Holiday Workout Time!

Ready to stay on track through the holidays? It’s Holiday Workout Time! I’m sharing my holiday workout routine, so you can do it with me or add a new twist to your own routine. Make it fun and keep it short and sweet so you can get back to family time and pie baking! 

So this post may be coming out of nowhere for you or perhaps you’ve been waiting for it

Either way, I hope you love it and consider joining me!

I love making my own workout circuits, High Intensity Interval style, during the holidays. Mostly because I travel a LOT and I need to feel like my workouts are for ME and like I’m staying on track, even while surrounded with a billion pies.

Although I love my Tone It Up workouts, during the holidays I tend to get in a funk. This year, however, that’s not going to happen. I’ve made a fun, FAST holiday workout routine that will get me all the way through Christmas, and perhaps New Years depending on how many weeks I feel like carrying it.

So, here it is! Super simple, just pull out your calendar and devise a schedule that works for you. There are two circuits. You will switch Circuits every other week (week one, Circuit One; week two, Circuit Two; week three, Circuit One…you get it). You will perform a Circuit, 4 mornings a week (FIRST thing in the morning), and 2 mornings a week you will recover with a yoga DVD (or a 20-60 min yoga routine from YouTube or a class; I have a Tara Stiles 20 min wakeup flow that I’m using). You have 1 morning that you choose to do whatever your heart desires (rest, walk, run, whatever).

Circuit 1 holiday workout (treatswithatwist.com)

 

Circuit 2 holiday workout (treatswithatwist.com)

(AMAP= As Many As Possible, while maintaining good form)

 

So, I know what you’re thinking: where’s the cardio?

I tend to take a Spin class on Wednesday nights and walk my dogs on short walks every few days. But I don’t want to put the pressure of long cardio sessions on my plate during these busy holiday months. If I put long cardio sessions on my calendar I’m more likely to skip my toning workouts out of pure exhaustion.
These short, HIIT Circuits keep your body in a habit of waking up, burning fat, and burning all day long. Yoga or stretching on your other mornings keeps your muscles recovering. This is the perfect balance. (Plus, during bursts of quick routines IS a form of cardio. Don’t worry, your heart will be pumping fast!)

Here’s an example of a week with your Circuits:

(my week, because I have particular yoga classes I like to catch)

Monday: 

AM: Circuit 1

 

Tuesday:

AM: Circuit 1

PM: yoga flow class (noon)

 

Wednesday:

AM: Yoga (20 min home wakeup flow)

PM: Spin class (6:00pm, 60 min)

 

Thursday:

AM: Circuit 1

 

Friday:

AM: advanced yoga class (8:30 am, 90 min)

PM: foam roll

 

Saturday:

AM: Circuit 1

 

Sunday:

AM: dealer’s choice!

 

Yes, some days I’m working out twice. But no pressure if I can’t make it to my classes! I love them, but sometimes they don’t work into my schedule or I just can’t afford them that week. Either way, I have my at-home workouts scheduled and DONE first thing in the morning. And, the best part is, I have NO need to go to a gym. There’s no reason for me to not get this done.

Did you notice that my Circuits take 10-11 minutes! Yup, that’s it. You totally have 10 minutes in the morning, first thing, before you’re barely awake. Just push yourself for the whole 60 seconds for each move and I promise you’ll be feeling it! And if you can’t make it to 60 seconds for each move, make it a game, striving to do better each time you do your Circuit!

 

Let me know what your workout plan is for the holidays! Are you going to try my Circuit workouts?

Pin the Circuits so you’ll use them; print them, take them with you as you travel! Don’t have dumbbells or kettlebells where you’re traveling? Do them without weights or use found objects (soup cans, water jugs, detergent jugs)! 

Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer, I just have been working out for YEARS and making my own routines for quite some time. This one was devised by me, using a template and guidelines from Jillian Michaels. 

Fabulously Fit Friday

Hey all! So this is the final post for the Fall Fitness Challenge updates I’m going to do because the challenge is over as of this weekend! It’s been so fun having something new to talk about on Fabulously Fit Friday! Let’s do this. 

Fall - Fabulously Fit Friday - treatswithatwist.com

First of all…Happy…last day of October! Happy Halloween! Happy day that we scare the crap out of each other, ensuring our kids won’t sleep for weeks because of terror and a sugar high that won’t quit, and we gut goards and sexify every single thing we can think of. Yes! Happy day!

