Friday I’m In Love: Things I am Into Lately

Things I am loving Lately

I hope you are all having an amazing week.   People always ask me about my favorite snacks, recipes, workouts, and products.  So I thought I would share the things I have been into lately.  

This Book

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

This book is awesome.  I just finished up a women’s group and we studied this book.  It really spoke to me.  It was a great reminder to stay present.  Leave behind all the busyness and franticness.  If you get a chance read it!  It will change the way you think and act!  

Collagen Peptides by Sports Research

I ran out of these and kept forgetting to order them.  It had been about a month of not taking them and I could tell a difference in both my skin and my digestion.  I will definitely be keeping this as one of my supplements. I like to mix it in my morning coffee before I hit the gym.  You cannot even taste it.   You can read more about the benefits of Collagen here

 

Tulsi Tea

A friend of me got me into drinking this tea in the evening.  She suggested I try it to help with stress, anxiety and combat sleep issues.  According to the package, some of the benefits are stress relief, aids digestion, anti-aging and boosts the immune system.  I am currently drinking the Organic India Lemon Ginger flavor.  It does have a bit of a ginger bite to it, but I like that!  I have noticed that it does provide a calming effect after a stressful day and can help me relax prior to bed.  I do drink it a few hours before bedtime to avoid nighttime potty breaks.  

 

Spartan Workouts

Since I did the Spartan last summer I still get emails with the workouts and some of them are awesome.  I haven’t done this workout in a while and it is a killer.  If you are preparing for a Spartan Race I highly recommend it.  I am still sore!!!

RX Bars

Have you guys tried these?  These bars are so good and so clean!  I personally love the peanut butter flavor the best.  I like to eat these as dessert or as a pre-run snack with my coffee.  

 

New Vegan Shakeology Flavors

I love Shakeology!  Now they have added 2 new vegan flavors.  Vanilla and Cafe Latte!  I love the Chocolate flavor.  I am so glad that I have two new flavors to add to my daily Shakeology habit.  If you have never tried Shakeology you have to try it.  It has made a huge difference in my overall health and well being.  I am a Beachbody Coach so feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the products. 

http://www.shakeology.com/4livingthewrightway

Have an amazing weekend! 

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Last Week’s Workouts and My Favorite Post Workout Breakfast Recipe

Hi guys, as promised here are my workouts for the past week including my strength training plan.  I wasn’t able to fit in a 3rd day in addition to my classes I teach and OT this week but I am planning to get back on track this week.  It was a bit crazy around my house with Easter, family in town and my oldest daughters Birthday.   To top it off I am feeling a cold coming on!  UGH!!!  I also included my favorite post workout breakfast recipe. 

Monday:  Strength and Conditioning

Warm Up:  Jog, Bike or Row 5 Minutes

Deadlift:  Just like last week I worked on finding my 1 Rep Max.  After a warmup of lighter weights I gradually increased until I found a challenging weight.  Don’t forget to write down your weight for future workouts.  

Circuit 1

  • Glute Hamstring Curls (use a ball or machine) 15 Reps
  • 400 Meter Row (time each one and try to beat your time on the next round)
  • Weighted Step Ups (20 Total, 10 Each Leg)

Repeat 3x

Circuit 2

  • Hanging Leg Raises (this  one was tough for me) 10 Reps
  • Run .25 Miles (keep track of your time for this and try to beat it on the next round)

Repeat 3-4x

Tuesday:  Taught a new class Step 360x and Chisel

Wednesday:  Orange Theory Workout

Thursday:  Taught a new HIIT cardio class and yoga class.

Friday:   Cycle Bar Class

Saturday:  Strength and Cardio Conditioning

Warm Up Jog 5 Minutes

Bench Press (80% of max from last week) 3 Sets of 8

Circuit 1

  • Single Arm Rows (12 reps each side)
  • Weighted Side Bends or Windmill (10 Reps Each Side)   
  • 10  Burpees
  • 10 Pull Ups (use assistance if needed)

Repeat 3 x

Circuit 2

  • Squat Press (10 Reps)
  • Dumbbell Pullovers (12-15 Reps)
  • KettleBell Swing (10 Reps)
  • Run .25 Miles (push your pace here)

Repeat 3x

Core

  • Weighted Russian Twist (20 Total)
  • Lying Leg Raise (10 Total)

Repeat 3x

Cool Down and Stretch

Sunday:  Easy 4 Mile Sunrise Easter Run

My favorite post workout Breakfast

This week I was on one of my oatmeal kicks again.  I love to add egg whites into my oatmeal to add extra volume and protein.  Have you guys ever tried it?  If not you have to give it a try.  The key is to cook it slowly and stir often so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs in your oatmeal.  

