ABSOLUTELY Awesome Ab Workout

Hey guys I hope you are having a great week.  I thought I would share this core workout I did last week.  You guys I was sore all week!  I love that.  This workout is core focused however there is a little bit of cardio and upper body toning as well.  For this workout you will need a set of light to medium weights and a mat.  The first part of the workout is all standing, the second section is planks, and the last section is mat work.  I hope you enjoy.  Let me know if you were as sore as I was.  

Ab Workout

If  you need guides for each exercise this is a great resource:  https://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises.  If you have additional questions you can comment below or email me. I am hoping this summer to film some of my workouts to share with you guys!  

Have a great week!

Tips To Beat Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction Tips Are you one of those people who crave sugar? I used to be a total sugar junkie!  I would always reach for something sweet in the late afternoon as a pick me up or after dinner as my dessert. It was starting to get a bit out of control!  So I decided to limit my sugar intake to see how I felt.  I did not realize how much better I felt when I didn’t have as much sugar in my diet.   Don’t get me wrong I still love dessert and dark chocolate (72% or higher), but now I am able to control those cravings and manage them better.  Having dessert or a sweet treat is fine in moderation, however I find that if I eat too much sugar my body starts to crave it and then I just keep wanting more.

Did you know that women should only consume 25 grams of added sugar a day and men no more than 38 grams.  That is a low number.  Only 6 teaspoons a day!  

A lot of my friends, family and gym goers ask me about controlling sugar cravings. I thought I would share a few ways to ditch the sugar addiction to feel and look your best.  

Eat Real Food

Cut out the processed foods.  Most of them have added sugar which is not needed.  Be aware of hidden sugar in yogurt, sauces, salad dressings and some breads.  

 Find A Swap

I love RX bars!  They are my current favorite bar.  These taste like dessert to me.  Or try banana “ice cream.”  Simply freeze a frozen banana in chunks throw it into the food processor or high powered blender add a splash of milk and process.  I like to add a little PB2, natural peanut butter or some chocolate protein powder  as well.  

Get the sugar out of the house!

If I have the stuff in my house I am more tempted to eat it, my hubby will eat it and so will my kiddos.  I cannot keep the stuff around.  It is too tempting.  Keep the temptation away. 

Ditch the artificial sweeteners

Consuming large amounts of artificial sweeteners (including stevia) can make your crave sugar.  There have also been studies showing increased weight gain with artificial sweeteners a well.  If you can’t totally get rid of them choose stevia or monk fruit and limit the amounts you consume.  

 Add more healthy fats and protein

Not only are these healthy they will also help you feel more satisfied.  I always have almonds on hand for my afternoon cravings.  Sometimes I pair them with an orange or an apple and it always leaves me satisfied.  

Drink tea after dinner

 I like to drink tea in the evening while watching TV or when I feel that craving kick in.  I like to drink Tulsi Tea (it helps for sleep), Licorice tea, or any tea that I have on hand.  I stick to decaf in the evening.  

Brush your teeth

If you crave sweets after dinner and want to try to avoid reaching into that candy dish.  Brush your teeth or chew gum.  For me this always works because I don’t want to brush my teeth again and the sweets won’t taste the same after toothpaste.  

Fresh Fruit  

Choose fresh fruit instead of candy.  Not only will it curb those sugar cravings it is full of vitamins, minerals, water and fiber too.  

Try Magnesium

If you crave chocolate (like I do) it could mean you are deficient in Magnesium Benefitsmagnesium.  Try to add magnesium rich foods like leafy greens, beans and nuts into your diet.  Or consult with your doctor about a magnesium supplement.  I take magnesium every night and it helps me sleep!  Check out these additional benefits of magnesium in this post

 

I hope these simple tips help you conquer that sweet tooth.  I have to remind myself how I feel after eating too much sugar and how hard it is to get off the stuff.  When I am not eating sugar I feel more energized, sleep much better, my skin looks so much better and I just feel better in general.  Believe me it is tough to kick it at first, but sooooo worth it!  I hope  you all have an amazing week!  

5 Ways Workout HIIT Cardio & Bodyweight Workout

5 Ways Workout:  HIIT Cardio and Bodyweight Workout

Hi Guys I hope you are having an awesome week.  Today we did a killer workout that was a lot of fun. If you need a quick workout that is guaranteed to get you super sweaty and your legs burning this one is for you.  

This workout does not require any equipment and can easily be done at home or at the gym.  

