26/80 Done…Phase 1 is Done!

Hello friends and Happy FriYAY! I hope that the week has treated you well and that today treats you even better! The weekend is upon us and that means it’s time to relax and recharge!

Anyways, I wanted to come to you today with my Phase 1 results from the 80 Day obsession program that I have been doing! I wasn’t going to share pictures until the end…but pictures speak louder than words sometimes so I’m going to share with you my before (Day 0) pictures and my end of phase 1 (day 26) pictures. I will also share my numbers with you; weight and measurements.

Before I do share my photos I just want to say that it makes me very nervous to share pictures like this. It takes me 100% out of my comfort zone but you can’t succeed if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. So please, be kind. No negativity or negative comments will be tolerated (not that I’ve ever had that but I felt the need to say that for my own piece of mind).

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Meal Prep Like A Boss!

Hey friends! Happy Friday!!

Let’s talk about every health and fitness enthusiast least favorite thing to do….meal prep!! I know, I even dread it sometimes, but now that I’ve been doing it consistently there are some tips and tricks that I have found that work for me and I want to share them with all of you!

 

1. Plan Ahead

Okay now you probably just read that and thought…meal prepping IS planning ahead…so what are you talking about? Just hear me out okay!

Write it out. For me I’m a visual person so in order for me to be successful with meal prepping I need to know what I want to meal prep and for what days. So I write out menus for the week so I know what I need to get at the grocery. This will make your life easier I promise. Some people can go with a list of things they need and come back and just make a menu from that…not ya girl here. I am a planner and a list maker so I need to have it in my mind ahead of time otherwise it’s a one way ticket on the hot mess express! And nobody wants that!

 

2. Prep for a few days at a time

Now some people can prep for an entire week and be set, you do you boo! BUT, ya girl over here is not about that “same meal for five days straight” life, ya girl needs options! So what I usually do is I prep my veggies and fruit for the entire week (those things I can handle the same thing for 5 days). Then I make my lunches and dinners (breakfast is a shake so I don’t prep those!) for the first 3 days of the week on Sunday night and have those ready to go. Then on Wednesday night I will prep for Thursday and Friday. I know it seems like a lot but that’s what works for me so that’s what I do!

 

3. Do it as soon as you get home from the store

I know life is crazy and busy but think about it for a minute. When you get home from the grocery store you have to put it all away…just to get it out again later? Why not just prep it all then?

If you don’t have time to do it all at least try to do the quick stuff (fruits and veggies). Wash them, cut them (if necessary), measure them out and place them in baggies. Pop them in the fridge and you’re ready to go!

 

4. Don’t stress about it!

This is one thing that it took me forever to not do! Sometimes I still stress about it, but hey we’re all human right?? Play around with the process, find what works best for you and your household and stick to it! No one is going to be a pro at meal prepping the first time they do it. It takes time, but I promise once you find your groove it is well worth it!

 

BONUS ADVICE!

Here are some of the things that I normally prep on a weekly basis!

Veggies – carrots and celery. I usually alternate them one day I’ll have carrots and one day I’ll have celery. Usually I pack some peanut butter to dip them in. When they’re good I also add cucumbers into the mix. I love to cut them up and put some pepper on them and maybe a little bit of some type of dressing.

Fruit – apples, oranges, strawberries and blackberries are my go-to fruits!

Protein – chicken is usually my go to. You can cook it so many different ways. I usually prep a bunch of it and then I’ll make chicken salad, BBQ chicken or sometimes I’ll mix it in with other things to make certain dishes (like chicken stir fry). I also use lean ground beef or turkey and of course can make a bunch of different things with it!

Carbs – usually rice, specifically brown rice. Sometimes I’ll bake a sweet potato but not too often. I have to be in the mood for those.

 

Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite things to prep for the week? Let me know!

 

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A Week of Outfits

Hey friends!!

So today I thought that I would do something a little different and do a week of teacher outfits!

Monday:

The top and bottoms for this outfit are both from Kohl’s. I got them last spring so I’m not so sure that you can still find them.

Boots are from Zulily (if you’ve never shopped zulily you should it’s amazing!)

Tuesday:

Black pants are leather in the front and regular pant material in the back. I believe they are from Target. The sweater is honestly so old I don’t remember where I got it. And the White top was a Christmas gift. I wore this with the black flats which are from Target.

