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The Wacky Yum Factor!

Sometimes you just need a little Wacky in your Wednesday and today it was one seriously wacky yum factor!

I was just going about my business scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook and checking in on various group pages when I see a picture similar to this…

 

Ewwww WHO EATS THIS?!?!  Why would anyone even open their fridge see a cup of Greek yogurt and a carton of cottage cheese and think to themselves “Oooh now that sounds like a totally delish combo”?  I mean really?  Apparently Brooke of SheSavage, and fellow heavy lifting Body Beast Beastette, thinks it is an “extraordinary” combination.  I trust this crazy woman so much when it comes to lifting and getting great results with Body Beast and so I wondered, do I trust her on this too?

Fast forward a week, yes a full week.  Seriously it took me that long to be brave enough to put her combo to the test.  As she suggested I kept the two separate and did not mix them together in one bowl. A little separation in flavors apparently makes a difference.  I paused to take a picture (or delay what could be a terrible, horrible, no good, explosion of flavors gone wrong) and then with my eyes closed, went in for the ……

YUMMIEST EXPERIENCE EVAAAA!

I could not believe what was happening in the land of taste-buds.  A perfect combination of textures as well as that sweet and salty thing that I love so much.  Maybe I am the only one who will ever consider cottage cheese slightly salty but I do, is that weird?  It’s okay if it is weird, I will accept that weirdness.

Soon my bowls of this “magical combination” were empty and while I should have been in mourning, I was almost giddy because I think I have found my healthy substitute for CHEESECAKE!  Oh yeah, it is that good!

For those who track their macro nutrients like I do my combination of strawberry Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of 2% cottage cheese put me at 139 calories, 12 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fat, and 19 grams of protein.  Not too shabby, especially since it felt like I was indulging in a most decadent dessert.

Once again I was reminded of just how smart my friend Brooke is, why did I even doubt her? If you are a fan of cottage cheese and a lover of Greek yogurt I highly recommend combining the two.  Trust me everyone should experience this wonderful yet wacky yum factor.  Mmmmm….so good!

Revisiting Old Favorites

Revisiting old favorites that were just hanging there in my closet waiting patiently for me to take them out on the town again.

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Nothing feels better than pulling out a pair of pants you haven’t been able to put on in well over a year and THEY FIT!  It is even better when you can put them on without having to do that cardio session to get into them. Yeah, you know that one that involves squats, and hops, and sometimes a few lunges followed by some floor work where you are on the floor lifting your hips up off the ground as you say a little prayer and zip those babies up.  Go ahead and deny it but I am pretty certain at least 80% of you (probably more) have been there and done that. Okay so maybe not the guys, which is totally not fair, but it is what it is.

This past week I have enjoyed some Les Mills Combat and PiYO workouts as I give my elbow a rest from the heavy weights of Body Beast for a bit.  It feels weird to not be lifting. The biggest adjustment had to be my nutrition though, while lifting my body needed more calorie intake.  I have tried to make the adjustments and it seems like I am finally getting it figured out.  I have been avoiding the scale as I know that it is going to be all over the place during this transition.  I have even felt puffy more than once in the past week. HOWEVER…. while at a Christmas dinner this weekend I had someone ask me what it was that I was doing to keep up this shrinking routine I had going on.

CLOUD NINE!  

Yes indeed that carried me though the rest of the night and kept my portions under control as I ate my dinner.  It also gave me a great opportunity to brag on all of my challenge group members and the success they are having with their workouts.  I don’t know where I would be without the support and accountability of those in these groups!  They are my daily dose of motivation and inspiration.  Here is just a couple of things being said in my current challenge group….

 “down 3 lbs and 9 1/2 inches” ~ C.W.

“… and also lost 4.4% body fat!” ~ S.G.

These people are committed and keep me committed as well.  Nothing is harder than trying to stick to a plan when you are in the midst of the Holidays. I know I would have thrown in the towel by now if it wasn’t for this group and the accountability that they give me.

I am getting ready to go on a trip with my husband and I am hoping to pull a few more old favorites out of my closet and feel great wearing them!  It’s kind of exciting to pull out a dress or an outfit you haven’t been able to wear in quite sometime and discover that it fits again.  Buying new clothes is fun but I have to say fitting into my own clothes, once too small, is a pretty amazing feeling too.

I can’t wait to see what new/old clothes I can fit into as I work my way through Insanity Max 30.  Did I just say Insanity Max 30?  Yep, sure did.  I ordered Shaun T.’s new workout Insanity Max 30 and plan on having a super amazing challenge group to push me through this crazy workout!  We start on January 5th and there is more than enough room for you to join in on the fun. We are going to kick off 2015 in attack mode and MAX OUT our workouts!  This group is different from any of my other groups as I will be hosting it along side two great coaches from my team and we are offering a super prize to one lucky winner at the end of the challenge.

Want more details?

Are we friends on Facebook? We totally should be so you can message me to get all the fancy details on this group.

Of course you can also comment on this post and let me know that you are interested in MAX’ing OUT your next workout program.

What old favorites are just waiting for you to say hello again?  Let’s make it a goal to make some of those old favorites, our new favorites again in 2015.  Who’s with me?