Here is how I make it:

  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats
  • ½ Ripe Mashed Banana
  • ½ Cup Egg Whites (I use the liquid in a carton)
  • ½ Cup Almond Milk (you could use water or another milk)

Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 2 minutes stirring every 20-30 seconds.  When finished top with 1 tablespoon of nut butter and some stevia (optional).   

This is my favorite breakfast and it always fills me up.  Give it a try!  I hope you guys have a great week! 

Confessions of a Cardio Junkie

Have you ever found yourself saying things like, “I can’t lift heavy weights” or “I don’t want to bulk up” and “I don’t feel like lifting weights is a good workout.”  GUILTY!!!!  Before I left for our cruise a few weeks ago I made the decision to start a new strength training plan when I returned.  The last few weeks my workouts were getting monotonous and I was still feeling a little soft in the tummy area even though I increased my cardio and added in extra miles.  So after talking with the hubby and doing a little research I found that I need to bump up my strength routine a bit.  I decided to do a 6 week program and see how I feel and look at the end of it  This week I started a new program.  I got most of the workout ideas from Body Building.com, from my previous workouts and from my husband.  I wanted to try to focus on 3-4 strength days per week.  These workouts include some running and core which is optional.  If you are not a runner you could always incline walk, row, bike or use the elliptical just be sure to push yourself.  Be sure to increase your weight size.  You should have trouble completing the final set.

 I plan to share my workouts with you guys on the blog.  I hope to inspire you to change up your current routine and lift some heavy weights.  In case your are still not convinced here are some of the benefits to adding in a strength routine to your workouts.

Benefits of Strength Training

  • Increased Metabolism and After Burn
  • Reduce Body Fat
  • You will get stronger and fitter!
  • Bone Health
  • Helps keep any weight off!

Here is what my week of workouts looked like with more detailed instructions below.  I will be posting these at the end of each week so if you want to join me on this plan you will have them for your upcoming week. 

For the majority of these workouts you will want to find your 1 rep max.  Which is something I have never done before.  For safety you need a partner to spot you while finding your 1 rep max.  The reasons for finding your 1RM is a lot of workouts your weights will be based off of a percentage of that 1RM.  If you can’t find a 1 rep. max, then you can still do the workouts just make sure you are using challenging weight.

Day 1

strength and conditioning workout

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Another Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Hey guys!  I hope you are having an awesome week.  The weather is starting to get warmer which means more outdoor workouts for me!  I have been going to Orangetheory Fitness over the winter but I typically change up my workouts when Spring and Summer come around.  This workout is inspired by an Orangetheory workout.  It is fast paced and definitely keeps things exciting.  If  you don’t have an OT studio you can easily do this workout at the gym.  

Since each block is shorter (4 minutes) try to push yourself harder.  Change your pace, increase your weights, or push yourself more on the rowing machine.  I don’t know about you guys, but the rowing is my weakness.  You will need a set of dumbbells, a step/bench, and a mat.  

Orange Theory Workout

If you need the pacing guides for the treadmill portion you can find it here

If you like this workout here are a few more to try:

Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Treadmill and Rowing HIIT workout

Give this workout a try and let me know what you think! 

Total Body Pyramid Workout

I love a good pyramid workout.  They can be very challenging and go by so fast.  It’s a great way to mix up your sets and reps to keep you from getting bored in the gym.  This total body pyramid workout can be done with or without weights and the intensity can be modified if needed.  It can easily be done at the gym or at home.  Complete each block of exercises before moving on to the next (25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60) after you have finished 60 you will go back down through each exercise (60, 50, 40, 35, 30, 25).  Rest when needed.  

Total Body Pyramid Workout

Warm Up:  Dynamic warmup or jog, bike or row for 2-3 minutes.  

