Hi Guys! I hope you all had a great week. My week was crazy again. December is such a busy month. We finished up with the Nutcracker and church programs and then had my oldest in the championship basketball game. It was a fun but busy week. I cannot believe we only have 1 week until Christmas and then 2017 will be here! I have been thinking a lot about 2017. I always write out my goals. I just reflected back on my goals from last year. Some I met, and some I am still working on. It’s always great to reflect back and look forward.
According to Time Magazine, these are the most commonly broken New Year’s Resolutions:
Lose Weight and Get Fit
Learn Something New
Eat Healthier and Diet
Get Out of Debt
Spend More Time with Family
Be Less Stressed
Do you make a New Year’s Resolution? I almost always do. I have to admit after the holiday’s I usually try to focus more on eating healthy and drinking more water. With 2017 quickly approaching it’s time to think about the changes you want to make in the New Year. Why wait for January 1st to make a New Year’s Resolution.
If your goal is fitness or health related and you need a little support, join my New Year Fitness Challenge to kick off 2017. My challenge is for those who are committed to succeed and be healthy in 2017. The challenge is for all fitness levels and goals. This challenge will come with workout options, meal plans, and daily coaching. The challenge will start January 4th so don’t wait to sign up! Email me or fill out the form below, comment that you want it on the challenge and I will send you all the details. It’s going to be awesome!
I hope you guys have a great weekend! I am going to do some major Christmas shopping and wrapping!
Hi Guys, December is flying by. I cannot believe there is only 15 more days until Christmas! It is going too fast. I need to get in gear and finish my shopping and wrap all my hidden gifts.
My fitness goal for December was to “train to maintain” and so far I feel like I am doing great. I have tried a few new classes like Cycle Bar and incorporated more challenging strength training sessions. Cycling is a tough workout! I need to add more of that into my routine. I am feeling good going into the New Year.
To keep that momentum I am challenging my bootcamp class to try some new workouts for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. I will be giving them some ideas and sharing some of my favorite workouts with them. I am also encouraging them to get out and try different types of workouts. On my list of workouts to try I have cross country skiing (we have snow) and a non-heated yoga class.
If you needs some workout inspiration here are the best of 2016 workouts from my blog. Give one of them try next week!
Hi everyone I hope you had a great week. The week flew by. I cannot believe it is December. We decorated the house and got all of our holiday decor out and I am starting to feel festive! December definitely brought in the cold weather. It has been averaging around low 20 degree temperatures for the past week and that means more indoor running for this girl because I am kind of a wimp when it comes to running outside super early at 5:oo am! I can easily get bored on the treadmill when running more than 20 minutes so I have to have to keep my mind on something or mix things up. So I threw together this workout to help keeps things changing while I was on the treadmill. It went by so fast and when I was done I was feeling awesome! Give this 30 minute treadmill workout a try and let me know how it goes for you!
The goal for this 30 minute treadmill workout is to be an intense mix of hills, sprints, and endurance. I recommend starting with a jog to warm up for about 3-5 minutes and then start the workout. The pace is suggested, you will need to adjust to your personal running speed and treadmill. This workout is designed to be done in approximately 30 minutes however you can take out a section or repeat a section to make the workout your own.
Be sure to take time to stretch following this workout!
I hope you all have a great week and if you have any boredom busting treadmill ideas I would love to hear them!
Hi Guys I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving. We did! We started the day with our annual turkey trot, had a yummy dinner at my Aunt Connie’s house, played some games and hit some black Friday sales.
Like I said in my previous post on having a happy and healthy holiday, I thoroughly enjoyed all the yummy treats and a few extra glasses of wine, but now I am back to my routine.
For most people (including me) they tend to coast through Christmas and New Year’s with a health plan to start after New Year’s. I was thinking about this concept and thought why wait? Why not “Train To Maintain” for the month of December? This is what my hubby and I decided we are going to do! Most training programs focus on 3 weeks of hard work followed by a 1 week recovery period. This timing is perfect! I plan to use the first 3 weeks in December to work harder than usual and the last week of the month will be my recovery period. I will still workout and be active during my recovery period but the intensity level will be lower or I will focus on doing something totally different (yoga, hikes, walks). So here is my plan:
Set A Goal: I am a goal driven person so I like to have a goal in mind to motivate me and keep me on track. My friend and I are trying to hit the 500 mile running mark by New Years Day, so I will make sure to increase my mileage to meet this goal. I also want to focus a bit more on a more consistent strength training program and I plan to incorporate The Body Beast workout program into my current training.
