Les Mills On Demand

Home workouts are a lifesaver, especially for new moms, people with crazy schedules, or for those who cannot afford monthly gym memberships/per class rates at boutique studios. 

When I first started working out at a gym, one of my FAVORITE classes to attend was Les Mills BODYCOMBAT. I thought I was badass fighting against the air, and there was something about the music, intensity and choreography that hooked me in. 

I then took a BODYPUMP class, and my love for this program only grew stronger, along with my stamina, motivation, and strength.

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Not all gyms offer Les Mills classes, which is why I am super excited that I can take a class right in my living room with Les Mills On Demand!

For $12.99 a month, with your first 10 days FREE, you have everything from BODYPUMP to GRIT right at your fingertips. All classes are taught by master trainers that stick to the choreography and are sure to have your dripping sweat all over your floor. Safety and form are top priority, which is great for those who need a refresh when it comes to weight lifting and plyometric movements.

Each workout has a link which provides you with a description and duration of the routine, along with the equipment you need and a full track list. This allows you to go back and download any songs that you liked at the end.

Some routines do require additional equipment, such as BODYPUMP and CXWORX, so you want to make sure to have at least a set of dumbbells and resistance bands. Both can be found at affordable prices at Marshall’s, TJ MAXX and Target.

Overall, I love this option as an at home workout. The price is affordable, workouts are legit, and if you decide within the 10 day trial that it is not for you, cancellation is simple and free. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Stay motivated. Stay positive. Stay FIT. xoxo

Do not be a “Diet”

Diets.

I hate the word. I hate what it represents, and I hate that people abuse them.

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When and why do we usually diet?

For weddings, upcoming vacations, high school reunions, post holidays or because of an illness that led us to change our eating habits.

But here is the thing about “diets”…They are a TEMPORARY FIX to an ONGOING PROBLEM.

What happens once that wedding passes, vacation ends, or when you have finally reached your goal weight? For most, success becomes an excuse to begin eating the way that they were before; the way that led them down this road in the first place.

It is a cycle, a constant 5-15 pound cycle that will never end unless you finally decide to STOP DIETING, and instead, CREATE A NEW WAY OF EATING

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If an alcoholic stops drinking, they’re not going to go back to their daily beers, unless they truly have not changed their mind-set or urge to drink. And if that is the case, they end up back where they started. Stuck. And in a dieter’s case; bloated, unhappy and defeated.

And yes, both instances are diseases. Alcoholism is caused by using alcohol as a crunch, or a distraction. Obesity is a disease, caused by poor eating habits, using food as comfort.

Stop making excuses.

Stop temporarily fixing an ongoing problem. Find the permanent solution that will change everything and break the cycle.

CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

Throw out every trigger food that you have in your house. They are not allowed back in, if ever, until you are able to have control and eat those foods on occasion and in moderation.

Ask for guidance from a nutritionist. That is what they are there for! Use your resources.

Fill your fridge with fresh fruits, vibrant vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and healthy fats. Eat more plants. Eat less “food” from a box. Eat nothing that you cannot pronounce the ingredients..and no, Jicama doesn’t count😉

Stop drinking alcohol for the time being. We are all familiar “drunk munchies”, and right now is not the time to be in that state of mind. Even one glass of wine can get you craving chocolate or the salty crunch of pretzels.

And if you begin to think, ” But red wine is good for me ” or “But I can’t live without my Caramel Macchiato” or “But I LOVE pizza!“… then that proves you need to reevaluate what your goals are. What is more important?

Realize that these foods do not have to be gone forever. They are EVERYWHERE. Food is everywhere.  But that does not mean that you should eat that way everyday. 

Start to take notice of what you are putting into your body.

Is your body changing? Are you losing, gaining, maintaining? How does your skin look? How do you feel; bloated? tired? anxious?

Do not live your life on auto pilot. This is something that YOU can control. You just need to show up and step up. No one will take care of your body for you. 

Do not be a “diet”. You are BETTER than a diet. 

You are meant to be the healthiest version of yourself. Find that person. Bring him/her to life.

It all starts with what you put into your body. And you should start right now. 

This is your moment.

Sweet & Spicy Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos

You can buy frozen, pre-cooked shrimp, but I find that preparing anything from start to finish really enhances the flavor. Put love into your food.

For this meal, I used a 2 lb. bag of frozen shrimp, unpeeled.

To prepare, I placed the frozen shrimp in a large collider in my sink and ran cold water over it to defrost; about 5 minutes.  I then proceeded to peel the skin off of my shrimp, which took no time at all.

In a small bowl,  I mixed together my spices. I always eyeball, but here is a rough estimate: 1 tsp Paprika, 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt, 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, and 1/8 tsp Ground Ginger (or use fresh)

Toss shrimp with spices as you heat a pan with 1 tbsp EVOO over Med-High heat. Cook shrimp for 3-5 minutes, until tails curl and coloring turns pink and opague. Place your shrimp on a plate and top with a squeeze of 1/2 lime and fresh cilantro.

