6 Day “Work Off The Turkey” Challenge!

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The holidays are literally the worst time to stay on track. Even though I love fitness, I’m also very into baking. And when I bake, I taste. And then I love my creations so much that I eat them at the celebrations too 😉

Most people overindulge at Thanksgiving, and then it’s kind of like “well, the train has already left the station!”, so we keep overindulging straight into the new year. Who can resist Turkey Day leftovers? Then there’s the office party, the open houses, the family gatherings… bad choices to be made everywhere!

And then January 1st we’re all like “ok, I’m going to change now!”.

Let’s do it differently this year.

Let’s enjoy Thanksgiving, then get ourselves back on track ASAP. Some discipline now will avoid regret later!

Beginning Monday December 1st I am hosting a 6 Day “Work Off The Turkey” Challenge. Only 6 days? Yes. I find December is too overwhelming for people to make a long term health commitment, but we can all handle 6 days.

So what does this entail?

-A 6 day commitment to jumpstarting weight loss, improving energy and getting back on track.

-An easy to follow meal plan.

-A 6 day supply of Shakeology, my go-to nutrient dense health shake.

-Personal coaching and support from me 🙂

If you’d like to get in on this challenge, comment below for details. I have limited spots available!

I’m ready, are you??

If Not Now, When?!?

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This pic was posted on Facebook by one of my favorite free workout sites, The Daily HIIT (formerly Bodyrock). The message for me was twofold.

First, a lot of people are waiting for that magical “right” time to take control of their health. It has to start on a Monday, the 1st of a new month, or at the beginning of a new year. That shouldn’t be the case. Start NOW. Make a change today.

I’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about Beachbody workout programs that people want to start “after the holidays” or “for the new year”. If you know you want to change, why not do it now?

Health and fitness aren’t one size fits all, but there definitely is a fit for everyone. Find workouts you love on You Tube, start walking or jogging, join an online community for support, invest in an at home program or gym membership. Find what works for YOU! Not in January, but NOW!

The second meaning of this picture for me? My due date came and went two days ago, and no sign of baby girl yet! So yes, I’ve been asking myself (and her, and my husband, and my doctor) if not now, WHEN?!?! Lol.

Enjoy your Sunday! And if you do need some help getting started on a health and fitness journey, I’m here to help!

Craving a Sweat Sesh!

When I found out I was pregnant back in March, I had been hitting the gym pretty hardcore. My doctor said it was fine to continue my routine, but I backed off on the intensity. I was, however, determined to keep my fitness regimen going for the entire 40 weeks.

On Facebook I follow many fitness accounts, so my head was filled with stories of the mom doing Cross Fit at 9 months pregnant and the trainer getting one last chance workout in on the morning of her scheduled C section. I’d be able to pull that off too, right?

Nope, reality struck this summer when my workouts began to dwindle to 3 then 2 then only 1 day a week. Then I started finding my workout DVDs (Piyo, Turbo Fire, 21 Day Fix, T25) getting to be a bit too much. And I had long since abandoned trips to the gym, feeling self conscious about my growing mid section and the opinions of strangers.

Now, at 37 weeks my fitness routine is non existent. I’m not wasting any time feeling guilty about it, as I’ve listened to my body throughout pregnancy and have done what feels best for me. Sorry 9 months prego Cross Fit mom- that just didn’t work out for me!

But… I’m absolutely 100% craving a hardcore, push-myself-to-my-limits workout. I keep daydreaming of doing tuck jumps, burpees and push-ups without a medicine ball sized belly in the way! I keep going back and forth in my mind of what my post pregnancy comeback workout routine will be. A round of 21 Day Fix or Piyo? A new lifting program at the gym? The new Insanity Max 30 that’s debuting in December? Decisions, decisions!

And then, of course, I’m sure all these lofty fitness goals will change when in 3 weeks our baby girl is born. I’m sure my daydreams will turn from intense workouts to grabbing a power nap or the laundry miraculously washing itself. We shall see!

