Should I Workout Today?

Let’s talk working out. I have a love/hate relationship with working out. I really do love it a lot — I mean, I made it a HUGE part of my job because I love it so much. But I only love it AFTER it’s over. Those crazy endorphins are addicting, right? Almost every day I fight an inner battle with my mind: I don’t want to work out. I’m too tired. I’m too busy. I don’t have enough time. One of the kids isn’t napping. However, I’ve gotten REAAAAALLY good at squashing those excuses.

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You see, that is exactly what all of those things are. Excuses. Excuses that are keeping me from getting healthier, reaching my goals, setting a good example for my children and ultimately making me happy. And I want to be happy! Exercise and feeling good about myself both make me REALLY happy!

So how do you over come excuses? You set yourself up to succeed! You wake up earlier to get your workout done before EVERYTHING else. Hate waking up early? ME TOO! Here are some tips to help you ease into it:

  • move your alarm across the room so you do NOT press snooze.
  • sleep with your workout clothes next to your bed
  • and if that doesn’t work, sleep IN them
  • tell yourself positive affirmations about how GOOD you will feel when you’re done and how you are making small changes every day that will help you reach your goals

The nice thing about the workouts I do is that they are only 30 mins (I do not have time for anything else), so squeezing it in is a piece of CAKE! I may have to move my schedule around a bit, but that workout is HAPPENING. Plus, doing them at home is a HUGE time saver — I don’t have to spend time loading the kids in the car, driving to the gym, dropping them off at the day care, picking them back up, loading them back in the car, driving back home. Do you know how much time that takes?!

My workout is an appointment with myself. So that I can be a nicer person and a more patient mom/wife. :)  Every day that you choose to workout you move one step closer and it will get easier every day. You just have to take the first step! And think about how PROUD of yourself you will feel!

Want to make these positive changes with my help, with the full 21 Day Fix program (daily workouts and Shakeology) and with the support of my online fitness challenge group where you’ll have daily coaching from me, daily motivation and accountability, and the opportunity to ask me questions as you go? You’re in luck! My next challenge group starts workouts on September 29th! Click the banner below to register.*

I WANT IN

*If you already have a Beachbody coach that you are currently working with, or if you are already a coach outside of Team PosiTude, you are unfortunately not eligible to join my September challenge group. But please feel free to connect with me here, on Instagram, and on FB for more workout inspiration! 

How to Make Shakeology

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Molly and I wanted to make you a little video with the two different ways we make Shakeology: Blended & Shaken. Or my way & her way! When I first started drinking Shakeology I did not have a blender, oh wait, yes I did… it was broken. Womp womp. So I used a Blender Bottle. It was my go-to. Every day I would have almond milk with my Shakeology and a tbsp of PB2. Then, for Christmas, my mom gave me a Magic Bullet and it changed my life!!! Now, it pains me if I’m out and about and can’t make my shake with a blender! But you know what, my kids prefer it shaken! And Burke drinks his out of a sippy cup (but he is known to be a Shakeology thief — “sip mama!”)

For those of you who are wondering what the heck Shakeology is, I encourage you to read this blog post, but I will tell you that it’s totally changed my life: more energy, less cravings, tastes freaking delicious and makes me feel SO good. Plus, the fact that it is filled with GOODNESS and not crap like a lot of other meal replacement shakes on the market (read the labels!!!!) means I can give it to my children and I know that it is safe for them.

How do you like your Shakeology? Haven’t found a recipe you like yet? Try one of these yummy Shakeo recipes!

We hope you enjoy our How to Make Shakeology video!

 

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Super Yummy Chicken

Oh chicken, chicken, chicken. You know what? I eat A LOT of chicken. It can get kind of boring sometimes so I’m constantly looking for ways to spice it up. I found this recipe titled The World’s Best Chicken, but I thought that was a pretty bold statement. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious and I greatly enjoyed it, but I think the world’s best chicken would have to be fried. ;) Not that I’m advocating going out and eating fried chicken, but I do eat it once a year and I enjoy every second of it! But before I go down a road talking all about fried chicken here is your not-fried chicken recipe:

 

Super Yummy Chicken

Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Rosemary (dried or fresh)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, syrup, and vinegar.
  3. Place chicken breasts into 9×13 lined baking dish. Season with salt & lots of pepper.
  4. Pour mustard mixture over chicken. Make sure each breast is coated. Put some more pepper on, if you please.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes
  6. Season with rosemary.
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Fresh from the oven!

