20 Minute Tabata Workout

Hi Guys, sorry I have been MIA from the blog for a bit.  I have been feeling a little burned out on my current workout and eating routine.  I have been experimenting with new workouts and intuitive eating.  I will share more about the eating part in another post.  

My latest workout obsession has been short Tabata Workouts.  Tabata workouts are easy and super effective. You will need to pick a cardio activity such as running,  jumping rope, biking, or cardio exercises and go as hard as you can for 20 seconds. Follow that with 10 seconds of rest and repeat 7 more times for a total of 8 sets.   This is a total of 4 minutes.  During your 20 second work efforts make sure you are really pushing yourself as hard as you can. What I am loving about these workouts is that they are quick and easy to do anywhere.  You can even split them up throughout the day. 

Here is an awesome workout I did today.  Feel free to do as many rounds as possible.  

Warm Up:  3 Minutes of jogging, bike, elliptical or dynamic warm up.  

Complete each exercise listed for 20 seconds rest for 10 seconds.  Do each exercise twice through before moving to the next exercise.  

Round 1

  • Body Weight Squats 2x
  • Squat with Calf Raise 2x
  • Squat Kicks 2x
  • Squat Jumps 2x

Round 2

  • Push Ups 2x
  • Mountain Climbers 2x
  • Push Ups 2x
  • Mountain Climbers 2x

Round 3

  • Walk Out Burpee 2x
  • Burpees 2x
  • Burpees with to a Squat 2x
  • Burpees with a Jack 2x

Round 4

  • Jumping Jacks 2x
  • Squat Jacks 2x
  • Cross Jacks 2x
  • Tuck Jumps 2x

Always cool down and stretch following your workout.  

I hope you are having a great week.  

 

 

Easy Pumpkin Spice Protein Muffins

Easy Pumpkin Protein Muffins It’s official I am addicted to pumpkin right now!  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spice latte’s, pumpkin chex mix and these delicious and super simple muffins.  My kids think I am going crazy.  They keep saying “enough of the pumpkin stuff.”  Sorry kids! 

What makes these super easy to make is using the Kodiak Cakes flapjack and waffle mix.  This is my go-to for pancakes and waffles.  It is hands down the best mix. It has protein so it is super filling.  I get mine at Costco since we go through it so much.  They have a variety of different flavors but I usually stick with the regular and add my own spin on it.  

I made these the other day and they did not last long in my house.  You can freeze them and pull one out when needed.  

Give these a try.  They are a healthy after school snack or little treat after dinner!  I get most of my ingredients at Thrive Market.  I love the pumpkin puree they have and the raw nuts.  

Easy Pumpkin Spice Protein Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Flapjack and Pancake Mix
  2. 1 Can Pure Pumpkin (15 oz)
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  6. 1 ¼ tsp Pumpkin pie spice
  7. ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup
  8. ¼ cup Coconut Oil, melted
  9. ½ cup Raisins or Chocolate Chips
  10. Optional Raw Pumpkin Seeds (for topping)
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix all dry ingredients into a large bowl until well combined.
  2. 2. In a separate bowl combine pumpkin, egg, maple syrup until mixed well. Slowly stir in the melted coconut oil.
  3. 3. Combine the wet ingredients slowly into the dry ingredients.
  4. 4. Fold in the raisins or chocolate chips.
  5. 5. Spoon batter into lined or sprayed muffin tins. Top with raw pumpkin seeds (optional).
  6. 6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until done. Check for doneness when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. 7. Store in an airtight container or freeze.
Notes
  1. You can use honey or another liquid sweetener of choice. You could also try liquid stevia as part of the sweetener for a lower sugar option. I spray my muffin tins with a coconut oil spray.
  2. I used raisins for this batch but semi sweet mini chocolate chips is delicious as well.
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Friday Faves: All Things Pumpkin Spice

 Friday is here!  Fall is here!  The pumpkin spice latte is back!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love that pumpkin makes a reappearance into my meals.  I do love a pumpkin spice latte once or twice during the season, however I recommend that you ask for half the flavoring to cut down on the sugar content.  Go ahead try it!  It tastes just as good.  