5 Rounds of  5 Exercises, 5 Different Ways for 50 Seconds Each 10 Second Rest.  Be sure to include a warm up, cool down and stretch. 

Warm Up:  Dynamic Warm Up or Jog, Bike, Elliptical for 5 Minutes to warm up prior to the workout.

HIIT Workout

Throwback Thursday

If you need more awesome HIIT Workouts here are a few you may like:

Total Body HIIT Workout

Total Body Pyramid Workout

Low Impact HIIT Workout

Have an awesome day! 

 

 

Compound Strength Training Workout

Happy Saturday!
I have been really trying to maximize my personal time in the gym.  I am currently teaching 6 classes, so that doesn’t leave a ton of time for my own personal workouts.  I decided to try to incorporate more compound strength training workouts into my classes and daily gym sessions.  If you are not familiar with compound strength training it is where you combine multiple muscle groups while lifting.  Lately I have been focusing on combining two moves together to create one exercise. Using compound movements can increase strength and burn more calories.  The goal is to move through this workout with very little rest unless you need it.  I can tell you that my heart rate has been up constantly in these workout sessions.  This is also a great way to get a total body workout in a shorter amount of time. Here is one of the workouts I did this week.

Strength Training Workout

Give this a try and let me know what you think in the comments!  Have a great weekend. 

 

Skinny Apple Pie Spiced Quinoa and Oat Granola

Apple Pie Spiced GranolaI love granola!  Sometimes I get a bit lazy and end up buying it in the bulk section at our co-op, but it is so much cheaper to make it on your own. Plus it is also super easy!   I thought I would share this yummy granola recipe I threw together.  It is yummy by itself or to top a smoothie bowl or yogurt.  

I kept Apple Pie Quinoa Oat Granolathis granola on the lighter side by using only 1 tablespoon of oil  and my mother-in -law’s homemade apple butter. Sometimes granola can be high fat due to the amount of nuts and oils that are added.  This recipe can easily be changed to your personal tastes as well.  A serving is 1/4 cup. 

 

 

Skinny Apple Pie Spiced Quinoa Oat Granola
Serves 12
A light and healthy granola.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. ¾ Cup Quinoa Flakes
  2. 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  3. ¼ Cup Ground Flax Seeds
  4. ¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds (or other seed of choice)
  5. ¼ Cup Walnuts (pecans or almonds would be great)
  6. ½ Cup Raisins
  7. ¼ Cup Apple Butter or Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  8. ¼ Cup Agave or Real Maple Syrup
  9. 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  12. ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  13. Dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Combine oats, quinoa flakes, flax, nuts, seeds and raisins in a large bowls.  Set aside.  Combine apple butter, agave, coconut oil, vanilla until well mixed.  Add in spices and salt.  Drizzle over oat mixture and mix well.  Spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 325 degrees.  Toss and return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes until nicely toasted.  Cool and store in a sealable container.
Notes
  1. This recipe can easily be modified to your personal tastes.  I have made it with pecans and dried cranberries and it tastes great too.  This recipe is not overly sweet so if you like a sweeter granola feel free to add more agave or maple syrup to taste.
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My kids love to eat this granola alone, but it can be served with milk as well.  I hope you enjoy.  Have a great week!

Killer Outdoor Circuit Workout

I hope you are all having an awesome weekend so far.  I kicked off my Saturday with this awesome outdoor workout with some friends.  When the weather gets nicer I like to take some of my workouts outside to change things up.  One of my friends twisted my arm to lead an outdoor bootcamp workout, so I thought I would share it with you.  It was awesome and fun.  

The focus of this workout was to really push yourself.  Not to focus on anyone else but YOU.  I don’t know about you but sometimes I find that I am trying to keep up with other people and not truly focused on how hard I can push myself.  Each circuit in this workout is 10 minutes.  The goal is to complete as many rounds as possible while maintaining proper form, but still pushing yourself.  

 If you have a park with a hill that works awesome.  If not, just use an open grassy area or track for the running section.  

Outdoor Circuit Workout

I was sweaty and feeling the burn when we finished.  This is a KILLER workout.  It is a lot of fun when you get a bunch of people who can push you to work harder as well. 

Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get more workout ideas and up to date posts.  Have an amazing weekend!

 

Workout Wednesday

Here is a glimpse of last weeks workouts.  Sorry I am a bit late posting this.  I had hoped to get in more strength training last week but I had another crazy week.   

Monday:  Strength Training which focused on upper body and conditioning.

