Exercise: Hindu Push Ups

One of the hardest exercises for me to get proficient at is the push up.

Most women will say this is one of their hardest as well.

And because they are not something I am strongest at, I make sure to put them in my training as much as possible and I make sure I did different kinds of push ups.

One of my favorites is the Hindu Push up. I added these last night in my training…

I have not yet perfected these, I’m sure that will take a long time, but I’m happy with how many I am able to get with good form.

Couple of things you want to make sure you DO…

  1. Keep your elbows in tight with your body. You never want to let your elbows flare out. This can lead to injuries to not only your elbows, but your shoulders.
  2. Keep your abs tight throughout the movement. One of the misconceptions with any push up is that it is only an upper body or arm exercise. No matter if you are doing a conventional push up, a Hindu push up, an incline push up, etc, you are using your abdominals/core just as much, if not more, as your upper body.
  3. Get as close to the floor as you can while “scooping” down with the push up. Meaning, don’t cut yourself short with the push up. I see it all the time with the conventional push up, people don’t get as close to the floor as possible with their chest. Make sure as your scooping down, your chest almost touches the floor.

Hope to see you add these to your weekly training! Let me know how they are going and if you’re liking them!

“But I Don’t Wanna!!!!” *said in a whiny voice*

You know that feeling.

You know you need to get your training in but no matter how much you try and talk yourself into going and getting it done, you just don’t want to!

That was me yesterday.

I tried to think of every excuse as to why NOT to train.

You know…

  • I should really clean
  • I have phone calls I have to make
  • I’m tired
  • I’m cold

I could go on and on.

Finally after going back and forth on why I should or should not train, I got my butt up and went to train.

And you know what?

I was SO happy I did.

After warming up and getting myself ready, I actually had a phenomenal training session.

Here is a little of my training session with the 20kg Kettlebell Snatch…


Now, I’m not going to lie. There are some days I DO talk myself out of training.

And you know what?

That is perfectly OK because sometimes you need that.

The problems happen when you talk yourself out of training day after day after day.

So what can you do about it?

How do you talk yourself into actually going and training?

For me, like yesterday, it’s a couple things…

  1. I made a decision to have my pre-workout meal. I always make sure I eat about 1.5-2 hours before I train. If I make a decision to eat my pre-workout meal I know I need to use those calories for what they are intended for. Meaning, I don’t want to “waste” those calories and I want to make sure I put them to good use.
  2. I know I will feel better when I am done then when I started. Whether I feel good because it was a great set or I was able to PR or just got those endorphins going, I know after I train I will feel better and I always look forward to that.
  3. Even when I don’t have set goals, I still have goals. That may sound a little weird, but it’s true. Right now I don’t have a set goal for a set date, I just have goals. My goals…getting better. Whether that consists of getting better at certain lifts, such as the KB Snatch or getting better at my mobility/flexibility or getting better at my nutrition. I always have goals to GET BETTER.

Those are the reasons why I make sure I don’t talk myself out of training too much.

If you are talking yourself out of training more days then actually training, try sitting down and writing out WHY you DO train.

On the days you do go in and get a great workout in….WHY did you do it?

Have these somewhere that you can look at them when that little voice in your head tells you…”Come on….sleep in!” or “You can skip another workout.”, etc. And you can remind yourself WHY you DO train.

 

 

Exercise Video: Straight Leg Reverse Crunch

 

Abdominal exercises are probably my least favorite thing to do.

They can be hard and very tiring.

But I know that I must get them in to achieve the goals I have set and to just keep everything strong.

One abdominal exercise that I really do enjoy is the Straight Leg Reverse Crunch.

I do love these primarily because they hit the lower abs.

This is a big problem area for me.

A lot of people will do sit up after sit up but never hit the lower abs as much.

Here is a quick video from last night’s training session…

A couple of things to keep in mind while doing these…

  1. Make sure to keep your lower back glued to the bench or floor when you bring your legs down. Don’t let your back arch!
  2. When you are holding on to the bench or whatever is above your head, make sure you don’t pull yourself up with your arms. Let your abs do the work!
  3. Make sure your feet are going up towards the ceiling and not towards or over your head.

Hope to see you add these to your weekly training.

I know you will love ’em! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

“You want me to eat WHAT?!?”

“You want me to eat WHAT?!?!”

That is the most common question I get when I suggest this simple, fast and healthy snack.

And here it is…baby food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I’m sure you are saying the exact same thing I wrote above, but hear me out.