Work Harder: My plan is to work harder than usual. To do this I plan to use my heart rate monitor to check my intensity level, increase my weights and reps, and try to increase my distance and speed (especially in running and rowing).
Find a Friend: Find a buddy who will join you. I plan to include my boot camp class in on this and ask them for suggestions on what they would like to focus on for the month. There is usually a fun run before Christmas so you could get your running crew to set a goal now. Set strength training goals with a friend and commit to meet each other.
Nutrition and Hydration: Remember anytime you are training hard nutrition and hydration are very important. Be sure to take in enough water, your superfoods, and be aware of your calorie and nutritional intake. My plan is to try and increase my water intake and focus on drinking my Shakeology for one meal or snack per day. This will ensure I am getting the proper nutrition I need when times get crazy! I always have a packet of Shakeology in my purse or desk for those times when I need it. This is especially important as the holiday parties and treats will start surrounding us soon.
So who is ready to join me and train to maintain for December? I would love to hear your goals in the comments!
Hey guys! Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? I know I am. I am looking forward to the turkey day 5k, my mom’s pumpkin pie and our annual black Friday shopping craziness!
Since I don’t teach my boot camp class on Thursday I put together this workout inspired by my friend Holly who also teaches a boot camp class. This was a good one! Try to get your workout in early on Thanksgiving day. Trust me you will feel so much better.
This workout can easily be done at home or at the gym. Give it a try before your big dinner on Thursday. Get up early and get it done!
Turkey Burn HIIT Workout
You will need heavy weights, a bench, and a mat. You will perform each exercise 5 times repeating for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds before moving on to the next round.
Lunges (5 each leg)
Straddle Bench Hops
Curtsey Lunges (5 each leg)
Get Ups (lie on bench with holding weight at chest, do a full sit up with feet on the floor, stand up, jump, and return to start position) *Take out the jump for lower impact version.
Do you ever find yourself using the holidays as an excuse to overeat, skip workouts, eat too much sugar, and drink too much? Maybe that is just me and my hubby! This holiday season I want to feel good but still enjoy myself and not enter the new year feeling sluggish and having put on the typical holiday weight gain.
I thought I would share my goals and tips with you to hopefully help you come out of the holiday season still feeling awesome but not depriving yourself.
I know for me if I don’t pre-plan I am more likely to fall off the wagon. If I have a holiday party to attend I am going to plan ahead by eating a small meal before, so I don’t go crazy at the party. Hydrating all day will also help feel full and energized. Most importantly I will bring one of my favorite healthy holiday treats to share. The week before a big holiday it’s important to meal prep and eat clean. We all get super busy this time of the year and continuing to prep your meals will help.
The week before the big holiday bump up your workout intensity a bit. If you can workout on the day of the big holiday meal. Find a turkey trot, play some football, or do a video. Get your workout done early so you can enjoy the day. Take a post meal walk, not only is this activity it will help digest that big meal. Invite family and friends to join you! The more people the more fun!
Be kind to yourself and indulge in some of your Thanksgiving favorites, but still be mindful. Don’t just splurge for the sake of splurging. The result of this impacts your body in unhealthy ways. Pick a few items that you love and really enjoy them. Use a small plate so you can focus on a serving of each item that you love without getting too much. Most people (my hubby) will always fill their plate, so it’s a good idea to use a smaller plate to help with serving sizes.
Get Back To Normal
Enjoy the day of Thanksgiving and the day after and then get back on track. Get back to your normal routine of eating clean and working out. Your body will thank you.
These are just of few small tips and goals I have for the holiday season. Keep these in mind as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach.
After the holiday season I am starting a New Year Challenge for any holiday damage control! This challenge will start on January 4th! I hope you will join me on this challenge and start the 2017 off right! Who’s in????
Hey Guys I hope you had an awesome weekend! It was so pretty here and nice to enjoy some sunshine. I am dreading moving my running indoor to the treadmill so I am still trying to enjoy all the outdoor workouts I can. Saturday I gathered a bunch of my friends and we headed to the park for an outdoor partner bootcamp workout. It rocked! It is always fun to do a partner workout to mix it up a bit. It was also nice to see each of the partners encouraging one another. I thought I would share it with you so you can give it a try before it gets too cold.
