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Aug 262014
 

Although I did not wind up completing the full 12 week Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide program (affiliate link, FYI), I did manage to make it through 8 solid weeks of workouts and healthy eating, so I wanted to share my final thoughts with you all today.

Originally I wasn’t planning to write a wrap-up or final thoughts post about the program since I am still continuing to do the workouts a couple times a week, but man, do you guys have a lot of questions about it! Nearly every day I receive an email about the program, and I have more than 100 comments on my Kayla Itsines Updates post, so I know the need for information is real.

Today I’ll be sharing an overview of how the plan works, an explanation of what my results were like, and answers to some of your commonly asked questions. Ready? Here we go!

Who is Kayla Itsines, and what is her Bikini Body Program?

Kayla Itsines is a personal trainer based out of Australia. She has created two eBooks – essentially PDFs – as part of her “Bikini Body Program,” one for fitness called the Training Guide, and one for nutrition called the H.E.L.P. Nutrition Guide. You can purchase the guides together and save $19, or you can choose to just buy just one of the eBooks. You can buy the eBooks here.

Kayla has a huge following on Instagram, where she frequently posts before and after pictures from the program. They are truly inspirational photos, and are part of the reason why I’m sure so many women are dying to try her program.

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Do you need both eBooks?

The two eBooks are very different from each other, and though they can be completed separately I recommend purchasing both if you want to see the best results. Even if you are already happy with your nutrition or have a great workout regimen, it’s helpful to see what Kayla recommends since she’s the professional.

If you really want to buy only one, I personally got more value out of the Training Guide because you can do the workouts over and over again. I already know a decent amount about nutrition/have a relatively healthy diet, so while I found the H.E.L.P. Nutrition Guide to be helpful, it didn’t change my eating habits too much. It was also a little more vague, whereas the Training Guide gives you specific instructions for each day of the program.

Both of the guides are great though, and I’m sure this preference varies for everyone.

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What’s in the Training Guide?

The Kayla Itsines Training Guide includes workouts for you to complete for weeks 1-12. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the book provides workouts for Legs & Cardio, Abs & Arms, and Full Body which you will complete. On other days, you are encouraged to run, speed walk, or complete your own HIIT workout.

Each of the workouts in the Training Guide includes two circuits, which you will complete two times (4 circuits total per workout). You will have 7 minutes to complete as many rounds of the circuit as you can. This workout should take you 28 minutes total, not counting any time for resting between circuits (4 circuits x 7 min each = 28 min).

Here’s an example of one of the circuits for Legs & Cardio. You would complete this circuit as many times as you could in 7 minutes (I usually can get through them twice – sometimes more, sometimes less) and then do the second circuit (not pictured). After that you would repeat the process until you’ve done circuit 1 twice (14 minutes) and circuit 2 twice (14 minutes) for a sweaty and challenging 28 minute workout.

Note: The back of the guide has explanations for each of the moves in case it’s unclear what you should do from the picture.

Here’s an example of what your week might look like workout wise:

  • Monday – Legs & Cardio
  • Tuesday – Short run
  • Wednesday – Arms & abs
  • Thursday – Speed walk or HIIT
  • Friday – Full Body
  • Saturday – Stretch/yoga
  • Sunday – Rest

You can do all of the workouts from home or in a gym, but just note that if you choose to do the workouts at home you’ll have to get creative with some of the equipment (weights, medicine ball, bench, etc.).

I should also mention that the workouts are fairly challenging, and if you don’t have a strong fitness background you should probably spend a week or two doing some light exercise before getting started. I do believe anyone can do these workouts to a varying degree, but that does not mean they are easy. At all.

What’s in the H.E.L.P. Nutrition Guide?

The H.E.L.P. Nutrition Guide is very simple and follows the Australian dietary guidelines, which seem pretty similar to the U.S. guidelines. The plan sort of reminds me of the old food pyramid because it recommends having things like 5 servings of vegetables, 2.5 servings of dairy, 2 healthy fats, etc. per day. The foods recommended in the plan are all wholesome and clean, and there is no room for any junk food or sweets (except fruit). The plan does allow for one “cheat meal” a week, which is to both help you stick to the plan, and reset your metabolism so you don’t fall into a plateau. The Nutrition Guide also provides sample recipes and meal plans, as well as a science section in the back explaining why it’s important to eat certain types of foods and steer clear of others.

Because I already followed a relatively healthy diet, I used this eBook as a general guideline. I did not use her recipes or meal plans, but I did track my servings using the notepad function on my iPhone.

This is probably the topic I received the most questions about: What counts as a healthy fat? What would a serving size of grains include? What should I do about counting calories? etc. etc. etc. I have literally received more than 100 questions about this, and although I will do what I can to address them, I encourage you to buy the guide yourself and try it out. This post is here to help you with the program or answer any questions you might have before pulling the trigger – I am not going to give away Kayla’s hard-earned knowledge for free.

Also, I want to reinstate that this Nutrition Guide is just that – a guide – and it should not be looked to as the Holy Bible. You need to figure out what eating plan works for you and adjust the recommendations to fit that. Everyone is different, and everyone has different needs.

What were my results?

Although I didn’t take any before and after pictures or weigh myself much during this time period (I’m not a huge fan of doing either of those things, which is a topic for another day) I did notice some nice differences in my body from the Bikini Body plan. My clothes fit looser and I saw a much more noticeable gap in my thighs. That, my friends, was a pretty awesome feeling. I think it was worth doing the program just for that!

I also noticed my shoulders and arms were a lot more defined, probably because I was mostly running before I started the Bikini Body program and was admittedly ignoring my arms and abs a bit.

My friends were also telling me that I looked really good, which is always nice to hear. 🙂 So, while I can’t give you any concrete numbers, I can definitely say the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body program worked for me.

Final Thoughts

While this program worked well for me, it’s like any other fitness and nutrition regimen in that you will get out what you put in. If you work hard, watch what you eat, and do the workouts, you will get awesome results. If you take it easy, cheat, skip workouts, and slack off, you won’t. It’s just like everything else in life, and there is no quick fix.

And yes, I still hate the name “Bikini Body,” since I think it emphasizes all the wrong aspects of a healthy lifestyle, but I have to admit the program itself is pretty great. 😉

For more information about my experience with the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide eBooks, please review the Workouts tab at the top of the page, and click on Kayla Itsines.