Wednesday:

One of my favorites! A shift dress (with pockets!) Both the dress and boots are from Zulily.

Thursday:

I told y’all this was one of my favorite outfits. I bought it in purple too! Same shift dress just a different color and same black boots!

Friday:

Usually on Fridays I wear jeans and a T-shirt or a nice shirt depending on what we have going on. And of course I have seemed to have lost my Friday OOTD pictures. So my apologies!

What do your outfits look like throughout the week? I would love to know!!

Favorite Fitness Apps and Why

Happy Friday Friends!!

Today I thought that I would share with you some of my favorite fitness apps and why I enjoy them so much. These of course are in no particular order.

 

1.C25K

If you are not a runner and would like to be this is the best place to start! Honestly it helped me so much. It starts you out with running for only a minute and then walking for 90 seconds. You continue this pattern over I believe a 30 minute time period. Honestly it works great and if you’re already a runner then it does a good job at helping you mix up your running routine. I’ve also used it to help me increase my speed a little.

2.Fitbit

I have the Fitbit Blaze and I of course love the Fitbit app for obvious reasons! I don’t think that I need to get too into this one!

 

3.Beachbody On Demand

I’ve been doing a lot of Beachbody programs recently which means that having my Beachbody on Demand (BBOD) app on my phone comes in handy! I enjoy being able to do my workout somewhere else if I didn’t have a chance to do it at home!

 

4.MyFitness Pal

I will be honest I don’t use this one anymore BUT it’s not because I don’t like the app! I just am doing a program and have been tracking my food differently. I find it when I count calories that I actually do worse. Probably because I start to stress about every little thing that I’m eating and I do not like doing that!

 

Are you a fitness person?? Do you have any fitness apps that are your absolute favorite? If so what are they?? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

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I’m Starting Another BB Program!

Well by the time you’re reading this I am on day 5 of this new program. You’re probably sitting there thinking well what program is it???

80 day obsession

80 days of workouts.

80 days of eating healthy.

80 days of awesome results!

 

If you’re looking for an amazing total body transformation program this is it! However the focus is primarily on glute and core training…I mean who doesn’t want better abs and a nicer butt???

80 day obsession is an effective, step-by-step program that focuses on building and shaping a curvy butt while simultaneously shrinking your waist. 80 days of obsessive focus on your health and fitness and nutrition.

Is it going to be intense? Oh yes! The workouts range anywhere from 45-60 minutes and sometimes focus on one particular area. This week our schedule looked like this:

Monday: Total Body Core (60 minutes)
Tuesday: Booty (60 minutes)
Wednesday: Cardio Core (40 minutes)
Thursday: AAA (Arms, Abs and A**) (49 minutes)
Friday: Legs (46 minutes)
Saturday: Cardio Flow (31 minutes)
Sunday: Roll and Release (19 minutes)

I’m sitting here writing this on Tuesday after completing the Booty workout and let me tell you I can feel the burn! The first phase follows this same schedule except the times change a little bit.

I am very excited to continue with this program and to see the results. Let me just say that even after ONE week I can already FEEL a difference!

I know this is short BUT stay tuned for updates coming up throughout the next 80 (75 now!) days!!

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Why I Hate Making New Year Resolutions

Resolution

The definition alone should honestly be enough for you to understand why I hate making New Years Resolutions. “A firm decision to do or not to do something”. The “not to do something” is what gets me. Christmas comes and goes and the New Year comes along and so many people decide that they’re going to make these huge resolutions for themselves. They’re going to get healthy and start exercising, they want to lose weight or they want to read so many books for the year. Well guess what happens after about 3 or 4 months? They stop! They fail their resolutions and they give up on them. How awful is that?!? That my friends is why I don’t make resolutions. Let me tell you what I do instead.

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Most people make a New Year’s resolution because that’s what they thing they are supposed to do. It’s the popular thing to do or they want social acceptance from others. If you pay attention on New Years Day or a day or two after then you will see that the majority of people will post their resolution on Facebook or another type of social media or they end up going to a gym that is busy with tons of people who have made similar resolutions.

Sure this might give them the initial push to jump start their resolutions but it’s difficult to stay motivated. That is why I propose that you make goals for yourself instead of resolutions. Goals are driven by your own ambition and your effort. They are about improving yourself and should be something that comes form your own motivation. If the motivation comes from yourself you’re more likely to stick with your goal because you’re not looking for anyone else’s approval. Sure you might be able to look to your peers for support and encouragement and maybe even some accountability but if you make the decision not to do it then it’s all up to you.

