Thursday, January 12, 2017

5 Places to Look for Inspiration

I mentioned last week in a video on my page, that one of my secrets to making 2017 the best year ever was to seek out the things that inspire you.  People, places, activities... whatever it is, intentionally tune into these things. It will change your life.  

But how do you know what inspires you?  It's a feeling really.  It's the things that fill you with positive thoughts and hope for your future.  The feeling that you can conquer the world.... because YOU CAN... if you keep the right mindset and remain inspired ;)  

So where do I find so much so called inspiration?  I can only speak for myself, but here are some ideas to get you started...

1. Your friends and coworkers.  Primarily the ones you aspire to be more like.  My friend has an aunt who is 50-something going on 29.  I'm telling you, she's a fox.  And to top it all off she's a magical fairy of happiness and positivity.  When we go through a rough patch, we've made it a point to always think of her and how her life has turned out.  We also ask her questions and pay attention to her advice.  People don't become who they are purely by chance, so when you meet a person you admire, tell them.  Then pay very close attention.  

2. Social media.  I do not care if social media is just a "highlight reel".  If you're reel is inspiring, I want to see it.  Period.  Find the people you jive with, whether you know them or not, and follow along.  Like it or not, most of us are attached to our phones like it's an actual appendage, so make sure you are looking at things that make you feel good!  

3. Books and podcasts.  I have to admit, despite the collection I've acquired, I still SUCK at books.  Like I have only finished probably 5 whole books in my entire life suck.  It's definitely something I am working on this year because I realize that anyone who has achieved great things has read a lot of books.  Thankfully I've probably written enough to make up for that.  But I digress.  Books, or in my case, podcasts, do a lot of good and the self help business is booming.  So go help yourself, by all means. 

4. Your family.  Yes, I know they drive us crazy sometimes, but hopefully there are at least some people in your family you would do just about anything for.  They are your WHY.  Why are you doing everything that you do?  When I think about the life I want to create for my family - for my husband and my children - that's a lot of inspiration right there.  I mean, have you seen my twins?  How can they NOT uplift you?  

5.  Your past.  Ok, this probably sounds weird, especially if you have not yet done the things you want to do.  It's easy to dwell on the things you didn't achieve, the times when God seemingly forgot you, or when luck just didn't go your way.  But you probably have one thing.  You probably have at least one moment in your life where you felt like the f*cking King of the Pridelands, capable of everything and anything, and like you just crushed your goal like the badass mama jamma that you are.  Go back to that moment.  Figure out what you did.  Then, do it again.  

I hope these ideas can help you to light your own inner fire in 2017 and make this the best year of your life!  Got more ideas to add?  Please do so in comments! xo 

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Future of Fitness

Eeeeeek!  You guys!  I am bursting at the seams!  The future of fitness is here and finally.... FINALLY... all of my visions of what is possible for people are coming to fruition.  This has the potential to change your life, and if you are at all interested in health and exercise, you are not going to want to be left behind.  I mean, are you still carrying around the Zack Morris phone?? No?  I didn't think so.
  So what's the big deal?  It's all about technology.  It's all about finding a way to get health and exercise at our fingertips and as accessible as possible.  Because the more accessible it is, the more likely we are to use it, right?  

Gone are the days when you had to choose a fitness program from an infomercial.  I'm sorry but I am SO OVER trying to pin clients into a single program or trainer, as if they are going to do that for the rest of their lives, or as though they are going to quit the fit life after a month or two.  It's just not realistic.  It worked for a while because that's what the fitness world had put together - single programs to be followed according to a specific formula - and you had to choose which ONE was the best fit for you.  

But what if you want to do more than one?  What if you want to try everything?  If you want to fill your life with all of the new experiences and adventures and techniques... and well, don't we just want it all these days?  It's why we're no longer satisfied with basic cable.  We need all the specialties, our programs on demand, when we want them and whatever we are in the mood for that day.  So why should our workouts be any different?  

Here I reveal to you the Amazon Prime of fitness, and I'm afraid there is no turning back from here.  With Beachbody On Demand All Access, you can legit every single Beachbody program ever invented, plus all future releases at no additional cost.  You join. You're in the club.  You get it all.  Period.  It's like a kid in a candy shop except it's your future inner bombshell in a busy mom's paradise.  You can stream your workouts from wherever you want whenever you want and switch your programs up as much as you like.  It's your plan to create and my God is it freeing! 

What do I mean by everything?  I mean EVERYTHING...
  • 21 Day Fix
  • 21 Day Fix Extreme
  • P90X
  • P90X2
  • P90X3
  • Body Beast
  • TurboFire
  • Brazil Butt Lift
  • Ten Minute Trainer
  • ChaLEAN Extreme
  • INSANITY: The Asylum
  • Tony One-on-One 
  • Hip Hop Abs
  • Hip Hop Abs Deluxe
  • Tai Cheng
  • Rev Abs
  • Rockin Body
  • Shaun T Dance Party
  • Turbo Jam
  • Total Body Solution
  • Yoga Booty Ballet
  • Ho' Ala ke Kino
  • Power Half Hour
  • Great Body Guaranteed
  • Get on the Ball
  • Power 90
  • Project You
  • Slim in 6
  • Slim Series Express
  • Slim Series
  • Brazil Butt Lift Master Series
  • ChaLEAN Extreme Deluxe
  • The Master’s Hammer and Chisel
  • Focus T25
  • 3 Week Yoga Retreat

... and more!  This doesn't even include the Active Maternity series, niche workouts, or Challenge Du Jours.  So when I say all access, I mean it!