Now on to my Friday Faves!  This edition focuses on all my current pumpkin obsessions.  I thought I would share them all with you.  

RX Bar Pumpkin Spice Flavor

RXBARYou guys know I love RX bars and this one is a special seasonal edition.  It is so good!  This bar has 4 ingredients and still has 12 G of protein.  I love it!

 

Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheat’s

I don’t typically eat a lot of cereal but I do have a little obsession with frosted mini wheat’s.  I really like the original version a lot, but this one is super tasty as well.  The great thing about this cereal is that it is a great source of Iron.  I usually have a handful of these on the way to the gym or throw them together with some nuts and dried cranberries as a trail mix snack.  

Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Protein Oats

This is one of my tried and true recipes.  I love to add pumpkin into my oatmeal or smoothies.  So good!  

Pumpkin Muffins 

These muffins are yummy.  I like to add a bit of mini dark chocolate chips to the batter as well.  You can easily freeze these and take them out for a quick breakfast addition or snack.  If they last that long.  Here is the recipe give them a try.  

Pumpkin Muffins

I have so many other pumpkin things I love, but I thought I would share my top 4 that keep making an appearance.  Give them a try.  

If you want a laugh watch this video.  This couple cracks me up.  

What are your pumpkin favorites for fall?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a great weekend!  

 

 

Run, Row, and Strength Workout (Orange Theory Mash Up)

Hi guys!  This week really flew by.  I am so glad it is the weekend.  I don’t have a lot of plans just watching my youngest daughter play volleyball, shopping for homecoming with my oldest daughter, and a long run with my girls on Sunday.  We have 10 miles so I am prepping for that.  I always look forward to long runs with the girls it gives us time to catch up.   

I thought I would share a workout I threw together and did at the gym last week.  I sort of mashed up one of my Orange theory workouts and one of my strength training workouts.  Give it a try.  It is a good one!  

Orange Theory Workout

 

If you need the OT pace guide you can find it at the bottom of this post.  

If you like this workout check out my other Orange Theory workouts on the blog!   Don’t forget to subscribe for updates and new workouts each week!

Have a great weekend!   

Friday Faves

Happy Friday! As usual, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things I am into right now.

One of my goals this summer was to read a new book (not a teaching, health or self help book).  One of my friends gave me the book Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.  It was sooooo good.  I could not put it down.  I love all of her books but this one was so good and so relevant to what we are going through in our world.  It had such a great message.  I was angry, happy and sad!  You have to read this book.

Small Great Things BookAnother summer goal was to find new podcasts and listen to them on my walks or when I am doing daily chores.  These are my two favorite podcasts right now:

God Centered Mom and One Extraordinary Marriage.  These two podcasts have been life changing.  There are so many topics covered and I feel they are relevant for moms and married couples.  If you haven’t listened to these try one.  You will be hooked!

Sun Basket Meal Delivery

Have you seen all those meal delivery services out there and wanted to try one?  Well I did!  While I was listening to one of my favorite Podcasts I heard them talking about the meals.  So I decided to give it a try.  With school back in session, both of my daughters in sports and a busy schedule I figured it was the best time to try it. I opted to try the family plan where I receive 2 meals per week.  The meals I chose were paleo and gluten free.  All of the meals have been really good except for one that was just ok.  My girls were not too keen on a few of them.  However, they really liked our most recent meals the Turkey Tacos with cucumber-red pepper salsa and the Korean Beef Skewers with bok choy plum slaw.   I really liked how convenient it was and how we got to try a variety of new flavors and meal options.  It is a little expensive so I won’t be doing it weekly but if I have a really busy week or need a little more variety I will definitely be scheduling a delivery.  This is not a sponsored post but if you would like to try Sun Basket you can get $35.00 off your first order here.    Have you guys tried this?  What do you think?  