Now you’re probably thinking, how do I make goals that I can stick with? Well I have some tips for that!

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5 Reasons Breakfast Really is the Most Important Meal of the Day!

I can remember growing up and not wanting to eat breakfast. In fact the only way that my mom could get me to even eat something for breakfast (before school) was if she fixed me a bowl of Mac and Cheese. Yes I said it, mac and cheese. I remember asking my mom not too long ago why she let me eat mac and cheese for breakfast and I remember her saying “well if it was what you would eat then I let you eat it because that was better than sending you to school with an empty stomach”. I totally get it. When I was in high school of course things were a little different, she couldn’t force me to eat anything (even mac and cheese) so there were days I would go to school with no breakfast. I remember feeling groggy and grumpy those days. Hmm I wonder if that had anything to do with the fact that I was hungry?!?

Breakfast really is a must for everyone. It is the most important meal of the day. Ensuring that you have a healthy breakfast is important to ensure health and weight management, but if you can’t manage to get in a healthy breakfast at least make sure you eat something! Not eating is probably the worst option for you and your body. For me I know I have had to make it a habit to make time in my morning routine to eat breakfast. Now I won’t lie to you Monday – Friday I eat the same thing every morning. On the Sunday, it varies a little more but I still eat something. Saturdays I usually don’t eat right when I wake up because I prefer to do a fasted cardio session at the gym and I go to the gym quite early on Saturdays (between 8 and 9 am).

Okay, okay I’m done rambling now I promise!! Keep reading to find out why breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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Stuck in a “Fitness Rut”? Here are some tips to fix it!

First of all let me just start off by saying that I know it is very difficult to get a good routine down when it comes to exercise. If you already have that then you’re one step ahead of the rest! We all have busy schedules with work and our personal lives it can be challenging to squeeze in time for the gym. So make sure that you’re at least trying to make it a priority!

Now I’m not saying that all of these are signs that you’re in a rut. So if you are reading through this and suddenly start to think “oh gosh I’m in a rut and I didn’t even know it!” pleases don’t think that!! Some of these things work for some people and you have to remember that all of our bodies are different. What works for one person might not necessarily work for the next. So keep that in mind. But after doing a little research these are some of the things that I found when it came to “fitness ruts” and how to fix them!

1. No Balance Between Cardio and Strength Training

Now, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with having a strictly cardio day at the gym. There are some days that I walk into the gym and just don’t feel like lifting, and that’s okay! Hoping on the treadmill or the elliptical will help you to get your heart rate up, burn calories and get those endorphins pumping through your system and that’s a great thing! But if you find yourself just naturally gravitating toward those machines constantly you’re not doing your body any justice. The key here is balance between the two. A well rounded program is key to maximizing your results from your workout. How do you fix it?? Incorporate a circuit into your routine, especially if your goal is to lose weight. By adding in resistance training to your workout routine you will benefit greatly, the more lean tissue you have in your body the more fat your body will burn throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy either. It can be as simple as breaking up your treadmill or elliptical routine into different time increments and in between those increments doing a set of different strength training exercises. Give it a try!

2.  You Find an Excuse to leave early…or not go at all…

I understand that there are going to be days where you can only afford a quick workout. Being an educator I get it, work and family obligations don’t always allow for the full workout that I would like to get, sometimes I don’t get to fit one in at all. Now that’s fine on occasion, but if you find yourself constantly cutting your workouts short or finding a reason not to go, something is definitely not right. How do you fix this one?? Start by taking a look at your eating (most articles I read while researching used the word diet but we all know how I feel about that word….or have I not discussed that yet??? Hmm…if not that will be in a later blog!). Your body requires the right fuel to run its best…it’s kind of like a car. If you own a diesel truck and you accidentally put in the medium grade gas….your truck isn’t going to run at its best. In order for your body to run its best you need the right combination of proteins, carbs, healthy fats, fruits and veggies otherwise your body is just going to feel exhausted. Also take a look at your sleeping patterns. If your body isn’t getting enough rest, its not going to operate at its best either.