Know what else is cool?  You can stream it anywhere.  You don't have to be tethered to a DVD.  Want to stream on your lunch break?  DO IT.  Want to exercise in your hotel room?  DO IT.  Want to set that laptop up on the kitchen countertop because it's the only room in your house that is childproofed and you can't leave it?  DO IT.  (Ok, maybe that last one is just me, but you get my point.)  This is a revelation giving you full flexibility and full freedom to design a routine you love and will have success with.  So let's do it.  Who's ready to come into the future with me?  Your inner bombshell is dying to be discovered! 

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Ahhhhhh.... October!  As much as I hate to say so long to summer, there's no denying that the BEST foods were made for fall.  Unfortunately not so much the best for our diets ;)  But as much as I want to be fit, I want to celebrate more... and that means with my fair share of pumpkin and apple inspired concoctions and baked goods galore.  The good news is, pumpkins and apples are actually good for you (shocker!).  It's what we do to them that gets them off the healthy foods list.  But don't worry, we can fix that.  I'm sharing a plethora of fall inspired treats this week in my ongoing empowerment group, and would love for you to be a part of it.  Simply check out the post on my Facebook page and comment below a post to gain access.  But first... a FREEBIE!

First, today is one of those magical Mondays where I don't have to go into work.  Thank you to my Jewish friends, we are heartily celebrating Rosh Hashana with comfy clothes, extra laundry loads (which I don't even mind doing) and the husband enjoying a finally sunny day on the golf course.  But earlier this morning, the girls had their 15 month appointment.  At just over 20 pounds a piece, my chunkers are healthy little monkeys and got the doctor's stamp of approval, in addition to 3 shots each and a finger prick for Rosie.  Poor things were not happy, but were so happy and proud of their bandaids.  It seemed the perfect day for an extra special breakfast treat!

These pancakes were the perfect fall breakfast.  Hearty and filling and because we used whole wheat flour and minimal amounts of sugar, I felt great giving them to my growing little cherubs and knowing they would fuel them to keep growing healthy and strong!  

I topped them with a swirl of whipped cream, because it's really nothing compared to butter and syrup but somehow turns every bite from great to mmmmmm worthy.  It's definitely worth the extra 30 calories or so.  So give it a try if you have any handy.  

Complete Ingredients List:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (any variety you wish)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Meal Prep Mania: What Will You Need?

Super pumped to be starting a new challenge group next week and getting set up for a week of success!  Who else is ready to say a week from now that you are closer to your goals, feeling energized and ready to rock your fall outfits with confidence?  

Although you can do this in literally any situation, there a few things I recommend to make the whole meal prep thing a bit easier.  Or at least look better ;)

1. Meal Prep Containers!  Let me tell you how my tupperware drawer has become my absolute arch nemesis.  Soooo many different sizes, shapes, types, colors, and none of them ever seem to sit inside of one another properly.  I've dealt with this for years because i can't logically bring myself to throw away perfectly good tupperware, but motivated by the challenge group, I decided that my sanity is worth doing just that.  Going to invest in something more uniform, like these, to make storage easier and packing more uniform.  So go ahead and get yourself a set if you're like me and can't stand the mismatched disorganization. lol 

2. A crock pot! Meal prep is all about mass making food in the beginning so you don't have to do anything else throughout the week.  The crock pot has become my go to when it comes to fixing up a huge supply that can easily be divided out at the end of the day.  This week I plan to make shredded chicken in it for burrito bowl lunches.  Hopefully everyone has one, but if not, I highly recommend it. 

3. Water.  I didn't necessarily write it into the meal plan, but be prepared to carry it around with you throughout the day.  Many of my teammates swear by Swell bottles, but I am a total weirdo who prefers my water at room temperature, so I go through about a million of the plastic bottles a week.  I know, it's probably terrible for the environment but I am good in other ways so cut me some slack, ok? 

4. Plenty of sandwich bags!  Prepping is going to require a lot of pre-packaging, pre-slicing, and pre-storing, so I go through a ton of bags too.  Grab a box to make sure you're supplied.  

5. A protein supplement.  Naturally I am going to use this as a Shakeology plug because it is my supplement of choice and just an overall superior product.  But even if you are not drinking Shakeology, I still recommend investing in some sort of whey protein or protein blend.  You're not going to get all of the same benefits as you will with Shakeology, and it probably won't satisfy your sweet tooth, but it will certainly benefit you more than not using a supplement at all.   

For more amazing products and ideas, check out my previous post - Must Haves for the Fit Teacher!  And as always, be sure to reach out if you would like to be added to the group!  Challenge is currently running on Facebook, so feel free to go check it out! xo 

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