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I am 31 years old and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 13 years now! We have two children, one boy (9) and one girl (7)! I was very athletic in High School and began modeling and working out right after high School. I had been a steady size 5 in high school and went down to a size 1 for modeling! I was so skinny! Anyways, after two complicated pregnancies on bed rest for months, I found myself 90 lbs heavier! I have struggled for 9 years now trying to get the weight off. I have finally gotten somewhere!!! :

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Monday, July 16, 2012



Lets see if we can complete a week of challenges! I was sick at the end of last week and did not get to complete my challenges! 


This weeks Daily Challenges!


Challenge 1 - Complete minimum of 500 jumping jacks!
Challenge 2 - Complete 100 dynamic squats!
Challenge 3 - Complete 25 reps of 10 different ab exercises!
Challenge 4 - Complete 50 burpees! whew this one will be a challenge for sure! :)
Challenge 5 - Complete 200 Short bridges!

Good Luck!

Getting Ready for the BEACH!!!!

BEACH vacation here we come!!!! 


I have ONE week to bust my tail and get ready to rock that bikini!! :) I am not going to stress it. I just want to feel the best I can feel when it comes time to lay on the beach!!! :) I have goals to set and complete! I have lots to get done before we leave including cleaning the house and getting our clothes all caught up so that we can pack! I must get all the shopping done for the trip and of course - PACK! Football starts this week so I will be juggling that in there as well! I also need to find time to study for my CPT and WORKOUT! Every day we all struggle to get our workouts in! Some days or weeks will be much busier than others. Its finding a workout that works for us. Finding a workout that can conform to OUR schedules! Here are some things I do to ensure I get SOME type of workout in!
  • SHORT interval INTENSE workouts 10-20 minutes 
  • Do exercises at random times! Squat in the shower, jumping jack when no one is looking, do a burpee in a new location, drop down and do push ups when you have a few minutes to spare! These things wont take you long. They wont give you optimum cardio/calorie burn BUT they DO still help build your muscles. They DO help keep you motivated and moving and if you are constantly doing random things like that - Majority will WIN! 
  • Break your workouts up! Do a 10 minute workout in the morning and then another 10 minute workout in the evening! 
  • Do them DAILY! If you are only doing short interval workouts - do them EVERYDAY! Just change it up constantly. 

I mentioned that I needed to set goals for this week! Here are a few of my goals for getting ready for the beach!

Food GOALS 
  • Drop 5lbs by Saturday! 
  • Limit carbs to fruits and veggies mostly
  • No eating junk at night - EVEN popsicles
  • Up my water intake! 
  • Eat lots of soup and salad this week with plenty of protein! 
  •  Stick with chicken or Fish for meats this week. 
  • Make a protein smoothie EVERYDAY! 
 Fitness GOALS 


  • Lots of lower body workouts and Abs 
  • My workouts will be short interval workouts 12-20 mins. I want to complete lots of weighted leg and glute exercises while incorporating abs and some arms. I am NOT focusing on upper body this week! 
  • Everyday will include SOME cardio as well. Nothing crazy. 
  • Tuesday and Thursday - I may complete short runs, cardio blast via intervals, or who knows.....I may do a video of some sort - Zumba, Kick boxing, Insanity, Plyometrics, etc. 
  •  I will do random exercises ALL day long!  

What do YOU do to prepare YOURSELF for vacations? Do you prepare?  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Daily Challenges Week of 7/9 Through 7/15

Daily Challenges! 



Tuesday 
Guy Push Ups - How many can you complete by the end of today? Try different variations of push ups! Don't know what those different variations are - See my examples in the video below!
Set a Goal and GO FOR IT!! 


Wednesday 

 PLANKS! How many 30 sec planks can you complete today? Do as many variations as you would like just do them! :D 



 Above are a few examples (VERY hard to take pics of yourself doing planks!) lol



Thursday 




Friday 

Food Log 7/9 through 7/15

I will be tracking my food all week this week! Sometimes when we get off track or we hit a plateau, all we need is to take a step back, regroup and get back on track! So keeping a food and workout log is PERFECT for getting us back on track!

* My eating goals - get back to eating 5-6xs a day! 