 

It’s the end of the 8 week Frisky Fall Challenge. I can’t believe it’s already over!

  1. Thank you to the brands that sent me goodies! Quest, Vega and Sizzlefish sent me yummy food! And Fabletics sent me some killer leggings and a sports bra and slinky top that I love. I wore the leggings here and then here and I get SO many compliments on them! I wore the sports bra to yoga once but I kinda almost fell out over the top of it and flashed the whole class…so I’ll be choosing moments to wear that one a little more carefully (ie home workouts).
  2. Thank you to my partner in toning crime, Rachel. You’ve done the last two challenges with me and it’s made them the most fun I’ve ever had with fitness. We may be many many miles apart, but knowing you’re dying after the same toning video I did that day just makes me so happy. We’re two peas in a pod. Actually, we’re peas and carrots. Legit.
  3. I have to ask YOU (my readers!!!) have you ever tried Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Workout series? If you’re a workout junkie on IG like me, her stuff is probably always in your feed (those crazy 12 week transformations!). Have you tried her workouts? Is it worth it? Should I do it?!
  4. There are a few really special ladies in the Tone It Up community that have been so supportive of me during these 8 weeks. You know who you are and thank you. All of your comments on my posts in the community, everyone who tried my Protein Pancakes, and those of you who stare at my IG pictures, thank you. It really means a lot to me!
  5. I’m going to keep going! I am going to keep attending more and more yoga classes and following TIU toning videos in the mornings and using the TIU nutrition guide. I’ll keep posting fitness related photos to my TIU instagram and treats and other life stuffs to my main insta.

I am SO excited to treat myself to a new yoga mat! What would you treat yourself to after a big challenge like this?!

I definitely should treat myself to a new hair color and cut (because I haven’t colored since my wedding over a year ago and I miss it) buuuutttt it’s almost Christmas season and I need to spend all of my money on gifts. You’re welcome. But, my Sephora cart is full and it’s almost time for the VIB sale and I am SO ready. 

Cheers! Love ya! [I couldn't decide how to end this post, and since I'm the queen of walking away without saying goodbye...I figured this was a nice compromise. Sorry.]

 

Note: this is not a sponsored post. Links are to sites so you can see what the heck I’m talking about, and then there’s a link to a yoga mat I want on Amazon but I get a kickback from Amazon, but that’s not why I chose that mat. All legit, mmkay? 

Fall Fitness Challenge update weeks 5-7

An update on how the past 3 weeks of my fitness challenge have been going for me! Or in other words, “finding clarity”. Fall Fitness Challenge update weeks 5-7 

So, I realize I forgot to update you on weeks 5 & 6 so I’m tacking on week 7 for this update. Check out my feelings from weeks 1 & 2 and from weeks 3 & 4.

Fall Fitness Challenge update weeks 5-7 (treatswithatwist.com)

Ok, so we left off feeling F-A-T, right? Ugh, shiver. Yes.

Something occurred to me. After a conversation with my TIU buddy, we both realized we had strayed from our goals. What were we working towards? What was the point?

After looking over our goals, things came back into focus. I wanted to better my yoga practice. I wanted to feel more confident and balanced. I wanted to focus on my health. This is more than just finishing the workouts every day, it’s a mindset.

*ding*

Bell going off…goals refocusing in my head. I really needed that realization.

I let go of the mileage mindset. The run till its done wasn’t a priority. And guess what happened?

I hit the #100byHalloween goal. In the middle of a run under the stars. A proud moment.

And I signed up for Advanced Yoga classes. I went, and felt SO strong and so accomplished. And I’m going to keep going, because feeling like a badass in a world where I didn’t know my body type could fit in, yet I love it so much, is just the best feeling ever.

And my husband made another brilliant point (after I called and made an emergency holistic nutritionist acupuncturist appointment to “fix” it all and almost made another appointment with my neurologist): it took my body 2 years to fight its way out of the depths of poor health, something my doctors told me probably just wasn’t in the cards for me. So what’s to say it won’t take a significantly long time to adjust back to “normal” and for my weight to naturally stabilize? Makes perfect sense if you think about it. He’s so smart. And I’m so lucky for some clarity. I’ll keep the acupuncturist appointment because I’m still curious about that realm of healing, but I’ll forgo the neurologist for awhile.