**NOTE: This post was not sponsored by anyone, although I am an affiliate of the Kayla Itsines program because I truly believe in it. As always all opinions are my own. If you have a question about the program, please read this post in its entirety before asking. There’s a good chance I’ve already addressed it above. Also, check out the questions others have asked in this post, since your question might have already been answered. Lastly, due to copyright information included in the eBooks, I cannot and will not give or sell you a copy.**

Question of the day: Do you have any other questions about the Bikini Body eBooks?

 Posted by on August 26, 2014
Jun 112014
 

Can you believe it’s been more than a month since I’ve posted a What I Ate Wednesday post? The insanity!! Let’s get back to one of my favorite CET traditions today by taking a look at what I’ve been eating lately. This will also give me a chance to talk more about my progress with the Kayla Itsines eBooks (affiliate link, FYI), which will hopefully be helpful since you guys have had a LOT of questions!!

As always, a big thanks go out to Jenn for hosting the What I Ate Wednesday linkup!


So here’s what I’ve been eating lately (i.e., the last couple of weeks!)

Breakfasts

I have pretty much omitted cereal from my breakfast rotation (I know, I never thought that would happen either) and I am loving it! These days I have been switching back and forth between two awesome breakfast recipes that came from some of my favorite bloggers.

The first is perfect microwave banana oatmeal from Anne, usually with a little natural peanut butter and nuts, seeds, or dried fruit mixed in. (Tip for storing natural peanut butter: keep it upside down in your cabinet so the oil will float to the top and you’ll never need to stir it!)
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I’ve been making oatmeal this way for almost a year now, and I don’t think I could make it any other way again! The banana and milk really make a difference!

The other recipe I’ve been loving lately is the two ingredient pancake from Tina (who just had her baby BTW! Omg he’s so cute I could die. #instagramstalker). I also will usually eat this with a bit of natural peanut butter.
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The first time I tried making these two ingredient pancakes I thought they were sort of watery and weird, but once I got the hang of cooking them low and slow, I realized I had been cooking them wrong! They are actually amazing!

Both of these recipes are easy and nutritious and keep me full all morning long. If you’re looking for something new to eat for breakfast I would definitely give these a try!

Lunches

My lunches have consisted of giant salads made with greens (usually baby spinach/kale mixture) and a serving each of grains, protein, and healthy fats. I’ve found that salads that include all of those types of foods keep me feeling full the longest, and I actually enjoy eating them instead of thinking “ugh, a salad for lunch.”

My new routine includes cooking up a bunch of grains and roasting some veggies/chicken on Sunday nights so I can use them for salads and dinner all week long. The night before I’ll usually pack my greens and veggies in a giant tupperware container, and then I put the grains and protein in a separate, smaller container. When I get to work, I nuke the grains and protein in the microwave and then add the hot chicken/beans/rice/quinoa to the cold greens. Something about warm chicken and rice in a cold salad just sounds much better to me than a completely cold salad.

I’ve been making my own salad dressing too which includes a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and a little honey. I make this on Sundays too and then pour it into little individual containers to bring to work.

These salads are really easy to throw together and I’ve been totally loving them. Sometimes I worry that I’m eating too much salad (seriously, my bowls are huge) but I know I’m ok as long as I’m not loading up on too many of the toppings. There’s nothing wrong with a lot of greens!

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Snacks

I’m still loving my sliced apples every day around 3:30 pm! Sometimes I’ll have a few raw almonds on the side, and sometimes not. It depends how hungry I am.

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Dinners

To be honest I’ve been getting pretty lazy with my dinners lately. As I’ve mentioned before, Fabio plays a lot of sports during the week (volleyball is over so it’s just soccer and softball for now, but we are both starting up flag football with our friends soon!) so I’m usually just cooking for one. A lot of the time I will wind up having another salad of sorts, but usually with some different roasted vegetables (hot) mixed in with a couple of wedges of Laughing Cow cheese so it gets all melty. You can read more about making throw-together dinner bowls here. My favorite veggies to include are sweet potatoes or butternut squash so I can get a bit of sweetness to go along with the rest of the ingredients which are salty and/or spicy. Yum!

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Other dinners include the typical grilled/baked chicken with veggies on the side, or some type of spaghetti squash/ground turkey spaghetti situation. Everything I’ve been eating has been really tasty, but sometimes when Fabio’s not home my creativity starts to wane. Ah well, that’s life.

Treats & Cheats

Those of you who have been following along with my progress on the Kayla Itsines BBG eBooks may remember that I am allowed one “cheat” meal per week. I have been straying from this a little bit because 1) I sort of hate the idea of a cheat- nothing you enjoy should be seen as cheating – and 2) I’m trying to improve my eating for the long run and having just one unhealthy meal a week is not always feasible.

Take last week for example. On Monday Fabio and I had dinner with some friends of ours at a Mexican restaurant. I wanted to order something healthy but also something I was going to enjoy eating, so I went with grilled fish tacos. I also snacked on some of the chips and salsa and had two glasses of sangria. Technically by this BBG plan that should have been my “cheat” meal, right?

So what happens later in the week when my friends invite me to a BBQ where I know I will probably want a cheeseburger or hot dog and will be drinking beer? Do I just not go because I already used up my weekly cheat? No. That’s just not me. For some people that might work out ok, but when I’m with my friends I want to enjoy myself and live in the moment rather than worry that it might mess up my “diet.” I don’t like diets anyway, and don’t see this as one, so I just eat healthy wholesome foods when I can, and enjoy myself when I can’t.

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Because sometimes, you just need pizza.

Workouts

Ok now moving on to the workouts- they have been going great!! I’ve explained how the workouts work here and here, so today I will just tell you that I am still totally loving them. Of course when my alarm goes off at 5:30 I want to either throw my phone at the wall, pull the blankets over my head, or basically do anything to get out of bed and workout, but the thought of how I will feel once my workout is over always gets me up and moving.

The workouts are challenging but they don’t make me want to die, and I am always, always dripping in sweat at the end.

Here’s my I’m-totally-sweaty-and-my-hair-got-caught-in-my-bobbypins-while-doing-burpees-but-I-feel-so-great face.

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Results

I have honestly not lost that much weight in my 5ish weeks of following this plan (I think this is probably because I was already eating healthfully and was in decent shape before I started), but I can definitely see changes in my body! I’ve noticed that when I lay in certain positions, my legs no longer touch where they once did, and my love handles and behind look smaller (to me). Fabio commented the other day on how my legs look leaner and stronger, and it was totally unprompted so I believe him! 😉 Even if I’m not really seeing the scale move at all, I’m feeling really good about my body right now, and after all isn’t that what’s most important?

