Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What is your Excuse?

No Time
Dirty Workout Clothes
It is Too Hot
It is Too Cold
Don't Like Sweating
Too Many Bags To Carry
I'll Just Eat Less Today
Hard Day At Work
Need a Break
Great Day at Work
Need a Reward
Just One Day Off

I've used most of these before.  You need to MAKE time for yourself just like you do for everyone else.  Do laps around the soccer field during your child's soccer practice.  Set your alarm 30 minutes early and get in a work out first thing in the morning.  Schedule a workout in your calendar just like you would any other appointment and stick with it.  Workout with a friend.  You wouldn't want to skip that workout and let them down.  JUST GET MOVING!  You will feel so much better when you do!

Friday, March 15, 2013

My Workouts

It is no secret that I love myself some Jillian Michaels workouts.  I would say about 90% of my workouts are Jillian's.  I love the circuits.  I love changing exercises often.  I love strength training and cardio all in one workout.  I also love that she has so many DVDs that I can have a different workout or combination of workouts every day for a couple of weeks.  Sometimes I combine workouts in the same muscle groups and sometimes I try to mix it up.  For most of her workouts you will need some hand weights.  Start out small and work your way up.

I have had a lot of questions about what workouts I like the best and why.  Well, that is kind of hard to do because I like them all for different reasons.  I workout for about 45-65 minutes, 6 days a week and I often complete more than 1 DVD in any given workout.  Here is my overview of my workout collection.

Jillian Michaels The 30 Day Shred-This is the one I started with when I first decided I needed to get in shape.  I think it is often the one that everyone starts with.  It is a series of 3, 25 minutes or so workouts, with the 3-2-1 system.  This is 3 circuits of 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs.  All of the exercises are different in each circuit.  All of these workouts have a modifier to watch for the beginners.

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30-This is the second one I bought.  It has 4 different workouts with the same format as The 30 Day Shred.

Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed and Shred-I must say that I really love this one.  This one has 2 different workouts.  They have the same warm up and the same cool down.  If done separately, the first workout is about 37 minutes and the second is about 42 minutes.  If you do them together, it is about an hour long (only doing the warm up once and the cool down once.)  This does not have the 3-2-1 format but still goes through many exercises (strength AND cardio) throughout the workout.  I love the variety of this workout.

Jillian Michaels Cardio Kickbox-This one is a little deceiving.  It isn't really much of a kickboxing workout.  Sure, there are some kickboxing moves and you will get a great cardio workout, but I think calling it kickboxing is a stretch.  This one is about 27 minutes long and I normally combine this with a 30 Day Shred workout, an ab workout or Shred it.

Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fast Fix-This one is 3, 20 minute kickboxing workouts.  The first is for upper body, the second for lower body and the third for abs.   I am not going to lie, I am not the most coordinated person in the world, so some of these kickboxing combinations were difficult for me, but I can do them fine now after practice.  I normally do a couple of these at a time depending on my mood.

Jillian Michaels 6 week Six Pack- This DVD has 2 (35 minutes or so) workouts.  It uses hand weights and combines cardio and strength.

Jillian Michaels Killer Abs-3 great workouts, about 30 minutes each.  Beware of the 3rd workout if you have bad knees.  My knees aren't that great and I hurt myself on the third workout.  I only do workouts 1 and 2.

Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs- This one has 3, 30 minute workouts.  You need hand weights and a chair.  You will certainly have sore buns and thighs after these workouts.

Jillian Michaels Shred it with Weights-LOVE IT!  It is a Kettle bell workout.  If you don't have a kettle bell, you can just use a hand weight.  Just be careful with the hand weight because I whacked myself in the shin once.  Not pretty.  ;)  There are 2 (35 minutes or so) workouts.

Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones-This is one of her first DVDs and it is an effective one.  There is only 1 workout in this one.  It is about 50 minutes long and focuses on shoulders, chest, arms, abs, back, legs, hips and glutes.  Many of these exercises work many muscles at once.  She starts working on an area and works it until you are shaking, then she moves on to something else.

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown-This is a nice change.  Now, don't think to yourself, "WOW, I'm sore.  I should do the Yoga Meldown for an easier workout."  There are 2, 30 minute workouts on this one and they are challenging.  It requires a lot of balance.

Jillian Michaels Hard Body-see yesterday's review of this new, awesome workout.

Other frequently used workouts:

P90X Ab Ripper X-This is a 16 minute that focuses solely on your abs/core and like Tony Horton says, "I hate it, but I love it."  It is challenging for the entire 16 minutes.  It is from the Beachbody series.  You can't buy this DVD separately.  You CAN find a friend who no longer uses their P90X DVDs and snag this 16 minute gem.

This is Taebo-Yup, Billy Blanks...I owned his VHS tapes when they were sold late at night on TV back in the 90s.  I love myself some kicking and punching so I tend to do this once a week or so.

