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So you want to start working out?

I know we’re almost into the third month of the year, how’s your resolutions stacking up? Are you hitting the gym? What?! Not yet!?! You want to start but you’re scared/too lazy/don’t know how to? Here, let me help.

Make a Schedule – It’s really easy to say you’re going to do something and not do it BUT if you write it in your planner your tune may change. I always like to keep a to-do list everyday. Some of the tasks I know I’m going to do no matter what — like “gym” but hey it always does feel really nice crossing something off a list. Especially because some of the other tasks may be more difficult/may not get crossed off. Write it in your schedule, plan to go after/before work or at lunch like me.

Take Classes – I know the gym can be pretty intimidating. When I first started going I would go with my brother which made it really easy because working out with another person is so fun and less stressful. But then I moved out here and had to start working out solo. As a girl it can be extra difficult doing weights and such because dudes usually take those areas over and even though now I’m pretty comfortable with working out with a bunch of meathead guys, if you’re just dipping your toes in you don’t want to be scared off. I got back into the swing of things  by taking classes. There are plenty of classes for nearly anything — weight training? Take body pump. Cardio? Oh man so many like cycling and zumba. Also working out with a group of people motivates you and pushes you to keep going. I’ve noticed when I work out solo I kind of slack because nobody is watching me, and although nobody is watching you in the class either you still have that idea that you have to keep up with everyone and that pushes you to work out harder.

Research – Starting to work out can also be overwhelming. I mean you have so many body parts and muscles and there is so much equipment and exercise routines — where do you start? Maybe figure out what you want to work on first. First figure out what exactly or why exactly you’re working out — health? lose weight? competition? all of the above? — and then narrow it down by body part. Since you already have a schedule thanks to listening to my first suggestion, just split up what you want to do one what day. Maybe Monday you’ll do legs, Tuesday arms, Wednesday back, etc. Research some exercise routines so you know exactly where to go at the gym.

What is it that they say? If you do this more than three times you develop a habit? Just push yourself to go to the gym three times, then once you’ve done that do three more days, then three more. Soon it’ll be as automatic and common as brushing your teeth.

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#FuelYourAwesome Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powders Review!

Hey everyone! I have been on a bit of a smoothie and shake kit as of lately. I even just bought a Ninja! They’re my favorite post workout snack just because you can make them taste however you like but also still be healthy for you. That is why I was very excited to try Bob’s Red Mill protein powder, thanks to Fit Approach!

I received:
– Full Size of the Vanilla Protein Powder-
– 2 Sample Sizes of their Chocolate Protein Powder
– 2 Sample Sizes of their Protein and Fiber Powder
– 2 Sample Sizes of their Chai Protein Powder
– A Recipe booklet
– Shake bottle
I was very excited to dive into these products, I tried the Chai one almost immediately. I’ve had chocolate and vanilla protein powders before and wanted to try something different and man! How delicious! I made my own concoction with the Chai one, mixing it with kale, a frozen banana, and almond milk. Tasted delicious!
The first shake recipe I made from Bob’s Red Mill was the Peanut Butter Banana one, it’s super simple and I’ve made ones similar to it before — it’s kind of a good go-to shake that has sweetness but also some saltiness. Just ad 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder, 1 cup milk (I used almond milk), 1 banana (I used a frozen banana, frozen bananas are usually way better for shakes and smoothies, makes the consistency better and cooler), 1/2 cup ice cubes. Just combine them all in a blender and bam!
These protein powders are great, I am so excited to try out more recipes with them. They’re gluten free, vegan, have clean ingredients — meaning no chemicals! They’re all plant based proteins and filled with such great ingredients like chia seeds and psyllium. Chia seeds are great to boost energy and stamina while psyllium is great for fiber.
Overall, I really enjoyed these, definitely check them out you won’t be disappointed!

 

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Heat up your workout.