Wrapping up 2014

Excuses, excuses, here’s to a year of No Excuses!

It’s December the year is coming to an end. I am evaluating the things I didn’t finish. Oh wow, I am counting a whole bunch of excuses that were honestly pretty lame!  This summer I adopted the “Never Give Up”  recipe to getting things done.  In doing so I had to add a gallon of “No Excuses” to the dish.  AMAZING thing things that happened when I started to cook up results with this technique!  8 weeks of PiYO done! I didn’t miss one workout.  Not one.  I even took a trip to Iowa and just took the workout with me – it’s PiYO you can totally travel with PiYO. I lost 11 pounds and 13 inches by not letting my lame excuses get in my way!

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The weight loss and melting inches was a great reward for my hard work, but who knew there would be even greater rewards? I know I had no idea!  Beyond all those awesome losses was something even better… GAINS!  Yep I am telling you the gains were amazing!  I gained major amounts of self-confidence and strength.  I even decided that I was cool enough to hang with all those ladies who were lifting the heavy weights.  Totally CRAZY I know!  But ya know what?  I DID IT!  I took my fitness to a whole new level and learned that I LOVE lifting weights in a major way!

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My results from doing 12 full weeks of Body Beast aren’t visually  incredible, but the mental results were like nothing I have ever experienced!  I got stronger, more determined and KNOW that I can step outside of my box and be successful!  This is going to be a long process for me to sculpt my muscles and I am in for the long haul.   I started round 2 last week and am excited to see the results this time around.  This time I am going to focus on the nutrition more.  That first round was a doozy and I didn’t do as great with the nutrition aspect of it.  I consider my 1st round an “Educational Round”.   Can’t wait to see some more physical results in this round and the next.

2015 is going to be a year of NO EXCUSES and MAJOR RESULTS!  I am so thankful to all who have been a part of my journey in 2014 whether it be on my team of coaches or in the challenge groups that have helped me to reach goals I previously felt were out of my reach.  I know 2105 is going to put me in contact with even more amazing people who are ready to rock their programs, reaching goal after goal.

Have you been working on reaching goals this year?  Are you getting closer to having them within reach?  What goals have you set for next year?  Let’s make 2015 the year we  have to dream bigger because we reached all of our previous goals.  Let’s Do This!!!

 

Crazy Hair Issues

Hi my name is Heather and I have crazy hair issues.  There I said it.  It’s out there.  Actually if you know me you know this isn’t breaking news at all.  I have had crazy hair since I was a toddler.

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Now I am all grown up and yes I am still trying to tame these curls.  These days I bring out the big gun… oh yeah, the flat iron!  I know, I know, you think I shouldn’t be doing that, I should be thankful for my beautiful curls ya-da-ya-da….  Uggghhh the things that people have been telling me for years!  Sometimes I wonder if these same people really understand the drama that occurs every morning as I try and make myself presentable for the real world.  The thing is straightening curls that like to be curly takes time, lots of time.  Back in my couch potato days this really wasn’t a huge deal, but lately this has been a big problem.  Now that I am working out daily and sweating more than I even knew was possible I have to battle the question of …. To Shampoo or Not To Shampoo?   If I shampoo then I have to take the time to straighten my hair again.  As if I have time for that,  I barely have time for my workout.

I am not about to let my crazy hair issues keep me from getting fit though.  Nope not today, not any day.  Hair beware, I am on a mission!

Choices

Yesterday I took the kids shopping to one of our favorite stores (can you name the store this aisle belongs to?).  We made a beeline to the shampoo aisle and began the big hunt, the hunt for dry shampoo. Oh yeah, that’s right I said dry shampoo.  Have you heard of this stuff?  I have only recently heard of it. I think it is like a fitness persons magic trick.  You know one they must never reveal.  Well I am the newbie and I don’t know all the rules, so I am about to reveal the magic of this shampoo in a can.  Please don’t go telling on me.

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EUREKA! We found a few.  I would have held them all but I think I would have needed a few more arms.  There were so many choices.  Who knew?  So how does one choose?  Seriously I am calling on all of you who have dry shampoo knowledge.  There are cans for $6 and there are cans for $25 with many priced in between.  So are they all pretty much the same?  Is it just the brand that you are paying for?  Pretty sure I am going to be experimenting with several different brands to see if you get what you pay for or if it is just the fancy packaging and the brand that costs so much more. I will keep you all posted on my findings.  (pssst…. I would still love to hear your opinions though)

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I picked one at random and headed home.  Of course that meant I had to try it out immediately.  You totally saw that coming didn’t you?  It really did take away that post workout feel (I showered but didn’t wash my hair after my workout). As an added bonus it smelled really good and had a nice shine when I finished.

Hip-Hip-Hooray!  For the magical shampoo in a can!  No longer will I have to stand for 45 min to an hour straightening my hair everyday. No longer will I have to sigh when I have no time for the flat iron and have to take my unruly and crazy hair issues out into public places.  Life is good.

Claiming Victory Over Sweaty, Smelly Workout Clothes!