Progress: Accomplishing 100 miles and beyond!

            Working on yoga handstands in advanced yoga!

            Signing up for Race for the Cure, which I’ll be running on Saturday!

            Printing the fall update to the nutrition plan and making some YUM orange almond Brussels sprouts!

           

I can’t believe this next week is the LAST week of the challenge! I can’t believe we’ve done 8 weeks! I am psyched to see little kiddos come around for Halloween and not feel a need to hide all of the best chocolates beforehand, because it will really all be for them. I am excited to find another fitness goal to work on as the holidays hit!

I’m rewarding myself with a new Manduka yoga mat when it’s all done! Yay. 

 

Treats From the Week: 

Chai Tea Madeleines (and a Giveaway!) 

Chai Tea Madeleines (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #cookies

 

 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats: 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

Fall Fitness Update Weeks 3 & 4 and Protein Pancake Recipe

I just have to update you! The Frisky Fall fitness challenge I’m participating in is wrapping up week 4 (half way done!) and I can’t wait to share with you the green Protein Pancake recipe I’ve been making for breakfast almost every morning! 

  Fall Fitness Challenge Update (running into the sunrise) - treatswithatwist.com

Ok, so week 3 was going great. I was plugging forward. I was waking up and working out, keeping my meals straight and pretty perfect, and I was feeling positive.
Then I think the 4 week hump hit me.

I was in the car with my husband last weekend and he asked me how I think the challenge is going and if it has helped me at all. I stopped to think about it.

My response was positive. I told him that I liked feeling challenged and like I had an active goal to work towards every day, feeding the competitive side of me. I told him that I didn’t see any visible changes in body, but I felt like I was happier because I was excited and making progress internally…

Well, then the next week starts rolling (this week, week 4) and suddenly I’m not feeling as great. I’m so sore and tired yet I’m getting in my workouts. I’m feeling…f…a…t… gasp.

I’m a woman, I can’t help it. But as soon as you look in the mirror and your mindset flip flops, it hits you like a Mack truck and suddenly things aren’t so great. I start the woah-is-me mindset, getting upset over the unfavorable circumstances my hormones have left me in and how it’s not fair that I don’t see results like some women get to see results. Life isn’t fair, this I have been told since I was a small child. I am well aware.

So, I know I need to set aside ideals, hopes, and dreams that are centered around my body image. When I figure out how to do that (and thus win the Nobel Prize), you’ll know.

Not to leave you on a depressing note, I just needed to be honest, because we all go through it, and our bodies can’t always be what we tell them to be [genetics come a'callin].

 

I wanted to share with you a recipe! A fitness recipe…

My famous Vega Green Protein Pancake recipe! If you didn’t know, I have bombarded my twitter and Instagram feeds with my pancake because I happen to eat it almost every single morning. I love it. It’s well balanced, full of secret hidden spinach, dairy free, and really yummy! I’ve never had a pancake recipe turn out as well as these do with Vega, so that’s that (nope, they don’t pay me to say this, I just happen to have bought a TON of Vega after discovering how amazing it is and discovering that it doesn’t make me sick like most protein powders do, and then they gifted me some, because they’re lovely).

Vega Green Pancake (treatswithatwist.com)  

Vega Green Protein Pancake(s)
A delicious lean, green, protein packed breakfast disguised as a pancake! You can't beat that! I use Vega protein powder because it is the powder that works best for my body, but you can experiment with another protein if you'd prefer. (makes 1 serving)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 banana (approximately 3”)
  2. 1 cup spinach
  3. ¼ cup egg white*
  4. 3 Tbs. unsweetened almond milk*
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  8. 1 scoop Vega Sport Vanilla protein powder
  9. Optional nutrient additions (choose 1 or 2): 1 tsp. spirulina powder, 1 tsp. acai powder, 1 tsp. maqui powder, 1 tsp. flaxseeds, or 2 tsp. psyllium husk powder
Instructions
  1. ~In a blender (I use a Bullet blender for these, so any blender will do), first add banana, then spinach, then egg white and almond milk. Next, add the vanilla, spices and Vega protein powder. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of your blender so everything is incorporated.
  2. ~Head a nonstick skillet on medium-low, sprayed with nonstick spray (I use coconut oil). Pour your batter in for 3-4 pancakes. Let the pancakes cook until you have bubbling throughout the middle and they look cooked around the edge (appx 4 min). Flip and cook 2-3 min on the other side.
  3. ~Stack them up, top them off! I like heating blueberries until they burst and release their juices. I also love adding almond butter, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, or local honey or maple syrup. Have fun and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *if you’re not using liquid egg whites, add 2 egg whites and 2 Tbs of almond milk, then add almond milk 1 Tbs at a time as you’re blending until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. You may notice on my Instagram feed that I tend to have one giant pancake. That's just the way I roll. I love to pour all of the batter in a small skillet, making 1 big pancake. Easy.
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Fall Fitness Challenge update weeks 1 and 2

