Sep 132013
 

kaleIf you haven’t tried kale yet follow these instructions: car – store – purchase – cook – eat! The foodie buzz on kale tells us that this powerhouse veggie is more than just a bunch of leaves. The fact is that kale is one of the most nutrient dense veggies on the planet and the health benefits are a-mazing! There are many ways to prepare kale, but this is one of my favorites.

Ingredients

-1 bunch of kale
-2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
-1 tsp garlic powder
-salt to taste

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Sep 132013
 

When it comes to burpees, many would agree that it’s a true love-hate relationship. Why?

Love:
Burpees are one of the single most amazing exercises on the planet and are highly respected within the fitness community. They require extreme effort using just your body weight and can be done anywhere at anytime. Known for their powerful results, burpees will challenge every muscle in your body. They are an intense combination of both strength training and cardio training which makes them a popular choice by all military forces, crossfit aficionados, extreme athletes, and fitness junkies. In fact, a 10 minute burpee session alone can burn approximately 100 calories. I’m positive you have heard the saying “sweat is fat crying”, right? Perhaps “calorie murdering” is more like it. continue reading

Sep 112013
 

Apple SandwichesApple Sandwiches your kids will love!

These are super simple, healthy and make for an awesome after school snack for the kiddos. Well, let’s not forget the adults too! This is a great energy boosting snack for your midday crash or pre/post workout. I had a little artsy moment with myself in the kitchen and pieced it all back together making one impossible-to-eat giant sandwich (lol). For you at home, feel free to tackle it layer by layer or place 2 slices together with the ingredients below. continue reading

Sep 102013
 

Fitness JournalA powerful quote that deserves to be repeated a million times more, “Failure to plan is planning to fail” -Benjamin Franklin.

In all that we do in life, we plan: college, career, home, finances, vacations, doctors appointments, beauty appointments, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, date nights…shall I continue? We’re naturally programmed to live in a forward-thinking state of mind. Let’s face it, if we don’t know where we’re going, how will we know when we have arrived?

So where does planning to live a healthy lifestyle fit in? A recent article stated that 95% of people who lose weight regain it – and sometimes more – within a few months or years. continue reading

Sep 062013
 

Why You're Not Losing WeightEver wonder why you’re not losing weight? Are you constantly “dieting” and still not losing weight? The truth is that even when you’re on this so called “diet”, you might be doing more harm than good. Well, I’ve got to be honest and say, stop dieting and start living! A healthy lifestyle is just that – a lifestyle, not a damn “diet”. Here are a few common mistakes I see.

Depriving Yourself
No carbs. No dairy. No wheat. No sugar. No food. What’s left? You may assume that giving up all your favorite foods is the magical answer to obtaining your dream body. But what happens if you deprive yourself too much? Sadly, it leads us directly to overeating. Furthermore, skipping meals to reduce your calorie intake is a great way to give your body permission to store fat. It’s a method guaranteed to backfire as our bodies dive into “starvation mode”. continue reading

Sep 042013
 

I’m always excited to try new exercises that challenge both my body and new muscle groups. This was yesterday’s workout. Awesome workout – no gym required! Just stairs, the great outdoors and me. It was super hard, and definitely challenging as it required stability, coordination and body strength.

It’s absolutely imperative that during any workout routine you remain 100% focused on your technique and form. Mastering both should be your ultimate goal first, then speed and reps second. Poor form may result in bodily injuries, so trust me when I say “focus”! Plus, proper form guarantees an awesome workout and maximum results.

Sep 032013
 

FormulaSexy abs, toned booties, sculpted arms, more energy…these are all things we work so hard for, right? And we’re often tempted to try ANYTHING additional to give ourselves a little boosty boost, right? I mean think about it, solicitations, temptations, fad “diets”, magic pills, detoxes…”where do I turn, ahhhhh”. Have you ever felt like this?

Sure, the easiest thing to do is give in, spend a little extra money and jump on the fad-bandwagon. Once we’re on the fad-bandwagon, we’re not just along for the joyous ride, we’re now driving that glorious p.o.s.! Racing with excitement, giddy with a million percent more energy as if we’ve just become a born again energizer bunny on wheels. But then what happens? The wheels fall off and that p.o.s. snaps in f-ing half, causing you to a screeching halt! Great, now what? continue reading