3. You Find Yourself Constantly Watching The Clock

Are you constantly checking your watch or the clock during your workout? If so then your not allowing yourself to get into the flow of your workouts. When you’re in the flow of your workout, your in the zone and outside distractions no longer interfere with your goals. If you’re not able to find that state of concentration it’s possible that you could be bored with your routine and it’s time to shake things up a bit and try something new! How can you fix it?? Start by completely changing your routine! Use what you have been doing and the exercises that you know and love as a guide to make yourself a new routine. Maybe you’re used to a strict lifting routine mix it up a bit by trying a HIIT (high intensity interval training) routine instead. Use your same weight training moves, mix in some cardio moves and you have yourself a HIIT routine. Are you more into fitness classes? Try a new class! You never know you might just find something you love!

4. You’ve Hit a “Plateau”

I use the word “plateau” very loosely because here I’m not just talking about weight loss. For example if you’re a runner and your goal is to run a 10-minute mile instead of your usual pace and you can’t seem to break that 10:30 mark you might be in a rut. Something is holding you back from seeing the results that you so desperately want. In order to get past this start by making sure your goals are achievable and realistic. It’s great to have big goals and to reach for the stars, but sometimes we need to re-evaluate our situation and our goals. For example if you have a goal to lose 30 lbs in two weeks, I’m going to tell you to look at that goal again. Not only is that not safe but it’s just not realistic. Maybe try for 1b a week instead, that way you’re less likely to stress about it and you’re more likely to achieve your goal.

5. Your Body is Constantly Sore

No pain no gain right?? Well…yes and no. If that’s how you tackle your workouts and you find yourself tired, having trouble sleeping or getting sick then there is a possibility that you’re over training. The most important thing to remember when it comes to training is that fitness is a journey not a destination. The harder you push and the more you push the more your body will continue to break down and you could eventually injure yourself, meaning you could have to stop all together. In order to prevent that, make sure that you’re scheduling a rest day every once in a while. The basic rule of thumb is every 3 to 5 days. Now like I said earlier…not everyone operates the same as the next person. Fitness isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of a thing so make sure that you’re listening to your body and if you feel like it’s telling you to take a rest then do it.

 

Have you ever been in a fitness rut?!? What did you do to get out of it? If there’s something that you did that I didn’t mention please feel free to leave it in the comments below! I would love to hear what you did that worked for you! I hope that if you are in a fitness rut that one of these tips will help you! I know I’ve been there and the tip that worked best for me was to change up my routine. You’ll be surprised what something as simple as that can do for you!

XoXo Shelby

 

5 ways to make time to exercise!

The number one excuse for not working out is “I don’t have time” but I can promise you that is not the main reason that they are not working out. There is something more to is, maybe there’s a lack of motivation, lack of enjoyment, negative associations with working out or even low self-esteem.

Americans tend to live life as if it’s a race against time, we’re always worried about getting here or getting there on time and fitting everything we want to do into an already busy schedule. We can find time for television shows, social media and social networking and even household tasks but that is because there are not the same barriers associated with these activities.

If you want to exercise you will make the time. But the truth is that some of us are just in denial about our health. Before I started exercising on the regular and eating healthier I was in denial about my health and my body. I didn’t think that I was over weight, I didn’t think that I needed to exercise. I felt fine in my body and I felt like I was a healthy person. One day something in my mind changed, something clicked and I wanted to exercise, I wanted to lose weight and I wanted to eat better…so I made the time for it.

Do you want to make time to exercise but you’re not sure how? Let me share with you five ways that you can make time for your workouts!

 

1. Make a Plan: Fail to plan….plan to fail. The best way to ensure that you exercise is to have a plan written out, schedule your workouts like they are important meetings and do your best not to cancel them. Imagine that your boss scheduled an important meeting with you and you decided that you didn’t want to go so you just canceled….I don’t think your boss would be happy about that. Treat your workouts like a meeting with your boss…don’t cancel! In order to make a plan there are some things that you need to consider. What time of the day is best for you to make sure that you can fit your workout in on the days that you want to. Does the morning work best for you or the evening? Once you’ve decided on that put it in writing and then put it in your phone as a reminder on your calendar, this will help you know that you shouldn’t schedule something during that time.