**Note: this post was not sponsored by anyone, and as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Question of the day: What kind of salads keep you full?

 Posted by on June 11, 2014
May 202014
 

Hey friends! Two weeks ago I told you about how I purchased the Bikini Body Guide eBooks from Kayla Itsines (affiliate link, FYI), and you guys seemed really interested in them! I got a lot of comments, emails, and tweets with your questions, so I thought today would be a good time for an update. Hold on to your seatbelts- this is going to be a long one!

First and foremost, I should explain how to purchase the eBooks. Although they are technically called eBooks, they are actually just PDFs. You can buy them from the Kayla Itsines website here. You won’t find them on Amazon or anywhere else where they sell traditional eBooks. I hope that helps clarify things!

As for my update- so far it’s going great! I’ve lost about 5 pounds in two weeks, although I have to say most of that was probably bloating from all the junk I ate and drank right before I started. Bleh. Like many women, I have a typical “weight range” that fluctuates up a few pounds or down a few pounds from day to day. When I started using the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) eBooks, I was at the heavier end of my usual range. I am now one pound less than my typical low weight range, so take that as you will (1 pound loss or 5). Either way the scale is moving in the right direction and my body is feeling great 🙂

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty…

The Nutrition Plan

The BBG Nutrition Plan (which is called the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Plan aka HELP…so clever!) is one of the things I was most excited about when I decided to try out the 12-week BBG plan. I have always had (and probably always will have) a love-hate relationship with food. I grew up not understanding healthy food AT ALL and was basically (unknowingly) addicted to junk food. You can read more about that here.

Now I try really hard to eat a balanced diet but I still crave food that’s bad for me and I’m not sure that will ever really go away. I am totally fine with following a 80-20 diet (eating healthy 80% of the time and enjoying yourself the other 20% of the time) but lately that balance seemed to be leaning more toward a 60-40 “balance” which I was NOT ok with. Especially with summer right around the corner and some fun plans on the agenda which involve being in a bathing suit.

The HELP Nutrition Guide suggests following a food regimen that a) I was already familiar with/loosely following, b) was backed up by science, and c) in-line with my nutrition preferences and beliefs (i.e., no fad diets), which made it a perfect match for me. In short, when I read about it I couldn’t wait to give it a shot!

The Nutrition Plan recommend eating a specific number of servings of each food every day. As I have explained before, it’s basically like following the old food pyramid recommendations we all grew up with.

To track my meals, I use the notepad app on my phone. Basically I write out the recommended number of servings of each food I should be eating each day under “IDEAL,” and then I list the actual amounts I’ve eaten below it. At the end of each day I delete all the numbers in the “ACTUAL” list and start over.

Here’s a sample of what my tracking looks like after I’ve eaten breakfast:

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You’ll notice that some of the serving amounts seem pretty large (6 servings of grains!) but the portion sizes are actually really small, so it balances out. One slice of bread, for example, counts as one serving, so a sandwich would be two servings. Similarly, 1/4 cup of brown rice counts as one serving, and sometimes with dinner I’d rather have 1/2 cup of brown rice instead of just 1/4, which bumps it up to two servings. I don’t usually wind up eating all 6 servings of grains, but I get a lot closer than I thought I would. I also run out of dairy and healthy fat servings before I even make it to dinner time, so that’s been a bit of a change. I used to just pop raw almonds by the handful, but now I’m more careful! I also have to be careful to avoid processed foods, since they aren’t recommended on the meal plan. So far that has been going well!

Overall I would say that what I’ve been eating while following the HELP Nutrition Plan hasn’t changed all that much, but the amounts definitely have. Here’s a snapshot of some of my meals.

Breakfast hasn’t really changed that much for me. I am trying to make an effort to eat cleaner (i.e., less cereal) even though technically some whole grain cereal is still allowed on the plan. I’ve been having a lot of my favorite oatmeal (which I make with 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1 mashed banana, and a sprinkle of cinnamon) and I’ve also brought the two ingredient pancakes from Tina over at Carrots ‘N Cake back into the mix. I forgot how tasty these are! 

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Yogurt and fruit has also been a good go-to. The picture below includes one container of blueberry Chobani, a sliced banana, and organic coconut granola. Yum. FYI, this would count as one serving of dairy, 1 serving of fruit, and 1 serving of grains).

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Lunches have been a bigger switch for me. As part of the nutrition plan, I am supposed to eat six servings of vegetables every day. I thought I was really good at eating a lot of veggies before, but it turns out I was no where close to getting six servings (it was more like 3-4). I have been trying to squeeze them in wherever I can, which means replacing my beloved turkey and cheese sandwiches with giant veggie-packed salads. These usually include mixed greens, baby spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, and feta cheese. Other add-ins include any leftovers we might have laying around like chicken, roasted veggies, quinoa, or rice.

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My salad-making skills are improving and I’ve been enjoying these combos!

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Not much has changed with my snacks; I still eat an apple almost every day and depending on whether I have any servings of healthy fats left I will also eat some almonds or peanut butter on the side (just 1 tsp. of peanut butter = 1 serving of healthy fats, BTW, so that’s been a bit of a change). Through this process I have realized that I was probably eating way too many healthy fats before I started this nutrition plan. Also, you can only have two pieces of fruit! I usually have a banana with breakfast and an apple as my snack, and then that’s that.

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There’s always room for more veggies though! Carrots and hummus still make a perfect snack (I usually count hummus as one of my healthy fats though, so I have to be careful how much I have).

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Dinners have also stayed pretty much the same. I am trying to include more lean meats and lots of veggies, but that has always been a priority for me. Being on the nutrition plan does help keep me from ordering out too often, and it also encourages me to steer clear of unnecessary alcohol with dinner, but I’ll get to more on that in a minute.

Here is a tilapia filet with Thai curry sauce that I pulled out of the freezer from the Saucy Fish Co., some broccoli rice, and sweet potato wedges (that recipe is also from Carrots ‘N Cake! These are so tasty, and you must try them if you haven’t yet!).

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More broccoli & rice, grilled chicken, and balsamic carrots & cauliflower. Simple, nutritious, delicious.