I know, it is hot out. Very hot. So sure stay in bed a little longer, enjoy the AC, but don’t avoid that workout man! You may not want to run outside but there’s other alternatives you can do.

1. Swim – Swimming is the most fun anyway! Why not go to your local pool and try to do some laps. If it’s too packed just tread water, do some flips, maybe try even run in the water. Or go to the gym and do the laps there. Or the ocean! Nothing is more difficult then trying to swim sideways in the ocean but it’s a great workout and hopefully you’ll get a tan.

2. Wake up early! – Now I know I said sleep in, but sometimes you have to push yourself to wake up and I promise it’ll be worth it. Those early morning hikes show you some of nature’s beauty! Starting your day off early with a run kind of rejuvenates and re-energizes you for the day. Plus, doing it early means you don’t have to worry about it later.

3. Hide out in the Gym – The gym has AC so there’s no point making that excuse “it’s too hot out to go to the gym” it makes no sense! Go, take your classes, and enjoy your favorite workouts.

What are some tips you do?

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MealEnders Review!

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Hey everyone, hope your new years resolutions are going well. I know it’s difficult to keep eating healthy and getting in shape, but MealEnders can help. MealEnders are new lozenges that reset your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge. i received the opportunity to check these out thanks to SweatPink and FitApproach.

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MealEnders come in four flavors: Citrus, Mocha, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Mint.

MealEnders are lozenges that help prevent overeating. I know that’s my big problem. I work out enough to be fit but I just love chocolate, bread, and just food in general way too much. Hopefully these guys can help me.

You are supposed to take one MealEnder after eating a meal to prevent more food grazing. They consist of two layers: One is the reward layer which is the treat, and my favorite. It’s the outer layer that’s sweet and like a little dessert. Once that one dissolves comes the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer. This layer is supposed to feel a little tingly and engages the trigeminal nerve which distracts you from the urge to eat, essentially, cleansing your palate. It tastes a little menthol or mint like. This one is my least favorite.

I tried all but the cinnamon one so far and I have to say, I am having a little trouble with them. The tingle that it releases just makes my tongue feel very numb and uncomfortable. Also the mint taste with the citrus flavor was my least favorite, I feel like they didn’t compliment each other and had to spit that one out stat. The mocha and chocolate mint are okay. The trouble though is you just have to suck on it and not chew it but it takes a while to dissolve in my mouth. I have been trying to eat them after each lunch but in the end I do end up snacking on my Fiber One brownie after. Maybe it takes a bit to get used to.

MealEnders are chemical free and just work on stimulating your brain. MealEnders’ unique duo sensory taste formula is made from a stimulant-free blend of flavors and ingredients, all held to the highest food safety standards.  MealEnders contain only 2 grams of sugar and 15 calories per piece.

Overall, I do plan on continuing to try them, maybe I will get used to it or maybe my tongue is just super sensitive. They have been working for a few other people, so it does work! Check them out if you’re open to it!

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I AM SPARTAN!

Well, I’ve done it. I can finally call myself a Spartan. On January 24th, I was lucky enough to participate in my first Spartan — a Spartan Super — and it was definitely the most physically demanding and difficult fitness activity I have ever done and it was completely 100% worth it. Sorry for the delayed post, I was waiting for my Spartan photos but…they’re not up/I can’t find mind so, camera phone post-race is what you’ll have to deal with!

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Some background on my active lifestyle, for new readers or readers that need a refresher: I go to the gym often, I try going at least 3-4 times a week but there are weeks where I only go 1-2 times. Last week I only went once, mainly because of all the blisters on my hands because of the race. I have ran several 5k’s and run 3-5 miles pretty easily but I’m no fitness expert. What I’m trying to say is, I misunderestimated this race entirely.

There are three different types of Spartan race:
1. Sprint – 3+ miles, 15+ obstacles
2. Super – 8+ miles, 20+ obstacles
3. Beast – 13+ miles, 25+ obstacles

I chose the Super. I thought for some reason 8-10 miles of straight-forward running, and no, that’s not it. Spartans are not like that at all. They have insane obstacles that push your limits so much that you’re barely running and probably just walking to the next obstacle.

