I wanted to share a new recipe with you and what has been giving me some motivation lately.
Muesli Yogurt Parfait
La Cle – “If You Want It, Go Get It” band
Staying on track with exercising and eating right has been tough. After a long day at work it is hard to get in the workout mindset especially when it’s dark outside. So when Deanna of La Cle reached out to me about her Refocus bands I thought – how clever! And just the little reminder that what I’m doing isn’t for not.
I loved the “Keep Trying” band and the “If You Want It, Go Get It” band. Honestly, isn’t what you think of daily where you are going to end up? Whether that end result be today, tomorrow or a few years from now. With that thought, it’s important for me to surround myself with things that inspire my personal development and sometimes a few words on your wrist can do just that.
If you need a motivational boost check out the shop here.
As for my new recipe, it’s a yogurt parfait snack to help curb those sugar cravings!
I’m sure every so often or every day you are craving a tasty snack and as much as you want those Jalapeno Kettle Chips or that bag of Sour Patch Kids you know you’ve got to make better choices. We all indulge a bit (so hard not to right?!) but on the days when I am more mentally strong I go for a healthier snack and I got to say I never regret the choice.
Here’s what you need:
¼ cup of plain Greek yogurt
Sprinkle of berries – blueberries, cut strawberries, raspberries, blackberries
2 tablespoons of muesli – can use granola
Drizzle of agave nectar
First, add the yogurt to the bowl then add the toppings and drizzle on the agave. 🙂
Photo above – Me at my peak fitness in 2017 and one of the BEST days ever – swimming in the Mediterranean sea on the coast of Monterosso, Italy with my husband (forgive the pale legs – that was amended as the trip progressed lol)
Yes, we are over halfway through the first month of the new year and I’ve just gotten to my 2017 fitness review lol. Better late than never! 🙂
2017 was a great year for fitness:
2 rounds of Bikini Body Guide – total 32 weeks
1 round of Tammy Hembrow’s Booty Guide – total 8 weeks
2 weeks off while on vacation in Europe (although we walked an insane amount!)
2 post BBG rest weeks
Then 8 consecutive weeks off for my laparoscopic myomectomy surgery/recovery
40 weeks total of exercise – 4 weeks of rest – 8 weeks of recovery
Eventually, I moved onto running for my HIIT training in the 12 weeks prior to my surgery where I ran two speeds for 20-30 minutes twice a week. This was in preparation to shed fat from my stomach as I wanted the layer of fat the surgeon had to cut through to be minimal. I lost 5 pounds but didn’t lose any muscle.
Post- surgery I lost another 5 pounds unfortunately and haven’t taken a photo of myself without them. So that means my….
2018 Goal is:
Gain 10 pounds of muscle! 🙂 YAY!
I started my workout regime for 2018 on January 3. I decided to start with BBG pre-training which is meant for people who haven’t exercised in a while. It helps your body ease into a more strenuous routine. I told myself I would only do half which is about 15 minutes of working out and 5 minutes of stretching. I needed to test my limits in particular with my core strength as I have 5 incisions on my stomach and one large internal incision. After the first workout, I did feel some pulling across my abdomen. It wasn’t terrible but it certainly was noticeable. I also was incredibly sore throughout my body for the next 4 days. I pushed forward and worked out again on January 5. I have kept consistent at the two day a week/half workouts since then.
Recently, my sister found that the Sweat app by Kayla Itsines (BBG founder) is $1 for 3 months total. It is usually $19.99/month. It includes not only there traditional BBG workout but their BBG gym format, yoga, post-pregnancy and a power program. It also includes meal ideas and recipes, activity schedules and all sorts of goodies. I promptly signed up for this to help me reach my 2018 goals.
Since I have signed up I made the decision to follow their yoga program. I haven’t focused on yoga for so long but I think it would be a nice change of pace so stay tuned for those results! 🙂
I’m very excited to get back into my routine as exercising just motivates me to accomplish so much in all avenues of my life. I love all those endorphins flying around my brain!
How about you sewing friends? Did you do anything fitness related in 2017 or have plans to kick butt in 2018?
As of writing this I am currently in week 6 of my second round of BBG (Bikini Body Guide). That means I am about to be officially almost halfway through. Luckily this second round hasn’t been as tough as the first one but that isn’t saying much because it’s still pretty hard. I end up sore the next day after every workout. I gotta say that I like being sore though because I feel like it’s proof that the 30-40 minutes went towards building a better me. If I’m not sore I feel like I didn’t challenge myself.
Some of the other things I have incorporated on an on and off basis are kettlebell exercises, yoga and 5 mile walks or HITT (BBG calls for LISS or HITT on your off days). This may sound like a lot but instead of doing the optional 3rd day of BBG I do a kettlebell exercise or yoga instead.
Here is the kettlebell exercise I’ve been using from BodyFit by Amy:
Here is the yoga exercise I’ve been using from Fitness Blender:
I tried this HIIT workout – which is tough so I most definitely did not do it perfectly. I’m not much of a runner even though I try every so often.
Other changes to my diet and fitness have been due to time constraints. My husband and I decided to re-join Blue Apron. We used to get their meals then we had a few weeks where we just weren’t enjoying them as much so we stopped. It worked for a while but our schedules can be kind of hectic which leads to poor eating habits including not buying healthy meals at the grocery store, eating out or not eating enough. To combat this, we re-activated our account and it’s been such a relief to have the ingredients for three dinners a week delivered straight to us. It’s also really nice to cook interesting meals together too!
Some of the other things I wanted to touch on that are fitness related are sewing a fitness wardrobe! I’m far from it but I wanted to share a few patterns that I’m hoping to sew in the future. My list is quite long and I’m currently trying to sew together a casual work wardrobe but that is for another post. Check out these cute patterns! I hope to get to at least one very soon. 🙂
I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with my fitness in the past two months. After I came back from my vacation I struggled to get on a good routine. I had little motivation because I found my old workouts kind of boring.
I tried to do a second round of BBG but it wasn’t sticking so I moved onto Kettlebell training. I was using the FitnessBlender videos which are super helpful and a great at home workout. Then about 4 weeks ago my sister asked about doing the BBG program so I told her I would be happy to do it with her. This will be her first time completing the program and my second time. Now that I have a BBG partner I have the motivation I need to not get bored and stick to the program. That feels pretty good.
I don’t think I’ve ever explained the BBG program but it stands for Bikini Body Guide. It was created by Kayla Itsines. She is a young, Australian personal trainer who created this program to help women get the body they desire.
This is a 12-week program that gets progressively more challenging each week as you build strength. If you haven’t exercised in a while you can begin with 4 weeks of pre-training to get your body warmed up and ready. I highly recommend doing this so you won’t burn yourself out going straight into the 12 weeks.
BBG is a combination of strength training and cardio. It is a 28-minute workout completed 2-3 times a week. There are two circuits. Each circuit should be completed in 7 minutes then repeated. You should also incorporate stretching before and after your workout. The workouts are designed to be completed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday should be dedicated to Low Intensity Steady State cardio (LISS) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). When you begin the program you should stick to LISS which is a 35-45 walk minute for this program. HIIT is a combination of low and high intensity interval such as walking then running then walking again. This is something you will move up to as you progress through the program.
There is also a meal component to this program. It focuses on clean eating and if you are looking to lose a lot of weight it is highly recommended. Your diet plays a big role in your fitness. Working out hard can only get you so far with the wrong type of fuel.
I’m excited to be in my second round and I highly recommend this for anyone wanting a great at-home workout.