Monday -

Breakfast - Oatmeal with maple syrup and a little brown sugar

Snack - apple with natural peanut butter

Lunch - (took the kids to restaurant of choice b/c my daughter had to have blood drawn.) Maki Special at Koi Asian restuarant - Chicken broth, Salad with ginger dressing, TN roll,       Philadelphia roll, Crunch Crab roll

Snack - ice cream cone at DQ (also a rare treat with the kids)

Dinner - Chicken, rice, peppered pickles

Drinks - Coffee with 2 raw sugars, glass of red malbec wine, water, ginger ale


*****So I am hoping that Monday will be my CHEAT day! lol. I hope to not eat like that again this week! FINGERS CROSSED!*****



Tuesday -

Foods Calories Carbs Fat Protein



Breakfast
Coffee - Brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz) 2 0g 0g 0g



Trader Joe's - Organic Brown Sugar, 1 Tsp 15 4g 0g 0g



Coffee Mate - Hazelnut Creamer Fat Free, 1 tbsp 25 5g 0g 0g



Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Gluten Free Rolled Oats - Oatmeal, 1/4 cup 90 32g 4g 7g



Pure Maple Syrup - Maple Syrup, 2 Tbsp 104 54g 0g 0g



Sugar In the Raw - Natural Cane Turbinado Sugar, 2 tsp (4g) 30 8g 0g 0g



Lunch
Wolf Gang Puck - Organic Soup - Signature Tortilla , 1 container (2 cups ea.) 320 54g 7g 10g



Generic - Grape Tomatoes, 1.5 oz (85g approx 12 tomatoes) 13 3g 0g 0g



Pompeian - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp 120 0g 14g 0g



Grey Poupon - Dijon Mustard - Original, 1 tsp (5 g) 5 0g 0g 0g



Cheese - Feta, 1 oz 75 1g 6g 4g



Kroger - Red Wine Vinegar, 1 tbsp 3 0g 0g 0g



Fresh - Romaine Lettuce , 12 leaves (85g) 20 3g 0g 1g



Dinner
Homemade - Chicken Breast Grilled Bbq , 3 oz 283 0g 8g 32g



Boiled Without Salt - Green Beans, 1 cup 35 8g 0g 2g



Red Bell Pepper - Red Bell Pepper, 1 cup, sliced (92.09) 29 6g 0g 1g



Drinks
Generic - Malbec Wine, 10 oz 244 8g 0g 0g



TOTAL: 1413 Calories! 1,413 186g 39g 57g




Snack Ideas!

I came across a list of snack ideas recently and thought I would share them here! 



Apples and peanut butter
Chocolate dipped banana
whole grain bread toasted with laughing cow cheese and sliced strawberries
fruit/berries/raw veggies
hummus for veggie dipping
nuts
homemade trail mix (I LOVE sunflower seeds with vegan chocolate chips) Also, just mixed UNSALTED raw not roasted nuts mixed with things like chocolate, craisins, dried fruit, etc.
yogurt with berries
peanut butter toast
chocolated dipped strawberries
applesauce (homemade or all natural)
hard boiled eggs
protein smoothie
lowfat/fatfree cottage cheese with fruit
Try freezing grapes or buy frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, and melon.
fruit salad (very yummy with honey)
ants on a log (celery, pb, raisins)
rice cakes with pb
air popped popcorn (no butter and salt)


