go.  Or if you have the time to prep on Sunday nights for a half the week then that is great too!  Never leave the house without a snack.  Keep an apple, mixed nuts/almonds, protein bar in your purse always! Most importantly, always have water with you, ALWAYS!
#4- Lay your clothes out the night before.  Including your socks and shoes.  This helps me a lot since 5:30AM is pretty early to be searching for matching shoes or clothes out of my workout drawer that can work together and not look like I picked my clothes out in the dark.  
#5- Get yourself a workout buddy or a group that will hold you accountable.  Knowing that someone is counting on you to show up really forces your butt out of bed!  If you don't have a workout buddy that is actually there with you when you workout, you can find someone to report to and they can report to you.  Tell each other how your workout went and hold each other accountable for getting in that workout for the day.  Friends don't let friends miss workouts ;)

FINALLY- Never Give Up!!!  
Even if you screw up, don't jump in that excuse wagon!  Just pick yourself up next meal, snack, workout or whatever it may be!  Tell yourself you do not need another Monday to start.  Do not let your week turn into,
"WTF"    

Saturday, November 2, 2013

5 Workouts and Meal Plan 11/3-11/9

Here you have it.  Your entire week, Monday thru Friday already planned out and ready to go.  All you got to do is grab your phone or print it off and go.  The all new 5-day workout plan can be purchased for $5.00.  That is $1.00 per workout.  You will have new exercises and moves to challenge yourself with.  The week looks something like this and I have shared an exercise from each workout:

Monday-Quads (Narrow Stance Squats)
Tuesday- Chest/Triceps/Abs (Overhead Tricep Extension)
Wednesday-Back/Biceps (Close Grip Barbell Curl)
Thursday-Shoulders/Abs (Car Drivers...a weight plate that you hold out in front of you like a steering wheel and turn, turn, turn, turn,.....you will feel the burn)
Friday-Hamstrings/Glutes (Squat Jumps holding exercise ball or weight)

 Legs get two days of coverage to hit all those major muscles of the lower body.  You will hit your quads, inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, and the booty.  Each workout has specific reps and sets listed.  You will also find supersets and my favorite thing to incorporate in your weight session, Active Rest!  HIIT cardio (and I have listed my favorite HIIT routine in the workout) or Steady State cardio and the duration for each is suggested following each workout depending on what muscle group you trained for the day.  If you are uncertain of an exercise, google is a great for providing pictures/descriptions.  I also suggest www.bodybuilding.com for another source to explain and show you certain exercises.

A new 1,640-ish calorie one day meal plan that consists of 6 meals that you would repeat for seven days (one includes a post workout shake) and the calorie, protein, carb, and fat breakdown of each meal.  I like to space the meals by 2-3 hours throughout the day to help promote a healthy metabolism and keeps you burning fat.  This one day meal plan allows you to buy what you need for the entire week and use what you buy.  This way food usually doesn't go to waste and end up in the trash.  The meal plan I provide is simply a suggestion or to give you an idea.  It is nothing fancy.  If you know me at all, I am NOT a cook.  When I come across a recipe that starts calling for all these fancy spices, ingredients, cooking methods etc., I lose interest real fast.  I like SIMPLE!  I season most things with Mrs. Dash (salt free) and thats about as fancy as it gets.  So that being said, if gourmet and fancy is your cooking style, this meal plan is not for you.  I am throwing this meal plan in with the 5-day workout for $2.  Instead of one trip this week for fast food, replace that money spent for a weeks worth of workouts and a healthy meal plan for $7.00. 

So for $5.00 you can have 5 workouts and for $2.00 a meal plan that covers six meals you can use for a week!  The BUY NOW button is linked directly to PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account to purchase) and the 5-day workout and meal plan will be available for immediate download and/or it will also be emailed to you.  This way you can print it off from your computer or pull it up right on your phone.

5 Workouts and Meal Plan
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