5 Ways You can “Shave” Time and Money – while getting fit

Hi There!
It’s workout Wednesday! I was inspired to share my ideas on “shaving” time and money in my fitness routine by the Dollar Shave Club.  In case you don’t know who they are, the Dollar Shave Club is a company that provides great quality razors for as low as $1 each month! Since my husband has beastly facial hair, I knew I could easily appreciate working with Dollar Shave Club on this post!

Today I’d like to share with you some ways that I can shave time and money in my fitness routine. There are a lot of ways I do this, but I thought I’d share with you my top 5.

1. I work out at home. My primary job is as a fitness contractor, meaning that I often times drive to work sites to teach fitness classes. Also meaning that by the end of the day, I don’t want to drive to a separate facility (and spend more gas money) to go work out for only 30-45 minutes and then drive home, losing more time that I need to plan other things, like this post. Hehehe… I write my own workouts.  (Oh the joys of being a fitness instructor!) Or, I do my Piyo home dvd’s, Mash-Up Conditioning, or 21 Day Fix, or Body Beast, which I’m getting ready to start next week. (I can’t wait!) Where we live, it’s just not practical for me to pay for a gym membership, and then drive 25 minutes each way…um, yeah. Micah and I workout together a lot, and that makes for great family time. Don’t get me wrong, I like the gym, it’s just not practical for me.

2. I prep my meals in advance on Sunday. This is fitness-related because it’s important for me to get proper nutrition in order to get results. I often-times roast a whole chicken in a crock pot and use it throughout the week to make soups and stews, and chicken salad. I  also make my own protein bars, which saves me money, by cutting the cost from $1.50 a bar to less than $.50 a bar.

3. I shop craiglist for fitness equipment. We don’t have many good sporting goods stores where I, only one actually, so I shop for steals on used weights…hey, a weight is a weight, right? Safety tip, I’ve never had a problem with Craigslist, but I always take Micah with me when picking up items. I love to shop at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx and Ross for resistance bands and exercise balls.

4. I do HIIT workouts. I take a couple of active rest days a week, but most days, my workouts are 30 minutes or less. I love to do tabatas when I have absolutely no time because they only take 4 minutes. Stressing less is worth working out for 4 minutes. I love my jump rope. I also use exercises that are compound movements, like kettlebell swings, and sneak in my cardio and strength training at the same time.

5. I don’t waste food. We only buy what we will eat. Portion control and a variety of foods is key here. You’d be suprised how much food goes to waste. Keep a close eye on those perishables. Make a big salad. You never know, you might just invent a fabulous new family favorite!

There, now you know my favorite 5 ways to “Shave” time and money in my fitness routine. Thank you to the Dollar Shave Club for inspiring me to write this post! To see their fabulous razor blades, check out this link: https://www.dollarshaveclub.com/our-blades Hey, they’d make excellent stocking stuffers!

Start “Shaving”
– Julie

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