How did you get back in shape after pregnancy?

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Fit and Fab- the Pregnancy Edition!

So, it’s been quite awhile since I last blogged. And, in that time I’ve been trying my best to stay both Fit and Fab. It’s been a bit of a struggle though, because I’m almost 28 weeks pregnant!

Yes, I’m so excited to say that my husband and I are expecting our first child on November 7th. And, I couldn’t be more excited! But, the Fit and Fab part of it all? It’s been a little rough to say the least.

Many women have weighed in with their opinions of pregnancy when I make my big announcement. I’ve heard:

“Oh I LOVED being pregnant!”

“I enjoyed every minute of my pregnancy!”

“I felt GREAT the whole 9 months!”

And then there’s me, standing there going “WHAT?!?”

I spent the first 4 and a half months being in a constant state of feeling like I was going to throw up, without actually throwing up at all. At one point, I was eating so many TUMS per day that I actually asked my doctor (ok, and I Googled it too) if it was possible to overdose on them.

Needless to say, my FABness kind of went down the tubes for a little while. Before publicly announcing my news, I’m pretty sure everyone just thought I was letting myself go! I’m a girl that doesn’t leave the house without eyeliner. At one point, I was going to work makeup free, just because I didn’t feel up to the challenge!

Things improved and I’m pleased to say I’m back to wearing full makeup daily 🙂

On the fitness end of things- it’s a struggle! At this point I’m trying to get a workout in about 4 days a week. I’ve found that I’m tiring out much quicker, and my recovery time is much longer. Growing a human will do that to you!

My current (very modified) workout faves are Turbo Kick (or Turbo Fire at home) T25 and 21 Day Fix. I tried some pregnancy DVDs but they seemed geared towards women who had never worked out before. I prefer to modify and adjust as my body tells me. And don’t worry, it’s all doctor approved!

So, moms out there- any tips, tricks or advice for maintaining fitness and fabness while prego? How about after baby arrives? Weigh in with your comments!

Monday (and March) Motivation

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If you live in the Northeast, you’re probably sick of the cold, snowy weather like I am. It’s March 3rd and we’re snowed in…enough already!

Many people started out the new year with proclamations that this would be the year they’d get fit! 2 months and countless snow storms later, that motivation has dwindled (much like every student and teacher’s hopes of ending school by mid-June!)

So what can you do to get the fitness mojo going again? Here are a few tips:

1- Don’t wait for a new week, a new month or a new year to start over. Every single day is a chance for a fresh start! Take hold of that opportunity and go for it!

2- Schedule your workouts. Too many people put others’ needs first and leave their own health and fitness until last on the to-do list. Block out that 30-60 minutes daily for YOU and don’t stand yourself up! Planning ahead is key! Find the time of day that works best for you. (And YES, there are super effective workout programs out there that are 30 minutes or less!)

3- Speaking of planning ahead… prep food in advance so you don’t reach for junk. Did you get out of the office later than usual? If your fridge is stocked with grilled chicken and salad or your freezer is filled with healthy homemade meals ready for the microwave, dinner will be a snap! (And it won’t involve a drive-thru.)

4- Surround yourself with motivating, like minded people. Even if your family and friends haven’t quite hitched their wagon to your fitness train, you can find all the support you need online. Make some friends on My Fitness Pal, join a Facebook group devoted to fitness, or follow health blogs here on WordPress. Be active and engage! You could end up inspiring someone else.

5- Finally… just don’t give up on yourself. You certainly wouldn’t give up on your child, sibling, spouse or friend, so why are we so quick to quit on ourselves? We all have what it takes, we’ve just got to keep on moving!

Hopefully this snow and the winter blahs go away soon. My gym was closed today due to the weather, and I was in a super couch potato state after watching 3 movies. But I was inspired by my fitness motivation group on Facebook, willed myself to get moving and completely nailed my T25 Upper Focus workout. Boom!

Tomorrow, let’s do it again!

GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY!

