#WorkoutWednesday: Snowy Blues At Home Full Body Circuit

Happy Wednesday All!

Sometimes, it’s too cold to walk or get motivated to go to the gym! Fear not! This is an equipment free full-body circuit you can do to get in a quick workout at home. Check it out below:

5 Minutes – Stretch/Warm-up

Circuit – Complete 4 Rounds 

20 Squat to Oblique Crunches

10 Push-Up Burpees

20 Russian Twists

15 Curtsey Lunges

20 Shoulder Plank Taps

12 V-Sit Ups

20 Calf Raises

5 Minutes- Stretch/Cool-Down

After finishing this quick circuit, be sure to check out the 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge! Today is the first day of Christmas, and you don’t want to miss out!

Talk soon!

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#MotivationMonday: 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge

Happy Monday All!

With the 12 days of Christmas approaching quickly, I wanted to challenge myself (and you if you’d like!) to complete a circuit before bed every night.  Are you up for it? Check it out below: 

On the first day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me…a one and a half minute plank.

On the second day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me….two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank.

On the third day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me…three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me….four sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me…FIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITS, four sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

On the sixth day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me…. six lateral raisesFIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITSfour sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

On the seventh day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me… seven mountain climbers six lateral raisesFIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITSfour sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

On the eighth day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me…eight russian twists,  seven mountain climbers , six lateral raisesFIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITSfour sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

On the ninth day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me….nine jumping squats,  eight russian twists,  seven mountain climbers six lateral raisesFIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITSfour sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

On the tenth day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me….ten push-up burpees,  nine jumping squats,  eight russian twists,  seven mountain climbers , six lateral raisesFIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITSfour sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me… eleven curtsey lungesten push-up burpeesnine jumping squats,  eight russian twistsseven mountain climbers six lateral raisesFIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITSfour sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my trainer gave to me…12 shoulder presseseleven curtsey lungesten push-up burpeesnine jumping squats,  eight russian twistsseven mountain climbers six lateral raisesFIVE 30 SECOND WALL SITSfour sets of sit-ups (10 reps), three sets of jumping lunges (10 reps), two sets of push-ups (10 reps), and a one and a half minute plank. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Are you doing the challenge?

Talk soon!

#FoodieFriday: Keeping It Simple

Happy Friday All!

Sometimes, I really enjoy being creative and trying out new recipes to make healthier versions of my favorite foods. Other times, I don’t want to cook, I don’t know what to cook, and I’m starving. Can you relate?

For this #foodiefriday, I wanted to post a simple meal that I cook anytime time I find myself helplessly searching Pinterest for a recipe. Check it out below:

What you need:

  • 1lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 can of sliced carrots 
  • 1/3 cup Long grain rice (really, any kind!)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder 

What you do:

Add 1/3 cup of your rice to a rice cooker. This is literally my favorite cooking hack ever! I don’t have to even think about cooking. I just throw in the rice and some water, and twenty minutes later, my rice is done!

In the meantime, add your ground turkey to a skillet. Season with salt, pepper, and  garlic powder. Brown turkey.

At the same time, put carrots into a sauce pan on low-heat. Add in pepper and wait to boil. 

Through it all onto a plate, add a La Croix to the picture (and mustard if you will), and you have yourself a healthy and quick dinner! 

What’s your go-to, late-night dinner? 

Talk soon!

#WorkoutWednesday: Back Day

Happy Wednesday Day All!

As a college student, I am counting down the days until winter break starts! This semester has been good to me, but I am ready for new classes and a different routine. However, even with my academic rut, my workouts have been on point lately! Check this one out below!

3×10 Pull-Ups [Warm up — Can Use a Resistance Band to Add Assistance if Need Be!)

4×10 Barbell Rows

4×12 Wide Grip Lat Pull Downs 

3×15 Wide Grip Seated Rows

3×12 Close Grip Lat Pull Downs 

3×15 Back Extensions [Weighted or Unweighted]

What did you workout today?

Talk soon!

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#MotivationMonday: Christmas Specials to Relax With

Happy Monday All!

It is FINALLY December, and by default, the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the decorations, music, gift giving and receiving, cooking, and spending time with my family!

To emphasize my Christmas spirit, I try to incorporate all things Christmas into my daily routine. With that being said, I wanted to share some of my favorite Christmas shows I flip on at night to destress before bed. Check it out below!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 Minutes)

While Jim Carrey killed his performance as the grinch, I still favor the grinch cartoon from 1966. It’s only 26 minutes long (short and sweet) and perfect to flip on with a cup of hot chocolate before bed!

The Year Without Santa Claus (51 Minutes)

If you have an icy heart this holiday season, I highly suggest watching this Christmas special to melt it! The “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas Without You” song is adorable. 