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Today is the day I claim VICTORY!  Victory over these sweaty, smelly workout clothes.   Sweat is a fact of life when you are giving your all to your workouts. There is nothing worse than showing up to workout in  “clean” clothes only to smell that awful sweaty smell from your last workout just 5 minutes in. For the most part I workout alone at home, but I could only imagine how I would feel in a class setting.  I would be less worried about my form and very concerned that everyone around me could smell what I was smelling.  Ewwwww! 

It can feel great to peel the wet clingy clothes off and then hop in the shower to get that lingering smell off of us, but what do we do with the clothes?  Do you toss them on the floor?  Do you do as your mom always said and put your dirty clothes in the hamper?

Piled on the floorIf that’s what you are doing then I beg of you … STOP.   You need to pick them up off the floor and don’t put them in the hamper. You can totally blame me when your mom gets upset with you.  Just don’t do it.  If you leave those damp clothes piled up some seriously gross things can happen, like mildew and mold spores… in your clothes. YUCK!   Take just  few extra minutes turn those clothes inside-out  and hang those stinky shirts and shorts up to dry if you don’t have time to wash them right away.

Hanging them to dry post workout isn’t the magic solution but it is a step in the right direction.  Next on the to do list is to soak the clothes in some water and vinegar.  That’s right vinegar.  It’s like magic when it comes to sweaty, smelly clothes.   Baking Soda works too but vinegar is what I have on hand when it comes to things by the cup full.

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I let mine soak in cool water since the clothes I workout in are specialty fabrics for athletic wear.  If you are wearing  some basic shorts and t-shirts go for the hot water. I usually let mine soak while I have a load of my non-workout clothes in the wash.  I would think if you aren’t doing another load of laundry 30 – 60 minutes would be fine.  When you are ready to toss them in the wash ring out them out and wash in the warmest water okay for your fabrics.  Again I go with the cold setting for mine but it really depends on the fabric of your clothes.  Don’t add a ton of detergent and fabric softeners are a big no-no!  Whoa, what did she just say?   Yep, less is more in this case.  Detergents and fabric softeners can leave a coating on the fabric and then the water can’t get in to do its job.  You know the one where it magically removes the awful smell left from that workout you totally don’t regret doing – that job.

Last but not least avoid that dryer.  Too much heat can mess with the super water wicking powers of your athletic wear.  When that happens it won’t pull the moisture in and away from your body.  So go straight from the washing machine to the laundry line and hang those clothes.  If that isn’t an option for you then the dryer is okay but make sure you use a cool setting.

These DaysOnce they are dry then that magic laundry fairy comes along and folds the clothes and puts them away.  No?  Drats, I really thought that was how this whole laundry thing worked.  Sigh… I guess it is still up to us to do that.  I really hope that this helps any sweat filled smelly situations you may be encountering with your workout clothes.  I would hate to think someone stopped their workouts because they didn’t know there really was a way to claim victory over sweaty, smelly workout clothes.

Day 24 Really is a BIG DEAL!

Day 24 of PiYO and I haven’t missed a workout yet.  24 days may not seem like a big deal but this is beyond huge for me.  I usually last a whole whoppin’ 14 days (if that) and then I start to miss a workout here and there, until I am no longer working out.  This is the cycle I have been on for the past decade or so.  Sound familiar?

Today I had to convince myself to not take the day off.  I had to deal with all kinds of issues that I could have used as excuses.  I just refused to go there.  This workout was going to happen even if I had to go to the store and buy new batteries for the remote!  Seriously what happened to televisions that you could still work without a remote control? Thankfully I knew where we hide the batteries in the house.  What? You don’t have a battery stash?  We have too many gadgets and gizmos for the kids not to have a stash. I pushed play, took a deep breath, and got into workout mode.  30 minutes later dripping in sweat and feeling empowered I declared a victory!  Workout DONE!

Today’s workout was called Buns. So you might be thinking squats, squats, and more squats… yep.  I was delighted to discover it wasn’t all squats though.  Nope, Chalene (the trainer) adds in several other moves to help strengthen and stretch the lower body.  She kept me moving and never did I get bored with any of the moves.  Chalene can make a half hour seem like ten minutes.  I couldn’t believe it went by that fast!  Looking at me however you would have thought I had put in at least 60 min of total cardio.  I was pretty smelly and proud of it.

CONFESSION:  I haven’t been as awesome nutrition wise this past week.  That is an area I have a really hard time with.  I kicked the soda habit and have a renewed love of water.  That’s not the issue.  I just have a hard time saying no to foods I know I shouldn’t be eating.  Granted I don’t eat as much of them as I used to and my portions are much smaller.  I just know I still have a long way to go in the land of clean eating. Some changes are harder than others.  I am working on it, I will conquer my addiction to sugar and processed foods. I will!  I mean the processed stuff doesn’t even taste that good to me, it’s just easy. Plain and simple it’s easy.  Tips and tricks on making fresh food quick and easy would be greatly appreciated.

I love doing things with others.  It helps to keep everyone motivated.  The more the merrier ya know, so pop on over and join in on the fun.

Okay time to rest up… tomorrow’s workout is called Drench. Yeah, kind of scared.