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Dinner is served!

What is PiYo?

Since I’ve started teaching PiYo classes I get the question a lot, “What is PiYo?”  Well, in short, PiYo is a hybrid workout created by Chalene Johnson which “combines the muscle sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga.” PiYo has been around in gyms for years now, but Beachbody just released a home version of it which is why you are probably hearing more about it now.

So, what can you expect at a PiYo class? I want you to wipe out thoughts of your last yoga class — this is NOT anything like a yoga class. Yes, there are sun salutations and warriors but the music is fast and you will not be holding poses nor focusing on clearing your mind. Speaking of poses, there are quite a few PiYo moves that you have never done before, but no worries, any level of fitness can take my class. I have modifications!

PiYo will challenge you and transform your body in ways you’ve never seen through other programs! I hope you can come partake in one of my upcoming classes. Bring your kiddos! This week all classes are FREE!

Tuesdays: 11-11:45am

Thursdays: 11-11:45am

Sundays: 9-9:45am

44710 Cape Ct, Suite 102 Ashburn, VA 20147 – http://fitnessinmotionstudio.net/

After this week pricing is:

$15 drop in
6 sessions for $80
12 sessions $170

 

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Cabbage Patch Doll – Twinkle Toes

Molly sure is one lucky girl to receive so many awesome toys to review! I was super excited for this Cabbage Patch Doll from Jakks Pacific because I was SOOO into them when I was a little girl. I even got to visit the Babyland General Hospital in GA when I was a kid. Talk about a fun trip!

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I don’t think Molly had ever seen a Cabbage Patch before, so at first she was like, what is this? But then she saw the light up Sketcher shoes just like hers and she immediately wanted to open the package. She, like most little kids, loves things that light up, especially shoes. The fact that this doll had light up shoes was icing on the cake!

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I will say that the shoes (which are battery operated and have an on/off switch) have gotten a lot more action than the doll. I think when she gets a little bit older she will be a lot more into it, but for now she really enjoys the shoes and using them as vehicles for her smaller figurine toys. Oh kids and their imaginations!

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3 Day Refresh

I just completed my second round of the 3 Day Refresh. I have no idea why I never blogged about my first round… busy I guess? So you are probably wondering what the Refresh actually is. Well, in short, it’s a cleanse that jumpstarts you into a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you had a little too much fun this summer and you want to get back on track… Refresh time! Or maybe you have a big event coming up and you really want to squeeze into that dress… Refresh time! Or maybe you’ve been STUCK and you need a nudge… Refresh time! If you want to read ALL the dirty details then you can visit the official 3 Day Refresh page and it tells you exactly what it involves, but I will tell you that it does involve REAL food!

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I lost 3lbs on my first round (after Vegas) while Ben lost 8lbs and on my second round this week I lost 5lbs!! Now, I will tell you that I spent the past weekend with some of my college besties so there was no limit on our boozing. We stayed fairly healthy with eating, but did get pizza for dinner one night. Yes, I ate dairy and yes my face is already pissed off at me (breakout city). So I came home with a fair amount of serious BLOAT. And it’s because of the weekend that I think the 3 Day Refresh hit me HARD.

3 Day Refresh Carrot Seaweed Medley

Dinner – Carrot-Seaweed Medley with Vegetable Broth

The first round of the 3 Day Refresh I was tired and hungry on Day 1 but Day 2 and 3 were pretty good. This second round I was tired like WHOA all three days. I’m pretty sure it was doing it’s job and detoxing allllll of the poison I had put in my body over the weekend. But today I feel totally energized and AWESOME!

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Breakfast – Vegan Tropical Strawbery Shakeology

You can actually sign up to get the 3 Day Refresh every month or every quarter — I am doing the latter. I feel like I will enjoy this once every few months to kind of give me the kick in the butt I need to get back on track. As you can see in my before/after pics below, I def fell off the wagon after Vegas. I had some nice ab definition going into that trip and this summer has just been a total wash! I would like to get back to where I was at the beginning of the summer, so I’m hoping this sets me on the right path.

3 day refresh veggie stir fry

Dinner – Veggie Stir Fry (my FAV!) with Vegetable Broth

There’s just something about sticking to something for 3 days straight and realizing that you really DO have the willpower if you want it. I even gave up coffee for 3 days! COME ON!!