Bench Press 3 sets of 8 (using heavy weights based on your previous 1 rep max)

Circuit 1

  • TRX Rows 12 Reps
  • 10 Burpees, 10 Pull Ups
  • Repeat 3 Times

Circuit 2

  • Goblet Squat 15 Reps
  • Dumbbell Pull Over 15 Reps
  • Kettlebell Swing 10 Reps
  • Run .25 Miles (fast pace)
  • Repeat 4 Times

Tuesday:  Taught a HIIT Workout and Total Body Strength Class

Wednesday:  4 mile run

Thursday:  Taught a HIIT Workout and Yoga Sculpt Class

Friday:  This Orangetheory Workout

Orange Theory Workout

Saturday:  30 Minute Yoga (using Beachbody On Demand, which I love)

Sunday:  5 Mile Easy Run (I was tired)

How do you guys keep up with all of your workouts?  I am really trying to get my own workouts in, but it has been tough.  I would love to hear any ideas.

Color War Party

Active Family Fun:  Color War Birthday Party

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend.  It has been a bit busy the past few weekends.  Both my daughters have Birthdays within 5 days of each other.  The month of April is party central at my house.  This year my youngest daughter wanted to do a color war themed party.  It turned out to be a huge success!  She said it was the best party she has ever had.  I thought I would share the details since I had a lot of parents asking me about it.  

First I like to keep my parties simple especially since I have two that I have to plan within 5 days!  Most of the kids at this party are on my daughters basketball and volleyball team so I try to keep my parties active and moving!  It also helped that my hubby could pull out his old PE teacher skills to help plan it. 

So here is how the party went:

Kids arrived and I just let them hang out and have fun.  Fortunately we had good weather except for some winds so they could play basketball and just run around before everyone arrived.  

Sidewalk Chalk Pictionary  

Before the party we asked the Birthday girl some “how well do you know me” questions and had her write them down on colored construction paper.  Then we basically played Pictionary in the driveway in teams using her answers.  It was super fun.  I have to confess, my hubby came up with this one.  Nice job!  Kids loved it.

Hair Spraying Stations

Another idea from the hubby!  We allowed the girls that wanted to spray their hair colorful get some temporary hair color spray in their hair before the color war.  That was a hit.  I suggest having an adult spray the hair.  

Cake and Gifts

I decided to do the cake and gifts first since I knew we were going to be very colorful at the end of the party and I wanted to avoid kids getting color powder on the furniture and carpet.  As an added bonus they burned off all the sugar too by doing the cake first. 

Color War

After the cake and gifts we headed down to the park in our subdivision.  I would suggest a large open area for this part of the party.  I split up the Holi Colors into individual cups in order to avoid kids throwing all the powder at once.  It also required them to come back to the table when they ran out to get more.  This helped the color powder last longer.  I had my mom and hubby helping refill the color powder so I could partake in the festivities.  Basically we just let the kids run wild and throw color on each other.  Almost like tag with colors.  It was a lot of fun.  We did give them the basic rules of not throwing it in each others faces.  The only issue we faced was it was pretty windy so the color did blow in the wind.  Had it not been windy it would have landed on them nicely and they would have been even more colorful.  I did run out of color so I would suggest getting two packages to have even more fun and more color!  I had 10 younger girls, 4 older girls and myself so we could have used 2 packs.  The color came out of our hair and off of our faces really easily and I also noticed that it faded out of clothes pretty fast.  We did ask all partygoers to wear old white clothing just in case.  This is the powder I used.  It was vibrant and worked awesome!

 

Games & More

I like to keep my parties active and kids moving.  So we set up a game of capture the flag.  This was another hit!  The kids were having a blast.  Even the teenagers were having fun.  We played this for about 45 minutes and everyone seemed to be having a great time.  After that we only had about 30 minutes left of the party so we let the kids just play at the park.  There is a play set, basketball hoop and large open areas.  We were going to set up a volleyball net as well but it was too windy. 

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The Aftermath

Clean up was super easy.  The color powder came off of faces, hands and out of hair.  It washes out nicely.  If you are having your party at a location not at your house I would suggest bringing wipes or wet rags to wash off hands.  Also if you are worried about it getting in the kids eyes pick up some cheap sunglasses or goggles and have the kiddos wear them.  We did not have an issue with this at all and it was windy.  

If you have active kiddos like I do this is an awesome party idea.  My 9 year old daughter loved it and even her teenage sister and friends said it was super fun.  We are planning to do this again this summer with my older daughters youth group.  

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.  Have an amazing week.  

 

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!