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Motivation Monday…Where are you at?

Happy Monday friends!

I’ve decided to start partaking in motivation Monday as a place to get organized and jazzed for the week! With winter here daylight hours are short and we are slammed with holiday activities and festivities. It’s the easiest way to forget about our own wellness and fitness.

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So, the question is…what will motivate you each week?

A lot of the time, remembering why I care for my body is my best motivation. Sometimes this changes, but being clear on WHY keeps me accountable. Right now my why is to be healthy and balanced. This has changed after getting pregnant. My goal is to be the healthiest home for baby G as possible.

But what does it mean for you? Maybe you’re in the same boat as me, or maybe you have kids and you want to enjoy playing with them more. Or maybe it’s for the jeans hidden in the back of the closet you’d like to wear again. Whatever it may be….make sure you know what’s driving you to care for your body.

so now you know why, what’s going to get you there every workout?

  • Post your why somewhere visible to remind you
  • Plan your weeks workouts and post them in your house, or online for accountability
  • Set out your workout clothes the night before
  • Connect with others in the same boat
  • Do activities you love! If you don’t like going to the gym, go running or take on at home program etc.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today”

-Jackson Brown

Lastly, the most importantly part, just get moving. Whether it’s 10 minutes or 60 minutes, you have to start somewhere and you have to start at some point. Instead of putting it off another day, just start NOW! You can do it ๐Ÿ˜Š Don’t cut yourself short.

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Insanity Max30 Review and Transformation

Hey guys!

As I get ready to start another fitness program I thought I would review Insanity Max 30 and share my transformation! I can’t love on this program enough. I participated with the fitness program, drank my shakes every day and cleaned up my diet a little!

What you get…

-Your first 30 day supply of Shakeology, the superfood protein shake that helps give you energy, reduces cravings, and accelerates your results-I LOVE THE SHIT out of my shakes.

-12 kick ass workout classes available online and via your own discs

-a FREE 30 day membership in team Beachbody, where you can start streaming your program online. You also gain access to hundreds of workouts on demand.

-nutrition guide

-Max Out Calendar and tracker

-No time to cook meal guide

Purchase It Here

Each workout is 30 minutes and they all use body weight only which means anyone can do it from anywhere…and you should!

The classes are organized by ‘type’ each focussing on something new each day. For example; tabata power, tabata strength, cardio challenge, sweat intervals, max out power, pulse and so many more! The goal for each workout is to MAX OUT! This means you push your hardest for 30 minutes, and hit your max. This Program comes with a workout guide, and a calendar to track what time you maxed out at so you can watch yourself progress. Through the 60 days I watched myself go from maxing out around the 3 minute mark, to making it through 30 minutes STRONG.

Not only did this program transform my body, it also gave me a lesson in mental toughness. There were days where I had to talk myself into my workout…but at the end of the day…I always told myself ITS ONLY 30 MINUTES and its embarrassing if I can’t make that time for my fitness and wellness…even on the most hectic days.

In addition to my physical and cognitive transformation, I also noticed a difference when it came to doing the things I love. I can hammer off a 16km hike, no problem. Beyond the hike from a couple weekends ago, I don’t think I had hiked more than once in around 6 weeks (which is shameful now that I think of that out loud), but this program has conditioned my body for hiking, ย walking, working out, running, you name it! <3

The bottom line…I highly recommend this program to anyone hoping to shape up! I gained muscle, and lost fat and feel 100x healthier.

For More Information or to Purchase Click Here

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Have a Healthy Weekend: 10 tips to stay on trackย 

Ok ok…it’s the weekend and let’s be real, a lot of us let things slide a little Friday-Sunday and pay for it Monday. If you know me you know I CONSTANTLY (probably obnoxiously) stress improving your health and fitness through LIFESTYLE adjustments. And lifestyles don’t take a break on the weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š Super sorry!

So, how can we stay on track over the weekend. The key to success is BALANCE. This goes for every day, some of us can go balls to he walls with our nutrition and fitness and maintain it, but that isn’t sustainable for most. You need to treat yo self, you need rest days, and most importantly you need to listen to your body…within reason. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here we go…


1. Stick to your workout program. This is crucial and makes your weekday transition smoother. (Is that a word? ๐Ÿ˜‚) whether you trade it for a hike, a run or you stick to your regular plan…I don’t care, make it happen! 

2. Stick with your 5 meals a day, maybe give yourself a little break and splurge on a meal. But NEVER GO TO PARTIES UNFED AND HUNGRY. unless it’s a dinner party…but choose wisely..we all know we fill up on appies before dinner.

3. Get plenty of sleep! It’s so important guys! I want you to start every day fresh and rejuvenated! 

4. If you’re eating out, eat your salad before your burger, or your veges before your steak. Make sure you are filling up on the nutrients you need first ๐Ÿ˜Š

5. Don’t drink pop. If you like to mix alcohol with soda, try trading it for club soda with a splash of ________. This will help keep those sugary kcals down. 

6. Share your lifestyle with others. If you’ve been to a party of mine you’ll know when I’m watching my diet. I’ll make you healthy dips, and offer veges. Having others sharing your experience helps keep you accountable and HEY, maybe it will inspire your peers to eat a little healthier too! (Disclaimer, I have the healthiest friends, they keep me honest).

7. Have a productive Sunday! Get outside, get shit done, and start planning for your week ahead. Consistency is key, which means your health doesn’t take a break because it’s lazy Sunday. Plan your weeks meals and workouts to keep you organized until next Sunday!

