Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: Week 19

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Hi gang!

Thanks to everyone who likes my new Facebook page! I really enjoy having it as an extension of the blog where I can focus more on wellness than I do on here. I accept any constructive feedback, so please let me know what you think and what you would like to see from me!

My silly migraines are back with a vengeance, so waking up this week has been tough. What do you do when you don't feel like getting out of bed? What motivates you?
 
When I wake up with a pounding head I quickly assess whether or not I have plans after work or if there a potential to work late. If not, I then quickly assess the likelihood of me working out after work. For me it's harder than in the mornings, but everyone's different. If exercise after work is a possibility, then I reset the alarm. Otherwise I get up, grumble and at least do something.

Here is one of those "somethings":

Weekly Workout:


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Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.

How I made it harder:  Not much, just added dumbbells to the squats and lunges.
Overall impression: I'm happy I carved even just ten minutes last night to do this. My head really hurt during the day, so I made sure to do this quickly during a migraine break!
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): This was pretty impressive for bringing out the sweat, even for only ten minutes. I give it a 5.
How I felt when it was over: I knew I could have done more if I had time. But again, it was something! It also helped me feel relaxed.
Would I do it again? Absolutely! I think I want try to a bunch of 10-minute workouts for after work. It was a nice way to unwind. Are you interested in any 10-minute workouts? I can keep this up and review them for you!

Weekly recipe:

We tried a new recipe over the weekend and it was pretty "meh." Not impressed. It was tasty and all, but the title of "The Best Pork Chops Ever" was a lie. A lie, I tell you!! Oh well. It was fine. Can't win 'em all, right?

I have my eyes on many recipes this week, and I'm feeling like an easy one is going to win. Having "one pot" in the title of the recipe is definitely appealing. Here's what we may try:


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Meat, spices, potatoes and a little olive oil. No brainer!

Weekly motivation:



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I love this! Don't let anything hold you back!
 
I made one, inspired by one of my reader's favorite quotes. I adjusted the quote, since I love how it feels to be strong, too!
 
 



Weekly workout sass:



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This would be so much better than being invisible or flying.
Well, maybe not. I feel pretty good after a workout and flying would be freakin' cool.

Have a good one!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Little Bit of Class Tuesday!



Just some classy outfits and quotes for your day:


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And here's one I adapted to use for my new Facebook page!



Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: Week 18

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Hi gang!

Thank you so much for the overwhelming support about my announcement last week. It means the world to me that all of you who commented believe that I could make a good Beachbody coach. And thanks for making me feel normal and not fat! :)

I'm so busy with everything and from taking an incredible mini vacay this weekend, so I need to buckle down and build my business! Luckily my Piyo, boxing and Pinterest workouts are always there for me, even when I'm busy.

I even posed like a dork on the beach this Monday!


LOL my jumping jacks and squats crack me up!

Gosh I wish I was still on Amelia Island...sigh...

Alrighty back to it. Please feel free to send me any good workouts that you see. I'm always on the lookout!


Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.


Weekly Workout:



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I love this workout, but you have to click through to view descriptions of the moves and such. I made a quick image if, like me, you just like to see what you need to do without scrolling!



Click through for descriptions if you don't know what all of these moves are (I didn't!).

How I made it harder:  I paired this with two other workouts!
Overall impression: I loved doing this after a short Piyo workout and the daily workout for my Beachbody 6-Day Shred Group. I really need to work on my back, so I was excited for all of these moves.
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): This wasn't a sweaty one, even after two other workouts. I think I was at a 4 after the whole shebang.
How I felt when it was over: So great! I loved giving about 45 minutes to myself Tuesday morning. Total body workouts make me happy.
Would I do it again? Absolutely! I should just do this as I watch TV at night. It really didn't take long so I'm happy that I added it!

Weekly recipe:

I don't know what's happening but I am CRAVING to cook! Honestly it's all I want to do as I'm writing this. I already planned my crock pot for Sunday. If you're curious, it's one of my favorite recipes from My Whole30: shredded salsa chicken. I'll also be making my mother-in-law's delicious black beans to go with it! I'm so excited!

Aside from that, last night I made Gina's recipe (from skinnytaste.com) for dinner this week: One Pot Turkey Taco Chili with Mac and Cheese!


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I mean, hi. It is SO amazing. Low fat and Weight Watcher-friendly? All the better.

Weekly motivation:



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I need to print this and post it on my mirror!



Weekly workout sass:


My friend saw this on Instagram and I immediately reposted it!



It made me giggle!

Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: Week 17 (and an announcement!)

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Hi gang!

Last week I started Piyo, part of the Beachbody at-home fitness company (the same company that made P90X and Insanity). It's been great so far, and today I paired the upper body workout with a leg workout that I found on Pinterest. Woo I feel good!