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Unfortunately (for me) Desserts and Alcohol pretty much have no place in the nutrition plan. I know. However, since the BBG plan is a 12-week program, I’m trying to be realistic about things. Knowing myself, my social life, and my sweet tooth, there is just no way I won’t eat any sweets or alcohol for twelve weeks. It’s just not realistic!

The plan does allow for one “cheat meal” per week, so I try to schedule my social events around that. Even still, I know I am usually tempted by booze and/or sugar more than once a week, so I am just doing the best I can. I want this plan to be something I feel comfortable following well beyond the 12 weeks, and omitting drinks and sweets all together just won’t work for me. That being said, I have made a huge change from having a glass of wine with dinner and a low-calorie dessert afterword each and every day, to saving my “cheats” for when it’s really important. It’s a step in the right direction but I’ll be honest, even that hasn’t been easy! Oh well, at least I’m making progress!

The Exercise Plan

I have also really been loving the BBG exercise plan! I’m on week 3 right now, and for weeks 1-4 you complete 3 resistance training workouts (circuits) and 2-3 low intensity steady state (LISS) workouts like a light jog or power walk. I probably should be taking the LISS workouts more seriously, but I walk a lot every day anyway to and from the metro plus when walking Jack, so I like to think if I just take Jack a little further than usual or go for a quick run that counts. Eh, maybe it does, but I could probably do more on this front.

I think the reason I’ve been taking the LISS workouts so easy is because the circuits are so tough!! Here’s an example of one of the circuits. As I explained before, you have 7 minutes to run through the circuit as many times as you can (usually 2 for me) and then one minute of rest before moving on to circuit #2. Then you repeat, so you wind up doing 14 minutes (4 rounds) of each circuit. Phew.

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I am usually dripping in sweat after each and every workout and feel sore in some spots the next day. They are quick (about 30 mins) and effective which I love!

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And that’s about it for my Kayla Itsines BBG update! The nutrition plan is going really well and so are the workouts. I’m just chugging along trying to continue toning up/losing a little weight and reminding myself that I’m in it for the long haul, so if I mess up here or there it’s really no biggie. Also, I continue to look at the Kayla Itsines transformations on her website to keep my motivation up. Hopefully in 12 weeks I will look like these awesome ladies!

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**Note: Although I am an affiliate for the Kayla Itsines program this post was not sponsored by anyone. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

Question of the day: How do you deal with unhealthy “cheats” in your diet?

 Posted by on May 20, 2014
May 072014
 

Over the weekend I was lounging around on the couch and feeling bad about my body, when I read this blog post on the Skinny Confidential. It featured an interview with a new-to-me fitness guru/personal trainer from Australia, Kayla Itsines, who is apparently a huge sensation all over instagram (I had never heard of her, but maybe I’ve just been living under a rock).

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Kayla had been a trainer for a few years when she realized there weren’t many fitness or nutrition plans geared toward women. She noticed than many women want a similar look (lean without being too muscular), so she went on to create her own plan/start her own business. Almost immediately her clients starting seeing great results, and since then she has been a huge success. Just take a look at some of her transformations!

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Kayla’s plans focus on quick, intense workouts, and clean and balanced meals. Once she realized how much people liked her plans, she created two eBooks so her workouts and nutrition plan could be available to people all over the world.

“My clients saw amazing results in 12 weeks or sometimes even sooner, and began to tell their friends and spread an amazing positive message. I soon realized that this was becoming bigger than I had imagined, and I needed a way to reach more women.”

I did a little digging into the eBooks and her plans, and I loved what I saw! At first I was thrown off by the “Bikini body” title, but after some research I saw that she defines a bikini body as a body that you feel proud of when you’re in a bikini- whether that’s strong, thing, lean, etc. She just wants women to work hard and feel proud of how they look. I also loved that the transformations seemed to come from real girls with real bodies like mine, so I was intrigued. I read a few more reviews online, and then decided to try them out!

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One of the eBooks includes workouts/fitness tips, and the other includes meal plans and recipes. BOTH eBooks include an education/science section in the back, explaining why micronutrients are important and why HIIT exercising burns more fat, for example. I love this! It’s so important to know why you’re being told to do something. As soon as I bought them, the eBooks were emailed to me in PDF format.

Nutrition Plan

Kayla’s nutrition plan is very simple and follows the Australian dietary guidelines, which seem pretty similar to the ones in the U.S. Her plan sort of reminds me of the old food pyramid because she recommends having 5 servings of vegetables, 2.5 servings of dairy, 2 healthy fats, etc. per day. The foods she recommends eating are all wholesome and clean, and there is no room for any junk food or sweets (except fruit). Her plan does allow for one “cheat meal” a week, which is to both help you stick to the plan, and reset your metabolism so you don’t fall into a plateau.

So far it’s been really easy to follow and I haven’t had to make too many modifications to my original diet, but keeping track of what goes into my mouth has made me a lot more aware of the number of times a week I would mindlessly eat a Girl Scout cookie, drink wine or beer with dinner for no reason, and just generally not care what I was eating. No more of that! Now I am tracking everything and making smarter choices, which are still relatively similar to the way I was eating before 🙂

Now, since it’s What I Ate Wednesday I might as well show you guys what I’ve been eating on the nutrition plan so far. Here’s what I ate on Day 1 of the plan, which was Monday.

Breakfast

I had 1/3 cup of oats, 1/3 cup of skim milk, 1 banana, and 1 tsp. of peanut butter. When measuring my peanut butter I noticed that I used to use way more than just a teaspoon (oops) and sometimes I added trail mix for crunch, which was adding a lot of fat and calories. Just because it’s a healthy fat doesn’t mean you can eat as much of it as you want!

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Lunch

I met my dad for lunch on Monday, and instead of getting a sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries or a salad like I normally would have, I opted to order an Ahi tuna salad. Kayla’s plan requires a lot of servings of vegetables throughout the day (5) so I am trying to get them in wherever I can. This salad was delicious and I even had some extra tuna to take home for salads later in the week 😉

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Snack

A chopped apple. No real change here, except that I omitted the mini Babybel cheese I usually eat in the afternoon. I am only supposed to have 2.5 servings of diary in a day, and I knew I wanted some dairy in my dinner 😉 It’s all about planning ahead!

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Dinner

For dinner I made a version of this Mexican quinoa with lazy-girl guacamole (it was Cinco de Mayo, after all!!) and added some shredded cheese and fat free Greek yogurt on top. I also beefed up the veggies by adding some spinach.