8. Shift your mindset. Treat Sunday like the first day of the week, not the last. This gives your brain a prep day! 

9. Work smarter not harder. Delegate your chores throughout the week so that you don’t end up with a huge, miserable to do list for the weekend. Easy. Create some ‘me time.’ 

10. Stop procrastinating. We can all sit around and say we’ll start Monday,  but that’s bullshit…you should have started last week. Don’t make excuses, make time. It is the TRUTH that we make time for what we want to, so make time for your fitness and for fuelling your body right. 

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I’m a GirlBoss

Hollaaaa….I’ve started using YouTube for real guys! I’ve posted my first post so describe a bit about myself and my work ๐Ÿ™‚

I plan on using this platform to share my yoga and fitness videos, along with frequently asked questions and adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Check it out on YouTube

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5 things you didn’t know about me…

Hey everyone!

There have been quite a few new people added to my Facebook page and Instagram and I couldn’t be happier about that!
I decided I would take this time to quickly tell you a few facts about me you might not know! ๐Ÿ™‚

1. I am a creature of habit and routine. I find myself the most productive on days where I follow the same routine. For me this is mostly morning and bed time…every afternoon is a little different but my morning routine consists of coffee and my self love practices; fitness, yoga/meditation and personal development.

2. I meditate! I used to practice meditation daily for sleep, I had mastered a 3 breath sleep routine. Somewhere along the way I lost the practice, BUT it’s back. Whether I meditate for 5 minutes or 20, I love this space to connect with my body and Source energy.

3. I am an introverted homebody by nature. I spend all day LOVING all the seconds I get to connect, share and explore with others. I wasn’t always this way. I grew up very shy and introverted and through self love, and support…I have embraced the loud, bubbling side you all know now! I dance, I sing, and don’t give a fuck. It’s a life of freedom. It was a long journey of introvert to extrovert and I’m so happy about where I am now. That being said I still love to unplug and hide inside and snuggle my husband and pets sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

4. I work with kids! I don’t share this often, but I have an amazing opportunity with my local community schools running their after school sports program! This program and these kids have taught me SO much already, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the school year holds for us.

5. I have never been successful at headstands. It’s a real bummer…they hurt my head haha apparently I don’t have a flat part on my dome…can someone teach me?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ This has always been a goal of mine…unfortunately never a successful one. Handstands maybe.

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5 tips for meal preppingย 

We all cringe when we hear ‘meal prep’ but it doesn’t have to be too bad. 

1. Grocery lists. This part is the worst but you only really have to do it once. I will allow myself to waste a bit of time on Pinterest mostly looking for sauces haha. A good sauce makes a boring meal awesome. But be strategic. Melons and other large fruit are great, or fruit that comes in baskets…this makes it easy to throw in your containers for the week. 

2. Cook strategically. Work smarter not harder. It’s easy to tag your family into your healthy choices. My crockpot is my BEST friend. Utilize your crockpot. All I one oven trays are great too (see my burrito bowl recipe) where you cook chicken (or your choice of meat) and Veges in one yummy tray. Don’t be afraid to eat simple. There’s nothing wrong with slices of turkey or chicken and some nuts. Salads are great too…add some meat, nuts, fruit and a delish vinaigrette, voila! 

3. Keep it simple. I have shamefully browsed Pinterest for hours looking for new and interesting recipes. How many times have I used them? Probably once. 

Keep it simple. Let’s say it together…

Keep it simple. 

4. Have accountability. If you have a hard time (like everyone does) maintaining your meal prep, make sure you have someone to support you. If you’d like an accountability group, get at me HERE .

5. Don’t beat yourself up. We all have hard days, or even hard weeks. If you find that you fall off the wagon a little, that’s ok! Get back at it and keep going ๐Ÿ™‚  


So those are my best tips for meal prep…to get started follow this checklist ๐Ÿ˜Š

-do some research (get some inspo…but no longer than 30-45 min)

-make a grocery list

-grocery shop (don’t get distracted in there ๐Ÿ˜‰)

-if you have the room…lay it all out and go by categories (if you’re using the crockpot/oven/pan prep that first so you can do other prep while its cooking) 

-cook

-organize your days (I stack them by days but you can bag them)

-DONE. BOOM! 
If you want more info… Check out the Beachbody Blog 

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Chocolate Protein Puddingย 

Ingredients
1 regular or box sugar-free, fat-free instant pudding chocolate

2 scoops protein powder (I used my Shakeology vegan chocolate) 

3 cups skim milk
(Sometimes I’ll use 1.5 c regular and .5 c chocolate milk๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‰)


Cooking directions

Place first three ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until starting to thicken

Pour into 6 dessert cups, or mini mason jars) 

Refrigerate until set

Garnish with fresh fruit or nuts

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Live the life you loveย 

Today marks day 2 on my 2 week adventure. En route to a labour day wedding I get the privilege of traveling with a dog, cat, husband and friend through Beautiful British Columbia and Alberta.

I’ve decided to take things more personal, and share my life journey over these couple weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ I am fortunate enough to have a flexible schedule personal training, and am so excited and lucky to take my work with Beachbody Fitness with me !!

Joining Beachbody took some thinking, but I can’t wait to see how it compliments MY life and my clients lives. This company offers AMAZING programs, workouts and nutritional supplements you can take with you on the go. That means…for those of you who love working with me ๐Ÿ˜‰ but can’t swing a regular one on one, Beachbody offers quality workouts and support and coaching from yours truly, when and wherever you want. (You can even download workouts from the ‘on-demand’ app)..no excuses!

I’m so excited to start this new journey and can’t wait to see the amazing results produced by this addition!

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