Workout Wednesday: Lower Body Toner and $50 Goceries

Ohhhhh Boy,

What a whirlwind weekend…I’m beginning to think that’s normal for me! LOL. Now that I’ve finally recovered. I’m planning for vacation….vacation, that magical, wonderful land of adventure… anyway. It’s one week away, I think I’ll make it! I thought it would be fun to give you a sneek peak at one of the moves from the PiYo Challenge I’m going to be doing over the next 60 days! I’m so excited about doing this program, because after teaching the live version, I’ve experienced much better fitness levels. It’s going to be like Christmas in July! hehehehe….Anyway, after finishing Les Mills, my body is ready for a change of pace. PiYo combines strength and flexibility and cardio, and allows you to get a great workout without all the pounding on your joints, because let’s face it, even the toughest of us needs to take a break. You are not invincible, so be teachable. PiYo takes moves from pilates and yoga, and cranks up the speed, and is totally modifiable, so yes, common sense is welcome. 🙂 One of my favorite things about this class is that the music is fun, but it’s also clean too, so the kids can tag along. I also love that Chalene Johnson understands those who’ve been injured because she’s recently recovered from an injury too.  Today, I want to show you a video of a running lunge. This is a move that I love to tweak and use in my classes, and it give you some serious toning bang for your buck in the legs and glutes. I’ve had clients tell me they can see a difference after a week of this! I thought it would be nice to share. Add a few sets of this onto the end of your next lower body workout for a change of pace.

I like to change up my workouts often. Even if it’s tweaking a move each time, I think it’s the little things that can make a big  difference…you don’t have to do a completely new workout each time, but variety keeps your body from overtraining.
If you’d like to join us, reach out to me via this form: I’m interested in PiYo  I’d love to meet and interact with more of my readers, and see more of them actively taking steps to be active and eat better! I’ll be there for you to encourage you every step of the way, and so will the rest of the group!

Oh, and as not so much of a side note. Here’s what $50 of groceries looks like this week!

I can’t resist a deal on Brussel Sprouts or Watermelon for that matter! Tip: Buy produce (that you know you and your family will eat) that is on special each week. You’d be suprised at how much money you’ll save! 
That’s all for now! 🙂
-Jules

Mmmmmm Monday! A Yummy Clean Alternative to Pizza

Hi Everyone!

Today is Mmmmm Monday! We all love good food but also know that we need to eat foods that are good for our bodies, so it’s amazing when we can put amazing food creations together that not only taste amazing but help you get in your nutrients for the day! I had seen portabello mushroom “pizzas” on pinterest before, but had never made one until last Saturday night… Throwing caution (aka. recipes) to the winds. I decided to blaze my own trail, and throw grilled chicken into the mix! The result = AMAZING

Here’s what you need to make your own “pizza’s”. 1 serving = 1 medium portabello pizza. Recipe for 2 portabello caps.

1/3c.  low sugar marinara sauce. I like homemade or the sauce from Walmart’s new organic line
2/3 c. part skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. shredded grilled chicken
1 tbsp. freshly torn oregano
2 tsp parmesan cheese
2 tbsp olive oil

Drizzle de-stemmed portabello caps in olive oil and bake in oven on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast for 15 minutes.  Spoon sauce onto underside of caps. Layer mozzarella, parmesan, oregano, and then chicken, and place in oven to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, then allow to cool and voila!

This recipe was so yummy, and so filling when eaten with a mixed greens salad! The vitamin D, protein, calcium, and healthy fats in the recipe make it amazing for a filling meal without leaving one feeling heavy!

Have you created a clean take on an old classic? Please share!

Workout Wednesday: What I learned at PiYo Training!

Hi Friends!
I hope you’re having an awesome week! Once again, my intent to write a Monday post has been foiled, but hurray for workout Wednesdays! As many of you know, I went to an instructor certification workshop last weekend. The certification is for the PiYo Live format that is the same brand as the new PiYo workout that’s going to be released later this month! I can’t wait!!!! I’m so stinking excited…LOL…I taught this format awhile back and loved it then, but  now I love this format even more because it’s more teachable, and there’s more flexibility with teaching styles and how to teach a class. This is a great format for someone who’s board with what their doing or desperately needs to cross train…or wants to strength train, but is a little intimidated by other forms of resistance training. (Only you and your doctor know what is best before you begin a fitness program, so check first!)
So, what exactly is PiYo? PiYo is a fuzion format of pilates, yoga, and fitness moves that are taught to the flow of upbeat music. Example: You might see a down-dog-to-plank-to-burpee-up in a sequence. Some moves are static/isometric, while others have more of a flow. I loved this workshop, and oh, I felt my abs and glutes the next day!
Here’s an example of what a more advanced sequence of Piyo would look like:
Want to try PiYo moves before the home workout launches? I’m offering a sneekpeek group for those who want to try a simplified PiYo move each day, and make some new friends! To sign up, go to PiYo test group and ask to join the group! 🙂 That’s it!

The presenter, Amanda was so nice, and made all of us move out of our comfort zones, by having us focus on cuing…which is tougher than you think, those of you participants who snarkily say in your heads, “I could teach THAT class”….it’s tougher than you think…Just because someone doesn’t teach your format…i.e., cycle, kettlebell, or zumba…doesn’t mean that it’s any less difficult…I loved how my muscles felt so much stronger 3 days later…after the DOMS wore off…of course, I did 3 hours worth of exercise…Have you tried PiYo? How do you like bodyweight training? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 
-Julie

Workout Wednesday and Weekend Recap

Last weekend was an awesome weekend! Micah and I got to meet up with some dear friends in Atlanta and make some new ones! The challenge group training was so inspiring…so many stories of families and lives being changed for the better! The most important lesson is to be you. You inspire others when they see you putting your stamp on a job. Do your best in whatever you commit to.
We also got to hangout with
Ruthie and
Ronnie, our team leaders, and
Simone
Mack, one of our teammates
!

We had lots of fun hanging out with Micah’s sister Sarah who lives in Atlanta,and of course the weekend would not have been complete without a mockumentary movie night! We watch Razzle Dazzle…hilarious!

Also, I think we planned really well to be healthy on this trip. Not one fast food stop…not one.

Staples for our trips included: gfree wraps, greek yogurt chicken salad, bananas, g-free bars, high fiber protein bars, large bottles of water, spicy brown mustard, and shakeology
!
Oh, and a printable, customizable workout from workoutlabs.com. this workout was bodyweight only and was great!
I highly recommend having a plan for activity when on he road, so you won’t dread getting back in your routine when you arrive back home.
The workout I printed out only took about 5 minutes to conplete 1 round, and
I felt great afterwards because I knew that
I’d gotten a workout in first thing.
I also added on 10 sets of alternating foward hinge reverse lunges; each set lasted 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest between each set. I do a lot of low reps with heavy weights, so this challenged my endurance
!
I hope the ideas in this post will help you have an active and healthy summer!

Keep it healthy!
Julie