Christmas Vacation (1 Hour 37 Minutes)

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THIS movie is another classic and holds a special place in my heart. In fact, growing up, my family and I put this movie on repeat. It’s funny and relatable in the sense that sometimes, things just go wrong! 

The Polar Express (1 Hour 40 Minutes)

I saw this movie in theaters with my dad and siblings one snowy, December evening. I adore the “Hot Chocolate” song and the symbol of Christmas bells! It’s a great reminder that you are never too old to believe in abstract ideas.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Talk soon!

#FoodieFriday: Crockpot Burrito Bowl

Happy Friday All!

I think one of my favorite types of food ever is Mexican. I love green chili, enchiladas, and tacos, what can I say? Here is a Mexican style recipe for your crock pot. It’s super easy to make, and great for meal prep!

What You Need:

1 Pound of Chicken Breast

2 Red Bell Peppers

2 Poblanos

1 Can of Whole Corn

1 Can of Black Beans

1 Jar of Sadie’s Not So Hot Salsa

Iceberg Lettuce

What You Do:

I spray my crockpot with PAM just to help with the clean up. Then,  add in the chicken and cover with your favorite salsa.

Next, drain both cans of corn and black beans. Add to the crock pot.

Grab your red bell peppers and poblanos. Wash and chop. Add to your crock pot.

Finally, mix the peppers, beans, and corn with a spoon. Turn the crockpot on high and let cook for 3-4 hours.

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Shred the chicken, grab some iceberg lettuce to add crunchiness, and top with a little extra salsa!

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338 Calories, 23 Carbs, 2 Fat, 36 Protein

What’s your favorite crockpot recipe?

Talk soon!

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#WorkoutWednesday: Killer Shoulder Workout

Happy Wednesday All!

I started off this week with a killer shoulder workout! Check it out below:

4×8-12 Military Presses (increasing weight)

4×12 Seated Lateral Raises 

4×10 Barbell Front Raises 

Superset 4×10 plate raises

4×10 Rear Delt Flies 

Superset 4×8 Incline Front Raises

3×10-12 Trap pulls 

How’d you start off your workouts this week?

Talk soon!

#MotivationMonday: Thankful & Blessed

Happy Monday All!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Being a student, I took Tuesday through Sunday off for the holiday, and I feel super refreshed! I merely focused on those around me and enjoyed the company, drinks, and food. I think it is important to take a step back, not track macros/calories or worry about working out. Everyone  needs a break, and dieting is sometimes a full time job! No matter what the scale says or how many slices of pie you consumed, walk away knowing that sometimes those moments in life are more important than staying on track. 

With 30 days until Christmas, I am stoked to post some workouts, holiday recipes, and challenges.

Stay tuned, and talk soon!

#FoodieFriday: High Protein Bento Boxed Lunch

Happy Friday All!

For me, lunch is the hardest meal to plan. Half of the week I am at home, and the other half I am on campus in class. For the days I am not at home, I have been packing a bento boxed lunch to take with me! It’s kind of like a grown-up version of a lunchable,  but I love being able to pick at it throughout class without making any disruptions! This recipe is also super easy to personalize and make your own. Any of the ingredients below can be substituted for other veggies, fruits, and granola bars. Check it out below!

What You Need:

Favorite Type of Lunch Meat (I used crack pepper turkey!)

Mini Sweet Bell Peppers

Strawberries

Fig Bar

Reduced Fat String Cheese

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What You Do:

First, throw in one serving of lunch meat.

Next, add in the string cheese. I use the cheese to separate my meat from my produce.

Then, add in your veggies and fruit. I typically add 3 bell peppers and 5 strawberries.

Finally, wrap your granola bar (I use fig bars) in foil or place into a sandwich bag and lay on top of other food.

Now, throw it in your backpack, purse, or car, and enjoy as needed!

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Calories: 315 Carbs: 30 Protein: 32 Fat: 9

What is your favorite on-the-road lunch recipe?

Talk soon!
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#WorkoutWednesday: Progressive Treadmill Run

Happy Wednesday All!

Looking to burn some calories before turkey day next week? Try this progressive treadmill run for your next cardio session!

Warmup: Walk for 5 minutes

The Workout: Increase your running speed every 5 minutes.  At the same time, decrease the incline you are running at. Complete one round for a total of 20 minutes.

  1. Run at 6.0 mph* and set incline to 3
  2. Increase speed to 6.5 mph and decrease incline  to 2
  3. Increase speed to 7.0 mph and decrease incline to 1
  4. Increase speed to 7.5 mph and decrease incline to 0

*adjust speed according to you!

Cool Down: Walk 5 minutes

What’s your favorite cardio workout?

Talk soon!

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