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Serve with soft tortillas, or atop brown rice with fresh salsa, avocado, shredded lettuce and Plain Greek Yogurt as a sour cream replacement. 

Enjoy healthy eating that is FULL of flavor in no time at all! 

Live the Moment.

The present. Now. Right this moment. 

It’s all that we have; this second.

Over the past months, I have experienced happiness, loss, love and pain. I have needed, I have wanted, and I have done. I have been present.

Think about your everyday, how often you daydream about that 5pm clock out, the upcoming weekend, or a tropical vacation planned for 6 months.

What about how often you check in with yourself right at that moment, in present time? I bet there is quite a difference.

We are always dreaming about the future, not realizing that NOW is all we have.

We procrastinate, assume that our future will go as planned. We say “I’ll start Monday”. “After this weekend’s party, I will make better choices”, or “Oh, I’ll do that later”.

Why later? Why do we assume that there is always a later?

I am not saying to stop dreaming, to stop planning and to stop wanting….but to simply LIVE what you are dreaming, planning and wanting.

Stop putting it off.

BE PRESENT.

Change what you want to change, go after your dreams, do not let fear hold you back. This goes for EVERY aspect your life; jobs, relationships, and goals.

Remember that the tomorrow you are waiting for is not guaranteed, but if you are happy, NOW, you are fulfilled.

The quote is true:  “Live like there’s no tomorrow” . “Live like you were dying”.

Do not waste another day. Embrace every second of the present. 

Learn to love and life your life…now. xo

Combatting Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural reaction created by our body to battle foreign organisms such as chemicals, pollen, and germs/bacteria. However, experiencing Chronic Inflammation is no longer a way to heal, but rather the opposite; it makes us sick.

Chronic Inflammation has been linked to major diseases including all types of cancers, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, and Alzheimer’s. Even acid reflux. Our food choices are one of the main culprits to Chronic Inflammation, and are also directly related with the diseases listed above.

Refined carbohydrates (white bread, candy and pastry), fried foods, soda, margarine, red meats and processed foods are proven to wreak havoc on our system. The good news is that while there are foods that cause inflammation, there are also foods that combat it. 

Here is a list of healing foods that YOU should add into your diet TODAY.

Vitamin A: Carrots, Kale, Spinach Broccoli, Sweet Potato.

 Vitamin B: Mushrooms, Leafy Greens, Bell Peppers, Asparagus and Cauliflower. Also include beans such as Lima Beans and Chick Peas for a healthy dose of Folic Acid.

Vitamin C: Grapefruit, Tomatoes and Lemons are amazing for aiding in inflammation. I always start my day with a cup of warm water with lemon. Embrace the elimination that follows, which is what your body wants!

Vitamin D: Besides the sun, which is the best form of Vitamin D, you can also get it from egg yolks, Fish, or a Vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin E: Avocado, Nuts, Seeds, and Leafy Greens

Vitamin K: Leafy Greens, Fibrous Vegetables such as Cauliflower and Cabbage, as well as Eggs.

Notice a common theme here?

A diet rich in plants is extremely healing.  A diet rich in meats, dairy, processed foods and white sugar, along with living a sedentary lifestyle, will cause our body to become defensive and inflamed. The harder our system has to work to digest and process a meal, the more stressed out it becomes.

Making small changes can create a huge difference. Start to heal NOW and live a better life tomorrow.

Stay FIT xoxo

The Gift of ONE HOUR

If we do not take care of our body, then where will we live? 

Finding time for exercise, sleep and eating well can be challenging. However, anything worth achieving takes time and effort.

Here is my challenge for YOU: The ONE HOUR Rule.

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Whether it be a 5am workout, noon workout, or 5pm workout..figure out what works best for your schedule and STICK TO IT. Put it in your calendar, block it off, and make it happen. Even on the days that may differ from your usual routine, improvise and rearrange your time slot. It’s a priority that you need to commit to.

In one hour, you will feel energized, strong, and de-toxed.

One Hour Meal Prep

Yes, meal prepping is a HUGE help and something that I recommend doing. You can cook many different foods at the same temperature in the oven, while making quinoa and hard-boiled eggs on the stove. Wash and cut your vegetables, pack away your fruits, and separate your nuts, seeds, and nut butters into the correct serving size containers. And don’t forget your water bottle!

In one hour, you will create more time throughout your week to put towards other things besides cooking.  

One Hour Sleep Mode

One hour before bed, leave your laptop, tv, and cellphone to themselves. Instead, try reading a book, listen to a podcast or take a bath. You body craves relaxation at the end of the day. Help it prepare for a full nights sleep.

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Giving yourself the gift of ONE HOUR could make the other hours in a day seem much more bearable. After all, we schedule appointments at the nail salon, hairdressers or barber shop, right?

It’s time to prioritize the necessities and create a well balanced life; fit, energized, and freshly manicured.