Fabulously Fit Friday 57

Fabulously Fit Friday is getting snacky! I’m going to share my favorite fit snacks with you, and I want to hear yours! 

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Hey hey!!

So I last time we talked shop, I blabbed all about my new favorite workout tunes and little finds. Fun! Ok, since then, I’ve endured two more weeks of grueling Bikini Body Guide workouts. I love it though! I feel so so motivated to keep going.

I think my primary motivation to keep participating is my husband. I’ve never seen him so dedicated to a challenge, especially fitness-related. And he has lost 10 pounds as of last week! That’s so crazy. His heart is so big and he’s so driven right now. And he loves the way he feels.

I don’t know how much of a physical change I’ve gone through over the last 4 weeks, if any, but we have “progress pictures” to take Sunday morning. I’m so nervous about that! But I know that I’m more motivated to see my progress after week 12, and I’m more excited about the mental progress I’ve made.

Ok, so today’s fitness theme just has to be snacks!

A few of my favorite snacks while staying healthy are:

Greek yogurt with toppings (I reach for a healthy granola with low sugar, nuts, nut butter or/and fruit). For a dairy-free option (which I reach for just as often), I like cultured coconut yogurt or almond yogurt. 
Protein shake: I love Vega protein powders for a vegan shake (they just released two new flavors!), or Quest protein powder for a whey shake. * 
Protein bar: I’m VERY picky and rarely reach for a bar. Sometimes a Luna bar, Kind bar or Quest bar is thrown into the rotation, but other than that I steer clear.
No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites: This is an old recipe I’m going to remake soon, but it is still SO good. They make healthy cookie bites which are actually perfect snacks
Veggies with hummus: I’m currently hooked on Sabra’s Tuscan Herb hummus!
Fruit: I have really been on an apple with peanut butter kick lately! Yes!

What are your favorite healthy snacks lately?

 

We are now entering Week 5 of BBG! I can’t believe it! 

Note: this is not a sponsored post! 
Another note: I’m going to rearrange some of my Fabulously Fit Friday posts, renaming them with numbers (like this one is) so they’re easier for you to keep track of! Love ya! 

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Fabulously Fit Friday 56

Fabulously Fit Friday is here again! I can’t wait to update you on all of the fit activities I’ve been doing and I want to hear all about yours! 

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I can’t believe Friday is already here again!

I’ve survived a grueling Week 2 of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide! I feel like I deserve a giant cake or a new pair of shoes or something. And after Week 1, my husband weighed himself and he’d lost 7 pounds!

This week was killer. The first workout completely killed me! It had a ton of plyo moves in it and I felt like I just couldn’t jump that much! In fact, I can’t. But maybe soon? Hopefully my jumping gets better. I’m pretty sure I don’t leave the ground when I’m jumping around. Workouts 2 and 3 were just awful and I found myself collapsing to the ground, unable to do one more pushup! Sheesh!

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 ^^packing!^^

But I did it. And I had to squeeze in all of those intense workouts before the weekend, because I’m on my way to Washington DC! I’ve never been there and I am just so excited to see all of the monuments and catch up with my best friend, whom I get to see once or twice a year!

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I thought I’d share a few workout favorites with you, and then you can tell me yours!

Favorite new song in my workout mix:

Ariana Grande ft Weeknd: Love Me Harder
I know I know, so pop. But I love it. I love pop. And I love how songs that have a beat that picks up make me MOVE. When I’m doing knee-ups on an overturned dresser drawer, I tend to hike up faster when the song gets going.

Ingrid Michaelson: Afterlife
I seriously can’t get enough of this song. Her voice is AHmazing and it is just power.

Honestly, I turn on Spotify and type in “One Direction” and just let it play! Don’t hate.

 

Favorite waterbottle:

This one I posted on IG and in last week’s post. It’s super sparkly and pink and my sister-in-law got it for me for Christmas. Does she know me or what?

 

Favorite breakfast:

I switch between a big bowl of Egg White Oats (I usually shred up zucchini and mix it in, along with maca and banana slices or blueberries) and my Green Protein Pancakes made with Vega Sport Vanilla.

 

Favorite protein dessert:

I switch between a warm Quest bar slathered in Jif Whips peanut butter (any flavor!) or a mug cake that I make from Quest protein powder, which I have in the Peanut Butter flavor (I posted a quick recipe in the comment of this picture).

 

What are your favorites lately? Find anything new after making New Year’s Resolutions?

 

Have a great weekend!!
xxoo

PS I have a giveaway going on! You’ll want to check it out!! 

Fabulously Fit Friday 55 in 2015!

It’s 2015! And I know you have lots of fitness goals (maybe?), so what perfect timing for Fabulously Fit Friday!  

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Happy 2015!! I hope you read my Hopes and Goals for 2015 post…if you didn’t I’ll wait while you do …

Ok now that that’s out of the way I want to share with you what my husband and I have been up to, fitnesswise…

We started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide! Yes, that CRAZY 12 week guide with amazing before-and-afters you may have seen all over Instagram! [her handle is @kayla_itsines]

We started on Monday, so as of today we have completed 5 days! And we are so sore! My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are doing it too in Dallas and we all started on the same day so we can text each other and encourage each other through the whole thing (ie bitch about how sore we are).

I swear, by the end of this, I’ll look exactly the same and my husband and his brother will be all ripped. Kidding. Maybe. Not.

SO! I’m telling you this because: 1. The BBG workouts will probably be my subjects of Fabulously Fit Friday for awhile (hopefully 12 weeks!); 2. I will be posting about it on my fitness Instagram (and probably my regular Instagram too) so please follow me and encourage me and tell me my food is pretty; 3. I want you to do it with us! If you were wondering which program you should do to kick off the New Year, then join this one and let me know and I’ll be your cheerleader too! Go you! You don’t have to start at the same time as us to be included, in fact I think even Kayla herself is going to do her 12 week guide starting Monday, so you can join anytime. Just do it! (don’t sue me Nike!) 
[I'm hoping to do some Instagram giveaways too, so look out for those!]

Another fitness challenge that started just recently that you may want to join in on is the Tone It Up: Love Your Body Series. This one is a 6 week challenge and should be very positive and encouraging and you will be smiling all the way through it. I totally recommend you join that one if you just aren’t sure about the BBG one (plus, it’s FREE)!

I love both of these options because they can be done from home! You just need a few basic fitness things (and even then, you can find other options or do without them all together). I think you just need some dumbbells, a medicine ball, a step (or a chair or bench), maybe a kettlebell (for TIU), some fitness shoes and a jumprope (I totally fake it and just jump a lot). I collected all of these things overtime and have mis-matched sets; anything works!

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(Oh hey, look, I still go to yoga too!)

I hope you all had an amazing New Year’s and can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for all of us!!

Tell me tell me: what are your goals for 2015? Have you started a fitness program or do you need help finding one?! Let’s talk!

 

Oh, also, this is really random, but I’m totally addicted to Snapchat! Do you use it? My little brother got me hooked on it because he doesn’t answer text messages anymore (no idea why), but now my friends and I are on it ALL the time. Anyways, if you are on it or you join it and you like to watch other people’s daily “stories”, I fill mine up with random things from my day (mostly cooking) and you can totally follow me: Mking3000 .

 

xxoo

Not a sponsored post. Links to Amazon are affiliate links. 

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 54

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. 

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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?