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Yum! This was a great recipe! It was easy to make, included lots of veggies, protein, and healthy grains. Perfect!

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No dessert, because like I said there’s not really any place on the meal plan for sweets. So far I’ve been coping with that part ok (you know I have a crazy sweet tooth) and I think this is working because I am not actually limiting myself. I have been telling myself that if I really, really want something sweet, I can have one or two Hershey kisses. I’ve been keeping this in the back of my mind, and strangely I haven’t caved in to that option yet. I really would like to kick my sugar addiction, so for now my willpower is outweighing my taste buds. For now. 😉

Overall I am really liking the nutrition plan because it’s so similar to how I was already eating, but just encourages me to make some smarter choices.

Workouts

The workout plan includes a structured 12-week calendar for resistance training (circuits), HIIT, LIIT (biking, easy jogging, power walking), stretching, etc.

So far I have done one LIIT workout, and two of the resistance workouts. Those resistance circuits are tough! Each one includes two circuits with four exercises in each. For each circuit you set the timer for 7 minutes and complete the four exercises as many times as you can (for me I get through 2 rounds in 7 minutes). Then you do the same for the second circuit. Then you repeat!

In the end you wind up doing Circuit 1 twice (14 minutes) and Circuit 2 twice (14 minutes) for a sweaty and challenging 28 minute workout. It’s great! Here’s a sample one, for your abs:

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So far the workouts have been quick, CHALLENGING, and fun. I’m a fan!

Overall Thoughts

I am so happy I found these eBooks, and am really excited about having a new workout regimen and nutrition plan to follow. I have been in a rut lately in terms of my motivation and fitness/eating routine, so I think this will be a great way to get my butt back in gear. I don’t know if I will be following this plan for the whole 12 weeks (I do still want to look into triathlon training) but if it gets me out of my rut I’ll be happy. Who knows, I may even start counting my food servings from now on?

Question of the day: How do you get out of a fitness/nutrition rut?

 Posted by on May 7, 2014
Feb 232016
 

Whew, I had a rough morning yesterday!

I woke up at 5:15 am ready to hit the ground running with a healthier day, and after getting dressed and walking Jack I headed out the door for a 6:15 spin class at Reformation Fitness. After driving over there and parking, I walked up to the door only to discover that it was locked.

There was a sign on the door saying they keep the door locked during non-peak hours, and you should check your class confirmation email for how to get in (there was a key pad next to the door, so I thought maybe you had to enter a code?). I had been to Reformation Fitness for a morning spin class before and didn’t remember this happening, but I checked my email on my phone anyway to see if there was a code for the key pad. Nope. I stood around awkwardly for a few minutes watching the minutes tick closer to the class start time, and was so confused.

Thankfully one of the employees from Reformation came to the rescue and unlocked the door, and she asked if I was there for the 6:30 HIIT or TRX class. Hmm – no, I’m here for spin at 6:15? I double checked my ClassPass reservation and saw that while yes, it was at 6:15, it was actually at 6:15 pm. Ahhh!!

On Sunday when I was booking my class, I used the ClassPass website instead of the app, which has a new feature that recommends classes for you based on your previous classes. I saw spin at 6:15, which I know is a class I’ve taken before, so I signed up. Oops. I guess I should have looked at the class listing more carefully!

Luckily, the lady who let me in was very accommodating and she let me sign up for a 6:30 am TRX class instead. It was also really lucky that I wore my regular sneakers, since a lot of times when I take spin I wear my comfy Uggs and then change into my spin shoes right before class. Crisis averted!

I was then led into the TRX studio, where I sat and looked at my phone for 15 minutes while I waited for class to begin. I tried not to think about that extra 15 minutes of sleep I could have gotten. Sigh.

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Soon enough our instructor Erika arrived and walked us through our workout for the day!

We began with four minutes of as many rounds as possible of 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 10 squats. Then we rowed 850 meters on the rower. Truthfully, I started hating that rower after a while. Get me off of that thing! We also did a couple of planks and side planks to finish off the warm up.

Next it was time for our circuit of the day! Erika had us complete three rounds of the following:

    • 30 tuck jumps
      • Plank holds
    • 20 weighted jumping lunges
      • Up and down push-ups with feet in the TRX
    • 40 plank jacks with feet in the TRX
      • Weighted squats

This wound up being a partner exercise so while one person completed the first exercise (e.g., 30 tuck jumps) the other person would hold a plank. Then we would switch, until we’d each done the two exercises three times. After that, we moved on to the next set of two exercises (e.g., 20 weighted jumping lunges and push-ups).

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This was a really tough workout, it reminded me a bit of the Kayla Itsines workouts that I used to do/still do on occasion. I can’t say I missed the tuck jumps or weighted jumping lunges! Everything was also much harder with our feet in the TRX bands, which I’ve learned from past workouts at Urban Athletic Club. Phew. It was definitely a hard workout, and I’m actually glad that I mixed up the spin class time so I could try something new!

At the end of class during our stretch, I realized I didn’t pay my parking meter because the 6:15 spin class was supposed to end at 7:00 am (the time you have to start paying) and with the class confusion I forgot to go back out and pay it. Erika mentioned that the meter maids were outside right as we were wrapping up class, so I high-tailed it out of there and arrived at my car right before I got a ticket. Side note: I also packed myself a delicious salad for lunch about an hour later, and then left it on my counter. What a Monday!

Anyway, the TRX class at Reformation Fitness wound up being really great, and I will definitely be back. When my hair is sweaty and my face is red, you know it was a good one!

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By the way, if you want to use my ClassPass referral code, you can get $20 off your first month!

Question of the day: Please tell me about something stupid you’ve done recently to make me feel better. 🙂

 Posted by on February 23, 2016
Aug 252015
 

Raise your hand if you remember when my every day lunch used to look like this.

Yep, anyone who has been reading CET for more than a year or so may remember that I used to have this same exact lunch every day at work: a sandwich thin with turkey, American cheese, and mayo and/or mustard, plus carrots and hummus on the side. I ate this meal almost every day for years and I never, ever got tired of it. In fact, I bet if you put one of those lunches down in front of me right now, I would still lovingly cherish every bite. Yum.

However, I can’t tell you the last time I ate a lunch that looked like that. Now my lunches look more like this, and I love them just as much. Plus they are more filling, nutritious, and wholesome than the crap I was eating before.

