I feel like so much has happened since my last post and I need to update you all! So we all go through it, but lately I have been super frustrated with my lack of routine with my clean eats and fitness. It has been such a struggle adjusting to a more hectic schedule and some days I just feel like poo (all you girls can relate!). It can make a girl crazy trying to stay fit amidst stress and food sabotage around every corner. I’m on a mission to get back to my usual fitness levels and pre-new job weight because feeling like I’m exhausted and unhealthy everyday just isn’t cutting it. So like most girls I have naturally looked into every avenue to hold me accountable and get my booty in gear. I’ve enlisted the help of my fave fitness gals… The Tone It Up girls. They are straight saucy and have the best food plans, workouts, and are motivation for all girls who want to up their fitness and health game. I’m still sticking with Shakeology but I am ON THE PLAN. Anyways, check out the website, www.toneitup.com, for the deets. I’m doing their 5 day slim down plan along with their regular nutrition plan and I will be sure to update you on how it went! Basic rules are AM workouts of 30 minutes or more, lots and lots of H2O during the day, a good mix of lean protein and veggies, and no starches after 3 pm, wrap it up with a 30 min. strengthening or total body workout. I’ve had to adjust a little bit with the schedule and find myself squeezing in late night workouts if I haven’t been able to in the morning.
OK… enough of my rants. Sometimes it’s necessary to switch things up and trick your body a little bit so you don’t run into a plateau. If you don’t challenge your body you won’t see results.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins
This is usually me… I find a workout I like and tend to stick with it and stay in my comfort zone. This week I’ve set out to switch it up on the regular, mixing it up with strength training, running, bikram yoga, and spin classes.
I’ve also added some new toys to my fitness regimen. This gives me more motivation and excitement for my workout. I invested in the Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor (and it’s pink!) that tracks if you’re in your appropriate heart rate zone and the calories you burn with each workout. I’m in love! You wear a chest strap with it that I hardly even notice and being my competitive self, always try to beat the last workout that I did.
Another motivating factor for me is to switch up my playlist. It gives me something to look forward to on my runs and gets me in the zone for my sweat sesh. My new recent playlist includes the faves Ellie Goulding, Beyonce, and Shakira, of course.
Here’s what I’m currently jamming to that makes me want to run forever:
Sweaty Spring Jams:
- Anything Could Happen- Ellie Goulding
- Hanging On (feat. Tinie Tempah)- Ellie Goulding
- Mirrors- Justin Timberlake
- Let the Groove Get In- Justin Timerlake
- Pusher Love Girl- Justin Timberlake
- #thatPOWER (feat. J Biebs)- will.i.am
- Party (feat. Andre 3000)- Beyonce
- Titanium- David Guetta
- Independent Women, Pt. 1- Destiny’s Child
- Try- Pink
- Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch)- Calvin Harris
- Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)- Nero
- Don’t You Worry Child- Swedish House Mafia
- Love on Top- Beyonce
- Animal- Ellie Goulding
- Tongue Tied- Grouplove
- Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)- Shakira
Last, but not least, I recently decided to adopt a puppy! He is a shepherd mix named Bo and he is my new LOVE. There have been some ups and downs with potty and crate training but I can’t help but love my new buddy. He’s only three months old now but you better believe that I’ve found my new running buddy! I can’t wait to take him on hikes and runs with me. We start puppy training classes next week… Wish me luck! Here’s my little guy hanging out while I write to you. He’s such a good helper!
One last recipe to share with you that I’ve adopted from the amazing Jamie Eason that works perfect for a post-workout snack.
Pumpkin Protein Bars:
Makes 4 servings
1 cup egg whites
1 cup no sugar added Pumpkin puree
4 scoops organic vanilla protein powder of choice
4 tbs ground flaxseed
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
1/4 cup pecans or walnuts chopped
Mix and place in a pan used for banana bread. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min. Check with toothpick to see if it’s done. I’m off to try this recipe out tonight, so we’ll see how it goes. I can’t wait, it sounds delicious!
Happy Thursday… It’s almost the weekend!!