Block 1 (25 reps)

  • Burpee
  • Ski Jumps
  • Super Jacks
  • Plank Hops
  • Kettle Bell Swings (can use a dumbbell)

Block 2 (30 Reps)

  • Lunge Hops
  • Squat Knee Hops
  • Goblet Squat
  • Plank Shoulder Taps

Block 3 (35 Reps)

  • Heisman’s
  • In and Out Tire Runs
  • Sumo Squats

Block 4 (40 Reps)

  • Star Jumps
  • Bent Over Rows

Block 5 (50 Reps)

  • Jumping Jacks

Block 6 (60 Seconds)

  • Plank (extended or forearm)

Let me know if you give this workout a try.  If you are looking for more total body workouts, here are a few you might like. 

Total Body HIIT Workout

Total Body Boot Camp Workout

Orange Theory Inspired Total Body Workout

Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Have an awesome week! 

Staying Motivated To Workout

Now that the New Year is in full swing do you ever find yourself not being as motivated as you were in January?  I have my moments where I don’t feel like getting up super early and heading to the gym, but once I get up and do it I feel so energized after.  I thought I would share some tips to help stay motivated and focused on your goals going into spring.    

Motivational Quote

  1. Lay your clothes out the night before your workout or pack them in a bag to take to work.  You will have your clothing ready to go when you get up or head home from work.  
  2. Get  workout clothing that you feel and look good in.  I really love it when I have a new workout outfit, it helps inspire me.  I love Fabletics, I just ordered 3 new pair of leggings and I love them!  I am not paid to say this, but you can check out this link to see all the awesome stuff they have and they are a great deal too: http://www.fabletics.com/invite/69348757/
  3. Put together a killer playlist to get you pumped for your run or workout.  I love listening to motivating music on my run.  
  4. Remember your goal and your why.  Why are you doing this?  Think back to the goal you set at the start of 2017 and keep pushing toward that goal.  
  5. Let others help keep you accountable!  Join a gym, take a class, run with a group of friends.  When you are part of a group there is more motivation to show up and you will be energized by others.  
  6. Don’t let one mistake derail you.  If you miss a workout or two, start again!  If you have a bad eating day, start fresh the next day.  These are just delay days and you always have tomorrow.  

I hope these tips help you stay on track toward your goals.  When you think about quitting, think about WHY you started.  If you have any additional tips I would love to hear them in the comments.  It’s almost Friday!!!!  Have an amazing weekend! 

Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Hey guys! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend.  The past few weeks have been crazy around here and I haven’t been posting my favorite workouts! I have been going to Orangetheory for over a year now and I keep coming back for more.  People always ask me why I spend so much money on it and is it worth it?  I would say for me it is worth it.  As a fitness instructor often times it’s hard to find time to create my own workouts and it’s nice to just show up and have it all planned out for me.  I get to focus on myself and push myself a little bit harder.  While I do understand it is a bit pricey, you can still do these types of workouts at your gym.  If you have a heart rate monitor you can also monitor how hard you are pushing yourself just like you do at Orangetheory.   If you don’t have a studio near you and want to give it a try at your gym, I have an great one for you! It is inspired by an Orangetheory workout that was awesome and burned a ton of calories! I was dripping sweat! I plan to do this one at the gym next week.

Orange Theory Workout

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Total Body HIIT Workout

I hope you are all having a great week!  It’s been raining and yucky so my workouts have all been inside.  I really want to get outside and run!  The treadmill can get boring plus I miss my running buddies!  I am hoping to run this weekend with my girls!  It’s my therapy session and I am really missing it due to all the ice and snow on our running trails and routes. 

I have been trying to mix up my workouts to keep from getting bored.  I put this workout together the other day and it was awesome.  It can easily be done at home (I did it in my garage gym) or at the gym.  Give it a try! 

HIIT WORKOUT

This workout will really get your heart pumping and will work your legs.  Approximate time is 45 minutes.

Let me know if you give it a try!  Have a great week!