The Oreo Incident

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Let me just put it out there- I love fitness and healthy living. It has nothing to do with how I look, but everything to do with how I feel. When I’m eating healthy, I feel healthy and vice versa.

Now the flip side: I love desserts. Cookies, cakes, sweets of any kind. As a matter of fact, my two favorite hobbies are fitness and baking!

I’m a big believer in the 80/20 rule. (Or 75/25 or 90/10- whatever works for you.) By this I mean that I eat healthy the majority of time- about 80% of the time. But, I don’t deprive myself. I allow myself treats and indulgences, just not all day every day! Thus, the other 20%.

For some reason, when you maintain a healthy lifestyle, people automatically think you’re a weirdo about food. Just because I eat kale chips doesn’t mean I’ve never popped open a bag of Doritos and loved every second of it!

At work, my lunches are scrutinized on the regular. I tend to pack meals with mainly protein, veggies and fruit. My lunch pals often hit the cafeteria for nuggets and tater tots. I don’t mind their lunches at all (let’s be real here- tater tots are delish!), but the entire contents of my bag is often questioned or ribbed on.

Last week my lunch girls were eating Oreos and offered me one. I politely declined. Not because Oreos are the devil, but simply because I really wasn’t feeling an Oreo.

And… it became a THING. They begged me to eat an Oreo in front of them. I love my lunch crew, so I did. They were so excited to witness this historical event.

NICOLE ATE AN OREO!!!

Now, for my big, dark secret. I eat Oreos. And chocolate chip cookies. In the past 2 weeks I’ve eaten more Girl Scout Cookies than I care to admit.

7 days a week I start my day with a nutrient dense breakfast- Shakeology. 5 days a week I pack nutritious lunches to get me through the workday without an afternoon crash. Sunday through Thursday nights I usually cook healthy dinners at home.

But the rest of the time I enjoy life (and food!) without regrets. If we’re out watching a game, I’ll have some wings. If we go out for a nice date night dinner, I enjoy a meal, not a salad. If it’s someone’s birthday, you better believe I’m not passing up the cake!

So don’t give your healthy friends a hard time. We love food too! It’s just that we’ve chosen a different way of enjoying it. No one is perfect, and every clean eater has a not-so-clean meal here and there. Love your friends, love their choices, and maybe ask to try one of their kale chips.

But hands off my Valentine’s chocolate. That’s all mine!

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Friday Night Yikes!

After watching the first few episodes of the new reality series Friday Night Tykes, I have so much to say that I don’t even know where to begin. (Check out the clip above for a point of reference!)

First, let me say that I 100% encourage children to participate in sports and physical activity. Obviously we have a bit of an obesity epidemic going on in America, and the younger kids are when they learn to love being active, the better. I also support teaching children the value of having a little bit of competitive spirit, and getting away from the “everyone wins, we don’t keep score” mentality as they grow a bit older.

That being said… holy smokes, this show is craaaaaazzzyyyy!!!

If you haven’t seen it, the show follows players, coaches and parents in the Texas Youth Football Association. Like any reality show, there’s plenty of yelling, trash talking and bleeping out curse words.

Oh, did I mention the players are 8 and 9 years old?

The coaches scream and yell until veins are popping out of their necks. Parents sit on the sideline watching, seeming to give their approval of this behavior with their silence. The families center their entire lives around football. One mom prides herself on her trash talking. And the one coach admits to marital problems due to his commitment to youth football.

WHAT?!?!

Let’s slow down. Let’s teach these kids proper technique, rules of the game, pride and sportsmanship. But, let’s do it without dropping f-bombs and yelling at a child for puking in the 90 degree heat.

Let’s teach commitment and discipline without shaming anyone or encouraging players to chant “f*** so-and-so” during stretches.

I’m not saying these kids need to be “soft” or “wimpy”, I’m just saying these adults need to take a child psychology class! Sadly, the madness of this show is so ridiculous, that I can’t seem to turn away…

Tuesday nights on the Esquire network. Check it out. What do you think?