I made a few mistakes before doing this race that I wish I didn’t. If you’re about to run a Spartan this what you should do:

1. Train, not just running but strength and core too: Some of the obstacles you’re carrying buckets of rocks and sandbags, you need your balance and strength.
2. Bring Gloves: There’s SO many rope obstacles. Pulling up a sandbag with a rope, swinging, etc. My hands were SHOT.
3. Shoes don’t really matter much: I wore my running sneakers and they got all sorts of muddy and gross, you really don’t need a fancy running shoe. Just something with good traction that you won’t mind messing up. You’re mainly too exhausted to run anyway.
4. Read Everything: Prep yourself, read the whole website so you know what you’re about to deal with. Don’t just wing it, like me. Sure I finished, but it was ROUGH.

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Overall, though I am insanely proud of myself that I completed it even though I am all black and blue, bruised, and had to stay in that Saturday night. They are a little pricey, so, while I did one…I am not sure if I’ll do another one again. I can’t imagine the beast one, I would die. But try it out, YOLO, and at least at the end of the day you can say you made it and you’re a Spartan!

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My first Spartan race + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! I hope you had a great holiday season! I am guessing a few of you made New Years Resolutions to get fit and healthy, right? Are you sticking to it? How about getting a little push? By little push I mean a Spartan-like shove to sign up for a Spartan race!

The Spartan Races are making their way to Southern California and I was given the opportunity to try one out. I’m pretty excited and nervous about it.

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There are three types of Spartan Runs:
1. Sprint – 3+ miles and 15+ obstacles
2. Super – 8+ miles and 20+ obstacles
3. Beast – 13+ miles and 25+ obstacles

I have done several 5k fun races which is basically what the Sprint is, but I wanted to try and push myself so…I signed up for the Super. Have I ever ran 8 miles before? Nope. But there’s a first time for everything, right?!

You can also check out Joe’s podcast, “Spartan Up!” actually just went live a few days ago and there is a launch contest running with tons of prizes – http://www.spartanuppodcast.com/launch-contest/

They also have a Cruise! Crazy right?! You can actually get 50% off it, too if you use the code Cruise50.

I’m a mixture of excited and nervous about the race but it’ll be a blast. The race is January 24th and guess what? One of you guys can come too!

Win It! ONE winner will receive a free code to enter a Spartan race! Hurry though, the giveaway ends Friday!

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Fall Fitness Fashion from Lorna Jane!

Fall is officially here, guys! Halloween, my favorite holiday, is only a few days away, are you excited?! I am! Fall used it be one of my lease favorite seasons, but now living in Southern California where it doesn’t get too cold and I don’t have to go back to school, it’s one of my favorites. Another great reason why fall is a great season: fashion! I’m a big fan of boots and nice sweaters. But in all honestly the clothes I wear more than these are workout clothes and even those, thanks to Lorna Jane, can be on point with fall fashion, too!

Here are some of my favorite pieces from their newest styles, perfect for fall!

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HELIX S/SLV TOP – I love this top because i’m a sucker for tops with cool backs, plus it’s a top you can definitely wear wherever, not just working out.

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ILLUSION EXCEL TANK – This is probably one of the coolest workout tops I’ve seen and I definitely plan on hitting up my local Lorna Jane to find this. I love black and badass type shirts like this. I love that it has a reflective pattern that isn’t too flashy but still really cool and stands out just enough. Way better than the usual old band t-shirts I usually wear.

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BOHEMIAN HAREM PANT– I’ve been wanting to rock some harem pants for a while now and these look super comfortable and great. They even look cool to just hang out at home wearing them.

Those are a few of my favorite new fall pieces from Lorna Jane, what are some of yours? Check out Lorna Jane’s website and browse their great new selection!

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