Cauliflower Oatmeal Recipe

Cauli Proats (Cauliflower Protein Oatmeal)

One of my goals for 2017 was to try and incorporate more veggies into my meals.  I want to focus on getting a serving or two of veggies per meal.  This is tough when it comes to breakfast for me.  I am not the type of person who likes leftovers or a lot of meat and veggies for breakfast.  I prefer oatmeal, smoothies or protein pancakes.  So I heard from a friend that she puts cauliflower into her oatmeal.  I thought this sounded terrible but I gave it a shot anyway.  It’s actually really good!  You cannot taste the cauliflower and it almost doubles your bowl of oatmeal.  It is super filling.  So I thought I would share my recipe for Cauli Oats with you.  There are so many ways to make this, but this is how I make it and then I  customize it depending on how I am feeling or what I am craving!  

Cauliflower Oats
Serves 1
Cauliflower Protein Oatmeal
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Prep Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Oatmeal (I used gluten free rolled oats)
  2. 3/4 Cup Riced Cauliflower Fresh or Frozen
  3. 1/2-1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  4. Toppings or Mix In’s (Bananas, Blueberries, Dried Fruit, Almonds, Nut Butter, Protein Powder)
  5. Optional Sweetener (stevia, honey, maple syrup)
  6. Dash of Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine Oatmeal, Riced Cauliflower and Almond Milk in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally. Let sit for 2-3 minutes. Add in your mix ins and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I used frozen riced cauliflower in my version and it worked great. This is the base recipe.  If you like your oatmeal thicker I would use less milk.
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Cauliflower Oatmeal Recipe

My favorite ways to eat it are adding in a scoop of vanilla protein powder, fresh fruit, lots of cinnamon and nut butter.  So good.  Trust me you have to try this!

I hope you have a great weekend.  Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think. 

 

 

Got Stinky Workout Clothes?

Hey guys, I hope you had a great week.  I am up early and washing laundry, I know it sounds super fun right?  Since I workout every day I thought I would share a few tips for washing your workout gear.  This is an updated post since I have found a new method I think works great. 


Ok I know this is gross, but I know I am not the only one who has this problem.  Stinky gym clothes!  Even my daughters have it from track and basketball uniforms.   I try to buy fabrics that are wicking and anti-stink, but I still face the problem of smelly workout gear.  I set out to find ways to refresh my gym clothes.   I searched all over the internet and asked my friends what they do and here is what I came up with.  This is the first method I have tried and one that I plan to try today when I am spring cleaning my closet.

Method 1

Pre-Soak All Clothes In Water, Vinegar (I didn’t measure it) and Essential Oils (Young Living PurificationPurification Oil).  I let my clothes soak in the sink for a few hours.  Then I threw them in the washing machine with a ½ cup of baking soda and about 4 drops of purification.  I washed them on cold and I did two rinses on my washing machine.  This seemed to get most of the smell out.  After the wash I always hang up my clothes to dry. Never dry your workout clothes in the dryer, this will bake that smell in.  

Method 2

Add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your washing machine and pre-soak items.  If you don’t have the setting on your washing machine you can do this in the sink too.  If your items still stink you can soak your clothing in your sink with 1 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 teaspoons of baking soda, then wash them in your washing machine with the vinegar and baking soda as mentioned.  

Method 3 (my new preferred method)

Use a detergent designed for workout clothing.  There are a few brands outWashing Workout Clothes there and they tend to be a bit more pricey than normal detergents.  I personally have been using the Sweat X Sport brand that I bought at our local sporting goods store.  It was about $18, but a little goes a long way.  According to the bottle “Sweat X is a specially formulated, high performance laundry cleaning system that is uniquely designed to lift and remove embedded foul odors and the toughest stains from all fabrics.”  I think this stuff really works!  To me it is worth the cost. 

 

Personally I have tried all methods and I think they all work well but for me method 3 works the best!  One key tip is to not throw your stinky wet clothes into a wet pile in your laundry basket.  If you leave your sweaty clothes in a wet pile they could breed mold, bacteria, and cause even more stink!  Wash immediately if you can!  After washing the key is to not dry your clothing because that causes the smell to bake into your clothes.  Hang dry or if you have to dry the clothing on an air dry setting. 

If you have a method you like to use I would love to hear about it.  And if you can’t get the smell out with those methods it’s time to buy new gym clothes!  Who doesn’t like new gym clothes!  

Have a great weekend.