My Gym

Back in June, right as summer was starting, I quit my gym. Probably not the best time to quit the gym, seeing it’s bathing suit season and I still have toddler weight that is clingier than my actual toddler. But schedules and life was getting too hard to do it all. My hour CrossFit workout with warm up and cool down plus chats with the ladies then my commute ended up taking 3 hours of my day. As a work at home momma with no childcare, those 3 hours are precious and I can’t commit that much time to my workout.

After searching high and low for something I could do at home, I found BodyBoss Method also referred to as the Anytime, Anywhere Workout. I have partnered with them to introduce you all to this amazing workout concept. Not to mention, this 12-week program is 1/9th of the cost of my old gym membership for the same amount of time. Yes, you read that correctly. This costs less than a pair of shoes at the Nordstrom Sale or a girls night out and the benefits will far outweigh those things.

24 Mins
3 x a Week
12 weeks for the Ultimate Body

Read that again. Yes! I am literally panting on the floor after 24 mins of High-Intensity Circuits* and it beats going outside without a plan and flipping through Pinterest for something to do last minute. I’m not going to bore you with the methodology and reasoning behind working different muscle groups together for the best results, but I can tell you they know their stuff. They focus on these four types of movements you can come to expect and love:

Bodyweight Resistance Exercises

Bodyweight resistance exercises are simple, effective and free. No tricky equipment or weights are required as you use your own bodyweight as the sole form of resistance. These exercises help you strengthen your body and improve balance and flexibility. They are an excellent, all-over workout and can be done anytime, anywhere.

Plyometric Exercises (Jump Training)

Plyometrics, also known as jump training or plyos, are explosive exercises designed to build strength, speed, and coordination. In moves such as these, your muscles need to exert dynamic bursts of maximum force, over and over. The Body Boss Method incorporates plyos to help you preserve and build lean body mass, keeping your muscles toned and power-packed.

Cardio

Cardio or aerobic exercise relies on the heart to shuttle oxygen to your muscles and raises your heart rate for an extended period. It is typically performed at a moderate intensity, to enable the activity to be sustained. Cardio exercises are included in many of the HIIT circuits to help the body recovery and keep the heart pumping between the other more intensive exercises.

Unilateral Exercises

Unilateral exercises work one side of the body at a time and are ideal for improving balance and evening out any strength inconsistencies. You might not know whether you favor your left or right side, but this kind of training will quickly reveal the truth!

And I am going to let you all in on a little secret. But don’t tell anyone. Want to know what separates them from the competition (is there even competition?)

The Secret Sauce

The biggest benefit of the Body Boss over other workouts lies in the afterburn effect, or what we call, the #BossEffect. After completing a BodyBoss workout, you’ll continue to burn calories for hours as the body completes a range of functions to recover from the intense exercise. You can expect to burn 100 calories or more after your workout has finished, so you will burn fat even while you sleep!

Warm Up/ Cool Down

I took a before picture and I am going to share it here along with my 2-week results as well then again at the end of 12 weeks of following the program. This is truly one of the most terrifying things I have ever done, in life. Seriously. We all know nothing on the internet dies.

I opted for the online only version and I take my computer out with me to my garage where most workouts happen if not in my living room surrounded by chaos. I love the interactive guide that allows you to hover over the exercise and see an example without ever leaving the page. So if I am unfamiliar with a movement because this is not what I am used to I can quickly learn the correct way to do it. Basically, I have my own trainer. Another thing I love about it is it includes a warm-up and a cool down. Now that I am in my mid-30s I have a harder time getting moving and need that warm-up, but when I program my own workouts I typically jump right in and that’s never a good idea.

Full disclosure I hate when people don’t smile in the before picture and here I am not smiling. I think I was planning on cutting off my head.

Please let me know if you join so we can be into this together and support each other.

Kids Love to Join in Too

 

Well orientation at my girls school was yesterday which means my family needs a wake up call in the morning. Like a slap in the face alarm clock. Summer is a time for late bedtimes, no naps, and sleeping in late (and by late I mean 7am). Then school comes out of the blue and always too soon and we need to work to get back into a routine. Which nobody likes a new routine, right?

My girls are like me and in the morning we like to chill before getting our day started. The groggily come downstairs grab their iPads and we cuddle on the couch as I watch the news or read and chug coffee. Well now that we have to be out the door and presentable for school we are going to need to put some pep in our step and streamline our mornings.

I’m all about making my life easier. Pick your battles is something I literally say 19 times a day. Not to mention I totally believe that there is something to Decision Fatigue and it’s no wonder successful people limit decisions to prevent burnout at the end of the day. So every night before going to bed, I put the Cheerios box on the table along with their bowl, silverware, napkins and a drink cup. So in the morning all we have to do it pour some milk and cereal in the bowl, grab some fruit, and a slice of bacon or sausage and we are ready to go. Not to mention at 5, Brooklyn can grab the milk from the fridge and pour it into her and Charleigh’s bowls.  If you want to start the morning out on the right foot, a 5 year old that feels accomplished and helpful can conquer the world or at least preschool.