I hope you guys have some fun plans this weekend!  Enjoy!

Wednesday Workout: Legs and Cardio

Hi guys, it’s been kinda crazy around here.  I am a teacher and we just started back to school so the past few weeks have been nuts.  I always joke that I have to get back into teaching shape when the school year starts! It is so true! Not to mention I had to have unexpected oral surgery so my eating, workouts and sleep have been just a bit off.  I am feeling much better and back to my normal routine for the most part.  

I thought I would share my leg workout with you.  It was killer.  I am still feeling it big time.  I am trying to spend one day focusing on upper body and one day focusing on lower body in addition to teaching my classes and running.  This is an awesome workout you can do in under 30 minutes so give it a try!  

Legs and Cardio Workout

I will be hosting a FREE Facebook 30 day health and fitness challenge starting next week.  I will be giving tips, meal ideas, recipes and workouts.  So checkout my Facebook page to join it’s going to be so fun!

Have an awesome week!

Friday Faves

Happy Friday.  I hope you guys have some fun plans for the weekend.  I thought I would share another installment of my current favorite things.  Just a reminder I only share the things that love and I am not paid for this.  

First up is one of my new favorite beauty products.  

Mary Kay Charcoal Mask  

I am sure you have heard the buzz all over about charcoal beauty products and this product is awesome.  Everyone in my family uses it.  Even the hubby!  So guys this is for you too.  This mask unclogs pores, absorbs oils and leaves skin feel refreshed and clean.  You can clearly see a difference after using the product.  We use it a few times a week.  Since I have fairly dry skin sometimes I only put it on the T zone of my face.  You guys have to try this!  It is a great deal too.  My mom is a Mary Kay consultant and she can hook you up with an awesome deal.  

Third Love Bras

This is another one of those companies you have probably seen all over social media.  Their bras are awesome!  I got the classic t shirt bra in naked 2.   It was a bit more money than I usually spend on a bra but it is so worth it.  When I put on my old bras I can totally tell the difference.  It is crazy!  The nice thing is that you can try it for a month and if you don’t like it you can send it back.  All you have to do is pay the shipping cost.  Try it here!  Trust me!  

Smoothie Bowls

I am on another one of my smoothie bowl kicks!  I think it is the hot weather and my usual bowl of egg white oatmeal has just not been sounding as good as usual.  So I have been trying out a bunch of differentth smoothie bowls.  They are so easy to throw together and so good.  Typically I just blend up my favorite smoothie but make it thicker.  Then I pour it out into a bowl and add some toppings like granola, chopped nuts, chia seeds, or nut butter.  You can easily enjoy this as a tasty dessert too!  Be careful though the extras can add up and these can be full of calories.  

This is one of my go to smoothie bowl recipes:

  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • ½ of a frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • Approximately ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (depending on the thickness you like)

Sometimes I add in maca powder, coconut oil, or green vibrance.  These are just optional.  Blend until the consistency is similar to soft serve ice cream.  A high powered blender helps.  Top with your toppings of choice and enjoy!  

I would love to hear what your current faves are so leave me a note in the comments.  Have an awesome weekend! 