About 2 years ago I was traveling with my husband and daughter flying to Wisconsin to visit our family. While on the plane, my husband and I both became hungry and realized we hadn’t brought any snacks with us except for the pouches of fruit and veggie baby food and some other baby snacks for our daughter. (**little side note…the TSA will not let you bring these on a flight if you do not have a baby/toddler with you. They are considered “liquid”.)

So with Parker eating the other snacks, we decided to each try one of the baby food fruit/veggie pouches.

And you know what?

They are pretty good.

Since then, they have become a staple in our household for not only Parker, but for us as well.

I love to have them on hand since they are not only quick and portable, but because they are healthy as well. Also, if I am keeping them at my desk at the gym, I know that they won’t go bad sitting out.

If I know I’m going to be running errands all day or going on a long road trip,ย I make sure to have a couple fruit/veggie pouches along with a small bag of almonds and viola! A great snack to hold me over until my next meal.

I always recommend to my clients to keep a couple at their desk at work just in case they forget their snacks at home or if they are extra hungry that day. Keeping these there helps fight the temptation to go to the vending machine and grab a candy bar or anything with tons of sugar.

If you are weary about eating baby food, then there are pouches like these in stores for adults. Some of them have extra stuff in them such as chia seeds or flax, but are still very good.

I hope you try these, as they are a great way to keep your nutrition in check while getting your servings of fruit and veggies. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Recipe: Vegetable Soup-Pressure Cooker

As an early Christmas present, I got a new pressure cooker. I have been wanting to get one of these for awhile now and I was so excited to start using it.

I haven’t tried cooking a lot in it, but I can tell already it will become a staple in my weekly meal prepping.

Last week I posted a picture of a vegetable soup I made in the pressure cooker on my personal Instagram and I got a lot of inquiries on what the exact recipe was.

Well, if you have read any of my recipe posts, you know that I hardly follow recipes when it comes to cooking. Most of the time I use whatever we have on hand, and that is exactly what I did with this soup.

Here is the “recipe” I put together for the vegetable soup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
4-5 Carrots peeled and chopped
1/2 onion chopped
4-5 potatoes chopped (depending on how big)
1 bunch of celery chopped
1 can of Rotel **not pictured**
1 red pepper chopped **no pictured**
1 cup lentils
1 tbl of garlic
1 bay leaf
1 tbl of oregano
1 bouillon cube of chicken stock
4 cups of water
salt/pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put all the chopped veggies, except the potatoes, in a pan and saute for about 5 min. (I know I can saute in my pressure cooker, but I haven’t explored that yet lol)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the veggies are cooked a little, add all ingredients to the pressure cooker. I had cooked the first batch for 20 minutes, which turned out to be too long and the lentils basically turned to mush. So yesterday I only cooked it for 18 minutes and it turned out perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has become one of our favorite soups already and with the cold front coming this weekend (only reaching a high of 30!!!! ), I will probably be making it again LOL.

 

It Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Over the past week I have gotten a lot of women reach out to me and congratulate me on not only reaching my goal, but being the leanest I have ever been.

This was taken last week the morning of my shoot.

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I’ve also gotten a lot of questions from those women, as well as others, on how can they get that lean by “X” date and exactly what “diet” I did to reach my goal. And since I have gotten so many of those questions, I wanted to take the time to answer them here.

First and foremost, I want everyone to know that this might have been a 16 week goal that I was working towards, but it took over 2 years to reach this point.

Two years of ups and downs.

Two years of going through frustrations (oh, there were plenty) and celebrations.

Two years of hard work and saying “No” to some of those very much craved foods and sweets.

What I’m trying to get at here is that in a world that is all about “instant gratification”, getting to your fat loss goal/body composition goal is not something that can happen overnight or maybe even this year.

It takes time.

And something I have always told my clients, and I’m sure you have heard it as well, is that it didn’t come on overnight, it’s not going to leave overnight.

As for the question about what “diet” I did, I want to put a huge emphasis on the fact that I have not been dieting or restricting my calories the entire 2 years.

If I had been doing that, I would not have reached my goals.

What I have been doing is what we like to call “sprinting” and “jogging” when it comes to my nutrition.

Think of “sprinting” as the actual “dieting down” part of the plan.

This is where I am restricting calories, but nothing too serious, taking certain foods out, or eating less of them and having zero cheat meals.

This part of the plan can only be done for 6-8 weeks for myself. Anything more than 6-8 weeks, and my body will turn against me and the fat loss will stop.

For some, they can sprint up to 12 weeks if needed. But again, it’s not something that is long term or something you continue to do all your life.

The other phase of the plan is the “jogging”.

This can be anywhere from 4-16 weeks, possibly longer, just depending on what your goals are.