Now some might argue that it can get boring or redundant to eat the same thing every day. But not when Cheerios  literally gives you so many options and flavors. In fact we are so #basic we just picked up the Pumpkin Spice flavor (with no artificial flavors and colors I might add) and can’t wait to mix that in our routine. We also forgo milk sometimes in exchange for yogurt. I let them sprinkle on the toppings aka Cheerios and fruit and voila, breakfast ice-cream. Shhh.

There is also something so nostalgic about feeding my girls Cheerios because not only was it their first food they were able to eat by hand as babes but I also grew up eating them. And if you asked my mom, I turned out pretty perfect. Right mom?

As a mom I know the most important meal of the day is breakfast and literally sets the pace for the whole day. It’s important that my girls get something that is healthy but still tastes good and with 1 gram of sugar and 100% whole grain oats (just like oatmeal) I know they are getting what they need.

Other Ways to Cut Corners in the Morning

  • Braids. Do it. If you have girls with long, fine hair do NOT let them go to bed without a braid or bun.
  • Lay out 3 outfit choices. Let them pick one and they feel like they have won. When in reality, you still won.
  • Lunches, pack them in the PM. It’s inevitable that something comes up you weren’t ready for. Be prepared.
  • Pack everything they need for school the next day. Forms filled out, homework, nap mats etc in car night before.
  • Limit screentime. Its amazing how much slower we all move when the TV is on.

Enjoy your morning together and enjoy the moment they arrive at school even more. You’ve got this momma!

 

 

Fall is upon us, but I’m not quite ready for crockpot meals. So I went on a #PinterestMission to find a substitute until cooler temps are upon us. One thing you should know about me and my culinary skills is that they are lacking and lazy. Yep, I said it.  It’s the end of the day and my decision making has shut off.  I want it easy and I want it tasty (while being family friendly) and I want leftovers for breakfast and lunch. Yep, told you I was lazy.

I have teamed up with Chicago Metallic Bakeware to bring you a quick and easy family favorite, stuffed peppers.  Using their “Stuff It Up Pan” you can have dinner (and breakfast and lunch) done in a flash.  Not to mention, clean up was a breeze and no peppers toppled over.

Fridays are typically Taco Night for us so I decided to go with a Mexican Flare Stuffed Pepper. Another reason, stuffed peppers are my favorite is that you can easily throw a starch, veggies, and protein into them then top with an avocado or cheese and you have all your macros done in one meal. My hubs does not love leftovers so I made us each a pepper, a pepper for the girls to split, and then extras for lunch and I threw in 2 breakfast peppers all in one pan.

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 medium to large peppers
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup salsa, divided
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • Can of Corn
  • Can of Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Prep

  • 400 degree oven
  • Brown beef, draining fat. Add rice, beans, corn, and salsa when meat is browned
  • Stuff Peppers (anything left over makes for a great taco the next day)
  • Pour a little salsa over top
  • Bake 35 mins
  • Sprinkle with cheese for last 5 minutes

Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

  • 2 Peppers
  • 2 Eggs
  • Frozen Quinoa
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Spinach
  • Salsa
  • Avocado

Mix frozen quinoa, black beans, spinach and corn. Stuff inside peppers (add cheese if you like). Then top with an egg. Cook time was same as with Mexican Bell Peppers. Top with salsa and avocado.

Voila, you are done and can take a break momma. Just kidding the kids want snacks.

What you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body for your skin. Unfortunately it’s always easier to just slather on creams then it is change eating habits. Real talk, I have been trying to drink the right amount of water for my body weight for months. I apparently have some kind of mental block about it and legit need to force myself. Please tell me I am not the only one out there like this.

Vital Proteins have some amazing products that compliment my skincare routine so perfectly.

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So today is day #4 of a Whole30. I fell off the wagon months ago and honestly wasn’t motivated to get back on, but clothing is fitting differently and I have no desire to buy new clothes over this love of carbs and sugar. So I took advantage of the holidays and enjoyed every morsel of food and drink. But need to get back on track and Whole 30 is the best way for me to get my mind right. It hasn’t been too bad except I have a legit headache from the time I wake up until I go to bed and Im noticeably grumpy.  One big advantage of Whole30 is there is no measuring, no calorie counting, just eat majority vegetables add in some protein and fat and you are good to go. But my main goal is to lose weight and break these cravings so I am still keeping to a moderate amount of calories. Calorie in, calorie out of quality food trumps all. So I eat 4 meals a day packed with fats, proteins, and carbs to keep blood sugar stable through day.

I eat breakfast around 9a (I enjoy my coffee too much to interrupt it with food), I’ve been having this smoothie around noon which prob sounds like lunch to you all but my kids go down for naps at 2p and I like to eat my lunch in silence so I hold off on real food until then, followed up with a 6pm dinner.  Wanted to share this smoothie packed full of Whole30 goodness as well as Collagen peptides and greens to up your beauty game.

Mean Green Smoothie

Ingredients

Voila you have a meal that your body (and skin) with thank you for!  Here are the  combined macros.

 

So I have many days left and need lots of ideas to stay on track so please feel free to share below your fave Whole3o recipes.