So, what changed?

Last May, I got pretty bored with my fitness routine and decided to switch things up by purchasing the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body program (I still cringe at that name…ick). At the time, I thought the workout guide had the most bang for its buck and I’ve even recommended that if people can’t afford to purchase both the nutrition plan and the workout guide, they should just buy the workout guide. For someone who “already ate pretty healthy,” I didn’t think I really needed a nutrition plan and the workouts could be done over and over again, making them seem like the better option for anyone who didn’t want to buy both. I stuck with this belief for quite a while, but now, more than a year later, I might be changing my tune.

You see, Kayla’s nutrition plan got me in the habit of tracking my meals again. While I have tried almost every food tracking app there is (MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers, Fooducate, etc.) I usually found it tiresome to track every ingredient in every meal and eventually after a couple of weeks I would stop using the tracker. With Kayla’s plan I started tracking servings – servings of protein, vegetables, healthy fats, etc. – and this ultimately made it easier to stick to.

To track my food I kept a note in my phone, and each day I would compare how many actual servings of each food group I was eating compared to my goal. (The number of servings you aim for can/should be different for everyone depending on your goals, so you may not want to follow exactly what I have shown below.) Having a simple note to keep myself accountable was really easy and helpful, and though I still eventually stopped tracking everything in the note, I did keep it going for much longer than any of my other tracking attempts.

The biggest surprise for me during this time was realizing that I wasn’t getting nearly enough vegetables in my diet. Yes I would eat a serving of fruit or vegetables with every meal, but carrots on the side of my little sandwich thin just wasn’t cutting it. I realized that if I was going to consume enough veggies to meet the goals of the plan, I would need to start boosting up the veggie volume during lunch.

Enter, the salad!

At first, I was pretty crappy at making salads. I just didn’t know what would taste good together and I usually wound up starving and unsatisfied after eating one. Eventually after playing around with a bunch of combinations, I finally found something that really worked for me. Here’s how I make salads that truly satisfy my tummy and taste buds.

What I put in my salads

  • Mixed greens. I like buying one bag of spinach and one bag of “power greens” or other mixed greens.
  • Pre-cooked chicken. Costco has great grilled chicken breasts that come in a two-pack; I usually keep one pack in the fridge and one in the freezer for later. Sometimes I’ll buy a Rotisserie chicken instead.
  • A grain. I usually have quinoa or brown rice.
  • Some kind of crunchy veggie. I like buying bags of either broccoli slaw or shredded carrots. If I don’t have these, I’ll just chop up some carrots.
  • Something sweet. I suggest either Craisins, sweet corn, or any fresh fruit like strawberries, apples, or blueberries. Roasted sweet potatoes also work great!
  • Tasty cheese. I like feta or, on special occasions, goat cheese.
  • Healthy salad dressing. Usually I make my own dressing with olive oil + balsamic vinegar + spicy mustard + salt + pepper. On rare occasions I’ll buy a pre-made dressing without a lot of funky ingredients.

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How I pack up my salads for work

Sundays are usually my prep days for salads, and on this day I’ll cook up some quinoa or brown rice and package everything together. Once the quinoa or rice has cooled, I’ll divide it into four or five (depending on how much I made) small tupperware containers. Then I’ll add some of the precooked chicken to the tupperware containers and pop them into the fridge.

Next I usually make a big batch of salad dressing and pour them into smaller tupperware containers that are the perfect size for salad dressing (I think I got mine at the Container store, but I’ve seen them in random aisles of the grocery store). Again, I’ll usually make enough dressing for four or five salads, depending on how much quinoa or rice I made. Once these are done, they go into the fridge too!

In the morning to finish up my salad before work, I’ll add the greens, crunchy veggie, sweet item, and cheese into a big salad tupperware container. Then I’ll pack it up in my lunch bag (these days a recycled Lululemon bag that has seen better days) and throw in the dressing and the grain/chicken tupperware (that’s three separate tupperware containers for those who are counting…we use a lot of tupperware!). I then toss in an apple for my afternoon snack and I’m ready to go to work!

How I assemble my salads at work

I start by heating up the grain and chicken mixture because I’ve found that I really enjoy having a warm element to my salads. When it’s hot, I’ll take turns adding the dressing and the grains/chicken to the salad, and then I pop the lid back on my big tupperware container to shake everything up. This is why having a big container is key – it allows everything to move around and get evenly coated with dressing. And then, voila! A perfectly delicious sweet, salty, savory, healthy salad for lunch.

Through all this trial and error, I found that I really need some sort of grain in my salad to keep me feeling full. Otherwise I get hungry again a couple hours later! I also really like having something sweet in my salads since it helps me rein in my sweet tooth after my meal.

If you’ve tried doing the whole salad for lunch thing and you just can’t get into it, I highly recommend playing around with different flavor combinations until you find something that really makes you happy. Now I can’t imagine going back to the sandwich – even though it is still tasty – because of all the crappy ingredients in there. I just feel so good after a giant, wholesome, filling, delicious salad!

Question of the day: What do you usually eat for lunch?

Psst: Read more about my experience with the Kayla Itsines plan here

 Posted by on August 25, 2015
Aug 212015
 

Helloooo and happy Friday! (Or Fri-yay as I keep seeing on the interwebs 😉 lol.) How did everyone’s week go? Mine was great, and while I initially planned on writing a Favorite Things Friday post today to tell you all about it, I realized that most of my post would have been about my fitness and food adventures, so it actually makes more sense to just chat about those instead. Here’s a peek at my workouts and eats lately!

Workouts

As I mentioned earlier this week, I put my ClassPass membership on hold for my August cycle since I’ll be traveling for almost two weeks and my membership is pretty expensive. Instead I picked up my old Kayla Itsines workouts and completed two of those this week – one for legs & cardio and one for arms & abs. They’re definitely still a challenge!

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Sweaty selfie FTW

I also learned (remembered?) that I definitely need something to keep myself accountable when it comes to working out. You would think that after four+  years of being very active in terms of fitness this wouldn’t still be an issue, right? Wrong.

As some of you may remember, I keep a dry-erase calendar on my refrigerator where I write down the workouts I’m going to be doing all week. I always draw a little box under the workout and after I complete it I get so much joy from checking off the box. When I skip a workout I feel obligated to make it up sometime during the week just so I can check that box off. The calendar works great for holding me accountable and sticking to my schedule.