2. Hit “Play” at home: There are so many at home workouts and exercise DVD’s on the market that are not only cost-effective but they allow you to be flexible in your workouts. When you workout at home you can workout at any time, if you belong to a gym there’s more of a chance that you have to work around the schedule that they are open. Working out at home also gives you that option of privacy, some people aren’t comfortable working out around other people and there’s nothing wrong with that. Working out at home also gives you the ability to multi-task…need to do a load of laundry? No problem! Start the washing machine, push play and exercise while it washes the clothes. Washers done and you’re not done working out? Again no problem, push pause, move the clothes into the dryer and start your workout again!

3. Rise and Shine….Greet the Morning!: I know that we all live busy lives, we all have jobs that demand our attention for most of our day. Some of us have a family and sometimes that’s another job in itself. No time in the evening? Well there are early morning hours that you can still exercise! I know, I know, the morning is not always a good option for everyone. Personally I can’t stand waking up before I actually have to, but I also have the luxury of getting off work at 3:30 every day (for the most part), which gives me more than plenty of time to exercise in the evening. Even if you’re not a morning person it is possible to wake up early and exercise. I’ve done it before. Lay your workout clothes out the night before, if you’re going to workout at home then have the DVD or program or whatever picked out all ready so you don’t waste any time. Set your alarm and you’re all set.

4. HIIT it Hard: See what I did there? HIIT (hit) it hard? No…okay I tried to be funny! Anyways! High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) if done right can be done in a short amount of time and can be highly beneficial. If you’re focused on what you’re doing and you have a set routine, there’s no reason that you can’t get results in less than 20 minutes a week. Need some inspiration? Check out Pinterest, there are plenty of HIIT workouts on there. The best part is that they will most likely combine cardio and strength training and they will get your heartrate up and take it back own in a way that will increase your calorie burn not only during the workout but or up to an hour afterwards! I promise that you will feel like you spent an hour or more exercising and you really didn’t.

5. Wear a fitness tracker: I know that for those of us that have a desk job it’s difficult to move throughout the day. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we’re doing that before we know it, it’s lunch time and we haven’t even moved from our desk once. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that Americans take at least 10,000 steps a day, but studies have shown that by the age of 60, most people are down to about 4,500 steps a day. I never realized how little I moved throughout the day (other than when I was exercising) until I owned a Fitbit. I immediately became more aware and started to make sure that I moved a little bit more. As Fitbits have changed over the years and the technologies have advanced, some of them will now give you a reminder when you haven’t moved in a while. I have mine set up so that my active hours are from 8am to 7pm (11 hours) and the goal for each hour is 250 steps. About 10 minutes before the hour is over if I haven’t reached my goal of 250 steps it will vibrate to give me a reminder to move. If that happens I get up and walk a little. If I have kiddos in my room, I’ll get up and circle the classroom, if my room is empty I’ll get up and walk to the bathroom or walk to the office or the water fountain. Something to get my body moving. You’ll be surprised how motivated you get when you know you have a goal to reach!

Now that I’ve given you some tips and tricks on how to make sure that you can make time to workout I don’t want to hear any more excuses! Now I will say this, please listen to your body! If you are sick or injured there is no reason to push yourself to workout, you are only going to make the problem worse.

What was your favorite tip? Let me know in the comments below!

XoXo Shelby

Easy Healthy Lasagna

Yes I said it, healthy lasagna!!

You’re probably thinking What?!!? But just hear me out! This recipe is 21 day fix approved, which if you’re like me and you love your Beachbody programs then this is perfect for you! If not, then just enjoy the benefits of a healthy recipe!


Ingredients: 

  • 8 sheets of whole grain lasagna
  • 15 oz tub of Ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup mozzarella and/or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tea salt
  • 4 cups of chopped spinach (I also added some green pepper because I love green pepper)
  • 1 regular jar (24-32 oz) of low or no sugar marinara sauce


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and lay on wax paper. (Or you can cheat like I always do and buy the ones that you don’t have to pre-cook!)
  3. In a medium bowl, blend Ricotta, egg, salt, and mozzarella until well mixed.
  4. Mix in spinach and other ingredients
  5. Spread 1/4 cup of marinara on the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  6. Spread spinach mixture evenly over 8 lasagna sheets.
  7. Roll up lasagna sheets and put into 9×13 pan.
  8. Dump the rest of the marinara sauce over the rolls.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.

 

This is super simple and super tasty!! If you give it a try let me know!!!

Happy cooking!

XoXo Shelby