Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fitness Favorites

I have a list of things I bring with me to the gym.  If I forget one of them I feel like my workout is useless.  {I know it's not though} I have forgotten these before and it's not fun.  I always make sure to 

1.  Pre-workout aka Rocket Fuel




Right now I'm using Scivation's Xtend Go and RSP Quadra Lean.  These give me just enough "get up a go" to get me through my early morning workouts.


2. My headphones & Phone
Credit: http://www.samsung.com/uk/galaxys6/
Credit: http://tzumi.com/audio/













These go together.  They are useless without each other.  While I do my cardio I watch Netflix {I'm currently working my way through the seasons of Shameless}  While I lift I listen to either Pandora or IHeartRadio.

Recently I came across an app called Aaptiv.  Aaptiv is an "On-demand audio fitness that combines the guidance of a trainer with the perfect playlist to give you a fresh way to work out."
This app is really cool!  It's like being in a fitness class or having a personal trainer right there with you.  They have classes in running, cycling, ellicptical, yoga, strength training, and race training.  This thing is so helpful that I will lose clients if too many people find out about it. 
I love yoga but going to actual classes is tough for me due to the kids schedules.  With Aaptiv my living room, my bedroom, my front yard, anywhere becomes my personal yoga studio.    
It's available on Android and iPhone.  Click HERE for more information
3. Heart Rate Monitor




I track my heart rate during all my workouts.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook {or if you've been reading my blog for a while} you know that I'm an ambassador for Polar.  Currently I'm rocking the V800.

4.  Change of Clothes

After my workout I have clients so, if I don't bring a change of clothes I'm either forced to run home to change before I see  them or, I go see clients looking like a hot, sweaty, gross mess.  
What do you bring to the gym with you?  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

St Patty's Cabbage Rolls



I know this post is late but, better late than never, right?  I made this recipe for St. Patrick's Day.  As you know, I love finding recipes that normally contain meat and switching them to vegetarian/vegan friendly recipes.  This year I decided to give cabbage rolls a try. 

These are super simple and made from mostly packaged things.  In a way this is truly a thaw and dump recipe. 





Vegetarian Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

1 head cabbage (20-25 good sized leaves)
2 bags meatless crumbles (I used Quorn)
2 bags cauliflower rice
2 T minced garlic
1 lb mushrooms, diced
1 large onion, diced

Pasta sauce recipe
4 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 T Italian seasoning

Directions
  1. Thaw meatless crumbles and cauliflower rice
  2. Sauté mushrooms, onions, and garlic
  3. Mix together, set aside to cool
  4. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil
  5. Separate cabbage leaves, place 3-5 leaves at a time in boiling water for approximately 4 minutes
  6. Set aside to cool
  7. preheat oven to 350
  8. Place tomatoes and paste in blender.  Blend until smooth
  9. Put in medium pot add seasoning and simmer for 15-30 minutes
  10. Place 2-3 ladles of sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish.
  11. Place cabbage leaf on the cutting board so it forms a cup.  Place a scoop of veggie meat, cauliflower combination in the leaf and roll like a burrito. Put each roll seam side down on sauce{follow link for burrito rolling directions HERE}
  12. After all the rolls are done, ladle more sauce on top, cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes, until hot and sauce is bubbly. 



Monday, January 9, 2017

Pants That Fit


This is Mo.
She's 11 (almost 12), 5'1.75" and 80-something pounds.  She's an average size for her age.  Her problem?  Her legs are the same length as mine.  I'm 5'6.5" and have about a 32 inch inseam. My legs are considered "regular."
Mo had basically given up on wearing jeans.  Every single pair she tried on came up to her mid-calf.  She could NOT find a pair that was long enough.  She probably hadn't worn a pair for over 6 months.  
The other day I realized at my lowest weight [107 lbs] I could fit a child's size 16. I was an adult 7, borderline 5. If a size 7 is equal to a girls' 16 then a size 10 in girls should roughly be the same as a 0.

I was basically right.    I went in to Old Navy a few weeks ago.  She is a size 00 in their Rockstar style jeans.  They are super skinny and only a tiny bit too long.  But, she loves them.  They look and feel great.  





Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Goals





I have 3 goals for 2017.  They are rather vague but, they totally mean what I plan on accomplishing this year.

1.Do More  -- This is as simple as it sounds.  I want to do more things.  Get back into my photography.  Start doing the things that I used to love. Buy a house.   

2. See More -- I want to go more places.  The girls and I don't DO enough.  We are together alot but, we don't do much.                                

3. Be More -- I want to grow my business.  I want to better myself.  I want to grow as a person.

So, as you can see.  I don't have anything specific.  I jsut want to be able to wake up on January 1, 2018 and say "I did alot.  I am a better person."

What are your goals/resolutions for 2017?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Work It Off

For the holidays I enjoy making my clients do themed workouts.  A few days before Christmas we do a 12 days of Christmas workout.  Easter has alot of hopping exercises and, Thanksgiving is just a very heavy duty workout. This is the workout that my clients are doing tomorrrow.  I'm doing a variation of this workout tomrorow also.  

I always do some type of exercise on the holidays.  Christmas is often just a long walk since my gym isn't open and I don't want to risk waking people up by working out in the house.  

There are 3 ways to do this.  
1. Do 20 reps of each exercise, then repeat 3-5 times
2. Do 3 sets of 20 of one exercise before moving on to the next
3. Do 1 minute (or 2 or 3) of each exercise and then repeat







I have rounded up 6 great Thanksgiving themed workouts for you.  






From: Sassy Fit Girl





From: Home Field Essentials





From:  Fit University




From: My Own Balance



From: Fit2Flex


Lastly, you can check out THIS ONE from Born Fitness.


Do you workout on special days?  What type of workout do you do?

Oh and Have a happy thanksgiving! 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Photo Shoot

I rarely ever brag about my girls.  But, this one time I have to.  Back in September Sunny and Mo had headshots done with a local photographer.  They came back a few days ago and they are amazing.  A-MAZE-ING!  I just wanted to share them with you.

The photographer was Miguel Emmanuelli and his website is http://www.miguelfornow.com/ 
You can follow him on Instagram HERE
Like him on Facebook HERE


Sunny




Mo






Group








Thursday, November 3, 2016

Weather




Every month I say "I'm going to get my blog back on track." and every month I fail.  The past month was especially difficult to try and fit in a blog post.  The hurricane caused my entire community to flood, and my landlord kicked us out and gave us 2 weeks to find a place, pack and move.  But, with the holidays coming up I'm hoping that inspiration for posts will fill my brain and I can get back on track. 

Due to some unforeseen circumstances my eating has been really crazy.  So, most days atleast on of my meals consists of a Quest bar.  I have been slowly working my Way through the various flavors. 

 Strawberry Cheesecake --Actually quite good
Apple Pie  -- Didn't taste anything like apple pie but, it was good.
Mixed berry bliss  -- Very fruity. 
Coconut cashew -- Good.  Needed more coconut flavor.  And it was nice because the coconut didn't taste fake
Banana Nut Muffin -- Good.  And luckily the banana doesn't taste fake
PB&J -- Just okay.
Vanilla Almond Crunch
Lemon Cream Pie
Peanut Butter Supreme

 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough -- My favorite
Cookies and Cream -- Really good.  Love the chunks of chocolate cookies
S'mores -- Disappointing
Mint Chocolate Chunk -- Tastes like a thin mint
Double Chocolate Chunk -- Another favorite
White Chocolate Raspberry -- Lame.  No real flavor
Chocolate Brownie -- Pretty good but, falls short
Cinnamon Roll -- Boring
Chocolate Peanut Butter -- Another disappointment.  I took this trick or treating with me to curb my candy craving and it doesn't taste like chocolate or peanut butter!

Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip -- Good.  Not as good as the chocolate chip cookie dough though
Rocky Road -- Love it!

The blank ones are the ones I haven't been able to try yet.  For the most part I haven't found any that are disgusting.  Some fall short, and a bunch of them I will never buy again but, in general the Quest bars get a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Have you tried Quest bars before?  Comment below with your favorite flavor.