Well, I sort of got away from using my calendar during the last six months or so that I’ve been using ClassPass. That’s ok because ClassPass makes it easy to log in to the website or app and see everything that I’m signed up for in one place, so I haven’t felt the need to use my dry-erase calendar in a while. Plus that $20 missed class fee for ClassPass totally keeps me accountable!

Then this week I obviously didn’t have my ClassPass schedule to fall back on and I hadn’t written any workouts on my calendar, so I found myself sleeping in and making excuses to do my workout another morning or another time.

What the heck? Have I learned nothing over these last four years?! I still wound up doing the workouts, but I didn’t do them when I said I was going to and wound up completing the abs and arms routine after work one evening when I was much less motivated. Even though I still got plenty of workouts in this week, it never feels good to push back a workout just because you were being lazy. Oh well, lesson learned. This is why I have a stupid calendar on my fridge after all!

Ok, moving on.

Another good workout from the week was a run with my two favorite boys!

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Too bad they’re blurry here. 🙁

On Thursday morning,Fabio, Jack, and I tackled about 2.5 miles. Not a long run by any means, but it felt good to get sweating first thing in the morning. Our route also included a bunch of hills, so it was still a decent workout.

On Tuesday night we wound up finishing dinner pretty early and it was still nice out so we decided to go for a nice long walk! Walking counts as a workout, right? 😉 It was such a nice summer evening and we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset while walking around all the cute streets near our apartment.

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This week I also made it back to Urban Athletic Club for my favorite Urban Athlete class! I still have a bunch of classes at UAC left in my account from when I bought a package of 10 classes over the winter, so I plan to stop in at this gym a lot over the next month while my ClassPass is on hold. This time I joined my friends Anne and Kathleen for a 6:00 am class!

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It looks like Anne and Kathleen are just standing around here, but they’re actually mid air squat! 

It was tough as usual and we were all dripping in sweat by the end. I loooove this class! If you live in the area definitely check it out! (You can read some of my other reviews of the class here.)

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Sadly one of our favorite coaches, Andrew, will be moving to Texas next week. We will miss you, Andrew! Thanks for all the great workouts!

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Eats

As for food this week, we’ve had some tasty meals! On Monday we had blackened chicken with fried green tomatoes.

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Not the prettiest plate, I realize. We need some color!

After taking home a bunch of green tomatoes from my mom’s house last weekend, I wanted to figure out something fun to do with them. I really liked this dinner combo, and thought the fried green tomatoes turned out great! I’m not sure I’d really go out of my way to make fried green tomatoes again, but since I had some green tomatoes to use up this was a perfect solution. Yum! Fabio was a fan too.

Another night we had one skillet Tuscan chicken. I wound up adding cauliflower and spinach to the dish since we had a bunch to use up, and I think that might have been a mistake. There were just too many textures going on!

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Overall I liked this dish, but next time I will leave out all the add-ins and add a few more spices!

On Wednesday I was on my own for dinner since Fabio had a work happy hour and volleyball. I wound up making a version of these skinny twice baked potatoes (made with smashed cauliflower) but I replaced the broccoli with spinach and added some cannellini beans for added protein.

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I wound up making one big potato and I had half of it for dinner and saved the other half for Fabio. It came out really well and I thought this was a perfect dinner for a night at home by myself. Plus the melted white cheddar cheese on top didn’t hurt either. 😉

Last but not least, we enjoyed some delicious cheese raviolis with bolognese sauce that Fabio brought home from New York last weekend (I think they might have been from Vitamia in New Jersey actually?).

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Topped with fresh mozzarella, of course! 🙂 These raviolis were SO good and Fabio and I both practically licked our plates clean. De-lish.

Ok friends, that’s all I have for you today. Have a great weekend!

Question of the day: What’s the best thing you ate this week? Best workout?

 Posted by on August 21, 2015
Aug 182015
 

Hello there! Today I am working from home which is quite a nice change of pace. Our apartment building recently got purchased by a new management company and the new staff wants to come in to each unit to do some “general inspections.” The notice said if we have pets we should put them in a “safe location” during the visits, and since that bit of information was pretty vague I just decided to work remotely so I could be home during the visit. Works for me!

I’m supposed to start working in a few minutes, so I’ll keep things short today. Here’s a quick look at my morning so far!

I got to sleep in a bit later than usual for a weekday, and it was glorious waking up and not having to rush around.

Then Jack and I went out for our morning walk and I took him a bit farther than usual since we had some extra time.

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but my walks with Jack are often my favorite part of the morning. Having some time to walk around outdoors helps me settle my mind and get ready for the day. I almost always listen to some type of podcast and I really love taking this time to just zone out. Plus Jack is always super happy on our walks, which makes me happy too.

When I came back inside I said goodbye to Fabio and got ready for my workout!

So just a quick update on the workout front: I actually put my ClassPass account on hold for the month of August since I will be traveling to Europe for almost two weeks later this month. As much as I love ClassPass, it is pretty expensive and I’m trying to save money to pay for my trip and for my Invisalign. Putting ClassPass on hold for a month costs $19 and you can still take one class during that month. To me it was worth pausing since every penny counts! I also think I was wearing myself a bit thin with three or more 6:00 am classes every week. I started noticing I was permanently tired and was just having a hard time bouncing back. I think having this month off from early morning classes will help me rest up and get my ClassPass mojo back up.

In the meantime, I’m turning back to my favorite Kayla Itsines workouts! (For those of you who don’t remember when I did those workouts last spring/summer, you can read more about my experience here.) In addition to Kayla’s workouts, I’m sure I’ll continue running outside and incorporating a few other workouts into my schedule, but I definitely want to keep myself on track with fitness and the Kayla Itsines schedule has worked well for me in the past.

Today I did the Legs & Cardio workout and it was just as tough as I remembered. I was nice and sweaty by the end!

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P.S. Have I mentioned lately how nice it is to have a fully equipped gym in my building? Because it’s amazing!

After working out I drank a glass of fresh juice with spinach, kale, ginger, celery, a cucumber (from my mom’s garden!), an apple, and some carrots. Delish!

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How cute is that NoMa watercolor print above our sink BTW? It was a housewarming gift from our friends James and Shelley!

Then I showered up and made myself a protein-heavy breakfast of a “double protein” English muffin with a piece of breakfast sausage from the freezer and a fried egg. I added a little homemade blackberry jam for some sweetness and it was so tasty!