3 Day Refresh Cucumber Tomato

Dinner – Cucumber & Tomato Salad

And of course I LOOOOOVE that I can have my precious Shakeology every day. I seriously love that stuff. It helps SO much with my sweet cravings and I can’t even tell you the last time I’ve gotten sick or even had to take any vitamins. Do you KNOW how much goodness is in this drink? And there are ZERO chemicals in it. Check the label of what you’re drinking… what ingredients do you see? If it’s cheap, be careful. #justsayin

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Okay, okay, I’ll show you my before and afters already. :) Not a HUGE difference, but definitely less bloat. Now, I better get going so I can get back to work on those abs. It’s my problem area AND having two kids didn’t help with that pooch! But I’ll get there…. I know it!!

3 day Refresh Before After

 

{probably should’ve moved that laundry basket. this is real life people!}

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Bringmethat.com – A Review

What did we ever do without food delivery? In NYC you can get ANYTHING delivered… including wine. My friends and I definitely had a lot of wine delivered to us when I lived there back in the day. (memmmories!) Well, when you live in the suburbs, delivery is not always an option. However, thanks to Bringmethat.com you can search for local restaurants and order directly from their menu — all online so you don’t even need to talk to anyone — and voila, your food will be delivered!

I was craving Thai food (cheat meal!!) so I typed in my address and searched for the nearest Thai place. I did find the one that was closest to me, however I wasn’t finding the options on the menu that I typically order so I moved on to another close by restaurant. I quickly placed my order and typed in things I wanted subbed out. Easy peasy!

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I was a little bummed that it told me my estimated delivery time was 40 mins. I was hungry!

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But 20 mins later my doorbell rang and my food was there piping hot! I was so impressed!

YUM YUM! I will definitely be using Bringmethat.com again!

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for my food for this review however all opinions (as always) are my own.

Best Turkey Burgers EVER!

I finally found the best turkey burger recipe EVER! No seriously. I make turkey burgers all.the.time. My family pretty much lives off them. They are so EASY to make and no one around here complains when I make them. But, let’s be honest… they easily dry up since the meat is so lean. I have found a solution thanks to google. hehe.

Here you go! Enjoy!

Best Turkey Burgers EVER!

  • 1lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 shakes garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp water
  1. Mix thoroughly by hand.
  2. Make into 1/4 inch thick patties
  3. Grill for 5-6 mins per side on medium heat with a quarter turn after 2-3 mins
  4. After removing from the grill or grill pan wrap each burger in foil and let sit for 5-10 mins.

YUMMMMM! So delicious. Serves 4.

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PiYo Live

If you follow me on Facebook you know that I recently became a certified PiYo Live (previously called PiYo Strength) instructor!!

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I love this program and I want to bring it to the masses so becoming certified was the best choice for me. I have always wanted to be a fitness instructor and this was the perfect opportunity… even though I am somewhat terrified! Practice makes perfect, right?

So what is PiYo?

PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga. You will burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and get a great stretch! The class is a little different each time, but always a great workout! (Beachbody also just released a HOME workout of PiYo featuring it’s creator, Chalene Johnson which I have previously blogged about.)

Two weeks ago I held my very first class and I was SOOOO nervous!! It was for my family and they gave me great feedback that I have taken into account for my next class. I think one of the hardest things about instructing is calling my left, my right and vice versa… since I have to be a mirror for my students. There’s also counting in my head, remembering to help with modifications and cuing the next move. But I know the more I teach the more confidence I will gain and the better I will become.

Here are some pictures of my very first class!!

If you are interested in coming out for one of my PiYo Live classes please follow me on Facebook. My next class is this Sunday at 9:30am in Brambleton’s Legacy Park! Click here to RSVP.

 

Is Beachbody Coaching For You?

If you found something that was helping your family gain financial freedom, helped you get in the best shape of your life, all while allowing you to help OTHER people transform their lives (which is beyond rewarding in and of itself) – you’d feel obligated to share it right? That’s how I feel about what I do!Because Beachbody coaching has changed every aspect of my life, I want to pay that forward. My team is putting together a free, no obligation 5 day “What is Coaching?” group where you can see what coaching is really about before you dive ALL IN! If you would like to join us please message me on Facebook or comment below and I will get you all the details on how to join us!! We start Monday!

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