I want to update you on how the first two weeks of the fall fitness challenge I’m doing are going! Here’s some Fabulously Fit Friday for ya!  

Hey all!

So you know I’ve been doing the Frisky Fall challenge through Tone It Up, and I wanted to give you a little update on how the first two weeks went!

Well, the challenge definitely started out full speed. Because everyone has a set goal of accomplishing 100 miles by Halloween, I clocked in just shy of 20 miles for week one and I’m betting on a similar distance for week 2. When am I completing these miles? At the crack of dawn while watching the sunrise. No joke. That’s not all, of course! There are toning workouts to complete every day. And, I tried Cardio Barre for the first time…AHmazing! I love that the challenge incorporates personal challenges too, like trying new activities, meditating, cooking new recipes, and making new friends! 

sunrise running

I feel amazing. I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’m exhausted but happy. I feel so accomplished and like I’m a completely new woman, and this is only week 2! 

I decided to take the plunge and follow their nutrition plan. I have my twisted logic, but it basically comes down to being fully committed to everything I do, and not wanting my own actions, or lack thereof, to be to blame in the end for subpar results. I’m not expecting to walk away from this in 8 weeks with a 6 pack, because that’s just not genetically possible for me, but I know that even if I don’t have a noticeable difference in 8 weeks, I did every single thing I could to get it.

Note though! There is no self-torture in ANY of this. I’m actually eating MORE than I’ve eaten in SO long. Crazy. I am seriously overloaded.

I have to give an amazingly special thank you shout out to some TASTY companies that sent me goodies to get me through the Frisky Fall challenge! {photos from my Instagram}

1. Vega! My favorite vegan protein company sent me a stash to keep me rolling out my green protein pancakes every morning if I so choose…which, I do…If you follow my alter-Instagram, you’ll see an overload of breakfasty goodness. My jam.

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2. Quest! Quest Nutrition Bars are the only protein bar I eat. I seriously stand by them 100% and have been reviewing their products since before they were sold in stores! That’s a true abiding love. My late-night snack or my snack before dinner (aka M4) is almost always a Quest bar. Without them, I think that I would feel some sort of dessert-deprivation. In the challenge, you’re encouraged to indulge once or twice a week, but I definitely haven’t felt that “I’m going to die if I don’t have chocolate RIGHT NOW” feeling yet because of my lovely Quest Bars. Nuked till gooey then schmeared with nut butter and I’m done. Drop the mic.

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3. Sizzlefish! I am SO lucky that I have a huge supply of perfectly-portioned high quality fish in my freezer right now. Everything from salmon to scallops and trout…my possibilities for protein-packed meals are endless. I’m so excited. There’s only so much ground beef and shrimp I can make (because I’m still in an “I want to gag” zone with chicken breasts if I cook them myself…I’ll explain another time…) before I decide to go back on an all-yogurt diet (yes, I have). So, to have a huge variety of seriously delish fish in my freezer, there are no words. And I need it all because I am eating more protein every single day, and the thought of it overwhelms me, so thank sheesh its all there and available to me. 

sizzlefish

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Ok! Hope you’re still routing for me! Love y’all! 

 

Disclosure: this is NOT a sponsored post. I received products from Vega, Quest, and Sizzlefish as a fan of theirs and supporter of their company, and all opinions on this page and on my social media are my own. They chose to fuel me and I took them up on it, because friends are fabulous and I love that my friends come bearing food.