The “jogging” phase is where you are still conscience of what you are eating, sticking to a great plan, but there is moreย wiggle room, if you will. But this is not an “all you can eat” phase. If you are not careful, you will gain a good amount of fat back and sometimes more.

You need to raise your calories slowly and slow the pace or you’ll burn out. This can be a hard mental shift, but it’s necessary.

The scale will go up a little, but that isn’t failure. You body needs to rest and get used to its “new normal”. You can try to keep dieting, but it won’t work and you’ll do more damage than good.

I think this is the easiest way for anyone to start reaching their goals.

Breaking up the plan into “sprints” and “jogs” will not only help mentally but physically as well.

If you are interested in getting more information on how “sprinting” and “jogging”, and other ways to help reach your goals, make sure you sign up for my newsletter!!

16 Week Goal=Completed!

First, sorry I have been MIA for the past 4 weeks. A lot going on with the business and getting ready for the completion of my goal.

I am so excited to say I have reached my 16 week goal and the results are amazing! If I do say so myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

The photos on the left were from 16 weeks ago and the photos on the right from yesterday morning. What you can’t see in the photo might shock you. Keep reading to find out what that is!

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If you didn’t already know, my goal was to get lean for a photo shoot.

I know what you are probably saying….”ANOTHER photo shoot?!”

Yes, but this time it wasn’t just for the fun of it, all if it is for this blog and my Train Like A Girl program (coming soon!!!).

I needed to get more “fitness related” photos and so that meant I needed to find a photographer that specialized in just that.

And that is exactly what I did.

I follow a lot of fitness models on Instagram and the one photographer I kept seeing pop up in their accounts, and the pics were/are phenomenal, was Michael Neveux.

Michael has been photographing fitness models and professionals for over two decades. You have probably seen a lot of his work on fitness magazine covers and articles inside the magazines.

I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to work with him and I jumped right on it! And I couldn’t be happier with the pictures I have seen so far!

But in order to be able to do the shoot, I needed to get my nutrition and training back on track. So I set that 16 week goal.

If you have been reading my blog, you know I’ve had some ups and some downs during the 16 weeks.

I’ll be honest…I’m not that surprised.

No matter how great the nutrition and training program is, you will ALWAYS have at least 1 day where you want to give up because you are that frustrated.

But the key to success…is pushing through those frustrations and keep on going.

I think the one thing I think you will be EXTREMELY surprised at, because honestly…I was, is that I only lost 5 pounds of scale weight from start to finish during the 16 weeks.

Yes! ONLY 5 POUNDS!!!

But as you can see from the pics above, the difference between the two is huge.

Once again this just shows how false a scale can be.

It doesn’t track your true results.

I want to thank you for keeping up with my posts about getting to my goal. Whether you know it or not, you are the ones keeping me accountable…and I thank you and appreciate you for it.

Make sure to check back later this week to see what I am doing next and another little tidbit about my journey so far!

4 Weeks Out….And A Little Frustration

I’m 4 weeks out from my goal and here is my pic from last week (on the left) and from this morning (on the right).

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As you can see…I’m going a bit backwards, and it’s frustrating the hell out of me. These past 2 weeks things haven’t been going the way I need them too.

I judge most of my progress by the side view.

I can see how much my lower stomach is going down or not, which is the hardest place for me with fat loss.

As you can see…it is a little bigger than it was 2 weeks ago.

This is very frustrating, but it happens, even though you may be doing everything right.

And as much as I am frustrated, I think this is a great thing for people to see.

I know I have clients that are working towards a goal, they either hit a plateau or possibly a step back, like me.

When this happens, I explain to them that you can do 1 of 2 things.

  1. You can get so frustrated you give up and stop working towards that goal.
  2. You can change a couple of things up and keep going.

I have decided to change things up. I’m going to take some things out of my daily nutrition I think might be contributing to this and after about 1 weeks, maybe even sooner, I will see a difference in the right direction.

Check back in 2 weeks to see if changing a couple things up helps.

 

Video/Recipe: Mocha Smoothie

Believe it or not, breakfast is the most challenging meal for me to get in.

I’m just not hungry when I wake up.

But after going for so long not eating while I’m sleeping, and needing to make sure I get all my macros/calories in for the day, I NEED to make sure I eat.

So…I came up with a great way to get my breakfast in and not feel like I am forcing myself to just eat.

Watch the video to see just how I get my breakfast in!

Hope you enjoy the great recipe as much as I do and let me know if you come up with some other great recipes!!

Exercise of the Week!: Barbell Good Mornings

Here is a great exercise for the glutes and hamstrings.

Believe me when I say, you don’t need a lot of weight to feel these. And you will be feeling these for a couple days after ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!! ๐Ÿ™‚