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Sweet and salty is definitely my favorite flavor combo. Plus look at that drippy egg yolk. Yum!

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And now we’re all caught up and I’ve got to get to work. I’ll catch ‘ya later!

Question of the day: How do you eat your eggs?

For some reason I really don’t like eggs on their own. If I’m going to have eggs, then I almost always need some type of carb or meat to go with them. Hardboiled eggs are really the only kind I can eat on their own.

 Posted by on August 18, 2015
Jan 222015
 

Ever since I had surgery on my foot and was bound to crutches almost two weeks ago, I have been struggling to figure out my workout routine. As I mentioned, I have a Pilates DVD that I’ve been able to do, but that’s gotten old quickly. After searching – and failing – to find something more stimulating that would work for me, I decided to create my own workouts!

All of these workouts can be done lying down or sitting up without putting weight on your feet. Granted these workouts are pretty limited and won’t exactly leave you dripping in sweat, but when you can’t put weight on your legs you’re pretty limited anyway.

I’ve found these workouts to be really helpful in allowing me to feel like I’m still getting some sort of exercise in, and I hope that by posting them here I can help other fitness fanatics with lower leg injuries get a good workout too!

About the Workouts

There are three workouts total: one arms and abs, one legs and abs, and one full body. I would plan on doing each workout once a week and using your other days as rest days, since you’re supposed to let your body rest and recover when you’re injured.

I should note that these workouts aren’t exactly perfect; you’re not going to be working your legs and your full body as much as you’d probably like, but it’s the best solution I could come up with for working out without putting any weight on your feet.

All of these workouts include two circuits with about four exercises each. When completing them, I set a timer for 7 minutes and try to complete as many rounds of the circuit as possible in that amount of time (usually about two rounds). Once the 7 minutes is up, I take a minute or two to rest before moving on to the next circuit. I repeat this whole process again until I’ve done each circuit two times for a total of 28 minutes (not including rest time). For those of you who have completed a workout from Kayla Itsines, you will notice these are structured the same way.

Workout 1: Arms & Abs. Hooray for muscles I can actually work on! To be totally honest, I usually neglect my abs and arms in favor of my legs, which are naturally stronger for me. This injury to my foot has really given me the opportunity to focus on my arms and abs, which will hopefully be a lot stronger by the time I’m recovered.

Arms and Abs workout for lower leg injuries - from ChelseaEatsTreats.com

Below are video demonstrations of some of the moves:

Workout 2: Legs & Abs. Ok, so most of these moves are not really going to work your legs too much, but considering I can’t even put any weight on my right leg right now, this was the best alternative I could come up with. Some of the Pilates moves (side leg lefts and inner thigh lifts) will definitely work your legs a bit, but many of the others are just ab moves that happen to use your legs. It’s really, really hard to work out your legs with an injury like this, but at least these circuits get them moving.

Legs and Abs workout for lower leg injuries - from ChelseaEatsTreats.com

Below are video demonstrations of some of the moves:

Workout 3: Full Body. This is my favorite workout of the three, since it combines moves from the other two workouts to work your entire body. It might not get you dripping in sweat, but it will definitely make those muscles burn!

Full body workout for lower leg injuries - from ChelseaEatsTreats.com

Below are video demonstrations of some of the moves:

Other demonstrations can be found under the other two workouts above.

Important Notes

It’s important to remember that each injury is different, and what works for me might not work for everyone. For example, although I can’t walk on my foot I can gently rest it on the ground, making some of these moves possible for me that wouldn’t be possible for others. I can also bend my foot since this isn’t an ankle injury, which makes it possible to do some of the moves that require a flexed vs. pointed toe, and vice versa. Basically I just have to point out that these workouts worked for me, but you have to do what’s best for you and your body. Talk to your doctor first if you have any concerns.

When completing these workouts you should also be very careful to pay attention to your form or you could wind up hurting yourself even worse.

Always take it easy, especially when dealing with an injury, and remember to listen to your body. If you need to rest, rest!

I hope you find these helpful!

Question of the day: What exercises can you think of that you can do lying down or sitting up? List them below!

 Posted by on January 22, 2015
Jan 092015
 

It’s Thursday night as I type this, so by the time you read this I will be at the doctor’s office getting ready for my surgery. Yep, today’s the day.

At this point, I’m feeling pretty nervous and anxious about the whole thing, and I just can’t wait to get it over with. It feels similar to when you have a big test to take or have to make a big presentation; you just can’t help but have butterflies in your stomach.

Physically I am ready – I know where to go, what to bring, what to wear, etc. But mentally? Well, we can only hope. I’m worried that when I have to say goodbye to Fabio/my parents (all of whom are coming to cheer me on – they’re truly the best) that I will get all emotional. I’m also worried about how I will handle the actual pain; my body has never been through anything like that so I don’t know what to expect. Lastly, I’m worried about how I’ll feel about not being able to walk for about a month. No walking Jack. No getting up to pee (easily) in the middle of the night. No simple walking from the kitchen to the living room. Everything is going to be a challenge for me, and I already know I’m going to get frustrated. To cope I’m just trying to tell myself not to freak out, but I think we’re just going to wait and see how I wind up handling everything. Cross your fingers!

On the workout front, I did everything I could this week to get in as much fitness as possible. In addition to completing a couple of my favorite Kayla Itsines workouts in the cozy warmth of my living room, I also attended a class at Edge Yoga and Urban Athletic Club with Anne. Her friend Kathleen joined us at UAC too!

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The class at UAC was another really tough one, and Anne and I both commented on how sore we were after. My biceps in particular were killing me for two days afterword. It hurt to stretch my arm out all the way, which I realized I do a lot throughout the course of the day. Ouch. That’s the sign of a good workout though! 😉

Edge Yoga was a blast too, and our instructor Mark had us bending and twisting into tons of new poses. Anne even helped me get into crow pose, which I’ve been struggling with for a while. Now I just have to keep practicing!

Anyway, I guess all this is to say I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. My workouts are logged, my clothes are packed, and I am ready to do this.

I should be out of surgery by around 11:30 am ET, so by the time some of you read this I may even be out already! Can’t we just fast forward ’til then? Please? Pretty please?

Question of the day: Have you ever had a medical procedure you were scared about?

I got my wisdom teeth out in high school and although I’m sure I was nervous, I can’t really remember being that scared. Maybe I was braver back then??

 Posted by on January 9, 2015