Resistance Band Workout

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So this was requested by a friend and a few other people… its great to do at home or … basically anywhere, and best thing, you only need one thing! A resistance band. .. I also tagged in some easy cardio moves in between each exercise too . ENJOY.

  • ARMS

– Arm Curls – Place band hip length apart under both feet (making band even) and then slowly raise band creating a curl motion.

3 x 25

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– 30 jumping jacks

– Chest Press and Row – You might need 2 bands for this depending how long your resistance band is or which kind you have. But tie a knot in the middle of the band and stick in-between the door (I find the hinge to be easier than the handle side)

PRESS- With slow motions, standing away from the door you’re going to have arms extended out so your making a T and slowly move them inwards towards your center. Keep a slight bend at the elbows. 3x 20

-20 mountain climbers (20 on each side… don’t cheat! )

Row- Leaving band in door, face the door and keeping your arms in and elbows close to your side, pull band in towards you, stopping with your wrists right by your ribs.   3 x 20

 

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– 40 crunches

– Triceps Extension – Placing band under foot, With the band mostly behind you, keep your elbow in towards your face and extend arm toward the sky. repeat on each side. 3 x 15

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– Run in place for 1 min

  • LOWER BODY

– Squat Rows – this will work booty and arms! =) put band around something or in between door is fine too, stretching the band out about as far as it can go, lower yourself into a squat and extend arms out , stand up and bring arms into that classic row pose.

Want more of a challenge? – Row while your in the squat position! =)    3×30

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– 30 squats

– Kick backs – If your band isn’t long enough to be held with both hands, tie a loop in one end to put your foot in and hold it with one hand. Start with both knees on ground and slowly extend one leg back as far as possible and then bring back in to starting position. 3 x 15 on each side. Also at that extended position, lower toe towards ground, and raise it back into the air keeping that extended position the whole time, repeat on other side as well. 3x 15

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– Hip Thrusts – Making the band as tight as your can while laying on the floor, raise hips off floor squeezing your butt muscles as you come up. Hold for 5 seconds and then lower. 3x 20 … Also, Another thing your can do is stop in mid air with hips elevated and thrust your hips (yes its a bit awkward .. but your butt will love your for it) =) 3×15

– 20 lunges on each side

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-50 second wall sit

 

 

 

 

 

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Yoga Workout #1

  • The Warrior Pose – with your feet about 1 leg length apart, lower down into a 90 degree squat, rotate your front foot so its facing forward and arms out as wide as you can get them. Take 10 deep breaths and then repeat using the other leg.

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  • Downward Dog – Start on your hands and knees and slowly push yourself up onto your feet, extending out your arms to hold you up. Keeping feet flat on the floor, hold pose for 3 min.

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  • Revolved Chair – Standing in a semi squat (as sitting in a chair), lower your torso down and twist to one side. Keeping hand in a “prayer” position take 10 deep breath and then switch to the other side.

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  • Plow Pose – Bend your body from the hips and slowly toss your legs over your head. Keeping your back as straight as you can and letting your toes touch the floor behind your head. Hold anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes.

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  • Lord of the Dance Pose – Gain balance and find a focal point. balancing on one foot, slowly grab one foot and extend it as high as your able to (flexibility with different people will vary). Hold for around 30 seconds and then switch to other foot.

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Pilates Workout #1

1. Single Straight Leg Stretch – keeping stomach tucked in, head up, alternate your legs as close to your forehead as possible. Quicken the pace that your legs are making a scissoring motion. Do as many as you can for 1 minute. Do 3 sets.

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2. Double Straight Leg Stretch- Lying in back, stomach tucked in, slowly lower legs to ground, but not hitting the ground. Once they get close bring them back up creating a crunch in your lower abdomen. Do 3 sets. As many as you can within a minute.

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3. Crisscross- Lying, bring opposite elbow towards opposite knee to create a crunch in upper abs. do 3 sets. 15 on each side.

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4. V-sit. Holding core tight, lift shoulders and legs off the ground so your balancing on your butt, lift into a V position to create the crunch in your ams. Lower back down, but make sure not to touch the ground. Do as many as you can.

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5. Basic crunch –  (3 ways) Do 3 sets of each (making that 9 sets) As many as you can!!! Have fuuuun….hee hee

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6. Hip Raises- Lying on your back, Lift hips off floor while keeping feet flat on floor. Raise and lower hips in a thrusting motion. (yes this is an awkward workout, but it works!) 3sets. 20 reps

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7. Side Leg lifts- Lying on side, feet stalked on top of each other. lift one leg as far as you can, lower it back down but don’t let it touch your other leg when coming back down, do 3 sets. 20-40 on each side.