For this workout you will not need any equipment except a mat (optional) and a park bench of some sort. You will also want to make sure you have room to run at least 50 meters preferably in a straight line.
Warm Up: One mile jog or brisk walk. We did a loop around the park. If you do not have a loop you could always sub in a dynamic warm up performing high knees, jacks, jog in place and body weight squats.
You will be in pairs for this workout (you could do it on your own as well). Partner 1 will perform the exercises (A) listed while the other partner performs the other exercise (B) listed. Complete each number of rounds and then move on to the next. This workout is approximately 45-60 minutes.
Partner 1 (A) Run 50 Meters and complete 15 push ups, run back to the start
Partner 2 (B) Plank Jacks
Repeat 2-4 times
Partner 1 (A) Run 50 Meters and do walking lunges back to the start
Partner 2 (B) 10 Tricep Dips on bench and 10 bodyweight squats until partner returns
Repeat 2-4 times
Partner 1 (A) Run 50 Meters and do 10 burpees
Partner 2 (B) Plank Shoulder Taps
Repeat 2-4 times
Partner 1 (A) Run 50 Meters and then do side squats back be sure to rotate sides halfway
Partner 2 (B) Steps Ups on Bench
Repeat 2-4 times
Gyrator: Sit with facing each other with feet touching, in a v sit position circle feet over and under your partners while holding core in tight. (1 minute)
Plank High Fives: In plank position high five each other alternating each side. (1 minute)
Cool Down and Stretch
Grab a buddy and head outdoors for this fun and challenging workout.
As the holiday season is fast approaching do you find yourself feeling a little more stressed? I know I do! I decided I wanted to do a little experiment and challenge myself to meditate daily through the busy holiday season. I was inspired by another blogger who suggested a meditation challenge. I thought this was an amazing idea! Starting next week I plan to meditate at least one time per day until the New Year. I know that sounds daunting but I think I can do it.
There are so many benefits of meditation. Here are the top reasons I think we need to incorporate more meditation into our physical, mental and spiritual strength.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Helps with Concentration
Helps with Sleep
These are only a few of the many benefits of meditation. If you are new to meditation it can be a little intimidating. This article by Mind Body Green has great tips and suggestions for beginners. Start with just a few minutes a day and build up. We all have time to scroll through Pinterest, Facebook, or zone out in front of the TV, so I am sure we can schedule 5 minutes into our day to start meditating.
I also recommend using guided meditations. Guided meditations walk you through meditating step by step. They can be a great resource for those new to meditating. I prefer to use a guided meditation. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sleep Ezy Tonight. This one is great for everyone. My 9 year old daughter loves it! Try it on your kids it will work!!!!
Hi Guys I hope you are having an amazing week and had a great Halloween. I thought I would share a little race recap with you.
Sunday was the Onward Shay half marathon. A little while back I told myself I was going to stick to shorter distance running but my running girls talked me into this one! I think it is an amazing cause to support so why not. I didn’t really have a goal going into this race, but I was feeling strong and ready. When I saw the weather was forecasting rain I was dreading it. It brought back memories of my Portland Marathon experience in the pouring rain. I told myself I was not going to let the rain get me this time. I remained focused and didn’t let myself get mental. It poured rain almost the entire time. My feet and clothes were soaking wet when I was done. I was feeling sore but I felt good. It wasn’t my best half marathon, but I feel good with my overall time of 1:55. For now though I think I will stick to shorter distance running!
One of the questions I get from friends or new runners is about my nutrition before, during and after runs. So I thought I would recap that as well for you guys. I think it is important to find what works for you and stick to it. It’s kinda boring but it will ensure you have a great race.
The Night Before
I am super picky about what I eat right before a race and I have learned what my body can tolerate pre long runs. So I whipped up a chicken stir fry with some white rice. I try to stick to rice or sweet potatoes and chicken before a race because I seem to tolerate those foods the best. Went to bed early and had my normal pre bed rituals.
I woke up WAY TOO EARLY! I tried to stay in bed and fall back to sleep but that didn’t happen. So I got up and had my 1 cup of coffee, read my Bible and wrote in my journal. I find morning to be my most relaxing time when the house is quiet and I have some time to reflect and connect with God.