CAME ACROSS THIS LIST AND WANTED TO SHARE!
1. Frozen Grapes
2. String Cheese
3. Banana
4. Frozen Banana (peel it first, stick in the freezer overnight- it's like a yummy popsicle)
5. Low-fat Yogurt
6. Sugar-free or fat-free pudding
7. Apple dipped in Peanut Butter (or spread peanut butter on top of apple slice and top with pecans . . . so good!
)8. 100-calorie bag of popcorn
9. Applesauce
10. Raw veggies with hummus (my new favorite!)
11. Almonds
12. Apple
13. Skinny S'more (two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate)
14. Smoked Beef Jerky (about 1 oz- look for low-sodium!)
15. Chocolate Milk
16. Hard Boiled Egg
17. Sunflower Seeds
18. Cottage Cheese
19. Sliced Cantelope
20. Raisins
21. Pita Bread and Hummus
22. Rice Cakes
23. Sugar-free Jello
24. Dried Fruits
25. Frozen Yoplait Whips Yogurt (these seriously taste like ice cream when they are frozen!)
26. Air-Popped Popcorn
27. Pistachios
28. Clementines (we call them Cuties or Clemmies)
29. Fruit Smoothie
30. Handful of olives
31. Pickles
32. Handful of blueberries with 2 tablespoons fat-free Cool-Whip
33. Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
34. 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.
35. Peanut Butter and Bananas on whole wheat bread
36. Trail Mix (make your own! Throw in dried fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts, low-sugar cereals, and even the occasional piece of candy for something sweet.)
37. Orange Slices
38. Cherry Tomatoes
39. Graham Crackers
40. Small Green Salad with light dressing
41. Mango smoothie (frozen mango, mango Greek Yogurt, and a small amount of orange juice)
42. Kabobs (thread low-fat meat, low-fat cheese, pineapple and cherry tomatoes onto a stick- my kids love anything on a stick!)
43. Half of a  Cinnamon-Raisin topped with peanut butter and banana slices
44. Grilled Pineapple (throw them on the grill or a skillet on med. heat for two minutes or until golden)
45. Baked Apples (one tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender)
46. Animal Crackers
47. Strawberries dipped in fat-free Cool Whip
48. Low-fat tortilla topped with egg salad, shredded carrots and cucumber slices
49. Parfait (build your own with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt, fruit, and granola)
50. Bowl of bran flakes with 1/2 cup skim milk and berries
51. Guacamole with veggies
52. Triscuit's Thin Crisps dipped in cottage cheese or hummus
53. Cashews
54. Pretzels
55. Sun Chips (portion control! Read the serving amount on the side!)
56. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes:  Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
57. Sugar Snap Peas
58. Steamed Veggies
59. Apricots
60. Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges
61. Any 100 calorie pack
62. Snack/Granola bar (around 150 calories or less, like Kellogg's All-Bran, Kashi TLC Trail Mix, or Fiber one Bar)
63. Baked chips (about 7-10) with salsa
64. Soy Chips
65. Protein Bar
66. Sweet Potato Fries (one light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes)
67. Wrap (I like a slice of turkey, swiss cheese, baby spinach leaves, and cranberry relish wrapped up in a tortilla)
68. Pumpkin Seeds ( 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle a tiny amount of salt on top)
69. Bean Salad
70. Broccoli Florets
71. Peaches and Cottage Cheese
72. Chopped Red Peppers
73. V8 Vegetable Juice
74. Tuna with Triscuit crackers
75. Cooked and Cubed Chicken Breast
76. Homemade Popsicles (puree watermelon, strawberries, mango, banana, etc and freeze in popsicle molds)
77. Dates with almond butter or rolled in coconut
78. Quesadilla (whole wheat (or corn) tortillas w/cheese (or not) melted in microwave - adding on tomatoes, beans, corn, olives, avocado or guacamole or whatever sounds good)
79. Watermelon
80. Cubed Apples and Cubed Cheese
81. Craisins (I love to eat these with almonds- it's a good combo)
82. Goldfish Crackers
83. Edamame
84. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus  (four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°)
85. Turkey Roll-Ups ( Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard)
86. Strawberry Salad ( 1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic)
87. Oatmeal
88. Banana Smoothie ( ½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth)
89. Lime Sherbet (1/2 cup serving) with sliced kiwi
90. Apple Chips (dehydrated apples- they are so good!)
91. Black Beans (mix 1/4 cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt for an added twist!)
92. Lettuce wrap (try two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf)
93. Pecans (try five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
94. Chocolate Covered Strawberries (dip 5 strawberries in 2 squares of dark chocolate- that is still good for you, right?!)
95. Honeyed Yogurt (½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey)
96. Blackberries (so good mixed with plain yogurt)
97. Frozen Mangos
98. Tropical Juice Smoothie (¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice)
99. Healthier Banana Bread
100. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip with fresh fruit

Monday, July 9, 2012

Punch It Out Workout!


So I took a week off of working out due to personal issues but I am back at it! WOO HOO!!! So today I wanted to go back to some basics. I needed to get back into the swing of things b/c our bodies QUICKLY get out of shape!

Today's Workout!
Today's Workout Challenge - PUSH HARD!

Circuit - set timer for 30 secs work, 5 rest, 24 Rounds

This should be 14 minutes! Good Luck!!!

Jog in place
mummy kicks
punches - JABS
push ups
punches - UPPER CUTS
dynamic WIDE squats
punches - CROSS OVER
Bridge (short bridges)
punches - HOOK
Donkey Kicks
Kick ups
Regular Squat with side leg lifts

REPEAT!!!

Wanna see me in action doing the workout? 
Play the video then! lol