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8. Corkscrew- on elbows, keeping tummy tucked in, rotate your legs in a circular motion creating a “corkscrew”. Do 20 rounds, and then reverse direction.

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9. Plank- hold as long as you can. do 3 sets.

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10. Small Circles – Lying on one side, legs stalked on top of each other. Lift top leg about 1 inch and your going to make a circular motion with the top leg, keeping your leg straight while doing it. Pinch butt cheeks while doing this too.

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Running Outside Vs. on a Treadmill

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So you may think they are the same and that your burning the same amount of calories and whatnot, but they are very different. Here are the differences, but both are great for whatever kind of workout you decide to do.

Inside:

  • Since the treadmill belt id moving, it takes less to run, making you run faster.
  • Can be great when weather conditions aren’t ideal for running outside (rain, hail, snow etc.. )
  • At night time, if you don’t live in the most ideal neighborhoods. – safety
  • Air conditioning can make it easier to run faster.
  • You can create “hills” using incline. Or using one of the programmed workouts on the treadmill.
  • Reduces impact on knees, ankles, feet and joints.
  • Running on a treadmill you use more of your quad muscle.
  • Can stop any time you want or need too (with the touch of a button)
  • You can watch TV while you do it
  • If you have kids, this might be easier to be able to watch them while you still get in a workout.

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Outside:

  • Natural inclines and weather conditions, make it harder, so you work harder that if you were inside.
  • Engages more muscles and requires more energy.
  • Running outside you use more of your hamstring muscle.
  • You get different sights and views of wherever you are.
  • Burn more calories.
  • Sweat more (usually) since it takes more energy.
  • Cant really stop till you either get to your destination or back to where you started (this is why I mostly run outdoors haha)
  • You can go anywhere pretty much, for as long as you want.
  • More motivating. I like to set goals on either distance or how long I can go without taking a quick rest.
  • You can make fun new routes! (I got the “map my run” app, love it, it tracks distance, how long you go, all kinds of things).

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The Paleo Diet- Why I LOVE it – And all about it!

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So if you ask me what’s my favorite diet and/or way of eating this is definitely in my top #3 (along with clean eating and veganism) I truly believe that this is the way we were meant to eat, along with a few splurges every once in a while ;). So throughout my weight loss journey, back when I was 210, I was always having stomach aches and wasn’t sleeping well and just all around feeling like shit. The  Dr. said I might have an intolerance to gluten or dairy and I was looking for a diet that basically knocked out those two things. I kept finding vegan books but nothing that still included meat… So I pondered with veganism for a while, I worked with the clean eating stuff, but it was Paleo that kinda set off the light bulb for me. I was able to eat all these healthy foods, without getting sick every time I ate, and I was able to stuff my face until I was full without having to count any fricken calories! What’s better than that?!?! ps. I loath counting calories.

So enough about me. You may be asking well what is Paleo? Let me tell you!

So when I say Paleo, I’m talking about WAY back in the day with what our ancestors ate during the olden age (hunter- gatherer diet) . And if they couldn’t eat it.. neither can you! So say to-da-loo to cereal, bread, pastas, dairy and processed crap! But also say adios to counting calories!!! (sorry count Dracula – ah ah ah )

So when looking at us as humans… we haven’t changed since then. Back then we were lean, fit, happy, energetic and athletic. We had to hunt and gather our foods to be able to survive. Now, look at us now….were tiered, “too busy”, unhappy and possibly depressed, overweight and lethargic.. and all we have to do to get our food is either run to a grocery store where everything is laid out conveniently or pull our happy asses through the drive through that’s closest to home. Sad but true. So what the hell happened? One word: Agriculture! .. YUP… We started farming, and making foods out of other foods, finding fake foods that didn’t cost much to put into other foods and the chaos began! We went from being hunters to farmers.

So lets talk about grains…. they weren’t a part of our diet back then, but they are a majority of our diet now??? Something’s wrong here. The government is still recommending we get 6-11 servings of grains a day… really? Even not eating the paleo way that sounds like a lot. I don’t know about you but I think fruits and veggies should be what we mostly should be consuming because .. well have you ever heard I diet that bans fruits and veggies? Nope!

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So when we look at grains, out bodies aren’t really able to digest them. When we eat grains (carbohydrates), our body’s turn that into glucose, which is a form of sugar that gives us energy to perform throughout the day and in our lives. But here’s the kicker– any glucose that’s NOT used or excreted tough things like exercise or physical activity gets stored as fat. So think about all those times your eating your carb loaded breakfast and then go to work to sit at a desk all day….. No wonder your tiered (sugar high or about an hour and then you experience the crash) and no wonder the pounds started creeping on.