Also, I have a bit of an announcement: I am a Beachbody coach! I just started this journey last week, am still learning the ropes and am working on my branding. Facebook page forthcoming! Anyway, don't worry: I'm not going to start to sell you on the products and programs that Beachbody offers. This weekly post will stay the same. I'm just letting you know that I'm here for you if you want some motivation and if you want a cheerleader to encourage you through your wellness journey. Shoot me a comment or connect with me on other social channels for more info.

I'll address the elephant in the room (on the blog?): yeah, I know I'm chubby. Every week I have a disclaimer that I have no authority and am aware of my body. I own mirrors, folks. Being a Beachbody coach doesn't necessarily mean that my body is ready for the beach. It just means that I am fighting for myself to feel better and am using the programs to get there. It also means that I want anyone interested to join me in the battle.

Please allow me brag on myself for one quick sentence: I workout often, I'm muscular and I am strong.

Do I have things to work on? I mean, duh. Check out my seven chins.

Eating gunk and being disciplined with my portion control are my challenges. I'll never be a poster child for nutrition. What I can be is a wellness supporter. I'm in it with you. I'm your workout buddy - the one who cheers you on in the gym and cheers you with a cocktail at brunch after we are finished! ;)

Make sense?
Cool.

OK enough of all of that. On to our regularly scheduled programming! As always, please feel free to send me any good workouts that you see. I'm always on the lookout!


Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.


Weekly Workout:



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How I made it harder:  dumbbells!!!
Overall impression: I loved doing this after a short Piyo workout. My muscles were shaking for a while after I was finished!
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): About a 6.
How I felt when it was over: So great! I loved giving about 35 minutes to myself this morning. Total body workout? Check!
Would I do it again? Absolutely, especially if I do another mini workout (Piyo or otherwise) with it!

Weekly recipe:

Last week I made homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (my Mom's recipe! Yum!) for my sick husband. Poor guy. He's better now, so the leftovers are in the freezer. I also made one of my favorite Whole30 recipes, Paleo Cabbage Roll Skillet Dinner, which made a ton so that was also in the freezer. Needless to say, I have plenty of food so I haven't tried anything new this week. However, I have SO many new pins that I can't wait to test!

Also, on Monday I'm doing a 6-day Shred that includes a meal plan, daily workouts and a grocery list. It's free so if you want to join let me know and I'll add you to the group! Seriously, it's free!

Weekly motivation:



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Exactly! Keep pushing!!



Weekly workout sass:




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Preach on, Buddy! This is what I think after every boxing class!

Have a good one!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shred it Off


Ugh, I need to hit the "reset" button on eating, especially after a long weekend full of cupcakes and cocktails. I joined a free 6 Day Shred group to add a little discipline and keep myself accountable. Obviously it involves eating (no juice cleanses for this gal!), but I'll just consume the clean stuff! I'll workout, too, since I'm almost better at sweating than I am at eating. Almost.

Who's with me? You get a meal plan, grocery list and all the recipes! Comment below so I can add you to the group.

Have a good one!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hi gang! I made this valentine to send to a few folks and wanted to share with all of you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Know that you are loved! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: Week 16

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Hi gang!

I started a new workout program this week, called Piyo, part of the Beachbody home workout company (the same company that made P90X and Insanity). I'm pumped to do it and will let you know how it goes! It will be tough to do this while boxing and trying new Pinterest workouts for the blog, but I'm up for the challenge!

As always, please feel free to send me any good workouts that you see. I'm always on the lookout!


Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.


Weekly Workout:




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How I made it harder:  weights for the squats, no knees for the pushups.
Overall impression: I woke up crazy late one day and needed something quick. This fit the bill because it took about 15-20 minutes. I still got to work on time!
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): About a 4.
How I felt when it was over: Mad I didn't have a longer workout, but satisfied that I at least did something.
Would I do it again? Probably, especially if I do another mini workout with it!

Weekly recipe:

Earlier this week I had a Chinese food craving but didn't feel like having the bad stuff. I consulted my friend, Pinterest, and found this Skinny Chicken Fried Rice recipe. I had to give it a try!


This was so easy to make and it looked so pretty that I had to take a picture. I actually really hate brown rice, but this was delicious and I couldn't tell the difference. I also used chicken thighs instead of the breasts, but I just prefer thighs and I think they freeze/reheat better.

This recipe makes a TON which has been great: I froze a bunch and have been eating it for lunches. YUM!

Weekly motivation:



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Might as well put that towel to good use, amIright?!?


And while we're on the topic of sweat:


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I WILL go to the beach this summer. 
And if I'm covered up it's because I don't want to get burned, NOT because I hate my body.
BOOM.


Weekly workout sass:



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I mean, seriously. I'm good about exercising, but I am a CHAMPION when it comes to eating. haha :)

Have a good one!