Taebo Cardio Explosion-This one is similar to the previous one.  It has "Cardio" in the title, but I don't think it is any more "Cardio" than This Is Taebo.

Bob Harper Body Rev Cardio Conditioning-Everyone thinks that Bob is the nice one on The Biggest Loser, but let me tell you something.  He is ruthless.  This is over an hour long and TOUGH!

Bob Harper Pure Burn Super Strength-You use weights the ENTIRE time.  It is pretty repetitive and PAINFUL.  You use weights the entire time and talk about sore arms?  OUCH!!

Winsor Pilates- another late night TV purchase.  LOVE IT.  Works your core.  I like doing this one because it lengthens and strengthens.  No cardio here, just a good workout.

If you were to ask be what my top 5 favorite workout DVDs would be, I'd say 30 Day Shred, Extreme Shed and Shred, Kickbox Fast Fix, Killer Abs, and Hard Body.  My 6th favorite is Shred It with Weights.  ;)

If you have any questions about these, don't hesitate to ask.  I will do my best to answer.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jillian Michael's Hard Body

I was ecstatic when I heard that Jillian had a new DVD coming out.  Hard Body has 2, 45 minute workouts.  Today, I did work out one.  I can tell a good workout by how un-cute my hair looks by the end.  I had horns after this one.

For the first 25 minutes of this workout there was a 5 minute warm up and then 6 different circuits.  After 25 minutes, the 6 circuits repeated.  As usual, Jillian gives modified moves as well as more advanced moves.  I loved the fast pace.  It was a sweat-fest.  What excites me now, is that I know what to expect.  I know the moves.  I will burn more the next time.  I love the challenge!  Needless to say, I definitely recommend this workout.

The only thing that was strange for me was that there was a whole new cast of workout buddies with her in this one.  Normally, you can depend on at least 1 familiar face (besides Jillian) on her   DVDs.  See?  I do these so much that I miss seeing Anita, Natalie, Basheera, etc.  LOL!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Breakfast Coffee Protein Shake

I love coffee.  I drink it A LOT.  This morning, I decided to make a protein shake with my morning coffee and it was DELIGHTFUL!

I made some coffee and let it cool while I was getting the kids ready so that it wouldn't melt my ice.  After it was cool, I added to my blender:

1 cup of coffee
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2-1 frozen banana
1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder
2 handfulls of ice

Blend to your desired consistency and ENJOY!

**TIP:  I almost always have frozen bananas in my freezer.  When I see that my bananas are getting too ripe, I peel and slice them and put them in a baggie to toss in the freezer.  They work well in banana ice cream when I am craving something sweet at night too.  :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bites

Pinterest strikes again!  I came across these little numbers and at about 35 calories a piece, I couldn't help but make this apple pie tasting goodness!  I adapted the recipe from here.

1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup chopped apples
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.  Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
I plan on breaking a few of these up and putting them in my yogurt.  Oh my!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Salt-Free Taco Seasoning

In an effort to lay off of the salt, I decided to put my laboratory goggles on today and make some homemade taco seasoning.  It is certainly less expensive than the packets you buy in the grocery store and you probably already have all of the ingredients to make it.  I just made a big batch so I could use it whenever I needed it.  Use 2 Tablespoons of it in your beef or chicken along with 1/4 cup of water for tacos or enchiladas.  Add a Tablespoon or two to some fat free sour cream or greek yogurt for a yummy dressing or dip or sprinkle it on your salad for a yummy kick!  The possibilities are endless!

Double, triple or quadruple this recipe and keep it in your pantry!

2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Using my Pinterest powers for good.....

Normally, when I am on Pinterest I am surfing for 1 of 2 things....healthy recipes or desserts.  Who knew that there were other reasons that Pinterest was helpful?  Today, I made laundry detergent.  The recipe is all over the place on there, so I have no idea who to give credit to for this.  

1 (4 lb 12 oz) box of borax
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 (3 lb) container of Oxy Clean
2 (14.1 oz) bars of Zote soap or 7 (4 oz bars) Ivory, grated
1 (4 lb) box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
1 or 2 (55 oz) bottles of Pyrex crystals fabric softener

I got a handy dandy 5 gallon bucket with a lid from Home Depot and added all of the ingredients.  To make life easier, I used my food processor to grate the soap.  That made it easy peasy.  Plus, it was easy to clean up because...ummmm, it was already soapy.  

In order to make it more manageable in the laundry room, I poured some of my mixture in the Oxy Clean container so I didn't need to use the huge 5 gallon bucket every time I wanted to do laundry.  I am also using the scoop from the Oxy Clean as well.  They say this recipe lasts about 6 months, 2 tablespoons per load.  We will see.  I seem to do a million loads of laundry every week, but I will let you know when I reach the bottom of my bucket.  

Did I mention that all of these ingredients were about $30 total?  Just thirty dollars for 6 months of laundry detergent sounds dreamy, doesn't it?