So I’m sure you have heard of gluten by now with all the craze of “gluten free” products out there. Most grains contain either gluten or lectins.. or both. Gluten is most commonly found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Lectins are natural toxins that exist within those grains and that your consuming every time you eat a form of grain,… can anyone say .. yummm?

So basically there is no sugar in this diet either, as our ancestors didn’t drink tea with sweet N low in it, nor did they eat any processed foods like a twinkie….. So the only form of sugar you will be consuming of from fruits mainly and veggies sometimes.

This is not a “low carb diet” where you basically eat no carbs at all (like Adkins) you’ll still get a good amount of carbs if your eating fruits and veggies still. Yes, our body needs some carbohydrates to function and its a main source of energy (but high carb diets aren’t the answer – which is what the average American is used to). See, with the absence of a crap ton of carbs, our body will take stored fat and burn that INSTEAD of carbs. YAY (Which is called ketogenisis.. if you wanted to know haha) So if your reading right, lower carbs (no grains) = no glucose( sugar) makes the body burn stored fat instead YAY! So when you think of carbs, the obvious fruit comes to mind, but there are things like sweet potatoes too that can curb that “I need starch” feeling. Most of your carbs are going to come from veggies and fruit though.

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Enough about grains, onto the dairy! – I love this topic! Dairy never really phased me as an “unhealthy” food option until I read the book “Skinny Bitch” (I have a review here :  Skinny Bitch )  Never did I think that I would be able to give up things like cheese, ice-cream, Greek yogurt and chocolate! But I did! It was fricken difficult, I will say that, and it did take time but I feel SOOO much better now that I did. OK- enough about me. So what’s wrong with dairy you’re probably asking?? So when looking at dairy, we are the only species in this world that continues to consume dairy through adulthood, every other species only drinks it as a baby and naturally, they wean off of it as toddler ages come along. Also, were the only species that consumes another species milk! …. (hopefully the wheels are turning in your head right now)…. So why are we drinking cows milk? Are we cows? Cows milk is meant for baby cows, not humans. Just like giraffe milk is meant for baby giraffes, cat milk is meant for baby cats. Get where I’m going with this? (hopefully you are). So when a woman gives birth, she naturally produces milk to feed to her young, its full of the vital nutrients that the baby needs to grow into a strong and healthy toddler yes? Its known to be the biggest growth spurt in a persons life… The mother stop breast feeding and her milk glands dry up (hence this is where the weaning is supposed to take place) But nope! We don’t stop there, we feed our kids and even as adults we continue to drink milk. But is it milk that were supposed to be consuming? Is it from humans? nope! Were gonna consume milk from cows….

When a cow is nursing (much like humans, after birth to give her baby calf the nutrients it needs to grow from a 100 lbs calf into a 2000 lb cow) her milk ducts dry up too, and the weaning begins! SO … lets see… mothers milk takes a baby from around 5lbs to 25 lbs where as a cows milk takes a 100lbs calf to 2000lb cow… this doesn’t seem fattening at all right???? Common people! You’d think that if we were consuming milk from another species, we’d be consuming gorilla milk or something (since they are supposed to be the closest thing to us right?!

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NO legumes no beans- why? Because beans ideally need to be “processed” before they are edible. Simple as that, so when looking at a bean, can you just eat a bag of dried beans? ha-ha no. Neither could our ancestors so beans and legumes fall under that category of “processed foods”. You cant eat beans right off the stalk because some of them are toxic too (like soy). They are known for causing inflammation and can throw off your hormonal balance as well. Also beans you have to soak the little sucker, rinse and switch the water, cook the crap out of them for forever for them to be edible… I don’t think our ancestors did all that work for a few beans …

So now your probably thinking well that the hell do I get to eat if your taking away all my pasta, cereal, cheese and milk?!? Well now that we’ve cut out all man-made products and processed crap, lets take a look at what’s left, Oh natural things that were put on this earth to eat. YAY!  And good news! You basically can eat as much as you’d like (my favorite part!)

Ps. I’m not adding everything but I’m sure you can Google different options!

  • Lean meats (grass- fed obviously … remember you are what you eat ate! – meaning if your eating grain fed cattle, your eating grains- and there is study that shows that’s hard for them to digest too…. )
  • Lean Beef- Flank steak, top sirloin, London broil, lean veal,
  • Lean pork, poultry (white meats), organ meats (liver and tongue), turkey, game hen, chicken, duck, goose.
  • Game meats- Bison, elk, deer, bear, pheasant, quail…
  • Fish- bass, trout, salmon, tuna, tilapia, red snapper….
  • Shellfish- shrimp, crab, lobster, oysters, clams…
  • Pretty much any fruits and veggies you want. Limiting starchy veggies like potatoes and legumes.
  • Healthy fats- almonds, cashews, seeds, pine nuts..