Since the race starts at Noon I decided that I was going to have a bigger breakfast. I stuck to my typical breakfast that I eat before a long run. I had oatmeal cooked with ½ a mashed banana, almond milk, peanut butter and chocolate protein powder. I wanted to eat more early so I could have it all digested by race time. I also drank about 80z of water with my breakfast. On the way to church I did pick up a soy latte. I was hoping this didn’t mess up my stomach and it was fine.
Since the race was at Noon this was very different since I am accustomed to running early in the morning around 8am. I headed off to church at 9am (I can’t miss church it throws my week totally off) and made sure to bring my water with me, so I could sip on it. I did not feel hungry so I decided to skip any pre-race snack. I opted for water instead.
During the Run
I am very picky about the nutrition I use during races. For longer races I like to stick to water and more natural options like raisins, dates with almond butter or fig newtons. However, my friends at the Pulse running store hooked me up with a Huma gel a few weeks ago and I fell in love. So at around mile 5 I started taking little bits of my gel followed by water. It got me through to the finish. Huma gels rock. They are all natural chia energy gels. My favorite flavors are the strawberry lemonade and plain lemonade.
After grabbing a water, a banana, and a bar. I headed straight for my friend Teresa at the Foothill Physical Therapy booth for a calf massage. Man did it feel good even though I was freezing! I think it helped with my recovery too. I never really feel like eating after a race, but I was starving. So I had some water and a Back Country Bar. Later that night I was still not hungry so I had a small amount of stew for dinner and a banana peanut butter protein “ice cream” for dessert. For some reason I was craving a banana.
The Day After
Man was I sore! I got up and went to the gym although I was not feeling it! I met my friend and we focused on upper body. I rode the bike for about 10 minutes to warm up and I think that helped loosen up my legs. I was struggling at the gym but at least I went. As for nutrition, I was starving! I am always super hungry the day after. I ate a big breakfast of eggs, turkey bacon and avocado toast with coffee. For a snack I had another Backcountry Bar and for lunch I had smoothie. It was Halloween so I indulged in some wine, chili and some treats at my friend Holly’s epic Halloween Party.
I hope these tips help you with your next run. Do any of you have any special rituals or things you do before a run?
It’s almost Halloween!!!! I love Halloween. The theater teacher in me loves to dress up in costumes and put on crazy makeup. I am excited to head out and do some trick or treating and hang out with friends this weekend celebrating. It is easy to get off track though during the holiday season, especially Halloween with all the tempting treats. I put together a few tips for you on how to stay on track on Halloween as well as some of my favorite workouts to do before you head out for fun.
How to stay on track on Halloween
#1 Don’t skip meals before you head out trick or treating. This will cause you to reach into your child’s candy bag and eat way too many snickers! Eat a healthy meal before going out trick or treating or to a Halloween Party. Don’t forget to drink your water. It will help fill you up and it is great for your body!
#2 Stay active on Halloween. Try this fun Halloween workout, take a class or if you want a challenge try my dirty 30 workout! Instead of driving the kids around the neighborhood walk with them. Be sure to get your workout in early so you are not tempted to skip it. Fun fact a mini pack of M&M’s takes 9 minutes of burpees to burn off—-wowzers!
#3 Allow yourself to enjoy one of your favorite holiday treats. For me, I love candy corn with peanuts and pretzels. I only eat it one time per year and I am going to enjoy a few handfuls of it, but not the entire bowl.
#4 Does the idea of having all the kids leftover candy tempt you too much? Hide it in the freezer or better yet donate it to the troops or sell it at your local dental office (if your kids will let you). Last year we let our kiddos keep a few of their favorites and took the rest with us on our mission trip to Guatemala. I am not much of a candy person but my hubby and the kids will eat it if it is there. My hubby will find where I hide it and eat it straight out of the freezer too!
#5 Brush your teeth! If you brush your teeth before handing out candy to trick or treaters or heading out to a party you will be less tempted to eat. This doesn’t necessarily work for everyone (me) but it’s worth a try. Or you could even chew gum or mints!
Have fun and be safe on Halloween. What are you guys dressing up as? My older daughter and her friends are M&M’s, my younger daughter is dressing up as a toddler and the hubby and I are still debating. I am thinking of going as a Pig in A Blanket, yup easy and warm!!!! Have a great weekend and Halloween on Monday!!!!