Archives for May 2013
All I can say is, thank heavens for protein bars. I mean, really. You’re committed to eating healthy, you’re giving up a lot of processed foods and your favorite treats. Protein bars are the one legal thing you can grab that is still a friend to your body (read more about how food is your friend here) while allowing you something that resembles a cookie. (At least that’s how I look at it.) [Read more…]
You might be surprised to know that there are over 10,000 diets on the market today…and that means there are over 10,000 conflicting theories about what you should do to have a healthy body and reach an ideal weight. Talk about information overload! Well, I guess this post makes it 10,001. I’m not a nutritionist, personal trainer, or doctor. At best, I guess you could call me a fitness enthusiast. So why throw my hat into this arena? A few reasons: [Read more…]
“Man cannot live on protein alone.”
Okay, so I am taking some creative liberties here. But it’s true. Contrary to some of the fad diets that have emerged in recent years, our bodies need more than chicken and eggs. That’s mostly because we have requirements for our bodies beyond looking good. Protein does promote muscle growth and development (which is the key to a fat-burning metabolism, – and that’s cool…) BUT carbs are what fuel us to do everything else. And personally, I value a good night’s sleep, a thick head of hair, a healthy immune system, plenty of energy, and balanced hormones, to name a few. That’s where the carbs come in. But carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap lately. “Low Carb” this and “No Carb” that…Let’s get the skinny on what is really going on. [Read more…]
You’re going to love this recipe.
My favorite dinners are the ones that give me a lot of leftover options. This week’s CHOW does exactly that. The obvious way to serve Salsa Chicken is in a tortilla with lots of great taco toppings. But don’t stop with a tortilla…See below for all of the different ways you can make this healthy, and create some variety with the leftovers for lunch or another dinner.
- Prisoner Squats (30 Reps)
- Pushups (30)
- Jump Squats (15)
- Forward Lunges (30 Sets)
- Twist Ups (20 Reps)
- Step Ups (20 Reps)
- Incline Pushups (20 Reps)
- Plyometric Lunges (20 Reps)
- Tucked-Elbow Pushups (20 Reps)
- Rocking Plank (Hold For 30 Seconds Rock for 15 Reps)
- Prisoner Squats (30 Reps)
- Decline Pushups (20 Reps)
- Reapeat 2-3 Times
My name is Becca. I am a 36 year old mom of 3 boys, ages 15, 13 and 11. They keep me going, but I love every minute of it. I learned to love working out after I had my 2nd son. I started at home, but soon moved to a gym in order to expand my workout options. That was 13 years ago, and I have been going 4-6 times a week ever since. It soon became just a part of my life…my everyday routine. My mindset changed from, “I wonder if I can get to the gym today?” to “What time am I going to the gym today?” My boys were used to going to the daycare from a young age, so in their minds, working out is part of our daily life. As teenagers they love having a mom that is active and can keep up with them when we play ball, run, etc. I didn’t know a lot about fitness when I first began, but I read everything I could get my hands on to learn more. I was so intrigued that I found myself becoming very passionate about what amazing things the human body can do. Over my years I have taught a lot of group classes and helped many people by setting up programs that are effective in weight loss and muscle gain, working within their schedules. More importantly, though, I have seen the transformation that comes with taking the time and effort to take care of oneself. I have experienced firsthand, and have seen many times in others, the sense of self and empowerment we can feel in our lives. I am a big believer that happiness and peace is a bigger picture. It’s about the mind, the body and the heart working together for a better whole. We all have struggles and have times that we are capable of more than other times, but one constant we can have is our health and the desire to keep our bodies running efficiently. I promise that living a healthy lifestyle gets us closer to achieving overall health and happiness!!
Try out this circuit workout…doesn’t take a lot of time but burns a lot of calories!!! Any questions on the exercise, type it into you tube and you will find an example!! Work up to repeating this 2-3 times per workout. If you need to decrease the reps, that’s cool! Just try to make it through the set! You got this!
If you are looking for a great salad recipe for Mothers day then look no further! In my neck of the woods, this salad is a favorite. If you haven’t already tried this one, you’re in for a treat. I’ll share the original recipe, and then suggest a few ways to healthy it up.