Foods you can eat in moderation –

  • Avocados, walnuts, olive, flax seeds, coffee, teas, wine and beer, dried fruits…
  • The reason they are in moderation is because did you see our ancestors lugging around a food dehydrator for their fruit or a beer. No. but its ok to live a little too..

Foods you avoid on Paleo:

  • (DAIRY) All processed foods with/without dairy
  • Butter, cheese, cream, frozen yogurt, milk, powdered milk,
  • (GRAINS) Barley, Corn, Millet, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wild Rice, Wheat, Buckwheat, Quinoa
  • (LEGUMES) All beans, Black eye peas, lentils, miso, snow peas, peanuts, soybeans and soy products, peanut butter
  • (STARCHY VEGGIES) Potatoes and potato products (fries, chips ect..) Limit your sweet potatoes and yams to a minimum.
  • (HIGH SALTED FOODS) – Bacon, pork rinds, cheese, deli meat, pickled foods, sausage, salted nuts, salami, hot dogs, ham, Ketchup…
  • (FATTY MEATS) – Beef Tips, Bacon, Lamb chop, fatty ground beef, skin of turkey and chicken…
  • Soft drink and juices
  • (SWEETS) – doughnuts, cakes, candy, honey, sugar (real and fake)

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Now, Paleo is kind of what set it all off for me personally, but if its not for you, its not for you. Plain and simple, you have to find something that works for you as a person because if you feel like your in a “diet” your most likely going to be miserable. Did I follow Paleo 100% when I was on  it ? nope! I had some beans here and there, I slowly weaned myself off dairy too (which was hard to do) but I made it work for me without messing it up too much.  I also started off with cutting out only gluten in the beginning and I found some “gluten free cereals” and I had oats still…. so I was more of a 80% Paleo do-er.

Try it for 30 days, see if you notice any difference? Are you sleeping better? Are you loosing weight or feeling more energetic? You never know unless you try it.

Shoulder and Arm Workout #1

For this workout, Do each exercise with 3 sets, 15 reps each. You can either do all 3 sets in a row, or do one set of each 3x.

Overhead Press

  • Stand with Dumbbells at shoulder height
  • Extend elbows up slowly, and bring back down.
  • (Side note : If you’d like to work your legs while your at it, do a squat too while you extend your arms .. like she in the picture)

Bent-Over Lateral Raise

  • Stand feet width apart , and bend at the waist , with knees slightly bent
  • Keep back straight and neck parallel
  • With dumbbells rise arms so they are extended all the way out and lower back to starting position, (Don’t swing arms, use control)

Upright Row

  • Grip each dumbbell with hands, keeping back straight and palms facing inward.
  • Exhale as you lift dumbbells with shoulders, keeping hands close to body as you rise them up to your neck.
  • exhale as your release your arms back down to starting position ( by your thighs)
  • DONT SWING WEIGHTS!

Triceps Kick Back

  • With dumbbell in each hand, keeping weights close to your sides, and knees slightly bent.
  • Elbows should be at a 90 degree angle when starting and slowly, keeping your upper arm stationary, your going to push forearms back as far as they can go – hold for a second.
  • Then release into starting position.

Bicep Curl

  • (same kind of technique as above) Palms facing outward and at thighs. slowly rise forearm up to shoulders.
  • Hold for a second, and then slowly lower.

My Color Run Experiance

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I did my first 5k this year! YAY – btw it was super fun! If you’re new to running or even races, this one would be one to consider since its more about getting out there and being active. Anyone can be in it (all ages and all sizes), and you can walk, jog run or even dance it if you wanted haha. But below are just some fun pictures of my “color run experience.”

So along those lines…… throughout the year, do something fun! There are tons of races that aren’t the type of “I have to win this” kinda thing and tons of fun activities probably in your local neighborhood. Look around, find friends to do it with you and get active.

I’ve listed some runs, events and other great ways to just “get out and be active” throughout the year.

RACES AND RUNS (there are tons! so look in http://www.runnersworld.com/race-finder   to help you find races in your location)

Color Run

Warrior Dash

Tough Mudder

Spartan Race

The Underwear Run (yes … it is what you think it is hahaha)

Avon Walk

Race for the cure

Jingle bell Run

And so on….. So look em’ up, form a team and get out there ! =)

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