Monday Meal Prep: Buddha Bowls

Hey guys! I hope you had a great weekend.  Last week I was in Portland and I checked out my favorite juice bar Kure. They had these amazing looking bowls. They were a bit pricey.  Each bowl was around $10 each.  That is a bit steep for me.  So I was on a mission to recreate these at home.  These bowls are a great weeknight meal that can be customized to each person if you wanted.  I am not at all a chef but these were super yummy and easy to put together.  First I started off with a base of greens.  I had a mix of tender greens including spinach, kale and chard.  Then you will want to add your grains.  I prepped both rice and quinoa so my kiddos could choose what they wanted since they are not big fans of quinoa.  Next you will want to include some good carbs like sweet potato, chickpeas, black beans, or corn.  Then add in your veggies that you like and your protein of choice.  We added in some roasted veggies and chicken.  You can also add in additional toppings of choice like fresh herbs, hemp seeds, sauces, avocado or chopped nuts and seeds.  Roasted Veggies What I really loved was that each person could build their own bowl and customize it to what they like.  It was also really nice to see my girls add in their own veggies.  Even better I had enough left over to throw it all together with my homemade balsamic dressing and have it as a salad for lunch the next day.  Give it a try!

Buddha Bowl For another bowl idea try these burrito bowls.  This is one of my families favorite weeknight meals. 

Have a great week!

Wednesday Workout: Orange Theory Inspired

Hi Guys I hope you are having a great week.  I started back to Orange Theory and it feels so good.  I love the classes.  They are super challenging and I always feel great after.  I can only go once a week, so on my other gym days I try to incorporate aspects of OT into my own workout.  Why is the rowing machine so hard?

I thought I would share my latest OT inspired workout.  It was a killer one.  I split it into two 30 minute sections, however you can adjust as needed or to fit into the time you have.  Remember to push yourself on your push pace.  It should be 1-2 mph faster than your normal pace.  You should have trouble talking.  

Orange Theory Workout

Have you tried an Orange Theory class?  If so, what is your favorite part? 

Don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom to get my latest workouts delivered to your inbox.  Have an awesome week!

 

Birthday Bootcamp Workout

Hi Guys I hope you are having an awesome week.  It has been a fun week around here.  We went on a hike, saw The Hunchback of Notre Dame (highly recommend seeing it)  at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and did a bedroom makeover.  It has been quite busy.  

My Birthday is next week and I have been celebrating early.  It’s the big 4-0!  My class members at the gym brought me gifts and this giant chocolate chip cookie.  Which tasted amazing with my coffee.  I even dug into it on the way home it smelled so good!   I am so spoiled.

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I have an awesome workout brought to you by my hubby!  It was his Birthday gift to me.  I am still sore!  I thought I would share it with you so you can give it a try.  You can do this workout easily at home, the gym or at the park.  I would recommend doing it outside to change up your equipment, terrain and the atmosphere.  You do not need any equipment, however if you don’t have soft surface like grass I would recommend bringing a towel or mat for the abs.  You can even get your kids involved too! 

Bootcamp Workout

You will need to mark out a 40 yard distance for this workout.

Workout Format:  In honor of the Birthday (July 25, age 40), we did 7 combo exercises 25 reps or a distance of 40 yards. Repeat each combo twice.  

Warm Up (do each exercise down and back 40 yard distance)

  • High Knee Pulls
  • Single Leg Touches
  • High Skips
  • High Knees
  • Grapevine
  • Butt Kicks
  • Inch Worm
  • Sprint

Combo 1

  • Inverted Row (we used swings and playground equipment
  • 25 Jumping Jacks

Combo 2

  • 25 Push Ups
  • Low Grapevine 40 Yards (this is like a moving curtsey lunge)

Combo 3

  • 25 Prisoner Squat with Alternating Knee to Elbow (start with right knee for first round, left knee second round)
  • Crab Walks 40 Yards

Combo 4

  • 25 Hip Ups (right side for first round, left for second round)
  • Walking Lunges 40 Yards

Combo 5

  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • Moving Burpees 40 Yards

Combo 6

  • 25 Sumo Squat Jumps
  • Bear Crawls 40 Yards

Combo 7

  • Plank Spider (in plank position bring your right foot to the outside of your right hand then alternate sides)
  • 40 Yard Sprint

Cool Down

  • 1 Mile Jog or Walk (optional)
  • Stretch:  Be sure to stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and upper body. 

Give it a try and let me know how it goes so I can report back to the hubby.  Have an amazing weekend.